jyotishVedic Astrology, Jyotish in Sanskrit, is a sister science to Yoga and Ayurveda. It is the study of the precision of our solar system and planetary movements that create linear chronological time. Comprehension of this ancient wisdom tradition allows for the awareness of how an individual spending a lifetime on Earth is affected by celestial events. Jyotish is a robust science that deepens the understanding of and reverence for the passage of time and the spiritual lessons that unfold. Effects,
ranging from the simplest and observable lunar cycles to the complex and profound planetary transits through the sky, can be understood. A glimpse into one’s own karma can be seen as well. Neither the individual nor the collective whole escapes the influence of the sacred sky.

2017 will include several major astronomical events. On January 26th, Saturn, the planet that governs solitude, will begin a two and a half year transit through hopeful Sagittarius. Powerful solar eclipses, moments when the Sun (soul), Moon (mind), and Earth (body) line up in space, will happen on February 26th and August 21st. On September 8th, the Lunar Nodes, the pioneer and the sage, will change signs and remain in Cancer and Capricorn, respectively, for 18 months. Benefic Jupiter, who confers blessings and mercy, will start a one year journey through Libra on Sept 12th. The list goes on.

For those interested in self-discovery, analysis of the individual birth chart and current astronomical conditions is an invaluable tool. Knowledge of Jyotish greatly enhances success when deciding when and when not to perform certain activities. Supportive spiritual practices can be considered as well. Whether facing the unavoidable hardships or deserved joys of life, being prepared by understanding the sky under which we all live is certain to be helpful.