West vs East…..random thoughts on the path of astrology

Last updated on May 17, 2014


The differences between Eastern & Western Astrology parallel the differences in the cultures.

In the East spirituality is a priority in one’s life. And, spiritual practices can be performed in solitary, in groups, in organized religions, in beautiful architecture, nature, or any place one may find oneself. Spirit is a constant priority, sometimes surpassing food.

Western astrology  is more focused on the material world and seekers ask a lot of ‘how & when’ questions of life rather than the who, what, or why questions of the East.  Of course, that is ‘this’ astrologer’s perspective to date.  Astrology can be very ‘fluid’, allowing for reversals, retrogrades, and repetitious activity.

Western astrology uses a hypothetical division of the cosmos and their charts look like this.

Western charta western style chart

Eastern astrology measures it’s cycles from what can be actually seen in the sky. It’s a question of what is real and what is unreal…..the eternal questions of spirit. Their charts of the cosmos look like this.

Vedic Chartan eastern style chart

Western astrology recognizes technology as a force in the world and that is symbolized by it’s recognition of the Outer Planets….those that require a telescope to be seen. Eastern Astrology continues to respect Saturn as the outermost boundary of our universe. What cannot be seen with the naked eye, does not exist. Sounds like another profound question for those on a spiritual path. If you can’t see it, is it there? Reminds me of the sound of a tree falling in the woods, or one hand clapping.

Perhaps you can now understand that the study of astrology can be a study of life in the same profound way as philosophy or law.

And yet, the practical application of astrological data can also make one’s life much easier in many mundane ways. Choosing good times, understanding people and our relationships, finding suitable locations, and discovering insights about oneself are more ways in which astrology can help.

……………………….to be continued

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