Indian Astrology: Vedic Astrology Explained

The Influence Of Siddhanta, Samhita and Hora

India Vedic Astrological MusingsIndian astrology can be traced back to the Vedas, which are some of the oldest sacred texts. Also referred to as Moon astrology, Indian astrology is based on the reading of planetary movements according to Vedic astrology. Astrology plays a primal role in many people’s lives in India, and many people believe that starts and planets have an influence in their lives – the fruits of karma.

Vedic or Indian astrology explains the motions and positions of planets based on the time and the effect they have on every living being. According to the Vedic astrology, there are 27 constellations, consisting of 12 zodiac signs, 12 houses and nine planets. Each house and planet represents a given aspect of human life.

The 3 Branches

Indian astrology has three main branches;

• Siddhanta
• Samhita
• Hora

Samhita is centred on the astronomical study of various celestial bodies, while Samhita focuses on the mundane astrology that studies floods, earthquakes, the weather, volcanic eruptions, and even economic conditions. Hora focuses on the prediction of a sustainable timing of different events of our daily lives, including the best time to get married, start a business, or move home.

When studying a horoscope, the five elements: fire, water, air, earth, and sky are taken into consideration, along with the constellation and the moon sign. The fifth element, sky, is usually given the utmost importance. The most effective points of anyone’s chart is the Ascendant since it signifies the “self” and this point is ruled by the 5th element.

The Indian system follows a calendar based on the constellations. The moon is placed at the centre, and it governs the mind and emotions. In the zodiac, the moon is the fastest moving planet, and the moon’s support influences all events.

If you are familiar with the western astrology, you are probably aware that there exists a “void of course” principle, which means that if there are lacking aspects to the moon, no event can take place. As you can see, while both luminaries are given equal importance, the moon is central because it ideally governs the mind. That’s why it has been given a primal importance in Indian or Vedic astrology.

A Special Feature of Indian Astrology

In comparison to other systems of astrology, the Indian astrology is able to divide time into its smallest subsections and is therefore widely regarded as more accurate. Indian astrology also has some of the deepest knowledge in the noble science of astrology, with which one can foretell the future with an incredible precision, and make the necessary arrangements or precautions before any difficulties arise.

Zodiac Signs

Mesha
March 21st to April 20th

In Vedic astrology, Aries is referred to as Mesha. It’s the head sign of the Microcosm or the Grand Man. It’s also the masculine, cardinal, movable, and equinoctial sign. Aries governs the head and the face, and the higher attributes are reason and intuition. It’s referred to as the sign of sacrifice, and people born under the Aries sign are very earnest, executive, and determined. They do accomplish what they set to do, regardless of opposition. A Mesha person is strong, spare, tall, quick, and very sharp of seeing with an oval face, large shoulders, and swarthy complexion.

Vrishabh
April 21st to May 21st

Taurus is called Vrishabh. It governs the throat and neck of the Microcosm or the Grand Man. Taurus is a feminine, fixed, nocturnal, earthy, and vernal sign. People born under the sign are kind and fearless, as well as very magnanimous when they are not irritated. They are also generous, and often burden themselves with the sorrows of others. The Vrishabh person has a full face, wide mouth and nose, large shoulders, shining reddish flesh, and generally of powerful build.

Mithun
May 22nd to June 21st

Gemini is referred to as Mithun in Vedic astrology. It governs the arms, shoulders, and hands of the Microcosm or the Grand Man. Gemini is a masculine, changeable, common, double-bodied, commanding, and common sign. It’s the positive pole of the Air Triplicity, and the persons born under this sign may be regarded as double. A given trait of the person appears to be in contradiction with another trait and generally have a dual nature operating actively. The Mithun person is well-formed, has a bright complexion, dark hair, with hazel eyes that are sharp and quick.

Kark 
June 22nd to July 23rd

In Vedic astrology, the Cancer zodiac is called Kark. It governs the breasts as well as the maternal functions of the Microcosm or the Grand Man. It’s generally a feminine, cardinal, watery, moveable, nocturnal, phlegmatic sign. Cancer is the Positive Pole of the Water Triplicity, and those born under the sign are gifted in many directions above average, provided they are well educated. Cancers have superior intelligence and have a greater ability to learn new things. The Kark person usually has a medium stature, round face, a large upper part of the body, soft skin, very pale or tawny completion, greyish or light face, and generally small features.

Simha
July 24th to August 23rd

Called Simha, Leo is the heart of the Microcosm or the Grand Man. It’s a commanding, masculine, choleric, changeable, fixed, fiery, northern sign of the Zodiac. Leo is at the middle of the magnet of the Fire Triplicity, and the people born under the sign are sympathetic, generous, and magnetic. They generally make good nurses especially when they are in full sympathy with the patient. They are also very intuitive and emotional. In most cases, people born under the Simha sign people have well proportioned, broad shoulders, strong wiry body, not overly tall, have a round head, a strong deep voice, ruddy or a light complexion and large eyes.

