Aries – Libra, the beginnings Part 1

Aries is the ram/Aja in Sanskrit, the unborn. The ‘not born’, the original mass of potential, the impulse which stirs things up and brings forth newness.

Aries sign is called Mesh, ruled by Mars, Mangal graha, and is the beginning of the Zodiac. ‘Mangal’ means auspicious, prosperity, fortunate, amulet, good work, bliss, welfare, beautiful, etc.

The product of dissolution of ‘dissolution of individuality’, two negatives cancelling each other, he is “individual self’. He is ‘I Am’, in the purest sense. He is created using the resources of the amorphous, the astral, the subconscious and the other states. The resources of the 12th house are used up to create the personality of the 1st house. He is the first Impulse, ‘the One’. He is the driver, the ray of the sun, he moves and instigates things, he is the leader. The creation of the Universes is described in the Nasadiya Sukta (the 129th sukta of the 10th mandala of the Rgved). In the Indescribable Nothingness, there arose an ‘Irresistible Impulse’, this in Jyotish terms is the Mesh/ Aries. Aries is the first spark which emerges with impelling force.

Aries - Libra, the beginnings Part 1

Aries is a moveable, fiery sign, full of individuality, creativity and initiative. If your ascendant is Aries, or your birth Moon sign is Aries or if you have a bunch of planets located in Aries in your birth horoscope, this is what you will be at the sub-conscious internal levels.

Aries is created from the Universal consciousness. And in this first half of the zodiac is the cycle of unfolding, of creation, of participation in the Game/Lila. You want to explore everything that Devi has created for you to play with. The Eternal consciousness/Parabrahma creates its active principle, Devi Mahamaya who then designs this fun-fair for the soul to enjoy. And Aries is full of curiosity, vitality, interest and is the first to explore creation. You can do anything you put your mind to here. Fearless and not bothered by conventions you want to expand without limits. You want to experience everything and as fast as you can. Generally this ‘everything’ is limited to the material rather than the metaphysical. Your sense of ‘self’ is very strong.

You know in your deepest sub-conscious what your spiritual reality is, but you are quite caught up in the material. You can be quite intuitive and are instinctive in your actions. But you can also be ambitious, somewhat self-centred, self-absorbed and can be crude and quite primitive at times. You like activities which either compete with others or solo activities where you compete against yourself. This constant competitive spirit tires out the people around you. Your explosion of ideas and actions will eventually label you as short-tempered. Try to listen to others sometimes. Things get snoother after Mars attains maturity in the late twenties. 

If you can recognise the use of your powers in the spiritual realm you can be great.

The foundation of the Aries personality is the ‘new’. New ideas, new impressions, new thought processes, new inspirations, new interests, inexhaustible energy, independence and direct actions. You are known for your education, knowledge, or original ideas and can rise high in the material life.

This sign has unlimited potential of being the first. Aries gives you your own distinct point of view which you rarely give up. You can come across as egotistical, blunt, rash and explosive to others. You are fierce, ruthless and can take decisions, you are clear. You know you are correct. You are ’True’. You do not need support and neither will you ever request assistance from others. You also cannot deliberately cheat or lie. You are quite simple at heart, there is no ambiguity about your nature, no grey-areas here.

You tend to overshadow your relationships and dominate your loved ones. The lords of the 2nd and 7th houses, the houses of illusion/Maya, are the Marak planets who often give inauspicious results. For Aries, this is Venus as both 2nd and 7th lord. So Venus related things can cause you sorrow and severe you from what you really desire. So wealth, family, relationships, business can cause unhappiness. Often misunderstood by your significant others, you may not really have a satisfying marriage. You have a limited number of real friends. Mercury owns the 3rd and 6th houses so as the owner of the erratic 3rd and the biggest house of turmoil/ maha-dushamnsthan, the 6th, not much auspicious stuff can be expected from him. Moon however can give good results as the owner of the 4th house from Aries. Sun will grant creativity and genius which can be utilised properly if Saturn gives his support. Jupiter owns the 9th auspicious house but then the 12th too, so spiritual/ religious practice and the realisations thereof can generate stress related to dissolution of the self-ego. Saturn as the owner of the 10th and 11th will want to impose his discipline and regulation on the energy of Aries before he confers social, professional success and gain, this can get suffocating.

If you notice, all the signs are in their natural houses, ie. the first sign is in the first house etc. And all the planets are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing, ie. if Saturn is about discipline and work he is exactly doing this in this chart. The forces operating in the chart are thus amplified. ie. If the ascendant is something else other than Aries, if suppose Taurus, then the ascendant house will be defined actually by Taurus, the owner Venus and subtly by Aries and Mars. So there is an ameliorating influence. Aries/Mars will operate through Taurus-Venus, thus the energy will not be ‘pure’ but ‘blended’!

