Retrograde Jupiter in Capricorn Sagittarius 2020

These coming few months from May to September 2020 are going to be quite turbulent with several plants going retrograde, combust, eclipsed etc. I have written about the possible effects during Saturn’s retrograde in this post here, do go through this also as it will link up to what Jupiter will be upto. Jupiter will be retrograde from 14th May to 13th Sep. In this period he will transit backwards through Capricorn and enter Sagittarius on 30th Jun and continue retrograde in Sagittarius. And during this same period, Saturn is also going retrograde in Capricorn and intensely conjunct Jupiter, making for some very interesting results. If you are a student of astrology you must observe yourself and the things unfolding around you during this period.

Jupiter is going to traverse backwards into the Uttarashadha naksahtra (2nd and 1st quarters) and the Poorvashadha Nakshatra (4th quarter) during his retrograde period.

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Briefly on the Nakshatra-s. Uttarashadha and Poorvashadha both will be affected by Jupiter retrograde so open your Janma nava-tara table and check out in which Tara these two nakshatras lie for you. Expect issues connected to this Tara during this period.

I have written in depth about the Uttarashadha nakshatra in my previous post, but repeating it again here.

Uttarashadha is ruled by the deity Vishvedev and linked to the Sun. The word means ‘final victory’, or ‘final celebration’. It is represented by an elephant’s tusk. Leadership, aggression, responsibility, law, character, guidance, good, truth, will, skill, time, apex, light, justice, ancestors/past lives, plans, firmness, introspection etc are some of its keywords. Actions taken under Uttarashadha have long lasting effects are more permanent in nature. If you have any planet in Uttarashadha or your ascendant degree is in this then you are a person of good qualities, intelligent, airy, satvik, modest, fortunate, introspective, mature, in touch with your inner divine and with significant leadership qualities. Practical, achieving, creating structures, truthful, clever, courageous, taking on challenges and winning them. You inspire others. On the spiritual levels, you will be determined to attain the highest Moksh in this highly balanced Uttarashadha. Uttarashadha is deeply connected to the Ida, Pingala Sushumna and your Kundalini etc.

Jupiter is retrograde in this Uttarashadha nakshatra. Misplaced trust. Misguidance. Dogmatic mindsets, inability to see the other’s view, religious fervour will rise. Show-off of outer religious rigidness can cause issues. Personal spiritual practice will seem less appealing. Health issues will crop up. This Nakshatra combines the influence of Jupiter, Saturn and Sun, so whatever these planets signify in your life there will be some issues caused by misdirected hope.

Then the Poorvashadha nakshatra is ruled by deity Apah and connected to Venus. It means ‘initial victory’, ‘undefeated’. It is represented by a Fan. It knows it is invincible and it directs its energy and work to get its assured victory. Some of its qualities are aggression, retaliation, ability to get through difficult situations, patience, planning, expansion, benevolence, compassion, caution, optimism, expression, luxury, spiritual practice, concealments, shyness, sensitivity, has lots of hidden qualities, mystery, can identify hidden qualities in others, can get rid of useless things without a second thought. This nakshatra can give wealth or poison depending on the soul’s maturity level. It is a very deep nakshatra, there is a constant movement, churning, beneath its surface. A sense of all inclusive love, Love with the Highest Inner Self. The grand happiness that true love gives, Param-anand. Here energies of Venus, Daityaguru Shukracharya and Jupiter Devguru Bruhaspati exist, which can potentially take you to Moksh in this Nakshatra.

When Jupiter goes retrograde in Poorvashadha there will be an increase in harshness, cruelty, impatience, selfish love, physical casual affairs which have no future. People will get enticed into doing immoral things for self-gratification. Feelings of others will not be important. Ability to think things through will be affected. The life-vision will get narrowed down, go stale, constricted. Some will go over-board with short-cuts and cheap tactics to get what they selfishly desire. Some will forget what they really want to achieve. If you are not aware of your real goal in the first place, what is the point of pouring your energy into imaginary, unrealistic, immoral goals? Others will not learn from their mistakes nor think on why they failed. Destruction, arguments, fights are possible and later their products ie inevitable sorrow, grief and regrets. Adverse circumstances may seem overwhelming, lethargy and apathy may strike. Joy in life will be reduced in this period. This Nakshatra combines the energies of Venus and Jupiter so divine guidance might be missing in your life during this period.

When Jupiter traverses backwards through these Nakshatras he will unwind all the actions connected to him. ie all things which Jupiter was responsible in your life from Jan 2020 will be seem to unravel, reverse. You will be given to review all the things you hoped for, all activities you initiated during this period. You will be granted another perspective on these things/events. This will be a deeply introspective period for those who can perceive it. For those who cannot perceive these energies, for them this period will cause confusion. These are Nakshatra energies, so linked to your astral self, your deepest desires and your inherent potential.

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If you are born with Jupiter retrograde in your birth chart then you are introspective by nature. You think deeply about education, religion, spirituality, culture and have a very unique approach in these matters. You are kind hearted, benevolent by nature, like to teach in a typical mystic manner etc. If this planet is well placed then you are an evolved soul. You do not accept ‘modern philosophy’, stick to the proven systems. You are hard-working and can use all possible, but proper means to achieve your goals. You have a very unique perception, foresight, you can see hidden things, subtle cues, predict things correctly etc. One very typical reading is that you can be cheated by gurus who have lesser wisdom, so choose your spiritual guides very carefully. During this retrograde Jupiter period, you will have an unique opportunity to gain significant spiritual goals. Saturn, Venus and Jupiter retrograde together! But for material goals, this time is not suitable, if you attempt to gain the material now, you will get some eye-opening lessons.

Why do planets seem to go retrograde or seem to stop or go faster or slower? There is a very interesting astronomical reason, do read this post to know more.

Back on a general note, when Jupiter transits Capricorn he will be influenced by Saturn who is already here in his own sign. Jupiter is debilitated in Capricorn, he has also lost the planetary war. And when he enters Sagittarius, he will share space with Ketu. Not a pleasant thing for the Jupiterian energies in either case. Sagittarius is his mool-trikon sign, so when he comes here and is with Ketu, this is going to be uncomfortable for him. Some people say that Jupiter-Ketu together is good, but in my experience it does little good. Imagine a burst of incisive fiery energy in your astral levels being fed the expansive benevolent hopeful energy of Jupiter. It is a very intense energy which if the personality cannot channelise properly does cause imbalances. This means that he will be opposite Rahu so a variant of Guru-chandal yog will also be temporarily in operation.

To see which signs are going to be affected most, you have to count from the ascendant sign for the physical effects. And count from the birth Moon for the effects on the emotions, comforts, security, astral body, intuition, instinct, love, kindness etc.

First would be Capricorn. Jupiter will aspect Taurus, Cancer and Virgo from here till he is here. Then he goes into Sagittarius so he will aspect Aries, Gemini and Leo during this phase. Sagittarius and Pisces are his own signs so both will show the effects of Jupiter going retrograde. Of these two, Pisces is a bit better off than Sagittarius. Wherever these signs fall in your horoscope, whatever they signify for you there will be some typical things going on here. eg if Sagittarius represents your 10th house the you might find yourself redoing your professional work which you had done in the past few months. or see some issues popping about that work.

Jupiter retrograde in Capricorn will also make everyone suddenly lazy! Then Jupiter retrograde in Sagittarius will increase ego, reckless behaviour and adamant mind-sets. The readings will vary from person to person depending on the power of the birth chart, the on-going Vimshottari dasha and the other transits (depending on your level of experience, study the Nakshatra, Ashtakvarga, Navamsha etc). If you can use this period productively, you can gain later, as he now makes you review your actions/thoughts/desires etc very thoroughly.

