What is the Role of Astrology?
Astrology is the most
important of the occult sciences because it shows how the subtle
forces of the universe affect us throughout our lives, both
individual and collective. Any universal spiritual tradition
requires a sound system of astrology for a complete understanding of
the workings of universe.
Vedic or Hindu astrology (Jyotish)
is such a well-developed system of astrology imbued with the wisdom
of innumerable sages and self-realized yogis. It is a complete
science with many layers, reflecting the profound harmony of the
universe. It can help us understand the pattern of our health,
career, relationships and the development of our spiritual life. It
provides the keys to the movement of our life on all levels.
Such a science of astrology
should not be confused with crude fortune telling, however. It is
not a matter of wishful thinking but of a profound study of how the
stars and planets affect us, not only outwardly but inwardly. The
true astrologer is the ultimate psychologist and sociologist who can
help us build the foundation for the spiritual life. He or she
unfolds the hidden pattern and meaning behind our lives so that we
can take the appropriate action at the appropriate time and thereby
fully use our soul's potential in this incarnation.