Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The difference between Tropical and Sidereal Astrology

This is a poorly understood topic; at least, I understood it poorly. The differentiator is that Tropical Astrology--the astrology of the West--is Geocentric. The tropical Houses are based around the seasons of our Planet, with 1 Aries being the first day of spring. The advantage of this is that it frees us from concerns about Processions that Vedic and other Eastern Astrologers need to worry about it.  Because of our roots in Hermetic philosophy, we understand that Geocentric is also person-centric. Using a Tropical Zodiac fits quite nicely into the Macrocosmic/Microcosmic understandings of our forebears in this Art. It puts the person at the center, and builds out the spiritual forces from the perspective of the world/person.