On the global scale too, economy will be affected. Jupiter controls the expansion of money and prosperity. Though corona virus and COVID 19 will cease being an issue post-Sept, the economy of several nations around the world will be in ruins. Getting these back in shape is going to be hard work. Gold and precious metal prices will shoot sky-high. Food grain production may be affected. Public health will obviously be affected. Terrorism, religious hate and anti-national activities can increase during this period.

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If you are in Jupiter Mahadasha or even Jupiter antradasha in some other planets Mahadasha, the effects will be more evident.

When Jupiter becomes retrograde like this, you can do any Puja, Homa, Mantra jaap, charity, prayers, Dhyan, any Sadhana you are drawn to, simple or complicated remedies as you can afford to do. Just be sincere and regular about it. Intention is everything. Trust your inner self rather than blindly following others advice. (I have written several posts on these remedies, do use the Index page to locate these posts, if you wish to read)

In this Saturn is also retrograde in Uttarashadha. Do read my previous post to understand how Saturn and Jupiter will work together. Try to think on how the Nakshatra analysis for Jupiter and Saturn will merge.

The overall theme of this period from May to September remains the same. Avoid making life time decisions, avoid big investments, avoid getting into attractions, try to follow your real life path in the most auspicious manner you can. You will be required to work. Pain too will exist depending on your personal chart. Jupiter moving into Capricorn in Nov 2020 will give some relief but real gains will come only after Saturn enters Aquarius, so we are all looking at about 2yrs of work and patience.

I have written about the karmic events in the year 2020-2021 in this post and about the current Venus retrograde in this post here.

 

Kriya Yoga – Intro Vlog

Kriya yog has been first taught by Shri Krishna to Arjun in the Bhagwat Gita. In recent times, it was popularised by Lahiri Mahashaya, the famous Guru who lived in Varanasi, 120yrs ago. His Guru was an enigmatic Babaji Maharaj whom he met in Ranikhet, Uttarakhand. Babaji was the Parmeshwar Himself.
Since then his disciples have continued in this tradition doing Sadhana to achieve Moksh. This is suitable for people for all walks of life, from householders to sanyasis who can practice regularly. Kriya can be practiced by everyone, if you can follow its rules strictly.
Lahiri mahashaya emphasised on the secrecy aspect of the Kriya yog and in modern times, several unscrupulous ‘modern guru-s’ have taken advantage of this secrecy to distort the original Kriya as taught by him.
Kriya is a ‘Yog’, so Rishi Patanjali’s Ashtang Yog is relevant to practitioners of Kriya. Briefly Ashtang-yog consists of the following 8 principles,
Yam, where you control your senses to limit your desires, keep away from material enticements etc. How you interact with the illusory world outside you is ‘Yam’.
Niyam is interacting with the world within. Removal of ‘lower desires’, cultivating contentment, restricting the influence of the body/mind, self-inquiry, devoting everything to the higher Advaita.
In Asana, the body and mind is trained to be still in a posture.
Pranayama is the fourth limb, where breath, then pran, the finally mind is controlled by practice.
Then comes Pratyahara where consciousness is fixed inwards towards Reality rather than outwards towards Created Illusion.
Dharana is when the mind is completely concentrated at one single point.
Dhyan then takes place where the mind continually focusses on the single point without interruption.
Samadhi is when the individual ego is merged into the Parameshwar.
As you perform your practice regularly, as you progress up the spiritual path, you are granted several mystic powers and siddhis. Hidden tests pop up as your concentration is tested to the limits. A true aspirant never gets attracted to these powers or desires instead continues steadfast on his Kriya yog route.
I have vlogged on this topic in Hindi so that people can at least understand what Kriya yog is all about.

Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn 2020

The next few months are very typical, just check what the planets are upto, the highlights.

  • Saturn retrograde from 11th May to 29th Sept in Capricorn.
  • Venus retrograde from 13th May to 25th Jun. He is going to be retrograde in Taurus and will remain in Taurus till 1st Aug. In this he will also get combust from 31st May to 8th Jun. Venus stays in one sign for about 29days, now he will be in his own Taurus for 3.5months!
  • Jupiter retrograde from 14th May to 13th Sep. In this period he will transit backwards through Capricorn and enter Sagittarius on 30th Jun and continue retrograde in Sagittarius.
  • Mercury retrograde from 18th Jun to 12th Jul in Gemini. And he will be going get combust practically every month adding his typical confusion to the potent mix brewing.
  • Mars retrograde from 10th Sep to 14th Nov. In this period he will transit Aries and Pisces in the retrograde motion.

The effects of the last year’s eclipse are still on and we are now fast approaching the most confusing period of the year. In these next 5 months several planets are doing their retrograde-forward dance. Venus and Mercury will get combust for a bit. We will see one lunar penumbral eclipse and one more humongous Solar total eclipse in June in the Gemini-Sagittarius axis.

Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn 2020

Saturn retrograde, in Uttarashadha nakshatra, is the over-arching theme for these few months. So let’s first find out which signs are going to be most affected by his reversal.

  • You have to count from the ascendant sign for the physical effects.
  • And count from the birth Moon for the effects on the emotions, comforts, security, astral body, intuition, instinct, love, kindness etc.

The first sign affected is naturally Capricorn. Then Saturn will aspect Pisces, Cancer and Libra from here.

Capricorn is in the 5/9 axis with Virgo and Taurus. ie Capricorn is either the 5th or 9th house counted from these signs. 5th house blocked means that there will restriction in life, the energies of creativity, divine connection, genius, intelligence are blocked. The 9th house restricted causes trauma, especially from the ancestors, the past lives, social patrons/peers can betray, teachers can misguide, higher learning can be affected, conflicts about the philosophical foundation of life, divine blessings are blocked, auspicious benefits from past lives fail to support. If the 5/9 axis is influenced the ability to differentiate between auspicious and non-auspicious stuff is affected. So these two signs, Virgo and Taurus will face typical issues affecting all aspects of life as above.

Uttarashadha Nakshatra falls partly in Sagittarius, ie its 1st quarter lies in Sagittarius, so Sagittarius ascendant sign or birth Moon should also exercise due caution.

Then Aquarius is Saturn’s own sign, so if he is going to reverse his energies then this sign too will face his effect.

So our identified signs are Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces. Wherever these signs fall in your horoscope, whatever they signify for you, you will face obstacles, restrictions, suppression, problems, karmic issues etc. So analyse your horoscope in depth. The readings will vary from person to person depending on the power of the birth chart, the on-going Vimshottari dasha and the other transits (depending on your level of experience/study go through the Nakshatra, Ashtakvarga, Navamsha etc).

  • Eg for Libra ascendant, the body health will face some breakdown, surrounding environment will be suffocating, siblings will cause issues, loss of money, lesser options in life, will lack courage to choose, family life will cause problems, creativity might be stifled, children may cause problems, hidden enemies will try to hurt but you may be able to tide over this part, also professional/social life will be problematic. This will happen despite Saturn being a yogkarak for you so examine your chart carefully and remain alert during this period.
  • Eg if your birth Moon sign is Libra then these above aspects of life will cause mental stress, emotional trauma. Eg your Mom will cause you some sadness. Or your residence will be briefly haunted, etc. This will again depend on your personal chart so go through it in depth.

Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn 2020

I have written about using the Nav-tara chakra (post here), draw up yours and find out in which Tara, the Uttarashadha Nakshatra falls. You will be required to undergo karmic events connected to that Tara.

Let’s briefly check out the Uttarashadha naksahtra whose energies are going to be used by Saturn to give his effects.

