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.

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. )

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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

The Scorpio ascendant is Secret

I had thought of doing a series on the ascendant signs. Not the regular stuff which you can read anywhere, something that will make you think about yourself and help you grow. The ascendant sign and its ruler are the most important forces in your life. I have written about the Cancer ascendant and Leo ascendants in depth and a bit on the Libra ascendant and its compulsion to balance.

Most of us are students of astrology, so we should not limit ourselves to the birth chart D-1. If you have the exact birth time, you should also open your Navamsha chart, D-9 and see how your potential D-9 translates into the manifested D1. Eg your ascendant sign in D1 is Cancer and in the D-9 the first house becomes Scorpio, you will be outwardly Cancer but your inner core expectations will be of Scorpio. Your overall personality/ environment will be a blend of these two signs. This is real self-discovery, delving into the layers of your personality till you reach your real self.

Scorpio is the 8th sign of the zodiac, ruled by Mars, linked to the secret, mysterious hidden things and the sudden catastrophic transformations of the self. Let’s see how Scorpio works in the 1st house as the ascendant sign. If you have Scorpio as your birth chart’s ascendant, this will be your actual life, your personality, the actual environment around you. If you have Scorpio as your D-9 chart’s 1st house, these will be your innermost expectations and potential, the deepest foundation of your current life.

The Scorpio ascendant is Secrets

You are beautiful, mysterious and alluring, attracting others with your mystique. Your life, in one word, is ‘Secret’. A secret mystery, dark and dangerous. You keep secrets from your family, friends, spouse, children etc. You never open up to anyone, ever. You keep secrets from your own self! You are quite capable of saying one thing, doing something else and actually deeply you do something completely different. ‘Secrets’ is the motif of your life. Secret affairs, secret friends, secret doings, secret enemies, secret diseases, secret thoughts, secret businesses, secret secrets.

Highly intelligent, quick-witted, you always have a reply ready and are able to navigate every situation in life. But you also have rigid, prejudiced and unreasonable views combined with a razor sharp tongue and a vengeful heart. This is not good for you nor for the people around you. You have the wits to make the most of any opportunity in life. You can connect the dots between seemingly unconnected events and come to very unusual conclusions which are generally correct. You make use of this unusual intellect in your secret activities. Yes, you are exceptionally intelligent and use it for your own secret purposes.

Scorpio is typically vindictive, revengeful. You are very sensitive to criticism, alert to insults, ready to retaliate. You are very aware of your own position, power and the respect you deserve, you like to dominate others. If you ask your close friends, you will realise that you pick up quarrels very easily, you do not think twice about verbally abusing others. Egoistic. You cannot speak well, in the sense you cannot bring peace to others with your speech. There is no emotion in your voice which can inspire or reassure others. There may be a hint of accusation tingeing your every word. When you talk to others there is an undercurrent of ego, selfishness and secrecy in your voice, thus people do not feel confident about you on the personal levels. You might speak of evolved subjects but your actions show that you desire personal power and dominance. You can deeply hurt others with your speech. You may be actually be disliked by others, but you are neither aware of this nor is it actively expressed by others to you in your face. Your social circle is large, you have good people as your friends, people high up in the society are known to you, but you cannot establish a deep and genuine relationship with them. You do not value individuals, once your personal interest is done, you do not look back at them. No appreciation for the help you receive. Strangely you do not value your own existence either, you take unimaginable risks with yourself.

The Scorpio ascendant is Secrets

Highly ambitious, you desire a prominent and comfortable status in life. You expect so much from your materialistic life that you can delude yourself into believing you can attain the impossible. In this material pursuit you can get into shady, secret, criminal activities. You do not believe yourself to be under any other’s rule. Law, social mores, ethics and traditions are rather meaningless to you. You desire power, wealth and status etc material stuff, but you are not very concerned with long-term plans. Immediate situations are more in your vision. You want your immediate desires to be fulfilled and you fail to make life-time plans. This is a short-sighted personality, where the immediate satisfaction of generally sensual needs is given more importance than life term permanent gains. When later in life you look back and review yourself, you might feel deep disappointment, frustration and bitterness.

It is said that the Scorpion stings others but also stings itself. You quarrel with, dominate and hurt others, it is evident. But your own nature is essentially self-destructive and in the long run, metaphorically, you do sting your self. Short term achievements mixed with long term frustration. You are often your own worst enemy.

Health is generally average. But you suffer in secret. Mental and emotional upheavals are a routine part of your life. You are always alert thus under stress. You are intelligent, logical, you micro-analyse everything. This takes its toll on your emotional and physical health. Blood related diseases, haemorrhages, surgeries, psychic attacks, harm by the occult etc are possible. Diseases or abnormalities in the sexual organs are possible. In addition if there are other combinations, secret drug addiction can happen. You engage in risky behaviour, so accidents of different types also cannot be ruled out.

Marriage does not satisfy. Marriage is a compromise, a fair and equitable relationship where both partners mutually adjust to each other. But you can never adjust to your spouse’s wishes, you will always dominate. You generally marry into a good family but you are not satisfied with your spouse. You indulge in physical intimacy, affairs before and even during marriage are possible. You are concerned only about your own personal pleasure, your own satisfaction and your own needs. There may be some secret intimacy issue. You might not be faithful to your spouse. If your spouse sacrifices his entire existence and remains fully subservient to you, then this marriage can work. But no spouse will continue in this situation for long, there will be tension. Being continually repressed is practically domestic abuse for the spouse. This causes general unhappiness in marriage. Death of spouse, divorce, separation and multiple marriages are possible, conflict in marriage always exists in some form or the other.

Children are few and you cannot deeply connect with them either. Unless you have some planets supporting your 5th house, children can be a source of problems and frustration. (I have observed such children carry deep impressions of their early life marked by arguments and issues between the parents, which is a baggage in itself.)

In the professional field, you prefer jobs where secrecy, arguments, lawlessness, indiscipline, occult, trauma, etc predominate. So you might get into illegal activities, perhaps a smuggler?, become a lawyer, surgeon, astrologer, tantrik, shaman, etc. You will associate with a variety of people, unexpected alliances and relationships are quite possible. You will have occultists, philosophers, the odd-balls of society, negative people, immoral people also in your contact. Cruelty is an attribute of this sign and it will find its expression in your actions. You earn money by your efforts and are generally well-off. You do not like to waste money but will not hesitate to splurge when your sensual desires are to be satisfied.

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You have an understanding of the other dimensions and the occult. You know that there is more to life than the material. Helping others, as a concept, appeals to you though you do not act on it. You do desire realization of the Eternal and you understand the importance of spirituality also. Maybe you practice something on this path too. But, and this is your Achilles heel, you are very passionate, stimulated by the sensual, sexual, highly materialistic and quite interested in gratification of the body. Your greatest challenge is on the sexual desire front, understand that this is actually an imbalance, the more you feed it energy/ desire, the more you pay attention to it, the more it will pull you down.

Torn between opposites is a very typical feature of Scorpio. You know what is the correct path, you know which action is the correct one, but your highly passionate nature frustrates you. You are unable to fully commit to the altruistic or spiritual path, the higher energy route, because you cannot control your Mind’s passions. And if you choose the lower materialistic path, you cannot be happy here as your spiritual ideals do not allow you to enjoy this sensual gratification either. This can lead to intense psychological frustration, which pours out in your typical hurtful behaviour with others.

Finally Scorpio at the very last stages of life annihilates material attachments. This is strangely sad that you, who for a life-time desired sensual gratification and chased after short-term desires, at the very last phase of life realise that all this was a waste. You are taught the lesson thoroughly, the tempting apple was rotten at the core.

