Decoding transits and their impacts.

We are simply tuned in to wait for the big transits every few years and expect magic to happen- when at times what gets played out may be more sinister and nightmarish then what it would have been before! Join me here as we try to understand what is possibly a more easier way to decode transits and read through their impacts and why they always don’t measure up the way you are told they will! So here we go!

Often we have people left wondering why a transit did not help the way it was supposed to and rather why did it compound a problem and complicate matters rather then resolving them! Well at times even astrologers end up exposing their vulnerabilities (nothing wrong with this, as long as they learn where they mis-stepped) and this further compounds the problem! Through my limited experience, I have picked up a few things and this is what I wish to share with your over the next few paragraphs!

To begin with, sure enough all the great classics stay as they stated and there is no reason to doubt or suggest anything adverse or contrary to the great sages and masters of vedic astrology! It all however starts with being able to decipher and decode what has been said in the context of the times that we live today and this is very very fundamental and critical!

Not all benefics intend to do what they suggest- You see Jupiter may have multiple significations and which one of those will prevail and which will go missing largely depends on the strength of the planet, the karaka that it happens to be (according to Jaimini) and also the lordship of the nakshatra and the sign that it occupies! Sure enough sounds boggling but that is the simple fact, unless any planet is in it’s highest level of comfort to bestow all that it can, it will not and will only be able to do only as much good as allowed by the limitations of the sign- lordship of the sign- the nakshatra- it’s lordship and the not to forget the operating dashas, antardasha and the plethora of aspects that a chart may have! hence even if you have a benefic Jupiter transiting the fifth house (let’s assume it’s own house/sign) for some it may indicate completion of higher education, yet for some it may signify getting a child and for yet some others it could be completing that vital academic research!

The confusion and chaos around wealth- Well the great astrological texts were written in an age when the definition of wealth was quite different- when it comes to today’s time- no matter what the “yogas” say, it is very important and vital that when charts are read- one takes a holistic and contextual look at the potential of the chart to manifest what it holds! Being rich can be as simple as being born into a family with a net worth value of “x” at the time or birth and then raising it to “x+y” through the life time or it could be going from “x” to “<x” and then bouncing back to “>x” all in a span of few years to a few decades and that is really the story for the majority of us, for only a few charts will have – what I call as holistic potential in terms of the planetary avasthas, operating dashas and transits to bestow unprecedented wealth the way the classical tests were written!

Deciphering impact of transits from natal moon in the chart- What I have come across through my practise is that even if the planets are benefics, as they transit the 4th, 8th or 12th from the Moon, there are more challenges presented depending on the bhava that they are transiting through and the play between that bhava lord, the moon and the transiting planet! Needless to say the impacts get muted or amplifies on the extent of the benefic/malefic impact and what the holistic grade works out to! This is one reason why many a times a very benefic period passes off as ordinary as it can get and at times from no where severe challenges begin to come up! This is a classic problem and further gets complicated for harts wherein there is greater amount of discord between the D1 and D9. When this play happens between D10 and the other primary charts, one can witness highs and lows of income and business as the planets move and engage with each other!

Set expectations right from the context that they come in from- Many a time people want to hear things what they want to- they are being human and nothing to blame them, but as students of astrology, it is upto us to help them understand what the planets really whisper and why even the most potent looking yoga in a chart may eventually turn up to be just a fleeting phase of a few months and not give anything more then a lottery of a few hundred rupees! The rise of an individual chart or the extent that a chart can all needs to be checked holistically and comprehensively factoring in all the critical elements that go on to impact and effect the promise as shown in a chart! You see, an individual may have a great chart with a great potential but if a sibling or a member of the family has something else that is glaring and showing u angles of distorted fortunes-if that bit is missed out- there will be a big divergence in what is inferred and what actually plays out ion the individuals life!

I leave you with these thoughts here and urge you, as a student of astrology to reflect upon these aspects too; whether you are an astrologer or a student or an individual seeking guidance through this great art and science! Charts tell the secrets, all of them, what is needed is the eye, a mind and a potent soul that can connect and unlock those secrets!

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Simplifying Planetary Exchanges

Another interesting topic among students and followers is the space around exchange of planetary houses (that is when planets seem to switch houses between them- like Mercury being in Taurus and Venus being in Gemini or say Mars being in Capricorn and Saturn being in Aries or Scorpio so on and so forth!). The approach to decoding the impact of these kind of planetary exchanges in a chart is really simple and calls for a complete holistic understanding of the planets under consideration in totality alongside the overall promise of the chart under study!

To begin with, one needs to see the bala (strength) that the planets have, the Jaimini karaka they represent, their association with the lagna lord and their association with the Sun and the Moon in the chart (sure enough their strength too will matter). You see, the panchavargeeya bala of the planets (who are in exchange) will go on to show the intensity and the impact of the exchange if I have to put in plain speak, the Jaimini Karaka they represent and the Bhava they are in (the house that they are in) goes on to then spell out how the play will commence and what all things will get impacted/ manifested). The relation with the Sun and / or the Moon signifies the pivot from where the manifestation will happen- whether things are manifesting from soul level or if they are arising from the mind and the material plane – more to do so with the desires owing to a fleeting mind- Moon signification.

As long as the planets are natural friends or temporal friends (based on the chart) and they are placed in houses/bhavas which are strong (have strength) and the natural significators of those bhavas are benefic and provide strength to the planets in the exchange- the results are often benefic and reinforced and more so during the beneficial transits and dasha/ anatardasha of the planets in exchange. When one of these houses or both of them are impacted by malefic planets based on the intensity of that aspect, there will be a proportional increase in delay or difficulty with regards to what is being promised by the planetary exchange! Likewise when dashas/antardasha of malefic planets operate and if they have a correlation with the planets in exchange (through conjunction or aspect) there will be problems/delays and reduction of the benefic impact of the planets in exchange!

