Gemini, the luckiest ascendant

Perhaps Gemini ascendant is the luckiest of the lot. If you were born with Gemini rising, you have slightly lesser problems and set-backs in life. Your life is generally average, not much ups and downs. But if your ascendant lord, Mercury, is in an auspicious Budh-Aditya yog or influenced by powerful planets etc you can have a happening life with power and the ability to exercise it. Mercury owns your 1st and 4th houses so check if the kendra-adhi-pati combination applies to you. If so you have to be more careful in life, cultivate confidence and command. Mercury is an impressionable planet, able to adapt himself to any situation. He has skills, logic, intelligence and his primary focus is first survival and then coming first in everything he does. Gemini is a dual-natured, airy, intellectual sign, its Gun is Tama, its Gan/group is human/ Manushya. (I have written about the Gemini-Sagittarius axis in depth do go through those three posts.)

Gemini, the luckiest ascendant

Gemini rising gives you an attractive personality, you stand out in a group. You are considered to be beautiful by the norms of your culture. You have a touch of shyness in your demeanour which makes you even more attractive. You are intelligent and this is reflected in your behaviour, you have pleasing manners and are good company. Interact and exchange are your watchwords.

You are quite skilled at small talk, business talk and in fact all sorts of talk, persuasive, communicative. You are ambitious and bursting with ideas, quite imaginative. You can negotiate or romance with your words, charming, a good sense of humour, fun to be with. You can be a good diplomat or a good host, tactful. You know what to speak and to whom, the master of conversation. You do not speak much, ie you are not a chatterbox but when you speak, others listen. You can influence people with your words, inspire them to achieve heights. You can be a good motivational speaker. (If there are some malefic influences you will go to the other extreme of sarcasm, biting wit and hurt with your words.)

You like travelling, you do travel a lot and have extensive knowledge about humans, habits and cultures. You can be a good tour guide or a history teacher! You like social life and alone cut off from your fellow humans makes you unhappy. In social gatherings you are often the one mingling around, you know everyone and everyone knows you. You like people, interacting with people, analysing people, observing people is your hobby. You can meet and make contacts with strangers very fast. Your special skill is to divine others thoughts and predict their actions. A keen observer of human nature and highly intuitive, you can understand people’s thoughts. And then you influence them with your words. Your style of speech can be very emotional and intense. You know which buttons to push. Thus you can push people in the direction you want them to move in. You have a knack of maintaining relations with important persons who can be of advantage to you. Your social group is very large but you are not deeply attached to individuals.  If you feel that a friendship or relationship has run its course you can easily cut ties without a second thought.

Your typical friends are the bold, outgoing, innovative and interesting types. You will get help from your peers and seniors in life. But do guard against cheats and fake people who can enter your friend circle and cause you problems. You are generally open, unsuspicious and sympathetic so dubious characters can take advantage of you. Your ‘friends’ can also become enemies, so beware about trusting them too much.

You have an aptitude for the stage, you can act. And if you sing, you have a good voice. But in a way you are always ‘acting’. Not much on the stage, you act in real life, you are always performing. You can modulate your personality depending on whom you are interacting with, you generally hide your emotions and your true opinions you always conceal. You do not display strong emotions, you do not strongly support any cause in public, mostly ambivalent to the situation, you take it as it happens. You may have your strong personal opinions but you do not let them come in between you and your business.

You are creative and can be a good writer or poet. You use this medium to express your hidden personal emotions and opinions. And because you are the master of communication you can sway others with your written world also. Gemini is a dual sign represented by two human figures. Thus you too have a dual personality, moody at times, you change your behaviour depending on the situation and your mood. Adaptable. so Generally you are more focussed on the broader society rather than your selfish interests. Your like thinking about higher philosophical things even if you are outwardly in material stuff. (But this can go the other extreme way if malefic planetary combinations exist, then you will be very selfish in your actions and highly self-focussed mentally.)

Gemini, the luckiest ascendant

You like spending time with the opposite sex, girlfriends/ boyfriends are possible before marriage. You marry well, the spouse is generally good-natured and the marriage. After marriage, you can make a good spouse as you have an active interest in domestic life and in the children. But generally family relationships are not always very stable. You travel a lot and are interested in humanity as a whole, so a family to you seems to be a very small group and you can lose interest in it very soon. Your involvement in the family life is rather irregular and relationships may not be very deep. This behaviour can lead to a deep sadness in life as warmth in relationships is reduced. This is also related to a mental or intellectual incompatibility with the marriage partner. Both of you think differently. You or your spouse can go through one major illness after marriage which can affect physical intimacy. But overall the married life is generally satisfactory as both you and your spouse are broad-minded, gentle and overall hopeful about the institution of marriage as such.

 Your health is generally average. You might suffer from some typical life-long chronic diseases. Nervous or skin related diseases and minor surgeries are possible in life. Some of your aliments will be more of the psychological planes. You always try to keep an overall cheerful personality, so possibly repress your negative emotions, do not give them a healthy outlet. Also you cannot relax easily as your mind is always active. You need to come up with some solution which can silence the mind, only then you will be able to relax thus recover from your illesses. (Soham mantra is a good option as the mind cannot concentrate on two things at once!)

You are analytical, logical, very practical, trade and business can be your expertise. Quite powerful, courageous and ambitious, you can achieve professional heights. You have to earn money by your own hard work and sincere efforts. Initially you may be in service in some routine job, but this does not suit your mindset. You need some profession where you can be personally active, going about and actually doing stuff. You might change jobs from time to time.  Some professions suited to your personality are journalism, architecture, engineering, software, TV, medicine, education, law etc. Any field where public relations are important is yours, as you are characterised by harmony and helpfulness. You can work in groups also as you easily get along with your teammates. You like money and tangible wealth and you earn well in your chosen field. You may also have secret sources of income. But take care and invest your money properly, as maintaining the bank balance can be an issue.

