“OK People LOOK…” Vedic Tropical vs Sidereal Madness!

At the beginning of 2012 I finished my research into the actual definition of the zodiac in Sanskrit, Indian classical literature. I came undeniably to the conclusion that a lunar “zodiac” of 27 divisions exists in sidereal space. And that a solar zodiac of 12 divisions coexists in tropical space.

It was not hard to figure this out because the Puranas and Siddhantas I researched were completely clear about it, and there was no contradictory statement to be found anywhere. The hard part was gripping the fact so many centuries of Indian astrologers have mis-represented the solar twelvefold zodiac.

Respecting authority (sastra) over popularity / popular opinion I took the plunge and said, “OK, this is just the way it is and I have to accept that. The 27 nakshatras are sidereal but the 12 signs are tropical.”

Here’s my video, article, and Q & A all about it.

People reacted, and still are, with great confusion and, often, anger. The biggest reaction I get is,

“Who the hell are you to dare to be different?”

My apologies. But may I ask in return, “Who the hell are you to call yourself ‘Vedic’ yet make up your own definitions of things, in defiance of the Surya-Siddhanta and the Puranas, including Vishnu and Bhagavata Purana”?

Conversation usually stops there…

I admit I am not the greatest diplomat.

Among those who aren’t pissed off at me, the next largest group are just baffled and confused by the whole thing:

“You mean I’m a Capricorn now???”

Most of the baffled group are astrological “laypeople” trying to read their own recalculated charts and getting outstandingly confused.

Is this any different than it ever was before, though? The only reason “vedic” astrology fans “like” or “understand” their “vedic chart” is because they’ve wrestled with it for a year or more now to try figure out the sense in it. They take a look at a new version of their chart and are like, “Whoa, Nelly!!!! I just started making progress actually starting to understand the old version – why are you handing me something a bit different all of the sudden???”

Looking at the chart with cross eyes for maybe 5 seconds, to maybe 5 hours… they give up. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

Friends, don’t you realize that all the ladies and gentleman outside of the “vedic” astrological bubble are exactly in the opposite position that you are. They’ve had their tropical charts for 10 years, struggling to beat some sense out of it, and if you hand them a sidereal version of their birth chart they are going to do exactly the same thing you are doing: look at it in bepuzzlement for 5 seconds – 5 hours, and then sigh and say, “this just isn’t for me – there’s no way I’m a Capricorn.”

The layperson’s confusion and inability to correctly read their chart (be it tropical or sidereal) doesn’t say anything about which one is the correct zodiac.  It just shows that laypeople get confused hella easy.

“We Want Proof!!!”

Next up you have the actual practicing astrologers or more learned laypeople who are graciously willing to give me 5 seconds – 5 hours of attention before they too get confused. Their reaction is, “OK, if this is right, show us proof!”

OK guys, can we please be honest here for several minutes:

(a) Since when has astrology of any type been able to scientifically “prove” anything beyond a doubt? Why don’t you ask me to do something feasible. 

(b) Astrology is incredibly complex, and is about a boatload more than just the 12 signs – be they tropical or sidereal. Don’t you realize that you can explain things a million different ways from a single chart? Have you ever seen two astrologers interpret even the same chart in the same way?

If we start debating the sidereal chart vs. the tropical chart we are just going to tire each other out because (i) there is a boatload of stuff that is the same in both, (ii) there are dozens of factors involved, almost always counterbalancing one another out when we switch a chart from sidereal to tropical.

Yes, eventually I am going to publish something showing how it is simpler and clearer to make accurate proclamations and predictions with a tropical 12-fold zodiac. No, I can’t show it to you in 5 minutes, because (a) it takes a gainormous amount of work, especially because (b) the vast majority of you  are so dead-set against it, I am going to have to write it out very carefully.

But,really, something has to be said here, or said again: If you purport to be “Vedic” don’t you realize that means you have implicit faith that the Vedas were written by people with lots more experience, understanding and realization than you or I? If you don’t have that faith please stop capitalizing or fantasizing with the terminology “Vedic”, “Hindu”, “Indian”, etc.

