Today is the first day of the Vedic New Year named “Khara”, which is marked by the conjunction of the Moon and the Sun, of equal degrees in Pisces.
Vedic astrology is founded on the bahndu of the Vedic scriptures. As bahndu is Sanskrit for “the inner and outer worlds”, the ancient Hindu astrology derives from the connection between microcosm and macrocosm. Vedic astrology differs from Western astrology primarily in its focus on the Sidereal Zodiac, rather than the Tropical Zodiac. Both systems chart the ecliptic (the path that the sun traces throughout the year) according signs named after constellations (Cancer, Pisces, etc…). The Sidereal Zodiac charts the ecliptic and signs according to the position of fixed stars, while the Tropical Zodiac is determined by the position of the vernal equinox (the intersection of the ecliptic and celestial equator). The difference between the two systems has been marked by 1.4 arc degrees per century.
(image: Vedic, or Jyotiṣa, South Indian birth chart)
Quite heavy for a Monday afternoon. If you’re interested, you can read more about the 2011-2012 Vedic New Year, written by the Vedic astrologer, Chakrapani Ullal. If you’re dying to know more about the upcoming year, we will happily direct you to Chakrapani’s full, lengthy prediction for the Vedic Year “Khara” after it’s posted next week!
Shukla Paksha Pratipada! Happy New Year!