Jyotisha

Jyotisha, also known as Jyotish, Vedic astrology, or Hindu astrology, is the the practice of using astronomical data to study human behaviour. The main distinction between Western astrology and Jyotish is that the latter is star based (or sidereal) and thus its calculations differ significantly from the former which is season based (or tropical) .

Characterization of Jyotisha


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The Vedas, which are the ancient scriptures that Hinduism is based on, are also the texts that Jyotish is based on (ACVA, n.d.). Indeed, this is an important point since historically, Jyotish and religion have been inseparable.

But is Jyotisha a science?


Dr. Anthony Philip Stone, in his book Hindu Astrology: Myths, Symbols & Realities, alludes to Jyotish being a practice of "divination/; [2]. That is, while science is concerned with empirical relationships, Hindu
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Why Jyotisha is a pseudoscience


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The consequences of the belief and practice of Jyotisha


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Conclusion


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References

  1. American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA). (n.d.). Explore and Learn about Vedic Astrology. Retrieved from http://www.acvaonline.org/explore-and-learn-about-vedic-astrology/
  2. Stone, A.P. (1981). Hindu Astrology: Myths, Symbols & Realities. New Delhi, India: Select Books Publishers & Distributors.
  3. Perinbanayagam, R.S. (1982). The Karmic Theater: Self, Society, and Astrology in Jaffna.
  4. Popper
  5. Thagard