The Beautifully Rational Philosophy of Astrology

THUMBNAIL_IMAGEI have recently published a book titled The Beautifully Rational Philosophy of Astrology. It is available as a paperback or kindle format, through my website or through

I scientifically explain the logic behind why and how prediction of the future is plausible, and elaborately reveal the beauty, rationale, and divine love at the root of destiny. In this book, I firmly establish the intellectual, scientific, and spiritual significance of Astrology, clarifying its true merit and worth, and thus establishing its ongoing relevance and validity in the modern world.

This is a new edition of a text I formerly published as “The Great Big Crystal Ball in the Sky.” I grew to dislike that title and wanted to make a few sections of the text clearer, and more complete.

I am currently working on a new book titled “Symbolic Keys of Astrology” which should be done in a few months.


“Vic DiCara helps his readers walk the mystical path with practical feet. In this book, The Beautifully Rational Philosophy of Astrology, Vic casts a light on many misunderstood or forgotten principles of astrology. Explaining that Free-will creates destiny, Vic echoes the master, Yogananda. And he echoes the revered Dr. BV Raman by explaining that happiness is the prime goal of life, and a good astrologer must leave the client with a wiser hope to attain it. His practical advice on ‘fortune-tellers,’ the relationship between astrologer and the client, and the importance of staying in the now during readings all really resonate with my own approach to astrological counseling. I consider this a most valuable book for astrologers and clients alike.”

– Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D.
psychologist, author and important Vedic astrologer.

“The title of this book is totally apt – Vic DiCara has written a beautifully rational book about astrology. It is a delight to read, and it answers a lot of the questions we might have always wanted to ask, along with some questions we may not have even thought of before. It is a great and worthy contribution to the Work of Astrology.”

Lynda Hill
world-renowned expert on the Sabian Symbols.

“Vic DiCara (Vraja Kishor) has done it again, this time by focusing on the science of astrology. In this wonderfully readable book, he makes his apparently dodgy subject accessible and approachable, connecting it to all facets of Vedic wisdom, and in turn allowing his readers to see its original context and purpose. The net result is that he successfully takes astrology out of its usual hiding places — the disrepute of charlatans and the doubt of skeptics — and situates it squarely where it belongs: among the respected sciences of the ancient world. In other words, this is a book that will revolutionize your view of this much maligned system of knowledge. In fact, I dare you to read it!”

– Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Dasa)
author of over 30 books on Vedic wisdom,
associate editor of Back to Godhead Magazine,
senior editor of the Journal of Vaishnava Studies.

I’m on the radio

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Coming up Monday, 03 August, 7pm EDT 4pm PDT
Special Guest Vic DiCara, Author, Vedic Astrologer & Visionary joins the show for a 2 hour conversation you’ll totally be thrilled you decided to listen to.

Vic is equally talking to us LIVE from #Japan and he is chock full of astrological knowledge and insight that will enchant and intrigue any open mind.

It will be a stellar night as always to be in the Hey Z Radio Network #chatroom

Soooo looking forward to what will be another conversation not to miss on What’s Your Sign? I Have Your Number with your hosts, Astrologer Anthony Picco, CosmicTuesdays & Sharita Star

Diagram of The 2 Bodies and Soul, and How the Planets Correspond


note: Jupiter is the growth of the bodies, Saturn is their decay.

Sidereal vs. Tropical: A Case In Point (Me)

This is my chart according to the typical modern Indian (sidereal) system:

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Debilitated Mars with a fairly undignified Sun in the 7th house. This would mean uncontrolled aggression primarily vetted on my spouse. And would also mean that a somewhat weak self-esteem (sun without dignity in a house that drains its dig-bāla) vets itself by being domineering over the spouse.

Nothing could be further than the truth. I have barely raised my voice to my wife a half a dozen times in seventeen years, and I much prefer to let her call the shots.

