Using your dreams to improve your health

There are four stages of existence, when you are awake, in deep sleep, in the dreaming state and the last one is the Turiya, the indescribable. Generally all of us experience the first three stages every day of our lives. Reality exists in all these  three states of existence. Neither of them is more ‘real’ than the other. In fact the spiritual texts consider the awake state to be a Dirgha swapna, an extended dream!Using your dreams to improve your healthDreams have always fascinated us, it is almost magical that we go to another world as we sleep. Most of us see 5-6 dreams every night. These are the ordinary dreams triggered by whatever you were doing during the day or what was on your mind as you went to bed. If your mind was in turmoil or emotions were agitated or you were more into material/sensual things, your dreams would be haphazard and disconnected. Or you might see too many dreams, thus disturb your rest cycle. (Your body/mind/soul rejuvenates only during the deep sleep/sushupti phase.) If you have had a peaceful relaxing day and were contented as you went to bed, your dreams would be less troublesome and you will experience more deep sleep time.

Dreams are special as you are both the actor and the audience. You feel the emotions of only the actor. You feel like/dislike and attraction/repulsion while acting out your dream. But as the spectator you are merely the witness. Thus the ancient Rishis considered the dream phase as an important component for creating the Sakshi-bhav, the mind-set of the Witness. If you can bring this witness-mind-set into your waking state too you have achieved your spiritual goal.

Your dreams are dependent on your personal nature and inclinations. If your mind has achieved steadiness you get prophetic dreams of events to come. People who do regular spiritual practice often get guidance in such dreams. You can see significant events from your past/parallel lives which have a bearing on your present situation. Sometimes you can see your past life’s self telling you what to do. Your sub-conscious mind can give you creative or intuitive hints during dreams. The dreams seen early in the morning are the most useful of the lot. This time before sunrise is called the ‘Brahma muhurt’ and is extremely auspicious. Your ancestor spirits often communicate via dreams. If you are exceptionally spiritually inclined, you can see deities or your source of faith in your dreams. In the Indian context seeing dreams of Rishis or Gurus is very auspicious. Often you will be given valuable guidance in such dreams.

If you can control your mind you can also control your dreams. If you have achieved this you can complete significant karma in this way. Then you take on the role of the puppeteer as you direct your actor/puppet self in the dream scenes. The potential of dreams in this respect is limitless.

You mind plays games with you. If you analyse the working of your mind, you will realise that your mind does only two things 1) Imagine and 2) Discriminate. An out of control mind prefers to ‘imagine’ more than ‘discriminate’. e.g. your boyfriend has vanished, phone unreachable. You wonder why. You think he has ignored you. You start feeling hurt. You get upset. You waste your mental energy. You don’t feel like eating dinner. You meet him the next day and he tells you that he was at the hospital because his grandmom fell ill. You are concerned and you both talk normally. Things are rosy and you feel in-love again! But do you appreciate that you let your mind drive you nuts just because it ‘imagined’ things? Keeping your mind in control starts with not letting it run wild imagining things, but forcing it to discriminate, analyse logically.Using your dreams to improve your healthAs per Ayurved, the science of life and the living, there are three tendencies of the mind and body, called Pitta, Vaat and Kapha. Each one has one of these in excess again depending on our horoscopes. You would be surprised to know that your dreams are also linked to these, if you have dreams of light/fire you are pitta dominant. You will experience ‘heat’ in your dreams. If it goes out of balance completely you dream horrifying scenes and your forehead can get hot. If you body is Vata dominant at that time, you will see scenes with sky, winds, flying in space. If you tend towards the Kapha your dreams will be of water bodies. An easy way to balance out your Kapha-Pitta-Vaat is this. If you know from your dreams that one of these is out of balance. Then for one minute before you go to sleep do this tiny thing, Sit comfortably, back and neck straight. Close your eyes, focus at your third eye/ajnya chakra and visualise the following.

  1. A red dot – Pitta dosha will be balanced
  2. A black dot – Vaat dosha will be balanced
  3. A white dot – Kapha dosha will be balanced.

In terms of the vital energy, the udan pran is responsible for vivifying the subconscious mind who creates our dreams. If you engage in activities which regulates udan pran you will see a difference in the dreams you see. Try it out!

If you are suffering from some medical conditions then keeping track of the dreams you see, can help in determining how the disease is going to unfold. Eg if you are suffering from cold and you dream of water, it means your cold is worsening. If you are suffering from diarrohea and dreaming of cold stuff will indicate that it is going to get worse. If you are suffering from problems of the lungs, and you see yourself running or in a windy area etc the condition will get worse. So use the power of your dreams pro-actively. If you are suffering from a medical problem, you can try this simple experiment. Choose one photograph of yourself from your healthier and happier times. You should be smiling and looking visibly happy/healthy. Keep this at your bed-side table and look at it for a minute or so before you sleep. Your sub-conscious mind will ‘remember’ this past healthy state and work to get you back to this. Try this for 21 days and evaluate for yourself.

Those few minutes before you sleep are very important. Whatever you do in these few minutes will have the maximum impact on your sub-consciousness. This will be replayed in your dreams. So use this time wisely. A couple more tips. You are in bed and falling asleep, try to visualise a silvery full-moon at your third eye chakra during these couple of minutes. This will increase your life-span. Visualise the gold disc of the sun for an energetic/youthful mind and body.

Dreaming is essential for mental, emotional and physical health. Dreams are an essential self-diagnostic tool. Keep a dream-diary at your bed-side table and write a few keywords as you wake up so that you will remember your dreams. Analyse your dreams over time, you will learn a lot about yourself. If you get negative dreams for extended periods of time, take it as a signal that something is going wrong and actively work to set it right.

 

Using your dreams to improve your health

Tripur, Tripurari, Tripursundari

A story today.

All stories from Sanatan Dharm/Hinduism are allegories and have hidden meanings which help you on your path to Yourself.

This story is about the Tripur. It is from the Mahabharat and also mentioned in the Yajurved. First the story in simple words.

There were three brothers named Vidyunmali, Tarakaksh and Kamalaksh, the sons of Tarak-asur. These three brothers did intense austerities, as a result Brahmadev was pleased. They desired three indestructible cities, one for each. But Brahmadev was like, ‘nothing lasts forever’, so the brothers added a caveat that the cities would be impregnable, indestructible etc and would be destroyed only if one single missile hit them all three at once. Brahmadev was ok with this and thus the brothers got their cities. They got their architect, Maya-danav to work on the cities and got the Tripur constructed. The three cities were more like planets, each moved in independent orbits. However the three cities would align with each other, just for one instant, once in a thousand years. These cities were unassailable citadels and ideal for waging war on others. So the three brothers went on a rampage and wrecked havoc on the Universe. Everyone in the Universe rushed to Vishnu for help. He came up with a solution, Shiv would fire the missile at the Tripur at that one instant when they would aligned, thus destroying them all at once. So for this task, the following stuff was sourced,

  1. Prithvi was the chariot.
  2. Gandhamadana and Vindhya mountains were the frame of the chariot.
  3. Shesha was the Aksha/ axis of the chariot
  4. The Moon and the Sun were the two wheels of the chariot
  5. Malaya mountain was the yoke of the chariot.
  6. Gandharva-s named Elapatra and Pushpadanta bound the yoke and the chariot.
  7. Takshaka the Naag was used to tie the chariot and its yoke, pins, etc together.
  8. The four Ved-s were the four horses who pulled the chariot.
  9. The six Vedang were used as the bridles on the horses
  10. Gayatri and Savitri were the reins
  11. Om was the whip
  12. The charioteer was Brahmadev
  13. The Mandara mountain was the bow
  14. Vasuki the Naag was the bowstring
  15. Vishnu was his missile.
  16. Agni was tip of the missile
  17. Vayu was the side balancer of that missile
  18. Yama was the tail-balancer of the missile
  19. Vajra was used as a whetstone to sharpen the missile
  20. Meru was the standard/flag which was raised on the chariot.

