earliest records of Astrology
date back to Babylon, in the year 1645 BCE.
Unlike today, the art and science of Astrology
was based upon
know that cultures
around the world placed significance on celestial events, and noted the
positions of the stars and planets when any significant event happened
was observation of the heavens
that allowed these cultures to connect events that happened around
events that happened in the sky. At
time, Astrology and Astronomy were one in the same.
Priests looked up in the sky each night with
the unaided eye, and made the first observations of the universe.
observation, the Priests
were able to discern repeating patterns and cycles.
Certain stars acted strangely, wandering
across the sky from week to week and month to month.
The Greeks called these wanderers
Planetae. The word
wandering, or roaming”.
the age before telescopes, there were observed five of these
planetae, or planets. Each
followed a pattern. It
was noted how
planetae would wander near other planetae, and back again. They also noted how the
planetae also moved
through the constellations.
wasn’t until Copernicus, that
this back and forth, or retrograde/direct movement was correctly
why the planets moved the
way they did was less important to ancient Astrologers, than the fact
did move, and when certain movements were observed, certain events were
was through observations that
Astrologers first realized that certain celestial events could be
moon went through its
monthly cycle every 28 days. The
was always the same, and completely predictable.
The sun also moved in a pattern, moving from
the south to the north, and back again. The cycle of the sun was twelve
longer than that of the moon, but again, it was completely predictable,
not to say that unexpected
events didn’t take place. Every
a while a shadow would cross the face of the moon, dimming it for a few
then leaving. It
was even more horrific
when the same thing happened to the sun.
Again, observation and record keeping allowed
Astrologers to realize
that an eclipse of the moon only happened during a Full Moon, and a
eclipse only happened during a New Moon.
Astrologers were able
to calculate the motions of the sun and the moon, and predict when an
(solar or lunar) would happen. Astrologers
were beginning to understand the mechanics of the universe. They could now make
predictions about the
movements of the stars and planets, and be assured that they were
is where Astrology and
Astronomy started to break away from each other.
Originally, Astrology had been based on
certain event that
happened during a particular conjunction of stars caused Astrologers to
that similar events would happen any time that conjunction took place. Now with the ability to
calculate where the
planets and stars would be in the future, observation became secondary.
who still relied on
observation of the stars became Astronomers.
Those who relied on calculations of stellar
theory of calculation
was sound, the planets move in and around the constellations at a
because the much
greater and slower movements of the cosmos take hundreds or even
years to change the sky perceptibly, none of the Astrologers who were
relying solely on the calculations that had been used for centuries
compensate for it.
constellations of the sky
were thought to be a static backdrop against which the sun and planets
moved. For all
intent and purposes, this
is correct. While
showed that the universe is expanding, that expansion hasn’t changed
where the stars and constellations appear in relation to each other,
the millennia since people first started recording their observations. What has happened is that
where and when
those constellations appear in the sky, has changed
first Astrologers, who
created the calculations, did so to the best of their ability, and the
calculations are fairly accurate, but not exact.
Over time, these inaccuracies have built one
on top of the other. If
I have a watch
that loses a second every ten years, in 100 years the watch will be off
seconds. That’s not
a lot, but in 3000
years that same watch, if I don’t correct it, will be off by 300
minutes doesn’t seem like
much, especially over 3000 years, but if you’re waiting for a bus,
one that just left, five minutes can seem like forever.
No single person in their entire lifetime
will ever notice the lost seconds.
them, the watch is perfectly accurate, and to be passed from generation
only after the
accumulation of time, that the problem of the lost second becomes
lost second is what has
happened to Astrology. The
that have become dogmatic for Astrologers are flawed.
Those who first created the calculations did
so to the best of their ability, but they lacked the instruments
make truly accurate measurements.
modern equipment and a much better understanding of why
the planets act the way they do, thanks to Astronomers, we have
a much more accurate way of calculating movement in the universe.
what does this mean to
Astrology? It means
that because those
calculations that Astrologers have been using for millennia are not
accurate, and because the Astrologers haven’t bothered to verify their
calculations by going outside to look at the stars (correct the watch),
perception of the constellations is off by about 24.5 degrees.
when Astrologers say that the
sun is going into the constellation of Taurus on April 20th,
actuality the sun still has 24.5 days before it will leave the
Aries, and move into Taurus. Because
this, most people who think they are one astrological sign are actually
sign prior. If your
birthday is less
than 24 days into the sun sign you think you were born under, you are
the prior sign. Those
who think they
were born near the end of a given sign may actually be on the cusp of
and the one prior.
you ever looked at the
attributes for your Sun Sign, and thought that they just don’t describe
you? Or perhaps
they do to some extent,
but the sign prior also seems to have attributes that fit just as well. Try it.
