Change is the only constant

You change every instant of your life.

Our life experiences change us. These experiences to come are predicted from the birth chart and the time when these will occur is predicted using a combination of the birth chart, the Dasha and the transiting planets. For a complete well-balanced prediction these three things have to be considered. How you will feel about these experiences will be seen from your birth moon chart.

eg My son asks me to get him a glass of water I do it, quite routine. Five minutes later he asks me to get him his school-bag lying by my side. Now I scold him. What changed? In these 5 mins I have slammed my fingers in the door and I am in pain! My fingers are hurting and I couldn’t care less about his school-bag. The reaction was different as I have changed. Try to observe yourself as you go about your daily routine, you will notice so many small but significant things about yourself. You change continuously, you flow!

The birth chart indicates what you have chosen for you in this current life. And every chart has ‘free will’ built in. There are always options and you are always choosing between them. You may not be aware but you are always choosing. The options and the type of options vary. If you have chosen to rebalance the hurts you have given others, you will be born with a lower than average birth chart. The possibilities indicated in this chart will be less and there will be less options. If you have chosen to rebalance the good you have done in your past lives you will be born with a better horoscope and the you will have more options to choose from.

  • Eg you get marriage proposals from two families and both are quite unsuitable. So the choice is to choose between these two unsuitable matches or remain unmarried. Either way it is rather inauspicious.
  • And the other example is, you get marriage proposals from ten families all of whom are well-off, so whatever you will choose, you are assured of a good married life.

Everything is based on your birth chart. Only those events indicated in the chart will happen, none other. If there are no possibilities of surgeries happening, there will no surgeries in the life, however bad the current period/ transit may be.

I have written quite a few posts on analysing transits and Dasha periods, the general results which you can expect. (There was a question on chart analysis) Open your Indian/ Vedic software. Check the Dasha section. If there are options listed, choose Vimshottari Dasha system. You will first see the main Mahadashas listed out. Suppose the person was born in the Venus Mahadasha at birth and at present the Moon Mahadasha is going on. So to analyse the present time, look at the Moon Mahadasha. If it has a drop-down menu, check out its sub-periods, find out the current sub-period/ antardasha he is into. Suppose the person is in the Ketu sub-period/ Antardasha at present. So this will be written as ‘Moon-Ketu’. (There are 5 layers to the Dasha system so every minute of your life is mapped out.)

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Now try to fine-tune the results like this. (There was a question for an example.)

e.g. Suppose your chart with Aquarius ascendant. Jupiter is lord of the 11th and 2nd houses in the birth horoscope and is himself placed in the 5th house. He will be linked to gains and the larger groups you interact with. He will also be incharge of creating wealth for you and your family, also keeping you active in the smaller family groups. So in any Dasha period (either his own Mahadasha or his sub-period in other planet’s Mahadasha) controlled by him, he will ensure that you gain in some way or the other and are more socially available. He will also improve your relationships with your family members and make your money. As he is placed in the creative and self-oriented 5th house of intelligence he will give auspicious results. Also he will modulate your nature in his typical benevolent, expansive and hopeful mould. Thus during his period you will feel more generous, helpful towards others and be more philosophical in outlook. People who meet you in this period will take away an impression of your Jupiter-influenced personality. And your impression of them will also be through your Jupiter-tinted glasses. Jupiter controlling your interactions with these others will create overall auspicious and beneficial results all over. Every aspect of your life will be influenced by Jupiter, the 5th house (his placement) and the 2nd and  11th houses (his own signs are here) dynamics. These keywords will be the focus of your life. This will be the background theme for the 16yrs of your Jupiter Mahadasha.

Now within this Jupiter Mahadasha you will have the sub-periods /Antardasha of the 9 planets. To analyse how the sub-periods will be, analyse further.

Now if you have your birth Moon in the 12th house, Capricorn sign. He is now the lord of the 6th house placed in the 12th house. So his results by himself will be overall beneficial (vipreet raj yog). But he is now in the adversarial 6/ 8 axis from Jupiter’s birth position. (The 12th house is counted eighth from the 5th house). In this Jupiter mahadasha, you will undergo the sub-periods in sequence. Soon you will reach the sub-period of the Moon. In this Jupiter-Moon period, your personality will change. Jupiter and Moon are not comfortable with each other as they are linked in the axis of loss/ pain/ shock/ trauma. So in this period, the events, the people whom you will meet and your personal nature too, all will show signs of this internal discomfort between Jupiter-Moon. You might meet with some temporary setbacks in your family related matters, some unlucky investments will affect your wealth, you might get some illness of the throat, your social life may tire you out, you may feel exhausted. These will be temporary as the power of Jupiter’s placement is more than the Moon’s placement in this case, but it will happen. Your emotions will remain disturbed and you may not be able to rest, perhaps you may need to travel more. People meeting you at this time will carry this impression of your personality. And you too will look on people differently, there will be an influence of the uncomfortable Moon influencing Jupiter’s general benevolence here.

