The NEW Astrology
that is Coming!
Best of West and East - Uniting
There's a NEW astrology coming into the world today.
This astrology is fairly similar to the astrology's that have come before. However, in other ways, this new astrology is more new, more bright, more profound and more complete than ever before.
What is happening in the word of astrology today is that the two greatest branches of astrology are beginning to "merge".
As they intermingle and merge, this merging is giving rise to a completely new, exquisite and more profound astrology than ever before.
You may already be aware that Astrology is changing more today than any other previous time. What has stood unchanged for hundreds and even thousands of years; now suddenly, within one generation, is fundamentally changing.
Take the western system, for example. Traditional western astrology has been the same for over fifteen hundred years, Now, suddenly; this system is dramatically beginning to change. Fifty years ago, one western astrologer by the name of Cyril Fagan, first proposed changing this classic, western system. He said he believed that the mathematics of this ancient system had become out of tune with the actual sky of the universe and was therefore no longer accurate.
He then suggested we adopt a new mathematics which he called Sidereal and which is now called Sidereal western astrology. Today, millions of astrologers and students have begun following and practicing this very different western astrological system. This new system is approximately 23 degrees different than the traditional Tropical western system which came before. This new mathematics means that all of one's planets now go backward 23 degrees.
Then there is the eastern system too which has begun going through some very important and dramatic, fundamental changes as well. Though this system had always been "actual sky" or Sidereal, this system too is now profoundly changing. Where this eastern system has dramatically begun changing is in terms of the important 'ways' in which this astrology has been understood and especially practiced. For a very long time eastern astrology has been thought of in very dominant and significant "fatalistic" ways.
The idea has been that one's chart is more set in stone, and not really capable to be change or even improved. As a result, most eastern astrologers then, emphasize the predictive aspects of astrology, the Transits and Dasha Time Periods. Both of these mathematics seek to describe what karmas or consequences WILL be coming and not what we can do, generally about it.
This habit of feeling that one's astrology is set has then given rise to a mentality and an expectation which is very passive and destiny oriented instead of progressive or self-improvement oriented. I have experienced this for years with my East Indian clients. Almost always they would ask: "When will I get married?" Or, "When will I get a job?" They rarely asked, "What can I do to attract a better partner for myself?" Or, "What can I do, to be more successful in career?"
Today, in the course of even just the last twenty years, suddenly many eastern astrologers are beginning to move away from this intense fatalism and into a much positive and self-improvement orientation.
How has this happened?
Modern Day Technology - Breakthroughs
Over the last fifty years a number of simultaneous goings on contributed to these monumental changes going on within astrology. First, there was that Cyril Fagan, Sidereal western astrology introduction which got people thinking of the importance of astrology being once again, more in-tune with the actual universe. Then, there were two simultaneous modern-day technology breakthroughs which have also been very instrumental in contributing to these changes.
First of all there was the creation of the computer which allowed millions of individuals to create their very own astrological charts for the very first time. Previously, only the mathematically astute astrologers could calculate the intricate details of the astrological chart and as a result common citizens didn't as a whole ever really learn about their own charts. Today, suddenly millions of individuals, west and east, have begun looking up their own charts, the charts of their family members and friends and as a result, this is having a profound effect on the entire world of astrology.
Where the power of astrology stayed mostly in the hands of the professional astrologers, today the "individual" is beginning to be their own best Knower, their own guide, teacher and even astrologer! This too is dramatically changing astrology.
Secondly, the power of the Internet has also contributed to these monumental new changes coming about. The accessibility of the Internet has allowed for millions of individuals to also become much more intimately aware of the essential astrology of the "other". As a result millions in the west have begun intimately more aware of the uniqueness of the eastern system while millions in the east have become keenly more aware of the profound, special qualities of the western system.
Because of this mutual "greater appreciation", both of these systems now have begun to merge! As these two systems continue merging, a completely new, unprecedented and even extraordinary, more complete and most perfect system of astrology will be coming.
This NEW system of astrology will be like what happened when science came into our world. When science revealed the underlying laws of nature that exist within all areas of the globe, within all countries, and within all different cultures, races and creeds; suddenly our world became more universal.
As this new astrology system develops, incorporating the "best" of both the west and east, this new astrology will unfold the full eternal, objective and even universal, scientific laws of astrology.
We are all astrological beings, living in an astrological universe!
We always have been. We always will continue being astrological.
We readily accept today that we each live within this very distinct and predictable astronomical universe. We live on a planet which is revolving around a star, Sun which in turn is moving through the cosmos with a number of other clumps of stars, which we call constellations; all of which are moving about the galactic center of our huge astronomy, which we call the Milky Way.
We know that this universe is astronomical.
