Sun and the Sudarshan chakra chart

I got a feedback that I write very little on the Sun. But to really analyse the Sun in the chart the way he should be would be very typical. He is the highest divine, the most powerful planet in the chart, the individual soul and your link to the Eternal. The Sun is a channel from the Eternal to the physical via the astral/ psychic. He is the biggest spiritualising agent, his only job is to take you to your destiny, to take you to your deepest desire. And very frankly every soul’s deepest desire is to know itself. Analysing the Sun means to talk about the esoteric and the philosophic also which does not appeal to the average client. (Imagine if someone comes me to ask for her marriage prospects and I tell her that her soul purpose in this life is not physical marriage but the inner spiritual? She would laugh at me and go out. Maybe she will remember what I had said a decade later, as the marriage would have flopped by then and her mind would be sad. But then the spiritual opportunity would be gone.)

So in Jyotish we use several types of charts. This one is called the Sudarshan chakra. It is used to see the combined influence of the Sun, the Moon and the Ascendant on the personality as a consolidated whole. This is the Sudarshan chakra is for our sample horoscope, Aleister Crowley the famous occultist, birth details, 12th Oct 1875, 11:43 pm Leamington UK. (He is dead, I don’t like using living persons charts as samples)

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This like seeing how your three bodies, causal – Sun, subtle – Moon and the solid – Ascendant intermingle and produce a unified personality. Doing this for clients is a waste of time, they are not going to appreciate the subtleties of Jyotish, but you should attempt this for your own birth details if you are so inclined.Or if you are interested in your spiritual growth. Or if your client has a life/ death problem and you need more data to work on. Most softwares will draw out this chart for you and there are online free calculators.

The singular importance of this Sudarshan chakra is to examine how the power of the Sun percolates through the Moon and then is evident in the physical body. The outermost space, the paper on which you have drawn your chakra is the Eternal.  The Sun first picks up a ‘ray’ from the Eternal. This ‘ray’ is described in the outermost circle of your Sudarshan chakra, this is the soul section. This is the same alignment of your planets as your birth chart, but the house/ sign occupied by the Sun is placed as the 1st house. Then the middle segment, the mind section contains your birth Moon chart. The birth Moon sign is considered as the 1st house in this section. The Sun-circle first draws in the energy from the Eternal. The Moon-circle is the bridge, the mental-psychic, the reflecting surface, this filters the Sun-energy downwards into the gross. The innermost circle is your body and material environment section. This section contains your birth chart with the rising degree/ ascendant as the first house, the regular birth chart.

Now when you analyse this chart, you will be analysing your integrated personality frmo the soul to the mind to the physical body/environment.

If the physical body section has some problem, look into the mind section if the problem has roots in the mind also or is it a superficial issue of the gross body only. If the problem is seen in the mind-section too then check if it exists at the soul-levels too. Depending on the depth of the problem you will have to prescribe the solution. Eg if the client does not have children or has one specially-abled child and wants to check before trying for another. Then his 5th house at the body-level will naturally show the problem. But then check how deep is the imbalance. If this imbalance is also at the mind-level but the soul-level energy is ok then he will have to do some pujas and energy remedies. These will help him on the emotional levels and astral-subtle body levels. These will set right the issue at the reflecting filter level. But if the problem has roots in the soul level also then it will very difficult to resolve. And he will also be suffering a soul-level anguish because of this. So counsel him as best as you can and if his 9th house is in a better position advise him to adopt a child instead. If both the soul and mind level energies are favourable, and only the physical level shows an imbalance then the physical remedies of going to a specialist doctor etc will work.

For a well-balanced personality, these three circles should work together. Else there is physical stress and psychological pain or anguish to the soul itself. Reading the Sudarshan chakra chart comes only with practice and observing your life-time sample charts.

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Now use your own birth details. Start with one house at a time, don’t overwhelm yourself, it is a life-time study which evolves as you learn and experience more. Take an hour for every house to begin with.

Let’s see how Crowley was on the soul, mind, body levels and if it was an integrated personality! In our example to begin with, the 1st house.

  • The Sun-segment has Virgo sign, Ketu, Sun
  • The Moon-segment has Pisces sign, Moon, Rahu
  • The physical-segment has Cancer sign as ascendant, no planets here.
  • You are observing how the impulse from the Eternal is converted to the gross. The impulse is always auspicious, beneficial and promotes spiritual growth. This impulse is first modulated by the Sun, so you will have to read all about Virgo sign, Ketu in Virgo, Sun in Virgo, Sun in ascendant, Ketu in ascendant and Virgo in ascendant, Sun-Ketu conjunction etc all possible attributes. Everything that this house/ sign/ planets can tell us. This tells us how Crowley was on the soul level.
  • Next this impulse is filtered by the Mind-segment. Here you will read up on Moon in ascendant, Rahu in ascendant, Moon-Rahu conjunction, Rahu in Pisces and Moon in Pisces, Pisces as ascendant etc everything. Try to understand how this segment will work on the energy you have analysed at the soul level. How will it modify it? This is a subjective analysis. (Eg. Virgo is earthy, Pisces a watery sign, both dual natured, both mirrors of each other, now one is reflecting the other’s energy, how will it work?) Here we will know more about his Mind, perceptions, the intelligence, the mental processes, his feelings, etc
  • Now this Mind-energy will be solidified into the innermost body-segment. This is Cancer ascendant, so read all about this sign and how it behaves as the rising location. Everything that you can analyse will be used in the final subjective integration. Think about how this will anchor the Mind-energy we have analysed above. (Cancer is a watery, moveable sign ruled by Moon and so on). Here we will know about the physical body as a reflection of the Sun energy via the Moon filter. We can make a judgement on how these energies work together blending through layers.
  • From this first house analysis we can come to a conclusion that Crowley’s energies from the Soul to Mind to the Body flowed without too much disturbance. He was very clear about his Soul’s objectives but in a detached manner, highly intelligent, incisively intelligent, was aware of karma and its repercussions, able to act, bold and knew how to reach the highest awareness. The duality or mirror energies of the soul/mind were actually a fill-in-the-blanks. There were contradictions between the soul energy and the mind energy, but they later worked in tandem. His physical and mental make up was in accord, not much conflict. So the energy from the soul downwards and the energy of action from the physical body upwards all made a harmonious blend which must have improved with age. He must have achieved a very high level of spiritual growth in that life. This analysis is a starting point, as even more information can be pulled in using these 3 layered first house of the Sudarshan chakra.

This much would be just for one house, there are a total of 12 houses. This analysis gives very important hints into your personality. So give yourself time. Don’t rush it. This is self-discovery, it can be delightful, savour every bit of it. It is easier for the advanced students, as you will need to know the attributes of the signs and the planets and be able to subjectively analyse how they all interact with each other on the same levels and also how they blend with the levels below/ above them.

