Zodiac Sign Definition:In order to get an understanding of zodiac signs, we must first comprehend their functions. In laymans language, the term zodiac can be defined as the circular path consisting of 12 segments, which are of 30 degree each. All these segments are the signs of zodiac. This globular path is also known as the ecliptic, is actually the path that the sun takes to revolve around the so-called imaginary latitudes and longitudes of earth, this is known as celestial sphere. Then comes the first equinox- vernal equinox, marks the beginning of the first zodiac sign Aries. With the movement of sun along the ecliptic, it passes through various zodiac signs, hence occupying each for a while before moving on to the next one. A person, who is born in the time period of the suns application of the particular sign, will have that specific zodiac sign. Hence, the behavioral pattern, characteristics and, personality trait of the people born, in this time period is determined by the movement of sun. This sums up zodiac sign.
Raashi Sign Definition:According to the Vedic Astrology, the Raashi of a person is mainly the segment of the orbital path occupied by moon, during the birth of an individual. Moon is given preference because of its nearness to earth, and at the same time influences the Vedic astrology concept like dasha. It is said that naming of the infant child is done according to her/ his Raashi, as each Raashi defines various syllable for naming.
Points of Commonality:Both Raashi and Zodiac have few points of similarities as well such as:
- Raashi is mainly based on the movement of a celestial body at the time of a persons birth, the same phenomenon is witnessed in zodiac sign as well.
- Like the circular path or the ecliptical movement of sun in zodiac signs, so is the division of moons orbital movement of 12 segments each of 30 degrees, hence obtaining twelve raashis.
- At the beginning the start of moons journey is also marked by the Aries or (Mesha) Raashi. As it is same for the zodiac sign beginning.
- Like it is seen that the characteristic feature of a person is determined by her/his zodiac sign. Similarly it is in the case of Raashi.
The 12 raashis are:
- Mesha- Aries
- Vrishabha- Taurus
- Mithun- Gemini
- Kark- Cancer
- Simha Leo
- Kanya - Virgo
- Tula- Libra
- Vrishchika- Scorpio
- Danush Sagittarius
- Makar- Capricorn
- Kumbh - Aquarius
- Meen- pieces