What is the astrological chart? It is snapshots of specific segments of time in our life – past, present or future. The science of Astrology is presently and clearly influenced by the perception of an increased momentum of time resulting from the intensity of the technological age we live in. The astrologer must be able to clearly capture and analyze these segments of time in one’s complete lifetime. Then they can assuredly help one to clarify the life goals and path in relation to one’s present or future aspirations while in a body on the earthly plane.
Astrology has now evolved, beginning at the end of last century, into the science of karmic evolution. The astrologer therefore must remain up to date and educated using the most modern and correct astronomical mathematics and zodiac, as not to mislead others, even unintentionally. In order to do this, the most authentic and correct Zodiac should be employed. As indicated by revelations within the SURYA SIDHANTA, VEDANGA JYOTISHA, YAVANA JATAKA, SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM, and PARASURA HORA SASTRA, and with the help of modern astronomy, many modern Vedic astrologers presently use the Tropical Zodiac in conjunction with an effective Sidereal Ayanamsa. This need be employed for thorough accuracy. Complete Sidereal calculations (used by most Indian/Vedic astrologers today) is not necessarily reflecting true Vedic Astrology. It was correct mathematically about 2600 years ago. However, due to the Procession of the Equinox, the results have changed, but are hardly taken into account, especially in India and by other Western Vedic astrologers. Still today, there is actually an ongoing and sometimes heated debate among Sidereal and Tropical astrologers.
Contemporary Master Vedic Astrologers of the 21st century, after extensive research and discovery, are now using the Tropical Zodiac along with the Sidereal Ayanamsa, which was the original intention of the ancient Vedic masters, such as Parasura Muni. Research and practice has also been accomplished with Ayanamsa calculations by leading Vedic astrologers of the 20th century. Sri Yukteshvara (Sri Yogananda’s guru), one of the most respected Vedic astrologers of his time, tried to present and reinstate the corrected Zodiacal astronomical calculations (using Tropical Zodiac including Sidereal Ayanamsa) to the Indian government but failed in his attempts, due to politics and resistance from other Indian astrologers not willing to admit past miscalculations or change their techniques.
Intelligent, open-minded and courageous Vedic Astrologers presently use the Tropical Zodiac with the Vedic system of interpretation, as well as an effectively researched sidereal Ayanamsa and House system. Unfortunately for many adherents, students and clients of Sidereal Vedic astrology, out of date practices result in many mistakes and much lower success rate in predictions, due to erroneous calculated charts. An astrologer, in this age, using only the correct mathematical and latest astronomical calculations, including advanced and ancient Vedic astrological techniques, meant to correctly capture and analyze important segments of time, (past, present and future). Only then is the astrologer qualified to examine the astrological realm and excise precise knowledge of events and character. Because our life is so precious we should not settle for anything less than the best and correct. Open and educated astrologers stay on the cutting edge of knowledge in order to accurately work within the astrological realms of the cosmos. Therefore they are able to accurately describe how the astral bodies function to reveal the life force of the individual seen through the horoscope.
The chart is initially nothing less than the karmas we brought into this life at the time of our birth. An astrologer’s job is not only to reveal psychological attributes and patterns from these karmas, and based on these facts explore one’s life path (love, partnership, career, etc.). The chart then can act as a guide and make predictions possible. However, most importantly, through the astrological process, the chart creates an awareness of our true purpose on earth and reveals the karmas aiding or obscuring our relationship with the Universe and ultimately our happiness, even on earth. This astral knowledge can be procured from one who is linked to that Source through the intensity of their spiritual practices. Therefore the astrologer must be not only adept in their astrological knowledge must most importantly, through revelations from chart, help to guide the consciousness of the individual toward spiritual liberation.