Scorpio is mysterious for another deep reason. You are buffeted by the impulses connected to your past karmic actions. You have undefined fears, secret fears linked to these past karma. You cannot control them as you are consciously unaware of them. These impulses are kept secret from your conscious control. Your sub-conscious is highly motivated by these mysterious impulses. Life events and circumstances are most directly the fruits of past karmas. If you sink into the material then this can be thought of as karmic retribution, this results in immense suffering for you and the others around you. Or if you rise to meet your spiritual vision, this is a blessing from your previous auspicious karma, you gain the Eternal, there are obviously trials and frustrations, but your greatest ability to control the pran/vital energy and the Kundalini comes to the fore. Scorpio is the most occult of the signs just for this reason.

This choice of material/ spiritual will be offered to you only once in this life. Choose well. Once you commit your energy to the sensual slippery slope, getting back to the spiritual will not be possible in this life.

As you vacillate between hope and despair, you face your existential challenge. Your challenge is not to control your conscious actions, this is just a very small part of it. The real challenge is to understand and control your sub-conscious. A challenge worthy of your typical abilities. You will be torn by conflicting ideas, desires and possibilities. You know your motivation for the material is selfish, egoistic, short-sighted and your desires for sensory gratification are shallow. You have the gift of seeing your own naked self, but you somehow cannot bring yourself to look upon yourself. You are a secret to yourself! But your own unusual intelligence and abilities will show you your own incredible depth, with time. The trick is to not get enmeshed in tangles created by your materialistic actions in the meanwhile.

The Scorpio ascendant is Secrets

This was the very basic analysis on the psychological levels, the details and modifications will depend on your individual horoscope and the placement of the planets. I have always thought Scorpio to be a very typical ascendant. Dangerous if you do not handle your energies with intention and firmness. I have seen for people with Scorpio as their D1 birth chart’s ascendant, married life is always problematic. Death of the spouse, divorce, affairs, separations, multiple marriages, general incompatibility are a common trend. But Scorpio as the D1 visible energy, is evident on the face of it. Someone marrying this person will know what kind of a person he/she is marrying so perhaps can adjust to the Scorpio nature or come to some sort of terms with it. And you also know how your nature is, maybe you read posts like these and realise things about yourself.

But most strange are those people who have their D-9 chart’s 1st house with the Scorpio sign. Most of us are not aware of the Navamsha charts. So one never knows, in so many words, what their core expectations and potential is. Their outward nature is something else, eg Cancer ascendant in birth chart. But their core expectations are as per the underlying Scorpio nature! This transforms them more completely after marriage. So this person will show his Scorpio core with the spouse/ children. Which can be quite a shock for all concerned.

Scorpio sign is not a good or a bad ascendant, no sign is good/bad, all just exist. It just means that you have chosen a specific route to balance your karma. The sign is a collection of attributes, some are very base, some are very highly elevated. Choose the attributes which help you reach your highest goal in the best possible way. You always have a choice. One or the other.

If you are such a Scorpio, choose long-term goals, engage your energies in finding inner peace, this will mean mediation of some sort. Try to gain control over your pran/ vital energy. Try to think on what good you can do for the society, follow some sort of enabling positive philosophy in life. Surround yourself with people who wish you well, acknowledge their love and support. Control over your mind and its base desires is essential for you. There will be intermittent periods emotion/ passion which will put you severely off-balance.

There are two distinct types of Scorpio’s, the Highest Spiritual and the Worst Material, nothing in between. So Choose how you decide to lead your life. If you choose the Spiritual you will suffer karmic pain but the end result will be worth it. If you choose the Material your life will be complicated, frustrated, bitter and nothing to show for it as you express the worst traits of the self-destructive Scorpio. So your fire must be directed towards the Highest Spiritual to best make use of these high voltage Scorpio energies. Analyse yourself in depth and listen to your conscience always before you act. You alone are responsible for what happens to you in life.

 

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Siddhis occult powers and True Realization

Perhaps I am writing more on spiritual topics these days. But the influence of the planets is on me too. Sagittarius has his own ruler Jupiter back in it with Ketu. Saturn has come back to his own Capricorn and at present his father, the Sun is also with him. Mystic influences everywhere!

There was a question on occult powers and true realisation. It became too long an answer so posting it as full post and in very simple language.

When you do your spiritual practices, you access your own sub-conscious mind. These influences ‘activate’ your astral body and the inner most causal body. So the extra senses associated with them also become active. So you can do things with your mind and intention. I have written about clairvoyance, bio-energy, aura and stuff earlier. These all are not ‘super-natural powers’. These are very much natural and a part of yourself.

  • Eg suppose someone was blind from birth and with modern medical procedures he was made to see, ie his eyes were activated and now he can use them to see the world. For him, this eye-sight would be very magical, he can see colors and shapes etc. But for us this is not magic or super-natural it is just a regular sensory thing of the physical body. Similarly occult powers, ie ‘siddhi’ are all a natural part of your bodies. They will come naturally as you progress.

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All spiritual aspirants eventually are able to do ’super-natural’ things. (I have written about this in my post on experiences in Dhyan.) And most of them get caught in the wonder of these things that they forget that there is more. This is a very real danger. As you do things with the power of your practice you may also use yourself up. If you act with intention, this can create new karmic knots for yourself ‘higher up’!

  • Eg, you break someone’s leg, this is on the purely physical levels, so the karmic balance will demand that your leg too gets broken. Ok, so it got broken, you went to a doctor who set it back. You wore a plaster and karma is done. Or you got a painful limp but the karma was done in one life.
  • Another example, you astrally attack someone and destroy his Anahata chakra. ie you extinguish the green light in the center of his heart chakra. This person will have heart problems and his ability to ‘give’ will suffer later in this life or the next. He will feel discomfort when he is asked to ‘give’ emotions, things etc. For the heart problems he will go to a doctor (if he has the means) but for the problems at the energy levels he won’t find a solution so easily, it will take a few lifetimes for him to recover. So when this karma comes knocking at your door, you too will face the same problems a few lives down the line. See, in this life you had access to the astral so you hit out, but it is possible that in that life you won’t be able to manipulate the astral. You won’t know what has happened or how to rectify it. This in itself, now can become a focal point for creation of several new karma!

So the ‘higher up’ you create karma, the worse is the entanglement. Spiritual aspirants should be very careful about acting with intention or with emotion as they progress higher. So all spiritual practices insist on taming the erratic mind first and foremost. The seeds of desire in the mind (Mano-vritta-asur) have to be faced by the mind/ individual soul (Indra) itself and annihilated. Else they will pop up in even higher levels in the spiritual route and take even more lives to rebalance.

There are some teachers who teach occult practices and how to develop siddhi. I would advise you to stay away from these teachers. These abilities are not a route to true realisation. They are the side-by, on the way type of things.

  • Eg you are on the way to a beautiful hill station (Moksh). On the route you see scenic views, lakes, etc (Siddhi) all very alluring. But do you abandon your goal of going to the hill-station and stop your journey at the lake? You might get a local guide who will try to entangle you in the beauty of the lake view, try to slow down or stop your journey but would you?

Siddhis occult powers and True Realization

I have written about Jupiter and Venus the Guru-s of the zodiac. Jupiter helps you gather your resources and expand them. Venus consumes these resources to power your jump towards your ‘desire’. This desire can be physical, intellectual/mental or spiritual, ie broadly three categories, depending on the soul’s personal evolution. Material desires require less resources and spiritual desires require the highest amount.

Just remember that the resources are limited by the power of your Jupiter. If you use all your resources to power your material desires, you may not have enough to power your intellectual etc higher desires. Or on the other hand if you hoard the resources till you get a huge amount, then you can use it all in one go to satisfy your higher ‘desires’.

