Is Indian astrology true

Indian lunar astrology

Indian or Vedic astrology was unknown in Germany for a relatively long time - in contrast to the USA, where Vedic astrologers have been around for a long time. There are several reasons for this: On the one hand, there was hardly any German-language literature on Indian astrology - the basic works were only translated into English. On the other hand, Indian culture differs fundamentally from Western culture, so that there must not only be a willingness to learn the complex techniques and interpretations of Hindu astrology, but also to deal with Hinduism and the Indian way of life in general to accept. Then the wisdom of the will gradually be revealed Jyotish - the "science of light" like this astrology in the Vedas, the almost 5000 year old Indian wisdom writings.

While western astrology, after a heyday in the Middle Ages, lost its reputation in the course of the Enlightenment and was gradually relegated to the realm of speculation and fantasy, where it is still largely located today, it has never experienced such a devaluation in India. In Hinduism, astrology is considered a sacred science, which is also taught in universities and is an elementary part of daily life. The consultation of a Jyotishi (This is the name of the Indian astrologer) to recognize and understand the individual life path and life tasks is just as natural as asking about favorable times for marriage, business deals, operations, etc. Often he is even regarded as a kind of saint, but at least as a wise man in any case, respect is paid.

After Vedic astrology in the West was so long in slumber, it has caused an uproar among Western astrologers in recent years. The reason for this is the different zodiac system on which western and Indian astrology is based and which means that the signs of the zodiac shift by 23 ° 50 '. Western astrology is based on the tropical zodiac: the spring equinox corresponds to the beginning of the zodiac (0 ° Aries) and takes place annually at the same time. But due to the earth's precession, this point in time is actually shifted by 50’3 ’’ per year, a fact that Western astrology does not take into account in its calculation.

Indian astrology is based on the sidereal zodiac, which is based on the real connection of the planets to the fixed star sky. This system includes the spring equinox moving from east to west in the calculation. The resulting difference - called ayanamsha - is currently 23 ° 50 '. This means that 1 ° Aries of the tropical zodiac is around 7 ° Pisces on the sidereal side. Specifically, this means: If you have a Virgo ascendant in the western horoscope, let's say at 15 °, this results in a Leo ascendant in the Indian horoscope, taking into account the difference of 23 ° 50 '- and of course the entire horoscope changes.

Which system is right?

The tricky question is now: what is right? That cannot be answered so easily. Some astrologers who have experience with both systems come to the conclusion that the question of right or wrong does not arise at all, but that Indian and Western astrology complement each other in an ideal way, with the advantage of Indian astrology in their exact forecasting techniques - an area in which Western astrology does not have that much to offer. In general, western astrology aims primarily at promoting the individual development of a person by either developing the predispositions given in the horoscope first - or if they already exist - being lived out or implemented accordingly. The main goal of Vedic astrology, on the other hand, is to bring the ego into harmony with cosmic wisdom and to recognize the path or goal of the soul through the many incarnations. This, of course, presupposes the karma thought. According to the Indian view, people should take their place in society without great self-centeredness, develop themselves further through self-knowledge, and finally someday Moksha (ultimate liberation, enlightenment). The horoscope is a means of recognizing and accelerating this process.

In addition to the exact prognosis - i.e. the prediction of certain events in the course of a life - the karma analysis is therefore an essential part of Vedic astrology. A Jyotishi enables his clients to gain insight into their past lives as well as their present and future existence through the horoscope interpretation. The horoscope thus reveals the individual “karma”, in which the law of cause and effect is reflected.

In the world you have to act whether you want to or not. When you act, you automatically generate karma because every act has an effect. In Indian astrology, the 10th house, which deals with worldly things (status, prestige, etc.) is regarded as a karma indicator. And of course Rahu and Ketu, the ascending and descending lunar nodes - the karmic axis that shows where we come from and where we are going. We also find this interpretation in western astrology, although the meaningfulness of the lunar nodes is heavily disputed here. The position of the houses and symbols of Rahu and Ketu shows the journey of a soul through the incarnations. Basically, however, the whole horoscope is an image of karma, because the planetary positions are, so to speak, the matrix of our soul.

The ancient Indian rishis differentiated between different types of karma that affect us:

This is the sum total of the karma that results from all incarnations and includes positive and negative aspects. The astrologer cannot recognize this karma in the natal chart, and it cannot be changed either.


This is the karma we are faced with in our current incarnation. It's what we experience in this life - good and bad. It cannot be changed either. By interpreting the natal chart (Rasi ) one gains insights into the powers of fate that rule here.


