The performer, catalyst and Creator

Hinduism/ Sanatan Dharma has very deep statements which cannot be understood but need to be experienced. My Guru would talk about things and we all used to listen. But it is only with practice that some of his statements are making more sense now.

There is only one origin called the ‘Nirvishesh Brahma’, the ‘intelligence where differentiation does not exist’ or Parabrahma, the ‘beyond intelligence’. This is the goal of each soul, your and my personal spiritual evolution leads here. This is the Ultimate Creator.

The first creation was duality, ie observer-performer energy was created. The Para creates infinite numbers of observer-performer pairs. The observer energy is called the Purush and the performer energy is called the Prakruti. Prakruti is said to be feminine as the energies are active, kinetic, capable of responding, changeable. Purush is said to be masculine as these energies are still and unchanging but are capable of eliciting a response. (The Purush and Prakruti are not a physical man and a woman, there is no sexism in the spiritual context.)

Only Advaita as discussed by Adi Shankaracharya is subtle and deep enough to pierce through all duality. It can take you upto the Real Creator, the Parabrahma. Advaita is referred to as ‘Non-duality’. It can be only expressed as a negation as what it really is cannot be described in the words of this creation, it needs to be experienced. This is the Reality which you and me actually desire to experience. Sankhya-shastra is a method analysing intelligence, energy, matter and the rest of it. This is a discriminative, rational, calculative and deliberate instrument directed to the understanding the Self. Sankhya is a prelude to the understanding of the Advaita.

The Prakruti is called Lalita, the one who plays the game. This game is of her devising, created out of her own energies, occurs within her and is not separate from her. The entire performance occurs within the energies of the performer. All creation theories or even modern science describe this Game that she plays, the secondary creation of the manifested Universes. These theories are limited to only Prakruti and the processes that go on with her body. These do not describe the Purush as they have not reached so deep within. And neither do they take you upto your reality, ie the Parabrahma.

Exalted and debilitated, Rahu, Ketu and Saturn

In my earlier posts, I have written about Prakruti and her active role in creating, maintaining, evolving and finally destroying the manifested. Whatever you see around you, your body, mind, environment, etc is all Prakruti. Now there is one twist here. Prakruti is described as being ‘Jada’ जड. She is without animation, insensate, still,  lifeless, paralysed, numb, dull, stunned, cold, apathetic as Jada means ‘matter without Intelligence’. She is capable of motion but incapable of initiating the motion herself. She does not have the intelligence or the consciousness. So why does the Prakruti start her performance?  What caused her to move, to start Playing?

The reason is the catalyst, the Purush.

The Purush has a very important role in all this Play. The Purush is called the ’Sakshi’ in Sanskrit. This word is usually translated to mean a witness or an observer. This is slightly incorrect as Devbhasha Samskrutam is a palimpsest, the deeper you go the more meanings you understand. Sakshi is a compound word ‘Akshasya sah’. Sakshi is the ‘intelligence which accompanies the Axis on which the individual soul exists’. Or the ‘self-awareness of the Pivot of the wheel of creation’.

Purush is Aware Intelligence.

The Purush is the catalyst. He, by his mere presence causes the Prakruti to start her performance. But the Purush does not interact with any other energy or get involved in any way. Purush is the ever-existing, steady, ever-pervading Intelligence. He doesn’t change and neither does he interfere. Manifested creation happens just because he exists. His existence is the reason why Prakruti goes about creating.

There are catalysts in every system, eg enzymes are catalysts in biology, they bring about all the cellular life processes but remain unchanged and unaffected. In chemistry, the neutrons are Sakshi, they do not participate but their presence makes things happen, eg electrons are captured by protons and chemical reactions take place. It is the same with the creation, Prakruti performs just because the Purush is there. Matter moves just because of the presence of the Purush.

In our usual life we all are actors, we perform. A very simplistic example, I interact with my son. I get cross and tell him to clean his room, he is irritated but cleans it. Both of us have changed. I was irritated, now I am satisfied. He was irritated, now he is tired. And a new reality has come to being, the room is clean. So two energies interacted and changed themselves and also changed the environment. This has happened within the realm of Prakruti. Emotions, physical realities which are capable of being changed are part of Prakruti and occur within her body.

Now if you look around you, there are also catalysts/ sakshi everywhere. These Sakshi do not engage with anyone else nor do they change, but events occur around them because of their mere presence. A very simplistic example again, I am at home just sitting and reading, my son comes home and because I am sitting there, carefully removes his shoes and puts them on the rack. I didn’t even look at him. But my mere presence, the catalyst, made him ‘perform’.

