To Experience and Transcend

We are all here for the Experience… or it it something else?

In Jyotish, this ‘experience’ is the function of Venus/Shukra and the 2nd and 7th houses of the horoscope. When the experience is fulfilled, you leave the body, physical death. Thus Venus is the natural Marak and the house owners of the 2nd and 7th houses are the functional Marak for your chart, they decide the moment of your physical death. But most people are quite scared of physical death. (A secret, the length of your life is counted in breaths. If you continuously engage in activities which require fast breathing, you use up the number of breaths allotted to you faster. Your life span will be completed in lesser number of years. If you engage in activities where you slow or stop your breath, e.g. Dhyan, you will live for more years.)

Karma clothes the individual soul/Jiva with the body’. The Anna-mai-kosh layer of the five layered body is created from the karma you have decided to experience in this present life-time. This is described in the birth chart ie. the first divisional chart and the Science of Illumination/ Jyotish is used to analyse this.

To Experience and Transcend

This manifested Universe contains only karma, nothing else.

The room you are sitting in, is your Karma. Even the table, the bed, the husband, the food on the dining table is there because it is your karma to experience them. Your Universe is your Karma and your Karma is your Universe around you. (Each one’s Universe is thus different!)

So how would you describe yourself? Amit? Priya? A doctor, someone’s daughter, someone’s husband, a farmer, a resident of some place, so many years old, sweet, happy etc. But, you are describing yourself in terms of your Karma! You are describing your karma of being a doctor, your karma of being a wife, of being happy, hardworking, etc your are using your karma is defining you. But You are not your karma. Think deeply then, who are you? How do you go about finding you own self. And if the entire manifested, words, names, emotions, experiences etc is Karma, from where would you get the real words to describe Yourself?

Spiritual practice is how you break the definitions which your own actions have laid on you. This is how it works.

Initially when you start your spiritual practice, you will have a favourite deity, the Aradhya (the one who is worshipped), e.g. the Devi Mahamaya, the Gayatri Mantra, Shri Vishnu, the Shri Yantra, the Bhagwat Gita etc. You consider this Aradhya to be separate from yourself. There is duality, the Aradhya is different from the worshipper, you. You read, worship, do puja, sing the hymns/shloks, listen to its stotras, do rituals in its honor, adore and respect it. You request it to bless you, to give you boons.  The desire for experience starts building up here. Even Jyotish is a form of worship (Aradhana). I adore the graha, I do homa in their honor, I wear their gemstones, I charge myself with their beej mantras, I desire their blessings in making my life easier. (Most of us are at this level)

The second stage starts when you start experiencing whatever your Aradhya stands for. e.g. You feel the universal maternal love of the Devi. The inner meanings of the Bhagwat Gita as a Yog Shastra start becoming clear to you. Now your practice changes subtly, it internalises. You feel yourself to be a part of your Aradhya. And you start feeling your Aradhya in your soul. When you look at the sky you feel Shri Vishnu looking at you. You feel His love and gentle encouragement. As you do your Tratak with the Shri Chakra you sense your own internal chakra geometry buzzing. These signs are important as they indicate that you are on the right path. The karmic bindings are loosening, allowing you the merest glimpse of what lies beyond. (Some of us will pick on these subtle signals and act further, some of us won’t.)

As these gentle experiences become more frequent and intense, you too desire them more and more. Ultimately you start working with your pran, the practice internalises completely. The depth of the experience increases. And remember you are experiencing the Creative Aspect of Your Immense Self. So this experience will be very extensive and can be theoretically infinite. You will also gain some visible Siddhi and abilities, ie. visions, clairvoyance, clairaudience, ability to move things with thoughts etc. (Some of us will get fascinated by these and get side-tracked, some will ignore them and progress further.)

To Experience and Transcend

Then comes the test.

Like eating chocolate. You go to a shop and from the array of sweets you choose one. You read the contents, are curious and desire the experience. You buy it, open the wrapper and take a bite. It is a pleasant taste and you take several more bites. The chocolate pervades your senses. You see it, smell it, taste it, feel its texture, you become one with the chocolate and the chocolate becomes one with you, you feel the bliss. You eat and eat some more, till….

There is a limit to the experience.

How much? You cannot go on experiencing for ever. You do get satisfied (trupt तृप्त) and then stop eating the chocolate. You transcend the chocolate and its experience!

Spiritual practice is also the same.

A clue from Jyotish. Everything follows the same pattern. The 2nd and the 7th houses decide how much is going to give you satisfaction (trupti तृप्ति). Depending on the placements here, you can be satisfied with one chocolate or you will need to eat a thousand chocolates to be satisfied. Once you are satisfied you leave the shop. Or in other words you leave this physical body/manifestation. (Venus is the real Moksh-karak, agent of Moksh.)

By now your spiritual practice will have stabilized on the internal levels. You rarely do the external pujas or ritualistic activities now. The world seems curiously flat and one-dimensional. You do Dhyan and actively manipulate the pran later kundalini within your energy body. You are continuously experiencing every aspect of your Aradhya. Then there will come a point when you realise and experience Yourself as the Devi. (Only the rare few of us will experience this.)

But your Aradhya and your spiritual practice are still a part of the manifested Universe. The Aradhya is the Ray which has to be followed back to the Source. Depending on your horoscope, the path you have charted out for you in this life, you will either stop here or move even onward. As you experience your Aradhya, you will desire to follow it back to the Source. This ‘Desire’ would still be a part of the manifested, as you know that there is more to be experienced. The Ray (Prakruti) and the Light (Purush) are inseparable, one is the cause of the other. But they are still duality on the deepest level. One emits the Other and the Other is emitted by the One. But yet together they are a Whole. At this deepest part of your Dhyan, you, the Prakruti, the Purush all merge into something which is Advaita अद्वैत Asang असङ्ग etc. (unique, singular, non-attached, non-connected, un-created etc.)

Ultimately you are neither the Aham, nor your favourite deity/ Aradhya, nor the Dhyan/ the practice, nor the Prakruti, nor the Purush, because you cannot be defined by these limited words.

Can you speak/ explain in Hindi to someone who understands only Chinese? No, you can’t! Thus the Ultimate Reality cannot be cannot be described in this language of this manifested world.

If you are satisfied with the experiences of the manifested, you will want to transcend them till you reach Yourself. Only then you would be completely free of the karma bindings and the manifested world will vanish as if it were never there. This would happen in the deepest Dhyan. This would be the Moksh in the spiritual sense.


To Experience and Transcend

Meaning of So and Ham Sah and Aham

There are two types of sounds, Ahat आहत and Anahat अनाहत. All vibrations of this manifested Universe are the Ahat sounds while Om is the only eternal all-pervading Anahat sound. Soham or Hamsa are the link between the two.

Ahat sounds – These are sounds which are created by two things striking together. e.g. when two stones strike together it creates a ‘struck sound’.  In spiritual context, these things which strike together are the ‘Shabda’ the sound of the words of the manifested Universe. These are created by interactions between the three tendencies, Satvic, Rajasic and Tamasic. These are also linked to the conscious energies of the chakras located within your Sushumna naadi. These Ahat sounds are generated by some sort of vibrations which you can sense. These are sounds multiplied from the energy of Shabda शब्द.

Every type of sound you hear with your sense organs in this world is an Ahat sound. Even the silent, mental jaap, recitation of Mantras are Ahat sounds. Even if you are reciting the Mantra in your mind, your internal energies are ‘striking’ to produce its vibrations. These mantras are of the Manifested Universe and not of the Eternal Consciousness.

Anahat Nada  – अनाहत नाद is a sound which cannot be heard or sensed with your physical sense organs. This is a single sound, the sound of OM. It can be experienced only when the Ahat sounds are silenced. OM is the origin of everything. It is self-sustained, self-generated, all-pervading and Conscious. Nada is the eternal sound which then differentiates into Creation. This is a step-wise process and creates your internal energy chakras and the kundalini etc structure. On the macro-levels the Nada creates the Universes.

The Ajapa mantra Soham and Hamsa are not fully Anahat (as they do have a component of Sa-kaar and Ha-kaar). But as you progress in your Dhyan, the Sa and Ha sounds get nullified and only OM remains. Soham and Hamsa can then be considered to be a link between the Ahat and the Ananhat. These two are the eternal flow of the Anahat OM. They create, sustain and destroy the manifested.

