According to the traditional Hindu system of astrology in India, the word “Jyotisha” came from Sanskrit “jyótis” meaning “light, heavenly body”. In India, astrological analysis is mainly based on the theories of Hindu astrology. This field of knowledge especially the Jyotish Vidya, the science of light is ancient and has existed since Vedic era. It is all about the celestial and astral patterns, which define a person’s fate on the basis of Vedic Astrology. The theory states that all things in this world and beyond are inter-connected. A person’s destiny is determined by his karma that rules his past, present and future and runs in a cyclic form. A person’s body only acts as an epithet where the soul keeps on travelling from one body to another in different births at different times, and places. Vedic astrology believes that birth on this planet is similar to the blooming of a flower; it is season-bound, time-bound and pertains to the most suitable conditions.
In Jyotish Vidya, an individual’s birth chart is the most important consideration. The birth chart is considered as the road map which guides the astrologer through the person’s zodiac and help to predict the future in a correct manner. The natal chart is prepared on the basis of exact time and place of the person’s birth. The analysis is performed based on the position of the planets at that particular point of time. These positions eventually depict a person’s ‘dasha’ or the vibrant timeline through which he would travel throughout his /her life. The houses, planets, and zodiac signs in your natal chart will therefore show the events that are going to happen, and your dasha tells when they are going to happen. In Vedic astrology, individuals are not regarded just as sun signs but also the character of the persons. The natal chart is being studied by the Vedic astrology practitioner in the beginning with the ‘ascendant,’ which is the rising assemblage on the Earth’s horizon at the moment of a person’s birth. The picture of the planets and the stars in the natal chart clearly determines the person’s bond with the other planets and personality.
Western astrology always deals with the position of the planets and its effect on the life of the human beings. The Western astrology was developed 2000-3000 years ago by the Greeks and they believe that Sun, which is the centre of the solar system, shares the deepest bond with planet Earth. This specific ball of fire influences Earth’s Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn, which in turn, influences the all the living beings surviving on the planet. This is the reason why Western astrology is also known as Tropical astrology. This branch of astrology believes a new year begins on or around March 22nd and that day marks the onset of spring and also the Vernal Equinox, the day in which, day and night last for the same duration. During the rule of the Romans, January 1st was declared the beginning of the New Year. However this particular rule does not have any significance in the field of astrology. It is also being said that, Aries, that is being regard as the first sign of the zodiac, is placed during the time of Vernal Equinox, followed by the other zodiac signs.
Vedic Astrology always deals with the stars and it is very old and different from the Western astrology. It is 5000 years old science that does not mark any sign as the first sign or talk about how to begin or end counting the twelve zodiacs. Rather as an alternative, the science of Vedic astrology is based more on the sidereal zodiac that is the fixed stars or constellations that ultimately help in the calculation of all the planetary movements. They do not study the Earth’s relationship with the Sun but they say of leading them to erroneousness due to the dynamic equinoxes. Vedic astrology always talks about ‘Ayanamsha’– Earth’s rotation on its axis over the years. Each and every year, the equinoxes move ahead by almost a minute due to the continuous trembling of all the planets. Thus, in every 72 years, an entire day is lost in Earth’s revolution. In Vedic astrology there is the provision and as a result, all the twelve zodiac signs have to adjust to this and step back by a day to help predictions make more sense.
Vedic astrology is a highly developed form of astrology that is reinforced with concrete knowledge and time-tested techniques. This science of astrology encompasses continuous evolution to act in accordance with the changing world. Unlike mathematics, the people do have to believe in the measures and results and eventually follow them accurately. It is quite obvious that the best knowledge and wisdom will definitely gift the people with better future.