Healing from Within

I was about 9 years old when I was walking thru a frozen forest, shouldered my pellet gun, and discovered the great transformative silence of death as a chickadee fell from the branch.  In 2003, my father was killed in a work accident. Later in life I came to live and practice in a holy place between the cremation grounds of Varanasi, India; the chosen abode of Lord Shiva. When my grandfather passed away, we shared our fear of death and brought peace to the whole family. That light and purity of a new born baby also shines in the eyes of those who burn for that final release from the wheels of time. All of our lives we seek the flavour that will quench our thirst, but eventually, we thirst for the most unthinkable mystery; death.

The movement of the breath is controlled by the Great Spirit in the Sky of Consciousness and it comes and goes; starts and stops only by that ultimate grace. The power of Great Spirit is raw and pure when we go thru the great transformations of birth and death. Between these two great moments lie all the smaller cycles of the breath and the days and the seasons and so much more that we can experience fully and deeply as we experience that great birth and death of the body. This is the experience of reality.

Yoga and spirituality suggest we can experience a deeper reality  if we look at life beyond our individual experience and experience life in relation to the universal expression of consciousness; of spirit; of spanda; Shiva’s self expression thru his powers; his Shaktis. We are so much more than these limited bodies and the experiences we have in this lifetime; we are intimately connected to the whole span of time and everything that has and will exist. We are not just a part of this universe, we are this universe. The truth is so mindbogglingly beautiful and wonderful that we can only experience it as that…… astonishing beauty, dazzling amazement and wonder. We’ve all felt this as some time in our lives. This is the experience of reality,

There is little difference between letting go of our egos so that we can transform ourselves in this life, or doing so so that we can prepare for the next life. In either case, we want to turn our awareness towards the truth of who we really are here and now releasing ourselves from the past and the future; releasing ourselves from our own stories. Each time we transform ourselves we seek to reach a higher consciousness; we want that positive growth which which will benefit not only ourselves, but our families and communities and the universe as a whole. It’s that universal connection and experience of non-difference that we seek, but which remains, for most of us, just out of reach. Like a shy damsel, ultimate reality casts only the most fleeting glimpse from the corner of her eye. And this is were we must also seek out that ultimate reality: in those dark corners of our mind and along the edges of our breath and our thoughts and between all things which seem distinct.

Between you and me is some chemistry which brings us into perfect and blissful union because it allows both of us to taste the ripened fruits of our individual karma while contributing, each in our own special way, to the collective karma that ties us all together. We call activity karma when we experience it a force of limitation that separates; but when we experience activity as a force of freedom and play arising and falling away from the same place, bringing everything together, activity is then called Kriya (the spontaneous activity of one who experiences life as universal agency (the actor) and preceiving subjectivity (the witness)).  This is the experience of life; reality; divinity.  ​

We are all on this path of healing together. Together we will grow and evolve; find the courage to face our fears and overcome the false limitations we put on ourselves. To do this we practice being open and honest to the reality of the moment while applying our most sincere efforts to whatever activity is at hand. This sincerity is especially important for healing and spirituality, since it provides us with the impulse and the will to gather the necessary knowledge and put it into a meaningful action. Tapping into this personal sincerity for healing is what we mean by healing from within.

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The Most Essential Quality

 What is Prana Vayu?

hanuman, bhima, madhvaPrana is life force or vital essence. Vayu is air and movement. Pranavayu is the movement of vital energy. Western Yogis have been talking about prana for many years already and it’s a relatively common term now. Modern Sanskrit scholars now tell us that we may have misunderstood the meaning of this word (see Wallis or Dyczkowski for confirmation).

Yoga teachers will commonly cue student to “inhale the prana” and “to visualize prana coming down into the body to give it energy. Ayurveda has followed with this classification of prana being a downward movement connected with the inhalation. Prana vayu is actually a bit of an awkward arrangement of terms since anything with prana moves and anything that moves has prana. This means we can refer to all five movements of the prana  vayus as movements of ‘prana;’ we can also drop the use of prana and just call these movements the vayus.

What modern scholars tell us is that the word ‘prana’ actually refers to the upward outward movement of our exhalation rather than the downward inward movement of our inhalations. The implications of this research is just starting get filtered down to us ordinary yogi and even very respected Ayurveda Institutes have still not taken the time to consider their own teachings and understanding of this topic.

I have written elsewhere about the ignorance of the colonial mindset so I won’t talk about it here. Most ordinary yogis in the west are so far removed from the yogic scriptures that such finely tuned understanding of the terms they use is of little importance. The larger institutes and colleges are typically more concerned with reputation and profits they have little incentive to seek after the truth. It almost seem to be a kind of “little mans syndrome” of academia. Only the the great scholars care about such things and nobody listens to them since we can find the (wrong) definition of of prana anywhere on google.

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So, getting back to exhalation which is connected with prana vayu. When we exhale, our vital force goes out thru our breath and the five senses to illuminate the world much like the Sun as it follows it’s daytime course thru the heavens. It’s rises with the beginning of our exhalation and moves thru the sky (of consciousness) until setting in the 12 finger space above the crown of the head to give way to the movement of the moon which rises full when the sun sets. This is where the exhalation has ended. As we inhale to passively and graciously receive the gift of life one nitya (goddess) leaves the Moon and enters into our bodies to nourish us and give life to the soul (the Sun) thru the body until she is herself drained of life, dark and dry as the Sun gains exaltation begins to penetrate the cold darkness of death with heat of life and the illumination of consciousness.

This is also the meaning of pranayama (prana + ayama): the life force which defeats death bringing life to the sense, allowing them to move. Prana brings movement and warmth to whatever is inert, cold and dead. (I have also seen the opposite interpretation (prana + yama) suggesting that we do the breathing practices in order to still the breath, slow all the vital functions, an ultimately ride the breath to the heavens leaving the duality of earthly existence behind. Of course we continue on with our life, but without attachment, free of the limitations of the three gunas and they individual vital breath. One moves instead in perfect harmony with the universal flow of consciousness.

Kal Bhairava takes over for Yama in Varanasi.

When we exhale prana, that life force which was given to us by god, reaches out to the world through our senses to colour and flavour the objects with whatever flavour we might crave; whatever we have inside of ourselves at the moment reaches out to the world to create a counterpart. When we inhale and bring back all of that sensory material we generally forget that we have just created it, so we react. We forget that we always get back whatever we give. As long as we have forgotten this fundamental rule we will suffer from our karma; once we learn it, life becomes a spontaneous play whatever might be your circumstances.

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“The vital breath is essentially a state of consciousness which manifests as the movement of two breaths; prana and apana (exhale and inhale).” This is a major theme of Tantra: that one thing  appears to be two separate things; or, as is the case in waking life, as a multiplicity of distinct objects. As we look at things more and more closely and understand them for their subtleties rather than accepting them at face value, they begin to merge together as though they were never separate. As it says in the Stanzas on Vibration:

“Whatever else may exist apart from you, if subjected to sound reflection, simply disappears like the fables palace of celestial musicians and you alone, changeless remain….” Stanza 10 goes on to say that , “then the soul realizes that his true nature (dharma) is universal agency and perceiving subjectivity, and so he knows and does whatever he desires.” ~Stanzas on Vibration~

In yoga we often talk about the body, mind and soul. We can think of this as three worlds or three layer of our being. The vayus live in the intermediate region of our highest intelligence but they move between the heaven and earth; the soul and the body; the subject and the object. Vayu is Air and Ether, which allows it pervade and move between all 36 tattva.

11TH_Rudra_Shiva_HanumanThe prana vayus are known as the vehicle of Rudra, an ancient name for lord Shiva that means “the Howler.” Rudra is known as the “Lord of Beasts.”  He is often associated with the 11 Mahurts which signifies his rulership of the mind and the 10 indriyas (5 sensory and 5 motor functions).

There are 5 Prana-vayu (movements of essential vital force), the sacred spaces associated with them. I have described them both in Tantric terms as well as in terms of Ayurveda

  1. Prana: Represented by the Sun. Prana is moving when we exhale; this is a movement upward & outward from the body, when the vital force of the senses reach out to their object. This is the expression of our life force to penetrate the world and forever leaving our mark up it (which will come back to us again thru the 5 fold cycle of the vayus). Prana also represent what we give to the world. Many people who belong to traditional cultures will begin a deep breath with an exhalation whereas modern people are much more likely to inhale straight away when told to take a deep breath. In the later Tantras, this movement became associated with the pingala channel of the nadi system.

  2. Apaana: Represented by the Moon.  Apana vayu is the inward & downward movement which first comes to us thru the crown of our head in the form of grace or shaktipat as we receive the gift of life. In Ayurveda it’s the downward movement that aids elimination.  and moved down the body Ayurveda they say move downward and outward. Like for the elimination of bodily waste. In later Tantras this became associated with the Ida channel of the nadis system.

  3. Samaana: According to Ayurveda, it moves inwards, spinning towards a centre point like meditation. In the waking and dream state, prana-apana is active, however in states of deep-sleep samaana (the Equalizing breath) balances the inhalation and exhalation. The call it the equinox

  4. Udaana: The Ascending breath. This is the central channel; the shushumna. This is the upwards rising force. According to Ayurveda, it also moves outwards like speech.

  5. Vyaana: expansion in all directions radiating from the navel outward in all directions. Often considered as the nadis energy system similar to the meridians of Chinese Medicine.

What is the most essential quality?

The first story

The Trio Brahma vishnu mahesh cute picturesOnce upon a time all of the organs and functions of the body got into a debate about who was most essential. Many were praising the the way the skeletal system gave shape and standing to the body, or how the blood carried nutrients to maintain the body, others marveled the how the heart pumped blood and how the lung found it’s own way to pump air, then pranavayu came along and everyone silent, for they knew that without the warmth of prana and the movement of the vayus that all life would stop. The hearth would not beat, the blood would pool and go stagnant, and the breath stops; the body becomes cold and inert.    

The second story

Once upon a time, the Gods entered into a timeless argument over who was most powerful and essential for the functioning of life and this universe. Shiva happened to be moving about rather than sitting peacefully upon the peak of Mount Kailash. Something always seemed to be happening whenever Shiva was moving about. When Shiva came across this childish argument he sought to quell it by simply pointing out that none were as powerful as him and they should all just go home and forget this pettiness. Of course some of the big gods who were standing around took offense to this; namely Brahma, the creator, and Vishnu, the preserver. To their protests, Shiva merely revealed his true form as a mystical shaft (lingam) of light and said, “see if you can find where I end.”

shiva1The two who remained standing there laughed at the challenge and quickly set off in opposite directions to find those loose ends, finish off the argument, and, for once, make Shiva look live the fool; because after all, everything has to come to an end. But after eons searching thru the vastness of Shiva’s light they finally decided to meet back in Kashi where it all began. When they got there, Vishnu immediately fell to his feet to offer his most respectful pranam to Shiva. But Brahma, who, despite his capacity for creation, has no eye for consequences, lied and said that he had found an end. It was just over the horizon not so far and it had only taken so long to return because he had decided to rest there for a while and fell asleep. 