  • Eg. Someone gets into physical affairs with several people. The satisfaction level naturally goes down with each successive encounter. He is using up all the resource in the material level itself. Such people cannot appreciate the higher intellectual/mental or the spiritual aspects of life.
  • Eg. Someone practices the piano the earliest years, rigorously. Denies himself rest or any other pursuits and dedicates himself solely to the piano, he becomes a Mozart! Creates great art!
  • Eg. Someone rejects the material life, becomes a Sanyasi. He hoards the resources to attain Moksh, he becomes a Jivan-mukt.

The ‘desire’ component is determined by Venus, where do you use the resources, how you use them and how far do you ‘jump’. This is the most deadly of the tests, as Venus presides over all sorts of one-one relationships from sexual partner, spouse, business, family, child, art, creative instinct, higher-Self etc. So many ‘desires’ then, which one do you choose? As always if you choose one category then you may not have resources for other categories.

  • Eg. someone is in a marriage and the spouse is unsuitable, perhaps the horoscopes do not match. But once married, esp. in traditional societies you cannot back out so easily. So he uses all his energy resource to sustain the marriage. The resources are used up maintaining the spouse. Nothing left over for other one-one relationships. This spills over into his business/ profession, into his relationships with his family/ friends and also affects his relationship with his children. He does not have the energy to appreciate the mental/ intellectual or spiritual facets of life. (Even if divorce is possible, pain does remain). Ultimately all this will result in self-castigation, regrets affecting his relationship with his own Self. Real tragedy.

So you need to choose the direction of your ‘desires’ very carefully. If you want the material, then do it with the intention that you are completely satisfied. Don’t mix things and expect higher satisfaction in a series of affairs. If you want to create great art, do so, focus, so that you are finally content with what you create. (Most superlative artists die early, as they are internally satisfied, the 2nd and 7th Marak houses show their effect). Great artists are ‘married to their art’, it is not just a phrase it is actually a marriage! If you desire to know your self spiritually do so with all your heart so that you can achieve it. Desires are meant to be satisfied, so go on satisfy your deepest desires.

But once you put yourself in a path, remember turning back or changing tracks may not be so easy. It all depends on the quantum of the resource/ Jupiter and the power of desire/ Venus and their axis in your chart.

And for the higher paths, the mental or spiritual path, you have to show your dedication by choosing that same again and again through several lives, only then do you get your desire very many lives later.

Siddhis occult powers and True Realization

I have written about Nija-Guru and Anya-Guru earlier.

Nija-guru is one single person or energy, you cannot have two or more Nija-guru. He is the Sat-Guru who directs you towards final Moksh in the most direct way possible. And Anya-Guru, who inspire and motivate you, help you gather your resources, but you know at your innermost levels that you cannot reach Moksh on their teachings, ie their teaching though may be very great, is not apt for you personally. So you are still in search for a Sat-Guru.

We should read stories of Guru-s from earlier times, it is instructive. A few examples, some of you might know these Guru-s,

  • Eg – Mata Anandmayi from Hardwar – Her Sat-guru was exclusively on the astral planes. She had no physically visible person as a Sat-Guru.
  • Eg – Shri Jnyaneshwar, author of the Jnyaneshwari a commentary on the Bhagwat Gita. He was a teenager when he wrote it. His younger sister was Mukta-devi, a small girl. One Chang-dev, a very high level siddha-yogi, challenged his authority. But it was Mukta-devi, who answered every question posed by Chang-dev, satisfied his soul. He fell at her feet and she accepted him as her disciple. He attained Moksh by her grace/ Guru-krupa.
  • Eg – Shri Raghunathpriya Maharaj was a high level siddha-yogi who would debate on spiritual matters (Shastra-arth) with others, the others would accept defeat. He challenged Shri Guruling-jangam Maharaj and lost. Then he accepted him as a Sat-guru and then by his Guru-krupa attained Moksh.
  • Eg – My own Sat-Guru was formally adopted at the age of 17yrs by the 25th pontiff of the Siddha-giri Math, Shri Virupaksh Kadsiddheshwar. He was taught all the highest and most secret levels of yog and sadhana and then made the 26th pontiff. But he did not achieve Moksh till the age of 29yrs, till he met his own Sat-guru Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj. He too had gone to challenge his authority to speak on spiritual topics, but when he went there, he Saw and fell at his Sat-guru’s feet and achieved True realisation, Moksh at that very instant.

So meeting an Anya-Guru is one thing, he is like the Jupiter who will help you build your resources. Worthy of respect. But beyond, unless you get the spark (Venus) that a Sat-guru grants, you cannot attain Moksh. Some have been fortunate to have the most direct Sat-Guru at the very start itself and some have had to struggle to find that energy, eg above.

But the common theme is that your spiritual knowledge or siddhi, or yog, or sadhna or mantra-jaap etc are like firewood, stored and ready for use, the potential. To convert this stored potential into the infinite flames of true realization, you need the grace/guru-krupa of a Sat-Guru, the Nirvishesh Brahma itself.

 

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Analysis, Rahu in 5th, Ketu in 11th house

Rahu and Ketu in the 5th/11th axis produce extraordinary individuals as these two houses are connected to the sense of self and the interactions that one has with the infinite others. I wrote about the personality described by Ketu in the 5th and Rahu in the 11th earlier. Rahu/Ketu in the 5th and 11th houses requires that the personality balance between the individual self-ego and the grouped resources/consciousness. There is a huge chunk of energy available in this axis which can be used by you positively or negatively depending on the other placements of the horoscope.

As we are dealing with Rahu/ Ketu, the influences of the planets conjoint or aspecting them, the signs in which they are placed, the power of these sign’s lords etc become very important and require careful analysis. Rahu is just karmic attraction, these others are the direction of the karmic attraction. Similarly Ketu is basically karmic apathy, these others give direction to the detachment. If you want to go into real details, analyse the character of the Lunar mansions/ Nakshatra in which Rahu/Ketu are placed in. And also check if any other planets are placed in the Nakshatra owned by Rahu/Ketu. This will add significant nuances to the reading.

Analysis, Rahu in 5th, Ketu in 11th house

Rahu in the 5th house

This 5th house is very sensitive as it defines your intelligence. There is infinite mental energy available here. How much energy you have with you. Your connect with your internal divinity. Rahu in the 5th means that the 5th house affairs are always in focus.

Creativity is unlimited, this can manifest as a large number of children, or a large number of students. Your children /students will be a bit odd, either very intelligent and very practical or linked to the occult. You can be a very good artist, especially a photographer or an actor where you explore the range of human experiences. A photographer who takes pictures of people or an actor who acts out different personalities are experiencing human nature. (The other combination, ie Rahu in 11th will also produce photographers but these people will prefer taking photos of nature, never people!)

You can write and publish books, you might blog. Expressions are your forte. Every human expression is familiar to you. You can be a good astrologer or someone who uses energy directly but connected in some way to the human experience. You love yourself, you are very aware of your personality, self-love comes easy and you are always confident and sure of yourself in every possible situation.

Education is erratic, there may be breaks in the normal classic style of school/college. But you will never be at a disadvantage here. You will end up with sufficient education to remain ahead in life. If you have a choice in this matter choose a vocation a business a hands-on-professional course in life so that the Rahu energy is more channelised into technical type of stuff. You have an aptitude for this. You can be a scientist, an eccentric inventors, a genius. You have an extraordinary intellect. You can make that leap from a common innovation to a true invention.

The karmic influences of the past lives are very active and you can access these memories very easily. Highly intuitive, you can re-live these without much effort. These are your assets so if you get flashes of events or feelings do not get scared, use the information you receive from them.

You are not really religious. Even if you do take up singing bhajans and indulge in outward show of religion this will be a temporary phase, as you are not really into religion or dogma. You will not follow a book. (Religions have a main book which they are required to follow. Hinduism/ Sanatan Dharm is not a religion, there is no main book. We follow our Conscience). You will want to find out for yourself, you will experiment with several faith systems till you find one which suits your nature. 

