Understanding Sidereal Astrology
“As Above So Below” by Lyn Dalebout
SkyWord is Astrology
Here is a brief explanation of sidereal astrology and how it differs from the tropical and vedic astrological systems. Each system is valuable and unique in the insights it offers, just as each astrologer has personal knowledge and intuition they utilize as they interpret the sky language using the system of their choice.
The word “sidereal” means “real star” time. As we move forward in time, our solar system is constantly changing its relationship to the heavenly backdrop of the constellations. We are not sitting in one place in the Universe, but in perpetual motion. Indeed, if there is one constant in our Universe, surely it is the reality of constant evolution and change.
Our solar system is moving one degree every approximately seventy-two years into the previous constellation in an event called the precession of the equinoxes. The sidereal zodiac incorporates the reality of where the planets in our local solar system literally align with the stars in the greater Universe in the present moment. Thus it is a galactic-based astrology. The sidereal astrological chart, therefore, articulates a more expanded sense of Self, and perhaps of universal purpose. You might call this your Higher Self, your Source, your Divine Mystery. A sidereal reading is a reflection of that larger, more awakened Self.
The tropical zodiac is based on the relationship of the Sun to the Earth, and delineates a chart based on the seasonal cycles of our Earth and not on the literal present day alignments with the actual constellations. It begins with the spring equinox, usually March 21, as being the first degree of Aries, and everything unfolds from that point. It is my theory that the tropical chart has helpful information about family patterns, even karmic conditioning that you are working through in the early years of your life. It is helpful in understanding your history, your inherited patterns, even your past lives. But as you age (and hopefully keep discovering and uncovering your true nature) and are freed up from those old stories, the tropical chart becomes less valuable as a tool of understanding who you are NOW as you actively, continually create your new story, your ever-expanding YOU.
The vedic system of astrology, commonly used in the Far East in places such as India, uses the current sidereal astrological alignments. However, a vedic reading usually only uses the inner planets of our solar system (from Sun to Saturn) and does not incorporate the outer planets of Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, which are the astrological energies of evolution. Because the Universe is an ever-evolving, dynamic creation of which we are part, I believe it is very important to include these transpersonal planets as part of a reading. They can be very helpful guides in understanding how to ride these huge waves of change that are part of the times we are embedded within.
The best way I know how to describe the difference between the tropical and sidereal systems of astrology is in an experiential way: The tropical zodiac is like being inside a planetarium, a place I still love to visit. It is full of its own kind of magic and wonder. But it is a representation of the Universe.
Now imagine yourself outside in a remote corner of nature on a clear night, standing beneath the Milky Way, feeling, sensing, pondering the living, breathing Universe. Can you feel the difference? One is an interesting theoretical model to study, but clearly lacks the energetic power, truth and mystery of the real deal. That is why I became a student of sidereal astrology so many years ago.
For more in-depth information on sidereal astrology, visit Nick Anthony Fiorenza’s web site: www.lunarplanner.com