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Astrology is one of the most debated concepts among the scientific and non-scientific community. But what exactly is astrology? Is it really an art or a science? This post is about shedding light on the concept of Astrology specifically Vedic Astrology, and why it?s so different from the Western Concept of Astrology. This post is also a brief introduction to the vedic astrology.
Astrology, in the most basic terms, can be defined as an analysis of the positions of the celestial bodies and their effect on the lives of human beings Astrology is used to understand the life events and the personality of an individual.
Now, let's head over to the concept of Vedic Astrology.
Vedic astrology has been around for more than a thousand years. The first comprehensive description about Vedic Astrology was written in the Vedas. It is said that the originator of this system of Astrology is Maharishi Bhrigu, who was one of the great sages from the Saptrishi. He was also the person who compiled the book Bhrigu Samhita.
Vedic Astrology is the study of the celestial bodies and their effect on the lives of humans but the central theme is that of reincarnation of the human soul, the karmas of the previous lives and the concept of mokasha (salvation).
Vedic Astrologers believes that the soul has to wait for the specific placements of planets to gain take the form of the human body & to pay for the karmas of the previous lifetime.
Therefore, Vedic Astrology holds strong on the belief that everything that a person experience in the current life time is the sum of the past karmas of the soul.
Since, sun is the centre of the solar system and the earth revolves around it so the concept of Western Astrology revolves around the Sun. The western astrology puts emphasis on the relationship between the Sun & the Earth.
The Western Astrology makes used of the tropical zodiac which measures the relation of the Sun with the Tropic of Cancer & the Tropic of Capricorn ? so the dates of the zodiac signs in the Western Astrology are decided on this concept.
One of the major point to remember when it comes to Western Astrology is that the beginning of the Zodiac is March 22, the day of Vernal Equinox i.e. when the day and night of equal lengths.
Unlike Western Astrology, the system of Vedic Astrology follows the positions of the stars i.e. it does not measure beginning and ending of the zodiac signs according to the tropics. Vedic Astrology uses Sidereal System also known as the Stellar Zodiac. Stellar Zodiac considers the fixed stars of the constellations to determine the beginning and the ending of a particular sign. Vedic Astrology deems Western Astrology inaccurate because of its dependence on the Vernal Equinox.
Factually speaking, Vernal Equinox precedes by 50 seconds every year, which means that every 72 years zodiac signs would have to shift a day backward to remain astronomically accurate.
Zodiac Signs that are used in the Western Astrology are no longer astronomically visible. For Example, when a Western Astrologer says that Venus is in Sagittarius, but astronomically it will be one sign back in Scorpio (due to change in the timing of Vernal Equinox). Vedic Astrology adjusts for this fact by relying on Stellar Zodiac. The interesting things is that when the system of Western Astrology was devised the zodiac signs in both the systems of astrology had the same dates, but over the centuries they have drifted 25 days apart.
The representation of the kundali and the planets differ in the Vedic Astrology from the Western Astrology.
The zodiac signs are the same in all the systems of Astrology whether it is Western system of astrology or the Vedic system of astrology. There are 12 constellations that are considered zodiac signs because the sun passes through them.
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