Ramal Shastra Tantra is the source of Geomancy and IChing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For learning Ramal you will need to know,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eclipses in the horoscope, birth and transit analysis

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

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

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

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

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

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So this is how you cast your Ramal Khet.

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

Ramal Shastra Tantra is the source of Geomancy and IChing

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

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

Chakra, Graha and the Rashi

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

 

Chakra, Graha and the Rashi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Lunar eclipse 5th July 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Sounds the planets make

Space is full of energy, ie vibrations. As every Sun, Planet, Moon and other objects in space move, they cause even more vibrations. Some of these vibrations created by the planets/ stars etc are visible as light. Some energies released are beyond the scope of visible light and are seen in the ultra-violet and infra-red spectrum.

Some vibrations are completely astral, eg the energies released by the Lunar Nodes, Rahu and Ketu. These cannot be sensed by any physical sense organ but they act on the sub-conscious levels and the sookshma-sharir/ subtle body.

The various probes and satellites that zoom through the space are capable of capturing radio emissions from astronomical objects. These vibrations in space are actually inaudible to the human ear. We humans can can ‘hear’ sounds within the range of 20 to 20000 Hertz with our ears. And there is no audible sound in space because sound needs a medium to pass through. ut our modern scientists have developed methods to convert these space vibrations into sounds which we can now listen to.

You will need to hear this first (do use headphones if you have them with you). The sounds that our Sun, the planets of the solar system and our Moon make.

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The Sun sounds something like a huge generator, which it technically is. Or like a OM, deep down somewhere in his heart. Mercury sounds very ‘busy’, lots of sound, in several different pitches. Just like your chattering siblings, perhaps? The most beautiful sound is Venus. Most clearly resembling the deep gonggg of a bell, it is the closest to ‘Om’. I have mentioned in my several posts that Venus is the real Moksh-karak. The real Guru of the esoteric and the spiritual who brings you to yourself. Om.

Earth, our home planet, has a very busy sound signature, several sounds and with a sense of speed. We all live on Earth all the time so this is the sound energy that we are all deeply linked to. Our Moon has a very gentle sound, quite pleasing. Moon represents your emotional states, also the nature and nurture you receive in life. With Mars, you can just about sense the suppressed deep energy in the sounds he makes. Maybe these are the drums of war! Jupiter now has a soothing bell-like sound of Om. He is rather sedate and quite peaceful, the Dev-Guru. Wisdom, knowledge and protection is his domain and this is reflected in his sound too, mild and benevolent. But then at the last, Saturn makes a rather scary sound, like something from a suspense movie. Suits his image, he is the Lord of Karma, he will make you work hard to pay back what you owe.

These 7 are the Graha of Jyotish, we do not consider the planets beyond Saturn as Graha, there is a mathematical reason to this. (post here).

These sounds and the light that we sense from the Sun and the planets is a part of the energy they radiate out into the universe. And what is Jyotish? Essentially just another way of recording, interpreting their energies and the effect they have on our lives.

(One of my seniors in office pointed out this topic to me, I felt it to be interesting, so put it in a post.)

Solar eclipse 21st June 2020

We are now fast moving towards the Total solar eclipse due on 21st June 2020, Sunday. This eclipse will be visible in Africa, middle East, India, China etc and the surrounding seas as per this map below. Totality will be visible in the areas with the darkest orange color and partial solar eclipse in the lighter shaded areas.

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This is the third total eclipse in the same Gemini-Sagittarius axis. The first one was one year ago, on 19th Jul 2019, visible over South America. This led to instability and political upheavals in several nations here. The second one was 6 months ago on 26th Dec 2019. And that eclipse too was over these very same areas/ seas as the one coming up. The turmoil which this Dec eclipse triggered in the world is evident. Now another eclipse of the same proportions in the same sign axis and primarily affecting the same areas of the world. This eclipse occurs after the penumbral lunar eclipse of 5th June (post here) so it will add on to the problems created.

This day, 21st June is the Summer Solstice, technically the power of the Sun is maximum on this day, especially in the northern hemisphere. Most of this eclipse will be visible in this Northern hemisphere. More intense the solar energies, the more intense will be the energy fluctuations.

Lets briefly check out the planet’s positions during this forthcoming solar eclipse

Taurus is an earthy fixed sign connected to resources, money, wealth, treasuries, good times etc. It will have Venus retrograde during the eclipse event. Venus has just come out of his combustion on 10th June his energies are not very normal yet. (This year he has no role in the Nav-nayak scheme of things so keywords ruled by him are anyways not much in focus.) So the economy overall etc is still in trouble etc. Venus has put in some work during his combustion and continued retrogression, but his material effect will be visible only after Sept 2020 and that too on low levels. The only saving grace was that he was doing all this retrograde and combustion in his own sign. A planet cannot harm his own sign so there will be some turbulence but eventually it will all work out. Also Taurus is the ascendant sign for India, so we will recover eventually. During the eclipse event, Venus is in Rohini lunar mansion which is connected to Moon’s energies and ruled by the deity Prajapati.

Gemini is an airy dual-natured sign connected to logic, analytical power, boldness, options, solutions to get out of turmoil, or actions which lead to even more turbulence. Your extended family, neighbourhood, siblings, same-age groups, office teams, etc. Gains from small businesses and trade. Teamwork, coordination, cooperation. This is the main sign where the eclipse is occurring. Naturally Sun and Moon are here together, it is an Amavasya/ no-moon day. Solar eclipses are always on an Amavasya. Rahu is triggering the eclipse. True Rahu is in forward motion and practically stationary in preparation for the eclipse. Mercury will be retrograde and combust here. This is an occultation by Rahu of a Sun who has combusted Mercury. So we must analyse this as a ‘composite Sun+Mercury’ eclipse. It is a Amavasya, so the Sun has already ‘combusted’ the Moon!

