The Moon, your needs and timing Karma

A short essay, in part a reply to a question.

Your needs drive you. You need nurture, nutrition, comforts, affection, roots and a sense of belonging, resources, goals, people around you and so many more things in life. These things are necessary for your life, you cannot live without them. You need them. Some of us have simpler needs, some may have more complicated ones, some may have spiritual ones, while some may have solely material needs. But all of us at some level need. These ‘needs’ are the domain of the birth Moon (post here). Analysing the Moon will indicate what your needs are going to be and also if you will be able to satisfy them or not. He is your needs, your capacity to receive and he decides how you change in life. He is your experience, perceptions, feelings, emotions, instinct, nature and nurture. A strong Moon in the birth chart elevates the quality of the entire life.

If you can satisfy your needs then you enter the stranger domain of your deeply felt desires. These desires are the domain of Rahu, the cryptic Northern Node of the Moon. These desires are not the desires that one feels on a temporary level. Eg you wish to have Lebanese cuisine today. But you are unable to go to a Lebanese restaurant. You feel a bit let down but it does not cause you much turmoil. This is not a deep desire created by Rahu. All of us have Rahu active to some extent in our charts, so have desires operating at some level of consciousness. But if the chart is on a higher evolutionary level (post here) only then will these desires be converted to needs. For this the active power of the Moon is essential.

In Jyotish, the Moon is paramount. He is the Mind or Manas (post on the tattva-s of creation). The Manas decides on what to do, how to do it and for what. He is connected to ‘thought’, and to the movement of pran. Thus he embodies ‘change’ in all possible ways.

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The Sun is your individual soul, the jivatma. He is the Sahasrara chakra, the individual ray of divine radiance which animates the individual you. He is responsible for the vitality of your entire being. He provides energy in the generic sense. What you do with this energy is not his concern. He is the royal. Overall benevolent but otherwise disinterested and apart from his subjects. Moon is the one who filters this solar energy ie reflects this energy optimally so that you can use it to fulfil your needs. The Sun has a rather indirect role in your life and the karmic activities you are supposed to perform in this lifetime. 

Mercury is the intellect, logic, ability to create options and choose the right option etc, but all this is in the context of the need expressed by the Mind. The Mercury finds the best possible way to satisfy the need of the Manas. Mercury can help the mind in deciding the best course of action. He is the intelligence which will process the thoughts once they have been generated by the Moon. But Mercury cannot create thoughts. Thus he too has only an indirect influence over your karma related activities.

Venus is the agent of equitable relationships, one-one partnerships, equal love, money, resources, esoteric learning, true wisdom etc. You strive for these things only if you need to. These are the things that one needs only after the basic survival based needs are satisfied. Venus is the true beauty in all things. He makes his keywords available only when you need them, ie only when your Mind expresses the need. You will act in the direction indicated by Venus only if the Moon shapes such thoughts within you. So Venus too is not the trigger for karmic actions or events in your life. 

Then Mars is your physical courage, drive, passion, risk-taking ability etc. He is necessary for implementing the thoughts which the Moon generates. Actually, you are primarily animated by your thoughts. Mars will help you power your actions so that you get what you have thought of, what you need. But Mars is not the one who creates these thoughts in the Mind. He only provides the necessary physical structure, the power, the courage, etc to implement the decision taken by the mind. Thus Mars too does not have a direct role in your karmic things.

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Jupiter too does not have any role in generating thoughts. He is the benevolence of the divine and the timely luck triggered from your own past auspicious deeds. He can arrange for the resources, build them up and provide the exact knowledge required to use these resources. But all this is again for satisfying the needs expressed by the Mind. Jupiter is thus more of a facilitator. He does not generate the impulses in the Mind and is not the primary reason why karmic events happen or why karma is created. 

Saturn will ensure that you follow the schedule of the Prarabdha karma you have chosen for yourself at the time of your birth. How you will be paying off your karmic liabilities, when, with whom etc. But he does not choose the Prarabdha himself. This choice is made by your Manas, your Mind, your Moon. Saturn is something like a combined accountant plus enforcer, he keeps a tab of the choices your Mind has made and also enforces these choices in this life. Though we say that Saturn is the karmic force in the chart, in reality the choice of Prarabdha karma to be endured/ enjoyed in this life is made by the Moon alone.

Rahu is the compelling desire of the individual soul. The interlink between the individual soul, the Mind and the desires which has made you take birth on this Earth. Ketu is the Moksh karak, the energy which can take you out of this Game of Creation and allow you true enlightenment. Rahu and Ketu are the abstract flow of karmic energy in your life. They are not directly responsible for any manifested results as they always work through other graha. Only when your jivatma, individual soul reaches a certain level of maturity do they start acting in the deepest sense. For this to happen, the Moon has to play the pivotal role (post here). Rahu Ketu are the astral forces, shadows, illusions, projections and not the primary determinants of the timing and fructification of karma. 

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When you begin learning Jyotish, the first thing you will learn will be the Panchangam, and it’s mostly about the Moon. If you have to calculate Muhurt for starting any new activity or want to choose a time for the birth of a child then you have to understand these Panch-ang, the five limbs.

  • Tithi – the ‘lunar day’ counted from the full moon or no moon day.
  • Karan – one half of a tithi so again connected to the Moon.
  • Nakshatra – the lunar mansion occupied by the Moon at sunrise on that day.
  • Yog – the relative position of the Moon from the Sun.
  • Vaar is the day of the week and is dependant on the 7 graha including the Moon.

You simply cannot ignore the pre-eminent position of the Moon in your chart analysis. He is the only one who actively manages your existence in totality. He is solely responsible for the astral body (post here). He is linked to the power of the Ajnya chakra and its power Hakini (post here). He decides how to create the mind and the body too. He is the one who is responsible for ‘thought’, ie he controls your very existence. The focus of everything, the third eye. He is the connecting link between your past, present, future and parallel existences. The connecting link between the material and the spiritual. He is also the connection between the individual soul, jivatma and the Highest Reality Paramatma.

There are several ways of analysing your birth Moon.

  • The Moon-sign at birth is a major factor. You are more your Moon sign and this will get more amplified with age. After the age of 48yrs, when all the planets mature, you can use just the birth Moon chart for predictions.
  • The Navamsha of the birth Moon tells you if the promise that the Moon shows in the birth chart is genuine or hollow. Does he have the potential to perform as he promises? (post here)
  • Samaagama is when the Moon is influencing any other planet (post here)
  • Influence of the other planets on the Moon (post here)
  • Chandra Avastha, these are a regular part of analysis which comes with practice. (post here)
  • And the very tiny Chandra Kriya, which is a 1/60th portion of the Nakshatra, a very tiny 0°13’20” arc degrees and the Chandra Vela which is a 1/36 division of the Nakshatra arc degree. The kriya and the vela occupied by your birth Moon can grant subtle insights into your personality. Not many studies are available on these two, just a basic one liner from the texts, which you have to study and interpret with practice. (I am not very sure about their interpretation as of now)

Thus Moon is the one who times events in your life. The main Dasa systems Vimshottari Ashtottari, Kaalchakra etc are based on the birth Moon’s position. These dasha-s are completely dependant on his exact location in the Nakshatra. This gives you the starting point of the Dasha. You need to get this right to properly time events in the chart. And this is also the reason that we see the transits also from the birth Moon. Transit results for the planets are seen most strongly from the position of the birth Moon in your chart. You can get some additional pointers from the ascendant sign or that specific planet’s original birth position, but the final say lies with the birth Moon. If this is not favourable then the overall theme of this transit will remain unfavourable. (And you cannot see general transit results from the birth Sun!)

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It is only your Moon who triggers karma and its fruits. Your own Mind, your thoughts, the Manas does this, none else. Your needs are the reason you get tangled up in the web of Karma.

  • Sanchit karma – The total karmic load which you are carrying with you.
  • Prarabdha karma – The small part of Sanchit karma which you choose to resolve in this life. This is chosen by the Moon, the Mind, Manas.
  • Agami karma – The new karma which you will be creating in your current life. This is also a function of the Moon. He generates thoughts which result in actions and also karma. Depending on your personal inclinations, (these too will be generated by the Moon), you can endure some of this Agami karma in this current life itself and add the remaining to the Sanchit karma. Or add this entire quantum to the Sanchit karma. 

The Moon is responsible for activating the karmic influences from your past Sanchit load in this current life. He is also the one who is going to create more Agami in your current life as he is your Mind. It is only the Moon, the Manas, who is the reason for and also the timing for all the events which will occur during your existence.

Moon is the only one who can create thoughts. As as you think, so you are.

Lunar eclipse 26 May 2021

For the total Lunar eclipse on 26th May 2021, ie today, 

  • Penumbral eclipse starts – 8:47 UTC
  • Partial eclipse starts – 9:44  UTC
  • Full eclipse begins – 11:11 UTC
  • Maximum eclipse – 11:25 UTC
  • Partial eclipse ends – 12:52 UTC
  • Penumbral eclipse ends – 13:49 UTC

Planetary configuration is

  • Moon and Ketu are in Anuradha nakshatra, Scorpio sign. The nodes are in the forward motion/ stationary.
  • Sun and Rahu are in close proximity in Taurus Rohini nakshatra. 
  • Venus is in Taurus in Mruga nakshatra.
  • Mars and Mercury in Gemini.
  • Saturn is retrograde in Capricorn.
  • Jupiter in Aquarius.
  • The main eclipse event is in Anuradha nakshatra, Scorpio sign.

(This a good site for actual astronomical details.)

Only those areas where the umbral eclipse is visible, ie the total or partial eclipse, are going to be affected. Those areas where the penumbral eclipse is visible will not experience anything significant. The energies of the event will not be influencing those areas of the world where it is not visible. I have written a few posts on analysing eclipses in your birth chart and in transits (do use the index page or the search bar). 

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For India

The North East states, some parts of West Bengal and Odisha states will briefly experience the partial eclipse. From local sunset till 7:19pm local time. So if you are living in these parts of India you have to be alert for this brief time frame. Especially pregnant women should take care. Best option is that for this time duration, they just sit in front of their puja ghar, household gods, altar etc and read something spiritual. Do not do any work or any other activity, just sit comfortably and read the texts or mentally recite some mantra or stotra, hymns etc. 

The effects of the lunar eclipse on these areas will fade in 1-2 weeks. During this time we can expect heavy rains, cyclones (eg Yaas), local flooding in rivers etc. Farmers may suffer because of this unseasonal intense rain. Mars is the Meghadhipati and Arghyadhipati, ie in charge of water for this current year. People should be careful about water, ie not go swimming in unknown areas, be careful about waterborne diseases etc for this time. There may be border tensions for 1-2 weeks after the eclipse. For India, this is not a major issue as only the partial eclipse is going to be very briefly visible. 

On a personal level, if you live in areas where the eclipse is visible, expect some changes if – 

  • You are undergoing Saturn mahadasha
  • Or undergoing Saturn Antardasha in some other planet’s Mahadasha
  • You have your birth Moon nakshatra as Pushya, Anuradha or Uttarabhadrapada, these three are connected to Saturn.
  • If you have Scorpio or Taurus as your birth Moon sign or ascendant sign.
  • You have your Rahu or more specifically Ketu conjunct other planets in your birth horoscope.

Eclipses are a burst of energy. So if you can channelise it you can gain else you will be swept away in its flow. So its always recommended that you do some sort of mantra, jaap, puja etc spiritual activity during the eclipse. Rahu and Ketu are astral forces and the Sun and the Moon are your highest chakras, Sahsarara and Ajnya. Some spiritual practice during the eclipse can grant both spiritual and material benefits. The time frame is very limited from sun-set to 7:19pm and only in few states of India.

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On the global scale

Areas in China, south east Asia, eastern parts of Russia, Australia, Antarctica, Canada, USA, South America and everything between are going to experience the partial or total eclipse. Wherever the capital cities of the nations are affected the effects on that nation will be more intense. The entire Pacific Ocean will witness totality, some parts of the Atlantic and Indian oceans will also experience a total or at least a partial eclipse. The weather patters which originate in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans will be disrupted for 3-4 months. Nations are affected by the eclipse may see severe cyclones, cloud bursts, heavy and erratic rainfall. There will be some confusion in these nations for 3-4 months. Over-confidence will be a folly yet some will commit it. 

Scorpio is a mysterious, secretive sign ruled by Mars. Vindictive, revengeful and relentless. It is in charge of catastrophic changes resulting in complete change of identity. It is considered to be watery, sensitive, occult, explorative, hard-working, controlling etc. The word ‘Anuradha’ can mean several things, ie an inferior gift, subordinate wealth, nearing success, related to gifts,  methodically striving for, subsequent favour, connected to the accomplishment of one’s wishes etc. This nakshatra is ruled by the deity Mitra and connected to Saturn. (Ketu is in Anuradha till Sept 2021. Saturn has the world very firmly in his grip in more ways than one.) 

