Thoth Tarot, an example reading

I was asked to write something on Tarot especially on the analysis part of it. (My regular Astrologer readers can skim through this, as it is an useful divination tool, maybe you might feel inspired to learn it!)

I use Thoth Tarot as a quick short cut, like the Jyotish’s Prashna Kundali. The Tarot cards are capable of giving practical answers and as tools for self development. I use the Thoth Tarot because its creator, Aleister Crowley was a superlative genius and this is reflected in his cards. They are magic.

The Gemini-Sagittarius axis in the current times is causing upheaval in everyone’s lives. Ketu in Sagittarius making everyone hazed out. People are disconnected with their auspicious beneficial karma, their own merits from their past lives are unable to reach them and help them. People are now thinking and acting under the influence of Rahu in Gemini, delusions and illusions forcing them to create even more karmic debts. This is a very critical period where most of us will create even more karmic tangles which will take even more lives to resolve. (A few can make good use of these energies, especially those who have a Ketu capable of giving auspicious results in their charts.)

Thoth Tarot, an example reading

So this question was from someone close, a woman who wanted to know if a relationship would continue. This is a very highly karmic relationship and both remember each other through their several life times together in very close relationships. Both have psychic abilities. Since the 26th Dec 2019 solar eclipse released its energies, their relationship has ended.

I am not discussing the entire reading, just one question from that session which had interesting answers.

So first we asked this, ’Did he ever genuinely love her?’ You see, this is the only question which really matters. If there is some potential in this answer only then can we go ahead and see what she can do about the relationship as such, attempt to retrieve it or let it go. And the reply was this,

Prince of Disks, The Lovers, The Emperor

Prince of Disks is the ‘air’ of ‘earth’, shows restrictions in terms of energy. ‘Prince’ summarises the man well enough as he is not mature enough to be called a ‘Knight’. There is an inherent conflict in his thoughts. There is some stability but not very much. An imbalance of Martian energy exists, which varies from lethargy to passion. Capable of doing practical things to reach his goals, but gets complacent before he reaches his goal. Complacency is dangerous as the path and the goal both are karmic, building up from several lives. He tries to control his life flow/ emotions/ instincts flow etc too much, is anxious about displaying emotions or receiving emotions. Lacks emotional warmth, is insensitive and dull. Does not understand the depth of his own/her feelings. He is interested because of the karmic pressure and also wants to experience the relationship but has emotional conflicts in his mind on how this should be regulated. He is aware of the karma from the past and its slow, grinding, determined movement but he desires to control its flow. He is hampered by immaturity, anxiety, desire to control and lack of emotions. He focuses on his personal self more than the relationship as this is a court card right in the beginning of the spread. There is interest but confusion.

The Lovers – Trump no. 6, the most complex card of the entire Thoth deck. The card depicts the marriage of the Emperor and the Empress, the Lovers. Reconciliation of opposites is the overall theme. When it pops up in a 2-person relationship reading it means a beautiful soul-mate relationship, very deeply felt emotions, attraction and inter-linked karma. True Love. The longing is mutual and very strong through their several lives. (It is an Atu, a Trump, higher forces are at work). Elemental dignity is ‘air’. It shows two separate individuals who are desirous of knowing their unity/ singleness together, but fear the process and the result too! These two people are already going through a very highly karmic relationship where everything unfinished from the past lives is demanding to be balanced with very high intensity. Here intelligent choices can be made regarding the relationship. He can exercise his individual will to some extent as a choice between two difficult paths can be made. The wrong choice carries heavy consequences. Thus this card is also a dangerous energy as choice, decisions, repercussions, union and unity are all built in. He is aware of what is happening, yet emotionally anxious and in dual mind and has been given an option to choose.

The Emperor – Trump no. 4, its elemental dignity is fire. The man desires control over everything. He wants structure, organisation and to lead/rule in the relationship. He has learnt some life lessons and wants to enforce those lessons on himself and on the woman and the relationship. There is a core of selfishness, his ego has increased greatly and he uses his energy to manipulate the relationship as he wants it to be. What the woman wants is not important to him now. He has become high-handed, coldly logical and has repressed the emotional part of himself and the relationship. He does not allow the woman to express her emotions also. Hard-hearted. He has become clever without intuition, which is damaging in the long run as Logic without Emotions ultimately is a Prison. Here Lovers Trumps energy connects the Prince of Disks to the Emperor, it connects a court card to a Trump. The togetherness and balance of the Lovers Trump has been distorted by this choice as the Emperor remains alone. This is a step backwards, the man has bound himself even more strongly by his thoughts, his repressed emotions and self-controlled non-intuitional behaviour. This naturally has an adverse impact on both of them and their relationship. (I have done readings for them earlier and the Emperor is is like a personal card for the man, always pops up. And the Empress often comes up for the woman too.)

So in context to our question, ’Did he ever genuinely love her?’, the cards indicate that, to begin with he was a bit anxious, his thought process did not really allow the emotional context to come out. He tried to frame his love in a structure rather than going with the flow. (But karmic relationships going back several lives do not allow structure imposed, the correct choice is to always go with the flow.) When he chose to become the Emperor, he added lack of emotions, overthinking, selfishness, enforcing his own rules on how to behave, not acknowledging the emotions of the woman, not giving himself or her any emotional outlet, etc type of things into the relationship. A step backwards as it goes back from the Trump no. 6 to Trump no. 4. It is not an equitable one-one relationship as he wants to rule always. So ‘genuine Love’ perhaps did or did not exist but it was not allowed to express itself ever. Overall Karma yes, evident visible Love in the positive emotional sense, no.

I believe that if Love exists it should be expressed. If you are so tightly bound by your own sense of self (Essentially a Narcissist) that you cannot recognise the other’s emotions, or express your own, the relationship is essentially a fraud. If there is no way left where Love can be expressed for either of them, it is not Love anymore.

Thoth Tarot, an example reading

And then we asked, ‘Did she ever genuinely love him, throughout their relationship together?’ And the reply was,

Two of Wands, Fortune, The Lovers. The spread ended in the Lovers, so I pulled out one more card to see in what direction her energies went. The 4th card is the Knight of Disks.

Two of Wands is called Dominion. The fire of the Wands is given impulse here. To direct the inner Fire into action, to plan and move. The woman, whenever she started on this relationship with this man in whichever life, steps out of her comfort zone to try new things with him. Her desire to experience is burning within her, but in a somewhat harmonious manner, it is not damaging to anyone, just very intense. It is not very comfortable, but she wants to try with all her will, she is inspired. She has the energy, desire and direction. She has the emotions and is willing to try for it with all her energy.

Fortune is the highly esoteric Trump no. 10. Elemental dignity is ‘fire’. For her, this relationship goes through several unpredictable cycles, the irresistible flow of experience through several lives. The energy of Dominion is put through cycles of unexpected changes. Fortune represents karmic relationships which go on for lives together. She remains optimistic and allows the karmic changes to take her along, she always has faith in him and in the relationship. She allows the higher self to set the tone without questioning it. (Trumps always indicate the higher energies operating). And Fortune is actually ‘good fortune as per Crowley, so this card shows that the woman was contributing positively to the relationship throughout.

Then the third card, technically the last card in the spread, is The Lovers for her. This card appearing in her spread too makes this reading very intense. This is a very deep karmic relationship for her. The emotions, attraction, the mind-set and the longing is mutual. She understands that this connect goes back several lives. True Love. A Choice is presented to her, triggered by the Emperor-energy in the man. (Refer the above explanation of the Lovers) She changes from Fortune to the Knights of Disks using this energy of the Lovers.

The Knight of Disks, ‘Fire’ of ‘Earth’. Fire and earth are complementary elements, slightly low in energy, but grant both achievements and the sense of achievement. This is the 4th card in her spread. So we can interpret this as follows. After the man opts to become the ‘Emperor’, the woman chooses to become the practical, reliable, down to earth, Knight of Disks. The ‘Lovers’ energy connects ‘Fortune’ to the ‘Knight of Disks’, she lowers the energy level from which she operates. She strongly maintains her sense of ethics and her sense of understanding. This Knight cannot lie, is transparent, guileless, highly principled and hard-working. He is ultimately successful. She tries to make sense of this relationship despite dealing with the ‘Emperor’ mindset and these are rather big odds. She wants faithfulness and intimacy but now this is not an emotionally fulfilling situation for her. Committed but exhausted by the behaviour of the man, she has become emotionally dull. This though a male card describes this woman perfectly as she plays a more protective role in the relationship than women usually do. In this life I have seen her taking care of the material requirements of this man, like the house, carpets, dining sets, bracelets, giving gifts to him, getting material things for his comfort etc.

So, ‘Did she ever genuinely love him?’ She is very willing to put in all of her energy into it. Karmic work is more for her but she goes through it all with a positive frame of mind, on faith. She is aware that it is a highly karmic relationship going back several lives. When the man turns into the Emperor she chooses to become the Knight of the Disks. Emotionally stifled, aware of everything, unwilling to disrupt the natural flow of things, working hard, patient. Karma yes, Genuine Love yes. But a Love with no outlet to express itself. A suppressed thing which can poison her mind and soul ie create more karmic tangles.

Thoth Tarot, an example reading

Out of the 7 cards, 4 were Trumps, strong energies from their past acting on them. The Lovers repeated in both spreads, there is genuine Love but its expression is hindered. She has psychic abilities herself and aware of their past, present and future lives together. The woman desires Moksh in this life-time for both. She wants the flowing karmic rebalancing to continue. The man does not care and seems intent on creating more issues rather than resolving their karmic tangles. Self-ego is more important to him, than her or the relationship. Whenever and in whatever life these two started off, the woman was more enthusiastic and desirous of the overall experience, more willing to open up and let the higher self/ karma work through the relationship. The man was more immature and refused to let his emotional/ intuitive side express itself, always tried to control himself, her and the relationship. Now he is structure, she is patient.

This was a basic interpretation of a 3 card reading. One simple question of ‘Did he love her?’ turned out to be a such a lengthy answer!

(Later I did a OOTK, Opening of the Key spread designed by Crowley to be used with the Thoth Tarot and we discussed things some more.)

 

Ketu conjunct Lord of the Ascendant sign

I have written about Ketu conjunct the other planets. Ketu the headless graha internalises the planet he is with and changes his behaviour. This effect is quite significant if he is with your birth Moon (in about 8% charts). But the most challenging combination would be Ketu conjunct your ascendant lord. The probability that a planet is ascendant lord and conjunct Ketu in a chart is mathematically less than 1%. Very few people have chosen this, as these energies are very unique and rather traumatic. If you are an evolved soul, this combination can gift you with immense spiritual progress after Ketu matures at the age of 48yrs. But before this happens life goes by in a strange daze.

The ascendant lord is the most important planet of your chart. The ascendant sign defines the personality and your environment. The exact rising degree is practically a graha/force in Jyotish (when you read the divisional charts). And its lord controls how your personality and your environment interact with each other. Eg if you have a powerful ascendant sign, both your personality, your environment will be equally beautiful. But the ascendant lord is in a bad position, you will not be comfortable with yourself nor be able to make full use of what is available to you in your environment.

