The Dark and bright halves – Part 2

This is a continued post from part 1 here. Do read it first so that this continuation makes sense.

If you have 5 or more planets in this ‘bright’ half of the zodiac you have the option to choose. You are not running on auto-pilot, you can do some course corrections or take advantage of the situations presented to you. Here if your ascendant lord, Sun and Moon are also in the bright half you also have the intelligence and awareness to choose the better path. You will be put in situations where you will be required to choose. It is like a test, if you can choose well you get a one up but if you choose the worse option, you have created more karma to work through.

Now let’s add one more interpretation of the ‘dark/bright’ halves.

  • The sub-conscious half was chosen by your higher self at the moment of birth. The higher self controls this half and works through it. And its exclusive goal is the spiritual, it wants to work towards the higher consciousness. Every action by the dark half is directed to this ultimate goal. You might feel it to be happy or unfavourable as per your conscious perceptions, but you can’t do much about it. It is something like an avalanche, once triggered at birth, there is nothing much that one can choose about its course.
  • The bright half gives the conscious mind the option of choice. This can be considered as a course-correction or an opportunity to grab at options which will be presented to you in life. The background potential will be supplied by the dark half as usual. And the background always wants to move towards the higher consciousness. But here you have the conscious choice of playing the Game of creation some more or going Home. Free will does exist. There is nothing wrong/ right just the action and its inevitable consequence.

We have seen how individual choice is made possible in the 7th house. The typical nature of the 7th half-dark and half-bright, makes this house rather dangerous. Its choices must be navigated carefully. The mind wants to consciously choose in the current moment but the inherent choice of the birth moment cannot be ignored. The moment of evening twilight, generally malevolent energies influence the conscious mind. But the sub-conscious is always alert, it wants only those influences which will take it higher spiritually. This is a very subtle conflict with very high stakes. That is why we astrologers get so many questions related to partnerships -marriage and business!

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Then we reach the 8th house. The house of sudden catastrophic transformations, surgeries, serious diseases, reproductive organs, accidents, the process of physical death, occult etc. If there are benefics here they are subdued, as overtly auspicious things cause you to change internally in unexpected manner. But if there are malefics here they give unpredictable results, cruelty coupled with occult?, war linked with spirituality?, almost always an unsatisfying marriage/business venture, but an endurance for the spiritual. Here you have the background of the sub-conscious as chosen at birth but now you can do something about it. If your chart shows the possibility of accidents, maybe you can train yourself to drive safely so as to reduce the intensity/chances. Or if you know you might get in-laws who will try to use you, you might keep them at a distance from the start. Or if you know that you have a potential for the occult, maybe you can actively learn more about it. If you know that death will be in a certain way, you can keep yourself calm and make the most of the energy of the transformation. The 8th is ultimately a part of the Moksh trikon.

The 9th house, this is a part of the Dharma trikon, 1-5-9 houses, so should be analysed carefully. This house will give all material necessities for a comfortable life, at whatever level you have chosen. The expectation here is if you are materially comfortable, you will naturally gravitate towards the spiritual. Optimism, benevolence, divine blessings, luck, your past lives ‘auspicious benefits’ etc. You have this backup with you but how to express it and work with it can be your choice. Changes in your inner most psyche as per your karmic back-up, slowly change you on the outside too, more philosophical, more mature, more kind, you become an enabling senior, a patron yourself. Here benefic planets give very auspicious results but malefics also do not harm much. You will receive spiritual gifts and you are expected to give them onward. (Highest possibility exists for Cancer ascendant. If exalted Venus occupies the 9th house Pisces. If the rest of the chart supports and the person chooses this path. This person can realise Himself and help others too.)

The 10th house is your link to your society, profession, salary income, birth father, social mobility, etc, Arth trikon. Some of this is naturally as per your background’s dark half. But here you will be put into situations where you will have to choose and act, work, perform, produce, labour, do your karmic obligations. This action is obligatory as per your past lives, but if you are in a karma-yoni you do have some option on how you want to do it. If you choose to avoid doing it altogether, then you will have to complete the pendency in some future life, as it is your obligatory action. Any planet in this house will increase scope for action. They will add their power to the house, ‘activate it’, giving you more platforms and opportunities to work. Any planet in this house generally performs well. This is the zenith, the degree at the top of the head. Any action you take here will have its effect on your current and future lives. You can gain the highest goals here. And since it is the bright half, you can do some course corrections, the action does not percolate immediately into the subconscious like the 7th house.

Then the 11th house of gains. A part of the Kama trikon. Here you will be granted opportunities to gain in every way possible. Wealth, friend-circle, like-minded groups, good-will, etc are linked here. This gain is essentially the gain linked to your personal essence, it feels good on all levels. You come out of your personal limitations, the limits defined by your personal ego here. As you socialise, make friends, join like minded groups, interact, accept every sort of gains from the 11th, you realise that you are much more. You expand in every way, become socially conscious to begin with and later this consciousness expands even more as it gains more directions. The choice from the material to the spiritual is very much available here. Practically every planet here gives favourable results. If you have more planets here you will be given that many more and diverse opportunities to gain.

