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How Did Vedic Astrology Originate?

When discussing the history of Vedic astrology, there are three main branches of Astrology that exist to date. Though there are a few more, people are mostly familiar with the names of Western, Indian, and Chinese Astrology.

We find the presence of Vedic astrology for the first time in Mesopotamia and Babylonia (then Chaldea) around 3600 B.C. In that era, the subject was being used to predict or forecast the weather or the possibility of disaster and even to find the chances of wars that might occur in the future.

Slowly, the kings and monarchs or influential people in society started to ask astrologers for predictions related to their personal lives. But it was limited to very few only. Let’s continue our dive into the history of Vedic astrology.

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It was the Babylonians who introduced the useful concept of the zodiac. It came to Greece around the middle of the 4th century B.C. and reached Rome and other European countries before the advent of the Christian era. But the subject gained its true flavor and popularity among the common people in Europe only in the 14th and 15th centuries. In America, the subject became popular after 1900 A.D. The world must be thankful to the great astrologer Evangeline Adams of New York City, who contributed much to the study of astrology.

The Indian system developed between 1000 B.C and 1500 B.C and was a part of their holy book, Veda. The Vedas were written by the ancient sages who brought wonderful thoughts regarding planets and their significance and influence. The subject remained equally popular year after year, and a substantial portion of Indian people believe and follow the instructions of astrologers in their day-to-day lives.

Even the most famous astrologers of the Western system, either of today or the past, learn the Indian system, including the history of Vedic astrology, to complete their study about it.

Though it is believed to have astrology originated in China in and around 3000 B.C, the first significant presence of it in China is found in the time of the Shing (or Yin) dynasty (1766 B.C to 1050 B.C).

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Vedic Astrology Basics

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Zodiac Signs in Vedic Astrology

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Significance of the Planets

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