Rahu Ketu transit in Taurus Scorpio 2020-22

Rahu and Ketu transit through the signs at every 1yr 6mth intervals. They are permanently retrograde so will shift from Gemini – Sagittarius and enter Taurus – Scorpio respectively on 23rd Sep 2020. They will remain here till 12th Apr 2022. (These dates are from the Drik panchang app.)

While these two were in Gemini-Sagittarius, they wrecked havoc in the world, culminating with the COVID 19 crisis (post here). Now they are onward or rather backward with Taurus-Rahu and Scorpio-Ketu. Their perpetual retrograde motion means that they teach life lessons very thoroughly, revise, redo, reanalyse, repeat them again and again.  I have written on transits of Rahu/Ketu earlier (post here).

First try to remember what had happened in your life during their previous transit during Feb 2002- Sep 2003. Expect something on the same lines to happen again though their mode of operation will be slightly different.

If you remember the global events 18yrs ago. There was economic collapse coupled with joblessness, financial turmoil, industrial stagnation, bankruptcy of several big companies. Volcanic eruptions, wildfires, oil spills, earthquakes and tornadoes. The European Union expanded. Then expansion of NATO, invasion of Iraq etc. ENRON officers were indicted, euthanasia was approved etc. Terrorist attacks, hostage situations, communal riots. Human Genome project was successful. Columbia space shuttle disaster. China’s successful manned space flight. A happening time back with a mixed bag of events which had a lasting impact on the world mind. Economy, resources, technology, catastrophes, secrets etc were the keywords typical of Mars, Venus, Rahu and Ketu interactions.

Rahu Ketu transit in Taurus Scorpio 2020-22

Rahu’s transit in Taurus, will cover the lunar mansions, Mruga, Rohini and Krutika. The 2nd sign of the natural zodiac, Taurus is ruled by Venus. 

  • Rahu and Ketu are quite powerful in these two signs, practically exalted (post here). Whatever will happen to you during this period from Sept 2020 to Mar 2022 will be intense and will leave a lasting impression.
  • During this transit, Rahu in Taurus will be aspected by the debilitated Jupiter in Capricorn for some months, but this aspect does not help much as a powerful Saturn himself is occupying his own sign Capricorn. So expect Rahu to get busy in Taurus without effective supervision.
  • Taurus is an earthy sign, it is a trader, indicates the accumulated resources, stored wealth, good times with close family /friends, etc. Rahu in this sign ordinarily can bring in stability and an increase in things indicated by Taurus. For several of us, depending on the individual charts, this will bring stability, prosperity, marriage and increase.
  • But Rahu is the trickster so in the sign of stored resources, he needs to be controlled carefully. His illusions and overreach have to be understood. If you get carried away and act rashly under his influence, you can lose your money. You might be tempted to over-spend, invest in risky ventures, buy unnecessary luxury items, etc. So budgeting is necessary. Spend carefully and invest in safe projects. Do not cheat others and remain alert so that you don’t get cheated yourself. Avoid giving loans and taking loans unless the contract terms are clear.
  • You might feel more creative and versatile. If your job involves, banking, art, food, speaking, etc you will get opportunities to showcase yourself. 
  • Do not lie or use bad language as Rahu in the house of speech can make you go overboard with swear words etc. Better use this time to learn a new foreign language instead. Or learn to sing? The secret with remedies is to understand the energies and using them for your benefit.
  • Addictions like alcohol, drugs, even eating overly sweet stuff are quite possible. So keep control over the food you eat. Eat a sensible balanced diet and avoid intoxicants as you might fall ill later. Obesity, diabetes etc generally are a side-effect of this position.
  • Diseases to the organs indicated by Taurus are possible, ie the neck, shoulders, ears, throat, voice etc will be susceptible.
  • Families can get ‘unusual’. Relationships across religions, nations and ethnicities will find more acceptance initially. Later toward the end of the transit, these situations might end in negativity. So if you plan to get married in these few months, be very clear and not carried away by wishful thinking. You might face criticism by your family members.
  • Children who will be born during next 18 months might be short-tempered, unnecessarily emotional and might not be able to forge lasting relationships in their family/ friend circles.
  • On the global level, this Rahu will affect the economy in several ways. Financial crimes will increase as people take risks with their stored savings. Expect cyber-attacks on financial institutions, eg viruses which affect their systems. Both private and public wealth resources will seem to increase first but will later diminish. Governments will have to spend to save their economy which will conversely hit their treasuries. Unproductive spending will increase. Speculation will increase till the bubble bursts. The trick is to be aware and not take rash steps or believe in things ‘too good to be true’.

One good thing is that as Rahu/Ketu shift backwards, Jupiter will be occupying his own Sagittarius in forward motion. Saturn too will become forward in his own Capricorn. This will give a burst of energy in everyone’s life till about the end of Nov. So use this time, as Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu all are very powerful. You might get unexpected opportunities to really jump upwards spectacularly. This will be a crucial time for many of us.

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Now Scorpio ruled by Mars is Ketu’s favoured environment, but it can get dangerous. The agent of separation in the house of catastrophic changes. Here the Nakshatra involved are Jeyshtha, Anuradha and Vishakha.

  • Ketu is very comfortable in Scorpio because its keywords, the occult, separation, death, inner worlds, secrets, nadi-pran networks, the psychological, mystery, research, exploration, loneliness, depth, complexity, trauma and revenge are suitable to his fiery dissociative nature.
  • Ketu in Scorpio is exceptional for people who are into these typical aspects of life. So if you are a surgeon, researcher, a student of pure science, theoretical scientist, working in a lab with viruses, into the occult, a spiritual aspirant, tantrik, explorer, someone who resolves conflicts, psychologist, spy, soldier etc then you will be offered opportunities to advance. Ketu’s rare incisive intelligence will help you find hidden meanings, ancient secrets and help you work in trauma-filled environments.
  • This placement will generally give everyone determination to succeed in their goals. Ketu is tenacious in a disinterested, egoless way. So he gives a different type of confidence coupled with fearlessness. You work on your instinct and know that you are right.
  • 8th house represents the family of the spouse. Ketu in Scorpio can cause separation from the in-laws.
  • For most of us, past life karma will be triggered and there will be several sudden changes in the inner world. These changes will be converted to the material depending on the personal horoscope and the transiting planets who will be aspecting/ conjunct this Ketu in Scorpio. (Saturn and Jupiter are not aspecting Ketu this time, but Mars Venus, Mercury, Sun, Moon will from time to time.)
  • For children being born with Ketu in Scorpio, these typical keywords will be reflected in their natures. They will have a mysterious complex nature, often loners and into secret stuff. They will be able to hide their real natures and can be deceptive. If you have children during this period, give them some spiritual foundation else life can get difficult for them.

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For analysing Rahu/ Ketu,  the effects of the other planets conjunct or aspecting in transit must be evaluated as they gain power by association and trigger effects linked to those planets other too. Events linked to them are characterised by suddenness and unpredictability. Eg you might meet someone randomly who causes deep change in your life. Or some unexpected incident changes you forever. Keep an eye on the other planets who will periodically aspect them in transit. Rahu and Ketu do not directly give material stuff but trigger events from the astral, the sub-conscious, the psychological and the unseen parts of yourself. 

Rahu will be aspected from Capricorn by a debilitated Jupiter who is conjunct a powerful Saturn. So moral wrongs are possible which will have some sort of a karmic link. Things which go against the conscience will happen in personal life as well at global levels. 

Look out when Mars will aspect Ketu-Scorpio in transit. It will cause increased crime rates, threats, sudden deaths, violence, simmering situations which can explode spectacularly, suicides, civil riots, war-like situations, communal violence, suicide bombing, volcanoes, earthquakes etc. Mars in Aries, Taurus, Cancer and Scorpio will influence Ketu for the worse. (Retrograde Mars in Aries, post here). Also look out for when Mars will influence Rahu. This would cause similar violence. Mars will be influencing Rahu and Ketu both during Jan-Apr 2021 (Mars in Taurus) and Dec 2021-Jan 2022 (Mars in Scorpio), so these will be the most sensitive times. This will be reflected in personal lives as increased aggression, arguments, physical violence, road rage etc. Children born during these times can become radicals, terrorists and inclined towards violence.

While evaluating results on the global levels, remember that we had two energy-heavy total solar eclipses 26th Dec 2019 and 21st Jun 2020. So the nations which witnessed these eclipses will face a crunch in resources, recession, their global level image will go down, they will lose any conflicts that they get into, internal rebellion and unrest is also possible. Food and water supplies will be impacted. The negative readings of this Taurus-Scorpio transit will be felt more intensely by them. 

Among the signs, Virgo and Pisces will benefit from the Rahu-Ketu in Taurus-Scorpio. Especially so if you have these as your birth Moon sign. This will be seen as support from your dead ancestors or living elders, your peers in society, the past lives auspicious benefits will help, your Sat-guru or internal life philosophy will be with you in mysterious ways. This internal back-up will be translated into material results as per your individual charts planets influence on Rahu/Ketu. Capricorn, Cancer, Leo and Aquarius should have a reasonably good time. Gemini, Sagittarius, Libra, Aries have a mix of good and bad results, overall average. Obviously Taurus and Scorpio birth Moon signs will be the most affected signs. 

Now about the Corona COVID 19 crisis. I had predicted in my post on ‘Rahu-Ketu in Gemini-Sagittarius’ that there were be “Increase diseases related chest, heart and lungs. Also incurable and strange diseases will increase. Faulty diagnosis will increase and inappropriate medication given.” This is now the past. In the future upcoming transit, Ketu in Scorpio specifically, will help the necessary research for vaccines, medicines, etc needed to successfully combat the virus. Things will improve on global health front. However one should be careful while the upcoming Mars retrograde is on. The economic impacts of the lockdowns will continue till Rahu remains in Taurus. (Only when Saturn shifts to Aquarius, will the financial situation stabilise.)

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You have to analyse your own horoscope, so you can use the Ashtapadmadala chart, the Janma-navtara chart, the Ashtakvarga chart etc as per your level of study. In addition, try to think of the following and how it will affect you on the individual levels.

  • In your birth chart, locate where Rahu is placed, the house/ sign/ planets linked to him. The keywords connected to these are the desires you wish to experience in this life. Then Ketu’s location will similarly indicate your deepest disinterest and simultaneously your instinct and deepest learnings. First try to know what they mean in your chart.
  • If your birth chart has a complete or a partial kaal sarpa combination, then the effects of Rahu/ Ketu are intensified. 
  • If Rahu/Ketu are conjunct several planets in your chart then naturally their effects are going to be more evident.
  • Check out which Mahadasha/Main period and antardasha/sub-period you are undergoing as per the Vimshottari system. This will give the general background of your life at the moment. If you are undergoing periods of Ketu or Rahu then be careful.
  • Which houses in your chart will Rahu/ Ketu occupying during their transit now? i.e Where are Taurus and Scorpio in your birth chart? This will tell you which karma you are going to be pulled towards/ Rahu, and which aspects of life you are going to be separated from/ Ketu. (Refer this post.)
  • If your age is the multiples of 18 yrs, this is Rahu/ Ketu return as they will occupy the same position as your birth chart. Extremely karmic events will unfold while they are doing their ‘return’.
  • The other planets will also transit over Rahu/Ketu for shorter periods modifying their results accordingly.

I have written several posts on Rahu/Ketu, their nature and real nature also on remedies, Mantra, Homa, donating stuff, etc (do use the index page to locate these posts). The easiest remedy is a 1/3/108 repeat of the beej mantras of Rahu/ Ketu on Tuesdays/Saturdays to help balance out their energies. And the best one is to understand how their energies work and use them intelligently to benefit.

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Answering questions on doing Dhyan

I wrote this post on doing Dhyan using the Ajapa mantras Soham or Hamsa or OM. I have in fact written several posts on spiritual practice and the mantra you use when you do these (do use the index page to locate them). There were some questions so will write a bit more in this post.

‘Look’ at your third eye chakra while doing Dhyan.

