Tips for a Satvik lifestyle, Satvik foods

In Sanatan Dharma everyone is a spiritual aspirant and the last 1/4th of the lifespan is called the Sanyasashram, ie is dedicated to the Self. And this Sanyasashram can realised in the real sense only if you have been taking care of your physical body and your mind throughout your life, ie keeping yourself as Satvik as possible.

And even if you are not really interested in the Vedanta and just want to learn Jyotish, even then, do try to consciously increase the Satvagun within you. You will be better able to focus on your studies and your readings and your predictions will be accurate.

A Satvik lifestyle means basically paying attention to the food that you eat, the physical exercise that you do, the books you read, the life philosophy you cultivate and the control over your mind that you achieve in your lifetime.

Here are a few tips which you can incorporate in your daily life. 

First, the physical body. 

Eating satvik food helps in so many ways on the physical as well as on the energy levels. You should continue eating whatever foods you are having now, but try to add some of the following items to your diet. If you have medical issues, do consult your medical professional first. Do use your common sense, adequate food and a balanced diet is necessary, do not starve yourself.

  • Barnyard millet (called jhangoora, shama, vari, mordhan etc) – there are several recipes, but the easiest is the Marathi ‘Bhagar’ preparation. Barnyard millet can also be ground and used in the flour form. Ideally try to have one dish made of barnyard millet daily. Also add the other types of millets to your diet depending on their availability in your locality. 
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  • Tapioca sago pearls (called sabudana) – There are several recipes for these sago pearls, eg ‘khichadi’. They can also be ground and made into a flour.
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  • Makhana (lotus seed popcorn) – very nutritious and several recipes are possible. You can also grind it and use it as a flour.
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  • Amaranth seeds (called Rajgira) – these are available as a roasted ’popcorn’ which you can use in several ways or grind into a flour. Laddos of Rajgira and jaggery are an absolute favourite.
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  • Water chestnut (called Shingada) – it is available in the fruit and the flour form, highly nutritious and can be made into several recipes. You can eat the Shingada fruits directly after boiling them in water but they are cold in nature, so if you eat too many at once, you might actually catch a cold.
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  • Buckwheat (called kattu) – it is available as the seed and also as a flour and is highly nutritious. Several recipes are possible.
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  • (Flours of all these above mentioned items can be combined with curd and made into a preparation called ‘thalipith’ in Marathi)
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  • Buttermilk, from which the butter has been separated, but only before noon. If you have curd products after midday they will create mucus in the body. 
  • Lots of fresh fruit – most of the fruit we buy is stale, preserved in cold storage and upto a year old. So try to buy fruits from your local farmers markets. Ideally fruits should be eaten as soon as they are plucked from the trees, and this is not possible for 99% of us today.
  • Coconut – dry or wet coconut is an important part of the diet. You can make chutney or at least add the ground coconut to your food preparations.
  • Drink adequate water – at least 4 – 5lit/ day. 
  • Reduce food preparations made in refined oil. Cold pressed or unrefined oils are a better option. And ghee made of desi cow milk is the best option.
  • (These above items are allowed for Upwas vrat, ie you can eat them while observing fasts. In addition, generally only two vegetables, potato and cucumber, are allowed when fasting.)
  • Green gram (Moong Dal) – this is the easiest to digest protein so add it to your regular diet.
  • Lots of vegetables – try to buy fresh produce rather than vegetables from the cold storage. Fresh stuff has more pran and more ability to nourish.
  • You can add Jowar (summer) and Bajra (winter) to your diet but only if you can digest these grains.

Avoid the following as much as possible. Once in a while is fine but these are not advisable on a regular basis.

  • Wheat and wheat products.
  • Rice and rice products
  • Desi cow milk – Direct milk should be consumed by children below 10yrs of age and by elderly people beyond 60yrs of age or if prescribed by a doctor or for medicinal purposes. People in the age group of 10-60yrs should avoid drinking direct milk regularly, instead should consume curd, yogurt, buttermilk etc. First buy the milk of a desi cow, make the curd at home and then consume it.
  • Non vegetarian food – Only fish, ie Phylum Pisces, is acceptable in case you have to eat it for balancing your diet. Other types of animal meats are high in Tamogun and make the body and mind dull.

And never starve yourself. Always try to eat a balanced diet. You are doing two things at the same time, ie working in the society as a Gruhast/ householder as well as doing your sadhana. You need energy, so do use your common sense regarding food intake, eat as much as you need to function. Never keep your stomach so empty that you feel faint with hunger, unenthusiastic or tired. And never overeat, you should not eat so much that you feel overfull and uncomfortable.

In addition, try to eat food high in positive energy, ie it should have high levels of pran/ vital energy and must be prepared by someone who has positive intentions towards you, or you can cook your own food. If you can manage this energy part, you will feel lighter, more energetic, your body will reach its ideal weight etc. (I have written several posts on the energy of food and water, do refer to the index.)

Fasting – there is a practice where people ‘fast’ or ‘keep a upvas vrat’, ie do not eat regular food on specific days, specific tithi/lunar days, ie Chaturthi, Ashtami, Ekadashi, Trayodashi, Purnima, Amavasya etc. Or on days linked to their adored deities eg Monday for Bhagwan Shankar. Such fasts are advisable if you eat the above mentioned satvik items and drink lots of water throughout your fasting time. Do not binge on fried and fatty food on your upwas days! Generally you will see people eating oily and fried items which are heavy to digest during the ‘fast’ and after they break their fasts, they overeat and have sweets/mithai and other fatty and sugary foods, which is harmful.

(There are special fasts where people do neither eat nor drink water for upto 24hrs, but these fasts are not advisable for Gruhast people who are supposed to work, go to office, take care of the family etc.)

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Now the physical ‘exercise’ part.

You have to keep your physical body healthy by doing Yogasan regularly. Even 12 reps of Suryanamaskar done daily for a lifetime will keep your body fit and charge you with Satva gun. But if you have never done Suryanamaskar even once in your life do not start with 12 reps on day one. It is not as simple as it looks. Start with the easier Asans and then slowly, over time, build your strength. If you have medical conditions then find a professional teacher and consult your medical professional before attempting this.

Remember to consciously add the mantra along with the Asan, else the activity will become Tamasic. Mantra also help you keep your mind balanced and fit.

Next is mental fitness.

This will come with time as you regularly read the Upanishad/ Vedant or the Bhagwat Gita etc. If you find these to be too complicated then read books by the Atmajnyani Mahapurush. Several Jivanmukt Gurus have taken birth in all the states of Bharat and written books in the local languages, composed Bhajans, Abhangs, Stotra etc. Choose one such book in the language you are comfortable in and keep reading, rereading, this one book for a lifetime. 

And equally important is your daily practice. Choose one routine activity and do it daily, 10mins in the morning and 10mins in the evening. Take up one mantra/ shloka /stotra and recite it for a lifetime. Choose something linked to your Ishtadevata or Kuldevata so that you have an emotional connect with what you are reciting. If you cannot manage a Sanskrit stotra then choose a bhajan in your favourite language. Give Arghya to the Surya. Offer water to the Tulasi plant. Do Dhyan. Do whatever you can do easily, but stick to it for a lifetime. This routine is the single most important habit that you will cultivate in your life.

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Finally you have to add Satva gun to everything you do, ie to make everything you do even more Satvik.

You convert every small action of yours into ‘Dharma’ by reciting a mantra as you do it. There are specific mantra for every action you do, but they might be difficult to learn for beginners. And spiritual practice should be easy, natural, spontaneous, never a burden. And what is the easiest activity you perform? Breathing ie the Ajapa manta, ‘Soham’. The Soham mantra is the easiest and the most natural Ajapa mantra that you are always unconsciously mentally reciting with your breath, ‘So’ as you inhale, ‘ham’ as you exhale. So now onwards as you perform any activity, eg as you wake up in the morning, as you sit down to eat, as you open your water bottle to drink, as you open your laptop to work, open your schoolbook to study, as you lie down to sleep etc, take just one deep breath consciously recite ‘Soham’ once in your mind and then start. This Soham, this one breath, converts your simple action into Dharma, into a Yajnya. Every action you take will now fuel your own personal spiritual evolution.

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Venus combust 2022 analysis and predictions

Venus is in charge of all one-one relationships, and all the things which satisfy you. Daityaguru Shukracharya can grant Moksh to the more evolved individual souls or material pleasure to those lower down in the spiritual levels. He signifies luxuries, sexual relationships etc, pleasures of the mind/ body. If he is spoilt in the chart then he grants addictions, casual physical affairs, unstable finances, no sense of the spiritual etc. He is a very cryptic graha, and he tests your abilities of single-pointed focus, endurance and intelligence.

Venus is considered combust when he is 10deg around the Sun in the forward motion. It is like the planet has evaporated, absorbed by the Sun. Its attributes temporarily weakened. And when it gets exceptionally close to the Sun, it feels as if it has vanished from the skies. Combustion in transit affects all of us together. So before combustion season starts it is better to be aware and be prepared for an over-load of the Sun’s scorching energy. Sun is a natural malefic and so close to a naturally auspicious graha, ie Venus, he damages the Daityaguru’s capacity to do good for everyone, everywhere.

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In this year Venus will be going combust from 15th Sept to 2nd Dec 2022. And during this time he will be transiting through four signs from Leo to Scorpio.

Also during this time Mercury will be briefly combust and retrograde till 2nd Oct, he is in Virgo. Saturn in Capricorn is retrograde till 22nd Oct and Jupiter will remain retrograde in Pisces till 21st Nov. Interestingly all three are in their own signs. (And Venus will also be going combust in his own Libra for some time.) And Mars will be going retrograde in Gemini and Taurus from 30th Oct (will write a separate post on Mars soon). Two eclipses, lunar and solar will occur during this time frame. The solar eclipse on the Deepavali amavasya will be especially intense. This is all the overall background energy.

The ascendant and birth Moon signs Taurus, Leo, Virgo, Libra and Scorpio will be affected the most. Also wherever these signs are placed in your chart, you will feel the pressure. Eg if in your chart, Taurus represents your mother then you will feel a strange disconnect from her etc. Similarly the lunar mansions linked to Venus, ie Bharani, Poorvaphalguni and Poorvashadha nakshatra will also see some effects of this combustion, so be alert if your birth Moon or ascendant degree/ Lagna falls in these nakshatra. 

To pinpoint the effect of this combustion on you individually, you will have to first analyse your chart. A weak chart suffers more in adverse transits and a stronger chart can convert adversity to opportunity. A strongly placed ascendant sign, Ascendant lord and birth Moon grant physical and mental strength to easily navigate through any situation.

Then note what all Venus signifies in your chart, the houses he owns, his position, influences on him, exalted or debilitated, ashtakvarga, nakshatra, shad-bala, etc his power to give results should be examined in depth. Also if the chart is going through the following stronger effects will be seen.

  • If you are going through Vimshottari Venus mahadasha, or Venus sub-period ie Venus antardasha in any other planet’s mahadasha.
  • Taurus as the Lagna or Moon sign Taurus should pay attention to personal health, especially heat related diseases. Also this is the most determined sign of the zodiac so you might be even more stubborn and headstrong than usual.
  • Libra ascendant or birth Moon sign Libra– again health issues and turbulent unexpected changes coupled with a deep sense of imbalance which affects you in every way.
  • Note which house Venus is transiting in your chart and expect turbulence from the keywords of this house and also the house opposite it. Eg When Venus is transiting Libra, also pay attention to the stuff that Aries signifies in your chart.
  • If you have Venus combust in your birth chart then you generally feel lonely but unwilling to accept or express it. You feel unbalanced in one-one relationships and often lose out on important interactions because of your self centred behaviour. When Venus goes combust in transit, you will feel even more restrictions in relationships, financial, material, spiritual etc matters. Do try to focus on what you really want deep inside, rather than what you think you want.

The effect of combustion will also depend on the strength of the Sun in your personal birth horoscope at birth and also in transit. So you should also be aware of what the Sun stands for in your birth chart. If the Sun is a functional benefic for the chart, there would be some good results. If your birth Sun is strong or if he gains strength during this time in transit, then you might feel a very high level of self-confidence which can as easily become over-confidence in the matters related to Venus.

