Ketu conjunct Lord of the Ascendant sign

I have written about Ketu conjunct the other planets. Ketu the headless graha internalises the planet he is with and changes his behaviour. This effect is quite significant if he is with your birth Moon (in about 8% charts). But the most challenging combination would be Ketu conjunct your ascendant lord. The probability that a planet is ascendant lord and conjunct Ketu in a chart is mathematically less than 1%. Very few people have chosen this, as these energies are very unique and rather traumatic. If you are an evolved soul, this combination can gift you with immense spiritual progress after Ketu matures at the age of 48yrs. But before this happens life goes by in a strange daze.

The ascendant lord is the most important planet of your chart. The ascendant sign defines the personality and your environment. The exact rising degree is practically a graha/force in Jyotish (when you read the divisional charts). And its lord controls how your personality and your environment interact with each other. Eg if you have a powerful ascendant sign, both your personality, your environment will be equally beautiful. But the ascendant lord is in a bad position, you will not be comfortable with yourself nor be able to make full use of what is available to you in your environment.

Ketu conjunct Lord of the Ascendant sign

If Rahu is desire, indulgence then Ketu is rehabilitation, revenge, rebalance, regeneration, renunciation. Ketu is primarily a malefic, related to catastrophes, karmic retribution, destruction of the material, inimical to Life. His results are not pleasing or satisfying to the body/mind, though they may be good for your soul’s spiritual progress. He is piercing, weird, eccentric, indifferent, separative, scorching. So the closer your ascendant is to Ketu, especially if both are in the same Nakshatra, you face a strange disconnect in every aspect of your life. Ketu brings in material adversities in any aspect of life he touches and obstructs the auspiciousness of the planet he touches. Ketu matures at the age of 48yrs, so he will hold back the maturity of the ascendant lord also till this age. There will be two very distinct and extreme phases in your life, before your 40s and after your 50s, with your 40s being the transition period.

Till you reach your 40s, you will be rather unpredictable, immature, prone to extremes of behaviour as Ketu’s intense impulses controls your interactions between your personality and your environment. Your mindset will be rather dark, you might prefer being alone, might get attracted to negative thoughts and behaviour. You are not very active, somewhat inert as you are not interested in anything much. You are more into your ‘Past Everything’ as you are determined to extract the last bit of information from your past lives, past interactions, past experiences etc. This might make you seem hazed out or vague. Thought processes can seem irrational as Ketu does not follow conventional logic. Ketu is instinctive and gets his information from very deep sources which are beyond comprehension to others. You might seem odd to others, your understanding is different, very deep. Clairvoyance, ‘clair-sentience’  exists. You can make that leap of intuition mixed with fiery intellect, a very unique and incisive logic which is always right. Your thought processes are subtle, sublime and your ideas are often so high up that you are often misunderstood by average people. You are not of this material world. Others might think that you imagine or make-up things but you are always proved right in the end.

Innocence is an overriding trait as ego does not exist, no action is motivated by selfishness as the sense of self itself is absent. You are shy, self-conscious, you do not have any sense of your own abilities and are highly impressionable. You always role-acting (can be a very good spy or professional actor) as you are not really interested in anything around you. You are an innocent and believe others to be innocent too but you can detect lies and fakes very easily. You want to know the truth of everything and you will work hard albeit in a disinterested manner to uncover it. Lies and falsehood will not be tolerated and if you have friends/family who lie to you, you will snap ties with them in an instant. You need fairness and justice in life. You like solving puzzles of every type, the mind likes finding solutions. If you get an idea, you stick to it, and it is generally correct, and you cannot be reasoned with. You have very strong likes and dislikes somtimes erratic and unpredictable. You might seem to be short-tempered, cruel and insensitive to others, but this is Ketu’s typical disinterest at work, you are not interested in them. Impulsiveness and intensity exists which comes from deep within your psyche and it is linked to the activities from your past lives. You are capable of staying alone in solitude for ages.


You are not religious in the conventional sense, occult is what you are. Occult is all those things which are mysterious and dangerous to others. You wander in areas which are very scary to others. Astrology, divination, tantra, telepathy, telekinesis, magic, hypnotism, astral stuff comes easily to you. In fact if others stare in your eyes for too long, you can actually mesmerise them. You are hypnotic, people find you mysterious and fascinating. You like travelling, physically/astrally and to places linked to secrets, mystery and occult. Research, searching for hidden things, secrets of the mind, studying the past eg archeology, inventing stuff, exploring underground treasures from minerals to the Kundalini are all possible. Obviously you are very sensitive to the astral dimensions, energy, ghosts, spirits etc. You know all secret things but you do not really care about all this. And you will face damage from these things, you are most vulnerable to damage from these ‘other things’ as you are apathetic to the things Ketu is linked to. You might be ill, hurt or simply overtired but you are not aware, you push your body (both physical and astral) beyond limits after which it can just snap. You should get yearly medical check-ups and also shield yourself from psychic damage. You will be prone to heat related diseases linked to problems of pran flow in your nadi-s. Take care of your physical eyes and nadis..

You are required to assimilate the lessons you have learnt from your past into your present, only then can you move ahead into the future. If Ketu can attach you to these past things then he himself is the force who can detach you from them in one sharp clean cut. He is the fog himself and will make you cut through his haze. Ketu is your deepest learnings from your past lives often associated with painful lessons. You will want to extract the least bit of information from these, and this process gives you tremendous pain on the emotional/ inner levels. But you are essentially indifferent to your self, so you go through this pain without any issue.

Ketu is illusion for those who operate on lower levels of consciousness but grants clarity and discerning insight to the evolved souls, as he can penetrate through all veils. If the chart shows an evolved soul then this weird influence of Ketu makes sense in the late 40s as the spiritual path becomes more obvious. A Seer, Sat-Guru can be produced with a strong Ketu+ascendant combination.

Spiritual practice or using your intelligence in a higher way can best channelise this Ketu+ascendant lord. Then you can come up with path breaking analysis which requires out of the box thinking. Any field linked to secrets, research, exploration, law, medicine, detection, crime, poisons, drugs, mind etc which requires incisive thinking is yours. Or you can also attain Moksh, as Moksh is essentially a paradox in the terms of this created worlds, a challenge well suited to your typical intelligence.


The placement, house/ sign in which this combination occurs will also matter. Also look into the houses placed in the 5/9 axis from this house. The ascendant lord in any house of the chart generally will give auspicious results or at least does not damage things too much. Whichever sign/ house the ascendant lord occupies gets more focus in the lifetime. However Ketu in the different houses requires analysis. One placement of Ketu+ascendant lord is especially powerful, if in Leo or the 5th house. This gives an independent spirit, an ability to transcend external influences, very deep perceptions and can dissolve the self-ego and grant you Moksh in this life itself.

But if this is not an evolved soul, then this combination affects longevity, mental balance, physical health and in fact every aspect of life, adversely. Whatever Ketu is capable of granting on the higher side as above will be affected by haze if he is functioning through his lower energy version. Then you become a ‘victim of circumstance’, your impulses and instinct get you into trouble. All the above positive attributes will be affected and there is more suffering in life. Ketu alone has the power to drastically reverse things and take things to extremes. So will it be a dramatic fall or rise in fortune, will depend on the power of the ascendant lord and the rest of the horoscope.

Ketu with the ascendant lord will, at some point of time, turn you into an ascetic, either visibly or internally. I have written about Ketu conjunct the individual other planets in my post here. Do go through it. Ketu with Jupiter takes away your luck and restricts auspiciousness in your life unless Jupiter has sufficient power to use Ketu’s abilities. If the ascendant lord Mars or Saturn is with Ketu, life will be intense and overall unhappy, even if they are relatively powerful in the chart. If Ketu is with a powerful Sun or Mercury as ascendant lord, then life can be manageable. Ketu with Moon as the ascendant lord can give high psychic abilities but will take you into the occult so living a normal life will not be very easy. Ketu with a powerful Venus ascendant lord will grant material dissatisfaction but can grant Moksh later in life.

You are the Nirvishesh Brahma, all our souls are the same Non-dual. And unless you realise your Reality, no other experience can really satisfy the soul. So Ketu in his real sense is the learning that there is no satisfaction in the things of this manifested universe. This learning is not made apparent till you experience the fun-fair of Creation and realise that it indeed does not satisfy. Thus the nameless longing to know real happiness, experience Moksh, intensifies. Ketu+Venus is the best possible Moksh-karak combination, in my opinion, for the spiritual aspirant. Ketu is the only force who can cut off all bonds and attachments to this manifested creation so completely that Moksh becomes possible. This is the real reason he is the most powerful of all the nava-graha.



