What is Vedic Astrology?

Its origin

Vedic Astrology, or Jyotish, originated from the Vedas (Vedic Scriptures) dating back over 6,000 years. The world´s most ancient scriptures give evidence of a culture rich in the arts, philosophy, religion, and science. Jyotish was first mentioned in the Rig Veda, and references were also made in the classical Indian epics, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the classic Bhagavad-Gita.

The Vedas are considered by many to be the most vast and complete system of knowledge known to man, and Jyotish is revered as one of the most important limbs of the Vedas. Jyotish, a Sanskrit word, translates to “Science of Light”. Jyotish is the “remover of the darkness of ignorance”. It is the eye of divine knowledge which is pure, supreme, and exalted.

Jyotish is believed to have been conceived by the ancient sages while in a state of super-consciousness which allowed them to cognize life beyond time and space, beyond past, present and future. In this super-conscious state, they recognized the energetic rays of the planets as reflectors or transmitters of light energy.

These solar and planetary radio-like waves, sent out at various angles, were seen to bear influence on everything animate and inanimate, affecting humans on both biological and psychological levels.

Navagraha - neun Planeten

It is said that the sages observed and experimented with their observations in order to codify into rules the formulations which ultimately became the laws by which Jyotish is practiced.

 

How does it differ from Western Astrology?

Each system is using a different map of the heavens which represents two different perspectives as illustrated here.  The inner wheel represents the Tropical Zodiac, (which is aligned with the equinoxes and the solistices) the outer wheel represents the Sidereal Zodiac which roughly aligns with the constellations.

Vedic/Sidereal Astrology uses the fixed observable stars in the sky; Western Astrology establishes the beginning of the zodiac as corresponding to the start of the Vernal Equinox.

In the year 2019, the difference between the two systems is considered to be between 22 and 24 degrees and indicates the difference between the point of the Vernal Equinox and the first point of the constellation Aries, the difference between how each zodiac determines the starting point.

Tierkreis siderisch-tropisch

What is your sun sign in each system?

SIDEREAL HOROSCOPE (eastern) TROPICAL HOROSCOPE (western)
Aeris April 14th – May 13th March 21st – April 20th
Taurus May 13th – June 14th April 20th – May 21st
Gemini June 15th – July 15th May 21st – June 21st
Cancer July 15th – August 16th June 21st – July 22nd
Leo August 16th – September 16th July 22nd – August 22nd
Virgo September 16th – October 16th August 22nd – September 22nd
Libra October 16th – November 15th September 22nd – October 23rd
Scorpio November 15th – December 15th October 23rd – November 22nd
Sagittaurius December 15th – January 14th November 22nd – December 22nd
Capricorn January 14th – February 13th December 22nd – January 20th
Aquarius February 13th – March 13th January 20th – February 19th
Pieces March 13th – April 13th February 19th – March 21st