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Sometimes I wonder at all my days studying Jyotish, maths and analysis. I love seeing the energies mingle in the charts, the charts are alive. Observing human nature through the horoscopes. All the secrets of the person sitting before you, his physical body/ environment, mind and soul. Seeing how his past was and how his future will be. Later I realised that observing others dispassionately has helped me so much. Observing people, their souls, minds, bodies at the mercy of the planetary movements, all chosen by themselves at birth. We choose our own horoscope ourself and then blame it. We shut down some options in this life ourselves and now are so desperate to try those very options. We wanted an experience so deeply that we chose it exclusively and now we are scared to reach for it. The human mind is so full of contradictions, so chaotic, yet so very beautiful. And the soul is the ultimate cypher. Understanding oneself, observing oneself, can be so absorbing, Jyotish is linked to the Ved, it is a path for self-illumination, may we all make the most of it.

The sure-shot solution for prosperity

I am getting several messages for readings. I have finished my karmic quota so will not do them anymore. If I were still doing readings, I wouldn’t have started writing this blog! I simply wouldn’t have the time to write. But if there is something which can help understand your horoscope better, I will write on it, in the spirit of explaining the thing.

But for those who have genuine problems the one perfect remedy for all your problems is Shri-Sukta. It is from the Rg- Ved. We think we are unique, but we are all the same, we all have very limited types of problems, health, wealth, relationships, litigations, profession, children, education. All these can be covered easily by this one all-round remedy. You have to do this yourself with the intention and the genuine desire to come out of the problem. Self-pity and expecting that someone else will pull you out of your problem never works. But luckily for us our ancient Rishis have given us so many tools from Jyotish to the Sukta.

This is the link to the perfect text of the Shri-Sukta, the verses/ shlok from 1 to 15 are the Shri Sukta. Verse 16 is the phala-shruti, ie it tells you what you will get if you recite this Sukta. (The remaining verses are Laxmi Sukta, that is a different sukta.) For those who can read and pronounce Sanskrit words, recite it. Will take 2 mins of your time. But most of us cannot read our own mother tongue, the Devbhasha Samskrutam, so here is the Shri sukta recited perfectly by the singer Uma Mohan. (Do buy this same track, here the pronunciation is perfect, there are no mistakes). She follows the Shri Sukta with the Mahalaxmi Gayatri. Very beautiful. You can listen to this if you cannot read. Will take 4 mins of your time.

When to recite or listen to it? Twice a day is ideal, once after you have your bath in the morning and once at evening twilight. If you feel like it you can listen to it on a loop throughout the day, it is an energy boost. Some of my businessmen clients play it on a loop in their shops as it is in itself Prosperity, Shri श्री.

Here you are invoking the power of the highest form of Prosperity श्री to come to you in every way possible. You are requesting Shri to enter your body, mind and soul. It is a very intense and deep intention and always works for your benefit. Highly auspicious in every way possible. ‘Shri’ means the goddess of wealth, Devi Laxmi, the active energy of the Satva-Gun, wealth, beauty, radiance, splendour, welfare, power, grace, shine, success, fortune, process, symbol, might, dignity, etc. All the meanings are extremely positive on all levels.

Shri- Sukta will work for all your problems, try it for 21days with full intention and see for yourself.

To activate the Navavarna mantra

Next, if you have typical problems, ie if you know what your exact problem is and what you want. Then you can recite one verse from the Ashta-Laxmi stotra to add specific direction to your Shri-sukta rendition. There are 8 verses in the Ashta-Laxmi stotra, one for each of the following aspects of Devi Laxmi. The Shri-Sukta works well on its own and quite powerfully too, this one verse would be an additional thing if you want to do it. Or you can listen to the entire Stotra. Here is a recitation by the singer Gayatri. She has sung it beautifully, you can listen to the entire stotra on the way to your office if you feel like it, rather than movie songs which have no energy.

  • 1st verse is for Aadi Laxmi – for spiritual progress and moksh
  • 2nd verse is for Dhanya Laxmi – for health, removal of poverty, for getting house/properties, medical emergencies
  • 3rd verse is for Dhairya Laxmi – for courage for facing a particular situation, intelligence, calmness eg before an interview, that flash of inspiration when you are stuck in work, issues in profession,
  • 4th verse is for Gaja Laxmi – this gives sheer power, physical/ emotional/ mental
  • 5th verse is for Santaan Laxmi – for children, for help during conception, pregnancy, delivery and for anything to do with children
  • 6th verse is for Vijay Laxmi – all round successes, eg during litigations, court cases, disputes
  • 7th verse is for Vidya Laxmi – for successes in exams or in learning technical subjects, when you start learning a new topic, to make what you learn work for you
  • 8th verse is for Dhan Laxmi – for money and material assets, prosperity in marriage

This will work for everyone irrespective of anything. The Sukta and the Stotra are both in Sanskrit so have inherent power, they are essentially mantra. These will not cause harm in any way to anyone. But they will not give you what is not yours, ie cannot be used to cheat others or to steal what is rightfully other’s stuff. Do it only if you are convinced of your right and positive intention.

If you want to, in addition, you can keep a small silver moorti of Devi Laxmi in your puja. Or an image. Or if you are more into geometry, an image of the Shri Chakra. At least keep such images as your phone’s wallpaper, rather than something random. It is perfect prosperity. This will help channelise the energies faster into your own self into your own life, rebalancing it.

 

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Evolution of the Soul and the horoscope

These days anyone who wants to get into the divinatory professions calls himself an ‘old soul’. Btw, all our souls are the exact same age, we were all created at the instant this Universe was created. Some of these souls, at the moment of creation, vibrated with a higher intensity and some at a lower level. Starting point of every soul’s energy and consciousness was different. Thus some were born as humans and some as stones. Some souls have had to wait for eons before they could be born as stones! And some human souls were so evolved that they were well on the path of spiritual realisation while we were still living it out as plants!

When you see very many horoscopes, you start seeing patterns of ‘soul evolution’. The maturity of the soul is always reflected in the horoscope. Here is how you evolve in the astrological way.

If you get a plain and simple horoscope, with no outstanding feature, this would be a person who has just started on his human development. The horoscope is not bad but not exceptional either. A routine life. People who live a generic neutral and not a very happening life. The life events are not very intense and neither are the emotions. No shock therapy here. It’s like going to a fun-fair and not being sure which ride to try out, so you walk around seeing everything first. Here the person is trying out options, gingerly testing the waters. Learning and then developing himself. There are opportunities available to him, the planets in the bright half may be stronger giving him more options and more freedom to choose his path. The planets in the dark half would be more supportive in nature. Whatever he chooses will have its impact on his future lives. He is creating karma for himself. He has just started playing the Game consciously as a human. If you counsel him, do not talk about spiritual stuff, he will go blank. He is interested in the material stuff now, he wants to explore Creation in this phase.

The next type of horoscope would be where just one planetary force has more power than the rest. Now this person has chosen a path. One aspect of Creation has appealed to him and he is trying it out. This planet is the major force in his life. He is going to experience stuff related to this planet for this life. He might now get extreme experiences, happiness or shocks, from this planet’s keywords. The rest of the horoscope is still plain and easy, not much happening elsewhere.

