Jyotish – The Ancient Art of Vedic Astrology

Author :     Yildiz Sethi
Published : 2002 issue 86 Wellbeing annual magazine

In the West it is often called Vedic AstrologyHindu astrology or Indian astrology. The origins of Jyotish are lost in the mists of time, but is thought to have originated between 5,000 BC-10,000 BC from the Vedantas, along with Yoga and Ayurveda and the great spiritual teachings of such works as the Bhagavan Gita.

The great sages of that time in India put together the knowledge of the Vedic period. This was passed on through oral traditions for countless generations.

Jyotish is said to be the Eye of the Vedas. It is a means by which our maker has made it possible for us to illuminate our lives.

For this reason it is very much a spiritual science. It can show the soul’s progress towards liberation or Moksha through the cycle of rebirth.

The birth chart shows the exact karma that the soul has chosen to experience in this life to continue the soul’s evolution.

How Is It Different to Western Astrology?

The Vedic astrology chart is set up using a Sidereal chart, which gives the exact position of planets at birth. The Sidereal chart is also known as the Fixed star system. Most Western astrologers use the Tropical Moving star system. This system has now moved by more than 23 degrees away from the Vedic system and continues to move, so it could be that some or many aspects of your chart will change between the two systems of astrology, possibly giving quite different readings. .

Generally the outer planets of Uranus, Neptune or Pluto or any other meteorites are not used by Vedic astrologers.

The Vedic system though spiritual, is also a very useful tool for self -development as well as looking at the more practical elements of life. Such things as psychology, relationships, wealth, career, health, desires and understanding your life purpose are all part of your spiritual journey according to Jyotish.

Jyotish Has a Wealth of Tools to Use for Interpretation.

The natal chart itself as well as :

  • Divisional charts that each cover specific areas of life such as marriage, children, career, parents, siblings just to name a few.
  • Planetary periods called Dasas.
  • Nakshatras – Lunar Mansions of the Moon.
  • Yogas- Planetary combinations that give strong indications of karma to come to fruition in this life
  • Transits

All of these tools when used together will give an accurate indication of your psychology, events, capabilities and more challenging areas, relationships, creativity and more.

Jyotish will help you to understand the timing of the karmas to come into your life and so you have the choice to be prepared.

About the Author
Yildiz Sethi B.Ed. Grad. Dip. Couns. Dip Clinical Hypnotherapy NLP Pract. Family Constellations practitioner is a Vedic Astrologer, professional counsellor and educator living and working in  Brisbane, Australia. Yildiz is available for astrology readings and astrology counselling and teaches Vedic astrology in classes or by correspondence. Her insight into psychology through the Vedic astrology chart can be immensely helpful in giving her clients clarity with their issues. This usually leads to a much shorter period in sorting out issues and making people feel well within themselves. Yildiz may be contacted by email
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