BLOG POST FOR JUNE 28, 2021
WHY I RETURNED TO THE TROPICAL SYSTEM OF ASTROLOGY
Things were not making sense when I wanted to know when Saturn would be conjuncting my natal
mid-heaven** in the sidereal system of astrology. I switched over from the Tropical system to the
sidereal system early in 2008. A sidereal astrologer friend of mine had been telling me for years that the
tropical system was inaccurate and thus invalid. For many reasons, I was ready to venture into a new
study of astrology so from being an Aries with moon in Capricorn I became a Pisces with my moon in
Sagittarius. I think the motivating factor was the fact that Jesus was a Pisces and since I was the
reincarnation of Jesus I should be a Pisces too. In the tropical system my Mercury was in Pisces which
meant I thought like a Pisces and that should have been enough. I went into a denial of sorts and
strayed from all my years of research from 1974 to 2008. I had it right the first time. The combination
of Sun in Aries and Moon in Capricorn is the aspect of a Master Plan and both my past and present
lifetimes are grounded in a “master plan.” In fact, the truth and the veracity of the Tropical system in
astrology has been screaming at me for years but I just could not see what was right before my eyes.
So, this morning, the 28th day of June 2021 I googled the question: Is the tropical system valid? I didn’t
ask the question: Is the sidereal system valid because up to that moment I believed the tropical system
was bogus because of the Precession of the equinoxes. (Google it.) What popped up was an article by
Matthew Collins who lives in Wichita, Kansas. The caption of his article is: Which is the correct
zodiac: Tropical or Sidereal? Why? What he says makes total logical sense and is worth repeating the
entire article. I’m not saying the sidereal system is an invalid system. What I’m saying is that it makes
no sense to me energetically. Moving the planets, et al 22 degrees back, i.e. clockwise on the zodiac to
the prior sign just isn’t me. I was wrong. For myself, I was wrong. Everyone needs to find their own
energy field they are most comfortable with in their own skin. I wasn’t comfortable anymore and I
needed to go back to my true “tropical” self; and like the old Alka Seltzer ad said: “plop plop fiz fiz oh
what a relief it is.”
So, “which zodiac is correct?” Matthew says: “They both are and there is actually a third zodiac as well
called Draconic. All three are correct, but their uses are different.
Let me first address a couple arguments that are often brought up.
Due to the wobble of the earth’s axis, a phenomena called the “precession of the eqinoxes” occurs
which causes the actual stars to appear to move backwards over time. This creates the zodiacal ages
and causes a difference to arise between the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs.
However, although the signs of the zodiac are named after the constellations, they are not the same.
Constellations are NOT signs and signs are NOT constellations! A sign is exactly 30 degrees and there
are twelve of them. The constellations span more or less than 30 degrees(Libra is less and Scorpius
almost spans 60 degrees(Scorpius is the constellation but Scorpio is the sign, same with Capricornus
and Capricorn respectively}) and there are actually thirteen constellations that touch the ecliptic one of
which is not used by most astrologers. If astrology was actually based upon the constellations, then
there would be thirteen “signs” and none of the signs would have the same number of degrees. This
means astrological charts would look very different than what are actually used.
Sidereal astrologers and scientists accuse Tropical astrologers of using the wrong zodiac because what
is observed in the sky is not what is reflected on a Tropical Zodiac Chart. However, even the
astrologers who use a Sidereal Zodiac, (and scientists who have tried to create a zodiac) do not agree
on what the actual starting point should be and therefore both scientists and sidereal Zodiac astrologers
use different starting points for their respective proposals and they are not in agreement. Thus there are
several ayanamshas that are used and each results in slightly different astrological charts. These starting
points are based off of different stars or using different measurements of where the galactic center is to
arrive at their 0 degree Aries point that begins the zodiac.
It is a little hypocritical of Sidereal Zodiac users to accuse Tropical zodiac users of not using the correct
zodiac, when they themselves cannot agree on what is the correct Sidereal Zodiac among themselves!
At least Tropical Zodiac users agree that the Tropical Zodiac ALWAYS begins on the Vernal Equinox
The Tropical Zodiac fixes the astrological influences to the seasons of the year based upon life on earth.