(Someone in my family has a Ketu+Venus ascendant lord combination in D1 and Ketu+Moon in the D9. An interesting case study. Small things in her life also show this influence, dress sense is odd, got her nostril pierced and it got infected, eye vision went bad in childhood, debris in her 3rd eye chakra, highly intelligent but does not know where to use it, highly perceptive, not connected to her family, prefers being alone, highly educated, widowhood and remarriage, suffers routine injuries due to the occult, deeply into spiritual stuff, has occult abilities but is erratic etc.) Do keep a collection of sample charts of your family/friend circle, as you learn a lot from observing them on a regular basis.

Exorcisms and releasing spirits

I got this question, someone was being asked to remove spirits trapped in a plot of land. And a spirit was asking this of him.

Land or homes can be affected by negative energy. It is quite common. This negative energy can be actual spirits, a shadow ‘chhaya’, or just generic ill-wishing. I have written about this in my posts on hauntings, how to remove the spirits etc. If you believe your personal house or land is haunted by negative spirits then you should get rid of them. You can do it yourself or get a professional to do it as per your wish. But if you are being asked by another spirit to go to a plot of land and clean it out of the negative bindings and to release the other trapped spirits there, you must think first on what you really want to do. Does your higher self agree with what this spirit is asking? If so, and you are confident about your capabilities then go ahead but with adequate precautions. If not then stay away.

This ‘cleaning up the land thingie’, has happened to me several times. The most recent was this, I was to go to Moscow and I was specifically told to carry a small bottle of Ganga-jal with me. Water from the river Ganga has the highest pran/ vital energy on this planet. Then I was told to sprinkle some of this water on one specific place there, this place was shown to me in a vision and also described in words. I was to put some of it into the Moskva river because apparently it meets the Volga river later. I did ask before doing all this, why? and why me?. The answer was that I would be completing a significant chunk of my own karmic work by doing so and some very specific reasons were also given. It was a very clear-cut direction. So I did all of this and it worked well, I saw the energy of the land and the waters changing before my eyes in a blast of explosive gold-silver glitter. I had several dreams about some people and past lives in ancient Russia. Overall a very satisfactory experience.

Then there was another episode, very long ago, when I set free a very large number of spirits trapped somewhere. (The how and the whys of this incident would be too much for this blog). The next day my brother called up, scolding me. All the spirits I had released, had latched on to me and were absorbing my energy, so many tiny hooks embedded in my aura. So if you intend to release spirits trapped somewhere, remember that they will be down on energy and after you release them they will want to possibly drink up some of your own clean, pure, positive energy. All spirits are not benign, some are actively bad and will take a chance for free energy and attack. So shield yourself carefully. Create multiple layers of energy around yourself and protect yourself from the psychic attacks which will come. After you finish your work, cleanse your own energy adequately. Boost your own energy. I have written posts on these topics too earlier, do re-read them before attempting this task.

Exorcisms and releasing spirits

And finally decide for yourself if these spirits really need to be released? And are you supposed to release them yourself? In that same Moscow tour, I saw some more spirits who wanted me to release their bindings, but their time was not done yet. They were souls of people who had committed grave crimes against their own people and were going through their due karmic rebalance in spirit form while tied in that place. It was their karma to continue for some more time like that and it was not my karma to free them. So I did not do anything despite having that small Ganga-jal bottle with me.

Cleaning a plot of land can be as simple as putting Ganga-jal on it or putting some curd/rice in it or lighting an incense stick or reciting a mantra on it. But do it only if you are really have to. If your conscience agrees that it is your karma.

And entities attach to us through the weak chinks in our aura. These cracks are most commonly seen around body parts linked to the ascendant sign, the moon sign and the sign occupied by Ketu in your birth chart. So when you seal your aura or make your shields pay more attention to your these areas. eg If Pisces Moon – around the feet. Or if Libra -Ketu then around the back the aura will be weak etc.

There are a few people who can see the astral and other realms more easily and this is because they have to work there. Or they face dangers from these places and their denizens. So this additional ability has been given to them. It is not wonderful or charismatic. It can be tiring at times and sometimes outrightly dangerous. So if you are required by karma to work in these other places, do your spiritual practices, increase your own energy and always shield, first protect yourself.



Moon in Virgo, perfection an emotional need

The environment of Virgo/ Kanya rashi, sets limits on the astral immensity of the Moon. It limits the energy to what can be realistically used/ resolved in this current life. Very pragmatic, practical and yes, perfectionist.

Virgo belongs to Mercury and he is uncomfortable around the Moon. But Moon does not consider him an enemy. Mercury is analysis, precision and database management, he is the impressionable adolescent, highly intelligent, skilful and quick. The Moon is the father of Mercury and no teenager would like his nurturing, protecting Dad in his sign all the time. Every son wants to prove his independence to his Dad. And then there is competition. He wants to show his Dad! The Moon also wants his son to take his resources, use them. Most Virgo-Moon’s suffer from this complicated father-teenage son relationship in their deepest mind. If you are such a birth Moon, do think very deeply on what drives you in this life. If you can pin-point this factor you will feel more well-adjusted in life.

This is also the reason why Virgo is the embodiment of karma. Your focus is on what you are required to do in this current life. You build by offering service. You trade service for karma balance. Virgo is represented by a young woman holding a sheaf of harvested grain in one hand and in the other hand she holds fire, a blazing torch.

‘Limit’ is what happens to Moon in Virgo.

There are always layers of meanings. Moon is your entire self, all the persons you have been, are and will be, across time and lives. The summation of your individual soul’s experience, of karma, of knowledge, of wisdom earned in so many lifetimes is the Moon. Too much awareness of this can drive you mad, so we need ‘limits’. In this life we are limited to this one body. Water will flood and drown if there were no banks to keep it contained. Virgo is the river-bank, the energies of the Moon trained along a channel. Different channels are created to use different aspects of your energy. The humongous information of the Moon is sorted by Mercury into useable bits in Virgo. The focus is very practical and on ‘use’.

You might be aware of so much more but you have the ability to pick up that exact tidbit that you need. Eg you have a huge bundle of files on your desk, but you can accurately pinpoint the one which you need. This exercise requires to to perform an intensive mental analytics first. You are not aware of this mental process, it is so fast! It is like your brain has compartments, every bit of information tagged for easy retrieval. A perfectionist. Highly methodical, your room will be precisely arranged, every detail specifically organized for its utilitarian value. You abhor imperfection. So you make, remake (this might be your actual bed!) and again striving for perfection. This can lead to OCD type of psychological problems later.


So to begin with, you are attractive. You first build yourself an attractive shell, your figure and body is well-balanced, the face and eyes are especially beautiful. You dress well, neat and pleasant to look at, very presentable. You dislike carelessness, shabbiness and have good taste. The house is neat and orderly, your cars are well maintained, financial status is stable, you work hard at being comfortable. You are quite practical and would like people around you also to be so. (Your friends think you are fussy!)

The mind is also quite neat and tidy, internally happy and well-organized. You are a good conversationalist, knowledgeable with a good sense of humor. You observe and analyse human nature. You can talk to anyone as long as the topic is non-personal, (you are emotionally repressed sometimes). Logical and with a pleasant voice, you are a treat to listen to. You love music and can dance well, you have rhythm! But you will not take part in anything that seems vulgar or crass! Sophistication, dignity and daintiness is more your style.

You like reading and studying. Formal education is generally good but you also study several subjects informally for your own pleasure. You always keep adding on to your skills. A traditionalist, you prefer sticking to the classic ideas which have been tried/ tested and proved their worth. You are skeptical of new-fangled theories and will not adopt something just because it is the ‘in-thing’. If something is against the accepted norms you can get very critical and demolish it logically. Your opinions are a product of your intensive study, analysis and experiments, and you stick to them. If someone tries to sway you, you resist. You do not attempt to force your beliefs on others either. Never aggressive, you are quietly competent and infinitely patient, a formidable combination!

You have psychic abilities. Virgo has analysed, channelised, filed and catalogued this aspect of the Moon too. Quite convinced about your intuition, you act on these cues. This can freak out people close to you as your behaviour might get strange and, in retrospect, uncanny! Non-religious and organized religion does not appeal to your logical analytical brain. You would rather follow your conscience and intelligence.

