Being born and raised in the Midwestern portion of the United States, I grew up with the Western astrology with which most of us are familiar. As I grew more interested in astrology, however, I began to hear more and more about the predictive power of Vedic astrology. My first thought was, “What is Vedic astrology, and how can it be different from my astrology?” If there was a way to better use the stars to predict my future, well then, I wanted in on it.
Vedic Astrology refers to Indian/Hindu astrology, which originated in ancient India and was noted by ancient sages in the Vedic Scriptures. This system is also known as “Jyotish.” Vedic astrology, the “science of light,” deals with cosmic patterns that are thought to determine our destiny.
What’s the Difference?
This belief that cosmic star and planetary patterns determine our karma and our destiny is the same that is held by those that practice Western (Tropical) astrology. So what is the difference? The main discrepancy between the two types is that Vedic astrology uses the fixed zodiac, while Western astrology uses the moving zodiac. (Because the earth tilts on its axisâ€”known as the Precession of the Equinoxesâ€”the zodiac appears to be moving at about 1/60th of a degree per year, which would make the current relative/movable zodiac almost an entire sign of the zodiac off from the the fixed zodiac. Because of this difference, you will most likely be one sun sign back in Vedic astrology from the one you have in Western astrology.)
Is it possible that it is more predictive?
It is entirely possible that Vedic astrology is more predictive than other types of astrology (such as horary or electional), but as with any predictive system, it depends largely on the knowledge and accuracy of the astrology. The premise behind why Vedic astrology might be more accurate lies in the concept of “dashas;” dashas are predictive timelines based on the positions of the planets in the fixed zodiac. Because these “planetary ruling periods” are unique to Vedic astrology, it is possible that Vedic astrologers can be more accurate when predicting trends and changes in your life.
As far as I’m concerned, there is little difference between Vedic astrology and Western astrology; it seems to me that the only difference is whether you ascribe to the idea that using the fixed zodiac is more accurate than using the movable zodiac, and all else depends on the astrologer.
So readers, here is my $64,000 question: Which do you useâ€”a fixed zodiac or a moving one?