Uttarashadha is ruled by the deity Vishvedev and linked to the Sun. The word means ‘final victory’, or ‘final celebration’. It is represented by an elephant’s tusk. Leadership, aggression, responsibility, law, character, guidance, good, truth, will, skill, time, apex, light, justice, ancestors/past lives, plans, firmness, introspection etc are some of its keywords. Actions taken under Uttarashadha have long lasting effects are more permanent in nature. If you have any planet in Uttarashadha or your ascendant degree is in this then you are a person of good qualities, intelligent, airy, satvik, modest, fortunate, introspective, mature, in touch with your inner divine and with significant leadership qualities. Practical, achieving, creating structures, truthful, clever, courageous, taking on challenges and winning them. You inspire others. On the spiritual levels, you will be determined to attain the highest Moksh in this highly balanced Uttarashadha. Uttarashadha is deeply connected to the Ida, Pingala Sushumna and your Kundalini etc.

Now Saturn is retrograde in this nakshatra. Time and Karma both working backwards into the energy of this very powerful naksahtra, using its potent energy. For these few months things will take on a very traditional tone, harshness, rigidness, intolerance, secretive underhand stuff, imbalances, challenges will over-whelm. Spiritual practice will pall and materialistic tendencies rise up. People may get caught in destructive relationships, leave things incomplete, get stressed, seem active without doing real work etc. Ego and selfishness will rise. People will speak of many grand things but will do nothing in actuality. Lawlessness will increase. The individual’s sense of right/ wrong will be lost. People will be inspired to do inauspicious stuff and not be inclined towards auspicious things.

This Nakshatra combines the influence of Jupiter, Saturn and Sun, so whatever these planets signify in your life you will face issues from these things during Saturn’s retrogression. This will be a critical time for several of us.

If you can work with these energies to Observe dispassionately, you will be able to use this unprecedented opportunity for your spiritual progress. Just as the most ill-adapted chart for the material life becomes the highest genuine Guru so do the toughest times for the material indicate the best times for the spiritual. But yes there is the pain of disillusionment. Saturn brings out the Reality within everything. So be prepared for some hard truths coming your way.

Saturn entered Uttarashadha 1st quarter which lies in Sagittarius in Dec 2019. This quarter is a Pushkar navamsha so all planets here work for the auspicious. Till here Jupiter the owner of Sagittarius also had some say in the matter, so Saturn had not taken on his ‘Lord of Karma whose Time has come’ role. But when he entered the Capricorn portion of Uttarashadha on 23rd Jan 2020, his own sign, his energies changed completely. He will remain in this nakshatra till the end of this year.  So practically this entire year is dominated by Saturn in Uttarashadha, the Capricorn portion.

(The 1st quarter is owned by Sagittarius, Jupiter’s mooltrikon. The 2nd and 3rd quarters of Uttarashadha are owned by Capricorn and Aquarius respectively, Saturn again. The 4th quarters is owned by Pisces, but Jupiter is not so effective in Pisces.)

Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn 2020

When Saturn becomes retrograde like this, the best thing you can do is to discipline your own mind first and foremost. In any way you can. You can do any Puja, Homa, Mantra jaap, charity, prayers, Dhyan, any Sadhana you are drawn to, simple or complicated remedies as you can afford to do. Just be sincere and regular about it. Intention is everything. (I have written several posts on these remedies, do use the Index page to locate these posts, if you wish to read)

Saturn is all about work, he is not emotional about anything. So if you get emotional about things happening, your problems will multiply. Avoid the following stuff during this period, addictions, love-affairs, over-spending, wasting time, wasting resources, risky behaviour, rash driving, speculation, big investments, arguments, buying unnecessary things, confrontations with the boss/ government, litigations, etc. Retrograde Saturn is not a time to start new things in life. (Since Saturn entered Capricorn in Jan 2020, scope for starting new things has reduced. Saturn generally does not allow new things, instead makes you complete your unfinished business. So whatever you have planned when Saturn was in Sagittarius has greater chances of actual growth). There will be reverses in life, disappointments and pain from time to time. Plan your life systematically, look at your long term objectives, your life’s aims, work in a disciplined manner to achieve them. Even if you feel that nothing is moving, persevere, be patient.Temporary attractions are not going to be good for you during this period. Just be honest to yourself about what you really want in life. Saturn is about Reality not imagination. Pragmatic not emotional. Saturn in Capricorn is about sustained work, he will give you all your rewards when he enters Aquarius, but only if you work now. He will actually help you if you decide to work, but if you are lazy, he will ensure punishment too.

These months are full of highly fluctuating energies, things are changing very fast on the energy levels and are not suitable for any major decisions in life. Lie low and let things unfold around you. As it is, all of us are suffering the karmic effects of Ketu in Sagittarius, which include the lock-down, diseases, deaths, economic turmoil, broken relationships, breakdown in some way or the other.

The silver lining is for those who are spiritually inclined, this period can be best used for intense mediations, spiritual activity, jaap, Homa Dhyan etc. This will help recover balance from the confusion around you. Also if you lose focus and get agitated by the chaos on the material levels around you, you will miss this once in a life-time opportunity for Dhyan. So the keyword for this period is to focus on the Self as much as possible and avoid making life-time decisions in haste.

In my personal life, I too am seeing karma on a fast-forward. One blessing is that all this, at least for me, is being resolved in Dhyan or Swapna-awastha. As I had already mentioned in some post, if some prarabdha karma has to be gone through by the body/mind in this life, it can be diverted into the Swapna-awastha. Or with the power of the Dhyan, it automatically shifts to the astral body. (ie If I am supposed to die, I will experience this death in my swapna-awastha or during Dhyan.) The astral body will suffer rather than the physical body. And the astral body recovers faster especially if Dhyan is regular. Personally for me this is the best option. However big the karma is including physical death is complete in the astral, leaving the physical planes free to do even more Dhyan.

Now if you have Saturn retrograde in your birth chart (I have), then the conflicts will be more. You might be more targeted by your boss or you may target your staff. Try to be patient and control your emotional outbursts. Whatever is going to come your way as per your horoscope, try to navigate through it in a pragmatic and dispassionate manner. This will be more intense especially if your birth Saturn is in one of the identified signs above, Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces. Or you are going through a Dasha/Antar-dasha/Pratyantra-dasha of Saturn etc.

So many signs are involved just with Saturn’s retrograde. A significant chunk of people are going to go through life’s issues and this will be modulated even more by the other planets’s retrogrades, transits, combustion, eclipse etc which is coming up. We all must be prepared for what is coming up.

Why do planets seem to go retrograde or seem to stop or go faster or slower? There is a very interesting astronomical reason, do read this post to know more.

I have written on Jupiter going retrograde in this post and about Venus retrograde in this post here.

I have written about the karmic events in the year 2020-2021 in this post. The objective of Jyotish is not to get scared, never, this is the science of Light. Learn to use the energies of the time coming up in the most productive manner. Being aware is the first step. Remedies are the next step. And behavioural changes are the final step in this process.

 

Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn 2020

Jagat Guru Adi Shankaracharya

Adi Shankaracharya is the Jagat-guru, the Guru of the entire Universe. Today, the Vaishakh Shukla Panchami, 5th day of the bright fortnight of the Vaishakh month, is celebrated as his birth anniversary. There is no clarity on when he actually lived in his physical form, but he is the essential Advaita Nirvishesh Brahma so life/death are meaningless words in his context.

I feel very deeply about him, Jagat Guru Adi Shankaracharya, he is the Sat-guru. He is the reason why I am able to, albeit dimly, understand the highest philosophy, Advaita and progress surely towards myself. The force/Guru which pulls me towards the Sat/Truth. ‘I am the Truth’, I wish to experience this realisation in its entirety.

