Gandant nakshatra, a bit about the remedies

I had written about the Gandant or Gandamool gap of the zodiac in a past post. There is a question on this, thus writing some more. Gandant affects the Moon or the ascendant degree. The closer to the gap the more severe the effects are.occultIn India, the new baby’s horoscope is seen after the 12th day. On the 12th day the Namakaran/naming ceremony is performed. Also, till this new living being is not named, a period called “naatak’ is observed. During this period, no puja/rituals can be performed in the family in which the birth has occurred. Now if there is a Gandant nakshatra seen in the child’s chart, a Nakshatra shanti puja should be performed at the earliest, within a month of the birth if possible. If the parents are unable for some reason (maybe the baby is not well and the parents are busy), the baby’s paternal grandparents or paternal uncle can be entrusted by the parents to perform it at the earliest possible auspicious timing/muhurt after the birth.

(Shanti puja is a ritual to calm down the agitation caused by the severe energies of the lunar mansion, a pandit/priest helps perform it.)

It is possible that the chart was never seen and the child grew up with whatever problems, later the parents came to know of the Gandant. Even then do the Nakshatra Shanti puja on the next convenient muhurt, do not think the time is lost. The energies of the puja will help the child now onwards at least. This puja can be repeated on every (vedic calendar) birth day.

Now it is possible that the chart was never seen, these pujas were never done and the child grew up, became an adult etc and then came a sub-period of Mercury or Ketu or the ascendant lord where the person started facing severe problems. One young man I know, has a severe Moon in Revati Nakshatra Gandant. He went to an astrologer and the person scared him by telling him that he will die in a few years. This is what I dislike about modern astrologers. Death may or not come, that is the future. Let’s focus on what can be done at the present moment! The correct advice in this case would be this,

  1. Do the nakshatra shanti puja at the earliest possible auspicious timing, it will help balance something at least.
  2. On every birth day (as per vedic calendar), do the same Nakshatra Shanti puja with the pandit/priest. Or do any of these pujas for longevity, good health and auspiciousness – Ayushya homa, Mahamrutyunjai homa, Navagraha Shanti puja,
  3. Or if cannot afford a priest do a Mahamryutunjai Homa by himself. It is a very simple fire ritual/homa, takes one hour to perform.
  4. Or cannot do this at all, cannot afford it or cannot find the resources, then recite the Mahamrutyunjai mantra 108 times at least one Monday every month.
  5. Or if has access to a vedic panchangam, and knows the Nakshatra which is Gandant, he can recite this Mahamrutyunjai mantra 108 times on that day of the month in which the transit moon occupies that same nakshatra in transit.

occultIn fact I would suggest for everyone to do this Mahamryutunjai Homa on auspicious days, birthdays, etc, whenever you feel like doing it. I had written about it earlier in some post, it will work for all health and longevity related issues. The homa basic post is linked here. The preparatory and concluding phases remain the same, for the mantra-phase use this mantra, at every ‘ swaha’ a drop of ghee is to be put in the fire.

“Om trayambakam yajamahe, sugandhim pushtivardhanam, Om haung, joong sah, maam mrutyur palaya palaya, rogan mochaya mochaya, ayur vardhaya vardhaya, Sah joong haung Om, ururvarukamiva bandhanat, mrutyur mukshiya maam amrutat, Mrutyunjayaya rudraya, neelkanthaya shambhave, amruteshaya sharvaya, mahadevaya taenamah Swaha”

(Or if you feel this variant to be quite complicated you can use this simple version “Om tryambakam yajamahe sungandhim pushti vardhanam uruvarukamiva bandhanat mrutyur mukshiya maam amrutat Om Swaha” for the mantra phase)

Birthdays are very important. On these 2 days every year you should really do something to recharge your energies. 2 days? yes, your birthday as per the solar calendar will be the same as your birthdate as per the English calendar (maybe one day before or after), on this day your sun will be in the same degree as it was the day you were born. And the second as per the lunar day, the exact degree in which your moon was in and the same sign your sun was in when you were born. These are the 2 days when your personal energies are resonating with the energies of the time you were born. So if you do some personal intense energy practice on this day, it will deeply repair and heal.


The Vedic calender

Astrology is the study of how we evolve through time. So here is a ‘definitions’ post on how we measure time in the Vedic system. We call our calendar Panchangam.

The zodiac is made of 360 degrees. We measure the arc of a circle in – degrees, minutes, seconds. Vedic astrology/astronomy follows the true zodiac in which we calculate the precession/wobbling/tilt of the poles/earth. This correction is called Ayanamsha. So Vedic mathematics is extremely accurate.

First the year/Samvatsara. There is a cycle of 60 years each of them have names. This 60 yrs is the nearest possible for 5 cycles of Jupiter transit + 2 cycles of Saturn transit to coincide. (Their cycles coincide at 60yrs, as Jupiter takes 12 yrs to travel around the zodiac and Saturn takes 30 yrs.) A Vedic year finishes when both Moon and Sun are together in the same degree in Meen/Pisces. The day after this, is the start of the new year.