When planets bring about an exchange with regards to the nakshatra lordship, the relationship of the nakshatra with regards to Moon and the the engagement of those nakshatras with the ones’ that are in action (through transits and dashas) will be crucial to take note of! Nakshatra works at the very basic level of the construct of an individual, hence even in the same lagna one finds different personalities walk the planet, even while the Moon is in the same sign, you have completely different levels of approach, attitude and discernment at play- ditto for other planets and what they signify! Hence when it comes to an exchange at Nakshatra level it primarily is bringing forth the underlying core construct at the soul level and something that is essentially inseparable and an intrinsic part of who the person has evolved to be! This is what it is!

To summarize, one needs to evaluate the whole space of planetary exchange at a very fundamental level, like everything else in astrology and then alone arrive at any specific conclusions or predict from thereon! Anything done without paying heed to the complete contextual settings of planets, bhavas, transits, dashas and nakshatras will only paint a part of the whole story which may not always be very accurate or helpful!

I leave your here with this shorty article and will be back soon with another one! If you want to know if you have a parivartan yoga in your chart and if you want to have an analysis done, reach us by completing our form on the Contact Us page on the website.

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Simplifying Planetary Aspects

I share with you here, what I have observed through my practise and sure enough, classical texts have their ground and there is no reason for debating or doubting what the great seers have written, the fact remains that as individuals, we are only able to understand and decipher a limited amount of the vast subject that astrology really is! Even in these modern times, we have had great scholars and legends who have spent their lives focusing only on a specific aspect of the subject and that too has always created a micro universe of applicable rules and governing principles- this perhaps is what makes Astrology so sublime, fluid and challenging! Today I share my observations about planetary aspects as I have seen them play out and sure enough, given the limitation of a blog, I will keep it is crisp and as simple as possible!

Unlike normally it has been thought, Jupiter can be as deceptive as any other planet and sure enough it may not cause any impediments like the other malefic planets, but it has the potential to stall it’s goodness and benefic virtue and leave an individual at the mercy of the malefic in the chart! This can get further compounded if Jupiter looses its strength or potency to do good by getting debilitated or is further under the influence of malefics in other divisional charts! Hence judging Jupiter only by analyzing it and suggesting it is a first rate benefic only because it is either in Cancer, Pisces or Sagittarius and associated with the 1,5, or 9th house can be a mistake! Likewise when it comes to Mars, even though it can be a Yogakaraka, given the basic nature of what Mars signifies, the houses that it aspects, it will create a clinical severance in the signification of the houses that it aspects, irrespective whether it is good or bad and more the malefic it is , greater will the be the impact felt on the signification of the houses that it aspects!

Like Jupiter and Mars, Saturn too brings in considerable restrictive manifestation to the signification of the house that it aspects, the only difference being, that It allows the house occupied by it to develop, albeit slowly with time and after taking an individual through the detour of life!

Sun’s seventh aspect too can be a handful, based on which house Sun is placed and what house it aspects, based on the other interplay of planets on that house being aspected, either that house will be managed or will be presented with ever going strife and conflict! As for Sun, so for Moon, unless the aspect has the necessary strength and benevolence of the other planets, lords of the aspected house and the house itself- there will be an ever going waning and waxing of the signification of the house that is being aspected by the Moon!

Venus in a very unlikely way, plays its influence in a very subtle and sustained manner, often leaving people wondering whether there is any impact at all! No matter what people say or think, when you look beyond by the yesteryear and count the number of times you have made it out even in the toughest situation, in all probability it would have been because of the benevolence of Venus or Jupiter and more of Venus- because , Venus operates when and where Jupiter stops owing to it’s high moralistic pedestal! Venus brings in a soothing impact on the house aspected by it and tends to make it shine and stand out at least in some aspect of the signification (sure enough depending on how well Venus is placed in a chart!) Venus is the invisible hand of God, which blesses, guides and heals all the time without people noticing it!

Rahu (and as some schools of astrology also factor Ketu) aspects are as tricky and as self asserting as Rahu himself! Well, some believe Rahu propels and accelerates materialistic hoarding while Ketu drives one towards detachment and spiritual path, sure enough, but one must never forget that the manifestation of the type of hoarding and the type of spiritual path is almost always indicated by the lords of the signs that Rahu and Ketu occupy! Needles to say if there is an interplay between Rahu/Ketu and the Moon or the Sun and if the Moon is weak, individuals have to face testing times as and when the nodes decide to pull up a trick because the ability of the mind to discern and the conviction of the soul both get dampened proportionally to the strength that Rahu/ Ketu derive! Rahu, as I have seen, through its aspects tends to increase the signification of the houses that it aspects and in a way as to help the individual, while Ketu seems to curtail and restrict the significations of the houses that it aspects making the individual slog more and toil more to earn those significations!

Irrespective of whatever the classical texts say the D1, holds the promise of the potential and shows streaks of success and reasons of failures, the study of all other Divisional charts is futile (unless the D1 has been studied comprehensively and in good detail); simply because all of them are eventually derived from the D1!

I leave you here with these thoughts for now and will be back soon with another piece! Until then stay safe, stay wise and even as you know your planets, know your aspects, for they equally matter, if not more or less! Human Beings are but the net result of all the interplay of the planetary engagements in the D1 chart and not the sum total! That’s the secret!

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How Planets really Influence and Manifest.

A lot has been written and discussed about how planets do what they do, being where they are and how they are (the lordships, the stars that they are in and the dignity that they have). To that add the elements of the transits and operating dashas you have a wide range of permutations and combinations to decipher what actually is getting played out in the chart of an individual. Well, I have written earlier about this space, so you may want to know what is new here, well the new part is about knowing why planetary transits and dashas don’t seem to lay out the way they should and what is the hidden secret on why some charts spell a few things that never come to see the light of the day and why some incidents take place which perhaps are never factored- this is a space beyond of what an astrologer can be- nothing to doubt anyone’s competence but this is the space where astrology melts into the Universal supreme force! So join me here as we unravel this space and move ahead!

Sure enough, great texts and scholars have written and discussed a lot around the different aspects of astrology, in this article I share with you, some observations that I have come across through my years of learning and trying to unravel this space.