The mind has to be trained to stay still, to stop its continuous whirring. So you have to focus at one single point, ie the point where the Sushumna, Ida, Pingala Nadi merge, ie the third eye chakra. The Ajnya chakra आज्ञा चक्र is the only point where you have to focus on always and ever. This will grant stability to the mind/ Manas with time. Ajnya आज्ञा is a Sanskrit word which means authority, unlimited power, command, to order, rule, to grant permission, to perceive, principal, assurance etc. Your lower 5 chakras are controlled by the Ajnya chakra in ever way possible. So when you focus on your Ajnya chakra and do your Dhyan, you power it here. Then the Ajnya chakra automatically distributes the power generated to the lower chakras as per requirement in the gentlest and safest manner. The lower chakras then distribute it in their associated nadis. So the entire energy body benefits.

Some people have this misconception that while doing Dhyan, the focus should shift, ie they focus on each one of the lower chakras in sequence, up and down the back! This is not how it works. Such a practice creates instability in the mind and causes jerks in the flow of pran in the nadi/ chakras which ultimately damages them. If you do this up and down thing or focus on specific lower chakras while doing your 108 breath/mantra combo, there is a clear danger of overloading the lower chakra and causing its associated nadis to fry. Always focus on the Ajnya chakra for your Dhyan and not on the lower chakras.

(You can do focussed chakra healing. This is different from Dhyan. I have written on doing the chakra healing in this post here.)

Then there is a particular Dhyan method given in the Vidnyan Bhairav tantra where you focus only on the Brahmarandhra for the 108 breaths. But do not do this unless your Sat-Guru sits before you physically and guides you while you are doing it. Else you can mess up your nadi/chakra system so badly that you might not only kill yourself, but also spend the next few lives insane recovering from the damage. This is a very intense method taken up by Sanyasis who have formally left the material world. It is not for householders like us.

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Dhyan is not ‘mediation’, you do not relax when you do Dhyan. You do not float up in dreamy clouds as shown in popular culture. What you are doing is very actively and intentionally manipulating the Pran in your Nadi/Chakra system. Pushing more and more pure Pran into your energy body, the pran-mai-kosh. Doing Dhyan is the same as fighting the War of Kurukshetra within, it is called Karma-yog and the entire Bhagwat Gita talks about this internal war.

So do not experiment, be very alert, focus your attention at your third eye, do your 108 mantra/breath combo. And do your practice regularly.

Next is how to ‘look’ at the Ajnya chakra. If you have noted, I always use apostrophes around the word ‘look’ like ‘look’ at your Ajnya chakra. This means that you are supposed to inwardly focus your attention at your third eye. You are not supposed to roll your eyeballs up and try to physically look at the middle of your forehead! If you do this, you will get eye-strain and create problems for yourself. So imagine that you are sitting on a mountain and looking straight at the far horizon. Your physical eyes have to remain straight, relaxed and unfocussed. Do not force your eyes to go cross eyed or roll them up or squint, scrunch your eyes or anything. If you think your eyeballs are rolling up, bring them back down gently. Do not strain your eye muscles. Dhyan is an internal thing, your physical eyes are nowhere in the picture. People who are blind or do not have physical eyes also do Dhyan as it has nothing to do with the physical eyes.

Soham, Sushumna Yog and the Sat-guru

And its a two step process.

I have stressed in all my posts that you should do your 108 breaths with your mantra as a first step. Then sit for some more time in the same pose, ideally for 30mins at least. This second part is an important part, do not skip this. You have trained your mind with your 108 breaths and now you have to immediately test it. Has your mind learnt to focus? Has it absorbed the efforts of your 108 breaths? In this second phase think of nothing. The mind has to be blank. You are enjoying the energy of your 108 Mantra-breaths, the mind cannot be allowed to interfere in this. The mind cannot think anything, not even your Dhyan-mantra. It is a truly delightful phase as the constant whirring of your mind slows/ stills and you are refreshed from the inside. You are brought to the possible state of internal health and happiness. You absorb pure pran while you do Dhyan, and this refreshes you more than the sleep, Swapna and Sushupti states.

Also you will see visions from your past lives, future events, your deity may give you a Darshan, bursts of color, white lights, geometric stuff, sounds, anything. You might see things which might make you emotional, secret stuff might be told to you etc. Just observe and let it go. Do not let the mind start working while you are enjoying this part two. This part two will test how well you did in your part one of the Dhyan process.

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Now which mantra to use.

I stress on the Ajapa mantras, Soham/ Hamsa or the pure OM, as these are naturally embedded within every breath you take. These are the easiest, most natural, the most powerful yet the gentlest mantra which you can do while a living householders life. If you can do a proper Dhyan twice a day it would be great. But even if you cannot find the time you can mentally recite these with your breath at any time, eg while travelling etc. as even this helps. Convert every breath you take into Soham/ Hamsa/ Om and you will realise the Eternal.

But if you wish, you can do Dhyan on the following mantras. (I do not use them as I feel it unnecessarily complicates the process. I prefer the pure energy of the two Ajapa mantras Soham/Hamsa or OM.)

  • Om Brahmane namah
  • Om namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
  • Om namah Shivaya
  • Or you can choose the Gayatri mantra as your Dhyan-mantra.

If you want to use any other mantra, then its your wish. But be very careful, choose a Vedic mantra linked to the Saumya gentle form of your adored deity. Do not choose mantras of the Ugra terrifying forms. Best stick to the well-known mantras. If you focus with something incorrect, you will damage your Nadi/ Chakra system. Damage here not only affects the immediate present but also the future lives. (I had written somewhere about a woman who was doing Dhyan using some ‘brzeee’ mantra and causing harm to herself and the people around her.)

If you choose a longer mantra, then you should recite the complete mantra once with every inhalation and once with every exhalation. Example, if you choose the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ you have to recite it once completely as you inhale and recite it again completely as you exhale. Do this for the usual 108 breaths. Obviously one inhalation and one exhalation is one breath.

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The mantra can change sometimes spontaneously. Ultimately all Dhyan-mantra will merge into OM.

While you do your Dhyan-mantra with the 108 breathes, you are training your mind with it. Mantra means ‘manah tarayati iti ‘, ie the mantra is used to save, entrain, clean, enlighten etc, the mind. So naturally the mantra is of use as long as the mind is still whirring out of control. Once you achieve the unmani-avastha, ie the mind becomes still, the mantra will change its form and purpose.

Or if you are doing a longer mantra then as you reach the seed of the manifested it will convert to the Ajapa mantras or directly to the OM. Every mantra has a specific level of energy, once you have absorbed it all, it will change its form. This mantra changing thing is not really relevant if you are using one of these three, Soham/ Hamsa/ Om mantras. These three will take you to the highest Advaita as they are at the very deepest creation point of the manifested Universe. Once you have absorbed their immensity only the Self remains. This is the reason why I suggest you choose any of these three as your Dhyan-mantra. These are the fast-tracks, they work at the very core of your existence. 

Ultimately all the Mantras merge into OM. Then as you pierce the Bindu that OM is, you reach the undefinable indescribable Advaita. 

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Outer forms of pujas, pilgrimages, satsangs are all junior school. Dhyan is senior school. What is desired is the Eternal Advaita.

Suppose you have hurt your legs and cannot walk properly, and have to use a crutch. The crutch is essential but you do not love it nor do you wish to use it forever. You wish your legs get well so that you can walk without support. Similarly the practice is a crutch, you are going to need it as long as your mind misbehaves. But you cannot get attached to the crutch. You should study your mantra, check out how you can use it most effectively, maintain it, respect it, learn about its functions etc get the most use out of it. Use it. Be dispassionate about your practice. Your mantra is a tool, you have to use it. It will get you till a point in your journey, but after its work is done later you will discard it. 

Another way of looking at it is this. In your journey, you travel in a boat, then go in a bus, travel in a plane and then trek a bit depending on the route. You keep on changing your mode of transport, you do not remain attached to the boat or the bus you travel in. The boat-ride is not your objective. Yes, the boat helps you travel a particular stretch of your route but once that stretch is over you change your mode of transport. You are not attached to the route you travel nor the act of travelling. Neither the journey or the route or the vehicle is your final objective. Will you keep sitting in the car when you reach home? You get out of it and enter your house.

Your final destination is what inspires you. Rest of it, the route and the vehicle, just is, it is incidental. Your deepest desire is to get to Your Self, this is the source of your faith.

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And finally even if you are just learning astrology do you need to do Dhyan in the first place?

Yes, you have to. Astrology is actually Jyotish, the science of the internal illumination. It is a Veg-Ang, it is connected to the Ved, it is a part of Sanatan Dharma aka Hinduism. And it is a Vidya. Vidya is a science which studies conscious intelligence. You cannot learn a Vidya unless you are connected to the Advaita within your own self. I remember when I was a child, about 5yrs old, my Dad made me learn the Ganapati Atharvasheersha. Only then did I start on the Nakshatra, the Graha and the Rashis of Jyotish. So if you want to become an exceptional Jyotishi you must power yourself with these 108 breaths + Dhyan-mantra. 

So do your Soham or Hamsa or Om with every breath you take. Choose one of these and practice regularly. And if you have time for yourself, do your Dhyan at least once a day. It will heal you at the core of your being and eventually give you Eternal Happiness.

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Transit results of Mars

Mars is the most important force in your life, he is Life and Death both. In his positive mood he is the energy of passion, heat, action, adventure, impulse, competition, pioneering spirit, warrior-spirit, sexual passion, etc. If Mars is afflicted or expressing his negative side then this will warp into rage, jealousy, fights, arguments, physical violence, war, abuse, etc. He is a cruel force, kroor-graha, a natural malefic. In your birth chart and also in transit, he brings about changes linked with force and action.

To analyse the changes caused by planets in transit, we have two options,

  1. We can count the position of the transiting Mars from the ascendant sign to get the effects on the actual physical environment and the body. Eg if your ascendant is Libra, then the current Mars in Aries will be counted 7th for you.
  2. But more important is the position of the transiting Mars from the birth Moon. The Moon is your astral self, your perceptions, your mind. Ultimately the mind is more important than the body. The Moon is also indicative of cyclic changes. So for changes caused by transiting planets, always check the position of this current planet from your birth Moon. Eg if your birth Moon is Pisces,  the current Mars in Aries is transiting your 2nd house.

Mars is malefic by nature so will give pleasing results only when he transits your 3rd 6th or 11th houses, ie the upchaya houses. In all the other houses in transit, he gives unpleasant confrontations and creates situations. Here is a brief on how Mars behaves in transit in your life. Remember that his results are caused by an excessive burst of energy, so if you can proactively engage with this energy and divert it intelligently you can actually benefit in some way. If not then he will bring fire into your life. Any action caused by Mars’s energy will affects your health, emotions and quality of life because he is the natural owner of the 1st and 8th signs of the zodiac. ie he is subtly in-charge of your physical body’s structure, physical environment, Nadi and Pran Chakra network and controls all catastrophic changes including death.

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And most important, do not feel discouraged reading the negative stuff. Mars is action, he will bring changes, the God of War, so all this fire is expected from him. But if your birth chart is powerful enough then each of these adversarial situations can be turned around and used as a stepping stone to higher and better things. So do check out the power of your ascendant sign, the ascendant lord, birth Moon before you analyse anything else.

Mars in transit in the 1st house causes damage in all ways. There is excessive ‘heat’ in you and your environment which will manifest itself in several ways. There might be physical danger, eg diseases, rashes, ulcers, boils, eye-strain, accidents, wounds, imprisonment, poison, fire etc. negative emotions like anger, enmity, jealousy etc can happen with others, esp spouse and business partners. Overwork in office/home. Psychological and emotional damage is possible as a result of these physical events with a concurrent loss in finances and infamy. And I have observed that hauntings, troubles from spirits is very much possible during this Mars transit. Adequate precautions should be taken in all ways during this transit.

Mars in transit in the 2nd house will primarily affect your relationship with your close family. Your comforts, luxuries and resources will shrink. You might get robbed or some close family member will betray your trust. Do not make new friends or trust others excessively. Try to get adequate rest and eat a balanced diet during this period. Keep your personal accounts in shape and budget. You might get accused for things you did not do and this will give you mental stress. Your speech too will be harsh and you might pick up arguments and quarrels with others. Diseases of the face, throat and eyes are possible during this period and you might feel dull.

