Tie a black thread as a shield

There was a question and I felt that a small post on this would be useful. You can charge a black thread with intention and tie it on your body. It is a sort of an amulet. This is how you do it.

  • You will need about 1m black thread. Choose one which is neither too thick or too thin and can be knotted securely. 
  • Do this on an amavasya (ie a no moon day) or any Tuesday or Saturday is also acceptable. 
  • Do this after you get ready in the morning. Sit in front of your deity, light a deepak, incense etc, do your daily puja as per your schedule. Specifically pray to your deity for protection.
  • Then hold the thread in your hand, intend that your deity will now protect you with this thread.
  • Mentally recite the Durga Saptashloki from the Devi Mahatmya. There are 7 shloks in this.

॥ श्रीदुर्गासप्तश्लोकी ॥
ॐ अस्य श्रीदुर्गासप्तश्लोकीस्तोत्रमहामन्त्रस्य । नारायण ऋषिः । अनुष्टुपादीनि छन्दांसि ।
श्रीमहाकालीमहालक्ष्मीमहासरस्वत्यो देवताः । श्री जगदम्बाप्रीत्यर्थ पाठे विनियोगः ॥

ज्ञानिनामपि चेतांसि देवि भगवती हि सा ।
बलादाकृष्य मोहाय महामाया प्रयच्छति ॥१॥

दुर्गे स्मृता हरसि भीतिमशेषजन्तोः स्वस्थैः स्मृता मतिमतीव शुभां ददासि ।
दारिद्रयदुःखभयहारिणि का त्वदन्या सर्वोपकारकरणाय सदार्द्र चित्ता ॥२॥

सर्वमंगलमांगल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके ।
शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥३॥

शरणागतदीनार्तपरित्राणपरायणे ।
सर्वस्यार्तिहरे देवि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥४॥

सर्वस्वरूपे सर्वेशे सर्वशक्तिसमन्विते ।
भयेभ्यस्त्राहि नो देवि दुर्गे देवी नमोऽस्तु ते ॥५॥

रोगानशेषानपहंसि तुष्टा रुष्टा तु कामान् सकलानभीष्टान् ।
त्वामाश्रितानां न विपन्नराणां त्वामाश्रिता ह्याश्रयतां प्रयान्ति ॥६॥

सर्वाबाधाप्रशमनं त्रैलोक्यस्याखिलेश्वरि ।
एवमेव त्वया कार्यमस्मद्वैरि विनाशनम् ॥७॥

If you cannot recite it then you can also listen to it. But do try to learn it, just 7 lines, and is very useful.

  • With every shlok you recite, tie 1 knot randomly into your thread so as you finish reciting there will be 7 knots in total on the thread.
  • Blow on the thread and visualise the energy of the Durga Saptashloki mantra entering the thread.
  • Hold it in your cupped hand, focus on the Devi Chamunda for a bit.
  • Your thread is ready. Tie this thread on your (or your loved one’s) right ankle or wrist or around the neck.
  • Wrap it a few times on the wrist/ankle and fasten it using three knots.

I recommend the Durga Saptashloki because it carries the power of the entire Devi Mahatmya. It is also the easiest way to protect yourself. You invoke the Devi Chamunda in her fiercest aspect to protect you. In addition to wearing this thread, if you can recite the Saptashloki daily or at least on every Tuesday and Saturday, it will make your shield more powerful.

If you have faith on some other mantra to protect you, then you can use it. But be very clear on what mantra you are using. It should be in Sanskrit and from some standard reference book. However the procedure for charging and tying it remains the same. Recite the mantra in your mind and for every shlok tie a knot on your thread intending that its energy enters the thread and remains there as a knot.

This thread will need to be replaced in about 3 to 6 months depending on the intensity of the evil eye that might attack you. This is how to do it. First prepare a new thread as above and tie it on your wrist/ ankle/ neck. Then use scissors to cut off the old thread. Dispose the old thread in running water or under some green trees where generally no one will step on it. 

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Predictions over longer time periods part 2

The first part is here and this one is a continuation. I will highlight the relevant combination, you will have to come to your own conclusion about it.

Revising a few basic concepts, 

  • Conjunctions of several planets, ie popularly called stelliums are a serious energy imbalance. So 3 or more planets together at a time is not good.
  • Eclipses in critical points of the zodiac where several planets, ie more than 6 are involved, invariably create extreme turmoil.
  • Generally eclipses have at least 4 graha together/opposite, ie Rahu Ketu Sun Moon. 
  • Solar eclipses cause changes over longer time than lunar eclipses. Solar eclipse – effects last for as many hours as many years. Lunar eclipse – effects for as many hours as many weeks.
  • There is a fundamental difference in eclipses caused by Rahu and Ketu. In eclipses by Rahu, the events are triggered by the action of humans. And in Ketu’s eclipses, the events are triggered by nature or forces beyond human comprehension. 

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I had covered the basic trends till 2027 or so in my earlier post. Continuing in very brief,

We generally miss the exalted Jupiter in Cancer opportunity as he changes his signs often, goes back and forth staying for only 3-4 months in Cancer at a stretch. If a planet changes his sign in retrograde motion, he revises things so much that is unable to give deep or long lasting results. But depending on the individual charts some of us will definitely use of these brief windows of opportunity. 

Saturn will go debilitated in Aries in Feb 2028 – Mar 2030, this will hurt the world economy, the damage will become evident from the later half of 2027.  (Remember the 1998 financial crisis?) Saturn protects the profession, society, social structure, markets and the overall economy. So gains will be affected, common interest groups will give in to extreme selfishness and common goals of humanity will be affected. The 1st house is his Maran karak sthan, and Aries is the natural first house.

During this period Jupiter will traverse progressively through, Leo, Virgo and Libra, going forwards, retrograde etc doing, revising, redoing things. Jupiter in Leo and also in Libra has the potential to give reasonably good results, but Saturn, ie karmic enforcer, is not capable of auspicious results, so Jupiter is unable to offer much support in this time. But again depending on individual charts some of us will benefit from this Jupiter.

Then we come to the most dramatic event. After a really long time, Apr 2030 will see Jupiter Rahu in Scorpio and Saturn Ketu in Taurus. This combination will continue till Jun 2031. 

  • Jupiter Rahu, Guru Chandal yog, presents a superficially rosy picture which turns into betrayal.
  • Saturn Ketu is a weird mix of limitless expansion v/s restriction, nebulous instinct vs solid grounded reality etc. Their natures are strongly opposite but both have this common point, they give malefic results, kroor graha. So Ketu will limitlessly magnify Saturn’s Karmic agenda. Saturn works on the objective level and Ketu on the subjective. Ketu is something similar to a subjective Mars energy, so you can use this post to get more idea on their behaviour together. 

In this time frame, 7 eclipses will occur. The most intense one will be the total solar eclipse on 25th Nov 2030 involving 8 planets. Sun Mercury Moon Venus Jupiter Saturn Rahu Ketu in the Taurus Scorpio axis. Nakshatra involved are Rohini and Anuradha/Jeyshtha. It will be for 5 hours and totality will last for 3hrs.

  • Rahu Sun Moon Mercury Venus Jupiter in Scorpio
  • Ketu Saturn in Taurus.