So and Ham Sah and Aham

When you breathe in and breath out, every breath cycle, on the energy levels, you are first created (Purak), then sustained (Antah Kumbhak), annihilated (Rechak), then enter the Shunya/’Conscious nothingness’ state (Bahya Kumbhak) then created (Purak), endlessly. Breathing is not just a physical act!

There are broadly two types of karma. Those karma which are linked to your current horoscope/life have to be experienced thus rebalanced. These are already activated for your current life. You can only reduce the intensity of these karma by practicing some spiritual practices or remedies. Then there is the second type of karma which you have chosen to not resolve in this lifetime. This is the stored karma to be rebalanced in some future life. This second type of Karma can be ‘burnt’ in Dhyan. I hope you have guessed how this can happen. When you do your spiritual practice sitting on your Asan, focus on the Mantra and the third eye chakra, you literally complete one life-time with every breath! With every inhale and exhale, you live out one life-time and the focussed blast of energy you are invoking ‘burns’ your stored karma. As you practice regularly, you will look younger, fresh and vital! (My Dad is in his 70s and he looks like a 40yr old!)

Even if you use the Sanskrit language principles to open up this word Soham = Sah + Aham, सोहम् = स: + अहम् | you will get Sah/ That and Aham /I. With every breath you are affirming ‘That I’.

But what is स:, Sah, ‘that’? ‘That’ cannot be defined using the words and relative meanings of the manifested physical. The complete knowledge of the eternal constant. It is the Ultimate which is described in negation words, ie. has no attributes निर्गुण, no shapes निराकार etc. It just Is.

And what exactly would be ‘I’, Aham, अहम् then? It is not your body, mind, emotions, social standing etc. It is your individual soul. This is how it is created. (I have written about it briefly earlier)

  • The Bindu first divides into the three attributes, Satva, Raja and Tama represented by the Vama Jeyshtha and Raudri chakra in your head, the top triangle of the Shri-yantra.
  • Raja and Satva first combine to produce Mahat-Buddhi (light, intelligence, cognition, self-awareness, great). There are two ways this energy works.
    • When Creation is on, the higher level will lower itself and differentiate further. The Mahat-Buddhi now creates certainty and thus leads to definitive action. This is the point where individual Self is created. Now every individual Self is certain about its existence and will perform actions which will lead to creation of karma. The binding begins in earnest.
    • And when dissolution is on and Kundalini has reached this point and is ascending, this Mahat-Buddhi is converted into the Universal Self.
  • Next Mahat-Buddhi lowers itself down one step and creates Aham. Aham also called Aham-kaar and can take two directions,
    • When creation is on, Aham is the energy of individualisation, personal identity, ‘I am, ‘Mine’, ‘I do’ etc. It is self-referential, perhaps conceit/ Abhiman? And more importantly it is the place where the root of desires/Vasana reside. These Vasana are the tendencies of desire and will be modified into grosser levels and acted upon, Karma creation. Thus Vasana bind you at very deep levels.
    • When dissolution is on and you have reached with the Kundalini at this point, individual Aham dissolves into the Cosmic Aham. You get to experience the Ultimate Self.

The real and complete meaning of Soham would be quite impossible to describe but this much is a mere glimpse of its incalculable power.

If you are aware of the eternal Soham Mantra linked to your breathing, you will be aware  of the oneness of individual soul and the Ultimate. Unless you realise this link, you will continue to think of your personal ego as your identity. You will remain limited, constricted and restricted. Soham is a reminder that you are the Ultimate yourself. When you do your Dhyan with Soham you are breathing in the स:  ‘That’, the One-ness. You are breathing out the ‘I’, अहम्, the limited sense of self, you are expelling it. Thus with time when both equalise and stabilise you will experience the Kumbhak state of pure OM. All of us accept that we are created from the Ultimate or ‘God’ has created us. But this mere acceptance is not enough. If you believe that the Divine has created you, then try to experience the Divinity that you are. So practice and do your Dhyan.

So and Ham Sah and Aham

Hamsa is the second Ajapa mantra which brings the deepest knowledge of your own Self to you. It brings enlightenment. Soham and Hamsa are the same, one cannot exist without the other. The eventually merge and cancel each other out and a pure OM remains.

‘Hamsa’ is said to be the carrier /transport /Vahan वाहन of the Devi Sarasvati/ Gayatri. Hamsa means the bird ‘swan’ in Sanskrit. In popular images the Devi Gayatri is shown to be sitting on a swan. This means, Hamsa/Soham is the support on which the Gayatri is realised. Thus these two mantras are also called the ‘Ajapa Gayatri’. This is important for the aspirant as Gayatri/Sarasvati essentially is Moksh. The Devi Gayatri is the Light of the Internal Source/ Self/ Sun. To experience Her is to experience the Self

There is a popular story that Shiv and his wife Shakti stand at the shores of the Manas-Sarovar lake to observe the Swan swimming on it. This really means that the Eternal energies, Shiv/ passive principle and Shakti/ active principle, are united in the Swan/ Hamsa/ Soham. This union happens at the Manas (illlusion, imagination, mind, existance) Sarovar (body of water, summation of experience, flow). The Hamsa swims ON this illusory lake of experience. The Shiv-Shaki stand outside it and witness (साक्षिन्) to this. In other words, Shakti/Kundalini and Shiv/Parameshwar witness the Creation and the Hamsa. The Hamsa is linked to the Creation but is also quite apart from this. There is a wealth of esoteric meaning in this story.

Whichever story/allegory you like, the fact is that there can be no Enlightenment without these 2 Ajapa mantra. Soham is intention सङ्कल्प, practice साधना and mantra all-in-one!

And for people like us, who are always engaged in the business of living, office, home, house-work, husband/wife, children etc this is the easiest Spiritual practice. If you cannot do regular Dhyan, at least be aware of your breathing and the Ajapa Mantra, Soham /Hamsa which subtly power it. At least start somewhere.


So and Ham, Sah and Aham

Enchanted Rice Anyone?

Hey there everyone this is Sameer Brijwasi and I am excited about writing this post for my sister’s blog. Thanks love for giving me this opportunity to write something for your blog. You are awesome girl.

Magic is all around us and the sooner we learn this, the better it would be. The rituals of Sanatan Dharma (also known as Hinduism to many) asks us to use common ingredients abundantly available around us. Right from different spices which are used to invoke specific energy to help manipulate the flow of energy to one’s will (strictly not recommended always, KARMA), to grains used for preparing different offerings for god/goddess to thank them.

Rice among all other grains hold a very special place in ritual work, unbroken rice grains are believed to be the finest offering a devotee can offer to god/goddess. The reason being that the rice grains are capable of holding tremendous amounts of energy in them. That’s the reason we see them in every type of ritual no matter Vedic or Tantric, we always find a bowl full of faithful rice grains in the list of ingredients necessary for the ritual.

There’s a whole different way to use rice for energy work. I learned this method of using rice for energy work from the Himalayan shamans long back and since then it stayed with me. Now without wasting time lets jump right into it and see how to use rice for removing obstacles from ones path. 

1. Preparing the space : If you have a puja room or have setup, an altar or some sort of sacred space to perform your energy work. Start by purifying the space, light an incense of your choice or smudge your space with sage. 

2. Rice: Now take a clean copper bowl/plate and put in 3 loose fistfuls of white raw rice. (remember to use unbroken rice). Pause between each fist for few seconds so that rice grains absorb your personal energy. 

3. Light a diya or a candle in front of the god/goddess. And meditate for few minutes to relax and centre yourself. Think deeply about why you want to do this and what are your intentions. Try to be very specific, this ensures better results.

  Now we are going to embed the rice with a mantra. This is also known as mantra putan or infusing the rice with a mantra. 

4. Decide on which mantra you want to infuse your rice with, don’t rush this decision or you will regret it later for making a bad choice. (That’s where being specific with the intention helps).

I personally love to use one of the mantra from the shaptashloki durga from Durga Shaptasati/Devi mahatmaya. These seven shlokas cover different intensions quite well. 

5. Once you have decided on the mantra, recite it for 108 times. And now take 3 big pinches of rice from the bowl and place them in the palm of your right hand.

