Corona virus and the current transits

I got a question on the Corona virus, everyone is worried about it. So writing this quick post, it can get a bit technical, as I assume that my readers are students of astrology, Vedic Jyotish.

The Gemini – Sagittarius axis is in tremendous stress for the past about 3yrs with several transits and planetary configurations affecting it directly. And this stress reached epic proportions from Nov 2019 onwards. With Rahu- Ketu in this axis, I had written in my March 2019 post (post here) “Increase diseases related chest, heart and lungs. Also incurable and strange diseases will increase. Faulty diagnosis will increase and inappropriate medication given.” Viruses are controlled by Ketu.

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Till Nov 2019 – Ketu was in Sagittarius with Saturn. Sagittarius is foundation of all humanity. Ketu is viruses, undiagnosable hidden diseases (Last when Ketu transited Cancer /Gemini in 2009-10, Swine-flu erupted) Saturn is restriction. So Ketu was upto something but Saturn’s presence was restricting his actions. In Nov 2019, Jupiter joined them in Sagittarius, Jupiter is expansion, so he expanded Ketu’s activities but also helped Saturn maintain its restriction on the situation. (Jupiter+Ketu means that Jupiter aspects Rahu, which can also deliver results similar to the classic Guru-Chandal yog)

Rahu in the other half of the axis, ie in Gemini meant that the respiratory system specifically its paired organs, ie the lungs would be the target. Rahu gives direction to Ketu’s energies, as always. He was already in Aradra, his own nakshatra, since 12th Sept 2019, preparing the background for Ketu.

Then in Dec 2019 we had a very weird situation dominated by Ketu, the king of weird! Combustions of several planets including Jupiter and Saturn. Solar eclipse, stationary nodes, a lot of planets put their energy into the mix, 7 graha were directly involved in this eclipse. This caused an imbalance in practically everything, from inter-personal one-one human relations to broader political situations, global financial markets to global health concerns all went for a toss. This eclipse was also the trigger for release of the COVID 19 corona-virus into the greater humanity.

Then Jan 2020 saw more movement. The nodes remained stationary in the middle of Gemini/ Sagittarius grinding their energy in the middle of the sign (they did this for over 2 months!). Stationary nodes release a lot of energy, karmic back-log due for resolution. There was a minor penumbral lunar eclipse during this period. Mercury was combust for sometime, affecting logical behaviour and mental abilities. Saturn shifted to his own Capricorn and immediately became combust. Thus Jupiter and Ketu were left in Sagittarius. Freed from Saturn, Ketu expanded under Jupiter’s influence and the virus’s influence expanded simultaneously. Its effects became quite visible. Jupiter is moving very fast, Ati-char movement, so giving more energy to Ketu’s actions, making them also very fast.

Ketu entered his own Nakshatra, Moola on 16th Jan, gaining even more power to destroy. Moola nakshatra also contains the Vishnu-nabhi ie the center of our galaxy, thus has hidden reserves of power. It is a very cryptic lunar mansion, ruled by Niritti, the energy of destruction.

Feb 2020 saw Mars adding his energy to Sagittarius, now Ketu and Mars both fiery graha together with Jupiter who was still giving them his expansion energy. Feb saw even more nations being affected as the virus came out from its confinement in China and spread. But now Saturn recovered from his combustion so the response started in earnest, governments and societies started organising themselves. But Ketu was still powered up, so the spread continued. In this period on 26th Feb we had an exact conjunction of Ketu+Mars which briefly gave immense power to Ketu’s expansion. In Feb-Mar, for 3 weeks, Mercury was unable to work so there was some confusion and lack of logical coordination in mounting a response. As mercury came out of combustion/retrograde, the response became more systematic. This much we all know as analysing a situation in retrospect is rather easy.

We have the periodic full-blown Kaal-sarpa alternating with the partial Kaal-sarpa for the next few months till 21st Jun, giving more power to Rahu/ Ketu to act as they are using the power of the remaining grahas trapped within them to further their agenda.

Viruses are controlled by Ketu.

Now in March 2020, there are significant transits coming up. Exact Mars+Jupiter conjunction is due on 20th Mar, so a burst of fiery expansion will be available. The medical teams will use this energy to gain significant understanding on the virus and its cure. Possibly we will get news on confirmed treatment plan for the virus affected people. And Ketu will also use this energy, perhaps a new mutant strain can also develop. Then Mars will shift to Capricorn to be with Saturn on 22nd leaving Jupiter and Ketu alone in Sagittarius again. Mars is exalted in Capricorn so will give his fiery pioneering innovative energies in a very useful form to help the governments/ society. And Jupiter will shift to Capricorn on 31st Mar. Mars+Saturn exact conjunction on 31st so again a fiery/airy expansive energy burst. So in this last week of March there will be a lot of activity on the virus-spread/ evolution and also on the government/medical teams front. When several planets occupy a sign, we have to consider the implications of planetary war/graha yuddha to know whose energy will drive the potential of the others, as we are trying to read the destiny of nations/humanity.

April 2020 sees Saturn, Mars and Jupiter in Capricorn. This will provide the necessary energy to the governments/ societies/ medical teams who are trying to contain/ cure the virus. But Ketu in Sagittarius, alone and un-aspected by anyone, will continue his actions and the virus will do its job of spreading and affecting people, but its speed and intensity should slow down now. Delivery of drugs and treatment to the affected patients should be initiated by now.

May 2020 will see significant movements, with Jupiter, Venus and Saturn all going retrograde together. This will lead to a period of confusion. There might be a lapse in government/ society/ medical response which can lead to a temporary spurt in infections again in the last week of May.

June 2020 is a very happening month. First there is a minor penumbral lunar eclipse and then we have a major total Solar eclipse again in Gemini-Sagittarius! This time, Venus, Mercury, Sun will be with Rahu in Gemini. This eclipse will be visible in the eastern hemisphere again! From China, Russia, India, middle East to Africa these nations will again face some problems which can include the virus but can also involve global society/finance in turmoil. Again the nodes will slow down, reverse direction and go forward, then again reverse direction and go retrograde. This month sees several planets going combust and retrograde together so will be the most confusing month of the year.

July 2020 sees Jupiter back in Sagittarius. He will not be very close to Ketu, which is a blessing but still Sagittarius will see the energy of Ketu and Jupiter operating in its environment. So some parts of the world will see a complete recovery while some parts will suffer in bits. This situation will continue in spurts till Sept 2020 till Jupiter and Saturn both gain their forward movement. Ketu will remain in Moola nakshatra, ie in Sagittarius till 23rd Sept. So expect some spurts of the virus to pop up in some places till this time. Last week of September will see marked improvement and October onwards the situation will defuse.

During this period, humanity as a whole is being uprooted from the very foundations as we know. The concept of ‘shrinking world’ or ‘one world’ will be reversed as each government/ nation/ society will now monitor its boundaries very seriously. A new normal will be established in terms of medicine, understanding of viruses, financial markets, government functioning, social dynamics, our very behaviour will change in a very fundamental manner.

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Sagittarius-Gemini is a powerful axis of the zodiac, as it gives the fastest acting results coupled sudden events which operate on a larger global humanity-level scale. Everyone’s limits are being tested to the breaking point, from the individual human-level to the government-level. You have to adapt to these new normals now. The correct option is to take care of your health, adopt all the hygiene related practices, try to improve your innate immunity, eat healthier foods, live a more balanced life-style, stop the earlier norms like shaking hands and adopt new norms of doing a Namaste in greeting others etc as fundamental changes in each one’s life-style are expected.