However, underneath the astronomy, at the same very moment, contained within; is the astrology. The astrology explains the individual significance contained within the everyday realities of the astronomy. The astrology explains the 'whys' of human existence, why we are the way that we are, have the personalities that we do and most especially why we each have the human strengths and weaknesses that we do.
This NEW Astrology
This new astrology, best of west and east, that is coming will have two main distinct qualities and characteristics.
Number one, the symbolisms, the details of one's astrological chart will "fit us" more profoundly than ever before. All of you who have tasted some of this remarkable "1 to 1 Correspondence" between your individual life and your individual chart, know how wonderful and life affirming it is to discover the astrological reasons "why"!
If you now know only your Tropical western chart you can discover how your Sidereal or eastern chart fits you better.
If you now know only your eastern chart but only its predictive or fatalistic aspects you now can learn how your chart is also indicative of great self-growth, greater self-success and happiness in life.
West vs. East
Until these differences between these three main systems of astrology, Tropical, Sidereal and Jyotish get worked out and harmonized, astrology will continue being unintegrated and unscientific.
Best - West and East
How I Found this 'best' of west and east.
I originally started out in western astrology way back in the middle 1960's when the Sun Signs of Tropical astrology were so very popular. Back than most people had never even heard of the Sidereal western astrology and I'd never heard of eastern astrology either.
As I learned my "western" chart I had my first direct astrological experiences. When I read about what I was supposed to be like, having been born with my Sun in Virgo I immediately related to these descriptions..
"Virgo's are analytic, cerebral oriented
very logical and linear in how they think and behave.
Virgo's too are the natural perfectionists
of the zodiac and have a well-developed
critical and fault finding side to themselves."
I'll never forget the moment I read something like this about Virgo. I immediately related to many of these ideas. I remembered examples and for instances in my life in which I was indeed Virgoish.
When I was in high school I was having some difficulty with a writing assignment from class. I asked my mother to help and her reaction quite surprised me when she said: "You know Mark, it doesn't have to be so perfect." Since neither one of us knew anything about astrology, at this time, I had no idea why she said this.
Later, when I read about Virgo I realized I was being Virgoish!
Another time I was standing around socializing with some of my friends from school when another friend came up to join us.
I found myself leaning toward him and I started straightening his shirt and coat, saying: "Hey, who dressed you this morning!"
His reaction, as you might have guessed was to say: "Well, who are you, my mother!"
Again, at this time I had no clue why I reacted why I did. Later, I realized I again was being Virgoish, seeing his untidy and un-kept clothes I wanted to help him.
For a few years I only understood astrology in terms of these 12 Sun Signs. Later, when I went to college I heard about the Complete Chart, for the first time. I sent away for a computer generated print-out and received twenty pages all about all my other planets, as well.
I than read about Libra and Leo tendencies which I also related to quite intimately. Over-all I'd say about 40% of my western chart fit me, though I didn't realize it at the time.
I just felt that there was this profound philosophy which had the natural ability to help me understand myself better!
I went about my life from here, feeling better about myself since I now knew more about the inner workings of my personality.
Than in 1987 I found myself in India, attending an Ayurvedic course with over 450 from all over the globe.
At the tail end of this thirty day conference we than had a 5-day eastern astrology segment.
The 'gist' of this 5 day course was that I heard that astrology could be a profound technique of enlightenment!
Since, I'd never heard this before, from either western or eastern astrological systems I was quite surprised.
I than came back to the states to now study this ancient eastern system from this new "enlightenment" orientation.
I'd already dabbled a little bit with eastern astrology over the last decade or so. I'd been involved with Yoga, Meditating and other such Vedic disciplines like Ayurveda and one can't help but hear about eastern astrology which is called Jyotish or Vedic astrology.
Since I'd known about astrology from my western astrology early adult years I found reading about this eastern system, somewhat familiar.
It also believes in the same basic premise of astrology that the stars above, at the moment of our births describe intimately who we will be and what our lives will be about.
This eastern system also believed in the same approximate meanings of the astrological chart and ideas related to the Planets, Signs and Houses.
Where this new eastern system differed however was in terms of "how" it calculated the astrological chart.
This eastern chart mathematics calculated the chart 23 degrees different than one's western chart.
For me, this meant that literally all of my planets went backward into previous Signs, now according to my new eastern chart.
I found I had a completely new chart to study and try and understand.
Surprisingly, I still had Virgo, Libra and Leo planets but for my new eastern chart, there were new reasons why.
Where my western chart had my Sun and Mercury in Virgo, my new eastern chart had my Moon and Saturn in Virgo.
And, where my western chart had my Mars in Leo, my new eastern chart had my Sun and Mercury moving backward into Leo.
And, finally, where my western chart had my Moon and Saturn in Libra, my new eastern chart had my Rising Sign in Libra.
I than began to study the natural differences in my new eastern chart.
