Soham, Sushumna Yog and the Sat-guru

‘Soham’, when formally ‘given’ to you by a Jivan-Mukt Sat-Guru is ‘Sushumna Yog.

A Jivan-mukt has understood the real meaning of the Maha-vakya, ‘tat tvam asi’. Maha-vakya महावाक्य means the great saying, assertion, declaration, rule. ‘Tat tvam asi’ loosely means ‘you are that’, but understanding this and experiencing this means you have achieved Sadyo-mukti. ‘Tat tvam asi’ is called the Brahmaakara Vritti, ie the state of the mind which takes you towards the Eternal Intelligence. Only such a Jivan mukt Guru can ‘give’ you Soham in all its grandness. eg your friend calls you by your full name and then your Mom calls you by your full name. When your Mom calls you with your full name, you get all alert and awake, her voice and your name trigger something within you.

Soham is the right of every living being. You keep doing it regularly in some small way with intention and it will slowly reset your energy. (Like that friend calling you by your name.) And then at some point of time, you will meet your Sat-Guru who will formally ‘give’ it to you. (This would be like your Mom calling you). When you hear this mantra from a Jivan-mukt, you hear it from the Nirvishesh Brahma itself. The mantra then goes deep inside and resets your energy in a fast forward mode. This now becomes Sushumna Yog, the route to Moksh. It opens access to the Sushumna nadi and the Brahma-nadi within it.

Soham has the power to take you into Kevala-Kumbhak spontaneously. Kumbhak is commonly considered to be the pause between the act of breathing in-Purak and breathing out-Rechak. But actually ‘Kumbhak’ means a pause in breathing. The breathing stops. Kevala Kumbhak means the stoppage of breath when the mind is silenced, completely motionless. In your Dhyan when you reach a point where the mind is utterly calm, the breathing stops. This stoppage can be in mid-inward breath, in mid-outward breath or between the Rechak/ Purak, anytime. This is called the state of Kevala Kumbhak.

When the breath stops, your pran are in your conscious control, the mind/Manas is still. Soham dissolves the individual ego/ Ahamkara completely. Grants you perfect memory/ Chitta of yourself. Perfect intelligence/ Buddhi dawns on you. You gain the knowledge/ Vijnyan of the Eternal. 

Initially this kumbhak will be for short time, later it can extend to hours as a Samadhi. Kevala Kumbhak is the highest form of Kumbhak. For those who attempt reaching this Kevala Kumbhak by consciously manipulating pran, the entire and very complicated process is given in the Yog-shikha Upanishad. But attempt this only under the guidance of a real Guru who knows what he is doing. Do not experiment here. Else you can burn up your Nadi-s, if this happens you have to discard your current body and take another body/life. (I have heard examples where aspirants burnt their nadi-s and then physically died a few months later.)

For attaining Moksh, both practice and philosophy is necessary. One trains the pran/ vital energy and the other trains the mind. Mind can be controlled by only if you control Pran and the easiest way to control Pran is to focus on your breath. The spiritual path can be very dangerous if you do not follow a Sat-Guru. You are manipulating the energies enveloping your soul, it is risky without the proper guide. All the books in Sanatan Dharma, Brahma-sutra, Bhagvat Gita, Vijnyan Bhairav Tantra, Devi Mahatmya, Ved, Vedang, Upanishad, etc emphasise the supreme importance of the Sat-guru in attaining Sadyo-mukti, Advaitya.

Soham, Sushumna Yog and the Sat-guru

I have seen my own Sat-Guru  in his physical shell as a Jivan-mukt and his full Advaita form after the shell dissolved.

A Jivan-mukt is innocence, untouched by physical/ emotional distress. Every word uttered by him is deepest philosophy. Every sentence when pondered upon, means only the Advaita. He cannot ever talk on any materialistic topic, he has transcended all this dross. He will not do moorti-pujas, pilgrimages, rituals, yadnas, homa or any other outer forms of worship connected to this illusory worlds, nor will he tell his disciples to do so. (My Guru would pointedly say no to all this as this. But he would tell us to increase our Dhyan.) He will give the same final mantra (Om/ Soham/ Hamsa) to all his disciples. To him, each one is the same Parabrahma. He does not discriminate among his disciples. He looks fresh and always welcoming. There are no bindings on how one has to be before coming before him. (Some Yogi-s are particular about women in their 5 days cycle. Or do not allow others to touch, have strict conditions on food etc). A Sat-guru has no requirements, no hang-ups, nothing. I have seen my Sat-guru eating out of silver plates and with the same innocence having simple food in the house of a poor disciple. Not finicky about habits, nothing. And this doesn’t mean that you can take him lightly. His aura is tremendous, you can not do anything but bow before him. All thoughts flee your mind in his presence. (I could never ask him for anything in words. Yet he always answered the questions I used to ask him in my mind). You feel the immenseness of him. Only those few people who have actually seen a Jivan-Mukt can understand what I have written here.

(Eg. Once he stopped his car in front of a Mumbai slum. My Mom was travelling with him. He asked her to go into the slum and call a woman, he told her the name. A elderly beggar woman came out. He asked her if she would like to go and live in his Math in Kolhapur district. She thought it over and said yes. He gave her money to buy some clothes and tickets. She lived in the Math and helped out in the kitchens. After some 25yrs, by his blessings, she left her body sitting in Dhyan. There are numerous such examples with my Guru.)

A Jivan-mukt’s body is linked to the Prarabdha-karma linked to the body at birth. So the body will play out its karmic activities. But the Soul is the pure Advaita. The pain/ pleasure of the body does not exist for the Soul. It has entered the Unmani-avastha, ‘beyond the mind’. The only purpose of the body is to enjoy/ endure karma. The soul has nothing to do with karma. You are not the body, you are the Soul, so its karmic pain/ pleasure has nothing to do with you. If you understand and experience this, you are Mukt.

Now whenever I see him he is in his full Advaita form, just the conscious Nirvishesh Brahma. It is very different and more intense.

So the point is, in this world, there are very rare Jivan-mukt available, maybe one in a hundred million. If you have the all-consuming desire to Know yourself, you will meet one, like the beggar woman whom my Sat-guru picked out of the slums. But until this happens, it is best that you do your Soham-Dhyan. Better trust your own higher self rather than putting your trust in some dubious ‘guru’. There are so many frauds in this world who are more than ready to take advantage of your fire and your energy. A Yogi who is higher up on the route can help you but only a Sat-Guru can really guide you home.

Do your Soham-Dhyan as per your conscience. This will prepare you for the moment when you will meet your Sat-guru. ‘Soham’ is not secret, everyone knows it. But when you hear it from your Sat-guru as a Naam-mantra, ie with the intention that ‘Soham’ is your name, it changes your energies completely. The Advaita itself tells you your name and directs you to focus on this now onwards. I was very young when my Sat-guru ‘gave’ it to me, but I remember every second of that experience.

