A TO Z OF ASTROLOGY

Complete Astrology Guide

Astrology
Astrology is a system that works on the principle that the relative positions of celestial bodies are signs of and causes of destiny, personality, human affairs, and natural events. The primary astrological bodies are the sun, moon, and planets. The main focus is on the placement of the planets relative to each other and to the signs of the zodiac. It has two components – calculations and predictions.

Agricultural astrology
Agricultural astrology is a type of astrology that advises the planting, cultivating and harvesting of crops based on moon phases and astrological signs. Agricultural astrology is often referred to as “planting by the signs” because of its reliance on astrological signs for planting, cultivating and harvesting.

Astrocartography
Astrocartography is one of several methods of Locational Astrology, which refers to identify varying life conditions through differences in location by identifying these factors on a world Astro Carto Graphy Map which show all locations on the earth where planets were “angular” (rising, setting, on the zenith or nadir) at the moment of an event like a person’s birth. An “angular” planet is one that is conjunct one of these four angles (Ascendant, Descendant, MC or Immum_Coeli). These locations are displayed in the form of lines on the Astro Carto Graphy world map.

Astrological charts
Astrological charts are the representation of relative position of astrological bodies at a particular point of time. Different astrological systems have different ways of making charts but in common they all help in finding how astrological bodies are placed, how they influence each other and how they create an over all unique cosmic influence of the person.

Astrological dasha
Dashas is a system to analyse the effects of the planets throughout a person’s life, by indicating the composite effect of planets throughout a lifetime. Each dasha is governed by one planet, and the impact of each period is determined by the condition and position of that planet in the natal chart. There are nine planets or grahas which may rule dashas and there are at least 43 different dasha systems.
Astrological houses
The birth charts are divided into sections called hoses. Each house corresponds to a sign and qualities associated with that sign. The houses are divisions of the ecliptic plane as seen from the earth at the time and place of the horoscope in question. They are numbered counter-clockwise from the position of the eastern horizon (the cusp of the first house) at the time of the subject being charted. There is unique significance of each house related to different aspects of life like longevity, health, profession, marriage, relationships, travels, bhagya, gains and losses etc.

Astrological signs
Astrological signs represent twelve equal segments or divisions of the zodiac. The twelve signs represent twelve basic personality types or characteristic modes of expression. There are sun signs and moon signs, which both depend on date of birth. The emphasis is on space, and the movement of the Sun, Moon and planets in the sky through each of the zodiac signs. In totality it is the interaction of houses, signs and planets which assigns unique cosmic influence for the person.

Astrological symbols
Astrological symbols are images used in various astrological systems to denote relevant objects like symbols for the classical planets, zodiac signs, aspects, lots, and the lunar nodes.

Astrological yoga
Yogas are the unique combination of particular set of planets in a horoscope with respect to each other. They cause a particular type of effect on the person’s life. They can be both beneficial and harmful. Some of the commonly known yogas are Raj Yoga, Adhi Yoga, Chandra Mangala Yoga, Buddh Aditya Yog, Gaj Kesri Yog, Kaal Sarpa Yog etc.

Aztec astrology
Aztec astrology is one of the earliest Mesoamerican systems that were developed independent of other astrology systems. The Aztec astrology is based in the study of the cosmos. It studied the rhythms of the skies and linked them to events on earth. Aztec astrologers set the time cycles of 9 days, 13 days, 20 days. Years are counted in groups of 4 and 13. As against the12 sun signs of the modern day zodiac, Aztec astrology has the 20 day signs. The signs are used to describe human nature and natural events.
Babylonian astrology
Babylonian astrology was one of the first organized systems of astrology. It is based on the theory of divine government. Of the planets five were recognized Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Mercury and Mars. The Babylonians were also the first to set out the twelve houses of the horoscope. It has the mythological assumption that man’s life and happiness is dependent upon phenomena in the heavens.  The conclusion was drawn that all the great gods had their seats in the heavens and are represented by planetary movements.

Bhrigu samhita
The Bhrigu Samhita is an astrological classic attributed to Maharishi Bhrigu during the Vedic period, Treta yuga. The Bhrigu Samhita is said to contain predictions on the current and future lives as well as information on the past life. Maharishi Bhrigu was the first compiler of predictive astrology. He compiled horoscopes and recorded the life details and events of various persons. This formed a database for further research and study. This study culminated in the birth of the science (shastra) of determining the quality of time (Hora) and is the Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra.

