Astrology is a group of systems, traditions and beliefs which hold that the relative positions of celestial bodies can provide information about personality, human affairs, and other global matters. The word 'Astron' means star and 'Logos' means science. Thus, it is the science that studies the stars in the horoscope of every human being. However, India has given more importance for the study and research of this science. The concept of horoscope or jathakam in the India Verdict system is the most accurate and sophisticated method of astrological predictions. Jathakam foretells almost every area of human being such as health, wealth, love, marriage, business, profession etc.
Jathakam is the creation of basic placement of planets at time of birth in a pre-decided format called the birth chart. It is used as a method of prediction regarding events relating to the point in time. An assembly of basic placements of planets at the time of birth in a diagrammatic format is called jathakam chart.
Jathakam is created by the help of nine planets on the heavenly body at the time of birth. The nine planets would get position in different house of the zodiac sign. These nine planets and twelve signs of the zodiac play a vital role in the life of every human being. The life of a mankind is determined as per the position of the planets in the jathakam. Thus, the nine planets such as Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu have a vital role in the life of every human being.
Jathakam is the most important chart on which astrological predictions are made. To specify their positions at the time of birth, or any moment of time, a reference point is needed to identify the position of planets in relation to the earth. Thus the planets, their positions and their movements can be studied through jathakam.
When jathakam readings are made, it is important to realize that planetary positions are estimated in relation to both the zodiac signs and the asteroids. Jathakam charts may be circular, rectangular or in other geometrical forms but they all represent 360 degree of the celestial horizon. The jathakam consists of twelve houses. Each house of jathakam has been divided into sections and each section is associated with various deities as a specific purpose.
Jathakam is a passport for the native at the time of birth and it is a proof of one's existence on earth. Proficient astrologers study the astronomical diagram and make spiritual predictions on the effect of the various planets intruding upon the native. Suitable remedies are suggested to maintain the goodness of native related to prosperity or power, health or harmony and misfortunes or family affairs. There are many kinds of remedies such as Vedic rituals or Yagya, Gems, Mantra, Tantra, Yantra etc. Yagya is prescribed at the bad phase in life. Gems in astrology are prescribed as per the position of planets in the jathakam. Mantra is a sound that is repeated to overcome planet issues. Tantra and Yantra are used together to rid negative forces by planets energy.
Hence, the science of Indian astrology is the universal remedy for the entire problem in human life. The people from all walks of life have been following the philosophy of astrology from time immemorial.