Jyotisha, also known as Vedic Astrology, is one of the six Vedangas: the auxiliary disciplines of the Vedas and 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 are the four principles introduced in vedic texts which 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 dependence 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 and 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.