The Hindi word for Astrology is Jyotish – which literally translates to the ‘eye of the Veda’.
Almost everyone has heard about Astrology and many people know what Sun Signs are. We also tend to read daily horoscopes and other predictions that appear in various websites, newspapers and magazines.
But, there is much more to know about Astrology. Simply put, Astrology is a science of planets and stars, derived from the Latin word, Astrologia’ , meaning the study of stars. In fact, Astrology is a very ancient subject and practice, and it is being practiced on a global level, in various forms, since centuries. Astrology is basically related to the study of the cosmos, and how stars and other planetary objects in the universe influence life on the earth. The predictive use of this subject is relatively newer, as initially the subject was used to study weather and climatic patterns, understand the causes that led to certain events, treat or get rid of an evil eye and many such other things.
The subject of Astrology originally falls under the category of metaphysics, and is based on the age-old theories of energy patterns, such as Reiki, Aura reading, Feng Shui, Acupuncture and Yoga. Actually, the gravitational forces of different planets have their own effects on the Earth, as well as on the people living on Earth. Moreover, each of the 12 zodiac signs is a distinct combination of one of the four basic elements in our environment – Earth, Air, Fire, Water – and carries one of the three fundamental qualities of being – Cardinal, Fixed or Variable.
Since the dawn of civilisation, Astrology has been commonly used to understand and predict events related to all areas of our life. Similarly, today Astrology is widely used for personal readings, understanding oneself, and to get an insight about matters related to business, health, finance, career, marriage, wealth, relationships, etc. Although different cultures share common roots in ancient astrological practices, they have devised their own unique methodologies. Earlier, western cultures practiced Western Astrology, whereas, eastern cultures practiced Chinese and Vedic Astrology. But nowadays, all these are commonly practiced and are embraced worldwide.
A person who practices Astrology is called an Astrologer. In the Vedic System of Astrology or Jyotish Vidya, such a practitioner is known as a Jyotish. The relationships between the celestial bodies and the Zodiac Signs, and their interactions are calculated and read mathematically. An Astrologer or Jyotish studies these mathematical cycles, the movements of planets and their effects of these planets on individuals, and predicts accordingly. The celestial system known as the Zodiac is divided into 12 Zodiac Sign – basis certain Astronomical positions etc., and are thus attributed unique characteristics.
The position of the Sun, Moon, stars and other planets at the time of our birth is known to shape our personality, affect our lives and predestine our destinies. Astrology also empowers individuals by helping them understand their inherent strengths and potential. Like religion, Astrology also deals with the concept of karma –which believes that, deeds of this life will shape your next life.
We all know that one can see the horizon under the clear sky. Similarly, one can clearly understand the numerous aspects of their life with the help of Astrology and lead a better, happier and successful life.