Vedic Astrology vs. Western Astrology, Moon signs vs Sun signs

Globalization has influenced our Indian astrologers too.Nowadays more and more astrologers are mixing western mathematical system with Indian astrology. Western system is pretty popular because it has easy way of determining ascendant, and its calculations are mostly accurate.

We can get the accurate ascendant by using the sidereal time and ayanmansh with western astrological system. Although western astrology is based on solid facts there are some points in it which are not favorable for making accurate predictions.

Thus we will try to delve into the fundamentals of western mathematical system and Indian astrology.

Calculation of Houses:
Many astrologers first determine the tenth ascendant in order to understand the relationship between the houses. The other houses are calculated on the basis of the 10th house. In this system the houses may be of 20 degrees or may stretch to 40 degrees in size.
However according to scriptures and books of Indian astrology, each house is of 30 degrees. Parashar, Bhrigu, Jaimini are among those ancient seers who have followed the tradition of fixing the value of each house at 30 degrees. If calculations are made according to the western method then the values of house(s) may differ which is not correct according to Vedic astrology.

The reason why western system of astrology is gaining popularity is its easy mathematical system. However Western astrology is not as capable as Indian astrology when it comes to predictions. Even the western countries have also recognized the mettle of Indian Astrology. That is why Indian Vedic astrology is accepted and gaining momentum in western countries. Every year lot of foreign tourists comes to India to gain spiritual and vedic astrological insights.

Sayan System
Astrologers know that currently ayanmansh is approx 24 degrees which means Sayan is ahead of Sun-niryana by approximately 24 degrees. According to the rules of Astrology when Sun and Moon are located in one sign or degree it is called New Moon and when there is a difference of 180 degrees between Sun and Moon it is called Full Moon.

If we take the Sayan Sun in calculations there will be a difference of 24 degrees in the co-ordinates of full and new moon which is against the Vedic system. In this situation the importance of Sayan Sun decreases for predictions made using Vedic Astrology.

Indian astrologers can test new waters and explore new things in order to modify and improve Vedic astrology but they should follow the basic fundamental principals of vedic astrology so that they remain true to the science.
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