Almost nothing enrages Shiva like arrogance and upon this insult all of his his most fearsome aspects rose to the surface and with an upsurge of impulse he chopped of one of Brahma’s five heads. The greatest crimes in India are those that go against pure knowledge and wisdom; they call this killing a Brahmin. Even the Gods are subject to karma so this fierce form of Shiva, whom they call Bhairava, took up the skull and walked the four corners of India for the next 12 years. This is the version of Shiva most emulated by modern Naga babas and Aghore: naked, fearsome to behold, covered in the ashes of the funeral pyre where he makes his bed. Every part of his external image brings fear and revulsion. But if we take the time to get to know a true aghore we will get to know and over come our own fears. For that’s the social role of the Aghore, to show us that this is the worst it can get; this is our greatest fear; but actually, it’s not so bad. 

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After 12 years of wandering like this, Bharava returned to Kashi, and not far from the train station washed himself in a small pond. All of his impurities (malas) dropped away along with the skull which had been his companion for 12 years. He once again brought balance to the three gunas within himself, overcoming their excess and deficiencies freeing himself from the wheel of time and the cycle of cause and effect. In short, even the most fearsome evil was able to overcome the inner turmoil of self and social recrimination and realize himself as that same light of the universe that is in all things without distinction of good or bad or any of the other opposites.

Head Chopping in Hinduism

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Ravana offering his own head to Shiva.

In Kashi, whenever Shiva takes this fierce form and starts chopping off heads they call him Bhairava and have given him a rather bureaucratic job of welcoming and signing in all the pilgrims to give them access to the spiritual vision necessary “to cross the river that is so hard to cross.” You could say that he does this by metaphorically chopping off their heads. This head chopping metaphor is a relatively common one in Hinduism. Shiva chopped Ganesh’s head in Ujjain. They have built their own Bhairava temple there to commemorate the great event. Of course it was a little bloody and gruesome, but due to that Ganesha received blessings from all of the gods and was given guardianship over the directions. Kali is also famous for her necklace (mala) of heads. Ravana, the main antagonist of the Ramayana was given his great powers by Shiva when he cut off his own head in offering to Shiva. My teacher once told me that “only Ravana can cut off his own head and get away with it.” Due to his great power of penance his head grew back every time. Ravana was actually said to have ten heads due to the vastness of his knowledge and wisdom. All of this suggests that a jnana yogi needs to acquire, by penance and blessing, knowledge which faces in all ten directions.

kali maIn Jyotish we also have the story of Rahu and Ketu, the north and south nodes. This all happened in the very beginning when the gods and demons (the bureaucrats and bohemians) figured out that they had to work together to retrieve the elixir of immortality by churning the ocean of milk; pretty much all the divine being had to help in some way. In their greed to get the amrit, they didn’t think much about the side effects which was the creation of the physical universe and it’s cycles. Laxmi and Kamadenu came from this churning as did some great toxins that Shiva was able to swallow to save everyone. When the amrit arose and they were getting ready to pass it around a beautiful dancing girl appeared, seductive and scantily dressed. This was a ploy by the gods who knew the demons could be easily distracted by their senses. From the start, they never intended to share the amrit with the demons from. Swarbhanu was watching and saw all of this happening so he disguised himself as one of the gods and lined up with them for the amrit while the rest of the demons were being pushed to the back of the line. But just as Swarbhanu was taking a drink Sun and the Moon alerted Vishnu who swiftly cut off his head, but it was too late, the amrit had made it down his throat and both halves of him were immortal. The called the head Rahu and the body Ketu and gave them an abode in the starry heavens with the planets. The continue their vendetta against Sun and Moon whom they’ve never forgiven. At the time of the eclipse they get their chance to exact revenge thru various methods of disruption. Rahu brings intense desire while Ketu brings an almost equal intensity to his ambivalence. While Rahu brings our focus to the material world an ensures that the wheel of karma keeps turning; Ketu cuts us from our material ambitions allowing us to surrender to what is. 

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Ayurvedic Astrology: The Body of Kal Parusha

This section focuses on how to understand our health thru an understanding of Vedic Astrology and Ayurveda. I am greatly indebted to the dedicated and pioneering works of Robert Svoboda, Vansant Lad & Dr. KS Charak in this regard. My teachers, Sanjay & David have also been a great help in understanding these basic concepts which are extremely useful in diagnostics. With this said, as far as I can tell, this is the first in-depth research that has been done (in the English language) to combine these two important traditional sciences (Ayurveda and Jyotisha) in this way. Since much of the remedial advice comes from Yoga and all of this follows in accord with Tantra, Indiaologists should find this page of great interest. I plan to continue adding and editing to this page and if you have anything to add or take away from this work I’m very open to sincere, informed & constructive criticism that will advance my own knowledge and help me to better serve my clients; all of those universal brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles who support my work.

Surya – Sun

Pitta, bilious, represents the heart, asthi dhatu, bones, teeth, nails, calcification, hair, right eye, blood circulation, provides the support for the body, protects the vital organs  Matures at 22. Represents mature people around 50 years old.

A strong well placed Sun gives forgiving, hard working & honest nature; strong bones, tall, strong teeth, nails, and hair; great endurance, strength, vitality, stamina. Their body will be rich in salts and minerals like iron, copper, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium & others.

Afflictions to the Sun primarily effects the bones, the blood circulation & mineral levels of the body, but these functions have far reaching effects on our body.

When the Sun is diminished by too much slow, wet, cold, heavy, dense kapha influence, affliction can cause bone spurs, bone fusions, scoliosis, hunchback lordosis and other spinal misalignment which will affect the way a person walks and moves. High levels of calcium can lead to deposits which affect the glands (Hypothyroidism) and soft tissues (Myofibrositis) contributing to tumors, blood clots, inflammation and high blood pressure. Extra teeth and excessive hair & nail growth are common as is a deep seated anger or fear and sensitivity to the cold.

When Sun is afflicted by excess heat or wind one may have a mineral deficiency causing weak brittle bones; receding hair line; hyper-irritability, poor blood clotting, tooth decay, receding gums; dry brittle nails. High metabolism is likely and severe affliction can lead to hyperthyroidism or hyperactivity of the parathyroid causing the break down of bone in order to release more calcium to the blood. Osteoporosis, osteoarthritis & rheumatoid arthritis are also common especially in latter years. They may have feelings of insecurity, loneliness, nervous for which they may try to compensate through over-activity or erratic activity and physical strain; they may suffer from the heat, dehydration leading to gallstones, kidney stones excess bile from liver heat. Their physical height may be short.

The Sun also relates with fevers, head aches, eye disease, burns, epilepsy, leprosy; injuries from fall, weapons, poisons; fear from quadrupeds, thieves, and serpents.

Chandra – Moon

Kapha, phlegmatic with an element of vata, wind when too close to the Sun. Rules over the rasa dhatu, the fluids of the body, especially the blood, lymphatics, white blood cells, lactation, breasts, the female reproductive system, chest, taste, emotional boundaries & digestion. Moon, along with Mars, controls the menstrual cycles. Matures at 24. Represents old person of 70.

A strong, well placed moon gives clear perception, strength, clarity, trust, stamina, great love, compassion & profound faith along with soft, beautiful, smooth skin; soft wavy hair & good complexion (colour pigment). A strong moon brings music and perfume to life.

Afflictions to the moon primarily affect the nourishment of the blood, fertility, the tides of the body & ones emotional comfort. This is where we look for psychiatric problems, emotional disturbance, tuberculosis, pleurisy, dropsy, dyspepsia, diarrhea, anemia, fevers associated with chills and rigours, fear from water and watery animals.

When moon is afflicted by too much slow, wet, overly nourishing kapha influence there can be congestion of the lymphs, veins, sinus, bronchial passages, water retention (edema), swelling, pallor, excess salivation. Heaviness of the heart, lethargy,  swollen or enlarged breasts.

When the moon is afflicted by too much hot, or cold, dry pitta and vatta influence there can be dehydration, skin problems (acne, hives, rashes) thirst, fatigue, dizziness, fever, shock, palpitations, anemia, blood poisoning, jaundice, slow and scanty menstruation, lack of taste (perverted taste), lack of clarity or perception, grief, sadness, anger, anxiety, hypersensitivity to sound, chronic fatigue syndrome, generalized body aches and pains, lack of faith.

Kuja – Mangal – Mars

Pitta, bilious, kakta dhatu, red blood cells, hemoglobin, bile, ones strength and the power of the body, courage, red bone marrow, inner lining of the uterus, the liver & the spleen. Matures at 28. Represents young children below school age.

A strong, well placed Mars gives a strong life force, healthy complexion, warm delicate skin, rosy cheeks, red lips, lustrous eyes, pink nails, pink hands and feet, and a strong immune system. They will be happy, wise, intelligent, bright, and will love to over come challenges. However, they may be sensitive and intolerant to heat, judgmental, critical, perfectionist.

Mars is a natural malefic that gives affliction as often as he receives it. Whatever Mars’ conjunction or aspect will bring some element of heat to that part of the body or area of life. Mars can cause acute illness and injury related to heat and inflammation, ulcers, fevers (especially eruptive ones), lacerations, cuts, surgery, aggression, fractures, hemorrhoids, diseases of the uterus, miscarriages, abortions, problems in the regulation of body temperature, herpes, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, appendicitis, epilepsy, most skin discolorations, blood clots, varicose veins, many auto-immune illnesses. Anger, hate, envy and most hot, sharp emotions.

Too much hot, wet pitta influence on Mars can cause bleeding tendencies, wounds, skin conditions (rashes, burns, eczema, itching, acne, nose bleeds, dermatitis), inflammations (infections, conjunctivitis, hemorrhoids, canker sores), hypertension, high blood pressure, stomach acid, jaundice, hepatitis, gall stones, dehydration, red warm hands & feet, red eyes, high blood pressure, aversion to meat, aversion to heat, poisoning enlarged liver or spleen. Considerable affliction can lead to auto-immune illness such as Lupus or HIV/AIDS.

Too much dry windy vata influence on Mars may cause dry, rough, cracked skin; pale lips, tongue, nails, bluish colour to skin, a craving for iron, hot spicy foods, sour citrus, meat, children may eat clay, anemia, breathless on exertion, loss of luster, lack of enthusiasm, weakness, cold hands and feet, emptiness of blood vessels.

Budh – Mercury

Tri-doshic, impressionable, majja dhatu, the whole nervous system, our capacity for learning, discrimination and reasoning, rules over the skin, the CNS, the ANS, the cranial nerves governing the senses  and the motor responses, tactile sensations (touch, pain, temperature, etc.) relates with the hypothalamus, the throat, nose, lungs, fore-brain, grey matter, cerebral cortex, communication, as well as eye gunk and some mucous related with elimination. Matures at 32. Represent youth.