Now there are two movements/Ayan of the Sun in this year. The apparent south ward movement of the Sun /Dakshinayan and the Uttarayan/North ward movement of the Sun. These are caused by the precession/tilt of the axis of the earth. The Uttarayan period of 6 months is generally considered more auspicious for any activity.

There are 12 months/Maas in a year, they have different names from Chaitra, Vaishakh, Jeyshta, Ashadh, Shravan, Bhadrapad, Ashwin, Kartik, Margashirsh, Paush, Magh, Phalgun. Each of these end when the Sun and moon are together in a sign, i.e. they end on a no moon day/amavasya. We use both the solar year and the lunar year (luni-solar system) and the discrepancy between the two is adjusted every three years where a 13th month is added to the year. This 13th month is called the ‘Adhik maas’/extra month and is very good period for doing pujas and stuff.

(Solar month/Saur maas is when the Sun enters into a sign of the zodiac and then exits it. This day when it transits, is called the Sankranti (good forceful forward movement). Sankranti is generally on the 15th of every month when the Sun changes his sign.

The lunar month/Chandra maas is from one Amavasya/no moon day to the next. Those families who follow the strict rules related to time use this Lunar month for their day to day activities. When I use ‘day’, I mean lunar-day always.)

There are 6 seasons/Rutu in India. 2 months make up one season. Starting with Vasant/spring, Grishma/summer, Varsha/rains, Sharad/pleasant weather, Hemant/pre-winter, Shishir/winter.

Now the fortnights, the dark fortnight of the waning moon/Krishna paksha, and the bright fortnight of the waxing moon/Shukla paksha. (Depending on which sort of ritual you are performing, you choose the time. For rituals which are to bring increase , choose the shukla paksha And for rituals which intend decrease of something use the Krishna paksha period.)

Now the day/Vaar. The day starts with sunrise (not midnight) in Indian panchangams/calendars. There are 7 days, from Ravivar/Sunday, Somvar, Mangalvar, Budhavar, Guruvar, Shukravar to Shanivar/Saturday.

Now one Lunar day in context of the movement of the Sun and the Moon is called a Tithi, When the moon completes  12 arc degrees of its movement with reference to the Sun, it is a Tithi/ Hindu lunar day. There are fourteen tithis in each fortnight, then one Amavasya/no moon and one Purnima/Full Moon in each month. Thus there are 30 tithis in a lunar month. (The starting and ending of a Tithi depends upon the degree of the Moon from that of the Sun. Thus a Tithi can start or end at any time in a day.)

Now the half lunar day is called a Karan. Karan is ½ of the Moon Phase day/Tithi and have different names. One Karan period is when the Moon travels 6 degrees arc in reference to the Sun. There are four types of Fixed Karanas as they occur once in a month. And there are seven types of recurring Karans and they each repeat eight times during the lunar month.

Then Yog. There are 27 types of Yog in a sequence from Vishakhamba to Vaidhriti. This is another mathematical calculation, the degrees of the Sun and the Moon in the sky are added then divided by 13°20′. The Yog are in a sequence, so if the quotient is 1 and the remainder is 2deg 3 sec it means that the 1st Yog Vishakhamba has elapsed and the 2nd yog in sequence Priti is on.

The Nakshatra of the day is the one in which the Moon is in during the Sunrise. There are 27 Nakshatra/Lunar mansions each of 13 arc degrees 20 seconds in width. (The moon takes approx 28 days to cover the entire zodiac so an extra small nakshatra arc named ‘Abhijit’ is used as a correction factor. It has spiritual implications in Jyotish.)

The current Rashi/zodiac sign is the one which is occupied by the Moon at sunrise. There are 12 signs and the Moon takes about 2.25 days to transit one sign.

(Your software, even the phone app mentions these details for the day if you want to know)time 23So, for pujas/rituals or for telling someone my birth day in the Vedic system, I will tell the day as per the Panchangam, I will use the names of the Tithi/Lunar day, Paksha/fortnight, Maas/month and Samvatsara/year to define it.

The most basic  are 5 (panch) components (angam), of time, Panchangam.
1. Day of Week/ Vaar
2. Nakshatra (Lunar mansion in which Moon is transiting)
3. Tithi (moon phase)
4. Karana (half a lunar day)
5. Yoga (a calculation for the distance separating the Sun and Moon)

As per Vedic Astrology, it is required to say out aloud the name of these 5 elements in the morning.
• Saying the Vaara (Day of the Week) will help enjoy longevity
• Saying the Nakshatra (Lunar mansion the Moon is in) will help dissolve karmas
• Saying the Tithi (Moon Phase name) will help one enjoy prosperity
• Saying the Yoga will help in keeping miseries away
• Saying the Karan will help in getting desires fulfilled.

This was the very basic stuff taught to me as a child. For astrologers, ‘time’ is a function of the movements of the Sun and the Moon.

