Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology

World Astrology | Updated -Jun 29, 2020, 5:34 AM

All great ancient civilizations centered their cultures on profound systems of astrology, connecting conditions and events on the Earth with cosmic influences deriving from the stars. Whether it is India or China, Egypt or Babylonia, or the Mayas and Incas of America, we find in each case an astrological foundation for their spiritual cultures. Astrology and its measure of sacred time formed the basis of their calendars which, looking to the heavens, sought to organize human life according to celestial forces more certain than our personal desires and calculations. Even the ancient cultures of Europe like the Greeks, Romans, Celts and Germans, had detailed systems of astrology, as have all communities that recognize the sacred nature of the universe. 


                               There are quite a few important differences between Western astrology and Vedic astrology. However, there is lot of similarities in Western and Vedic astrology. Meaning, both systems use Planets, Signs and Houses to delineate the chart. However, in Vedic astrology “you” are considered to be the rising sign, because it shows the sign that was ascending on the eastern horizon at the exact moment you were born. This is much more accurate than a “sun sign” as is used in popular forms of Western astrology. The reason why is quite simple to understand. The sun was in that same sign for 30 days. Yet, your rising sign was the exact moment on the day you were born.


                             The biggest difference between the two systems, technically, has to do with how the zodiac is looked at itself. Western astrology uses is it yet based on the seasons. Where as Vedic astrology uses a zodiac based on the actual constellations in the sky – called the Sidereal Zodiac. There was a time when those two were in alignment, a couple thousand years ago.


This does not mean Western astrology is wrong. It just uses a different system. In fact, this is one feature of Western astrology. It is much more of an “open system”, for lack of a better way to put it. In Western astrology the outer planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are used. But so are many asteroids, and other celestial bodies.

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