Vaat, Kapha and Pitta in Ayurved and Astrology

Ayurved is the knowledge of vitality, movement, vigour, divinity, life and living beings. Indians have used Ayurvedic principles to remain healthy in mind and spirit since time immemorial. The tri-dosh, Vaat, Kapha Pitta is a basic concept in Ayurved. ‘Dosh’ means defect, disorder, error, inconvenience, disease etc. If these Vaat, Kapha and Pitta remain in equilibrium, the body remains healthy. But generally these are out of balance because your chart and it’s planets interfere. Each planet is Vata, Kapha or Pitta by nature. So depending on their relative strengths in your chart, one of these dosh will dominate your body and mind.ayurved.jpgVaat

Vaat is ‘movement’ (Vaat means wind, wish etc). All the things that move in the body are intelligently managed by this energy ‘Vaat’. The movement of your thoughts to the movement of food within your intestines. Movement of blood, urine, hormones, muscles, impulses in the nerves, all that moves in the body. The movement of mind leads to emotions, creativity, speech etc. Vaat is responsible for movement of the vital energy/pran in the body. (So if you are doing Dhyan you have to be aware of how much Vaat inducing activities you are doing, this will adversely affect your Dhyan.)

If there is imbalance in Vaat, you will feel the effects first in the digestive system, nervous system, ears (equilibrium of the body is affected), especially the joints of the skeletal system and the skin (you may not realise it, but your skin moves the maximum). Planets contributing to the Vaat tendency are Saturn, Venus, Mercury and Moon. If these or their signs are strongly placed in your chart, they will unbalance the Vaat, Pitta Kapha equilibrium, to create a more ‘airy’ personality with the following keywords,

  1. Dry – dry skin and hair, constipation, rough gravelly voice, hiccups
  2. Light– thin body frame, light sleep, under weight, needs to rest more
  3. Cold– hates cold and loves warm, stiffness in muscles and joints
  4. Rough– cracked heels, brittle nails, uneven teeth
  5. Nervous– easily excited, imaginative, anxious, muscle tremors, delicate health, less children
  6. Fast– alert, speech, gait, restless, mood swings, travels, too many thoughts in mind, active, cannot save money.
  7. Alone– experiences loneliness, doesn’t have faith in a higher intelligence.

If these keywords have resonated with you then here are some simple tips which you can incorporate in your daily life.

  • Warmth – dress warmly, spicy, hot, slightly oily food (no cold foods)
  • Keep calm – massages, spa, saunas, stick to a comfortable routine, do not travel too much. Spend some quiet and quality time with your close family and loved ones.
  • Rest – You require more sleep, so aim for 8+ hrs. Try to keep away from loud sounds, bright lights, addictions and over-stimulation.

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Now Pitta is the ‘conversion process’. (Pitta means bile.) Everything that the mind/body ‘converts’ and makes ‘suitable for itself’ is through the energy of Pitta. So this covers the process of digestion and all the enzymes in the body are ‘converters’. Then on the mental level the process of converting sensory inputs to intelligence, then the ‘thinking process’ converts the ideas to understanding. This ‘conversion process’ also creates ‘heat’, so makes one sparkle with health, vitality, intelligence and wisdom. The planets contributing to the pitta in your life would be Sun, Mars and Mercury. If these are strong, or their signs are strongly placed in your chart you might be a pitta dominant personality.

So for our pitta personality our keywords would be related to ‘fire’,

  1. Hot– good digestive system, strong appetite, higher than average body temperature, dislikes more heat or bright light, receding hairline or baldness
  2. Sharp– sharp and bright features and face, sharp memory and understanding, probing mind,
  3. Oily– oily soft skin and hair, deep-fried food causes headaches
  4. Fluid– tendency to loose motions, excessive sweating, needs to drink lots of water, rashes on skin, hot skin, desires name and fame
  5. Reds /Yellows– tends to have flushed skin, often overproduction of bile
  6. Fire– acidity, excess salivation, bitter taste, nausea, burning sensations, cynical by nature, strong feelings of anger/ hate.
  7. Intelligence – excellent abilities for learning, understanding and concentrating, highly disciplined, make large amounts of money, spends on luxurious items.

To keep your ‘hot’ planets and signs ‘cool’, here are a few tips.

  • Cooling – Eat non-spicy, non-salty, non-oily foods especially in summer. Avoid going out in the summer sun. Aggression will aggravate pitta, so if you see a discussion turning into an argument use your intelligence and defuse the situation in a healthier manner.
  • Exercise in moderation and during the coolest part of the day and opt for the swimming pool. Your temper runs short, so try some some calming breathing exercises too.

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Kapha

Kapha is ‘fluidity which creates structure’. It is simultaneously ‘earthy’ and ‘watery’. All the cells, tissues and organs of the body and the ‘fluidity’ which links them together is Kapha. Lubrication of joints and organs, strong muscles and bones, cellular secretions, and memory retention. Planets with kapha tendency are Moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus. If these and their signs are strongly placed in your chart your mind/body may lean towards imbalance in the kapha.