Buddhist astrology
Buddhist or Tibetan astrology is a traditional discipline of the Tibetan peoples that has influence of both Chinese astrology and Indian astrology. Tibetan astrology is one of the ‘Ten Sciences’. Buddhist astrology is a complex system of stellar, solar, and lunar data, nature, seasons which are governed by Buddhist deities and by “ki” or “chi”, the life-force energy that is all around us.

Burmese astrology
The Burmese astrology or Myanmar astrology is a traditional Burmese zodiac incorporating knowledge from the skies and the animal kingdom. This ancient branch of astrology is called Mahabote. Myanmar astrology is based on the number eight, representing cosmic balance. It is believed that the number eight reflects the harmony in energy, which keeps away any sort of imbalance. The eight zodiac signs of Burmese astrology are: Garuda, Tiger, Lion, Elephant, Tuskless Elephant, Rat, Guinea Pig and Dragon.

Celtic astrology
Celtic astrology is based on the concept that the time of our births is the base to the formation of our personality and behavior. It says that a child born within a certain season would develop certain qualities. There were observed patterns in the color and shape of a person’s life according to the motions of the moon and the season in which people are born. The system of Celtic tree astrology was based on earth cycles. It was believed that trees were vessels of infinite wisdom. There was correlation with the likeness and personality of trees to our own human nature. This helps in gaining insight and clarity into who people are.

Chinese astrology
Chinese astrology is based on Chinese philosophy (theory of the three harmony, heaven, earth and water), the wu xing teachings, yin and yang, astronomy: five planet, the 10 Celestial stems, the 12 Earthly Branches, the lunisolar calendar (moon calendar and sun calendar), the time calculation after year, month, day and shichen. According to Chinese astrology, a person’s destiny can be determined by the position of the major planets at the person’s birth along with the positions of the Sun, Moon and comets and the person’s time of birth and Zodiac Sign. The system of the twelve-year cycle of animal signs was built from observations of the orbit of Jupiter. Following the orbit of Jupiter around the sun, Chinese astronomers divided the celestial circle into 12 sections, and rounded it to 12 years.

Chiromancy
Palmistry or chiromancy (or cheiromancy), is the art of characterization and foretelling the future through the study of the palm, also known as palm reading, or chirology. Chiromancy consists of the practice of evaluating a person’s character or future life by “reading” the palm of that person’s hand. Various “lines” (“heart line”, “life line”, etc.) and “mounts” (or bumps) (chirognomy), purportedly suggest interpretations by their relative sizes, qualities, and intersections. In some traditions, readers also examine characteristics of the fingers, fingernails, fingerprints and palmar skin patterns (dermatoglyphics), skin texture and color, shape of the palm, and flexibility of the hand. Each area of the palm and fingers is related to a planet, and the features of that area indicate the nature of the corresponding aspect of the subject. For example, the ring finger is associated with the planet sun; characteristics of the ring finger are tied to the subject’s dealings with art, music, aesthetics, fame, wealth, and harmony.

Cosmobiology
Cosmobiology is the branch of astrology working on scientific foundations and keyed to the natural sciences. In cosmobiological analysis, planets are inserted into a special type of horoscope often referred to as a ‘Cosmogram’ and delineated. It is concerned with the possible correlation between the cosmos and organic life and the effects of cosmic rhythms and stellar motion on man, with all his potentials and dispositions, his character and the possible turns of fate; it also researches these correlation and effects as mirrored by earth’s plant and animal life as a whole.

Dreams
Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. Dreams are related to person’s life and sometimes tell about future events. Dream analysis is a system in which dreams are analyzed to find their correlation with person and events of life.

Egyptian astrology
After the occupation by Alexander, Babylonian astrology was mixed with the Egyptian tradition of Decanic astrology to create Horoscopic astrology. Particularly important in the development of horoscopic astrology was the astrologer and astronomer Ptolemy, who lived in Alexandria in Egypt.

Electional astrology
Electional astrology is a branch of astrology in which a practitioner decides the most appropriate time for an event based on the astrological auspiciousness of that time. It is used to plan a number of events, including weddings and trips. In electional astrology, an astrologer is given an event the querent intends to plan. The astrologer then finds a date and time most auspicious for the event to take place, around which the querent bases the following plans. The method of coming to these conclusions is based on the relative positions of stars, planets and other celestial bodies at various times. Each celestial body’s placement means something particular to the tradition the individual astrologer is using, in combination with the natal chart of the querent.