Rahu-Ketu affecting the Gemini- Sagittarius axis is a deeply karmic event for all of us. Some are affected by the corona-virus, some are scared of it, some are working to prevent it, some are working to cure it, some are suffering because of the quarantine and lock down measures imposed because of it. And even if you are not directly affected by the Corona virus, Rahu/ Ketu must be playing havoc in your life in some way or the other as past lives karma shake the foundations of your life and affect your ability to choose and act, in one way or the other. Whatever this axis stands for in your life as per your horoscope, you will see deep events which shake your life to the core occurring here. Corona-virus is just one part of it.

(India-specific post here and continued in another post here)

Edited on21st March 2020, On 20th March the medical teams have announced a possible cure. This is as per what I had predicted in my initial post above.

Length and Rate of your breathing

We are breath, or more more correctly we are linked to this manifested creation primarily by the movement of air through our nostrils. To go beyond the limits imposed by the manifested, the first step is control of the breath. If you control your breath, you naturally control the pran moving within you. If you can control your pran, you automatically control your mind. Your mind is like a ball in your hand, it jumps up and down with the movement of pran. If you still the movement of pran, you also still your mind. The pran’s movement stills when you still your breathing, ie achieve Keval Kumbhak state, where there is no breathing in nor breathing out. If your Mind goes still, you achieve the ‘unmani-state’, beyond-Mind. After you reach this Unmani state, you hear the continuous ‘Nada’, the sound of the unmanifested. If you can dissolve your limited consciousness in the sound of the Nada, you achieve the Eternal.

Length and Rate of your breath

Our regular breathing is very turbulent. It depends on the physical movement of the body but it also depends significantly on your emotions and your thoughts. Check your breathing pattern when you are happy, sad, angry, upset, relaxed, focussed, etc and observe for yourself how it varies.

All texts on breathing and Dhyan will talk about the length of the breath and the rate of breathing.

  • This is how you determine the length of your breathing in comparison to your own finger-widths, a measure called angula. Switch off the fan in your room first, it should not be windy inside. Place some cotton fibres or a very thin thread on the back of your hand and keep it at some distance from your nose. Be at rest, relax and breathe normally. As you exhale on the cotton fibres they will move with the force of the exhaled air. Try to find out till what distance from your nose, the cotton fibres visibly move with your exhaled breath. Measure this distance from your nostrils to the fibres with a piece of thread. Now count how many finger-widths long is your breath when you are at rest.
  • Now to measure your breathing rate. Sit in a relaxed position. Set a timer for 5 mins. Count your breathing, ie one inhale and one exhale is one breath. eg If you count 52 breaths in 5 mins, then it is average at about 10 breaths per minute. eg If it is 68 breaths in 5 mins it is approximately 14 breaths per minute. As per science, the average human breathing rate at rest is 12 per minute.

Your life span is measured in breaths, not years. If you breathe slowly, you will live longer, look younger and be more healthy. But you should not force yourself to stop/slow breathe, if you do so, you will damage your body and your nadi-s. This should happen spontaneously and it will happen gradually as you do your spiritual practice.

(This photograph of my Sat-guru was taken in 1990, he was physically 85yrs old then.)

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If your breathing is fast, forced, laboured, intense etc the air will be displaced for a longer distance from your nose. ie the length of the breath will increase. As per the texts, this is how the activities affect your breath, eg eating increases the length to 18 angula, walking increases it to 20 angula, run­ning to 24 angula, sexual activity to 60 angula etc. If the length of the exhaled breath is longer, it reduces your life-span. The reason is that with every exhaled breath, you are also exhaling pran from your system. Generally you lose more pran than you pull in from the universe as your exhaled breath is always longer than your inhaled breath. And if the exhaled breath is made longer by engaging in strenuous activities or mental turbulence, even more pran goes out. (So over-indulgence in sexual activity is not advisable for spiritual aspirants, 60 angula long-breath!)

When you breathe slowly, without any jerks, the exhaled air moves out with less force, ie it’s length in angula becomes shorter. As the breathing becomes slow, it also becomes less turbulent, the flow of the pran in the nadi-s becomes smoother, more subtle, thinner? It actually becomes a fine needle of pure gold/ silver shimmer. In Dhyan, you are supposed to actively open your central Sushumna and close the Ida and Pingala. When such smooth subtle flow of pran moves through the Sushumna it effectively ‘cleans’ it out. Once the Sushumna is ‘clean’, all karmic impurities/ blockages are removed, it becomes very easy for the kundalini to rise up through it in one continuous smooth flow. It is always better for the spiritual aspirant if the Kundalini moves only after the Sushumna is clean from the Mooladhar to the Brahmarandhra.

So the point is that if you reduce the breathing rate and reduce the length of breath which actually happens simultaneously, you will increase the length and quality of your life and also gain control over your pran, Mind and also on the people around you and the environment you live in. Here is what the texts say,

  • If it is 10 angula, you gain peace of mind which lasts for a long time.
  • If it is 9 angula, you can spontaneously write, prose, music etc which have deep impacts on others.
  • If it is 8 angula, you will be able to speak spontaneously without hesitation. Your words will cause deep impact on those who hear you.
  • If it is 7angula, your vision will change, seeing into the past, present, future, parallel is possible now.
  • If it is 6 angula, you can move your body through air.
  • If it has gone to 5 angula, now onwards, your progress in your spiritual practice becomes very fast.
  • If it goes to 4 angula, you will attain the eight major siddhis (anima, mahima, garima, laghima, prakamya, ishitva, vashitva, kamavashayitva) and the several minor siddhis.
  • If it goes down to 3 angula, you gain the nava nidhi vidya the 9 types of consciousnesses. These are said to be under the control of Yaksharaj Kuber.
  • If it goes upto 2 angu­la, then the body is not longer a binding, you can change the shape of your 5-layered body.
  • If it reduces to 1 angula, you can become invisible and exist in just the subtle or causal body. Time, space and other dimensions lose their dominion on you.
  • Finally when the breathing stops, ie there is no exhalation or inhalation, Keval Kumbhak is attained, now the further process of Self realization starts in real earnest.

So as you do your spiritual practice, with time, your breathing will slow down and stop intermittently and then fully. It is nothing to be scared of. You don’t need air to remain alive in this created world. You need only pran, and it can be pulled in not just through the nostrils but also via the skin and majorly through the top of the head. This ability to consciously pull in pran increases, as you do your spiritual practice. So as an aspirant, your only job is to breathe with Soham, the rest of it will happen spontaneously and naturally.

 

Length and Rate of your breath

Gemini, the luckiest ascendant

Perhaps Gemini ascendant is the luckiest of the lot. If you were born with Gemini rising, you have slightly lesser problems and set-backs in life. Your life is generally average, not much ups and downs. But if your ascendant lord, Mercury, is in an auspicious Budh-Aditya yog or influenced by powerful planets etc you can have a happening life with power and the ability to exercise it. Mercury owns your 1st and 4th houses so check if the kendra-adhi-pati combination applies to you. If so you have to be more careful in life, cultivate confidence and command. Mercury is an impressionable planet, able to adapt himself to any situation. He has skills, logic, intelligence and his primary focus is first survival and then coming first in everything he does. Gemini is a dual-natured, airy, intellectual sign, its Gun is Tama, its Gan/group is human/ Manushya. (I have written about the Gemini-Sagittarius axis in depth do go through those three posts.)

Gemini, the luckiest ascendant

Gemini rising gives you an attractive personality, you stand out in a group. You are considered to be beautiful by the norms of your culture. You have a touch of shyness in your demeanour which makes you even more attractive. You are intelligent and this is reflected in your behaviour, you have pleasing manners and are good company. Interact and exchange are your watchwords.