Combust Venus means that the energy of the planet is absorbed by the Sun. A ‘Venus eclipse’ and everything connected to Venus be dominated by your self-ego. All the attributes of Venus, ie fairness, balance, law, equitable relations, money, resources, etc will be unbalanced. No one will feel like sharing anything but will feel entitled to dominate, grab and hoard things selfishly for their own selves. 

When Venus is combust his guidance is no longer available. The esoteric Guru has evaporated. It becomes difficult to judge the true value of things, people, actions, emotions, relationships, thoughts, desires etc during this period. Inability to appreciate what you have. Validation will be conspicuous by its absence. Unfairness in love and a disinclination to give and receive from your loved ones, out of balance irrational behaviour. A sense of internal loneliness is triggered which is expressed as a superficial exaggerated bravado in the matters controlled by Venus. Yet on the inside, there will be low self esteem, discomfort, a sense of defeat, desperation and inferiority.

There will be disputes in the family and with the spouse. Expect criticism from loved ones. Spiritual practice might suffer. Financial losses, separations from loved ones, breaks in business partnerships, addictions etc. Creative arts, eg films music etc might not be able to express themselves for sometime, ‘writer’s block’ is possible. Recognition for creativity will reduce, some might not get paid enough for their work. Forgeries, cheating, corruption, immorality etc can increase. Warped ideas will be promoted as ‘creativity’. Decision making capacity will decrease. Some might find themselves tangled in intense but short term legal issues and erratic romantic affairs. 

An unhealthy fascination with cosmetic procedures and artificial modifications of the body. In extreme cases by performing irreversible and dangerous surgeries on the body. Do recognise that this desire to go under the surgical knife stems from an inability to love your own self. The real solution is to follow some daily ritual where you spend some time with yourself and learn to appreciate your own beauty. 

This period is not suitable for any auspicious activities, pujas, ceremonies etc and especially the sanskars of our Dharma are not performed during this time. 

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On the global levels. As I have repeatedly mentioned, the war in Ukraine will drag on, there is really no end in sight. Russia has the upper hand for several reasons, to begin with it has a better chart. This war will consume the ‘West’ ie Europe and USA. Their collective economy will go down, people will physically exit this earth and there will be continued turmoil and suffering. All this will have an overall negative impact on the global economy which will also slow down. National and international treaties, contracts, partnerships or agreements will not be honoured. Every nation will try to secure its own assets at the expense of its neighbours. Discussions on non-issues will consume public energy. Expect civil unrest and riot like situations in several nations. Public health will be affected. Generally the nations to the east of Bharat will fare better than those on the west. (And the transits etc of the other planets will aggravate the situation instead of showing a way out, especially Mars in Taurus will wreck finances, currencies, national treasuries etc.)

Specifically for Bharat’s Independence Day chart, Taurus is the ascendant sign. Venus is the ascendant lord going combust and with all the additional planetary movements, the coming time is not good. He will be combust and transiting the 4th to 9th house of the national chart, impacting the keywords of these houses as he goes through them in sequence. There will be national security concerns. The economy will see a slowdown. Public health will be affected. Financial measures will have to be taken which can hurt. Agricultural produce will be affected, in fact all sort of production will see a decrease. Natural disasters especially excessive rainfall, high wind, flooding etc is expected. There will be civil unrest, protests etc by anti national elements which will adversely affect several states. Anti-national activities will rise. (Shakun shastra is the study of omens. I was reading a news item last week where a crack was seen in the Arun stambh of the Bhagwan Jagannath temple at Puri. This is not an auspicious shakun and it indicates negative results for the state of Odisha and also for the nation.)

Our society is based on relationships of so very many types. Every relationship, where two or more entities are involved, is based on agreements, even the most romantic partnership will have some said/unsaid rules. And when Venus is combust in the skies, all these agreements go for a toss, and this is leads to unsolvable problems.

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Remedies as always are Daan and Mantra.

  • You can try to do daan on the day Venus turns combust. And daan is not charity, it is a conscious giving away of the unbalanced energy to a Consciousness capable of accepting it.
  • Mantra of Venus on Fridays will be very helpful. Or worship of any feminine deity or reciting the Shri Sukta or any mantra or stotra of a feminine deity will also equally work as a remedy.
  • Also you can try wearing the fragrances or colors associated with Venus to subtly bring about a change in the energy. Venus is associated with certain foods which you can also add to your diet.
  • You can also alter your behaviour or change your expectations during this time frame. But intelligently modulating the mindset is possible only if you are on a higher spiritual level or are already practicing some regular spiritual practices.
  • A daily schedule of simple pujas for your Kuldevata or Ishtadevata etc is always recommended as this helps hold you together even in trying circumstances and it also helps the additional remedies to act more effectively on you.

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Analysing Varna of the Nakshatra

(I wrote a detailed post on the energy dynamics of the four Varna of a Dharmic society here. This post is about using the Varna concept in Jyotish.)

In Uttar Bharat, the signs/ rashi are assigned Varna. This concept is commonly used in the Ashtakoota system for matching charts for marriage. In this system, the birth Moon sign determines the varna.

In Dakshin Bharat, the Nakshatra varna is more commonly used. The Varna of the Lunar mansion occupied by the birth Moon ie the Janma Nakshatra, is considered during matching charts for marriage.

  • Vipra – Ashwini Pushya Ashleysha Vishakha Anuradha Shatataraka Poorvabhadrapada.
  • Kshatriya – Bharani Punarvasu Magha Swati Jeyshtha Dhanishtha Uttarabhadrapada.
  • Vaishya – Krutika Aradra Poorvaphalguni Chitra Moola Shravan Revati
  • Shudra – Rohini Mruga Uttaraphalguni Hasta Poorvaashadha Uttaraashadha

And the graha also have Varna.

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The Varna concept is used in marriage chart matching but also can be applied in regular life, for analysing the personality, the mental/ emotional tendencies etc. If you are aware of your Mind you can proactively live a more settled and successful life. The Varna of the nakshatra occupied by the Moon, ie the Janma nakshatra, will indicate your mental tendencies. The Varna of the Lagna nakshatra, ie the lunar mansion occupied by the ascendant degree will give some pointers as to the overall personality and the environment you are placed in. And I have observed that in charts with powerful Rahu or Ketu, the nakshatra occupied by the more powerful node also has a significant but subtle impact on the person.

The Nakshatra level analysis indicates the subtle points about the personality which are generally ignored. This sort of analysis will be relevant only for those charts which are on a reasonably good evolutionary level.  You have to have some level of self awareness and some clarity about your life and life purpose to understand and use this information. It is of no use for individuals who do not wish to self introspect or make efforts to change themselves.

So check out the lunar mansion occupied by your birth Moon. The Moon is the indicator of the Mind and you are basically what your Mind says you are. This is why a brilliantly placed birth Moon is the best ‘yog’ possible. The nakshatra of the Moon works as a filter between you/your Mind and everything else. It also filters out what you need for this life from your sum total. ie your astral self which is the Moon, is filtered by this nakshatra and this creates the Mind for your current lifetime.

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If your birth Moon occupies a Vipra Nakshatra then you will naturally feel more inclined to the Vipra type of activities. You are highly intelligent, you learn things by heart and also understand concepts very deeply, you are willing to learn. You are capable of studying long hours, practicing your routines seriously, very dedicated, you have faith in an higher intelligence and are religious or spiritual in some way. Your ideal way of working out things is through civilised dialogue, trying to understand and thus resolve differences, you are rather philosophical by nature. You like helping others and may be seen as a wise elder by others around you. You can become a very good teacher, counsellor, advisor, researcher, writer, etc. If you perform the Gayatri puja, ie the trikaal Sandhya sincerely you will get excellent results from this sadhana. You are the intellectual and philosophical foundation of the Dharmic society. It is the duty of the Vipra to learn, teach and to do pujas for the wellbeing of the individual/ public. To literally share their blessings. To follow Dharma in life and also to motivate others to do so by example and by teachings. So if you engage in such activities, you will get the desired results easily and you will also feel deeply satisfied on the inside. However do not let others take advantage of your typical nature and try to be practical about things.

If you are in a profession where you are doing these sort of activities then you will feel emotionally fulfilled as you do your work and also progress well. Else you can take up a hobby or do some above mentioned activities in your spare time which will help you find an outlet for your Varna energy.

If your Lagna is in a Vipra nakshtra then you will be more often physically placed in situations described above. eg if you have a Vipra Lagna nakshatra and Shudra Janma nakshatra, then you may be required to teach mechanical engineering applications to engineering students.

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If your birth Moon is in a Kshatriya nakshatra then you are more aggressive and physical by nature. You like exercising and are the one who wants to get up at 5am to go to the gym. You may have learnt marital arts or may be good at team games or may compete in individual sports. You cannot bear injustice and are willing to stand up for the values you believe in. You are an aggressive person and this will be evident in some way eg in your speech, mannerisms, body language or you may be outrightly violent. In our Dharma the Kshatriya are responsible for punishing specific types types of criminals (An enemy/Atatayi is the one who the intention of killing, damaging or hurting – sets fire, poisons, attacks with weapons, steals wealth, loots property, robs land or kidnaps women. Such Atatayi are given the death penalty and this is the Dharma, the responsibility of the Kshatriya varna). Kshatriya are also responsible for governing the nation, so you might feel comfortable in government jobs and you will genuinely feel responsible and do good in such jobs. In our current society, you can also take up a profession in law enforcement, police, military, etc where you feel that you are in the role of a protector and have some scope for physical activity. You are the protective and governing foundation of the Dharmic society. However do not let others take advantage of your typical nature. If someone purposely tries to push your buttons do take a minute to think through things before leaping into action.

If you are not in a profession which offers you an outlet for these energies then you should take up some hobby where you can act in the ways described above. eg learning a martial art or reading about wars and war strategies etc.

If your Lagna is in a Kshatriya nakshtra then you will be more often placed in the situations described above. eg your Lagna nakshatra is Kshatriya varna and Janma nakshatra is Vaishya, then you may be required to trade in weapons or be a supplier to the army.

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If your Janma nakshatra is of the Vaishya varna then you are more comfortable in commerce. Buying, selling, trading, bargaining is your forte. You like talking, communicating, keeping track of what is happening, what can be capitalised on, what can be converted into value. You have an innate understanding of how money, stock markets, financial transactions etc work. You are more comfortable in situations where these sort of energies prevail. You are practical about things and a good negotiator. You are aware of your strengths and weakness and can accurately gauge the position of others you are dealing with. You rarely give others the benefit of doubt and will not help others unless you stand to gain something from it. You will succeed in all activities where the theme is exchange of value for mutual profit. You are the foundation of value and trade in a Dharmic society. However do guard against others using your own nature against you. Profit attracts you but you should not engage in dubious or risky actions for money, these can eventually rebound on you. 

If you are in a profession with these sort of vibes then you will feel more satisfied in life and also earn loads of money. But if you are not then you should engage in some of these Vaishya type of activities in your spare time, it will help you find an outlet from your innate nature.

If your ascendant degree, ie lagna nakshatra is of the Vaishya varna you will be put into situations where you will be required to value, trade, exchange etc as described above. eg Your lagna nakshatra is Vaishya but your Janma nakshtra is a Vipra then you might become an economist, someone who philosophises and teaches theories about money.

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If your birth Moon is in a Shudra varna nakshatra then you have the capacity to work and produce stuff. You know how to get things done, set up a work flow or a production line, determine realistic goals and practical deadlines. You are the one sincere person in your office who always achieves targets. Learning skills is easy for you. You are hard working, systematic and capable of following rules. You have a practical mind and can organise things. You are the ideal worker and depending on the rest of the chart can do well in any sector where there is actual measurable output, eg in industries, around machines, agriculture farms, animal husbandry, carpentry, mechanics etc. You know how physical things can be worked together to actually produce tangible material, ie food, metal items, cloth, shoes, buildings, roads etc. Everything that you see around you is ‘produced’ or ‘built’ and thus is your domain. There are unlimited opportunities for you as you are the physical foundation, the material prosperity on which the Dharmic society rests.