Gemini ascendants have some aptitude for the occult. How this actually develops will depend on the other combinations in the horoscope. There is considerable potential for spiritual progress too. (planets placed in the 9th house will give more pointers). You have a religious bent of mind and follow conventional philosophies and morals. You like getting involved in charitable causes. You are already a student of humanity. When you observe people, you also cryptically infer why they are like that or why typical things are happening to them. You analyse and infer. This sensitivity of the perceptions is a valuable tool enabling spiritual progress. You have the rare knack of leaping to correct inferences even without insufficient data. In a way you are sensitive to ‘other/inner’ cues and pick up hints which others cannot. If your 9th house planets push you towards the inner spiritual you can progress quite fast. Intelligence ie mental ability is a requirement of the student of the occult/ spiritual/ esoteric.

Your most significant drawback is that you are impatient. You cannot sustain interest in one thing for long and are not persistent in your efforts. This denies you your true successes in life. There is a lot of restless energy in you which demands release, so you engage yourself in so many activities that focussing on one of them, pursuing one with full focus is a challenge. You are unpredictable because of your dual nature, you can change course mid-stream and be  happy about it. This can come across as being fickle-minded, as you become indecisive and change your mind frequently. You are light-hearted and do not fully appreciate your responsibilities in life. This does not mean that you will ignore your commitments but just that you do not appreciate their seriousness. You can get argumentative at times and generally these arguments are about small juvenile issues. One thing you must guard against is trusting anyone beyond limits, you are a gentle soul at heart and this can be used against you.

So overall Gemini is a good and easy-going ascendant to have, a bit of everything, from the material to a possibility of the spiritual. This sign of duality in the 1st house grants you choices and also the boldness to choose. So make the most of it.

 

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Gemini Sagittarius axis, Events in motion, Part 3

What nourishes our souls may not enrich our material lives and vice versa. This is most vividly brought out in this Gemini-Sagittarius axis. (This is the third post in this series continued from here and here.)

Gemini is hemmed between the MoonCancer (2nd counted from) who takes him along a path of emotional treasures and materially happy times with his family, friends, food, drink and dance. And Venus/ Taurus (12th counted from) makes him realise the inherent loss in all these things of the senses and treasures. This is an exhausting position to be in. Things can seem to give pleasures, but suddenly they turn exactly opposite, speech turns to silence and power to impotence. The wisdom of Sagittarius is required to make sense of this reversals and duality.

Gemini is a sign embodying duality. Too much of a choice can ultimately lead to stagnation as one keeps on flitting between the options and not following one path to its culmination. A Gemini dominated personality can think of being strongly spiritual or strongly material but unless he has guidance and support, this fickle Mercury does not really reach there. He can be artistic, courageous, sweet, stern , diplomatic but that doesn’t really get him anywhere unless Sagittarius is there to be his mirror and fill in his gaps.

At the extreme, Gemini can give deep rooted psychological problems and a dissatisfaction with the personality and the environment. But he can be guided to act and to reach his potential in the spiritual or material, he is receptive. Jupiter is required here to widen Mercury’s narrow vision and grant him the strength and patience to wait for his choice and action to fructify. As always blessings of seniors, elders and teachers often are the vital link between action and success.

Sagittarius is hope, and shows Gemini the goal that should be his. He provides the wisdom in making the choice.

Gemini Sagittarius axis, Events in motion, Part 3

Sagittarius is where a person develops ‘spirituality’, you truly understand what this journey is all about. But this road first begins when you use your mind to create options, evaluate them, choose and act with intention. You create karma in Gemini. Sagittarius then is where you develop the widest perspective of the purpose of life, a complete understanding of the foundations your life is based on. However these persons do not receive emotional support from the family and near ones, the comforts of material life are denied to them.

It can be quite burdensome, but his favoured partner (7th from), Mercury/Gemini supports. The  Archer may marry or remain single, but in reality his students/teachers are his real partners. Learning and teaching. The experience and the one who experiences. one cannot exist without the other. As he guides them, he also learns to guide his lower nature (centaur), while developing his spiritual potential. It is a constant struggle. As a teacher, he also learns valuable lessons, as he sacrifices his personality for his students, as he moulds their minds and opens vistas for them, he realises that knowledge when accepted becomes wisdom. Strangely once you accept that something binds you, you are also set free in that instant.

Sagittarius needs the duality of Gemini as his mirror because now he is observing ‘separation’, ‘the act of creation of karma’. His mirror shows him how he started so that he knows how to get to his destination. He evaluates his philosophies against his mirror and thus achieves his destination. Gemini is also courage and boldness. This is is gift to his mirror. The mild mannered Jupiter needs the courage of Mercury to make that final choice of the spiritual over the material. The divine over the animal.

Why does a soul get separated from the Ultimate reality and lose its real self? It plays the game of creation for joy. We are all here because we are enjoying ourselves. The instant we stop enjoying this funfair, we will go home to our true Reality. Gemini and Sagittarius are the two points in the zodiac where we chose to immerse ourself in duality and then choose to understand singularity again.

(A lot will depend on the position of Mercury and his mirror Jupiter. Both these mild natured planets own the four kendra (building block houses, 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th). Kendra-adhi-pati, as a functional malefic can applicable here if these signs are the ascendant signs. This makes life a slight bit harder on the material plane but gives results on the spiritual. As most of us are quite materialistic, not really bothered about the spiritual, this will create stress. But if both these signs engage in some personal spiritual practice they can benefit immensely. This practice will ‘hold’ them as quick moving karmic movements swirl around them.)

This axis is the leap (Mercury) of faith (Jupiter)!

 

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Gemini Sagittarius axis, Events in motion – Part 2

This is a continuation post from here. If you have Dhanu/Sagittarius as the ascendant/birth moon sign or if you have several planets placed in Dhanu, you can expect to be this on the internal/subconscious levels.

Being the 9th sign, it is the ‘Dharma-sthan’, here is the ‘foundation’ of the Kaal-purush (the animating principle of space-time/creation). Here you finally understand the purpose of your life and the constraints that your karma from present/past lives has laid on you. You begin to hope that you can successfully navigate the path of karma and reach your goal of self-realization. Your internal philosophies and your spiritual teacher, peers and patrons support you in this belief.

Gemini Sagittarius axis, Events in motion - Part 2

This sign is represented by a centaur carrying a bow and an arrow aimed and ready to shoot. The bow/Dhanushya and the arrow/Baan is a very important allegory which is repeated in every Hindu/Sanatan Dharm story. Shri Ram was a archer/Dhanurdhari. Shri Krishna taught the Bhagwat Gita to his cousin Arjun who was an archer too. The bow is the curve of the spine with its chakras, the arrow is the kundalini energy and the archer is you. You pull back the bow-string with the energy of your spiritual practice and you aim at the top of your internal Shrichakra, the Bindu/Realization. You have set your sights on the Ultimate so your trials and tribulations are also going to be the highest here.

