Of the Sun and the Moon

I have always wondered why we Indians focus on the Moon sign more and the western civilisation is into Sun signs.

Personally when I get a horoscope chart, my order of preference is, first check out the birth Moon sign then the ascendant sign and its lord, then a quick analysis of the 4 triangles/ trikon. Analysing the Sun would be after this, sort of clubbed with all the other planetary forces. To counsel someone, I need to know first and foremost what sort of mind this client has. If I know his mind, then I know how to talk to him. Then the ascendant stuff gives me his personality, his environment and how he fits in into his environment. The 4 trikon are a sort of a summary report of the four aspects of life (foundation, meaning, desire and exit). Then the rest of the planets a quick once-over all of them. This takes about 5 mins and then I am ready for detailed Q & A with the client.

Finally realised that this basic Sun/Moon, India/West divide is real and it drives the thought process of an entire set of people. The Moon is more inclusive, mild, receptive, introspective and cooler. Sun is more heated-up, self-referential, genius, focussed outwards and always on the move.sunThe Sun is self-ego, your individuality. Your personal jivatma/soul is represented by the Sun, your personal spark of the Divine. We are all Parabrahma/Ultimate ourselves. Why are we here then, apparently separated from our Reality? It is because of the Sun! The Sun’s energy represents our first initial split from the Ultimate. The Sun is derived from the Matrika named Braahmi the ruler of the topmost Sahasrara chakra. This Sun of your horoscope is the closest you are to the Ultimate but because of the light of self-ego is so bright that it is impossible to look behind it and see the Ultimate.

Sun represents the father, and yes he represents the divine spark/soul that we recieve from the Ultimate Father/Parabrahma. He is the creative potential that we have within us.

Now Saturn is called Ravinandan/ Son of the Sun, but ‘nandan’ has a lot of interesting meanings, one of which is ‘intelligence’. (Ravi also means ‘churning’, it is also a reference to the Samudra manthan story, will write more on this later). So ‘Ego’ is the father/creator of karma. You do an action with the tag, ‘I did this’ and it gets registered as karma, good/bad, in your balance book. Saturn’s energy resides at the lowest Muladhar chakra, produced by the Matrika Chaamundaa. Your entire existence, your energy structure is thus between the Sun/ego and his son, Saturn/ karma.

(Ever wonder what is inside our star, the Sun? Our scientists have lot of data about the Sun’s surface but nothing definite about its interior. The interior of the ball of energy/Sun does not exist in the dimension we live in.)moonNow the Moon, the other luminary, he is the sum total of all your lives, (past, present, future, parallel), all the experiences, everyone you have been, is the Moon. He is your mind, the deepest recesses. This ‘Moon’ energy is produced by the Ajnya chakra by the Matrika named Maaheshwari. The Moon decides how you function in this life. He allocates the vital energy/pran to your gross body when awake and to the subtle body when you are asleep. He ensures that you are on the job completing your karma even when you travel astrally.

In the Vedic stories/allegories he is the husband/’pati’ of the 27 lunar mansions/nakshatra. 33 types of energies bind the jivatma/individual soul thus create our ‘body’ in time and space. Now ‘pati’ in Sanskrit is not merely ‘husband’, it means – honor of, responsible to, going with, owner of, possessor of, protector of, ruler of, male spouse of etc. ‘Pati’, is the energy which ‘enters and causes change’. Thus the Moon’s energies are responsible for all the change that occurs in our existence. The Moon takes the potential/energy offered by the Sun/individual soul and puts it to use. He is the way we look at our world, thus he creates our world, he is our perception.

The Moon represents security, emotional comfort, nutrition and the things which protect you. Try to see these the keywords now in energy. Devi ensures that the construct created by her remains protected, the body remains manifested, pran is distributed to the lower chakras, the mind remains engrossed in the objects, mind finds security in the physical universe, the the lens of perception is not open, the true reality does not intrude, the veil remains in place. And when your soul wants to Know its reality, she again teaches through life events, experiences and deep knowledge till you are ready to enter the Brahmanadi and then she guides. The mind will stop its frantic work, of maintaining the construct. Finally the Moon will stop allocating pran to the lower chakras and energise only the upper chakras of the head, this state is called samadhi.

