- Vedic Astrology Star Sign Dates
- Vedic Astrology Sign Dates
- Astrology Zodiac Dates
- Vedic Zodiac Signs
- Vedic Astrology Zodiac Dates 2020
Vedic Astrology Sun Sign Dates and MeaningsThe Vedic astrology sign dates readjust from time to time, shifting by one degree every 72 years. But for now, the Sun signs look at little something like this:Sun in AriesVedic dates: April 14 - May 14Vedic name: MeshaThe Sun’s power is amplified when positioned in Aries.Being that this sign is.
Knowing what your future holds ahead is good sometimes, and the availability of online astrology apps and web services has made it easier to determine your astrological compatibilities and horoscope.
- The projection and position of the planets is analyzed alongside the sun and moon ecliptic at the time of birth. Astrology gives us an insight into the basic personality of the person, their hidden fears, hopes and desires. The 12 Vedic zodiac signs are given in the table below alongside their symbols.
- Vedic astrology then corrects this contradiction between the signs of the Western and Vedic sun and the positions of each Zodiac, using mathematical modifications. The table below shows the approximate dates of the Vive sun signs as of 2020-2021: 2020.
If you are a believer in astrology, you would have already downloaded several apps to map your birth chart. But, did you know that all these apps are based on western astrology? Yes, most of these apps follow the western horoscope calculations.
However, Western astrology is not the only type. We are talking about Vedic astrology. So, what is Vedic astrology, and how does it differ from Western astrology? Read on to see…
Vedic Astrology is related to the Sanskrit word “Jyotisa”. The mention of Jyotisa first appeared in the Rigveda which is the most ancient scripture of the Indian society. “Jyotisa” refers to a heavenly body.
With time, Vedic astrology has evolved a lot but it does carry the ancient traditions and along with it, several myths of the ancient Indian culture. For many, it is still a part of their lifestyle and people find it difficult to proceed without seeing their daily horoscope.
Vedic charts are used to finalize the “muhurta” or “the right time” for all sorts of auspicious occasions including marriage, engagement, opening ceremonies, etc.
In total, there are 12 signs in Vedic astrology. Even Western astrology represents 12 zodiac signs and the resemblance of all the characteristics are almost the same in both, however, the difference lies in the dates. If you know your zodiac sign according to Western astrology you are going to be amused by what you find in the Vedic astrological chart. For instance, if you were an Aquarius, your daily Aquarius horoscope will vary in Vedic and western astrology. Take a look at how the Vedic zodiac signs follows:
The origin of western astrology dates back to the Mesopotamian era. At that time, there were deep studies of omen. For instance, the color of the sky, weather, and the movements of animals were taken into consideration.
Rather than planetary movements, these preliminary studies were more related to the moon and eclipses. By the time it was 1000 BCE, the astrological concepts were very popular in the Middle East. You can find some precise illustration of planets on the ceiling of New Kingdom Tombs in Egypt.
Vedic Astrology Star Sign Dates
All these planets were especially linked to one of the gods and goddesses of Mesopotamia. As time passed, astrology was introduced to several other cultures too. And the Hebrews got to know the practice of astrology between 586-539 BC. It was the period of Babylon’s military conquest, which was finalized many years later.
Under the empire of Alexander, the practice of astrology thrived and spread throughout Egypt, Middle East, Asia, and then India. A Babylon priest moved to Greece and founded a school where Greeks could learn all about the basics of astrology. This became an opportunity to mix beliefs, knowledge, and philosophy. This harmonious mixture gave life to Hellenistic astrology.
It is the Hellenistic astrology that proved to be the ultimate foundation of modern Western astrology. Studies have found that it also has a strong bond with Vedic astrology.
As the time of Christ approached, the Romans and Greeks had already codified the zodiac signs. And that is the form of astrology that we recognise today.Vedic astrology is the most powerful, stable and scientific astrological system the world has ever seen. It has endured in its original form for thousands of years.
Inseparable from that stability and timeless endurance is the sidereal zodiac, the mapping system used in Vedic astrology, which integrates 12 solar portions with 27 lunar portions, as they (according to Parashara) “occupy the same space”.