Jagat Guru Adi Shankaracharya

His books and literary compositions are immense, voluminous, full of real enlightenment, Jnyan. Books include Vivek chudamani, Upadesha Sahastri etc. Commentaries include the first ever commentry on the Bhagvat Gita, ‘Bhagvat Gita Bhashyam’. The epic commentary on the Brahma-Sutras, on the several Upanishads etc. Several verses which describe the Eternal Advaita, eg Nirvan shatak and my very own favourite Brahma Jnyanavali mala. Verses in praise of the deities and Prakruti, ie Soundarya lahari, Kanakdhara Stotram etc. All his work is in Devbhasha Samskrutam, Sanskrit. These books are all translated into various languages and you will find them in bookshops near you if you wish to read.

Adi Shankaracharya established the temples at Badrinath for Vishnu, Kedarnath for Shiva and Gangoli Haat for Kalika (I have been at all these 3 temples, their power is unimaginable). He established several temples and Math-s all over India, he set up powerful Vigraha to protect the nation’s philosophic back-bone at several locations throughout Bharat. His Samadhi is at Kedarnath behind the Kedarnath temple. (if you are a follower of Sanatan Dharma, you should try to visit this Samadhi if you can travel physically.)

Adi Shankaracharya is the Sat-Guru of every single soul who desires to know himself in the real sense. If I desire Sadyo-mukti, I am requesting guidance from the Advaita none other. I am the Advaita yourself. That is why listening or reading his works is important, he writes with the authority of experience of the Self. When I listen to his upadesh/ teachings, I realise that I am listening to my own self. I am to realise My Self, so I will do it only when I listen to descriptions of myself. As I contemplate on myself, meditate on myself, bit by bit I remember myself. I become myself.

So I listen to the Brahma Jnyanavali Mala once a day.

A pdf with the text and a reasonably good translation Brahma Jnaanaavali Mala, there are 20 shloks/verses.

The first Shlok is this,
“asangah aham asangah aham asangah aham punah punah, sat chit anand rupah aham, aham evah aham avyayah”
Unattached am I, untouched am I, unconnected I am, ever and always. I am the truth, pure, eternal happiness. I am the only one. I am. I am indestructible, unchangeable.

And the last shlok is this

“antah jyotih bahir jyotih pratyak jyotih paratparah, jyotih jyotih, svayam jyotih Atma jyotih, Shivah asya aham”
I am the inner light. I am the outer light. I am the light within the light. The greatest light, higher than the highest light. I am self- luminous. I am the light of the ever-lit Self. I am the ever auspicious One.

In this short composition, Adi Shankaracharya, very succinctly, clearly unambiguously declares that ‘I am the Unchanging, I am’, in the strongest words possible. Even more than his ‘Nirvan Shatak’, the ‘Brahma Jnyanavali Mala’, resonates with indescribable power of the Advaita

This composition, is the essence of all philosophy in the simplest words. The power of these words in Sanskrit shakes me to the core, dissolving the Illusion of the creation that surrounds me. If I have time, I try to contemplate on every word in this Brahma Jnyanavali Mala. This will help me realise that I am the ‘Light’ the Advaita, and the power of this Light, Atma-Jyoti.

I am required to contemplate on the concept of ‘Aham sakshi’, ‘I am the Witness‘. Saying these words ‘Aham sakshi’ is rather easy, but bringing it in practice when I have the entrancing dance of creation before me is difficult. That is why I listen/read these words again and again. So that I gain the mental strength to continue focussing on what really matters, ‘Me’.

When I really desire to know myself, I feel an intense internal turmoil, just like a fish is breathless out of water. I know what I am deep within me, but the illusions of Prakruti, do not allow me to experience myself fully. Then appears the Sat-guru, the one who grants clarity, dissolves the illusions. When I give myself over to the power of the Guru, I do not get deeply caught in even more illusions of this world. He makes me realise that the ‘karma’ which I thought bound me is in fact insubstantial, imaginary, does not exist. At one point of time I used to think that I have this karmic pendency or that I owe this other person something. And unless I give it back or experience its negativity through, I won’t be free. I would think that I had to complete the karma I had created in my past lives etc. But nothing is complete in this incomplete illusionary world. So I disregarded this thought of ‘completing the karmic baggage’ and instead focused even more sincerely on ‘Me’. I am the only Reality. So best focus on Me. My one single mantra, my Soham. And as this got even more intense, these other ‘karmic ties’ evaporated as if they never existed over me. I experienced all of them in my dreams or during Dhyan, I died several times in my swapna-avastha, travelled astrally, did the work in the astral realms, let the astral body suffer, break down, get hurt, all the karma was experienced by this body.  Then my Guru repaired the bodies, while I did even more Dhyan. The only use of these bodies is to do Dhyan. So if you do your Dhyan, your so-called ‘pending karma’ will get resolved in dreams, like the dream they actually are. Whatever level of Karma may exist, it will be dissolved if you do your Dhyan systematically and regularly. (This is a bit difficult to understand if you do not do Dhyan. But if you do Dhyan, you will notice that you also are doing this same thing.)

You get deeper and more powerful glimpses of your own self as you focus on your self. There is only one thing which deserves your focus and this is your Own Self, none other. But then the created illusions, Maya, also tests you, so you need support from such verses, books, commentaries, which help you navigate thorough these tests. Use your Intelligence and the blessings of the Guru, and keep focussing intently on Your Own Self..

May you and me both realise that we are the Advaita, the Non-Dual, in the gentlest, happiest and kindest way possible.

Dedicated to the Lotus feet of the Jagat Guru Adi Shankaracharya, the Nirvishesh Brahma, the Advaita Himself in all gratitude and Shraddha/faith.

 

Kedarnath Palkhi

This is a photograph of the Palkhi, palaquin of the Kedarnath Mahadev taken yesterday. In the winter months the Moorthi of the deity comes to his temple at Ukhimath and then goes back to Kedarnath in the summer. The temple at Kedarnath is to be opened on 29th April. In this current lock-down situation, 6 people are travelling with the Palkhi, barefoot, carrying Him over 25kms in the snow, rocks and through the cold Himalayan streams. In reality He is carrying his devotees in all his love and compassion. Jai Kedar! Har Har Mahadev!

 

Manglik Mars, its power and timing events

This is a continued post from this one. You must have already analysed your Mars in-depth using the points I have listed out there.

Now let’s divide the manglik dosha into a low-power one and a high-powered one.

Low energy Manglik Dosha – If you see patterns like this in the chart, the dosha is of a low intensity and can be managed by performing remedies and changing behaviour. More the patterns, more its intensity reduces in real life.

  • If Mars is the ascendant lord, ie for Aries and Scorpio ascendants, then Manglik dosha does not exist.
  • If Ruchak yog exists, then Manglik dosha does not exist.
  • Mars is a Yogkarak for Cancer and Leo ascendants, but even then these can suffer from this dosha. You have to examine the chart, using the other guidelines from my pervious post to decide the Dosha’s power. Some aspects of the life may actually benefit from Mars’s energies in this case.
  • Mars influenced by benefics, who are themselves powerful. Especially if a powerful Jupiter aspects Mars by his 5th or 9th aspect, ie Mars does not aspect him in return, then this Dosh reaches a low intensity.
  • Mars not aspecting any other planet in the chart, ie not interfering with anyone else reduces his impact on the personality.
  • A strong ascendant lord and a strong Moon in the birth chart, can somewhat direct the energies created by this Mars. Ascendant lord is connected to the physical self, Moon to the astral self. If these two are very powerful, you can navigate most of the life’s problems quite successfully. There will obviously be issues but you will use them as stepping stones to higher things.
  • Powerful benefics placed in the chart which can help tide over the problems generated by Mars’s erratically directed energies.
  • The lords of the 1st 4th 7th 8th 12th houses themselves being very powerful, benefics and capable of giving auspicious results for that house. Then at least this part of the life will be better able to navigate Mars’s aggression.
  • Any other powerful auspicious yog in the horoscope which can help the overall personality direct Mars’s power for doing good.
  • If the navamsha chart is auspicious, then a lot of life’s problems are reduced. Navamsha analysis is necessary for coming to a conclusion about the Manglik tag.

