Do you know the difference between the tropical zodiac of western astrology, the sidereal zodiac of Vedic Astrology and the Lunar Zodiac (Nakshatras) of Vedic Astrology?
The Sidereal Zodiac Please note that Vedic Astrology uses a different 12-sign zodiac from western astrology so your planets will often be described as being in different signs to those you are familiar with in your western birth chart. This is because the sidereal zodiac of Vedic astrology is fixed: it is anchored to a fixed star as a statement of the Eternal.
The Tropical Zodiac of Western Astrology is moving against the backdrop of the stars: it moves a degree every 72 years and its start point is that point in the heavens that the Sun occupies on the first day of Spring, and because it is solar it is ‘ego astrology’ The scope of Vedic Astrology is immensely vaster than egoic western astrology. At the present the two zodiacs are 24 degrees apart.
The Lunar Zodiac (Nakshatras): Additionally, Vedic astrology also employs an even more ancient zodiac: the immeasurably powerful lunar zodiac of 27 signs, that depicts our realities in a magical and dream time way that is pre-solar, pre-logical and pre-linear, and is hugely accurate, powerful and meaningful. These lunar signs are called ‘Nakshatras’. The positions of the lunar signs were more easily visible to ancient astrologers because they are quite simply the position of the Moon in the heavens on each of the 27 days the Moon takes to orbit the Earth. Because the lunar signs are so ancient, they are powerful and magical and pre-rational, and each of them has a power animal that can be used for many purposes of understanding, including the identification of the best marriage partner for you.