Now try to fit the patterns for yourself. The keywords of all these planets and Gemini sign are going to see a release of a very high quantum of astral energies. Whatever these planets/ sign stand for generally and specifically in your own chart are going to get this energy blast right in the face. Whatever in your life is signified by your Sun, Moon and Mercury as per your chart is going to be very heavily influenced by Rahu. What is Rahu? Rahu is simply the ‘energy of the desire to experience’. No energy is good/ bad by itself. It all depends on how you use or direct it. If your horoscope is strong enough to to accept and process this Rahu energy, it is a once in a life-time opportunity. Or if your horoscope is on a sufficiently high maturity level where you can understand and assimilate these energies. But if you cannot use this energy explosion then all these connected aspects of your life, overwhelmed by the Rahu-blast, will give you trouble, .

Sun, Moon and Rahu are in Mruga nakshatra. This nakshatra is connected to Mars’s energies.

Mercury is in Punarvasu nakshatra, in Gemini sign. This lunar mansion is connected to Jupiter. He is retrograde so you can think and analyse but actual actions taken during this period can fail in the long term. Especially avoid financial transactions during his retrogression.

Some astrologers will consider this to be a Kaal-sarpa combination. But on the Nakshatra levels, Mercury has crossed out of the nakshatra occupied by Rahu and is outside the hemming. Thus this is more a partial kaal-sarpa with only Mercury outside the Rahu-Ketu hemming. But he is combust ie the Sun has started ‘evaporating’ him.

Sagittarius a fiery dual-natured sign has Ketu in it. Sagittarius is connected to luck and is the foundation sign of the zodiac. True Ketu is in forward motion and practically stationary. This is the energy of apathy which has caused such havoc in Sagittarius. I had written about this in my old post on Rahu/ Ketu transits. We, as a human race, have been severed from our foundations, our divine back-up, our blessings and our auspicious merits from our past during this Ketu-Sagittarius transit. And now another eclipse, ie burst of Ketu energy, will again occur in this axis. He is in his own Moola nakshatra. Ketu is the ‘energy of non-desire for experience’ ie he is the agent of enlightenment or the Moksh-karak.

Capricorn – An earthy moveable sign linked to social structures, society as a whole, governments, jobs, salaries, profession, hard-work etc. Though this sign is not directly in the line of fire it still has the two planetary heavy-weights in very close conjunction. Jupiter retrograde and Saturn retrograde in Uttarashadha nakshatra which is connected to Sun. Those who have Saturn or Jupiter retrograde in their birth charts can see some opportunities coming up but for most of us this is a rather confusing period. Society is in a flux. Health and wealth are being affected as it is. Try to complete the work you undertake and try to be regular and disciplined about things. Do not leave loose ends which can create problems later.

Pisces is watery dual natured sign connected to losses of the material, astral experiences, isolation, moksh, etc. Mars is in Pisces and he aspects Gemini sign and the eclipse event with his 4th aspect. He is like an underwater volcano in Pisces. He is in Poorvabhadrapada nakshatra during the eclipse which is connected to Jupiter.

Just look at the configurations of the planets, signs and the lunar mansion. I think even a beginner in astrology can connect the dots even with just this much data. Astrology is all about learning to use keywords and making patterns. And observing.

The Rahu Ketu axis

The eclipse is releasing its energies in the Mruga-Moola Nakshatra axis, here is a bit about these two lunar mansions.

Mruga is connected to Mars, ruled by the deity Soma and represented by a deer. This eclipse in Mruga can increase mistrust, illusion, problems in relationships, emotional conflicts, stubbornness, irritation, arguments, confusion etc. There will be ‘movements’ which can cause trouble. eg travelling for no reason, or pain in travel, or movements in the earth, air water which will create problems etc. The outside environment will be turbulent, you will not find the things you search for. For some, medical problems connected to water/ liquids in the body or nerves can be triggered. There will be blocks on the creative and intellectual processes. You might find it difficult to stick to a particular path, goal, objective and act impulsively, rashly. These are some of the negative results because such a burst of energy if uncontrolled will lead to problems. Most of us will not attempt in the least to control or direct it so will suffer accordingly.

Now the other half of this axis, Moola nakshatra. Moola is the most mysterious of all the lunar mansions as the the center of our galaxy lies in this nakshatra. It is the ‘root’ energy connected to Ketu and ruled by Niritti. Ketu is occupying this during the eclipse. His power will get enhanced but in a curious way, for most of us the things which he signifies will be even more strongly obscured. A double-Ketu energy. Most of us will not even realise what we are going to lose with this eclipse. A sense of inquiry, rational logic will be lost. Medicines, remedies, healings will be confused. Some of us will be disconnected from the material stuff connected to the position of Ketu in the individual charts.

But for some of us, this is a life time chance. If you do your spiritual practice during this period and channelise this explosion. Then this eclipse will give a tremendous power boost. Auspicious events connected to removal of illusions, internal journey to the self, gain of the one-one relationship with the inner Self, emotional stability, burst of intuition, blessings of the Divine etc are very much possible. For some it can also grant the nectar of enlightenment! You can gain what you are deeply searching for, yourself! Ketu will allow pin-pointed enquiry into things. He will grant the deepest healings. Show the real nature of things. This will translate into the deepest Jnyan.

Eclipses are more suited to spiritual goals because the energy is released by a combination of Rahu/Ketu and Sun/Moon. (As you know Sun is linked to the Sahasrara chakra and Moon to the Ajnya chakra. Rahu/ Ketu are the energies of ‘desire / nondesire for experience’ which push your perfect internal geometry out of shape.)

But if you so desire, this eclipse can also translate into positive material goals connected to the houses of your individual charts where the eclipse is occurring. Murga and Mool both are quite capable of giving very significant material prosperity. But your own horoscope should be powerful enough to absorb this energy release and you should intend it strongly during the eclipse in your puja/ mantra/ Sadhana. Else this eclipse will bring negativity.

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For individuals. On personal levels, there will be mental confusion, emotional upsets, misunderstandings, indecision etc as per the nakshatra affected. Impulse will run high as well as temper. So avoid arguments and avoid risky behaviour. This eclipse can give some positives for Aries, Leo, Capricorn especially as birth Moon signs. Those born in Moon signs of Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius might feel more of the negativity. Average results for Libra, Aquarius and Pisces birth Moon signs. Eclipses affect more on the inner levels so the impact on the birth Moon signs is more significant.

