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Everything You Need to Know About Astrology

Everything You Need to Know About Astrology
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Astrology is ancient. It has captivated human interest for thousands of years. It serves as a symbolic bridge between the unknown in the sky and daily life.

The most popular forms of Astrology are Vedic Astrology, Vaastu Shastra, Tarot Cards, Western Astrology ,Nadi Shastra, Palmistry, KP, Numerology, Lal Kitab, Gemstones , Medical astrology .

It has deep roots in many cultures worldwide. Positions and movements of stars and planets can affect people and shape destinies. Astrology charts the alignment of celestial bodies at specific moments, like one’s birth. It offers insights into traits, relationships, and life events such as Career, Health, Finance etc.

Let’s explore some of the types of astrology mentioned earlier in greater detail to gain a deeper understanding of each.

Table of Contents

Vedic Astrology

Vedic astrology, also known as Jyotisha or Hindu astrology, is an ancient system from the Indian subcontinent based on the Vedas, the primary sacred texts of Hinduism. The principles of Vedic astrology are rooted in the past, having been set forth thousands of years ago. Astrology is closely linked to Hindu traditions and philosophy, especially the belief in karma and reincarnation.

The system uses the 12 zodiac signs – Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces., which is aligned with 27 constellations or ‘Nakshatras’ – AshwiniBharaniKrittikaRohiniMrigashiraArdraPunarvasuPushyaAshleshaMaghaPurva PhalguniUttara PhalguniHastaChitraSwati, VishakaAnuradaJyeshtaMulaPurva AshadhaUttara AshadhaShravanaDhanishtaShatabhishakPurva BhadrapadaUttara Bhadrapada and Revati.

This differs from Western astrology. It uses the tropical zodiac, which is aligned with the seasons. Vedic astrology also uses a complex system of planetary periods called the ‘Dasha’ system. They predict major life events based on the position of planets at birth.

A Vedic horoscope is cast based on the exact moment of birth. It includes detailed charts like the ‘Rashi’ (moon chart) and ‘Navamsa’. Astrologers interpret these charts, using them to provide insights into a person’s traits, relationships, career, and challenges and opportunities in life.

Horoscope

A horoscope is a chart or diagram. It shows the positions of the Sun, Moon, and planets, astrological aspects, and angles. They are shown at a specific time, often the moment of a person’s birth. The term comes from the Greek words “hora” (time) and “scopos” (observer). It literally means “observer of the hour.””

In astrology, people use horoscopes to learn about individual personality traits, relationships, and potential life events. Astrologers analyze the positions of celestial bodies in the zodiac signs and study their relationships to each other (aspects) to forecast and interpret these aspects of life.

In everyday use, “horoscope” often means an astrologer’s interpretation. It’s usually based on Solar Sun sign astrology. This information relies only on the Sun’s position at birth. Or, it depends on the calendar, as in Chinese astrology. Daily newspapers have horoscopes. They are written predictions based on Sun signs. They offer guidance for future actions and decisions.

The scientific community views them, but they remain popular in many parts of the world. People turn to them for reassurance, guidance, and entertainment. They often play a cultural role and influence decisions about love, careers, and relationships.

Nadi Shastra

Nadi astrology is a deep form of Hindu astrology based on ancient palm leaf manuscripts. Many believe that sages such as Agastya, Shuka, and Vashishta wrote these manuscripts. They were said to have the ability to foresee the past, present, and future of all humans.

Nadi Shastra’s essence is identifying individuals through their thumb impressions. Men use the right thumb, and women use the left. These impressions are grouped into types. Each type is linked to a specific set of palm leaves. When a person’s thumbprint matches a set of leaves, the reader is often a trained Nadi astrologer. They will read the details written on these leaves. These details include info about the person’s family, career, and relationships. They also cover their past, life, karma, and future.

Visiting a Nadi reader involves a session. The astrologer searches for the individual’s leaf. This process may include a series of questions. Once the correct leaf is found, the astrologer reads the inscriptions. They are often in Tamil. The astrologer then translates them for the client.

