Sunday, June 7, 2009

Vedic Astrology Vs Western Astrology

By R Devgan

The curiosity to know about our future is there in
all human beings. Many times, almost all of us get entrapped in the
situations and circumstances in our lives, where we start thinking
about an unseen force working for or against our wishes, upon which we
have no control of ours. Also, since time immemorial, human beings have
tried to observe and understand this unseen force called Destiny or
Luck, so that we can better prepare ourselves for what future holds for
us. In this effort to know our future many systems have evolved in
different parts of the world thousands of years before including Vedic Astrology,
Chinese Astrology and Western Astrology. Each system has its own
history behind it where many of the great personalities of the early
millenniums, have contributed from what they have learned and observed
over the years. In our topic Vedic Astrology Vs Western Astrology we
are talking about Hindu astrology and western astrology mainly because
many of the terminologies and strategies used in these two systems are
so similar, making people to ask frequently the differences between
these two. The similarities between two systems are

  • There
    are 12 signs of zodiac of 30 degrees each, in both systems with
    classical rulership assigned to Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter,
    Venus and Saturn. Though after the discovery of Uranus, Neptune and
    Pluto, they are also the part of western astrology.
  • Both systems take Aspects and Conjunctions of planets into account.
  • Both systems consider Transits of planets and their influence on the person whose horoscope is being analyzed.
  • Other concepts of mutual friendship and enmity among planets are also similar.

Major differences between two systems are

  • Sun signs carry more weightage in western astrology while Ascendant and Moon signs are more important in vedic astrology.
  • Vedic
    astrology uses Moon sign and 27 lunar mansions (star constellations
    called Nakshatra) along with 12 signs of zodiac to analyze horoscope
    compatibility between couples while there is no such concept of lunar
    mansions in western astrology.
  • In vedic astrology lunar
    mansions are used to calculate main time periods and sub periods
    (called Dasha and Bhukti) along with transits of planets that helps in
    time framing certain events in life while western astrology is more
    dependent on transits for predicting events as lunar mansions are not
    part of western astrology.
  • Most importantly, western astrology
    uses tropical zodiacs which are movable while vedic astrology uses
    sidereal zodiac which are fixed.

As a result of
sidereal zodiac, hindu astrology or vedic astrology applies a
correction of few degrees (23 -24 degrees presently) to the position of
Sun, Moon, planets and houses which is based on actual observed wobbly
motion of the Earth while revolving around its axis. This correction is
called Ayanamsha and it continues to change at the rate of
approximately 1 degree every 72 years because of scientific phenomena
called precession of equinoxes. Because of this difference of 23
degrees, western horoscope chart shows planets 23 degrees ahead of the
position to that in vedic horoscope chart. This means if Sun is at 15
degrees in Aries at a particular moment in western chart, it would be
in Pisces somewhere at 22 degrees in vedic chart.

In conclusion, though vedic astrology and western astrology,
both uses many common terminologies and strategies but the way these
two systems are approached and implemented from the very foundation is
different. This basic difference between these two systems makes it
completely irrelevant to compare with each other.

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