Then you will get horoscopes where there will be a mix of planets, some powerful, some without power. Some giving benefits, some giving inauspicious results. This would be the experimental phase in the soul evolution. The person has experimented with single planets and their fruits in the previous step. Now he is being bolder. The person is obviously resolving karma as he does this. But is trying out different energies, different high/ lows in a ‘mix and match’ manner. Seeing what works best for him. There will be some minor but distinct patterns emerging in the chart now if you observe it carefully.

Till now the planets being ‘activated’ would be the Tara-graha, the 5, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, these are linked to the lower 5 chakras. They are in-charge of the tangible manifestation process itself. Till now the client would be interested only in knowing when he will get a job, not the karmic reasoning or the energy dynamics behind it. The life would be quite materialistic, food, shelter, basic enjoyments, rest etc. The higher faculties would not be accessible during this phase.

Evolution of the Soul and the horoscope

Then there will be some charts where there are distinct patterns, some exalted planets in the horoscope, not in their full power but definitely there. There is power but the Will to use it has not evolved yet. But now the Moon will also get involved in these patterns in some way. If you see the Moon in some crucial house or being influenced by heavy planetary influences then this chart is different. Now the person has reached a stage where he wants to involve the higher spiritualising energies in his inner evolution. The Moon is linked to the Ajnya chakra. He will start reflecting the power from the individual soul into the chart. This is an important event in evolution as now the person starts to realise that he is not just the tangible person but something very different. The lower consciousness now realises that it is more, dimly, but yes that first hint is here. The Mind is being ‘activated’.

In the next stages of evolution, the Mind is to be trained and the Moon will do it. The Moon will first work to pull the Mind more towards the higher self by reflecting to him the qualities of the individual soul. And he will cause a slow separation of the Mind from materialistic tendencies. The Mind will be trained by every way possible to remove the materialistic desires. It will be forced or enticed to dive deep into itself and search for its own deepest desire. You will see planetary combinations, Yog, involving the Moon in such horoscopes which cause powerful effects in the chart. There are several yog linked to the Moon, you will see at least 2-3 powerful yog-s in such charts. (Sunapha, Anapha, Adhi, Gaja-kesari, Dhurudhara, etc). Even if you do not know the names of these yog, the power of the Moon and the interconnected patterns he makes in the chart will be quite evident. Most important is an association of the Moon with Jupiter eg conjunction/ aspect/ Gajakesari, it does not let the Mind fall from the position it has attained, it strengthens it so as to better sustain the onslaught of the material desires. You might find Mind’s fickleness controlled by Saturn by his influence on the Moon. And conversely the Shakata yog too. ‘Negative’ Moon yogs are as important as the ‘positive’ yogs. They teach the Mind about the transient. These give him pain first and then the deepest disillusionment which detaches the Mind from the material world.

If you get such clients then they require different counselling. They will want to know when they will have their baby, but also why they were denied a child till now. And if you give an energy related remedy they will do it with some level of understanding.

Evolution of the Soul and the horoscope

Next Rahu and Ketu will come in focus, they are the actual Kings of Karma, the reason for separation from the Eternal and the reason why we all will again regain the Non-Dual. Important yog-s involving Rahu/ Ketu, Guru-chandal yog or Kaal-sarpa can be seen now. Or if there is a single powerful Rahu or Ketu in pivotal houses. These ‘negative’ yog test the soul, the soul has requested these tests and it is tested in full. And if it passes, it gets the prize of increased awareness. These yog-s will not be present in the very ordinary charts. Karma, its reason, its existence, its negation etc will be taught to the soul in the deepest way. Every force in your chart will try to destroy the materialistic tendencies and pull the soul towards the spiritual. And the Mind’s materialistic tendencies will fight them, there will be deep unrest within. This turmoil will ultimately resolve all the doubts of the Mind, and make it constant and steady. Unless Rahu/ Ketu give their blessings the soul cannot progress. (I know someone who was doing intense Sadhana of Rahu/ Ketu. When he finished, they appeared before him, joined together as One Singular being and blessed him. An extraordinary event.)

Another important indicator of the soul’s evolution is the power of the ascendant lord. (Cancer ascendant and Leo ascendant people have a short cut here) In highly evolved charts, the ascendant lord will always show typical patterns, eg exalted, combust, vargottam, conjunct Sun/ Moon/ Rahu/ Ketu, in some astrological yog or conjunct a powerful Jupiter-Venus combination etc.

Finally at the very climax of the evolutionary process, the Sun takes the field. He is the light of the individual soul, the most powerful force of the chart. The very light of the divine. He will push the evolutionary process by illuminating the path from the individual soul to the Eternal. A powerful Sun is a pre-requisite for the soul’s evolution. The deciding factor. You will find yogs connected to the Sun in such horoscopes (vesi, vasi, ubhayachari, budh-aditya etc). The patterns which feed this Sun energy will be very clear in the horoscope.

These two luminaries and the two astral forces now take a firm hold on the lower 5 Tara-graha and their energies. And in the appropriate dasha/ transit combination propel the soul into the waiting arms of the Highest Consciousness, the Nirvishesh Brahma itself.

Now the individual soul has stopped existing, ie it has gone beyond the very concept of existence/ non-existence. What Is, Is the Nirvishesh Brahma. After this Self-realization, if the Singular Soul is required to, it in its infinite mercy and kindness, can become a Sat-guru to guide others towards Itself.

This is how the Soul evolves from a very ordinary plain human life to an extraordinary Realisation of its Self and how it can be sensed through Jyotish.

 

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(Someone close to me has a truly unique chart. Shakata Yog, a partial Kaal-sarpa with Moon outside the axis, Guru-chandal yog, vargottam ascendant sign, vargottam ascendant lord, vargottam Venus, vargottam Jupiter, dark half of the chart dominant, Venus-Jupiter mutually aspecting on the exact degree, Rahu/Ketu in 5/11 axis, Moon aspected by Saturn and more typical combinations all at once. This person is definitely going to remain my life-long study subject!) 

The energy of the Kaal Sarpa

I have written two posts on the Kaal-sarpa combination, one on the classic Kaal sarpa and one on the ‘almost’ Kaal sarpa. Do read them. They will help understand the concept and the mindset of people who have this combination. Also if you have this combination then you might get some tips on how to manage this energy in your life.

Sometimes the planets get arranged in such a way that all 7 planets are on one side of the Rahu-Ketu axis. This is possible when Saturn and Jupiter (the slowest planets) are on the same side of the axis. In the present year, this is possible from 25th Feb – 21st Jun, as all the planets will be on one side of the Rahu/ Ketu axis. But the Moon moves fast so will pop in and out of this axis every fortnight, breaking the Kaal-sarpa. Moon will move in and out of the Rahu/ Ketu grip every 15days.

So one tip, for babies being born during this period and if you have an option, try avoid birth between these following dates. Babies born between these following dates will have the Kaal-sarpa in their birth horoscopes, all planets on one side of the axis. And babies born in the other 15day gap period will have the ‘almost’ Kaal-sarpa combination as only Moon will be outside the axis.