Esoteric astrology
Esoteric astrology is a branch of Astrology that focuses on the spiritual evolution of a person or groups of persons. Esoteric astrology focuses on the soul, or one’s higher purpose. Esoteric astrology’s system of planetary rulerships differs from that of conventional astrology, involves planets not conventionally used, and replaces the house system with a system of crosses with highly individualized meanings and multiple levels of interpretation. Esoteric astrology incorporates many layers of study, dovetailing into other levels of astrology and the Seven Rays. Esoteric astrology specifically addresses the substructures underlying one’s belief systems, attitudes and life processes; it is thus more concerned with causes (energies and forces) than with effects (events).

Evolutionary astrology
Evolutionary astrology is an astrological based on the belief that souls reincarnate and evolve over many lifetimes and are therefore born with pre-existing experiences and orientations that affect the soul’s current incarnation. In the evolutionary astrology, the natal chart is believed to show the soul’s intent, the life lessons of a person’s present life, and to give insight into lessons and learnings of past incarnations.

Feng shui
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive qi.

Financial astrology
Financial astrology (also known as business astrology, economic astrology, and/or astro-economics) is the practice of relating the movements of celestial bodies to events in financial markets. Financial astrology helps by predicting major economic trends as they relate to certain cycles, specifically on the cycles of outer planets, helping an investor find the best industry to be in for a particular period of time based on major planetary configurations, identifying the best stocks to own during a particular time period, identifying the best date and time to buy or sell a stock, correlating the Astrological aspect to the movement of stock market in day trading.

Gemology
Gemology is the science dealing with natural and artificial gems and gemstones. In astrology it has a special place as it is believed that gems influence cosmic influence and can help in removing problems if used carefully according to horoscope.

Hamburg School of Astrology
The Hamburg School of Astrology originated in Hamburg, Germany, and revolved around the research and teachings of surveyor/astrologer/amateur astronomer Alfred Witte. This was later evolved into uranian astrology. Witte experimented with numerous historical astrology techniques, including the astrological houses, planetary formulae similar to ‘Arabic parts’, and planetary rulership systems.

Harmonic astrology
The harmonic astrology is based on aspects of planets on each other. It regard every planet in a horoscope as in aspect to every other planet. Every link of aspects every pair of planets in a horoscope has some significance. It says that aspects of planets are based on the division of the horoscope circle by whole numbers. Harmonic horoscopes are based on principles of resonance. The aspects may have favorable, unfavorable or ambivalent relationships between the planets.

Heliocentric astrology
Heliocentric astrology is a method of astrology based on birth charts where the Sun is at the center. Standard forms of astrology are geocentric and the geocentric birth chart is drawn with the Earth at the center, and the planets are placed around the cartwheel in the positions that they would appear in the sky as seen by a person who is looking at them from the center of the Earth. The Greek language word “helios” means the Sun. Heliocentric Astrology draws birth charts with the Sun at the center, and the planets are placed around the cartwheel in the positions that they would appear if someone looked at them from the center of the Sun.

Hellenistic astrology
Hellenistic astrology is a system of horoscopic astrology that was developed and practiced in Hellenistic Egypt and the Mediterranean around the late 2nd or early 1st century BCE. It is based on the concept of whole sign houses.  It divides planets into sect which refers to a scheme whereby the visible planets are divided into two factions or ‘sects’: a ‘diurnal’ or daytime sect which is led by the Sun, and a ‘nocturnal’ or nighttime sect which is led by the Moon.

Hindu astrology
Hindu astrology, also known as Indian astrology, Vedic astrology and Jyotish, is the ancient Indian system of astronomy and astrology. It has three parts – Siddhanta the Indian astronomy, Samhita the mundane astrology & electional astrology and Hora the predictive astrology.

Horary astrology
Horary astrology is an ancient branch of horoscopic astrology by which an astrologer attempts to answer a question by constructing a horoscope for the exact time at which the question was received and understood by the astrologer.