A Quick History Lessonon Zodiacs
The earliest record of the 12, 30° signs is from the Babylonian Empire, from about the fifth century BC, written on their cuneiform tablets. The original zodiac was sidereal, connecting precise ecliptic coordinates to 30° portions. Later, these sidereal 30° portions found their way to Greece, then later to Egypt where around the first century CE. At that time, all zodiacs were sidereal and the tropical zodiac did not exist until Claudius Ptolemy proposed to pin them to seasons, by declaring the 1st° of Aries to be the vernal equinox.
As we now know, the distance between the original, precise sidereal zodiac from Babylon and used by the Indians to this day, and the extrapolated tropical zodiac from the Greeks, that pinned the vernal equinox to the first degree of Aries, has now drifted by about 24°. It will continue to drift about 1° every 70 years for eternity.
Indian Astrology Is Sidereal
By contrast the sidereal zodiac is the same as it was thousands of years ago, when Magha was at 0° Leo, showing the “king on the throne” in the sign of Leo, rather than having drifted into Virgo. The Nakshatra of Pushya (the breasts) is still squarely in Cancer, the sign of motherhood, rather than having drifted into Leo, etc.
Vedic Astrology Sign Dates
In every Vedic astrology text proper, sidereal signs and Nakshatra’s are integrated. Varahamihira states Ashwini (Nakshtra), Aries (Rasi) and the Nakshatra padas are aligned, for example. No one disputes this, (even those novel Vedic astrologers / students using the “tropical zodiac”) nor does anyone dispute the fact that in spite of being influenced by the tropical zodiac, Indian astrology developed and was conceived of sidereally. Although there are a few who think (strangely enough) that the Indians made a mistake using the Sidereal Zodiac.
Astrology Zodiac Dates
When we look into some texts (after the Greeks pinned the seasons to the zodiac), references to what would become “the tropical zodiac” show up in “astronomy texts” and some of India’s secular/non-astrological writings. In these instances we see the equinoxes and solstices joined to “astrology signs”, rather than measured sidereally, as we would expect. This has confused some, for good reason.
In these texts the Sun is described in relationship to the seasons and other purely “earthbound” activities, the length of the year, etc. But there are no astrological methods or techniques in those books. They are not astrology books. So, we should not make hard conclusions about how to “practice astrology” based on these writings, except to take notice that the influence of the Greeks made its way to India at this time.
Thus, in spite of these references in astronomical and secular texts, the wise Indian astrologers never conflated the seasonal / tropical zodiac of the Greeks with the primordial, original sidereal zodiac. As was said, that original zodiac of 12, 30° portions was first seen formally in Babylon, then was exported to Greece, then migrated to Egypt, then joined with the seasons – eventually making it to India, where it was rejected for erecting horoscopes.
Why Did the Indians Resist?
So, why did the Indians resist using “what we now call” the tropical zodiac? Well, we may never know exactly, but it seems pretty simple. The Indians never used the tropical zodiac. (as it did not exist at that point and why would it?) They already had an extremely precise, sidereal mapping system that had been in place for thousands of years by that time.
In the ancient (Rig and Yajur) Vedanga Jyotisha, we see the ancient Indians were master astronomers, having calculated the year very precisely, and even measuring out 30° portions of the year (Sidereally). They also measured “five-year cycles”, which were likely meant to compensate for the extra days, like a leap year. Like all ancient cultures of that time, the first “zodiac” is more of a calendar, not used erecting horoscopes or for practicing astrology. That would come later, as the zodiac signs and Nakshatra indicators would eventually be formalized into a chart reading system. Of course, this system would revolve around the sidereal portions of sky they were already using.
Vedic Zodiac Signs
Every calculation in the Vedanga Jyotisha was sidereal. Solstices were measured with Nakshatra’s, which are sidereal. The length of their five-year cycle was measured in Nakshatra’s, 135 Nakshatra’s to be precise. Seasons were measured to be 4.5 Nakshatra’s. There’s no evidence whatsoever that the Indians used what would be considered a “tropical zodiac”. Every historian and researcher for thousands of years has come to these same conclusions. There is no mystery here.
Tropical Zodiac a Mistake?
