Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturn in Taurus | Womanizing Saturn

Placement from the Mulatrikona: 4H (heart)

State: Mutual friends

Mood: Womanizing Saturn

  1. Taurus is the 2H of the natural zodiac ruling face, speech, family, wealth among many other things.
  2. It is fixed, earthy and an even sign.
  3. The sign is ruled by Venus the karaka for relationship, sex, semen etc. as well as comforts and luxuries.
  4. We will see hereon that, Saturn being the karaka of vices, uncleanliness, misery, diseases and losses, it influences the sign and its through one or more of these significations.
  5. Saturn placed in Taurus corrupts Venus and the sign. Venus is the karaka for relationship and influence of Pure Graha such as Jupiter indicate purity in relationship. Saturn, on the other hand indicate uncleanliness and impurity  in relationship matters. Hence such natives are prone to be non-committal in the matters of relationships. Either they have multiple relationships, wives, or they go after many women or women of questionable characters. This however can’t be said if Venus and 7L are strong and influenced by benefics. Saturn being the karaka for old age, maturity and old tradition, it can give inclination towards matured women.
  6. While analyzing a matter in someone’s life, one should not infer only based on one factor such as this. However take into consideration 1) strength and association of the karaka 2) Grahas placed in the karaka’s sign 3) Grahas placed in the Bhava under consideration, 4) Strength and placement of Bhavesha– here the sign and bhava of the bhava lord need to be considered.
  7. Say, if Saturn happens to be the 7L and placed in Taurus it increases the chances of going to prostitutes. This becomes even stronger if Venus is conjoined Mars and is placed in either 6th or aspecting the 6H.
  8. Similarly if Saturn is in the 7H in Taurus for Scorpio Lagna, this can indicate such indications as well.
  9. The important think to keep in mind is that, the Grahas-rasi phala needs to be judged from a bhava standpoint. Without considering the Lagna of the native and the bhava being influenced by this combination, it is impossible to conclude anything. Saturn stays in a sign for 2.5 years, however, it will be idiotic to say that all who are born during this 2.5 years time-frame will all go to prostitutes.
  10. Having said that, this does not discount the importance of the Graha rasi phala. In some cases, it can become the determining factor between multiple possibilities.
  11. Now the natural 2H is also the house of food and feeding, what is the impact of Saturn’s placement here? The native becomes a voracious eater. Perhaps such people don’t distinguish between nutritious or non-nutritious food.
  12. This can give inclination towards partaking putrid, unhealthy, unclean, addictive food; that causes weaknesses and diseases.
  13. Being in the natural house of treasury, it gives ordinary wealth. Being the friend of the lord Venus, it does not give utter poverty.
  14. If it has any connection with the matters of complexion, say by being in the lagna or being the Lagna lord placed in Ta, the native is given a darker complexion.
  15. Saturn in an expert liar or illusionist. Its influence on the sign of speech indicate deceptive speech, lies and cleverness in swindling others– thanks to Venus’s blessings. Such people can be highly persuasive, perhaps a skills highly required in today’s world.
  16. While Saturn corrupts the good quality of Venus; Venus supports Saturn’s wrong doing! What friendship! Such people are submissive and like solitude (association with Lagna), more inclined towards serving others instead of using their enterprise to take control of their own destiny. If Lagna/ Moon is afflicted, this position of Saturn can give a highly anxious nature, someone who is worries about basic necessities in life.
  17. If say Saturn is in Taurus being the 3L or be in the 3H or conjoined the 3L or aspecting the 3L/ 3H, it can indicate submissiveness and servitude among the siblings.
  18. In general such native can be dull-witted, inclined towards questioning established norms etc.
  19. The Saturn-Venus association indicate that they have the potential to become a Tapasvi. They can practice self-restraint, astanga yoga, physical exercises, healing activities etc.

Om Tat Sat

Saturn in Aries | Vicious Saturn

Placement from the Mulatrikona: 3H

State: Debility/ Inimical sign

Mood: Vicious Saturn

A Graha is highly inimical to the sign located in Upachaya and 7H from its Mulatrikona

  1. Aries represent the head of the Kalapurusha where the naisargika 5L Sun gets exalted, indicating that this is the seat of intellect.
  2. Jupiter is the karaka for intellect, Sun is for knowledge, Moon is for state of mind and Mars is for rationality. Saturn being inimical to these Grahas rule ignorance, darkness and Tamas (dark energies) Debility of Saturn indicate even more dark energy (debility = darkness, devoid of rays. Exaltation = brightness, full of bright rays vide BPHS, Saravali chapter on planetary rays).
  3. Weak Saturn indicate dirt while strong Saturn indicate high philosophy especially when under influence of Jupiter.
  4. The influence of debilitating Saturn make the native Idiotic and Insincere. Saturn gives sincerity, hard work and discipline when well placed. Else, it can gives the reverse results making the native indolent, dishonest and insincere.
  5. Weakness of Saturn cause lack of purpose in life because it is the naisargika 10L of Karma. This it gives a wandering disposition. 
  6. Aries is the naisargika Lagna and disposition of Graha in Aries behave as they are placed in the Lagna. Malefic and weak Graha placed in Aries can give lack of energy, enthusiasm, irritated disposition while strong and benefic Grahas in Aries gives a sunny disposition. Debility of the naisargika 10L of action in the Lagna indicating nature indicate the native will be peevish, resentful, cruel, vicious, quarrelsome, gloomy and mischievous.
  7. Weakness of the natural Lagna makes the person devoid of honesty and truthfulness. He becomes boastful, fraud, cheat and pervert. He is also liable to misunderstand others. 
  8. From Aries, Saturn aspects Gemini, Libra and Capricorn. Saturn is friendly towards the mentioned signs,  hence will give good results.
  9. Saturn is highly damaging when placed in the Lagna being the 10L debilitated, since it causes weakness to two Kendras. Its Neechabhanga can bestow grand Rajayoga as then Saturn will strengthen the 10H. 10L in the Lagna also cause Siddha yoga, setting the stage for grand achievement.
  10. Saturn in 2H for Pi Lg being the 11L brings gain to the treasury indicating increase of wealth with time. However, the debility of 11L is an issue which can be remedied when Ju conjoins being the Dhana karaka or Mars conjoin it being the sign lord or Sa attain Neechabhanga otherwise.
  11. Saturn in 3H in Ar makes the native extremely courageous and gives a wandering disposition being 12L in 3H. It is however detrimental to siblings.
  12. Saturn in Ar in 4H is not conducive and cause exile as the native is forced to leave own hand, suffer sickness in childhood, health troubles to mother etc.
  13. Saturn in Ar in 5H in debility being the 2L and 3L is conducive for childbirth, there could be delay or denial or even loss of child. Being 2L in 5H can be Dhana yoga, however, for that there should be Neechabhanga or association of Jupiter the LL and dhanakaraka.
  14. So, we see that debility of Saturn in various bhava indicate trouble to the bhava on account of matters governed by Saturn- through its natural and functional significations. The functional signification (bhava ownership) are also important, for instance if 2L is in 5H, the native may lose wealth (2L) due to bad planning (5H) or speculation (5H). This however can be reversed by Neechabhanga yoga which can indicate increase of wealth by using stored wealth in speculations, big projects etc.
  15. The other aspect one need to understand is that the sign result of Saturn can affect various bhavas in which they occur. For instance if Aries falls in Lagna, the native is affected, when Aries falls in 7H, spouse is affected etc.