6. Blow 3 times on the rice, now shift the rice to your left palm and with your right hand start mixing the rice slowly and gently as if mixing the energy from the mantra into the rice. 

This activates the rice with your breath and touch, transferring the complete energy of mantra into the rice. 

Step seven onwards is to be done at night. After dinner when all the tasks which could compel one to leave his/her house after the ritual are done.  

7. Once the rice are ready keep the mantra putit rice in a piece of clean paper. (Use them within 3 days). To use them, remove them from the paper and take them in your right hand, fist closed.

8. Circle the fist with the rice anti-clockwise 3 times around your head (or the head of the person you intend to help).

9. And then immediately go out of the house to the nearest crossroad, face towards your house and throw the rice in the 4 different directions. 

10. Once done, immediately come back to your house, remember not to turn back. Wash your hands with running water and done.

Now for example: Let’s assume I have someone who is sick and having difficulty recovering from a disease. 

After a bit of contemplation, I decide to use 6th shloka of saptashloki durga.

रोगानशेषानपहंसि तुष्टा रुष्टा तु कामान् सकलानभीष्टान् ।

त्वामाश्रितानां न विपन्नराणां त्वामाश्रिता ह्याश्रयतां प्रयान्ति ॥

Rogaan-Ashessaan-Apahamsi Tussttaa Russttaa Tu Kaamaan Sakalaan-Abhiissttaan |

Tvaam-Aashritaanaam Na Vipan-Naraannaam Tvaam-Aashritaa Hyi-Aashraya-Taam Prayaanti||

Meaning: O Source of Divine Illumination! When you are pleased, you destroy all diseases and maladies. But when you are displeased, you destroy all the desires desired by the mind. You protect those who have surrendered to you, you do not allow any misfortune to befall them. Those who are blessed by your protection are indeed the protectors of others who require shelter.

After enchanting the rice I follow step 7 to 10 and done! 

So that’s how you enchant rice for your occult work. Go ahead grab some rice and do as you please. But remember karma is watching.

The Mantra Soham Hamsa and OM

Every practice of Sanatan Dharm/ Hinduism, the ‘eternal right action’ requires that,

  • you remain in control of your breathing pattern,
  • focus at your third eye
  • and mentally recite a Mantra.

Unless these 3 conditions are satisfied you will not gain control over the pran/vital energy moving in your energy body. And if you do not control the pran, you will not be able to do anything else further.

If you do the breathing or the yogic posture/Asan without the accompanying Mantra, the Sadhana/practice becomes tamasic in nature. The energies invoked will be unmoving, dull and eventually discordant. You are working with your own personal energies, do not experiment. If you do make errors, you will suffer on the internal levels, you might gain physical health but spiritually you will remain nil.

Reciting the Mantra mentally is compulsory. Mantra is not ‘religious’. It is a form of the Universal energy, you are entraining your personal energy with it, so that you attain the Ultimate.

The Mantra Soham Hamsa and OM

Now for doing Dhyan there are only 3 Mantra options,

  1. ‘Soham’- the best option if you want to experience Moksh – you mentally recite ‘So’ while breathing in and while breathing out ‘ham’ mentally. So together it is ‘Soham’. Anyone can do it without formal initiation from a living Guru.
  2. Or ‘OM’ – mentally recite one single OM as you breathe in and one single OM as you breathe out. This much can be done by anyone. (There is one another way of using the OM but you will need a proper enlightened Guru for its initiation)
  3. Or ‘Hamsa’ – mentally recite ‘Ham’ while breathing out and while breathing in ‘Sa’. Together it becomes ‘Hamsa’. This too can be done by anyone without any formal initiation.

‘So’ here is the Universal consciousness/ Param-atma and ‘ham’ is the narrow sense of self/ individual soul/ Jiv-atma.

  • So = Sa + O = success, knowledge, accomplishment + eternal Anahata/unstruck sound (there is sound but nothing was struck to create it)
  • Ham = Ha + M = Eternity + completion, endlessness, the Bindu – this is also a beej mantra when pronounced aloud as ‘hang’

When you breathe in, it is called Purak (filling). This is linked to ‘Sa’ (sa-kaar). When you hold your breath now it is called Antah Kumbhak (internal measure/base) this is linked to the vibration of ‘O’. When you breathe out it is called Rechak (emptying) this is linked to “ha’ (ha-kaar). And when you hold your lungs empty now this is called Bahya Kumbhak (external measure/base) linked to the ‘M’ vibration.

Kumbhak is the important part of breathing, here the inward and outward going breath are balanced perfectly and there is perfect stillness as described in the Vidnyan Bhairav Tantra. This is also the limit/joint, the conscious energy of Sandhya which is also called the Devi Mahamaya. She creates, maintains then destroys and is all pervading.

In the deeper Dhyan phases, the ‘sa’ and ‘ha’ Akshar somehow get ‘deleted’ and only ‘OM’ the primordial Nada remains. This will take some time but it will happen. You keep practicing and witness it when it does happen.

The Ida naadi is linked to the ‘Sa’ and the Pingala naadi to the ‘Ha’. When the ‘Ha’ and the ‘Sa’ get ‘neutralized’ (can’t find a better word) the OM remains. After this the Ida/ Pingala shut down and Sushumna naadi gets active. The pran from the Universe which enters through your third eye chakra moves into the Sushumna. It starts the process of ‘cleaning’ it out. Only when it is completely ‘clean’ and ‘through’, can the energy of self-identification /kundalini enter it and move through it till it reaches the top-most chakra, Moksh.

‘Soham’ is the energy which pulls the Kundalini up towards its merger with the Ultimate. ‘Hamsa’ in this sense would be the energy of manifestation and ‘Soham’, the energy of dissolution. Both are interlinked and equal in the real sense. For creation you need to have a dissolution first, then only can something be created. And for dissolution to happen you need creation in the first place which will be then dissolved. These two are very powerful mantra, but they still are defined. Each is defined in relation to the other, thus are not the Ultimate on their own. They are the link to the Ultimate.

The Ultimate is pure OM.

(How would you describe a pearl? White, small, round, pearly, iridescent, from an oyster, etc. But these terms describe its properties in relation to something else. They do not describe the pearl as such, stand-alone, on its own. Thus a pearl cannot be really described, or can it?)

Now these two mantras are also called the ‘Ajapa Gayatri‘. Ajapa means ‘not counted/recited’. Jap means to count and recite. If you pay attention to the ‘sound’ of your breath, it does sound like ‘so’ when breathing in and ‘ham’ as you breathe out. You are always reciting Soham when you are breathing, unconsciously. See, you are always reciting a Mantra as you breathe. Breath without Mantra is not possible. You do not realise it, but you are doing a 21,600 times jaap of Soham every day. But the trick is to be aware of this continuous sound of Soham. This awareness is called ‘Soham Yog’ or ‘Hamsa Yog’. Your Dhyan is the means to this goal.

When you recite Soham mentally with your breath you are ‘churning’ the internal pran/vital air with your focussed breathing, in and out. You are attracting the Ultimate consciousness by repeatedly calling out its name ‘Soham’ (it becomes OM later, your real name). And you are applying force on the closed door of the Sushumna by focussing on the third eye chakra. The door will open!

Samarth Satguru Shri Muppin Kadsiddheshwar Maharaj

My Guru taught me the Mantra ‘Soham’ in this life 37 yrs ago. It is the simplest and safest means to achieve your spiritual goal, Moksh.

But do you have the Intention? How long will you Play till you decide to come Home?


Analysing a single placement

The Question is most important.

There are just these 9 planets/graha, the 12 houses and the 12 signs, these in all their infinite permutations and combinations will answer anything and everything about life, death and beyond. So always ask what you really want to know. If you have clear questions you will get precise answers. Sometimes I get clients who just want to know ‘what the horoscope says’, there is no real answer to this sort of question.