Horoscopic astrology
Horoscopic astrology is a form of astrology that uses a horoscope, as a representation of the heavens, for a specific moment in time in order to interpret the inherent meaning underlying the alignment of the planets at that moment. The idea is that the placement of the planets at any given moment in time reflects the nature of that moment and especially anything that is born then, and this can be analyzed using the charts

I’ching
The I Ching (Classic of Changes or Book of Changes), also known as the Yi Jing, Yijing, or I Ging, is one of the Five Classics, the fundamental books of Confucianism. It is over 3000 years old.  The text of the I Ching is a set of oracular statements represented by 64 sets of six lines each called hexagrams (卦 guà). Each hexagram is a figure composed of six stacked horizontal lines (爻 yáo), each line is either Yang (an unbroken, or solid line), or Yin (broken, an open line with a gap in the center). With six such lines stacked from bottom to top there are 26 or 64 possible combinations, and thus 64 hexagrams represented. The I Ching is a “reflection of the universe in miniature”. The word “I” has three meanings: ease and simplicity, change and transformation, and invariability.

Indian astrology
Hindu astrology, Indian astrology, Vedic astrology and Jyotish, is the ancient Indian system of astronomy and astrology. It has three parts – Siddhanta the Indian astronomy, Samhita the mundane astrology & electional astrology and Hora the predictive astrology.

Indrajaal
Indrajal is the ancient system of psychic activity related to siddhi & vashikaran. These are said to be mastered by people for the purpose of controlling people and other paranormal activities.

Islamic astrology
Astrology was a subject of study and debate by early Muslims. In early Arabic sources, ilm al-nujum was used to refer to both astronomy and astrology. In medieval sources, however, a clear distinction was made between ilm al-nujum (science of the stars) or ilm al-falak (science of the celestial orbs), referring to astrology, and ilm al-hay’ah (science of the figure of the heavens), referring to astronomy. Both fields were rooted in Arabian, Persian, Babylonian, Hellenistic and Indian traditions. Astrology was subject to consistent critiques by Muslim religious scholars and scientists. Muslim astrologers defined a new form of astrology called electional astrology that could be used for all manner of divination in everyday life, such as the discovery of propitious moments for the undertaking of a journey, or the beginning of a business venture etc. They also were the first to speak of ‘favourable’ and ‘unfavourable’ indications, rather than categorical events. Some scholars believe that astrology is a prohibited field of study.

Jaimini astrology
Jaimini astrology by Sage Jaimini, is based on the principle that a planet which has attained highest longitude in any sign has got the potential of turning the native according to the characteristics of that particular planet. The sign which has conjunction of planets is stronger than other signs not having planets or lesser number of planets. A movable sign is stronger for some events and weaker in regard to certain other events. The special features are the seven karakas represented by the seven planets, the aspects of the signs, the dasas of zodiacal signs, application of different dasa system for different events in life, combinations of karakas (yogas of karakas) and unique system of calculating strength of planets.

Jewish astrology or Hebrew astrology
In Hebrew, astrology was called hokmat ha-nissayon, “the wisdom of prognostication”, in distinction to hokmat ha-hizzayon (wisdom of star-seeing, or astronomy). Astrology is not specifically mentioned in the Torah, the five books of Moses. There are two commandments which have been used by some authorities as a basis to forbid the practice. However, the Hebrew word Mazalot is used twice in the Jewish Bible, and it literally means “constellations” or “zodiac”. Strictures against astrology appear in the official Torah commentary of Conservative Judaism and on the official website of Reform Judaism, and a number of Conservative and Reform rabbis have written against the practice.

Judicial astrology
Judicial astrology is the art of forecasting future events by calculation of the planetary and stellar bodies and their relationship to the Earth. Its branches are electional astrology, natal astrology, mundane astrology and horary astrology.

Jyotish
Hindu astrology, Indian astrology, Vedic astrology and Jyotish, is the ancient Indian system of astronomy and astrology. It has three parts – Siddhanta the Indian astronomy, Samhita the mundane astrology & electional astrology and Hora the predictive astrology.

Kabalistic astrology
Kabbalistic astrology (called Mazal or Mazalot [“zodiac,” “destiny”] is a system of astrology based upon the Hebrew Kabbalah. It is used to interpret and delineate a person’s birth chart, seeking to understand it through a Kabbalistic lens. In Hebrew, astrology was called hokmat ha-nissayon (“the wisdom of prognostication”) in distinction to hokmat ha-hizzayon (wisdom of star-seeing, or astronomy). Although Kabbalah is part of the mystical Jewish tradition, its use of astrology does not represent the complete Jewish views of astrology, which have been both positive and negative, depending on the authority. Most astrologers cast and use horoscopes to depict planetary placements which are believed to influence daily activities. Kabbalistic astrologers tend to take a slightly different approach because they wish to observe the planets as they relate to each sephira in the Tree of Life. Therefore, the sign and house placement is written on the associated node of the trestleboard.

