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If the classical Vedic texts clearly define a tropical zodiac, why do the majority of Vedic astrologers use a sidereal zodiac?
Because zodiac signs are not the only way to divide and measure space. All classical astrology text also measure space by “fixed stars” or asterisms (nakṣatra), which, of course, are entirely sidereal (a word which means stellar). Those texts make observations about the correlation between the sidereal asterisms and the tropical signs, and also discuss how to measure their gradual divergence over time (ayanāṁśa), but people who use the sidereal theory believe that these observations are permanent, not temporal. This is in spite of the fact that texts composed at different times make different observations. For example, the Ṛg Veda considers Kṛttikā, not Āśvinī to begin the astrological circumference, and in spite of the fact that this would bring inconsistency and contradiction into the classical texts.
The Original Articles (c. 2012)
This is where I give the main body of my argument and explanation:
>> The 12 Signs of the Zodiac. <<
A lot of important information has come out in the course of debating this point with various learned people. In the interest of putting all that info together in one place, I’ve made this page.
Relax and dig in!
Reviews of Other Articles
There are a few important and not-so-important articles/posts on the internet and in print on the topic of sidereal vs. tropical zodiac signs, which people have put forward for me to comment on. Here they are…
Comments on K.N. Rao:
Comments on David Frawley
- Vedic Origins of the Zodiac: The Hymns of Dirghatamas in the Rig Veda, by David Frawley.
- Astrology of the Seers.
Then, the following articles
- Sidereal vs. Tropical Debate, by Vaughn Paul Manley,
- Cyber Witchcraft: Sidereal vs. Tropical,
- For the Sidereal Zodiac, by Kenneth Bowser:
I comment on all three in one post.
Then there is a reply to a post of G.K.GOEL – a post that is really quite silly and doesn’t deserve to be dealt with on the same page as Kenneth Bowser, Vaughn Paul Manley, and David Frawley – but since for some reason I took the time to respond to this absurd post, I’ll include it here anyway.
To my knowledge there is only one substantial rebuttal of my paper so far. Here are my responses to that rebuttal [with links to the rebuttal itself, of course].
- First response to an attempt to present a Sanskrit sidereal definition of the 12 signs.
- Second response: No really, Its NOT Sidereal.
And sometimes, I just gotta vent!
On the topic of “following tradition”:
Related to all the above topics, here is very, very fascinating evidence that Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati – a very important Guru in Gaudiya Vaishnava parampara, and a very influential astrologer in Bengal during his youth – used the Tropical Zodiac: Bhaktisiddhanta Used the Tropical Zodiac?
Here I might keep a list of posts that are food-for-thought and have some relevance to the issue, though somewhat tangental and relatively unimportant.