A dangerous time will be triggered as it will influence the world strongly for the next 3yrs, gradually fading in 5yrs. (Scorpio is the 12th counted from Sagittarius, the natural house of foundations). I anticipate a complete change in the world order as we see it now. This will be a primarily destructive energy, caused by the actions of humans. Recovery from this event will be slow, protracted and heavily dependant on the transits which will occur after this eclipse event. (eg Jupiter in Sagittarius will help in restoring Dharmic foundations. Saturn in Gemini will help local trade where real tangible skills and genuine work is involved etc.)

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Some points around the eclipse event for you to base your analysis on.

  • Taurus with Saturn Ketu means a severe restriction on and dissociation from wealth, food, family, good times, stored resources etc. (Use the keywords of Rohini nakshatra to get a clearer picture.)
  • Scorpio is the main stage, its group of attributes influencing so many planets. Six planet energies sucked into the never ending bottomless desire that Rahu in Scorpio signifies. The turbulent catastrophic environment of Vrushick will force a change in identity for several in several ways. Scorpio is the home of dangers, catastrophes, mysterious deaths and unexpected events.
  • Rahu is doing the eclipse in Scorpio. So he is going to use the energies of Scorpio, Sun, Mercury Moon, Venus, Saturn to drive his desires, overreach and fail in so many ways spectacularly. All that these planets and sign signify will not be available to us in a positive sense for the time the eclipse energy remains active. (Add the keywords of Anuradha and Jeyshtha to get more information.)

So this much is all that I will write on this topic. Students of Jyotish should try to work out things for themselves using the transits of the period immediately before and after this critical eclipse. For destinies of the individual nations, most have a ‘birth date/time’ associated with some historical fact. Try to see how this eclipse plays out for your chosen nation. For individual charts, determine the longevity first, as this eclipse is a good 10yrs away. Jyotish is an enabling tool, so it must be used in this sense. Again, all this is quite a few years in the future. So rather than overthinking about it, do the best you can in this present time. The present moment is all that you have. Use it.

This reminds of me of a beautiful song from the movie ‘Waqt’. One line especially elevates the emotion expressed. ‘Kal kisne dekha hai, kal kisne jana hai, Is pal se paega, jo tujhko pana hai’. ie ‘Who has seen the future? Who has understood the past? You achieve what you want, only in the present moment.’

(I was reluctant to write this, but there were several questions.)

Sleeping under the night skies

The current human population is disconnected from the skies and the celestial bodies in it. We are indoors all the time, inside the office during the day and within the house at night. In fact thanks to the PU soles of our shoes we have lost all connection with the Earth too. The ancient cultures would honor the Sky Father and the Earth Mother and there was a perfectly deep reason for it. The Skies guide us and the Earth supports us, even today, but now we are unaware of their presence in our lives. 

Till very recently, we would regularly walk about under the Sun, his energy would directly enter our body, mind and individual souls. Now, with our heads buried in our screens, we rarely look up at the skies and the direct sun rays do not fall on our bodies. Technically the best time to be under the Sun is at sunrise or sunset. But we simply do not look up to him anymore.

At night the situation is even worse with the intense dust and light pollution. We have completely forgotten that the Moon, the Stars and the inky black night skies even exist above us. Children living in the cities are the most unfortunate ones in this respect. They do not know how beautiful the night sky is. And this disconnect is messing up everything on so many levels.

Earlier, during our grandparents generation, sleeping outside, ie on the terrace of the house was a regular feature. People would sleep outside on those typical cots with the coir netting. I remember when I was a child, whenever we visited my native village or my Guru’s Math, sleeping under the night sky was so exciting, magical. My Dad would teach me the Nakshatra visible above. Even today, I try to maximise my time under the night skies (as the weather permits) and point out the graha and Nakshatra to my son.

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As per Sanatan Dharma, we are required to sleep outside for one night under the full Moon of the Ashvin month (Kojagiri/ Sharad Purnima). The Moon is nearest to the Earth on this day and his power is very strong and auspicious. We fast during the day and at night we offer the Moon a sweet milk based Naivedya and drink it as a prasadam (desi cow milk with saffron, sugar etc boiled for hours under the Moonlight, it is called Basundi). 

Sleeping under the night skies is one of the best remedies for balancing the Moon and easing the Mind related issues. And it is not possible anymore for most of us. Thus the increase in mental issues, depression, anxiety etc. This emotional imbalance is a direct effect of this unprecedented change in our lifestyle. We have deprived ourselves of the soothing and supportive rays of the Moon and Nakshatra.

So here is what you can do. Try to be under the light of the full Moon, Purnima for a few hours, once a month. If you can sleep outside under the skies for the entire night, it would be the best thing. Also try to be under the night skies when the current Moon transits your birth Moon Nakshatra, ie once a month. Then during the Ashwin Purnima, try to be under the Moon for as long as you can, this will be once a year. Even if you can do this much it will be a very big support for your mind. As you lie under the night skies, try to locate the 27 nakshatra and the other important stars in the skies, it is a fascinating exercise. 

There is one important Star, Tara, whom we have completely forgotten in the recent times. It is visible only in the northern hemisphere, ie the Pole star, Dhruv tara. At present I am getting several questions on Reiki. An interesting Reiki factoid is that Mikao Usui’s family emblem is the emblem of the deity Bodhisatva Myoken, the Dhruv tara personified. This symbol combines the Sun, Moon and a Star or more correctly the Bindu, in a very beautiful manner.

Dhruv tara is the embodiment of the highest realm of consciousness. So as you drift off to sleep under the night skies do focus on the North star for a few minutes. Doing Tratak on the stars is a very useful exercise, and the Dhruv tara is perfect for the purpose. 

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(My readers want me to write simple posts).

Pure soil and its use in pujas

The purest soil that you can get is the soil from the termitaria. Termites are very common in the forests of Sal, Shorea robusta or in  other tropical and temperate forests. In healthy forests, they build a huge number of termitaria, one at almost every 10 sq.m. I live about 1hr away from such forests so I always have a supply of its pure soil in my puja room. If you come across such termitaria, keep a small block of this soil in your house. When harvesting the soil, choose a block which seems to be abandoned by the termites and sincerely thank the termites for this gift. This soil is a living energy, auspicious, pure and is used for several pujas. It has the highest capacity to absorb mantra etc recited over it and has the highest ability to reflect their power back to you. It is a solid stable energy and the results of this puja will give similarly solid results which will act as a foundation for several auspicious things in life.

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The most common use of this soil is in making a Parthiv Shivlingam for pujas. As the lingam is created using soil, Pruthvi, it is called Parthiv. Shiv pujas performed on such a lingam made of generate very high levels of power. Try to perform such a puja on every monthly Shivratri or at least the Mahashivratri night or on the Mondays of Shravan month. The best time to perform such pujas is the 4th prahar of the night.

This soil is also to create a moorti of the Naag on Naag Panchami day for pujas. Also use this soil to create a moorti of Hartalika Devi for her pujas on Bhadrapad Shukla Trutiya. Or to create a moorti of the Devi for the Mangala Gauri pujas on the Tuesdays of Shravan month. This soil is the ideal material to create Ganapati moortis for Bhadrapad Shukla Chaturthi. During Diwali, some people do pujas of Devi Laxmi moorti created out of soil.

In case you do any of these pujas do use the termitoria soil to make the moortis, you will feel the difference immediately. Use turmeric, vermillion, saffron and bhasma to add color to the moorti. Unfortunately we have switched to Plaster of Paris for making such moortis eg Ganapati Puja moortis are all made with this non-living chemical material. It has no power to absorb the mantra pujas being done on it and no ability to reflect it back to the devotees. Avoid using this material in your moortis for pujas. They are very beautiful are of little use in the energy sense.

