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Nadi Astrology refers to an ancient predictive science that reveals details about your past, present, and future. At its core, its practitioners believe that everything about every person’s potential for a given lifetime was written centuries ago on palm leaves. This was made possible through the efforts of Indian sages, known as Rishis, that had spiritual foresight into the lives of all human beings destined to be born. Even though this hints at the concept of pre-destination, it is believed by experts like Vedic Astrologer Australia that by consulting these predictions, one may be able to affect their destiny potentials and thus improve them.

The world of Nadi astrology

The original nadi astrologers were composed of Maha- (meaning “great”) rishis (“seers”) from India that used their psychic sight for predictive purposes. These extraordinary individuals were primarily based in the Tamil Nadu and nearby regions of South India, and it is this area where this branch of astrology is still practiced today. Most believers in Nadi astrology affirm that these Indian sages had a spiritual power which made them capable of forecasting events from the lives of every human being destined for future birth. These predictions were made and then etched onto palm leaves with a special tool, with black turmeric applied afterwards to increase visibility, and then stored. Such etchings were quite esoteric, often continuous in format and in modern times requires interpretation by highly skilled individuals that are fluent in their understanding of the ancient Tamil language.

The process of identifying your personal destiny predictions

It is theoretically possible that any living individual may visit South India and connect with the lineage of astrologers at the Vitheeswaran Temple to have their own palm leaf found and “read”. Each person’s leaf is first located and matched utilizing a thumb impressions; that of the right thumb for men and left thumb for women. Such thumb impressions are categorized in an index of sorts, which then allow for the identification of each individual’s detailed destiny predictions, as etched in a larger palm leaf bundle. Modern Nadi astrologers, unlike those of other astrology practice branches that interpret a horoscope in real time, do not analyze a querent’s chart, but rather just conduct a reading of what has already been written by the original Rishis. A preliminary step is to confirm a thumbprint-matched individual’s basic birth details, including date, time, parent’s names, etc.

Further steps would then be taken to confirm accuracy, such as delivering factual details about one’s life with the request that the querent answer yes or no, to confirm their truth. It is believed that everyone who is destined to have a preternatural glimpse into their future via Nadi astrology palm leaves will have their specific bundle identified; thus modern practitioners are dumbfounded if someone shows up and it is not possible to produce stored palm leaves that matches either their thumbprint or life details.

The technical approach of Nadi astrology

Unlike other Vedic astrologers, Nadi practitioners utilize the Tropical Zodiac with Siderial Nakshatras. The Nadi system is considered to be highly precise because of its simultaneous consideration of natal horoscope along with all its divisional charts. Furthermore, each sign (or Rasi) of thrity degrees is further subdivided into 150 points, resulting in 1800 “nadis” for each chart. Chart angles or planets are then interpreted based on their positioning according to these minute nadi degrees, each placement having a very specific meaning. As can be imagined however, such a specific approach is also highly dependent on having an accurate birth time; however much faith is placed on the correctness of such due to the spiritually-based foresight of the original Rishi sages who made the predictions.

Interestingly, the interpretations and meaning for nadi points are based on ancient texts that mostly remain unpublished to this day. The modern custodians of such manuscripts, which have been passed down in uninterrupted family lineages, have decided to restrict access to them.

The cosmology of Nadi astrology

One particularly fascinating aspect of the unique Nadi system is that of its cosmology. While sharing much of the same background as other Vedic astrology systems, Nadi goes into additional detail regarding how one’s destined experiences and events are facilitated by supernatural beings. This all starts with the “Navagrahas” or nine planets that are considered to be cosmic public servants tasked with the duties of apportioning both good and bad effects in each person’s life, according to how each individual has acted in the past, including past lives. These effects have been ordained by Brahma, who then uses the Navagrahas and also another group of entities known as Siddars to help manifest them. It is taught that there are 84,000 Siddars, with one called Agathiyar as their leader.

Overall, there is still so much to learn about this mysterious and closely guarded sect of Vedic astrology. It is gradually gaining in popularity however, as a few select Nadi text have been published and even translated into the English language in the last few decades. Many in the astrological community hope this trend continues and that we may be given the opportunity to learn more about how this intricate and precise school of horoscopic analysis really works.