What is the "Fagan Bradley Ayanamsa" all about?

topic posted Wed, July 8, 2009 - 1:23 PM by  Unsubscribed
It's a fascinating story of two obsessive compulsives who , working seperately came to the same conclusions, then teamed up in an unholy alliance. Read about it here:
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    One of Donald Bradley's landmark studies involved the study of Caplunars or Sidereal Capricorn ingress charts in instances of excess rainfall. Funded by the US government, he drew charts for 49,576 of these and found Jupiter to be on one of the angles in most of them. This required a very exact positioning of the sign cusps and was an important verification of the positioning of the Sidereal zodiac.
    I did some of my own research using this technique and here are a few examples-
    Hurricane Katrina 2005:
    Hurricane Camille 1969:
    Labor day Hurricane 1935:

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      The meteorological research carried out by Bradley, along with Max A. Woodbury of UCE and Glenn W.Brier of MIT led to some important findings which have contributed greatly to our understanding of the Moon's effect on rainfall. They plotted a graph of rainfall relative to phases of the moon and found consistent high points a few days after each New and Full Moon. These findings, later duplicated in Australia, are mentioned in Gauquelin's Cosmic Clocks. A more in-depth analysis is available here:
      After doing this research Bradley published no more work under his own name, going by the pseudonym of Garth Allen.
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    The Mystery of the Exaltation Degrees

    The Exaltation degrees are known to astrologers from India to the United States working in both Tropical and Sidereal zodiacs. They indicate precise positions of strength of the various planets and are as follows:
    Sun 19 dg Aries
    Moon 3 dg Taurus
    Mercury 15 dg Virgo
    Venus 27 dg Pisces
    Mars 28 dg Capricorn
    Jupiter 15 dg Cancer
    Saturn 21 dg Libra

    Where in the world did these Exaltations degrees originate? Many astrologers tried and failed to find the answer to the riddle until Cyril Fagan finally cracked it in 1949.

    A clue to the answer came from the origins of the word Exaltation. Contrary to our modern understanding of the word exaltation itself actually refers to a hiding place, indicating that it referred to what the Greeks referred to as Hypsomata- when a planet "hid" behind the sun. Looking at the exalted positions, Fagan knew they could not refer to a chart for a specific date, but knew that they originated sometime before 747 BC, the date of the earliest astronomical records found in Babylon. Casting a chart for the first day of the year 786 BC at Babylon (the first of Nisan, which was April 3rd by our calendar,) he found that both the Sun and Venus were at or very close to the exalted degrees. This only occurred using a sidereal zodiac similar to that used today in India and made no sense using the Tropical zodiac used today in the west.

    Perhaps not very remarkable in itself, though a little more so considering this was "year zero" for the calendar of Chaldeans who had recently occupied the city. He then cast charts for later dates in the same year - still using the Sidereal zodiac- for when the various planets occupied the exaltation degrees. He found that each time a planet was at these positions it was either in its heliacal setting (starting to disappear from view behind the Sun) or rising (coming into view again from its solar hidey hole). Despite the exception of the Moon, whose exaltation degree was indirectly tied to its position at the year's first full moon, (its true position of Scorpio may not have been considered the luckiest placement) this correspondance goes way beyond any kind of chance.

    This solution to an age old mystery was regarded as proof by Fagan and others of the early use of a Sidereal zodiac in ancient Babylon, totally separate from any zodiac based purely on the solar year, and permanently fixed to actual star positions. Fagan used it as the basis of his subsequent work in determining the precise boundaries of the Sidereal Zodiac, reasoning that if it was good enough for the Chaldeans, it's good enough for us too!

    For more on Fagan's solution to the Hypsomata or exaltation degrees see this article:

    For an opposing view on the Babylonian zodiac see this article by Robert Hand:

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