“As above, so below – As within, so without”
This universal law tells us that a shared principle creates similar behavior, regardless of separation in space. The Milky Way, the solar system, and an atom all behave in similar ways because of a shared principle. So as planets in the solar system move and interact with each other in the sky, the corresponding forces within our body & mind, at an atomic level, will behave accordingly. This is also called quantum mechanics in modern day, western science.
If we take the Sun for example, it represents the archetype masculine principle. The Sun doesn’t absorb, it emits light & heat. So all the energy moving from the surface outwards within our body & mind will behave in accordance to our personal relationship (karma) with the Sun. We call the Sun’s energy “solar”, and our soul is the true authentic self, expressing itself through our body & mind. If a person has a powerful Sun in their birth chart, it won’t allow them to adapt their personality in search of security or acceptance, it’ll force them to express their authentic truth unapologetically.
Each of the 7 Vedic planets (called “grahas” in Sanskrit) moving through the sky represent a corresponding energetic force within our body & mind. That’s the mechanics of this universal law. Jyotish is the science of identifying the force, analyzing the relationship, and explaining the evolutionary process. It’s a tool of self-discovery and a system of personal development. It puts the details of life into perspective and shows us a bigger picture of who we are and how the world works. What a huge relief it can be to see & experience for ourselves that everything is unfolding exactly as it’s supposed to!
Human beings are not designed to fit into a “one size fits all” spiritual journey. Each person has a unique background and constantly fluctuating needs. Jyotish allows us to adapt to these changing circumstances and align our individual purpose with the universal rhythms of life.