What is "Jyotish" or Vedic Astrology?
Jyotish, also known as Vedic Astrology in the west, is an age old system of Astrology that is described in the Vedas, a timeless collection of verities from India. The Vedas cover a broad range of subjects, including health, mathematics, astrology and most importantly, self-enlightenment.
Jyotish recognizes that the aim of life is moksha, or "self-realization". To that end, Jyotish emphasizes that everyone use their astrological chart as a means of introspection; to view the obstacles in their lives, as outlined by their horoscope, not as problems, but as a means of growth.
Dr. David Frawley, the noted Western Vedic Astrologer and Ayurvedic Doctor, writes: "Astrology can be used to examine all domains of life. From it we can learn about our health, wealth, career, relationships; our body and mind, our material, mental and spiritual manifestation. It shows the entire structure of energies through which we must act. As such, it is the most comprehensive science we have. Yet on its highest and proper level, astrology is part of the science of the spirit or the practice of yoga. Its purpose is to guide us beyond the net of these outer forces to their source." (Astrology of the Seers, p31).
For anyone interested in researching this
fasinating science of the soul,
Braha, James T., Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer, Miami: Hermetician Press, 1993.
Dryer, Ronnie Gale, Vedic Astrology, A Guide to the Fundamentals of Joytish, York Beach , ME: Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1997.
More advanced books but still worth getting early in your study:
Frawley, Dr. David, The Astrology of the Seers, Salt Lake City: Passage Press, 1990.