Wednesday, November 14, 2018
TRANSIT OF JUPITER IN SCORPIO:
Jupiter has now moved into the Vedic sign of Scorpio on October 11, 2018. In order to understand this event, which is, and is going to undergo metamorphosis, with the efflux of time, into a process, we need to quickly revisit first, the basic essentials of both Jupiter and Scorpio.
JUPITER IN VEDIC ASTROLOGY
In Vedic astrology, Jupiter is the greatest benefic planet as far as the true good for mankind goes. It is therefore clear that goodness in life, in its myriad hues, must depend, at least in part, on the position of Jupiter in the natal horoscope, and in transit. It is one of those planets in Vedic astrology, whose transit movements are studied irrespective of whether it governs any conspicuous Dasha in the given nativity or not. Jupiter is the Deva Guru or the Preceptor of the Gods. His advice and influence, thus, often operate as a measure of protection in the form of blessings, which are themselves a function of cohesiveness and binding. Things bind and split based on the presence and absence of the blessings of Jupiter.
DRAMATIC EVENTS TIMED WITH THE JUPITER TRANSIT:
Oftentimes we see significant events associated with the very ingress of the planet into a sign, which is also the same as marking its exit from the preceding sign. To say this more clearly in the present context, the movement of Jupiter into Scorpio and out of Libra may have shown up dramatically in certain Vedic horoscopes. By definition, this can raise eyebrows for Jupiter is phlegmatic and his movements are not intended to precipitate drama. In actual fact also they do not; the dramatic events that sometimes show up are precipitated by natal Yogas which may or may not have anything to do with Jupiter. The transit brings these forth often as a result of a single factor, which has been referred to above- the introduction of, or the cessation of, the element of protection and cohesiveness which depends on the movement, and aspect of the great benefic.
IMPORTANCE OF THE ASPECTS OF TRANSIT JUPITER:
The presence and aspect of Jupiter, and by aspect we mean both Rashi Drishti, the sign aspect of the planet, and the Graha Drishti, the planetary aspect, in that order, decide binding and cohesion or their absence in given areas in life. Generally, for this reason, in traditional Jyotisha, it is thought beneficial if Jupiter is not associated with any planet in the natal Vedic horoscope, especially by conjunction. The conjoined planet takes on the auspiciousness of Jupiter but the auspiciousness of Jupiter is gone. We do not want the auspiciousness of Jupiter to go.
To give a specific instance of the foregoing proposition, when we judge the auspiciousness of a certain time we look at the sign aspect of Jupiter in transit to the relevant area of the horoscope. If it is there, we can hope for this single factor to help us tide over any negatives, should they be there. Conversely, we would like to avoid such an aspect of a dire malefic. Whereas Jupiter binds and favours success, the malefic splits and disfavours success. The much-vaunted aspect of the transit Jupiter to the 2ndHouse from the Upapada Lagna (UL) has its roots in this thinking. And conversely, with malefics.
THE VEDIC SIGN OF SCORPIO:
Scorpio, though a malefic sign, has much more to it. It is a Jala Rashi, a Water sign, in one of which, Cancer, Karkata, Jupiter is exalted. Jupiter is very good in the Jala Tattwa Rashi fostering correct emotion and social connection. Scorpio is also a Brahmin Rashi, and for that reason also, Jupiter the Karaka for knowledge feels happy here. If we see, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces form the Water trine and an examination of each sign in the context of the happiness of Jupiter will easily show that Jupiter is happy here.
Jupiter has just left Libra. No matter how unhappy Jupiter was here, if there are troubling facets in natal Libra in any given horoscope, Jupiter was pouring Ganga Jal (non-polluted) over these troubles. Now, Jupiter has left, and so, the troubles in Libra no longer have the protection of Jupiter. It is for reasons such as these that sometimes we will have dramatic events unfold. Of course, the clock may have been ticking in several other ways, but transit is always a device to time that which was always meant to happen, like a postman delivering mail which had been marked to your address and put in the course of dispatch earlier, but has arrived only now, at this point in time.
Yogas associated with the sign of Scorpio will tend to fructify with relative ease, and now that Jupiter is there, the transit will further aid matters. Scorpio, otherwise is a malefic sign and despite its Jala Tattwa has a lot of heat associated with it. In this sense, the transit of Jupiter in the sign of Scorpio is very good because it tempers the aggression there and gives it sage direction. Scorpio is also directly associated with sexuality, more so with matters which are not always in full view.
SCORPIO AND PERSONAL LIFE:
Being the 8thHouse of the natural zodiac, Scorpio is prone to breaking marital alliances and bringing in discord in relationships. It is for this reason that even certain auspicious planets placed in this sign in the Navamsha always portend caution in the personal realm, for the Navamsha chart is the specific domain of the personal and the marital and Scorpio, and placement in Scorpio, is very sensitive here for the horoscope.
JUPITER IN THE LAGNA (ASCENDANT):
Jupiter in the Lagna in the natal horoscope is considered to be a great blessing. One is advised to worship Shiva in such a case, and it is said that even one sincere bow before the trident holder is sufficient to cure the chart of a thousand evils. We can then readily surmise that the transit of Jupiter in the Lagna is equally beneficial since it directly impacts the life circumstances and the power of discrimination. The horoscope starts with the Lagna and when the Lagna is made auspicious owing to the transit of Jupiter, the beneficial aspects will percolate throughout the chart. The decision-making will be vastly improved because Jupiter always shows the correct direction.
For those with Scorpio Lagna, therefore, this is a good time, and for those with this Lagna, for whom the Dashas indicate a positive time in life, the transit is apt for them to try and accomplish the best works. The Graha Drishti or the planetary aspect of Jupiter both to the 5thand the 9thHouses ensures that the future and the past are well-illuminated. What this means in actual practice is that the light shines in such a way that the events of the past are properly construed, and future steps are taken with appreciable insight.