Ketu conjunct Lord of the Ascendant sign

If Rahu is desire, indulgence then Ketu is rehabilitation, revenge, rebalance, regeneration, renunciation. Ketu is primarily a malefic, related to catastrophes, karmic retribution, destruction of the material, inimical to Life. His results are not pleasing or satisfying to the body/mind, though they may be good for your soul’s spiritual progress. He is piercing, weird, eccentric, indifferent, separative, scorching. So the closer your ascendant is to Ketu, especially if both are in the same Nakshatra, you face a strange disconnect in every aspect of your life. Ketu brings in material adversities in any aspect of life he touches and obstructs the auspiciousness of the planet he touches. Ketu matures at the age of 48yrs, so he will hold back the maturity of the ascendant lord also till this age. There will be two very distinct and extreme phases in your life, before your 40s and after your 50s, with your 40s being the transition period.

Till you reach your 40s, you will be rather unpredictable, immature, prone to extremes of behaviour as Ketu’s intense impulses controls your interactions between your personality and your environment. Your mindset will be rather dark, you might prefer being alone, might get attracted to negative thoughts and behaviour. You are not very active, somewhat inert as you are not interested in anything much. You are more into your ‘Past Everything’ as you are determined to extract the last bit of information from your past lives, past interactions, past experiences etc. This might make you seem hazed out or vague. Thought processes can seem irrational as Ketu does not follow conventional logic. Ketu is instinctive and gets his information from very deep sources which are beyond comprehension to others. You might seem odd to others, your understanding is different, very deep. Clairvoyance, ‘clair-sentience’  exists. You can make that leap of intuition mixed with fiery intellect, a very unique and incisive logic which is always right. Your thought processes are subtle, sublime and your ideas are often so high up that you are often misunderstood by average people. You are not of this material world. Others might think that you imagine or make-up things but you are always proved right in the end.

Innocence is an overriding trait as ego does not exist, no action is motivated by selfishness as the sense of self itself is absent. You are shy, self-conscious, you do not have any sense of your own abilities and are highly impressionable. You always role-acting (can be a very good spy or professional actor) as you are not really interested in anything around you. You are an innocent and believe others to be innocent too but you can detect lies and fakes very easily. You want to know the truth of everything and you will work hard albeit in a disinterested manner to uncover it. Lies and falsehood will not be tolerated and if you have friends/family who lie to you, you will snap ties with them in an instant. You need fairness and justice in life. You like solving puzzles of every type, the mind likes finding solutions. If you get an idea, you stick to it, and it is generally correct, and you cannot be reasoned with. You have very strong likes and dislikes somtimes erratic and unpredictable. You might seem to be short-tempered, cruel and insensitive to others, but this is Ketu’s typical disinterest at work, you are not interested in them. Impulsiveness and intensity exists which comes from deep within your psyche and it is linked to the activities from your past lives. You are capable of staying alone in solitude for ages.

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You are not religious in the conventional sense, occult is what you are. Occult is all those things which are mysterious and dangerous to others. You wander in areas which are very scary to others. Astrology, divination, tantra, telepathy, telekinesis, magic, hypnotism, astral stuff comes easily to you. In fact if others stare in your eyes for too long, you can actually mesmerise them. You are hypnotic, people find you mysterious and fascinating. You like travelling, physically/astrally and to places linked to secrets, mystery and occult. Research, searching for hidden things, secrets of the mind, studying the past eg archeology, inventing stuff, exploring underground treasures from minerals to the Kundalini are all possible. Obviously you are very sensitive to the astral dimensions, energy, ghosts, spirits etc. You know all secret things but you do not really care about all this. And you will face damage from these things, you are most vulnerable to damage from these ‘other things’ as you are apathetic to the things Ketu is linked to. You might be ill, hurt or simply overtired but you are not aware, you push your body (both physical and astral) beyond limits after which it can just snap. You should get yearly medical check-ups and also shield yourself from psychic damage. You will be prone to heat related diseases linked to problems of pran flow in your nadi-s. Take care of your physical eyes and nadis..

You are required to assimilate the lessons you have learnt from your past into your present, only then can you move ahead into the future. If Ketu can attach you to these past things then he himself is the force who can detach you from them in one sharp clean cut. He is the fog himself and will make you cut through his haze. Ketu is your deepest learnings from your past lives often associated with painful lessons. You will want to extract the least bit of information from these, and this process gives you tremendous pain on the emotional/ inner levels. But you are essentially indifferent to your self, so you go through this pain without any issue.

Ketu is illusion for those who operate on lower levels of consciousness but grants clarity and discerning insight to the evolved souls, as he can penetrate through all veils. If the chart shows an evolved soul then this weird influence of Ketu makes sense in the late 40s as the spiritual path becomes more obvious. A Seer, Sat-Guru can be produced with a strong Ketu+ascendant combination.

Spiritual practice or using your intelligence in a higher way can best channelise this Ketu+ascendant lord. Then you can come up with path breaking analysis which requires out of the box thinking. Any field linked to secrets, research, exploration, law, medicine, detection, crime, poisons, drugs, mind etc which requires incisive thinking is yours. Or you can also attain Moksh, as Moksh is essentially a paradox in the terms of this created worlds, a challenge well suited to your typical intelligence.

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The placement, house/ sign in which this combination occurs will also matter. Also look into the houses placed in the 5/9 axis from this house. The ascendant lord in any house of the chart generally will give auspicious results or at least does not damage things too much. Whichever sign/ house the ascendant lord occupies gets more focus in the lifetime. However Ketu in the different houses requires analysis. One placement of Ketu+ascendant lord is especially powerful, if in Leo or the 5th house. This gives an independent spirit, an ability to transcend external influences, very deep perceptions and can dissolve the self-ego and grant you Moksh in this life itself.

But if this is not an evolved soul, then this combination affects longevity, mental balance, physical health and in fact every aspect of life, adversely. Whatever Ketu is capable of granting on the higher side as above will be affected by haze if he is functioning through his lower energy version. Then you become a ‘victim of circumstance’, your impulses and instinct get you into trouble. All the above positive attributes will be affected and there is more suffering in life. Ketu alone has the power to drastically reverse things and take things to extremes. So will it be a dramatic fall or rise in fortune, will depend on the power of the ascendant lord and the rest of the horoscope.

Ketu with the ascendant lord will, at some point of time, turn you into an ascetic, either visibly or internally. I have written about Ketu conjunct the individual other planets in my post here. Do go through it. Ketu with Jupiter takes away your luck and restricts auspiciousness in your life unless Jupiter has sufficient power to use Ketu’s abilities. If the ascendant lord Mars or Saturn is with Ketu, life will be intense and overall unhappy, even if they are relatively powerful in the chart. If Ketu is with a powerful Sun or Mercury as ascendant lord, then life can be manageable. Ketu with Moon as the ascendant lord can give high psychic abilities but will take you into the occult so living a normal life will not be very easy. Ketu with a powerful Venus ascendant lord will grant material dissatisfaction but can grant Moksh later in life.

You are the Nirvishesh Brahma, all our souls are the same Non-dual. And unless you realise your Reality, no other experience can really satisfy the soul. So Ketu in his real sense is the learning that there is no satisfaction in the things of this manifested universe. This learning is not made apparent till you experience the fun-fair of Creation and realise that it indeed does not satisfy. Thus the nameless longing to know real happiness, experience Moksh, intensifies. Ketu+Venus is the best possible Moksh-karak combination, in my opinion, for the spiritual aspirant. Ketu is the only force who can cut off all bonds and attachments to this manifested creation so completely that Moksh becomes possible. This is the real reason he is the most powerful of all the nava-graha.

 

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(Someone in my family has a Ketu+Venus ascendant lord combination in D1 and Ketu+Moon in the D9. An interesting case study. Small things in her life also show this influence, dress sense is odd, got her nostril pierced and it got infected, eye vision went bad in childhood, debris in her 3rd eye chakra, highly intelligent but does not know where to use it, highly perceptive, not connected to her family, prefers being alone, highly educated, widowhood and remarriage, suffers routine injuries due to the occult, deeply into spiritual stuff, has occult abilities but is erratic etc.) Do keep a collection of sample charts of your family/friend circle, as you learn a lot from observing them on a regular basis.

Ketu conjunct other planets

I find Ketu very fascinating. He is the oldest graha and the most powerful. In some texts he is considered to be a ‘dark Sun’ ie more powerful than the Sun. He is headless, the agent of dissociation. Ketu’s real results are all on the astral planes. However he can give some material results through the following planets. These planets linked to Ketu in some way will tell you a lot about your talent, aptitude and basic nature.

  • Any planet conjunct Ketu, ie in the same sign/house as Ketu. The closer this other planet is, the more intense will be the effect, especially if they are in the same Nakshatra/lunar mansion. Ketu internalises the energy of the planet he is with. This planet’s result are significantly modified by Ketu’s presence. You will see this situation quite often in your clients charts.
  • The ruler of the sign occupied by Ketu, applicable for all charts
  • The sign/house occupied by Ketu, again applicable for all charts

eg Ketu in your 5th house in Aquarius so your talent would be to use your intuition and intelligence in projecting your creativity and genius. (Here Rahu would naturally be in the 11th house, Leo sign.This talent would later be distributed to the larger collective as per Rahu’s corresponding 11th house position.)

Ketu conjunct other planets

Whichever part of life is linked to Ketu do analyse this part. Subconsciously you are aware that you know a lot about these things, you have perfected all this stuff in your past lives. You have with you all the lessons related to that experience. So unconsciously you can be ambitious and aggressive about these aspects of your life. And often most of your frustration can come from here. Ketu’s nature is separative and he is instinctively linked to these things but in a disinterested way. It can get very strange. You are also most vulnerable in these aspects of life as you are consciously not aware of what goes on here.

You may need to develop patience in all areas of your life which are linked to Ketu, which is never easy. Ketu is said to be something like Mars, but he is way more intense than Mars! And the way to use this energy is to remember that Rahu is said to be somewhat like Saturn. So you have to temper your Ketu aggression and irresistible impulse by patience, caution, discipline and understanding. Ketu is your past and you are required to use whatever you have been learning in the past to create your present. Unless you do this, the current life will remain confusing to you at the astral levels. Understanding your past is the first step to assimilating it and then moving forward into the future.

So before doing any thing with Ketu, first analyse the soul maturity level of the chart. This will tell you if you are going the material or the spiritual way. If Ketu is working with Pravrutti/ evolution, he will make you play the Creation Game some more. He will make you identify with your roots, your family, identity, society, etc. In extreme cases he will create racial/ religious fanaticism and problems associated with such a mindset. But if he is working through Nivrutti/ involution, on the spiritual route, he will grant you Moksh or at least significant progress in this direction. He will help you understand the past so that you can dissolve limits, penetrate through boundaries, destroy your attachments as he shows you the illusory nature of creation and sets your soul free.

Especially if you have an actual planet conjunct Ketu, (this in about 8% of the charts,) you are a bit different. Evaluate the power of this planet first, can he give auspicious results or not and what aspects of life does he control. Obviously the sign and the house in which this happens will have its typical effect, so analyse that too. Now as we are all students of Jyotish, we need to see at least two charts, the basic birth chart and the navamsha D9. One will give you the visible results and the other will give you the inner potential and sub-conscious expectations. Ketu gives his most startling results when he is with the birth Moon or with the ascendant lord.