  1. Heavy, slow and steady – movement, appetite, thirst, metabolism and digestion. A large body frame, possibly overweight but compact. A lubricated smooth movement of the joints. A heavy deep but sweet voice. Likes sitting and sleeping, can get lazy. A sense of density, ‘thickness’. Mind is contemplative, peaceful, slow to react. Often slow to start, is dull in the mornings. Has good knowledge, memory and also a strong constitution.
  2. Fluids – cold and congestion, clammy skin, water retention, over-production of saliva and mucus. Oily skin and hair. Diseases related to the ‘water’, sinus, sluggishness, excess weight, diabetes, water retention, headaches, especially on full moon days and when the weather is overcast and gloomy.
  3. Smooth and soft – skin, calm nature, gentle mind, pleasing look, compassionate, caring, kind, sometimes gullible.
  4. Cohesive – Firm body, joints, muscles. Likes physical contact, hugging cuddling. Mind is deeply attached in love and relationships. Saves money. Has a deep faith in the higher intelligence. Can get greedy and emotionally needy if unbalanced.
  5. Sweet and salty – is quite sensual in nature, craves sweet and salty food but digestion being slow puts on weight which is then difficult to shed as dislikes vigorous exercise.

Here are some small things which will help you balance your kapha tendencies.

  • Move – Exercise, walk, be a bit more active, read new things, learn new things. Vary your routine, do something exciting at least one day a week, e.g. go to a museum, go for a day-tour, visit your family/friends, go for a movie. Move!
  • Diet – Eat warm, light, moderately spicy, easy to digest foods. Avoid heavy, fatty and overly sugary-salty foods. Reduce the intake of milk/milk products and avoid cold drinks/food.
  • Sleep – Try to reduce your sleep time, stick to 8hrs no more, and no daytime naps!

So this was a very basic and simple to understand/ use post on Ayurved. If you are getting a bit interested in astrology by now and know how to read your chart, then you can also try balancing the planetary energies with the activitiesfragrances, colors and tastes associated with them. This will balance the subtle energies which are the seeds of Vaat, Pitta and Kapha and thus help you be healthier from the deepest levels. And finally, a regular spiritual practice, even for 5 mins a day, will go a long way in keeping you happy and healthy!aurved

 

 

Yadnopavit sutra, ‘Sacred thread’

As per Sanatan Dharm, young boys at the age of 6 yrs are initiated into the Gayatri Mantra and its jaap. The boy is taught the mantra in the Yadnopavit Sanskar and he then wears the ‘sacred thread’/ Yadnopavit sutra. Girls are not required to wear the sutra, but are taught the Mantra on their 6th birthday and are required to do do its Jaap. Gayatri mantra is the right of every human being and is the foundation of spiritual practice.

Gayatri is the Guru-mantra, it pulls you towards your Reality.

Om, Bhuh Bhuvah Swah, Om Tat Savitur Varenyam, Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi, Dheeyo Yo nah Prachodayat, Om.

ॐ भूः भुवः स्वः । ॐ तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि। धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात॥ ॐ

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Now this sutra is not a ‘thread’! It is made with specific mantras and intentions. Calling it a ‘thread’, is like calling a nuclear warhead a firecracker. It is that potent!

Making it is quite typical. First using raw cotton, a thin strand of thread is made by hand, (everyone is supposed to make it for himself but generally the older men in the house makes it for the boys). The length of the thread is 96 times the breadth of four fingers so is equal to the height of the man making it. The Gayatri mantra has 24 Akshar and there are 4 states of existence, so 24X4 = 96. Also 96 represents the units of time, specific mantras are recited while making it. The four fingers represent the four states of existence, Jagruti/ awake, Swapna/ dreams,  Sushupti/ deep sleep and Turiya/ the realisation of the Ultimate. 

The thin handmade thread is wrapped 9 times, and the energies of Om, Vishvadev, Agni, Vayu, Naag, Soma, Pitr, Prajapati and Yam are installed in each of these strands. More mantras. (Then there is the Gayatri Gita for more information.)

Then these 9 strands are twisted so that they are converted to 3 thicker strands each tied with one small typical knot. (After marriage the strands increase, become 6 because now he is responsible for his wife also.)

