Introduction to Astrology, part V. The Eternal Dilemma of the Axial Precession

One of the debates that’s heard most frequently when discussing Astrology, revolves around the so-called Precession of the Equinoxes, which should – in the eyes of the detractors – explain the status of “pseudoscience” held by Astrology and PrecessioneEquinozithe inconsistence of its claims. Those who voice this opinion are generally unaware of the fact that Sidereal Astrology (the system that takes fixed stars and constellations as a reference) and Tropical Astrology (the system in use in Western countries) are two completely different branches that drifted apart centuries ago. Sidereal Astrology is different from Western Tropical Astrology in the same way the latter differs from Bazi Astrology, and Vedic Astrology from Buddhist Astrology.
The phrase “Precession of the Equinoxes” indicates the process that brings the equinoxes to move westward along the ecliptic relative to the fixed Stars;  the expression itself has become obsolete in technical language due to improvements in the ability to calculate the gravitational force between and among planets, leading to more accurate conclusions and thus to the adoption of new terminologies. What interests us, however, is that this doesn’t affect the way Astrology operates, since in the Tropical system, the names of the signs are conventional names for the twelve 30-degree segments of the Zodiac, and the system itself is based on the point of Vernal Equinox.
The way the twelve Signs are seen and understood in this context, is as progressive stages of unfolding of Energy throughout a whole cycle. There is no deny that the manifestation of such Energy in Nature, around the time of the Vernal Equinox, bears more than a passing affinity with the traditional attributes associated to the Cardinal Sign of Aries (liveliness, impetus, drive to initiate), in the same way the traits of Capricorn (austerity, moral rigorousness, frugality) are akin to the corresponding seasonal features. Save for the affinity in terms of denominations, this has very little to do with the Constellations and a lot to do with how the Cosmic energies make themselves known around us and exert their effects on all Universal forms of consciousness.
The tropical system was perfected during the Hellenistic period, and remains prevalent in Western astrology. Sidereal system is mostly used in traditional Vedic/Hindu astrology.

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