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…

What does “Jyotisha” mean?

Jyotiṣa is the Sanskrit word for “Astrology.” There is a lot of speculation on what it means. Here is what it really means, in lieu of authentic Sanskrit dictionaries and linguistic rules. It is made of two parts jyotis and the suffix ṣa. [It’s not made by combining jyoti and iśa because (a) there is no such word as jytoi (it’s jyotis), and (b) there is…

Reading a Tropical Horoscope With Indian (“Vedic”) Techniques.

I have come to embrace the conclusion that the 12 sidereal signs of modern Indian astrology are not in line with the classical Indian definitions of the 12 signs, and have therefore adopted a somewhat unique system of calculating the 12 signs tropically, but calculating the 27 stars (“nakshatra”) sidereally. Many people have kindly read…

Discussion on Vedic Astrology

Astro Dienst recently published my article, Vedic Astrology – What It Is and What It’s Not. An interesting discussion then arose on their forum. The text in quoted format are things posted in response to my article, to which I am replying. There is a lot of cherishing for the indian astrology in this article….

Reply to “Vedic Astrology?”

My article, “Vedic Astrology?” established that the excellent astrological system of modern India is a hybrid of Indian, Greek and Persian astrological culture. I got one interesting reply: Only one critique I can make is that by dating written literature you are not considering how knowledge was passed down from teacher to the student in…