Kali kitab
Kali Kitab is one of the tantrik system of remedies.

Karmic astrology
Karmic astrology is the system based on past life karma and their influence on this life through creation of specific cosmic influence.

Katarchic astrology
Katarchic astrology is the application of horoscopic astrology to determine an auspicious moment to begin a venture or undertaking, otherwise known as electional astrology, as well as to interpret the auspiciousness of an inception that has already taken place.

Lal kitab
Lal Kitab is written in ancient Urdu. It has poetical verses interpolated with philosophy dealing with human life and its problems. It is said that the solutions & remedies given by Lal Kitab are infallible. Lal Kitab has announced unique remedial measures to solve chronic and critical human problems in day to day life. These measures do not require the practice of mantras,  complicated and expensive rituals or other difficult remedies.

Locational astrology
Locational astrology (sometimes referred to as astrogeography or locality astrology) is a term used to describe various types of astrology at specific locations on the Earth. Among the most popular are “astrogeography,” developed by Don Neroman in Europe in the 1930s, and later elaborated on by Jim Lewis in the United States. A second type of locational astrology is sometimes called “fixed locality astrology,” “locality astrology,” or “astrological geodetics,” and its primary early recognized proponents were Sepharial (Walter Gorn Old) in England, and A.M. Grimm in Germany. Both these systems assume that the Greenwich Meridian in metropolitan London has a 0° Aries fixed local MC, leaving the various regions of the globe to correspond with the 12 signs of the zodiac.

Lucky names
Lucky names are based on numerology and on the belief that there is a strong correlation between names, alphabets, numbers, planets and destiny. It says that by choosing a suitable name with suitable number one can bring about significant change in destiny.

Mahavidya Dus
Dus Mahavidya is the system of Tantrik remedies. These are based ten incarnations of Devi Sati. Mahavidya means (Maha – great; vidya – knowledge) Goddesses of great knowledge. They require sadhna & sacrifice.

Mantra Shastra
A mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of creating transformation. Mantras originated in the Vedic tradition of India. The Sanskrit word mantra- (m.; also n. mantram) consists of the root man- “to think” (also in manas “mind”) and the suffix -tra, designating tools or instruments, hence a literal translation would be “instrument of thought”. These mantras are said to help in attainment of singlemindedness and also worshiping gods & fulfilling one’s needs.

Mayan astrology
Maya calendrical divination is a subset of traditional beliefs, rituals and divinatory practices that are held or performed among various Maya communities in Guatemala and southern Mexico. It revolve around a 260-day almanac known as the Chol Qij, (sometimes called Tzolkin) or count of days ( the Mayan calendar ) The Chol Qij consists of twenty naguals which can be thought of as archetypes roughly analogous in significance to the Greek twelve zodiacal signs; except they are considered to be alive and petitionable.

Medical astrology
Medical astrology (traditionally known as Iatromathematics) is an ancient medical system that associates various parts of the body, diseases, and drugs as under the influence of the sun, moon, and planets, along with the twelve astrological signs. Each of the astrological signs (along with the sun, moon, and planets) is associated with different parts of the human body. It is said to be helpful in predicting cause, effect and course of sickness.

Medieval astrology
Astrology of the medieval era. Ancient studies of astrology were translated from Arabic to Latin in the 12th and 13th centuries and soon became a part of everyday medical practice in Europe. Doctors combined Galenic medicine with careful studies of the stars. By the end of the 1500s, physicians across Europe were required by law to calculate the position of the moon before carrying out complicated medical procedures, such as surgery or bleeding.

Meteorological astrology
Meteorological astrology or astrometeorology is the practice of applying the astrological/astronomical placements of the Sun, Moon, and planets to forecast the weather. Ancient astrologers created weather forecasting known as meteorology by noting the positions of stars, planets, the Sun, and Moon. A

Mundane astrology
Mundane astrology is the application of astrology to world affairs and world events, taking its name from the Latin word Mundus, meaning “the World”.

Nadi astrology
Nadi Astrology is a form of Hindu astrology practiced in Tamil Nadu, India. It is based on the belief that the past, present and the future lives of all humans were foreseen by Hindu sages in ancient times and written down as Palm Leaf Manuscripts.