The eclipse may affect the ability to focus clearly on your goals. You might work hard but not get the desired gains. There may be a tendency to go to any extent to gain your objectives which can become dangerous. Misuse of secrets, knowledge and power is possible. You might meet new people who seem friendly but do not trust them till you are certain. Avoid arguments with your teammates, friends and family for some time. You might break up with some of your allies. Aggression and a disregard for friendships can be the motif of this eclipse as Anuradha’s nakshatra devata ‘Mitra’ literally means ‘friend’. People who do physical work for a living will be affected more. Nations who will experience the eclipse will also show these same results at the overall national level. So in addition to the posturing, escalation of border tensions, displays of military strength etc expect secret warfare, bio-warfare, spying ie the insidious types of warfare to increase. A desire to control others by any means possible will be dominant.

This lunar eclipse of 26th May 2021 will last for about 3hrs for the umbral phase and 4hrs if you count the penumbral phases too. We consider 1hr to be equivalent to 1 month. So its effects on the global levels will last for 3-4 months at the maximum. 

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Ascendant signs and problems in life

I have written about the functional malefics for each ascendant (post here). These planets are responsible for triggering problems, the inauspicious, unfavourable and displeasing events in your life. This is the list,

  1. Aries– Mercury (6th house), Rahu, Ketu
  2. Taurus- Mars (12th house), Jupiter (8th house), Rahu, Ketu
  3. Gemini– Rahu and Ketu
  4. Cancer– Jupiter (6th house), Saturn (8th house), Rahu, Ketu (possibly Mercury 3rd house)
  5. Leo– Moon (12th house), Rahu, Ketu
  6. Virgo– Sun (12th house), Mars (8th house), Saturn (6th house), Rahu, Ketu
  7. Libra– Mercury (12th house), Rahu, Ketu (possibly Jupiter at 3rd house)
  8. Scorpio– Venus (12th house), Rahu, Ketu
  9. Sagittarius– Moon (8th house), Rahu, Ketu
  10. Capricorn- Sun (6th house), Jupiter (12th house), Rahu, Ketu
  11. Aquarius– Moon (6th house), Mercury (8th house), Rahu, Ketu
  12. Pisces– Sun (6th house), Saturn (12th house), Venus (8th house), Rahu, Ketu

We face troubles from the three dusham-sthan, the 6th the 8th and the 12th houses (wrote several posts on them use the index page or the search bar to locate them). 

The 3rd house is a bit typical and can go both ways if there are benefic/ malefic influences on it. So I have added Mercury for Cancer ascendant and Jupiter for Libra ascendant, this you have to judge as per the individual chart.

So one level of understanding this list is this –

  • For Aries, of the 3 duhsham-sthan, the 6th will have more potential to create the most trouble in life. The other two dusham-sthan will be relatively less problematic in life. Also Mercury can create more deep seated trouble, than Jupiter. Mars is the ascendant lord so is not going to be overtly malefic.
  • For Taurus ascendant, the 8th and 12th houses will create more significant problems than the 6th house. Here, obviously the lords of these two houses, Jupiter and Mars, are more malefic. Venus cannot be a malefic even if he owns the 6th house as he is the ascendant lord.
  • And so on, till,
  • For the Pisces ascendant, all the three dushamsthan are the mool-trikon signs of Sun, Saturn and Venus so these people will face significant troubles from all these three sources of turmoil. And these three planets are going to give more malefic results.

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Now we add another layer to our understanding – 

Our texts say that the planets transiting the following signs counted from the birth Moon sign will broadly give auspicious/ inauspicious results (subject to conditions. Moorti nirnay is a part of these conditions. Not discussing these conditions here, it would get too long). This will be modified as per the individuals chart, the nakshatra involved, the Ashtakvarga, the vedh etc. But by and large this following list is a good general baseline.

  1. Sun gives favourable results when transiting only in the 3rd 4th 5th 11th from the birth Moon sign
  2. Moon gives troublesome results especially when transiting the 8th and 12th sign from the birth Moon.
  3. Mercury gives favourable results transiting in the 6th 8th 10th and 11th houses from the birth Moon.
  4. Venus gives difficulty when he transits the 6th 7th 10th houses from the birth Moon sign
  5. Mars gives favourable results when transiting only in the 6th 8th and 11th from the birth Moon.
  6. Jupiter transiting 1st 3rd 4th 6th 8th 10th and 12th from the birth Moon sign is not going to give very favourable or supportive results, rest all are going to give pleasing results.
  7. Saturn transits in the 3rd 6th and 11th sign from the birth Moon sign are auspicious, rest all will give stress.
  8. Rahu gives pleasing results transiting in the 3rd 6th and 11th house from the birth Moon
  9. Ketu gives pleasing results transiting in the 3rd 6th and 11th house from the birth Moon

Yet another layer for analysing their transits is this –

I wrote on the speeds of the planets (post here). The fastest moving graha is the Moon with 2.25 days in one sign. Then come Mercury, Venus and Mars who spend variable periods from 1- 6 months in a sign. The Sun takes exactly 1 month per sign. Jupiter takes 1yr to transit a sign. The Nodes Rahu and Ketu at 1.5yrs per sign. And the slowest is Saturn at 2.5yrs per sign.

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Now let’s combine all this and critically examine the basic list of the malefic planets for the ascendant signs. 

Rahu and Ketu are going to be malefic for all ascendants unless they become functional yogkarak (post here). Thus everyone should be careful during typical Rahu/ Ketu transits and this is is applicable for all ascendants. Rahu Ketu in typical transits from birth Moon will create issues once in a while as they take about 1.5yrs to transit a sign. Troubles triggered by them will occur at the intervals of a few years will go on for quite some time, ie 1.5yrs at least and generally have a deep impact on you. This is a common observation for all.

Finally the 12 ascendant signs and briefly on the duration and intensity of the troubles that they will cause in life.

Gemini – this ascendant in my opinion has the easiest life as it does not have any physical graha as a malefic planet. Life is the most comfortable for it compared to the other ascendant signs as there is less turbulence. Only Rahu Ketu, the astral graha, will cause problems when they go through their typical positions from the birth Moon sign and when they interact with the birth Rahu Ketu. If by chance your Rahu Ketu are yogkarak in your chart, then you have the most uncomplicated life possible.

Leo and Sagittarius – Their only major malefic is the Moon. He is a very fast moving graha, about 2.25 days per sign in transit. So for these two ascendants, troubles in life will be more frequent as per his transits from the birth Moon but low in intensity and quite short-lived. Moon in transit if in conjunction with Rahu Ketu will also be a trigger point. Moon owns the 12th house for Leo and the 8th house for Sagittarius ascendant so the source of the troubles will most often come from the keywords of these houses. These two ascendant signs, if they can manage these minor and intermittent issues from time to time, will have a relatively hassle-free life. Tiny chronic pinpricks of trouble should be easier to handle, especially if they are going to be relatively transient.

Aries and Libra – Mercury is the only malefic for these two and he is a fast moving planet. His transits from the birth Moon will be more frequent but comparatively short lived as he stays in a sign for about 25days. Also look out for his conjunctions in transit over Rahu Ketu, these too will last for relatively short time periods. So for Aries and Libra ascendants, the troubles in life will be relatively short-lived, more frequent and less intense. Mercury owns the 6th house for Aries and the 12th house for Libra so the trigger points for trouble will more likely be found in these houses. In the individual charts, check if this Mercury is affecting the nature of Sun and Venus as they are generally found near each other.

Scorpio – Here Venus is the only functional malefic and he too moves at a relatively good speed of about 28days per sign. So you can apply a similar logic about the troubles that he may trigger in your life. Troubles in life come and go without getting rooted too deeply, so will be easier to manage even if they are more frequent. Count from the birth Moon sign and conjunctions with Rahu Ketu to pinpoint the timing. Venus is the owner of the 12th house so issues related to the 12th can be more troublesome than the rest. In the individual chart, also check if this Venus is affecting the nature of Sun and Mercury as they are generally found together.

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Aquarius – Here there are two faster planets, Mercury and Moon who are functional malefics. So troubles in life have to be analysed from transit positions for both and obviously from Rahu Ketu. Though the troubles will be shorter lived etc as is typical for Moon and Mercury triggered issues, but now there are 2 planets who are in charge of creating trouble. So an increase in issues which will affect your life as compared to the above six ascendant signs. In the individual chart, check if this Mercury is affecting the nature of Sun and Venus as they are generally found together. The 6th and 8th houses will be more troublesome than the 12th house.

Taurus – Mars and Jupiter. Mars moves quite fast, takes about a month to transit a sign. But once every two years he does his retrograde/ forward thing extending to 6months, so you must be careful during this typical transit time. Mars gives unfavourable results in several houses counted from the birth Moon so do factor in this too. Jupiter is a slow graha, he takes 1yr to transit a sign so the trouble he triggers will be less frequent, once in a few years but will last for a year at least. Add Rahu Ketu to this and there could be some periods in life where all 4 of these come in some typical transit where they will give continuing troubles lasting for longer time. Mars owns the 12th house so expect some trouble coming from this source. But here Jupiter is the owner of the 8th and 11th houses so when he triggers troubles from the 8th house you cannot expect support from the agents of the 11th house too. So take due care. Emphasising this part as the time period indicated by Jupiter related trouble is quite long, now a year at least

Capricorn – Jupiter and Sun are the malefics here. Sun is faster, moving at one sign per month but Jupiter is a slow graha, takes 1yr to transit a sign. Any trouble triggered by the Sun’s transit portion, 8th house keywords, will be quick-moving, less intense etc but the trouble triggered by Jupiter will be more hard hitting. This will come once in a few years as per his transits through the signs but when it comes it will last for one year at least. And adding Rahu Ketu with their 1.5yr transit period, Capricorn shows an increased potential for troubles in life as compared to the above ascendants. As Sun is a malefic, there is a possibility that the planets he combusts in the individual chart, most likely Mercury or Venus or any of the other graha, will also behave like a malefic. So do check this part. Jupiter in addition to the 12th house owns the 3rd too. So in times when these people suffer issues of the 12th triggered by Jupiter in transit, often they end up making wrong choices in life as their 3rd house and its keywords fail to support them and exacerbate the issues created by the 12th. This typical situation can continue for a year at least so take due precautions.

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Pisces – Sun, Saturn and Venus are the malefic graha-s. The same logic applies for Sun and Venus regarding relatively transient problems that they will trigger every few months and which will last for about a month. But here Saturn takes 2.5yrs per sign. So the troubles he will trigger will be quite infrequent but more long drawn, deep and serious in their impacts. Add to this the Rahu Ketu factor of 1.5yrs. There are a total of 5 malefic planets now interacting in transit with each other and with the birth Moon together, all the three dusham-sthans contributing. There can be episodes in life where troubles seem to go on for years, draining the personality. As Sun is a malefic, there is a possibility that the planets he combusts in the individual chart will also behave like malefics so note this point. Saturn rules the 11th and 12th houses, so when he triggers the issues of the 12th, friends, generic well-wishers, gains, etc keywords of the 11th also fail to support adding to the 12th house related problem. Saturn generally gives inauspicious results in nine of the twelve houses in transit counted from the birth Moon so he has a higher potential to mess up things in life.

Virgo – Three planets, Sun, Mars and Saturn in addition to Rahu Ketu a total of five again, all three dusham-sthan contributing. Of these, the Sun will create the relatively transient problems every few months and lasting for about a month. Mars also moves quite fast but once every two years he goes retrograde/ forward thing for about 6months, so you must be careful during this time. Saturn now takes 2.5yrs to transit a sign, so the trouble that he triggers will be more damaging, more deeply felt and potentially more turbulent. Slow to come, slow to resolve. Add the 1.5yrs of Rahu Ketu transits, and you can see why you can sometimes seem to be facing some issue or the other all the time. The 5 malefics in transit, conjunct each other and from the birth Moon can create a mixed up confused situation where several issues seem to pop from several sides at once. As Sun is a malefic, there is a possibility that the planets he combusts in the individual chart will also behave like malefics. Saturn and Mars both generally give inauspicious results in nine of the twelve houses in transit counted from the birth Moon so he has a lot of potential to mess up things in life. Saturn owns the 5th house in addition to the 6th. So when he triggers the long term trouble connected to the 6th house he reduces the auspicious benefits of the 5th house. So you will see yourself facing issues like low self-confidence, inferiority complex, block on creativity, low on luck etc. Or your personal selfishness, unnecessarily inflated ego etc adding to the trouble in your life during this period. Emphasising this point as his time frame is quite long at 2.5yrs per sign.

