Vedic Astrology and its Key concepts


Dr. Ashutosh Upadhyay

Vedic astrology is an ancient form of astrology that has its roots in India. It is based on the idea that the positions of celestial bodies at the time of a person’s birth can influence their life, personality, and destiny. Vedic astrology is not just a tool for predicting the future, but is also seen as a means to gain insight into one’s own self and to understand the purpose of life.

The origins of Vedic astrology can be traced back to the Vedic scriptures, which are a collection of sacred texts written in Sanskrit. These scriptures contain information about the movements of the planets and stars, and how these movements can impact human life. The earliest references to Vedic astrology can be found in the Rig Veda, which is believed to have been written around 1500 BCE.

In Vedic astrology, the zodiac is divided into 12 signs, each of which is associated with a particular planet. These signs are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Each sign is also associated with certain personality traits and life events, which are said to be influenced by the positions of the planets at the time of a person’s birth.

One of the key concepts in Vedic astrology is the idea of the “birth chart.” A birth chart is a map of the sky that shows the positions of the planets and other celestial bodies at the exact moment of a person’s birth. This chart is used to determine a person’s astrological “signs” and to make predictions about their life. A skilled Vedic astrologer can use the birth chart to provide insight into a person’s strengths and weaknesses, relationships, career prospects, and life path.

Another important concept in Vedic astrology is the idea of the “dasha system.” The dasha system is a system of planetary periods that are used to predict the major events in a person’s life. Each planet has its own dasha period, and the position of the planets at the time of a person’s birth is used to determine the order and length of these periods.


Vedic astrology also uses the concept of “houses” to make predictions. The birth chart is divided into 12 houses, each of which represents a different area of life, such as relationships, career, health, and spirituality. The positions of the planets in these houses can provide insight into how these areas of life will be affected.

One of the unique features of Vedic astrology is the use of “remedies.” Remedies are specific actions or rituals that are recommended to mitigate the negative effects of certain planetary influences. These remedies can include things like chanting mantras, wearing certain gems or metals, or performing specific rituals.

Vedic astrology has a long history of use in India, and it is still widely practiced today. It is seen as a valuable tool for gaining insight into one’s own life and for making important decisions. Many people consult Vedic astrologers to help them make decisions about relationships, career, finance, and other important areas of life.

While Vedic astrology has its roots in India, it has also gained popularity in other parts of the world. Many Western astrologers have been influenced by Vedic astrology, and there are now many practitioners of Vedic astrology outside of India.