Indrajala wrote:It begs the question though how many people would be interested in living by a lunar astrological calendar, or doing rituals calibrated to the dates provided with such a system?
Lots of Chinese festivals are dated according to the lunar calendar. Chinese New Year, Mid Autum Festival, Dragon Boat Festival. In China the Buddha's enlightenment is celebrated on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month, which is also a native Chinese winter festival for making offerings to ancestors and spirits. Quite similar to how celebration of the birth of Jesus was incorporated into an existing pagan winter festival. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laba_Festival
The birthdays and enlightenments of the major Boddhisattvas are also celebrated according to the lunar calendar. Before 1911 in China (and before Meiji Restoration in Japan) almost everything was done according to the lunar calendar. In China you still get lunar dates side by side with solar dates on traditional style calendars, and until recently you still got some old people who saw their lunar calendar birthday as their 'real' birthday.
China has its own ways of chopping up the stars into constellations http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_constellations
unrelated to the Babylonian/Egyptian/Indian model. Fortune telling based on stars, planets, numerology of birth date+time are all quite popular in China - even more popular in Taiwan (I hear) because they didn't go through the communist campaign against superstition. Interestingly though, in my experience young people talk a lot about their star signs (in the Western system), but aren't really aware that the Leo/cancer/libra/pisces/virgo etc. system comes from the west, and don't know anything about native Chinese constellations. I don't think this Western influence comes from Indian translations, I think it just comes from modern Western popular culture via Japan.