Look at the attributes of the sign you’ve
always associated as yours,
then look at the attributes for the sign prior.
You may be surprised at what you find.
error doesn’t affect
relationships between planets, but it does affect relationships between
and constellations. If
the sun is in a
conjunction with Mercury and the Moon, that conjunction remains, what
change is which House or constellation that conjunction appears in. This could mean the
harmony and an abundance of money, or never seeming to be able to get
what you need to get by.
Astrologers still use this
flawed math. Or
more accurately, they
reference an ephemeris listing tables that were built using the flawed
math. Even so, if
the Astrologers simply
looked outside and reset to where the constellations actually are, the
would work well enough. Unfortunately,
this is the way it’s always been done, so this is the way everyone does
even if it’s observationally wrong.
is known as Tropical Astrology. When
look in the paper, or online for your daily Horoscope, you are looking
with imperfect calculations,
Astrology still held a huge amount of respect from the establishment,
very long time. Astrologer
respected profession up into the Renaissance.
It wasn’t until the Great Conjunction of 1524
failed to come true, that
Astrology began it’s down turn. That
coupled with the ascendance of the sciences, where empirical evidence
observation were a priority. When
Astrologer stated that a planet was in a certain constellation, an
would look into the sky and see that it wasn’t.
This caused an even bigger rift between the
two schools of thought, and
a loss of respect by the masses.
fix is easy; just start using
astronomical data for the relative positions of the planets and
is called Sidereal
Astronomers use Sidereal
charts to determine where to look for a celestial body.
Sidereal Astrology does the same. Yet most Astrologers still
maintain the use
of outdated and incorrect calculations.
your divination method depends
on the relation of planets and stars to each other, how can you expect
accurate if the conjunction your math tells you is happening in Pisces,
actually happening in Aquarius? That
would be like trying to study the life cycle of caterpillars, using
and wondering why you never get any butterflies.
This is the problem with Tropical Astrology,
and one of the main reasons science now scoffs at it.
observed relationships from
ancient times may be absolutely valid, but in order to predict
the outcome may be, you need to be sure the data you are using is
ephemeris’s are off by
about 24.5 degrees. Try
a compass that is off by even a single degree, a journey from San
Tokyo could find you sailing to Australia instead.
If a single degree can change a trip that
much, how much does 24.5 degrees change an Astrological prediction? Imagine if NASA had used
Tropical data to
send Astronauts to the moon.
happens if a Tropical
Astrologer sees that the Moon is Trine to Mars, and Sextile to Jupiter
is all happening in Gemini? That
Astrologer is going to make predictions based on the fact that
happening in Gemini. The
problem is that
a Sidereal Astrologer would look at the same thing, the Moon is Trine
and Sextile to Jupiter, but it’s actually happening in Taurus. Wouldn’t that tend to
prediction? Yes it
does, a lot as it
Astrologers cling to their
ways because it’s the way it’s always been done. The Japanese still
whales, because that’s the way it’s always been done.
The fact that something has always been done
a certain way, doesn’t mean that it is the right way to do it.
are those who will say that
a chart is relative to its inception.
Tropical Astrology was used for a natal chart, and you use Tropical
to predict an outcome based on that natal chart, that your prediction
accurate. This may
be true to an extent,
but if you know the data you are using is incorrect, why would you use
it? Because that’s
the way it’s always been done.
pride themselves on the
fact that they think for themselves, yet they also tend to use Tropical
what they were
taught. Some try
Sidereal Astrology, but
for some reason it feels weird to them, and they go back to Tropical. Others understand that
divination is only as
good as the method you use. These
Witches switch to Sidereal Astrology, and never look back.
original Astrologers looked
up into the Heavens and saw patterns that foretold the future. Today, most Astrologers
use tables and charts
that reflect how the sky was when those original Astrologers made their
sky has changed since
then, the timing is off. What used to happen in late April in Taurus
happens in late April in Aries. Magickal
Timing is critical for getting desired results.
you take the time to consult
the phase of the Moon, and checking to be sure it’s not Void of Course,
doing a ritual or spell, why wouldn’t you also check to be sure that
conjunctions of planets are happening in the House/Sign/Constellation
they are? Is the
Moon really Void of
Course, or is that calculation 24.5 degrees off, and was that Void of
Moon actually two days ago?
from Sidereal vs. Tropical
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