What is Astrology ?

Astrology is the study of the influence that distant cosmic objects, usually stars and planets, have on human lives.

All things in the universe are connected and in relationship with one another. Technically, astrology is the study of the correlation between the heavenly bodies and events on Earth. 

Astrologers use a combination of scientific knowledge about the cosmos, scientific tools, intuition, and psychology. 

Astrology works with energy patterns, with a basis in the elements. 

In astrology, the sky is divided into twelve sections, each representing one of the signs of the zodiac. It looks like a circular cake cut into twelve equal slices.

At the moment you were born, the Sun was in one of those twelve sections, and that determines what sign of the zodiac you belong to.

Astrology focuses on patterns, and cycles, and opens doors into understanding our psychological nature. Astrology moves us past the surface-level focus on what we’re doing, to why we’re doing it, and into the deeper need or desire beneath. 

 This type of understanding leads to increased acceptance, compassion, sense of meaning and purpose, and inspiration to evolve.

 Astrology maps the heavens at the moment of your birth, and in that map skilled astrologers can read the potential of your life. The study and conclusions of astrology are based on observation and experience dating back to the beginning of written history – 5300 years ago, and even earlier! Markings on bones and cave walls show that lunar cycles were being noted as early as 25,000 years ago.

Over all those thousands of years it has been learned that, for some unknown reason, the patterns we see in the night sky reflect affairs on earth. Or the potential of them.

There are other kinds of patterns that can be interpreted to reflect what’s going on as well. Divination, prophecy, fortune telling, omens, and augury have been part of human scholarship since the very early days. Scholars have read human potential in the patterns of sticks, coins, cards, tea leaves, smoke, numbers and the lines on a person’s palms, and these are just a few of the more common sources.

Difference between Vedic and Western Astrology 

Your western zodiac differs from your Vedic Sun Sign most of the times.

Lately I see people following the trend of western astrology . They rely upon the TV shows predicting on everyday basis based upon their western zodiac. That is completely baseless. Vedic astrology differs from the MODERN DAY ASTROLOGY that most people follow!

What most people know about astrology is their “sign,” which refers to one of the 12 constellations of the zodiac. This is a form of sun-sign astrology, which is the astrology upon which newspaper horoscopes are based. It is probably the simplest form, because nothing more than the date of someone’s birthday is needed to generate a sun-sign horoscope

A crucial difference between Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology is that Vedic Astrology uses the Sidereal Zodiac. The Sidereal Zodiac is the zodiac that ensures that what we see in the sky on any given day matches what we see in the calculated horoscope for that day.

For example, if we see Jupiter shining brightly in Libra in the sky – then the Sidereal Zodiac will show Jupiter in Libra on that day.

Western Astrology uses the Tropical Zodiac. On the same day mentioned above, the Tropical Zodiac will most likely show Jupiter in the constellation of Scorpio.

Western Astrology / Tropical zodiac uses the spring equinox as a point of reference in the calculation of the horoscope. According to this system, the Sun always enters Aries on the spring equinox (around the 21st of March). While this was true 2,000 years ago when Western Astrology was born, it is no longer astronomically accurate.

The reason for the discrepancy between these two systems is that there is a “wobble” in the rotation of the earth on its axis. As a result, the Sun does not return exactly to the same point of 0° Aries each spring at the vernal equinox as observed from a fixed star. It misses by a tiny amount (around 50” of arc according to the most widely used reference point). This may not seem to matter much, but when it accumulates over the years, the vernal equinox is seen to slip back and back into the sign of Pisces then eventually Aquarius and so on. This phenomenon is known as precession of the Vernal Equinox.

 At the present time, the discrepancy between these two systems is about 24°. This ever-increasing difference is known as the Ayanamsa (moving part). If you subtract the daily specific Ayanamsa from the planet’s position in a Western tropical chart, you will get its location in the Vedic Sidereal Chart.

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