Part 1 of 2; Swami Vivekanandra and his life crises at age 39

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 We will be leaving the posting that relate to Bruce McArthur and the killings in Toronto, Canada’s gay community in recent times.  That series will continue to be covered as the investigation and trial dates are firmed up.  In this two-part posting I wil return to the year 39 crises as presented in Sidereal Solar Returns and precession-corrected Tropical Solar Returns.  A brief overview of the Swami Vivekanandra’s life will be the way we explore this subject.


This posting will address several issues:

1)  A brief overview of Sidereal and precession-corrected Tropical Solar Returns.

2)  The way I treat sign interpretations.

3)  The natal chart of the man who would become Swami ivdkanandra.

4)  The early life of Swami Vivekanandra and how his charts reflect his life.

. . . and in a second posting

5)  The Swami’s Solar Return for his 39th year.

6)  An explanation of the MC-Solar Cycle.

7)  The date of his passing and what his progressed daily angles chart shows us.

This chart exploration starts with the birth of a man on January 12, 1863 at 6:30 AM, in Calcutta, India.  In this posting I will not go into his life story in any great detail as the purpose of this story is to illustrate how Solar Returns and their progressed charts for following days in the annual cycle work.  Sidereal charting, as Cyril Fagan practiced it, or precession-corrected Tropical charting of Solar Returns, as I practice it, are much the same.  One does not have to get all caught up in the debate as to which zodiac is the true one or which works best. 

1)  A brief overview of Sidereal and precession-corrected Tropical Solar Returns.

The Tropical zodiac is measured from the Aries point, the precise start of spring in the northern hemisphere.  We can call it a seasonal zodiac.  It was useful in ancient and earlier times because farmers and hunters and fisherman could determine the best times to plant, to hunt, to fish, or to collect water for personal needs and to water crops.  The seasons had a big effect on the growth of civilization, the placement of cities, the cultures that were developed.

The Sidereal zodiac is measured against the placement of the star field that surrounds Earth.  These stars appear fixed although a few have slight movement over time.  Because Earth’s orbit about the Sun is subject to many influences, the point in time when the Spring Equinox occurs shifts a little bit each year, causing the Aries Point to drift backwards about one degree each seventy two years, amounting to 360 degrees over some 25,000+ years.

It has been found that taking into account this small amount of shift when constructing a Solar Return actually makes the Solar Return and its progression of the chart angles through the year much more accurate, interpretively.  So, using the computer to account for precession-correction (just a click in one’s software) is all that is required to yield a corrected Tropical zodiac Return chart that is oriented such that the planets are in the same relative positions to the angles as they are in a Sidereal chart.  Yet, we can remain comfortable in our familiar Tropical zodiac frame of reference.

2)  The way I treat sign interpretations.

The one interesting factor that I feel necessary to share is that this process begs the question of how to use the signs interpretively.  For me, this is simple.  I don’t use signs.  The planets are the most important factor in astrology, plus the aspects between them, and their placement relative to the chart angles.  If we assign ‘points’ to the various astrological factors as a means of quantifying importance, planets=10, angles=10, aspects=7, houses=3, signs=1.

So, let us again address the use of signs interpretively.  I tend to use signs with the natal chart to some degree.  However, once we move ahead many years into adult life, we can come across Return and Progressed Daily Angle charts were a planet would be in one Tropical sign but in another Sidereal sign.  Which to use?  Once we apply precession correction to make the timing of events more accurate, we introduce complexities when trying to use sign interpretations.  Actually signs do not add very much interpretively and may actually detract from a solid interpretation.  I t can be a hard point to argue but it is an easy point to demonstrate.

3)  The natal chart of the man who would become Swami ivdkanandra.

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With an early morning birth time, we find the Sun just a few degrees below the Ascendant.  This Sun-Asc. pattern tends to produce one who has a strong sense of self, knows his intentions, and is very much involved in the details of his life.  We can say that he is ‘self-managed’ to a great degree.   We can note the pairing of Venus-Mercury following the Sun and also in the first house.  Venus-in-Capricorn lends a touch of reserve and formality to how he will reach out to others while Mercury-in-Aquarius may blend in perceptions of others in an objective light.  Together, he will be an outwardly sunny and luminous person while still maintaining an inner screening of how he sees and evaluates those around him.  Mars in angular at the IC; he will work and apply himself to meeting all the basic issues he observes in his life.  His life will rest upon the results of his labors.

Jupiter is just behind the MC angle, in the 9th house, attracting him to the larger issues of life, the opportunities to learn more from contacts with others, from his travels and explorations.  We can see this as much like an inborn curiosity, but more managed and not frivolous.  It is the Moon-Saturn pairing that concerns us most in this chart.  In western society an astrologer would look for early life hardships or resistance to parental guidance or parents who were quite severe in their sharing of support.  His father was an attorney at the Calcutta High Court, a grandfather was a scholar who became a monk at the age of 25.  His mother was a traditional, devout housewife taking care of nine children in a structured and traditional family home.

