New Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu Study Group

I am beginning a new Bhakti Rasāmṛta Sindhu group-study course. The schedule will be Sundays and Thursdays at 5:30pm, starting from January 7th, (Pacific time, which is 8:30pm Eastern time). There will be 17 online class sessions: 17 Class Sessions: (1) Definition of love (uttama-bhakti) (2) Six qualities & three stages of bhakti (3) Definition of…

Questions About Ganesh, and Constellations

How is it possible for the earth’s equator to line up with the celestial equator when the earth is actually tilted by 23.4 degrees? The earth is tilted with respect to the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the plane on which the Sun appears to travel. The celestial equator is 23.4 degrees inclined to the ecliptic. It is the…

A Few 10th House Questions

Would an undignified planet in the 10th cause problems to the 4th house by 180-degree aspect? Yes, but make sure it truly is aspecting the 4th house. Do that by calculating the aspect to the “cusp” of the 4th, which in a whole sign house system is the ascendant’s degree transposed to the 4th house. So, if your…

Questions About Sidereal Nakshatra w/ Tropical Rashi

Here is full information about the system I use, which utilizes both the tropical and sidereal conceptions by taking tropical signs (rāśī) and sidereal stars (nakṣatra): vicdicara.com/tropical The information there is very long. A very short synopsis is this: Indian tradition anchors the zodiac signs to the stars (“sidereal”), even though their source texts (the Purāṇas and Siddhāntas, etc.)…

Sex, Spirituality, & Astrology

  What is sex? some… Indulge in it as much as they can some idolize it, and those who can indulge others denounce it, and wish it would leave them alone almost no one knows what it really is.   We can not understand sex as long as we think of it only as poles…

About Astrological Calculations and Mechanics

Person A is born with Ascendant at 2 degrees in sidereal Libra (placing it in the constellation of Virgo) and Person B is born with Ascendant at 19 degrees sidereal Libra (placing it in the constellation of Libra). How different is Person A compared to Person B? No difference at all from the constellations, because the…

Astro-Cartography Ain’t All it’s Cracked-Up to Be!

Astro-cartography is over-rated. Maybe not entirely useless, but over-rated. It is based on the very unreasonable theory that changing your latitude and longitude today somehow alters (and rather significantly so) the longitude and latitude at which you were born. Wherever you go, you are always right smack dab in the middle of your own mind….

The History of Marriage and Sexual Norms in the Four Yugas

History is a difficult subject. Even from the purāṇas we only have bits and pieces of what life (including sexual and marital norms) was really like in previous yugas. The Vedas never say “one size fits all.” They never recommend to apply moral principles to everyone in the same manner. The Vedas recognize at least…

What is Love (in Vedic Astrology)

How important is love? What is the difference between “lust-love” and “love-love”? Does “love-love” preclude “lust-love”? How can we achieve love, is it just part of destiny? How can we read love from a birth chart? How can we astrologically know if two people will fall in love? Many thanks to Istuti Jī for asking…

How Many Aditya Are There, Really?

The counts and reckonings of Aditi’s children varies with the teller. Her foremost children bear her name (Āditya) and take up her profession. The mother is the deity of space, so the children become the caretakers of the sky. The mother is the divinity of deep space, but the children comes closer to earth and…

A More Reasonable and Complete History of Astrology and the Zodiac

  1. Oldest Known Forms of Astrology Siderealists assert that the earliest form of the zodiac was sidereal, and it later became tropical. The measure of any account of history is how well it accounts for all the available fact. The siderealist interpretation of history does not take into account all the historical facts we…