Vedic astrology is one of the oldest forms of astrology. It evolved over 5,000 years ago and is based on a body of knowledge known as the 'Vedas,' which translates to 'knowledge' or 'wisdom,' and is referred to as Jyotish, -- the ‘light of the heavenly bodies’. Today, Vedic astrology is acknowledged as one of the most powerful forms of astrology in practice and is followed by millions around the world.

It is interesting to know that Vedic Astrology existed from the beginning of civilization. In veda we find tithi and month of various gods birth, Hindu Astrology is based on the circles of moon to Earth. Days are called lunar days. Divisions are based on full moon and dark moon.

The Vedas themselves, the core corpus of sacred writings of Hinduism, are mainly interested in the position of the moon in the 27 or 28 lunar mansions, as well as in the lunar phases, eclipses, the solstices, and the equinoxes. Planets play practically no role in the Vedas, zodiac signs are completely unknown.Observations of the sky were important only for the Vedic sacrificial cult, as is expressly stated in the Vedāṅgajyotiṣa, the oldest textbook on astronomy and calendar calculation.[11] It is only interested in the cycles of the Sun and Moon, whereas planets and zodiac signs play no role in it. There is no evidence for a natal horoscope as we know it today in the Vedas.

While Western astrology is known for its emphasis on the psychological nature and personality of the individual, Vedic astrology's primary focus is on predicting cycles and events of the future, putting more emphasis on understanding when certain events are likely to take place. Vedic astrology gives a better view of: a person's karmic tendencies and when such tendencies are likely to manifest for that person through a unique system of planetary time cycles, called 'dashas,' for which there is no corresponding method in Western astrology.

The planets in Vedic astrology are referred to as 'grahas' and ancient scriptures refer to them as the lords of karma and destiny. It is believed that the birth chart of an individual is based on their past karma, which is bestowed upon them by the nine planets.

However, it is not Vedic astrology's purpose to replace an individual's responsibility to decide what is best for them. The role of astrology is to make one aware of the presence or absence of certain tendencies, and should be used as a tool for making better decisions. Ultimately, the purpose of astrology is self-knowledge, self-awareness and improvement.

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