Mudrashram Institute of Spiritual Studies
Vedic Astrology Readings by Renate M. Bell
We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Renate Maria Bell, a certified Vedic Astrologer to provide Vedic Astrology Readings for you. Here is some information about Vedic Astrology and the readings she does. You may order her readings through Pay Pal on her site.
Vedic Astrology Readings
By Renate M. Bell ©2010
Vedic Astrology is known in the east as Jyotish, a Sanskrit word whose root is Jyoti, or divine light. This “science of light” is at once a scientific and intuitive art whereby the condition and placement of planetary energies are thoroughly analyzed for a particular moment, most commonly for a person’s birth. Through careful scrutiny, the astrologer gathers data from the natal chart and begins to unravel the multi-dimensional story of the native. Layers of potentials are revealed: strengths and weaknesses, motivations, talents, health and financial issues or vulnerabilities, growth opportunities, career interests, relationships, religious inclinations, and so on. The birth chart is the map, a guiding light, a snapshot of the heavens waiting to be deciphered and guide the personality, the mind, the heart, and the soul to whom it belongs.
Sri Yukteswar eloquently states in Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi: “A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in the mathematical harmony with one’s individual karma. The celestial horoscope is a challenging portrait, revealing one’s unalterable past and probable future results. The message boldly blazoned across the heavens at the moment of birth is not meant to emphasize fate, but to arouse our will to action.”
While Jyotish is an integral part of the Vedas, the classical text of the Hindu faith rooted in India, Jyotish itself is not a religion. The Sun shines for everyone regardless of religion or location. The Moon reflects its light to everyone and their own paths. The luminaries, the constellations, and the planets unite all human beings, all creation. Jyotish is a sacred science, a study, and tool for self-knowledge. It is for everyone and anyone who wishes to benefit from it.
The primary difference between Vedic and Western Astrology is the way in which the charts are calculated. Vedic astrology is a “sidereal” system which takes into account the motion of the constellations, known as The Precession, thereby calculating a chart from the actual observable constellations.
Western astrology is a “tropical” system which does not take this measureable and observable motion into consideration. So while a western ephemeris may indicate that, for example, the Moon is in Pisces, if we were to look at its visible position in the sky, the Moon would most likely appear in the stars of Aquarius.
This calculation difference means that these two astrological systems are off by roughly one zodiac sign. For instance, people with Virgo Suns in their western charts will often end up with Leo Suns in their Vedic chart. Due to the mathematics, most of the planets will shift. However, this isn't always the case. If a planet in the western chart is located in over 24 degrees of a sign, it will remain in that sign in the Vedic chart.
The appearance of the two charts is the most noticeable difference: The Western chart is circular; the Vedic chart is square.
Behind piles of charts and computer calculations, Vedic Astrology has at its foundation, a vast mythological pantheon, and a rich archetypal symbolism, which elicits deep meanings.
Despite the differences, there are common bonds shared by both systems, such as the meanings for each of the signs, the planets, and the houses. They remain, for the most part, identical. So what you learned about Scorpio, Mars, and the 8th house in Western astrology is effective for Scorpio, Mars, and the 8th house of the Vedic chart.
There are several ‘tools’ in Vedic Astrology that are not, to the best of my knowledge, available in Western astrology. To summarize: Vedic Astrology looks for countless planetary configurations or yogas which help interpret the meat of the chart. It places more emphasis on the Ascendant and Moon rather than the Sun. It checks for the balance or imbalance between the four aims of life, the four doshas, as well as the elements. It recognizes Rahu and Ketu, the North and South Nodes of the Moon, in a much deeper, spiritual manner. It offers a more thorough time-line, derived from the Moon’s lunar station at the moment of birth, which allows the astrologer to predict up to 120 years from the birth date.
Perhaps the most important difference is the use of remedials in Vedic Astrology, often used to strengthen the planet which rules over the Ascendant or another auspicious house to fortify or promote what that house stands for, or to propitiate a challenging planet to mitigate or soften its difficult effects. The types of remedials are limitless, ranging from colors, scents, gem stones, and foods to more spiritual, transcendental methods such as visualization, meditation, and mantras.
When you consider your astrological natal chart as the mathematical depiction of the celestial roadmap that is your individual karma, you’re already reminded that your true self, the Soul, is beyond all limitations of space and time, beyond all malefic or benefic planetary influences. Your reading will assist to remind you that life takes effort, it takes conscious effort to manifest the Light, the true self within. We must go forward with courage, conviction, faith, and determination, remove the sheaths that may hide our radiance. Our journey of discovery, of re-discovery, is our divine purpose. Vedic astrology is a time-honored tool that we can readily use to authenticate our Being and our direction in life.
Often times just seeing certain situations show up in the astrologer’s analysis brings comfort, closure, understanding, or compassion. Readings are a great way to understand today and prepare for tomorrow.
The natal chart encompasses your entire life. If we circle around the wheel from house to house, you’ll see that every area of your life is covered, such as self-expression, finances, family and home environment, children, health, relationships, prosperity, career, goals, and spiritual aspirations.
If someone is interested in a reading, the basic life reading is where to begin. This gives us plenty of ground to cover, and it also confirms accuracy with the birth data.
If anyone has a specific issue they’d like to look at, it would most always be done with a follow-up reading, once we’ve established the story of the chart and feel comfortable with it.
Specific issues or events range anywhere from “What career options does my chart show?” to “We’d like to get married on such-and-such a date. Is this a good time to marry?" Many inquires seem to focus on health, such as “When am I going to feel better?" It all depends on each individual and what is important and pressing.
As I mentioned above, the first reading is the basic life reading. This is an in-depth analysis which includes:
The follow-up reading is a secondary reading available to address a specific question, event, or life concern.
If there are other needs that these readings do not fill, feel free to contact me. I’m sure at least one of my Vedic Astrology colleagues would fit the bill and I’d be happy to recommend their services. One such service is chart rectification. When a person does not have birth data, the astrologer works tediously to ‘rectify’ the natal chart, coming up with a chart the best aligns to the events that have already unfolded in the person’s life. It can be quite a tedious task and something I do not offer, but could recommend another astrologer for.
If the reading is for yourself, I will need:
If the reading is for someone other than yourself, I require the same items as noted above, but will also require written consent for permission to do their chart for your or for them.
The basic life reading is available for $108.00.
A follow-up reading, focusing on one question or area of life, runs $45.00.
She now offers a Health Reading, too, for $50.00
If you are interested in ordering a reading or have further questions, please email her directly ar
Because I complete each reading personally, and not with a pre-programmed computerized ‘report’, please allow 1 to 2 weeks.
For additional information about Renate's services, visit her site.