Cancer – Here the major malefics are Jupiter and Saturn who are the two slowest graha of the lot. Jupiter takes 1yr to transit per sign and Saturn takes 2.5yrs per sign. The physical troubles that they trigger are related to the 6th and 8th houses. The issues they will trigger for this ascendant sign will be the more long drawn, deep, serious problems which will leave scars on the soul. Add to this Rahu Ketu in a sign for 1.5yrs. There are the 4 slowest moving graha-s who in their mutual conjunctions in transit and with the birth Moon can create extended periods of years where troubles seem to go on and on without respite. Saturn generally gives inauspicious results in nine of the twelve houses in transit counted from the birth Moon so he can seriously mess up things in life. Here Jupiter in addition owns the 9th house and Saturn the 7th house. So when they trigger troubles related to the 6th – Jupiter and/ or 8th – Saturn, they will affect the positivity and auspiciousness of the 7th and/ or 9th houses too. Thus when you will see yourself facing a crisis of faith, loneliness, financial crunch, arguments with your soul-mate, lack of genuine spirituality as well as a crisis in self-love which will increase the severity of the trouble you are actually in. 

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Hope this helps you understand more about the troubles that you get into from time to time.

As usual there are the only two remedies of Daan and Mantra which you can resort to to reduce their severity in life. (wrote posts on these, do use the index page or the search bar).

Or if you are aware of the typical combinations in your chart, you can work out for yourself these sensitive periods, take due precautions in advance and keep yourself mentally prepared for what is to come.

Forms of the planets, gold silver copper iron

This was a question and thus this quick post on the Moorti nirnaya or forms of the planets. The planets have four possible forms, gold-svarna, silver-rajat, copper-tamra and iron-loha forms or Moorti-s. This is one of the ways of checking if the transit of a planet in a particular Rashi is going to be generally favourable or not. 

You will need to know the exact time that the planet enters a Rashi. This time should be as per the place you are living in. So let’s do this with an example.

  • Sun entered Aries sign on 14th April at 02:50 am for India. (Took this from the drikpanchang)
  • Now we have to locate the Moon in transit at this time. The Moon at this time was at 19deg Aries
  • Next you have to find your birth Moon sign in your birth chart. This is also called the ‘janma rashi’, birth sign. 
  • Now you have to count this transiting Moon sign, Aries from our example, from your birth Moon sign.
  • The forms are,
    • If count 1, 6, 11 – Golden form
    • If count 2, 5, 9 – Silver form
    • If count 3, 7, 10 – Copper form
    • If count 4, 8, 12 – Iron form 
  • So in our example, the Sun entered into Aries on 14th Apr 2021, 
  • If your birth Moon is Aries, Scorpio or Gemini then the form of the Sun was gold-suvarna. 
    • Whatever the Sun signified for you in your chart, you must have got beneficial results. Even if he is not originally favourable, he would have still found some way to grant at least some pleasing results. Increase in confidence, radiance, improvement in health, some typical opportunities, etc must have happened.
  • If your birth Moon is in Pisces, Sagittarius or Leo then the Sun’s form was in the silver-rajat for for you. 
    • He would have given mixed or average results but still tending towards the positive. No overtly negative things must have happened in the aspects of life controlled by the Sun in your birth chart.
  • If your birth Moon is in Aquarius, Libra or Cancer then the Sun was in the copper-tamra form for you during his transit in Aries. 
    • He would have given mixed results but now tending more towards the negative. Things would have been average to bad.
  • If your birth Moon is in Capricorn, Virgo and Taurus then the Sun was in his iron-loha form. 
    • In this case, the Sun would have been incapable of giving favourable results and caused stress, reduction in vitality, illness, irritation, loss of confidence, depression, being ignored by others, your opinions not be valued etc type of results in the aspects of life controlled by the Sun in your chart.

You can now check back and see what happened to you during this Sun’s transit which was from 14th Apr 2021 to 14th May 2021. Especially if you are a Leo ascendant or Leo is your birth Moon sign, you must have been more aware of these sort of trends in your life this past month.

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We can extract more information from this Moorti nirnay system. And remember that all transits are seen primarily from the birth Moon sign. 

For the Sun we know from the texts that he gives favourable results when transiting in the 3rd 4th 5th 11th counted from the birth Moon sign. This is the rule. So when Sun was transiting through Aries from 14th Apr to 14th May, he was being favourable for Aquarius, Capricorn, Sagittarius and Gemini. And generally unfavourable for the rest of the signs. This for the results he was to give as per the birth chart. So briefly,

Aries janma Rashi, Sun was Svarna Moorti, gold form, so 100% positive results from the Moorti nirnaya. Here he was transiting over the birth Moon sign which is considered to be an unfavourable transit. But because of the gold form, the usual unfavourable results would have been significantly reduced and things would have moved on average or slightly positive levels.

Birth Moon sign Taurus people had the Sun transiting in Aries in the iron form, very unfavourable. Plus his transit in itself was unfavourable. Thus Taurus moon signs must have gone through very critical situations in the past month. Loss of vitality, low confidence, ill-health, stress etc and in addition this critical situation would have also been connected to the Sun’s position in your birth chart and the houses and keyword he represents. Eg if Sun in the 4th house then stress from the mother etc. Eg if Sun in the ascendant sign then severe physical illness etc.

Gemini birth Moon people had him in the gold form and his transit as per the count was also favourable. So the Gemini birth Moon’s must have a very good time in this past month in matters connected to the Sun’s innate nature and also his role in the individual birth chart. Overall good heath, confidence, vitality, sucesses, gains etc and eg if Sun in 10th house, some good opportunity on the professional front etc.

Cancer birth Moon people had him in the copper form, so tending towards the negative. And as per the count too he was negative. So again these people would have had a bad to worse time during this Sun in Aries.

Leo birth Moon people had him in the silver form. And as per the count too, he was unfavourable. So overall results would have been average to bad. 

Virgo birth Moons had him in the iron form and as per the count too he was unfavourable in transit. These people too must have had a very critical time in this past month. Overall tiredness, loss of vitality etc linked to the aspects of life that the Sun controls in the individual birth chart.

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Birth Moon Libra people had him in the copper form. And the count wise results too were not favourable. So must have experienced overall bad results. Ill-health etc and the stresses from the Sun’s position in the individual birth chart.

Birth Moon Scorpio people had him in the gold form and the count wise transit was unfavourable. So reduction in positivity, and must have experienced average to somewhat positive results during the Sun in Aries transit last month.

Birth Moon Sagittarius had the silver form of the Sun this past month. But his transit as per the count was not favourable so there must have been a reduction in positivity. And results connected to the Sun would have been average to bad. 

Birth Moon Capricorn had the iron form but the count was favourable. Thus the negative results connected to your Sun would have been reduced and bad to slightly negative results would have been seen in life.

Birth Moon Aquarius had the copper form and the count was favourable. So things related to the Sun would have been average to positive this past month.

Birth Moon Pisces had the silver form and the count was not favourable. So a reduction in positivity and the things controlled by the Sun in your life would have given you only average or even bad results this past month.

I have purposely chosen the Sun in Aries as an example so that you can try and tally what happened to you in the recent past from 14th Apr to 14th May. So in this last solar month from 14th Apr to 14th May, Gemini birth Moon signs had the best time considering the results attributable to the Sun. And Taurus and Virgo birth Moon sign people must have had the worst time in the things connected to the Sun.

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So one tip is to always be aware of the  Moorti of at least these following planets to know how he will overall be for you as he transits into a new sign. If you can keep track of all 8 of them its even better, but this is the bare minimum.

  • Your ascendant lord, he shapes your entire personality and the environment around you.
  • The ruler of your birth Moon sign. This planet is responsible for shaping your mind and emotions, so keep track of him.
  • And the slower moving planets, ie Saturn, Jupiter, Rahu and Ketu. They occupy a Rashi for a longer time so have more impact on you.

The concept of Moorti or the gold, silver, copper and iron forms of the planets will help you get a snapshot of the overall results the planet will give during a particular transit. This is called Moorti Nirnaya, the “deciding of the form”. The Moorti nirnaya is one of the ways to evaluate transits of planets. It is useful and easy to calculate. Use it in your studies in astrology and analyse how it works in real life.

Adishankaracharya and Shivah

Adishankaracharya, when he wrote Shivah शिवः in his compositions, he used this to mean the eternal auspicious non-dual Advaita. Eg In the Brahmajnyanavalimala he ends it with ‘Shivosmyaham’ शिवः अस्मि अहं. Or in the Nirvan shatak he ends every verse with ‘Shivoham shivoham’ ‘शिवः अहं शिवः अहं’.

Today is Vaishakh Shukla Panchami, we celebrate Adi Shankarcharya’s birth anniversary today.

Also someone commented that Adishankaracharya wrote on the Advaita yet worshipped the deities by composing beautiful stotras in their honour. Apparently someone thought that the ‘Shiv’ he writes about is the deity Shankar, the embodiment of Tamo-gun (post here).

Adishankarcharya was a Sat-guru. In brief his life story is this. He took Sanyas at the age of 8yrs, then studied under his Sat-Guru at the banks of the Narmada till the age of 12yrs where his Guru said that he was ready, ie Jivan-mukt, the Advaita. He wrote his brilliant compositions, his Bhashya-s, his books on the Advaita, everything on the pure Jnyan till the age of 16yrs, all this in just 4yrs. He wrote about Himself as he was a realised Seer, a Sat-Guru. Then he toured Bharat giving discourses on the Ved (4 Ved-s, Vedanta, Brahmana, Aranyak) set up the 4 Maths in the 4 corners of Bharat, each one dedicated to one of the 4 Ved-s. Not deities, but to the Ved-s. The Ved-s are ‘worshipped’, read, taught and learnt even now in these Maths. He was/ is the highest Parmeshwar himself.

His work is not fully comprehensible to aspirants who are still on the path. Do not assume that he worshipped Shankar or any of the other deities of the Vedic/ Pauranic pantheon. These deities are a part of the manifested creation, ie in the domain of Mahamaya. He was/ is the Advaita, beyond the reach of Mahamaya. Also he wrote in the Devbhasha Samskrutam. So what he wrote and what you understand will be different. He, an Atmajnyani Mahapurush, ie the Advaita itself, and you, a sadhak, an aspirant. When you really understand what he has written, you will also become the Advaita. 

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Shivah शिवः has the following meanings in the Devbhasha Samskrutam, auspicious, bliss, benign, friend, kind, gracious, favourable, etc. And if you had to break down शिवः to get at its root energy it is something like this.

  • The true and pure emotion that you feel for your inner self, when you recognise yourself to be this highest state of consciousness. This constant state of this purity. The transcendence achieved after apparent duality is resolved to be a superficial illusion. The discarding of the illusion of duality so that you dwell in the eternal constant, unchanging, non-dual, unborn state that you really Are.

The Advaita is called ‘Shivah’, ie ‘the highest auspicious’. (In some parts of India, the personification of Tamo-gun is called Shiva which causes confusion. I am from Maharashtra, in Marathi language we refer to this deity generally as Shankar or Mahadev not ‘Shiva’.)

In this context, all of us at our core are Shivah. But we want to play the Game of Creation so we have no awareness of this fact. We have purposely put filters over our perception which do not let us recognise our essential eternal auspiciousness. We conceal our Shivah nature. The energy which animates us all is the same energy which animates the Tri-dev, Brahma-dev/Sarasvati, Vishnu/Laxmi, Shankar/Parvati, Indra, Agni and the other deities of the pantheon, every one of the 33 Koti devata, the Rudra, the Aditya, the Devi Lalita Tripursundari, Mahamaya herself. They too are all Shivah. Everything is Shivah. This essential auspiciousness शिवः is the only thing which really exists, the concepts of you, me, deities, Mahamaya are hollow, superficial, illusory. 

This is the Nirvan Shatak. I will expand the meaning of just the last shlok. 

अहं निर्विकल्पो निराकाररूपो | विभुत्वाच्च सर्वत्र सर्वेन्द्रियाणाम् | न चासङ्गतं नैव मुक्तिर्न मेयः | चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् |

All alternatives, all variations, all options have gone away from my nature. All forms have dropped away, dissolved, vanished into nothingness like mirages dissolve. I exist as the basis of everything. I am the potential of existence. I exist as the covering of everything. I pervade all the organs of action and sense, ie I pervade the tattva-s of creation. I am all that Is. I do not have anything attached to me, nor do I cling to anyone. I am not the concepts of liberation or realisation or enlightenment. I cannot be measured in anyway whatsoever. I am the nature of the blissful intelligence. I am the eternal consciousness. I am the auspicious Advaita. The highest auspicious Advaita Am I.

