Oils for massage and other remedies

Oil of any kind is primarily linked to Saturn, and specifically sesame/til oil is the heathiest one for your body is and the specific ‘item’ of Shani. Now let’s check out some more in the remedies, very simple ones, more acceptable for the general public, So no mantra, yantra, tantra based stuff for now (I have written about these in my past several posts if you are interested).

So check out in your horoscope which planets are placed as follows

  1. Benefic planets if placed in the dushamsthan 6th, 8th or  12th house
  2. Malefic planets in the Kendra 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th houses or the Kona 5th or 9th houses.

If you have any planets like this it is possible that they are adversely affecting your life, so let’s balance out these energies by charity and intention. Giving away items associated with their energies may prove beneficial. The concept is that you owe a debt from your past life which you are paying off now. Do it with a clear heart and intention of karma balance.

Oils for massage and other remedies

The Sun – If your Sun is under stress or the 5th house of your chart is damaged, this means some inauspicious acts in your past life have put your personality/self-ego under stress. You may have violated ancient traditions that ruined your self-respect. This can manifest as struggles, legal problems, court cases, being accused for no reason etc. One solution is to perform any religious ritual prescribed by your faith. (Hindus can do a Satyanaryan puja). If you can get your close relatives to participate in this ritual it would be even better. Items associated with the Sun, which you can give away are saffron/kesar, wheat, copper, brown colored sugar or jaggery, red cloth, red flowers, red sandalwood.

Moon – If the Moon is badly placed or if the 4th house of your chart is under malefic influences, especially Ketu’s influence. In some past life you may have hurt your mother, perhaps thrown her out of your house. This may manifest as financial losses, diseases and debts with disproportionate mental stress. One solution is to put a silver coin in running water or the sea. If you can get your close relatives to touch this coin before you toss it, it will be even better. Items linked to the moon are white sandalwood, rice, milk, silver, sugar specifically misri/khadisakkar, white cloth, white flowers, camphor which can be donated.

Mars – If your Mars is afflicted or your 1st house or 8th house is under the influence of malefics, especially Ketu, you owe your relatives something. You may have harmed your relatives in some way in your past lives. You may face unexplainable trouble and losses around your 28th year. If this is so the best solution would be to collect money from your family members, maybe an equal contribution from your close relatives and donate this money for a mutually agreed good cause. Items you can donate to balance Mars’ energies are copper, masoor grains (red lentil, Lens culinaris), wheat, sauf/badisheb/fennel seeds, red cloth, red flowers, red sandalwood.

Mercury – If in your chart, the Mercury or your 3rd house or 6th house is under stress you have done some wrong to a sister or girl in your past life. So in this life you tend to have a lot of problems, losses in money, psychiatric issues, and no help forthcoming. The best solution is rather typical, take a few sea shells (yellow colored are best), burn them and put the ash in flowing water. If you can get your close relatives to touch the shells before you do this, it will give better results. Items resonating with his energies are green cloth, green gram/Moong grains (Vigna radiata), camphor, turpentine oil which can be donated.

Oils for massage and other remedies

Jupiter – If the Jupiter in your chart or the 9th or 12th house is afflicted with malefics, especially Rahu, it is considered as a debt owed to the father. This may manifest as loss of saved money in the old age. The solution is to plant a peepal (Ficus religiosa) tree and take care of it so that it survives or do some seva/help out at your local temple. Jupiter linked items for donation are turmeric, jaggery or brown colored sugar, yellow flowers, yellow cloth, yellow sweets.

Venus – If the Venus or the 2nd or 7th house in your chart is under stress, it indicates a debt owed to a wife from a past life, maybe you tortured her. In this life this may manifest as grief and obstacles in performing religious and auspicious rituals. The easiest solution is to feed a white colored cow. Venus linked items are ghee, camphor, curd, rice, white cloth, white flowers which you can give away.

Saturn – If your Saturn is giving bad results or if the 10th or 11th house of the chart is damaged this indicates that you cheated someone or tortured a helpless person in some life. The best option is to offer food to a few people who work as labourers. Items linked to Saturn which can be given away are black gram/urad grains, black cloth, (feeding a chapati/bread to ravens also works nicely).

Rahu – If the 12th house is under stress this also indicates a type of ancestral debt where maybe a baby was aborted before birth. Imprisonment, betrayal, physical injury etc can be the results. Things which can be given away are yellow mustard grains, mustard oil, mixed seven types of grains, lead, blanket. Another option is to get a coconut, get every one in your close family to touch it and put it in flowing water/sea.

Ketu – If the 6th house is under stress this indicates that you have gone against your Dharma conscience, against ‘God’ in some terrible way. In this life this manifests as being childless, diseased, haunted, losses in every way. You can feed a multicolored dog or donate sesame/til grains, blanket, lead, saffron/kesar, any seven types of grains mixed together.

You might find this a bit strange, but these very simple remedies work. A fistful of grain or a few drops of oil or a piece of cloth! The planets are linked some way to these things. So if you have a Navgraha temple near where you live you can offer any of these items to the planet moorthi installed there. The second option is to offer the item in flowing water/river or the sea. Donating them to genuine brahmins is also possible, but you may not find anyone who really deserves charity and these are rather typical items. So the best option is a temple or flowing water/sea. If you are facing exceptional problems and the planet is giving severely bad results then these items can be buried in the ground, but make sure that you do it in some lonely place.

In Sanatan Dharm/Hinduism, everyone owes 3 types of debts. First is to the parents/ancestors, because they give us birth and take care of us. Next is to the society because it shelters us and offers us opportunities to live a fuller life. And finally to the Guru because he shows us the path to liberation and helps us find our real self. And these have to be repaid. The first one is repaid when we do our Dharma of taking care of our parents as per our conscience and by having good children to carry on the family. The second one is when we contribute positively to the society by helping others either by doing charity (if you can afford it), and being kind/helpful to others around you. And the third one is very cryptic, you don’t have to pay anything here. You repay the debt you owe your Guru when you practice what he has shown you and you finally gain your objective.

Planets energies and food you love

Today a fun post on the food you eat and how it is linked to your planets. I had written about fragrances associated with planets in an earlier post here. Your food choices are also linked to the planets in your chart. See if you can spot your favourite and maybe not so favourite food and thus your planetary influences. The food and taste that a planet likes is linked to its basic nature.

Planets energies and food you love

Sun – Sun the Ruler likes refined stimulation, he is linked to a pungent sort of taste. A Sun-dominant person prefers a combination of pungent/bitter/astringent tastes. You can increase the energies of your Sun by eating hot spices, pungent vegetables, ginger, cinnamon, peppers, mustard seeds and chillies. Sour fruits like oranges, peaches, plums, grapes etc are also liked by the ‘Sun’s’. Fasting regularly, perhaps once a week /fortnight is also beneficial for you. You like the flavour and smells of volatile essential aromatic oils. You also like stimulants and diaphoretics (foods which make you sweat!).

Moon – This planet is partial to salty tastes, but also loves the heavy rich sweet taste of dairy products. Moon dominant persons are attracted to wholesome nutritive foods, which are a mix of sweet/salty/sour. Comfort foods, soothing foods and soups which remind you of maternal love and provide support to the mind and emotions. Soft foods where you don’t need to chew much. You can increase your lunar energies by consuming dairy products, milk and cream. Starchy foods like potatoes, sweet potatoes are also a favourite here. If you eat non-vegetarian stuff, Moon likes all sorts of seafood, seaweeds, fish, crab and lobster. In fruits you will prefer sweet, watery and juicy fruit like melons.

