The menstrual phase of the monthly cycle

There were several questions on what happens during the menstrual phase of the monthly cycle in women, what should be avoided during this time etc, thus this post.

Before reading this, I want you to learn how to make a chi ball (post here) or learn to sense your chakras (post here) or learn to see auras (post here). Unless you can sense the movement of the chakras in your body, sense the direction of their movement etc, this post will be incomprehensible. Every theory should be proved by practice, else it is useless. So unless you learn to sense energy, ie pran, this post will remain essentially meaningless words.

Chakras move in a spiralling clockwise direction. By this movement, they power the naadi network ie send Pran through them. They go anticlockwise only in the following cases,

  1. Women in the menstrual phase of their monthly cycle. This phase lasts for 5 days in general, sometimes 6 days. (For physical hygiene purposes, you can stretch it to 7 days max.)
  2. Men, women and children who are suffering diseases where the body is getting terribly damaged very fast. Eg last stages of cancer and similarly fatal diseases, where the disease progresses so rapidly that there is net destruction of body tissues. (saw this several times)
  3. Black magic intended to severely harm or kill can make your chakras go anticlockwise. (I have experienced this once)

transits of mars

When the chakras are clockwise, the Pravrutti cycle operates. The body builds itself, the tissues repair themselves, the mind is interested in the world, activities are performed. Some people call this a positive chakra movement. You wish to live on in your body and take steps to ensure that the body/ mind remains heathy and well. The clockwise direction is of evolution, growth, ie basically creation. That is why we draw the Swastik in the clockwise direction always. And the Shri Ganapati we householders worship has his truck to the left. And we blow conches of a typical shape, to increase the energy of Pravrutti around us. Its opposite is the Nivrutti where the energy is destructive in nature. (If you know how, you can use this Nivrutti energy for spiritual purposes ie to create detachment from the material)

In healthy, normal women from the age of avg 12yrs to 51yrs the body follows the reproductive cycle. There are avg 13 cycles in a year. One cycle is for an avg 28days. (28days in a lunar month.) And of these 28days, for avg 5 days the body self-destructs internally. Anticlockwise spinning energy is the direction of destruction. During these 5 days, the body is undergoing internal controlled destruction. The reproduction related tissues are being ripped off, there is loss of blood etc. If this sort of destruction has to occur, the body has to first set the chakras in the anti-clockwise motion. Destruction of this scale cannot happen with the regular clockwise energy. It is a highly precise thing. If you can sense the speeds of the chakras you will observe that the intensity is very high on the 1st 2nd days, slows down on the 3rd 4th days, is very slowly anticlockwise on the 5th or rarely 6th day. Then the chakras turn around and assume their regular clockwise motion.

The physical body becomes weak, the aura of the lower abdomen becomes very red often with black streaks. There is always pain and trauma in the physical body. Some women suffer backaches, cramps, nausea, stomach upsets, etc. The mind and emotions are affected, ie there is lethargy, disinterest, dissociation as nivrutti operates. Best option is, during this period, to rest, sleep and relax in whatever way you can. 

The astral body shows the effects too, you absorb negative forms of energy more easily from others during this period. So you should not go to places which are haunted. There are entities here which can link into your astral body deeply and cause damage. You can get haunted by spirits if you go to isolated places near rivers or alone in forests, ruined ancient places or places where traumatic events have occurred etc.

During this time you should not go to events related to birth or death. As during this time, the barriers between our Martya-lok and the Pitr-lok are open. And you do not know what can latch on to you from the other dimension causing you harm.

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During this period, you cannot do any sort of practice which manipulates Pran in the Naadi-s. No energy-related work of any kind, ie you cannot even remove evil eye during this period. No Yog-asan, Dhyan, Japa etc as you work very hard when you perform these activities. You put in a lot of effort trying to coordinate your breath, mantra, focus, posture etc in a very precise fashion. If you do such activities during your periods, you can subtly damage your Naadi-s. If the naadi-s get damaged, then their connected body organs will eventually get physically diseased. 

During this period you cannot absorb clockwise energies around you. The energy generated during regular pujas, Arti, blowing conches, going to temples, etc is the clockwise one. So if you go to some place where such clockwise spinning energies are being generated you will face an energy backlash. Your chakras are going anti-clockwise. These two forms of energies sort of collide within you. If you are sensitive enough, you might feel nauseated, dizzy, feel like throwing up etc on the physical levels. So you should not go to temples, pujas, marriages, etc on these days. In fact if you have a separate puja room in your house, you should avoid going inside it till your chakras go clockwise again. So if you remain in environments where clockwise spinning energy is amplified by pujas/ worship/ mantras etc you are going eventually hurt yourself.

(Once I had gone to a local temple and a woman in her periods came and stood near me. Her energy was incredibly disturbing, her ‘smell’, ‘taste’ ‘feel’ was so bad, that I had to move away from her. About 6ft away was bearable. And then the deity was so enraged, She cursed her. And this woman had no idea what was happening.)

Never touch a Tulsi plant, it will die soon. All Hindu/ Sanatan Dharma followers will have this plant compulsorily in their homes. Tulsi carries with it the energies of Satva-gun, ie Bhagwan Vishnu and Devi Laxmi.

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Earlier and even now, women avoid going to the kitchen in the menstrual phase. If you touch food, it will spoil its energy. Try touching fresh milk (not the liquid sold as ‘milk’ in cities) and see what happens. Or try setting curds with fresh milk. Or set any food for fermentation during this period, it will not set well. Ideally you should not cook for your family during these days. The energy of destruction whirring within you changes the energy of the food/ liquids you touch. This energy is distasteful and can actually be damaging to sensitive people.

In pujas, deities are formally invited, requested to sit, accept the offerings of flowers, clothes, saffron, sandalwood, mantras, camphor, arti, food, water, etc naivedya is offered to them. They actually absorb the energies of all this stuff which is offered to them. We do pujas of Saumya-forms of Bhagwan Shiv, Bhagwan Vishnu, Devi Sarasvati, Devi Laxmi, Devi Parvati, Shri Ganpati etc. We wish for prosperity, happiness, positive things in life, constructive things. So these deities are in their Pravrutti forms, clockwise energy. In a puja, the deities actually absorb the essence/ energy of the offering, amplify it and give it back to you as their ashirwad/ blessing when they formally leave at the end of the pujas.

If during the menstrual phase, you touch any item which is to be offered to them or stay in the same room where the pujas being performed, your anti-clockwise energies interfere with this process. When you touch an item, it’s energy goes anti-clockwise and they will not accept it. In fact, just your presence in the room is sufficient to change the energy of the stuff. Eg you eat only veg food, someone invites you with all respect and serves you only non-veg food. Naturally you are going to be upset and point it out to him. This is the same thing, but here because they are deities, they will curse you, your family and the brahmin who is doing the pujas. They will leave rejecting your offerings and this is an additional negative karma for all, including you.

Now if anyone from your family is doing intense pujas, regular Dhyan etc, you should not sit next to him/her in this period. Or if there is someone in whom deities come. If he/she eats food you prepare it will cause harm to him/her. In the first place he/she will not eat it or sit next to you, but you too should not insist. This causes distress and can result in actual rashes, allergy, indigestion, falling ill etc for him/her. This is negative karma for you, as you have, by your negligence, caused harm to a spiritual aspirant.

If you have taken any Sankalp/ intention to do some pujas/ mantra/ Dhyan every day, then these days are not counted in your practice. You will simply stop on the 1st day. Rest for the 5 days or upto 7days as necessary. Then on the day you are to resume your practice, have a full bath, ie put water over your head too. This ensures that the entire aura of the body is refreshed from top to toe. And then resume your practice. You do not have to do double or extra or anything to ‘make up’ for these rest days.

(I am a woman myself. I do a lot of Pujas/ personals spiritual practices/ anushthans etc. I cook food for my family, myself. My parents/ husband /son/ brothers also do heavy-duty pujas etc. There are several incidents which I have seen in my own family connected to this cycle. I have not written about them as they were personal in nature.)

Rebalancing karma is often accelerated in the menstrual phase of the monthly cycle. So I always consider women very lucky as they have this opportunity for 5days, if they understand and use its energy. Earlier women who knew tantra etc could use these energies of destruction, but now that knowledge is lost. So now all that you can do during these 5 days is rest, let the body/ mind recover.

Again, you must learn to sense pran, your chakras etc. Unless you learn this, you might not be able to really understand this post.

 

Drig Bala, Strength of the planets

Shad-bala is a basic concept, every graha has six sources of strength. If you open your software, you will see a consolidated value for each planet. The Shad-bala are Spashta-bala, ie they have to be seen separately as each of the six strengths has a different meaning. The Shad bala is a deeper analysis on the quality of the results of the graha. This is one of the important tools used in Jyotish. (I have written about Ishta/Kashta phala in this post.)