You are capable of earning well. Highly intelligent, analytical, decisive, able to pick up the best option, you can work in any field and be really good at it. You think a lot. This is ok to some extent but is often over-done. Every action you perform, you have gone over it in all its permutations and combinations in your mind. Only then do you commit yourself. Even after you commit, you think again from every angle over and over again. Self-doubt and self-criticism is very negative for you, so try to understand that nothing is perfect. Else this will cause health problems connected to the nerves, skin and digestion. Be very careful about your diet and exercise regularly. (Perhaps your mother is a perfectionist or over-worked/ under-appreciated herself?)

There is an emotional requirement for ‘perfection’. You might not realise it but you feel emotionally satisfied when you have performed something perfectly. But ‘perfection’ for a Virgo has very exacting standards which may not be often met. Thus this emotional need is almost never fulfilled.

You are not only about words, you act. You are the silent worker in the background who keeps everything working perfectly. Hardworking, you get tired easily as your body is not internally robust. (You should take adequate rest, a 15-min nap in the afternoon can work wonders.) Helpful and kind by nature, you come across as selective and critical. But despite being so helpful, humble, intelligent etc, you do not have many friends. You are perceived to be self-centered, which you are not! You desire efficiency at all costs, so you are very selective about choosing relationships, things, work, activities which are effective. You will not waste your resources in stuff which is inefficient, this may be a relationship or office-work!


You are quite loveable, after one gets beyond the outer shield of seriousness. Highly trustworthy, can keep secrets and loyal. Shy, you are devoted to your loved ones, there is a streak of possessiveness in you. Extremely private, you never reveal your emotions to anyone. You project coldness and analysis, taking the emotional immensity of Moon, parceling it into tiny bits, never opening more parcels than you think are useful. You are consumed by ‘practical utility’. Sometimes there is great pleasure in just opening out your arms to the wind and feeling it blow around you. But you cannot do that as you will then question the practicality of doing so (maybe your hair will get tangled in the wind if you do this). If asked, ‘how are you feeling’, you have no real answer. Plain.

Your spouse is emotionally sensitive, not so bothered about facts and figures, very private himself. He may be into meditation, spirituality and contemplation. He is intuitive, so can easily pick up your highly cryptic cues on what you are feeling. But when this happens and he tries to get intimate, you will confuse him by pretending to not feel. Thus a distance can come up in the marriage. You are shy and need a lot of emotional hand-holding (which perversely you are reluctant to accept). Your preferred spouse is Pisces and he is quite capable of doing so, until you confuse him or make him uncomfortable. You do not like your spouse to be demonstrative but yet you want him to be.

You love deeply but lack confidence when it comes to expressing how you feel. There is an in-built insecurity where you feel that if you express your emotions, your spouse will manipulate you using these. But conversely you feel secure with your spouse! This dual mentality with emotions is draining and will adversely affect the relationship. Your rather intuitive and emotionally sensitive spouse will simply get more confused and go find refuge in more mediation! So try to accept that you have emotions and going for a date with your spouse or a movie with a gang of friends is a happy thing. Avoid rationalising and over-analysing emotions, happiness is to be felt not examined. You never initiate break-ups, you are all for maintaining relationships. But because of this confusing facade you present, you have few real friends and often a confused spouse.

What you need is perhaps a hobby. Try to generate interest in at least one thing, not for the analysis but for the abstract experience. You love travel so this can be an option? Be with nature where you can finally relax. Learn to feel.

Some Virgo-Moon-s, especially men, may not marry or get into love/relationships at all. Pisces also represents the abstract and the invisible, the natural 12th house. Here the attraction is towards the inner spirituality, the desire is for personal space, private mediation and contemplation. Those Virgo-Moon’s who do marry, tend to look on their spouse as their anchor to the spiritual realms and often genuinely look to them for guidance.

If you are a Virgo-Moon yourself, you are dedicated and can work tirelessly without acknowledgement. In fact, you will have problems yourself, if you don’t work on solving other’s problems. But as everyone needs a bit of encouragement, do pat yourself on the back once in a while for a job well done. And if your loved one is a Virgo-Moon, do tell him that the selfless service he is offering others is valuable. Virgo souls are really quite beautiful so this should not be very difficult!


Virgo is the natural 6th sign of the zodiac ie it is related to your karmic balance. A dual natured sign can think in several ways thus can create options. Mercury helps evaluate between those options. A earthy sign, ie it is a Vaishya, a trader, knows the value of things and can bargain, make profits. It is Tamasic, ie its energies are enveloping, dense and do not move easily but when they move they are well nigh unstoppable. It is a part of the Arth trikon, ie linked to those things which bring meaning to life. These attributes of the signs and also of the planets are very important. Try to remember their essential natures as this will improve your readings and predictions. Then 30 degrees of this sign is composed of the three Nakshatra, lunar mansions named  Uttara-phalguni, Hasta and Chitra.

Uttara-phalguni nakshatra – This lunar mansion is ruled by the Sun and lies partly in Leo and partly in Virgo. If your Moon lies in the Virgo part of Uttara-phalguni this is how you would be. A combination of Moon, Sun and Mercury will make you brilliant both physically and mentally. You might be a very popular artist, painter, journalist, in politics, a celebrity in some way, your public persona will be well-known.

Hasta nakshatra – This is ruled by Moon himself. There is a very high level of awareness here, internally you are very stable and rock solid, very few things can ruffle your composure. You can be very good doctor or a surgeon or a shamanistic healer. You might be drawn to any rearing, sheltering, protecting, nurturing activity where you use your hands. A hobby can be making handicrafts, perhaps related to your home-culture.

Chitra nakshatra – This lunar mansion is ruled by Mars, lies partly in Virgo and partly in Libra. If you were born in the Virgo portion you will want to create. But you are basically an architect, you can think in the abstract in a way no one else can. That leap of genius is yours. You shine with power and are highly competitive. Highly artistic, your creations are both beautiful as well as dangerous. Very dynamic, maybe you can design weapons! You are highly individualistic, confident and prefer being alone. Of all the Nakshatras, Chitra-Moon is capable of living without marriage or deep relationships. You do not need validation from another living persons. You are self-sufficient in a very intense way.

The Moon mahadasha as per the Vimshottari system is a very fruitful period. For Uttaraphalguni-born this will come in your childhood, you will be building your body mainly during this period. For Hasta-borns you will be born in this Mahdasha. This period will be intensive in ‘building’. You will be building your body and your chakra-system during this time. Connecting with others on very deep levels. The cycles of growth and stability where you consolidate your growth will be seen very strongly here. (And for the Chitra-born, this will come at the very end of life, if you live to be exceptionally old! Most likely you will not experience it.)

Moon builds you, your body, mind, emotions, astral self, your home, comforts, security, etc. He is also a channel through which your individual soul expresses itself. In Virgo he gains precision. He knows exactly what he is supposed to do, how and to what end. He has used the incisive analytics available here, explored several options and has come up with the best possible objective and the best possible way to do it. He feels a bit uncomfortable as this is not his usual way of doing things. (But every father has to adjust himself to his growing-up son!)



Reiki attunement, about the risks

I read a post on fb, where an expecting lady wrote that she got a Reiki attunement done during her pregnancy. Most of the responses were congratulating her, saying that its super that the child will be born psychic! One response was from someone, writing that she got her 6yr old initiated into Reiki and saying that the child is beautifully attuned to seeing emotions.

So utterly clueless.

I am a Reiki teacher so are 3 of my brothers/cousins. So I know quite well what it is and how the initiation process happens.

This is what happens during a Reiki initiation, very briefly. The teacher first cleans out his own aura and stills his mind. Then he clears the room/space by whichever cleansing method he prefers. He calls on the Reiki teachers of the past and requests help from his own source of faith also. Next is to clean out the aura of the student. Then the energy level of the student is brought to the level of the teacher. The aura of the student is ‘opened’ using specific Reiki symbols. The Reiki symbols give access to the energy system of the student. The chakras are accessed and the symbols to be given in the initiation are inserted inside them. The energy body of the student now changes, the flow of vital energy changes its ‘flavour’. The chakras of the hands are opened so that the symbols get connected here too. The entire thing is now sealed. Then the aura is closed and the initiation is done.

After initiation, the energy flow in the body alters significantly and this change is permanent. Even if there is some problem with the teacher, the space or the student, the symbols always work. The initiation will be successful but the overall experience will become uneasy and this will have a subtle impact on the student’s energy self. And then after the initiation is complete, the teacher gives his blessings to the student. During initiation the teacher generally gets a message from the Universe/Reiki which he tells the student. This message is very important and brings about a deep change in the mind-set of the student. This is generally linked to some significant event/issue from the student’s past lives.