Mars – If you are a Mars dominant person you will prefer sour, acrid and a combination of bitter/pungent tastes. Mars the warrior like the tastes of fermented foods, alkaloids, poisons, stimulants and narcotics. By this I don’t mean that they eat such substances directly. Plants naturally produce such chemicals in minute quantities which are liked by Mars. Foods which are hot, spicy and pungent add to his energy. Onions, garlic, mustard, pickles, peppers and chillies are a favourite here. Alcohol and red meat also increase the energies of Mars, but these 2 are highly tamasic (heavy energies can lead to a ‘dulling’ of the spiritual self) and should be ideally avoided. Small amounts can be had at intervals but please remain in control of yourself.

Mercury – This planet favours astringent tastes. He is the thinking process, so maybe these foods help keeping his computer cool! If you are a Mercury dominant you will prefer a combination of cooling/pungent tastes. Vegetables like celery, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, green leafy vegetables, sprouts, green beans, peas, salads may be your favourites. Astringent fruits like pomegranates, bananas, cranberries and apples. Mercury likes the taste of tanins (eg tamarind) and volatile oils of a calming nature like mint and fennels.

Jupiter – The planet of expansion naturally loves oily/sweet tastes. If you are a Jupiter dominant you might like the combination of oily/sweet/pungent tastes. You might be drawn to foods like butter, ghee, sesame oil, nuts and seeds. Grains like wheat, oats and rice cooked with a bit of oil would also be a favourite. You might like tonic foods and herbs which help in building the body and the blood.

Venus – If you are Venus dominant you will prefer sweet tasting food, and the most preferred combination is sweet/bitter/astringent. Obviously the foods under this category will be sugar, honey, jaggery, sweet potatoes, mung beans, barley, candy chocolates, etc. You will like sweet fruits like dates figs, grapes, bananas, mangos, prunes etc. Venus likes the taste and flavour of fragrant essential oils and spices like basil, fennel, mint, nutmeg, saffron, vanilla etc. It is very easy to overindulge in these forms of food so be careful (Venus’s trademark – activities leading to addictions)

Saturn  – Saturn is inclined to bitter tastes, and prefers a combination of astringent/bitter. If you are a Saturn dominant person you might eat light and less. You might fast more often and prefer a diet composed of detoxifying foods, blood purifiers and raw foods. Salads, sesame seeds, sesame oil, coffee, dark chocolates, bitter gourd, greens, vegetables belonging to the cabbage family attract you. Also ‘drying grains’ like barley, millets, rye and corn. Among fruits you will prefer the astringent pomegranates and apples. You really like cooling foods.

Now in Ayurved there are 6 primary types of tastes/Rasa/essence, and for a balanced meal you should have a bit of all 6 in on your plate.

  1. Sweet – is a combination of Earth+Water. Very familiar taste in our diet. Eg sugar.
  2. Sour – is a combination of Earth+Fire. This is also a very familiar taste, it immediately increases the flow of saliva. Eg lemons
  3. Salt – is a combination of Water+Fire. We all know the taste of salt. Eg table salt.
  4. Pungent – is a combination of Fire+Air. The pungent taste is a dry heat that stimulates the tongue. Eg chillies
  5. Bitter – is a combination of Air+Ether. We tend to avoid this taste, but it is deeply cleansing and removes toxins and bad fats from the body. Eg coffee
  6. Astringent – is a combination of Air+Earth. This is a taste of dryess produced in the mouth by tannins in the bark, leaves and outer rinds of fruits and trees. Eg pomegranate

We are all quite health conscious these days and quite familiar with a healthy balanced diet and we all do strive for a healthy life style. But if you look into your food choices closely and try to match them with your horoscope and planetary energies you will find patterns. Our food and water does affect our mood. And if you so desire you can change your dietary pattern using your horoscope. So your newest astrological remedy for boosting weaker planets or balancing the energies of the horoscope is now at your dinner table!

 

Planets energies and food you love

Planets to help you in your Pregnancy

The planets have a significant influence on our development right from conception. While we are in the mother’s womb, her horoscope had overarching influence on us, then followed by the father’s horoscope. A human pregnancy lasts for about 280 days. We think of it as 9 months, but more correctly its is about 9 Solar months and 10 exact Lunar months. (One Lunar month is for 28days.) The Lunar month is more important here as menstrual cycle too is linked to the moon. So one human pregnancy is 10 Lunar months of 28 days each.

We can use astrology to help a pregnant woman and her baby. We can use our Intentions and the energies of the planets harnessed through their specific mantras. Each planet governs a specific phase of the in-womb development, thus strengthening the planetary influences by reciting their mantras always helps.

Now check out the horoscope of the pregnant woman. Check out the following especially, and the other planets too, as each one of them is involved in creating a new human baby.

  1. 5th house – its sign, the occupant planets, and the owner planet – this is the house which creates the child
  2. 8th house – the reproductive organs of the mother
  3. Sun – natural ruler of the 5th sign of the zodiac will influence the creation of the child wherever he may be placed.
  4. Mars – The natural owner of the 8th sign of the zodiac and the energy and vitality of the reproductive organs is linked to him.
  5. The relative strength of all the planets should be examined, especially the debilitated or combust or retrograde planets and the planets located in the 6th house, 8th house and 12th houses should be checked. Planets under the influences of malefics may also need to be supported during the pregnancy.
  6. The transiting planets over this period of pregnancy should be given due attention too.
  7. One point to highlight. Abortion, Miscarriage and Medical termination of pregnancy can be seen from that month’s ruling planet, if he is adversely placed in the mother’s birth and transit charts and both and her 5th and 8th house shows additional malefic influences.

Planets to help you in your Pregnancy

The first month of 28 days – This period immediately follows intercourse and is ruled by Venus/Shukra. The sperm and ovum combine to produce the embryo. A time of very high activity in the embryo where the cells are set up in blocks destined to be the new body. The cells are still fluid in the sense the programming is not yet fixed. The cells are still totipotent, one initial cell can give rise to several types of cells. During this period if the mother’s chart has a weak birth Venus or even if the current Venus in transit is combust, retrograde or with malefics, the mother needs to support herself and her child by reciting the Venus mantra, “Om draang dreeng draung sah Shukraya namah Om”. At least thrice or 108 times everyday. If the father or others want to support they can by reciting this version “Om draam dreem draum sah Shukraya namah Om”

Second month of 28 days – This period is ruled by Mars/Mangal. By now the cells of the fetal body have become rigid. The totipotency has been replaced by pleuripotency. The cells destined for the liver cannot re-programme themselves to become the muscle now. Thus rigidity has set in. Shape of the body is discernible. If the mother’s Mars is weak or the transit Mars is afflicted or retrograde or combust etc it is necessary to help the fetus with his energies. The mother must recite, “Om kraang kreeng kraung sah Mangalaya Namah om” thrice or 108 times, and the father will recite, “Om kraam kreem kraum sah Mangalaya Namah om” to help his wife and the growing baby.

Third month of 28days is ruled by Jupiter/Guru – this is a period of rapid expansion and the shape of the fetal body becomes more defined. The fetus becomes aware and now onwards can preceptively respond to the mother/father. Here it is necessary to provide him energies of Jupiter, depending on the Jupiter in the mother’s chart and also the position of the transit Jupiter currently if combust etc. The mother should recite, “Om graang greeng graung sah Gurave namah Om”, thrice or 108 times daily, and the others can help her and the baby by reciting, “Om graam greem graum sah Gurave namah Om”.

Fourth month of 28 days is ruled by the Sun/Surya. The baby’s intelligence expands and the divine spark helps it in establishing its soul’s energies during this period. The Vedic Sanskar of Pushban is performed during this period to help establish the energies of the Sun in the fetus. The strength of the body increases, bone and muscle structure begin to form. To help the fetus during this period and enhance the energies of the Sun available to it, the mother should recite, “Om hraang hreeng hroung sah Suryaya namah Om”, either thrice or 108 times daily. And the father and others will recite, “Om hraam hreem hroum sah Suryaya namah Om”. Especially if the mother’s Sun in the chart is badly placed or debilitated or the current transit Sun is placed with malefics, like Rahu/Ketu Saturn etc or there is to be an eclipse during this period.

