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Vedic Astrology Vs. Western Astrology: Which Should You Prefer?

Vedic Astrology, as the name suggests has been around since the time of Vedas which was some 5,000 – 8,000 years back. Western Astrology, on the other hand, came into existence around 2,000 to 3,000 years back and was devised by the Babylonians and the Greeks. Both these followed a completely different concept. Western astrology follows the relationship of Sun, which was believed in that era to be the most important celestial body, as it’s in the centre of the solar system to the Earth’s tropics.

Vedic astrology which is called Jyotish Shastra in the Indian subcontinent is based on Sidereal astrology. It is a science where zodiac is aligned with 27 fixed star groups called constellations and watching their movement and reflection of their light and energy on Earth, their influence is studied on a particular zodiac sign.

Both these astrological concepts emphasize on the psychological nature of the individual, but where Western astrology lacks is in the reliability of their prediction of future events and cycles. Vedic astrologer or online jyotish, on the other hand, focusses more on understanding how and when certain events are likely to happen.

When it comes to giving a better view of a person’s karmic tendencies and how they will manifest for that person, then Vedic astrology provides better predictions. This is because this system refers to a detailed study of ‘dashas’, which is the planetary time cycles. These dashas impacts the times of the events in a person’s life and provide an accurate and in-depth prediction of the future.

Vedic astrologer looks into the planet in detail like its sign, house, conjunctions, aspects, strength and house lordship and based on all these things they make predictions. By and far, these predictions are accurate and you can tell a person about the events that will happen in his/her life in a particular time period. The Western counterpart has no such system of predicting. As these major periods in a person’s life are further broken down into smaller ones that last from somewhere between 1-3 years and the predictions are more or less on the spot.

The astronomers do not believe in astrology and they have a logic behind it. When a western astrologer tells them that Venus is in Sagittarius and they try to see it in the sky it is often not found there. This is because of the fact that, though Earth is spinning like a top in one direction, on the other side it is slightly wobbling. This results in losing 24 hours in its journey of 72 years. So, the zodiac signs to remain astronomically literal, every 72 years, they should be shifted backwards by a day. There is no such provision in Western Astrology while the Vedic astrology takes into account all these and adjust for this precession of the equinoxes.

There is an ongoing debate on which of these two is better but both have their own pros and cons with Vedic astrology having a slight edge based on the above facts.

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