Maa and Sanskrit

I am from coastal India, used to live right next to the sea but now I live in the Himalaya, I look outside the window now and I see oak forests. Here people speak Hindi and the word that they use for their mother is ‘maa’. Having learnt Sanskrit since I was a child, ‘maa’ for me is negation, ‘no’. ‘Maa kuru’ is ‘do not do it’. ‘Maa gaccha’ is ‘do not go’. It sounds very strange to hear children addressing their mothers ‘maa’. Why would an entire population call their mothers ‘No’? I asked a local pandit and he said ‘we call the Devi maa so the mother is maa’ or something quite confusing, he was not sure himself.

All languages are derived from Sanskrit. Devbhasha Sanskritam is in-built, its sounds and the way its letters are written are created by the perfect movement of pran/vital energy/kundalini along the Brahamnadi around the energy vertices/Chakra of your body. To those who can see, it is so visible, for those who cannot see it yet, best try to see your aura as the beginning step.

In Sanskrit, the mother is called Mata.

  • ‘Ma’ sound means the act of Creation, creating Illusions, hiding something and also the knowledge related to the Hidden.
  • ‘Aa’ means the one who directs, heals, removes sorrow etc linked to Ma.
  • ‘Ta’ means the depths of hidden darkness, that which is not illuminated as yet and the strength and power of flowing energy.
  • ‘Aa’ is again the one who directs, heals, removes sorrow etc now linked to Ta.

So a mother/mata in Sanskrit means so much more, which cannot be fully described. But the terrible intensity of Maa is tempered by the Taa sound. The intensity of ‘maa’ is in fact kept hidden by the ‘taa’ sound. Thus for the human mother, Mata is better.

Now ‘Maa’ is actually a name for the Devi. She hides, creates illusions and later grants its knowledge too. It is mentioned in the Shri Sukta, shlok/verse 3, one of the attributes of Devi is ‘Maa’. (Laxmi tantra has a very extensive chapter on Shri Sukta.) Devi is the energy of the Ultimate Consciousness/Parabrahma which is used to create the Universes. We all are the Ultimate ourselves, temporarily here to enjoy the fun-fair of Creation. This Devi/Illumination, energy is considered feminine as it creates, the cosmic mother. She has used the Maa attribute of Herself to conceal the true nature of every soul/Jivatma here. The energy of Maa is negation, and it negates our true nature, temporarily. She is Maa in all possible ways,

  • मिमी – The action of formation or creation using precise measures.
  • मीया – The act where Creation is fixed
  • मिति – The one who pervades everything. Everything that we see is produced from Her, the creative power of the Ultimate.

Now when you are done playing and want to remember your reality, re-experience yourself, what happens? The power of Creation, Devi, uses her attribute of negation, ‘Maa’, now to negate the bindings of karma and her own initial binding of Kundalini to release the Jivatma. Thus you realise your true self. Here is two negations making a positive.

The energy of the sound Maa is so vast and indescribable, it was used to make you forget your true nature. Now when you start your spiritual practice and want to realise yourself again, Maa then negates your human existence, it disconnects you from the manifested. (Addressing the human mother as ‘maa’, though very prevalent in North India, is not a good idea from the energy of the sound/intention point of view.)

‘Om Maayai namah’ is a mantra from the Shri sukta which grants all that you desire.

Maa is Devi, magnificent in Her power of Negation.devi 4


Balancing karma from the ancestors

Sometimes I think we learn the deepest lessons through negative examples. You do not get the love of a mother, so the lesson is to understand how it feels like and learn. So that when you become a mother yourself, you decide that you cannot let your child feel that same ‘non-love’ as you did.

Can you rise above your personal bad experience and give better to others? This is the final test.ancestorsI have seen several examples in my practice where children were ignored or bullied by their parents and there was no one who believed them. These children grew up with deep seated traumas. Accepting that parental neglect is the root of the present problem is very difficult. Especially in Indian society where we consider our parents divine. So here are a few ways..

  1. Let go emotionally. Take care of them as per your personal sense /conscience and do your duty as a child, maybe take them to a doctor etc. But forgive them (read this) and emotionally stop expecting love from them. They have failed in their duty as a mother/father, but you should not fail in your duty as a child in their old age. Else this cycle will continue in your next life too. Do that much for them as much as your conscience requires. Remember you are doing this so that you can set yourself free.
  2. Transfer your longing and emotions for a mother/father to your favourite deity/Universe or your higher Self. You are your own mother/father. Understand that you have taken birth because of your own wishes. These parents are for this one life time. You have been born so many times, you have had so many parents. You yourself are your own creator. Your actions/karma have given birth to you.
  3. Love yourself, you are the Ultimate yourself. But now go out and buy that icecream, the one your mom never brought for you, and as you eat it feel the satisfaction. Give yourself gifts, tiny indulgences which you wanted as a child. You might think you are an adult now what will you do with a pack of stickers? But holding those stickers in your hand will heal.
  4. If you know Reiki you can use the sequence, Hon sha zhe sho nen, cho ku re, dia ko mu, sei hi ki, dia ko mu, cho ku re, Hon sha zhe sho nen, to go back in time/space and love your self as a child. Use sei he ki strongly to love and relax your child self. Do this before you sleep for 21 days.
  5. If you do not know Reiki then just relax, think of your child self, visualise picking up that child, kissing it, telling it that its all ok and you love it. This may sound silly but it helps, on a very deep level. The simplest things work. Do this for 21 days.
  6. And finally enjoy your own child’s childhood with him. Do all those tiny things you wanted your mom/dad to do with you. And as your child laughs with joy, feel the happiness within you. You have aced your test! You are a good parent, your child loves you and you have broken the cycle of karma.