When Mars passes through the 3rd house, he is beneficial as he gives courage, options and the boldness to choose correctly. You can take calculated risks during this period and you will gain. Overall this transit will keep you happy in body and mind both as you enjoy life. You can start learning new skills and whatever you learn during this period will give yo gains. Eg, stock market tips will give you windfalls. Your extended family, brothers, sisters etc will be a source of happiness to you in some way or the other. (Right now Mars in transiting Aries and retrograde in Pisces and again Aries. People with their birth Moon in Aquarius or Capricorn can benefit, just that the benefits will be visible after Dec 2020)

When Mars transits through the 4th house he again causes trouble. There is overheating in your residence, vehicles, nutrition, comforts etc. So during his stay here, he will give health issues again, arguments in the house, theft, disagreeable guests in the house, issues with the mother, mother may fall ill, there is no peace in your residence, issues with landed property,  accidents to the vehicles, you might eat unhealthy food and fall ill. Unnecessary travelling and getting tired. Mind is restless, nightmares when you rest. Eg if you do agriculture, plant crops which need heat/millets not water/sugarcane. Or do Homa/Yadnya in your house etc. (Mars is debilitated in Cancer, the natural 4th house of the zodiac so Mars transiting the 4th house carries some of this flavour too.)

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Mars transiting through the 5th house affects the children and your joy from them. They might fall ill or get into trouble. If you are expecting a child, do take care as this can sometimes cause miscarriage. If you are a teacher by profession, your students will be more troublesome. This transit typically causes rapid energy loss, ie you feel drained suddenly. So have a balanced diet, eat on time, else you might fall ill. Avoid speculation during this period. Luck is not in your side. The mind is restless and cannot focus. Do not get into illegal or immoral acts under the influence of others. Do not get into get-rich-quick schemes. Keep a tight control over your desires. Also do not trust new people you meet during this period as they might be inimical to you.

Mars through the 6th house can be a remarkably good time. Enemies, debts, illnesses etc will self-destruct. This is a good time to consolidate yourself, so work hard to finish off pending works, get out of loans and finish any pending service requirements. Even if things pop up, you will have sufficient energy to burn out things inimical to you. Long pending issues, legal cases, arguments, quarrels etc will resolve. Income will increase, health will improve and there will be stability. You can get things done as others will obey you. Overall auspicious things will happen to you and your family.

Mars passing through the 7th house is a time to be very careful. This is also a marak-sthan so if the life-span has ended, this transit can cause physical death. But even otherwise it causes quarrels with the wife, children and home life is affected, their health may cause you concern. Your own health also will not be good. Falling out with business partners causes loss of money. So expect general mental stress, worry coupled with increased unnecessary work. This can be a very testing time as the 7th is the Bhavat Bhavam of the 1st house and any imbalance here drastically drains your own personal energy. Avoid quick fixes of alcohol and drugs as these can turn into an addiction.

Mars in the 8th hits the physical health. Food poisoning, small surgeries, pain, bleeding etc almost always occurs. Small fires eg in the kitchen or accidents or minor cuts are going to happen. Again your energy will be low and you will be susceptible to your enemies and esp your in-laws will cause you stress. Overall many difficulties and losses as you face obstruction in life. You might get accused for things you did not do, expenses in court cases, might have to pay fines or go to jail. In this transit, its best to remain careful and not get involved in unnecessary complications and arguments with others.

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Mars passing through the 9th house is also a trying time as the auspicious benefits from your previous lives fail to support you. Your life philosophy will be challenged, eg if you believe in something very deeply you might be called to defend it or you lose faith in it. Eg suppose you have been doing Devi puja and your teacher/Guru now tells you to start Shri Vishnu pujas. No doubt it will help you in some way but this causes deep stress. People whom you depend on, your seniors, your teachers, your life-support systems will cause you stress in some way or the other. In this the relatives of the husband/wife will interfere, also husband/wife will be cross with you. Again unwanted travel and disturbance in daily routine and health is indicated.

Mars passing through the l0th house produces a mix of effects. He will cause conflicts as usual but if you can use his burst of power you can achieve some positivity at least. This is because Mars is exalted in Capricorn the natural 10th sign of the zodiac so he can contribute in some way to help your 10th house keywords. The problems come from the usual keywords of the 10th house, profession, social status, birth father, boss, government etc. So you might find yourself either swamped in work, the your boss gets angry,  you lose your job, salary suffers, father’s health may be affected, your society may demand work from you, the government may put some rules which affect you adversely, enemies in life may overpower you. All this physical action will naturally have its effect on your personal life, family, home, health and happiness. But if you look on this period as a challenge your hard work will get recognised at the end.

Mars transiting the 11th house gives pleasing results. Use this time well, make the most of it. You will get opportunities to showcase your abilities and exercise your authority. Others will respect you. The older siblings and children may also succeed in life. This is a good period and can be used to secure lasting gains from several sources. You can invest or speculate or start new projects in this period as you have the luck to win over in difficult circumstances. Health improves and there is happiness. You might go on pleasure tours and enjoy your travel. Marriage or birth of child or any such auspicious event is possible.

Mars transiting through the 12th house causes stress as the energy of ‘loss’ is activated by Mars’s fire. You might be humiliated, the boss will scold you, family members will dominate over you etc. There are issues with wife/husband and intimacy will be lost. You might lose money, so do not speculate, also unnecessary expenditures. Unnecessary long travels and disturbed life style. Health will be affected, esp eye-strain. Rest is lost, dreams are unpleasant, there may be hauntings and astral body suffers. You might get an injury on your foot. (Whichever body part is signified by the house/sign will get some injury during Mars’s transit.).

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This is a generic post but you will find that the results in life will follow this same pattern in some way or the other. However you have to apply it to your individual horoscope.

So first check the power of your birth Mars, is he retrograde, combust, exalted, debilitated, Manglik? which houses does he control in your chart, where is he located, which other planet is influencing him and what is his strength to give what results. Thus you can get a more complete idea of what he is going to do. The current times will see Mars going retrograde in Aries-Pisces so is an interesting time to observe his effects. The following methods are used for transit analysis. So advanced students of astrology should try to analyse their Ashtakvarga chart or Ashtapadmadala chakra or Janma navtara chart to get a more complete understanding of Mars in action. (I have written on all these topics do use the search bar or the index page to locate them.)

For remedies there are several you can try, the easiest being lighting a sesame oil lamp on Tuesdays reciting the Mars beej mantra, ‘Om kraang kreeng krowng sah mangalaya namah’ OM. However as always, the best remedy you can do is to be aware of the energies of the planets and how they work. Thus try to adapt your behaviour so as to best integrate them into your life.

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Mars retrograde 2020

 

Mars is called Kuja, as he is the son of the Earth/Pruthvi. Once Bhagwan Shiv was dancing the Tandav of destruction and a drop of his sweat fell on the Earth which was transformed into a warrior, Mars. His other name is Mangal, the auspicious. 

In the current year 2020, he is going to be retrograde for 66 days. Mars goes retrograde every 2yrs 2mths. In this, his slowed down,  stationary, retrograde, stationary, forward slow and regular forward again motion takes about 5-6months to complete. (There are 8 types of planetary movements which I have listed out in this post here.)

  • Mars has slowed down from 25th Jul in Pisces.
  • Entered Aries on 16 Aug.
  • Retrograde in Aries on 9th Sept
  • Enter Pisces on 4th Oct.
  • Forward in Pisces on 14th Nov
  • Enter Aries on 24th Dec.
  • Start moving at his regular speed from 2nd Jan 2021 in Aries.

In this about 5-6 month period he is going to be moving very slowly, first retrograde and then forward grinding into Pisces 21-30 deg and Aries 0-3deg. A retrograde planet releases tremendous amounts of energy into the sign/ nakshatra/ degree that he occupies. A planet becomes stronger when he goes retrograde. The energies are turned inwards ie not expressed outwards as they generally are. Mars is the energy of life and death. He is vitality, the will to live, confidence, boldness, aggression and competition. When Mars is retrograde, these qualities are not expressed in a healthy manner outwards but tend to move inwards and cause psychological and physical issues if imbalanced.

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Here are the predictions in a nutshell.

Mars, indicates the ‘passion’ in your life. He is all about how you express yourself. Eg he will tell you how you respond to anger in others, how angry you get and how you at when you get angry. Be careful when Saturn aspects this retrograde Mars, you might express your emotions in an inappropriate manner causing problems for yourself later. There might be events where you face physical/ verbal strife, treachery, back-biting, etc. The ability to discriminate and take decisions will be affected, so expect confusions, few wrong decisions or losses. And health will be affected in some way or the other.

The general effect of this Mars retrograde will be more seen on people who have their birth Moon or ascendant sign in Aries, Scorpio (owns these), Cancer, Leo (yogkarak for these). Also Pisces will be affected when Mars actually moves into it. Those with their birth moon in Mruga, Chitra and Dhanishtha nakshatras should also take due care. If you are going through a major or sub-period of Mars as per the Vimshottari dasha you will feel the effects of this retrograde more intensely.

On a general note, expect the economic collapse to continue. Goods connected to fire and energy, like petroleum, LPG etc can increase in price. Industrial accidents, fires, explosions are possible. Communal violence or riot like situations will be seen. Several nations will see border related tensions. The global health issue will not see much relief as inappropriate medicines etc will be administered. Weather will be uncertain as monsoons will extend and the winter too will be colder than usual. This will affect agriculture and large tracts of lands will see hunger/ famine. Especially those nations which saw the June 21st solar eclipse should be careful as Nature will not be kind to them. 

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If you have a Retrograde Mars at birth, you are generally unable to express your aggression, rage, dominating nature, competitive nature, sexual desires, passion, deepest emotions/ wishes etc in a healthy way, always. Instead you brood, are shy, introverted, these emotions twist and turn inwards suffocating you. You have little or no initiative in the aspects of your life controlled by Mars. So try to take active measures to work with the energy of this planet for your benefit. (Fine tune these results depending on the keywords of the sign and house occupied by Mars)

So in the current Mars retrograde, expect an internalisation of this sort to happen for everyone. The vitality that Mars represents moves inwards, making this more a time for internal work. But not everyone can introspect so there will be confusion. Retrograde Mars will unravel some things going on in your life and make you revise, redo, review his lessons in these few zodiac degrees in the coming times very thoroughly. These degrees are also the Gandant, the weak link in the zodiac, a junction between the watery-fiery signs. This particular degrees zone is also the end-beginning of the entire zodiac so this Mars retrograde is more intense and will affect everyone on some level or the other.

During this period, Saturn is retrograde (post here) in Capricorn so will aspect Mars when in Pisces (Saturn’s 3rd aspect), this is not a good aspect and it will aggravate Mars. Also Jupiter is retrograde (post here) and then forward in Sagittarius, so he will aspect Mars when he is in Aries (Jupiter’s 5th aspect). This will tone down Mars’s harshness for this brief time at least. So remember to factor in these effects on Mars when you analyse. The three outer planets are all retrograde together for some time.

In fact this year 2020, (or even the Vedic Shri Sharvari naam samvatsara) has seen all the 5 planets going retrograde and the humungous eclipses saw the true nodes, Rahu and Ketu going forward. A weird year. (Generally in a year, Mercury will be in retrogression three times. Each time this will be for 19 to 24 days. Venus goes retrograde every 1.5yrs for a few days. Mars goes retrograde every 2yrs 2mths. Jupiter retrogrades every year for around 120 days. Saturn retrogrades every year for around 140 days. When you see any planet placed 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th from the Sun in your chart, they will be in the retrograde mode. The true nodes go in the forward motion around eclipses.)

 

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Mars is about expressing yourself, more on the physical levels. Your hidden potential is brought out by the heat of Mars. And when something new sprouts, there is always some resistance. But Mars loves challenges and helps break your limits and reach into new stuff, so though there may be some trouble it is ultimately for your own growth. So try to work with Mars’s transits in this spirit.