For the national-level events. There will be problems in the nations in which the Total Solar eclipse event is seen. To begin with there will be untimely heavy rains, cyclones, floods etc which can cause damage to crops, cities etc. So agriculture and animal husbandry etc type of professions will have to face losses. There can be earthquakes or flooding events, ie disasters which are sudden in nature. The economic slowdowns, public health issues (corona, dengue, malaria etc) will continue. And in several of these nations including India, civil riots and war-like situations will erupt. India should monitor internal situations in Pakistan, Nepal and China also, as instability or breakdowns there will also affect the entire region. All these nations will face deep instability. Soldiers and law enforcement agencies will have to work more. People and leaders who are perceived to be good, kind, honourable etc will face trouble by negative forces. The seas where this eclipse has touched will see irregular events, tides or rains will occur. The local fish etc may be affected leading to problems in livelihood. (In the total solar eclipse Jul 2019, the seas were more affected, thus global weather patterns were affected).

So this eclipse, the third and last one in the Gemini-Sagittarius axis will have far reaching effects on everyone. On a global scale the eclipse begins at 3:45 UTC and ends at 9:34 UTC. So it’s a global 5hr 45 min phenomenon on the global levels. Thus its effects will extend to about 5-6yrs for the entire Earth. It is advisable that everyone does some sort of puja/ mantra jaap/ spiritual practice during the duration of the eclipse so that the negative effects are reduced and at least some positivity remains in life.

 

The Rahu Ketu axis

(I have written on eclipses, their general effects and the mantra/ practices to be followed during eclipses. These eclipse predictions are also in the predictions for the current year posts. I have written a lot on Rahu/Ketu. Do use the index page to read these posts as I have not repeated these same things in this post.)

Aquarius the ascendant of Gain

Aquarius is the 11th sign of the zodiac ruled by Saturn. It is his mool-trikon sign. ie the attributes of Saturn find their most appropriate environment in this sign. The Ascendant sign is the physical body, the visible traits and behaviour that you show to others. How you dress, or how you project your image or how you ‘look’ to the world. Also indicates the environment around you. Saturn is system, discipline, work and fair rewards. The 11th is always connected to the friends, social circle, like-minded groups and gains of every sort. So people born under this sign are capable of ‘gain’ in different ways in their lives.

Kumbh rashi has 3 component nakshatra, Dhanishta, Shatataraka and Poorvabhadrapada. Depending on where your exact rising degree falls, the specific lunar mansion will show its influence on you in a very subtle manner.

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An Aquarius ascendant is a highly evolved personality. Physically might be smaller in height/ size but is very distinctive, imposing and has inherent power. Often well-known and respected in society.

If you are an Aquarius rising then you are often in either of these two extremes. Oriented very materially or very spiritually. Or you feel that you are rather unfortunate in life and never get what your heart desires. Or you might be on a mission, very driven to help others. You can take on challenges and suffer hardship for the good of your people. Generally you accomplish your goals. In any case, fighting for a worthy cause is your thing as you cannot turn away from a challenge. This can be a social, humanitarian, political, ethical etc cause involving a matter of principle or the greater good of the society. You are ambitious too. You bring about positive change in the society you live in and often incur frustration in your personal life in the process.

Networks are your thing. You desire to know how things are interconnected, how they work. The amorphous masses of people and like minded groups of people around you. You can be a good HR manager and make people work effectively. You can interact with numerous people and all at the same level of interest and intensity at the same time. One-to-many interactions are your forte, you are very active. But you are not emotionally involved, a bit detached. You observe and infer from your interactions with the people around you. You are not a ‘buddy’ type but more like a respected senior.

You are generally well educated and also street smart, practical. You are capable of systematic hard work. A typical practical sharp mind coupled with intelligence, you like learning new things. Intelligent, logical and you can get people on your side. You do not argue, but you are very persuasive, you can convince others with your sincerity, knowledge and genuine passion. Expression in written or verbal form comes easy to you. You care about your people, your society, the general masses and wish to help them. You are not an elitist, you mix with people on all strata of society equally. You can accept new ideas or adapt to your situation so that you can achieve the best possible outcome. There is one typical thing about you, you seem deceptively adaptable on the outside, interested in new ideas and concepts but internally you are quite stubborn, sometimes even self-centred. You will try to force your opinion on others, more than you will accept other’s view points. There is a subtle resistance to change and an inherent inflexibility despite your outwardly progressive nature. You are very independent by nature.

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You are respected in your society and the selfless efforts you make are acknowledged by everyone. You contribute positively to the society you live in. You are more into your social contacts. Your phone books will have thousands of numbers and you know whom to call for what work. You know how to get the most out of your contacts, but never for yourself, it is always to help others.

Aquarius is the natural house of ‘gain’, Laabh-sthan’. So if this sign is rising at your birth, your past lives auspicious karmic benefits are quite active. Your life is generally good, stable, on a continuous rising graph. Conflicts and issues are relatively lesser and even if they crop up you have the necessary skill and good-will to overcome them and to turn adversity to opportunity. You gain positive recognition from your family, society, profession or the government. The birth family is good and you get positive influences/ Sanskars from them and you too are interested in their welfare. But love might have been missing in your childhood. You might have been required to take on responsibilities a bit early in life. A good person, you respect your elders. You have good morals and a healthy thought process. A fair, practical, ethical bent of mind. You will not actively harm or cheat others.

You are not a theorist or an abstract philosopher as practical things which work interest you more. Social image and social responsibility is always on your mind so you try to live an honourable life as per your value systems. You are interested in conventional religious observances to the extent required for your public image. But you are more driven by your personal sense of morals and can be ruthless if these are challenged by others.

Your environment, residence, vehicles etc in which you live in are generally comfortable. You generally have enough money etc for a comfortable life. You are well-known and are in contact with important people, in fact, your company is sought after. But do remember that, these pleasant family background etc, are assets from your past lives. You have to use them to work and gain even more merit in this life so as to secure your future evolution. In this life your material side is secure, so you should actively focus on the higher spiritual side. In case you focus too much on the material again, you will suffer later in the form of unnecessary litigations, legal issues and alienation from your close family.

