Devguru, conventional wisdom

Now lets discuss Jupiter/Bruhaspati for a bit, the biggest planet in the solar system and in the horoscope too it is quite the heavy weight. A really important planet and his placement can bring up the quality of the horoscope. A nicely placed Jupiter in the 1st, 5th, 7th, 9th houses covers the other important houses with its 5th, 7th and 9th aspects thus can balance your horoscope beautifully.

Jupiter just expands. If placed in the 2st house, you may belong to a large and well off family. In the 5th he will expand love affairs, formal education, children and expressions of creativity. If in the 6th house he will expand your enemies/debts/diseases. And if let loose, unsupervised in the 7th he will expand your partnerships and may even give you several husbands/wives. “Expansion” is his trait and this is modified by presence and aspects of other planets which interact with him in the horoscope. His second important trait is that he does not actively stop harm, but is quite good at “kissing and making an injury better”, and reduces the recovery time after you have got hurt. If he is quite well placed in your horoscope he might just mildly point out that there is a danger ahead but that is about it. But at bandaging and dressing up your hurts he is the best.

So if you want to be able to hear his mild warnings clearly or you you want to shorten your recovery times after the accident do light a desi cow milk ghee lamp on thursdays with the mantra,ॐ  देवानां च ऋषीणां च गुरुं काञ्जनसंनिभं बुद्धिभूतं त्रीलोकेशं तं नमामि बृहस्पतिं ॐ . If you so feel inspired you can chant the bruhaspati beej mantra ॐ ग्रां ग्रीं ग्रौं सः गुरूवे नमः 108 times, If you are chanting for yourselves it is pronounced as Om grang gring graung sah gurave namah. If you are chanting it for you loved one it is to be pronounced as Om gram grim graum sah gurave namah. If you are even more inspired you can do a homam using this same beej mantra replacing the namah by a swaha.

The stone which resonates with jupiter’s energy is yellow sapphire. In India, this stone is quite popular as Jupiter is supposed to be quite benign and wearing his stone is considered safe.But again compared to gemstones the mantras are more effective as the mantras represent your personal effort, repeated weekly mindfully and with intention. And I repeat, intention and repeated sincere efforts is everything.

One interesting observation is when you have your Jupiter return. Meaning when Jupiter makes one full round of the zodiac and comes back to the same position as in your birth horoscope. As Jupiter takes 12 years to complete one cycle he returns every 12 years. So if you are 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84 etc yrs old this one year of Jupiter return will increase your maturity levels in unexpected ways. This year will actually make you older and wiser. So watch out and mindfully make use of this opportunity. Jupiter is ultimately a wise teacher so teaches responsibility and maturity in a relatively gentler manner.

On the other hand a Jupiter transit over your 1st house/ascendent can expand your body, you might actually get fatter, but also your role in society. And his transit over your birth moon sign can help you grow emotionally wiser and understanding.

Jupiter, Venus and Ketu/South node are the major planets in determining spirituality and the progress on this road to moksha. If they are all together or in beneficial mutual aspects then the native can achieve a lot if he takes up some spiritual practice.

And now, you might feel all this to be rather silly, I mean really what can a large gaseous planet actually do?

So lets do this to understand. We all live in cities and what with the light pollution and the smog we really have forgotten how the night sky looks like. And it is such a loss! So in the night today go out and look out of the window and remember how the smoggy skies look like. Then for your next vacation choose a location where “star gazing” is an activity. Then during your vacation, lie down under the night sky and look at the stars and the planets. If your mind is still enough you might sense the energy that this starry night has. Even if you cant sense the energy, I am sure you will feel refreshed on a very deep level.

This is the energy from the stars that we try to map out on a horoscope and every star and planet is different.

 

Devguru, conventional wisdom

Easy keywords for the basic chart

A quick capsule on how the horoscope is set up and what each house signifies. Learning astrology/Jyotish is all about matching patterns. The 360 degrees of the skies are divided into 30 degree units called rashis or signs, Aries to Pisces/Mesha to Meen. The exact degree of these 360 degrees which was rising at the east the instant you were born is the Ascendent. Taking this all important point in the skies, the 12 houses are set up each of 30 degrees. So if you were born when the 15th degree of Taurus was rising in the east, the first house in your horoscope would be from 0 degrees of Taurus to 30 degree Taurus, your second house would be 0 deg Gemini to 30 deg Gemini and so on till your 12th house would be from 0deg Aries to 30 deg Aries. Thus you get the 12 houses/bhava of the chart.