Drig Bala is one of the Shad-bala. It is the strength that a planet gets because of the aspects that it receives from the other planets. Here we consider the fractional aspects on addition to the regular aspects. A simple concept, more spread out your planets are, higher will be their Drig Bala. If you have the graha clumped together in so-called ‘stelliums‘ or you have several conjunctions in your chart then the Drig strength is reduced.

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In our example, Aleister Crowley, 12th Oct 1875, 11: 42pm, Leamington Spa, Britain. Check out the the Drig Bala, it is at point (6). He had Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus with negative Drig values. But these values are very marginally negative. They are not severely negative. Moon, Mars and Saturn are highly positive. Moon was his ascendent lord. Mars is Yogkarak for Cancer ascendent. So major aspects of his life are covered here. If you analyse his highly happening life, he did receive a lot of help from others. Even the Thoth deck he created, was created with the significant help from Lady Frieda Harris.

The concept here is that the planet is either helped or hindered by the influence of the other planets on him. ie Will a graha be able to give his results effectively without interference? Will he be helped by the other planets? Will he be hindered by them? Sometimes in life you are prevented from using the keywords of a planet. Aspects of life controlled by certain graha give you trouble. And sometimes certain aspects of life go forward smoothly, others help you on your this path. All these circumstances can be seen from the Drig Bala. 

Drig Bala can have positive or negative values. In a chart, if both the ascendant lord and the birth Moon have a positive Drig Bala, then you have the ability to endure through possible obstacles created by the other planets negative Drig Bala. It is important that benefic planets have a positive Drig Bala, the higher the better. It makes life easier, less tumultuous. You receive help from others and blockages vanish before they actually manifest.

  • If a planet has negative value then obviously this planet will create obstacles, the higher this value is the more intense the effect. Whenever this planet tries to do something, he will be hindered. If you have several planets with negative Drig Bala, then you will face blockages in the aspects of life linked to these several planets.
  • And on the other hand if several planets have positive Drig Bala, then all the aspects of life represented by these planets are going to be easier. These planets help and support you. 

Now, if in your chart, natural malefics ie the Sun, Mars, Saturn have positive values and higher Drig Bala as compared to the natural benefics ie Moon, Jupiter, Venus then you might feel at ease performing harsh actions rather than kind actions. You might hurt others with your words/ actions and be unaware of it. This naturally will lead to negative karma, so be careful. Evaluate your actions/ words as cruel planets are sometimes concerned with unethical or immoral actions. But, and here is the positive side, they are also connected to dangerous or risky actions which are often necessary, eg waging war to protect the nation from attackers is essential. So if you think, you can actually utilise this cruel energy for the benefit of others in a positive way. But not all of us are going to wage war so a simpler way of looking at this is, if you genuinely try to perform harsh things for the greater good, you will get help in your endeavours. A good option for such people would be to take up a profession where you are sometimes required to be harsh, or work in harsh environments, eg army, police, law, courts, hospitals, etc.

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Another way of using your Drig Bala values is, if you ever have to choose between two options, always choose the thing connected with the planet with the higher positive Drig Bala. This will give you assured success. Events and situations connected to planets with a positive Drig Bala go more smoothly and with less stress and obstacles. You get help from unexpected sources. If you choose options associated with a severely negative Drig Bala planet you will face frustrations and failures. These events create more adversity. So concentrate on the positive Drig Bala planets to live a happier life. This is applicable to Dasha-s also, eg your life will be happier in the dasa of a positive Drig Bala graha. In the Dasha-s of highly negative Drig Bala graha-s you will face hinderances from several sources.

Now a quick run-though graha-wise, what you can expect. No one wants to know why positive things happen, but if negative things happen they want get to the root of things! So writing about the negatives. This post is to trigger your own thought process so open your study samples and try to analyse how Drig bala works in real charts.

Negative Drig Bala planets creates obstacles. Positive Drig Bala graha open opportunities in the aspects of life that they control. Naturally this will have to be taken in context of the individual horoscope. The functional roles of the graha should always be taken into account when applying any theory to personal charts.

If the Sun’s Drig value is highly negative then activities connected to your personal ego, personal creativity, etc will give you a headache. Leaderships roles can land you in trouble. This can cause loss of confidence, so career etc may not be satisfying, reaching the top level in management may be difficult. You might create more enemies on your way. Your children can create turmoil in your life etc. But this will vary as per the functional role of the Sun in your chart.

  • A detailed example.
  • If you have a Libra ascendent then Leo would be your 11th house, so in this case expect your friends, older siblings and extended like-minded groups to make you unhappy or create obstacles in life.
  • If this Sun has highly negative Drig Bala then you might not even have older siblings, nil friends, be isolated in society etc.
  • In this, suppose the Sun is in the 4th house. You will be dissatisfied with your mother/home culture. Nurture might be denied, home comforts will fail to give you security/stability. Your mother might behave with you in an adversarial manner. You may gain success in life only after you leave your hometown and settle elsewhere.
  • Drig Bala is linked to the quality of the experience which the graha provides. You might get a good house, good mother etc, depending on the other combinations in the chart but the negative Drig Bala Sun will create obstacles in the experience in some way or the other.

The Moon with negative Drig Bala is a challenge. You are more sensitive to the negative influences around you. Others will be cruel to you and you will suffer from lack of ‘necessary’ things like nutrition, rest, comforts, security and love. Your needs and feelings will generate obstacles in your life. The emotional and mental outlook generally suffers as Moon is the lens of your perception. You tend to see your life to be a lot worse than it actually is. You feel bad about receiving anything  because your ‘receptivity’ is more tuned to the negative. Changes occur in life generally but for you any ‘change is a source of stress. Astral body may give cause for concern.

  • A detailed example.
  • Suppose you have Cancer ascendant, so Moon owns the 1st house and in charge of your personal body, the surrounding environment and how these two interact with each other. Also his regular functions related to mind, emotions, nature and nurture etc.
  • If he has high negative Drig Bala then everything physical in life will create obstacles for you. Personal health and surrounding environment will be adversarial.
  • Moon is also the astral body, so subtle negativity on this plane too. Hauntings and unknown ailments can be triggered. 
  • Suppose in this, the Moon occupies the 3rd 6th 8th or 12th houses then it can get worse. If he is in a Kendra/ Kona/ exalted/ influenced by functional benefics then somewhat better results can be predicted.
  • However mental satisfaction will be less and there may be physical illness/ emotional suffering, in cyclic patterns.

Mars with a negative Drig Bala in your chart indicates that you get stressed out when you are required to take up challenges. The decisions you take often cause you stress. Asserting your will power, finding innovative solutions can get discouraging. This can create obstacles in your career as your ‘passion’ is affected. You might suffer from health issues related to blood pressure or Nadi/ Pran movement may be faulty. There may be actual blocks here. If he is highly negative then do have a yearly medical check-up after middle age.

Mercury with a negative Drig Bala means that your logical mind, the options available before you and the option you choose will cause interference in life. Or whenever you try to exercise your these abilities you will be prevented in some way or the other. You might think about something but when the times comes to actively perform it you are blocked. Communicating becomes difficult. Your speech may be harsh or you use inappropriate words or others are harsh to you. You face opposition when you try to communicate. Skills are affected, if you work in trade, or with your team-mates, your ability to actually do things is blocked.

 

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Jupiter is the foundational philosophy, luck, the help we get in life, deep knowledge, happiness in marriage/children etc. He indicates your Dharma, ie the inclination to perform auspicious deeds, the wish to be involved in pious activities, perform charity, help others, offer respect to teachers /elders /deities, perform rituals to help the ancestors etc. He is all the support and kindness you receive in life. When Jupiter has a negative Drig Bala, then he does not allow these things with ease. Even if you get these things in life he creates blockages. People are unkind to you and even if someone tries to be kind, you do not appreciate his help/ kindness, it hurts you instead.

If Venus has a negative Drig Bala, then you are going to face obstacles in partnerships and in wealth creation. ‘Enjoyment’ is affected. Family life and spouse will stress you out. Be careful while signing contracts and business deals as there may be negativity hidden in them. Broken marriages and lawsuits are seen with this Venus. On the spiritual level, you are disinclined to do your personal spiritual practice which will naturally amplify the stresses. If he is very highly negative then he can completely deny these things. And even if the other planets in the chart grant these things, he will create obstacles.

