Astrologically real friends and fake friends

In today’s superficial world we have lots of social ‘friends’ who ‘like’ us, ‘besties’ and ‘bff’s’, but then when we look around for that buddy when we really need someone, there is no one. Life time friendships and close friends are a thing of the past and most of us labour on through life without shoulder to cry on. And we too never attempt to really try to give our friends a boost when they need it. All of us are very busy in our lives and most best-friend-forever’s are the fair weather variety who disappear at the first hint of trouble.

Having no or very few genuine friends is a reality of our times. So let’s try to analyse our friends or the lack of them astrologically.

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First to check out which sort of people do each of the houses bring into your life.

  • The 1st house brings in people who are like your own self and are generally supportive. People who help in creating your personality and are a huge part of your environment.
  • The 2nd house brings your family members closer to you, people you have known throughout your life. These people help you and your family grow and gain in several ways, its a close knit thing.
  • The 3rd house is siblings, the neighbourhood, all those linked to you by a common purpose or a team with common skill sets. They support you only upto limited levels and later will become your competitors.
  • Anyone you meet through your 4th house is a maternal figure in some way connected to your homeland and traditions. You are comfortable with these, but there is an undercurrent of need based love which can become suffocating later.
  • The 5th house rarely brings friends, it is the house of self-referential genius. You prefer self-love here and do not allow friendly relationships to emerge from its depths.
  • The 6th brings in people whom you owe service, money, debts, emotions, worry or work. No friends here, it is the breakdown of all amiable relationships.
  • The 7th house is that one real best friend, the closest one-one relationship that you will have with one or rarely two people in your life. The one whom you instinctively yearn for. Someone whom you instantly know to be your own, a spouse or a platonic friend. You just know that he is your partner and friend for life.
  • The 8th house is all those people you’d rather not meet. Harbingers of catastrophes and traumatic change. Your interactions in the 8th are are generally painful and thankfully short.
  • The guides who support are brought in by the 9th house. Good people, peer and patrons but you wouldn’t be very comfortable partying with or sharing your innermost feelings here.
  • The 10th is all sorts of fatherly figures, even the boss who teaches you how to conduct yourself in the office. They expect best behaviour and work from you. No friends here.
  • Now the 11th house is your friend and it supports your like minded groups. All the interactions, the help that you may give or receive from people you would like to spend time with, go out with, enjoy with because you all are alike in some way or the other. It is the gain in terms of emotional support and the physical presence of having your friend around when you need him the most.
  • And finally the 12th rarely brings in actual people as friends. It can allow entities or spiritual helpers during your mediative or dream states. Or people who can lead you astray, cause you losses or make you feel alone.

eg. Open your chart, note the sign placed in the 11th house. Note where its lord is placed. eg suppose it is Gemini, ruled by Mercury. And Mercury is placed in your 3rd house. So your ideal friend is the one who is more of a team-mate, someone with whom you can learn new things and later compete with.

So to have ‘friends’ as we understand it, the basic requirement is a strong 11th house supported by an auspicious 7th house. In case these two are working against you, then there are no real friends for you.

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Here I am listing some possible combinations for friendlessness which indicate people whom you initially think to be your ‘friends’, but they will be inimical to you and your interests. If you think of anyone as your ‘friend’, the inherent imbalance will start affecting the relationship.

If these combinations exist in your birth Moon chart, then the effects will be seen on the emotional levels more than physical levels. Lack of emotional satisfaction and emotional suffering from your friends.

Malefics in the 11th house

Natural malefics – Wrote about the role of the natural malefics ie Sun, Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu in the 11th house and your friendships in this post.Natural malefics in the 11th house do not grant genuine friendships.

If this planet is either your ascendant lord or a yogkarak for your chart, then he will always support you, not harm you. But the types of people he indicates will still enter your life posing as ‘friends’ with ulterior motives. But the difference is that you will be able to manage your ‘friend-circle’ so as to always gain from them. Especially so if this planet is powerful. But if this planet is debilitated, then be aware that your friends will try use your talents or cheat you in ways you do not expect and cause you harm.

Functional malefics – There are 3 houses of turmoil the 6th 8th and 12th. (The 3rd house can go both ways depending on the chart)

  • The 6th house and its lord. Any connect between the 6th and the 11th house does not give genuine friendships. You are required to be there for your friends and will lose money or get stressed because of them. People will briefly come in your life, take something from you and vanish forever. They will make you serve and suffer. You might lose your time, money, emotions or energy in these interactions. So be careful about people whom you meet especially in the course of your profession or in social settings, those who try to get close to you. Unhappiness is often a result.
  • The 8th house and its lord. If there is a connect between these and the 11th house in any way, then your friendships will not prosper. There will be an initial fascination because of some common secrets, mysteriousness, occult interests etc. The initial spark will entice, but as time passes this will fade. Often explosive arguments or actual physical fights, after which the friendship ends. Suppressed rage issues are often a result.
  • The 12th house and its lord. A connection between the 11th and the 12th house/lords means that you might meet people in isolated places, eg treks in remote areas, at retreats for meditation, in hospitals, or if the chart is bad then even in jails etc. You will be drawn to them because of undefinable reasons, pinning down the exact reason this person came close to you will not be easy. But eventually these people will cause losses in your life. You might take this in a philosophical vein but sorrow is often a result.

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The power of the 11th lord. And if you have any planet in the 11th then analyse him too. If he is affected in any way he will not be able to provide you with life time friends. A simple interpretation would be something like this,

  • debilitated planet – mean minded people will come into your life posing as friends. They will try to put you down, injure your self confidence, diminish your self ego, make use of your assets for their purposes, cheat you.
  • combust planet – your ‘friends’ turn out to be selfish and self-centred. They expect praise and recognition form you but never notice the important things about you. No real interaction is possible with such self-referential egoistic people so the friendship will naturally be short lived.
  • You can further check the power of the planet using Shadbala concepts and their interpretations. A planet with low power cannot give pleasing results.
  • Especially check his Ishta Kashta phala, a planet with high Kashta phala will grant you friends who give you pain.

You can also cross check with the Ashtakvarga table.

  • The score of the 11th house sign, should be more than 27 points in order to give favourable results.
  • The score of the 11th lord in the sign he is placed in should be more than 4, for auspicious results.
  • If you have a planet in the 11th house check his score for the sign he is placed in, ie your 11th house sign. This less than 4 will grant failure in friendships.

Use the Navamsha chart for checking the potential of the 11th house things. (detailed post on Navamsha analysis). Any connect with the Dusham sthan here can affect things.

  • eg. Suppose your main birth chart 6th house is Virgo/Mercury so naturally the 11th house will be Aquarius/Saturn. In your navamsha chart, check if Saturn has been allocated to Virgo navamsha. Or Mercury is placed in Aquarius navamsha. If this is so, then your friends will seem very good on the face but will have a rotten core. They will hurt you and eventually exit from your life.

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If your 11th house is very strong then this means that you will benefit from your friends. For this to happen your friend has to first have something which he can then give to you. So your own 11th energies will act as a catalyst on him and give him several benefits. On the subconscious levels it is expected that he will give them back to you, thus sustain that loop in a positive feedback situation. Now we will have to see his Dharma trikon, if this is strong then he will happily give it to you and the self-sustaining loop will continue. But if his Dharma trikon is afflicted, he will not be able to hold up his part of the subconscious bargain and you will not get the benefit that your 11th house has created in him, to give to you. And the loop will sense a negative feedback and the friendship will be severed. This is a rather convoluted logic but this is the way it works.

A strong 11th house will not allow a sneaky person to enter your life as a friend. So if you are having issues with ‘friends’ it is your 11th house that needs to be addressed. Ultimately you are responsible for what is happening to you and there are several ways to resolve these negative patterns.

Everything that happens in our lives is for a reason, basically karma. It is possible that you do not understand astrology much, but even then, reading these posts will be helpful. Knowing that the reason your bosom friend kicked you in the ass had something to do with 6th house or something like that and was not your fault per se, can help bring acceptance and closure.

Analysing trends over longer time periods

There were several questions on the the long term trends on what is going to happen to us. I do not have time to write detailed explanations, but you can use the following to come to your own conclusions.

Right now the world is going through a horrible crisis triggered by the eclipse of 26th Dec 2019. This annular solar eclipse involved 6 planets in Sagittarius and one Rahu in Gemini, so a total of 7 planets were mixed up in this energy. The, luminaries of the zodiac, Sun and Moon are not effective during an eclipse and unable to guide us. Rahu and Ketu in the stationary or in the forward motion indicates a release of a huge quantum of pending karma during a short span of time. Anything mixed up with an eclipse means that it is karma in fast forward. Whatever you have sown, this is the time you will reap it. 

Sagittarius is the foundation house ie the 9th house of the natural zodiac, and anything which disturbs the 9th house has the potential to deeply destabilise. This eclipse hit very hard and initiated several disasters, most prominently the COVID 19. Sagittarius is the natural Dharma sthan. So on an esoteric level this eclipse has triggered a clash between the Dharma and Adharma. This is evident in the daily news, these sort of clashes suddenly increased after this eclipse. Ketu at the mid-point of Sagittarius, eclipsed the sign itself and also Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn all at once, thus humanity as a whole remained apathetic to and disinterested in these many aspects of life. We failed to pay attention to these many keywords in our personal and collective life. We could not foresee the implications of our actions as Rahu at the mid point of Gemini, ie the natural 3rd house, first eclipsed the sign and its keywords. This ensured that we, as a collective, took risks which now, in retrospect, seem to be an overreach leading to disaster. 

