Debilitated planets, Birth chart and Navamsha

In my earlier post I wrote about how the exalted planets behave in the D1 birth chart and the D9 navamsha chart. Exalted planets are glamorous, they are auspicious, shower you with very tangible stuff. A single exalted planet in your D1 or even in D9 makes you outwardly very happy! But every exalted degree has its counterpart, the debilitated degree. And then no one discusses much on how to interpret planets who get debilitated. So to analyse your debilitated planet, first check out what he is the agent of in your birth horoscope D1.

Natural agents are fixed, eg Venus is for relationships, Moon is for mother etc. This is a standard list. Also the sequence of signs and their planetary owners, eg Leo is the 5th sign, so the Sun wherever placed will have a subtle say on your ‘genius’ capacity. These will always subtly affect your this part of life.

Chart-specific agents will vary as per the ascendant sign. Eg for Libra ascendant, Cancer is placed in the 10th house, so the Moon will also indicate the profession. This is an addition to whatever he is the natural agent of. In analysis, always give more weightage to chart-specific agents. Eg such a person’s profession will have Moon-like qualities, eg routine transfers, in natural areas, connected to liquids, import/export, transportation, real-estate, also the actual mother will be a working professional more at the office. So before you start analysing your planet, first get into details what it stands for in your chart. Only after this can you think of consciously modulating its results.

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So to analyse the D1 vis-a-vis the D9, let’s focus on the debilitated planets in this post. (I have written about pushkar navamsha and interpreting movements of exalted planets.) Generally it is said that a debilitated planet causes problems and that is it. The basic premise is that the debilitated planets give uncomfortable results generally. But Jyotish is an enabling tool. We want to understand what happens and then intentionally change the direction of energy movement. If the D9 represents the entire potential, we can go to the D9 and trigger some more acceptable physical effect from there.

If a planet is debilitated in your birth chart D1, it means that its energies are completed unsuited to the environment of the sign it occupies. This leads to unhappiness and disillusionment with whatever that planet signifies. Eg a debilitated Mercury, will cause problems with siblings, make you think and choose options which will hurt, doing skill-based jobs will be beyond you etc. (The house placement of such planets will change things, but for this post focussing on the D1 – D9 connect.) But this is 50% of information, so we go to the D9. The background environment will be created by the sign the planet occupies in the D9.

Eg if this Mercury shifts to a more suitable Navamsha eg owned by his own signs, Gemini or Virgo, it is a better placement, he is subtly comfortable. The outward upsets do not penetrate within your inner core. If you do some remedial measures, mantra of Mercury, or give away items of Mercury, ‘activate’ Mercury by life-style changes, or even the all-in-one remedy of sitting in Dhyan regularly, this inner subtle comfort will reflect in the outer world too. Logically, unemotionally analyse what is making you upset. A debilitated planet is always a challenge but know that you are quite capable of rising to it. You have another sign backing you up in the D9 where it really matters.

Eg But if the Mercury shifts to an even more unsuitable navamsha, eg the navamsha of its enemy planet. Then you have to accept that there are going to be problems in the real physical life and consciously avoid or at least try to ameliorate its effects. Mantra jaap or remedies targeted to Mercury will be essential.

Second possibility is that the planet is whatever sign in the D1, but shifts to the navamsha of its debilitated sign. The outer results would be as per the D1 sign eg Mercury in the 3rd house will grant profits in trade, outwardly good relations with your siblings, skills and choices in life. You will do good materially. But internally there would be no satisfaction in all these things, there will be discomfort. Your siblings might on good terms with you, but there would be no satisfaction in that. The context background will be the D9 sign and the actual physical effect the D1 sign.

Eg If your planet is exalted in the D1 and enters a navamsha of its debilitated sign or an otherwise unfavourable navamsha belonging to its enemy planet, it will reduce the emotional inner aspects of satisfaction. It does not deny the material benefits in any case. But it will clearly impact the subtle expectations and sense of satisfaction.

Eg Now if the planet is in its debilitated sign in the D1. And in the D9 also it gets allocated to the same debilitated sign. You might think this to be doubly bad, but there is a difference. This would be a ‘vargottam’ situation, same sign in both charts. The planet is highly uncomfortable but the expectations of the subtle and the reality of the physical will match. There will be typical issues, overall unfavourable on the material side, but the mind-set will accept them! Your expectations are not optimistic and neither is the situation. Things are as you expect it to be, thus you are satisfied. You will consciously and subconsciously avoid getting entangled in situation’s heavy with this planet’s energies so remain better off.

Now let’s consider the planet’s deepest debilitation degree, the Param-neecha. What happens to them in the D9? Here is some basic analysis to help you trigger your thought processes.

Planet

Degree

Sign D1

Sign D9

Sun

170th deg of zodiac

10 deg Libra

Sagittarius

Moon

213th deg of zodiac

3 deg Scorpio

Cancer

Mercury

345th deg of zodiac

15 deg Pisces

Scorpio

Venus

177th deg of zodiac

27 deg Virgo

Virgo

Mars

118th deg of zodiac

28 deg Cancer

Pisces

Jupiter

275th deg of zodiac

5 deg Capricorn

Aquarius

Saturn

20th deg of zodiac

20 deg Aries

Virgo

Rahu

230th deg of zodiac

20 deg Scorpio

Sagittarius

Ketu

50th deg of zodiac

20 deg Taurus

Gemini

The Sun is made to work against his fundamental nature in Libra where he has to learn partnerships and to share equitably. He reaches the limit of his discomfort when he is in Sagittarius in D9, the unwavering hope, humanistic philosophy, dogma and benevolence to all living beings. So he needs to learn this life lesson that divine creativity too has to learn to give, share, balance and live in harmony. This is a life-lesson in fast-track, as the situation is so far off balance that desire to learn/rebalance is most intense.

The Moon is a curious case, his deepest debilitating degree falls in D1 Scorpio but in D9 in his own sign Cancer. Scorpio is the psychological drilling into one’s own self. (Moon is the summation of your entire personality.) Here you are brought face to face with all the deepest aspects of yourself which make you so uncomfortable that you have locked them into your deepest sub-consciousness. When the D9 is Cancer, you feel most emotionally secure when you are under your own microscope. You want to discover every secret about yourself, irrespective of the consequences. So do explore your internal self, but try to not hurt yourself too as the subtle hurts can go in deep.

Mercury is also understandable, Pisces D1 and Scorpio D9, both watery signs. Amorphous Pisces gives him zero foot-hold, there is no data where he can anchor himself, he doesn’t know where to start with this database’s management, confusion reigns. He is adrift in dreaminess. And when the D9 becomes Scorpio, it is like being forced from the background to delve into deep (Mercury is by nature superficial) and pull out esoteric secrets. He is an adolescent and often these secrets about the self require adult-understanding to overcome. A highly practical planet placed in vagueness, forced to search, learn secrets, understand from this vagueness frustrates him. But if you take this as a challenge, maybe you can use his energies, however against your nature it may seem.

Venus is the only planet who retains the same sign for his deepest debilitation degree in the D1 and D9. The load of karma on your soul is the reason you are bound. Attaining Moksh means to get rid of this karma. Venus is the real Moksh-karak, the agent of the Ultimate illumination. Venus dislikes imbalance, and this combo of Virgo D1/ Virgo D9 is imbalance of the highest degree. He is most uncomfortable here, but the desire to come out of this discomfort is also the most intense here. If you can divert his energy of discomfort in actively rebalancing karma you can achieve great progress. But if you allow its misery to sweep you off, this placement is conducive to addictions and immoral behaviour which will increase karma exponentially.

Mars in D1 Cancer and D9 Pisces, his deepest degree of discomfort. A vigorously active planet, full of initiative, desiring to conquer, compete and what does he get here? Psycho-babble! He does rule a watery Scorpio so he is not unfamiliar with the astral and the ‘other’. But now he is required to intelligently use the energies not just conquer endlessly. He is required to build a foundation in the astral realms. Mars cannot be bothered with use and build type of work, it is uncomfortable. But think of it this way, here he is to be a strong yet benevolent protector of the bridges to the other dimensions and he is required to guide the astral self safely across to the ‘other’ dimensions. You might have loads of astral travel, work to be done in the spirit dimensions, sleep will not give rest. The overload of the psychic can damage the physical body and the energy flows. Do be aware.

Debilitated planets, Birth chart and Navamsha

Jupiter in D1 Capricorn and in the D9 Aquarius suffers from restriction of the highest degree. The constraints, legal duties, regulations, social obligations, karmic service in the background as well as the foreground grates on his hopeful, expansive, benevolent nature. Jupiter’s wisdom, philosophy and teaching is irrelevant. Here the service demanded is of the highest magnitude. You have to reconcile yourself to this aspect of your life. You are going to have to work. But your internal expectations and outer reality are both linked to Saturn so there might be a strange acceptance of the situation. A gloomy sort of satisfaction that you have performed your job. And Saturn is strict but fair so you will get your due returns on the social/money fronts. Satisfaction? Now that is a different thing.