When Mercury is strong, well aspected and prominent in the chart, the native is likely to have clear perception, right understanding, right comprehension. They will have attractive eyes, youthfulness, clever speech and will be capable of quick, articulate and effective response.

Mercury’s affliction results in misunderstandings, misconceptions, confusion, delusion, hallucinations, mental aberrations, nervous breakdown, mental instability, abusive language, speech defects, high strung temperament, vertigo, impotence, skin problems, some sensory defects especially those related with coordination or hallucinations, sudden falls, bad dreams.

When Mercury is disturbed by too much dry, windy vata influence perception will be shaky, there can be nervousness, anxiety, stress, insecurity, Attention Deficit Disorder, poor communication and understanding, nightmares, insomnia, tingling, numbness, paralysis, muscle twitching, anemia, cold hands and feet, sexual debility. they may lack muscular and hand eye coordination or have exaggerated reflexes. Under severe affliction, Parkinsons disease, Epilepsy, stroke or Schizophrenia could develop, as well as Osteoporosis, rheumatoid or Osteo-arthritis.

When Mercury is disturbed by too much hot pitta influence may create a feeling of heat in the body, hypertension, nerve conditions like sciatica, herpes, leading to chronic fatigue syndrome, Epstein Barr virus, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, cerebral hemorrhage, stroke. When Mercury is disturbed by too much think, heavy kapha influence the nervous system may be slow, slow reaction times, sluggishness, lack of awareness excess sleep. There can be tumors on the pineal or pituitary glands, or anywhere along the nervous system, fluid may accumulate in the brain.

Guru – Jupiter

Kapha temperament, meda dhatu, the fat of the body, generally offers a protective influence against injuries and disease, but can afflict thru growth and expansion causing congestion (typically) to the lymphatic system, circulatory system, liver, tumors and growths. Jupiter rules over the ears, hearing, gall bladder, spleen, part of the pancreas. Matures at 16. Represents young adults for 30ish.

A strong, well placed Jupiter gives ambition, responsibility, broad mindedness, energy, stamina, confidence, determination expansive love and compassion. They will have a balanced appetite, beautiful eyes, expansive voice  soft shiny hair and skin. They will be well nourished and they will tend to see the best in people and situations.

Afflictions to Jupiter typically relate with over nourishment or under nourishment; too much fat on the body (or in the wrong places of the body), or too little fat. By this point we can begin to see the different personalities that might be related to the various planetary arrangements.

Too much slow, wet, heavy kapha influence on Jupiter can cause obesity, lethargy, joint pain, breathless exertion, slow metabolism, profuse sweating, low libido, excess thirst, sweet taste in the mouth, cold clammy skin, hypertension, gallstones, high blood pressure, diabetes, spasms when passing the last drops of urine, fowl smell from armpits, fatty tumors on the organs or body, heart disease, high cholesterol, thick blood, arterial sclerosis, enlarged spleen, hypothyroidism, endorphins like serotonin are inhibited causing depression; Seasonal Affective Disorder , Steroid toxicity as the function of the liver and the thyroid are reduced, moon face, water retention, slow metabolism. Alcohol (Mars) leads to fatty liver (Jupiter).  Weak liver may also lead to low testosterone.

Too much hot, dry, light vata pitta affliction to Jupiter can cause dry skin, cracking aching joints, especially low back ache, stiff muscles, emaciation, protruding eyes, hair loss, hoarse, dry, foggy voice, insomnia, menstrual irregularities, constipation, craving for meat and cheese, emotional insecurity, fear, anxiety. Osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis), osteoporosis (bone loss), spontaneous fractures, lumbago, hyperthyroidism, low cholesterol, enlarged spleen. hyperthyroidism.

Shukra – Venus

Kapha and vata, cool, sweet & active, Venus rules over shukra dhatu, the reproductive fluids, the sex organs, urinary system, kidney, endocrine system (along with the moon), glands, the senses in general. the sense of aesthetic taste, artistic sensibility, throat, cheeks, sex drive, face, eye sight, tear glands, mid-gut, intestines, appendix, part of the pancreas. Matures at 25. Represents teenagers.

A strong, well placed Venus will give strong clear senses, a healthy appreciation for beauty and a balances sexual appetite.

Venus is typically the planet who brings harmony to a situation. When Venus is afflicted there is a lack of harmony in life and in our connection with the world of the senses where we connect inside with outside. If Venus is over stimulated, our senses will be over stimulated and we could become a slave to trying to satisfy our senses. On the other hand, if Venus is weak and bogged down, then our sensory connection with the world will reflect that and we can loose interest in life and in connecting with the external world. One extreme can be good if you’re a rock star; the other will work better for a sadhu.

When Venus is afflicted by excess they will have an increases sexual appetite and attraction tot he objects of the senses. there can be inflammation of the bladder, kidneys, urinary system, premature ejaculation, urinary cysts.

When Venus is afflicted by deficiency there can be growth of bacteria and infections due to a decreased discharge of urine and menses. They may have a low libido, fear of sex, pain during sex, lack of ovulation, impotence or infertility in men or sterility in women.

Sani – Saturn

Vata temperament with some kapha. Rules over mamsa dhatu, the muscles (skeletal, smooth, and cardiac), nerves, lymphatics, legs, feet, distal part of the colon and rectum, along with the bones it gives support to a person thru the appearance and personality. Matures at 36. Represents very old people over 100.

Someone with a well placed Saturn will have good muscular coordination, ambition, maturity, confidence, determination, responsibility, a meditative mind (love, compassion, total relaxation), no expectation that causes resistance to the reality of the experience; spontaneous action without motive for a particular result.

Saturn is probably most famous for giving affliction by contracting, blocking, holding, restricting, cooling & bringing stiffness and fear to whatever he touches thru aspect or conjunction. Saturn represents incurable or chronic disease, arthritis, rheumatism, emaciation, paralysis, deformities, insanity, glandular disease, elephantiasis, tumors, cancers, exhaustion, fatigue, depression, melancholy, constipation, injuries sustained by falling trees of thrown rocks (injuries from the air), muscle twitches, spasms, contractions, convulsions &  aches. Saturn is always involved in severe illnesses like  Bell’s Palsy, quadriplegia, paraplegia, multiple sclerosis.

Too much wet, slow, heavy kapha affliction on Saturn like poor diet, insufficient exercise, sleeping in the day, tonsillitis, enlarged bulky muscles, loss of proportion, muscle cysts, hernia, fibromaylgia, fibrocystic changes in the breasts, uterine fibroids, enlarged lips, cheeks, tongue.

Too much hot, dry, light influence on Saturn can cause one to work too hard, undertake too much physical activity, lack protein due to insufficient nourishment. This can result in muscle atrophy/wasting/rigidity, loss of muscle power, emaciation, fatigue, dislocation of joints, TMJ disorders, craving for meat, sunken cheeks, sunken eyes, many look like a walking skeleton, expression of grief and sadness, cold and hungry (but cannot adsorb the nutrients in food) profuse accumulation of ear wax, smegm. One may feel like they’re carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. Unresolved emotions accumulate to create tension, stress and stiffness fear, anxiety, grief, sadness, anger.

Rahu

Slowness of action, clumsiness, hiccup, insanity, unfounded fears, leprosy, debility, hemorrhoids, chronic boils or ulcers, incurable ailments, poisoning, snake bites, diseases of the feet. Gives phobias thru connection with the moon. Considered the same as Saturn. Matures at 48. Represents very old people over 100.

Ketu

Same as Rahu, but more uncertain cause, epidemics, eruptive forces, viral and infectious disease, parasites of intestines or blood, speech defects, diagnostic confusion, surgical intervention, same as Mars. Matures at 48. Represents very old people over 100.


Lantern festival
Lantern Festival – Chang Mai

The Houses

Aries/1st house

Fevers, headaches, whole body, brain, strokes, cerebral bleeding, injuries to the skull, head, difficulties at time of birth, eyes, back of head to base of skull.

Taurus/2nd house

Neck, throat, thyroid, obesity, face, mouth, jaw, teeth, childhood disease, like cough, cold, flu, mumps, measles, genetic illness, memory, larynx, cerebellum, vocal cords, faculties of speech, taste, tongue, sight, beauty, eating habits, hair, manner of speaking, the face one shows to the world, family values.

Gemini/3rd house

Cough, pulmonary problems, lungs, asthma, shoulders, arms, upper back, nervous disorders, mentality, muscular-skeletal coordination, agitation, movement and expression of the upper body, stress response, behaviours of the hands, mental illnesses related to mentality (argumentative, cranky, perfectionism, tantrums, stubbornness), the way one reaches out to the world.

Cancer/4th house

Chest problems, breast cancer, tumours, chest colds, rib cage, emotional comfort, boundary issues, front part of chest, elbows, watery pump action of heart, lungs, breasts, endocrine system, watery tides of the body, lactation, capacity for foundation education.

Leo/5th house

Vitality, heart, solar plexus, diaphragm, digestive juices, fertility, intelligence/intellect, menstrual problems, mid-back, small intestines, vitality produced by the heart, pitta of the blood.

Virgo/6th house

Digestion, absorption, gas, ulcers, allergies, hypoglycemia, diabetes, appendicitis, immune system weakness, bowel movements related to digestion, colon, large intestine, hands, they way we approach our health challenges.

Libra/7th house

Urinary problems, fertility issues for women, internal sex organs, venereal disease, sexual virility, lowest part of abdomen, lumbar, kidneys, pancreas, one on one relationships.

Scorpio/8th house

Hemorrhoids, bowel movement, blood disorders, impotence for men, external sex organs, urinary, sacrum, perineum, rectum, bladder, prostate, uterus, ovaries, sudden shocking events, deep healing.

Sagittarius/9th house

Arteries, obesity, hips, sacrum, paralysis below the waist, thighs, belief.

Capricorn/10th house

Weakness to bones, arthritis, knees, our standing in life.

Aquarius/11th house

Circulation, skin, nervous system, weakness to lower legs, calves, shins, joints, connective tissue.

Pisces/12th house

Feet, lymphatic disorders, hypoglycemia, diabetes, tumours, fungal infections, loss of vitality.


​What Causes illness or Injury in a chart?

Bread of life
Bread of Life in Varanasi.

Just as there often seems to be no end to the suffering in life, there are are numerous elements in the chart which cause affliction.

  • The Sun burns what he touches.

  • Mars bring heat and Inflammation to whatever he touches

  • Saturn brings coldness, stiffness, blockage and stagnation to whatever he touches.

  • Rahu excites what he touches.

  • Ketu numbs what he touches.

