Nara Narayan and the Bhagwat Gita

The word ‘Narayan’ is a Sanskrit (Devbhasha Samskrutam) compound word composed of two words, ‘Nara’ and ‘Ayan’.

  • नर Nara is the eternal primeval spirit which pervades all creation you see around you. Nara does not just mean a human or a man or a male animal as it is commonly represented. It is a Sanskrit word and so has depths and layers of meanings depending on the context and the ability of the reader to understand. Nara is basically aware consciousness or intelligent energy. It is the same as the Kundalini.
  • आयन  Ayan is a Sanskrit word which means, movement, equilibrium, natural state, stable configuration, arrival, travel on a route, approach, the end of the journey etc.

Narayan is technically split as, ‘Narasya ayanh iti Narayanh’. So ‘Narayan’ can be broadly understood as the ‘equilibrium achieved by the Nara’, or ‘the end of the journey of Nara’, or ‘natural state of the Nara’ or ‘the goal of the Nara’, or the ‘Nara when he reaches his journey’s end’. Narayan has another meaning, ‘first offspring of the origin’.

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(Ramayan means the ‘journey of Shri Ram’. This story/ allegory ends with the coronation of Ram, Ram-Rajya-abhishek. Most Indians are unaware that the Ramayan authored by Rishi Valmiki ends when Ram completes his 14 yrs of travel, comes back to Ayodhya and is crowned King.
All that stuff about banishing his wife, Sita and birth of his children Luv/Kush is not a part of the actual Ramayan.
Another astrological fact, Ravan was killed on Falgun Amavasya, the last day of the Hindu year. Ram returns to Ayodhya on Chaitra Shukla pratipada, the first day of the bright half of the Chaitra month. And he is immediately crowned King on that day. It was the tradition to start a new era with the coronation of powerful Kings so our new year begins on the same day as Ram-Rajya began so many thousands of years ago.
In your spiritual journey, Ravan is your internal self-ego. You destroy this self-ego as you merge into the central Bindu of the Sahasrara chakra. Ravan is the knowledge of the manifested creation, you will experience this completely and transcend this too. If you follow the Ramayan as your primary guide, the sense of self will take on the form of Ravan. Ravan is discordant terrifying vibrations of sound/energy. You destroy this discordance and bring your internal vibrations to resonate with the sound of perfection OM. Thus you achieve Sadyo-mukti.
The Ramayan describes the Dvaita form of philosophy and the Mahabharat the Advaita so Krishna is considered the Purna-avatar, one step more evolved than Ram.)

Now lets see what the Bhagwat Gita of Shri Krishna says about Nara and Narayan. (This now is my understanding of the Gita, as read from the original Sanskrit text and the commentary on it named ‘Pranav-Gita’.)

Nara is the potential energy of the framework on which these universes manifest. ie it is the Kundalini shakti of Shri-Vidya. Nara is aware intelligence. Normally in an average human, this awareness resides at the lowest levels of creation, ie it resides at the Muladhar chakra and pervades along the 5 lower chakras from Muladhar to Vishuddhi. These 5 chakras are linked to our 5 senses, hearing, touch etc. The function of this awareness here is, to surround pure intelligence/soul by ignorance. This ignorance is created by the 5 senses who bring in ‘subjects’. Eg taste, sound etc are called ‘subjects’. As this conscious intelligence called ‘nara’ is surrounded by subjective ignorance, it is blind to its Reality. As long as the Nara energy sustains this subjective ignorance, you are fascinated by the manifested creation and the subjects that your sense organs show you. In tantric terminology while your Kundalini is still below the Vishuddhi chakra you are called a ‘pashu पशु ’. You are separate from your own Reality.

Once you start your spiritual practice and continue it regularly, your kundalini will eventually cross these chakras one after the other. (The key is ‘regular spiritual practice’. One of my grand-Guru’s disciples, a Guru himself, Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj, wrote in his books that if one does Dhyan for even 2 years regularly the effects will be obvious. And it is true.)

A spiritual aspirant who has crossed the Vishuddhi chakra and reached the Ajnya chakra is now onwards referred to as a ‘Nara’, he is no longer a ‘pashu’. His consciousness has gone beyond the 5 senses of the lower 5 chakras and he has reached the seat of the individual soul at the Ajnya chakra. Now onwards, he will cross the distance of ’10 fingers’ dasha-angula and from the centre of the eyebrows, reach the top of the head.

The seat of the Parabrahma in your human body is located at the top of your head. Within the Sahasrara chakra there is the central Bindu, the location of the Nirvishesh Brahma, Advaita. This is the goal. The ultimate cannot be sensed by the 5 senses, there is no duality, there are no subjects and there is pure awareness or complete knowledge of the Self. This is non-subjective intelligence. The Nara awareness will cross the Ajnya chakra, through the Dash-angula-sthan and traverse upward till it reaches the Sahasrara and its central Bindu. This is where the ‘Nara’ evolves into the ‘Narayan’. The function of the Narayan awareness is to merge itself into the Ultimate Reality located at the Bindu. This is Moksh or attainment of the Nirvishesh brahma.

Dhanvantari, the God of medicine

In Hinduism/Sanatan dharm, there are lots of deities, demi-gods, forces of nature etc which are worshipped. Eg suppose you are a devotee of Ganapati. He resides at the Muladhar chakra. To get your Kundalini into the Brahmanadi of the Sushumna you need the blessings of Ganapati. So you meet him first on your spiritual journey. But if you read the Ganapati atharvashirsha, it clearly states that Ganapati resides at the Muladhar chakra but is also several other energies and also the source ‘Om’ ! This is a paradox then? Not so. We worship an intelligent consciousness. In Sanatan Dharm the keyword is ‘evolution’. Everything is a yadnya यज्ञ an evolution. As your consciousness evolves from the Muladhar to the Bindu, do not expect your adored deity to remain constant! There is no constant, it is all in motion. You will see your deity, Ganapati also evolving. As your consciousness becomes more capable of experiencing more subtle things, you will be shown them, you will also evolve. Ganapati will show you more subtle and subtler aspects of himself simultaneously, till he shows you his ultimate reality, and this will be your ultimate reality too. Thus the aspirant, the deity and the process of spiritual development all merge into the Non-dual.

So as per the Bhagwat Gita, the Nara at the base of the Muladhar chakra, evolves and finally realises himself as the Narayan at the top of the chakra geometry, at the Bindu. Nara is thus equated with Maya-shakti, the power which maintains creation. And Narayan is also called the Brahma-shakti the power which merges the soul into the Ultimate.

In Bhagwat Gita the primary dialogue is between Arjun and Krishna. (Secondary dialogue is between Sanjay and Dhrutarashtra, wrote about it here).