The first part that I want to discuss here is, the concept of “yogas”. Scholars have talked about deciphering yogas- but I have come across instances where the yoga doesn’t manifest the way it does, sure there are classical explanations involving the strength of the planets forming the yogas and so on and so forth, but then are also those cases wherein even in the best cases nothing manifests as it should or is indicated- so why does this happen? Hold you thought here, as we answer this later with all the other questions!

The other concept is of planetary aspects- few have the 7th aspect, few have the 5,7, and 9th aspect and yet some other have aspects like 3,7, 10th and 4,7 and 8th. but even as they aspect, even if they are well placed, are a benefic and at times even if they are malefic and ill placed, the results are paradoxical! This can be experienced even when you factor in the nakshatras occupied by the planets and the relationship of those nakshatra lords with the planets that occupy them. So what is that can be the probable cause as to why things don’t manifest even as the charts show all of this?

Well to answer both your questions above we need to quickly understand the origins and the Vedic Way – from where the genesis of astrology has been! You see, the Vedic times and since then, Jyotish as part of the Vedanga was an essential study to decipher the potential of people – read Rulers/ Emperors and Nobility back then- all because their well being ensured the well being of everyone and everything that dependent on them! Importantly unlike today’s time when astrologer’s are only consulted when people hit a barrier, back then astrology was essentially a tool to moderate and align individuals to what their exacting potential was and thereby played a vital role to ensure that the yogas too were empowered enough and the dashas, transits too were able to bestow as much as they could and should, simply because the individual was already aligned to the path that would enable those yogas and dasha instances to manifest! Think about it! This is why Astrology was held in so much of high esteem back then, not only because you could foretell the future- so to speak- but rather astrologers were consulted much early on to seek alignment to what the Universe had already conspired for the individual!

The real challenge starts when this early consultation and alignment goes haywire and individuals begin to walk down a path which is not meant for them and when that happens, one sees hardships and set backs and then even after coming back to astrologers, the only thing that remains to be done is build the ability to deal with the challenge, for the real solution is by then a lost case and if that manifestation is something really central to the Soul, it all but calls for another life ti fulfill what has been missed out simply because at some time a path was taken which was not meant to be!

When you begin to think about all the individuals that you have ever met, either as an astrologer or if you have been that individual who has visited and consulted astrologers to no end and not finding that essential missing part of the puzzle- the chances are you know now, why it was that way! Simply because the astrologers arrived late on the scene or the path was taken the way it was not meant to be- you may surely ask- isn’t this too not shown in the chart- well, it is- but that is where the problem is – even the individuals who consult an astrologer- rarely want to know why they have landed up where they are- for all that they want is a quick fix and well that hardly leaves any real work for a real astrologer nor does it help the individual!

So does this mean, that people can’t backtrack and re-align themselves? The answer is a Yes and No- yes, if they have not walked a long way ahead and they have been lucky enough to find that astrologer who knows what real alignment to the stars means and NO if the individuals have walked astray far too long and far too much- then what remains is only a life filled with aimless wandering- celebrating all that comes ones’ way- at times meaningful and most of the times- meaningless!

Astrology and it’s essence has always been about aligning the soul to the journey it is supposed to undertake by deciphering what the stars foretell. Too early too much doesn’t help and neither too little, too late! Timing is of the essence and the astrologer and the individual who are able to understand this secret of Jyotish are alone able to harness it’s benevolence to the maximum!

I leave you with these thoughts here, if you are an astrologer, you can reflect to revisit the charts where you figured this out and perhaps if you are an individual – grab that coffee and take that effort to realign before it gets too late! Astrology is nothing more but the star whispers and the universal energy that seeks your soul to a path- You align You rejoice- You deviate, You enhance the challenges for your soul’s journey!

Ciao for now, will be back soon with another article, until then, stay wise, stay aligned and stay in the NOW!

Astrology doesn’t fail, Humans do!

Many a times, I have been asked why predictions don’t come the way they were said, they will, or why wasn’t a major event not seen, even as other finer aspects were picked up! Join me here, to understand quickly and easily, why astrology is not the one that fails us, but rather, it is we, “humans” who end up failing ourselves most of the times!

To begin with, one needs to understand the construct of the astrology, coming in somewhere between 5000-10,000 years BCE, it was a formidable tool, part of the Vedas, and like other scriptures/ texts in the Vedas all aimed to uplift and enhance the value for the lives of the people at the soul level! This is the essence of astrology- soul level value enhancement that offers progressive guidance to accomplish what the soul must! Whether that happens within one life time or takes many, is an altogether different subject matter!

In the ancient world- at the cross roads of mythology and ancient kingdoms and seers, astrology was a way to keep the people who mattered the most in the society aligned to what may unfold as the stars foretold! This you can call it as perhaps the first form of Early Warning System- based on intense mathematics, study of astronomy- all of that done mentally- simply goes to demonstrate the sheer genius that even Raj Jyotishi’s ( The King’s astrologers) would have been! Sure enough there would have been times when they would have failed and that would have lead to impacts on a bigger level- there are replete examples in history where astrologers warned kings if impeding doom and the ignorance of the rulers ended up costing them their kingdom! Cut to today’s time, what do we see?

Astrology in today’s time has become a miracle tool to address what can’t be explained and more often than not, few astrologers try to play on the fear and anxiety of the enquirer and that’s where things begin to start go wrong! You see everyone wants to be happy, everyone wants all the material happiness and everyone wants everything and everyone! Even science will tell you, that is not how it works and never did it ever work that way in any historical existence of humanity! This overbearing urge of the enquirer to just hear that they will be successful, rich, famous, happy without understanding the real context of what’s happening and why things are unfolding as they are, supported by few astrologers, who too rush in (possibly missing some vital technical details or perhaps ignoring- they alone will know!), we set up astrology’s failure through improper interpretation, compounded by the detrimental value system of the current times that we are in! Let me explain!

