Vedic Astrology

तथास्तु / Tathastu | Utsah Pandey

By now, most of us know our western astrology sign; we might be stubborn Scorpios or soft-hearted Pisces. But what does it mean to be a Scorpio or Pisces looking at Vedic Astrology?

Rashi Signs are derived from Vedic, or Indian astrology, which is based on ancient sacred scripts. Unlike western astrology, which originates from 17th century Greece and was influenced by parts of Egypt, these scripts are the oldest on Earth and were developed by seers called Rishis. This type of astrology is based on a calendar that incorporates 27 constellations (Nakshatras) and has the moon at the center since it affects the whole universal system as well as our bodies. Vedic astrologists make predictions based on the movements of the moon from one astrological sign to another. In western astrology, predictions are based on the movements of the sun or other planets.

Though not identical to western zodiac signs, Rashi signs are similar— there are 12 Rashi signs and each sign possesses particular qualities and attitudes. However, Rashi signs attribute different degrees of importance to the Moon and the Sun. Your sign is determined by birth, just like western astrology, but because the moon has control over the mind and emotions, it is considered to be primarily moon-based astrology. The sun isn’t as important in making predictions.

Who is able to make these predictions? Rishis. They read Vedas and are synced with the Supreme consciousness. Therefore, with years of studying scriptures, their unity with the universe and their knowledge of astrology results in well-rounded predictions.

Vedic astrology also takes into consideration the four natural elements with the addition of one more: the sky. It is through Vedas, or ancient scripts, that the five elements were discovered and are now the foundation of astrology readings. The sky is called Akash, fire is Agni, water takes the name of Apa, air is Vayu, and earth is Prithvi. Although not present in the western interpretation of elements, the sky is the most important element in the Vedic system. The sky represents the self and is able to determine our relationship with ascendants who are the most influential and pivotal signs in an individual’s social life.

Vedic astrology is the most ancient form of the zodiac system there is. Vedas hold centuries of information and celestial patterns that western astrology cannot compare to. If you want to get a different, more well-rounded perspective concerning your relationship with yourself and other signs, Vedic astrology is just a moon away.