ancestorsYou take birth in a family, as a ‘soul group’ to clear off the karma together. There is always some karma linked to the mother/father/ancestors. And we are all rebalancing continuously. When someone goes against his own conscience and commits crimes like abusing and torturing living beings, being intentionally cruel, stealing, cheating, lying, breaking up relationships, etc very high intensity ‘moral wrongs’, it lays very severe bindings on the soul. The Karma has been created by actions so deeply against the Dharm that he has suffer through a portion of the misery that he has inflicted on others and then only some can be repaid by mantra and other energy. These are called pitr dosha/problems due to ancestors. If you are going through a rough patch and you chance upon some ritual that makes sense to you, maybe it is time. Now to rebalance and for the finishing touch.

This is ‘Tarpan vidhi’, is done by the men, the oldest male in the family does this, not women. You repay the energy due to your ancestors using the mantras of the Tarpan. The most effective way of rebalancing pitr related karma. In doing so the mantras act upon your own astral self and set things right within you too. If you are a woman suffering in such a family, when your husband/father/brother/son does this Tarpan, the energy is transferred to you too. The best is to go to Brahmakapal, Badrinath, Uttarakhand, India and do a Tarpan Vidhi. There are several pandits there who specialise in this type of ritual. There are other places too in India which are well-known for this ritual, but the best is Brahmakapal, the river Sarasvati flows here very briefly before it vanishes as a undersurface flow. This can be done at any time during the year. If you cannot travel so far then you can contact your local pandit and perform it at the nearest place with flowing water or the seashore.

If this is also not possible and you are sure of the power of your thought and intention, you can do this brief ritual yourself during the Mahalaya Amavasya/no moon day (will be in Sept/Oct, both Sun and Moon in Virgo as per Vedic calendar).

  • For the man of the house, take a coconut, remove the husk so that it looks like this, a small tuft left at the place where it has its ‘eyes’. It should have water in it, shake it to check. Keep it in your altar/puja ghar, put some flowers, turmeric, vermillion etc on it, pray to your favourite deity and your higher self, request help. Intend sincerely, very strongly that karma gets balanced. Face south, hold it in your hands, pray to your ancestors and then dash the coconut on the ground so that it breaks. It requires strength and it has to break in one dash. Do not eat this, dispose it in some place, under some tree where no one will step on it or in the water .
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  • Then cook food, the woman of the house has to do this, one dish made of pumpkin, one kheer (rice/milk/sugar – dish), one-curd/rice and any other vegetarian items that you can cook with your hands. Lay these offerings on a banana leaf/or a clean dish with a cup of water in the open. Face south, pray to your ancestors and sprinkle some black sesame seeds on it. Request your ancestors to have this food/energy and then leave this Martya-lok/our dimension and go to their Pitra-lok. Intend disconnection, turn back, do not look at the dish and come inside your house.
  • Black ravens come to eat this food charged with these energies never other birds. If black ravens eat it your work is done.
  • (If there is any other ritual in your culture where you offer food/energy etc to your ancestors, perform that too.)

If you dream of your ancestors who have passed away, you recognise them from the photographs or they tell you their name in your dreams. Or you see black ravens around your house. It is a message from the ancestors. In this case, the easiest option is making a chapati or a ball of raw kneaded wheat dough mixed with jaggery and feeding this to a cow with your hands.

Now the other way, doing charity, both men and women can do this. I have written about this in my earlier posts. E.g. distribute sweets/fruits at an orphanage, stand in the background anonymously and observe the caretakers distributing the food to the children. Be compassionate, intend happiness for these children in hard circumstances, bless them with your heart and come away. Thus you will also heal.

And finally do some pujas, auspicious rituals, fire rituals, anything in which your entire family is involved. e.g the Bhagwat katha, Satyanarayan puja, Chandi Homa, Rudrabhishek, etc. These are positive energies and general pandits can do it easily. Do this in your house so that the energy from the mantras enters your house and cleans off the negativity.

Now how about some spiritual practice for yourself? At least 15 mins a day? You can recite the Gayatri mantra 108 times. Or do Dhyan. Or even self-reiki, or surround yourself with pran? I have written about so many tiny activities you can do, just do some practice regularly everyday. Give yourself these 15 mins so that you can heal yourself deeply.



