Jyotish is commonly referred as Vedic Astrology. It is a science of light, both the light of celestial bodies and the internal light of the soul (jeevatman), which unfolds the knowledge of how the planets and stars influence an individual human life and general mundane events. Jyotish also sheds light on individual “karma” or destiny.
Jyotish is predictive astrology. It uses accurate astronomical data (Sidhanta) and mathematical calculations to determine the positions of the planets in relation to the Earth at the time of birth, in order to foretell (Hora) the future events of a person’s life. Jyotish is about understanding how to best perform in time. It is a behavior analysis and forecasting system, based on astronomical calculations, that assists in anticipating the benefits and challenges that lie ahead. Vedic astrology advises how to modify actions for a better outcome. So while one might naturally have the will to take the action, Jyotish prepares the individual in the best possible way.
How does it differ from Western Astrology?
Western astrology, or Tropical astrology, emphasizes the relationship of the Sun to the Earth and the seasons. The Vedic astrology is based on the Sidereal Zodiac and the planets’ movements are tracked against fixed observable stars in the sky.