The 12th house is a rather cryptic house. The planets which have risen a couple of hours before your birth. You can interpret this house in two ways. One it represents the influence of the energies of the journey to pitrulok to martyalok, ie the journey your soul made from the dimension of the spirits to the dimension of the living. Or the impact of your immediate past life on your current life. Second it represents the immediate position of your soul after your physical death, the route you will take back to the pitrulok (Moksh trikon). All kinds of outward travel, expenses, the genius and creativity of the dying moment, the meditative states and also the moments which you spend dreaming and in deep sleep. You have no conscious control over how these energies work. But you can direct these energies. At the moment of death, you can consciously propel yourself to higher energy states. You can harness the energies of the other states to complete your karmic baggage. You can do meditative practices with the intention of achieving Moksh (this is why Venus is exalted in the natural 12th house of the zodiac). You can increase your intuitive power and use your sub-conscious actively. This is naturally dependant on the potential of your sub-conscious half but you do have some choice in the matter.

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If you do a quick analysis with the trikons. Arth trikon is more in the subconscious side. Moksh trikon is more in the conscious side. Dharma and Kama trikon are equally placed half/half. (The 1st and 7th houses are different).

  • Dharma trikon – 1-5-9 houses
  • Arth trikon – 2-6-10 houses
  • Kama trikon – 3-7-11 houses
  • Moksh trikon – 4-8-12 houses

Arth trikon – The things which give your life meaning are more linked to the sub-conscious programming, your past lives decide this more. Two houses out of the three lie in the dark side. Eg if you have been doing intense spiritual practice for 90% of your past lives, then in this life too this will give most meaning to your life. Or if you have been a soldier for 80% of your past lives, then in this life too the army will beckon. You cannot dismiss these ‘arth’ ‘meaningful’ things so easily as they are connected to your past lives inevitable results, you can maybe modulate them a bit, eg if not a soldier, you can be an army doctor?

Moksh trikon – The final release from illusions is more on the conscious side. If you want to release yourself from anything, it requires conscious efforts. 33% will be your back-up from the sub-conscious of the past lives but remaining effort has to be consciously put in. This applies to Moksh, the final release but also the release from other things. Eg you have never been given maternal love in 80% of your past lives, it is a negative binding. So to release yourself from this baggage, you have to consciously try, one way is helping orphaned children. Another example, if you didn’t find a good Guru or were exploited by someone who pretended to be one, it is a negative baggage, so try to teach others as you wanted to be, learn the highest knowledge and give it to others, this will set you free.

Dharma trikon – I have written a lot on the 1st house in my past few posts so not repeating all that. The personal essence, subconscious tendencies/ genius and karmic ‘auspicious benefits’ make this trikon.

Kama trikon – I have written a lot on the 7th house also, its inherent danger, its half dark/ bright sides etc so not repeating this either. It is the evolution of the narrow definition of ‘desire’ into the expanded infinite ‘highest desire’, via a treacherous illusion of free will and choice.

There are so many ways of pulling information from your horoscope, do explore them all, you will get to know yourself better. We generally use astrology to know about our education, business, wealth, health, family/children etc. This is the simpler way of using this Ved-ang Jyotish. The ultimate objective of Jyotish is always Self-illumination.

 

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Lunar eclipse 10th Jan 2020

The first eclipse of the year 2020 is coming up on the night of 10th / 11th  Jan. It is a penumbral lunar eclipse, visible in India from about 22:35 pm to 2:40 am Indian time. It will have its effect throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia etc.

It is just a penumbral eclipse and the shadowing of the moon will be extremely faint. There are no specific rituals that need be performed as such. During the actual eclipse if you feel like it you can perform some spiritual practice or do mantra jaap of Rahu/Ketu and Sun/Moon or Gayatri or whatever you feel like. However pregnant women should take care also consult your doctor and if possible avoid giving birth during this time. A pre-eclipse time of 9 hours is considered the ‘sutak’ period for a lunar eclipse. People avoid doing auspicious activities during this period. Generally a fast is observed or some eclipse-specific pujas are performed during the sutak period. For a solar eclipse the sutak period is 12hours before the solar disc starts getting occulted.

A lunar eclipse needs only the Sun and the Moon to be opposite each other with Rahu/Ketu. So in this scenario only those few people whose ascendant or birth Moon sign is Leo, Cancer and the sign axis in which the eclipse is occurring would be affected. But this time, in addition we have Saturn Jupiter Mercury caught up in this eclipse energy and are combust! Practically 80% of the population will see something of these energies generated affecting their life. As it is you can see world events have gone very erratic in these times.