This is the karma we are working on. This is where free will comes into play. We shape our future life through what we do in the here and now. Through our thinking, wanting and acting, we set the course for future existences. Here we have our fate in our own hands and can influence later incarnations by planting good seeds.


The karma thought is by no means fatalistic, as is often assumed in the West, on the contrary: Knowledge of the law of cause and effect should lead to the highest activity by becoming aware of your thoughts, desires and actions and taking responsibility for them .

If an Indian astrologer has analyzed a horoscope - i.e. gained insight into a person's karma and an overview of when which planets are triggered, and whether these have good or bad effects - he is also at the client's side with very practical advice. For example, For example, gemstone therapy is a natural part of the repertoire of an Indian astrologer. By wearing certain gemstones one can strengthen, weaken or neutralize the effect of a planet and thus achieve luck or avert disaster.

Mantras - sacred syllables that are chanted or repeated in the mind - are also used. They are supposed to create favorable influences and drive away obstacles. Every planet has its own mantra. Is z. B. Venus is in a weak position in the natal chart or is temporarily attacked by a transit, one can protect or strengthen Venus by singing the special Venus mantra. Certain days of the week are suitable for this (with Venus this is Friday), which intensify the effect. In addition, there are color therapy, Yagyas (religious rituals), Pujas (Purification ceremonies), Yantras (sacred symbols) and Ayurvedic nutritional advice are used.

An Indian astrology generally also has a good knowledge of Ayurveda, because there has always been a close connection between these two ancient branches of knowledge in the Vedic tradition. The three constitution types (Doshas), which form the basis of Ayurvedic teaching, are assigned to certain signs of the zodiac. Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, and Scorpio correspond to Pitta. Taurus, Cancer, Capricorn, and Pisces belong to Kapha, while Gemini, Virgo, Libra, and Aquarius are associated with Vata.

The basic constitution of a person can be determined from the distribution of the planets in the natal chart. An imbalanced Dosha can be avoided through proper nutrition and appropriate Ayurvedic remedies, which include: consist of herbs, roots and minerals, balance. Experienced Vedic astrologers can very quickly identify the cause of illnesses, predict the best time to start a treatment, its outcome and even its duration.

Tools of a Jyotishi

As for the signs of the zodiac, planets and houses, Indian astrology is not that different from Western astrology, with a few exceptions. When it comes to planets, a general distinction is made between “benefics” and “malefics” - benefactors (e.g. Jupiter, Venus,) and malefactors (e.g. sun, Mars, Saturn). The houses are divided into Kendras (cardinal), Trikonas (cheap), Upachayas (developing), Samas (neutral) and Dusthanas (bad).

In Jyotish, however, the system of aspects is completely different from western astrology. Are there e.g. B. planets in the same sign, they automatically form a conjunction. The orb (degree distance) does not matter. Otherwise you have to count the houses in order to determine the aspects which - as in western astrology trigons, oppositions, squares etc. - are determined according to a given scheme. It is also important to find out which planets are “at war”. This is the case if they are less than 1 ° apart.

A specialty of Jyotish are the so-called Yogaswhich, however, have nothing to do with yoga in the traditional sense. Rather, yogas are fixed combinations of planets that produce a specific result. There are an infinite number of them, which, of course, cannot always be taken into account. However, accomplished Vedic astrologers place great value on them. It is said that the yogas give clues to a person's spiritual maturity. Yogas are created, for example, when a planet is exalted and is in its own sign.

Brilliant forecasting techniques

The Vedic astrologer has far more means available for forecasting than the western one, whose tools are mainly transits, triggers, seven-year rhythms and solar horoscopes. Almost most Western astrologers who have converted to Vedic astrology cite the accuracy of the predictions as the main reason for this.

The "star" of the Vedic forecast system is the so-called Vimshottari Dasha, which comprises a cycle lasting 120 years and corresponds to the western progressions. At the time of the Vedas, a person's life span was set at 120 years. The nine planets sun, moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu (the lunar nodes are considered here as planets) - the newly discovered planets Uranus, Pluto and Neptune are of course not yet taken into account in ancient Indian astrology - rule a certain period of these 120 years, which shows large time differences (sun: 6 years, moon: 10 years, Mars: 7 years, Jupiter: 16 years, etc.).