After doing pujas this moorti or the lingam made of termitaria soil is put in flowing water, ie its actual Visarjan, is done. This ensures that the residual energy of the mantra is released into the water. Water is the repository, ie the collective memory of everything that gets deposited into it. So when such a Parthiv moorti is deposited into water, its auspiciousness, the power of the mantra recited on it and the pure intentions of the devotees all merge into the waters of that area, increasing the overall auspiciousness of that water and eventually the land. We eat food produced from this land and drink water from these water bodies. Returning the energy back to the soil and water in gratitude is inbuilt in our way of life.

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And since we are on the subject of insects and the purity of their homes, one Guru once told me why we put out sugar for black ants. It is not only as a gesture of gratitude but wherever there are black ants, Sakshat Dharma is present in that place. Black ants are the embodiment of Dharma. You can test this. If you live in an area where people live according to Dharma you will find these small sized black ant-hills scattered around the place. And in localities where people have adopted Adharma as their way of life, there will be no black ant hills. So here is one more practice which you can adopt if you feel like it, putting out some sugar for black ants once in a while.

In fact the Naag panchami puja is supposed to be done on site, ie at such a black ant hill or the termitaria. You are supposed to go to the wild / forest areas to perform these mantra for the Naag. 

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There are no superstitions in Sanatan Dharma, just a heightened awareness of energy dynamics and the intentions powering us all. This is why this is called the Eternal Foundation and everyone must try to stick to it as much as possible.

Total solar eclipse 4 Dec 2021

A total or annular solar eclipse is coming up on 4th Dec 2021. This map shows the areas affected.

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  • The white colored land areas and light blue colored sea areas will not witness the eclipse.
  • The light grey to dark blue colored seas will see a partial eclipse. The orange tips of Africa, New Zealand and Australia will see a partial eclipse, ie the solar disc will be shadowed to some extent. Progressively darker shades will mean more of the disc being obscured. Entire Antarctica will see the eclipse. Totality will be visible in the South Seas and a sizeable chunk of Antarctica.

People, if any, in these areas will have to take precautions regarding the eclipse. But this time the eclipse will influence limited human inhabitations. However it affecting Antarctica, ie the South pole and oceans around it will cause disturbances in the ocean, wind and weather patterns which originate from this area. Totality is lasting for just over 1hr, so its effect on the global levels will last for about 1-2yrs and gradually fade over 3-4yrs . 

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(This data from timeanddate.com)

The astrological configuration.

  • Sun Moon and Mercury in Jeyshtha nakshatra in Scorpio. 
  • Ketu in Anuradha nakshatra, Scorpio.
  • Mars in Vishakha nakshatra, at 29deg 20min at the end of Libra. He is within 15deg of Ketu so is involved in the eclipse energy.
  • Rahu in Krutika nakshatra, in Taurus.
  • Venus in Uttarashadha, Sagittarius. Jupiter in Dhanishtha, Aquarius. Saturn in Shravan, Capricorn. These three are not involved in the eclipse.

Planets involved – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Rahu, Ketu. Ketu is doing the eclipse this time.

Nakshtra involved are Jeyshtha, Anuradha, Vishakha and Krutika. 

Analysis of the eclipse in brief. 

This eclipse follows the long lunar eclipse of 19th Nov 2021 so it will influence, exaggerate the effects triggered by this eclipse energy. Very few humans and nations are directly involved now but the effect on South Pole means that there will be critical impact on the earth as a whole. Environment, weather etc are going to be more affected.

Krutika Nakshatra lies partially in Aries 1/4th and in Taurus 3/4th. The Nakshatra devata is Agni. Rahu in Krutika is a sensitive position and he will try to create violent and destructive situations. Misuse of creativity and increase in ego. An increased desire to solve issues by fighting. A need to provoke, defend and offend. Misguided behaviour with reduced regard for diplomacy, social harmony, rest, etc. Body parts connected to Krutika are face and neck, so ailments connected to these areas can be triggered.

Vishakha nakshatra lies partially in Libra 3/4th and in Scorpio 1/4th. It is linked to Jupiter and ruled by Indra Agni. Mars is in Vishakha during the eclipse. Political and military posturing will increase and there is a possibility of outright war. Aggressive and misguided decisions will be taken by self centric and ambitious political leaders. Violence, impulsiveness and ruin is expected in some areas of life. Body parts are kidneys, adrenals and the lower abdomen, diseases related to these areas are possible. 

One day after the eclipse, Mars will be joining Ketu, Sun, Moon, Mercury in Scorpio, which is a potentially dangerous situation. Some things will be trigged in everyone’s lives which may have a long term and destructive impact.

Anuradha nakshatra lies completely within the Scorpio sign. During the eclipse Ketu will be in Anuradha. Illusions are Rahu which mesmerise everyone and Ketu is the reality which is ignored. What is really happening at the Rahu’s end has to seen from Ketu’s position in Anuradha. It is ruled by Mitra and linked to Saturn. Saturnine energies magnified by the limitless Ketu is past Karma due in a big way. This can create confrontations, threatening situations, loss of livelihood, sudden deaths, communal violence, fanaticism, a sense of rebellion, everyone wanting to break free from whatever is binding them. Several will leave their physical bindings too. Body parts linked to Anuradha are reproductive organs, hips, lower abdomen. Drain on stored ‘reserves’, ie health, spiritual or financial etc. Actions may be required for self-preservation. ‘Sensitivity’ will increase, mental issues are possible. He is in a Pushkar navamsha, so as long as the energies of the eclipse remain active, he will deny support. Especially intense effects are possible from mid-Dec 2021 to mid-Feb 2022, positive or negative will be determined by the individual charts.

Jeyshtha nakshatra is ruled by Indra and linked to the planet Mercury. This is the main background energy filter as Sun and Moon are present here. It is a no Moon, Amavasya day. This eclipse indicates a loss of protection in several ways, including by taking unacceptable risks. Failure in governance due to inability to exercise or misuse of authority. Carefully built images of prominent people will crack. Astral and unseen forces will try to overpower and the general public may see adverse times. The weaker sections of the society will suffer more. Secret health issues can erupt unexpectedly. Negative emotions like loneliness, jealousy, pettiness, vengeance, age, tiredness will take its toll. Finances will remain affected. The energy of this eclipse can be used for occult activities, deep spiritual practices, exercising one’s authority especially the planning part etc.

On the global levels, there will be aggression, political turmoil, military activity and unrest. Health will be affected. Travel and other restrictions on life will increase. Weather will be unpredictable. Rain, hail and snow will be unpredictable and unprecedented. Winds, flow of air, will be affected, it will be cold. Winter crops may be spoilt. The world and the earth itself will suffer in subtle ways as a tendency for self-destruction is triggered.

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Brief predictions for your birth Moon sign or the ascendant sign. Readings from the birth Moon give the emotional context. Reading from the ascendant sign gives the physical context. This eclipse will affect Taurus and Scorpio the most. Whatever these signs mean for you in your chart, expect karmic events to occur which will affect you for the next 1yr or so. The immediate effects last for about 2 weeks before and after the eclipse. 