Consider, a business person, comes to you and says the person wants to realize the dream of being “number 1..2…3″ whatever and have USD”xyz” so on and so forth, a knowledgeable astrologer will see the chart and know what the trim level is- what is that the soul has, wants and where it is headed and owing to that journey, what will unfold and whether these desires expressed align with that path or not! Now, from this path how the astrologer deals with this case, whether he chooses to align to the great teachings of the Vedas, Principles of Astrology to share what the Light of astrology says or does the astrologer decide to adopt the cryptic diplomatic silence to keep the enquirer engaged for long for multiple visits, multiple tools, techniques, remedies so on and so forth…is what goes to either etch the prudence of astrology or failure of the humans involved in it!

Through my limited experience, I have had fair share of revisiting people with same grudge, even after I have told them during the first instance, this is what your soul is and this is what it is, you come 1000 times, I am not GOD I can’t change…live with it, be grateful for what is and make the most of what you are! This approach ensures that the credentials of astrology are safeguarded, sure enough for that moment in time, the enquirer may have doubts on my abilities, but when they come back in a few months, years or as in some cases after a decade and say, “You were Right”, that makes everything worth it! Sure enough, if you are a wise person, like with any other subject, when you not know a part of the technicalities, you do say, “I don’t know”. It is when these finer aspects of common-sense and selfless approach (which is so much needed for the puritan science of astrology) are applied that astrology shines brighter and as an astrologer you are able to perform the divine duty of guiding that divine soul- not the person!

When humans fail, owing to pressures ranging from, “I want to hear this” “I want you to say this”, “I want you to suggest a remedy , else I am not going!” things start to falter and then there is no end, in that moment, sure enough you may sound an expert, wise and all that, but when things begin to go downhill or in a directions which was not suggested by you and when people come back to you, asking “Why” and “What” that’s when you make astrology vulnerable- because the reason is an enquirer, is seeking astrology and not the astrologer- unless you have connected at that soul level and get a sense of that divine journey that the soul is treading!

Sure enough, remedies help, mantras, tantra’s, chants, gemstone’s, each one of these has a unique place and purpose in the grand scheme of things, they will help, support the soul as long as the soul is progressing on the path it must- astrologer or no astrologer- if the soul has deviated and set itself up for delaying its karmic obligations by taking a detour- nothing else helps- you, see if you are supposed to cross a signal point on which your route is plotted and the signal is always green, but you never arrive there, because you went to take a short cut (remember free will- 33.33%) and that route will eventually arrive at this point- this life time or next all depends on how complicated that short cut ends up becoming for you! Yes, an astrologer can see this, perhaps even warn and tell, but nothing will change- that is the essence of being born as a human- some lessen their karmic debt and few add on! The pull to stay on this plane of life- is far tempting and unless you are an old soul- you will want to keep coming back and enjoy more and more and there is no limit! I will write about the age of your soul some other time! So what’s the takeaway?

Simple and clear, Astrology never failed, nor will it ever. It is humans at the either ends of the equation who fail, either for not being able to decipher the nuances rightly or by not wanting to walk the path that the soul wants to! As wise astrologer hence knows at the very first instance- when to way, what to say and when to hold that golden silence- for the wise astrologer knows- no amount of words will sway this soul for it has decided to come back and delay it’s obligations for now!

Astrology is all about nourishing your soul, enriching it, empowering it and propelling it on the chosen path through the solutions that it can provide- the cure of an illness is not about the medicines- it’s about the relation between the doctor and the ill person- as long as the willingness to align, change and adhere is there, even the astrologer will take the effort to cure even the most perplexing problems- but the adherence by the enquirer is what makes the difference!

I leave you here with these thoughts, do reflect and will be back soon with another one! Until then keep your soul illuminated within to guide you through the chosen path that you walk! Stay wise and Stay blessed!

Knowing Rahu-Ketu!

I had written earlier about what my perspectives about Rahu is, I just wanted to write a short piece today, highlighting few important aspects and things that I felt may unfold in the coming months ahead as Rahu- Ketu make the move.

On the mundane front, the world is heading for a tight corner in multiple ways! Sure enough, this is not the end of the world prophecy for a shadow planet, rather it is more to about the extent and depth of chaos and confusion that will be unleashed in the times ahead. You would have seen the first day of a kindergarten class right? Well amplify that by a million times and that’s how crazy the whole ecosystem is going to be and needles to say, people who will be entrusted to manage- will be wondering why they even chose to lead in the first place!

Especially as it comes to India, transit of Rahu through the first house, Ketu in the seventh- that axis will signify fog- chaos- mistrust and a challenging period ahead! Public unrest’s, protests, strikes, owing to Rahu’s aspect on Saturn will be evident and general public anguish across societies will be evident (this will be also seen in other nations of the world as the economic crisis starts to worsen)! Financial and economic situation in India will continue to be in a tight spot for a longer than usual period which will further necessitate government to implement unforeseen restrictions and steps to manage the situation for the nation’s good! Relations with neighbors will be anything but cordial, transit of Mars over Rahu will cause flare ups and Ketu in the seventh signifies that there could be an axis of adversaries plotting something to hamper the well being of the state and try to fault the nation into taking some overzealous action compounding the complexity even further! Security matters will take precedence for the larger part of this Rahu transit and will be evident by policy and practice.

As Mars arrives in Taurus- expect sudden developments-indicative of natural calamities, travel related incidents, industrial accidents related to chemicals and oil sector. Transit of Mars through Taurus alongside Rahu will be perhaps a very testing period and even the masses will have to exercise caution while travelling and in public places. Since Jupiter and Sun will not be very helpful during the time when Mars is with Rahu- special care and attention is called for taking care of the health and safety of world leaders, business tycoons and people who hold eminent positions!

Staying with global politics, US elections will see more drama than you can find on an OTT platform! There will be a lot of attempts to manipulate and influence the elections one way or the other and closer to late September- mid-October more and more of this attempts to rig will get exposed and the elections results will be again very close and indicate a fair chance of re-election of the current presidency. Extra care will be required for the health and safety of the President during the time running upto the election post mid October as Sun enters Scorpio.

Rahu will again amplify significations related to Venus (as transiting Taurus) and you will see more unknown aspects being unearthed related to people from the art sector. It surely will give a boost to wellness and spirituality pursuits, but here too, Rahu being Rahu- in the crowd of Gurus- connecting with the real Guru will be a fortune experienced only by a select few- even as others soak in to the illusion that others present themselves as!

