What are your experiences with Indian astrologers
Vedic Astrology: This is behind the science of light
Astrology means something like the interpretation of the stars. In numerous cultural spaces, astrology was an integral part of rituals long before the great religions pushed this science more and more into the background in the western world.
Since astrology in India has been directly linked to rituals - predominantly Brahmanic - for many thousands of years, the traditional form, sidereal astrology, has survived there to this day. This means that she works with sidereal constellations. It is about the constellation of the stars at birth, it is based on the moon.
The western astrology that we know today, on the other hand, comes from the Renaissance era, it has developed from the sidereal to a tropical zodiac reading, which is based on the turning points in the seasons, or rather the sun.
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What exactly is Indian astrology?
Considered soberly, Vedic astrology is a sidereal astrology and is used in India Jyotisha called. Translated means Jyotisha Science of light. Their origin is mostly in ancient Indian scriptures, the Vedas or in epics like that Mahabharataseen.
The oldest natal constellations that archaeologists have found in the Arab region (Babylonia) are also sidereal readings. In the meantime one assumes an original or ancient astrology in Babylonia, which then migrated to India.
In the past, as it is today, Jyotisha was used in India to determine the ideal time for a ritual or a sacrifice. Weddings, drug treatments and naming are often only done after looking at the stars.
From a spiritual point of view, Vedic astrology is a kind of mirror and establishes the relationship between the individual and all influences from nature and the universe.
What is Vedic Astrology?
With Jyotisha, a prediction is possible, as is a judgment about the current health or mental situation. A spiritual reading of the stars is also possible. This goes beyond prediction and judgment. Here the focus is directed to whether the determining energies are in balance, awareness can be trained and one's own intuition can be strengthened. Recommendations from Ayurveda and yoga are also used here.
A combination of the three usual facets is also possible, it depends on the individual question.
My self-experiment in matters of Vedic astrology with the astrologer in Auroville
Admittedly, until not too long ago I wasn't a “star person”. I have been observing the moon for years and I am more and more fascinated to understand and feel its effects. But questioning stars felt rather uncomfortable and like outside control, so no news.
When at the end of last year my life was thrown out of joint due to a sudden death in my family and very old topics within our small group came to light, a time of constant questions and unrest began for me. Yes, I still felt strongly connected to my center, but a wind was raging in my head that I couldn't control so easily with my yoga and Ayurveda tools.
A few months later, in Auroville, South India, I was sitting across from a Vedic astrologer. I wanted answers to my questions. I wanted - damn it - to get everything back to normal.
The astrologer invited me to his home. No small Indian hut with idols, altar and ghee lamp, but a box made of concrete and glass, with a view of the wild forest of Auroville. His daughter sat on the sofa in front of the greenery and watched TV. I leaned back rather skeptically.
First the astrologer explained to me the meaning of my dominant planets in the different houses - calculated by the place, date and time of my birth. I found out exactly which planets exert a strong influence on me at what time, how I can balance myself and protect myself from possible crises and diseases.
Finally, he told me that there was a shock in my life in late autumn and that this crisis would continue for a while and that I shouldn't doubt my abilities and my path as I am currently.
Bam. Tears welled up in my eyes.
“How do you know that?” Was my first thought. At the same time I felt a huge burden being lifted from my shoulders. What if everything was okay? Is everything in flux? The river didn't feel great right now, but my inner rebellion was melting away bit by bit.
Vedic astrology is determined by the three properties and the nine planets. Knowing about them aims to balance the four goals in life.
Aha, but what does that mean exactly? And above all, how can I combine that with everything I've learned. About Ayurveda, Yoga and other spiritual teachings? But as so often, I was able to discover similarities in the systems.
The three Gunas than all determining properties
Perhaps you already know the terms of the three gunas or properties from yoga or Ayurveda: these are sattva, rajas and tamas. Sattva is the light, the high spiritual power. Rajas is variety, movement, also fire and passion. Tamas is the night, the dull, dark, heavy. You can understand it this way: everything that has a form is manifested through the qualities of sattva, rajas and tamas. Life is constantly changing and so Sattva, Rajas and Tamas are always in motion.
In Vedic astrology the planets, the zodiac signs and houses are categorized according to these properties.
Join in Navagrahawho have favourited nine planets
In Jyotisha, as in western astrology, we find the seven main planets, the sun, moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. In addition, there are Ketu and Rahu, who are said to be the head and tail of a demon.
