Neecha Bhang combinations for Debilitated planets

‘Can the debilitation of a planet be cancelled?’. This question is always a controversial topic among astrologers. In my experience, the energy created by a planet cannot be cancelled, it cannot be made zero. No energy can be destroyed, it can only be diverted. Let’s check out the meaning of the Sanskrit (Devbhasha Samskrutam) words, ‘neech bhang’. Most of us have forgotten our real mother tongue, that is why understanding core concepts has become difficult.

Neechनीच – Lowered, short, vile, insignificant, inferior, deep, depressed, downwards, basal, etc.

Neech is a state of energy. When the energy of the planet perfectly mis-matches the energy of the rashi environment it is placed in, it is said to be neech. Neech means that the energy goes inwards, deeply, the direction of its movement is altered. But the planetary force has to work where is he placed, no option on that. So these neech graha also work, they cannot be cancelled or deleted from your chart. They will give their effects. Neech is neither good/ bad. Energy just is, it is all about how you use it. Sometimes the so-called ‘badly placed’ planets can, if used appropriately, give superb results. Good/bad is a matter of perception. Something ‘good’ now can be a source of immense sorrow ’bad’ later. Or something ‘bad’ for someone can be perceived to be ‘good’ for someone else. Some event seen to be ‘bad’ now can in fact grant you something very valuable down the line. Contexts and perceptions drive your life. (So do not ask me questions like ‘is this planet good/bad?’, in the comments.) Your horoscope creates the environment around you, also offers you some options and helps you in making your decisions. Decisions, Nirnay, are in your hands and the consequent effects, Parinam, of these decisions are not. Your birth chart, the planets are you, yourself. You choose your birth time, this was the best possible decision you could have made at your birth. If you blame the graha for issues in your life, know that you are blaming your own self. That, to me, is escapism. Instead, try to understand your self and work with your self.

I have written posts on the exalted and debilitated status of planets. Also on how they perform in the D1 birth chart and the D9 navamsha, param-neech etc, do go through these (use the index page or search bar), will not repeat all that again.

Bhangभङ्ग – Burst, knitting, downfall, torturous course, splitting, rout, constant change, interruption, contraction, decay, roundabout way, bending, channel, separation, analysis, fracture, fold, breach, stretch, abatement, disturbance etc.

Bhang does not mean ‘cancellation’. It means, change in the energy’s course. This can happen in some way or the other as per the above meanings. You can proactively use the energies in some appropriate way which favours you. Or divert them to some actions which do not harm you. If you have other enabling combinations of ‘neech bhang’ in your chart then it becomes easier. You can also try any of the simple or complicated remedies, from Homa, charity, giving away items, mantra, spiritual practice etc depending on what you can afford/like to do (do use the index page or search bar to locate these posts). 

Neecha Bhang combinations for Debilitated planets

As per the books, the following conditions provide ‘neech bhang’ in a horoscope. If there are any of these combinations with respect to the neech planet in your chart, then his energy will be diverted. This diversion will depend on the modifying influence on him.

  • A debilitated planet exchanges signs with a more powerful and auspicious planet who then supports him via the exchange of houses. This is also called Parivartan yog.
  • A debilitated planet is conjunct with an exalted planet who is friendly or at least neutral to him.
  • If the owner of the sign occupied by the debilitated planet is conjunct with or aspects that debilitated planet. (Moon is debilitated in Scorpio, so if Mars himself is in Scorpio, Taurus, Leo, Aries aspecting this Moon.)
  • If the owner of the exaltation sign of the planet is conjunct with or aspects the debilitated planet. (Eg Moon is exalted in Taurus, so Venus becomes the exaltation lord. So if Moon is in Scorpio, Venus should also be in Taurus or Scorpio.)
  • The owner of the sign of debilitation of that planet is placed in the 5th or 9th house counted from the ascendant sign. (The 1st 5th 9th house make up the Dharma trikon)
  • The owner of the sign of exaltation of that planet is placed in the 5th or 9th house counted from the ascendant sign. (The 5/9 axis is the axis of creative genius and foundations.)
  • Two debilitated planets are in mutual aspects with each other.

If you analyse these conditions carefully it is obvious that the neech planet is being supported or his energy is being diverted in some way or the other in the birth chart.

  • Either he himself is being directly helped, eg by conjunction, aspect etc combinations.
  • Or the sign in which this debilitation has occurred is being supported, by a powerful placement of its owner planet.
  • If natural or functional benefics aspect this neech planet, even then his energies are diverted.

If you know your exact birth time to the minute, you can open your D-9 navamsha chart. Most birth times are off by 5-10 mins thus of no use in divisional chart calculations. If you have not done your birth time correction etc do not use the varga charts, they will mislead. So if the debilitated planet shifts to some better sign then there will be a change in his energy (this post on analysing the navamsha). We see several divisional charts for improving the accuracy of the predictions (post here). So in some DC or the other your well placed planets of the birth chart are going to shift to their neech signs also.

  • Suppose in your birth chart you have an exalted Sun and he goes and becomes neech in the D9 (post here). So though in your outward life you enjoy the plus points of the exalted Sun, in your inner life, your subconscious, potential, expectations etc the energy of the debilitated Sun influences you. This can give rise to a strange and unique personality.
  • Suppose in your birth chart your Moon is in Pisces, Jupiter’s rashi, so its all good. But in the D-9 if he gets into Scorpio. Now this person outwardly might seem very philosophical, religious, hopeful, ie everything that Jupiter gives. But his life-time’s underlying experience will be colored by the Scorpio lens. A neech Moon in the navamsha, over-laid by a nice birth chart placement gives rise to one of the strangest mindsets.
  • And finally if some planet is neech in some divisional chart then it can give inauspicious results in that aspect of life. eg Venus 4th house lord in birth chart and is neech in the D-7, then this person can suffer misfortunes in travel etc.

Neecha Bhang combinations for Debilitated planets

And the biggest ‘neech bhang’ is this, and it is applicable in all readings. The ascendant sign has to be powerful. It should be occupied or aspected by benefic planets. It should not be disturbed by malefic influences, nor by combust planets, nor by debilitated planets etc. Then this sign will ensure that you get an enabling body structure, environment and a general auspiciousness in all your life. The ascendant lord has to be powerful. And the birth Moon has to be capable of giving auspicious results. ie they should be exalted, in own sign, in sign of friends, aspected by benefics. Should not be influenced by malefic etc influences. Should be placed in kendra or kona houses or any house except the dusham-sthan (6th, 8th, 12th houses are the dusham-sthan. The 3rd house can go either way so has to be seen chart-specific). If the ascendant sign, ascendant lord and birth Moon are powerless in your chart, then even if you have exalted planets or raj-yogs they cannot give major favourable results. But if these three points in your birth chart are good, then you are quite capable of weathering any storms in your life. Whatever the other planets are upto, you can use their energies in some way favourable to you. Whatever situations pop up in life, your personal confidence, health, ability to navigate, intelligence, emotional stability, support from friends etc will help you come out of them successfully.

If you have a neech planet in your chart then the aspects of life controlled by this planet will work differently in your life. Eg if it is Venus then your relationships will take the brunt, you might feel out of place in business partnerships, with material gains and even in spiritual practice. This Venus will make you introspect deeply on what ‘Venus’ really means, delve deeply into the more serious face of ‘Venus’. And if you have managed to use the neech bhang combinations then you will be able to gain significantly with his blessings.