THE ENIGMA OF THE GURUS:
As one has mentioned before, the Gurus are not easy to understand and there can be cases where either one of Jupiter or Venus take on the mantle of the positive Guru for the nativity. It can be therefore, that for people with malefic combinations in the sign Scorpio, and for whom Jupiter is not playing a conventionally positive role, the transit precipitates the testing nature of the combinations in the sign.
This kind of a situation can be understood only on specific personal study of the horoscope where the individual concerned is ready to receive the insights from this relatively rarefied realm. Otherwise of course, generally speaking, Jupiter can be understood to give His positive grace wherever He goes, for that is His nature.
ASPECT OF TRANSIT JUPITER TO CANCER AND PISCES, GENERALLY:
Since Cancer is the exaltation sign of the planet Jupiter, the aspect of Jupiter to this sign by its planetary aspect is excellent. Jupiter desires the results of its exaltation to come to the Rashi. So, the sign Cancer benefits in every nativity to the extent possible for that nativity. In the abstract, one can venture that home, education, heart and the feeling of positive competition, as that which used to exist in the Brahmins of yore, in the realm of knowledge of the scripture, will be positively impacted depending on a host of factors which will decide for each person whether the benefit is notable, and if so, to what extent. Cancer is one of the blessed signs, and so if a blessing exists in the sign in any chart, it will be fructified by the aspect of Guru. If instead a curse exists, then it may be mitigated or brought into clear focus with a view to resolution. It is in this manner that the grace of Jupiter is to be understood.
Now, Pisces is the own sign of Jupiter and the aspect of transit Jupiter to this sign is also excellent, simply for that reason. Whatever Pisces should represent in any given Rashi Chakra, will stand to benefit subject to the contours of that particular horoscope. Pisces is considered to be the sign of the Rishis. The aspect of Jupiter to this sign brings forth the opportunity to tap into the eternal teachings of Hinduism, the Sanatana Dharma. Of course, Vedic Astrology never says that eternal teachings are appropriated by any one religion and so no matter to which faith one subscribes, spiritual bounty is all set to be received if one is interested and the Karma for that person points in that direction. Pisces can also indicate travel and expenses, and with the influence of transit Jupiter these can be positively influenced to indicate travel and expenses for higher and intellectual pursuits. Pisces can also bring in auspiciousness, happiness and goodness by triggering these in the chart in some way and so the more discerning among us can try and tap into these benefits if we can.
SIGN-WISE ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT OF THE JUPITER TRANSIT FOR EACH LAGNA AND ARUDHA LAGNA:
For ARIES Ascendant (Lagna), this promises to be a very interesting time in the positive, and a somewhat testing time in the negative. With Jupiter, the greatest benefic transiting the malefic Scorpio, and that too in the 8thHouse from the Lagna, things can lead to great transformation through accessing matters which were hitherto hidden. This applies with special force to the occult and the esoteric, matters governed both by Jupiter and Scorpio in different ways. In the negative, however, the benefic Jupiter in the 8thHouse is not good. It is the 9thLord for the Lagna and in the 8thHouse, it dissipates the luck and fortune that it rules as the 9thLord.
Things are very different for the Mesha Arudha Lagna (AL) and the transit of Jupiter in the 8thHouse from the AL indicates taking loans and repayment of debts. The 8thHouse and its role from the AL depends on some specific factors in the nativity when reckoned from the AL, which cannot be gone into here, and so we will leave it there. Suffice it to say, that in some cases the element of loans and debts will not play out during this transit, or at least for this reason, for the Mesha AL.
For TAURUS Lagna, the transit of Jupiter is in the 7thHouse and is good in the sense that better sense will prevail in the marriage and in personal relationships. Unless, Guru is the Dasha lord for the Lagna in a major Dasha system, the transit will largely give positive results in marriage, partnerships and will also reflect well in the career and work. If it is the Dasha lord, there can be food for thought for Guru is the 8thLord of the Mangalya Bhava for this Lagna. Whatever it may be, marriage and personal relationships are brought into sharp relief during this transit of the planet.
For the AL of this sign, the transit of Jupiter in the 7thHouse is excellent and may aid emergence into the world into their own right, and facilitate transactions of some importance with society at large.
The movement of Jupiter to the Dusthana for GEMINI Lagna is stressful because the 6thHouse is very inimical to the Lagna and the presence of the great benefic in this Bhava from the Lagna indicates distancing from the attributes of Jupiter. Jupiter indicates benefic grace and this is getting lost and dissipated in the illness and adversity that comprises the 6thHouse. When the grace of God is not forthcoming to the Lagna, it can be said to be an ordinary time. For the people with the AL in Gemini, the situation is not better but decidedly worse. The AL shows what is actually coming to pass in life, and the various houses when reckoned from the AL show much the same thing. Wealth and auspiciousness can take a downswing for vulnerable horoscopes with Mithuna AL, either generally or at the present time, coinciding with this transit.
I have written above about the positive impact of the transit for the Jala Rashi, of which CANCERis one. For this Lagna, the transit of Jupiter is in the 5thHouse of the future. Jupiter transit is very good in the trines from the Lagna because blessings are more readily forthcoming from the divine. Also, from this position, Jupiter aspects both the 9thHouse of Bhagya and the Lagna itself, infusing the self with optimism and correct thinking and triggering fated events. In a similar vein, Jupiter is even better in transit for the Cancer AL, because Jupiter in the 5thHouse from the AL will help sustain all positives associated with the Bhava.