You should pursue activities where you can actually create something on the material level. If you are in such a profession then it will help you channelise your energies and gain. But if you are not, then choose an art or craft type of a hobby where you work with your hands. This will give you the necessary emotional satisfaction and help you balance out your innate energies.

If your Lagna nakshatra is Shudra then you will be put in situations where you are required to physically act to produce material stuff. eg If your Lagna nakshatra is Shudra and your Janma nakshatra is Vipra then you may be a publisher who publishes text books, Dharmic books, books on philosophy etc.

(This is the first time on the internet, that Varna and Nakshatra Varna have been analysed in depth.) Do read the previous post on the nature of the four Varna and how the Dharmic society is based on the equal foundations of the four Varna. Also how an individual uses the Varna to maintain Dharma within the self. Unless you understand the previous post, you won’t be able to make full use of this one.

Shukra Ojas and Varna

The word Varna वर्ण has several meanings in Sanskrit, ie quality, paint, description, narration, class, word, vowel, unknown quantity, syllable, species, sound, sort, shape, renown, praise, property, quality, outward appearance, order, one who wards off, musical note, mantle, lustre, lid, measure, gold, form, figure, cloak, beauty, character, commendation, cloak, etc. (It does not mean ‘caste’ as is understood today. A Dharmic society does not have a caste system like we are forced to follow today.)

Our ideal society is based on the four Varna, Vipra or Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra. This enables the people and the society as a whole to maintain Dharma. Dharma at its simplest is the ‘right foundation’. Each one of the 4 Varna is essential as it performs critical functions in the society. If even one of them does not function properly, the entire society collapses, which is evidently happening today. Neither Varna is greater or lesser, all four are highly interdependent. If anyone disparages a Varna as ‘lower’ and another Varna as ‘higher’ then he does not follow Dharma. 

In Jyotish, the planetary forces/ graha, the signs/ rashi and the lunar mansions/ nakshatra are assigned Varna. Varna is essential for deciphering the mindset of the person and this criteria is especially used during matching charts for marriage. The varna of the lunar mansions of the birth Moon and the ascendant degree/ Lagna and to some extent Rahu have a more significant effect on your mindset/ behaviour. Varna should be considered especially for questions related to the profession and finances. Even while prescribing remedies you can use Varna as an indicator.

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To understand the Varna concept first, we need to understand Shukra and Ojas.

  • Shukra शुक्र has several meanings, the Daityaguru Shukracharya / Venus, lucid, white, wealth, sperm, spotless, pure, era, light, plant, essence, gold, clear, bright, good actions, clear liquids etc.
  • Ojas ओजस means splendour, vitality, power, strength, support, appearance, manifestation, lustre, light, water, ability, style, energy, expression, emphasis, etc.

The four Varna, Vipra or Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra are based on the energy dynamics that exist within the mind and body. This is reflected in the person’s outward behaviour, his preferred activities and most significantly in his profession. eg a teacher, soldier, carpenter and a businessman have different mindsets and behaviours. Thus earlier, the Varna of a person was never determined by birth but always by profession which is the expression of the Nakshatra, graha and rashi varnas in the chart. True Varna is chart specific.

Now to recap the seven ‘substances’, the Dhatu of the human body (this post). The seventh Dhatu in sequence is Shukra Dhatu. Shukra is used for three essential activities,

  1. Shukra dhatu is essential for reproductive activity. It is consumed to produce the physical sperm/ Shukra and ova/ Shonit and to charge these very valuable cells with the necessary ‘energy’ so that they can create equally highly energetic offspring in the future. This is the link between generations and consumes Shukra dhatu and its energy.
  2. A second use of Shukra is to fuel your interactions with everyone and everything around you. One is obviously when you are engaging in physical intimacy as a part of the reproductive process. And the second is the not so obvious but very much there energy use when you interact with anyone, living or non-living around you. eg when you talk to the grocer, there is an exchange of emotion, speech, non-verbal cues, money, groceries and also energy. eg if you are interacting with several hundreds of people on a daily basis, more of your Shukra dhatu gets drained. eg if you interact with non-living items all the time, eg you are a blacksmith and always around machinery, even then the drain on the Shukra dhatu is comparatively more.
  3. Any surplus Shukra dhatu remaining after these above two activities, is very slowly converted into Ojas.

Ojas is the finest essence of energy, the culmination of all the ‘food’ that you have taken inside your body /mind. Thus the production of Ojas also depends on your having a balanced/ satvik diet, a proper digestive system/fire, a regular routine, ie physical exercise like Yogasan and the regular spiritual practice which is a mental exercise, etc. The quantity of Ojas produced completely depends on the quantity of Shukra dhatu available for further refining (that is why several higher level yogic practices emphasise on using Shukra dhatu to the minimum by restricting activities 1 and 2 above). Ojas is a very precious resource and Ayurved recognises two types of Ojas – Para Ojas located at the Ajnya chakra and the Apara Ojas which circulates in the body. 

With this basic background, let’s analyse the energy dynamics of the four Varna.

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This is how Shukra and its refined form Ojas, is linked to Varna. The four Varna are Vipra, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra.

The Shudra शूद्र use the energy of the Shukra dhatu within their bodies ‘to produce’. The power of their physical work creates material produce and this is the core of a vibrant Dharmic society. A society cannot sustain without this ‘production’ power of Shukra. The root द्र in Sanskrit means produce, material, flow, sourced from, etc. And the शू indicates that this production is appropriate, exact, auspicious etc. Every activity involving physical labour is the domain of Shukra operating through the Shudra Varna. This Shukra performs all sorts of work, from the very basic physical labour to specialised jobs with specific skills, eg the skilled work needed to produce agricultural crops, manage animal husbandry, manufacture goods, machine work in industries, sewing clothes, making shoes, making gold ornaments, all this is the exclusive domain of the Shudra, the ‘auspicious material’. This is how they preserve Dharma within themselves and in the society. They expend very significant amounts of Shukra dhatu as they interact more with inanimate objects eg machinery or plants eg agriculture or animals eg animal husbandry etc who are all on the lower consciousness scale.

Next, the Vaishya वैश्य are required to use the energy of their Shukra dhatu to interact with others, to trade, to determine the exact value of material things, to exchange value and to thus add to the prosperity of the overall society. The keyword of this Vaishya Varna is ‘value’, wherever this word is used it is the domain of the Vaishya. Several types of goods produced by the power of Shukra in the Shudra Varna need to be first valued then traded, bartered or exchanged for other goods. This is a typical function requiring special skills, ability, confidence etc. And this is how the Vaishya varna works to preserve Dharma in the society and within themselves. Their Shukra dhatu is used to interact mainly with other human beings while bargaining, trading etc and thus there remains a greater surplus for conversion to Ojas.

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Kshatriya क्षत्रिय use the energy of this same Shukra dhatu to govern and protect the individual, the society and thus Dharma. They have to learn and practice marital Vidyas, learn politics, governance, the mental skills to plan wars, enforce law and order, catch criminals, to judge and to punish them, to rule and properly manage a kingdom, its people and its assets. They are required to take on physical wounds and mental trauma, to hurt or kill others, also to leave their own physical bodies on the battlefield or while fighting against invaders and criminals. They have to use their minds to plan for death and destruction of those who attack the society and Dharma, they strategise and implement aggressive and defensive strategies. They are also required to govern with a dispassionate mindset, management at the highest level. A lifetime of sober and violent energies for protection of Dharma in the society and also within themselves. Again the primary interaction is with other humans so there remains a reasonably good quantity of Shukra dhatu for processing into Ojas.

Vipra use the energy of their Shukra dhatu to learn, practice and teach the Ved, the Vidyas like Jyotish, Ayurved etc, various subjects, philosophy, also maintain temples, perform pujas for families, manage schools/ Gurukul, teach children, advise the king, counsel those who come to them for help etc. By doing this, they ensure that Dharma prevails within themselves and in the society. They have to study and gain necessary knowledge and skills. Also to perform a lot of pujas, both personal and public, follow several personal rules regarding behaviour, interactions etc. Their primary interactions are with their deity who is on an exceptionally higher energy level. Also they are required to live a strict, regimented satvik lifestyle. Thus they retain significant surplus Shukra dhatu for conversion to Ojas. This Ojas is then used in their own Dharmic growth and for sharing with their students, devotees, everyone else in the society. The Brahmin varna is bound by the rules of Dharma to share this energy. So as they interact with the devotees of the deity, the families for whom they perform pujas, their students, people who do ‘namaste’ to them, in fact, everyone in the society who comes to the temples, they are required to give the blessings/ ashirwad and pass on the energy.

Finally the Sanyasis. These are spiritual aspirants who have taken formal Sanyas, ascetics. The Sanyasi are not a part of the society so they are not required to interact with anyone from any group within the society. They do not have a Varna, they are not required to have children or to interact with any other person. Their only interaction is with their deity, their mantra, their sadhana, ie their chosen spiritual path. The Shukra dhatu within their bodies is almost completely converted to Ojas. This then becomes Para Ojas, the undefinable ‘spiritual beauty’ that high level Yogis and Gurus radiate.

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There was a question on Varna, the answer for which became too long for a comment. This analysis on the Shukra, Ojas and Varna has not been posted anywhere till now, and this was told by my Guru. I have analysed my sample charts observed and these people, their behaviour does match the Varna. (Those who are studying Jyotish open your sample chart collection and analyse your self/ friends/ family members with this perspective.)

Devbhasha Sanskrutam is a palimpsest, layers of meanings to be applied as per the intellect and the situation. The reference point, the context, the perspective is very important. All words in Sanskrit are titles, complete descriptions based on the meanings of the vowels and the consonants. The meanings of the Akshar are fixed, linked to the movement of the pran in the chakras within the Sushumna. Thus there can be no ambiguity in the meanings of Sanskrit words. Unfortunately our Sanatan Dharm concepts have been distorted and twisted on purpose by the invaders in an attempt to damage our culture. To really understand what we are all about, Sanskrit is essential. All our books are in Sanskrit. (Avoid reading books written by a non-Hindus who claim to translate, decipher or otherwise explain concepts from our Dharma and our Sanskruti).

(This is the first time on the internet, that Varna and Nakshatra Varna have been analysed in depth. Do read the next post on the Nakshatra Varna and how to use it in Jyotish).

Jupiter retrograde analysis and predictions 

Jupiter goes retrograde for about 4 months every year and about 22% of us have a retrograde Jupiter in the birth chart (post here). In addition, all of us go through the transit effects of retrograde Jupiter every year. Retrograde planets in transit indicate that this is a time to review and redo things. So now, if you have made any mistakes or serious blunders or left things halfway in the recent past, Jupiter will help you revise all this stuff and complete things or at least bring them to a logical conclusion. If any negativity has happened in your life in the recent past, eg betrayal from others, losses, pain, restlessness, etc then now Jupiter will help you make sense of all this. You will either be able to give a befitting reply to these things, set them right from your point of view or wrap them up in a way which gives you some positive benefit.

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At the present time, Jupiter will be going retrograde in transit in his own Pisces sign for 119 days from 29th Jul 2022 to 24th Nov 2022. He will be going retrograde at 1:26am Indian standard time, so technically the vaar/solar day is still Guruvar and the lunar day/ tithi is Ashadh Amavasya (amavasyant maas). The Ashadh month is the most secretive month of the year and this is one of the major Amavasyas. (we do pujas of Deepaks in the evening Sandhyakaal). The next tithi/lunar day is the start of the Shravan month, the Shukla pratipada. The Moon is in Pushya nakshatra so the auspicious Guru Pushyamrut yog is operating. Point being, Jupiter is going retrograde at a very significant time.

During this retrograde, Jupiter will be will be moving within the Uttarabhadrapada nakshatra which is linked to Saturn. This is one positive, he will neither be changing his sign nor his nakshatra during this retrograde. He will be aspected throughout this time by Saturn who is presently in Capricorn.

