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…

Do we have FREEWILL, or are we Puppets of FATE?

  In this video I explain the intrinsic relationship between consciousness and will, and how our inherent will is limited and conditioned by the momentum of decisions we have already made and actions we have already taken. This momentum is “fate.” I also a question about a statement in Bhagavad Gita that appears to deny…

The Saga of Moon & Mercury (Understanding Planetary Relationships)

Nithin: Classical texts say that the Moon has no enemies. This would make sense because the Moon represents the Mother, and nobody is an enemy of their Mother. Vic DiCara: When we say, “The Moon has no enemies,” does it mean (A) the Moon hates no planet, or (B) no planet hates the Moon, or…

Evolution of the Zodiac

Why does India use a sidereal zodiac, even though their source texts define the zodiac tropically? I will present an answer to this question, explained in the context of the historical evolution of astrology and the zodiac over 6,000 years and about half-a-dozen cultures. Historical Evolution of the Zodiac The ancient cultures of Kali-yuga –…

Classical Western Astrology – An Interview with Chris Brennan

Chris Brennan, the author of the monumentally important book, Hellenistic Astrology, answers my questions about the origins of astrology in the West, its transmission and integration into the astrological cultures of the East, its philosophies, techniques, and key figures. We discuss the Western Dasha Systems and Aṁśa charts, the figures Claudius Ptolemy and Vettius Valens,…

Flat Earth? Geocentrism? Puranik Astronomy

Chapter 21 of Bhāgavata’s 5th Division I have described an approximation of the observable characteristics of the circle of existence. bhū-valaya –“Earth Bracelet,” the circle of existence, the place of existence, Earth I’ve explained the measurements of the upper half of this circle (the heavens). Experts say that one can understand the second part of…

The Six Nakshatra Types

This Video explains the six nakshatra types, which nakshatras belong to which type, and the nuances and subtleties between the nakshatras within each type.  

The Historical Argument for a Sidereal Zodiac

Sidereal Origins If we survey ancient astrological cultures across the world, we find that they all had sidereal (“stellar”) frameworks, observing planet’s motions with respect to the stars.  For example, the Egyptians had 36; the Chinese and Vedic, 28; and the Babylonians, 18 important astrological constellations. Most scholars propose that the zodiac we use today evolved…

Spirituality and the Modern Family

I am blessed to be involved in a study of Gita with very intelligent and sincere participants. As we studied chapter three, one of them asked these questions: Q: Buddha renounced his family, kingdom etc and went away to get enlightenment. Was he running away from Karma Yoga? Adi Shankaracharya left home at 8 yrs….