Each planet corresponds to a personified heavenly figure. Seven of them are considered demigods and they are worshiped in some Indian temples, including the one demon made up of Ketu and Rahu. All nine are classified according to the three characteristics described above.
The sun, moon and Jupiter are considered to be the Sattva planets. They have powerful nourishing and healing properties. Rajas include Mercury and Venus. They have a lot of fire and strength of mind and can stand for strong selfishness. Mars and Saturn, Ketu and Rahu are considered planets with tamas; they stand for dullness and (self-) destruction. Not only the properties of the planets are important, but also where exactly they can be found in the birth chart.
The four goals in life
Regardless of the tradition we follow in India or which epic we read about it: the four goals play a very central role in a person's life. These are Dharma (here: life's work), Artha (prosperity), Kama (wish), and Moksha (spiritual liberation).
An important step in a sidereal natal chart is that Dharma, so to find out a person's life task.
So to find answers to questions like these: Why are you here, what is your job? How can you realize yourself and at the same time take care of the good of the community?
Keeping the worldly (Dharma, Artha and Kama) and spiritual (Moksha) goals in balance is the goal in Hinduism. How you succeed in this and which energies or planets hinder or support you can be answered with a look at your jyotic birth diagram.
Are there zodiac signs and houses in Jyotisha?
Yes, the zodiac signs and houses common in the West are also used in Vedic astrology - and are characterized by the three properties.
With regard to the zodiac signs, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are considered to be sattvik. Zodiac signs with a lot of fire are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, as well as Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are Tamasic. (If you want to learn more about the individual houses, you can read on in Astrology of the Seers: An Introduction to the Spiritual and Yogic Basics of Vedic Psychology by David Frawley.)
Jyotisha related to Ayurveda
Both Jyostiha and Ayurveda both have their philosophical origins in the Samkhya philosophy. This is also evident in the omnipresence of the three qualities of Sattva, Raja and Tama.
In classical Ayurveda, the external characteristics such as tongue, skin, pulse, eyes and excretions such as stool, sweat and urine are examined first to establish a diagnosis. In addition, the direct context in which a person is currently located is highlighted. So the world of work, family life and more.
In many traditions, medical astrology is also used to recognize dispositions and differentiate clinical pictures more precisely. The stars show the health potential, the susceptibility and also the time for the right treatment. 1 If the energy fields of the stars do not resonate with the individual energy field, this can cause diseases. Jyotisha helps with diagnosis and therapy.
Jyotic Astrology and the Psyche
Jyotisha also provides information about the intellectual and spiritual potential and thus enables an insight into the psyche of a person. The division of the planets into the three different properties (Gunas) helps here.
Based on positive experiences, I have come to the conclusion that astrology can be of great use to the psychologist (...) that means that we can find the original psychological factors in the constellation [of the stars]. " C.G. Young
By placing us in a larger context through Jyotisha, certain causes of crises can be better understood. Because the birth chart is used to read why the crisis is there, the head can take a break from its brooding thoughts and concentrate on what is offered as a strengthening counterpart.
What is the point of a jyotic session and what makes a good session?
In the sidereal reading, the task of a person in his life is shown in combination with his physical and mental potential. The division into the three properties shows the effects of planets that have a positive or negative effect on life and how we can deal with them.
In the session, the astrologer was able to tell me exactly which stars are causing trouble in my life and which are my sources of strength, yes, competencies that I should focus on. I was able to find all the factors that he mentioned in my life. In support, I was given tasks and mantras to soothe dark planets and strengthen my connection to positive aspects.
I think a good one session illuminates the space of competencies and positive action.
How do I come to terms with the situation and how can I achieve a greater balance in my life? Which factors prevent me from doing this and which sources can I use for support?
We learn what influence we can have on our future. Our future is ultimately the result of our thoughts and actions in the now.
Prasna, the power of questioning as a step towards inner balance
When we question the stars, are we only looking for the solution outside? I think no.
Ultimately, symbols, similar to archetypes, are used in astrology. They should help us to understand ourselves better and - based on this deep understanding and acceptance - to strengthen certain competencies, expand our consciousness and, above all, to deal with ourselves more calmly.
My session in Auroville moved me a lot. Since then, I have been much more relaxed about friction fields in and around me. And I started training in Vedic astrology so that I could definitely learn more about this exciting system.
Jyotisha serves as a mirror to better understand and accept your dark side and your inner light and to ship yourself safe and held through the sometimes wild ocean of energy fields.
Cover picture © Nazar Sharafutdinov
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¹ David Frawley, “Yoga and Ayurveda”.
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