Here Arjun represents Nara and Krishna is Narayan or the Guru. Pure consciousness delivers the Gita to the consciousness bound by the subjective senses. But remember that this duality is only on the surface, actually both are the same. This realisation of non-duality is the gist of the Gita. The perceptions of desires, ie the ‘subjects’ are gradually removed by the influence of the Brahma-shakti or Narayan. The doubts of the sense-bound consciousness are removed by the pure knowledge delivered by Narayan. This dialogue, Gita, between Krishna and Arjuna is the solution of all the doubts of the Nara, so that he can evolve.

Here I will introduce one more word, ‘bhav’ भाव. It is a way of thinking, assumption, supposition, a supposed state. Arjun is ‘Jiv-bhav’, ie the assumption of the individual soul with its karmic baggage under Maya and is the assumption of a supposed duality. Krishna is the Atma-bhav, the assumption of higher intelligence or the Guru.  These are the two states of the Non-dual, the apparent duality. The atma-bhav guides the disciple or the jiv-bhav towards itself via the Gita. The Jiv-bhav evolves with the power of knowledge of the Self, until it reaches the the topmost Bindu where it merges with the Atma-bhav and realises Non-duality.

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Narayan is a mantra too. ‘Om Namo Narayanaya’ is a very potent simple mantra which you can practice if you feel like it.

If you are able to do this one tiny thing you will achieve Sadyo mukti of the Videha type. ie you will realise non-duality, Nirvishesh brahma at the instant of your body’s physical death. If you are able to recite this one word mantra ‘Narayan’ as your consciousness leaves your body, you will achieve perfect Moksh. However at the moment of exit, things get so confused that I am sure none of us will remember this.

If you think deeply, our entire life is in preparation for the exit from this physical body. We do our work, do our karma, follow our conscience, act as per our personal Dharma, do our spiritual practices etc, why? Just so that when we leave this shell, we gain access to the highest possible energy route out. Most of us are scared of physical death and thus we fail to capitalise on the energies of the most important moment that we have. (I can write so much more on this but it would be too much for the average householders who read this blog.) 

This post has again become a bit heavy, but we are discussing the Gita, the ultimate Yog-shastra. So do read the earlier posts hyper-linked within to understand it better. If you follow the Bhagwat Gita as your primary source of inspiration, do not just read it, also practice it. Read it in Sanskrit even if you do not understand. Sanskrit is linked to the energy of the chakras, it will do its job on your internal energy. Nara to Narayan is evolution, experience it.

 

Tripur, Tripurari, Tripursundari

Unknown birth details and exact time of birth

The birth horoscope and the further divisional charts are calculated on the basis of the exact birth time. You canno predict anything accurately without the divisional charts, (you need the 9th divisional chart/ Navamsha at least). So the exact time of birth is vital. There are several interpretations as to what is the exact time of birth; when the head comes out of the birth canal, or when the entire body comes out or the the first cry etc. Perhaps the true time of birth can never be determined, as it actually is the time of conception!

From the astrological point of view, ‘birth’ is when the umbilical cord is cut. This is done generally within a couple of minutes after the baby’s body is out of the mother’s body (it may be a natural birth or Caesarean birth). This is the instant when the baby becomes an individual. Now it is separate from its mother, it is now self-sustaining. Now, from this instant, its own horoscope will start operating. The baby has been born and is a separate human being when its umbilical cord is cut.

In our modern times everyone has a watch, or the hospital has a wall-clock, and the doctors/ nurses do note the birth time sincerely. If you are having a baby, you can request them to note the time when the umbilical cord is cut. Or if you are accompanying your wife in the delivery room, you can note this time accurately yourself.

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Now for clients there often is a discrepancy in the birth time. There is generally an error of upto 5 mins in noting the time e.g. 12:18 may be recorded as 12:20 or 12:15. Most of the clients you get will be of this type with a few minutes off their actual birth-time. In these clients you can draw their birth chart and the D-9. The accuracy of the D-9 can be cross-checked by asking a few questions about their life events. A 5min error in birth time can be easily corrected like this. You may not be able to pin-point the exact time but the D9 generated will be good enough. In my opinion, doing the a full-fledged ‘birth-time rectification’ in such cases is not really necessary. If you can get the Navamsha chart correct you are good to go. (the other divisional charts are not necessary for the usual client questions. The birth chart and D-9/ Navamsha are enough.)

For older clients, sometimes the precise birth details are generally not available. These clients know their day of birth but not the accurate birth time. In these cases if the client is more than 48yrs old, draw the chart with the house containing the birth Moon as the first house. And read it like you would read a normal birth chart with the keywords of the houses etc. This works quite well for future predictions, and there is a valid reason for this. The planets mature at specific years of life. Rahu/ Ketu mature the last, at the age of 48yrs. After this age this birth Moon chart becomes more important than the ascendant sign birth chart.

As you know, the body is composed of five sheaths, the panch-kosh. These five sheaths are sub-divided into three types of bodies, physical body, the subtle body and the causal body. The physical body is linked to the ascendant sign/ lord. The subtle body is linked to the Moon and the causal body to the Sun. When we cross the age of maturity of all the planets ie 48yrs of age, the focus shifts to the subtle body self. The physical self has given its maximum and the environment has given its potential too. Now onwards the focus of the entire personality gradually shifts away from the material life represented by the ascendant sign and its lord. If you have crossed this age, think back on the events and experiences at the age of 46-50yrs, you will notice that gradually the charm of material achievements had subtly lessened during these years. After this age, you are more willing to be content, there is a mental stability, you are more resilient to emotional turmoil etc (unless the Moon is badly afflicted). The vagaries of the material life are less important to your sense of self-content and personal happiness. Eg a teenager gets his hand amputated in an accident, it is extremely tragic to him on all levels, physical, emotional, mental etc. And a 55yr old gets his hand amputated in an accident, it is equally tragic but he would be more able to cope with the loss on the mental/emotional levels. This is the effect of maturity of all the planets as they change perceptions.

So the point is that if you get a client older than 48yrs, and he knows his day of birth but not the exact time, use his birth Moon chart as his horoscope and predict from it. It will work.

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I have seen that the easiest thing is to use Prashna kundali, rather than getting into birth time rectification. If the client has only one question uppermost in his mind, the Prashna system will give accurate answers. The time that the question is asked is used as the rising sign and the chart drawn. Reading this chart will give the answer to this single query. And often the client has one pressing query, about health, education, finances, profession, property, missing things, lost objects, medical problems, children, etc. Prashna system is quite very easy to learn. Buy the books and simply refer to the chapters. Read from the books and practice first then take on clients.

And finally the toughest, if the client wants a life reading and does not have any birth details. Now if you take this up, you have a lot of work. First to calculate his birth details, ‘birth time rectification’. Then to verify its accuracy by comparing with his life details and his physical features etc. And then predicting the future for the life-reading.

There are two ways by which you determine the precise birth details. If you are interested, look up a teacher who can teach you this, face to face.