Saturn is most uncomfortable in D1 Aries and D9 Virgo. He is the faceless public, the nameless servitor, the worker in constrained circumstances. Going exploring, challenging, conquering, expending loads of energy is not his style. He needs to discipline, regulate, order, serve. He cannot manage in an environment full of exuberance and aggression. And added to this, he has in the background the full understanding of karma and the step-wise work needed to balance out this pending karma. Imagine his plight. He has the overriding awareness of his karmic load, he wants to systematically work through it, not create more. But the physical environment is such that he will create more unless he is very aware of his entire personality and environment. And he prefers remaining faceless. A existential dilemma for the dour Saturn.

Finally Rahu/ Ketu the energies of desire and apathy for experience. The flow of energy of your chart. Look at Rahu/Ketu combined. If one is debilitated the other will also be. So in a horoscope if these two are placed in a environment completely unsuited to their fundamental nature, do counsel the person carefully. All aspects of the physical and the spiritual life are going to be very deeply impacted.

Rahu is param-neech in D1 Scorpio D9 Sagittarius. He is required to function in a situation which is most conducive for Ketu. Scorpio is secrets, no social recognition here. If he tries to over-reach it will be actually dangerous. Scorpio is the movement of vital energy/pran in your energy channels/nadi! You cannot gamble or take risks here. Things have to be very precisely worked out in this environment. And in the background the expansive hopeful Sagittarius. This misplaced hope in a dangerous environment is the worst combination. Rahu tends to take wild risks in this placement which invariably causes deep harm. If you have this placement think twice, logically, reasonably before doing anything risky.

Ketu is max debilitated in D1 Taurus combined with D9 Gemini. Ketu is set up in a environment tailor-made for Rahu! Ketu is dissociation and disinterest. Here you are required to be bold, speak out, think, logically analyse, choose, act, create options for yourself. These are your public faces, Taurus and Gemini, your reputation and behaviour in your family/local reputations.These are your sources of income and fame. And Ketu! You will not bother about all this and suffer very deeply on all material aspects of life.

Debilitated planets, Birth chart and Navamsha

I use Tarot cards sometimes when I feel too lazy to look at the horoscopes. The Thoth cards are my favourite, I love them. (But my first love remains Jyotish). Thoth is real magic, you open the cards out and the energy just pours out. These energies change the energies of the situation. If the Reader is good enough, the mere act of going for a divination changes your energies. It is the same with Jyotish. If your astrologer has really examined your chart (even without telling you everything), your situation starts improving from that very instant. (It is the same with genuine doctors, you just visit him and you start feeling internally better. The karma of giving away energy, every healer, doctor, astrologer, Tarot reader is required to do this.)

If you want to get into more depths on these exalted and debilitated signs tables, check out the associated Nakshatra (and its pada/the one-fourth part of it) and their characteristics. You will get pointers on how to best divert their energies so that you benefit on both physical and subtle levels.

If you have any debilitated planets in your horoscope D1 or D9, or if they are not comfortable, unable to give sensible results, do perform some remedial measures. Astrology is not fatalistic, you can always change things. Intend that the remedies work, it can be as simple as putting some flowers in running water or as complex as a full-fledged puja. But you have to intend, you should want to make its energies more enabling for you. You are working the magic. You are your own horoscope and the placements, you are regulating your own energies. These planets are you, these are your own energies. The planet is not outside in the sky. Well, it actually is! but you are the planets, you are the lunar mansions, you are everything. Try to be more aware of yourself. Keep your power within you, give yourself strength, do not fear the planets or their placements. If you are afraid of an aspect of yourself, things will never work out.

So, if you have your correct birth time, do check-out your D9 Navamsha. You can use its energies to trigger changes in your physical environment. If you use the top-most layer, just the D1, you won’t be wrong, but there will be lesser depth in your analysis. Jyotish is like layers within layers, loops within loops, fractals. The real use of Jyotish is to understand yourself for your personal self analysis and self-healing.

 

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Tilak, applying it on the forehead

A ‘Tilak’ is a mark that a Hindu/a follower of the Sanatan Dharma wears on the his/her body. A average householder wears a tilak on his forehead first thing after having a bath.

When we sleep at night, our consciousness is drawn away from the physical body, ie the anna-mai-kosh. This physical body sheath is given just the basic minimum pran required to run the basic life processes. The individual soul/ Jivatma withdraws to the subtle body, the sookshma sharir during the dream state and deep sleep states. When you wake up in the morning, the consciousness again reanimates the physical body, but the sleep/ dream states have interfered with the body’s nadi/ pran wiring, it is seen in the aura, it is somewhat ‘blotchy’. When we have a bath and the body is made wet, the aura is withdrawn into the body. Now when we dry ourselves, the aura fans out again, you feel it’s warmth. Now this new refreshed body /aura /mind /soul needs to be reminded of its divine connection. So you put a tilak on your forehead at your ajnya chakra. The Ajnya chakra is the seat of the individual soul, this chakra controls the intake of the pran from the Universe and also the allocation of pran for the activities of the body/mind. This is the place where you have to concentrate on when you do your spiritual practice. So when you put a red tilak here you are literally energising your entire self.

Listing out these several types of Tilak-s used commonly,

 

A red dot between the eyebrows at the point of the third eye, ajnya chakra.

This red powder is called Kumkum. It is generally made by mixing ground turmeric powder and slaked lime with a drop of lemon juice. But this mark is really made by rubbing a strand of saffron/kesar in a drop of water. ‘Kumkum’ is a Sanskrit word which means saffron, Crocus sativa. This is the most potent Tilak, if you can afford the saffron strands, you should wear this on your forehead.

This red tilak is used by any person who wishes to acknowledge his higher spiritual self within himself or herself. It is used by both men and women who do puja of Devi, the feminine force who animates this creation. Married women compulsorily wear this on their forehead to indicate prosperity, ‘Shri’. A married woman is the Gruh-Laxmi, the sign of prosperity of the household. She wears this red tilak in recognition of her own divinity. There is variation of the red dot, the red crescent, with or without a round dot. This now represents the crescent moon that the Devi wears on her forehead and increases self-confidence, strength and aggression too.

Then there is a form of this saffron tilak which starts at the third eye Ajnya chakra and continues into the hair, till the top of the head, Brahmarandhra. It is a red line from the center of the eyebrows to the top of the head. It connects the seat of the individual soul, the third eye to the seat of the Ultimate, the Brahmarandhra, it links the two. If you use Kesar/saffron charged with mantra to draw this tilak your spiritual progress speeds up.

(For women the 5 days of the monthly cycle will again pop up.You cannot do pujas or anything on these days, so the modern world has the short cut of the sticker bindi! You can also use the red turmeric mix on these 5days)

The tilak is made even more potent by putting a few grains of raw unbroken rice on it. These rice grains are placed before the deity you worship and they absorb the energy of your puja mantra etc. When you wear the rice grains also on your tilak the energy here becomes magnified exponentially.

The Tripundra. Three parallel lines of Vibhuti/ Bhasma/ sacred ash, horizontally across the forehead.

Vibhuti is the greyish ash which remains when you do a homam. A homam is a small version of a yadnya. All Hindus are supposed to do the Agnihotra Homa every sunrise and sunset so there is ample Vibhuti always available. (A simple Homam does not need much. A small inverted pyramidal copper homa-kund, desi Indian cow’s cowdung cakes and its milk’s Ghee. The cowdung cakes and ghee is burnt in the homa-kund with accompanying mantras. The energy of the mantra enters the ash, the Vibhuti. This Vibhuti can be used in several ways. Often the vibhuti is applied as a simple dot at the third eye chakra.)

  • The three fingers, middle, ring and little finger of the right hand are used to draw the tripundra in a sweeping motion across the forehead. Those who worship Shiv will wear the Tripundra. The tripundra is also drawn on the body, the neck, the biceps, forearms, chest, navel etc.
  • A Tripundra across the forehead with a red dot at the third eye chakra. The red dot is of Kesar/Saffron and the Tripundra drawn using the Vibhuti. This is worn by those who do pujas of the Ugra (dangerous and terrifying) forms of the Devi Shakti. And for those who do puja of Shiv and Shakti together. It’s other variation is the Tripundra with the red vertical line connecting the third eye chakra and the top of the head.

