Chakra, Graha and the Rashi

 As you know there are the 7 chakras from the Sahasrar to the Muladhar. Each chakra is linked to one planet/ graha in a sequence. (Have written two posts on this earlier, here and here).

The Sun is the individual soul, self-ego, the self. He is linked to the Ultimate reality but he is not that. He is just the link. He is the seed of duality which insists that you are separate from the Singular reality. He is just one ray of the Ultimate reality. The light of the Sun, the self-ego is so blinding that you do not realise that it hides the Ultimate reality behind it. This radiance is so magnificent, you are hypnotised here and you do not progress further. This is the last test in your spiritual journey.

In our spiritual practice, we regular humans generally do not focus on the Sun. In all our Dhyan systems, even the Soham mantra/ Sushumna Yog, we do not focus on the Sahasrara chakra at the top of the head. (If you want to experience what happens, try and see once, only once. It causes severe disorientation and other imbalances). However in Vijnyan Bhairav Tantra there is one Dhyan technique which does exactly this, focus on the top of the head at the Brahma-randhra. But this is only for advanced Sadhak-s who have taken Sanyas from the material world and do their Sadhana in extreme seclusion. It is not advised for householders like us.

We always focus on the Ajnya chakra, the third eye chakra between the eyebrows. This chakra is linked to the Moon. The Moon’s job is to ‘reflect’ the brilliance of the Sun. At the Ajnya chakra you ‘reflect’ in more ways than one. You reflect on yourself, your reality, the perceptions surrounding you, your mind, the emotions, the sum total of your existence. You reflect on your Mantra. Here at the Ajnya chakra, the blinding brilliance of the individual soul/Jivatma is brought to levels where you can work with it. The Moon tempers the harshness of the Sun. First you experience the reflected light, transcend it, then onwards to the light of your individual soul then transcend it to experience the Ultimate reality.

The ‘individual soul’ is called the ‘Jivatma’, this is the soul+karmic baggage. The Ultimate Soul or Paramatma is the Reality which we all desire to experience, our deepest desire.

In astrological terms, Sun is a natural malefic but the Moon is a natural benefic. The ‘individual soul’ is considered to be malefic but the ‘reflection of the individual soul’ is considered to be benefic. It is a paradox.

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Next we analyse the signs owned by the 5 Tara graha, ie the non luminous planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars Jupiter and Saturn. Each one of them rules over one ‘male’ and one ‘female’ sign/ rashi. Rashi means a ‘collection of attributes. And male or female indicate the quality of their energy, these words do not mean sex. Male energies are slower to move, more passive and more stable. The female energies are more changeable, adaptable and kinetic. Both are necessary qualities, neither can exist without the other and neither is lesser/ greater than the other. Continuous stability will lead to stagnation and continuous motion will lead to disaster. There are always burst of energy, followed by its consolidation and again a burst of motion, again consolidation, this is a never-ending cycle.

The planets each are linked to one chakra of your energy body. The male sign resides on the Pingala side of the chakra and the female sign resides on the Ida side of that chakra. The Tara-graha have polarity, thus own two signs each. The 12 signs sort of form a garland in sequence over the chakras.

  • Mercury is linked at Vishuddhi chakra. Gemini is his male sign at Pingala side and Virgo the female sign at Ida side
  • Venus is linked to the Anahata chakra with masculine Taurus at Ida and feminine Libra at Pingala sides.
  • Mars – is located at the Manipur chakra with his feminine Scorpio at Ida and male sign Aries at Pingala sides.
  • Jupiter – is seen at the Swadhisthan chakra with the changeable Pisces at Ida and the solid Sagittarius at Pingala sides.
  • Saturn – is at the lowest Muladhar chakra with Capricorn at Ida and Aquarius at the Pingala sides of the chakra.

