Jyotisha, also known as Vedic Astrology, is an ancient science that comes from the Indian tradition of the Vedas. This system of Astrology is related to Yoga and Ayurveda, and integrates well with them. Jyotisha literally means “Lord of Light”. It can shed light onto our path in life, helping us to align with our highest potential in order to facilitate personal growth and well-being. It is an excellent tool to promote self-awareness and self-understanding.
The birth chart, which shows the positions of the stars and planets at the time of birth, is said to be a map of the karmas. It can reveal our personal strengths and challenges, while allowing us to understand the stories of our lives as they unfold through time.
Jyotisha is uniquely different from the Western system of astrology in a number of ways. One significant difference is that it uses the Sidereal, rather than the Tropical Zodiac. Simply put, this gives about a 23 degree difference between all of the planetary placements in a chart (as well as the degree of the Ascendant). So if in Western astrology your Ascendant is Aries, more often than not it will be Pisces in Vedic Astrology (because you have to subtract about 23 degrees from the Western positions). For more information about this, I recommend listening to a Podcast by Penny Farrow called East vs. West; why isn’t my Sun in Aries?
Another unique feature of Jyotisha is that it employs not only the 12 signs of the zodiac that many of us are familiar with, but also uses 27 smaller constellations called Nakshatras. The usage of the Nakshatras can add another layer to our understanding of the horoscope.
Greg Stein (Poornamurti) has received training in Ayurvedic Astrology through the American Institute of Vedic Studies (vedanet.com), and has studied under the guidance of Penny Farrow (vedicchart.com), in the Jyotisha tradition of Hart DeFouw, since early 2014.