(Last Updated on : 13/11/2013)
Understanding of astrology was in its infancy in the Vedic period. It included gathering knowledge on the planets, their movements and their location. Earlier Vedic astrology was only based on the planetary movements but later on it included zodiac signs also. Astrology is a Vedanga - a part of Vedas
There are twenty seven constellations made up of twelve zodiac signs, nine planets and twelve houses. Depending on when a person is born, the 12 signs are distributed among the twelve houses and nine planets are placed in various houses. The visual representation of the signs and planets is called a horoscope chart. Vedic astrology is inferring the meaning of these arrangements.
Types of Vedic Astrology
Vedic astrology (Jyotisha) has Siddhanta, Samhita, and Hora as its three main branches:
Siddhanta implies Astronomy and its application to astrology. Samhita refers to ordinary astrology. It predicts important events related to countries such as political events, war, earthquakes, meteorology, financial positions, elect ional astrology; Vastu Shastra
and so on.
Hora covers predictive astrology. It has predictions based on individual horoscope. It contains selection of favourable time to start an activity to get maximum fulfilment. Names and sounds also do have a forecast here. There is a branch of numeric astrology.
Predictions based on time when a question is asked by querent or querist. Prophecy of an individual is also a part of this division of Astrology.
Astrology based on annual solar returns. Hora also covers non-conventional method of timing of events based on Famous Indian astrologer, Acharya Jaimini. Art of tracing or construction of lost horoscopes has a mention here.
Scientific Basis of Vedic Astrology
It is regrettable that even today's modern science is unable to understand the physical laws behind this ancient method although it's getting there very fast. The present understanding of astral science lies in possibility and statistics. In statistical terms we may say that the occurrence of a specific event in one's life when certain planetary combination exists is "statistically significant". Certain combinations in one's chart actually result in a prophecy, which turns out to be around seventy to eighty percent true. With a logical statistical importance events can be forecasted.
Vedic astrology is the oldest surviving form of horoscopic astrology in the world. Here stars are considered to be the fixed background against which the motions of the planets are measured. Through the analysis of the planetary cycles in the past and present it is possible to interpret the probable future.