How is Vedic Astrology Different from Western Astrology?

by | Aug 3, 2016 | Society


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Vedic Astrology is vastly different than Tropical Astrology, which is more commonly practiced in the West. While Western Astrology focuses on the sun, vedic astrology in Union City CA area (and other areas around the world) focuses on observing celestial bodies that reflect their light and energy upon the Earth, and thus influence the course of human events.

Vedic Astrology has been used by the Hindus for centuries. Several ancient spiritual texts, which are some of the oldest books in existence (written more than 5,000 years ago), talk about this practice. The Indian word for it is “Jyotish” and means “science of light”.

Western Astrology was devised by the Babylonians and Greeks approximately 3,000 years ago. They believed that the relationship between the Earth and the Sun is the most important. It analyzes the relationship of the Sun to the Earth’s tropics (the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer). This method dictates that Aries, the first sign, starts at the Vernal Equinox, and other signs follow.

Vedic Astrology utilizes the Stellar, or Sidereal Zodiac, which analyzes constellation fixed stars. According to this method of astrology, every 72 years we lose one entire day in our revolution. That means that every 72 years, the signs shift backward by one day. As a result, the entire chart gets shifted back by 24 degrees, which changes the Sun sign, the rising sign and the Moon sign. The Western system doesn’t adjust for this, and as a result, it can be extremely unreliable and incorrect.

The Vedic system does adjust for the equinoxes and over the centuries the two systems have drifted apart by more than 25 days. So, if you’ve ever mistrusted a Scorpio because you thought he was a secret agent, or thought a guy was lazy because he was a Sagittarius, you were dealing with completely different signs!

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