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I’m so pleased you have asked this question! It’s one I see a lot, and while the answer is simple, you do need to understand a few astrological terms in order to really get to grips with their differences. The easiest way to do that is to start with what they share, and then examine where they diversify. I’ll try not to get too out there!
Therefore the western zodiac is using imaginary points for the signs, which move back constantly from the signs used by Vedic astrologers and astronomers by about 1 degree every 72 years. At about 300 AD the two zodiacs were aligned, but due to the precession of the equinoxes, presently there is approximately a 24-degree difference. Sep 11, 2017 Vedic and Western astrology use the Sun signs, sometimes called star signs, of Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Every one of these signs has a different personality, a different set of character traits it imparts on any planet that happens to be in that sign, natal.
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What They Share
Both the Vedic and Western methods of astrology deal with the movement of the planets and their relationship to each other. That relationship is called an aspect. The most common aspects are the sextile, the square, the trine, the opposition, and the conjunction.
I like to include the sextile and the inconjunct, too. If the aspect is made by a moving planet making a geometric angle to a stationary planet—in a natal or electional birth chart, for example—then the moving planet is said to be making a transit to the natal planet, and it’s interpreted a bit differently.
- Sun Signs
- Moon’s Nodes
Vedic and Western astrology use the Sun signs, sometimes called star signs, of Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.
Every one of these signs has a different personality, a different set of character traits it imparts on any planet that happens to be in that sign, natal or transiting. Both types of astrology use these interpretations when analyzing the chart.
They also both use houses. These are 12 segments of the zodiac, each one having a different area of life it influences. The signs and the planets in the houses are what make you who you are, and how the Astrologer interprets your chart.
It’s the combination of planets in signs and houses and the aspects they make to each other that builds your personality. The transiting planets are what influence you over time.
The Moon’s Nodes aren’t actually planetary objects. Rather, these are mathematical calculations, and Vedic and Western astrology both take them into consideration when analyzing a chart. The nodes play an important part when it comes to karma and potential for this lifetime.
Western astrology, which is what we do here at Astrology Answers, is more about character analysis and looking at upcoming trends rather than focusing on actual prediction. Western astrology does look at upcoming trends. However, Western astrology is more concerned about how you’ll respond to these influences, than what’s actually going to happen.
One of the main differences between the two is that Western astrology also includes the outer planets of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. These are fairly modern discoveries. They have a big influence on Western chart interpretation, particularly when it comes to a slow moving outer planet making a transit to a fixed natal inner planet.
- Western astrology includes the outer planets of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
- Western astrology is solar focused.
- Western astrology is aspect and transit based.
- Western astrology focuses mainly on the natal chart.
The Sun is the main feature of Western astrology. It is the center of our solar system and the star around which all of the other planets revolve. It’s said to be the strongest influence on your personality, and the aspects and transits the other planets make to it are what color your character.
No matter whether you’re casting a chart for a person, an event, or another reason, Western astrology uses that one chart as its map. All transits and aspects are compared to the planets and points in this chart. Different methods of interpretation—such as different house systems—might be employed, but it all still works with the one fundamental chart.
Vedic astrology differs from Western astrology in many ways. It’s predominantly a prediction based tool and employs many different methods of making those forecasts. It’s less of a personality analysis than Western astrology is.
In Vedic astrology, the outer planets aren’t really considered. It places more emphasis on the traditional planets (Moon, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) and the Moon’s north and south nodes.
While Western astrology does look at the Moon’s nodes, they are much more important in the Vedic traditions.
- Vedic astrology does not include the outer planets of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
- Vedic astrology is lunar focused.
- Vedic astrology looks at periods of time, rather than aspects and transits.
- Vedic astrology includes lunar mansions.
- Vedic astrology uses many different charts.
Vedic astrology also puts more significance on the Moon and deals a lot with lunar mansions and how they influence the reading. The Moon stays in a sign for two days, while the Sun is there for a month. There are 28 lunar mansions, and each one has a different impact and meaning on the reading.
Another difference is Vedic astrology uses many different charts, rather than just one when doing a full astrological analysis; a Sun chart, a Moon chart, and up to 16 other charts are included in the astrology reading. It’s thought that these help the Astrologer to see deeply into all areas of the querent’s life, from the obvious to what’s hidden deep in the psyche.
Is one way better than the other? It’s all just a matter of opinion. There are some Western Astrologers who employ select Vedic techniques. There are Vedic Astrologers and Western Astrologers who are equally competent with their skills.
The most important factor is that you, as the client, find an Astrologer with whom you’re comfortable, one that you trust. Build up a relationship with them, for the best astrology readings—Western or Vedic—are done not just through charts, but also through insight and intuition.
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The Difference Between Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology
The difference between the two systems of calculating orbital positions is that the Vedic system uses the Sidereal zodiac and most Western astrologers use the Tropical zodiac. The Sidereal zodiac uses the 27 constellations, or fixed star groups, as the backdrop against which the planets’ orbits are calculated. Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, begins with the first constellation, called Aswini, at 0 degrees. In the tropical zodiac, the point in space when the Sun crosses the earth’s equator is the beginning point of the zodiac, or Aries.
It should be noted that the astronomically correct system of calculation of the planets’ orbits is the Sidereal, which is what every astronomer in the world uses. We must have exact astronomical calculations to be able to uncover a person’s karma brought with them into this lifetime, and the events that will transpire for them during life.
The time cycles which are unique to Vedic astrology allow a qualified astrologer to understand exactly when certain forces will come to bear, meaning when we achieve goals, get married, have children, what kind of work we do, our natures and even our spiritual and philosophical proclivities. This Vedic system gives exacting and accurate information in its predictive techniques, using planetary periods called “dashas”, as well as transits affecting the natal chart to accurately portray the timings of events to unfold in an individual’s life.
The astronomical difference can be explained as follows. The earth’s equator moves backwards through the signs of the zodiac at approximately 51″longitude annually. This is called the “precession of the equinoxes.” Therefore the western zodiac is using imaginary points for the signs, which move back constantly from the signs used by Vedic astrologers and astronomers by about 1 degree every 72 years. At about 300 AD the two zodiacs were aligned, but due to the precession of the equinoxes, presently there is approximately a 24-degree difference. Therefore all of the planets in a Vedic horoscope, as well as the rising sign, will be about 24 degrees earlier than they would be in a Western chart.
At the end of the day the Vedic astrological system provides the greater objective accuracy in its predictive aspects, understanding a person’s nature, their physical health and the karma we bring into this life, than the western astrological system can offer. Therefore it becomes a sacred tool for gaining knowledge of our personal future in this world, and how we can shape our destiny towards the greatest possible successes in all our endeavors, both materially and spiritually.
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