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There was a question for references on Soham. For me the biggest reference is that my Sat-Guru gave it to me. But you can go through the following if you are so inclined,

  • Brahma vidya upanishad mentions that Soham is the mantra.
  • Yog shikha upanishad mentions that the Ajapa mantra under the guidance of a Sat-guru and for Sushumna yog is ‘Soham’. This is a part of mantra yog. The only route to liberation is the Sushumna yog and the ones who follow this route are the Jivan-mukt. Liberation is possible in one life itself if you slowly, little by little but regularly perform Soham.
  • Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj, my Sat-guru’s Guru-brother writes in his books that if one follows one’s Sat-guru’s direction and Soham-Dhyan, it takes two years to attain Moksh.
  • Isha upanishad mentions that Soham is the illumination, the highest blessing.
  • Brihad aranyak upanishad says that when the Advaita first took the form of the Purush, the first words said by this conscious intelligence were ‘Soham asmi’, ‘I am That’. The Purush is aware that he is the Non-dual, no one but him existed nor exists nor will exist. (For details on what the Purush is you will need to read the Sankhya philosophy.)
  • Hamsa upanishad, says that ‘Soham’ is the ‘kilak’, ie it is the pin, wedge, pillar, bolt, to which the entire ‘Hamsa soham’ mantra is fastened to. If you use this ‘Soham’ as a kilak, ie make it the sharp cutting edge of your spiritual practice you attain Moksh.
  • Vidnyan Bhairav Tantra mentions ‘Soham’ and ‘Hamsa’.
  • In the phalashruti of Vishnu sahastra nama, the highest One says that these 1000 names of Vishnu are equivalent to one Soham mantra.
  • There are several tantra books, philosophy commentaries and stotras which mention Soham.

If you think that ’Soham’ is very simple, try doing it for one hour with your breath as you do your daily commute sitting in the bus or train. See how many times you forgot to keep track of your breath. See how many times your attention was diverted from your breath and your mantra by what you saw/ heard in the train. Keeping track of breath is not so easy! But as you train your mind, direct it again and again to focus on your breathing pattern, you will notice changes in yourself. Your mind will become calmer, recovery from emotional outbursts will be faster, your health indicators will improve, you will look younger, fresher, your aura will become more intense etc. 

Sohams’s greatest power is that everyone can do it. All the time, in all conditions of the body/ mind. There is no binding of any sort on doing it. You can do it on your asan, in the bus, while you are having a bath, while walking in the park, at all times. Every breath you take should be converted to Soham, in every state. This means that you will be doing 21,600 Soham jaap every day! But then your breathing will also slow down. eg I have observed that when I am just sitting, reading or typing it goes to 2-3 per minute and sometimes stops. Slowed breathing increases your body’s life-span and health. The life of a person is measured in breaths, the more you sit in Samadhi or in Dhyan, the slower you breathe, the longer your body will sustain. 

Soham is the gem among the mantras, it gives the highest benefit, Sushumna Yog, and ultimately Moksh, Sadyo-mukti in the most easiest, safest, gentlest and kindest ways and in this one life-time itself.

 

Karma action fruits of action, Bhagwat Gita style

There were several questions, I have sort of combined them in this post. 

Divisional Charts and when to use them

Divisional charts/ DC are the backbone of Jyotish. But before getting into DC analysis, make sure that you have your exact birth time to the minute available. If you are using a software to calculate do check the settings, Lahiri-Chitrapaksha ayan-amsha, location etc. Or if you are really interested, learn to draw them yourself, so all your concepts will get clear.

We refer to four groups of varga charts or DC.

Shad-varga – the D1 D2 D3 D9 D12 D30 ie six types of charts in this group. These charts are seen when you have to match charts for marriage or any serious question where life time decisions have to be taken.

  • D1 – basic birth chart, the most important chart
  • D2 – Hora, wealth, more specifically the ability to accumulate wealth
  • D3 – Drekkana, boldness, enterprise, options in life, ability to choose between those options, initiative, teammates, siblings
  • D9 – Navamsha, the foundation Dharma, potential and deepest you, the second most important chart which we almost always refer to. The most significant relationship which completes you is seen from this chart.
  • D12 – Dvadash-amsha, parents, issues from your immediate past life
  • D30 – Trimsha-amsha, misfortunes in general

Sapta -varga – In this group we have the six charts of the shad-varga ie the D1 D2 D3 D9 D12 D30 and in addition the D7, so we have seven DC in this group.

D7 – progeny, number, sex of children, their life and fortune. Ideally both parents horoscopes should be seen for greater clarity on any question related to progeny. And for a Brahmachari Sat-guru, this chart will indicate the quality of his disciples. (The Soul is beyond Jyotish, but as long as it continues in the 5-layered body, this body follows the principles of Jyotish.)

For your average clients, you will need to refer to just these 7 types of DC. You have to see the D1, ie the basic birth chart and the D-9 Navamsha chart compulsorily. This will help fine-tune your analysis and your predictions will be more accurate. Then if your client has some specific question you may have to refer to the specific DC mentioned in the Sapta-varga category. Most of your clients will be of this type.

  • If its a question related to marriage you will see the D1 and D9 and if you feel like glance through the DC listed in the Shad-varga.
  • If it is to do with someone starting a small new business, you will check out the D1, D9 and in addition use the D3 to fine tune your prediction. If you wish to check how profitable it is going to be D2.
  • If it is a children related question then the D1, D9 and the D7.

Dasha varga – Here we have the seven DC of the sapta-varga ie the D1 D2 D3 D7 D9 D12 D30 and in addition to these, D10 D16 D60, so we have ten types of DC here.

  • D10 – profession, leadership qualities,
  • D16 – travelling, for business, pleasure, accidents
  • D60 – summary, the final result that all the charts together can give ultimately.

These three extra DC are more relevant for people who are working in high positions, in corporate, government or have their own business, but all at very high levels. For your general average citizen type of clients, you generally do not need to open these additional charts. But in specific cases eg someone asks about his proposed journey or there is an accident and you need to see details then you might need to open the D16.

Shodasha varga – Here we have the ten charts from the Dasha varga ie D1 D2 D3 D7 D9 D10 D12 D16 D30 D60 and in addition to these, the D4 D20 D24 D27 D40 D45. So in total there are 16 DC in this group.

  • D4 – Chaturtha-amsha, assets in life, necessities, resources, shelter, properties, vehicles etc
  • D20 – Vimsha-amsha is for religion and spiritual matters
  • D24 – Chaturvimsha-amsha, learning, education, wisdom, knowledge
  • D27 – Nakshatra-amsha, inherent weakness and strength of your personality as a whole.
  • D40 – Khaved-amsha general auspiciousness of events in life
  • D45 – Akashved-amsha, general issues in life

These extra charts are almost never seen for general people. In earlier times, these full 16 charts, shodash-varga were seen for Kings. So in today’s context they should be seen for the top-most politicians, prime minister, president etc types of people on whom the entire nation relies (even if it is for small 5yr terms!). If someone has to become the president or prime minister of a nation, then all these 16 divisional charts have to be auspicious and capable of giving solid real results.

Ashtakvarga for confirming predictions

DC is a microscopic study of each aspect of your life. The birth chart by itself is good for a broad outline of the life events, but the DC are necessary for the detailed picture. Each house of the D1 stands for so many things, so to narrow down results you need to check the further relevant DC.

