Vedic Astrology or Jyothisha
Vedic Astrology or Jyothisha is a predictive science as laid out in the Vedas. It considers planetary motions and positions with respect to time and their effect on humans and other entities on earth.
Vedic Astrology has three specific sections:
- Ganitha or Astronomy
- Hora or Horoscopy
- Sakha or Astrological Mathematics
Vedic Astrology covers the following:
- Jataka: Deals with predictions to be made on the basis of the rising sign at birth.
- Gola: Deals with planetary systems, their nature and peculiarities and in short with spherical astronomy.
- Nimitta: Takes into consideration tatkalika lakshanas or what are popularly known as omens obtaining at a particular time and makes predictions on certain gestures.
- Prasna: Refers to Forecasts being based upon the time of question.
- Muhurtha: This has reference to fixing up of auspicious times for success in business, spiritual or domestic undertakings.
- Ganita: Refers to mathematical astronomy and mathematical astrology
Vedic Astrology is considered the most important limb of Veda Purusha.It does not much concern itself with the description of general character even though behaviour-patterns and mental abnormalities are pointed out on the basis of soli-lunar relations. It concerns more with the delineation of future predicting events. The precision in forecasts is due not merely to knowledge and experience but also to what is called intuition.
There is a saying in India that all astrologers cannot be successful predictors and all medical men cannot be successful doctors. But those who are not born astrologers can yet deal with horoscopes with a fair degree of accuracy if one knows the clues correctly.