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Astrology is one of the most debated concepts among the both scientific and non-scientific community. But what exactly is astrology? Is it really an art or is it a science? This post is about shedding some light on the concept of Astrology though the ambit of Vedic Astrology, and why it’s so different from the Western Concept of Astrology. This post also indulges in the basics of Vedic astrology.
Astrology, in the most basic terms, is simply an astronomical analysis of the various planets and zodiac signs as well as their impact on the lives of human beings.
Vedic astrology has been around for more than a thousand years. The first comprehensive description about Vedic Astrology was written in the Vedas. The developer of the Vedic Astrology System is Maharishi Bhrigu, who was one of the great sages from the renowned Saptarishi. The book Bhrigu Samhita is also written by him.
Vedic Astrology is the study and astronomical analysis of the positions of the planets as well as the 12 zodiac signs. These are analyzed to understand the impact of their movements on the lives of human beings. The central theme of the concept of Vedic Astrology is about reincarnation of the soul, the previous karmas of the human soul as well as the achievement of mokasha or salvation.
Vedic Astrologers believe that the soul has to wait for the specific placements of planets to again take the form of the human body & to repay their karmas of the previous lifetime and attain salvation. Therefore, Vedic Astrology holds strong on the belief that everything that a person experience in the current life time is the sum total of the past karmas of the soul.
Since, sun is the centre of the solar system and the earth revolves around it, the concept of Western Astrology is also based on the revolution of Earth around the Sun. The western astrology puts emphasis on the relationship between the Sun & the Earth.
The Western Astrology uses the tropical zodiac which measures the relation of the Sun and Earth through the Tropic of Cancer & the Tropic of Capricorn. Hence, the zodiac signs dates in the Vedic Astrology system are decided on the basis of this.
The zodiac signs dates begin on the day of Vernal Equinox i.e. March 22, because the day and night are of equal length on this day.
On the other hand, the system of Vedic Astrology follows the positions of the stars to determine the zodiac sign dates. It does not measure the beginning and the ending of the zodiac signs according to the tropic of Cancer and tropic of Capricorn. Vedic Astrology uses Sidereal System popularly known as the Stellar Zodiac. Stellar Zodiac considers the fixed stars of the constellations to determine the beginning and the ending dates of the zodiac signs. 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. Western Astrology do not change the dates of the zodiac signs according to this astronomical shift in the time of Vernal Equinox.
Zodiac Signs dates that are used in Western Astrology are no longer correct because these zodiac signs are no longer astronomically visible during these dates. For Example, when a Western Astrologer says that Venus is in Sagittarius, 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 thing 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. It is rectangular representation, unlike the circular representation of 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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