Ketu conjunct other planets

Ketu with your birth Moon gives you an unique understanding of emotions, intuition, your astral self, your link to this creation etc. If your chart is highly evolved then you are aware of the other dimensions, astral/ causal bodies, past lives, the occult, tantra, spiritual stuff, have premonitions of the future etc. This in your young age can cause mental stress and unrest, especially during childhood. You are psychic, imaginative, you can visualise very strongly and are highly perceptive. You are highly aware but in a disinterested way of the emotions/ astral bodies of others too. (some one I know can sense the pain of mountains when landslides occur in the Himalayas where I live now!). Your mother or people in her family may also be psychic. You may be an astrologer, a shaman/ tantrik or in some way aware of extra things in your environment. You will be required to rebalance karma from your past lives by acting in your swapna-dream states. You cannot deeply rest as Sushupti state is limited. This extra activity in the swapna-awastha can take its toll on your physical health, so doing Dhyan is essential to balance things out. Most probably there will be something blocking your Ajnya chakra, actual karmic debris, if so, do gentle healing on yourself. Most people I have seen with this combination were already doing some regular spiritual practice in life. Ghosts, spirits, ancestors, incidents from your past will always confront you, so necessary precautions should be taken which include psychic shielding and healing. You might always feel that someone is around you, which is actually true as we always have spirits etc around us at all times. If this combination is in the 4th house or Cancer or if Moon is strong in some way, it will add to the power of the personality. You are then able to separate your mind from useless issues which drain your energy. Things improve after Ketu matures at 48yrs of age, allowing your Moon to mature too. But if this is not a high quality chart then this position can indicate mental issues, fears, paranoia, psychiatric problems, cruelty, morbid fascination with ‘black magic’, heartless behaviour, and at the extreme, suicidal tendencies.

Ketu conjunct Sun can cause problems as self-confidence is primarily affected if the Sun is weak. Sense of self, self-ego etc is hit. Introverted, pessimistic, you carry a load of guilt. You expect sympathy from others for your problems which does not happen so self-pity is a motif. Overall vitality is low, life is confused. But if the Sun is powerful in some way, ie in the 1st house, in Leo, exalted etc, then this can give a lot of physical energy and ability as Ketu adds his energy to the already glowing Sun. You will be short-tempered but capable of focussing and solving issues, will have penetrating insight etc. There is a hint of cruelty as the malefic nature of Sun is enhanced. Sun is a natural malefic so his ability to give auspicious results must be examined first.

Ketu conjunct Mercury if in a good house/ sign will give a strong and unusual imagination, logic, intelligence if he is benefic. You always have options and you can create new ones as you are fearless and willing to experiment. You are not afraid to act. This can give rise to really good astrologers, mathematicians and people who invent stuff. You know how things work together intuitively. But if Mercury is not strong, debilitated or in the dushamsthan, 6th 8th or12th houses, or under even more malefic aspects etc, then you will use your words to hurt others, your speech is illogical, selfish, there is always confusion, a lack of judgement, heartlessness and your words/ actions can hurt your own self and the others around you.

Ketu conjunct other planets

Ketu with Venus is not a good combination for material happiness. It would be best if you channelise this energy into creative arts, ie writing, acting etc. Or if your chart supports, do your Dhyan for spiritual progress. Or become a politician or get into high fashion. You want true fulfilling love, but this intensity of pure love which you want is not possible in this material world. Most people with this combination have a frustrated love life. You actually desire, in your indifferent way, that one-one relationship with your own self, ie Moksh, but this is possible only if the rest of the chart supports it. In case you progress on your spiritual path this desire for love becomes more refined and you radiate universal love. You can be a spiritual Sat-Guru then. Ketu always does one very typical thing, he is ‘extremes’ remember?, so he will grant the extremes of the planet he is with in this single life-time itself. So when this planet is Venus, you might see yourself desiring all luxuries and using them and then later turn completely into an ascetic! Chances of asceticism are more if Venus is very powerful and this combination is in the metaphysical signs of Scorpio, Aquarius or Pisces. In case Venus is low in power there can be problems in having children, he controls the production of ova/sperms. Also there will be perversions of the Venus things in your life.

Ketu with Mars is not a good combination as it is an overdose of fire, passion, impulse, aggression, rage and cruelty. It can give a varying energy level from lassitude to passion. You have very high self confidence which can lead to rash and reckless actions. You have to exercise restraint on yourself in all ways to make this energy bearable for yourself and for those around you. Else you will face accidents, litigations, misunderstandings etc as Mars flares up. But if you can make this energy work for you, you will be granted flashes of genius, logic, fiery intelligence, intense concentration etc, which can be put to real use.

Ketu with Jupiter is considered to be good by some people, thinking that Jupiter can control Ketu. But I have seen that Ketu spoils Jupiter’s abilities to do good in the horoscope, whatever Jupiter stands for gets spoilt. Only if Jupiter is very powerful can this combination be considered to be beneficial. However you have to be into religion, teaching, spirituality, etc to make real use of this energy. There are psychic abilities which you can tap into. However guard against hypocrisy and rigidity of thought processes, try to be kind and sympathetic to others. There are breaks in education or whatever is signified by Jupiter in the chart, elders often do not support, there is confusion or fanaticism regarding life philosophies etc. Luck is limited and there are struggles in life. And this combination means that Jupiter will be aspecting Rahu opposite thus creating a Guru-chandal Yog with its attendant issues.

Ketu with Saturn is not a good combination in the birth chart. The Saturn things are deeply ingrained into your psyche as they are linked with Ketu. It grants hardships, struggles, sorrow, frustrations, pessimism, depression, sadness, delays etc until Ketu finally matures at the age of 48yrs allowing Saturn to also mature. The problems do not lessen after this age just that your ability to come to terms with them improves, as detachment becomes a part of you. However some positive things are possible if Saturn is powerful enough and capable of some auspicious results, then you may become deeply philosophical in your attitude. You might be skilled at work which requires fine work or precision.

The most typical placement would be Ketu conjunct the ascendant lord. This is in my opinion is the most challenging combination by far. 1-8% of your clients will have this, very few but they will all be very unique personalities and in their own way, tragic. Have written about this combination in my post here. 

 

Ketu conjunct other planets

Karmic events in New year Sharvari 2020-21

The last Vedic year was named Vikari and was from 6th Apr 2019 to 24th Mar 2020. ‘Vikari’ means bad or damaged energy. This past year had Saturn, Ketu and briefly Jupiter in Sagittarius and Rahu in Gemini wrecking havoc in all our lives (I wrote several posts on the combinations from last year do go through them if you are a student of astrology. Use the Index page).

Inauspicious, intense, aggressive karma was released as an unstoppable impulse and it impacted our ability to think logically, create auspicious options, choose intelligently and act correctly. Most of us forgot what our life’s dharma was and actively acted against this. We actively alienated our well-wishers and people who loved us. Instead of taking blessings, we took on curses from others. Look into your behaviour during this past year, especially from Nov 2019 onwards when the energies got even more intense, analyse for yourself.

Corona and COVID 19 is just one part of this karmic turmoil. Each one of us has faced and is facing turmoil in our lives in some way or the other. Frayed emotions, best friends turning hostile, separations from loved ones, more couples divorcing, financial messes, jobs lost, homes broken, health issues, students missing on education, deaths in the family etc. All of us are going through this scripted Rahu-Ketu trauma very intensely at this point in life. (My husband and I are both remembering even more of our past lives and their learnings which we are required to assimilate in our present.)

Karmic events in New year Sharvari 2020-21

Economy. In Sharvari, global economy will be worrying. Indian situation is a bit better than the rest of the world, but everyone will feel the pinch. The major reason is that Jupiter this time is behaving quite erratically. Sharvari naam samvatsar, vedic year, is from 25th Mar 2020 to 13th Apr 2021. In this period Jupiter will be doing this,

  • He was in Sagittarius on new year day
  • Entered Capricorn on 29th Mar
  • He will go retrograde in Capricorn on 14th May
  • Return retrograde into Sagittarius on 30th Jun
  • Turn around and move forward in Sagittarius on 13th Sep
  • Enter Capricorn again on 20th Nov
  • Run through Capricorn very fast and enter Aquarius on 6th Apr 2021.

Jupiter is the agent of expansion, economy, resources, gold, wealth, economy and he is running through signs like this. That too through all the possible eight types of motions from Atichar/very fast to Vakri/ retrograde. And look at the signs involved. Sagittarius is his own sign, in fact his Mooltrikon sign. And it is currently occupied by Ketu till 23rd Sep, so he really cannot do much there. A fiery incisive cut coupled with expansion and hope. Then Capricorn is his sign of debilitation, already occupied by its own ruler Saturn. Constrictions and expansions, I really wonder what these two will be up to in this environment, as this sign indicates social hierarchy, governments, public activities, mass movements etc. Then we have Jupiter running full tilt into Aquarius, in his Atichar movement at the end of Sharvari.

All this will cause severe shocks in the global economy. Signs of a recession were already there and the Coronavirus precipitated it. Most businesses which shut down at the start of Sharvari will not be able to revive themselves. Few will be able to get back in shape only by the end of 2021. Recession will go on for a couple of years and improve somewhat after Jan 2023. Gold prices will also show fluctuations but still remain very high. Saturn’s influence will ensure austerity and deprivations in our day to day life. We will be required to organise our lifestyles very carefully now. Stuff ruled by Jupiter in your life will show the same erratic pattern, eg if Jupiter is connected to your 3rd house expect issues with your siblings or if he is linked to your 11th house you will face issues with your friends etc.

Saturn in Capricorn is in charge. A very practical advice would be to use your resources very sensibly. Budget and avoid spending on non-essential items, branded goods, luxury items etc. If you have a job do give it your 100%. Saturn will not tolerate laxity now. If you are into business, try using the government schemes which support small business entrepreneurs and earn, but think logically before attempting such projects. He will not allow you the luxury of ego now. No work is small or big and it all will be eventually rewarded in time, you have to be patient. (eg a small tea-shop can also earn well, if you look on it as genuine work rather than something below your dignity.) If you are a student, opt for skilled jobs rather than white-collar jobs. We are going to have to rebuild the economy. People who work with their hands, skilled people will be in demand. Work as trainees or apprentices. He will be focussing on sectors where physical work takes place, eg metals esp iron. Service sector will take a hit, travel for pleasure too, in fact all activities related to leisure and pleasure will not flourish. Professionals related to these sectors will see mass unemployment.

Karmic events in New year Sharvari 2020-21

The Society we live in. We will be seeing war like situations in several nations including India. Elections are due in several states and nations, these will give very unusual and messy results. Terrorism will increase, racism and religious fanaticism will create law and problems. Public will disobey the nation’s laws as rifts in the social structure become more prominent. Hot-heads will try to spew dissent. The governments will take strict actions which will lead to civil riots like situations. Social media will be checked by new laws. Crimes will increase, especially the financial ones. There will be a rise in depression, addictions and psychological type of illnesses. Suicides can increase. Mercury is King in Sharvari, so try to keep your mental processes logical and think before you act.

Natural calamities. Some will occur in India and also in the rest of the world. To begin with we are going to face a scorching summer from mid Apr to mid June till the monsoon starts (Sun aspected continuously by Mars). So fires can be there in cities and forests. There could be danger for the east coast and hills on the eastern side, ie the Himalayan region, either an earthquake or severe cyclones. Rains will be unpredictable, heavy and less in some places and cause problems for cities and agriculture, will continue till late. Jupiter is also Sasyadhipati for Sharvari so expect problems in agriculture given his movements in this year.

Corona virus remains a concern. I am getting questions on Corona virus and COVID 19, I have already written on this. Again, India will see some improvement after 14th Apr. The cases which are coming to light now are those who were infected 2 weeks ago. Though death rates may remain high till Mercury remains debilitated in Pisces. Start and mid-May will see some positive changes. But mid and end of May as planets start going retrograde and combust and June will unpredictable as we face another total solar eclipse in the same Gemini-Sagittarius axis. Some viral infection will be seen in spurts till Sept. June is a very critical month and we should be prepared for this. Open your horoscope, evaluate what the Gemini-Sagittarius axis means to you in your life and take precautions. For India, I am anticipating a worrying dengue wave in the monsoon. We all must take care of our personal health, I cannot emphasise this enough. The governments cannot do it unless we listen to what they are saying. India is relatively better off than the other nations. For the rest of the world, Europe, USA, China and the eastern parts of Asia will be affected more.