As soon as the sub-period changes, your personality will again change. After Moon’s sub-period, the next in sequence is the Mars sub-period. If Mars is placed to give auspicious results overall and also with respect to Jupiter, you will feel energised, be active, health will improve, mental fog will vanish, full of energy, new ideas, new challenges, competitive spirit, new avenues of life will open up. And your acquaintances will wonder what happened! They are now seeing the new Jupiter-Mars you. And you too will feel that you are meeting all exciting people as your perception is tinted by Jupiter-Mars.

And finally during the 16yrs of Jupiter Mahadasha and even the 2-3yrs of each sub-period, there will be periodic transits of the planets in the sky. (eg the slowest Saturn transits every 2.5yrs per sign and the fastest Moon at 2.25days per sign.) The planets will change their speeds and also their direction of movement, forward or retrograde. They will go combust or eclipses will happen in time. All these events will give their effects. You will have to factor in these details and fine-tune your predictions accordingly.

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Thus the environment, the personality, the perceptions, the way you act and react change literally every second.

I sometimes get clients with problems in their marriage. Each complains that the other husband/ wife has changed and that is why the marriage is on the rocks. But time changes everything. The husband you have now is not the one you married! And neither are you the same person you were when you got married. So much time has passed, transits and dashas have changed both you and your husband/ wife. Accept that change happens you cannot stop it or block it, you have to change with it, evolve with it. There is no option, you cannot hold down a situation indefinitely. Your ability to adapt to change is linked to your birth Mercury’s position and also to some extent to the current Mercury’s transit in the sky. If your birth Mercury is placed well, you are more adaptable and more easily able to navigate.

Recently I came across a client whose jealous co-worker had done some negative things to him due to which his career prospects had stilled for a couple of years. Black-magic. He met a shaman/ tantrik who helped him get rid of that negative binding. And everything which had been unnaturally forced to go still in his career, exploded. The more is something suppressed, the more potential force it develops and literally explodes when the binding is removed. Within one month of his ‘cleansing’, he got promoted and got placed in a higher-up post, he met new people, made new contacts etc, his professional life re-bounded with all the suppressed pent-up energy of the past years.

So accept the change, work with it. Let the change occur as per its time. Study your own horoscope so that you can be aware of the changes coming up so that you can more intelligently navigate through. The present 2 months, till Jan 2020 are very intense with very strange energies, events will happen whether you choose or not. Change yourself to use the opportunities which are being generated now.

 

Of the Dead

Binding and Release of the Soul

The origin is a Singular Eternal Reality.

No one can really can describe this Eternal Reality in the words of this manifested reality /’Maya’.

Maya is taken to mean illusion, which is incorrect. Maya is a Sanskrit word which means ‘not this’. Thus the ‘manifested reality’ called Maya cannot be conclusively proved to be real nor can it be conclusively proved to be un-real. Thus you, your body and the Universe around you is neither illusion nor reality.

The Singular Reality /Parabrahma first gives rise to duality. The first step is the creation of ‘still unmoving energy’ called Purush and the ‘energy in movement’ called Prakruti. Simply put, still energies are called ‘masculine’ and moving energies are called ‘feminine’ (they do not have a gender, there is nothing sexist about all this).

Binding and Release of the Soul

Why does the Singularity differentiate?

What is this first impulse? The first impulse or the origin of this first impulse also cannot be completely described in the words of this Maya. The Nasadiya Sukta (10th mandala 129th sukta of the Rg Ved) gives a background to what this Singularity is like (the first 2 verses) and why did it differentiate (verse 3). There is concept from Sankhya which states that everything that manifests, first exists in seed form before it can be manifested. (e.g. A human does not have horns because he does not have the potential to form horns. But he has the potential to form a hand thus hands are formed. However the human is much more than just the hand. Similarly the One). The Sukta in this first three shloks says that the One has the potential to form several things, and that its Entirety cannot be fathomed.

And the Sukta frames these concepts as questions. It does not want you to blindly follow whatever it says. You are expected to think over it and come to your own conclusions. You may agree or disagree or have no opinion, it is upto you. You are prime. Follow whatever you feel convinced about, remember your Conscience is your only guide. This is the characteristic of only Sanatan Dharm/Hinduism. It is not a religion, you are not expected to follow something because it is written somewhere. Questions are to be asked in the true spirit and answers sought. This is Dharma, the foundation.

Back to Creation. The Light Source emits the Ray. Both are connected, one cannot exist without the other. Though both are the same light, there is a subtle difference between these two. Similarly are the Purush and the Prakruti, these two are in eternal conjunction, same, yet subtly different.