Nakshatra
A Nakshatra is one of the 27 sectors of the ecliptic in the lunar mansion system of Hindu astrology. The names are related to the most prominent star or asterism in the respective sectors. Each nakshatra represents a division of the ecliptic similar to the zodiac (13°20’ each instead of the 30° for each zodiac sign). The orbit of the moon is 27.3 days, so the Moon takes approximately one day to pass through each nakshatra. Each nakshatra is governed by one of the grihas or planets.

Natal astrology
Natal astrology is the system of astrology based on the concept that each individual’s personality or path in life can be determined by constructing a natal chart for the exact date, time, and location of a their birth. Natal astrology can be found in the Indian, Chinese and Western astrological traditions. Once the horoscope has been constructed the process of interpretation can begin, which involves building a complete picture of the personality of the subject, or native. Interpretation involves three main steps: noting the important features of the chart, and the processes of chart weighting and chart shaping.

Numerology
It is believed that each number from 0 to 9 is ruled by a celestial body in our solar system. It is mostly used to find resonance of names to person and the impact of name on destiny. It is also used to find lucky name, day, number, date etc. Numerology is based on the fact of numbers, used for predicating the future and the personality of a person or any event.

Palmistry
Palmistry or chiromancy (or cheiromancy), is the art of characterization and foretelling the future through the study of the palm, also known as palm reading, or chirology. Chiromancy consists of the practice of evaluating a person’s character or future life by “reading” the palm of that person’s hand. Various “lines” (“heart line”, “life line”, etc.) and “mounts” (or bumps) (chirognomy), purportedly suggest interpretations by their relative sizes, qualities, and intersections. In some traditions, readers also examine characteristics of the fingers, fingernails, fingerprints and palmar skin patterns (dermatoglyphics), skin texture and color, shape of the palm, and flexibility of the hand. Each area of the palm and fingers is related to a planet, and the features of that area indicate the nature of the corresponding aspect of the subject. For example, the ring finger is associated with the planet sun; characteristics of the ring finger are tied to the subject’s dealings with art, music, aesthetics, fame, wealth, and harmony.

Panchanga
A panchangam is a Indian astrological almanac, which follows traditional Indian cosmology, and presents important astronomical data in tabulated form. It is sometimes spelled Pancanga or Panchanga, and is pronounced Panchanga. Pachangas are used in astrology. Astrologers refer to it to forecast celestial phenomena such as solar eclipses, forecast weather, festivals as well as auspicious dates etc.

Parashar astrology
It is the foundation of Indian astrology. The Brihat Parashar Horashastra is the most comprehensive extant work on natal astrology in Hindu astrology.

Parrot astrology
Parrot astrologers were fortune tellers who used green parakeets to pick up tarot cards. They interpreted the tarot cards to foretell a person’s future.

 

Persian and Arab astrology
Astrology was a subject of study and debate by early Muslims. In early Arabic sources, ilm al-nujum was used to refer to both astronomy and astrology. In medieval sources, however, a clear distinction was made between ilm al-nujum (science of the stars) or ilm al-falak (science of the celestial orbs), referring to astrology, and ilm al-hay’ah (science of the figure of the heavens), referring to astronomy. Both fields were rooted in Arabian, Persian, Babylonian, Hellenistic and Indian traditions. Astrology was subject to consistent critiques by Muslim religious scholars and scientists.

Planets and their influence
Planets in astrology have a meaning different from the modern astronomical understanding of what a planet is. To ancient astrologers, the planets represented the will of the gods and their direct influence upon human affairs. To modern astrologers the planets represent basic drives or impulses in the human psyche. These drives express themselves with different qualities through the twelve signs of the zodiac, and in different spheres of life through the twelve houses. How exactly the planets manifest themselves also depends on the aspects (or angles) that they form with each other in the sky as seen from Earth.

Political astrology
Political astrology is a branch of mundane astrology dealing with politics, the government, and the politicians/laws governing a particular nation, state, or city.

Pradosham
Pradosham is the time of the removal of sins. These times are the opportunity to remove bad karma that limit our potential in this life. There are three types of Pradosham. Daily Pradosham occur between 1-1/2 hours before and till the moment of sunset. Monthly Pradoshams occur twice each month on the 13th moon day after the New Moon and after the Full Moon. Third is the yearly Pradosham namely Sani Pradosham and Soma Pradoshams occurs when one of the 13th moon days occurs on a saturday or a monday respectively. Pradosham time are measured by the phases of the Moon.

Prasna Shastra
Prasna Shastra or Horary astrology is an ancient branch of horoscopic astrology by which an astrologer attempts to answer a question by constructing a horoscope for the exact time at which the question was received and understood by the astrologer.