My Guru would say that I must bring in the ’Sakshi-bhaav’ into myself, ie bring into myself the reality of the Sakshi. He was telling me to be the unchanging center around which the whirl of creation unfolds. To change my perception from the ‘matter’ component to the ‘intelligence’ component. But how do I bring in this ‘consciousness’ within me? How can I stop being involved in ‘matter’. All my senses, my organs of action are oriented towards matter. I smell, taste, touch, move.. matter. I perceive only matter whirling around me.

The solution is to do Dhyan, when you sit still and focus only at your Ajnya chakra you are focussing on your personal consciousness. The Ajnya chakra is the seat of the individual consciousness. Once you identify with the fragment of the Ultimate consciousness within you rather than the matter swirling around you, your evolution gets easier.

Route from the Ajnya chakra to the Sahasrara and the Bindu within the Sahasrara gets easier. This is real evolution.

But when you are just starting your spiritual practice you cannot experience or imagine or visualise or even think of such subtle energies. So you start the ‘observe yourself’ thingie again by observing whatever is visible at your third eye during Dhyan. Dispassionately, you close your eyes and focus at your third eye. In the physical body, you, the individual consciousness, reside at the third eye Ajnya chakra. You start your practice of observing yourself from this chakra. Initially you see just darkness here. As your practice deepens you will observe yourself in all your increasing higher energy levels.

You have to traverse a distance of ’10 fingers’ from the third eye chakra to the top of the head. All this practice for this seemingly tiny thing!

The Sakshi is the pivot, the axis around which change occurs. The Sakshi is essential for evolution. Matter by itself cannot move. Intelligence makes it move, evolve. Consciousness is steady, it does not change, it remains constant, it is. This principle is applicable everywhere, from biology, chemistry to spiritual evolution. When you become your own catalyst, you further your own spiritual evolution.

 

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Enchanted Rice Anyone?

Hey there everyone this is Sameer Brijwasi and I am excited about writing this post for my sister’s blog. Thanks love for giving me this opportunity to write something for your blog. You are awesome girl.

Magic is all around us and the sooner we learn this, the better it would be. The rituals of Sanatan Dharma (also known as Hinduism to many) asks us to use common ingredients abundantly available around us. Right from different spices which are used to invoke specific energy to help manipulate the flow of energy to one’s will (strictly not recommended always, KARMA), to grains used for preparing different offerings for god/goddess to thank them.

Rice among all other grains hold a very special place in ritual work, unbroken rice grains are believed to be the finest offering a devotee can offer to god/goddess. The reason being that the rice grains are capable of holding tremendous amounts of energy in them. That’s the reason we see them in every type of ritual no matter Vedic or Tantric, we always find a bowl full of faithful rice grains in the list of ingredients necessary for the ritual.

There’s a whole different way to use rice for energy work. I learned this method of using rice for energy work from the Himalayan shamans long back and since then it stayed with me. Now without wasting time lets jump right into it and see how to use rice for removing obstacles from ones path. 

1. Preparing the space : If you have a puja room or have setup, an altar or some sort of sacred space to perform your energy work. Start by purifying the space, light an incense of your choice or smudge your space with sage. 

2. Rice: Now take a clean copper bowl/plate and put in 3 loose fistfuls of white raw rice. (remember to use unbroken rice). Pause between each fist for few seconds so that rice grains absorb your personal energy. 

3. Light a diya or a candle in front of the god/goddess. And meditate for few minutes to relax and centre yourself. Think deeply about why you want to do this and what are your intentions. Try to be very specific, this ensures better results.

  Now we are going to embed the rice with a mantra. This is also known as mantra putan or infusing the rice with a mantra. 

4. Decide on which mantra you want to infuse your rice with, don’t rush this decision or you will regret it later for making a bad choice. (That’s where being specific with the intention helps).

I personally love to use one of the mantra from the shaptashloki durga from Durga Shaptasati/Devi mahatmaya. These seven shlokas cover different intensions quite well. 

5. Once you have decided on the mantra, recite it for 108 times. And now take 3 big pinches of rice from the bowl and place them in the palm of your right hand.

6. Blow 3 times on the rice, now shift the rice to your left palm and with your right hand start mixing the rice slowly and gently as if mixing the energy from the mantra into the rice. 

This activates the rice with your breath and touch, transferring the complete energy of mantra into the rice. 

Step seven onwards is to be done at night. After dinner when all the tasks which could compel one to leave his/her house after the ritual are done.  

7. Once the rice are ready keep the mantra putit rice in a piece of clean paper. (Use them within 3 days). To use them, remove them from the paper and take them in your right hand, fist closed.

8. Circle the fist with the rice anti-clockwise 3 times around your head (or the head of the person you intend to help).

9. And then immediately go out of the house to the nearest crossroad, face towards your house and throw the rice in the 4 different directions. 

