Evolution of the Zodiac

Why does India use a sidereal zodiac, even though their source texts define the zodiac tropically? I will present an answer to this question, explained in the context of the historical evolution of astrology and the zodiac over 6,000 years and about half-a-dozen cultures. Historical Evolution of the Zodiac The ancient cultures of Kali-yuga –…

Order in the Zodiac?

Question: I was wondering if you had any insight into the order of the signs. For example, why does the moon’s sign cancer have the water element? Or why is the first sign ruled by Mars, and not the sun? Answer: I’ve written about this here and there, and it must be somewhere in my…

Where I do and do not Differ from Mainstream Indian Astrology

Where I do and do not Differ from Mainstream Indian Astrology I should explain where I differ, and more importantly, where I do not differ from what has become the mainstream in Indian astrology. I do not differ from: Definitions of the planets, houses, and signs. Definitions of the symbolism of the planets, houses, and…

Can Something Be in Sidereal and Tropical Space at the same time?

Let’s say you live in Split, Croatia (bordering the Adriatic sea, on the other side from Italy). Someone comes and asks: “Do you live in Europe?” Yes. “Do you live in Croatia?” Yes. “But I thought you said you lived in Europe?” I do, but Croatia is a country and Europe is a continent. “Oh, were…

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…

Astounding Evidence that Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Used the Tropical Zodiac

Astounding Evidence that Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Used the Tropical Zodiac In Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava, a biography of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati written by Bhakti Vikasa Swami, there is a chapter dedicated to short biographies of prominent disciples. The section on Sridhar Swami is delightfully long and has one astrologically relevant episode: The acarya, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati – in his youth a…

No Really, It’s NOT Sidereal

This is an excerpt from a continuing, but increasingly productive and scholarly, debate on the sidereal vs tropical zodiac IN Indian Astrology. If you are new to this debate, please first read this introduction. Some people wish to discount my argument on the basis of  Sanskrit declinations, saying that SB 5.21.3-5 cannot be a “definition”…

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…

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…

Astrological Gurus: A Myth

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the idea that there are astrological “gurus” with bona-fide astrological “parampara” is just a dream, a fantasy. There are people out there who think they have a “guru” – and in a sense they do. But this guru is not divinely ordained by a spiritual…

“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…