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The sensible origins of astrology

I have been theorizing about this for years now. After looking at Parasara’s Astrology for Agriculture., this is what struck my mind…

  • How do you determine a good time to plant seeds etc? It is dependent on weather.. sun, rain and so on. And these are dependent on seasons. Seasons can be predicted using a calendar and the fundamental calendar is the sidereal or stellar calendar., ie The sun covers 108 padas of 27 nakshatras in one year and then you are back to spring except for that miniscule error due to precession of equinoxes.
  • Who keeps track of the calendar in days when only only rishis had all the instruments, time and techinical know how? The Jyotisha or the guy who studied the lights in the sky. There were no printed calendars and cell phones with google sky maps in them. Ordinary people relied on the jyotishas the way we might rely on a weather channel in the western world.
  • It was the Jyotisha who reckoned the days for you and told you about when to plant seeds, breed cattle and so on.
  • It was the Jyotisha who could tell you good seasons to travel and get married without the rains ruining your outdoor celebrations.
  • It was also perhaps the jyotisha who extended his knowledge of the seasons as applied to plants and animals to human and social affairs.
  • If something planted in x month under y nakshatram is likely to grow, then may be that’s a good day to conceive a child? Maybe someone who is crowned a king on that day will prosper? Today we might not find such connections logical.. but 5000-6000 years ago.. they might have considered it worth researching.

Parasara was the grandson of Vasishta who gave us our method of fixing muhurtas or auspicious times for events. Astronomy was a *family affair for them with Parasara’s son, Vyasa also authoring an Astronomical Siddhanta. But both Vyasa and Parasara were very clear that people had to make their efforts and not rely on fate. Fate was to be used to understand situations, which did not fructify after the best human efforts.

(* I have not found any astronomical work of Vasishtas’s son Sakthi (Parasara’s father) or Vyasa’s son Suka so far.. and all indications are that Vyasa’s grandson Duryodhana was rather weak at astronomy.)

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January 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 65,000 times in 2010. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would have performed about 3 times.


In 2010, there were 66 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 156 posts. There were 14 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 3rd with 396 views. The most popular post that day was Nakshatras, Grahas, Varas, Rasis, Masas, Rtus .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were ancientindians.net, en.wikipedia.org, ancientindians.wordpress.com, google.co.in, and mail.yahoo.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for orion, orion’s belt, saptarishi mandala, ecliptic, and dhanur masam.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Nakshatras, Grahas, Varas, Rasis, Masas, Rtus October 2008


How many kinds of Yugas are there? December 2008


Moola Nakshatram November 2008


Siva Maha Puranam July 2009


Identifying Nakshatras – Betelguese, Arudra in Orion; Aldeberan, Rohini in Taurus; Mrigasira and Krutika; Punarvasu, Pollux in Gemini ; Brahma, Auriga December 2009

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January 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm

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Date of Lagadha, Vedanga Jyotisha (via Ancient Indians – Satya Samhita)

What is Jyotisha? It is the “science of lights” ie astronomy. What is Vedanga? Vedangas are branches of the Vedas, that one must know in order to understand them. They are Siksha, Niruktha, Kalpa, Vyakarana, Chandas and Jyotisha. (More : Vedangas, Learning Vedic Sanskrit (Nirukta Vedanga), Siksha Vedanga, Vedic Rites (Rituals) : kalpa) How big is the Vedanga Jyotisha? The Rg Vedic version is 36 verses long. The Yajurvedic version is 44 verses lon … Read More

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December 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm

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Moon is near Al Hena now, it is Ardra Nakshatram today

Use Google Sky Map and your Telugu Calendar.

The moon is right next to Al Hena, with Betelguese to the south-east and Al Nath to the north-east.

As per telugu calendar it is Ardra Nakshatram to day.

Now you can understand the debate in the identification of Ardra Nakshatram.

Please read the previous posts in this link to get the rest of the debate: Nakshatras, Grahas, Varas, Rasis, Masas, Rtus

With the sun in mula and the moon in ardra, we have a full moon and this time even a lunar eclipse.

Mula is the 14th nakshatra from arudra.


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December 22, 2010 at 6:57 am

The Sun was covered by Sri Krishna’s Sudarshana Chakra : Astronomical Interpretation (via Ancient Indians – Satya Samhita)

Mahabharata : Bhishma Parva : Sanjaya tells Dhritarashtra : Translation by Kisari Mohan Ganguli. Interpretation and Comments by Satya Sarada Kandula. Sanjaya said, “O son of Kuru’s race, I will, however, describe to thee the island called Sudarsana. This island, O king, is circular and of the form of a wheel. It is covered with rivers and other pieces of water and with mountains looking like masses of clouds, and with cities and many delightful p … Read More

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December 7, 2010 at 7:41 pm

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Karthika Deepalu – to light the way for pilgrims?

Karthika Masam is the first month after the rainy season. It usually falls in November and is a great time to travel to most places in India. Not wet, not hot and not yet really cold. The sky is also very well lit by the moon.

As a kindness to pilgrims at a time when there were no electric street lights, it was a great advantage to have all the villages light up their streets and temples.

I think this was one of the practical reasons behind deepa daanam and deepavali… the festival of lights that lasts through the entire karthika maasam.

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November 21, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Dasara Navarathris, The Beginning of Autumn and Victory over the Rains!

Siva : Cauvery Handicrafts

Vijaya Dasimi is victorious 10th day of the dasara navarathris, when we celebrate Devi’s victory over Mahishasura, Pandavas victory over the Kauravas at Matsya Desa and Sri Rama‘s victoy over Ravana.. all depending on which part of India you were born/hail from…

But methinks that is really the victory of the devas (luminaries/stars) over the clouds. FINALLY, we can see the stars, yay!! My gut feel is that some how Indra‘s victory over Vrtra may also be celebrated around now.

Generally any of the ratri festivals, eg Sivaratri, navarathri.. have to do with brilliant starry skies. (EVEN in cloudy bangalore).

BTW, these are also calle s’aradA navaratris, as s’arad Rtu (autumn) begins and varSa Rtu (rainy season) ends.

If you haven’t signed up for Lakshmi’s star gazing classes at AIU you should.. this is the season…

Yesterday, she showed me

  • Brihaspati, the deva guru (Jupiter),
  • s’ravaNa (Altair), the nakshatra of Venkateswara Swamy, Vamana.. Vishnu.. (and also sravana kumara)
  • Vega (Abhijit) and Cygnus
  • Agastya – Canopus

all in about 15 min… we still have  a few clouds left.

Brihaspati Darsanam, Guru Darsanam :

You can see Jupiter, very bright, close to the moon.. about 3 finger widths distance, that is about 5 degrees away. Astrologically speaking, Brihaspati is the karaka for wealth, education, marriage and a host of other good things. I think it is auspicious to have a look at Jupiter. Someone born around now will have the Yoga of Guru and Chandra. My guess is that they will have a well-illumined mind!

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