Dharma Trikon of the horoscope.

The 12 houses of the horoscope are divided into the Dharma Trikon, houses 1, 5 and 9. The Arth Trikon houses 2, 6 and 10. The Kama Trikon of houses 3, 7 and 11 and the Moksh Trikon houses 4, 8 and 12.brown house surrounded by snow covered field near snow covered mountain under yellow blue and orange sunsetEvery human needs these 4 categories of activities to live a reasonably comfortable and happy life. These are Sanskrit words so have layers of meanings and cannot be translated exactly. However, broadly Dharma is the foundation of your life, from the physical environments to the spiritual principles and the deepest understanding of these. Arth is all the hoards, the income, finances and wealth, all the assets and treasuries that you build up on ever level the physical, emotional spiritual etc, and also your understanding of these. Kama is the all the desires that you have, desires ranging from company of friends, interaction with the society, with the spouse and to being with your own Self. These desires also operate on all levels. And finally Moksh, the closure of every aspect of this life, the ultimate understanding of each aspect and also the foundations that you lay down in the astral which will serve as the seeds of your next life experience.

Dharm trikon/triangle is the three houses, 1, 5 and 9 and the aspects of your life that they indicate. Here you decide your personal dharma/Swadharma. (The universal Dharma is called Rita). You choose what is right for you, the right social context, the right creativity and the right philosophies.

The First House

The 1st natural house of the zodiac is Aries, and its ruler Mars, so Aries and Mars wherever they may be located will have a subtle influence on the matters of the 1st house, in addition the actual sign and its planetary ruler.

The 1st house is the house of your personality, the energy of your physical manifestation, the beauty of your face, your skin, complexion, the proportions of your body. Your physical appearance the muscle strength the vitalness, the competitive energies, basically the force of your personality expressed in every way possible. The energies of the Annamaya-kosha, the layer of your body which is visible to the eyes are the 1st house or the ascendant. The 1st house also has its say on how your body and mind can enjoy what is available to you. Do you permit yourself the capacity to enjoy pleasure or pain! Do you have significant personal integrity? Also are you honorable and dependable? This house lays the foundation of your physical life. This is the house of beginnings and the potential that you derive from your birth. Your birth circumstances, social status and the role you are expected to perform in the society. The experience of your early childhood. All of this is connected to the assets you have accumulated in your immediate past life.

How you feel about your social position? Do you actively work to improve it or damage it further? How do others treat you as a matter of routine? Is your voice heard in your social setting? Social ranking is also related to material accomplishment and contributes to your ego. Thus what society thinks of you, determines your quality of life experiences.

This house is counted 5th from the 9th house, thus is the expression of the guidance and philosophies that you have chosen for yourself and guided in this by your Guru, paternal figures, patrons and peers. It is the 9th from the 5th house so is the summation of the deeper understanding of your own creative forces and your active use of them.

Ultimately you desire social validation and use your physical attributes to compete, this lays the foundation of your social personality. The domain of the 1st house.pexels-photo-42240.jpegThe Fifth House

This is the house of your creative expressions. The natural zodiac sign here is Leo, ruled by the Sun. So Leo and Sun wherever they may be located will have a subtle influence on the matters of the 5th house.

You are known by your actions, you maybe famous or notorious, both are expressions of your personal creative actions. You will be made visible through your behaviour e.g. a leader with power or performing arts like dances, theatre, musical compositions. Or you will be made visible by your channelising of abstract divine intelligence, your scholarship, publications drawing, painting and writing. This is the house of being Visible, the natural ruler is the Sun!

The 5th also indicates your higher education. Training in skills, practice and preparation. guidance from parents and teachers, personal focus and also your confidence which comes from a secure childhood environment. And then the capacity to think and to convert what you been taught into new actions. All this provides you a platform for your accomplishments which will be then recognised socially.

Another function of the 5th is to create new ways of using information/intelligence and also drive the society as such to a newer understanding of civilisation. Also to create new children who will live in this newer version of civilisation.

(One point to be noted here. I have seen charts with auspicious placements concerning 5th house but having no children. The more powerful this house is, the more will you be inclined to use its energies for high art, high intellectual expression, superb performances, or great spiritual/political leaderships, rather than producing children from your own physical body. If you observe, genuine and great achievers in any field (artists/leaders/sadhus/etc) have no or limited physical children, if they have any they will engage nannies to take care of them.)