By default Aquarius ascendants are materialistic, like accumulating money etc and increasing it and are often committed professionals. Professions suited to your nature are care-givers, doctors, nurses, psychiatrists. Or conflict-resolvers, like lawyers, arbitrators etc. Managers of every type, creative types and also those who are interested in finance and wealth management. Generally you are successful in whatever profession you choose and also in over-all life.

Aquarius the ascendant of Gain

One-one relationships are often unsatisfactory. Your spouse will be someone who is more self-confident, self-contained, charismatic and perhaps of a higher social status than you are. He might not like to mingle so intimately with the general mass of humanity as you do. The marriage get a bit unbalanced if you always try to outshine him. Your social nature is such that marriage can seem stifling. Your friends will often be the interesting philosopher types. There will be very many friends, well-wishers and acquaintances. You will enjoy spending time with them and often neglect your spouse/children which is not good for the family life. Stick to your ethics and accept that your spouse/ children need your time and attention. Your spouse also should try to accept your social life-style or develop his own means of expressing his personality. Avoid arguments in the home. Try to find a common intellectual ground with each other. If you both can understand this, the marriage will be satisfactory.

You know that there are several possibilities which you can achieve and you feel it is your destiny to achieve them. If you work for helping others you almost always succeed. But this incessant work for others can also create physical tiredness, emotional pain and frustration in your private life.

Your children too are intelligent and more in number (‘more’ is a relative word, as per the norms of your home culture). You raise your children well and encourage them to be good citizens too. One thing I have noticed is that unless the 5th house is influenced by benefics, interaction with children is not very emotional. There is love of course, but the Aquarius doesn’t show it very much. So if you are an Aquarius ascendant, do try to hug and kiss your kids, show them your love in a very obvious manner. You are more into ‘mankind as a whole’ so you tend to miss the emotional needs of your closest family members. Your humanitarian approach can alienate you from your loved ones.

You are eager to help everyone. So you go out of your way to help your close relations in case they are in trouble.  But unsolicited help is sometimes not welcome, they might think you are interfering. You like knowing things about people, this inquisitive curiosity can also cause friction. So do think twice before offering advise as this may cause suspicion or bitterness in other’s minds.

On the heath front your health is average and you might suffer from chronic issues related to the Vaat ‘airy’ issues, headaches, nerve complaints, digestion/gas, twitching etc. You might also suffer from hidden karmic issues which might manifest as emotional disturbances. Avoid holding on to the past hurts and issues. Try to adopt an ayurvedic life-style or go for holistic treatment modes or perform yogic postures regularly, this will help you overcome your illnesses and achieve overall health.

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When the same planet controls the rising sign and a dushamsthan there are some unique opportunities and some typical issues. Aries and Libra have same planet in control of the 1st and 8th house. Taurus and Scorpio have same 1st and 6th house lord. Aquarius has the same 1st and 12th lord. The life events which give growth are also deeply linked to events more disturbing than pleasurable.

With Aquarius ascendant, Saturn is the lord of the 1st and the 12th house. Life can become a curious combination of losses and gains of the manifested physical. So you should be careful of wasting your personal resources for the good of your family/group/society. You will always be called on to work for your society. But this will ultimately create a strange dissatisfaction as you will focus exclusively on the material. The spiritual base will be missing as Saturn is again between two extremes of the material and the spiritual. He can restrict meditation, rest, relaxation, contemplation and the typical isolation which is necessary for internal growth. At some point of your life you must understand that the society is not the final goal in life, only then will real stability come. Else this drive to continually mix with and work with people all the time will create strange frustrations in the mind.

You channelise energy from the Universe, so choose the proper source to pick up the vibes from. Choose the higher thought processes and influences rather than shallow inferior ones. You want to learn everything about the universe, absorb it all and eventually return it back to the universe. Do understand this critical aspect of your personality and do something on these lines so that you can be more fulfilled in life.

 

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Plan your day using Choghadiya

If you are a student of Jyotish there will come a point in your life where you will start tallying what happens in your life with the time when it happens. So you will start referring more to the ‘Muhurt’ section of your Vedic astrology app. If you have started analysing your behaviour to this extent then I would suggest that you check out the ‘Choghadiya’ section. This is the easiest and in my observation, the most accurate way of analysing your day. Try it out for a few days and you can see for yourself. Use it to avoid getting caught in situations which are linked to the inauspicious choghadiyas. Use the energy of the time periods to turn the unpleasant periods to your gain. Or if you are to enter into a negative situation, do so with full awareness so that you do not get trapped in its energies.

For this you have to download an app which gives the Choghadiya. (I use Drik panchang on my iPhone. I think it has an android version too)

Eg. I am chatting with my brother and it is going well then suddenly without any reason we start arguing with each other. Just pointless screaming. And then after 2mins of this we both roll our eyes, open the astrology app and see the choghadiya had changed 3 mins ago. It was ‘Shubh’ earlier and now it is ‘Rog’. The energy of the ongoing choghadiya changed our energies and our behaviour. Love exists always but expression and behaviour depends on the energies of the time going on.. Now because the time wants aggression we still continue with our argument but with more understanding rather than just random screaming.

A bit of math. The Vedic day is 60 ghati in duration. There are 2 sets of 8 choghadiya time periods in this 60 ghati day. So one choghadiya is about 4 ghatis in duration. The day time is divided into 8 sections and the night time is also divided into 8 sections. Thus 16 choghadiya in one day. The actual Sanskrit name of this time period is ‘Chaturshtika’ but the commonly used term is ‘choghadiya’.

The first Choghadiya of the day belongs to the ruling planet of that day. Eg. on Monday the first Choghadiya belongs to the Moon. The subsequent ones are ruled by Saturn, Jupiter and Sun, Venus, Mercury and again Moon in sequence.

Plan your day using the Choghadiya

There are the seven choghadiyas.

