How does Vedic astrology differ from typical western astrology?
The biggest fundamental difference between Eastern and Western astrology is the calculation of the position of the planets. Tropical astrology, the system that most of us are familiar with in the west, is based on the Spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and sidereal astrology or Jyotish (sister science to yoga) is based on observational astrology or the actual fixed positions of the stars as they sit in front of the ecliptic. Due to the procession of the equinoxes, the two systems move one degree away from each other every 72 years and currently have a 24 degree difference.
Another main difference in the two systems is that Vedic astrology’s sole emphasis is on the Ascendant or rising sign (Lagna) and the position of the Moon sign, which at it’s bases has a system of 27 constellations called nakshatras. In comparison to western astrology that gives a greater emphasis to the Sun’s position in a specific sign, the nakshatras or lunar mansions offer a much more detailed view and deeper dive into the layers of ones Vedic chart.
Why is it helpful to know your natal chart?
It is helpful to know your natal chart so you can gain the tools and insights to navigate and align with the current rhythms and planetary influences that are unfolding in your life and shine light on what is wanting to be cultivated with ease and grace.
How do Vedic + western astrology work together?
Vedic astrology is a very precise and ancient Vedic science that can help us align and dive deeper into our true nature and script of our souls unique evolutionary and karmic patterns we have chosen to work on in this lifetime. This works symbiotically with western astrology that has it’s modern physiology of how to approach and relate to the 21st century ego and personality of the individual. Like many healing modalities, we can approach the same individual through different systems and arrive at effective, yet different remedial measures.
When's a good time to get a reading? Is it something you need to do once a week, once a month, once in your life?
I would say the best time to have a reading done is either around your birthday, when have a question that is requesting clarity or anytime you’re in need of some insight and direction amidst change in your life. I personally seek guidance once a year or when I find myself at a bigger crossroads.
Are there any valuable things Vedic can tell us that other modalities can't? (i.e. past life information, partnership, diet, etc.)
Vedic Astrology at it’s root is called Jyotir Vidya or Jyotish and translates to the Science of light. Someone who has tapped into that all knowing intuition and perspective is said to be able to witness past, present and future. With that said, being a modern day astrologer I look into and shine light on to the layers that are pertinent and valuable for the individual at the present time in their life. Vedic astrology can reveal the deeper intricacies and tendencies of the mind, bring clarity to ones spiritual path, relationships and compatibility, dharma or highest aligned path and offers tools to work with those karmas that are presenting themselves. As a sister science to yoga and ayurveda, jyotish assists one in designing their personal daily practice, lifestyle, diet and glimpses into one’s overall health.
Vedic astrology also has cycles called dashas that are based off of the nine planetary system and can offer a very specific pin pointed direction for an individual to shine light on what’s happening and when its going to come to an end and for people in darker times, to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and what they can actually be cultivating at that time. This dasha system can also be used to predict timing of events in an individual’s life.
Interview from Holisticism.