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Generally a penumbral lunar eclipse has limited energy so its effects are also rather limited. The main umbral eclipse where the Moon is visibly occulted is the real thing. But this time, though the eclipse is weak, it is just one more energy event in a sequence of events since Nov 2019 and which will continue till 22nd Jan 2020. The eclipse is occurring in the over-loaded Gemini-Sagittarius axis,

  • Rahu is going to eclipse the Moon in Gemini. Gemini belongs to Mercury. Gemini is a typical house, the 3rd natural house of the zodiac and has the potential to go either way.
  • Ketu is with the Sun, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury in Sagittarius. Also Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn are combust, ‘evaporated’ by the Sun. The Sun has taken in all the qualities of these planets and has become a ‘mixed-up-Sun’, combustion of planets changes the quality of the Sun. Sagittarius has been bearing the brunt of all this energy for quite some time now. Their this Sade-sati phase has been quite bad despite Jupiter being there.
  • Mars will be aspecting Rahu+Moon with his 8th house aspect. This is an intense aspect can trigger rash behaviour.
  • We have just had a humongous solar eclipse on 26th Dec 2019. I have written several posts on this energy event.
  • The nodes are in the forward motion and are almost stationary. This indicates past karmas are moving very fast, almost everyone is caught in a whirl of events over which there is no control.
  • Only Venus is away from all this, the only graha who is not involved. However his Taurus sign is a bit uncomfortable as Sagittarius is 8th from it, so triggering fast sudden changes in their lives.

People with Gemini or Sagittarius as their ascendant or Moon sign should be careful. To some extent Taurus, Cancer,  Scorpio and Capricorn signs also should take care. Some major changes are in the offing. For the rest of the signs the results are neutral. For Aries and Libra, if the rest of the chart supports, these two signs can benefit during this period.

People in the planetary Dasha of Moon eg Vimshottari Moon Mahadasha or Moon antardasha. Or if sign-based dashas are applicable to you, then those of you in the Dasha periods of Gemini or Sagittarius signs. If you can use the Kaalchakra dasha, then those with Gemini or Sagittarius signs Deha or Jiv rashis will be disturbed. All these people should expect significant changes in life in Jan-Feb 2020.

Some of the issues which can be triggered by this eclipse are as follows. These are general readings, the intensity will depend on the rest of the birth chart and the math. But these results will be seen at some level or the other, mild or intense everyone will experience these.

Respiratory problems, allergies, nervous issues are possible. Arguments with siblings, misunderstandings with teammates or office colleagues are possible. Take care to complete your office work in time. At home, there is a high chance of differences with the husband/wife leading to temporary separations. You might feel ‘out of tune’ with your best friends. Avoid taking major issues related to relationships till Jan end, ie proposals, engagements, marriages, separations or divorce. You might feel stressed out emotionally and mentally. Psychological issues and depression are likely for some. Take care of your money, relationships and health. Misunderstandings, rumours or even lying and cheating is possible, so think logically before you act. Avoid loose talk and gossip. Engaging in financial speculations can be risky at present. Risky behaviour, rash driving, trying antics while swimming can get dangerous.  Vehicles and electrical equipment can refuse to cooperate adding to the overall stress energy.

There are some things you can actively do to re-direct the energies swirling around you. Reading new books or writing something always works. You might just chance on that idea for a new book or something genius. Try to find common ground with other people, it might take some effort but do it. Go out for a walk or try and do something new, avoid sitting alone with your thoughts. Thoughts can be erratic or depressive during this period. De-clutter or do some spring-cleaning, rearrange your desk your room furniture or your wardrobe. There are changes due in the near future, try to keep your mind flexible. Avoid getting overly emotional, do not insult anyone. Mercury is combust and there is an eclipse in his Gemini, whatever you say can magnify and later backfire.

Again, by itself this lunar eclipse is not that powerful but can be the last straw for the over-loaded Gemini-Sagittarius axis people.

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(eg me and my brother had a raging argument and we aren’t talking to each other for over a week now. It would be actually laughable if it weren’t for the intensity. And because both of us do our pujas and stuff, if we fight, we stop interacting till we get in control of ourselves and our energies again.

Sharing an old experience with my brother the planetary energies and the magic of the Thoth Tarot cards. I was feeling a constriction on my sub-conscious self and was too tired to work out things. The cards are quick solutions and when my brother does them for me they are magic. As he laid them out the answer was obvious. The ocean of my sub-conscious was being very turbulent (planetary movements at the time) and the cards were telling me to something to get them in control again. All ok till then. But the energies released by the cards were so intense that we immediately had a crazy-crazy argument. We both knew that it was crazy but still we couldn’t stop. I came back to my home. My sub-conscious mind was angry. The magic and the energies were trying to set it back to its calm state and it was rebelling. (It was 12th moon in transit for me, so as it is, the Mind was free to do whatever it wanted). This was followed by my subconscious creating a shadow, a Chhaya-purush, which went and psychic-attacked him. He called me up in the middle of the night, he had turned ice-cold, unable to do anything. Till then I was unaware, I was reading a book. This gave me the shock of a life time. I love him dearly, can’t even hit him, forget attacking him on the astral levels! I ‘looked’ into the astral around him, he was in a mass of black gooey tarry energy. So I pulled everything off him, destroyed the shadow. It took a day for us to get us back to our usual selves.)

 

Moon in Cancer, power to your emotions

Moon-Chandra in the owner of Cancer-Karka, it is his swa-kshetra. Cancer is a watery sign, a moveable sign, a sign with the Satvik gun dominant. Satva gun means you are basically neutral. The actions of others evoke a reaction in you. The birth Moon placed here is very comfortable unless influenced by malefics or placed in the dusham-sthan, the houses of turmoil, the 6th, the 8th or the 12th (to some extent in the 3rd too).