  • These 3 strands represent the Rg-ved/ Yajur-ved/ Sam-ved. Their knowledge is required on the way to the Moksh.
  • The 3 stages of the Gayatri mantra itself. 1st stage is ‘tat savitur varenyam’, 2nd is ‘bhargo devasya dheemahi’ and the last is ‘dheeyo yo naha prachodayat’.
  • The 3 debts that one owes in life, to the parents, the society and the Guru. Unless you resolve them you cannot reach the realisation. You repay the debt to the ancestors/parents when you have children of your own and you give them good values. The debt to the society is also repaid when your children become good citizens and you do charity etc and contribute in maintaining the society. And debt to the Guru is paid when you practice what you have learnt from him.
  • Then the 3 tyes of gun/attributes (satva, raja and tama). Satva pulls you towards reality, raja pulls you towards the objects of the manifested universe, and tamas is still unmoving energies which are most often directed towards negative thought patterns and then become discordant. One has to cross these to reach the Ultimate, which is Nirgun/without attributes.
  • The 3 naadis, Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. The movement of pran in these three need to be controlled by conscious effort before you can progress.
  • The 3 knots are the 3 granthis of the Brahmanadi, which have to be unlocked so that the Kundalini can reach the top of the head.
  • The three ashram/stages of life. Brahmacharya/childhood, Gruhastashram/active life and Vanaprasthashram/retired life. The responsibilities associated with these 3 have to be completed. The real sense of the fourth stage/ashram, Sanyashram/ renunciation, is gained only with Moksh.

Now these 3 strands are knotted together in a very typical, difficult to make, knot called the Brahmagranthi. This knot represents OM the absolute.

This is now the Yadnopavit sutra or Brahma-sutra.

When it is worn normally, it is on the left shoulder and across the body. It will hang down till the top of the right thigh. It is a physical reminder that all these things, these are burdens which have to be carried and that the goal of life is realisation of OM. And then on the energy levels it is totally awesome. I saw it when I and my husband performed the Yadnopavit sanskar for our son. The sutra balances all the lower chakras perfectly, from the Muladhar to the Vishuddhi, as it encircles them. My son who till then had refused to wear even a gold chain in his neck, happily wore the sutra without any fuss. Its energy is just so awesome and it stabilises the energy of the person wearing it. So when the boy does his personal practice, he just has to work on his Ajnya chakra. It is a very big boost. The sutra ‘holds’ the practice. The sutra and the Gayatri mantra sadhana (for boys) are practically one unit.

There are a few rules about wearing and changing it periodically but they are all very simple. So wearing it should not be a problem!

Now am sure that you must be wondering why just boys? Why don’t women wear the yadnopavit sutra? The simplest answer is that they dont need to. There is one very big advantage that women have. They do not have a Y chromosome. Science has also acknowledged that men are more delicate than women, the survivorship ratios of male/female at different age groups prove this. Men need to actively protect themselves and keep themselves healthy at all levels, so Gayatri sadhana wearing the Yadnopavit sutra is compulsory for all men.

Our ancients knew of the inherent weakness of the  Y-chromosome so had several ways to actively protect it, by ensuring that marriages are conducted according to astrological principles and according to the family dynasty/’Gotra’, by ensuring that the males perform the anteyshti/tarpan rituals of the departed etc. For women the challenge comes with menopause. If women can consciously transition when at menopause, they will realise how easy spirituality is for them. Till then even a simple basic 27 /54 /108 times jaap of Gayatri is enough to sustain them.

And this is the link to the most complete form of Gayatri, the Ghanapath and the full form of the Mantra. Do listen and enjoy it’s power.

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Gemini Sagittarius axis, Events in motion, Part 3

What nourishes our souls may not enrich our material lives and vice versa. This is most vividly brought out in this Gemini-Sagittarius axis. (This is the third post in this series continued from here and here.)

Gemini is hemmed between the MoonCancer (2nd counted from) who takes him along a path of emotional treasures and materially happy times with his family, friends, food, drink and dance. And Venus/ Taurus (12th counted from) makes him realise the inherent loss in all these things of the senses and treasures. This is an exhausting position to be in. Things can seem to give pleasures, but suddenly they turn exactly opposite, speech turns to silence and power to impotence. The wisdom of Sagittarius is required to make sense of this reversals and duality.

Gemini is a sign embodying duality. Too much of a choice can ultimately lead to stagnation as one keeps on flitting between the options and not following one path to its culmination. A Gemini dominated personality can think of being strongly spiritual or strongly material but unless he has guidance and support, this fickle Mercury does not really reach there. He can be artistic, courageous, sweet, stern , diplomatic but that doesn’t really get him anywhere unless Sagittarius is there to be his mirror and fill in his gaps.

At the extreme, Gemini can give deep rooted psychological problems and a dissatisfaction with the personality and the environment. But he can be guided to act and to reach his potential in the spiritual or material, he is receptive. Jupiter is required here to widen Mercury’s narrow vision and grant him the strength and patience to wait for his choice and action to fructify. As always blessings of seniors, elders and teachers often are the vital link between action and success.

Sagittarius is hope, and shows Gemini the goal that should be his. He provides the wisdom in making the choice.gemini SagittariusSagittarius is where a person develops ‘spirituality’, you truly understand what this journey is all about. But this road first begins when you use your mind to create options, evaluate them, choose and act with intention. You create karma in Gemini. Sagittarius then is where you develop the widest perspective of the purpose of life, a complete understanding of the foundations your life is based on. However these persons do not receive emotional support from the family and near ones, the comforts of material life are denied to them.

