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Astrology is one of the most important occult science which is widely followed in many countries. From Western countries like America, Europe, Russia to Asian countries like India, China, Japan Thailand etc astrology is a very popular occult science. Every country has its own style of calculations and predictions but a broadly solar and lunar form of astrology is widely practised. Solar calculations take the sun as the base whereas lunar calculations take moon as the base. Western astrology followed across different parts of the world take the sun as the base or follow the solar signs also called “sun signs”. Indian astrology, however, follows the lunar system where “moon sign” or “Rashi” is taken as the base for astrological predictions.

What is the difference between sun sign and moon sign?

It is well known that astrology basically has 12 signs and each sign has its own characteristics. Sun stays in one sign for a period of 30 days and that’s how 30 days multiplied by 12 signs gives 360 days covering almost one year. Starting with Aries from March 21st to April 19th and ending with Pisces from February 19th to March 20th.

Here is the list of sun signs along with dates followed as per western astrology.

1. Aries 21st March to 19th April
2. Taurus April 20th to May 20th
3. Gemini 21st May to 20th June
4. Cancer 21st June to 22nd July
5. Leo 23rd July to 22nd August
6. Virgo 23rd August to 22nd September
7. Libra 23rd September to 22nd October
8. Scorpio 23rd October to 21st November
9. Sagittarius 22nd November to 21st December
10. Capricorn 22nd December to 19th January
11. Aquarius 20th January to 18th February
12. Pisces 19th February to 20th March

In India, we follow the lunar system or moon sign. The Sun stays approx 30 days in a sign whereas the moon stays 2.5 days in a sign. So the moon covers 12 signs in 2.5×12=30 days. That means by the time sun travels through one sign, the moon would have completed travelling through all 12 signs. This makes people born on closer dates different moon signs.

For example, two people are born on 24th July and 1st August. According to western astrology both have the same sun sign that is Leo. But if we take moon signs, the moon was located in Cancer on 24th July and today on 1st August it is located in Libra. So one person is a Cancerian and the other will be Libran. So they have different qualities and that makes Indian astrology unique.

Now we have 12 signs or 12 houses and each house represent a particular characteristic of the person. However, the Indian and western astrology has the same characteristic for the house. Like the 1st house represents the person’s personality in both Indian and western astrology. Same is the case with the 7th house which is the house of love and marriage in both Indian and western astrology.

Here is the list of what each of the 12 houses represent.

1st house represents Personality
2nd house represents money and monetary status
3rd house brothers and sisters
4th house Education and mother
5th house Emotional balance and children
6th house health and accidents
7th house marriage and married life
8th house Life span and death
9th house Foreign travel and father
10th house career
11th house business and friends and friendships
12th house old age and karma

Let us now look at the person who was born today, 1st August gets his houses according to his sun and moon sign.

Suppose a baby is born right now at 10-30PM and his Astro sun sign as per Western astrology is Leo. So, his First house of personality is controlled by Leo, 2nd house of money is ruled by Virgo, 3rd house of relationship between siblings is ruled by Libra, 4th house of education and mother are ruled by Scorpio, 5th house of mental balance and children is ruled by Sagittarius, 6th house of Health and accidents is ruled by Capricorn, 7th house of love and married life is ruled by Aquarius, 8th house of Life span and death is ruled by Pisces, 9th house of foreign travel, communication and father is ruled by Aries, 10th house of career is ruled by Taurus, 11th house of Business and friends is ruled by Gemini and 12th the last house of karma and old age are ruled by Cancer.

But if it is seen in the Indian astrological calculation his 1st house will be Libra, his money house is Scorpio, the 3rd house will be Sagittarius, 4th house Capricorn etc. Like that the predictions differ totally if we take Indian astrology compared to the western astrology.

Which one is more accurate? Indian or Western?

Western astrology is very general and takes Sun as a reference point for the prediction. Whereas In Indian astrology we take Moon sign for predicting, Which is more detailed. You can imagine yourself when I say, in western astrology people born in 30 days have same 1st house so same personality whereas in Indian astrology those born in 30 days will have 12 different 1st houses, thus 12 different personalities. But this is just one broad way of predicting. Many more dimensions are there which I will discuss in my future posts.

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