Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Essential Profundity of, And the Neccesity of Divine Grace in Advisory Work on Horoscopes in Vedic Astrology

In Vedic astrology, this Moon/ Chandra transit/ Gochara in Virgo/ Kanyā Rāśi/ Kanya Rashi, Libra/ Tulā Rāśi/Tula Rashi and Scorpio/ Vṛṣcika Rāśi/ Vrishchika Rashi in February 2015 gives us an opportunity to appreciate the profundity and divine grace that necessarily goes into elevated advisory work in individual horoscopes.

For instance, the Cañdra Gocara in Kanyā Rāśi, Tulā Rāśi and Vṛṣcika Rāśi is starkly afflicted but the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has had a landslide victory in the Delhi Legislative Assembly Elections in this very transit with the Moon signifying the populace. In an adversarial situation, the same transit has and must deliver very divergent results. Likewise, for individuals as well, transits must necessarily have very different results.

For one thing the Cañdra Rāśi/ Candra Rashi or the birth/natal Moon sign as the reference decides the Bhāva or the house location of the transit Moon in each horoscope. Even more importantly, the location of the transit Rāśi from the Udaya Lagna/ Rising sign/ Ascendant will completely transform the results. We are not getting into the Special Ascendants here but reference must be made to the Ārūḍha Lagna/Arudha Lagna/ AL from which all manifestation must be determined.

Such complexity in only the Moon transit must inform the reader that the elevated spiritual journey that the astrologer embarks upon in advanced consulting is no trifling matter but an evidence of direct divine grace operating. Vedic astrology is a magnificent system of rules which are literally incapable of being enumerated.

If we start with the high water mark of Jyotiṣa in the Bṛhaṭ Pārāśara Horā Śāstra of Maharṣī Parāśara the sheer weight of each Śloka requires all the magnificence of traditional learning, probably of centuries, for a Gurū to meaningfully impart it to a deserving Śiṣya who can then carry on the light and shine it in a myriad different ways in Jātaka/ nativities from across the globe.

In order for this to be meaningful and astute at the highest level of successful guidance the astrologer who knows the true meaning of each Śloka in the Bṛhaṭ Pārāśara Horā Śāstra must also be traversing the post-modern life in the Kaliyuga so as to coalesce the ancient and the contemporary and illumine the path of those that seek the guidance.

Then we have so many other classical works such as the Maharṣī Jaimin Upadeśa Sūtra, Sarvārtha Ciṅtāmaṇī, Sāravalī, Jātaka Pārijāta, Praśna Mārga, Bṛhat Jātaka and so on which view the subject at various slants and angles. Then there are gems of interpretation and originality both, held dear over centuries by secret traditions of astrology across the length and breadth of India.

Simplistic attitudes and therefore conclusions are therefore very distant from the true nature of classical Hindu astrology.

Moon in Virgo was not only joined Rāhu but also aspected by Mars with Graha Driṣṭi and was truly afflicted. Moon in Libra is aspected by the secret aspect of Rāhu and is also in Pāpakartarī Yoga, hemmed between Rāhu and Śani/Shani/ Saturn. If a survey is done then one will find very different emotional, social and psychological stimuli operating on different persons.

The transit chart of the Moon in Libra is given below to show the aspect of Rāhu and the Papakartari Yoga:



For a native of Mīna Lagna/Meena/Pisces for instance the transit Moon would be in the 8th House and forming Aṣṭama Cañdra from the Udaya Lagna which also means that Cañdra is in Maraṇa Kāraka Sthāna and is aspected by Rāhu and is also in Pāpakartarī Yoga. There may be business related and religion or Dharma related conundrum here with the Moon precipitating a crisis of sorts in the areas named.

Yet, someone may say that he knows a Mīna Lagna person and he did not appear to have any such problems. Did he know the Ārūḍha Lagna of the native because the external manifestation always comes from the Ārūḍha Lagna.

Praśna Mārga also teaches us the Cañdra Gocara from the Ārūḍha Padas themselves and not just the Ārūḍha Lagna and whether Cañdra supported or detracted from the Dārāpada and the Bhāgya Pada in the example above named would have to be seen.

Varga Gocara or the transit in the divisional charts is yet another matter. How does one know how a given life area if impacted unless the divisional transits are glanced at and correlated with the Daśās, the Gocara in the Rāśi Chakra, the strength of the planets/ Bala, the Ārūḍha Cakra and many other such countless and crucial determinants.