Scientific research has revealed that the changing of the Tropical Zodiac signs closely match the
changing of the sun’s equatorial polarity. For those not familiar, the sun has two north and south poles
around its equator that rotate+,-,+,- three times each earth year in addition to the actual north and south
poles at the sun’s polar regions. The magnetic field rotates faster along the equator than it does at the
sun’s poles and when this causes the magnetic lines to snap away from the surface, it is at those
locations that solar flares and solar prominences (occur).
The equatorial pole rotation results in the earth experiencing solar radiation from each of the four poles
three times a year. The change from one pole to the next occurs around the time the Tropical
Zodiachas a sign change. All the fore signs occur during the same solar pole radiation period. Same
with each of the Earth, Air and Water signs.
Furthermore, astrology charts view the cosmos from earth (and) thus use a geocentric model. The
scientific fact that the earth revolves around the sun rather than vice versa, has no effect on how the
planets APPEAR to move in the heavens when VIEWED from earth. An astrological chart is drawn up
with the person or event at the center of the chart with the eastern horizon at that moment indicated by
the ascendant and the western horizon indicated by the descendant. This is relative to the geographic
position on earth of where the event indicated by the chart takes place as defined bythe longitude and
latitude coordinates ON EARTH. Therefore a heliocentric chart will not provide an accurate model as
related to the subject for which the chart is drawn. In the future when people are colonizing Mars, the
Moon and other planets and asteroids, those born on such bodies will have to use a Mars-centric or
lunar-centric or asteroid-centric, or even sdpace ship/space station centric astrological chart to obtain an
accurate astrology chart as the geocentric model used on earth would be just as invalid for them as a
heliocentric chart is wrong for anything that occurs on earth.
Traditional astrology uses the premise(albeit incorrectly explained by the Ancient Greeks) that the eyes
send out rays of light and when these rays touched another object, it allows the object to be seen. In
reality, we now know that the opposite is true, that it is the object that reflects light rays to the eyes that
allow the object to be seen. However, that be as it may, the effect (from an astrological point of view)
still holds. That being that planets in aspect can “see” or :observe” each other because of light reflected
between them. Based upon this, if the radiation carried by light from the fixed stars or the
constellations for whom the nsigns are named has any effect (or the radiation from the galactic center),
then the Sidereal Zodiac is important to take into consideration just as much as the Tropical Zodiac
maps the solar readiation.
Originally the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs coincided. Over time they drifted apart and both Tropical
and Sidereal Astrologers both were successful with the charts they drew. They were both accurate
enough not to change over and adopt the other zodiac. This shows that both yield accurate results.
However, the focus of Tropical Astrology and Sidereal Astrology are different indicating where each
find their respective strengths. Also the Sidereal astrological tradition hasn’t been oppressed and the
source material is still available in an unbroken practice. Western Tropical Astrology has been
oppressed and as a result, Tropical astrology has had to reinvent itself several times throughout its history.
Sidereal astrology makes greater use of the parts of each sign more than Tropical astrology although they exist in both with different methods of defining them.
I think both are valid positions and it has been my experience that each zodiac has its place and one zodiac is better at some things whereas the other zodiac is better at others.
As far as the third zodiac I mentioned, the draconic, it begins at ) degrees Aries at whatever location the North Lunar Node is. It doesn’t matter if you use a Tropical or Sidereal Zodiac as you will subtract the North Node position from all the positions on the Tropical or Sidereal Zodiac which will result in the exact same positions on the draconic regardless of which chart you start with. This Draconic Zodiac is used to address one’s soul and purpose in life. It can reveal the lessons to be learned, inclinations, struggles, etc.
All three have their merit and areas where they are better suited than the others. None are more correct than the others. It just depends on the purpose for looking at the chart.”
** “The midheaven is the 10th house of one’s chart.”Astrologer Lisa Stardust says: “It represents our public life, standing, and career goals. More importantly, it describes our purpose in life and what we can give to society. Along with career goals, it also represents our most outer self, our connection with the world, our purpose in this lifetime, our achievements, and our aspirations.”
One who knows.
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