Marak, rulers of the 2nd and 7th

Marak/Marakesh is an important concept in Jyotish. Marak is the planet/s which decides the timing of exit from the physical body, death. The situation of death is defined by the 8th house and the conditions active at the moment of death are seen from the power of the Moksh trikon, but timing is from the Marak. The planetary lord of the 2nd house and the 7th house of the ascendant is the Marak planet for the chart.

Then there are natural marak planets i.e. Saturn, Mars and Rahu. These three can on their own cause physical death without much assistance from other planets but its quite rare. They need to be connected in some way to the 2nd or 7th houses or their lords. Physical death is an extremely significant phenomenon, it is not determined by a single placement but by a synergy of the entire chart’s energies as a whole. The Mahadasha or antardasha ruled by the Marak, or a particularly important transit of the Marak planets can serve as the final break point.optix2.jpgSo why the rulers of 2nd and 7th houses? These are auspicious houses, so why should they be used to judge the time of death. Death is not considered auspicious, or is it?

House 2 – You all know quite of astrological stuff by now, so what all does the 2nd house stand for? Think a bit and read on.

  • 2nd house is the storehouse. You, in your life gain experiences of several sorts. Also you accumulate several types of stuff. These are your assets, the treasures of your personality and your environment (defined by the 1st house). These are ‘collected’ in the 2nd house. You finish collecting all that you have decided on, your treasuries are full. Now what? You leave! The body cannot take in anything anymore, you have completed your targets. Saturation.
  • Now the natural ruler of the 2nd is Venus. He is also rules relationships at every level.  Relationship with the act of death naturally ruled by Mars of Scorpio 8th. The 2nd house here is one-half of the yoke, the other being the 8th house (it is counted seventh from 2nd). When you finish accumulating your assets in the 2nd house, the 8th house will trigger the fast terrifying transformations of your assets, take these stores and use them in a balanced manner, converting your physical identity to that of the astral. Emptying them and making them ready for the next rebirth.

House 7 – After reading this about the 2nd house, I am sure you can work out why 7th house ruler can also indicate the time to exit the physical body.

  • The 7th house rules bargains, partnerships, balance and equatable sharing. Throughout your life you are actively involved in several kinds of partnerships. Every relationship can be viewed through the lens of a ‘partnership’, where both partners gain fairly. So what happens when you reach your goals on partnerships and gains from them?
  • We take birth to re-balance karma, no other reason. Balance is the reason for this life in this body. We decide on how much of this karma-balance-target at the moment of birth. This moment of birth is the 1st house, and the 7th is the other part of the yoke.
  • Once you achieve the goals, it is time to set new targets, i.e. leave the old physical body and take on a new one.
  • The stuff you have in the 2nd house also represents the secret gains from the 7th house (it is the eighth when counted from the 7th). It represents how you have used the energy of the 7th to change the status of your karmic-balance.
  • The natural ruler here is also Venus, as he rules the 7th house of the zodiac, Libra.
  • Venus is the mokshkarak, when yoked to the vitality of Mars he can even grant you Moksh if the time is right. When all your karma is balanced by the assets you have gained in your this incarnation. This is one of the reasons Moksh is considered to be the primary function of Venus and not any other planet.

wallup.netIf in the horoscope the Moon sign is more powerful than the Ascendant then check out the 2nd and 7th house lords counted from this Moon sign, they can also act as Maraks.

Then there are those periods in life where life becomes unbearable. There are catastrophic changes and traumas which makes one want to end it all. But these are not periods where death will occur. These hard times are related to the following planets, their Mahadasha /antardasha or significant transits. The power of the planet to give positive or negative results should always be examined before arriving at a conclusion. And then as always look for patterns not single placements.

  • Lord of the 12th house from the Moon or Ascendant or Saturn – Loss of emotional support and comfort, extreme loneliness and grief. Separation from love and loved ones. A deep desire to move into the astral dimensions permanently.  This causes a desire to leave the physical body frame. The spirit wants to dissolve and separate.
  • Lord of the 8th house from the Moon or Ascendant or Saturn – Again this planet cannot confer physical death but traumatic catastrophic changes which are quite death-like. Transformations of personality in every way, positive and negative. Sudden wealth, legacies, accidents, surgery, magic, tantric stuff, divorce etc, but never actual physical death.

The length of a life is not important the intensity is. Mars rules intensity and Saturn rules endurance. Mars is always willing to change, transform and he has the capacity to generate enough resources to facilitate his fast and furious movements. Saturn is slow, he moves slowly generating his resources and the processes which he rules over linger on. Mars, the ruler of life and death is also the natural partner of Venus, the ‘natural’ ruler of 2nd and 7th, sort of the ‘natural’ marakesh. And Venus is Saturn’s best friend too.

If the chart shows the influence of Mars over this process of physical death, it will be very fast. If Saturn has links to physical death then it will be slow and often via a lingering illness. If you have Mars and Saturn both involved with your 8th house then be prepared for the long haul, a long life has been granted to you. If benefics aspect they will give a graceful and dignified transition.

Sometimes you get a case where the person is enduring a prolonged illness. You look at the chart and see that though the Maraks periods are on, the life span allotted to the chart is not yet complete. Such a typical time frame gives ‘sickness’, this sickness may manifest as extreme sadness (astral body suffers) or actual sickness (physical body suffers). The prana-link between the jivatma/soul and the body/robot is thinned down. The soul has not yet decided to leave. In such a case, prayers and healing (on spiritual, physical, emotional and mental levels) can convince the soul to stay on and continue.

Back to Venus, the morning star! Venus always fascinates me. He is beautiful, balanced, he knows the value of stuff, he grants the deepest knowledge, he decides the time when your body has exhausted itself. He tells you it is time to get a new life! He tests you, he does not grant his wisdom so easily. He defines relationships, the most important one being your relationship with your own self. He is perfection!