  • The 6th house and its owner brings illness that we must over come.
  • The 8th house and its owner brings illness that changes our life.
  • The 12th house and it’s owner brings a loss of vitality.
  • Poorly placed, weak & debilitated signs, houses & planets

Any part of the body signified sign, house, planet or nakshatra that is touched by any of these malefic signifiers will suffer. The degree of the suffering will depend on the number of malefic influences on that particular part of the body by checking the various signifiers for that part of the body as detailed below.

  • Tamasic combinations and planets will function thru the physical body in a spiritually dark way.

  • Rajasic will function thru the mind, emotions and intellect in a spiritually active way.

  • Sattwic will function thru the soul in a pure loving harmonious way acting as an instrument of the divine.


The Body of Kal-Parusha

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Keeping Warm at Agore Baba’s Dhuni. Varanasi, India.

(House Number also signifies the sign of that number)

1st house is the head

2nd house is his face and neck

3rd house is arms and shoulders

4th house is his chest

5th house his heart

6th house his stomach

 7th house is his groin

8th house is his anus

9th house is his thighs

10th house his knees

11th house his shins

12th house the soles of his feet

By Drekkana

(If the ascendant degree is between 0 – 10 degree, we follow first drekkana; if it’s 10 – 20 degrees, we follow the second drekkana; 20 -30 degrees we follow the third.)

1st house: Head, Neck, Pelvis

2nd house: Right eye, Right Shoulder, Right side of penis/anus

3rd house: Right ear, arm, testical

4th house: Right nostril, side of the body, thigh

5th house: Right temple, heart, knee

6th house: Right cheek, abdomen, calf

7th house: Chin, navel, feet

8th house: Cheek, abdomen, calf

9th house: Left temple, heart, knee

10th house Left Nostril, Side of the body, thigh

11th house: Left ear, arm, testical

12th house: Left eye, shoulder, penis/anus


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Narmada Pilgrims – Narmade-har!

The Body of Kal Parusha by Nakshatra

  1. Ashvini: Both knees & upper parts of feet
  2. Bharani: Head & bottom part of feet
  3. Krittika: Waist & top and back part of head
  4. Rohini: Both legs & the forehead
  5. Mrigashira: The two eyes & eyebrows
  6. Ardra: Hair & both eyes
  7. Punarvasu: Fingers & nose
  8. Pushya: Mouth & face (facial expression)
  9. Ashlesha: Nails, joints & ears
  10. Magha: Nose, lips & chin
  11. Poorva Phalguni: Private parts & right hand 
  12. Uttara Phalguni: Private parts, lips & left hand
  13. Hasta: The two hands & fingers
  14. Chitra: Forehead & neck
  15. Swati: Teeth, intestines & chest
  16. Vishakha: Both arms & breasts
  17. Anuradha: Heart, stomach, bowels & womb
  18. Jyeshta: Tongue, neck & right side of the body
  19. Moola: Both feet & the left side of the body
  20. Poorva Ashadha: Both thighs & the back
  21. Uttara Ashadha: Both thighs & the waist
  22. Shravana: Both ears & the sex organs
  23. Dhanista: Back & anus
  24. Shatabhishak: Chin & right thigh
  25. Poorva Bhadrapada: Both sides of the body, ankles & left thigh
  26. Uttara Bhadrapada: Both sides of the body, ankles & lower legs
  27. Revati: Both armpits, abdomen, groin & ankles

 

There are several ways to determine body parts thru the astrology chart. Of course no single method will be 100% accurate. These various methods allow us to check a body part in at four different ways (by sign, by house, by Dekkana & by Nakshatra). If the same part of the body is afflicted thru all four of these indicators, you can be sure that part of the body we suffer in some form. On the other hand, if all four signifiers of the same body part have benefic influence or beneficial yoga, you can be sure

Vedic Astrology: What is it? Who benefits? How to get a reading?

Who can benefit most from Vedic Astrology?

A wide variety of people us Vedic astrology for many reasons, but most of the people who come to me are looking to deepen their spiritual practice; or understand their place in society thru wealth, marriage, career; or perhaps they are concerned about their health, or their state of mind, or their family. 

Astrology shows how everything and everyone is connected so there are always things we can do to strengthen what is good in us and loosen our attachments what is dark and draining.

For remedial measures to work, we have to understand how and why they work, and they have to be something we are likely to follow. 

Like everything astrological, remedial measures have to be suited for this time and place.

What is Vedic Astrology?

Commonly known as Vedic Astrology because of it’s connection with Ayurveda, the science of life, Jyotish is the science of light. This science, as it’s practiced today, has it’s base in the Hora Shastra by Sage Parashara. The original book was written over one thousand years ago and my teacher still tells me to consult it before asking him questions.

Vedic astrology is unique from western astrology in several ways. The most obvious is that Parashara teaches us to use the sidereal chart which locates the true position of the planets in relation to the the time and place of ones birth. This means that compared to Topical chart used for western astrology, all of the planets will shift about 24 degrees (almost a whole 30 degree sign, x 12 gives us 360 degrees)). For example, in western astrology my Sun is in Sagittarius, but in the Vedic sidereal my Sun is in Scorpio. My Moon, however, is well advanced in Gemini in the western topical chart so it remains in Gemini in the sidereal chart, but at very low degrees. 

One of the other major differences is that the position of the sun is generally considered of lesser importance in Jyotisha than that of the Moon or the ascendant (rising sign). The ascendant changes sign every 2 hours, the moon every two days and the sun once per month, so it’s obvious where we will find the most individual and personalized reading. 

Jyotisha also has a system of planetary cycles called dashas that is missing from Western astrology which uses progression of planets to time predictions which is more cumbersome and does not offer the consistency of results offered by the dasha system.  The dashas allow for precise prediction and greater understanding of the cycles of this incarnation. We are connected to the planets as existing within ourselves and we are within them. All of the light which shines to illumine this world before us shines and is directed from within. We are that Shankara who is the source of the power of the wheel of energies. When we praise that Shankara, we praise the highest expression of our own selves by whose contraction and expansion this whole world comes into being and goes out again. 

The most important feature of Vedic astrology is how it works with Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra to offer numerous remedial measures that can be personally tailored for anyone depending on their own will to gain the Supreme knowledge that nourishes, heals all wounds, allows us to form a union with ourselves, freeing us of all limitation.

How does Vedic Astrology differ from Western Astrology?

Vedic Astrology, known as Jyotisha, is the science of light which has been followed since ancient times in and around India where astrologers are still considered teachers, guides and counselors. The Vedic system of Astrology differs from the western system of Astrology by using the sidereal chart that accurately charts the locations of the planets which means that the planets in your charts will be shifted by about 24 degree. Considering each sign takes up 30 degrees, this means that the western topical astrology charts are out by almost an entire sign. This why many people find that their moons, for example, are in different signs in the two systems.

Vedic Astrology uses the rising sign chart, the Moon chart, the Sun chart and the Navamsha chart to uncover the mysteries of an individuals universe. Western astrology uses only the sun chart. From the Vedic perspective the sun is the soul of man, this makes it more difficult for us to understand than our mind, represented by the moon, and our physical existence, represented by our rising sign chart. It’s only a few who are blessed to not only recognize their own, but to be able to articulate it as well. Our mind and our body we can generally have a coherent conversation about, this is why Vedic astrology generally discusses only these more manifest karmas.

Vedic Astrology has a dasha system that allows for accurate prediction of events on a time line. The dashas are the periods of our life that are ruled by the different planets. The Vedic system uses 9 planets: the seven main ones (Sun , Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn), and Rahu and Ketu (the north and south nodes), dark spots in the sky that cause eclipses whenever they come over the sun or moon. These nine plants each rule over a span of years which combines to 120 years. Saturn, for example, rules over 19 years. Within Saturn’s 19 years, each planet again rules a period of time so that the time periods of all nine planets equals 19. So the 19 year dasha period of Saturn has nine sub-periods, each sub-period again has nine sub-periods. The dasha‘s are used to understand more specifically what karmas are arising at different periods of your life.

The predictive capability allowed by the dasha system is how Vedic astrology proves itself. When the dasha periods are combined with the transiting planets, astrological prediction can be amazingly accurate. But making such predictions does not necessarily serve the client or the astrologer. The more specific an astrologer tries to be in their prediction, the more likelihood there is of making an error and leading a client down a wrong path. Also, in most cases, one cannot be sure of an exact birth time or location coordinates which will always have a subtle effect on a chart and a life. But more importantly, not all karmas are so fixed as to be certainties.

Free will plays a huge role in how we are affected by karma. One of the main jobs of an astrologer is to help people use their free will most effectively by pointing out the benefics and malefics in their life and suggesting subtle remedies based on the desires and abilities of the client. The predictive capabilities of Vedic astrology should not be taken to suggest that we are completely ruled over by fate, but rather we could be if we don’t maintain some kind of vigilant awareness of our mind, body and spirit.

Vedic astrology can be an excellent tool for such personal awareness, especially when combined with the complimentary tools such as yoga, Ayurveda, and other spiritual practices.

If you have any questions about Vedic astrology please contact me at holliday.michael@gmail.com

Om Namah Shivaya

How does a reading work? 

There are generally five parts to a reading. First, I take the birth data you give me and caste the chart. Next, I look into your past to find details about your life and family so that we might gain confidence in the data, and the client can be assured that astrology is a working science. The third step goes thru a broad array of past and future and personal characteristics. Vedic astrology loves specific questions that it can answer clearly and directly so we address these in the fourth part of the reading, as well as philosophical questions that this science often provokes from people. The last part is the most important part where we discuss remedial measures. 

What kinds of remedies are available?

The astrology chart is like a doctors pathology report. For the client, much of the karmic script is just meaningless data; what’s important is the medicine. “What can I do?” This is what is most important: what can we do to help ourselves, to help others, and to help this world. Thru the remedies, astrology shows us the ways we can connect to that universal energy in order be more effective in the three worlds.

Vedic astrology is supported by all of the remedial measures of yoga, tantra & ayurveda. Classical remedies include gem stones, metals, colours, weekdays, mantras, offering service, charity or donation, or actively harmonizing with some part of nature, giving worship to specific deities. I can also offer individual advice for meditation and asana practice. Some generalized health, diet and lifestyle advise is also possible.

Reading
Mike Holliday at his desk in Varanasi, India.

Astrological Services

Initial Consultation: 1.5 – 2 hours ($50 – $300) 

  • Full chart assessment of the past, present and future karma

  • Evolution of consciousness

  • Major life themes

  • Remedial measures suited individuals in the modern world

  • Includes one Skype call (or detailed e-mail), one e-mail with basic information before the call and another follow up e-mail to address question afterwards.    

Follow-Up Consultations: 1 hour ($50 – $200) 

  • To answer specific questions 

  • To give an annual report

  • These can be completed by call or e-mail.

