Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Oscar West. Oscar is an astrology geek and (self-proclaimed) cool dad who likes sharing his passion in philosophy and astrology. Aside from writing blog posts about everything under the sun, he also does social media consulting for small businesses and tries to learn how to code in his free time. When he’s not contemplating about the meaning of life, you can usually find him roughhousing with his kids or indulging on his favorite ube-flavored ice cream.
Mention astrology to anyone and, often, the first thing that comes to their mind are the zodiac signs. Sometimes, you’d also get those who are still confused between astrology and astronomy.
But while Western astrology is one of the most prominent forms of this study, it’s also important to note that Westerners aren’t the only ones who have practiced and are still practicing this.
Whether or not a form of astrology is from the Western world, the fact remains that it is has helped people understand things that are beyond their control through heavenly bodies, beliefs, traditional practices, and many more.
In fact, one of the first practitioners of astrology like the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq), Babylon, and Egypt have studied the stars, sun, moon, and other heavenly bodies to determine how these affect a person’s life.
When the Babylonians brought astrology to Greece, the Greeks turned it into a deductive system of knowledge that provided a physical model of how planets can influence events on Earth. As astrology continues to spread across the globe, some groups start being influenced by the study and have even offered their own interpretations.
For instance, Chinese astrology borrowed heavily from their philosophies and zodiac (a 12-year lunar cycle represented by 12 animals), while the Hindu or Vedic relies on the concept of karma or the belief that everything a person does, whether it’s good or bad, has a corresponding effect on the person.
The Western, Chinese, and Vedic cultures aren’t the only ones who have immersed themselves in the study of astrology. It is, after all, a study that has influenced and piqued the interest of people worldwide.
For now, let this infographic help you learn more about the differences between Western, Chinese, and Vedic astrology, as well as the central concepts of each.