This eclipse lasted for about 5:35 hrs, so its results on the global level will last for at least 5.5yrs, ie till mid 2025. So whatever was triggered by this eclipse on the personal and global levels will continue to show its effects till this time at least. These years will also have their own eclipses and transits which will modify the effect of the trigger eclipse. Especially combinations involving 5 or more planets in a sign will add to the overall instability. 

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With this background let’s try to very briefly analyse the time till mid 2025.

Jupiter has the unique ability to sustain life on Earth, he is called the Jiv karak. He is the sustainer of the body, mind and the individual soul. He allows the accumulation of resources, building up of assets and ensures support from the foundations of life. A favourable and powerful Jupiter has the capacity to set things back on the auspicious track. He owns Sagittarius and is the the natural Dharmesh of the zodiac. 

For an overview of trends over longer time periods, we use Jupiter as the primary agent and see how the other planets are influencing him. We try find out those time periods where Jupiter has the power to set things back on an favourable, auspicious, Dharmic track. 

I have very briefly sketched out the framework, try to see if you can fill in more details yourself. For the past, I have written posts on Jupiter transits. (use the index and see if I had got it right back then)

  • Jupiter in Capricorn, 2020-21 was debilitated and so practically of no use. He allowed the collective health of humanity to deteriorate, economy to collapse, resources to be diminished etc. And Saturn in Capricorn meant karma came calling in a big way and Jupiter unable to do much about it.
  • Jupiter in Aquarius 2021 – 22 is also not of much use, it is an average position for him. And Saturn continues powerfully in his own Capricorn, now more dangerous in the Shravan Nakshatra and will not let Jupiter act freely. 
  • An eclipse on 8th Nov 2022 involving 6 planets will have an undesirable impact on the global affairs. 
  • Jupiter in Pisces, 2022- 23 is a ray of hope but the window that he gets is very small and in pieces, 3 mths in 2022 and 3 mths in 2023. For the rest of his stay here, 6 mths, Saturn will significantly aspect him from Capricorn, hampering his style. This will be his 3rd aspect so will give more inauspicious and extreme results.
  • An eclipse on 6th May 2023 will involve 6 planets causing more confusion. 
  • Jupiter in Aries 2023-24 would have helped global affairs. But Saturn will be aspecting him from Aquarius throughout his time here. Again the 3rd aspect which is not encouraging. 
  • An eclipse on 29th Oct 2023 will involve 7 planets and cause significant instability.
  • Jupiter in Taurus 2024 – 25 is in a better position to do good for us. We will see some positive changes during this time. Jupiter in the natural 2nd house of the zodiac will help us accumulate resources and live a comparatively better quality of life. And he is not affected by the major malefics, ie Saturn Rahu Ketu. Depending on the other transits and personal charts of nations/ individuals, this time can turn around things for several of us.
  • Jupiter in Gemini 2024-25 also should help humanity recover to some extent as he is not afflicted by major malefics, Saturn Rahu Ketu during his time here. The risks that we take will have more potential to be favourable in the long run. Economy will show visible signs of recovery.
  • In 2025 Jupiter will also briefly enter Cancer, get exalted, but he is going forwards and backwards in Cancer over a period of 3yrs, from 2025, 26, 27. This means that the results expected will neither be deep nor long lasting. However there will be brief options opening up for short periods. He will be with Ketu briefly so the Guru chandal yog will operate. 

Thus the 5.5yrs from the eclipse of Dec 2019 will unfold. 

There are so many conjunctions, retrogression, eclipses, combustions etc which will occur during this time giving their own results. But the overall theme is of hardship and harshness. If your original birth chart is powerful enough, you will be able to make use of the windows of opportunity which will come from time to time. But overall for the world, Time is not favourable. Mahakaal has awakened. We humans can start something but how this action will end is in the hands of Mahakaal. 

In your personal lives, take care of your health and finances. Most importantly follow Dharma in some way or the other. ie do your daily pujas, hold on to the mantra your Guru has given to you, practice the Gayatri mantra, practice gratefulness to the Sun, keep a living Tulsi plant in your house etc. Try to increase your internal energy in every way you can and fortify yourself. 

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Analysing harsh combinations in Navamsha

I have written a few posts on planetary combinations which cause turmoil in life. If two planets interact in the horoscope, they enhance each other’s similar qualities and create harshness where they differ from each other. Some of these typical combinations are,

If you have these combinations in your birth chart then you will clearly see these results on the material plane in your physical life and the environment around you. You can easily identify the problem, so can also act to resolve it. But if you get these uncomfortable combinations in your D9 chart, ie the Navamsha chart then you may remain unaware of the situation which will continue as you generally are unaware of the subtle things of the Navamsha chart.

The Navamsha D9 chart is considered to be the expansion of the 9th house, ie your foundations in all ways. It is where you analyse your potential, your expectations and your ability to feel satisfied about something in life. If something is uncomfortable here then it subtly affects your life in every way. The Navamsha chart is next in importance to the birth chart. you draw from its potential energy to actualise your material life. There are three ways to analyse the Navamsha (post here). The third way listed here is the Navamsha tulya Rashi, ie the navamsha chart is interpreted in the same way as the birth chart.

So open your birth and navamsha chart together.

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1. If you have a harsh planetary combination conjoint in your birth chart and this conjunction repeats in your Navamsha chart.

This means that the energy springs from deep within the psyche, strongly pervades into your material life and exponentially increases the effect of the combination. You will express its full energy and also feel internally comfortable when you do so. Rectifying these negative traits will not be easy as you do not feel them to be negative as per your perception.

Analyse the two signs and the Nakshatra pad/quarter involved to get more information.

Eg Suppose you have your Jupiter at 7deg Leo and Rahu at 8deg Leo. Both are in the Magha nakshatra 3rd quarter. It is a very close Guru Chandal yog in the birth chart. In the Navamsha chart too, both are allocated to the same Gemini Navamsha. The Guru Chandal is present in both the potential D9 and the manifested D1. The environment of Gemini will be in the background and will be expressed though the lens of Leo. ie you will be very logical, intelligent, able to think quickly through options, choose the right one and act very boldly and confidently. You can get more information when you add the qualities of Magha 3rd pad, ie highly individualistic, capable, fiery, ambitious, rebellious, intelligent, always wanting to learn new things etc to your analysis. But the typical nature of the Guru chandal will exist, the foundation of the personality is linked to its energy and at some point of time you will betray those people who have supported you and also feel satisfied about this act of yours.

Navamsha analysis for beginners

2. The planets are not together in the birth chart but are allocated to Navamshas ruled by the same sign.

Eg suppose you have your Saturn at 8deg Cancer and Mars at 28deg Taurus. As per the navamsha allocation table above, both are located in a navamsha ruled by Virgo. Suppose Virgo sign falls in the 4th house of your Navamsha chart. So you will analyse the effect of the Saturn Mars conjunction in Virgo sign and 4th house as per this post. These two together will have their typical combined effect on the keywords of the 4th and the opposite 10th house, creating an undercurrent of frustration and dissatisfaction. You will not be able to create or stick to schedules. You will have several genius level ideas, but you will not be able to structure them in a practical manner. Strangely this will not cause you much stress as you have so very many ideas that just thinking about them or briefly following them satisfies you. You will not be acknowledged for any specific thing but will be respected as a useful and powerful person to have around. The underlying energy of the personality in the home and office will be Saturn + Mars. Even if the 4th and 10th houses in the birth chart are exceptionally powerful, aspected by benefics etc, still this background Navamsha energy will affect these parts of your personality till you finally become aware of your inner discomfort and take active steps to address it. The trigger dasha when you will understand this, will be a combination of Saturn Mars and Mercury. And the trigger transit will be most likely a Mars or Saturn transit in Virgo. After this realization you might be able to take corrective action if the rest of the chart allows this.

3. The planets are not conjunct in the birth chart but are aspecting in the Navamsha chart.

Eg You have your Saturn in 5deg Aquarius, allotted to Scorpio navamsha. Your Moon is in 23deg Virgo allocated to Leo navamsha. So Saturn will aspect Moon with his 10th aspect in the Navamsha chart. (I wrote a post here on Saturn and Moon.) This position means that the mother, people from your maternal side etc 4th house things will subconsciously be a source of betrayal, you will feel emotionally disconnected from your traditions, feel anxious if you are required to look after your home, landed property or even drive a car. These are subconscious expectations so even if your birth chart’s Moon is strong etc these Navamsha influences will always be at the back of your mind creating discomfort.

4. The harsh combination present in the the birth chart does not exist in the navamsha chart.

Eg suppose you have your Mars aspecting Saturn in the birth chart but there is no connection between the two in the D9. This means that the uncomfortable energy very much exists in your material life, you will feel all the frustrations that this will give in the life that you are living. But on the inner levels you will perceive differently,

  • If the D9 offers a better position for both of them eg Saturn moves to a Capricorn navamsha and Mars to an Aries navamsha then both are separated in the D9. Each is in its own sign’s Navamsha so more comfortable and potentially capable of better results. If you are aware of their more balanced potential from the D9, you can actively use their energies from here to reduce your stress in the physical life.
  • But pay attention if the same harshness repeats in the D9 but in a different ‘flavour’. Eg if Saturn is allocated to Scorpio navamsha. Here Mars will continue to subtly affect the potential power of Saturn in your life from your D9 too, giving you no respite.