 

This is the Brahmajnyanavalimala which I have referred to several times. I will expand the meaning of just the last shlok. 

अन्तर्ज्योतिर्बहिर्ज्योतिः प्रत्यग्ज्योतिः परात्परः | ज्योतिर्ज्योतिः स्वयंज्योतिरात्मज्योतिः शिवोऽस्म्यहम्‌ 

I am the light amidst. I shine within. I am the illumination seen in the inner eye. I am the Eye and I am the Light. I am the brightness which shines forth. I am the divinity which is always apart. I am the light of the eternal which illuminates the eternal. I am away from the transient. I am the eternal flash of lighting. I visibly shine with all power. I am the self-evident fire. I am the blazing flame, superior to the best. I am higher than the highest illumination. I am the radiance which gives power to fire. I myself am the celestial brilliance of the self. I am the eternal blazing flame of consciousness. I am the spontaneous light. I am the self-illuminated light. My nature is light. The highest auspicious Am I.

When you recite either of these compositions you are clearly invoking the pure Advaita within. 

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Now a bit on the word ‘Aham’. In grammar, it is the first person singular of ‘asmad’, ‘I’. In Sanskrit it means something like – I, self-radiance, indeed, verily, I grant, it is true, surely, certainly.

‘Aham’ broadly means the sense of the self. What you exactly understand your ‘self’ to mean. Your comprehension of what you are. What you experience your self to be? This is ‘Aham’.

Now at the lower levels of consciousness you understand yourself to be Rajiv, Anita, a boy, a woman, a professional, a home maker, a father, a grandmother, a human, confined in a body, having 5 senses, awake, going to work, sitting down to dinner, being born or dying etc. If you think of yourself as something like this, it is a very very limited sense of self. You are experiencing a very limited fraction of your immense Self. This is the ‘aham’ which represents the root cause of ignorance, the ‘ahamkaar’ which is the root cause of existential sorrow. When you put your ‘aham’ in words like this you are still playing the Game, your personal Lila. 

But in your spiritual path there will come a time when you will think and experience yourself as the geometry represented by the Shri Yantra. You will experience your consciousness as the multidimensional Shri Chakra. You will see yourself at the central Bindu of this geometry. This is the first tangible step where you will know that the ‘aham’ is much much more than these simple words can define. You will now move towards experiences which cannot be described in words. And at one point you will transcend all these experiences too. This is the state where when you say that ‘Chidanandah roopah Shivah Aham’ or ’Shivah Aham asmi’ you will mean it completely. 

“Most assuredly, verily, certainly, truly, radiantly, eternally, blissfully, auspiciously Am I.”

“Unchanging, non-dual, auspiciousness Am I.”

If any of my readers feel this post resonating in your hearts, you are on a very high level of understanding, continue on your path. And even if not, its ok to continue thinking of ‘Shivah’ as Shankar or Vishnu or Brahmadev or your source of faith or whatever generates positive energy in you. Everyone should freely worship the energy they are drawn to. No one can judge you but yourself. You choose for yourself. No one can force you. Only you are aware of what you experience.

But this is not what Adishankaracharya intended when he wrote these lines. When he talks about Shivah शिवः he talks about the Advaita. Listen to his these compositions and with the Light of the Advaita, when the time comes, you too will experience what शिवः indicates towards.

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Shivosmyaham

Saturn retrograde Capricorn sign Shravan nakshatra 2021

Saturn goes retrograde on 23rd May 2021 and then forwards on 11th Oct 2021. He will be stationary or stambhit for about 5 days before changing his apparent direction. He will remain in Shravan nakshatra and Capricorn sign this entire time.

The current year Shri Plava naam samvatsara is overall a rough period for the world. The major reason for this is Saturn in Shravan nakshatra, a highly karmic position which invariably causes pain, suffering and turmoil in the world. Everyone is affected in some way or the other during this transit which continues for about 13 months and repeats every 30yrs. If you study past events when Saturn transits in Capricorn sign as a whole, things generally and personally are always turbulent. This transit over the sign takes about 2.5yrs on an average, so has the potential to mess up a lot of things. Now Saturn is poised to go retrograde in Shravan nakshatra, his effects will intensify and also take more time to get over with.

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Let’s briefly note the movements of other planets during these 4-5 months. Whenever these transit though Cancer, they will mutually aspect with Saturn in Capricorn. Mars, Venus, Sun and Mercury will briefly mutually aspect Saturn modifying his results. You will have to factor these short term transits for any precise predictions you may need to make. (Unfortunately in the current scenario, most questions are about health of family and friends. Refer to the Shatpanchashikha for these Prashna analysis.)

  • Mars in Cancer – 2nd June – 20th July
  • Venus in Cancer – 22nd June – 17th July
  • Sun in Cancer – 16th July – 17th Aug
  • Mercury in Cancer – 25th July – 9th Aug
  • Moon will be aspected by Saturn whenever he transits through Cancer, Libra and Pisces. 

Jupiter will go retrograde from 20th Jun to 18th Oct, I have written about the possible results for this in an earlier post. Mercury will be retrograde 30th May- 23rd June and 27th Sept – 18th Oct, predictions for this are also covered in this earlier post.

Rahu Ketu transit in Taurus and Scorpio will continue here for this entire year (this post.) But they will go stationary and turn forwards around the eclipses. There will be two major eclipses which will affect the environment and the people living where these events can be seen. A total Lunar eclipse on 26th May and a total Solar eclipse on 10th June.

Generally for Saturn, if his direct transit is favourable for your birth Moon sign then during his retrograde motion things will slow down but they will not go unfavourable. The only 3 birth Moon signs currently experiencing positive effects from Saturn are Leo, Scorpio and Pisces. These people will feel a reduction in positivity but will be able to better manage things than the other birth Moon signs.

If Saturn direct is unfavourable for your birth Moon sign then sometimes in his retrograde he may ease off, give you 4-5 months to relax and get your life back in shape. But sometimes he can aggravate the issues he has created, so best be alert.

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First the effects of Saturn retrograde in Shravan nakshatra and Capricorn sign on the general levels.

The COVID 19 pandemic and more importantly its after-effects will continue. So keep doing all you can to improve your personal immunity and take adequate precautions. I have written earlier also that this trouble will start easing when Jupiter enters Poorvabhadrapada nakshatra and hopefully after he enters his own Pisces in 2022 we all will be able to start healing our lives. For India, we will face the brunt until Rahu remains in Rohini ie till Sept-end. Rohini and Shravan nakshatra both are linked to the Moon. So, not only India, but all those nations who are going through Dasha periods connected to Moon or Saturn now, or have Moon or Saturn in critical transits in their mundane charts will have a worse time than the rest. We all must be alert until Rahu continues in Rohini. (I hope Rahu in Krutika 4th pada starts giving some relief at least, it is a pushkar navamsha. If we can use this window of opportunity, we can better continue the recovery when Jupiter enters Poorvabhadrapada in Jan 2022.) For public health, generally, during this Saturn’s retrograde, the time when Mars Saturn mutually aspect will cause more damage to people already suffering from blood related diseases. Younger people can be more susceptible. Risky treatment methods may be adopted. When Venus will mutually aspect Saturn, expect frustrations, loneliness, drug and alcohol dependancy to take its toll on the public health. During this time on personal levels, avoid short term flings and affairs, they will not last and create new trauma for you. After that, Sun mutually aspecting retrograde Saturn will reduce overall vitality for everyone. People with a history of heart problems should be careful during this period. Finally Mercury mutually aspecting this Saturn can cause issues in medicine availability. Medical frauds, improper administration of medicines, fake medicines, incorrect diagnosis etc can take its toll.

Overall this is not a time to be careless about health.

On the political front, most major nations are facing external or internal treachery. War-like situations in several parts of the world. Civil unrest and traitors attempting cause nation-wide disruptions. Arm-chair and social media activists have become a source of significant negativity. Media too is playing a negative role in everyone’s life increasing stress. This stress is affecting the physical and emotional health on the individual level. (Shri Plava is unfortunately unfolding just as predicted). On an personal levels, do not let this external negativity enter your life, try to preserve your personal equilibrium. Trust the national governments to do their job the best they can in this very critical time of Saturn in Shravan, while you keep your focus on your personal health, relationships and finances.

On the professional front, there are limited opportunities overall. The global economy will remain weak and employment avenues will reduce. All major nations are suffering on the financial front. So remain where you are and try to make the most of what you have. Avoid unnecessary confrontations in your work place and with your bosses. Work burden will increase for everyone, so tempers will be high. This is obviously not a good time for new investments. In fact your past investments may not give expected returns either. Budgeting may be necessary. Do not play the stock market etc unless you have a very good idea of what you are doing.

Generally on the personal front, there is hardship for everyone. Mental fatigue, demotivation and a lack of passion in life is to be expected. Even if you are not ill yourself, there will be someone in your family/ friends who will be, so you too will worry. Or you will be bombarded by negativity from the news channels. Your past mistakes will come to haunt you, as you might regret them now. The areas of your life linked to Capricorn will be more active, ie you will have to perform more karmic duties related to this house in your birth chart. You will be overworked and tired in these parts of your life.

  • Eg. Capricorn in your 4th house can mean stress to your mother and thus to you too. Lack of proper rest, your house may want repairs, vehicle may break down or you may have to do more actual house work.
  • Eg. Capricorn  in your 12th house can indicate a lack of rest leading to other issues. Unexpected ill-health, mental restlessness, emotional loneliness etc are possible.

If your birth chart has Saturn retrograde then I have written some rules for analysing retrograde planets in this post. Now, there may be an increase in conflicts, as you might assert yourself inappropriately or uncharacteristically. You will be burdened with more responsibilities during this period. Try to keep things on agreeable levels and work hard.

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Briefly for each sign the results which Saturn will give during his retrograde period. This is as per your birth Moon sign. (However if your ascendant sign is more powerful then you can see this from the ascendant sign too.)

Aries – You will feel more confident. Health can improve, however try to get adequate rest. Focus on your profession, there will be stress but you may also get some opportunities, use them well. Try to consolidate your gains in the professional field in this retrograde period. Avoid all unnecessary arguments in relationships. Be especially careful when Mars and Saturn mutually aspect as this period will temporarily cause overwork and ill-health.

Taurus – Home environment will be overall supportive but sudden issues can erupt in your relationships. Keep an eye on your and your family members health. Professionally a good period with sudden positive changes. But jealousy and office politics can cause stress. Be alert, avoid taking unnecessary risks. Be especially careful when Venus and Saturn mutually aspect, as hidden enemies may confront you.

Gemini – You can expect a break from the troubles caused by Saturn in his direct phase. However personal life can remain stressful. There may be an improvement in the profession and finances. Use this time wisely to consolidate your life. But avoid long term risks on all fronts. Be especially careful when Mercury and Saturn mutually aspect as together they can create tiny problems which can have long term implications.

Cancer – Hidden enemies, jealousy, betrayals, conspiracies against you are possible. There will be stresses in all your relationships, family and friends. Professional life and finances can suffer. Keeping a low profile is an good option at this time. Moon transits one sign in 2.25days, so you should keep an eye out when Moon transits in Cancer, Libra and Pisces as here he gets aspected by Saturn. Thankfully these are short transits but happen more frequently so issues will not be deep-rooted but more chronic in nature.

Leo – Things will be slow but still positive growth is possible. Health will be good. Family will be supportive. Profession, business etc will be good. Investments and finances will give returns. You will be able to handle all situations with patience and confidence. However be careful when Sun and Saturn mutually aspect as then health issues can crop up.

Virgo – There will be some trouble in your personal and professional life. Health can be an issue. Avoid quarrelling with your family members as relationships will cause stress. You might need to budget. Avoid all unnecessary risk. Be flexible so that you can better adapt to your circumstances. Mercury and Saturn will be mutually aspecting briefly, they can trigger small issues which can later impact your future gains, so be alert.

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Libra – This is a average time for you. You can take reasonable decisions related to your family and your future. Professional, personal life will be ok. Finances are average but avoid speculations. Be careful when Venus and Saturn mutually aspect as you may suffer during this period. Saturn is a yogkarak for you so even though in the 4th house he will not harm much but combined with Rahu present in your 8th house now, you have to take care of your health. 

