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OF LIGHT : VEDIC ASTROLOGY
If we look at a regular ephemeris
and see that the Moon is in Gemini and then go out and see what constellation it is actually in, we will
most likely find it in the stars of Taurus, which is where Vedic astrology would place it. Hence
sidereal astrology is more astronomically accurate and reflects more the
stars. Tropical astrology reflects more the seasonal changes and the
Sun-Earth relationship. Both systems have their efficacy but their languages may be confusing as
what they refer to as the signs of the zodiac is determined by two different standards of
measurement. It is not in doubt where the signs actually are, but the
method of ascertaining them has two main methods which yield different results.
Sidereal astrology calculates this ongoing movement of the precession into its planetary
positions. Hence its point for the vernal equinox is slowly changing, a
rate around 50" per year.
According to the standard government of India system the equinox will be as of 1990 about 6
degrees 20 minutes of Pisces. In the Puranas, the mythological texts
of late ancient and medieval India, we read of the spring equinox as at
0 Aries (c. 500 A.D.). In Vedanga Jyotish, a late Vedic supplement, we find it in
the end of Aries (c. 1200 B.C.).