Karma from the ancestors

The ‘family’ related houses in your horoscope are

the 2nd house – the actual family in which you have been born, its status in society, the wealth and power wielded by your family. Also the ways you will contribute by your own actions of hoarding and accumulating treasure. (If you are adopted or fostered or put in a boarding school or at some relative’s house or for some reason separated from your birth family you should also check out the 9th house.) Venus is the natural ruler of this house and subtly contributes to the dignity and benefits from this house, so analyse Venus, his position and power in the chart. If he is with malefics/benefics, if placed in a difficult house, the planets aspecting/conjoint him, is he retrogradecombust etc.

the 3rd house – the siblings, brothers/sisters and the cousins in general. Also your boldness in conducting yourself in these affairs of the the extended family. This is a function of Mercury in the case of siblings, he is also the natural ruler of the 3rd house of the zodiac. And Mars in the case of specifically brothers.

the 4th house – the mother, everything to do with your emotional comforts and security in all ways. The Moon is the agent of the mother so do analyse his placement and position. If he is placed in the dushamstan i.e. 6th, 8th, 12th. Or with malefics, natural or temporary. Also if he is debilitated or eclipsed or in a Gandant. I have seen cases where Moon was placed badly and the children suffering quite severely because of the mother.

the 5th house – the children, of the DNA or of the soul, and all the ways you pass on your creativity. The natural ruler of this house is the Sun so check out his power to give results in the horoscope. Do you have the divine intelligence and inspiration to carry on your legacy by producing offspring?

the 7th house – the husband or wife, your Dharm-pati or Dharm-patni. This is marriage the Vivah Sanskar, and in Vedic context of Jyotish requires a man and a woman. This directly leads to production of children of your DNA. In the case of a person’s union with the spiritual self, this house will lead to the production of the children of the soul. The natural planets connected to this house are Mars, Venus and Jupiter.

the 9th house – the ancestors, the father-like figures in your life who support and guide you in your life. The real teacher/Guru who makes you dwij/twice-born. This is the domain of Jupiter.

the 10th house – the father and everything to do with this one person in your life. There have been cases where a bad father has caused trauma to his children. Also the Sun is naturally linked to this house. However the natural owner of this house is Saturn thus influences this house wherever he may be placed.

These are the closest relations who make up your family. Your personal karma is linked to your heredity, to all the ancestors, so if your birth time is absolutely precise, the divisional chart 12 will give you your answers. Analyse the position of the mother and the father from the D-12 chart to know about the specific karma linked to your mother’s and father’s family. If you are inclined, you can go in-depth using the D-40 for the mother’s family and the D-45 for the precise karma linked to the father’s side of the family. Your personal individual karma is seen from D-60.familyFirst analyse is 9th house, the house of foundations or Bhagya/fortune. Now the 1st house is the 5th house counted from the 9th, thus your manifested physical body, life and social standing etc is an expression of the actions/inspiration/intelligence of the agents of the 9th house. Your ancestors/pitr, you carry their genes, their culture, their property/assets, their name in the society etc. If there are problems in the 9th house they will cause serious impacts on your entire existence. I have written on how to completely analyse a house in your horoscope earlier so try it with the 9th house of the chart.

The Dharma trikon is mainly affected so analyse your ascendant/1st house then your 5th house. Your existence is derived from your ancestors and your children are derived from you and then you become an ancestor to your children, it is cyclic.

Most of these karmic effects relate to the ‘fortune’, marriage and children. These include susceptibility to magic, nightmares, possession by spirits. Then late marriages or multiple marriages, divorces, impotency. Further abortions, miscarriages, disabled children, death of young children, no sons. Mental problems, suicides, diseases with no cures, addictions etc. Children getting married to unsuitable men/women, running away, or getting widowed in young age, or having multiple affairs, falling into prostitution, getting involved in ‘moral crimes’ which go against the conscience. Legal issues and complications in courts. Fights and ill-will within the family members etc.

If you see any family with such events, the charts of the people will show some common points. Significantly strong malefics in the 9th, 1st or 5th houses. The most potent combination is Rahu/Ketu in these houses with some other malefic force giving them direction. Then more malefic influences on the other houses depending on which problems they are going through. e.g. If someone is going through a karmic linked disease, the 8th house will be further affected. If he has lost property because of litigations, the 4th and 7th will be further damaged. If he is not getting a stable income and loss of status in profession/society is the 10th house etc.

Most of these issues are caused due to ‘family curses’, or more appropriately some karma which was supposed to be done by or for the ancestor which is pending. Most commonly it is that funeral rites were not performed thus the soul is trapped on earth. This can be truly disastrous, sometimes ancient houses are haunted. Or some ancestor did some terrible thing/negative karma for which the entire generation is suffering. Maybe murdered someone, I have seen this the husband killed the wife a few generations ago and there were problems for the present generation. Or something which was due but was not repaid by some ancestor. familyBut this is not the whole story.

Why should you suffer because of some mistake your ancestor did? In fact you dont! You are suffering because of your own Karma, you created some negative karma like, aborting a child, not performing funeral rites for someone you were required to, not repaying things which you should have, committed suicide, raped someone, prostituted someone, produced children and then did not acknowledge them, abandoning your parents or wife/husband, or someone dependant on you, misused your knowledge to harm someone, even trapped spirits to use them against their will, in short did something so deep, so much against your Dharm, that in this life you have sealed off the gentler means of balancing karma.

Your own conscience/Antaratma judged you and you are now being made to go through the same thing yourself. When you have endured a significant portion of the karma, you will be given the chance to balance off the remaining through pujas/mantra/charity etc the energy route.