Shiv then stood immobile on this chariot with the missile ready on his bow. The three cities, Tripur, came into alignment for that one instant in thousand years. He then sent this missile against the three cities, burning and reducing it to nothingness. The name of the fire which burnt the Tripur was called Yug. Then Shiv marked his forehead with the Tripundra (the three horizontal lines) with the ashes of the Tripur and danced his Tandav. Shiv is called Tripurari, (Tripurasya ari) the enemy of the Tripur.Tripur, Tripurari, TripursundariThis day when Shiv destroyed the Tripur is celebrated now as the Tripurari Pournima. This is the full-moon day in the month of Kartik (November). On this full-moon day, the Sun is in the Vishakha Nakshatra. The Moon can be in three possible lunar mansions, in Bharani or Kritika or Rohini. If it is in Kritika and conjunct Jupiter it becomes a very rare Mahapournima, perhaps this happens once in thousand years! However worship of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv is performed on Tripurari pournima and it gives very auspicious results.

Now the esoteric significance. This story is describes how you experience Moksh. A Sanskrit mini-translation of the words.

Sanatan – eternal, without beginning or end. The beauty of our Dharm is that it derives from the inner self. Even if the knowledge of the Eternal, e.g. books, temples are destroyed, teachers/brahmins/Guru are killed etc, it will rise again from the inner soul.

Dharm – foundation, solidity, firmness, virtue, ethics, merit, right, character. It is the right action that you are required to perform as per your conscience.

Tri – three. A lot of things in creation are in triplets. The three-gun, Satva, Raja Tama. The three bodies, Sthool, Sookshma, Karan. The three states of Existance, awake, dream state, deep sleep. The three tendencies in Ayurved, kapha, pitta and vata. The three forms of Gayatri mantra, Gayatri, Savitri, Sarasvati. The three Granthi in the path of the Kundalini, Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra Granthi etc.

Pur – town, fort, body, intelligence, initial creation.

Initial creation starts with the creation of Purush and Prakruti. Prakruti, the active principle, further creates the Manifested. Prakruti is composed of the three Gun, Satva, Raja and Tama. These are the tri-pur, the first created triad. These are seen in the Shri-yantra geometry as the top-most equilateral triangle below the bindu. In the body these are the 3 topmost chakras, Vama, Jeyshta and Raudri. The Bindu is the Prakruti, also called ‘Lalita Tripursundari’.

Lalita means ‘the one who plays the game’. Tripur is the tri-gun. Sundari means yellow, beautiful woman, a meter of prosody, the one who is equally divided, equal streams, equal creation, equal cleaving, equal ignorance. So now, ‘Lalita Tripursundari’ will mean the ‘One who Plays’ who is further divided into the three equal energies of the initial creation. Prakruti is composed of the 3 Gun. Satva, Raja and Tama are equal in strength. As long as they are in perfect alignment the triangle remains equilateral. When they get pulled out of alignment the triangle loses its perfection, ignorance is created and the rest of creation follows. This further creation caused by the action of Raja-gun/Brahma on Satva/Vishnu and Tama/Shiv.

If you want to shoot up your kundalini to the very top, the three Gun have to be brought into perfect alignment again.

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Tarak-aksh – blind to the the Unfathomable which exists behind the Light. However covered by superficial shimmering light. (The Reality is hidden by the Splendour that it radiates.) In Dhyan you see the silver/gold lightening at your third eye, the trick is to not get enamoured of this light, as the Reality is concealed behind it.

Vidyunmali – covered by lightening but lacking the real internal lustre. Creation might look very pretty but it is quite insubstantial on the inside.

Kamalaksh – blind to real Prosperity, endowed with superficial wealth. We run behind the objects of the created universe oblivious to the real Wealth that spiritual practice can give us.

Tarak – liberator, saviour, darkness, meteor-light, eye, driver, float.

Asur – spirit, divine, sign of the zodiac, opponent of the light, cloud.

In all the stories there is a common theme, that an Asur rises up becomes powerful and creates havoc in the Universes. Everyone then rushes to the three main deities or their wives for help. The deity kills the Asur and peace is restored. However to understand these stories in the real sense, one has to remember two things,

1. nothing is inherently ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Everything just ‘is’. Your perception and your conscience labels something as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

2. Every action you take leads you to Yourself. You reach the limit of emotion, action anything, you reach the Ultimate. Kunti reached the limit of ‘sorrow’ thus found the Divine. Tarak-asur reached the limit of ‘evil’, thus found the Reality. Everyone’s path is different but it all leads to the Parabrahma. You can only choose your route, the destination is the same.

Brahmadev – conscious potential energy of the Raja-gun. This further creates the energies below the tri-gun. Brahmadev controls the Brahma-granthi which is located at the Muladhar chakra connected to the Prithvi tattva.

Vishnu – conscious potential energy of the Satva-gun, this balances between the creation and destruction (below the tri-gun). The granthi at the Anahata chakra is called the Vishnu granthi.Tripur, Tripurari, TripursundariShiv – conscious potential energy of the Tamo-gun. Tamo-gun is a highly cryptic one. The commonly understood meaning of tama is dull, discordant, dangerous, damaging etc. But there is something called ‘Vishuddha-tamo-gun’, Shiv represents this. Its quality is to still, to dampen, to smother. The time from 10pm to 2am at night is pervaded by this vishuddha-tamo-gun. If you are able to do your sadhana at this time you can progress faster. The granthi at the Vishiddhi chakra is called the Rudra granthi.

Prithvi – earth element of the Pancha-bhoot. The conscious energy of stillness, solidity and firmness.

Gandhamadan – the sound that the muladhar chakra makes. It sounds like a heavy buzzing of the bumble-bee. Literally it means one who is intoxicated by fragrance.

Vindhya – the one who aims single-pointedly for the experience which is desired

Shesh – the remaining energy which remains surplus after the creation. It is visualised as an elephant at the base of the spine and as the Naag/serpent bed on which Vishnu rests at the top of the spine. Shesh is the name of one of the ‘elephants who support the Earth’. Elephants are distinguished by their trunk ie sense of smell thus often associated with the imagery of the Muladhar chakra. The Muladhar chakra is linked to the sense of smell and to the prithvi tattva. Also if you want to access the granthi/energy knot at the base of the Muladhar chakra, you have to first face Ganapati in his terrifying Uddanda-Ganapati form. Thus poetically elephants can be described as supporting the Earth!

Aksh – axis, wheel, pivot, measure, dice, court, 5, balance, cube, weight, snake, soul, vehicle, religious knowledge, bones, blind person, senses. Sanskrit is a palimpsest, you have to know which meaning to use where!

Chandra – moon, left eye, Ida nadi, brilliant, pleasant, camphor, metre, gold. The energy associated with the Ajnya chakra. It is the sum of your existence, past, present, future and parallel.

Surya – sun, 12, pingala nadi, brilliant, gold, auspicious. The energy associated with the Sahasrara chakra. This is your self-ego, your first cut-off from the Universal Reality.

Malaya – a measure, mountain. Mountains are the energies which spike out from the Muladhar chakra. Himalaya is the tallest physical mountain, thus his daughter is called Parvati who wishes to marry Shiv.

Gandharva – ‘small in quantity but very fast moving’. These are a class of beings.

There are several beings who inhabit this earth, Yaksha, Gandharva, Naag, Rakshas, Danav, Daitya, Dev etc. These are found in places not inhabited by humans. In the Himalayas there are several ancient temples which were made and used by these beings. Eg the Kasardevi temple in Almora belongs to the Yakshas. The Kotgadi and Haatkali temples belong to the Naags. There is a Yakshavati river in Pithoragad (it is dying now), where the Yakshas would come every full-moon night. Even now there are several remote places in the Himalayas where it is advisable to avoid going, especially on full moon and new moon nights.

Pushpadant – expanding point (this is a paradox)

Elapatra – flowing constant (this is also a paradox). The Parabrahma, Ultimate reality cannot be described in the words of this manifested creation thus is often considered to be a paradox.

