Which are some differences between vedic and western astrology?

Answer by RT Kaushik:

  1. Fundamental difference is the definition of a Sign (Aries, Taurus etc)
  1. In Indian it is decided by the stars and hence is Fixed
  2. In Western it is based on the day Sun reaches (shines on) the Equator. Since this goes back by one day every 60 years, the boundary of the Signs keeps shifting !
  3. Hence the Indian system is called Sidereal and Western as Tropical
  • Neptune, Uranus and Pluto are used in Western astrology
  • Western astrology is used to indicate tendencies /psyche while Indian seems more deterministic and linked to Karma theory:-)
  • The chart is circular while Indian is 2 forms of square😉
  • Manner of planetary Aspects are a bit more in western
  • Which are some differences between vedic and western astrology?

    Why Saturn is exalted in Libra?

    Answer by RT Kaushik:

    I have only hypotheses about this
    • Saturn and Sun are diametrically opposite in nature. So it makes sense to make Sun's debilitation point of Libra, the exaltation point of Saturn
    • Debilitation points should be where the graha is anyway uncomfortable. So Aries, Scorpio & Leo are the choices for Saturn's debilitation. So one more factor to choose Aries as debilitation point…and hence Libra as exaltation
    • There are esoteric explanations to this – that Libra allows Saturn to be at its best by forcing the inward focused Saturn to connect to the outside world, while impulsive Aries disturbs the deliberate, measured Saturn. Why is Saturn Exalted in Libra? and Why is Saturn Exalted in Libra?  have readable stuff like this

    Why Saturn is exalted in Libra?

    In an arranged marriage, how can I ask the prospective groom and his family about any health complications he has?

    Answer by RT Kaushik:

    • Astrology is one way you may get an inkling about these things. See my Quora blog Horoscope Compatibility for a post on "How to use Kundli for ….marriage"
    • Then you can use that to probe and ferret out the truth from the groom side
    • This way if there is no illness, you can innocently blame the astrologer etc and you will be none the worse off
    • If there is…or if something else spills out, you cancel the alliance or get to know the bridegroom better:-)
    • Having seen so many horoscopes, I can say this with some degree of confidence
    • All gain, No Loss Tactic this:-)

    In an arranged marriage, how can I ask the prospective groom and his family about any health complications he has?

    Do you believe in astrological predictions of a marriage based on their birth time and place? Did you consider it before getting married?

    Answer by RT Kaushik:

    • Marriage is but one way of partnering….still the most attempted way:-)
    • I can give you an idea of how partnering would be – how much happiness is indicated, whether separation is indicated, different community, sojourn in a foreign land after marriage, childhood friend
    • 100% accuracy has not been achieved by me, but a %age which is substantially more than random
    • Borderline cases are tough…but the extremes are so easy to pick
    • you can also get an understanding of the person you are marrying, likely longevity, financials, mental makeup etc which should help

    Do you believe in astrological predictions of a marriage based on their birth time and place? Did you consider it before getting married?

    What does retrograde Jupiter mean?

    Answer by RT Kaushik:

    • I have not seen any robust study in which the effects of Jupiter in normal or retrograde motion has been clearly identified
    • Could be because we have to duplicate a near identical position for Jupiter in both ways and then do the study:-)
    • As you may not know, retrograde motion is not Jupiter going backward but appearing to go backward in relation to us on earth. Like when adjacent train  moves in the station and we think we are moving in the opposite direction !
    • In Indian astrology it is called "vakra" which has many similar meanings like – crooked, ambiguous, bent
    • Some say it increases strength; indicates unfinished karma, a hold from the past, affects the previous house, indicates stop-start effort
    • Summing up I would say strengthening, lingering, maybe delay but certain

    What does retrograde Jupiter mean?

    Can an astrologer read his own horoscope and predict his own future?

    Answer by RT Kaushik:

    • He certainly can read his own horoscope
    • In fact a large portion of his initial period as astrologer would have been spent looking at this chart, hopefully searching for Yogas signalling fame and money:-)
    • He certainly will have the broad contours of the plus and minuses of his horoscope and hence what and where to focus his efforts to shape his life
    • Ofcourse…he may end up forgetting all this and spend most of his time helping out others😉

    Can an astrologer read his own horoscope and predict his own future?

    How does one decide the strength of a planet which is COMBUST and in its own sign?

    Lets say a planet is closely combust, say 2-5 degrees apart from sun, meaning its combust…but at the same time its in its own MOOLTRIKONA sign, in its own sign if rulership….

    how does one decide its strength in this case, is it still powerful or not?

    Especially in case of might planets like Jupiter and saturn where i feel my personal opinion the combustion might not matter much, since these 2 planets are by themselves strong and then they are sitting in tier own sign!

    your thoughts?

    How does one decide the strength of a planet which is COMBUST and in its own sign?

    How does the birth of a baby affect your horoscope?

    Answer by RT Kaushik:

    • The baby has parents:-)
    • And there will be significations of how the parents will be. This will be a new "vector" in the assessments of what will happen in the parents' life
    • Triangulating all the effects by seeing all the horoscopes is a good way to generate a good assessment
    • Also the baby will have assessments of how comfortable its life has to be, housing etc…and these can have an effect on the parents' life
    • Sounds far-fetched to even me, as I write this:-) . But yes, I think there is something to this, from my experience so far

    How does the birth of a baby affect your horoscope?

    According to astrology, will the coming year be good for my career?

    Answer by RT Kaushik:

    • Oct  2004 to Oct 2010 – Quite good
    • Oct 2010 onwards a bit sluggish
    • Aug 2011 to Mar 2012 – Perked up a bit

    If the above is right then

    • Aug 2016 to Jan 2018 – Quite good😉

    Interesting that you are looking at MFA.  Sculpture, Arts/aesthetic, creative with some communication thrown in is one direction I would have ventured:-)

    According to astrology, will the coming year be good for my career?

    Who has come across any VC (partner) or investor in India who relies on numerology/astrology to make investment decisions?

    Answer by RT Kaushik:

    • I judge the financial potential of the entrepreneur to see if Dhana Yogas indicating lot of money is there or not; over and above assessing for financial health in general
    • Horoscopes capture the "jump" a person may have in finance etc, which is important as a VC
    • Also  I see whether the time right now or next 3-5 years are favourable or not
    • I have also used handwriting analysis to have a grasp of the person's psychological  profile – energy, extrovert, analytical, attention to detail etc can be judged

    Who has come across any VC (partner) or investor in India who relies on numerology/astrology to make investment decisions?

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