Chart Matching to assess suitability for marriage and advise on relationship challenges that the individuals are likely to face, both as individuals and as a couple. Traditionally this is used for partner selection, but it can also be a great relationship tool for couples to understand what brings then together and the lessons they are here to learn thru their relationships. I also give advice on marriage gem stone selection since diamond is not always the most supportive gem stone for marriage. (Average donation $250 for both charts.)

Payments can be made by e-mail interact transfers or PayPal.

For information about astrology readings, courses and information sessions please contact me at holliday.michael@gmail.com 

 

 

 

 

2017-18 Transit predictions for Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

Meheshwar

Sagittarius

Sagittarius natives will have Saturn transiting their first house, this is well known to age a person, or, at least, make them appear older as they struggle with life’s responsibilities. Saturn in the first house while speed up the aging process of the body while causing delay in most other areas. You could find yourself having to take responsibility for younger siblings, marriage or business partners, and job. Saturn’s aspect on the 10th house can bring greater responsibility and more work hours (possibly unpaid overtime) in the career. Ketu is also aspecting the 10th house suggesting that work can be scattered and inconsistent; one should also be wary of any improper activity that could mar one’s reputation in society during this period. Saturn’s aspect to the 7th house can delay the signing of new contracts while giving durability to those contracts and deals which are already in place. From a relationship[p point of view, this Saturn will be better for those who are already married rather than those seeking a marriage relationship. Ketu in the second house can be a detriment to savings and the family assets. The owner of the second house in the first house (12th from 2nd) also suggests that you may be separated from your family or suffer the loss of a family member. Ketu is also aspecting the 6th house which can disperse and dispense with enemies and obstacles. This Ketu can also lead you into some kind of unusual work (unusual for you that is, but perhaps a common job by society standards. Rahu is in the 8th house, which can bring a sense of wandering whether the wandering is physical travel overseas, or perhaps merely emotional and/or intellectual wandering (this will depend on the significations of ones own natal chart). In any case, this wandering by Rahu is very likely to wander some occult, mysticism or astrology. This Rahu also aspects the 12th house which can be good for meditation and/or travel; some kind of isolating activity in any case. Rahu in Cancer aspecting the 4th house can bring a sense of hyper vigilance, misplaced defensiveness, and and emotional roller-coaster in general. Jupiter is giving his blessing your profits and gains which are likely to diversify as you find more sources. Guru is also very well placed for expanding your friends circle; friends and especially older brothers can do very well in this period, though they are also likely to face some obstacles. This is a great period to display you most noble qualities as you expand your efforts to get what you want in life while following the path of righteousness. This Jupiter c an also be very good for connecting with others, business owners, contract makers (or maintainers) and people of the opposite sex.

Capricorn

Ketu is in the 1str house for Capricorn natives. This Ketu can make a person feel a little scattered which is not likely to be beneficial for students or those who’s work involved productivity. In a creative aspect, this can be an interesting and potentially ground-breaking period as new ideas and potentially new talents are unleashed. This period may also be marked by a change in spiritual beliefs and practices that is likely to have roots in your past life. Capricorn parents could face some difficulties with their children in this period as the unexpected arises. Rahu is in the 7th house which can make it a little difficult to connect with your spouse as they become more defensive than usual. It’s possible that this period could bring some misplaced jealousy on your part, so be careful that this does not overtly affect your relationship. Rahu in the 7th house is likely to bring new contracts, connections and partners into your life (or at least, most certainly, a strong desire for such connections. This Rahu can, however, be very materialistic as is glosses over this image of things without looking too deeply into the heart of the matter (or the person); therefore, connections which are begun in this period can also be lost again before Rahu moves into Gemini. You may also find yourself seeking greater gain or profit thru the influence of Rahu. You might find that your efforts flow from an insatiable hunger in this time. Jupiter is in the 10th house which, like like Saturn in the 10th house, can bring more work and more responsibility, but in Jupiter’s the income and respect is also likely to increase proportionally. You might find people relying one you for advice. This can be a good time for increased savings, as well as diversifying ones valued collections. The family can prosper in this time, but so too can ones enemies and obstacles, though you are sure to receive good advice or some kind of good luck that will help you to overcome both obstacles and enemies. Saturn is in the 12th house suggesting that you are likely to pinch your pennies thru this transit. Saturn in the 12 reduces expenditure as well as disturbing ones sleep and other pleasures of the bed. The combination of both Saturn and Jupiter aspecting the 2nd house can be very good for savings and as the responsible attitude in spending will match that of saving. This Saturn Jupiter combination aspecting the 6th house can cause problems over time as healing and seeking help could be delayed. But as I said, Jupiter will offer blessing in this area of life. Saturn is also aspecting your 9th house which can be excellent for developing some kind of experiential personal beliefs. This can also make one quite obstinate and stubborn in following orthodox or outdated beliefs. I don not expect this to be a period of fast luck. Some call this kind of luck, “hard luck.” Luck is not missing, nor is bad, just a bit slow and hard.

Aquarius

Aquarius natives have Rahu transiting their 6th house bring a strong sense of urgency for overcoming enemies and obstacles. You may be seeking a second job or more hours at work to do this. Some “creative” resume building could be used for such ends, but what is given by Rahu is often taken away due to the unsustainable means of attainment. Jupiter is very well placed in the 9th house: Luck, education and a higher understanding of this world and your place in it will all find expansive expression in this period. Jupiter’s aspect to the first house can be good for health and may even add a bit of protective fat to the body. One might, however, find oneself sorting thru a variety of doctrines which can be overwhelming sometimes. This can also be a good time for ones father or guru, father, children and students as Jupiter will offer his benevolence and expansiveness to each of these areas of life. Saturn will be in the 11th house bringing his sense of delay to your profits. This can be a good position for wage earners as Saturn is suggestive of a certain regularity of income. One the other hand, if you are conduction your own business or are seeking other methods of gain, this Saturn can delay payment for work completed. Saturn and Jupiter both aspecting your 1st house can bring greater dignity and respect to your personality and this can also be good for health. Saturn’s aspect to your 8th house can, however, delay personal change and growth while also bring your focus to you responsibilities for your children and/or ongoing creative endeavours.

Pisces

Rahu is in the 5th house, which can bring a strong desire for children and one can be quite ruthless in this pursuit. Spiritual practices and creative endeavours can also find expression in this period, though you are very likely to go at these things on your own, or in your own way. Rahu’s aspect to the 9th house can bring a strong sense of independence in ones beliefs and you are likely to have no qualms about following your own path regardless of the consequences. Jupiter is in the 8th house which can be good for education as well as for obtaining some kind of confidential information or secret knowledge. You could also see an expansion of the home base as well as an increase in numbers of people living in the home. Jupiter’s aspect to the 12 house can be excellent of meditation, divination, ashram life, education spending, sleep, and other activities that are conducted in isolation; including bed pleasures. And since this Jupiter is aspecting the 2nd house as well as the 12th house, this period becomes a good opportunity for the purchase of big ticket home furnishings, assets that will build on the family prosperity, of other collections. Saturn is happy in the 10th house, bringing greater responsibility in to your career and public reputation. The 10th house is a house of our good works in society (karma bhava) and Saturn loves to work and take responsibility. Ketu is dispersing your profits as well as friendships, so look for changes in these areas. Long term prosperity is well fortified in this period so I don’t expect the dimished profits to be very disruptive in your life. Saturn will limit expenses to some degree (or perhaps he will merely draw out the expenses in a payment plan.

 

2017-18 Transit predictions for Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

 

Sagittarius

Sagittarius natives will have Saturn transiting their first house, this is well known to age a person, or, at least, make them appear older as they struggle with life’s responsibilities. Saturn in the first house while speed up the aging process of the body while causing delay in most other areas. You could find yourself having to take responsibility for younger siblings, marriage or business partners, and job. Saturn’s aspect on the 10th house can bring greater responsibility and more work hours (possibly unpaid overtime) in the career. Ketu is also aspecting the 10th house suggesting that work can be scattered and inconsistent; one should also be wary of any improper activity that could mar one’s reputation in society during this period. Saturn’s aspect to the 7th house can delay the signing of new contracts while giving durability to those contracts and deals which are already in place. From a relationship[p point of view, this Saturn will be better for those who are already married rather than those seeking a marriage relationship. Ketu in the second house can be a detriment to savings and the family assets. The owner of the second house in the first house (12th from 2nd) also suggests that you may be separated from your family or suffer the loss of a family member. Ketu is also aspecting the 6th house which can disperse and dispense with enemies and obstacles. This Ketu can also lead you into some kind of unusual work (unusual for you that is, but perhaps a common job by society standards. Rahu is in the 8th house, which can bring a sense of wandering whether the wandering is physical travel overseas, or perhaps merely emotional and/or intellectual wandering (this will depend on the significations of ones own natal chart). In any case, this wandering by Rahu is very likely to wander some occult, mysticism or astrology. This Rahu also aspects the 12th house which can be good for meditation and/or travel; some kind of isolating activity in any case. Rahu in Cancer aspecting the 4th house can bring a sense of hyper vigilance, misplaced defensiveness, and and emotional roller-coaster in general. Jupiter is giving his blessing your profits and gains which are likely to diversify as you find more sources. Guru is also very well placed for expanding your friends circle; friends and especially older brothers can do very well in this period, though they are also likely to face some obstacles. This is a great period to display you most noble qualities as you expand your efforts to get what you want in life while following the path of righteousness. This Jupiter c an also be very good for connecting with others, business owners, contract makers (or maintainers) and people of the opposite sex.

Capricorn

Ketu is in the 1str house for Capricorn natives. This Ketu can make a person feel a little scattered which is not likely to be beneficial for students or those who’s work involved productivity. In a creative aspect, this can be an interesting and potentially ground-breaking period as new ideas and potentially new talents are unleashed. This period may also be marked by a change in spiritual beliefs and practices that is likely to have roots in your past life. Capricorn parents could face some difficulties with their children in this period as the unexpected arises. Rahu is in the 7th house which can make it a little difficult to connect with your spouse as they become more defensive than usual. It’s possible that this period could bring some misplaced jealousy on your part, so be careful that this does not overtly affect your relationship. Rahu in the 7th house is likely to bring new contracts, connections and partners into your life (or at least, most certainly, a strong desire for such connections. This Rahu can, however, be very materialistic as is glosses over this image of things without looking too deeply into the heart of the matter (or the person); therefore, connections which are begun in this period can also be lost again before Rahu moves into Gemini. You may also find yourself seeking greater gain or profit thru the influence of Rahu. You might find that your efforts flow from an insatiable hunger in this time. Jupiter is in the 10th house which, like like Saturn in the 10th house, can bring more work and more responsibility, but in Jupiter’s the income and respect is also likely to increase proportionally. You might find people relying one you for advice. This can be a good time for increased savings, as well as diversifying ones valued collections. The family can prosper in this time, but so too can ones enemies and obstacles, though you are sure to receive good advice or some kind of good luck that will help you to overcome both obstacles and enemies. Saturn is in the 12th house suggesting that you are likely to pinch your pennies thru this transit. Saturn in the 12 reduces expenditure as well as disturbing ones sleep and other pleasures of the bed. The combination of both Saturn and Jupiter aspecting the 2nd house can be very good for savings and as the responsible attitude in spending will match that of saving. This Saturn Jupiter combination aspecting the 6th house can cause problems over time as healing and seeking help could be delayed. But as I said, Jupiter will offer blessing in this area of life. Saturn is also aspecting your 9th house which can be excellent for developing some kind of experiential personal beliefs. This can also make one quite obstinate and stubborn in following orthodox or outdated beliefs. I don not expect this to be a period of fast luck. Some call this kind of luck, “hard luck.” Luck is not missing, nor is bad, just a bit slow and hard.