Wearing a Tripundra is a a level-up. You have invited a specific type of energy into yourself. Shiv is the potential energy of the Tama-gun and Devi Shakti is the kinetic active form of Tama-gun. When you put their marks on your forehead you are clearly intending that you desire Moksh. The three lines are the three Gun, Satva Raja and Tama, the building blocks of the creation and red dot represents the combined energy of creation. (A red line represents your real self or connection to your real self.) You are using Vibhuti, burnt ash as to draw the Tripundra. This indicates that you want to destroy the three building blocks of creation and progress onwards. You want to dissolve creation and the creator both and go beyond them to your own Reality. The red dot is made with saffron charged with mantras. It is a big commitment. If you wear these marks on your forehead, you should be aware of your own actions and your conscience at all times. 

The Urdhvapundra. This mark is made by three vertical lines on the forehead. These three lines meet at the third eye chakra. This mark is to be made with sandalwood paste. Sandalwood has the effect of calming down the mind, it is easier to concentrate. The movement of the pran in the nadis becomes less turbulent and you can work better with it. Worshippers of Vishnu draw this on their foreheads. It can be drawn with the fingers or using a stick of the Tulasi plant (Ocimum sanctum). These three lines represent the three main nadis, Ida, Pingala and Sushumna which are connected at the Ajnya chakra. Sometimes the central line of the Urdhvapundra is drawn with red powder or more correctly with saffron. If the Urdhvapundra design is too complicated, a sandalwood dot at the third eye chakra can be applied instead.

Vishnu is the conscious potential of the Satva-gun, it increases the inclination of the aspirant towards the Ultimate reality. The red color is representative of Agni/ pran. Same as the Tripundra, the Urdhvapundra indicates that the three building blocks Satva-Raja-Tama have to be channelised, balanced by the active use of pran/Agni and one they are balanced the central dot of your internal geometry can be accessed. (Everything ultimately comes down to Shrichakra!)

So if you wear either of these marks linked to Vishnu or Shiv the seriousness remains the same. Satva and Tama are by themselves incapable of movement, it is only Raja-gun which moves them so that you can use their potential to move onwards on your spiritual path. You are reminding yourself of your commitment when you wear these special tilak marks.

 

Now how to put a tilak? The right hand is used always,

Ring finger – The best option for putting a tilak on everyone. This finger is called Anamika and is ruled by the Sun. It represents the Prithvi mahabhoot (solidity). It increases prosperity confidence, creativity and brings you closer to your internal divinity.

Middle finger – This finger is called the Madhyama, ruled by Saturn, represents ether, Akash Mahabhoot (ether).  It increases endurance and the capacity to work. It is rarely used alone, generally will be used together with the ring finger to draw an elongated type of tilak.

Thumb – this is called Angushtha and is ruled by Venus and represents the Agni mahabhoot. A tilak applied with the thumb increases valour, courage and mental strength.

Forefinger – The index finger is called Tarjani and represents the Vayu mahabhoot (air), it is also linked to the planet Jupiter. It is never used to apply tilak-s to a living person. Is used to apply tilak-s to a dead body at the time of cremation. A dead body is the discarded vessel, the spirit is now in the body created by only Vayu and Akash mahabhoot. So you are really intending that the energies of the tilak reach the spirit’s body by using this finger.

Little finger – this is called kanishthika and is linked to Mercury and the Aap mahabhoot (fluid). This finger is never used to apply tilak-s. It is highly inauspicious as it increases mental turmoil. If you know how, you can make someone go insane just by putting a tilak with this finger on his third eye chakra.

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In all Indian festivals and pujas, people put tilaks on each other. eg in Raksha bhandhan the sister puts a tilak on her brother. On the new year day, the wife puts it on her husband. If my women relatives come to my house, I will put a tilak on them. If they are men relatives, my husband will put a tilak on them. If you go to a temple the priest will put a tilak on you. It is all very usual and necessary.

But the point of the third eye chakra is very sensitive, so here are a few things. Do not let random people put a tilak on you. Do not put random stuff on here, eg vibhuti from unknown places can be dangerous. Do not put a black colored tilak on your third eye chakra ever. This will attract negativity into your energy system. Avoid chemicals. Most red powders sold as ‘kumkum’ are dangerous dyes, they will not do anything for your spiritual growth and you might develop skin allergy. The turmeric-slaked limestone (a very small pinch of choona) mix is safer, if you cannot afford saffron.

So do wear a tilak on your forehead. If you feel shy about wearing it throughout the day at least wear it for some time after you have your bath till you do your puja. It will energise you from the inside out.

 

Eclipses in the horoscope, birth and transit analysis

Eclipses happen quite rarely. There are maximum 2-3 solar eclipses and maybe 3-4 lunar eclipses in a year. Most of them are partial eclipses and total eclipses are rarer. The actual occultation of the solar/ lunar disc lasts just for a few hours, and even if we also consider a ‘vedh’ period before and after the actual occultation, this ‘vedh’ too lasts for a few hours. So the total eclipse energies last for a maximum of one day.

Eclipses in the horoscope, birth and transit analysis

So you will get a very rare client who has actually been born during an eclipse.

This is a very intense conjunction of Rahu/ Ketu with the Sun/ Moon, on a Full moon/ No moon day. The energies of the full / no moon are quite intense in the first place and then you have Rahu /Ketu added to this potent mix. The energies of the eclipse event generally affect the horoscope adversely. This is a life-time of imbalance as the energies of the Sun/ Moon, the two luminaries of the horoscope are conjoint the energies of desire and dissociation, at birth! The flow of the life experience is very intensely linked to the mind/ individual soul for the entire life-time.

In an eclipse event, primarily two houses of the chart are affected, one in which Rahu is placed and the other 180deg way where Ketu is be placed. Check which houses are being affected, eg if the houses are the 1st – 7th or the 4th – 10th, then the foundation of the personality itself is intensely affected. In whichever pair of houses the eclipse occurs, these both houses suffer. The two signs placed in these two houses also naturally suffer the imbalance. If there are more planets in addition to the Sun/ Moon, conjunct the Rahu/ Ketu, then the results are even more severe as these planet’s energies are also drawn into the vortex of Rahu/ Ketu. Check if there are more planets in the 15 deg zone before and after the Rahu/ Ketu. The keywords of these planets too will be affected. If it were Rahu then there might be short-lived gains from these planets, and if it is Ketu involved then it will give misfortunes linked to these other planet’s keywords.

There are dramatic upheavals and downturns in the matters associated with these houses, signs and planets. This can rarely give sudden fortunes and but more commonly gives sudden misfortunes throughout the life time of the individual as the birth itself was during an eclipse.

Lunar eclipses occur on full moon nights. The shadow of the Earth falls on the lunar disc. Lunar eclipses are more frequent and also last longer than solar eclipses as the shadow of the Earth is much bigger than the Moon’s disc. Here one of the nodes will be with the Sun and the other with the Moon, 180deg apart. In this situation the house occupied by the Moon suffers more deeply than the Sun’s house. There may be indications of unregulated occult abilities, sensitivity to the other dimensions, emotional imbalances, etc. This can go to the extremes of paranoia, hallucinations and insanity. Or in the other extreme can grant spiritual and occult understanding. These individuals will be, in any case, different and not very able to function normally in regular society. There will be problems in relationships with the mother, father and the spiritual Guru. Such people may be orphans, adopted, raised by relatives/ institutions/ orphanages etc.

Solar eclipses occur on no moon days – Amavasya. The orb of the Moon occults the solar disc. The solar eclipses are relatively less frequent than the lunar eclipses and are shorter in duration, the Moon’s shadow is apparently the exact size of the Sun’s disc. Here both Sun and the Moon will be with one of the nodes in one house and the other node will be 180deg away.

Here are some keywords you can build your analysis,

  • Moon with Rahu – psychic, occult, has a strong mind, headstrong, unending desire to experience, emotional disturbances, irrational fears and phobias, disturbed mental state. No control over emotions and actions that one performs in the other realms. If channelised properly can be a very high level tantrik, occultist spiritual aspirant. If not then the mind may crack with the endless desire to experience more and more.
  • Moon with Ketu – occult, psychic, there will problems created by ghosts, hauntings, fear, there is inherent cruelty in the nature. If these energies are not given a safe channel, this person can get actually dangerous for himself and also for others.
  • Sun with Rahu – self centered behaviour, focus on the self, selfish, arrogant, fascinated by the bizarre, likes foreign stuff, materialistic, outspoken, revolutionary. If channelised properly can actually lead rebellions against established customs, regimes and thought processes. Else a liability to the society.
  • Sun with Ketu – This can grant high spiritual growth as is a combination of detachment and self-awareness, ego and ego-less-ness, selfish and selflessness. This is a combination of opposites coupled with the energy and desire to act, yet to not be attached to the fruits of the action! Else there are the darker aspects of lack of self-confidence, confused intelligence and lack of will to express and act.

Another way of looking at eclipses, is to see which node was involved in the actual occultation event.