This house is the 5th from the 1st house, thus obviously is the creative expression of the personality. It is also the 9th from the 9th, thus is the foundation of auspiciousness and all sorts of fortune/Bhagya in the horoscope.

This is the house of your speculative creativity and its resultant fame. The Glory of your Ego.pexels-photo-826345.jpegThe Ninth House

This is the theoretical basis of your life, here you choose the creed you live by here. The natural zodiac sign here is Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter. So Sagittarius and Jupiter wherever they may be located will have a subtle influence on the matters of the 9th house.

Your belief system which has developed out of your own creative processes and the religious system that you relate you.The paternal figures whom you choose and really respect as a father-figure (Biological father is the 10th house, you do not have a choice in this). This is the house of the Guru, the one who teaches you wisdom. (Modern education is not about wisdom, it is more the 3rd house). The help and support that the society will give you, your peers and patrons and the elders who help you further your place in society.

The philosophies which are your own (the ideas you were trained in are seen from the 4th house). The ancestral wisdom that derives from the ancestors of your current life and the wisdom you have garnered throughout your own past lives. This is the house of sustained study, deep contemplation and the intention of Dharma. You want to know the deepest possible in the domain of study here which may not have any direct practical application but is the foundation of all your mental processes. Your moral wisdom, your sense of humanity and your associations with similarly philosophical persons and institutions. Your understanding of the divine-human association is the 9th.

Your Bhagya/auspiciousness. The 9th house indicates the best of the best associations that you have created for yourself.pexels-photo-774283.jpegAll the 4 types of trikons are based on creative expressions. Example, in the Dharma trikon, the 5th is the creative expression of the 1st, the 9th is the creative expression of the 5th and the 1st is again the creative expression of the 9th. Each house is counted 5th from the other. This is true for all the trikons. All the 4 types of trikons are also based on philosophies and deepest understandings. Example, the Dharma trikon, 9th is counted 9th from the 1st, the 5th is counted 9th from the 9th and the 1st is counted 9th from the 5th. Thus they are the deepest understanding and philosophical depths of each other.

In horoscope analysis this 5-9 axis is very important. For analysing every house do take into account the placement 5th and 9th from it. These represent the conversion of all the manifested/subtle assets of that house into new visible creative expressions. These visible actions are then again analysed with newer ways of thinking and converted to deep philosophies. And these deep philosophies are then manifested in the physical realm. This cycle is the cycle of evolution and growth for every house and thus the entire personality.

 

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Maturity of the Houses of the Horoscope

I have written about the maturity of planets in this post here, do read it. Planets and Houses of the horoscope mature at certain specific years/periods of your life. This has a rather deep impact on the chart and needs to be analysed before coming to a conclusion about it. If a house is particularly strong or weak, the effect of its maturity and subsequent expressions will be perceptible. Pay special attention to the houses which contain the Moon, the Ascendant Lord and any special yogkarak planets etc during reading. The houses can take a few to several years to mature as per the list, after which they give the most balanced expression of themselves and interact better with their resident planets and incoming aspects. Most of their effects are quite subtle, but if you analyse yourself and your life pattern, you can easily understand them.bake baked blur cakeThis is the list for the house maturity and your age in years.

  • 9th House From birth to 24 yrs
  • 10th House 25 to 26 yrs
  • 11th House 27 to 28 yrs
  • 12th House 29 to 30 yrs
  • 1st House 31 to 33 yrs
  • 2nd House 34 to 36 yrs
  • 3rd House 37 to 39 yrs
  • 4th House 40 to 45 yrs
  • 5th House 46 to 51 yrs
  • 6th House 52 to 57 yrs
  • 7th House 58 to 65 yrs
  • 8th House 66 yrs onwards till death

Now for some details on how this works. These are the general trends which will be modified by several factors like, planets residing, planets aspecting, dasha-astrological time, transits etc. But regardless of the actual physical events  which will happen the subtle theme will remain.