Saturn is the schedule which you have follow to rebalance your outstanding karma. The stoic capacity to weather storms in life, to endure in adversity. You do not have an option on this, these tasks are what you have chosen for yourself in this life. He naturally indicates the sufferings and adversities in your life. So if you think that a negative Drig Bala Saturn is going to be helpful, you would be wrong. If he is highly negative then you will tend to fight against your destined sufferings/ tasks/ karmic requirements. This makes things worse. Railing against fate never makes things better. In matters connected with Saturn, often the best thing is calm acceptance of the situation. Often being pragmatic is necessary. If you have a negative Drig Bala Saturn, you fight your karma, you question why this is happening to you, you cannot accept the fact that this karmic task is unavoidable and thus you increase your stress. 

In case you have a graha with severely negative Drik bala values then you can take up simple remedies related to that planet which will help you. Some of them can be as simple as wearing clothes of his colors, eating the foods linked to him or wearing perfumes he likes. Or you can do a mantra jaap of that planet on the day of week connected to him. Or give away simple items in his honor so that his energies remain balanced. I have written on all of these do use the index page to locate the posts you wish to read.

Daily pujas

A short post.

Someone asked me what daily pujas should a follower of the Sanatan Dharma aka Hinduism perform. This can become a complex answer depending on individual inclinations and family traditions etc. Sanatan Dharma allows all sorts of variations, the only requirement being that your inner self, Conscience, Antaratma should be satisfied. But because there was a question, here is a simple routine which you can consider adopting/ adapting.

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In the morning,

  • First is to wake up before sunrise, freshen up, have a bath etc. Put a tilak (post here) on yourself.
  • Exact sunrise is for the morning Agnihotra Homa, compulsory for householders. (This post) You require desi cow’s cowdung cakes and ghee made from the desi cow milk, earlier these items were easily available but the so-called white revolution has made the desi-cow, ie cows with a prominent hump very rare. This is an irreparable loss (post here). If you do not have these items from a desi cow you cannot do the Agnihotra Homa.
  • Next is to give Argya to the Sun. (This post) 
  • Then do pujas of your household deities. The simplest procedure is something like this. Light a Deepak (post here) and incense. Wash the deities moorti-s with clean water, dry them, put kumkum, saffron, sandalwood, bhasma, flowers as per availability. Offer some naivedya/ food to the deities. Do an Arti with camphor (post here) etc. (There are specific arti/shlok/stotra etc to be recited while doing this but you can keep it simple and say a prayer in the language you are comfortable in.)
  • Then recite the Gayatri mantra (post here), ideally 108 times. “Om, Bhuh Bhuvah Swah, Om Tat Savitur Varenyam, Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi, Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat, Om” ॐ भूः भुवः स्वः । ॐ तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि। धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात॥ ॐ You can use a mala (post here) to count or use your fingers (post here). Reciting it mentally is ideal.
  • After all this do your Dhyan with your Soham mantra. (post here).

Then comes midday.

  • The Gayatri mantra is to be recited again, ideally 108 times and mentally. Most of us are in office at this time, so if you can take a 10 mins break, you can do this sitting at your office desk itself.

Then is the sun-set.

  • Before the actual sun-set, light a Deepak/ incense before the household deities.
  • In Hindu houses, there will be a Tulsi plant (post here) in the house, so keep a deepak in front of this plant.
  • Again Arghya is to be offered to the setting Sun at the west horizon.
  • The exact moment of sun-set is the evening Agnihotra Homa.
  • Then 108 times Gayatri mantra jaap.
  • Followed by your evening time Dhyan.

If you are in office at the sunset time then obviously you cannot do all this. But try to do the Gayatri mantra jaap at least. Take a 10mins break and do it sitting at your desk.

Night time, before going to bed. Listen to the Ratri sukta (post here) or, if you can, recite it. It will protect you as you sleep, reduce nightmares, sleep paralysis, astral attacks etc so that you can actually rest.

For women specifically, they are exempted from all this for the 5 days of the monthly cycle. During this period, the chakras are moving anti-clockwise, the movement of the pran is affected, there is destruction going on in the body and you should rest it out.

For children below 6yrs there is no compulsion to do anything. Doing namaskar to the family deities and to the parents/grandparents should be taught and they can observe their parents do the daily routine. When the child becomes 6yrs old, he/she should be taught the Gayatri mantra. And now onwards he/she can also give Arghya to the Sun, do pujas etc. Gayatri mantra is most important. Initially the child can recite it 3/27/54 times as 108 times might be difficult to begin with. (In Hindu families who follow the Sanskar-s, boys will wear the Yadnopaveet sutra now onwards.) For Dhyan, it can be started after 6yrs if the child can understand how to do it. Initially he/she can do it for 3/27/54 counts as 108 times may be too tedious to begin with. (I started with my Dhyan-mantra when I was 2yrs old.)

This is the very basic minimum that a person following the Sanatan Dharma aka Hinduism should do daily. Obviously you must add other things as per your personal/ family traditions. And is also possible that you might not be able to do even this much… Follow your conscience always and in all ways.

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Then is some confusion regarding which deity to worship.

Every family has its own family deity, so you should have his/ her moorti in your puja-ghar. This is necessary. Unfortunately some people do not know who their family deities are. So first try to find out, ask your paternal grandparents or anyone from your father’s family if they know. Or trace your ancestral village if someone there knows. Married women worship the family deities of the husband’s family.

If you cannot trace your family deity, then as a second option you can worship a deity you feel drawn to. Devi Sarasvati, Devi Laxmi, Devi Parvati, Bhagwan Shiv or Bhagwan Vishnu or their Saumya-roop/ gentle forms are better. Avoid their Ugra-roop/ terrible forms, unless you are sure that you can assimilate their fierce energies. Eg Saumya roop for Bhagwan Vishnu would be Shri Krishna, Shri Ram, and Ugra-roop would be Shri Narasimha, Shri Varaha etc. Get small silver moorti-s (post here)  of the deities you wish to worship, about 2 inches in size is best. (If you have any specific family tradition regarding moorti-s then follow that.)

In Sanatan Dharma, all married women worship Shri Ganapati, Devi Annapurna and Shri Baal-Krishna (Baal is his child form). This reduces hardships, ensures prosperity in the family and most importantly increases auspiciousness from the children.

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There is some misunderstanding about the pujas of Brahmadev. Popularly people believe that Brahmadev was cursed! But the actual reason is that we humans are so degraded in this Kali-yug that we are incapable of performing his pujas. So generally Brahmadev is not worshipped in households. Brahmadev is the potential energy, the stability of Raja-gun. His wife, Devi Sarasvati is worshipped in the form of the Gayatri Mantra.  (However in special anushthans, eg Yadnopaveet sanskar, he is worshipped in a typical form created using Darbha grass. It looks like this.)

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As the Kali-yug deepens, humans will become even more damaged and the simplest pujas will also stop being available. What we are seeing now is just a prelude. The genuine Tantra has already vanished. The yantra-s are on the verge of being forgotten. Most of the mantras are gone. The fundamental Pranav Mantra Om itself has been corrupted, people have converted it to meaningless sounds. When we stop our daily mantras, we actively destroy ourselves. Even the DNA gets damaged. Mantras in Sanskrit are the only way of protecting our DNA. It is essential for everyone above the age of 6yrs to recite the Gayatri mantra daily. It is especially imperative for the boys who have the more delicate Y-chromosome in them.

And if this was not enough, we have accelerated the damage to ourselves. Various pollutants in our food/ water/ air. The electro-magnetic pollution of radio-waves, discordant sound, negative thought patterns and the rest of it is creating a vicious cycle which will drag the human race even lower. Injecting unknown animal proteins/ DNA into our bodies. (If you are from an immunology background, am sure you can comprehend the dangers of contaminated cell-lines, latent retroviruses from the DNA of animals used in cell lines, the possible danger of the future m-RNA based vaccines.) DNA damage is irreversible, there is no solution for genetic damage in modern science.

The only way of protecting our DNA, body, mind and emotions and also repairing them is Mantra. So adopt a simple puja routine daily if you can. It will help you live a more healthier and happier life. (Despite writing all this, I am sure that only those who have a strong 9th house will actually be able to do any of this.)

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Retrograde and combust Mercury 2020

Mercury will be going retrograde from 14th Oct to 3rd Nov 2020 in Libra, he will transit Swati and Chitra nakshatra during this period. And in the present time it is a bit complicated. Mercury goes retrograde for about 3 weeks, thrice a year. Mars goes retrograde once in about 2yrs. Now Mars is already retrograde and has entered Pisces retrograde on 4th Oct, he will go forward on 14th Nov 2020. So these two are in the 6/8 axis, going backwards together. And Mercury is combust from 16th Oct to 2nd Nov. Plus the Sun is debilitated in Libra.

