Tropical Vedic Astrology Q&A

I haven’t engaged in extended discussion on this point in a long time, so… here we go: In an article on vedic astrology at astro.com you wrote, “I personally feel [the sidereal zodiac] is a mistake which became standardized in relatively recent history and must be abandoned.” In another article, you pointed out some astronomy…

Sidereal vs. Tropical: A Case In Point (Me)

This is my chart according to the typical modern Indian (sidereal) system: Debilitated Mars with a fairly undignified Sun in the 7th house. This would mean uncontrolled aggression primarily vetted on my spouse. And would also mean that a somewhat weak self-esteem (sun without dignity in a house that drains its dig-bāla) vets itself by…

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…

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…

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…

“OK People LOOK…” Vedic Tropical vs Sidereal Madness!

At the beginning of 2012 I finished my research into the actual definition of the zodiac in Sanskrit, Indian classical literature. I came undeniably to the conclusion that a lunar “zodiac” of 27 divisions exists in sidereal space. And that a solar zodiac of 12 divisions coexists in tropical space. It was not hard to…

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 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…