  • 25th Feb – 5th Mar 2020
  • 17th – 31st Mar 2020
  • 13th – 27th Apr 2020
  • 10th – 24th May 2020
  • 07th – 21st Jun 2020

The energy of the Kaal Sarpa

Rahu Ketu are astral forces, chhaya-graha, I have written several posts on these forces, they fascinate me. They are Life, the reason for Life, the act of Living. They are duality interlinked with singularity. They create and destroy. These two are the reason you and I are alive as separate souls and only they will be the reason you and I will attain the Non-Dual Advaita. They are one Intelligence divided into two. They are 180deg apart from each other and operate in the dark and light halves of the chart both (post here). One is always in the subconscious half and the other in the conscious half always and so together unify the personality as a whole. (Do read some of my previous posts on these Kings of Karma.) 

Kaal sarpa is when the seven planets are hemmed in between Rahu and Ketu ie all are one one side of this axis. It is an imbalance but with a difference. If you have this in his birth chart then you are focussed only one aspect of life, something like a single-target missile. You are a special purpose vehicle meant to do one particular job with all your crushing force and focus. You have several talents but their use is denied to you. Only one of these abilities is given to you in all its intensity. Only one aspect of your personality is in your focus. All those other talents, capabilities, options to act and options to react are all in temporary suspension. You have them but are not aware of their availability. You have chosen to experience only one thing with all intensity possible.

The Conscious Intelligence of the Karmic agents (Sarpa) and Time (Kaal) itself have taken you in their hands. The hidden Karmic forces which are in the fabric of Time are now going to exert their full influence on you. You cannot escape its energy, you are required to experience it.

What this one thing or this one ability is will be determined by the position of Rahu. Your Rahu will use all the energy of the remaining 7 planets to achieve this one singular goal. It is a mysterious combination. It does not make a person unlucky, evil, criminal, ill, unfortunate or anything like that. It simply means that the entire energy of the horoscope is directed to those things which Rahu indicates in that horoscope. And the things represented by Ketu will be his innate learnings, the wisdom, the deepest knowledge, the incisive intelligence from his past lives which he will make full use of now.

Open your chart, note the houses/ signs occupied by Rahu and Ketu. Analyse these in depth. Rahu will give you your only life-time objective and Ketu will give your singular deepest learning. Then note which houses/ signs are occupied by the other planets, find out what kind of energies they generate. The energies of these planets will be consumed by the Rahu-Ketu axis to drive you towards that objective.

Check if you have 2-3 planets well placed and capable of giving auspicious results ie exalted, in own sign, or gaining power in the Navamsha or very powerful in the Shad-bala calculations or in the Ashtakvarga tables etc. Or if the owners of the 1st 4th 5th 7th 9th 10th houses are powerful. Then the more negative effects of the Kaal Sarpa are reduced. You will still be required to focus on that single objective but the rest of the life’s aspects will also remain in good shape.

This objective will be completed in one burst during the trigger dasha/transit periods. Till then these people might seem a bit strange to others, they are driven by a nameless objective, a one-sided personality, intense, maybe a bit sad, sometimes unbalanced, walking on the edge of a precipice types. One typical effect that you yourself sense is disappointment in life. You see that you are being denied some things and this is a regular feature of your life. And you can be denied the simplest things which we all take for granted, which can make it worse. But if you understand that your life energy is different and actively work with it, you will be more adjusted with your reality. You are very different internally. And this adjustment does happen very easily for you. You know at your internal levels what you are. Once someone points this out to you, maybe a good astrologer or a Tarot reader, you will be more confident about yourself. The focus objective that you have chosen is always well worth it! (A person who does not have this combination cannot understand you, your intensity, focus and behaviour. You have taken on a burden, consciously chosen it at the moment of your birth, for the greater good!)

The energy of the Kaal Sarpa

There are several eminent personalities who have this combination. The best example of a Kaal sarpa yog is Sardar Vallabh-bhai Patel, the genius statesman who should be really called the ‘Father of the India we live in today’. He maintained the integrity of the newborn nation, saving India forever. A very interesting case study, his exact birth time is unknown but the kaal-sarpa exists (his Moon chart is also quite powerful). Other personalities being Margaret Thatcher and Abraham Lincoln. Though their exact birth times are not available, Kaal-sarpa exists in their charts. These all had one-sided personalities. Very powerful in one single way, brought long lasting changes for a large section of people. Other aspects of the life were however not so good for them. But they wouldn’t have minded it, this is the real nature of the Kaal sarpa, sacrifice for the greater good.

The point is, at whatever level of society you are, at whatever level of consciousness you operate, you are sacrificing a significant portion of your own self for an extraordinary and complete experience of one single aspect of your life. You have chosen this for your own personal development, ie soul evolution. In this process you will help others too.

Think of it this way, the Kaal sarpa allows you to complete a very big chunk of karma in a way which benefits you as well as helps others. There are a few typical results but when the prize is so big, a few hardships are ok.

(There was a question, “If a person has all the planets in the bright half but there is also Kaal sarpa yoga will the person still have more control over his life”, and the answer became too long so put it as a full post).

So the answer is, the Kaal sarpa concept linked to the singular direction of desire to experience. The concept of Bhog-yoni and Karma-yoni (dark and bright halves of the horoscope) is understanding the freedom of choice and the availability of options during life v/s the choice made at birth. So,

  • If the Kaal-sarpa planets are all in the bright half, (one of the Rahu/ Ketu axis will be in the subconscious half), ie you have 8 planetary forces in the bright half. Then you will go after your chosen desire with full conscious intention. You will get more options to achieve it and you will be put in more situations where you will have to make conscious decisions related to it. It can be a very charismatic personality if the horoscope supports. The direction of desire etc as fixed by the Kaal-sarpa energy will exist, but you will have several opportunities for course correction in life within this limit.

 

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Friends, the 11th house and Gain

Continuing on the friendly-theme. The 11th house is in charge of your friend-circle, social life, your comforts. The house of gains, Laabh-sthan. लाभ means advantages, benefits, profits, gains, acquisitions, knowledge, enjoyment, attainments, perceptions, meeting, getting, finding, conquering, etc.

This house is gives you tangible benefits, these may be on any level, physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, spiritual etc. But these are gains. You might not appreciate it at that moment but the 11th house always benefits at some level. It’s profits get better with age (upchaya house) just as your investments give better returns with time. Saturn is the natural ruler of the 11th sign of the Zodiac. The ‘karmic punisher’ giving us enjoyments? Sounds strange but is perfectly logical. You gain only when you have performed your job, you get your salary only when you work, you get friends only when you put in your time and energy in the friendship. You have to work on acquiring stuff. And finally to get something you will be required to give up something else.

Friends, the 11th house and Gain

Natural malefics, ie Sun, Mars, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu, here may give you untrustworthy friends, so be careful about selecting your friends. Trust them only till you have to. You will get temporary friends who will be with you only till they are getting some benefit out of you. But these planets here give you a bold fearless and courageous nature too. So even if you have some unscrupulous friends in your social circle you are more than able to deal with them.