You are quite skilled at small talk, business talk and in fact all sorts of talk, persuasive, communicative. You are ambitious and bursting with ideas, quite imaginative. You can negotiate or romance with your words, charming, a good sense of humour, fun to be with. You can be a good diplomat or a good host, tactful. You know what to speak and to whom, the master of conversation. You do not speak much, ie you are not a chatterbox but when you speak, others listen. You can influence people with your words, inspire them to achieve heights. You can be a good motivational speaker. (If there are some malefic influences you will go to the other extreme of sarcasm, biting wit and hurt with your words.)

You like travelling, you do travel a lot and have extensive knowledge about humans, habits and cultures. You can be a good tour guide or a history teacher! You like social life and alone cut off from your fellow humans makes you unhappy. In social gatherings you are often the one mingling around, you know everyone and everyone knows you. You like people, interacting with people, analysing people, observing people is your hobby. You can meet and make contacts with strangers very fast. Your special skill is to divine others thoughts and predict their actions. A keen observer of human nature and highly intuitive, you can understand people’s thoughts. And then you influence them with your words. Your style of speech can be very emotional and intense. You know which buttons to push. Thus you can push people in the direction you want them to move in. You have a knack of maintaining relations with important persons who can be of advantage to you. Your social group is very large but you are not deeply attached to individuals.  If you feel that a friendship or relationship has run its course you can easily cut ties without a second thought.

Your typical friends are the bold, outgoing, innovative and interesting types. You will get help from your peers and seniors in life. But do guard against cheats and fake people who can enter your friend circle and cause you problems. You are generally open, unsuspicious and sympathetic so dubious characters can take advantage of you. Your ‘friends’ can also become enemies, so beware about trusting them too much.

You have an aptitude for the stage, you can act. And if you sing, you have a good voice. But in a way you are always ‘acting’. Not much on the stage, you act in real life, you are always performing. You can modulate your personality depending on whom you are interacting with, you generally hide your emotions and your true opinions you always conceal. You do not display strong emotions, you do not strongly support any cause in public, mostly ambivalent to the situation, you take it as it happens. You may have your strong personal opinions but you do not let them come in between you and your business.

You are creative and can be a good writer or poet. You use this medium to express your hidden personal emotions and opinions. And because you are the master of communication you can sway others with your written world also. Gemini is a dual sign represented by two human figures. Thus you too have a dual personality, moody at times, you change your behaviour depending on the situation and your mood. Adaptable. so Generally you are more focussed on the broader society rather than your selfish interests. Your like thinking about higher philosophical things even if you are outwardly in material stuff. (But this can go the other extreme way if malefic planetary combinations exist, then you will be very selfish in your actions and highly self-focussed mentally.)

Gemini, the luckiest ascendant

You like spending time with the opposite sex, girlfriends/ boyfriends are possible before marriage. You marry well, the spouse is generally good-natured and the marriage. After marriage, you can make a good spouse as you have an active interest in domestic life and in the children. But generally family relationships are not always very stable. You travel a lot and are interested in humanity as a whole, so a family to you seems to be a very small group and you can lose interest in it very soon. Your involvement in the family life is rather irregular and relationships may not be very deep. This behaviour can lead to a deep sadness in life as warmth in relationships is reduced. This is also related to a mental or intellectual incompatibility with the marriage partner. Both of you think differently. You or your spouse can go through one major illness after marriage which can affect physical intimacy. But overall the married life is generally satisfactory as both you and your spouse are broad-minded, gentle and overall hopeful about the institution of marriage as such.

 Your health is generally average. You might suffer from some typical life-long chronic diseases. Nervous or skin related diseases and minor surgeries are possible in life. Some of your aliments will be more of the psychological planes. You always try to keep an overall cheerful personality, so possibly repress your negative emotions, do not give them a healthy outlet. Also you cannot relax easily as your mind is always active. You need to come up with some solution which can silence the mind, only then you will be able to relax thus recover from your illesses. (Soham mantra is a good option as the mind cannot concentrate on two things at once!)

You are analytical, logical, very practical, trade and business can be your expertise. Quite powerful, courageous and ambitious, you can achieve professional heights. You have to earn money by your own hard work and sincere efforts. Initially you may be in service in some routine job, but this does not suit your mindset. You need some profession where you can be personally active, going about and actually doing stuff. You might change jobs from time to time.  Some professions suited to your personality are journalism, architecture, engineering, software, TV, medicine, education, law etc. Any field where public relations are important is yours, as you are characterised by harmony and helpfulness. You can work in groups also as you easily get along with your teammates. You like money and tangible wealth and you earn well in your chosen field. You may also have secret sources of income. But take care and invest your money properly, as maintaining the bank balance can be an issue.

Gemini ascendants have some aptitude for the occult. How this actually develops will depend on the other combinations in the horoscope. There is considerable potential for spiritual progress too. (planets placed in the 9th house will give more pointers). You have a religious bent of mind and follow conventional philosophies and morals. You like getting involved in charitable causes. You are already a student of humanity. When you observe people, you also cryptically infer why they are like that or why typical things are happening to them. You analyse and infer. This sensitivity of the perceptions is a valuable tool enabling spiritual progress. You have the rare knack of leaping to correct inferences even without insufficient data. In a way you are sensitive to ‘other/inner’ cues and pick up hints which others cannot. If your 9th house planets push you towards the inner spiritual you can progress quite fast. Intelligence ie mental ability is a requirement of the student of the occult/ spiritual/ esoteric.

Your most significant drawback is that you are impatient. You cannot sustain interest in one thing for long and are not persistent in your efforts. This denies you your true successes in life. There is a lot of restless energy in you which demands release, so you engage yourself in so many activities that focussing on one of them, pursuing one with full focus is a challenge. You are unpredictable because of your dual nature, you can change course mid-stream and be  happy about it. This can come across as being fickle-minded, as you become indecisive and change your mind frequently. You are light-hearted and do not fully appreciate your responsibilities in life. This does not mean that you will ignore your commitments but just that you do not appreciate their seriousness. You can get argumentative at times and generally these arguments are about small juvenile issues. One thing you must guard against is trusting anyone beyond limits, you are a gentle soul at heart and this can be used against you.

So overall Gemini is a good and easy-going ascendant to have, a bit of everything, from the material to a possibility of the spiritual. This sign of duality in the 1st house grants you choices and also the boldness to choose. So make the most of it.

 

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Navamsha Analysis Summary

Navamsha chart D 9 is your full potential and the D1 the birth chart is the actual manifested part of it. In analysing a Navamsha chart try to do it in these three steps it will be easier. Also give yourself time to think over the patterns, do not rush it as you are overlaying your D-1 and D-9 charts to get meaningful information.

1. Note the sign occupied by every planet and the rising degree in the D-1 and compare to where it shifts to in the D9. This will give the potential of every planet and the rising degree v/s the actual expressed. Here you will analyse the planets/ signs. (I have written six posts on navamsha analysis, do go through them, Index here)

2. Note the signs placed in each house of the D-1 and see how these signs shift, ie check to which house they shift to in the D-9. This will give the potential of each sign v/s the actual expressed. Here you analyse houses/ signs. This potential v/s actual energy of the signs will naturally affect their owner and resident planets energies also. So you add more layers of meanings to your analysis. This is called the Rashi-tulya navamsha concept.

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Birth chart Aleister Crowley
Navamsha Aleister Crowley
Navamsha Aleister Crowley

3. Navamsha tulya rashi. This is the simplest concept to understand. The Navamsha chart is considered to be equivalent to the birth chart.