For the fiery LEOLagna, the transit of Jupiter is in the 4thHouse from the Ascendant. The 4thHouse is that of home and family, properties and academic attainments. All these matters stand to benefit greatly during this transit for the Leo Lagna. It also indicates a considerable change from the transit of Jupiter in Libra, where it was in the Marana Karaka Sthana (MKS) placement for the Lagna which is not good. Goodness would have appeared to die around Leo in the past and so merely cessation of such a scenario is a positive sign. Additionally we know that for the Kalapurusha, Cancer is the natural 4thHouse and Jupiter is exalted here. By necessary implication, the transit of Jupiter in the 4thHouse for Leo, in a friendly sign will prompt Jupiter to approximate to His exaltation when it comes to precipitating results.
For the Leo AL also the results are positive as Jupiter expands learning and acquisition, if these should be promised in the nativity through Yogas in the horoscope.
Even the greatest benefic in the zodiac can obstruct, and this is the case for VIRGOLagna. Guru is the Badhaka for the Lagna, but will only be adverse if the planet is poorly placed in the Rashi Chakra of the natal horoscope or otherwise devoid of strength. However, the Badhaka nature of the planet for the Lagna is not of prime concern for the Gochara; the main issue is that Guru is transiting the MKS position from the Lagna. It is in a friendly sign. The results will vary depending upon what Jupiter indicates in the natal horoscope. In some cases, the planet will deliver up whatever it has for the individual in question. In other cases, and by and large, Jupiter transit is not good for the Lagna and once again goodness and blessings may appear to be in short supply during the transit.
As always though, we live in the manifest world, and no matter what is happening from the Lagna internally, it is the precipitate of the Karma which is amenable to the senses that decides the quality of time and experience. From the Virgo AL, Jupiter transit is highly adverse and a cautionary note needs to be struck here. At the first sign of major distress, the individuals of this AL are advised to seek help from appropriate quarters. The position of the benefic in the 3rdHouse from the AL cannot be taken lightly. The human factor in humanity is governed by Jupiter and when in the 3rdHouse from the AL, this runs the risk of being lost, nothing more need be said on the subject.
Though Jupiter has now transited out of LIBRA Lagna, the planet was not very comfortable there and with the ingress into Scorpio, the influence has now come to the 2ndHouse from the Lagna. The 2ndHouse is the Dhana Bhava, the house of wealth and assets. Jupiter is the significator for wealth and finances and if the 2ndHouse is well-fortified then the transit of Jupiter will precipitate positive and auspicious events. If the 2ndHouse if afflicted, even in that situation Jupiter will try and pour water over troubled matters. In any event, more clarity is likely to ensure in matters related to the planets in the 2ndHouse and the significations of the 2ndHouse from the Lagna. The situation is vastly better for the Libra AL, where Jupiter is excellently placed in the 2ndBhava from the AL. This will be mostly focussed on wealth and finances and Jupiter may bring out many positives in this area of life during His transit in the sign.
Jupiter is extremely positive for SCORPIO Lagna, being the 2ndand the 5thLord. Jupiter in the Lagna gives this Karmic Lagna to worship the trident holder and lighten the burden. Jupiter blesses the children and fosters luck and good fortune with His aspects to the 5thand the 9thHouses respectively. Jupiter in the AL for this sign is positive for overall existence and the image of the individual in society.
This is the first Rashi which is undergoing the Sade-Sati transit of Saturn. People with the natal Moon in Scorpio will feel the relief brought by transit Jupiter. Otherwise the sign has been going through the wringer in personal life and relationships, matters of health and emotional well-being and currently, finances. The Moon is debilitated in this sign and so poor decisions of the past in any area will reveal themselves in their true colours. While the Moon in the natal horoscope will continue to be Nicha if it is, this is a chance for these individuals to take the sage advice of the Guru and mend their ways. If this is not done and the horoscope is vulnerable then Saturn can wreak havoc through Artha-related matters. Money, wealth, work, career and all these areas can be damaged by transit Saturn if the benefic grace of Jupiter is not accepted or availed of.
Note- For all signs use the planetary aspects of Jupiter as described above in this paper to decipher the active influences on the other houses. For instance, for Taurus Lagna, Jupiter will aspect the Lagna with Graha Drishti and the 11thHouse of friends and gains and the fulfilment of hopes and desires. The planet will also aspect the 3rdHouse from the Lagna giving sage advice to the Dushchikya Bhava which usually brings competitiveness and Mars-influenced thoughts to the head.
The best starts and expenses on auspicious and positive matters is the first result experienced by SAGITTARIUSLagna. Expenses may be notable but they will be on matters that are laudable and spiritually sanctioned. This can also be construed to mean that expenses oughtto be on good things because the worst thing one can do is to earn the wrath of the Guru. Some serious spiritual transformation and occult insights can be expected because Shani/ Saturn is transiting the Lagna. If the Moon is placed in this sign then the Sade-Sati transit of Saturn is in its peak period, being right on the head of the native. This is a good time to outgrow that which is no longer required in life. Jupiter will aid the transformation because of the aspect to the 8thHouse of secrets and transformation. The heart can undergo a change owing to the aspect to the 4thHouse from the Lagna. All these matters especially related to the expenses and conduct or the Gati (direction) of life will be clearly seen from the AL.
For CAPRICORN Lagna, Jupiter being the Karaka for the 11thHouse is transiting the Bhava. Friends, gains and income will be positively influenced. So too the future prospects, children, marriage and the lesser thought processes that beset human beings in mundane matters. For the people with the AL in this sign, the tangible and manifest aspects of gains and income will be there for all to see.
This is the third sign to be undergoing the Sade-Sati of Saturn. Saturn is testing people in their personal lives and marriages. This aspect is aided for people with the Dhanusha Lagna. If the Moon is in Lagna, marriage and problems in marital life heightened by Saturn can be helped by the aspect of Jupiter to the 7thHouse of marriage.