Om Tat Sat

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Predestination vs. Free-will | A Jyotish Perspective

The question on the predestination and free will is vexed and it is hard to find a satisfactory answer to this question. From time immemorial, the learned have debated over this but the question still stands as valid as it was before. One who is progressing in path of spirituality is bound to ask this question at some part in this life. I have asked this to myself time and again not only because I am an astrologer, but also because I am a spiritual aspirant and see the hand of god in the entire creation. As I matured over the years, my understanding transformed. 

I think this is one question, for which it is difficult to define a right answer. There will always be two sides who can argue either way! Perhaps this depends on the viewpoint of the seeker! It always makes me thing about the wave and particulate nature of sub-atomic particles such as Photons. You always see what you want to see but you can't see both the properties simultaneously.

What I am going write below is my own reflection on this topic and I can't vouch for its accuracy. So don't base your understanding based on what I have written below, but reflect on this and if needed ask a bonafide spiritual master.

Before deliberating on this subject further, I would like to ask few questions. What is meant by free will? Is this the ability to do something that can't be predicted otherwise? If something can be predicted, how can that be free? Prediction is possible if the forces acting on a object are known and are judged. The question here is- how a object that behaves based on the action of various forces be free? Even if it is free- then to what extent? I am trying to answer these questions in my narration below!

It is important that predetermination must exist for Jyotish to work. If everything is random, then how is it possible to predict? Since Jyotish does work, a logical inference is that predetermination exists. Then the next logical question is- to what extent? Can Jyotish predict everything from the natal chart? If Jyotish can predict from the natal chart, then where is the free will? The free-will adds that element randomness in the whole picture that can make is impossible to predict.  

So an important premise is, while predetermination makes it possible to predict, the free-will makes it impossible.

How free are we?

Now lets come back to the question of free will. How free are we? Can our behavior be predicted or is that completely random? I am sure you all will agree with me that the element of predictability makes us react and behave in certain ways when we meet someone be it one's mother, father, brothers, friends or a complete stranger. We anticipate that the other person is going to behave in a certain way and in that manner we also adapt our behavior. This is not only true with human behavior but everything living being. 

There is always an element of predictability based on the species, gender, race, caste, religion and all those thing with which one can identify. Randomness will make it impossible for any two people to interact as this will not let the individuals to understand and anticipate each others behaviors.

So, how free are we? Are we not all conditioned? Don't we think and behave in certain pattern? Can we be free from the pattern that gives us the element of predictability. Can we move above all the preconditions that gives us a unique identity? That makes others perceive us in a certain way? Can we rise above our identity? Can we do something that is completely against our nature? If we can't, are we really free? Or we are just following the track in which we were initiated at the time of birth in some social condition and as we grew up we reinforced our identify and embraced the path more and more. Did we try to break free from the identify that was given to us? If not, how free are we? Have we risen above the gender based traits i.e., masculinity vs. femininity? Have we risen above our learning that we imbibe from our surroundings and society as a whole? If not, how free are we?

Thoughts from Gita

In reality, we are not as free as we would believe as to be. Our behaviors are not random and it can be predicted. The choices that we make in life is all based on the per-conditions. Based on our prior learning, inherent nature, social expectations etc. we are pushed in certain direction to make those choices. Albeit it is possible that we don't realize the invisible forces that push us towards specific choices in life and deluded to assume that we have been completely free in making those choices.

Srimadbhagvadgita says

svabhava-jena kaunteya
nibaddhah svena karmana
kartum necchasi yan mohat
karisyasy avaso ‘pi tat (18:60)
isvarah sarva-bhutanam
hrd-dese ‘rjuna tisthati
bhramayan sarva-bhutani
yantrarudhani mayaya (18:61)

Translation:  Lord Krsna advises Arjuna that even if he refuses to act,  then modes of Nature (Guna) within him will prod him act; because it is the Lord  who sits within the heart of all  creatures and turns them as if mounted on a machine by the illusion of Nature.

This indicates how much we are the slaves of the Guna that we imbibe, and how much we are at its mercy. The scriptures teaches about 3 Gunas, Sattva - Rajas - Tamas which are the mode of knowledge/liberation/ freedom, the mode of passion/desire/action and the mode of ignorance/inaction respectively.

Whether or not we want to do something, the inherent Guna prods us to act in a certain manner that is consistent with those Gunas. So, are we really free? Perhaps yes, when we endowed with Sattva which has the ability to grant complete freedom!

