Nadi Astrology – History of the Soul


Nadi astrology is an ancient form of astrology from southern India and is based on the belief that all the lives of humans, past, present and future, were recorded on palm leaves by Hindu sages in ancient times. Reincarnation is an integral part of this belief as a core concept of reincarnation is that though the body may change the soul stays the same. According to Nadi legends, there were a number of these palm leaves, but they were scattered across India and only some of them have been found – the ones that have been found in the Tamil Nadu.  Read more about the history of astrology here:

Nadi Astrology – History of the Soul

What is Nadi Astrology?

The Nadi Shastra were created at least five thousand years ago and are believed to have translated from oral tradition to written tradition some two thousand years ago when they were carefully inscribed on palm leaves by scribes who took great care to ensure that the leaves were kept in perfect condition during the writing. The words are written continuously, without any spaces or breaks, in Tamil or Sanskrit, and in poem. This means that a Nadi astrologer has to have special training to, not just be able to read the poetry, but also be able to understand and translate it for you. There were eighteen sages who worked to put together the Nadi Shastra and each seventeen chapters dedicated to each and every aspect of your life from who you will marry to how many children you will have and even your relationships with the people around you.

On the Tip of Your Thumb

Nadi astrology is based on your thumb print. Using your thumb print the astrologer is able to find which of the palm leaves tells of your past, present and future. They will take the right thumb print for a male and left thumb print for a female. Then your thumb print will be sorted into a particular category and that will be used to determine which of the Tami Nadu is the right one with your astrology on it. However, it is believed that you won’t even be interested in learning about Nadi astrology unless you are destined to do so. In fact, your soul will be chosen to learn about its life and you’ll feel compelled to seek further information about the Tamil Nadu.

Once your thumb print is matched with a leaf, the Nadi astrologer will read to you all the information found in the Tamil Nadu bundle. The astrologer has and needs no information about you. They have been trained to read the Tamil Nadu; this is an important part of becoming a Nadi astrologer as the Tamil Nadu are written in an ancient script and in poem form making it not just hard to read but also hard to understand. In some cases the astrologer may ask some basic questions but you will only need to answer with a yes or a no.

Even with Nadi astrology it is difficult to predict the future because it has yet to happen and there are always factors outside yourself that can affect your life and the outcomes of your life. Nadi astrology is best suited to past life readings and interests.

Nadi Astrology Charts

Nadi astrology charts are very similar to astrology natal birth charts – in fact the only difference is one is based on Western astrology and the other uses sidereal astrology. What is sidereal astrology? It is a system of astrology that takes into account the ‘precession of the equinoxes’, something that Western astrology does not do. The precession of the equinoxes is the term used to describe the westward shift of the equinoxes relative to the fixed stars. As our galaxy ages there is a slow, continuous, gravity-induced change in the way our planet is oriented on its rotational axis and this gradual change has caused the precession of equinoxes. In fact, Nadi astrology and Western or tropical astrology zodiac systems were the same until about 2000 years ago but then slowly began to drift apart to account for this shift.

Having a Nadi astrology chart drawn up for you means getting a natal astrology chart since you chart Nadi astrology by date of birth. Those who use Nadi astrology believe that it makes accurate predictions on everything including how you should be educated, what legal troubles you’ll run into in your life, what property you will own, if you’ll ever own a car or other vehicle and what style it will be, how much you’ll travel, what the best career is for you, if you will have good or poor health, whether or not your marriage will be happy and who the best partner for you would be, how many children you may have and even how long you can expect to live.

How can it be so accurate? It is believed that the great sages of India recorded the destinies of everyone as divine predictions on palm leaves and these are called the Nadi. The Nadi are believed to hold the soul record of each individual soul and can provide all the information shown in a Nadi astrology chart as well as help to dissolve your karmic debt and correct your the course your life is on. Learning to read the Nadi is necessary as they are written in Tamil or Sanskrit. Occasionally a Nadi for a person is missing and it is a cause for frustration but since Nadi astrology requires you to be highly accurate as to the date and time of your birth it is possible that the information provided was incorrect and that is why the correct Nadi cannot be found.

Nadi astrology is a highly challenging system of astrology: Each zodiac sign has 150 Nadi in it. If you think of the zodiac as a wheel with 360 degrees in it that means each zodiac is 30 degrees of the week and that means there are 1800 Nadi in the circle of the zodiac. The zodiac signs are divided into three groups in Nadi astrology: Chara signs which are movable, Sthira signs which are fixed and Dvisvabhava signs which are dual. The names and numbers of the Nadi are the same across each group of signs, Chara, Sthira, and Dvisvabhava, but are different from the other groups giving Nadi astrology a total of 450 distinct names and numbers in the zodiac.

The Nadi look at the Athma, Navagrahas and siddars of a person and these, divined from their astrology chart, are then given to the petitioner so they can know what to expect from this life.


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