Should we compare Vedic Astrology with Western Astrology?

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The study of the influence of the celestial bodies on the lives of human beings on earth is known as Astrology. The planets, signs, and houses are all an inevitable part of astrology. Astrology in India is one of the oldest known studies of celestial bodies. It is known as the Vedic Astrology that evolved in around 5000 BC. Western Astrology and Chinese Astrology are also well-known forms of Astrology.

Are Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology different?

Yes, Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology are quite different. While western astrology involves the study of horoscopes, Vedic astrology makes predictions based on placements and transcends of planets and stars. Let’s have an insight into the difference between the two astrology systems.

Vedic astrology is based upon Jyotish Vidya, where the position and movement of heavenly bodies are calculated. It takes into account the real positions of planets with respect to certain celestial bodies that remain fixed or permanent in the same position. This system is also referred to as Sidereal Zodiac. Vedic Astrology was promoted by some rishis of ancient India. They passed down their knowledge to generations. Later, this knowledge was recorded in written form and became the core of Vedic astrology.

Vedic astrology anticipates the events in the native’s life taking into account planets like Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. It is believed that Uranus and Neptune are insignificant as they are too far. So, their placement and movement do not create any impact on natives. The astrologers look at the date and time of birth to design the Kundli, which gives an idea of the nakshatras and Mahadasha. The Vedic astrology chart is square in shape.

Western astrology is also known as Tropical Zodiac. This system evolved around 2000 years back by the Greeks and the Babylonians. In this system, the Sun is believed to be the most significant as it is at the center of the solar system. The sun has a great impact on the planet Earth. The Western Astrology assigns a sun sign to the natives according to the birth date. The western astrology chart is circular in shape.


Western Astrology is one of the most popular astrology as it is simple to understand. An astrologer needs only the individual’s date and place of birth to predict the events in his life. Based on the birth date, the natives belong to a particular sun sign. There are twelve sun signs known as the Zodiac signs. These signs are assigned to all the twelve months of the year.

The Twelve Signs of Western Astrology are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. These are divided into four elements fire, earth, air, and water. They can also be divided into three qualities, cardinal, mutable and fixed.


As western astrology has twelve zodiac signs, similarly the Vedic astrology signs have twelve Rashis. These Rashis are Mesha, Vrishabha, Mithuna, Karka, Simha, Kanya, Tula, Vrischik, Makara, Kumbha, and Meen. Also there are twenty-seven Nakshatras namely Ashvini, Bharani, Kritika, Rohini, Mrigarisha, Ardra, Punarvasu, Ashlesha, Magha, Purva Phalguni, Uttara Phalguni, Hasta, Chitra, Swati, Vishakha, Anuradha, Jyestha, Moola, Purva Shadha, Uttara Shadha, Shravan, Dhanishta, Satbhij, Purva Bhadrapada, Uttara Bhadrapada and Revati.


The astrological houses and planets indicate aspects of the life of an individual. Houses explain the working of a planet in a native’s life. The houses are numbered from one to twelve and are not assigned any specific names. Let’s look at the brief description of these houses in astrology.

First House: It is located on the left side of the horoscope wheel and represents the personality of the native. It helps in interpreting the temperament of a person.

Second House: It helps in understanding the native’s self- worth. It also shows the status of the financial condition of the person.

Third House: It shows the communication skill of the native. It also represents how the native perceives facts.

Fourth House: This house represents the circumstances that affect the childhood of the natives and also the relation with family members.

Fifth House: It shows the creativity of the individual. It also represents factors like romance and pleasure.

Sixth House: It represents the quality of work one delivers. It also shows factors like health and hygiene.

Seventh House: It is related to the marriage of the native. It also represents the partnership in business and life.

Eighth House: It deals with sex and death and also financial losses.

Ninth House: It deals with changing the thought process of the individual based on foreign trips and different philosophies.

Tenth House: It represents the career and goals of the life of an individual.

Eleventh House: It represents the native’s relations with people in society.

Twelfth House: It represents all the hidden factors that are not in control of the person like enemies and psychological problems.

Take Away

Astrology studies cosmic objects. It anticipates events that can be expected in the future. Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology are the two systems that have some key differences that can be discerned. Whether you would go with Vedic Astrology or the Western Astrology, the choice would be yours. But remember to consult an expert astrologer, as wrong guidance can lead you to problems. An expert can help you swim across the ocean of problems safely. So, choose wisely!

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