Now each of the houses signifies a particular aspect of your life and your body. For example,

  1. First house/Ascendent – Personal self, status in society, ego, the head
  2. Second house – the family assets, the lineage, family history, the shoulders
  3. Third house – the neighbourhood, extended family, brothers/siblings, your arms and your boldness
  4. Fourth House – the mother, landed property, emotional security, comfort zones, the chest specifically heart
  5. Fifth house – the education, the children, the expressions of creativity, the lungs and diaphragm
  6. Sixth house – disease, debts, enemies, arguments, the digestive system
  7. Seventh house – partnerships, wife/husband, agreements, the back
  8. Eighth house – death, routes into the unknown subconsciousness, organs of reproduction
  9. Ninth house – the external religious behaviour, the deceased ancestors, the thighs
  10. Tenth house – the father, the profession, the knees
  11. Eleventh house – the networking of people, the sources of gain, luck, the calves
  12. Twelfth house – the deep subconscious, the internal spirituality, the losses, the ankles

These keywords are generally the same for and can be used for the 12 rashi/signs also.

Now in vedic astrology, there are nine graha. Graha in Sanskrit means a “force” not planet. There is this site http://spokensanskrit.org which is invaluable for understanding the meanings of Sanskrit words. A single Sanskrit word has numerous meanings so do visit this site to increase your working knowledge of regularly used Sanskrit words.

  1. Surya – Sun – personal ego, source of all energy in the horoscope, father
  2. Chandra – Moon – emotions, mind, mother, emotional security comfort
  3. Mangal – Mars – valor, expression of the personal energy, competitiveness, brothers
  4. Budha – Mercury – analytics, communication, calculations, thinking process
  5. Devguru Bruhaspati – Jupiter – expansion, teacher, conventional knowledge
  6. Daityaguru Shukra – Venus – relationships, spiritual teacher, esoteric knowledge
  7. Shani – Saturn – restriction, contraction, karmic balancing, work
  8. Ketu – South Node – apathy, indifference, non-interest, repulsion
  9. Rahu – North Node – greed, craving, attraction, over-reaching

Of course there are several more meanings to these, but I have listed out just a few important ones which are the easiest to remember to start with. The rashis/signs have their own meanings too which are similar to those of the houses.

Start a journal and keep on adding more keywords as you study and apply your studies in reading horoscopes.

So there are 9 planets/graha, 12houses/bhava and 12 signs/rashi. Now you use your common sense, a bit of intuition and the interactions between the keywords to interpret.

If your Moon is in the 3rd house in Virgo. So add these sets of keywords (emotions, mind, mother, emotional security comfort), added to (the neighbourhood, extended family, brothers/siblings, your arms and your boldness) plus (disease, debts, enemies, arguments, the digestive system). You will get a person who finds emotional comfort in talking, is a good communicator, knows the right words to use, is very confident especially with his maternal relatives, mother and quite patriotic about his homeland. He may be a counsellor as he can talk to to others about their problems/diseases etc, or a nursing/practical work related to health/has to serve.

The horoscope is all about how these 12 signs, 12 houses and the 9 grahas interact. And if this was not enough, the grahas naturally keep on moving in time and space, so to predict one has to calculate the interactions of these birth positions with the current positions of the grahas. It does sound complicated but it is mathematics coupled with your intuition. The mathematics for this is all from the Surya siddhanta written by Mayadanav. And the intuition comes with regular spiritual practice.

 

Easy keywords for the basic chart

 

Analysing transits of the Moon

One of my major reasons for writing this blog was to inspire everyone to take control of their own lives and try, really try to make it better on a deep internal level.

And I do not mean this in the materialistic physical sense. Buying a new car would be so awesome and would definitely make you happy but this this happiness will evaporate the instant you see a better car model on the streets.