  • For Aries, Taurus in the 2nd house, a negative effect on the finances and health of family members. Scorpio is the 8th sign, so take adequate precautions, avoid risky behaviour. Sudden health issues can erupt. 
  • For both Taurus and Scorpio, all the effects described above will be seen. For Scorpios, Saturn being favourable has helped.
  • Gemini needs to take due care. Service requirements, profession, etc will be difficult, rest will be denied, tiredness and loneliness will predominate. 
  • Cancer and Leo both feel the effects of all eclipse acutely as their owners Moon and Sun are directly involved in it. For Cancer, expected gains will be stuck for some time. Your children can be a source of concern. Avoid speculation and investing in risky ventures. And for Leo, if your birth chart is good then you can use this energy in your profession. Avoid selfishness and ego in your professional ventures and they can be successful now, Saturn is helping you.
  • Virgo can use this energy fruitfully if the birth chart is strong. Doing some pujas of your family deities before taking up anything new in this time will help
  • For Libra, Mars in the last degree can cause unexpected problems but will also help resolve them. Avoid risks and pay attention to your budget, health and rest. 
  • Sagittarius’s sleep and rest will be affected, disturbing dreams or astral events are possible. Keep a track of your dreams and in case there is anything take corrective action.
  • Capricorns can use this energy to gain if their birth chart is strong. Similarly Aquarius can also keep themselves on a generally average track. As usual Pisces will have the best time of the lot as Saturn is currently favourable for them. (Right now the strongest graha in the skies is Saturn, so if your Saturn is auspicious either in the birth chart or in transit, you will be in a better position to tide through.)

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This coming time has the following additional influences operating adding to to the eclipse effects.

  • Venus going retrograde from 19th Dec – 29th Jan
  • Mercury going combust 3rd Dec – 7th Jan
  • Kaal sarpa operating in its full and partial modes.

(I have written several posts on analysing eclipses and on the past eclipses. Do use the index)

Analysing trends over longer time periods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Exercises for controlling the mind

There was a request for more practical type posts. This despite having written about so many small things that you can do to increase your ability to concentrate, ie to increase your power of making your mind still at one point. So here is one more exercise. But you must do one of these exercises sincerely and regularly, just reading about them is of no use.

I have written about Tratak, ie staring at one single point. The following can be used as your focus,

  • The center of the Shri chakra, 
  • The rising or setting Sun, ie when it is a red colored dot at the horizon
  • The full Moon.
  • The flame of a Deepak, ie Agni.

These are the best options, they are pure energies directly from nature ie Prakruti herself. But apparently if you find these original geometries and focus points boring, let’s stare at something more interesting, your own face.

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This is how you go about it.

  • You will need a good quality clean mirror. If you have the water of the river Ganga, sprinkle a few drops on this before starting, with the intention that she cleanses it of all negativity, enhances positivity. Or pray to your source of faith to clean it of all negativity, to create positivity in it and sprinkle regular water on it.
  • A reasonably lit, neat and clean room. Sprinkle Ganga water all around to clean the room of negative vibrations and entities. Or you can clean out your space using your preferred method, eg blowing a conch, ringing bells, burning incense etc. 
  • Sit on your Asan. The position should be in an Yog Asan, ie yogic posture, choose any in which you can sit for about 5mins comfortably. Your back, neck and head should be aligned, no slouching. Breathe deeply, relax. Recite Om 3 times, drag out the ‘mmmmm’ part. Call on your favourite deity, ie source of faith etc to help you in your endeavour. 
  • Keep your mirror in front of your face at eye level about 3-4 feet away, so that you can clearly see your own face. Take a few deep breaths, relax yourself. 
  • First look at your face reflected in the mirror for a minute. Take in your eyes, eyebrows, forehead, nose, chin, cheeks, lips, neck etc. 
  • Then focus on your own third eye position, ie the point between your eyebrows in the mirror. Do this for only one minute initially. 
  • After you finish, close your eyes, remain sitting for a few minutes. In case you see any visions etc, observe them dispassionately. Get up.
  • This is all there is to the exercise itself. It is quite simple to perform.

This mirror needs to be stored carefully. It should be wrapped in a red paper or a red cloth. Do not let others view it or see their face in it. (If you are already using a mirror for scrying then get a different one for Tratak, do not mix the two)

Your Asan too is your personal object of power. Do not let others touch it or sit on it.

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The T&C.

Breathing – Breathe in an even rhythm, slow deep breaths, abdominal breaking. If you feel the breath is agitated, it means that the mind is agitated and you must slow down or stop your exercise .

Mantra – Do not recite any mantra. There should be no thought, you cannot think of anything, even of a mantra. Your mind should be trained to focus only at your chosen focus point in the mirror. For a few days you will not be able to concentrate on your own reflection, the mind will wander. But as you progress, it will get will get easier. Even later, your reflected face will vanish from the mirror, as your subconscious mind starts getting active, you might see visions before you. Be careful when this starts happening as this is often past karma is dredged out from the depths of the subconscious. After this the thought-less stage which comes while during Dhyan will happen.

Time – You will be doing this alone with no teacher with you, so do it for max 5mins or less if you feel scared. Do not exceed your personal time limit. If you do so, the subconscious mind can get activated to such an extent that it can cause problems. It can put up so many things before your conscious mind that it can crack.

There is a reason why the subconscious mind is not allowed to act freely, it has all the stored information from your past, present, future, parallel lives and it can be dangerous for people who are not ready to experience all this at once. As with any practice involving the mind it is best to slow and steady. And stop at the first sign of internal restlessness or fear. If you are not feeling comfortable, it is your mind telling you that it is not up to it, listen to it. 

Siddhi – Tratak is a first step for those who wish to achieve Siddhis like Vashikaran etc. I never advocate pursuing Siddhis as they are of no use. You invest significant time to achieve them and they last only for this current life time. Also there is a high possibility of getting caught in self-ego and creating negative karma by unethical use of Siddhi on others. Do not use the powers of the subconscious mind to damage others. Negative karma created in such a way is very intense and will eventually damage you, ie hat you have done to others will be done to you to achieve karmic balance.

Hypnotic power – People who do Tratak regularly, can hypnotise others by just looking into their eyes for a few mins. So teach yourself to look at other people’s nose or mouth as you interact with them, do not stare into their eyes for too long. If you do, they will get uncomfortable, be receptive to suggestions that you make and later get hypnotised. Also you will pick up random information from their subconscious mind. In case you accidentally hypnotise others, sprinkle some water on them to get them back to normal. In my personal opinion, hypnotising others is a crime. I never do it.

Programming objects – You can ‘programme’ objects, ie infuse a desired thought pattern into an object. Use this ability only for positive actions, do not create negative karma for yourself.

  • Take a object, eg a pen, and stare at it for 5 mins. Then intend that whoever looks at this object will be under your control and blow on it. Now onwards whoever looks at this pen can be easily influenced by you. You can use this cheat code for getting through interviews etc. Or you can use this to suggest that your clients take up some spiritual practice or behave in a better way or give up addictions. This pen will retain this energy for about a month or so.
  • Later you can ‘implant’ ideas in others heads by just staring at them and mentally telling them what to you want them to do.
  • If you stare at food that others are eating it can cause them ill-health or make them better just by your thoughts. So avoid randomly staring at things /people and keep a strict control on your thoughts.
  • A positive way of using this is to programme your food and water. Stare at it for a few mins before eating it and intend that it helps you be healthy.
  • Take a object, eg a brooch. Stare at it and think of your source of faith, eg Shri Ram. Visualise him as clearly as you can and intend that his energy now resides in this brooch. Wear it on your dress and it will work as an amulet help you and protect you. Its energy will wear out in a month or so.

