Birth Moon in Pisces, an analysis in emotions

Dreamy Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac ruled by the graha of expansion, Jupiter. Watery, fathomless and full of life within. It’s two fish are in continual movement, exactly and equally, in opposite directions. Moon in Pisces is an esoteric placement, here you are the emotional, astral, mental and ‘other’ summary of the entire zodiac. You represent the end of a cycle and the learnings hereof. Highly compassionate, highly sensitive, you understand. You may not be so articulate with words but you are deeply aware of your and the other’s emotions all the time.

Birth Moon in Pisces, an analysis in emotions

It can get tiring.

Jupiter loves to continually expand without any limits, he is universal in his benevolence. Moon wants rhythmic movements and is rooted in the homeland tradition. Emotionally caught between these two, you tend to feel pulled in two directions, or at times quite confused. This emotional two-minds causes physical stress. If in this, you get caught in intellectually demanding situations where you are required to impose your personality, the stress can even make you physically sick! You are dual-natured, the two fish in equal and opposite directions. So you can instinctively access emotional context in situations. But to bring your Moon to focus and actually act you need strong benefic influences. Else you will be seen to be wavering, indecisive, vague and worse, tricky and unreliable.

You never rest.

Deep sleep period is comparatively less so you feel tired. The soul can recharge itself only in the Sushupti stage of existence. The dreaming phase is quite happening with astral travel and other similar karmic demands made on your person. You are formidable in the Swapna avastha, you can contact other dimensions, spirits, teachers and also beings who drain your energy. You are kind, selfless, willing to help others. You can sacrifice yourself for others, this mind-set is even more damaging as you give away of your energy. Allowing yourself to be a channel for the energies and emotions of others, you are constantly absorbing energy. If not anchored by benefic planets, you can drown in a sea of emotions.

You give.

You are well-off, can earn money through your own efforts. You also give away, donations to temples, philosophical causes, orphanages etc.

You like spending time with children and also the aged. Generous, you give them your time and emotional support. You like the quiet and are unobtrusive and dislike being in the lime-light. You are the silent hard worker in the background. Creative arts, reading books, things that you can do in relative quiet. You don’t just ‘read’, your imagination literally recreates the scene in your mind’s eye. A writer of abstract topics or a painter drawn to nature, you require calm surroundings. Even as an exercise, your favourite would be swimming! If you are put in a room-full of noise, hectic activity and lots of people you get uncomfortable. You are highly sensitive to auras. You are easily disturbed emotionally, you cannot resist pressure. You look for ways to get out of stressful situations. Especially PIsces-Moon women tend to cry silently and they have large liquid attractive eyes!

You are a good teacher, you know instinctively how to encourage your students to think for themselves. You genuinely care about inspiring them. Philosophical or esoteric subjects are your forte. If you are a professional you try to get your juniors interested in the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of the practical job. You are a mentor. You appreciate the inner subtle dynamics of practical things and want others to understand them too. Your parenting style is also that of a benevolent teacher. You let your child explore creativity and also gift him with a foundation of spirituality/philosophy. The child shares a strong bond with his Pisces-Moon parent.

There is often a difficult relationship with both the parents. Perhaps parents may have argued in front of your child-self, creating life-time impressions. But there is an emotional rift. You do not get on well with your teachers either, you often know more than they do. You know yourself to be intelligent and worthy but you do not get that validation from these elders. Leo is placed 6th from Pisces, so if you have too many planets placed here you will suffer emotional pain. You tend to be absent-minded about material things but you always remember emotional pain from the past. It hits back with that same intensity. Emotional frustration is possible as you never get satisfaction in your relationships. No other sign can match the emotional depths of Pisces. Also this reliving of past emotions is not good for emotional/ physical health. Sun’s Mahadasha will occur slightly after mid-life and here is a potential period of long-term medical conditions.

Birth Moon in Pisces, an analysis in emotions

You might look healthy and robust but you are not.

Venus Mahadasha is a 20yr long period where you will go through turbulence, this will come before middle age. Venus is the ruler of the signs placed 3rd and 8th from Pisces. Both these places can indicate serious problems. (Read the earlier posts on the 3rd and 8th houses). In this period you will suddenly enter into relationships which will cause upheaval on the emotional fronts.

The Moon Mahadasha in the Vimshottari system will also cause health problems which will primarily originate from the emotional context.