Fifth month of 28 days is ruled by the Moon/Chandra here the circulatory system of the fetus is in place and his blood and blood cells start functioning, the immune system develops. A sense of emotional self is initiated. The fetus can now understand its emotions and express them too. This is a critical period in the development as the mind and emotions are taking root. The mother’s chart Moon should be examined and if in a bad position/sign/aspected or with malefics or debilitated it needs to be strengthened. If there are any eclipses during this period be very careful. Especially be careful on the amavasya/new moon day falling in this month.

Planets to help you in your Pregnancy

Sixth month of 28 days is now ruled by Saturn. The bones, nerves and supporting frame of the body gets defined, Hair and nails grow out. This period is also crucial because here the capacity for endurance of the child is being laid down. The mother can support the Saturn in building the body of her child by reciting his mantra, Om praang pring praung sah Sanishcharaya namah Om”. The father should recite Om praam prim praum sah Sanishcharaya namah Om”. This will be essential in case of badly placed Saturn in the cart of the mother or the current transiting Saturn being combust, retrograde or debilitated etc.

Seventh month of 28 days is ruled by Mercury. here the baby can now think, its nervous system and brain development has now reached a critical stage. It is clearly aware of its own fetal body and the signals which it receives from its mother and the outer environment too. It can feel. It’s intelligence and awareness has reached a significant stage and it can understand. It would be ideal if the mother recites the beej mantra, “Om braang breeng braung sah Budhaya namah Om.” either 3 times or 108 times daily and the father recites “Om braam breem braum sah Budhaya namah Om” for the growth of his unborn child’s wisdom and intelligence. Especially if the mother’s birth Mercury or the current transit Mercury is not well placed this remedy would be critical.

Eight month of 28 days is ruled by Lord of the Mother’s ascendant sign seen from her birth chart. This is a highly critical period for the mother and child, and the Vedic Sanskar of Seemantonayan is performed during this period for protection of the fetus and the mother. The mother needs to keep herself surrounded by positive vibrations and keep herself happy. If by chance the woman prematurely delivers during this period it would be disastrous. This is the period where the complete personality of the fetus is being decided. The mantra to be recited is the beej mantra of the ascendant lord seen from the mother’s birth chart.

Ninth month of 28 days is ruled by the Sun/Surya again. Here the fetus gains an understanding and control of his own body. He is well on his way of being a person. He can feel hunger and thirst. Fetal images of the fetus sucking his thumb etc are from this period onwards. It starts finalising its body structures in preparing for delivery. The mantra here is again the beej mantra of Sun/Surya to be recited by the mother and the father.

Tenth month of 28 days, is again ruled by the Moon, this is the last phase before delivery occurs. This baby’s mind and emotions are now active and it is mentally prepared for the delivery. Child’s mind becomes active and it gets ready for delivery. Recitation of the beej mantra of the Moon will help immensely during this period ensuring the safety of the mother and her child. Natural delivery will occur in this period when there is a link between the mother’s Moon sign, Mars sign and the transiting Moon and Mars positions.

Thus after this hectic activity of 280 days, the baby is born into the world as a separate individual with his its own horoscope charted out with its chosen life-events. As the mother and the father, it is our responsibility to help as much as we can, with Mantras, Intentions and Will-power on the spiritual plane. With our assets, presence and support on the physical plane and with Love and Understanding on the emotional plane. If we can do this for our child, right from its conception, we would have successfully completed our debt to the society by raising a responsible, well-adjusted individual, an asset to the society.

 

Planets to help you in your Pregnancy

 

Manifest your desires using your green thumb

There is another hot word doing the rounds, ‘manifestation’. In every website on energy and consciousness there is a section on how to manifest your desires in 10-steps! Well, here is one really easy step for you. Plant a seed! Literally..

Manifest your desires using your green thumb

First think about what type of desire you want to manifest, logically human desires can be of the following categories, no more than these.

  1. Finances
  2. Health
  3. Profession
  4. Relationships
  5. Spirituality

Then choose your seed. Actually! Choose a robust plant, which you can plant from a seed, suited to the place and season you are in! You will now charge this seed with your intention and plant it in a pot. Water it and care for it. Add intention. As it grows so will your desires manifest. This is a secret of the Universe!

In India, women have been doing this seed/ plant/ manifestation thingie for ages and ages. Women are traditionally home-makers, it is the most difficult thing to do, ‘make a home’. They are in-charge of maintaining the house, ensuring a balanced diet, balancing the household-accounts, maintaining relationships within the social hierarchy, raising children as responsible citizens, and then finding a daughter/son-in-law, and even more, that is a lot of work. So the Indian woman uses the energies of the Universe channelized through a Tulasi plant. She plants a Tulasi in her house. Tulsi is botanically Ocimum tenuiflorum and an indispensable plant in Indian spiritual traditions. The plant is charged with her energies and her request for help. She prays to the Tulasi, considers it as an aspect of Devi Laxmi, the Goddess of Prosperity, everyday. She intends prosperity, health and happiness and gets it too, for every member of her home. This is the magic of nature channelized through intention!

Manifest your desires using your green thumb

So now let’s do it. If you have chosen the desire and the seed whose growing energies will fuel your desires, this is how you go about it..

  1. Plan to plant your seed on the day which resonates with your desire.
    • Sunday – children, intelligence, creativity, higher education, gambling
    • Monday – mind, emotions, home, comforts, land, vehicles, property
    • Tuesday – physical body, health, vitality, competitions
    • Wednesday – communications, early education, money from trade
    • Thursday – expansion of all positive traits you desire
    • Friday – partnerships, business, relationships, love
    • Saturday – work and energy to perform sustained work, money from work
  2. Choose something that you like, tulasi, geranium, fuschia, oh, whatever feels good to you! You can also choose a fragrant plant resonating with that planet’s energy, refer this post. Get a plant which is easy to grow in your house. Get its one seed. Keep it on a green colored cloth on your altar/puja ghar, for some time.
  3. While it is on the altar, surround it with all the objects of power that you have. Maybe a rune? Or a mantra written on a paper? Or reiki? Or call on your favourite deity or the energies of the Universe.
  4. Cup your palms around the seed and tell it your desire. Feel it listening and absorbing your emotions. Feel it growing into a healthy plant bearing flowers/fruits. You are powering it with your intention so be true.
  5. When you feel satisfied, take this seed and plant it in a pot in your house. Intend it to grow and for your desires to manifest with its growth.
  6. Water it, tend to it regularly with the same intention in mind. Reinforce it.
  7. If the plant grows properly, your desire too will manifest.
  8. If it dies or fails to germinate, then re-think on what you were trying to materialise. Maybe it was not appropriate for you or hurtful for someone else.
  9. After it has grown and your desires also manifested, it will, as per its natural life cycle, flower, fruit and eventually die naturally. This is ok as your desires will have already been satisfied by this time.
  10. If you have planted a kitchen herb or fragrant plant, you have another advantage of being able to use it also as such.

This seeding-desire thingie may sound a bit funny, but it works. It has always worked for ages. The Tulasi is proof of the power of Intention coupled with Nature. The energy of a seed is limitless, it can power its own growth and also your intention. Trust and be patient. Nature will manifest your desires!

 

Manifest your desires using your green thumb

Depression, what does the horoscope say?

Am getting more questions related to mental problems like depression, suicidal thoughts, not fitting into the society and wanting to remain apart. It is rather worrying to see young men and women getting such emotional lows for no good reason. I have written on addictions and on psychiatric issues.

There are cycles in human society. During one ancient period, invasions were a regular feature, so I guess Mars was more important then, being alert, going with an army to kill, or being able to defend one’s home and village were important life skills. But in this cycle, my and your lives are dominated by communication, you wake up to a Whatsapp msg and sleep with your Facebook. If you don’t get enough likes on your posts, you feel uneasy and if someone writes something critical about the post, the whole day goes in depression! You read other’s thoughts, people whom you have never even met, and these posts affect you more than they logically should. You pore over every comma, full-stop and try to find meanings in every tiny word.

