“Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”
According to the ancient Indian scriptures knows as the “Vedas” (which are the oldest Indo-Aryan Sanskrit texts) we have to experience reactions or Karma in our present life and the next one, which reflect the good or bad actions we have performed in our past lives.
Vedic Astrology is based on universal religion and believes in the transmigration of the soul in its quest for further spiritual growth. God gives us birth to perform specific deeds (Karma) on Earth and at the same time expand the consciousness of the soul through its earthly experience until we have paid our karmic debt and it is no longer necessary for us to reincarnate.
Accepting this philosophy of the Vedas, our birth at a certain time holds a certain destiny, or Karma to live out during this lifetime. The arrangement of the planets at birth is an indication of what good or bad karma we will enjoy or suffer in this life. God gives us birth at the most opportune time to assist us in achieving our earthly goals – i.e. our destiny is already mapped out for us.
Know that this Karma is not eternal, but can be changed – man must use his free will within the given parameters of his birth chart to rule his destiny. This is not as contradictory as it sounds because man only realises 5% of his potential and leaves 95% of it untapped before he dies. Vedic astrology takes the view that is a person leads his life morally and righteously and gains higher knowledge, the past karmic debts will get paid off and new Karmic credits will be built up for this life as well as for a future birth.
Free will alone at times cannot shift one’s current path in life to what is required – one has to resort to the use of Muhurtha (auspicious timing), mantras, yantras, yagyas and gemmology – these act like an umbrella and although they cannot top the divine downpour, they prevent one from getting wet.
Good timing in life is of the essence and in Vedic Astrology, the Vimshottri Dasha system is unique in timing and pin-pointing events in one’s life. One can ward off failure and ensure success by correctly directing efforts and starting ventures at auspicious times.
“There is a tide in the affairs of men
which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
is bound in shallows and miseries”
In Vedic civilisation, Astrology formed the very basis of daily life so that man might harmonise his life with the laws of nature – Law of Karma, with its doctrine of reincarnation and the soul’s attainment of “Nirvana” i.e. the merging with All Wisdom at which point the cycle of reincarnation comes to an end.
“Try to enable yourself to follow nature
again, and she will be your instructor”
A Vedic horoscope highlights your potential and capabilities with regard to finances, relationships, career and other earthly considerations, but most importantly it helps you to open the window on your own spirituality, thus revealing your true purpose in this incarnation.
How one should utilise astrology in one’s life – guidance
Astrology has four main branches:
Natal – related to predictions regarding birth charts
Horary or Prashna – related to the answering of pressing questions
Electional (Muhurta) – this is connected to choosing an auspicious moment for the start of any venture to ensure its success
Mundane – related to horoscopes of nations and the collective destinies of people
Natal Astrology interprets the future of man as moulded by man’s previous Karma and indicated by the planetary positions at the time of birth. For an accurate Natal Chart to be created, the Astrologer requires:
The Date of Birth
The Place of Birth
The Time of Birth
In the event of the native not having their exact time of birth, an Astrologer can rectify the Natal Chart but this involves a lot of research into the native’s background and history – it is a two way process where past events are fitted into appropriate Dashas (periods) before the correct details can be confirmed – it is a very lengthy and expensive procedure.
Natal Astrology involves putting up to 16 charts, depending on the depth the Astrologer wishes to go into. Therefore bear this in mind when you visit your Astrologer next time. Do not be afraid to ask questions because this is a two way consultation and there are logical answers to all questions.
Horary or Prashna answers people’s pressing questions – which can be anything from “Will I marry this year?” to “Where did I put my keys?” to “Is this the right time to invest in a new business?” and numerous other topics. If the question asks when, where or whether, it can definitely be answered using Horary.
A Horary Chart symbolises the birth of a question – a question is “born” when first asked aloud or in writing of the Astrologer, and the question’s horoscope is put up for the day, time and place of birth to show where the planets are in the sky at the moment and how they affect the outcome of the question – this form of Astrology does not require the personal details of the native. Hence I recommend Horary for everyday pressing questions and more so for people who do not have their exact birth details. This form of astrology is very helpful for questions that require immediate answers.
What is meant by Muhurta (Electional) Astrology? This is predictive (Natal and Horary) Astrology reversed – here, a moment is so chosen as to ensure success of any venture begun at the moment. Muhurta is very important because it gives valuable directions to the native so that he/she may remove, neutralise, counteract or overcome the obstacles indicated in their natal chart. Natal Chart is diagnostic and like a road map that shows various hurdles and problems that one might have to face in life but does not prescribe any remedies, whereas Muhurta is prescriptive as well as preventative. In Muhurta the time to begin anything auspicious such as a major business venture, a marriage or investments etc is arrived at by ensuring that the planets are in a good position at that time in conjunction with the native’s Natal Chart.
It tells us how one can ward off failure and ensure success by starting ventures at auspicious times – Muhurta stands for good timing in life.