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Let’s take a look at our standard example chart, Aleister Crowley, 12th Oct 1875, 11: 42pm, Leamington Spa, Britain. A reasonably accurately recorded life, happening events and dead, so a good case study.

Birth chart Aleister Crowley

Navamsha Aleister Crowley
Navamsha Aleister Crowley

This birth chart has several harsh combinations. If you analyse this person, his material life had several typical characteristics of these dissonant combinations.

  • Venus Jupiter are within 15deg, influencing 4th 10th.
  • Rahu Moon conjunct but just about 15deg apart, both influence the 9th house.
  • Mars Saturn are not typically conjunct but both influence 7th and 1st house.

In the Navamsha chart, it is incredible that all these 3 typical pairs, Venus – Jupiter, Mars – Saturn, Moon – Rahu get positioned in the 5/9 axis. ie In the mutually cooperative 5/9 axis of genius and creativity feeding each other as an evolving energy spiral. Planets in the 5/9 axis are very comfortable as each uses the power of the other in his own way to give his typical gains. These navamsha positions have removed much of the negativity of these combinations of the birth chart. On the inner levels, Crowley was not very concerned with the havoc these planets were playing in his material life, he was evolving with their support on the inside. However Rahu Moon continue in the Shakti yog in the navamsha too, affecting its Dharma trikon, so he was quite satisfied with his actions of attacking the dogma of the religion that he was born in and in developing the Thoth tarot etc.

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Other Divisional Charts. The Navamsha chart is critical, do analyse it for all questions that you get, just ensure that you have the correct birth time. The other divisional charts are used depending on the question that you ask. The logic of analysing these harsh combinations will remain the same in the divisional charts too.

  • Eg if you have been asked a question on professional success, you will open the D10. If you see a Mars Saturn combination in the 1st house of this divisional chart, Dashamsha, then you cannot predict a very successful professional life for this person. If you can, counsel him about the effects of this combination and if he addresses the issue he may improve to some extent.

Finally, I often get this question often on how to find out if the remedies will work or not? Here are a few tips for you to evaluate this.

  1. Prashna – if the client has come to you at an auspicious time then the remedies you prescribe will work well. Use Prashna techniques liberally at every reading, even if your client does not ask you a specific ‘Prashna’ in the astrological sense of this word. This means to always be aware of the current position of the planets in the skies, the current ascendant sign etc. To note the movement of your own nadi, ie Ida, Pingala and Sushumna, your own state of mind is connected to this. And finally to remain aware of the surroundings ie Shakun /omens, all this will help you give more accurate predictions.
  2. The client’s Dharma trikon – it has to be strong in the birth chart or at least in transit when he has come to consult you. Especially his 9th house has to be strong.
  3. Your own Dharma trikon – A person becomes an astrologer or has the ability to divine only if he has a strong Dharma trikon, especially the 5th house has to have power. You can analyse this for yourself, whenever your 5th house gets strength in transit your readings will be more accurate.
  4. The D 60 of the client is used to get a summary of the planet in life. The Shashtyamsha is the final say on the auspiciousness of the planet. If you have the precisely accurate birth time, then you can check the D60, you will need to do a seconds level birth time rectification for this. Any remedy done for a planet auspicious in the D 60 will 100% work. For the other planets placed in the malefic/ inauspicious Shashtyamsha, you will have to predict average results even after doing the remedies. But as remedies reduce the intensity of the negativity, it is always advisable to do them, ie do Daan and Mantra as per Rishi Parashar.

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(I was getting too many questions of this sort, so use this post to analyse your birth and navamsha chart for yourself.)

Sadness and 12th from the Moon

Turmoil, in the real sense, is when felt on the emotional level. So when you analyse the dusham sthan, also analyse these three positions from the birth Moon too. ie In the birth Moon chart, check out which planets and signs are located in the 6th house, the 8th house and the 12th house from him. These energies will hit you on the astral, emotional, instinctive, intuitive etc levels. This sort of pain cannot be expressed openly and neither can be addressed adequately and is generalised into a generic sadness.

Having too many planets in these three houses from the Moon will create a personality which is detached from the inside. Emotional turmoil in life comes from all these connected planets. Their dashas or significant transits are the triggers and because there are so many of them, life is a continuous series of emotional hits. Eventually this will push you into serious psychological issues or turn you into an ascetic. You want to leave on the emotional levels.

Generally we are aware of the planets placed in the 6/8 axis from the birth Moon. We factor in the Shad Ashtak axis influence on the personality as these two planets are unable to interact meaningfully and often give traumatic results. Eg the 6/8 axis between the Moon and Jupiter is the Shakata yog. These two planets are caught in the turbulent cycle of serve or suffer / catastrophic changes and significantly affect the personality and the surrounding environment. It is wise to be careful during every time period where such planets are in charge of your life, ie their Dasha periods or significant transits. 

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But we always miss the 12th from birth Moon as it is disguised as the Anapha or the Durdhara yog which is considered auspicious. Anapha means that there are one or more planets, except the Sun, in the 12th house from the birth Moon. Durdhara means that there are one or more planets in the 12th house from and 2nd house from the  birth Moon.

In my personal observations I have seen that the Anapha or the Duradhara yog give several physical achievements, this is as per the standard books. But the planets in the 12th from the birth Moon are also a source of undefinable pain and sadness which takes its toll on the astral self.

Eg. Suppose your ascendant is Aries. Birth Moon in Cancer, 4th house. And Jupiter and Saturn in Gemini sign, 3rd house. So,

Jupiter and Saturn are 12th from the Moon, so people and things connected to these two will create emotional strain all the time. This would be,

  • the keywords of the 3rd house and Gemini sign things.
  • The keywords of the 9th 10th 11th and 12th houses, ie Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces signs.
  • Jupiter is the natural karak of higher learning, Dharmapati/ patni ie spouse, children etc.
  • Saturn is the natural agent of profession, the father who teaches how to live in a society, the social image, gains of every sort of activity etc.

All these things will cause you emotional and mental disturbances. Especially the Dasha periods, ie  Jupiter Mahadasha 16yrs and Saturn Mahadasha 19yrs, will be a seamless influence spanning 35yrs. This time will carry the power of the Anapha as well as the subtle energies of emotional loss. If both Jupiter and Saturn are strong, capable of favourable results etc, then these 35yrs will give you all the material results promised by the Anapaha, ie fame, money, social recognition, progress, expansion etc, it will be a good time on the material front. But the underlying theme will be an inexpressible stress on your mind. So as you get all these and other individual chart specific things connected to them, eg get married, get a job, have a child, are recognised socially etc, you will also feel all this to be a loss on the emotional levels. There will be no sense of satisfaction, a subtle strain will pervade each one of these things even as you gain them.

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I have written several posts on the 12th house energies (Index page). When you are analysing the 12th from the Moon you have to remember that all these typical 12th energies of dissolution will operate but now through the lens of the Moon. And the Moon is your existence, past, present future and parallel.

Another thing that we miss analysing is the attributes of the signs, especially so if they are empty. Any sign which is placed 6th 8th or 12th from the Moon, vacant or occupied, should be given the same importance as the planets placed here. In our example, the 12th house from the birth Moon is the sign Gemini. So you will face emotional turmoil from the agents of Gemini sign, ie siblings, people younger than you, teammates, people with the same skills as you, neighbours, extended family etc. You will also feel conflicted when you take decisions or try to create options for yourself or try to walk on a path where personal courage is necessary. If you calculate the Dasha using any Rashi based system, eg the Kaalchakra Dasha, the time periods ruled by Gemini will give you significant material achievements and also the linked typical emotional confusion which is the energy of the 12th house from the Moon. 

Next, analyse the ruler of this 12th from the birth Moon sign as he too has a similar effect on the mind. In our example, Dasha periods or significant transits of Mercury will have the same theme of emotional losses and high material gains. He is the primary incharge of the emotional memories from your past lives and also the memories of your ancestors that you carry in your DNA. We connect more with others if we ‘feel’, so this 12th ruler can grant access to a lot of wisdom, if you can become consciously aware of what he is upto in your life. But this is inherently difficult as he does not allow any conscious individualistic control over him. You cannot rationally analyse him. Another point is to observe people born in Dasha periods of such 12th from the Moon planets. These will be very successful individuals, but in some way separate from their achievements, isolated, self-contained, apart, ie not fully there.

So in our example, if you were born in the Dasha of Jupiter, Saturn or Mercury, you will have this all pervading sense of unbelonging, a ‘sadness’ right from your birth and which will possibly continue till the physical death. But you will be a successful individual in the eyes of the world. (I know a chart born in Saturn Mahadasha, Pisces Moon. And Saturn placed 12th from his ascendant sign, double dose of 12th energies.)

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The 12th house is quite mysterious, more so from the birth Moon. Here the planets are capable of giving you significant power over your subconscious mind. But only if you can manage to overcome the psychic disturbance that they cause to your astral self. If the personality is strong enough, these planets in the 12th from the Moon can grant a deeper understanding of the astral, the occult, past lives, other dimensions, ancestors in Pitrulok, decipher messages from entities, etc. You can simply ask for information, energy or guidance and it will be readily given to you. 

