The art and science of vedic astrology is aimed at creating a synthesis between the body and the mind of an individual by using a variety of tools so that the individuals are able to gain a better understanding of the main purpose of their lives. There are many people who feel that this type of study is useless and are quite skeptical, but others who have a vast knowledge of the understanding of vedic astrology emphasize that even our day to day existence is dependent on the movement of the planets in our solar system.

Every calendar system throughout the world is based upon some form of astrology, because a twelve month calendar actually represents the twelve signs of the astrological Zodiac system. The seven planets in our solar system represents the seven days of a week while our four seasons, which are spring, summer, autumn, and winter, are represented by air, fire, earth, and water. A human body is a combination of air, fire, earth, ether, and energy, but with the exception of ether all these elements are having signs of the Zodiac assigned to them.

The Zodiac signs of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are considered fire signs, while Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are water signs. The earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn while the air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. All of the signs and each of the planets within our solar system including the sun, represent  different phases within the life of an individual.

The Sun represents the inner nature, personality, and characteristics of individuals, but it also symbolizes the authoritative figure, so it is seen as the father as well. It is the soul, will power, courage, and vitality of an individual. The Moon effects the emotions, sensitivity, softness, brain, mind, and imagination of an individual and also symbolizes the mother.

Saturn is the great teacher that represents all the suffering that an individual may go through within their life that will ultimately determine the potential that each individual contains. The planet Venus controls the artistic talents of individuals and the type of body that a person will get in life. Mercury is in control of the intelligence, senses, and education of an individual. The planet Mars controls the physical energy and drive of an individual as well as their strength, self confidence, heroism, and their adventurous nature. The other planets control other aspects of an individual's life. It just depends in which sign or rashi, and under which nakshatra was a particular planet placed at the moment of birth of an individual.

Ultimately, this sketch of planets at the time of birth of a native, is known as the horoscope. The position of the Moon when an individual is born, also holds a lot of importance in his or her life as it, decides what dasha the native will be under during different times of his or her life.  This is known as the Dasha system, which is the core of vedic astrology.

Written by: Victor Epand .