In India the Sanskrit translation of astrology is "Jyotish", this means "lamp of God". The Vedic astrology chart is considered a form of grace given to an individual so that they can assess their strengths and weaknesses. There are two parts to astrology, one is astronomy which is the mathematical calculation of the positions of the planets at the time of birth. The second part is the prediction. One of the most important things that Vedic astrology can do is to help someone understand the opportunities that they will have in a lifetime, to bring various aspects of themselves to fruition, and interact with the external world in positive ways that help one fulfill their karmic destiny.The goal of having the chart done is not to become fatalistic, but rather to realize all of the ways that you can work with your energy and all of the external circumstances that you encounter to optimize the outcome.
Astrology refers to any of several traditions or systems in which knowledge of the apparent positions of celestial bodies is used for understanding, interpreting, and organizing each individual life on earth. All traditions are based on the relative positions and movements of various real and construed extraterrestrial bodies as seen at the time and place of the birth or other event being studied. These are chiefly the Sun, Moon, planets, Ascendant & Mid heaven axes, and the lunar nodes. A practitioner of astrology is called an astrologer, or sometimes an astrologist. Many of those who practice astrology believe the positions of certain celestial
bodies either influence or correlate with people's personality traits, important events in their lives, and even physical characteristics.
The following excerpt is taken from Autobiography of a Yogi, after Paramhansa Yogananda ask his teacher Sri Yukteshwar Giri about the benefits of astrology.
"All parts of creation are linked together and interchange their influences. The balanced rhythm of the universe is rooted in reciprocity. Man in his human aspect, has to combat two sets of forces - first, the tumults within his being caused by the admixture of earth, water, fire,air and the ethereal elements; second, the outer disintegrating powers of nature. So long as man struggles with his mortality, he is affected by the myriad of mutations of heaven and earth.
Astrology is the study of man’s response to planetary stimuli. The stars have no conscious benevolence or animosity; they merely send forth positive and negative radiations. Of themselves, these do not help or harm humanity, but offer a lawful channel for the outward operation of cause - effect equilibriums that each man has set into motion in the past.
A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma. His horoscope is a challenging portrait, revealing his unalterable past and its probable future results. The native chart is best interpreted by one who has wisdom, intuition and humility, these are few.
The message boldly blazoned across the heavens at the moment of birth is not meant to emphasize fate - the result of past good and evil - but to arouse men will to escape from his universal thralldom. What he has done, he can undo. None other than himself was the instigator of the causes of whatever effects are now prevalent in his life. He can overcome any limitation, because he created it by his own actions in the first place, and because he possesses spiritual resources that are not subject to planetary pressure.
Superstitious awe of astrology makes one an automaton, slavishly dependent on mechanical guidance. The wise man defeats his planets - or in other words his past - by transferring his allegiance from the creation to the Creator. The more he realizes his unity with his soul - Spirit - the less he can me dominated by matter. The soul is ever free; it is deathless because it is birth less - it cannot be regimented by the stars.
Man is a soul and has a body. When he properly places his sense of identity, he leaves behind al compulsive patterns. So long as he remains confused in his ordinary state of spiritual amnesia, he will know the subtle fetters of environmental law." It is karma that shapes the choices we bring into a lifetime, and those choices are what form our astrological chart. Once we understand how to take responsibility for these choice and learn how to shift our lives in a postive direction, things can improve dramactically. But, we must understand the origin of the problems and how to solve them. He found that good karma is the only way to give peace to the soul. So, he advises his clients not to go against nature and to live within the will of god. Everything will be fine thereafter.