Moon in popular imagination represents the Mother which is quite true, he represents the Devi, the Mother of Creation. Moon reflects the light of the Sun, true! He is thus the reflected light of the Internal Sun. The sixteen phases of the Moon are the 16 Kala which give rise to the vibrations/seed sounds of the Sanskrit language i.e. the seeds of creation (have written about it in an earlier post).

Jyotish is the Science of Illumination so has these energy/spiritual aspects too. The ultimate objective of Jyotish is also to make you realise Yourself. You can do this only when your karmic balance is balanced. So from this point of view, in the chart, the Moon is more important than the Sun.

Only when you understand the Moon/the Creation in your chart, will the Sun/the Creator make any sense.

 

I didn’t t think this post would get technical all over again. But I hope it was intelligible. Will continue on the self-improvement posts again, as one of my readers pointed out writing about to-do things is better as it actually helps. Esoteric stuff is ok but just once in a while! 😉 

 

Practicing Tratak using Shri Yantra

Tratak is a very simple and common exercise used to train the mind to remain absolutely still and without thoughts. This is how you do it.

On a white paper take a print of the Shriyantra. (preferably a line diagram) This is the energy geometry of your own self, use this always for any mediation etc where you need a focus point. While choosing an image to print remember that the central triangle is perfectly equilateral and the central dot/Bindu is in its exact center. Mark the central dot with a pen to make it clearly visible (If you use this image below, shade in the central dot completely and dark black.)shri yantra black and whiteDecide where you will sit, be comfortable. Paste this paper on the wall a few feet away from your seat at the eye level. Now steadily gaze at the central dot/Bindu without blinking your eyes, till your eyes start tearing up. When it becomes too much, close your eyes, you will see the after image of the dot and the geometry in your closed eyes. Then again open your eyes and stare at the dot without blinking. Repeat this exercise till you can stare for longer and longer times. The after-image in your closed eyes will become stronger and stronger and eventually the entire Yantra will remain imprinted in your closed eyes as an after image. (If you can sit in on your asan in a yogic posture like Siddhasan or Padmasan it will be faster, if you cannot for some reason, that also is ok.)

Here you are training your internal geometry also. You are showing your energy how it looks in its perfectly balanced state. You should do this steady gazing/Tratak as much as you can, start for one minute a day and gradually increase it. (One of my friends used to do this for hours and hours when we were children in school!) Soon your personal energy will start entraining itself with the Shri yantra geometry and resonating with it. Later you will also see how the 2-D paper geometry changes, becomes deeper adding more depth and dimensions to it. It is a wonderful experience!

When you do Dhyan and search for the gold/silver – flame/point of the third eye chakra within yourself, the forces of aakshep and vikshep interfere and push/pull your focus away from that specific point. (Aakshep means the energy which tosses aside, throws away with force, presents a challenge i.e. the tossing mind. Vikshep is the wandering mind, it means to scatter, to repel (exactly like same pole magnets), to disperse.)

If you have practiced doing Tratak on the Shriyantra these forces will be overcome faster and you will be able to access the opening of the Brahmanadi faster. And it is such a simple exercise!

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Essential spiritual practice

There are several spiritual practices, doing Yogasan/yogic postures, to doing mantra-jaap/reciting mantras, doing karma-kaand/rituals, to doing Dhyan etc. Every type of practice has its own importance, and throughout all our several lives we adopt one practice after the other, till we reach our objective. Now in the tangible sense all these spiritual practices do only one thing, silence the mind!https://psychologicallyastrology.comThe purpose of our spiritual life is to be able to consciously control the movement of pran/vital energy in the nadi/energy channel system of the body. This control is linked to the act of breathing. And the act of breathing is linked to the emotional state. And the emotional state depends on the the lens of perception, the mind.

