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Vedic Astrology

Vedic astrology is probably the oldest astrology on this earth. Even Greek and Chinese astrology are not as old as Vedic astrology. Vedic astrology is based on examining relative positions of different bodies of the universe. Vedic astrology is based on various groups of stars. There are twenty six groups of stars. Ashwini, Bharini, Krittika are the first three stars in the zodiac. A  Zodiac sign is made up of two group of stars, influencing events on earth.

Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu, and Ketu are all loosely termed as planets which appear to revolve around the earth continuously while always staying within the limits of zodiac. Vedic astrology in the ancient text had recognized these 9 entities. Out of which, the Sun is a star. Moon is the satellite of earth. Rahu and Ketu are two mathematical points on the zodiac and the rest are planets. Modern Vedic Astrologers also consider the effect of distant planets like Neptune, Uranus and Pluto.

The apparent movement or path of the Sun along the zodiac is called the Ecliptic. The ecliptic passes through the center of zodiac and is inclined at an angle of 23 degrees and 28 minutes to the center of zodiac.

Moon's apparent path around the earth intersects the ecliptic obliquely at two points called the 'Nodes'. The point where the Moon crosses the ecliptic from south to north is called the ascending node or 'Rahu'. When it crosses the ecliptic from north to south, it is called the descending node or 'Ketu'. These 2 points are 6 zodiac signs or 180 degrees apart. The position of these two points with respect to zodiac signs is of equal importance to position of other planets with respect to zodiac sign in Vedic astrology.

Vedic astrology is also known as Hindu astrology. Some people prefer it over western astrology. It is basically a rising sign astrology.