The sign is also represented by a Centaur, the higher human nature now dominates the lower animal nature and sets sight for Moksh with his bow/arrow. The centaur looks upwards away from the animal self. The person is internally ready to give up all comforts and entertainments of Creation to reach the highest divinity within himself. Your mirror is the duality of Gemini.

You are always engaged, focussed on some work or the other, you have the ability to sacrifice your own comforts for your beliefs, you have the courage of conviction. Often fearless and not bothered with consequences, you express yourself with clarity and eloquence. You are aware of the impermanence of form. You realise at the deepest levels that the real relationship is the one you have with yourself, rest everything is just a show. So you have your groups whom you address and teach but internally you are not dependent on them emotionally /spiritually.

Sagittarius is linked to Aries and Leo by the 5-9 axis, each of these sign is linked to the other by the cycle of foundation and creative intelligence. The entire force of the personality and the divine intelligence and creativity is now linked to the understanding of karma. Deep philosophical understanding leads to courage in entering the uncharted realms of the soul which leads to divine intelligence which again leads to deeper philosophy. This is the every evolving spiral of auspiciousness, called the Dharm trikon. The past is linked to the present and guided by the divine, creates the future.

The experiences indicated by Aquarius, Taurus, Cancer and Scorpio will challenge and frustrate the Sagittarius unless he understands their lessons.

Aquarius will require the centaur to come back to his lower nature at times, he will be required to interact, bargain and exchange with a large number of often juvenile or immature partners. Here your boldness, courage, skills of articulation and effective communication will be tested. Aquarius brings in diffuse groups of like minded persons/ideas, it is required that you deal with them intelligently, with discipline, consistency and perhaps with a slight bit of rule-breaking. (But break too many rules and Saturn will register it as karma.) So the best way to counter this challenge by Aquarius, would be to proactively teach and interact on your own terms from the start. ‘Students’ is the exact juvenile, large diffuse target group and as you teach, you exchange ideas; handling a large bunch of students requires courage, boldness and skills. So rather than waiting for Aquarius to bring on his own group, proactively teach, whatever you know, teach it to others, any way you can. And understand that as you teach, your personal knowledge, wisdom and understanding is also being tested.

Taurus is located 6th from Sagittarius. If you keep on hoarding your assets for your personal family’s use you will fail your test here. Give as much as you can, the more you give the more will make its way back to you. You are not tied to one single family now, you belong to the whole of creation. On the physical plane, pay attention to your diet and lifestyle. Your personal family might create issues for you to resolve, so without being emotional about it, try to resolve them as per your conscience.

Now Cancer is the personal tradition, culture and homeland. You are required to make that leap from a limited family/ cultural set-up to a wide humanitarian mindset. All of creation must be accepted as being your homeland, inclusiveness is to be cultivated. Accept all the experiences in the conscious/Jagruti, astral/Swapna and sub-conscious/Sushupti states, so that the final Turiya becomes available to you. Cancer and its Moon represents the sum total of your entire existences, all the experiences of all your past/present/future/parallel lives. On the material side, you will generally be required to work without family support and emotional pleasures.

Scorpio is counted 12th from Sagittarius so the assets of Scorpio are consumed to create the personality of the Archer. Scorpio is deep turmoil, secrets being excavated with single minded determination often with deep emotional/spiritual/physical pain. When the secrets are out, they may not even be comforting to the soul. Deep dark secrets which were hidden for a reason are pulled out by the mysterious Scorpio. All the secrets are known in Scorpio and accepted in Sagittarius. You are meant to expand your consciousness, here. Try to look at your experiences with the lens of philosophy, religion, spirituality etc so that you can absorb their lessons completely.

Gemini Sagittarius axis, Events in motion - Part 2

Sagittarius is often considered to be the luckiest sign of the zodiac, but often the other side of the psyche is not visible and it can be quite stressed.

All this positivity surrounding Sagittarius, then there  must be a downside too. And it is this, Sagittarius (and Gemini) represent the fastest moving events in life. To negotiate this continual movement you need to do some regular spiritual practice, there is no other way. You are so aware of your karmic bindings that you need the peace, calm and silence of the personal spiritual practice to shelter you. The trick is to act in such a way that the karma is balanced without getting emotional or attached about it. This means that you have to be highly aware of your own Dharma/the right action. For this you have to be in tune with your Conscience/Antaratma.

You are between Scorpio, (the mystery) and Capricorn (the action). You get your resources from the Mars of Scorpio and you resources are depleted by the Saturn of Capricorn. You are the 9th/the foundation, so your actions have to be for the greatest good of the greatest number. You may have to sacrifice your individual personality though. Decide how should you act? So you have the support from all these positive things that Sagittarius is known for, to help you decide and then focus single-pointedly.

The center of our Galaxy, the Vishnu-nabhi around which our galaxy revolves is the Nakshatra, Mula. This is a part of Sagittarius. This is the most mysterious lunar mansion, where you are offered the scope for Moksh, but only if you accept the temporary but intense pain of detachment from all of Creation.

 

Gemini Sagittarius axis, Events in motion - Part 2

Kendra-adhi-pati, functional malefics

The placement and position of the signs in the chart is of prime importance as it can sometimes turn normally malefic planets like Saturn into the biggest benefic and also turn the biggest benefic Jupiter into a trouble maker.

A bit of background,

The 4 Kendra houses are the building blocks of your personality, the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th.

  • 1st house –  the overall personality, the overall environment, role in society, will power, health, longevity etc, basically a snapshot of you
  • 4th house – the security, comforts, emotional health, nurture, mother, childhood experiences, basic education, house, lands, vehicles etc.
  • 7th house – husband/wife, partnerships, legal relations, business, fertility, passion, foreign travels, business rivals too
  • 10th house – social presence, power, prestige, profession, salaries, actions done to resolve karma, power, authority in public etc.