  • Auspicious – Amrit, Shubh, Laabh, Char
  • Inauspicious – Udveg, Kaal, Rog

Udveg उद्वेग – this is ruled by the Sun. He is malefic by nature. He dries everything out by his heat. In this period you are on a mission. This period is good for all government related work. Or activities where you have to fight for what you are entitled to. Going to court or such activities where you have to argue or present your case. The temper is high, you feel righteous indignation and are easily irritated. You can get offended very easily during this time, so if you feel this typical irritation coming on, take a deep breath, drink some water, find something to distract you. Stress, anxiety, distress etc are possible. If you feel that injustice is being done to you then you can get into major arguments during this period. And these arguments will be the dispassionate ones, where you are seething with your sense of injustice but outwardly you are quite composed and logical.  Later after this period gets over, you will feel regret for what had happened. This is not considered to be an auspicious choghadiya.

Char चर is ruled by Venus. He is a benefic in Vedic jyotish so this is a good time period. Char means ‘movement’. This time is suitable for all sorts of activities. This period is especially suitable for travelling. Also for money related activities. Eg you can invest money in the stock exchange. Any action which is linked to some sort of ‘change’ will give good results now. Or if you are in office, this is a good time for brain storming sessions as one-one relationships and equitable interactions are energised. Any activity in which you desire ‘growth’ can be initiated during this time period. Learning or studying and even relaxing or enjoyment related activities can be done now. You are mentally relaxed but in anticipation, something like what you would feel after you have put into motion a major project. This choghadiya gives neutral to auspicious results.

Labh लाभ  This choghadiya is ruled by Mercury. It means ‘auspicious gain’. This period can be used for all sorts of activities. This is the best time for starting education or learning a new subject for the first time. Your mind is willing to let in new things, new perceptions, new ideas, new knowledge. You are more willing to let in ‘freshness’ in life look on things with new interests. More eager to achieve things, to create stuff which will give you gain. So new things like buying/ selling, or investing money, or starting a new relationship etc are all favoured. You can also use this time in company of your friends or go out for a movie. It will give you happiness.

Amrut अमृत This time period is ruled by the Moon. It is the best time of the day, your mind is at its best. If the mind is stable, calm and collected then obviously anything you do with such a mind-set will be beneficial for you. Do anything that you wish to do during this period and you will gain from it. All sorts of auspicious activities like religious pujas, investments, travel, big purchases, new study, learning, etc should be performed preferably during this period so that they give real gains.

Kaal काल This choghadiya is ruled by Saturn. He is a malefic planet, so this time period influenced by him will give trouble. Kaal means time, destiny and also endings. If your current time as per dasha/ transit is good then this period will bring you favourable things as per your destiny. You might gain money or something material if it is destined for you. Kaal also means a predestined time, so you can take calculated risks, if and only if, you know that you are right and you have worked for it. Do not cheat others. But if your current time is not good then you will get unpleasant results here. Auspicious works, pujas etc are not performed in this choghadiya. The mind is dull and under a strange stress during this time period, fear, anxiety worry etc are very much possible.

Shubh शुभ this is ruled by Jupiter. He is an auspicious benefic planet. This is again a very good time period for all auspicious activities and all sorts of ceremonies, pujas, education/ wealth etc related activities can be performed in this time. Buying gold or grains is a good activity for this time as fortune is on your side. Whatever you do during this period will expand in a way suitable to you. The mind is relaxed, happy and and the environment is also conducive.

Rog रोग choghadiya is ruled over by Mars. Aggression is high during this period and this is not considered to be a good time for auspicious activities. You can take up activities which require aggression, eg go to the gym, debate, argue, fight, defeat your opponents etc but do not over-do it. You will not be able to see the viewpoints of the others during this period. So this leads to crushing the other, do not try to create equitable contracts as understanding and logic is reduced. Do not take unnecessary risks during this time period. Here your strength will be used up in some way or the other, you might get a small injury, or as you argue you will lose peace of your mind and then get a headache. This is considered to be an inauspicious choghadiya. Mostly uncontrolled aggression in this period leads to regrets later.

So use Jyotish in your daily life, especially if you feel that you are behaving oddly not your regular self. Observe how the time affects you. Remain aware, try to divert the energies around you so that you gain something, or at least do not lose something valuable to you.

 

Plan your day using the Choghadiya

Nakshatra Yoni and your personality

(I had written a bit on the nakshatra yoni in this post, now continuing on the same.)

Nakshatra नक्षत्र  is a Sanskrit word which means क्षरति इति नक्षत्रः this means that the Naksahtra are fixed, they cannot perish or be destroyed, they are brilliant, clear and non-ambiguous, they are abstract energies, they cannot be changed. They represent the deepest subconscious energies within you. They are also called the Lunar mansions and are the foundations of Indian/ Vedic Jyotish. The 360 deg zodiac belt is divided into 27 Nakshatra-s of 13 deg 20 minutes arc length each. They are the metaphorical 27 wives of the Moon and he stays with each one of them for approximately one day in every lunar month. Each Nakshatra has different attributes and the Moon behaves differently as he stays in the different lunar mansions. So these energies directly influence your subconscious, emotions, intuition, your astral body etc. The most important Nakshatra in your chart is the one in which the birth Moon resides. Second would be the Nakshatra of the rising degree is also important. Also check out the Nakshatra in which your other birth planets are placed in.

Each Nakshatra is further divided into 4 sections called ‘pada’. Each Nakshatra pad thus is 3degree and 20minutes in arc length. There are 27 X 4 = 108 Nakshatra pada, which is the same thing as the Navamsha. And you know that the Navamsha the 9th divisional chart is the most important. So study of the Nakshatra and their pada or Navamsha is the foundation of Indian Jyotish (Rashi or signs are more like an approximation!).

So continuing on our theme of Nakshatra yoni, this is the table showing the yoni associated with the Naksahtra-s. There are 14 yoni for the 27 Naksahtra-s.