Advancement in technology, especially pertaining to healthcare, sure enough will grow rapidly and new age gadgets and gizmos will once again begin to make a bee line with more aggression than ever before! A lot of emphasis will be on the aspect of wellness through technologically deployment and societies will begin to experience first hand what was seen only in movies a few years back! This will be a good period for eminent scientists to arrive on the scene with some clutter breaking discoveries and inventions! New rules of the game will get written and will help humanity at large!

As Jupiter enters Capricorn- once again there will be more of questioning of the authorities by the working class and thereby again lead to pockets of disruptions!

Rahu transit coupled with Mars will also create health issues related to acidity, blood pressure, migraines, heart burns related to stress etc. especially when the 4th, 5th, or 6th house are getting impacted by some way (placement, aspects, association of the lords of the houses etc). Needless to say every chart must be checked individually to deduce what the exact health issue could be and whether it will manifest and if yes, by what intensity!

All in all, a hectic timeline ahead, as they say in aviation- turbulence ahead, tie up your seat belts, stow away the trays (all that is not relevant and important – keep it away for now!) and yes, pray as much and as long as you can! If you are in India now, buckle up for some intense learning through the next 18 months and youngsters forged by this time will emerge as victors in their own life as they go on to write the future of the nation- as they will know what mistakes to avoid then!

Soak in all that you can and very very importantly, don’t believe all that is said and shown, use your wisdom to see what is hidden in plain sight, for that is the real power and essence of Rahu! To know Rahu use your mind, not your eyes!

Ciao for now, will be back soon, as I have something to share! Stay wise, stay safe and always know- what is within is what manifests around!

Symbolism,Rituals and Mantras.

With the arrival of Janmashtami, Lord Ganesha we celebrate the ushering in of the festive season that goes right until Holi early next year, but what is it about all these deities, the elaborate process involved and the chanting of hymns, slokas and sacred texts, it does something for sure, but what and how? Join me here as I share with you my reflections on these fascinating facts about elements of symbolism, rituals , mantras and tantra that go on to shape the vibrant pathways that we get to choose from! You too will perhaps know why the ancient sages were as wise as they were and how that wisdom still continues to shape and align us to the path of righteousness!

Hinduism is replete with symbolism, everywhere you see, whether it is the form of the deity, the vatsu of the temple complex, the selection of offerings, the timing of the prayers, etc etc. One interesting fact is the concept of the “Vahana”. Unlike what normally people think that they are the vehicles for the deity to travel- the real reason is much more philosophical and in depth and the whole thinking that it’s just about a mode of transport is where many go wrong! I will share with you a few examples to help you understand and then you can too, explore your journey by observing the deity you follow and appreciate the symbolism coming from the Vahana of the deity to you!

If you see Lord Ganesha, the Vahana is the Rat, now one hand we have Lord Ganesha who is the personification of purity, justice, compassion, who overcomes obstacles and challenges, an element of The Rudra, Brahma and Vishnu all embodied within one powerful deity, not to forget the Brilliance of Intelligence! So what is a Rat (Mooshaka)- which perhaps personifies everything opposite to what the deity does, doing here? The Rat stands for destruction by carelessness, recklessness, being a pest, being a trouble creator, being a self-centered, selfish, low thinking, slyness and every other negative aspect you can think of – its the darkness of ignorance, its the fear of the unknown (which again comes from ignorance). So why has Lord Ganesha chosen the Rat as the Vahana- why does he sit or ride one? Well the fact is that Vahana not only means what it does literally, but when you split this word- Va-Hana: It means to stop, arrest, prevail over the vices that are around and this the essence of symbolism across all the deities you can think of! Let’s speak about Goddess Saraswati- even in the Saraswati Vandana there is definition of the grace, simplicity and elegance, not much ornaments, a book , a musical instrument (the most difficult one to master among)and she is seated on a Lotus with a Swan around or at times on a Swan- Swan which represents, beauty, a swan gets easily distracted, attention keeps fleeting always. The Swan is majestic and opulent, always craving for attention and wanting to be the centre of attraction! the Lotus signifies that no matter how detrimental your surroundings are, no matter how adverse your situation in life- as long as you leverage on the power of wisdom, knowledge with humility and do away with ignorance, arrogance you will be able to blossom into the most beautiful soul that you can be!

So you see, here too, through symbolism, what is been conveyed is that the pursuit of Knowledge and Wisdom only happens to be fruitful when you are steadfast, ready to be humble, simple, elegant, persevering but not ego driven, ignorant or arrogant, reflecting inwards at all times and pursuing what the truth is, not at all being distracted by commotion, praise or brick bats that come your way, a person who is able to devote this way to learning and knowledge is who understand the real truth of singularity of the universe and all that there is!

Likewise for Lord Shiva, Nandi- the resemblance of power, strength, brute force is made to wait and wait and wait in front of Lord Shiva- who is the personification of patience, endurance, power and destruction. Here this relation signifies the importance of the fact that power is only relevant till it resides within you, once you unleash it outwards your power is at the mercy of the external world and you loose all that makes you who you are, this relation also signifies the value of patience, devotion and fact that when one life form enhances the threshold of patience others too will follow, and even the most aggressive, restless creatures can be made to align once you, yourself are aligned and achieve that level of poise and calm! It also sends the message that no matter how big or powerful the adversary may be- a calm poised mind is the ultimate weapon that can subdue even the strongest of the enemies!

You, see this is the true essence of symbolism among deities and their vahanas- and this is just one aspect, just imagine how many such symbolism’s you may come across if you were to spend a day in a temple complex that is possibly a few hundred years old! It is no wonder that at the time when the great vedic texts were written possibly the grandeur and the symbolism would have been even more detailed and intricate to educate and instill values of compassion, righteousness and collaborative existence among the people living in those societies! If this is the open secret that is everywhere for us to see, as far as symbolism is concerned, what about rituals and mantras etc? Read on!