The Dasha/ transits are used to predict the timing of events, again the broad picture is from the D1 but the exact timing will come from tallying the dasha /transit and the relevant DC. Eg you might have actual chances of getting a child from your D1 and the potential from the D9, but the exact time of its birth can be best predicted from the transit/ dasha and the D7.

Then it is possible that the Dasha/transit may be good for one aspect of your life but bad for another part of your life. Again this can be seen from the birth chart to some extent but the relevant divisional chart will give exact reading.

  • Eg the 4th house is residence and also the physical mother. Suppose the current dasha/ transit is bad for the D1 chart’s 4th house. But when you check the D4 it is good. And when you check the D12 this dasha /transit is even worse. So you can conclude that the residence will remain good, but the mother will face problems during this period. The DC help you pin-point the results.

Suppose you are under the Mahadasha/ main period of Mars and Antardasha/ sub-period of Jupiter. Check out the seven divisional charts mentioned in the Sapta-varga category. If in any divisional chart you have this following combination. The mahadasha and the antardasha rulers, ie Mars and Jupiter are in the 6/8 or 2/12 mutual axis in that specific divisional chart. Or debilitated. Then that sub-period will affect that aspect of your life adversely.

  • Eg. Suppose in the D3, you have Jupiter and Mars in the 6/8 axis and Jupiter is also debilitated in Capricorn here. So during this sub-period of Jupiter, you may face issues with your siblings, neighbourhood, trade, teammates. The mutual position of these two planets and their power to give results will vary in the different divisional charts. In one DC it may be good in another it may not be. For this reason there is a mix of good and bad things in life.

The sign placed in the 1st house is important in each DC. And the planetary lord of the 1st house is also important as he controls that aspect of your life linked to that DC. If this planet is very strong in the DC and the 1st house is not influenced by malefic planets, that part of your life indicated by this DC will be overall auspicious.

One tip, pay attention to the transit of Saturn in each DC. When he transits over the Moon’s position in each DC, he causes mental stress and emotional turmoil for that aspect of your life for 2.5yrs. This is a very important factor which most astrologers forget to check.

And then if you want to get into even more details, you can check out how the Moon’s position in each DC is affected by the current dasha/ transits. This will give you a clear idea of how you feel about that particular aspect of life. Your happiness and unhappiness can be gauged from your DC.

I find DC very fascinating, analysing the personality through different lenses getting to know more about the person sitting in front of you. And if you intend to learn Jyotish, divisional charts will be a part of your curriculum at some point of time.

 

Divisional Charts and when to use them

Mool-trikon signs

This is a simple to understand concept. A planet if placed in a specific section of the zodiac, he can give exceptional results.

Planet

Degree of zodiac

Corresponding Sign in birth chart

Sun

121 – 130 deg

1-10 deg of Leo

Mercury

166 – 170 deg

16 – 20 deg Virgo

Venus

180 – 190 deg

0 – 10 deg Libra

Moon

34 – 60 deg

4- 30 deg Taurus

Mars

0-18 deg

0-18 deg Aries

Jupiter

240 – 253 deg

0 – 13 deg Sagittarius

Saturn

300 – 320 deg

0 – 20 deg Aquarius

The logic behind these degree ranges is something called “avastha’, meaning status, condition or situation. These avashtas are used to gain more depth into the reading. There are several categories of avastha. Jyotish is very deep and thorough. These states are calculated using the degrees of the planet, the nakshatras they are in the navamsha, etc things, but now you can just read it from your software. These avasthas are not very commonly used as interpreting them requires time and a fine understanding of human psychology. You can try analysing your own birth planets if you feel like it. The interaction of the mind, emotions and soul energy is linked to the material here. There are several types of avasthas, this is just for your information.

Classification One – There are 3 levels of Avastha/ states described. These indicate the levels of self-awareness that the planet possesses. Every planet is capable of giving results, but only if it is aware of its ability to give these results. This first level of classification indicates just this.

  1. Jagrut/ Awake (own or exaltation sign), full results
  2. Swapna / Dreaming (friend’s or neutral planet’s sign, nil results,
  3. Sushupti / deeply asleep (enemy’s or debilitation sign) states, about 5% or nil

Classification Two – These are 5 levels of Awasthas /states. Represented as the age of planet, the five states are and the power of the planet to give visible results is,

  1. Bala / infant – 25%
  2. Kumara / child – 50%
  3. Yuva / youth – 100%
  4. Vruddha / aged – 10%
  5. Mruta/ dead – 5%

Classification Three – The 6 levels of Awasthas /states which represent the feeling of self-esteem, self-worth, sense of accomplishment of the planet, in a way the mood of the planet. The six states represent worldly benefit and losses, health and happiness.

  1. Lajjita/humiliated – Planet in the 5th house in conjunction with rahu or ketu, Saturn or mars. Averse to humanity, philosophy god
  2. Garvita/proud – Planet in exaltation sign or moolatrikona zone. happiness and gains
  3. Kshudita/hungry – Planet in enemy’s sign or conjoined with enemy or aspected by enemy. Grief
  4. Trashita/thirsty – Planet in a watery sign, aspected by a malefic and not associated with a benefic., Losses, Wicked deeds
  5. Mudita/sated/happy – Planet in a friend’s sign or aspected by a friend and conjoined with Jupiter, Gains
  6. Kshobhita/guilty/repentant – Planet in conjunction with sun and aspected by malefics and an enemy. Penury

Planets in lajjita, kshudita, kshobhita and trashita create miseries and lead to disruption of the house they are in. Lajjita being the best of these four states will give something and will not be totally destructive. The house occupied by these planets is more affected than if the house lord is in one of the four states. For example the lord of 3rd house in kshobhita state in the 7th house will represent worse effects for the 7th house and not the 3rd.

Classification Four – 9 levels of Awasthas /States. Represent the emotional state of spirit, these take into consideration its position within house. The visible effects of a planet are expressed fully in the first three states, medium in the next two and little or nothing in the remaining four.

  1. Deepta/Brilliant (exaltation) best possible results,
  2. Swastha (own sign) generally auspicious results,
  3. Pramudita/Joyful (extreme friend’s sign) average results,
  4. Shanta/Contented (friend’s sign),
  5. Deena/deficient-humble (neutral’s sign),
  6. Dukhita/sad (enemy’s sign),
  7. vikal/anxious panicky (with a malefic planet),
  8. Khala/malicious/wicked (inauspicious sign – debilitation),
  9. kopa/Infuriated (conjoined with sun).

Classification Five – activities that the planet is supposed to be interested in.

  1. Shayana – resting
  2. Upaveshana – Sitting down
  3. Netrapani – Leading
  4. Prakashana Illuminating
  5. Gamana – Coming
  6. Agamana – Coming and going
  7. Sabha – In the audience
  8. Aagama – Flowing
  9. Bhojana – Eating
  10. Nrityalipsa – Dancing
  11. Kautuka -admiring
  12. Nidra – Sleeping

Mool-trikon signs

Now about the Mool-trikon. A planet reaches his ‘garvit’ ‘proud’ status when he is within the mool-trikon degree range. The other types of status in this avastha- system are,

  • Lajjit – shy, modest, sensitive
  • Garvit – proud
  • Kshudit – hungry, starving
  • Trushit – strongly desirous
  • Mudit – happy, delighted
  • Kshobhit – irritated, disturbed, unsteady

When the planet is in his Mool-trikon range, he is able to give excellent results. This planet is extremely comfortable as the energy of this degree range matches his nature perfectly. If there are no malefic influences on this planet here the results will be better. You can consider these to be somewhat like exalted planets. If you observe the chart, all the planets except Moon have their mool-trikon ranges in one of the signs they own. Moon is a bit different as he has his Mool-trikon range in Taurus, his sign of exaltation and not in Cancer, his own sign.