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Mars is the energy of passion, desire to live, take risks, transform, compete and win. Mercury is the thinking process within your mind and the choice of action in your hands. The energy of a retrograde planet cannot be expressed outwards as it has turned inwards into the subconscious self, so often gets bottled up. Both these Mars and Mercury energies going retrograde together are going to create typical psychological issues. Suffocated emotions, internalised stress, frustration, internal rage, inability to express, loneliness, depression, taking unacceptable risks, illogical thought patterns, senseless risky actions. Some of us will face significant failures in life as the passion to Live and the analytical Mind do not cooperate. A tendency for exceptionally risky behaviour or self-harm or suicides can be triggered.

Communication of all sorts is linked to Mercury, so misunderstandings are possible. Tact and understanding are both lost. And inner bitterness and outer arguments afterwards are going to be fuelled by the retrograde Mars which would be intense. The choices available to you may not be appropriate and create more problems. You might take rash decisions and then hasty actions. Think before you speak, always. Spoken and written words both will be confused. This can manifest as mis-reading the question in your exam paper to making serious mistakes in filing your income tax returns. Those appearing for competitive exams must be careful. Your mental processes, logic, analytical skills, understanding will be affected.

Sense of trade can mislead, ie the risks that you take in your business may cause more losses than profits, so businessmen should take due precautions. There is often unexpected expenditure in such retrogrades. In office, you might get into arguments with your co-workers, team-mates as mis-communication coupled with short tempers will disrupt things. Finance related figures should be double checked. Read and understand important communications carefully. Papers or messages might get lost/ misplaced. Your electronic items like mobile, laptop, hard disks etc can get damaged.

At home, mutual trust between siblings, friends, extended family will be low. You might face unpleasant issues caused by them as relationships will show strain. Bitter, illogical arguments are possible so avoid talking about controversial issues or politics. Do not overdo things or react without thinking first, try to be patient. The power to think and the power to act both are affected for everyone. Then traveling will be tiring. Now is not the time to take a vacation or go on a tour. But fit you need to travel, know that there will be delays. Also keep a small first aid kit of medicines with you.  On the health front specifically digestion can get affected. Those suffering from migraines can see an increase. Skin and nervous complaints can get aggravated. If you feel unwell, take proper medical treatment do not postpone going to the doctor.

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Confusions in taking decisions. If possible, always try to finish all major work one week before Mercury goes retrograde. eg shifting house, signing new contracts, new job or appointing new staff, important meetings etc. During a Mercury retrograde, try to stick to the projects which you had started before. There will be issues popping up in these projects, but rather than ditching them try to resolve these issues or wait it out. And this applies to relationships too. If you are in a long-term relationship and feel upset during this retrograde, do not break it off till he resumes his forward movement. Remain patient and try to adjust. In case you meet a potential new partner, romantic or business, during Mercury retrograde, better wait till he goes forward again before committing yourself. Starting any new projects during this period is not good. He will make you re-do them after he goes direct again. At least this time he is retrograde in only one sign Libra. If in case, a planet crosses into another sign while retrograde then all his negative results are intensified. (There are 8 types of planetary movements which I have listed out in this post here.)

If you have your birth Mercury or Mars or Moon in an inauspicious position or your current Dasha/ transits are not favourable, you must take efforts to keep your mood light and happy. Listen to uplifting and relaxing music, Sanskrit shlokas, stotras of your favourite deity, nature sounds etc. Wear clothes of light and bright colors. Keep yourself active but do not overdo it. Do not let your mind get stuck in a rut, if you feel that thoughts are looping in your mind then do something that will break the pattern, avoid over-thinking. Go out for a walk, sit in the fresh air. Try to keep a regular schedule, eat, sleep, work on time. Read light-hearted books or see happy romantic movies if you feel like it. The best way of utilising the energy of the retrograde is to complete any long pending tasks. eg Sorting out old clothes is a good way of utilising Mercury’s organisational skills.

I had written in a recent post that the COVID 19 health issue has stopped its active phase with Rahu/Ketu moving into Taurus/Scorpio. But Mars going retrograde in Aries-Pisces will cause deaths due to misdiagnosis, late diagnosis, carelessness, wrong medicines (intentional or accidental) coupled with human greed and corruption (post here). Intentional misinformation cannot be ruled out in this period. This should get resolved when Mars clearly enters Aries and moves onwards, from Jan 2021. Whenever a planet in retrograde motion enters the earlier sign it causes even more disruptions. So Mars’s current retrograde is rather significant. In this, Mercury too going retrograde will overall worsen the situation. Mercury, if afflicted in any way, always causes problems in medical diagnosis. Mercury being combust by a debilitated Sun means that the people in authority will behave in a high-handed and egoistic manner and might often be wrong. eg If you have your yearly medical check-up coming up, avoid it when Mercury is retrograde or combust. And if you have to get a medical procedure done in this period, opt for a second opinion if possible. In emergencies there is no option, but at least you or your family should recite a small prayer to Mercury before the medical procedure starts.

Now briefly about the Nakshatra, Chitra and Swati. Both are represented by bright single stars in the skies, currently seen on the western horizon after sun-set.

Swati is connected to Rahu and ruled by Vayu. Swati with the retrograde/ combust Mercury will give results somewhat like this. Loss of equilibrium in all ways. The smooth sailing of life will get temporarily turbulent. Medical problems related to the Vaat tendency can be aggravated. Increase in unrealistic materialistic desires and lots of thoughts/ thinking. Mind might desire addictive substances. Increase in aggression which will be primarily directed inwards. Lack of flexibility and compromise in all interactions as selfishness and ruthlessness predominate. Expected achievements will not occur. Losses in financial activities due to unreasonable risks. High degree of restlessness indicated. Avoid blindly following popular trends and mass movements.

Chitra is linked to Mars and its ruler is Tvashta. Chitra with the retrograde/combust Mercury will give these type of results. The systems, laws and the underlying structure within everything will be subject to misinterpretations. More illusions than reality will influence you causing internal frustration. Technical skills will be affected, you might feel like taking short-cuts. Creativity will be stifled. You might feel physically drawn to someone during this period, but this in itself will not be a good foundation for a new long-term relationship. Medicines may cause side-effects. Not a good time for home decoration or buying art/craft. Tact and diplomacy will not be there as imbalance and disharmony exists. If you know some confidential/secret stuff, now is not the time to tell it to anyone. Avoid manipulating others and self-centric behaviour.

Currently Jupiter and Saturn both in transit are in their own houses, so are capable of powerful results. Saturn is beneficial for birth Moon Pisces, Scorpio, Leo till he remains in Capricorn so will help them in several ways. Jupiter in Sagittarius is hemmed by malefics, Saturn and Ketu so is a bit hampered, but still will be of some help. Saturn is aspecting Mercury during this period (23rd Sep to 27th Nov), so lack of confidence while speaking, scattered thoughts, stammering etc will be seen. The act of ‘communication’ will require more effort. You might not want to talk to anyone. Or shut yourself down in personal isolation. Not go out of the house or shut out your loved ones. Saturn is aspecting the retrograde Mars too in this period, adding more negativity to any actions you might take. The power of Passion to Live is retrograde to begin with and also constricted by the nature of Saturn. Getting out of negativity can get difficult. So if you start feeling that it would be good to cut yourself from everything, do reconsider.

Overall this Mercury retrograde/ combust period will be reasonably good for the birth Moon signs Pisces, Leo and Scorpio. The birth Moon signs Aries, Libra, Taurus, Virgo and Gemini need to take care. There might be physical exhaustion and mental stress type of things. The rest of the Birth Moon signs will have an average time. The three Nakshatra, Asleysha, Jeyshtha and Revati are also linked to Mercury’s energies so if your birth Moon is in these you must take adequate care.

Systems, houses, signs, the math

In a horoscope there are 12 houses and there are 12 signs. But there are different ways of fitting the houses over the signs, different math and different systems of astrology. The main system in Vedic Jyotish is the Parashari system by Rishi Parashar. The entire text of the Bruhat Parashar Hora Shastra is available, it is detailed, mathematical and gives answers. It is the fundamental system of Jyotish. Others have modified Parashari as per their own concepts creating systems like Jaimini and KP.

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For beginners it is best to learn Parashari first. 

Now to draw the horoscope. Ideally the Shripati system is used to calculate the houses. It is an unequal house system. Currently no one uses it much as there is no reliable software for this and calculating by hand for every chart is tedious. Here the ascendant degree will be at the exact center of the 1st house. And simultaneously the descendant degree at the exact center of the 7th house. The zenith will be the exact center of the 10th house and the nadir at the exact center of the 4th house. Houses as per Shripati can be exactly 30deg or lesser or more than 30deg in extent. All the house/ bhava in a horoscope will be exactly 30deg in width only if the birth was on a day when the day and night duration was exactly 12hrs at that time/ place. In all other cases, the houses will always be greater or lesser than 30deg in width and you will have varying widths for various houses in a single chart, unequal houses. So doing its calculations requires a good understanding of math. (If you are good at math then read ‘Sripati paddhati’ by V.S.Shastri. )

But to make all this simpler for students, 

  • If the birth location is within the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, use the Equal houses system with Bhav-chalit. Here each of the 12 houses will be 30deg in width. It is simple to understand and will give sufficiently accurate results.
  • If the birth place is beyond the tropics then professional Vedic astrologers will apply the Shripati system in toto. But for students, use the same Equal house system with Bhav-chalit as an approximation. This will still give reasonably accurate answers. 