  • Palmistry – in this birth time rectification method, the vertical lines on the fingers, thumb and the base of thumb are counted and put in different mathematical formulae. This will give the year, month, fortnight, tithi (lunar phase), day, yog, karan, nakshatra etc, the time in ghati (vedic time measurements). You have to take the palm prints of the client and count the tiny lines properly on every finger, segment-wise. It is very tedious, one of my astrology teachers showed me how to do it. You can calculate the birth time upto seconds level accuracy. A competent astrologer/ palmist can do this.
  • Mathematics – There are several mathematical techniques for finding the exact time of birth described by standard authors. These are pure math calculations so you need to have an aptitude for maths and a thorough knowledge of the effect planets have on the physical body structure and life events. Only an experienced astrologer will attempt this method for clients.

So in answer to your question (whoever had asked it). If your astrologer claims that he will do birth time rectification and give your exact time of birth, check if he really knows how to do it. There are these two methods for genuine birth time rectification. And if he is charging a large amount for it, it is justified as calculating it by either method takes a significant amount of time and knowledge of practical astrology.

 

Planets to help you in your Pregnancy

Manage your Retrograde planets

A bit of statistics, Venus is retrograde in approx 5% of the charts, Mercury 8%, Mars 7%, Jupiter 22% and Saturn 26%. Then 52% of charts have at least one planet retrograde with the likelihood being Saturn> Jupiter> Mars> Mercury> Venus retrograde.

Retrograde planets deviate from the normal as the planet gives unpredictable results in life. You are made to re-learn, re-experience, re-examine, re-do the lessons indicated by the planet till you understand it fully. This means that, you might be on the verge of success and you fail at the last moment, there are disappointments in physical life, rarely meltdowns of epic proportions, internal emotional turmoil. There is often a feeling of suffocation and repression in the aspects of life connected to these planets. The expression of the planet’s energy in the physical life is often erratic. On the inner levels, it gives a boost for the spiritual practice and growth. It is logical as disappointments in the material life are always conducive to progress in the spiritual life. It is painful in the short-term.

Remember that a planet will influence these basic items from your birth chart.

  • The house/ sign it is in, and also other planets if it is conjunct with any.
  • The house/ sign/ planet it aspects.
  • The signs owned by the planet, check out which houses they are placed in.
  • The other planets placed in the signs it owns.

If you have more than two retrograde planets in your chart, examine them carefully. These planets project their energies inwards not outwards. Eg a Retrograde Mars will not allow you to healthily express your aggression, confidence, innovation etc. It will bubble inside till it reaches a breaking point where it will burst out with so much force that you won’t be able to use it productively, generally it triggers a melt-down, you might cry or rage uncontrollably. This will be a rare event, maybe once or twice a year but others might think you have an unpredictable temper. So if there are more retrograde planets they will weaken the outwardly directed power of the personality as a whole, as many aspects of your life will be influenced by these many planets.

There is a misconception that when retrograde, malefic planets reduce their malefic intent and benefic planets too reduce their benefic behaviour. It does not happen like this. The planet’s functional malefic/ benefic nature is as per the ascendant sign, it does not change. Eg Mars is Yogkarak for Cancer and Leo ascendants and Saturn for Taurus and Libra ascendants, they will be Yogkarak irrespective or retrograde or forward motion. And Jupiter is a functional malefic for the Taurus and Libra ascendants irrespective of his forward/ retrograde motion. What can happen is this. It is possible that the malefic intent gets diverted to the inner worlds and is not visible in the outer environment. Or the benefic aspect of the planet is also diverted to the inner self and thus invisible. But we are studying how to analyse the planet’s energy, turmoil is turmoil, be it in the inner world or the outer material world.

Then again some believe that if a planet is retrograde and in his exalted or debilitated sign it nullifies the retrograde! This is again absurd. Retrograde planet’s results are often invisible in the material world. So an exalted planet may not give visible results but he will give his exaltation result in the inner world. So the perception is that exalted power loses his power to give good results when retrograde.

Do understand the concepts first. Retrograde/ forward is about the direction of the planet’s energy, inner self or the material world. And exhalation/ debilitation is about the comfort levels of the planets in the environment of the sign that they are placed in, does the planet’s energy match the environment he is placed in. Do not mix the concepts. Malefic /benefic can be thought of as the level of happiness/ harshness that the planet is responsible for in your chart. Each concept defines a different aspect of the planets energy, behaviour and expected results. Each concept adds to your understanding of how your energy is represented by this planet. They do not cancel each other out!

Manage your Retrograde planets

So now theoretically you know that your birth chart has a retrograde planet and its energy is going to be expressed differently. You know which houses/ signs/ planets he is going to influence. You know that if he is a functional benefic/ malefic for your chart etc. In short now you know what all he stands for in your chart, what all he is capable of giving you, now let’s add ‘timing’ to it.

First add the Dasha to it. Check the Vimshottari Dasha section and see if you are in the Mahadasha/ main period or Antardasha/ sub period of the retrograde planet. If so, his influence on you is amplified. If so you might watch out for the following behavioural changes in yourself. These are your actions/ reactions and these can be extreme, erratic and unpredictable.  You are not allowed to express them normally in a flow, they tend to bubble under the surface till they explode spectacularly at rare intervals.

This, in brief, will be the background energy of this period controlled by the retrograde planet.

  • Mercury will affect your interest and concentration in studies, communications, choices made in life, thought processes, siblings and office teammates, legal and financial issues etc. Intuition will try to dominate over logical analytical processes. You need to be careful while driving and doing similar skill-based activities. Try to write something regularly this will give your Mercury a regular safe outlet.
  • Venus will give extremes in relationships. You might get married, divorced, remarried or get into a series of affairs. Or in the other extreme shun relationships and enter deep spiritual practice. You will be shown the real value of relationships during this period. During this period, try and take an active interest in your financial dealings and business partnerships at least. Do some creative stuff like sketching or some regular spiritual practice. The simplest outlet for this Venus can be as simple as putting on some make-up and wearing nice clothes!
  • Mars will give mood swings and cycles of melt-downs and rage which would be uncontrollable. Generally he is reluctant to assert himself or act decisively. Do not lose your temper while dealing with the opposite sex. Do not take unnecessary risks and be careful while driving etc. Going to the gym regularly helps in giving the aggression a safe outlet.
  • Jupiter’s retrograde extremes can be an overly religious fanaticism, dogmatism or a complete rejection of God/divinity. A sanyasi or an atheist for a specific period or for a life-time. But more insidious is an internal hopelessness and pessimism that he generates. Guard your mindset against this, else this can cause dullness in life. Go to a temple once in a while or read a new book once a week, its upto you. Be more active, try to think and do something new once in a while.
  • Saturn gives fear. The underlying theme is being scared of something all the time, under stress. When he is retrograde at birth or in transit he affects your ability to work off your karmic imbalance. So the person either becomes a workaholic as he is afraid of being punished. Or he loses all fear. This is actually unhealthy as once needs to be aware of social reputation, responsibilities towards family/society etc. Then he neglects his duties and gets himself and his family into trouble. This can lead to inferiority complex and dejection later. So during his retrogrades, do not isolate yourself, try to mingle with others, attend social functions and keep in touch with family/friends, this will help.

