What is the difference between Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology?
Vedic Astrology is also known as Sidereal Astrology because it tracks the position of the Sun, Moon and planets against the position of the stars. Western Astrology is also known as Tropical Astrology because it tracks the Sun, Moon and planets in relation to the Earth and its seasonal points. Over the last millennium, the points where these two different systems start the astrological year have drifted apart by approximately 24 degrees.
The difference between these two starts of the astrological year is called the ayanamsa. You will find that unless you were born between the 15th and 20th of the month, your sign will have moved back by one in Vedic Astrology.
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The Age of Aquarius will start when the Sun rises in Aquarius on the morning of the Vernal Equinox in about years. That is not to say that there are not different systems within Vedic traditions.
The official calculations of ayanamsa are based on the calculations of N. Lahiri but there are also systems in use based on Raman, Krishnamurti and Sri Yukteswar. Vedic Astrology generally uses the equal house system.
There are also 27 signs based on the movement of the Moon called nakshatras. Each sign covers about one day.
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