From birth to 24 yrs of age you are building the foundations of your life ‘Dharma’. All sorts of experiences are converted to your personal philosophy. How you will use your formative years to build your life on is decided here. Your paternal figures, peers and patrons play a very important role in deciding the philosophical anchors of your life. Thus the 9thhouse matures. The 9this also the house of auspiciousness. Your life, its fortune or otherwise develops from here. At the age of 24yrs your outlook to life is more or less fixed. This house, Dharmasthan, is also the house of your deepest foundations, you might also get married to your Dharmapati/Dharmapatni towards the end of or after this time.

Generally the 24th to 26thyrs of age are the formative years of your career. You will be engaged in focussing on your business establishments, social mobility, role in society and professional success. (You also might become a father yourself, thus feel the responsibility more palpably). Thus the 10thhouse has matured and now onwards will give its complete results.   anniversary beautiful birthday birthday cakeLogically, from the 26th to 28th yrs, you might get lucky, expand your sources of income. You might be more visible in the society and interacting with locals and foreigners, new persons and new ventures. The foundations of your long-term goals and ambitions now onwards will become clearer. (A new job perhaps) Thus the 11thhouse will start giving its subtle results.

The 28th to 30 yrs of age, will be a rather unsettled time, with long distance journeys, separation from the family/friends. There may be physical losses or spiritual revelations. You might take on burdens and feel tired all the time. Physical body and the environment in which you are used to live in will be subtly ‘reduced’ in some way. (You may shift into a smaller house, which will have an out-of-proportion deep impact on you) Thus the 12thhouse is now active and will start giving its results.

After this experience of loss, you will bounce back with vigour and from the 30th to 33 years you will redouble your efforts and bring back stability into your life and social structure. It will be like a rebirth, you will take on a new identity in some way. (These are subtle effects remember, the actual event may also be a birth of a child, making you a father/mother) You will be more confident about yourself and this confidence is here to stay, this was the 1sthouse beginning to give its results.

Next from the 33rd to 36thyrs of life will be a consolidation phase where your 2ndhouse will start giving its results. You will be more aware of your family resources and you will now onwards focus on earning money, saving, investing and creating security for your later years. You might also start internally valuing your time with your family and close friends.pexels-photo-355290.jpegThe events leading to the 36th to 39yrs, will start you on a new path to creativity. (you might start writing a blog!). You will understand the how to use your initiative and independence and communicate more. New contacts from your neighbourhood and social circle will come up and you will enjoy the new exposure. Thus the 3rdhouse will come to its own.

In the period from 39th to 45 yrs, certain events will occur which will make you value and appreciate security and stability. (You will buy a new car or a permanent house) You might even be drawn to the spiritual stability of meditation. Thus the 4thhouse will attain its mature levels of expression.

Next from the 45th to 51 yrs, you might gain a new perspective on yourself. You might discover new activities to fulfil your creative potential. You will also recognise the presence of divinity and there may be events which will turn you into a ‘respected elder’. You may also be required to focus more on your children and perhaps guide them in their lives as they also grow older.

Then comes the beginning of the exit mode from the 51st to 57 yrs and onwards you will be made aware of the failings of your physical body. Your deep seated diseases will now start emerging. Then depending on how your 6thhouse is placed, your enemies and debtors will come collecting. You will be made aware of the frailty of life and living. This is a subtle process and now onwards the 6this mature and active.pexels-photo-236799.jpegNow comes the period of 57th to 65thyrs. You finally realise on a deep inner level that your relationship to yourself matters. You spend more time with yourself either in contemplation or mediation. You might read more books on spiritual development and practice. The 7thhouse’s subtle message is that you have to forge a relationship with yourself first and find your real Self! Thus now onwards, the 11thhouse starts functioning as it really is supposed to bringing you more closer to your own self.

And then the last, 65th birthday onwards till the death of the physical body. You will understand and face the questions on death and eventual rebirth. You will be made subtly ready to experience these intensely secret mysteries as your final 8thhouse also matures and starts giving its results.

Thus the life of an average human being subtly unfolds. If you can observe yourself this is very beautiful. For every stage of life you are subtly made ready by the interactions of the planetary and sign forces. Life is quite balanced if you can dispassionately observe. Analyse yourself and witness your own Beauty!

 

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Of a yogi and a tantrik..