The Purush is the Witness. He observes what is being done by the Prakruti. He is ‘being’, the Still Intelligence. He is the subject. The Purush is not attached to anything nor does he change. Neither does he get involved in or entangled in or moved by whatever is being performed by the Prakruti, he is completely indifferent. He witnesses just because there is ‘something’ to be witnessed. He is not compelled to observe it.

The Prakruti is the object, Spontaneous Motion (she is ‘Sahaj’, ‘Sahaj’ is a very important  concept, might write a full post on this later.) She called the ‘Devi‘/ ray of light. She is ‘becoming’ and goes about ‘becoming’ further creation. She plays the Game, Lila, she is called ‘Lalita’, the ‘one who plays’. She does all this out of spontaneity, no other reason. And as she is the Light of the Purush, so, she plays and the Purush observes. There is no requirement for her to perform for the Purush. It just Is. He IS and She IS, because duality exists, no other reason. He is Stillness, She is Spontaneity. This just Is.

Binding and Release of the Soul

She does not observe, she experiences and evolves. She plays with her energy in whichever way possible. There is no judgement, no reason, only energy, actions and further linked actions, all sorts of permutations and combinations. She spontaneously creates the entire experience. There is a fire burning, you see the sparks moving from it spontaneously, ‘playing’. In the micro and the macro levels, i.e. the following are all her energy,

  • The body which will experience – the physical body composed of the Sapta-dhatu, the Panch-pran, the panch-kosh etc.
  • the organs which will be used to experience – (these are 11, the 5 organs of senses, the five organs of actions and the Aham-kaar, the sense of ‘I’ individuality.)
  • The objects of experience (also the subtle seeds of the experience- tanmatra)
  • Bhava, the ‘essences’, ‘feelings’ which are necessary to add value to the experience
  • And finally the Discriminating Knowledge – this is the one who puts a stop to the experience. The limit of experience. This is spontaneously manifested in Her then she is done ‘playing’.

Thus she creates the individual body and the individual Universe, maintains it and then dissolves it. (Your body and Universe is different from my body and Universe. Every individual soul is linked to an individual Purush-Prakruti combo. The Singularity creates every soul separately.)

Prakruti is not Intelligence. There is only one objective in all her actions, i.e. to spontaneously create the experience which because of their link, the Purush will witness. The Purush is not compelled to witness it. She does just this, nothing else. The Prakruti binds her energies with herself. She is bound in her own manifested creation by the seven forms (Roop) of virtue, vice, dispassion, passion, power, weakness and ignorance. These seven forms are also created by herself.

(These leads to the creation of Karma. She modifies herself and creates new experiences to resolve this karma and then creates even more karma, in a cycle. The karma is then the framework for ‘play’.)

She performs the entire dance of creation, preservation and dissolution. She stops when the Knowledge of Singularity (Ek-Roop) is manifested within herself. She manifests this too. Under the influence of this Knowledge, her outgoing/kinetic energy stops. Now the seven forms of her own bindings over her vanish as if they have never existed. The Purush has witnessed and her performance has ceased. She, the artist, stands still on the stage as He, the spectator, stands unmoving in the viewing gallery. They are still duality, now there is no motive for creation, as there is the Knowledge of Singularity in her.

Now, the perfect Knowledge has been attained, the perfect performance delivered and the witness has experienced it perfectly. The reason why duality was manifested in the first place has been satisfied. But the body and the Universe incarnated by her remains manifested. It is just like a fan, when you switch it off, it still moves for a few minutes before stopping completely. This stage of existence is called Jivan-Mukt. The individual soul remains in the manifested body/Universe but the binding of karma does not exist.

 

Binding and Release of the Soul

(These are very deep philosophies which are actual experiences. All of us will go through this. I will continue on the same theme in my next post.)

The Sun, Surya the Soul

In a horoscope the Sun is the source of divine intelligence. Just as in the solar system, the Sun is the source of all the energy that powers the chart. The Will! This post is about this radiant Ruler of the horoscope, Surya. He owns the sign Leo/Simha, the 5th. Thus he is the natural ruler of the 5th house of the horoscope. Irrespective of the actual sign occupying the 5th house in a chart, the Sun and his sign Leo will always have a subtle influence on the matters of the 5th house.

Astrology says, the Sun is the soul of Kalapurusha (the person who is ‘Time’), the Moon is his mind, Mars is his vitality, Mercury is his speech, Jupiter is his knowledge and happiness, Venus is his sexual love and relations and Saturn is his work and misery.