But then if your mom scolds you for eating junk food, you don’t even look at her. If your teachers ask you to switch off your mobiles in class, you allege ‘freedom of expression’ and get that teacher scolded from the principal. You do not value real in-depth knowledge, much less wisdom. The social structure has changed, your home has become the like-minded group of your Internet, not the physical solidity of the 4-walls. You now derive your emotional security and happiness from the virtual world. You let your these virtual groups define your personality. You find pleasure in the ephemeral, get bored and then search for new topics to pleasure you, till you feel jaded. And you value this virtual temporary stuff more than the real solid long-lasting stuff that was once the foundation of the society.

Depression, what does the horoscope say?

So you see, from the paragraph above, if you have paid attention to the keywords baby-steps for the horoscope, there is a lot you can analyse. In our world today the following have gained more importance,

Mercury – He is the agent of all sorts of communications, databases, number-crunching, juvenile chit-chat, nit-picking and details. He is a superficial adolescent spending time with same-age groups chattering, gossiping. Now attention spans even getting shorter, maturity getting lower and nervous excitement higher.

He is rapidly becoming the foremost planet of our times, so let us see what is his take on the matters of mental health. Examine just this one all-important placement, the 3rd house from the birth mercury sign. This is the place where your thoughts tangle and complicate and play with themselves till they cause mental stress. Thoughts here repeat in never-ending loops, which is not good for normal analytical reasoning. The sign, house and planet in this 3rd from mercury demand mental attention and energy. Distracted, depressed and compulsive thinking is seen from here.

Any planet placed in this 3rd from Mercury causes mental chatter. So pay special attention to this mental-energy draining location when evaluating mental stress. These planets, house, sign give their other effects in life as always, and some of these may be excellent but as far as mental processes are concerned they disrupt. Eg Saturn placed here, will give mental oppression, hard mental work, bitterness, negativity, oppression and depression. eg. Moon placed here will color every thought looping into your brain with emotion, creating anxiety, worry, fear of emotional loneliness, of losing mental/emotional stability and loss of comfort.

If this house is vacant, it is better as the mind functions without pre-conceived bias. This problem of ‘sticky’ feelings/opinions is less severe. This house has the past karma of faulty mental processes from past lives which has to be experienced and completed.

Back to analysing our current time-cycle.

Saturn – the solid hierarchical social structure as defined by Capricorn is moving more to the quick-changing similar-minded group structure as defined by Aquarius (part owned by Rahu). The more exotic is good, the more rules flouted the better, everyone making profits even better. Rahu is at his ambitious best, wanting to jump upwards, till he over-reaches and falls on his face.

Moon – the mind, which loves to flit from subject to subject. With the Internet, there is no dearth of subjects, the mind is in a whirlpool, of messages, likes, pings and hashtags, that it is getting dizzy not quite knowing where to look. Mind needs comfort and emotional security/stability, but here it gets nothing of that sort. Nothing to anchor itself in these shifting sands of the virtual world. There was a time when a mother or father meant security and love, but now these relations have stopped existing. The mind has lost its roots.

Mars – He is the vitality of the personality, but he seems to be failing in a strange way. You rarely see a person being a vital male or a female brimming with the force of his/her personality. Misshapen, fat, ill and worse, mentally weak, is what this current population is moving onto. Reproduction is also being affected, with assisted reproductive technologies and overall weaker children being born.

Jupiter – No one really bothers with his gift of deep wisdom and knowledge. Very few genuine teachers and equally few deserving students. Jupiter finds himself trumped by Mercury for the time being!

Sun – He is the source of divine intelligence and the creativity associated with it. But now creativity also seems to have been warped. From the elegance of Elvis’s songs in the past to Miley of the recent times, perhaps for a comparison?

Venus – He is capable of giving you Moksh, the final esoteric wisdom if you can transcend his pleasure-able tests. But in this world of instant gratification and zero patience, you fall in his traps of girl/boy-friends, addictions, make-up, fad-diets and superficial beauty.

Rahu – the world is abound with risky ambitions, the scale of which has gone global. Rahu’s nature is to over-extend and eventually fail. If in the past your business failed, only your close groups would know about it and you would get over it quite quickly too. Now the entire world will know about it and your past failures will be online for ever haunting you.

Ketu – Now we all are dissociated from the real world! I guess this says it all. A bit more about Ketu, the embodiment of dissociation, the agent of separation, detachment, and despair. These are the ‘pure’ results which will be of course modified as per other factors, planets, aspects, sign and house.

  • Ketu in Aries or Scorpio – appears physically passive with intermittent spurts of unpredictable aggression and violent activity. Typical passive-aggressive behaviour.
  • Ketu in Taurus or Libra – gets into escapist behaviours. Is physically active and gets into several aimless relationships with weird persons. Destruction of money, wealth and relations.
  • Ketu in Gemini or Virgo – mental confusion, anxious speech, aimless chatter, wrong analysis, querulous arguments. Interferes into the lives of others and cannot be trusted.
  • Ketu in Cancer – psychic, nervous, painfully insecure, over-sensitive, terrified of abandonment, dependant on care-givers. Prefers to remain in isolation and scared of death, loss, travel, water, in-fact scared of life.
  • Ketu in Leo – Is a joker in the guise of a king, a nutcase. Meaningless self-promotion and self-righteousness. Can get wildly excited at times and then easily offended.
  • Ketu in Capricorn or Aquarius – extremely detached. If aspects permit may get final Moksha! Normally passive with no motivation and zero interest in society and life. Wears depressing colors, may stop eating, is utterly disinterested.
  • Ketu in Sagittarius or Pisces – carries the load of global human despair. Wants to ‘help’ humans, takes to travelling to ‘help’ large scale humanitarian problems. Ineffectual and a hidden escapist.

Depression, what does the horoscope say?

This time-cycle is replete with challenges and at the foremost are the challenges posed by Mercury, the agent of thought and analysis. So if you feel despondent and depressed, open your horoscope and analyse everything to do with Mercury. Try to analyse how Mercury links up with Ketu/South node and the rest of the planetary forces. Think yourself back to yourself.

We can analyse everything if we can learn to break it down to components. Astrology, Tarot, Runes, any divination tool is about this. These tools empower, they tell you what you have sub-consciously chosen, and then give you the option to change your wish again this time by conscious efforts. These conscious efforts mean consciously working with energy, with your Self! You yourself are conscious energy.

Remember you are never helpless, you always have a choice. Your conscious Will can and does intervene. You just have to intend the Change.

 

 

 

Results of planets placed in the 6th house

I wrote on the 6th house in the previous post. Now am continuing on the results with the planets in or aspecting the 6th. Planets posted anywhere in the horoscope have karmic lessons that they teach. In the 6th, the planets engage in logical analysis, litigation, accusations, anxiety, tend to get into details so much that they lose the big picture and want problems of which there are no possible solutions. A loop!

Sun in 6th 

The Father figure in the house of arguments. The Sun stands for the father, the government agents, politicians, bosses, senior males etc. In the 6th their behaviour becomes a source of misery. They tend to be toxic, adversarial, criminal, unbalanced, exploitative, abusive, dominating and conflicted. They are supposed to be glorious, radiant and noble but here they betray trust. The actual father may be ill, poor, weak, unfair or even have addictions. This has a deep impact on the psyche of the individual.

This Sun has two options here, he can offer his service and his divine confidence to help those victim-others indicated by the 6th. Or he himself can use his sense of entitlement and arrogance to exploit and create victims. Such a Sun may indicate a doctor, an army-man, a lawyer, in social service etc and may spend his time and energy tending to others. But Sun is always self-referential, selfish, he cannot sympathise with others, and in due course may become immune or even resent the persistent ‘victimhood’ of those whom he serves. Can turn cold and even cruel. If there are other aspects to tone down this typical nature of the Sun, or if Leo sign is well placed in the chart, this 6th Sun can actually play out quite well in life.