  • Lunar eclipse – Sun and Moon are 180 deg ie opposite each other
    • Rahu occulting the Moon will give Rahu-Moon effect more than the Sun-Ketu effect
    • If it was Ketu with the Moon, then Ketu-Moon will have more power than the Sun-Rahu effect.
    • The effect on the Moon will be more drastic than the effect on the Sun
  • Solar eclipse – Sun and Moon are exactly together with either Rahu or Ketu
    • If Rahu has occulted Sun+Moon then the eclipse will show the dominance of Rahu on both the Sun and the Moon.
    • Similarly if it was Ketu occulting the Sun+Moon, then Ketu will affect both the Sun and the Moon
    • Solar eclipses are more dangerous than lunar eclipses, as both the Sun/ Moon, mind, body and individual soul, are heavily affected.

These are extreme results as the birth is during an eclipse. Again you will get very few clients of this sort.

Eclipses in the horoscope, birth and transit analysis

I have seen that people who were born around a Total eclipse event are also likely to be different. Or if someone was born when a series of eclipses were occurring back-to-back. You might get some clients of this sort. Let’s see why they can be different.

A bit of math. Rahu/ Ketu are not physical objects in the sky but mathematically calculated points where the orbit of the Moon cuts the ecliptic. Imagine two circles of same size, but tilted to each other, cutting each other. They will intersect at two points, these two points are called Rahu/ Ascending node/ North node and Ketu/ descending node/ South node. Then the Earth also wobbles like a top, ie there is a precessional movement. So the Rahu/ Ketu points also move, their normal movement is backwards/ retrograde. This movement is averaged out to give you an averaged out position of the nodes and this is called a ‘Mean Node’. The Rahu/ Ketu in your software will give this averaged out calculated value. The normal direction for the movement of the nodes is retrograde, the averaged out ‘mean node’ value is always retrograde.

Now if you do not average out their movement, you check their actual position, this is now called the ’True node’. And sometimes this ‘true node’ reverses direction, it moves in the forward direction. This happens around major total eclipses and when there are a series of eclipses back-to-back. (Check their position from 11th July to 10th Aug 2019, the true nodes are in forward motion, there was a total solar eclipse and also a solar and lunar eclipse event back to back). This makes the person born during this period very different. So if your software shows an option of ‘True nodes’, check what was their motion at your birth time. If it was retrograde at your birth time, it was the usual normal. But if the true nodes were moving forward at the time of birth, then you are different, you process your life experiences differently.

Eclipses in the horoscope, birth and transit analysis

Then the second way of analysing eclipses is when they occur from time to time. If there is a eclipse coming up you can try this,

Open your birth horoscope. Now draw the positions of the currently transiting planets over it. Use a different colored pen so that you do not get confused. (If you have understood the Ashtakvarga method of analysing their results, do this also.) Check the sign occupied by the Sun/ Moon and Rahu/ Ketu at the time of the ongoing eclipse. Check which houses these two sign occupy in your birth chart.

  • Suppose this current eclipse occurs in your 1st – 7th house pair, it will affect your person environment and relationships. If in the 4th – 10th houses then your home and office will be targeted. These 4 houses are the foundations of your life so we give them more importance. These are the Kendra houses. So the houses and the signs in the eclipse axis are affected.
  • If there are other planets in this axis, in your birth chart then they too will be affected by the eclipse energies.
  • Now if there is some planet currently transiting within the 15 deg zone ahead and behind Rahu/ Ketu they too also be affected and their results in transit will be modified.

Now for how long will the effect last? Check the time the eclipse was visible in your city. (If it was not visible then you needn’t worry, it will have negligible effect.)

  • The general rule is that for solar eclipses, the number of hours it lasted equals the number of years. So if the solar disc was occulted for 30 mins, ie the interval between the first touch to the complete release of the solar disc, visible in your city, was 30mins, the effect will last for 6 months.
  • For lunar eclipses, the first touch of the earth’s shadow to the complete release of the lunar disc, is the time of occultation, one hour of eclipse gives its effect for one month. eg if it was for 2 hours for your city, the effect on you will last for 2 months.

(E.g. the 2nd July 2019 total Solar eclipse had Rahu with Moon, Sun and Venus in Gemini, in addition Mars and Mercury were in Cancer within 15deg ahead of Rahu. And on the other side, Ketu, Saturn in Sagittarius. Only Jupiter was left out of this mix. This eclipse was visible in South America, especially Argentina and Chile. The political situation here is quite evident from the news. It must have affected a significant chunk of the population, on various levels here. And its added influence in Antarctica has dramatically increased the ice-melt rates. The eclipse’s effect on South America in general will wear out in less than 1year. But its effect on the Pacific sea, its ecosystem, the ice on the seas next to Antarctica can last upto 5 yrs. The eclipse was caused by Rahu in Gemini, this is the available options plus how we choose to think and act, too many options and over-reaching desire to act to grasp. Sagittarius with Ketu so detachment from the higher philosophy, humanity, lawful foundations and hope! This was a very complex eclipse which affected almost all the planets and the entire zodiac in all possible ways.)

Eclipses in the horoscope, birth and transit analysis

So what to do during an eclipse?

If you were born in an eclipse, the period following the eclipse (in months or years) will be karmically heavy duty for you. Every eclipse in the year has the potential to create violent, sudden ups and downs in life for you. Then during the brief period of the actual eclipse, you will feel your perceptions open very wide, you will feel ‘normal’! So use this time very wisely. Prepare for this in advance, eat light food in advance and fast during the eclipse. Do mantra-jaap of Rahu/ Ketu or Sun/ Moon compulsorily. Then if you can do some spiritual practice, ie Dhyan. If you can do this near a flowing waterbody, river or sea it will be best, stand or sit with your feet dipped in it.

Or you have your True Nodes in your birth chart in the forward direct motion. During the eclipses so the same activity as above. Plus look out for the period when the transit true nodes will be in forward direct motion. This period will vary from 10 – 30 days around the total or back-to-back eclipses. You will feel a sudden shift in the energies around you, the mind will be clearer, the experiences around you will be ‘brighter’. Use this period for doing intensive mantra-jaap and spiritual practice, you will gain so very much.

Eclipses are power packets of tremendous energies. Use every single drop of these for your spiritual progress!

 

 

Ashtakvarga, practical ways of using the tables

I have written on how to use Ashtakvarga on interpreting the transits of planets through the signs. It makes the judgement of the transits very easy. This table can be used for several other analysis with equal ease. This is the easiest tool for analysing the power of a planet to influence the signs of the horoscope. So check up any online Ashtakvarga calculator, input your birth details and get your combined Sarva Ashtakvarga table.

This is the example chart of Aleister Crowley, the greatest western occultist of recent times. A superlative genius. He created the Thoth Tarot which I use. His birth details are 12th Oct 1875, 11:43 pm at Leamington UK. His Birth chart, Navamsha chart and Ashtakvarga table are as follows.

Birth chart Aliester Crowley

Navamsha Aleister Crowley
Navamsha Aleister Crowley

Ashtakvarga, an easy way to analyse transits

The Ashtakvarga table has several rows and columns. The top row is the Signs from 1-Aries to 12-Pisces. The first right column is the Ascendant degree and the 7 planets. ‘The Eight divisions’. Rahu-Ketu are not used in this table, instead the Ascendant degree/ Lagna is considered as a full-fledged ‘planet’ by itself. Each row is the score of that planet in the specific sign, this can vary from 0-8 points. The lowest row is the combined score of every sign this can vary from 0-56. To interpret this table there are only two rules which you need to remember.

1) Look at every individual planet’s row. You will see that each planet gets some points from 0-8 in each sign. These points indicate the power of the planet to influence this sign. The basic rule here is this

  • If the planet is in a sign where its score is 5-8 then he will give good results.
  • If he is in a sign where the score is exactly 4, it will be average, not-good, not-bad.
  • If the he is in a sign where his score is 0-3, the results will be  inauspicious.

2) And the second rule. Look at the individual sign totals row, the lowest row, where the total score of each sign is computed. Here the range is from 0-56 points for each sign. Here you see the power of each sign to give results, because of its relationship with the planet’s placements.

  • A sign with a score of 30 or more points generally gives good results.
  • A sign with less than 25 points gives inauspicious results.
  • Signs with scores between 25-30 give average results.

You already know how to use the Ashtakvarga table for analysing the power of transits. Now for more ways to use it.

How to judge the power of a planet to give results in the birth chart?

What a planet is capable of giving is different, this needs to be analysed by matching keywords. Eg Moon in this chart, is the ascendant lord, with Rahu in the 9th house, aspected by the Sun and Saturn. So body and physical environment, the agent of the mind, astral self, emotions, ancestors, luck, past life’s merit, peers, patrons, spiritual father, religion, belief system, mother, traditions, cycles, nurture, security, protection, intuition, discipline, genius, intense desire to experience etc.