Analysing a single placement

For example, here is just this one placement – Libra ascendant, Venus in 5th house/Aquarius with Ketu. (Just with this, not considering their house owners and not considering Rahu) What all can you deduce from this one line? See if you can get some of these following answers! With this placement there is a potential for,

  • a highly balanced personality, disciplined, intellectual and fair nature, lucky!
  • Inferiority complex, shy, uncertain in public
  • oval face, fair or light colored hair, shorter than average stature
  • Backache always
  • problems in normal vision
  • can see ‘extra’ things with the eyes, psychic abilities, can be a tantric with significant occult abilities
  • significant access to past life experiences, will have relationships with people known from the past lives, will live in places/situations with karmic connections to the past lives and know it!
  • has no sense of personal self, detached from the personality and the environment.
  • first half of the life will go in a haze, second half (after 48yrs) will be more aware of himself
  • has no personal ‘self-love’, as cannot relate to himself in any way whatsoever, unaware of self, ‘hazed-out’.
  • Odd sense of dress and makeup. At least one thing will be out of place in the dressing style. e.g. maybe mismatched socks always.
  • life is characterised by ‘change’, there is something changing continuously, rate of change is very high
  • can engage in several marriages or affairs, will indifferent to relationships, these will be karmic in nature
  • few real friends, but will be known as a public figure by several
  • education /knowledge /wisdom will be quite impressive but the person is not bothered about his educational qualifications. Will not boast about this. Will have knowledge of the occult.
  • will have gains from various sources, several routes of wealth.
  • is capable of making connections with large numbers of people belonging to like-minded groups
  • Can get into spirituality and practice and can progress quite a lot. If this happens will worship the Devi, the feminine personified Divinity.
  • Marriage to someone significantly older or to someone who is away from home a lot
  • problems in child-birth if female chart. Even if it is a male chart, his wife will suffer during pregnancy and childbirth, surgery or something will occur.
  • Child will also have psychic abilities.
  • Will have few children and will be attached to the child. Child too will be attached to him.

This was briefly, a cursory look at one placement and you have now so much potential information about the person. All these things will happen at some point of the life. But when? And ‘how much’? You will also need to evaluate the intensity of the events. E.g will the person just wear spectacles for his life time or will he be affected by an undiagnosable medical problem to the eyes? Without this targeted reading this all will be too much and perhaps irrelevant.

  1. So the next step would be to look up the Dasha. With the Vimshottari Dasha there will be one peculiarity. Ketu Mahadasha of 7yrs is sequentially followed by Venus Mahadasha of 20yrs. So a combined seamless 27yrs of Ketu-Venus dominated period. A significant chunk of life where these results will be expressed. If the person is in this 27yrs period these above observations will be accentuated.
  2. To fine tune the timing and intensity of the readings look up the transits of Ketu and Venus. How their in-transit position is influencing their original position in the birth chart.

Now if you have the complete birth chart/ physical aspects, the birth moon chart/ psychological context and the navamsha chart D-9/ complete potential, the entire life story is open before you. So you need a definite question!

There is no good or bad placement of the planets/ houses/ signs, they just exist. In the above example, the person would have several problems but then there are so many things which are really good too. The chart is a tool, each planet/ house/ sign is a bundle of energy resonating with you. These do not control you nor do they influence you, They Are You. Unless you understand this you cannot make use of the horoscope.

The other methods of divination, like cards or runes are question oriented. The client will ask a question and you will give a definite answer. I have had clients who didn’t have questions, just a vague sense of unease. For this too, cards/ runes have a solution, there is a way you can access their subconscious mind. But it is only in astrology that you will get ‘just tell me about my chart’ type of clients. To get them to open up, you can look at the current in-transit chart and their birth chart and tell them one interesting thing about their relationship, wealth, profession or health (most clients are quite similar in this respect). And do encourage the client to ask. Help him frame a question which you can then answer. Only then will the session be fruitful for both of you.

For your self-analysis too, ask yourself questions and look for patterns in your chart which indicate the answer. Analysis requires time, a sense of intuition and a habit of reading patterns. So practice.


Analysing a single placement


Rahu Ketu as Yogkarak

Am sure you must have thought that the title to be misleading. Rahu/ Ketu, the nodes of the Moon, are considered to be malefics, shadow planets, over-reaching or detaching forces. How can they be even considered to be benefics, leave alone Yogkarak /the biggest benefics of the chart?

Personally I give Rahu/Ketu considerable weightage in the chart. Unless I know what attracts a client and what fails to move him, I cannot counsel him. While interpreting Rahu/ Ketu always remember that they give their results by blending their nature with the planet they are with and the house that they are placed in. If the house that they are placed in is strong they will give good results. And they will amplify the results of the planet they are with. If they are placed alone, without any benefic influence, they can make you suffer on the material front but give you gains on the spiritual front. Under benefic influences they can make you a king or grant you moksh.

I think all planets malefic or benefic or whatever, all will benefit on the spiritual front. But we are so materially oriented that we do not register these benefits. So a ‘good’ or a ‘bad result is applicable only to the material side of life.

Rahu Ketu as Yogkarak

So here are very simple three rules which confer extraordinary benefic nature on these two astral forces, i.e. they become practically Yogkarak. So,

  1. If Rahu or Ketu are placed in the houses 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th (Kendra houses) with the lords of the 5th or the 9th (Kona houses).
  2. If Rahu or Ketu are placed in the 5th or the 9th houses, with the lords of the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses.
  3. If Rahu or Ketu are placed in the the 5th or the 9th houses, with the lords of the the 5th or the 9th houses, then Rahu and Ketu will behave as Yogkarak. (These rules work even if only one of them ie Rahu or Ketu are conjunct these other planets.)

And then here are some more placements to help you analyse your Rahu/Ketu.

If Rahu or Ketu are placed conjunct with other planets in a house then,

  1. If in the 5th or 9th house with the lord of the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses = practically Yogkarak
  2. If in the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses with the lord of the 5th or 9th houses = practically Yogkarak
  3. In the 3rd, 6th or 11th houses with the lords of 3rd, 6th or 11th houses = not good
  4. If in the 8th house with the lord of the 8th house = good
  5. If in the 2nd or 7th house with the lords of 2nd or 7th house = Marak
  6. If in the 12th house with the lord of 12th house = average

This above was if Rahu or Ketu were conjunct with other planets to influence them.

But sometimes they are placed alone in a house. So if Rahu/Ketu are placed alone in a house,

  1. If in the 5th or 9th house = good
  2. If in the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th house = average
  3. In the 3rd, 6th or 11th house = not good
  4. If in the 12th house = average
  5. If in the 8th (or anywhere in the chart with the lord of the 8th)= extremely bad results

The planets are all not alive in the physical sense, but they are very much conscious and active on the spiritual, causal and astral planes of existence. Rahu and Ketu are completely astral graha, all their lessons are linked to the inner worlds. They operate on the level of pure consciousness and their lessons are always beneficial on the spiritual planes. But as we all are quite materialistic these days, we do not appreciate them nor their gifts. They are the link between the Moon, the Sun with Life on Earth, Us! They make life happen. Do analyse your Rahu/ Ketu deeply to make more sense of the life you live.


Rahu Ketu as Yogkarak

Sun Mahadasha in Vimshottari system

The 120 years of human life is divided into periods which are governed by the nine planets. This is the Vimshottari Dasha, the most commonly used system for analysing the effecs of planets in the periods and successively smaller sub-periods, the Mahadasha /Antardasha /Prayatnatar dasha /Sookshma dasha and Pran dasha. Thus every minute of your life is mapped out and linked to the planets. To know which planet’s periods are on, check any Vedic software, at the very least you will need to analyse the Main period /Mahadasha and the sub-period/Antardasha and their two controlling planets.

Not everyone will experience all the 9 graha/planetary forces’s Mahadasha during their lives. This post is about the Surya Mahadasha which lasts for 6 years.

As always there is no point to doing astrological predictions if you do not have the precise birth details. Even a difference of 1 minute will put off your Dasha calculations. Do your birth time rectification using maths or life-event matching or palmistry and only then get into the dasha predictions. If your birth moon Nakshatra/Lunar mansion is Krutika, Uttara-phalguni or Uttara-ashadha you will have your Sun’s mahadasha going on at your birth. The balance of the planet’s dasha period remaining at birth is calculated using the location (degree/minute/second) of Moon in the nakshatra. If you get this birth time wrong your starting point will be wrong thus your entire life-time’s calculation will go wrong.

Sun Mahadasha in Vimshottari system

So to evaluate how Sun’s Mahadasha is going to be in your life, there are basic 3 steps.

First check out these following about the Sun in your chart. You need to know the power of Sun to give results and the aspects of life which he represents. These keywords are going to be in focus during his periods.