This concept can verify the birth details to some extent.

  • ie in our example chart, the Moon in D-1 is placed in the 9th house, Pisces sign and in the D-9 he shifts to Cancer sign 9th house. Both are watery signs, Crowley was a highly intuitive occultist. 9th house is luck, destiny, blessings, past lives merits etc. These Moon patterns match what is known about his life, so his birth time should be reasonably correct.

This concept is useful in seeing the transit effects of Saturn and Jupiter. Simply assume that the D9 is your regular birth chart. Superimpose the current transit position of Saturn and Jupiter on this chart and now see how they affect the chart.

  • In our sample chart, the Moon shifts to Cancer sign in the D-9. Saturn transiting over the Moon is a traumatic period, the middle 2.5yrs of the Sade-sati (the 7.5yrs of the Saturn-special karma). So Saturn transiting Cancer, ie transiting over the core potential and expectations of the birth Moon would have given his trademark fear, guilt, restrictions, frustrations, isolation etc but all this in the deepest heart for Crowley. This hits at the inner levels and is harder to deal with.
  • A situation looks normal on the outside but is terribly traumatic for you on the inside. Or there is a traumatic situation in the outer world but on the inside you remain calm and composed. So tell me now, which situation is worse? This is why Navamsha analysis is important.

Navamsha Analysis Summary

Some people are always confused with the Navamsha concept. They say that this divisional chart is ‘activated’ after marriage or that it represents the spouse in your life. This is not entirely correct. The D-9 is quite active from the moment of your birth till your physical death. It does not get ‘activated’ only after marriage. And it does not necessarily represent your spouse. It can be linked to your parent, best friend, brother/ sister, spouse (or even a deity for the Sanyasi-s), ie it is linked to the person who is karmically closest to you in your life/ several lives.

In the Indian context, earlier the husband/ wife was considered to be the closest person. Till our grandparent’s times, marriages were performed early in life, ie around 15-18yrs so the two would grow up together. Now we get married at 30-35yrs, by this age, growth/ maturity has been achieved and life patterns are set. Mostly people marry on the basis of physical attraction which vanishes in a few months after marriage. We don’t spend much time with the spouse, we simply don’t have the time to spare, ie job, work, commuting, different interests, different thought processes, different expectations from life, different social groups etc. Even if we are at home together, we are separately busy, on different phones, in different rooms and doing our individual stuff. Separations and divorces are very common now, we do not consider marriage to be a life-time relationship. We don’t bond with our spouse as deeply as our earlier generations did. Thus we cannot outrightly consider the spouse to be the closest person anymore, we do not grow together with him/ her nor do we bond as deeply on the karmic levels.

(Like in my life, my husband and son are naturally very close to me, interactions with them brings out essential stuff from my inner self. But my brother is the one who triggers the potential of my D-9 and likewise I do the same for him. Both of us have very distinctive D-1 and D-9 charts, with very interconnected patterns to each other, we share deep memories from our past lives. We drive each other nuts from time to time, depending on what gets triggered for resolution, but I cannot imagine my current life without him around and neither can he.)

In some charts where the maturity of the Ascendant lord has been held back by his close conjunction with specifically Rahu or Ketu, this person remains largely innocent, immature, childish, gullible, juvenile, not very connected to his self/ environment, etc till the age of 48yrs. The understanding of the personality, the environment around him, his behaviour, others expectations and most importantly an appreciation of Karma is held back. In this case he can meet his ‘closest person’ later in life and still grow in maturity with him. The other extreme case, would be where the ascendant lord is conjoint specifically with Jupiter. Jupiter matures the earliest at 16yrs of age, but he will now be held back because of the other planet, he will give his full mature effect later. But because of Jupiter’s expansive influence on the ascendant lord, the person will be quite mature, philosophical and significantly older for his age, if you observe him around the 16th year of his life, this is when he will seem to grow up significantly. (These both extreme cases can turn to full-fledged asceticism, ie take Sanyas and take on a deity as their ‘closest person’ if the rest of the horoscope permits).

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The D-9 represents your inherent potential and core expectations. You behave as you really are only with those rare people who are closest to you. You cannot show your naked face to just anyone. There are extremely few such people, maybe you will have just one or two ‘closest persons’ in a life-time. Once you meet him, it is a life-time thing, more correctly it is a several life-times thing with him. And remember it is reciprocal, you are his ‘closest person’ too. As you interact with him, his own D-9 combinations also start pushing out his potential into his physical manifested life.

You share your deepest emotions, aspirations and thoughts with him. You can tell him everything and also listen to anything from him. He is your trusted adviser, a true confidante. This person has been with you for several past lives, you have shared so many important things with him all along these lives, he has become a link to your deepest core. You two have evolved together and you still are growing together. His current incarnated life (pancha-kosh) is inter-twined with yours so intricately that it cannot be separated. He is deeply karmically bonded to you. Your D-9 is a summary of your past lives assets/ regrets and he has been an integral part of all these past lives. You two have been husband-wife, master-slave, teacher-student, doctor-patient, mother-son, father-daughter, every possible relationship in your lives together. All the deepest felt actions from giving each other birth to dying in each other’s arms, rescuing or even killing each other are there in your combined past linking you two karmically. When you interact, you also bring up these unfinished things up for resolution, this can lead to short-lived intense arguments but ultimately it brings you two even closer and you both evolve faster.

All these stored learnings of your past lives are linked to his very presence. When you are with him, you are more than just your regular self. Naturally accessing these past resources within you is easier when he is around you. His very presence in your life triggers your growth. Things normally not in your reach are available, you can explore your inner self more easily. And it is always a reciprocal thing, as he too equally grows when he is with you. (In addition if this is also a karmic relationship, ie Rahu or Ketu are involved in synastry, then it gets more deep, you cannot avoid it nor stop it nor break it, it simply unfolds.)

Continuing the trend of so many past lives, in this life too, he is your closest person, very important to you. His actions and reactions go deep into the core of your being, you have no defences, no filters against him, you cannot resist. You unconditionally accept the energies he triggers in you, you trust your mutual bond, so know that it is eventually for your best. If he makes you happy, this happiness will reach the core of your being and if he rejects you, you will be hurt to the depths of your inner self. These deeply felt actions then trigger your deepest potential. After you meet your closest person, your personality starts expressing more of its core. You evolve in leaps and bounds, your life feels like it has been reenergised and has started moving on in earnest. If you observe your interactions with him and analyse, you will notice that just for the two of you together, for this small time, you are more your D-9 than your D-1 and he too behaves more like his D-9 with you. You both mutually trigger things for each other. Sometimes these things may be happy if you both have a interlinked happy potential. But sometimes it can be traumatic if some past unhappy event has been triggered for resolution. Never forget to analyse the current dasha/ transits, as these will trigger the events indicated in your birth charts, D-1 or D-9.

This person inspires you to achieve your life-goals. The materialistic life goals are rather obvious, but we are looking at the Navamsha, so here we should focus on the spiritual life-goals. The D-9 is most connected to your birth chart’s 9th house, the Bhagya-sthan, the house of divine blessings, merits from past lives auspicious actions, blessings of the ancestors etc. (Do read my post on the 9th house.) This ‘closest person’ will help you realise your actual spiritual, humanitarian, higher learning, philosophic etc goals for this life, the true evolution of your Awareness. These goals were decided by your higher self at the time of your birth. When you interact with him, you get hints about your own spiritual path and progress. (For Sanyasi-s, ascetics, the deity becomes the ‘closest person’ who inspires him.) Navamsha chart is essential in understanding a person at his innermost levels.

