Astrology was practised by the rishis (sages) in ancient times. However, humanity has lost that precious art through the ages, and what goes around as astrology nowadays is but a pale shadow of what our ancestors knew then. As a result, in my endeavour to learn authentic astrology, I had to overcome a few misconceptions on what is considered authentic.

Are the classical astrology books authentic?

The classical astrology books we have now have all been penned down after the start of Kali yuga. For example, Brihat Jataka is said to have been written about 2000 yrs back, and all the other books available now were written after Brihat Jataka. Moreover, the authenticity of the versions of Brhat Parasara Hora Sastra we have now is debatable. A profound discussion on this topic is available here.

Brihat Jataka

I read Brhat Jataka so as to learn astrology in its purest form as expounded by the sages. But, I felt wanting for more and that the book was incomplete. I don’t intend to say that I mastered that book, but the book does not discuss even some basic aspects of astrology like the rules about rahu and ketu; about 6th, 8th, and 12th houses being bad; etc.

No agreed-upon rules in Vedic astrology

To add to the confusion, no two books agreed on the astrological rules, and applying those contrasting rules did not produce good results. Certainly, I am not a master of astrology, agreed. But, even the masters cannot understand the basis of the predictions in nadi astrology and Saptarishi Nadi.

Saptarishi Nadi

To clarify, those who have consulted nadi astrology will realize the precision of the past-life predictions in those palm leaves; therefore, a science capable of such predictions existed/exists. In fact, we do have the work of saptarishis themselves in the Saptarishi Nadi series.

Saptarishi Nadi is a collection of books containing discussions of horoscopes by the seven sages (saptarishis) and the consort of Lord Siva, Devi Parvati, herself. It is written in poetic form in the Tamil language. These books were compiled from palm manuscripts found in various parts of Tamilnadu, India, and published by the Government Oriental Manuscripts Library, Madras. Most importantly, they are a treasure house for those who want to analyze the predictions of the horoscopes by the ancient sages. I have discussed at length about this collection in the Saptarishi Nadi section. I have compiled the portions where the saptarishis put forth their arguments in favor of/against some of their predictions in the form of an eBook titled, “Elucidation of astrological predictions by saptarishis: Saptarishi Nadi, Aries ascendant collection.”

The most intriguing aspect of Saptarishi Nadi is that the verses indicate the planetary position at the time of birth. The saptarishis also elaborate on their predictions and elucidate the various conflicting rules, which throw much light on the authentic rules of astrology.

Saptarishis used tropical zodiac

In the course of my quest for authentic astrology, a tectonic realization occurred: I learned that the saptarishis used a tropical zodiac with sidereal nakshatras, as opposed to a sidereal zodiac. To clarify, traditional Indian astrologers nowadays use sidereal zodiac. I have discussed at length the evidence that the saptarishis used a tropical zodiac in my article here. Specifically, manuscript evidence for the use of tropical zodiac by the saptarishis is also available now.

Tropical zodiac vs sidereal zodiac

To understand the impact of using a tropical zodiac versus sidereal zodiac, let’s compare the charts for two countries that obtained independence at the same time—India and Pakistan.

Chart using sidereal zodiac for India and Pakistan

Both India and Pakistan obtained independence on August 15, 1947, at the stroke of midnight. The horoscopes for India and Pakistan generated using sidereal zodiac (traditional Lahiri ayanamsa) are given below:

Horoscope of India using sidereal zodiac. The ascendant is Taurus.
Horoscope of Pakistan using sidereal zodiac. The ascendant is Taurus.

We see that the ascendants are the same for both countries. In fact, the horoscopes are the same for both countries using sidereal zodiac. However, we know that the two countries have very different characters, standing in the world stage, and growth trajectories.

Although Pakistan now celebrates its independence on the 14th of August, the Indian Independence Act 1947 recognized 15th August 1947, as the birthday of both Pakistan and India. Jinnah also declared in his first speech, “August 15 is the birthday of the independent and sovereign state of Pakistan.” Only later did Pakistan advance the Independence Day to 14th August. Therefore, for astrological predictions, 15th August should be considered as the moment of birth for Pakistan. The moment of conception cannot be changed to our whims and fancies after the fact.

The charts using tropical zodiac

Let us use tropical zodiac for calculating the birth chart of both the nations. Setting up JHora to use tropical zodiac with sidereal nakshatras has been illustrated in this post.

Horoscope of India using tropical zodiac. The ascendant is Gemini.
Horoscope of Pakistan using tropical zodiac. The ascendant is Taurus.

A cursory analysis shows that the ascendant is different for the two nations. The ascendant for Pakistan is the same as before (Taurus). However, the placement of the planets has changed. The ascendant for India is Gemini. The charts of India and Pakistan are different now.

One conspicuous bit of history is that Pakistan waged many wars against India and lost. The ascendant lord for Pakistan, Venus, is placed in the 4th house (Leo). Venus also happens to be the 6th lord and is strongly placed in a kendra. A strong 6th lord is not good for the analyzed entity and strengthens one’s enemies. By contrast, the 6th lord for India is Mars and is debilitated in Cancer. A native with a debilitated 6th lord overcomes her enemies.

Computation using tropical zodiac brings out the differences in the fate of the two nations, while that using a sidereal zodiac does not. Other astrologers have used a different birth time for Pakistan to circumvent this problem, which is unacceptable. The tropical zodiac clearly depicts the truth.

Try explaining the fate of India and Pakistan using sidereal zodiac. One would have to resort to complicated rules and explanations (or bend them to one’s advantage) or alter the birth time (rectification). The astrologers who used sidereal zodiac through the centuries would have tweaked the rules based on their experience to explain the life events.

Know your Vedic horoscope with tropical zodiac and sidereal nakshatras

To compute a horoscope with tropical zodiac and sidereal nakshatras for you for free, you can send me your birth particulars (date, time, and place of birth) through the contact form in the website. I will send you the basic horoscope in pdf form as soon as I find time.

To sum up

After I came across Saptarishi Nadi, I realized that the saptarishis used a tropical zodaic. However, humanity lost this knowledge during Kali yuga. Later, the traditional astrologers in India started using a sidereal zodiac. As a result, over the course of time, they would have tampered/invented the rules to suit a sidereal zodiac. Therefore, the classical astrological books we have now may not be authentic.

My blog

In my humble quest to learn authentic astrology as practised by the rishis, I have chosen to write on Saptarishi Nadi and Pulippani astrology as I find these to be authentic, unsullied by the ravages of time.

I will be writing on the authentic rules as discussed by the saptarishis in Saptarishi Nadi in my blog.