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Vedic Astrology Lesson 3

by G. Kumar

The real path of the earth around the Sun is called the Ecliptic.

9 degrees to either side of the Ecliptic is a belt of the Heavens known as the Zodiac. (Dante called it the Oblique Line that beareth all planets).

First 30 degrees of the Zodiac constitute the sign of Aries. The next 30 degrees Taurus and so on. The Zodiac counted from the first degree of Aries to the 360th degree of Pisces is called the Tropical Zodiac.


The Limbs of the Tropical Zodiac

Sign Degrees:

Aries                  00 - 30
Taurus               30 - 60
Gemini               60 - 90
Cancer                90 - 120
Leo                   120 - 150
Virgo                 150 - 180
Libra                 180 - 210
Scorpio              210 - 240
Sagittarius         240 - 270
Capricorn           270 - 300
Aquarius            300 - 330
Pisces                330 - 360

These 12 signs are the limbs of the Cosmic Man or Time Eternal (Kalapurusha- The Almighty Self as Time)

Aries is His head, Taurus His face, Gemini His neck, Cancer His heart, Leo the place beneath, Virgo His belly, Libra His generative organs, Scorpio the place beneath, Sagittarius His upper thigh, Capricorn his lower thigh, Aquarius His leg and Pisces His feet !

The Zodiac is tenanted by 27 constellations each of them spread over an arc of 13 degrees 20 minutes. The Zodiac counted from the first degree of Beta Arietis ( Aswini) to the 360th degree of Zeta Piscium ( Revathi) is known as the Sidereal Zodiac.

Western Astrology is based on the Tropical Zodiac and the Vedic on the Sidereal.



The Limbs of the Sidereal Zodiac

Name of Constellation Deg Min Deg Min

1. Beta Arietis ( Aswini )                     00 00 13 20
2. 41 Arietis ( Bharani )                      13 20 26 40
3. Eta Tauri ( Karthika )                      26 40 40 00
4. Alpha Tauri ( Rohini )                      40 00 53 20
5. Lamda Orionis ( Mrigasira )             53 20 66 40
6. Alpha Orionis ( Aridra )                    66 40 80 00
7. Beta Geminorum ( Punarvasu )         80 00 93 20
8. Delta Cancri ( Pushya )                     93 20 106 40
9. Alpha Cancri ( Aslesha )                  106 40 120 00
10. Alpha Leonis ( Magha )                 120 00 133 20
11. Delta Leonis ( Pubba )                  133 20 146 40
12. Beta Leonis ( Uttara )                   146 40 160 00
13. Delta Corvi ( Hasta )                    160 00 173 20
14. Alpha Virginis ( Chitra )                173  20 186 40
15. Alpha Bootis ( Chothi )                  186 40 200 00
16. Beta Librae ( Vishakam)                200 00 213 20
17. Delta Scorpi ( Anuradha)                213 20 226 40
18. Alpha Scorpi ( Jyeshta )                 226 40 240 00
19. Lamda Scorpi ( Moola )                  240 00 253 20
20. Delta Sagittari ( Poorvashad )        253 20 266 40
21. Delta Sagittari ( Uthrashad )          266 40 280 00
22. Alpha Aquilae ( Sravana )               280 00 293 20
23. Alpha Delphini ( Dhanishta )           293 20 306 40
24. Lamda Aquari ( Satabhisha)           306 40 320 00
25. Alpha Pegasi ( Poorvabhadra)         320 00 333 20
26. Alpha Andromeda ( Uttrarabhadra) 333 20 346 40
27. Zeta Piscium ( Revathi )                346 40 360 00



The Portfolios of Planets

In the celestial Government of the Almighty, the Sun is the King and Moon is the Queen! Mars, the Defense Minister, Mercury, the Prince, Venus & Jupiter the Ministers and Saturn is the messenger!

The Sun represents the    Soul of the Cosmic Man
The Moon                        Mind
Mars                               Physical Strength
Mercury                           Speech
Jupiter                            Happiness Learning & Wisdom
Venus                              The Libido
Saturn                             Sorrow


English Literature & Astrology

Homer referred to the mighty Orion. Cicero assigned divinity to the stars. The great philosopher Origen believed that the stars and the constellations were signs through which the Omnipotent Divine exerted His malevolent or benevolent Will. Dante was an astrologer like Newton, Bacon, Nostradamus, Companus, Paracelsus and others. To Dante, Astrology was the noblest of all sciences. Dante drew a parallel between the seven liberal arts and the seven planets in his Convivio. He gave grammar to the Moon & Dialectic to Mercury. Shakespeare referred to the "operations of the orbs by whom we doth exist and cease to be ". Christopher Marlowe referred to the place where " Mars did mate the Carthiginians"!

Count Louis Hamon (Cheiro) declared that the message boldly  blazoned across the heavens (the positions of the planets) represented the Universal Will & that the precession of the Equinoxes (25,920 years - 360 degrees) was so beautifully calculated by the Great Geometrician of the Universe & that all biological processes obey the divine order of the celestial bodies and this is expressed in the prayer we were taught long ago " Thy Will be done, as in Heaven, so on earth".!


Astrology as related to Yoga.

Correspondences - In Integral Yoga and the Supramental Dialectic

Life is represented by              
    Sun
Mind is represented by                  Moon
Matter is represented by               Mars
Supermind is represented by         Venus
Being is represented by                Jupiter
Knowledge is represented by         Saturn
and Bliss is represented by           Mercury

Correspondences - In Dante's Cosmology

The Seven cardinal virtues were represented by the seven planets in
Dante's Divina Commedia.

Jupiter-                  Justitia                    Justice
Saturn-                   Temperantia            Temperance
Mars-                      Fortitudo                 Fortitude
Sun-                        Prudentia                Prudence
Venus-                     Gnosis                    Knowledge
Mercury-                  Sophia                    Wisdom
Moon-                      Understanding

 

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-Article by G Kumar, Astrologer and CEO - www.zodiaccomputers.com. Kumar started his own website in March 1999. Through his website he offers Astrology Consultancy, Software and printouts. He is contactable at [email protected] or [email protected]. The address of his physical shop is Zodiac Computers, 3/528 Tkss Bldgs, East Nada, Guruvayur , Kerala, India 680101.Office Phone +91 0487-552851. Home Phone +91 0487-422060 He has compiled a Free Ebook on AstroNumerology which includes all Nine Lessons. To get the Free Ebook, click here - mailto:[email protected]?subject=NumerologyEbook

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