Health and Vedic Astrology

By Howard Beckman

Vedic astrology provides a key to the analysis of present and future health far beyond the scope of modern science. It can reveal physical maladies that may occur, which parts of the body will be affected, and when they may manifest. This most important branch of astrology has been used for thousands of years with astounding accuracy.

This science allows a qualified practitioner to analyze weaknesses in the physical body, and to predict possible ailments as a result. We then institute preventive measures, rather than waiting until you require curative measures.

The strength of your horoscope indicates the strength of your body, and its ability to resist illness. There are certain combinations of planets that bestow excellent health. By the same token there are combinations which cause chronic suffering. Planets each hold jurisdiction over different parts of the body and affect specific bodily functions within them.

A Vedic astrologer studies the birth chart, then the daily movements of the planets, to understand and analyze present and future health. The Ayurveda, India’s ancient medical science, is inextricably intertwined with Vedic astrology and in previous times all ayurvedic doctors were also astrologers. In India many are to this day. The combination of these two sciences provide a complete system for diagnosis and treatment of not only diseases of the body, but of the mind. Even the 12 basic salts of homeopathy are associated and related to the 12 houses of the zodiac.

Mental or emotional health can also be understood from a person’s horoscope. There are many factors and planetary conjunctions that indicate a troubled mind, neurosis, or even psychosis.
The psychological functioning as a whole can be understood through a careful study of the birth chart. Therefore an astrologer must not only understand which planets cause disease, & the types of diseases that may manifest, but which areas of the body they will affect, and when.

Why is it that a healthy, robust-looking person will be said to be healthy by a doctor, yet come down with a debilitating illness? Why can a frailer, less-healthy appearing person combat and resist certain diseases? The answer is fate… “karma”. Understanding this factor helps us to act in such a way to “shape” the destiny before us, including our most vital possession, our health.

Howard Beckman (Hamsavatar Das)is a director of the Vedic Cultural Fellowship and Pecos Yoga and Ayurveda Center. Author of 4 books on Vedic astrology, ayurveda and yogic mysticism, Howard was trained in India for over a decade and has been a practicing vedic astrologer and planetary gemologist for over 30 years.Websites: and

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