Psychological astrology
Psychological astrology, Astrological Psychology or Astropsychology is a recent product of the cross-fertilisation of the fields of astrology with depth psychology, humanistic psychology, and transpersonal psychology. It uses the horoscope and the archetypes of astrology to inform the psychological understanding of an individual’s psyche.

Raven samhita
Ravan Samhita is a text Indian astrology narrated by lord Shiva and written by Ravana. Ravana is described as a devout follower of Shiva, a great scholar, a capable ruler and a maestro of the Veena. He himself was a great astrologer and said to have conquered three heavens and his death due to mastery over the subject and blessings of lord Shiva.

Rosicrucianism
Rosicrucianism is a philosophical secret society, said to have been founded in late medieval Germany by Christian Rosenkreuz. It holds a doctrine or theology “built on esoteric truths of the ancient past”, which, “concealed from the average man, provide insight into nature, the physical universe and the spiritual realm.

Sidereal astrology
Sidereal and tropical are the terms for two systems of ecliptic coordinates used in astrology. Both divide the ecliptic into a number of “signs” named after constellations, but while the sidereal system defines the signs based on the fixed stars, the tropical system defines it based on the position of vernal equinox (i.e. the intersection of the ecliptic with the celestial equator). Because of the precession of the equinoxes, the two systems do not remain fixed relative to each other but drift apart by about 1.4 arc degrees per century. A tropical system was introduced by Ptolemy in the 2nd century and remains prevalent in western astrology. A sidereal system is used in Hindu astrology, and in some 20th-century systems of western astrology.

Sri Lankan Astrology (Sinhalese Astrology)
Concepts in Sri Lankan Astrology are identical to Vedic Astrology. But some modern Sinhalese astrologers only use the KP System as scientific astrology rather than respect the traditional theories. Sri Lankan people normally conduct Buddhist ceremonies, chanting Buddhist verses and asking for help from Buddhist gods.

Sun sign astrology
Sun-sign astrology is a simplified system of astrology which considers only the position of the Sun, which is said to be placed within one of the twelve zodiac signs depending on the month of birth. This sign is then called the sun sign or star sign of the person born that month. Sun sign astrologers take this basic twelvefold division and relate all the current movements of all the planets to each other, using traditional rules to divine meanings for each sign separately. Paradoxically, because the Moon has the fastest apparent movement of all the heavenly bodies, it is often used as the main indicator of daily trends for sun sign astrology forecasts.

Sunahri kitab
It is a text on various aspects of astrology and gives remedial measures in a composite form.

Tantra Shastra
Tantra is an accumulation of practices and ideas, characterized by ritual that seeks to access the supra-mundane through the mundane, identifying the microcosm with the macrocosm. The Tantric practitioner seeks to use prana, an energy that flows through the universe (including one’s own body) to attain goals that may be spiritual, material or both. Most practitioners of tantra consider mystical experience imperative. Some versions of Tantra require the guidance of a guru. Tantra anglicised tantricism or tantrism or tantram, refers to esoteric schools of Hinduism and Buddhism and to the scriptures (called “Tantras”) commonly identified with the worship of Shakti. Tantra deals primarily with spiritual practices and ritual forms of worship that aim at liberation from ignorance and rebirth, the universe being regarded as the divine play of Shakti and Shiva.

Tarot Reading
Tarot reading or Cartomancy is fortune-telling or divination using a deck of cards. Practitioners of cartomancy are generally known as cartomancers, card readers or, simply, readers.  Cartomancy using standard playing cards was the most popular form of providing “fortune telling” card readings in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. In English-speaking countries, a standard deck of Anglo-American bridge/poker playing cards (i.e., 52-card, four suit set) can be used in the cartomancy reading; the deck is often augmented with jokers, and even with the blank card found in many packaged decks. In France, the 32-card piquet playing card deck was, and still is, most typically used in cartomancy readings, while the 52-card deck was, and still is, also used for this purpose. The most popular method of cartomancy using a standard playing deck is referred to as the Wheel of Fortune. Here the reader will remove cards at random and assign significance to them based in the order they were chosen.

Tibetan astrology
The Tibetan astrological sciences can be classified into two categories: astronomy (skar-rtsis) and elemental astrology (‘byung-rtsis).  Tibetan elemental astrology, ‘byung-rtsis, which draws from Classical Elemental Astrology, is the ancient art of calculation and interpretation of celestial phenomena. Classical Elemental Astrology nag-rtsis is based on the five elements, the twelve year cycle, eight par-kha or trigrams, and nine sme-wa or magic square numbers. Tibetan astrologers use these to analyse horoscopes and four major themes of person’s life – one’s life span, physical condition, economic and political status, and overall luck.