Moon in Cancer, power to your emotions

Intense yearnings. You give power to your emotions. You are motivated by emotional needs. Your actions are based on the emotional context always and perhaps habit. You are kind, possessive, sensitive, sympathetic. You are possessive of your loved ones and can be jealous at times. You love deeply as your watery depths. But you expect gratitude in return of your love. If you do not receive this you can get bitter.

Sustained energies. You are quite receptive to new ideas and like interactions with others. Social standing and family history, traditions and home culture is important to you. As a child, you expect love from your parents and also love your children later. You can get over-protective, which can cause suffocation to your loved ones. You are quite stoic and can face problems with courage. You can sacrifice yourself for your loved ones. You get along well with the earthy types.

You like smoothness. To relax you can take up activities which are linked to water, to flowing, feelings and emotions. You need emotional involvement in whatever you are doing. You need the feelings, so choose some activities which allow you to experience.

You are receptive. This can easily be converted to sensitivity, later over-sensitivity. You are highly vulnerable to hurt, as your conscious as well as sub-conscious self absorbs the energy of the hurt. So think, take a few deep breaths before you let your emotions dominate you.

Social interactions are desirable. The spouse has Saturnine qualities, more into work, profession, social mobility, earning money etc. This is in a way good as he/she does not feel and express emotionally as you do. This might seem like a mis-match in the initial stages of marriage, but works out for the best with time. You are more into conservation of the traditions and security of the home life. If you both understand how beautifully you make a unified whole the marriage will be successful. In a marriage both need to be compatible not similar.

Medical problems. Typically connected to the cold and the fluids of the body.  Organs which can be affected are the lungs, digestion, rheumatism (fluid between the joints). Diseases are of the ‘clinging’ type, it takes time to heal completely.

Considered to be self-repressive. But it means that you are contained more within. You do not allow yourself to project your essential energy outwards. If you do you do this only after precautions and forethought. You are silent about your own self. The instinct for self-protection, self-defence is so strong that you rarely let let down your guard. Only the rare few whom you trust will see your real emotions. The need for privacy is extremely strong. You rarely trust. You are instinctive and you can gauge a person based on his astral and sub-conscious self. You pick up subtle nuances about the person before you which others wont even notice. ‘Feeling’ is not a completely rational act, there is a sub-conscious component to emotions always. You are intensive, retrospective and have the enormous energy of the astral at your disposal. Your need for emotional safety is never fulfilled.

Moon in Cancer, power to your emotions

Linked to the past. Moon represents the sum of all your incarnations, past, present, future, parallel. You are intensely involved in your this astral sum. Cancer is a fixed sign, so though seen as passive, you are quite capable of concentrated action. However your action is always based on the basis of your past experiences.

Exceptionally impressionable, you can deeply absorb outside influences. Often you are unaware of the depths of your own emotions. You may seem calm on the surface but there can be a storm secretly brewing inside. You rarely lose your temper, but when you do, you are spectacular in your rage!

Moon is a reflection of the Sun. Here the reflection is linked to your personal soul, everything is personal is this sign. You take things personally, which adds to your sensitivity. If such a Moon gives inauspicious results, several things can go wrong. Eg excessive jealousy of spouse’s interaction with his parents, will make you separate him from his parents!

The Vimshottari Moon Mahadasha period will naturally bring your focus to your home, maternal figures, culture, nutrition, etc. But it is often damaging to the health unless the Moon is supported by benefic influence.

Spiritual practice is a must for the watery Moon signs. This brings awareness. Part of yourself is submerged in the sub-conscious, you are unaware of this aspect of yourself. If you a regular practice where you focus at your third eye chakra and breath, you will be more aware of this inner hidden aspect of your personality. You can use your own resources better. Your over-sensitivity, compulsive behaviours, baseless-fears and sometimes confusing emotional responses will be more understandable. Water has no shape, it flows. Water cannot be stopped, it yields and in it, is its strength. Firmness is necessary to channelise it. If you can shape the direction of your flow and sustain it, you can make the most of your essential nature!

A soul’s deepest yearning is ultimately Moksh, realisation of the Ultimate. You know that you have to protect yourself from the external interference and influences. You know that the inner calm is necessary. You are capable of subtle reflection. You instinctively move in the right direction. You can focus and sustain your efforts despite hurdles and delays. You subconsciously know that even if the process is painful, the end result if worth it.

Cancer is composed of the three Nakshatra, lunar mansions named Punarvasu, Pushya and Asleysha. The nakshatras of all the three watery signs, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are owned by the same three planets, Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury.

  1. Punarvasu – influenced by Jupiter. Can be a high achiever in the material sense, but often there exists a conflict between practice and philosophy. If your Moon is in Punarvasu, you are more into learning, understanding and assimilating.
  2. Pushya – influenced by Saturn. Can be a highly esoteric placement with significant occult abilities. There are secrets known to you and you are quite secretive yourself. You may be a doctor, astrologer, tantrik etc where you are required to work with other’s secrets. In Pushya you are more into getting things regulated, getting them to work with serious discipline.
  3. Asleysha – influenced by Mercury. Struggles with internal conflicts. In Ashleysha, it can be a difficult placement as the analytical mind wars with the emotional mind. Then at the last few degrees of Asleysha the Gandant operates. A Moon in the Gandant at birth gives typical problems which need to be addressed as soon as such a baby is born.