You have that rare intellectual appreciation in matters of faith, spirituality, religion and related stuff. When Rahu is in the 5th house and Ketu in the 11th you are attracted to the experience of the deepest self and detached from the extended others. The flow of experience is inward towards the individual self. Rahu, in the Samudra Manthan story-allegory, tried to imitate the Light. There is a desire to become the Light. This can be a highly spiritual placement as you dive inwards into yourself, searching, experiencing your own intelligence till you realise your Real Self. Just remember that the law of Karma operates always. Always follow your Conscience. You are highly intuitive and have access to energies which others normally do not. Rahu/Ketu are karma personified. If you try to cheat yourself / others or cause harm to others using your occult abilities, it will rebound on you very badly. This moral and spiritual wrong will manifest as illness of the body/mind.

If this Rahu is under the influence of malefics or debilitated, especially Sun or Mars it gives a very forceful personality, the person will behave as a mini-tyrant in the house/office. If Mercury with malefic influences or bereft of auspicious aspects sits with such a Rahu it will create a crook, a swindler, someone who does financial crimes.

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Ketu in the 11th house

Important tip : Do not let your friends and group members take advantage of you. (Read this line twice)

Gains of every sort, friends and like-minded groups are the domain of the 11th house. The natural lord of his house is Saturn as he rules the 11th sign Aquarius. True gains or friendships are a product of karma, effort, discipline and hard work. Ketu here is apathy, a product of your karma. You do not feel the need to work to keep your friends. You get along with everyone. Your ‘friends’ are more a product of circumstance, they come and vanish. You are unable to ‘connect’ on the material levels, so partying, going to movies, school/college/office friends are simply not possible. Very rarely will you find someone who will stick with you in the real sense. If there is some esoteric occult or spiritual connect then only your friendships will survive.

Your gains too will be significant but you are unable to retain them. You are unable to retain them. One tip is to never gamble with this combination. Find some professional financial adviser to help you manage your assets as you earn them. Bad advise from older brothers or friends can land you in trouble. There are possibilities of missed opportunities and undesirable people nagging you. You will be known in society as a powerful person, but very private. The 11th house is an upchaya house and Ketu is a natural malefic so results will improve with time. This horoscope will go on giving more and more auspicious results as you grow older.

An underlying sense of grief exists as you are detached from all fruits of your personality. Be aware of this else this will manifest in the body as a skin or nervous disease.

Ketu is highly intuitive, no analysis, so the things connected with the 11th house will be sensed, not analysed. You might get a streak of luck or be connected to the occult. A highly individual way of thinking often against the commonly accepted dogma. If such a Ketu is under auspicious influences, you will be involved in helping others, a humanitarian sort of nature. You can be an astrologer work with other divination systems, be a counsellor. But do not give away more of your assets /energy than what is appropriate. But if this Ketu is under malefics, there are very few friends, person does not socialise, does not even leave the house and the personality becomes very self-centered. There are often problems with elder siblings with this placement.

A conscious balance between the 5th and the 11th house energies is essential. If you think the natural 5th house is fiery Leo and the natural 11th house is the airy Aquarius. The nature of Rahu is fire and Ketu is airy. Double dose of these elements can create an explosive personality. Conscious management of the Rahu-Ketu energies is essential here, else their potential will not be manifested. Rahu-Ketu placements are the challenge of your life-time. This is a hard challenge but if overcome gives the highest possible gain.

The first half of the life is very active while the second half of life goes in relative quiet. It does not mean that you go into obscurity, it rather means that you are satisfied.

Ketu Mahdasha and Rahu Mahadasha as per the Vimshottari system, will be very active, you will actively use their gifts. Especially Rahu-Ketu, the Rahu-Rahu and Ketu-Rahu antardasha/ sub-peroids will be quite karmically heavy-duty. Be very very careful during the Ketu-Ketu subperiod, this brief period of a few months duration will hit very hard. Their sub-periods in the other planet’s Mahadasha-s also will bring in lots of movement.

Their transits are quite slow with 1.5yrs in each sign, (right now they are in Capricorn /Cancer) so keep a look out here too. Periods heavy with Rahu/ Ketu energy will grant profits and gains but after their periods are complete these gains too may erode. 

If you can do regular Dhyan the spiritual aspect of this combination will find its channel. This will allow the material benefits to manifest properly and you will be able to retain these too. Doing mantra -jaap of Rahu and Ketu on Tuesdays/Saturdays and especially during eclipses is very useful to regulate their energies. 

Rahu in the 5th (or 11th), is a dream come true placement. If you navigate the energies with a clear intention and a crystal-clear conscience you will attain the heights of the material as well as the spiritual. Obviously Ketu will support in his own indifferent way but he will support. Rahu-Ketu are together fire-air, Rahu provides the experience for Ketu to transform you. The 5th-11th is also fire-air, unlimited scope for movement and transformation.

This the magic of Rahu-Ketu the 5/11 axis. Experience and Transform.

 

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Create and animate your astral shadow

This post is how to create and animate your astral shadow. Astral shadows have several uses but these two are quite common,

  1. If you wish to use the astral pathways to travel.
  2. If you wish to create an astral guard for yourself while you are busy doing something.

Creating an astral shadow self is a two step process.

  1. First is to create an exact copy of your astral self. Your astral self is composed of the subtle-body and the causal body (You leave behind the gross anna-mai-kosh). For creating an astral copy of yourself you need to know how you look on the astral planes. Every tiny detail has to be replicated. You focus and create this copy of your subtle body.
  2. The second step is animating this astral self. You pull out the consciousness from your current body and put it into the astral shadow body you have created. Thus it gets animated and you have consciously left your physical gross body anna-mai-kosh. Your physical body is not dead, the soul is connected to it by a ‘silvery cord’. It is actually more golden-silvery-shimmery. Or you can animate it for a specific task which can be ‘programmed’ into it, here you don’t transfer your entire consciousness.

All this requires a significant amount of energy. To create the astral self and then animate it. So think twice about why you are doing this. Then there are the dangers of the astral, so you should never never attempt these things alone. Always have your real-live teacher guiding you.

So this post is, in a way, just for information.

Some of us travel astrally at night. Here we are doing it under the control of the sub-conscious mind. This impacts on the physical body after you wake up, like typical pressures on the head, intense body pain, nausea etc. Creating and using an astral shadow self is different as you are doing it under the control of the conscious mind. But the physical symptoms will occur, be prepared for this.

The easiest way is to use the Chhaya-sadhana method. I have written about how to focus on your shadow as a spiritual practice in my earlier post here. Do read it. I had mentioned that tantriks use this method to create a shadow of themselves. If you do this shadow-practice for 21 days with full focus and intention, you will sense your after-image projected into the skies becoming more than just an after-image. This now starts becoming a ‘chhaya-purush’, an astral replica of yourself. Depending on how strong your mental energies are, this chhaya-purush will become stronger and more defined. It might take upto 6 months to get the highest possible details. As you practice and focus deeply, you will be able to call your chhaya-purush at your third-eye chakra at any time you want to.

Till this point this exercise can be done by everyone. Recognising your astral self and being aware of it, is a good thing for the student of the occult.

Marak, rulers of the 2nd and 7th houses

Now you know that your personal soul/ jiv-atma or personal consciousness, resides at the third eye chakra. The ajnya chakra is very important for just this reason. If you are able to visualise your finely detailed chhaya-purush in your third-eye chakra, you can easily transfer your entire personal consciousness into it. Understand this statement. You are transferring your complete consciousness into an astral shadow. You will be seeing, working, moving out of this shadow. So the first thing you will see is your material body sitting in front of you, without animation. So even if you are not scared of anything, this is one thing which will scare and scare badly, guaranteed.

