If you have observed yourself for a few days before your birthday every year, am sure you must have noticed that you get cranky, or fall ill or something displeasing happens which puts you under emotional and/or physical stress. Have you ever thought why?There are 2 sorts of birthdays, one is the solar and the lunar! Cultures who follow the solar calendar celebrate the solar birthdate as a birthday, i.e. western cultures which follow the 365 days a year calendar. In India however we follow the panchang, where phases of the Moon are coupled with solar movements, and the birthdates are traditionally known by their Lunar phase day.
- The solar calendar birthdate gives the solar return to the exact degree the Sun was in when you were born. Your solar birthday which is popularly celebrated.
- And the Lunar phase/Chandra Tithi birthday is the day when your Sun is in the same sign as it was in when you were born and the Moon is on the exact degree as it was when you were born. Your more appropriate birthday!
The one month before your birthday, the transit Sun will be transiting the 12th sign from your birth Sun. So during this period there will be naturally issues related to confidence, vitality, education, creativity, divine intelligence, speculation, play and recreation, romance and good times, etc. Depending on the placement and strength of your birth Sun, these effects may be significant or less, but they will be there. And in your birth month obviously your transit Sun will be passing over your birth Sun so this month generally will give good results.
Similarly for the 2.25 days before your Moon birthday, the transit moon will be in the 12th sign from your original birth moon. So these days before your birthday will cause emotional upsets. Loneliness, feeling left out and neglected, hiding your personal feelings, you may even actually fall ill. And on your birthday, naturally the transiting moon will be travelling over your birth moon thus you will feel happy, excited, willing to enjoy with your friends/family, etc. But there is an exception here, if your birth Moon occupies a dushamsthana 6th, 8th or 12th or is otherwise afflicted in the chart your birthday will leave you in tears with emotional disturbance and no mental peace.
There is a chart in my family whose birth moon is in the 6th house, this person’s every (lunar) birthday causes him and his family endless stress. Then the very high expectations of ‘birthday parties’ and ‘celebrations’ cause even more problems. His birth Sun is also placed rather uncomfortably so for the 1 month before his birthday arrives he is ill, physical vitality is sapped and he is very upset on all levels, professional to personal! Birthday is a trauma for him, this happens every year. Now he is in his 50’s so the effects are not so severe but they still manifest hurt and pain for him around this time.
Everything has a reason, if you can analyse you can find out the patterns in your chart which influence your behaviour and moods. If you can understand these and then use them intelligently you can save yourself a lot of trouble.