Aries - Libra, the beginnings Part 1

There exists an internal frustration.

If you every sit down and try to analyse your own self you will realise that you are alone, in fact you prefer to be alone. Solitude is necessary to you. From this point of view, your drive to be first or the pioneer is actually an over-riding desire for solitude. To be so far ahead of others that you can be alone with yourself. If you can train your immense energies in the search of the occult you achieve the ultimate. Mars is the owner of Aries and he represents the movement of vital energy/pran and the energy channels, nadi in the body. So this sign is inherently suited for the conquest of the internal. If you strive hard for just the material, it will put you out of balance and a sense of dissatisfaction will then prevail. 

Aries-Mars forms the Dharm trikon with Leo-Sun and Sagittarius-Jupiter. These three planets are good friends and are capable of giving good results together. If this trikon/triangle of signs is powerful in your chart you get an added boost and you achieve great heights. These three planets together give you strength and you need strength to sustain the strain you are always under. But what is this strain really?

‘New’, means a change, a deep cut-off from the ‘old’.

When you start out on a new path you have a new goal in your mind.  When you start out, mingled with the excitement, there is also an underlying sorrow of having left the home behind. Paradoxically every new step carries within itself the desire of its own end. The house/sign counted eighth from Aries is Scorpio, also ruled by Mars. The 6/8 axis is the most challenging one in the chart. This same planet now rules your life and life-trauma induced changes. This is the biggest challenge that you face. As Aries, you represent the beginning which carries within itself the seeds of its end. And you are aware of this, always! Aries is the sudden change which brings about the beginning, it is also the beginning which brings about this traumatic change. You take drastic steps and create dramatic results because of your inbuilt desire for change. Your personality creates, destroys and re-creates fairly regularly.

Some people accept only the material and think of the spiritual/esoteric as a wild imagination. And some people are so frustrated with the material that they hold on to the mystic and reject the material. Both these are extreme views. A balance between these two, the ‘middle path’ is the best way.

It is the same in Jyotish. Astrology is Jyotish, a Vedang, a part of the body of the Ved. Ved are Ultimate Knowledge and Experience together. Every experience is relevant. Predictive astrology is important no doubt but unless you also consider the esoteric aspects of your life you will not understand the Real You!

 

Aries - Libra, the beginnings Part 1

Mars the Agent of Life and Death

Mars is a fascinating force in your horoscope. He rules over your body-birth as the natural lord of the 1st house, and also ensures your body-death as the natural lord of the 8th house. He represents vital energies/prana and he is responsible for the ‘life’ that courses through you. Mars, the ruler of Aries and Scorpio will always exert his influence on the 1st and 8th house of the chart in addition to the actual sign posted there and the influence of the other planets on them. Birth, death and re-birth, all these processes are expressions of these Martian energies. He interprets the energies lying dormant in the subconsciousness to create conscious action which is expressed either physically in Aries or psychologically in Scorpio.

(Will just quickly clarify this term ‘Natural ruler’. The first sign is Aries and its lord is Mars, thus in any horoscope, placement of Mars and Aries sign in the birth chart will have a subtle influence on the matters of the 1st house/ascendant. This subtle influence exists irrespective of whatever the actual ascendant sign is.)pexels-photo-325044.jpegMars owns Aries the natural First house –

This is his House of Identity! He decides, Who are you? When did you arrive? What time, location and circumstance?. Here Mars is the energy of the moment of actual birth, the family of birth and the situation of birth. He has become the pioneering, vigorous, physically athletic, impressive, unafraid, competitive, First. The 1st controls the visible body, the musculature, the blood and the network of vessels. Thus he is good at all the activities related to animal survival and passion; from hunting, to eating, to sex and competing. Here he uses his physical body as an athlete, a fashion model, a stuntman and in his free time too engages in active sports like hiking, surfing, gym, etc. In the 1st, Mars is the reserve of courage, energy, a fuel tank of masculine, sexual productive energy always in motion. And yes, he can be cruel too.

