Naming your baby, the astrologic twists and turns..

Being blessed with a baby is a life-time event. When you hold your bundle of joy in your arms you know that your life has changed for ever. You are now a mother/father and you feel all the happiness, responsibility and it’s a mixture of emotions!

After the baby is born, the most important question becomes naming him/her. The 12th day of life is when the baby is named, the Namkaran Sanskar. Here almost everyone in the family jumps in with a name, right from the grandparents to the uncle/aunts to the brothers/sisters of the baby, everyone wants their choice of the name to be given to the baby. But luckily we have Jyotish and the astrologers. By invoking their authority the parents can avoid the more out-landish names and at least choose one of their choice!

Naming your baby, the astrologic twists and turns..

The baby is to be named on the basis of the Nakshatra occupied by the Moon at the time of birth. It is no big deal, this table below is available everywhere. So why this post? And why refer to an actual astrologer? The table is quite clear. But have you seen the alphabets? Eg if the Moon’s nakshatra is Ashwini you have a choice between the starting sounds ‘chu, che, cho, laa’. Rather difficult to find names beginning with these!

But apart from these literary problems there are more serious reasons why you should not directly copy paste from the table.

You should not name your child as per the Moon’s nakshatra syllables if….

The Moon occupies a dushamsthan, ie if he is in the 6th , 8th or 12th houses in the birth horoscope. (Some astrologers will also consider the 3rd house to be equally bad). A Moon in a dushamsthan is already under stress. The baby will be suffering losses, catastrophic changes, demands for service, medical conditions etc linked to the Moon’s agents. If you name him as per the Moon’s nakshtra it will amplify the effects on him/her.

If the Moon is conjunct malefic planets or heavily aspected by malefics. The Moon is unable to give his full benefic effect. The malefics restrict him and there will be issues related to the Moon’s agents in life.

The Moon is under a heavy influence of the Gandant placement. Here the Gandant effect is going to affect the baby’s early childhood, so avoid naming him/her with the same syllables.

Now find out the father’s and the mother’s birth Moon sign. You already know the baby’s. See if there is a 6/8 axis operating between the baby’s and the mothers’ birth moon signs. And also is there is a 6/8 adversarial axis between baby and the dad. (Good astrologers will also check the 2/12 axis) Eg. Baby has Aries moon, mother has Pisces moon and father has Virgo moon. So baby-mother is 2-12 axis and baby-father is 6/8 axis. As it is the child is going to have a slightly antagonistic relationship with the parents because of this placement. The emotional understanding between them will be slightly off. They might feel a bit emotionally uncomfortable with each other. It is not a problem but a slight under-current will exist. To reduce this effect, avoid keeping the baby’s name from his moon Nakshatra syllables.

Naming your baby, the astrologic twists and turns..

So if not the Moon’s nakshatra then which one? Here are the options,

The Nakshatra of the rising degree. Eg if the rising degree is 2deg Aries it is in Ashwini nakshatra. So you are basically enhancing the energy of the rising degree /ascendant degree. However if the ascendant sign/1st house is suffering the same issues as above with the Moon nakshatra then avoid this one too.

The Nakshatra of the atmakarak planet. For this check which planet has the highest number of degrees in the chart. ie which planet as advanced maximum into his sign. Use the syllables of the Nakshatra that this planet is placed in as another option.

Finally the last option, choose the Yogkarak planet’s Nakshatra or the Nakshatra of the best possible benefic planet for the chart.

And if possible give him/her a name which has a meaning in itself. Ie a name derived from Sanskrit. It is his own personal mantra, so let it be a word of inherent power.

There is another thing, to avoid any family member feeling upset, the parents let everyone name their baby, so at the end of the naming ceremony there are 3-4 names tagged to the baby. The parents then finalise the name when the kid is registered in school. This is a waste of the power generated during the naming ceremony rituals. It is a Naamkaran sanskar, compulsory for Hindus. Choose one name and give it to the baby with all the intention and power generated in the ceremony. Don’t let your relatives overpower!