The natural Moksh trikonis the energies of watery signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. These three signs are the most mysterious of the twelve. Moon in Cancer is about delving deep into your own subconscious to understand your own secrets.

 

Moon in Cancer, power to your emotions

Analysing a single placement

The Question is most important.

There are just these 9 planets/graha, the 12 houses and the 12 signs, these in all their infinite permutations and combinations will answer anything and everything about life, death and beyond. So always ask what you really want to know. If you have clear questions you will get precise answers. Sometimes I get clients who just want to know ‘what the horoscope says’, there is no real answer to this sort of question.

Analysing a single placement

For example, here is just this one placement – Libra ascendant, Venus in 5th house/Aquarius with Ketu. (Just with this, not considering their house owners and not considering Rahu) What all can you deduce from this one line? See if you can get some of these following answers! With this placement there is a potential for,

  • a highly balanced personality, disciplined, intellectual and fair nature, lucky!
  • Inferiority complex, shy, uncertain in public
  • oval face, fair or light colored hair, shorter than average stature
  • Backache always
  • problems in normal vision
  • can see ‘extra’ things with the eyes, psychic abilities, can be a tantric with significant occult abilities
  • significant access to past life experiences, will have relationships with people known from the past lives, will live in places/situations with karmic connections to the past lives and know it!
  • has no sense of personal self, detached from the personality and the environment.
  • first half of the life will go in a haze, second half (after 48yrs) will be more aware of himself
  • has no personal ‘self-love’, as cannot relate to himself in any way whatsoever, unaware of self, ‘hazed-out’.
  • Odd sense of dress and makeup. At least one thing will be out of place in the dressing style. e.g. maybe mismatched socks always.
  • life is characterised by ‘change’, there is something changing continuously, rate of change is very high
  • can engage in several marriages or affairs, will indifferent to relationships, these will be karmic in nature
  • few real friends, but will be known as a public figure by several
  • education /knowledge /wisdom will be quite impressive but the person is not bothered about his educational qualifications. Will not boast about this. Will have knowledge of the occult.
  • will have gains from various sources, several routes of wealth.
  • is capable of making connections with large numbers of people belonging to like-minded groups
  • Can get into spirituality and practice and can progress quite a lot. If this happens will worship the Devi, the feminine personified Divinity.
  • Marriage to someone significantly older or to someone who is away from home a lot
  • problems in child-birth if female chart. Even if it is a male chart, his wife will suffer during pregnancy and childbirth, surgery or something will occur.
  • Child will also have psychic abilities.
  • Will have few children and will be attached to the child. Child too will be attached to him.

This was briefly, a cursory look at one placement and you have now so much potential information about the person. All these things will happen at some point of the life. But when? And ‘how much’? You will also need to evaluate the intensity of the events. E.g will the person just wear spectacles for his life time or will he be affected by an undiagnosable medical problem to the eyes? Without this targeted reading this all will be too much and perhaps irrelevant.

  1. So the next step would be to look up the Dasha. With the Vimshottari Dasha there will be one peculiarity. Ketu Mahadasha of 7yrs is sequentially followed by Venus Mahadasha of 20yrs. So a combined seamless 27yrs of Ketu-Venus dominated period. A significant chunk of life where these results will be expressed. If the person is in this 27yrs period these above observations will be accentuated.
  2. To fine tune the timing and intensity of the readings look up the transits of Ketu and Venus. How their in-transit position is influencing their original position in the birth chart.

Now if you have the complete birth chart/ physical aspects, the birth moon chart/ psychological context and the navamsha chart D-9/ complete potential, the entire life story is open before you. So you need a definite question!

There is no good or bad placement of the planets/ houses/ signs, they just exist. In the above example, the person would have several problems but then there are so many things which are really good too. The chart is a tool, each planet/ house/ sign is a bundle of energy resonating with you. These do not control you nor do they influence you, They Are You. Unless you understand this you cannot make use of the horoscope.

The other methods of divination, like cards or runes are question oriented. The client will ask a question and you will give a definite answer. I have had clients who didn’t have questions, just a vague sense of unease. For this too, cards/ runes have a solution, there is a way you can access their subconscious mind. But it is only in astrology that you will get ‘just tell me about my chart’ type of clients. To get them to open up, you can look at the current in-transit chart and their birth chart and tell them one interesting thing about their relationship, wealth, profession or health (most clients are quite similar in this respect). And do encourage the client to ask. Help him frame a question which you can then answer. Only then will the session be fruitful for both of you.

For your self-analysis too, ask yourself questions and look for patterns in your chart which indicate the answer. Analysis requires time, a sense of intuition and a habit of reading patterns. So practice.

 

Analysing a single placement

 

Effect of Retrograde planets, Saturn

Saturn is the planet most likely to be retrograde in a chart. Approx 26% of the charts you get will have Saturn in his apparent backward motion.