 Jyotish cannot be used to analyse the Soul, the Parabrahma, as is beyond the geometries of the manifested universes. But to reach the Eternal Self, you have to use your this incarnated 5-layered body as a vehicle. This 5-layered body is governed by the laws of creation which include Jyotish. Using Jyotish you can analyse, whether your vehicle is in good condition or capable of taking you to the Self. And in this journey, your ‘closest person’, the one most deeply karmically linked to you, plays a very pivotal and unique role, triggering your own potential from time to time. And so do you play an equally important role in his journey.

 

Navamsha Analysis Summary

Ascendants and functional malefics

There was a question on the luckiest ascendant, so a quick post. This logic is based on the ‘functional malefic’ concept.

  • A planet who owns the 6th, 8th or 12th house counted from the ascendant sign, in a chart will act as a functional malefic for the horoscope. Especially so if its Mooltrikon sign falls in any of these turbulent houses.
  • Rahu and Ketu are functional malefics for all ascendant signs.
  • The lord of the 3rd house, if badly placed, will act as a functional malefic, so check out the individual horoscope for this factor. The 3rd house is a very typical house, can go either way.
  • The ascendant lord cannot overtly be a malefic for a chart, this is applicable for Aries, Libra and Aquarius ascendants. But if you get a chart with these ascendants, do evaluate the power of the ascendant lord to get a clear idea of what results he is going to confer. eg I have noticed that for Aries and Libra, the rate of change is very high, the personality goes through periodic cycles where there is severe disturbance, followed by a mini-melt-down, followed by an astonishing rebound and growth. For Aquarius ascendants, there is an undefinable loss of personality in the sense that they are always defined by their background groups. Alone, without his social support, an Aquarius ascendant seems a shadow of his self.

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So this is the list of functional malefics for each ascendant sign,

  • Aries- Mercury, Rahu, Ketu
  • Taurus- Mars, Jupiter, Rahu, Ketu
  • Gemini- Rahu and Ketu
  • Cancer– Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu (possibly Mercury as per individual chart)
  • Leo– Moon, Rahu, Ketu
  • Virgo- Sun, Mars, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu
  • Libra- Mercury, Rahu, Ketu (possibly Jupiter as per individual chart)
  • Scorpio– Venus, Rahu, Ketu
  • Sagittarius- Moon, Rahu, Ketu
  • Capricorn- Sun, Jupiter, Rahu, Ketu
  • Aquarius- Moon, Mercury, Rahu, Ketu
  • Pisces- Sun, Saturn, Venus, Rahu, Ketu

Here we have followed the concept that the mool-trikon sign of the planet should fall in the 6th, 8th and 12th houses for it to be classified as a full blown functional malefic. But do remember that even if a planet’s regular sign falls in these 6th, 8th and 12th houses of turmoil, he can be an agent of pain in your life. (For Moon we do not consider his Mooltrikon sign Taurus, but his own sign Cancer)

  • I have added one possible malefic for Cancer ascendant, ie Mercury. And Jupiter as a potential malefic for Libra ascendant. Their mool-trikon sign falls in the 3rd house for these ascendants. The 3rd house is a rather typical house, can go either way so always check it from the individual chart.

If you look at this above list critically, Virgo and Pisces ascendants have a whopping five planets as clear-cut functional malefics. People born under these ascendant signs have more happening and traumatic events in their life. The influence of the three houses of turmoil is more in their lives and more unfavourable incidents associated with the keywords of these houses occur. Broadly diseases, debts, enemies, losses, stress, catastrophic transformation etc can occur with more frequency. (Cancer will fall in this list, if in the individual chart, Mercury is unable to give auspicious results. eg If Mercury is aspected/ conjoint Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu)

Now whenever the Sun is a functional malefic, you should analyse his proximity to Mercury too. Mercury is more often combust than other planets. So if in the chart, a malefic Sun consumes a beneficial/ neutral Mercury, Mercury is unable to give his results and you have one less positive/neutral planet in your chart. Second possibility is Venus being combust by a malefic Sun, as he too remains rather close to the Sun. This scenario is possible for Virgo, Capricorn and Pisces ascendants, so check this in the individual chart.

Second possibility is if the Sun combusts a functional malefic planet then he too becomes a malefic! The Sun can combust all the 5 tara-graha, but this possibility is more for Mercury and Venus as they are the inner planets, closer to the Sun.

  • Aries, Cancer, Libra and Aquarius have Mercury as a functional malefic so if such a malefic Mercury is swallowed up by the Sun in combustion, the Sun will take on all of Mercury’s attributes including his this functional malefic nature.
  • Then Scorpio and Pisces have Venus as a functional malefic so if the Sun combusts a malefic Venus, he too will become a composite Sun+Venus malefic power.

In the horoscope, check if the ascendant lord is influenced by these functional malefics. This reduces his power to adjust your personality and your environment with each other. Also check if the birth Moon is under malefic influence, as this directly affects the mind, emotions and mental processes.

  • eg for Cancer ascendant, Moon (ascendant lord) conjoint Jupiter is not a very auspicious combination. Even if Jupiter is considered to be beneficial, he is a functional malefic for this ascendant.

Taurus, Capricorn and Aquarius ascendants, have four planets as functional malefics. (Libra can come in this category if in the specific chart, Jupiter is under the influence of even more malefics and is incapable of giving auspicious results.) And Aries, Leo, Scorpio and Sagittarius ascendants, have three functional malefic planets. Finally Gemini ascendant has only two, ie the common Rahu/ Ketu as the functional malefic energies in the chart.

So I would say that Gemini ascendant is the luckiest ascendant to have, as it practically has no functional malefics. Except Rahu and Ketu who are astral planets entrusted with the express job of creating turbulence in our life. The remaining 7 planets are either neutral or beneficial so this ascendant has a relatively smoother life compared to the remaining eleven signs of the zodiac.

The toughest would be Cancer, Virgo or Pisces ascendants.

  • Virgo and Pisces because of the five planets who work directly as functional malefics.
  • Cancer because he has four (five, if Mercury also afflicted), but these include Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu, the slowest planets. If something goes wrong in a Cancer’s life, it can take ages to first suffer through the problem and then ages to recover from it.

Ascendants and functional malefics

Now a bit more on how to use this concept.

  • If the functional malefic in the birth chart is on the exact central degree at the house he is placed in, he exerts more negative influence on the matters of this house. eg if your birth rising degree is 3deg Leo, the middle of the 1st house is at 3deg Leo. Look out for the planets transiting around 3deg in any sign and their effects on you.
  • If the functional malefic is closely conjunct or aspects any other birth planet, he will affect their power to give auspicious results.
  • In transit too, these planets give their worst results when they are passing through the center of a house or conjunct/ aspecting any birth planet.

Finally one more aspect of this list must be considered. Check which ascendant has slow moving or fast moving planets as its functional malefics.

Leo and Sagittarius have only Moon as their functional malefic. Moon is the fastest planet going at 2.25days/sign. So the trials in their life will pop in suddenly, maybe an acute attack of some problem in life and then as suddenly pop out. There can be more frequent problems as the Moon transits around the zodiac in about 28days. But perhaps this is better as you do not have to endure under a problem for years.

  • eg If you know that the next 2.25days are going to be typical, you can do something about it, eg re-arrange your work schedule etc or just sit through knowing that it will end in 2.25days.

Aries, Libra, Scorpio, Aquarius have the Sun, Moon, Mercury or Venus as their functional malefic. These ‘inner planets’ are also fast moving, approx a month in a sign. So the problems faced by these people do not last for long, though may have a yearly sort of periodicity. Here a problem can last for about a month (might resurface maybe a year later if the dasha/other transits permit.) However note the combustions of these planets in your birth chart and in transit which can modify results.

