Over a decade of dedicated research! Over a year of writing and editing! With the blessings and guidance of a swāmī , a bābājī, and a Sanskrit scholar, Vic DiCara presents you the world’s most definitive, simple and completely awesome explanation of the mythology and meaning within the 27 stars of ancient Indian astrology!
If you are an astrologer or a fan of astrology, you will be transformed by Vic’s radically clear and straightforward explanations of Sanskrit, Vedic mythology, and mastery of intuitive symbolism.
If you are a lover of India and her culture, you will delight in these deep revelations and rare expositions of familiar gods like Viṣṇu, not-so-familiar gods like Varuṇa, and nearly forgotten gods like Ajaikapāt.
If you are a spiritual seeker, you will discover the origin of the universe, the meaning of life, and essential clues in the eternal quest for the “fountain of youth.”
The 160 pages of this book are abundantly replete with exact references and footnotes to satisfy the scholars among you. The book is dripping with dramatic storytelling, filled with philosophy as clear and deep as a Himalayan lake, and precisely presents the perfectly useful astrological symbolism of the divine stars.
"If there is anything Vedic and spiritual about Hindu astrology, then this is the book that can teach us about it. Vic leads us into the wonderful depths of Vedic wisdom by relating the myths connected with each of the 27 lunar mansions and their deities. Using this approach, this book goes considerably deeper than other Jyotish textbooks I have seen. Warmly recommended, even to non-astrologers! Can we hope for follow-up book about the Hindu planetary deities?"
- Dieter Koch,
Indologist and Archaeoastronomer
Co-creator of the Swiss Ephemeris
"Vic DiCara's exploration and definitive research on the lunar mansions brings the primordial zodiac alive with the rich symbolism and sacred stories of Indian lore. We often forget that the basis of Vedic astrology will always be the mystical mythology associated with Jyotish, the science of light. Mr. DiCara's brilliant text illuminates our path home to the divine through his deep understanding and the blessings of the gods and goddesses of ancient India"
- Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Writer and Vedic Astrologer
"27 Stars, 27 Gods is a fantastically deep book about the fixed stars of Vedic astrology. It is well written and well researched, and is a clear and enjoyable read! I highly recommend it for everyone from astrologers to yogis and everyone in between."
- Juliana Swanson, RN
ACVA Teacher, Jyotish Visharada & Kovid
More than a journey through the outer universe of astrological stars, 27 Stars 27 Gods is a journey through the driving forces of the subconscious inner universe. By helping us identify these influences Vic DiCara helps us understand ourselves better and progress more smoothly on our life's journey.
27 Stars 27 Gods can be a reference book in the hands of an experienced astrologer, but it is also a self improvement tool for any reader interested in exploring life in depth. It presents symbols, mythology, ancient storytelling and divine lila in language that immediately catches one's interest and speaks to us like a friend – never prescriptive, but always revealing our opportunities.
Let me congratulate Vic on this unique book. Unlike most books in the spiritual market, this is not at all a copy of a copy of a copy. It is an outstanding new addition to our knowledge, written with an inspired pen of intensity and wit.
- Sripad Sacinandana Swami
Vaishnava Guru & Sanyassi
The word kṛttikā comes from the root kṛtta / kartati, meaning “cut, divide.” Obviously the symbol of sharp blades is fitting. But the word is also related to the root kṛt which means “assemble, accomplish.” So the sharpness of Kṛttikā is not a barbarian blade! It is a careful tool of precise subdivision. Similarly, Kṛttikā is a star of insight, incisiveness, disassembly of complex things, and detailed comprehension.
Agñi, the god of fire, empowers Kṛttikā. Fire has two qualities: it is bright, and it is hot. Brightness illuminates. Heat burns, or “digests” – it liberates the energy within things. Kṛttika is not only incisive but “bright.” It is a star of intellectual, brilliant insights and the ability to quickly digest concepts and ideas. The English word “critical” likely comes from kṛttikā. It is a star of incisive, critical thought.