Why must there be predestination?

The laws of Karma is the only answer to this question. This is the answer to the question regarding "why we are not born all equals?", "why we are not given the same opportunities?" and "even when we are given the same opportunities, why we don't reach the same destination?". According the law of karma, what you sow is what you reap. If one has done good Karma in the past lives, he gets the good results of such good actions and vice-versa. If one has given happiness to someone in past, so does the person receive happiness in this life.

If we are completely free in our action in a life, then what happens to the Past Karma? That way a criminal will come out scot-free without any repercussions of the negative action. Can the divine principle that governs the universe be so unfair?

The past karma manifest situations in this life in which we reap the results of those karma. While there are also some karma which are fresh and are not an outcome of the past life karma. Such karma give us the opportunity to redeem the mistakes done in past and liberate ourselves from the shackles of Karma and predestination. The liberation is not only from the negative karma, but also the positive karma. As long as we need to experience the fruits of the karma, we need to take birth. We are free only when we have no compulsion to take birth which we can attain when we realize that we are not the do'er of an action but just an instrument.

Why must there be free will?

The past life karma manifest certain conditions in this life in terms of in the circumstances in which we are born, they also manifest certain traits, skills, talent, attitude and nature that makes us see the world in a certain manner and also act in a certain manner. In summary, the past karmas per-disposes us towards things which are predestined.

However, the divine consciousness is not cruel through dispassionate. It gives us opportunity in little spurts to do actions which are not pre-destined; actions that are fresh and those which has the ability to alter the flow of Karma. Without this, we become mere slave of our past with no ability to do anything about it. Although many think that, that is the truth - it is a fatalistic viewpoint and is not supported by the Shastras. Such thinking take one towards inaction and away from the notion of freedom.

The only way to attain freedom is to be mentally free. Lord Krsna teaches us to perform the karma in the most dispassionate way. He advises us to keep doing our karma (duties and obligations) as if we are following an invisible master and not to be bothered about the results of such action. This attitude towards action slowly and steadily liberates us from the self identification with the results and thus also grant freedom from the outcome (for which we must take birth to experience). Such dispassionate action grants freedom mentally and breaks the shackles that binds us from our past lives; which prod us to act in certain manner that is consistent with the results acquired from the past life actions.

The concept of freedom is enlightening and empowering as this gives us the power to act to do things which enlighten us and not bind us to this world. This also moves one closer and closer to the final destination of liberation (from the cycles of life and death). This also gives hope that there is a light at the end of the dark tunnel; that we are not doomed for ever into the quagmire of darkness and misery.

Although there is freewill, the ability to exert is not the same in everyone. People with higher spiritual evolution have relatively higher freedom to determine their action and ability craft their future. Those who acknowledge the presence of a spiritual world and a divine force has higher likelihood of given freedom to break-free from the past karma and also start moving in the path to liberation.

How does the predestination start?

What we experience in this life is to a large extent per-determined by the karma of the past no doubt. Bhagavadgita alludes to this fact by saying that the soul takes a body which is appropriate to experience what the soul must based on the past life karma. Hence, it is possible for a glutton to take birth as a pig and a person always thinking about sex to take birth as a dog. Although these examples are extreme, but they are probable. For many of us, even if we take birth, it is always consistent with the past life karma so that it gives us the ideal circumstances to experience the outcome of our past actions. This is the reason why someone would born in the family of a king while someone else to a prostitute.

The predestination stats from the moment of conception, as once the soul enters a womb, there is no way the mother can be changed! The birth circumstances has a strong say on the various experiences the person will undergo in this birth. If one is on a spiritual path, one will be given birth in a family which progresses one spiritual path, so and so forth.

Making the concept simple!

The karma is like a flowing river having certain water currents. The soul is traveling in the water current in a boat and is taken to certain destination irrespective of the will of the person. The relative will of the person can give the ability to steer the boat. However, this is not full freedom but bounded freedom. The ability to use freewill to go to a certain station on the bank of the river depends on the river current (predestination) and the ability to steer the boat (freewill). Someone who is not able to see the water current is deluded into believing that he has used his freewill to reach certain destination.

While the person is able to control the boat to some extent, the current of water is beyond control. The only way to attain full liberation is to row upstream and reach the place from where the stream started flowing. Different people have different level of strength of water current depending on their spiritual evolution. For highly spiritually evolved soul, there is no current in water and the person is able to boat in any direction in the water, going upstream or downstream with his own will. However, for those who are less evolved, the current is very strong and pushes them towards downstream till the time, they realize the truth and evolve.

The water current is nothing but the material instincts that bind us, that prods us to act in a certain way. The instinct is strongest in Tamas Guna (ignorance), moderate in Rajas Guna (passion) and least is Sattva Guna (knowledge).

While it is possible to become free as everyone in the world is given the root impulse of freedom, the ability to exert freedom depends on the mode of one's nature. As one moves from Tamas->Rajas->Sattva, one gets more and more liberated. Finally the time comes when one is completely free.

Jyotish's ability to predict

The ability of Jyotish (Vedic-Astrology) to predict depends on the level of predisposition and precondition binding a person. As long as the action falls into a pattern, it can be predicted.

However, as one evolves in the spiritual evolution cycle, the freewill increases. As the freewill increases, Jyotish becomes lesser and lesser effective in predicting the actions. The person having complete freedom has the ability to manifest any environment and their actions are completely free from any preconditions. For such cases, it is futile to use Jyotish to predict. This is the reason why the Shastras advises not to predict the death of spiritual souls, saints and mystics as they have the ability to chose when they want to leave this mortal plane.

Where free will works, is Jyotish completely dysfunctional? The answer to this question is given by Prasna Marga by Harihara. While the predisposition and precondition in which one has taken birth can be be seen from the conception chart and natal chart, the alteration of the path by exertion of the freewill can cause inconsistencies in the prediction. Many predictions done based on the natal chart can go wrong in such cases. Hence, the advise is to use Prasna (Horoscope of that moment) which shows the path of the soul at that very moment!