 

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The energy of thought

If you have been reading my previous posts, I have always emphasised your Intention, your Will and your Thoughts. Whatever you keep thinking of you will become. Whatever you want to know about you will Experience. If you focus on a book you will learn it, if you concentrate on yourself, you will become Yourself. (But where is the real you!)think1There are several ancient and modern age Gurus, humans being publicised and pushed into the society. These marketeers (sorry, but no other way to describe them), aggressively require their disciples to keep photos/paintings of ‘Gurus’ (dead/alive) and pray to these photos. This is very damaging for real spiritual growth. If you have faith in some human Guru (I do!) keep his photograph as a reminder of his teachings and the philosophy you learnt from him. It is important to be grateful, gratitude is the one real feeling which starts you on your spiritual path. But your spiritual practice is your Dhyan. It is only when you concentrate at your third eye and breathe in a specific pattern with an associated mantra, will your mind and thoughts still. So that you can glimpse the Truth that you really are.

Thoughts have energy. And if you have learnt seeing auras and learnt to see sounds, now try seeing the energy of your thoughts. The object you think of has energy, Look and see if this energy is pleasing to you. If it is desirable continue thinking about it, if not then change your thoughts.

In every mantra/stotra in Sanskrit, the last line is something like this “—-. स्तोत्रं यः पठेच्छिवसंनिधौशिवलोकमवाप्नोति शिवेन सह मोदते” , ‘whoever reads this —- stotra with the intention of being with the Pure One, will ultimately reside in the Pure Truth and find Bliss in the Truth’. This is what is needed, you have to remind yourselves that every action you do, may this action lead you to the Ultimate experience of the Pure Truth Itself.

So what are you thinking of?

The seeds of karma are within your thoughts. Your thoughts mirror your sub-conscious expectations. And your expectations are the energies which require rebalancing. But while rebalancing energies, you often go through traumatic experiences. Would you rather avoid trauma or at least reduce its intensity? This is the basis of astrological remedies. You basically think yourself out of the trauma.

If you think deeply, You are the Ultimate compressed into this human body with karmic baggage in your hands. Experiencing the vast You and keeping aside this baggage would be a relief wouldn’t it?

What do you want to know about?

You cannot let your thoughts lead you. You have to consciously direct them. Wanting to learn more about essential spiritual practices, Dhyan, Kundalini, Devi, Parmeshwar is all an excellent indication that you want to know about Yourself. Want to know yourself! with all the intensity you can muster. Your thoughts invite energies. Control the energies that you are opening yourself to. Control your thoughts. There are several types of energies. Satvik energies pull you towards Your Light. Rajasic energies towards the objects of this manifested Universe. And tamasic energies are dull, out-of-sync, dangerous, odd and damage your energy vibrational states. Try to increase your Satvik energies.

think3.jpgSuch a long introduction, you might say! But I cannot stop stressing on the direction of thoughts. You manifest with your thoughts. Your thoughts are your power of creation, use them very carefully, these are double edged swords!

I have written about spirits in previous posts, Goetic spirits, and haunted houses. After I wrote about the haunted houses, a few negative beings decided to pay my house a visit. I must have felt it deeply just writing the post, so subconsciously opened my own house to them. However they were ‘house-guests’ for a very brief period as all it took was to impress on them very clearly that it was my house and they were not welcome! But till I could clear out the house all of us suffered for a couple of days. These were tamasic energies, dissonant.

I never advise communications with departed loved ones or any form of spirits. Never. For normal people it is not needed and often creates more problems than solutions. Thinking about them opens doorways, just recently my Dad was thinking of my Mom (he suddenly missed her!), and she was in the house. When one spirit enters, the door is left open for the others too. As she was not too interested in staying, she went as soon as Dad apologised to her for thinking about her. But then for the rest of the spirit-trash who had followed her, Dad had to throw them out himself, wasting his energy.

There are conscious energies everywhere. The beings from parallel dimensions are always around us. We call them Yaksha, Rakshasa, Vetal, Pishachya, Gandharva, Kinnar, Siddha, Dakini, Shakini, Naag etc. If you cannot see them or interact with them normally, there is a reason for it. Stay away from them.

Such malignant energies are most easily accessible in places where traumatic events have taken place in the past. I once visited Andamans when I was much younger and not very aware of things. I went to the ‘light and sound show’ which was played in the Central Jail there. If you are aware of Indian history, several of our freedom fighters were sentenced to jail here, tortured and killed by the Britishers. Now this place is of historical importance and open to tourists. And densely populated by negative energy and trapped spirits. I couldn’t sleep for the one week I stayed in Andamans. Dreams, visions, voices and seeing their astral selves was just too much. I feel sorry for them, their experiences have turned them mad. ‘Earthbound’ spirits of the departed are always around cemeteries where they bury bodies. These will be more than willing to interact and need very little encouragement to create problems in other’s lives. The only way out for them is if their descendants offer them tarpan at Brahmakapal in Badrinath, Uttarakhand.

There is a misconception that the spirits are benign, they are not. They are able to disguise themselves as per the target’s wishes. A child sees them as his favourite cartoon character. A man may see them as a young pretty woman. But they are not of this dimension, they are discordant energies, they look bad, they feel slimy, they are out of place in this world of ours. It is not that their vibrational states are ‘low or high’, it is just that they are dissonant. When they touch you or your aura you feel cold, shiver and your hair stand up. It puts your astral body in a state of shock. Some people often use them for manifesting small things, often to cause distress to other people. It is bad karma.