The other significant events are,

  • Saturn is retrograde from 5th Jun to 23rd Oct
  • Mars will be retrograde from 30th Oct till 13th Jan
  • Mercury will be retrograde between 10th Sep – 2nd Oct
  • Venus will be combust from 2nd Oct to 18th Nov
  • Malika yog for 3 days 22-24th Aug
  • Partial Solar eclipse on Deepavali Amavasya

The other planets, Saturn, Mercury and Mars going retrograde and forward will affect the results expected from Jupiter. Saturn retrograde can cause unforeseen delays in your work schedule, trigger karma and tire you out. Mars retrograde will add his flavour of repressed and misdirected aggression, overconfidence and failure. Mercury retrograde will encourage selfishness, miscommunication, illogical behaviour, block on creativity and financial losses. Venus combust will reduce auspiciousness and fairness, increase heartbreaks and cause financial losses. Overall this time requires all of us to revise, rethink, rework and redo things which have happened in the past few months. 

As per the standard Jyotish texts (post here), Jupiter’s transits are seen from the birth Moon sign. He is generally favourable in the 2nd 5th 7th 9th and 11th houses from the birth Moon sign. And unfavourable in the houses counted 1st 3rd 4th 6th 8th 10th and 12th from the birth Moon. If we analyse just this, Jupiter in Pisces, he is generally favourable for Aquarius, Scorpio, Virgo, Cancer and Taurus and not so favourable for the remaining signs. Karma and its unfolding is always more connected to the birth Moon (post here). However, if your ascendant sign is powerful, you can count from the ascendant sign to get additional information.

But now that he is retrograde, some of us who were suffering will gain some relief from the negativity. Especially those with their birth Moon in Uttarbhadrapada, Pushya or Anuradha nakshatra will see a positive change after the turbulence of these past few months. Overall all the signs will be able to make positive use of the retrograde, except Aries, Leo and Libra, who should be more careful during the retrograde as sudden unexpected events may cause stress.

  • Pisces who has been dealing with the subtle negativity of the Janma Guru will also gain in some way. Health, relationships etc will improve and it will be appreciated for all that it does. Significant amount of money will come in.
  • Aquarius can get some financial windfall or some sort of a legacy, but it needs to be careful about using this money. Chances of squandering this asset is a real possibility.
  • Capricorns will be able to take bold decisions and profit but do refrain from becoming overambitious and unpleasant else this will backfire after Jupiter becomes forward again.
  • Sagittarius will improve its finances but will make enemies on the home front as it becomes more arrogant.
  • Scorpio will become cruel and act in unethical or immoral ways which will land it in trouble later. 
  • Libra will gain strength to overcome its enemies and options may open up on the professional front.
  • Virgo will gain from partnerships but should careful not to get too emotionally involved, remain practical so as to retain the profits.
  • Leo will strongly move towards spirituality after at least one unpleasant event.
  • Cancer will gain knowledge and will be able to use this practically to promote itself in society.
  • Gemini will be able to confidently use its professional knowledge and skills in the office to make some significant improvement on the career front..
  • Taurus will network and communicate with long lost friends, pressure groups and important people thus gain both money and reputation during this period.
  • Aries will turn to mediative activities but there may be a couple of unpleasant events to go through first.

During this period, all of us can achieve significant spiritual goals. Especially if you have been doing pujas with specific intentions or specific anushthans or Daan or even your daily pujas sincerely, you will feel the difference now as Jupiter turns retrograde. You will get the actual physical positives on the material level.

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If you have your birth Jupiter retrograde then you will see a positive change during this transit retrograde. You will be able to complete projects or pick up some long pending work and finish it or capitalise projects abandoned by others, etc. It is possible that you may be appreciated for the work that you do during this period, so keep an eye out for such projects which may come your way.

If you are born with your birth Jupiter retrograde then you are introspective, have a unique approach to education, religion, spirituality, culture etc. You are hard working, ethical, kind hearted, benevolent, helpful and philosophical. A powerful retrograde Jupiter can indicate an evolved soul who does not accept ‘modern philosophy’, but sticks to the proven systems. You have a different way of seeing things, perceptive, you can pick up hidden things and subtle cues, anticipate future issues in the future etc. You can be cheated by ‘gurus’, so choose your spiritual guides carefully. There will be a very strong urge to turn towards the spiritual during this time frame.

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Uttarabhadrapada nakshatra is ruled by the deity Ahirbudhnya and linked to Saturn. It represents the two back legs of a cot, specifically a funeral cot. It is linked to deep knowledge, wisdom, trance like states, secrets, enlightenment through dissolution, etc. It is a versatile nakshatra and can perform competently in life. Outwardly flexible and internally rigid, it clear about its own self. It is a Kshatriya nakshatra and takes its Dharma seriously. 

Jupiter going retrograde in Uttarabhadrapada can lead to laziness or complacency, shyness, insecurity, over empathy, misplaced sympathy, over calculative nature, etc which leads to issues later. There will be an internal simmering righteous anger about the situations that you find yourself in. You will try to find reasonable solutions at first but most likely this anger may be released via a dispassionate sort of destructive behaviour. You will want to move towards the higher spiritual often at the cost of the immediate material. The middle 10days of the Bhadrapad month will see a greater release of this nakshatra’s energy. 

If we consider the attributes of the Nakshatra quarters, then Jupiter in the 4th quarter of Uttarabhadrapada, will create situations with intensity, violence, unexpected turns, a layer of cleverly created confusion hiding the reality. In the 3rd quarter, there will be an attempt to restore balance as things quieten down again. In the 2nd pad, there will be more detailed planning and strategic action but the focus will be on benefiting the individual rather than the collective. And in the 1st quarter, there will be clarity coupled with a sense of achievement.

The energies of this lunar mansion are best channelised into activities which are performed in solitude, eg meditation, research, planning, creative work etc. It does not favour actions which require instant reactions or immediate responses.

As a general rule, a strong birth chart can tide over all temporary events created by the transits. So if your birth Moon, ascendant lord, and ascendant sign are powerful, then you have an inherent capacity to convert negatives into positives. You will also have to read this transit in context of your individual charts. When analysing an individual chart, keep your eyes open for all sorts of patterns which the planets make, using the following points.

  • consider the power of the birth Jupiter, at least use the Ishta kashta phala values
  • the houses he controls – ie where does Pisces and Sagittarius lie in your chart,
  • his functional nature – is he a functional malefic or a functional benefic in your chart,
  • the planets he is aspected by or conjoint with or aspecting.
  • check which house Jupiter is transiting over (post here).
  • Or if Jupiter in transit crosses over any planet from your birth chart (post here).
  • eg If your Ascendant is Cancer and Moon is in your 9th Pisces. Now Jupiter transiting over Pisces will influence this Moon, but as he is transiting over your ascendant lord, this will be an auspicious transit for you, irrespective everything else.
  • Jupiter aspects the 5th 7th 9th houses from his position and enhances their positive and auspicious results. Jupiter in Pisces will increase the positive results of Cancer, Virgo and Scorpio, so you can expect some benefits from these areas of life.
  • Depending on your level of study you can check out the Ashtakvarga score of Jupiter in Pisces and the power of Pisces sign to give favourable results (post here).
  • The Janma Navtara table (post here) can also be used for quick analysis.
  • For subtle level analysis the Kota chakra (post here) can be used.
  • Also consider the Dasha periods that you are undergoing. Mahadasha and Antardasha of favourable planets will enhance positive results. But if you are in the Dasha periods of functional malefics then you should take adequate precautions. 

Remedies, as always, are only two, Daan (post here) and Mantra (post here). If you can do a regular spiritual practice or even a daily puja, any routine activity, it will help you increase your overall strength which will help you in all ways.

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Jupiter going retrograde will also have his impact on the national and global events. 

Prices of food items, grains, ghee, medicines, essential supplies etc will increase. This will cause a resentment against the elected governments. Weather will remain erratic. In Bharat randomly excessive rains and floods and lack of rains are going to cause problems in agriculture. At least one severe earthquake expected in the Asian region. Expect a change in the political systems, governments, or at least the portfolios of the ministers. Horse trading, politicians changing their parties etc all is possible. In short there will be confusion and lack of coherent policy or philosophy at the political levels. Judicial interference in the functioning of the elected governments will lead to an eventual loss of face for the judicary. People will protest against it. (Combust Venus opposite retrograde Jupiter.) War like situations will continue and now more nations will get sucked into the conflict. Nations to the west of Bharat are now on the downward slope (have mentioned this in several posts). Economy will continue its collapse. Abhorrent and unnatural lifestyles will be promoted as strong foundations and the governments will take action against them as the common people will now start protesting against erosion of long held values. A Malika yog, where 8 planets are in 8 continuous signs is going to occur on 22-24th Aug, (from Pisces Jupiter to Libra Ketu) this will cause at least one significant event. This will be traumatic or positive depending on the nation’s birth chart. And the solar eclipse on the Deepavali Amavasya will also cause several changes with far reaching effects.

Jupiter is retrograde, but is neither changing his sign nor his nakshatra which makes him very powerful. It is his own sign and a Saturn linked lunar mansion. So he will force people to get into philosophy and spirituality, ie Dharma. Those who do so sincerely, will be able to manage their karmic pendency better. Those who fail to do so will face a severe karmic backlash. 

Anteyshti Dharma and the Shmashan

For a follower of Sanatan Dharma his life on this Martyalok is sandwiched between the 1st and the 16th Sanskar.

  • The Garbhadhan is the mantra of conception, where the parents-to-be invite individual soul of the baby-to-be for its incarnation here on Martyalok. Mantra power the intention and Agni carries it to the designated jivatma, fortifying it and then bringing it into Martyalok, establishing it within the astral bodies of the parents-to-be.
  • And after the designated lifetime of work is done, it is back to Pitrulok with the last Antim Sanskar, the Anteyshthi. The rightful heir offers the discarded physical body/sthool sharir to Agni at the Shmashan bhoomi. The mantra power the intention and Agni carries the jivatma back to Pitrulok.

We adore Agni, the Jaatved, the primordial energy, the power of motion. He is the start, the continuation, the end of illusion and also exists beyond the end of illusion.

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The Shmashan श्मशान is a high energy environment superficially turbulent and dangerous but subtly silent and very still. On the energy level, the Shmashan bhoomi is a specific location, ‘made with mantras’, ie we do not perform Anteyshthi at any random place. There are criteria for selection and a process which changes the energy of a generic plot of land into a Shmashan. A flat land with flowing water/ sea next to it. Mantra are used to invoke and install the energies of the Shmashan Devata here and only then it does it become a Shmashan bhoomi. Bhagwan Mahakaal, Devi Shmashankali and their Gan are present here in all their fierce awareness.

This physical land resonates with the inner Maha Shmashan at the third eye. This is why doing Sadhana reduces all attachments to the created world. You offer your Karma (imbalances) and Vasana (conditionings, desires) to Bhagwan Mahakaal sitting at your 3rd eye in your own Maha Shmashan. As your accumulated baggage burns, you realise that your family, job, identity, everything is an illusion. As the limited self ego burns the Eternal Advaita emerges. When you do your daily pujas, the act of applying Bhasma to your forehead indicates your intention to resonate with the Bhagwan Mahakaal within you.

After physical death, the soul has to safely traverse from the Martyalok to the Pitrulok. Burning the body in the Agni, in a proper Shmashan, with the proper mantra and by the correct heir gives a tremendous energy boost to the departed soul, helping it reach Pitrulok easily. If this is not done systematically, the jivatma suffers and sometimes remains trapped here in Martyalok as a ghost.

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There are a few rules to be followed in a Shmashan bhoomi. The energies are violent, catastrophic and dangerous, so women and small children are generally not allowed inside. They are more susceptible to this turbulence and can more easily influenced by the entities who reside here. (This not a fantasy, am sure everyone has seen what happens when a living person gets influenced by an entity.) Only exception to this rule is when the Guru allows them to enter here under his protection. This Bhoomi is the visible environment of the 8th house, death, occult, final exits, dangerous travel through unimaginable routes, destruction, conscious fire, Agni etc. The energies of the purest Vishuddha Tamogun or the destructive Tandav are clearly evident available here.

Even for the men who go there for the Anteyshthis of their family/ friends should be careful as this land creates a temporary but intense sense of detachment, this is called Shmashan vairagya. Seeing the bodies of loved ones being consumed by the Agni is in itself an unsettling experience on the physical level. Added to this is the continuous bombardment of energy as the energies of the Shmashan are the gateway between the Martyalok/ Pitrulok. Plus the intense energies of the spirits and other beings who reside here. Very rarely, this Shmashan vairagya can get so intense that it can convert into genuine Vairagya and the person does not return to the society, ie takes up Sanyas and remains as a devotee of Shri Mahakaal.

