Jyotisha, also known as Vedic Astrology, is one of the six Vedangas, the auxiliary disciplines of the Vedas – holy scriptures of Hinduism. The word Jyotisha can be verbatim translated into English as “the light that is shined upon a being’s life path by Paramatma, the eternal being." Vedic Astrology is a study of the relationships that exist within our cosmos: the planetary influence on man and his environment; the movements, relative positions, and radiations between celestial objects. It helps human beings realize their best path towards following the Purusharthas: the four principles introduced in vedic texts to explain the motivation behind an individual’s existence.
Vedic Astrology provides a roadmap to our future. It informs us of our potentials, limitations, strengths, and drawbacks; indicates accumulated karma; suggests various remedial measures to ward off bad effects and enhance good results. However, it does not preach dependance on fate. Vedic scriptures act as a guide by telling us what is good and what is bad; what to do and what not to do; how to do and how not to do; when to do and when not to do. They simply write for us a path; it is on us to follow it. A person can be given a piece of land and seeds to sow; he can be informed about the labor and resources to employ. However, it is solely up to him to act on this information and reap the harvest.