Revealed to the Indian Seers in yogic flashes of heightened Consciousness,Astrology was developed strictly on scientific laws. Backed up by Astronomy and Maths, Astrology continues to rule as the Queen & Mother of
Long Astro Cycles have fascinated mankind. This is the Vedic perspective of
The Vernal Equinoctial Point was found to precede one degree in every 72 years. Hence as one Zodiacal Sign is 30 degrees in length, 2160 years is the duration of an Age Cycle. We are at the moment undergoing the Piscean Age which will give way to the Aquarian in 2444 AD. It is called the Piscean Age because the Vernal Equinoctial Point is passing through Pisces and is at the moment 06 degrees 40 minutes 24 seconds in Pisces.
Age Cycle ( 72*30) = 2160 years
Precessional Cycle (72*360) = 25920 years
(2000*2160) = 43,20000 years
( 2 million * 2160 ) = 4.32 billion years
One Cycle of Brahma = 100 Brahma years
One Day of Brahma = 4.32 billion years
Hence one Super Cosmological Cycle or
Maha Manvantara = 4.32*2*365.25*100 = 311.04 trillion years
One Cosmological Cycle ( Brahma Kalpa) was considered to be one Brahma Day and another 4.32 billion years was considered to be
one Brahma Night. One Cosmological Cycle was one thousand Equinoctial Cycles ( Chatur Yugas) or 2 million Age Cycles!
The Vedic Calendar - Based on Equinoctial Cycles
An Equinoctial Cycle comprises of 4 Ages.
Threta Yuga = 600 Age Cycles
Dwapara Yuga = 400 Age Cycles
Kali Yuga = 200 Age Cycles
Maha Yuga = 2000 Age Cycles
( Equinoctial Cycle )
As per Vedic Astronomy, the Dark Age ( Kali Yuga ) commenced from 3102 BC ,
16th February Midnight.
The Concept of Ayanamsa
The Date of Coincidence of the Tropical and the Sidereal Zodiacs was found to be 285 AD and the Ayanamsa ( precessional distance ) was called Lahiri's Ayanamsa. Different scholars gave different dates but the Indian Govt in
order to standardise the Ayanamsa value took the initial point of the Zodiac as the point in the Ecliptic opposite the star Chitra ( Alpha
Virginis ) which was the vernal equinoctial point on the Vernal Equinox day of 285 AD. The rate of precession of the Vernal Equinox was taken as 50.3 seconds per sidereal year.
In Vedic Astrology, Ayanamsa value is deducted from the Tropical longitudes
of planets to get the Sidereal longitudes. Hence the longitudes of planets in Western Astrology ( Tropical ) and Indian Astrology differ by 23.5
degrees this year. Natal charts cast in these 2 systems will be entirely different!
The Tropicalists ( Western Astrologers) maintain that the Vernal Point is in
the 6th degree of Pisces now . The Siderealists ( Vedic Astrologers ) maintain that the Sidereal Starting Point remains to be 0 degrees Beta
Arietis ( Aswini ) and that the Sidereal Zodiac doesn't change.
Scientific Offshoots of Astrology
Pythagorus discovered that the Nine numbers correspond to the Nine revolving heavens and became the founder of Astro-Numerology. The
most auspicious number Three was represented by the monarch of the sky, Jupiter.
Another intuitively scientific offshoot of Astrology was Vedic Planetary
Gemology. The nine gems correspond to the nine planets and Gemswere found to heal humans.This gave birth to the science of Gem Therapy.
Astrology as related to Yoga The Law of Correspondences
In our next article we will deal with the properties of
the nine revolving
As per Indian Philosophy, Astrology was considered to be the foremost amonst the six auxiliary sciences as Yoga was considered to be the foremost amongst the six main sciences. Even Yogis used to consult astrologers about gaining Self-Actualisation. Jupiter, Saturn and the South Node were considered to be the spiritual planets which bring in Immortality or Self-Actualisation.
There is correspondence between the Seven planets and the Seven
of the Solar System is represented by the Anahata Chakra and Saturn by the Mooladhara Chakra. " As Above, so Below "- the seven energycenters are arranged exactly as in the Solar Logos. We are, indeed ,made in the image of Godhead, in His Image, in the image of the Almighty Solar Logos!
The Law of Correspondences
In our next article we will deal with the properties of the nine revolvingheavens and their significations.