Jyotish is about self-illumination, understanding yourself. If you are afraid do not get into it. It is not always a comfortable process, seeing your own naked face, stripped of all pretensions and social masks. Analysing one’s own self is the hardest thing. If you feel you are mature enough to take up this challenge, only then study Jyotish.

 

Focused spiritual practice and desire for Moksh

There was a question from someone, he was quite agitated because he was unable to focus when he was doing his spiritual practice. Random thoughts were popping up in his mind, then his mind was following these thoughts. Soham, focus at the 3rd eye chakra and the awareness of the breath was all lost.

First, always remember, you are not the mind/ Manas. You are the Soul, Awareness, Consciousness, Eternal, Parabrahma, Advaita. The mind is simply one of the 24 tattvas of creation in the dominion of Prakruti. You and me are far far above the reach of Prakruti, but right now we are unaware of our own Reality. This entire exercise, spiritual practice, is to increase our awareness level to the subtlest possible. When you sit for meditation, Dhyan, also called Sushumna Yog, the Prakruti will test you. This test is the flightiness of the Mind/ Manas. This Manas will jump around like a monkey. And it will happen. You have to continue your Dhyan with these flights of the mind in the background.

Try to understand this so that you can resolve this and reach the Unmani avastha, ‘absence of mind’. Using simplistic examples so that it is quite clear,

Focused spiritual practice and desire for Moksh

The first way of looking at this,

Imagine you are sitting crosslegged on a mountain top and your 3yr old child is sitting in your lap. The top is a small area, say 5mX5m. Beyond this, all around you, is a sheer drop. You are sitting still, you want to enjoy the experience. And you are expecting that your child also remains still. If your child runs about, he will disturb your experience or even fall down the mountain. And your child is unwilling to sit still, he wriggles, tries to jump out from your lap. A couple of times he does manage to run out from your lap. But you are very alert, you grab him before he gets near the edge and make him sit still with you again. Your child wriggles but you hold him firmly. Ultimately he gets tired and stops moving. Then you show him the views from the mountain-top and then the child too enjoys the experience. Now onwards he is still.

This child is your mind. You are sitting for your Sadhana, your Dhyan, it is a very delicate balance, your position is precarious. You have to understand the seriousness of your practice and keep your mind in control. You are very alert about your child, if your own baby would fall down the mountain, it would be horrible. You are doing everything possible to avoid this disaster. You grab your child and keep it firmly in your lap again and again. So in the same way, you should, with the same terrible intensity, hold your mind in. Know that if you let your mind loose it can fall again to the depths and cause you pain. If it tries to run away, bring it back by force and make it sit still. There will always be attempts by the mind to run away. And it is possible that a few times it may totally fall down the mountain. But every experience is a learning. The mind will learn with time that falling down the mountain is painful. And you too will learn to keep your mind more firmly under control. Eventually there comes a point in Dhyan where your mind starts ‘enjoying the view’, ie starts supporting you in your practice. This is the annihilation of the mind, the Unmani avastha.

The secret is daily regular practice, you must give yourself these 30mins. As you get more deeply with yourself, these 30mins will expand to maybe 1hr and then perhaps to twice a day sessions. Then it will convert into a continuous process which will happen throughout the day/ night. This regular practice is called ‘Abhyas’ in Sanskrit. अभ्यास is – use, drill, addition, repetition, exercise, effort, multiplication, study, discipline etc. It is a very intensive thing that you do, when you sit for these 30mins daily. The toughest thing. But you start slowly and buildup, add-on, multiply, pyramiding the energies generated. It will take time, a few years, till you reach your destination, but you will reach, provided you do your exercise regularly.

Focused spiritual practice and desire for Moksh

Now another way of looking at it.

Suppose your brother has a bad habit, eg he smokes in the garage, You do not like this, you try to reason with him, try to make him understand that it is harmful but he does not listen. So one day you put in a camera in the garage and secretly record him smoking. Then play the clip in front of the family. Everyone, from your grand dad to your sister, stare at him in shock. He feels conscious that his bad habit was observed, ashamed even. He apologises and stops smoking.

So what you have to do is, simply observe the mind. It is beyond reasoning, it wants to behave irresponsibly. So let it smoke or do whatever it wants, you just keep on observing it, dispassionately. You are not your mind, you are the Soul. Let it behave like the fool it is. Dhyan is a very serious activity. While in meditation, is it proper to misbehave? Let the mind do whatever it wants, you just observe it. Soon it will become conscious, perhaps ‘ashamed’ and slowly but surely, it will stop its antics. The Mind becomes silent, serious and cooperates with you. This is again the unmani avastha, mind-less-ness.

Train yourself consciously to be an observer. You are the pivot around which creation dances. Bring your Self out of the whirling creation and remain at the unmoving center. Whatever happens around you, let it, you remain still.

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There is yet another way of looking at this. This thought process will also destroy the mind’s movement completely.

Suppose you are in a party, there is dancing and you are the DJ. Your job is to play the music here and you are quite good at this. A pretty girl tries to attract you. She deliberately comes in front of you, dances seductively, looks at you, smiles suggestively. She does this again and again. You are attracted at first, you want to respond, go and dance with her, enjoy. But if you do so, the music will stop and you might lose your job. So wiser sense prevails. Your life’s objective flashes before your eyes, it is very clear, you are to focus on your job, you are the DJ. And you focus completely on the music you are playing. She tries a few more times, dancing even more beautifully. But you are so much into your music, your life purpose, that her presence is irrelevant. She vanishes.

When you do your Dhyan, focus on what you are supposed to do. Soham Mantra, awareness of breath and focus at the 3rd eye-chakra. This is your music, focus on this exclusively. Let the Mind/ Manas perform its dance of the seven veils around you. Why should you even bother about it? Let it jump around. This is just the background noise of Prakruti, the illusion of creation, ignore it. Focus on what you want. If you are clear on what you want, there is no fight, no struggle. Ignoring everything else but what you really want is actually very easy. Just that there should be clarity of the concept within you. In other words maintain your focus on your objective always. Everything else is essentially meaningless.

Initially it is possible that you ignore the seductive Mind for a just few seconds. This is simply great, one has to start somewhere! A few minutes, a few hours and finally you will be able to ignore the Illusion around you always. This is the annihilation of the Mind, unmani avastha.

Unmani avastha is absence of Mind. The Mind is the tattva which creates the illusion of creation, frantically working to hide the gaps (do read this post). The Mind is convinced that the world is real and tries to convince you too. As long as you remain convinced by the illusions your Mind weaves around you, you are trapped. Once the Mind is still, you realise that the world around you is Unreal. Once you understand that something is a mirage, you cannot believe that lie anymore.

(A Sat-guru will exist in this “Sahaj avastha’ or Jivan-Mukti or Sadyo-Mukti, self-realization always. The Sat-Guru is the Advaita, The Beyond. ‘Dhyan’ is considered a lower medium level ‘madhyama avastha’. The worship of moorthis/ yantra is even lower down. And the lowest form of spiritual practice is going for pilgrimages. “उत्तमा सहजावस्था मध्यमा ध्यानधारणा । अधमा मूर्तिपूजा च तीर्थयात्राSधमाSधमा ।” But we all have to start somewhere, so start with pilgrimages, do pujas of Moorti/ Yantra/ Mantra etc, later do Dhyan, evolve. You will reach Mukti eventually. In the highest Moksh, Sadhana, Dhyan, puja, mantra etc all vanish as these are parts of the creation. You cannot expect that you will get Moksh the first day or even the first year of your spiritual practice. It is a gradual process, just do it regularly.)