Retrograde planets are teachers with a different agenda. They teach you by rewinding events in your conscious life. You review and re-analyse, again and yet again. The conscious event is never directly in sharp focus, your feelings, instincts and indirect impressions add more dimensions to the experience. You may not be able to clearly express yourself in the matters ruled by the retrograde planets. A jumble of feelings, you may not be sure about what you ‘feel’ and what you should be ‘doing’. On these matters your conscious and sub-conscious are in conflict.

If you have more than one planet retrograde in your chart you will need to find out the relative strengths of each to know their relative influence on you. As a starting point you can consider the planet which has advanced most into its sign, i.e. with the highest degrees, to give more results.

Effect of Retrograde planets, Saturn

Saturn teaches you to maintain the society and helps you maintain your public/visible role in it. Saturn is the owner of the 10th and 11th house of the natural zodiac. Thus he is the natural agent of your work, profession, your birth father, your luck, gains from every aspect of your life, like-minded groups etc. (The father in the spiritual sense, the Guru, is the 9th house). Most importantly on the spiritual context, Saturn gives you the work-plan which helps rebalance your karma systematically. He keeps a tally of how much work has been done and how much more is required to balance your this life’s karma target. The strength to persevere. All of us hope and are optimistic, but the next step towards success is to work steadily without faltering, this is Saturn. On the emotional front, Saturn is often dour, forbidding, causing restrictions, constrictions and not-happiness.

On the inner levels, Saturn’s job is to reduce ‘self-ego’, the inflated sense of personal self.

A retrograde Saturn will often start with a complicated relationship with the father or people in authority who discipline you. This begins in the childhood itself so has implications throughout life. We are required to live our life with self-discipline and responsibility. Often it is the father who teaches the child the value of discipline and corrects his behaviour if required. But a child with retrograde Saturn may subconsciously resent his father and all that he teaches. He might perceive his father to be distant, not-loving, emotionally unavailable or absent.

In life, resources are limited and you need to plan and be systematic about using them. As you grow, the ability to organise life and its resources becomes even more vital. You live in a society and its norms and legal/social behaviour is important. A retrograde Saturn is sometimes a balancing act. You have to think of positive goals which support Saturn’s natural role and also his role in your personal chart. Saturn signifies society in all ways, so retrograde or not, he will find ways to make you work for the society. So over time, especially after Saturn matures at the age of 36yrs, you might find your own ways of contributing. You tend to choose an external apparent freedom which is strictly regulated by your internal self-discipline. A retrograde Saturn allows you to use your talents differently, you may work in a profession considered ‘odd’ by the society. If the chart supports, you may be an eccentric professor who thinks differently, a brilliant artist who creates unusual works, or even an astrologer! All forms of jobs and professions are Saturn.

Effect of Retrograde planets, Saturn

Saturn’s energies are turned inwards, so the conscience is always hyper-alert. This internal voice reviews every step you take and every word you speak, always, non-stop, to an extent that you might feel an underlying fear of everything you do. ‘Are you doing things the way you are you are supposed to do?’, The internal self is hyper-strict, always finding faults. This over time can lead to low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence and an inability for self-love. The solution here is to direct the energies. Try to develop your own frame of reference, Saturn will allow this. You can develop your own internal sense of self-discipline so that you are more comfortable with what you do. Try to intuitively feel what is really important to you than what you were taught is important in life. You are required to be more subjective than objective. Look for patterns not separate events.

Retrograde Saturn will work with and through the planets he is associated /conjunct /aspected by /aspecting /house owner etc with. So e.g. if he is with a direct Mercury, try to find Saturn’s subjective influence on the Mercury-linked actions you do. You might think on what society needs, a thought, an intellectual reform, you might initiate a ‘process’ for the welfare of the society, speaking out, communicating, writing! Several social reformers had a retrograde Saturn who powered their thoughts and actions. These individuals were highly convinced of the correctness of their thoughts and were considered radical by the society of that time. Retrograde Saturn does provide the internal energy to work hard, the person knows he is right and unaware of the odds, perseveres and brings about fundamental changes.

If you want to come to terms with the power of retrograde planets, you have to go through a highly introspective process. Self-reflection is key. This however happens over a life-time. As you contemplate, your powers of intuition also increase, this will lead to increased trust in your own feelings. You will be able you love yourself, ‘self-love’. Only then will the subjective, seemingly irrational influences on your psyche be gradually accepted and integrated. However odd these subconscious feelings may seem, they are a pattern which will gradually synthesise and make sense. Retrograde Saturn is a great power-house, if you can use it in the sub-conscious levels, it will manifest in your physical reality too. Try to be comfortable with these inner dialogues and self-doubts, as they will make sense eventually.

 

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Virgo – Pisces the most sensitive axis, Part 1

Pisces, the 12th sign of the Zodiac, belongs Jupiter, the agent of expansion. Pisces represents the feet of the Kalapurush (The human archetype linked with Space – Time). It is the foundation on which the entire system rests. This sign represents movement in every which way. You walk with your feet! If you have your birth Moon in Pisces, or Ascendant in Pisces, or a significant number of planets placed in Pisces in your birth chart, this is what you would be on the internal subconscious level.