10. Once done, immediately come back to your house, remember not to turn back. Wash your hands with running water and done.

Now for example: Let’s assume I have someone who is sick and having difficulty recovering from a disease. 

After a bit of contemplation, I decide to use 6th shloka of saptashloki durga.

रोगानशेषानपहंसि तुष्टा रुष्टा तु कामान् सकलानभीष्टान् ।

त्वामाश्रितानां न विपन्नराणां त्वामाश्रिता ह्याश्रयतां प्रयान्ति ॥

Rogaan-Ashessaan-Apahamsi Tussttaa Russttaa Tu Kaamaan Sakalaan-Abhiissttaan |

Tvaam-Aashritaanaam Na Vipan-Naraannaam Tvaam-Aashritaa Hyi-Aashraya-Taam Prayaanti||

Meaning: O Source of Divine Illumination! When you are pleased, you destroy all diseases and maladies. But when you are displeased, you destroy all the desires desired by the mind. You protect those who have surrendered to you, you do not allow any misfortune to befall them. Those who are blessed by your protection are indeed the protectors of others who require shelter.

After enchanting the rice I follow step 7 to 10 and done! 

So that’s how you enchant rice for your occult work. Go ahead grab some rice and do as you please. But remember karma is watching.

Rahu and karmic relationships

Matching charts for marriage is a routine job for an Indian astrologer. There are several rules prescribed for matching charts for a successful marriage. If the astrologer is good, he will also give an overview of the two charts seen together, a snapshot of what their life together can be like. Everyone brings in their own karma into relationships, and karma is best defined by Rahu/Ketu. I always consider Rahu- Ketu to be very valuable indicators in a chart. Even if the client has no specific questions regarding these, they should be analysed. They tell you where the subconscious is directed, pulled by the ‘desire to experience’ energy of Rahu and pushed by the ‘apathetic to experience’ energy of Ketu. Karmic relationships are those which are carried on from past lives and are more focussed on completing the unfinished karma. Relationships which are linked by Rahu are quite powerful, they are forward-oriented and focussed on growth potential. Rahu indicates karma linked to the present and the future you look forward to. A Rahu linked relationship offers a chance to both for growing and learning together in this lifetime. Also an opportunity to accomplish the work together which perhaps either could not complete alone in this life.

Rahu and karmic relationships

Pull out your and your best friend’s chart for this mini exercise. This ‘friend’, would be someone close to you, with whom you have the most intense relationship in terms of ‘experience’. Your brother/sister, parent, husband/wife, child, best friend etc. This is how you go about it,

  • e.g. If your Rahu is in your 3rd house and your friend’s Venus is his 3rd house, the 3rd house matters will usually be the focus of your relationship together. Matters of the 3rd house will be lucky for both as long as the relationship lasts.
  • You can check out the signs too, if your Rahu is in Aries and his Mercury is in Aries, both will benefit from Aries-related matters. But this effect will be less intense as compared to the houses as above.
  • Generally the matters of the other planet will be in focus in the relationship together.
  • The one whose Rahu is involved benefits from the planet of the other. This other planet provides direction and guidance to the Rahu. And Rahu provides his energy and the thirst for experience to the other planet.

Rahu – Sun

This is a very deep connect and can last a life-time. Rahu amplifies the Sun’s powers which can be good for both. The Rahu-friend gives the power, strength, desire, luck and optimism for the future. The Sun-friend gives inspiration, self-confidence, creativity, healthy sense of self-ego and leadership. The Sun-person will drive the relationship, i.e. decide the common goals that the two will pursue together. However both will have to ensure that this does not create ego problems. There may be an undercurrent of ‘father’ or ‘mentor’ type of feelings between the two.

Rahu – Moon

An emotional connect between two people which can last a life time. The Rahu-person amplifies the Moon associated qualities of the Moon-person. The relationship is more nurturing and ‘feelings’ dominate. The Rahu – person provides support of the outgoing type, physical protection etc and receives emotional nurturing from the Moon-person. Both should take care that the relationship doesn’t turn into ‘needy love’, it might then convert into a mother-child type of relationship. The Moon is the sum of your existence and Rahu is an astral force, so this relationship can be quite intense and both may remember past life incidents from their common lives.

Rahu – Mars

This is a very intense connect which can go both ways. Initially the two attract each other with their outgoing natures, high energy activities and even enjoy arguing with each other. But with time, disagreements and conflicts will increase, thus this does not make for a long term success. This relationship will be very exciting, dynamic and at times challenging. There is abundant energy, luck, desire and cooperative spirit, together against the world. They can be good in technology or brotherhood type of activities together. The Mars-friend needs to be careful about his self-ego and not hurt the Rahu-friend’s self-ego in this relationship. Also might manifest into to a on-off type of relation where both are often separated and then meet up for short intense periods.