Takshak – craftsman, one who creates solid stuff from diffuse materials. This is the name of a Naag. Naag also represent the bindings of karma. You too act and create stuff. When you act with intention and self-ego you create karma. This is also linked to the way kundalini is locked above the muladhar chakra. Mountains and serpents are both connected to the muladhar chakra and represent the karma.

Naag – serpentine, elephantine, cruel, living in water, name of a vital energy/pran, ephemeral, metal, mating. Naag is also derived from Nag meaning mountain. Mountains are again associated with the imagery of the Muladhar chakra.tripur tripurari tripursundariVed – perception, knowledge, property, sacred, property, truth. If you do your Dhyan long enough you will be granted the knowledge of the Ved. You will literally hear them, these are the ‘Shruti’, ‘heard’.

Vedang – the six sciences which help understanding the Ved, shiksha, chhand, vyakarana, nikruta, kalpa, jyotish. These are related to the deepest understanding of Sound and Time.

Gayatri – meter of 24 syllables, Gayatri mantra, or more precisely the form of the Gayatri mantra which is recited at dawn.

Savitri – the conscious energy of the internal light which you see at your third eye. Also the form of Gayatri mantra which is recited at midday.

Om – your real name, the origin of this universe. It is created from Prakruti. It is one of the three possible options for mantras to be used in Dhyan, the other two being Soham and Hamsa.

Mandara – mirror, heavy, firm, heaven, chain of pearls, mountain, meter, a tree. Poetically Mandara (Erythrina indica) flowers are worn by Lalita Tripursundari. Actually her energy is of brilliant red color, you will find real tantriks always put a red tilak indicating that they worship Her.

Vasuki – the serpent/Naag which Shiv wears around his throat also ‘desire’.

Agni – 3, third eye, ajnya chakra, fire from the Pancha-bhoot, brilliance, gold. All deities linked to the tri-gun, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiv, Sarasvati, Laxmi and Shakti have three eyes, these have the conscious energies of Sun, Moon and Fire.

Vayu – desirable, vital energy, intelligent energy of the air. One of the panch-bhoot. This is the vital energy which flows in your body. You think you breathe oxygen, but in fact you are pulling in Pran, a type of Vayu from the Universe. Yogi-s do not need oxygen, they can live off pran directly.

Yama – flight, motion, incoming, driver, moral duty, rule, control, self-restraint, key, vibration. For any spiritual practice Yama in all its forms is essential.

Vajra – impenetrable, shaped like a dumb-bell, a form of the moon, spiritual practice. Indra (from the 33 koti devata) carries the Vajra in his hand. It continually generates the silver/gold lightening. This is significant as Indra is your individual soul, you yourself create the glittery veil behind which lies your reality. Sanatan Dharm is all about the individual and his experience. Top priority is to the one who experiences. And you can experience only if you practice. Give yourself these 20mins every day and experience it for yourself.

Meru – the backbone, zenith, the geometry of the Shriyantra in 3 dimensions. The Meru as a symbol of victory is raised on the chariot. This indicates that once the Tri-pur are destroyed the top of the Meru/ Bindu is achieved.

Yug – time

Tandav – The dance performed by Shiv which results in complete annihilation of the manifested. He destroys Apasmar, ie confusion of the mind by this dance and reminds you what you have forgotten. You have forgotten your real self.

You can now take the meanings and fit them into the story, see what you can make of it! But basically the gist of the story is that you have to take your missile/energy of self-realization, from the Muladhar chakra to the top of the Meru, only then will you remember your Reality. In this journey you have to take the help of so many things/energies which are at your disposal.

 

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(There was a question on the Tripur story so wrote this, my personal understanding of it. This is an important story, as it actually tells you how you have to go about freeing yourself from the Illusion around you. Each one of us will experience this same thing during Dhyan as we move onwards on our spiritual journey to the Self.)

Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 3

This is the concluding post of this three part series on Aries and Libra.

Are you just an individual or just a partner in an equitable relationship?

Aries and Libra indicate beginnings, Aries is the natural ascendant, the 1st sign of the zodiac. You are created from the energies of Dissolution. It is the beginning of the first half of the zodiac where you use the energies available to you for developing your own self. Then you use your personal sense of self and self-ego to create karma in this half. In Virgo, you realise the magnitude of karma you have created for yourself and you start working on resolving it, here the focus is still on your own self. In Libra, the 7th sign of the zodiac, the natural descendant, you start your journey back to the unmanifested Reality. In this second half of the zodiac you give of yourself. You consciously return the sense of self-ego and diffuse the energies that you had labelled as belonging to yourself. This process continues till you reach Pisces, the Dissolution, you dissolve your self into the Greater Self with full intention. Virgo and Pisces are the ‘endings’ as Aries and Libra are the beginnings.

Together, Aries and Libra represent Change of the highest intensity.Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 3The change that these two signs represent is not the traumatic and shocking one associated with the 8th house /Scorpio. This change is the subtle inner one which determines your soul’s direction. You choose this change. You are aware of the situations which existed before, you chose this change and you are aware of that which will happen. Thus the element of sorrow associated with these two signs. When you change something consciously you are aware of leaving something and taking up something new for your own good. The process may be pleasant or perhaps not, but there is no option.

Aries and Libra are the preferred partners, in the 7/7 axis. These are mirror images, outwardly very different but internally completing each other. If you are a Libra you might observe your favoured partner to have an Aries dominant or a Mars dominant personality. e.g. He may have a Mars in the ascendant, or ascendant lord heavily influenced by Mars, or the birth Moon controlled by Mars etc. Or he may have Aries as the ascendant, or the birth Moon in Aries, or a bunch of significant planets in Aries. (And likewise for Aries.) Venus and Mars are very closely linked planets. Libra needs Aries to complete itself and Aries too requires the qualities offered by Libra to complete his personality.

If Aries is original thinking, Libra is the one who gives it structure to those thoughts. Aries is self-focussed but Libra manages to create agreements between two self-s. As the pioneer Aries forges ahead, Libra follows, making those legal and social ties which are mutually acceptable. Equitable fairness consolidating the blast of energy. Raw power cannot be sustained indefinitely but for the balance of Libra. Libra uses the raw material that Aries provides it and creates the ever evolving balance. Passion tempered by intellect is even more formidable. Aries provides the force and Libra the balance, one has no meaning without the other. Libra continually adjusts the force created by Aries which benefit not just the two of them but also the larger community. Libra needs Aries to give it a sense of self. Continually seeing oneself as a ‘partner’ rather than as an individual is not healthy. Unless you appreciate your ‘individuality’, you will put yourself and your needs last.

Aries and Libra are the same in several ways.

The same planet controls the 6/8 axis for both signs. So if the personality is strong the changes forced on this personality will be equally strong, creating an equally strong new personality. Your strength is tested at every instant. Every change forced on you is by your own self. You hammer on yourself, thus evolve. It is traumatic to even think of, but you do it, throughout your life. You are created from change, you create change and you change in very fundamental ways.

Their owners consume and refashion each other. Venus becomes the only Marak for Aries and Mars is the only Marak for Libra. Marak is the planet who decides the time when your body is saturated. You have amassed all the Value you could, and you leave the physical body. This is a very subtle relationship between Venus and Mars which needs to be appreciated. You are born with a fixed agenda regarding resolution of karma. Karma is created because of relationships, you consider someone ‘other’ and perform your actions with a sense of ‘self’. So resolving karma essentially means to resolve relationships.

For resolving karma two things are needed

  • Letting go of the sense of self (domain of Aries)
  • Letting go of the sense of ‘other’ (domain of Libra).