The Gayatri mantra

There are a few important points which have to be understood here. It is assumed that the teacher knows these things. But the problem is with such a proliferation of energy-teachers and healers you cannot be sure if the teacher really knows what he is doing. And it is important that the student understands these things.

First of all the teacher.

The teacher should be someone who is doing his own spiritual practice and is able to still his mind. He should be of a higher energy level that the student. If your personal energy is higher than that of the teacher it will be quite an uneasy experience for you.(Long ago, one of my Dad’s friends was insisting he learn Reiki from him. Dad was not interested but as I was sitting in the room, he casually asked me if he should learn energy-healing from him. I was in school and didn’t know what ‘learning Reiki’ meant. But it was obvious that Dad was huge on the energy levels and his friend was nothing. I said no! so strongly that I still remember that incident till now.)

Then getting a really knowledgeable teacher who understands what he is doing can be quite difficult. I would never do initiation for someone who is not 18yrs of age. During initiation, I am manipulating someone’s aura in a very deep way. Actually inserting intentions ie the symbols inside the chakras! The aura is protection, its job is to filter everything from the physical universe before letting it within. Opening someone’s aura is making him so deeply vulnerable, I cannot describe it in words. The direct access to the chakras is another extremely sensitive step. So the student should be an adult, he should understand what is being done and then he should agree. The mental state of the teacher is very important. If he is personally upset, the process will be affected, eg if he is unwell or has had an argument with someone etc. Also if by ill-luck you meet an unscrupulous teacher, he can implant suggestions inside your aura in your chakras. So do a through check on the Reiki teacher first.

Second is the space.

Initiation is to be avoided when the atmosphere is heavy with energy. Eg a rainy day with thunder and lightning. Or on full-moon or no-moon nights or the dark fortnight of the Bhadrapad month (pitru-paksh) when the spirits are more active. Or twilights and eclipses. Avoid such days of dense energies. This is the teacher’s duty to check if the environment is conducive.

Third is you, the student.

This is attunement, you are getting a new type of energy to resonate in your energy body, so you should prepare your body, mind and soul for this new energy modality. This means asking the teacher all that you want to know, in addition to what the teacher is teaching. Ask questions. Learn about the process and how you can use this energy later. At least for a week before you have your initiation scheduled, do some mediation, deep breathing exercises, eat light food, avoid alcohol and stimulants. This will ensure that you will be able to make the most of the initiation process.

For women.

There is a constraint, no initiation on the 5 days of the monthly cycle. The chakras are moving in the anti-clockwise direction at this time. No initiation when expecting. A pregnant lady should not do anything to her energy body while she is expecting and at least for 3 months after the baby is born. She should not be sitting on her Asan, no Dhyan, no manipulation of pran, no attunements of any healing modality or anything that causes any change to her energy body. During pregnancy the baby-soul moves into the astral body of the mother and is aware of everything that is happening to the mother on every level, physical, astral, psychic, energy etc. Being made in the womb is a rather painful process, the body of the baby is being formed/ broken/ re-formed and it causes pain. However the baby-soul links itself to the mother and draws support from her in every way. The mother should not give the baby-soul any energy shocks. When her aura, her chakras and her energies are get manipulated the unborn child is also affected.

The Gayatri mantra

Then children.

A child should never be exposed to any sort of energy surges or any intentional modification in his energy channels/chakras. A child is still in the process of development. Till the age of 14 – 16yrs, ie till the child attains physical maturity he/she is still being formed, the energy channels are still delicate and fragile. (18yrs onwards is best, full growth is done with and he is an adult now). Anything out of the ordinary in the childhood will cause energy fluctuations in his body which will have effects on his pran-mai-kosh/ subtle body and can carry on to the next life too. A child till the age of 7yrs is on the border-line, he has not yet completely forgotten his past life and neither has he begun to fully identify himself with his present personality. He still retains the ability to sense the psychic, the astral realms. If in this unformed state you push an attunement on his energy body it can cause very deep seated problems.

Children can see auras, energy, spirits and ‘other’ things, but as a non-intentional ability, mainly for self protection. (eg I have a pleasant, high energy aura, random babies look at me, smile at me and come to me without a murmur. One of my past driver had a grey-streaked aura, my son never could sit in the car when he was driving.) This ability to sense the astral dimensions disappears naturally at 3-6yrs of age. Now if you make the child aware about these things, he can start using it consciously and eventually attract predatory entities etc.

Children give their energy very easily. (eg I have a 1.5yr old baby nephew whom I love dearly and he too adores me. I was talking to my brother on the phone. He was playing with the baby as he talked to me. I was telling him that I had a very busy day and was exhausted. And in 2 mins I got hit with a huge ball of healing energy, felt better instantly! Energy of a new ‘flavour’. I asked him who had sent it, it was not his ‘flavour’. He gave a surprising answer, that the baby had sent it. Baby must have sensed my brother’s aura/feelings about me being exhausted and as he loves me deeply he immediately sent the healing!) If you initiate your child into any energy healing modality, he can give without being aware of it. This can be very dangerous.

Then we, in our cities, are surrounded by negative energies, sick depressed people, unsavoury thoughts in the mind, in addition to the regular spirits, ghosts etc. Why make your child see these things consciously? The child cannot stop seeing now. he will see it all the time! There is a reason why this ability to see the psychic is lost at age 3-6yrs, it is not for everyone. If you work with energy realise that you are required by karma to do so. It is nothing very exciting or special. It is just work, like anything else. Sometimes it is quite helpful, but sometimes it becomes a burden. Intentionally modifying the energy channels of a child and an unborn baby when he has no say in the matter and does not understand what is happening is a crime. 

(One of my brothers never lost the ability to see the astral and its energies. In his 20’s, something cryptic happened which took away his ability to see energy. Now he could still sense but not see the psychic energy with his eyes. He saw me then, he took my hands in his and looked very intently saying all the time in wonder, ‘this is how you look physically!’. Till that day he used to just see my aura enveloping me and not my physical self clearly. That was the day I really understood how difficult these extra-abilities can be.)

The pregnant lady went and got herself attuned and so did the 6yr old child, presumably they did not really understand the process. And the teacher too allowed and participated in this highly unethical Reiki initiation.

Working with energy is not for everyone. It does sound very exciting but it is quite serious. There are several healing modalities like Reiki, magnified healing etc. So if you do choose to take up energy work and get initiated into something do think twice about why you are doing it. What is your objective. Then do research about the credentials of the teacher. And then prepare yourself so that you can make the most of the experience.


Moon in Cancer, power to your emotions

Moon-Chandra in the owner of Cancer-Karka, it is his swa-kshetra. Cancer is a watery sign, a moveable sign, a sign with the Satvik gun dominant. Satva gun means you are basically neutral. The actions of others evoke a reaction in you. The birth Moon placed here is very comfortable unless influenced by malefics or placed in the dusham-sthan, the houses of turmoil, the 6th, the 8th or the 12th (to some extent in the 3rd too).

Moon in Cancer, power to your emotions

Intense yearnings. You give power to your emotions. You are motivated by emotional needs. Your actions are based on the emotional context always and perhaps habit. You are kind, possessive, sensitive, sympathetic. You are possessive of your loved ones and can be jealous at times. You love deeply as your watery depths. But you expect gratitude in return of your love. If you do not receive this you can get bitter.

Sustained energies. You are quite receptive to new ideas and like interactions with others. Social standing and family history, traditions and home culture is important to you. As a child, you expect love from your parents and also love your children later. You can get over-protective, which can cause suffocation to your loved ones. You are quite stoic and can face problems with courage. You can sacrifice yourself for your loved ones. You get along well with the earthy types.

You like smoothness. To relax you can take up activities which are linked to water, to flowing, feelings and emotions. You need emotional involvement in whatever you are doing. You need the feelings, so choose some activities which allow you to experience.

You are receptive. This can easily be converted to sensitivity, later over-sensitivity. You are highly vulnerable to hurt, as your conscious as well as sub-conscious self absorbs the energy of the hurt. So think, take a few deep breaths before you let your emotions dominate you.

Social interactions are desirable. The spouse has Saturnine qualities, more into work, profession, social mobility, earning money etc. This is in a way good as he/she does not feel and express emotionally as you do. This might seem like a mis-match in the initial stages of marriage, but works out for the best with time. You are more into conservation of the traditions and security of the home life. If you both understand how beautifully you make a unified whole the marriage will be successful. In a marriage both need to be compatible not similar.

Medical problems. Typically connected to the cold and the fluids of the body.  Organs which can be affected are the lungs, digestion, rheumatism (fluid between the joints). Diseases are of the ‘clinging’ type, it takes time to heal completely.