Rahu and karmic relationships

Rahu – Mercury

This combination is quite good for long term relationship. Rahu will amplify Mercury-activities, communications, team-spirit, playing, being together etc. Both will support each other in their hobbies, interests, learning skills etc. Talking on the phone always, messaging and being in touch, both might share the same tastes and have common interests. Both find it very easy to relate to each other, laughing at the same jokes. Best friends who can complete each other’s sentences! This connect is the best possible for ‘best-buddies’ or even a successful business partner duo. Mercury is quite intricately connected to ‘desire, his Gemini is the first 1/3rd of the Kama trikon. So Rahu-Mercury can give a very successful relationship on whichever level it manifests.

Rahu – Jupiter

This is a good combination of two grahas who apparently seem to be opposite in nature. Both share hopes, higher learning and wisdom. Rahu provides the drive and Jupiter the benevolence. These two can grow with each other long-term. Both may have different view-points but in the background they both think on similar lines. This is a combination of ‘desire to experience’ and the ‘ability to philosophise’, thus together they make a great deal of sense. This connect supports both material, philosophical and spiritual growth. If these two people meet when they are older/more mature they might be better able to support each other. Experience and wisdom both balance better with age.

Rahu – Venus

This is a good connection and tends to grow deeper with time. There is scope for romance and also respect for each other. The Venus-person will give his wisdom/ love/ ‘relationship-glue’ depending on the level he is operating. The Rahu-person will protect, provide the luck, the fierceness and the common direction in their lives. This is one combination where Rahu actually feels responsible. Depending on the house in which this is happening this can lead to romance, physical relationships, marriage and other common relationship interests. ‘Attraction’ is the word around which this connection will evolve. And then the secret, there is enormous potential here, of esoteric wisdom and growth in metaphysical/ occult. Venus is not the ‘planet of love’, he is Daityaguru Shukracharya, with all the knowledge and seriousness that goes with it. The strictest Teacher of the most difficult students. And Rahu is a Daitya. So Shukracharya is Rahu’s Guru! There will always be an undercurrent of teaching and learning in this relationship. (I know two friends with this combination, they have tantric abilities way beyond their ages.)

Rahu – Saturn 

This connect can get difficult because Saturn is restriction, discipline and constriction. If Rahu amplifies all this Saturn stuff, it can create issues and the relationship might remain a short lived one. However if the house in which this is happening is a suitable environment for Saturn-Rahu then it might work wonders. e.g this can work nicely in the 3rd (personal courage), 6th (service and sufferings), 8th (death and catastrophic transformations), 11th (gains) house energies. This is quite a serious connection overall, Saturn-person helps the Rahu-person in various material ways, e.g. by systemically organising things for him in profession and work. The Rahu helps the Saturn by bringing in ‘luck’, to find legitimate short-cuts etc,innovative ways to to reduce his work load. But a Rahu-Saturn background is always serious. It is a good connection for non-personal relationships, distant relationships, group activity type of interests etc.

Rahu and karmic relationships

 

Rahu – Rahu

Both friends are very similar in what they desire in this life. Both want the same sort of experiences, Rahu in the same house (or sign) in each’s chart, will ensure that both are attracted to similar things. Both thus have a very deep understanding of each other’s deepest motivations and inclinations. Then Ketu-Ketu will also exist as Rahu-Ketu are 180 degrees apart. So both have similar past experiences and learning from them. This is a good combination for companionship and friendship. The only possibility where Rahu-Rahu connect can lead to a conflict is if both want the actual same thing/object/person rather than the experience. Then this can get ugly with no limits on what each can do to the other!

Rahu – Ketu

This is very good for companionship in the real sense and is usually a life-time connect, growing deeper with time. A connect of two opposites who are actually One. This gives each an understanding of the other which can neither be articulated not understood completely, just experienced. There is genuine sympathy, affection and each appreciates the other’s life path intensely. The simplest reason is this, the Ketu-friend knows at the deepest levels what the Rahu-friend is going through at present, and will go through in the future. The Rahu’s present/future is Ketu’s past experience. And vice-versa! Both are astral graha, complete when with each other. Thus the two friends feel the other as the missing-link which completes each at the deepest level. (I know a couple of friends, with a Rahu-Ketu linkage in the birth chart and the same combination in their divisional chart-9, navamsha chart also. Unbelievably linked on all levels.)