Once you intend that you want to to Experience, there is no going back. This simple Intention releases tiny energies which coalesce to become bigger, you will sense your body getting lighter, brighter, the blockages getting loose, the attachments of the outer world getting fainter, your chakras moving ever faster, your kundalini energy getting active and blasting you out of this construct called Maya/Universe.

The mind is like a whirlwind, happy, sad, now flowing like a river, then flying off to the sky. Every sense organ, taste, smell, sight, touch and sound gives this mind even more objects to run behind. If you think, it is something like a monkey, restless. Observe a monkey in the park and you have your mind, it is so full of purpose but without a focus, sometimes this, sometimes that! Now the trick is to give this mind a focus, something it concentrates on and then force it to concentrate. Something like putting blinkers on a horse so that it can be put to work and productive. Your mind is the ocean of all the astral energies of all your existence, your past/present/future/parallel lives all at once. It also contains the memory of your Higher self, but unless it becomes still, you cannot access. It throws its waves and foam at you, distracting you.

Now what should you concentrate on? Very frankly there is only one thing in the universe, You! You are everything. You are unique, the one, You Are. So concentrate on yourself. But then you are not the flesh-body that you see staring back at you in the mirror. You are more, but right now quite unaware. So you read books written by enlightened Gurus, Teachers, Enlightened Souls, listen to their voices, feel their blessings. You read their experiences and desire the same experience for yourself. But remember you are not your Guru, his experience is his, your’s will be yours. The importance is always to the one who Experiences. You are ‘You’.

This ‘You’ resides within you, ‘behind’ the third eye chakra, this place is called the Kuthastha. (You are the unchangeable supreme essence located at the top Bindu of the Meru hyper dimensional geometry). So you concentrate at the pitch darkness that you see at your third eye. It takes a lot of strength of Will to stare at darkness, doing your practice, hoping that You will be kind to yourself and Show Yourself. This ‘You’ has a name too, it is ‘Om’. So while you are staring at the closed door of the Kutastha, you will keep knocking on it too, calling out to Yourself, by your name. This is the Mantra.soldiers-military-attention-salute-40546-e1546881469524.jpegNow who is a Guru? Not everyone wearing a saffron or white dhoti/kurta is a Guru. There are several fakers out there. In this modern world someone with not so clear motives gets a bit of siddhi while doing sadhana, he immediately starts collecting disciples. And then uses the energies of faith that they willingly give over to him. Never give your faith to anyone so easily. Your faith is your energy, be very careful with your faith. For accepting any theory or anyone in spiritual matters, there are 3 criteria,

  1. This must be detailed in and examined in depth in an accepted authoritative book. (Granth prachiti) eg, the Vignyan Bhairav Tantra, the Bhagwad Gita, the Veds, Devi mahatmya, Upanishads, etc.
  2. Then this theory must be explained by an accepted authority, a Teacher who has experienced it himself first. (Guru prachiti)
  3. And this is the most important test, your inner you/Conscience/Antaratma should accept it as being correct. (Atma prachiti) You must examine things for yourself. You are the final judge. Sanatan Dharm ensures freedom. Choose what your intuition/sense understands to be correct, there are consequences both good and bad, so be very careful when you choose this spiritual path and the practice that you will now perform. The choice is ultimately yours alone.

Now concentrating is a very dull task, your mind runs away, dragging it back takes Conscious Will. So now we have to reinforce this will. This requires faith. Your first source of faith is the example of your Guru, or what you read in your accepted Book. You look at your Guru, you want the experience that he is existing in. You read the description of the Paramtattva in the Book and want to experience it for yourself. This faith works like a crutch, you lean on it for support. But once you start experiencing your own stuff, you should leave aside this crutch too. The job of a Guru is to hand-hold till the tipping point, once you start seeing the lightening flashing at your third eye the job of a Guru is over. Now your faith is in your own experience, it is very liberating. The essentials of a spiritual practice are very easy, in fact ridiculously so. It is breath and mantra. If you can be aware of these two things the rest of it will automatically fall into place. You do not have to do anything else at all. Is it really this simple? Yes it is, to read this line it seems quite easy, but you are up against your own Mind! See how strange it actually is.