Considered to be self-repressive. But it means that you are contained more within. You do not allow yourself to project your essential energy outwards. If you do you do this only after precautions and forethought. You are silent about your own self. The instinct for self-protection, self-defence is so strong that you rarely let let down your guard. Only the rare few whom you trust will see your real emotions. The need for privacy is extremely strong. You rarely trust. You are instinctive and you can gauge a person based on his astral and sub-conscious self. You pick up subtle nuances about the person before you which others wont even notice. ‘Feeling’ is not a completely rational act, there is a sub-conscious component to emotions always. You are intensive, retrospective and have the enormous energy of the astral at your disposal. Your need for emotional safety is never fulfilled.

Moon in Cancer, power to your emotions

Linked to the past. Moon represents the sum of all your incarnations, past, present, future, parallel. You are intensely involved in your this astral sum. Cancer is a fixed sign, so though seen as passive, you are quite capable of concentrated action. However your action is always based on the basis of your past experiences.

Exceptionally impressionable, you can deeply absorb outside influences. Often you are unaware of the depths of your own emotions. You may seem calm on the surface but there can be a storm secretly brewing inside. You rarely lose your temper, but when you do, you are spectacular in your rage!

Moon is a reflection of the Sun. Here the reflection is linked to your personal soul, everything is personal is this sign. You take things personally, which adds to your sensitivity. If such a Moon gives inauspicious results, several things can go wrong. Eg excessive jealousy of spouse’s interaction with his parents, will make you separate him from his parents!

The Vimshottari Moon Mahadasha period will naturally bring your focus to your home, maternal figures, culture, nutrition, etc. But it is often damaging to the health unless the Moon is supported by benefic influence.

Spiritual practice is a must for the watery Moon signs. This brings awareness. Part of yourself is submerged in the sub-conscious, you are unaware of this aspect of yourself. If you a regular practice where you focus at your third eye chakra and breath, you will be more aware of this inner hidden aspect of your personality. You can use your own resources better. Your over-sensitivity, compulsive behaviours, baseless-fears and sometimes confusing emotional responses will be more understandable. Water has no shape, it flows. Water cannot be stopped, it yields and in it, is its strength. Firmness is necessary to channelise it. If you can shape the direction of your flow and sustain it, you can make the most of your essential nature!

A soul’s deepest yearning is ultimately Moksh, realisation of the Ultimate. You know that you have to protect yourself from the external interference and influences. You know that the inner calm is necessary. You are capable of subtle reflection. You instinctively move in the right direction. You can focus and sustain your efforts despite hurdles and delays. You subconsciously know that even if the process is painful, the end result if worth it.

Cancer is composed of the three Nakshatra, lunar mansions named Punarvasu, Pushya and Asleysha. The nakshatras of all the three watery signs, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are owned by the same three planets, Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury.

  1. Punarvasu – influenced by Jupiter. Can be a high achiever in the material sense, but often there exists a conflict between practice and philosophy. If your Moon is in Punarvasu, you are more into learning, understanding and assimilating.
  2. Pushya – influenced by Saturn. Can be a highly esoteric placement with significant occult abilities. There are secrets known to you and you are quite secretive yourself. You may be a doctor, astrologer, tantrik etc where you are required to work with other’s secrets. In Pushya you are more into getting things regulated, getting them to work with serious discipline.
  3. Asleysha – influenced by Mercury. Struggles with internal conflicts. In Ashleysha, it can be a difficult placement as the analytical mind wars with the emotional mind. Then at the last few degrees of Asleysha the Gandant operates. A Moon in the Gandant at birth gives typical problems which need to be addressed as soon as such a baby is born.

The natural Moksh trikonis the energies of watery signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. These three signs are the most mysterious of the twelve. Moon in Cancer is about delving deep into your own subconscious to understand your own secrets.


Moon in Cancer, power to your emotions

Virgo – Pisces the most sensitive axis, Part 1

Pisces, the 12th sign of the Zodiac, belongs Jupiter, the agent of expansion. Pisces represents the feet of the Kalapurush (The human archetype linked with Space – Time). It is the foundation on which the entire system rests. This sign represents movement in every which way. You walk with your feet! If you have your birth Moon in Pisces, or Ascendant in Pisces, or a significant number of planets placed in Pisces in your birth chart, this is what you would be on the internal subconscious level.

Virgo - Pisces the most sensitive axis, Part 1

You are deeply spiritual and like places and things of religious/spiritual significance. You are drawn to everything that ‘flows’ on all levels the physical, astral and spiritual. e.g. water, time, space, emotions, experiences etc. You are attracted to the other states, the other dimensions, the dream states , the spirit worlds/Pitru-lok, etc and can link with them easily. You can act as a bridge and help these others. You are restless, very deep and mysterious. You are interested in history, mythology and reflection. You like spending time with yourself, ‘feeling’. You create ‘imaginary’ worlds to ‘escape’ from physical reality. And you might be surprised to know that these ‘imaginary’ worlds are actually a reflection of some other reality of which you are subconsciously aware. You always need that other-dimensional touch to be happy. A life purely on the physical levels does not appeal to you.

You are generally quite fair and aware of your internal conscience, you will not be involved in moral wrongs. You might come across as eternally confused and dreamy, but that is just on the surface. You have unfathomable depths, unknown to yourself in the ‘wake state’. You ‘feel’ your way through situations and are one of the best decision-makers of the zodiac after Capricorn. You think and analyse very differently from other signs, you are more intuitive. And you know that you are right, so can be quite stubborn at times. You are quite responsible and are often burdened with several responsibilities. You may be a home-maker or an executive, but you feel satisfied when you provide for others. You are quite capable of sacrificing yourself, your comforts and pleasures so that others, people, ideas, traditions etc can benefit. You are very loving and large-hearted but at the same time you often suffer for no fault of yours. When in trouble, you refuse for advice and help from others. You do not like to put others to trouble because of you. You internally welcome the change which comes out of the hardship/trauma and are quite adaptable.

Internally the Pisces knows that it has to end, only then will its new existence begin. Thus you often carry around yourself a sense of undefined sorrow. This is the last sign of the zodiac so naturally has to provide the foundation for the next cycle, which will begin as it ends. It is a responsible position and  in a way it is the summary of the entire zodiac belt. It is completion in every way. It is two fishes in perfect harmony, in the fathomless ocean, moving, balanced, in opposite directions, indicating a balance which is ever evolving.

Virgo - Pisces the most sensitive axis, Part 1

The biggest assets that a Pisces has are the agents represented by Cancer and Scorpio. The 9th from and 5th from axis works here too. The astral body, the subconscious mind, the movement of pran in your energy body etc add power to the Pisces (Also the Sukshma and the Karan sharir, represented by the 4 higher layers of your complex energy body.). These 3 signs are the creative intelligence and thus the subsequent foundation of each other in a cycle. One intelligently builds the support for the other and likewise in a cyclic manner. A Pisces can effortlessly plumb the depths, survive catastrophic changes of identity and recover useful information/experiences which it again uses as a foundation to delve ever deeper. Its dreaminess is only external, internally this sign is ever in motion, highly focussed, searching for internal spiritual treasures.

You can be quite successful in material life too, may gain as a result of your activities, power and position in social life. But material gains do not satisfy and often cause problems for you. But the thing is that you don’t mind working for others without any material reward in return! You know that material gains, which the world sees as real, are ultimately not real. Your concept of gain is the sense of completion when karma has been balanced. And you are willing to work tirelessly for it, in all possible dimensions, in all possible ways.

Challenges for Pisces are presented by the agents of Taurus, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius. Here are some of the things which have the potential to make you really miserable. First is the desire to hoard material treasures for your own self. Gaining for your own self will make you miserable. Then for whatever reason, ‘limiting yourself’. If you limit yourself and your actions to the small groups of spouse, partnerships, legal bindings, family, neighbourhood, philosophy, peer group, humanity etc you will be miserable. You are kind-hearted and you have a karmic load to re-balance which crosses all these defined narrow limits. You also have untold sources of energy which you can tap into, if need be. So follow your internal self and set your thoughts and feelings free, you will be happier. This does not mean that you just break all rules of material life and behave irresponsibly. Instead, recognise that your existence is much more than what is visible on the physical levels. Doing some spiritual practice will help immensely by diverting all this where it belongs, in the spiritual realm.

