Jyotish or Vedic astrology, like yoga and Ayurveda, is a profound, ancient science, originating from the Vedas, the oldest system of knowledge of life preserved on Earth, which has been around for almost six thousand years. The word “jyotish” itself means “light” and is considered to be the eyes of the Vedas, because it lights our way in life like a powerful lamp.
The basic rule followed by the ancient sages and fathers of Jyotish is that “the Microcosm mirrors the Macrocosm”, which corresponds to the biblical principle “as in Heaven so on Earth”, the individual being the microcosm that embodies all planets of the macrocosm. Jyotish says that the nine planets, which are instruments through which the principle of karma is expressed, are only indicators of our karmic tendencies, just as the hands of the clock are indicators of time. They point to something.
The Vedas teach us that the goal of life is to find balance in the following four main aspects of life:
The entire Vedic philosophy is based on the principles of reincarnation and karma. In the Vedas, it is considered that with our death only the physical body dies, and the karmic seed in areas that we have failed to overcome in this life are transferred to the next one. Life lessons and karmic tendencies for the current life can be seen in our birth chart, which we can interpret and understand with the help of Jyotish. The birth chart is the DNA of our soul.
Jyotish is primarily a science, because it provides us, using complex mathematical models, with an image of the Universe, represented by the Zodiac at the exact time of our birth, known as the birth chart (natal chart). At the same time, however, it is an art form, in which correct interpretations are reached via intuition and our internal, transrational knowledge.
Jyotish uses symbols which are steeped within our ancient collective consciousness, for example, it connects the Sun with concepts such as soul and the origin of existence, health and vitality, the figure of the father and authority; the Moon is connected with the mind and emotions, the figure of the mother and compassion; Mars with energy, courage and war; Mercury with communication, speech, trade, etc.
“A child is born on that day
And at that hour
When the celestial rays
Are in mathematical harmony
With his individual karma.”
~ Sri Yukteswar, “Autobiography of a Yogi”