Is your newspaper horoscope often wrong? You may not be the sign you think you are!
Horoscopes in most North American newspapers are based on Western astrology, which calculates your Sun sign differently than Eastern (Vedic) astrology. That difference could mean that in Western astrology you are, for example, a Sagittarius, but in Vedic astrology you are actually a Scorpio—a difference that could have huge implications for both your horoscope and your life!
Why the difference in Sun signs between Western and Vedic astrology? Well, it’s very long and a very old story but, in a nutshell, it has to do with the fact that the Earth wobbles on its axis. Two thousand years ago there was no difference: In Roman times, astrologers all over the world decided that Aries would be considered the first sign of the Zodiac and everyone agreed as to the position of the 12 constellations (astrological signs 30 degrees each) comprising the 360-degree Zodiac belt.
However, over the past 2,000 years the wobble of the Earth has changed our planet’s position by approximately 22 to 24 degrees* . . . which represents almost an entire sign of the Zodiac! Vedic astrology uses mathematical calculations to adjust for this change, which accounts for the discrepancy between Western and Vedic Sun signs and planetary positions. So, now you know why you may not be the sign you think you are, and how a little wobble can make a world of difference in your life and in determining your Sun sign! We’re not saying that one system is better than the other, but it certainly helps explain why the things your newspaper horoscope says about you doesn’t always add up!
The following chart shows the approximate dates for the Vedic Sun signs as of 2020-2021. To know for sure your Vedic Sun sign, especially if your birthday falls at the border of a sign, it would be preferable to have your natal chart drawn up based on your exact date, time and place of birth.
Pisces: March 12th - April 12th
Aries: April 12th - May 12th
Taurus: May 12th - June 13th
Gemini: June 13th - July 14th
Cancer: July 14th - August 15th
Leo: August 15th - September 15th
Virgo: September 15th - October 15th
Libra: October 15th - November 14th
Scorpio November 14th - December 14th
Sagittarius: December 14th, 2020 - January 12th, 2021
Capricorn: January 12th - February 11th
Aquarius February 11th - March 13th
Pisces: March 13th - April 12th
* We go by the calculations referred to as ayanamsha of Sri Yukteswar with an approximate 23-degree difference.
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