Sun here will give you friends linked in to the government, bureaucracy, politics or high up in the corporate world. These may be self-centred, egoistic, ‘shining’, as per the typical nature of the Sun. So it is best to be on similar equal terms with them so that both of you can benefit from the friendship. Do not let them dominate you. Your father may give you some assets. You will have to work to gain what you desire and you will have all the necessary intelligence, confidence and ability to do so. Opportunities will be given to you to shine, but you have to choose to act. You will get all material benefits, house, cars, property etc which one needs for a comfortable life and more! As time passes these will increase. Generally others are jealous of you and can become hostile even. So guard against this factor. You are practical by nature and ultimately conquer over your ill-wishers.

Mars in the 11th will give you a large friend-circle. Your friends may be connected to sports, or goons, or from the lower sections of the society, the rough types. But he can also cause misunderstandings and arguments between friends. Do not get into risky adventures under the influence of such friends. You will have the courage and the knack of spotting a winner. Any venture you get involved in will profit ultimately. You will have all material luxuries with time. You do want to earn money/ power and you do so with your own efforts, a self-made personality. Disciplined, organised with an active body and logical mind. Do not get caught in unsuitable love affairs, take due care on this front. Essentially noble hearted, you help others in unfortunate circumstances. This position adds power to the entire horoscope, as Mars aspects the 2nd and 6th houses too reducing their malefic influences. His influence on the 5th house is good.

Saturn in this position is generally a very powerful personality. He will give friends who might try to take advantage of you in business or profession. They might want to use your talents but won’t come to your help if you need. Clashes of opinions and later you realise that these are in fact deep seated differences! Your friends will be older than you are or more mature in outlook. Or people from the labour class or the lower sections of the society. People who will demand your time/energy. Be careful as to how much you get involved. You will have material wealth with time and you will attain high material positions too. Serious by nature with a single point focus and very practical, you are hard-working. Your self-control is very high. You can reach the highest point that you set your sights on as once you out yourself on a job you are like a juggernaut, slow and steady, a crushing force impossible to stop or divert. Saturn also aspects the 1st and 8th houses which gives a very stable personality, less prone to catastrophic changes. His influence on the 5th gives a stable intelligence and confidence.

Rahu alone here gives friends who enter your life with a lot of hype. You also desire to mix with them and look forward to exciting times with them. They are charismatic and you are fascinated. They use you and you in your fascination allow it. Till later you realise that they were fakers and they fall deeply in your estimation. The illusions woven by Rahu shatter, these fascinating people vanish from your life, you are sad but a little wiser. Be careful of giving yourself, your assets, your emotions, your time to unworthy people who pose as your friends. You will face disappointment. But this is a upchaya house and all planets here give gains. So as time passes, Rahu will give you all possible material comforts and wealth. Most importantly he will make you Wise. These early experiences with the Rahu-tricksters will later give you complete control over your desires and actions. You will associate with people from all strata, foreigners, religious chaps, shady characters. You will be active, result oriented, fearless, a strategist and ultimately a philosopher. You don’t speak much, but yes, you will write!

Ketu here is very cryptic especially if he is here alone or powerful. Then he does not allow you to gain any material things. You will find your savings/material wealth disappearing, your friends/family vanish, wife/child do not exist for you, the material pleasures become irrelevant and all this does not affect you on any level. This might also mean that you will be cheated by unscrupulous people in life. You will have a rare incisive intelligence, secret knowledge, occult powers etc and you will also use them all, you are fearless. You really gain on the occult and the spiritual levels and this gain too holds no attraction to you! Detachments from all gains. Apathetic to achievements. You are attractive, well dressed, powerful, well-known in society. But you suffer from some secret disease or some secret fear. A powerful single Ketu in the 11th is a highly spiritual placement, you are internally an ascetic. The material desires will pop up briefly (as per transits/Dashas) and then again vanish as if they were never there. You might feel a vague unease or a tenuous memory of that material desire but it too vanishes. If you have such a Ketu in this house, do not commit yourself to any material desire without thinking/ sensing/ feeling it through, wait it out for some time, lest you get bound in an association from which there is no escape and it turns into a weight on your soul and causes real damage.

Every planet performs well here but there are shades. Eg If the planet is aspected by further malefics or debilitated or combust, then you should analyse it in depth before coming to a conclusion. These planets will aspect the 5th house directly from here. (Mars has extra aspects, so will also aspect the 2nd, 5th, 6th houses too. Saturn will aspect 1st, 5th 8th houses and Jupiter will aspect 3rd, 5th, 7th houses from here.) The 5-11 axis is a rather important one in your life. Malefics in the 11th will give good results in the matters of the 11th house matters, but their aspect on the 5th house so can sometimes adversely affect the 5th house matters, love affairs, children, creativity, divine inspiration, direct link to the internal divinity, inner confidence etc. So analyse the 5th house separately.

The Rahu/ Ketu axis operating here gives its typical results, have written two posts on this earlier. If you have Rahu/Ketu axis here do analyse your chart and mediate on yourself before taking life-time decisions. (The dark and bright half concept is ingrained in the Rahu/Ketu axis as they are 180deg away always, so one part of this axis operates, from your sub-conscious as chosen by your higher self, at birth. And the other half operates, in the realm of freedom of choice among the limited options, after birth)

Then if the planet occupying the 11th is debilitated then perhaps you are not a good friend to others. So do pay attention to your behaviour with them, do not cheat or hurt them needlessly lest you create more karmic tangles for yourself.

Jupiter aspects on the 11th house are very beneficial. He can reduce the malefic impact of the malefics or damaged planets placed here. He will polish off their rough edges and make you more philosophical and benevolent in your interactions with your friends/ social circle. ie if Jupiter is placed in the 11th, 5th, 3rd, 7th houses he will have his say in the matters of the 11th house. (Especially if Jupiter influences the single Rahu or Ketu in the 11th house, this combination is an indication of a highly evolved soul, these may grant you Moksh and then make you a Sat-guru for others!)

Friends, the 11th house and Gain

All  the benefics give good results in the 11th house and also exert a positive on the opposite 5th house. (will be modulated as per the aspects etc on them) Let’s run through them quickly.

Moon in the 11th gives material successes, money, wealth etc. It is an easy effortless run. The emotional/ mental states are relaxed. If he is powerful then your family, friends, social circle is good, spouse/ child give you comforts, you will have mostly girl-children. The mother is especially has a very deep effect on your life and you get some benefits from her.

Mercury gives an aptitude for trade or any profession where analytical abilities are required. You can work in any field, from bureaucracy to the scientific or even an astrologer. You have a wide social circle and like company, especially of intelligent people like yourself. Siblings and extended family members help in life. You get awards and recognition in your profession as you grow older.

Venus in the 11th house makes you successful on every plane. Material luxury or spiritual conquest as you choose. Your very presence is a ‘luxury’, you are a sought-after friend. You have an eclectic social circle, ready to promote you. Highly creative. You will gain through women, worship of the Devi and through the Sat-Guru. If your horoscope is materially oriented then you are a very glamorous personality surrounded by luxury and powerful friends. If your horoscope is spiritually oriented you will get that one Single Jivan-mukt Sat-guru as your spiritual guide. All this will happen more as you grow older as the results improve with age.