So we will always use Equal house system with Bhav-chalit in Parashari.

  • Here each house will be 30 deg in width. Equal houses.
  • The ascendant degree will be at the exact center of the 1st house. Here is where we will use Bhav-chalit.

How to do the Bhav-chalit shifting.

1. If your birth rising degree is exactly 15 deg then you do not have to do any shifting. Use the horoscope provided by the software. The rising degree is already at the center of the 1st house. The house and the sign will exactly overlap. ie if your rising degree is 15deg Scorpio, then the 1st house will be exactly the same as the sign Scorpio. The second house will be exactly the same as the Sagittarius sign and so on.

2. If your rising degree is between 0 to 14 deg then you have to do a correction for shifting the planets. Suppose the rising is at 5deg Scorpio. So add and subtract 15deg to this to get your 1st house. The rising degree has to be at the center of the 1st house.

  • The 1st house will be from 20deg Libra to 20deg Scorpio. The rising degree Scorpio 5deg is the exact mid-point of the 1st house. The sign and the house do not overlap as the house is partly in Libra and partly in Scorpio signs. In this if eg Saturn is in 25deg Libra then this Saturn will be in the sign Libra but shift to the 1st house. So Saturn’s results have to be interpreted as per Libra sign in the 1st house
  • The second house will be from 20deg Scorpio to 20deg Sagittarius. If Mercury is in 29deg Scorpio then he will be considered to have shifted into the 2nd house of the horoscope. His result will be as per Mercury in Scorpio sign in 2nd house
  • Ie any planet beyond 20deg in a sign will shift into the next following house.

3. If the rising degree is between 16-30 deg you have to apply the shift here too. Suppose the rising degree is at 25deg Gemini. Add and subtract 15deg to get the degree extent of the 1st house.

  • So here the 1st house will extend from 10deg Gemini to 10deg Cancer. The rising 25deg Gemini will be the exact center of the 1st house. If you have eg Jupiter at 4deg Cancer then he will be considered to be in the 1st house. Jupiter’s results will be as per Cancer sign in 1st house.
  • The 2nd house will be from 10deg Cancer to 10deg Leo. And eg if you have Venus in 6deg Gemini then this Venus shift to the 12th house for this chart, but his sign remains Gemini. Venus’s results will be as per Gemini sign in 12th house.
  • Ie any planet who is placed till 10deg of any sign will shift backwards into the earlier house.

In Equal house with bhav-chalit,

  • the extent of each house is 30deg.
  • The ascendant degree is at the centre of the 1st house.
  • The planets can shift their houses but will never change their signs.

This was how to shift the planets with the Bhav-chalit concept.

You have to remember one more thing. In the case (2) and (3) above, where the rising degree is not at the very center of the sign, each house in the horoscope contains two signs. So interpreting the chart requires some practice. Especially if the rising degree is at the very edge of the sign. 

If the birth rising sign is at the very edge, eg it is at 1deg Libra. Then the 1st house will be from 16deg Virgo to 16deg Libra. ie it will be composed of the 16-30deg Virgo section and 0-16deg Libra section. The 1st house is practically 45% Virgo and 55% Libra. Similarly for the rest of the houses, each house will carry influences of both the signs which compose it. Here in this example this persons facial features will be a mix of Virgo and Libra. The way he talks, his family life will be a mix of Libra and Scorpio, this is the 2nd house and so on. So be careful while interpreting such charts.

In fact with such charts your software will not give accurate readings if it does not take the bhav-chalit into account. You may also be required to do some calculations by hand. eg when planets shift houses you have to calculate the Ashtakvarga by hand in case your software does not consider the shifted positions of the planets.

With the advent of software, astrology students have stopped learning the math. I would advise you to at least draw your own horoscope, the 10 divisional charts and the Ashtakvarga table by hand. This exercise will be very helpful in understanding the basic concepts. Jyotish is math+intuition fuelled by your spiritual practice.

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There are two variations to the original Parashari system which are popularly used by astrologers.

1.Jaimini system is an important system but it is a bit cryptic. There are texts missing or partially understood. You can learn it if you wish to. The house/ bhavas are calculated the same as original Parashari. Ie you will use Equal house system with Bhav-chalit.

2. Krishnamurthi paddhati/ KP system is a system developed in the past century. He uses the Placidus system for setting up the horoscope. Here the concept is that the first house starts with the rising degree. Ie if your ascendant degree is 20deg Aries then your first house will begin with 20deg Aries and will extend till 20deg Taurus. If you are following KP system, you have to compulsorily use Placidus as KP does not use the bhava/ house concept but uses a novel star lord and sub-lord etc concept. KP is an accurate system but is different from the original Parashari.

You cannot use Placidus with Parashari or Jaimini, if you do, the readings will be inaccurate.

For students and the casual enthusiasts this debate on which maths or system to use can be confusing. I had got a question on this so this post is the simplest practical answer. (I have not discussed 3D geometry or astronomy as it would create more confusion).

So to begin with, learn Parashari with the Equal house system and Bhav-chalit. Later when you get more confident of the math/ concepts you can learn Jaimini or KP or try out your own theories on your study samples.

Remedies for combust planets

Money, wealth and prosperity

The Devi of wealth is Devi Laxmi the wife of Shri Vishnu. They are the kinetic and potential energies of the Satva gun. All wealth in this universe is granted by Her and is linked to Her. And what is wealth? Physical wealth, emotional wealth and spiritual wealth together is wealth.

The horoscope generated with the ascendant degree as the 1st house will give you an indication of physical wealth. Similarly emotional wealth should be seen from the chart generated by considering the birth Moon as the 1st house. And for spiritual wealth, consider the birth Sun sign as the 1st house. I have written a few posts on wealth earlier. I would consider someone wealthy if he lives a reasonably good life, ie has enough money to live well without excessively exerting himself, and is emotionally and spiritually elevated.

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Wealth is a very tricky thing. Devi Laxmi is also called Chanchala चञ्चला and Chapala चपला. These words indicate the inconsistent and tricky nature of wealth. Nimble, moveable, flickering, unsteady, lightning, wind, quick, changeable etc. You might see some houses where the physical wealth remains for a generation and then suddenly disappears. One person earns wealth but his family cannot use it. The children do not inherit the wealth, it gets stolen. Or just one person in the family enjoys the wealth but his wife/ children remain in poverty. The person creates wealth but his children indulge in bad behaviour and the lineage dies out. Someone works hard throughout his lifetime yet remains poor. Someone gets lucky in a lottery ticket and gets rich overnight. It all seems to be quite random.

Essentially you get wealth not by your physical work but by the power of Devi Laxmi who creates Nidhi. Nidhi means accumulation of wealth. And remember wealth is all three, physical, emotional and spiritual. Nidhi can be Satvik, Rajasik or Tamasik and their blends, depending on the source from where you get it. Nidhi includes money, lands, emotional feelings, mantra, pujas etc anything that you ‘accumulate’. One should strive for a purely Satvik Nidhi which remains in the family for several generations and also gives emotional happiness with spiritual progress. Only purely Satvik Nidhi is auspicious, the other types of Nidhi ultimately give pain.

Satvik Nidhi means that there is stable income which increases as per requirement. All family members, wife/ husband, children, siblings, grandparents, etc enjoy this wealth. Everyone is happy, healthy, satisfied, the children study well, there is peace in the family. A portion of this Nidhi is also given to temples or used in public service, eg building water tanks etc. The family members grow spiritually. This Nidhi comes only as a result of Sadhana and it comes automatically. I have mentioned in an earlier post that Shri Sukta is the source of all prosperity. If any of you are doing its puja, by now you must have noticed its results.

Every Nidhi has a yaksha/ yakshini associated with it. Depending on the type of Nidhi in your household, you will also have its associated Yaksha residing with you. All the gold in this world belongs to Yaksh-raaj Kuber, he ‘loans’ it to you and me. And if someone has a significant amount of gold, you can always sense the energy of its accompanying Yaksha in his house. Also conversely if you can sense the Yaksha you can also determine the quality of the Nidhi in the house, ie if it is purely Satvik, Rajasik, Tamasik or mixed.