  • If the Prasna indicate better combinations than the natal chart, this indicates the soul has progressed forward in this birth till the moment of Prasna.
  • If the Prasna indicate adverse combinations than the natal chart, this indicates the soul had regressed backward in this birth till the moment of Prasna.
  • If the Prasna neither indicate better nor adverse combinations, then the soul is just continuing in the path it has been following from past.

So, while using Jyotish to predict from natal chart can be futile in the cases of souls who have the ability to exert freedom, there is a way to decipher them using Prasna. Hence a combination of Natal Chart and Prasna Chart can be used to predict everything at every stage. The Prasna chart should be given more weightage in the cases of souls having higher power to exert freedom.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Pushkara Nakshtra


When the nakshatra mandala (nakshatra zodiac) is mapped to the rasi mandala (rasi zodiac), while certain nakshtras are fully mapped within the boundaries of a rasi sign, there are some which crosses over to different rasi signs. For instance nakshatras such as Ashwini and Bharani are contained within the boundaries of Aries while Krittika's one pada (quarter) in Aries and another 3 padas are in Taurus.

Such nakshatras, part of which falls in two signs behaves like bridging nakshatras between the signs. Considering the 4 padas of the nakshatra are 4 petals (of lotus), for such nakshatras one or two padas fall in one sign and the remaining fall in the another sign. They are called the pushkara nakshatras as the fall the bridge between two signs for movement of energies.

For the nakshatras of Sun viz., Krittika, U.Phalguni and U.Ashadha, one petals fall in the preceding sign and 3 petals fall in the succeeding sign. Similaly for Jupiter's nakshatras viz., Punarvasu, Vishakha and P.Bhadra 3 petals fall in the preceding sign and 1 petal fall in the succeeding sign. They are called tripushkara nakshatras as 3 of their petals fall in one sign. For Mars's nakshatra however, viz., Mrigashira, Chitra and Dhanistha, the petals are equally divided into 2 signs and hence they are called Dvipushkara nakshatra.

It is noteworthy that no bridge exist between the signs on the two sides of Gandanta viz., Pisces-Aries, Cancer-Leo and Scorpio-Sagittarius.Hence there are no energy transfer between those signs, hence planets placed in the last nakshatra pada of watery sign and the first nakshatra pada of the fiery sign suffer destruction (starvation) due to lack of resources. It is known that the houses whose lords are placed in the mentioned padas suffer heavily.

The Dvipushkara nakshatras and the tripushkara nahshatras i.e., that nakshatras of Mars, Sun and Jupiter offer a delicate balance in the horoscope. The planets placed in those nakshatras have special significance both in Natal and the electional charts. Functional benefics placed in those nakshatras confer outstanding results while functional malefic confer terrible results. 

The means by which the results are attained will be based on the nature of the planets: natural benefics will undertake benevolent means, natural malefics will undertake malevolent means. Thus when natural malefics become functional benefics, the native will gain from evil means or after some mishap signified by the malefic planets.

There are panchanga yogas based on this principle while causes an event to occur twice (dvipushkara) or thrice (tripushkara).

Graha Avastha & Behaviour

Understanding the placement of Grahas in a Jataka Chakra is an extremely difficult aspect and it needs years of practice to understand this. There is no short cut to this and those who look for the short cuts will be certainly disappointed. This is the reason why it takes years of practice to understanding the working of various planets in a horoscope. Hence, many said that Jyotish is like a Ocean and it takes many life times to understand this let alone few years! All the successful astrologers were successful because of their connection to the divine consciousness which provided them the intuition to see the things in certain way.

To understand the working of Grahas, one should have a good working knowledge of psychology and human evolution. One should reflect upon the root impulses which prod one to think and act in certain manner. It is said the Grahas are equivalent to People while the signs are equivalent to places. That's why Understanding Grahas is equivalent to understanding people's mind and actions. Given below some cues that can guide the mind to think in a certain way!

1. Role: A person assumes various roles in life which is also affected by the age profile of the person. When the a boy is young, he assumes the role of a son, a brother, a friend, a student etc. Similarly an adult assumes the role of a father, an employee, a husband, a guide, a friend, a brother, a teacher and also a student. The role defines certain expectations which the person tries to fulfill. So, the behavior of the same person changes depending on where the person is. Can you expect the same when your father is at home vs. he is in the office? Are the thoughts, action and behavior the same when he is at home vs. the office? They can't be the same and I am sure you all will agree!

2. Inherent nature: Can the role alter the inherent nature of the person? For instance someone is aggressive vs. someone else is compassionate? Would you expect the same behavior from both these persons when they are at work? The compassionate person perhaps is better suited for a teaching job while the aggressive person is best suited for a marketing or a lawyer job. The inherent tendencies can alter the behavior of the person although the expectations from him in a particular role is the same. An introvert vs. extrovert person will have very different behavior given the same environment, say office or home or a play ground; say with the family or with the boss. So, one can't ignore the inherent nature!

3. Mental maturity: I have hinted about this before; the mental maturity brings many changes in the ways of thinking in the same person. You don't behave the same when you are an infant, child, adolescent, adult, middle aged or an old person. Say the inherent nature is the same (i.e., the most fundamental nature) does not undergo much change, but a adolescent person will be more energetic than a child or a middle aged person. If a person is asked to do certain thing, say play cricket for the office, will his performance be the same if he played as a adolescent vs. a middle aged person? I am sure you will all agree that, there will be differences in the ability and willingness to pay the match.

4. Alertness: Say a person, middle aged, a compassionate family man takes his family out on a picnic vs. he is going to relax at home. Would his activities, mental energy level be the same? Keeping everything i.e., role, inherent nature, mental maturity etc. unchanged, we can still find differences in the mental and physical activities depending on the level of mental alertness. If the person is sleepy, or seeping or dreaming or eating or engaged in some entertaining activities, his activities will be very different.

