It is the aim of Jyotish to try and determine the ‘unseen’ influence of the past in the present and from this to predict possible outcomes and to put in place more productive strategies. The idea being to ensure that one has a more harmonious relationship with the present in all spheres of life.
People consult astrologers for many reasons, typically it can be around a specific issue in career, relationship and health for example, or it may be that they feel a lack of purpose or meaning in the direction they are taking in this life. Whatever the reason it is my intention in every reading to do my best for the person I am working with.
A lot of my work in Jyotish is using it as a counselling tool(Dip couns 2003) to help people find their own unique path that will enable them to flow more harmoniously through life. My experience of studying and praticising Yoga for over 25 years and more recently Ayurveda( Diet and Lifestyle) informs the way I work with people in terms of insights, practical advice and suggestions that I may make.
Indian v Western Astrology
There are differences between Indian and Western Astrology, some of the main ones are:
- Whereas in Western Astrology a lot of importance is attached to the Sun sign in describing your nature, in Indian Astrology we look at the Ascendant, the constellation that was ‘being born’ over the eastern horizon at your time of birth.
- The position of the Moon at your birth is seen as important in assessing the quality of a person’s life. How they interact with their environment and the people within it, and the level of satisfaction they will derive from that interaction.
- It is a Soli-Lunar system. Not only is there a solar zodiac with 12 constellations but there is also a lunar zodiac with 27 mansions, or houses that the moon moves through each month.
- It is a predictive system that is based on the position of the Moon at birth.