Amala Yoga or spotless reputation in work comes to people with AQUARIUS Lagna with Jupiter in the 10thHouse from the Lagna especially if the 10thHouse is auspicious in the chart and unafflicted by malefics. The Artha Trikona of work and career is positively influenced because these houses are influenced by the transit Jupiter. Jupiter is just short of excellent for the people with the AL in this sign but the ultimate results will be good in the realm of work and career.
For PISCES Lagna, Jupiter is in the 9thHouse of Bhagya, a house of which it is a significator. Foreign travel, higher education, father, luck and fortune and the blessings of the Guru can all come during this transit. The results are not as good for people with the AL in this sign because Jupiter is the only planet who struggles in this placement from the AL. People may feel disinterested with striving as a way of life with this transit of Jupiter. For the Meena Lagna though, the aspect to the Lagna and to the 5thHouse are auspicious. Self, decision-making and children are all areas that benefit during this transit.
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We become aware on reflecting on matters that if the transit of one major planet can influence so many facets in life, then an elaborate study of the Vedic horoscope can truly enliven the understanding of life in all its myriad hues like nothing else can. Such is the power of the eternal wisdom of the ancient sages of the land.
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Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code has recently been struck down by the Supreme Court of India andthereby the offence of adultery has been removed from the statute book. This is now the law of the land in India. For this reason, there is nothing to be said further on the subject from that perspective. There is absolutely no doubt that on the touchstone of individual freedom and autonomy, the change in the law cannot be faulted.
In Vedic Astrology-
In this paper, however, we are interested in the implications in Vedic astrology of the aforesaid position in law. In other words, if this is a fated occurrence as it must be, given the doctrine of Karma and determinism, then the planets/ Grahas in question, which pertain to the subject-matter ought to be scrutinized with a careful eye to see the aforesaid change through the prism of Vedic astrology.
Significators for adultery-
The main planets associated with adultery are Mars (Mangala), directly, and Rahu, the North Node of the Moon, by necessary implication because Rahu rules cheating and deceit in general.
Mars is by very nature adulterous. This is a curious phenomenon because Mars is otherwise a soldier, or a uniformed person, and being on the side of the Devas, a great worshipper of God. Interestingly, he is also the significator of celibacy and bachelorhood. For such a planet, to indulge in adultery is surprising but not so surprising if we consider Mars deeply, including through his other name, Vakra, or the crooked one. Mars acts in crooked ways. Adultery is a manifestation of his crookedness.
Something for Mars to note-
The fact that adultery was a criminal offence in India till recently would not have stopped Mars or people strongly influenced by Mars in matters of sexuality and relationships from being adulterous, but would have obviously rendered such conduct criminal if discovered and complained against. Now, Mars does not face the impediment of the prospect of prosecution and punishment.
People Influenced by Mars, not Mars himself-
Since we are really not talking about Mars the planet in himself, but really about people influenced by Mars in the relevant areas of life, it would be prudent to assume that the threat and risk of criminal process would have either deterred such people, or would have coloured their conduct in some manner. Now, the Mars in the lives and conduct of such people is free to do as he pleases and the adulterous element in his portfolio is legitimized in criminal law.
Malefics, and Consent & Connivance-
It is interesting to note that earlier if adultery occurred with the consent or the connivance of the husband then it was outside the purview of the mischief contemplated. The crookedness of Mars in a scenario of complicit intercourse was not crooked enough for punitive measures to follow it. This was also a lower denomination of Rahu for while there was intercourse outside the marriage, there was no cheating strictly speaking, owing to the consent or connivance of the husband. This was an exception to the criminality of adulterous conduct precipitated by Mars and/ or Rahu.
Now, the scenario is whether the husband connives or consents or not, adulterous intercourse is no longer a criminal act. In other words, the adulterous nature of Mars is now socially accepted. Same goes for the deceit and cheating of Rahu. These are now brought into the mainstream as being more truly representative of current human existence as regards relations between men and women.
Consequences of Adultery, as it stands-
There are consequences of adultery which still remain possibilities. It could be a ground to seek divorce and it could be considered as furthering or abetting suicide if the latter is precipitated owing to adulterous conduct. In other words, Mars and Rahu can still formally damage Venus. Informally, of course, it is not hard to imagine that being natural malefics, they will damage Venus. Venus is the significator of marriage.
This should be read as follows. Though a couple knows that adultery is not an offence, it is by no means a desirable occurrence in a marriage. While there is no criminal consequence of adultery per se, if it should lead to a suicide or if adulterous intercourse amounts to rape, then criminal consequences can follow. Simply because there are no criminal consequences per se it does not mean that Venus goes away unscathed. The marriage and the wife will be damaged in case the husband is adulterous and the marriage will be damaged if the wife is adulterous. If the wife is adulterous, then the husband will also be damaged.
The significator for the husband is Jupiter and while Mars can damage Jupiter with the Tamas, it is Rahu which causes the Guru-Chandala Yoga. In other words, a wife more influenced by Rahu in her adulterous relationship appears to be more of a threat to the well-being of the husband than Mars simply on first principle. It is made clear that this will depend on the configurations in the charts for a more elaborate understanding and whether the principle applies by way of a modification, significant or otherwise.
The Nature & Agenda of Mars-
Mars revels in the crookedness that comprises adultery in part measure, crookedness being a deviation from the norm. The element of crookedness remains, to be sure, since the lack of criminal consequence will usually not propel adultery into full view. But the crookedness of Mars in this manifestation is diminished. However, the crookedness of Mars cannot diminish in absolute terms.
