It’s quite fascinating when you google ‘zodiac signs.’ Match your date of birth and one zodiac sign — it will show your power color, favorable nature elements, gemstones, and even your personality. I remember checking my zodiac signs with my friends in middle school and laughing about how precise those zodiac signs were. (We skipped the bad fortunes on the other side, of course.) While these shallow ‘fortune telling’ are used as daily talks, there is a much serious side to this area: Vedic astrology or in other words, Jyotish Shastra.

Jyotish Shastra, is one of the oldest astrology in the world. It is similar to the zodiac signs, but it’s much more than a simple divination system. The field is deeply related to the ‘map of one’s life’ and it contains profound philosophy of life. Jyotish means ‘the science of light or heavenly body’ and Shastra means ‘knowledge on the particular field.’ Vedic astrology is based on observations of 27 lunar mansions, constellations, and spiritual beliefs. Particularly, Indian astrologers are known to be naturally gifted to predict people’s fate. Many people seek astrological advice from them on questions such as: Should I marry this person? Will my daughter be successful in her career? How will my child’s temperament be?

The overly-blind faith in Vedic astrology commonly affects the lives of many Indian people, especially in faithful Hindu households. Knowing their child’s destiny even before they are born, parents begin to restrict several traits. When they find out the planet occupations in the 7th house, which is known to be a horoscope connected to marriage, it is possible to discover when the candidates shall get married. This surely affects so many children, especially girls who are mostly under the control of their parents.

Whether the position of the Vedic planets in your chart is troubling or not, I guess it might be more relieving to let the mischief go along with you and see what happens. If you make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future, you will have a complete constellation map at some point. Carpe diem, after all.


Soomin Yoo

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