Tilasma Shastra
Tilasma or Talisman is an amulet or other object considered to possess supernatural or magical powers. People use tilasma to attain their needs and be free from evil.

Transit astrology
Transit astrology is one of the main means used in horoscopic astrology to forecast future trends and developments. As its name implies, astrological transits involve a method of interpreting the ongoing movement of the planets as they transit the horoscope. This is most often done for the birth or Natal Chart of a particular individual. Particular attention is paid to changes of sign, or house, and to the aspects or angles the transiting planets make with the natal chart. A particularly important transit is the planetary return. This occurs when a transiting planet returns to the same point in the sky that it occupied at the moment of a person’s birth.

Tropical astrology
Sidereal and tropical are the terms for two systems of ecliptic coordinates used in astrology. Both divide the ecliptic into a number of “signs” named after constellations, but while the sidereal system defines the signs based on the fixed stars, the tropical system defines it based on the position of vernal equinox (i.e. the intersection of the ecliptic with the celestial equator). Because of the precession of the equinoxes, the two systems do not remain fixed relative to each other but drift apart by about 1.4 arc degrees per century. A tropical system was introduced by Ptolemy in the 2nd century and remains prevalent in western astrology. A sidereal system is used in Hindu astrology, and in some 20th-century systems of western astrology.

Uranian astrology
Uranian astrology is a relatively recent methodological approach to astrology based on teachings of German surveyor/astrologer Alfred Witte (1878–1941), founder of the Hamburg School of Astrology. Along with extensive midpoint analysis, Uranian astrology incorporates the use of 16th-harmonic angles/astrological aspects, singled out for their correlation with dynamic energy manifestations.

Vastu Shastra
Vastu Shastra (vāstu śāstra, also Vastu Veda, “science of construction”, “architecture”) is a traditional Hindu system of design based on directional alignments. It is primarily applied in Hindu architecture, especially for Hindu temples, although it covers other applications, building houses, offices, apartments etc. This is said to improve energy system and creates positive effect on circumstances of life.

Vedic astrology
Hindu astrology, Indian astrology, Vedic astrology and Jyotish, is the ancient Indian system of astronomy and astrology. It has three parts – Siddhanta the Indian astronomy, Samhita the mundane astrology & electional astrology and Hora the predictive astrology.

Vietnamese astrology
In Vietnamese astrology, the calendar cycle is basically founded on the shifting phases of the moon. Each year of the zodiac cycle corresponds to a certain kind of luck, and every hour of the day translates to some level of significance — each month of the year, a certain fate, and each day of the week, a certain sign. Every year is represented by one of the twelve animals of the Vietnamese zodiac: rat, cow, cat, dragon, tiger, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and,  the pig.

Vishnu Mayai Reading
Vishnu Mayai is an esoteric science practiced by masters who have the blessings of the great Siddhas. This science is practiced in Kerala. The masters who have the blessings of the Siddhas channel the energy of the Goddess and get answers to questions.

Western astrology
Western astrology is the system of astrology most popular in Western countries. Western astrology is largely horoscopic, that is, it is a form of divination based on the construction of a horoscope for an exact moment, such as a person’s birth, in which various cosmic bodies are said to have an influence.

Yantra Shastra
Yantra is the Sanskrit word for “instrument” or “machine”. It  stand for symbols, processes, automata, machinery or anything that has structure and organization, depending on context. One usage popular in the west is as symbols or geometric figures. Traditionally such symbols are used in Eastern mysticism to balance the mind or focus it on spiritual concepts. The act of wearing, depicting, enacting and/or concentrating on a yantra is held to have spiritual or astrological or magical benefits in the Tantric traditions of the Indian religions.

Zen astrology
Zen is a school of Mahāyāna Buddhism. The word Zen is from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word Chán (禪), which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyāna, which can be approximately translated as “meditation” or “meditative state”. It teaches that problems result from three “evils”– anger, greed and ignorance, all born of faulty conditioning of the mind. The Zen astrology chart is a mandala that can be used as both an object of meditation and a way to discover the cause of our problems. The planets, signs and houses indicate clearly the mental conditioning that has distorted our way of perceiving life and is causing difficulty.

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