The emotional context of your spouse is Mercury-Virgo, 7th from Pisces. In a life-partnership it is essential that the two be compatible not similar. If both are the same, they, as a unit, will be taken advantage of by others. So they have to be fill-in-the-blanks for each other. A dreamy Pisces needs the qualities of an analytical Virgo in the spouse to take care of the regular material life. Even if your spouse is actually not a Virgo/Mercury, he will express some of those qualities after getting married to you. The solution is to let your spouse display his Mercury-traits outside the house. This will mean that he will have lesser contribution within the house. But it will help you as this gives him an outlet and you do not suffer.

You do not concentrate, you flow.

Travelling, seeing new things, experiencing them. Women especially love the anonymity that travel affords. This travel can be physical, astral, or even via imagination. Divert your creative energies, write a book!

Addictions are possible with this placement. So if this Moon is badly placed find your emotional anchor as early in life as possible. (Libra ascendants look out!). Best would be to start some personal spiritual practice. You are drawn to abstract dreamy, fluid, watery things. The private spiritual, meditation and solitude help you. Your enjoyment of things is on the emotional plane rather than the intellectual. You do not like being hurt emotionally yourself and neither do you like hurting others. You can go to any extent to avoid both of these things. You are of a pliable nature and cannot say ‘no’. Highly romantic in nature. This puts you in uncomfortable positions often and you can be easily dominated by your loved one.

Try and learn to put your personal emotions first.

You should understand one thing, others do not feel pain as deeply as you do. Stop feeling for others what they don’t feel for themselves. This is hyper-sensitivity causes you needless pain.

Three Nakshatra, lunar mansions, make up this sign, Purva-bhadrapada, Uttara-bhadrapada and Revati. These three are among the most sensitive sections of the zodiac. The very last degrees of Revati are the Gandant, the gap between watery-fiery signs. Birth in the Gandant will cause typical problems which require attention immediately after birth. Even if someone from your family dies with the Moon in these three Nakshatras it requires special rituals, it is the end of the zodiac.

Pisces is a watery, dual natured sign, the end of the zodiac. So Moon in Pisces Meen rashi is emotionally brilliant, intelligent, imaginative, intuitive, philosophical but whether all this remains in the astral realms or gets converted into the material realm depends on the ascendant sign, ascendant lord and the malefic/benefic influences on him in your horoscope.

 

Birth Moon in Pisces, an analysis in emotions

 

 

Remedies for Gandant nakshatra births

I had written about the Gandant or Gandamool gap of the zodiac in a past post. There is a question on this, thus writing some more. Gandant affects the Moon or the ascendant degree. The closer to the gap the more severe the effects are.

Remedies for Gandant nakshatra births

In India, the new baby’s horoscope is formally drawn after the 12th day, but with the Jyotish apps being so easily available, this is not really relevant anymore. On the 12th day the Namakaran sanskar / naming ceremony is performed. Also, till this new living being is not named, a period called “naatak’ is observed. During this period, no puja/ rituals can be performed in the family in which the birth has occurred.

If there is a Gandant nakshatra seen in the child’s chart, a Nakshatra shanti puja should be performed at the earliest, within a month of the birth if possible. If the parents are unable for some reason (maybe the baby is not well and the parents are busy), the baby’s paternal grandparents or paternal uncle can be entrusted by the parents to perform it at the earliest possible auspicious timing/ muhurt after the birth. Shanti puja is a ritual to calm down the agitation caused by the severe energies of the lunar mansion, a pandit/ priest helps perform it.

It is also possible that the chart was never seen and the child grew up with whatever problems and later the parents came to know of the Gandant energy. Even then, do the Nakshatra Shanti puja on the next convenient muhurt, do not think the time is lost. The energies of the puja will help the child now onwards at least. This puja can be repeated on every (vedic calendar) birth day.

Now it is possible that the chart was never seen, these pujas were never done and the child grew up, became an adult etc and then came a sub-period of Mercury or Ketu or Moon or the ascendant lord where the person started facing severe problems. One young man I know, has a severe Moon in Revati Nakshatra Gandant. He went to an astrologer and the person scared him by telling him that he will die in a few years. This is what I dislike about modern astrologers. Death may or not come, that is the future. Let’s focus on what can be done at the present moment. The correct advice in this case would be this,

  1. Do the nakshatra shanti puja at the earliest possible auspicious timing, it will help balance something at least.
  2. On every birth day (as per vedic calendar), do the same Nakshatra Shanti puja with the pandit/ priest. Or do any of these pujas for longevity, good health and auspiciousness – Ayushya homa, Mahamrutyunjai homa, Navagraha Shanti puja,
  3. Or if cannot afford a priest do a Mahamryutunjai Homa by himself. It is a very simple fire ritual/homa, takes one hour to perform.
  4. Or cannot do this at all, cannot afford it or cannot find the resources, then recite the Mahamrutyunjai mantra 108 times at least one Monday every month.
  5. Or if has access to a vedic panchangam, and knows the Nakshatra which is Gandant, he can recite this Mahamrutyunjai mantra 108 times on that day of the month in which the transit moon occupies that same nakshatra in transit.