This trick of mildly hypnotising others for subconsciously influencing them is very common. But I have observed that the effects of such exposure stop after having a bath or even after sprinkling water on the victim. Even programmed objects lose their programming after you sprinkle water on them.

In my personal experience this simple seeming exercise can get very intense. The subconscious mind gets active very fast as the conscious mind is sort of ‘self-hypnotised’, tranquillised. It will show you scenes from your past lives, unfinished karma etc which is a generally problematic thing. Then you will be required to resolve it, ie repay back the energy to the person who is to receive or come to terms with it. In case you do all this, this exercise can give results equivalent to Chhaya sadhana.So if you do this form of Tratak, be prepared for what can happen. Ultimately you are responsible for yourself.

Energy flows out through the eyes and you are enhancing this inherent power of yours by this targeted Tratak, it is a full fledged sadhana in itself. If you do it sincerely then you can help yourself and others around you.

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Jupiter reenters Aquarius Nov 2021 Apr 2022 predictions

Jupiter has reentered Aquarius and most importantly come out of his debilitation in Capricorn. I wrote a detailed nakshatra/ rashi level post on Jupiter’s transit 2021-22. I written some additional observations here about the planetary positions till Apr 2022. 

Jupiter had already entered Aquarius earlier this year, but was retrograde, entered Capricorn and forward, again reentered Aquarius today. Now he will be moving very fast, covering the 30deg of Aquarius and the Nakshatra of Dhanishtha Shatataraka and Purvabhadrapada in about 5 months. So his results during this transit will not be very deep nor long lasting. Added to this is the fact that soon Saturn himself will be occupying Aquarius. So if you act under misguided hope, philosophical attitude etc and forget about the practical work related aspects, whatever you may achieve during this brief transit of Jupiter in Aquarius will be wiped out by Saturn’s upcoming transit on 29th Apr 2022. 

Next year, Mar – Apr 2022, is going to be a very typical time as Rahu, Ketu, Jupiter and Saturn will all change their signs within 45 days of each other. The four slow moving graha changing their signs back to back in a short time span is not a good thing. All the aspects of life which they control in your chart will see sudden changes. If the birth chart, ascendant sign/lord and birth Moon are powerful then you will be able to adjust to this rapid change but if not then there will be stress.

Right now, till Apr 2022, consider this time as a breathing space. Saturn in Capricorn is strong, Jupiter is average in Aquarius and Rahu in Taurus, Ketu in Scorpio can still be made to give something favourable. Try to make something of this. 

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However this time has its own challenges,

  • The Kaal Sarpa will be active intermittently from Dec 2021 – Apr 2022. Total Kaal sarpa alternating with the partial Kaal sarpa as the Moon breaks out from the Rahu Ketu hemming every 15days. (This similar situation existed at the start of 2021.) As the planets get hemmed in between the Rahu and Ketu axis, whatever Rahu has planned for you in your life, pleasant or unpleasant, will get a boost of energy. And whatever lessons Ketu has decided for you, will be absorbed very strongly.
  • Mars and Ketu combination in Scorpio, 6th Dec 2021 to 16th Jan 2022, is an explosive mix. This period can give unpredictable and intense events. Especially those Aries and Scorpio birth Moon or ascendants should take due care. For the rest, whatever Scorpio signifies in your chart, will see severe events in that part of the life. Eg if Scorpio is your 4th house then the home, mother, landed property, sense of security etc can show traumatic changes. Nations should be prepared for unexpected changes.
  • Saturn will be conjunct Mercury and Sun, Jan – Feb 2022 preventing them from giving their full results. Makar Sankranti results which are generally considered to be auspicious will be affected.
  • 28th Feb 1st Mar will see a 5 planet combination in Capricorn, Sun, Moon, Saturn, Mars and Venus which could trigger undesirable events. The COVID 19 crisis was triggered by the stellium linked to a solar eclipse on26th Dec 2019. This resulting instability will have its effect on the world for at least 5.5yrs. During this time, any stelliums of 4 plus planets together have the ability to create additional imbalances in an already unstable system. 
  • Saturn will be conjunct Venus and Mars, Mar – Apr. Saturn with Mars is a problematic combination where energy is simultaneously released and constricted. And Saturn and Venus have known to give weird results, as you are simultaneously attracted and repelled by the same thing.
  • Sun will be combusting several planets during this period. The planets are have moved into one half the zodiac, so he is going to combust Venus, Saturn, Mercury, Jupiter back to back till Apr 2022.

But still, there is a potential for positivity, and this must be consciously utilised as Jupiter, entering Poorvabhadrapada in Mar 2022, ie a Nakshatra linked to him, can give some individual specific gains.  Overall, he still does not have the necessary power to lift the global economy, this will remain in doldrums. There might be some small improvements, but if the people/ nations fail to consolidate them till Apr 2022, these too may not last. Those who manage to plan and act will see continued improvement during the Saturn in Aquarius phase too. At present Saturn is dominating everything from his position in Capricorn so budgeting and sensible use of resources remains necessary. 

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A brief prediction as per the birth Moon signs, from today till April 2022. Remember that Jupiter always gives better results for the signs/houses he aspects ie 5th 9th 7th from him. So whatever the signs, Gemini, Leo and Libra mean to you in your chart, he will grant you a good chance of positivity here.

Aries – overall situation especially profession will improve from what it was earlier. But physical health may go down, especially when Mars is conjunct Ketu in Scorpio. Not a time to take risks, keep a regular profile and be consistent. You will see better results for the duration when Mars transits Sagittarius, Saturn Capricorn and Jupiter Aquarius, use this time well and try to create some long term assets.

Taurus – professional life will see some positive changes, if the birth chart is favourable then you can take carefully calculated risks. Overall restlessness and loneliness in personal life as you remain focussed on your career. Health can be a concern, so pay attention to yourself. Do some thing to fortify your 9th house, pujas pilgrimages etc to trigger your luck.

Gemini – Jupiter becomes favourable so some positivity in life but Saturn still overshadows everything. Physical health and money can cause concern. Try to do some Kuldevata or Guru pujas to get more benefits from Jupiter, this will stabilise your personal and professional life.

Cancer – neither Jupiter nor Saturn are of much use, take adequate care. Several fronts in life, from personal to professional will be unsatisfactory. Expenses and stresses will be high. Do not get into arguments as you might end up offending important people in your life. In case you suffer from some medical condition, do not neglect your health in this time.

Leo – Saturn and Jupiter both are going to give positive results almost on all fronts.  Opportunities, new people, new ideas, new philosophies, new discussions etc will open for you. But you have to convert them into practical work, tangible stuff, else Saturn in Aquarius will dissolve them all in Apr. Budgeting is required. Leos will see the most dramatic changes post 21st Nov and post Apr 2022, so keep yourself grounded. 

Virgo – Personal health can be an issue. You might find yourself blocked in critical areas of your life, progress in profession/business will be slow. Arguments within the family will increase, overall stress will increase. Budgeting is required. Try to be consistent and avoid unnecessary risks.

Libra – Home life continues to be a burden, you feel tired all the time. Opportunities will come your way, profession will give some satisfaction, but make sure everything is right before taking decisions. You might feel overly optimistic about things so be practical about taking decisions. This time can be used to create a good foundation for the future.

Scorpio – this time is going to be better than what you were facing till now, there will be some positivity in profession and finances. Health issues are possible when Mars and Ketu are conjunct in Scorpio. But unexpected legal issues and overwork is a possibility.

