Vedic Astrology – Discover The Science of the Laws of Time. 1

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“As a mass of clouds does not know the powerful influence of the wind, a person engaged in materialistic activity does not know the powerful strength of the TIME factor, by which he is being carried.”   (Bhagavata Purana 3.30.1)

Any reasonable person should recognise the power of time, which carries one towards the inevitable future. It is impossible to overcome the influence of Time, because, according to the Vedas, time factor is the will of God. But in this inexorable current of time we have a certain freedom of action which shapes up our future.

 In this article we will talk about the Vedic astrology ( Jyotish )- the science of the laws of time. As there are areas of different density ( a gaseous state, a solid state and a liquid one) in space, which behave differently, similarly different moments of time have their own unique properties that affect us in a space-time continuum .

 A practical purpose of astrology is to help identify the compatibility of partners in marriage, the options of proactive measures with health problems, work, family, as well as choosing a favorable time for performance of rituals, building construction, conceiving children, business transactions, etc.

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 Often the question arises, how can the faraway stars  affect us? To understand this question it is necessary to remember that a person is a microcosmos, and it has the same structure as the macrocosmos, but on a smaller scale.

 For example, a macrocosmos is permeated with the supreme intelligence of God, and in the same way He resides as Paramatma in the body of every living being. And where there is God, there are His servants. The rulers of all the planets are projected in our body and they affect all the physical and subtle processes. They are symbolically represented on our palms and other parts of our body in the form of lines and other marks.

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Vedic astrology makes it clear that the planets are not merely the physical objects in space, but rather astral entities that control the planets and stars. For example, on a physical level Jupiter might look like a hot gas-giant planet. But how may radioactive gases and heat of Jupiter endow one with piety, justice and religiosity? These qualities are obviously apparent in those people in whose horoscope Jupiter is favourably situated.

Mercury on the physical plane is a cold metallic iron sphere. But why, when well positioned in one’s horoscope does Mercury make a person sociable, cheerful, youthful, with a good memory, and ability to linguistics? How may a cold metallic planet be the source of these qualities? But it is also an easily verifiable fact. That means, that these planets besides the physical properties, have something personal, associated with the qualities of intelligence, emotions, morals, etc. In short, the world is much more complicated than we’re used to think.

The Vedic astrology differs dramatically from the western one internally and externally. In the West, there is no clear understanding of the law of karma, as well as clear understanding of the personality of Godhead. Religion and Astrology in the West are in a state of a Cold War and therefore the Western astrology is quite materialistic, resembling more psychology than a spiritual science. As for the external differences, it is a fact that in the western astrology a person, for example, is considered an “Aries ” or “Leo” simply because he was born at the time when the Sun was passing through the corresponding zodiac sign.

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In the Vedic astrology the approach is fundamentally different. The main Zodiac sign of a particular person is the one which was ascending above the horizon in a particular place at a particular time of birth .

The point is that the Earth makes a full turn around its axis per day and thus for 24 hours it turns to each of the 12 Zodiac signs for about two hours. In this way that particular Zodiac sign, which was facing the birthplace of a person at his/her moment of birth, becomes the main one, determining a person’s destiny.

Thus, one can be born under any constellation in any month and any day! For example, a person was born on the 23 of June at 05.20 am, and at that time the Gemini constellation was rising over the horizon, therefore this is the person’s main Zodiac sign. If a person was born, let’s say, on October 14 at 10.10 pm, and at that time the Gemini was also the rising sign at his/her birthplace, then it also becomes one’s main Zodiac sign.

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Moreover, those dates that define the transition of the Sun through the Zodiac signs, are hopelessly outdated. These dates were true 2,500 years ago in the days of Claudius Ptolemy – the founder of European astronomy. But the tilting angle of the Earth’s axis has changed since then almost 24 degrees and therefore it is required to add 24 days to the previous dates to find out the zodiacal position of the Sun. For example, people are used to think that the Sun moves through Aries from March 21 to April 20. Now we add 24 days to March 21 and it turns out that actually the Sun moves through Aries from April 14 to May 13. The same is true to all other signs.

But apart from the Sun, in the Vedic astrology there are 8 more planets that are taken into consideration which affect us as much as the Sun. The popular “newspaper astrology” completely ignores this fact, and gives the outdated calculations of the Sun’s transition through the zodiac. Therefore, if the calculations are made in accordance with the Vedic astrology, the main signs in one’s personal horoscope will be something else than what people are accustomed to .

It should also be noted that the New year in the Vedic calendar begins when the Sun enters Aries,the first sign of the zodiac, that is April 14. This is an actual New year, because a new cycle of the Sun movement through the zodiac begins .

