Astrology, though prevalent as an art, is also a science. It is conventional in nature, and thus, is very different from the modern science.

Vedic Astrology is one of its very prominent branches, besides being one of the oldest of all. According to some prominent beliefs, it is in existence since thousands of years and precisely is of an age of 7000 years. During this period, it has gone through number of minor and major modifications at different points of time. With its intense association with Hindu religion and India, it is very often referred as Hindu Astrology and Vedic Astrology.

Essence of Nine Planets
It has its own set of principles and beliefs on which it acts and endures. The very basic of those principles and beliefs relies upon the existence of nine astrological planets, and their influence over the life of person. Vedic Astrology has a lot to do with the purpose of influencing human lives positively for good. In the process of attaining the same, these nine planets play an extremely prominent role.

These nine planets do not constitute one similar set to that of the solar system. For the fact, those nine planets are comprised of bodies which are scientifically considered as planets, stars, satellites, and there are some which does not hold any reference of existence anywhere in science. Nonetheless, they have been confirmed to be in presence, not essentially in physical form, to form an influence over human lives.

These nine planets are Sun (Surya), Moon (Chandra), Mars (Mangal), Mercury (Buddha), Jupiter (Guru), Venus (Shukra), Saturn (Shani), Rahu, and Ketu. Each of these planets has their individualistic essence and influence, according to which they have been precisely defined. The way they are individually positioned and the way they are mutually aligned at the time of birth of a person define their individual and composite influence over a life of a person and different aspects of life. It moulds up the character of a person including his strengths and weaknesses, and determines the entire life path and slightest of parts within it.

Janam Kundali and Its Essence
During the early age of Vedic Astrology, the movements of these planets were used to be assessed in respect to stars. However, the significance of Zodiac Signs was identified and thus was included in the process of assessment of positioning of planets. There are a total of 12 different Zodiac Signs, which are distributed over 27 constellations (Nakshatras) and twelve houses. Positioning of planets at the time of birth is represented by their positioning in the twelve houses as in a Janam Kundali (birth chart).

This representation of planets work as the primary and prominent ground of assessing the influence of different planets, the intensity of those influences, and the timings when those influence are most probably to strike on a person. Also, it is also the ground of determining astrological remedial solutions with which negative influences of different planets can be pacified or nullified in absolute. Almost every time, you choose to consult an astrologer, an astrologer out of his expertise of reading one’s birth horoscope determines the causes of problems or makes predictions for your life be assessing the positioning of planets and different combinations as formed by them.

The Point of Difference
Many wonder about the difference between Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology. The expertise in the field tends to concise it up by stating that the only difference between the two systems is in the way with which Zodiac Signs are counted and considered. In Vedic Astrology, stars remain static and the moving planets are assessed in relation to them, which is sidereal zodiac and which is quite scientific in nature. On the other hand, Western Astrology is about tropical Zodiac, in which the movement of planets is assessed in relation to the positioning of Sun, where the planets and Zodiacs are based on equinoxes. This point of difference is quite imperceptible when measured on short term.

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