SagittariusSade sati’s last phase can cause issues as Saturn shows you the real face of people and situations. Jupiter in 3rd is not very useful but his aspects over your 7th, 9th, 11th houses can give positive results. Pay attention to your diet, savings and avoid giving unnecessary advice to others. 

Capricorn – Middle period of the Sade sati but Jupiter can grant some benefit now, especially on the money front, but budgeting will be required. Overwork and loneliness can cause emotional and physical issues. Still you can take calculated risks if you feel convinced.

Aquarius – starting phase of Sade sati with its troubles. Health and emotions both can be an issue. Try to make use of Jupiter, read some philosophical works or take up some spiritual practice. Try to combine ideas with actual work.

Pisces – Saturn remains favourable. Jupiter goes a bit negative, still overall it is a good time. Pay attention to your health, savings and avoid unnecessary risks.

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If Jupiter is your ascendant lord or a functional benefic or a functional malefic for your chart or is conjunct significant planets in your birth chart then his transit will be more significant for you.

Check out the Ashtakvarga points that Jupiter has in the Aquarius sign in your ashtakvarga table. Points below 4 indicate unfavourable results and above 4 he can give pleasing results.

Similarly you can use the Janma Navtara chakra and Jupiter’s nakshatra level transits to get more precise idea for results for periods of about 2 months, as he will stay in one Nakshatra for about 2 months.

If you are in a Vimshottari Dasha ruled by Jupiter, ie if you are in Jupiter Mahadasha or Jupiter’s Antardasha in any other planet’s Mahadasha then the effects will be stronger.

Remedies are Dana and Mantra, for reducing the negative effects and boosting the favourable effects of Jupiter’s transit. Doing pujas of your Kuladevata ie family gods is one of the best ways to increase the auspiciousness of Jupiter in your life.

Saturn transiting through Navamshas or Nakshatra pads

Jyotish has several techniques which help give accurate predictions. A astrology technique post today. (Navamsha posts are based on CS Patel’s work.)

One navamsha arc of 3deg 20min, exactly corresponds to one quarter of the nakshatra. 108 navamsha (9×12) and 108 nakshatra quarters (27×4). The navamsha arc is the same as the nakshatra pads (lunar mansion quarters).

If you analyse the transits at this level especially for the slow moving planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu, you can get some really precise predictions.

Saturn fascinates my readers the most, so I will take Saturn’s transit as an example.

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First to understand this “table of navamsha signs”.

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  • The first column has the arc ‘degrees of signs’ of the 9 navamsha in a sign. Each navamsha covers a 3deg 20min arc of the zodiac so there are 9 navamsha arcs in a 30 deg sign.
  • The top row has the 12 signs, from Aries to Pisces, ie the Mesha to Meena rashi.
    • In the column of Aries/Mesha, you see the 1-9 navamsha of Aries. They are ruled by the signs from Aries to Sagittarius, these are given as numbers from 1-9. ie the first navamsha arc is owned by Aries itself/1. The second arc by Taurus/2 and so forth.
    • In the column Taurus/Vrishabha, the its 9 navamsha are ruled by the 9 signs starting from Capricorn/10 to Virgo/6.
    • And similarly for the other signs.
  • eg if your ascendant degree is in 14deg Cancer/Karka, it will be allotted to Scorpio navamsha.
  • eg if your Jupiter is at 1deg Pisces/Meena then he will be allotted to Cancer navamsha.

Saturn stays in one navamsha, ie a 3deg 20 min arc in the skies, for approx 1-3 months. He completes his round around the 360deg zodiac in 30yrs. He tends to go forwards and retrograde for months, has different speeds etc so its approx 1-3 months per navamsha.

At present he is in Capricorn sign. Currently in the Shravan nakshatra. Capricorn sign contains nine navamsha belonging to the nine signs from Capricorn to Virgo. Shravan lunar mansion is made of the four quarters which are the four navamsha owned by the four signs from Aries to Cancer. So to put it together, 14th Nov 2021, Saturn is in Taurus navamsha which is the same as the Shravan nakshatra 2nd pad/quarter, in the Capricorn sign.

He was retrograde from 23rd May 2021 to 10th Oct 2021. So in this year that he has transited over this Shravan 2nd quarter three times in total, forwards, backwards and now forwards again.

The Janma navtara chakra

The example chart. Aleister Crowley, 12th Oct 1875, 11: 42pm, Leamington Spa, Britain. He is dead and has a reasonably well-known life, happening on several levels, a good study subject.

Birth chart Aleister Crowley

Navamsha Aleister Crowley
Navamsha Aleister Crowley

Birth Moon is Poorvabhadrapada nakshatra, this lunar mansion lies in Pisces sign. He was born in the 4th quarter of Poorvabhadrapada, so birth Moon is in a Navamsha owned by Cancer sign.

(This post on the Janma Navtara chakra, it is useful in several ways. Find the lunar mansion occupied by your birth Moon, the ‘Janma nakshatra’. Next find out the nakshatra’s specific pad/quarter in which the Moon was at the time of your birth.)

We are taking it down to the navamsha levels here. I have also written the quarter/pad number, so this chakra is technically called the Janma navtara amsha chakra for Crowley.

Tara Nakshatra count Planet
Janma amsha P.bhadrapada 4th pad Punarvasu 4th pad Vishakha 4th pad Jupiter
Sampat amsha U.Bhadrapada 4th pad Pushya 4th pad Anuradha 4th pad Saturn
Vipat amsha Revati 4th pad Ashleysha 4th pad Jeyshtha 4th pad Mercury
Kshema amsha Ashvini 4th pad Magha 4th pad Mula 4th pad Ketu
Pratyari amsha Bharani 4th pad P.phalguni 4th pad P.ashadha 4th pad Venus
Sadhaka amsha Krutika 4th pad U.phalguni 4th pad U.ashadha 4th pad Sun
Naidhana amsha Rohini 4th pad Hasta 4th pad Shravan 4th pad Moon
Mitra amsha Mruga 4th pad Chitra 4th pad Dhanishtha 4th pad Mars
Ati Mitra amsha Aradra 4th pad Swati 4th pad Shatataraka 4th pad Rahu

Crowley’s birth Moon in the 4th pad of a nakshatra, so whenever a planet crosses the specific 4th pad of any nakshatra, it will always give him a definite tangible result. This result will depend on what this planet stands for in the life. You know that Saturn is right now favourable for Pisces moon sign overall, so his overall transit in Capricorn sign will be auspicious for Crowley. But if you want to pinpoint the actual occurrence of a specific favourable result, then this table helps narrow down the prediction to a window of 1 month or so.

So, for Crowley, when Saturn transits the Shravan 4th pad, this would be the Naidhana Tara amsha. To predict what kind of results, we have to analyse the karakatva of Saturn. He is the ruler of the 7th and 8th house from the ascendant sign so is a class one malefic. It would be an overall bad time for him with endings of several types, turmoil in the keywords related to Saturn. But because Saturn is overall favourable for Pisces sign, things will not go really bad. Or he will gain something positive from the things which are going to end.

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Note one more thing.

This year, Saturn entered Shravan nakshatra, reached its 3rd quarter and turned retrograde. He moved backwards through 3rd 2nd and 1st quarters. Then while sitting in the 1st pad, he turned forwards again. Going forward, he is again travelled in quarters 1st 2nd 3rd.