But, understand that these these signs and their agents ultimately help you in your spiritual progress. Now Libra demands that you work, serve and give selflessly of yourself to rebalance, it demands perfection here. Taurus wants you use all the resources at your disposal for good of the society at large, that you work and benefit everyone, in the broadest sense. Sagittarius will force you to change your perceptions and philosophies and will transform your sense of understanding, knowledge and wisdom. Aquarius will make you lose your limited sense of self and grant you the widest possible understanding of your most expansive Self. These lessons can be harsh, hard, fast, insistent and even terrifying. But these processes will be on the internal subconscious levels and on the material levels will be accompanied with pain and distress. If you accept these processes with a sense of learning it will be easier to cope on the material realm too.

The perfect partner, the mirror for Pisces is Virgo ruled by Mercury. This is a karmic partnership where each completes the other’s missing bits, thus both achieve completion.

The gist of Pisces is “Yadno yadnena kalpetaam” from the Rudra Chamakam. “May evolution be perfected by evolution”. Completion is not stagnant, it is ever changing and ever moving, evolving yet perhaps still remains the same. A Paradox!


Virgo - Pisces the most sensitive axis, Part 1

(This and the next posts will be on the Virgo-Pisces axis, which I have mentioned in my pervious post, Effectiveness of the Signs to be the most sensitive. I hope they will be of some use to the kind soul who had put the question in the contact form.)










The Rahu Ketu axis

Most astrologers call Rahu /Ketu as ‘imaginary planets’, or ‘mathematical points’, which is doing them a great injustice. You can never understand your chart if you do not analyse Rahu /Ketu. In Jyotish the correct term is ‘graha’ .(Graha means, force, giving, holding, seizing, seizer, holder, giver, taker, etc).

You live your life on several levels. How do you look like? The human body which you see in the mirror is not even 1% of how you really look. And we are obsessed about the physical body that we see. (Sometimes I see beautifully made-up and dressed up people, expensive clothes and accessories with such filthy auras and energies, can’t bear sitting next to them. We Indians have this habit of doing namsakar when we meet others, that way we don’t need to touch them.) 

Your energy, your naadi network, your chakras, even each organ looks different, the aura, your higher, sub-conscious and astral selves, everything, is so much much more. You live and work for a very tiny part of your life in the physically perceived universe and significantly more in the astrally perceived realmsSo every graha has its other astral/ indescribable components. Rahu and Ketu are completely ‘other’ graha, they do not have any part of themselves visible in the conscious/subconscious dimensions. They exist at levels much more deeper than that.

The Rahu Ketu axis


All of us live out our lives in the occult dimensions as well as the physical realm. There is nothing called as a ‘past’, ‘present’, ‘future’, ‘parallel’ life. Everything is occurring in this single moment simultaneously. All of us are aware of our this multi-dimensional self, all of us. But it is so staggering that most of us shut it out, perhaps for fear that our minds will crack or that we need to resolve a few karma. Some of us keep all this open, how ‘open‘ depends on the planetary positions and the chart as a whole. If your karmic balance is more to do with these dimensions, your perceptions will be more ‘open’.

Some use sun-signs, some moon-signs, some focus on the ascendant lord but it is illogical to say which one graha is more important than the other. This ‘importance’ depends on the question that one seeks to answer. Most modern astrologers do not find Rahu/Ketu to be important and relegate them to the shadows. This is the result of our times, we are more interested in shallow materialistic things and refuse to appreciate the subtlety of our existence (nothing wrong about it, each one has his own priorities).

But on the deeper levels, the Rahu/Ketu axis is what drives you, all your aspirations, desires, ambitions are Rahu, the karmic ties which you still have to unwind. And all those detachments, apathies, disinterests are Ketu, you have saturated yourself with these objects so are now completely indifferent to them. In very simple language they represent the effect of the Earth (Bhu the first vhyarhuti) on your soul. The reason you manifest on the Earth is Rahu/Ketu.

You are the Ultimate, so what are you doing on the lowest energy level/Bhu? The answer is Rahu/Ketu. The energies of the entire chart are channelised by the Rahu/Ketu axis. You have a train full of valuables, and its engine is Rahu! It is very important to have support from the all the planets in the chart, e.g. ascendant lord – overall ‘fitting in’, Moon -stability, Sun -self-confidence, Mercury -thinking, Mars-fearlessness, Saturn-pragmatic work, Venus-esoteric knowledge, Jupiter-conventional knowledge, etc to navigate the realms of Rahu/Ketu.

Rahu/Ketu mature very late in life at 48yrs years of age, so by then you have more or less finished your material duties and can now start on your spiritual agenda. They make you work at the deepest levels beyond the conscious and the sub-conscious both.

Energy-wise Rahu is more airy/Vata and Ketu more fiery/Pitta. Both are considered to be the enemies of the luminaries, Sun and Moon. Now Sun represents your consciousness/jivatma/soul/ego also your Pingala nadi and Moon represents you at the subconscious/emotional/astral levels and your Ida nadi. Rahu/Ketu thus have the ability to occult the You in several dimensions. And from the energy point of view only when Ida and Pingala are occulted i.e. shut, can pran flow through the central Sushumna nadi complex. So now can you appreciate the vital importance of Rahu/Ketu! When Rahu/Ketu occult the Sun/Moon, wonder what shows through? Energy cannot be destroyed only transmuted. When the lenses of Rahu/Ketu eclipse the oh-so-shiny luminaries, wonder what they allow us a glimpse of?

These are considered to be Serpents. Serpents actually mean karmic bindings. If you have read this post, kundalini is also considered to be a serpent as it binds. To free yourself from the limited sense of self-identification as Priya, Amit and Manish you have to break free of the kundalini and Rahu/Ketu energy too. Serpents guard treasure, here the /Rahu-Ketu Serpents guard your karmic balance. What binds you is also what makes you free. If Rahu/Ketu have bound you, then they have the capacity to set you free too. If Devi Mahamaya has bound you through her Serpent-Kundalini then She has the power to set you free too, thus spiritual aspirants do Devi mantra/yagnya etc aradhana and Ketu is considered to be the real moksh karak.

Rahu/Ketu are the equal and opposite counter-forces of attachment and apathy. These energies are used to churn the Mahameru within you. The story of Samudra Manthan has 54 dev and 54 danav churning the Meru in the Ksheer-Samudra. The rope used for churning is again the Serpent Vasuki. So many karmic events push and pull us constantly till the infinite Samudra gives up his treasure of immortality/self-knowledge. These karmic events on the deepest spiritual levels occurring in your life are linked to Rahu/Ketu placements, dashas and transits. If truly analysed, you can see that they are indeed pulling and pushing you towards your real self-identification.

This is the real use of Jyotish the science of illumination. Of course you can answer mundane questions like, ‘when will I get married’ or ‘when will I get a job’, you will get your answers. But sometimes do analyse your chart in the spiritual context to delve deeply into your real self.


The Rahu Ketu axis

Analysing occult from the houses

This is continued from the previous post here. Now about the houses, see how they connect with the occult. As usual check out the birth chart for the manifested reality of the occult phenomena, the navamsha for the astral and subconscious potential for the occult and the birth moon chart on how all this ‘other-ness’ affects the emotions and mental stability. Each house contributes to the ‘occult’ personality, but the main house is the 8th house.

Occult and the 8th are interlinked. You will need to analyse everything about this house, the planets placed in it and it’s ruler’s placement. Just a few combinations to get you thinking.

  • Any planet connected to the 8th has the capacity to grant occult senses. Pay attention to the planets placed/aspecting the 8th, which houses they rule and their nature.
  • The planetary owner of the 8th house of your chart, Mars the natural owner of the 8th house of the zodiac and the sign Scorpio the 8th natural sign, wherever they may be placed in the chart are linked to the occult. So analyse these forces too.
  • I have noticed Aries ascendant and Libra ascendant persons are often connected to the ‘occult’ in some way. I think this is because the owner of the ascendant sign and the 8th house sign is the same planet. The personality tends to accept such energy transformations more easily.
  • If the rulers of 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th are linked in some way, (conjoint/aspects) in any of these houses, you can expect a highly aware tantrik personality.
  • Mars if placed in the 8th house always indicates that high levels of astral forces are operating which will cause transformations through catastrophic changes. Similarly for Ketu in 8th house. If such persons refuse to take up their karmic burden in the right spirit, they will suffer accidents and other problems with the physical body. If they choose to serve out their karmic load, they will become exceptional tantrics, regularly working in the astral domain, changing internally
  • I have a client who as a child didn’t understand what he was seeing. It was scary so as a child he intended that he stop ‘seeing’, so he also started losing his normal vision also. A very high myopia and more eyesight problems as he grew older. Finally by the Devi’s blessings, he realised that he had karma which could not be avoided so started ‘seeing’ again, both his visions (normal and ‘other’) then stabilised with this acceptance.