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And finally, should you desire Moksh? If desire has to be uprooted, should one even desire Self-realization? This too was a burning doubt from someone. Apparently he was thinking that one should not desire anything, not even self-realization!

There is one only one Desire of the soul, to realise itself. This is the deepest innermost Desire of every jiv-atma. Every soul linked residing in this 5-layered body Desires just this only one thing. This singular Desire is the real Kaam काम. When sages talk about “uprooting desires” they refer to the superficial desires of the created worlds. Only when the material illusory desires are uprooted does the innermost Desire become evident. Kaam काम means wish, desire, Will, longing, radiance, glory, love, object of desire etc.

Another simplistic example.

Suppose you are a 3yr old playing with your toys. Your Dad is sitting in the same room doing some work. And you do have a lot of toys to play with, fluffy bears, trains, cars, cute stuff and you are quite occupied. You are not paying attention to your Dad. Your Dad does have an eye on you, but as long as you are playing with your toys, he is not bothered. Suddenly you feel bored with your toys. You feel that what you really want is to be picked up and cuddled. So you call out to your Dad. Your Dad is doing his work so rather than picking you up, he gives you some new shiny crayons. You again get distracted with the crayons, till you again realise that you really wanted to be cuddled. So you cry again. Again your Dad tries to distract you by pulling out another new toy. But you are not interested in toys anymore. You cry louder. Your Dad is really into his work and tries to ignore you for a bit. But now you have lost all patience and you want the cuddles now! You wail incessantly. Now Dad has no option but to pick you up and give you what you really want, cuddles.

This is the same thing in spiritual practice.

You are playing with the illusions of creation. The Eternal is observing you play. You are so engrossed with your material toys that you ignore the Advaita which exists at the root of your consciousness. Sometimes you do feel that you want to realise yourself, but another toy pops up and diverts your Will. Your this deepest Desire recedes to the background again and again. You amuse yourself with these illusory stuff till once day you get absolutely bored. The limit is crossed. Now you start your spiritual practice. You pray with all your heart that your deepest Desire, your essential Desire be granted. You ‘cry’ for the ‘cuddles’ of Self-realisation, you desperately long for Moksh. You are in unbearable turmoil, a fish out of water. You are desperate for complete self-realization. This Desire is so intense, you actually burn with its intensity. You have to Desire Moksh with all the intensity you can. Only then will the Advaita pick you up.

What does your Soul Desire? What is your Will? I wish to Love my own Self, I am my own object of Desire. Express this wish, again and again, intensely. You cannot be really satisfied till you get this Desire. Intend it, reach for it, Practice!

 

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Judge a true Ascetic from the horoscope

We are seeing a surge in spiritualism with ‘spiritual masters’ and ‘mystics’ popping up all around. Most of these are businessmen capitalising on the commercial aspects of the “spirituality business’, looking to cheat you of your money. Or Yogi-s who are on the same path as you are. A real Sat-Guru is someone who has realised the Eternal Advaita, a Jivan-mukt. There are very very few of these in the world right now. (I have written on how to analyse spirituality, the power of the chart and the evolution level of the horoscope.)

Then there are the true ascetic, Sanyasi-s. These are also rare, not very common. These are men/women who turn their back very firmly on the material world in their over-riding desire to experience the Ultimate. Every action they do is only for this objective. Such people cannot enjoy materialistic life and are repulsed by it. If someone really has the qualities to be a Sanyasi/ascetic then the following combinations will exist in his chart. More the combinations more pronounced is the effect.

Judge a true Ascetic from the horoscope

First and foremost is Saturn’s paramount influence. For getting into full time spiritual activity and rejecting the society structure, Saturn has to be powerful in the chart. Or should control important houses of the chart. Without his blessings, no dedicated spiritual activity is possible. He decides when your outer karma have been balanced so that you enter the inner spiritual with the finality of Sanyas.

Some typical combinations,

  • Ascendant lord aspecting Saturn. But no one else, not even Saturn, should be aspecting the ascendant lord in return. This is possible if the ascendant lord is Jupiter or Mars who can aspect Saturn with his extra aspects.
  • Saturn aspecting the ascendant lord. But no one else including the ascendant lord should be aspecting Saturn. This is possible if Saturn aspects this planet with his extra 3rd and 10th aspects.
  • The ascendant lord is Saturn himself unaspected by any one else. This is possible if the ascendant is Capricorn or Aquarius.
  • Check out the planetary ruler of the birth Moon sign. If this planet is Saturn himself and unaspected by any one else then it can give full-blown Sanyasi tendency. Or this planet is aspecting Saturn but no one else should be aspecting this planet.

If any of these above conditions exist in a birth chart, Saturn will strongly repulse all inclinations towards the materialistic world, allow the clean separation from it and entry into Sanyas. Such a person will at some point of time, leave the society and take up Sanyas. The timing of this event will be decided by the transit/ dashas. If the suitable dasha/ transits do not come up at the proper age then this event may not even happen. The promise of the birth chart needs the appropriate dasha/ transit to fructify. eg If this time comes when the age is 3yrs, naturally a 3yr old is not going to take Sanyas! Or if this time comes at the age of 70yrs, then the main life has already passed by and formal Sanyas at this age is rather meaningless, the person has already entered the Sanyas-ashram stage of life. But if this time comes at the age of say 25-50yrs then the formal Sanyas event can occur in a very final manner.

In addition to these conditions, if the Ascendant lord and the birth Moon are strong then he will be very well adjusted to the spiritual path he chooses. If Ketu has some connection with Venus then he gain significant progress in it. And if the Sun is also enabling, then he can be a publicly visible personality eg a Guru with many disciples etc prominent in society.

Judge a true Ascetic from the horoscope

Now if any chart,

  • If any of these above conditions exist but only partially, eg if Saturn is aspecting the ascendant lord with his 7th aspect, ie getting aspected by the ascendant lord in return, or is conjunct with other planets etc.
  • Or if there are other powerful combinations involving these planets with each other, Saturn, ascendant lord, 9th house lord, 5th house lord, Yogkarak planet and birth Moon.
  • If in the birth chart, if the Saturn, ascendant lord, birth Moon or Yogkarak are unaspected by anyone else and very powerful then,

Then this person will have a deep discontent with the material world but the active action of turning into an ascetic, Sanyasi, will perhaps be impossible. He may be unhappy, discontent, may not marry, may not be happy professionally, there may be bouts of isolation, self-doubts, loneliness, depression and dejection. He may have all possible material comforts, a good family, a good job, but he will not derive any satisfaction from these material things. He will desperately long for Realisation, initially there will be obstacles and confusion in this path. Only after middle age will the situation get more comfortable as he will understand himself better. Such a person needs to take up some sort of spiritual practice to maintain his inner balance else his levels of frustration can get very high.

Saturn will grant significant spiritual growth for these following ascendant signs, depending on his position in the chart, the power of the chart as a whole and the evolution level of the chart.

  • Capricorn and Aquarius ascendants can become highly spiritual after middle-age if the other combinations support.
  • Taurus and Libra ascendants too have a significant possibility for spiritual progress as Saturn is Yogkarak for these two.
  • And, as I always stress, Cancer and Leo ascendants have a fast-track on the spiritual route as their 7th house is owned by Saturn. (The 7th house also indicates the highest one-one relationship with the Self.)