There is a class of beings like Gandharva, Kinnar, Nag, etc. They are not overtly malignant and depending on their mood can be of help. These are found in high places, clean mountains like Himalaya, near rivers of high energy like the Ganga. They ask for something in return, like sweets, milk, gold/silver etc, there is always a bargain and exchange of energy. If you know how to find them they are accessible. think2.jpgMy experience with these beings has been mostly clearing up after them or sending them off. Sometimes the less problematic beings have offered bargains. But I will not actively call them for working with me. I, and even you, can do more with personal energy than they can ever offer. Even thinking about them and wishing that they come and work for you consumes significant energy. Then their bargains are always not what they seem to be. A  better use of creative energy would be for personal spiritual progress.

Manifesting things is using your own powers of creation. You have unlimited power, you just need to think it into being.

 

This post was in response to this comment I received in the Contact form, “Lovely blog! I discovered via the astrology group. Can you write something about angels and other high/low vibrational entities and earthbound souls?” I hope this post has been of some help.

To activate the Navavarna mantra

This is part 2 of the earlier post on Siddhakunjika Mantra, please read it here first. If you are interested in doing Mantra puja using the mantras from Devi Mahatmya, you will need to first Siddh the Navavarna mantra.

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There are several ways starting off with your anushthan. This is a very simple seeming abbreviated procedure but it will work depending on the power of your Intention. (If you live in India or have access to a good genuine pandit, you can do a full fledged anushthan). The time would be on a Tuesday or Friday of the bright half of the month, in the evening twilight or midnight. Get cleaned up, fast or eat only light foods, wear cotton clothes and sit on your asan. Do your basic pujas and worship as per your faith and call on all those energies which you believe in.

Now you will need a silver moorti of Devi or the Shriyantra or the Meru as your focus. Light the ghee lamp, incense, offer flowers, saffron/sandalwood, 5 fruits or panchamrit (ghee, milk, curd, honey, coarse sugar/khadisakkhar in a silver/glass bowl), etc.

  1. Now take the pot of water (copper kalash) in your left hand and pour a few drops in the palm of the right. Focus on the water and put in all your intention into that water. Just remember your mind should be clear and your intention should be intense. Intend that Devi Mahamaya grants you the knowledge of her Navavarna mantra. Now let the water drops fall to the ground at your right hand. (This is the most important step, water carries the intention and amplifies it.)
  2. Fold your palms and recite “OM”, three times and feel your body relax.
  3. Then recite the Ganapati Gayatri, “Om Ekadantaya Vidhmahe, Vakratundaya Dhimahi, Tanno Dantih Prachodayaat Om” for invoking the energies of Ganapati, he will remove all possible obstacles and also grant wisdom.
  4. Then this mantra is for invoking the Gods, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and the Nine grahas, recite, “Om Brahma Murari Tripurantkari Bhanuh Shashih Bhumi Suto Budhah cha Guruh cha Shukrah Shani Rahu Ketavah Sarve Graha Shantikara bhavantu Om”.
  5. Then remember the Goddess Earth with love and gratitude, recite. “Om Samudra Vasane Devi, Parvatah Stana Mandale Vishnupatni Namastubhyam Paada Sparsham Kshamasva May Om”.
  6. Finally “Om Guruh Brahma Guruh Vishnu Guruh Devo Maheshwara Guruh Saakshat Para Brahma Tasmai Shree Gurave Namaha Om”.
  7. Now recite the Viniyog of the Mantra (this is not given in the Gita Press book).
    • Oṃ asya Shri Kunjika Stotra mantrasya. Sadashiv rishi. Anushtub chhandah. Shri Trigunatmika devata. Om aing beejam. Om Hring shaktih. Om kleeng keelakam. Mama sarva-abhishtha-siddharthyae jape viniyogah.
    • ॐ अस्य श्री कुञ्जिका स्तोत्र मन्त्रस्य सदाशिव ऋषिः । अनुष्टुप् छन्दः । श्रीत्रिगुणात्मिका देवता । ॐ ऐँ बीजं ।ॐ ह्रीँ शक्तिः । ॐ क्लीँ कीलकम् । मम सर्वाभीष्टसिद्ध्यर्थे जपे विनियोगः ॥
  8. Now with full faith start reciting the Siddhakunjika (page 230 here). This is recited just once.
  9. Now you start with your 9 lakh recitation of the Navavarna mantra, ‘Om Aing Hreeng Kleeng Chamundayae Vicche’. Do your sets as per the time frame you have decided.
    • As you start your anushthan of 9 lakh recitation of the Navavarna mantra you have to decide how many sets of 108 counts you will do everyday.
    • If you do 18 sets of 108 counts it will take about 45 minutes of your time per day and you will continue like this for 463 days.
    • You can do this for how many ever days you want to, some people take 10 years to complete it. In this busy modern life, see how much you can realistically do.
    • Set your time frame as per the number of sets you will do per day. Just reciting the mantra also gives immense benefits. Just do something regularly!
  10. Now you have to intend continuity. Tell Her that you will be able to recite it in breaks and you will complete within — years. Keep some extra time in your hands, you do not know what will happen, there may be some breaks. (Keep a count, keep a separate calendar.)
  11. After you finish for the day you should eat all the fruits/panchamrit as prasad. (Choose your fruits properly, if you keep huge fruits you wont be able to finish them)

This intention process/anushthan needs to be done only on the first day. After that every day you will just sit on your asan, say ‘Om’ thrice and start your jap. You can count 108 on your fingers (more preferable) or use a mala. To count the sets use some physical counters like beads or crystals or seeds (don’t use plastic beads). If on some days, holidays etc, if you have time you can do more than you had decided but keep the count correctly.

Finish your 9 lakh repetitions on a similar Tuesday/Friday. Do a small puja as per your regular rituals and offer Her the ghee lamp, incense, flowers, saffron/sandalwood, 5 fruits or panchamrit (ghee, milk, curd, honey, coarse sugar/khadisakkhar in a silver/glass bowl). This is an extraordinary day. On this day after you finish, your Devi will speak to you, lots of things will open up and you wont need to read blogs for information anymore.devi 4(Don’t get scared with the 9 lakh figure. Gayatri mantra needs 24 lakh repetitions, which everyone is required to do in Hinduism/Sanatan dharma. These days only the really serious brahmins or people who are serious about their spiritual progress do it. My brother does 27 malas of Gayatri every day in one sitting when he does his Gayatri laghu anushthan and my son started off at the age of 6yrs with 2 sets of 108 per day.)