Remedies for Gandant nakshatra births

In fact I would suggest for everyone to do this Mahamryutunjai Homa on auspicious days, birthdays, etc, whenever you feel like doing it. I had written about it earlier in some post, it will work for all health and longevity related issues. The homa basic post is linked here. The preparatory and concluding phases remain the same, for the mantra-phase use this mantra, at every ‘ swaha’ a drop of ghee is to be put in the fire.

“Om trayambakam yajamahe, sugandhim pushtivardhanam, Om haung, joong sah, maam mrutyur palaya palaya, rogan mochaya mochaya, ayur vardhaya vardhaya, Sah joong haung Om, ururvarukamiva bandhanat, mrutyur mukshiya maam amrutat, Mrutyunjayaya rudraya, neelkanthaya shambhave, amruteshaya sharvaya, mahadevaya taenamah Swaha”

Or if you feel this variant to be quite complicated you can use this simple version

“Om tryambakam yajamahe sungandhim pushti vardhanam uruvarukamiva bandhanat mrutyur mukshiya maam amrutat, Om Swaha” for the mantra phase.

Birthdays are very important. On these 2 days every year you should really do something to recharge your energies. 2 days? yes, your birthday as per the solar calendar will be the same as your birthdate as per the English calendar (maybe one day before or after), on this day your sun will be in the same degree as it was the day you were born. And the second as per the lunar day, the exact degree in which your moon was in and the same sign your sun was in when you were born. These are the 2 days when your personal energies are resonating with the energies of the time you were born. So if you do some personal intense energy practice on this day, it will deeply repair and heal.

Gandant the gap of the zodiac

Nakshatras/Lunar mansions are the basis of Vedic Jyotish, but we too have become too lazy and use the approximate system of rashi/signs, but if you want to really perfect your predictions, you have to know your Nakshatra. Start with the very basics then build up.

The 27 Nakshatra are owned by the 9 planets in a sequence starting with Ketu and ending with Mercury. So there are 3 sets of such 9 nakshatra as per their planetary owners. At every junction of this set, ‘Gandant’ operates. This is a very basic post to pique your interest.

  • So in the first 3 degrees and 20 seconds of every Ketu owned Nakshatra i.e. Ashwini Magha and Moola
  • and the last 3 degrees and 20 seconds of every Mercury owned Nakshatra i.e. Ashlesha, Jeyshtha and Revati, exists this gap called Gandant.

This arc 3 min 20 sec can be approximated as 1/4th of the Nakshatra or one Pada of the Nakshatra if seen very broadly. The Gandant operates at the boundary of watery and fiery signs. i.e Pisces – Aries, Cancer – Leo and Scorpio – Sagittarius. If the birth moon or even the ascendant degree falls within this Gandant zone, there are a few typically peculiar situations in life. Let’s analyse the how and why.

Moon represents the mother, the mothering, nutrition, nurture, emotions, rest, sleep, sub-conscious, mind, astral self, emotions, comfort, security, protection, liquids, house, vehicles, the traditions, heritage, culture, cold, watery etc.

Ketu is dissociation, apathy, disinterest, separation, amputation, unwanted, not-needed etc. But he is the moksh-karak, inclines to the spiritual and is fiery in nature.

Mercury is the analytical working intelligence, skills, superficialities, quickness, duality, impressionable nature etc. He is an enemy of the Moon.

Ascendant i.e. the rising sign represents your personality, the physical body and the overall environment and status in the society.

Gandant the gap of the zodiac

The Ketu owed Nakshatra Gandant operates in the start of the fiery signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.

If the birth moon is in the Ketu owned Nakshatra Gandant, this child has been born in the first phases of the Ketu mahadasha, most likely the first sub-period owned by Ketu himself. This is a very uncomfortable position to be in, double dose of ‘Ketu the headless’ and he has been born into it. The closer to the start of the nakshatra, the more severe the effect. Ketu is fiery by nature creates a strange dissociated environment for the comfort-seeking moon. Then these fiery signs make the Moon rather uncomfortable.