Rituals, mantras have been perhaps the greatest gift that humanity has received and fortunately has been able to preserve! If you ask me in modern parlance these are the Always ON- WIFI connection with the supreme universal energy- GOD- depending on the deity you choose you are offered a pathway through the bundle of rituals and mantras to keep moving on that pathway to achieve your final destination of knowing the One Truth and experiencing it, either in the human form that you have now or perhaps in another form or a state of formlessness- who knows! You may ask if GOD is one then why so many pathways and why so many different rituals, let me explain in a very simple manner! Say you walk into a room and there is a fan, a light, a TV, an oven , a fridge, an AC and you want to say switch on the TV, what you do next is hunt for the switch and keep trying the switches until you strike the right one that turns on the device that you wanted and that is when you feel contentment and your happy! Likewise the soul feels content once it has tapped into the pathway that it so desires and the moment that happens, you will know it too! You arrive at a stage of life- where even the most pressing problems seem to stay sublimed around, perhaps not going away, but not harming you either and that divine grace is what you get when your approach is aligned to the soul’s desire and your have hit the right switch! Does this mean that other switches don’t work or are not for you, certainly that’s not what it is, as you go through your life, at different times you will have to switch on and switch off some switches and make new pathways and leave old ones and thats how the progress of your soul will be! When you are in a house, you may need the fan now, not two hours later, you may not need the light in the daytime, but at night you would, you may need the Oven only twice a day, likewise tapping into the right pathway at the right time and for the right duration is the essence of being spiritual and progressing on that pathway! You may want to ask, what happens if you don’t switch on anything, what happens if you always keep everything on, well either ways, your soul will end up sapping its energy either by being overwhelmed by an overpowering spiritual experience or being deprived and challenged at every breath to live even the normal times in extraordinary discomfort- this is like you have a fan but won’t put it on and would like to be bitten by mosquitoes! This is why the process, method and the laid down principles of the wise sages matter so much!

Rituals, mantras, tantra all of these are those pathways which were deciphered by the sages and recorded as to what purpose they serve and what is the right way to walk on each of those pathways. You see if you are on a broad pathway of bhaktimarga- the rules are simple- more about compassion and unfailing devotion to every life form and object around you as you see GOD in everyone and everything round! This is as simple as that, but just take a pause and think the empowering thought within this! Likewise you have other routes and methods, some are easier, few tougher, but all eventually serve one person- progress the soul to its final destination! So why is that GOD doesn’t seem to listen?

Well, just look at what we end up doing! We go to a Shiva temple and offer prayers to the Nandi! Sure enough Nandi has it’s own relevance but in front of Lord Shiva? This is like you go to visit a person at his residence and strike a conversation with the caretaker, sure he too is human and nothing to look down upon- he too is a soul- but will he be able to solve your challenges for which you have to meet the person of the house? Likewise we go to a Ganesha Temple and end up worshiping the Mooshaka! Seriously? you are asking all the negative influence to come to you? Sure enough there is a mythological story around it- that is what the point is – that was a story – because ancient people could only understand verbal narratives and the only way to understand verbal narratives was through story telling and that is the fact even to this day and that’s why even if you forget all that you learnt, you never forget, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”!

So if you go to your deities house and spend more time appreciating the caretaker, sure enough how do you expect your solutions to arrive, because you just ended up spending more time where you shouldn’t, like many other tings that we end up doing in our so called busy lives!

So, finally a few words, before I close this blog, no matter what religion you choose and what pathways within that you adhere yourself to for realizing and connecting with the Supreme Power, as long as you understand the deep rooted philosophy that is all over in the symbolism, rituals and mantras, you will end up almost every day hitting the wrong switches for the things that you need! It is only when you truly connect, understand in depth the sense of the symbolism of the deities, what they are saying to you, through the way they have assumed forms, through the rituals laid out for them, and the slokas and the empowering words that connect with them that you will sense a space of eternal bliss, calmness and oneness with the almighty and even as you go through your routines of life, rest assured once your back at your home, you will hit the right switch and GOD will serve you right by enacting what HE must!

I will leave your here with these thought, spend some time thinking about your favorite deity, understand the philosophy, symbolism, rituals and mantras and use it to progress your soul! Mythology is like the chocolate wrapper for spirituality! It only aims to ensure we are glued and fascinated, because the chocolate of spirituality surely enough replenishes the soul but its challenges tire the mind!

Ciao for now, will be back soon again with another article! Until then, hit the right buttons and be rewarded for what comes through!

Planets or Nakshatras: What matters?

The most striking aspect of astrology, the moment you think you know, you know how little you know! As more and more people come across astrologers speaking about the whole space around evaluation of planets, then their aspects, yogas,dashas, transits etc. more and more people are getting curious to learn and understand the finer aspects of the Nakshatras and their role and impact on the planets as they pass through them in the birth chart and divisional charts alike! So how much does this matter, how relevant is this and what should an ordinary person understand from all this and how can one take an informed decision? Join me here as we try to explore this, based on what my personal learning has been through the last decades and something that continues even today!

When it comes to nakshatras there are two approaches, one is the approach wherein the Nakshatra lords are defined and they go on to create the characteristics of the nakshatra. Now we have another approach, wherein we have planetary lordships to these nakshatras! So within Aries we have three nakshatras- Ashwini-Bharani-Krittika whose lordships are Ketu-Venus-Sun respectively! This is where you come across the first divergence- so sure enough, the nakshatra lords of the three nakshatras- will go on to provide the defining characteristics to those nakshatras that they rule but as planetary lordships come into play there is a different layer of interpretation applied to them! So what is this all about!

Well, as I understand it and have seen it play out- the lagna nakshatra, and very very importantly the nakshatra of your moon in the D1 goes a long way to define who you are, your approach to life and your general disposition and attitude to it. This is the foundation on which all other layers get added upon by aspects of other planets (which again come through the colors of the prism of the nakshatras that they are traversing through!)

Next, as planets transit through a sign, they are at any point travelling through three nakshatras and even as they stay in the same sign, as they move through these nakshatras, there will be an impact in terms of manifestations and results that one may experience, sure enough the sensitiveness of that will depend on the planet, the sign, the house and other aspects or transits operating through, lest we forget the Dashas that are been played out! So all this sounds a little chaotic, isn’t it? Well, partly it is, but that’s what creates the differential impact and makes us who we are- similar but unique! So how should one approach this? What is important?