But in typical Dasha/ transits, the negative effect of the planets will be seen on the birth Moon. As the 12th house increases its influence over the mind, it pulls towards its unfathomable depths. Your soul’s past life emotional memories are linked to this house so impressions from several lives impinge on the mind. Your current life may seem insubstantial or you may actually feel confused as to which life you are actually in. Such disturbances may manifest as lack of emotional control, emotionally inappropriate behaviour, mood swings, inability to cope with the emotional aspects of the situations you are in etc.

Enormous information will be channeled into your mind, so you might haze out as your mind takes time to process it. You might want to isolate yourself on the emotional level to be able to deal with what is happening to you. These times periods will be busy on the astral levels, so you will dream more vividly, have more flashes of intuition etc, a sense of non-realness will exist. If these planets are strong then you will be able to use these astral experiences in a more productive manner, ie assimilate them more easily into your life. You might take up meditation, travel to natural/ remote areas, even sleep more etc, this will help. You will feel an emotional separation from the material things represented by these planets even as they give you more and more physical gains. 

Several planets placed 12th from the Moon, will give more intense effects. I have written about planets in the 12th from the ascendant sign, so try to think of the emotional ramifications of these planets when you are analysing in context of the Moon. Especially if the ascendant lord or Ketu is placed 12th from the Moon there will be more intense effects on the Mind.

  • The ascendant lord is 12th from the Moon, will deny emotional satisfaction in everything. Ability to meaningfully emotionally connect with someone or something else will be lacking. You will be emotionally contained within your own mind, not really aware of your deepest emotions. Sharing your feelings will be difficult and only with those rare people with whom you are very closely intimate. Really trusting others may not be easy, as you subconsciously expect everything to cause you emotional loss. You are emotionally disconnected with your personality itself, this happens because you cannot recognise the emotional boundaries of your own self/ environment which is the domain of the ascendant lord.
  • Ketu placed 12th from the birth Moon should always be evaluated carefully. The astral realms will be very busy as in addition to your past life emotional imporessions, your ancestral spirits are very much there. You might have no deep emotional relationships in the waking life. Messages from the ancestors or spirit guides are strongly shown to you. All this can get very confusing, as you seem to ‘hear’ their voices in your mind. Your Mind has no defences. ie Ketu is the nebulous undefinable and in the 12th house from the Moon he does not allow you to be aware of what all causes losses to your astral, emotional, intuitive, subconscious self. This can put you in dangerous situations where your mind can crack due to the strong unstoppable flow of astral energies. Your mind can be overloaded for no apparent reasons and this can lead to emotional collapses and later physical problems.

As usual, if your birth Moon, ascendant sign and its lord is strong, ie has good shadbala, ashtakvarga score etc then you will be more able to navigate through. If not then you should be aware of what is possible and take corrective actions in time to reduce the impact.

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If you have any planet in the 12th from the Moon, check the power of the 9th house from the Moon. If the 9th is strong, ie has powerful planets, is capable of auspicious results, is aspected by benefics etc then you will be able to better use the energies of the 12th. The pure astral nature of the results will change as you will be able to in some way translate them into the current life that you are living.

If there are significant or several planets here, make it a point to remain in solitude or with nature once in a while, it will help. Also do things which will fortify your Moon, ie the mind. 

Finally again, these undefinable intense feelings are not going to affect the physical achievements. Generally the material things in life will be quite good as promised by the Anapha or the Durdhara yog. But the feeling of not completely being there will persist. Genuine enjoyment in those achievements will not be possible. You might desire things which you do not consciously understand. Most of us will classify this indescribable feeling as a deep sadness, a loss on the emotional levels and the rare few will use this feeling to push onwards on their path to Moksh.

(In my life, am going through a combined Mahadasha of 2 very strong planets in the Anapha yog. 20+yrs of a lot of material achievements, with the concurrent effect on the Moon.)

 

Shri Plava Naam Samvatsara 2021-22 predictions

The Vedic new year begins with the first day of the bright half of the Chaitra month, ie Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. On this day Moon is in Aries and Sun in Pisces. This will happen on the morning of 12th Apr 2021. But as the Vedic day is from sunrise to sunrise, the Shri Plava naam samvatsara will technically begin on 13th April 2021. The first day of the Vedic new year is called Yugadi युगादि (mispronounced as Ugadi or Gudi in the local languages). The Vedic year ends on the no-moon, Amavasya of the Phalgun month, on this last day both the Sun and Moon are both in Pisces, so Shri Plava will end on 2nd April 2022.  

The Shri Sharvari vedic year will be coming to an end, with a sigh of relief. I had written some predictions for Shri Sharvari post here. It was, for most of us, the deep dark night of the soul. (The Sanskrit word Sharvari means the night of the Amavasya, no-Moon night and also is a name for the highly medicinal turmeric.) Do take some time to evaluate what happened to you in Shri Sharvari and think on how you will be using the energy of Shri Plava in the future. 

  • Plava प्लव is a Sanskrit word which means floods, marine birds, boat, to float, to return, to leap ahead, a meter of prosody, tendency, inclination, bathing, swimming, enemy, uncouth person, temporary, etc.

The new year predictions are based on the Nav-nayak scheme of things (post here), ie each planet gets a specific post/ ministry/ task for the year. We also draw a chart for the sunrise of the new year day to get an indication on how things will work. The positions of the planets at the exact time of the new year are also considered for the yearly predictions. (Plus there are chakra-s from the Medini jyotish and Atharva-ved which are used to predict. These things are now lost or are not fully available.)

Following the Nav-nayak scheme, for this Samvatsara, 

  • Mars is the Raja – King
  • Mercury is the Mantri – Minister 
  • Mars is also the Senadhipati – Commander
  • Mars is the Arghyadhipati – Rains/water, all things which flow or are given out
  • Mars is the Meghadhipati – Clouds 
  • Jupiter is the Dhanyadhipati – food grains
  • Saturn is the Sasyadhipati – Agriculture
  • Moon is the Rasadhipati – Essences which nourish or grant auspiciousness
  • Venus is the Neerasadhipati – Essences which do not nourish or cause negativity 

Mars the King, holds three additional ministries. Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter Moon and Venus hold one ministry each. Sun the natural ruler of the zodiac does not hold any ministry in Shri Plava.

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So obviously the energies of Mars are going to be expressed in abundance this year, he will express his power through four different ministries. There will be an outburst of outgoing energy, heat, passions, aggression, risky and rash behaviour, unpredictability, self-confidence, an urge to defend, offend, invade and conquer in several aspects of life. He is a natural malefic and holds four out of the nine ministries including the all important King and the Commander. He holds the Meghadhipati and Arghyadhipati posts, both connected to the water availability/ rains. On the day of Yugadi, he is conjunct Rahu in transit, which adds to his roughness and boldness. 

Mercury being the Mantri will add a strong dose of practicality and logic to things, sometimes with his typical juvenile behaviour. On the new year day he will be combust and closely with the Sun in his sign of debilitation, Pisces (post here). This means that he is going to behave more like a malefic that the neutral to benefic that he usually is. Things connected to him will be tinged with selfishness and a sense of egoistic entitlement. A Mantri, Prime Minister, the closest advisor to the King, is the one with whom the King confers before taking any actions. So this sort of Mercury advising a super strong King, Mars, think for yourself how this will go.

Moon is the Rasadhipati so ‘needs’ will be more in the limelight. Everyone will need to be nourished, nurtured, ie will be more focussed on their own selves. He will be in Aries which is the regular thing every Samvatsar. But being conjunct a combust Venus on the new year day will create a mix of selfish needs and imbalances in love etc. One may get what one needs but this may not necessarily satisfy.

Venus is the Neerasadhipati, he will control all those things in life which do not appeal, do not nourish and are not wanted. So spiritual practice, equal love, equitable partnerships, fairness in relationships, marriage may not appeal this year. Neerasadhipati controls diseases and all such negative things too. So expect diseases and pain in the things that Venus signifies, the organs connected to Venus, shoulders, back, eyes and whatever else as per your own chart. This may also have an adverse effect on finances on local/ global levels. On the new year day he is transiting Aries and combust (post here) so expect heat related discomfort throughout the year.

Saturn, the Sasyadhipati, controlling agriculture will grant success but after the due efforts. So if you want something be prepared to work for it. Also anything which requires processing, like mineral ores from the earth, will be available in abundance. Real estate and things related to the land can give gains if you deserve them ie have worked for them. He is transiting Capricorn and is strongly placed in his own sign. He is a natural malefic so whatever he is going to grant, do not expect it to give genuine happiness.

Sun not being a part of this year’s nav-nayak rulerships means that the ruler of the zodiac himself, is absent from the scene. This factor will bring its own share of confusion, misdirection in critical and subtle ways during this year. The true royal is missing from this year’s government. But on the Yugadi, he will be combusting Mantri Mercury and Neerasadhipati Venus so will be exerting an invisible influence over these two. And not a very benign one at that.

Of the nine ministries, natural malefics Saturn and Mars are controlling five. Combust Mercury is also more of a malefic. The natural benefics, Jupiter, Moon and Venus (combust) get three ministries. So life will be not so secure, satisfying or comfortable in this year. There will be issues, you will have to address them. You will win eventually as Mars does grant energy but it will not be a pleasant experience.