High energy Manglik Dosh – If you see patterns like this in the chart, the dosha is of a higher intensity and cannot be completely managed by performing remedies. More the interconnecting patterns, more intense the dosha’s energies.

  • Mars influenced by malefics in some way or the other.
  • Mars influencing other malefics in some way or the other, aggravating their ability and give worse results.
  • Mars aspecting other benefics and affecting their ability to do good.
  • The ascendant lord and the birth Moon both unable to give good results, ie are afflicted by functional malefics, or placed in the 3rd 6th 8th 12th houses, or eclipsed/ combust etc then the personality, the environment and the mental/ emotional strength are destabilised. Do analyse them carefully before coming to a conclusion about this.
  • The lords of the 1st 4th 7th 8th 12th houses themselves are afflicted so naturally the connected house is going to be problematic.
  • Other combinations/dosha-s increasing the power of the other malefics over the personality.
  • The navamsha chart is not auspicious and unable to support the main physical personality. This increases the intensity of all problems in life including the manglik dosha.

Manglik Mars, its power and timing events

Navamsha analyis in Manglik Dosha, very briefly. (I have written several posts on Navamsha analysis, do go through them.) Check what your inner expectations/potentials are using the 9th divisional chart, D9. In your analysis till now you must have realised which houses and planets are affected by manglik Mars’s energies. So analyse further, some examples. If you see patterns like this with your planets then you should judge accordingly, it is possible that the patterns may help your Mars direct his energy or even aggravate your Martian nature,

  • eg Mars in 4th house is with Rahu in D1. In the D9, Rahu shifts to Aries. So Rahu is influenced by Mars in both charts, causing deeper issues.
  • eg If Mars in the 1st house aspects the 7th house lord. And in the navamsha this other planet shifts to Scorpio, again Mars’s energy influences him.
  • eg If Mars in the 1st house is debilitated, but in the D9 he goes in Capricorn. This can help reduce the problem of his aggression.
  • eg If in an manglik chart, the 7th lord is vargottam, the 7th house matters will be good.

Depending on your levels of expertise/ intuition/ study you can also study the concerned Nakshatra, Ashtakvarga, Shad-bala etc strengths, or other divisional charts for more information.

Vimshottari dasha periods Check if your current Vimshottari period has more positive or more negative patterns and act wisely.

  • In your above analysis, you must have identified the planets whom Mars is influencing/ aspecting. Now in the Vimshottari dasha periods of Mars or these other planets, you will experience an over-load of his energy. eg If Mars is aspecting Ketu in your birth chart then you should be alert during Ketu’s dasha periods also. Your aggression and fiery nature may lead you to fights, arguments, decisions made in passion etc during this time also.
  • navamshaIf you are going through a dasha period of a functional malefic for your chart, then the dosha’s energies can add to the discomfort you are going to face.
  • Dasha periods of strong benefics or benefics who positively influence/ aspect your birth Mars can grant you opportunities to use your manglik energies in a more productive manner. Make use of these times to focus your Mars and gain. Mars if used correctly can work wonders.

Transits. Do take care during the following time periods as your aggression can be aggravated,

  • A significant transit of Mars which aspects his birth position.
  • Mars getting combust, or retrograde, or in a graha yuddha in the skies will cause a fluctuation in your personal energies and also health (personal health can be an issue sometimes as the body ‘heat’, pitta is high, this can vary from boils to indigestion, ulcers etc diseases connected to over-heating).
  • A transit of malefics, Saturn, Rahu/Ketu or Sun which aspect your birth Mars position.

Saturn and the troubles of the early childhood

Remedies. Mantra jaap, homa, pujas, giving away items of that planet etc are all options. Charity to really deserving poor people is also helpful (giving stuff to undeserving people does not work). I have written about remedies in several posts do use the Index to locate them. But with remedies, remember one thing always. No remedy can completely stop the problems caused by your birth chart energies (prarabdha karma). Reduce it yes, completely eliminate, no. You can redirect your energy, that choice is always available to you. Behavioural changes are always a good option if you are intelligent enough to understand your own nature. If you are honest with yourself and comprehend how your mind works, you can divert your Mars into something which genuinely excites you, rather than chasing illusions. Use your energy to do something that genuinely ignites your passion rather than wasting it in needless and endless conflicts with your loved ones. A strong Mars is a very important asset if you can use his energy in a sensible manner.

Apart from the astrological remedies, if you know that you have such a combination in your birth chart and a typical time period is coming up from the transits and Dasha, then you should be prepared for what will come and adjust your behaviour, expectations and actions accordingly. This will save you a lot of trouble and save your loved ones, heart-break.

If the Manglik dosha in your chart is of the low energy type, the remedies will be useful and will significantly reduce the burden of karma.

If the Manglik combination is of the high energy variety then the remedies will not be so efficacious. Some part of it will have to be gone through, despite the remedy being performed. The more intense the combination, the more repetitive and reinforcing the patterns are, the more deeply the karma is ingrained into your present life (especially if the Navamsha also shows the same patterns). I have seen some Internet sites who claim to ‘tie up’ Manglik energies. This is faulty thinking as ‘tying up’ the karma is temporary at best and causes problems on the astral levels. There might also be a severe backlash. Then you will be required to rebalance this manglik energy karma either later in life or in your next lives. If you have opted-out from something at your birth and chosen something else instead then that choice cannot be disregarded.

I have observed that some people with intense Manglik Mars sometimes remain unmarried and it suits them! These people generally have some over-riding passion which drives them, they are so utterly focussed on their passion that family etc is not really relevant to them. Or when these highly Manglik people marry, they are required to live away from their family, eg army men, merchant navy, pilots, corporate high-ups who travel often, brahmins who travel for doing pujas, etc. This is probably for the best, but it leads to separation from the family (perhaps unfair for the spouse/children) If they live with their families, all the time, there is invariably conflict.

Manglik Mars, its power and timing events

With the Manglik combination, you think only from one point of view. You are in a hurry, there is a lot of force within you pushing to get out. The mind can be easily destabilised by this high voltage Mars. You do not stop to think or re-consider. You take everything as a challenge. Thus you engage in risky behaviour often putting your own self in danger. (eg rash driving, silly bets involving life threatening behaviour etc). If you can understand this and give yourself time to cool down before acting, all your Manglik problems will evaporate. But Mars does not allow this to happen so easily, thus the Dosha. After Mars matures, things often become more easier to handle.

Manglik dosha essentially is a burst of energy so intense and focused that it sets those aspects of life on fire where one-one relationships exist or those aspects of life where you have to think before you act. Mars’s nature is antithetical to one-one equitable relationships, he is a burst of passion. One-one relationships are in our personal family, business, job, meditation etc. With manglik Mars’s intensity, there is little peace in any of these things, neither for you nor for the person opposite you (loved one, child, parent, siblings, family member, business-partner etc). For you, perhaps this does not register as you are the fiery Mars yourself, these are your regular energies. (The Sun also burns, but his heat is of an indifferent intensity, he is more self-centred, he cannot focus on anyone else.) Mars, in his intensity, is focussed on the other person/ thing which he wants to dominate, to crush, to conquer. You are born with this intensity. But for the person opposite you, this burst of fire can at times be unbearable. You can hit them physically, astrally, emotionally, financially etc intensely and not feel a thing. Mars does not think before he acts, he is a burst of focussed fire, the energy of life and death.