The nature of the planet completely matches the nature of the environment provided by the Mool-trikon range. eg Jupiter’s nature more matches the nature of the Sagittarius environment rather than Pisces, though he rules both of them. A Jupiter placed in Sagittarius gives more positive and visible auspicious results than when he is placed in Pisces. In Pisces he will give his favourable results but they will be more on the inner level rather than the material, invisible to the others.

Mool-trikon means the base of the triangle or the triangle which makes up the foundation. If a planet is in Mool-trikon his positive benefits will also spread to the houses placed 5/9 from it. This house with the planet will act as the anchor to that 1/5/9 trikon axis to which it belongs. (Remember the Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksh trikon concept?). Eg Moon has his Mool-trikon in Taurus, so such a Moon will positively influence Virgo and Capricorn signs and the related houses of the chart. If you have such charts in your study samples do this analysis for yourself and see how the trikon axis as a whole benefits from planets placed in their mool-trikon ranges.

If you have a planet in his mool-trikon range in your chart, you will see positive effects during his dasha periods, depending on what he signifies in your chart, eg new house, property, job, promotions, birth of child etc are some of the comforts possible. There is confidence in your dealings with the matters of this planet and you feel due pride in your accomplishments here. ie This planet gives favourable results on both the material and emotional levels. But before predicting results do check the power of the entire horoscope to support and especially the power of the Ascendant lord and the Moon. (If in the spiritual context, then the Sun too.)

Rahu and Ketu have no specific mool-trikon degrees as mentioned in any of the reference classical texts.

 

Mool-trikon signs

 

Ketu, Sun, Mercury and the Coronavirus crisis

At present most of the world is in the grip of the COVID 19 coronavirus in one way or the other. Do read what I have predicted for the world scenario here and on the specific Indian scenario here. India is comparatively in a better place than the rest of the world. Ketu is the moving force behind this viral pandemic.

Rahu and Ketu are the two graha, ie forces, who operate exclusively on the astral planes. They obviously give material effects linked to the planets who feed them energy, ie the owner of the sign they are in, the planets conjunct/ aspecting them etc. It is through these planets and their keywords that Rahu and Ketu can give results in the physical planes. So try to analyse which planets are influencing Rahu/ Ketu during this current coronavirus crisis. Follow the transits from Nov 2019 till Sept 2020 to see astrologically how the crisis has unfolded and will continue to do so world-wide.

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Ketu is the agent of apathy, disinterest. He is haze, smoke, the things which are not apparent at the first glance, at the corner of your eyes where you do not wish to see. He is headless, just a body, with snake-like skin, black nails, scary, hypnotic and fiery in nature. He is disease, disaster, despair and death. He causes complete dissociation, a fiery separation, a clean cut. In the senses, he is more the sense of smell. In colors, he represents infra-red, you can sense his heat but cannot see him. He can grant both material prosperity or material adversity and but always grants spiritual gain in some way or the other. He is all extremes, nothing in between. He grants a strange, egoless fanaticism which can be impossible to resist and equally impossible to counter.

If Ketu is influencing things around you, expect situations to be unpredictable, irrational, perverse, unreasonable and also dangerous. Unpredictable Ketu is disorder, you do not know how a flag flapping in the wind will move. So does Ketu move, a banner in the wind. Bizarre, erratic but sublime and beyond all logic. Thus, for some of us, he can grant the ultimate realisation, as Moksh too lies beyond the limits of our perceptions. But for most of us, Ketu is the herald of chaos. And for some of us, of physical death.

Ketu was last seen in Sagittarius 18yrs ago, he was then responsible for ’the war against terror’ which strangely continues as a policy even now. On 11th Sep 2001, 9/11, the WTO twin towers collapsed, Ketu with Mars was in Sagittarius aspected by Jupiter with Rahu from Gemini.

In Feb 2020 we saw an exponential rise in the COVID 19 coronavirus spread and the same actors operated, Jupiter, Mars, Ketu were together in Sagittarius and Rahu was in Gemini. The same energies expressed in a different manner. ‘Terror’ then was nebulous, just like Ketu, and now in this pandemic he is a virus. All viruses and prions are primarily Ketu’s agents. Again Ketu in Sagittarius is shaking our collective human foundations, severing us from our past concepts in a single fiery cut. Sagittarius sign is the ‘foundation’ in every sense of the word and Gemini is the choice of available options and the boldness to act. Whenever Rahu in Ketu transit in Gemini-Sagittarius they cause chaos in the collective.

Ketu’s method of working is ‘lack of limits’, he does not respect any boundaries whatsoever. He represents events which are beyond the limits of space, time, energy levels etc. On the physical side his virus has done exactly this, crossed across all possible boundaries, national boundaries, species boundaries. Ketu is smoke and penetrates through all. He represents the collective. Irrational with no mercy, Ketu is rather invisible in his actions as he acts more on the subtle and causal bodies. So the inner four layers of this five-layered body you live in are more vulnerable, more hit by his strange imbalance. He is also creating fear, suspicions, horror, obsession etc in the innermost layer of our human collective.

We will pass on these emotions to our next generation and also carry these impressions into our next lives. So everyone must do some spiritual practice at this point of time to nullify this astral baggage clinging to your soul now.

Sadly Ketu is also sadism, torture, amorality, bloodlust, violence, etc. If you look at the real reason behind this virus’s outbreak, it is a single cruel nation which indulges in killing and eating animals, wild and domesticated animals in the most gruesome way possible. 20% of the global humanity is creating such horrible karma and we all are bearing the brunt. This negative karma has affected the entire humanity’s collective psyche. Ketu represents the deepest reservoir of the collective and he contains unpleasant memories of past karma. ‘Ghosts from the past’ is another very apt description of Ketu. He also represents ghosts, spirits and karmic back-log. Ketu though headless, can never forgive or forget instinctively. He is the most vengeful of all the graha, he holds on to grudges for lifetimes.

Ketu, Sun, Mercury and the Coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus is an agent of Ketu so we need to use his and Rahu’s energy in getting out its grip. Karma has been served now we have to find ways to come out of it using their energies. Ketu’s lesson is ‘to learn from the past’. And Rahu’s lesson is,’ let go of the past’. One is concerned about the past and the other looks to the future. Only when your past karma is resolved, can you move ahead. Both Rahu and Ketu are important. Our past creates our future through our present. Together these two give us a very valuable message, ‘learn all you can from the past, balance it, then let it go’. All over this is a period of introspection, as medical teams, governments and even common people like you and me rethink on what we were doing and how we can improve.

Ketu gives penetrating intelligence, strange jumps in intuitive reasoning, our medical teams need this now. Intense concentration and deep insight are also Ketu’s gifts. Ketu is limitless, so our medical teams have the scope to go beyond established medical frontiers using his energy. Dispassionate unemotional focus on the target.

