The Hindi word for Astrology is Jyotish – which literally translates to the ‘eye of the Veda’. Almost everyone has heard about Astrology and many people know what are Sun Signs. We also tend to read the daily horoscopes and other predictions that appear on various websites, newspapers, and magazines. And, since this is a common interface that serves as Astrology for us – many of us think this is what Astrology is all about!
But, there is much more to know about Astrology. Simply put, Astrology is a science of the stars – derived from the Latin word – astrologia – the study of the stars. In fact, Astrology is a very ancient subject and practice, and it has been practiced globally, in many of its forms, since centuries. Astrology is basically related to the study of the cosmos, and how the stars and other planetary objects in the universe influence life on the earth. The predictive use of this subject is relatively newer, as initially the subject was used to study weather and climatic patterns, understand the causes that led to certain events, treat or get rid of an evil eye and many such other things. Since the dawn of civilization, Astrology has been commonly used to understand and predict events related to all the areas of our life. Similarly, today Astrology is widely used for personal readings, understanding oneself, and to get an insight about matters related to business, health, finance, career, marriage, wealth, relationships, etc. Although different cultures share common roots in ancient astrological practices, they have devised their unique methodologies. Earlier, Western cultures practiced Western Astrology, whereas, eastern cultures practiced Chinese and Vedic Astrology. But nowadays, all these are commonly practiced and embraced worldwide.
A person who practices Astrology is called an Astrologer. In the Vedic System of Astrology or Jyotish Vidya, such a practitioner is known as a Jyotish. The relationships between the celestial bodies and the Zodiac Signs and their interactions are calculated and read mathematically. An Astrologer or Jyotish studies these mathematical cycles, the movements of planets and their effects of these planets on individuals, and predicts accordingly. The celestial system known as the Zodiac is divided into 12 Zodiac Sign – basis certain Astronomical positions etc., and are thus attributed unique characteristics.