Vikari means that damaged energy was triggered in all of us last year. This abnormal year, Vikari, brought out a lot of unfinished negativity from within us. Eg if you have a deep wound festering for several lives, it first has to be re-opened, cleaned out, this process is painful. Then you put medicine on it and bandage it etc. It is very deep, several lives, so will take time to heal. Sharvari means night, specifically the night of the Amavasya (it draws out negative things to ultimately heal), twilight (highly cryptic Sandhya time) and turmeric (very highly medicinal). So in this year all the deep seated negative stuff will be brought out, cleaned up and bandaged with turmeric, it will sting but it is all for your good. We are living through a very unique time, though it may seem painful on the material levels its all for your good on the spiritual levels. You and me have had quite a bit of negative karma accumulated over so many lives which had to be cleaned out. Just that it is happening in one go for all of us very intensely in a very short period of time. All the Karma heavy planets are on an over-drive. (I don’t think there has been such a conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Ketu in Sagittarius, Nov-Dec 2019, Jan 2020, in the past 500yrs at least and coupled with a total solar eclipse of Dec 2019 it is after a really long time.)

The challenge now is to strongly think on what you have chosen at birth. If you are an astrologer do go through your chart dispassionately. Think on what your birth chart indicates especially on the spiritual levels and what you have been doing to materialise it. This time is a one-off opportunity for some of us.

One typical thing we choose our karma at birth. We do get some options to tweak it a bit but by and large we have to honor that choice made at birth. Now Saturn is in Capricorn and will go to Aquarius next. He will enforce this choice. So you will be made to follow your own karmic choice at birth during these next 5yrs. He will not let you cannot deviate from it. (He has returned to Capricorn after 30yrs, do some research on world events from 1990-95 or in 1960-65). Saturn rules over karmic duty and when you complete his tasks he will naturally reward you (he is the ruler of the 10th and 11th houses of the zodiac). So whatever you have chosen will be brought into sharper focus. Do check out what Capricorn and Aquarius mean in your life and how you have used their energy till now in your life. (eg my favourite Cancer ascendant has Saturn right now in their 7th house, so if someone has started on the spiritual path, best would be to work on this till Saturn exits Aquarius, you will gain a lot then. Or if Leo ascendant, Saturn is now in your 6th house, you will be given opportunities in life to destroy your karmic debts and work to reduce your karma significantly.)

These 5 years are going to be hard work for all of us in every way. This is not the time for pleasure or idleness. Do think logically on what you do, do not be swayed by temporary illusions or shortcuts. Saturn transiting his own signs is an indication of tests coming up. Also do some spiritual practice, eg your Soham mantra, try to convert every breath you take consciously into Soham. You may not get time to sit in full-fledged Dhyan but at least do your Soham with your breath as you work. This will help relax the mind and if you have your mind in your conscious control, success is yours, even if it may take upto 3-5yrs for it to actually materialise in front of you.

 

Karmic events in New year Sharvari 2020-21

Soham, Sushumna Yog and the Sat-guru

‘Soham’, when formally ‘given’ to you by a Jivan-Mukt Sat-Guru is ‘Sushumna Yog.

A Jivan-mukt has understood the real meaning of the Maha-vakya, ‘tat tvam asi’. Maha-vakya महावाक्य means the great saying, assertion, declaration, rule. ‘Tat tvam asi’ loosely means ‘you are that’, but understanding this and experiencing this means you have achieved Sadyo-mukti. ‘Tat tvam asi’ is called the Brahmaakara Vritti, ie the state of the mind which takes you towards the Eternal Intelligence. Only such a Jivan mukt Guru can ‘give’ you Soham in all its grandness. eg your friend calls you by your full name and then your Mom calls you by your full name. When your Mom calls you with your full name, you get all alert and awake, her voice and your name trigger something within you.

Soham is the right of every living being. You keep doing it regularly in some small way with intention and it will slowly reset your energy. (Like that friend calling you by your name.) And then at some point of time, you will meet your Sat-Guru who will formally ‘give’ it to you. (This would be like your Mom calling you). When you hear this mantra from a Jivan-mukt, you hear it from the Nirvishesh Brahma itself. The mantra then goes deep inside and resets your energy in a fast forward mode. This now becomes Sushumna Yog, the route to Moksh. It opens access to the Sushumna nadi and the Brahma-nadi within it.

Soham has the power to take you into Kevala-Kumbhak spontaneously. Kumbhak is commonly considered to be the pause between the act of breathing in-Purak and breathing out-Rechak. But actually ‘Kumbhak’ means a pause in breathing. The breathing stops. Kevala Kumbhak means the stoppage of breath when the mind is silenced, completely motionless. In your Dhyan when you reach a point where the mind is utterly calm, the breathing stops. This stoppage can be in mid-inward breath, in mid-outward breath or between the Rechak/ Purak, anytime. This is called the state of Kevala Kumbhak.

When the breath stops, your pran are in your conscious control, the mind/Manas is still. Soham dissolves the individual ego/ Ahamkara completely. Grants you perfect memory/ Chitta of yourself. Perfect intelligence/ Buddhi dawns on you. You gain the knowledge/ Vijnyan of the Eternal. 

Initially this kumbhak will be for short time, later it can extend to hours as a Samadhi. Kevala Kumbhak is the highest form of Kumbhak. For those who attempt reaching this Kevala Kumbhak by consciously manipulating pran, the entire and very complicated process is given in the Yog-shikha Upanishad. But attempt this only under the guidance of a real Guru who knows what he is doing. Do not experiment here. Else you can burn up your Nadi-s, if this happens you have to discard your current body and take another body/life. (I have heard examples where aspirants burnt their nadi-s and then physically died a few months later.)

For attaining Moksh, both practice and philosophy is necessary. One trains the pran/ vital energy and the other trains the mind. Mind can be controlled by only if you control Pran and the easiest way to control Pran is to focus on your breath. The spiritual path can be very dangerous if you do not follow a Sat-Guru. You are manipulating the energies enveloping your soul, it is risky without the proper guide. All the books in Sanatan Dharma, Brahma-sutra, Bhagvat Gita, Vijnyan Bhairav Tantra, Devi Mahatmya, Ved, Vedang, Upanishad, etc emphasise the supreme importance of the Sat-guru in attaining Sadyo-mukti, Advaitya.

Soham, Sushumna Yog and the Sat-guru

I have seen my own Sat-Guru  in his physical shell as a Jivan-mukt and his full Advaita form after the shell dissolved.

A Jivan-mukt is innocence, untouched by physical/ emotional distress. Every word uttered by him is deepest philosophy. Every sentence when pondered upon, means only the Advaita. He cannot ever talk on any materialistic topic, he has transcended all this dross. He will not do moorti-pujas, pilgrimages, rituals, yadnas, homa or any other outer forms of worship connected to this illusory worlds, nor will he tell his disciples to do so. (My Guru would pointedly say no to all this as this. But he would tell us to increase our Dhyan.) He will give the same final mantra (Om/ Soham/ Hamsa) to all his disciples. To him, each one is the same Parabrahma. He does not discriminate among his disciples. He looks fresh and always welcoming. There are no bindings on how one has to be before coming before him. (Some Yogi-s are particular about women in their 5 days cycle. Or do not allow others to touch, have strict conditions on food etc). A Sat-guru has no requirements, no hang-ups, nothing. I have seen my Sat-guru eating out of silver plates and with the same innocence having simple food in the house of a poor disciple. Not finicky about habits, nothing. And this doesn’t mean that you can take him lightly. His aura is tremendous, you can not do anything but bow before him. All thoughts flee your mind in his presence. (I could never ask him for anything in words. Yet he always answered the questions I used to ask him in my mind). You feel the immenseness of him. Only those few people who have actually seen a Jivan-Mukt can understand what I have written here.

(Eg. Once he stopped his car in front of a Mumbai slum. My Mom was travelling with him. He asked her to go into the slum and call a woman, he told her the name. A elderly beggar woman came out. He asked her if she would like to go and live in his Math in Kolhapur district. She thought it over and said yes. He gave her money to buy some clothes and tickets. She lived in the Math and helped out in the kitchens. After some 25yrs, by his blessings, she left her body sitting in Dhyan. There are numerous such examples with my Guru.)

A Jivan-mukt’s body is linked to the Prarabdha-karma linked to the body at birth. So the body will play out its karmic activities. But the Soul is the pure Advaita. The pain/ pleasure of the body does not exist for the Soul. It has entered the Unmani-avastha, ‘beyond the mind’. The only purpose of the body is to enjoy/ endure karma. The soul has nothing to do with karma. You are not the body, you are the Soul, so its karmic pain/ pleasure has nothing to do with you. If you understand and experience this, you are Mukt.

Now whenever I see him he is in his full Advaita form, just the conscious Nirvishesh Brahma. It is very different and more intense.

So the point is, in this world, there are very rare Jivan-mukt available, maybe one in a hundred million. If you have the all-consuming desire to Know yourself, you will meet one, like the beggar woman whom my Sat-guru picked out of the slums. But until this happens, it is best that you do your Soham-Dhyan. Better trust your own higher self rather than putting your trust in some dubious ‘guru’. There are so many frauds in this world who are more than ready to take advantage of your fire and your energy. A Yogi who is higher up on the route can help you but only a Sat-Guru can really guide you home.

Do your Soham-Dhyan as per your conscience. This will prepare you for the moment when you will meet your Sat-guru. ‘Soham’ is not secret, everyone knows it. But when you hear it from your Sat-guru as a Naam-mantra, ie with the intention that ‘Soham’ is your name, it changes your energies completely. The Advaita itself tells you your name and directs you to focus on this now onwards. I was very young when my Sat-guru ‘gave’ it to me, but I remember every second of that experience.

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There was a question for references on Soham. For me the biggest reference is that my Sat-Guru gave it to me. But you can go through the following if you are so inclined,

  • Brahma vidya upanishad mentions that Soham is the mantra.
  • Yog shikha upanishad mentions that the Ajapa mantra under the guidance of a Sat-guru and for Sushumna yog is ‘Soham’. This is a part of mantra yog. The only route to liberation is the Sushumna yog and the ones who follow this route are the Jivan-mukt. Liberation is possible in one life itself if you slowly, little by little but regularly perform Soham.
  • Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj, my Sat-guru’s Guru-brother writes in his books that if one follows one’s Sat-guru’s direction and Soham-Dhyan, it takes two years to attain Moksh.
  • Isha upanishad mentions that Soham is the illumination, the highest blessing.
  • Brihad aranyak upanishad says that when the Advaita first took the form of the Purush, the first words said by this conscious intelligence were ‘Soham asmi’, ‘I am That’. The Purush is aware that he is the Non-dual, no one but him existed nor exists nor will exist. (For details on what the Purush is you will need to read the Sankhya philosophy.)
  • Hamsa upanishad, says that ‘Soham’ is the ‘kilak’, ie it is the pin, wedge, pillar, bolt, to which the entire ‘Hamsa soham’ mantra is fastened to. If you use this ‘Soham’ as a kilak, ie make it the sharp cutting edge of your spiritual practice you attain Moksh.
  • Vidnyan Bhairav Tantra mentions ‘Soham’ and ‘Hamsa’.
  • In the phalashruti of Vishnu sahastra nama, the highest One says that these 1000 names of Vishnu are equivalent to one Soham mantra.
  • There are several tantra books, philosophy commentaries and stotras which mention Soham.