Well, If you ask me, focus on the lord of the ascendant- the nakshatra and the nakshatra of the moon to define the foundation and then check the operating dasha- the antardasha- their respective nakshatras and the transits that are been played out! There is really no need to keep entrenched into the details of the nakshatra unless there are some pressing and critical areas of concern that need to be checked and addressed. In a majority of the cases, planetary placements in the charts, transits and dashas give away vital clues and answer almost 90% of all queries that people may normally have them bothering! The important value of Nakshatra lords comes up especially when some rituals need to be done to pacify some negative impact of the nakshatra at specific times as prescribed by the shastras.

So to sum up, I will just leave you with these thoughts, urging you not to get drawn into details which may become overbearing unless and otherwise as required to address specific matters, and as I said even the fact whether one need to explore the chart at a nakshatra level- can be learnt the moment the chart is seen- some charts are simple- clear and communicative while others remain cryptic and that’s a good enough indication to move your focus to the nakshatras as well!

I will conclude here with these thoughts, it was a short write up, which I wanted to pen down just to let people know, not to be overwhelmed or confused as they seem to learn more and more new things every time they meet or access different resources!

Ciao for now, will be back soon with another article.

Gemstones and Astrology.

Very often the moment you have had a discussion with an astrologer the concluding remarks are either going to be some remedy to be done either by some ritual, some mantras or by ordaining some gemstones or having them given away! How much of this really suits the person and how much of all this really suits the astrologer and the jeweler is another story altogether! Join me here as we try to make some real sense of what is it about gemstones and if they really tick or do they tick us off!

Continuing to be a student of astrology- something that, I will always be- as I sieved through some classical texts and mentions, there are references to the concept and details associated with gemstones in the Garuda Purana to begin with, Sure enough there have been references to gems earlier too and also later many astrologers have worked to study and understand the efficacy and application to manage, sustain or reverse the situations for seekers who would have approached them. Through the ages there have been broadly two schools which have developed- one is a school which says that one must wear the gems of the most benefic planet in the chart and then we have the other school of thought that suggest wearing the gem to pacify the malefic or negative impact of a planet in a chart! This is where the experimentation begins, not to forget, there is more detail to be checked as many astrologers would tell you (and rightly so) it’s never only about one’s birth chart and the planets therein, its also about the D9 chart and also about the chart that governs specific areas of your life say the D10 or the D30 and also depends on the transits and Dasha and Antardasha period- so in a way as good as a comprehensive way of reading the chart. But this is where the opportunity to simplify things is and this is what I will share with you- largely based on my understanding and experience as I have seen through over the last two decades and more!

Apart from the mention in Garuda Purana, there are also mythological stories around how gems came to be formed- if you have time you may like to go through this story as well! If you read the ancient texts, there are two basic aspects around them, mythology- which largely as part of science- we know is part real and part exaggeration. The exaggeration through mythology has always meant to serve a specific purpose- to enable and direct the thinking of the society which adheres to a particular belief system to that pre-decided direction- so that there is no ambiguity, contradiction or controversy around that space. At times this has helped and yet at some other times, the inability to contextually frame the right space around what is witnessed in real, what was earlier said has caused unwanted controversy and conflicting narratives which have only gone to do disservices to the use of gems and astrology. So, you may be wanting to know what is the right way then? Well read on!

The ancient times, when these great vedic texts were created by the masters, as they applied religion, theology and science to what they experienced and observed around and within, the whole construct was to suit and enable progress for the society as it was structured then. Hence a lot of ancient prescriptions about the way to use and not to use also reflected that bit! But what has perhaps remained steadfast is the alignment of gems to specific planets and that one thing has been beyond any confusion, thankfully! Through the ancient times, people were largely workers, unless you were the King of a kingdom or the member of the court, you would have been a farmer, a hunter a warrior or an artisan- in any vocation that you would have chosen to be in- by virtue of your lineage- you access to obtain and wear gems would have been pre-decided and limited! Personally, I find there to be two sensible reasons for this kind of prescription to wear gems, one- it could have been aligned to the availability in the contextual setting of a kingdom and secondly it could have been to exercise more control, and order within the society so that unwanted and untamed egos and emotions don’t crop up within the intra-groups of a society and finally there is indeed a possibility that for few kingdoms these gems then would have been akin to federal reserve of today’s nations! To all of this when we add the ability of sages, pundits and astrologers to be able to understand , interpret and communicate the allowed use of gems- well it’s anyone’s guess how that would have progressed! Sure, enough not all interpretations would have been off the mark or not everything would have been wrong- the important fact that we must pay attention to is that, what was permissible, intended purpose and method pertaining to use of gems may no longer be relevant in the context of the times that we live today completely as it would have been ages ago! So what this means is that although the alignment of planets to specific gems stays, how we go about it has to be studied and applied alongside considerable modern thought! So what’s the simplified way to apply for today?

Sure enough, great modern day masters of gemstones and astrology can tell you elaborate rituals that one must perform before wearing them and choosing them so on and so forth, but I will share with you what I have seen working through the last twenty years or so and if that helps you, it should be great for you as well- because that’s simple! If you don’t agree, no stress you have the detailed pathway that great masters can always guide you along! So here go!

Like the classical texts of astrology also say, the most benefic gemstone for you that you can use through your lifetime, would be the one related to the lords of the 1st, 5th or 9th houses, the yogakaraka planet. Importantly though, one must also check the strengths of the planet under consideration in the Navamsha as well and depending on what area of life, one what’s to create an impact- say for work related- D10 etc. and see how the planetary strength has improved or reduced and that too will give you a clue to what planet gem you should be going in for! Now a days, many astrological software’s help in this space and the selection of a gem normally is pretty accurate and straightforward, but as the transits take place across the different houses and influence a push or pull to the benefic planet as the transiting planets aspect the various houses of your natal chart and the planets thereon, the flux changes- this is one space- when even after wearing a gem -nothing seems to change- simply because possibly the transiting planet- is becoming more powerful either by virtue of the sign of its transit, the house , the aspect, the association or all of these or a combination of any of these facts- and if this is just about D1, think about applying that same aspect of study to the D9 as well and then you will begin to see clearly why a gemstone helped or not when you last used it! If I have not confused you enough,by now, try applying the operating Dasha and the Antardasha and see the association of those planets, their lordships with the planet whose gemstone has been recommended and you will start to see things which you possibly had missed!

