Vedic Astrology - The Astrology of India by KOMILLA SUTTON
The Vedic Hindu Astrology originated in India. Many ancient texts and Vedas, some as old as 3000 BC still survive. Their interpretations as well as thousands of books written by modern Astrologers are available today for the serious students of Astrology. Jyotish - as Vedic Astrology is know in India - is the science of light. To light a candle in the darkness within us, to guide us towards our true direction.
Astrology is taken very seriously in India. People would seldom take an important step in their life without consulting their family Jyotishi (practitioner of Astrology.)
Vedic Astrology is a path of self knowledge and harmonizing our material and spiritual sides. By studying the configuration of the planets at the time you were born enables an astrologer to understand the map of your life and the set of tools you have been given to enact the drama of your life to its fullest capacity. You face problems as well as periods of good luck. No one person has constant periods of good or bad luck. The cycles of time touch our lives in their own unique way. An astrology reading gives you the power to understand yourself, the strength to deal with the obstacles and enjoy the good fortune.
We are all aware of the importance of the Sun in our Zodiac chart. In the Vedic Astrology, Moon is of the prime importance. It has the ability to rule our emotions, intellect and material life on earth. The waxing and waning phases of the Moon represent the cycles of life and death, transformation and change, darkness and light. The Sun signifies the soul as well as life's mission, our Karma of this life. Great importance is given to Rahu and Ketu, the nodes of the Moon which pinpoint the overall karma of the soul.
In India astrological charts of two people are compared before any marriage is arranged. There are strict guidelines laid down in Vedic Texts about synastary. We do have arranged marriages here, but by examining the points of contacts to know the pluses and minuses which can face a relationship, it allows us to improve the quality of the relationship. This invaluable guidance helps us in making valued judgments regarding our personal lives.
The main diagnostic tool used by Vedic Astrologers is Mahurata, electing of the auspicious times for various events. A Mahurata is a moment in time when the conditions are as near perfect for the start of your venture. This way you are giving this venture the best possible chance to survive. The Mahurata chart can never override the signification of the Natal chart. marriage is the most important of the Mahuratas to be elected. Start of businesses, moving homes, and traveling are other events for which elections charts are done regularly.