A lesson on astrology

from May, 2020

Q: What does it mean that Jupiter will “go direct”?

A: Planets are either in Retrograde or Direct. Direct is when they appear from the Earth to be moving forward in the sky, and Retrograde is when they appear from Earth to be moving backwards. Planets go from Retrograde to Direct quite often, so I don’t know what’s so special about 2030. In 2030, Jupiter goes Retrograde in March, then Direct in July. For some reason that he [separate conversation] doesn’t mention, he finds this auspicious for humanity. Maybe he’s more of a palmist than a Vedic astrologer. Not related to what he said, when Jupiter enters its own sign, Sagittarius next month in Retrograde, then goes direct in Sagittarius in Sept, that seems auspicious for the economy.

Sidereal/Vedic astrology, which is based on the actual positions of the stars, seems to be superior for world predictions, but lousy for character analysis. Because of the Precession of the Equinox, the Vedic astrology signs now come about a month later than in Tropical astrology (what is used mostly in the West). Maybe it’s the lag that makes it better for world prediction since there’s usually a lag between cause and effect. If you’re a Taurus in Tropical astrology, you’d probably be an Aries in Vedic astrology — and the two signs are VERY different. So Tropical astrology is FAR superior for character analysis because it is based on fixed sign positions and the planets in the solar system (it’s local), as well as the 4 seasons. I wish they would arrange the months to fit the Tropical astrology signs, the way they probably were originally: March (ruled by Mars) 1st would start at the Spring Equinox, around March 22 on today’s calendar.

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