Virgo - Pisces the most sensitive axis, Part 1

You are deeply spiritual and like places and things of religious/spiritual significance. You are drawn to everything that ‘flows’ on all levels the physical, astral and spiritual. e.g. water, time, space, emotions, experiences etc. You are attracted to the other states, the other dimensions, the dream states , the spirit worlds/Pitru-lok, etc and can link with them easily. You can act as a bridge and help these others. You are restless, very deep and mysterious. You are interested in history, mythology and reflection. You like spending time with yourself, ‘feeling’. You create ‘imaginary’ worlds to ‘escape’ from physical reality. And you might be surprised to know that these ‘imaginary’ worlds are actually a reflection of some other reality of which you are subconsciously aware. You always need that other-dimensional touch to be happy. A life purely on the physical levels does not appeal to you.

You are generally quite fair and aware of your internal conscience, you will not be involved in moral wrongs. You might come across as eternally confused and dreamy, but that is just on the surface. You have unfathomable depths, unknown to yourself in the ‘wake state’. You ‘feel’ your way through situations and are one of the best decision-makers of the zodiac after Capricorn. You think and analyse very differently from other signs, you are more intuitive. And you know that you are right, so can be quite stubborn at times. You are quite responsible and are often burdened with several responsibilities. You may be a home-maker or an executive, but you feel satisfied when you provide for others. You are quite capable of sacrificing yourself, your comforts and pleasures so that others, people, ideas, traditions etc can benefit. You are very loving and large-hearted but at the same time you often suffer for no fault of yours. When in trouble, you refuse for advice and help from others. You do not like to put others to trouble because of you. You internally welcome the change which comes out of the hardship/trauma and are quite adaptable.

Internally the Pisces knows that it has to end, only then will its new existence begin. Thus you often carry around yourself a sense of undefined sorrow. This is the last sign of the zodiac so naturally has to provide the foundation for the next cycle, which will begin as it ends. It is a responsible position and  in a way it is the summary of the entire zodiac belt. It is completion in every way. It is two fishes in perfect harmony, in the fathomless ocean, moving, balanced, in opposite directions, indicating a balance which is ever evolving.

Virgo - Pisces the most sensitive axis, Part 1

The biggest assets that a Pisces has are the agents represented by Cancer and Scorpio. The 9th from and 5th from axis works here too. The astral body, the subconscious mind, the movement of pran in your energy body etc add power to the Pisces (Also the Sukshma and the Karan sharir, represented by the 4 higher layers of your complex energy body.). These 3 signs are the creative intelligence and thus the subsequent foundation of each other in a cycle. One intelligently builds the support for the other and likewise in a cyclic manner. A Pisces can effortlessly plumb the depths, survive catastrophic changes of identity and recover useful information/experiences which it again uses as a foundation to delve ever deeper. Its dreaminess is only external, internally this sign is ever in motion, highly focussed, searching for internal spiritual treasures.

You can be quite successful in material life too, may gain as a result of your activities, power and position in social life. But material gains do not satisfy and often cause problems for you. But the thing is that you don’t mind working for others without any material reward in return! You know that material gains, which the world sees as real, are ultimately not real. Your concept of gain is the sense of completion when karma has been balanced. And you are willing to work tirelessly for it, in all possible dimensions, in all possible ways.

Challenges for Pisces are presented by the agents of Taurus, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius. Here are some of the things which have the potential to make you really miserable. First is the desire to hoard material treasures for your own self. Gaining for your own self will make you miserable. Then for whatever reason, ‘limiting yourself’. If you limit yourself and your actions to the small groups of spouse, partnerships, legal bindings, family, neighbourhood, philosophy, peer group, humanity etc you will be miserable. You are kind-hearted and you have a karmic load to re-balance which crosses all these defined narrow limits. You also have untold sources of energy which you can tap into, if need be. So follow your internal self and set your thoughts and feelings free, you will be happier. This does not mean that you just break all rules of material life and behave irresponsibly. Instead, recognise that your existence is much more than what is visible on the physical levels. Doing some spiritual practice will help immensely by diverting all this where it belongs, in the spiritual realm.

But, understand that these these signs and their agents ultimately help you in your spiritual progress. Now Libra demands that you work, serve and give selflessly of yourself to rebalance, it demands perfection here. Taurus wants you use all the resources at your disposal for good of the society at large, that you work and benefit everyone, in the broadest sense. Sagittarius will force you to change your perceptions and philosophies and will transform your sense of understanding, knowledge and wisdom. Aquarius will make you lose your limited sense of self and grant you the widest possible understanding of your most expansive Self. These lessons can be harsh, hard, fast, insistent and even terrifying. But these processes will be on the internal subconscious levels and on the material levels will be accompanied with pain and distress. If you accept these processes with a sense of learning it will be easier to cope on the material realm too.

The perfect partner, the mirror for Pisces is Virgo ruled by Mercury. This is a karmic partnership where each completes the other’s missing bits, thus both achieve completion.