If you think that ’Soham’ is very simple, try doing it for one hour with your breath as you do your daily commute sitting in the bus or train. See how many times you forgot to keep track of your breath. See how many times your attention was diverted from your breath and your mantra by what you saw/ heard in the train. Keeping track of breath is not so easy! But as you train your mind, direct it again and again to focus on your breathing pattern, you will notice changes in yourself. Your mind will become calmer, recovery from emotional outbursts will be faster, your health indicators will improve, you will look younger, fresher, your aura will become more intense etc. 

Sohams’s greatest power is that everyone can do it. All the time, in all conditions of the body/ mind. There is no binding of any sort on doing it. You can do it on your asan, in the bus, while you are having a bath, while walking in the park, at all times. Every breath you take should be converted to Soham, in every state. This means that you will be doing 21,600 Soham jaap every day! But then your breathing will also slow down. eg I have observed that when I am just sitting, reading or typing it goes to 2-3 per minute and sometimes stops. Slowed breathing increases your body’s life-span and health. The life of a person is measured in breaths, the more you sit in Samadhi or in Dhyan, the slower you breathe, the longer your body will sustain. 

Soham is the gem among the mantras, it gives the highest benefit, Sushumna Yog, and ultimately Moksh, Sadyo-mukti in the most easiest, safest, gentlest and kindest ways and in this one life-time itself.

 

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There were several questions, I have sort of combined them in this post. 

Karma and Dhyan Meditation

“Could you please write something on how meditation helps on karmic levels.” There was this question, so writing it as a post.

The short answer. If you do regular Dhyan, you will realise that Karma is an illusion. You will actually experience this fact. Then you remain in eternal happiness, Param-anand.

Now the longer discussion.

There are three types of karma,

Sanchit karma – the entire accumulated load from several lives which you have to rebalance at some point of time, either in this life or the next ones.

Prarabdha karma – that part from the above load which you have decided to rebalance in this current life. This is chosen by you at the time of birth and lasts till the moment of physical death. This can be seen from your horoscope. As long as your soul animates this current 5-layered body, its linked Prarabdha karma will run its course. It is like an arrow released and will continue its motion till it exhausts its energy. In case you attain Realisation, ie Sadyo-Mukti and become a Jivan-mukt, the body will continue to be animated and operate as per the chosen prarabha karma till the time of physical death. (Do read the posts on on Sadyo-mukti/ Krama-mukti and on Jivan-mukti/ Videha mukti.)

Agaami karma – The  karma which you will possibly create in this current life. If this is of a smaller magnitude, you will be able to rebalance it in this current life itself. But if it is of a larger magnitude, it will be added to your Sanchit karma and you will rebalance it in your future lives.

When you achieve Sadyo-mukti, ie experience yourself as the Parabrahma, the Advaita, the Nirvishesh brahma, all the stored karma Sanchit karma is burnt at that very instant. And now you are a realised soul, so creation of new karma will be impossible too.

Karma is linked to the 5-layered body which is animated by your soul. No karma can touch the Soul/ Atma. The Soul is beyond all concepts of karma. But when a Soul resides in the body it mistakenly believes that it is linked to karma, now this is called an individual soul or Jiv-atma. Eg there is the Sun in the sky and clouds over it. The clouds are nothing to the Sun and neither are linked to him. But we think that the Sun is covered by the clouds. The Soul is similarly covered by the clouds of karma. When you do Dhyan, these clouds are shown to be immaterial and you experience the Soul.

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Meditation is a very misunderstood word. Modern people think that listening to relaxing music or not thinking of anything or sitting motionless in a dark room is mediation. All this is good to relax your mind, but it won’t do anything for your spiritual progress.

The correct word is Dhyan. There is no translation possible of this Sanskrit word ‘Dhyan’. Here you are required to elevate your limited awareness to the level of the Parabrahma by thinking of yourself as the Parabrahma itself. This continued thought is called Dhyan. You concentrate on this one thought exclusively. No other thoughts are allowed to enter your mind except this. You give all your attention to this thought, you appreciate its non-duality, its existence within yourself.

Dhyan means ‘motionlessness’. This ‘absence of movement’ has very deep connotations. The continuous motion of the three-Gun, the Satva-Raja-Tama is stilled. Prakruti stops her performance, ie the illusion of manifested creation stops. You observe oneself, you become a witness. And you identify with the catalyst who remains still rather than the puppet who is in motion.

You are required to sit (post here). Not lie down, as you will go to sleep. Neither can you stand or do any actions while doing Dhyan, because your mind will also think on how to do these actions or how to keep standing without falling. Dhyan needs continuity of the physical state so that your mind can concentrate only on the non-dual subtlest intelligence within you. So you have to sit. If the body is at rest the mind also rests. It becomes easier to focus.

But there really are no rules on how to sit or where to sit or how to sit at what time etc. But to begin with, you have to fix your place (asan) and also a time, eg daily at 7am or whatever is possible on a regular basis. This will help your mind get used to the idea of Dhyan. Later, with practice, as the mind gets trained, there are no rules as this becomes a constant thought. Even later this goes deep that every instant is a Dhyan. This will continue non-stop till physical death. If you are able to strongly hold on to this thought at the instant of death you will attain the highest Sadyo-mukti of the Videha kind when you exit the body.

The life you are living is actually a preparation for the instant of physical death. If you concentrate on something for a life time, you will easily be able to concentrate on it at the moment of your exit thus achieve it. The moment of exit is the most powerful moment of your life. Eg if you concentrate on the idea that you are a devotee of Vishnu, you will go to Vaikunth. If you concentrate that you are a devotee of Shiv, you will go to Kailas. These states are called the lower Krama-mukti. The moment of physical exit is the critical point. If at this moment you are fixed in the idea that you are the Parabrahma, you will attain the highest possible Sadyo-mukti of the Videha kind. You will be able to do this only if you have trained your mind for a life-time, so we are all required to do Dhyan.

Karma and Dhyan Meditation

There are just the three possible mantras which are possible for Dhyan, Om, Soham and Hamsa.

Om is generally used by people who have renounced all forms of material bindings and are totally focussed on the Eternal. There is are specific ways of using Om, this will be taught to you by your own Guru. I know someone very senior who does Om Dhyan. Aged, now in his 70’s, his wife too in her 70’s. He was initiated when he was in his 20-s, after which his family got him married. His wife once told me that he used to beg for her permission to become a formal ascetic, but she refused. If you practice Om-dhyan in all its intensity, it is equivalent to formal asceticism. Even if you feel attracted to material life from time to time, it will be superficial because Om will always strongly pull you inward. Om is is Sanyas. Sanyas सम्यक् न्यास means that you are putting the Conscious energy perfectly within yourself. Once you start it in real earnest, you cannot get interested in or remain much in the material illusory world, the Eternal will pull you very strongly.

Then Hamsa and Soham are the two Ajapa mantras. Every living being unconsciously recites these mantras with every breath. If you adopt them as your Mantra, now onwards, you will use them consciously. Hamsa is the Ajapa mantra when you first exhale and mentally recite ‘hmm’ and then inhale and mentally recite ’saaa’. Together it makes ‘hamsa’. The details of this are given in detail in the Hamsa upanishad. But this upanishad is so utterly high level that even if you understand what it means, you won’t be able to perform the process. Possibly it involves Hatha yog too as complicated movements of pran and bandha etc are described in it. Hamsa vidya is when this mantra gains power with regular practice. I have not been taught it so do not know more. But it is a very powerful means of attaining the Self.

Soham is the second Ajapa mantra. My Sat-Guru taught all his disciples the ‘Soham’ mantra. Here you breathe in with the internal sound ‘sooo’ and exhale with the internal sound of ‘hmmm’. Together it makes ‘soham’. It is called the Ajapa-Gayatri by some people. It enlightens you to your real nature. The only thing you have to do is to internally recite the ‘soo’ and ‘hmm’ with your every breath. All the time, every breath. This is all you need to do. Soon it will become so intense that even if you deep sleep or dream, you will consciously recite it continuously. Never force your breathing, always breathe normally gently as you do. No sound should be created by your breathing. Some people breathe heavily and a sound is created by the air moving in your nose. Avoid this, it cause damage to your Nadi-s. The breathing should be noiseless, only then you will ‘hear’ the associated ‘soo’ and ‘hmm’ sounds. If you can sit down in a formal Dhyan even 1-2 times a day then it becomes even more intense.

Everyone can do Soham-jaap. Some people have this misconception that higher level mantras can be given only to the higher aspirants. This is incorrect. A genuine Sat-Guru will give you the full and final Mantra in the first step itself. You and me both are the Advaita, the Eternal. We are all capable of focussing on our real name. Maybe someone has lesser power of concentration to begin with, but the Mantra is so powerful that it does its own work.

Now the thing is with the householder’s life, Gruhast-ashram, we are required to perform all activities related to society, family, spouse/children etc. So doing Dhyan thrice a day 1hr each session may not be possible. So the best option is to do Soham jaap whenever you can, 1-2 mins whenever you are free, during the day/night, when you are travelling etc. This will ensure that your mind is gradually trained to think of itself. ‘Soham’ is Sushuma Yog, you will pull you towards yourself with its power. And if you get time, if you can sit in formal Dhyan, your progress towards yourself will be faster.

Karma and Dhyan Meditation

Now when you sit for Dhyan, each breath is considered to be one life time. Each breath is used to burn the karma of a life-time. It is a very intense exercise. Can you imagine the focus needed to consciously convert the energies of say five hundred million breaths, which is about a 65yrs life span, into one breath? But this does happen when you are very highly focussed on your mantra, not otherwise. If you practice daily, it will eventually happen with you too.

Even if you cannot reach this intensity in this lifetime, whatever you did will be carried over into your next life. So it is an asset you are generating. Dhyan makes the Mind still. And then the benefits of a relatively calm mind are obvious. You will look younger, more healthier, live longer, more mentally stable, more rational, less perturbed by events around you. Even if a karmic event occurs in your life, you are more easily able to navigate through it. And the chances of creating deep-rooted Agaami karma are also reduced as you do not react to situations from your deepest core. You are more in tune with your conscience. You go through events without disturbing your innermost self. The intensity of your desires will reduce with time. Frustrations disappointments reduce in intensity as your mind fluctuates less.

Then when you continually contemplate on your Reality, you force your mind to think of Yourself repeatedly. You realise, dimly at first and then very strongly that the creation which surrounds you is an illusion. As you remove the bindings laid on you, your experiences in Dhyan become more profound. You enter even deeper into yourself, you realise that Karma itself is an illusion. You are the Soul, this intention becomes stronger and stronger. You finally realise that there is no difference in the states of happiness/sadness. Every instant is filled with the awareness of non-duality.

So the short answer is again that if you do regular Dhyan, you will realise that Karma is an illusion, you experience this reality. You will always be in eternal happiness, Param-anand.

This post is basically from the Brahma-sutra, from what I was taught by my Sat-Guru and what I personally practice.

 

Your conscience and your soul

This really old Hindi song to me is beautifully meaningful. A rough translation, “I walked together with Life. I blew away every worry into smoke and went on. Grieving about past tragedies was meaningless. I celebrated every tragedy and walked on. What was given to me, I accepted it as destined. What was lost, I forgot it all and went on. There is one point where there is no difference between happiness and sorrow. I consciously brought my heart to this final destination and went on.”