It can be quite burdensome, but his favoured partner (7th from), Mercury/Gemini supports. The  Archer may marry or remain single, but in reality his students/teachers are his real partners. Learning and teaching. The experience and the one who experiences. one cannot exist without the other. As he guides them, he also learns to guide his lower nature (centaur), while developing his spiritual potential. It is a constant struggle. As a teacher, he also learns valuable lessons, as he sacrifices his personality for his students, as he moulds their minds and opens vistas for them, he realises that knowledge when accepted becomes wisdom. Strangely once you accept that something binds you, you are also set free in that instant.

Sagittarius needs the duality of Gemini as his mirror because now he is observing ‘separation’, ‘the act of creation of karma’. His mirror shows him how he started so that he knows how to get to his destination. He evaluates his philosophies against his mirror and thus achieves his destination. Gemini is also courage and boldness. This is is gift to his mirror. The mild mannered Jupiter needs the courage of Mercury to make that final choice of the spiritual over the material. The divine over the animal.

Why does a soul get separated from the Ultimate reality and lose its real self? It plays the game of creation for joy. We are all here because we are enjoying ourselves. The instant we stop enjoying this funfair, we will go home to our true Reality. Gemini and Sagittarius are the two points in the zodiac where we chose to immerse ourself in duality and then choose to understand singularity again.

(A lot will depend on the position of Mercury and his mirror Jupiter. Both these mild natured planets own the four kendra (building block houses, 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th). Kendra-adhi-pati, as a functional malefic can applicable here if these signs are the ascendant signs. This makes life a slight bit harder on the material plane but gives results on the spiritual. As most of us are quite materialistic, not really bothered about the spiritual, this will create stress. But if both these signs engage in some personal spiritual practice they can benefit immensely. This practice will ‘hold’ them as quick moving karmic movements swirl around them.)

This axis is the leap (Mercury) of faith (Jupiter)!gemini Sagittarius

 

 

Spare the rod and spoil the child? Really?

I really wish everyone learns to see auras, its easier than learning to analyse horoscopes.

A small (perhaps) incident. A few years ago.

One of my clients had a small 3yr old son, cute, behaviour was as per his age, no big problems, no tantrums. My client had married against the wishes of his mother. Naturally she disliked his wife. And whenever she would come over to stay at his house, his son would misbehave, screaming, crying, out of control behaviour, very agitated. Then the MIL would scold her DIL saying ‘you are not a good mother’!

I had gone to meet up with his mother, a social call. The child was misbehaving terribly, screaming at his mother, and rather than coming to meet me as ‘Auntie!’, he came and spat on me. His dad was furious and was going to beat him.

But the reality was something very very different. The child was not being rude, he just was agitated beyond control. See, the child would play with his grandmom, she would give him his food, take care of him, sleep next to him in the afternoon etc while his parents went to work. A doting grandmom, no issues at all, she actually loved him. But her aura was still so full of anger at her son and her DIL for getting married against her wishes. The auras of the three were actually fighting. The client and the DIL were not aware of this, were just generally uneasy around her. Whenever they got within 2 feet of each other, the auras would send out flares of rage and all sorts of negative stuff! (sometimes auras are really not pleasant to see).

The MIL’s illogical rage and frustration had spoilt the energy of the house. And the poor child was caught in this wild storm of negative auras! The MIL was being with him, taking care of him but unconsciously passing on her feelings through auras! And children are most sensitive to the astral, subconscious etc! No wonder he was misbehaving, he had gone mad with all the aura-conflicts around him.childJust look at the kind of energies we are exposing our children to! The television is garbage, movies are full of negative stuff. We give them mobiles and the internet which spoils their eyes and expose them to age-inappropriate ideas and behaviour. The schools they go to, what kind of education do they get there? Overstressed with school-work and home-work! And the quality of education has also dropped. The food we give them is full of pesticides. The houses we keep them in are cramped, we cut them off from nature. Our cities are full of sound, which tears into their auras. There are just so many things going wrong.

And then us. We are exposing our children to our energies. I wish everyone looks into their own aura sometime. Frustration, tiredness, fear, negativity in our auras, our children are drinking it all in! We don’t give them time. We don’t enjoy their company! Most children are living a life of trauma caused by the intense negativity around them. Hitting them would be the worst thing that anyone can do!

A lot of these problems with children can be resolved if we add pran/vital energy to their energy-starved lives. Sitting in the early morning sunlight, massage by ayurvedic oils, fresh fruits/salads in the diet, listening to Sanskrit high energy mantra. Going for day visits or vacations in places of natural energy, seaside, forests etc where the air is rich in pran (Pine forests have the highest pran levels). Performing the Agnihotra is compulsory for all Hindus, its vibhuti is very high energy. (My son eats it all the instant the homa cools down, but if I have been distracted during the homa, he also points out that the vibhuti’s energy was low).

