The constellation “Ophiuchus” is not new to our astronomers, and its existence is as old as our knowledge of solar system. Professor kunkle of Minneapole’s University has created a furor in the astrological world by citing alleged astronomical principles which necessitates the creation of thirteenth sign. Let us examine the statement of Prof. Kunkle which necessitated the creation 13th sign.
1. The zodiac is an arbitrary epileptic ring on which all the planets of our solar system revolve. As the complete angular distance of any ring is 360°, the zodiac also has 360˚ as its angular distance. Astrologers since long have divided this zodiac into 12 equal parts of 30˚ each, known as sign. Now the question of 13th sign arises only when the zodiac expands form 360 to say 390 degrees OR the planets start diverting and follow some new path, bigger than the previous. As both the above mentioned possibility are vague, the formation 13th sign is farce.
2. The methodology adopted by Prof. Kunkle to prove his statement is even more interesting. According to him the third motion of earth, Gyration of earth, is responsible for the creation of this thirteen sign. Let us examine this fact too. There are three motions attributed to the earth, one is the revolution around the sun which take 365 days, the other is motion on its axis which takes a bit less than 24 hrs the third is the rotation of axis and this is a slow affair and the rate is 1° per 72 years.
Prof. Kumkle attributes the 13th sign to this third motion, which is gyration and can be equated to the shifting of the nail of a spinning top. The earth also shifts due to this wobbling and due to this the actual entry of the plants in a sign is different from what the western astrology calculates. This difference in time of entrance of a planet in a particular sign is neither due to the expansion of the zodiac and nor is due to extension of zodiac path and so that thought of formation of 13th sign should not arise.
The ancient Indian astrology seers had anticipated this third motion of the earth and thus the actual time of entry of any planet to the sign was stressed upon. This aspect was known to Ptolemy the father of western astrology, who had derived his skills from Indian and Greek astrology, but refrained from applying it.
So when a planet actually reaches a Sign, the Western Astrologer still assume the planet is a distant away. The difference caused due to this effect is increasing by each passing day and to this date it has reached to 23° which was zero degrees in the year 258AD. Thus we can attribute this cause for creating a new sign which is nothing but an attempt to hide their short comings.
The western astrologers very well understand that their foundation is laid on a weak soil and so they try to put forth different methodologies to combat that.
Indian astrology is laid on a solid foundation and relies on actual movement of plants in the sky. We have divided the zodiac into 12 sign, 12 signs are further divided into 27 constellations and every constellation is further sub divided into four Padas. The planet when factually enters a sign is taken into consideration so there shall never be the need to create sign to perplex the world.
Those who believe in western astrology should understand that 13000 year from now, when the Sun will be in Libra, they will still believe that it is in Aires or they would have created 5 more new signs.
To Sum up things, the creation of the thirteenth sign in nothing but an escape route devised by western astrologer to hide their astronomical miscalculations concerning astrology. Vedic astrology in a non believer in this format of astrology and for it there are twelve signs and shall remain the same in the times to come. So enjoy and read your fortune as per your moon sign and not sun sign.
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