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…

How Long is Kali Yuga?

I am still in the process of researching this significant question and have not come to a conclusion, but here is some evidence that, at least for now, seems to bear very significant weight in my mind. Srimad Bhagavatam 1.4.14 says that Vyasa began his work when the Second Age was on the verge of…

Steamy Romantic Blessings of Bhaga and Purva Phalguni

This is an excerpt from my forthcoming book on the 27 Vedic Stars, the chapter on the star called Purva-Phalguni, whose deity is Bhaga, the god of romance and love. Bhaga’s Family The names of the wife, sons and daughters of Bhaga reveal the ways Bhaga bestows romantic happiness to us. Bhaga’s three sons are…

Sidereal Zodiac Signs in Rg Veda???

In response to my most recent video, someone sent me this article by G.K.GOEL of Vihar, New Delhi, asking for my comments… Zodiac signs were visualized by ancient sages in the sky, along the path of the earth around the Sun. Or is it the path of the Sun around the Earth? It’s not terribly important to…

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…

Reading a Tropical Horoscope With Indian (“Vedic”) Techniques.

I have come to embrace the conclusion that the 12 sidereal signs of modern Indian astrology are not in line with the classical Indian definitions of the 12 signs, and have therefore adopted a somewhat unique system of calculating the 12 signs tropically, but calculating the 27 stars (“nakshatra”) sidereally. Many people have kindly read…

Reply to “Vedic Astrology?”

My article, “Vedic Astrology?” established that the excellent astrological system of modern India is a hybrid of Indian, Greek and Persian astrological culture. I got one interesting reply: Only one critique I can make is that by dating written literature you are not considering how knowledge was passed down from teacher to the student in…

Astrology of King Yudhisthira, Recorded in Mahabharata

Describing the astrological conditions of the birth of King Yudhisthira, the Mahabharata says, starting from 114.4: muhUtrte ‘bhijite ‘zthame divaa madhya-gate sUrye tithau puNye ‘bhipUjite The first line means Yuddhisthira was born, “at the moment of abhijit / eighth.” Abhijit is never considered the 8th nakshatra (it is counted as the 22nd or sometimes the…

God of the Star Named Vishakha

There is confusion among modern astrologers regarding the god empowering Viśākhā. The name of this god is Indrāgñi, and most people seem to think that it refers to two different gods: Indra (god of rain) and Agñi (god of fire). However this is not the case. Indrāgñi is the name of a single being noted…