Nadi Shastra is distinct. It claims that divine sages wrote one’s life details in ancient times. They suggest a destiny set in the past. Many find this idea both fascinating and mysterious. This form of astrology is unique. It remains popular mainly in Tamil Nadu and other parts of South India.

Palmistry

Palmistry, also known as chiromancy or palm reading, is the practice of reading a person’s character and predicting their future by studying their palm. This ancient form of divination started in India and has been practised in many cultures, including Chinese, Tibetan, Persian, Egyptian, and European civilizations.

Palmistry is the art of examining the shapes, lines, and patterns of the hands and fingers. The main critical lines analyzed are the heart line, head line, life line, and fate line. Each of these lines is believed to reveal different aspects of an individual’s life:

  • The heart line reflects emotional stability, romantic perspectives, depression, and cardiac health.
  • The headline offers insight into communication styles, intellectualism, and knowledge.
  • The lifeline is often interpreted as indicating life path, vitality, physical health, and significant life changes.
  • The fate line is associated with the degree to which a person’s life is affected by external circumstances.

Palmists also consider other hand features, such as the shape and size of the hands, the skin’s texture, and the fingers’ flexibility. They use these features to provide a full reading.

Vastu Shastra

Vastu Shastra is an ancient Indian science of architecture. It aims to align building design with the laws of nature. It is rooted in Hindu tradition. It suggests principles for designing spaces. The goal is to promote harmony and balance between humans and their environment. Vaastu Shastra’s core concept involves the precise positioning of a house, office, or any structure in relation to the directions. These are north, south, east, and west. This positioning is meant to enhance the flow of positive energy, or prana.

The practice also emphasizes the five elements of nature. These are earth, water, fire, air, and space. It says they should be arranged to attract prosperity and well-being. For instance, the kitchen should be in the southeast. It is governed by the element of fire. The master bedroom is recommended to be in the southwest. This placement ensures stability and strength.

In modern times, contemporary architecture has advanced. But, many in India and increasingly around the world consult Vaastu experts. They do so to align their living and working spaces with these ancient principles. They seek to improve life and success through vast Shastra.

Gemstones

Gemstones are minerals, rocks, or organic materials. Once cut and polished, they are used to make jewellery or other adornments. Gemstones have aesthetic value. They are also attributed with symbolic meanings and healing properties. They are classified into two categories: precious and semi-precious stones. Precious gemstones include diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. They are rare and very hard. Semi-precious stones, like amethyst, aquamarine, citrine, and opal, are more common and a bit softer. But they are still widely used in fine jewellery.

People often select gemstones for their color, cut, clarity, and weight, which are called the four Cs and determine their quality and value. Many cultures also believe in the magic of gemstones. For example, amethyst is thought to promote clarity and calm, and garnets are thought to energize wearers and boost confidence.

Throughout history, gemstones have played various roles. They served as status symbols and have protective and therapeutic benefits. They appear often in myths. They are used in astrology, where some stones are linked with zodiac signs or planets. They are thought to boost specific energies or traits in a person.

Lal Kitab

Lal Kitab means “The Red Book” in Hindi. It is a set of five Urdu books on Hindu astrology and palmistry. They were written in the 19th and 20th centuries. These books are famous. They are known for their unique, unorthodox, and healing measures. They blend Vedic astrology and palmistry with unique ways to interpret and predict.

The books contain practical solutions and remedies called “upayas.” People often find them simple to do. They aim to reduce planetary afflictions and bad karma. The remedies include:

  • Throwing coins into a river while passing over it.
  • Feeding grass to a cow.
  • Doing other similar, easy, and cheap activities.

Lal Kitab’s approach to astrology is significantly different from classical Vedic astrology. It uses a set of assumed planetary positions and interprets these positions based on an individual’s palmistry lines. The Lal Kitab emphasizes the planetary house system and reads the horoscope from the view of the ascendant and the planets’ natural influence.

Many people in India and abroad follow Lal Kitab. They like it because of its simple remedies and accurate predictions.

Numerology

Numerology is an ancient yet modern system for self-development and growth. It considers key alignments at your birth, like astrology, which studies the stars, planets, and celestial bodies.