Aquarius

Aquarius natives have Rahu transiting their 6th house bring a strong sense of urgency for overcoming enemies and obstacles. You may be seeking a second job or more hours at work to do this. Some “creative” resume building could be used for such ends, but what is given by Rahu is often taken away due to the unsustainable means of attainment. Jupiter is very well placed in the 9th house: Luck, education and a higher understanding of this world and your place in it will all find expansive expression in this period. Jupiter’s aspect to the first house can be good for health and may even add a bit of protective fat to the body. One might, however, find oneself sorting thru a variety of doctrines which can be overwhelming sometimes. This can also be a good time for ones father or guru, father, children and students as Jupiter will offer his benevolence and expansiveness to each of these areas of life. Saturn will be in the 11th house bringing his sense of delay to your profits. This can be a good position for wage earners as Saturn is suggestive of a certain regularity of income. One the other hand, if you are conduction your own business or are seeking other methods of gain, this Saturn can delay payment for work completed. Saturn and Jupiter both aspecting your 1st house can bring greater dignity and respect to your personality and this can also be good for health. Saturn’s aspect to your 8th house can, however, delay personal change and growth while also bring your focus to you responsibilities for your children and/or ongoing creative endeavours.

Pisces

Rahu is in the 5th house, which can bring a strong desire for children and one can be quite ruthless in this pursuit. Spiritual practices and creative endeavours can also find expression in this period, though you are very likely to go at these things on your own, or in your own way. Rahu’s aspect to the 9th house can bring a strong sense of independence in ones beliefs and you are likely to have no qualms about following your own path regardless of the consequences. Jupiter is in the 8th house which can be good for education as well as for obtaining some kind of confidential information or secret knowledge. You could also see an expansion of the home base as well as an increase in numbers of people living in the home. Jupiter’s aspect to the 12 house can be excellent of meditation, divination, ashram life, education spending, sleep, and other activities that are conducted in isolation; including bed pleasures. And since this Jupiter is aspecting the 2nd house as well as the 12th house, this period becomes a good opportunity for the purchase of big ticket home furnishings, assets that will build on the family prosperity, of other collections. Saturn is happy in the 10th house, bringing greater responsibility in to your career and public reputation. The 10th house is a house of our good works in society (karma bhava) and Saturn loves to work and take responsibility. Ketu is dispersing your profits as well as friendships, so look for changes in these areas. Long term prosperity is well fortified in this period so I don’t expect the dimished profits to be very disruptive in your life. Saturn will limit expenses to some degree (or perhaps he will merely draw out the expenses in a payment plan.

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2017 -2018 Transit predictions for Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio: Saturn in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Libra, Rahu in Cancer & Ketu in Capricorn

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Leo

For Leo natives, Jupiter is giving his blessing to the Kama (desire) trine which can act as a multiplier, so desire could be strong in this period; though since it’s the Guru who giving his dristi to this trine, you are likely to conduct yourself honourably; due to which there is a very good chance of enlarging your fiends circle as well as you access to distributive networks. It could be good time for academics seeking publication or for crafts people who do work with their hands and those seeking job specific certifications. This could be a good period for Leo natives to gain from their relationships, negotiation settings or contracts, though Saturn in the 5th house will give strong resistance to risk taking (or ego based) behaviours. However, such caution could also be rewarded romantically or otherwise. Saturn is also giving his aspect to the houses of wealth (the 11th and 2nd) which can be restrictive due to ones deeper sense of responsibility to children, students, or ongoing creative outlets. The combined aspects of Saturn and ketu the the 2nd house can be both restrictive and dispursive bringing difficulty to ones savings, collections and even family values. However, it should also be noted that Ketu is generally does very good work for us in the 6th house. Debt could be eliminated and enemies and obstacles dispursed in a relatively painless way. Ketu in the 6th house occasionally signifies bankruptcy as well as new age healing techniques that could also be beneficial for you at this time. Ketu’s aspect to your 10th house suggest it could be a good time to change careers, or to solidify your reputation in some unusual field. Rahu in the 12th house can bring all kinds material expenditure, while bringing your focus to spirituality, meditation, dream space, and foreign travel. Keep in mind that this Rahu also likes sex and smoke, so it Leo natives might find themselves easily tempted to less wholesome secret activity.

Virgo

Virgo natives could face some health problems in this period as Saturn and Ketu both aspect your lagna. This could also be a very good time for gain of vehicles, land, wealth. First marriages could face some surprising developments, but Virgo natives in their second marriage find this period more agreeable. In regards to those health problems I mentioned, you could find some relief thru Ayurveda or other folk remedies. Although the same energy that makes such healing possible could also bring some measure of dispute into the home, with ones mother or parents in general. This is also not likely to be a good period for ones children as Ketu and Saturn are both in difficult placement for the 5th house. Ketu can also lead to a loss of faith thru mere neglect. Rahu will be in the 11th house which could cause you to question the true intentions behind some of your friendships, but this Rahu can be good for profit and gain as you seek some direction thru your partners. Partnerships are likely to have a very strong influence on you in this period as you also find yourself strongly motivated by profit.

Libra

Libra natives will gain many blessings by Jupiter’s transit thru lagna, however this Jupiter also gives strong indications for some kind of swelling or enlargement of the body or some part of the body. This is generally a protective covering of fat, but if it gets to be too much, this defensive mechanism can become a problem. Jupiter’s aspects to 5th, 7th, and 9th house can also be a boon for education and you may be relied upon for advice in this period. This can be an excellent time for the children of Libra natives as they are likely to gain in life as well as achieve some wish they have been working towards. Business negotiations and contracts could prove lucrative in this period, and your spouse is likely to benefit as well. However you could meet with difficulties in a couple of related areas of life. Bed pleasures are likely to be either non-existent or somehow traditionally unnatural, and your home life might be taken for granted or disturbed. Perhaps in the process of moving you will find yourself with multiple homes but unable to feel at home. Rahu in the 10th house can be a good driver for your career, though Rahu tends to overstep his bounds; this could suggest a temporary position. The difficulty is that you may not treat it like a temporary position and over spend during a brief period of wealth in such a way that you end up more greatly impoverished. Be careful with purchases of expensive assets. It’s also possible that you could inadvertently release some secrets that you were meant to hold.

Scorpio

Scorpio natives are likely to have some foreign connections in this time, either thru travel or study. Expenditure is likely to be high in this period, but you are likely to be enriched in other ways (education, spirituality, ashram, retreat). Jupiter is also signifies children and other forms of creative productivity which may run into so unexpected expenses. Savings is also likely to meet expenditure or perhaps you will gain prosperity thru foreign sources. Saturn can be good for antique collectors as well as gain of property. It could also be a period where you are asked to oversee the collections or savings of the family or others. And although you are likely to see some kind of expansion of the home environment either in the size of the home or the number of people who live there, you might also suffer under some new rules and regulations in the home environment. You will likely be relied upon to collect confidential information and you will handle that information responsibly as your prosperity in this period will be effected not only by confidential sources, but also from other secret knowledge that you have gathered throughout your life. You could gain by the masses, but it might only be pennies at a time. The extent of gain will be seen in your individual natal chart. However, be very careful with your friendships in this period as you are likely to come into contact with a variety of societies undesirables. You might find yourself cut off from your distributive networks and separated from younger siblings, and you could find it quite difficult to motivate yourself to take direct action to achieve your goals. If you are in a marriage relationship, some difficulties are indicated. Contracts and such things in general will not hold your attention for long. Rahu is giving great indication for higher knowledge and pilgrimage travel; there are strong indications that you might undergo some secretive, intense, mystical spiritual practice. Scorpio native might have to be very conscious about the feelings and presence of others in their life as this Rahu can give selfish tendencies.

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2017 -2018 Transit predictions for Aries, Taurus, Gemini & Cancer: Saturn in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Libra, Rahu in Cancer & Ketu in Capricorn

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So much has changed since my last post. I should appoligize for the delay and thank those of you who reminded me to update my transit predictions.

Saturn is in Sagittarius, Rahu and Ketu in Cancer and Capricorn respectively, and Jupiter is in Libra. The others are making their way more quickly. The Moon, as I write this, is only 3 degrees from exact conjunct with Rahu in Cancer (as I hit publish, this conjunction is exact). There is certain,y some relation between this Rahu in Cancer, the sign of home and defensive perimeters, and all of this independence movement in the world. Saturn’s aspect from Scorpio would have been acting as a somewhat restrictive force, but with Saturn’s movement to Sagittarius this restriction is removed. We will have to watch for Mars to make his way thru Sagittarius, Capricorn (March 7, 2018 & May 2, 2018 respectively until November 5, 2018) as well as his next pass thru his own sign of Aries (beginning Feb 5, 2019). I expect that it will be a particularly hot summer of 2018: heatwaves, drought, as well as the political situation internationally (war, independence movements, the refugee crisis, and every kind of sudden, unexpected and potentially explosive). As you read these horoscopes for each sign, try to keep the world in mind as much as you think about these in a personal way.

In any case:

Aries

Aries is the natural horoscope where the signs and the houses match. Aries natives will find themselves blessed by Jupiter’s aspect to ascendant. This can bring positive personal grow and prosperity that occasionally manifests itself on the belt-line. Guru’s aspects to the 11th house can bring multiple sources of profit and gain as well as expending ones hopes and friends circles. Considering this aspect is coming from the 7th house, Jupiter in Libra can be very good for business allowing for multiple partnerships and contracts. This multiplying effect in the 7th house is good for business, and positive for single people, but for marriage it can be inconvenient for those devoted to monogamy. However, since Jupiter owns the 12th house, all of these 7th house matters could merely be matters of the imagination or expenditure of our life force. Jupiter int he 7th house can be very good for personal motivation. It’s very likely you will find yourself in various situations where you have to look into yourself to discover the right and honest mode of action. Saturn’s aspect to the 3rd house could also cause several delays in your efforts due to wanting to act within the law while also maintaining your own personal sense of Justice as well. Saturn in the 9th house can bring hard luck materially, but spiritually, this Saturn can diminish our sense of greed, ego, and competitiveness (what the Bhagavad Gita calls the triple gates to hell) as well as bringing humility into our lives. The combination of Jupiter and Saturn aspecting the 11th house and the 3rd house is generally beneficial in our lives and the lives of our brothers, both younger and older. The 11th lord in the 9th house (11th from the 11th) is an auspicious placement as is the 9th lord in the 7th house (11th from 9th): gainful for brother, gainful for father, and potentially gain by luck for oneself.