Ketu, Sun, Mercury and the Coronavirus crisis

At present most of the world is in the grip of the COVID 19 coronavirus in one way or the other. Do read what I have predicted for the world scenario here and on the specific Indian scenario here. India is comparatively in a better place than the rest of the world. Ketu is the moving force behind this viral pandemic.

Rahu and Ketu are the two graha, ie forces, who operate exclusively on the astral planes. They obviously give material effects linked to the planets who feed them energy, ie the owner of the sign they are in, the planets conjunct/ aspecting them etc. It is through these planets and their keywords that Rahu and Ketu can give results in the physical planes. So try to analyse which planets are influencing Rahu/ Ketu during this current coronavirus crisis. Follow the transits from Nov 2019 till Sept 2020 to see astrologically how the crisis has unfolded and will continue to do so world-wide.

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Ketu is the agent of apathy, disinterest. He is haze, smoke, the things which are not apparent at the first glance, at the corner of your eyes where you do not wish to see. He is headless, just a body, with snake-like skin, black nails, scary, hypnotic and fiery in nature. He is disease, disaster, despair and death. He causes complete dissociation, a fiery separation, a clean cut. In the senses, he is more the sense of smell. In colors, he represents infra-red, you can sense his heat but cannot see him. He can grant both material prosperity or material adversity and but always grants spiritual gain in some way or the other. He is all extremes, nothing in between. He grants a strange, egoless fanaticism which can be impossible to resist and equally impossible to counter.

If Ketu is influencing things around you, expect situations to be unpredictable, irrational, perverse, unreasonable and also dangerous. Unpredictable Ketu is disorder, you do not know how a flag flapping in the wind will move. So does Ketu move, a banner in the wind. Bizarre, erratic but sublime and beyond all logic. Thus, for some of us, he can grant the ultimate realisation, as Moksh too lies beyond the limits of our perceptions. But for most of us, Ketu is the herald of chaos. And for some of us, of physical death.

Ketu was last seen in Sagittarius 18yrs ago, he was then responsible for ’the war against terror’ which strangely continues as a policy even now. On 11th Sep 2001, 9/11, the WTO twin towers collapsed, Ketu with Mars was in Sagittarius aspected by Jupiter with Rahu from Gemini.

In Feb 2020 we saw an exponential rise in the COVID 19 coronavirus spread and the same actors operated, Jupiter, Mars, Ketu were together in Sagittarius and Rahu was in Gemini. The same energies expressed in a different manner. ‘Terror’ then was nebulous, just like Ketu, and now in this pandemic he is a virus. All viruses and prions are primarily Ketu’s agents. Again Ketu in Sagittarius is shaking our collective human foundations, severing us from our past concepts in a single fiery cut. Sagittarius sign is the ‘foundation’ in every sense of the word and Gemini is the choice of available options and the boldness to act. Whenever Rahu in Ketu transit in Gemini-Sagittarius they cause chaos in the collective.

Ketu’s method of working is ‘lack of limits’, he does not respect any boundaries whatsoever. He represents events which are beyond the limits of space, time, energy levels etc. On the physical side his virus has done exactly this, crossed across all possible boundaries, national boundaries, species boundaries. Ketu is smoke and penetrates through all. He represents the collective. Irrational with no mercy, Ketu is rather invisible in his actions as he acts more on the subtle and causal bodies. So the inner four layers of this five-layered body you live in are more vulnerable, more hit by his strange imbalance. He is also creating fear, suspicions, horror, obsession etc in the innermost layer of our human collective.

We will pass on these emotions to our next generation and also carry these impressions into our next lives. So everyone must do some spiritual practice at this point of time to nullify this astral baggage clinging to your soul now.

Sadly Ketu is also sadism, torture, amorality, bloodlust, violence, etc. If you look at the real reason behind this virus’s outbreak, it is a single cruel nation which indulges in killing and eating animals, wild and domesticated animals in the most gruesome way possible. 20% of the global humanity is creating such horrible karma and we all are bearing the brunt. This negative karma has affected the entire humanity’s collective psyche. Ketu represents the deepest reservoir of the collective and he contains unpleasant memories of past karma. ‘Ghosts from the past’ is another very apt description of Ketu. He also represents ghosts, spirits and karmic back-log. Ketu though headless, can never forgive or forget instinctively. He is the most vengeful of all the graha, he holds on to grudges for lifetimes.

Ketu, Sun, Mercury and the Coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus is an agent of Ketu so we need to use his and Rahu’s energy in getting out its grip. Karma has been served now we have to find ways to come out of it using their energies. Ketu’s lesson is ‘to learn from the past’. And Rahu’s lesson is,’ let go of the past’. One is concerned about the past and the other looks to the future. Only when your past karma is resolved, can you move ahead. Both Rahu and Ketu are important. Our past creates our future through our present. Together these two give us a very valuable message, ‘learn all you can from the past, balance it, then let it go’. All over this is a period of introspection, as medical teams, governments and even common people like you and me rethink on what we were doing and how we can improve.

Ketu gives penetrating intelligence, strange jumps in intuitive reasoning, our medical teams need this now. Intense concentration and deep insight are also Ketu’s gifts. Ketu is limitless, so our medical teams have the scope to go beyond established medical frontiers using his energy. Dispassionate unemotional focus on the target.

Sun will be in Aries 13th Apr – 14th May, he and Ketu-Sagittarius will come in the 5/9 axis. Sun is creative genius, authority etc and Ketu is penetrating intelligence. This 5/9 axis is the most important one as it is the genius-foundation axis. As these two, Sun and Ketu will start influencing each other, the medical teams will also receive their combined energy, clarity, constructive actions, courage and self-confidence. Their work will move at faster rates. So will the governments be able to work more decisively.

Finally Mercury will enter Aries on 25th Apr till 9th May. This is a very important date as now onwards things will visibly improve the world over. Now Mercury too will come in the 5/9 axis with Sagittarius-Ketu. This combination will give a very big boost to the medical/government teams. Mercury is analytical intelligence, discrimination, adaptability, dexterity so coupled with Sun and in the 5/9 axis with Ketu will give a lot of support to the teams working on the virus.

For a student of astrology, the current COVID 19 corona virus pandemic is a case study. June especially will give typical results. If you have the horoscope of your nation do analyse it in depth. Try to analyse the current planetary movements and see how they match up in real life.

 

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Scorpio and its Strange Karma

I have written two posts on Scorpio. One on Scorpio ascendant and the other on Moon in Scorpio. One friend, a Scorpio Moon herself, called up to say that the posts are very accurate but a bit harsh. But Scorpio, as a sign, is very harsh, on others and on its own self too. You cannot sugar-coat the Scorpio! The most occult of the signs, it is perhaps the most powerful sign of the zodiac. The natural 8th of the zodiac, in charge of the sudden terrifying transformations which change you forever in an instant. And Scorpio cannot be understood unless you step into the metaphysical. Scorpio is the structure of the nadis and the pran movement in them. Mars, its ruler, is the energy of life, death and the uncharted beyond. Mars’s other sign Aries, is the physical body and the power coursing through it. Scorpio is the occult/ pranic body and its power, ie pran/ vital energy.

If you have your ascendant in Scorpio or your Moon sign is Scorpio in in your birth chart (or even the navamsha D9 chart), you are a very different individual.

Scorpio and its strange Karma

A scorpion has three appendages of power, two claws and one tail sting. These three are, metaphorically, the Ida, Pingala and Sushumna nadi-s. This animal has an articulated body tapering in the sting, something like the vertebral column. The tail sting would then be the location of the Kundalini for the higher Scorpios and the sex organs for the lower ones. As a Scorpio, you always have the choice to feed desire/ energy to the sex organs or the Kundalini. It is either one or the other, you cannot have both at the same time.

Generally Scorpios have some imbalance in their Ida and Pingala nadis. This is the reason for the extreme touchiness, sensitivity to slights and the subsequent triggered aggression. Ida the Chandra-nadi is connected to the Moon. When Ida is active you use the pran you pull in for your nourishment and growth. Pingala is the Surya-nadi, when it is active, you burn your reserve energy, you use up pran to project yourself on others. The neutral Sushumna nadi is available for very brief periods where you can briefly be in touch with your spiritual self, there is no coming or no going of energy, it is a state of perfect stillness in terms of energy. General Scorpios cannot balance their Ida and Pingala energies which leads to their typical harsh Scorpio nature. Balancing the flow of pran in these nadis requires knowledge of their working, the desire to control them and extreme focus. Only then can you control the movement of pran and guide it consciously in the subtlest nadis. In case you do manage to do so, ie by regular spiritual practice, you can eventually access the Sushumna, wake the Kundalini, guide it till the Brahma-randhra and possibly gain the prize of self-realization. This biggest prize requires the hardest work, the strictest focus and the greatest sacrifices, but it is very much worth it.

Scorpions are solitary animals, they avoid contact with other animals, except when they want to attack or eat them. They also avoid contact with their own species unless they have to fight or mate. And it is a fight to the death. And after mating the female generally devours the male. This is a clear indication of the Scorpios highly individualistic and inherently aggressive nature.

Sexual and sensual passion is a part of the Scorpio world, but this reflects the lower nature of Scorpio. A lower energy Scorpio desires personal gratification and gets lost in this sensation for a life-time. This causes him harm in the long run and the end of life is often bitter and alone. But then just look at the spiritual equivalent of this physical act, this indicates merger of the individual soul into the Eternal! Those higher Scorpios who have understood this secret, focus on this higher aspect, balance their Ida/Pingala, access their Sushumna, drive the pran and then the Kundalini into it and achieve realization. The ability to consciously control pran/ Kundalini is the most important exclusive ability of Scorpio. (If you study the charts of enlightened Seers, you will see Scorpio or the 8th house or Mars playing an important role in either the birth chart or the Navamsha charts.)

As a Scorpio, you are aggressive but subtle, your real power is the psychological, astral, occult, stuff definitely not of the physical world. You hide your nature, your objectives and actions. There is nothing visible about your behaviour which can put others on alert. And your actions are always very lethal, targeted, focussed. A Scorpio will study his target with his unusual intelligence, will identify the most vulnerable points and eventually will attack. The basic nature is to dominate, to control. (But what should really be controlled? What is the ultimate thing you can dominate with your Will? Where should you focus your unusual intelligence on? Ask yourself.)

Scorpio is the energy of ‘secret depths’, you know how to use this confidently. This talent is exclusive to Scorpio. In the lower energy form, this means the utter depths of sexuality and base emotions, cruelty, separations, breaking, dominance, indifference etc. A Scorpio knows how to use physical intimacy or emotional tools to get back at people whom he thinks have insulted or rebelled against him. He can turn physical pleasures to physical punishment in an instant. In case a Scorpio has learnt to control pran, but not his nature as yet, if provoked, he can attack on the astral, psychic or occult levels too, this can get very dangerous for all concerned.

Scorpios are sensitive, ie cannot stand it if someone defies them. But here, the underlying emotion strangely is a secret fear! So if you are influenced by Scorpio, do think on this sometime. What are you deeply afraid of? Rejection, pain, suffering, loneliness, loss of control (over what?), abandonment? If Scorpio is involved, it always indicates a deep karmic fear which exists in the psychological realms. The source of this karmic fear is a secret kept away from your conscious self. This fear can be addressed by deep introspection, mediation or some spiritual practice where you delve into your own subconscious and face whatever is shown to you with your characteristic courage.

