"Learned astrologers can indicate what may take place in the future.
Only the creator can say what will definitely happen."
Modern Astrology Magazine (India)
The use of planetary gem therapy described in this book is based upon
the Eastern or Sidereal system of astrology. Therefore, it is important
that the reader first understand this ancient science and realize how
it differs from the modern "Tropical" system.
The practice of "Jyotish" (LIGHT of GOD) or Sidereal astrology has been
in continuous use in India for thousands of years and in recent years
has become increasingly popular in the West as well. This method gives
clear indications about one's personality and personal proclivities, and
also uses predictive methods which are useful for short or long range
planning in one's life. The study of the twelve houses of the Sidereal
horoscope reveals one's destiny in all areas of life. For example, the
first house and the Sun in one's chart will indicate the health of the
person. The second house and Jupiter reveal one's karmic destiny in the
area of finances. Similarly, Saturn and Mercury represent one's profession
and business, the ninth house represents religious pursuits, and there
are even formulas for understanding the past and future lives of the soul.
The Sidereal or Eastern system of astrology is based on the position
of the belt of fixed stars and constellations in the heavens, whereas
the Tropical zodiac or the Western astrological system is based upon the
position of the Sun in relation to the Earth. The first degree of the
Sidereal zodiac is measured from a point 180 degrees opposite the star
Spica, whereas the first degree of the Western zodiac occurs when the
Sun reaches the position above the equator known as the vernal equinox,
on or about the 22nd of March each year.
Originally, the first degree of the zodiac was common to both systems.
Due to the peculiarities in the Earth's orbit, however, the belt of stars
and constellations appears to shift in relation to the Tropical zodiac.
As a result, the two zodiacs are drifting apart. This is called the "procession
of the equinoxes," and today the difference between the two systems is
calculated at about 23 degrees. Thus, if a person is born on January 1,
he will have the Sun in Capricorn according to the Western system, but
according to the Sidereal system the Sun will be at approximately 16 degrees
By practical experience, and in light of the advice of the great sages
of India, the use of the Sidereal method is preferable. It is mathematically
more correct, and it also penetrates into the subtle elements of nature,
such as mind, intellect, and spirit to present a more complete picture
of our soul's sojourn in the realm of time and space.
The Sidereal astrological system notes the strengths and weaknesses that
a person will experience in life, and also recommends remedial measures
for improving our future. The karma or destiny which we are born with
has been accrued by pious and impious activities in previous births. The
spiritual astrology of India opines that karma is not eternal and can
be changed. There are several ways to strengthen our planetary karma.
The easiest method is to wear gemstones which attract the pure vibrations
of the planets. According to a person's birth chart gems can be recommended
to counteract negative influences, strengthen auspicious planets, or,
according to a person's particular desire, a gem may be worn to help fulfill
a certain ambition. A good astrologer should be consulted for particulars.
Pandit Vidyadhar Shukla
We are proud to be associated with experienced
astrologers (Jyotishacaryas) such as Pandit Vidyadhar Shukla,
who is a respected Vedic scholar as also the Chief Brahman Priest of Thailand.
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