Sun will be in Aries 13th Apr – 14th May, he and Ketu-Sagittarius will come in the 5/9 axis. Sun is creative genius, authority etc and Ketu is penetrating intelligence. This 5/9 axis is the most important one as it is the genius-foundation axis. As these two, Sun and Ketu will start influencing each other, the medical teams will also receive their combined energy, clarity, constructive actions, courage and self-confidence. Their work will move at faster rates. So will the governments be able to work more decisively.

Finally Mercury will enter Aries on 25th Apr till 9th May. This is a very important date as now onwards things will visibly improve the world over. Now Mercury too will come in the 5/9 axis with Sagittarius-Ketu. This combination will give a very big boost to the medical/government teams. Mercury is analytical intelligence, discrimination, adaptability, dexterity so coupled with Sun and in the 5/9 axis with Ketu will give a lot of support to the teams working on the virus.

For a student of astrology, the current COVID 19 corona virus pandemic is a case study. June especially will give typical results. If you have the horoscope of your nation do analyse it in depth. Try to analyse the current planetary movements and see how they match up in real life.

 

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Coronavirus, planets and Indian weather

I have already written one post on Corona virus, do go through it, this post is a continuation. The world will go through this situation till the third week of Sept 2020. Now there is a question on the India-specific scenario. India’s situation is comparatively better. So,

On 31st Mar 2020, Mars and Saturn will have their exact conjunction in Capricorn triggering more energy for the government/ medical teams to use. And they will use it to develop definitive cures and strategies to control it. Also Jupiter will enter Capricorn leaving Ketu alone in Sagittarius.

And on 1st Apr, Mars will move ahead of Saturn in Capricorn, he will win the planetary war, Graha yuddha. He will remain here till 4th May.

Ketu is viruses. So after 31st Mar, Ketu gets no planet to energise him, he is in Sagittarius, its owner Jupiter having just entering Capricorn, loser of the planetary war and very weak. So energy available for Ketu to do damage on the physical levels will reduce. The damage done by Ketu will continue, but things will slow down.

Then Rahu is in Gemini, this means the paired organs, lungs are affected. He is also unaspected and alone. So only Gemini’s owner, Mercury, is feeding him power. Currently Mercury is in Aquarius, he will shift to his sign of debilitation Pisces on 7th Apr. World-over serious patients or death rates can get worrying as long as Mercury remains in Pisces, ie till 24th Apr, he is moving fast.

Coronavirus, planets and Indian weather

Now for India, today 24th March 2020, is the last day of the Shri Vikari naam samvatsar. The current year’s name is ‘Vikari’ which means abnormal, variable, corrupted, spoiled, change for the worse etc. Tomorrow our Hindu new year, Shri Sharvari naam samvatsar will start. The name ‘Sharvari’ means twilight, night, turmeric etc. So new year Sharvari should bring some relief from the spoilt energy of the year Vikari.

And our typical Indian summer will start, heating up the plains. Summer, after mid April, will be scorching hot. Mars in Capricorn, (winner of the graha yuddha, over the heavy-weights Jupiter and Saturn!) will, from 13th April, aspect Sun in Aries. And Mars will aspect Sun with his 4th aspect, it is a malefic aspect. Both malefics, both hot planets. India will be very hot, practically the entire nation (even hill stations) will see temperatures going above 35deg C, some areas will also cross 45deg C. In the Himalayas, where I live, the yearly surface forest fires, where the fallen pine needles burn, will also occur during this time.

Mars will aspect Sun intermittently with his 4th aspect. Mars-Aquarius will aspect Sun-Taurus during 14th May- 14th Jun. Again Mars-Pisces will aspect Sun-Gemini from 20th Jun to 16th July. I am emphasising this Mars-Sun interaction in these summer months as the virus requires relatively cold weather to spread. Sun+Mars’s fiery energy will provide the necessary heat on all levels to control/stop it.

This heat will hopefully reduce the spread of the virus. So mid-April onwards India will see some relief in this aspect at least. Though some sporadic location specific events will occur, these spreads will be contained in time. Those who have already fallen ill, for them, their individual horoscopes will play the definitive role. But for the nation as a whole, this aspect of the situation will also slowly improve. Mid-May will see hot winds and more heat in the plains. There will be some irregular rainfall in the hills and on the eastern side of India but the heat-wave will continue till mid-June. This mix of heat, winds and pre-monsoon humidity, typical weather should be powerful enough to stop the spread.

But June is the most confusing month of this year, so many confusing energies, retrograde, combusts, eclipses, so we will see calamities like cyclones etc affecting our nation, especially the eastern half, the hills and coasts on the eastern side. Predicting anything for June is difficult, so I estimate that most nations will remain in semi-lock-downs with only essential services operating, this will include India. The situation will finally normalise only by the end of Sept. (If you are interested, check out India’s birth and transit horoscopes for more in-depth study)

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However we should not attempt doing anything rash during this period. Especially Mars+Saturn in Capricorn can encourage you do risky stuff. Mars aspecting Sun also can make you irritable and quarrelsome. Do maintain your personal hygiene, follow all the directions given by the medical teams and follow all the orders given by the government. Nothing is more important than your life. Do behave responsibly and help yourself, your family and your neighbourhood by staying indoors.

And now you all must be sitting at home. So first stop reading on the Corona virus every minute of your time, you cannot do anything about it. The government/ medical teams are on it. Stop giving the virus your attention energy all the time. Instead use this period for your personal growth, do your spiritual practice, recite some mantra daily 108 times, pray to your favourite deity, or specifically to Dhanvanatari. Then read books, write something. Play card/ board games with your parents, spouse and children. Use video-calling to talk to your friends/ relatives. Take care of your health, do some simple work-outs, stretching exercises, Suryanamaskar. Eat healthy stuff, listen to uplifting music. Do not be online or watch TV all the time. If you are required to work from home, complete your office work as per schedule. Kids should use study apps to study from home rather than playing on the mobiles and consoles. All should get some rest. And most important, do send out some gratitude-energy for those people who are working now in very stressful conditions, medical teams, front-line police, border-control guards etc. They are the real heros.

1.4 billion, the biggest chuck, 20% of humanity living in one single nation, was being needlessly cruel to animals, they have invited this chaos to our collective hearts, and now we are all being forced to change. Ketu in Sagittarius is strictly ensuring that we rebalance this karma. Ketu is the biggest learnings, the deepest wisdom gained from very painful karma.

When this lock-down will be over, we are literally going to enter a new world, new behaviours, new foundations. The ‘one-world’ concept cannot sustain as we all have realised the necessity of boundaries, so many fundamental changes have occurred. And on the practical side, we all are going to have to work day-night to make up for this shut-down.

Wish you all auspiciousness in the Shri Sharvari naam Samvatsara.

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Libra ascendant, Bound to Balance

A Libra Ascendant has an essential requirement to balance everything. (Do read this post on Libra ascendant to understand the logic). Represented by the ‘Scales’, you, Libra ascendant, are very vulnerable to hits from events and people who can push you off balance. If anything has disturbed your internal balance, you will seem disorganised and unstable in all ways till you find your balance again.