Another debilitation in this chart is Saturn. Saturn in debilitation in the 4th house indicates acute inability to be rational or logical, to be completely overrun and ruined by emotions, and to live in squalid homes without good property. Again this is very far from the truth. I am uncommonly analytical. I am very emotional but it does not cause the degree of irrationality that Saturn debilitated in the 4th indicates. And although I have had a bad experience with a home and with a car, the vast majority of the times I live in comfortable, good homes with quality personal property.

This is my chart according to the sūrya-siddhāntic / purāṇic zodiac (tropical):

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Mars is not debilitated but is joined with Mercury in the 8th house with the Sun, in Leo. Thus my manner of communicating (Mercury) is inclined to find flaws (Mercury in the 8th, compounded by Capricorn lagna and Saturn in the 5th and Moon in the 6th), is unconventional, individualistic, and can be scathing (Mercury combined with Mars), and is bold and self-assured (Mercury combined Sun and Mars in Leo).

Moreover I am a compulsive writer – and write in a revolutionary, challenging manner. The siddhāntic chart shows this clearly with Rahu in the 3rd, but the sidereal chart has Rahu in the 2nd, suggesting I would be a compulsive speaker and/or eater, which is untrue. I am a much more compulsive writer than speaker, and I eat normally.

Saturn is not debilitated in this chart, and moves to the fifth house signifying noteworthy analytical ability – not acute lack of it, as the sidereal chart depicts. In the siddhāntic chart, the Moon in the 6th and 4th lord in the 8th accurately depict the degree of emotional turmoil and challenges with material property that Saturn debilitated in the fourth vastly overstated in the sidereal chart.

Both the sidereal and the siddhāntic charts have rāja-yoga in the 8th, signifying mysticism and occult powers (astrology, etc). In the sidereal chart, my angles are crowded, but in the siddhāntic chart they clear out and leave the stage entirely to Jupiter – which perfectly matches my actual life and character. Everyone knows I am primarily a philosopher, teacher, and religious / spiritual guy.

 – Vic DiCara

reply to a comment:

We both know that astrology is not very simple, as simplistically as you have written in this post.

The better system will be simpler to use.

Astrological symbols can be interpretated differently.

“tarkāt na pratiṣṭha” nothing can be established by interpretation and argument.

Therefore śabda is the better foundation of investigation. śabda in the Purāṇas (and we may include sūrya-siddhānta) established the topical zodiac. (see

In one of Ernst’s books or web post, I had come to learn that Mars in Cancer in 7th house is not problematic and he had claimed that sometimes astrology is strange.

This is supposed to be a rational, logical system? The explaination is “its weird”?

Also, if we use more relaxed rules of Neechabhanga, Mars’s ruler moon is exalted in 5th house.

We have to resort to a cobwebs of bent rules to makes sense of it, but when there is a tropical chart, the cobwebs are not required. Therefore it seems to be the superior system.

7th lord in 5th, is pretty good too.

But does not erase the fact of debilitated Mars and emotional Sun in the 7th house. The combined effect would be a marriage that endures with passion, despite my uncontrolled expressions of anger and violence due to my week self-esteem. This is not at all close to the reality of what the marriage is actually like

You can add some personality traits of yours of moon in Rohini nakshtra,

The moon will be in rohini nakshatra regardless of whether the zodiac signs are tropical or sidereal. The nakshatra are fixed stars, not tied to zodiac coordinates. Nakshatra are sidereal.

Sun in Cancer (Moon in Sun’s friend) is fine I think and that it is a nurturer, defender, protector.

OK, I can agree there.

Also, they are both in Pushya nakshatra.

One interpreation doesn’t erase the other! Interpretations accumulate they don’t cancel. So if mars is in Pusya yet debilitated in the 7th, then the interpretation would most likely be that I protect my wife (pushya) by uncontrolled agression [towards her enemies I guess] (debilitated mars). This just isn’t anywhere close to reality either.

But then, yes 8th lord in 7th house – that’s the mystery. But maybe your peace is marriage is related to the spiritual path of yours. We can outgrow our charts sometimes, right?

