Astrology and stereotyping

Learning astrology: the good and bad traits of each sign

A pitfall many students fall into as they learn astrology is misusing the zodiac, turning it into another tool for stereotyping people. Ideally, astrology offers a means of viewing all individuals with love or at least tolerance. Unfortunately it is all too easy for people to begin to say “I hate [particular sign], they’re all ______.” At the same time, most of us prefer to see our own sign in positive light and ourselves as one of the shining example of that sign’s sterling quality.
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What is Vedic Astrology?

Vedic or Jyotish Astrology

The system of astrology which has developed under 5,000 years in India is called Vedic astrology or Jyotish astrology. The word “Vedic” comes from the Sanskrit word “veda” meaning knowledge. Ancient Sanskrit Vedic writings cover all areas of knowledge including spiritual, medical, political and cultural as well as astrological. Vedic astrology is often called Jyotish astrology, meaning science of light.
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Traditional astrology

What is traditional astrology?

If you read about astrology frequently, you may have encountered articles referring to modern astrology and traditional astrology and wondered what these terms meant. Traditional astrology represents the knowledge of Hellenistic, Arabic, Medieval and Renaissance astrologers from around 150 BCE through around 1650, a period of nearly 2,000 years. Modern astrological practice, on the other hand, is slightly more than 100 years old.
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