Astrology FAQ’s

What is Astrology?
Astrology is the observation of celestial bodies and their effect on humans and all living things on earth.

What is Vedic Astrology?
Vedic Astrology is a method of analyzing behavioral tendencies and the timing of events. Timing of events can be planned or predicted by planetary cycle, transits and karmic lessons.

What is Vedic Astrology Coaching?
Vedic Astrology Coaching is a strategic co-active alliance between the Astrologer and Client. This method combines chart analysis and timing to support the Client in creating, building and enhancing personal development, meeting goals and making life changes.

Why is my Sun Sign different in a Vedic Astrology Chart?
The Sidereal and Tropical systems are separated by approximately 24 degrees. This happens because the Tropical system starts its new year at Vernal Equinox, considered to be 0 degrees Aries. Astronomically, the Sun does not enter Aries until around April 16th. The Sidereal system is based on the stars in the sky.

What is the difference between Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology?
There are several differences:

1. The measurement of time:
Vedic Astrology calculates using Sidereal time; measuring time based on the rotation of the Earth with respect to fixed stars.  Western Astrology calculates using Tropical time; measuring time by the angle of the Sun, and its apparent movement across the celestial equator. Tropical is based on the seasons.

2. Acknowledgement of planetary bodies:
Traditionally, Vedic Astrology acknowledges nine planets; Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and the nodes; Rahu and Ketu. The Western system adds Neptune, Pluto, Uranus and asteroids. Does not use the south node (Ketu), and seems to place less emphasis on the north node influence than the Vedic system.

3. Sacred Texts:
Vedic Astrology is an ancient and time honored tradition in India. Vedic astrologers are able to draw on and reference many sacred texts to learn astrology.

4. Astrology system focus:
Western astrology is focused on trends (society) and how the individual projects themselves in their environment.  Vedic astrology takes a holistic approach. The focus is on the development of an individual, bringing the physical life into harmony with the spiritual self. This is done by examining areas of life and identifying strengths and potential challenges. Timing life events like marriage, having children, purchasing property and opening a business etc. The idea is through wholeness we can achieve happiness, good health and abundance.

5. Areas in Vedic Astrology without a western equivalent:

A. Nakshatras or Lunar Mansions; each 13 degrees and 20 minutes. These provide a deeper look into the chart and focus of an individual. Used for timing of events and defining behavior characteristics.
B. Vimshottari Dasha Sequence; Planetary cycles; each with a defined number of years where their influences strongly impact an individual.

Should an astrologer be trained in both Eastern and Western astrology?
No. The subject of astrology is vast. An astrologer who is well trained in one system will give excellent results.

Does an astrologer have to use the outer planets (Pluto, Uranus, Neptune) to give an accurate forecast?
No.  In Vedic astrology, we utilize the “north and south node” differently than Western astrologers. Through the nodes, Rahu and Ketu, we can see the influences Western astrologers identify through the outer planets.

What is Equinox and Solstice?
Equinox is when the Sun crosses the celestial equator. This happens twice a year marking the beginning of Spring and Fall.  At this time, the days are equal in length. Solstice is when the Sun is at its highest or lowest point to the celestial equator, marking the beginning of Summer and Winter. Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and Winter Solstice is the longest night.