The 9th house not only represents the ancestors but it is all that you are going to receive in your current life because of the actions from your past lives, good bad or indifferent.

(Will continue in my next post)


familyThis is in response to this comment I received in the Contact page, “Dear astrologer-by-default,
I love reading your posts and there’s so much to learn! Can you write about ancestral trauma and parental wounds…how they influence our life and ways to heal them? Thanks in advance.”


The 33 koti devata

There are 33 classes of Devatas in Sanatan Dharma, I had written a bit about them in this post on Kundalini, this is a continued post about the Ashta Vasu. Jyotish is a Vedant and considers these 33 classes of Devatas as extremely important. These 33 classes are created by Narayan, as per the Narayan Upanishad as

“narayanad brahma jayate, narayanad prajapatih prajayate, narayanad indro jayate, narayanad ashtau vasavo jayante, narayanad ekadasha rudra jayante, narayanad dvadashadityah”.

“Brahma is possible because of Narayan. Prajapati comes to existence because of Narayan. Indra takes place because of Narayan. The 8 Vasu are generated because of Narayan. The 11 Rudra are produced because of Narayan. The 12 Aditya are reborn because of Narayan.”

Narayan is commonly taken to mean Vishnu, but there is a difference, Nara means – man, mortal, connected to men, human, spiritual, pawn, water, young one, multitude of men etc. Ayan too has several meanings including – coming, approach, travel, movement, circulation, extreme end (high/low) of energy, etc. So we can very loosely consider ‘Narayan’ to mean the soul’s sojourn as a mortal, or the movement of energy from the high/low vibrational states, etc. soul.jpgNow the 8 types of Vasu. ‘Vasu’ can be understood in different ways as – eight, rays of illumination, excellent, benefic, gold, pearls, water, minerals, jewels, dwellers, property, sweet, medicinal drugs etc.

These 8 are named Apah, Dharaa, Anila, Anala, Dhruva, Soma, Pratyusha and Prabhas. They grant knowledge of the self which is linked to the manifested Universes and also of the non-manifested Paramtattva. They are the 8 petals of the Kaalachakra or the Ashtadalapadma chakra. I have written a very basic post on how to use this chakra for simple astrological analysis earlier. The Kaalchakra is considered to be the most accurate predictive tool in Jyotish. (All Jyotish texts are in Sanskrit and maybe only 20% have been translated. Again these translated versions are not correct. Knowing the language and understanding it are two completely different things. Though I know English I cannot understand the higher calculus equations written in english.) Back to the Vasu, they are also linked to the 8 directions and to so many many esoteric concepts. They represent the ways in which matter and energy is linked to form the human body.

Apah – This is the conscious energy of the Jala/water of the 5 pancha-mahabhoot. The tattva which flows and records everything.

Dharaa – This is linked to the earth, the Prithvi tattva. The mahabhoot which supports.

Anila – The Vayu tattva, the mahabhoot which flows and resonates.

Anala – The Agni tattva, the conscious energy of fire.

Dhruv – This is the pole star, called Dhruv. He represents stability, certainty, rigidity, settled, fixed, eternal, constant sound, immoveable, knot, etc. This is the topmost point of the Merudanda which extends from the planet earth into the manifested cosmos. It represents the Antariksh. The planet earth is also a conscious entity and its energy structure extends upto the Dhruv. Dhruv is linked to several astrological phenomena, most importantly the precession of the equinoxes and the Ayanamsha of Jyotish.

Soma – is the Moon. Also is – immortality, anything that flows, connected to the pitr/ancestors, sky, medicinal drug, camphor, and the One who is merged with Uma. (Uma is Devi, mate, light, night, fame, quiet, medicinal drug, splendour, magnificence etc)

Pratyusha – is the rising degree of the zodiac on the eastern horizon, the ascendant/Lagna. It represents regularity, cyclic events etc. But is also represents how things are regularly step-by-step consumed or burnt to give illumination.

Prabhas – The illumination or the magnificence of the lunar mansions. It explains the true nature of the zodiac. This represents how the brilliance of these Nakshatra is manifested in the human body and life. Prabhasaa is a name of the Devi in the Shri Sukta, She projects fire/brilliance with this attribute.

These 8 energies are the basis of your manifested existence in this Universe.phi5.jpgNow Indra. The stories say of Indra being the King of the Devata, let’s see what Sanskrit has to say. Indra means the Human Soul!, then also magic, chief, best, first, night, ruler of the ether, the ruler of the east direction, the energy that radiates from your head, etc. See the layers of meanings? Devbhasha Sanskritam is the language of your existence, it cannot be translated, only experienced.

