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An Introduction to Vedic Astrology

Vedic astrology can be more than 10000 years old and no one clearly knows which the accurate date of the Vedic period is.   Even though there are debates going on about the accurate time period of this Vedic life, it definitely was rooted in the Indian subcontinent.    Unlike modern science and technology, this Vedic period was the time frame where people used Vedic knowledge in their daily life. There was a set health care system named Ayurveda, now also Ayurveda is a very big industry. Astrology or Jyotish is a branch in that Vedic lifestyle. Jyotish means nothing but knowledge of light.

Veda means a lot in Sanskrit. It means sacred knowledge, sacred lore, finding, perception, true knowledge and much more.   The knowledge about Vedas have spread in four texts Rig veda, Yajur veda, Sama veda and Atharva veda. There are so many scriptures from these books mentions   astrology.

Even though there are many texts available about Vedic astrology, Vedanga Jyotish can be considered as main text which is supposed to be originated in the later part of the Vedic era. It is all about astronomical calculations and astrology as well. There are so many other books giving detailed descriptions about astrology like Brihat Parshara Hora Sastra, Jaimini Sutras, Phaldeepika, Uttara Kalaamrit, and Bhrigu sutras.

In Western astrology is ahead of Vedic astrology by 23 degrees in the calculation. In a birth chart if Sun is at 20 degrees Sagittarius, according to Vedic chart, in Western chart Sun will be in early degrees of Capricorn. So, the calendar also changes. Accordingly, the dates of the months also change.


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