If your ascendant is one of these six signs then try to do some regular spiritual practice, it will help in very deep ways. This can be as simple as reciting the Gayatri mantra or lighting a lamp or giving Arghya to the Sun or Dhyan Sushumna Yog- Soham, anything which you feel drawn to, but do it daily.

Judge a true Ascetic from the horoscope

The next planet which has a significant role in spiritual growth is Jupiter. If there is a conjunction of Moon, Jupiter and the ascendant lord in the birth chart, then this person is an ascetic at heart. This personality is sober, gentle, loves God, kind etc. Depending on the triggering dasha/ transit, he will interested in religion and spirituality, start doing some type of spiritual practice. He will experience the higher levels of consciousness and internal awareness with time. This combination by itself is not strong enough to make him formally a Sanyasi, he will not leave the society with just this combination. However he will be apart from the mediocrity of social life, he will be away from the tangles caused by society and remain immersed in his own internal happiness.

Now in such a birth chart,

  • if Saturn also conjuncts or aspects these three, (Moon, Jupiter and the ascendant lord) then also this person may formally take Sanyas in life and leave the material world. The triggers for this actual event would naturally be the Dasha/transits of Jupiter and more importantly those of Saturn.
  • If Saturn’s influence is missing on these, (Moon, Jupiter and the ascendant lord) in the birth chart, this person may live in society, but only till Saturn transits over them or aspects them. Or he goes through an important Saturn’s dasha period or a Saturn’s transit over a significant house. Now this person will change, his internal desire for renunciation of the material will trigger and he can take the decision to leave the material world, become a formal ascetic. Or he may live on in the society but internally he has dissociated from the illusion that is Maya. The humdrum of the social world will mean nothing to him now onwards. He will more strongly embrace the internal world.

The next planet we should consider is the Sun. He has to be either very strong or very weak! Both these options will drive towards asceticism.

  • A strong Sun (check the asktakvarga, shadbala, navamsha etc) will make the personality focus more strongly on his own internal divinity, but with an awareness that hidden behind his own tiny ego is the Eternal intelligence of the Advaita.
  • If this Sun is weak, then the personal ego is already very dim and the personality is more than willing to realise the Highest within.

Finally some connection between Venus and Ketu is necessary. It can be as simple as conjunction, aspect, bhavat bhavam, some connection in the navamsha, or one of these occupying a Nakshtra owned by the other, etc. There will be some interaction of Ketu and Venus energies which will trigger the final realisation of Moksh.

You might not get clients which such full-on ascetic combinations in your practice. But you definitely will get charts where there are partial combinations. Well-off people but with a deep internal turmoil. In such cases, advising them to start some personal spiritual practice will help them. And if your own chart shows such partial combinations then spend time daily in Dhyan, in your spiritual practice and in contemplation of the inner Eternal.

 

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How to heal yourself with intention and visualisation

There was a question on “energy healing” and how it works.

The basic concept is this, you are pure energy, the Advaita, the Eternal Non-dual. You take on this 5-layered body to enjoy this game of creation, Lila. This body is also pure energy. Depending on the level of your perception you can observe your body layers.  If you use your physical sense organs, you can see the physical body/ Sthool sharir. If you have trained yourself to sense auras you are seeing some parts of your Sookshma sharir. If you are an advanced spiritual aspirant you will see your causal body/karan sharir. And finally when you attain Realisation/Moksh you will observe the Soul, your real Self too.

Now back to the body. The various prarabdha karma which you have chosen to enjoy/endure in this life put their imprints on this body. (These karma do not affect the Soul. Nothing can touch your Soul.) When these ‘imprints’ get stuck on your body, (this happens at the moment of your birth), you suffer through various ailments, troubles etc or enjoy the various joys etc. These imprints are triggered at various time/space as per the script of your birth horoscope and transit/Dasha.

Both pain and pleasure are karmic imprints on the body, they are not a part of your body and neither are they a part of your Soul. Some karma adhere strongly and some weakly, that’s about it. Always remember that these karma are adhering to your bodies, they are not a part of ‘you’.

  • Your body has 5-layers and these layer are arranged into the 3 bodies. If you have trained your sub-conscious or are doing your spiritual practice, you can perceive these karmic imprints on your sookshma-sharir in color as red, grey, black stains. Or as burn marks, cuts, welts, injuries etc. Or as hooks, ropes, weird tattoos, cords bound around your subtle body etc. or bas broken limbs and torn body parts. Or as twists in the nadis or irregular pran flow, pran moving in a jerky manner and if the pran flow has stopped the nadi will seem gray/black etc.  There will be something on this body which will stand out. This imprint will feel distasteful, painful, burning, slimy, irritating, uncomfortable etc.

Another typical thing, as you get more used to seeing your astral self, or do more Dhyan you will see into more layers of yourself. The outermost physical body is solid, everyone can see it. Some of you might have trained yourself to see your aura which is a reflection of your sookshma-sharir/subtle body, this will have some color depending on your emotional, physical and mental state at that moment. As you go deeper you will also sense your causal body/karan sharir. Whenever I see my this inner most body it is always a pure white layer. So if you see such layers of colors, do not get confused, you are just seeing yourself more deeply.

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Now to healing your bodies.

Most of you will be modifying the energies of your subtle body, sookshma sharir when you do ‘healing’ on yourself. (Rarely will someone need to go deep into the causal body to heal at such inner depths.) There are basically two ways in which you can “heal” these karmic imprints using your intention.

The first one is to literally remove the hooks etc. If you can ‘see’ them, you can just grab and pluck them out. These are extra things inserted into your body which are damaging to you, so just pull them out. eg if you see cords into tied on your body just remove them, pluck them out. This visualisation may seem a bit difficult if you are not used to working in the psychic realms but is quite easy. Simply pull out the foreign looking object which is on your subtle body and it will come off.

The second way is to just ‘peel off’ the unnatural energies adhering to your subtle body, just as you would peel off a sticker from a sticker book. These hooks, wounds, burns, cords etc are not a part of you, so you can easily ‘peel’ them off. Use either of these two visualisations as you feel comfortable with.

Now if the ‘injury’ is very deep or the imprint is stuck on very intensely then it will appear again in your astral body. Some karmic impressions are carried on for several lives so are stuck on rather firmly. So you may have to repeat this exercise several times to finally get rid of them. Best would be to give yourself a healing session every day. It takes only 5 mins of your time if you do it regularly. Once your mind gets used to this process, and can hold on the visualisations etc (say after about 21days or so) you can do the healing part anywhere and at any time of the day.

If you have Ketu in a prominent position in your birth chart then you must take care of your astral body. If he is with your ascendant lord or the birth Moon or influencing several planets then your sookshma-sharir is more your ‘real body’ than your physical body. The physical ailments and discomforts which you will undergo will have their real roots in the astral body. So healing the inner bodies should be an essential part of your daily routine.

How to heal yourself with intention and visualisation

Energy work is all about intention and visualisation. For this you need to have your mind under control and able to strongly visualise. This is how you would go step-wise about the process.