Numerology is ancient. Its principles appeared in the works of early mathematicians and philosophers like Pythagoras. But modern numerology is based on something other than his teachings.

The most examined numerological number is the Life Path Number. Life paths 1- 9 are calculated by adding all the numbers in your birthdate.

Your life path number is the key to understanding. It shows your inner desires, fears, and inspirations. It guides your life and love choices, wants and needs, and all related to your career and sense of destiny.

Other key numbers include the Destiny Number, which comes from the full birth name, and the Soul Urge Number, which comes from the name’s vowels.

Numerology is used to guide everyday decisions in careers, relationships, and personal endeavours. Numerology continues to be popular among enthusiasts around the world.

Tarot Cards

Tarot cards are a divination tool. They have a deck of 78 cards, divided into the Major Arcana (22 cards) and the Minor Arcana (56 cards). Tarot card reading started in mid-15th-century Europe. The cards were first used for playing games, like Italian Tarocchini and French Tarot.

By the late 18th century, tarot cards were being used for divination purposes. The Major Arcana cards are numbered from 0 to 21. Each card has specific images and symbols. These represent various spiritual and life themes. The Fool is marked as 0. It represents beginnings and is unnumbered. Sometimes, it’s placed at the end as 22.

The Minor Arcana is like a regular deck of playing cards. It has four suits: Cups, Wands, Swords, and Pentacles. Each suit consists of 14 cards – 10 numbered cards and four court cards (King, Queen, Knight, and Page).

Tarot readings involve a tarot reader using various spreads, or layouts, of cards. The reader interprets the cards based on their positions. They also use their proximity to each other and traditional meanings. Spreads can answer questions. They explore aspects of life, from personal insights to more significant questions.

Chinese astrology

Chinese astrology is an ancient practice. It is deeply intertwined with Chinese philosophy and culture. It dates back more than 2,000 years. The traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar is based on the positions of the Sun, moon, and comets. It also uses a person’s time of birth. Chinese astrology is centred on the 12 zodiac animals or signs. Each one represents a year in a 12-year cycle. It starts with the Rat and is followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

These animal signs are believed to influence one’s personality traits and destiny. The compatibility between the signs can also guide personal relationships and business partnerships. Chinese astrology uses yin and yang. It also uses the five elements: wood, fire, Earth, metal, and water. It also uses the concept of Qi or life force. Qi affects how the signs interact with the world.

Additionally, Chinese astrology uses a complex system. It uses Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches based on the elements and the animals. This system creates a 60-year cycle. This system provides deep insights into a person’s character and life events. The insights are based on their birth year, month, day, and hour.

Chinese astrology is a big part of cultural life in many Chinese communities worldwide. It gives guidance on personal choices, from marriage and career to money.

Western astrology

Western astrology is rooted in Babylonian and Hellenistic traditions. It focuses on making a horoscope or birth chart for specific moments, such as a person’s birth. It utilizes the tropical zodiac, which is aligned with the Earth’s seasons and divided into twelve astrological signs, beginning with Aries and followed by Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Each sign is associated with specific personality traits, strengths, and weaknesses.

Western astrology considers the positions of the Sun, moon, and planets in these signs. It does so at the time of one’s birth. Each planet influences parts of life. For example, Mars governs energy and aggression. Venus affects love and beauty. The relationships between the planets, indicated by aspects such as conjunctions and oppositions, modify these influences.

Astrologers interpret the positions and movements of these celestial bodies to predict future events and personal traits. Many people use Western astrology to assess personality and predict life and love.

Many people in the West practice this astrology. It focuses on psychology and personal growth. Horoscopes from it appear in many daily newspapers and magazines.

Medical astrology

Medical astrology, also known as iatromathematics, links body parts, diseases, and drugs with the stars. The stars include the Sun, Moon, planets, and the twelve signs. Each astrological sign and planet is linked to specific parts of the body. For example, Aries rules the head, and Pisces rules the feet.