So the signs have to let go of their own defining nature! Thus their constant dissatisfaction in close relationships, they know that with each relationship they are getting closer to letting go of their essential natures. (Only when you let go of your narrow sense of self can you attain your Higher self/Moksh.) There is a deep underlying sorrow that each creates for the other. e.g. Libra never gets the perfect relationship he desires, he has to face a raw blast of energy instead. Aries gets a geometry-obsessed intellectual rather than someone passionately adventurous. But both know in their deepest hearts that what they get is actually right for them. But knowing doesn’t make it easier. Both know that they have to explore the spiritual realms to find peace. And they do it, but this happens late in life. Till then life passes by in a blur.Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 3Now for the energy and Moksh related significance of this axis. Remember you are studying Jyotish, the deepest knowledge/Ved-ang, which will Illuminate your own Self.

Aries is the structure of the body and the energy flowing through it. i.e it is also the structure of the Chakras, the naadis and the pran/vital energy flowing through it. The force of the pran (and later Kundalini) is extremely great. This force, if let loose without balance will destroy everything. Now a Libra may be whatever his chart signifies but inwardly he wants to balance. He wants things to be perfectly in alignment all the time. I know a Libra who keeps his office desk in perfect order. Books, files and photos of the kids all at perfect 90degrees, the laptop parallel to the desk-edge, the chair placed just so! He is so obsessed about this that I had to suggest Tratak, as a better use of his obsession.

You see Tratak is one exercise which is perfect for geometry-obsessed individuals. You stare at the perfection of the Shri-yantra and with time force your own internal geometry to match its perfection. This to me is the real spiritual goal of Libra. Rather than focussing on the material, the objects on the desk, better focus on your own internal geometry. Your chakras are out of balance because of karmic influences (basically Rahu-Ketu). Work with your Libra-ness  and bring these mis-aligned chakras to their perfect balance. The forces flowing through the chakras have to be perfectly balanced so that the chakra geometry gets aligned and remains aligned, (the balance is dynamic!). And then allow your Aries-nature to push the high volume of pran first so that the Kundalini can later shoot up in one smooth motion.

How you see yourself as? How do you explore your relationship with Yourself? How do you conquer the kingdom of your Dream? This is the secret of the Aries/Libra axis. The beginning of the end.

 

Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 3

Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 2

Libra/ Tula is the 7th sign of the zodiac, it is thus the natural 7th house of the horoscope and rules over balance, relationships and fair partnerships. This sign is ruled by Venus the esoteric teacher. Libra is the axis on which the zodiac rests. For the physical body too, Libra represents your backbone on which the entire body is balanced.

The zodiac is divisible into two halves psychologically, and with Libra, begins the second half of the zodiac. This is the midpoint between the individual self and the Greater Self, between the material and the spiritual. Here, you withdraw from creation of new karma and focus on giving back and rebalancing your karma. The path of involution begins from Libra. Here you prepare for the long way back home. You begin with a deep understanding of your Karmic balance, a sobering realisation indeed.Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 2If your ascendant is Libra or your Moon sign is Libra or you have a significant number of planets placed in Libra in your chart this is how you will be on the inner deep levels.

You are exceptionally logical and intelligent. You will have lots of opportunities in life. A lot of scope to create relationships of every type. Your exceptional intelligence is essential as you decide the best possible opportunity to go with. You think in terms of bargains, ‘if I give so much how much will I get back’, always! If there are malefics here you will think in the material terms but if there are auspicious influences, you will think in terms of the spiritual and karma. Overthinking should be avoided, as this can lead to stress. Once you make your bargain, reevaluating it over and over again will cause anxiety. Thinking is exhausting. Initially the mind will be tired, later the body will also fall ill.

You want to work but you want clarity and perfection. You cannot exist in environments of doubt and ambiguity. You want clear instructions and if you are the boss, you are very clear about you directions to your juniors. Accuracy, precision, exactness, sincerity and on-time are your watch-words. You will then push yourself so hard to attain perfection that your back will hurt. You are not an original thinker but you always expand on ideas which you get by reading books or by interactions with others. Partnership in everything you do.

You cannot lie, unless malefic influences dominate. You will have sufficient wealth in life, you will rarely be poor. You have business acumen and can profit if you start your own business with a suitable partner. You are artistic and skilled. You like working with your hands or mind. You like geometry, maths, logic, languages. Whatever profession you choose you can excel. You tend to boast which is viewed negatively by others. You come across as a know-it-all, often prejudiced against others whom you think know less than you do. Cultivate the habit of listening to others, it will help as you are often misunderstood. If there are malefic influences here you will also subscribe to conflicting thought processes causing more misunderstandings.

You will perform religious and spiritual practices sincerely. Saturn is exalted in Libra and his father, the Sun is debilitated here. The sign favours systematic disciplined work for re-balancing karma. This allows you to be the sincere professional, sensitive to public opinion, at ease in large gatherings and able to profit in a transparent manner. You do not allow self-ego to rise and take center-stage, you are willing to work with others fairly. You put yourself after your duties, this you suffer. Learn to assert yourself once in a while. Ultimately however you gain divine favour and the deepest understanding of your real self.Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 2The sign 7th from Libra is Aries-Mars, so your partners are aggressive and rather selfish, self-focussed. You too desire aggressive and passionate partners, but you want a fair relationship, this you will never get, thus a sense of disappointment exists, especially in intimate relationships. Libra-Venus rarely indulges in infidelity after getting married, as you are very aware of the social image you project. Before marriage you do indulge in romantic affairs.

The sign is represented by the scales of the balance in perfect alignment. Now these scales represent opposing forces. These have been brought to balance. Understand this, the challenge that you face is to bring to precise balance, two opposing forces. If either one of these two is more/less, the entire personality crashes. Your duty is two-fold, first is to balance out these opposing forces and second is to maintain the balance forever. This requires constant work. If the forces change, you also have to change to compensate and bring the system back to equilibrium. This is extremely difficult to do in actual life. Libra people are always under great stress. The mind is always working, thinking of different ways to balance out things. Highly sensitive to change and often in physical pain. You seem to be in control of yourself. Your emotions, actions, reactions are always controlled. But only you know the price you pay for this outward control. Your entire self is focussed on balancing the changes which the external environment and its forces bears on you.

As a Libra, you are bound to balance always, you have no choice in this. And the environment is bound to change. Change is the only constant. Thus your stress. The entire Libra personality is repressed. (If you ever see a Libra breaking down under pressure you will understand this terrifying strain that he always labours under.)

Libra is between the Virgo and Scorpio. It is influenced most by demands from its neighbouring signs (2/12 axis is not very favourable). Virgo is the place where you serve/suffer and all agreements break down here, imbalances of very sort! Scorpio stings others and also the self, traumatic changes causing complete changes in the personality/environment. Libra sits between these two terrific forces and balances these conflicts. It is a strain. You are outwardly very calm, composed and relaxed but internally you seethe with conflicts and opposing energies which you have to balance.

Now the is another challenge, the drama of constant creation-death-rebirth constantly plays out here. Venus is both the lord of Libra and Taurus, counted eighth from Libra. Venus here modulates the adversarial 6/8 axis and forces the personality/environment into continual change often traumatic. As per the Vimshottari system, the Mahadasha of Venus is the longest at 20yrs. Lots of events occur during these 20yrs. For Libras the Dasha period of its owner planet himself is very stressful as rapid cycles of creation-destruction-recreation occur throughout this time.Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 2.jpgMars is the owner of Scorpio and Aries which are placed 2nd and 7th from Libra, making Mars the Marak, often giving inauspicious results. Jupiter considered to be the biggest benefic planet is the ruler of the houses placed 3rd and 6th from Libra, making him a functional malefic, so he too cant do much good. Jupiter behaves opposite to his normal benefic nature! Saturn is the Yogkarak, the biggest benefic, as the owner of the 4th and 5th houses from Libra. But Saturn here deprives the native of maternal love and comforts of the home, he often lives away from the home-town. Also there is a disconnect from the internal divine intelligence, spiritual practice will give results but these come late in life after Saturn matures. Till then Libra suffers. Adolescent Mercury takes on the role of the peer/ patron as the ruler of the 9th house from Libra. Mercury is practice/skills and 9th represents theory/ philosophy. It is upto you to find the balance between these two opposing ideas! Mercury loses some of his auspiciousness as he also rules over the house 12th from Libra. Moon as the ruler of the 10th house loses his directional strength and searches for emotional support in the profession making him a bit dysfunctional. Sun as the ruler of the house 11th from Libra also makes you balance the opposing ideas of personal genius and self-ego v/s someone who is a part of large like-minded groups.