Mars will become more crooked to compensate. Mars does not hide. He will not become more covert. He rules violence and aggression. He likes to break things. More marriages will break. Mars rules the natural 8thHouse of the zodiac, which is Scorpio. It is in the nature of Mars to break marriage. His crookedness in adultery has been accepted in large measure and thereby mitigated. Mars will retaliate because he wants to be as crooked as he was earlier in this manifestation. He will add to his crookedness in this manifestation. He is likely to be more destructive of the marital bond and more violent where he manifests through domestic or other types of violence.
The Nature & Agenda of Rahu-
Rahu on the other hand will devise ways to keep up his levels of deceit and shock which cannot be readily foreseen, for then they would be that much less deceitful and shocking. Adultery is by definition covert, and therefore still in the realm of Rahu. But Rahu is emboldened by the lack of criminal consequence when he is adulterous, either in a male or female nativity. The nastiest plans and machinations will be let loose by Rahu in appropriate cases to compensate for his pleasure which has been taken away to a degree by illuminating the shadows. While Mars is likely to be more openly adulterous, because he never cared for the continuance of marriage anyway, Rahu will be ready with a myriad explanations, apart from being ready with the sort of things that have been mentioned above.
The Transit of Venus-
It is quite interesting to note that the change in the law has come when Venus is transiting the sign of Libra. This is the Moolatrikona Rashi of Venus. The decision has been said to be a departure from the Victorian mindset and in favour of the sexual autonomy of a human being. The reason is not far to seek. Venus is at work in the sign of Libra, which is the 7thHouse of the natural zodiac and relates to marriage and sexuality. Venus is very strong in Libra and being at work here largely represents working women. It is such a woman who participates in the marketplace of the world who has been at the forefront of the thinking on the subject. She is free to act on her own, and in the context of the actions of her husband as well. The change has come through the law because Jupiter, the significator of law, is joined Venus in Libra. Venus also exalts in the sign of Jupiter and there cannot be any doubt that the decision is truly founded on the premise that a woman is not the chattel of man, but instead of stopping at making the erstwhile provision gender-neutral, the provision has been struck down in its entirety.
Men & Women of Signs and Planets-
What will happen to the Taurus woman who bears the brunt of adulterous conduct in some way or the other. Taurus is the other sign owned by Venus, but is vastly different from the sign of Libra. Ironically, the Taurus woman is the Victorian woman.
What will happen to the Mars man, the man who is not criminal, or undesirable or crooked in any other way, apart from the sexual and the marital for the simple reason that Mars influences these aspects in the chart. What will happen to the Mars woman, one with independence of means, and one without.
What will happen to the Rahu man and the Rahu woman.
These questions are rhetorical. All discerning astrology readers will know the answers to these. The simplistic answer is furnished only for the Libra woman, for whom the bell has tolled.
If people are free, the malefics working in freer people are themselves a trifle freer to act now, than they were earlier.
Obviously, what is of major importance is the way these planets will play out in various charts, which is to say, how they will react in individual lives and impact the institution of marriage.
Real Vedic horoscopes and thus Real Lives-
Let us consider Mars as the planet bringing a serious relationship of a personal nature in a male nativity. Let us further restrict ourselves to the more physical dimensions of compatibility in this example. In a male nativity, Mars may bring relationships, in fact, he certainly will but it is always with an element of crookedness. He may be looking elsewhere, and now he may do more than simply look elsewhere, while bringing about a relationship or even marriage. The force of Mars gives energy to the relationship but as the breaker of marriages, now the situation is even more fraught with danger, because there is no fear of punishment. The only realistic and proximate consequence is that of the relationship or marriage breaking but that never deterred Mars in the first place.
Therefore, Mars in very personal areas in the chart, such as the 7thHouse and the 12thHouse, needs to be watched carefully. This was always the situation, but is altered in the manner stated above.
In the female nativity, Mars is exactly as Venus is in the male nativity. Mars directs the passions and the attractions. Not much changes here though since there was no culpability in law for female adultery in the first place.
In places such as the Lagna, or the 4thHouse or the 8thHouse the dangers of Mars will reflect in tune with the other configurations in the Vedic horoscope. In the Lagna, it is the very nature of the person to imbibe some of the characteristics of the malefic planet. What those characteristics are, here and in any other situation in the Vedic charts, will depend on the overall nature of that chart, and of the horoscope on the whole. In the 4thHouse there are control issues in the matrimonial home. In fact, since even from the Lagna, owing to the 4thHouse aspect, these issues can arise. These are the real reasons for the placements to go by the name of Mangalika Dosha. In the 8thHouse of the horoscope, the longevity of the marriage and the spouse can be threatened by Mars. He wants to break and end something, and whatever the 8thHouse can offer, Mars will take it.
Rahu is much worse in these places in many respects. A strong Mars is a straight forward fighter. There is no deceit in a strong Mars. He does not care for machinations. A weak Mars can resort to very bad things. Rahu by his very nature is devious. His pleasure is not in mere crookedness but in shocking departures from the norm. People influenced or ensnared by Rahu in delicate positions in the horoscope influencing personal life are more at risk because Rahu will more readily step into criminality, convinced that he will get away.
The Navamsha chart is the specific area of the horoscope where the exact turn of events, intentions, actions, and results can be captured. It is this chart which rules relationships and marriage. The placement of these two malefics in this divisional chart are of the utmost importance.
Of course, the discussion has the potential to be never-ending but this is an initial survey of the impact on planetary energies and how they are likely to play out in individual nativities vulnerable to the mischief under traverse.
© Anurag Sharma
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Dashas in Vedic astrology are the harbingers of Karma. The natal Vedic horoscope remains the same from birth to death but it is the Dashas, along with other factors such as transits (Gochara) that fructify different parts of the Karma in the same natal horoscope, and thus change life.