The Sun and the Moon, the luminaries have no inherent polarity, they are a single intelligence. The luminaries own a single sign each, Cancer and Leo. One is at Ajnya chakra and the other is at the Sahasrara chakra. The Ida/ Pingala end here at the Ajnya chakra and only one Sushumna remains. This Sushumna is the neutral channel, it contains within it the brightest of all nadis, the most subtle Brahma-nadi. The Sahasrara is the top-most chakra, again only the neutral Sushumna connects here. After the Sahasrara the remaining chakras of the head do not have any graha associations and the energies of the rashi-s do not extend here. Within the innermost core of the Sahasrara chakra is the Bindu, the seat of the Parabrahma.

The Moon and Sun are the two luminaries, they see, observe, the witness, they are your two eyes. They see what you desire to see. The choice is yours, If you look ‘outward’, ‘downward’ from your third eye, you will see the manifested creation. If you look ‘inwards’ from your third eye ‘upwards’, you will see your own Self. The choice, as always, is your own.

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Rahu and Ketu are the astral planets, shadow planets, the chhaya graha. They do not own any signs of the zodiac. There are some books, especially by modern authors, which say that the are part-owners of some signs, this is incorrect. Rahu/Ketu do not give any material results whatsoever, so they cannot be even logically linked to any of the Lower 5 Chakras. They do modulate the results (chhaya) of the other graha they are associated with. Rahu is the force of desire for future experience. Ketu is the learning derived from past experiences. You are consciously unaware of both and together they push your energy geometry out of balance. On an esoteric level Rahu and Ketu are responsible for the illusion called Life and Living. They are the Kings of Karma. They help you play the game of Creation. (I have written several posts on their innermost nature, do use the index page to locate these posts)

Conversely they can be consciously used to push your geometry back to its perfect balance, in which case they grant Moksh. These are the singularity hidden in the illusion of duality. If you are travelling inwards towards yourself, you will see that they work as One. If you in your spiritual practice every get the blessing of Rahu+Ketu joined together as One, you will realise the ultimate very soon. A human who has evolved on a spiritual level will always show powerful Rahu/ Ketu, they will be in pivotal positions and will control the entire chart.

Now for a small practical. Jyotish is a Vidya, ie it is used to understand the conscious intelligence operating around you. And to really understand a Vidya you need experience it. If are doing Dhyan regularly for more than 6 months and wish to see how the signs/ rashi and graha/ planets look like within your own energy system, try this. Before sitting for your Dhyan, recite the mantras of the 9 grahas, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu, request them to show themselves to you. Recite a mantra for the Earth/ Pruthvi requesting that she grant you stability. Offer them all your gratitude and then see what you will be shown. If you are an advanced aspirant you can try this during an eclipse, but do this only if you can handle it. (Do change your nadi to the Sushumna before starting. Their strength varies depending on which nadi is active.)

The Graha, the Nakshatra, the Moon and the Sun are all within you. You contain the entire Universe within you. You are the highest Conscious Intelligence yourself Jyotish is just one of the many ways of realising this fact.

 

I have mentioned this in my several posts on Rahu/ Ketu, yet I am being asked this same question about which Rashi’s are ‘owned’ by Rahu/ Ketu, so this mini post. Again Rahu/ Ketu do not own any rashis.

Why Rahu/Ketu have no aspects

Planets/ Graha can influence certain degrees of the zodiac from where they are placed. These are called aspects or vision/drushti. You need to know the aspects because they can completely change the results these planets can give in your life. Obviously a planet will give full results in the sign/house that he is placed in. And depending on the strength of the planet in your chart, he can give results as if he is actually placed in the house he aspects.

Why Rahu/Ketu have no aspects

As per Vedic astrology, these are very limited aspects which a planet can have,

  1. Every planet (except Rahu/Ketu) aspects the sign/house placed exactly opposite it, 180 degrees away. e.g planets placed in the 1st house will aspect the 7th house of the chart.
  2. Then Mars has 2 additional aspects – He aspects the fourth and the eighth house from where he is placed. So his aspects are 4th, 7th and 8th house from where he is.
  3. Jupiter has 2 additional aspects, he aspects the 5th and 9th houses from where he is placed in the chart. So his aspects are 5th, 7th and 9th.
  4. Saturn has 2 additional aspects – He influences the house 3rd and 10th from where he is placed. So its 3rd, 7th and 10th for Saturn.

