Understanding Vedic Astrology

by Roberta Bolduc

Humankind has always been fascinated by the celestial objects and their movements. Throughout the ages, as we have studied the night sky, we have tried to correlate the meaning of these changes as it applies to the life of the individual.

Astrology is a fascinating window into this ancient practice. Almost everyone is familiar with the zodiac and most people are knowledgeable about their own individual zodiac sun sign. We study our horoscopes in daily newspapers and magazines and ponder what could be a tantalizing glimpse into the future.

Gil Picinich has a day job as a skilled craftsman and cabinetmaker. The first seven years of his life was spent in Croatia, a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe on the Adriatic Sea. A mystical calling over 20 years ago led him to pursue a different set of skills as a Vedic astrologer in the 1980s.

In 1997 while living in New York city, a back injury led him to a reiki master and shamanic healer. After working with Picinich and discovering his Vedic astrology skills, the healer began sending him clients. After adding shamanic studies to his arsenal of psychic skills, Picinich left New York and settled in Greenville, South Carolina. He now sees clients both in person and remotely over the phone.

When asked about the difference between western astrology and Vedic astrology, he explains that western astrology uses the tropical zodiac while Vedic astrology uses the sidereal zodiac. Thousands of years ago, both systems coincided. But there is a fact that the western (tropical) system doesn’t take into account. The groups of stars, year by year, move in the sky in relation to the Earth—a movement called the precession of the equinoxes. It’s a slight movement, but significant. So what thousands of years ago mathematically indicated the point of Aries for both systems, the tropical system still defines as Aries. But according to the Vedic or sidereal system, that point is no longer Aries, because, from the perspective of Earth, the stars have moved slightly backwards. Simply put, the calculation that was developed thousands of years ago that then pointed to Aries now points to Pisces.

While the western system is very good at defining an individual’s personality traits and emphasizes the psychological nature of the individual, the Vedic system places more importance on prediction. Using this system it is said to be possible to predict more accurately the timing and qualities of major events in the life of a person, such as important relationships and breakups, health complications, job changes, financial improvements or decline, etc. Vedic astrology also takes into account a person’s karmic tendencies. Of course, most would agree that predictions based on probabilities of certain events happening are ultimately subject to individual free will.

Picinich concludes that the point of view of Vedic astrology is that evolving souls take on different personalities, situations and incarnations to learn lessons and, at the deepest level, to gain awareness of who we truly are.

For astrological readings, Gil Picinich can be reached via phone at 845-434-7381 or via email at AstroGilberto@Hotmail.com.