|Sent on:||Wednesday, December 30, 2009 9:17 AM|
Thank you Eric, sincerely, for the link to Western Sidereal Astrology.com. I found some answers in the Frequently Asked Question section I just finished reading.
How does the actual practice of western sidereal astrology differ from tropical astrology?
The main difference is, of course, the zodiac.
There are two main points of departure: timing, and the problem of tropical versus sidereal sign meanings.
In the first case, because tropical reckoning ignores precession, a timing error accrues with age that becomes an entire degree by age 72.
If a transiting planet reaches a natal planet in tropical zodiac reckoning for someone who is 58, one might assume that the effects will be felt immediately. But generally, nothing happens.
By tropical reckoning, transiting Saturn will conjoin?natal Saturn, say,?on October 8, 2004. But forty-eight minutes and 58 seconds of precession will have accrued since birth by the fall of 2004.
In terms of sidereal reckoning, transiting Saturn will conjoin?natal Saturn exact to the second of arc on election day.
The sidereal astrologer would say that Mr. Bush will experience transiting Saturn conjoined to its natal place not on October 8, 2004 but on November 2, 2004, almost 25 full days later.
Second, the sidereal position is that trait characteristics derive from the archetypal and original zodiac: the zodiac of the stars. An archetype is invested with meaning because it is original and self defining. It exists regardless of our awareness or beliefs. This issue addresses the matter of whether trait characteristics are carried by the sidereal signs or the tropical signs. In other words, which one is invested with legitimacy? They can't both be right.
As the tropical signs precess farther and farther away from their sidereal namesakes, the most glaring issue between tropical and sidereal reckoning is thrown into bold relief. The meanings of the tropical signs have evolved to compensate for the problems of precession as the signs have slowly moved out of the territory of the constellations that was their original venue. Sidereal astrology restores the crispness of the sign traits to their original venue which was usurped by the adoption of the tropical zodiac in the West. The sidereal position is that if someone has the Sun in tropical Scorpio but sidereal Libra, only the Libran traits are considered valid.
From: Eric Seligson
Sent: Dec 28,[masked]:31 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [astrology-25] Link to information about Sidereal and Tropical differencesP.S.
Robert hand, by the way, is a very hard-line Tropicalist, and is not a fair judge, since repudiating Tropical astrology, would in his case, put his entire lifetime of work into doubt. To get the Sidereal story go to Ken Bower's website, http://www.westernsiderealastrology.com
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