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What Nidhi is residing in your house? Analyse the events occurring in your family. The kind of children being born in your family. The ‘atmosphere’ in your family. The health status of your family members, the interactions. Can you do your pujas easily or not? Also the things you spend money on. If you spend money on the reasonable needs of living your life and on pujas, temples, pilgrimages etc then your wealth is Satvik. But if you spend your money on unnecessary items, addictions, meat, alcohol, gambling, bar dancers, drugs etc, then obviously it is a mixture of the Rajasik and Tamasik Nidhi-s.

The source of your money is important. Sometimes you get money from inauspicious sources. Some of you might find this a bit difficult to believe that if the organization you are working in engages in illegal or immoral activities or if your top boss is an Adharmic person then the salary you get is not Satvik. It will cause problems with no solutions in sight. You will see such examples around you. eg If someone earns enough money yet his life is a mess then his money will 100% be from an Adharmic source. The solution here would be to reject this source and find a Dharmik/ Satvik one. Most of us do not even think much on these lines nor can we reject money. If the source of wealth is Adharmic, there will never be real peace of mind or happiness and the person will not be able to perform Satvik activities like pujas, go for pilgrimages etc. Rajasik and Tamsik Nidhi is in full swing in these modern times.

Try this small experiment if you wish. During this coming Ashwin Nav-ratri, do this small vrat. Intend that you will recite the Shri-Sukta twice a day, after the morning bath and at sunset. And not consume tamasik food items. See if can do this simple thing for just 10 days. Note what thoughts come in your mind after 2-3 days of this. Do you feel happy about your vrat? Do you look forward to every daily recitation with happiness? Or do you feel this to be an impossible thing to continue for 10days? What effect does this simple vrat have on your mind? This will give an indication to the type of Nidhi residing in your house.

Some people claim to do pujas which give instant wealth. And there are pujas where if you please the Yaksha-s they will grant you wealth. But this physical wealth will eventually run out and also give emotional/ spiritual torment. Some pujas bring in wealth of the Rajasic kind. A definite way of identifying Nidhi is that Rajasik Nidhi will increase the ego of the person who holds it. People suddenly puff up with self-importance, wear flashy stuff, buy expensive items as a result of the Rajas dominating over them. And there are ways which will bring in Tamasik Nidhi, here the person’s intellect, ie his ability to differentiate between Dharma/ Adharma is affected. You will find such people indulging in base desires, behaving in morally abhorrent ways and there will be a sense of ‘dullness’ around them. Rajasik and Tamasik wealth eventually create a vicious cycle from which escape is rather difficult.

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I felt like writing on Nidhi because of this comment I received. “I am glad I discovered your site while browsing in Google for an astrology article. Your site is a source of abundant treasure. I am thrilled to see it all available for free. I feel blessed to be one of the beneficiary of the truth you have brought to light; mikka nandri nandri (Thanks).”

This was the first time someone commented that it was for ‘free’. It surprised me. Nothing is free in life. I write this blog, spend my time and energy on it. I have a very busy schedule, (I have a family, a full-time high paying job and I need time for my personal pujas) yet I write. I write what I have experienced or know to be correct from my perspective. I pay WordPress so that my readers don’t have to see irritating adverts. I have never charged for readings. Jyotish is a Vidya, it is priceless. Putting a charge on a Vidya causes karmic repercussions.

(My Dad is an engineer, a professional, he worked in high positions. From his teens till his late 40-s, he saw several charts daily, never charged anything. He helped people till our Guru ordered him to stop seeing Jyotish. My Mom was a well-known lawyer, worked in a huge corporation as its Legal Adviser. Yet she gave advice to poor people every day of her life and never charged anything from them.)

Now you, dear reader, who have chanced on my blog, reading the 7 lakh+ words I have written, do you think you are here by chance? You are here because it was your karma to read it as it was mine to write it. It is my experience over several life-times. And you are spending your time and energy reading it, absorbing it. Why? This blog is a purely Satvik Nidhi, essentially my Sat-Guru’s blessings. It is not for free. If you are here, you are here for a reason. What could this reason be? ask yourself.

Power of your 5th house and Mantra Siddhi

I got this question from someone that if the route to the Self is as simple as sitting in one place and mentally reciting Soham 108 times with 108 breaths then why doesn’t everyone immediately gain Moksh?

There are several answers to this question. From karma balance from past lives to regular practice to the final deciding blessings of the Parmeshwar. But as this is an astrology post let’s check out some the astrological combinations which lead to Mantra Siddhi.

Mantra is a Sanskrit word which has several meanings, it is a secret knowledge, secret advise, a consultation, something which trains the mind, cleans the mind, stabilises/anchors the mind, gives you what you desire, etc. I have written about the 6 types of mantra here. Soham also obviously is a Mantra but a class apart as it is an Ajapa Mantra. And when you achieve Siddhi over the Soham Mantra you will gain the Self.

If you do a particular Using the Akshar, Mantra and Sanskrit Sadhana or do its Tapa, you will achieve a particular objective. eg Reciting a mantra again and again produces Taposiddhi. Then each mantra has is own speciality. Eg you cannot use a vidveshana mantra for ucchatan. And every mantra Sadhana has a specific procedure which has to be followed, if you make errors here, you can mess up with your internal energy and suffer. But if done properly you will gain Tapo-Siddhi/ Mantra-siddhi ie your Sadhana or Tapa will give the desired result. Mantra Siddhi means that you have achieved complete control over the mantra and now can use it in the way it was intended consciously. This also means that you can be considered as a ‘Guru’ for that mantra and you can give initiation/ diksha of this mantra to others.

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For a mantra to be successful ie siddh, first you need to have got it/diksha from a Guru who has achieved Siddhi over it and follow his directions, pray to the presiding deity of that mantra and get the blessings. Second, you should have a powerful and auspicious Dharma trikon. And third, the 5th house, its occupants and its lord have to be capable of beneficial results. Only then can you achieve Mantra siddhi in your current life.

The 5th house is the house of the Mantra. Some of these are with you from your past lives. All the hard work you do today on your Soham is going to be always a part of you and will be reflected in the 5th house of your future birth’s charts. Soham Sadhana is also called Sushumna Yog and is never completely destroyed by death. Whatever you have done, till whatever level you had reached before physical death, is carried onwards with you.

This also means that the 5th house is linked to your poorva-janma-punya, the auspicious actions which you had performed in your past lives. That’s the precise reason why the ascendant lord in the 5th house is considered to be a type of Raj-yog. This combination gives the current personality a direct link to the fruits of the sadhanas of the past lives. You can consciously use these assets for your benefit now. The 9th house is slightly different as it is not in your conscious control, you receive your punya as divine blessings or luck in the 9th house.

Wherever the 5th lord is located in your chart is also significant as you can use your poorva-janma-punya to achieve things connected to that house too. But this ability to consciously tap into the 5th house will depend on the power of the 1st house, ie your personality and the 9th house, the divine blessings. So overall a strong Dharma trikon is necessary.

Look for these indicators in the horoscope to know if you can make your Mantra-s siddh. More the patterns seen, more powerful the results. 

  • If the 5th lord is exalted in the birth chart and further aspected by benefics.
  • If the ascendant lord is placed in the 5th house.
  • If the 5th and 9th lord are both powerful and in some auspicious yog with each other.
  • The three owners of the 1st 5th 9th houses are placed in only these three houses.
  • Check the strengths Shad-bala Vimshopaka of the 1st, 5th and 9th lords. They should be strong and capable of auspicious results. .
  • And if you are an advanced student, open the divisional charts/DC. You have to locate the ruler of the 5th house in each of the 10 DC which make up the Dasha varga (post here). Check in how many DC the 5th lord is shifting to a sign he owns or his sign of exaltation or his mool-trikon sign or stays vargottam. The more deep are the roots of his power in the DC, the more power he gets to grant you Mantra siddhi.

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I had mentioned this earlier, once you start your Sadhana in earnest, you should avoid looking directly into other people’s eyes. You might accidentally hypnotise the other person. Best look at his nose or mouth instead. Or if you are angry you can cause him harm in several ways. And then it would be a negative karma for you too. A Sadhak’s anger is always fuelled by his tapo-siddhi.

eg. There is this incident from the Mahabharat. The Pandav-s had lost the game of dice. Of the 5 brothers, 4 were sitting with their eyes lowered. Only Bhim was looking straight at the Kaurav assembly. The other 4 Pandav-s were not scared or humiliated. They had lowered their eyes because if they would look up directly, the anger in their eyes would burn the entire assembly. Bhim was the son of Vayu, ie he was the only one who had his Pran and Nadi network in his full control. So due to this tremendous control on himself, he was able to look at the others without harming them. All the 5-Pandavs and their 100-Kaurav cousins were Sadhak-s of the highest levels and had mastery over several mantras etc. But at that point of time, the rage of the Pandav-s was fuelled by their Tapo-siddhi as well as Dharma was on their side, making their gaze more potent.