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Now some general readings for the Shri Plava naam samvatsara.

Weather will be hot, unseasonal heat. There will be fire related accidents, in towns as well as forests etc. Rains will be untimely, sometimes less/more, irregular, but overall there will not be a deficit. Winters will be colder than average.

For nations with genuinely elected governments, general administration should improve. Army and police will also be active and work better. Armed forces and government service will be a popular choice for young people as a profession. This is a good year for those working in the government setup, there will be opportunities to perform. Honest and capable officers will be appreciated and recognised. 

Governments will be able to take effective preventive actions against disruptive forces. And there will be plenty of disruptions. From petty local crimes to international boundary disputes, criminal activity will flare up. The police will have their hands full. Crime rates are set to increase but the government will able to take action in time. May see arrests of powerful criminals in this year, but cyber-criminals may remain elusive. On the borders, skirmishes and even full out war is possible in some places. The Army will be competent if the cause is right.

Internally, motivated traitors will try to whip up passion against democratically elected governments. This will cause several disruptions in public life. The governments will put in strict laws and take stringent actions against traitors which will cause a spurt in motivated journalism, leading to stricter laws on this too. 

Misuse of media will be rampant. Self-proclaimed social media activists, environmental activists, in fact all sorts of activists, will be very active on social media and will try to interfere in the cultural and traditional rights of the general people. This will cause a lot of righteous unrest in the general public. 

Social media use increases overall, people will be online all the time. General laziness will increase. Making and completing plans will be difficult as people feel less motivated to work systematically.

Means of communication will improve, maybe 5G will be available globally. There will be new breakthroughs in electronics and software. This is a good time to invest money in some genuine technology related companies etc.

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Corruption will increase but some of these corrupt people will eventually get caught in controversies. Some politicians and senior bureaucrats will be be humiliated in such cases. Several politicians might change their parties this year. Forgery and adulteration will be on the rise. People will be motivated to seek shortcuts for success thus frauds and cheats will increase. All will generally think of themselves and there may be a general overall selfishness.

Tempers will be generally high and people overall will behave rashly. So expect cases of road rage, accidents on the roads, in the shipping sector, industrial accidents etc this year. Malfunctioning electronics, ie short circuits can lead to fire related accidents. There may be natural calamities around the total solar and lunar eclipses in May-June.

There will be increase in cheating, online frauds, banking sector issues may occur. Share markets and stocks will be unpredictable, but lucky investors can make good profits off them. Global economy will still be doldrums, with more debts and losses than real permanent gains.

Women will be in the forefront in all fields including crime. Increasing number of women will occupy powerful positions in society, and issues related to women will be highlighted more. 

Lower income groups should see some benefit as the governments take notice of their issues and takes some genuine measures for them. Also other neglected sectors which were ignored as they demanded more work will be given attention. 

Exclusive restaurants, pubs, clubs should be able to do good business. People will want to show off even though the finances will be limited. Also stores which sell expensive art, branded and luxury items will profit. Creativity, sports, art, crafts will be appreciated.

Schools and traditional education will suffer for some more time. This is partly due to the laziness and lenient attitude of people overall. People will want their children to learn fancy things rather than learning the basic fundamentals.

There will be intelligence and logic available in plenty. Energy and the ability to create options and take risks will also be high. Try to use this power for auspicious and genuine causes. Use this strength in a sensible manner.

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Issues created by COVID 19 will be handled in a better way, life will slowly go back to routine. Things will start improving as Jupiter enters Poorvabhadrapada nakshatra and when Jupiter enters his own Pisces in April 2022. 

 Pharmaceutical companies will try to make profits by selling medicines at highly inflated costs. Adulteration in medicinal drugs is possible. However these acts will make the government more serious about the health sector and there will be some reforms/funds for this now. 

Illnesses related to fatty and sugary diets will increase. Undiagnosable diseases will increase but there will also be an increase in patients with routine conditions like diabetes in this year. People will suffer from psychological issues in increasing numbers. Drug abuse, alcohol consumption and addictions will increase. Adulteration of food items and milk is possible. 

Religious activities will increase, some people will also be drawn to genuine spirituality. Sanatan Dharma will see an upsurge as people try to find the spirituality within. But some religions will promote very high levels of extremism. Racism and hatred will find acceptance in some extremist groups. Expect more terrorist attacks from such fringe groups in this year.

Animal husbandry related sectors will show gains, milk production etc will be good. Agriculture will do well in most regions, only thing is that farmers should pay attention to their irrigation requirements. Pests will be a concern and pesticides will be used in increasing quantities. Fertiliser use will increase but awareness on organic farming will also be significant. Some people will try to shift to organic food and prefer home-cooked food. Awareness regarding holistic remedies like Ayurved, a more balanced life style will increase. Some people will benefit from this change. 

Industries which are expected to do well are metals, gold, silver, technology, pharmaceuticals and media/ communications. However investing in any sector in Shri Plava will start giving some real gains only after Jupiter enters Poorvabhadrapada nakshtra ie from Jan 2022. Share markets will be risky so get into short term investments here only if you know what you are doing.

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Major transits in Shri Plava.

This year we have Jupiter retrograde and forward in Aquarius and Capricorn. I have written in depth on his effects on the twelve signs (post here). Then he will continue in Aquarius for the remaining period of the Shri Plava. 

Rahu and Ketu will be in Taurus and Scorpio (post here). 

Saturn will be in Capricorn throughout (post here). This Saturn will be problematic for the elected governments and the general public in some way or the other. Religious and Dharmic leaders will suffer in some way. A sort of a collective karma unleashed during this time affecting all of us. These larger events may be political, social or financial in nature. This Saturn generally gives tragic events in the higher sections of the society, people in power are removed from power in some way or the other. This naturally will filter into the lives of the general population causing hardship in different ways. And this is a pattern which happens every 30yrs or so (check the past global events for such patterns). Shri Plava also will have Saturn in Shravan Nakshatra till Feb 2022. This is the main reason why the general global situation will not be good. I have written a post on Saturn in Shravan (post here). Students of astrology should try to analyse the past world events during Saturn’s this typical transit and compare with what will happen in the world in the 13 months from Jan 2021 to Feb 2022. (In the past century,Saturn in was in Shravan from Feb 1903 to March 1904. From Jan 1933 to Jan 1934. From Feb 1962 to Feb 1963. From Mar 1991 to Mar 1992 and again from Jul 1992 to Jan 1993.) This is a broad interpretation and you will have to analyse the individual charts of the nations to know more about them individually.

However Shri Plava, especially the last 2-3 months from Jan 2022 onwards does offer some promise.

The overall results for individuals will depend on the power of the personal horoscope. If you have a strong birth horoscope, ie a strong ascendant sign/ lord and a birth Moon then you are better equipped to deal with whatever comes up in life. If you are undergoing Dasha periods of benefic planets, they will help you in overcoming the possible negatives. And if you have helpful planetary transits over your birth chart positions, then the graha can create opportunities for you even in adverse conditions. (I have written several posts on these topics do use the index page or the search bar to locate them)

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On the new year day, Yugadi there are several traditional which are followed. Different states follow their typical customs but there are these themes common to them all. Hindus/ followers of Sanatan Dharma will wake before sunrise and get ready. Then give arghya to the rising Sun. Tie garlands (toran) made of Mango leaves, Neem leaves, ripened wheat stalks and marigold flowers outside the main door of the house, draw a Rangoli on the ground and put turmeric, vermillion etc, as a puja of the home. This ensures that only positive energy enters your home. Then doing puja, arti etc of the household deities. Doing namaskar to the elders, the elders blessing the younger family members etc. There is a typical naivedya, ie food offered to the deities, this is a mixture of tastes, ie a mixture of neem flowers/new neem leaves, coriander seeds, jaggery, tamarind and salt are coarsely crushed together. After offering it to the deity everyone eats a spoonful of this mix as the Prasadam. Then all go to a local temple, do puja, give Daan and intend for a happy new year.

Daan and Mantra are the only two remedies for reducing the malefic effects of the planets in your life and enhancing their positive effects. So try to do something on the day of the Yugadi, if you feel inclined to do so, it will help in improving the auspiciousness of Shri Plava for you.

In families of Jyotishi-s, there is an additional puja. We will offer vermillion, turmeric, unbroken rice, flowers and do arti of the Panchangam. And the eldest in the family will read aloud the the new year predictions, Nav-Samvatsara-phal, from it, in Sanskrit and the rest of the family will listen. Then we will specifically go to a Nav-graha temple to pray to them and seek blessings for an auspicious new year, Shubha Nav-samvatsara.

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Indra, his esoteric significance

Devraj Indra, the king of dev-s. Let’s first look at these Sanskrit words.

  • Dev – deity, wish to overcome, desire to excel, prince, priest, play, sense-organs, king, divine, copy, cloud, offspring, radiance, divine light, resonance, etc.
  • Raj – sovereign, meter in prosody, radiant, shining, guidance, governance, etc
  • Indra – night, human soul, geometric figure, pupil of the eye, chief, first, excellent, ruler of the east direction, god of the sky, royal, the individual soul/ jiv-atma etc.

Indra is the hero, the warrior, the invincible King of the Dev-s. He is the enjoyer of absolute prosperity, Param-aishwarya. His other names are, Amrish, Devesh, Gyanendra, Mahendra, Purandar, Sachin, Shatamanyu, Satipati, Suresh, Svar-raj, Vajrapani, Vajrin, Vrittahan, Vruddha-shrava, Sutrama, Gotrabhit, Sunasheera, Purohuta etc. Now put these meanings together to get a glimmering as to who and what Indra really is.