The blessed astrologer simply HAS to be divinely blessed for him to undertake and perform this magical herculean task with faith, dedication, abandon, selflessness and excellence.

Note, please that we are discussing only the peripheral aspect of transit of the Moon and not even the Gocara of other planets. In horoscope analysis which is undertaken by this astrologer in seclusion one can well imagine the level of spiritual and intellectual focus and dedication required to get into all those areas in the given horoscope which require attention. This is to say nothing of the requirement of internal purity and the strength of the Maṅtra and the Ātmakāraka without which this mammoth assemblage of diverse rules in spread out classics is incapable of assimilation.

Consider also the upcoming transit of the Moon in Scorpio where it would be debilitated and joined Saturn. What would one say. Is it not crucial to know whether the Śani-Cañdra Yoga forms a suo-moto Rajayoga in horoscopes in certain houses from the Lagna and whether any such Yoga is being triggered by this transit. We also need to know the views of Jaimini about exalted and debilitated planets to know that while debilitated planets/Nīca Graha have the capacity to dirty the entire pond the interpretation is not so simple when it comes to matters related to Artha.

The transit chart for the Moon in Scorpio is given below-




The Graha Driṣṭi/ planetary aspect of exalted Jupiter has to be seen to know that the malefic tendencies of this impending conjunction are being blessed, and thus mitigated by none other than the preceptor of the Gods.
What for instance of the Vakra Budha/  retrograde Mercury which has just turned direct on February 11,  2015.  While it is true that retrograde Mercury would have led to communications issues and bounced cheques and the like even in this day and age of punitive legislation, it is equally true that a retrograde benefic cannot be dismissed out of hand in view of its Cheṣṭā Bala or the capacity to strive. What has Mercury striven to make you understand in this transit. Do you have benefics retrograde or malefics in the nativity- do you find them insisting on the significations in their domain with the energy of a Bhūpa/ king.  

I hope this article makes it very clear that Jyotiṣa at this level is not a commonplace practice and there is a very different kind of human being at a very distinct place in his spiritual journey; even the consulter is at a very unique place in his Kārmic journey to be able to access this nectar of immortality given by the Ṛṣis even in this opaque Kaliyuga.
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The paper on the transit of Jupiter to Cancer may be read here.
The paper on the transit of Rahu-Ketu to the Virgo-Pisces axis may be read here.
You can read more about the twelve Lagnas or Ascendants on this website for further correlations and insights.  

Monday, February 09, 2015

Vedic Astrology Horoscope Analysis: Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone, born William Oliver Stone, is a renowned Academy Award Winning film director. Let us examine his life through the techniques of Vedic Astrology and apply them to his horoscope. 

The Vedic horoscope for Oliver Stone has been cast for the following birth data which has an ‘AA’ Rodden rating-

Date:          September 15, 1946

Time:          9:58:00 am

Time Zone:     5:00:00 (West of GMT)

Place:         73 W 59' 00", 40 N 46' 00"

Manhattan, New York, USA

I tend to feel that the time of birth requires a minute or so of rectification at the outset but this is not required for this study as the charts and planetary placements do not really change even with the minor rectification, this being requisite fundamentally for technical reasons. 

The Rāśi Chakra/ Rashi chart of Oliver Stone’s Vedic horoscope is given below-


Core Karma for the Entertainment Industry-

Right away some of the core elements of Karma in life are clear.  The Lagna/ Ascendant rising in the Rāśi Chakra is Libra/ Tulā/ Tula which is ruled by Śukra/ Shukra/ Venus and this planet rules entertainment and films in particular. Tulā is the Mūlatṛkoṇa Rāśi/ Moolatrikona Rashi of Venus and it is very clear that this will be the field of plat throughout the working life as the Lagna is the present and the personality and the theme of life of the person.

Mahāpuruṣa/ Mahapurusha Yoga-

The seven weekday planets or the Vāra/ Vara Graha constitute the Mahāpuruṣa Yogas in the Keṅdra/ Kendra/ quadrants from the Lagna- these being the pillars of life.

Venus is placed in Libra Lagna forming the Mālavya Mahāpuruṣa Yoga which leads to an acclaimed personality, great fame and awards and recognition, which have been bestowed on him in great measure.

This is further enhanced by the Dwi-Gurū Yoga formed by the Yuti/ conjunction of the two Brahmin Gurūs Jupiter and Venus in the Lagna. Both the esoteric and the mundane, in terms of perspective, and in terms of awareness and excellence in his craft are available to his intellect in full measure. It is the presence of Gurū/ Jupiter in the Lagna which has given him the required impetus to be a leading film director as it gives the Dhī/ the power of discrimination and the intellectual status to make the sort of films that he has done.

