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Astrology: An Introduction

Astrology: An Introduction  

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Nobody except the creator of this universe can tell that what exactly is going to happen, however, ancient sages created astrology to get an idea about future events. Astrology is known as a science of probabilities in modern age. Astrology has various branches.

Astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. It is also known as Hindu astrology, Indian astrology, and more recently Vedic astrology. The term Hindu astrology has been in use as the English equivalent of Jyotisa since the early 19th century, whereas Vedic astrology is a relatively recent term, entering common usage in the 1980s. Vedanga Jyotisha are one of the earliest writings about astrology and astronomy within Vedas.

The eighteen sages namely i. e. Surya, Pitamah, Vyasa, Vashishtha, Atree, Parashara, Kashyapa, Narada, Garga, Marichi, Manu, Angira, Lomasha, Paulisha, Chyavan, Yavana, Bhrigu and Saunaka have been recognized as the creators of astrology.

In astrological consultation people get predictions about their future through horoscope (Birth Chart) which is popularly known as Teva or Janamkunali in Indian Astrology. This horoscope is a magical mirror in which the astrologer can read the past, present and future of a person.

This practice is known as natal astrology too and involves the analysis of this “birth chart” or “natal chart” of the client which is a diagram that depicts where the planets were at the exact moment of their birth. Consultations involving a client’s birth chart are useful for determining wide-ranging information about different areas of their life.

In nutshell the premise of natal astrology is that the nature and course of a person’s life is reflected in the alignment of the planets at the moment of their birth.

Natal astrology assumes, or implies, that our lives are largely predetermined or mapped out ahead of time, to a greater or lesser extent. The main goal of this form of astrology, then, is to study what may be referred to as an individual’s fate.

The primary tool (horoscope) used in order to accomplish this is divided into 12 houses. The 12 Rashi and 9 planets are placed in these houses. These 12 houses contain the significant, precise and comprehensive information about the future of the native in coded language. Each of the 12 houses of this horoscope holds a different portfolio as depicted in the image given below-

Astrology has been divided into three main Skandhas:

  • Siddhanta: Indian Astronomy (Mathematics of Astrology)
  • Samhita: Mundane Astrology, predicting important events related to countries such as war, earthquakes, political events, financial positions, Electional Astrology, house and construction related matters (Vastu Shastra), animals, portents, omens, and so on.
  • Hora: ( Predictive Astrology):

This branch has the following different styles / sub branches:-

  • Jaatak Shaastra / Hora Shaastra (Natal Astrology / horoscopy): Prediction based on individual horoscope.
  • Muhurt or Muhurtha (Electional astrology): Selection of beneficial time to initiate an activity to get maximum fruition from the life activities.
  • Swar Shaastra (Phonetical astrology): Predictions based on name & sounds.
  • Prashna (Horary astrology): Predictions based on time when a question is asked by querent / querist.
  • Ankjyotisha / Kabala (Numerology): A branch of astrology based on numbers.
  • Nadi Astrology: An ancient treatise having detailed predictions for individuals.
  • Tajik Shaastra / Varsha Phal (Annual Horoscopy): Astrology based on annual solar returns.
  • Tajik Shaastra / Varsha Phal (Annual Horoscopy): Astrology based on annual solar returns.
  • Jaimini Sutras: A non-conventional method of timing of events based on Famous Indian astrologer, Acharya Jaimini.
  • Nastjaatakam (Lost Horoscopy): Art of tracing / construction of lost horoscopes.
  • Streejaatak (female astrology): A special branch of astrology dealing with female nativities.

The objective of astrology is to give accurate predictions about future but its utility lies in the correct and effective solutions to our problems.

The astrological consultation through horoscope can tell you what the future has in store for you in different areas of life like your health, wealth, social life, and comforts in life including your education, children, marriage, destiny and growth in career, the height of your career, inflow of money, expenses, property, travelling, mental, physical and spiritual growth and many other things.

It not only tells about your future in these areas in general but also makes an accurate analysis of your current time thereby providing right guidance about various areas of life for making important decisions. In nutshell astrology can be used as a guide.

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