Indra is the power who brings life on this earth in all ways possible. Indra controls the sense organs, by energising them with his power. His power is the power of the Jivatma directly linked to the Param-atma. On the esoteric levels, Indra is you, your individual soul/ Jivatma. The conscious essence that you are, is Indra. Your mind, body, soul, your existence. You are the hero of your world, Indra.

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Indra is the ruler of the East/ poorva direction. He is the dawn of radiance. Also the ancestral energy most closely connected to the source.

Indra is the yajnya-palak. Yajnya is the continuous evolution of the individual soul/ jivatma. Every action you take is technically a ‘yajnya’. He protects you as you unceasing make efforts to attain the highest Param-Atma. He is the one who gets the energy of the main oblations/ havish offered in the Yadnya. ie when you perform any action you yourself get the main energy linked to that action. If you do good for others know that you are actually doing good for your own self. Conversely if you hurt others you hurt your own self first. Indra also destroys all those who obstruct the performance of yajnya-s. If you want to perform auspicious actions your internal Indra is the one who will help you. Shakra, he is the destroyer of discordant energy. Remember that yajnyas are essentially internal. You offer your Pran with the mantra into your own internal Agni. Thus Indra ie your individual soul receives this energy. There is no concept of an external ‘god’ in Sanatan Dharma. It is all internal, within you.

He is Lokpalak, the guardian/ ruler/ protector of the worlds including the Prithvi, Antariksha and Vyom. Without his support the universe cannot exist. He is the Marutvan. He controls the subsidiary deities called Marut-gan. They are 7 divided into further 7. आवहः Aavaha controls the movement of the earth. प्रवहः Pravaha is connected to the Surya mandala. उद्वहः Udvaha is the one who provides movement in the chandra mandala. सुवहः Suvaha for the luminous heavenly bodies. विवहः Vivaha provides motion to the graha of Jyotish. परावहः Paravaha provides movement in the realm of the Sapta-rishi/ Seven Seers. परिवहः Parivaha is the motion of the Dhruva mandala. These realms are not only in the external space but also within you. Do your spiritual practice to experience them.

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The rakshak/ protector of the Dev-Lok, he guards the seat of the divine illumination. He is the Swarg-adhipati, he rules over and protects the incredible energies of the heavenly realms and its treasures. The Swarg-lok has the Ratna/ jewels which emerged out of the Samudra Manthan, these include the Kalpa-vriksha, Kaam-dhenu, Parijaat, Airavat, Amrut etc.

Indra is the Go-rakshak. He brought back the ‘Go’ when they were stolen by Asuras. Go is said to mean cows but it is one of the most complicated words in Sanskrit to understand and then experience, Go has hundreds of meanings like cows, thunderbolt, leather strap, stars, sky, skin, body, light rays, milk, hair, bow string, water, sun, singer, sense-organs, moon, medicinal plants, third eye, one who goes, billion, voice, speech, Devi Sarasvati, Vak, number 9, mother, earth, etc etc. Indra is the energy which protects the internal Go within you from the Asur/ discordant energies.

In the Ved it is said that Indra is the only one who drinks maximum amounts of Soma, Somapa. (I have described the nature of Soma in this post.) Essentially Anna is converted to Soma. Soma is further transduced into Pran. Indra consumes Soma, the purest form of conscious energy and then goes to fight his enemies. The esoteric significance of this is that only when the Jiv-atma has access to maximum amount of Soma can he create the necessary boost of Pran. This Pran will be then channelised into the Sushumna to fight the karmic imprints/ discordance within. Later this Pran will be used to activate the Kundalini, which will rise as a flashing thunderbolt.

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Indra is mentioned in every allegory, every Ithihas of Sanatan Dharma.

Ramayan is about the ‘travels of Ram’ so naturally Shri Ram is the main hero. But the main deity mentioned maximum times in the Valmiki Ramayan is Indra. His name Shakra शक्र is mentioned 182 times, Indra इन्द्र 164 times, Mahendra महेन्द्र 95 times, Vasav वासव 74 times, Sahastraksh सहस्राक्ष 54 times, Purandar पुरन्दर 31 times, Shatkratu शतक्रतु 29 times, Vajrin वज्रिन् 25 times, Devraj देवराज 16 times, Pakshashan पाकशासन 11, Sureshwar सुरेश्वर  10, Shachipati शचीपति  8 and Maghvan मघवान् 6 times. In Ramayan, Indra first ‘kills’ Maruti by breaking his jaw and then later revives him and gives him the boon of immortality, makes him a Chiranjeevi. Indra gave Shri Ram his own chariot, charioteer, weapons etc during the war with Ravan. Indra brought back the dead Vanar-s to life when Shri Ram requested him to do so. Indra is very much a major part of the Ramayan.

Then when you study the Mahabharat, again there are several references to Indra. Arjun, the major actor of the Mahabharat, is the son of Indra. Arjun was created by mantras recited by Kunti. Kunti’s other name is Prutha, ie Earth. So then Arjun represents the creative power, the inherent divinity, the genius, the active intelligence, the projection etc, the ‘son’ of Indra which is materialised ie ‘brought by mantras on the earth’.  Indra helps the Pandav-s several times, eg by ensuring that Karna gets cursed, by taking away Karna’s kavach-kundal, by giving the Pandav-s divine astra-weapons for fighting the war, protecting them from time to time etc. The Mahabharat is also an esoteric text. In this, Shri Krishna narrates the Yog-shastra Bhagvat Gita to Arjun. So the highest Consciousness (Param-atma), Krishna, describes to the genius of the limited consciousness (Jiv-atma), Arjun, how it can attain the highest Consciousness itself. This is the deepest secret within the Mahabharat.

My favourite Shri-sukta. As per the Laxmi tantra, Devi Mahalaxmi describes and gives this Sukta to none else but Indra. The Ved-s are majorly about Indra. If you read through the allegories and histories of Sanatan Dharma you will realise that Indra is the main pivot around which things happen.

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Now I need to write a bit about the Ved-s and the Puran-s.

We have lost a significant portion of Ved, ie the associated Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyk, Upanishad texts etc are incompletely available now. But in what we have at this moment, Indra is without a doubt the most significant Vedic deity. Eg in the Rg Ved, 239 out of 1028 sukta are exclusively composed in his honor. Additional 27 sukta, where he is mentioned with other deities. The Ved describe Indra, his activities, his powers, his heroic achievements. Ved have no origin, there were directly seen from the Akash by enlightened Seers/ Rishi-s. The Vedic age was one of significant enlightenment where even general people were aware of the internal divinity/ Indra within them, and they would make active efforts using the Sukta-s etc to pull themselves higher towards the Param-Atma. The sukta-s dedicated to Indra were used to awaken/ energise their internal Indra. Now unfortunately we are not capable of using these as such and the knowledge too has hidden itself.

Then we come to the Puran-s. In these stories, other deities like Shankar (sometimes called Shiv), Vishnu Brahmadev come into focus. These three deities are the conscious energy of the Satva, Raja and Tamas Gun-s. The Puran were composed by Rishi-s, eg the author of several major Puran-s is Maharshi Vyas. Regarding Indra, in the Puran, there are mainly two recurring themes.

Theme 1 – Indra by his action/ inaction gets into trouble. The negative forces like Daityas, Rakshas-s, Danav-s etc attack him and the Dev-lok, the realm of Divine radiance is in trouble. He rushes to the Tri-dev ie Vishnu Shankar, Brahmadev and requests help. These three deities are generally shown to be in deep Dhyan or asleep, ie inanimate. Only when Indra comes knocking, are they roused and help him defeat his foes. If you analyse this, the only player who acts of his own volition is Indra. He commits mistakes, loses, does penances, wins etc. The several other players help/ hinder/ interact with him in different ways, eg by giving him blessings, weapons, taking avatars or by attacking, cursing him etc. (ie You have to use the energies of the Satva, Raja and Tama Gun to destroy the discordance within you. eg Satva-gun ie Mahavishnu will help Indra in making his Vajra.)

Theme 2 – A Rishi starts doing intense spiritual practice/ Tap. The fierce energy created by this Tap starts shaking the throne of Indra. He feels insecure and sends his Apsara-s to disturb the Rishi and break his sadhana. Sometimes the Apsara succeed and sometimes fail. The Apsara are turbulences in the stillness of the mind, but here these are controlled by Indra. Here Indra is operating at his dullest level of consciousness thus scared of the fire generated by Tapasya. He tries to stop the Tapasya so that he can continue to enjoy the illusion of the jiv-atma/ individual soul. (ie. If you are at the lower levels of spiritual evolution, then try not to get scared by the concept of spiritual practice. Initally the mind will fight it, but later will actively help you in your routine.)

What actually happened during the Puranic times was that the inner awareness of the general population decreased. They started losing touch with their internal divinity. Their internal Indra started getting into trouble, attacked more by negative forces. So the Gun-s, Satva-Vishnu, Raja-Brahmadev and Tamas-Shankar had to be invoked to help Indra. Here the level of the aspirant was lowered in the sense he could not directly invoke Indra using the Vedic suktas directly anymore. So the via media of the three Gun-s energy had to be used. So we have the typical puranic prayers to the Tri-dev. Indra, though shown to be less glamorous, still is the central theme. Indra will always remain the central theme, because he is the Jiv-atma, the player in the Game of Creation. You are the only hero, the only actor in your life, the rest around you only help/ hinder you.

