Pandit Vijay Kumar
M.A.Ph.D – Astrology
Masters in Reiki
Astrology is derived from the Greek language words ‘Aster’ meaning ‘Star’ and ‘Logos’ meaning ‘Reason’ or ‘Logic’. In Sanskrit language it is called ‘Jyotisha’ meaning ‘Science of Time’. There are a few different Astrological systems around the world. Indian Astrology is based on 28 constellations (Nakshatras). Western Astrology is based on the 12 Zodiac Signs, while Chinese astrology is based on 60 years cycle and the lunar calendar. Zodiac is a broad strip in the sky that extends on both sides of the path of the sun. The path of the sun is called Ecliptic and passes almost through the centre of the Zodiac. Ecliptic is divided in 12 equal parts, which are called the 12 Signs of the Zodiac.
The Ecliptic is also marked by 28 points that are called stellar points or constellations (Nakshatras). Historically, astrology used to be strongly believed and practiced amongst ancient Babylonians. This practice gradually extended to the Mediterranean where it was religiously used by the Greek and Roman civilizations.
It then gained a strong influence in Europe. During the Middle Ages the Kings and Rulers of India used to designate Astrologers as ‘Darbar Jyotishi’ and give them high standing in the community. Astrology is the art of predicting the influence of planets and stars on human life.