And the most important, if it is a boy-child, Upanayan/Yadnopavit must be performed at the age of 6yrs. And he should be encouraged to do regular Gayatri mantra puja. For a girl child, she does not need to wear a yadnopavit, on her 6th birthday she should be taught the Gayatri and she should also do Gayatri puja, at least recite it (27 or 54 or 108 times) every day in the morning and evening. Gayatri is the right of every human. It increases the mental stability and intelligence and is the most valuable gift you can give him/her, the foundation of his/her life-time’s spiritual practice. And the parents too, recite the Gayatri along with the child, give yourself these 10 mins in the morning and the evening, your own personal energy quality will improve. (When the age of 7yrs is complete, the chakras of the child stop being so receptive to external influences.)

Why would a child misbehave? It is not normal behaviour, it is a response to something going wrong with him. Find out what is going wrong and change it for the better, this is the parent’s responsibility. Children represent the ‘creativity’ and divine intelligence of the parents in every way possible.

I can never condone hitting a child. Scolding is one thing, but physically hitting or verbally abusing cannot be justified. Maybe I am too idealistic, but we are adults, so should be wiser, more analytical and more understanding? Children copy us. And because we are human too, if we do lash out in anger, we should be sensible enough to make up and reassure the child before it causes a permanent negative impact on his psyche. (I have seen several of my grown-up clients carrying childhood scars of negligent parents, it is very difficult to resolve them later in life.)

childAnd yes, there are children who are neglected by their parents, perhaps beaten up or abandoned or put in hostels and orphanages. There are several combinations which show neglect by the father and by the mother. The astrological combinations would be related to the 4th house/ruler or 10th house/ruler or the Sun or the Moon being damaged by malefics in the child’s chart. If it is physical hurt then the birth chart D-1 will show the damage and if the torture is more emotional, the chart seen from the birth moon’s sign will have the indications.

If small children are misbehaving, first analyse the behaviour of the parents and the child’s environment. From the astrological point of view the Dasha of the child and the parents should also be analysed. (Gandant nakshatra births often go through a difficult childhood.)

If grown ups abuse and neglect their parents, then such parents would have a damaged 5th house/ruler and from what examples I have seen, their own Sun /Moon and 9th house/ruler would be afflicted too. And their own charts would show combinations of parental neglect during childhood.

But all things considered, a child is precious. We all may not be able to afford a lot of things for our children but two things we can do. One is to hug the child, tell him/her that he is the most loved one in the Universe, really mean it (remember he can see auras better than you). And the second is to gift him with ‘faith’ (spiritual practice, Gayatri), let him know that someone is always there, looking out for him. This brings in Hope, the ability to withstand the challenges that life is going to throw at him.

And my client’s child? He went back to his usual sweet self after his grandmom went back to her own house after staying for 1 month. The next time I saw him, he sat on my lap and showed me a drawing he had made.

 

child(This post was in response to this comment I received in the comments form. “I have seen small children in my area hitting their parents with lot of angst and the parents stand helplessly. Are there any combinations of children physically abusing parents no matter what their age. I happened to read an article by E Sreedharan -“Metro Man” talking about parenting. He mentioned that children from the age of 4 should be disciplined with corporal punishment. He believes in “Spare the rod and spoil the child”. What is your take on this…..”)

Gemini Sagittarius axis, Events in motion – Part 2

This is a continuation post from here. If you have Dhanu/Sagittarius as the ascendant/birth moon sign or if you have several planets placed in Dhanu, you can expect to be this on the internal/subconscious levels.

Being the 9th sign, it is the ‘Dharma-sthan’, here is the ‘foundation’ of the Kaal-purush (the animating principle of space-time/creation). Here you finally understand the purpose of your life and the constraints that your karma from present/past lives has laid on you. You begin to hope that you can successfully navigate the path of karma and reach your goal of self-realization. Your internal philosophies and your spiritual teacher, peers and patrons support you in this belief.sagittariuaThis sign is represented by a centaur carrying a bow and an arrow aimed and ready to shoot. The bow/Dhanushya and the arrow/Baan is a very important allegory which is repeated in every Hindu/Sanatan Dharm story. Shri Ram was a archer/Dhanurdhari. Shri Krishna taught the Bhagwat Gita to his cousin Arjun who was an archer too. The bow is the curve of the spine with its chakras, the arrow is the kundalini energy and the archer is you. You pull back the bow-string with the energy of your spiritual practice and you aim at the top of your internal Shrichakra/the Mula Bindu/Realization. You have set your sights on the Ultimate so your trials and tribulations are also going to be the highest here.

The sign is also represented by a Centaur, the higher human nature now dominates the lower animal nature and sets sight for Moksh with his bow/arrow. The centaur looks upwards away from the animal self. The person is internally ready to give up all comforts and entertainments of Creation to reach the highest divinity within himself. Your mirror is the duality of Gemini.

You are always engaged, focussed on some work or the other, you have the ability to sacrifice your own comforts for your beliefs, you have the courage of conviction. Often fearless and not bothered with consequences, you express yourself with clarity and eloquence. You are aware of the impermanence of form. You realise at the deepest levels that the real relationship is the one you have with yourself, rest everything is just a show. So you have your groups whom you address and teach but internally you are not dependent on them emotionally /spiritually.