5. State: What happens a person is caught up in some conflicts will he behave the same as when he is comfortably watching Television at home? Will it be the same when the person is enjoying in a friends place? Keeping all the other factors viz., role, inherent nature, mental maturity and alertness unchanged, there will still be differences in his behavior depending on the physical state he is in.  For instance in the office, you will expect an enterprising sr. executive (middle-aged man) who is highly attentive to be getting his work done efficiently. Isn't it? But what happens that the office is bombed or the employee is taken hostage by terrorists? Will you expect the same behavior?

Now you see that the behavior of a person depends on the combination of all the above mentioned factors. Similarly to correctly judge the mood and behavior of a Graha one needs to understand in what condition the Graha is placed. The above mentioned states of are equivalent to:

1- Role: Bhava ownership and placement. Functional nature.
2- Inherent nature: Naisargika nature. Natural significations.
3- Mental maturity: Baladi avastha
4- Alertness: Sayanadi avastha
5- State: Deeptadi avastha

One should make effort to understanding the results of a Graha based on each of these avasthas considering them in isolation. Then one should sum up all the influences to decipher the composite effect.

You must be thinking about, is it really required to do this analysis for all Grahas in a horoscope? How long will it take? Well! the answer is, when you practice more and more, you will start seeing a pattern after which you don't have to think much, but intuitively know the results. This is similar to when you start learning cooking, you need to measure the proportion of salt, turmeric, masalas etc. But with practice, you start making right estimates with the pinch of finger or spoon. With practice, one learns how to make right estimation regarding each of these individual factors. Thats when the knowledge moves from the level of "ability to think" to "ability to judge"!

Om Tat Sat!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bhava Lord Sambandha

We often need to identify the relationship between two lords to determine whether or not the people ruled by those Bhavas will have an inimical or amicable relationships

See the following dictum from the classics-

Jataka Tattva 3.H.6: When there is enmity between the lords of the 1st and 10th house or when the 10th lord is placed in the 6th house either from the lagna or the lagna lord, the father will prove as enemy to the native.

 Jataka Tattva 3.H.9: If the lords of the 5th and the 1st are mutually inimical, of if the lord of the 5th occupies the 6th house and be aspected by the lagna lord, the native’s son will be inimical towards him.

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One needs to reflect over these statements and determine whether or not some of the conditions are possible? For instance can the lagna lord and the 5th lord ever be inimical towards each other? Similarly can the lord and the 7th lord ever be friendly? When we start questioning the obvious, the knowledge will dawn on us. We will start understanding the true purport of these statement.

Although we may like to believe that all the lagnas are equally created and all have the same changes of getting good and bad pertaining to various Bhava results, it is not so. Different Lagnas are hardwired to experience more positive results in certain area than the others. Similarly, more negative results in certain other areas. One simple rule is to look the the 6th lord. The native will always have some or other challenges pertaining to the natural significations of the 6th lord. Is the the nature of things! The root of all the conflicts in this life is in the 6th house, so why would you leave out the natural significations of the 6th lord?

Take the example of Taurus and Sagittarius Lagna where 6th lord is Venus. These people will have some or other problems pertaining to Venus related matters - relationship, marriage, sex etc. Because when Venus gets strong, it will also bring forth some of the functional nature. For Taurus Lagna, Venus is the Lagna lord, but does the native gets spared from the 6th lordship of Venus? In fact, the Lagna lordship causes the native to be baffled and troubled very easily due to these relationship matters as Lagna is something, which the native identifies very intimately, it is very personal, very own. It is likely that such native need to fight in the matters of relationship! And the fight it not casual, it is something that the native wants to win under any circumstances.

However, for Sagittarius, things are a bit different because Jupiter is inimical to Venus. Jupiter and Venus are actually mutual enemies, through they don't fight with physical weapons, but with their wit! Sagittarius Lagna people don't get too personal in the challenges pertaining to relationship matters, but keep some distance and have a kind of escapist attitude. For this Lagna, Venus is also the 11th lord, so Venus has the ability to boost income. But with each gain, there is also some struggle.

One should understand these natural propensities of different lagnas before moving ahead with the prediction based on placement of Grahas in different bhavas, Bhava lords in different bhavas or various yogas and aspects. If you know palmistry, you will appreciate this fact as before going into Chieromancy (study of lines) one needs to study Chierognomy (study of structure of hands). 

Having know the importance of the understanding of different lagnas, lets see the relationship of Lagnesha with various bhava lords for different lagnas.

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Lagna and Kendra: We often say that placemnet of the Lagna lord in a Kendra is a blessing as this makes the native action oriented. The Kendra brings much support in life to manifest the karma, however, is that smooth always? The results are different for different Lagnas. For each Lagna, there are 4 kendras, inclusive of the Lagna. Among this four, Lagna is always a supportive Kendra. However, among the remaining 3, only 1 is friend Kendra and the remaining 2 are inimical Kendra.  Among these 2 inimical Kendras, 7th is always inimical.

For Odd signs, the 4th Kendra is always friendly while 10th is always inimical. On the other hand, for even signs, the 10th Kendra is always friendly while 4th is inimical. 

However, there are some exceptions. For instance for Ar Lagna, 10H although is ruled by inimical Saturn, it is the exaltation sign. On the other hand, 4th is ruled by a friend but is its debilitation sign.

When the Lagna lord is placed in a friendly Kendra, the native is supported by many from outside. While when it is placed in an inimical Kendra, the native has to face many obstacles which he has to overcome to attain success. But success is promised in all cases. It is also true that when the lagna lord is placed in a inimical Kendra, the native is willing to put that extra effort always, thus making him highly enterprising. In the friendly Kendra, the supportive environment can make the native complascent.

Lagna and the Kona: For all the Lagnas, the Konas 5th and the 9th are friends. Hence, it is not possible for Lagnesha to be placed in an inimical sign in a Kona. This is why, one can't be inimical towards one's past and future. These are the 3 important houses that determine our past, present and future and has a strong say on which part of life should we attain happiness and success.