In general, Mars in transit gives unpleasant results when he transits over your birth Moon sign and the signs 2nd 4th 5th 7th 8th 9th 10th and 12th counted from the birth Moon sign. The results vary from arguments with others, losses, confusions, accidents to health related issues depending on the keywords of that sign/ house. He is a natural malefic, a kroor-graha, ie a cruel force in life. If you are under an adverse transit of Mars, be prepared for issues cropping up and use his energy to intelligently overcome them. Mars is strife, so like it or not you will be required to be defend these parts of your life. 

He gives favourable results when he transits the 3rd 6th and 11th signs from the birth Moon sign. A malefic, he is best in the three upchaya houses as then he destroys enemies, gives the necessary courage to face upto the problems of life and the necessary vitality which to seize opportunities for gains. If Mars is in a favourable transit for your birth Moon sign then make use of this unprecedented opportunity of the upcoming retrograde.

To analyse how this retrograde Mars transit will be for you, find out if Mars is a benefic or malefic for your ascendant sign (post here). A benefic Mars generally will add physical strength, confidence, vitality etc to the aspects of life he controls in your chart. A benefic Mars going retrograde can give you some long term benefit in this period, but results will be visible after Dec 2020. In fact if any of you are into spiritual practice, then this period will benefit as Mars controls the nadi and the movement of pran within them. A malefic Mars will give violent behaviour, sudden changes, etc in the houses he is placed in, and also create lack of confidence in the things that he signifies in your chart. In this case you should be careful during his upcoming retrograde. Also avoid adventure sports, risky activities including swimming in unfamiliar water bodies.

Then locate where the Pisces and Aries signs lie in your birth chart. Eg if Pisces is your 6th house, you might find your heath affected by ‘internal heat’, boils, hair-loss, digestion related issues etc can pop up, office work might get on an over-load as demands for service increase etc. But you will be able to cope. Eg if Aries is your 10th house your father may fall ill, there may be trouble in your office etc.

Mars is going retrograde in first in Ashvini and then in Revati nakshatra.

Ashvini is the start of the zodiac. So its keywords are spontaneity, beginnings, power, courage, vitality, alertness, leadership, sensitivity, help, truth, health and healing. It has a straightforward nature, light-hearted, adventurous and active. It is ruled by the twin physicians of the demi-gods, the Ashvini-kumar and is linked to the energies of Ketu. When retrograde Mars occupies Ashvini, he will distort the expression of all these qualities. eg he can make it rash and impulsive, it does not learn from past mistakes, stubbornness can increase, lashing out in anger is possible. So if you have to start any new project during this period take all precautions and recheck everything before you do so. Health may be an issue and wrong medication possible. Losses in business are possible and interpersonal relations will show strain. Ashvini is linked to transport, movement, medicine, trade etc so these areas may suffer generally. 

Revati is the last nakshatra of the zodiac and ruled by Pushan. It is also linked to Mercury. The keywords of this lunar mansion are completion, satisfaction, nourishing, light, assimilation, awareness, collective, messages, travel, wealth, luck, pleasure, optimism, beliefs, imagination, etc. So a retrograde Mars in such a sensitive Naksahtra can cause issues like lack of support, interference in business, loss of wealth, jealousy, misunderstandings, betrayals, exhaustion, hurts, getting caught in others problems, getting caught in illusions, inability to comprehend the bigger picture, passions triggered by rigid beliefs, etc. All these things will lead to physical action as it is Mars involved. Mars always indicates action and his emotional/ psychological effects are also in some way connected to ‘action’. Eg there might be communal riots as misplaced beliefs and intolerance leads to impulsive and rash ‘action’.

Manglik, a guide to analysing Mars in depth

And for your personal reading you can open your Janma Navtara chakra (this post) and locate Ashvini and Revati in it. Whatever these Nakshatra stand for in your chart, you will see extra energy in these aspects of life.

eg If your birth Moon Nakshatra is Uttarabhadrapada then this is your Janma nav tara chart,

Tara

Nakshatra count

Ruler

Janma

U.Bhadrapada

Pushya

Anuradha

Saturn

Sampat

Revati

Ashleysha

Jeyshtha

Mercury

Vipat

Ashvini

Magha

Mula

Ketu

Kshema

Bharani

P.phalguni

P.ashadha

Venus

Pratyari

Krutika

U.phalguni

U.ashadha

Sun

Sadhaka

Rohini

Hasta

Sharavan

Moon

Naidhana

Mruga

Chitra

Dhanishtha

Mars

Mitra

Aradra

Swati

Shatataraka

Rahu

Ati mitra

Punarvasu

Vishakha

P.bhadrapada

Jupiter

A general interpretation would be like this. Revati is a Sampat tara for you so while Mars transits Revati (Pisces sign) his results will be favourable overall for you. There might be some opportunities which if you can pick up will give gains after Dec 2020. Retrograde planets teach patience as gains are delayed. Ashvini is a Vipat Tara so Mars when transiting Ashvini can create challenging situations in your life. You may feel stressed out, tired, etc  as vitality is affected. Again you are required to be patient, keep your mind cool and try to cope with what will come. The exact situations which will cause stresses must be seen from what Mars stands for in your individual horoscope.

For remedies, check the index page or use the search bar, I have written about remedies in several posts. The easiest remedy would be lighting a sesame oil lamp on Tuesdays and reciting the Mangal Beej mantra ‘Om kraang kreeng karung sah Mangalaya namah’. Doing regular puja of your favourite deity or family deity will also help.

There are several ways of analysing transits. You can try using the Ashtapadmadala chakra (post here) or the Ashtakvarga chart (post here) if you wish. These two methods give quite accurate readings so advanced students can try this for practice. These retrograde periods are a good learning experience, observe yourself and those around you to see how the planet performs.

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The gazes of the planets

When you read classical books on astrology you will get cryptic references on the body, gaze, hair etc of the planets which will make no sense to you. But then you have to understand that the books in Sanskrit are written in the form of ‘sutra’ ie one word in this Sanskrit shlok here has multiple layers of meanings. You are required to think upon what the word means and how it can be applied to your current question. 

So in this post, let’s see how the ‘gazes of the planets’ work out. (This post is not evaluating your intelligence level, there are different patterns which are used to determine that).

Where your eyes are, what you see, influences how you think, perceive and later act. Where you gaze at, contributes to your personality and also to how others perceive you to be. Eg in a meeting if you look steadily at the main speaker, then you will come across as a confident and bold person. If, rather than looking at the main speaker, you look sideways, here and there, this will make it seem you have something to hide.. shifty-eyed! Or if you are not willing to look up and keep your gaze lowered, this will label you as being scared or refusing to speak up for your opinions, not confident. 

First Sun and Mars. As per the classics, these two grahas have upward gazes. Their eyes are open and they look straight upwards, no fluffiness or shiftiness or hazed out looks here. This means that if you have a dominant Sun or Mars influencing your ascendant sign, ascendant lord or birth Moon you will be more ambitious. You are direct, less tact and more to the point. You are capable of visualising potentially great things and are quite hopeful about the future. You are more extrovert and willing to act on what you think. And you will act more on the visual cues in your environment and your actions will be quite visible too. As you see steadily, clearly, you also evaluate what you see against your precise standards. If your personality is dominated by upward looking planets then you will grasp charts, images, things that you read etc, ie you learn more easily through visual cues. Your output is also better if you deliver something that can be ‘seen’. How something ‘looks’ has the most impact on you.

If your Sun is influencing your personality then you are more concerned about your honor, entitlements, your duties and responsibilities. If your nature is primarily Martian, then whatever you ‘see’ will be first evaluated for its competitive, strength and ability related aspects. If you have Sun or Mars strongly placed in some house then you will look ‘upwards’ on the keywords of these houses. Eg a strong Mars in the 11th house, will make you be more active when interacting with large groups of like-minded individuals. You will be more forward thinking and can plan things related to such groups more effectively.  And their influence will be visible in your physical eyes too. You will have clear open eyes, eyelids will open completely and the gaze will be direct and confident. You are a leader who has a clear vision and the capacity to make it happen. 

Then Mercury and Venus are the two grahas who look sideways. This means that these two are aware of the main thing in focus but they are more interested in what is happening around the main focus point. The peripheral things are more interesting to them. If your personality is dominated by these sideways looking planets, then you are a more adaptable, versatile and imaginative person. You are the quintessential multitasker. You can look around the main point for more opportunities and more information. You are more open to options and like to explore possibilities. One interesting thing is that these two planets will grant you better learning through the ears, ie you will better understand the things which you hear. The subtle nuances of speech, the things said between words, you understand these completely. Thus you will always have access to secret information, as you tend to look around the main thing being presented to you. You are also more capable of speaking in code or secret communications. You are more attuned to ‘sound’. I think some heavy Mercury or Venus people can actually ‘hear’ their thoughts!

If you are Mercury-dominated then you are interested in the logic, practicality of the peripheral things which can be then used to improve the efficiency of the main focus point. Such people are very valuable in office teams as they are the ones who help the leader in achieving the goal his envisaged goal in the best possible manner even if it means bending a few rules when no one is looking. If your Venus is guiding you, then you try to look for the best possible options which are not only practical but also legal, fair, elegant and graceful. You will not be a rule breaker here. A Venus dominated person will know the best possible choices in all topics possible.

Your physical eyes will also show this same characteristic of quickness, brightness, eagerness and you will look around searching for diversity and interesting stuff, as one thing does not hold your attention for long.

Then we have Saturn and Rahu, the two planets with downward gazes. Lowered eyes are primarily associated with secrecy, tiredness, sleep, rest, mental fatigue, laziness etc. If the eyes are directed downwards, away from the main focus point and away from the peripheral then there is a chance that the mind may enter the deepest psyche where the undefined formless yet powerful fantasies lie. This is more evident when it is a Rahu-dominated personality. On the psychological levels, a personality heavily influenced by Saturn can show low self-esteem, loss of confidence, fear, nervousness, depression, insecurity etc which can get crippling if you do not make conscious effort to keep yourself buoyant. If it is Rahu then these internal feelings of inadequacy can result in a false bravado which can get you into trouble in life.

But there is a positive side to all this too. If you are looking downwards,  you are actually looking at your own hands.  So your main input is from the sense of ‘touch’. You can think in unexpected ways and arrive at extraordinary conclusions. But for this you have to train your mind to at least remember what the focus point is. If you can do this much, you can not only gain different perspectives which touch the root/core of the issue but you can also decisively and consistently act to deliver practical and grass-root type of solutions. However attractively a thing might be packaged you have the ability to get to its basic foundations, to see its core. 

You are not imaginative, in the sense you cannot think of 5 different things in your mind and solve them. You cannot ‘visualise’. You are focussed entirely on what is actually in your hands at a point of time. Multitasking is not your forte. You are a slow and methodical thinker and are effective in your own way. If your horoscope indicates a good intelligence level this power to think ‘in touch’ is necessary in solving complicated problems which require dedicated step-wise analysis. Again you need to physically touch stuff in order to learn well, or study very practical and real examples as your imagination is limited. Also your output would be best if it were in real physical things, eg construction, making models eg if you write you would prefer a pencil/paper rather than a computer screen! 

Again your physical eyes may be heavily lidded, you may open your eye-lids only halfway. You will frequently look down at your hands and use hand gestures a lot while communicating. (This description of the physical eyes must be seen the context of individual cultural and physical build etc).

Then we have the Moon and Jupiter who look all around equally. If your personality is dominated by either of these, then you have the ability to see the whole picture. You are capable of learning as well as delivering in all the possible modes which were discussed above. You are the least judgmental of the lot as you can accept everything without pride of prejudice. A broad mindset, you are also capable of having insights which the others cannot. You are capable of adjusting your behaviour to the situation or the person interacting with you. You do not lie and neither will you tolerate others lying to you. If the rest of the horoscope is supportive then you have an ability to perceive the ‘truth of the situation’. If this planet is the Moon,  then you are highly perceptive, as the intuition is also available. If this planet is Jupiter then there is kindness and benevolence coupled with understanding. The physical eyes will be bright, gentle and beautiful in these people.