These two words have become a fashion statement these days, Every aspirant on a spiritual path calls himself or herself a yogi or a yogini. And a student of the “black magic” calls himself a tantric, because it seems like a cool thing to do! So who is a Yogi and who is a Tantrik? Do you do not have to leave your house or indulge in weird stuff or dress up crazy? No, both these terms in their essence are a way of thinking. Read on.

Our soul carries with it a huge chunk of karmic load which needs to be worked through and balanced out. This is a weight on our soul and prevents us from knowing our real self truly. So we work our way through it slowly but surely in every life we take. The trick is to not create new stuff for us to carry while we are on it.

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When we were born all of us decided on how much of this karmic load we are going to deal with in this life. Now there are 2 ways of dealing with this load, either you go through the actual process of repayment or you burn the “I owe you” slips. Eg. If you have hurt a lot of people physically in your past lives, you may have to become a doctor in this life to treat and heal them as patients and balance the energy. But as always, you have a choice, you can do this actually or return their energies by doing deep pujas/dhyan/spiritual activities targeted for the greater good. Both these ways are acceptable.

Now a tantrik is the one who does everything, but with awareness, immersing himself in the experience with complete awareness. Seeing everything that can be seen, but all through being very aware of what is the reality of the event, how is the experience affecting him, his mind and his consciousness. And once he has reached the maximum depth of the experience he recognises that he has seen everything that can be shown to him and now it hold no attraction of him. He will never ever be drawn to it again. This is a tremendous intellectual process where intention, awareness, intelligence, analytical ability, and conscience all play a role. Self control is also of the highest degree. The consciousness is so highly aware that it allows the mind to experience but also control the mind so effectively that after the experience is complete it does not allow the mind to again seek that same as a repeat performance. The path of the tantrik is called the left handed path or Vamachara in Sanatan Dharm.

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A yogi follows the right handed path, Dakshinchara. He refuses to even taste of the experiences available, thus avoiding getting caught in the net of temptations. He withdraws from the society, becomes a Sanyasi. He does intense puja, yagnyas, mantra sadhana, ultimately Dhyan. He prefers to burn out the karmic “I owe yous” with the intense fire of his sadhana/tapa. This path of the yogi is also very difficult path. It is a complete  test of intention, intelligence, Shraddha/faith, awareness and firmness. The yogi has to control his mind and body so intensely that he does not get even the slightest attracted to the desires of the world. You can see such Yogis often bind themselves with very severe rules. They follow the basic rules of a Sanyasi, but do more, not allow anyone to touch them, cover themselves with the Vibhutis of their yagnyas, wear minimal clothes, matted hair, be very particular about the food they eat, speak very less or remain silent always etc. These rules represent their cut off from the realm of the Mahamaya, the world of desires.

For me, I think I am trying the tantrik way! I got married, had a child and have my professional work, take care of my home and do my work counselling my clients. Immersing myself in being a wife, daughter, mother, professional everything, experiencing the joy and the hurts completely. But I try, in all this to remain aware of my real purpose that is to experience my true self. These experiences are just stepping stones on that path.

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One of my clients was insistent on taking Sanyas. He is from a very rich family and the family was not willing to let him go like this as the life of a Sanyasi is very difficult. When you leave the society like this, it is possible that you may fall in the hands of rouges who might kill you for your organs or fake gurus who may tap you for your spiritual energy. And looking at the young man’s horoscope I wanted to help him but also keep him safe. My client’s brother was married and had a son himself so the next generation had also arrived. My client was thus free. So his parents agreed with my counsel. They added one new storey to their house for him, and built him a completely new home with a dedicated puja room. He now lives there separately and does his sadhana, last I heard he was doing Dhyan for over 4 hours daily. He is on his way to being a Yogi.

A small astrology tidbit. If you have your ascendent in Cancer/Karka, you have the potential to be great in spirituality or waste your life energies in worldly activities. Ascendent in Karka is one of the most challenging positions as worldly satisfaction is almost non-existent for them. But if by chance, these persons can bring their minds in control of their consciousness, they can achieve greatness in the spiritual realm.

My client, the young man, after going through his struggles and tapa will eventually be a Guru, a Satguru. I felt the pressure of this disciples both born and as yet unborn waiting for him. And I too look forward to seeing him in that form soon. Reading horoscopes sometimes brings very deep joy.