Manage your Retrograde planets

Then you need to fine tune the ‘timing’ part of your analysis. This is done using transits. We look at the transit position of the planet counted from its birth position. I have written posts on analysing transit positions of the planets in my earlier posts.

And finally I have observed that if your retrograde birth planet is going forward in its transit motion, you might feel the energies of the planet to be more suffocating. You might feel that the energy is going nowhere. But when your retrograde planet at birth gets retrograde in transit too, there is a sense of movement, that events connected to the planets are finally moving on.

This was a very brief on how the retrograde planets give results during their Dasha and transit periods. You should analyse your own horoscope from this starting point and continue your own analysis. If there are any extreme effects, you should try to alter your behaviour or there are simple remedies that you can try for yourself. Generally this much is enough. If this doesn’t address the issue, then you can try the detailed mantra-based remedies too.

Retrograde planets are nothing to be scared of. Eg you are walking on a road and you see something beautiful. You walk on, but then you turn your head again to see that beautiful thing again. Retrograde planets in your birth chart are something like this. You are revising the planet, learning its energies more completely. The challenge is to be conscious of what is happening, so try to observe yourself, your actions/ reactions. Do not get worried about retrograde planets in your birth chart. Give them a proper channel to express themselves, be aware of their energies and modify your behaviour so that you can work more easily with their energies.

Be happy, every planet’s placements was chosen by your higher self before you took birth. Trust yourself!

 

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Ketu conjunct planets Nov 2019 – Jan 2020

This period from Nov 2019 to Jan 2020 is a very unusual period. The slowest moving graha, Saturn, Jupiter and Ketu are conjunct. This combination has not occurred at least in the past 300-400 yrs!

And all this in Sagittarius, a sign owned by Jupiter himself. This makes their energies more potent. This is the natural 9th house of the chart and it represents hope, luck, kindness, benevolence, life-foundations, life-philosophy, the support of peers and patrons, the blessing or curses of the ancestors, religious views, the right action to be performed. Having this major planets in this sign affects everyone at very deep levels.

Generally two planets conjunct is a frequent combination, more planets conjunct is rare. During this period we will witness a six planet conjunction and the seventh Rahu opposite them so he too is drawn into their energies. This is a very high energy event.

During this period we have the following things happening too,

  • Venus, Mercury, Moon and Sun will conjunct the trio (Saturn + Jupiter +Ketu) at different periods briefly.
  • Combustion is when the Sun draws off the energies of the planets placed very close to him. Saturn and Jupiter will go combust.
  • Sun will get eclipsed, a total eclipse.
  • Moon will get eclipsed, a partial eclipse.
  • Rahu and Ketu, the true nodes are moving very slowly in their forward motion, almost stationary.
  • there is a planetary war going on in Sagittarius, graha yuddha

The energy of these 2 months is extraordinary and most of us will be experiencing events which will have life-time impacts on us.

To decipher Multiple Spouses

Let’s look on things from Ketu’s perspective in this post. Ketu is the headless graha, the real Moksh karak, he is the things you have no attraction to in this life and he represents the lessons you have learnt deeply in your past lives. You are unaware of the Ketu-things in life. Ketu will be conjoint these following planets during these two very happening months.

Before going on, do a small analysis of what these planets mean to you in your birth chart. To know what they will give you and how will they will behave in transit, you first need to know what the planet is capable of in your chart.

Ketu in Sagittarius has brought to all of us some lessons learnt from the past life experiences of philosophy, benevolence, kindness, all-inclusive nature, luck, optimism, faith, inner self, long journeys, learning, teaching and the blessings of the Guru. We have done all this in some past life or the other, but were unaware of the learnings. This Ketu has given us the fruits of those experiences, we can consciously use them during this period. There is general optimism as Sagittarius belongs to Jupiter and Ketu reflects Jupiterian qualities here. This is a philosophical placement by itself and the only down-side would be uncontrolled over-expansion which brings a downfall later.

During this period, you must have learnt new ways of communication. You have passed on whatever you have learnt. Writing ability, adaptability, flexibility, logical analysis and putting your thoughts out clearly must have happened in some way or the other.

Saturn – Ketu

This conjunction is quite rare and occurs every 18yrs, in the present time it is going on since Ketu entered Sagittarius in March 2019 and will continue till 22nd Jan 2020 when Saturn will leave Sagittarius. I have written about this combination in this post.

Ketu is fiery and dissociative. Saturn is airy and restrictive. They together is a tough combination. Saturn is the work required to rebalance karma. Ketu is the lessons you have so learnt completely and deeply in your part lives, but you are consciously unaware of them. There is an underlying negative or pessimistic attitude during their conjunction and there are often tragic situations. You might have issues in your profession or a run of bad luck. Ketu can bring focus on the negative qualities of Saturn or go to the other extreme where you are unaware of Saturn’s role in your life! In which case it can bring some relief from the demands for karma rebalance. A lot depends on the birth chart and the house where the transit is happening. It is like having Saturn with double the power in this point of your chart.

Sagittarius has its calming effect on both the planets and now that Jupiter himself has joined them, he will reduce their combined negative effect further. For a brief time till 15th Dec the Daityaguru Shukra, Venus is also conjunct here, a very potent combination.

Overall Ketu and Saturn have challenged your views on your personal life philosophy and you have been made to work with new perspectives. Ketu also means penetration and an unusual instinct. Saturn is routine. Together these two have brought in some new-ness in your life foundations, though you may not have been able to accept it at first. However there is significant benefit in long-term, so whatever the situation is, follow your conscience, be patient and keep on working.

Jupiter – Ketu

This is a good combination as Jupiter gives Ketu a direction. It is like having two Jupiters in Sagittarius! Jupiter + Ketu combination is also relatively rare and occurs every 12yrs or so, but the fact that it is happening in Sagittarius makes it special and auspicious.

Ketu is instinct, the past life lessons you fall back upon and Jupiter is wisdom and hope. Together they are quite good. Past karma of the positive sort is willing to give its results now. You are capable of being a good teacher, a good philosopher, a successful spiritual aspirant and you are bound to be this now. However there may be unexpected bumps and restrictions on your path, be patient and persevere. If Jupiter is afflicted in the birth chart, there may be problems in social life and issues with the peers and ancestral spirits. Avoid being rigid about your own opinions, listen to the other side also. This can get cruel sometimes if Ketu overpowers Jupiter’s inherent humanistic tendencies, so consciously try to be kind to yourself and also to others. But as this is happening in Sagittarius, Jupiter’s own house so guard against over-expansion. Keep your analytical mind ready and act after thinking things through. You will be sensitive to things, intuition will be high. Ketu’s typical ability to fog the mind or conversely penetrate through the fog will operate. You might be blessed with children now if the birth horoscope indicates it. Avoid getting married during this period.