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There is nothing important that happens on the 1 of January except for the fireworks, heavy drinking and people going crazy. The only important event in December is that the daylight is getting longer, and it starts on December 22, instead of 31. The fact that the New year should begin in spring and not in the middle of winter, is reflected in the names of the months. Some of them still retained the Sanskrit numeral roots.

For example, September is derived from the Sanskrit root “Sapta ” – seven, which means that September is the seventh month. October ( Octo – eight ) – the eighth month. November ( Nava – 9) – the ninth month . December comes from the Sanskrit root “dasa” – ten.  In this way December is the tenth month, and not the twelfth. Thus, the year ends with the end of winter and begins with spring, which is quite logical.

Now we’ll briefly review the basic principles of the Vedic astrology. The horoscope chart looks like a clock dial with 12 sectors. Each sector corresponds to one horoscope “house” and one zodiac sign.

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The term “House” refers to any part of a human body and a particular area of life.

 First House is a head, place of birth, general health, and ego.

 Second House is a face, speech, linguistic abilities,and finance.

Third House is a throat, voice, communicative, contracts, arms, lungs, younger brothers and sisters.

Fourth House is a chest, heart, emotions, mother, property, transportation, and education.

Fifth House is a stomach, intestines, children, creativity, investment, sports, and organisational skills .

Sixth House is an abdomen, disease, enemies, debts, obstacles, courts and hospitals.

Seventh House is the genitals, marriage, spouse, partnership, and business trips.

 Eighth House is kidney, lifespan, death, wills, inheritance, and occult knowledge .

 Ninth House is hips, father, a sense of duty, righteousness, spirituality, sacred places, and faraway travels.

 Tenth House is knees, work, career, success, and status in life.

 Eleventh House is shin, older relatives, friends, wins, acquisitions, and revenue sources.

 Twelfth House is foot, losses, damages, waste, charity, distant lands, and position of a soul after death .

 Thus, all the twelve “houses” of the horoscope show different aspects of life from birth to the moment when a soul leaves the body.

 In these “houses ” and the zodiac signs there are different planets, which move at different speeds, come into various combinations with each other and bring in a good or a bad luck in different areas of our lives, depending on what “house” and a sign they are situated in.

 Therefore, a person at different periods of life can make a fortune, and then lose everything; achieve fame and then be disgraced as Napoleon. In the Vedic astrology the nine planets are used: Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and two invisible planets – Rahu and Ketu. Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu are considered to be the unfavourable planets. Jupiter, Venus, Moon and Mercury are the favourable planets. The Sun in different situations can provide positive and negative effects.

 So, the astrologer must consider the behaviour of the nine planets in 12 “houses” and in 12 zodiac signs. Besides that, in the Vedic astrology 27 other constellations are used that are unknown in the West and which divide the 12 zodiac signs into more narrow sectors of 13.2 degrees. Each of these 27 constellations have 4 quarters.

 And in each of the quarters the same planet will be giving different results. There are also many fractional charts that are the derivative of the basic birth chart. They are needed for further details. They show the differences that explain why, for example, twins born at nearly the same time and having the same birth chart would have different fates.

 Here are a few examples of how the planets in different “houses” affect us. If Mars is in the 1st “house” – it gives a tall, thin, wiry body, energetic character, possible head injury or headaches. And if Mars is in the 7th “house” (marriage) – it will give problems in the family, even a divorce in periods when Mars affects this “house”.

 If Mercury is in the 10th “house” (work), most probably a person will work either in the media, telecommunication company, post office, or in the field of psychology, etc.

 If Venus is in the 3rd “house” ( voice, hands ), in its own zodiac sign ( Taurus, Libra or Pisces ) then a person will be skilful in arts. But if the same Venus is in the 12th “house” ( losses )  of a weakening sign ( Virgo ), a person will be devoid of any artistry, and will even  have problems with kidneys and eyes.

 If Jupiter is in the 4th “house” ( the heart, mother, education, real estate ), a person may have a kind heart, a good mother, a law degree, a big house , etc.

 If Saturn is in the 5th “house” ( children ), it can make a person either childless or bring offspring quite late.

 Naturally, these examples show only the general principles, but in reality it is much more complicated and there are many subtleties and rules, without which it is impossible to give an accurate forecast.

 In the next article we will discuss in more detail the nature of the nine major planets and how they manifest in our lives. We’ll also touch on a special section of the Vedic astrology, which helps to choose the right time for various initiatives, as well as the means to counteract the negative planets.

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