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What is Vedic Astrology & Vedic Astrology Different from Modern Astrology

What is Vedic Astrology & Vedic Astrology Different from Modern Astrology

Astrology is not a recent science; it dates back to centuries wherein astrologers had varied methods of determining and predicting the celestial movements that impacted an individual’s life. The process has been refined with time, with predictability and precision of the mathematics involved in the process. While we have often wondered about the various nomenclatures used pertaining to Astrology, let’s understand the following better:

What is Vedic Astrology?
What serve as Basis for Vedic Astrology Predictions?
How is Vedic Astrology Different from Modern Astrology?

Below are the detailed explanations to the above topics:

What is Vedic Astrology?
Indian Vedic Astrology is an ancient science that studies, analyses and interprets the planetary movements and their impact on the life of an individual. The basis of such analysis is the date of birth, time of birth, place of birth of an individual.  The term Vedic has been derived from the Vedas, which safely surmises about the existence of Astrology dating back to ancient Indian Vedas, most primarily in Atharva-Veda. Vedic Astrology has deep embedded roots to the past procedures of ascertainment of the impact of celestial movements and the change they are likely to cause.

As Indian Vedic Astrology dates back to 2nd millennium BC, it has an in depth understanding and wisdom passed on through generations. Indian Ancient Vedic Astrology is also referred to as Jyotish. It particularly relies on the placement and movement of planets, stars and considering their impact on the life of an individual. However, the accuracy of the predictions is based on mathematical
calculations of the predictions.

What Serves as Basis for Vedic Astrology Predictions?
To begin with the basis of calculations that guides Vedic Astrology, there are broad parameters of 12 signs, 12 houses and 9 planets that govern an individual’s life from the day he/she is born. This comprises of a total of 27+1 constellations defining one’s traits, behavior and anticipatory events in one’s life. The positioning of these planets in the houses are visually represented in a kundali, also known as the chart of Horoscope.

In layman’s terms, Vedic Astrology analyses the abovementioned placements and all interpretations are done on the basis of the Kundali. When an individual enters the earth, the positioning of the constellations has an impact on his/her behavioral characteristics, the inclinations, the possible weaknesses and strengths.  Hence, no two individuals are the same as the Universe has been guiding his/her story in their own idiosyncratic manner. Thus, how your planets are placed in the houses of your kundali says a lot about your past, your present and even your future.

The general rationale used by Vedic Astrologers to arrive at determination and analysis includes the following main components:

Zodiac : A stable background that is used for referring to heavenly bodies. This involves a division into equal twelve parts. The vedic terminologies for zodiacs are Mesha, Vrishabha , Mithuna, Karka, Sinha, Kanya, Tula, Vrischika, Dhanu, Makara, Kumbha ,Meen.

Nakshatra: The further subdivision of zodiac into rather small sections marked by virtue of stars.
The Solar System: Sun, Moon, Earth and other planets that comprise of our solar system. Their motions are analyzed in relation to the very Earth.
Houses: Houses are the imaginary divisions of space that will be basis of analyzing the relative movements of celestial bodies.
It involves great deal of practice and experience to come in terms with in-depth analysis of the horoscope/kundli.

How is Vedic Astrology Different from Western Astrology?
The derivatives involved in Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology are difference, and this causes a basic fundamental differentiation. However, there are further many modes and reasons for differences, the major three stated below:

Mode of Origin
The Indian Vedic Astrology has been derived from the Vedas to becoming a more refined version of the ancient science. It was a practice developed by the saints and rishis of the ancient past, recorded in the vedas and passed on through generations.
Western Astrology originated in ancient Greece and garners influence from Egyptian Civilizations as well. It will be safe to state that intellectually evolved European populace came up with Western Astrology.

Vedic Astrology uses Sidereal Zodiac- system where a fixed zodiac is analyzed with Nakshatra in background. In Western Astrology, they use Tropical Zodiac, and the movability of the zodiac is taken into consideration for analysis.

Number of Planets
As per Vedic Astrology, there are a total of nine planets- namely Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and Rahu-Ketu, the two nodes of the Moon. In Vedic Astrology they do not include Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, but in Western Astrology they are included.

When an ancient science gets evolved to such an extent that it becomes recognized globally, we have to applaud the generations who refined the practice. Indian Vedic Astrology is known for the precision of results and clarity of purpose. It is a perfect study of one’s character, inclinations, preferable stream, love life, etc. all basis on one kundali.

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