Essential spiritual practice

Venus – Ketu

Venus will be with Ketu + Jupiter + Saturn till 15th Dec 2019. Ketu + Venus indicates that the past life karma connected to relationships of all types has reached its apex, you have learnt all the possible lessons from the Venus syllabus. Till now you were unaware of your these lessons, but now you will be made aware of them. For the spiritual aspirants this period is pure gold! You can use those skills from your past lives consciously.

You might get some opportunities to showcase your artistic talents. For those in the fashion industry this period can be quite productive. Avoid making serious business commitments or financial transactions or getting married during this period. Be careful of starting new relationships during this period. You will search for love, but it will lead to disappointment and frustration. For those who are already married, marital happiness might swing between extremes, passion and apathy. If you are trying to conceive a child, best wait for some time.

Moon – Ketu

Moon in his monthly transits will pass over Sagittarius, coming in conjunction with Ketu here. During this brief window of 2.25days per month, you might observe these sort of effects on your mind/ emotions. This has already happened once on 28-30 Nov 2019 and will happen once more on 25-27 Dec 2019. For the spiritual aspirant, this can be a very good period for Devi pujas. The eclipse on the no-moon Amavasya of 26th Dec is going to be exceptional.

Dreams, visions, deep mediative states, psychic stuff. Insights into the paranormal and other dimensions or sixth sense can operate. Your astral self is influenced by the separative planet Ketu. If your Moon has matured in your birth chart, you will benefit as Ketu will trim off the over-emotional and over-reactive bits of the mind. This might help you focus on the important things and allow multi-tasking and analytical abilities. Ketu has the ability of creating a fog or penetrating through the fog. On the flip side, you might feel fear of unknown or actual ghosts or negative energies around you. Intense Ketu and sensitive Moon together can sometimes be quite difficult to handle, especially if the Moon has not matured yet.

However do remember that on 25-27 Dec 2019, Moon is going to be influenced by several planets, keep your emotions in control and don’t let anything distract you.

Sun – Ketu

Sun enters Sagittarius on 17th Dec 2019 adding his energies to the Jupiter + Saturn + Ketu already present here. Ketu and Sun are in a way similar,  fiery, can get quite angry, are intense, royal, have a penetrating intelligence etc. Heat and cruelty are characteristics of both. During this conjunction in transit, the traits of the Sun are strengthened. Creative energy, centre roles, prominence in public etc are possible. There is clarity of thought and action. Aggression born of a feeling of entitlement will be there. So make use of this.

Ketu eclipses the Sun, which he will be doing now. The Solar eclipse in the morning of 26th Dec 2019 will be a soul-changing experience for all of us in the eastern hemisphere where the eclipse will be seen. Especially for India and people in India at that time, this eclipse is very important. The Sun is our self-ego, so this eclipse by Ketu is actually good for spiritual growth. However this can also be seen as a loss of confidence or self-centric behaviour or mental confusion. Avoid the extremes of pessimism and also over-enthusiasm and you will be alright. Take care of the physical health and especially of the eyes. I have written about eclipses and their energies in my other posts, do go through them to make full use of the eclipse energies.

Sagittarius is a fiery sign so the environment is conducive for both of them. This conjunction is a very unique opportunity for all of us.

Chakras and their conscious energies

Mercury – Ketu

Mercury enters Sagittarius on 25th Dec adding his energy to Sun + Jupiter + Saturn + Ketu present here. Analytical Mercury and the other-dimensional Ketu energies will change the way people think for a brief period. There is willingness to think out of the box, to try innovative things, to experiment and do new stuff. Imagination and the ability to act both will be boosted.

If you have a positive Mercury in your chart, this period will lead to a very creative phase. Astrologers would be able to give really good predictions, as the analytical ability is boosted. Finances, stocks and money making abilities are favoured.

If this Mercury is unable to give good results then, criticism, irritating juvenile behaviour is expected. Analytical ability will be affected, this can lead to frustrations in crisis. There is possibility of harm by gossip and loose talk. Legal issues are possible. Avoid financial dealings and speculations during this period.

What is going to happen in these few months is very unpredictable as there are so many forces and events happening one after the other very fast. But whatever happens will leave its effect on your for a life-time or several life-times. Do some spiritual practice so that this energy gets channelised in the best possible manner. Burst of energy is not the problem, in fact tantriks /shamans and energy practitioners are already doing their thing and channelising this enormous energy.

So in conclusion, these few months that we are living through now are very dynamic with almost all planets (except Mars) being affected by the Rahu/ Ketu axis. It is very significant that the true nodes are practically stationary in the forward motion and the rest of the planets are moving very rapidly over them. It is an exceptional time which will not repeat in our life-time. So do make use of the opportunity and create something lasting for yourself during this time.

 

Exalted and debilitated, Rahu, Ketu and Saturn

Vigraha Moorti and idols

In these ‘modern times’ we have forgotten what a vigraha/ moorti means or what a real temple/ Dev-alaya feels like. There are very few left, most of us haven’t seen even one of these real moorti-s/ vigraha-s in our entire life and neither been to a real Dev-alaya.

We Indians are known for creating massive temples and moorti-s of our deities. The invaders, both Muslims and Christians, destroyed our temples and the moorti-s. In these past 1000s years we have lost a lot, but we still have several functional temples and the ruins of the others are a silent testimony to their grandness. The ancient Indian temples are made of black stone. We do not know how old our temples really are. There are estimates of course, but these are more on the lines of educated guesses for the simple reason that stone cannot be dated.

Our temples have the main deity as a Moorti /Vigraha. It is not an idol, an idol does not have any consciousness, it is ’empty’. The Moorti/ Vigraha is a conscious entity, it is aware, with intelligence. If you know how, you can request it to power your intentions, which it will.

Vigraha Moorti and idols

Modern Hindus feel it is a fashion statement to gift idols of deities. These generally are made of plastic and are to be apparently kept as ‘show-pieces’! Modern ‘interpretations’ of the images of deities. These are also idols, ‘empty’. In modern Indian temples, especially in North India and abroad, there is a new trend of fashioning the idols of the deities using white marble stone. The temple too is made of white marble stone. This idol is expertly carved and dressed up beautifully, quite attractive to the eye but ‘empty’. The temple also feels ’empty’ to me. White marble has no energy-value, it is incapable of absorbing the energy and neither can it radiate it back to the worshipper. This idol is made-up to look outwardly like the shape of the deity but it lacks the power of the deity. A idol made of white marble in a temple of white marble is not conscious, and of no use for the genuine aspirant. It is not a vigraha.

But there are still a few temples where the vigraha are aware and conscious. If you are lucky enough to ever visit them and experience it for yourself, you will know what I mean.