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‘Scales and the Sword’, this is the complete image of Libra. This here is the Adjustment card from the Thoth Tarot deck, which to me is the perfect representation of Libra. The secret strength and weakness of Libra is that you are bound to balance. You, with Libra rising, stand just like this, balanced on the the tip of the sword, balancing so much and with such precision. You are hard at work, so that you can remain absolutely still. And see, it is so easy to put you off balance, you stand on the tip of a sword! So people might think you are easily irritated and moody as takes some time for you to regain your balance. In such off-balance situations you become the Sword.

Saturn is exalted in Libra and his father, the Sun is debilitated here. These are two important bits of information which allow us insights into this rashi and what we can expect when it lies in your 1st house. You are required to work for society and for the disadvantaged around you, who are labouring under unfairness. This work will be highly karmic, you will be required to balance out all imbalance that exists around you. You will be a crusader against everything that goes against your sense of inequality. This work will take its toll on your personal body/ mind and with time your internal ego will be ground out from your personality. You will be made to understand that there is a Higher Divine within you and you will ultimately strive to reach this Source within you. So as you work to restore balance in your environment so do you restore balance within your own self.

Venus owns Libra and this is his mool-trikon sign, ie Libra reflects the highest qualities of Venus, his most esoteric self can be glimpsed from here. You are the embodiment of harmony and wherever you go, you bring with you the higher intellectual, pleasurable, esoteric aspects. Refinement is you. Your very presence seems to smooth down the harshness of life and bring in beauty. Charming, attractive and easy-going, you pay attention to your looks and dress. Classy and elegant is how you present yourself and your environment. A smooth face and features, you are pleasing, there is no harshness in either your appearance or behaviour.

Generous and happy by nature, you are simple at heart. You are ready to help anyone and at any time, kind. You like it when people need you to do some work, ‘justify your existence’ is your watchword. You like being useful, lazing around is not your thing. Responsibility is something you take very seriously in your everyday life. You act for the benefit of  humanity as a whole, public service.

You do not like complications around you, lies, treachery, betrayal etc are not in your dictionary. Imbalance affects you more than anyone else. You dislike people who lie to you, hide things from you, betray your trust or break their word. You need fairness and justice in everything. You have a different sense of internal fairness which you follow rigorously. You can break accepted rules if they go against your typical personal ethics. You will not compromise here. You are convinced about your own principles and generally these are right for you.

If you feel that someone has done good by you, you will go all out to repay his kindness. You do not ask for favours and feel bad if you have to depend on anyone. You cannot bear to remain in anyone’s debt. Debt of any sort is ultimately an imbalance. So if you feel that someone has hurt you, then too you will go all out in returning that unkindness. You cannot tolerate this debt of negative emotions for long and you ensure that you get justice. Normally Scorpio is the most vindictive of all rashi-s, this is his general nature. But when the gentle Libra ‘nice guy’, smiling on the outside, burning on the inside, gets back at the one who has hurt him, it can be worse than a Scorpio in action.

Libra holds the Scales and the Sword, blindfolded. His innate sense of fairness in one hand and in the other hand the sword enforces it. Saturn, the principle of the thing, demands action. Sun, the personal ego is blindfolded, does not exist.

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You are creative and have significant artistic talent, but you do not receive training or opportunities to develop them in life. This can become suffocating, so do try to do something creative at least as a hobby in your spare time. This is a good way of releasing your hidden emotions and hurts. Listen to music, or draw or write etc so that you have some outlet available.

People who meet you professionally either fear or respect you, eventually obey you. You have power and are not scared to wield it, this power may be spiritual or material depending on the rest of the horoscope. You are active and well-known in your social circle, the perfect host. Good people in high positions, in the government etc will be known to you. Your official, non-personal work will be done easily with their help. Possibly a part of a large organisation, bureaucracy or corporate structure, you are always engaged. Your interactions with others are generally positive and both gain. You are willing to change yourself and adapt to new situations, thoughts and challenges. Highly intelligent, your language and demeanour reflects this. Overall a powerful individual if the rest of your horoscope allows it.

But you have very few real friends on whom you can rely, ie with whom you can share your personal issues, bff types will not be very many. You do not allow anyone to see your inner emotional side unless you trust them implicitly. Then there will be opportunistic people in your social circle who will use your abilities for their selfish motives. And you are too kind to snap ties with them. Do be aware that there will be people around you who will ‘use and throw’ you, so sometimes do drop the ‘nice guy’ image and actively get rid of such people around you.

You have soft skills, persuasive, you can convince and bring others over you your way of thinking. You want be the ‘nice guy’ always, so you avoid overt conflicts and messy arguments. You dislike heated words and physical fights. If caught in such a situation you prefer to immediately exit. This tendency to avoid unpleasantness can later boomerang on you if you leave a lot of unfinished ends. But you are good at mediating, can resolve arguments between other people. And on personal levels, you are also rather accommodating, you listen to your loved one’s requirements and try to adjust as long as your core ethics are not disturbed. You understand others in a very deep way. In this respect you are adaptable if your overall objective of maintaining balance is satisfied.

You seem passive and obedient but internally you are not. You are observant, you see things which others try to hide from you. Exploring new ideas, you want to know why things happen they way they do. An insatiable thirst for knowledge and experience. You are born for greater things and a larger society is your target. You actually want to make the world a better place. You are ambitious but not selfish, strict on yourself and also on others. In the pursuit of your goals you can be egoistic or cruel at times, not kind or soft-hearted as you usually are. If you are convinced about something, you chase it with all you have got. Hardship does not hinder you, you are persistent and persevere till you achieve your goals. You might have to sacrifice your personal comforts or might create powerful opponents, but you are quite capable of handling all these incidental things.

Libra ascendant, Bound to Balance

Marriages can be very typical for Libra ascendants because the nature of the spouse is opposite to their basic nature and Libra is extraordinarily sensitive to loss of balance. Protracted arguments, negative emotions, guilt, grief, depression, blame games, heated words in marriage, relationships or even friendships, especially if they continue for a long time can destroy the Libra as well as the relationship.

You generally get married to an active, intelligent, pioneering type. You will gain in power and position in society because of him. Then you like physical intimacy, yours is a demonstrative nature, hugs, kisses and cuddles. So generally you have a good time together in the marriage. You are beautiful, a romantic in love. But both of you should not let your daily life’s issues enter your home, ie if you are upset in the office do not bring these issues home as this can trigger arguments. Your spouse will be more into his own things rather than paying attention to yours, unsympathetic. He will not be very interested in your emotional needs. If you pressurise him for emotional support, he might break with you or get into extra-marital affairs. And if you observe that you are being ignored or your spouse always says ‘no’ to you, it will hurt you deeply. As usual you will try to balance out issues in relationships, adjust yourself so that it all remains very pleasant, you rarely complain. You do not speak out when you get hurt because you do not want to hurt your loved one. You dislike being a burden on anyone. But remember that sometimes full out arguments are necessary to bring issues out so that they can be resolved. This lets off steam from time to time. If you put everything inside for years, do not express your hurt, there will come a day when you finally snap. You never get angry without a reason. But now that you are really angry, hurt and have snapped, you will speak out everything that you have been holding inside for so long. This snap can make you temporarily leave your spouse or even cause a final break up.

