When astronomer Parke Kunkle announced that the astrological signs aren’t right, all he did was state a fact known and understood by astrologers through the ages. Yes, Western tropical astrology differs from what is called sidereal astrology, astrology based on the constellations (used by Vedic astrologers and others).
Most Western astrologers use the tropical system, meaning that we base our astrological forecasts on the Earth’s cycle of the year. On Spring Equinox, we say Aries begins because Aries symbolizes new beginnings. On Winter Solstice, we understand that the sign of Capricorn is highlighted because it’s a time when we have to pull together and get organized if we’re to survive the winter months. These astrological truths are a metaphor of the energies involved.
Because of the Earth’s tilt, wobble and rotation, over thousands of year we got out of phase with the constellations. In fact, every 72 years or so, it moves about 1*. It’s called precession and it has moved the sign rising on the Spring Equinox from Aries back into Pisces. That’s why we’ve been living in what is called the Age of Pisces since around the time of Christ. And we’re all hurrying to find the Age of Aquarius, when the constellation of Aquarius will rise with the Spring Equinox.
Right now, there is a discrepancy of about 23* between the tropical zodiac (measured by Earth seasons) and the sidereal zodiac (measure through the stars). Which means that those of your born during the first 23 days of a tropical sign are pushed back into the previous sign. But does it change your personality? I don’t think so. It’s like saying that Pluto’s realm of death, destruction and rebirth no longer has power since scientists have decided it isn’t a planet.
So how do astrologers work with this paradox?
So let’s play with this for a moment. If we put Pisces where Aries used to be, what we get is a Piscean vib to our sense of identity and our need to discover new horizons to conquer (all Aries traits). During the age of Aries (2000BC to 1CE give or take a century or so), warriors were harder, crueler, more focused on killing and looting and conquering. It was all about them! During the age of Pisces, which has a more spiritual bent, warriors began to fight for God -– or at least what they wanted to believe was God’s will. And now at the end of the age of Pisces, we see our soldiers fighting to protect the weak, defend the truth and rebuild nations.
The archetype of the Warrior has changed. We still need warriors, but now we see them as more compassionate (Pisces) and willing to die for their country, not for gain and power, but because they believe it is right. (We’re not talking about their leaders reasons for going to war.)
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So you could say that there is an underlying Piscean energy that changes how we look at each sign of the zodiac. And it is true. So all of you out there who are Aries in the tropical system but Pisces in relationship to the stars, you still are working on the Aries task of finding your identity, learning to be brave and exploring the unknown. You just do it in a Piscean manner.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet ...
Until next time,
Cathy Pagano, M.A. began working with her dreams as a teenager, which led her to train at the C. G. Jung-Institute, Zurich in the late '70s. While there, Carl Jung's daughter advised her to study astrology and since then, she has used astrology in... read more