Kinds of Dasha:
Just as there are many intricacies in the Vedic horoscope such as Arudha Padas which were not as well-known a few decades back as they are now, though they have always been pillars of Jyotisha, so too the presence of various kinds of Dashas in the classical literature. Not only are there a host of Dashas, there are numerous factors associated with Dashas which are otherwise not known, and which are to be used for effective analysis of the Karma and predictions emanating therefrom.
Higher works and distinct analysis:
Just as one has been travelling higher in terms of advancement of the works written for consulters over the years, as awareness of principles sets in, these intricacies of Dashas are now being used both in distinct papers as well as parts of these higher and advanced papers, as tools for interpretation.
One has written earlier, and used profusely, some of these Dasha systems based on the configurations in individual horoscopes, and those that have received these works, shall readily recognize the fact. For instance, the Padakrama Dasha or the Narayana Dasha of Rashis has been extensively used where fate or determinism plays a significant role, signs indicating circumstance rather than desire.
Other Dashas such as the Dwisaptati Sama Dasha, Ashtottari Dasha, Dwadashottari Dasha, Chataruasheetika Dasha, Shashtihayani Dasha, and so on, have often been used in private papers as tools for investigation of the unfolding of Karma.
Circumstance and desire:
Desire then is left to the Grahas (planets) and the manifestation of this Karmic desire of the planets manifests through the Dashas of these planets in the various systems based on the Nakshatras occupied by these planets.
Vimshottari Dasha, the Chief:
Be that as it may, the classical literature is distinctly clear in that it is the Vimshottari Dasha, which is the chief among all the other Dashas. Thus, even though conditional Nakshatra Dashas may be applicable in a horoscope, in certain ways the Vimshottari Dasha is always applicable.
The term Dasha indicates and means a state of being. Thus, all Dashas aim to reflect the state of affairs in the horoscope under scrutiny owing to their own operation, and precipitation of the Karma in their realm of operation.
Types of Vimshottari Dasha:
The Dasha that is used most often, and rightly so, is a reflection of the social stimuli, public participation, emotions, and the overall flux of life that pertains to the existence of the native of the horoscope in question. However, advanced Jyotisha is quite clear that there are variants of the general Vimshottari which are to be used in cases where the conditions for their applicability are met.
These are: Utpanna Vimshottari, Kshema Vimshottari, Aadhana Vimshottari and Kevala Vimshottari. Especially for predictive purposes, it is important to use these variations so as to arrive at the correct manifestation of the Karma during the operation of the Mahadasha and Antardashas of the various planets. The conditions for the applicability of these variations are distinct and specific.
Judgment of Results of the Vimshottari Dasha:
Thus, when we consider the Vimshottari Dasha in all its classical splendour, we will discover as we proceed that the judgment of its results does not truly emanate from the popular premise which is commonly understood in the public domain.
Suffice it to say at this juncture that there are numerous considerations such as evaluating the lord of the Dasha in ways that are not popularly known, and then moving on to the lord of the sign which the lord of the Dasha occupies.
Separately, we also consider the various internal and external domains of the application of the Dasha, and then the extension of this principle to the mutual interplay of the Mahadasha and the Antardasha is undertaken applying the same device. All this is largely unknown in the realm of popular astrology, even in its more sincere domains.
In the result, it is clear that the meaningful journey in Vedic astrology involves traversing increasingly rarified though classically astute segments and principles of Vedic astrology, and equally, it is a very rewarding personal journey to try and adhere closely to the works and words of the Rishis.
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Monday, June 11, 2018
Quite recently, a curious case presented itself. It was surmised that owing to painting and polishing works being carried on in a household, due to the chemicals comprising the materials irritating the system, breathing problems manifested.
These were of a serious nature. There was shortness of breath, frequent bouts of severe coughing at very short intervals and inability to sleep. The medicines prescribed did not really help much and since the constitution of the native was delicate, the medication focusing on asthma caused dryness in the system.
The works could not be discontinued and efforts to distance oneself from the fumes and the smell of the chemicals were futile; relief was not really felt in other houses of friends for one reason or another. Given the high temperatures of the summer, air-conditioning is sorely required. One house of friends was not using air-conditioning since their own physiology reacted adversely to the cold air and caused problems with the skeletal frame and swellings of the joints. In the result, not only was a physiological problem manifesting, but no relief was forthcoming from friends, and family, or any other quarter for that matter, for one reason or another.
Homeopathy treatment was also tried but it did not work.
Given the facts of the situation, a quick solution was required and given the seniority of the person, the health issues had already caused significant psychological turmoil, the problems having carried on for weeks at end.
Since a quick solution was required (within minutes), the issue was studied only from that perspective.
It is evident that currently the Cancer-Capricorn axis is seriously afflicted with highly inimical planets in a situation of a standoff. Cancer/ Karka Rashi is the heart or the thoracic cavity of the Kalapurusha or the Cosmic Man and the station of transit Rahu in Cancer can cause issues in this area of the body.
When Rahu creates problems, diagnosis is difficult, or the treatment does not work; the ambiguity and the enigma of the Nodes makes them and their working difficult to understand. Also Rahu is traditionally associated with breathing problems because when his neck was cut off, so was the respiratory tract. All these indications showed that the problem was rooted in Rahu.
What made this certain was that the natal Moon sign of the native was one of Cancer of Capricorn. With Mars and Ketu in Capricorn, in aspect with Rahu, and Mars and Rahu being highly inimical to each other, the problem was purely a transient one and caused by the opposition of malefic planets.
