Category Archives: Vedic Astrology – Jyotish

A predictive and preventive ‘karmic engineering’ system to help maintain only positive influences in our returning karmas.

12-Step Guide to Vedic Horoscope Interpretation

Summary: A Beginner’s Guide to successful Vedic (Jyotish) Horoscope Interpretation. It covers the key areas of: Collecting Information and Constructing the Horoscope; Evaluation of Key Indicators for Judging the Jyotish Horoscope;  Synthesis and Reporting Back to Client. It contains numerous links to well-researched and clearly written additional resources. Sharing the author’s extensive knowledge and experience, it makes the process of chart interpretation and prediction effective, systematic and easy-to-follow. Reading time: 35 to 45 minutes

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Problematic Planetary Alignments in April 2024

Summary: This article examines a number of problematic and inauspicious planetary alignments happening in April 2024 from the perspective of Vedic astrology. It covers the total solar eclipse occurring on 8 April 2024, the appearance of Comet Pons-Brooks, planetary war between Mars and Saturn and the retrograde combust Mercury with Gandanta Dosha.   It then applies the rules and principles of Jyotish astrology to analyse the potential impact of these astrological events in the Vedic horoscope. It also demonstrates how Jyotish forms an integral part of the wider Yogic / Vedic spiritual traditions and is intended as a resource for people studying this subject.

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How to Start Interpreting Vedic Horoscopes

Summary: First steps in learning successful Vedic Horoscope interpretation. Examining spiritual considerations and important factors needed before starting to interpret a birth-chart using Jyotish astrology. A step-by-step guide covering the ‘mechanics’ of Vedic chart interpretation will be covered in a separate article.

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Transits

Summary: Transits are another way of predicting returning karma, but of less importance than the Mahadasha periods. Effects are evaluated on a house-by-house basis counted from the sign where the Moon is located in the birth-chart. The main effects considered by Jyotish are due to the transits of Jupiter and Saturn (particularly ‘Sade Sati’).

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Birth-time Errors

Summary: Discussing the implications of Birth-time errors for correctly identifying the Ascendant; for prescribing planetary antidotes; the calculation of Mahadasha starting times and possible errors in Nakshatra allocation; plus chart rectification techniques to determine a correct birth-time.

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Planetary Aspects

Summary: Explaining the concept of ‘Planetary Aspects’ in Jyotish and examining the rules needed to apply these principles. Also highlighting the major differences between aspects in Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology.

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Functional Benefic and Malefic Planets

Summary: Explaining how Natural Benefics and Natural Malefics can switch roles on account of the houses they own in an individual’s birth-chart. They then become Functional Malefics and Functional Benefics and can bring problems and benefits in their major time periods. This change of behaviour is dependent on the specific ascendant in the chart.

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Planetary Antidotes in Jyotish

Summary: Covering Remedial Measures or Planetary Antidotes (Upaye or Upayes) in Jyotish. Detailed discussion of: Wearing gem stones associated with a particular planet: Chanting planetary related mantras: Performing specific acts of charity: Conducting Vedic rituals to balance planetary energies

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Resources for Students of Vedic Astrology

Summary: An overview of the collated resources on this website for students of Vedic Astrology. This information forms the minimum foundation knowledge needed to start understanding how charts are interpreted. Together with articles on ‘The Basic Principles of Jyotish Astrology’, it includes ‘In-Depth Articles Applying These Principles’.

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A Rare and Auspicious Planetary Alignment

Summary: This article examines the effect of a very rare and highly auspicious planetary alignment occurring during September 2020. The planetary configuration occurs in the sidereal zodiac used by Vedic astrologers and represents an outstandingly good time for souls to take a human birth!

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Planetary Strengths or Powers

Summary: Covers a key component of chart interpretation – assessing the ‘strength’, ‘power’ or ‘status’ of a planet from its sign placement in a birth-chart. Also explains:  House Rulership (ownership) concept and  ‘Friends and Enemies’ categories for assessing planetary strengths. Examines how strength assessment is modified by the effect of  Retrograde motion, Combust planets, Vargottama status in divisional charts and ‘Planetary War’. 

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Introduction to Vedic Astrology – Jyotish

Summary: This article is a brief introduction to Vedic Astrology. It covers the links with yoga, and the basic aims and applications of the predictive and preventive Vedic Astrological System – also known as Jyotish or Yogic Astrology.

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Vedic Astrology – A Paradigm Shift

Summary: This article examines the paradigm shift needed by Western Astrologers if they are going to stand any chance of understanding the fundamental concepts involved in the predictive and preventive Vedic Astrological system.

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Jyotish – Sidereal Zodiac

Summary: This article examines the differences in the zodiacs use by Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology.  It explains why Jyotish uses the fixed sidereal zodiac and not the movable tropical zodiac. It shows how sun signs, ascendants and all planetary positions can appear in different signs in the two systems.

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Jyotish – Planetary Forces

Summary: Vedic Astrology, unlike Western Astrology, takes the view that planets do not emit forces that influence people. Rather, the planetary arrangements at birth and subsequent transits merely represent information in a codified form. This can then be decoded by a skilled Jyotish astrologer to make predictions. Vedic Astrology comes from a tradition that views the cosmos and all the beings in it as part of an integrated whole.

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Jyotish – Origins of Vedic Astrology

Summary: This article discusses the origins of Vedic Astrology (Jyotish) and the process of Vedic cognition. It identifies the great Vedic Seer Maharishi Parashara as the ‘father of Jyotish Astrology’ and  his classical text on Jyotish: the ‘Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra’.

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