Scorpio – There may be some minor issues but you will be able to overcome them easily. You will be overburdened with personal and professional commitments so prioritise. Take care when Mars and Saturn will mutually aspect, long-hidden issues may suddenly crop. Personal health should always be on priority.

 Sagittarius – You will be active. There will be some troubles especially with your family so avoid arguments. You will be overburdened at work but you should be able to handle it. Money can be tight so budgeting is advisable. Avoid speculation and keep your expectations realistic. Jupiter will be going retrograde so be alert regarding personal health.

Capricorn – This is a small window which you can use for consolidating your life. However you will be required to work hard. This time will be better than what the troubles that the direct Saturn has brought to your life. However avoid taking long term risks and avoid all disputes as Saturn in Capricorn is not favourable for you overall. 

Aquarius – This is not a good time. Hidden enemies, jealousy, conspiracies, etc can pop up. Expect issues in your personal and professional life. Keep an eye on your finances and legal issues. You will feel tired. Avoid arguments as relationships spoilt now might break completely.

Pisces – This period will give slower growth than the time when he was direct. Work burden can go up. Personal life may have some ups and downs but it will be manageable. Keep your expectations low and continue working hard. You have the necessary knowledge, skills and wisdom to get through this. Jupiter will be going retrograde too, so in this period you should take care of your personal health.

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As per Maharishi Parashar, there are two remedies for astrological problems, Daan and Mantra (index page). Do these if you feel like it. Try to keep yourself balanced by taking up some practice which involves slow and deep breathing. Pranayam and similar meditative practices will help you in coping. If you are relatively fit you can try doing Yogasan-s at home. However never exert yourself overmuch, do only that much which you safely can. Saturn retrograde in Shravan nakshatra is not good time. Everyone should be careful and stay safe.

Abhijit Nakshatra and his use in Jyotish

There was a question on this so answering it to the best of my ability and personal experience.

Nakshatra are the perception filters of the Moon, the Mind, the Manas. The mind as it exists in the created Universe needs these filters to keep itself unaware of Reality, so that it can play the game of creation. The nakshatra have a constant set of attributes. As the graha occupy the nakshatra, it filters the graha energies, modulates them in a typical manner. The nakshatra occupied by the birth Moon is very important in your analysis, it is the Janma nakshatra. But you must also analyse the nakshtra-s occupied by the other planets. 

अभिजित Abhijit is a Sanskrit word which means ‘the conquest’ or ‘the victorious one’. It is a very cryptic Nakshatra and this is obvious from nakshatra devata assigned to him, Brahma ब्रह्म, as in the Parabrahma. This is not the Brahma-dev, who is the potential energy of the Raja-gun and one of the Tri-dev. This Brahma-dev rules over Rohini nakshatra (post here) and is also called as Prajapati. Abhijit is the only male nakshatra, all the other 27 lunar mansions are female in nature. In Jyotish, ‘male’ energies are stable, potential, catalytic in nature. ‘Female’ energies are kinetic, active and can respond to the catalytic energy acting on them. 

Abhijit’s western name is Vega, he is located in the constellation named Lyra. Abhijit is a part of the zodiac located in the Capricorn sign from 6deg 40min to 10deg 53min 20sec Capricorn. This arc of 4deg 13min 20sec lies within the arc of the zodiac allocated to Uttarashadha and Shravan nakshatra-s. ie the arc zone allocated to Abhijit overlaps the arcs of these two regular nakshatra-s. So Abhijit is an invisible nakshatra, in the sense that he is hidden behind these two regular nakshatra-s. 

On the Navamsha level,

  • the 6deg 40min to 10deg of Capricorn fall in Pisces navamsha
  • and 10deg of Capricorn to 10deg 53min 20sec Capricorn fall in Aries navamsha

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In predictions, Bruhat Parashar Hora Shastra does not have any interpretations for the Abhijit nakshatra as such. So if you have your birth Moon in this stretch of the zodiac your birth Nakshatra will be either Uttarashadha or Shravan not Abhijit. (He is mentioned in BPHS only for two Dasha systems ie the Ashtottari and the Shastihayani) 

This hidden portion of the zodiac, Abhijit is mentioned in other texts, eg Atharvaved, Garud Puran, etc. The chakra-s from Atharvaved like the Kota chakra (post here), Sarvatobhadra chakra etc make use of Abhijit. He is also mentioned in the Ramayan and the Mahabharat by his other name, ब्रह्मराशि. 

In Muhurt Jyotish, ie electional astrology, a time period of 24 minutes before and after the exact midday is called the Abhijit Muhurt. This is the 8th Muhurt of the daytime where the Sun is at the exact zenith, hence has the maximum intensity. This Muhurt is generally good for performing all sorts of auspicious activities. If you wish to start a new enterprise or buy a new car or enter your new house or start learning a new subject etc, start this activity at the Abhijit muhurta, it will be successful. The 8th Muhurta of the night-time is also highly important. This is 24mins before and after the exact midnight, the Sun at the exact nadir. It is the Nishita muhurta and people who know things will do pujas during this time on auspicious days. (Shri Ram was born in the Abhijit muhurt and Shri Krishna was born in the Nishita muhurt as per the Itihas, Ramayan and Mahabharat.)

We do not know at the present time why the ancient Rishi-s thought this portion of the zodiac to be so important that they gave it a specific name, nakshstra devata etc. We do not have the full body of Jyotish texts available with us now. So many books are are lost and so many are mistranslated from the original Sanskrit. There is incomplete information on several topics. So we need to re-discover, re-learn these lost things and research is necessary. If you intend to learn astrology, observe your family and friends. Keep them all as your sample horoscopes, as life time study. Tally what is happening with them in life and in their charts (post here).

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On a personal note, I am quite interested in Abhijit. In my horoscope, my Dharmesh, Labhesh and Vyayesh are exactly on the same degree at the exact center of the Abhijit arc. One chart in my family has the birth Sun and Mercury within the span of Abhijit, his is a birth at the exact midnight. One of my friends has her Sun and Mercury ascendant lord in Abhijit in her 5th house. And there are several examples around me whom I observe for more clues on the enigmatic Abhijit.

I often use the Kota or Ashtapadmadala chakra for transit predictions (post here). Obviously Abhijit is present in this chakra, so there have to be some results attributable to his position. So in practice, if I get a planet or the Lagna (ascendant degree) in the degrees assigned to Abhijit at birth or transit, I merge the attributes of the planet with the predictions linked to Uttarashadha + Shravan and add a mysterious divine blessing from its nakshatra devata Brahma ब्रह्म. These are a few broad results with respect to the Kota chakra and Abhijit.

The basic Kota chakra interpretations have to be followed and then these observations applied. 

  • Planets in the Abhijit arc at birth.

This grants physical and mental strength for the keywords related to this planet in Abhijit as it has a direct connection to the highest consciousness. There is abundance of energy and the ability to use this strength for dominance over others. There is initiative, ambition, courage, boldness and the necessary risk taking ability. But to be able to use this planet’s energy, you first have to go through some typical issue which deeply tests you. A critical struggle, an existential conflict is expected in the matters connected to this planet in Abhijit. This stress might continue till the maturity period of that planet (post here). After this age, the struggles generally do not stop but you will have a greater understanding of your own abilities thus be better able to navigate through. You can convert these issues into opportunities which give you benefit. You are expected to stick to your correct path, your Dharma at all times. If you do so, things will eventually turn out in your favour. There will always be a very high level of protection available so you can take calculated risks in these aspects of life connected to this planet.

This planet in Abhijit, some of his keywords, will always be hidden, even from you. They will keep operating in the background until you will become aware of them. But this happens only during/ after a period of significant stress. The planet and the houses he controls will also be connected to the energy of Abhijit. So you might feel that life in these houses is not moving much, ie their gains will not be visible much to you. If you have several planets in the Abhijit, you are rather enigmatic. A cypher, even to yourself. These secret and hidden talents can come out and consciously utilized only if the appropriate Dasha/ transit comes up. 

Life will be on the move, there will be little rest. eg short and frequent travels, meeting with others, networking, expanding your circle and increasing your social presence are some of the things which will take up your energy. You will be required to take some critical decisions in life in the domain of this planet, which might have serious implications.

Finally there will be a conflict between the outer material and the inner esoteric/ spiritual, this will be an integral struggle. This is  the esoteric war on the inner levels, where you are required to defeat the baser qualities of the planet in Abhijit. You will be required to resolve this within you during this life. If you do this, you will gain a profound esoteric or spiritual or intellectual appreciation of what this planet in Abhijit is doing to you. The dasha period of the planet will give you significant progress in some way, but if it comes before the age of that planet’s maturity it can give more hurts and conflicts. But what hurts on the material, gives gains on the spiritual. 

Since his motif is war and conquest, there will be some unpleasant things too. Interim losses, defections or traitors in your life. In these distressing times remember that the ultimate victory will be yours as Abhijit guarantees this.

  • Planets in the Abhijit arc in transit.

This will grant similar results as above but limited to the time while this planet is actually transiting the Abhijit arc. For this you will have to know more about the planet who is transiting Abhijit, his role in your life at that point etc. It requires some advanced study.

For the faster moving graha like Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars this transit may not register much in life, they will be here for a few hours or a few days at max. But when the slower graha ie Jupiter Saturn or Rahu Ketu transit this arc, their effects can be quite discernible. Jupiter transits over this arc once in 12yrs, Rahu and Ketu once in 18yrs, Saturn once in 30yrs.

In fact, see if you can remember what happened to you in January 2021. Try to analyse if you can make out the subtle energies of Abhijit acting in your life especially through Saturn and Jupiter. The first week of January had both Jupiter and Saturn together in Abhijit, this happens once in 30yrs so was a rare burst of energy. In the second week of Jan, there was Mercury briefly with Saturn here. And the third week saw Sun and Saturn together in Abhijit for a few days. 

Abhijit has a motif of critical righteous conflicts which escalate till they trigger a decisive exhibition of power which culminates in a final win. He signifies Victory, the exhilaration of the Conquest. This is perhaps the hardest thing linked to this part of the zodiac. Being Victorious and to Conquer in a War, will happen only if there is a War at first to begin with. 

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Teekshna Danshtra Bhairavashtakam

This is my favourite Bhairav stotra. I use it often to get rid of negative energies or entities around me. And to recharge my personal energy. Its energies are Ugra, intense and can be terrifying if you are not prepared to understand that you are much more than just the physical body.

This is the audio 

And I have written very briefly on the meaning of the verses using the regular meanings of the Sanskrit words, nothing too esoteric, else I would have to write a book on it. This is the beauty of Sanskrit (Devbhasha Samskrutam), a palimpsest, layers and layers of meanings. 

  • Eg Teekshna तीक्ष्ण means pungent, vehement, sharp, also peppers, resins of certain plants like asafoetida, a few trees are called teekshna, sea-salt, rude, rough, poison, keen, iron, inauspicious, hot, haste, harsh, fiery, death, battle, ascetic, weapon, acid, zealous, severe, etc. But what ‘teekshna’ means in this stotra is a matter of understanding as well as experience. Reference to Context. The context is all important.

This stotra is in eight shlok/ verses. Each line begins with a beej mantra. The lines have to be understood in context of the beej mantra which precedes it.

This is a description of the Bhairav, the auspicious one, the fearless one, the terrible, formidable, the highest of the high. He is considered to be an Ugra energy, he will take your sense of tiny individuality firmly and finally merge it into the highest ie himself. He is the destroyer of creation or more correctly he is the one who remains after all creation is annihilated. He is the protector of the Kshetra, ie he protects the seat of the highest divinity within you. Thus he is the ‘nearest’ to the Kshetra (to understand the concept of ‘near’ read the Bhashya on the Mandukya by Adi Shanakracharya). This is the Bhairav of the Vijnyan Bhairav Tantra who helps you reach that highest state of attribute-less-ness which you really are. He is the Shivah, the ultimate auspiciousness itself, ie the Advaita.

(Bhairav is not the personification of the Tamogun (post here). Often the personification of Tamo-gun, is also called Shiv, causing endless and unnecessary confusion.)

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The stotra beings with the sound of the Damaru which is the sound of OM. When you play the Damaru there are binaural beats created which create a subtle sound of Om. Om is the creation (pravrutti) or the moorti of the Advaita (nivrutti). Every stotra has to begin with the sound of Om, so here they have creatively used the Damaru to create the vibration of Om. Om is the conscious intelligence which is the thing of this manifested universe which is closest to the Advaita. Thus Om can be considered to be a Moorti of the Advaita.