The Sun, Surya the Soul

Sun’s friends are the Moon, Mars and Jupiter. In Cancer he loves the patriotism and enjoys working for the interest of his homeland. Also a paternal figure, he likes providing security and stability to those who ‘belong’ to him. In pioneering active Aries, his independence and confidence is enhanced and in Scorpio he loves the penetration, exploration and discovery. In Sagittarius he loves philosophising, channeling the divine truths and being the center stage of religious ceremonies. And in Pisces too, he has the opportunity to cast his radiance in the uncharted domains of the sub-conscious and astral.

He considers Venus and Saturn to be his enemies. If the Sun in the horoscope is under their influence in any way, either conjoint or aspected by them or in their actual sign  or natural house then his self-confidence is reduced. Venus interferes by offering him material pleasures and Saturn interferes by giving him too much material karmic work. In Taurus he is reduced to thinking of money and assets to be everything, and in Libra he uses his divine intelligence only for the pleasures of his partner. His personal will is highly reduced and putty in the hands of his karmic partnerships. He considers the adolescent Mercury to be  a neutral force.

The Sun is most comfortable, exalted in the environment of Aries and most out of place, debilitated in Libra the house of Venus, read more about it here. Thus he is generally productive in the 1st house of the chart and quite mis-matched in the 7th house too, irrespective of the signs.

The Sun in your chart describes the following,

  1. Your personal genius, creativity, independence, gambling, brilliance and intelligence.
  2. Your childhood, whether you were encouraged, praised, made to feel confident or not.
  3. Your actual father and other males who had authority over you, and your experience with them. (The step-father /2nd father is the 8th from the birth sun)
  4. Your two physical eyes and more importantly the third eye. You perceive the secrets of the universe with these eyes.
  5. Your entitlements, things which you take for granted as yours by birth or right and the authority that you wield.

A well placed Sun allows you to express your internal self brightly with grace and in clear light. A self-confident person is attractive and is often naturally in the center-stage. A strong Sun allows you to “think good about yourself”, regardless of what others think. Their opinions do not affect your sense of self, as you internally know you have good reasons for your actions.

But the other side of the Sun is the darker self-righteous personality which is selfish, attention-grabbing, narcissist, not bothered about others and very mean. I knew a person with a debilitated Sun in the ascendant, an excellent lawyer, she was a tireless worker for the poor and often worked without taking fees, very highly respected in society, simple, approachable and non-pretentious. But an extremely self-referential person in private life with no regard for the feelings and hopes of her own husband and child causing them immense trauma of which she was neither understanding nor sympathetic. Her partners were the poor people caught in legal troubles and she would do anything to get justice for them. But in her own personal life, she was the narcissist mother and self-righteous wife.

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A quick exercise, in your birth chart, count the signs from the birth sun to the other planets. A count of 6, 8 or 12 is not considered good. All other counts are generally good and will vary in intensity depending on the signs and aspects.

  • The Moon from the Sun tells you if your mind has the capacity to express its emotions in a confident manner. Also if these emotions and thoughts are generally clear bright and positive or twisted and negatively directed. Also a look in into how this person can link up his confidence to emotions, can from emotionally manipulative to aggressive and logical.
  • The Mars from the Sun is a fair indicator of the power of the physical and astral bodies, the activity and health. The match between the inner fire and its outer expression is examined here. Is the Ego supporting the body positively or negatively?
  • The Mercury from the Sun determines if the speech, communication and critical thinking is a product of a positive Self and Ego or not. It also indicates if it is a true transmission of the real self image represented by the Sun. The intellectual power of thought patterns and the articulation of the personal logic.
  • The Jupiter from the Sun is the knowledge, wisdom and also a deep happiness. Do you live your life as with balance between the self and the rest of humanity? Are you philosophical and kind to your own self and also to others? Does your ego allow this?
  • The Venus from the Sun shows indicates the soul-source of your relationships. Do you enter your partnerships, personal and legal with a sense of love and pleasure? To have successful relationships you need to have a healthy relationship with your own self first. This subtly defines all your other relationships.
  • The Saturn from the Sun determines if you carry out your assigned work in the society and the profession. Also how are your contributions actually received by the society/organization. Do you value your work? And in turn is your work valued? This is also ultimately a function of your sense of self-worth and ego.

There is one more important interaction among the planets were the close proxmity to the Sun burns out the others, combust planets, dagdha/asta and caizimi. I have written a post on these results here.

But always remember You are the Central Sun of your Life, You power your life experiences. The power to choose, free will is always available, Sri Krishn in the last shlok of the Bhagwat Gita says to Arjun, 18 chapter, 63 verse, “So I have explained to you very secret knowledge. Deliberate on this completely, and then do what you wish to do“. Free will exists, the horoscope is just the choice you have made before you were born you can change your choices anytime to make things better for yourself!

 

The Sun, Surya the Soul