The tropical zodiac did not exist at that time, and to many throughout history, the tropical zodiac itself is considered to be an irrational juxtaposition of things that should not go together. Here’s why.
The zodiac was (and still is) a system of precise coordinates that are meant to map celestial movements of planets as they (apparently) circle the earth. Exact degrees matter with the zodiac. But how is it being calculated? Is it being calculated by precise, ecliptic coordinates, that are virtually unmoving over time (Sidereally)? Or is it being calculated by taking our place on earth (which is moving slightly over time) and projecting THAT into space to find precise coordinates for a circling heavenly body (Tropical)?
By the way, I do not think the tropical zodiac was a mistake for erecting astrology charts. But many in the Western astrology tradition, like Cyril Fagan and the tradition of sidereal Western astrology assert this. Many who examine the tropical zodiac see it is a conflation of two things that have nothing to do with each other. The earth going around the sun and the equinoxes/solstices inherently have nothing to do with the band of celestial coordinates that we use to measure planets moving through the sky. The tropical zodiac connects these two things.
This is why the Egyptologist and Western astrologer Cyril Fagan, in the 1940s, completely rejected tropical Western astrology, after he realized the nature of the tropical zodiac. Fagan thought it was not a legitimate way to erect horoscopes. This tradition continues today, with many sidereal Western astrologers who have returned to the original zodiac. This original zodiac also connects to the sky as it was when the original Western astrology texts were written!
Vedic Astrology Zodiac Dates 2020
Union of the Sun and Moon in One Connected Zodiac
Indeed, this rigorous sidereal zodiac system of Rasi and Nakshatra, that underpins Vedic astrology, is the envy of astrological systems the world over. The Indians always used the exact, sidereal coordinates from the Vedanga Jyotisha with Nakshatra’s, then later (and currently) interlaced them with the sidereal zodiac sign portions.
With remarkable precision (and probably a sharing of sciences and culture), the 12, 30° divisions of the original, Babylonian, sidereal zodiac overlaid almost perfectly with the 27 sidereal, Indian portions. Thus, after the Greeks converted the sidereal zodiac to the moving, tropical zodiac by pinning the 1st° of Aries to the vernal equinox, the Indians resisted.
This is not an opinion. This is the story. And again, what was the result? The result is the most stable, scientific astrological system the world has ever seen. In fact, it is so stable and solid that even the discovery of new planets and other emergent celestial bodies are not necessary to improve it. Indeed, the Indians obviously knew exactly what they were doing. They were following the accuracy of already established traditions.
This is not surprising, as the Indians developed many spiritual sciences that work hand-in-hand with each other. Vedic astrology, and especially its connection to the Cosmology of the sky and usage of the sidereal zodiac, are even further proof of their timeless genius. They were wise enough to resist the conflation of the Greeks, who connected the seasons with the sidereal portions of sky. In resisting this, the Indians preserved the Sun and Moon portions as one integrated system.
Is Tropical Zodiac Wrong For Practicing Astrology?
The tropical zodiac was conceived at the same time that both the Vedic and Western astrology systems were being developed. Thus, both systems can work for erecting horoscopes. Especially for Western astrologers and that tradition, tropical zodiac works very well. You can see it in their methods, which have changed and developed with the discovery of new planets, asteroids, fluid sign rulership, etc.
But even if you are a Vedic astrologer who resonates more with the Tropical Zodiac, and you use it in your practice, I personally will champion your choice and right to do so. This is because each “zodiac” is the organizing principle around which all “methods” work. So, if Vedic astrologers use the tropical zodiac or Western astrologers use the sidereal zodiac or astrologers use the zodiac of their tradition, I am for it all.
Our heart and nervous system must first connect with a zodiac, either sidereal or tropical before any astrology practice can take hold. This is why people get so passionate about their zodiac. After our heart connects to one zodiac we gravitate to practices and methodologies (usually with in the tradition of the system itself) in order to go deeper and interpret astrology charts correctly.
I think all of that is beautiful and I would never attack a person’s system. As I said, both systems developed at the same time that the tropical zodiac was conceived and led to western astrology and the Vedic astrology practice was galvanized around the sidereal zodiac and precise methods that have led to centuries of precise, scientific astrology.