So this was just a frame work on which the Rahu-linked synastry relationship will evolve. The finer details will depend a great deal on the house in which this combination is happening. Also keep the social and cultural background in mind. Rahu does not mean that the two will break out of the socio-cultural norms and engage in aberrant behaviour. These are mental and psychological patterns you are analysing. And, since it is Rahu involved, they will always be significant, ‘the desire for experience’. If you have someone in your life with such a Rahu – synastry, analyse your this relationship in great details. It will help you understand your own self better.

 

Rahu and karmic relationships

Pranayam, the basic 3 methods

There are several ways of doing pranayam, but the basic concept remains the same. You sit on your asan, in your darkened room, sit in your chosen yogic posture, Ardha-padmasan, Siddhasan or Padmasan. Then you inhale/ Purak, retain the breath/ Kumbhak and then exhale/ Rechak in a specific pattern. This Pranayam is quite a serious ‘vital exercise’ (it is in fact a Yog) where you are manipulating the pran/vital energy in your body so there are a few things you should be aware of.

Pranayam, the basic 3 methods

Pranayam pattern One –

You should start with the relatively gentle Anulom/Vilom Pranayam first. The thumb is used to close the right nostril and the little and ring fingers together close the left nostril. Anyone can do this irrespective of physical fitness.

  • Close your right nostril and breathe slowly in from your left,
  • then close your left nostril, (both nostrils will remain closed briefly)
  • open just your right and breathe slowly out from the right.
  • Next breathe in slowly from the right,
  • close the right, (both will be closed briefly)
  • open just the left and breathe out slowly from the left nostril.
  • This is one count. Repeat

Start your practice with 6 counts. You can increase the time to upto 30 mins in one sitting. (If you cannot sit for 30 mins at a stretch, at least do 10 breathing counts regularly ideally four times a day, but even twice a day is good to start with.)

This is the basic pattern and it goes in very deep. For regular practice this pattern is the most effective and safest.

Pranayam Pattern Two –

Attempt this Bhastrika Pranayam only and only if you are physically fit and only after you have been doing the basic Anulom/Vilom regularly at least for a month. Breathe in, fill your chest, do not retain the breath, breathe out immediately with a hissing sound in your throat. This is one count. Your chest will be moving very fast. Do 10 counts and then the 11th count will be breath in and out very slowly without retaining the air. These 11 counts is one set.

Do only one set initially, maximum is 6 sets. It can be exhausting, so attempt it only if you are fit enough, else you can damage your body. This pranayam has a specific use, i.e. to open the Sushumna and force the flow of pran through it.

Pranayam Pattern Three –

Only when you have been doing the Pattern One for at least one month regularly and you are fit enough. Inhale slowly through both nostrils. Retain the air. Now push your head back on your shoulders so that your neck muscles tighten. And pull in your abdomen upwards as much as you can. The retained air will now create a pressure against your throat. Retain this for as long as you comfortably can. Now close your left nostril with the ring and little finger of your right hand and breathe out through your right nostril. This is one count. Do this 5 times where you will exhale from the right nostril only. Then for the next 5 counts, repeat the same process but now you will now breathe out from the left nostril only, and close the right nostril with the thumb of the right hand. This 5+5 is one set.

You can go upto 10 counts per nostril but slowly, and increase the time to upto 30 mins in one sitting. These are strenuous movements of the body and the pran too, so never rush into it, slowly and gradually.

Pranayam, the basic 3 methods Pranayam, the basic 3 methods

These three patterns are the preparatory phases where you clean out the body and remove all diseases which linger on in it. All chronic diseases and bodily pains can be overcome by regulating the pran/vital energy in your body. A few tips would be,

  1. Practice twice a day.
  2. Do not eat heavy meals at least 2 hours before doing this, you can have a small snack upto 30 mins before doing this.
  3. Eat food that you have prepared with your own hands, at least one dish a day. Do not eat spicy or heavy foods.
  4. The inward and outward breath should be slow steady and a smooth flow. If there is disturbance in the flow of air it will cause negative impact on the body. So focus on the rhythm and the flow of the breath. The more relaxed it is the more beneficial it will be.
  5. The air from the lungs must be exhaled completely before you start inhaling again. Abdominal breathing will ensure this.
  6. Your neck, back and head should be straight, not stressed, relaxed and straight. The body muscles and body posture should not be under stress. No forced breathing, no strain on the chest/abdominal muscles. Do not worry about the length of the breath, initially it will be quite short, the body knows when to extend it.
  7. Visualise that your body is being filled with positive silvery/golden energy as you breathe in. As you breathe out visualise that you are throwing away all the negativity, black stuff and darkness out from you.
  8. Try and live a satvik (energies directed towards the internal Reality) lifestyle, do not think or do things which go against the conscience.
  9. If you wish to do Mantra jaap or Dhyan or Homa or any spiritual practice, do it after you have completed your pranayam, it will be more powerful.
  10. Be patient and do your practice, your internal energy nadi and chakras are all being cleaned out. It might take some time for it to be visible in your physical body, but within 6 months people close to you will notice the difference and you yourself will also feel lighter and cleaner. Willpower will increase, you will be more fearless, intellect/memory will be sharper, you will look bright/serene, aura will change etc.

