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A Brief Introduction to Vedic Astrology

A Brief Introduction to Vedic Astrology

Basics of Vedic Astrology

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.

Let's begin with understanding the term "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.

Western Astrology v/s Vedic Astrology

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.

An Interesting Fact:

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.

Significant Components of the Vedic Astrology:

The representation of the kundali and the planets differ in the Vedic Astrology from the Western Astrology.

  • Kundali: The two most important factors in the representation & the subsequent understanding of the kundali birth chart are the houses and the planets. The houses are the spaces of 30 degrees which represent various aspects of life and the kundali helps in determining the position of the planets in these houses and then to determine the positive & negative effects that they will have on an individual's life.

  • Houses: There are 12 houses, 30 degrees each, in a kundali. These houses represent various aspects of the life and are ruled by the zodiac signs. For example, First House is ruled by the zodiac sign of Aries, Second House is ruled by the zodiac sign of Taurus and so on.

  • Planets: Vedic Astrology does not take into consideration Uranus, Neptune & Pluto. Planets are not only the celestial bodies but also the poles of the moon that influence the human lives. There are 9 planets in the Vedic Astrology.

The nine grahas or planets are:

  • Surya (Sun): Surya or Sun is considered as an authority in everything. The primary organs of our body such as brain and heart come under the governance of the Sun.

  • Chandra (Moon): A person's birth sign is determined by the presence of Moon. The presence of Moon also determines a person?s Janma Nakshatra or the Birth Constellation. Moon influences the emotional life of the individual.

  • Mangala (Mars): Mars is the red planet and is thus considered the most ferocious making the person quick to anger and often reflects negativity on the relationships. Mars is considered as the trouble maker in Vedic Astrology.

  • Budha (Mercury): Mercury governs the energy level of a person. When Mercury is in favorable position, the person will have a higher form of intelligence.

  • Brihaspati (Jupiter): Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System and also the most benevolent. Hence, it is the representative of large-heartedness, kindness, nobility, justice, honesty and calmness.

  • Shukra (Venus): Venus is a representative of materialistic happiness. Everything physical and beautiful is governed by this planet.

  • Shani (Saturn): Saturn is the slowest planet in the solar system and also the most malefic. It is believed that Saturn creates lots of hardships in the human life and hence, is responsible for lateness, laziness.

  • Rahu: Rahu is the North Node of moon and is also called Shadow Planet. Hence, all the matters such as ghosts, apparitions, etc. come under its control.

  • Ketu: Ketu is a southern node of the moon and is also a shadow planet. It represents destruction. It also represents poisonous and addictive substances.

Zodiac Signs in 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.

  • Mesh (Aries): The first sign of Zodiac is Aries. It is represented by Ram. In Vedic Astrology, it starts from 14th April and ends on 14th May.

  • Rishabh (Taurus): Taurus is the second sign in the Zodiac. It is represented by a Bull. It starts from 14th May to ends on 14th June.

  • Mithun (Gemini): Gemini is the third sign of Zodiac. It is represented by two children. It starts from 15th June to end on15th July.

  • Karka (Cancer): Cancer is the fourth sign of Zodiac. It is represented by a Crab. It starts from 16th July to 16th August.

  • Simha (Leo): Leo is the fifth sign of Zodiac. It is represented by the head of Lion. It starts from 17th August to and ends on16th September.

  • Kanya (Virgo): Virgo is the sixth sign of Zodiac. It is represented by a Virgin. It starts on 17th September and ends on16th October.

  • Tula (Libra): Libra is the seventh sign of zodiac. It is represented by the pair of scales. It starts on 17th October and ends on 15th November.

  • Vrischika (Scorpio): Scorpio is the eighth sign of Zodiac. It is represented by a Scorpion. It starts on 16th November and ends on 15th December.

  • Dhanu (Sagittarius): Sagittarius is the ninth sign of Zodiac. It is represented by a centaur. It starts on 16th December and ends on 13th January.

  • Makara (Capricorn): Capricorn is the tenth sign of Zodiac. It is represented by a Sea Goat. It starts on 14th January and ends on 12th February.

  • Kumbha (Aquarius): Aquarius is the eleventh sign of Zodiac. It is represented by a water bearer. It starts ion 13th February and ends on 14th March.

  • Meena (Pisces): Pisces is the twelfth sign of Zodiac. It is represented by pair of fish. It starts on 15th March and ends onb 13th April.

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