  • So if your personal birth Moon is in the 1st 2nd 3rd quarter of your birth Nakshatra then Saturn would have given you more ups and downs as compared to people who were born in the 4th pad of any Nakshatra. As Saturn would have crossed over your birth lunar mansion quarter, ie Janma navtara amsha, three times in this year 2021.

So open your own Janma navtara chakra and see what Tara Shravan is for you.

  • If Shravan is your Janma tara, Vipat tara, Pratyak tara or Naidhana tara and if you were born in the 1st 2nd 3rd quarters of any Nakshatra then you must have experienced a lot of fluctuations in your life connected to Saturn in 2021 which would have caused you significant strain.
  • If you were born in the 4th quarter of any Nakshatra, then you are luckier. You will be facing Saturn in the Shravan 4th quarter for a brief period, 21 Jan – 17 Feb 2022 that too in his direct motion. Whatever he brings for you will not be revised or reviewed as he does not turn retrograde in these degrees in this cycle, it will be his final result for this cycle. So again, be careful if he is in the Janma, Vipat, Pratyak or Naidhana for you, he can give severe stresses. Reasonably average results for Kshema and Mitra. And expect good results for Sampat, Sadhaka and Atimitra, if Saturn is auspicious for you.

This is how you can understand and predict the results of planets, forward and retrograde using the Nakshatra quarters/Navamsha coupled with the transit results.

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The 64th Navamsha. 

One more technique, linked to the navamsha transits.

The Khara navamsha, 64th, its energies are similar to the Khara Drekkana. It lies in your 8th house. Significant transits of planets over this, especially of malefic planets, will cause some sort of ‘endings’ in your life. This can even be your own or your close family member’s physical death in case the longevity of the chart is at an end. Use the table of the navamsha signs above to find the 64th Navamsha starting from your birth Moon navamsha and from the ascendant degree navamsha. So you will get two significant navamshas, both of which can be called the 64th navamsha. The one counted from the Moon will give endings linked more to emotions and the one linked to the ascendant degree will give endings more on the material side.

Eg. for Crowley, the Khara navamsha,

  • from the birth Moon is the 1st navamsha of the Libra sign, owned by Libra itself. He should brace himself for emotional shocks whenever a planet crosses this span of the zodiac arc.
  • and from the ascendant degree is the 5th navamsha of the Capricorn sign owned by Taurus. So he should be ready for some unpleasant change in his material / physical environment whenever a planet crosses these degrees in the skies.

From this table, if your birth Moon or ascendant degree in Gemini sign – Aquarius navamsha, then Saturn currently at Shravan 2nd quarter, is transiting your Khara navamsha. Currently in the skies, Saturn is powerful and forward in his own sign and Mercury, (owner of Gemini) is debilitated in Libra. As you already know that this Saturn transit is not favourable for Gemini sign, he is transiting 8th from it. But to pinpoint the exact timing of the unfavourable results, use the Khara navamsha. So if you were born in Gemini sign Capricorn navamsha, ie your birth Moon or ascendant degree falls in this then you might be facing severe turmoil in life at this point of time, some things may have ended for you. You will get some relief after Saturn moves out from the 2nd quarter Shravan.

Next Saturn will enter the Shravan 3rd quarter, this is the 64th Navamsha for Gemini sign – Pisces navamsha borns. These people should take care then during his this upcoming transit.

When a slow moving planet transits the 64th navamsha, the things that this planet signifies in your life might come to a final end. Thus whatever Saturn signifies in your life may come to a conclusion during his this transit. eg If Saturn is connected to your 4th house then you may have to sell your house. Or if you have a birth planet in your Khara navamsha, you may be separated from what it means to you during this sensitive time. eg if he signifies your physical mother then take care of her during this time.

If there are any planets in the khara navamsha at birth then these planets will not be able to give very stable or satisfying results in life.

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Some more ideas for you to explore with your sample charts,

The elements, the Nakshatra pad and the Navamsha. If you analyse the sequence of the navamsha in the nakshatra, then you will observe that the

  • The 1st nakshatra pad/ navamsha is owned by fiery signs, Agni rashi ie Aries, Leo, Sagittarius. These are the natural Dharma trikon
  • The 2nd nakshatra pad/navamsha is owned by earthy signs, Pruthvi rashi ie Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, which make up the natural Arth trikon
  • The 3rd nakshatra pad/navamsha is owned by airy signs, Vayu rashi ie Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, the natural Kama trikon
  • The 4th nakshatra pad/navamsha is owned by watery signs, Jal rashi ie  Cancer Scorpio Pisces the natural Moksh trikon.

So as a planet, especially a slower moving one, transits through the Nakshatra quarters, he sequentially change the flavour of his result from Dharma, Arth, Kama and finally Moksh. The planet initiates an activity, gives it meaning, fulfils all desires associated with that activity and finally saturates you with the experiences of that activity. Then he is ready to move on into the activity indicated by the next Nakshatra in sequence. This cycle repeats endlessly.

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You can similarly analyse current events using Jupiter’s navamsha transits, he stays in one navamsha for about 1.5 months or so. Eg in the current time if he is in a positive Tara amsha for you then he will grant you something that is pleasing to your mind, eg the  if he stands for your life partner, you will be given a chance to be reunited with him/ her.

eg Today Jupiter is in Dhanishtha 2nd quarter. For Crowley, Dhanishtha is his Mitra tara, so during this time the Jupiter things/ people will be more friendly disposed towards him. But if Jupiter has to give him some specific result then this will be more likely during 15th – 31st Dec 2021 as Jupiter then will be transiting the Dhanishtha 4th pad, ie the specific Mitra tara amsha.

Rahu and Ketu stay in one navamsha for about 1 month or so. As they are kroor graha their way of giving results will be always turbulent. After this turbulence, if they are auspicious for you then they will give pleasing results or if not then unfavourable results are to be expected.

Try to refine your predictive ability by observing your sample charts, the events in these people’s lives and the movement of the planets in the skies.

(Someone recently said that I am writing only on heavy duty astrology. Todays post is an example. So if my readers want me to write on specific topics apart from astrology, Reiki, Runes, Tarot, Cartomancy, general essay etc etc types do let me know. Will write on something different next week. Thanks 🙂 )

Lunar eclipse Nov 2021 nakshatra level analysis

A partial Lunar Eclipse is coming up on 19th Nov 2021. 

  • Penumbral Eclipse begins 19 Nov 06:02:09 UTC
  • Partial Eclipse begins 07:18:42 UTC
  • Maximum Eclipse 09:02:55 UTC
  • Partial Eclipse ends 10:47:04 UTC
  • Penumbral Eclipse ends 19 Nov 12:03:40 UTC
  • Total eclipse duration of the eclipse is 6 hours, 2 minutes.
  • Duration of the partial eclipse is 3 hours, 28 minutes.

Map (from timeanddate.com)

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  • The white colored areas will not witness the eclipse.
  • The light purple colored areas in the map will see only the penumbral eclipse, this does not carry the real power of the eclipse. People living here are not required to follow the rules regarding the eclipse. The shadowing of the Moon will not be visible here.
  • The dark purple colored areas will see the actual umbral eclipse which is the real thing. People living in these areas will have to take all precautions regarding the eclipse.

For India / Bharat, The effects of the lunar eclipse last for as many weeks as many hours it was visible in an area. So for us, the effect will be very less on the national level and on the regional level it will subside in 1-2 weeks.

  • the umbral eclipse (dark purple colored at the eastern tip) is only visible in the eastern most tip, ie the eastern parts of Arunachal Pradesh and eastern tip of Assam will briefly see the partial lunar eclipse. People living here will have to take the precautions for this brief time.