It is so easy to blame too. I can blame my mom for not giving me tasty food to eat as a child or blame my husband for not taking me for a vacation, or even worse blame my child for creating a nuisance just when I want to sleep.

My clients invariably blame their horoscopes. “This Saturn is in this house and that is causing my problems!”. And most of the astrologers you meet will also ditto this very same line. But why do you forget that the horoscope charts out the moment when You were born! You Chose to be born at that instant of time and space. It is Your Own Choice. We have so many unresolved and unbalanced karmas to go through and naturally this huge quantum cannot be gone through in one life. We take a series of lives where we work off certian portions of this accumulated stuff. So your horoscope just shows you in black and white what you have chosen for yourself in this life. I hope all of you must have seen how your horoscope looks like? If not, I strongly suggest you use any of the free sites on the Internet to check how it looks like. (I am a Vedic/Indian astrologer so whatever I write on will be based on this system.)

The moon in the horoscope is the primary determinant of your emotional state. If you are in a happy place emotionally the disappointments of life seem insignificant but if you are already under an emotional stress even the tiniest upsets will shatter your heart. It is all about perspective, your birth moon.

So how do you know what your moon is upto today. Here is a basic astrology lesson which can help you set your mindset for the day. And it will take only 1 minute of your time now and then 5 seconds everyday. This is how your mindset changes with the transits of the moon. The moon is the fastest graha, moving through the 360 degrees of the zodiac in 28 days flat.

Check out in your birth horoscope, which sign your birth moon occupies and mark out the 6th, 8th, and 12th signs from this. If your birth moon is in Aries then the 6th would be Virgo, counting Aries itself as one, Taurus as two, Gemini as three, onwards. Scorpio would be 8th and Pisces would be the 12th.  Now download any of the phone apps for vedic astrology. For android I have found “Hindu calendar” by developer “Alok Mandavgane” and for iphones “Drik panchang” by developer “Adarsh apps” to be quite accurate and user friendly.

Check out the present position of the Moon in the sky from the Panchang submenu. If the current day’s moon is in the 6th, 8th and 12th signs which you have counted above, be mentally prepared for possible unpleasantness.

Now for the pleasant days, count the 1st and 11th from your birth moon sign/rashi, for this example it would be Aries itself as 1st and Aquarius as the 11th. When the current moon is in any of these signs rest assured that the day will be generally quite pleasant. The remaining days of the month will be average ones generally.

The Moon’s Transit from birth Moon sign Rasi, some very general readings.

  • 1st house i.e. the same sign as your birth Moon sign – Good to Excellent
    • Comforts, good mood, good health, good time in office/home
  • 2nd house – Average to Bad
    • some stress caused by family/friends, unnecessary expenditures
  • 3rd house – Average to Good
    • Gains, happiness, some monetary benefits, some skills learnt/used, good work in office/business
  • 4th house – Average to Bad
    • Unnecessary travelling, disturbance to peace of mind,
  • 5th house – Average to Bad
  • Arguments, heated discussions, heat related small health issues
  • 6th house – Average to Bad
    • illness, physical fatigue, arguments, needless money spent
  • 7th house – Average to Good
    • Respect, gains, good times spent with partners business/personal.
  • 8th house – Bad to Worse
    • Losses, tension, worries, traffic, injuries, ill health
  • 9th house – Average to Bad
    • Mental uneasiness, needs help from seniors/teachers
  • 10th house – Average to Good
    • Success, gains, good times in office or things related to social status
  • 11th house – Good to Excellent
    • Prosperity, comforts, gains, good health, good mood and conducive surroundings
  • 12th house – Bad to Worse
  • Injuries, expenditure, sadness, loneliness

 

And the major reason that I want you to do this small baby exercise is that you will…

  1. check out your birth horoscope
  2. find the position of moon in it
  3. try to count the rashis from your moon rashi
  4. get in the habit of checking the current moon sign for the day (it changes every 2.25days)
  5. do a small prediction for yourself
  6. be mindful of your thought process throughout the day
  7. get interested in astrology after a few days, I mean really interested and soon be on your way to learning astrology yourself.

So here is your first step at learning practical astrology. Do try it.

 

analysing transits of the moon