Yoga of the Planets book launch in March
Andrew Foss, PhD, will introduce his new ground-breaking book Yoga of the Planets, based on Vedic Astrology. Foss’ book is the first translation and commentary of the traditional mantras of the nine planets of Vedic Astrology. Read more about Andrew Foss’ life and training.
An Oxford physics graduate with a PhD in Computing Science, Andrew Foss, also possesses 45 years of teaching and studying the Vedic Wisdom. His latest book, Yoga of the Planets, offers the layman a chance to incorporate Vedic mantras into daily life. If you ever were curious about Vedic Astrology, now is your chance to learn more!
According to Foss, these Vedic Wisdom mantras embody much of the deep spirituality of India and can even be interpreted like an oracle for any individual based on their time and date of birth. The Yoga of the Planets book explains how to do this without requiring any special knowledge.
Vedic or Western Astrology: what’s the difference?
According to Robert Koch’s astrology website, the difference between Vedic and Western Astrology has to do with where in the sky you make your reference point, and perhaps also when in time. Vedic Astrology aligns with fixed star groups, and Western Astrology aligns with where the sun crosses the earth’s equator. Here’s the exact Koch explanation from his website:
The basic difference between the two systems is that the Vedic zodiac is Sidereal and the Western is Tropical. In Sidereal astrology, the zodiac is aligned with 27 constellations, or fixed star groups. Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, aligns with the first constellation, called Aswini. In the tropical zodiac, the point in space when the Sun crosses the earth’s equator is the beginning point of the zodiac, or Aries.
And then there is the fact of the “precession of the equator,” which has to do with the wobble of the earth’s axis. This wobble, over time, makes the earth’s precise location in space variable. It’s all rather technical, as Koch’s quote below will explain; but basically, Vedic Astrology reference points stand still, where Western Astrology reference points move ever so slightly over time. Here’s Koch’s explanation:
The earth’s equator shifts backward through the signs of the zodiac at the rate of about 51″ of longitude per year. This is called “precession of the equinoxes.” Because of this phenomenon, the theoretical Aries of the western zodiac drifts further and further from the Aries used by Vedic astrologers — at the rate of about 1 degree every 72 years.
The tropical (Western), and the Vedic Aries were on the same zodiacal plane around 285 AD. Because of the precession of the equinoxes, at present, there is approximately a 23 degree difference. Thus all of the planets in a Vedic horoscope, including the rising sign, will be about 23 zodiacal degrees earlier than they would be in a Western chart.
Attend the Yoga of the Planets book launch
Andrew Foss, PhD, will present his new book Yoga of the Planets on March 25 at 7:00 p.m., at the White Lotus Eco Spa Retreat’s Zen Barn in Stanardsville. Hors d’oeuvre and conversation begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by a 6:00 p.m. community potluck; bring a dish to share. Learn more about the book at YogaOfThePlanets.com. Or check out the new Shri Jyoti Star 7 at VedicSoftware.com. Like Andrew Foss’ Facebook page to keep up with all his news.
Foss’ credential list is long, but highlights include being the Founding President of the British Association of Vedic Astrology and the Editor of the BAVA Journal Gochara. He is also a Certified Jaimini Scholar, and he created the Vedic astrology software Shri Jyoti Star. Foss currently lives in Albemarle county and offers individual Vedic Astrology consults.