Sagittarius is linked to Aries and Leo by the 5-9 axis, each of these sign is linked to the other by the cycle of foundation and creative intelligence. The entire force of the personality and the divine intelligence and creativity is now linked to the understanding of karma. Deep philosophical understanding leads to courage in entering the uncharted realms of the soul which leads to divine intelligence which again leads to deeper philosophy. This is the every evolving spiral of auspiciousness, called the Dharm trikon. The past is linked to the present and guided by the divine, creates the future.

The experiences indicated by Aquarius, Taurus, Cancer and Scorpio will challenge and frustrate the Sagittarius unless he understands their lessons.

Aquarius will require the centaur to come back to his lower nature at times, he will be required to interact, bargain and exchange with a large number of often juvenile or immature partners. Here your boldness, courage, skills of articulation and effective communication will be tested. Aquarius brings in diffuse groups of like minded persons/ideas, it is required that you deal with them intelligently, with discipline, consistency and perhaps with a slight bit of rule-breaking. (But break too many rules and Saturn will register it as karma.) So the best way to counter this challenge by Aquarius, would be to proactively teach and interact on your own terms from the start. ‘Students’ is the exact juvenile, large diffuse target group and as you teach, you exchange ideas; handling a large bunch of students requires courage, boldness and skills. So rather than waiting for Aquarius to bring on his own group, proactively teach, whatever you know, teach it to others, any way you can. And understand that as you teach, your personal knowledge, wisdom and understanding is also being tested.

Taurus is located 6th from Sagittarius. If you keep on hoarding your assets for your personal family’s use you will fail your test here. Give as much as you can, the more you give the more will make its way back to you. You are not tied to one single family now, you belong to the whole of creation. On the physical plane, pay attention to your diet and lifestyle. Your personal family might create issues for you to resolve, so without being emotional about it, try to resolve them as per your conscience.

Now Cancer is the personal tradition, culture and homeland. You are required to make that leap from a limited family/ cultural set-up to a wide humanitarian mindset. All of creation must be accepted as being your homeland, inclusiveness is to be cultivated. Accept all the experiences in the conscious/Jagruti, astral/Swapna and sub-conscious/Sushupti states, so that the final Turiya becomes available to you. Cancer and its Moon represents the sum total of your entire existences, all the experiences of all your past/present/future/parallel lives. On the material side, you will generally be required to work without family support and emotional pleasures.

Scorpio is counted 12th from Sagittarius so the assets of Scorpio are consumed to create the personality of the Archer. Scorpio is deep turmoil, secrets being excavated with single minded determination often with deep emotional/spiritual/physical pain. When the secrets are out, they may not even be comforting to the soul. Deep dark secrets which were hidden for a reason are pulled out by the mysterious Scorpio. All the secrets are known in Scorpio and accepted in Sagittarius. You are meant to expand your consciousness, here. Try to look at your experiences with the lens of philosophy, religion, spirituality etc so that you can absorb their lessons completely.centaur2Sagittarius is often considered to be the luckiest sign of the zodiac, but often the other side of the psyche is not visible and it can be quite stressed.

All this positivity surrounding Sagittarius, then there  must be a downside too. And it is this, Sagittarius (and Gemini) represent the fastest moving events in life. To negotiate this continual movement you need to do some regular spiritual practice, there is no other way. You are so aware of your karmic bindings that you need the peace, calm and silence of the personal spiritual practice to shelter you. The trick is to act in such a way that the karma is balanced without getting emotional or attached about it. This means that you have to be highly aware of your own Dharma/the right action. For this you have to be in tune with your Conscience/Antaratma.

You are between Scorpio, (the mystery) and Capricorn (the action). You get your resources from the Mars of Scorpio and you resources are depleted by the Saturn of Capricorn. You are the 9th/the foundation, so your actions have to be for the greatest good of the greatest number. You may have to sacrifice your individual personality though. Decide how should you act? So you have the support from all these positive things that Sagittarius is known for, to help you decide and then focus single-pointedly.

The center of our Galaxy, the Vishnu-nabhi around which our galaxy revolves is the Nakshatra, Mula. This is a part of Sagittarius. This is the most mysterious lunar mansion, where you are offered the scope for Moksh, but only if you accept the temporary but intense pain of detachment from all of Creation.

 

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Kendra-adhi-pati, functional malefics..

The placement and position of the signs in the chart is of prime importance as it can sometimes turn normally malefic planets like Saturn into the biggest benefic and also turn the biggest benefic Jupiter into a trouble maker.kendradhipati doshaA bit of background,

The 4 Kendra houses are the building blocks of your personality, the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th.