And now we are in the Kali yug, so the internal Indra for most of us is generally overwhelmed by Asur forces, unable to counter-act them.

You are Indra. Puranic or Vedic? Or at a level even lower than the Puranic? Evaluate for yourself.

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Indra, as per the Puran-s, is the son of Maharishi Kashyap and Aditi. He is thus the grandson of Brahmadev, ie Raja-gun. Kashyap is a Sanskrit word which essentially is the energy which makes visible or makes something brilliant. Aditi is literally the energy of manifestation, heaven and earth, speech, inexhaustible creative power, perfection, boundlessness, freedom, happiness, completion etc. So Indra is essentially the visible brilliance of the boundless power of manifested creation, which is in motion and is also capable of causing movement.

Aditi and Kashyap have 33 sons, ie the 33 koti Devata-s which exist within all of us. They are Indra, Prajapati, the 8 Vasu, the 11 Rudra and the 12 Aditya. (These are all within you, do click on these links to read about them)

Indra is married to Sachi. Sachi-pati is his name. Pati is the catalyst energy which acts on another substance and causes it to change. The word Sachi has several meanings like speech, skills, activity etc but it is also another name for Vak, Prajnya, Karma. This means that the power of the individual soul/ Jiv-atma enters the substance of Vak, Prajnya and Karma and causes changes in them, leading to further creation. Indra is more esoteric than people today realise.

Indra is the destroyer of several Asur forces including Vala, Panis, Namuchi, Shushna, Sambhara, Himarina, Vrittasur etc. He released Sapta-sindhu, released the Go, created the Agni etc. All these allegories are full of esoteric meanings. I will just briefly write on the esoteric theme of the killing of  Vrittasur, you can explore the other allegories on your own if you feel inclined. This is from the Rg ved, 1.80.1-16.

Our minds are very low in consciousness, the several ideas, thoughts, desires, wishes which stir up the serenity of the mind are called Vritti. These Vritti cause turbulence, these are the barriers to self-realisation. Only when the mind becomes still, does the light of the Self dawn. Indra uses his weapon Vajra to kill Vrittasur. This in the esoteric sense means that when you have Indra on your side in your spiritual practice, you put a stop to the waves of disturbance rising in your mind. These waves are Asur, discordant. They stop you from your spiritual practice, cause distress, pain and keep you at a low levels of awareness. When Indra kills Vritasur, the spiritual aspirant starts resonating with OM.

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Indra is the only deity who carries a Vajra in his hands. I read about Tibetan Vajrayana and was surprised to note that it is also called Mantrayan, ‘the travel of the Mantra’. One of the major deities of Vajrayana is Vajrasatva, he carries the Vajra and a bell in his hands. The Vajra is used to destroy the turbulence of the mind and the bell with its resonating sound of Om creates the resonance of Om in the aspirant. The Tibetan Vajrayana is deeply connected to Sanatan dharma, especially its practical Tantra/ Mantra/ Yantra aspect.

Now Indra’s weapon, the Vajra. It actually looks like a dumb-bell shaped object, about as big as can be gripped comfortably. It is said to create thunderbolts, which is accurate. Vajra was created by Vishvakarma from the Asti of the body of the enlightened MahaRishi Dadhyang specifically for Indra’s war with Vrittasur. The MahaRishi ‘donated’ his body, specifically his head, as a weapon fashioned only from its Asti could kill Vritasur. The fire of his Tapasya had made his Asti/ essence intensely powerful so if used as a weapon could easily destroy Vrittasur. And there is a proper definition for Vajra, ‘tapovya sa vajra asit’. ie Vajra is the essence, the fire of Tapasya, the radiance emitted when you perform intense spiritual practice. It is the thunderbolt flash of the ascending Kundalini. And Tapa in its essence is the discarding of vasana/ desires which is precisely what killing of Vrittasur implies.

There are endless allegories linked to Indra and his exploits. If you wish you can read them and try to glean their hidden meaning for yourself.

But one thing is true, you become aware of the internal Indra, when you perform your regular spiritual practice, by the blessings of the Param-atma. As per the allegories if you perform 100 Ashvamedh yadnyas you attain the title of Indra. Here Indra is the Vedic Indra, the hero Indra. If you are still at the Puranic or even lower stages of evolution you have to perform 100 Ashva-medh yajnyas to reach this level. Then there is a very confused concept of Ashva-medh going around these days. No one sacrificed horses! In Sanatan Dharma you can never never kill another living thing as a sacrifice, if you do you will create horrendous karma for yourself. Ashva is literally the external and the internal Sun. Medh means ‘essence’. So to first realise the essence of internal Sun, you have to work /act /perform yajnya, ie your regular sustained spiritual practice over several lives consistently.

Understanding and experiencing yourself as Indra is a very significant step in your spiritual practice. Every deity in Sanatan Dharma is there for a specific reason, there are no superstitions in Dharma.

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I had to write this post as a response to an adverse comment on Indra. Disparaging Indra means disparaging your individual soul, your own jiv-atma. Who are you now? Indra, the Jiv-atma. What do you want to experience? Advaita, the Param-Atman. This is the secret of all spiritual practice.

Power of your 5th house and Mantra Siddhi

I got this question from someone that if the route to the Self is as simple as sitting in one place and mentally reciting Soham 108 times with 108 breaths then why doesn’t everyone immediately gain Moksh?

There are several answers to this question. From karma balance from past lives to regular practice to the final deciding blessings of the Parmeshwar. But as this is an astrology post let’s check out some the astrological combinations which lead to Mantra Siddhi.

Mantra is a Sanskrit word which has several meanings, it is a secret knowledge, secret advise, a consultation, something which trains the mind, cleans the mind, stabilises/anchors the mind, gives you what you desire, etc. I have written about the 6 types of mantra here. Soham also obviously is a Mantra but a class apart as it is an Ajapa Mantra. And when you achieve Siddhi over the Soham Mantra you will gain the Self.

If you do a particular Using the Akshar, Mantra and Sanskrit Sadhana or do its Tapa, you will achieve a particular objective. eg Reciting a mantra again and again produces Taposiddhi. Then each mantra has is own speciality. Eg you cannot use a vidveshana mantra for ucchatan. And every mantra Sadhana has a specific procedure which has to be followed, if you make errors here, you can mess up with your internal energy and suffer. But if done properly you will gain Tapo-Siddhi/ Mantra-siddhi ie your Sadhana or Tapa will give the desired result. Mantra Siddhi means that you have achieved complete control over the mantra and now can use it in the way it was intended consciously. This also means that you can be considered as a ‘Guru’ for that mantra and you can give initiation/ diksha of this mantra to others.

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For a mantra to be successful ie siddh, first you need to have got it/diksha from a Guru who has achieved Siddhi over it and follow his directions, pray to the presiding deity of that mantra and get the blessings. Second, you should have a powerful and auspicious Dharma trikon. And third, the 5th house, its occupants and its lord have to be capable of beneficial results. Only then can you achieve Mantra siddhi in your current life.

The 5th house is the house of the Mantra. Some of these are with you from your past lives. All the hard work you do today on your Soham is going to be always a part of you and will be reflected in the 5th house of your future birth’s charts. Soham Sadhana is also called Sushumna Yog and is never completely destroyed by death. Whatever you have done, till whatever level you had reached before physical death, is carried onwards with you.

This also means that the 5th house is linked to your poorva-janma-punya, the auspicious actions which you had performed in your past lives. That’s the precise reason why the ascendant lord in the 5th house is considered to be a type of Raj-yog. This combination gives the current personality a direct link to the fruits of the sadhanas of the past lives. You can consciously use these assets for your benefit now. The 9th house is slightly different as it is not in your conscious control, you receive your punya as divine blessings or luck in the 9th house.

Wherever the 5th lord is located in your chart is also significant as you can use your poorva-janma-punya to achieve things connected to that house too. But this ability to consciously tap into the 5th house will depend on the power of the 1st house, ie your personality and the 9th house, the divine blessings. So overall a strong Dharma trikon is necessary.

Look for these indicators in the horoscope to know if you can make your Mantra-s siddh. More the patterns seen, more powerful the results. 

  • If the 5th lord is exalted in the birth chart and further aspected by benefics.
  • If the ascendant lord is placed in the 5th house.
  • If the 5th and 9th lord are both powerful and in some auspicious yog with each other.
  • The three owners of the 1st 5th 9th houses are placed in only these three houses.
  • Check the strengths Shad-bala Vimshopaka of the 1st, 5th and 9th lords. They should be strong and capable of auspicious results. .
  • And if you are an advanced student, open the divisional charts/DC. You have to locate the ruler of the 5th house in each of the 10 DC which make up the Dasha varga (post here). Check in how many DC the 5th lord is shifting to a sign he owns or his sign of exaltation or his mool-trikon sign or stays vargottam. The more deep are the roots of his power in the DC, the more power he gets to grant you Mantra siddhi.