Ketu is sightless as obviously he has no head, he is the headless body of Svarbhanu. So if you have a personality overly dominated by Ketu, you are basically an introvert. You are influenced entirely by ‘gut-feel’, the innate intuition which is sensed by the entire body. With no head to direct what you sense, you take in the influences from your surroundings in a strange ego-less non-judgemental manner. You are never influenced by your environment, as there is no personal ego. In the absence of the sense of self, there is nothing which the environment can influence in the first place! You are within a situation but not influenced by it, so your gut-feel will grant flashes of incisive intelligence. If the rest of the horoscope is supportive you are someone who ‘thinks’ so out of the box that it is genius. The physical eyes will look hazed out, unfocussed and the eyelids may not open fully. There will be a strange opacity in the gaze.

So now, observe your best friend. If he looks up while he is thinking most likely he has a Sun or Mars dominated personality. If he looks to the sides as he thinks then its Mercury/Venus. If he looks down as he mulls over stuff, then his is a Saturn or Rahu dominant nature. If he looks in random different directions when thinking, then it is the relatively balanced Moon or Jupiter. If your friend refuses to think and generally follows what you tell him but shows rare flashes of temper/intelligence, he is most likely a Ketu dominated personality. So you see, reading the books in Sanskrit is so important. Just one shlok on the gazes of the planets has given us such in-depth information on the psychology of the person. How he understands, how can he be expected to act and on what types of cues! 

Now observe yourself and try to see how your dominating planet influences your thought processes. If you need to do some course-correction start training your eyes to ‘look’. eg if you are Rahu influenced person, train your eyes to look upwards so that you can change the way you think and act. It will be difficult at first, but it is in reality the simplest thing. Look where you wish to Act.

Ramal Shastra Tantra is the source of Geomancy and IChing

Once, quite a long time ago, my brother, Samarpit, was insisting that I learn ‘geomancy’. He is really good at reading all sorts of cards, cartomancy, tarot and things. I wasn’t too interested, so he said it is a degraded version of ‘Ramal Vidya’. This caught my attention instantly as Ramal is a Sanskrit word which means ‘telling fortune using dice’ and Vidya is essential knowledge. And already I knew that there is a Ramal Tantra too. Tantra starts where your Pranayam and Yog stop.

(Modern scholars who study the fundamentals of the Sanatan Dharma, try to classify the deities, the shlokas, mantra, yantra etc into Vedic and Tantric. This is an exercise in futility. It is like giving a 1st standard kid the books required for a Ph.D and applauding him when he sorts them into piles by the colors on their front pages. There is nothing called Vedic or Tantric or Yogic or whatever. It is all Sanatan Dharm.)

So I looked up geomancy books available, these were all referring to Arabic and Latin influenced versions of Ramal, didn’t buy them. Also found a 2 day workshop for Rs 12000, where the teacher was going to teach ‘Basics of Ramal’, didn’t buy this either. Finally I found a Sanskrit book Ramal rahasya, the secrets of Ramal and Ramal sara Tantra the Essence of Ramal Tantra.

The ‘author’ of Ramal Jyotish is Bhagwan Shiv Himself. It is a Vidya taught by Him to Devi Parvati and it has an associated Tantra, quite formidable.

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Ramal rahasya starts off with a dialogue between Shiv and his wife Parvati (they are the intelligent conscious Tamogun, its potential and kinetic aspects respectively). He has clearly states several times that this cannot be learnt or perfected without a Guru. Guru means a spiritual Teacher. A Teacher who unveils to you the conscious intelligence operating in this created universe. So Ramal is something quite serious.

Ramal-Shastra is not Arabic, neither is it European nor Chinese. It is from the Sanatan Dharma/ Hinduism, it is a Vidya and a Tantra and it is in Sanskrit. In Jyotish, Ramal is used as a type of Prashna. It is used to find answers of one single question uppermost in your mind. Ramal Shakal/ Roop have been used by Aleister Crowley in his Thoth Tarot deck illustrations. (No wonder my brother had read about it).

  • Modern ‘geomancy’ is nothing but Ramal Shastra albeit in a degraded form. Ramal Shastra travelled from Bharat/ India to Arabia and thence to Europe. It has been distorted from the original Sanskrit eg the names used are in Arabic/ Latin, but the concepts of divination are almost the same.
  • Ramal shastra also travelled to the east and gave birth to the IChing and got converted to its 8 root trigrams. Again the concepts and the names used are almost similar. I have written about IChing in an earlier post, I use it sometimes for quick answers. (Do use IChing especially if you have questions related to business, politics, strategy and manuvering. It gives very useful insights and solutions)

But the thing is IChing or Geomancy, the Arabic/ Latin/ Chinese versions have lost the connection to the Tantra of Ramal. Tantra is knowing how to put the energy to work. These two are now divinatory methods of lowered consciousness. Of the two, IChing is more powerful than ‘Geomancy’, the ‘Tao’ of IChing is a very aware intelligence.

Tantra tells you the problems and fixes the things too. Tantra also leads to Self-realization. Jyotish too is a Vidya, it leads to self-illumination and Ramal Shastra is very much a part of this. Every Yog or Vidya or Shastra has an associated Tantra or it is not of much use. You have the machine/ yantra, the knowledge/ mantra by you need to know the process/ tantra in order to achieve your goal.

But Ramal is Ramal, nothing can compare with this. You can do much much more with the original Ramal Shastra/ Tantra. Just the act of casting the reading sets the solution in motion.

(I wanted to write a book on the original Ramal Shastra and Tantra but my fingers are unable to type it. I have a typing speed of over 60 words/min. But when I think of writing the secrets of Ramal, pran actually stops moving in my fingers. It is not my karma to write this book. So if you read from some english book on ‘geomancy’, do try to channelise the conscious intelligence behind it, so that your readings become more powerful. )

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So here is an introduction to the original Ramal. You already know astrology, the basics at least? Ramal then will be very easy for you to learn.

For learning Ramal you will need to know,

  1. The descriptions of the 12 houses of the horoscope. You already know the brief keywords.
  2. The descriptions of the 9 graha of Jyotish, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. This also is quite easy. You have read about them, you know how they behave. If not, I have written posts on them which you can read. Even if you remember a few keywords to begin with, it is good start. (Use the index page to locate the posts you wish to read)
  3. The detailed descriptions of the 16 images/ Shakal शकल used in Ramal. For this you will have to consult some ‘geomancy’ or modern Ramal book.
    • I use the original Sanskrit names as they have actual meanings. These 16 Shakal, are 16 types of figures drawn with single dot/ Bindu and a single line/ Rekha (In modern geomancy, the line is drawn as 2 dots, thus their tantric power is lost).
    • Shakal शकल is a Sanskrit word which means fragment or bit or small piece. (Sakal सकल is ‘entirety’.) Shakal are also called Roop रूप which means the ‘clue to the form’.

These 16 images, the Shakal शकल , made me want to learn Ramal Shastra. These are the 16 forms of the Moon/ Chandra. Each form of the Moon is called a Chandra-kala, this lasts for one day and this day is called a Tithi. So each Shakal is in fact the conscious intelligence of the Tithi or the Kala. These Kala कला are a part of Shri Vidya, the knowledge of your own internal energy geometry. These 16 images give Ramal its tantric identity. Ramal Shastra is Tantra.

The 7 regular graha-s rule 2 Shakal शकल each and the shadow planets, Rahu and Ketu rule one Shakal each. The names of the Shakal are the names of the planets. The figures you will need to practice a bit so that you can remember them. Don’t stress yourself by trying to by-heart things, as you do your practice readings you will understand them. Keep all your reference books near you. Divination is best when you have your mind relaxed.

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Sixteen, is ‘Shodash’ in Sanskrit. There are several sixteen things in Sanatan Dharm and linked to your energy self. Sixteen is one of the esoteric numbers of the Shri yantra, the geometry of the manifested universe.

There are the sixteen vowels of the Sanskrit varnamala. These are the energies of the Shakti. You already know that the vowels are connected to the Ida nadi or the ‘feminine’ energy or the Moon, ie these 16 vowels are linked to the Devi Prakruti, ie they are the 16 emanations of the Devi Lalita Mahatripursundari.

The Moon/ Chandra has sixteen phases. The no-moon Amavasya, the full-moon Pournima and the fourteen phases as he waxes or wanes, it is a total sixteen. These are the sixteen Chandra kala. Into Shri-vidya again, these 16 Chandra-kala are the Sixteen Matrika Devi-s.

And there is also an entire book in Jyotish called the Chandra-kala Nadi used for predictions. Jyotish is very much a part of Sanatan Dharm, it is a Ved-ang and it is a route for self-realisation.

  • चन्द्र – Chandra is the – moon, golden-reddish-silvery, brilliant, glimmering light, shining, fluid motion, graceful, pleasing, excellence etc.
  • कला – Kala is a – part, sound vibration, elements of the material world, fineness, embryo, skill, division of time, 16, intelligence also ignorance, the sapta-dhatu of the body, etc.

These 16 chandrakala are then the 16 beams of light radiated by MahaShodashi. The word ‘Maha-Shodashi Devi’, in Sanskrit, literally means the great 16 beams of internal light. She is the Prakruti, she is all manifested creation and everything in it.

There is a very powerful Shodashi mantra composed only of 16 beej akshar-s. It is hidden in one of the shlokas of the Devi Atharvasheersham in the Devi Mahatmya. It is obviously available on the internet, but it is dangerous, fast acting and one should not use it without guidance from a realised Guru.

The Vishuddhi chakra, described as a ‘lotus’ is the lower chakra of the Chandra-mandal has 16 ‘petals’. The chakras are called ‘lotus’ and is not just a poetic gesture. Lotus flower is called ‘padma’ in Sanskrit. But ‘padma’ has several other deeper meanings also. ‘Padma’ also means a phase, a step, the dimensions and ultimately means ‘Great-Time’ the Maha-Kaal. So the Vishuddhi chakra can be more correctly understood as a knot in the Brahma-nadi within the Sushumna. This is a place where the brahma-nadi curves and recurves around itself perfectly creating these 16 loops. These loops exist in time, in space and the other dimensions. The space-time curve of science-fiction actually exists inside your own self. Vishuddhi chakra is an important milestone in your spiritual progress. It is only when the kundalini crosses this point that you are called ‘Nara’ नर , otherwise you are still a ‘Pashu’ पशु .

The chandra-mandal is the highest part of the Shri-chakra composed of the Vishuddhi and Ajnya chakras. The human body is a yantra, basically a machine, it is a means to an end but is also a barrier if you do not know how to use it. It is a means  of control and can imply a bondage or a chain too. You have to use the force that this body (all its 5 layers) contains only then can you achieve Moksh, there is no other way. The yantra are put to work by application of the appropriate mantra and how to actually do this is the tantra.

And on an astrological note, I always assert that Venus is the real Moksh-karak, the agent of realization. His other name is षोडशांशु Shodash-anshu, he is a ray, thread, end-point of the 16. Recognise his real nature and follow him back to the Maha-Shodashi Devi and then go inwards into yourself.

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So back to the topic, the 16 Shakals of Ramal are linked to all these 16 powerful energies as above. The शकल are raw power in themselves, they are not just figures. If you intend to use Ramal in any way, try to use the correct Sanskrit names of the Shakals. This will add to your divination and you will get precise results. Here is a brief description of the 16 Shakals, their real names in Sanskrit (Devbhasha Samskrutam).

1. vagmi Vagmi वाग्मि – represents Pratipada Tithi, the first day after the no moon or full moon. Its ruler is Jupiter. Vagmi means excellent, philosophical, teacher.

2.  lohitah Lohitah लोहित: – Dwitiya tithi. Ruler Mars. Lohitah means red, copper, metal. 

3.  ushnaguh Ushnaguh उष्णगु: – Trutiya tithi. Ruler Sun. Ushnaguh means the one with very hot rays.

4.  vidhuh Vidhuh विधु: – Chaturthi tithi. Ruler Moon. Vidhuh means solitary or of rhythmic movement

5. patah Patah पात: Panchami tithi. Ruler Rahu. Patah means downfall, illusory appearance, misfortune.

6.  bodhanBodhanah बोधन: Shashti tithi. Ruler Mercury. Bodhanah means instructor, clever, exciting.

7.   ketuh Ketuh केतु: Saptami tithi. Ruler Ketu. Ketuh means a banner, unusual.

