LEARN VEDIC ASTROLOGY
IS ASTROLOGY LEGIT?
If you’re like me, you were super curious to learn about astrology and felt there must be some sort of connection between your experience here on Earth and the cycles of what happens in the stars and planets of our solar system.
Maybe you learned your “Sun Sign” a long time ago and resonated a bit, so now you’ll check out your horoscope occasionally, but deep down you’re pretty sure this whole astrology thing is questionable at best.
That is where I started too.
Around 2006 I began studying astrology in much more depth. I read any book I could find. I followed the work of any teacher I could find. I applied everything I could to my daily life. Eventually I had a reading and found if very helpful in understanding my personality and psychology. After a few years though, it was hard to reconcile the general, broad nature of the horoscopes and teachers I followed. I began doing more spiritual practices and learning to listen to my gut and my intuition, and something just felt off. I spoke to a skeptic to hear his thoughts and what he said resonated with me: “There is no way there are just 12 types of people in the world.”
In 2012, after years of learning yoga and meditation, I discovered a totally different take on astrology. One that comes from the same source as yoga. This is called Vedic Astrology.
I was immediately skeptical. When I learned that I would now have a different Sun, Moon and Rising Sign I became downright stubborn.
This time I didn’t do as much research. I just jumped in.
I had a reading with a Vedic Astrologer and he described aspects of my health, career, mind, emotions, relationships, family and personality that were beyond the vague generalizations I had become accustomed to in my Sun Sign horoscopes. He helped me understand aspects of myself that I could not put into words before. He showed me how my chart predicts significant life events, and several years later I can attest that it was accurate.
EAST vs WEST
So what are the differences between Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology? On the surface, there are a lot of similarities. The same signs. The same houses. Mostly the same planets. The most significant difference is that Vedic Astrology accounts for the precession of the equinoxes. This means that nearly everyone will have different placements in their chart.
HOW TO READ YOUR VEDIC ASTROLOGY BIRTH CHART
Ok, so if you’ve read this far, you’re at least curious to learn about your chart. Here is a step by step process you can go through to begin to understand your chart.
STEP 1: GET YOUR FREE VEDIC BIRTH CHART (KUNDLI)
Seeing your birth chart is the most important place to start. You will see where all of your planets, signs and houses are placed. After searching through literally dozens of websites to find a reliable, accurate and easy to follow chart, this is the site I recommend.
Click below to get your chart, then come back here to begin interpreting it.
STEP 2: LEARN THE 12 HOUSES
This is a North Indian style chart. The triangles and diamonds represent the 12 houses. These houses are the same on every single chart for everyone, no matter what. The chart moves counter-clockwise through the 12 houses. The top diamond is always the first house. The bottom diamond is always the seventh house, and so on. These houses have very similar meanings to the 12 signs of the zodiac, so learning both together will help things make a lot of sense later on.
STEP 3: LEARN THE 12 SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC
While the 12 houses are always in the same place, the 12 signs of the zodiac are in different houses depending on your time, date and place of birth. In this chart, to simplify, you see the number 1 in the First House. This number 1 represents the sign of Aries. Continuing counter-clockwise, you see the number 2 repressing Taurus in the second house, and so on. These numbers always represent the signs of the Zodiac as listed below. Number 3 is always Gemini. Number 8 is always Scorpio. They just might be in different houses of the chart, as you can see in the example chart in Step 1.
Aries is number 1
Taurus is number 2
Gemini is number 3
Cancer is number 4
Leo is number 5
Virgo is number 6
Libra is number 7
Scorpio is number 8
Sagittarius is number 9
Capricorn is number 10
Aquarius is number 11
Pisces is number 12
STEP 4: LEARN YOUR SUN, MOON & RISING SIGN
Look at the chart you got in Step 1 and follow along.
Rising Sign: Look at the number in the top diamond in your chart. This is the sign that was rising on the Eastern horizon the moment you were born. This example chart has Cancer Rising because the number 4 is in the first house. Number 4 represents Cancer.
Sun Sign: Look for the letters “Su.” What house is it in? Review step 2 if you’re not sure. Now look at the number and see what sign it is in. This chart has a Sun in the 7th house (the bottom diamond) in the 10th sign, which is Capricorn. So this person has a Sun in Capricorn
Moon Sign: Look for the letters “Mo.” What house is it in? What sign is it in? This chart has a Moon in the 5th House in Scorpio.
STEP 5: STUDY VEDIC ASTROLOGY
Now that you know the most essential steps to understanding your birth chart, you can begin to study Vedic Astrology in depth.
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