Then there are the Kona houses, the 1st, 5th and 9th. These are the most auspicious houses in the chart. The 1st is a Kendra as well as a Kona house.

  • 5th – divine intelligence, creativity, expression of creativity, children, self-ego, recognition as an individual, spirituality
  • 9th – all the support you will receive from all sources, your beliefs, patrons, peers, paternal figures, religion, ancestors, your past life merits etc

Now when planet owns a kona house and a kendra house, it is a Yogakark planet (detailed post here), and gives extraordinary results.

Then there is one more possibility, when a planet owns just the kendra houses. This is possible when the ascendant is Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces. And as you know the axis Virgo-Pisces is the most sensitive of the lot and the Gemini-Sagittarius axis is the most happening. (A bit of revision, I had written about the 7th lord being the Badhak for dual natured signs, and all four of these are dual-natured signs.) Also remember the ascendant lord can never give overtly malefic results.

Now,

  • Gemini ascendant, Mercury owns the 1st and 4th houses. Jupiter owns the 7th and 10th house. So Jupiter can become a functional malefic and it is also the badhak lord.
  • Virgo ascendant, Mercury owns the 1st and 10th houses. Jupiter rules the 4th and 7th house. Again Jupiter becomes the functional malefic and is also the badhak planet.
  • Sagittarius ascendant, Jupiter rules the 1st and 4th houses. Mercury owns the 7th and 10th houses. Here Mercury is the functional malefic and also the badhak lord.
  • Pisces ascendant, Jupiter rules the 1st and 10th houses. Mercury owns the 4th house and 7th house and is the functional malefic as well as the badhak planet.

If the functional malefic here is actually occupying his own sign the results are most severe. If he just aspecting his own sign, then the results are less severe. It causes more problems in his Vimshottari mahadasha/antardasha periods. If neither occupying nor aspecting his own sign this Jupiter or Mercury, loses his functional malefic nature and gives his usual benefic results.

Kendra-adhi-pati, functional malefics..

There is a logic to this. The Kendra houses are the the basic building blocks of our life and most of our activities are related to these keywords. Both Jupiter and Mercury are generally mild natured planets. Jupiter is quite the philosophical elder and Mercury is the impressionable adolescent. If these are to look after these important aspects of someone’s life you can imagine his personality to be mild, gullible often taken advantage of. So for these specific ascendant signs, Jupiter / Mercury lose their benefic natures and become ‘cruel’ so as to better guard these houses. However as they gain ‘cruelty’, they then do not give their usual benefic results and can bring obstructions and obstacles.

Then finally the best balance would be if the Mercury /Jupiter aspects his own sign rather than occupying it so that he is able to give some of his benefic results as well retain a bit of ‘cruelty’ for his guard duty!

And in any chart, if there are overtly malefic planets placed in the Kendra houses they cause problems. These four houses, 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th are linked to things which directly affect you in a very intense way, physically, emotionally, financially and socially. So be very careful in analysing the influences here. And don’t be scared of fancy names like ‘dosh/defect’. Is is just a reminder that you should be careful in handling the keywords related to these houses. A bit of extra-awareness is most often the easiest solution to astrological ‘dosh’.

(This is called Kendra-adhi-pati dosh in Jyotish. Have avoided using the technical name so that you dont get put off with the terminology and understand the concept first.)

 

Kendra-adhi-pati, functional malefics

(There was a question on this in the Contact form and as it is linked to the Gemini-Sagittarius axis too, so wrote it)

Gemini Sagittarius axis, Events in motion, part 1

The effectiveness of signs to give results in a chart depends on several things. Sagittarius is the most active of all the signs closely followed by Leo and Gemini. Thus the Sagittarius-Gemini axis is the most dynamic one in your chart. Events represented by this axis and their agents come into your life fast, cause high voltage changes and exit equally fast. Here your life is in fast forward. If you have Sagittarius or Gemini as your birth Moon sign or ascendant sign, or if too many planets occupy them, you live life on the fast track, ‘work hard and play hard’ applies to you!

Gemini Sagittarius axis, Events in motion, part 1

The most sensitive axis in your chart is the Virgo-Pisces, ruled by the MercuryJupiter combo. And the most dynamic aspect is now again ruled by Mercury-Jupiter, i.e. Gemini-Sagittarius. This post is on how things are on internally, what you would feel on the subconscious and spiritual levels. This is using Jyotish to illuminate your spiritual growth not for predictions as such. If you understand the deeper nature of the signs you can know yourself and your clients better.

Gemini/Mithun is where you choose to act. In two minds, often evaluating between two options. You continuously think and choose, you have twice the brain power as this is a dual natured sign represented by 2 human figures. Mithun is a Sanskrit word meaning several things, duality, pairing, twins, mating, union, couple etc. Gemini ruled by Mercury is the sign of conscious choice. You use what is given to you and create options, evaluate them, choose and act. You have all the databases, data analysis, mental agility, brain power and thinking capacity. You are full of courage, boldness, risk-taking abilities and also its associated conflicts and instabilities. You cannot sit still. This is the sign where karma is created, karma is ‘action with intention’, you choose and act.

You are so involved in analysing situations and creating options that others might think of you being self-centred. You are absorbed in the intellectual appreciation of choice. And when you come to a conclusion you want to tell it to all, the mental processes are so fast, this makes you seem spontaneous, outgoing and eloquent. You are always excited about finding more things to choose from, you are quick and sharp. More thrills and exciting experiences, this in the physical life can get you in risky actions, dares and juvenile challenges. You are duality in all its possible forms. Exchanging ideas, discussions, later arguments, communication, trade. Being versatile, adaptable is natural to you. Though changing directions in a moment will make you seem fickle-minded and irresponsible.

Gemini always thinks that there is a better option, he just has to work it out. His brain is always working and he is restless, pining for this often non-existent option which will be glorious. Too much of this can lead to conflicts and instability. His thought processes can make him suspicious. e.g. he won’t trust his friends to be friendly but will trust his enemies to be antagonistic, which is a bit weird. Choosing between ideologies, loyalties, loves, demands, memories, desires, aspiration, actions often conflicting, can be exhausting. But still he is full of wild energy and likes communicating with gestures and movements.