The first shlok is,

  • Yam Yam Yam yaksha rupam dasha dishi vidhitam bhumi kampayamanam
  • Sam Sam samhara murtim shira mukuta jata shekharam chandra bimbam
  • Dam Dam  Dam deergha kayam vikruta nakha mukham chordhva romam karalam
  • Pam Pam Pam paap nasham pranamata satatam Bhairavam Kshetrapalam. (1)

Yang – This is the beej mantra indicating the omnipresent, the eternally pure and auspicious one. Every beej mantra recited correctly ends in the ‘ng’ sound (in this recitation they are not pronounced correctly, but the person reciting it has done it with a pure intention, thus there is power in his voice). The ‘ng’ akshar is the enchanting awareness, beautiful intelligence and the attractive consciousness which controls the power of sound ie vibrations. 

He is the sustainer of the forms. He sets the ten directions as per the proper geometry as per the correct rules, ie creates and sustains the universe. The ten directions are the conscious Dasha Mahavidya (post here). He creates the conscious energies who organise the perceived universe. He sets this geometry, situation and objects into motion. He causes them to shake, tremble, vibrate, ie exist. He causes them to apparently change, ie he creates Time. He is everything that exists, all concentrated together. Everything that you see is drawn from him. He is the comprehensive description or a compendium of everything. 

Sang – This is the beej mantra for the one who is the true reason for everything, the one who is the single true description of everything. Also the enchanting intelligence controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the conclusion, ie he remains always. The manifested creation is dissolved back into him. He contracts everything back into himself. He stops the illusion of apparent change. He annihilates duality. His is the energy of the fully expanded Sahasrara chakra, its ‘luminous petals’ stretching infinitely, encompassing everything. The illusions of karma and memories are powered by his energy. The energies of creation flow from the highest point ie him. His highest illumination is reflected off his highest point by his power, this radiance is seen in the third eye during spiritual practice.

Dang – This is the beej mantra for the one who causes increase by granting sustenance. Also the one extremely pleasing to visualise. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the depth of this created multitude. He is the only attainable one. He is the deepest sign. He makes all imperfections leave. All unnatural, artificial, misshaped agitations are annihilated by him. All diseased incompleteness is removed by his granting the true intelligence of the source. He makes all energies flow strongly upwards, ie towards the highest apex, towards himself. He is the one who cuts through all bindings strongly and decisively with his sword of light. He is also the mouth of the terrible single pointed energy which devours the illusion called creation. 

Pang – This is the beej mantra of the one who destroys all forms of alternatives, duality, blocks and illusions. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.

He destroys all forms of evil ie notion of change and duality. All inauspiciousness, trouble, harm, wickedness are nullified, the biggest harm being ignorance of the self. Pran, ie the vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.

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The second shlok,

  • Ram Ram Ram raktavarnam, katikatita tanum teekshna danshtra karalam
  • Gham Gham Gham ghosha ghosham Gha Gha Gha Gha ghatitam gharjharam ghora naadam
  • Kam Kam Kam kaal pasham Druka Druka drudhitam jwalitam kamadaham
  • Tam Tam Tam divya deham, pranamata satatam, Bhairavam Kshetrapalam. (2)

Rang – This beej mantra indicates the one who burns, increases internal energy, grants special and unusual benefits. The enchanting intelligence controlling the power of vibrations.

He is beautiful, sweet, beloved and auspicious by nature. He uses the energy of sound to play this sport called creation. His attractive form is hidden. He is the subtle pivot of manifestation. He is the fiery, sharp single point, the terrifying energy of time which destroys all illusions and ignorance. 

Ghang – This is the beej mantra indicating the one who grants all auspiciousness and stillness. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the sound of the bow string which launches the self towards the Self. He is the power of the vowels of Sanskrit and also the power of vibrations itself. He proclaims his presence with the eternal sound. He is auspiciousness, stillness, also the thundering, roaring, deep energy of the Naada. (Om is created from the Naada, post here). 

Kang – This beej mantra takes away all dangers, duality and poisons. Also grants blessings and boons for positivity and welfare. The enchanting non-dual awareness which controls the power of vibrations.

He is the edge of Time, the boundary till where Time/ Space can exist. He is the fetters which tie the individual soul to fate. He is massive energy at the entrance of the Sushumna. He keeps the Sushumna inaccessible, tightly closed. He is also the fortress of the Eternal. He is the established, fixed, certain, complete, consistent, whole. He is the eternal fiery radiance, always burning. He destroys all illusory enjoyments, pleasures, desires, purposes, longings and also the subjects/ objects of such desires. 

(Time or Kaal is relative. We measure time in reference to changes that we see around us. In Jyotish we measure Time by the movement of the Sun, the Moon, the Nakshatra, Jupiter and the time from sun-rise to sun-rise. These are the 5 types of calculations for ‘year’ that we use in Jyotish. Actually there are 9 ways of measuring Time, of these 5 are used in Jyotish. And there is nothing called ‘Time’. Kaal is a matter of observing one type of change against another type of change, it is basically a series of changes. Might write a post on Kaal.)

Tang – This is the beej mantra which grants all material and subtle things required for true prosperity and is always radiant, true, pure and pleasing. The enchanting consciousness controlling the power of vibrations.

He is manifest as a splendrous divine, beautiful, heavenly, auspicious form. Pran, ie vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.

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The third shlok

  • Lam Lam Lam Lam Vadanatham La La La La lalitam dirgha jivha karalam
  • Dhum Dhum Dhum dhumra varnam sphuta vikata mukham bhaskaram bhimarupam
  • Run Run Run rundamalam ravi tama nighatam tamra netram karalam
  • Nam Nam Nam nagnabhusham pranamata satatam Bhairavam Kshetrapalam. (3)

Lang – This beej mantra indicates the one with the highest radiance covering all including the the sport called creation. Also the enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the single point of the apex. He is the act of creation of vibration and also its cessation. He is the entrance of the Sushumna. He is the brightest shining extent of creation. (Sushumna is the brightest thing you can see, the light of a million suns and the coolness of a million moons is the actual experience here) He is the graceful, delightful game created by desire. He is the deepest aware energy inherent in all vibrations, ie all changes, ie Kaal. He is the unchanging substrate underlying all apparent change. He is the tongue of fire and the terrifying understanding of Time which burns all illusions. 

Dhung – This beej mantra indicates the one who destroys the illusion of duality, poison, heat of passion and impulse. The complete, abundant and prosperous one. The one with all strengths and the essence of everything. This beej mantra allows the removal of all troubles and allows one to endure in difficult situations. Also the enchanting awareness controlling the power of vibrations.

His form is obscured. His greatness cannot be precisely described. He is dark, ie he has no attributes which can be described in words. His truth is great, unusual and cannot be exactly determined. (Experiencing him is experiencing that the creation is an illusion. This can be a terrifying thought for spiritual aspirants). He is extraordinary, diffused yet apparent. He is certain, evident, real, extensive, spread all over. He is the form of a strange powerful, tremendous, conscious radiance. 

Rung – This beej mantra indicates the one who one who burns, increases internal energy, grants special and unusual benefits and has all possible strengths and is the essence of everything. The enchanting consciousness controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the destroyer of all fake, fraud, artifice, illusory also the gun (post here). He especially destroys the Satva gun (the Raja and Tama are absorbed in Satva again during the course of your spiritual practice. Satva is destroyed by him so that you reach the tri-gunatit avastha, ie Advaita). He removes the darkness which surrounds the internal Sun, ie he provides true aware illumination. He is the third eye, is the depth of the radiant eternal fire burning here. He destroys the illusions of the created worlds with this fire. 

Nang – This is the beej mantra indicating the one who is ever still, silent, peaceful. It grants the ability to enjoy the game of creation and also attain Moksh. The enchanting intelligent radiance controlling the power of vibrations.

He is uncovered, ever new, ever fully visible always. Pran, ie vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.

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The fourth shlok,

  • Vam Vam vayuvegam natajana sadayam Brahma saram param tam
  • Kham Kham khadga hastam tribhuvana vilayam bhaskaram bhima rupam
  • Cham Cham chalitva achal chala chalita chalitam bhumi chakram
  • Mam Mam mayi rupam pranamata satatam Bhairavam Kshetrapalam. (4)

Vang  This beej mantra indicates the one who makes everything travel, ie go through its life-cycle in time/ space and also travel towards the Eternal. Also attribute-less, enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the speed of the Pran vital energies, ie he controls the Pran. He is the impulse which drives the Pran to fulfil illusory desires, ie causes changes in the Pran. He also gently bends the Pran within each living being to reach the zenith, ie curves the Pran towards himself. He is kind and compassionate, the essence of the highest divine. He is the main point knowledge and the real meaning of wisdom. He is the energy of consciousness, the substance of intelligence. He is the eternal of the eternal. 

(Karma at the very basic is the change in the flow of pran. These changes are caused by intentions. So be very careful about what you intend in life)

Khang  This is the beej mantra for the one who causes tremors, agitations, disturbance, excitement in everything, ie puts everything into motion. Also omnipresent enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations..

He is the one who dissolves, annihilates the three worlds, (Bhuh Bhuvan Svahah) also the three states of Jagruti, Swapna and Sushupti. He is the terrible tremendous radiance of consciousness. He is the one who can be apparently moved, yet is immovable. 

Chang  This beej mantra destroys everything , ie self-ego, all living beings, all individual souls, the panch Maha-bhoot (post here). The fierce, terrifying and formidable enchanting awareness controlling the power of vibrations.

He apparently creates this universe through vibrations but he is essentially still. He is apart from the movement of matter, objects, worlds and creation. He is beyond limits, beyond extent, beyond creation, beyond place or position. 

Mang  This is the beej mantra indicating the one who is One, Advaita. Also the one consciousness which enchants all rivals and enemies and controls the power of vibrations.

He is the form of Maya, illusion, unreal, conjuring, deception, enchantment. He is ‘not this’. Pran, ie vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.

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The fifth shlok,

  • Sham Sham Sham shankha hastam, shashikara dhavalam moksha sampurna tejam
  • Mam Mam Mam Mam mahantam, kulamakula chulam mantra guptam sunityam
  • Yam Yam Yam bhootanatham, kili kili kalitam valakeli pradhanam
  • Ang Ang Ang Antariksham, pranamata satatam, Bhairavam Kshetrapalam. (5)

Shang  This is the beej mantra which grants all auspicious benefits of positive actions. The most pure auspicious enchanting intelligence controlling the power of vibrations.

He is Om, all mantra, all vibrations, all sound. He is abundance prosperity and every thing. He is the kundalini which has reached its goal. He is awareness. He is dazzling, pure, without attributes, without blemish, beautiful, bright, illumination. He is the perfect and complete radiance of the realization of Moksh. 

Mang – This is the beej mantra indicating the one who is One. Also who enchants all rivals and enemies. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the greatest superior teacher, the Sat-Guru. He is the one who makes the kundalini free from the muladhar and carries her up along the seven chakra towards himself, the highest point. He is the secret mantra which perfectly and constantly brings the kundalini away from her limited set of lower chakras towards the apex. 

Yang  This is the beej mantra for the omnipresent, eternally pure and auspicious one. The enchanting consciousness controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the protector of auspiciousness. He is the lord of all jiv-atma, individual souls. He possesses all prosperity, all worlds, all five mahabhoot all creation. He is the pivot, the pin around which the universes are bound. He is separate from the worlds yet his energy is subtly felt throughout. He is hidden in every bit of existence. This is his game, an amusement for the living beings who inhabit the worlds. He is the understanding of the most highest Intelligence. 

Ang – This is the beej mantra indicating the power of attraction. That essence which is always pulling towards the Self. The omnipresent, eternally present, ubiquitous one. The enchanting consciousness controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the awareness pervading the ‘emptiness’ of space. Everything is filled with the consciousness that is him. Pran, ie vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.

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The sixth shlok,

  • Khan Khan Khan khadga bhedam vishamamrutamayam kaala kaalam karalam
  • Ksham Ksham Ksham kshepra vegam, Daha Daha dahanam tapta sandipyamaanam
  • Houm Houm Houmkaara naadam prakatita gahanam garjitaih bhumikampam
  • Vam Vam Vam valalilam pranamata satatam Bhairavam Kshetrapalam. (6)

Khang – This beej mantra indicates the one who causes tremors, agitations, disturbance, excitement in everything, ie puts everything into motion. Also the omnipresent enchanting awareness controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the sharp change in perception once you cross over the sword-like sharp boundary of the manifested creation. He is the one who stops the illusion of change. He destroys the concept of ‘division’, ie he is non-dual. He is eternal. The pain which one might feel in knowing that the creation is illusion is immediately converted into the realisation of the Eternal Truth.  He is the destroyer of that destroyer Time. He is the end of death. He is without attributes. He is the sharp sword who strongly breaks the illusion of creation. 