If you go here on specific times, nights, midnights, twilights or even midday, you will see occult aspirants doing their practices. The Agni of the Anteyshthi and the Shmashan bhoomi is very high energy, very quick results can be achieved here. But quick results always means extreme danger, tremendous energy, strict rules, high levels of control and rapid transformations. Best keep a safe distance from such aspirants in this location.

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Boys above the age of 6yrs, ie after wearing the Yajnopavit sutra and doing their Gayatri mantra can go to the Shmashan if there is an Anteyshti in their family. If they participate in some way, they will get merit/ punya from the activities here. Helping out at Anteyshtis of family members, friends, people in the neighbourhood, etc is a chance to balance karma before the departed jivatma leaves for Pitrulok. This type of Punya especially ensures the birth of healthy children and the continuity of the lineage. For those who go to the Shmashan, remember that it is the domain of the Bhagwan Mahakaal. So before going there, ensure that you have created the proper mindset within your self. Pray to him, ie recite your personal mantra or the Mahamrytunjai mantra etc. Offer a few coins to the Shmashan. Then do whatever you have come here to do. Avoid unnecessary interactions with strangers or unnecessary activities here. When you go back home, sprinkle Ganga water or clean water on yourself, wash your hands, feet, face (ideally take a bath) before entering your house. This refreshes the aura, ie the occult energies you have picked up from the Shmashan are replaced by your regular aura.

In the past decade, the media is subtly encouraging women to perform Anteyshti for their departed family members. A woman is not the proper heir for this purpose and her doing this subtly damages her and her future generations. Also the departed soul is deprived of the complete merit / punya from the Anteyshti Sanskar of the body it has discarded thus may face obstacles on its onward way. And by doing this, she will have prevented the proper heir from performing his duty, another negative against her. (If you know someone like this around you, observe for yourself how her life unfolds.)

The proper heir for these activities is the nearest male relative from the same gotra. There will be some cultural differences but the following is generally applicable.

  • For a man, this would be his son, adopted son, grandson, paternal brothers and their sons, etc.
  • For a married woman, this is the men from her husband’s gotra, ie her husband, her son, adopted son, grandson, husband’s brother and his son etc.
  • For an unmarried woman, this would be the men from her own gotra, ie her father, her brother and his son, her male cousins from her father’s side and their sons etc.
  • If the deceased has no sons and has daughters then the daughter’s husband or her son can perform the Anteyshthi (but not the daughter herself).
  • And if there is no male relative of any sort to do this final Sanskar for the departed soul, then any man can perform it with due respect in his heart.
  • If this too is not possible, then the attendants at the Shmashan will take on this responsibility and help the jivatma reach Pitrulok.

Whoever does this, gets a huge chunk of punya /merit for himself and his entire family.

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Another unsettling trend in these recent times is that if the son is abroad then the deceased’s body is kept in a morgue till he arrives. The morgue is the filthiest place imaginable with negative entities of the higher sort roaming around in search of victims. Leaving your loved one’s physical body here is equivalent to putting his individual soul alone with no protection in a jail with hardened criminals. The practices that we follow after physical death are intended to protect both, the family members and the departed jivatma, and there is a reason for everything, these are not meaningless ‘rituals’.

The Anteyshti should be performed as soon as practically possible. The nearest eligible male who is available at the spot should perform it and close the issue. The departed soul cannot be left lingering around semi-attached to the body, as during this time it is susceptible to attacks from the several negative things roaming around in this Martyalok. It needs to go to the Pitrulok as soon as possible, to first rest and then to continue its activities there.

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Generally physical death is projected as a sad event. But if you deeply think, it is not really sad. Whatever work the individual soul had decided on before entering Martyalok, it has successfully completed it and is now going back. We come here to work off our karma, not for entertainment. As per some local traditions, drums are played, people are called to sing bhajans etc while taking the dead body to the Shmashan bhoomi.

Then there are several misconceptions regarding the people who serve in the Shmashan. That they are unclean or somehow impure. This is incorrect. On the energy levels they are practically the Gan of Bhagwan Mahakaal, so do respect them. They maintain the Shmashan bhoomi, His residence. They live and work in an environment where normal people think twice before going. They have the capacity to remain calm in the face of such intense catastrophic turbulence. They are on a different level of spirituality which regular people cannot even imagine. Nor understand. If you cannot respect them then at least do not insult them.

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A bit on Sanyasis. Sanyasis formally discard the society and dedicate themselves to finding the Self. I have mentioned in some post that a Sanyasi can neither be considered to be ‘alive’ nor ‘dead’. And every follower of the Sanatan Dharm is supposed to take on Sanyas-ashram at the last quarter of his/her life, ie accept Sanyas. Ever wondered how Sanyas is ‘taken’? It is described beautifully in the Mahabharat, the Sanyas ashram of the Pandavs and their wife Draupadi.

Agni is the foundation of Sanatan Dharma. Every householder after his/ her Vivah sanskar has to maintain the Agni of their vivah for a life time, it embodies the Gruhast ashram. It is used to perform the daily Agnihotra and all the other pujas/ yajnyas where Agni is needed. All the Sanskars which follow their marriage in their and their unmarried children’s lives are performed using this same Agni. Even for the Anteyshti of a family member this same blazing Agni is taken to the Shmashan in an earthen pot.

In the Mahabharat, the Pandavs assiduously kept their Agni throughout their long and eventful life. Can you imagine the power of this continuously burning Agni? Even in the one year of Ajnyatvaas, when it would have been difficult to maintain it, the Agni was sent to their father in law Dhrupad’s home where he maintained it for them. But at end, when the Pandavs and their wife took up Sanyas ashram, this Agni was ‘taken’ within them. ie in a formal setting, this Agni of the Gruhast ashram of the Pandavs and Draupadi was put into water, extinguished. An Agni burning, blazing for decades, physically extinguished and ‘taken inside into oneself’. They had taken their Anteyshti Agni within themselves. Now onwards the Pandavs and their wife Draupadi were technically Sanyasi, they would continually burn in the fire of their own Anteyshthi until they exited the physical shell.

And it is the same thing when someone genuinely takes up Sanyas even today, he formally takes within him the conscious Agni of his own Anteyshthi. His tiny sense of the individual self is continually being consumed by the Anteyshthi which he has himself lit in his own third eye, in his own Mahashmashan. He has awakened the Shri Mahakaal within him, who will burn out his sense of ‘jiv’ and thus the ‘Shiv’ within will be evident. This is why they are not considered to be residents of either martyalok nor pitrulok, they are ‘existing’ continually in their own Maha shmashans.

My Sat Guru had formally taken Sanyas at the age of 17yrs.

My grand Guru, Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj’s samadhi is at the Banganga Shmashan bhoomi, Mumbai, right on the Sindhu sagar (Arabian Sea). My Sat Guru and his Guru-brothers would go here very often with their disciples, (this pic is over 20yrs old). My Guru’s Guru-brother Shri Ranjit Maharaj’s samadhi was subsequently made at the same place.

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(There were a few questions on Anteyshthi and the Shmashan bhoomi, thus this post)

Predictions for the signs from Jul 2022 to Jan 2023

I have written about the phase 1 readings for 2022 in this post. And for phase 2 in this post. The overall predictions for this vedic year, Shri Shubhakruti naam samvatsar are posted here.

The predictions for the phase three of this year, from 12th Jul to the 17th Jan 2023 will be broadly applicable when Saturn will be transiting Capricorn in the retrograde and forward motion. The outer planets, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have a more deep impact on events. So the time frames when at least two of these are retrograde will see significant events but in the background. We will become aware of their impact only when they all go forward again. In this phase 3, we will also be experiencing one partial solar eclipse, which is right on Deepawali Amavasya, the most powerful amavasya of the year which will have its own deep effect on everyone. (The true nodes are forward from Sep 29th to Oct 17th)

During this phase, the background energy is,

  • Saturn enters Capricorn from 12th Jul and is retrograde till 23rd Oct. He re-enters Aquarius on 17th Jan 2023.
  • Jupiter in Piscesretrograde from 29th Jul to 24th Nov
  • Rahu and Ketu continue in Aries and Libra. 
  • Mars is in Aries currently. He will enter Taurus on 10th Aug and go retrograde from 30th Oct till 13th Jan 2023 in Taurus/ Gemini.
  • The intermittent transits of the other graha, Moon Sun Mercury and Venus will add to the results against this background.

These are generic results depending primarily on the birth Moon sign. In case your ascendant sign is more powerful (check the Ashtakvarga scores), then you might see a mix of results. You can also combine the results by using the information for your birth Moon sign and ascendant sign.

  • Eg if your ascendant sign is Aries then this will be a physically tiring time. In this, if your birth Moon sign is Scorpio then you will be able to get through with lesser mental and emotional stress.

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Aries

Jupiter in the 12th, Saturn in the 10th Rahu in 1st and Ketu in the 7th house. No major changes are expected during this phase 3. It is going to be a dull period with slow growth. Malefic effects of Rahu and Ketu will be felt and things will be stuck. Ill health is possible. Your children, spouse, siblings and in-laws will create issues. Auspicious functions or starting any new projects will be difficult. However travelling for pilgrimage will give positive results. Office work will increase, office politics and gossip will be hurtful so try to manage things in time. Promotion is not likely, expenditures may increase and savings may reduce. Not a good time to invest. Financial crunch is possible, debts may increase. You will be under both physical and mental stress. Avoid trusting others unnecessarily as you may be cheated. Saturn in 10th and Jupiter in 12th are not very helpful throughout this period. You can take up some private mediation practices as Jupiter in the 12th can support this activity. Mars in Taurus/ Gemini will cause health issues and also strife within the family and with the siblings, teammates and encourage you to engage in risky activities. But if you are able to use him when he is in Gemini then he can grant you the courage to decimate your enemies and gain in different ways, but resist from hurting or cheating others during this period.

Taurus

Jupiter in the 11th, Saturn in the 9th Rahu in 12th and Ketu in the 6th house. This period is overall better than what you were going through for the past few months. Spouse, children etc will be supportive. Auspicious functions, birth of child, new beginnings, new projects etc are possible. Issues at the workplace will reduce and you will emerge victorious in office politics. Promotion, increments, new job etc are possible. Finances will improve, you will repay your debts, investments will give good returns. You can consider investments, short and long term ones after due care. Traveling for business, pleasure or pilgrimage will be good for you. Jupiter and Saturn both are willing to support, more so when they both start moving forwards. Rahu and Ketu are also average to good. However take especial care when Mars goes retrograde/ forward in Taurus. You will be short tempered, aggressive, health issues due to heat will increase, blood pressure type of issues may be triggered so avoid risky behaviour. Mars in Gemini is also not favourable as he will trigger health issues, family disputes, excessive expenditures and risky behaviour. 

Gemini

Jupiter in the 10th, Saturn in the 8th Rahu in 11th and Ketu in the 5th house. Things will improve marginally in this phase 3. As long as both Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde you will be better situated to handle issues. Health will improve, family and friends will be supportive, there will be some stability in your life. Financial position will improve, however this is not a time for risky investments. Use this time to consolidate things in your life. Traveling for business may not give desired results but travel for pilgrimage or completing karmic pendencies will be helpful. Auspicious functions, new beginnings etc may not materialise. The time when Saturn goes forward in Capricorn will be troublesome and you should be very careful regarding your health, finances, managing family issues, office politics, etc overall issues. Be especially vigilant when Mars moves in both Taurus/ Gemini as he will trigger stress, lack of rest, health problems, risky behaviour, etc.

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Cancer

Jupiter in the 9th, Saturn in the 7th Rahu in 10th and Ketu in the 4th house. This time you will feel that nothing is moving in life. You will feel stuck, however things will not go worse. So generally try to maintain yourself the best you can. Take care of your diet, health, finances etc. Try to keep cordial relationships with others, especially there may be minor issues with the spouse. Profession will be routine, dull, nothing much happening here. If you work hard, then a promotion or salary raise is possible. Budgeting is required as expenses will rise. Your can invest in safe options during this period. Saturn going forward is not very favourable but once Jupiter also starts going forward again you will see positivity as your 9th house again starts giving favourable results, so health, finances etc will improve. You can consider performing auspicious events, starting new projects etc till 17th Jan 2023. Use this time when both are forward to consolidate. Mars when in Gemini can cause issues related to health, irritation, overwork, lack of rest, issues with spouse etc so it is best to be alert during this time. However in Taurus he can give some profits especially when he goes forward in this sign.