Removing the consciousness from the physical body and putting it into the shadow is a mental process. You visualise it, intend it and it happens. There is no need for any ritual or ceremony. However before attempting something like this, it is always better to cleanse the room, this will reduce interference. Switch off the lights, as darkness and silence allow greater focus. Sit on your asan, meditate or breath deeply a few times. Request energy and help from your source of faith, your favourite deity, etc. Concentrate in your third eye chakra and call in your chhaya-purush. It will float in front of you. Now visualise yourself exiting your material body and entering your shadow. You will. Also keep track of the silvery cord linking the two bodies now onwards. Go wherever you want to and do whatever it is. After you finish, follow the silvery cord back to your physical body and just visualise entering it again. After you re-enter, remember to dissolve the shadow. This is all about intention so be very clear about what you are thinking/ feeling/ intending.

You have travelled astrally consciously.

After you return, the body will feel the strain. There will be a dull ache all over, a point of pressure within your skull etc. This should resolve eventually. But to set all your bodies back properly you will have to do some self-healing. (I like using the extended form of Gayatri Mantra for this, as it fixes the bodies back within each other perfectly.)

However you don’t need to push your entire consciousness into your astral shadow. Intending that it goes and does something is rather a small task so you can just programme it and send it off. It will be less draining than transferring your consciousness completely. eg If you want to create a guard shadow as a watchman while you are busy, you will programme your chhaya-purush accordingly. You will instruct it to look for danger/ disturbance coming towards you from all the 10 directions, east, west, north, south, NE, NW, SE, SW, up and down. It will remain inert and watchful. In case of psychic attack it will respond by fighting back. Just remember that it is your projection, your energy, so as it gets battered while fighting astrally you will feel the effects too. When you pull it back into yourself, you will gain a report of what it was doing or what did it observe.

Then there is the second method which is used by western occultists. I haven’t used it, my brother has. (He experiments, he used to take more risks when he was younger.)

So the basic theory remains the same. But here you visualise an exact physical body, same as yours, right down to your nails and hair! In chhaya-sadhana you use a mantra, the energy of the sun/moon, your chakras and things. In this second method you are simply focussing on your physical appearance. Look at your actual physical body in the mirror. Try to remember how you look. Close your eyes and re-create your physical image here. Imagine every bit of your physical body strongly. As you do this intensely, maybe a 6 month time-frame, and you will be able to call on your exact physical like-ness to the tinest detail to your third eye.

Once you have achieved this, the further process remains the same. You pull out the consciousness from your third eye chakra and put it in your visualised body. It also separates just as easily and you will be able to move into the astral dimensions using it. And yes, the visual of your actual physical body sitting like a mass of flesh will unnerve you at first.

There are a lot of things around us. The astral dimensions are not peaceful glowy lights and soft music. There are very real dangers there. Things which attack the mind. If you get scared or emotional or feel disgust or anything for that matter you are in trouble. Most of us have no need to fiddle about with these things. And even for those of us who are required by karma to get involved with the invisible, proper guidance is essential. You need a live person teacher in front of you while actually attempting these antics.

So whoever it was who asked this question on astral projection start by building up your mind. Learn to keep your emotions, your feelings, your mind in your absolute control. This is not easy, but yes, if you build yourself up and practice you will be able to do create your astral shadow, animate and use it.

 

Marak, rulers of the 2nd and 7th houses

There is a fundamental difference between methods which use Sanskrit mantra and those which do not. If you are not using Mantra, the energy of the process becomes tamasik, ultimately damaging the practitioner. In India too, there are several dubious people/ tantriks who work with entities, spirit slaves etc. This is very dangerous.

There are several movies which show entities fighting back and harming the exorcists. This happens if you do not use the energy of Sanskrit Mantra. My brothers and I use the energy of Mantra-s, intentions, the blessings of our Devi and our Guru. Thus we do not get harmed in anything that we do. We dedicate all that we do to the Ultimate Parabrahma so that we do not attract karma.

The secret of all Tantra is clarity of intention and the power of your mind. This comes only with regular spiritual practice.

Recovering from psychic attacks, healing

Psychic attacks are quite routine, but the truly damaging ones are relatively rarer. Now that you know what they are and how to stop them, you will also need know to repair the damage caused by such attacks. 

Generally you will come across minor damages, very rarely will you come across a really serious case. Small children are always susceptible so you might see small children suffering. They cannot express what is happening and this makes it even more dangerous. They have limited stores of energy and can be drained quite fast. In my previous post I had written about one of my clients. He had astral black arrows sticking in his back. He was suffering physical symptoms for about 2.5yrs, there was no medical reason diagnosed, and the psychic attack was about 5yrs old. The injury was thus quite deep into his astral self and had percolated deeply into his physical self.

If you are doing psychic healing on someone else you have to be very careful about protecting yourself from him first. Attempt this healing only if you are quite confident and have sufficient energy yourself.

Recovering from psychic attacks, healing

Step-wise, this is what you would be doing,

  1. First create your fiery circle shield and energy weapon as I have described in my earlier post. Once you are sure that you yourself are safely shielded continue as the following, in the same pose continue,
  2. Visualise a similar energy shield, circle of flames around your client. This is a protection for him.
  3. Then with your energy sword, visualise cutting off the energy cords, black arrows or anything creepy you see attached to your client’s body. (My client had arrows, hooks, cords and creepy tattoos formed on his astral self’ back.)
  4. Now when you cut off the black energy you will see the cut ends hanging. These are conscious energy designed to attack, drain energy. They can attach to anyone else, even you, or re-form. So seal the cut ends, cauterise them with the energy of your flaming sword.
  5. Strengthen the protective circle around him.
  6. Now once you are sure that the arrows and creepy stuff has gone, you will visualise healing energies from your deity. Golden-silvery dense energies, looking like ointment, dressing gauze and bandages. Use these energies to bind up the astral injuries, they will look like pearly bandages on the astral injury. (In the initial stages it helps to visualise familiar objects, later this is done with just thoughts/intentions.) After you do this it is possible that the energy of the client turns a beautiful clear green. This is a good sign it means that the healing has been successful.
  7. Power his protective circle so that the healing energy remains concentrated within the circle.
  8. Hold this visualisation for as long as you feel necessary.

In my experience it takes max 5 mins for the healing for the first time and a minute or so to refresh everything periodically.

You don’t need to have your client in front of you as you are basically visualising things with intention. But wherever he is ask him to sit down comfortably, relax, keep his own hands in the Namaskar position (It is actually a mudra called Anjali mudra or Atmanjali mudra). He should also think of his source of faith and pray for help and recovery.

Initially for a week, refresh the healing energies and protection circle twice a day. Later as the healing progresses you can do this once a day.

Throughout this exercise you have to keep your personal ego out. This is extremely important. You have to visualise your deity, source of faith, universe, reiki etc supplying the energy. Everything is by the Will of your source of faith. You are a puppet, just a channel and the deity is doing all this. If you bring your self-ego into the picture, this energy work will rebound on you. So do it on others only when you feel confident about this factor. This is very important.

Depending on the intensity of the injury the time for complete healing will differ. (Eg for my client it took 3 yrs for a complete recovery of the physical and the astral bodies.) Obviously you cannot keep on doing this for so long for a client. So best would be to teach him to do self-healing. You can teach him about the passive methods of protection. The active generic means. And the active specific ones eg this energy shield and sword visualization. And then this healing exercise as described above. You can teach him Reiki or magnified healing if you are a teacher for these modalities. You can teach him to make chi-balls, use crystals in healing or in making crystal grids. This can be done by everyone. Also teach him to increase pran/vital energy in various ways. I have written posts on food, water, oils, sunlight, marma points etc, which require behavioural and life-style changes. Finally introduce him to some spiritual practice so that he can strengthen his own energy. Once the client knows how to take care of himself, to use his own power of intentions, you are free from any obligation towards him.

