Vedic (Jyotish, Indian) and Western (Modern) Astrology
Distinction: Vedic (Jyotish, Indian) and Western (Modern) Astrology
There are many kinds and types of Astrologies that have evolved - taken shape down thousands of years in the world. Vedic (Jyotish), Chinese and Babylonian are considered the oldest. Ancient Vedic is estimated at being about 4,500 – 5,000 years old. Part of Chinese Astrology dates back to the Zhou dynasty (~1045BC). Other types and systems of astrologies are like Western Astrology (also sometimes referred as Modern Astrology), Mundane Astrology, Nadi Astrology, Tibetan Astrology, Sidereal Astrology, Arab-Persian-Islamic Astrology, Egyptian Astrology, Nepalese Astrology (almost same as Vedic) etc. We delve here to distinguish between the Vedic (Jyotish) and Western (Modern) Astrology, commonality and related aspects. These two are arguably the most extensively used worldwide, with dominance on the internet as well.
What is Vedic Astrology? It is also sometimes called as Hindu or Indian Astrology too, across the globe. Another name is Jyotish (Sanskrit word) as above. It is perhaps the oldest astrology, most primitive compilation of details-readings of the movement-positioning of the celestial bodies, the earliest corresponding interpretations, concept of eclipse, lunar mansion etc. The earliest texts in the world towards Astrology are found in the Vedas (scriptures; Jyotish).
Vedic Astrology refers primarily the sidereal zodiac, whereas, Western Astrology refers the tropical zodiac. Western is mainly Hellenistic astrology.
Vedic Astrology’s system of Nakshatra – Lunar mansions is not quite some found in the Western astrology. However, the modern Astrologers in the US, the UK etc. sometimes reference Nakshatra quite extensively. There are 27 Nakshatras. Each Nakshatra has 4 Padas (like 4 parts). The combination-aspects of these 4 Padas (parts) determine an individual’s Rashi (horoscopic zodiac sign). 27 Nakshatras means it divides the sky into 27 parts (per Hindu Astrology). Western Astrology divides the 360° into the 12 zodiac signs, so 30° to each sun-sign. Many have created videos; base their predictions and individual’s horoscope on these findings, data, studies, implications etc. The Western Astrology revolves around primarily the 12 zodiac signs – Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. However, these have corresponding names in Hindi-Sanskrit, namely, Mesh, Vrishabh, Mithun, Kark, Singh, Kanya, Tula, Vrschik, Dhanush, Makar, Kumbh, Meena.
The 27 Nakshatras are: Ashivi, Bharani, Krittika, Rohini, Mrigashirha, Ardra, Punarvasu, Pushya, Ashlesha, Magha, Purva Phulguni, Uttara Phulguni, Hasta, Chitra, Swati, Vishakha, Anuradha, Jyeshtha, Mula, Purva Ashadha, Uttara Ashadha, Abhijit, Sravana, Dhanishta, Shatabhisha, Purva Bhadrapada, Uttara Bhadrapada and Revati. Each of them has their own unique lord, symbol, deity and corresponding Western zodiac sign. E.g.,
1. Uttara Bhadrapada, Revati correspond to Aries
2. Ashivi, Bharani correspond to Taurus
3. Krittika, Rohini correspond to Gemini
4. Mrigashirha, Ardra, Punarvasu, Pushya (partly) correspond to Cancer
5. Pushya, Ashlesha correspond to Leo
6. Magha, Purva Phulgani correspond to Virgo
7. Uttara Phulgani, Hasta correspond to Libra
8. Chitra, Swati, Vishakha correspond to Scorpio
9. Anuradha, Jyeshtha correspond to Sagittarius
10. Mula, Purva Ashadha correspond to Capricorn
11. Uttara Ashadha, Sravana correspond to Aquarius
12. Dhanishta, Shatabhisha, Purva Bhadrapada correspond to Pisces
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Both, Vedic and Western Astrologies leverage and regard the Natal/Birth Chart of every individual as the key. The prerequisite is to know about the exact date-time-place of birth of the native. In Vedic or Hindu Astrology it is called Janam Kundali (Natal/Birth Chart).
How to check your horoscope? Firstly, an analysis and accurate interpretation of Janam Kundali is required. For consultancy and prediction, please call +91 – 124- 6674671. An appointment with Astro-Scientist Gurudev GD Vashist ji is also possible at address 507, Udyog Vihar, Phase 3, Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
Date Published : 20 Dec 2017