Ketu and Saturn are sharing an aspect to Virgo in the 6th house but the nodes are otherwise acting without influence from the other slow moving planets. These aspects on the 6th house can suggest taking responsibility for ones own health as well as gaining some opportunity to do some kind of service or social work. You could find that your enemies and obstacles are dispersed and restricted thru this period. Rahu can increase your expenses and your impulses as well as personal sense of security. Rahu in the 4th hosue can, however, bring a false sense of security since the imposure might be inside your own home already. This Rahu can bring a change of residence and foreign travel and Saturn in the 9th can bring an arduous pilgrimage.

Taurus

Taurus natives are very likely to receive help and/or good advice to overcome their difficulties. This could very well come unearned or unexpected from a friend or thru mysticism or occult means. Jupiter can bring gains from difficult situations and enmity, but the gain does come with some pain. Jupiter’s 12th house aspect can signify hospital intervention, ashram, charity or even educational expenditures. Again, Jupiter comes with mixed blessings for Taurus natives. The mutual aspect of Saturn and Jupiter on the 10th house can be good for one’s career and public reputation, but you are very likely to have top work incredibly hard; possibly taking on extra work or extra duties or extra hours that you may, or may not, get pain for. Many of Jupiter’s lessons with be taught alongside Saturn thru this period; this is one reason for the mixed results. Saturn is actually yoga karaka planet for Taurus natives. Yoga karaka essentially means that Saturn is very likely to be the most influential planet for bringing good and lasting things into a persons life. He gets this title of Yoga karaka by virtue of his ownership of the 9th and 10th houses; commonly considered the 2 best houses of the chart; essentially ones dharma and ones Karma follow a similar path. As Saturn transits thru Sagittarius, Taurus natives could take a turn for the secretive, hidden, mysterious; a holder of shocking secrets that cannot be disclosed. It could be a good time to acquire assets that will add to your families prosperity, the nature of this prosperity will be determined by ones own chart. If you are in business, you could find yourself seeking to broaden you distributive network; perhaps you have some local product or service that you’d like offer to a broader regional, national or especially foreign clientele. Taurus natives are likely to seek fulfillment thru friend networks, negotiations, contracts and partnerships. Regardless of your success in these endeavours, fulfillment is rarely achieved by following Rahu. This can be a very materialistic placement for Rahu, or, at least your sense of motivation may be suspect. Ketu is in an excellent position to bring you into contact with some kind of new age spirituality and/or spiritual practice. For Taurus natives, Ketu in Capricorn can bring a unique twist to ones life and personality. It could be one of those periods in ones life that we look back on as being a little strange. Ketu in the 9th house can bring many blessings from our past lives.

Gemini

For Gemini natives, this could be a very good period for higher knowledge and education. Jupiter is blessing the 5th, 9th, 11th & 1st houses which can also be good for studentship, spiritual practices, gain of educated friends, as well as providing a broad base for profit. This can be a very good time for luck coincidences. Saturn in the 7th house can be very good for committed relationships, and taking responsibility for our agreements. This Saturn will be better for relationships that are already in progress since it’s likely to delay or restrict the forming of new contracts or partnerships. Jupiter can bring dating and romance in the 5th house, but Saturn effect will be felt in the negotiation/agreement making process. Jupiter will be giving some blessing to any risk taking activity, so I don’t suppose single people will shy from dating, nor, for that matter, will investors shy from risk taking. Jupiter in the 5th makes these kinds of things all about spreading it our; broadening; and expending the risk taking activity in order to diminish the risk. Jupiter does not jump into things impulsively and foolishly. Rahu is in the 2nd house which can be good for savings, assets and collections; but it can just as likely bring our ruin as we seek an image based on these things. Such a false image can be expensive and bring debt by Rahu’s 6th house aspect. Ketu in the 8th can lead to taking your secrets, dreams and those subtle signals from your ancestors for granted. There may be some disturbance in the home as ancestral spirits are disturbed; both repression and dispersal are possible. In any case, you are not likely to find much enjoyment in the home through this period. Since this home energy also connects with the mother, she might also face some difficulties in this period.

Cancer

Cancer natives will be dealing with Rahu in the 1st house. This period will be all about you; other people in your life will either have to toe the line or go away. This is not a good frame of mind for healthy, prosperous relationships. Ketu could throw all these past agreements to the wind which would likely have negative effect on friend circles and distributive networks. Younger brothers are likely to be adversely affected, of you could find yourself associating with (or making business with) criminal elements. However, this Rahu can also bring a profound spiritual experience, world travel, pilgrimage or some unique (and likely intense) spiritual; practice. This Rahu likes Rudra and Durga and these destructively powerful energies of the universe. Knowledge and productivity are likely to progress along these lines. Ketu, as I said, will enhance your feeling of isolation. If we look at all of this as well as Jupiter’s influence to he 12th house this becomes an especially potent time for spirituality, higher knowledge, travel, connecting with ancestor spirits and other experiences that will help to carry you into your future. Be wary of occasional lapses of judgment; be gentle on yourself. Jupiter can also enlarge your home from the 4th house; this could be a renovation or addition to the home structure itself, or it could be an increase in the number of people in the home (children, some family member coming to stay, or perhaps a new tenant or roommate). This sort of thing can sometimes be a little uncomfortable and put people a little on edge making them feel like some normal routine things now have to be completed under the cover of secrecy. Saturn in the 6th house can be beneficial for you as he gives a restrictive influence to your enemies and obstacles. However, the planet of service in the house of service will give you some service to perform in your life; such social service should be considered a great blessing in life.

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The Ground of Yoga: Why is yoga different from everything else we do?

What is the ground of Yoga? What is it that makes yoga unique and special setting it apart from all the other activities we perform on the course of the day or throughout our lives?

According to Patanjali, Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.

yoga cittavrtti nirodaha

Thru tradition we are advises to ground ourselves in our practice in a similar way.

Om shree ganesha namaha

Any kind of spiritual exercise begins with supplication to Ganesha, famous as the remover of obstacles, and our mind being the biggest obstacle to spiritual realization. The little rat (rodent) he uses as a vehicle is always chewing like the mind. You’ll also see his image or some symbol relating to him at the entrance ways of temples and some homes.

 

A fairly famous way of opening into a spiritual practice like yoga and meditation goes like this:

Om shree ganesha namaha

Om aparvitro pavitrova sharva vashtang

gato o piva yashmaret pundari

kaksham asavantra suchii

Om madhai namaha

Om keshai namaha

Om Rishikeshai namaha

Om pundari kakshan punatu x 3

Om apsarpantu te bhuta, ye bhuta bhuvi sanshitas

ye bhuta vignakartarste nashyantu

Shiva jnana

Om namaha shivaya

After supplicating Ganesha, it goes on to purify the body internally and externally thru supplication to Vishnu the great preserver and operator of the three gunas within the main trinity of gods at the level of Ishwara. After the purification rights (pundari kakshan punatu), we insist that ghosts, latent desires (apsar) and mental impressions of the past be banished from disturbing us from our practice. This will happen by reaching the level of Shiva knowledge (Shivajnana); universal consciousness. So from this we want to practice from a ground of Shiva consciousness.

As we continue our contemplation of the earth tattva, we have to remember that Shiva descended as far as earth and then stopped. He could have descended further, he can do as he likes, thus they say, he likes earth the best. Shiva descends to the most impure gross dense point of earth before making the ascension back thru the tattva.

In this regards, I think of all these people who ask about past lives and such things. If we consider the tattva of tantra, the individual soul exists below the maya tattva, so even our soul is subject to time and the rest, which allows for linear progression and thus past lives. Time, of course takes on a different dimension relative to the birth and death of that soul so when we think about past lives we need to consider that that soul too will make a complete cycle from purity to impurity to purity once again. Such a realization might be the Sankya ideal of kaivalaya for the duality is still there, but Tantra advises to press on beyond the knots, otherwise known as the universal womb, that separate us from from the supreme consciousness, which is the realization of the non-difference between the universal and the individual: moksha; liberation in this life. Patanjali’s yoga cittavrttinirodha is both the the definition of yoga and the means to stopping the fluctuations. We stop (nirodha) the fluctuations (vrtti) of the mind (chitta) by bringing them together in union (yoga). You could say that the project of yoga is to harmonize the mental fluctuations; the cittavrtti.

Going back to the original question of this article, what makes yoga unique. Yoga shares many similarities to creative projects like dance and the arts which also seek a kind of harmony between the artist and the mythical spirits which moves his hand to draw of feet to dance. But there is a subtle. Of course, one could make arguments for dancers at the highest levels reaching a kind of samadhi; but this says little stress, tension and competition that mark the a climb. The truth is that dance very typically has numerous undesirable side effects related to vata and pitta excess and diminished kapha. This is the exact opposite of what yoga is trying to do: cool, calm, lubricate and nourish the body and ultimately the universe. Harmony is something we seek on all levels, but only when we act for something far greater than ourselves or our limited sphere of perception to we strive for yogic perfection: balanced body, balanced mind, balanced spirit.

Sankya will take you to a firm notion of duality, while Vedanta will soften that sense of duality with the Brahman, but will maintain some sense of maya, while Buddhism is said to take you to the void, Tantra is said to carry us beyond the void to the very source of the arising, sustenance, falling away of every mental impression, experience, and the whole universe. I suppose you could say that dance will allow one to harmonize with some few others, Sankya will aid in harmonizing with most others, but only Tantra seeks harmony with the entire universe.

August Eclipse Predictions for the 12 Signs (Aries to Pisces)

Predictions  21 August 2017 Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse: Sun, Moon, Rahu within 5 degrees.

Sun & Moon in Magha – Mars in Ashlesha – Rahu in Ashlesha – Ketu in Dhanista – Saturn in Jyeshta – Jupiter in Chitra

Big events, like natural and man-made disasters often happen near the eclipses of the Sun and Moon. Considering the Sun and Moon will have already crossed Rahu by the time of the actual eclipse, I suspect most of the fireworks may be complete by the 21st of August.

The Sun and Moon will be together in Magha, a royal nakshatra whose symbol is the throne. Magha symbolizes the beginning of a new cycle, and the political overtones can be revolutionary due to Ketu’s rulership. Magha is fierce & fiery & tamasic & raksha. This will be a good time for harsh activity to impose traditional values.