If we have to explain our astrological system by saying “well, the person evolved beyond their destiny” it doesn’t say anything for the merits of the system.

Mars is combust, might not be creating the havoc you have mentioned because as it is weakened.

These rules are so complicated. The scientific principle is that the simpler explanation is the better one. Now we have to consider combustion. So, combustion can help a planet? Then what is the interpretation? How is combustion to be interpreted? However we like when we can’t make sense of something any other way? Or is there some system and rule to how combustion should be interpreted? Maybe combustion internalizes? Then is my uncontrolled aggression directed at myself? I am not a masochist? Maybe combustion burns to ash, then if mars (11th lord) is so weak why am I am musician (a relatively successful musician, too)?

Saturn in Aries might be creating less havoc in 4th house because Saturn in Kendra has more dignity.

Did you make up this rule?
A planet in the Kendra gets more influence, not more dignity.

It is aspected by Jupiter.

It is not strongly aspected by Jupiter, it is almost in the 8th house from Jupiter by degree (and Parashara tells us to calculate by degree, not by signs)

Saturn is your Atmakaraka too. You might have severed ties (Kritika nakshatra) with paternal home for a few years to follow your path and maybe that is what it is as far as disturbed home life is concerned.

I severed ties from the ages of 20 – 25.

You might not have found the internal peace when young and hence you got attracted to the Hare Krishna movement, that’s another way of looking at it.

That is not the case at all. My mother and father were exemplary. I was extremely close to my mother. My upbringing was flawless.

Later I had problems with my mother and father.

Either chart, sidereal or tropical, can bear these interpretations.

10th lord in 8th house, gives you interest in occult, research etc.

I am primarily a spiritualist and philosopher, secondarily an astrologer. Sidereal chart has the 10th lord in the 8th suggesting the opposite. Tropical chart as the 10th lord in the 9th matching the reality.

Rahu in 2nd – you eat something (sattvic food) which might not belong to your home/family culture.

Previously I suggested this very interpretation on my blog, years ago before I switched to tropical, trying to make sense of the fact that classics say Rahu in the 2nd indicates a voracious meat-eater, yet I was a vegetarian.

Its simpler not to have Rahu in the second, for a vegetarian. The tropical chart has the 2nd lord in the 5th (diet lord in the house of love), in a sign of Venus (love). Has venus in the 9th (morality of love). And has mars and sun (digestion planets) in the vegetarian nakshatra (puṣya)

I haven’t been able to deduce your prolific writing ability with sidereal, but then, I am just a novice, KN Rao and some good sidereal astrologer deduce that too :-).

In sidereal at least 3rd lord is still in the 10th house. Point is that it is much simpler and clearer to get an accurate picture from the tropical chart. The point is not that you can’t take a hyperspace spanner to the sidereal chart and screw out some really nifty interpretations that make it work.

Jupiter and Moon in 6-8 angle, you have gone through emotional transformation:-). However, personally, if I had not known your chart, I would imagine Jupiter and Moon to be in Kendra to each other, though Jupiter in 5th from Moon (tropical) is also good.

Exactly, Jupiter – Moon in 6/8 is śakata-yoga and doesn’t seem likely for a person whose emotions (moon) love philosophy and religion (jupiter). Rather seeing Jupiter (philosophy & religion) 5th (love) from the moon (emotions) makes clear sense.

And yes, I would have imagined, Rahu to be in 3rd to be a prolific writer, desires for short communications – your books are short, succinct and sweet.


Astrologers just reverse engineer to fit their observations by using various techniques about a celebrity/politician, etc.sometimes they will use higher divisional charts to justify their observations, sometimes they would use retrograde and aspects from previous house to prove something, sometimes they will say retrograde planets are bad, sometimes they will use shadbala, sometimes age of the planet, sometimes it’s combust status, etc. etc.

That’s pretty exactly my point. tarkat no pratiṣṭha… arguments are just arguements, and super fancy arcane techniques are just smoke and mirrors. A real truth is simple and clear – a fake truth is very hard to understand. Astrology should be able to get pretty close to a general description of the overall truth without having to use anything other than a basic, unchanging system. Otherwise its just bunk.