A Gemini likes to think, it is his passion, thinking in various possible ways. This can lead to brooding, melancholy or depression too. But then if a Gemini goes deeper, contemplates, he also has the skill of synthesis. He can combine two opposite seeming things. He knows that every good thing is also connected to bad stuff. And bad stuff will also eventually be linked to something good. He instinctively knows the other face of the coin and also accepts it. Ultimately he wishes to solve the mystery of birth-death-rebirth v/s Realisation/Moksh.twinsIf you are a Gemini, your allies are the agents represented by Libra (5th from) and Aquarius (9th from). Each of these acts as the foundation and creative expression of the other in a cyclic manner. Libra comes to being when the duality of Gemini is infused with creativity, divine intelligence and the strange selfishness of the ego. As you mature and the exuberance tones down, you are more able to appreciate the beauty of fairness, balance and one-one bargains. You partner with like minded individuals and your exchange becomes more satisfying. Aquarius is located 9th from Gemini. This is the marketplace of Gemini’s dreams. Under the discipline of Saturn but with a bit of Rahu’s foreign-ness and rule-breaking allowed, you gain patrons and paternal figures who guide you in making stable gains and profits. But Saturn is the ruler here and it is the 9th house, so the karmic constraints from the ancestors and past lives require the Gemini to work hard here.

You reach the culmination of this cycle in Aries the 11th house where you gain ‘individuality’. Thus journey for Gemini, is sort of a cycle from duality to the individual-ness represented by Aries.

Challenges will be presented by the agents of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Capricorn. Taurus is located 12th from Gemini. Thus you tend to use up the family, family resources, family traditions in your quest for more and wider interactions. Then Leo is highly individual and you are duality itself. If you remain selfish, promoting your own creativity without regard for others you might be in trouble. But then understand the lesson that Leo is out to teach you. You should use divine intelligence and inspiration available to you when you choose and act. You cannot remain caught in the plethora of options which you endlessly create for yourself. You need to recognise that one option where you have the blessings of the higher self within you and pursue it.

Scorpio is about relentlessly delving within your self, accepting changes in emotions within the depth of the self. As a Gemini may not be interested in getting deeply with single focus into anything. You think in several ways before you act. You are duality. You wish to get out of the situation you are in as quickly and painlessly as possible. And Scorpio is pain. You have a lot of mates, but perhaps no real friends, thus you do not share your emotions. You avoid confrontations, i.e. you can argue but you avoid expressing your feelings. A trader out for profit, always has to smile. Excessive self-control, suppressed anger and frustration cause the rather mysterious/Scorpio health problems which a Gemini suffers. Sometimes instinct needs to be followed, mysteries are there for a reason, so just some times trust your intuition. Gemini is a trader/vaisya sign, it can think of spiritual and the occult but then remains in the material. Scorpio warns against this.

Capricorn requires you to work for the betterment of the society, for social recognition, for the stability and security of the society, without regard for remuneration. And you are exuberant, wild and stormy at times. Saturn demands discipline and the irrepressible Mercury is not bothered. Then come the periods governed by Saturn where he will relentlessly make Gemini change himself, sober him down force him to grow up. These will be the periods when the understanding of karma and its repercussions will really hit the Gemini personality.

So, Gemini is always polarity and generally conflicted because of this. Too many planets in Gemini or Gemini ascendant/birth Moon sign creates a typical personality who needs support from its mirror Sagittarius to really bring out his potential and rise to great spiritual/material height.

(Here was a bit about Gemini/Mithun rashi. Have continued with Sagittarius the other half of this axis in my next post here.)

 

Gemini Sagittarius axis, Events in motion, part 1

Ketu + Saturn in Sagittarius 2019, implications

This is a continued post on the present Saturn retrograde, April 2019 to Sept 2019, in Sagittarius (140 days retrograde motion from 30th Apr to 18th Sept).

Apart from the basic analysis, the major concern is that Ketu the headlessSaturn the agent of karma are together. Ketu is fiery and separative, Saturn is airy and restrictive. Ketu is in perpetual retrograde motion so rewinds and replays the experiences of your life so that you can extract the maximum learning from it. Ketu is intense on the psychological and inner spiritual levels. And Saturn has become retrograde, thus both are travelling in the same direction from Earth’s point of reference. It is going to be quite difficult for Sagittarius and especially Purvashadha born individuals during this period.

Ketu + Saturn in Sagittarius 2019, implications

During this retrograde period, both the planets will be on exact same degree on 1st May when Saturn will be in retrograde motion in Purvashadha nakshatra. And again on 28th Sept when he will become direct again and again conjunct Ketu exactly again in Purvashadha nakshatra/lunar mansion. People with ascendant or moon sign in Gemini (7th from Sagittarius), Libra (11th from Sagittarius) and Aquarius (3rd from) should be extremely careful on these 2 days. Take no big decisions. Observe the events on these days as they can have life-time impacts on you.

If this much was not enough, there are more planetary influences in the mix.

  1. Mars will be travelling in Gemini during 7th May- 21st June 2019, he is in forward motion. (Mars is aggression, sometimes misplaced confidence and temper, a fiery combination in the present Gemini/Sagittarius axis.) He is also going to be combust for a bit (10th Jul – 14th Oct) when he passes near the Sun.
  2. Mercury will enter Gemini on 1st June, go briefly retrograde in Cancer – Gemini from 8th – 31st July 2019. (Thought processes, analytical mind and intelligence may get twisted.) He is also going to be combust for a bit (8th Jul – 2nd Aug) when he passes near the Sun.
  3. Sun is going to be with Rahu the trickster in Gemini from mid-June to mid-July. (Misplaced ego, pride and temper may cause problems.)
  4. Then Venus too is going to be with Rahu in Gemini from 30th Jun to 23rd Jul in forward motion. (Relationships and wisdom under fire.) He will then become combust for a bit (25th Jul – 10th Sept) when he passes near the Sun.
  5. And finally Jupiter is currently retrograde in Scorpio, he started his retrograde motion from Sagittarius in Apr, so till he changes his direction in Aug 2019, the events happening in the Sagittarius-Gemini axis will influence him too. (Wisdom may be lacking and selfishness may predominate your actions.)
  6. And as always, the Moon will do his 2.25 day transits over each sign, so will traverse this Gemini/Sagittarius axis twice every month.

