As I have been reading about sidereal astrology, I have been trying to work out the conceptual points of contact and divergence between it, tropical astrology, and the material in the Sefer Yetzirah (SY). These last few days, reading the SY, it has begun to come into view. What I am seeing in even a summary account of India’s astrological traditions suggests that the tropical/sidereal distinction doesn’t capture the conceptual ferment in astrological antiquity I am glimpsing through the SY.
I have been talking and thinking about sidereal astrology enough that I felt like I needed a little more knowledge about it. When I saw Ronnie Gale Dreyer’s Vedic Astrology on the shelf at my local occult shop, I picked it up. Flipping through it has been modestly illuminating from an abstract point of view, but I figured I might as well go ahead and take a look at my own chart. That provides a clear path through the material.
It brings back memories.
This post comes together at the crossroads of three trajectories. The first, mentioned in this post, is the potential that the Watchers are the zodiacal constellations. The second is Aryeh Kaplan’s (Sefer Yetzirah in Theory and Practice) discussion of the two serpents in Kabbalistic lore, one being Draco the constellation, the other being the ecliptic. The third is a vision I had a while ago around spirits dancing down toward the earth on the back of a great snake.