  1. Location of Sun in your birth chart (divisional chart 1/D-1). Can you expect him to give its results completely or not? What is his ‘karakatva’? This is the most important step, give yourself time over this, understand your Sun completely,
    • Which house and in which sign is he placed? Thus which aspects of life is he influencing.
    • Is he in the sign of a friend /neutral /enemy planet.
    • Is Sun exalted /debilitated?
    • Which planets is he conjoint or aspected by? Thus which other aspects of the personality is he influencing?
    • Planets give better results after the age of their maturity. So has the Sun matured? Or is his maturity being held back by later maturing planets? This happens often, as in several charts you will find Mercury conjunct Sun.
    • e.g. if he is placed in the 4th house in the Capricorn sign, he will control your mother, residences, landed property, and your creativity, social linkages and intelligent work related to these physical aspects of your life.
    • e.g if he is the owner of the dushamsthanas or Marak, then due care is to be taken.
  1. Use the Moon chart, this is the same as the D-1  birth chart above, just reorientated so that the birth Moon sign occupies the first house. You can repeat this same analysis from the birth Moon sign to get the effects that this Sun Mahadasha is going to have on the emotional aspects. (You can skip this if it is too much)
    • Look at the house that the Sun now occupies in this chart and evaluate which aspects of your life he controls on the emotional/psychological front.
    • e.g if the Sun is located in the 4th house, in Capricorn, from your birth Moon he will tell you how you feel about these aspects, you might feel entitled and self-centred and more confident dealing with issues related to the mother, etc esp after the maturity of the Sun.
  2. And you can repeat this same analysis using the divisional chart 9, Navamsha chart to get perspective on the sub-conscious and astral expectations and potential.
    • Check out where the Sun is placed in the D-9, this will give you an idea of the potential of the Sun.
    • E.g. If an exalted Sun in the D-1 shifts to his debilitation sign in the D-9 it will
    • (If you find this too confusing, you can skip this step, don’t overwhelm yourself)

Step 2 – is now you will need to evaluate upto the antardasha/ sub-period levels at least. So do try to analyse how well these two, Sun and the second planet, work together. Take your time over it, you cannot skip this. For this you will need to,

  1. Find out the power of the sub-period planetary lord like you did for Sun above, the same steps. Try to find out what results this second planet is able to give you. e.g. lord of the dushamsthanas can cause problems, or Maraks can cause physical deaths etc.
  2. Analyse if there are any specific conditions, yogkarak, functional malefic, functional benefic, role of the signs etc.
  3. The mutual relationship between Sun and the sub-period lord is very important. If they are in the 6/8 or 2/12 uncomfortable aspects that sub-lord’s sub-period will not be comfortable.

Step 3 is the routine planetary transits/gochar which will modify results during their transit periods. On a paper draw your D-1 chart and then write the in-transit positions of the planets using a different pen. Try to make sense of what the composite chart is showing you now. (You can skip this step if it is too much to begin with.)

Sun Mahadasha in Vimshottari system

Sun Mahadasha/main period follows the Venus Mahadasha and lasts for 6 years with the following antardasha/sub-periods.

  1. Sun antardasha
    • If Sun is well placed, is aspected by benefics, owns powerful houses etc, he will give recognition, intelligence, idealism, education, love affairs, birth of children, religious activities, gains of every type and happiness. You will be in the limelight radiating positive self-image, heat, power and confidence.
    • Men of every type, especially from whom you ‘learn’, will be in prominence during this period. Even otherwise, males will be of more importance to you during periods controlled by the Sun. You might find new male figures entering your life.
    • If the Sun Mahadasha comes along when you are still a child the teachers /father /uncles will be more important. If it comes later in life, the other males, husband, boss, son, brothers may be more involved in teaching his lessons.
    • You will be less concerned with deep/emotional relationships during this period as the focus will be on the self completely.
    • If not able to give benefic results Sun, will cause problems with the government, problems with children etc depending on his karakatva and power to give results.
    • Sun’s periods are about experiencing the Divine within you. Whatever Sun means for you in your chart you will learn something deep about faith and spirituality during  his times.
    • A Sun as the owner of the 6th, 8th or 12th houses can cause problems. Diseases and issues related to ‘over-heating’ can occur. As the owner of the 2nd and 7th can cause physical death. But this depends on the other factors of the chart.
  2. Moon antardasha
    • The Sun and the Moon are the two luminaries of the zodiac.
    • If Moon and Sun are mutually comfortable in the horoscope this period will naturally give good results. Depending on the karakatva of both, relations with father, mother and teachers will be good. Personal health and outgoing vitality both will be balanced. Intuition and intelligence both will be balanced. There will be prosperity, emotional comforts, patriotic feelings, happiness from children and other expressions of creativity. Education/ professional avenues, help from the government, bosses, etc will be available.
    • For the spiritually inclined, this will be a good period. Look for those periods within these 6 months where Mars is also favourable for you for doing intensive spiritual practices.
    • But if the relationship between the Sun and the Moon is not good in your chart, you will face problems from all these above aspects of your life.
    • During this period you will need to be aware of Moon’s 2.25 days transits.
  3. Mars antardasha
    • Sun and Mars are very good friends, so the Mars sub-period within the Sun main period will be a very good time with complementary energies.
    • If both are mutually placed well in the chart, the body-Mars and the intelligence-Sun are in sync. Expect physical activity, movement, energy, self-focus, eagerness to take up challenges, competitions which support the individual as male-outgoing energies dominate.
    • For the spiritually inclined, look for those periods within these 6 months where Moon is also favourable for you for doing intensive spiritual practices.
    • However if both are in unfavourable aspects with each other, be careful about rash activities, unwonted aggression, overly masculine brashness and ‘over-heating’ types of things. It may not damage much as they are friendly to each other but better safe than sorry.
  4. Rahu antardasha
    • Sun and Rahu are natural enemies. Rahu’s role in the chart needs to be examined carefully as he is heavily influenced by other planets conjoint/aspecting him. He is the ‘energy of desire to experience’ so he will amplify the Sun related things.
    • If Sun and Rahu can give good results together then expect excitement coupled with intelligence, a desire to shine and be appreciated by others. You might cleverly break boundaries and push limits in your desire to achieve. And you might achieve it too. Just be careful not to over-reach. There is always a boundary between what is legit and not, be aware of this. Your professional/public life will be successful generally. You will be lucky.
    • In personal life however there will be tensions and unpredictable events. Be careful.
    • This period requires that you do some spiritual practice to keep in control of your personality. Rahu sub-period is somewhat like an occultation of the Sun.
    • If Rahu and Sun are in unfavourable aspects with each other be aware of unscrupulous men (generally) who might suddenly pop up, they will promise a lot but cannot deliver.
    • Towards the end of this Sun – Rahu sub-period, there might be heartbreaks as illusions shatter.
    • Sun Mahadasha in Vimshottari system
  5. Jupiter antardasha
    • Jupiter and Sun are good friends and work well together.
    • If they are both well placed and able to give good results then this period can give results that can last a lifetime. Wisdom, teachings, learnings, intelligence, expansion, optimism, charisma all will be enhanced by Jupiter. A deeper understanding and experience of faith, religion and spirituality. There will be emphasis on truth and self-reliance. There will be interactions with several groups in social/professional context.
    • Guidance from the husband, father or teacher can be valuable.
    • If Sun and Jupiter are in unfavourable aspects to each other then there will be stresses in all these above aspects of life. There will be rigidity in accommodating others which can be problematic. Also in personal relationships, inflated sense of self-ego and self-righteousness can cause disagreements.
  6. Saturn antardasha
    • Sun and Saturn are father/son and are natural enemies, thus this period can get quite troublesome. Evaluate both their karakatva very carefully.
    • If Saturn is in favourable angles with the Sun then you might gain in the social,  political field, government sector, bureaucracy, leader of the masses type of roles, professional successes, leadership linked to duty, social recognition after due hard work, promotion with increase in work, etc are some of the results.
    • An optimum mix of individuality and democracy will be required. You will gain authority but you will be required to channelise your intellect for the greater good. This Saturn focus might seem a bit uncomfortable to the Sun aspect of the personality. You have to remain aware of your life’s goals else you will find this period frustrating.
    • If Sun and Saturn are adversarial and uncomfortable with each other in your horoscope, this Saturn sub-period will create conflicts. Rather than intelligently making use of Saturn’s opportunities, you will create enemies by your selfish and self-referential behaviour. Social law, hierarchy and the system is important and Saturn’s periods will emphasis this. Discipline will be required else there will be an undercurrent of fear coupled with tension between Sun’s genius and Saturn’s demand for discipline.
    • Saturn’s structure and system allows the Sun’s creativity and genius to shine, both are interlinked. If you can understand this, you will build foundations if you don’t you will make enemies.
  7. Mercury antardasha –
    • Sun and Mercury have a neutral/friendly relationship with each other. As Mercury moves in a tight orb with the Sun, often he will be found in the same house as the Sun. Generally Sun and Mercury have a reasonably good working relationship. Mercury acts as a channel for the energy of the Sun. The genius of the personality is able to communicate using the skills of Mercury.
    • If Sun and Mercury both are able to give good results together, the communication style preferred by the house/sign they are in is enhanced. Social media, writing, speaking, acting, artistic outlets, creativity, glamour, touching, holding, teaching and learning skills, logic and analysis, data and its management, trade and finance is all given a boost.
    • This period comes after Saturn’s hard work and consolidates the public image which is again linked to the hard work that the person has put in.
  8. Ketu antardasha –
    • Ketu’s role in the chart should be examined along with the other planets conjoint/aspecting him. He is the ‘energy of apathy to experience’ so he will diminish the Sun related things. This is similar to an occultation of the Sun. Be careful about whatever Sun signifies in your chart, it will be cut off and its energies will not be available to you during this period. e.g. if this indicates your wife, you might have to go through a temporary separation. If Sun is a Marak for your horoscope, i.e. for Cancer and Aquarius ascendants there is a possibility of physical death.
    • This is a very intense and a very brief period which lasts for about 4 months. Ketu is linked to your past karma and the subconscious learning you have absorbed. Sun is self genius. Both together will create issues in the material, physical and manifested.
    • Use this period to move forward on your spiritual path. It is the best way to use these combined energies of Sun-Ketu.
  9. Venus antardasha –
    • This is the chidra-dasha, the last of the Sun Mahadasha period.In this final sub-period you release all the stuff related to the current mahadasha and get ready for the next planet’s mahadasha in the sequence.
    • Venus indicates balanced relationships and hoarding treasures. You are preparing for the next Moon’s nurturing type of main period. Then Sun is individuality, so overall this last phase will be a bit confusing.
    • Venus will not let this separation sub-period happen so easily. So try to appreciate the relationships and all the wealth you have generated during this period. This will help you make sense of this very dynamic period of 6yrs of the Sun.
    • From this Sun’s main period you are now moving towards the Moon’s Mahadasha of 10yrs. So at least for this sub-period, evaluate the emotional significance of Sun and Venus in your chart, counted from the birth moon.