Pranayam increases the ‘heat’ within the body, this ‘heat’ is used to clean out the blockages within your chakra/nadi system. You should go slow because these blockages are within the thinnest possible nadis, they have to be cleared gently to avoid damage. This much can be practiced by a householder who is still active in his routine life. For the next step in Pranayam there are rules which need to be followed regarding food, behaviour etc. And these rules are for your own safety, because you are manipulating the most valuable thing in the universe, your own vital energy.

And the most important thing, you have to recite a Mantra when you do your Pranayam else the energies created will be tamasic. As the initial levels, I would advise you to mentally recite OM four times as you breathe in (Purak) or out (Rechak) and mentally recite OM eight times when you are holding your breath, pinching your nose shut (kumbhak). This will ensure that you gain on the spiritual levels too. This is extremely important and I have seen that all ‘modern yoga’ teachers completely miss this.

So try these seemingly simple Pranayam. Start with pattern one, initially this will take 5 mins of your time twice a day. (Ideally these are to be practiced at sunrise, midday, sunset and midnight. If you )

You are investing these few minutes for your own self, so do practice.

 

Pranayam, the basic 3 methods

 

A Big Thank you to my Readers

A Big Thank you to my Readers

Have penned this post in heart-felt gratitude to my readers.

Had started this blog as a way to rebalance my own karma that required me to write and write about what all I have learned and then actually experienced in my lives. My own horoscope required of me to give out more and even more and thank God for the Internet and blogging! The more I pass on, the more open I myself become to the new learnings coming to me in the future. Thank you all for reading and thus helping me in such a deep way!

I am overwhelmed by the love that you all have offered and your time. There have been quite a few comments where you all have suggested topics for me to write on. I deeply appreciate these comments, it really helps if I know if someone is interested in reading on ‘vignyan bhairav tantra’, ’empty houses’, or ‘reiki’ or ‘education’. Please keep the topic ideas coming in so that I write more on what you would like to read on. If I have any practical experience with it, I will.

Thank you from my heart, with warmth and lots of positive energies.

Tejaswini

 

A Big Thank you to my Readers

 

Transits of Rahu/Ketu through your chart!

If I were to say which forces of the horoscope are the most significant? I would say Rahu and Ketu, the North / South Nodes. These represent the desires of your current life. Rahu is the desires active and Ketu is those desires which are extinct! Indian astrology gives due respect to these 2 forces but western astrology refuses to even acknowledge them! But they are supremely important, e.g. a client comes to you for issues in buying a property, and you see the Rahu in 4thhouse, it’s a straight-forward conclusion that the fault is on his side, he tried to cheat, over-extend, be over-ambitious and has, as per Rahu’s indications, now fallen flat on his face. The direction of your desires is a very important indicator. You may have a beautifully placed Moon, Sun, Ascendant and everything else, but then your desires can pull you towards things which are not savoury or catastrophic for others and society.

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Now these duo transit for long-ish periods too, spending 18 months, 1.5yrs in one sign. (The only planet which transits longer than these, is Saturn at 2.5yrs in one sign. Jupiter transits one sign in one year). Thus their influence is quite significant and sets the tone for these 18 months. So let us go through what can be expected from these two. As always the position from the ascendant is the physical/manifested context, the mental/emotional context is counted from the birth moon sign and the subtle aspects counted from the birth Rahu/Ketu signs.

Rahu is just the head, he has no body to do his actual work so he works through the planets he is placed with and the sign and the owner of the sign he is in. He will amplify over-extend and ultimately fall on his face in his typical Rahu style. A very simple example, a 5-yr old child with Rahu conjunct Moon will be extremely possessive of his mother all the time, won’t even let his dad kiss his mom, smother her with kisses, hugs and displays of affection, till 5-mins later he bangs his head on her nose attempting to kiss her some more, gives her a nose-bleed and gets a scolding himself. A baby Rahu over-reach!

Ketu has no head, he is just the body. Thus he indifferently accepts the influence of the planet he is with and the sign/owner he is placed in. He will give physical disconnection always, but will give a special astral/sub-conscious, almost dis-embodied awareness of these keywords. Eg, if the Ketu is with the ascendant, he will open widely the gates of the astral/sub-conscious/dreams/visions and the person will not even realize the dangers the astral holds and, ultimately due to exposure to those energies, damage his physical body including his physical eye-sight.