A few rules. You are channelising tremendous satvik energies into yourself. So you have to discipline yourself. Satvik energies pull towards the Ultimate, rajasic energies pull towards the objects in the manifested Universe. Tamasic energies are dull, odd and out of sync, quite damaging. Most important is the food you eat, you cannot eat non-veg. If for some reason you are required to have protein in your diet you can eat fish, no prawns/crabs no other meats. No alcohol too, initially you can try drinking alcohol in unavoidable socia events, but your mind will soon stop you from it. Your own higher self will stop you from tamasic energies.

You cannot do this when there is naatak or sutak period is on in your house. Naatak is when a new baby is born and till he gets his name in the Naamkaran Sanskar of the 12th day. Sutak is when a person dies in the house and for 13days, till the final tarpan is performed.

Now for women. Women should not do this during the 5days of the monthly cycle, add 2 more days for rest. So 7 days off, here your body has gone through a period of physical destruction and needs to rest. Do not do this during pregnancy either. If you get pregnant while this is on, request Her and put everything on hold till your child is 6 months old at least, then resume your count.

This is a very important anushthan for Devi worship. When you are granted Siddhi over the navavarna mantra you can use mantras from the Devi Mahatmya in the real sense for your spiritual growth.

Just writing this post in continuation but I dont think anyone will do it really. Devi Mahatmya is not for everyone. But on the off-chance if anyone is inspired I have done my karma of writing about it.

 

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Siddhakunjika Mantra

I have written a bit about the Devi Mahatmya/Durga Saptashati(read this) earlier. This post is specifically about the Siddhakunjika Mantra which is used to bring the Navavarna (read this post on pronunciation) mantra to its full powers. This 9 lettered mantra (read this) is the secret, the key. Only when the Navavarna mantra is active the mantras written in the Devi Mahatmya can be used in the real sense. There are no shortcuts sometimes. If you want to use the mantras from the Devi Mahatmya in the real sense, the Navavarana mantra has to be active for you. That means 9 lakh repetitions of this mantra first. But why would someone do 9 lakh repetitions of this mantra, ‘Om Aing Hreeng Kleeng Chamundayae Vicche’. Simply because it is a way out of the Maze that She has Created. It can be used for anything and everything.devi 5I love the Siddhakunjika because of its utter clean simplicity. There is no need to recite any additional mantras or anything, Nyas is not needed, nor any rituals. You can just sit and start. Good to go type of all-powerful mantra. Only one thing is essential, you must respect it. It is not a joke and not a plaything. If you make mistakes in its pronunciation or your intention is not pure you will suffer deeply. She never judges, your own conscience will do it. The Parabrahma has directed Her to hide this mantra from her Created beings. So if you are even reading about it, know you have some accumulated merit, thus She has allowed you this much. What you make of this opportunity is your decision.

Writing very briefly on the energies you invoke within you when you recite the Siddhakunjika. Sanskrit is Devbhasha, cannot be translated but can only be experienced. This is just for getting you interested. This is what the beej mantras briefly (less than 1%) mean, the rest you will have to experience for yourself.

Om = the pranav mantra, origin of the Universe, your real name, the Paramtattva

aing = ai + ang = Abundance/richness + Bindu

hreeng = ha + ra + ee + ang = Eternity/Endless/One + Removal/Dissolution + Balance/Perfection + Bindu

kling = ka + la + ee + ang = Control/Coordination + Beauty/Enchanting/Captivating + Balance/Perfection + Bindu

Chamundayi = destruction of ego + ever-lit light which directs to the correct path + control + removal of distress + power of illusion + power of wisdom + highest maternal love + wrath of a protective mother + bridge + power of the infinite + variety + bliss + perfection + activity + abundance

Vicche = infinite one who gives infinite boons + uninterrupted eternal love + destruction of ego + purity rising from the shadow/lower level + single-minded focus + solitude and strength

This much is the navavarna mantra which you are activating with the Siddhakunjika. It continues further, “Om”..

glaung = knowledge + removal of delusion + beauty + creation + eternal existence + highest maternal love + wrath of a protective mother + Bindu

 

hung = endless one + eternity + Bindu

kling = dark emptiness/time + joining of the 5 tattvas + Bindu

jung = victory + luck + prosperity + Bindu

sah = accomplishment + success + the One who changes but still never change.

then “jvaalaya jvaalaya jvala jvala prajvala prajvala” are mantras used to bring the illumination of these beej mantras into you. Extremely high intensity, then again “Aing Hreeng Kleeng Chamundayae Vicche, jvala, hung..”

sang = accomplishment + success + Bindu

lang = Beauty + Bindu

kshang = forgiveness + release + power of creation

phat = splitting + warmth + endurance + confidence + fruition

swaha = success + endless one + primal + the one who controls + the one who heals + bliss

iti mantrah = thus this is the mantra. (This is the Siddhakunjika mantra. Now further.)

Namah tey means – Ultimate power who is focussed infinity. The paradox of union of illusion and wisdom together. Depth of stillness and flowing movement together. The eternal unborn one in solitude. (So when we Indians greet each other with a ‘Namastey’ just think on the enormity of its meaning.) So the Mantra starts with Namaste to the Devi.

Namaste to You. You are the shape of vibrations. You are a sweet composition of  perfectly arranged Sound. You are the aura of the will arranged in the perfect meter of melody. You are the counter-part of the Ultimate One.