If you observe the planets, they are required to work against their fundamental nature here. As a Libra you have to balance out these things too, and you are doing it continually internally.

Libra has enormous potential especially the Libra ascendant. But this potential is lost as most Libras are engrossed in the outer, material, social aspect of their lives. They relegate the occult, spiritual, esoteric in the background. Venus is actually the Daityaguru Shukracharya, the teacher of the worst students so his teaching methods are a bit different. But the rare Libra who turns inside and tries to establish a relationship with his inner self is often successful as Shukra is the real Moksh-karak, agent of Illumination. Most Libras, as they grow older/mature, do focus on the inner self and progress spiritually.

Libra is a highly esoteric sign which suffers in the initial period of its life. If Saturn is well-placed it benefits after the age of 36yrs. The enormous potential of this sign can be utilised if it turns inwards and seeks its internal balance.

 

Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 2

Aries – Libra, the beginnings Part 1

Aries is the ram/Aja in Sanskrit, the unborn. The ‘not born’, the original mass of potential, the impulse which stirs things up and brings forth newness.

Aries sign is called Mesh, ruled by Mars, Mangal graha, and is the beginning of the Zodiac. ‘Mangal’ means auspicious, prosperity, fortunate, amulet, good work, bliss, welfare, beautiful, etc.

The product of dissolution of ‘dissolution of individuality’, two negatives cancelling each other, he is “individual self’. He is ‘I Am’, in the purest sense. He is created using the resources of the amorphous, the astral, the subconscious and the other states. The resources of the 12th house are used up to create the personality of the 1st house. He is the first Impulse, ‘the One’. He is the driver, the ray of the sun, he moves and instigates things, he is the leader. The creation of the Universes is described in the Nasadiya Sukta (the 129th sukta of the 10th mandala of the Rgved). In the Indescribable Nothingness, there arose an ‘Irresistible Impulse’, this in Jyotish terms is the Mesh/ Aries. Aries is the first spark which emerges with impelling force.

Aries - Libra, the beginnings Part 1

Aries is a moveable, fiery sign, full of individuality, creativity and initiative. If your ascendant is Aries, or your birth Moon sign is Aries or if you have a bunch of planets located in Aries in your birth horoscope, this is what you will be at the sub-conscious internal levels.

Aries is created from the Universal consciousness. And in this first half of the zodiac is the cycle of unfolding, of creation, of participation in the Game/Lila. You want to explore everything that Devi has created for you to play with. The Eternal consciousness/Parabrahma creates its active principle, Devi Mahamaya who then designs this fun-fair for the soul to enjoy. And Aries is full of curiosity, vitality, interest and is the first to explore creation. You can do anything you put your mind to here. Fearless and not bothered by conventions you want to expand without limits. You want to experience everything and as fast as you can. Generally this ‘everything’ is limited to the material rather than the metaphysical. Your sense of ‘self’ is very strong.

You know in your deepest sub-conscious what your spiritual reality is, but you are quite caught up in the material. You can be quite intuitive and are instinctive in your actions. But you can also be ambitious, somewhat self-centred, self-absorbed and can be crude and quite primitive at times. You like activities which either compete with others or solo activities where you compete against yourself. This constant competitive spirit tires out the people around you. Your explosion of ideas and actions will eventually label you as short-tempered. Try to listen to others sometimes. Things get snoother after Mars attains maturity in the late twenties. 

If you can recognise the use of your powers in the spiritual realm you can be great.

The foundation of the Aries personality is the ‘new’. New ideas, new impressions, new thought processes, new inspirations, new interests, inexhaustible energy, independence and direct actions. You are known for your education, knowledge, or original ideas and can rise high in the material life.

This sign has unlimited potential of being the first. Aries gives you your own distinct point of view which you rarely give up. You can come across as egotistical, blunt, rash and explosive to others. You are fierce, ruthless and can take decisions, you are clear. You know you are correct. You are ’True’. You do not need support and neither will you ever request assistance from others. You also cannot deliberately cheat or lie. You are quite simple at heart, there is no ambiguity about your nature, no grey-areas here.

You tend to overshadow your relationships and dominate your loved ones. The lords of the 2nd and 7th houses, the houses of illusion/Maya, are the Marak planets who often give inauspicious results. For Aries, this is Venus as both 2nd and 7th lord. So Venus related things can cause you sorrow and severe you from what you really desire. So wealth, family, relationships, business can cause unhappiness. Often misunderstood by your significant others, you may not really have a satisfying marriage. You have a limited number of real friends. Mercury owns the 3rd and 6th houses so as the owner of the erratic 3rd and the biggest house of turmoil/ maha-dushamnsthan, the 6th, not much auspicious stuff can be expected from him. Moon however can give good results as the owner of the 4th house from Aries. Sun will grant creativity and genius which can be utilised properly if Saturn gives his support. Jupiter owns the 9th auspicious house but then the 12th too, so spiritual/ religious practice and the realisations thereof can generate stress related to dissolution of the self-ego. Saturn as the owner of the 10th and 11th will want to impose his discipline and regulation on the energy of Aries before he confers social, professional success and gain, this can get suffocating.

If you notice, all the signs are in their natural houses, ie. the first sign is in the first house etc. And all the planets are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing, ie. if Saturn is about discipline and work he is exactly doing this in this chart. The forces operating in the chart are thus amplified. ie. If the ascendant is something else other than Aries, if suppose Taurus, then the ascendant house will be defined actually by Taurus, the owner Venus and subtly by Aries and Mars. So there is an ameliorating influence. Aries/Mars will operate through Taurus-Venus, thus the energy will not be ‘pure’ but ‘blended’!

Aries - Libra, the beginnings Part 1

There exists an internal frustration.

If you every sit down and try to analyse your own self you will realise that you are alone, in fact you prefer to be alone. Solitude is necessary to you. From this point of view, your drive to be first or the pioneer is actually an over-riding desire for solitude. To be so far ahead of others that you can be alone with yourself. If you can train your immense energies in the search of the occult you achieve the ultimate. Mars is the owner of Aries and he represents the movement of vital energy/pran and the energy channels, nadi in the body. So this sign is inherently suited for the conquest of the internal. If you strive hard for just the material, it will put you out of balance and a sense of dissatisfaction will then prevail. 

Aries-Mars forms the Dharm trikon with Leo-Sun and Sagittarius-Jupiter. These three planets are good friends and are capable of giving good results together. If this trikon/triangle of signs is powerful in your chart you get an added boost and you achieve great heights. These three planets together give you strength and you need strength to sustain the strain you are always under. But what is this strain really?

‘New’, means a change, a deep cut-off from the ‘old’.

When you start out on a new path you have a new goal in your mind.  When you start out, mingled with the excitement, there is also an underlying sorrow of having left the home behind. Paradoxically every new step carries within itself the desire of its own end. The house/sign counted eighth from Aries is Scorpio, also ruled by Mars. The 6/8 axis is the most challenging one in the chart. This same planet now rules your life and life-trauma induced changes. This is the biggest challenge that you face. As Aries, you represent the beginning which carries within itself the seeds of its end. And you are aware of this, always! Aries is the sudden change which brings about the beginning, it is also the beginning which brings about this traumatic change. You take drastic steps and create dramatic results because of your inbuilt desire for change. Your personality creates, destroys and re-creates fairly regularly.

Some people accept only the material and think of the spiritual/esoteric as a wild imagination. And some people are so frustrated with the material that they hold on to the mystic and reject the material. Both these are extreme views. A balance between these two, the ‘middle path’ is the best way.

