I’m a Vedic Astrologer and I take advantage of the Tropical Zodiac. To many that is very near sacrilege and a contradiction in phrases. This novel approach of delineating the horoscope is gaining momentum and validity throughout the Hindu Astrological neighborhood. I’m writing this text with the aim of giving legitimate and logical the reason why the Tropical Zodiac of Rasis (Indicators) is for use as a substitute of the Sidereal Zodiac of Rasis. “Of Rasis” is said as a result of it’s fairly clear that the Sidereal Zodiac is for use when delineating Nakshatras.
What’s the Tropical Zodiac?
In America, Europe and in historic Greece, Persia and Egypt, the Tropical Zodiac is and was at all times used. The Tropical Zodiac measures 12 parts of 30 levels every starting from the Vernal (Spring) Equinox. The Vernal Equinox is the purpose the place the Solar crosses the equator on its approach North. That is the primary day of Spring and is 0 levels Aries. Thus, a portion of 30 levels was given to Aries, 30 levels to Taurus, 30 levels to Gemini and so forth for 12 Indicators till 360 levels are lined. When the Solar is at its farthest northern level and begins to maneuver South, then it’s the Summer season Solstice and the Solar is at 0 levels of Most cancers. For instance, if one has a Solar positioned at 12 levels of Taurus, that signifies that one’s Solar is 42 levels north of the celestial equator. If an individual has their Solar at 24 levels of Leo, then their Solar is 54 levels South of the Tropic of Most cancers and 36 levels north of the equator. The identical precept of measurement is utilized to all of the planets. Thus, the Tropical Zodiac relies upon the Solar’s longitudinal relationship to the Earth.
What’s the Sidereal Zodiac?
With regard to Rasis or Indicators, the Sidereal Zodiac is made up of 30 diploma parts starting with the Nakshatra of Aswini as measured from sure fastened stars. Since astrologers use completely different fastened stars to find out the primary level of Sidereal Aries, we have now completely different Ayanamshas. An ayanamsha is the distinction between the vernal equinox (the Solar at 0 levels Tropical Aries) and the primary level of Sidereal Aries. The Sidereal Zodiac bases the measurement of Indicators on the fastened stars versus measuring Indicators from the connection of the Solar to the Earth as within the Tropical Zodiac.
The Argument for a Tropical Zodiac
A rasi merely means a “heap of thirty”. That’s all. Hindus use rasis of their calculations with all circles and arcs and it doesn’t robotically infer that Zodiac indicators are for use. In about 100 A.D., a Greek astronomer by the title of Hiparchius, took the names of Aries, Taurus, Gemini and so forth and gave these names to the fastened stars beginning with the primary level of Aswini. This was a really grave mistake and would trigger the science of astrology to be regarded down upon from then on. The explanation he named the constellations thus is as a result of round this time, when the Solar was because the vernal equinox, or the first level of Tropical Aries, it was additionally on the 1st level of Aswini. Immediately, with the assistance of Hipparchius, the start of the Sidereal Zodiac of Rasis was about to be born. 100 A.D., based on Sri Yukteswar, was a time very near the guts of Kali Yuga, the Darkish Age, when essential astronomical and astrological data was misplaced and this included data of the precession of the equinox. Since proof clearly helps that the Hindus exchanged data with the Greeks and Persians, the names for the Fastened Stars have been additionally exchanged and the Hindus named these star constellations the acquainted Aries, and so forth. What’s forgotten is that these star constellations already had names. They have been the names of the Nakshatras and the names of the Chaldean and Chinese language lunar mansions. The star constellations have been and are the “realm of the gods”. “Swarga Loka” is the title of this heavenly realm. The story goes that they’re the heavenly abodes of extraordinarily pious beings that turned “godlike” as a consequence of their austerities and got a spot within the heavens to affect the Earth. To call these stars after animals (the Indicators) was a grave mistake with unfathomable ramifications.
On the similar time the Hindus named their star constellations after the 12 Indicators, proof from a number of historic texts exhibits they misplaced data of the precession of the equinox and these measurements of 30 levels every of the star constellations turned FIXED and remained so as much as the current day. Solely with the assistance of astrologers which can be additionally astronomers and which have studied the historical past of Astrology presently, can we type by this mess of the Rasis and the Sidereal Zodiac.
The Rasis earlier than Hiparchius
The Surya Siddhanta is the best astronomical textual content of the Hindus and provides all of the calculations to calculate the Lagna, the Nakshatras, planetary positions inside Nakshatras and Tropical positions of the planets. NOWHERE within the Surya Siddhanta does it say to make use of Sidereal Indicators and Sidereal positions of planets to erect a horoscope. In actual fact, there’s extra proof within the Surya Siddhanta that the Tropical Zodiac is for use as a substitute of the Sidereal Zodiac when erecting horoscopes. And right here is why….The Surya Siddhanta provides the calculations for locating the Nakshatra place of the planets. It then makes use of an ayanamsha to transform the planetary positions again to Tropical positions and from there discover the Tropical Lagna. After discovering the Tropical Lagna the Surya Siddhanta leaves it there. Since it’s unattainable to seek out the Sidereal Lagna with out the usage of the Tropical Zodiac, then it could be concluded that the Surya Siddhanta would point out to transform the Tropical Lagna again to its Sidereal place if that have been certainly the tactic for use. It doesn’t point out this in any respect.