Namaste to You. You are beyond purity, embellishments, adornments, brightness, harm, injury, beauty and self. You destroy the absence of Light with a forceful strike. Wake /watch /arise /attend /provide /intend /care /superintend, O Vast /great /lustrous / Light /Illumination and turn my Jap to reality /light /completion /effect /gain /divine /perfection /validity /etc.

You appear as the cause of Aing, in the form of liberality /production /creation /letting go /nature /building blocks /properties. You take the form of the cause of Hring. You are pratipalika, i.e. you control access to the edge /limits of creation. You appear as the cause of the beej Kling, the cause of longing and the form of purpose. You appear as the cause of seeds /intellect /truth /source /principle /support.

You are Chamunda. You destroy the passions/ impetuousness/ heat /cruelty / violence, with a forceful strike. You appear as the cause of Perfection of the Eternal Illumination in all its abundance. You readily grant the best/boon/union with the Other/Ultimate. You are Vicche. You grant eternal freedom from fear /disease /phobia /risk /danger/etc. You appear as the cause of counsel /secrets /rhythm /thought /resolution /charm.

You are Purity, Bliss, Perfection, Balance, Bindu. You hold the actions which Remove Purity and Excellence. (Parabrahma is a paradox, can be and cannot be defined by attributes at the same time). You are the infinite giver of infinite union, perfection, balance and Bindu. You are the Ruler of Sound. You are dark, empty, Time, bliss, perfect, great and the joining of the forces of the tattvas. You are the Beauty of Endless Time and the Illumination of the dark/empty-ness. You are prosperity, auspicious, shining, blissful, perfect, great Transcendence. Manifest auspiciousness/ welfare / brightness /virtue for me.

You are the cause of the infinite primal One Eternity. You are the vibrations of victory, fortune, prosperity. You are dark, time, the force of life. You are the fearless, auspicious, happy, kind, lovely, friendly, great, excellent, gentle etc One. You are the one who Flows. You are the cause of all movement.

(Now is the list of the beej mantras which will be used to illuminate the mantra and bring its meanings out completely.)

Immortality, existence, creation, darkness, emptiness, Time, conjunction of forces of nature, destruction of ego, Illumination, direction, fruition, reaping, unity, flowing, depth of darkness, determination, independence, action, perfection, Transcendence, auspiciousness, Moksh, skill, self-restraint, fortune, endless, primal, abundance, balance ….and more. All these are linked to Bindu/OM and the seeds of these energies are used to burn and bring to light Illumination. The Ultimate Intelligence (Dhi) is repeatedly requested to Rise, to destroy, to burn, and thus to Illuminate. You are insisting for this to happen as this line ends with ‘Swaha’.

You are the foundation of determination and the power of intention. You are complete/ full/ entire/ content/rich/abundant Illumination. You are the force which separates, you are the one who moves in Eternity. You control directions, you are also separate from space/time/directions. You are knowledge, success and accomplishment. You are the Light of the Saptashati. Make this Mantra Siddha for me.durga2Thus this is the Mantra, the Essential Key which will unlock the Navavarna Mantra which will in turn open the secrets of the Devi Mahatmya for you.

There are 2 versions of this Mantra, this which I use is from the Rudrayamala/Gauri Tantra, the other one is from Damaratantra. The text of both is nearly similar but the beej mantras are different. You can use whichever resonates with you.

The first 9 days of the bright half of every lunar month are called Navratri, these start from the day after Amavasya, i.e from Shukla Pratipada and till the 9th day, Navmi. On these 9 days pujas of Devi are performed the final puja being performed in the morning of the 10th day, Dashmi. The Navratri falling in the month of Chaitra, Ashadh, Ashwin and Maagh are considered to be more auspicious for Devi puja.

This post continues as part 2, activating the Navavarna mantra next.

 

This post was in response to a comment I received in the Comment form “With the Navratri starting tomorrow, please shed light on the Siddhakunjika stotram.” I hope it has been of some help.

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Argala in Jyotish

There are so many ways you can use your horoscope to pull even more information. And because there are not many Jyotishis left who know and then who actually use these techniques, we are missing out on these tiny nuances of analysis. Here is the Argala of Jyotish to pique your interest.laces-2.jpgArgala means a bolt, latch, impediment or check, and as a concept is quite simple to use. It gives valuable insights which you might miss out in your regular analysis. Use the basic birth chart D-1 for Argala analysis.

A very simple example, if you have a client with problems with his mother, naturally you will check out the 4th house, birth moon and everything to do with it to come to a conclusion. But still you are not satisfied and the situation does not tally with the charts check the argala/obstructing forces on the 4th house (and the moon too). The astrological concept is this..

  1. The 2nd, 4th and 11th houses counted from a house or a planet are its principal argala/obstruction. The planets and signs here and their powers will influence the potential of the house under consideration.
  • The planets placed in the 12th can nullify the argala of 2nd house.
  • The planets placed in the 10th can oppose the argala presented by the 4th house.
  • The planets in the 3rd can nullify the argala presented by the 11th house.
  1. The 5th and 8th from a house or a planet present the minor argala/obstacle to the matters of that house.
  • The minor argala presented by the 5th house can be nullified by the sign/planet placed in the 9th house.
  • And finally the minor argla of the 8th will be nullified by the position in the 6th house.

This may have sounded very confusing but its quite simple. Let’s continue our simple example just to get you thinking about this topic. ‘Someone not getting along with his mother.’

From the 4th house the house second is the 5th house. Obviously in his interactions with his mother, if this person is only about his own good times (topics of the natural 2nd) which in his chart are represented by the planets in the 5th (also ego, self-referential behaviours, selfishness etc seen from here), the interactions with the mother represented by the 4th are going to suffer. These tensions can be less or more depending on the number/strength of the planets placed in 5th.

  • Now the obstruction represented by the 5th (second from the 4th house) will be nullified by the planets positioned in the twelfth from 4th, i.e. the 3rd house. If there are strong planets here they will make this person to be of some service to his mother in some way, eg take her to family or community functions. This person may feel like this is an imposition on him but doing this will immensely improve his relationship with his mother.