8. saurih Saurih सौरि: Ashtami tithi. Ruler Saturn. Saurih means the Son of Sun. Saturn Shani is the son of the Sun Surya

9. mandahMandagah मन्दग: Navami tithi. Ruler Saturn. Mandagah means slow moving.

10. Teekshnanshuh Teekshnanshuh तीक्ष्णांशु: Dashami tithi. Ruler Sun. Teekshnanshuh means sharp fiery rays.

11. daityarchithDaityarchitah दैत्यार्चित: Ekadashi tithi. Ruler Venus. Daityarchitah means the one teacher respected by the sons of Diti.

12. soorihSoorih सूरि: Dvadashi tithi. Ruler Jupiter. Soorih is a learned thinker, scholar.

13. aarahAarah आर: Trayodashi tithi. Ruler Mars. Aarah means iron, several enemies, or a sting.

14.  kavih Kavih कवि: Chaturthi tithi. Ruler Venus. Kavih means enlightened, in-control, a sage.

15.  sheetanshu Sheetanshu शीतांशु: Amavasya tithi. Ruler Moon. Sheetanshu means cold rays.

16.  saumyahSaumyah सौम्य: Pournima tithi. Ruler Mercury. Saumyah means Son of the Moon, likeable, bland. Mercury Budha is the son of Moon Chandra.

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Now if you intend to use Ramal as a divinatory tool you will need the typical Ramal dice. I saw some Ramal dice on sale on etsy. But if you don’t want to buy them, you can always use cards. You will need one set of these 16 images above, you can draw them on cards with a marker. Write the Sanskrit names on the cards, so that at least some part of the real power of the Ramal gets channelised into your reading. Try with the cards first, if you get inspired then buy the dice. (The dice are very convenient as with one single roll you get the entire group of mother images 1 to 4.)

So you have your Ramal cards and your question. Now you have to pull out 4 cards from the set and create the Ramal Khet or Shield. The actual Khet has 16 computations like this below. This is a completed khet, your reading. There are 16 positions and each position is occupied by a Shakal. Each position can be interpreted to get insights into your question.

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  • The 4 cards you pull out are the 4 मातृ Matru ‘mother images’. (these are filled in the right side top 1 to 4 slots). Note them as per the sequence you pull them out as you will be using the 1st mother image again to calculate the 16th image.
  • You derive the ‘daughter images’ from the mother images. These daughters are filled in the 5 to 8 slots on the top left of the Khet.
  • Then you calculate the four ‘niece images’ at number 9 to 12 in the second line. These are derived using the images of the daughters.
  • The niece images at 9 and 10 are combined to make the first witness at 13. It is filled in the third row right side.
  • And the nieces at 11 and 12 are combined to make the second witness at 14. This image is at the third row left side.
  • The two witnesses at 13 and 14 are combined to get one Judge image at 15. This is at the lowest row, left side.
  • And the Judge image and the 1st mother image are ‘combined’ to get the 16th image called the Reconciler.

Learning how to compute the Khet using the 4 cards, the ‘mother images’ you draw is very easy, it is given in every geomancy book. But I suggest that you get an app which gives you the computed shield directly. I use ‘Brian’s Geomancy’ app by developer ‘AoA’, it is a free app for iPhone. It computes till the 15th image. So you will need to compute the 16th image manually.

But ‘geomancy’ as it is taught today generally uses 15 images like this below. The 16th figure is not calculated. The Bindu/Dot and Rekha/Line of the original Ramal Shastra have tantric significance and inherent power. In geomancy, these have been changed, Dot is continued as a Dot but the Line has been converted to a Double Dot.

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So this is how you cast your Ramal Khet.

  • Sit in a neat and clean place, face north or east.
  • Deep breathe a few times, relax your mind, focus on your question.
  • Shuffle your Ramal cards and pull out the 1st one. This is the 1st ‘mother image’ so input it in your app.
  • Similarly input the 2nd 3rd and 4th cards ‘mother images’ in the app and touch ‘done’. 
  • The app will compute the complete shield and give you the final figure of the 15 images.
  • This is how you calculate the 16th Shakal, the Reconciler. in the example below, figure one will be the 1st mother image and figure two will be the 15th Judge image. You combine them together using this formula to get the 16th Reconciler image.

Ramal Shastra Tantra is the source of Geomancy and IChing

So if you are learning ‘geomancy’ or ‘ramal’ from any arabic/ english book do remember to cast the 16th Reconciler Image too. This is the gist of the entire reading and offers unique insights into the corrective actions which you will be taking up to address your problem.

And as Ramal Shastra and Tantra is authored by Bhagwan Shiv and the first ‘student’ of this Vidya is Devi Shakti, it would be best to think of them with gratitude before doing the divination. This will make your Geomancy/Ramal or IChing readings more powerful.

Chakra, Graha and the Rashi

(I had got a question on Ramal Jyotish some time ago but was putting off writing this post as I did not know how much I would be allowed by karma to write on this topic. So this post is a bit disjointed.)

Chakra, Graha and the Rashi

 As you know there are the 7 chakras from the Sahasrar to the Muladhar. Each chakra is linked to one planet/ graha in a sequence. (Have written two posts on this earlier, here and here).

The Sun is the individual soul, self-ego, the self. He is linked to the Ultimate reality but he is not that. He is just the link. He is the seed of duality which insists that you are separate from the Singular reality. He is just one ray of the Ultimate reality. The light of the Sun, the self-ego is so blinding that you do not realise that it hides the Ultimate reality behind it. This radiance is so magnificent, you are hypnotised here and you do not progress further. This is the last test in your spiritual journey.

In our spiritual practice, we regular humans generally do not focus on the Sun. In all our Dhyan systems, even the Soham mantra/ Sushumna Yog, we do not focus on the Sahasrara chakra at the top of the head. (If you want to experience what happens, try and see once, only once. It causes severe disorientation and other imbalances). However in Vijnyan Bhairav Tantra there is one Dhyan technique which does exactly this, focus on the top of the head at the Brahma-randhra. But this is only for advanced Sadhak-s who have taken Sanyas from the material world and do their Sadhana in extreme seclusion. It is not advised for householders like us.

We always focus on the Ajnya chakra, the third eye chakra between the eyebrows. This chakra is linked to the Moon. The Moon’s job is to ‘reflect’ the brilliance of the Sun. At the Ajnya chakra you ‘reflect’ in more ways than one. You reflect on yourself, your reality, the perceptions surrounding you, your mind, the emotions, the sum total of your existence. You reflect on your Mantra. Here at the Ajnya chakra, the blinding brilliance of the individual soul/Jivatma is brought to levels where you can work with it. The Moon tempers the harshness of the Sun. First you experience the reflected light, transcend it, then onwards to the light of your individual soul then transcend it to experience the Ultimate reality.

The ‘individual soul’ is called the ‘Jivatma’, this is the soul+karmic baggage. The Ultimate Soul or Paramatma is the Reality which we all desire to experience, our deepest desire.

In astrological terms, Sun is a natural malefic but the Moon is a natural benefic. The ‘individual soul’ is considered to be malefic but the ‘reflection of the individual soul’ is considered to be benefic. It is a paradox.

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Next we analyse the signs owned by the 5 Tara graha, ie the non luminous planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars Jupiter and Saturn. Each one of them rules over one ‘male’ and one ‘female’ sign/ rashi. Rashi means a ‘collection of attributes. And male or female indicate the quality of their energy, these words do not mean sex. Male energies are slower to move, more passive and more stable. The female energies are more changeable, adaptable and kinetic. Both are necessary qualities, neither can exist without the other and neither is lesser/ greater than the other. Continuous stability will lead to stagnation and continuous motion will lead to disaster. There are always burst of energy, followed by its consolidation and again a burst of motion, again consolidation, this is a never-ending cycle.

The planets each are linked to one chakra of your energy body. The male sign resides on the Pingala side of the chakra and the female sign resides on the Ida side of that chakra. The Tara-graha have polarity, thus own two signs each. The 12 signs sort of form a garland in sequence over the chakras.

  • Mercury is linked at Vishuddhi chakra. Gemini is his male sign at Pingala side and Virgo the female sign at Ida side
  • Venus is linked to the Anahata chakra with masculine Taurus at Ida and feminine Libra at Pingala sides.
  • Mars – is located at the Manipur chakra with his feminine Scorpio at Ida and male sign Aries at Pingala sides.
  • Jupiter – is seen at the Swadhisthan chakra with the changeable Pisces at Ida and the solid Sagittarius at Pingala sides.
  • Saturn – is at the lowest Muladhar chakra with Capricorn at Ida and Aquarius at the Pingala sides of the chakra.

The Sun and the Moon, the luminaries have no inherent polarity, they are a single intelligence. The luminaries own a single sign each, Cancer and Leo. One is at Ajnya chakra and the other is at the Sahasrara chakra. The Ida/ Pingala end here at the Ajnya chakra and only one Sushumna remains. This Sushumna is the neutral channel, it contains within it the brightest of all nadis, the most subtle Brahma-nadi. The Sahasrara is the top-most chakra, again only the neutral Sushumna connects here. After the Sahasrara the remaining chakras of the head do not have any graha associations and the energies of the rashi-s do not extend here. Within the innermost core of the Sahasrara chakra is the Bindu, the seat of the Parabrahma.

The Moon and Sun are the two luminaries, they see, observe, the witness, they are your two eyes. They see what you desire to see. The choice is yours, If you look ‘outward’, ‘downward’ from your third eye, you will see the manifested creation. If you look ‘inwards’ from your third eye ‘upwards’, you will see your own Self. The choice, as always, is your own.

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Rahu and Ketu are the astral planets, shadow planets, the chhaya graha. They do not own any signs of the zodiac. There are some books, especially by modern authors, which say that the are part-owners of some signs, this is incorrect. Rahu/Ketu do not give any material results whatsoever, so they cannot be even logically linked to any of the Lower 5 Chakras. They do modulate the results (chhaya) of the other graha they are associated with. Rahu is the force of desire for future experience. Ketu is the learning derived from past experiences. You are consciously unaware of both and together they push your energy geometry out of balance. On an esoteric level Rahu and Ketu are responsible for the illusion called Life and Living. They are the Kings of Karma. They help you play the game of Creation. (I have written several posts on their innermost nature, do use the index page to locate these posts)

Conversely they can be consciously used to push your geometry back to its perfect balance, in which case they grant Moksh. These are the singularity hidden in the illusion of duality. If you are travelling inwards towards yourself, you will see that they work as One. If you in your spiritual practice every get the blessing of Rahu+Ketu joined together as One, you will realise the ultimate very soon. A human who has evolved on a spiritual level will always show powerful Rahu/ Ketu, they will be in pivotal positions and will control the entire chart.

Now for a small practical. Jyotish is a Vidya, ie it is used to understand the conscious intelligence operating around you. And to really understand a Vidya you need experience it. If are doing Dhyan regularly for more than 6 months and wish to see how the signs/ rashi and graha/ planets look like within your own energy system, try this. Before sitting for your Dhyan, recite the mantras of the 9 grahas, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu, request them to show themselves to you. Recite a mantra for the Earth/ Pruthvi requesting that she grant you stability. Offer them all your gratitude and then see what you will be shown. If you are an advanced aspirant you can try this during an eclipse, but do this only if you can handle it. (Do change your nadi to the Sushumna before starting. Their strength varies depending on which nadi is active.)

The Graha, the Nakshatra, the Moon and the Sun are all within you. You contain the entire Universe within you. You are the highest Conscious Intelligence yourself Jyotish is just one of the many ways of realising this fact.

 

I have mentioned this in my several posts on Rahu/ Ketu, yet I am being asked this same question about which Rashi’s are ‘owned’ by Rahu/ Ketu, so this mini post. Again Rahu/ Ketu do not own any rashis.

Ramayan, Hanuman and Sundarkand

The Ramayan and the Mahabharat are the two Itihas, a narration of historical events coupled with the deepest philosophy.

The Mahabharat also contains the Yogshastra Bhagvat Gita, which is a step by step guideline to what you deeply desire. In the Ramayan there is the Aditya Hrudaya stotra which in my opinion is the highly condensed ‘Gita’ of the Ramayan. If you are on the spiritual path, you must listen/ recite this once in a while.