It is the same in Jyotish. Astrology is Jyotish, a Vedang, a part of the body of the Ved. Ved are Ultimate Knowledge and Experience together. Every experience is relevant. Predictive astrology is important no doubt but unless you also consider the esoteric aspects of your life you will not understand the Real You!

 

Aries - Libra, the beginnings Part 1

Jupiter Mahadasha

I have written a very detailed post here on Vimshottari dasha analysis, generally on how evaluate the effects of planets during their planetary periods. This post is about the time periods controlled by Jupiter. Here are two posts on a short-cut analysis based on which houses these the planets own. 

Now Jupiter Mahadasha will follow Rahu Mahdasha in sequence. If your birth moon Nakshatra/ Lunar mansion is Punarvasu, Vishakha or Purvabhadrapada you will have your Jupiter Mahadasha going on at your birth. The balance of the planet’s dasha period remaining at birth is calculated using the location (degree/minute/second) of the Moon in the nakshatra. If you get this birth time wrong your starting point will be wrong thus your entire life-time’s calculation will go wrong.

And then of course Jupiter’s sub-periods/ Antardasha in other planet’s Mahdasha will also carry his flavour.

Jupiter Mahadasha

Jupiter mahadasha is quite long, a full 16 years. If he is well placed this period can be extraordinary covering a lot of life’s major activities, education, marriage, children, health and profession. This post is a framework post in which you will add your keywords depending on the planetary positions in your own chart. Here you will learn how to analyse Jupiter’s period yourself. If you already know a bit of astrology then go through the stepwise analysis. If you just want to know the overall indications then you can skip forward to the actual general results further below.

Step 1 is to know the aspects of life which Jupiter represents and the power he has to deliver his results.

  1. Jupiter in your birth chart (also called the divisional chart 1/D-1).
    • Which house and in which sign is he placed? Which aspects of life is he controlling? If he is controls the dushamstan, 6th house, 8th house or 12th house then there might be some unpleasant material results.
    • Is he in the sign of a friend/neutral/enemy planet.
    • Is he exalted/debilitated?
    • Which planets is he conjoint/ aspected by? Thus which other aspects of the personality is he influencing directly and indirectly.
    • Has he matured? Is your client yet to reach the maturity age of Jupiter or is the maturity being held back by conjunction with later maturing planets? Jupiter matures quite early in life but e.g. if he is conjoint Rahu he will mature at 48yrs!
    • Is he retrograde?
    • Is he combust?
  2. You can repeat this same analysis from the birth Moon sign to get the effects that this Jupiter Mahadasha is going to have on the emotional aspects. Rotate the chart around and place the sign containing the Moon in the first house and re-draw the chart. These aspects of life will often be completely different from what is happening on the physical level. (If you find this complicated, do it whenever you feel more confident.)
  3. And this same analysis using the divisional chart 9, Navamsha chart will give a perspective on the sub-conscious expectations and also the sum total of Jupiter’s potential. (If you find this complicated, do it whenever you feel more confident.)

A simple example, if in a chart, in D-1 – Jupiter is the owner of 1st house, Sagittarius and 4th house, Pisces. Jupiter is placed in 4th house house, Pisces (this becomes a Kendra-adhi-pati combination!). Moon is in 10th house Leo. In D-9, this Jupiter shifts to the 2nd house in his exaltation sign Libra. Thus Jupiter-Moon in D-1 are placed in the favourable 7/7 opposite axis. Period of Jupiter will give emotional happiness. Also the sub period of Moon in the main period of Jupiter will give beneficial results. Jupiter is the ascendant lord so in his periods will give expansions to the personality and create an enabling environment. So during overall Jupiter’s period there will be a sub-conscious expectation of money, family time, happiness, speaking out, gains from/to the family. The physical environment will grant lots of interactions, validation, money, resources, good times, with family, property, mother, females in general, siblings, bosses, culture, traditions, society and profession. But the person will not be able to make the most of these material opportunities because of his essentially mild nature, the kendra-adhi-pati effect. But as the emotional expectations will be satisfied the period will go by reasonably well.

Step 2 Smaller segments are called successively Antar-dasha, Pratyantar-dasha, Sookshma-dasha and Pran-dasha. The logic on how to analyse these even smaller units remains the same for each planetary owner of the sub/sub periods.

  1. Find out the power of the sub-period planetary lord and the aspects of life that he controls just like Step 1 for Jupiter above.
    • Which houses he rules over.
    • Especially if this sub-period lord is the owner of the 2nd or 7th house (Marakesh) its sub-period within the Jupiter Mahadasha can cause physical death. If Jupiter himself is the Markesh then he can cause death in the sub/sub-sub periods owned by him.
  2. The mutual relationship between Jupiter and the sub-period lord. If they are in the 6/8 or 2/12 or 3/11 uncomfortable aspects, that sub-lord’s sub-period will not be comfortable. They will be worse at the start of the sub-period and become better towards the end. Ultimately give a sense of expansion and optimism.

Step 3 is the routine planetary transits/ Gochar which will modify results during their transit periods. Using your software draw your birth chart on a paper and superimpose the current planetary positions on it. Use a different pen so that you can make sense of the composite chart you are drawing. Check out for the aspects and their strengths. 

We use the Vimshottari dasha system to time events. One single placement in your chart will indicate so very many things. How to know which event will happen when? For this timing aspect you have to see the Dasha and the transits. The broad framework will be your D-9, the important events will be reflected in the D-1. The broad framework for the timing will be the Dasha and the fine-tuning will be the transits.

Jupiter Mahadasha

Now to analyse the sub-periods of the Jupiter Mahadasha, each of the 9 planets including Jupiter himself will own one of these sub-periods/antardasha in sequence. These are very very general readings just to trigger your own thought processes. Use these for reference, as a starting point for your own further analysis. Every horoscope is unique!

1. Jupiter antardasha/sub-period –

  • You have analysed your Jupiter’s power to give results in step 1 above so this sub-period will be a double dose of Jupiter. 
  • If Jupiter is poised to give you good results then expect expansion in all forms, gains, happiness, your boss will appreciate you, marriage is possible, your husband will shower you with affection, you will gain wealth and also spend to make your life more comfortable, children may be born to you, you may gain students, children will be well and bring you joy. You will perform religious activities, go on pilgrimages. Higher education, teaching jobs might get available. You will get support from your spiritual teachers, your peers, ancestral spirits will bless you. You think on philosophical lines, meditate or read something which nourishes your soul. You feel hopeful!
  • If Jupiter is going to give you adverse results then this period can be a bit difficult. Jupiter placed in the 6th, 8th, 12th houses or Jupiter as a ruler of the sign placed in these dusham-sthan. Especially in Libra and Capricorn ascendant charts, as Jupiter is a functional malefic here. Evaluate your chart carefully. There will be episodes of anxiety, stress and distress. The same keywords of your life as above can be a source of problems. However Jupiter will ultimately create a spiritually inclined personality but the way he will do this will not be pleasant. In these cases the first part of the sub-period will be more problematic than the second half. Be careful if you get body pain, go to a proper doctor.
  • Overall this period will create a lot of opportunities which you can actively explore. Keeping in with Jupiter’s expansion, optimism, benevolence and wisdom you will take up new activities with hope and positivity.