The next obstruction will be presented by the situation in the house counted fourth  from the house under analysis. So fourth from 4th is the 7th house. (topics of the 7th include spouse, partnerships etc). Naturally if the 7th is strong with several planets placed here to reinforce it, the arrival of the wife/husband will diminish the relationship with the mother drastically. Also if the person does a lot of business with a lot of partners the relationship with the mother will be obstructed.

  • So this obstruction presented by the fourth from house concerned, will be countered by the house counted tenth from the house. So tenth counted from 4th is the 1st house/ascendant sign. So if this 1st house is strong enough with strong planet placements, the obstacle presented by the 7th house on the matters of the 4th house/mother will diminish. If the person has a strong personality he will not let the spouse/partnership dominate his relationship with his mother.

The third argala on matters of the 4th/relationship with the mother is to be seen from the power of the house counted eleventh from the 4th, i.e. the 2nd house. This is also quite logical, the eleventh from house represents the larger landscape, interactions with wider groups and income/gains of that house. In this case, if the planets placed in the 2nd house are strong enough the relationship with the mother will be placed secondary to the benefits/gains/resources that he will get from her. Also he will prefer interacting with a larger group of maternal figures in his family (matters of the 2nd house) rather than his personal mother.

  • This obstacle will be nullified by the planets and power of the house counted third from 4th, i.e. the 6th house. If these planets are strong enough they will create situations where the person will be required to again be of service to his mother, especially in common interactions in the extended family and in the neighbourhood.

This was a very simplistic example of how argala works in Jyotish. This is a very useful concept and is used in birth chart analysis and also in Prashana. It is more important in Prashna and should be always used before coming to a conclusion here. argalaDo remember that a single placement can never be used for drawing conclusions. Astrology is about learning to recognise patterns. Nothing is fixed in stone, it is never absolute. These patterns show tendencies and probablities. Absolute results cannot be predicted ever. Humans have free will and if you can recognise the pattern and the freedom of choice that you have in it, you can change the course of events, always!

Vedic Jyotish is like the bottomless ocean, you can keep learning for a lifetime and even several lifetimes, it is very enjoyable. You have so many precise tools in your hands which you use to unravel the mystery of your own self!

 

 

Venus Mahadasha

I have written a very detailed post here on Vimshottari dasha analysis, generally on how evaluate the effects of planets during their planetary periods. This post is about the time periods controlled by Venus!venusIf your birth moon Nakshatra/Lunar mansion is Bharani, Poorva-falguni or Poorva-ashadha you will have your Venus mahadasha going on at your birth. The balance of the planet’s dasha period remaining at birth is calculated using the location (degree/minute/second) of Moon in the nakshatra. If you get this birth time wrong your starting point will be wrong thus your entire life-time’s calculation will go wrong.

Venus mahadasha is the longest, a full 20 years. If Venus is well placed this period can be extraordinary covering a lot of life’s major activities, education, marriage, children, health and profession. I have written about how to evaluate Ketu’s Mahadasha earlier, so  follow the same 3 steps for Venus’s analysis.

Step 1 is to know the aspects of life which Venus represents and the power he has to deliver his results.

  1. Venus in your birth chart (divisional chart 1/D-1).
    • Which house and in which sign is he placed? Which aspects of life is he controlling?
    • Is he in the sign of a friend/neutral/enemy planet.
    • Is Venus exalted/debilitated?
    • Which planets is he conjoint/aspected by? Thus which other aspects of the personality is he influencing directly and indirectly. Also which other aspects of your personality are linked to Venus thorough these other planets.
    • Has he matured? Is your client yet to reach the maturity age of Venus or is the maturity being held back by conjunction with later maturing planets?
  2. You can repeat this same analysis from the birth Moon sign to get the effects that this Venus Mahadasha is going to have on the emotional aspects. These aspects of life will be completely different from what is happening on the physical level.
  3. And this same analysis using the divisional chart 9, Navamsha chart will give a perspective on the sub-conscious expectations and also the sum total of Venus’s potential. (If you find this complicated, do it whenever you feel more confident.)

A simple example, in D-1 – Venus is the owner of 3rd house Libra and 10th house Taurus. Venus is placed in 4nd house Scorpio. Moon is in 9th house Aries. Thus Venus is placed in the uncomfortable 6/8th from Moon. Now in D-9 Venus shifts to the 2nd house in sign Pisces and is exalted. So during Venus’s periods, the physical environment will grant lots of interactions, validation, money, resources, good times, with family, property, mother, females in general, siblings, bosses, culture, traditions, society and profession. But emotionally it will not suffice, there will be a curious sense of grief, a discontent leading to changes in how relationships being felt emotionally. On the subconscious inner level however there will be a sense of achievement and the native may start some solid spiritual practice during this period.

Step 2  Smaller segments are called successively Antar-dasha, Pratyantar-dasha, Sookshma-dasha and Pran-dasha. The logic on how to analyse these even smaller units remains the same for each planetary owner of the sub/sub periods.

  1. Find out the power of the sub-period planetary lord and the aspects of life that he controls just like Step 1 for Venus above.
    • Which houses he rules over.
    • Especially if this sub-period lord is the owner of the 2nd or 7th house (Marakesh) its sub-period within the Ketu mahadasha can cause physical death. If Venus is itself the Markesh then he can cause death in his own sub/sub-sub periods.
  2. The mutual relationship between Ketu and the sub-period lord. If they are in the 6/8 or 2/12 uncomfortable aspects, that sub-lord’s sub-period will not be comfortable.