Back to the chart. If you are a Sadhak, there is one particular time where you must remain alert. Whenever Saturn in transit, enters the house counted 5th from the birth Moon, your power of judgement will fail. However intelligent you ordinarily may be or however powerful the rest of the chart may be. During this period you will face obstacles to your mantra-sadhana. Also avoid using your siddh-mantras in this transit period as you will invariably commit some error in the process.

The 5th house is again very important as it also indicates your sanchit karma. (The store house of karma that you have with you is called sanchit karma. The small portion from this which you are enduring/enjoying in this life is called prarabdha karma. The karma which you will create in this life and which will be added to your prarabdha or sanchit is called the agaami karma). If your 9th house lord and 5th house lord are in some powerful mutual combination/ yog or connected in some way, then you can do this. You can alter your karma of the 5th house by the divine blessings of the 9th house. Eg if in this life you are unable to get something because of the planetary combinations and if you have this rare 9th and 5th house lord’s connect then you can ‘borrow’ this ability from your sanchit karma if you have it there. Or if you realise that in this life you are going to die a horrible death you can postpone this prarabdha to a future life. This is also a part of mantra-siddhi (5th house item) and requires blessings from the Para-Brahma (9th house item). For the rare few who have this blessing, this event will happen in dasha and antar-dasha periods related to the 1st 5th 9th lords. And the exact timing will be when Jupiter or the Yogkarak planet for the chart just resumes his direct motion after being retrograde.

This is also a reason why I was stressing in an earlier post that this period till 20th Nov is going to give significant opportunities to some of us. Recently Jupiter turned direct. Today Saturn has come out of retrogression. Mars will go direct on 14th Nov. These are very significant times.

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Ishtha and Kastha phala in horoscope analysis

If you open your software at the detailed Shadbala calculation, you will see in the last line, Ishtha phala and Kashtha phala calculation values. The highest value is 60, lowest being 0.

  • Ishta means favourable or auspicious.
  • Kashta is trouble or hardship.

This is the final summary of the Shad-bala calculation and gives in one single value if a planet is going to be auspicious or inauspicious in his Dasha periods or in his significant transits over your chart. Rahu and Ketu being Chhya-graha, astral forces, are not considered while calculating the Shad-bala or the Ishta/ Kasta values.

This the sample chart I use, Aleister Crowley, 12th Oct 1875, 11: 42pm, Leamington Spa, Britain. I prefer using dead people’s charts for analysis.if you use a living person’s chart as an example chart, the act of dissecting the horoscope interferes with his life. 

Birth chart Aliester Crowley

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The last two lines are the values we are interested in. Ishta values of over 40 give good and auspicious results. Between 20-40 are average results. Ishtha values below 20 indicate struggles.

  • The Moon, Mars and Mercury, have Ishta values over 40 points, thus they will give very good and auspicious results in the matters connected to them and in the time periods dominated by them.
  • Similarly the Kashta value for Sun, Jupiter and Venus are above 40 points so things connected to these planets will not give auspicious results and in fact give hardships.
  • Saturn has values between 20-40 so will give average results.

Crowley’s life is well documented so you can easily see that these results match what is known about his life.

The Darshan Sashtra in Sanatan Dharma

A bit of math. The Ishta value is calculated using the Uccha Bala and the Chestha Bala, ie the exaltation strength and the motional strength of the planet are multiplied and the square root if this value is the Ishta Bala.

So logically greater the Chestha Bala, greater will be the ability of the planet to give auspicious results. Chestha Bala is highest for a planet when he is stationary or retrograde or conjunct the full Moon. A planet is retrograde when he is farthest away from the Sun. Also the Moon is full when he is placed 180deg away from the Sun. So in short, a planet gains maximum power when he is farthest away from the Sun and has slowed down compared to his average speed. This is the reason why retrograde and stationary planets in the chart should be analysed carefully as they have gained more influence over you.

Also nearer the planet to his exact degree of exaltation, greater is his auspicious power.

You can see this math reflected easily in our example.

  • Moon is farthest from the Sun and approaching Taurus
  • Mars is far off from the Sun and exalted
  • Mercury is far off from the Sun too (24deg away) and close to his degree of exaltation in Virgo
  • Jupiter is near the Sun and far from his point of exaltation in Cancer
  • Venus is near the Sun and very near his point of debilitation in Virgo
  • Sun is nearing his point of debilitation in Libra
  • Saturn is mid-way towards his point of exaltation and far from the Sun.

So overall, if a planet is stationary on his point of exaltation and farthest from the Sun simultaneously, he will have the greatest Ishta phala value. A high Ishta value planet will give his results easily and without much effort from your side. You will enjoy what he offers to you during the dasha time periods he controls and his keywords will be auspicious for you in life. 

If a planet is deeply combust, in Atichara speed and near his point of debilitation simultaneously, he will have the lowest Ishta phala value and the highest Kashta value. His results will be linked to hardships. This does not mean that he will deny the result. The actual event will depend on the specific combinations in the chart. But a low Ishta/ high Kastha value means that there will be several problems in the process. Eg suppose your 5th house lord has a high Kashta value, this does not mean that you will be denied education or denied children etc. It means that you will face several struggles in these aspects of life and you will not get genuine satisfaction with these things.

Functional benefics and Yogkarak planets if with higher Ishta values ease out several aspects of your life. But if these have high Kashta values then obviously your life will have a lot of turmoil as auspicious things will not happen easily, and even if they occur, the benefit you derive from them will be lowered.

Functional malefics with high Ishta values can actually help you in a roundabout manner. You might face stressful events as per their indications in your chart, but you will ultimately gain in some way or the other from them. But functional malefics with high Kastha values become dangerous, can cause serious problems and should be carefully analysed.

Often there is question that why despite Raj-Yog, Dhan-Yog etc types of auspicious planetary combinations in the horoscope, the person’s life remains mediocre? The answer to this is also linked to the Ishta / Kashta values. A Raj-yog with a planet having a high Ishta value will give more auspicious, enjoyable, better results and more easily, effortlessly. If the Raj-Yog forming planet has a high Kashta value, then he will be unable to give the results, or will give lowered results after a period of struggle.

Jyotish requires a good ability to do maths coupled with intuition, blessings from your favourite deity and practice. In this post I have started with the Shad-bala and in the next few posts will write on the strengths of the planets and using the numbers in a practical manner. (There is a book by BV Raman, Graha and Bhava bala in case you wish to delve into the math part.)

I have written further on the Drig Bala in this post.

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Rahu Ketu in numerology

Someone asked me a question on using numerology and Rahu Ketu’s role in it. Thus this generic post.

In my opinion, numerology is a good way to rapidly assess the individual in sitting in front of you. If you know just his birthday, eg just 25th Sept, even this much is enough to gain a reasonable insight into his personality. And learning about the 9 numbers, their characteristics and planetary associations is a bit easier than learning full-fledged Jyotish. So if you are a beginner, do read up on numerology and see if you can use it in your everyday life. The 9 numbers are obviously from 1 to 9. Technically 0 is not a number in the real sense (who knows what 0 really is?). The double digit numbers from 10 onwards are naturally reduced to single digits.

I have studied numerology also in my journey with Jyotish. I analyse things, test them on the people I know and then conclude. So here are the planetary associations which I have determined to be correct and I use these.

  • 1 = Sun
  • 2 = Moon
  • 3 = Jupiter
  • 4 = Rahu
  • 5 = Mercury
  • 6 = Venus
  • 7 = Ketu
  • 8 = Saturn
  • 9 = Mars

In most numerology books, you will find the numbers 4 and 7 are linked with Uranus and Neptune. However I have observed that 4 and 7 are perfectly in tune with the attributes of 4 = Rahu and 7 = Ketu. Students of astrology already know what forces are indicated by Rahu/ Ketu (I have written a lot about them in my several posts). There are no attributes for Uranus and Neptune in any authoritative reference book, they are not graha as per Jyotish (post here). The western books which are said to be authoritative have been written very recently, in the past 50yrs or so. These cannot be relied upon. Any Art or Science which observes humanity as a whole has to be replicable and valid across several generations, only then can its inferences and results be accepted.

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Suppose your birthday is 23 Jan 2014. Now you can derive 2 numbers from this date. The first one would be 2 +3 =5, let’s call this 5 the birth number. The second number you can derive is 2+3+1+2+0+1+4 = 13. Then you add this together 1+3 = 4. Let’s call this 4 the total number (you can call them whatever you like as long as you remember how you derived them and what they indicate. They are called psychic, destiny, soul, etc whatever)

The birth number will indicate what you personally think, feel, want, expect, choose, desire, etc. It is your personal number, it tells a lot about you as an individual, your aspirations, fears, the things which hold you down and the stuff which propels you onwards. Your self-image. This number will be more active in the early phase of life when you are immature, young and not much concerned about the responsibility of life.

