THE ORIGINS OF ASTROLOGY
"Astrology developed in India in stages. The earliest stage was of native ideas about the stars and the future, found primarily in the Vedas. Mesopotamian astral omens also became known, perhaps during the Achaemenian period. But Greek astrology came to India during the first century CE, from Alexandria, and was adopted enthusiastically. Most astrology in India today is Greek astrology. But it is Greek astrology heavily modified to fit Indian society. As a result, it is in modern India that classical astrology, including astral religion, is most alive and powerful. The modern Euro-American revival of belief in astrology is due in part to the Theosophical Society's promotion of Indian astrology."
-From Sphudjidhvaja in "The Yavanajataka"
WHAT IS THE YAVANAJATAKA?
The Yavanajataka is Sanskrit for "Saying (Jataka) of the Greeks (Yavanas)") is the earliest writing of Indian astrology. It is a translation from Greek to Sanskrit made by "Yavanesvara" ("Lord of the Greeks") in 149 - 150 CE, under the rule of the Western Kshatrapa King Rudrakarman I, and then versified 120 years later by Sphujidhwaja. The original Greek text is considered to have been written around 120 BCE in Alexandria. It is India's earliest Sanskrit work in horoscopy, followed by other works of Western origin which greatly influenced Indian Astrology: the Paulisa Siddhanta ("Doctrine of Paul"), and the Romaka Siddhanta ("Doctrine of the Romans").
WHAT IS ASTROLOGY?
Astrology is the science of energy and is an individual’s own weather forecast and, depending upon the alignments (weather patterns) that one experiences, these vast energies provide an awareness which can directly affect the choices that person will make and how those choices can impact his or her daily life. The natal chart or birth chart is a karmic blue print of your previous lives, especially your last recent life. One basically picks up where they left off and continue on their quest of knowing oneself, as well as the balancing of the karmas. The actions that were created in the past, produce a result and we as people are reaping those results in this lifetime.
TROPICAL (WESTERN) VS. ASTERIAN (EASTERN) ASTROLOGY
Tropical astrology, also referred to as Western astrology, is the main system used in the West. It is the source for the zodiac calendar familiar to most of us. The problem with Tropical astrology, is that it is flawed. It is flawed because it does not include the astronomical concept of precession. As a result, the Tropical zodiac is not aligned with the actual positions of the constellations, and it fails to exactly align with the seasons. Even worse, Tropical astrology erroneously applies northern hemisphere seasons to the whole planet when in fact the large populations in the southern hemisphere experience the seasons and alignment with the constellations six months apart from those in the northern hemisphere. Tropical astrology of today is 24 degrees off the star constellations so central to it.
Asterian astrology is a form of Eastern sidereal astrology that was re-created by Jade Sol Luna, using the ancient Greco-Roman system. The name Asterian astrology comes from the fact that Alexander the Great’s priests, who channeled the Goddess Asteria (Hecate’s Mother) for all Astrological insight. Asteria was the stars (Stars) and her daughter Hecate was the Moon that traveled through them. Within the Asterian astrology system are the 27 Lunar Stars (Nakshatras) that divide the sky. The Stars provide structure of Asterian astrology. These conceptually relate to the Signs of the Tropical zodiac; 2.33 consecutive Stars are roughly equivalent to one zodiac sign. This gives the Asterian astrology system far greater exactitude than the Tropical system. Each Star is identified by the prominent cluster of stars in and around each of the constellations. The Sun passes through the 27 lunar Stars during its annual cycle. Each Star is named for the “ruling” Roman/Greco god or goddess (also called angel) through whose constellation the Moon traveled, for approximately one day during its monthly cycle. The God or Goddess that rules over the position of the Sun is also observed. These Gods/Stars can be divided into three categories, or natures: angelic, human, and infernal. To the ancient Romans, these categories represented the thee natures of God.
-From Jade Sol Luna’s book “Asterian Astrology: The Lost System of Alexander the Great Vol. 1” (Click on title to purchase)
For a basic understanding of what the Stars represent, you can click on the “27 Stars & 12 Signs” page located at the top of the page. For a more in-depth understanding of the Stars, you can purchase the book, “27 Stars; Discovering Your True Self With Asterian Astrology,” from Amazon. (Click on title to purchase)