It is also to be noted that when a detailed study of health or physiological states is done from the natal horoscope, it is always from the natal Moon, as Chandra is the natural significator for the health and physiology of the person. In fact, this is one of the dominant roles of the Moon-sign chart in the Vedic horoscope.
Two remedies were given. One, an appropriate Mantra to pacify Rahu. On the same evening, the malefic reacted briefly and the situation became acute for a brief while. Soon afterwards, a simple anti-allergic medicine was taken, and sleep followed. The breathing problem practically disappeared and the bouts of coughing etc. were greatly reduced. By comparison, they ceased to trouble the person. The work in the household was still continuing and the person was advised to keep away from the areas where work was continuing to try and void triggering the allergic reaction.
Two, Monday was at hand soon and on Monday, the day of lord Shiva, a compressed form of the Mrityunjaya Mantra was given. With these two remedies, the person recovered at a miraculous rate. At their own choice, all the medication was discontinued immediately given the sensitive constitution of the person, including homeopathic medicine.
In this case, the problem lay elsewhere.
While modern (and perhaps traditional) medicine on the one hand and spiritual-cultural-esoteric-religious disciplines work in different reference frames, and one ought not be and cannot be, a substitute for the other, this case is an illustration of how, despite all the advances in modern medicine, there are occasions when very real, and palpable results are obtained, without more, from a metaphysical system such as Vedic astrology.
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Saturday, September 30, 2017
There is a common misapprehension that the adversarial stance between the Sun and Rahu in a given horoscope is just a mirror of the battle between Shri Rama and Ravana.
This important correlation between two diametrically opposite Karmic entities in the Vedic horoscope is studied at this link in the highlighted text which is a newsletter written on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami or Dusshehra.
This important correlation between two diametrically opposite Karmic entities in the Vedic horoscope is studied at this link in the highlighted text which is a newsletter written on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami or Dusshehra.
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Monday, September 11, 2017
Jupiter transit in Libra:
Jupiter, the greatest benefic, moves to Vedic Libra in transit on September 12, 2017.
The Jupiter transit is always noteworthy, since apart from being the greatest benefic, it is an outer planet and changes Rashis only after 13 months or so. Its heavy beneficence, therefore, shifts location and the influence if felt by all in their lives.
There are two Gurus in Vedic astrology, Jupiter and Venus. Though by their mythic personalities, Jupiter is the preceptor of the Devas and Venus of the Daityas, the Gurus are inscrutable in their working. Their influence in our individual lives is not so readily deciphered as their personalities and portfolios would suggest.
Role of the Gurus in Higher Teaching:
In higher teachings on the subject of the Gurus, it is systematically derived as to which of the two is ruling the material Karma of the individual, and which the spiritual. Therefore, it is quite possible in a given chart that Venus is the one adamant on spiritual insight while Jupiter is insistent on material Karma manifesting. This can completely change the reading of the horoscope at the higher levels. Sometimes the Guru will force his hand and will not let life unfold at all unless his wishes are met.
Transit Chart for the Ingress of Jupiter into Libra:
The Basic Fact of Jupiter in Libra:
Apart from what has been stated above, it is to be remembered that Libra is ruled by Venus, and the two planets are often at loggerheads with each other being advisors of opposite camps. In the result, Jupiter is not comfortable in Libra, which is the 7th House of the natural zodiac. The preceptor feels flummoxed in the Kama Bhava. Doubtlessly, Jupiter will seek to give its blessings but these are fundamentally priestly in nature and may impede the enjoyment of Libra. If in any Libra horoscope, Jupiter is also intent on spirituality then it can be a very enigmatic transit for them. By Libra horoscope is meant a Vedic horoscope with Libra rising in the Lagna. These can be in the nature of a lifting of the veil from over the matters which are governed by Libra, and which were not visible earlier. This may not be a conventionally easy experience. Jupiter does not like what he sees in Libra and a lot will also depend on the natal planets in Libra in any given nativity. This will contribute heavily to the overall texture of experience in this transit. This accompanies the recent transit of Rahu-Ketu to Cancer and Capricorn respectively, which in turn followed the Saturn transit to Sagittarius. Certainly, the movement of all the slow-moving Karmic planets indicates a significant shift in the delivery of Karma for individuals and entities.
Graha Drishti or Planetary Aspects of Transit Jupiter in Libra:
We are considering only the full aspects of Jupiter here though the other aspects of Jupiter are equally important in discerning the influence of the planet. [See, Source Material for Advanced Detailed Chart Analysis by Anurag Sharma]
From its transit station in Libra, Jupiter aspects Aquarius with its 5th House aspect. If Aquarius is afflicted in any horoscope, the delusion inherent in the sign coupled with the affliction, will be dispelled and clarified, due to the aspect of Jupiter. The error, if any, in knowledge-based perception of reality, the future, income, gains and future prospects and hedonistic or philosophical ideals in general have a good chance of being corrected. However, sometimes ignorance is bliss, and when ignorance comes to an end, it can be a testing time.
Jupiter also aspects Gemini with its 9th House aspect and brings religiosity to the sign. Jupiter guides the incessant flow of information to higher ground and the intellectual resources of Gemini may be put to good use. Communications and relations with the peers, acquaintances and siblings are set to undergo a change in an active way. Jupiter’s aspect to Aries is weak and is unlikely to cause any significant change unless other factors in a given horoscope override this.
Rashi Drishti or Sign aspects of Transit Jupiter in Libra:
Jupiter in Libra is very aware of Leo, Aquarius and Taurus, having sign aspect on these Rashis. Sign aspects are a function of awareness. In this sense, Aquarius is very strongly influences by Jupiter. Aquarius is also going to be quite aware of Jupiter in Libra. So for Aquarius Lagna, Jupiter in the 9th House is bringing some major changes through events related to the father, the Gurus or the teachers, students in higher studies and foreign travel. Jupiter is changing the concept of Dharma for them. Similarly, for Libra Lagna since Jupiter is transiting the Lagna itself, the future, children, love affairs, planning and such matters are being put into focus through one’s own thought processes and life circumstances.
