Predictions of Liberation or Enlightenment Are a Bogus Hoax

Astrologers can be extremely pompus at our worst moments, but never are we more presumptuous, over-adoring of the potentials of astrology, and under-aware of its limits, than when we claim to state on the basis of astrology whether or not a person will attain mokṣa (emancipation from the cycle of birth and death). Emancipation is beyond matter. It…

Evolution of the word Graha ग्रह

The word graha more literally means “grasp.” Various forms of the word graha are used in Sanskrit very similarly with how we use the word “grasp” in English. For example: अथः श्रीकृष्णनामादि नभवेत्ग्रह्यम् इन्द्रियै (athaḥ śrī kṛṣṇa-nāmādi na bhaved grahyam indriyai) {“Description of Krishna by names and words is not within the grasp of the senses.”} As is common in any language, things with…

Do Daśā / Dasha Systems Originate from India?

Do Daśā / Dasha Systems Originate from India? It is hard to say, but I am inclined to believe that it is a Persian system. I believe so because the indigenous Indian System was moon-sun-star based, not planets-and-signs based. It seems that the Persians and Ionian Greeks created the interest in planets/signs/houses astrology that took…

Who is Parāśara and What is His Relevance to Vedic Astrology?

Parāśara is one of the Mahā Ṛṣi (greatest sages), grandson and foster child of Vaśiṣṭha (one of the primordial seven sages). He is mentioned from the earliest text, Ṛg Veda (see 1.65-73). He is credited as conceiving the Viṣṇu Pūraṇa and thus ushering in the Purāṇik era. Although he conceived Viṣṇu Pūrana, it is said…

Nakṣatra are NOT Ruled by Planets

Stars (the 27 Nakṣatra) have no “planetary ruler” as the signs do. Planets and nakṣatra are related only for the sake of calculating daśās, and every daśā system relates the two  differently. If you want to understand the 27 nakṣatras (Indian Fixed Stars) forget about these temporary correlations and instead focus on the deva (divinity)…

If The Tropical Zodiac Were Right, Everyone Would Be Using It

In my new book, 27 Stars, 27 Gods, there is a small section at the beginning explaining that the fixed stars (“nakshatra”) and the zodiac signs (“rashi”) are two different entities without a permanent connection, because the zodiac signs are anchored to solstices and equinoxes, which perpetually drift through the fixed stars. A prominent astrologer…

My New Book is Available! 27 Stars, 27 Gods

27 Stars, 27 Gods The Astrological Mythology of Ancient India Over a decade of dedicated research! Over a year of writing and editing! With the blessings and guidance of a swāmī , a babajī, and a Sanskrit scholar, Vic DiCara presents you the world’s first accurate, simple and completely awesome explanation of the mythology and…

Vedāṁga Jyotiṣa – Part 1

I will organize this presentation in leiu of the work of Professor T.S. Kuppanna Sastry and Dr. K.V Sarma. It combines the two versions of Vedāṁga Jyotiṣa found in Ṛg and Yajur Veda. Introduction I purify myself by bowing my head to the Creator, whom I envision as being the power within the five-year cycles…

No Really, It’s NOT Sidereal

This is an excerpt from a continuing, but increasingly productive and scholarly, debate on the sidereal vs tropical zodiac IN Indian Astrology. If you are new to this debate, please first read this introduction. Some people wish to discount my argument on the basis of  Sanskrit declinations, saying that SB 5.21.3-5 cannot be a “definition”…

Response to a paper seeking to establish a Sidereal Indian Zodiac

I published my article explaining that the original Indian zodiac is tropical (not sidereal as is currently in use). Today a rebuttal was published. Here is my reply to that rebuttal. Tale of Two Zodiacs Reply Dear Antardwipa Dasa and Shyamasundara Dasa, Respectful thanks a well written and knowledgeable article. I will reply to a…

Sidereal Zodiac Signs in Rg Veda???

In response to my most recent video, someone sent me this article by G.K.GOEL of Vihar, New Delhi, asking for my comments… Zodiac signs were visualized by ancient sages in the sky, along the path of the earth around the Sun. Or is it the path of the Sun around the Earth? It’s not terribly important to…