Hora (astrology)

Hora (astrology)

Horā (Sanskrit होरा, "hour", from Greek _gr. ὥρα [Monier-Williams, "A Sanskrit English Dictionary] [The "IAST|Bṛhat Parāśara Horāśāstra" etymologizes the word as "ahorātra" with the first and last syllables dropped (BPHS.4.1-2)] ) is a branch of the traditional Indian system of astrology known as IAST|Jyotiṣa. It deals with the finer points of predictive methods, as distinct from "Siddhānta" (astronomy proper) and "IAST|Saṃhita" (mundane astrology).

The various aspects of "hora" are:
* "Jātaka Shāstra" / Hora Shāstra (Natal astrology / horoscopy): Prediction based on individual horoscope.
* "Muhurta or Muhurtha" (Electional astrology): Selection of beneficial time to initiate an activity to get maximum fruition from the life activities.
* "Swara Shāstra" (Phonetical astrology): Predictions based on name & sounds.
* "Prashna" (Horary astrology): Predictions based on time when a question is asked by querent / querist.
* "Ankjyotish / Kabala" (Numerology): A branch of astrology based on numbers.
* "Nadi" Astrology: An ancient treatise having detailed predictions for individuals.
* "Tajika Shāstra / Varsha Phal" (Annual Horoscopy): Astrology based on annual solar returns.
* "Jaimini Sutras": A non-conventional method of timing of events based on Famous Indian astrologer, Acharya Jaimini.
* "Nastjātakam" (Lost Horoscopy): Art of tracing / construction of lost horoscopes.
* "Streejātaka" (female astrology): A special branch of astrology dealing with female nativities.
* "Graha Samudriki" (Astro-Palmistry): Palm reading as horoscope.
* "Hasta Rekha / Samudrika Shāstra" (Palmistry): Based on palm reading.
* "Padatala Shāstra" (Plantarology): Based on reading of lines & signs on the sole.
* "Shakuna Shāstra" (Omens): Predictions based on omens & portents.
* "Swapna Vidya" : Interpretation of dreams.
* "Kapala Vidya" (Phrenology)
* "Ākriti Vidya" (Physiognomy): Based on structure & moles on the body.
* "Kerala Jyotisha": Predictions based on querrist reply regarding name of flower or colour or touching part of body.
* Remedial Astrology: Various modes of propitiation of planets based on planetary positions in nativity, transits, elections & for religious functions.


ee also

*IAST|Bṛhat Parāśara Horāśāstra

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