Jupiter in the 11th is a dream come true. You are wise, kind, like to learn/ teach, like talking on spiritual/ religious/ philosophical topics. Family, friends, spouse are good. You will have more sons, they too will be philosophically inclined. You work sincerely in any field you choose, you want to justify your salary! Your personal drive is to be perfect in your path. You can compromise with other comforts for this drive for perfection. Respected by society, dignified, independent mindset, priestly or kingly in demeanour. It is a comfortable life which improves with age.

This was a brief post on how planets work in the 11th house. To get the full picture examine the following.

  • These planets placed in the 11th and their power to give favourable/ pleasing results. Also see which houses they own. (eg if the owner of the 4th house is in the 11th house, you will gain from the things represented by the 4th house, the mother, homeland, professions linked to the home country/culture will appeal, your friends will be from similar culture etc.)
  • Aspects on the 11th house.
  • Position and power of the 11th lord and his ability to give you gains. In which house/ sign does he sit in?
  • if the 11th house is vacant then refer to this post on evaluating empty houses

Eg – Cancer ascendant, here Venus is the lord of the 11th house-Taurus sign. If Venus is placed in the 9th house-Pisces sign, he will be exalted. He is placed eleventh from his own sign, 9th is the bhavat bhavam for the 11th house! This is the most auspicious placement and possible only for Cancer ascendant. If you have this combination, it is very unique horoscope very highly oriented towards the spiritual, the rarest opportunity, if the rest of the horoscope supports.)

So evaluate your 11th house to know the source of your gains and the type of gains which give comfort to you on the material and the spiritual planes. This will help you understand your motivations better and you will be more satisfied in life.

 

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Spiritual practice, Marathons and Wins

A parable. Suppose.

You know you are a marathon runner, your life entire purpose is to run this 120km marathon. You train relentlessly for ages. You read books on perfect practice and learn from the experiences of the other runners who won. You eat proper diet, you work-out, build your mind, body and soul, practice the strictest austerities. Stick to your schedule, deny yourself the temptations and desires which make you weak or use up your energy. You set your soul on fire, again and again choosing this same path for several lives, making your intention stronger deeper.

You search for the perfect coach. You meet pretenders who try to steal your energy or use your strength for their selfish purposes or try to misguide you. After several such episodes, you finally find the one single perfect trainer. He is the only One. He has run the 120km marathon himself and won spectacularly. The power of his Win is shining in his aura. He tests your resolve and preparation before taking you on as his student. Then he gives you his perfect secret coaching and oversees every aspect of your practice. You practice under his guidance, you know in your inner most heart that this coach and this method is the only way you crack the race.

The big day is here, today is the marathon. The big Win can possibly be in your hands before it is evening. You are aware of the surrounding stands, the track and the final winning line 120km away. You know why you are running, you have trained for this for so many lives, you know the philosophy, you have done the practice. The intention to Win fires your soul. You will keep this Sankalp-intention burning fiercely in your soul as you run. This Sankalp is the only thing that drives you, you burn inside desirous of the Win.

Spiritual practice, Marathons and Wins

(The track is the spiritual route running within this material creation, it is your way out. At the finish line is the Nirvishesh Brahma. You are the individual soul, the Jiv-atma, the coach is the Sat-guru, the Realised Teacher.)

You start off. Now you are focussed only on your route and your pace. The Win is still 120km away, it feels like it is on the other edge of the Universe. Your muscles start burning, your very pran/ vital energies are burning, you are consuming your potential, converting it to action. You run. Every step is powered by the constant intention, the purity of the Sankalp. You are convinced that this run is the right thing to do.

Your coach is at your side, always available, guiding you as you make your attempt, encouraging you, exhorting you to continue. Pointing out the typical features of the terrain, pointing out the possible pitfalls, helping you avoid them, reminding you of your strengths. So you run and run, doing your rigorous Sadhana. You have now run 119kms, you have burnt your resources in the process. As you run, you emptying yourself.

Now you are in the final 1km. The final moment of this illusion called life, the edge of the manifested Universe. You have trained for this for so very many lives, so much time, so much pain, so much effort, such discipline, it is all going to be worth it now, very soon. You can almost taste the victory. (Does this make you over-confident and careless or even more focussed and alert?, the choice is yours).

This is the most difficult and treacherous section of the course. There are hidden subtle obstacles. A stumble here can prove deadly, your soul is very vulnerable here, your body/ mind have reached the last reserves of your strength. Your coach at your side is very alert. The win is in sight, beckoning you, but you are not there yet. If you fail here, all this effort would be useless. The coach pushes you, encourages you to increase your efforts, to pull out every single drop of energy from your body/ mind/ soul. To focus on the prize but still to be extra alert.

Spiritual practice, Marathons and Wins

But remember your coach is Shukra-acharya, Venus, the most perfect teacher with the most cryptic tests. This marathon Win is not for the undeserving, it is only for the select few who have consistently proven themselves on every level, every single time. Your coach has run it himself, and he knows its value. In this last section he also will test you, test your soul deeply yet subtly to finally check if you are worthy of the win. He still has to give you his final most secret tip. Do you really have what it takes to receive this highest tip?

A pretty girl waves at you from the stands at the stands in the side-lines. Your attention from your spiritual route is diverted. You look at her, smile back, stumble and fall. Your attention caught by the material world again. You see your parents, your nephews/nieces, your buddies. You see a vision of you getting married, having children, being a big businessman, doing everything necessary for the family. You stop running and walk out of the race track, transfixed by the waving girl. You have made your choice.

Your coach has a cryptic look on his face, inscrutable. He vanishes. The finish line fades away and the race track gets obscured.

It is ‘game over’ for the spiritual route now. You lost your focus, you lost the test of Intention. Sankalp-shudhi, the clarity and purity of purpose was lacking internally. You got diverted by the materialistic desire outside the spiritual track, you failed the most subtle test, you lost and lost spectacularly. You have created karma and that too at the very end of the race!

(If you get caught in the material net, when you are very high up in your spiritual practice, you get more subtly and deeply entangled. The seed of this new karma, this loss of intention, when you have advanced so deeply into yourself, gets linked very deeply in your causal and astral bodies (post here). The deeper you travel within, you are required to be all the more alert, intense, focussed, steady, hold on tightly to your deepest Desire to know yourself)

This is a solo race, no one else can help you, but can only divert you. Did you think that girl would help you run your race? No she cannot, no one can. Your coach can guide but you have to run yourself. The girl in the sidelines stole your attention ie your energy and you lost, at the very last lap, so high up in the spiritual path! Running well for the initial 119kms is of no use, a waste, if you fail at the very last step and cannot win at the 120km finishing line.

But you are oblivious to all these repercussions. You go with the girl, create even more karma. Then you work through all those further inevitable results of that karma too. And so many lives pass in oblivion. (But internally the soul of the marathon runner is in deep torment. Self-castigation. It is praying for a chance to run again.)

