Vedic Astrology is the ancient Indian Astrology which deals in science associated with the motion and position of the planets, and their effect on living beings. In accordance with Vedic Astrology, there are 27 constellations which make 12 zodiac signs. In these signs, 9 planets represent the different situations of human life. Moon sign of a person is decided by the placement of Moon present in a particular sign during the time of birth. The visualized representation of astrology is termed as ‘horoscope chart’.
Sidereal Zodiac is the visible zodiac which is based on the visible constellations and planetary positions. Using the birthtime, birthdate and birthplace, planetary positions are calculated and predictions for the future is done by the astrologer.
Tropical Zodiac is independent of visible constellations, it works on the season. On the spring equinox, Sun transits to 1° of Aries. On MidSummer’s day (summer solstice), known to be the longest day of year, Sun enters Cancer. Transit of Sun into Libra Sign occur on the Autumnal Equinox. When the days are short, i.e., on winter solstice, Sun enters Capricorn.
Difference between Indian Astrology and Western Astrology
The difference between Vedic and Western Astrology can be distinguished on some points given below:
On the basis of zodiac sign
According to Indian Astrology, zodiac sign is calculated according to the Moon’s placement at the time of birth.
Whereas, in Western Astrology, it is calculated according to the placement of Sun at the birthtime.
On the basis of calculation of planetary position:
In Indian Astrology, the planetary positions are calculated on the basis of their actual positions. That’s why, it is also known as Sidereal Zodiac.
Whereas, Western Astrology is dependent on the seasons. Due to this, it is also known as Tropical Zodiac.
On the basis of number of planets used:
In Vedic Astrology, 9 planets are used which are Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and the two shadowy planets of Moon and Sun known as Rahu and Ketu.
Whereas, in Western Astrology, for the prediction of future Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are used.
In Hindu Astrology, there are 27 constellations or fixed group of stars. The alignment of first zodiac, Aries, with the first constellation is known as Ashwini.
But, in Tropical Zodiac, when the Sun passes the equator of Earth, the first sign of zodiac, Aries becomes the starting point.
Uniqueness of Vedic Astrology (Sidereal Zodiac)
- In Vedic Astrology, there are some points which are very unique, i.e., these are followed only in Vedic or Indian Astrology –
- For the analysis of prediction, divisional charts play an important role in Vedic Astrology.
- The entire zodiac has a span of 360°, and each zodiac sign measures 30°.
- For each Nakshatra, there is a span of 13°20′ and it is divided into 4 equal parts known as divisions. Each division measures 3°20′.
- The entire prediction is done on the basis of these degrees. The placement of planets is also done on the same.
- Vedic Astrological System depends upon the dasha and dasha is calculated according to the degree of the Moon present in the particular zodiac sign.
Importance of Vedic Astrology
Indian Astrology holds an important place in one’s life. It helps a person to solve the uncertainties of life. By knowing the planetary motions and it’s position, one can know the answers of the questions regarding the future. It also help us out in knowing the malefic effects of some planets and it’s remedies too. The planetary positions changes from time to time, thus, the prediction also changes. Astrology doesn’t mean that you totally rely on the fate. It is also dependent on our Karmas. It is strongly believed, “Today’s Karma is Tomorrow’s fate”