Leo 

Jupiter in the 8th, Saturn in the 6th Rahu in 9th and Ketu in the 3rd house. The period when both Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde will be helpful for you as problems will reduce in intensity and you will get some breathing space. Try talking to others clearly as often helps resolve problems. Health, relationships, etc will improve because you will get the time to address these issues in your life. Things will also improve in profession and business but promotions or salary rises may not materialise. If you are jobless then you can expect a new job in this time. Financial situation will improve to some extent as your expenses will remain manageable. However investments can be risky so put your money in safe deals. Saturn in Capricorn is favourable for you but Jupiter in Pisces is not. So use the time when Saturn is forward and Jupiter retrograde to consolidate and establish yourself. Once Jupiter starts forwards he will give you at least one very negative experience. Mars in Taurus can make you irritable at work and with your friend circle unless you learn to channelise your aggression in a productive manner. Mars in Gemini can give some profits and positivity in the forward motion.

Virgo 

Jupiter in the 7th, Saturn in the 5th Rahu in 8th and Ketu in the 2nd house. You will feel stifled and dull during this phase. The positive things which were going on you will suddenly seem to stop, but they will not become worse. Self confidence and creativity may go down. Not a good time for risky speculations but money flow will be consistent. Your children, students and other creative endeavours will make you tired, you will feel all this to be more work than genuine expression of your personality. Projects may be delayed as meeting dead-lines will be difficult. Romance will take a back-seat, your significant other will cause stress and you too will cause him/her stress by being over-possessive or jealous. Your relatives and friends will try to dominate you and you might feel internally disconnected from them. Also pay attention to your diet. Do not hurt others with your speech as you can easily make enemies now.  Jupiter going forward in Nov will bring you more opportunities and life will start looking up. Now onwards you can consider new projects, etc as positivity increases. Mars in Taurus/ Gemini will create issues in your work place so try to control your temper and use the fiery energy to productive use.

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Libra

Jupiter in the 6th, Saturn in the 4th Rahu in 7th and Ketu in the 1st house. Both Jupiter and Saturn are not very favourable but during their retrograde phase the problems they create might reduce in intensity. Your health will improve, disputes with the spouse will be resolved, finances will improve etc. Profession or business will see some growth, however over-work will remain. Use this time to recoup your energies. Once both turn forward, you will again feel the stress. Family life will be disturbed. In your office you will be a victim of rumours and gossip, be very careful and try to nip these in the bud. Avoid loose talk and remain very professional during this time. Do not invest in the stock market or in similar risky ventures and budgeting is necessary. Mars going retrograde/ forward in Taurus will be an extreme energy release in your 8th house and you must be careful during this time. Avoid all risky activity and try to perform some spiritual routine to channelise this transit Mars. Mars is Gemini will cause mental restlessness and inability to concentrate.

Scorpio

Jupiter in the 5th, Saturn in the 3rd Rahu in 6th and Ketu in the 12th house. The time when both Jupiter and Saturn will be retrograde will put brake in your growth, but things will not get worse. Minor problems will erupt but you will be able to handle them. Especially your spouse or children may fall ill or get into some situation where you will have to help them. Your friends and extended family may be supportive. Profession and business will cause you stress, but problems in this phase will be short term and manageable. However this is not a time for new projects but you can use this time to plan. Avoid over-spending and unnecessary traveling. But once both of them go forward again positivity will return and everything will start moving in a favourable direction. All that blockage or dullness that you felt during the past 2-3 months will go away and you will do well in almost every aspect of your life. However be careful when Mars transits Taurus/ Gemini as he can cause unpleasant unexpected changes in your or your spouse’s life and create sudden traumatic situations. However for Scorpio, this entire year 2022-23 is overall favourable in some way or the other, so you will be able to cope. 

Sagittarius

Jupiter in the 4th, Saturn in the 2nd, Rahu in 5th and Ketu in the 11th house. Saturn and Jupiter retrograde together will reduce the positivity that you were enjoying till now. Things will seem stuck but you still have some breathing space. Personal health and health of your family members can be an issue. Pay attention to your diet and finances too. This is not a good time to start new projects. For profession and business, there will be some slowdown and you will have to work harder. The time when Saturn is forward and Jupiter retrograde will be stressful. This will be a return of the Sade sati energies with their expected restrictive, tiring etc effects. Try to avoid family quarrels and be careful about your resources and savings. Anything cut off now will be permanently gone from your life. Traveling will be stressful. This is not a good time for investments or property dealings. Do not unnecessarily trust others as you may be cheated. Jupiter also going forward will reduce the stress but you should remain alert as long as Saturn occupies Capricorn. Mars in Taurus can help you decimate your enemies if you use him properly, however when he occupies Gemini he will have a negative impact on your relationship with your spouse, business partner or personal mediative practice.

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Capricorn 

Jupiter in the 3rd, Saturn in the 1st, Rahu in 4th and Ketu in the 10th house. As long as both Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde, things will remain average. Sade sati continues. Profession, health, family, finances etc will remain average. But you should try to make use of this time to prepare. Try to maintain your health, finances, etc sensibly. But even during this time there will be a undercurrent of things subtly going against you. If you can understand what is happening, take immediate corrective action before things get worse. If you can perform any pujas, pilgrimages, mantra, dana etc do this during this time. Once Saturn goes forward on your birth Moon you will face the full impact of your Sade sati. And the other three are in no position to support you. This will be a significantly bad position and you should be alert in all ways. Try to take up some spiritual practice etc which will help you cope in this time. Mars in Gemini will have some potential to destroy your enemies, diseases and debts but when he is in Taurus your children and finances both may be affected.

Aquarius 

Jupiter in the 2nd, Saturn in the 12th, Rahu in 3rd and Ketu in the 9th house. Saturn retrograde will ease out things for you. The Sade sati results will continue. But then Jupiter too will go retrograde so there will be average to mixed results in this phase. There are no significant changes and life will seem dull. Family might see some stressful events and there might be a temporary resource crunch. Nothing serious but still you should budget. Investment can be thought of but in safe options. Health will be low, you might be unable to rest. In the office your team-mates might cause issues for you and you may have to face gossip and non-cooperation. Try to go for a pilgrimage type of travel in this period, it will help. But travelling for work or pleasure will be tiring. The time when Saturn is forward and Jupiter retrograde will be especially stressful. However once Jupiter goes forward you will again feel his positive effects. Then you can again try for profits through calculated risks. Auspicious activities, new projects etc can be considered in this time. Profession and business will see growth. Mars In both Gemini and Taurus will cause issues with your mother, children, finances, landed property etc and arguments with your family. Personal health can also be of concern.

Pisces 

Jupiter in the 1st, Saturn in the 11th Rahu in 2nd and Ketu in the 8th house. Saturn retrograde in Capricorn is favourable giving you a respite from the Sade sati energies. Jupiter going retrograde will add to the positivity. These past few months have been a tiring time for you on several fronts as the Sade sati energy coupled with the Janma Jupiter have been draining. Now you will get time to rest and think on what all has happened to you in this past few months. Use this time to sort out the issues and bring them to a logical conclusion. Health will improve. Social interactions will improve. Finances will be better, however spending sensibly is ideal. Invest with due care. Profession and business is going to be slightly better. Not a time to be experimental with job prospects but if you were unemployed this time may grant you a good job.  Travelling for business, tourism, pilgrimage is possible. Saturn will remain favourable throughout his stay in Capricorn but Jupiter going direct in Pisces from 23rd Nov will again trigger draining energies. So prepare yourself for a turbulent phase which will aggravate from mid Jan to mid Apr 2023. Mars in Taurus will be favourable give you courage but when he is in Gemini your mother, family, property, health, etc can give you stress. However, despite everything, Pisces still has a good chance of making use of the planetary energies in 22-23.

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As always, the remedy for every sort of unbalanced energy is either,

  1. Mantra ie you use the power generated by using mantra to reduce the negative effect to the bare minimum. This can be a regular system of daily pujas, daily mantra, daily routine, daily sadhana etc or can be a one time major Anushthan which is a more intense puja involving Brahmins who help you perform it. Mantra is not a ‘prayer’ as it is commonly interpreted to be.
  2.  Daana. Here you use the power of your intention to give this unbalanced energy away to a consciousness capable of absorbing it. This imbalance is generally linked to some sort of a physical object eg sesame oil for Saturn and given away to a temple, nature or to a genuine Brahmin. Daan is not ‘charity’ as is commonly understood.
  3. Behavioural changes. This is possible for someone who has significant intelligence, deeply understands himself, analyses the situation and capable of controlling his mind enough to find a way out from the adversity before him.

The last phase of this year 2022-23 will be from mid-Jan 2023 to mid-Apr 2023 when Jupiter is in Pisces, Saturn is in Aquarius and both will be moving forward. Transits of Saturn should always be analysed in depth as he determines the intensity of karma operating on you. Since in 2022-23 Saturn has been in Capricorn, then in Aquarius, then retrograde in Aquarius, retrograde in Capricorn, forward in Capricorn and again forward in Aquarius. For the slowest moving planet, this rate of change has been very high and is evident in its impact on the world and personal affairs.

Simple Sangeet Sadhana 

I am getting comments from readers who seem to be dejected in life. And with the nature of the current Time/ Kaal, as indicated by the current planetary influences, several of us are genuinely feeling demotivated.

However the easiest way remaining centred and focussed is to adopt a ‘daily routine’. This regular practice, helps you subtly ‘bind’ your life together, one day at a time. Just as the drop of water falling on a rock, for a hundred years destroys it, so does your daily routine destroy negativity in your life. Our Dharma has prescribed several such practices, starting with the Surya Arghya in the morning to lighting a deepak before the Tulsi plant in the evening. I have written about several such small daily practices (index page).

But my readers apparently want an even simpler practice. Thus this post.

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Devi Sarasvati gives her ashirwad/ blessings in two major forms. One is when you are alone, sitting on your Asan and doing your Mantra given to you by your Guru. eg the daily Gayatri mantra sadhana. And the second is when you are singing out aloud either alone or with a group of similar minded people or playing your musical instrument, ie performing Sangeet. This activity is also ingrained in our Dharma in the form of the numerous bhajans, kirtans, aartis etc that we sing daily. eg the Bhajan mandali groups. It is also the responsibility of every parent to teach his/ her child to sing, this helps the child understand ‘Bhava’, ie emotion and makes his/her life richer in the future.

Sangeet is a Sadhana in itself. Music is directly connected to the Naad and ultimately leads to Laya. Naad is the intelligence which creates Om and thus the manifested creation. And as every student of music knows, Laya is the complete absorption of the student into the Swar/ notes, Raag/ melody and Taal/ beat of the Sangeet/ music. As you become one with the emotion that the song expresses, its melody, its beat, you lose your limited sense of the individual self and briefly experience a small part of that Eternal Self. This brief touch of the Eternal then pulls you along even more strongly till eventually you realise Moksh especially if you practice it daily.

If you are not feeling inspired to do any personal spiritual practice, then the only option that remains is to sing out aloud. If you feel that there is nothing more left to do in this world, then the only thing that you must do is to sing.

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Ideally everyone should take up Music. And this is how you can very easily make it a part of your life.

Sing a song of your choice aloud, daily, for a lifetime. Just one song per day, ie 5-10 mins of your time. Even if your voice is toneless, dull, boring, cracked, untrained, makes you cringe, etc yet you must sing out, aloud. And record/ listen to your own singing (also share this audio with your loved ones if you wish.) You can choose movie songs, bhajans, stotras sung like songs, classical music, street-type of music. Sing any thing which you feel like singing, but it should have the following components. 