Whenever these planets are going to be in Gemini they are going to be with Rahu and aspected by the Saturn+Ketu combination from Sagittarius (7th from Gemini). Things can get very volatile.

So buckle down and open your charts, go through what every planet means to you in your chart and especially what the Gemini/Sagittarius axis means to you. Almost everyone is going to get hit, in someway or the other, during these few months. A few tips to help you cope,

  1. No big decisions, try to continue as you had started during Apr 2019 and try to continue this till Sept 2019 till things somewhat normalise.
  2. If the currently retrograde planet is retrograde in your birth chart too, you have an opportunity to clear out your karmic balance. It might be painful in the physical context, but will help on the spiritual levels.
  3. If you are already ill in some body part, take care and your medicines on time.
  4. Try to control your mind, emotions and do not lose your temper. There will be ample provocation from the agents of the Gemini/Sagittarius axis in your chart.
  5. Do some spiritual practice everyday for 10 mins at least, anything that you are drawn to. Give yourself this time you are going to need it.

This is a very typical period where the main slow moving graha, Saturn and Jupiter are retrograde both at the same time. Then Saturn interacting with Rahu/Ketu and all the remaining planets interacting with Rahu in sequence, and they are also going retrograde themselves and combust too in sequence. Do analyse your horoscope, am sure everyone can at least try matching keywords at the very basic. At all times try to keep calm, disciplined, be patient and think twice before you act/react.

As always, this period too will pass.

 

Ketu + Saturn in Sagittarius 2019, implications

(There was a question on the current transits thus these two posts. I hope that they help you in analysing your charts and being more prepared during this period. I have written more about the real nature of these planets in my earlier posts, which you can read by clicking the pink colored word links. I cannot do a personal detailed transit report, but I think I have written enough for you to work out things for yourself.)

Find your courage astrologically

‘Boldness’ in astrological terms is the domain of the 3rd house. ‘Parakrama’, valour and courage in a horoscope is seen from here. So to find out how brave you are in life, pull out your chart. The physical environment and the manifested stuff is the D-1, so in your regular chart which has your rising sign as the 1st house check these out.

  1. Do a quick overview of the ascendant sign and ascendant lord and your birth moon placement and then get down to the actual 3rd house.
  2. The sign placed in the 3rd house, and its owner planet. Also where is this owner planet placed?
  3. The planets placed in this 3rd house and which houses do they own
  4. Check out the power of all these planets to give results. Are they retrograde, debilitated, exalted, combust, malefic or benefic, or conjunct with malefics, or aspected by malefics/benefics. Are they with friendly/enemy planets? In short, how comfortable these planets are and how well will they give their results.
  5. Now the natural 3rd sign of the zodiac is Gemini and Mercury is its owner. So check out how these two are placed in your chart, as they will exert a subtle influence wherever they might be placed.

Next your emotional context from the birth moon chart, the same one as above redrawn with your birth moon sign as the 1st house. How do you really feel being courageous and bold in front of others. Are you outwardly quite outgoing but internally cringe at the thought of giving a presentation? For this you will analyse the 3rd house counted from the birth moon sign in the same way as you did above. e.g. you have Saturn placed here he will restrict and constrict your personal courage, Jupiter will help benevolently expand, Mars will add aggressiveness and competition, Mercury will make it analytical and communicative, Sun will make it self-referential and a bit egoistic, Venus will want balance and beauty, Rahu will make it calculative, sneaky even and Ketu here will cause you to be not too bothered about how strongly you take a stand in life!

The astral/subconscious expectations from your D-9 Navamsha chart. If you know your exact birth time, I do advise checking out the divisional chart 9. (Any Vedic astrology software will give this chart.) This gives a glimpse into your deeper astral self and on what is potentially available with you. If you have the potential you can consciously manifest it in your life. You might check these two things. (If you find it is too complicated, leave it!)

  1. The 3rd house sign from the D-1 above, where has it shifted to? If it shifts to any of the dushamsthana (6th, 8th or 12th houses) or has been occupied by malefic planets here, its potential will reduce.
  2. The owner of the 3rd house of the D-1, where does he shift to? If it lands up in ‘good houses’, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th it will increase the potential.

Find your courage astrologically

So now you have a fair idea of how well you can speak up. Some of us can’t, here are a few things you can do to attract the energies of courage into yourself. Choose to change yourself!

Communicate, start talking – When you have 2 mins free, stand in front of the mirror and tell yourself the one thing that interested you in your day today. Describe your car, your lunch, the weather, your grocery shopping, something that scared you, the smell of a perfume, anything that registered. Observe your face and body language as you do this. Encourage yourself!

Sing – Being a bathroom singer is a good idea! Your favourite song, just a few lines, just for a couple of minutes a day. Or hum along any random tune, gets rid of stress.

Write something – Just a couple of lines a day. A thought, or something you said or heard, something that touched you, made an impact, made you happy or sad, anything, but write. This is your personal thing so be true to yourself. Keep a secret diary.

Learn a new word every day – There are so many dictionary apps, download one and learn a new word a day. A word is a tiny thing, but this will tell your mind that you are anticipating something new everyday, looking forward to learning, being curious, and doing something about it. As you open your app every day, so will you start opening new doors for your personality to express itself every day. A small change triggering something big.

Travel – Go for day or half-day tours once a month either alone or in a small group with your friends/family. Visit your local museum, local historical places, a botanical park, zoo, your local park, sea-side, fun-fairs, a short trek, a picnic, local farmers market, craft fairs, whatever is available in your city. Try to be with nature or learn something new on your day-tour. Observe other people, children, animals, trees or the water, you will always see something new. (going shopping in a commercial mall is not a day tour!)

And finally, use your hands – Open out your hands, look at them, the palms, the fingers and the back of your hands. These are your tools, you do everything with your hands, hold, touch, love. So use them, type, sew, knit, write, grasp, paint, create with your hands. As you use your hands for more things, you will find more opportunities coming to you. Open up.

These are a few tiny actions which you can mindfully do regularly. These are the keywords of Mercury and Gemini, you are practicing with their energies. You can always think your way out, your creativity and intention is your power, use it to be more assertive in life. Express yourself and be free.