This is the generic framework for analysing the Mahadasha, you should try to fit in your own planets and the patterns they represent in your chart. No analysis is same as no two charts are the same. Try this when you have some time free. First look back and try to tally the events with the past planetary patterns and then try to predict the future.

The flow of the Mahadasha follows a set sequence of sub-period planetary rulers. This flow of change in the personality during the sub-periods will be similar to the chidra-dasha sequence, though under the overall influence of the Sun. These are not sharp events but a flow of events. You and your environment will change gradually but definably. If you can intuitively understand this change you will be better able to navigate through.

The Sun in his Mahadasha and during the antardasha of the planet connected to the 7th house (counted either from the ascendant or the birth moon sign), can also indicate a formal marriage event. In this case the spouse will show some characteristics of Sun and the sub-period owner. E.g. if the marriage occurs in Sun-Mars period the spouse may be linked to the Sun and Mars in some way, professionally/ physically/ emotionally etc.

During any major periods/sub-periods and smaller periods controlled by the Sun or the Moon, if there are any eclipses on, you should be very careful. Eclipses are high energy events which release huge quanta of energy in a very short span of time.

The generic remedy for Sun during his period will be reciting Surya beej mantra, (Om hraang hreeng hrowng sah Suryaya namah), giving Arghya to the Sun, listening/reciting the Aditya Hrudaya Stotra, if not everyday, at least on Sundays. The second option is to help others who are suffering, e.g. charity to organisations which work for blind people or actually helping blind people.

The Sun Mahadasha is the shortest at 6 years, the next shortest is Ketu Mahadasha at 7yrs. Thus the Sun’s main period is going to be the most intense period in your entire life. Such high levels of energy can be sustained only for a very brief period thus this is a very short period of just 6yrs. Compare the Venus Mahadasha, which is a 20yr long period, the longest. Use this Sun’s main period mindfully, the gains you will get from here will be useful for your entire lifetime.

If you feel a bit overwhelmed by all his here is a tiny short-cut keyword post on how to analyse the planet’s time-periods based on the which house he rules over.


Sun Mahadasha in Vimshottari system

Panchbhoot the Five elements

Creation is made of five attributes, Pruthvi, Aap, Tej, Vayu and Akash, the Panchbhoot’. Pruthvi is solidity, often called Earth. Aap is fluidity, often called Water. Tej is called Fire but it means the energy which causes change. Vayu is called Wind but it is the vitality of energy. And finally Akash is often called Ether but it means the tremendous potential of creation. These five attributes are the manifested Creation. These are conscious energies and are linked to your energy body and are produced in your chakras where they maintain your personal body/mind/soul.

  • Panch means five, spread out, measure, union, clarity, evidence etc.
  • Bhoot is a Sanskrit (Devbhasha Samskritam) )word which means world, element, spirit, created beings, that which exists, present, truth, pure, past etc.

panchamahabhootThese five, the Panchbhoot, are created from the Bindu, the Paramatma, the Ultimate Reality. Bindu is a concept, it exists but it does not have any dimensions. A line has length, space has three dimensions, but a point? A point is dimension-less. It exists but cannot be defined. The Bindu evolves and differentiates into these 5 elements, this is called Creation, this is called Pravrutti, ‘evolving-out’. When the five bhoot merge and dissolve into each other it is Involution, Moksh, also called Nivrutti, ‘evolving-in’.

The Swastik is a very common symbol of Hinduism/Sanatan Dharm. Swastik means (swa+asti) ‘self-existence’ or ‘well-being’. It represents this dance of Pravrutti and Nivrutti, the creation and dissolution. The four arms of the Swastik taper outwards, are drawn to suggest movement and represent Pruthvi, Aap, Tej and Vayu while the central joint is Akash. Now there are 4 additional dots drawn they too have a meaning, they represent the Nitya part of the element. When the arms are in the clockwise motion it is Creation. When the arms are drawn rotating in the anti-clockwise motion it represents destruction of the manifested. In Indian households you will always find the Swastik drawn in its Creation, Pravrutti form. The destructive/Moksh form of the Swastik is used only by spiritual or occult practitioners who know what they are doing.

Panchbhoot the Five elements Panchbhoot the Five elements

Pruthvi Mahabhoot – The Great Element of Solidity, it supports. It defines Gandha i.e. ‘Relationship’. It contains the energy of Shabda, Sparsh Roop and Rasa too. There are two types of Solidity. One is called the Nitya/Eternal and the other is called Anitya/transient. Nitya Pruthvi is the eternal form of solidity, the 108 types of atoms that make up matter. These cannot be discerned by the senses and cannot be ordinarily destroyed. This is the conscious part of Solidity. Quantum experiments have proved that electrons are ‘tangled’, i.e. conscious of one another. This is Nitya Pruthvi. The Anitya solidity is the temporary shape of the body taken on by all conscious beings. This changes shape and can be destroyed and reduced to the Nitya form. We can sense this form with our sense organs. These transient forms have different names and are classified into animal, plant, rock etc.

Aap Mahabhoot – The Great Element of Fluidity. It is linked to Rasa, i.e Essence. It contains the energy of Shabda, Sparsh and Roop too. The sentiment of continuity is Aap and so is the water drop. Here too the element exists in the eternal/Nitya and Anitya/transient form. There are different types of Anitya forms representing different types and aspects of liquid flowing forms, from rivers on the earth to blood in your body.