First prepare your room. You can cleanse it using by waving your favourite incense or peacock feathers or by spraying water of the Ganga or do a thorough cleansing using sea salt packets or lemons if you so wish. (Do refer to these earlier posts, use the index page to locate them). Keep the lights dim. Sit on your asan or in any pose where you feel comfortable. Take a few breaths, close your eyes, relax. This helps train your mind. (You are teaching your mind that now you are going to do healing on yourself. So a few sessions later your mind will start getting into the healing mode itself as soon as you do this preliminary clean-up and all.)

Then prepare yourself. You can think of your favourite deity or source of faith or the Universal source of energy. Intend that you are going to heal yourself, request blessings and power from these higher self. If you know Reiki you can ‘draw’ the Reiki symbols and make a cocoon around yourself. If you do not know Reiki then you can make a chi-ball to create an energy cocoon around yourself. (You are fortifying yourself with extra energy consciously.) 

And heal yourself.

  • With your eyes closed, try to ‘see’ yourself. All your body parts, do you ‘feel’ anything odd about any of them? Are they all feeling bright and active? Observe critically.
  • If you know your horoscope, (Vedic astrology), ‘look’ carefully at the body parts linked to the ascendant sign, the birth moon sign and the sign occupied by Ketu in the chart, there is a greater possibility that something is going wrong here.
  • If you see anything, hooks, burns, cords etc, you have to now ‘remove’ them. You can either ‘peel’ them off or ‘pull’ them out as you feel convenient.
  • Visualise the removed hooks, stickers etc burning in a very deep bright fire and floating away from you.
  • Then visualise a ‘bandage’ of energy, a soothing pearly shimmery layer of energy setting over the affected parts of the astral body. Hold this visualisation for a minute or so.
  • Then finally visualise a soothing healing shimmery pearly cocoon around you. Visualise that your source of faith is energising this cocoon.
  • Take a few deep breaths and then it is done.

So this is how you do a simple healing on yourself. (I have written several posts on healing and energy. Do use the Index page or the search bar to locate them if you wish to read.)

 

How to heal yourself with intention and visualisation

Powerful horoscopes and weak horoscopes

Life is Change.

Your birth horoscope remains constant. This is the choice of energies which you chose at the moment of your this birth and is the foundation on which you are going to handle the Changes which this Life is going to bring. You are born at one instant, and the very next instant the change starts. Time and space move on. The planets move on, transiting through the zodiac. The zodiac, the Bha-kaksh itself moves on. These changing energies are basically the Dasha periods and the periodic transits. All these changing energies make patterns with each other and with the birth chart you have chosen. These patterns decide how events unfold in life. And the power of the birth chart decides how you will navigate through these changes. Will you soar or sink?

Your birth chart is the only energy you have and it needs to be studied in depth. I often mention ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ horoscopes in my posts. A strong birth position is very helpful in several ways. Your body/ mind and environment is strong enough to weather the changes which will occur in life. Changes in life are more enabling, you can leap to greater heights using the change events as opportunities. The changes are more auspicious and favourable, and the transitions are easier. You are more confident as your personality and your environment both integrate well and are more complementary. You get support from your inner self and also from the others around you. You are more in control of the situation. You have some say in how it unfolds and you can divert its energy to suit your objectives.

Powerful horoscopes and weak horoscopes

Powerful horoscopes will show the following combinations.

Birth chart, the D1,

  • The Ascendent sign determines your overall personality and your environment. It is best if this sign is occupied or aspected by benefics
  • The ascendant lord, the birth moon and the other benefic planets should be conjunct or aspected by benefics. And preferably placed in a kendra, 1st 4th 7th or 10th or kona 5th or 9th house.
  • Malefics are a source of turmoil in life so it is best if they are either in the upchaya houses, 3rd, 6th 10th or 11th houses. And aspected by benefics, especially Jupiter by his 5th or 9th aspect.
  • If there is a Yogkarak graha for the ascendant sign then this planet should be placed in auspicious house and be capable of giving favourable results. It would be even better if he is aspected or with other benefics.
  • Aspects of benefics on the Ascendant lord, the Birth Moon and the Yogkarak, will naturally increase the power of these planets and also encourage them to behave in an overall auspicious manner. These benefic influences also increase the power of that benefic planet on the overall personality/mind of the person. Eg Jupiter aspecting the Ascendant lord will make this person a genuinely kind and benevolent personality, he will meet others who help him and he too will try to help others in life etc.
  • Conjunctions are important as both planets influence each other and also the sign/house they are placed in. Eg you will see Sun-Mercury conjunctions most commonly in your study charts. If this conjunction is auspicious then it will enhance the powers of the Sun, Mercury, the house/sign they are placed in and also Leo, Gemini, Virgo signs wherever they are placed in the chart.
  • The 6th, 8th, 12th houses are the houses of turmoil, the dusham-sthana (I have written several posts on these houses, do check the index). Planets placed here are in charge of service, servitude, enemies, debts, diseases, traumatic changes, death, losses, dissolution etc. Best is if these three houses are empty. Or occupied by malefics and aspected by benefics so that the turbulence they cause in life is minimised.
  • Kendra and kona houses are the houses which directly link to the main 1st house. Bhavat bhavam principle is an easy way of understanding the importance of these houses. The 1st house is bhavat bhavam for only the 7th house. The 7th house is the bhavat bhavam for both the 4th and 10th houses. So these three houses directly feed into the power of the 1st house. Then the kona houses, 5th and 9th are in the Dharma trikon with the 1st house, are linked in its creative genius /foundation axis. So these two houses also link very deeply into the power of the ascendant sign. Having powerful and beneficial planets in the kendra and kona houses grants the personality more power to navigate life successfully.
  • Exalted planets are an asset in a chart. Also planets placed in their own houses or their mool-trikon signs. These are highly comfortable and willing to give auspicious results. If you have such planets in your chart, they pull up its quality significantly. Especially if the ascendant lord, Moon, Yogkarak or benefics are in such positions they give significant positives in life. Even if the malefics are exalted, they will help you navigate the turmoil they cause or at least you will gain something significant after the troubles are over.

Navamsha chart D9 – Then is using the Navamsha chart to get more insights into your deepest expectations and potential. This analysis is a necessity, but do this only if you have your exact birth time to the minute.

  • Vargottam planets, or the Vargottam ascendant degree indicate that the planet’s outward energy and inward energy is the same, there are no deep-seated conflicts in the personality.
  • Planets placed in the pushkar navamsha generally are auspicious and help in life.
  • If planets shift to their own signs or mool-trikon signs or in their exalted signs etc add more power to face conflicts and rise with every opportunity in life.

Ashtakvarga is another useful tool in astrology. It can be used to gauge the power of a planet or a sign to give auspicious results in life.

  • Planets having more than 4 points in the sign they are placed in at birth are going to be more favourable and auspicious.
  • In case of signs, the signs whose combined score is more than 27 are generally helpful. Those signs which are occupied by benefic planets at birth, or are placed in kendra/ kona, especially the lagna sign should have points more than 27.

Those aspects of life indicated by such planets and signs having such high scores tend to remain stable and non-problematic. Or even if there are problems, their severity is lesser and are more manageable.

Shadbala – in your vedic software, there will be a calculation for the ‘power’ of the planet. These ‘bala’ strength is calculated for the 7 planets, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The strength of the ascendant lord and the birth Moon should be high for overall favourable and enjoyable results in life.