Now, you are grown up and you realise that the name you are given does not resonate with your horoscope. There are two options, one is to change your name which might be a complicated legal process. Second is to choose a nick-name starting from the appropriate syllable. Do as you feel is convenient. But when you choose your new name, do this small exercise. Write your name 108 times on a piece of paper with full concentration and intention. The name change will be more auspicious.

A name is power. Your mom calls you by your diminutive names but when she really wants your attention she uses your full name. And the effect is electrifying, you get all alert and ready for what will come next.

So I guess the poet was wrong when he said that ‘a rose by any name!’.

(So whoever asked the question in the contact form, Yes names are important on the spiritual front too and all the best and blessings for your baby.)

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Nakshatra

First Letter of Baby’s Name

Ashwini अश्विनि

Chu, Che, Cho, La चु, चे, चो, ला

Bharani भरणी

Lee, Lu, Le, Lo ली, लू, ले, लो

Krutika कृत्तिका

A, E, U, Ea , , ,

4

Rohini  रोहिणी

O, Va, Vi, Vu , वा, वी, वु

Mrugashirsha  मृगशीर्ष

We Wo, Ka, Ki वे, वो, का, की

Aardra आर्द्रा

Ku, Gha, Ing, chh कु, , ,

Punarvasu पुनर्वसु

Ke, Ko, Ha, Hi के, को, हा, ही

Pushya पुष्य

Hu, He, Ho, Da हु, हे, हो, डा

9

Ashlesha आश्लेषा

De, Du, De, Do डी, डू, डे, डो

10 

Magha मघा

Ma, Me, Mu, Me मा, मी, मू, मे

11 

PoorvaPhalguni पूर्वफाल्गुनी

Mo, Ta, Ti, Tu मो, टा, टी, टू

12 

Uttraphalguni उत्तरफाल्गुनी

To, Pa, Pe, Pu टो, पा, पी, पू

13 

Hasta हस्त

Pu, Sha, Na, Tha पू, , ,

14 

Chitra चित्रा

Pe, Po, Ra, Re पे, पो, रा, री

15

Swati  स्वाति

Ru, Re, Ro, Taa रू, रे, रो, ता

16 

Vishakha विशाखा

Ti, TU, Tea To ती, तू, ते, तो

17

Anuradha अनुराधा

Na, Ne, Nu, Ne ना, नी, नू, ने

18 

Jyeshta ज्येष्ठा

No, Ya Yi, Yu नो, या, यी, यू

19

Moola मूल

Ye, Yo, Ba, Be ये, यो, भा, भी

20  

Poorvashadha पूर्वाषाढ़ा

Bhu, Dha, pha Dha भू, धा, फा, ढा

21

Uthrashaada उत्तराषाढ़ा

Bhe, Bho, Ja, Ji भे, भो, जा, जी

22

Shravan श्रवण

khi, khu, khe, kho खी, खू, खे, खो

23

Dhanishtha धनिष्ठा

Ga, Gi, Gu, Ge गा, गी, गु, गे

24 

Shatataraka शततारका

Go, Sa, Si, Su गो, सा, सी, सू

25

Poorvabhadrapada पूर्वभाद्रपदा

Se, So, Da, Di से, सो, दा, दी

26

Uttrabhadrapada उत्तरभाद्रपदा

Du, tha, Jha, Da  दू, , ,

27

Revati रेवती

De, Do, Cha, Chi दे, दो, , ची

 

Naming your baby, the astrologic twists and turns..

(A personal experience, my name is quite long, Tejaswini. It was given to me by my Guru. He did the Naamkaran when I was a baby. But because it was so long my family members rarely called me by the full name, they used a diminutive. Later when I grew up, I faced some problems in my spiritual practice. So my Guru was like eyes rolled up, exasperated, ‘no one calls you by your given name! How do you expect to succeed?’ So then I got everyone to call me by my given name and a lot of things fell into place! The name does carry power.)

Vivah Sanskar as per Vedic Astrology Part 2

This post is a continuation to the part 1 linked here.