Step 3 is the routine planetary transits/gochar which will modify results during their transit periods. Using your software draw your birth chart on a paper and superimpose the current planetary positions on it. Use a different pen so that you can make sense of the composite chart you are drawing. Check out for the aspects and their strenghts.pexels-photo-1711498.jpegNow to analyse the sub-periods of Venus. These are very very general readings just to trigger your own thought processes. Readings/combinations from books are for reference, as a starting point for your own further analysis as every horoscope is unique.

  1. Venus antardasha – 12 months 0 days
    • If Venus is well placed in your horoscope, he will give luxuries, good clothes, good food, recognition, education, ceremonies and functions, buying property, marriage or multiple marriages, birth of children, religious activities, gains of every type and happiness.
    • If not able to give benefic results in his periods Venus will cause arguments with family members, problems with government, separation from spouse, arguments with women, losses in partnerships, physical pain and other tragedies depending on his karakatva and power to give results.
  2. Sun antardasha – 20 months 0 days
    • If Venus and Sun are mutually comfortable in the horoscope this period will naturally give good results depending on the karakatva of both, relations with father, government, boss, prospects of higher education, creative expressions, birth of children, fulfilling love affairs, luck etc will be good
    • Else you will face problems in all these aspects of life, physical vitality will also be low and there will be losses.
  3. Moon antardasha – 14 months 0 days
    • If Moon and Venus are able to give benefic results together then expect favourable relations and gains from your mother/maternal figures and females in general. Worshipping the Devi will be fruitful.
    • Otherwise this period can cause emotional distress from broken relationships, loss of  stability in partnerships and loss of material comforts money and other resources will diminish.
  4. Mars antardasha – 36 months 0 days
    • If Venus and Mars are mutually in good aspects to each other then it will be a perfect balance between personality and the environment. The concerns of the individual and the partner both will be addressed.
    • Else this period will be a conflict between the persistent needs of the partnership/contract/alliance and the dominating needs of the individual.
  5. Rahu antardasha – 32 months 0 days
    • If Rahu and Venus are comfortable mutually the ambitions indicated by Rahu will be gained. There will be social mobility, awards, recognition, fruitful travels, enjoyments etc but there will remain a chance of physical illnesses.
    • If they are in uncomfortable aspects to each other it will be a miserable period of thwarted ambitions, disgrace, travelling without successes, physical problems etc.
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  6. Jupiter antardasha – 38 months 0 days
    • If Venus and Jupiter are positioned to give benefic results together this period can be extraordinary. In addition to the normal happinesses in the material life, like marriage, children, education, gains, prosperities etc this combination is highly conducive to spiritual progress.
    • Else there will be an expansion of discord and losses on every levels.
  7. Saturn antardasha – 34 months 0 days
    • If Venus and Saturn are suitably positioned then this period can be quite beneficial, both are quite good friends. The person can experience extraordinary re-balancing of karma in a positive sense. Both balance and beauty and work and fairness will be there.
    • Else this period will burden you will unfulfilled work, tasks which just keep on increasing. There will be pressures and unfairness from the public and in profession. Losses in job and social stability almost always happens coupled with physical strain.
  8. Mercury antardasha – 14 months 0 days
    • If Venus and Mercury are both well placed and able to give benefit then gains which will be linked to communication, speech, and money. May write or speak or listen to auspicious things. Happy times spent with siblings, team-mates and the younger crowd.
    • Else if they are uncomfortable then losses will happen depending on the karakatva, but especially loss of property is likely, may even get homeless!
  9. Ketu antardasha – 40 months 0 days
    • This is the final sub-period of Venus Mahadasha. In this period you will release all that related to Venus and prepare yourself for the upcoming Sun mahadasha.
    • If Venus and Ketu can give mutually good results then this period will give unexpected gains, but an underlying sense of unease will remain.
    • If not then there will be dangers from snakes, cheats, problems to the head, losses, staying away from homeland, excessive expenses, quarrels etc in all relationships. Things will happen which will cause extreme distress but there will be no real reason for such painful events to happen.

The generic remedy for those suffering from problems during this period of Venus Mahadasha is reciting Shri Sukta or the beej mantra of Venus at least once a week on Fridays.

Analysing the horoscope for results expected during planetary dashas is quite easy. Everyone who wants to learn astrology should analyse their own horoscope first in complete details. But with clients doing this entire Mahadasha reading will always be a thankless job, as your clients to begin with won’t have the correct birth time, so you will have to first correct it. Then they will not have patience and will insist on immediate solutions. And finally if you tell them something as simple as reciting the beej mantra 108 times, not every day but at least once a week! they will not do it, and still expect the problems to resolve magically. And finally will go to another practitioner who will offer them totkes and ‘magical remedies’.

So do this analysis for yourself first and offer these in-depth readings to clients only if you feel that they deserve so much of your time and energy.

 

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Runes for divination, a gift from Odin.

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Runes are another interesting tool you can use to trigger your subconscious. Runes, cards, astrology etc all have 2 basic uses, you can use them to predict the future, i.e. divination and you can use them to access your inner energies for your own spiritual development. Astrology is a long term affair, requires studying and a lot of work interpreting the aspects and planetary strengths and stuff. Cartomancy and runes are more to the point. Cartomancy is more suited for day to day practical questions and Tarot has the ability to decipher the deep as well as the superficial questions but Tarot requires more study.

Now about Runes. I use the Elder Futhark rune set. The ancient Norsemen used bits of bones to draw these runes on but today you can get pretty crystals or wood engraved with the rune symbols online. (Odin is the King of the Norse gods, but I think he is another form of Daityaguru Shukracharya, he too has one eye and had hung up-side down from a tree in deep meditation to achieve Transcendence.) I like Runes.

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There are just these 24 rune symbols. It is so strange that the entire gamut of human life, society, relations and all can be expressed with a set of just 24 symbols. Some modern sets add a blank stone to the set making it 25, but I have never seen much use for the blank rune. All the questions are completely answered by the set of 24, it depends on how you use them.

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A list of quick divinatory meanings, the basic keywords on which you can expand as you learn and practice more.