There was a question on the Sundar kand so writing a detailed post on it.

The original Ramayan written by Rishi Valmiki is in Sanskrit  (Devbhasha Samskrutam) and ends with the coronation of Shri Ram. Ramayan means Ramasya ayanah iti Ramayan. It talks about the travels of Ram. It ends when the Rajya-abhishek of Ram as the King of Ayodhya ie Ram’s travels end with this event. The coronation is on the first day of the new year Chaitra Shukla pratipada. The death of Ravan, the King of Lanka, occurs on the last day of the year on Falgun Amavasya. Ram travels back to Ayodhya immediately after Ravan’s death in the Pushpak viman and is immediately crowned King of Ayodhya. The Ramayan ends here.

There are 6 main sections/ Kaand in the original Ramayan.

  • Bala kand has the part of the birth of the main characters and their childhood is described. (It has some interjected stories which were added later and not connected to the main story.)
  • Ayodhya kand – the princes live in Ayodhya, grow up, get married etc.
  • Aranya kand – the first part of the exile of Ram, Sita and Laxman.
  • Kishkindha Kand – Ram and Laxman interact with the Vanars of the kingdom of Kishkindha
  • Sundar kand – Hanuman realises Himself. This section is exclusively related to the activities of Hanuman.
  • Yuddha kand – describes the war between Sri Ram and Ravan, the King of Lanka. Ravan is killed at the end of the war. This section ends with the coronation of Ram as per Rishi Valmiki’s original text. The Ramayan ends with the coronation of Shri Ram as the King of Ayodhya.

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Now about Hanuman. His other equally popular name is Maruti. Maruti indicates his connection to the breath, wind, storms, war, divinity, movement, power, etc.

Maruti has several other names, Anjaneya, Kapish, Vajradehi, Kalanabha, Chiranjeevi, Manojava, Jitendreya, Vatatmaja, Vanar-yuth-mukhya, Ram-doot, Pavan-putra, etc. And because these are all Sanskrit words, each describes some trait of his. To understand the real meaning of Sanskrit words, you have to add intention and the energy of the Akshar. So Maruti is the son of Anjana, the one who was hit on his chin, the king of everything that moves, his body is tougher than lighting, indestructible, the navel of time, the one who exists forever, he is produced by the Mind/Manas, the one who conquers the organs of sense/action, the one concealed in the pran, the leader of the other-dimensional intelligence, the messenger of the ultimate happiness, etc.

Maruti is a ‘Vanar’, this word does not mean a monkey. In Sanskrit, ‘Markat’ is the animal ‘monkey’. So saying that Hanuman was/ is a ‘monkey’ is extremely offensive and demeaning. Vanar is ‘Vansaya narah iti Vanarah’. The ‘Nar’ who are of the ‘Van’. Nar are a class of beings like the Yaksha, Kinnar, Gandharva etc. ‘Van’ is the forest, distant lands, other dimensions, running water, sun-ray, vehicle, residence, desires, abundance etc. A Vanar can be understood as a being from the other dimensions as the simplest meaning. Our human body is composed of all the 5 panchabhoot, Akash, Vayu, Agni, Aap, Pruthvi. The other dimensional beings have other types of bodies composed of differing proportions of the mahabhoot, eg Yaksha have bodies composed of only Akash, Vayu and Agni.

The Ramayan is also a guidebook to self realization. Ravan the anti-hero is an embodiment of the ego, the tremendous and discordant vibrations created by a sense of personal-ego. (In the Mahabharat this role is fulfilled by Duryodhan, ‘the one who is extremely difficult to defeat’.) If you follow the Ramayan as your guide, you will see your self-ego as Ravan in the very last confrontation when you are finally required to destroy it in the highest stages of Dhyan.

So, in all this, who or what is Hanuman?

He is the embodiment of pran, the vital energy flowing in the energy channels/nadi of your pran-mai-kosh body layer. He is also called the Mukhya Pran devata. The energy of the seed of the vital energy. There are 5 different main types of pran, the panch-pran. Pran, Apan, Vyan, Saman, Udaan. Maruti is the combined conscious intelligence of the Panch-pran. You might have seen some images of Hanuman with 5 terrible faces. Now if you do your Dhyan sincerely there will come a time when you will see these the conscious energies of these 5 main types of pran and yes they are very Ugra, terrible and terrifying. The power of pran blasting in your nadis and in the universe around can indeed be terrifying, so you have to do your spiritual practice to prepare yourself.

The objective of every spiritual aspirant is basically to control the movement of pran consciously. To be able to shut down its movements in the rest of the body and to drive it into the Brahmanadi within the Sushumna. Then to guide it with infinite precision through the chakras till it reaches the top. This movement of pran in the Brahmanadi ‘cleans’ it, makes it through so that when the Kundalini starts moving, it can simply move from the Mooladhar chakra to the central Bindu with the Sahsarar chakra in one smooth sweep. This movement of the Kundalini grants Moksh in one stroke.

So to be able to control the pran, you must absorb the energy of Maruti. He is of supreme importance in spiritual practice. Unless you are able to control the pran/ vital energy flowing in your nadi/ energy channels, you cannot get anywhere.

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Now the question I was asked was on doing a Parayan of the Sundar kand.

The Sundar kand is that part of the Ramayan where Hanuman realises his power. He goes through several experiences and events which makes him aware of his reality. This is the reason why doing a Parayan of this section is very helpful. ‘Parayan’ पारायणं is reciting mantras with intention, absorbing the energies completely. The Ramayan is an esoteric text and each verse/ shlok is a mantra. So if you recite the Sundar kand with the intention that you gain the blessing of Maruti you will get it. You will gain the ability to control the pran, so this parayan will benefit the spiritual aspirant. This will also regulate the movement of the pran and bring it to the best possible levels. So if you are ill, or under mental stress, or suffering from negativity, evil eye energy, nightmares, psychic attacks, impending danger etc, all this will be removed. On the material levels too, power, courage, health, ability to win, destroying enemies, finding what you want, success, emotional stability, strength, peace of mind etc will be granted.

Doing the Sundar kand Parayan.

The original Valmiki Ramayan, the Sundar kand is 68 chapters long and is extremely powerful. Sundar kand parayan is an Anushtan, a powerful practice to use the mantra. Ideally a Brahmin is required as there is a specific way of reciting the shloks. But if you wish to do it on your own, this is the basic minimum you should do. The easiest method is this,

  • You start on any any auspicious day. (post here)
  • Get a small image of the deities or a photo. Set it on a small wooden altar in front of you.
  • You will sit on your Asan facing either the north or east direction. And obviously facing the deities image.
  • Begin with a small puja of Shri Ram and Devi Sita. Then do a puja of Maruti. Here you can offer flowers, saffron, sandal-wood, turmeric, incense, light a lamp, do an arti with camphor etc as per what is available in your house.
  • You can blow the Shankh thrice if you have it. Or sprinkle the Ganga water if you have it. Or at least visualise golden/silver aura around you, feel the kindness of the deities surrounding you in a loving cocoon. Recite ‘Jai Shri Ram’, while you are setting up all this.
  • You have to keep a sweet dish/ Naivedya for the deities. Panchamrut is mixing some milk, curd, honey, sugar (khadi-sakhar) and desi cow ghee. Or keep 5 types of fruits. Or 5 pieces of dry fruits, almonds, cashew, dried grapes, dry coconut, apricots, figs etc with some jaggery/sugar. Keep this Naivedya in a silver or glass bowl. (Never use iron/ steel in any form in your pujas.) 
  • Then speak aloud to the deities and tell them briefly why you are doing this parayan. eg for getting well from an illness, for resolution of disputes, or spiritual growth, or just because you love them. This is the Sankalp, the intention, so take a few drops of water in your right palm and drop it to the ground after you finish speaking.
  • Also request that they help you complete the parayan and protect you while this is going on. This request for protection is necessary. As you progress in your parayan, you will accumulate positive energy, your aura will glow like the Sun. Then the souls/entities roaming around trapped in our dimension will come to you and request you to use this energy to set them free. This can manifest as actual problems eg falling ill, or some unexpected event which makes you break the parayan.
  • There are 68 chapters in the Sundar-kand. Ideally you should read it all in one sitting but this is not possible for regular people. So try to recite 6 chapters daily for 11days and finish the remaining 2 chapters on the 12th day. (I think this is a reasonable time frame in which you can manage)
  • The small puja and sweet dish/ naivedya has to be offered on every day you do your parayan. After you finish for the day, eat the sweet dish as a Prasad or distribute it among your close family members.
  • After you finish on the 12th day, thank the deities for the love they have showered on you. Then do a Dhyan, Soham (Sushumna yog) 108 times, relax your mind and absorb the energy of the Sundar kand parayan into yourself.

This is the simplest way you can do your Sundar kand parayan.

Ramayan, Hanuman and Sundarkand

Now the other part of the question which was asked to me.

The actual Ramayan has been simplified and abbreviated into other languages over these thousands of years. In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states of India, the commonly used ‘Ramcharitmanas’ is a version in the local dialect called Avadhi. It was written by Tulsidas a few hundred years ago. This version is written in very typical old time language and is a highly abbreviated form of the original Ramayan.

The Sundarkand in the original Valmiki Ramayan is 68 chapters long and in this ‘Ramcharitmanas’ it is a mere 63 verses. In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, people think that reading these 63 verses in Avadhi is ‘Sundar kand parayan’. It is not. But then faith and intention is important so even if you recite these 63 verses in Avadhi you will get some benefit. But to answer your question, this is not Sundar kand parayan.

The actual Sundar kand parayan is reciting the 68 Chapters of the original Ramayan written by Rishi Valmiki in Sanskrit.

Sanskrit is the Devbhasha Samskrutam, the words cannot be translated and each word is a mantra, the Shabda-Brahma, the divine Intelligence manifested in perfection. You can try doing the parayan yourself in the highly simplified method as per what I have written above, or you can get it done through a proper Brahmin pandit for the maximum auspicious effects and positive results.

Jai Sri Ram ..

 

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Edit : I got a comment that what should someone do if cannot read Sanskrit? So here is a youtube link to the entire 68 sarga of the Sundarkand. Some kind soul has recited it beautifully in Sanskrit. So listen to it and try to follow what is being recited in your book.
Also buy a book with the Sanskrit text of the Sundarkand. Gita press has the Ramayan in Sanskrit with the Hindi translation. The book is priced at very very affordable rates. And now you may have to do fewer sarga per day depending on the recitation time/ sarga. So your parayan might continue for more days. During this Parayan period you should avoid non-veg, alcohol etc and live a satvik life style to derive the max auspicious benefits. (And later give yourself 10mins daily to learn some Sanskrit at least. It is our mother tongue, post here.)

Agnihotra Homa to harness the Sun’s power

I do the Agnihotra homa everyday at every sun-rise and sun-set. The most important thing is the timing. The exact time of sunrise and sunset is critical. If you miss this time, then this is not an Agnihotra Homa. And it is the easiest way in which you can gain energy for yourself and your house/ surroundings. The simplest Homa possible.

A very brief post on how you do it.

Things you will need,

  • Copper pyramidal homa kund – it has to be copper as copper is linked to heat and can transmit the energies most effectively. The pyramidal shape amplified the energies produced in the Agnihotra.

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  • A small copper bowl to keep the ghee (clarified butter). A copper spoon of this specific shape below.

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This above is the correct shape of the spoon but if you cannot get it in this shape then you can use this one below as a second option. But it should be made of copper.

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  • Rice grains –  unpolished, whole, raw, white colored rice grains. Rice grains have a very nigh ability to absorb energy. So raw rice is called ‘Akshata’ which means unbroken or indestructible.
  • Ghee made of desi cow milk (post here) (The desi cow has a prominent hump, a prominent Surya-Ketu nadi, a prominent fold of skin under its neck, a oily skin, tail touching till the ground etc. They give A2 milk which is a medicine in its own right. We Indians used to breed only A2 cows or desi cows until the ‘white revolution’ created the half-breed cows whose milk is not fit for consumption.)
  • Cow dung cakes again only from the desi cow.
  • An Asan for you to sit on. The asan is all important, the foundation of all your spiritual activity. As you keep on using it again and again it also starts working like your energy battery. (post here)
  • A time table which shows you the exact time to the second of the sun-rise and sun-set at your location. This would be the time when the mid-point of the Sun’s disk is at the horizon.
  • An accurate watch with the seconds display to see the time for your location.