Find your courage astrologically

 

 

Current Rahu/Ketu transit in Gemini/Sagittarius

This is a brief post on analysing transits. I have written a previous post on transits of Rahu/Ketu here. They are in perpetual retrograde motion so as to replay the lessons of your life, this enables you to learn them very deeply. Rahu/Ketu work intensely on the psychological and inner spiritual levels. Now the recent transit (March 2019 to September 2020) of Rahu/Ketu into the 3rd/9th sign Gemini owned by Mercury and Sagittarius owned by Jupiter has already started giving startling events around the world. Gemini and Sagittarius are quite suitable environments for Rahu/ Ketu, some astrologers consider them exalted here. Thus their effects are going to be very intense and extreme. Rahu-Ketu work at the deepest levels, through sudden and unpredictable events.

Consider the world events and also your personal events which occurred 18 yrs ago, between 2000-2002. Go back in your life 18yrs to evaluate what had happened, what was its effect on you physically, emotionally and spiritually. Something similar will happen again.

The last time, 18yrs ago from July 2000 to Feb-2002, world events included, the dot-com bubble burst, Concorde flight crash and the company’s bankruptcy, launch of Wikipedia, first iPod launched by Apple, Mir space station brought down, the world’s first space tourist, hijacked planes, terrorist attacks on World Trade Center etc, deaths of thousands, thus mindset of the world changed permanently, a continuing ‘war on terrorism’ which strangely continues till date, Euro notes/coins entered public circulation as a powerful new currency, cyborg tech successfully developed, etc. So you had your Mercury, Jupiter, Rahu, Ketu keywords being reflected quite nicely back then, and somewhat similar things will happen now.

Rahu in Gemini, the natural 3rd house of the zodiac will cause the following, use the keywords and interlink them to get these readings.

  1. Rahu in the house of Mercury will cause anxiety, depression, addictions, suicidal thoughts and other psychological problems caused by ‘over-stimulation’ and ‘over-thinking’. Mercury is highly adaptable and responds to events quite successfully, but rapid and high intensity changes cause him to burn out.
  2. Increase in risky behaviour triggered in same-age groups causing accidents. E.g a same-age/family/friends group goes for an adventure trail, trek, picnic etc and gets into an accident.
  3. Teenagers are very impressionable individuals and under the influence of Rahu will be involved in risky activities maybe crime or drugs etc. Disguises and concealments. Parents/teachers unable to communicate effectively with their teenage kids.
  4. The flow of information, intelligence, database management, information analysis will be affected. In short there will be misinformation and misunderstandings on all levels. Cheating in financial sectors; banking sector will be hit with scams and cybercrime, people will lose trust in banks.
  5. Pollution caused by information networks will reach dangerous levels, this will include subtle radiation to discordant noises. The world will be a noisier place with all shouting for attention.
  6. Increase diseases related chest, heart and lungs. Also incurable and strange diseases will increase. Faulty diagnosis will increase and inappropriate medication given.

Rahu will conjunct Mars, both malefics during May-June 2019. Severe results again with Mars intensifying Rahu with his aggression, competitiveness, rage and high energy at all levels possible, tempers will remain high and will snap. e.g. wars, road rage, local fights, raised voices in the house etc. (Mars will aspect Ketu too during this period, thus fueling his energies too.)

Current Rahu/Ketu transit in Gemini/SagittariusNow Ketu in Sagittarius. Here we already have Saturn and he will move out into Capricorn in Jan 2020. So till then, Ketu and Saturn both malefics are together. Ketu has become even more powerful with extremely increased ability to give his ‘separative’ results. So be prepared for separations at every level, mental, physical spiritual. (Saturn will be aspecting Rahu during this period, adding to his energy, one result could be that people will take calculated risks.)

  1. Foundations of life for many will be shaken and torn apart. This may mean more divorces, or abandonment issues, teachers going rogue, students not learning etc. Priests/pandits will not perform well, and rituals done may not bear fruit. People will question established religions and rituals.
  2. These life shaking detachment type of events will turn several to internal spirituality. (more after Jan 2020 when just Jupiter and Ketu are together, Saturn moves on)
  3. Universities and institutes of higher learning, religious schools, monasteries etc will fail to perform or come into disrepute. Temples, monasteries etc may be physically demolished even.
  4. The patrons, peer groups and paternal figures will not cooperate, create tensions and abandon. Those who are supposed to guide will not. Guidance will come from inside only if people listen.
  5. If you have any pitr/ancestor related problems due, they can erupt. 9th sign is linked to them too.
  6. People will be disconnected from religion, humanitarian views, philosophy and will act selfishly and without fear of spiritual repercussions/Karma.
  7. Jupiter enters his own sign Sagittarius for 2 months, in Mar-April 2019 giving some relief. But he is moving forward/retrograde going back into Scorpio. However he will then transit into Sagittarius from Nov 2019 onwards giving his direction also to the headless Ketu and make the restrictions of Saturn a bit bearable.
  8. Feb 2020 – Mar 2020 will see Mars with Ketu so again a double dose of aggression and martian energies which will generally be misdirected (headless Ketu’s influence). Jupiter’s influence will be able to set things right sooner though.

These were very general readings. For analysing your own personal chart I have written about it in my earlier post. But here is a quick recap

  1. Your birth chart. Check out where Rahu is placed, which house, which sign and with which planets. He will link his ‘overreach and then fall on the face’, trend with each of their results too.
  2. If your birth chart has a complete or a partial kaal sarpa, the effects of Rahu/Ketu are more intensified.
  3. Check out which Mahadasha/Main period and antardasha/sub-period you are on. What are the general background influences that you can expect. If you are undergoing periods of Ketu or Rahu be careful. (Or Saturn, Mars or Sun, the natural malefics when they conjunct with Rahu/Ketu in transit together)
  4. Which houses in your chart are Rahu/Ketu occupying during their transit? i.e Where are Gemini/Sagittarius placed? This will tell you which karma you are going to be pulled towards/Rahu, and which aspects of life you are going to be separated from/Ketu.
    • (Ketu transiting in 4th house has caused deaths of the mother for 2 of my clients last year. For another, he sold off his ancestral farmlands).
    • (Rahu in 10th for one client ensured that his father came to live with him permanently etc)
  5. If your age is the multiples of 18 yrs, you will undergo Rahu/Ketu return where they occupy the same position as your birth chart. Extreme karmic events will unfold.
  6. Now during the overall 18 month Rahu/Ketu transit, there will be short term transits of the other planets, Sun, Moon etc. So look out for the eclipses and periods around them. They will change the results of Sun/Moon and depending on their positions in your transit chart give extreme results.
  7. The other planets will also transit over these Rahu/Ketu for shorter periods, so their results will also be affected by the Rahu/Ketu presence/conjunction. Especially be alert during the conjunction of malefics in transit.