Naren, as he was known as a child, was interested in spirituality, often meditated and was fascinated by the many ascetics and monks in Calcutta.  He misbehaved and was restless, his parents had difficulty controlling him.  This reflects the first house Sun, Venus, Mercury and the placement of Mars at the IC.  He was trying to shape his world to fit his needs, even as a young child.

At the age of eight he was sent to a proper school and excelled at everything, receiving the highest marks, reading on every subject, trained in classical music, and taking in many aspects of spiritual teachings.  He studied western logic, philosophy and European history.  It was quite extraordinary to consider the breadth and depth of his studies.  By the age of 17 he was moving in very elite circles of religious leaders.  At this point he was questioning many of the tenants of these sects.  He was looking for a very personal connection with God.  One leader whom he respected, when asked if he had seen God, said, “You have a yogi’s eyes.  Yes, I see Him as I see you, only in an infinitely intenser sense.” 

At the age of 21 his father died, the family was bankrupt.  Two years later, the guru he was studying with also died and he was again on the streets.  In December, Christmas Eve, of 1886 he took his monistic vows and the name Swami Vivekanandra.

4)  The early life of Swami Vivekanandra and how his charts reflect his life.

n May 31, 1893 he started his journey to the West, ultimately heading to Chicago, USA to where the Parliament of the Worlds Religions would be meeting in September.  We will examine his p.c. Solar Return for 1893, prior to journey and his visit to Chicago.

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1893 Solar Return chart

This chart has been set for Chicago since I wanted to use this as a basis for Advancing the chart’s angles to cover the date he led off the Parliment’s opening session.  I refer to this ‘progression’ method as Progressed Daily Angles.  I feel this is more distinct than the term Siderealist Cyril Fagan used, Progressed Sidereal Solar Return or PSSR.  Since my Returns are not strictly ‘Sidereal’ but are Tropical, my terminology is less confusing, I feel.

This Return chart speaks to the theme of his life for this year.  It is, of course, also a daily chart for this specific day.  As a theme chart, we have to note the n/Sun-t/Sun-n/Ascendant in the 10th house.  This is a most impressive chart; he will be attempting to make his mark on the world this year.  Recognition will come to him (Sun-Sun in the 10th) as he speaks out about his beliefs in life (n/Asc. at the MC).  Note also n/Mars, his work-horse approach to life, now located on his S/R Ascendant.  He will pour great effort into his work.

 the Descendant angle we find n/Jupiter-n/MC a few degrees above the angle; he will seek every opportunity to serve his purposes.  We can see that he is experiencing his first Saturn Return; a point where many realize the need to gain maturity and purpose for their life. Note that when planets are several degrees behind an angle that I tend to ignore them.  This is because those angles, when progressed or advanced, move further away in a counter-clockwise direction and leave those planets even further behind.  They have much less, if little, influence.  In this chart, the n/Sun, t/Sun, n/Asc., n/Venus, n/Mercury, n/Mars, t/N.Node, n/Pluto and the 7th house grouping will be contacted first over the next many days.

Swami Vivekanandra spoke before the opening session of the Parliament of the World Religions on Sept. 11, 1893.  This is 243 days after the Solar Return date.  On average, the MC is advanced (for p.c. Tropical Solar Returns and Sidereal Solar Returns) 1.25 degrees per day.  Multiplying 243 by 1.25 yields about 304 degrees.  Moving the S/R MC from 11 Capricorn by 304 degrees is easy enough to figure out.  11 Capricorn = 281 degrees.  Add 304 degrees, that yields 585 degrees.  Subtract 360 degrees (because we are working within a circle of 360 degrees) and we end up with 225 degrees which equates to 15 Scorpio.  The computer has determined that the precise amount of advance is to 10:42 Scorpio. 

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Chart for Sept. 11, 1893

t/Uranus is at the MC angle.  An exciting experience for him and the audience.  n/Asc. at the Advanced chart’s Asc.; he will be forcefully speaking out.  n/Pluto on the IC angle; his message will galvanize the audience.  Note that he is having a Lunar Return this date; a flood of emotional power will infuse his message.  These Moons trine his t/Pluto-t/Neptune, the message rides on a surge of newly presented spiritual ideas, ideas which blend eastern and western teachings.  Normally we might not consider planets in the middle houses but a Lunar Return situation is a powerful moment, just as his recent Saturn Return colors this whole period of his life as a ‘take charge’ moment.

This young man was extremely brilliant and had an immediate effect upon those around him.  We will learn more about him in part 2 of this short posting series.


About dadsnook

Dave has been exploring cyclic astrology since the mid-1970's. CYCLIC astrology utilizes both Return charts and planetary-pair cycles for short-term prediction. These practices and nine years of archived material are available for study or reading at A new book, Personal Prediction ISBN 978-9-615-63033-5, has been published and the MC-Solar Cycle technique is now supported through a recognized software provider so that all students and practicing astrologers can apply these techniques for their own use. Recently, Dave has been exploring a new charting format:, transiting Moon to natal Sun Return charts. These moon-sun returns show how we can maintain or deal with change in our lives. A book, Personal Moon-to-Sun Returns 2 has been released in 2015. Contact Dave for details at Dave is a retired business systems analyst and automation systems engineer, enjoys woodcarving and tarot in addition to astrology.
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