Mars’s Manglik energy is more a destructive energy. If you are a Manglik Mars, you are the destructive face, Shiva in his Ugra form. You can destroy negativity in your/ others life if you choose, but you can also destroy positive things too. What you destroy is ultimately your choice. Understanding yourself is key.

 

Soham, Sushumna Yog and the Sat-guru

Manglik, a guide to analysing Mars in depth

(This post is in response to this, ‘What is your experience with charts that have Mars in own sign, exaltation or mooktrikon while in one of the manglik houses? Is Mars always Manglik in 12th? i.e. if it is exalted or in own or mooltrikon? Also, does it suggest the importance of tapasya and homam/yagna in balancing and evolving?)

Manglik is called a dosha as it gives certain results in life which are perceived as negative. (I have written on how to manage the Manglik Mars energies here)

Mars is domination, power, courage, fearlessness, physical strength, rage, violence, passion, war, destruction, competition, first, wins, leadership etc. So not really suited for equitable partnerships or a peaceful family life. Aggression and Martian energy is necessary as it literally is the energy of life and death both, but its use determines if it is positive/ negative in life. Mars energies have to be channelised, this is the crux of the Manglik energy.

  • If you hurt your loved ones out of your temper, or break up with your business partner because of your need to compete, or argue with your family members because of your need to dominate, or ignore your spiritual practice because of your passion for the opposite sex, or beat your children because you are impatient, or engage in risky behaviour because of your desire to be first, or get into alcohol/addictions, etc all this is a bad way of using his energy.
  • If you use your Mars to learn an aggressive sport, or go to the gym, build your body/ mind/ pran+nadi or enrol in the army, learn military strategy, or become a sharp-eyed businessman, or become a surgeon, or a researcher, an explorer, or engage in strenuous yogic practices, use your extraordinary ability to ‘focus’ and ‘achieve’, all this is good use of his energy.

First step is to know what sort of energy Mars indicates in your chart. How this Mars will be channelised will be as per the power of the entire horoscope. Remember Mars’ Manglik energies cannot be reduced, they can only be directed. What aspect of your life you choose to direct them into, is your choice. This choice will again depend on the potential of your birth chart as a whole. (ie what you chose at your birth moment)

Manglik, a guide to analysing Mars in depth

Let’s find out what Mars stands for in your chart and what kind of results he is capable of giving. Should he even be called a ‘Manglik Mars’ or not? How intense will be his effect? In your chart check the following, analyse your Mars in depth and come to your own conclusions.

Mars is ascendant lord. For Aries and Scorpio ascendants, Mars is the ascendant lord so will give auspicious results wherever he is placed. An ascendant lord cannot give overtly malefic results in a chart. So for these two ascendants, the ‘Manglik’ tag does not exist. There will be aggression etc obviously but as he is the ascendant lord himself, he will also grant some ability to channelise these energies in the best possible manner suitable to the personality/environment.

For the remaining ascendants, Mars placed in the 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th, 12th houses is called a Manglik. If this is counted from the ascendant sign then the effect will be on the entire personality/ environment. If this is counted from the birth Moon then this effect will be on the emotional/ internal levels. (Some people count the 2nd house also but in the current times, the traditional family life indicated by the 2nd house does not exist, the society/ family structure has changed.)

Now read on and see which of the following points are applicable to your Mars’s manglik energies. Add the keywords as applicable. This is a guideline post to help you gain more insight into your Mars’ energies.

Mars is in his own sign, Aries or Scorpio and in the 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th or 12th house.

  • Ruchak yogIf Mars is in his own sign (Aries, Scorpio) or his sign of exaltation (Capricorn) and in the 1st, 4th or 7th houses, then this is called the Ruchak yog. One should not call this person a ‘Manglik’. If the rest of the horoscope is supportive then the Ruchak yog can grant happiness, fortune etc as per the capacity of the chart. The aggression of Mars will be utilised productively.
  • If Mars is in his own Aries or Scorpio but in the 8th or 12th houses  then there are some issues created because the body’s vitality is low. He may be more materialistic, vengeful, indifferent to the spouse, affairs etc. A ‘mild Manglik’ type which can be managed by understanding and intelligently directing his energy.

Mars, exalted or debilitated

Manglik and debilitated is a very typical combination. Mars is debilitated in Cancer (post here). The energy of his environment is completely against his fundamental nature. Such persons are jealous, irritable, cannot adjust, cannot settle down, change their minds, unstable jobs, will have affairs, can harm oneself and others, separation and unhappiness from spouse, health of spouse can be a cause for concern, children can give mental stress etc. His actions can cause harm to himself first then to others around him. The changeable, watery nature of the sign, Cancer and the speed of its lord, the Moon, cause fluctuations in aggression, vitality and emotional nature of the person. Physical health and longevity of the person must be checked from the individual chart especially if you get this chart for marriage matching.

Mars is exalted in Capricorn, he will give excellent results in most of the cases, irrespective of the Manglik tag.

  • If he is in the 1st, 4th, 7th in Capricorn then this is called Ruchak yog, this is very good. The energy of Mars can be channelised in the best possible manner. Depending on which house Mars occupies, that aspect of his life is more active. Overall this combination should not be labelled as ‘manglik’.
  • For Gemini ascendant, Mars exalted will occupy the 8th house, this will be good for him as his in-laws etc will give him gains etc. Again we need not consider this to be Manglik.
  • Just for Aquarius ascendant, where the exalted Mars will occupy the 12th house, one must pay attention to personal health and the spouse’s health. Rest of the life aspects should be ok, unless the Mars is even more damaged.

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Mars and the other planets

If this Manglik Mars is aspected by benefics, this will help direct his aggressive behaviour but again, not reduce it. The sobering, gentle, auspicious influences will ensure that he uses his energy aggressively, but to do good for himself and the people around him. Especially if Jupiter aspects Mars with his extra 5th 9th aspects, it is even more helpful.

In case of mutual aspects with benefics, 7/7, the effect is a bit different as this Manglik Mars will interfere with the other planet’s energy also. This other planet is rather gentle compared to the aggressive Mars, so may not as effective in directing the manglik energy. Do check the power for both, Ashtakvarga, Shadbala etc to know who has more influence over the other in the birth chart.

Who does he aspect? This is a very important consideration which most astrologers miss out. Note which graha Mars aspects especially with his 4th and 8th aspects. In a mutual aspect or conjunction both planets influence each other. But when Manglik Mars influences other planets with his extra aspects he can cause them severe damage. Whatever aspects of life this other planet signifies will be linked to the Manglik aggression. Especially if this planet is connected to the family 4th or 7th houses, or if this a malefic, Saturn, Sun, Rahu or Ketu. If this is the case, the Manglik energies of the entire personality will be aggravated.

In conjunction, especially if Mars is in the 8th or 12th houses. In this case the other planet will also be in these houses of catastrophic changes/losses so its energies are not going to be really positive in the first place!

Manglik Mars aspected by additional malefics, will make him more malevolent and direct his energies in causing damage and pain to the self and to the others around him. So if this Mars is aspected by, or conjunct with Saturn, Sun, Rahu or Ketu then the temper etc will be even more explosive and damaging.

