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    November 14, 2023 3 min read

    Ayurveda and Jyotish

    Have you heard of Jyotish? Also known as Vedic Astrology, Jyotish is uniquely intertwined with Ayurvedic principles. Just as the ancient classical texts provided Ayurvedic wisdom, they also gifted mankind with insight into astrology. Using Jyotish in combination with Ayurveda can provide a wholistic approach to health and healing.

    Both Ayurveda and Jyotish provide us with insight into ourselves - with this insight we are able to accept ourselves and others with compassion and treat from a more loving space.

    The Ayurvedic Principle of Panchamahabhutas, the five elements, are also used Jyotish. Astrology uses the signs and planets (called Grahas) and associates them with the elements.

    We are not astrologers ? but thought it would be interesting to provide some basic information. For your reference, the strength of the signs and planets is based on their location in the houses in our horoscope.

    Vata dosha, the signs and planets.

    We understand from an Ayurvedic perspective that Vata dosha is made up of both air and ether elements. Gemini, Aquarius, Libra are a few air signs. Saturn and Mercury are said to also be related to Vata dosha. Someone with these in their astrology charts may have higher levels of Vata dosha in their prakruti and be prone to Vata imbalances.

    Kapha dosha, the signs and planets.

    Kapha is made up of the earth and water elements. From an astrology point of view, Taurus is one of the signs associated with earth element. Two water signs are Cancer and Pisces. People with an exalted water or earth sign or Graha will have higher levels of Kapha dosha in their constitution, depending on the location of other planets and signs. Jupiter also corresponds with Kapha dosha.

    Pitta dosha, the signs and planets.

    Pitta dosha is made up of fire and water elements. The corresponding signs and planets include the Leo, Aries and Sagittarius, Sun and Mars. Someone with one of these signs or Grahas in their ascendant may be more prone to pitta related imbalances.

    Understanding your birth chart can provide insight into your nature and also strong and weak areas of our bodies. The signs and houses represent different areas of the body.

    When seeing an experienced Jyotish you will be asked for your exact time of birth, location and date. From here they are able to read your chart and discover which planets were in which houses when you were born - these aspects provide us all with different qualities that make us uniquely ourselves, similar to our Prakruti in Ayurveda.
    On my last trip to India, I saw an astrologer in Thiruvananthapuram. We had a long discussion about Veerasimhavalokanam, which is a classic text on medical astrology combining Ayurvedic treatment. My personal experience with Jyotish has been extremely insightful.

    This article is very basic with the intention to provide you with an introduction to the correlations between Ayurveda and Jyotish - as you can imagine, the Science of Jyotish is beautifully complex and insightful.

    If you are interested in having a Vedic Astrology reading, good news is that we have experienced Vedic astrologers here in Perth!
    Have you seen a Vedic astrologer before? If you feel like sharing your experience please do!

    From Kelsey and the Lakshmi Team, have a great afternoon.