Recovering from psychic attacks, healing

Now for healing your own self. The same step-wise process as above. And if you are not suffering specific psychic attacks, visualise a dense healing golden-silvery cocoon around you.

Then if you are like me, you will have interactions with the astral forces quite regularly. You will need to do a tiny bit more. The basic Passive and Active-generic, Active-specific and the Healing visualisations are necessary. These become routine and take just an instant of focus.

Now here is one more useful visualisation for you to use.

You will use the Shatkon, the six-pointed star for this exercise. The upward pointing triangle is Shiv and the downward pointing triangle ▽ is Shakti. Together they complete and create a whole called the Shatkon. Shiv represents the passive, potential energies, energies directed inwards, involution, pulling you towards the inner worlds. Shakti represents the active outward moving energies which are kinetic, work, evolution, pulling you towards the outer worlds. (This Shatkon is seen as a component of the yantra of the central Anahata chakra.)

Step-wise process.

  1. The process remains the same as the previous post where you have visualised and created a shield of flames and a fiery sword. Now onwards.
  2. Stretch out your right hand straight from the shoulder. Extend the forefinger and the middle finger together. Visualise golden-silvery energy like that of your energy sword now coming from your fingers. Or visualise your sword extending out from your fingers.
  3. Now first you will draw the upward-pointing triangle with your fingers. Your entire arm will move right to up to left to right again. The triangle will be as big as 3/4th of your body. Visualise the energy of the sky powering this triangle as you make it. The topmost point of the triangle is in the sky, connected to the sky drawing in its infinite energy. You have drawn the upward pointing triangle 
  4. Then draw the down-ward pointing triangle Your entire arm will move from the right to down to the left and back to the starting point at the right. Visualise the energy of the earth powering this triangle. The downward tip of the triangle enters the earth and pulls in its infinite energy . This too will be about 3/4th your body’s size.
  5. Together these 2  triangles now make up the Shatkon  . It will be your body’s size now. The Shatkon looks pale-blue like the sky with a golden-silvery shimmer.
  6. Now you will walk through this Shatkon. Take a step forward, walk through and come out from the other side. This is the most effective aura cleansing method ever. It feels like you have been put into a washing machine as the energy of the Shatkon super-cleans you at every level.

Do this Shatkon deep cleansing every week or as often as you want. (I do this Shatkon cleansing everyday. It is quite fun, the aura becomes sparkly cool and the ‘woosh’ with which it gets clean is quite tickly!) 

 

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Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 2

Libra/ Tula is the 7th sign of the zodiac, it is thus the natural 7th house of the horoscope and rules over balance, relationships and fair partnerships. This sign is ruled by Venus the esoteric teacher. Libra is the axis on which the zodiac rests. For the physical body too, Libra represents your backbone on which the entire body is balanced.

The zodiac is divisible into two halves psychologically, and with Libra, begins the second half of the zodiac. This is the midpoint between the individual self and the Greater Self, between the material and the spiritual. Here, you withdraw from creation of new karma and focus on giving back and rebalancing your karma. The path of involution begins from Libra. Here you prepare for the long way back home. You begin with a deep understanding of your Karmic balance, a sobering realisation indeed.If your ascendant is Libra or your Moon sign is Libra or you have a significant number of planets placed in Libra in your chart this is how you will be on the inner deep levels.

Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 2

You are exceptionally logical and intelligent. You will have lots of opportunities in life. A lot of scope to create relationships of every type. Your exceptional intelligence is essential as you decide the best possible opportunity to go with. You think in terms of bargains, ‘if I give so much how much will I get back’, always! If there are malefics here you will think in the material terms but if there are auspicious influences, you will think in terms of the spiritual and karma. Overthinking should be avoided, as this can lead to stress. Once you make your bargain, reevaluating it over and over again will cause anxiety. Thinking is exhausting. Initially the mind will be tired, later the body will also fall ill.

You want to work but you want clarity and perfection. You cannot exist in environments of doubt and ambiguity. You want clear instructions and if you are the boss, you are very clear about you directions to your juniors. Accuracy, precision, exactness, sincerity and on-time are your watch-words. You will then push yourself so hard to attain perfection that your back will hurt. You are not an original thinker but you always expand on ideas which you get by reading books or by interactions with others. Partnership in everything you do.

You cannot lie, unless malefic influences dominate. You will have sufficient wealth in life, you will rarely be poor. You have business acumen and can profit if you start your own business with a suitable partner. You are artistic and skilled. You like working with your hands or mind. You like geometry, maths, logic, languages. Whatever profession you choose you can excel. You tend to boast which is viewed negatively by others. You come across as a know-it-all, often prejudiced against others whom you think know less than you do. Cultivate the habit of listening to others, it will help as you are often misunderstood. If there are malefic influences here you will also subscribe to conflicting thought processes causing more misunderstandings.

You will perform religious and spiritual practices sincerely. Saturn is exalted in Libra and his father, the Sun is debilitated here. The sign favours systematic disciplined work for re-balancing karma. This allows you to be the sincere professional, sensitive to public opinion, at ease in large gatherings and able to profit in a transparent manner. You do not allow self-ego to rise and take center-stage, you are willing to work with others fairly. You put yourself after your duties, this you suffer. Learn to assert yourself once in a while. Ultimately however you gain divine favour and the deepest understanding of your real self.The sign 7th from Libra is Aries-Mars, so your partners are aggressive and rather selfish, self-focussed. You too desire aggressive and passionate partners, but you want a fair relationship, this you will never get, thus a sense of disappointment exists, especially in intimate relationships. Libra-Venus rarely indulges in infidelity after getting married, as you are very aware of the social image you project. Before marriage you do indulge in romantic affairs.

The sign is represented by the scales of the balance in perfect alignment. Now these scales represent opposing forces. These have been brought to balance. Understand this, the challenge that you face is to bring to precise balance, two opposing forces. If either one of these two is more/less, the entire personality crashes. Your duty is two-fold, first is to balance out these opposing forces and second is to maintain the balance forever. This requires constant work. If the forces change, you also have to change to compensate and bring the system back to equilibrium. This is extremely difficult to do in actual life. Libra people are always under great stress. The mind is always working, thinking of different ways to balance out things. Highly sensitive to change and often in physical pain. You seem to be in control of yourself. Your emotions, actions, reactions are always controlled. But only you know the price you pay for this outward control. Your entire self is focussed on balancing the changes which the external environment and its forces bears on you.

Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 2

As a Libra, you are bound to balance always, you have no choice in this. And the environment is bound to change. Change is the only constant. Thus your stress. The entire Libra personality is repressed. (If you ever see a Libra breaking down under pressure you will understand this terrifying strain that he always labours under.)

Libra is between the Virgo and Scorpio. It is influenced most by demands from its neighbouring signs (2/12 axis is not very favourable). Virgo is the place where you serve/suffer and all agreements break down here, imbalances of very sort! Scorpio stings others and also the self, traumatic changes causing complete changes in the personality/environment. Libra sits between these two terrific forces and balances these conflicts. It is a strain. You are outwardly very calm, composed and relaxed but internally you seethe with conflicts and opposing energies which you have to balance.