  1. Words, ie the Shabd – Your chosen song should have lyrics which express a mood, ‘Bhav-geet’. It has to convey, a ‘rasa’, an essence, an emotion, ie happiness, sadness, longing, devotion, anger etc. Check out movie songs, these cover a wide range of human emotions, choose one which resonates with your current mood. Random words stuck together is not a song, avoid this stuff. (You can also sing in Aakaar, ie vocalise just the sound of ‘aaaa’ in the chosen beat/melody, but attempt this after 1yr of the daily song practice.)
  2. Beat, ie the Taala – Every song has a tempo, ie you can clap your hands in time with it. So first try to tap your foot along the beat of the song you choose to sing. Taala is an entire concept by itself, an entire subtle philosophy of the ‘Taa’ and ‘La’ akshar and what they stand for. 
  3. Melody ie the Raag – You are required to sing a song, ie your voice should reach into the notes/ Swar – Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni…, you are supposed to modulate your voice. This rhythm of the sound notes, their melodious ‘movement’ is called Raag in Bharatiya classical music. There are over 800 Raag and further about 400 Ragini in our music. Generally old movie songs from all Bharatiya language are set to the melody of the Raag. Performing rap or reciting in a plain monotone is not ‘singing’, avoid this.

Choose your songs and sing loudly, confidently. Try to pronounce the words clearly, follow the beat and the melody the best you can. And it is perfectly ok if you miss a beat or sound off-tune, you are after all learning how to sing. Try to hear your own voice with your own ears as you sing the songs. Becoming aware of your own voice is a big achievement in spiritual practice. This daily song will also help you practice ‘hearing’. Ultimately your ears have to be trained to ‘hear’ the fundamental sound of Om, the Anahata Naad, the ‘unstruck’ sound and the daily song will help you achieve this with time. Try to feel the sound vibrating in your throat, chest, upper abdomen. With time, you will sense that these sound vibrations are actually emanating from your navel/ Nabhi. When this happens, you will have completed a very significant phase in your Sangeet Sadhana.

Sound evolves from Silence in 4 distinct phases (Para, Pashchanti, Madhyama, Vaikhari). When you start feeling the vibration of the ‘sound’ in your navel, it means that you are now becoming aware of the Silence ie reaching towards the point of Para. Here ‘Silence’ does not mean ’emptiness’, it is not shunya. Silence here is the Poorna, the ‘completeness’, the conscious energy which has the potential to create anything and everything. Poorna is Advaita.

And if you critically analyse, as you sing, you are using the power of Silence strategically intertwined with the Sapta-Swar, Sa, Re…. Ni in a melodious, rhythmic format and also generating some emotions along the way. So with each song that you sing, you are subtly cleansing your own self, getting rid of the impurities in your astral body, moving forwards towards the Self. Singing is not a task, it can never be by force, you sing because you enjoy singing. You are singing for your own self, for your own enjoyment. This emotion in your mind generates very deep happiness on the inside. And happiness / Anand is also the Advaita.

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Once you get into the habit of singing your daily song, you will notice several positive changes about yourself. First your lung capacity will increase, ie you can breathe more deeply into your lungs. This helps your heart and your physical body will benefit. Singing out aloud helps elevate the mood, you feel fresh, active yet relaxed. Your brain is learning something new daily and also practicing it, ie producing the sound from the throat, this helps it remain active and alert. Your confidence will increase, public speaking will become easier etc.

One song per day means that in one year, you will have 365 audio clips with you. After this one year, again listen to the first song which you had recorded and compare. Analyse your performance, your voice quality, ability to follow a beat, to stick to a rhythm, the power of your voice etc. Then analyse your personality, you have changed dramatically in this one year. This one year mark is going to be an eye-opener for you as you analyse your own performance. 

Now, if you feel like it, you can start learning Bharatiya classical music under a proper teacher. Our music is categorised under Uttar Bharat aka Hindustani and Dakshin Bharat aka Carnatic. Uttar gives more importance to the essence and Dakshin is more focussed on the purity of the technique. Both are fundamentally the same concept expressed in two different ways. Both are equal, so choose whichever appeals to your mind.

Or you can choose to learn a musical instrument. Our instruments are generally of three basic types

  • stringed – eg Veena, Sitar, tambora, Ektara, Santoor, Sarangi, Gopichand etc.
  • wind – bamboo flute, Nadaswaram, Shehnai, Pungi
  • percussion (made of either metal or stretched leather). – Damaru, tabla, mrudangam, Dhol, etc.

Bharatiya instruments are designed to evoke Bhav, emotion from the inner depths of the mind. If possible, try to go to concerts where artists are performing the Raag live, or playing our Bharatiya instruments live, you will understand what I mean here. There is a depth to our Raag and to our instruments, the generated sounds are deeply absorbed within, they are healing in nature. (Hearing the same sounds through the electric speakers is also good but it does not give the same depth.)

Musical instruments are called ‘वाद्य’ Vadya in Devbhasha Samskrutam. Vadya means something that is played or sounded and it also means ‘speech’. So the basic Vadya that each one of us always has with us is the throat. This is the greatest of all musical instruments and everyone must use it, ie sing. There are fancy courses on ‘voice training’ these days, but the easiest ‘voice training’ is to train your throat to sing the notes/ Swar – Sa Re Ga…. in their correct frequency. Eg if your base note Sa is at D# then you must be able to consistently vocalise this same D# frequency as Sa. You can use a tanpura/ tambora app for training your mind/ throat or there are mobile apps which you can use to monitor the frequency of your base note. Again do all this after 1yr of singing your daily song.

In my opinion the most difficult instrument is the bamboo flute. This is called Bansuri in Uttar and Venu in the Dakshin. There are no keys, no strings, nothing inside it, nothing outside it. Perhaps this is why Bhagwan Krishna held the Bansuri / Venu to his lips. You can play the bamboo flute only if your mind is relaxed and your breath is perfect. Each hole has the capacity to play notes in 3 different pitches and both the regular and flat notes. It is your control over your mind and breath, that creates the specific note you want to play. It is an extraordinary instrument (even keeping a bamboo flute in the house is brings auspiciousness.)

Sangeet derives from the Ved. The technical name is Gandharva ved and it is one of the 4 upa-ved, ie is is a supplement to the Ved. The Ved themselves are understood and experienced through the lens of Music, thus Sangeet has a very high value in our Dharma and our life. This term ‘Gandharva’ is the understanding which brings near the Eternal Auspiciousness, creates that relationship, perfumes with the eternal aroma etc. Music is sometimes called Gandharva vidya and just like any other vidya it has its Para and Apara versions, ie it can grant you realisation of the Self or it can grant you material and worldly successes. How to use a Vidya is as always your own choice.

Sound is conscious and intelligent. and has its own undeniable power. eg Once, my Guru told me to sing Raag Bhairav in the searing heat of the afternoon. Bhairav is an early morning raag which uses shuddha Madhyam Ma while the afternoon Raags use Teevra Madhyam Ma. As I sang naturally, the first Ma I sang was Teevra! I stopped and then with conscious control sang in the correct Raag Bhairav at a time where it does not flow naturally. Another eg, when I get back home, it is the time for the evening Raag Yaman, so if I play my flute without thinking anything, the fingers automatically play a melody with the Swars in Yaman as is suited to the time/ Kaal.

Sangeet is very intricately connected to the Kaal, ie conscious energies of Time and if you take efforts and excel in the Gandharva vidya, Kaal / Time too will flow favourably for you. 

Point being, Sangeet has its own power, it is a Vidya, an Upa Ved and a Sadhana. If you take one step in its direction, the Gandharva ved will pull you 100 steps onwards. Even if you think that singing a movie song daily is silly, do it. It is the first step towards the Para. And it is perhaps the most delightful route that you can think of.

So sing as you flow towards your Self.

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Effects of Mars and Rahu conjunction 

Mars is said to be like Ketu and Rahu is said to like Saturn. However do remember that Rahu and Ketu are subjective in nature, they are astral forces. Mars and Saturn are objective in nature, they give tangible physical ‘real’ results. These are cruel forces, kroor graha who cause turbulence and sorrow in life.

The keywords for Mars are birth, death, vitality, challenges, exploration, secrets, domination, pioneering spirit, competitiveness, winning, blood and the circulatory system, pran and the Nadi system etc. He is an explosion of raw power, always on the move.

And Rahu is the desire to have it all. To gain every sort of experience, to reach and then over-reach, to achieve in every way possible, amoral by nature. He wants satisfaction but by his very nature he is never ever satisfied. 

Rahu and Mars together have the potential to become very intense. Rahu will enhance Mars’s objective results on the subjective plane too, so you will feel very deeply when you act as per Mar’s significations in your life. This can get so intense that all positive results of Mars are destroyed by the endless desire of Rahu. And they are enemies.

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If you have Mars-Rahu together in your birth chart then you need to analyse it step-wise like this-

The sign in which this is happening and its nature is critical. If Mars is comfortable in this sign, he can constructively use Rahu’s power. Mars is exalted in Capricorn, debilitated in Cancer, his own signs are Aries (also mooltrikon) and Scorpio. Plus he functions well in the other two fiery signs, Leo and Sagittarius. Rahu is generally malefic for every ascendant sign but rarely he can function as a Yogkarak, so check this aspect before predicting severe results and scaring yourself.

Check if the Mars is retrograde, combust or debilitated which can change the way his power moves. I have observed that these combinations turn the Mars energies inwards. You might cause damage to yourself rather than others with this sort of Mars, so being careful is advisable. You need to find an outlet for your Mars Rahu energies else you suffocate inside.

Also check Mars’s shad-bala, vimshopak-bala, avastha, ashtakvarga, nakshatra etc as per your level of study. The more information you have on your Mars the more you will be aware of Rahu’s influence on him and thus you. If they are less than 15deg apart then the effect will be even more intense. If they are in the same Nakshatra or in the same Nakshatra pad (this means in the same Navamsha), then the effect will be obviously felt more.

Next is the house in which this is happening. Generally if this occurs in the 3rd, 6th, 10th 11th houses and has some beneficial influences then the combination can generate revolutionary leaders of the positive sort. You will be able to use this energy to fight injustices, right wrongs, help the downtrodden etc.

Analyse the houses owned by Mars, ie where do Aries and Scorpio lie in your chart. Both the house controlled by Mars in your chart will also show the effect of Rahu. His typical over reach, habit of creating illusions, playing politics, cheating, etc will also influence these two houses.

You should also check the houses which are aspected by Mars, he has the regular 7th aspect and the additional 4th 8th aspects which in my opinion can be more intense. Then Ketu is always opposite Rahu, so in this Mars-Rahu conjunction, Mars will be fully aspecting Ketu. This aspect generally intensifies the fiery energies in the house/ sign of Ketu as it aggravates his fiery nature. If the rest of the chart is unable to absorb or regulate this energy then it can cause immense damage to this house. 

The conjoint Rahu will hold back Mars’s maturity period. So you will remain unaware of Mars’s power and potential for a significant part of your life. You will become aware of them both together as you cross your mid 40s and their full effect will be evident by the age of 48yrs.

In the Vimshottari Dasha system, Mars Mahadasha is followed by Rahu Mahadasha so this is a continuous experience of 25yrs, which is a very significant time frame. So if your Rahu Mars are in a progressive house/sign and are capable of giving positive results then you can have an extraordinary 25yr span in your lifetime, else this period can be quite turbulent.

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A few typical results of this combination will be as follows, however they will vary in intensity as per individual chart combinations. So do tailor them to your personal chart keeping in mind the above listed points.

This combination grants you an hyper alertness about the things connected with Mars. And your aggression is generally directionless, ie you are generically aggressive towards everyone. You may not be aware of this but everyone is a little bit scared of you.

There is a tendency towards self-harm. But depending on the other combinations in your chart, you might or not act on these thoughts. But you think about violence, dangerous situations etc. You might visualise yourself doing risky acts or wish to do so. You are not afraid of physical injury and are willing to get yourself hurt in the process. 

There is an elevated sense of ego as you always feel very powerful. You think that you can get over any situation by a display of sheer power, intimidation, domination and aggression. You are willing to offer violence as a solution to every problem in life. However this is not the pure Mars, it is linked to the sneakinesses of Rahu. So you might show that you are brave strong etc but there is a hollowness in your these claims. Given a chance you might to choose underhanded tricks rather than fair competition to achieve your aims.