Lagna and the 2nd/ 12th House: For Even sign Lagnas, these lords are mutual friends. Hence for these lagnas association of these lords can give high class dhanayoga. For the odd sign lagnas, they are mutual enemies, so their association will need external support such as influence of other benefics, or dhanakaraka Jupiter to give rise to a strong Dhana yoga.

12th house is just the reverse of the 2nd house i.e., for odd signs, the 12th house is friendly while for even signs, the 12th house is inimical. When the Lagnesha is placed in the 12th house, the native can develop high spirituality and also become spendthrift. When do you expect good results and when bad? For Aries Lagna, Mars's placement in the 12th- is that good for spirituality? Will that make the person spendthrift? When the Lagna is placed in a friendly 12th, the native will be protected from financial distress and will calmly move towards the path of renunciation. While Lagnesha in inimical 12th gives spirituality but after much struggle in life; after the native loses all that he loves! Also, the native is heavily troubled by financial challenges.

Lagna and the 3rd / 11th House: The Lagna and the 3rd always have inimical relationship. It can be mutually inimical or only one sided depends on different lagnas. For instance for Cancer Lagna, the Lagna lord Moon is friendly towards 3rd lord Mercury, while the 3rd lord Mercury is inimical towards the Lagna. Now we know there is always some kind of competition with siblings which is called siblings rivalry and need some extra support to have amicable relationship between the siblings.

Like the 3rd house, the 11th house can never be friendly towards the Lagna. 11th is the house of elder siblings and perhaps is also the cause of siblings rivalry. However, most classics say that the placement of the Lagna lord in in the 11th house give very good results, perhaps because, the 11th is the house of gain. The point here is, the gain comes after putting much effort. i.e., the native becomes successful with his self effort and he is not much helped by others.  The good results usually accrue if there is beneficial aspects.
Lagna and the 6th/ 8th house: For odd signs, the 6th house is always inimical while for even signs, the 6th house is friendly. Now when the Lagna lord is placed in the 6th house in a friendly sign, should it be treated equally to when it is placed in an inimical sign? No, thinking logically, the results are bound to be different. We are aware that Lagna lord placed in the 6th house can give excruciating intelligence i.e., the native is a Dhimantah! Will it be true if the Lagna lord is placed in an inimical sign? Even if the answer is yes, the native with such combination has to fight many battles as the lagna lord has gone to the house of its enemy. How about fighting diseases?

8th house is opposite of 6th house i.e., for odd signs, the 8th house is always friendly while for even signs, the 8th house is inimical. Thus for odd signs, the placement of the Lagnesha in the 8th house can give all the best qualities of the 8th house i.e., research mindedness, understanding of high philosophy of life and death, increase if longevity etc. However, when the Lagnesha is placed in inimical 8th house, say for Cancer Lagna, Moon in Aquarius, the native suffers reduction in longevity, many diseases and many financial difficulties. The whole life, the native lives in some kind of fear or anxiety!

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Now coming back to the dictum of Jataka Tattva, how can the Lagnesha and 5th lord be mutually inimical? Here, we realize that the relationship mentioned here are not naisargika sambandha but tatkalika sambandha. In tatkalika sambandha, the Graha B becomes inimical towards Graha A, when Graha B is placed in 5th to 9th or conjoined with Graha A. Among 5th to 9th 6th/8th relationship is worse. The 5th, 7th and 9th are not inimical as the Lagnesha and the 5th lords are natural friends. Also, conjunction will make their relationship much stronger.

Concluding my thoughts, when we analyze a horoscope, we need to look carefully at the natural propensities of different Lagnas and the natural sambandha of the Lagna lord (or other houses) with the other houses.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Illustration of “Hostile Saturn”

A Graha interacts with the lord of the sign due to its placement. Understanding the interaction is extremely important for deriving the results of placement of the Graha in a Rasi.

Depending on the relationship of the Graha and Rasi-adhipati, there could be four different variations. The Graha can support or defeat the Rasi-adhipati and also get supported or defeated. When a Graha is placed in Upachaya or 7H from its Mulatrikona, it defeats the lord of those Rasis. Whether or not the Graha gets supported or defeated depends on the disposition of the Rasi-adhipati towards the Graha.

For instance Saturn in Aries or Scorpio is both defeating and defeated. Hence it is a lose-lose situation for both Graha Saturn and Rasyadhipati Mars.

The four variations in the relationship are:
  1. Defeating-defeated (Lose-Lose)
  2. Defeating-supported (Win-lose)
  3. Supporting-supported (Win-win)
  4. Supporting-defeated (Lose-win)
For instance Saturn in Cancer is defeating-supported i.e., Saturn defeats the significations of Cancer and Moon while Moon supports the significations of Saturn