Gemini and Sagittarius will obviously affected badly. Next intensity is for Cancer and Capricorn, these folks should take special care of their health. Scorpio and Taurus will also face typical times. If your ascendant falls in these signs you should take care of your physical body/environment, if the Moon falls in these then your emotional status will be out of balance. (These signs fall in the dushamsthana 6-8-12 axis from the transiting position of Rahu/Ketu).

In case there are problems, often a 108 repeat of the beej mantras of Rahu/Ketu on Tuesdays/Saturdays will help in balancing out their energies.

 

Current Rahu/Ketu transit in Gemini/Sagittarius

Mercury, the energy of Talk and Trade!

Mercury is the agent of communications and messages. Thus he is an enormous force who governs all human interactions. His agency is can be used for positive or negative work depending on the intention of the user. Thus the same Mercury is the perception manager, the middleman, the media, the manipulative agent, the blackmailer, the medium or the meddler. The Pedantic Teacher, the Esoteric Preceptor, the Royal Ruler, the Emotional Comforter, the Fiery Warrior, the Strict Taskmaster, the Desirous Rahu and the Nebulous Ketu all need the Communicator to deliver their messages. Mercury is the only force who can interpret, analyse, read, speak, hear etc, so he is the only channel through which the other planetary forces can communicate to our Consciousness. But Mercury is not a passive telephone line of the chart. He has his own agenda too as he Controls communication.

If you have observed, it is quite impossible to find Mercury placed alone in a chart. Most commonly he is conjunct with Sun or Venus and of course other planets. If rarely he is alone, the owner of his sign will influence. Only very rarely when he is alone in Gemini or Virgo will he be completely neutral, though aspecting planets will always influence. He is quite eager to interact with other forces and can easily absorb their messages, add his agenda to them and then transmit it to the target audience.

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When a message is created naturally its copy is created. Thus Mercury is also the agent of duplicates, twins and copies. Thus siblings, team-players, co-workers, are his agents. And generally such messages are delivered to the students, pupils, disciples and subordinates. Thus such recipients and groups are also in the domain of Mercury.

Mercury is like the ultimate filing clerk. Whatever he sees and experiences, he mentalizes it and rationalises, How can I organise it? He is always thinking of better ways to organise his perceptions so that he can extract the maximum learnings from it. The trick is to make him understand when to stop. Mercury has to be stopped when the maximum has been learnt, else he tends to file-re-file, organise-re-organise, analyse-re-analyse just for the sake of it, in a never-ending loop. This leads to mental trauma eventually. The Compulsive Calculator, limited by his past. Every experience will be analysed as repetitions of the past patterns. When confronted with something completely new, which cannot be fit in and filed properly, he feels insecure and shuts down. These two are the most important karmic lessons that Mercury has to learn, to stop over-analysing and allowing events to flow, without reducing them to data bits.

Mercury is the son of the Moon. Moon is basically the unfathomable human mind and Mercury represents that part of the mind which is logical, rational, accessed, articulate and available for interactions. And as a typical teenager who doesn’t get so well with his dad, Mercury tends to be quite immature, rough and his decisions are hasty and based on superficials rather than deep  wisdom.You see, Mercury is not so different from your average teenager, impressionable, adaptable, argumentative, becomes a malefic when posted with malefics, needs his peer-group, needs guidance from his elders.

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Whenever Mercury influences any sign and house, he brings in his typical behaviour there. The matters concerned with that house and sign will now be organised and filed. Communications in every which way, then discussions, arguments, criticisms, explanations and analyses. He is always into short term goals and the proverb ‘penny wise pound foolish’ is made for him. He will always utilise every opportunity for trading, marketing, advertising, loves meetings and conferences, especially where he can toss around ideas, talk and talk. However he has a high analytical ability, is mathematical, also good at grammar, can articulate complex thoughts and is excellent at verbal and written analysis. He can recognise repetitive patterns, is calculative and very good at information exchange. Mercury is a highly successful lawyer or a great doctor! But the Mercury  machine is addicted to measuring, then what should be done with these measures, he does not know, he cannot judge the value of what he has measured, he is not wise. He can just compare it against some pre-decided standard and docket it.

So Mercury always needs to be guided by another force so as to actually learn and grow up. And generally he accompanies Surya, the source of genuine intelligence where he acts a messenger boy for the Ego or Divine intelligence. Also seen with Venus, where he helps out in setting the terms for balanced agreements and treasuries or in conveying esoteric knowledge.

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Mercury gets exalted in Virgo, where he is the lord of his own house. He is free to express himself and if not provided direction by other planets, is a mechanical amoral force of unrestrained intelligence. He then becomes sort of a super-computer, continuously organising, categorising, planning with the data available to him, till his amorality catches up with him and he messes it up. In Virgo he gets ample information about services, debts, diseases, enemies, arguments, discussions etc which he analyses till he finds the best possible way to file them. A Data processor.. info in info out!

Mercury’s brilliant analytical powers however get drowned in the dreamy sign of Pisces. He also considers the pedantic and wise Jupiter to be his enemy. Pisces is the sign of feelings, visions, sub-conscious, no focus, vague impressions, perceptions and universal consciousness. And Mercury is lost in this, he loses his technical powers of focus, practicality, articulation, problem-solving, and becomes vague and inconsistent. Debilitated Mercury struggles with the messages he receives from the Pisces sign and ultimately fails to convey the mysticism of this rashi in analytical language. His logic limited vocabulary cannot express the intuition, contemplation and meditation of the Piscine influence. Mercury gives similar results when posted in the 12th house of the horoscope too. He is incapable of contemplation and meditation, remember he is an adolescent!

Thus Mercury the Commercial Agent, must always remain busy, talking and trading!

 

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