What is Precession of the Equinoxes?
Currently, March Equinox occurs when the Sun is in Pisces. But this was not always the case. 2,000 years ago, March Equinox occurred in Aries.
The precession of the equinoxes is a 26,000-year cycle. The wobble of the Earth’s axis draws a counter-clockwise ‘circle’ in the heavens and literally points to different North Stars over the course of the cycle.
12,000 years from now, the North Pole axis of the Earth will approximately point to the star Vega.
Your Sun Sign in Vedic Astrology
Spring Equinox shifts every 1500- 2000 years meaning that the Spring Equinox will be in a different constellation. The famous song, that has the lyric ‘The dawning of the Age of Aquarius’ is actually considered to be the Age of Pisces in Vedic astrology, astronomy, and sidereal astrology.
This is why your “sun sign” might actually be different for most of you in Vedic Astrology. (There is a 23-degree difference between Western astrology and Vedic Astrology. Your sun sign in Vedic astrology will be 23 degrees earlier, than in Western astrology.)
This cycle shifts where the Spring Equinox will appear to rise each spring over the course of thousands of years.
This is where the fated song “Age of Aquarius” actually derived its name. BUT, in the Vedic system, it is said that we are still in the Age of Pisces according to the maps that astronomers use currently.
You see, according to the sidereal map, the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere occurs in Pisces each year. And this will remain true for our lifetimes.
Era according to March Equinox
What is deeply interesting, is that the constellation where the Equinox rises affect an entire social movement and ethos across the globe. We are affected by these themes; societies rise and fall with the predominant social patterns affecting our psyche. In the time of bull when equinox occurred in Taurus, agrarian society was beginning to rise. When equinox occurred in Aries, a time of war broke out across the planet. It so happens that significant earthquakes disrupted the flow of rivers where entire civilizations had settled like the Minoan civilization on Crete in Greece and the Indus-Sarasvati Civilization in India all were disrupted at almost the same time.
Another “Age” when Equinox was in Taurus
For instance, back in 1,500 B.C. when the Age of the Bull was shifting into the Age of the Ram and the Minoan Era on Crete was destroyed, the spring equinox was rising in the sign of Taurus (the sign of the bull) and was shifting into the sign of Aries (sign of the Ram).
I have seen with my own eyes, the stones from the Age of the Bull literally used as the foundation of the next era for the Age of the Ram. You can see these stones in the heart of old Athens. They literally scratched out the Greek for Bull and changed it to Ram…in 1500 and 1000 B.C.E. and well into the turn of the next millennia.
This is a fascinating topic and I hope to write a short book on this topic and connect the historical events occurring at the different ‘times’ according to the spring equinox shifting every few thousand years.
This is what my husband and I stumbled upon repeatedly (with some studying beforehand) on our honeymoon trip to Crete and Greece.
This is more than a discussion of astronomy, this is connecting global ethos and patterns in societies as reflected in the dominant ‘sign’ in which the spring equinox occurs. This is what the Greeks were documenting and then this particular form of astrology actually fell out of popular use – unlike the Vedic and Eastern systems, which have an unbroken oral lineage and textbooks that are a mere 2,000 years old (and preserved systems of knowledge a minimum of 5,000 years old, likely much older).
Difference between Vedic and Western Astrology
One of the main differences between Western (tropical) and Vedic (sidereal astrology) is that the map used to calculate birth charts has shifted over the last 2, 000 years according to the natural wobble in the Earth’s axis.
In the heyday of Western or Greek astrology, the tropical map and the sidereal map actually appeared to be almost the same, so there was a common language when the astronomers of Greece, Egypt, and India spoke and compared notes. (This did happen historically, even though it took generations to cross the oceans, and return home with the information. It is well documented in Indian texts that India was in communication with some Greek or “Ionian” astronomers and astrologers.)
This article will be added to overtime. Return here to learn more about ancient history and how these cycles are currently affecting the world ethos.
The precession of the equinoxes is 25,700 years, and it is referenced in Vedic astrology as just one small portion of time. The Indian texts document cycles of time in the billions of years and names the time in which we are for this creation cycle. These are called Yugas.
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Precession of the Equinoxes
Learn More about the Precession of the Equinoxes – Britannica