Vedic Astrology: Signs or Rashis

The Zodiac According to Indian Tradition

Bhadrasana - Throne Pose
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Signs are called "Rashis" (raw-shees) in Sanskrit. This table shows the signs with their rulers, Sanskrit names and symbols, etc. As you can see, the signs are the same as used in Western astrology. However, the nature of the signs, what they do, and the demigods behind them, who control them, are vastly different in Vedic astrology.

 
 
Vedic Zodiacal Signs
 
SignSanskritNameTypeSexMobilityLord
AriesMeshaRamFire

M

MovableMars
TaurusVrishabaBullEarth

F

FixedVenus
GeminiMithunaCoupleAir

M

CommonMercury
CancerKarkataCrabWater

F

MovableMoon
LeoSimhaLionFire

M

FixedSun
VirgoKanyaVirginEarth

F

CommonMercury
LibraTulaBalanceAir

M

MovableVenus
ScorpioVrishchikaScorpionWater

F

FixedMars
SagittariusDhanusBowFire

M

CommonJupiter
CapricornMakaraAlligatorEarth

F

MovableSaturn
AquariusKumbhaPotAir

M

FixedSaturn
PiscesMeenaFishesWater

F

CommonJupiter
 
 
 

Note: Vedic astrology differs from Western or Tropical astrology mainly in that it uses the fixed zodiac as opposed to the moving zodiac. Most people's "Sun Sign", that which you can get from the newspaper each day, is usually one sign back when the chart is refigured using Vedic astrology. So, the first surprise using the Vedic system is that you are no longer the Sun Sign you always thought you were. However, if you were born in the last 5 days or so of the Western sign month, then you will probably still be the same sign in the Vedic system.

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