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…

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…

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…

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…

Tropical VEDIC Astrology??? Huh?

A lot will make sense when you consider that “sidereal” literally means “stellar.” Nakṣatras are literally stars, “fixed stars” as we might say with contemporary astrological jargon. So, saying that “Nakṣatra are sidereal” is really as self-evident as saying “stars are stellar.” Rāśi are the “signs” – litterally rāśi means “a bunch [of space].” Rāśī…

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…

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…

Reconciliation of the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs. Part V: Conclusion.

This is a continuation from previous posts. The True Sidereal Zodiac One thing is very certain, there is a sidereal zodiac in Indian astrology, and I bet in all astrological systems from the ancient great cultures. Yet this sidereal zodiac is not twelve but twenty-eightfold! The Sun and Moon, kings of the heavens, travel through…

Reconciliation of the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs. Part IV.

Authoritative Statements? So far (see previous parts) I feel confident that about 2,000 years ago we mistakenly projected one zodiac system upon another. And logic has me fairly well convinced that the original system was tropical, and sidereal was the mistaken projection. The logic is that the qualities of the twelve divisions are all rationally…

Reconciliation of the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs. Part III.

Which is the Correct Twelvefold Division of the Zodiac? The evidence so far convinces me that about 2,000 years ago we made the mistake of projecting one zodiac system onto another. The question remains: which zodiac was original and which was the erroneous projection? Now I will set out to answer this question. Some feel…

Reconciliation of the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs. Part II

This is a continuation from Part I. What is the Sidereal Zodiac? Since it is not truly an exact representation of the stars themselves, what really is the sidereal zodiac? It is almost the same as the tropical zodiac. Both of them are defined in the same manner: The zodiac is the relatively narrow band…