The disposition of Saturn in different signs are as follows:
  1. Ar: Defeating-defeated. There is loss of significations of Saturn, Mars and Aries.
  2. Ta: Supporting-supported. There is strengthening of significations of Saturn, Venus and Taurus.
  3. Ge: Supporting-supported. There is strengthening of significations of Saturn, Mercury and Gemini.
  4. Cn: Defeating-supported. Moon is neutral to Saturn, hence it will moderately support Saturn’s significations. Moon and Cancer’s significations are defeated.
  5. Le: Defeating-supported. Sun is neutral to Saturn. Hence, Sun and Leo’s significations are defeated while Saturn’s significations are supported.
  6. Vi: Supporting-supported. Mercury is neutral towards Saturn while Saturn is very friendly towards Saturn. Hence Mercury’s and Virgo’s significations are strongly supported while Saturn’s significations are moderately supported.
  7. Li: Supporting-supported. Saturn is best placed in Venusian signs. Among them this is Saturn’s exaltation sign. Significations of Venus, Libra and Saturn are all supported.
  8. Sc: Defeating-defeated. Saturn is always in this state in Mars’s signs, although the situation is grave in Aries due to Saturn’s debility. There is loss of significations of Saturn, Mars and Scorpio.
  9. Sg: Defeating-supported. Jupiter is neutral towards Saturn’s significations, hence it will support only some of Saturn’s significations. However, Saturn is inimical towards Sg, hence will destroy its significations.
  10. Cp: Supporting-supported. This is Saturn’s own sign, hence the significations of Saturn and Capricorn both strongly supported.
  11. Aq: Supporting-supported. This is Saturn’s Mulatrikona sign, hence the significations of Saturn and Aquarius both strongly supported.
  12. Pi: Supported-supported. Saturn is friendly towards Pisces, hence its supports significations of Jupiter and Pisces here. Since Jupiter is neutral towards Saturn, it only partly supports Saturn’s significations.
We observe that Mercury, Moon, Sun and Jupiter are neutral towards Saturn. Hence, they partly support Saturn’s significations. Now what significations they support and what they don’t?
Saturn’s significations can be classified into two groups that can be mapped to the two signs. Capricorn is the natural 10H and mapped to Saturn’s significations related to Karma, labor, discipline, kingship etc. Aquarius is the natural 11H i.e., Badhaka and mapped to significations related to obstacles, blockage, troubles, denial, diseases, longevity/ death, separation, detachment etc. 
Mentioned Grahas supports or opposes one of the signs depending on which one fall in the Upachaya or 7H from their own Mulatrikona.
Thus, Me, Su and Ju opposes Aq- disease, denial and death but supports labor and success. Moon on the other hand supports Aq- longevity but opposes 10H-labour.

These variations need to be kept in mind while judging the results.

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According to Saravali, Saturn in Scorpio makes it hostile, crooked, danger from poison and weapons, ill-tempered, miserly, egoistic, rich, thievish or criminal mind, averse to joys in life, malicious, miserable, suffer diseases and destruction.
In Vajpayee’s horoscope, Saturn is placed in the Lagna giving him a life of activism and fights. Saturn is the lord of 3H in the Lagna indicating he had to fight battles in life with courage. This is also endorsed by Mars’s placement in the 6H of enemies. 4L in the Lagna involving in the fight indicate that he his battle was for freedom of homeland.
In Subhas Chandra’s horoscope Saturn is placed in the 8H in Scorpio which threatened his life.
In the horoscope of Alfred Hitchcock, Saturn in Sc falls in the 5H of psychology and the fights indicated by Saturn-Mars made him one of the foremost detective.
In Gandhi’s horoscope, Saturn is in 2H of speech, family and wealth. It caused him poverty and also fight for freedom of his land 4H. See Saturn’s aspect on the 4H.
In the horoscope of Abraham Lincoln, Lagna lord Saturn is placed Sc in 10th house of Karma. He had to fight one big battle to abolish slavery (Saturn).
In Osama Bin Laden’s horoscope Sa is in the 2H like Gandhi caused him to fight for his people (family), but Mars is placed in 8H (death) which caused him to take many lives. However in Gandhi’s case, 2L Mars is placed in Lagna conjoined with Me and Ve indicating non-violence means.

In all cases Saturn in Scorpio indicated some or other form of fights in native’s life. However, the Bhava where Saturn fell caused variations pertaining to where the fights manifested.

It caused the fights and destruction in the matters pertaining the Bhava under consideration. If Lagna falls in Scorpio and the lord is weak, the native can himself have criminal tendencies and suffer diseases and destruction.

Graha Rasi Phala: Understanding Graha placement in different Zodiac signs

Many Jyotish classics such as Brhat Jataka, Saravali, Phaladeepika etc. have given the results of placement of Grahas in various Rasis. This is also mentioned in most introductory Jyotish books written by modern authors.
However, not many authors have given the basis for deriving such results and there is an expectation that one should get these results by-heart. Many questions arise in this regard i.e., do they really work in real life, are they more important than the bhava placements, under what conditions they get modified or when they don’t work. There are so many questions which needs we seek answer for.
Among them, the most important question is, whether or not we should look at these results at all or just concentrate on the bhava results? Bhava results which accrue due to ownership of the Bhava!
Like numerous other factors such as Graha, Bhava etc., there are significations assigned to each rasi which are extremely important in all analysis.
Grahas placed in a specific Bhava say Saturn in the 2H can’t be treated alike ignoring the signs. Although the classics have given the results due to placement of Graha in different Bhavas ignoring the signs, the authors expect that an intelligent astrologer should be able to blend the bhava results with that of Rasi results
Grahas when placed in a sign attains a specific Mood which affects the way the graha gives the results. So while the Bhava placement of a Graha indicate the destination, the path to the destination is indicated by its mood. The mood can also indicate the intermediate destinations in the path while the final destination is only ruled by the Bhava.
For instance for Ta Lg, yogakaraka Saturn is placed in the 2H. We need to blend the following results-
  • Saturn in Gemini
  • Saturn in the 2H
  • 9L and 10L in the 2H
  • Saturn aspecting 4H, 8H and 11H
When seen in isolation, each of these placements have their own distinctive results. However, they can’t stand on their own. For instance Saturn in Gemini gives a reflective and ingenious thinking. However, this can only be said that regarding the native’s own nature if Saturn is in Gemini in Lagna or it being the lagna lord in placed in Gemini. However for Ta Lagna, the same placement of Saturn can impact the native’s family, speech and finances. The family can be narrow minded. The 2H also governs knowledge of various sciences. Here, Saturn in Gemini indicate a taste of chemical and mechanical sciences.
Thus it is important to see which bhava Saturn in influencing and in what mood. The influence can be seen by the virtue of its placement in that bhava or being the lord of a bhava. For instance if Saturn is in Gemini in the 2H or being the 2L, in both cases, the mood of Saturn in Gemini can be felt.
Understanding the mood of the Graha is extremely important because the behavior of the graha is determined by its mood although its inherent nature does not change. This is like a person assuming different role at home, with the family, in the office and such different places. The behavior of the person changes with the circumstances.
The mood of the Graha is affected by various means and among them the most important is the sign where they are placed.
A Graha placed in friendly or inimical sign, or in exaltation or debility, in Mulatrikona or svakshetra can’t be treated alike. Once the fundamental mood is ascertained, one needs to determine the modification of the mood that happen under some specific circumstances. For instance a person’s mood would be something in a office, however, what happens if he gets a good boss or bad boss! Thus aspect of various Grahas on the Graha in a sign can modify the behavior.
The mood of a Graha undergoes significant transformation depending on the influences of other Grahas. For instance when Saturn is aspected by Jupiter while in Gemini, Saravali says that the person becomes dear to the king and popular. Why? Because of the knowledge and virtues. Saturn in Gemini makes him reflective and gives a taste of chemical and mechanical sciences. What happens when Jupiter aspects Saturn in reflective Mood? No doubt it will give good virtue, high understanding of human life and death, philosophy.
The nature is varied with infinite possibilities and so are the results accrued from the permutation and combinations of Grahas in horoscope. It is not humanely possible to remember all such combinations and their results. The best way to practice and master Jyotish is to understand the underlying principles behind all the principles and able to reflect on how do they intermingle in a composite environment. This requires considerable experience no only in Jyotish but also human life an existence. Jyotish knowledge can still be attained from studying the books, but unless they are complemented with philosophy of human life, the knowledge can’t be fully utilized. 
Last and not the least one needs God’s divine grace to decode god wish regarding individual destiny.