A Vigraha cannot be made just like that. How to make it, where to make it, when to start and finish, what material, which mantras to use, what tools and who should make it etc is a secret science. The Vigraha can be made in the shape of the deity with a human face, hands etc or it can also be a yantra. The vigraha-s will be made of black stone, metal or wood or anything else. This material and the entire process will be decided by a Guru. All this depends on the intended use of this vigraha. The carved image is then made conscious, ‘pran-prathishtha’ is performed. The Guru uses his own energy, amplified by the mantras to ignite consciousness in this specifically made shape, which then becomes a vigraha. This vigraha is now freed from the limits of its outward shape, it expands, becomes aware and it becomes a true reflection of the deity it represents. The part is also the whole, thus this shape created becomes a Vigraha/ Moorti. This process is most powerful when performed by a Guru. So the few temples in India where the Vigraha-s have been set up by genuine Guru-s are very important.

One exception is the real Shiv-lingam temples. The real Shiv-lingam stones are actually meteorites which are found on the earth. They are not shaped by human hands. A Guru identifies these stones and the temple is built over it. A real Shiv-lingam is never installed in a temple, the temple is built over it! I have visited the Kailas temple in Ellora, Maharashtra a few times, every time it takes my breath away. The Shiv-lingam is huge, I think it is 6 feet tall, and the energy is massive! This temple is exceptional as it was sort of ‘laser-printed’, from the top to the bottom. I really wonder at the Guru who identified this Shiv-lingam located metres deep inside the hard basaltic rock and the technology used to ‘laser-print’ the temple in this rock. This temple cannot be dated as it is completely of stone. If you live in India, or ever visit here, do go to see this temple and the Shiv-lingam for yourself.

Moorti-s in our ancient temples were for all aspirants of both paths, ie the Yog and the Tantra. Especially if the temple and the vigraha is of black stone and it is over 1000yrs old, it is an extraordinary thing. If you ever visit such a temple know that the deity is aware and conscious. We go to temples, do namaskar, offer sweets flowers and pray. The pujari/ priest gives us some sweets and flowers as the prasadam, we take it and come home. But if you are a spiritual aspirant, this is not making full use of the temple and its vigraha’s energy. If you do visit an active temple try to do the following,

  • Recite any mantra 108 times, depending on your choice and the type of deity. Eg Gayatri mantra or Soham– Dhyan are suitable for every deity. Shri sukta for all Devi temples. If you are worshipping Devi in her high energy form then Navavarna mantra, ‘Om aing hreeng kleeng Chamundayai vicche’, 108 times is the option. Mahamrytyunjai mantra ‘Om tryambakam yajamahe sugandhiṃ pushṭi-vardhanam, urvarukamiva bandhanat mrutyor mukshiya mam amrutat’, for Shiv temples. ‘Om namo bhagwate vasudevaya’ for all Vishnu and his avtar temples. For this take a small asan with you (a 1mX1m piece of silk is best), sit anywhere around the temple and recite your mantra, absorb the energies.
  • Second option, if you have money and the temple sincerely offers this facility. Request a small puja to be done in your name, pay the amount and do the ‘sankalp’. The temple will perform the mantra puja for you and send the prasadam etc by post.
  • And the third option, this only if you have sufficient resources and time. Do your own puja. Most temples which are specifically made for doing such high-voltage pujas will have rooms or ashrams around them. If you can book the rooms. Now engage 8 brahmins from a reputed school, eg Hardwar, Kashi etc. These brahmins should be knowledgeable and personally skilled and living a strict life as prescribed for them. Genuine Brahmins are very very rare in this period, you need to find 8 of this type. Take them with you to the temple, they will perform the puja for you. This sort of puja can take upto 5-10 days. This is the most complete use of the moorti’s energies.

Vigraha Moorti and idols

The moorti-s for dedicated tantric practices are again very different. They are often not placed in the main temple sanctum. Common householder people do not have the ability to see such moorti-s with their eyes, they might go insane. So such vigraha are either placed in a secret sanctum if they are very highly powerful. Or they are hidden, under masks made of gold or silver. Or decorated so heavily with flowers or sandal-wood paste, silk, etc that the actual moorti is not visible at all!

Here are some examples from some temples I have been to recently. In one temple, the moorti of Devi Kali was very beautiful and powerful, but there was something even more terrible in that sanctum sanctorum. A Shri yantra carved in stone by Adi Shankaracharya himself! Everyone was looking at the Devi’s vigraha and praying but the Shri Yantra on the ground before her hidden by flowers was the source of infinite power! There is a town called ‘Shri-nagar’ in Uttarakhand. It is called so because there is a Shri-yantra installed within the river bed here. Those aspirants who know how, will go to the river and do their practice near the water to channelise the power of the Yantra.

Another very famous temple known for a very terrible Devi from the Dasha Mahavidya-s. The Devi moorti on display is beautiful but it is not the real one made by the Guru. The real moorti of this Devi is in some inner room, not visible to anyone. But to those who desire to see her, she is quite visible in all her terrible intensity, if you close your eyes and request, you will see her in a very different way in your third eye. In one temple dedicated to Devi Dhoomavati of the Dasha Mahavidya-s, married women do not visit her as she will give them instant misfortune, extremely fierce and Ugra. All aspects of the Devi are not benevolent, some are terrifying for other types of purposes. The moorti was made by a Guru, so is bursting with energy. Even the moorti of Ayyappa at Sabrimala, where women in the fertile age group should not visit, is a tantric vigraha and will grant misfortune to such women who do. Similarly for the Shani vigraha at Shingnapur, it is the same thing. These are not idols, they are conscious Vigraha!

So the next time you go to a temple with a Moorti, do know that it is not an idol you are seeing, it is aware focussed consciousness. Looking back at you very intensely, so ask what you desire the most, you might just get it. The more powerful Moorti-s are very intense. Standing before them, or even in or outside such temples is a typical experience. It feels like someone has poured ice cold but refreshing water on you, the pran is intense, from the top of your head till your toes it enters every naadi, every hair stands on end. When you close your eyes and do your mantra jaap, you see things at your third eye, you don’t feel like opening your eyes, they feel heavy. You energise yourself at such places from the inside out. The Vigraha Moorti is a reflection of the Ultimate reality.

 

Vigraha Moorti and idols

 

 

Change is the only constant

You change every instant of your life.

Our life experiences change us. These experiences to come are predicted from the birth chart and the time when these will occur is predicted using a combination of the birth chart, the Dasha and the transiting planets. For a complete well-balanced prediction these three things have to be considered. How you will feel about these experiences will be seen from your birth moon chart.

eg My son asks me to get him a glass of water I do it, quite routine. Five minutes later he asks me to get him his school-bag lying by my side. Now I scold him. What changed? In these 5 mins I have slammed my fingers in the door and I am in pain! My fingers are hurting and I couldn’t care less about his school-bag. The reaction was different as I have changed. Try to observe yourself as you go about your daily routine, you will notice so many small but significant things about yourself. You change continuously, you flow!

