Astrology is one of the oldest sciences that are present in the earth and it connects the patterns in the heaven with the happenings in the world. It connects human beings with other heavenly bodies and events and thus creates a harmonious relationship between them. The origins of astrology can be traced back to the beginning of universe and it will stay as long as the word is there. It is the language of the stars and has a significant use in our life. Almost all aspects of our lives are associated with Indian astrology like health, education, marriage, work, personal growth etc.
It is a comprehensive science which covers all aspects of human existence. It is also the root of psychology, healing, and all other caring searches. It connects our past with present and future. Some of the ways in which Indian Vedic Astrology can help in our life is –
· It helps to live our life in a practical way. It gives us a medium for self-introspection and self-analysis.
· It can be related to both individual and collective. So it is not just limited to few.
· It helps us to understand the working of this universe and its connection to our life.
· It connects out subconscious mind with our conscious self and makes us aware of our existence.
· It helps us to link our current culture with the ancient culture.
· It need not be mistaken with future foretelling. It just indicates the probability of an event happening in our lives.
· It helps us to know about the various aspects of our life so that we can make necessary arrangements.
· It makes us aware of our strengths, challenges and weaknesses so that we could work towards a better future making use of all the information.
Astrology makes use of the stars and other heavenly bodies and their position and relates them with our birth time to make certain predictions. Such readings can help us take precautions regarding the problems that may be coming our way. It prescribes certain actions that we can perform to ward of the negative energy from our life.
The remedies suggested by astrology have their own powers and ability to cure problems. Such remedies can be wearing your birthstone, performing a small ritual or others. Some of these remedies are really easy but some need a little more attention and dedication.
Even though astrology has been criticised on several occasions it is a practical science that is based on facts and figures. Its advice and remedies can help make life simpler and smoother. It has been an important part of our history and has strong connection with our present and future. It affects our moods, the moods of people around us and our reactions to our everyday problems.
Astrology does not guarantee solutions to all our problems but it gives us an assurance that every problem has a solution. Today it has also become a career choice for many people and important source of information and knowledge for others. It helps us to overcome dilemmas in life and helps us make the right choice.
Even though astrology is a science based on various planetary principles, there are different branches of it which are different in many ways. Among the various branches of Astrology two important ones are – the Indian Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology. Some of the main differences between them are as follows:
Historical background: the first main difference is their origin and historical background.
Indian astrology can be traced back to the age of the Vedas, infact precisely the Rig Veda which is the oldest of all the Vedas. It is believed that this astrology came through the insights of seers in India called Rishis who were highly knowledgeable and intelligent people. Because of its strong historical background connected to Vedas and Hinduism, the principles of Vedic Astrology have not changed much in the past thousands of years.
Western Astrology’s roots go back to the intellectual life of the ancient Greece and Rome. It was then considered to be a powerful force. However with the advent of Christianity it almost went to extinction. It was again reawakened in the Middle Ages and started permeating philosophy, literature and art. With the advent of time it went through many changes and got influenced by many new discoveries like the discovery of new planets.
Methods used to calculate the position of planets: the second point of difference is that both of them use different methods to calculate the position of planets. The Vedic system used the system called ‘sidereal zodiac’ which basically applies the same position of the planets as used by astronomers against the background of certain fixed stars whereas the Western astrology uses the ‘Tropical Zodiac’ which is based on the orientation of the earth to the sun. One of the important impact of this difference is that five out of every six people were not born under the constellation that they believe they were born under.
Number of planets used: the third point of difference is that both systems use different numbers of planet.
Vedic astrology makes use of nine planets, namely, Sun, moon, mars, mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and the two nodes of the moon called Rahu and Ketu. These nodes are the points on the ecliptic path of the Sun which the moon cuts every month as it goes round the earth.
The Western Astrologers also use the same planets mentioned above but in addition to them they also make use of the movement of outer planets like Uranus, Neptune and Pluto along with their moons as well as some large asteroids. Vedic system did not use this as they were considered to be too far.
Primary focus: the fourth point of difference is that both systems use different primary focus
Vedic astrology’s main focus is largely based on Sun, especially for horoscope signs like Aries, Taurus, Gemini and others. That is the reason why they are called ‘solar houses’. In western astrology the main focus is on psychology, personality and character which are considered to be the solar side of our life. Besides these main differences there are also other forms of differences like different use of the fixed stars, different systems to determine the timing of events and mathematics.