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…

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 –…

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…

Zodiac Related Questions

1. How do you explain the exaltations and debilitations of all grahas at specific degrees ? How does anyone explain them? They are one of the big mysteries. You may think that nakshatras would explain them, but its not so. In fact, to correlate the nakshatras to exaltation degrees, the Indians changed a few of the exaltation degrees. I…

Tropical & Sidereal Zodiacs in Vedic Astrology – A live Q/A

Sūrya Siddhānta 14.7 bhacakra-nābhau viṣuvad dvitiyam samasūtragam ayana dvitayan caiva catasraḥ prathitāstutāḥ The four all-important points are the two solstices and two equinoxes – for these are the sūtra/thread upon which the core of the ecliptic rests. 8 tad atareṣu saṅkrānti dvitayam dvitayam punaḥ Two borders are between each point. 9 bhānor marakara saṅkrānteḥ ṣaṇmāsā…

Confused About “Vedic” Astrology?

Question 1: Lately I can’t get past the fact that you pointed out: Vedic astrology was originally just time keeping for Vedic rituals. So, does that mean that we aren’t really even using astrology correctly, with all this psychological or predictive stuff attached to it?   Keeping track of time means keeping track of cause and effect, because…

Radically Deep Fundamentals of Astrology

Radically Deep Fundamentals of Astrology Planets, signs, and houses… You’ve never learned about them in such radically sensible, memorable, and useful depth! Vic DiCara reveals the clear and threadbare logic behind why the planets, signs, and houses represent the things they do, bringing the occult mysteries of astrology into rational and systematic clarity. Based on…

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…

Nakshatra Exaltations?

Here are a few good questions (with my replies) about the relationship of the sidereal nakṣatra (Vedic fixed stars) to the tropical rāśī (zodiac signs). Question: You present the idea that nakshatras and rasis are not intrinsically connected, but I have read that Chandra [the Moon] is exalted in Rohini [Aldebaron]. So does the point of exaltation move with the…