The Homa procedure

To begin with, clean yourself up, wash your hands/ feet/ face or have a bath if you have time. And dress in a loose fitting cotton dress.

Sit on your Asan, face east or north. Try to sit in Padmasan, Ardha-Padmasan or the Siddhasan yogic poses. If you cannot sit in these yogic poses, then sit cross legged. (If you cannot sit down, then sit in a chair but then arrange your Homa set-up on a table so that the fire is above your navel’s height.) Pray to your favourite deity or source of faith. If you have water from the Ganga, sprinkle it all around. If you have a conch, Shankh, blow on it thrice. Or try to visualise a cocoon of pure silvery-gold energy around you. Take a minute for all this so that you relax your mind.

Now to set up the Homa kund. Keep the pyramidal kund on a brick or a fire-proof tile else you might spoil the flooring.

Take 3 pieces of the cowdung cake and dip them in the ghee. Arrange these three pieces in the pyramidal kund in a sort of triangular arrangement with a small space between them. Take a smaller piece of cowdung cake, dip it in ghee and set it alight. Put this small burning piece in the small space you had left, so that the 3 main pieces also catch fire. If you can recite the Agni Gayatri, ‘Om saptajivhaya vidmahe, havvya-bhadraya dhimahi, tanno Agnih prachodayat Om’ while you light the fires it will help. Else at least recite ‘Om’. Agni is not just fire, it is the conscious intelligence of the fire. It is aware and has power. You are invoking it and requesting its help for performing the Homa.

Add some ghee on the burning cow-dung cakes using the spoon so that the fire starts blazing properly.

Do all this and get ready for the actual Homa at least 2-3 mins before the exact time of sunrise/ sunset.

Then while you are waiting for the exact time, you can recite the Gayatri mantra or any other Sanskrit mantra/ sukta/ shlok/ stotra as per your choice. Or recite Soham with your breath mentally, manasik jaap. Try to get your mind in a calm and peaceful state so that you can make the most of the Homa which you will be performing soon.

Then take about two pinches of the rice grains on your left palm.

Keep an eye on the exact time. At the exact time of the sunset/ sunrise you have to recite these following mantras and with each ‘Swaha’ drop one pinch of rice grains into the Homa Agni.

Use the ‘gras mudra’ for offering the pinch of rice to Agni.

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Sunrise agnihotra mantra

  • Suryaya swaha, sooryaya idam na mama
    • (Offer one pinch of rice to the Agni with the word ‘swaha’)
  • Prajapataye swaha, prajapataye idam na mama
    • (Offer one pinch of rice to the Agni with the word ‘swaha’)

Sunset agnihotra mantra

  • Agnaye swaha, agnaye idam na mama
    • (Offer one pinch of rice to the Agni with the word ‘swaha’)
  • Prajapataye swaha, prajapataye idam na mama
    • (Offer one pinch of rice to the Agni with the word ‘swaha’)

That is it. These two mantras recited at sunrise/ sunset is the complete Agnihotra Homa.

Now sit in silence in front of the Agni till it extinguishes. You can do your Gayatri puja or your Dhyan (post here) during this period. Let the energy of the  Agnihotra Homa enter your body and mind. You can get up after the fire extinguishes.

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Now the ash generated is not just ash, it is ‘vibhuti‘. The power of the mantra,  intention, time and energy generated by the Homa has entered the ash / Vibhuti. It is a ‘spiritual medicine’ now. Put some on your forehead, you can eat some of it. (My son eats it all as soon as it cools down. And if my mind was distracted during the Homa, he points it out as the taste of the Vibhuti changes, he says it becomes sour in taste.) You can store this vibhuti in a glass bowl for about 15days. Some uses for this vibhuti,

  • Put a pinch on the forehead as a tilak.
  • Use it to remove evil eye. Mix one pinch of this Vibhuti in a fistful of raw rice and use it to get rid of negative energy adhering to you (post here)
  • Eat it
  • Mix a pinch in the bath water.
  • Sprinkle it at the four corners of your house, it will act as a shield around the house.
  • Put a small pinch under the chair in your office
  • If you wish you can make an amulet using this
  • If you do not believe in its power, try this small experiment. Put this vibhuti in the potted plants you have in your house and see how they grow and also glow with energy. I give the extra vibhuti to the Tulsi plant (post here) in my house.

Agnihotra is the duty of every householder. The burst of energy at the exact instant of sunrise/sunset is channelised into you, your house and your surroundings through this Homa. If you have learnt to see auras or can see into the astral you will be able to see a literal explosion of energy bursting from the Agni as soon as the rice grains fall into it with the sound of the mantra. The energy of the smoke is also very high and wherever it goes, it will cleanse the atmosphere of all negative energy. If there are entities in your house or an evil eye on you or your family members then it will be blown away by the force of this energy explosion. Try it once and then evaluate the difference for yourself.

A personal experience. Some time ago, I was required by karma to travel astrally every single night for a few months. It was so tiring that I could not get up in the morning at sun-rise. It would take so long to reanimate the physical body and I was very drained. And there was additional work in office so I was missing the evening sun-set too. So for a few months there was no Agnihotra Homa performed in my house. (My son was small so could not do it alone. And my husband was even more busy than I was) The result was that the house was full of spirits and other trashy beings roaming around all the time. The house was in a bad shape. Only my pujs room was shiny and sparkling. Astral travel, though sounds romantic, is very bad for the physical body. It drains the pran-mai-kosh, and I was doing this every night. Also when you go to the other dimensions in your sooskhma sharir, you leave open ‘doors’ for the other beings to come in here. Even if you are careful to quickly shut the ‘doors’ these do get the opportunity to come to our world. And you are so focussed on the work that often you forget to shield the sookshma sharir and you get attacked a lot. A lot. The Agnihotra was not possible during these few months and I and my husband were both too tired to ‘clean up’, things went down-hill. When I restarted the Homa, things were driven out of my house on the first day itself. And with each succeeding day the shields re-formed got stronger and the house came back to its beautiful neat and clean, high-energy self.

So if you have the resources available do perform this simplest and easiest Agnihotra Homa. If you cannot do it at both sunrise and sunset do it at least once a day. It will bring a lot of positivity to you, your house and all the people living in your house.

 

Leo ascendant Integration

Lunar eclipse 5th July 2020

A penumbral Lunar eclipse is coming up now. A very faint shadowing of the full Moon will be visible in USA, South America, Africa, western Europe, Antarctica etc.

  • Penumbral Eclipse begins – 5 Jul, 03:07:23 UTC
  • Maximum Eclipse – 04:29:51 UTC
  • Penumbral Eclipse ends – 05:52:21 UTC

In this image, the pink colored land masses and the dark blue colored oceans will see the effect of the eclipse.

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Though this is a minor eclipse, it is the last in the series of the eclipses in Jun-July 2020. We had one minor lunar eclipse on 4-5 Jun (post here) followed by a major total Solar eclipse on 21st June (post here). This is the last eclipse in the Gemini-Sagittarius axis.

  • The Moon (Poorvashadha) in Sagittarius with Ketu (Moola). The eclipse event is in Sagittarius sign. Jupiter (Uttarashadha) is also retrograde in his own sign.
  • The Sun and Mercury (retrograde) are both in Aradra nakshatra with Rahu (Mruga). These three planets are all in Gemini.
  • Mars (Uttarabhadrapada) is in Pisces and is aspecting Gemini with his 4th aspect. He is behaving like an underwater volcano and steam is worse than boiling water! So this is the reason the weather has been unseasonably hot despite the monsoons. Mars, a fiery planet is adding his power to the Sun’s fire. The weather will cool down after Sun moves on to Cancer in mid-July.
  • Rahu and Ketu are in the almost-stationary /forward motion as usual in an eclipse. (They will turn retrograde on 6th July.)
  • Saturn is retrograde in his own sign Capricorn. Venus is forward in his own sign Taurus. These two are not directly involved in the eclipse energies.

Moon is in the Poorvashadha nakshatra. It is connected to Venus and ruled by Apah. So expect confusion and misunderstanding in relationships. Avoid poking into others affairs and concentrate on your own work. There will be less resources available, less money to spend. Avoid major investments till Mercury gets forward again at least. There might be imbalances in legal matters, businesses or equitable relationships. You might feel provoked as tolerance limits are less, this can result in unwanted aggression and misdirected rage. Fear, worry and loss of sleep can affect physical health. You might feel a disconnect with your faith, your personal philosophy, the foundations of your life. You might feel tired and drained for about 2-3 weeks after this eclipse.

Eclipses are a burst of energy. So if you can channelise it you can actually gain something significant out of it, else you will be swept away in its flow. So its always recommended that you do some sort of mantra, jaap, puja, Dhyan etc during the eclipse. Worship of Devi Laxmi or any form of the Devi can be more beneficial as the eclipsed Moon is in Poorvashadha. Then Rahu and Ketu are astral graha and the Sun and the Moon are in charge of your highest chakras, Sahsarara and Ajnya. Spiritual practice during the eclipse periods allows the energies to settle into the highest chakras and then percolate into the lower ones easily, giving both spiritual and material benefits. So on the positive side, this lunar mansion has the capacity to bring out hidden things. It can help uncover hidden opportunities, hidden information, hidden talents etc related to you, business, family life, wealth generation etc. You will be able to get out of adversities more easily and improve your life. Some positive things linked to this nakshatra can be, repaying your debts, a creative boost, a new venture, a pilgrimage, growth in profession etc.

There is going to be ‘movement’, some change or the other will occur after this eclipse. It is in your hand to convert this change to a positive or a negative one on the personal levels. So do some spiritual activity during this eclipse and put in your intention into it.

On a personal level, if you live in areas where the eclipse is visible.

  • This eclipse can cause more turmoil to you if –
    • you have a Moon+Ketu in your birth chart. This is the most sucetible combination.
    • Or your birth Moon is in Poorvashadha, Bharani or Poorva-phalguni (post here). 
    • Or if your ascendant sign or Moon sign is Sagittarius, Gemini, Cancer do take care. Taurus and Capricorn might also feel the stress to some extent. Aries will feel suffocated and agitated. If the birth Moon sign is involved you will feel the effects more on your emotional and mental levels. If its your ascendant sign, it will be felt more on the physical levels.
  • If you live in areas where the eclipse is visible, the eclipse can bring opportunities if your ascendent or Birth Moon sign is Leo, Aquarius. And there will be a generally neutral effect on Libra, Virgo, Scorpio and Pisces.

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Since this is a minor penumbral eclipse it will not have much impact on the world as such, but it is still an astrological phenomenon. It will add to the energy released by the two earlier eclipses, so a general reading for the next 2-3 weeks is as follows.

On the global scale, and more for the nations experiencing the eclipse,

  • It is not a time for the governments to take major decisions as there will be miscommunication and over-confidence. In several nations the lock-down is being opened and this will add to the ongoing confusion.
  • Economic slowdown will continue in the nations where it is visible.
  • There will be an increase in environmental temperatures. Anger and arguments will increase. There might be civil unrest, terrorism or war-like situations. General public will be disgruntled with the policies of the government. And fanatic groups will try to use the situation to create unrest. Harsh measures will be implemented by the governments to quell these eruptions.
  • There may be major accidents or natural calamities related to ‘heat’ and caused by risky behaviour.
  • There will be an increase in diseases. COVID 19 will also remain active. Depending on the areas you live in, care must be taken in this aspect (eg if you live in a mosquito prone area, dengue, malaria etc can erupt). Public health will remain a concern.
  • Major nations affected are USA, S America, Europe and Africa.

As always, Jyotish is not for getting scared. We try to know the future patterns so that we can be better prepared and use the energy releases coming up. Eclipses are rare opportunities. If you are going to experience this eclipse in your area then do some spiritual practice, it will help you in several ways from the spiritual to the material.