So even if he is going to give a lot of stuff, how powerful will be his results? This can be seen from the score that the planet has in the sign he is placed at birth. Eg the Moon in our example birth chart is placed in Pisces and the Ashtakvarga score for Moon in Pisces is a neutral 4 points. So Moon will neither give superlative nor bad results. They will be average. So it would be better the Moon energies are consciously improved by doing his Mantra, remedies, Sadhana, spiritual practice etc. In our example see the Saturn in Capricorn has the lowest score of 1. If you read contemporary accounts of Crowley, he was thought to be lazy, wicked, evil, crazy etc by the general society, he married several times the 7th house things were rather a mess, this matches to this low score of Saturn. Mars with him though exalted also has a score of 4, indifferent to very bad results for the 7th house tallied. This was as per our Rule (1). If you use Rule (2), Pisces has a total sign score of 29 so more or less average results. So the Moon remains average for this person, will work at 50% efficiency. And Capricorn has a score of 24, it is inauspicious. So the Saturn will give his results at very lower levels of his power.

So if you want to see how well a planet can give his results, check out his score in the sign he is in your birth chart, (rule 1). And the total sum of the sign (rule 2). Together these two scores will give you your insight.

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You can make more detailed use of the table to find out will some planet’s influence are more powerful than other? In our above table, the Moon-Pisces is aspected by Sun and Saturn both.

  • Now the Sun is in Virgo with a score of 6. Sun influences Pisces with a score of 4. Combining these two the effect of the Sun on the Moon-Pisces is quite high and auspicious.
  • Saturn is in Capricorn and has a score of 1 and Saturn-Pisces is 6. Combining these two, the effect of the Saturn on the Moon is of low intensity and more inclined to be inauspicious.
  • Sun (Virgo-6) is inherently more able to give auspicious results than Saturn (Capricorn-1). Both are aspecting the Moon, but the influence of Saturn (score in Pisces is 6) is more than the Sun (his score in Pisces is 4). And Saturn is basically going to give inauspicious results because of his original placement. Sun being inherently more auspicious, even though he influences Moon only indifferently, his overall result will be auspicious.
  • So we can interpret this in words, Moon will be adversely affected by Saturn, the restrictions of Saturn will weigh on the astral/emotional self. Karma, discipline, social pressures, requirement to work systematically, social image, regular income etc will be a burden on the mind.
  • Moon is being supported by the Sun, so divine inspiration,  creativity, genius, center-stage etc will all be sought after and will be received by the person during the lifetime.

When we analyse our birth horoscope, we count the houses from the rising sign, the regular birth chart. And in the second Birth Moon chart, we count the birth moon sign as the first house and interpret the signs and planets in relation to the Moon’s placement. But every planet is powerful in its own way, so we should ideally draw a separate birth planet chart for every planet, eg a birth Jupiter chart where birth Jupiter’s sign is counted as the first house. But doing this for all the planets would be quite confusing and tedious. So we calculate the Ashtakvarga. Arriving at this Ashtakvarga table is also quite a tedious affair, but now our software does it, so its just a click of a button.

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Now how to use Ashtakvarga chart in determining the power of the Dasha periods.

The most commonly used system for Dasha, planetary periods is the Vimshottari Dasha system. This is the first system that is taught for students and is quite accurate and easy to understand. There are five layers of planetary periods, sub-periods, sub-sub-periods, as every minute of your life is mapped out (Maha-dasha, Antar-dasha, Pratyantar-dasha, Pran-dasha Sookshma-dasha).

Let’s analyse the Mahadasha/main period and Antardasha/sub-period using Ashtakvarga. Suppose that for our example chart, the current Mahadasha is Jupiter and the Antardasha is of Mercury. This will be written as Jupiter-Mercury. Your software will also give the Dasha for your birth details, check it out. Sometimes you see that the Dasha period ruler planets occupy the best positions in your birth chart, are capable of giving such good results, but in the actual period, these good results do not materialise. Then you need to see the Ashtakvarga table.

Now to apply rule (1), check where Jupiter is in the sky now, the current transit sign is Scorpio. Check Jupiter in Scorpio score from the example chart. In our example it is 7, very good results expected. Now Mercury, the sub-period lord, is currently in Libra. In the ashtakvarga table above Mercury-Libra has 7 points again very good results. Next apply rule (2). Here the total of Scorpio is 25, this is on the lower side, inauspicious. And Libra has a total score of 27, indifferent, not good/bad. So we can combine these results and say that, at this point of time, this person will have reasonably good results for this Vimshottari Dasha main/sub period combination. However he should be alert for anything happening unexpectedly. This analysis should be re-done when the Jupiter transits onwards to Sagittarius and Mercury transits to Scorpio as the dynamics change. Ashtakvarga makes things so very easy!

So if you want to see how the combined dynamics of the current transit plus the current Dasha main-lord and sub-lord works out to be, check out the Ashtakvarga table and follow the two rules.

The Ashtakvarga does not use Rahu/ Ketu in the table. They have no points and no scores. The main reason is that these planets have no material results on their own. This table talks about the material and tangible results only. No psychological babble here. So if you have clients who want to know definite results, marriage, money, children, health, job, property you have to see the Ashtakvarga. Everything is reduced to numbers here, so you can arrive at a percentage of intensity, percentage probability or 50% chance that this will happen sort of results. of course to improve the percentages you have to prescribe some spiritual activity, remedy or something which will help bringing that planet more in focus.

But the Dashas? Rahu and Ketu are owners of Dasha periods and they also transit, but they do not have a score here. So I use an approximation which has worked for me. (If you think it is incorrect, do not use it). The reasoning being, Rahu and Ketu give material results through the planet who is conjunct him.  If there are no planets conjunct him, ie in the same sign, then Rahu and Ketu take on the characteristics of the sign’s planetary owner. So in the above example I would use the sign-score of Sun to get an idea of Ketu’s Dasha period. And the sign score of Moon to get an idea of Rahu’s Dasha period.

So here was a very practical post on using Ashtakvarga in more ways,

  1. To judge the power of a planet to give results in the birth chart
  2. To judge the power of a sign to give results in the birth chart
  3. To judge which planet has the maximum influence over a sign
  4. To judge which planet has the maximum influence over another planet
  5. To use Ashtakvarga chart in determining the power of the Dasha periods

 

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(There was a question on using the Ashtakvarga, thus these two posts. I would recommend books by C.S.Patel to those who want to learn more, but his books are more for the advanced students. For the beginners, try using the tables for basic analysis as I have written and later read the books.)

Ashtakvarga, an easy way to analyse transits

Jyotish or Vedic astrology has so many tools, but you should know which ones to use and how to use them. There is a lot of confusion about the Ashtakvarga, so here is a very simple way of using them in interpreting transits. You will need your Ashtakvarga table. There is system on how to make them, but now with everything available on software and free online calculators, am not writing on the maths.

This is how an Ashtakvarga table looks like. This is called a ‘samudaya ashtakvarga’ or a ‘sarva ashtakvarga’, the combined table. Input your birth details into any online software and you will get a chart which looks like this.

Ashtakvarga, an easy way to analyse transits

The top row is the Signs from 1-Aries to 12-Pisces. The first right column is the Ascendant degree and the 7 planets. ‘The Eight divisions’. Rahu-Ketu are not used in this table, instead the Ascendant degree/ Lagna is considered as a full-fledged ‘planet’ by itself. Each row is the score of that planet in the specific sign, this can vary from 0-8 points. The lowest row is the combined score of every sign this can vary from 0-56. The total number of points of the grand total are 337, this is constant at the lowest right cell. (I have tried to simplify this post to the lowest possible, but you need to read the rows and columns correctly, that is it.)

So to interpret individual planetary transits. The rule is that

  • if the planet is transiting a sign where its score is 5-8 then the results will be good.
  • If he is transiting a sign where the score is exactly 4, it will be average, not-good, not-bad.
  • If the he is transiting a sign where his score is 0-3, then the results will be  inauspicious.

If some planet has a score of 8 in a sign, the maximum score, then his transits in this sign will give you several benefits, prosperity, official favours, marriage, family times, wins over enemies, gain of land/property, promotions, leadership etc. Such opportunities will come on their own. And you can also plan and actively use such transits for auspicious activities, long journeys, new undertakings, purchase of gold/ property etc, depending on the nature of the planet and the sign involved. eg in out example table the Mercury transiting in Leo is excellent at 8 points.

Especially in the Moon’s row in your table, check which sign has the highest score. You might end up marrying someone with this sign, or your best friends will have this sign as their moon or ascendant sign. You will gain from people having this birth Moon sign. eg Moon has the highest score in Taurus in the above example table.

The intensity of the results progressively diminishes as the planet’s score in the signs diminishes. If he has the exact 4 point score in some sign, the planet transiting that sign will be neutral for you while he transits. He won’t create problems and neither will he actively aid you if you need his help. (However you can trigger his energies by using any of his remedies.) eg the Sun transiting in Gemini in the above example.