Till one day you read a book on the Marathon and the Win. You realise that you are a marathon runner. Your soul is hopeful again. You want to run again, the desire to Win is lit within. You now have to re-start from point zero. You have burnt out all your accumulated resources remember? You have to gather everything again. Start from scratch, prepare yourself, convince your coach to take you on again, rebuild your body, mind and soul. Again several lives are used up in this process.

So much time, so very many lives have passed since your past ill-fated attempt. Now you are finally ready for your second attempt. This time you have specially trained your mind to maintain the purity of purpose, Sankalp-shuddhi. The day arrives, you start your run. You know what had happened in the past attempt, so this time you are solidly focussed. You run well, your coach guides you well, you intently listen to all his spiritual guidance. You are alert, you are in full control of your mind. Everything that will help you run well registers in your mind and you absorb it, use it. You reach the crucial last lap. Your last reserves are now being burnt.

Venus, your coach will now pose his final cryptic test. So this time he himself points out the girl in the side-line stands waving at you. But now you are so focussed on the spiritual track and the finish line that you do not hear his these words which are linked to the material realms. You have attained Sankalp-shuddhi, the purity and clarity of intention. Nothing in the material world in whatsoever form holds any attraction whatsoever for you. Not even the words uttered by your coach which are linked to the material. You do not allow anything from the material to touch you in any way whatsoever. You pass the final test. The illusions of the material have stopped existing for you. You are committed to the spiritual route and your intention is unshakeable. Shukra-acharya now smiles, you have satisfied him, passed his final test. He now gives you his highest secret tip and his highest blessings. This you listen and act on. You touch the final line and cross over into the Nirvishesh Brahma.

Spiritual practice, Marathons and Wins

You can never be ‘satisfied’ with your spiritual practice. If you say you are satisfied, it is stagnation, it is a dead end. Once you start running, you cannot be satisfied with the way you are running. You have to remain alert, not complacent. The objective is to reach the final finish line. Till then anything can happen which can make you stumble and lose. Only when you have the Win in your hands, you have the solid permanent happiness and satisfaction, Param-anand and Param-trupti. If you are satisfied with your running style for the 119.9km, get complacent at the sight of the finish line, lose your single-point focus in the last 100m, trip, fall and break your ankle, would you be satisfied with your performance? Have you gained your objective?

It is all or nothing here in this solo marathon. Once you start running and until you Win your Realisation, you cannot be Satisfied. If you utter the word ‘satisfaction’ in between do re-check on what your Sankalp is really, how deep is your intention?

No Sat-Guru will ever tell you that that he is content with your practice. My Sat-guru would always tell us to practice even more Dhyan, to increase the Dhyan, to focus more and deeply on ‘Soham‘. Even he himself, till he finally achieved Moksh, ie Sadyo-mukti and became a Jivan-mukt, would sit in Dhyan day/night. Spiritual practice by itself is not a source of satisfaction, it can never be. There is only one Eternal source of Satisfaction. And the soul who has started running towards this Source cannot ever stop till it finally reaches it, Moksh.

 

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Do your friends behave as per their signs

A light-hearted post today.

Over-dose of anything is not good, including philosophy! So let’s analyse how your best friends behave with you. The signs are deeply connected to behaviour and the way you interact with others. Check out the birth Moon sign of your best friend and tally his behaviour. Or tell him yours and ask him if your behaviour tallies. (If the ascendant sign is powerful then maybe this sign’s attributes also will tally).

Aries: They like having diverse and interesting friends. Can be an interesting and flattering friend themselves. They can lose their temper easily, but don’t start arguments, rather bubble inside. Impatient, which can have its effect on the friendship. They have leader-ship qualities and courage, so adventure activities appeal to them. Generally supportive and loyal unless their personal self-interest comes in between. They are generally ‘gadget-unfriendly’, do not like using them. So do not expect much electronic communications from them. Won’t check the missed calls or call back. They prefer showing up on your doorstep directly and going out in person. If they hurt you, they can get you gifts and try to make up, but often will repeat the same mistakes. If you hurt them and not apologise, be ready to face their uncontrolled temper.

Taurus: These guys strangely are shy, hesitate before expressing their feelings. They might depute a mutual friend to do the messenger’s job. They get along with all but choose their close friends carefully. Possessive, helpful, a friend-in-need types, can give good practical advice. They like having options and generally have a plan B ready for every situation. They consider friends to be family, it can be a life-time friendship here. They rarely apologise for their mistakes, if you point it out, they might feel sorry and take action to make up. But often make the same mistakes again. If you make them angry or hurt them, they generally remain placid. But if this builds-up, several tiny things over time, then they will rage like the bull they are. In such a situation, give them time to regain their temper.

Gemini: They have a large friend-circle, not very fussy about things. They know everything about everyone and can use that information for their own benefit. Has an even-temper and generally does not lose it. They are a bit erratic, do not believe in maintaining a regular dialogue. May vanish suddenly and then pop up equally suddenly. They are good friends to have if you don’t mind the occasional erratic behaviour. Humorous, sympathetic, listen and talk both, like intellectual stuff. Need new-ness, new activities, new topics in the friendship else it can break as they gets bored. Will never admit to hurting you, they will defend their behaviour to the last drop, but then they won’t repeat the mistake. If you hurt them and not apologise, there will be a logical argument which will end in yelling.

Do your friends behave as per their signs

Cancer: These people are rather distant, shy, emotional chaps. Extremely moody. They cannot make the first move and will wait to be approached. They are secretive and selective while making friends. Very specific likes and dislikes, perhaps a bit finicky, not experimental nor adventurous. They like writing letters, emails and messages rather than direct talk. Are quite supportive but often need support themselves. Believe in and are resigned to fate. Helpful and can make life-time friends. Have few genuine friends but a large circle of acquaintances. If they hurt others, they feel very guilty and genuinely apologise/make up. But if you hurt them or get into an argument with them, they will bring out all the past/ imaginary issues in an emotional fashion, they can also pretend to be angry to gain emotional advantage. Their love can as easily change to hate and then they can be quite ruthless and feel no remorse.

Leo: They have a huge circle, but friends?, no close friends allowed but these people keep in one-one contact with everyone. Even if it is a couple lines of a message. They speak well, have clarity of thought, generous, helpful in a regal manner, dominating, capable, a good friend to have. Are expansive and extravagant. You should not attempt to out-shine a Leo else its bye-bye. Flattering them is the best way to get into their good books. Cannot admit to having hurt you, they can even lie to get away from the situation. Never expect them to apologise or make up. If you anger them and do not apologise, they will give you a royal look and carry on as if nothing has happened, but after time you will be hit with a bolt from the blue in such a cryptic fashion that you won’t even realise that the Leo did it. Are rarely violent, verbally/ physically, but if they explode it is spectacular. They generally forgive others unless it reaches a tipping point after which they will never ever look back.

