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Why Indian Astrology?

Indian astrology, the oldest system of astrology in the world differs considerably from the western system. Indian astrology uses the actual constellations of stars as seen in the sky. There is a perpetual debate concerning the antiquity of Indian astrology between those who claim that it evolved several thousand years B.C. and those who claim that all astronomy and astrology was imported into India as a result of contact with the Greeks after the invasions of Alexander (4th c B.C.). The Indian astrology is based on mainly the date, place and time of birth.

As far as we know, from the earliest times Indian mathematics was very sophisticated, on a level with the Sumerian civilizations with who the northern Indian cultures were probably in contact before 2,000 B.C. The Indians also kept sufficient astronomical data to be able to regulate their religious calendar, but their astronomical measurement never seems to have been particularly precise. It is certain that before they received Greek influence they did not make the connection between astronomy, mathematics and mythology necessary for the development of astrology.

It is likely that the main part of Indian astronomy and astrology was received from the Greeks after the time of Hipparchus, but before Ptolemy. Their astrology is essentially pre-Ptolemaic in a number of ways, not least of which is their use of the Sidereal zodiac. Having accepted Greek astrology, the Indians integrated it into their own culture and gave it their own flavour by making innovations. For example the importance of the Moon and the Moons nodes are particularly marked in Indian astrology. The Indians also made some advances in Aristotelian and Platonic astronomy, and their first major astronomer, Aryabadha (born 476 A.D.) taught that the Earth was not still but that it moved daily on its axisIndian Astrology also differs considerably from the Chinese horoscope, which is based on the year of birth and believes that the year of birth indicates a certain phase or aspect of sixty year circle of time. Therefore you may find yourself born in the year of dog, horse or rat or even a dragon. Hence, people who are born in a particular animal year share certain common traits just like people born in common zodiac do.

Authenticity of Indian Astrology

Indian astrology is believed to be the oldest system of astrology in the world. It is highly authentic and its predictions are believed to be the most accurate. Being based on the actual constellations of stars, this is the most widely used system of astrology across the world.

Origin of Indian Astrology

Indian Astrology, originated in ancient Greek Civilization, defines the actual traits of an individual, marital compatibility and the future, based on the position of planets at the time and place of birth.

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