These 2 posts are in response to this comment I received in the Contact form. {“Hello astrologer by default! I am an astrologer myself and so much to learn from your blog which I randomly found… Recently been receiving a lot of requests about same-sex relations in my practice. How do you spot the same in the chart? What does Hinduism have to say? Can it be judged from birthchart or divisional charts?”} marraige8.jpgNow for those charts who do not follow the Vedic definition of Vivah there are certain pointers. This does not happen much in India, but here is a logical answer based on Vedic astrology principles. As this question relates to a person’s very personal psychology you need to analyse things in detail before coming to a conclusion. The positions from the birth chart D-1 will indicate the manifested reality. Counting from the birth moon sign will give the emotional context and the Navamsha, 9th Divisional chart D-9 will give an insight into the astral/sub-conscious expectations.

  1. The Ascendant and Ascendant lord. There is a deviation from the Dharma of the biological sex which the client him/herself had chosen at birth. So there will be discomfort and malefic influences here. The personality and its environment are at odds and in extreme unease.
    • In a female nativity, the ascendant sign or ascendant lord being under the effect of neuter or masculine planets. In male nativities the same being under the influence of female/neuter planets.
    • Malefic planets placed here or aspecting, especially the influences on the Ascendant lord.
    • Ascendant lord being placed in 6th, 8th, 12th houses will also tend towards secret diseases, shorter life-spans and several secret losses in life.
    • The power of the ascendant lord to give benefic results is very important. Where is he placed and is he comfortable? Is he in the sign of a friend/neutral/enemy planet, is he exalted/debilitated, or combust, or retrograde, or conjoint or aspected by malefics/benefics etc. Can you expect it to give its results completely or not? Has it matured etc. Do check this out carefully.
  2. The emotional context is also conflicted. The client had chosen his biological sex at birth, thus the mirror sex too at birth. Some event occurred somewhere which caused a change in the way ‘gender’ was felt later. Then the answers must come from the astral/sub-conscious realm too. So analyse the Moon, the sign he is placed in and the planets conjoint and aspects. Dissociative and malefic influences should predominate.
  3. The 5th house – This is the house of creativity and higher education and also represents selfish passions, lust and self-referential behaviours.
    • The natural ruler of the 5th house is the Sun (Leo being the natural 5th house of the Zodiac). The Royal one is often not bothered with rules, equitable alliances and considers himself above the society.
    • Malefic influences on the 5th house will turn the chart away from socially accepted spousal relationships.
    • Check the position of the 5th house and its owner’s placements too.
    • 5th house represents children too, obviously denial of naturally conceived children will be indicated here.
  4. The 7th house is true alliances and legal partnerships which are recognised by the society and also the soul.
    • the 7th house represents Vivah. In such charts the 7th house will be under malefic influences which will deny marriage. Check out the aspects on the 7th house and the placement of the 7th lord.
    • Venus will also not be very comfortable wherever he may be. He always has a subtle influence on the legally accepted and witnessed alliances of the 7th.
  5. The 8th house for hormonal issues and oddities related to the reproductive organs. Also analyse the owner of the 8th house. Mars as always with his subtle influence will be a factor.
  6. The 9th house is the Dharmasthan. The ancestors are seen from here. Do you have permission from them to carry forward their DNA? Check out the owner of this house and also Jupiter with his subtle influence on the matters of the 9th house.
  7. Finally the 12th house will show some irregularities regarding sexual activity.

marraige6Wherever there is breaking of rules and taboos you will have Rahu. He will flaunt himself, until he loses control and falls. Saturn to some extent can control Rahu’s society-disruptive behaviour. Sun, if decides to turn bad, will be selfish, the rock-star bad boy, and will break rules. Such a Sun will develop a strange above-the-masses type of ego, not be bothered with societal norms. Moon if scared of losing emotional security, under Saturn’s influence or debilitation or goaded by Mars will seek comfort in which ever way makes sense to him. Now if there is support from other planets, this Moon can seek comfort in breaking the rules. Mercury in his childishness or peer pressure may experiment in college and with friends. Venus if debilitated may decide to seek pleasure in the off-the-beaten-track. Ketu is headless and if gets in the driver’s seat on relationships you really dont know what all he can get into! But the gist is, look into vulnerable planets and houses which are responsible for mental and emotional security. Relationships and intimate pleasures.