Scorpio and its strange Karma

Moon is debilitated in this sign, this is a very significant information. It is a warning and an opportunity both. (No planet is exalted in Scorpio.)

  • This Moon’s extreme discomfort in Scorpio means that the Mind can get deeply engrossed in the lower sensual, material, Mooladhar chakra related stuff, the ‘dull’ energy. If you remain passive, let your mind flow uncontrolled in the sensory urges of this lowest Mooladhar chakra, if you do not attempt to consciously control it, you will eventually be in trouble. The typical destructive nature of Scorpio will be given its full expression. Destructive for yourself and also for the others around you.
  • Or because this Moon’s energies are so different, the mind can be more easily subsumed by the Will. This will later lead to the Unmani-avastha, ‘absence’ of mind, which is an essential step in self-realization. But for this to happen, you have to consciously rein in your attraction to his senses. The vicious cycle of materialistic desires has to be broken. The consciousness has to be kept in strict control at all times. Especially after you starts your spiritual practice, start waking up your pranic power/ Kundalini. In such a situation you cannot afford to let your lower sensory desires to influence your Mind. If you lose control at this stage then you can become very dangerous as everything spirals out of your conscious control.

A very strong sign Scorpio, you, born with its influence are very tough. It is impossible to win over, dominate, influence or break a Scorpio. There is a core of subtle strength within you which defends, offends, avenges and revenges. If  someone crosses you, you can go to any extent to revenge yourself. You have the unfathomable reserves of strength and the ability to carry on through circumstances which would utterly terrify others.

( I have mentioned that Scorpio in D1 birth chart would give the outer actual behaviour and Scorpio in the navamsha would indicate the core, the potential, the expectations that one has in life. So if you are D1 Scorpio and D9 Sagittarius, your outer behaviour will be as per Scorpio’s attributes. But the inner core will be Sagittarius. So you have divine luck, blessings, positive karma and auspicious merits hidden within you. You will have to focus on these inner attributes and bring them out in your outer behaviour. The outer harsh Scorpio manner can be managed easily with a bit of conscious effort as Sagittarius grants benevolence and ability to accept things on faith. You might feel a bit contradictory in the initial life, as your outer actions may go against your inner inclinations. But later as planets mature this could become a harmonious combination as these two signs are placed one after the other, they represent a continuing evolution. If you wish to do spiritual practice, use the higher Scorpio energy consciously, the inner Sagittarius potential will not let you to fail in your endeavour. All secrets can be known in Scorpio and accepted/ assimilated in Sagittarius. But if it is the other way round. ie if you have eg Sagittarius in your D1 and backed by Scorpio in the D9 then things will be a bit different. First no one analyses the D9 so you won’t know about your Scorpio core. Outwardly you will behave like the generous, benevolent Sagittarius but your inner core will be the harshness of Scorpio. )

Scorpio and its Strange Karma

Mars and his Scorpio. So if you feel like it, try to carefully nurture the positive attributes of Mars, eg. initiative, willingness to explore, take up challenges, face hardships, to find new things, to invent, personal dynamism, capacity to be alone, to push to the limits, fearlessness, courage to take risks, face ordeals, venture into uncharted territory etc. And use these attributes in a way which can bring positive changes in yourself and the others around you.

Scorpio and Mars give tremendous power, psychological, mental, emotional, occult, etc. But how to use this unusual power is the question. Most Scorpios do not get guidance or proper direction as they never share their innermost problems and issues with anyone. And they do not listen to anyone either. They’d rather not read posts like this and even if they do they will try to find faults in the information rather than picking up the bits relevant to them. (This is a generic post, the actual horoscope will give exact readings). Their nature is so typical that their possible well-wishers fearing their sting, avoid offering help and eventually move away (Everyone has well-wishers and more likely in the early life. Later these people are pushed away by Scorpio’s harsh nature. Scorpios are often lonely the later life). So the average Scorpio does not know how to best use his potential, which aggravates the issue. Temperaments and Choices!

Mars is a warrior, but he can also be a protector, he need not be an aggressor all the time. So, Dear Scorpio, the toughest one, find something which you can protect forever within you. Search for that prize which you can really fight for, the biggest prize ever, the Self. Search for the Self and keep it safe in your Awareness, this is the real challenge before you and this is the only one worthy of your talents.

 

Scorpio and its strange Karma

Your conscience and your soul

Someone asked me, ‘What does the soul contain? Where is the mind in our body? How do I know it is my higher self taking decisions in my day to day life happenings?’. Here are some points which you can think over if they make sense to you. Some of this is from standard books and some from my personal experiences and understanding.

‘What does the soul contain?’

Your Soul is your awareness, a spark of divine energy. There is an energy inside you which is aware, conscious, alert, intelligent. It is because of this awareness that you animate this ‘body’ (your ‘body’ has 5 layers, detailed post here). When the Soul’s aware energy exits the body, the body loses awareness ie dies. Your Soul is constant, unchangeable, eternal, indestructible. The body is obviously destructible. The body exists only for the sake of creating and enjoying/enduring karma and its repercussions. The horoscope can analyse just this 5-layered body. The horoscope cannot be used to analyse the Soul. The enveloping layers of the body are sometimes called ‘Maya’ ie the undefinable or ‘Deha-buddhi’ ie the intellect limited by the enveloping body. This geometric envelope obscures the light of the Soul. Thus your awareness is obscured, lowered and limited to only the body, you cannot perceive or experience your real nature. You are made to forget that you are pure awareness, pure Soul. It is like a fog drawn over your real Awareness. As you forget that you are the Soul, you start believing that you are the body.

Most of your clients will be in this category, they fully believe that they are the 5 layers of the body. Thus they create more karma, the impulses of their past karmas affect them deeply, they deeply laugh/cry and enjoy/endure Maya. You can chart out their life reasonably accurately using their own horoscope’s patterns. Your horoscope shows your Prarabdha karma ie how much karma have you have decided to go through in this life. The body will continue till this target is achieved then dissolve. And the horoscope also shows the possibility of Agami karma, ie how new karma will be created in this life. (Sanchita karma is your total karmic backlog)

Some people who have done practices to increase their ‘awareness’ understand that they are not the body but are the pure Soul. These people know this as a concept but they have not experienced this in the real sense as yet. They are working on it, doing their regular spiritual practice with intention. These people are somewhat immune to the ravages of karma on the body, but they are still influenced by it. You might see this happening to yourself if you are a spiritual aspirant. eg you are committed to your spiritual practice and in one critical transit of Saturn or Rahu/Ketu or Jupiter (slow planets), you lose all your focus. The material beckons you again, you want to go out with your girlfriend/ boyfriend or you suddenly feel that spiritual path is going well so now it is time to enjoy some material comforts. Your Deha-buddhi or Maya tries to assert itself and to pull you away from your pursuit of Awareness. These are testing times, if you lose focus now, you slip very badly.

As you advance deeper into your spiritual practice, as you increase your awareness levels, you get nearer to the pure Soul Experience. As you reach closer to your destination, the karmic impacts lessen but the karmic tests become even more subtle. If you cross all these and Realise the Soul, you are called a Jivan-mukt. At this stage, you are pure Soul, your awareness, consciousness, intelligence has reached the highest possible position, this is called the Advaita state. You experience yourself continually. You are aware of yourself all the time, in every state, in every condition of the body, you remain immersed in Intelligence, you Know you are the Soul. At this state your Soul has removed the envelope Maya, dissolved the Deha-buddhi and Seen itself forever. The fog has cleared and the light shines through. Now the Soul may remain in the body till its prarabdha karma is exhausted, ie till the physical dissolution of the body. But during this period its Awareness is Eternal. During this period from Realisation to the death of the physical body, the Soul is completely dissociated from the karma of the body. Whatever may happen to the body, You are not concerned in any way whatsoever. And you are Pure Awareness now, you do not create any more karma, ie no Agami karma is created and Sanchita karma is burnt the instant you See yourself.

So in short, Soul is Awareness. When you experience yourself as the Pure Awareness, the Nirvishesh Brahma, you attain Nirgun Moksh.

Your conscience and your soul

The soul is located ‘behind’ the Ajnya chakra in a dedicated ‘ashta-padma-dala-chakra, ‘eight-petalled Lotus’ chakra. This is a specialised chakra, ie the Brahmanadi within the Sushumna nadi loops around itself here and creates this specific energy vertex. These loops are in all possible dimensions. The Hamsa Upanishad describes this chakra in detail. The Soul resides here in an energy form called ‘Hamsa‘. (This Hamsa is composed of the energies of Agni, Soma Rudra, Rudrani, Kaal, Om and Bindu.)

The possible eight tendencies of this chakra are – 1. doing virtuous actions, 2. sleep, laziness etc, 3. doing cruel actions, 4. doing inauspicious deeds, 5. sensual gratification, 6. doing movement type of activities, 7. indulging in lust/sexual desires and 8. desire for accumulating material stuff. These eight tendencies are linked to the eight loops of the chakra. ie when Soul/awareness is linked to a particular loop, tendencies linked to it are activated in the body. When awareness exists ‘between’ these loops, there is indifference to material pleasures, an ascetic mindset. The three states of existence, waking state, dreaming state, deep sleep state are linked to the central axis of this ‘lotus’, at the ‘stamen’, ‘basal sepals’ and ‘innermost seed’ of this ‘lotus’. The fourth state, Turiya is possible when the Awareness leaves this chakra. And the final Turiya-teet, the beyond Turiya, ie Moksh is possible when this Awareness merges itself in the Eternal Non-dual. The Upanishad says that 1crore jaap/ repeats of the Hamsa mantra lead to Moksh.

Your conscience and your soul

Where is the mind in our body?

There are 5 layers of the body. Physical body is anna-mai-kosh. Subtle body is the three layers of pran-mai-kosh, mano-mai-kosh and vidnyan-mai-kosh. Causal body is the anand-mai-kosh. Then is the Soul within these multiple layers. This complex is called a Jiv-atma, the individual soul, as it is enveloped in this body/karmic baggage.

Mind is the Mano-mai-kosh, which is concerned with mental processes and emotions. Here emotions are on a relatively low level as the power of discrimination does not exist in this layer. ie all living animals who can understand pain have this layer active in their bodies. This layer is a part of the subtle body, sookshma sharir, controlled by the Moon in your horoscope. When you physically die, the outermost layer, physical body, anna-mai-kosh is discarded. So when you exist in the Pitr-lok, the dimension of the spirits, your soul is enveloped by a 4-layered body. Imprints stored in these 4 layers require several life-times to be rebalanced. This is why you can gauge your past lives from your horoscope especially in the Sudarshan chakra format.

Its between you and your conscience

‘How do I know it is my higher self taking decisions in my day to day life happenings?’

A personal example. Quite a few years ago, I was suffering because of an intense black ritual done by someone to damage me. A very deep damage on all levels. So I was doing healings, taking help from genuinely kind tantriks, ie using ‘white magic’. The pain was very intense, recovery was slow and I was really very scared. Someone I trusted, almost a brother, offered to do a secret ritual to help me, he did not give me the details. I asked my brother for his opinion. He in good faith said to give it a shot. So despite not being very convinced myself, I agreed and that person did the ritual. My conscience was in doubt but in the temptation of hastening my recovery, I agreed to get it done. But this was not the correct way, I actually got scolded badly by a very high level divinity. Then I suffered through these additional karmic repercussions. And it was a burden on my conscience. I had asked my brother for his opinion, the person who did it was genuine, they both wanted the best for me. But the final decision was mine, I had agreed despite the doubt raised by my conscience. Thus I suffered through the karma, I had regrets and felt very ashamed. So whoever might suggest something to you, however tempting it maybe, if your higher self/ Antaratma/ conscience is in doubt, it will come to a bad end. And it is your decision, so you alone are responsible for what happens to you.