Moon in 6th 

The Mother figure in the house of imbalance. Protective figures, caretakers, school-teachers and sheltering figures tend to be exploitative, accusatory, dominating, devious, criticising. Persons who are supposed to shelter, nurture and protect betray trust and create emotional guilt. Advise taken from these figures will always create problems. Relationship with the mother will always be toxic irrespective of other aspects. The mother may be working for the lower classes or may be from the servant class herself. Such a mother is often ill herself. She may be a doctor, nurse, social worker, criminal lawyer etc.This Moon makes the person and his maternal figures work, work and work, either because of some physical, financial or emotional need. Childhood is traumatic and a lifetime of unexpressed and un-understood sorrow is the result. This person is often rootless and hyper-sensitive to the undercurrents of emotions in the relations around him. Is always emotionally upset, unwanted and alone. And the worst, this Moon causes attachment/emotional comfort, to the objects/agents/circumstances of imbalance.

Results of planets placed in the 6th house

Mars in 6th

Brother-figures become adversaries and agents of conflict. These include challenging, competitive and champion males. These males will either be the victims of the factors of the 6th or will try to make you their victim. Conflicts with military men, criminals, comrades, men in peer roles, and brothers, aggressive servants, sexual violence, heat and metals. However Mars himself is full of vital energies and crushing force so will ensure that you win your wars in the 6th. He provides enough energy for you conquer both, your internal and external enemies. The conflict is continuous and challenges relentless but Mars gives success in this placement. You can be an excellent in arenas which require continuous actions against injustice, arguments, litigations, diseases, war etc. This is a good placement for Mars.

Mercury in 6th

Communications of conflict. Conflicts and betrayal from siblings and team-mates. Here the scene is set for anxiety, stealing, petty crimes, financial crimes, criminal scheming, mis-understandings, crimes in the administration, dealing with criminal paper work and communications. Medical papers, pharmacies, over-medication, addiction, juvenile crime and accusations. Mercury himself in his own natural house confers certain advantages. He can logically argue, analyse, and come to a conclusion based on data in the legal, medical, military strategy, financial fields. So he can be the criminal himself or the agency who sets right these criminal situations. He can track with his methodical mind and deduce, a Sherlock Holmes perhaps! He is the Messenger himself and thus can speak. He articulately explains details of the un-balance, un-justice, diseases, debts, hurts, accusations, exploitations of the 6th. A successful doctor, lawyer, researcher and a strategist.

It can be a good and highly fruitful placement if the energies of Mercury are better channelised and given focus by aspects from other planets.

Venus in 6th

The force of balance in the house of un-balance. Venus utterly fails to resolve the karma of the 6th. He is the force of fairness and cannot function in this toxic 6th. He just tries to superficially cover up the problems. These problems are often cheating, breaking promises, marital, sexual, spiritual, legal, divorces, addictions, drugs, alcoholism or psychological in nature, often involving women. But he cannot find the solutions to them, he just tries temporary fixes, cosmetic make-up! He is pleasant and diplomatic and may temporarily smoothen out the situations, but in this ‘serve or suffer’ house he generally tends to suffer.

Such a personality also tends to suffer in his legal partnerships, marriage and business contacts. He cannot save much and tends to spend more. He often engages with those who cannot be trusted and with those who should never be trusted. He can form close associations with servant classes, criminals and may derive pleasure from serving and working for those who suffer including animals. He is well received by the victims and those who are working to help the victims. Thus Venus superficially performs well in this house but creates several hidden problems for the individual.

Jupiter in 6th

This is sort of an existential conflict. These people are conflicted by the philosophies that they live their lives by. There is rarely a spiritual base to their lives and it leads to deep internal issues. These persons are in perpetual conflict with his teachers, patrons, priests and guides. And these also are unbalanced and betray his trust. Jupiter here gives abundant diseases, enemies, debts and litigations. The root cause of this is that the eternally over-optimistic Jupiter over-estimates his abilities. He feels that he can resolve all these toxic issues so takes on even more till the physical tension reaches breaking point.

If there are supporting aspects in the 10th house, this person can take up professions which can help the victims of 6th by philosophical teachings or taking up the crusade for them. If done properly this can help the victims by making the rest of the world more aware of their sufferings and generate empathy for them. But even here, he needs to understand that there are limits. Mercury the natural lord of 6th does not like the force of expansion residing in his house. This eventually has its repercussions and the sufferings start.

In a woman’s horoscope the Jupiter also represents the first husband. Thus she may be married to a sick person or her husband might be working in any of the professions indicated by the 6th.

Saturn in 6th

The representative of social service and social equality in the 6th creates issues with the elders, service-class, bureaucrats, law and judges. If aspects permit he can be a bureaucrat or a judge himself. This position can get toxic when law-givers and those who are supposed to be impartial figures betray trust. This has its effects on the entire society. However as Shani is quite comfortable here so he can sustain and endure. Saturn is a malefic in a toxic 6th so he also helps by offering resistance to its problems and constraining them. He also constraints the problems arising from the other dusham-sthana 8th and 12th (3rd, 7th aspects). May reduce the neighbourhood related issues too (10th aspect on 3rd house).

Saturn is all about karma, so he ensures that the karma of litigation, disease etc is slowly completed in a scheduled step-wise manner. However here things are dragged out eg long-term illnesses and very slow recovery times.

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Rahu in 6th

Rahu enjoys himself in the unstable and unlawful environment of the 6th. This house of betrayal allows the trickster Rahu to indulge in activities which are not allowed in lawful society. Here Rahu takes his risks in all illicit-enslavement and unfair activities like, war, crime, litigation, drug trafficking etc. He makes his profits from activities which are generally terrifying for the common human. His preferred partners here are the ambitious criminals and rouges who operate on the outskirts of human society. Rahu in the 6th may be someone who disrupts and takes advantage of the system sucessfully.

And following Rahu’s typical pattern, these risky activities always give profits but then he dramatically over-reaches and falls.

The 6th is a successful and effective position for Rahu. However as we all including Rahu are enslaved to some force, so the usual victim narrative of the 6th should be seen from the owner of the sign in the 6th.

Ketu in 6th

Malefics are comfortable in the 6th, two negatives make a positive perhaps. When Ketu occupies the 6th, all those agents and experiences of dissociation, apathy, disinterest and release are at a loss! When these agents represented by Ketu operate from the accusatory and unbalanced environment of the 6th they fail to have any significant effect on the person as they are diffused by their ketu-nature. There may be some interference from disembodied energies like ghosts or spirits at the maximum but it will be of no physical effect.

The 6th is a harmless position for Ketu. However as we all enslaved to some force, so the usual victim narrative of the 6th should be seen from the owner of the sign in the 6th. But again Ketu to the rescue. He is by nature incoherent, thus ensures that the toxicity and negative energies originating from the 6th do not link on to the person.

This placement is of exceptional advantage as Ketu disperses all enemies, all debts, all diseases, all litigations and accusations in all aspects of life.

And finally whoever is active in this house of unbalance, will be affected by its negativity. Thus doctors, nurses, lawyers, attorneys, and social service workers who are required by karma to live and earn their livelihood from here need to be extra-careful. An intellectual appreciation of the toxic environment in which they earn their income along with regular grounding and cleansing will help them live a better balanced life.

 

Kama Trikon of the horoscope, desires

The 12 houses of the horoscope are divided into the Dharma Trikon, houses 1, 5 and 9. The Arth Trikon 2, 6 and 10. The Kama Trikon 3, 7 and 11 and the Moksh Trikon 4, 8 and 12.