  • 1st house –  the overall personality, the overall environment, role in society, will power, health, longevity etc, basically a snapshot of you
  • 4th house – the security, comforts, emotional health, nurture, mother, childhood experiences, basic education, house, lands, vehicles etc.
  • 7th house – husband/wife, partnerships, legal relations, business, fertility, passion, foreign travels, business rivals too
  • 10th house – social presence, power, prestige, profession, salaries, actions done to resolve karma, power, authority in public etc.

Then there are the Kona houses, the 1st, 5th and 9th. These are the most auspicious houses in the chart. The 1st is a Kendra as well as a Kona house.

  • 5th – divine intelligence, creativity, expression of creativity, children, self-ego, recognition as an individual, spirituality
  • 9th – all the support you will receive from all sources, your beliefs, patrons, peers, paternal figures, religion, ancestors, your past life merits etc

Now when planet owns a kona house and a kendra house, it is a Yogakark planet (detailed post here), and gives extraordinary results.

Then there is one more possibility, when a planet owns just the kendra houses. This is possible when the ascendant is Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces. And as you know the axis Virgo-Pisces is the most sensitive of the lot and the Gemini-Sagittarius axis is the most happening. (A bit of revision, I had written about the 7th lord being the Badhak for dual natured signs, and all four of these are dual-natured signs.) Also remember the ascendant lord can never give overtly malefic results.

Now,

  • Gemini ascendant, Mercury owns the 1st and 4th houses. Jupiter owns the 7th and 10th house. So Jupiter can become a functional malefic and it is also the badhak lord.
  • Virgo ascendant, Mercury owns the 1st and 10th houses. Jupiter rules the 4th and 7th house. Again Jupiter becomes the functional malefic and is also the badhak planet.
  • Sagittarius ascendant, Jupiter rules the 1st and 4th houses. Mercury owns the 7th and 10th houses. Here Mercury is the functional malefic and also the badhak lord.
  • Pisces ascendant, Jupiter rules the 1st and 10th houses. Mercury owns the 4th house and 7th house and is the functional malefic as well as the badhak planet.

If the functional malefic here is actually occupying his own sign the results are most severe, if aspecting then the results are less severe. It causes more problems in his Vimshottari mahadasha/antardasha periods. If neither occupying nor aspecting his own sign this Jupiter or Mercury, loses his functional malefic nature and gives his usual benefic results.

There is a logic to this. The Kendra houses are the the basic building blocks of our life and most of our activities are related to these keywords. Both Jupiter and Mercury are generally mild natured planets. Jupiter is quite the philosophical elder and Mercury is the impressionable adolescent. If these are to look after these important aspects of someone’s life you can imagine his personality to be mild, gullible often taken advantage of. So for these specific ascendant signs, Jupiter / Mercury lose their benefic natures and become ‘cruel’ so as to better guard these houses. However as they gain ‘cruelty’, they then do not give their usual benefic results and can bring obstructions and obstacles.

Then finally the best balance would be if the Mercury /Jupiter aspects his own sign rather than occupying it so that he is able to give some of his benefic results as well retain a bit of ‘cruelty’ for his guard duty!

And in any chart, if there are overtly malefic planets placed in the Kendra houses they cause problems. These four houses, 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th are linked to things which directly affect you in a very intense way, physically, emotionally, financially and socially. So be very careful in analysing the influences here. And don’t be scared of fancy names like ‘dosh/defect’. Is is just a reminder that you should be careful in handling the keywords related to these houses. A bit of extra-awareness is most often the easiest solution to astrological ‘dosh’.

(This is called Kendra-adhi-pati dosh in Jyotish. Have avoided using the technical name so that you dont get put off with the terminology and understand the concept first.)

 

kendradhipati dosha(There was a question on this in the Contact form and as it is linked to the Gemini-Sagittarius axis too, so wrote it)

Gemini Sagittarius axis, Events in motion, part 1

The effectiveness of signs to give results in a chart depends on several things. Sagittarius is the most active of all the signs closely followed by Leo and Gemini. Thus the Sagittarius-Gemini axis is the most dynamic one in your chart. Events represented by this axis and their agents come into your life fast, cause high voltage changes and exit equally fast. Here your life is in fast forward. If you have Sagittarius or Gemini as your birth Moon sign or ascendant sign, or if too many planets occupy them, you live life on the fast track, ‘work hard and play hard’ applies to you!geminiThe most sensitive axis in your chart is the Virgo-Pisces, ruled by the MercuryJupiter combo. And the most dynamic aspect is now again ruled by Mercury-Jupiter, i.e. Gemini-Sagittarius. This post is on how things are on internally, what you would feel on the subconscious and spiritual levels. This is using Jyotish to illuminate your spiritual growth not for predictions as such. If you understand the deeper nature of the signs you can know yourself and your clients better.

Gemini/Mithun is where you choose to act. In two minds, often evaluating between two options. You continuously think and choose, you have twice the brain power as this is a dual natured sign represented by 2 human figures. Mithun is a Sanskrit word meaning several things, duality, pairing, twins, mating, union, couple etc. Gemini ruled by Mercury is the sign of conscious choice. You use what is given to you and create options, evaluate them, choose and act. You have all the databases, data analysis, mental agility, brain power and thinking capacity. You are full of courage, boldness, risk-taking abilities and also its associated conflicts and instabilities. You cannot sit still. This is the sign where karma is created, karma is ‘action with intention’, you choose and act.