Virgo: These are the invisible friends. They do love in their typical anxious way, but will not keep in touch. Neither will they call or respond properly if you call. If they are in front of you only they will chat with you for a limited time, then they will vanish. Even if you wish to hear from them, they hate carrying on conversations or spend time in randomly chatting on the phone. Secretive, selective, analytical, intelligent, patient, worrying, shy, lack self-confidence, trustworthy, good advisors. But cannot make friends easily as understanding them is rather difficult. They gradually over a long period open up very slightly to very selected friends. Hate being embarrassed in any way. If they hurt you, they will accept the fact after a long time, first they will analyse everything in every possible way. After your hurt has dimmed, maybe a few months later, then they will formally apologise. Or equally possibly cut you out of their lives. If you hurt them and don’t apologise, they will pile on the frustrations and explode so spectacularly that the relationship is damaged permanently.

Do your friends behave as per their signs

Libra: They weigh every word before they utter it. Perhaps they think they are dictating a legal contract even while chatting with buddies. Give good advice, debate/ argue on occasion, neat and tidy people, well organised, will make plans for going out, idealistic chaps. Social by nature, are affectionate, like touching friends while talking and hate being alone. Intellectual, interesting and have refined tastes. Can talk to anyone about anything. Can talk for ages with friends. Dynamic, can attract new friends. They are rarely angered as they generally see both sides of the argument fairly. If they hurt someone they will shut themselves up, they go silent, till the other party eventually calls up and tells them to start talking again as they are forgiven. They are sorry but rarely show or acknowledge it but will not repeat the mistake. If you however hurt them and not make up, they will look for an opportunity for revenge. They will try to balance the hurt they have been given by you by returning it. They can hide their emotions including their anger and smile outwardly. Their anger is the most dangerous of all the signs. You cannot gauge the real emotions of a Libra unless perhaps you see their aura or their horoscope!

Scorpio: Serious and intense, control freaks, humourless. Are happy only when everyone is subordinate to them. Have very few close friends, might cultivate just perhaps 1-2 long term friendships. They are suspicious of everyone and everything. Greetings and cute gifs are not their thing. These people are generally non-fussy, silent types, unless you get into a fight with them. Do not cross them, ever. Then you will get an absolute deluge of angry msgs, emails and calls. If you hurt them, be ready for pain, they will have their revenge. They will go to any extent. And if they hurt you, they will never accept it. They are very confident that they can do no wrong, if you are hurt it was your fate. They never apologise, if a Scorpio apologies to you it was a lie. They listen to others only after they have exhausted all their options and it is the last resort. They never forgive nor forget and the relationship is spoilt for ever.

Sagittarius: Generally shy in one-one relationships will use smilies and gifs to express themselves. But have a large friend-circle, dynamic, idealists, can be very good friends. Accept others view-points, like variety of friends with different natures, like adventure and travelling, are quite aware of the happenings in the world, read newspapers daily! They accept their own and others flaws, non-judgemental. But you cannot make them do something if they don’t want to do it. They generally are sunny by nature, focus on the positive aspects of people/ situations. Are blunt and speak their mind, cannot lie or hide their emotions. If they hurt you they will make it up as quickly as possible. They will also work on themselves so that the hurt does not happen again. If you hurt them, they will not know how to react to this negative situation and will do illogical things. If it is too much for them, they will simply move on.

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Capricorn: Can use words very intelligently. Not much into electronic gadgets. Quiet, secretive, capable, can be loyal in friendships but choose their friends very selectively. But their self-interest is paramount. Very practical, serious, not emotional in the least. They have few friends, personal freedom is important as they are highly individualistic. They choose friends who can help them earn more money or help them in their quest for social mobility. Will not make friends of people who might embarrass them in public. They do not trust very easily, even if they do, they will secretly test their friends for betrayal. If you hurt them, they will expect you to accept and make-up. If they think you have betrayed them, then be careful as they will lash back in unexpected ways. They will take their revenge mercilessly. They also create problems by harping on the negative things, rather than trying to smooth over and focussing on the positive things. They express their hurt/ anger quite vocally, are firm about not carrying that emotional baggage or enduring.

Aquarius: They have clarity of thought and action both, intelligent and active. Creative, they are good planners. PR is their strong point, corporate types. They keep in touch with people who matter to them. Have a huge circle of friends, none of them very close. Quality time decreases as quantity of friends increases! But will not compromise on personal freedom. If any friendship seems to threaten their personal ego, personal opinions, personal image, they will drop them. Very alert about their social image. If you hurt them, they will want an unqualified apology and will treat you like you are on bail for some time. Generally they are not so close to anyone emotionally so the hurt will be more on their ego/ social image. They recover their poise by spending some time alone. But if they have done a mistake they will not admit their role in it. They will say something like ‘the situation is bad’, but wont say ‘I am sorry, it was my fault’! If they get angry they have a very caustic tongue and can destroy the relationship in an instant. Then they will ignore you forever.

Pisces: If you have a Pisces close friend you are in luck. These are chatty people, can talk for hours on the phone or in person. They keep birthdays in mind, get gifts, send cute messages/ gifs and are generally chirpy people, happy-go-lucky. But have very few close friends with whom they behave like this. Affectionate, they like showing/ speaking out their feelings. If angry can be moody and sulk, they can pretend to be ‘angry’. Tell them you love them and then they stop and become normal. Very caring, can be trusted completely. Genuinely sympathetic, analytical and they listen carefully, so others often pour their hearts out to them. People in trouble get attracted to them, use up their time, pour out their suffering in their ears and afterwards vanish. Often there is no one to listen to their problems, they are so dreamy that others cannot imagine that they might have problems, they are also not aware of their own problems. Confused! If a Pisces does a mistake, he will get defensive and illogical (have very susceptible aura, the energy of the argument hits them on the astral and messes them up). If a Pisces has hurt you, leave him alone for some time till he forgets the entire episode. This sign is the most forgetful and swims on like the fish they are. The negative emotion of hurting others causes them pain, so even if they don’t apologise or consciously realise, do know that they are sub-consciously reaping the fruits of their bad behaviour. If you hurt them and don’t want to apologise, leave them alone for a few months till they have forgotten everything. But try this antic only if you are confident that they won’t forget you!

Do your friends behave as per their signs

This was a generic outlook depending on the birth Moon sign. (If the ascendant sign is powerful then maybe this sign’s attributes also will tally). For your personal ‘friendships’, in addition, check out the power of your birth Mercury and the 11th house/ its lord in your own chart.

It is important to know the ‘friendships’ indicated by your chart as this is also linked to your gains. The simple logic being, if you have several contacts, if you have cultivated more friends, if your friends are powerful, if your friends are placed in important positions, if you have quality friends, if you have friends you can count on etc more avenues open to you also for your own personal gain through these friend-links. Explore these links, these opportunities.

And perhaps even more important, enjoy your time with your best buddies. Do whatever you had planned together, go for that movie, explore those restaurants, try your favourite cuisine, watch your favourite TV show together, go for that vacation, do not put it away for tomorrow or next year. There is never the right time and you never know what the future brings. And Time, literally Flies, tempus fugit.