If you have read stories from the vedic times there is a recurring theme, when a Rishi starts doing intense mediation/Tap, the ‘throne of Indra’ loses its stability becomes shaky/’dolayamaan’. So Indra sends an Apsara to distract the Rishi and to stop his mediation/Tap. Now Indra is the thought patterns and the net woven by your mind, the Indrajaal, to enmesh your soul in the manifested Universe. When you do intense Tap, focus on your third eye, these thought patterns start breaking thus the ‘throne of Indra’ loses its stability. The mind fights back till the very last, so Apsara are created. ‘Apsara’ means a small ‘pool’ created from the larger ‘ocean’, i.e. beautiful irresistible highly intense thought patterns created by the depths of the mind. So in Dhyan, when the aspirant challenges the bindings placed by the 33 koti devata, he is tested on every level by his own mind. You are facing your own lower energy self as your adversary. If the Rishi can withstand the beguiling Apsara, Indra himself appears before the Rishi and gives him boons, thus if you can resist it, eventually the mind itself starts supporting the Tap.

Indra is the ruler of the 33 koti devata thus also rules your chart. It is obvious, the Human Soul is the ruler of the horoscope. The Universe has manifested for Indra and he is required to protect it. And because Sanskrit is a palimpsest, this means that you have manifested your own Universe, to play this game of the horoscope, thus you are also protecting your creation. The instant your mind stops working frantically to generate this universe, you will realise your own self. (I hope you do realise everyone has their own Universe, each one has a different perception and thus everyone lives in his own personal Universe)soulNow Prajapati is the Ultimate Creator. This word can be understood in 2 ways.

  1. Prajapati is the one who generates/creates/brings forth/bears the following, mankind/seeds/creatures/subjects/family/future/posterity/era/etc. So he is the energy which creates the creatures and also the time/space.
  2. Now the other way of understanding it. ‘Prajapati’ is the energy which enters all the manifested creations/time/space to transform them. The direction of transformation is decided by your will, your thoughts!

Our Rishis were the Ultimate, they have given us such staggering concepts which are so simple but so utterly mind-blowing! Prajapati is also called Yadnya. It means a fire-ritual/homam also, but in this context it is the ‘evolution of the human soul’, the second meaning above. Yadnya means, fire, worship, offering, give-up, prayer, sacrifice etc, but its deepest meaning is the constantly moving, spirally/dimensionally moving, eternally changing but still constant, evolution of the soul, from the lowest energy levels to the highest and beyond that, the Paratattva. The journey is the same for all of us, to reach the highest stage of evolution, yet every soul is different, its universe is different, its experiences are different. It is the exact same but exactly different for everyone. Paradoxes!

Thus Prajapati is the ‘motion’ of your chart, through time/space, creation and beyond!

Thus the 8 Vasu, Indra and Prajapati are that part of Jyotish which are linked to your Soul, its manifestation, your existence, the creation of your body using the energies of the panchamahabhoot and the cosmos, also the way out from this Indrajaal and to the eventual realisation of the Real Ultimate Identity.

Jyotish is the science of Illumination so please at least try to think beyond the ‘when will I get ….’ type of questions. Nothing wrong with the mundane questions, these are also important, but its like using a fusion powered precision tool for hammering nails in the wall.

Will continue with the 11 Rudra and the 12 Aditya in my next post.



Gandant, the gap of the zodiac.

Nakshatras/Lunar mansions are the basis of Vedic Jyotish, but we too have become too lazy and use the approximate system of rashi/signs, but if you want to really perfect your predictions, you have to know your Nakshatra. Start with the very basics then build up.

The 27 Nakshatra are owned by the 9 planets in a sequence starting with Ketu and ending with Mercury. So there are 3 sets of such 9 nakshatra as per their planetary owners. At every junction of this set, ‘Gandant’ operates. This is a very basic post to pique your interest.

  • So in the first 3 degrees and 20 seconds of every Ketu owned Nakshatra i.e. Ashwini Magha and Moola
  • and the last 3 degrees and 20 seconds of every Mercury owned Nakshatra i.e. Ashlesha, Jeyshtha and Revati, exists this gap called Gandant.

This arc 3 min 20 sec can be approximated as 1/4th of the Nakshatra or one Pada of the Nakshatra if seen very broadly. The Gandant operates at the boundary of watery and fiery signs. i.e Pisces – Aries, Cancer – Leo and Scorpio – Sagittarius. If the birth moon or even the ascendant degree falls within this Gandant zone, there are a few typically peculiar situations in life. Let’s analyse the how and why.

Moon represents the mother, the mothering, nutrition, nurture, emotions, rest, sleep, sub-conscious, mind, astral self, emotions, comfort, security, protection, liquids, house, vehicles, the traditions, heritage, culture, cold, watery etc.

Ketu is dissociation, apathy, disinterest, separation, amputation, unwanted, not-needed etc. But he is the moksh-karak, inclines to the spiritual and is fiery in nature.

Mercury is the analytical working intelligence, skills, superficialities, quickness, duality, impressionable nature etc. He is an enemy of the Moon.

Ascendant i.e. the rising sign represents your personality, the physical body and the overall environment and status in the society.nak1The Ketu owed Nakshatra Gandant operates in the start of the fiery signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.