Maṅgala/Mangala/Mars is also joined the combination and forms the Gurū-Maṅgala/ Guru-Mangala Yoga which gives forceful and cogent expression to his learning and acumen.

Rudra Yogas-


There are two Rudra Yogas formed in the Lagna and the Saptama Bhāva/ 7th House axis and therefore the Yogas are absolutely crucial to his personal and participatory reality in this lifetime. Śukra and Cañdra/ Chandra/ the Moon in the 7th House form one and Mars and the Moon form it by way of the Śaśi- Maṅgala/ Shashi-Mangala Yoga. The Lagna and the Saptama Bhāva are the Satya Pītha or the seat of truth and since Śiva is the truth of birth and death, Rūdra Yogas in this axis are about things that inspire tears such as war and political excess.

War and political excess have been recurring themes in the films made by Oliver Stone.

Gajakeśarī Yoga-

The fame which has come to Oliver Stone is also visible through the tremendous Gajakeśarī/ Gajakesari Yoga formed by the mutual 7th House aspect of Jupiter and Moon. Cañdra in the 7th House is in the house of the other or the place where we interact with the others and while it is in the sign Aries/ Meṣa/ Mesha the Moon there indicates great felicity in interaction, brusque though it might be.

War and military service-

Both the focus on war in his work and Stone’s military service in Vietnam are indicated by the presence of Mars in the Lagna as the 7th House of war.


Oliver Stone’s father was a stock-broker which is shown by the conjunction of the Naisargika Kāraka/Natural Significator for stocks and trading Budha/Mercury with the significator for the father, the Sun in the 11th Bhāva from the Lagna. However, this is only an approximation and the clear indication comes from the Varga Chakra relating to the parents- the Dwadashamsha/ Dwādaśāmśa Cakra or the D-12 chart where the 9th House of father has the Moon aspected by the conjunction of Mercury and the Sun from the 7th House from the 9th.

The Dwādaśāmśa Cakra is extracted below for reference-

There is Parivartana Yoga between Cañdra in the Lagna of the father and Budha in the 7th Bhāva from the 9th which basically acts as if Budha were in the Lagna and strongly influences life, that of a stockbroker. However Oliver Stone’s father had the 8th Lord from the 9th in the 7th from the 9th and so the seeds of break in the marriage were there from the very commencement of the marriage. Ketu in the 8th House made it an incendiary experience for Stone when it happened in 1962.

The Mahādaśā and Aṅtaradaśā in the Viṃśottarī Daśā scheme are quite telling-

Viṃśottarī Daśā:

Moon Mahādaśā: 1956-09-08 (4:01:18 pm) - 1966-09-09 (5:30:06 am)

 Aṅtaradaśās in this Mahādaśā :

  Moon: 1956-09-08 (4:01:18 pm) - 1957-07-08 (10:20:27 am)

  Mars: 1957-07-08 (10:20:27 am) - 1958-02-05 (6:46:53 am)

  Rah: 1958-02-05 (6:46:53 am) - 1959-08-09 (8:05:14 am)

  Jup: 1959-08-09 (8:05:14 am) - 1960-12-08 (2:20:42 am)

  Sat: 1960-12-08 (2:20:42 am) - 1962-07-08 (4:57:10 pm)

  Merc: 1962-07-08 (4:57:10 pm) - 1963-12-08 (8:50:22 pm)

  Ket: 1963-12-08 (8:50:22 pm) - 1964-07-08 (5:18:12 am)

  Ven: 1964-07-08 (5:18:12 am) - 1966-03-07 (2:42:51 am)
  Sun: 1966-03-07 (2:42:51 am) - 1966-09-09 (5:30:06 am)

The Moon Mahādaśā is in Parivartana with Budha and so fully activates the Yogas in the Lagna-7th axis for the father including the placement of the 8th Lord Sun and either Aṅtaradaśā could have given the event. It had a deep impact on Oliver Stone who was away in school at the time.


The great Rajayoga/ Rājayoga in the life of Oliver Stone is also promised by the placement of the Yogakāraka Graha Śani/ Shani/ Saturn in the 10th House in the throne in Karkaṭa Rāśi/ Karkata Rashi. Śani in the throne in Cancer or Pisces gives Rajayoga.