The root of this Universe is ‘Desire’, Kama. This word can mean the superficial sexual desire which also leads to creation of new life and can also mean the deep Desire of the Ultimate Consciousness to play a Game/Leela called Creation. This Sanskrit word ‘Kama’, is longing, love, will, purpose, deliberation, intention, desire, passion, wish, agreeableness, enjoyment etc, so many layers and layers of meanings depending on the intention of its use. The Nasadiya Sukta of the Rig Ved, (129th Sukta of the 10th Mandala) describes the creation of the universe as the desire of the ‘Unfathomable Intelligence’.

However coming back to the horoscope, the Kama trikon, Desire Triangle, is the houses, 3rd, 7th and 11th. The houses of Desire and everything to do with it. Now lets see how these three houses would mean ‘kama’. What makes up your Universe? At its foundation is the interactions between humans. Our Universe is not us alone, when we interact with others like us, we create and populate our Universe. Thus Kama is this, the desire to be connected to others in one way or the other. From this desire for interconnections the following expectations arise,

  • being financially well-off
  • having a personal source of income through personal job/trade/profession
  • being with siblings, cousins and enjoying a feeling of brotherhood
  • being with a spouse and sexual satisfaction
  • income sources through individual partnerships and network of communities.

Kama Trikon of the horoscope, desires

The Third House

The 3rd house from the ascendant is the house of extended family, neighbourhood and conversations. Our interactions in these limited intimate groups and our first step in the bargains of life is the domain of the 3rd. Our entire life is a series of bargains which lead to cooperation. I tell my son, ‘If you finish your dinner, I will tell you a story tonight’. This is a very agreeable bargain for both of us! Then as we get older we progress to making agreements with our friends, cousins and neighbours. If we make mistakes here they are forgiven and a second chance given to make-up and learn. The style of interaction in this House is one to relatively many, here we learn how to interact with the outer world as per our society’s customs and traditions.

Bhratru-Bhava, the house of brothers is ruled by Mercury. Mercury is the communicator, he is the adolescent who loves to be with his siblings and peer group. He is also the one who intelligently analyses data and classifies and learns from this. Here is where we learn how to deliberate, communicate, trade, cooperate and be bold. This house is also called the Parakrama, the house of boldness.

As we grow up the lessons from this house become the foundations of our self-earned wealth. And we desire our wealth because it makes our lives more comfortable. This house is the 2nd from the 2nd, the second is the house of family treasures. So the 3rd house uses the all resources you have available in the form of family good-will, treasures and reserves and uses them in trade and cooperation. You gain profits from the 3rd. You get an experience in trade, commerce and communication and you also learn how to be bold and courageous going about it. In this house you just don’t desire the money, you also look forward to the regular meeting of associates, the close friends and brothers. Desire is both human company and profit!

The 3rd from the ascendant tells you about how your interactions from these groups is going to be on the external social levels. eg If you have Saturn placed here, naturally it will be restricted, if Jupiter it will be extensive. However to know how these interactions are going to affect you emotionally you will have to check out the 3rd from the birth moon sign. Moon is the significator of the mind and in my opinion is sometimes more important. Eg If you have Jupiter in 3rd from ascendant but Ketu/South node at 3rd from moon sign in the chart, you will have extensive interactions with your large extended family but you will always feel detached/apathetic/dissociated from them.

Kama Trikon of the horoscope, desires

The Seventh House

This house is quite easy to analyse, partnerships in every which way. These partnerships are ruled by Venus, the master negotiator. Venus also replays the same ‘human company and profit’ motif! Here however the human company is more limited to one-on-one and has to be legal. The 7th is also one of the four major foundations of the chart (the other 3 being the 1st, 4th and 10th).

The 7th is the house of all the relationships and interactions that are ruled by law of the land. Thus the legal marriage, matters of the law, court cases, business partnerships, interactions with government agencies, contracts in trade and all human interactions rising from these are the domain of the 7th. This house also governs the relationships with first legal husband/wife, children from second legal wife, maternal grandmother, paternal grandfather etc. Here as the house of marriage, our sub-conscious expects a balanced partnership based on our personal cultural legal environments. This is the house of agreements, contracts, negotiations, fairness and balance. This house desires human interaction through partnerships.

As the 7th has been hyped as the house of sexual pleasure so just a small note. Not all adults have sexual partners but all of us have one significant partnership. This can even be with a deity or an ideology. The 7th is the mirror of the self. It shows you the opposite that attracts you, fills your blanks. Seen in this context the 7th is an exchange of energy one-one between two who desire this as a karmic agreement.

The 7th counted from the ascendant, the planets located here, the position of the 7th house owner and the aspects of other planets, will determine how all these interactions play out on the external, conscious or social level. For determining the sub-conscious impact of the interactions of the 7th you will have to consider the 7th house from the birth moon sign. The 7th from the moon will determine the level of emotional satisfaction and comfort that is received in these extremely personal one-to-one interactions. eg. If you have Saturn placed here you will never feel fulfilment as Saturn constricts and restricts, on the other hand if you have Venus in the 7th house counted from your moon sign, you will always feel the harmony and beauty in all the human interactions governed by the 7th house.

The 11th House

This is the house of gain, profits and luck ruled by Saturn! Luck and Saturn, surprised? Saturn is the strictest karmic teacher of them all but he is the fairest. He will give you exactly how much you have worked for. This house of Saturn gives you all that you have worked for throughout the 1st to 10th houses of the horoscope so far. Thus the 11th is the melting pot of all the human interactions, cooperations, luck and gains in your horoscope. In the 11th you desire the entire network of energy interactions that you have invested in.

Here the interactions are not just limited to your extended family, or legal partnerships! This is like a tradesmen’s fair or a marketplace. You interact with diverse individuals, foreigners, risk-takers, travellers and everyone who shares your interests. Like-minded individuals together make up the 11th. So there is a gradual evolution, from customs-society regulated, to partnerships-legally regulated to common-interests which are now intellectually regulated. This is the real house of fulfilled desire as after the experience of the 3rd and the 7th you are now free to interact with and gain from associates you have chosen purely for their inclinations which match your own. You are not limited by traditions or what is legally approved. This is your house of karmic interactions with every energy in the Universe you have an affinity for!

The 11th from the moon should also be considered, as it stands for all you long for. If your moon is in the 6th house in Pisces, you will always yearn for emotional security, the mother, the homeland, familiar customs, the residence and mental comforts (keyword of the 11th from 6th i.e. the 4th house). Also you will want the father, the profession, the reputation, recognition in the society, and to reach the top of the organisation by working hard for it (keyword of the 11th sign from Pisces i.e. Capricorn). Whether you get it or not depends on the aspects and planets situated here.

This post is about the kama, the desires and the attractions which is in the domain of the mind. The Moon is the mind, and the most important placement in the horoscope is the sign/house of the birth moon as here is where you emotionally perceive what is happenings around you. You could be a king and sad if your ascendant is powerful and moon weak, or you could be a beggar but happy if your ascendant is weak but your moon is strong! So when you analyse the desires of your life as expressed in these 3 houses, 3rd, 7th and 11th do look at the emotional components too. Longings denied and frustrated can have very deep impacts on your psyche. Analyse yourself, try to come to terms with what is allotted to you so that you can find ways to make it better.

 

Kama Trikon of the horoscope, desires

Scents connected to planets

Scent has a direct link with your state of mind. And if you can control your mind you can do anything. If you are low, a whiff of your favourite perfume can perk you up again. Ever wonder why you love the scents you do? And which planet is linked to which perfume?

So how do we sense this energy, swirling around us, being us? With our sense organs of course! Eyes sense the energy of the sun and light, but sometimes you can see past events happening with your eyes, especially in old houses. Our ears sense the energies of sound, but sometimes we hear ‘voices’ of the long dead which seemingly come from the thin air. Our skin is sensitive to the energies of touch and we can also sense auras with it. Our hair stand on end when we are near non-compatible/scary energy. The tongue, in addition to the taste also checks the energies of the food. You must have noticed this, sometimes food prepared by someone who loves you feels lighter and ‘tastier’, because his feelings of love has energised the food. Then the sense of smell, the fragrance and scent is also energy.