2. Saturn antardasha

  • Saturn and Jupiter are generally neutral to each other as both respect elders, value knowledge, are quite serious about the karmic lessons. However there is one difference, one expands and the other contracts.
  • Depending on Saturn’s position in your chart expect increase in your duties. But your energy and enthusiasm in performing those duties will be enhanced. You can be in prominent social positions, given more professional responsibilities, a promotion, your father will benefit. More authority in your hands. Interactions with the government, superior officers or social seniors will be fruitful. You will be given resources. You will gain.
  • But if Saturn is poised to give you malefic results then this will be a period of conflicting energies where the expansion of Jupiter will hit the terribly constrictive influence of Saturn and you will suffer strain in all these aspects of life mentioned above. Physical health can be a problem in this case, especially disease of the bones, teeth, skin and nerves. Your birth father may suffer or you might suffer because of him. In Saturn’s periods its always better to submit to whatever regulations and work-plan that he puts you to. However you can modulate the negative effects by planning your life and work before he does it for you.
  • Jupiter Mahadasha

3. Mercury antardasha

  • Jupiter and Mercury are not the best of friends but they are karmic mirrors of each other. So ultimately compatible in the spiritual sense. If one is the teacher the other is the student. They get their real meaning only when they are with each other. 
  • If they both are in a good favourable axis expect best of both worlds. You will have the philosophy as well as the skill to convert this theory to action. Your students, brothers, brother-figures, extended family will support. You will earn money through speculation or stock markets. Financial investments will be in your favour. Communication is enhanced in every way, any place where you are required to talk, explain, read, write, instruct will be enhanced, you might learn a musical instrument! Your ability to think, plan, analyse is enhanced. Also Mercury is action, your hands. So any actions which you do with your hands are energised. You might learn a new skill or a craft. You will be granted the boldness and courage and this sub-period will be quite beneficial for you.
  • If they are not working together and are placed in unfavourable angles to each other then these above keywords will give you stress. Psychiatric problems are possible. There will be a danger of theft and cheating. There can be medical problems in nerves and skin. Pay attention to details but keep the larger picture in mind too, this will help.

4. Ketu antardasha

  • Ketu is the agent of dissolution of the material. He also takes on the character of the planets aspecting /conjunct him. So evaluate his karakatva /ability to give results, very carefully first.
  • If Jupiter and Ketu are mutually well placed this sub-period can give very good gains on the spiritual front. Whatever is draining your spiritual energy will be cut off. And because it is Jupiter involved, you will know what and why it has been released. There will be full understanding and joy in this process. If Ketu’s gains the ability to give material results as a result of the planet influencing him, then he can grant all these things in his sub-period. In this case he will grant material stuff especially through speculative means.
  • But if Ketu is badly placed, then this period will cause problems, this can include physical death or feelings of emptiness and abandonment. You might strive for something which you can never attain. Jupiter’s hope is misguided and you face rejection. Everything that Jupiter stands for can abandon you. Your husband/wife, your boss, your children, the philosophies you live your life by can leave you. You will experience the loss of the material. This will ultimately pull you towards the spiritual side but the process will give you pain.

5. Venus antardasha

  • Venus and Jupiter are the two Guru’s. Both are quite friendly with each other, their ‘enmity’, is on the philosophical level. Both are teachers but their students are very different, Venus’s students are the worst goons and his teaching methods are very different.
  • If Venus and Jupiter have a good working relationship then you will have a very good time. Benefits from all sources, relationships, money, social and emotional fulfilment, spiritual progress, new partnerships, bargains, asset creation, gains from spouse, enjoyable time with your loved ones. Marriage, promotion,  pilgrimages, journeys, birth of children etc are all possible. There will be recognised leadership roles and dignified teaching roles in this period.
  • Relations with the opposite gender, girlfriends/boyfriends are quite possible. But this period wont allow marital infidelity unless malefic influences.
  • If Venus is badly placed in your chart, there will be tensions in relationships, both personal and professional. You will lose your spiritual moorings so it will be worse. Spouse and children will suffer with you. Sisters, wife and women in general will be a source of stress. You might get addicted to damaging substances. Loss of wealth and litigations can result. However if you are aware of what is happening you can plan and reduce the impact of these events on yourself.
  • Jupiter Mahadasha

6. Sun antardasha

  • Sun is leadership and self-ego. You desire to be known.
  • In this sub-period, if Sun and Jupiter are working well together, you will get a change to display your creativity. Your intelligence, speculative intelligence, creative genius, confidence, entitlements, charisma, etc will be enhanced. You might gain promotions, wealth, financial assets, money through stock markets ans similar speculations, marriage and birth of children is quite possible. If you are a creative writer, actor etc your publications and acting roles will be appreciated. For the politically inclined, this is a good period for political gains.
  • If the Sun is placed in an adversarial relation with Jupiter, or is badly placed then there may be some problems from the above aspects of your life causing stress. Problems with relatives and children are possible. Medical issues caused by ‘over-heating’ are possible. Jupiter and Sun get along quite well, so this sub-period will be reasonably ok.

7. Moon antardasha

  •  Moon is the sum total of your self, astral sub-conscious, the depths of your emotions, your intuition! Moon and Jupiter are quite good friends and Jupiter in in fact exalted in Moon-owned Cancer! So this period can be quite good in any case.
  • You will get close to your mother, maternal figures and home-land cultures. If you get married during this period, choose someone from a similar cultural background else it will cause issues. Child-birth, buying new houses, cars, property is quite possible. You might get into spiritual stuff, mediation, new education avenues etc. Nutrition, nurture and nature will be pleasing. Comfortable life and emotional security.
  • If Jupiter and Moon are poised to give unfavourable material results then you will be in a bad time. Your mother will give you bad advice. You will be in trouble because of your over-attachment to your homeland culture, maybe you get married and are unable to adapt to your spouse’s culture! Dreams, sleep astral self, sub-conscious states will be disturbed. Diseases related to the blood, liquids in the body are possible. Mental peace and emotional comfort will be denied. Will live away from home, will travel, the body will suffer on the physical and astral levels (Pancha-kosh).
  • However the results of what the planets are capable of giving are very important. Do this analysis very carefully. This is the foundation of your
  • I know a chart with a Jupiter and Moon placed together in the 12th house. Death occurred in the Mahadasha of Moon, sub-period of Mercury(ascendant lord), sub-sub-period Jupiter. She died of internal haemorrhage, the exact day was when the birth Moon transited this 12th house (blood/liquid expanded into the internal spaces of the body, all these keywords match with the chart). The soul took on the pret-yoni /spirit state and entered the Pitru-lok with very high level of energy because of this placement of Jupiter/Moon in 12th house (do read the Moksh-trikon).
  • Jupiter Mahadasha

8. Mars antardasha

  •  Mars is dynamic, challenging, pioneering and physically moving.
  • If Jupiter and Mars are together well placed you will benefit from your brothers, extended family as well as elders. Professional initiatives will grant success. Marriage is possible. You will be known socially, respected. Any physical activity which requires initiative will be promoted. Relations with the opposite gender, girlfriends/boyfriends will be many.
  • Mars is the ruler of the 2nd and 7th house for the Libra ascendant so during his periods he can cause physical death. So here if he is conjoint Jupiter, this sub-period can easily cause physical death, if the longevity has reached its limit.
  • One thing which you can observe is, your Mahadasha and Antardasha at the time of your marriage. Your spouse will reflect the nature of these two planets. Or check when your child was born, the nature of this child will also reflect the natures of the dasha controlling planets of your that time.
  • Mars can create problems if he is badly placed. Especially the start of the sub-period will be more troublesome than the latter part. There will be diseases related to ‘over-heating’, eyes and blood can be affected especially. Aggression, arguments and ill-relationship will be expanded.

9. Rahu antardasha

  • This is the chidra-dasha the last sub-period
  • Rahu is the exact opposite of Jupiter, he is sneaky, calculative, breaks rules, aspires for higher stations. In the closing phase of Jupiter mahadasha, Rahu cuts off your Jupiter persona. He accurately identifies all those things where you have let others take advantage of your benevolent Jupiter phase. Rahu will take stock of what you needed in these 16yrs, not what you gave of yourself. Misplaced hopes, humanitarian thoughts, misdirected charity work will stop. Even knowledge which you may have gained, if not furthering your personal goals and desires will be discarded. Rahu is very thorough about this, he will infuse ambition in all that Jupiter created. And this will be linked to your karma.
  • So during your Jupiter main-period, however kind and generous you may feel for others do keep track of what you are gaining from the interactions. This does not mean you have to be selfish, Jupiter will not allow you to be selfish. But at least be aware that what you are doing should benefit you too in some way or the other. This will make this last Rahu chidradasha more easy to navigate and you will be able to better consolidate your gains from Jupiter. Rahu will prepare you for your next Saturn persona, thus he will link your gains from Jupiter with a deep understanding of your karmic desires
  • Rahu takes on the influences of the planets conjoint/aspecting him. So do analyse his Karakatva (ability and strength to give results) before predicting material results.
  • If Jupiter and Rahu are poised to give good results together then he will give material pleasures and gains. Money, power, ambition, good physical health, pilgrimages, spiritual progress will be enhanced. Rahu is the things you have been ignoring in your past lives so under the influence of Jupiter, Rahu can actually grant you ambition with understanding a rare gift indeed.
  • If Rahu and Jupiter are not well placed together then there will dangers from cheats, disputes, thieves, diseases, marital discord, professional ruin etc caused by Rahu’s nature to over reach and then fall flat on his face. So if you have this combination in your chart do rein in your ambitions to what is realistically possible.