Nakshatra

(Dynamic aspect)

Nakshatra

(Passive aspect)

Yoni

(Connected being)

Ashwini

Shatataraka

Ashwa Stallion

Bharani

Revati

Gaja Elephant

Pushya

Kruttika

Mesha Goat

Rohini

Mruga

Sarpa Snake

Moola

Aradra

Shwan Dog

Ashleysha

Punarvasu

Marjar Cat

Magha

Purva-phalguni

Mushak Rat

Uttara-phalguni

Uttara-bhadrapada

Go Cow

Swati

Hasta

Mahish Buffalo

Vishakha

Chitra

Vyaghra Tiger

Jyeshtha

Anuradha

Mruga Deer

Poorva-ashadha

Shravan

Vanar – A being from other dimensions. (Always wrongly translated as ‘monkey’, In Sanskrit monkey is Markat)

Uttara-ashadha

Nakul Mongoose

Poorva-bhadrapada

Dhanishtha

Simha Lion

The Nakshatra are divided into active or potential. These are mentioned in the first and second columns. Fourteen of them are active, ie these energies are outwardly projected, active, like doing things, are more adaptable, changeable, bring about change, like micro-management etc. And thirteen of them are stable, change with difficulty, take the broader perspective, can sacrifice themselves for the larger cause etc. The third column is the yoni of the nakshatra in Sanskrit and the animal/being it is supposed to indicate in english.

When I was a child learning astrology, this table was very confusing. This Nakshatra yoni thingie is used in matching charts for marriage and is quite important. In most books you will find it is written that the reproductive organs of the person would be like these animals (so confusing!). Or that this expresses in the way sexual activity takes place (completely incomprehensible!). This is a very silly way of expressing the ‘yoni’ concept and it took me some time to understand this table’s real subtlety.

‘Yoni’ is a highly misunderstood Sanskrit (Devbhasha Samskrutam) word. It does mean the uterus and the female reproductive organs but that is the most superficial understanding. Sanskrit words have literally thousands of meanings depending on the reference point and your power to understand it. ‘Yoni’ is a very subtle word, it means the origin, how things have evolved, the gradual lowering of energy from the highest source. It means the form of existence which was fixed in you at the time of birth. How energy descended and become fixed, how it was set up. It has very deep spiritual and energy connotations.

So Yoni means more correctly the power of creation and the act of creation.

Nakshatra Yoni and your personality

So open your Vedic/ Indian Jyotish software. Check out which Nakshatra your birth Moon is placed in. Read how this links up with the Yoni below. The most productive and comfortable way in which you prefer to express yourself. Your ideas, your emotions, your work. Everything you do will show this basic energy.

Ashwa yoni – You are independent, spiritually inclined, creative, good with working with your hands, skilled. You like initiating things and are dynamic as well as determined. You are honest, trust-worthy and hard working. You are overall very attractive and active by temperament. If someone crosses you, you cannot forgive easily and in fact will get back at him immediately.

Gaja yoni –  You are powerful, authoritative, protective, outwardly slow but capable of bursts of energy. Generally quiet and happy, but can get aggressive if limits are crossed. Intelligent, creative and understanding, you have good business sense. You can motivate people to work for you. Practical and spiritual both together.

Mesh yoni – You are an achiever and can reach to great heights, but only if you focus. Your moods can swing between aggression and patience. You are a loner by nature and like spending time with yourself, communicating can be difficult for you at times. You are capable of hard work and gain successes with time.

Sarpa yoni – You are unpredictable, very silent about your own self, the face you show others and the real you are totally different, very secretive. You are patient and can wait for ages till the right time when you move in a terrifying burst of speed. You are attractive have a hypnotic quality which attracts others to you. You are skilled and generally very successful in life.

Shwan yoni – You are faithful to your family, group or organisation. You have intelligence and ability both. If you accept regulations you can be a asset anywhere. A very good communicator, you are very versatile. You do not let out what you are thinking so easily, secretive about yourself. You are unafraid and follow your internal rules. Successes come with time and disciplined work.

Marjar yoni – You are secretive by nature, self-contained, efficient, patient, can wait till the right moment. You are more concerned about your personal interests always, the nature is more possessive. You are good with gaining information and keeping it till you need it. You can analyse people and situations correctly. You bounce back from any adversity, optimistic.

Mushak yoni – You don’t believe easily. Intelligent and capable of working hard, you are often quite successful in life. You can start small and then go on to bigger things in life. You can make use of every opportunity however small it may be. Once you start something you stick to it. You are lucky in life but sometimes your fixed notions about things can cause problems for you.

Go yoni – You are gentle, generous, kind-hearted and generally innocent. You are sensitive and emotional. Others can take advantage of your trusting nature, so choose your partners carefully.  Destiny and luck is often on your side. You are ambitious but in laid-back manner, low key. You go about life in a calm, collected systematic manner. Intelligent and perceptive, you are spiritually inclined. You are protective of the ones you love. You generally have a happy life.

Mahish yoni – You have strength and patience both. There is an inherent charm about you. You do not display your personal emotions much, a bit insecure. You want peace around you as internally you are sensitive emotionally. Optimistic, calm, patient and you can fight for what you want. You want your family around you, outgoing and strong. You do well in every profession where there is a public interface.

Vyaghra yoni – You are highly independent by nature, have a high opinion of yourself. Aggressive, ruthless, you are capable of firm logical arguments. Materialistic and very practical about things but you have good intuition also. You can work systematically, efficiently, create assets and material wealth. You later get into spirituality and excel here too. You are physically beautiful, lucky and fortune favours you. You never express your innermost emotions even to the love of your life. You feel a tiny bit of dissatisfaction for yourself which can cause problems in your relationships.

Mruga yoni – You are intelligent and capable of disciplined hard work and you do well in life. You are serious and aggressive about what you do. You like your social groups, family and friends. Communicative in general, you need to develop tact and diplomacy in dealing with things. There are often some confusions in the mind. But this confusion brings out your philosophical and spiritual side with time.

Vanar yoni – You are different, outwardly less serious about material things. You can get hasty and impulsive as you sometimes do not realise the seriousness of the issues. But you are intelligent as well as creative, so once you settle in life success follows you. You are good at teamwork and can be a good leader. You are good at learning and you keep on adding to your skills and abilities. Later you are emotionally mature, nurturing and have a philosophical outlook towards life.

Nakul yoni – You are intelligent, decisive and act with speed. You value your time alone and prefer solitude. Highly intelligent, charismatic, honest and regal by nature you are a bit apart from the general masses. You are a leader, impressive personality and do very well in life. You are popular and famous. Others like meeting you, but you keep your distance. When you do fall in love it is a very deep thing for you.