The gist of Pisces is “Yadno yadnena kalpetaam” from the Rudra Chamakam. “May evolution be perfected by evolution”. Completion is not stagnant, it is ever changing and ever moving, evolving yet perhaps still remains the same. A Paradox!

 

Virgo - Pisces the most sensitive axis, Part 1

(This and the next posts will be on the Virgo-Pisces axis, which I have mentioned in my pervious post, Effectiveness of the Signs to be the most sensitive. I hope they will be of some use to the kind soul who had put the question in the contact form.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of Evil eyes and Children

All of us have auras which are extensions of our personalities. Auras do a lot of things including protecting us. Aura is the biological energy of the body. Similarly our thoughts also have energy. All such energies generated by a conscious living being is something like a ‘bio-energy’.

When someone looks at a sweet-looking child with wishful eyes it is said to be an ‘evil eye’ on the child, and the child might actually suffer. That person may be childless so might be longing for a child herself, or may just be watching the child very intently, or may be just casually watching with a penetrating gaze, no ill will for the child as such. Her subconscious mind thinks, ‘I wish I had such a lovely child’, ‘Such a sweet child, I wish he were my child’, etc. These subtle thoughts are not deliberate or malignant, they are just subconscious ‘longing’.

What is ‘evil eye’ really? It is basically a minor version of a psychic attack. Now a child is small with very little defence mechanisms in his aura and the energy link created by the adult’s gaze is so strong that it is a shock for his energy body. A large chunk of energy gets pulled out of his aura and he feels the energy shock followed by a physical illness.

Of Evil eyes and Children

Staring with intense longing attracts the person who is being looked at, irrespective of age. If your husband is going away for a few days and you bid him bye with penetrating wishful eyes, he is also going to feel uncomfortable for a while as he travels.

In India, small children are intentionally protected from the ‘evil eye’. The mother puts a dot of her kajal/kohl behind the child’s left ear, or left side of the forehead. She thus creates an energy-link supporting her child. Tying black threads or amulets around the child’s neck is also a common way of protection. Children are kept presentable, not heavily dressed up so that random people stare. Small children are not taken out on days when there is thunder and lightening in the sky, on such days the atmosphere is charged with electricity and the body can lose some of its bio-energy. Babies, until the ritual of Annaprashan (eating the first food other than milk), are cuddled only by their parents and close relatives. Children less than 1yr of age are generally not taken out in public gatherings etc where random strangers can see or touch them. Most adults here do not kiss or cuddle babies from other families as a matter of tradition.

Here we also do not let our young children sleep alone. Sleep is not ‘shut-down’, it a state of existence where there exist different energies and dangers. The child always sleeps next to his mother so that while sleeping her bio-energy supports him. She is the only one who gives to her child, even subconsciously she will only give, never take. In some modern Indian houses, I have observed the parents send the child to sleep with the grandparents rather than keeping him with them at night. This causes a very different problem for the child, it is strange and rather difficult to understand but this happens. The older person has a very strong bioenergy field and subconsciously drains the vitality of the child. The grandparents love the child dearly, but the subconscious reality while sleeping is different. Children have very weak defences and a thinner bio-energy shield so are very vulnerable, so might even fall ill. (It is something like a tree, an older tree has greater capacity to draw nourishment compared to a young sapling. And if you have observed, small saplings do not grow in the shade of older trees.)

Where I live now, the local tradition is that the husband is generally 10yr or so older than the wife. I have attended a few local weddings where the rosy cheeked young women looking so very pretty and within a year of the marriage they age, often with some illness. Conversely, the husbands seem to glow with health after the marriage. The reason is the same. After marriage when these women engage in physical activity and also sleep next to their much older husbands, their bio-vitality is being drawn off by them. So marry someone around your own age, too much of an age gap is not advisable. In some cultures there is a system where a man marries several women younger to him. If you are observant you might see that the man is glowing with health while his wives seem weak and ill. The bio-energy reason is the same.

Of Evil eyes and Children

Back to children. We do not allow children near places of negative energy. Places like hospitals, sites of tragedy, ancient wars, or violence, or a house where someone has died, cemeteries etc. The imprint of these negative events in these places is enough to cause a bio-shock to the energy of the child. A small child is neither completely aware nor unaware of things. He still carries with him the impressions of his immediate past life as these have not yet been wiped off and neither has he gained sufficient new experiences of this life. He is also willing to learn in every way. He does not have the will to resist impressions from people and environments yet. So his personality will be moulded as per the environment he lives in and the people he interacts with. So protect your small children.

Another problem is that parents think that their baby is unable to understand things, so often get physical with each other with the small child sleeping near them. But the child has fully functional ‘extra-senses’, and his aura shield is also weak and thin. So the energy of the physical act is pulled deeply into the subconscious of the child which causes great damage and will affect his behaviour as he gets older.

When two people meet, who will influence the other? It is like a fight at the bio-energy level. The one who has the greater bio-energy wins. We are electromagnetic beings and we all interact at levels much deeper than what can be sensed by our limited 5 senses. We all love our children, and it is our responsibility to protect them while they are young and vulnerable to ‘evil eye’.

 

Of Evil eyes and Children