What Is The Difference Between Vedic & Western Astrology

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What Is Astrology & Why Vedic Is More Accurate Than Western
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Astrology is the study of the planets and how their placement at a particular time influence human events.

In my continuing efforts to learn more about astrology, I came across something I would’ve never guessed.

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Apparently, there’s more than one kind. What most people know and use for horoscopes is what’s actually called Western astrology.

And, while a fair amount of people consider the practice to be entirely inaccurate, there’s another kind that approaches things a little differently.

It’s called Vedic astrology.

This type of astrology has a couple of names. You may see it called Vedic astrology, or it may be called Hindu astrology.

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A more traditional name for it is Jyotisha which roughly translates to “the science of light.”

As you can guess, Vedic astrology has its roots in Indian culture.

So, for the sake of keeping things simple, I’m going to leave out the more complicated things that are labeled with Indian words because that’ll just make everything confusing.

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Vedic vs. Western astrology means differences in practice.

The biggest difference between Western astrology and Vedic astrology is essentially this: In comparison, Vedic astrology is accurate.

What I mean by this is that while Western uses a Tropical zodiac and consistently starts on March 21, it’s not actually in line with where the stars are for Aries.

In fact, while the two styles used to be in sync many years ago, over time only Vedic has continued to mathematically determine the positioning of the stars.

The method used by Vedic is called Sidereal zodiac. This means that calculations are used to determine where the planets are in space related to the constellations of zodiac stars.

Over the years, Tropical and Sidereal have drifted out of sync, creating what is currently a 23-degree difference between the two. I’ll give you one new word, and it’s what you can call this measured difference: ayanamsha.

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Both use math in their astrology, but Vedic uses more.

Through a bunch of complicated math that goes over my head, it can be determined that it takes 72 years to go back one degree. Counting back from 0 in Aries, we’re currently at 6 degrees Pisces.

This era that we are currently in is also called the dawning of the Age of Aquarius because it won’t be another 432 years until we actually enter into the Aquarius constellation.

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As you can see Vedic astrology uses a lot of math, but it’s not only about numbers.

Really, it’s only part one in the process. Part two is what you and I would think of in a more traditional sense.

It’s the interpretation of the horoscope and how an astrologer applies what they’ve learned in order to come up with a prediction.

Unlike Western astrology, which gets a lot of flak for being more wrong than right, Vedic astrology has a documented reputation for being accurate.

Witness accounts have said that it predicted major life events such as having emergency surgery, a change in career and one man who practiced Vedic astrology even predicted his own death to the minute.

I’m not here to tell you what branch of astrology to follow, but I will say that it seems that between the two if you’re looking for accuracy, Vedic is the way to go.

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Jesse Oakley is a writer who writes about love, relationships, self-care and spirituality/astrology.