The total number is more about your public image. Your grown-up attitude towards life, the compromises you make, the maturity you develop with your life events. How life polishes your personality and makes you grow as you get older. This total number indicates your pre-determined, in-built subconscious patterns which are karmic in nature and intended to bring some learnings to you. This number becomes more dominant after you get a job or become financially independent or get married or have a child, ie when you suddenly realise that you are a grown-up with adult responsibilities. After this life-altering event you resonate more with your total number.

There is always a distinct shift from your birth number to your total number. In our example birthdate, 23 Jan 2014 the shift is from 5 to 4. In the initial phase of life, this person will be more dominated by Mercury’s characteristics as connected to the number 5. Later, as he matures, the attributes of Rahu as the number 4 will emerge more strongly. You can analyse for yourself, use your birth date to calculate your birth and total number. If you are in your 30s or older, you will be able to notice the change in your life-pattern as you ‘grew-up’. There will be two distinct phases which can be correlated with these two numbers.

In some cases you will get the birth number and the total number to be the same. Eg for birthdate 6th Dec 1995 both are 6. In this case, the person will always strongly resonate with the number 6. But after his maturity event, there will be a subtle difference in the expression of the 6, as the same number gives a slightly different result when working as the birth number and as the total number. eg for the number 6, it works better as a birth number than as a total number.

Another point of interest. A person born on 1st 10th 19th 28th will have the same birth number 1. But each of these persons will express the energy of the 1 in a different manner. ie the person born on 28th will have a subtle influence of 2 and 8 also on his birth number 1, a tip for these 28th borns is to manage their finances and budget sensibly for the future.

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There is a misconception that some numbers are good and some are bad. But the reality is that all numbers have attributes which can be converted to pleasing/ unpleasant experiences. Try to understand your own number’s attributes so that you can use them proactively for your benefit.

Eg the number 8 linked to Saturn is often considered to be rather tedious. As it is linked to delays, loneliness, age, karmic requirements, imbalances in the Vaat element, misunderstandings, humourless nature, struggles in life extreme events etc. But people born with this number are capable of hard work, are serious about life, can handle almost any situation, are persistent, are strong, patient and persevere. These qualities can be harnessed intelligently. If you have a good understanding of the numbers you can use them to turn life as per your wish. Eg again for number 8. You should consciously try to do the following to gain the most of your number’s energy.  Try to make new connections and keep in touch with your acquaintances/ relatives. Get out more and try to be cheerful. Try something new once in a while. Trust your loved ones and people close to you to some extent at least. Arguments are never-ending, so say your point and then remain silent. You will get very little help in life, so do not take on more than you can do yourself. Do not take up too many jobs just for the money angle. Eat food which will help relieve your aggravated Vaat dosh. Spiritual practice is a must, believe in a higher energy, it will help you.

If you observe your friends numbers, you will note that their numbers will be complementary to yours. Eg again for number 8, a long term relationship/ friendship with 3 5 6 numbers will be a good option.

And finally if you open your horoscope and tally your numbers with them you will find that your number will be linked to your ascendant lord or a planet who has very high shad-bala or is very prominent in some way or the other in your chart. Eg my total number belongs to my ascendant lord. My brother’s birth number and total number are the same, linked to the planet sitting powerfully in his 5th house. My husband’s total number is the planet who owns his birth Moon sign. I have seen so many such examples. You will find some connect between the numbers and the powerful planets in your horoscope.

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I haven’t written anything on numerology till now because I do not use numerology in predictions. I use the numbers only for quick analysis if needed. The test of any divinatory art is its ability to give precise predictions about the past, present and the future. I have not seen a real live example yet where a numerologist predicted the past/ ongoing/ future event correctly, consistently and replicably. Eg If in transit Ketu transits over the 4th house, the results are definitely going to be separation from the mother, denial of home comforts, health issues, unnecessary travelling etc. This sort of prediction is not possible with numerology as it is taught today.

Personally if I have to find out how my current time/ day is going to be, I open the Panchangam, check out the Tithi, Vaar, Karan, Yog, and link it to my Tarabalam and the Choghadiya. Perhaps glance over the instant Kundali. This is automatic as I have been doing this for years now.

But for beginners, numerology is useful for instant analysis as you need just the date to work with. eg if you are stuck in traffic, irritated and suddenly realise that the date today is 8th or 17th or 26th you immediately calm down as the attributes of this number are delays and frustrations. Or if your boss is never willing to listen to you, and you realise that yes, his birth day is 11th Oct, so many 1’s in his date, he is going to be egoistical. Or if you go to the bank on 4th June and the accountant there takes an inordinate time over the details, then yes its the energy of the 4 at work.

So Numerology can give a quick snap-shot of the situation and should be studied.

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A rare astrological event in Sept 2020

A very short post today.

A rare astrological event is coming up for two days, from tomorrow ie 10:45am on 13th Sep to 2pm on 15th Sep. The 6 graha, ie the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be in the signs which they own themselves. Rahu and Ketu are respectively in Gemini and Sagittarius. So except Venus, all graha are in their Swa-kshetra, own houses and capable of giving good results.

But Mars though in Aries is retrograde, the ability to take advantage of the energy created is not really there. His energy is turned inwards rather than outwards. So most of us will be rather lethargic when in fact decisive action is required. But some of us will be able to take advantage of what is coming up. Especially if your Birth Mars is retrograde or exalted or placed well you can benefit more. 

If you have noticed these past few days, Mars was moving extremely slowly, practically stationary, then stationary and he started his retrograde movement on 9th Sept. So from 9th to 13th morning, the three outer planets were moving weirdly together.

  • Mars moving very very slowly retrograde.
  • Jupiter stationary, on the verge of going forward (he goes forward on 13th Sep morning.)
  • Saturn slowing down in his retrograde motion (he goes forward on 29th Sept)

The energy generated was so dense, no other word to describe it. Time, its very movement, had changed its speed.

I wonder if you note this, our sense of time is dependent on the movements of the planets. Sometimes time seems to stand still, go very fast or else crawl along or rarely seem to rewind too. This personal sense of time is dependent on the transits of the planets. People who are highly influenced by Saturn (either in birth chart or in transit) will have this maximum ‘sense’ of Time.

Scorpio and its Strange Karma

So Jupiter becomes forward tomorrow morning. And we have this unique opportunity coming up for 2.25days immediately after that. So make use of the time coming up.

Technically it is Pitru-paksh going on, the souls of the departed ancestors are back on this dimension, Martya-lok for 16days. During the Pitru-paksh period, no pujas are performed. ie you cannot get a Brahmin/ Pujari to come over for doing Nav-graha puja or Shanti-homa or anything of this sort. Pitru-paksh, is from the Purnima/full moon to the No-moon./Amavasya of the of Bhadrapad month. Only tarpan-vidhi are possible and are performed for the departed ancestors. This is their time. The energy generated is suitable only for the departed ancestors not for the deities or living people. (For me personally this is a very tedious time as all my dead ancestors, from my Mom to the others are back demanding my time as I sleep at night. Can’t wait for this window to shut on the No-Moon/Sarva-pitri Amavasya.)

So you can do any of these following as a personal practice in your own house, sitting in front of your household deities/puja ghar. eg Recite the Gayatri mantra 108 times, do your Dhyan using your personal Dhyan mantra (Soham or Hamsa or OM), recite the mantra, shloka, stotra of the planets, deities you like etc. If you cannot do anything at all, then mentally recite the Soham or Hamsa or Om with your breath whenever you can. Use the energy of the coming time to strengthen your own self in any way you can. If you strengthen yourself on the spiritual front you gain the energy to drive your material outer world too. The source of all energy within is reflected in the without.

Then on 23rd Sep, Ketu finally enters Scorpio leaving Jupiter alone in Sagittarius. Jupiter will be here till 20th Nov after which he goes into Capricorn and gets debilitated again. And Saturn will be turn forward from 29th Sept. This is the real window of opportunity about 1.5 mths where Jupiter and Saturn both are capable of giving powerful results. One thing to remember is that Mars will be retrograde till 14th Nov, so most of us will feel the lethargy and not act with confidence to grasp what will be offered. The energy release will be so high that whatever you have lost in this rather traumatic Ketu in Sagittarius transit, will be converted to auspicious benefits. So try to remain aware and act this period. You can trigger positive changes for yourself which will give significant gains after Dec 2020.

Plan your day using the Choghadiya

(I have written posts on all these astrological events I have mentioned above, do use the index page to locate them if you wish to read)