Within these large periods of time that Maha Dashas there are also subsections - Bhuktis, which extend over a period of 3 months to 3 years, as well as the Antaraswhich can last for several days to a few weeks. This is a sophisticated system in which numerous influences have to be taken into account, but which is highly precise. If a client comes for advice, z. B. A lot has already been gained if one knows which Maha-Dasha he is currently in. If one then analyzes the sub-Dashas - the nine planets and the lunar nodes play a role again in relation to the planets that have just been triggered - one can derive very precise statements from this.


Also unique and complex of its kind is the Indian system of moon houses, which include the fixed stars in the horoscope interpretation. The 27 lunar constellations - the so-called Nakshatras - are each 13 ° 20 '. This is the average distance the moon travels on a sunny day. These nakshatras represent the connection between the solar and lunar zodiac. In Vedic astrology, which, in contrast to western solar astrology, is called lunar astrology, they play a very important role. They are said to represent a person's soul quality. Each of the 27 Nakshatras has a specific meaning that must be taken into account when interpreting. The sign in which the moon appears in the natal chart is the “birth star” and has a special influence on people. Knowing the phases of the moon is generally considered important. For example, if the moon is going through an unfavorable nakshatra, one would do well to take a step back, while with a favorable green light one would do well.


In Jyotish, the transits are called Gocharas designated. Here, too, there is a decisive difference to western astrology, because in Vedic astrology a planetary transit begins at the moment when the planet enters a certain zodiac sign and lasts until it has passed through the whole sign. Particular importance is attached to Saturn and Jupiter transits due to their long duration.


In addition to the Dashas, ​​there are also those Vargas very interesting. These are sub-horoscopes where the 30 ° of a sign is broken down into smaller sections. With the help of these Vargas, certain areas of life can be examined more closely (relationships, work, etc.). An Indian astrologer almost always examines the sub-horoscope in addition to the natal chart Navamsa), which provides information about partnership issues and also refers to the inner nature of the self. Just as in western astrology it is often assumed that the ascendant becomes more important with increasing age, in Vedic astrology one assumes that in the course of life one grows into one's Navamsa horoscope, so to speak. There are 16 vargas in total.


5. Strong and weak planets

And one last peculiarity of Indian astrology should be mentioned: The planets accumulate strength or weakness here, depending on which house they are in, where they rule, are elevated, on what level they are, whether they are in the house of a friend or one Standing enemy (the planets are either friends, enemies or neutral) etc. This system is called Shad Bala. By knowing the strength of the planets, you can better recognize and assess the topic of the individual houses in which the planets are located.


From this brief outline of the complex Indian astrology it becomes clear that it is a complex system that requires some rethinking from Westerners. But once you have "caught fire" and got a feeling for the new possibilities that lunar astrology opens up, studying Indian astrology - be it as a person seeking advice or as a consultant - is definitely worth the effort. It is not for nothing that the astrologers who have converted from Western to Vedic astrology assert that they have not regretted this step, but have been given a broader horizon and a new perspective on astrology and its application.

Most western astrologers who have switched to Indian astrology have at some point also started to study the Vedas and to familiarize themselves with Indian mythology, because this opens up new astrological knowledge. And anyone familiar with Western myths will soon notice that the gods and giants who represent the various aspects of our personality are not so dissimilar in East and West. And as yoga and Ayurveda are becoming increasingly popular in the West, more and more people are also interested in Vedic astrology. In any case, it is worthwhile to compare your own individual Western and Vedic natal charts. Even if you z. B. suddenly mutated from a Leo to a Cancer in the Indian horoscope, you are one and the same person.So how do you deal with it? The fact is that the life themes are exactly reflected in both horoscopes. So if you go from Leo to Cancer (sun sign), the Leo quality - i.e. fire quality - can be found in other places in the Indian horoscope. It is of course the task of the astrologer to produce this synthesis. So nothing is lost, and there is nothing wrong or right either. Rather, the secret lies in allowing multiple perspectives and being prepared to learn new things in order to discover more and more the secret of the soul and human life.

If you want to calculate your Vedic horoscope, you have to subtract the ayanamsha closest to your year of birth from the position of your planets in the western horoscope. The following table shows the values ​​from 1900-2000 (each 10 years the same value). So if you were born in 1974, subtract 23 ° 26’21 ’each. The current ayanamsha is 23 ° 51’11 ’’.

1900  22°17’55’’

1910       22°35’45’’

1920      22°44’37’’

1930      22°2’35’’

1940      23°01’16’’

1950      23°09’28’’

1960      23°17’53’’

1970      23°26’21’’

1980     23°43’31’’

1990     23°43’14’’

2000   23°51’11’