Homosexual Heavens

I recently made a Facebook post with positive regard for America’s legalization of same-sex marriage. In the ensuing conversation someone stated that there is no such thing as homosexual marriage in Vedic culture. You can follow the link above to read the whole deal if you want, let’s not rehash it here. Let’s go straight to…

Jewelry Doesn’t Change Your Destiny

Why there are people cheating the Indian public by advertising that you should wear jewelry to counteract your karma is a small mystery – but the greater mystery is why the Indian public believes it. As Kaliyuga has advanced, there are practically no real vipra left even in India – therefore this sort of nonsense…

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)…

Will the REAL Horoscope of Śrī Krishna Please Stand Up!?

Several opinions exist in popular circulation regarding the horoscope of Śrī Krishna. A few modern astrologer’s have their opinions. It appears, for example, that B.V. Raman suggests one horoscope, K.N. Rao another. My nature is not really to trust modern stuff that doesn’t firmly base itself on classical foundations – but even in the classical…

Planets that Break Your Face

Two days ago, at about 3:30 in the afternoon – I broke my face. Well, not really, but that’s a figure of speech I grew up using and which is quite appropriate to what actually happened. See, my 5th grade son wanted me to play this complex version of “tag” with him and about 20…

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…

A Statement on Pricing

A Statement on Pricing Many of you have been with me for several years now, and have watched me experiment with pricing my astrological services – sometimes to great extremes. Over the last few years I have tried everything from normal, to low, to donation pricing. After all this experimentation I’ve reached a conclusion. I’d…

Origin of the Sidereal Zodiac

The stars of sidereal space are a valid and important astrological entity. India (and almost all cultures) has a valid system of dividing sidereal space with the Moon as the focal point, not the Sun as in tropical space. This system has 27 divisions, not 12, because there are that many sunrises during the time…

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…