Combust Manglik Mars, means that he is conjunct the Sun, so close that all his energy as been absorbed by the Sun. The Sun is a natural malefic. Then Sun, Leo sign and the planets placed in Leo will also show the effects. It generally gives inauspicious results in personal life. But if this energy can be directed properly, then political, military etc successes are possible.

Yogkarak Mars

Mars is the Yogkarak for Cancer and Leo ascendants so will generally do good for them. Yogkarak planets are functional benefics, ie they own one Kendra and one Kona house in the chart. When malefic planets are Yogkarak, one thing has to be understood that the typical nature of the planet does not go away. It just gets directed in some way which helps the personality as a whole cope with life. ie just because Mars is Yogkarak, does not mean that his influence over the personality will stop being aggressive. It just means that this aggressiveness will be used to protect/help the individual in some significant way.

  • But if he is a Manglik also, ie Mars is placed in the 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th or 12th houses for these ascendants, then the Martian aggression gets directed to the personality/ health/ surrounding environment/ family/ spouse/ finances/ social status/ profession/ losses etc aspects of life. You have to analyse him in this context. An overdose of extra Mars energy here will cause typical manglik problems.
  • These two ascendants also have the most difficult marriages in the zodiac, as, for both, Saturn owns the 7th house. (Do read my posts on these ascendants for the detailed analysis). Leo is better off than Cancer, as its 7th house is Aquarius (mooltrikon for Saturn), while Cancer has Capricorn in its 7th house. Marriage comforts depend on Saturn. ‘Comforts’ and ‘Saturn’ are rather antithetical, so for the marriage part of the Manglik thingie, Mars and Saturn have to be examined.
  • For other aspects of life affected by the Manglik energy, ie profession etc, Mars can give better results with occasional problems popping up which can be managed by intelligent behaviour. Especially if the rest of the horoscope is supportive, this energy can be used quite productively.
  • So there need not be much of a problem, unless Mars is further damaged by being debilitated/ combust/ under further malefic influences/ inauspicious combinations etc etc. Or the chart as a whole does not have much power. Then there will be problems definitely.
  • For Cancer ascendant, if Mars in Capricorn, 7th house, or the 10th house Aries, this is Ruchak yog so not a Manglik. If he is in Cancer 1st house (he is also debilitated here), or if he is in the 4th 8th or 12th house, then Manglik energies exist and have to be examined further to determine its effect in life.
  • For Leo ascendant, Mars in 4th house, Scorpio is Ruchak yog, so not a manglik. For the other positions 1st, 7th, 8th, 10th, 12th houses, Manglik dosha exists.

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Mars retrograde is also a typical thing which can add to the rather intense energies of the Manglik dosha. Retrograde Mars will not allow you to express your aggression, confidence, innovation in a healthy manner. It will bubble inside till it reaches a breaking point where it will burst out with so much force that you won’t be able to use it productively, this triggers some sort of a melt-down, you might cry or rage uncontrollably. This will be a rare event, maybe once or twice a year but others might think you have an unpredictable temper. Retrograde planets weaken the outwardly directed power of the personality as a whole, turn it inwards.

Then if the manglik Mars is also a functional malefic for your ascendant sign, then obviously his energy will be directed to do more harm than good, aggravating the effects.

The houses he owns. Where do Aries and Scorpio lie in this chart and which planet is sitting here? These two signs carry the energy of this aggressive Mars, so planets placed in them show increased aggressiveness too. Again as above, if rulers of the ‘family’ houses or the classic malefics, Saturn, Sun, Rahu or Ketu, are located in these, then you are looking at a very aggressive overall personality, who can damage himself and the others around him. Most astrologers forget to check this part. 

Any other significant patterns you notice in the chart. If there are any auspicious yog which can help the personality direct its Mars. Or if there are significant combinations indicating malefic patterns which make him more malevolent. More the patterns, more intense will be the effect, either way. If you are experienced enough, check his Nakshatra, Ashtakvarga, Navamsha, his strengths etc, for more information.

The one important thing is that Mars’s Manglik energies do not get cancelled. You have chosen these energies at birth, these are your choice of prarabdha karma, you have to go through them in some way or the other. You always have the choice of directing this energy in the best possible manner. How you direct them will depend on the power of the entire horoscope, the Dasha and the transits from time to time.

(Continued in my next post here)

 

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Saturn conjoint or aspecting Rahu, Shapit Dosh

There was a question on Saturn conjoint or aspecting Rahu, commonly called the Shapit (cursed) dosh and its remedies.

Rahu and Saturn are both slow moving planets so once they get conjunct or Saturn aspects Rahu, this event can go upto 1.5yrs. A child born during this time will have this shapit, ‘cursed’ negative combination or dosha in his birth chart, causing typical events in his life. And remember Saturn aspects the 3rd 7th 10th house from his placement. So statistically about 25% people will be born with Saturn with or aspecting Rahu. (This is also a combination for Pitru dosh, ill luck from the ancestors.) 

To analyse them together you have to check out the following about Saturn in the birth chart.

  • Is Saturn a Yogkarak or a functional benefic or functional malefic for your ascendant?
  • Is he aspected by benefics or malefics? Is he being made more malevolent or has some potential to do good?
  • Which house/ sign is he placed in, with whom and who else does he aspect? If he is placed in the 1st, 4th, 7th 8th houses, the effects are more inauspicious.
  • Which houses does he own? ie where does Capricorn and Aquarius lie in this chart and which planet is sitting here?
  • Any other significant patterns you notice about him, any auspicious yog or significant combinations or even more malefic patterns.
  • If you are experienced enough check his Nakshatra, Ashtakvarga, Navamsha etc, all sources which can give you more information.
  • Overall, can he be expected to give auspicious results or not? If inauspicious, then which aspects of your life are going to be in trouble?

Then perform a similar exercise for Rahu. Do remember that his physical effects are dependant on the other planet’s keywords, the signs/ planets/ nakshatra he is influenced by. Astral effects are going to be his own, but channeled through these keywords. Any other combination involving Rahu eg Guru-Chandal? Or Shakti yog? Anything like this gives Rahu more power to create illusions and push you away from your karmic path. If you allow Rahu to lead you away from your karmic path, Saturn will not like it and take action to discipline you aggravating the shapit dosha.

Saturn conjoint or aspecting Rahu, Shapit Dosh

So now we know what Rahu and Saturn are independently capable of giving you in your chart. But when Saturn influences Rahu by conjunction or aspect then their intrinsically opposite natures flare up. Saturn works on the material levels and Rahu on the astral levels. Saturn’s nature is constriction, limitation, reductions, rules and regulations, social structure, law and morals, slow to act, karmic payback, reality. If you follow his rules he will give you some gain at the end. If you do not then your karmic load will increase. Rahu is fast acting, quick to seize the opportunity, will break rules, won’t think twice about cheating others etc driven by his intense desire to experience. He is Desire. He creates Illusions and also helps break through them depending on the soul’s maturity. His results are exclusively on the astral realms but he works through the material keywords of the planets who influence him. Do anything under his influence and it gets registered directly in the Sookshma sharir/subtle body, ie deep-set karma. Rahu is an astral graha represented as a head without a torso. (Rahu and his other half Ketu are very fascinating forces in the horoscope, I have written several posts on their nature.)

It is said that Rahu is like Saturn and Ketu is like Mars. But this is not really correct as they work on the subjective levels. Saturn and Mars are more on the objective planes of existence. If you have any connection, aspect or conjunction between these forces, ie Rahu/Ketu with Mars or Saturn in your chart you are going to face some  typical turmoil in life.