Kshang – This beej mantra indicates the one knower of the essence who exists in the manifested creation as well in the unmanifested consciousness. The form of the highest flame which radiates true illumination. The enchanting consciousness controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the intense impulse for self-realization which seizes the individual soul, jiv-atma. He intensely burns the illusions around the jiv-atma. He completely destroys the concept of individual soul, ie the jiv-atma is completely consumed in his violent irresistible force and is completely absorbed in him. He is the blazing, fiery, burning flame of awareness, intelligence and consciousness.

Houng – This beej mantra indicates the one whose essence is the power and beauty of sound, speech, words, vibrations. Serene, resplendent and pure controller of everything. The one without attributes. The enchanting intelligence controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the roaring thunderous consciousness which creates the Om, ie creation. His presence is announced by the involution of the Om into the even more magnificent Naada. In your spiritual practice, he becomes evident when the Om is absorbed back into the Naada. His denseness, solidity, is manifested only when space/ time is destroyed. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.

Vang – This is the beej mantra for the one who makes everything travel, ie go through its life-cycle in time/ space and then towards the Eternal. Also the attribute-less enchanting consciousness controlling the power of vibrations.

He plays the game of creation by apparently creating several living beings. He has devised this sport for the amusement of these living beings. Pran, ie vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.

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The seventh shlok,

  • Sam Sam Sam siddhiyogam sakala gunamukham devadevam prasannam
  • Pam Pam Pam padmanabham hariharamayanam chandra surya agni netram
  •  Aing Aing aishwarya natham satata bhayaharam purnadeva swarupam
  • Roum Roum Roum roudra rupam  pranamata satatam Bhairavam Kshetrapalam. (7)

Sang – This is the beej mantra indicating the one true reason for everything, the one who describes everything. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the supreme union of understanding, fulfilment, prosperity, intellect, fortune etc with enlightenment. He establishes the complete attainment of perfection. He is the source of the three gun, Satva, Raja, Tama. He is the vibrations which create the material world. He is the divinity which energises all sense organs. He is the auspicious bright Light which is the source of all radiance. He is lucid, serene, true, pure, pleasing, kind, just, distinct, tranquil and gracious.

Pang – This is the beej mantra indicating the one who destroys all forms of alternatives, duality, troubles, blocks and illusions. The enchanting awareness controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the source of Time, ie he causes the illusion of change and the ability to sense this illusion. He is the opening where the kundalini resides. The centre of strength. He has within him, men, vibrations, worlds, Suns (post here) etc who are all destroyed and re-created in a cyclic manner. His true form is veiled behind the three eyes (right – Sun, left – Moon and third eye – Agni). 

Aing – This is the beej mantra for the one absolutely pure and faultless essence. All the individual souls are dependant on this one essence. The enchanting aware energy controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the owner of all possible prosperity and auspiciousness. He has dominion, supremacy, sway over all. He is uninterrupted, perpetual, constant and eternal. He takes away fear as surely as a sharp sword can cut. He removes the biggest disease ie ignorance. He is filled with radiance. He is the complete, strong, auspicious, perfect, full, entire, contented, abundant, excellent Emperor of all. He is the unknowable cipher. He is always in his own form. The individual soul, jiv-atma is a form of His own splendour.

Roung – This is the beej mantra which burns, increases internal energy, grants special and unusual benefits. Also indicates the ultimate controller whose essence is the power and beauty of sound, speech, words ie vibrations. The enchanting consciousnesses controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the original untamed, unsullied, pure form. He is the formidable fierce irresistible Radiance. He is the fire and also the cold. Pran, ie vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.

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The eighth shlok,

  • Han Han Han hansayanam hasitakalahakam muktayogatahasam
  • Dham Dham Dham netra rupam shiramukutajata bandha bandhagra hastam
  • Tan Tan tankanadam tridalsatalatam kama garvapaharam
  • Bhrum Bhrum Bhrum bhutanadham pranamata satatam Bhairavam Kshetrapalam. (8)

Hang – This is the beej mantra of the one who is the essence of everything. The power of vibrations. The pure, unmodified source. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.

He rides the Hamsa mantra, ie achievable after the use of the Ajapa mantra. He has surpassed, defeated all the sources of turbulence. All sources of disagreements, imbalances, arguments, fights, quarrels have been effortlessly neutralised by him. All bindings and associations have been released by him. He scorns the concepts of fake, fraud, illusion, tricks, action, attachments, etc. All unions and combinations dissolve in a easy manner by him.

Dhang – This is the beej mantra which destroys the illusion of duality, poison, heat of passion and impulse. indicates the one who is complete, abundant and prosperous. Having all types of strengths and being the essence of everything. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.

He is in the form of the guide seen at the third eye, conducting the individual soul, jiv-atma along a twisted route, towards the highest of the high point towards the root of all creation. He finally decisively unites the jiv-atma who has take a single pointed fixed pledge to realise itself with the highest apex experience ie the Advaita.

 Tang – This is the beej mantra which grants all material and subtle things required for true prosperity and is always radiant, true, pure and pleasing. The enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the sound of the sword which cuts off the sense of individual ego and limited self-pride. He dissolves the Om back into the Naada. He dissolves the three Gun back into the perfect base of everything that he himself is. He takes away all illusory desires, impulses, intentions etc. He removes all pride, sense of self-ego, arrogance and individual ego. 

Bhrung – This beej mantra finally silences the individual self-ego. It illuminates the eternal in the living beings. It alleviates the illusion of separation. It grants eternal calmness, peace and contentment. It is formidable strength which strikes terror in all inauspiciousness. Its energy encourages the internal flame, increases the internal fire and grants special and unusual benefits. Also the enchanting energy controlling the power of vibrations.

He is the lord of all existence, all individual souls, all living beings, the five pancha-mahabhoot, all worlds, all creation and everything. Pran, ie vital energies are reined in, inclined towards, course towards, are channelised by, always continuously, perpetually, eternally, by such a Kshetrapal Bhairav.

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  • Namo Bhootanatham

I bow down to that one who is the lord of all individual soul, jiv-atma-s, the five mahabhoot-s, all property, all worlds, etc. The holder of all that there is. 

  • Namo Pretanatham

I bow down to that one who is the possessor of all that has concluded.

  • Namah Kaalkaalam 

I bow down to that one who is the destroyer of all illusions of change. Time is measured in terms of change.

(Change means that there are two things, two states ie duality. He is the destroyer of the illusion of duality.)

  • Namah Rudramalam 

I bow to the one who wears a garlands made of pure awareness and the conscious energy of vibrations. 

  • Namah Kalika premalolam karalam

I bow down that one who out of love (for the seeker, spiritual aspirant), lights up the dark blackness visible at the third eye by a flash of conscious lightening.

(Thus the Kundalini enters the cavernous opening of the Sushumna and in one sweep merges with the Bhairav at the Sahasrara. Thus destroys the illusions of creation and realises the non-dual, Advaita.)

  • Namo Bhairavam Kashikam Kshetrapalam 

I bow down to that one fearless one, the most high, eternal Non-dual awareness. The protector of the highest awareness. The sustainer of the eternal consciousness. The self illuminated, Radiant. The Advaita.

(Kashi when used in the esoteric context is the third eye. The Ajnya chakra is the Kashi-kshetra of the body you reside in. The individual jiv-atma resides here in an ashtapadmadala chakra ‘behind’ the Ajnya chakra or the Kuthastha (post here))

Namah means more than just ‘bow down’! This word means something like the Ultimate power which is the paradox of illusion and wisdom united together. Depth of stillness and flowing movement together. The eternal unborn one in solitude.

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I sometimes recite this beautiful Teekshna Danshtra Bhairavashtak endlessly. Listen to it on a loop for days from time to time. It enchants my mind, silences it, removes all negativity, energises my soul. I was doing this for the past week, immersing myself in it, so thought of writing about it in brief. 

(I have used images of the Shivlingam in this post. Again, the Shivlingam is not connected to the personification of the Tamogun. The Shivlingam is a visual moorti or sign or mark used for the Advaita.)

Results planets give in the 12th house

The 12th house is an important house and if you are interested in self-growth of the spiritual sort this house needs to be analysed. I wrote a few posts on the 12th house, do go through them (index page). All things considered, the 12th house is a dushamsthan. Even though it is considered the house of Moksha and all that esoteric stuff, it is still not amicable to Life and Living. Any planet in the 12th house should be examined for possible negative effects on the personality. The 12th house is your hidden weakness. If your competitor knows your horoscope he can use the cues from this house to manipulate you. (never share your actual birth details unnecessarily with any one.)

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Sun in the 12th house, is a natural malefic in a dusham-sthan so technically can grant power to perform unpleasant tasks but he will drain you in his typical manner. He can indicate power over enemies but the internal fire is weak. The body and the mind also may be weak in certain respects. It is possible that in your childhood you were not allowed to express your creativity or something happened which hurt your self-confidence. With this Sun, you cannot expect much support from your father, elders in your family and your teachers. You feel vulnerable around people who dominantly express solar energies. You should avoid taking advice from such people as they might misguide you.  Outwardly a low self-confidence and lack of self esteem is possible, you are hesitant about expressing your genius and creativity. On the inside there may be a damaging sense of self-ego as you unconsciously suppress the negative traits of the Sun, push them into your subconscious mind. There is a unconscious sense of arrogance, meanness, selfishness, high-handedness etc within you which can make you unpleasant company sometimes.

If this Sun is going to act like a malefic then there will be loss of money, unhappiness in marriage, withdrawal from the society, antisocial behaviour etc. In this case do check the longevity of the chart. But if this Sun is auspicious then he will support spiritual practice and encourage you to acts of positive karma. You can become some level of a Guru with such a Sun.

Moon in the 12th house and you will never acknowledge your own emotions or those of others around you. You never express your real emotions in public, possibly you are consciously unaware of your real feelings. Emotional stability can be affected in the long run. Moon is needs, nature, nurture, nutrition etc. Suppressed needs can turn inwards and fester. This can result in actual illness connected to the Moon. This Moon almost always indicates an absent mother. You never were given love as a child or were sickly or frequently ill, either way unwanted or felt as a burden and you subconsciously sensed this. This is perhaps one of the saddest placements, you want to be nurtured and taken care of on the subconscious levels but you cannot express this aloud. You feel vulnerable regarding your emotions, astral self, sleep, dreams, intuition, mediative practices etc. Be careful about your Moon-things, as these can misguide you. There will be secret enemies in life but generally you will be able overcome them. Today you never ask for comfort or love or the things you need and also reject those people in your life who ask you to fulfil their needs. You must be especially careful to offer the necessary love to your children and loved ones now, this will help end your hurt too.

If this Moon is malefic then the body and mind both can be weak, the above negative results will be exaggerated. In this case do check the longevity of the chart too. But a benefic Moon in the 12th will initially give a lot of glamorous but essentially hollow experiences which later can lead to disillusionment. The personality later tries to search for the true meaning of existence and turns towards the inner self.

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Mercury in the 12th house often indicates friends and siblings turning into secret enemies. Your team-mates can cause you harm behind your back. Then there is an unconscious dislike of seniors, elders, peers, teachers etc. The thinking process is inverted, turned inwards, the mind works in never ending loops, fantasising. This can create psychological problems. Possibly your mother, when she was pregnant, was never allowed to express herself adequately and you have picked up these vibes from her. In your life too, you may not get a chance to develop your communication skills, the practical ability of interacting with others. Saying what you really want to say can be difficult. You may have a habit of talking to yourself when alone or having imaginary conversations with the people you really want to talk to. But the things you want to say never come to you when you really need them. You may speak in a disjointed non-coherent manner or speak around the topic but never get to the point. Stammering is possible or at least a loss of focus. You are hyper critical of what you think, say and do. Nervous tensions, mental loops of thoughts, restless mind, self-critical, obsessed with details, OCD and often indulge in negative thinking.

Mercury is the messenger so will translate the resources already with you in the language of the 12th house. Much will depend on the position and power of the birth Moon.

Venus in the 12th house can indicate problems in material desires, there may be deviant or too many of them. Several intimate relationships which fail because there was no emotional need linked to them. There may be deviant intimate relationships too. You have unreasonably high expectations from the physical act. Expressing emotions is difficult. You do not believe in equitable fair relationships with others. Also faith in spiritual practices is low. There is a high level of secrecy in your life, you do not open up, you cannot share. You can be vain, self-indulgent and absorbed in your own pleasure. You are not honest with yourself. If this Venus is disturbed then materialistic tendencies can lead to depravity. You try to show that you are at perfect equilibrium with yourself but this is not true on the subconscious levels.