You are so involved in analysing situations and creating options that others might think of you being self-centred. You are absorbed in the intellectual appreciation of choice. And when you come to a conclusion you want to tell it to all, the mental processes are so fast, this makes you seem spontaneous, outgoing and eloquent. You are always excited about finding more things to choose from, you are quick and sharp. More thrills and exciting experiences, this in the physical life can get you in risky actions, dares and juvenile challenges. You are duality in all its possible forms. Exchanging ideas, discussions, later arguments, communication, trade. Being versatile, adaptable is natural to you. Though changing directions in a moment will make you seem fickle-minded and irresponsible.

Gemini always thinks that there is a better option, he just has to work it out. His brain is always working and he is restless, pining for this often non-existent option which will be glorious. Too much of this can lead to conflicts and instability. His thought processes can make him suspicious. e.g. he won’t trust his friends to be friendly but will trust his enemies to be antagonistic, which is a bit weird. Choosing between ideologies, loyalties, loves, demands, memories, desires, aspiration, actions often conflicting, can be exhausting. But still he is full of wild energy and likes communicating with gestures and movements.

A Gemini likes to think, it is his passion, thinking in various possible ways. This can lead to brooding, melancholy or depression too. But then if a Gemini goes deeper, contemplates, he also has the skill of synthesis. He can combine two opposite seeming things. He knows that every good thing is also connected to bad stuff. And bad stuff will also eventually be linked to something good. He instinctively knows the other face of the coin and also accepts it. Ultimately he wishes to solve the mystery of birth-death-rebirth v/s Realisation/Moksh.twinsIf you are a Gemini, your allies are the agents represented by Libra (5th from) and Aquarius (9th from). Each of these acts as the foundation and creative expression of the other in a cyclic manner. Libra comes to being when the duality of Gemini is infused with creativity, divine intelligence and the strange selfishness of the ego. As you mature and the exuberance tones down, you are more able to appreciate the beauty of fairness, balance and one-one bargains. You partner with like minded individuals and your exchange becomes more satisfying. Aquarius is located 9th from Gemini. This is the marketplace of Gemini’s dreams. Under the discipline of Saturn but with a bit of Rahu’s foreign-ness and rule-breaking allowed, you gain patrons and paternal figures who guide you in making stable gains and profits. But Saturn is the ruler here and it is the 9th house, so the karmic constraints from the ancestors and past lives require the Gemini to work hard here.

You reach the culmination of this cycle in Aries the 11th house where you gain ‘individuality’. Thus journey for Gemini, is sort of a cycle from duality to the individual-ness represented by Aries.

Challenges will be presented by the agents of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Capricorn. Taurus is located 12th from Gemini. Thus you tend to use up the family, family resources, family traditions in your quest for more and wider interactions. Then Leo is highly individual and you are duality itself. If you remain selfish, promoting your own creativity without regard for others you might be in trouble. But then understand the lesson that Leo is out to teach you. You should use divine intelligence and inspiration available to you when you choose and act. You cannot remain caught in the plethora of options which you endlessly create for yourself. You need to recognise that one option where you have the blessings of the higher self within you and pursue it.

Scorpio is about relentlessly delving within your self, accepting changes in emotions within the depth of the self. As a Gemini may not be interested in getting deeply with single focus into anything. You think in several ways before you act. You are duality. You wish to get out of the situation you are in as quickly and painlessly as possible. And Scorpio is pain. You have a lot of mates, but perhaps no real friends, thus you do not share your emotions. You avoid confrontations, i.e. you can argue but you avoid expressing your feelings. A trader out for profit, always has to smile. Excessive self-control, suppressed anger and frustration cause the rather mysterious/Scorpio health problems which a Gemini suffers. Sometimes instinct needs to be followed, mysteries are there for a reason, so just some times trust your intuition. Gemini is a trader/vaisya sign, it can think of spiritual and the occult but then remains in the material. Scorpio warns against this.

Capricorn requires you to work for the betterment of the society, for social recognition, for the stability and security of the society, without regard for remuneration. And you are exuberant, wild and stormy at times. Saturn demands discipline and the irrepressible Mercury is not bothered. Then come the periods governed by Saturn where he will relentlessly make Gemini change himself, sober him down force him to grow up. These will be the periods when the understanding of karma and its repercussions will really hit the Gemini personality.

So, Gemini is always polarity and generally conflicted because of this. Too many planets in Gemini or Gemini ascendant/birth Moon sign creates a typical personality who needs support from its mirror Sagittarius to really bring out his potential and rise to great spiritual/material height.

 

gemini(Here was a bit about Gemini/Mithun rashi. Have continued with Sagittarius the other half of this axis in my next post here.)