And you thought your birthday was when??????
When your birth took place the sun and the moon were at certain degrees of certain constellations. In the western model that we have all bought into, the calendar is only based upon the sun. problem is that there is more to it than that.
If the position of the earth in its orbit around the sun is reckoned with respect to the Equinox, the point at which the orbit crosses the celestial equator, then its dates accurately indicate the Season, that is, they are synchronized with the declination of the sun. Such a calendar is called a tropical solar calendar. The duration of the mean calendar year of such a calendar approximates some form of the tropical year, usually either the mean tropical year or the vernal equinox year.
There is also a moon based calendar.
A lunisolar calendar is a calendar in many cultures whose date indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year. If the solar year is defined as a tropical year, then a lunisolar calendar will give an indication of the season; if it is taken as a Sidereal year, then the calendar will predict the constellation near which the full moon may occur. Usually there is an additional requirement that the year have a whole number of months, in which case most years have 12 months but every second or third year has 13.
So once again, the moon and the sun were at certain degrees of certain constellations at the moment you were born. If we go by the regular Western calendar that we all have bought into, our birthdays exist on the same day every year as per the location of the sun only. We find this superficiality in pretty much everything from our Western culture. When we lose all details, we lose all depth. We also lose wisdom and beauty along with it. The beauty in things comes from its details and its individuality. Otherwise things become homogenized, generalized, and inaccurate. This is why a horoscope you read in a newspaper or magazine is actually quite incorrect. It only is taking into account someones sign from a tropical zodiac and a solar calendar applying the transiting planets upon it. Another way of saying it is that it is just a general sign being read with the locations of the planets in the sky being placed upon it. It throws away any details like a person actually having planets in their chart, their interactions, and many many other details that will make drastic changes to what is being said in a horoscope as well as the details make the person an individual, not a generality. How is that just like our culture?
The relationship between the sun and the moon are the cause of our human lives. The moon sits 108 times its diameter from the earth. The sun also sits 108 times its diameter from the earth. Ever wonder why that number of 108 is so sacred? The angle of the sun and moon at the time of your birth is what defines all your relationships for all of your life. This “mating” of the sun and the moon is the key to your real birthday.
In Hindu philosophy, the Shiva Lingam is nothing more than than the coming together of Shiva and Parvati or Shiva and Shakti or the Sun and the Moon. It is the holy father and mother causing creation of all beings. It is the real creator. If the sun or moon were to move out of their position of 108, creation would not be.
The sun as a point going around the zodiac or thru all the constellations back to the same point, it is 360 degrees. This 360 degrees is broken into two parts of 180 degrees. When the moon is moving away from the sun the moon is waxing, when the moon is moving back towards the sun, it is waning. This 180 degrees is divided into 15 days, a displacement of 12 degrees or one tithi. 15 days of waning and 15 days of waxing make the month of 30 days or 30 tithis. The sun moves at a rate of 1 degree to the faster movement of the moon moving at a rate of 12 degrees per day roughly. At the time of the sun and moon being conjoined there is a new moon. That is the start of the new month. It is also the coming together of the holy father and the holy mother coming together. It is the ultimate creation.
If you were to said to be born on the 7th of August, for example, the correct timing is not the 7th of August every year. While the sun would most likely be in Virgo in a sidereal calendar, your moon would most likely be in cancer. It is when the sun and moon come together in that same relationship, same degrees as at your birth that your birthday would happen every year. If we follow the Western calendar is just the father. It has no respect for the mother. It says a lot to those out there that wrongfully think that the hindu system is a patriarchal based system. It deeply respects the feminine, more so than most other. It takes a father and a mother for that actual creation and this is seen in vedic knowledge. For your birthday to actually happen the sun needs to be in the same sign (constellation) as your birth and the day of the moon needs to be the same phase (tithi) as the day you were born as well.
The solar calendar has only been followed for the last 1500 years, in India. Before that the lunisolar was followed for as far back as history shows. Varsha pravesha (commencement of a new year) is the real way to base your birthday as per the solar calendar.
The moon phase days are as follows:
|Day No.||Krishna (dark fortnight)|
|15||Amavasya or New moon|
Unlike the standardized calendar system most of us use today, the Vedic month and Vedic Tithi (birthdate), changes year to year. On a particular Vedic Tithi, we need to celebrate our Vedic birthday for longevity, prosperity, and fulfillment.