Tej Mahabhoot – The Great Element of Energy of Change. It is linked to Roop i.e. Tangibility. It contains the energy of Shabda and Sparsh too. The heat of touch is Tej. Here too this element exists in the imperishable/Nitya and transient/Anitya forms. Fire is of different types, doing different types of work within the body, from Jathar-agni to Shukra-agni. It is also the fire and the lightening you see with your eyes.

Vayu Mahabhoot – The Great Element of Vital Energy. This indicates Sparsh, i.e. Expression. It is linked to Shabda. Vayu too has its eternal/Nitya and temporary/Anitya forms. The temporary forms are of different types, viz, 5 major classes of Vayu move in your body. In the spiritual context, Vayu is the intelligence which rules over the Antariksha/atmosphere. This is also the pran/vital energy which flows in your energy body

Aakash Mahabhoot – The Great Element of Potential of Creation Shabda. This is the summation of the other four. This is the central dot of the Swastik. Aakash has only one form, the Nitya form. This cannot be sensed by any sense organ nor does it have different types. It is eternal and pervades everything. There is nothing called ‘vacuum’ as Akash exists everywhere. Outer space looks dark to the normal eyes but actually is in motion with spirals of energies. Material space is the Bhoot-aakash and the ether of the mind is the Chitta-aakash. But when one refers to Aakash in the spiritual context it means the Chid-aakash i.e. the place of the Paramatma, the Bindu.

These five elements combine in various proportions to create the Pancha-kosh, the five layered body of all beings, conscious/non-conscious.

If you go to a jewellery shop, you will see bangles, necklaces, earrings and other ornaments, they are all different. But they are also the same gold! So the ornaments are inherent in the gold and also gold is inherent in all the ornaments. Depends on how you see it, but remember without the gold you wouldn’t have any ornaments at all.

Similarly Paramatma is hidden in the Panchabhoot and the Panchabhoot are hidden within the Paramatma. The Paramatma is the root cause of the Panchabhoot thus Creation. Depends on if you can see it!



Panchbhoot the Five elements

Ketu and karmic relationships

Ketu is the other half of the Lunar node axis. Rahu is the energy of desire for experience and Ketu is the energy of apathy to experience. Rahu- Ketu are thus very important and should be analysed carefully to get an insight into the deepest motivations of an individual. They tell you where the subconscious is directed, the flow of Experience. You can get a sense of the karmic connection between two people if their charts have some similarity in their Rahu and Ketu placement patterns.

Relationships defined by Rahu are are forward-oriented and focussed on growth potential, an opportunity to grow and accomplish some work together which perhaps either could not complete alone in this life. But relationships defined by Ketu ‘look backwards’.  These represent the experiences you have already have completed to your fill in your past lives. Ketu will diminish the things he controls in material life and give his gains on the spiritual front. And most of us are quite unaware of the spiritual. So Ketu’s gifts are neither registered nor are welcome. These learnings and the wisdom from these experiences exist with you but you are unaware, apathetic. The experiences will be the keywords related to the house Ketu is placed in, the sign/its owner planet and the planets he is conjunct/aspected by. Ketu and karmic relationships

Pull out your chart for this mini exercise. And of someone with whom you this curious feeling of ‘push-away on the material’ but a ‘pull-towards on the subconscious’ levels. Your brother/sister, parent, husband/wife, child, best friend or even your worst enemy! This is how you go about it, e.g.

  • If your Ketu is in your 11th house and your friend’s Jupiter is his 11th house, the house matters will usually not be in the focus in your material relationship together. You will feel very relaxed about this house matters, as you both will have a deep understanding regarding the matters of this house together. Your relationship will be based on the deeper patterns linked to this house.
  • You can check out the signs too, if your Ketu is in Virgo and his Mercury is in Virgo, both will never suffer from Virgo-related matters. Both of you will have a deep link related to the patterns/understanding of Virgo-matters. e.g. both of you might be in the service sector, or methodical, which will be your common link. But this effect will be less intense as compared to the houses as above.
  • The matters of the other planet will be understood subconsciously in the relationship together. Now this subconscious understanding of patterns may soothe or agitate depending on the malefic/benefic placement of Ketu. But in all cases it will be of benefit on the spiritual levels and loss on the material levels.
  • The person whose Ketu involved benefits from the planet of the other. This other planet provides the direction. And Ketu provides his energy of dissociation. Thus both move forward in the spiritual direction.

Ketu – Sun

This combination can lead to dominance of the Sun-person over the Ketu-person, so there might be initial ego-clashes. Ketu – Sun, just like Rahu-Sun, is a deeply felt soul connection. This energy if channelised well, can lead to growth in spirituality and understanding of the deeper concepts of ‘ego’, ‘self’, ‘creation’, etc. Sun is the agent of the individual soul, he hides the Universal Soul/Paramatma by his brilliant light. When Ketu obscures the individual soul, the immensity of the Universe can be viewed. Both friends, when together, will seem to radiate the Sun’s energy less and internalise it more. So this not good in the material context but can remind both of their achievements in the past lives in this context. Is is possible that the Sun-person was a Teacher or a paternal figure to the Ketu-person in some past life.

 Ketu – Moon

This diminishes the outwardly felt emotional connection with time. Both might start off feeling quite in-love with each other. Both might feel a sense of emotional security with each other initially, but this would be more ‘liberating’ not ‘clingy’ or ‘needy’. This connect would be good on the spiritual levels but not from a material or emotional levels. There may be some common subconscious experiences that they both might see. They might remember their common past lives. Over time their emotional link to each other will diminish and be replaced by a barely felt sense of ‘comfort’, ‘easiness’, ‘contentment’. But because it is Ketu, this may be barely perceptible. But if there is a possibility of spiritual growth this can work. Is is possible that the Moon-person was a maternal figure to the Ketu-person in some past life.

Ketu – Mars

This combination can work as this reduces the arguments and tensions between the two persons. The two have already worked out their disagreements in the past lives. There will be a few intense arguments in the initial phases, which in time will diminish rapidly. However with time, this particular relationship may give the Mars-person a vague sense of suffocation as his Mars energies will be internalised. This connection works better in professional relationships. It is possible that the two were linked by war, arms, or were soldiers in some past life together.

Ketu – Mercury

This connect adds depth to the expressions of a relationship. Problems can arise if the Mercury-person is too changeable and superficial and the Ketu-person is too hazy and detached. On the positive side this can initially start with good communication and common interest activities, but it can descend into plain-ness quite soon. This is not good for material or long term personal relationships. But Mercury as the owner of Gemini and Virgo is intricately linked to the creation and understanding of karma. This connect can grant learnings on the esoteric levels if both are aware of what options they have and choose well. It is possible that the two were sister/brother in some past life.

Ketu – Jupiter

The Ketu-person contributes spiritual detachment and the Jupiter person grants the understanding of this. This is a good spiritually positive connect which can last a life time. Both of them will initially have a lot of philosophies to discuss and share with each other which over time will reduce but will give a comfortable feeling of bonding. However this is not good for material gains, if this is in a marriage chart, there should be other positive influences to support, hope, higher learning, health of children etc, the material gains of marriage. It is possible that the Jupiter-person was a husband/wife, peer/patron or teacher of the Ketu-person in some past life.

Ketu and karmic relationships

Ketu – Venus

Venus is not just the ‘planet of love’, this is his lower energy form. He is in reality Daityaguru Shukracharya, with all the knowledge and seriousness that goes with it. The strictest Teacher of the most difficult students. And Rahu/Ketu is a Daitya. So Shukracharya is Rahu/Ketu’s Guru! There will always be an undercurrent of teaching and learning in this relationship. This is a very important connect which if the two use mindfully, they can achieve significant progress on the spiritual levels. This connection will start with mutual attraction but ultimately will be a platonic, spiritual one. This connect is not good for a material long term relationship. Ketu is disconnected, headless so can experience on the non-conscious levels. If Venus is operating on his highest levels this can be great, but if Venus is on his materialistic lower energy levels then this will cause frustration to both persons. Venus will express his dissatisfaction while the Ketu-Person will be vague and disinterested about it. It is possible that the Venus-person was a husband/wife/lover or teacher of the Ketu-person in some past life.

Ketu – Saturn

This is a serious connection, quite heavy duty karmic bindings from the past lives. Initially this will be a mini-repeat of the past lessons which can be restrictive, constrictive and suffocating, coupled with dissociation. Both will not be sure if they have to be together or separate. It can get unbearable in the initial phases but if the two learn through their experiences it can get better with time. However it is better for professional relationships rather than personal ones. It is possible that the Saturn-person was in a position of authority over the Ketu-person in some past life.

