Practical, Modern Evaluation of the Yuga Defined in Vedanga Jyotisha

In Theory The theory presented by Vedāṁga is that a unit of time called a “yuga” begins every five years when the Sun and Moon conjoin at a specific point in space; a point equivalent to what we nowadays call 0° Tropical Capricorn – the “winter solstice.” For this to be true, the Moon most…

Whats a “New Year” – And Why Do Some Hindus Say It’s Now?

If there is anything I really want you to learn from this article knowing, it’s this: time is a circle, not a line. Clocks are round. The Earth is round. It spins around to create days. Orbits are round, too. The Moon’s circular orbit creates Months, and the Sun’s (or Earth’s depending on your point…

Happy LUNAR New Year!

Today the Moon will be “new” (totally dark) amid the stars of the constellation Pisces. Pisces is the final sign among the 12 zodiac signs, so when the Moon is full here it signals the end of one year and the beginning of the next. Of course our rather useless (in my opinion) “practical” modern…