Vedic Astrology vs. Vedic Astrology

QUESTION: So if I am understanding correctly, you calculate the signs using tropical astro and nakshatras using Vedic? “Vedic” means “belonging to the Veda,” it doesn’t mean “sidereal.”  I calculate as I have understood the Sūrya Siddhānta and Vedic Purāṇa: tropical for signs and with ayanāṁśa for the sidereal nakṣatra. QUESTION: How is puranic or […]

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Magic Gems and Karma?

Question: Situations manifest in our lives as karmaphala, due to our previous deeds. However, many people say that after they put on a gemstone or started worshipping some Demigod, things changed for them. My Reply: People in general are amazingly ignorant (avidyā) of themselves and their world. We cannot take their testimony very seriously. We take the testimony […]

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4 Elements & 4 Ambitions

Fire is the element of the east, where the sun rises. It gives light and heat and punishes. Therefore it is the element of dharma – morality, which is stewarded by the kṣatriya (ruler). Air is the element of the west, where the sun sets and breezes blow. It is pleasurable, inspires relaxation and fun; and […]

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Jupiter, You Fool!

Q:  My jupiter is in Capricorn. I’ve heard that it’s therefore pointless to teach me anything. If Jupiter in Capricorn were the only thing in your chart, then you would definitely be a faithless, negative, self-serving yet self-defeating fool. But there isn’t a single person in existence who has only one planet in their horoscope, and only in […]

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Water Signs are “Brahmana”?

Q: Recently I was told that  water signs are brahmana  (intellectual) signs, fire signs are ksatriya (leadership) signs, earth signs are vaisya (economic) signs and air signs are sudra (laberor) signs. Furthermore, Pisces is the highest bhramana sign, then Cancer, then Scorpio.  Sagittarius is the highest kshatriya sign, then Leo and then Aries. Taurus is the highest vaisya sign, then Virgo, then […]

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