I had my Mars in Cancer and Jupiter in Pisces within my eastern chart whereas I had NO planets in Cancer or Pisces, according to my western chart. I also noticed that I had no Scorpio in my new eastern chart whereas I was supposed to have a Scorpio Rising Sign, according to my western chart.
First of all, I related more intimately to my new planets in these same Virgo, Libra and Leo Signs. For example, according to my western chart I was supposed to have my Saturn and Mercury both Exalted. My Saturn was supposed to have been in Libra while my Mercury was supposed to be in Virgo.
As I now reflected on my new eastern planets I found that my Saturn in Virgo and my new Mercury in Leo fit me much more accurately. Though I would have loved having these two superior and well-developed planets, alas I found that these new, weaker configurations fit me more accurately.
I also found that the natural descriptions of Jupiter in Pisces fit me more precisely whereas my western Jupiter was supposed to be in Aries.
I also found that the descriptions of Mars in Cancer fit me quite well whereas I had no planets in Cancer, according to my western chart.
Finally, I found that the descriptions of my new eastern Libra Rising Sign fit me much more clearly than my western Rising Sign which was supposed to have been in Scorpio!
I was definitely more Libraish than Scorpioish, in my Rising Sign personality.
It took me a number of years but eventually I realized how much more accurate and complete my eastern or Jyotish charts was.
Whereas my western chart fit me about 40% now I discovered how literally 100% of my life could be understood from my new eastern chart!
The NEW Eastern Perspective
As I now reflected on this ancient eastern system but from my new orientation having been in India I wondered how astrology could be capable in helping people achieve something as profound as Enlightenment!
None of my previous readings about Jyotish contained anything as extraordinary as enlightenment. None of my western astrology readings had any such idea, either.
While in India however, we'd heard from the modern day, great Guru, His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the world-wide Transcendental Meditation movement.
Since, I'd already been studying his teachings for many years I was quite used to his ideas that Vedic disciplines like yoga, Ayurveda and meditation were profound techniques of enlightenment.
Now, I began to look at this ancient eastern astrology system but from this new perspective of enlightenment.
The first obstacle I found was that traditional eastern astrology believes that one's chart is fixed and more indicative of one's fate than one's opportunity for self-change.
There's was a typical feeling in all of the traditional Jyotish books I found to study that one's chart, in fact, is "written in stone" and not really capable to be changed.
This pretty much negates the possibility that one could use one's chart to achieve anything new, unless that was already within one's astrology.
The Maharishi however had expressed a few remarkable new ideas which I utilized in now studying this eastern system.
One of these was "You all will be your own best Jyotishee!"
I knew this was a new idea just by seeing the reaction and the faces of the traditional Jyotishees in the room!
Also, he had said that the "purpose of Ayurveda and Jyotish is to eliminate the pragya parads."
I'd previously heard from the philosophy of yoga that "pragya parads means 'blocks of enlightenment' and where we have our blocks, our pragya parads is where we're "spontaneously doing that which is not right for us!"
Now, when I reflected on this and wondered how astrology might be used to help one eliminate one's blocks of enlightenment....
I realized our classically negative or malefic functioning planets might quite well serve as our pragya parads!
Our especially negative or malefic planets DO represent where we undermine and sabotage our lives.
So, if I could just figure out how we might be able to self-improve these same negative or malefic planets, than maybe, just maybe I could figure out how astrology could do something as profound as help the person achieve enlightenment!
The year was 1989 and I'd been studying this ancient eastern system in this new way for about 2 years.
I then began a research project which would end up spanning over 2 decades!
Over the years I reflected on what each planet means and what each planet in each Sign means and I discovered amazing ways in which each planet is meant to be developed and improved.
This idea of course is there within western astrology.
If the person has a Mars accident prone nature they're supposed to be able to improve their accident prone nature by learning how to improve their Mars!
If the person has a Saturn ill-health creating nature than they're supposed to be able to improve their health by learning how to improve their Saturn!
I first started studying the Moon to see if their were any new and important Moon remedies that one might be able to learn and take greater advantage of.
One 'first' remedy I discovered was that the Moon itself has this profound Rest and Activity nature which is expressed in the two cycles of the Moon, the Moon's waxing and waning modes.
I than realized if one took advantage of these two cycles like taking advantage of one's rest and activity cycles, one could find one's Moon experience improving!
Like that, I researched and found profound NEW remedial measures for each of the planets.
After about two decades of this work I than realized I had discovered not only how our charts fit us, but how we can significantly improve our lives by learning how to self-improve our planets!
The FIRST result of this NEW astrology was a Transits book I wrote in 2009 called: "Seasons of the Stars - Transits for 2009."
Since than, our latest book: "The Map of God - Astrology is For Our Enlightenment" goes into great detail about this NEW Astrology that is coming and how one's entire spiritual life can be improved, by finding the profound knowledge and wisdom that's there within each person's, individual charts!