What is the difference between the Tropical / Western and Sidereal Zodiac?

What is the difference between the Tropical / Western and Sidereal Zodiac?

Peace Starfriends!

If you are reading this then you must be pondering "What is the difference between the Tropical / Western and Sidereal Zodiac?" And I am here to share with you! But first a disclaimer is needed.

Disclaimer: The following content was generated by me with the assistance of an AI-based system to augment the effort.

Now you must be wondering "what type of AI was used to generate this content and why?" The short answer is, I use Magic Write in Canva Docs to generate content faster than my fingers can type, then I review, copy edit, and add my own words and wisdom into the copy.

DiffusionBee was also used to generate the art for this blog post. AI is not perfect and although it is an amazing tool for small businesses like mine, it can and will make mistakes.

Ok let's jump into this question about zodiac systems! 

The main difference between Tropical / Western and Sidereal Astrology is the starting points for measuring the positions of the planets. In Tropical / Western Astrology, the starting point is the Vernal Equinox, the point in the sky that marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This point is then used as the measuring point for the zodiac signs and all other planets.

In Sidereal Astrology, the starting point is the fixed stars, which are used to measure the zodiac signs and planets. Specifically, the fixed star Spica in Aries is used to determine the beginning of the Spring Equinox because it moves 1° every 100 years or so. Even though it's movement is slow, over the course of 1,000 years this star moves 10°.

The zodiac signs are also different in each system. In Tropical / Western Astrology, the zodiac signs are based on the seasons, with each sign lasting 30 degrees. In Sidereal Astrology, the signs are based on the constellations, with each sign lasting a different amount of degrees. The length of each sign is determined by the length of the constellation itself.

Overall, Tropical / Western Astrology is more widely used in the Western world today, while Sidereal astrology is more commonly used in the East. Each system has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it's up to the individual to decide which system works better for them.

We offer Astrology readings in both Tropical / Western & Sidereal zodiacs. Starting in February 2023, you will have the option to choose which zodiac system you prefer when booking your appointment.

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If you are interested in learning or purchasing a Sidereal zodiac reading from an expert, please visit my friend Noelle G.'s website. She also hosts Sidereal Zoom parties.

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