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  Topic: Minaraja
Kenneth Johnson

Replies: 11
Views: 4981

Forum: Indian and Asian astrology   Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:37 pm   Subject: Minaraja
I agree with Bill Mak that it is no longer possible to see the Yavanajataka as “an original source” for natal astrology in India. In addition to the mistaken dating, Bill also points to Indian cultura ...
  Topic: Rahu/Ketu and the Greco-Roman lunar nodes
Kenneth Johnson

Replies: 16
Views: 7982

Forum: Indian and Asian astrology   Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 8:22 pm   Subject: Rahu/Ketu and the Greco-Roman lunar nodes
And, just for fun, an illustration which shows that the markings on a cobra's hood really do look like the Rhetorius glyph for the Dragon's Head:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Common_I ...
  Topic: Rahu/Ketu and the Greco-Roman lunar nodes
Kenneth Johnson

Replies: 16
Views: 7982

Forum: Indian and Asian astrology   Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 6:36 pm   Subject: Rahu/Ketu and the Greco-Roman lunar nodes
I will address Bill Mak’s comments on the VYJ of Minaraja in another post, when I have had time to read his new article thoroughly; for the moment I will stay with this thread and give a few of my own ...
  Topic: Nakshatra and Stars
Kenneth Johnson

Replies: 36
Views: 13946

Forum: Indian and Asian astrology   Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:18 pm   Subject: Nakshatra and Stars
Therese writes:

"My conclusion is that the nakshatra stars did not divide the ecliptic into equal portions, but remained as individual stars or asterisms."

This can be verified. If any ...
  Topic: 'Female nativities' in Greek/Arabic sources?
Kenneth Johnson

Replies: 5
Views: 1867

Forum: Traditional (& Ancient) Techniques   Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:21 pm   Subject: 'Female nativities' in Greek/Arabic sources?
I have wondered about that too, Martin, especially in regards to the standard chapter on Stri Jataka or "Women's Horoscopy" in the Brhat Jataka, which seems to be derived largely from the mu ...
  Topic: Prominent planets never ruling the time periods
Kenneth Johnson

Replies: 17
Views: 5589

Forum: Traditional (& Ancient) Techniques   Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 5:15 pm   Subject: Prominent planets never ruling the time periods
In India, where chronocrators remain the principal method of prediction, this question is often raised in much the same manner that Larxene has raised it: If an especially powerful planet never become ...
  Topic: BV Raman - Suddenly it seems I have a ton of his books
Kenneth Johnson

Replies: 7
Views: 4072

Forum: Indian and Asian astrology   Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 3:57 am   Subject: BV Raman - Suddenly it seems I have a ton of his books
B V Raman was without doubt the most renowned Hindu astrologer of his generation. At one time -- that is to say, before other authors from India became readily available in the Western world -- he had ...
  Topic: Zodiac with 24 sectors - the Vedic side
Kenneth Johnson

Replies: 8
Views: 2722

Forum: Indian and Asian astrology   Posted: Thu May 01, 2014 6:16 pm   Subject: Zodiac with 24 sectors - the Vedic side
As with almost anything in Jyotish, there are numerous interpretations, but the most common is as follows.

Planets in the first 15 degrees of masculine (odd) signs are in the hora of the Sun, while ...
  Topic: Zodiac with 24 sectors - the Vedic side
Kenneth Johnson

Replies: 8
Views: 2722

Forum: Indian and Asian astrology   Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:50 pm   Subject: Zodiac with 24 sectors - the Vedic side
That's an excellent link, Mark. Harappa.com posts the finest academic articles in the field of Indus Valley archaeology. The links within this post provide a fairly good summary of Parpola's work.

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  Topic: Zodiac with 24 sectors - the Vedic side
Kenneth Johnson

Replies: 8
Views: 2722

Forum: Indian and Asian astrology   Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:54 pm   Subject: Zodiac with 24 sectors - the Vedic side
This concept is explicated in "Deciphering the Indus Script," by Asko Parpola, a professor of Asian Studies at the University of Helsinki. The idea is that there are several nakshatras which ...
  Topic: New paper by Parpola on Beginnings of Indian Astronomy
Kenneth Johnson

Replies: 3
Views: 2516

Forum: News, Notices, Books, Links   Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:59 pm   Subject: New paper by Parpola on Beginnings of Indian Astronomy
I finally got a chance to take a look at this one. Back in the 1990's, it was Parpola who suggested that astronomy was a possible important key to the decipherment of the Indus script. He specifically ...
  Topic: Chakras and the planets/ signs in Vedic
Kenneth Johnson

Replies: 17
Views: 7650

Forum: Indian and Asian astrology   Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:17 pm   Subject: Chakras and the planets/ signs in Vedic
Michael, they were using the system I cited earlier. This is one of the reasons I have always thought that its origin was Tantric. I am also going to search the Yogananda lessons for the Ayurveda base ...
  Topic: Chakras and the planets/ signs in Vedic
Kenneth Johnson

Replies: 17
Views: 7650

Forum: Indian and Asian astrology   Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:56 pm   Subject: Chakras and the planets/ signs in Vedic
Avalon's work is long out of copyright, and all the current editions are public domain reprints. You can get a free download of Serpent Power at http://brihaspati.net/downloads/The_Serpent_Power_Arthu ...
  Topic: The Four Maharajahs
Kenneth Johnson

Replies: 8
Views: 3247

Forum: Indian and Asian astrology   Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:17 am   Subject: The Four Maharajahs
Thanks, Martin, of course I was thinking bala for "power."
  Topic: The Four Maharajahs
Kenneth Johnson

Replies: 8
Views: 3247

Forum: Indian and Asian astrology   Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:08 am   Subject: The Four Maharajahs
There are several systems coalescing here. Dikpala (which is a Prakrit language, with digbala being the classical Sanskrit equivalent) means "directional power." There are eight directions i ...
 
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