The Astrological Systems

For millennia, humans have been captivated by the celestial bodies and their potential influence on earthly affairs. Ancient cultures, such as the Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Indians, have left behind rich astrological heritages that continue to fascinate people today. In this article, we will explore some of the most prominent astrological systems, including Western astrology, Jyotish (Indian astrology), Chinese astrology, and Mayan astrology.

Western Astrology:

Western astrology, the most prevalent system in the Western world, has successfully penetrated our rationalistic social views and scientific inclinations. This system is occasionally appreciated even by adherents of Judaic and Christian religions, who do not consider it an ‘occult science.’ Western astrology divides the heavens into 12 equal parts, known as the tropical zodiac.

Jyotish (Indian Astrology):

Jyotish, also known as Hindu or Vedic astrology, originated within the ancient Vedic culture that produced the Upanishads. This system divides the heavens into 27 unequal sectors called lunar mansions or nakshatras. Unlike the Western tropical zodiac, the lunar mansions of Jyotish vary in size, and the Moon’s prominence is the unique basis for this system.

Chinese Astrology:

Chinese astrology is based on a 12-year cycle, with each year associated with a particular animal sign. While the 12 signs of the zodiac are represented in Chinese astrology, they do not follow the same order as the Western zodiac. For example, in Chinese astrology, the Rat and the Ox follow each other directly, whereas in the Western zodiac, Aries follows Pisces.

Mayan Astrology:

The astrology of the ancient Maya, who resided in present-day Central America, was rooted in a 260-day calendar called Tzolkin. This calendar consists of 20 signs and 13 numbers, creating 260 different combinations that make up different kinds of days. The Tzolkin calendar was developed in ancient times and is still in use today.

The astrological systems presented here are just a few examples of the numerous systems known worldwide. Each system has its unique way of interpreting the human and celestial worlds and guiding people through life’s challenges and opportunities. Whether you are a believer in astrology or simply interested in the historical and cultural significance of these systems, exploring the diverse world of astrology can be a fascinating and enlightening experience.