Jon Sandifer

In fond and loving memory of
Jon Sandifer
You have inspired so many and will continue to do so


What is the difference between ICA and western astrology?

Before dealing with the differences, it is important to note the similarities. Both systems are based on an ancient belief that we can know more about ourselves and how our lives and the lives of others will and can unfold by studying the universe that surrounds us and the effects it has on us. There are also connections between the two systems in the use of elements to characterise specific signs and there are correlations between I Ching Astrology's Birth, Inner and Outer Stars and western Astrology's Sun, Moon and Rising Sign.

Having said that I Ching Astrology is based on the 8 Trigrams of the classic Chinese text the I Ching, regarded as the oldest and most influential book in the world. Western Astrology is based on the movements of the planets through the twelve signs of the Zodiac according to the calendar year. I Ching Astrology uses a nine year cycle, which reduces to shorter rotations through nine month and nine day cycles. I Ching Astrology focuses more on the year of birth than the month of birth as the primary indicator of a person's astrological profile. The I Ching Astrology year starts on 4 February, which means if you are born between 1 January and 3 February you take on the Birth Star of the previous year.