A Brief History of Vedic Astrology

Bits of historical information for you regarding the rich background of Vedic Astrology and its connection to other health and wellness practices:

  • Vedic Astrology is at least 7,000 years old; some scholars claim it dates as far back as 3,000 BCE.
  • Vedic Astrology originated in India, where it is the traditional astrological practice, and is considered perhaps one of the greatest gifts India has given to humanity.
  • Vedic Astrology’s sister sciences include Vedanta (central philosophy of Hinduism known as ‘the science of Life’), Yoga (health practices including poses, breath, mantra, and meditation), and Ayurveda (health and dietary practices including the use of medicinal herbs and spices)
  • Vedic Astrology was introduced to the West through two primary sources- Professor Suryanarain Rao (1890) and Dr. B.V. Raman (1936)
  • Although not a religion, Vedic Astrology has been preserved over time through the sacred texts of Hinduism. Hence, Vedic Astrology is also referred to as Indian or Hindu Astrology. (If you are Hindu or are aware of Hinduism, you will experience a stronger connection and deeper meaning in many areas. If, like me, you are not Hindu, you can still learn all of the practical and beneficial methods and techniques that bring a guiding light to your life.
  • Vedic Astrology is one of the six Vedangas or branches of the Vedas, the sacred knowledge of the ancient seers (rishis). The six limbs of the Vedas are:
    • Vyakarana (grammar)
    • Chandas (meter)
    • Shiksha (intonation)
    • Nirukta (Etymology)
    • Kalpa (ritual)
    • Jyotish (Vedic astrology/astronomy) Jyotish is another name for Vedic Astrology. A person who practices Vedic Astrology can be referred to as a Jyotishi.

Study and practice Vedic Astrology and you become one more privileged human and spiritual being helping to preserve this ancient wisdom– ancient in that its universal principles and profound techniques continue to produce results yet adapt beautifully to our modern lifestyles and diverse cultures.

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