For Leo, Jupiter is transiting its Marana Karaka Sthana position showing some problems with the 3rd House significations but Jupiter aspects the sign with Rashi Drishti showing that the awareness and the higher truths pertaining to these events are known to Leo. Taurus is similarly influenced and both for Libra and Taurus Lagna, the other sign will show developments. For example, for Libra, the 8th House of health and chronic conditions, the atmosphere prevailing in the marriage, and other matters are put into focus due to the transit of Jupiter in the Lagna and for Taurus, the 6th House of work and adversarial interaction has the weight of Jupiter in it.
It can be readily seen that a myriad factors must be painstakingly and exhaustively analysed so as to come to a clear picture regarding the contours of life in the horoscope of a given person, when it is studied with all its planets and all the divisional charts; just the basic parameters pertaining to the transit of a single planet are themselves fairly elaborate. In the exhaustive analysis of the natal horoscope, it is nothing less than a crystal-clear picture of Karma which is sought, given the complexity of life across the world in the current times.
Impact of the Jupiter Transit on the Various Lagna/ Ascendants:
It is relative to the twelve Lagna in Vedic astrology that the influence of the transit planet is to be determined. By Lagna is meant the Udaya Lagna or the sign rising on the eastern horizon at the time of birth.
As stated above, Libra Lagna is dominantly influenced with the great benefic blessing the sign in its own way. Jupiter is the 3rd and 6th Lord for the Lagna and is a functional malefic and this is another reason why the blessings may not come in the traditionally easy way. Aries Lagna is strongly influenced in a positive way since Jupiter is transiting the 7th House from the Lagna. The attitude to the marriage, spouse and partnerships becomes healthy and guided by higher principles. Both matters relating to income, gains on the one hand and siblings on the other are positively influenced. The darkness and opacity in the minds of friends can be dispelled by the strong Aries during this transit and he can render forthright advice.
Taurus feels the influence largely in work and wealth related matters due to the focus of the planet on the Artha Trikona. Those in knowledge based professions and work will benefit since Jupiter transits through the 6th House and aspects the 10th and the 2nd Houses from the Lagna. Intellectuals gain from the work they put in and shine in their sphere of work as well, though the two facets are not always seen together in life. The Kutumba, or the family, and financial liquidity improve. Gemini sees important developments pertaining to children and it will depend on the natal planets in Libra as to the nature of events which transpire. Religion and belief in God, and a change in the way the world is perceived are significant shifts in life.
Cancer has the transit in the 4th House where Jupiter feels exalted but the sign is Libra and the happiness is short-lived. Again its basic discomfort in Libra will be conditioned by the natal planets placed there. Jupiter is a planet of spiritual illumination and in the 4th House of home and the heart, these areas could be illuminated for the better in the long run. This transit is about feeling and emotions. Jupiter aspects the 8th House and the 12th House, both quite personal houses. The 8th is Aquarius where the light of Jupiter shines bright to dispel the confusion and the 12th is Gemini, where personal interaction receives the benefic rays of the planet.
Leo has an interesting time of it because Jupiter is the 8th Lord in the 3rd House in Marana Karaka Sthana. Siblings, Karma, peers, neighbours, writing, and certain personal matters come to the fore. Awareness is a key word due to the sign aspect. Since Jupiter is in Marana, a person indicated by the Libra in the 3rd House could be going through a difficult time during this transit, should their horoscopes so indicate.
Virgo feels empty as Jupiter exits the sign and family and money come into sharp focus. Here too matters pertaining to work and status in society are at the forefront. It will depend as to which planet is placed in Libra in the natal horoscope. Due to the indifferent mood of Jupiter in Libra, a difficult planet in Libra could prove testing as the person will suddenly see the higher perspective pertaining to wealth and family matters. Scorpio has Jupiter in the 12th House which is good for expenses on the right things and for new beginnings in anything in life. Like Cancer Lagna, emotions are feelings are at the forefront during this transit. The difficult home situation receives the grace of Jupiter and so do matters which decide the continuance of the marital alliance. These are all helpful inputs from Jupiter in these areas.
Sagittarius has Jupiter in the 11th House which is the Karaka Bhava for Jupiter and despite being in Libra, Jupiter will help friendships, social participation and income. Personal matters, marriage and relationships come into focus with minor influences on children and future planning.
Capricorn has Jupiter in the 10th House which is excellent for an elevated attitude to work. Like Virgo, it is the Artha Trikona which comes into focus and work, sustenance and status in life become important areas of focus.
Aquarius has been discussed elsewhere but additionally the self and luck and fortune will be the matters which will influence this Lagna the most. Pisces transforms itself with Jupiter in the 8th House. The marriage receives the blessings of Ganga Jala. People start investing in the markets and taking loans for projects. The emotional structuring of the individual may change due to the influence on the Jala Tattwa if this is indicated at the given time in a Pisces Lagna Vedic horoscope.
As for the impact on the Arudha Lagna (AL), Jupiter is basically good for Virgo Arudha, where it blesses the wealth and shows the right ways to earn and manage the liquidity in pragmatic ways. Gemini Arudha has excellent future planning in this period and children excel. Pisces AL benefits due to the excellent worldly situation of the spouse. Sagittarius AL gets great income from wonderful sources in the best possible way.
This is an important transit and ought to be considered in any serious interpretation of the natal horoscope. If Jupiter is ruling any major Dasha system, then it becomes all the more significant.
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