  • eg If a Cancer ascendant at birth has Mercury conjoint Sun and both aspected by Saturn. Then those periods when Mercury goes combust in the skies (three times a year) wil, inflate his ego, affect his thought processes, make him temporarily selfish, unable to accepts others views, create even more misunderstandings because of this, might cause severe fights with siblings or teammates or neighbours, or extended family members, losses in trade etc be especially problematic for him.

For Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn and Pisces ascendant people, the outer planets, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn figure in the list. These take longer times to transit signs, Mars can take 2-6 months, Jupiter 1 yr and Saturn 2.6yrs, per sign. So for these people, troubles in life will last for a longer period, they will have to endure under problematic situations for months/ years. And recovery from these episodes will be slow. However periodicity will be lesser. Mars completes one round of the zodiac in 2yrs, Jupiter in 12yrs and Saturn in 30yrs.

  • I have mentioned in my previous posts, that Cancer ascendants should take special care and try to focus on their spiritual growth than material objects during the next few years. Now you see, Jupiter, Ketu, Saturn, are/ will be transiting their 6th, 7th, 8th houses back to back. Two houses of turmoil, 6th and 8th and 7th is a very cryptic house, decisions taken here convert to karma very quickly.

You must have read about functional malefics in your studies on astrology, so this is how you gain more information using this concept. Astrology is about seeing patterns and linking them together with common sense and a bit of intuition. You must study your sample horoscopes of your family/ friends and see how your ideas and concepts really play out in life. This is how you learn with every chart you read.

 

Ascendants and functional malefics

Love relationships and the Moon signs

Your relationships and your Moon signs. The Moon indicates your mind and emotions, your astral self. He is the summary of your emotional needs and how you express yourself. Whenever you want to analyse someone’e emotions you have to give due importance to the Moon. And one-one relationships of any kind are primarily about emotions. So check out how you and your loved one behave in your personal relationship!

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Aries is generally honest, passionate, confident and enthusiastic about everything including his relationship with you. He will start off with you in a very down-to-earth manner and will build on from here. He is impulsive so will often make the first move and sweep you off your feet with his intensity. He will make you go on activities and fun-filled adventures with him which if you are not equally excited about can be tiring for you. He will get insecure if he feels that you are dominating him, if you question or criticise him he will not like it. He thinks that his way is right and he expects you as his partner to follow him always. His only weakness is his explosive temper. His stubborn, headstrong and often intimidating behaviour can cause stress between you two. He is occasionally sweet and can come up with gifts etc. He will promise you stuff without thinking things over and most probably later forget. When you remind him, he will to get it done. Systematic planning is not his strong suit.But he can over-power you with his constant high energy, enthusiasm and attention. He has to understand that one cannot demand love by outright aggression. He is always in the driver seat of the relationship which can get suffocating for you in the long run. You should be able to cope with this continuous high powered energy to be in a long term successful relationship with an Aries. If you bore him, he might break up with you, so keep him on the chase and keep some part of you hidden so that he works to discover new things about you all the time.

Taurus is a romantic but is always there for you. Will start off with friendly overtures and if he doesn’t like what he sees, he will back off slowly. Rather stubborn, unchanging, sometimes lazy in love. He might miss out several potential opportunities because he moves a bit slowly. He is like a big bull. A bit slow on the uptake, so can seem disinterested, but is quite enthusiastic once he gets it. Can be possessive and over-possessive even in public which can irritate you. You can expect him to deeply love you only if he is really interested in you. He will protect you, ie will not stand for anyone hurting you. He is usually honest, will keep his promises and generally will not break his word to you. He can act to get your sympathy, can even pretend or exaggerate, so that you give in and do what he wants to do. He is generally stable in his relationships but requires romance. If romance dies out then he can lose interest and can look for another romance elsewhere. He wants stability in a relationship and will get nervous or angry when insecure. Once he feels assured about you, gets comfortable in the relationship, he holds on with tenacity. He considers his and your social reputation to be important so do not do anything which will damage this aspect of your life together. Dishonesty in a relationship will put him off. He will not leave you and the long-term relationship as he dislikes change but if he ever takes this rare decision, he will never look back.

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Gemini is clever, logical and a master of words. Very expressive and witty, sometimes this wit can get cutting and acerbic. He can sound dominating but is a bit juvenile. So if you are in a relationship with a Gemini be prepared for his occasional lies, false promises, juvenile sarcasm and biting wit. It may be unintentional, but words can hurt deeply. If he tries to make sarcastic remarks about you in social gatherings or tries to make you feel inferior, you should be on guard. Then again because he socialises so much he can be confusing, is he really in love with you or is it just friendship? He desires to remain updated and involved in everything. He will want to know everything about you all the time. He is quick, sometimes unpredictable, double-faced and can act out of self interest. If he promises you something, best not rely on him actually doing it for you. If you remind him, he will point out your minor faults and change the conversation. Thus he is considered selfish. He dislikes being left alone, so if you do not answer his phone call, he will start feeling insecure. If you love a Gemini, be ready to speak and listen all the time with an open-mind. Less of emotion and more of logic is his motto. He will not stick with a clinging partner for long. He is complex by nature, non-traditional, different mindset, very active and outgoing, etc so loving him can be a chore. His secret fear is that he will not be loved back with that same intensity.

Cancer is generally loyal. Polite and well-mannered, he is a good host and knows about etiquette. So most likely you were quite impressed when you met him first. He needs love, so will subconsciously start to manipulate you in hopes of keeping you more tightly to himself. It is not a bad thing, just his nature but this in extreme cases can make you feel guilty. When he gets emotional, he will fuss so much that you have no option but to give in. He cannot tolerate rejection and lack of overt love. If you promise him something, best fulfil it, else you will never hear the end of it. And if he promises you something, he will take efforts to deliver it. He can go out of his way to keep you happy as he worries that you do not love him in return. If you love a Cancerian you have to frequently display your love, appreciate him and assure him that yes, he is the apple of your eye. Cancer is a moody sign, sensitive but he keeps his real emotions inside. He is shy, secretive and never forgets anything. Jealousy and a vengeful mindset is possible at times. He can criticise you and others easily. Alert about money and assets, will not spend unless is assured of returns. Generally a home-loving guy, he won’t mind if you two don’t party out on week-ends. He keeps a good house, can cook well and in the early courtship will often invite you over to his house. He does not trust easily and will take time to open up. If you have won his confidence and love, he will be a one-man woman or a one-woman man. He will generally not initiate a break-up as he needs love. A Cancerian is deeply immersed in his loved one, so if you have one for yourself, take good care of him.

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Leo is generally good to be with. He always makes a favourable impression on those whom he meets up with. He loves extravagance, so expect gifts and overt displays of affection. And he will want you to pamper him in return. He can love you deeply, albeit in a regal way. He can be romantic in private and will also exhibit public displays of love. He is concerned about public reputation and has a very big ego, is intense, likes adventure, etc all this can genuinely make you feel inferior at times. If he gives you his word, and if is a realistic thing, he will try to deliver. His pride is important to him and a one-one relationship is ultimately a compromise, so some Leo-s prefer not getting married at all. But if you ignore him, his worst fear, he can argue, make typical comments and try to make you feel inferior, so that you give in. He wants to be at center-stage always and wants to dominate over everyone at all times. He is rather stubborn and wants to have his way, either by his ‘royal’ influence or his power. He is very proud of his appearance, his power and his vital energy. In case he falls ill or he looses his charismatic sheen, he will feel insecure, which can rebound on you at home. In case he faces a failure, he expects you or his friends to pull him out of the mess. A Leo is susceptible to praise so unscrupulous people can get to him using his this weakness. It is upto you to point this out to him, which he will not appreciate. Generally he is faithful in love and will not initiate a break-up himself (if the situation becomes too much he can secretly cheat on you or find congenial company elsewhere). If you leave him, his pride will suffer to such an extent that he may never attempt to find love again.