The Nodes are 180 degrees apart, like ying /yang, consuming one house and expanding the other exactly opposite.

Rahu in 1st Ketu in 7th Now your over-reaching self-ego consumes partnerships. Desire to win at any cost dissolves legal bindings. Being first and prominent in the society stops fairness and equitability. You are aggressively self-promotional and really not bothered about your equals and partners. Take care of your marriage, these 18months are one thing but husband/wife is forever!

Rahu in 2nd Ketu in 8th  You develop ambitions about increasing your wealth and assets and maintaining them for your use. Desire to be in control of the family treasures and using them for your own purposes. You want solidity, material things you can touch and increase. And on the other side, you have no desire to change, to transform and to re-invent yourself. The secrets of the mind, of the esoteric, the tantra, the intangible but powerful magics hold no charm for you. Do not let your family members over-ride you.

Rahu in 3rd Ketu in 9th You desire local trades, siblings and neighbourhood. Lots of quick communication, gossip and chit-chat. Juvenile behaviour and adolescence. Also superficial analysis which will lead to profits.  No inclination to associate with the betters, peers, philosophers and patrons. Disinclined to reflect, ponder and philosophise. You know how to work the stock market for even more money but will not think about the theory of role of money in the society. Do not let your siblings get the better of you and do not get cut off from the philosophies that are the foundation of your life.

Rahu in 4th Ketu in 10th Here you superficially desire maternal security and comfort zones. The stability of the physical structures and even customs and traditions. However you will neglect your father and your profession, your power and position in the society. Intent on your personal emotions you will not be aware of the demands and obligations of the society and the work that you are expected to perform here. Remain in your senses and do not let mother/maternal figures get the better of you. Take care of your father, you may lose him.

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Rahu in 5th Ketu in 11th You will be highly self-referential during this period. The world will revolve around you and your sense of intelligence, genius and creativity. You will superficially talk about high ethics and morals. You will be in the center-stage, drama, politics or any expression of individual self-expression. However you will neglect the greater networks of humans and like-minded groups. Your source of income will be in spurts not a sustained flow of money. Do not let your children force you into unpleasant situations.

Rahu in 6th Ketu in 12th You will actively seek the forces who can potentially harm you in the context of disease, debt and enemies, and you will vanquish them. This will help you in balancing your karmic debts and the records that are maintained in the astral realm will not affect you adversely. However you will not receive guidance from your astral guides either, your sub-conscious will not be so accessible and dreams/visions will not be so helpful either.

Rahu in 7th Ketu in 1st Now you will put your partnerships before any selfish gain. You will respect the legal demands that others have on you at least on a superficial level. You will try to uphold equitability as long as your interests are not affected. Do not let your partners get the better of you. You will be not bothered about your social standing and ego, if you do some spiritual practice during this period it will be fruitful. Take care of your personal health.

Rahu in 8th Ketu in 2nd You will be dissociated from your family during this period. Loss of wealth resources is indicated. The secrets of the mind, of the esoteric, the tantra, the intangible but powerful magics will attract you. You will want to forge new identities for yourself. You might spend money and wealth unnecessarily in these. You might suffer secret diseases, reproductive organs problems, accidents, surgeries and diseases related to over-heating.

Rahu in 10th Ketu in 4th Here you will give in to the demands and obligations of the society and the work that you are expected to perform here. You will superficially behave as the ideal worker but as always you will have your hidden agenda. You might ignore your emotional and comfort zones and work. You will be more in touch with your father but do not let him over-ride your decisions. Take care of your mother, you may lose her.

Rahu in 11th Ketu in 5th You will mingle with the greater networks of humans and like-minded groups. Your source of income will be a sustained flow of money from several sources, don’t get into illegal activities. You will prefer anonymity rather than the center stage and you will work systematically. You will prefer to work for the greater good but only till your personal interest is satisfied. Do not ignore your children and maintain a hobby during this period.

Rahu in 12th Ketu in 6th The forces who can potentially harm you in the context of disease, debt and enemies, will auto-destruct. You may suffer very briefly from disembodied entities/ghosts. The records maintained in the astral realm will be available to you and  your astral guides, dreams/visions will also help you. Rahu being a superficial pretender will prevent you from getting too immersed in the astral too.

These are of course the overlying trends which will last for 18 months of their transit in each sign/house. Pay attention to which Dasha you are on. Transits are always coupled with dashas to get a full picture. These trends will be further modified by the trends in the other planets transits and the original chart/placement. If you have special combinations involving Rahu Ketu like complete or partial kaal sarpa in your birth chart do that in-depth analysis first.  Having a well-balanced birth chart is a huge asset as then the transits cannot cause much mischief.

