Vedic astrology is one of the vedangas
of the Vedas, the ancient Hindu scriptures. The vedangas are the six
sciences that are studied in order to practice and understand Vedic
astrology, a person's destiny is determined by his/her karma, which is
set forth in the cosmic design.
Vedic and Western astrology have some
similarities, including the 12 signs of the zodiac, but Vedic
astrology emphasizes the rising sign at the precise moment of birth rather than
the 30-day sun sign. Also, the difference between the sun signs in
the two systems of astrology is said to be 24 degrees, meaning
that one might identify with a different constellation. In Vedic
astrology, a master astrologer, known as a jyotishacharaya, uses a
variety of charts to further refine the individual's horoscope.