You take efforts for maintaining your body, looks, house, place in society etc. You work, get tired, earn money to support your family. A smudged lipstick has the potential to ruin your day. You have told your mind, trained it, throughout your innumerable lives that these things are quite important. Now suddenly you turn around and tell the Mind, ‘no no this is not important, leave all this and come away to find the Real Self!’. I guess the Mind would roll its eyes and go rofl! It cannot come out of this training so easily. It fights back. So you too have to fight your Mind. This is the reason all Vedic gods/goddesses have countless weapons depicted in their hands. They give these powers to you, helping you fight your personal Kurukshetra. The 1000th name of Vishnu is, ‘Sarvapraharanayudha’, ‘the one who is equipped in every possible way at every possible time ready to fight’.

So the basic practice everyone has to start with is the Ajapa mantra, Soham or Hamsa. Try to be aware of your breathing pattern throughout the day. Make it a habit, train your mind. Whenever you are not – speaking or eating or doing some thinking work, you should be reciting your mantra in your mind, either Soham or Hamsa, consciously along with your breathing action. This means you do not let your mind wander, you are giving it a focus at all times. If you try to hear to your breathing sound, it sounds like ‘so’ when you inhale and it sounds like ‘hmm’ when you exhale. Thus Vignyan Bhairav Tantra has these 2 Ajapa mantras, ‘So-hum’ or ‘Ham-sa’. (Will put a separate post on these next.) This is the essential spiritual practice, the tiny pebble which initiates everything. As your mind starts entraining itself to this mantra, the Universe will also recognise your Intention and things will come in so beautifully, you will soon get time to do proper Dhyan regularly. And then you know the way to Your own Self.

Your Intention, the power of your Will and your Faith in yourself is the foundation of your spiritual path. Always be confident about yourself. After all you are the Ultimate yourself, the Creator of your Universe.

 

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(Thank you to the kind soul who suggested this topic, I hope reading it triggers something good for you!)

Psychiatric problems, an astrological perspective.

“I hate my birthday, and I wish I was never born!”, this is something quite familiar in today’s over-stressed young men and women. If some boyfriend says this we either scoff it off and drag him to a pub to cheer him up. Or we say, our this girlfriend is always the drama queen and this is so just being her (rolling our eyes!). But sometimes this intensity of feeling has its source in the charts and then things can be very different. Its important to be able to differenciate when it is just drama and when it is, in fact, deep seated trauma.

We will be discussing mental health so we will be analysing the normal basic horoscope with the ascendant as the first house, this is called the D-1. But we will also focus on the Moon Chart. It is the same as the birth horoscope but just the houses are shifted so the birth moon sign is counted as the first house. If you analyse such horoscopes of mentally unstable persons you will find certain common themes.

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Now the birth moon is the main indicator of mental and emotional strength. The house that he is posted in, the owner of the moon sign, the planets he is with and aspected by all contribute to the mental health. A moon placed in the 6th, 8th or 12th automatically puts him under pressure. The 6th is the house of details, arguments, debts, enemies, over-analysis, servitude, diseases. The 8th is forceful transformative changes to the identity, trauma, accidents, death, surgeries, fiery energies and secrets. And the 12th is the increase of the astral at the expense of the material, depths of the sub-conscious, sleep, dreams, imagination, insanity. Thus the moon here is pre-disposed to nervousness. If he is associated with any planet here the damage is more. The energies of these houses generally never give positive results, so in a chart with these moon placements do be very careful in analysis. eg. Jupiter and Moon in 12th in a clients chart caused her to have delusions, vivid imaginations bordering on insanity and finally led to her death by internal haemorrhage. Moon (liquid blood), Jupiter (expansion) 12th house (unknowable spaces).