Nakshatra – The lunar mansions are the framework of Jyotish. If you have your vedic astrology software, open it and check out which nakshatra your 9 graha and the rising degree falls in. These 10 Nakshatra energies are going to be more important in your life. Then calculate your Janma nav-tara chart from this post. Check which Tara categories your identified 10 Nakshatra-s fall in. If these fall in the Janma, Sampat, Kshema, Sadhak, Mitra or Ati-mitra Tara categories, then the planets occupying them will be able to give satisfactory results on the subtle/ inner levels.

Powerful horoscopes and weak horoscopes

Now quickly on horoscopes with lesser power or ‘weaker’ horoscopes.

Birth chart, the D1

  • The Ascendent sign occupied or aspected by malefics.
  • The ascendant lord, birth moon and other benefic planets influenced by malefics. Or placed in the dushamsthan, 6th, 8th 12th houses. Or even if in the 3rd house and influenced by malefics. This will increase the number of inauspicious events in life and also the trauma they cause.
  • Malefics aspecting each other increasing their strength to do mischief.
  • Yogkarak graha incapable of giving favourable results, influenced by malefics or debilitated.
  • Aspects of malefics on the Ascendant lord, the Birth Moon and the Yogkarak, will increase the power of that malefic planet on the overall personality/mind of the person. This can aggravate the negative qualities like cruelty, insensitivity, violence etc both in the personality and the environment.
  • Conjunctions with malefics can spoil several aspects of the life all at once. eg Moon with Saturn can cause trauma to the sign/house they are placed in and also Cancer sign wherever it is placed in the chart.
  • Debilitated planets, planets placed in their enemies houses are highly uncomfortable and pull down the power of the chart. Especially if the ascendant lord, Moon, Yogkarak or benefics are in in such positions.

Navamsha chart

  • If planets shifting to the signs which occupy the 6th, 8th, 12th houses of the birth chart D1 become slightly unfavourable.
  • Planets which shift to their debilitated signs or to signs owned by their enemies lose power to do good.
  • I have written several posts on navamsha analysis, do use the index page to locate them if you wish to read.

Ashtakvarga 

  • Planets having less than 4 points in the sign they are placed in at birth generally cause difficult changes in life.
  • The signs whose combined score is less than 27 points can also initiate turmoil when transited by malefics etc in life.

Shadbala for the ascendant lord and the Moon if is very low then you cannot ‘enjoy life’. There may be favourable things around you but you cannot use them or derive happiness from them. So do look up the section on ‘planetary strengths’ in your astrology software.

Nakshatra – In your Janma nav-tara chart, if any of your identified 10 Nakshatra-s fall in the Vipat, Pratyak or Naidhana Tara categories, then the planets occupying these Nakshatra will give subtly inauspicious results which will give you anxiety etc on the subtle/ inner levels.

Powerful horoscopes and weak horoscopes

This is a framework post. One placement does not make a reading. You have to look for patterns always. More patterns means more potential for the prediction to actually happen in real life. More powerful patterns add strength to you. More weaker combinations pull down you down. Every chart will have some auspicious and some inauspicious parts, eg if you have a very strong professional life then it is possible that you will have a less joyful home life. One cannot have everything at once. Try to understand your birth chart, your basic personality, your behaviour, your expectations and potential. Jyotish is Illumination, use it to see yourself first, analyse yourself dispassionately. Find out what aspects of life are going to give you successes, follow these. Try to leverage your strengths to grow, take every change connected to these aspects of life as a challenge and grow with it. Try to fortify those parts of life which are going to bring you turmoil, or try to channelise these turbulent energies into more productive things. Every change is an opportunity if only you know how to use it and you have the will to do so.

 

The intensely karmic Vimshottari Antardashas

There was a question on which is the worst dasha period in life. I would not use the word ‘worst’. Some events may seem unfavourable on the material planes, but they ultimately do help as they help in rebalancing your pending karma or grant you disillusionment from the Game of Creation or pull your more strongly towards your own Reality/Advaita. Perspectives.

But to answer the question, considering the Vimshottari system. I would choose the following mahadasha (MD) and sub-period antardasha (AD). These six antardasha periods in life have to be navigated carefully.

  • Venus mahadasha Saturn antradasha (written as Venus-Saturn) Or Saturn mahadasha Venus antardasha is the worst possible combination for the antardasha. These two periods will give everyone a karmic kick in the.. .
  • Saturn mahadasha Jupiter antardasha Or Jupiter mahadasha Saturn antardasha. These two are not so bad as the ones above, but yes they represent a very complex mix of karma which has to be endured.
  • And then would be the Venus mahadasha Jupiter antardasha or Jupiter mahadasha Venus antardasha. Both Gurus, one Dev-Guru and the other Daitya-Guru and there are very complex things happening during the periods controlled by them together.

The most intensely karmic Antardasha periods

So first, the Venus-Saturn antardasha and the Saturn-Venus antardasha. You will go through somewhat similar experiences in both of these sub-periods.

If anyone around you is going through these antar-dasha periods do observe them. If you are in these sub-periods, then be aware. These periods can have such terrific negative karma packed in that life turns into one confusing roller-coaster of bewildering issues, which seem to have no head or tail. You are put into fruitless arguments and issues. You know that there is no point, yet you argue, fight and get into conflicts. Intellectually you know that what you are doing or saying or thinking has to real sense, no real relevance but yet you put yourself through the grinder. This is the most intense karmic burst and both these periods are significantly long, go on for years. By the time you come out of these sub-periods, you are a completely different person. If you are lucky then these karma will be on the emotional levels, so you will suffer grief, anxiety, worry etc the astral body will suffer, but the physical situations will remain by and large ok. But if these planets also control important physical houses of your chart then in addition to the mental stress, you will suffer losses and reverses in life, health, wealth, social status, job, relationships are all affected in a very real way. And it can get very intense, there might be strange diseases, loss of job, breaks in education, financial problems, riches to rags type of situations.

Venus is the toughest, the highest Guru with the most cryptic tests, he rules one-one relationships, equitable binding contracts, partnerships, luxuries, wealth, treasuries, love, spiritual practice, refinement, Moksha. The other face of these qualities is degradation, immorality, deviation in the moral compass and entanglement in even more karma. Venus is the natural Marak of the zodiac, he decides when this current life should be terminated. And also when should the illusion of Maya be terminated, ie when should Moksh be granted.

Saturn ensures that you repay your karmic pendency in the most disciplined manner, he is very strict about it. He will not tolerate laziness, cheating, immaturity, non-responsibility. Saturn will rip off the illusions around you, if you feel that your friend is really your friend wait till a Saturn period comes along and see if he sticks with you. Saturn will bring reality before you in the most direct, unemotional manner possible. He makes you ‘grow up’ whether you like it or not.

Venus and Saturn are friends yet they can wreck havoc together. So when a combined period of Saturn-Venus or Venus-Saturn begins know that you are going to be taught the lesson of karma so thoroughly that you will be disillusioned with the material stuff you see around you. If your horoscope is powerful enough you will move strongly towards the inner spiritual but if not then you will suffer.

You will face the most intense karmic rebalancing with the one you love the most. This is the most traumatic aspect of these two sub-periods. The one you love the most, the one whom you know loves you the most, you rely on him/her the most, he/she relies on you the most, but his/her overt love/support can be denied to you, your overt love/support will be denied to him/her in these two sub-periods.