 

Marriage is Karma

Tips for new Astrologers

During my time reading horoscopes, cards, runes, auras, basically reading energy, there have been a few clients who ultimately got interested and learnt to Read themselves. You also can and should learn to Read, at least for yourself. The tool can be anything, you can read from grains of rice to cowrie shells or dust or whatever catches your fancy. But there are a few things that newbie Readers need to be aware of. Thus this post!

Tips for new Astrologers

  • Sometimes I think that I write only about problems, but then the subject is just that. No one goes to an astrologer to know why he is happy! Only when his wishes are thwarted and he feels out of control, hopeless, miserable and lost, does he go to a Reader. It is just like being a doctor, we get to see only those in trauma. It is a toxic environment, where we have to listen to people being sad, angry, depressed, deserted, cheated and negative all the time.
  • Try to think of yourself as a doctor, listen, think, correlate the patterns, diagnose and then prescribe. If the patient wants to get well he will follow the prescriptions, the doctor does not force the medicines. And the doctor is not responsible if the patients refuses to take them. So do not feel responsible for the troubles of your clients.
  • In the excitement of reading, you get involved emotionally, become a ’empath’ and think about your clients and share your energy with them. Even after the session is over, you go over in your mind what you have said and worry if you could have done it better. This happens to all Readers at the beginning. This is not good as it drains your energy. Actual energy cords are created and as the client is in trouble himself, he sub-consciously draws energy and because you have become an ‘empath’ you sub-consciously give. Feeling overly emotional is not going to help either you or your client. Remember you are a professional!
  • Later as you continue reading more charts, you will either get immune to their problems and start thinking of them as a source of income or you get so emotional that your personal life and family will suffer. Either way, this is also not good. You have to develop a non-attached frame of mind if you really want to Read for others without getting a backlash on yourself. Learn to be kind and non-attached at the same time!
  • You will also get those atheist type of clients sometimes who will ‘challenge’ you to prove astrology is a science! I personally do not take such challenges, I do not wish to waste my time and energy on persons who are not willing to learn new perspectives. It is not my job either. Life is all about learning about one’s own self, some do it with astrology, tarot, runes and some do not.
  • I get clients who use the charts to justify their problems. They refuse to accept their role in the situation. ‘My marriage is on the rocks because my Venus is combust!’. The client will cling on to this statement, blaming the Venus and refusing to take corrective steps which you will prescribe. In fact he will expect sympathy from you for being mis-treated by the Venus! Be very clear about this at the very start of your Reading for others. The chart does not control you. It simply is the diagram which tells you what you have chosen at the moment of birth. It describes energy. It cannot be used to justify whatever is happening to you. The chart is a tool. Use it to identify the imbalances and follow the prescriptions to set the balances right.

Tips for new Astrologers

And then the diciest question of them all, how much to charge or even, should you charge?

  1. If you consider this your profession you should charge money. Depending on your skill level, set up a reasonable hourly charge. At my level I would feel justified at charging a reasonable Rs 2000/- per hour.
  2. If you have a good enough source of money for your life-style and do not feel the need to charge money for yourself, set up a charitable trust and use the money to help others who are in genuine need.
  3. You can also ask your clients to bring flowers or sweets for your altar/Puja. In fact as per the ancient rules, when someone had to see an astrologer he was supposed to take this and some money as much as he felt appropriate.
  4. If you do not want to do either of the above, there is another way. I do this, if the client is satisfied with my reading his self sends an energy packet of gratitude, (he does not do it consciously). It reaches me and I take it. That is my payment and it works for me as I am highly aware of the astral and energy realms.
  5. But never over-charge or put the client in a loop of complicated rituals or gemstones for fleecing him. The client pays but the intention changes, he thinks, ‘take this money and take my troubles too’. When you touch this money, the negativity will invariably affect you.

And finally there is a thought process that you have to understand and if possible make the client also understand. You are the soul, the fragment of the Ultimate Consciousness which has decided to come and play this Game of Life/Leela. While enjoying all the treats designed by Mahamaya/the creative power of the Ultimate, you forgot your true nature. And you have picked on excess baggage, karma. Now you have to get rid of this baggage, work it off and again realise your true identity, the Ultimate.

Now this unbalanced karma of so many lives cannot be balanced back in one go, so you choose. You choose the exact time, location, family and situation where you are born. The exact moment and the exact horoscope associated with it is your choice. Your higher self has chosen it as the best possible option. So some lives you choose to balance the happy karma, live as a king and some lives you choose to balance the hurt you have given others and thus live the life of a beggar. Your conscience has judged you, you have accepted and now in the process of re-balancing.

Accept your choices you made at your birth moment, but also remember you have the same choice at every moment of your life. Choose wisely and Intend Happiness!

 

Tips for new Astrologers