Simha yoni – Philosophical, religious and spiritual, you are quite practical about things. You take on responsibilities and like taking care of others. Dedicated and willing to fight for the cause you believe in. You have significant leadership qualities and like to keep yourself engaged in activities. Intelligent and charismatic, you often guide and help others. Social by nature you are the gentle but powerful king among men.

If you want to check out more about yourself, look up the Nakshatra yoni of the ascendant degree’s Nakshatra. This would give you more insights on your overall personality. The Nakshatra-s of the other planets will give insights on how their energies work within you. So if you feel like it do read a bit on the Nakshtra attributes, it can be a valuable pointer to know your own self better. Jyotish is the science of self-illumination so use the Nakshatra energies to delve deep into yourself.

 

Nakshatra Yoni and your personality

Lunar eclipse midnight 5th – 6th June 2020

There was a question so a quick post on this upcoming Lunar eclipse. The details for this eclipse in India are,

  • First Contact – 23:16, 5th Jun
  • Maximum – 00:54 6th Jun
  • Last Contact – 02:32 6th Jun
  • Duration – 03 Hours 15 Mins
  • Magnitude – 0.56

It is a penumbral eclipse so its not really very visible to the eyes. Just a very faint shadowing of the Moon. Thus this eclipse has no significance for rituals etc. (Specific rituals are to be performed only when the eclipse is visible, ie for an Umbral eclipse) This eclipse will be affect the Earth as per this image. The pink colored land masses and the dark blue colored oceans will see the effect of the eclipse.

Lunar eclipse midnight 5th - 6th  June 2020

Now even though it has no significance for doing the usual pujas /mantra etc, it is still an astrological phenomenon. And right now we are in the most confusing month of the year, June. The confusion has started since the major planets went retrograde in mid May 2020. Jupiter, Saturn and Venus are retrograde as of now and Venus has gone combust too (read my previous posts on these topics).

On this day 5th– 6th June, Moon is in Jeyshtha nakshatra in Scorpio. The Sun is in Rohini nakshtra in Taurus. Sun has combusted Venus right now and in his own sign so his energies are slightly different. Plus he is being aspected by Mars, adding to his fire. So people who have their ascendant lords Sun, Moon or Venus should be more careful at least a week before and after this eclipse event. Or even if your Birth Moon falls in their signs, you will feel the effects on your emotional levels as your astral body is going to be affected. Especially so if your birth Moon or your ascendant degree falls exactly in either of these two nakshatras. In fact, people with Ashleysha or Revati nakshatra also can expect some sudden changes in life (refer the Nav-tara post for this logic.) If you have Rahu/ Ketu in a prominent position in your horoscope, ie conjunct the ascendant lord or the birth Moon or influencing several planets then you should take care of these aspects of your life. Avoid rash behaviour, try to keep yourself calm. A lot of energy is being poured in the Taurus-Scorpio axis. If you remain passive you will be swept away with it. But if you work with it, take some efforts now, you will rise. This blast of energy can be channelised to create gains out of adversity. So do some spiritual practice during the duration of the eclipse.

The lunar eclipse is in the lunar mansion Jeyshtha, it is ruled by Indra and connected to Mercury. So to begin with, divine blessings are going to be reduced. There is reduced ‘protection’ for everyone. Prosperity will be affected, superficial show-off will increase. Misunderstandings and mindless self-destructive behaviour can increase. Complaints will increase, also over-emphasis on the negative, as people refuse to look at positive sides of things. Rains will be heavy and in some areas will cause damage to agriculture. There will be cyclones and floods in the coastal areas. People in authority will not able to function properly. But this is a very good period for spiritual or occult activities. Try to put your energies into healthy competition rather than blaming fate. Try to avoid negative feelings like jealousy, vindictiveness, mean-mindedness etc. Pay attention to your personal heath and finances. Avoid arguments, over-confidence, immoral activities, over-spending, etc, double-check everything and do not leave any loose ends.  think before you act. You have to work, so try to find the best direction for your talents.

A significant event will be the true Rahu and Ketu changing their direction, briefly stationary and going direct on 7th June in preparation of the major Solar eclipse on 21st June. They will remain in the forward motion till 22nd June. Rahu and Ketu go direct around major eclipses. But in the current world scenario they are going to cause even more upheavals. A pyramiding of energies more prone to give inauspicious effects on the physical levels.

Especially for India/ Bharat, the ascendant lord is Venus, he is combust and thus participating in this eclipse, so the government and the authorities will be more confused as a whole. The corona COVID 19 is going on. Though in India/ Bharat we are in a much better shape, still we must take care of our personal health. (Viruses are Ketu’s agents and we are going to face a humongous Solar eclipse on 21st June.) Next, there will be some civil unrest driven by fanatic thought processes. Suicide bombing or some such incidents are possible. There will be confusion on all levels, rumours, allegations and attempts to misguide are possible. Our neighbouring nations are going to go through a bad phase, some might see signs of breaking up. Economy will continue to be affected. Money, liquidity, treasuries and wealth generation is Venus’s domain, he is combust and retrograde. (Also he has no role in the Nav-nayak system for this current year.) Recovery will begin slowly after Sept and will be evident only after Dec 2020. However regional instability will affect the Indian economy too and this will continue for another 2 years. I am expecting one, or more likely, two major earthquakes Cyclones, heavy rains and floods are going to make their presence felt.

As I always say, energy is energy, all depends on you how to use it. If you let this current eclipse energies drive you, it will cause a lot of trouble in your life. So the correct option is to actively make use of them. During the eclipse time period, do some spiritual practice, recite the mantra of Rahu, Ketu, Sun, Moon or Venus 108 times, or recite a mantra of your favourite deity 108 times. However inauspicious or unfavourable the energy may be, if you can intelligently divert it, you can actually find opportunities in these distressing times. You have to try, to make the effort, use your intention and work. Remember that the overarching theme for these 2.5yrs is set by Saturn in Capricorn, there is no alternative to discipline and work. Work hard now so that you can enjoy your gains 3-4yrs later.

