PURUṢĀRTHA – LES QUATRE PILIERS

[This is a French translation of the original article published in English April 2, 2019.] Le terme astrologie classique est souvent utilisé de manière assez étroite. Le fait est que nous découvrons vraiment la convergence de différentes cultures, de l’helléniste au persan et les deux à l’indien. Babylonien et égyptien. Il n’y a pas de […]

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SIRIUS – HELIACAL RISING & SETTING – 800 BC – 2000 AD

[The first part of this article was first published in 2003 as a page in a previous incarnation of The Classical Astrologer. The present article contains some very minor refinements and an  Addendum, intended as a brief expansion on the significance of the annual event.] Sirius is a first magnitude star (HR 2491 HD 48915 […]

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Puruṣārtha – The Four Pillars

The term classical astrology is often used in a rather narrow way. The fact is that we are really discovering the convergence of different cultures, from the Hellenist to Persian and both to Indian. Babylonian and Egyptian. There is no absolute boundary between one and another. This is not to say that there are no […]

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The Zodiacal Riddle of Vettius Valens

The works of major Hellenistic astrologers have become available over the last few decades. Of course, Claudius Ptolemy has been part of the canon for centuries. His works have been helpful in many ways, but we can’t say he is the last word. Indeed, the reading of Ptolemy has lead to many preconceptions, particularly with […]

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Rahu Ketu & Nakshatras for the Hellenistic Astrologer

This is a continuance of Astrological Mysticism in The Surya Siddhanta. Since that article was written several months ago, I have managed to obtain other texts on Indian Astrology which have served to explain or fill in apparent gaps. I have also been fortunate to meet highly accomplished Indian astrologers who were amenable to discussing […]

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Astronomical Code of the Ṛgveda: I

It has been my contention for a very long time, that if we were to somehow remove the Indian influence on astrology, we would have precious little left at the end of the day. Moreover, this source of wisdom goes back to the sages who composed the first of the Vedas, know as the RgVeda. […]

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Hindu Story of Creation

 One of a series of videos from the Primary Questions interactive resource created by IE for the Wonder Project 

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Navarasa – Nine States of Mind

I claim no special expertise in this element of South Indian culture, but I do admit to a longtime fascination and deep affection for elements of traditional Indian culture. I was introduced to Indian classical music and dance at an early age and remain fascinated by the traditional Indian ability to incorporate such a high […]

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Indian Cosmology : Astrological Mysticism in the The Surya Siddhanta – I

Earth is a sphere Thus everywhere on [the surface of] the terrestrial globe, people suppose their own place higher [than that of others], yet this globe is in space where there is no above nor below. —Surya Siddhanta, XII.53 Translator: Scott L. Montgomery, Alok Kumar Many people who are familiar with Indian Epic the Ramayana, will […]

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Spring Equinox / Nouruz – 2017

Wishing Everyone a Great Spring Equinox / Nouruz The Chart is Set for GMT. The celebration of the New Year in one way or another is virtually universal, although what is recognized as the new year differs. In the Western world, including that of the Eastern Orthodox tradition, the Winter Solstice is central in the Northern […]

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