To keep it really simple, it’s advisable to go in for a weighed analysis of the gem that has been earmarked for you, as Dashas and Antardasha change, you may be required to wear or removes a gem- that is how it works- the gem of your yogakaraka or the lords of the 1,5 or 9 too can be worn throughout, however the impact and effect that they can give or not will largely depend on the planets whos dashas one is running and also the transit aspect! So you see choosing a gem is not that simple, neither is it that complicated, it’s about knowing how planets are aligned to serve you, what is that they are whispering to you and then just ensuring that you are in congruence to that universal space- that is what your birth chart is all about! Think about it, if your birth chart wasn’t right for you, why would have you come to life in that very moment!-There must have been a reason and the reason is that all the resources that you need to lead the life that you have been given are all aligned through the moment of your birth- Hence as long as you continue to tread on a path that keeps you moving along the designated path- you find life a walk and the moment you have taken a detour wittingly or unwittingly- that walk becomes a climb and yet for a few others a never ending maze to search and seek what was lost in a fleeting moment! So do gems really work? That million dollar question!

The gems work, if you work! Let’s keep it straight- If you were to meet up with masters you practise healing through crystals or gems, you will get to learn more and more about how the vibrations of a few crystals are naturally resonant and attuned to specific individuals and that’s how we tend to develop natural liking to colors, tastes, locations, it’s all hard-wired into the elemental form that we are! What is important to note is that, even as gems have the ability to influence and create that space of calm around- the whole idea is to create that space so that your ability to pursue what you must is not impacted and you are able to steer you way through the chosen path that you must walk through- so as an analogy you can consider your gems to be that fire proof cloak or that body armor that is there to protects you- so like any warrior- you choose your armor based on the war that you are walking into- a right armor will help and the wrong one will harm! Importantly it’s not the armor that wins the battle- it’s “You” and your ability to win is enhanced by ensuring you get enough space, focus and the right resources around for that definitive victory and that is what gems really do! You may also be wondering what about if gems really have power by themselves?

Ask a person who was given a diamond, pearl, blue sapphire or a coral to wear when none was needed and you will get your answer! Like everything else, the gems even as they reside in their ores are bathed in the cosmic radiations that reaches each aspect of our planet- The Sun- the all encompassing life force and its radiation give life, energy to every aspect that we touch and observe around us! Gems are forged in the fire of the earth and what takes birth out of fire- is virtually indestructible! Few great masters have also mentioned elaborate rituals for gems- for this reason alone that they have this latent energy and that must be aligned to the person who wears them to create resonances to accelerate progress and stall malefic impacts. My personal point here, though is slightly different, not to disrespect to anyone though, the gems have formed millions of years ago- only to be found perhaps a few thousand years ago as humanity evolved and progressed- so as humans trying to ritualise and empower something that already existed long before anything else did on the planet is a little unscientific for me to digest! The pathway where I leave this aspect is that- gems have their own intrinsic power/value which can be perhaps aligned and made more resonant with the person who wishes to ordain them through the suggested rituals of the ancient texts, but as I said earlier- they were written for a time that was and we are now in a time that is!

I will leave you here, for you too to reflect and ponder on what’s the pathway that you wish to take in the times ahead, so that we respect the power of the gem within the stone and also respect the formidable spirit that the human should presents itself with, no matter how daunting the times or how severe the challenge!

Ciao for now, will be back soon with another article, until the stay safe, wear that gem and be a gem of a person too!

Transit of Mars-Rahu-Ketu 2020

Earlier I had written a short piece on the forthcoming transits. This one is to add a layer to the earlier piece! As Mars moves into Aries, where it will stay for sometime, then move back to Pisces and finally coming back into Aries in November will create a spectacle as far as signification of Mars are concerned and depending on the houses that it transits and the relationship with the house lords and the operating Dasha etc, individuals will feel the impact of this transit!

From a regional and global perspective, Mars will continue to create an impact through natural calamities and the world will see a rise in accidents related to signification of Mars and Saturn (Mars will have it’s eight aspect on Saturn and will be transiting the fourth place from Saturn!) Though Jupiter will have its fifth aspect- being retrograde may not be very helpful though! Mars in Aries will have its fifth aspect on Sun and Mercury thereby creating stress in areas of finance, wealth creation and government related matters for nations across the world. Importantly in India as Sun and Mercury transit the 4th house, Rahu arriving in the lagna and Mars transiting through 12th house, challenges will be there and multiple! Jupiter transiting through the 8th, being retrograde and Rahu arriving on Lagna (with natal rahu being there), one will see an increased activity of Self-Assertion and Dominance especially through diplomatic channels post September/October 2020. There will be considerable fog and smokescreens to be dealt with at national and international levels.

There may be cases of public unrest in pockets and issues will be wide ranging and the need of the hour will be a clear communication from leaders to share solutions and pathways for people to abide and be guided by!

It will help much if travel remains restricted and public transport is encouraged as the transit of Mars will signify a marked increase in accidents -owing to recklessness and in a few cases mechanical faults. This is the time that emphasizes the need to adhere to the rule book and avoid cutting the corners! Time to guard against health issues that are signified by Mars and Saturn! Things will commence to improve as Jupiter comes back in Capricorn and Sun moves away from Leo into Virgo!

Prayers never harm! whatever your belief system, choosing to pray, stay disciplined and following a routine, may help to calm unwanted anxiety and help one align to the universal energies that help more and protect!

Travel only if you must, No cutting corners during travel, adhere to the rules, guard your health – significations related to Saturn and Mars-and stay safe- stay wise!

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