Now the is another challenge, the drama of constant creation-death-rebirth constantly plays out here. Venus is both the lord of Libra and Taurus, counted eighth from Libra. Venus here modulates the adversarial 6/8 axis and forces the personality/environment into continual change often traumatic. As per the Vimshottari system, the Mahadasha of Venus is the longest at 20yrs. Lots of events occur during these 20yrs. For Libras the Dasha period of its owner planet himself is very stressful as rapid cycles of creation-destruction-recreation occur throughout this time.Mars is the owner of Scorpio and Aries which are placed 2nd and 7th from Libra, making Mars the Marak, often giving inauspicious results. Jupiter considered to be the biggest benefic planet is the ruler of the houses placed 3rd and 6th from Libra, making him a functional malefic, so he too cant do much good. Jupiter behaves opposite to his normal benefic nature! Saturn is the Yogkarak, the biggest benefic, as the owner of the 4th and 5th houses from Libra. But Saturn here deprives the native of maternal love and comforts of the home, he often lives away from the home-town. Also there is a disconnect from the internal divine intelligence, spiritual practice will give results but these come late in life after Saturn matures. Till then Libra suffers. Adolescent Mercury takes on the role of the peer/ patron as the ruler of the 9th house from Libra. Mercury is practice/skills and 9th represents theory/ philosophy. It is upto you to find the balance between these two opposing ideas! Mercury loses some of his auspiciousness as he also rules over the house 12th from Libra. Moon as the ruler of the 10th house loses his directional strength and searches for emotional support in the profession making him a bit dysfunctional. Sun as the ruler of the house 11th from Libra also makes you balance the opposing ideas of personal genius and self-ego v/s someone who is a part of large like-minded groups.

If you observe the planets, they are required to work against their fundamental nature here. As a Libra you have to balance out these things too, and you are doing it continually internally.

Libra has enormous potential especially the Libra ascendant. But this potential is lost as most Libras are engrossed in the outer, material, social aspect of their lives. They relegate the occult, spiritual, esoteric in the background. Venus is actually the Daityaguru Shukracharya, the teacher of the worst students so his teaching methods are a bit different. But the rare Libra who turns inside and tries to establish a relationship with his inner self is often successful as Shukra is the real Moksh-karak, agent of Illumination. Most Libras, as they grow older/mature, do focus on the inner self and progress spiritually.

Libra is a highly esoteric sign which suffers in the initial period of its life. If Saturn is well-placed it benefits after the age of 36yrs. The enormous potential of this sign can be utilised if it turns inwards and seeks its internal balance.

 

Aries/Libra, The Beginnings, Part 2

 

Jupiter, Saturn placed in the 8th house

The 8th house is called a Dushamsthan, a house of turmoil. Every sort of ‘Shock’, is the domain of the 8th house. This post is on how Jupiter and Saturn perform in this house of traumatic catastrophic changes.

Jupiter placed in the 8th house.

Jupiter placed in the 8th house is a good placement. His primary nature is to expand, so he will expand whatever is signified by your 8th house. Jupiter and Mars are quite friendly so Jupiter feels quite comfortable in this natural house of Mars.

The 8th is the house of all sorts of openings so you can expect life to open up for you at several levels. At the most material level, doors will open for you and the windows of opportunity will always available. But this route of growth will be in the shape of the transformative agents of the shocking 8th house. However Jupiter’s inherent benevolent nature allows you to accept this transformative trauma and its growth potential with hope and faith. Identity transformations will be many but gentler. There will be several changes in personality, ever growing, ever expanding.

You will face a lot of upheavals in life linked to the agents of the 8th, but every change will give you an enormously positive outcome which you had neither thought of nor anticipated at that time. There will be several unexpected situations in life. Possibilities of several surgeries remain, however they will all be successful. It would be good if you do routine body check ups after mid-life.

You will have knowledge of the occult and mysterious. Several deep secrets will be known to you, about yourself and about other people too. And you will use them, the secretive ‘king-maker’, your actions will be secret too. You will outwardly seem very ordinary but will wield your secretive influence on matters which will affect several. There will be something magnetic/large! about your personality, depending on which sign/body part is linked here. Large magnetic eyes perhaps?

Jupiter is an enormous graha and he uses the enormous potential of the 8th. He is basically a Teacher, and grants life experience using the energy of this 8th. His teachings go very deep into the astral self. You will practice spiritual activities which involve the movement of pran /kundalini. If the other placements support, this Jupiter can grant Moksh or at least significant spiritual growth.

You might have secret affairs before marriage or there will be some secret irregularities before you settle down with your spouse. The actual marriage event also will be in a relative secret setting. The spouse may be secretive, preferring to not be in the public eyes, or may have secret tantrik/ occult/ financial skills which are not known generally. The spouse and his/her family will be generous and helpful. Wealth will increase post-marriage. You can expect increases in hidden wealth. However the family finances will remain your secret as you do not share these details with your spouse. The marriage is reasonably happy with lesser number of children.

The results will vary as per the sign that is in the 8th. e.g. Jupiter if placed in his own signs, Sagittarius or Pisces or his sign of exaltation which is Cancer, will give even better results. Also do analyse that Jupiter is placed here as the lord of which houses. e.g. where are his signs (Sagittarius /Pisces) placed. These other 2 houses will also be affected by Jupiter occupying the 8th.

Transits of Jupiter are relatively long at about 1year per sign, in this period he goes retrograde for about 4 months. So there is a lot of scope for learning, re-learning and revising his lessons. Keep an eye on his transits.

Then as per the Vimhottari dasha system, Jupiter’s Major period, Mahadasha is quite long, 16 years. Also his sub-periods/Antar-dasha, in other planet’s Mahadashas is also quite lengthy. So keep this factor in mind while analysing his effect on you.

Overall this is a good placement.

Jupiter, Saturn placed in the 8th house

Saturn placed in the 8th house.

There is an understanding that this placement gives a long life, but always evaluate the quality of such a life before concluding that this is a good placement!

Shani is ‘fear’, so unless your Mars, 8th house lord, Ascendant lord and Moon are well placed you will be in perpetual fear of the agents of the 8th house. You resist transformations, change, rebirth, renewal, regeneration and refuse to re-define your self. You resist movement. The environment of the 8th demands transformative changes yet Shani resists them all. His nature is that he must resist. He remains fixed and he endures. Your personality faces changes, this is the function of the 8th house. 8th is continuous evolution. But as Saturn’s nature is to maintain the framework, you cannot evolve freely under his influence.

So look back at your life and try to analyse. Change is essential! But have you failed to change and thus lost valuable opportunities? After this self-introspection, list out the things about you which need change. And then commit yourself to change, slowly gradually over a period of time. As Saturn is commitment and regulation he will accept this form of regulated and well-evaluated change regime.

Then on the physical front, you will require medicines and visit the physical doctor often. You will be less receptive to the power of faith and the energy-healing methods. But in any case, there will be chronic diseases and healing will be slow, yet it will be a long life! Evaluate the 6th, 8th houses together for a in-depth on this health aspect.

The in-laws are seen from the 8th house and will be heavily influenced by Saturn. Here he occupies the 6/8 angle to the ascendant sign, thus the agents of the 8th will be adversarial to the personality. So the spouse and his/her family will be restrictive, maybe in constrained circumstances, anonymous working class type. You will be required to perform duties for them. Spouse’s face, speech, voice and behaviour will not be pleasing and often adversarial to your personal well-being. There will be a significant age difference. However she/he would be hardworking and suffer from chronic illnesses.

Relationship with the birth father is not good. Shani is the natural ruler of the 10th house so the birth father will not be of much help in this life, profession or his wealth will not be available to you. As 8th is 12th counted from the 9th house, the guidance from spiritual-father, established religion and ancestors will also be restricted.

From here Saturn aspects the 10th house, 2nd house and 5th house. So typically you would be a hard-working professional, perhaps with lesser salary than you deserve and your creative intelligence is highly structured. Wealth will not be in proportion to the work being demanded unless there are other influences supporting wealth-generation. No bursts of creativity, more like a steady disciplined output. You cannot ‘enjoy’ your creative genius. e.g. no time to play with children.

The results will vary as per the sign that is in the 8th. Also do analyse where are his signs (Capricorn/Aquarius) placed, in the chart, i.e. Saturn is in the 8th as the ruler of which houses of your chart? These other 2 houses will also be subtly influenced by the agents of the 8th house.