And if some sign has a score of 0 for some planet, be very very careful when that planet transits that sign. It can signify extreme misfortune. For the nature of misfortune, locate this sign in the D1 and check out what house it is in? Where is its owner? Who is occupying/aspecting it? In the D9, check the power of its owner planet, which new house does this sign shift to etc. In short, get all the information about the possible results of that this sign is capable of. Then also do a full ‘agent-analysis’, Karakatva-analysis of this particular planet too. Such transits can signify extreme misfortunes, diseases, losses, loss of wealth, loss of job/position, death of children/ wife/ parents, death of self etc. (To change this situation for the better, you should perform some spiritual practice or some remedies of the concerned planet.) The example table does not have such an example. However Saturn has a very low score of 1 point in the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius each. This would represent a Saturn- Capricorn-return for the person (his birth chart is below), so physical effects would be damaging. Saturn in Aquarius would be Saturn transiting the 8th house and also second from his own birth position, rather bad for the health and position in society.

Now an example in detail, refer to the above table. Let’s take the eg Sun. Sun transits one sign per month.

  • He has score of 5-8 in the signs, Aries, Leo and Virgo. So his transits in these signs will give auspicious results for the person. Sun has the highest score in Virgo, so this transit period will give him the best possible Sun related results.
  • A score of exact 4 in Gemini, Cancer, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces. This is a rather long list! Average indifferent results for the Sun-related things when he transits these signs.
  • A score of 0-3 in the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Capricorn. Sun’s transits in these signs will give more problems than solutions. He has the lowest score in Scorpio ie 2 points, so the Sun’s transit in this sign will be the most problematic.

Now lets cross-check if this tallies with what the chart says. (It will always tally, but this is an educational post so doing this extra analysis.) This is the chart and birth details of Aleister Crowley, the greatest occultist that the western world has produced in recent times. 12th Oct 1875, 11:43 pm at Leamington UK. This chart is so extraordinary that I have decided to use it as my example chart. This man was a superlative genius. And he has my gratitude because of all the things he did, he, with Lady Frieda Harris, designed the Thoth Tarot deck. (haven’t been able to locate her birth details). I use the Thoth deck and it is actual magic. We know a man by his creations!

Birth chart Aliester Crowley

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Navamsha

See the main D1 – birth chart and D9 – navamsha. If you look at the position and the power of the Sun from these charts, you can see that the Ashtakvarga makes perfect sense. The Birth Sun is placed in the 3rd house in Virgo. He goes to Virgo navamsha so is Vargottam, capable of giving very good result inside-out! Sun’s Virgo transits are going to give the best results. His lowest score was in Scorpio. A watery secret occult sign placed in the 5th house the natural owner of the 5th sign Leo is the Sun. This sign is placed third from the Birth Sun. Sun when transiting Scorpio will be in his natural house 5th but in a watery mysterious environment. (You, a radiant king, come back to your bright sunny house and see that it is taken over by neo-goths, now its dark, full of occult paraphernalia and you are supposed to work from here, naturally you are uncomfortable.)

Now why is the ascendant sign taken a separate ‘planet’ level item in this analysis? Your ascendant sign is the ‘concentrated’ you + your environment. Sometimes you need to calculate Muhurt-s, the perfect time to perform some action. It is called Electional/ Event astrology. Now in a day, all the 12 signs rise at the east direction, each for approx 2 hours. How do you decide if this particular 2-hr time frame is good for you to buy a house or a car? Or if a person has had an accident and you know what time the accident occurred. You can use this time to find out the ashtakvarga of the ascendant sign and determine the severity of the injuries. Here we are into very high details, we are analysing how 2-hr slots on every day are going to be for the person.

So again refer to our Ashtakvarga table, this time read the ascendant sign/Lagna row.

  • The rising degree has a score of 5-8 in the signs Gemini, Libra, Scorpio and Capricorn. The highest being in Scorpio and Capricorn at 6 points each. So the two 2-hours slots when Scorpio and later Capricorn rises in the east will be especially favourable for this person.
  • The ascendant degree has a score of exact 4 in Taurus, Leo, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces.
  • And has score of 0-3 in the Aries, Cancer and Virgo. The lowest being in Virgo at 1point.

To cross-check from the D1 and D9 horoscopes. Scorpio placed in 5th Kona house, its owner Mars exalted, placed with Saturn in 7th Kendra house. Capricorn in 7th house containing an exalted Mars and its owner Saturn. Genius coupled with the ability to think, analyse, use with discipline, power and balance etc. This is backed up by the D9, Scorpio becomes the 1st house and Mars remains vargottam, exalted and in the 3rd house. Capricorn goes to the 3rd house and Saturn shifts to the 11th house. This combination is quite good, so the personality is most productive, well-balanced when the ascending signs are Scorpio or Capricorn. (This person was obviously famous in society as a very high level occultist, a mountaineer, a spy, numerous affairs/marriages and more things!)

One more point, look at the totals row, the lowest row, where the total score of each sign is computed. Here the range is from 0-56 points for each sign. The mid-point is 28. A sign with a score of 30+ points generally gives better results than a sign with -25 points. Signs with scores 25-30 give average results. This is a very generic statement, but good enough for a very rough understanding.

So your practical exercise for today is, use any online Ashtakvarga generator. Input in your birth details. See how your Ashtak-varga table looks like. Take a screen-shot or download or print it. Then for each planet check out which signs are in the 0-3 category, in the exact 4 points category and in the 5-8 points category. You need to do this only once. Write this information down for your easy reference. You can mark it on your table with different coloured pens or make a table and keep it on your desk. So now you know which sign transit for which planet would give very good results, indifferent results or inauspicious results. Then when the current planets change their signs in the sky, just refer to this table and get your instant transit readings. (But then, as usual, you will need to know what your this planet signifies in your chart for the exact events. So natural agent and chart-specific agent analysis is always the first step.)

So this was on using the Ashtakvarga for analysing the power of a planet to give his results during his transits through the various signs. Earlier this table was quite typical to calculate, but with software, it is as easy as a click of a button. So do use it, it is always accurate. No complicated stuff to learn by rote. But you will need to find out what your planet stands for in your chart first, this is the first step of every astrological analysis. This can be as simple as matching keywords to begin with. Later you can add more shades of meanings as you learn and observe yourself more.

 

Ashtakvarga, an easy way to analyse transits

 

Exalted planets analysis, Birth chart and Navamsha

I always insist that you should analyse your birth chart D1 and the D9, 9th divisional chart Navamsha, for a complete analysis. If you do not see these two together, your analysis will be skewed. It won’t be wrong but it will be about only 50% of the complete picture. The Birth horoscope D1 is your physical reality and the navamsha is the total sub-conscious potential. Your birth chart is a sub-set of the the D9.

So to begin with, find out what your planets signify for you. Every planet is an agent of something in your chart.

Natural agents are fixed, eg Moon is for mother, Venus for relationships etc. This is a standard list. If you find this list difficult to remember just remember the sequence of signs and their planetary owners. These will always subtly affect your this part of life. Eg Jupiter 9th and 12th, Sagittarius and Pisces, will always have a say on your philosophy, mediation, also wife/ husband, Dharm pati/ patni. This is how you know the natural agents/karak.

Chart-specific agents will vary as per the ascendant sign. Eg for Pisces ascendant, Gemini is placed in the 4th house, so the Mercury will also indicate the mother. This is an addition to whatever he is the natural agent of. In analysis, always give more weightage to chart-specific agents. Eg such a person’s mother will have Mercury-like qualities, eg be skilful, analytical skills, a good conversationalist, an instructor at work, one of a large group of siblings, a friend more than a mother, etc. So before you start analysing your planet, first get into details what it stands for in your chart. Only after this can you think of consciously modulating its results.

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So to analyse the D1 vis-a-vis the D9, this is something like a ‘reference to context’ question. Let’s focus on the exalted planets in this post ( I have written separately about the debilitated planets and pushkar navamsha analysis)

If a planet is exalted in your birth chart, it means that its energies are most suited to the environment of the sign it occupies. It will give good results in the physical life. These results will be linked to the sign the planet occupies in the D9, but still the results will be auspicious. The context background will be the D9 sign and the actual physical effect the D1 sign.

Whichever sign the planet is placed in the D1, if it gets allocated to the navamsha of its exalted sign, it will still offer you all the potential possible. However to use this, you will have to actively and intentionally change your behaviour and actions. Eg If your Jupiter in Aries in D1, gets allocated to a Navamsha owned by Cancer in your D9. You can actively use his energies to initiate something physical, related to your homeland, in a wider perspective helpful, teaching, yet commanding. Eg if you are an Indian, you start a Yog-teaching studio, a mix of exercise, pran, teaching/learning, homeland, ancient science etc keywords.