When you analyse the moon chart, do look out for the 6th from moon and the 8th from moon. These houses and their results can severely cripple the mind. The 6th house will create matters which will be felt as emotionally unbalanced, unfair, mismatched and exploitative. The agents of this house will always been seen as adversaries, criticisers, betrayers and accusers. This 6th house is always difficult because Mercury (natural 6th in the zodiac is Virgo ruled by Mercury) behaves like a typical adolescent, habitually arguing, nit-picking, playing the victim, blaming others and having unbalanced relationships creating deep emotional conflict. See the emotional issues related to breaking of promises and disappointed expectations from the 6th from the moon.

Now the 8th from Moon covers all the events of catastrophic emotional changes. The triggers are from the 6th and the timing is seen from the lords of 2nd and 7th. These will include hidden threats to emotional security which will suddenly become active. Depending on the other aspects the actual event may vary, eg. Rahu will induce very visible volatile unpredictable self-destructive behaviour accompanied by a feeling of internal terror.

(If you have the exact birth time available, you can calculate the Divisional Navamsha D-9 chart, and analyse just the moon sign from here. The D-9 has been discussed in detail here. It is a valuable indicator of the astral you which is eventually reflected as the physical you of the D-1. But if the birth time is off by even 1 minute do not use the divisional charts they will mislead.)

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Next indicator, Cancer ruled by the Moon is the natural 4th house of the Zodiac and linked to emotional security and comfort. Thus do check out the position of Cancer, this sign has a subtle effect on mental health where-ever it may be placed in the chart. So always analyse its placement, the planets in and aspecting it. I know a chart where Cancer ascendant with Mars, the individual has typical ‘Mars fire drowned in Cancer‘ mood swings, can be quite maternal at times but also tends to control his friends and family relations using emotions as a weapon.

The 4th house also contributes to mental security and emotional comforts. But do be careful when analysing planetary influences. If you have a Saturn placed here it will restrict all emotional expressions, you wont ever get emotional soothing but you wont trip off the other end of depression, because Saturn will constrict it all. So keep in mind the essential nature of the planets when you analyse.

Even more, mental instability and attachment to self-destructive thought patterns is a form of addiction. I have written a full post on addiction hereAddiction is another step down the slippery slope to depression. A person can get addicted to toxic self-sadistic thought patterns and in a twisted way start to enjoy them and even find them comforting. A Moon in 6th house client loves being the ‘victim’, he is psychologically addicted to his experience of abandonment by the mother, he loves to rehearse and reiterate his grief. It is difficult to disconnect from this thought pattern because he himself is not aware of it. Ultimately help was in the form of Classical homeopathy and Bach Flower Remedies.

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Now the 3rd house always determines the general mental health. Matters of emotional firmness, stability, boldness, communication and clarity of mind is seen from here, especially the emotional attitude and the emotional context of all communication. Courage to Communicate! Your personal courage (3rd house) to fight your own internal secret destructive forces (8th from the 8th house) is again the 3rd. In most mentally disturbed individuals things start going downhill when he cannot speak out on what is bothering him. And he often has no one who he trusts (friends/cousins/brothers) to tell his worries to either. Both these are in the domain of the 3rd house counted from the ascendant for the physical environment and also the 3rd from the moon sign for the emotional context.

Do check out the position of Mercury also. A harsh Saturn will shut him up, a magnanimous Jupiter will let him expand, both might trigger mental issues depending on the placement. Mercury is your thought processes, style of analysis, expectations from interactions, daily relations with family, work-mates etc and their responses. No communication (Saturn), anxiety, non-stop chatter (Moon), dominate by talk (Mars) and loops of talking to yourself in your head are all dysfunctional Mercury.

The 6th from Mercury can give insights on what will be those events which will trigger the Mercury into losing his balance and the 8th from, will be the effect of this event on the personality. Again Mercury is the analytical brain and the ability to think coherently.