  • Having the Ketu dasha operating at birth can lead to disconnection in several ways, maybe isolated in a natal care ward, or abandoned at birth, or put in an orphanage, or facing parental neglect or even death if it is severe.
  • Then follows the entire Ketu Mahadasha of 7 years. The early childhood is marked by neglect and abandonment issues which have the potential to scar the physical body’s growth. Nutrition and care can be denied.
  • This is Moon Gandant so the emotional expectation of the child is neglect and he himself is emotionally apathetic to overtures from his parents and family too. But in this his body and mind’s growth suffers.
  • Such a child will be more ‘spaced out’, can communicate with the astral/sub-conscious realms and can move on the spiritual path quite well if he gets guidance from a responsible Guru.
  • The Ketu Mahadasha is followed by Venus Mahadasha so then this child will suddenly seem to blossom, develop, create relationships etc. (Unless Ketu is conjoint Venus, in such a case the Venus Mahadasha will be a similar continuation of the Ketu experience, 20 more years of it)
  • If Ketu is aspected by benefics and placed well, the effects will be less severe. Also evaluate the strength of the Moon, the house he is placed in. And the power of the ascendant lord for a more complete picture.

If the rising ascendant degree is in the Ketu owned Nakshatra Gandant, it will give pronounced effects on the physical/manifested body more that the astral/emotional self. It can result in Ketu type of medical problems including surgeries, physical handicaps, etc depending on severity.

Gandant the gap of the zodiac

Now when the birth moon is in the Mercury owned Nakshatra Gandant, these will be the last parts of the watery signs Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio.

Mercury considers the Moon as an enemy and this planetary conflict impacts the mind-set of the person throughout his life. Moon is drowned in Pisces, dual natured, uncertain, confused and is great in the astral. Then Cancer is his own sign so double strength Moon energy. And in Scorpio he is debilitated drilling into the watery depths of his mind with catastrophic force. Then the gandant,

  • The person is in the final phase of the Mercury mahadasha, most likely the Saturn sub-period/ chidradasha. The last antardasha phase/chidradasha is a very uncomfortable position, as the mind releases all the unmet expectations and consolidates all the achievements made during the closing Mahadasha and prepares itself for the next planet’s new Mahadasha.
  • This is also the change from one set of 9 Nakshatras to the next set of 9 Nakshatra energies. It is deeply transforming at all levels.
  • It is state of flux on the sub-conscious and emotional levels, and the child has been born in this! The more closer to the junction of the signs the more severe the effect. It can be a very dangerous and traumatic period and under malefic influences can result in severe mental and physical damage.
  • Now after the Mercury Mahadasha starts the Ketu Mahadasha which then is 7 years of Ketu’s apathy, abandonment and indifference related issues as above.
  • Evaluate the positions of Mercury, Ketu, the Moon and the ascendant lord for a detailed picture.

If the rising ascendant sign is in the Mercury owned Nakshatra Gandant, the effects will be seen more on the physical body rather than the mind and the emotions. In such cases, there is a chance of misdiagnosis or incomplete information and Mercury type of medical problems in the early childhood.

Gandant the gap of the zodiac

Some astrologers apply the Gandant concept to all planets, depending on the question being asked. However generally it is used for the birth Moon and the ascendant degree. It is more severe for the birth Moon because it denies the love, protection, nurturing, comfort of a mother. (If the parents deny maternal/paternal love it causes a life time of trauma.)

Ascendant degree gandant creates hidden weaknesses in the body because the birth is at the junction of the watery-fiery signs. These weaknesses may not be visible generally but may suddenly erupt during the transits and dasha periods of the ascendant lord.

If you get a baby’s or young child’s horoscope with these issues, there is a set of pujas to be done to fortify the health, this should be done as early in life as possible. Do analyse the birth chart for longevity in these cases to rule out the possibility of physical death during Mercury’s or Ketu’s Mahadashas. You can also counsel the parents to pay more attention to their child if it is possible. Ensuring that the child gets emotional and physical support, though he may not respond to such loving overtures, will support him deeply in his Ketu period.

Now if you get such charts of adult clients for analysis, it is possible that they may be quite high achieving individuals. But they will have deep seated issues caused by the strange Ketu dominated childhood. These persons will have faced typical issues when they were babies/infants. They might not be consciously aware of the issues but their internal self does. If you feel that the impact is not too severe you can do a simple guided mediation to accelerate the healing process. But if the impact is too severe as seen from the chart, it is best let the client recover himself slowly and gradually through his own spiritual practice. However these charts are quite rare, maybe one out of a 100 will have a significantly Gandant moon or ascendant degree.

Moon gandant however can be quite strangely spiritual, interested in the occult and very aware of the other dimensions, interacting with the other energies quite easily. These persons have been born with a built-in bais against the manifested, right from their birth. They expect detachment from the manifested, and if other planetary placements support, can achieve Moksh.

 

Gandant the gap of the zodiac