These aspects are very easy to remember. The planets inwards from the earth do not have additional aspects, they have just the basic 7th house aspect. The three outer planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have additional aspects.

Now for Rahu/Ketu, there are several differing opinions on their ability to aspect, but there are very few actual references from the texts. In my experience, they do not have any aspects. Not even the normal diametrically opposite 7th house aspect. This is because they themselves are diametrically opposite! If there is some planet with Ketu, the correct analysis would be ‘conjoint Ketu’ and not ‘7th aspected by/opposite Rahu‘. Ketu doesn’t have a head!, thus no eyes, no vision/drushti! Rahu desires everything except Ketu, he is done with the things that Ketu signifies so doesn’t see him at all! So Rahu cannot have even the 7th house/opposite aspect. They are also in perpetual retrograde motion thus they repeat the lessons they have been scripted to deliver. In addition, these are completely astral graha, they do not have any part of them in the physical environment. These 2 graha/forces sort of merge with the planets they are conjoint with or if placed alone, they give results with the owner of the sign they are in.

  • e.g. So if you have a Jupiter+Rahu in the 1st house, Jupiter will take on qualities of Rahu and when he ‘sees’ with his 5th-7th-9th aspects, it will be a composite Jupiter+Rahu ‘seeing’ there.
  • e.g. If you have a Ketu sitting alone in Taurus in the 11th house, he will give results as per Venus’s power in the chart and the results will be as per the keywords of the 11th house and Taurus.

Analysing Rahu/Ketu’s role in the horoscope is of prime importance as they tell you what is your life’s direction. One pulls, the other scatters. But what are Rahu/Ketu really? They are the influence of the Earth, our own planet on us. We are them in a very deep way!

The planets when they aspect,

  1. they influence the houses,
  2. the signs placed in the houses
  3. and also other planets if placed in those houses.

If two planets are together in one sign they influence each other if they are less than 15 degrees apart. The planet which is stronger naturally has more influence over the other. If they are more than 15degrees apart but in the same sign they will not influence each other so much but both will influence the sign and house they are placed in.

Now if you get into the western concept of astrology, you are bound to be a bit confused. Semi-sextile, sextile, square, trine, square, quincuncx opposition etc. Semi-Sextile – When two planets are 30 degrees apart. Sextile – When two planets are 60 degrees apart. Square – When two planets are 90 degrees apart. Trine – When two planets are 120 degrees apart. Quincunx – When two planets are 150 degrees away. Opposition – When two planets are 180 degrees apart. I can never remember these and very frankly these others are not true aspects/vision/drushti.

These are basically an extension of the Trikon concept (Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksh trikon), Bhavat bhavam, Argala, Badhak, etc concepts that we use in Vedic Jyotish. Never learn things by rote, always try to understand why it happens the way it does. Only then you can confidently analyse the interactions of the planets/houses with each other.

 

Why Rahu/Ketu have no aspects

Defination of Graha from the Suryasiddhant

Vedic philosophy is not theoretical, it is completely practical. Prime importance is given to the one who Experiences. Obviously things have to be in motion to be observed and experienced. This motion is either in time or in space or in both.

First we intend. The intention is first created in the mind, then powered with various mantra, other energy rituals and their practice. Often these will result in events/creation which are perceived in real life, e.g. financial benefits, getting a child, a job, or spiritual progress. Then we have the inner Universe where we can never get physical proofs, subjects like the soul, birth, death and rebirth, karma, etc, so we use the science of Illumination, Jyotish to learn about these hidden truths.