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So to determine the emotional stability of a chart these are the main indicators

  1. Birth Moon sign and house – overall emotional state
  2. The birth Mercury – the ability to think coherently
  3. The 6th from birth moon – sources of challenges to the emotional stability
  4. The 8th from the birth moon – the result of these emotional challenges
  5. The 3rd from the birth moon and ascendant too – the mental strength and the physical environment to deal with these challenges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moon the agent of the Mind!

I have written two posts on the Moon earlier, a post on how to use the information on moon transits to be more prepared for your day as a daily tiny astrology lesson. One on how the other planets affect the Moon. About debilitated Moon here. And another one on how challenging the Cancer as Ascendant can be! But this one about the Moon, just the pure Mind, psychologically!

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In my experience, the 2 most important signs in the chart are the Ascendant and the birth Moon sign. One controls the physical body and material things and the second controls the mind and the emotional states. If I have to predict, I use 1) the birth chart with the ascendant as the first house and 2) the chart with the moon sign as the first house, side-by-side, so that I can get a balanced view of the physical conditions and the emotional states. If my client is more than 49yrs old I always consider the moon sign chart as the more important.

Each planet ‘matures’ at a particular age. Before the age of maturity the planets generally produce incomplete/immature results. By the age of 49yrs, all the planets attain ‘maturity’ and are completely developed. Thus they interact more wisely and comfortably with each other in the chart and even with naturally unfriendly planets/aspects.

A simple example; If someone loses his arm at the age of 20yrs and someone loses it at the age of 60yrs. The trauma to the body is the same but the level of mental trauma will be different because of the age and life experience. This is the domain of the moon. The events of our life always perceived through the lens of the emotions ie the moon. I always find it strange that the Moon as no planetary enemies, probably the Mind is its own Enemy?

The moon is our mind and our mind defines our self. The mind is the complex of the emotions and the thoughts. Our mind has learned and evolved over several lifetimes, every incident in each life has contributed to its making. The mind is indeed the original fathomless sea of creation, because it creates us, our personality, the way we think. Whatever we do and undo is based on the guidance of our mind. So then are we just the mind? Not really, we are something called the ‘Intelligence’. But this pure Inteligence is always coloured by the mind. Thus the efforts by seers and sages to silence the mind and access their real self uncolored by the influence of the mind. Just like a riverbed is seen clearly when the turbulence of the water flow is stilled. The turbulence is the emotions/thoughts, the water is the mind and the river bed is the Intelligence. And strangely when you see such still waters you can appreciate the beauty of the water itself.

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Back to the horoscope. The Moon is the mysterious everything. Its quite difficult to really know what the moon is because it reflects! The Moon faithfully absorbs and reflects every influence falling on it. The moon aspecting or conjoint with any graha emotionally sensitises its results. Eg, Moon with Mars will make the person, very comfortable in competitions, with brotherly figures and emotionally needs to feel like a champion always.

This moon is the owner of Cancer, the 4th sign of the zodiac, thus in any horoscope irrespective of the ascendant the moon and the sign Cancer will have a subtle influence on the matters of the 4th house. The 4th house is one of the 4 houses that make up the foundation of the chart (the other 3 being the 7th, 10th and 1st).

The mind requires comfort and emotional hand-holding always, so the moon is the significator of the mother, the rhythm of the lullaby, the home, the lands/properties, the familiar customs, the homeland, all those who protect. This security however has to be felt on the emotional level. All liquids, from the sea to the blood are controlled by him. All vehicles from boats to aeroplanes are his. The moon also controls rest, sleep, deep healing, recovery, the sub-conscious, the intuition, dreams and astral planes.

The moon controls the astral body thus the karma related to the emotions remains even after death and continues on to the next life, then these emotions may be expressed as phobias. (One of my clients was extremely scared of being alone, sleeping under a low roof and generally claustrophobic, found the answer one day through guided mediation, she was given death punishment in some past life by being sealed alive inside a wall.)

The moon is the basis on which the entire horoscope has to be analysed. All the ‘past memories’  are reflected in the future. The past is not the present ‘physical reality’ but is the ‘psychological reality’. All psychological behaviour is rooted in the moon the earliest indication of which is the mother. The Moon’s influence begins right from the birth mother’s uterine fluids. eg. Moon with Rahu is hyper-charged emotional behaviour and a vivacious mother. Moon with Ketu causes emotional disinterest indicating a mother who needs her space.

