If one asks someone about his sign in India, the match between the answer and the birthday would be null. In Vedic astrology, which is practiced in India and also in the USA by Vedic astrologers in USA, the sign that is most observed is not the solar but the lunar, a star that does not refer to the ego but to the view we have of life. That detail that immediately jumps out, is just one of the many differences that Western and Vedic astrology have.
Behind the same signs and planets, with some more elements such as karma, dharma, or nakshatras (27 stars that condition a letter as much as the other elements), hides different astrology, and even complementary to the one we know.
This ancient practice comes from India.
In Western astrology, what is going to try to define is identity: people who share the sign will have common identity traits. Here what is looked at is the energy and the purpose of life of a person, something that is much broader but it is also very concrete.
The great purpose of Vedic astrology
It is another astrology: the planets are the same and the signs as well, but the nakshatras and other elements are also introduced. That -which in turn is divided-, serves for other calculations that allow us to know accurately certain events that are going to occur in someone’s life: their tendency to get married, have children, certain diseases, etc. The fundamental basis in this culture is that events are not as important as what one is going to do with them. The great purpose of Vedic astrology is to help us understand what our purpose is and that by knowing what we bring (positive karma and gifts) we can turn these events into learning.
The signs in Vedic astrology
The signs are used, but not in the same way. What they are not interested in is the sun, which is the ego, something we came to work with. For them, the focus is on the moon, which is how one sees what happens, and it has to do with an emotional and biochemical issue, not a psychologist. What Vedic astrology offers are the lenses with which that person sees the world: his gaze, his gifts, and defects. The Vedic astrology offers something “more holistic.” A vedic astrologer is able to identify Pitra Dosh, the root cause of what should happen to a person.
Even if the signs and planets are the same, it cannot be a coincidence, is there a point of contact?
Yes, there we already entered into philosophical debates that occur a lot between groups of astrologers. Vedic astrology begins with The Vedas, a culture of more than 5 thousand years ago, the consensus is that the Greeks and Romans took that knowledge and took it to a more rationalistic and mental vision, of observation.
Finally, it is the same as yoga: we can practice it to the extent that it does our good, or we can use it as part of a larger quest. Yoga, like Vedic astrology, is tied to a philosophy, but it doesn’t necessarily have to come out of harmony with theWestern or Judeo-Christian culture.