  1. Fehu – Good Fortune
    • “Cattle”
    • Moveable property, power in action, livestock, liquid assets, luck, control over wealth, actions that create more wealth, wisdom to use power to increase assets.
    • “You have earned it, enjoy it now.”
  2. Uruz – Strength
    • “Male Bullock”
    • Vitality, determination, perseverance, rain, healing, personal success, wisdom as a resource.
    • “A period of unpredictable power and a test coming up.”
  3. Thurisaz – Security
    • “Thorn”
    • Protection, warning, barrier, power to defend, power to destroy, power to resist unwanted conflicts.
    • “Learn from the events in your past and present.”
  4. Ansuz – Blessing
    • “Breath”
    • Odin’s personal rune. Words, communication, expression, intellect, sound as power, words of power, spells and mantras.
    • “Help yourself before you help others.”
  5. Raido – Travel
    • “Movement”
    • direction, ritual, rhythm, justice, goals in harmony with the natural order.
    • “Focus and choose your direction of travel.”
  6. Kenaz – Clarity
    • “Torch”
    • Illumination, creation, understanding, learning, teaching, perception, health issues.
    • “There is a beacon of hope guiding you.”
  7. Gebo – Generosity
    • “Gift”
    • Exchange, relationships, uniting, connections, mutual honor, balance of energy and exchange, connection between 2 persons.
    • “Give and receive in fair exchange.”
  8. Wunjo – Gain
    • “Joy”
    • Perfection, shared goals, unified force, wishes, happiness, harmony from achieving goals, fellowship.
    • “You will gain through diligence.”
  9. Haglaz –  Destruction
    • “Hail”
    • general bad luck, enduring and overcoming temporary hardships, transformation caused by destruction, illness.
    • “Events not in your control, be careful.”
  10. Nauthiz – Limitation
    • “Need”
    • Distress, necessary actions, problems created by one’s own self, karma, unnecessarily in tension, limited options.
    • “Give a serious thought to your pending commitments.”
  11. Isa – Barrier
    • “Ice”
    • Contraction, stillness, suspension, introspection, restraint, slowed growth, stop and think.
    • “Coldness will create conflict, so act positively to melt the ice.”
  12. Jera – Success
    • “Harvest”
    • Cycles, seasons, time, completion, gains, growing crops, health.
    • “You will reap what you have sown, be patient.”
  13. Eihwaz – Death
    • “Yew tree”
    • Endings and beginnings, transformations, new opportunities, passages and routes, give something away so that new may come in.
    • “Old ways will pass, so that the new can rise.”
  14. Perthro – Revelation
    • “Dice cup”
    • Solutions, bit of luck, using what destiny has given you, independence.
    • “You are lucky, be happy.”
  15. Algiz – Shelter
    • “Elk”
    • Protection, defence, support, luck, sanctuary, resist temptations and move forward.
    • “You have all the protection you require.”
  16. Sowulo – Energy
    • “Sun”
    • Will, strength, victory, vitality, healing, directing power, clarity
    • “You have the magic, so use it.”
  17. Teiwaz – Bravery
    • “Creator”
    • Justice, responsibility, steadfastness, guided to success, victory, nobility.
    • “You are brave enough to face any adversity.”
  18. Berkana – Start
    • “Birch tree”
    • Trees, growth, mother, new beginnings, intuition, Earth Mother, feminine energy.
    • “You will receive what you need to start something new.”
  19. Ehwaz – Change
    • “Horse”,
    • spiritual journey, faith in God, help from elders and seniors.
    • “Be carefree and trust your destiny.”
  20. Mannaz – Inclusion
    • “Human qualities”
    • common sense, understand the human influence in every situation.
    • “Follow the middle path, take everyone along.”
  21. Laguz – Mystery
    • Intuition
    • “Water”
    • Flowing, emotions, psyche, revealing what is hidden.
    • “Have the courage to trust your sub-conscious.”
  22. Inguz – Prosperity
    • “Fertility”,
    • opportunity, resolving problems, masculine energy.
    • “Everything will reach its full potential”
  23. Othila – Inheritance
    • “Home”,
    • Ancestral land, family power and resources, kinships and friendships as treasure, fundamental spiritual values
    • “Use your resources wisely.”
  24. Dagaz – Yin-Yang
    • “Day”,
    • Satisfactory conclusion, final release, two sides of the same coin, balance between light and dark.
    • “Start your new projects but with due caution.”

You can make your own rune set. If you live near a park or a stream or a natural area, pick up 24 small rounded stones/pebbles which feel good in your hands. Wash them with sea salt water, clean them and draw these runes on them with a marker. You have your first rune set, and because you made it yourself it will respond to you beautifully. You can also buy the sets. If you buy a set, wash it first in salt-water, rinse them and tell them with all your intention that they are your tools and request their help. Sleep with them next to your pillow for one night and they are ready for use!

There are several ways of using them. The easiest way to start with is this. Take a small bag made of fabric. Put all the rune stones in it. Think of Odin/the universe/your favourite deity/anything that inspires your faith and request for guidance. Now think of your question and shake the bag in your both hands for a bit. When you feel like it, put your non-dominant hand in the bag and pull out 3 runestones. Lay them in the order you pulled them out. Now use the keywords above to interpret them. You will get better with practice. The best way to practice is to ask ‘How is my day doing to be?’, note the runes you pull out and tally them with how your day turns out. Keeping a journal is helpful.

These are all exercises; runes, cards, tarot, astrology etc. The real magic is your own sub-conscious. You are training your mind to look at patterns. Your sub-conscious knows everything, so by providing it these divinatory tools you are giving it an outlet. You are disciplining it, providing it an orderly means of communication. When you ask questions from your runes you are basically asking the question to your own self. With time and practice you will communicate with yourself better, thats when your readings will become intuitive and accurate.

 

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