If you feel that you are not wanted, you leave. You always put a lot of yourself into any relationship and if you are hurt, you can take ages to recover. You seem very logical and intellectual on the outside but inside you are quite emotional. Such a deep emotional upheaval will numb you on the inside. You will then shut yourself down and try to recover your balance alone. You are a very private person. Your joys are for all to share but you can never share your hurt with anyone, because again you do not want to be a burden on anyone. So after this outburst, you suffer in silence and alone.

You have a tendency to keep your past negative experiences in your mind so that you do not repeat the same mistake again. You can remember hurts forever. Initially it is with the emotional context, later it becomes an intellectual exercise. You never forget or forgive others who hurt you, you will return the hurt or cut them off completely. Self-critical, you hold yourself to very high standards of behaviour and also thoughts/ feelings. If you feel that you have not lived upto your own standards, you can be very ruthless on yourself too.

Your health is average, not very many issues in life. Diseases related to the back, spine and the kidneys, ie organs located at the back of the body are possible. Physical death is generally sudden, ie there are no lingering diseases at the very end of life which is in fact a blessing.

Professions suited to your nature are all those which linked to harmony or beauty. So lawyers, fashion industry, cosmetics industry, interior decorators, models, beauticians, perfumes, film and music industry etc. You are rarely wrong as you are compelled to be fair, you can make a good judge, you cannot lie. You can be a good businessman, an efficient bureaucrat, a Seer, a poet or lose it all as your baser instincts lead you down.

Libra ascendant, Bound to Balance

Sometimes almost a mystic, you like dabbling in metaphysics. You are intuitive and have inner sources of information available. If you are an evolved soul then spiritual practice can elevate your consciousness. You are highly intelligent, logical and analytical and receive direction from unknown sources. And you follow this direction. You do not know why you do, but you intuitively know that this is the right thing. You are inspired by the highest spiritual but you do not experience this inner reality until later in life. You have significant social status and wealth, but you are not enamoured of the material. You want to collect human relationships initially and later you find your relationship with your own self. You are interested in intellectual and spiritual wealth. If you are such a Libra then, your way of speaking is compelling, profound, you can sway masses by the mysterious secrets your words hint at. You can draw people to you, magnetic.

So Libra ascendant, you are a very simple, honest, uncomplicated nature, essentially a peaceful and calm personality. At whatever level of existence you operate, you are very much capable of performing whatever task is assigned to you. You are aware of imbalance in all its forms and you try to balance everything always. This is your karmic duty. And if you can link this to spirituality then you will have an easier time. The Sign which Balances in all ways, at all cost, always.

 

 

Pisces the Paradoxical ascendent

There are three watery signs. Moveable Cancer, Fixed Scorpio and Dual-natured Pisces. When any of these signs gets placed in the ascendant, it creates a powerful personality with typical attributes. The depth of the fathomless sea, intuition, power to manipulate the astral body, access to the other dimensions etc. They are more in tune with their astral selves rather than their material selves and they all face very typical problems, which perhaps are the hardest of the lot. I have written a lot about the Cancer and Scorpio ascendants earlier, this post is about Pisces as the rising house. Pisces is an auspicious sign, but like the other two watery signs it has its own deep challenges. I have written about Moon in Pisces rashi here. And if you were born with Pisces in your 1st house, you are again the summary of the zodiac.

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Jupiter owns Pisces. The Teacher of Knowledge, the one who always supports, does not let you fall, allows you gather resources for your next jump up, the resourceful, benevolent, hopeful, expansive force rules Pisces.

Then the Teacher of the Esoteric, Venus, is exalted in Pisces. This is a very important bit of information. Venus is the real Moksh-karak, the one who guides you to your deepest one-one relationship with your higher self. Read this post on Venus and Jupiter to know why Venus is exalted here and how Jupiter and Venus both support each other in their typical manner. Venus in Pisces guides the Soul to the divine and Jupiter provides the resources which will be burnt to gain that eternal experience.

And finally Mercury is debilitated in Pisces, another significant point. Mercury represents duality, the actions which lead to creation of karma and also the karmic conditions where you choose to serve or suffer in order to rebalance this karma. He is debilitated in Pisces, ie the energy of this rashi’s environment is completely unsuited to Mercury’s typical nature and activities. In Pisces, you are required to search for the universal, the one common thread linking all. Here you understand that you work not for personal gains but for the benefit of the universal good. This last sign of the zodiac is a paradox of combining completely opposite concepts which are perfectly united, fertility/ loss, movement/ stillness, duality/ nonduality, regeneration/decay, completion/start of a new cycle. The choice is yours how you use the potential energy of these attributes of Pisces, your ascendant rashi.

Pisces in the 1st house is again a bridge, you connect. You link people, situations, dimensions, consciousness, impossible odds, anything and everything can be connected by you. You are happiest and feel fulfilled when you act as the link between. Try to incorporate this concept in some way in your life, you will feel more satisfied with yourself. Pisces contains 3 lunar mansions, Poorva-bhadrapada, Uttara-bhadrapada and Revati. The Revati borns face typical problems if the exact rising degree falls in the Gandant zone, so if you are such a person, do read my posts on the Gandant and how you deal with these very typical issues.

Pisces rising gives you a soft, quiet and gentle personality. You are religious-minded and spiritual by nature and you are respected for this. You are irresistible, shy and generally very charming, cute? Your appearance and behaviour is attractive, you are kind, others are compelled to approach you, you are very attractive. Actually your astral self, as projected through your aura is very attractive, people are pulled to you because of your genuinely loving, benevolent, non-judgemental aura. They feel peace when they are close to you. You will find people confiding in you, you know secrets about everyone you know! And you never take advantage of anyone else, though others can at times take advantage of your gentle all-accepting nature.

Pisces the Paradoxical ascendent

You are generally well-off, good-natured, sympathetic, empathetic, a good listener and a good companion. Your perspective is generally original, you look at things very differently. You are very clear about family, friends, social relations and if you feel that you are required to do something for others you do it willingly. You are generally content by nature, generous, always willing to share or give.  Basically an honest, religious helpful person, your intentions are good, you wish to do good by others and you try to help others as possible. Aware of society and social behaviour, you like interacting with the large groups around you. But if you stay in large groups for long, you get uneasy as your aura gets over whelmed by so many people around you. You are not active, no hustle bustle to you. Relatively passive, you accept the situations as they come. You are rather clueless about strategising and creating conditions to for your personal advantage, rather innocent in the ways of life.

You are restless, you search, but for what?, this only you know. You are dreamy, not practical, absent minded, you forget all those things which don’t make you ‘feel’. You can seem impressionable, vague and directionless. An open mind which accepts influences, opinions and ideas like a sponge. You are changeable in your manner and behaviour. You are not objective in life but subjective. Less logic, less numbers, less hard reality and more feelings, more intuition more love. You require freedom, you like to explore, but this is more an internal freedom to ‘feel’ as you desire. You ‘feel’ your way through life. You like touching your loved one too, hugs, kisses and cuddles satisfy you. If your loved one puts restrictions on your feelings/ behaviour or disregards your intuition, this will cause problems between you two.