And you can be whipped into a fighting frenzy. So be very clear about the life philosophy that you follow. You can be goaded into religious or racist intolerance which can easily turn violent. And you can further inspire others into similar violence, as you have significant leadership qualities. This sort of combination can thus lead to terrorist, anti-social, activities. Depending on the rest of the chart you can even become some sort of a revolutionary leader of the negative sort. 

On the health front, there are possibilities of blood related issues. Rash behaviour can lead to accidents, injuries, surgeries or even physical death. There is a tendency to get into addictions, drinking, gambling, womanising, etc negative habits. 

In the family, you most likely are the oldest among your siblings. In case you are a woman, relationships will be affected. Multiple serious relationships, two or more marriages, divorce, widowhood, extra-marital affairs, serious love affairs which do not culminate into marriage, marriages with strangers/foreigners etc are possible. These situations can be averted or their intensity be reduced if the 7th lord and Jupiter are strong in your chart.

If you have this combination in your birth chart, then you should learn techniques to help you control your thoughts. Yogasan, Pranayam, Dhyan, Mantra pujas, etc are a good option as here both Rahu and Mars will get an outlet to express their physical and astral energies. Going to the gym or engaging in only physical activity is just Mars, it does not give control over the astral Rahu. Remember that it is very easy to provoke you into violence, so best learn to count to 10 before exploding into action.

Depending on which house this combination occurs, you can try to invest in stocks of companies manufacturing arms or work in such an environment or work in R&D to develop weapons or work in the police or the army or in turbulent situations where you can release this energy in a productive and positive manner. Explosives, petroleum, fire etc related jobs where you work with destructive energies can suit you. You can also write motivational articles, engage in rigorous research, occult, invent new stuff etc. You need a continual stimulation of new horizons to explore and you are willing to do anything for this. You are also quite intelligent, opportunistic have a very strong will and are willing to take risks. This Mars and Rahu then can shape an extraordinary individual if the rest of the chart permits it.

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On the transit front, the Rahu Mars conjunction occurs once every about 1.5yrs or so and it is now due from 27th Jun to 10th Aug 2022 in Aries. This time can give extreme results as Saturn will be aspecting them with his 3rd aspect from 27th Jun to 12th July. And then from 12th Jul onwards he will start aspecting Ketu!

World events will become more destructive in nature as Rahu in Aries will suck Mars into his web of deception. The Ukraine-Russia war will intensify. Europe and USA will suffer the most. Civil movements, several of them armed, will erupt all over the world for different reasons. Terrorist activity, gunmen, bomb blasts, destruction of public property, open civil riots etc fueled mainly by intolerant thought processes including religion, corruption, political dramas, etc will occur. Police and the military will be forced to act at great personal risks. The courts will be aggressive and try to control the armies in some way, but this will lead to even more confusion for the elected governments. Deaths of a few aged or prominent leaders is expected. Industrial accidents are possible.

Bharat too will see these same patterns of disruption as above, we are already seeing it in the newspapers daily. In addition the Indian monsoon has arrived, but rain itself is going to behave like a weapon, so cyclones and torrential rains will occur in some places and drought like situations in other areas of our nation.

This Mars Rahu combination is going to give negative results for all the birth Moon signs. All of us will suffer unexplained loneliness, emotional upsets, aggression, rage issues, body pain, mental stress, pressure at work and home, controversies, etc. The best thing to do is to keep a low profile, avoid arguments, avoid risky behaviour, budget and take due precautions for health.

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Birth Moon in airy signs Gemini Libra or Aquarius

As you think, so you are. We are but thoughts, crystallised into human form. We think ourselves into existence by the power of the mind. And this is why the position of the birth Moon is very significant. He is the embodiment of the Mind, the Manas. The Moon determines your thought patterns and thus your very existence.

The 12 signs of the zodiac are divided into,

Vayu वायु in Sanskrit means air, Vaat, wind, pran, greed, desire, breath etc. It is also the name of the deity Vayu, which is a conscious intelligence.

This post is about the common characteristics of the three airy signs, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, the intellectual tycoons of the zodiac. If your birth Moon is in any of these three signs then maybe you can identify the following traits in yourself. Use your knowledge of Jyotish to become more aware of your own self. Learn to identify your strengths and weaknesses to leverage them intelligently in life, thus making the most of it.

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As a Vayu rashi, you are first and foremost quite changeable. The refreshing playful zephyr on a summer morning or equally the furious hurricane, demolishing everything in your path, you are always in motion overtly or covertly. This activity can be physical ie you like travelling, seeing new places, meeting new people, taking in new experiences. New settings, stimulating conversations and exchange of ideas make you happy. Adaptive, flexible, accommodative, cooperative and broad minded, you are made welcome every in every social situation.

You sometimes subtly experiment with people, a well placed word here and there to move situations as per your desire. Setting things into motion with these light interventions and then observing the outcomes is something you do naturally. You are a good conversationalist as you have a strong grasp of language, you instinctively know which word should be used where. Genuinely curious about everything you want to know more, about people, the place or the situation. Information attracts you like nothing  does.

And you need company, your close friend circle, your partners or the infinitely expansive like minded groups. Your interactions with others are your life and soul. Cooperation with the other comes naturally to you. You are generally a transparent personality and do not bear malice or feel hatred in your heart for long. However you can sometimes be unstable and unpredictable. So if anyone crosses you there is no saying how you will react, you might blow the hurt away with the wind or equally keep it within as a grudge to be repaid in full later. This can make you seem flighty or sometimes vindictive.

You also love to physically touch others in the course of your interactions with them. So you engage in shaking hands, clapping others on the back or hugging etc as per the norms of your home culture. Perhaps you do this to reassure yourself of the physical reality of the person before you.

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And this desire to be on the move is equally a mental exercise. So you often travel into the delightful environs of your own mind and think. Ideas, alternative scenarios, projections, playing with your thoughts. Even if you look outwardly relaxed, your mind is always running in the ten different directions and at full speed. Your mind is your favourite toy and your thoughts never stop. You imagine things and sometimes put them on paper, ie write prose and poetry. With such immense creative skills, if you choose, you can be an awesome writer. 

You have the capacity to visualise a situation in the mind’s eye, turn it round and round, gain new perspectives, bring in more information. And you are quite perceptive, you can easily capture different angles of the same situation which others cannot sense. Then you use your intelligence and analysis to logically reduce things to their building blocks. This often leads you to new and unexpected opportunities. You can project into the future and also perform root cause analyses using your judgment and analytical skills.

Your are capable of subjective as well as objective thought, individually and together. And this is a rare ability. Generally people focus on the specific situation before them, ie think only in context of the situation they are in, ie concrete thought patterns. But some are able to observe the concrete before them and extrapolate it to the abstract, and use both these ways to make more sense of the situation. Eg you tell your friend something accurately about his chart. He argues, asserts that you are wrong. You know your subject and are sure about the analysis. There are two overlapping scenarios here, the objective, ie the current argument, the actual question that is being discussed. And the subjective, you now use this event to revalue your friend’s personality. You analyse his reaction, his behaviour and revaluate his personality and fundamentally change your perception about him forever. Both these thought patterns always go on simultaneously in your mind. In fact your mind can think in several directions at once. And other people who cannot comprehend what your mind is capable of will call you egoistic.

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These three signs are the Shudra rashis. This indicates that you have an infinite capacity for working, hard. Always in motion, active and tireless. Even before one project is complete, you have another one ready in your mind. You have the rare ability to multitask. You can communicate, talk, write and are the glue of human interactions, which is the real physical foundation on which this society exists. You produce ‘thought’ which is of immense value and essential. The ability to think is most important as it in turn creates everything else. The Mind is the real creator. And this is ‘work’ in the real sense. Thus the airy rashis are the real actual creators. And finally deep philosophy is not your forte, ie you do not subscribe to any ideological foundation, you are willing to experiment with several thought processes to achieve your goals.

This same theme is continued in the Kama trikon. These signs make up the 9/ 5 axis of creation/ foundation of the desires of the mind. You set your Will in a specific direction and this is the function of the Kama trikon. This trikon crystallises a set of desires in your Mind. You try to get those things which your Mind longs for. Once the mind conceptualises an idea, the rest of the body starts working to achieve it. You are successful at every profession which requires creative thinking and visualisation coupled with lots of diverse activities. 

If we check out the light and dark halves concept and the location of the signs in the natural zodiac. Gemini lies in the inward moving energy part and Aquarius are in the outwardly moving energy half. Libra can go either way (depending on the rest of the chart.)

All are odd signs so are male rashis. This means that your are more the instigator of action. You activate, inspire or provoke others into action. You provide the intellectual, technical etc backup which assures these others who lean on you for guidance. 

The signs opposite to the airy signs are the fiery signs. So your preferred partner is often someone who has a fiery sign in the ascendant sign or the Moon sign or significant planets in the Agni rashis. Though fire and air do not seem a very logical combination but you like interacting with such people. They are opposite to your nature but strangely provide you the fill in the blanks energy which you need. 

These airy signs are composed of Nakshatra connected to Mars, Rahu and Jupiter. That means the 9 nakshatra quarters of each of these signs are composed of,

  • 2 quarters of Mars energy.
  • 4 quarters of Rahu energy
  • 3 quarters of Jupiter energy.

This combination is a very potent mix. Initiative, confidence, secrets, desire for change added to unlimited desires, infinite longings, superlative Will with kindness and luck. A well placed Moon in such an airy sign can create an extraordinary individual. 

If you observe the sequence of Chara, Sthira, Dvi-swabhavi rashis, ie moveable, stable, dual natured, then the signs progressively are dual, moveable and stable. This is the fundamental sequence where first the personality explores options, experiments with each one of them till it is satisfied and stabilises on one of them as the most suitable. All the airy signs will in some way follow this sequence in the life.

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These airy signs are composed of Nakshatra connected to Mars, Rahu and Jupiter. That means the 9 nakshatra quarters of each of these signs are composed of,

  • 2 quarters of Mars energy.
  • 4 quarters of Rahu energy
  • 3 quarters of Jupiter energy.

This combination is a very potent mix. Initiative, confidence, secrets, desire for change added to unlimited desires, infinite longings, superlative Will with kindness and luck. A well placed Moon in such an airy sign can create an extraordinary individual.

If you observe the sequence of Chara, Sthira, Dvi-swabhavi rashis, ie moveable, stable, dual natured, then the signs progressively are dual, moveable and stable. This is the fundamental sequence where first the personality explores options, experiments with each one of them till it is satisfied and stabilises on one of them as the most suitable. All the airy signs will in some way follow this sequence in the life.

For those on the spiritual path, these Moon signs are connected to air, Vayu, Mind, Pran. So if you have some grounding influences in your chart which help you focus then you can easily achieve control over your breath and pran. But to get on the spiritual path you will need to have a powerful watery sign in your chart as airy signs are neither philosophical nor emotional. And to trigger spirituality, you need to have that emotional connect with your adored deity or a deep understanding of philosophy.

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One negative here is that you love the thinking process by itself. So when think of a project and arrive at a conclusion in your mind, this in itself is so highly satisfying that you do not even bother to put your project into actual practice. This can make you unreliable in life.

Another is that you cannot emotionally connect with others on a one to one level and this can affect your relationships with your loved ones. Especially in emotionally charged contexts, such remote behaviour can traumatise your loved ones. Your inability to express emotions in depth can sometimes be a problem in personal relations. This can lead to irresponsible, immature or flighty behaviour.

If this Moon in Vayu rashi is unable to perform optimally he will first create an inflated ego. You will talk illogically, gossip, boast a lot, have an opinion on everything, be impractical and suffer from a lack of grounding. Only talk and zero action. Or you may be cold, calculative, aloof and unapproachable.

This airy Moon can sometimes cause imbalances of the mind, psychiatric problems as general sensitivity is exaggerated. Sometimes this constant thinking can also be a source of stress as the mind gets tired and literally melts. Also medical issues with the physical nerves, allergies and skin related problems.

If you of the Airy Mind, are suffering from such negatives then you should analyse yourself, develop coping mechanisms and try to leverage your positives so that you can live a better adjusted life.

You live your life in your mind.