The inner light of your Soul is your conscience, the Antar-atma. If you are doing spiritual practice, stilling your mind and emotions, the voice of your conscience is all the more audible.

Suppose you are in a situation and you have to choose between options. Naturally you will have evaluated the material aspects of both the options in depth. You know what will give you your desired material results. Now you put it to your conscience. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. Focus between your eyebrows, look in your third eye. Recite Soham (or any other mantra you prefer) a few times with your breath. Still your emotions and your scattered thoughts. Then gently think about the option you propose to take. Do you feel right about it? What kind of visions are triggered by this thought? Do you see a flash of bright happy colors, bright lights or depressed dark colors, blackness? Does your heart feel lighter or heavier. You might have physical signs like hair standing on end or feeling cold or a constriction at your throat or something. Your conscience will find some way and give you a sign that the action you chose is appropriate or not. And it will give you very clear signals. Once you have your answer do not ask your question again and again. And once you are clear about your decision, do not listen to others who might try to sway or convince you to go against your conscience. However tempting it may be do not go against your inner voice. This voice comes from your Soul itself.

I do not advocate using horoscope, runes, cards or any divination tools for these conscience related decisions. These divination tools are more linked to the sub-conscious mind. Sometimes cards show you what you consciously want to see, I have seen this happen several times. Or you choose to see those meanings in them which you desire on the material front. So you deceive yourself, attracted by the temporary gains you think you see.

(Classic example, you get 4 of Cups ‘Luxury’ in the Thoth tarot, for a relationship question. This card can show a potentially emotionally nurturing relationship but there is a very deep imbalance in it. This card indicates that you desire deep emotional fulfilment, but this relationship under question is the wrong way to go about it. This card represents temporary superficial attractiveness with an undercurrent of deep stagnation. You have deep emotional needs but you are aggravating the imbalance by desiring things which you don’t really need! This relationship in question is a dead end and you need to focus on something else which gives you real and deep emotional satisfaction. Now which Tarot reader has read so much into the energies of the cards to give this sort of interpretation? And the name ‘Luxury’ can tempt you to get into the relationship and then into emotional trouble later.)

Your conscience goes deeper than the conscious or the sub-conscious mind. It is your actual Soul showing you its Light. For a brief moment the Light of the Soul pierces through the enveloping fog and shows you the direction most appropriate for you. And finally you are responsible for your decisions, whatever happens to you, happens by your choice.

So Choose well.

Its between you and your conscience

 

 

Rahu Ketu and existential sorrow..

Rahu and Ketu, the nodes of the Moon are very powerful forces in your chart. These two are life, the experience of living. These astral planets are linked to the karma you have to balance so that you can transcend creation. Forces generated by this axis, affect you at your deepest core. If you go with their flow and allow them to transform you, you will with time gain your own Self. These are not very prominent in souls who have just started their evolution in the human form. For those souls who are nearing their goal in the soul’s evolution their role is crucial. (I assume that my readers are either students of Jyotish or spiritual aspirants, given the content of my blog!)

Suppose you are put in jail and given good food, nice rooms and other comforts etc, will you be happy? You might feel good about the comforts for some time, you might watch the TV provided, play some games etc to distract your mind/ soul. But deep down you know you are in jail, you cannot go out. The very act of being in jail is enough to make you internally unhappy. This is Rahu-Ketu, they are the jail. The comforts etc provided in the jail are the 5 tara-graha connected to the 5 lower chakras. The Sun and the Moon are the tiny twinges which you feel from time to time which make you desire freedom from this jail. Rahu affects the material, Ketu the spiritual. They churn the very soul. Thus Rahu and Ketu are the existential sorrow caused by the very act of your individual soul being bound inside this jail called creation.

Rahu and Ketu represent the karmic forces created by your own actions from your past incarnations. And you cannot escape them. They are always 180deg away, one below the horizon and one above the horizon. One Node below the horizon will represent the past ‘fruits’ which you have no option but to enjoy/endure. This is the sub-conscious side, the choice made by your higher self at birth. The other node above the horizon, this indicates the scope of conscious choice, the actions that you can perform and the options that you will have in this respect.

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Rahu/Ketu are said to be more powerful than the luminaries, Sun/Moon as they have the power to obscure them from time to time. They are the Kings of Karma. Results linked to Rahu/Ketu cannot be predicted with accuracy. The material results can obviously be predicted to some extent. But their real effect is on the astral and causal body, the mind and soul levels. This effect is very intense and cannot be predicted unless you are able to read the Sudarshan chakra chart. They indicate how you convert your life experiences into your mind/soul learning. This is actually a part of the soul’s evolution.

Eg. You marry well, a nice spouse, good children etc and your material life changes for the better after marriage. This is under the influence of the 5 Tara graha. But how does this experience affect your mind/ soul is your soul evolution. This impression is what you carry on with you in your next lives not the material life part. If Rahu is connected in any way to your 5th/ 7th houses, he will cause disenchantment with child/spouse. Depending on his power this may be more intense or less. Eg a single powerful Rahu will de-link your mind/soul more sharply and give more intense sorrow from these things on the subjective level.

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Some authors say that Rahu is like Saturn and Ketu is like Mars. But do not take this literally! The nature of Rahu and Ketu is always subjective never objective.

Saturn is discipline, working out your karma systematically, restrictions, fear etc. eg If in the 5th house, Saturn can cause issues with your children. You know the specific reason for your unhappiness and you endure it as a continuous unhappiness. It is rather objective. But if Rahu is in the 5th house, the experience is very different. He will grant disillusionment with all the things connected with the 5th house on it is on the subjective level, ie he hits on the astral, psychic, soul level. First he will make you try and try for all the stuff related to the 5th house. Each time it will seem like you are going to succeed, you can taste the victory but at the very last minute it slips out of your hand. Or you over-reach and fall flat. Or you get the thing but it feels hollow. He shatters the material hopes very thoroughly. He will cause this high-low, hope-disappointment cycle again and again, grinding into your soul that this is ultimately an illusion. The deepest lesson taught very minutely. Both Saturn and Rahu ultimately will detach you from the material but they way they work is very different. Rahu, just like Ketu, operates under authority of the highest Eternal. Rahu will cause eventual dissatisfaction with the material things, shatter the illusion. Ketu will cause eventual dissatisfaction with your spiritual things! If anything shatters it gives pain, but once you look up beyond this shattered barrier, because these things were a barrier, you see your Own Self.

Mars is an explosion of raw energy, challenging, pioneering, likes explorations, is very active. Ketu also does the same thing but on the mental and soul levels. Ketu has a rare incisive intelligence which can cut through the bindings on the mind/ soul. Unafraid, actually emotionless, he uses his intelligence to rip open all illusions. This is the most cryptic and difficult to understand thing about Ketu. Your spiritual concepts, philosophy, practice, mantra etc are your life-line to the spiritual realm. Ketu will cause systematic detachment from these. (You might wonder at this statement, it sounds so crazy.) Ultimately to realise your real self, you have to leave your material desires and also your spiritual desires. ‘Spiritual desires’ again sounds like a paradox, but people feed their ego with their spiritual activity, eg you can get proud that you did some complicated puja, or learnt some cryptic ritual, or learnt by rote so many stotras or did so much pilgrimage, bought a rare 1 mukhi-rudraksh etc. These things very subtly bind you to the illusion of creation. You ‘practice’ spirituality, it is something you do for some time every day. Ketu cuts this ego created by outer spiritual practice. He forces you to search for the core, the easiest, most natural spontaneous continuous state. From ‘regular spiritual practice’ you move towards ‘continuous awareness of self’. For this to happen an apocalyptic breakdown occurs sometime in life, a sense of sheer helplessness is induced, you feel small, humiliated, you are knead to dust. Ketu thoroughly annihilates the sense of individual self-ego with his incisive sharp intelligence. After this life changing event shatters all the limits on the thinking process, the mind and the soul both are set free. He forces you to think, to contemplate, the mind is forced to enlighten itself, the soul is made to realise itself.

This existential sorrow is more intensely felt for those who have chosen to test themselves with combinations connected to Rahu/ Ketu. The Kaal-sarpa, the partial Kaal-sarpa, the Guru-chandal, or a single powerful Rahu or a single powerful Ketu in pivotal houses. If you have such powerful Rahu/ Ketu know that this life is an exam-time for you. Eg. In school there are 15days of exams in a year. For these 15days, you don’t watch TV, don’t go out with friends, you sit at home, stay up late, revise your syllabus, focus, ketugive your exams. If you are firm with yourself for these 15days, you do well in your exams, you get promoted to the next grade. The prize is worth those 15days of hard work and tests. For you similarly, this life is an exam, you have chosen it yourself. You have been preparing for so many lives now. In this life you are ready, the syllabus is all revised, now you need give your exam. Rahu and Ketu is an axis, they work together. They enforce the eternal law of Karma. To make sense of the most hard hitting life experiences which you will go through, analyse your Rahu/Ketu. Once you do this, you will come to terms with what you have chosen at birth. Because even if the tests are rather typical, the prize is well worth it.

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The sorrow created by Rahu/Ketu makes one ultimately desire for Realization. The depth of emotion is so weird, so subtle, so elusive, so radical and so beyond all other remedial measures. The mind/ soul gets so disillusioned with all these material stuff and their deep impacts that it finally accepts that the only way out of its jail is self-realization.

There will be periods of periodic despair triggered by the transits/dashas. So you must find some real solid support for your mind/ soul, ie reading philosophy eg Bhagvat Gita, or Gayatri mantra jaap, or practicing Dhyan using Soham etc. These typical periods are very critical as the mind can choose to take up short term fixes like addictions, or you might take emotionally charged inappropriate decisions which will cause life-time repercussions. You might realise later that your action was ill-considered, against logic, against common sense but by then it might be too late. You will fail your life-test, thus wasting all the preparation you had done for so many lives. And you will be required to repeat the same thing, re-take the same test again a few lives later. If you have Rahu/ Ketu in power but the rest of the horoscope is unable to support their power or if you consciously choose the wrong direction in a fit of temporary passion, the effects are often dismal and can carry over life-times. Also there can be psychological or mental imbalances or addictions or immoral and perverse behaviour triggered by this.

Anything to do with Rahu/ Ketu forces you to find the strength within your own self. Go through the experience, endure and grow. It is like being initiated into the highest mystery. You are in confusion for some time, your past experiences are meaningless now, the new knowledge before you requires some time before it can be assimilated. For this small period you are vulnerable. Persevere. It is like an eclipse on the soul. During this eclipse period you have to be very careful. As soon as the eclipse opens up you are New.

The Rahu mahadasha and the Ketu mahadasha can be quite happening. Keep track of Rahu/ Ketu’s transits and the patterns that they will make with the slowest ones Saturn and Jupiter. These periods will be fairly long as Rahu/Ketu transit a sign in 1.5yrs, Jupiter in 1yr and Saturn in 2.5yrs. The faster planets will also naturally interact with them in transit, but their results will be for lesser lengths of time, ie a few month or lesser. However the intensity of the effect can vary as slower planets give rather subdued results spread over a longer time. And faster planets give intense results concentrated over a short period of time.

 

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