The negative effects are reduced if your ascendant is Taurus or Libra as Venus is the ascendant lord and Saturn is the Yogkarak. Or if your ascendant is Capricorn or Aquarius where Saturn is the ascendant lord. Or if Venus and Saturn both are capable of giving auspicious results together. But this does not mean that you escape the trouble! It simply means that the turmoil you face finally makes sense and you are given some significant gain eventually.

The most intensely karmic Antardasha periods

Now the Jupiter and Saturn periods together. Jupiter-Saturn antardasha or the Saturn-Jupiter antardasha.

Here the logic is quite clear, one is the lord of expansion the other is the lord of contraction! When equal and opposite forces are forced to work together in one time period there is going to be intense confusion.

In this period you will face another burst of karma. Saturn makes you work. Jupiter hopeful and benevolent, expands anything he touches! So you will face strange contradictions as work increases, stress increases, emotions are suppressed etc. All of Saturn’s qualities can be expanded by Jupiter’s influence. And Jupiter’s qualities can be restricted by Saturn’s activities. Some astrologers believe that Jupiter can tone down Saturn’s influence, which is true in some cases, but the other side is that Saturn affects Jupiter’s beneficial influence too! Do analyse what these two planets signify in your chart and how strong your chart is in the first place. There might be problems in the profession and social status. Education and finances can be affected. Litigations and issues with the government machinery can begin. Personal health issues can start. The immediate family is disturbed, relationships with the extended family can be affected. There can be losses, failures and unfavourable events etc depending on which aspects of your life are controlled by Jupiter and Saturn.

If your ascendant is Sagittarius, Pisces, Capricorn or Aquarius then you will have an easier time. Or if Jupiter and Saturn both are capable of giving auspicious results together, then too the negativity can be reduced. Then the turmoil will exist in life, but on manageable levels and it will eventually be for your own good.

The most intensely karmic Antardasha periods

And finally the Jupiter-Venus or the Venus-Jupiter sub-periods.

In both these sub-periods, both Guru’s will try to teach you their lessons together, simultaneously. Do read my this post on Venus-Jupiter energies working together. The logic for Venus-Jupiter interaction remains the same in the Dasha interpretation too. I have written about the Jupiter Mahadasha and Venus Mahadasha in case anyone wants to get into these main-periods in depth.

Jupiter is the Dev-guru. His students are the easier ones, the front-benchers. His teaching method is rather simplistic. He will give you all the expansion you need for a reasonably comfortable life. He hopes that if you are given all these reasonable necessities then you will naturally turn towards the spiritual. But he forgets that human mind always wants more desires. No human is satisfied with the “reasonable comforts”, the mind always wants more and more. Even if it knows that desires is all an illusion still it expects happiness from the material and tries to finds strange justifications in pursuing these desires. So Jupiter’s premise is very gentle, kind, hopeful and is not really suitable for the Kali-yug’s human mind. He is generally kind and benevolent to everyone.

Venus has the worst students, the back-benchers. He knows that given half the chance, his students will indulge in all sorts of inauspicious, immoral, out of control behaviour. So his teaching methods are very practical and very cryptic. He will give you all the luxuries, more than you ever thought you wanted, but poison them subtly so that you are never satisfied with them. He will let you run frantically behind your illusory desires, let your mind exhaust itself. He waits patiently for you to realise that complete satisfaction is not possible in these created worlds, he waits for you to subdue your own mind. Once you realise this fact, understand and experience its truth, he offers you spiritual practice. Then he continually tests you, keeps you on your toes, makes you understand the illusion of the material very thoroughly and only then if you pass, he grants you Moksh. Very very few make pass in his classes.

Now in these two antardashas, you are under the control of these two teachers simultaneously. These periods become highly confusing as your internal self, your mind, your personal spiritual practices, your outer religious observances are all muddled up. This muddle overflows into every part of your life, you are uncomfortable. The actual results will depend on the actual horoscope and the transits but the overall theme of this two antardashas will be a soul-stirring confusion. Something good will come of it, but eventually.

The most intensely karmic Antardasha periods

This was a general discussion on the most karmic antardashas. In these typical periods try to keep your moral compass steady, develop a mature perspective, consider the other party’s views also and do some spiritual practice so that you have reserves of inner strength to deal with the issues which will crop up. I have written on remedies, Homa, mantra jaap, charity, simple remedies and complex ones, do use the Index page to locate those posts in case you wish to read about them.

To evaluate these periods more specifically in your own context, you will have to analyse the power of the Mahadasha-ruler and the Antardasha-ruler in depth from your own birth chart. I have written several posts on Vimshottari dashas, do use the Index page to locate them in case you wish to read them. Then the background energy of the Dasha will be modulated by the current transits. So locate the current position of the MD and AD Ruler planets in the skies and find out which house of your birth chart they are influencing at present. Thus you will get an all-round perspective on what is happening. If your birth horoscope and current transits are powerful and auspicious then you will be able to use these very same situations to your advantage. If not, then the suffering will be as above.

eg, I know someone whose ascendant lord is Venus, Saturn is the Yogkarak. This man is now in the Venus-Saturn antardasha. Despite these two planets being auspicious and strong in his birth chart, he is going through difficult times now exactly as above. Now Venus is going to do his retrograde/combust act in Taurus, so this person is in for some very tumultuous times. The only saving grace is that he will gain something significant after Sept. But till then things have to be endured. (How is sweet perfume made? Delicate flowers are crushed to release their essences. This man is now being crushed by Venus and Saturn, systematically and dispassionately.)

The present times are very upside-down! I have written several posts on the current year 2020-21, Sharvari naam samvatsara, the retrograde Saturn, retrograde Jupiter, retrograde Venus etc in my previous posts do go through them. These will help you understand the energies which are active now. The current year is a very typical environment. Your actions and reactions now will have implications stretching on for several lifetimes. All of us will be facing challenges in several parts of our life, and these challenges will all come at once. Those who have weaker birth horoscopes will suffer more, this would be the majority of us. But those few, who have powerful planetary placements in their birth charts, will use these challenges proactively and rise to even greater heights, emerging even stronger after this turbulence settles down.

 

Venus retrograde and combust 2020

Venus goes retrograde every 18 months. This time he is going retrograde in Taurus, his own sign from 13th May to 25th Jun. He will also be going combust from 29th May to 9th Jun 2020. (He will continue forward in Taurus till 1st Aug)

During this period, his own signs Taurus and Libra signs will bear the brunt. Taurus more so as he is getting retrograde/combust in Taurus itself. Scorpio will also feel some effects as it is right opposite Taurus. So wherever these signs are placed in your chart, you will feel the pressure. Eg if in your chart, Scorpio represents your father then you will feel a strange disconnect from him, you might argue with him or disrespect him in some way and overt father’s love might go missing.

Venus is the Daityaguru Shukracharya, the Teacher who grants you the one-one relationship with yourself, ie Moksh, this gift is for the highly evolved souls (Jivatma). He first tests you by offering you the pleasures of this illusory creation. If the soul is lower down on the soul maturity level, he signifies material luxuries, sexual relationships etc, pleasures of the mind/body. If he is spoilt in the chart then he grants addictions, casual physical affairs, unstable finances, no sense of the spiritual etc. He is a very cryptic graha, his tests are very strange as they test your powers of single-pointed focus, endurance and intelligence. Do you choose your superficial desires or are aware/courageous enough to understand/choose your deepest Desire?

