The history of Vedic astrology.

The Sanskrit word for Vedic astrology, or Hindu astrology, is jyotiṣa, loosely translating to “light/heavenly body,” and the modality seems to have first appeared in the Rigveda, an ancient Indian text (though some assert it’s been around since 10,000 B.C.).

Vedic astrology speaks more to your karma and dharma.

Another interesting distinction is that modern Western astrology has become more psychologically oriented, where Vedic astrology is based upon one’s individual karma.Vedic astrology also tends to provide insight into personal dharma, or life path, and reveal our innate gifts and challenges. “It can help us better understand our relationships with our family, friends, and life partners. Having this fundamental understanding really helps to ease and relieve stress and our emotional ups and downs,” she says.

Vedic astrology has a different approach to retrogrades, sun signs, and rising signs.

Eastern & Western modalities also have a different take on what a retrograde planet actually means and what some of the planetary aspects represent.

All planets in Western astrology share the same type of aspect, such as a square, trine, sextile, or opposition. Vedic astrology utilizes special aspects—each planet has a specific aspect or set of aspects, along with different strengths that are applied to that specific aspect.

Vedic astrology also considers your rising sign to be more important than your sun sign.

East vs. West astrology

First of all, it should be known that the “Daily Horoscope” section usually found online and in newspapers has nothing to do with Vedic astrology. 

Not only do those sections adhere to Western astrological interpretations, which are different from the Vedic system, they also pay attention to only one small aspect of its practice, thereby creating vague and generalized predictions.

The primary difference between Vedic and Western astrologers comes down to how they view the constellations.