Exception is if Shani is in Libra (exalted), or in Capricorn or Aquarius (his own signs), thus he can better structure the energies of the 8th and help you use them, effectively with discipline. By the time you leave the physical body, you will be a master of these energies and may accrue significant occult /tantrik skills to make the death process very systematic. Depending on the other factors in the chart, he can also grant Moksh or at least significant spiritual growth.

Transits of Saturn are relatively long at about 2.5 years per sign, and he goes retrograde for 4-5 months per year. Thus he ensures learning, re-learning and revising his lessons. Then as per the Vimhottari dasha system, Saturn’s Major period, Mahadasha is quite long, 19 years. Also his sub-periods/Antar-dasha, in other planet’s Mahadashas is also quite long. So keep these factors in mind while analysing Saturn and the timing/intensity of his results.

And then as always, the situation will improve after Saturn matures. Also if the ascendant sign/lord, birth Moon, Mars and 8th house lord are well placed, the negatives of this position can be reduced.

 

Jupiter, Saturn placed in the 8th house

I have written about Moon, Sun and Mercury and their effects in the 8th house and also how Rahu/Ketu perform in the 8th house in my earlier posts.

 

Rahu Ketu in the 2/8 house axis

Rahu and Ketu are completely astral graha. They do not give any material results on their own. Their actual results are almost completely astral in nature. They influence the material only through the other planets they are linked to. Any placement of Rahu and Ketu will be influenced by the nature of the sign he is in, the owner of this sign and his power to give results and the other planets who conjoin/ aspect Rahu/Ketu.

If either of them are placed alone in the 8th house they perform very badly, this is because of their completely astral nature. The 8th house is quite cryptic to begin with and if either of these two are let loose here without any influence from the other planets the results can be quite devastating on the material front. They might give good occult and spiritual experiences but the effect on the physical personality and environment will not be good. Then the periods of these graha, as per the Vimhottari system, the Ketu Mahadasha or the Rahu Mahadasha will be fraught with dangers. Also it would be advisable to be careful during their sub-periods within other planets Mahadasha. Keep an eye on their transits too, as they last for a longish 1.5yrs/sign. However these will be very rare charts. But if you do get such charts also go through the characteristics of the Nakshatra that he is placed in. In these cases, the subtle influences of the lunar mansions will be stronger and should be given a look.

However Rahu or Ketu in the 8th house can give comparatively better effects if there is some planet with him or at the very least strongly aspecting him. So always first analyse this other planet and then the Rahu or Ketu. The negative effects of this placement can somewhat reduced if the ascendant sign/lord is highly powerful and capable of giving good results.

Rahu Ketu in the 2/8 house axis

Rahu placed in the 8th house (Ketu in the 2nd house).

You will feel dissociated from your family, its resources, the family history etc. You might neglect the affairs of the second or handle them in a typically vague/disinterested manner or perhaps your birth family refuses to give you your share in the family wealth. There might be an undercurrent of bitterness and strain, try to be patient and sensible. Loss of wealth resources or their mismanagement is indicated. Avoid gambling and keep a monthly account of your earning/spending. There might be a tendency to be pessimistic and needlessly morbid. There is a good chance that would be some speech impediment or at the very least you will be misunderstood by others. Try to avoid swear words and unnecessary sarcasm and criticism. This was for Ketu in the 2nd house.

Now for Rahu in the 8th. If Rahu does not receive direction and beneficial influence from other planets this will be dangerous. Rahu will work in his ‘lower’ form and create scope for bad actions, criminal behaviour etc and the shadow side of the 8th will be channelised. The 8th house’s energies are very destructive and unless used wisely, these will cause several problems. Excessive uncontrolled desire to experience the 8this dangerous. 8th house briefly is physical death, release, separation, legacies, spirituality, longevity, organs of sex/reproduction, childbirth, surgeries, accidents, occult, tantra, deep thinking, movement of vital energy/kundalini, shocks, traumas, sudden changes, mysteries, perversity, deep-seated diseases, strange and not of this world.

If a properly directed and balanced Rahu is placed in the 8th then he will pull towards the secrets of the mind, the tantra, occult, the intangible powerful magics. You will be allowed access into these extra dimensions. He will also amplify the effects of the other planet who is influencing him and the effects of the sign and its lord. You can be really very good at all this esoteric stuff. But you will not be drawn towards organised religion, humanitarian views and will have differences with your Teacher-father. So try to develop your own life philosophy and stick to it. You can be very good at the professions indicated by the 8th, researchers, detectives, scientists, surgeons, financial wizards, explorers, travellers etc. Travelling might be extensive and more for pleasure than for work.

You can also gain from your spouse and his/her family, bequeaths and inheritance is quite possible. However when accepting these from others remain respectful and acknowledge them. Rahu is a pretender, so if you are not grateful about these assets from the dead/others you will suffer from bad karma. You will want to forge new identities for yourself, chameleon-like shifts in the personality can be triggered by Rahu. e.g you might want too many cosmetic surgeries and thus lose your self and also your assets. Be careful with such desires/urges linked to 8th house keywords. Do not over-reach. You might suffer secret diseases, problems in reproductive organs, if you are a woman then in childbirth too, accidents, surgeries and diseases related to over-heating. Basically the movement of pran/vital energy in the body will be highly changeable which will be the root cause of all your problems. Generally longevity is good, but then the other placements should also be considered before coming to a conclusion on the lifespan.

Rahu Ketu in the 2/8 house axis

Ketu placed in the 8th house (Rahu in the 2ndhouse).

This is again a very sensitive placement. If there are benefic planets like Jupiter or Venus helping out this will work well else there will be problems.

You develop ambitions about increasing your wealth and assets and maintaining them for your use. Rahu in the 2nd manages to keep the family connection intact. There will be a desire to be in control of the family treasures and using them for your own purposes. You will want solidity, material things you can touch and increase. There will be intense desire for the material (Maya) but satisfaction can ultimately never come from the material. So do not get too obsessed about the gains and losses of the material. Accumulating money is good but try to put a limit to how much is enough and what ways are legal, keep your ambitions reasonable. Try to avoid criminal activities like cheating and bribery. You can be a good astrologer, banker or a singer/speaker. Will have a attractive voice and face. The desire is to experience all the keywords of the 2nd house. Over-indulgence and intoxication in the senses is possible, so limit your drink/ smoke intake and avoid drug intake. Rahu in the 2nd generally gives material comforts, but the problems start when you don’t consciously put a stop to his endless desires.

And on the other side, Ketu in the 8th, you have no desire to change, to transform and to re-invent yourself. The secrets of the mind, of the esoteric, the tantra, the intangible but powerful magics hold no charm for you in the present life. But you have experienced these mysteries to the fullest in your past lives and you carry with you the deepest learnings related to the 8th. You will not be aware of these. But if you can focus on them consciously, they will be available. If Ketu is working on his higher levels, he grants fearlessness. And this is not because of ignorance, it is from these past lives complete experience and learning. You are not scared of transformations of any sort. All professions indicated by the 8th house can be performed by Ketu in depth. The reproductive organs will be weak, so avoid promiscuous behaviour and keep yourself healthy. In case of any medical condition here, go to the doctor. Then the number of children will be less, especially male children may not be born or be short lived. The spouse’s family may be a drain on you and your assets, do not let them over-ride you.

Analysing Rahu and Ketu in this 2nd and 8th house axis can be quite challenging so take your time over it. If the Rahu/Ketu axis gets malefic influences or are debilitated, then there will be a reversal of fortune, situation can go from good to bad very fast. These two are eternally different, the desire to experience vs the apathy to experience. And the two houses in this axis are also completely different, the earthy and solid 2nd vs astral and emotional 8th. The 2nd house is bindings, Maya and 8this Moksh, release. When the Rahu/Ketu occupy these two signs, a balance is sought between mirror images which can be sometimes quite difficult to achieve.

 

Rahu Ketu in the 2/8 house axis