The practice dates back to the Greek civilization. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, reportedly said that a physician without astrology has no right to call themselves a physician. Medical astrology was historically used to help diagnose and treat illnesses. It was based on the positions of the planets at the time of the patient’s birth or the onset of the disease.

In a medical astrology chart, an astrologer looks for weaknesses. These are in areas of the body that might be prone to illness. Supposedly, they can indicate times of high health risk or show times of recovery.

The mainstream medical community considers medical astrology pseudoscience despite its historical significance. Its methods do not meet scientific standards. However, it still has a place in holistic and alternative health practices. Practitioners in these fields sometimes integrate medical astrology into wellness approaches. This is common in holistic contexts that emphasize the mind-body connection.

Horoscopic astrology

Horoscopic astrology is a type of astrology that uses a horoscope or natal chart to provide insights into a person’s traits, potential events, and relationships. This method is mainly based on the chart for the exact time and place of a person’s birth or other vital events. It is the most common form of astrology in the Western world.

The horoscope is a map of the sky. It shows the positions of the Sun, moon, and planets. It also shows the astrological houses and the aspects between planets at the time of the event. The chart is divided into twelve houses. Each one represents a different part of life. They include identity, finances, communication, home, creativity, work, and partnerships. The placement of celestial bodies in these houses and their aspects to each other reveal patterns in a person’s life. They show dynamics and potential.

Horoscopic astrology is based on Hellenistic astrology, which combined Babylonian and Egyptian traditions around the 1st century BCE. It has evolved to include many branches, including natal, mundane, electional, and horary astrology. Each branch addresses different areas.

Babylonian astrology

Babylonian astrology is one of the earliest formalized systems of astrology. It started in the ancient Mesopotamian region around the 2nd millennium BCE. It formed the basis for later astronomical and astrological practices, including those of the Greeks and Romans, and is considered the precursor to Western astrology.

The Babylonians mixed their myths with sky observations. They thought that sky events were messages from the gods, telling about the fate of kingdoms and people. They relied heavily on the movements of the planets, which they called “wandering stars” and constellations. They focused on those along the ecliptic, the path the Sun appears to trace through the stars.

A key feature of Babylonian astrology was the use of omens. They carefully recorded celestial events, including eclipses, planet movements, and meteor showers. They also recorded earthly events, such as weather changes and politics. The records are called “Enuma Anu Enlil.” They are a series of tablets. Astrologers used them to predict the future based on past patterns.

Babylonian astrology’s structure was highly influential, shaping the astrological traditions that followed. It introduced the zodiac, introduced the concept of the horoscope, and divided the heavens into twelve parts, each tied to specific star signs. This method divided the sky and laid the groundwork for the astrology seen in many cultures today.

Hellenistic astrology

Hellenistic astrology is an ancient form of astrology. It began in the Hellenistic period after Alexander the Great died in 323 BCE. It combines Babylonian astrology with Egyptian and Greek astronomy and calendars. The mix was aided by the cultural exchange from Alexander’s conquests.

This astrology flourished in the Mediterranean region. It was trendy in Egypt, especially in Alexandria, which became a hub of astrological study. Hellenistic astrology is essential. It laid the principles and techniques still used in Western astrology today. These include the use of the zodiac, the concept of the ascendant (the rising sign), and the use of houses to divide the sky near the Earth.

Hellenistic astrology has two key concepts. Planets are rulers of zodiac signs and houses. Aspects are the specific angles planets make to each other in the sky. It also introduced the system of “Lots” (or Arabic Parts). They are hypothetical points. They offer deeper insights into a person’s fate and character.

Ancient astrologers like Ptolemy compiled and refined the texts and techniques of Hellenistic astrology. His work, “Tetrabiblos,” became a core scholarly resource and deeply influenced later developments in Islamic and medieval European astrology.

We conclude our exploration of astrology. It’s clear that this mystical practice offers more than just predictions. It provides a unique lens for viewing our personalities and life events.

Whether you’re a skeptic or a believer, understanding astrology’s principles can improve self-awareness. They can also offer new perspectives on personal growth. Embrace the wisdom of the stars. Let them guide you to a deeper understanding of your place in the universe.

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