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The influence of the Moon on a person has to be seen from the following.

  1. the actual birth moon sign
  2. the planets conjunct or aspecting the birth moon
  3. the location of the sign cancer in the chart and the planets in or aspecting it
  4. the moon sign in the navamsha chart

Here for the first time I am talking about the divisional charts, the 9-th divisional chart/navamsha.  So to know yours. for Indian/Vedic system, for windows, “Jagannatha Hora” or “Parashar’s Light” and for iphones “Drik panchang” by developer “Adarsh apps” is be quite accurate.

The most intimate relationships for a person are with the birth mother and the wife/husband. The navamsha moon sign will determine the kind of emotional, nurturing support and comfort that a person requires from these relationships. We cannot control the interaction with the mother, but we can choose our husband/wife. So its critical that during matching horoscopes for marriage, the two charts should have some links to each others navamsha moon position. This will ensure harmonious relationship at the emotional level. Even close friends will have some connections with navamsha Moon.

To be really happy you should always be aware of the birth Moon. You should try to mould your life as per the requirements of this all important force in your horoscope. Thus you will be emotionally stable and internally comfortable in whichever physical situation you find yourself in.

The nature of life is to experience, and it is the nature of the mind to tie the emotion to the experience. The Moon aka the Mind is a complicated topic, this is one in series of posts which I will write on it.

 

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Fatalistic astrology? Not really!

One of my acquaintances, who is on her 50’s and is an astrologer and tarot teacher herself, recently fell severely ill and strangely became quite careless about taking her medication on time and taking care of herself. When asked why, she quite calmly replied that she knows that she will die in the next 5 years and her body is breaking down in preparation and what is the point of medication. Not depressed in any way but in calm acceptance of the reality.https://psychologicallyastrology.comI felt quite bad hearing this. Not for the impending death of course, but for the mindset. Astrology or divination does not mean fatalism. Yes, all have to die and bad things happen which can be seen from the charts but this sort of mindset was for me was unbelievable.

Life for me, till the very last second is an opportunity. An opportunity to do good, to set things right, to repay my debts and then to progress on the spiritual path. Only while you have a body can you act. Of course in the pretatma/spirit phase too, the jivatma/soul is in motion and involved in several things, but this is more of enjoying the fruits of the actions you did when you were alive. You can perform action/karma only when you are alive in a human body. The human life is immensely valuable, in several mantras and shastras too, its quite clearly mentioned that humans have advantages which even the devatas (gods) do not have. And who knows if at the last second something happens that gives me a tremendous spiritual jump? Life is Hope. And the deepest meaning of Hope for the spiritual seeker is this, “I will be free, I will see my true face, will know my true name and experience my own self fully!”.

Similar is a situation where a client comes in and in whose horoscope I can clearly see  a very negligible chance to conceive and have children. But I know the remedy to this, daily one repetition of Srisukta followed by the specific chant for Santaanlaxmi. अहिखग वाहिनि मोहिनि चक्रिणि रागविवर्धिनि ज्ञानमये । गुणगणवारिधि लोकहितैषिणि स्वरसप्त भूषित गाननुते ॥ सकल सुरासुर देवमुनीश्वर मानववन्दित पादयुते । जयजय हे मधुसूदन कामिनि सन्तानलक्ष्मि त्वं पालय माम् । If the client says these mantras with a positive intention she will definitely have one natural biological child. She may not have lots of children, but one child will definitely come. But it is the choice of the client whether to do it sincerely or not.

And of course ignoring medication or remedies prescribed in time may or not change the broad events outlined in the chart. But they will definitely change the intensity of the event and also shorten the recovery time after. But you will be living a more comfortable and well adjusted life till then, being more happy and able to do your actions.https://psychologicallyastrology.comSo does knowing astrology making you fatalistic? Calmly accepting the future as inevitable? No, a big No.