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Now for the astrological configuration.

  • Moon is transiting in Kruttika nakshatra in Taurus and will be under the influence of Rahu.
  • Sun in Vishakha and Ketu in Anuradha in Scorpio.
  • Mercury in Vishakha in Libra, he is combust.
  • Saturn in Shravan nakshatra in Capricorn. 
  • Jupiter in Dhanishtha nakshatra, Capricorn aspecting Taurus with his 5th aspect. This influence is not very strong as Jupiter is almost out of Capricorn and Moon is just entering Taurus. But Jupiter is still technically debilitated.
  • Venus in Poorvashadha nakshatra in Sagittarius.
  • Mars in Swati nakshatra, Libra. He too is combust, he will come out of combustion on 20th Nov.
  • The planets involved are obviously Moon, Rahu, Sun, Ketu. But we will also consider the additional influence of Mercury and Mars because of their combust state. 

Nakshatra involved are,

  • Krutika,
  • Vishakha
  • Anuradha.

Moon with Rahu is called a Shakti yog as described by Rishi Jaimini. This happens every month for 2.25days in transit. If you observe yourself and your surroundings on these days you can sense the effect of this yog in transit too. The upcoming eclipse will to some extent express this Shakti yog energy. Moon is in his highest degree of exaltation and its a Pourima, full Moon, he has maximum paksha bala too! This is a rare opportunity for people who are going to experience this eclipse. Do use the eclipse energy in some productive way.

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Analysis of the Nakshatra involved

Krutika Nakshatra lies partially in Aries 1/4th and in Taurus 3/4th. The Nakshatra devata is Agni. Rahu in Krutika is a typical position and we are seeing his effects. Now we have to factor in the Moon and his eclipse. Destruction of life in several ways as the nourishing energy fails, overall vitality will reduce. Creativity will be used for destruction. Misguided violence in several forms, ie harshness, ego, pride, short temper, accidents, rash behaviour, etc, there will be an increased desire to solve issues by fighting. Desire to show off physical or military abilities. There will be a requirement to defend oneself in different ways, eg maybe someone attacks, insults or someone tries to snatch your things by force. Possibility of being misguided in love, one to one, or personal relationships is high. Diplomacy, social harmony, rest, etc will all be pushed into the background. Any relationships broken during this time will not be easy to repair. Spoilage of useful things will increase. Body parts connected to Krutika are face and neck, so ailments connected to these areas can be triggered.

Vishakha nakshatra lies partially in Libra 3/4th and in Scorpio 1/4th. It is linked to Jupiter and ruled by Indra Agni. Sun and Mercury are in Vishakha during the eclipse. Political and military posturing will increase, but there will be an inability take proper decisions. Self centric and ambitious political leaders will prefer to divine and rule. Some critical secrets will come out in the open. But mostly people will try to hide their real motives and try underhand means to gain what they want. Violence, impulsiveness and ruin will be expected in some areas of life. A turbulent, self destructive streak will run high during this time. Again diplomacy, social interactions, rest etc will not be allowed. Body parts are kidneys, adrenals and the lower abdomen, diseases related to these areas are possible.

Anuradha nakshatra lies completely within the Scorpio sign. During the eclipse Ketu will be in Anuradha. Illusions are Rahu which mesmerise everyone and Ketu is the reality which is ignored. What is really happening at the Rahu’s end has to seen from Ketu’s position in Anuradha. It is ruled by Mitra and linked to Saturn. Saturnine energies magnified by the limitless Ketu means past Karma due in a big way. This can create confrontations, threatening situations, loss of livelihood, sudden deaths, communal violence, fanaticism, a sense of rebellion, everyone wanting to break free from whatever is binding them. Several will leave their physical bindings too. Body parts linked to Anuradha are reproductive organs, hips, lower abdomen, which can cause trouble. Drain on ‘reserves’, ie health, spiritual or financial or any other type of stored reserves. Actions may be required for self-preservation. ‘Sensitivity’ will increase, so mental issues are possible. He is in a Pushkar navamsha, so as long as the energies of the eclipse remain active, he will deny support. Especially intense effects are possible from mid-Dec 2021 to mid-Feb 2022, positive or negative will be determined by the individual charts.

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Effects on the nations.

The intensity of the effect will depend on for how long the nations saw the eclipse over their territory. If the national capital is involved then the effect will be more intense and affect the entire nation. This is a long eclipse, so its effect on the global levels will persist for about 6-7 months in some way or the other. To begin with there will be a decrease in temperatures, winters this year will be colder than expected. Rainfall, hail and snowfall will be more than the norm and cause destruction. Military posturing will increase. Governments will take strict actions and decisions. Advice given will be more on the lines of what the people in power want to hear rather than the genuine thing. 

We can get more information per the Navnayak scheme of things for this year, Shri Plava naam samvatsara. Of the 9 posts possible, 7 are directly affected. Mars is King, Commander, Flowing things, Clouds. Jupiter is Food grains. Moon is Essences causing positivity. In addition the eclipse itself is in Taurus, ruled by Venus – Essences which cause negativity. So temporarily all these will be afflicted. Only Saturn – agriculture is apparently out of the eclipse energies in this scheme. (Edit:But he is in a Navamsha owned by Taurus, so involved in a subtle way)

Effects on the individuals – These effects will be evident on you only if you are living in areas where this eclipse is visible. Significant effects will be seen on individuals with

  • Birth Moon conjunct Ketu or Rahu.
  • Birth Moon or even ascendant degree in Kruttika, Uttaraphalguni or Uttarashada nakshatra.
  • Birth Moon or ascendant sign in Vishakha, Punarvasu and Poorvabhadrapada.
  • Taurus or Scorpio as birth Moon sign or Ascendant.
  • Cancer and Leo birth Moon or ascendants should always be careful during all eclipses, karmic overload is possible.
  • If you are going through dasha periods of Moon, Sun, Rahu, Ketu these are common for all eclipses. But in addition, this time also Jupiter’s dasha periods.

Pregnant women must be careful. Best option is for this time duration, to sit in front of the puja ghar, household gods, altar etc and read something spiritual. Do not do any work or any other activity, just sit comfortably, read the texts or mentally recite some mantra or stotra, hymns etc.

Positive results can be expected for the following signs, if you do pujas during the eclipse and have a supportive birth/ transit chart.

  • Pisces birth Moon are again in the best position to gain from this eclipse, its occurring in the 3rd house from the birth Moon.
  • Sagittarius birth Moons are in the last phase of their sade-sati so it is hard for them. This eclipse in the 6th house can grant some positivity.
  • Cancer birth Moons will see some positivity as the eclipse in the 11th can help.
  • Capricorn and Virgo birth Moons can gain if you do pujas during the eclipse.

Eclipses are a burst of energy. So if you can channelise it you can gain else you will be swept away in its flow. So its always recommended that you do some sort of mantra, jaap, puja etc spiritual activity during the eclipse. Rahu and Ketu are astral forces and the Sun and the Moon are your highest chakras, Sahsarara and Ajnya. Some spiritual practice during the eclipse can grant both spiritual and material benefits. This time can grant some important insights, solutions if you remain focussed on your objective. You can use this time to get rid of old negative habits and start on a new leaf. Rahu will try to emotionally mess things up, but if the Mind can remain focussed on its purpose then this lunar eclipse energy can be harnessed for the greater good.

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