I hope these posts have been of some use for you. However as you are required to respond to questions and counsel people on their relationships with their partners, I would suggest using Cards, both Cartomancy or Tarot give very good answers. Or Runes. These divination systems give on the spot and amazingly accurate answers. And if you ask questions like, ‘What can be done to make this situation better?’ you will be able to counsel regarding the best possible line of action. But if you want to use Astrology, consider focussing on the 5th house rather than the 7th house as an indicator of such partnerships. You can also use Prashna rather than a full blown astrological chart analysis if there is only a single pressing question.

So now for those who reject the Vivah Sanskar, do search into the childhood memories of the male and female relatives you were in contact with. Evaluate especially your deepest feelings related to your mother and father (and grandad/grandmom if they lived with you.) Why did you choose to reject your birth choice of biological sex, male/female and the associated biological sex mirror image? Why did you change your definition of ‘gender’?. ‘Sex’ is a reality it is biological, ‘gender’ is a concept, an idea. You cannot change your sex, it is either XX or XY but you can change your gender. Why did you choose to search for a person of the same sex and the same/opposite gender as yours, in your search to fill your blanks? There is no right or wrong but you need to know why? Even if you fail a school paper you want to know why!

Even for those who are in abusive and chaotic marriages, do this bit of introspection. Why? The spouse is behaving the way you want him/her to behave in your deepest subconscious.  Why have you held such damaging beliefs so tightly in your depths? You are experiencing your own beliefs, fears, expectations and karmic baggage through your spouse. Marriage amplifies all of our feelings about our own self. We receive our deepest Karmic lessons from those closest to us. We love someone, means we wish him/her the deepest happiness. We expect the same love from him/her. In short we expect validation. But validation from another human will always be erratic and uncertain. All relationships will have their periods of tensions and problems, one cannot expect a complete merging with another human. Even in the closest relationships there exists an infinite distance.

So understand that you have to love yourself too, wish yourself the deepest happiness. That is the way you will ultimately realise the consciousness in your own self and the real source of happiness.

There is no right or wrong. Each one chooses their path and then accepts the consequences of the choice.

 

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The Maturity of Planets

Today a quick post on ‘Graha pakvata’, the maturity of the planets. There is little material on this topic on the net so writing about this. The nine planets of Jyotish change their results and fruits with time. Each planet ‘matures’ at a particular age. This age of maturity is an important indicator and should be kept in mind while analysing horoscopes. This is the list of the planets with your age in years at which they attain maturity.

  1. Jupiter – 16 yrs
  2. Sun – 22 yrs
  3. Moon – 24 yrs
  4. Venus – 25 yrs
  5. Mars – 28 yrs
  6. Mercury – 32 yrs
  7. Saturn – 36 yrs
  8. Rahu/North node – 48 yrs
  9. Ketu/South node – 48 yrs

pexels-photo-1232152.jpegAfter the planet attains maturity it becomes more capable of productive interactions with other planets and signs and also with the planets in transit. It develops completely and thus expresses its energies in a more sensible manner. Such planets then have wiser interactions even with their enemy planets and even in uncomfortable dushamsthan placements. The changes brought about by planetary maturity are not sudden but happen gradually over a year. But if the concerned planet is significant for your chart then the effect will be more prominently seen in your personality, both physical and emotional. Check out the following and their maturity ages.

  1. your Ascendant lord
  2. lord of your birth Moon sign
  3. planets located in your Ascendant sign or Moon sign
  4. planets conjunct with the Ascendant lord

One point to be remembered is that, in case two planets are located within 15deg of each other, the maturity of the early maturing planet will be held back till the other planet matures too. E.g Venus conjoint with Ketu, will hold back the maturity of Venus till the age of 48yrs where the Ketu will also mature. You might see this example sometimes, a person has a well-placed Venus however is not bothered about making solid relationships, flits from one partner to another then suddenly stabilises late in life after 48yrs of age and actually enjoys life with his/her spouse. Then again if both planets are more than 15deg away but in the same house, even then the early maturing planet will not be able to express itself fully regarding the results of that house till the other also matures.

