"Jyotish = Jyoti + Ish = Light of God.
My journey in Astrology started like many of us, by looking at daily, weekly, monthly and yearly predictions on the basis of Sun-Sign, Moon-Sign etc. in newspapers or calendars (which are more popular in India as “Panchaang”). Discussions among family members, friends and on various TV channels kept the interest alive but it was never up to the level of learning astrology. Like many of us, I also wanted to know how much someone can tell me about myself. My interest grew and I started asking other Astrologers that on what planetary basis they are saying what they are saying. At the same time, I started nurturing my research skills on internet and searching about various things including Astrology. Some other friends who were little more curious about Astrology kept me updated with latest trends in Astrology.
Then in 2008, came the 1st major turn towards Astrology when my career turned upside down. I tried to search for the reasons from visible sources but no benefits. Then I gave Occult/Hidden Science like Astrology a shot. I took my horoscope and visited almost all famous practitioners of Astrology in my city and interestingly they all were able to tell my career situation correctly, with near hits and misses (which I now realize as limits of human efforts).
The fact that they all predicted almost similar things got me intrigued in Astrology. I started reading about it. My study was based on books and online research but as they say “Sur bin taan nahi, Guru bin Gyaan nahi” (Knowledge without a Teacher is like singing without melody). I was actually reading and researching about Astrology but unknowingly, I was moving towards my Teachers as they also say "Teacher comes into life only when a student is ready for receiving knowledge”. It was my duty to prepare myself for my Teachers and I remained busy for four years in this preparation.
Finally, came the most important moment in my study of Astrology, when in 2013,by God’s grace, I got my Teachers on Youtube. With 3 planets in Sravana Nakshatra in 3rd house of Collecting Information, I was supposed to learn Astrology via Listening and Youtube became my classroom and all the Astrologers who post their videos there became my Teachers. Yes, there are many of them. I can't name only one of them. They were all, eastern, western, vedic, tropical etc. Here, I became kind of Eklavya, who learnt from distance and through unusual ways.
For me, both sides are wrong. We think of life, people and things as Black & White, but actually they are Grey. We need to be discriminate when there is need. If scaring someone and robbing money in name of Astrology & Remedy is wrong then showing an unnecessary dream & rosy picture to someone who is going through a terrible time is also wrong. We need to strike balance. It is then I realized that as Buddha also said the real path is actually the middle path. Also Krishna said, Life is the name of Balance. It is there that I took a spiritual approach into Astrology and Horoscope reading. I started seeing God’s intentions behind giving a person his/her horoscope rather than a person’s intentions/desires. My approach become to tell good and bad both sides of coin with suggestions as to how person can improve the bad side, not by any remedy/gems but by understanding what Planets/God wants him to do. We need to tell person the efforts he cam take in a particular direction to make his life better and work towards evolution of soul at higher level.