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What is Indian Astrology?

With its origins deeply rooted in the ancient sacred text, the Vedas, Indian astrology differs from Western astrology in several ways.  Indian astrology recognizes the influence of the Moon on mind and emotions; whereas, Western astrology gives both the sun and moon equal importance. Although both practices include twelve modern signs, Indian astrology emphasizes the significance of the Moon. 

Modern signs:

  • Aries
  • Taurus
  • Gemini
  • Cancer
  • Leo
  • Virgo
  • Libra
  • Scorpio
  • Sagittarius
  • Capricorn  

While there are actually twenty-eight constellations, Indian astrology is based only on twenty-seven constellations. Abhijeet , the twenty-eighth constellation, is not a factor in horoscopes. Rashis (moon signs) have been developed to simplify Indian astrology. Astrologers place significance on the ascendant, as it represents the "self." Ascendant is ruled by the element sky, also known as ether. When creating a horoscope, astrologers consider the constellations, elements, and moon signs to create an accurate chart.  Below are the five elements in Indian astrology:

The Elements

  1. Fire
  2. Water
  3. Earth
  4. Air
  5. Sky/Ether

Dasha System

The Indian astrology system is very specific to an exact moment in time. Since Indian astrology can divide time to the smallest fraction of time, it is regarded as the most accurate. Planetary periods, known as dashas, utilize the person's Moon sign, and exact details of the moment of birth, including the degree, minutes and seconds. 

Varshphala System

Indian astrology utilizes a very special feature, known as the Varshphala System. Created by Tajik Neelkanthi, Varshphala is a significant element of Indian astrology. Varshphala includes the aspects Sneha, Vaira Drishtis, and Muntha. Indian astrology has earned its reputation for accuracy due to its inclusion of more parameters than Western astrology. One similarity is solar return. In Western astrology, solar return is used to focus on fortune and success, etc. However in Indian astrology, the solar return counterpart is known as Sahams and is used to make annual predictions.  

To summarize, Indian astrology relies on an ancient wisdom and the precision of science to provide valuable wisdom that can be used to predict the future and prepare for challenges ahead.