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  1. Jupiter maturing will grant you an increase in opportunities for education. Suddenly you are no longer the juvenile teenager, you seem to understand more about life. You seem to grow up perceptibly around the age of 16yrs.
  2. Then the Sun follows, maturing at the age of 22yrs. He will grant a sense of personal ego and an increase in awareness of your personal place in the society. Most likely you will begin to work at the age of around 22yrs.
  3. Then comes the Moon. This change is seen more spectacularly here. If you have observed yourself in the 24thyear of life. The emotions and mental processes seem to stabilize and the response to life seems to become mature. This happens gradually over a year so you might see yourself gradually getting wiser. This change is more visible if you have a Cancer ascendant persons as your body and mind both seems to grow up in this brief period of one year.
  4. Then is Venus at 25yrs. Around this age you are more settled on your relationships and marriage is on the cards. You are more aware of the significant relationships in your life and you appreciate them internally. The childishness and dreamy romance will reduce as you approach partnerships more practically. For the spiritually inclined this year onwards will bring increased awareness of your Conscious Self.
  5. Followed by Mars at 28yrs. This change also can be perceptible. You seem to become a bit less aggressive, more settled, around the age of 28yrs onwards. Meaningless competitions and juvenile rage subsides and you can think more clearly before you act.
  6. Mercury matures at 32yrs. Now onwards you feel more analytical towards life. You know your accounts and loans and you feel the seriousness of money. You might get interested in investing and in business and ensuring financial stability. Your conversations also become more meaningful and superficial gossip appeals less.
  7. Saturn gets his maturity at the age of 36yrs. This is the most significant year of your life. This year you will be experiencing your third Jupiter return, your second Rahu/Ketu return and the maturity of Shani together. This is the year you finally grow up. No vestige of the child/teenager remains and you are sure about your place in the society, your work, your mind, your philosophies and your Karma. If you are still less than 36yrs old remember to analyse yourself when you turn 36yrs old in the future.
  8. Finally the Rahu/Ketu Axis matures at the age of 48yrs. Now you are also aware of the internal balance of Karma, of the objects that attract you/Rahu and those which you are indifferent to/Ketu. You are now the best possible version of yourself. After this age you are more objectively able to analyse your entire personality. You can of course improve yourself by conscious effort. All your planets have matured and you are quite settled in your life.

Just like planetary maturity, the houses also mature at certain specific ages of the life, have written about it here. These ages of maturity are very valuable indicators and it is essential to review them before coming to a conclusion in a horoscope analysis.

 

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Dushamsthan, House of turmoil, the 6th

In a horoscope there are 12 houses each governing an aspect of your life journey. Of these the 6th, 8th and 12th are considered to be the houses of problems and difficulties. The 6th is the house of diseases, arguments, debts, service, enemies. The 8th is the house of accidents, death, means of death, surgeries, hidden diseases. And the 12th is the house of loss of the physical body, sub-conscious, hauntings, insanity, prisons, hospitals, unknowns. In these houses, benefics generally give bad results. However malefics placed here can give good results. But irrespective of planets and placements, these 3 houses together have the potential to create chaos in your physical life.

As always these counted from the ascendant will give physical environments and agents. And when counted from the birth moon sign will give the emotional impacts. Both are required to be analysed to get a proper perspective.

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The natural 6th house of the Zodiac is Virgo, ruled by Mercury. So in the chart, Virgo and Mercury wherever posted will have a subtle effect on the matters of the 6th. In this post will try to make the 6th house simple to understand. As always there are two sides to this house too, for eg it represents diseases, so depending on the aspects, you may be required to either undergo the disease yourself or work for those who are undergoing diseases.

So the 6th!

The 6th house is the house of unbalance, of all types of losses, losses of fairness, of partnerships, of legal justice, of harmony, or cooperation etc (counted from the 7th house, the 6th is the 12th). This house is responsible for all the servitude or enslavement that a person undergoes. In this modern world ‘slave’ is not a popular word, but at every moment you are consciously or sub-consciously enslaved, either emotionally, financially, physically or psychologically or any other way. It is slavery because you endure it and cannot break free of it. You might be a slave to medication, to your emotions, to addictions, to hormonally driven actions, to your wife/husband, to your culture, to your parents, to even time! There is always some force that can twist your will around. This is the house you should first analyse so that you can recognise these forces and agents who this force you into slavery and then also try get out of this inbuilt servitude.