The birth chart indicates what you have chosen for you in this current life. And every chart has ‘free will’ built in. There are always options and you are always choosing between them. You may not be aware but you are always choosing. The options and the type of options vary. If you have chosen to rebalance the hurts you have given others, you will be born with a lower than average birth chart. The possibilities indicated in this chart will be less and there will be less options. If you have chosen to rebalance the good you have done in your past lives you will be born with a better horoscope and the you will have more options to choose from.

  • Eg you get marriage proposals from two families and both are quite unsuitable. So the choice is to choose between these two unsuitable matches or remain unmarried. Either way it is rather inauspicious.
  • And the other example is, you get marriage proposals from ten families all of whom are well-off, so whatever you will choose, you are assured of a good married life.

Everything is based on your birth chart. Only those events indicated in the chart will happen, none other. If there are no possibilities of surgeries happening, there will no surgeries in the life, however bad the current period/ transit may be.

I have written quite a few posts on analysing transits and Dasha periods, the general results which you can expect. (There was a question on chart analysis) Open your Indian/ Vedic software. Check the Dasha section. If there are options listed, choose Vimshottari Dasha system. You will first see the main Mahadashas listed out. Suppose the person was born in the Venus Mahadasha at birth and at present the Moon Mahadasha is going on. So to analyse the present time, look at the Moon Mahadasha. If it has a drop-down menu, check out its sub-periods, find out the current sub-period/ antardasha he is into. Suppose the person is in the Ketu sub-period/ Antardasha at present. So this will be written as ‘Moon-Ketu’. (There are 5 layers to the Dasha system so every minute of your life is mapped out.)

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Now try to fine-tune the results like this. (There was a question for an example.)

e.g. Suppose your chart with Aquarius ascendant. Jupiter is lord of the 11th and 2nd houses in the birth horoscope and is himself placed in the 5th house. He will be linked to gains and the larger groups you interact with. He will also be incharge of creating wealth for you and your family, also keeping you active in the smaller family groups. So in any Dasha period (either his own Mahadasha or his sub-period in other planet’s Mahadasha) controlled by him, he will ensure that you gain in some way or the other and are more socially available. He will also improve your relationships with your family members and make your money. As he is placed in the creative and self-oriented 5th house of intelligence he will give auspicious results. Also he will modulate your nature in his typical benevolent, expansive and hopeful mould. Thus during his period you will feel more generous, helpful towards others and be more philosophical in outlook. People who meet you in this period will take away an impression of your Jupiter-influenced personality. And your impression of them will also be through your Jupiter-tinted glasses. Jupiter controlling your interactions with these others will create overall auspicious and beneficial results all over. Every aspect of your life will be influenced by Jupiter, the 5th house (his placement) and the 2nd and  11th houses (his own signs are here) dynamics. These keywords will be the focus of your life. This will be the background theme for the 16yrs of your Jupiter Mahadasha.

Now within this Jupiter Mahadasha you will have the sub-periods /Antardasha of the 9 planets. To analyse how the sub-periods will be, analyse further.

Now if you have your birth Moon in the 12th house, Capricorn sign. He is now the lord of the 6th house placed in the 12th house. So his results by himself will be overall beneficial (vipreet raj yog). But he is now in the adversarial 6/ 8 axis from Jupiter’s birth position. (The 12th house is counted eighth from the 5th house). In this Jupiter mahadasha, you will undergo the sub-periods in sequence. Soon you will reach the sub-period of the Moon. In this Jupiter-Moon period, your personality will change. Jupiter and Moon are not comfortable with each other as they are linked in the axis of loss/ pain/ shock/ trauma. So in this period, the events, the people whom you will meet and your personal nature too, all will show signs of this internal discomfort between Jupiter-Moon. You might meet with some temporary setbacks in your family related matters, some unlucky investments will affect your wealth, you might get some illness of the throat, your social life may tire you out, you may feel exhausted. These will be temporary as the power of Jupiter’s placement is more than the Moon’s placement in this case, but it will happen. Your emotions will remain disturbed and you may not be able to rest, perhaps you may need to travel more. People meeting you at this time will carry this impression of your personality. And you too will look on people differently, there will be an influence of the uncomfortable Moon influencing Jupiter’s general benevolence here.

As soon as the sub-period changes, your personality will again change. After Moon’s sub-period, the next in sequence is the Mars sub-period. If Mars is placed to give auspicious results overall and also with respect to Jupiter, you will feel energised, be active, health will improve, mental fog will vanish, full of energy, new ideas, new challenges, competitive spirit, new avenues of life will open up. And your acquaintances will wonder what happened! They are now seeing the new Jupiter-Mars you. And you too will feel that you are meeting all exciting people as your perception is tinted by Jupiter-Mars.

And finally during the 16yrs of Jupiter Mahadasha and even the 2-3yrs of each sub-period, there will be periodic transits of the planets in the sky. (eg the slowest Saturn transits every 2.5yrs per sign and the fastest Moon at 2.25days per sign.) The planets will change their speeds and also their direction of movement, forward or retrograde. They will go combust or eclipses will happen in time. All these events will give their effects. You will have to factor in these details and fine-tune your predictions accordingly.

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Thus the environment, the personality, the perceptions, the way you act and react change literally every second.

I sometimes get clients with problems in their marriage. Each complains that the other husband/ wife has changed and that is why the marriage is on the rocks. But time changes everything. The husband you have now is not the one you married! And neither are you the same person you were when you got married. So much time has passed, transits and dashas have changed both you and your husband/ wife. Accept that change happens you cannot stop it or block it, you have to change with it, evolve with it. There is no option, you cannot hold down a situation indefinitely. Your ability to adapt to change is linked to your birth Mercury’s position and also to some extent to the current Mercury’s transit in the sky. If your birth Mercury is placed well, you are more adaptable and more easily able to navigate.

Recently I came across a client whose jealous co-worker had done some negative things to him due to which his career prospects had stilled for a couple of years. Black-magic. He met a shaman/ tantrik who helped him get rid of that negative binding. And everything which had been unnaturally forced to go still in his career, exploded. The more is something suppressed, the more potential force it develops and literally explodes when the binding is removed. Within one month of his ‘cleansing’, he got promoted and got placed in a higher-up post, he met new people, made new contacts etc, his professional life re-bounded with all the suppressed pent-up energy of the past years.

So accept the change, work with it. Let the change occur as per its time. Study your own horoscope so that you can be aware of the changes coming up so that you can more intelligently navigate through. The present 2 months, till Jan 2020 are very intense with very strange energies, events will happen whether you choose or not. Change yourself to use the opportunities which are being generated now.

 

Of the Dead

Saturn Jupiter conjunction in Sagittarius

Saturn Jupiter conjunction is a relatively rare phenomenon which occurs once every 20yrs or so. The last time it occurred was in 2001.