Analyse your chart, how powerful is it overall? A weak chart suffers more in adverse transits and a stronger chart can convert every adversity to opportunity and leap upwards. A strongly placed ascendant sign, Ascendant lord and birth Moon grant physical and mental strength to come out of any situation with ease. For evolved souls, a strongly placed Sun or strongly placed Ketu can push onward on the path to Moksh. Strong Tara graha, ie Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn will grant material comforts depending on what they signify in general and in specific for your chart.

Next try to find out what Venus signifies in your chart. Which houses does he own, where is he placed, influences on him, exalted or debilitated, ashtakvarga, nakshatra, shad-bala, etc his power to give results should be examined in depth. First know what he signifies in the chart, then analyse his effects in transit.

Venus retrograde and combust 2020

Retrograde Venus. Venus had entered Taurus on 29th Mar 2020. So whatever happened in your life from this date onwards will be reviewed in depth. You might feel things connected to Venus are being rolled back. Eg if you had got into a business partnership during this time you might be required to reconsider some parts of the contracts again. You will be required to restructure the following areas in your life, ie concept of wealth, one-one relationships, personal spiritual practice, esoteric philosophy. You will be required to rethink, reassess on your deepest Desire. If you refuse to understand what is happening and do not cooperate with the energy, there will be blocks and hurdles in life. Thus is the challenge of retrogrades. (Venus, Saturn and Jupiter are retrograde together so this realignment will be an eye-opening one. So many aspects of life connected to these planets are going to being reset at one time together) 

Combust Venus means that the energy of the planet is absorbed by the Sun. ie Venus is closely conjunct the Sun. Venus stops existing in the heavens, ‘Venus eclipse’, so things signified by Venus suffer. There will be a strange vacuum in life for these days, 29th May to 9th Jun. You will feel disconnected from all personal relationships and all things signified by Venus take on a selfish, self-centred self-referential nature dominated by your self-ego. The effect of combustion will depend on the strength of the Sun in your personal birth horoscope. And also what is the relationship of Sun and Venus in your birth chart, what these two planets stand for in your chart. If the Sun is strong then you will feel a very high level of self-confidence which can easily become over-confidence in matters related to Venus. If the Sun and Venus are not powerful then you will suffer from inferiority complex and people can take advantage of you during this period.

When Venus is retrograde or combust his guidance is no longer available to us. The esoteric Guru has vanished. We cannot give or expect validation from others during this period. All will feel a little bit more alone on the inside. People will not be able to judge the true value of things, people, actions, emotions, relationships, thoughts, desires etc. We expect validation from our loved one, but this can vanish in this period. Spiritual practice might suffer. Some might see financial losses, separations from loved ones, partnerships might break, addictions may start. Some people might be called on to settle past-life’s or ancestral debts. For some, health might be affected. Creative arts, eg films music etc might not be able to express themselves for sometime, ‘writer’s block’. Recognition for creativity will reduce, some might not get paid enough for their work. Forgeries, cheating, corruption, immorality etc can increase. Decision making capacity will decrease. Some might find themselves tangled in issues which do not have a life-time or long-term value. If you are pregnant/ expecting then take due care in this period. Avoid giving advise to others, else you will be blamed when things go wrong later. This Venus retrograde/ combust period will be challenging for businessmen, for salaried people holding secure jobs the situation is a bit better. If you are a spiritual aspirant, your ‘exams’ are coming up. Families, be ready for issues popping up.

Venus retrograde and combust 2020

Very briefly on the nakshatra. Jyotish is based on the Nakshatra energies. Venus will be going retrograde in Mruga and Rohini. He will be combust in Rohini.

Rohini is is ruled by Brahma and influenced by the Moon. Its symbol is the Ox-cart. When its energies get disturbed there is increase in unproductive activities. Actions become unbalanced and erratic. Strain increases as people try to do several things at once. Passions and temper increase, materialistic tendencies increase, resources decrease, money etc may be lost. There is an inability to express innermost thoughts/feelings, this causes internal suffocation, heavy-heartedness. Joy reduces. Narrow-mindedness and possessive behaviour can rise. ‘Structures’, emotional, physical, thought-processes, financial, etc can get demolished during this period. Casual affairs, lust, casual attractions, inauspicious behaviour and addictions can increase.

Mruga is also called Mruga-shira. It is influenced by Mars and ruled by the deity, Soma. Soma is another name for the Moon, but has deeper power. Mruga is represented by a deer. When its energies are disturbed, the emotions, instinct, nature, nurture, sensitivity, love etc are affected. Vitality is affected. We search, but we do not know for what? Fruitless, fickle, misguided, ill-judged and ill-executed actions result, often followed by sorrow, as we chase mirages. Nervousness, depression, anxiety, suspicion, arguments with loved ones are possible during this period. People may fail to follow the principles of life as impulsiveness increases and there can be chaos.

If you are in one of the following categories then you will feel more of the effects, more the Venus’s energy active on you, more will be the intensity.

  • If you are going through Vimshottari dasha connected to Venus, ie Venus mahadasha, or any sub-period of Venus in an other planet’s mahadasha you should take more precautions.
  • If you are Taurus rising then taking care of personal health and the issues in your immediate surroundings is necessary, minor illnesses are possible. This is the most determined sign of the zodiac so you might be even more stubborn and headstrong than usual.
  • If you are a Libra ascendant then Venus is your 1st and 8th lord, you might face a sudden catastrophic transformation in your life which will change you completely from the inside/out. The foundations of life will change forever.
  • Note which house Venus is transiting in your chart, expect turbulence from the keywords of this house and the house opposite it.
  • If you are a Taurus, Libra or Scorpio Moon then also you will see confusion in your life as your emotions, intuition and instinct all are influenced.
  • If you have Venus retrograde in your birth chart then you generally feel lonely and unloved. You feel unbalanced in one-one relationships, in personal or business. Cannot enjoy the simple pleasures of life. You are straightforward in your behaviour and often blunt with others. When Venus goes retrograde in transit, you will find even more restrictions in relationships and financial, material or spiritual matters. Do try to focus on what you really want deep inside, rather than what you think you want.
  • For India, the ascendant sign is Taurus, and Venus the ascendant lord is going retrograde/combust here. It is not a good sign for our nation and for us Indians as a collective group. We all will suffer during this period because of wrong decisions by the authorities, the impact our economy, public health etc is not good. Anti-national activities will rise.

Venus retrograde and combust 2020

The energies of this Venus retrogression period are amplified by Saturn and Jupiter both going retrograde at the same time. Both the Dev-Guru, the Daitya-Guru along with Saturn, the enforcer of Karma are retrograde together (do read my posts on these two topics so that you can merge the keywords). Venus is in is own sign. Saturn in his own sign. Jupiter will transit from his sign of debilitation into his own mooltrikon sign. The explosion of energy is going to be stupendous.

In addition a total solar eclipse, a penumbral lunar eclipse, then stationary nodes, a monthly combustion of Mercury, later Mars’s retrogression etc have mixed up energies till Sept 2020. I have written about the karmic events in the year 2020-2021 in this post.

Retrogrades and combust etc are all regular phenomena so you should not be scared of these times. You just need to be careful of that planet’s energies and the aspects of your life which he controls. These things will be in focus and you will be required to review, rearrange, revaluate, reassess, redo, them during this ‘RE’ period. But this time, till Sept, we will see an unique situation where several graha are behaving contrary to their regular energies, going retrograde, eclipsed and combust. Thus several of aspects of life controlled by these many planets are going to feel the effects all at once. Overload.