But one interesting thing about Pisces is this, you, after Capricorn, are the best decision-maker of the zodiac. Surprised? You are connected to your astral sum and  have intuitive sources of information which other signs cannot even fathom. You are the repository of the learnings of the entire zodiac so have a tremendous resource within you. If you are ever required to take a decision about something which touches you, you can take the best possible decision at that time, very practical and fair. But if you are not emotionally linked to the topic, if it means nothing to you, you will be vague, indecisive and your usual dreamy self. The Paradox of the Pisces!

You avoid conflict. One reason is that harsh words tear into your aura, so you get psychic attacked by the person who is arguing with you. You cannot defend yourself from astral attacks, especially if it is your loved one attacking you. In case you do not know how to repair your tattered aura, there are spirits around who dig hooks into your torn aura and suck up your energy. This aura damage causes real harm to you on all levels. Second reason is your very high emotional sensitivity. You get into an argument and the same argument comes up again later. Now you not only remember the initial argument but you remember how you felt, it is so intense that it feels like that same argument is happening again with double the associated emotions. You remember emotions! So you cannot bear intensely negative emotions or situations especially if they happen again and again.

You want an easy-going life and you enjoy whatever you have. You generally have a good house, cars etc, life is reasonably comfortable. You are quite attached to your family, siblings, spouse and children. Girlfriends/ boyfriends are quite possible and you should beware of getting into undesirable relationships before/ outside marriage. You are quite romantic in marriage and like spending time with your spouse, having close emotional bonds feels good. You like giving and receiving gifts, visible expressions of love are important to you. Married life is generally stable and happy. The spouse is generally reliable, intelligent, adaptable and practical. You are rather dreamy and impractical so your loved one is required to do all the practical stuff, like money budgeting, bank balance, major life plans etc. You follow him without question or hesitation. So marry only after matching the horoscopes and marry someone who values your love and complete trust.

Your father has an important role in your life, maybe you are attached more to him than your mother. Or you may have a spiritual father, a Sat-Guru, to whom you look up to for spiritual support. The friend-circle is good, there are intelligent and positive people here. You derive emotional comfort from these people around you. You have very deep sense of emotions. Highly aware of your and others emotions, emotional pleasure or pain touches your soul deeply. This sensitivity is the source of your creative inclinations. You generally keep your personal desires secret and channelise them through your work, you write or paint etc, express yourself in some creative way. Your creative works will have a touch of mystery and can showcase your hidden depths. You can be a professional artist if you want to. Your professional life, social mobility and social status is generally quite satisfactory.

Generally healthy, but not very robust, you tire easily. This tiredness is linked to your sensitive aura again. Best go for annual check-ups once a year after mid-life. You do not like taking medicines, there might be some drug sensitivity or allergic reactions. Your aura is weak around the feet so you can lose your energy from here. Your aura is very susceptible so follow a schedule of cleansing, grounding and shielding. This will prevent evil eye and psychic attacks, you are more prone to these than any other sign of the zodiac. You cannot resist anything which attacks or makes demands from you on any level.

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During your childhood and in the young age there are typical difficulties mostly because of your sensitivity to auras and the astral planes. Children are more sensitive as it is when they are young, so this double sensitivity can cause you problems. But this is the reason why Pisces is so different. You have experienced life in all its hues through others in such a young age. These childhood issues ease out as your planets mature one after the others. You reach your complete sense of yourself in the late 40-s after which life becomes more easy and auspicious things happen to you. After this age, you are more comfortable in your own personality and this is evident in your aura. People will ask you for advice and hold your words in high esteem.

(Eg one of my sisters is a very dominant Pisces, her father was a lawyer who gave free legal advice to poor people after office-hours. These people would also come to his house for help. Their auras, the energy of their words, all very disturbed people right in the house everyday. She could sense all this but as a child did not understand what was happening to her. So she vicariously lived through so many traumas, divorces, deaths, murders, cheating, etc absorbing the energies of these twisted legal issues connected to all these people on a daily basis. She suffered alone and intensely in her childhood, but today she is truly one of the gentlest and kindest souls I know. This rather traumatic childhood experience has with time created genuine compassion in her soul.)

Now with this ascendant, there are some typical hardships which can occur suddenly without warning. One advice is to ever gamble in life. Or never take up risky ventures as you might lose your money. Another inner divide you face is your powerful belief in individuality but still you deeply believe in the unified whole. This statement can make sense to only a Pisces! This leads to a dual mindset as you are unable to choose between the material or the spiritual. On one side you want to experience the highest spiritual and on the other hand the sensory and material gratification beckons. The extent of this duality will depend on the individual horoscope, but it will exist (this existential schism is a common features of all watery sign ascendants). You might get bad advice from your siblings and friends. So before acting on such advice do ask your inner conscience. Selfishness, cruelty, immoral activities etc are bad karma, avoid them assiduously, you, Pisces, will suffer more than anyone else. You are a bit dreamy by nature, very hopeful, looking for the good in everyone else, you are too innocent to realise obvious dangers. So if you have someone genuine you trust, do take his opinion on saving money, investments etc material stuff. Be careful about giving your trust or love to anyone.

Pisces is two fish apparently swimming in opposite directions, but still always together. This curious duality actually indicates a deep singularity. These two fish swim continuously but do not go apart. This indicates your very deep struggle to hold on to your sense of self. You are hard at work to remain still, a paradox. Your duality is controlled in such a way that the Non-dual emerges. This is a very high precision thing that Pisces does. Outwardly dreamy, passive, you are hard at work within to remain absolutely still. This is the reason why this rashi is connected to Moksh. If you desire to and work hard to achieve that perfect stillness, this sign will provide you the necessary environment to attain the Eternal. There is no compulsion in Pisces, the ego is still and you are connected to the divine. You are willing to do whatever is required of you. As always you have a choice, if you choose to enjoy the Game some more, the fish can easily move apart to distort the equilibrium. Duality can reassert itself and again start a new cycle as Aries follows Pisces. Pisces acts as a bridge between Duality and the Non-dual. Or between one creation cycle and the next.

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I found this image on the internet and whoever has made this, has done a lovely job. A Pisces dominated personality is Love, very loveable and eager to love, hearts sprinkled all over. I have seen that Pisces is the most non-judgemental one, he accepts anything from his loved one, without question or hesitation. And look at his mirror, Virgo with his broken heart. Virgos are so anxious about everything that they worry about love, expressions of love, falling in love, their loved one, worry so much that cannot see what their mirror Pisces is offering them, always. Thus the Virgo broken heart, a heart in such anxiety that it does not know to love, doesn’t recognise love if it is offered to him on a platter. And only a Pisces can love such a mirror, Pisces has so many extra hearts in him that he can easily make up for his loved Virgo’s broken one. But then having so many hearts can be an issue too, if a Pisces deeply loves someone with all his hearts, and then gets his hearts broken, all those hearts on his body break, this then results in unending pain for the Pisces. Sometimes being so full of love is a hard place to be.

Here is one of my very favourite songs ‘I will follow you’, I don’t know why, but to me this song somehow feels very Pisces to me..

 

Pisces the Paradoxical ascendent