I have not been into astrology for a while and I had a reading with Laura Bharat recently.
Is there a new ayanamsa I need to know of? How do I set this in my current Kala software?
Laura is experimenting with putting krittika on the vernal equinox and so using a type of tropical ayanamsa. If you want to try that, you need to set the custom ayanamsa to the persons birth day and then put 333:20 into the other box. You have to change the birthday for each chart you look at.
@stefaniefernand I had a reading from Laura as well and have been playing with the user defined / 333:20 ayanamsa on Kala. Have you experimented with it as well?
Thats the same as the krittika ayanamsa.
The krittika ayanamsa is an experimential ayanamsa of putting krittika on the vernal equinox, so yes, it becomes a tropical ayanamsa. The basis of this is that in the vedanga jyotisha which is the oldest dated written astronomical book they say that the dhanishtha nakshatra is on the winter soltice, so yes, that book uses tropical nakshatras. It does not use rasis at all. Everything is done with nakshatras and its for the purpose of calculating tithi, nakshatra, season, karana for muhurta purposes which was the oldest documented use of astrology. When we put dhanishtha on the winter soltice we get the result of the last pada of bharani being on the vernal equinox. I tried this, and it really didnt give remotely good results. So then i thougth of what could have happened when changing from 28-27 nakshatras... with 28 nakshatras when we put dhanishta on the winter soltice we get krittika on the vernal equinox. Then lets say they decided to go to 27 nakshatras and used dhanishtha on the winter soltices as reference when they should have used krittika on the vernal equinox as reference. So i tried krittika on the vernal equinox and it gave suprisingly good results that I thought were worth testing. Somehow laura bharat found out that I had thought of that and she tested it and decided to use it. I am not that hasty when it comes to nakshatra tests and feel it needs A LOT of testing to see if it really has any merit. Personally, I hope it fails, as I don't like some of the things it does in my life, haha. Its been something i have been testing when i have time over the last 18 months. What i like about it as well is that then bharani, yama, death, is the last of the nakshatras, and krittika, the sukra that starts life is the first nakshatra as measured from the vernal equinox. I fail to see the rational of asvini being the first nakshatra as it is the army protecting the village and then we have death as the second nakshatra. Also, in all old books, the naksahtras always were listed starting at krittika. Scholars say, Because krittika was on the vernal equinox at that time. well, maybe it should always be on the vernal equinox... nakshatras are very difficult to test, they are much more multi faceted and adaptable in how they will reveal themselves than the concrete rasis so extensive testing is really needed when it comes to nakshatras. So look at your moon nakshatra and see if you identify with it more as that or with a sidereal nakshatra. I like to use the Taitreya sutras for that.