This experience of the 6th house and, what-ever positive/negative, you have learnt from it is reflected in the 7th. Thus the 7th house of legal partnerships is the product of the unbalance of the 6th. Thus if you see an affected 6th, also try to analyse the subtle effect of its agents and situations on the partnerships that this person has in his life. eg, My client with his Moon in the 6th, his mother dominated him, sapped his will, and in his life, which ever relationship he tried to find emotional security, he got trapped/suffocated there too.

The challenge that this house presents is this, first recognise the external patterns which make you miserable, then you take actions on the external level to come out of them, then you avoid falling in the same situation again. This repeat performance occurs when you fail to recognise your own role in this bondage. You have to understand that the permanent solutions can only come from inside your own psyche. The physical situation is by itself neutral but your emotional response to it, ties it to you.

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Now the challenges placed in the 6th and the agents of the 8th are interconnected, both are dushamasthana. Eg. If the diseases indicated in the 6th are allowed to extend, they transform into the agents of the 8th. Thus the 6th’s agents are a milder version of 8th’s agents. And conversely these traumas and catastrophic transformations indicated by the 8th house often leave behind traces which then serve as the seeds for the 6th. The losses indicated by the 6th then result in shame, loss of comfort/security within the extended family, peer groups, social structure, professional circles and networks. There may be loss of income, resources, family assets, distress sale of properties and loss of emotional stability and comfort zones. You personally, your physical body, your sense of your Self, your Ego can take a hit. Owing money, having enemies, being diseased, being needlessly argumentative etc 6th behaviours, all naturally impact the standing and reputation in the society.

Now the 6th seen in the context of the third dushama-sthan, the 12th which is the house of unknowns, the astral and the deepest recesses of the mind. This is the 7th house as counted from the house of enemies. So the 12th is the partner of the 6th. Whatever the 6th does on the physical plane the 12th mirrors on the astral and emotional plane. So the challenges of the 6th and your response to them gets recorded in your astral bodies. If you learn your lesson then well, its all ok. But if you fail to learn it, the same experience will be replayed again and again in different forms till you finally get it.

Now for the other side of the coin. Creative solutions and professions related to the 6th are seen from the 10th house. In fact, if you analyse the profession a person chooses, this is always connected to the issues of the 6th. That client of mine with the moon in the 6th, works as a high-level government official (Moon is security in all forms including the homeland). Another client with a vacant Sagittarius (philosophy and teacher) as the 6th, is a Reiki teacher by profession. A client with a vacant Aquarius (social equality, similar minded groups) as his 6th is a budding politician. But always remember the under-current of the 6th, you are always bound to these things, if you can understand the reasons for this bondage you can be free of them. You can perform these same actions with awareness thus live a more balanced life.

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To tackle the 6th, first examine the 5th house, the sign and the planets placed in it. These will give some hints to what is the deep-rooted cause which is manifesting as the 6th. My client with the Moon in 6th, has the Venus (asc lord) and Ketu in the 5th, he is apathetic to his own self and accepts domination. He is also cut from his internal balance and inner esoteric knowledge. If he has to stop his pattern of emotional bondage and servitude he will need to find his own identity himself which is the realm of the spiritual.

Whenever I see a chart for the first time, I try to calculate its ‘quality’. First is the physical body, the health and the physical circumstances. Second is the mental/emotional behaviour and stability of the mind and third is the inclination towards religion and spirituality. If the horoscope has all these 3 components on a reasonably good level then I read further. These three components on good levels means that the client will be a good client, clear about what he wants and ready to understand what is being told to him. And with a spiritual nature he will also be ready to take up the remedial actions that I will suggest to him.

Mostly everyone is focussed on the other houses which give positive results, the ‘glamourous’ 5th, ‘sexy’ 7th, ‘professional’ 10th, ‘lucky’ 11th etc. But please analyse your three dushama-sthana carefully so that you are better prepared to deal with the negative aspects of your incarnation here. It is not being morbid, you see, in your good times you have everyone with you to celebrate but in the bad times you need to be prepared in all ways to deal with what will come, on the physical, emotional and spiritual planes.

 

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