Virgo is a loyal, hardworking, practical and shy person. He will be to the point, business-like even brusque with you. He will take a very long time to fall in ‘something like love’. Highly analytical, logical and organised he will try to reduce the emotions of love to a mathematical formula. Love is not math, it is a promise hidden as an emotion. He will always judge you, even when he is in love with you. Constantly thinking, analysing, decoding and classifying you. Loving a Virgo, is like living under a microscope all the time. And he is unbearably shy. He will indirectly, vaguely try to say something about his emotions or desires, this will be frustrating for you. A Virgo will never promise you anything. If you suggest something, he will find five logical reasons to not do it. Even if he has liked doing some activity, he will never accept that he enjoyed it. He will make it seem like he did it only for you and it was all your idea. He has that ‘virginal’ mind-set, will pretend that nothing affects him. He does not trust anyone including you. Ego is an issue as he thinks he can do no wrong. Others humour him on his face, but joke about his behaviour behind his back. He can ruin a relationship, as he has very high expectations from you. He will set standards for your behaviour, obviously find you lacking, as no one, not even he himself, can meet his own perfect standards. Then he will become rigid, insecure and start criticising/ nagging you. And when a Virgo starts this, it will be impossible for you to continue with him. (Some Virgo-s keep changing partners in search of perfection but eventually fail, as no one, including he himself, is perfect). But if you point out something about him, he can get verbally abusive and use very cutting language. If you are in love with a Virgo, be prepared for the inevitable arguments. Better find some other outlet or friends with whom you can get validation as expecting expressions of genuine love from an anxiety-ridden Virgo is unrealistic.

Love relationships and the Moon signs

Libra is the sign of the balance, but in romance perhaps he is the most unbalanced of the lot. No relationship is never constant and the least bit of imbalance upsets his internal balance. His biggest failing is that if he does not like something, he cannot directly say it. He dams it within himself and when it bursts it is a heart-breaking meltdown. As far as romance goes, he likes a happy medium, extreme lovey-dovey stuff or nil romance both can damage the relationship. He is a soft and gentle personality, quite formal and will quietly introduce himself to you. A strange thing about him is that he is quite capable and knowledgable himself but will pretend that he is helpless without you. You help him because you feel he cannot survive without you! And he gets you to do what he wants. He is a perfectionist in the sense he cannot bear it if he makes a mistake. He is very hard on himself if he errs. He tries to please everyone but it cannot happen. And he is confused most of the time in his personal life. If you want to go on a date etc, you will have to organise it yourself. He can be indecisive which can be frustrating for you. He needs your periodic assurance that he is doing well. Emotions can be confusing for him as they interfere with his airy intelligence. He will not choose a highly emotional partner in life. In inter-personal conflicts within the two of you, he may seem outwardly balanced but he will be highly emotionally disturbed. He cannot take good decisions in an emotionally charged context. So he can criticise or speak cutting words in such situations. If he is unhappy in a relationship he will try to find solutions to win you back, but if as a last resort he chooses to break up, it will be a dignified end.

Scorpio can be an emotional wreck himself and he can reduce you to one too. Then he will cut off his emotions in an instant and become completely normal. He generally is not deeply emotionally involved in any relationship. He is secretive, jealous and suspicious about your social circles. He is bad at public relations or social functions. Overthinking, unpredictable behaviour, irrational actions and a manipulative nature can kill love. He will need information about your movements. He expects loyalty and is scared of being judged, betrayed or humiliated. But he can do these exact things to others. He is stubborn, his emotions are fixed, he cannot change them. So if he falls in ‘something like love’, he fears losing control and cannot make proper decisions about his and your life. If a Scorpio is very deeply in love with you, strangely his behaviour will get more hurtful leading to angry confrontations. If he promises you anything, a rare event, he will do it. He is very vindictive, so if you are genuinely in love with a Scorpio, try to keep him in good temper. Do not betray him ever. If you criticise him he will never accept it in good temper but find some minor fault of yours and sting you. He can never learn from his mistakes. He will threaten you, give ultimatums, break up, stop talking, get abusive, brow-beat you into submission. He needs his space and his secrets. Sensuality and sexuality is always a major topic in Scorpio and sometimes this can get unhealthy. He is attractive and knows it, so flings on the side cannot be ruled out. If he decides to break up he will do it in an instant, but if you choose to end it he can get very nasty.

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Sagittarius is a lucky sign. He can bring out the best in you and in every situation he can be a ray of hope. He is generous, makes you comfortable without dominating and is good company. He can be a good life partner and there is nothing typical about him which will cause you emotional pain. He is not very emotional himself but is quite enthusiastic and willing to work in the relationship. Generous, his is a happy go lucky mindset. Religious, optimistic and sometimes gullible, he can be cheated by others. He is sometimes quite impractical about material things and gets distracted easily, so keeping an eye on the home, finances etc can become your job. He has a tendency to take things for granted which can damage the relationship. If you get angry with him, he will try to change the topic to your faults to make you feel guilty. Or change the topic completely so that you forget why you were upset in the first place. He does not like you to be too dependant on him. He generally will not promise you things before considering everything, but once he promises he will try to deliver. He likes to travel and experience exciting things and if anything stops him from doing so he will get insecure. If you take too much of his time he can initiate a break-up. But if you are also self-sufficient in your own way, this can become a life-time relationship.  Some Sagittarians consider relationships as a whole to be suffocating so never marry. He is a free spirit, he can get bored easily. So best would be to keep a bit of yourself hidden so that the excitement lasts longer.

Capricorn has a very traditional mindset. He is rational, responsible, disciplined, well-mannered,  calculative, workholic, boring routine! He has immense self-control and is rarely harsh on the ones he loves. He is ‘moderate’ in every sense of the word. He falls in love slowly and after giving it much thought. He does not trust others generally, is calculative by nature and to get one to fall in love with you requires hard work on your part. You will have to show that you are worthy of his trust. Once he falls for you, it is mostly a life-time thing from his side (unless later his self-interest comes between you two). He has high standards and lots of expectations from himself and from you too. He works hard to achieve his goals in life and expects you to support him in his endeavours. He can be cold, is not very expressive in love. If you love doing mushy stuff or are emotionally dependent types, a Capricorn spouse is not for you. He does not like clinging or dependent partners. But he will do everything possible to create a comfortable life for you two and the children on the material levels. He believes in long term relationships. He is not flexible or adaptable, so you will have to give in to his typical nature at times. His biggest fears are financial and social setbacks. So do not do anything which will trigger his these two deepest insecurities. He cannot perform well under pressure. He generally does not promise you anything but, if he does so, he will keep his word.