Jupiter Mahadasha

The generic remedy for those suffering from problems during this period of Jupiter Mahadasha is doing puja or reciting any mantra of Shiv or Vishnu or reciting the beej mantra of Jupiter on Thursdays, or doing his Homa, or donating any material associated with Jupiter etc.

You can also wear more of his colors, use the scents dear to him, eat more food associated with him and similar fun things to balance out his energies.

Jupiter is generous and benevolent, he expands everything he is connected to. And every house has some positive and negative things on the material front. Astrology tells you the options you have available, it is not fatalistic! So if you are going through his period, be very conscious and choose intelligently. You can choose, Jupiter allows this. So use his energies with confidence and intelligence so that you can gain on the spiritual as well as material fronts during his Dasha periods.

 

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Vastu your home, the simplest and prettiest remedies

Our houses are our shelters, our homes, we live, eat, sleep and rest here. It is very important that we take care of our home so it can, in turn, take care of us. ‘Vastu’ means not just the physical house, but conscious energy and it’s flow in your house. The house takes on the energy of the place that it is in, and also the energy of the people living in it. I have written about houses in some of my earlier posts. Ley lines, one about haunted houses and how to interact with your house etc.

Vastu-shastra is the science of ‘living houses’, the energy of the house should be conducive to the people living in it, Houses built as per vastu-shastra are more full of positive energies. But today getting a house with perfect Vastu is quite impossible. I have lived in several houses in my life and every one of these had some issues. e.g one had a toilet in the north direction, had to demolish it; one had the kitchen in the north, we couldn’t eat anything prepared in this kitchen, had to demolish it and construct a new one in the south-east. But luckily I always lived in houses not apartments so could do the re-alignments. But if you live in apartments you cannot realign the rooms, you have turn to Vastu remedies.

Keeping your home neat and clean is one thing, am sure all of us do the dusting, brushing and washing up quite regularly. But there is more. Here are the simplest remedies, which you can use in your house. These are beautiful things which will be ornamental as well as help you rebalance the energy of your house.

Pyramids

These are the most popular ways to rebalance the energies of your house. I keep a small clear quartz pyramid in every room of my house, on the north or east side is best. It works by balancing the energies of the room and also amplifying them, two-in-one. I recharge them once a month, by washing them in salt water and recite the Shri sukta over them. But then I love the Shri Sukta, so use it for everything, I recite it even when I cook food. You can use any Vastu mantra or even a simple ‘Om Vastupurushaya namah’ or even play this by Uma mohan in the background in your house. Or you can use any Vedic mantra including the Gayatri mantra to recharge these pyramids. Or if you cannot for any reason recite these, make a chi-ball, think of your source of faith, express your intention for a happy and energy-filled house in your words and visualise the chi-ball being absorbed in the pyramids. This always works.

When you go to buy the pyramids, hold them in your hands for a bit, some will feel ‘right’ to you, buy those. There are various sorts of ‘energised’ pyramids available in the market, you can use these too, but they will be a bit more expensive than this single pyramid method above.

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Mirrors

Mirrors are a variant of the pyramids. The sides of the pyramids reflect energy in four directions, mirrors also reflect energy but in one single direction. Hang your mirrors on the east and north walls as possible. Just remember they should not reflect your bed as you sleep in it.

Sea-salt 

Wipe your house with water in which a fistful of sea-salt has been dissolved, it will remove the negativity. Cleansing your house regularly will address a lot of problems associated with misaligned energies too. And if there is any specific corner of your house which feels especially misaligned, keep a glass bowl full of sea-salt crystals in that part of the house, these crystals will absorb the negativity. You can dispose them in running water and replace them once a month.

Tumbled clear quartz

I love clear quartz. It is useful for everything. If you want, you can buy a bag-full of tumbled clear quartz, will be cheaper than the pyramids. Then charge them. Make a chi-ball, focus on your intention for a happy house and visualise the chi-ball being absorbed in the crystals. Keep them in a pretty bowl in your rooms, in the north and east sides. Recharge them once a month. If you feel like you can also use pink quartz. Tumbled crystals can be used for several things so if you buy a bag-full you can use them in several ways.

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Peacock feathers –

These work beautifully. Have written about them in my post on ley lines. Put a bunch of these in your rooms preferably on the north and east sides if possible. Peacock feathers will get rid of evil eyes, negativity and enhance the positive flow of energy in your house.

Shri-yantra or Meru

This is the ultimate geometry and if you are doing a puja of this geometry or using it for your spiritual practice e.g. tratak, the energies of your house will be already in a very good shape. The highly positive energy of the geometry expands out. If you do puja over it sincerely, these energies are amplified even more. I have observed that the energies of my house are so relaxing that guests start feeling sleepy!

And puja of the Meru /Shri Yantra is very simple, recite the Shri-sukta once, or recite ‘Om Shridevyai namah once/thrice/108 times, and apply one tilak of red Kesar/saffron or red vermillion at its center dot/bindu. If you can blow the conch during this puja, it will be even better. I light camphor arti after the pujas and also keep a sesame oil lamp lit in front of my Meru 24×7.

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Plants

Indians, Hindus are required to keep a Tulasi plant in the center of the house. You can keep it in the east or north direction as an alternative. This plant is linked to Shri Vishnu, the energy which protects and maintains prosperity. It is satvic in nature and generates a very bright silvery/gold aura around it. The woman of the house takes care of it. i.e. waters it in the morning and lights a small lamp in front of it in the evening. If she does it with love and positive intentions the plant also responds by increasing its energy, thus the whole house benefits. It is another way of harnessing your intentions. As the plant grows so does prosperity. The plant is highly medicinal, especially for cough/cold, drinking a tea made of its leaves is very helpful. You can drink a spoonful of the juice of the leaves. I never give my son cough syrups, as tulasi leaves are the best and safest cure.

Fresh cut flowers are also a good way to increase the energy of your house if you can afford them.

In India, we tie a garland made of fresh mango leaves and marigold flowers on the entrance door of the house. Both these are high energy items and they stop the negative energies from entering your house in the first place. This arrangement is called a ‘toran’.

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Rudraksh beads

This is something which you can consider if you are suffering from negative energy as well as evil eye from others. Hang a single rudraksh bead at your front door, it will stop negative influences from entering your house. (I hang an entire rudraksh mala at my front door.)

Photos

These are a very easy way to add cheer and positivity to your house. Natural sceneries, waterfalls, flowers, bright images, colorful pictures, geometric patterns, can be hung on your north or east walls.  You can use pictures of solid things like mountains, e.g. Kailash, on your south or west walls. Do not use depressing and dark images which represent struggle, disaster and pain. Also avoid pictures of animals. If you want, you can keep pictures of departed parents/loved ones, but only on the south walls.

To keep the Vastu of your house is good shape requires not only physical alignment with the Vastu shastra, but also requires that you consciously interact with your abode. The process of of building the house and the alignment of the rooms is not in our hands, as most of us live in apartments now! But this second part where you consciously increase the energy of your house is definitely something you can do!

So here were a few easy and inexpensive ways in which you can add energy to your home.

 

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