Kṛttikā is not a good star for anything requiring tenderness, but it is excellent for analysis, rapid and accurate assessment, and the ability to cut through problems and confusions.
To tell you this story, I will combine the versions given in Mahābhārata (Vana.223-227), Vālmikī Rāmāyaṇa (Bālakāṇḍa.36) and Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa (81):
Once, during a ritual, Agñi saw the wives of the seven sages and fell in love with them. He transformed into their household fire to clandestinely gaze upon their beauty. But eventually he reproached himself thoroughly and went off to the forest to lament his broken heart.
A goddess named Svāhā had been in love with Agñi for a long time, and saw this as her chance. She assumed the appearance of one of the sage’s wives and ran to Agñi, saying, “I am Śivā, the wife of Sage Angiras. I have come to fulfill all your desires.”
After their intercourse she transformed into a bird, and flew to a legendary mountain from which the sun rises. There she threw Agñi’s semen into a lake. Then she assumed the form of the wife of a different sage and repeated the whole process five more times. She could not impersonate the seventh wife, Arundhati, due to the power of Arundhati’s devotion to her husband Vasistha.
Meanwhile, an anti-god named Tāraka rose to power and conquered all the gods on the strength of a benediction that only a seven-day-old child could kill him.
The gods tried to have children, but because of a curse they could not. Not even Śiva and his wife Pārvatī could conceive, even after attempting for 100 celestial years! Their powerful efforts put the universe into distress and the gods requested that Śiva and Pārvatī desist. Śiva, however, was interrupted just in the process of discharging semen. He said, “You’ve infuriated my wife by this disruption! Now tell me, what womb shall bear my seed?”
The gods suggested that the Earth become the womb. This infuriated Pārvatī even further and she cursed the Earth to be unable to bear the child. Śiva’s seed caused a great disturbance to the earth and there were floods and havoc. The gods requested powerful Agñi, the god of fire, to bear the seed – so he took it within the womb of flame. But he too fell under the angry curse of Pārvatī and could not develop the seed into a child. The effort exhausted him and fire began to dim and cool. Agñi approached the goddess Ganges, who said, “Put the seed into my waters.” But she also faced failure and frustration until she learned that Angi’s seed had been planted five times beside a lake on the Mountain of Sunrise. She added Śiva’s to this.
The mountain soon gave birth to a ferociously powerful child, who began destroying the hillside and howling with a voice like thunder.
The seven sages attempted to remedy this terrible disturbance. The inhabitants of the forest told them that six of their wives were to blame. In anger, the sages divorced those six wives and sent them away. (They cut off their wives, divorced them – the literal meaning of Kṛttikā is to cut off and separate).
[The seven stars of the Big Dipper represent the seven sages. The six main stars of the Pleiades are their six divorced wives – unfortunate goddesses. The seventh wife, Arundhati remains near her husband Vasiṣṭha as the star Alcor very close to Mizar.]
The child could not be pacified and even the gods dared not openly oppose him. Instead they sent the six divorced wives of the sages (the Kṛttikas) to tame the child and then kill him with poison on their breasts. But the women became compassionate towards the boy and accepted him as if he truly were their own son.
Since six women came to feed him, he split (“kṛttika”) into six forms to nurse from each mother simultaneously. He is known as Kārtikeya because he was nursed by the Kṛttika.
Pacified by these six mothers, the child then greeted his father Agñi.
Next arrived Śiva, Pārvatī, the Earth Goddess and Ganga. All of whom had valid claims to being his parent. The boy had six forms. One of them remained with the six Kṛttikas, another remained with Agñi, another went to Śiva, Pārvatī, Ganga, and to the Earth.
When the supernatural child was only seven days old, the gods put him in charge of their armies and attacked the anti-gods. The powerful newborn destroyed Tāraka and returned the balance of power to the gods.