  • In the current time, this conjunction has begun since Jupiter entered Sagittarius in Nov 2019 and will continue till Saturn leaves Sagittarius on 22nd Jan 2020.
  • Then Jupiter will move extremely fast and enter Capricorn on 30th Mar 2020 to again be with Saturn this time in Capricorn.
  • Then he will leave Capricorn on 30th June 2020 to return to Sagittarius, breaking the conjunction.
  • Jupiter will re-enter Capricorn on 20th Nov 2020 to be conjunct with Saturn again.

The interesting point is that this time, Jupiter-Saturn is occurring in signs owned by them. First in Jupiter/ Sagittarius and then Saturn/ Capricorn, so overall, the results are generally on the positive side, even though Jupiter is debilitated in Capricorn.

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Now in this post let’s see this present time, from Nov 2019 to Jan 2020. This analysis is further complicated by the fact that Ketu, Venus, Mercury, Sun and Moon all will be influencing Saturn+Jupiter entering Sagittarius with them. Rahu is placed in the opposite sign Gemini so he too is being aspected by all these planets in turn. Jupiter and Saturn are also going to get combust in this. The true nodes are in forward motion, almost stationary, and two eclipses are in the offing. All this is occurring in Sagittarius, a fiery sign owned by Jupiter so things are marginally better.

Those who have Gemini or Sagittarius as their ascendant sign or birth Moon sign should take adequate precautions. Think and analyse the situation before acting. Whatever you do now will have far-reaching implications.

To analyse this Jupiter+Saturn conjunction you will first need to find out what these two signify in your chart. The routine analysis (this post).

Now check out where Sagittarius lies in your chart. Everything will depend on this, the birth placement and the transit placement of Jupiter and Saturn and how they react with each other.

Among the signs, Aries, Libra, Aquarius are better off, but do be careful about your actions now. Taurus is right now in an awkward place, but things will be better after Jan 2020 end. Gemini and Sagittarius are bearing the brunt of all this energy so need to look after themselves. Cancer is just making do, there is limited happiness and disappointments are possible. Cancer and Leo should take special care around the eclipses both solar and lunar are coming up. Leo otherwise is generally average. Virgo is in a tight place, do be careful, you might be blamed for something that you didn’t do. Scorpio might have to give time to their family, medical issues may crop up, pay attention to your income/expenses, but things will improve after Saturn enters Capricorn. Pisces is not bad but for things will be much better after Saturn enters Capricorn, best keep a low profile for now. This was a brief snap-shot as per the birth Moon signs.

Both Saturn and Jupiter are slow planets, so their combined effect is to delay things. There will be no wild rush in these 2 months, but systematic and steady work. The pattern is, there seem to be a lot of problems, but if you keep your senses and work in a disciplined manner, you wil achieve your goals no matter how difficult it may seem now. So overall this placement will give its benefic results, but the process will be tedious.

If both planets have matured in your chart you will be more able to work with them, else they will seem needlessly slow and difficult.

They are with Ketu till 22nd Jan 2020. Ketu adds his touch of smoke and illusions to everything. Things are not what they seem, there are layers within. Self-confidence will be affected overall. Gemini, Leo and Sagittarius born should take care especially around the eclipse. Karmic lessons from the past lives will pop up and cause turmoil.  Everything depends on your birth position and the transit in relation to this. If your birth Ketu is in the 5/11 axis make use of this Ketu it is an opportunity!

Venus is with them till 15th Dec 2019. You might feel it is time to find a partner, get married or to find love or have an affair during this period. But the longevity of this relationship will be less. Creative arts will be pronounced and a desire to interfere in other’s lives will also exist. There is a possibility of medical conditions of the reproductive organs. If you are planning to conceive a baby, best wait for sometime.

Sun joins them on 16th Dec 2019 and leaves on 15th Jan 2020. During this period both Saturn and Jupiter will also go combust. This is not a good period as Ketu is also here with them. There will be opportunities for growth but selfish behaviour or short-sighted view can be a problem. Home-life may be affected, spouse, parents and children will also add to your stress. Enemies, conflicts may occur and health issues related to the eyes, pitta and ’heat’. Then the eclipse too will release its energies. But if the placement is favourable in your chart, you can gain. It grants intelligence, fearlessness and decisive action. This combination is a very great opportunity for most of us. This is sometimes called a ‘great conjunction’.

Mercury will also be joining them from 25th Dec 2019 to 13th Jan 2020. During this period you will feel motivated but there will be delayed success. Do not take unnecessary risks or experiment it will create long-term problems. During this period watch out for the Moon transit for your chart. It can cause emotional turmoil and physical illness related to ‘cold’.

Saturn moves out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn breaking the conjunction on 22nd Jan 2020.

Quality of Life

Jupiter is philosophy, higher knowledge, wisdom, guidance from ancestors, dreams, sleep, mediative states, losses of the material, gain of the spiritual, even Moksh (both the Moksh-karak planets Venus and Ketu are with this transiting Jupiter a rare opportunity!). On the material plane, Jupiter is wealth, gold, auspicious events, harmony, higher education, spouse, children, happiness, fortune, religious activities etc. Jupiter is expansion, benevolence, humanitarian beliefs, peers and patrons in society and the spiritual Guru. These things are expanding as Jupiter is in his own house, Sagittarius.

Saturn is the embodiment of Dharma and Karma. He expects us to perform our duties and right action as per our conscience. Dharma is always Swa-dharma, the right action expected of oneself. If we fail in this, if we act against our conscience, this action is registered as a karmic imbalance. Then Saturn’s job is to help us rebalance this. A rather typical job which requires strictness, discipline and work. Saturn represents law, age, maturity, illness, endurance, fear, guilt, grief, repression, constriction, delay, insecurity, etc. Material successes, social reputation, social activities, profession, work, material things. Saturn is in Jupiter’s house so he will want to rebalance things related to Jupiter’s keywords and make you work with a  philosophical touch. Its a rare combination that we are seeing.

A fine understanding of what our own conscience is trying to say and then actually following it always helps. Life plays out its drama and often without warning we get hit, fail, are disturbed, hurt. As sometimes we rise spectacularly there are times when we also fall deeply. Life is about balancing everything and is actually an average straight line!

Ketu, Jupiter and Saturn conjunct in Jupiter’s sign Sagittarius. Its the first time in our lives that the three slowest graha, Saturn, Ketu and Jupiter are together. The other part of the Rahu/Ketu axis, Rahu is placed in the opposite house being aspected by them. This will give extraordinary results for any spiritual activity you take up. For materialistic activities too this period can give quite good results, if you work sincerely and leave the rest to the Divine!

This period is chock full of energies which are moving very fast on the still foundation of Rahu/ Ketu. The best way you can make use of this, is to divert their energies into the sub-conscious and the inner self, where they will be proactively used in balancing karma. Be aware of them, try to be the still center around which the energy whirls. Do not get caught unawares lest you land in a mess with long-term implications.

 

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