Astrology is being updated just like any other stream as people are becoming more interested in research. Astrology enthusiasts around the world are looking for more fields and options where they can apply in-depth astrology
. Using the latest technology, data analytics can be applied to traditional astrology wisdom to build a whole new science stream.
Astrology has seen tremendous growth with the advent of scientific tools and better modes of communication like apps and social media.
is among the fastest-growing markets in India. More and more educated youth are taking up astrology as a profession to make money and to provide a valuable service to others.
The digital world has provided Astrology with the needed infrastructure and this has made Astrological to be more dynamic and widespread. Traditional astrology has now taken a turn to the world of technology and is all set to reap maximum benefits. There has been a big surge in the astrology apps being downloaded. Some of the new trends in astrology are explored here.
Astrology is deeply intertwined with human psychology. In Astro-Psychology, we study horoscopes by connecting them with psychology. Those who practise astrology will be aware of the psychological side of astrology. It can be said that astrology was the first application of psychology as it constituted the means to understand the nature of the human being. Astro-Psychology is essentially reformulating astrology in terms of psychological concepts and practices. It is seen as a diagnostic tool.
In astrology, the Moon and Sun are considered planets
. Moon indicates peace, comfort, and mind. Sun indicates ego and vitality, while Mars indicates resistance. Rahu and Ketu are seen as two points that eclipse, aspect (be at an angle) or conjunct (line up) with every planet it is placed with.
So, if the Moon is placed unfavourably, or aspects, or conjuncts, the person can have emotional issues. Everyone has emotional issues, but if Moon is placed poorly, such people will tend to be highly stressed, which can amount to mental disease. In certain cases, we can also see bipolar syndrome, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders. The planets, houses, and divisional charts are also checked to learn about astrology’s psychological side.
Even though sage Parasara has not said much about nakshatras, many astrology enthusiasts are researching the possibility of nakshatras
. Parasara might have passed on the secrets about nakshatras to his disciple sage Maitreya. Still, it is unknown whether the latter recorded these secrets in any format. Meanwhile, scholars are researching and coming out with surprising results regarding nakshatras.
According to the prevalent system, the horoscope is written focussing on the nakshatra/constellation in which the Moon appears. But presently, studies are ongoing, taking into consideration every planet which appears in a nakshatra/constellation.
In the earlier days, the Moon was the most easily visible planet. So, ancient Vedic astrology
has the Moon as the central figure. The nakshatra where the Moon resides was seen as of great importance.
However, nowadays, scholars are searching for the impact each planet causes in each nakshatra. The position of the planet
with respect to the Nakshatra is calculated while giving predictions. Planets carry the traits of their ruling Nakshatra. Nakshatras are considered to direct the flow of cosmic energy. Each planet has a great influence by the position they are placed in the Nakshatra.
Divisional charts are an integral part of astrology and are gaining a lot of importance. They were always part of astrology but have come into focus and are studied in depth these days. These charts, too, are studied based on nakshatras.
Earlier, astrologers calculated the charts manually, so the drawing of divisional charts was complicated. But nowadays, computer software has made everything easier. Divisional charts are a unique speciality of Vedic astrology, as are the nakshatras. There are 12 houses in the chart
, and each divisional chart shows how each house is placed and the results each house brings into your life.
Divisional charts are like mini horoscopes. In the words of sage Parashar – “no conclusion can be made on any horoscope without considering relevant divisional charts”. Divisional Charts change very fast and sometimes even a few seconds of difference can change the ascendant completely.
Nothing in the chart can surpass the timing of Mahadasa. There are weekly, monthly and yearly transits, but Mahadasa is the king of all transits. People expect particular transits to trigger the events, but everything happens according to the Mahadasa. Earlier, Mahadasa was studied just through the planets, but these days, studies are ongoing where it is being considered through nakshatras as well.
The start period of a particular Mahadasa at birth is based on the planet ruling the Janma Nakshatra. The first dasa is determined by the Nakshatra that the Moon is positioned at the time of birth. Depending on how many degrees the Moon has travelled in the nakshatra at the time of birth, the first dasa gets reduced proportionately. During the Mahadasa period of a planet, those Nakshatras belonging to the planet’s lordship also get activated, thereby influencing the life of the person.
Shani MahaDasha: Effects and Remedies
There are various kinds of astrology like Arabic astrology, Greek astrology, Tajika, and Vedic astrology. Earlier, people used to study astrology only to know their destiny. These days, people are studying astrology in a spiritual sense as well. Professionals are taking up astrology, and it has resulted in the field becoming quite popular.
In the ancient days, only those who knew Sanskrit could follow astrology. But nowadays, people have easier access to the language, and the ancient texts are available in a consumable format without affecting the basics. This has resulted in the increased popularity of astrology, with more and more astrologers
making their mark.
Spiritual astrology deals with the evolution of human beings with respect to the changing positions of the various cosmic bodies. It considers karma, freedom and destiny as the fundamentals of analysis. The stars and planets are not just outer bodies; they exist within our minds as our guiding lights. In a way, astrology shows us the world within ourselves.
Self-knowledge is the basis of all knowledge. Spiritual astrology helps a person attain this knowledge.