Perhaps the greatest blessing of astrology as a subject remains in the fact that it is by far one of the most authentic texts since it has been given the place as a Vedanga alongside Ayurveda and Yoga. The three branches get go on to make a complete holistic human experience! However the challenge has been that not all and not everyone have been able to grasp the nectar of this subject like the proponents or the ancient masters did even as they lay the foundations of this subject and that has lead to unwanted chaos and confusion among modern day believers, non-believers, astrologers and students like me! One such area has been the pertaining to the modern day interpretation of the much talked and discussed aspect of astrology- the yogas in the chart- or the planetary combinations which ascertain certain outcome with remarkable accuracy and reproducibility- so much so that people are naturally aligned ot seek these first every time a chart is presented! Charts too are again like the people whom they represent and reflect- at times they are vocal and communicative and yet at some other times are as non-communicative and discrete as a human can be! Join me here as we try to understand if there are indeed ways to decipher old aspects and see how well they can be mapped to our modern day contexts- for if there’s anything that has ever remained present through the ageas- it has been the fundamental construct of the the human form-the way it has been with all the hues of emotions and intellect that go on to progress or stall the soul held within the form!
To begin with, astrology was propounded and practised extensively at a time when the extent of complexity of society was far less than what we see today in the context of choices, approaches and pathways that are available to humans to achieve or realise the same desires that have governed humans through the ages- albeit with a overtone of the modern day contexts coming in with as time progressed! Consider this, so when a chart projects a Raj Yoga- it doesn’t necessarily mean that the person will end up being crowned as a ruler- rather what it means is that the person will live a life holding on to a status which is certainly above and over what it was at the time of birth through self-application and putting in the efforts in the direction that one is meant to! Some other yogas speak about access to wealth- land- favours from the king- so on and so forth! The point that gets missed in all this mele is that- all this yogas and their interpretations were more relevant to the times when these git initially written and were more of a contextual fit to the times of society then. In the modern day contexts- these very yogas mean and imply different things and it will be only wise to use the present context while deciphering and judging the power of yogas displayed in the charts as people come in for discussions and deliberations of such yogas as they form!
If you were to ask me, sticking to the fundamental basics of astrology and predicting charts as suggested by great masters is the right path to be on- when it comes to evaluating the relevance and impact of yogas displayed it will make great sense to know the person’s contextual settings in the life and environment- although this can be read through the chart- but never forget- human beings are but a product of the people that they are surrounded with alongside their contextual settings. So you may have the best of the charts, but if the person has been living a life hemmed between severely imposing popeel around that stifle that person’s approach and freedom- needless to say manifestation of the yogas will not happen the way they seem to suggest. You may want to ask at this point, should the chart also indicate this kind of unbecoming contextual setting through the 2nd or 4th house, well the answer is yes and no, yes if its a communicative chart- no if the chart is overlaid with multiple scenarios of personalities being adaptable and switching based on the dynamic surroundings and not to forget every other person interacting with you also has a chart and every interaction will bring in the impact of that chart and the planets therein- how much that will impact depends on the extent of influence and the amount of time spent with that person! So if you are in the shadow of a figure whose yogas are even more powerful and the current time is favorable- that hadow will have the power of protecting and keeping at bay some of your limitations of adversities! Sure enough this can be also be seen from the chart- but again depth and extent of impact remains a fleeting challenge- not that it can’t be deduced!
The modern day interpretation of yogas need to factor in, all the classical techniques like reading the operating dasha/antardasha, the strength/weakness of the dasha lords and sub lords, impacts of transits the houses being impacted and so on and so forth but at the same time- understanding the context of the individual- the background, the modern day societal challenges been faced are critical to know for gauging accurately the potency of the said yogas will be vital to know who much of the yoga will manifest to begin with and to what extent! This drives the trim level and creates the upper limit that the soul can experience through action and inaction! You may have two people having the same Gaja-Kesari yoga in the same houses and same signs but one may end up becoming a successful politician or a police officer while the other may just end up being a uncrowned community head in a village- hence the contextual truth of the individual is vital and knowing the immediate societal construct is as well necessary to gauge how well the yogas will operate and to what extent they will be able to progress through the lifetime of an individual!
As I see it, and what has been helpful – has been the singular fact that as astrologers, we have a duty of care and safeguarding to ensure that the soul is on the path of progression despite the compelling odds and benefic influences and stays anchored to the path that it must to reach its final frontier- not that we are shepherds of the soul and we can influence individuals to that extent but even the slightest action that we take through world or suggestion should be aligned to this greater cause so that our miniscule contribution ensures that the souls is in the trajectory that it is meant to be! As a modern day astrologer- knowing the person is of great importance because it’s only when the connect is done will you be able to see the hue of emotions and the layers of chaos and ambiguity that the soul is perhaps fighting against and it is this very battle which is perhaps creating challenges in the manifestations of the yogas whose time has come or it could be that the overindulgence of life has set up this person to ignore or overlook what is of importance! Well, for sake of argument, one may always say- that everything is but there in the chart- sure it- the challenge here is not about how well one is able to read the chart- the challenge here is how well are you able to create value for the soul who is front of you by appreciating the contextual constructs around it which bind and liberate it-always remember- the soul is the extension of the universal energy and writing it has the power to rewrite its future no matter what the contextual settings would have been at the time of assuming the human form! An astrologer who knows to connect with this formless soul knows where to start and where to stop once the communication with the soul has been established and the narrative of the soul has been read well! Eventually, souls are on a journey across the universe in a carefully choreographed orchestra- the symphony of which, is directed by the energies of the Universe- which we all know and define that universal energy differently based on who we are and what our belief system is!
My experience has been that, once you are connected with the person whose chart you are deciphering and have known the person in the contextual settings than you will be able to define and accurately pinpoint the extent and depth of the manifestation of present yogas.You will then also be able to explain, seemingly unseen manifestations- for they will almost always be an extension of the influence of the immediate inner circle of the person whose chart you are dealing with!
I will leave you eher, with these thoughts urging you to connect with the charts and the souls that hold them through contexts of today even as you apply the wisdom of yesteryears!
Ciao for now, will be back soon with another article, until then stay wise, stay connected and stay humble!