Yesterday I was sitting together with dear friends for autumnal coffee. The question came up, what makes Jyotisha special, when compared with Western astrology. No surprise, 1000 ideas popped up in my mind. Still, it’s important to make it clear that Jyotisha is no better and no worse. Both forms of astrology are valuable and independent methods.

We sat at a rectangular table. The table ends oriented to the east and west. The friend who asked the question emphasized how astonished she was to ask and tell so much during our get-together. Otherwise not her style.

In the east, the constellation Pisces just started rising. Said friend sat in the south-west at our table and thus, following the zodiac, right in the constellation Scorpio. All three benefics were populating Scorpio at the time. Mercury, the great communicator, who is in constant exchange. Jupiter, the rhetorician who likes to share his knowledge. Venus, the beauty, who likes to attract attention. No one else in our coffee circle was under the influence of these three planetary journeymen.

Jyotisha is involved in a wide-ranging knowledge tradition. Jyotisha is inspired by other disciplines of knowledge and complements them in its own way. Yesterday, while enjoying a delicious piece of apple pie, the table became the horoscope and Vāstu inspired Jyotisha and vice versa. I think that’s what makes Jyotisha so special.