Astrology – a vast world, described as “an ocean that can never be crossed” by many of India’s ancient astrologers. But now we live in a time where we have crossed all oceans and even crossed some boundaries of space, so the idea, “an ocean that can never be crossed” perhaps does not hold the same meaning today as it did before. Just as people from different cultures have crossed vast oceans to trade, mingle and even marry, astrologers from different traditions can now do the same – we just need to find the common denominator. The common denominator that has allowed people from vastly different cultures to share and love is simply their humanity. But what is the common denominator for astrologers? There are many, many systems of astrology, Hindu, Persian, Greek, Western, etc. and they all share a common denominator, though without even knowing it, and that is the Zodiac of twelve signs. When vastly different cultures first came together they often did not recognize their common humanity and instead prejudiced against each other, sometimes to murderous degrees, only to discover, perhaps too late, their common humanity. So it is in astrology, due to misconceptions and lack of sincere truth-seeking studies, the common denominator of the twelve-signed Zodiac, the heart of all zodiacal systems of astrology, has been overlooked. The ancient astrological system of the Hindus, that of the Persians, Greeks, the relatively more modern predictive systems of the Europeans and the many modern psychologically centered systems all share this same crucial denominator – and this means that all these systems must have the same roots!
That these different systems all use the Zodiac of twelve signs is well known, but what conceals the common denominator of the Zodiac and their mutual roots is, ironically, the Zodiac itself with Hindu astrologers believing in the Sidereal Zodiac and most, but not all, practitioners of the other systems believing in the correctness of the Tropical Zodiac. Each advocate will often have his ideas of “their” Zodiac being the one used by this culture or place and so it must be correct. However, the furthest culture that can trace astrology can trace it only as far back as perhaps 1000 BC. This is like starting a story in the middle for astrology is much older than that. The legend of India’s great astronomical treatise, the Surya Siddhanta, holds that astrology was given to Man by the Sun around 6000 BC in a place called Avanti, which was a place thought to have existed in ancient times off the coast of Egypt, and which is now no longer in existence! There are evidences of astronomical structures, similar to Stonehenge, used for determining the equinoxes (the cornerstone of the Zodiac) in Europe dated at 6000 BC. Thus there is both legend and evidence that astrology is much older than any recorded history. Astrology being older than recorded history and different traditions of astrology using twelve-signed Zodiacs – the obvious conclusion is that they have the same roots in some ancient time.
What does this mean to an astrologer in the modern world believing in his astrological system and believing in his Zodiac? To believe is great, to act upon beliefs is better, and to realize the truth or not of a belief is a sign of greatness. Thus in religion, one may belief, and upon belief one may put their beliefs into practice. Upon practicing their religious beliefs one will come to the realization of how accurate their belief was. The point being that believing something does not make it TRUE. Believing something only means that we think it worth following, whether it will or not, will be seen in time. Thus with respect to astrologers believing in the correctness of the Tropical or Sidereal Zodiac, that is the beginning, but nothing more. Further work needs to be done, the work of testing, for only by testing can the correct Zodiac be determined and once the correct Zodiac is recognized, then the many different traditions of astrology can, finally, be brought back together into one grand system of Zodiacal Astrology.
During the dark ages following the fall of the Greek empire and continuing until the rebirth of the sciences in the 15th century, great knowledge was lost. In the West great knowledge was lost due to destruction of cultures and narrow minded religions. In India, destruction of knowledge was comparatively slight and so India can boast the greatest astrological library in the world, even having preserved a complex and very accurate system of Persian Astrology. While the continuity of Indian culture did not result in India suffering the widespread destruction of knowledge and persecution of the learned, it did suffer from complacency and misunderstanding. So while India has preserved the greatest astrological library, much of it has been reduced by the misunderstandings of astrologers for which reason are found astronomical inconsistencies in India’s astrology, astronomy and even religious books from the aforementioned dark time period. Ironically, in the West it was the opposite. Great was the destruction of knowledge with vast library having been burned. Astrologers and likeminded folk had to study and practice what little was available in secret – they were not complacent, the risked their livelihood, social status and sometimes even their very lives to study astrology. They did not make mistakes with what they had to study, though they had very little to study.
The foundation is in the Zodiac and what is the truth of the Zodiac? Did the complacent Hindus of the dark ages accidently create a sidereal Zodiac of twelve signs? Or did the devoted students of astrology in the west not have sufficient texts available to them to determine the correct zodiac and so they incorrectly used the Tropical Zodiac? What is the correct Zodiac? The answer may well surprise many. Myself, being a Vedic/Hindu Astrologer, I was sure surprised when I tested my belief in the Zodiac! I began my testing of the Zodiac after beginning to translate and read the ancient Sanskrit Hindu Astrology/Astronomy books which are, regretfully, largely ignored by most Indian astrologers. What do the old texts say about the Zodiac? Read it here in my article, The Mystery of the Zodiac which you can download at www.vedic-astrology.net/Articles/Mystery-of-the-Zodiac.pdf.
With hopes that the Zodiac will one day be universalized so that Astrologers will not be Hindu, Greek, Persian, Vedic, Western, but astrologers of One World,