Kanya 
August 24th to September 23rd

Referred to as Kanya, the Virgo zodiac symbol governs the solar plexus, the bowels, and the spleen of the Microcosm, or the Grand Man.  It’s generally an earthy, nocturnal, feminine, dry, speaking, human, and common sign of the Zodiac. People born under the Virgo sign are methodical and orderly and are generally good magnetic healers. Their hands appear to be charged with great curative power. Kanya people are very good solicitors of other people’s affairs and are very generous. In terms of physical qualities, they are of tallish or middle stature, a musical voice, well formed, have an elegant manner, and an oval face.

Thula
September 24th to October 23rd

In Vedic astrology, Libra is referred to as Tula, and it governs the reins and loins of the Microcosm or the Grand Man. Libra is the sanguine, cardinal, movable, airy, diurnal, masculine and equinoctial sign of the zodiac. It is, in fact, the great equatorial line of the human progression. Libra people are energetic, generous, ambitious, and inspired. Whenever they are faced with a disaster, they tend to recover faster than others and go back to work with a redoubled vigour. In their calculations and intrigues, their feet never touch the earth. The physical appearance of Thula people is tall, well-formed, slender, have an oval face, beautiful eyes, quick enunciation, and a sometimes shrill voice.

Vrishchik 
October 24th and November 22nd

The Scorpio sign is referred to as Vrishchik and governs the groins, genital organs, the bladder, and all the sex functions of the Microcosm or the Grand Man. It is a nocturnal, fixed, mute, southern sign of the zodiac. People born under the Scorpio sign are allied to the great powers contained in the oceans of the planet and possess a wonderful vibratory voice that provides them with an immense vitality through electromagnetic influences. These people are devoted to humanity, helpful, tender, and ideally the salt of the earth, especially when they are awakened and spiritualistic. The reverse of this is true. People born under the Vrishchik sign are commonly robust and have an inclination to heftiness in their mid-life. Physically, they have square faces, a dusky complexion, and dark hair.

Dhanus
November 23rd to December 21st

Sagittarius is referred to as Dhanu. It governs the thighs of the Microcosm or the Grand Man. Sagittarius is a double-bodied, masculine, diurnal, eastern, speaking, choleric, and a fortunate sign of the zodiac. People born under this sign have the capacity to aim well, and hit the mark quite well in all matters. Since they are prophetic in character, the can also tell the outcome of just about any enterprise from the start. The people under this sign are fine looking, have very expressive eyes, are fearless, have a jovial disposition, and are daring when doing duty or when living within a principle. Dhanus people are mostly tall and slender. These people are born busy and will keep being busy wherever they can.

Makara
December 22nd to January 20th

Referred to as Makara in Vedic astrology, Capricorn governs the hams and the knees of the Microcosm or the Grand Man. It’s an earthy, dry, nocturnal, feminine, changeable, southern, domestic sign of the zodiac.  People born under Capricorn are generally deep thinkers, good teachers, and natural orators. These people are usually of a short stature, and sometimes have dark hair and dark complexions with expressive eyes. They worship intellect and are devoted to book knowledge. Their desire for intellectual growth is insatiable. Makara people are also indefatigable workers, though they tend to tire quickly since they like to do several things at once. Indigestion and melancholia are some of the diseases those born under this sign are most likely to suffer.

Kumbha
January 21st to February 19th

Called Kumbha, Aquarius governs the legs of the Microcosm or the Grand Man. It’s a sanguine, aerial, western, masculine, human, fixed, speaking, rational, and obeying the sign. The Divine Sophia has this sign, whose attributes include memory, soul, and diffusion of knowledge. The people under the Aquarius sign are considered both the weakest and the strongest people in the world. Naturally, they have been endowed with some great possibilities when they are understood and appreciated. They make incredible spiritual healers. In physical terms, they are generally tall, dignified, fine, robust, healthy, and have a clear complexion.

Meena
February 20th to March 20th

Pisces is called Meena, and it governs the Microcosm or the Grand Man’s feet. It’s the common, phlegmatic, effeminate, nocturnal, and watery sign of the zodiac. Located at the negative pole of the Water Triplicity, Pisces people have a deeply-hidden love nature and are always have the anxiety to give their abundance to those in need. Naturally, they are lovers, and the kingdom of the soul is their realm. They are loyal and will defend their friends regardless of the situation. Physically, Meena people are generally round-shouldered, full faces, with sleepy, placid eyes. The most formidable weaknesses of this sign are anxiety, worry, and an unhealthy imagination.

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