If the planet is placed in the D1 in its exalted sign and in the D9 also it gets allocated to the same sign. This would be a ‘vargottam’ situation, same sign in both charts. The energies of the sign are reinforced, the planet is extra-comfortable so will give very auspicious results. Only thing you should guard against is going into things without cross-checking everything first, over-optimism can backfire sometimes. Use your common-sense and all will be very good.

Now if the planet is exalted in the birth chart at the highest degree. The Param-uccha. Now you are in for a surprise, check out this table. (This table is so beautiful, I could write an entire book on it.)

Planet

Degree

Sign D1

Sign D9

Sun

10th deg of zodiac

10 deg Aries

Gemini

Moon

33rd deg of zodiac

3 deg Taurus

Capricorn

Mercury

165th deg of zodiac

15 deg Virgo

Taurus

Venus

357th deg of zodiac

27 deg Pisces

Pisces

Mars

298th deg of zodiac

28 deg Capricorn

Virgo

Jupiter

95th deg of zodiac

5 deg Cancer

Leo

Saturn

200th deg of zodiac

20 deg Libra

Pisces

Rahu

50th deg of zodiac

20 deg Taurus

Gemini

Ketu

230th deg of zodiac

20 deg Scorpio

Sagittarius

(I follow B.V. Raman/Parashara)

Here are some points to help you trigger your own thought process.

The degree of highest exaltation ie in different signs in D1 and D 9, except for Venus.

Sun is the creative intelligence which works best if supported by the skilful analysis of options in the background Navamsha. Gemini is the sign which allows a choice in thought processes and actions, and the confidence to carry out both. This is not just ‘duality’. So the background provides choices, options, analysis which is manifested as the best possible thought/action executed with boldness, courage, genius, intelligence, self-awareness. This is also a reason why a combust/ caizmi Mercury with the Sun doesn’t cause serious problems, both work very well together. (Mercury is nearest to the Sun so gets combust more frequently compared to the others.)

Moon though enjoying the luxuries of Taurus, is best when linked to the practicality, structure and work of Capricorn. The hoarding and resource building behaviour is made practical use of in improving social reputation and creating regular sources of income and also the other way round. Always remember the D1 is derived from the energies of the D9. Capricorn is the practical. Only of you have the potential to work practically can you really make profit! A full treasury is a reflection of the hard work that has gone on the background. The creation of the work-Capricorn is wealth-Taurus (5/9 axis, Arth trikon) and Taurus-wealth in turn acts as a foundation for more work-Capricorn.

Why is Venus the real Moksh-karak, agent of Realisation? He gives his perfect expression in the physical world when he is in Pisces/D1 and again in Pisces/D9. He represents the complete disintegration of the manifested at every level and complete awareness of the undifferentiated energy. Pisces is awareness of the Other. This sign is abstract, in solitude, but expanded out infinitely in the other-dimensions. Its primary role is to be a ‘bridge’. If Pisces is strongly placed in your chart, you will be absent-minded in waking life, but drawn to the meditative states, contemplation, you know how to use your secret energies /pran etc to move consciously into the other realms. Venus uses these ‘bridging’ energies to help you reach Self-realization.

Mars works best in the disciplined work environment of rules in Capricorn. And if backed by the understanding of Karma, system and pragmatic plainness of Virgo, it is his best expression. Virgo and Capricorn are the components of the Arth trikon, the things which give meaning to life. In the deepest sense, life is created because of karma. It is Karma which actually gives meaning to Life. Mars is the energies of life and death together. So if you use your vitality in understanding and rebalancing karma, that is the best possible use of this energy.

Jupiter loves expansion that Cancer gives in all possible dimensions but works best when linked to the genius, self-identity and divine connection that Leo affords from the Navamsha. Cancer and Leo represent the Ajnya chakra. This chakra is where your individual soul/ jiv-atma resides. The Sun is the individual soul, the Moon reflects his light in the best possible way so that it can build the body/mind most suited for the individual soul. So with Leo in the D9, the Cancer in the D1, no wonder this is the best possible combination for Jupiter to give you the highest knowledge of this manifested creation, ie upto the Sagun Brahma you achieve Krama-Mukti. (To attain Moksh ie Nirgun Brahma and Sadyo mukti, you will need your Venus to support.)

Saturn wants precise fairness, one-to-one balance, crisp understanding. Libra, the sign who is bound to balance is his favourite. And this works best if he has the self-less, abstract, infinite energies of Pisces backing him. Pisces is understanding of the Reality. To understand this, you have to give away your limited view of the self. Saturn’s rigidness in Pisces is channelized to the sub-conscious, the residual karmic baggage is available for resolution. Also Pisces also offers no resistance to Saturn. If you observe, resistance to an uncomfortable situation increases the discomfort. Then the D-1 Libra gets the full advantage of this, highly intellectual, it uses all possible means for re-balancing the karma. The energies of the 6/8 axis operate here so its very good for karma resolution. It goes both ways, you can also understand this as, the potential energy of Saturn in D9 Pisces finds its perfect physical expression in the D1 Libra.

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There is always a dispute among astrologers, are Rahu /Ketu exalted in Taurus/Scorpio or in Gemini/Sagittarius. This table is the answer.

Rahu works best hoarding luxuries and treasures, if he has the options, skills and analysis of Gemini at his command. Rahu is desire for experience, this energy is the reason we are alive on this earth. As an individual soul we experience, that is all we do. We are here just for the experience, nothing else. To satisfy Rahu with all possible treasuries of experience, it has to be Taurus in the foreground D1 and the choice of experience afforded by Gemini in the background. Gemini is where you initially create your karma, you think and choose with a sense of self. So karma in the background and the treasury of experience in the D1 works beautifully for the degree of Rahu’s exaltation.

And Ketu’s energies find an apt outlet in the mysterious depths of Scorpio if he has the philosophy, inclusiveness and hope of Sagittarius at his back. (Some astrologers are fond of quoting ’Rahu is like Saturn and Ketu is like Mars, Shanivat Rahu Kujawat Ketu. This statement irritates me to no end. They are not like Saturn/Mars! If there were, why would we have them as separate energies?) Ketu is the agent of dissociation. If he makes a good combination with Jupiter and Venus, this can give Moksh. He is the headless one, no ego, no sense of self. When he is in the Sagittarius navamsha he has the accumulated merit/‘punya’ of your entire self, past/ present/ future/ parallel at his disposal. This sign is expansion of the things of the manifested, humanity, philosophy, external component of spirituality, all life forms, benevolence, higher learning etc. This is the background. From this Scorpio targets the things personal to the self, digs down deep into the individual self. Scorpio eventually destroys everything around it and also itself. (This is a deep statement). Ketu is by nature fiery, he can cause movement he is movement! The nebulous moving like a flapping banner in the wind. So now the ‘wind’ is created by the luck of Sagittarius and the force of Scorpio. The indifferent ego-less dispersive energies of Ketu dig deep into the occult mysteries of personal against the background of the manifested multitude of all living selves. This is the ultimate environment to manifest Moksh.

The horoscope is like layers within layers, a fractal geometry. This was just a very basic analysis of how exalted planets really work. So if you have exalted planets in your birth chart D1 you should checkout which sign’s navamsha part they go to in the D9. This will give you more pin-point information on where your planet’s energies can be more effectively directed. No chart analysis is complete if you forget the D9. (If you think its too much trouble for clients, that is upto you. Anyways some clients are not aware of their exact birth time, it is better to check out the prashna kundali for more pointers in this case.) Always remember that the D9 is the context and the D1 is the outer layer. You cannot really understand the external unless you also look at the internal.

 

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What was Soma-ras exactly, alcohol?

One of my friends asked me this question. I know that there are ‘modern’ (in my view, ignorant) scholars who claim that ancient Indian Rishi-Seers ate non-vegetarian food and drank alcohol! Now I really don’t bother about random people saying things but my friend! So this post.

What is tantra? It is complete control on your mind as you attempt practices for gaining complete control on your own vital energy/ pran. You accept the experience with full awareness. And you desire to transcend this experience because you really to experience is your own self ie Moksh. And what is Yog? Here also you control your mind, attempt practices, gain complete control over the pran in your body. But you consciously deny yourself the experience of the manifested as you search for the Ultimate. You are determined to experience nothing but the Ultimate. Both routes are different but require control over the mind and the direction of the pran movement. The genuine practitioners are very different, if you sit near them you feel the ‘grace’, blessings, peace and strength.