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I had mentioned this earlier, once you start your Sadhana in earnest, you should avoid looking directly into other people’s eyes. You might accidentally hypnotise the other person. Best look at his nose or mouth instead. Or if you are angry you can cause him harm in several ways. And then it would be a negative karma for you too. A Sadhak’s anger is always fuelled by his tapo-siddhi.

eg. There is this incident from the Mahabharat. The Pandav-s had lost the game of dice. Of the 5 brothers, 4 were sitting with their eyes lowered. Only Bhim was looking straight at the Kaurav assembly. The other 4 Pandav-s were not scared or humiliated. They had lowered their eyes because if they would look up directly, the anger in their eyes would burn the entire assembly. Bhim was the son of Vayu, ie he was the only one who had his Pran and Nadi network in his full control. So due to this tremendous control on himself, he was able to look at the others without harming them. All the 5-Pandavs and their 100-Kaurav cousins were Sadhak-s of the highest levels and had mastery over several mantras etc. But at that point of time, the rage of the Pandav-s was fuelled by their Tapo-siddhi as well as Dharma was on their side, making their gaze more potent.

Back to the chart. If you are a Sadhak, there is one particular time where you must remain alert. Whenever Saturn in transit, enters the house counted 5th from the birth Moon, your power of judgement will fail. However intelligent you ordinarily may be or however powerful the rest of the chart may be. During this period you will face obstacles to your mantra-sadhana. Also avoid using your siddh-mantras in this transit period as you will invariably commit some error in the process.

The 5th house is again very important as it also indicates your sanchit karma. (The store house of karma that you have with you is called sanchit karma. The small portion from this which you are enduring/enjoying in this life is called prarabdha karma. The karma which you will create in this life and which will be added to your prarabdha or sanchit is called the agaami karma). If your 9th house lord and 5th house lord are in some powerful mutual combination/ yog or connected in some way, then you can do this. You can alter your karma of the 5th house by the divine blessings of the 9th house. Eg if in this life you are unable to get something because of the planetary combinations and if you have this rare 9th and 5th house lord’s connect then you can ‘borrow’ this ability from your sanchit karma if you have it there. Or if you realise that in this life you are going to die a horrible death you can postpone this prarabdha to a future life. This is also a part of mantra-siddhi (5th house item) and requires blessings from the Para-Brahma (9th house item). For the rare few who have this blessing, this event will happen in dasha and antar-dasha periods related to the 1st 5th 9th lords. And the exact timing will be when Jupiter or the Yogkarak planet for the chart just resumes his direct motion after being retrograde.

This is also a reason why I was stressing in an earlier post that this period till 20th Nov is going to give significant opportunities to some of us. Recently Jupiter turned direct. Today Saturn has come out of retrogression. Mars will go direct on 14th Nov. These are very significant times.

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Sometimes predictions do fail

No astrologer can give 100% perfect predictions all the time. If someone claims to do so, it is not possible on the basis of the mathematical analysis of the birth time. Some things are always in the hands of the creator and the free will of the client.

Often there is the so-called Nadi practitioner who will tell your past perfectly but cannot predict your future accurately. Most likely he has a minor ‘siddhi’ or a bound spirit who tells him things. I saw this once when one of my friends dragged me to check out a new  ‘palm-leaf nadi astrologer’, there was a spirit involved and this is quite a common ‘trick’.

Then I knew a very senior astrologer, quite well known, over 75yrs of age. He would predict what his clients wished to hear, the potential/ timing of the horoscope was secondary. And because what they wanted was relatively usual stuff, in most of the cases it would actually happen. When my brother realised what was happening, he tested him on purpose. He would sit before him for a consultation and think of wild stuff which could not possibly happen as per his horoscope. The astrologer would predict what my brother was wishing would happen. And the prediction would not materialise. What was happening here was very typical. The astrologer was a life-time devotee of the Gayatri mantra and he had developed a type of vak-siddhi over the years. This meant that he could read minds, also speak what the client wished to hear and for minor things the power of his siddhi would nudge things along towards the desired outcome. So his predictions were a mix of horoscope, experience and Gayatri-siddhi.

Then there are genuine Jyotishi-s who have done so much spiritual sadhana in their life that they don’t even need to use horoscopes anymore. They are the real ‘Daivadnya’, the ‘knowers of destiny’. They have used Jyotish more as a Vedang, a spiritual tool rather than just a tool for common prediction. But these are quite rare.

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For most of us who visit professional astrologers, there will always be some inaccuracy in readings. Every practicing astrologer will make errors from time to time. The main reasons are these,

Birth details.

This is a basic problem. eg even 1 min off the actual birth time will put off the timing of the predictions by 3 months when using the Dasha systems. And the birth chart and divisional charts will misguide. And pin-point predictions are going to be difficult. Birth time rectification requires time and experience.

Ayanamsha.

This is a value which essentially measures the Sun’s movement against the backdrop of the stars (it is rather complicated). Major astrologers develop their own ayanamsha factor eg BV Raman had calculated a new ayanamsha which several senior astrologers of that time did not agree with. I use the Chitrapaksha ayanamsha also called the Lahiri ayanamsha, this is the ayanamsha used in calculating the Indian official calendar. So in your software or if you are doing the calculations manually, use the Chitrapaksha-Lahiri and later when you have more practice and if you want to experiment, try with the others. (The authors whom I hold in high esteem, KN Rao, CS Patel, Shakti Mohan Singh etc all use the Lahiri-Chitrapaksha)

Dasha analysis.

All astrologers will be taught Vimshottari dasha system first. It is most commonly used and quite accurate. But there are several other dasha systems. And there are rules on which one is to be used for what kind of birth. Or for what type of question eg the Shoola Dasha system is used to precisely time death. Vimshottari is the basic minimum, but a professional astrologer will know at least 3-4 dasha systems. Yogini or the Kaalchakra dasha is an all-applicable Dasha system. Knowing which Dasha system to use for which kind of birth details and for what kind of question will improve the accuracy of prediction.

(If you are a student of astrology, read the book ‘Kaala chakra Dasha system’ by Shakti Mohan Singh. At least do the maths and get your own dasha sequence. Tally it with your life and see for yourself. Doing this for clients can be difficult as the exact birth minute is essential. I don’t know if there is a software which calculates this Dasha accurately, I do the calculations manually as per this book.) 

Professional astrologers.

Most astrologers are here for the money. They do not have the time nor the inclination to get into the real details. They want you as a repeat client, to get dependant on them or every small decision in life. Then all the Jyotish books are in Sanskrit (Devbhasha Samskrutam) our mother-tongue, which we do not understand and then to interpret what is written is a big task. People have forgotten that it is actually Vedang Jyotish. Before going to an astrologer always try to find out more about him, from his other clients or from the books/papers he has published. There are genuine astrologers still available who take the time to read charts as they are supposed to be read. If you search, you will find them.

Verifying the life-details and the birth-charts.

The basic birth chart is calculated as per the client’s birth-time, also the Ashtakvarga table and the Navamsha charts too. Now all this math has to be tallied with the past events. It is the responsibility of the client to give the correct birth time but it is the responsibility of the astrologer to cross-check. Unless the birth time is established beyond doubt, predicting the future is going to be difficult. For this any of the following have to be tallied with the charts,

  • Events linked to the slow moving planets, Saturn Rahu/ Ketu and Jupiter transits help in verifying birth details. If any Saturn Sade-sati has occurred, its effects are good markers. Dasha will also give timing of life events.
  • Life events like, birth of younger brother/ sisters, deaths of parents/ grandparents/ spouse/ children, education and profession related milestones, marriage, divorce, birth of children, accidents, illnesses, purchase of house/ car/ property etc will be reflected in the charts.
  • These incidents are physical, psychological and spiritual events. Eg someone might have felt terrible pain on the birth of a younger brother, might have felt lost, that his parents have a new baby. This is a major impact on his outlook and will be strongly reflected in his charts.
  • The present life situation will fit into the current Dasha and the current transits situation. eg if someone just got a new job it will be reflected here.

And a good astrologer will predict one past event from the past using the chart, just to verify if it really happened. Only after this the future Dasha and transits are evaluated for predictions. Software will help but the astrologer has to give time for every chart analysis and the client too should be patient till the astrologer has finished his calculations.

Prashna Kundali

If the client has only one pressing question, the Prashna system always gives accurate results. Every astrologer should know the basics of Prashna analysis. Even if the client has his birth details always check the prashna kundali.

Prashna is also a look into how the energies of the present moment are going to influence the reading. Also when an astrologer is aware of that instant’s planetary configuration, he also knows how the planets are influencing him and his ability. If he is going through a bad patch himself, if his own perceptions are coloured, his ability to read will be affected.

Accepting mistakes and studying even more

Every astrologer has made mistakes. If he can accept them, re-examine and learn it will help further growth. But too many or silly mistakes cannot be tolerated. People want solutions and if the astrologer is wrong, he is cheating the client and also himself. Learning astrology systematically and getting experience in informal settings is important.

If you want learn astrology, be systematic and not let your ego get the better of you. If you want to be a professional astrologer first go through your own chart, check if you have the aptitude and the ability. There is no glamour in this, you will often see people in such horrid circles that you yourself can lose faith.

And if you are the client, the astrologer does not know everything, if he predicts wild things or you feel something is fishy, do not follow his advice. In our greed we often ignore our inner voice and get into a mess later.

Finally when some predictions fail, it is the failure of the astrologer and not Jyotish.

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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.

 

More on Eclipses and their astrological results

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