Astro Journal #1 – Tropical Versus Sidereal Zodiac

As I have been on this astrological journey, I have found that my framework is solid but I could not quite put my finger on what kind of astrologer I am. Something felt off. So during this line of self questioning, I have decided that I am going to pursue and continue to write on this blog as an online metaphysical journal of sorts.

You see, I have been approached by many to assist them with understanding some concepts regarding, spirituality, astrology, tarot, and divination. This blog is in part, my attempt to have this information available to all of you lovelies (you know who you are). In addition to having a place for self-expression and to share my journey.

I have had requests to write horoscopes time and again— and— while I have always wanted to, something felt off, call it a hunch or intuition. I could never stick to it because I didn’t feel satisfied… that is until yesterday. I fell into a sidereal-sized wormhole, which has me intrigued and excited…

Backstory

I suppose I fell into a Western Tropical traditional/evolutionary astrologer role. It seemed like an easy and natural default. I do account for modern planets and Chiron. In recent years, Hellenistic and Renaissance astrology have peaked my interest as well (which are types of traditional astrology). I enjoy systems and techniques. So, with all that interest, comes a ton of history and reading.

Anyhow, In Western Astrology most people use the Tropical Zodiac, this is to say the Aries point or starting point of the zodiac, starts on the Vernal (Spring) Equinox of the northern hemisphere. This bases the modality of each zodiac sign to be in alignment with the seasons.

  • Cardinal Fire = Aries = The beginning or inrush of Spring
  • Fixed Earth = Taurus = The middle or sustaining of Spring
  • Mutable Air = Gemini = The end or releasing of Spring

In the beginning, or rather with the ancient astrologers, this was in alignment with the seasons and the constellations. This has shift over the centuries, however, as this methodology does not account for precession. So, nowadays to experience the inrush of Spring on the Vernal Equinox is rare depending where you live in the Northern Hemisphere. Do not even get me started about how this doesn’t even begin to match up with the Southern Hemisphere seasons at all.

The Sidereal Zodiac accounts for precession and is more inline with the fixed stars of the constellations while maintaining 30 degrees per sign. This resonates with me so much more than basing the zodiacs on the Vernal Equinox. I mean, astrology is a pseudoscience with its basis on ancient astronomical data. If we are incorporating modern astronomical data and implementing new planetary bodies such as asteroids into our chart interpretations; then I feel, we should also account for the precession of the equinoxes and the current status of the heavenly sky.

Way back in the olden days, Western and Eastern Astrology were more more in sync with each other but over the centuries this has shifted because of precession. The ancient astrologers were also astronomers.To feel the ingress of spring during the vernal equinox made sense to assign Aries this cardinal rush of heat and fire way back whence. Thankfully, the attributes of the zodiac signs doesn’t change now. What changes is simply, where the signs are located when casting a chart. So, If I am to keep in line with this tradition then I must explore and experiment with the Sidereal Zodiac. It seems fitting.

…Then I find out there is such thing as Western Sidereal Astrology! Woohoo! I can still use my preexisting knowledge and techniques and I don’t have to throw away everything I have ever learned. Phew! And there are additional things I can apply to my delineations and such as Nakshatras (lunar mansions) and Fixed Stars. Which have historically significance in the East in tandem with spirituality. I found this in three part in-depth article about Western Sidereal Astrology, if you are interested you can read about it here.

Golden Dawn

Tarot peeps, did you know that Mathers favored a fixed sidereal zodiac? Neither did I until just recently. So, it surprises me that Sidereal is not more popular with western astrological practices. This is not what made me make the switch over but it seems more like a confirmation from the universe. More text and info about this can be found in the book called, “The Astrology of the Golden Dawn (Golden Dawn Studies #10)” by J.W. Brodie-Innes.

Excerpt of The Astrology of the Golden Dawn by J.W. Brodie-Innes

Final Note

Okay, sidereal, you have me hooked so far. I feel like I am being pulled home learning about this ONE thing. A foundation has been laid and I intend on building on it. Of all the divination systems, astrology is the oldest and most complex. There is a combination of logic and intuition that need to be applied. Finding that sweet spot is no easy feat as it is a process of incessant study and application. But once you find what calls to you, makes sense to you, and works for you… run with it.

While I am no master, Western Sidereal Astrology is calling to me. Which means, I have the pleasure and duty of recasting every single natal chart I have ever done and putting in the work. I am ready and highly excited to see what insights I gather from this new perspective.

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