Analysing occult from the houses

Now the three houses of the Dharma trikon, determine the foundations of your life, your personality/environment, your creativity/divine intelligence and your philosophies/teachers.

The first house, the Ascendant lord is how compatible your personality is with your environment. e.g. The ruler of the 1st house if with Ketu, will 100% give association with spirits. How this association turns out positive/negative depends on other placements. Ascendant sign is overall you and your environment. If you have Ketu in your 1st house, you will be also be more susceptible to the evil eye/’nazar’. Spirits can access your personality and environment very easily.

The 5th house is where you channelise divine intelligence and express it as your own personal creativity. e.g. If Ketu is linked to the 5th or owner of the 5th, you will receive information, communications and ‘intelligence’ from the disembodied ones, the ghosts and the spirits. Or the owner of the 8th house if placed in the 5th. Or if the ascendant and Ketu in the 5th.

The 9th house can grant a Teacher, a real Guru (tantric/spiritual/philosophical etc) who can guide responsibly. If this house is strong, you will learn whatever is being taught with a broad mind. You will be less likely to cheat yourself by misusing the knowledge you have been given. You will also be more likely to have students yourself so that you can pass on the wisdom thus completing your karmic cycle. Knowledge is always free, but it has to be given with a sense of love and responsibility and received with gratitude and respect. If not then this knowledge will be the cause of new karmic bindings. This house provides this foundation.

Occult abilities sometimes run in some families, Ketu in 2nd house, 4th house or even 9th house is a good indicator of such families.

Now if your profession is going to be linked to the occult, i.e if you are going to be a practicing tantrik, there will be a connect of the 2nd, 6th and 10th houses with the planets linked to the 8th house or Ketu. There will be links to the family background/2nd, or a need to serve/6th or social status/salary/profession/10th.

The Kama trikon is the 3rd/your boldness, 7th/bargaining capacity and 11th/ability to gain. These houses if strong enough will reduce the impacts of practicing the occult on yourself. I think it is rather obvious, if you are bold enough, you have the ‘working’ intelligence, you can negotiate equitable sharing/balance and gain from all this you are going to come out a winner.

The 11th house is rather important as is the house of your extended contacts, acquaintances, all sources of all types of gains, like-minded groups, very large groups etc. So if you are working with spirits, gaining from the occult etc this house will be important. Like I know a chart with Ketu in the 11th/Rahu in 5th, Moon, Mars, Sun superbly placed, this person has occult abilities beyond description, earns a lot and gives it all anonymously to charity, is never scared of anything that he sees. But then time and transits always take their toll so had to suffer very severely (illness for the physical body) for all this too.

And finally the Moksh trikon, how is this dabbling in the occult going to change you. Will you successfully resolve your karma and use these abilities as a springboard for self development? Or will you be lured by the sheer power that is accessible to you and get caught in the trap of ego? The activities of the 8th house are the main driving force. Occult is the 8th. These actions will be manifested in the 12th house in the astral and the sub-conscious dimensions and will serve as your foundation or binding, these final aspects are be analysed from the 4th house.

Analysing occult from the houses

For those who have an option of choosing between the ‘occult’ or ‘spiritual’ directions, it is advisable to choose the spiritual path. Working with your own energies is considered ‘spiritual’ and infinitely preferable compared to interacting with the energies of clients (being a tantrik). Most good Jyotishis also have a good understanding of the other energies. Interactions with the other dimensional beings is also quite risky (more tantric-ness). When you work with your self, you are sure, you can find your problems, you know the best solutions and you can resolve them completely. With clients and the others it can entangle.

When I was a child I could never understand all this, later as I grew up with my chart and planets maturing, I realised that there was no other option, I ‘saw’. Now I cannot ‘un-see’, all the places I go to, all the people I interact with, the food I eat, the sounds I hear, everything has more dimensions and thus affects me on the other dimensions too. I have to be alert, even when I sleep. The only source of energy is my spiritual practice, the Devi and her mantras. I love my Devi Kali. Whatever I do, I do it because of Her, or rather She does it through me. I leave everything in Her hands.


Analysing occult from the houses

Analysing occult from the chart

Now the other part of the question from this previous post, “inclinations to the metaphysical and the occult”!

I would never advise anyone to consciously choose the occult path. Even with an experienced teacher there are just too many problems. Energy is energy and its use binds you. I have written about these in my past posts. I personally and my clients have faced too many issues arising from the spirit worlds. But if, by karma, you are required to do it then I would suggest that you start Devi puja first. The best way is to use the Devi Mahatmya, the siddhakunjika and the navavarna mantra. Unless you fortify your energies and seek the protection of the Devi you cannot and should not dabble in the occult. You might think why waste 2 years on a mantra but it is the only strength you will have in this line of work. This is a serious warning, heed it.

Astrologically there are a few combinations which indicate involvement with the occult. As always you have to look for patterns in planetary positions. Single placements cannot be used to predict, always patterns, the chart as a whole will be involved. If you analyse your birth chart you will get the manifested context, from the D-9 Navamsha chart you will get the potential and the subconscious tendencies of the person and from the birth moon chart you will get the emotional context. The charts talk about your energies and possibilities, it is your conscious thought process which gives the final direction. You can be a healer or the sufferer, the energy is the same, just its direction is different. You can channelise the energies you have been given, the choice always remains in your hands. You do not need brute force for this, just a slight change in thought processes will result in change.

Analysing occult from the chart

Now here are just a few combinations to get you thinking, first the planets and then how the houses contribute to a personality involved in the occult.

Ketu and his role in your chart, the most important indicator, analyse everything about him in the chart. Where is he placed, with whom, where is the owner of his house placed etc. Ketu is detached, unwanted things, ghosts, spirits and disembodied energies. If he gets his ‘head’/direction from a malefic planet he can manifest these energies in the house (and to some extent the sign too) he is placed in. E.g. Ketu in the 5th is going to link your creativity with the astral beings, either you serve others in their troubles with the ghosts or suffer yourself!

Ketu owns the three Nakshatra, Ashwini, Magha and Moola, so if your ascendant degree or birth Moon lies in these there is a good chance that you will be familiar with the occult side of life. (These persons desire companionship with distant, unknown, disinterested, unattainable, unrequited type of unions, often partners from different worlds!)

Rahu is the counter part of Ketu. Both these forces are responsible for your life on this earth. They represent the summary of your karmic balance at the present moment. They are astral forces not ‘imaginary planets’. So Rahu is the force which attracts you to things/ objects of desire. Some typical placements are, Rahu connected to the 8th house, or ruler of the 8th house or Rahu with the moon or ascendant lord. Rahu grants that sort of ‘fools rush in where angels fear to tread’-type of fearlessness. He is so fixated on his object of desire that he disregards everything else. A Rahu personality should always try and use his intelligence and curb his headlong rush before he falls flat on his face, only then will he be extraordinarily successful in life.

Now the Moon, this represents your mental strength and comfort. If the Moon is strong, you can easily work with spirits. A badly placed Moon will make you susceptible e.g. Moon with Saturn will scare you. However Moon in Scorpio though debilitated can grant high levels of psychic ability. Moon with Rahu/Ketu, is very easy access to the astral worlds.

Ascendant lord is the most important planet in your chart. He tells you how you and your environment interact. If he is well-placed you are more well-adjusted to your surroundings and more confident because of this. If this planet is placed with Rahu/Ketu you are going to have interactions with the astral/occult forces. It might take some time for you to understand what is happening (Rahu/Ketu mature at 48yrs of age) and thus it is possible that you will suffer damage before this period.

Venus and Jupiter are the forces of knowledge and wisdom. If these are well placed in your chart you will have the necessary knowledge, both esoteric and ritualistic to deal with any situation. If these are conjoint or aspecting Rahu or Ketu, they grant occult knowledge and after their maturity, also the necessary strength and sense to navigate the astral waters without much damage to yourself. But just remember if they are conjunct with Rahu/Ketu they also will mature late at the age of 48yrs, till then you will not be able to come to terms with your occult/spiritual leanings.

Mercury will contribute here by providing the databases and the intellectual analytic power. You might know the theory of everything (provided by Venus and Jupiter), but Mercury will give you the ‘working intelligence’ to use this wisdom. To convert the esoteric principles into working practices is the domain of Mercury.

Sun as usual provides a sense of self-ego. If he is well placed he will help by granting the necessary confidence and fearlessness. But if badly placed will add to to karmic burdens are you will perform your actions with an exaggerated sense of ‘I am doing this’.

