The science of studying the effects of the movement of planets on our lives is called Astrology.It is linked closely to astronomy in the need to know the correct positions of planets and the positions of the stars in relation to any place on earth at any given time. Once these positions are known the astrologer constructs charts representing these positions. This chart, cast based on the moment and place of your birth is called the "Birth Chart" or "Natal Chart". Analysis of this chart reveals your personality, answers to specific queries relating to any aspect of your life and even to plan a specific action in your life. The primary use of astrology is to understand ourselves and our karma for this life.
Astrology should be used as a self-development tool to unleash the inner strength that every human being possesses. It should be used as a road map to guide our life. It also helps us determine our strengths and weakness and nullify the effects of weak planets by performing remedies. We reap what we sow - we sow in our past life and reap in the present life. Astrology's purpose is to guide an individual to know his responsibility and to decide what is best. Astrology can only guide a person and explain the absence or presence of certain tendencies. It is up to the individuals to use this information as a tool to make their own decisions.
At times you may find that one part of a prediction may be apparently in direct contradiction to a statement made in another part of the same prediction. The fact is, some such contradictions as these exist in every nature, and are to be found in even the best-balanced characters. In some, these paradoxical contradictions are more marked, and where that is so Astrology shows the nature of two opposing tendencies, and points out which is likely to win. All predictions should be treated with discretion.Nobody can guarantee any of its forecasts and assume no responsibility for any actions taken based on such predictions.
What is Vedic Astrology
Vedic Astrology is also known as Jyotish or Jyotisha. Jyotisha is the Vedic system of astrology, one of the six disciplines of Vedanga. The Sanskrit word derives from jyótis (disjointed as "Ja"+"Ya"+"O"+"T"+"ish" to get the root meaning as "water or birth"+"in addition to" + "earth" and "stars" + "knowledgeable" equating as one who is knowledgeable, or enlightened with knowledge, of birth, fate, and relationship to water, earth and stars) or which means "light, brightness", but in the plural also "the heavenly bodies, planets and stars". Jyotish may thus at one level be seen to signify a "science of heavenly bodies". However, as the singular purpose of jyotish and the vedas is to dispel the darkness of ignorance, it is more commonly taken to signify the "science of light". Indeed, Jyotish has historically been part of a continuous "holistic" approach to living and to spiritual practice within the life of Hindus predominant in India.
Jyotish is often discussed as the instructional element of the Rig Veda, and as such is a Vedanga, or "body part" of the Vedas. Jyotish is called the Eye of the Veda, for its believed ability to view both phenomenal reality and wisdom itself. Part of a larger Vedic curriculum including mathematics, architecture, medical and military applications, it superficially has much in common with ancient and modern Western astrology (and the early traces of the descent of various schools of astrology from the Harappan and Egyptian cultures, Chinese and the Chaldean, through the Arabs, Greeks, and early Romans show complex interweavings that are assessed variously by diverse camps of scholars -- who, however, currently find little common ground as to the exact historical development). Jyotish has many facets, and some of its basics are clearly also cornerstones of Western astrology, such as symbolically endowed signs, houses and planets. But Jyotish has its own sophisticated reference to the noumenal: the planets are "grahas", forces that seize or act upon created beings and influence their actions and life.
As Hindus believe that humans have ups and downs in life because of karma, many use Jyotish to understand the downs in life due to the influence of planets, i.e., Navagraha and perform religious ceremonies to mitigate the bad karma,