Birth charts have been used since the olden days to inform the people of their characters and traits that at times they are not aware of. Using the person’s birth chart, which contains the illustration of the planets, the stars, and the sun’s position the day the person is born, the characteristics that s/he possesses are determined by the professional birth chart interpreters.
Not only are the characteristics of the person is determined but the possible career as well. Due to the characteristics of the person, the inclinations and influences are also determined and these help in indicating the person’s probable career choice. The birth chart also tells of the person’s future. Events that are likely to take place in a person’s life are also predicted and these predictions are very helpful so that the person can make some plans to counter the bad ones and to prepare for the good ones.
Vedic astrology, on the other hand, is recognized as one of the oldest forms of astrology in existence. Its origins can be traced 5,000 years ago and is basically based on a body of knowledge which is known as the Vedas. Vedas is translated as knowledge and is often referred to as Jyotish or the light of the heavenly bodies.
Like the birth chart, Vedic astrology is also recognized around the world and are being followed by legions. Unlike the birth chart which is focused on the person’s personality, Vedic astrology focuses on giving predictions regarding the cycles and events of the future. This astrology emphasizes on understanding the time when certain events are likely to take place.
‘Avoid the danger that has not yet come’, this is one aphorism that this astrology offers. A person’s karmic tendencies are illustrated in this astrology and the time when these tendencies might come up in the person’s life. By using the planetary time cycles, also known as ‘dashas’, this is made possible. The ‘dashas’ are unique to Vedic astrology and no other else.
Unlike the Western birth chart which is round, the Vedic birth chart is square. There are different meanings assigned to houses, signs, and planets and excludes the recent planets discovered like the Neptune, Pluto, and Uranus. The planets are the center point of Vedic astrology and they are also given rulership over a sign in the zodiac. These planets are referred to as the sign’s lord.
In Western zodiac, Tropical Zodiac, which is based on equinoxes are used. In Vedic astrology, Sidereal Zodiac is used. This tracks planetary movements against the real movements of the stars. The first degree of Aries which is the start of the Sidereal Zodiac starts around 24 degrees ahead of that of the Tropical Zodiac. Simply interpreted, a person born anytime between the 15th or 20th of any month, the Western Sun sign and ascendant, along with some of the planets are moved back by one degree in the Vedic chart.
In Western astrology, the Sun is the center of the universe and as such, has the most important influence in people’s lives. However, in Vedic astrology, this is not so. The Moon and its 27 constellations are the primary source of predictive techniques. The constellations of the Moon are called the Lunar Mansions of Nakshatras. Both have significant place in astrology and as such they are both considered important. The Sun is the representation of the person’s soul while the Moon is the person’s mind.