Indian Arts and Culture Hinduism Vedic Astrology: Signs or Rashis The Zodiac According to Indian Tradition Share Flipboard Email Print Bhadrasana - Throne Pose. Getty Images Hinduism Indian Arts and Culture India Past and Present Important Texts Temples and Organizations Hindu Gods Hindu Gurus and Saints by Subhamoy Das Subhamoy Das is the co-author of "Applied Hinduism: Ancient Wisdom for Today's World." He has also written several children and young adult books about Hinduism. Updated May 20, 2019 Signs are called "Rashis" (raw-shees) in Sanskrit. This table shows the signs with their rulers, Sanskrit names and symbols, etc. As you can see, the signs are the same as used in Western astrology. However, the nature of the signs, what they do, and the demigods behind them, who control them, are vastly different in Vedic astrology. Sign Sanskrit Name Type Sex Modality Lord Aries Mesha Ram Fire M Moveable Mars Taurus Vrishaba Bull Earth F Fixed Venus Gemini Mithuna Couple Air M Common Mercury Cancer Karkata Crab Water F Moveable Moon Leo Simha Lion Fire M Fixed Sun Virgo Kanya Virgin Earth F Common Mercury Libra Tula Balance Air M Moveable Venus Scorpio Vrishchika Scorpion Water F Fixed Mars Sagittarius Dhanus Bow Fire M Common Jupiter Capricorn Makara Alligator Earth F Moveable Saturn Aquarius Kumbha Pot Air M Fixed Saturn Pisces Meena Fishes Water F Common Jupiter Note: Vedic astrology differs from Western or Tropical astrology mainly in that it uses the fixed zodiac as opposed to the moving zodiac. Most people's "Sun Sign", that which you can get from the newspaper each day, is usually one sign back when the chart is refigured using Vedic astrology. So, the first surprise using the Vedic system is that you are no longer the Sun Sign you always thought you were. However, if you were born in the last 5 days or so of the Western sign month, then you will probably still be the same sign in the Vedic system. Continue Reading What to Know About Vedic Hindu Astrology Is Polygamy Allowed in Hinduism? How Can Gemstones Help in Healing? Why Cows Are So Sacred to Hindus What is the Ceremony of Namkaran in Hinduism? Learn About the Hindu Deity Shani Dev and How Praying Wards Off Evil What Is Atman in Hinduism? How Is Christianity Similar to Hinduism? A Tantric Master Explains Tantra What Is the Hindu Bonfire Festival Lohri? The Kashmir Conflict The Most Important Hindu Rites and Rituals What You Need to Know About the Vedas--India's Most Sacred Texts Why Do Some Hindu Women Paint a Red Dot on Their Forehead? Vastu Shastra: The Secret to a Happy and Healthy Home Why Do Hindus Practice Fasting?