The Tropical and Sidereal Zodiaks& The Cycle of Earth's PrecessionalCross
Nick Anthony Fiorenza
This article explores Earth's ~25,000-year precessional cycle; theever changing relationship between the tropical and sidereal zodiacs;the astrological ages, the intercession of the Holy Cross; measurementof the precessional rate, and the Galactic Ayanamsa--reckoning of thesidereal zodiak based on the spherical geometry of Earth's precessional Cross.
Earth's polar axis precesses very slowly over a period of about23,000 to 26,000 years. The term precession simply refers to a changein the direction of the axis of a rotating object. As this occurs, the pole of the Earth inscribes an arc in the heavens called the precessional arc. Earth's pole aligns with different pole starsthroughout its precessional period. Polaris is Earth's current north- pole star. Earth's ~25,000-year precessional cycle is also referred toas "Earth's Great Year."
Precession of the Equinoxes
Because Earth's axis is tilted 23° 27' with respect the planecreated by Earth's orbit around the Sun (the ecliptic plane), Earth'sequatorial plane (green) is also tilted at this same angle with respectto the ecliptic plane (blue). These two intersecting planes (Earth'sequatorial plane and the ecliptic plane) create an intersecting line inthe ecliptic called the vernal axis. Looking from Earth, we see one point along this axis lying in one direction in the ecliptic, and theother lying in the opposite direction. One point is the location in the1