Here as the 1st, the self-destructive tendencies of Mars are gradually released into the environment which ensures gradual learning in the conscious, thinking states. Mars as the 1st is always moving in the physical visible realm. His energies are distinctive in appearance and he is noticed for his sexual vibes and physical beauty. And being the 1st, he also rules the head, the brain and the thought processes thus is intelligent, incisive, precise and promotes himself and his clan. And his this ‘selfishness’ is approved and admired in the society.pexels-photo-707837.jpegThe 1st’s resources and reserves are forged in the subconscious as the karma of his past lives. This karma is primarily related to expression of anger and also conversely to the fear of anger released inappropriately. His resources are also like the subconscious, largely unknown to himself, but always available when needed. This Mars has an extended brotherhood which links to him from the community and he welcomes similar minded individuals into his clan. This extended family also gains profits and luck from the energies of the 1st Mars. His source of emotional security and comforts is either his profession or his father. The family group is the place he where is at the center stage and his powers of creation too find an outlet here. And he in turn provides security to his mother, homeland, properties, relatives and residences. He is the ideal male partner to his female partner and the perfect example of a masculine father to his sons. This Mars has learnt how to be a man from the group of benevolent paternal figures in his family.

The 1st loses his identity under the influence of that mysterious psychological energies of the 8th house. Here Mars’ energies behave somewhat like a Ouroborous, consuming himself so that he can rebirthed again, new and refreshed. And he also has the capacity and capability to transform the energies of his losses, debts and enemies into challenges where he wins, transforms and evolves himself with every interaction.scarlet-honeyeater-bird-red-feathers.jpgMars also owns Scorpio the natural Eighth house

The House of Transformations belongs to Mars! Here Mars Forces Change. The identity first determined by the 1st house is now transmutated in the 8th. The identity of birth thus undergoes repeated changes in the lifetime and the last change leads to termination of the body-identity. Death is a major transformative process which transforms a resident of the Martyalok, to a pretatma/spirit denizen of the Pitrulok. In this context the 8th also become the house of all roads and pathways including the invisible psychic routes. Mars here is the energy of death and carries with him the seeds of the identity of the next life. In the 8th, Mars also controls the transformation of the parent’s DNA into a child of the next generation, by controlling the power of the reproductive system. He is at his highest psychological dominance here, penetrating, intensely controlling in his pursuit of Hidden Knowledge through every which route possible. The 8th is now the Randhra, the House of every sort of Openings and movements through them. These movements are often fast and terrifying.

The source of Mars’ energies are the self-destructive tendencies which are gradually released into the depths of the being so as to afford an internal learning experience. He is the shaman, the investigator, the healer and the killer here. He moves continuously in the realm of secrets, the inner mind, the interiors of everything, including the body. Mars learns his lessons here in the shadowy realm of the psyche.star-clusters-rosette-nebula-star-galaxies-73873.jpegThe 8th is where Mars the Eternal Warrior competes to find the Essence of the Self. He takes on identities and then transforms himself again and again. The next birth occurs as per the mental/emotional/spiritual state of the person at the moment of death. Thus he gives himself a chance of Self Realization. His war zone is the inner lands of the psyche and his prize is gaining the Self Identity. And because he is Mars, his ways are the swift actions of discovery, release, breakthrough, surgery, catastrophe, openings, invasions, scare, shock, intimidation, torture, rebirth etc. The 8th house ruled changes can be invisible, psychic and of varying intensities. Psychic healing, major surgeries, accidents, intensive therapies, tantrik magic are some of these 8th house events which practically bring about a re-birth in terms of the body-identity, emotional-identity, spiritual-identity and soul-identity. Here Mars controls the hidden energy body and the system of Chakras-energy vertices, the network /Nadis and the Prana/vital energy flowing through them.

As the natural lord of the 8th, Mars here is the Identifier of Secrets. His resources and treasuries are the guidance and philosophies that he gets from ancestral spirits and shadow guides. Such a Mars finds his brotherhood in the regulated environment of his profession, but his comfort zone emotionally is the network of like-minded individuals he cultivates, the stranger the better. His creative aspect again lies in the unknown realm of visions, dreams, sub-conscious and the invisible. He also ensures the secretive nature of his creative forces. The 8th also represents the material resources of the partners, but such a Mars values no physical treasures. As the 8th, he has maximum power when his exists in the shadows of the society, his methods and means secret. If he, by chance, gets too visible in the society he gains enemies and arguments. The society is not very comfortable with such a Mars and is inclined to be a bit scared of him.

If and when you develop control over your mind, emotions and thought patterns through intense spiritual activity where you train the movement of the vital energies/pran flowing in the energy channels of your physical body, you can gain control over your body-death and rebirth. In such a case you can choose your next physical-body and life situation. This then will be a Reincarnation rather than just a rebirth.

This is the real nature of Mars and the two Houses, 1st and 8th that he owns.

I have always believed that learning by rote does not contribute to real learning. For real understanding we need to get into the mind, the motivations and the energy of the subject. Thus this post.

 

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