Revealed to the Indian Seers in yogic flashes of heightened Consciousness,
Hindu Astrology was developed strictly on scientific laws. Backed up by Astronomy and Maths, Astrology continues to rule as the Queen & Mother of all Sciences.
Long Astro Cycles have fascinated mankind. This is the Hindu perspective of Astro Cycles.
The Vernal Equinoctial Point was found to precede one degree in every 72
years. Hence as one Zodiacal Sign is 30 degrees in length, 2160 years is
the duration of an Age Cycle. We are at the moment undergoing the Piscean Age which will give way to the Aquarian in 2444 AD. It is called
the Piscean Age because the Vernal Equinoctial Point is passing through
Pisces and is at the moment 06 degrees 40 minutes 24 seconds in Pisces.
Age Cycle ( 72*30) = 2160 years
Precessional Cycle (72*360) = 25920 years ( as the Zodiac is 360 degrees )
Equinoctial Cycle (2000*2160) = 43,20000 years
Cosmological Cycle ( 2 million * 2160 ) = 4.32 billion years
One Cycle of Brahma = 100 Brahma years
One Day of Brahma = 4.32 billion years
Hence one Super Cosmological Cycle or
Maha Manvantara = 4.32*2*365.25*100 = 311.04 trillion years
One Cosmological Cycle ( Brahma Kalpa) was considered to be one
Brahma Day and another 4.32 billion years was considered to be
one Brahma Night. One Cosmological Cycle was one thousand
Equinoctial Cycles ( Chatur Yugas) or 2 million Age Cycles!
The Hindu Calendar -
Based on Equinoctial Cycles
An Equinoctial Cycle comprises of 4 Ages.
Threta Yuga = 600 Age Cycles
Dwapara Yuga = 400 Age Cycles
Kali Yuga = 200 Age Cycles
Maha Yuga = 2000 Age Cycles
( Equinoctial Cycle )
As per Hinduc Astronomy, the Dark Age ( Kali Yuga ) commenced from 3102 BC , 16th February Midnight.
The Concept of Ayanamsa
The Date of Coincidence of the Tropical and the Sidereal Zodiacs was found to be 285 AD and the Ayanamsa ( precessional distance ) was called Lahiri's Ayanamsa. Different scholars gave different dates but the Indian Govt in order to standardise the Ayanamsa value took the initial point of the Zodiac as the point in the Ecliptic opposite the star Chitra ( Alpha
Virginis ) which was the vernal equinoctial point on the Vernal Equinox day of 285 AD. The rate of precession of the Vernal Equinox was taken as 50.3 seconds per sidereal year.
In Hindu Astrology, Ayanamsa value is deducted from the Tropical longitudes of planets to get the Sidereal longitudes. Hence the longitudes of planetsin Western Astrology ( Tropical ) and Indian Astrology differ by 23.5 degrees this year. Natal charts cast in these 2 systems will be entirely
The Tropicalists ( Western Astrologers) maintain that the Vernal Point is in the 6th degree of Pisces now . The Siderealists ( Hindu Astrologers )
maintain that the Sidereal Starting Point remains to be 0 degrees Beta
Arietis ( Aswini ) and that the Sidereal Zodiac doesn't change.
Scientific Offshoots of Astrology
Pythagorus discovered that the Nine numbers correspond to the Nine
revolving heavens and became the founder of Astro-Numerology. The
most auspicious number Three was represented by the monarch of
the sky, Jupiter.
Another intuitively scientific offshoot of Astrology was
Astrology as related to Yoga
As per Indian Philosophy, Astrology was considered to be the foremost
amonst the six auxiliary sciences as Yoga was considered to be the
foremost amongst the six main sciences. Even Yogis used to consult
astrologers about gaining Self-Actualisation. Jupiter, Saturn and the
South Node were considered to be the spiritual planets which bring in
Immortality or Self-Actualisation.
The Law of Correspondences
In our next article we will deal with the properties of
the nine revolving
heavens and their significations.