Understanding placement of a Graha in a Bhava

The results due placement of a Graha in a Bhava can be attributed to various attributes and significations of the Graha.
The results attributed to a Graha placement is largely due to the interactions of the significations of the Graha with the significations of the Bhava where the Graha is placed.
The significations attached to a Grahas are a combination the natural significations as well as some Bhava significations. The Bhava significations which are carried by the Graha are mentioned below.
Bhava signification 1: Lordship in Naisargika Kundali. Each Graha behave in some specific way due to its lordship of certain bhava in the naisargika Kundali. For instance Saturn rules in the 10H and 11H in the naisargika kundali, hence it has the ability to influence the 10H and 11H matters based on its placement, aspects and yogas for all the Lagnas.
Bhava signification 2: Bhava karaka. A Graha becomes governor of certain Bhava based on its natural propensity. For instance Saturn is the governor of the Dusthanas viz. 6H, 8H, 12H. In addition Saturn governs the 10H. Since Saturn is the governor of the 10H and also the naisargika 10L, it is also known as the Karma-karaka and hence has strong influence on the livelihood of the native irrespective of its connection with the 10H in a horoscope.
No doubt why Nadi texts recommends reading professional inclinations from the placement of Saturn in various signs, Bhava and the influences of other Grahas on the Saturn by being placed in the Trine or the 7H from Saturn.
Bhava signification 3: Uccha and Neecha Bhava. Grahas attain uccha and neecha in certain signs in the zodiac. When the naisargika kundali is mapped to the bhava kundali, we can see similar influence of the Grahas when placed in certain bhavas. For instance Saturn attains Uccha in Libra and Neecha Aries. When this is mapped to the bhava kundali, we can say that Saturn attain Uccha in the 7H and neecha in the Lagna. Perhaps that is why Saturn attains Dikbala in the 7H and Marana Karaka Avastha in the Lagna.
Bhava signification 4: Dikbala. There are four major directions in life indicated by the four Kendras i.e., Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. These four directions are mapped to the Kendras as Dharma-Lagna, Artha-10H, Kama-7H and Moksha-4H. The Kendras are the controller of all the other Bhavas in the Kundali. Based on the natural significations and propensities of the Grahas they attain Dikbala in one of the four Kendras. Saturn is Vayu Graha and hence it attains Dikbala in the 7H which is Vayu Kendra ruling Kama or Desires. Saturn no doubt is an important Graha in the matters of fulfillment of desires.
Bhava signification 5: Marana Karaka Sthana. There are certain positions where a Graha becomes utterly powerless in giving any good results and on the other hand can cause suffering and death. Saturn attains Marana karaka avastha in the Lagna, Sun in the 12H, Moon in the 8H etc.
Bhava signification 6: Enemy Bhava. Note the signs falling in the 3-6-10-11 and 7 from the Mulatrikona of the Graha. When these signs are mapped to the Bhava Kundali, the graha is harmful to the Bhava significations. For instance Saturn’s Mulatrikona is Aq and he is harmful for Ar, Cn, Sc, Sg and Le. It is specifically harmful for all signs excluding Sg as it is friendly towards Jupiter’s other sign Pi. When the signs are mapped to Bhava Kundali, we arrive at Lg, 4H, 5H, 8H and 9H. Saturn harms the bhava significations of these houses.
On the other hand, Saturn is friendly towards signs of Ve, Me and Pi. Hence Saturn gives good results pertaining to the bhava mapped to the mentioned signs i.e., Ta-2H, Li-7H, Ge-3H, Vi-6H, Pi-12H. Since Saturn rules the naisargika 10H and 11H, Saturn gives good results in these Bhavas as well.
To understand the placement of a Graha in a Bhava, we need to understand impact of the various graha and Bhava significations in isolation and then synthesize to arrive at the overall picture. The Bhava placement of a Graha is additionally colored by 2 important influences i.e., the Rasi where the Graha is placed and the lordship of the Graha as per different Lagnas. For instance, when evaluating Saturn’s influence on the Lagna, we note that there is much negativity involved as Saturn carries with it the energies of the Dusthanas and attain Marana Karaka avastha here. So by default the results of Saturn in the Lagna Bhava is negative. However, what happens when Saturn is placed in own sign, the sign of the Friends, the exaltation signs.
When assessing the results of placement of a Graha in a Bhava, one also needs to look at its various Drstis. The Drsti’s connect two Bhavas i.e., the Bhava from where the aspect is happening as well as the aspected Bhava. So when Saturn is placed in the Lagna, it influences the 3H, 7H and 10H matters as well.