I have a system that gets pretty close to the general description of the overall turth without having to do backbends. The reason I have this system is because I trust śabda pramāna as the foundation of my research (the purāṇas and siddhānta), instead of trying to flip a coin and pick a guru.

I now hold on to only one thing — if one is spiritually advanced one can make predictions which will come true,

That’s not astrology!
If one has mystical powers they can just close their eyes or look at a tree and know the future. Astrology is a system a science. It should work with or without mystical powers to people who are scientific and intelligent. If not its just another crystal ball show.

I agree that the more deep your spirituality the more easily you can do divination, but the idea that astrology only works if you have superpowers is crap.

What Astrology Teaches us About Gender Dynamics

Astrology describes the planets in terms of gender to help us understand their dynamic symbolism, but understanding the genders of the planets helps us understand gender dynamics among human beings.

There are three genders: masculine, feminine, and transgender. Three of the nine planets belong to each gender.

The most masculine planet is Mars – aggressively ambitious and conquesting. The Sun has more mature, balanced masculinity – confident, and using its strength to protect and maintain those who are weaker. Jupiter represents the enlightened male, expansive but wise, faithful and optimistic.

The most feminine planet is Venus – overflowing with beautiful love and lovable beauty. The Moon has more mature femininity – using her beauty and love to help protect and nurture others. Rahu (according to Phaladīpika) is also feminine but represents the wild female – unstable, obsessed with appearance, and unsettling.

Then there are three transgendered planets. Mercury is a male with female qualities – decisive like a man yet intelligent and verbose like a woman. Saturn represents a female with male qualities – not using her emotions to nurture, but to criticize and punish. Ketu represents an asexual celibate – without gender and withdrawn from ordinary external affairs.

– Excerpt from an early draft of
Symbolic Keys of Astrology

by Vic DiCara

Tropical VEDIC Astrology??? Huh?

A lot will make sense when you consider that “sidereal” literally means “stellar.” Nakṣatras are literally stars, “fixed stars” as we might say with contemporary astrological jargon. So, saying that “Nakṣatra are sidereal” is really as self-evident as saying “stars are stellar.”

Rāśi are the “signs” – litterally rāśi means “a bunch [of space].” Rāśī are related to the dynamic interplay of the Sun and Moon as they both move across the ecliptic in relation to the Earth. (That’s why there are 12 of them – there are 12 lunar cycles through the ecliptic during in 1 solar cycle, one year). Rāśi/ signs are not inherently related to stars, they are related to the Earth’s relationship with the ecliptic, measured by solstices and equinoxes (i.e. the signs are “Tropical” – they are anchored on or “the Sun’s north/south movement across the tropical latitudes, creating solstices and equinoxes.”)

So, the signs are tropical and the stars are stellar (sidereal). It seems a radically new idea to many, but its exactly the same as the contemporary concept of “fixed stars” and how those fixed stars relate to the zodiac.

People proposing a sidereal zodiac do so under the conception that the signs and the stars are one and the same, or have a permanent, intrinsic link. This is based on the [now-]classic mistake of forgetting the processional effect on the Earth’s rotational axis (“procession of equinoxes [relative to the stars]”).

The largest user-base for the sidereal zodiac is in Indian/Vedic astrology – but this was not always the case, for the Sūrya Siddhānta and Purāṇas definitely define the 12 rāśi as being anchored to the equinoxes and solstices (with temporary, floating relationship to the fixed stars). Nowadays awareness of this discrepancy between classical and modern Vedic concepts of the zodiac is gaining much better attention, and sooner or later (maybe a century or two from now) the sidereal zodiac will be a thing of the past even in the majority of Vedic astrologers.

– Vic DiCara

Video on the Symbolism of MARS

Easily comprehend the infinite astrological symbolism of Mars in classical astrology. [Not mentioned in this video, but you will be able to see the connection easily: “sharpness”, “penetration”, and “heat”]