If you do have that faith, don’t you realize that if I establish Vedic Literature (viz. Purana and Siddhanta) unequivocally stating that the 12 signs are tropical, while the 27 nakshatras are sidereal –that is the proof!?!?

By the way, have done that and no one has offered any refutation except the innane, “you can’t possibly understand it correctly, who the hell are you?” If you are really “Vedic” you are not going to start asking me for “proof” when I have already given you Vedic proof. What you should be doing is trying to find if and where my understanding of the Vedic sastra is flawed. If you can find that, please show me – clearly. Believe me, being the ambassador for the “Tropical Vedic Revolution” is ridiculously tiring and time consuming, and I would welcome a good excuse to give it up.

And this is not really a call to ultra-pure orthodoxy. It’s a practical scientific statement: You and I are confused. Drop the facade, none of us look at a horoscope and see the future with crystal clarity. All of us are confused and try our very best. We shouldn’t expect that our confused opinions are more important than the authorized opinions of our foundations: the Vedic literature.

“Keep Me Out of This Debate! I don’t want to make enemies, and I don’t want to upset my clients”

After the haters and the confused, this is the next group of reactions: neutrality. It might actually be very wise in a practical sense, but it lacks spine. I’m kind of let down by the number of colleagues who just prefer to ignore the importance of this debate. But I can respect it, and at times, I wish I also didn’t elect myself to become some champion of an increadibly underdog cause.

Then, finally there are about 2% of you – the people who “get it.” I just want to say, THANK YOU!

– Vic DiCara



  1. pragitam says:

    I “get it”, Thank you!


  2. mrduu1951 dasi says:

    Hare Krsna, I am very interest in your research, and agree with the Tropical perspective, since its also mentioned in the SB. I was just wondering, is there some proof, which system BSST used in his astrological days? ysmrdani

    Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 03:29:21 +0000 To: mrduu1951@msn.com


    1. Thank you. I am in the process of looking into it. So far there is no evidence that he confronted the question at any point. I think that he may have used a revati based ayanamsha, not Lahiri’s which came after Bhaktisiddhanta’s time, mainly out of convention. Since Srila Bhaktisiddhanta was always a staunch supporter of the authority of sastra I am fairly confident that he would approve of my argument.


  3. Sasha says:

    Interesting pie chart. Those that represent 2% do they really get it? People who are pissed off have a lot to loose by you being right. So that is understandable. It’s very thought provoking finding. I hope you are not playing jokes on us. Just kidding. I am really disappointed and confused at the same time. I’ve started looking at my chart using tropical zodiac. It changes planets to different signs and also houses change too. Thank you for your work.


    1. The pie chart is tongue in cheek. I think maybe half of the 2% actually understand it. The other half understand that I understand it and have faith. I think that is also noble.


  4. Tony Peterson says:

    I don’t think many people can fault the Tropical System of Astrology. It’s worked for so long, hasn’t it? When you are told that you are a different “sign” it takes a lot of getting used to. Just as if you suddenly changed your name, you would still think of yourself as the former name.


  5. Tina Rahimi says:

    LOL I loved your picture for the “baffled” group 🙂 Aside from the particular debate here, I think most people have a difficult time adjusting to “change” in general. In this case, I think even without a reference to the classical texts, tropical zodiac makes better sense, as it highlights our involvement by factoring in the earth into the calculations. It sounds fairly logical to me to define “signs” as a product of interaction between the position of the observer (earth) and the space observed (sky), rather than picking a random star out there as an “objective” basis for defining “signs” which are only meant to be understood by earth-bound humans. Actually, as Einstein once argued, the observer’s involvement totally matters in the meaningfulness of the equation 😉


  6. Hitesh says:

    Dont you think it is easy … I am sure most of the people who are interested in astrology (either method) must have read their chart .. and of mature age groups .. take the other method than you believe , create your chart and see what incidents happened in your life for past 20 – 30 years and see which method had predicted it better ..Just be cautions not to go in research/analytics mindset (being myself 🙂 ..) , as they sometimes know what output they want.


    1. That’s as absurd as asking a layperson or science “fan” to experiment and determine if light is a wave or a particle. I’m sorry, 99.9% of people are just not qualified to perform the experiment you suggest. It will be a sloppy mess.


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