Rahu and Mars conjunction will bring hyper-defensiveness, and a great outpouring of impassioned emotion. Venus is also here so it could turn into a big hippy love in where everything so beautiful and perfect “and anyways I love you, you’re a beautiful person.” But Mars is also in debilitation so perhaps the hippy love-in is provoking a hyper-defensiveness reaction bloodying a nose or two. Rahu in Cancer likes feeling emotion; everything is an emotional event for Rahu in Cancer. Your own Rahu and Moon will decide the content of that emotion.

I want to also point out that Magha also a shudra nakshatra despite the associations with power and royalty, respect, achievement and ultimate glory, Magha is still focused on service in the same way and reasonable king or ruler is servant of the people.

Cancer and Scorpio are the sensitive points of August 21st. Taurus is also receiving negative aspects from Saturn and Ketu, but Jupiter’s aspect has power to maintain harmony here as well as in Capricorn which is receiving aspects from Mars, Venus and Saturn as well as Jupiter. Ketu is a new occupant of this sign. No doubt there will be sudden changes of government, and executive power will flex it’s muscles; but Saturn is taking care of his own house by 3rd aspect and Jupiter is also lending his judicial weight so Capricornious things like public service should continue to flow. 

 

Aries

Rahu will now be in the 4th house for Aries natives. The emotions mentioned earlier will be felt most by Aries natives who will have Rahu affecting both Cancer and 4th house Aspects on 8th and 12th houses will open up some opportunity for travel, research, occult activity, bed pleasures and philanthropy. Jupiter in the 6th can become a source of annoyance though his aspects to 10th, 12th, and 2nd will be more welcome as they suggest noble reputation, charitable expenses, and savings. Saturn will be in the 8th house adding to our longevity and offering some unwanted responsibility for confidential information. Ketu’s activity in the 10th house will be good for retirement, though career related activities could take a unique turn.

Taurus

Rahu will be coming into the 3rd house for Taurus natives. This position is likely to increase our effort and help us to strive just a little harder to get what we want. Rahu is not particularly interested in rules as long as he feels safe. His aspect on 7th house could be good for relationships though Rahu hard effort coupled with his illusory nature could get you into a situation that’s difficult to get out of. Jupiter will be in the 5th house, which can have excellent effects for students, teachers, performers and investment gain. Saturn will be in the 7th house bringing some durability to relationships and contracts even if they are not going well. On the other hand, this Saturn can put up walls between you and “your other.” Forming relationships could be difficult, and things like contracts and negotiations may get delayed or derailed. With Saturn and Ketu both aspecting 1st house, you may need to be aware of your health, though as I said earlier, Jupiter’s aspect here will help by advice or luck. Ketu will be aspecting the 9th house, which should be excellent for spirituality as Ketu introduces you to a variety of new spiritual beliefs. This is not a good position for following your family or birth religious traditions.

 

Gemini

Rahu will be in the 2nd house for Gemini natives. This will give a strong desire to appear wealthy, secure and stable. His aspects on 6th house can bring some illnesses related to over indulgence and his aspect on 10th house can push you to connect with society in new ways. Jupiter will be in the 4th house allowing you to combine work and home life (or work and pleasure). Jupiter’s aspect on 8th house can enrich your secrets, and his aspect on 12th can bring some good from the many expenses that may be incurred. Saturn will be in the 6th house making you take responsibility for your pains and illnesses and the various little obstacles we face in life (this included jobs we may take to pay the bills rather then build upon our career). His aspects on 8th and 12th house can be good for long distance travel and his aspect on 3rd house will bring responsibilities related with younger siblings or friends. Ketu in the 8th house dissipate your research and bring unexpected and unusual illnesses, especially shocking secrets, disturb your sleep and separate you from your home and happiness.

 

Cancer 

Rahu will be transiting 1st house. This can be an intense time for Cancer natives as they seek to flex their ego and be known as a unique and worthy individual. Generally there is nothing wrong with this perspective, but Rahu can sometimes forget about all the ways we are connected with others. Rahu in 1st can also disturb ones health. Rahu will be looking at the 5th and the 9th houses which can be good for productivity, education and spirituality. Jupiter will be in the 3rd house helping out our relationship capacity in a variety of ways. Jupiter in 3rd will also ensure that you follow dharma in your effort. Saturn will be in the 5th house. This may not be a good time to bring babies into this world, but it will be a very good time for you to focus on the children and other productive growths for which you may be responsible. With Saturn Jupiter and Ketu all looking at the 11th house there is likely to be lots of changing activity here: gains are likely, but as old goals are achieved new goals will need to be made. Saturn will also be aspecting the 2nd house, which could suggest some added family responsibilities as well as keeping a close eye on your savings.

 

Leo

Rahu will be in the 12th hose for Leo natives. With Mars and Venus both there this could be a very good time for pleasure as these three are unlikely to allow much sleep to occur. There is an excellent chance of travel related to work of pilgrimage, or perhaps some foreign influence will come into your life. Jupiter will be in the 2nd house for Leo natives which will lend some good advice and positive progress in overcoming obstacles and illness as well as aiding the career and diversifying savings and liquid assets. Saturn will be in the 4th house favouring pleasure from spouse with some potential for disputes as well. This could also increase your duties and sense of responsibility in the house. Saturn’s aspect on 1st could also increase your sense of personal responsibility. Jupiter and Saturn’s combined aspects on the 10th house from Leo could set the stage for a great deal more work and responsibility in your career. Your natal placements will determine the details. Ketu in the 5th house can be a boon regarding life’s obstacles, but attention to what is really going on could make problems. Ketu’s aspects could have a negative effect on a family member as well as on those around you in authority.

 

Virgo

Rahu will be in the 11th house from Virgo. This can be good for gains, fame and working towards you hopes and dreams. Rahu in the 11th can support you with more creative effort and a desire to use others to connect to what you really want. Jupiter will be in the 1st house for Virgo natives. This can be good for health as well as for doing what is right. Your productive capabilities will be increased and you could receive some higher teachings and understanding of the universe. Saturn will be in the 3rd house hinting at responsibilities for younger siblings or perhaps for networking. This Saturn can also suggest some labour work since he is also 6th house owner. This Saturn can influence responsibilities over children as well as the responsibilities of fatherhood. Saturn’s aspect on the 12th house can restrict spending and expenses (perhaps 3rd house occupation will influence you to do things yourself). Ketu will be in the 5th house restricting new creative ventures. Creativity and your beliefs may feel scattered in this period. Perhaps you will be asked to do something or represent something you don’t necessarily believe in.

 

Libra

Rahu will be in the 10th house for Libra natives. I would expect mostly positive developments in your career thru August – September and thru Rahu’s transit in Cancer. The difficulty with this Rahu is his aspect on the 6th house, which will make you want to be known as someone who fixes problems. The problems to be fixed will, of course, be the problem; I don’t doubt your ability to fix them; it’s you ability to make them. Jupiter will be in the 12th house for Libra natives. This Jupiter can bring a variety of expenses into your life, particularly regarding health since Jupiter is in Virgo and aspects the 6th house. But his aspects to 4th house can bring expansion into the home (renovations or new family members are both possibilities). Saturn will be in the 2nd house reining in spending and making you work hard for extra gains. Ketu in the 4th house could bring a change of residence due to internal governance.

 

Scorpio

Rahu will be in the 9th house for Scorpio natives. This will bring a strong desire for higher knowledge and if Rahu has reached maturity beyond late 30’s, this position could also bring a strong desire to teach. Jupiter will be in the 11th house supporting a variety of options for gain and profit and his aspect on 5th house will be very supportive of educational opportunities. His aspects on 3rd and 7th houses will not likely be so obviously beneficial, but Jupiter will be working to improve your relationship and keep you out of trouble that may sometimes come by own effort. Scorpio will again be hosting Saturn in the 1st house, the planet of maturity and responsibility. His aspect on the 7th house can bring dryness to relationships, to career, and even group activities. Everything is likely to feel like some kind of responsibility. Ketu in the 3rd house can bring you in touch with new groups and organizations but his aspects could make it difficult for you to really feel connected with others.

 

Sagittarius

Rahu will be in the 8th house supporting travel, seeking, and research. By aspect he could bring some foreign influence into your home if you do not go out and seek it for yourself. Jupiter will be in the 10th house supporting your career with some extra tasks that might not necessarily mean extra pay, however his aspect on 2nd house could suggest increased savings. You will just have to watch out for some of the obstacles and duties that could be handed to you thru his aspect on 6th house. Saturn will be in the 12th house restricting expenditure; you may already be spending your savings so this is not necessarily a good thing. Saturn will also be looking at your 6th house, which is actually better than Jupiter’s aspect since it is more likely to translate into some kind of service which can be redeeming. His aspect on the 9th house could give you a sense of responsibility for your beliefs that can always be enlightening. Ketu will be in the 2nd house causing problems with your savings, but also saving you from much grief thru his dispersing aspect on 6th house. His aspect on the 8th house can limit your ability for great transformation in this period, but if it does come, it will hardly take any encouragement.

 

Capricorn

Rahu will be in the in the 7th house From Capricorn natives bring a strong desire to connect with others. Ketu in the 1st house can do a lot to scatter our sense of self and follow someone else’s lead. Rahu’s aspects on 11th and 3rd will hint at a desire to be known for your efforts. And it could very well be that you are only following some other person because you think they can help you get what you want. Jupiter will be in the 9th house: this can create excellent conditions for making some spiritual effort, seeking higher knowledge, and even moksha. Saturn’s 11th house transit could have a restrictive influence on your gains and you are likely to come into contact with the common people of society. If you’re patient, wealth could accrue from the sales of liquid assets or from family wealth. You may have feelings of responsibility for children and other creative/ productive responsibilities and if you are reading moon in Capricorn you might find your self a little more cold and calculating emotionally (especially as September comes to a close.

 

Aquarius

Aquarius might become very busy in the period after August 2017. The following year will be an excellent period for overcoming obstacles and completing your duties. You could find yourself motivated by a desire to make some savings or invest in some asset for your home or pleasure. Finances are certainly highlighted in this period. Be careful about going into debt for things you might regret later. It could be a very good period to gain thru confidential sources, from some unique knowledge or information you have, or by occult practice or means. This is also a good time to take on extra responsibilities in your career; but you will want to be careful about working too much. It might be necessary to make greater structure in the home in order to serve your career. You will also be feeling committed to your relationships.

 

Pisces

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The period after August 2017 will be a time of risk, romance, speculation and productivity. You might, however, have to work a little for your luck; nothing will come easy, but you will get what you need to achieve your hopes. The difficulty might come in rediscovering new hopes once you’ve achieved what you’ve been working for for so long. Relationships could be difficult in this time and you might find yourself struggling to follow broad-minded ideals regarding relationships and negotiation.  

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