Rahu and Saturn are forces of struggle, pain, sorrow, so when they come together, these negative results are magnified. It is a deep negative karma carried over from several lives, now out for resolution. Rahu in the astral and Saturn at the very physical Mooladhar chakra have the potential to cause rare havoc in the chart. Rahu-Saturn combination will adversely affect other auspicious combinations of the chart so this dosha needs to be analysed carefully. Together they give delayed or denied marriage, no comfort in marriage, falling out with the spouse, divorces, death of spouse, no peace in married life. Then delayed or denied children, miscarriages, abortions, deaths of children, denial of male children, abnormal or unhealthy children ie in some way or the other the next generation will be affected. A vitiated family life, arguments in the house, negative energy, psychic attacks, ghosts in the house, financial troubles, there is no comfort/happiness in the house. Personal health is not good and lingering diseases exist. Education, career, business etc can get affected. Even if there are luxuries available, you will not be allowed to enjoy them. Overall Saturn influencing Rahu affects the overall auspiciousness of life.

If they are capable of giving auspicious results together in some way then Rahu with Saturn may give opportunities especially in foreign lands, import/export, trade, speculation/stocks etc. Successes in social work, technology, electronics etc. But even then, they will give trouble of some sort in your life as above in some way or the other. But for this you have to examine the chart in depth.

Saturn conjoint or aspecting Rahu, Shapit Dosh

As about 25% of the population will show this shapit yog, I will try to divide it into a low energy and a high powered Dosh as follows,

Low energy Shapit Dosh – If you see patters like this in the chart, the dosha is of a low intensity and can be managed by performing remedies. More the patterns the more its intensity reduces in real life.

  • Saturn is a yogkarak for Libra and Taurus ascendants, so these two ascendants do not suffer much from this dosha.
  • Rahu and Saturn aspected by benefics, who are themselves powerful. Especially if a powerful Jupiter aspects Saturn by his 5th or 9th aspect, ie Saturn does not aspect him in return, then this Dosh reaches its lowest intensity.
  • Saturn not aspecting any other planet in the chart.
  • A strong ascendant lord and a strong Moon in the birth chart, can somewhat manage the turmoil created by this Saturn’s influence on Rahu. Ascendant lord is connected to the physical self, Moon to the astral self. If these two are very powerful, most of the life’s problems can melt away.
  • Some other powerful auspicious yog in the horoscope which can help the overall personality cope.
  • If the navamsha chart is auspicious, then a lot of life’s problems are reduced.

High energy Shapit Dosh – If you see patterns like this in the chart, the dosha is of a higher intensity and cannot be completely managed by performing remedies. More the interconnecting patterns, more intense the dosha’s energies.

  • Rahu and Saturn aspected by malefics, especially so if Mars aspects them in some way.
  • Saturn aspecting other planets, influencing their energy.
  • The ascendant lord and the birth Moon being unable to give good results, ie are afflicted by functional malefics, or placed in the 3rd 6th 8th 12th houses, or eclipsed/ combust etc combinations then the personality, the environment and the mental/ emotional strength are compromised, adding to the problem. The coping mechanism is affected.
  • The navamsha chart is not auspicious and unable to support the main physical personality. This increases the intensity of all problems in life including the shapit dosha’s effects. (Do read about Navamsha analysis)

The Vimshottari Dasha. Be alert during these following periods as they will create negative issues as the Dosha gets the energy to manifest its results as above. Mental and physical strain will occur during these periods. Depending on which houses/ signs are involved, you will face stress from those parts of your life.

  • If you are undergoing a Dasha period, mahadasha, or antardasha or the even smaller sub-sub-dashas of Rahu or Saturn then you should be alert as the trouble indicated by the Shapit dosha in your chart is going to 100% surface during this period. Analyse this period carefully. This trouble cannot be avoided, but its intensity can be modulated depending on its power in the birth chart, is it the low/high power variety?
  • If you are going through a dasha period of a functional malefic for your chart, then the dosha’s energies can add to the discomfort you are going to face.
  • If it is a dasha period of a benefic who does not have enough power to grant auspicious results, then too you should be alert as the auspicious energies in life are lesser and might not be able to avert the negative effects of the dosha.
  • Dasha periods of benefics with sufficient power in your birth chart give strength to endure the negativity and also grant the intelligence to convert adversity to gain. So use these periods wisely to consolidate yourself.

Finally Transits. If you have this Shapit combination in your birth chart then you should be aware of the transits too.

  • If you are going through a significant transit of Saturn or Rahu in your chart then expect turbulence. Eg From 2019 Mar to 2020 Jan Rahu and Saturn were opposite each other, ie Saturn was aspecting Rahu with his 7th aspect. If you have charts with Shapit yog in your study bank you must have observed these people going through a bad period in their family life, loved ones, well-wishers, children, finance, business etc. Now these two are in the 6/8 axis, this the axis of karma/trauma cycles. So cannot grant relief till they move out from this 6/8 axis in transit. So whatever aspects of your life are controlled by Saturn and Rahu can remain problematic.
  • Planets aspect in transit also. So if you have your beneficial planets aspecting the birth chart position of Saturn/Rahu, then this transit period can give relief from the dosha for some time.
  • And the other way round, if you have your malefic planets aspecting the birth chart position of Saturn/Rahu, then this transit period will aggravate the dosha for this time.

Finally a bit on Remedies. I have always recommended mantra jaap as a remedy, and it works well.  Homa, pujas, giving away items of that planet etc are all options which you can choose as per what you can do. Some charity, to the really deserving poor people, is also helpful (giving stuff to undeserving people does not work). I have written about remedies in several posts. But with remedies, remember one thing always. No remedy can completely stop the problems caused by your birth chart energies (prarabdha karma). Reduce it yes, completely eliminate, no.

If the Shapit dosha in your chart is of the low energy type, the remedies will be useful and will reduce the burden of karma significantly. You should be able to live a regular life without much disturbance from Saturn/Rahu. Some dreams may be disturbing from time to time, or minor incidents may occur. As the highest reduction in intensity will be when you experience the effects in your dreams. Then the intensity of the problem can be reduced in some way, eg if you were to fracture your leg, you will get away with a sprain etc.

If the Shapit combination is of the high energy variety then the remedies will not be so efficacious. I have seen on the Internet, dubious sites who claim to do a 100% remedy of such karmic combinations but it is not really possible. Some part of it will have to be gone through despite the remedy being performed. The more intense the combination, the more repetitive and reinforcing the patterns are, the more deeply the karma (prarabdha karma) is ingrained into your present life.

Apart from the astrological remedies, if you know that you have such a combination in your birth chart and a typical time period is coming up from the transits and Dasha, then you should be prepared. Saturn is involved so he will want discipline and make you work hard. If you recognise the karmic targets indicated in your chart, be sincere and honest with yourself, discipline yourself and work, he will accept this and actually help you achieve them. But if you get fascinated with Rahu, desire satisfaction in the illusions which Rahu paints before your eyes and get carried away, Saturn will not only register this as a karma to be resolved in your future lives but also discipline you in this current life. Saturn’s job is to remove illusions and he does this with the slow grinding force of Time. He recognises no emotions, no pain, no suffering, he is only about completing the tasks you have set for yourself at your birth moment.

So essentially the shapit dosha is nothing but an internal fight between the power of Illusion created by the manifested worlds around you and the desire of the soul to complete its karmic tasks and get free from this Illusion. You always have a choice in this. If you fall for the Illusion it is nothing but trouble throughout and more entanglements. If you are able to complete your karma then its freedom. Maybe this is why it is called a cursed combination. A lot depends on the power of the ascendant lord and the birth Moon in navigating this.

 

Saturn conjoint or aspecting Rahu, Shapit Dosh

(There are few pending questions on Saturn and Mars, so will try to write more about these two in my next few posts)