Traditional Tibetan Astrology: Unveil The Hidden History & Mysteries!

The Tibetan Astro. Science, spread in Tibet is mainly of two kinds: Astronomy (skar-rtsis) and Astrology (‘Byung-rtsis). The basis for this system has there in Tibet since very ancient times when farmers and nomads in Tibet made an examination of the constellation to forecast changes in seasons, monsoon for crops, and pasture for cattle. However, this system became more systematic after the translation of the Kalachakra tantra into Tibetan in the year 1027 A.D., which contains five chapters. For your information, this blog has been curated by our renowned astrologer, Acharya Norzang.

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Buddha Shakyamuni first taught this Kalachakra tantra when he was 81 years old (881 B.C.) at the stupa of Shri Dhanakataka or Palden Drepung in Amravati, South India on the full moon day of 3rd month of a Metal-Dragon Year. This tantra contains information such as the natural state of the Universe, its inhabitants, and especially the planetary or cosmological influence on the four seasons. 

The Kalachakra tantra presents the sources of all the calculations and interpretations used for determining the position of the Sun, Moon, and other planets for preparation of the calendar or almanac. This Kalachakra also includes various activities according to planetary aspects and contains the text known as “Arising Vowel”, which correlates the characteristics of the Sanskrit alphabet and phonemic systems of vowels and consonants with Astrological interpretations from the positions of the planets.

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Though the rudiment for this system was present in Tibet during the pre-Buddhist era of Bon, it has been passed down only through Oral transmission. However, later during the time of gNam-ri-srong-btsan in the 6th century, the translation of elemental astrology from Chinese started and helped develop the same.

This is one of the systems used to make predictions regarding joys and sorrows that a human being experiences in one’s lifetime by using elemental laws of relations and methods. This doesn’t require any mathematical calculation as in astronomy. The elemental system is believed to have been taught by the lord Manjushri in China during 837 B.C. In brief, the Kalachakra tantra contains all the information and calculations used in Astrology and Astronomy.

Therefore, Kalachakra is the foundation of our practice.

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Traditional Tibetan Astrology originates from two distinct systems, that of the cycles of Animals and Elemental Astrology or ‘byung this, that from the Highest Yoga Tantra of Kalachakra, Kalachakra Astrology, or “skar-rtsis”. Kar-Tsi also includes astrological calculations and interpretations from Yangchar (Shivasvarodhaya tantra). Although influenced by early Bon and Chinese astrology, the elemental approach took a unique course of development within Tibet.

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Astronomy (Tib. Kar-tsi)

The Kar Tsi approach to astrology is based upon the calculation of the signs, constellations, and planets and their inter-relationships. In the Kalacakra Tantra as a whole, the subject matter is usually divided into three Wheels, or phases, known as the External, Internal, and Alternative Wheels.

The External wheel is the External Cosmos, with the cycles of the planets, constellations, and stars, and this includes a system of both astronomy and astrology.

The Internal wheel is the internal Cosmos of chakras (wheels), channels and energies within the body, and their relation to the cycles of the External Cosmos.

This section contains a basis for understanding how the planets affect us through the mechanism of the subtle body.

The Alternative wheel is the yogic technique for purifying and transforming the inner and outer energies to release our innate awareness and capacities. These are all depicted within the Kalachakra Mandala.

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Elemental Astrology (Tib. Nag tsi) Shiva Sarvodaya Tantra (Tib. Yangchar)

It includes a 60-year cycle of animals and elements. Tibetan elemental astrology, ‘byung-rtsis, which draws from Classical Elemental Astrology, is the ancient art of calculation and interpretation of celestial phenomena. Classical Elemental Astrology or nag-rtsis is based on the five elements, the twelve-year cycle, eight par-kha or trigrams, and nine sme-ba or magic square numbers.

Tibetan astrologers use these to calculate horoscopes along the four major themes: one’s life span, physical condition, economic and political power, and overall luck in business and work.

The astrology of rising sounds – is a system of astrological wheels for a wide variety of results.

The Arising Vowel System, dbyangs-char, assigns a different vowel to each of the days of the month and calculates its effect on individuals and nations.

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Types of Astrology

The horoscopes for individuals, marriage compatibility chart, health chart for the sick, yearly predictions, guiding the date and time for important religious and business matters and also known as tshe rab in Tibetan. This calculation will be done according to one’s date of birth (day/month/year), and place of birth. It contains:

  • Your birth ascendant, Sun sign, Moon sign, and “Birth constellation” according to Tibetan Astrology.
  • Useful information like your lucky color, lucky stone, lucky day; auspicious & inauspicious day, date, month & period.
  • Your nature & temperament, your physical characteristics, your personality & attitude – positive and negative traits.
  • Your wealth and fortune, love and marriage, health and diseases, family and children, job and profession, as per your horoscope.
  • Remedies and talismans will be given that will help you lead a more happy, healthy, peaceful, and prosperous life.
  • Horoscope charts with the most accurate and specific calculations, as per Tibetan astrology
  • Information on your previous and next life will also be mentioned.

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