The Yavana Jataka, the Srimad Bhagavatam and the works of the nice Varamahira all point out the Tropical Zodiac because the harbinger of the indicators. Oddly, additionally they point out the primary a part of Aswini as the start of Aries. It turns into clear that the authors weren’t conscious of the Precession of the Equinox and summarily thought that the 12 constellations named after the Photo voltaic Months would ceaselessly coincide with these Photo voltaic Months. With the introduction of the significance of Rasis with the Yavanas as per Yavana Jataka and the non secular and philosophical significance of the Nakshatras within the day by day lifetime of the Hindu, throughout the time of the alignment of the 2 Zodiacs (round 100 A.D.), the Indians misplaced data of precession of the equinox and due to this fact the Sidereal Zodiac for the Rasis was born.
The Realm of the Gods and the Realm of the Earth
The Nakshatras of the Hindus and the Lunar Mansions of the Chaldeans and the Chinese language are deified. They’re additionally known as Swarga Loka, the heavenly realm. By way of Parasara we all know that the Planets are incarnations of God and have consciousness so they’re additionally deified. The Rasis are additionally incarnations of God nevertheless they don’t have consciousness and are named after earthly creatures. Their manifestation relies upon upon the Earth’s relationship to the Solar, due to this fact they’re Tropical. The Nakshatras are deified beings residing throughout the heavenly realm and due to this fact they’re star primarily based and are rightly represented by a Sidereal Zodiac.
Modalities of the Rasis (Indicators)
One other legitimate argument for utilizing the Tropical Zodiac and confirming the connection of Rasis to the intertwined motion of the Solar and the Earth is the modalities of the Indicators. Aries, Most cancers, Libra and Capricorn are referred to as moveable indicators. Their frequent attribute is change and their starting heralds a change within the Solar’s motion. At 0 levels Aries the Solar crosses the equator on its approach North, altering from the Southern hemisphere to the Northern hemisphere. At 0 levels Most cancers the Solar modifications from shifting North to shifting South. At 0 levels Libra the Solar crosses the equator on its approach South, altering hemispheres and at 0 levels Capricorn the Solar begins to maneuver North. If the Rasis have been sidereal and never primarily based upon the Solar’s motion in relation to the Earth, there isn’t a legitimate purpose why these specific indicators would herald change.
The fastened Rasis, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, symbolize the Solar being steadfast and resolute on its course.
The twin Rasis, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, symbolize the Solar dropping momentum on its course and preparing for a brand new starting. That is why these indicators are power transformers. The twin indicators are steadfast and resolute simply sufficient to get the job achieved however are additionally versatile sufficient to permit for crucial change.
Once more, there isn’t a purpose for the aforementioned Indicators to hold any of those qualities divorced from the actual fact of the Earth’s relationship to the Solar. Simply having a sure constellation of Stars behind the Solar doesn’t robotically deliver these traits, particularly if such “constellations” don’t carry consciousness as they don’t per Parasara. The qualities are ONLY defined by the Solar’s movement relative to the Earth.
One Zodiac, One Astrology
Astrology programs are as assorted as there are cultures upon the Earth. Nonetheless the numerous variances are quite small in comparison with the numerous similarities. This factors to the truth that at one time, many centuries in the past, the numerous completely different cultures practiced a unified Astrology with various strategies and shared these strategies amongst themselves. And so they all used the Tropical Zodiac when it got here to Rasis. When delineating a horoscope, an astrologer has many strategies at his/her fingertips, the Parasara strategies, the Jaimini strategies, the Tajika strategies, the Bhrigu strategies, Western strategies and on and on. All of those strategies can precisely learn the horoscope and they’re all legitimate. That’s, except, 2 completely different Zodiacs are used. Tajika strategies, which originated in Tajikstan, an historic Persian tradition, are the originators of Greco-Roman astrology and thus, modern-day Western Astrology. Tajika is extensively utilized in India at this time. So we now know that the Indians use their aboriginal astrology strategies, Parasara, Jaimini, and Bhrigu, together with Western Astrology. Western Astrologers must be inspired to make use of Parasara strategies as nicely and they need to additionally incorporate the Nakshatras into their apply. The Nakshatras have been extensively utilized by Western Astrologers up till the time of the Inquisition. They have been related to black magic, black magic being something that was not sanctioned by the Catholic Church.
The Function of the third and ninth Homes
There’s a saying, “with effort comes grace”. Whereas many Vedic Astrologers are open to the concept of a Tropical Zodiac, many aren’t. Some resist it forcefully due to their non secular beliefs or as a result of it isn’t what was taught by their guru. Some resist it as a result of they’ve change into snug with their very own horoscopes and don’t want change. However analysis into the thriller of the Zodiacs by human beings weighs in favor of a Tropical Zodiac getting used to delineate all horoscopes whereas utilizing Rasis and never a Sidereal Zodiac for utilizing Rasis. Human analysis and self-effort into this thriller has revealed a mistake was made in computation of the Zodiac round 1900 years in the past. And this error has value the fame of Astrology. Human effort and scientific enquiry are third home endeavors. The third home is the alternative of the ninth home which is divine inspiration and data or data that may solely be revealed by grace. The rule of opposites states that opposites at their extremes are precisely the identical. Thus, the ninth home which is larger data and divine grace should be balanced out with self-inquiry, analysis and one’s personal effort to seek out the Reality. With a honest effort by the person (third home) the Reality will probably be revealed (ninth home). Dogmatic beliefs and unwillingness to analysis has no place in Astrology whether it is to change into a worldwide revered science by the final populace once more.
As at all times, analysis into this fascinating topic is welcomed and inspired. Finding out a number of horoscopes with each Zodiacs together with the historical past of Astrology is the one technique to persuade oneself of the validity of 1 over the opposite. However as we transfer from the Darkish Age right into a extra enlightened age, the Reality will slowly reveal itself. It’s crucial that Astrologers of all disciplines maintain an open and scientific thoughts with regard to this topic. As an astrologer I welcome any feedback and dialogue to this novel strategy.