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Hey Old Souls,
Recently I was asked why I practice Western Astrology over Vedic Astrology, and as that is a very common question (as well as a very important decision to make when you begin your initiation into Astrology), I thought I would share with you my answer.
For those of you getting all excited to finally be given the 'one true answer' for this question, aka which one is the 'correct' one to practice, I'm afraid my answer is not going to be exactly what you want to hear....
Both of these ancient methods are equally correct as well as equally 'wrong' :)
Anyone that swears that theirs is the only pure form of astrology is not so different than someone swearing that God/Goddess/Universe only comes through in their religion, and everyone else is a heathen.
Each form of Astrology is a different map we as 3D humans have stumbled around in the dark to create over the millennia based on our own biases / enlightenments, and each is a beautiful, if forever unfinished (as all 3D human attempts to understand the divine inevitably are) version of 'the universal pattern.'
I describe it to my students like this:
Imagine a mountain.
One group of people live north of the mountain, and have a beautiful and accurate map of how to get to the top that describes all the northern bumps and hills that you need to watch out for in order to make it to the top safely.
Another group lives to the South and has an equally useful and eloquent map that describes all the southern caves and waterfalls you need to watch out for / stop to enjoy for you to safely get to the top.
Another group lives to the east, and another lives to the west, also with equally beautiful and useful maps, and that also share very little with the first two.
Who has the correct map?
Which one sees the mountain 'as it truly is?'
The answer can only ever be 'the one that feels the most similar to my own view of the mountain.'
And therein lies the answer to which form of astrology best suits you.
So what are the different maps?
Vedic tells the story of 'the universal plan' is a way that seeks to answer it.
How many kids should I have? What is the one best way for me to handle this situation? Which stock should I buy? etc, etc.
If you are the type of person who wants to be told 'you should do this' (which is a beautiful thing! Why not make life as simple as possible? It greatly lessens your stress and enhances your confidence) then Vedic would be the best fit for you.
I've had quite a few Indian clients come to me for readings and I often find that they always end up saying 'yes those are all great options, but which one should I do?' Which my western individualist brain often finds challenging because...
Western tells the story of 'the universal plan' is a way that seeks to personalize it.
Western Astrology, like pretty much all of western culture, has Individuation as its bright and shining true north.
What is the 'right answer?' What a question! It entirely depends on where you are on your evolutionary journey.
Maybe, for example, two people are going through their Saturn Return. One person might have been preparing for this for years, and so their Saturn Return is a time of gain and recognition for their accomplishments.
Another person with a similar chart hasn't prepared and so their Saturn Return hits them like a ton of bricks, but because it hit them so hard and fast they ended up (after their dark night of the soul) shifting gears entirely and so not only reach the same 'gain and recognition' point as the first person a couple years after, but also ended up healing a massive karmic block about their ability and worthiness to accomplish their dreams, which now will not be passed down to their children.
Who did it 'better?'
Western Astrology is more a form of 'guided shadow work' (at least in the Evolutionary Astrology branch that I practice), where our goal as astrologers is to meet people where they're at on their evolutionary journey, and help guide them onto the next highest step (and most often, help them understand why things from the past have helped them on that evolutionary journey too, especially the toughest of those experiences).
There is also Mayan Astrology and Egyptian Astrology too, which are both making a comeback in the last decade, which you might want to look into as well.
They both fall somewhere in between the 'answers' of Vedic, and the 'individuation' of Western.
Hope this helps and best of luck on your journey into the Divine Mysteries of Astrology!
Hi, I'm Veronica - Astrologer, Artist, Teacher, Storyteller, and Soft-Hearted Seeker of Non-Dualistic Truth.