This Venus can make you go to extremes, go overboard with material desires or become a celibate. You will either create more karma by entangling with others or move faster towards Moksh by denying all sensual desires. Venus is exalted in the natural 12th sign of the zodiac, Pisces. So a well-placed Venus can grant that deepest relationship with the own internal self leading to self-realisation.  

Mars in the 12th house is again a malefic in a dushamsthan so is supposed to work well here. But his effects on the psychological level are not good. A sense of being a prisoner, helplessness, isolation etc. This can indicate suppressed rage, sadism, cruelty, depression, selfishness etc. There may be tendency to self-harm where you hurt your mind or body in fits of self-cruelty. Physically and mentally you are strong but you never get the chance to express your strength in life. Possibly no brothers where you could have competed with in your childhood. No healthy routes to let out your aggression, courage or risk-taking ability. Physical intimacy will be very less, eg your spouse may work in the army so you do not get this outlet either, repression all around. (Affairs are possible if the 7th lord is afflicted.) You are outwardly perfectly behaved but there is unexpected rage roiling inside. This can lead to physical and emotional issues. You keep your own self in strict check, your energy and competitive spirit is subconsciously directed against your own self. In the conscious world you display your Martian energy in subtly twisted ways. You keep your anger internalised so as to avoid hurting others but this will cause problems for you later. 

If he is going to act negatively then these above tendencies are exaggerated. If this Mars is auspicious then the spiritualising influences from your past lives are brought to the surface. You can even act as a guide for others on their spiritual journey. But whatever it may be, you are required to face some very deep seated issues, outbursts of energy, misdirected passion and pain in life. And there will be at least one episode where you will be ill. Either a long illness or an undiagnosed illness will give you physical or psychological hardship.

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Jupiter in the 12th house can have the unfortunate effect of making you self-righteous, rigid, a religious extremist at the subconscious levels. You might outwardly show that you are an atheist or an agonist, or not concerned with religion or philosophy, but you have very deep rooted opinions on these topics which you generally do not speak about. You project a sense of superiority to hide an underlying sense of inferiority. You might show that you are outwardly very spiritual but in your heart you want material pleasures. This also makes you rather uncomfortable around people who are overtly religious or like discussing philosophy. It irritates you, so do your spiritual teacher, your seniors, peers and patrons, you do not get along with them. You cannot reconcile to people who have different opinions and world-views which differ from your own. In such cases you can get into heated arguments or even violence. You might not have access to good books or schools to develop your own thinking processes. Often there is some problem in the family, possibly your parents had a severe differences with the elders when your mother was expecting. Or your family lacked resources or you were denied these resources. 

Jupiter is the natural owner of the 12th sign, Pisces. So if he is capable of giving good results here, he can grant the ability to develop a personal philosophy, a spiritual bent of mind and you might move inwards for stability and spiritual growth. He will be a protective influence in your life as long as you regularly do some personal spiritual activity.

Saturn in the 12th house 

Saturn here will give a permanent feeling of restriction and confinement. Perhaps your mother or father was overworked, unhappy, under strain, tired out, during the pregnancy or your baby life. And this subconscious impression that you picked up from them affects you even now. Or as a child you were never appreciated for your efforts or successes in school. You were a good child but never got praised or appreciated or recognised and never will be. You know only hard work and a sense of anonymity and seclusion. Today if someone appreciates you, you do not know how to respond, it makes you uncomfortable. You cannot believe that you did something praiseworthy. A sense of inferiority and worthlessness resides in your deepest heart. There are obstacles to your rest, you cannot sleep well and the dreams can be disturbed. You can work like crazy. You work hard in your conscious life, this reflects in your subconscious and helps you balance your internal loneliness. You are in perfect control of yourself, but excessive control leads to rare spectacular breakdowns. You are not outwardly ambitious, your only desire is to restrain your self. Saturn in the 12th house is a permanent state of loneliness, fear, guilt or grief. You cannot come to terms with your internal sense of failure, defeat, sorrow and tiredness. You also cannot let go of the past, a repressed personality. You are not consciously cruel nor a hard-taskmaster nor a strict boss. But you are perceived to be by others who then fear you. 

If Saturn is unfavourable then in addition to the above there is a pronounced and unhealthy desire for material stuff, social recognition and wealth. But if he is a benefic for the chart then you will be urged on the spiritual path, you will be deeply convinced that your methods are the best and they will work for you because you believe in them.

I wrote on Rahu and Ketu in the 6th 12th axis, the detailed post here. In brief the early life is often troubled. There are problems with the material life and this can give a spiritual orientation later You might move away from your hometown for some reason and then your real progress will begin.

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The 12th house energy does not allow you to become aware of what it or the planets in it are upto. It is also those facets of your personality of which you remain unaware.  The 12th house patterns are those of the sub-conscious mind, in the periphery, never in direct focus. So all this may not be very evident to you unless you critically analyse yourself, your behaviour and your overall personality. This above was a generic list of the results you can expect, but naturally this will vary depending on the sign in the 12th  and other factors. So when a planet gets placed in the 12th house, check the following

  • The planet himself and his keywords
  • The sign in the 12th house
  • The signs ruled by the planet and which houses of the chart are these placed in
  • The houses of your chart being aspected by this 12th house placed planet
  • Finally check if there are any planets aspecting the 12th house. 

All this energy gets linked into the 12th house in some way or the other. This exercise gives you a complete picture of the 12th house planet in your birth chart. Eg Aries ascendant, Saturn in the 12th house will mean that,

  • Saturn’s energies are modulated by the environment of the 12th house, Pisces sign. 
  • Energies of the 10th house Capricorn sign and 11th house Aquarius sign link to the 12th house. Saturn will try to fulfil the objectives of the houses he owns by drawing energy from the house he is placed in and vice versa.
  • Saturn will aspect the 2nd house Taurus sign, 6th house Virgo and the 9th house Sagittarius.
  • You can also open the navamsha chart and check the power of Saturn to give results (post here)
  • Ashtakvarga, note the power of Saturn in Pisces and the total score of Pisces sign (posts here and here).  

The 12th house is the house of losses, the unknown. Too many unknowns factors can cause unexpected issues. Your charts represents a finite quantum of energy you can access in this life time. How you use these units of energy is indicated by the planets placed in your horoscope. Too many planets placed in the 12th house indicates that a significant portion of your life energy is being consumed in the house of the mysterious, the psychic, the astral, the swapna-avastha, the dream states and inner worlds. Thus lesser energy available for sustaining the physical personality and the manifested environment around you. You might be weaker in actual life.

The 12th house energies are used in solitude and in the subconscious states. These are, after, all the subtle resources on which your overt personality is based. So do try to delve into your 12th house, recognise its energies and try to consciously use them in your life.

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Mercurial Mercury benefic neutral malefic

There is always some confusion about Mercury, he is said to be neutral in nature. But the word ‘mercurial’ comes from him so analysing him can sometimes get typical. In chart analysis we need to know if he is capable of auspicious results or not, this is the basic first step. As it is, the two signs he owns, Gemini and Virgo are the 3rd and 6th natural houses of the zodiac. The 3rd house can go both ways and the 6th house is the Maha-dusham-sthan, both are capable of causing severe turmoil in your life. So here are some basic guidelines which can help you in determining how Mercury is going to work in charts. He is not ‘neutral’. (This is from Parshari Jyotish.)

Natural tendencies

  • Natural malefics are Sun Mars and Saturn. Also the astral planets Rahu and Ketu.
  • Natural benefics are Moon, Venus and Jupiter. (The Moon can give his full auspicious benefit only if strong)
  • Naturally neutral – Mercury

Functional behaviour

Mercury will be inclined to behave in a favourable or inauspicious manner as per the ascendant. This is his functional role and will vary with the ascendant sign.

  • Malefic – Mercury is a functional malefic for an ascendant when he rules over any of the three Dusham-sthan, 6th 8th or 12th houses (post here). This will be directly applicable to the ascendant signs of Aries, Cancer and Scorpio. For Libra, Capricorn and Aquarius he owns a dusham-sthan and a kona, but even then his ownership of the dusham can potentially overshadow his ownership of the kona. So for these too I will put him as a malefic. Even if he is influenced by benefics, he will still have to give the fruits of the dusham-sthan concerned. But in this case, his potential to cause mischief may be reduced or the personality may be able to find some positive opportunities in the turbulent results of the dusham-sthan concerned.
  • Functional benefic – We can consider Mercury to be a functional benefic for an ascendant if he owns either a Kendra (1st 4th 7th 10th) or a Kona (5th 9th) house and simultaneously does not own a Dusham-sthan. This condition will be applicable to the ascendant signs of Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces. (Mercury cannot be a yogkarak graha for any ascendant post here).
  • Neutral  – He owns the 2nd and 11th houses for Leo ascendant. So you can consider him to be a neutral only for this ascendant.

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In charts you will find Mercury conjunct other planets most commonly with the Sun or Venus. As per our texts its given that Mercury takes on the malefic or benefic nature of the planet conjunct him. But as this is Parashari Jyotish, this condition has to be seen as per their functional natures. And if he is with both, a functional malefic and a functional benefic for the chart, how do you deduce his nature? So let’s break this down.

Graha yuddha

As you know two or more non-luminous planets, Tara graha, together in a sign is a Graha yuddha, planetary war.

  • If the winner of the planetary war is a functional malefic then Mercury will act like a malefic for the chart. This effect will be enhanced if Mercury is less than than 15deg from that other planet. 
    • eg For Cancer ascendant, Mercury is a functional malefic to begin with, so whatever happens to him, he is going to discharge the unpleasant functions of the 12th house lord. Suppose if he is in Leo 12deg and Jupiter, who is also a functional malefic, is at 16 deg Leo, this will increase his tendency to cause harm.
    • eg For Taurus ascendant, Mercury is beneficial as the ruler of the 2nd and 5th houses. Suppose he is at 12deg Leo and Jupiter, the ruler of the 8th house is at 15deg Leo. Then Mercury will not be able to give his positive results and will behave more as a malefic for the chart.
  • If the winner is a functional benefic then Mercury will act as a benefic but only if he is not a ruler of a dusham-sthan. If he is, then his malefic nature will be reduced to some extent. Again he should be ideally be less than 15deg apart for this influence to be seen.
    • For Cancer ascendant, suppose he is at 12deg Leo and Mars, a functional benefic is at 18deg Leo then this Mars will control Mercury’s 12th house activities or at least give them some positive orientation.
    • eg For Taurus ascendant, suppose Mercury is at 2deg Leo and Venus the ascendant lord is at 5deg Leo. In this case Venus will influence Mercury and enhance his benefic nature.
  • If he is with both a functional malefic and a functional benefic.
    • For Taurus ascendant, suppose he is at 2deg Leo, Saturn yogkarak is at 5deg Leo and Jupiter a functional malefic at 25deg Leo. Now Jupiter may have won the planetary war but he is more than 15deg from Mercury. Saturn is very close to Mercury, so in this case Mercury will accept Saturn’s influence and behave as a benefic.
    • For Taurus ascendant, suppose he is at 12deg Leo, Saturn yogkarak is at 15deg Leo and Jupiter a functional malefic at 19deg Leo. Now Jupiter has won planetary war and will influence both Saturn and Mercury. Mercury will be underJupiter’s influence and behave as a malefic.
  • If the winner of the war is Mercury himself or is he is more than 15deg apart from any other planet then, his basic functional malefic/ benefic nature will prevail as above.

Combust Mercury – Asta

Mercury being the closest to the Sun gets combust more often than the other planets. So in this case you will have to deduce his functional nature from the functional role of the Sun for that ascendant sign.

Moon and Mercury

Another typical case would be Moon conjunct Mercury. This is called Samaagam (post here). Mercury is always close to the Sun, 28deg is the max that they can be apart. And when Moon is within 90deg from Sun, he loses strength, ie his paksha bala is low and he can give inauspicious results for the chart. So Moon conjunct Mercury will mean that Moon will have low paksha bala, ie not very favourable for the person. Thus it is quite possible that Mercury will also behave in an unfavourable manner.

Rahu /Ketu and Mercury

Mercury conjunct Rahu or Ketu will cause some problems in the thought processes, behaviour etc. So unless Rahu/Ketu are yogkarak (post here) for the chart, you can consider Mercury going unfavourable in their presence.

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Finally if you are still not sure about Mercury’s role in the chart you can ask the client about a few past incidents connected to Mercury. See if he has behaved in a auspicious or inauspicious manner in the past. Thus you can analyse his role in the present and future for the chart.

(Writing short posts as answers for questions asked can be of interest to everyone.)