Colors of the Planets – Not So Simple

What this survey of BPHS (Bṛhat Parāśara Hora Śāstra) will reveal clearly is that the popularly touted simple color-planet paradigm is not supported in this Sanskrit text. Rather what we see is that a few colors are associated with each planet. Complexion In the 16th and 17th ślokas of the BPHS chapter titled “Nature and Form of…

Is the Zodiac Northern Hemisphere Biased?

It’s a complete misconception that the seasons have anything to do with the signs. Erase that misconception. There is the equator and the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the path of the Sun, and the equator is the center of the Earth. The equator is the “horizon” of space. The Sun spends half of the year…

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…

Chakras and Planets

The concept of a chakra as an spinning thing generating energy in the human body is very legitimate and old – and can be found in a few Upanishads. But there is no consensus on exactly where they are or how many of them there are. With modern influence trying to standardize things, we tend…

Sidereal Zodiac is not Authentic

David Frawley says: “Because the tropical system is a Solar-based system the commonly held opinion is that the tropical system is better at describing the personality and psychological patterns. The Vedic system is often considered to be better at describing the soul nature and predicting actual events because it’s tied to the actual fixed constellations.” The…

Does the Sun Revolve Around the Earth???

Let’s get some basic astronomical and physical concepts ironed out. First of all motion is relative. If Car A is going 50kph and Car B is going 45kph. Than Car B is moving backwards at 5kph relative to someone looking at it from Car A. And someone sitting in Car A experiences the car itself…

What you can learn from just words

What do these words have in common? Soulful Lunatic Mercantile Venereal Martial Jovial Stern They are adjectives formed from the proper Latin-based names of the seven main astrological planets: Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn! The Sun’s proper name is Sol. It represents the Soul, the singular center of all things, the core…

Why are the astrological phases (dasa) based on sidereal stars (Nakshatra)?

Nakshatras are not the basis of all dasa systems. There are several dasa systems that have nothing to do with nakshatras. However, the most popular systems are nakshatra based. And the most popular of all, vimshottari dasa, is among the nakshatra systems. The reason nakshatras are essential in calculating the flow of time can be…

What is the Ultimate Spiritual Benefit of Studying Astrology?

If a spiritualist is already perfect there is no fruit in studying astrology or doing anything besides constantly dancing, singing and discussing the All-Attractive Divine Beloved. The vast majority of spiritualists, however, are not perfect. They are human beings on the path towards perfection. Therefore the benefit of astrology for a spiritualist is quite similar…

Eclipse Mythology of India

At the time of the Ksirodaka-lila (churning the cosmic “ocean of milk”) there was not yet any being named Rahu or Ketu. There was however an asura (“demon”) named Svarbhanu. When the amrita (“nectar of immortality”) was finally produced from the ocean, the devas (“gods”) managed to get it from the asuras by trickery via…