Addictions astrologically and spiritually

Fragrances are something that you can easily add to your energy manipulation kit. And it can be as simple as applying perfumes on your body to as complicated as using essential oils in your spell-work. I will not write on spells, as I want to focus on easy to do things which wont take too much of your time but will add energy to your daily life. I will just focus on no-fuss fragrances you can use in your daily day. Perfumes are expensive but you dont need to spend that much money to get the benefits.

  1. If possible, always buy the best possible attars from reputed dealers, and they can be quite expensive. Attars are oil based and have actual essential oils from natural sources blended into a base/carrier oil. You get them in roll-on bottles or with an applicator wand.
  2. If possible, always buy fragrances which are directly sourced from actual plants not synthetic. Naturally derived materials contain the magic/ energies of the plants from which they are made.
  3. Go to the shop and browse through the tester scents. Go alone and take your time so that you can identify what you really like. Remember to rest your nose after checking 3-4 scents.
  4. The kitchen herb section is a very good way to check out which scents you are attracted to. Best part is you can eat or drink them.
  5. Go to your nearby plant nursery and smell the flowers, see what you are attracted to. You can even go to a park to smell the grass or a sea beach to smell the sea.
  6. If you like something, plant it in your house! It is the cheapest and actually the best, the living energy of the actual plant. You get dwarf varieties of several tall trees too. You can have your tiny herb garden. Lemon, germanium, lavender, basil, ginger lily, lemon-grass, jasmine, licorice, oregano, thyme, ginger, turmeric, marigold, even a tiny pine seedling.
  7. As you get more interested you can make your own flower extracts. This is as simple as putting freshly plucked flowers/leaves in clean water in the sun for a few hours. Or putting the clean flower petals/leaves in a bottle of odourless carrier oil, like grapeseed oil.

Remember scents are not just to be worn as a perfume on your body. You can add them to your massage oils, to your bath water. You can burn them in your house. You can add also them to your food, tea, or clothes freshener sachets, or directly wear the flowers in your hair. In India you see women always wear fresh flowers in their hair. It looks beautiful and also is a ready-to go scent therapy. I have put together this list below only as an indicative list. You might be attracted to these scents depending on the most dominant planet in your chart. There is no correct or wrong, chose what you are drawn to. This may change with time too, depending on transit planets and their aspects on the birth planets.

  1. To increase fiery energies of the Sun, scents of spices like, peppers, like cayenne, eucalyptus, ginger, cinnamon, calamus, camphor, cinnamon, eucalyptus, saffron, heena etc. ‘Warm’ scents.
  2. For the calming effects of Moon, you can try , scents derived from white flowers like white lotus, lily, sandalwood, plumeria etc. Night blooming flowers like jasmine and mogra. These are ‘cool’ and ‘comforting’ scents.
  3. Mercury is a chatty creative planet. You can enhance his powers by using ‘green’ minty scents, holy basil-tulsi, Eclipta alba, passionflower, zizyphus, camomile, cedar, thyme, sage, wintergreen etc. To calm the mind however the ‘cool’ scents may be preferable.
  4. For the Venus dominated personalities, all ‘sweet’ floral fragrances from beautiful flowers, like rose, jasmine, lotus, lily and saffron.
  5. Mars is again a fiery planet so the ‘warm’ and ‘spicy’ scents similar to the sun will naturally appeal. But you can also try garlic, onion, ginseng, loban or myrrh, turmeric, camphor and asafoetida. Red flowers and their scents.
  6. Jupiter is an expansive planet and it is drawn to ‘ghee’ type of ‘fatty’ scents, smells of nuts like almonds, walnuts etc and their oils, tonic herbs like ashwagandha, licorice, ginseng etc. Yellow flowers like daffodils, marigold, calendula and even lotus finds a place here.
  7. You can strengthen your Saturn with scents derived from, myrrh, loban, shilajit, triphala, comfrey root, sandalwood, cedar, frankincense and juniper. Also the scents of dark blue flowers, blue iris, blue violets etc.
  8. For Rahu/North node, camphor, sage, eucalyptus, wintergreen, calamus, sandalwood, lotus, loban, myrrth. He is a shadowy planet so most incenses are good for balancing his energy.
  9. For Ketu/south node, sage, calamus, wild ginger, camphor, cedar, juniper bhringaraj/eclipta alba, passion flower. He likes light penetrating fragrances.

Everything around us is simply pure energy, even our bodies are energy. From one perspective, there is nothing called ‘matter’. Matter is just slowed down energy. Scents are also energy and are a vital part of our lives. We being so busy often miss out, but then a whiff of perfume suddenly reminds us of their beauty. Use what really uplifts you, let your subconscious guide you. Use your perfumes and fragrances mindfully and add more joy to your life!

 

Scents connected to planets

Other planets influence the Moon

In western astrology, I think the Sun sign is considered the most important. I see matchmaking sites and daily prediction sites which use the Sun sign for the predictions. Sun sign determines your physical energy, your ego, your place in the society etc, and the Sun changes its sign in transit once per month. But in the Indian system we are more focussed on the Ascendant i.e. the sign which was rising at the east when you were born, and we majorly focus on the birth Moon sign. In this post I will cover a bit on how your birth Moon is influenced by other aspects and how this is expressed in your life.

Other planets influence the Moon

Moon is reflection and impression. He faithfully reflects whatever energy rays fall on him. And if you think about this, the mind also always responds to what is happening around it. It picks up impressions and then it reflects the same impression faithfully. A happy event will make it happy and a sad event will make it sad. The function of mind is to respond, to laugh, to cry, to feel happy or depressed on what is happening around it. So the goal of life in Sanatan Dharm is to gain a state of internal stability where the mind is not swayed by what is happening around it. Rather the mind is trained to look deep within itself, and find the internal consistent ultimate joy which it will reflect for ever.

Anyways back to the astrological details. So whenever you have to analyse anything to do with the moon, remember to check out the aspects of the other planets on him. The other planets who are conjunct with him. And the location of the owner planet of the house that he is placed in. These other planets will influence the moon. The Moon is your emotions and your emotion is ultimately who you are. And the emotions change with time, age, locations, surroundings, influence of others etc. eg a beggar will be comforted by a piece of dry bread but you and me really wont look at that piece of bread twice.

Another interesting observation is that all planetary combinations with the Moon allow you to project your feelings on others. for example. Sun is self ego, logical thinking, rational behaviour, confidence etc and if you have sun-moon aspects you will project your these traits on others irrespective of what they are actually.

The moon tells us what will comfort us, what will disturb us and what will make us satisfied emotionally. This is the domain of the mind.

Moon with Mars will link the expression of your energies with your emotions. You will be emotionally competitive and even though others might find this a bit odd, you will find mental comfort in behaving like this. You are confident but sometimes want to be taken care of. Your mother will be a vitally active person and may be an important member of the society. You will receive a lot of nurturing from your father and other father-figures. You will believe in brotherhood and may have several male friends. Your residence will be comfortable. You will like working in places where active physical movement is see. You are emotionally upset by arguments and diseases. You will be most satisfied when you are the first and recognised as the first.

If you have your Mercury influencing your Moon then be prepared to add your emotions into your communication style. Your expressions of creativity will be emotionally charged and you will find it deeply satisfying. You may be a writer or an artist, and the topics on which you write will be the emotions, maternal figures, the homeland, love and friendship. You like analysing and going into details. You may feel happy when you preach or deliver messages from a higher authority. You will take joy in siblings and extended cousins of your same age group. You are emotionally upset if someone preaches to you or scolds you for being immature.