Defination of Graha from the Suryasiddhant

Most modern astrologers have this opinion that the Vedic system was unaware of the trans-Saturn planets thus did not use them. This is faulty thinking, as ‘graha’, the forces in astrology are erroneously translated to mean ‘planets’. The trans-Saturnian planets were quite well known to the ancient astronomers as Shwet/ Uranus, Shyam/ Neptune and Teevra/ Pluto but were never used in Jyotish because they are not ‘graha’.

The basis of all Jyotish mathematics is the Suryasiddhant written by Mayadanav in Sanskrit. This is the oldest book on astronomy and everything related to the movement of the earth and heavenly bodies. We still use this as the basis of all our calculations. There is no estimation on when it was written. This book is not correctly and completely understood even today. If you are interested it is available as a pdf on archive.org. Just an example, it mentions the avg length of the tropical year to be 365.2421756 days and the modern value is accepted at 365.2421904 days!

So Suryasiddhant gives the Jyotish definition of ‘graha’. A small maths,

  • As per the Suryasiddhant the motion of the Sun in time is called the kaksh/zone of the Sun. This is generally understood to be one Solar year long, and the Sun moves within this Kaksh/zone.
  • The zone of Saturn is 29.47 times the Sun’s zone. This can be simply understood as 29.47 solar years, which is also the time he takes to complete one revolution around the Sun.
  • After that the next planet is Uranus, he occupies a zone 84 times that of the Sun’s zone. For simple understanding this is the 84 solar years that it takes to make one complete revolution around the Sun.
  • Now the Lunar mansions/Nakshatra also have a similar zone in time (Bhakaksh). This zone is 60 times of the zone of the Sun. i.e. 60 solar years. The belt of the Nakshatra/the zodiac has a ‘orbital’ motion around the Sun which is 60 solar years long. A point to understand here, we are talking in terms of time not ‘outer space‘.

Now ‘graha’ is not a planet, it is defined by its astrological influences perceptible on Earth. As per Suryasiddhant, the outermost limit of astrological influence is the Bhakaksh, the zone of the Nakshatra/Lunar mansions who make up the Zodiac belt. No heavenly body beyond this zone has astrological impact on us on the Earth. Thus Saturn is the farthermost graha which is within the Bhakaksh boundary.

One point to be noted, we are talking in ‘time’. The Nakshatras are linked to the stars which are much beyond the solar system, but we are not talking about the physical stars/constellations here. We are analysing the effects of the energies of the belt of the Zodiac/the Nakshatra belt. There is no physical object between the zone of Saturn and the zone of Uranus. We are discussing the time it takes for these heavenly bodies to move and their movement in relation to the movement of the Sun.

This movement of the Bhakaksh is very important and mundane astrologers find events repeating themselves with each cycle of the Bhakaksh. The cycle is of 60 solar years (one solar year is 365 days 6 hours 12 minutes and 36 seconds ) These 60 solar years, which constitute the zone/Bhakaksh of the Nakshatra belt, have names (From ‘Prabhava’ to Akshara’ there are 60 names) and are used in predictions. There is a separate section in astrology called Medini Jyotish which deals with the land and the people both in time and space on a much larger scale. What we are using at present is Hora Jyotish or Phalit-Jyotish which gives predictions of individuals.

If you are interested do search on a phenomenon called ‘Teleconnections’ in global events. There is a cycle of 60 solar years in weather etc phenomena of the earth which are a part of Medini Jyotish. However we do not have experts on Medini Jyotish anymore, as after the Hindu empires collapsed about a thousand years ago there was no one left who knew how to use these concepts. No one was really interested in long term astrological calculations of nations and thus we stopped using the yamala tantras and the chakras and other tools of Medini astrology.

So to answer the question, in Vedic astrology we do not use the trans-Saturnine planets as they are not ‘graha’.

 

Defination of Graha from the Suryasiddhant

(This was a reply to a question on trans-Saturnine planets not being used in Vedic astrology, I hope it was of some help.)