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Aquarius can be blunt and non-emotional, so not very suitable if your heart is sensitive. He is very good in a social setting, his conversation, mind-set, personality etc does stand out in a crowd. He likes to socialise and meet with different people and experience different things. It can be quite exciting to be with him in society. But in personal life, the cracks behind the perfect mask are obvious. If you chose him for his public behaviour, then you might be disappointed in your private life with him. He has several friends and mates so you will at some point of time feel ignored or alone. He also likes to explore options and feels that the perfect social presence can get him the perfect mate. He thinks himself to be perfect, which he is obviously not. If you point out his mistakes, he will promise to change. But will repeat same thing the next day. Promises do not mean much to him so will rarely keep his word. He can take you out on nice dates or get gifts occasionally and life with him can be overall good. His worst nightmare would be if you restrict his freedom or overdo the criticism. He is solitary by nature, believes in doing things alone, he needs his freedom. He does not like conforming to general social norms. He is rather humourless and cannot handle sarcasm. He cannot stand it if someone cracks jokes at his expense. But he himself can be sarcastic and impatient at times. Then his cutting words can create rifts in your relationship. He does not like you to be possessive and if you are, he might choose to break up.

Pisces is very laid back and allows any random stuff from you. Pisces is most resilient sign because it is non-judgmental, a good partner to have. His only requirement is that you visibly love him and allow him to love you in return. He loves displays of affection which perhaps after the first flush of love can get a bit much. He is loyal and easy-going in his absent minded way. He is helpful, emotional, supportive. He does not insist that you do things his way, is agreeable and trusts you beyond limits. He has no malice in his heart, is gullible, he tells everyone everything! He can be cheated in love, as you and others take advantage of his simplicity. He gets easily hurt as he often chooses an unsuitable partner. He is very sensitive to everything and avoids conflict. He likes giving gifts, he gives the best gifts in the zodiac and will make your birthdays etc special. He pampers you, he is happy in love. If you are a priority for him, he will move mountains to keep his promises to you. He does not bother about small things. Relationship with a Pisces almost has no reason to break-up. There is only one typical thing about him, if you point out to him that he has done something wrong, or you did not like something he did, ie you criticise him repeatedly, he will suddenly become very insecure. A upset/ angry Pisces goes silent, isolates himself. He will switch off his phone, not respond. If you meet him, he will not look at your face directly. He will remain in his own world, hurt and an emotional mess, till you make up. In case you don’t, he will drift away. (He is gullible and very generous, so will be snapped up by someone else who shows him affection.) He is highly intuitive and if he does not like something about a relationship, it can be impossible to convince him that all is well or to get him back. If you drive him away emotionally, it can be the end. He is the summary of the zodiac and is the most difficult to understand. And if you are in love with a fish, remember this sign has two of them moving in opposite directions! If you want to win and keep his love you have to accept him as he is and share his dreams.

 

Love relationships and the Moon signs

 

Sounds heard during meditation

There was a question on this, so a quick post. As you do your regular spiritual practice using the mantras Soham or Hamsa or Om, you will see signs of your progress. These are not achievements in any sense of the word, just signs that you are following your route. As per the Hamsa upanishad this is the sequence of the sounds,

  1. Chinni – a single sound heard occasionally, like a single chirrup of a cricket
  2. Chinni- chinni – a sound like crickets, but tinkling-like and pleasant.
  3. Bells ‘Ghanta’ ringing – a deep tolling bell
  4. Conch ‘Shankh’ being blown
  5. A musical instrument’s string being plucked ‘Tantri’
  6. Cymbals ‘taal’ 
  7. Flute ‘Venu’
  8. Drums ‘Mridanga’
  9. War drum ‘Bheri’ 
  10. Thundering ‘Megh-naad’ 

When you do your practice and do it for sometime, you first hear the single ‘chini’ type of sound occasionally. Then when you start hearing the second sound and till the last thundering sound, these sounds are on all the time, a muted continuous background sound. You can hear them all the time if you are in a silent room. In fact you can feel their vibrations in your body if you are sitting quietly in a silent room. Sometimes one sound will predominate and at other times some other sound. Some of the sounds are on high pitch and some are very low bass notes. Each is a constant sound, eg you will not hear varying pitches in the stringed instrument, it will be like someone picked just one string and its sound is heard constantly. It not like someone is playing your chakras like a guitar! You have to sit in a silent room as they cannot be heard properly in a noisy environment. If you use ear plugs, you might miss out the lowest pitched ones. Also do not plug your fingers in your ears, as you will then ‘hear’ the muscles in your fingers snapping, this will interfere with your ‘listening’ to your inner sounds. A silent room is best. 

You will also hear other sounds as your Ajnya chakra gets more charged up. Eg sounds of bumble bees, birds twittering, frogs croaking, wind rushing, the constant flow of a river, white noise etc. You will also hear single sharp cracks and thudding sounds as if a wood has snapped or a huge weight has fallen next to you. You will hear so many sounds in your Dhyan. But these are one-off sounds, you don’t hear them always on.

And don’t worry if you don’t hear them all or all in sequence or if you do not remember hearing them. In deep Dhyan, the Mind, both conscious and unconscious, is switched off. So whatever visions appear before you or sounds you hear, you might not be able to clearly remember them after you get up.

Sounds heard during mediation

Then while you are ‘hearing’ all this you will also have these effects on your body. These really happen so do not feel scared when they start. Pran moves along your body in waves, so the hair on your skin all stand up for minutes (very common). You feel coolness on your skin. You feel wind rushing on your skin. Your throat constricts and your sound box moves upwards. The body muscles contract and tremble spasmodically. You might feel pain and then again it gets soothed. There may be cycles of these sensations. You might feel pressure in your third eye area, or on the top of your head at specific points, you might feel coldness trickling down your head. You might feel your third eye ‘pop’, ie something like ‘air’ popped out from there. Your backbone might stiffen, your neck posture can rearrange itself. Eyes will get sealed shut, you will not be able to open them even if you want to. 

But in Dhyan, you are not supposed to get involved in observing these things. Your only job is to sit comfortably, breathe slowly, focus on the third eye and recite your mantra in your mind.

Then these things initially happen only when you are actively sitting on your Asan and focussing intently. The Mind has to be still. These generally won’t happen when you are in office and doing your official stuff. (But if you take a 5min break and do a quick mini-Dhyan in office you can experience all this there too.) And as this happens when you are doing your Dhyan you might not really be aware of these separate processes. I really wasn’t aware of much of these things until I read the Hansa Upanishad. As I read the descriptions I realised that this stuff had happened but I was so immersed that it did not register nor did I remember it when I got up.

The Upanishad says these following are the effects on the body as you progress, body feels pins and needles, hair stand up. Then there is pain as the pran pierces through the Sushumna nadi. (Or you might feel an oily dense liquid thing which would be the Kundalini moving) You might feel that things are snapping and breaking inside you. Shivering and trembling of muscles occurs. Saliva collects in your mouth. Then nectar collects in your throat, ie the secretions of the pineal gland are now available for your conscious use. You will be made aware of the secret knowledge ie things which you had read earlier will now give different secret meanings, you will spontaneously ‘know’ so many things about yourself and others around you. Then you will know the secret of mantras also you will hear mantras being spoken in your ears as you do your Dhyan, or even when you are sitting silently anywhere. The 9th step is that you gain control over your body, ie you can dissolve it to pure energy and reform it again wherever you want. You will also gain complete control over your Ajnya chakra, you will be able to ‘see’ energies which cannot be described. The last step is the realisation of the Parabrahma at the Brahma-randhra ie at the very top of your head, at the very ‘center’ of the Sahasrara chakra complex. 

Your 5-layered body is the vehicle with which your Soul will cross the geometry created by Prakruti and your Soul will finally realise itself. These signs are very clearly mentioned in several texts and they do happen. For some aspirants they may merge into one single event and they may not even realise that these have happened. These are not achievements, they are merely signposts that you are on the right route and progressing. However interesting these on-the-way things may seem to be. You as a spiritual aspirant should never relax your focus on the ultimate prize, Moksh

 

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