Ketu – Rahu

This in my opinion is the deepest and most ‘karmic’ of all possible Rahu or Ketu linked connections. This is very good for companionship in the real sense and is usually a life-time connect, growing deeper with time. A connect of two opposites who are actually One. This gives each an understanding of the other which can neither be articulated not understood completely, just experienced. There is genuine sympathy, affection and each appreciates the other’s life path intensely. The simplest reason is this, the Ketu-friend knows at the deepest levels what the Rahu-friend is going through at present, and will go through in the future. The Rahu’s present/future is Ketu’s past experience. And vice-versa! Both are astral graha, complete when with each other. Thus the two friends feel the other as the missing-link which completes each at the deepest level. (I know a couple of friends, with a Rahu-Ketu linkage in the birth chart and the same combination in their divisional chart-9, navamsha chart also. Unbelievably linked on all levels.)

Ketu – Ketu

This is the same as Rahu-Rahu because if two charts have their Rahu-Rahu together it automatically means that in both Ketu-Ketu also exists. Both persons are very similar in what they have learnt deeply from their past lives. They have gone through the same sort of experiences and internalised the same learnings in the past. Ketu in the same house (or sign) in each’s chart, will ensure that both are disconnected from similar things. Both thus have a non-conscious understanding of each other’s deepest motivations and inclinations. This is a good combination for companionship and friendship.

Ketu and karmic relationships

The finer details will depend a great deal on the house in which this connect occurs. Also keep the social and cultural background in mind. Ketu does not mean that the two will disregard the socio-cultural norms and engage in mindless aberrant behaviour. These are mental and psychological patterns you are analysing.

Synastry, i.e. matching patterns in two charts is done while matching charts for marriages. In the Indian system, matching charts is very detailed and goes into more details than what synastry (in the western context) does. However it is important to remember that on the psychological levels, the woman feels better when she receives and the man feels better when he gives. This keeps both the partners satisfied on the inner levels. So when you are checking the Nodes connection for marriage charts, keep this in mind. e.g. a woman-Ketu and man-Mars would be a much more fulfilling relationship on the psychological levels than a woman-Mars and man-Ketu connect. Or a woman-Sun with man-Ketu is better than the other way round.

Ketu’s experiences are always liberating on the spiritual levels. They will be felt as a loss on the material levels. But remember that whatever Ketu means to you, you have already given it up in your past lives. But not given up in despair! You have transcended that experience, it is a very positive thing in the spiritual context. The current Ketu position in your horoscope is a reflection of this reality. In the present life, Ketu will give at least one intense jolt of separation so that the past life’s subconscious learning gets triggered and is available in this life too. And because it is Ketu, this experience will simply slip away from your consciousness. Try to be conscious of this ‘jolt’, so that you can use its energy more effectively when this happens in your current life.


Ketu and karmic relationships

Effect of retrograde planets Jupiter

Jupiter tends to be retrograde for about 4-5 months every year. So, you can expect Jupiter moving in the apparent reverse motion in about 22% of your client’s charts.

Retrograde motion happens quite regularly, most of us have at least one graha retrograde in our horoscopes. These retrograde planets affect deeply on the psychological levels, on growth and development. Their energies are channelised differently, turned inwards towards the non-rational dimensions. They offer subtle challenges, and if you can over come these, you are granted greater access to your inner self. If you consciously use their energies, they will support heightened intuition and self-awareness, but if left to themselves they will deny access to these. These are the subjective, unconscious motivations of your self, you cannot understand them in the context of your rational, objective, conscious and motivated actions.

Effect of retrograde planets Jupiter

Jupiter is considered the biggest benefic planet in the chart, benevolent and gentle. He is the agent of knowledge and wisdom. Depending on what he signifies in your chart, he can help you on the material or spiritual paths. Based on what Jupiter means in your horoscope, he will make you understand and experience its true value. Education, career, law, religion, metaphysics, spirituality, philosophy, marriage, children, he gives and expands the potential for all these. Jupiter is also about being ‘visible’ in public, fame. Jupiter matures rather early in life so generally by the time the individual enters active society his thought processes have already taken a definite direction. Colleges and Universities are the places where these thoughts are first expressed, this patterns then continue throughout life.

A retrograde Jupiter increases the psychological dimensions of the experiences he controls. He will be successful in the roles assigned to him, but now he will look for the inner subjective meanings, the patterns linked to these roles. He might have money and fortune, but he will question the use of these things in life and in a broader social perspective. Jupiter retrograde is the courage of conviction. Questions like ‘what is good for me/society’, ‘what is personal/societal progress’, ‘what is personal/societal good’, are pondered upon. He will think very deeply on the matters of the house he is placed in. Jupiter retrograde will have an inner hope, righteousness and faith. He knows himself to be right, will never give up hope and can turn into a crusader of his faith, in benevolent but insistent ways. He is quite positive in approach. A retrograde Saturn thinks for a change in material benefits for the society. A retrograde Jupiter thinks about the society’s collective ‘soul’!

Jupiter is the natural owner of Sagittarius and Pisces. Both these signs are located in the second half of the zodiac. These energies are directed outward from the person, more social in context, more distributive. This is where the personality diffuses, the larger picture comes into focus. He sacrifices his individuality for the sake of the larger perspective. So when Jupiter turns retrograde, he thinks and rethinks on larger issues very deeply. He develops his unusual perspectives on philosophy, religion, law, learning, losses of the material, gain of the spiritual, etc. Such a Jupiter values subjective humanitarian values, like kindness, generosity, compassion etc in an abstract way. He might not actively give money to a charity but might prefer being a spokesperson motivating others to contribute. This ‘visibility in public life’ usually happens after mid-life, for the simple reason that in his younger years, his unusual opinions will not be taken seriously or he may lack opportunities. The initial years may be accompanied with self-doubt or lack of self-confidence but there is usually a complete change with middle-age.

Effect of retrograde planets Jupiter

Retrograde planets are always linked to a ‘inner voice’ who evaluates the gifts linked to the planet very strictly. You will not bother about how your opinions are being received in public as long as your inner conscience is satisfied. You prefer to learn from your own experiences and reactions to them, rather than from others. You will also not expect returns for the actions you perform, e.g. you know that this is your life path and you are following a greater force, so walking on this path is satisfaction enough.

Retrograde planets in the horoscope invariably delay some things in life, e.g personal achievements, marriage, wealth, etc can come later than you expect. And spiritual growth and philosophical understanding will invariably come earlier than you’d expect it!

If your retrograde planets are conjunct with a direct moving planet, e.g. retrograde Jupiter conjunct Sun, you should analyse the Sun and Jupiter as a combined unit, as Jupiter will subconsciously influence the actions indicated by the Sun in your horoscope. Jupiter will in a way, use the Sun’s energy to express himself. And the Sun will use retrograde Jupiter’s thought processes as his back up.

As with Saturn, Jupiter is retrograde for a significant period, 4-5 months, every year. So if you have retrograde Jupiter in your birth chart, these transits of retrograde Jupiter will  be felt quite intensely. You will seem to work overtime without a break during this period. If you observe yourself over the years, you might notice that you take decisions which have far-reaching impacts during this period. Jupiter retrograde at birth has marked out whatever is stunting your personal and spiritual growth. Transiting Jupiter retrograde will make you resolve these issues in earnest. And this will happen every year. These 4-5 months is where life will be in fast-forward for you. So try to remain aware of events. Try to clarify your internal understanding. You will reap the benefits of your this hard work when Jupiter goes direct in transit again.

‘Fulfilment’ is a very subjective. To be really satisfied about the aspects of life controlled by retrograde planets, you will have to tread on unusual paths. There will be hard karmic lessons or extra effort required this life to be genuinely happy and content. So be patient and persevere.

And finally, because he is Jupiter and he is retrograde, replaying the lesson of faith, ethics and values, you will not follow established religion blindly. You will find your own truths and deeper meanings, with time. There may be disappointments on your spiritual journey as you follow others. Try and listen to your own inner voice and have faith in yourself. Be kind to yourself and you will find your own way, which will be perfect for you, with time.


Effect of retrograde planets Jupiter