 

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Nav nayak the 9 rulers of the year

I have written a few posts on the events expected in this year, 2020-21, Shri Sharvari naam samvatsara (do use the index page or the search bar to read them). In these, I had mentioned that Mercury is the King for this current year. There was a question on how to arrive at this ‘king’ etc for the year. Thus this post. As per Vedic astrology there are the following 9 Leaders – nav-nayak for a year/Samvatsar.

  • Raja – the most important role. He is the king of the year. He has the final say in all the activities which are to take place in this year.
  • Mantri – the second most important role. The advisor and minister to the king. The matters to public life and living overall are his domain.
  • Senaadhipati – this role is as important as the Mantri. This planet is the commander in chief of the armies. He is advisor to the king in matters related to his domain of internal public law and order and external aggression.
  • Argyhadhipati – ‘Argya’ means valuable stuff, offerings, water etc. This planet mainly controls finance in all its variants, all money and wealth related stuff and public health.
  • Meghadhipati – ‘megh’ means clouds. This planet determines the kind of weather we will have in this year. Especially the rains. This is very important as all our actions are ultimately linked to the weather!
  • Sasyadhipati – ‘sasya’ means crops, produce, merit etc. So agriculture of every type is controlled by this planet. All things which are derived from the earth also come under his purview which include the mining industry etc. Everything that is further manufactured using these primary materials is also his domain.
  • Dhanyadhipati – ‘dhanya’ also means crops, but there is a fine distinction as this word means specifically the food crops and cereals. Eg if the Dhanyadhipati is not strong, specifically food crops may fail. All food items are under his purview. Will the people be able to eat nutritious food this year? Look at the transits and power of the Dhanyadhipati to find this out.
  • Rasadhipati – ‘rasa’ means essence, change, sentiment, taste, how the mind will work, what will people find pleasure in, mixtures, spices, etc. What will capture the imagination of the public? What will they do in their free times, the kind of entertainment that they will choose to engage in is controlled by this planet. If this planet is going to give inauspicious results then addictions, bad habits, immoral activities etc can start in a major way.
  • Neerasadhipathi – this planet will control karmic compulsions, things which make you tired, dull, undesirable and unhealthy things, contradictions, missed out things, things which get neglected, things which weigh on your mind/body/soul . This planet indicates public sufferings, their source, types., duration etc. Also the things which will not be in the government’s to-do list.

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In the Nav-nayak system, Rahu/Ketu are not considered. Only the 7 graha linked to the week-days are considered, Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn are sequentially the rulers of the 7 days of the week from Sunday to Saturday. One planet can get 1 more more roles and some planets may not be given any roles at all in a specific year.

There are 9 types of roles. If the natural malefics, Sun, Mars, Saturn getting more roles to play in the year then the year will be difficult for humans. The year might have natural disasters or the government may take tough decisions which are adversarial for the common citizens. But if the natural benefics, Moon, Jupiter, Venus, get more roles to play in the year’s administration then life for the common people will be better. To analyse the benefic/malefic role of the impressionable planet Mercury, check out which planet is influencing him on the new year day’s sunrise time horoscope.

The most important roles are the King, Mantri and Senaadhipati. If the natural malefics get all of these vital roles then there are several issues created by  mis-governance. The governments and authorities create problems, are corrupt, engage in dubious activities, make faulty policies etc. In case these 3 roles are occupied by natural benefics, then the common man has a easier time in that year and the government also functions better.

For the current year, Sharvari, the Nav-nayaks are,

  • Raja – Mercury
  • Mantri – Moon
  • Senaadhipati, Meghadhipati, Arghyadhipati – Sun
  • Rasadhipati – Saturn
  • Sasyadhipati, Neerasadhipati – Jupiter
  • Dhanyadhipati – Mars
  • In this year, Venus has not been allocated any role in the Nav nayak.

Now finally, how to calculate the Nav-nayak for the year. Download a Vedic astrology app or check online. Just ensure that the ayanamsha used is Lahiri/Chitrapaksha. You basically have to find out on which day the Sun changes his sign or Nakshatra etc as per the following list.

  • Raja – The ruler of the day of the Chaitra shukla Pratipada tithi. ie the first day of the new year, the first day of the bright half of the Chaitra month. For the current year, Sharvari, this was on a Wednesday, Budhvaar so the King of this year is Mercury, Budha-graha. (Do remember to check the tithi-Pratipada for the Sun-rise time only for calculating this Nayak.) We follow the Shakya Samvat for India/Bharat so do use this date for calculating the Nav-nayak
  • Mantri – The ruler of the day when the Sun enters the Aries sign.
  • Argyhadhipati – The ruler of the day when the Sun enters Gemini.
  • Sasyadhipati – The ruler of the day when the Sun enters Cancer
  • Senadhipati – The ruler of the day when the Sun enters Leo.
  • Rasadhipati – The ruler of the day when Sun enters Libra.
  • Dhanyadhipati – The ruler of the day when the Sun enters Sagittarius
  • Neerasadhipathi – The day lord when Sun enters Capricorn
  • Meghadhipati – The ruler of the day when Sun enters the Aradra Nakshatra

So now you know how to get a general idea of how a year is going to be. This a very easy method, panchangams give this list in the ‘Varsha-phal’ on the first page itself. There are several pujas performed on the first day of the new year, but the most important one performed right after sun-rise is the puja of the new year’s Panchangam. Then the ‘Varsha-phala’ is read out by the oldest member of the family. This is considered very auspicious for the well-being of the family in the new year.

You also now know who are the nav nayak for this current year Sharvari, 2020-21. And we are already 2 months into this year. So try to analyse how this list has worked out till now.

  • Example is, Venus has not been allocated any role in the Nav nayak, so things indicated by Venus are not going to be important in the public’s or the government’s perspective. And now we are 2 months into the new year and it is so so obvious. Luxuries, material goods, branded goods, accumulated wealth, enjoyable one-one relationships, spiritual practice, good times spent with friends/family, entertainment venues, etc all have taken a back-seat. Refinement, elegance, grace, love in all its forms, has vanished from our lives. Just think on this deeply.

 

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