There is this Sanskrit shloka, from a text on astrology, Phaladeepika which says, फलानि ग्रहचारेण सूचयन्ति मनीषिणः । को वक्ता तारतम्यस्य तमेकं वेधसं विना ॥. It means, “the movement of grahas can only give indications of events to the ones who desire information. Who can speak with exactness on events except the one and only Creator?”

And then there is “free-will”. We humans do have a small but significant scope for free will. If we accept your future is set in stone, then free will does not exist. But we know free will exists. Sri Krishn has himself said to Arjun after telling him the entire Bhagwat Gita, 18 chapter, 63 verse, the last words so as to say, “iti te jñānam ākhyātaḿ guhyād guhya-taraḿ mayā vimṛśyaitad aśeṣeṇa yathecchasi tathā kuru”. It means “So I have explained to you very secret knowledge. Deliberate on this completely, and then do what you wish to do”. Thus Yogeshwar Krishn himself tells his disciple and cousin Arjun to think over what has been told to him and do whatever he wants!

Thus do remember Free will does exist, destinies are not set in stone, your efforts are recognised and Use every minute of your life.

Astrology is not fatalistic.

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings!

 

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Power your Intentions

Sankalpa is intention in Sanskrit. Sankalpa literally means san+kalpa. Kalpa has several meanings including resolution, process, idea, wish etc. And san indicates proper, apt, complete etc. So Sankalpa or Intention at the very basic is the wish to create.

All that we do, every action, we do because we Intend to do it. We go wake up, get dressed, go to office, eat, rest and play all because we intend to. These are the daily intentions which do not require much energy. These intentions have become “routine”.https://psychologicallyastrology.comBut now you are required to do something out of your “routine”, for example you want to start going to the gym. This intention requires a lot of mental energy. You have to force your mind to wake up that 1 hour earlier, go down to the gym, work out, get back everyday till this also becomes “routine”.  So you see, though you knew going to the gym was good for your body and you really really wanted to fit in that new classy dress you have bought, but still powering that intention required a lot of sustained mental power. But you did it! You were convinced deeply that you wanted to wear that dress and you knew that gym was the only way. So, you powered you intention, used your mind and brought about the change you desired!

So now you know that the mental power required for the intention is directly related to how much your new activity deviates from your “routine” and how deeply you are convinced about this activity.

If you have always drunk coffee the first thing in the morning, suddenly stopping this habit may well nigh prove impossible. But suppose you had a health complication, an ulcer, and the doctor advised you to stop. So here is your motivation, your health and then your intention (though unwilling) to stop drinking coffee gets powered up and you stop.

Sometimes you see confirmed atheists suddenly getting all spiritual and going and taking sanyas, actually renunciating the world etc. You ask them, “How!?”, and they reply that they had a life-changing experience. Something so severe happened in their lives that that they had deeply change. This was the universe intervening and making them change.

Now apply this same to your samskars, Samskar is a Sanskrit word which means the mental habits that you have picked up not just in this life but also over several previous lives. Our ultimate objective is to come out of these deeply ingrained habits which have affected our souls. This is the moksh that we all are searching for.

When we, tiny bits of the universal consciousness separated, we took lives, were born and died and were born again, we took on habits from these lives and carried them around with us. This excess baggage literally took on a life of its own and we started believing that the baggage is us. Freeing our consciousness from this accumulated baggage is the goal of all spiritual exercise.

Do think deeply within yourself. Are you “Priya”, “Deepak”, “Susan”, “John”? Are you a “officer”, “businessman”, “student”? Who are you really? Underneath all these words what is your real identity?

So Intend today, that you will find the Real You, pull away from the Samskars, dump the excess baggage!

So try to change, adopt a more spiritual lifestyle, do something that relaxes your mind and brings out the divinity inside your own self. Do it while you still can of your own violation rather than waiting for the universe to intervene with its “life changing experience”

Sit still and be with yourself.

 

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