Tantra or Yog, are the only possible ways for attaining Moksh. If you invoke the tantric aspect of your deity, you can move very fast on your path. But the pitfalls are extraordinarily dangerous and if you make mistakes, the repercussions are unimaginable. You are required to have complete control over your mind, emotions and actions. You cannot lose your focus in what you are doing, else you will be so badly damaged on the spiritual levels, that it will take innumerable lives to recover. There are several ancient tantriks who made mistakes and are stuck on earth (if ever you visit the ‘burning ghats’/ Smashan in Kashi/Varanasi, you will know what I mean)

All deities have their Tantric ‘variants’. The Ganapati who is considered the most ‘cute’, adorable deity has an extremely terrifying aspect called ‘Uddanda’. This form is with innumerable hands holding multiple weapons, all three eyes open, red with rage, wearing red garments, red aura, lots of ornaments, trumpeting the sound of ‘Om’, dancing the dance of destruction as he systematically destroys everything holding you back in your spiritual progress. If you do his Sadhana, it is like he is intently standing in front of you holding all his weapons, ready to decimate you if you make one single fraction of an error. If you manage to complete his Sadhana he will grant you endless energy, open your Kundalini locks, allow you Moksh and everything.

There are very few genuine tantriks who do pujas of such forms of deities. This is a very arduous method of spiritual practice. This Sadhana is not a ‘short-cut’. The deity grants you energy which energises you from the depths of your soul to the aura which projects outside you. You are first made capable of holding the energy then the energy is given to you and the path will be difficult. But the fundamental premise of Tantra is experience without any sort of engagement. Your deity is an aspect of the Ultimate Reality. As you follow the path shown to you, you will see that not only you, but your deity also evolves. Hereto unknown aspects of his energy will be shown to you, you will experience. Everything essentially is the Parabrahma, the ‘beyond intelligence’. You are the Para, your deity is the Para. Your deity will finally show you this Para form of himself and yourself too. Here is when the deity, the aspirant and the Real all merge. Moksh.

Depression, what does the horoscope say?

But the point comes to this, a genuine aspirant will not do anything which will dampen/distort his energy, or make him lose control over his energy. It takes so much effort to gain one smidgen of control over your energy, you don’t fritter this away! By ‘energy’, I mean the movement of Satva-Raja-Tama, the three- Gun the basic building blocks. You use your pran consciously to control them. This is the goal of all spiritual practice.

In movies and in life, you will see ‘tantriks’, practitioners to be typically creepy individuals. Wearing weird clothing, lots of malas, beads, black tilak on the forehead and general creepiness. I have met some of these practitioners and there was a miasma of negative energy, dark-auras in their rooms and surrounding them. Very suffocating. You feel suppressed, scared and want to get up and run away. (This is not what a real knower of Tantra looks or feels like, I have met some of these too.) These ‘tantriks’ are those degraded individuals who indulge in the lowest forms of energy manipulations and and will do anything the client asks for as long as their payment is right. Mostly these have spirits bound to them who they use as slaves to perform their work. These are the ones who drink alcohol, eat non-veg food etc.

These practicioners have spoilt the reputation of Tantra. Looking for short-cuts and with very material wishes. If you know how, you can go to a cemetery where dead bodies are buried and capture yourself a spirit. A slave you can use. Such slaves are always ready to turn on their masters. Or if you know more (or foolhardy or over-confident), you can visit the aforementioned ‘burning ghats’ of Kashi and bind an ancient tantrik’s spirit. Here your slave is a skilled one (pishachya, brahmarakshas, vetal etc) and can do more. And if it gets a chance it will happily turn on you and cause even more damage. Or there is another option, to go to some place where there is no inhabitation and natural forests. Here you will find spirits linked to the other dimensions who visit these areas, especially on eclipses, twilights, no-moon days and full-moon days. You can strike your bargains and get them to fulfil your wishes. None of this is advisable, but those who are blind in their desire for material gains and power will do it. And later suffer, badly.

And this is not what Tantra really means.

These short-cut tantriks use some other spirit or being as their source of energy. They are not internally that spiritually evolved themselves. Their only ability is to control the spirits using ‘procedures’, rituals and mantra. These spirits desire base/ tamasic gifts, like alcohol, meat, drugs, or sexual contacts, which the tantrik will procure for them so that they will work for him. And one becomes what one associates with, so such a practitioner also eventually becomes such a degraded creature himself. Then while this spirit is associated with them, they experience the higher energy levels which cannot be sustained when their association is broken. So the energy flow has to be consciously brought down in his body too.

Eg you have wire which can carry a current of 50volts. Now you temporarily link it to a second wire so that now it can carry 5000volts current. But this linkage is not possible all the time, the second wire needs a break, say for 12 hours/day (spirits need this, else they go insane). So as the first wire is delinked, there is damage as the wire is not in itself capable of 5000volt. This damage is to be suppressed (it can be repaired only be personal spiritual practice, which these short-cut tantriks will not do). Also at the instant of delinking the residual 5000volts has to be brought down in an instant else it will fry this first wire. So these tantriks drink alcohol.

Alcohol in large quantities lowers down the movement of pran and also your ability to control it. (In the past, my office group had a couple of guys who really liked drinking hard alcohol. During office parties it was very educational to watch them. As they drank progressively larger quantities of alcohol, their auras would progressively get murky and shrink.) Alcohol brings down your energy immediately and this ‘downer’ lasts for a day or so. Non-veg food also acts in the same way and its effect is sustained for a longer time, for a few days. And sexual contact also does the same thing, intimately sharing energy, such tantriks will divert all the extra load into their partner, now both will suffer. If even some normal person does these activities as a habit, you can easily see the effects. His energy body loses its vitality. Alcohol and non-veg are tamasic in nature, the person’s energy will become still, dull, difficult to move etc. (I never advocate avoidance, once in a while, for social reasons, for emotional reasons, for medicinal reasons, for health reasons etc is ok. But mindless over-indulgence will harm. In meats, only fish meat is comparatively safe.)

Depression, what does the horoscope say?

‘Soma-ras’ needs to be explained now. Modern scholars opine that Soma is alcohol which our ancient Seers drank, which is the stupidest thing. Soma-ras is defined by the two great Seers/Rishi of Ayurved, Patanjali and Sushrut, they have written about it.

Soma is another name for Anna, the ‘essence of food’. Anna is the material things of this universe which you use to sustain your mind/ body. This stuff is capable of being disintegrated by Fire/ Agni/ Pran and converted to Pran. In modern terminology, Soma would be something like matter and Pran is somewhat like energy. They are conscious, intelligent, inseparable and inter-convertible. Soma is considered to be a form of Shakti (the energies are ‘with Uma’) and Pran is considered to be a form of Shiv. Soma is dispersed, it cannot be focussed on. Pran is the concentrated energy, this can be focussed with intention pushed into the thinnest nadi of the body. Soma needs to be converted into Pran for it to be of real use. Now there is one typical nature of Soma powered Pran, it rises up with relatively little effort.

When you eat food, it enters your digestive system where the conscious fire of digestion transforms it. Some of this is absorbed and some part is ejected out. This absorbed essence of food is used in different ways, to sustain the Sapta-dhatu, to sustain the mind/Manas and some is converted to pran/vital energy. The ancient Rishi-s ate specific food which could be converted completely to Pran. This food is called the Soma. Ras means the essence. And Ras also means the infinite intelligent scalar field of unlimited energy. So ‘Soma-ras’ is the subtlest energy of the essence of food. If such a food is eaten, there would be nothing ejected and a big boost of pure pran. This food was eaten before entering into the deepest states of Dhyan-Sadhana. These states would be maintained for long periods of time, even years. Rishi Patanjai clearly says that there are herbs-Oushadhi, which can be used to deepen the Dhyan states and achieve Moksh. But we do not have the details with us (continuous onslaughts of invaders targeted our temples, which were our institutions of learning and the teacher, the Brahmins who knew. No wonder this age is called the Kali-yug, all real knowledge is lost to us.)

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If you find this difficult to believe, try this small experiment. The hypothesis is, if you eat food which has higher spiritual energy, it is more easily and completely converted to Pran. There would be very little matter ejected and your aura/ energy will improve. So eat a dal/rice for 3 days. The dal should be only mung bean dal (Vigna radiata). And the rice should be unpolished. Add one spoon ghee (made from Indian desi humped cow milk) and some sea-salt/ rock-salt and turmeric as per your taste. If you find it tasteless, put some jira/Cumin seeds or 1pod of elaichi/ Cardamom or a bit of ground ginger in it as it cooks. This is the most Satvic-energy combination, where you have protein, carbohydrates, fats, mineral, turmeric in one dish. See what effect it has on your energy.

So, to conclude, Soma-ras is the purest essence of food, which is not available to us now. It is definitely not alcohol. Alcohol downs your energy instantly. Our ancient Rishi-s did not eat tamasic foods. They were Seers, realised souls, or aspirants who were actively working towards realization. Some of us are also actively pursuing this goal. So if you can, try to reduce your non-veg/ alcohol intake and sexual activity to reasonable limits. Mindlessly indulging in these will reduce the quantum of your pran and also affect your ability to manipulate it.

 

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