If the birth moon is in the Ketu owned Nakshatra Gandant, this child has been born in the first phases of the Ketu mahadasha, most likely the first sub-period owned by Ketu himself. This is a very uncomfortable position to be in, double dose of ‘Ketu the headless’ and he has been born into it. The closer to the start of the nakshatra, the more severe the effect. Ketu is fiery by nature creates a strange dissociated environment for the comfort-seeking moon. Then these fiery signs make the Moon rather uncomfortable.

  • Having the Ketu dasha operating at birth can lead to disconnection in several ways, maybe isolated in a natal care ward, or abandoned at birth, or put in an orphanage, or facing parental neglect or even death if it is severe.
  • Then follows the entire Ketu Mahadasha of 7 years. The early childhood is marked by neglect and abandonment issues which have the potential to scar the physical body’s growth. Nutrition and care can be denied.
  • This is Moon Gandant so the emotional expectation of the child is neglect and he himself is emotionally apathetic to overtures from his parents and family too. But in this his body and mind’s growth suffers.
  • Such a child will be more ‘spaced out’, can communicate with the astral/sub-conscious realms and can move on the spiritual path quite well if he gets guidance from a responsible Guru.
  • The Ketu Mahadasha is followed by Venus Mahadasha so then this child will suddenly seem to blossom, develop, create relationships etc. (Unless Ketu is conjoint Venus, in such a case the Venus Mahadasha will be a similar continuation of the Ketu experience, 20 more years of it)
  • If Ketu is aspected by benefics and placed well, the effects will be less severe. Also evaluate the strength of the Moon, the house he is placed in. And the power of the ascendant lord for a more complete picture.

If the rising ascendant degree is in the Ketu owned Nakshatra Gandant, it will give pronounced effects on the physical/manifested body more that the astral/emotional self. It can result in Ketu type of medical problems including surgeries, physical handicaps, etc depending on severity.nakshatraNow when the birth moon is in the Mercury owned Nakshatra Gandant, these will be the last parts of the watery signs Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio.

Mercury considers the Moon as an enemy and this planetary conflict impacts the mind-set of the person throughout his life. Moon is drowned in Pisces, dual natured, uncertain, confused and is great in the astral. Then Cancer is his own sign so double strength Moon energy. And in Scorpio he is debilitated drilling into the watery depths of his mind with catastrophic force. Then the gandant,

  • The person is in the final phase of the Mercury mahadasha, most likely the Saturn sub-period/ chidradasha. The last antardasha phase/chidradasha is a very uncomfortable position, as the mind releases all the unmet expectations and consolidates all the achievements made during the closing Mahadasha and prepares itself for the next planet’s new Mahadasha.
  • This is also the change from one set of 9 Nakshatras to the next set of 9 Nakshatra energies. It is deeply transforming at all levels.
  • It is state of flux on the sub-conscious and emotional levels, and the child has been born in this! The more closer to the junction of the signs the more severe the effect. It can be a very dangerous and traumatic period and under malefic influences can result in severe mental and physical damage.
  • Now after the Mercury Mahadasha starts the Ketu Mahadasha which then is 7 years of Ketu’s apathy, abandonment and indifference related issues as above.
  • Evaluate the positions of Mercury, Ketu, the Moon and the ascendant lord for a detailed picture.

If the rising ascendant sign is in the Mercury owned Nakshatra Gandant, the effects will be seen more on the physical body rather than the mind and the emotions. In such cases, there is a chance of misdiagnosis or incomplete information and Mercury type of medical problems in the early childhood.gandantSome astrologers apply the Gandant concept to all planets, depending on the question being asked. However generally it is used for the birth Moon and the ascendant degree. It is more severe for the birth Moon because it denies the love, protection, nurturing, comfort of a mother. (If the parents deny maternal/paternal love it causes a life time of trauma.)

Ascendant degree gandant creates hidden weaknesses in the body because the birth is at the junction of the watery-fiery signs. These weaknesses may not be visible generally but may suddenly erupt during the transits and dasha periods of the ascendant lord.

If you get a baby’s or young child’s horoscope with these issues, there is a set of pujas to be done to fortify the health, this should be done as early in life as possible. Do analyse the birth chart for longevity in these cases to rule out the possibility of physical death during Mercury’s or Ketu’s Mahadashas. You can also counsel the parents to pay more attention to their child if it is possible. Ensuring that the child gets emotional and physical support, though he may not respond to such loving overtures, will support him deeply in his Ketu period.

Now if you get such charts of adult clients for analysis, it is possible that they may be quite high achieving individuals. But they will have deep seated issues caused by the strange Ketu dominated childhood. These persons will have faced typical issues when they were babies/infants. They might not be consciously aware of the issues but their internal self does. If you feel that the impact is not too severe you can do a simple guided mediation to accelerate the healing process. But if the impact is too severe as seen from the chart, it is best let the client recover himself slowly and gradually through his own spiritual practice. However these charts are quite rare, maybe one out of a 100 will have a significantly Gandant moon or ascendant degree.

Moon gandant however can be quite strangely spiritual, interested in the occult and very aware of the other dimensions, interacting with the other energies quite easily. These persons have been born with a built-in bais against the manifested, right from their birth. They expect detachment from the manifested, and if other planetary placements support, can achieve Moksh.