A well placed Mars is important too. He is the natural ruler of the 8th house of the zodiac, Scorpio, the house of mysteries, so if well placed can grant the strength to explore these depths. And these depths are often scary and you have to traverse them alone. Mars being the pioneer and the ‘first’, is not afraid to enter the unknown and uncharted realms of the occult. Malefics give problems but also grant the energy to fight the problems. Remove a thorn with a thorn!

Finally Saturn, he has a restrictive role in most cases, but ultimately he is the natural owner of the 10th and the 11th houses of the zodiac so linked to your profession, social status, your name and fame, the work you will be performing in the society, your interactions with large impersonal like-minded groups, your gains and profits, your salary etc. If you are to gain all these things through the ‘occult’, then you might want to give your Saturn a quick once-over. Also if he can do good by restricting the activities of ghostly energies in your life if placed in a position where he can restrict Ketu.

Jyotish, in my opinion, cannot be taught by rote, you cannot just memorise combinations, you also need to get a ‘feel’ of the patterns and combinations. You are a Doctor, you cannot diagnose 100% based on textbook knowledge. Your intuition and experience also operate.

You might think now, just for checking just the occult tendencies why read the entire chart?  You go to the grocers only when you need to go shopping. Occult is not like that. When you start interacting with these energies you change for ever. Once ‘seen’, it cannot be ‘unseen‘. It will always remain at the edge of your conscious awareness. So again, get into this only if you feel that you are karmically required to and there is no other option. And if you have to get into this, first do your Devi mantras and keep on doing them.

(Will continue this in my next post on houses involved in occult tendencies and another one on Rahu/Ketu and the Gandant Nakshatra gap.)


Analysing occult from the chart

To decipher Multiple Spouses

It is quite common to see people indulging in multiple marriages. A sequence of marriage, divorce, remarriage or multiple spouses together at the same time. Thus more complicated for the astrologer to interpret marriage-related questions. A person will have a series of girlfriends/boyfriends, then marriage, perhaps extra-marital affairs, then divorces and re-marriages! Thus we need to look into the horoscope with more care. So lets check out this complicated question of multiple spouses!

First a bit on what is marriage! Marriage is karmic the domain of the 7th house, legal partnerships negotiated by Venus. Romance is more self-centric, the domain of the Sun, girlfriend/boyfriend is seen from the 5th house. For a relationship to be considered to be a marraige, there needs to be a legal alliance, a contract, an understanding, before a witness. This can be a traditional marriage, or a marriage in court, or (this is stretching it) if a child is born or even conceived/aborted without a formal marriage, this child is considered as the witness to the marriage.

You can also calculate the number of marriages through palmistry. See the edge of the palm of the dominant hand, right under the little finger/Kanishta, the space between the heart line and the base of the finger. Count the number of well defined horizontal lines, that is the number of spouses indicated in this life for you.

For marriage, the first and foremost planet to analyse is Venus – He is the natural ruler of the 7th house of the zodiac, Libra. Wherever he may be located, Venus will have an influence on the marriage alliance. Generally Venus is considered to be the agent of ‘Wife’, but I have seen Venus indicating the ‘Husband’ too, thus I consider him to indicate ‘Spouse’ in general.

  • If the Venus is within 15 degrees of any other grahas including Rahu/Ketu then he may grant multiple spouses. If Venus is with Rahu the spouse will be ambitious, interested in social mobility and breaking the rules! Moon with Venus will give an emotional, sensitive, maternal type of partner. A Venus alone will give a more balanced partner.
  • If Jupiter is with Venus, then multiple spouses are almost certain, you might see a rich man having 3-4 wives, each wife in her own house and established properly.
  • Even the headless graha Ketu with Venus can grant multiple partners, the narrative will be widowhood/abandonment/divorce/separation thus the new spouses.
  • Then Venus with any other graha, especially in the 5th house will give multiple spouses.
  • In the 9th divisional chart/Navamsha, check out the placement of Venus, if alone or with multiple planets. This indicates the sub-conscious expectation of marriage and the spouses.

To decipher Multiple Spouses

Now a look at Jupiter. The planet of expansion is deeply connected to marriages and your spouses. He  is taken to represent just ‘husband’, but I have seen him indicate ‘wife’ too so I consider him as an agent of ‘spouse’.

  • Jupiter if occupying the 7th from ascendant or even the 7th from birth moon sign causes expansion of the marriage event giving multiple spouses. Again the character of the partner can be judged as per the nature of the planet accompanying Jupiter.
  • Jupiter if conjunct with the owner of the house 7th from ascendant or 7th from birth moon will grant multiple spouses.
  • Jupiter in the 7th house in the Navamsha chart indicates the potential for multiple marriages, but the D-1 must support in some way for it to be actually manifested.

The houses which indicate the next marriage partner is always counted 8 houses from the house indicating the current marriage partner. This is how it works,

  • 7th house indicates first spouse
  • 2nd house represents the second spouse
  • 9th house represents the third spouse
  • 4th house represents the fourth spouse

If you count these houses from the ascendant sign in your birth chart D-1 you will get the physical reality, the environment and the circumstance of the marriage partner. The physical attributes, looks, family situation etc.

If you count these houses from the birth moon sign you will get the emotional context of every spouse. Will the marriage event be emotionally fulfilling, secure, comfortable and stable. The reality of the intimacy between the two. And the perception regarding the success or otherwise of the marriage contract. This is an important analysis as sometimes you see marriages doing well on the physical front but collapsing on the emotional fronts. Or you may see a physically abusive marriage continuing well because despite the physical abuse the chart offers emotional stability!

Then finally if you count these houses in the Navamsha/D-9 chart you will understand the expectations and the sub-conscious reasons behind every spouse. D-9 is the total astral experience, this may or may not be fully manifested in the real material world represented by the D-1 depending on several trigger factors. Eg, if the D-9 shows possibility of a second spouse but the person and his first spouse do astrological remedies or engage in mantra jaap or even good karmas together the sub-conscious possibility of the second spouse may not materialise in the real life.

The 7th house is what mirrors you in every aspect so the first spouse is the most important in this way. This is the house of balance, alliance and legal partnerships. But if the karma of this house gets completed by death/divorce/abandonment etc. then the 2nd house gets active. The second spouse is more likely to be someone strongly connected to his/her family lineage, interested in interacting with family/friends, food/drink and wealth. The typical 2nd house keywords! Or you might meet this person in such a setting of song and dance. In case this karma of second spouse also gets completed within this lifetime then you get to the third spouse. This is more likely to be a more philosophical personality, more mature, more into public and visible roles in the society etc, apply the keywords of the 9th house to decipher this personality. And so on, counting the next 8th house to get the nature of the next spouse.

These second onwards spouses take on the traits of the 2nd, 9th, 4th and onwards houses, thus mirror your family, paternal figures, maternal figures etc check out the keywords of these houses. Thus afford another chance for you to revisit this house (now in this very intimate relationship) and resolve the karmas related to it quite beautifully.

Now you know the house you need to see for checking out the spouse, first spouse is 7th house, second spouse is 2nd house and so on. The next factor that you need to see is the owner of the house, where is he placed in relation to the house and if he is comfortable or not. And also the planets placed in the house. These will add more details to your analysis. For example a Ketu in the 7th will give a disinterested partner who may abandon you, then a Mars in 2nd will give a more athletic out-going and passionate partner number two.

But remember, the ‘partnership’ is not just limited to a human actual person. This may be a concept or a way of life or a philosophy or a Deity. Each one of us has a significant partner, our mirror.

So this may also interpreted as, after the completion of the 1st marriage, the person may immerse himself in his own family affairs or spend his time with family/friends, or in making more money! May not remarry and consider this lifestyle to be his significant partnership. Or after the completion of his second marriage karma with his second spouse, turn to religion, philosophy and the divine! He may start a new thought process of helping the human race, get into social service and consider this to be his significant partnership.

To interpret anything to do with marriage, considerable delicacy and understanding of the social norms and culture is necessary. If additional ‘marriages’ are indicated they will happen. If the society approves of divorce/remarriage, or having multiple husbands/wives then these additional spouses will be legitimately in the open. However if the society does not allow (check position of Saturn to see this aspect of the marriage/spouse event), the additional spouses will happen but in secret and will be denied in the public life.

Ultimately we choose our partners based on our sub-conscious expectations. If you are scared of marriage, expect a similarly afraid partner. If you are desperate to get a spouse, expect a similarly frustrated person as your spouse. However if you are content and a balanced personality you will marry a similar happy person and make the most of your married life!


To decipher Multiple Spouses