Jupiter is the planet of expansion and when it influences the Moon it will make you emotionally effusive. You will feel emotionally satisfied when you expand, maybe your thoughts, your family, your business etc. You are sensitive to guidance from a higher authority and you often feel like a teacher or a preacher. You will be teaching religious, scholarly or pedantic subjects. You like seeing the overall broader picture and cannot be bothered by nitty-gritty. You are comfortable in being cautious and would not do anything that would make you seem ridiculous. You are apprehensive about appearing silly.

Venus with Moon makes you emotionally involved in relationships. You have several emotionally satisfying and comfortable relationships with your loved one, parents, family members, friends, teachers, neighbours etc. Often in these relationships, you may be the indulgent one, spoiling the other one, letting him have his way. You may be physically beautiful particularly with beautiful eyes. You are comforted by beautiful things and may have a beautiful mother. You are passionate about justice and fairness. You may be a teacher too but teaching esoteric topics of deep knowledge.

Saturn influencing Moon is one of the saddest combinations I have seen. You are just so emotionally restricted. You do not know what comfort means, you also do not know real rest. You may be well off but still unable to feel joy in what you have. You also work a lot but in that too there is no joy, just duty. You may find comfort in working in a governmental structure. Your mother did not have a happy childhood herself and she is afraid internally of allowing to love now. You have suffered because of this sub-consciously and now express by being blunt and harsh in speech and behaviour. You feel deeply responsible for young children and find comfort in making life comfortable for them. You may have had to become a Parent for your parents. You have no emotional support.

Sun if influencing the Moon makes you highly self focussed, and you derive emotional satisfaction from being entitled. You father may be a prominent member of the society and you have felt security with him. You are the bright king, sensitive yet confident and you are insistent on your own self and your ego. You do not like to share. You are however unaware of other’s emotional needs and are less sensitive to other’s feelings. You are less comfortable in your house but more satisfied when you are in the center stage of politics of theatre.

Rahu influencing Moon makes you emotionally attached to the “want to achieve”. You are emotionally satisfied by the act of the achievement. The object of the achievement is not important. You want more and more opportunities to achieve. You are comforted by the high-risk, the exotic and the unusual and you want to feel exceptional always. Though you may be from a lower status you want to enter higher status by hook or crook. You do not have a moral compass. You find being exotic and passionate comforting and you often disrupt your relationships and social standings. You must guard against over-reaching.

If in your birth chart, Ketu influences the Moon, this makes you makes you unconcerned with emotional perceptions such as empathy, sympathy, compassion etc. You don’t really need any emotional support or comfort. You are emotionally unavailable and generally indifferent to the mother and maternal figures. Probably these were emotionally unavailable or you were abandoned by them. You are not emotionally linked to your homeland and family culture. You are internally the rootless hitchhiker with a need to wander around. You have zen-like awareness of observing everything without any emotional attachment and feel partly like a pilgrim.

So do go through your birth chart and check out which planets are influencing your Moon, your emotions, your feelings and your comfort zones. Do the same for your loved one and compare notes. If not anything, at least this post might help you and your loved one connect more on the emotional levels this bringing more emotional fulfilment in your lives.

 

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Combust and caizimi planets

The Sun is the source of all energy in a horoscope.And just like his energies as in the skies can scorch, his energies in the horoscope can scorch any other planet which gets too close to him. And since the zodiac is essentially a circle and the grahas are also spherical objects the distance where the sun gets too close for comfort is measured in degrees.

If you have your horoscope with you check out the location in degrees of the Sun and the planets nearest to him as below to check if they are combust. If you want a handy app to calculate your horoscope, download any of the phone apps for vedic astrology. For android I have found “Hindu calendar” by developer “Alok Mandavgane” and for iphones “Drik panchang” by developer “Adarsh apps” to be quite accurate and user friendly.

  • Mars if located in the horoscope either 17 degrees before or after the Sun will be scorched by the Suns energy.
  • Mercury – 14 degrees  (12 degrees when retrograde)
  • Venus – 10 degrees (8 degrees when retrograde)
  • Jupiter – 11 degrees
  • Saturn – 15 degrees
  • Moon – 12 degrees is considered by some astrologers to be combust. The other opinion is that moon cannot be combust. However 12 degrees from Sun, the moon is on a Amavasya, no moon visible in the skies. The implications of an amavasya birth are more severe so its immaterial if the moon is theoretically combust or not.
  • The lunar nodes Rahu and Ketu do not become combust or anything as they are just geometrical points on the ecliptic. But if they intersect with the Sun on a full moon or no moon days they lead to eclipses which is an even more astrologically significant phenomenon.

The intensity of the burn and blinding of the planets varies if the Sun is a malefic or benefic for the horosope. And if the sun and the scorched planet receives benefic or malefic aspects from other planets in the horoscope. The planets, who have entered the region within 1 degree of the Sun, are practically ashes, or “asta”. But there is an interesting caizmi phenomenon where the planet is within the orb of the Sun within 17minutes of the Sun’s center. (you can consider a planet being on the same degree as the Sun to be in this extra-close position). In this case it is like the planet is sitting on the lap of the king/Sun. The Sun has in a way absorbed the other planet and can at times express the attributes of that planet to extraordinary heights. In this rare event the attributes of the planet may even be enhanced beyond normal limits and would ultimately be beneficial.

Now lets check out some of the interesting effects of combust planets. These are extreme effects which can be modualted by aspects. Aspects from benefics will make it better and malefics will make it worse.

  • Combust Mars – You have little awareness of the impact of your actions on others, ie from your perspective, the victim is invisible. You are autocratic with a strongly competitive and even violent style of expressing yourself. You will never leave any opportunity to show or exercise your power, You are very proud of your power and positions.
  • Combust Moon –  You will project your own thoughts and beliefs upon others, you believe that your own perceptions are true because they are more ethical or brilliant. You have stronger rational abilities and lesser emotional perception.
  • Combust Mercury – You are clever but distinctively self-focused. You prefer to talk about esoteric topics, politics, drama and genius. Your conversation is self-referential. But your personal experience is less integrated with the experience of others. You may be forgetful or suffer memory loss
  • Combust Jupiter – You and your father always play the center stage. You have no pre malice but you are simply not aware of the needs of your students. You are unaware of the feelings of teachers/preceptors and those who are dependant on their religious faiths. Your own philosophy is rather shallow and based only on own personal experiences. You do not accommodate the philosophical views of others. You have multiple father-figures.
  • Combust Venus – Sun is a very individual graha and Venus is balance but both are arch enemies. You are brilliantly intelligent and physically beautiful, may be a film star perhaps. You behave erratically in relationships, have a strange fashion sense. Your relations are always out of balance and your taste in partners is also erratic.
  • Combust Saturn – You resist creativity, your intelligence and willpower is constrained. Saturn is social convention and Sun is individual creativity and both are bitter enemies. You have an unbalanced autocratic style of running the house. Erratic habits as you cant manage your time. You are not be able to conform to social expectations as you feel you are autocratically entitled to ignore them. Happiness from the father is reduced. Saturn is Sun’s son.

So as you see as above, if you have combust planets in your horoscope it will have a detrimental effect to some extent and you need to consciously work on your personality.

Combust graha have been weakened, blinded and burnt by the Sun. The closeness to sun causes the person to over estimate himself which leads to arrogance and then losses later. Do check your horoscope and if such a graha exists it must be strengthened. You have to consciously intend for this to happen. There will be domineering personalities as indicated by the Sun around you in your environment. These may be older father figures or males in your family or surroundings. The areas of life indicated by the combust plants always suffer from some interference from the father. You have to try to be positive and independent here. Try to develop some activities away from such dominating persons in your life. Live separately, start a separate business etc as you can.

And finally an astrological remedy. If you are so inclined you can light a small copper lamp with sesame oil and cotton wick on the day of your combust planet and recite its beej mantra. This act with Intention will add to its energies and help you express yourself.

 

Combust and caizimi planets