Most importantly Śani is in the Ārūḍha Lagna/ Arudha Lagna which is the manifestation of the self in the created world and the loaded metaphysical propensity witnessed from the Lagna translated wonderfully into what has transpired.

Cancer has to do with the masses and people being governed by the Moon and the well-deserved Rajayoga of the slow and deliberate journey given by Saturn has made the success lasting.

Śani is opposed to the Sun and so many of his films such as JFK have had an anti-establishment strain or conspiracy theories such as that surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy.

Focus on politics and power-

The focus on politics and power comes owing to the placement of the Ātmakāraka Budha/ Mercury in the royal sign of political power Leo/ Simha Rāśi  in the 11th Bhāva from the Lagna. More than this it comes owing to the fact that Mercury and Sun have the same degrees of longitude traversed and the difference is only in the minutes of arc traversed. This leads to the phenomenon of the Charakāraka replacement described by Parāśara in the Bṛhaṭ Pārāśara Horā Śāstra where Sūrya replaces Budha as the Ātmakāraka- this generally happens around the 1980s merging into the 1990s which is the age of maturity of Sūrya or there or thereabout. Specific timing of particular films can be done with the Daśā systems but this is the principle.
Sun is the political planet although since this is happening in the Bādhaka Rāśi from the Lagna it takes on the character of political deviance and is at cross purposes with his private personality.

When we speak of the private personality the Navāmśa Chakra  gives the pertinent details. This Varga Chakra/ divisional chart is given below-

Rāhu/ Rahu in Karkaṭa Amśa/ Karkata Amsha in the 5th Bhāva from the Navāmśa Chakra Lagna gives the ability for profound political thought and this touches a nerve with the populace as well since the Rāśi involved is Cancer.
Rāhu is the planet of political machinations and intrigue as well as research to substantiate these theories. The other trine/ Tṛkoṇa from the Lagna has the Gajakesarī Yoga  in the 9th House with debilitated Moon and Jupiter in Scorpio. The sign is governed by Mars and Ketu and so war as a theme for his work, as well as the hidden, come from here and though in purist metaphysics the Nīca Cañdra shows afflicted emotional states which his films depict, by the time they manifest on celluloid they are garnering the fame promised by the Gajakesarī Yoga  in the 9th House. His mentors and influences and teachers include Martin Scorsese who are also quite Mars dominated in their gangster movies and are also famous icons in the realm.

We also find the planet in the Ārūḍha Lagna in the Rāśi Chakra, Śani, exalted in Tulā Amśa in the Navāmśa Chakra which has brought him huge success and accolades in this domain of Venus.

Venus is in the 12th Bhāva from the Lagna and shows breakage or loss of spouse and it is true that Oliver Stone has been married thrice.

The finer details as to work are always seen from the Daśāmśa Chakra/ D-10 chart which is given hereunder-
The first and most dominant characteristic is that the Lagneśa Maṅgala in the D-10 chart is placed in the 7th Bhāva which at once shows that the major theme in life is independent work, and also shows that the fascination with wars, battles and conflict will continue as long as the work continues.
The 10th Lord of the Rāśi Chakra Cañdra is in the 9th Bhāva from the Lagna is a Rāśi of Gurū which gives him the thrust to be a director as the sign of Jupiter imparts intellect and perspective required to direct projects at such a grand scale.
Rāhu in the 5th House and that too in Leo shows a strong leaning towards political drama and Mercury and Sun in the 5th House from the 10th show dexterity in work and political backdrop as the mainstay in future projects.
Śani is an Uttama Graha as it is placed in Karkaṭa Rāśi again and in the Ārūḍha Lagna in the Daśāmśa Chakra but in the 4th House showing that very rigorous preparation goes into all his works and films.

Best wishes,
Anurag Sharma
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The paper on the transit of Jupiter to Cancer may be read here.
The paper on the transit of Rahu-Ketu to the Virgo-Pisces axis may be read here.
You can read more about the twelve Lagnas or Ascendants on this website for further correlations and insights.  


Sunday, February 01, 2015

Jupiter/ Guru and Mercury/ Budha Retrograde in February 2015

Mercury/ Budha has turned Vakra/ retrograde in Makara Rāśi/ Rashi/ Capricorn in Vedic astrology, occasioning this note.

It is in mutual aspect with Gurū/ Guru/ retrograde in Cancer/ Karkaṭa Rāśi/ Karkata Rashi. While Jupiter is the teacher or the preceptor, Budha is the student. Gurū also indicates value systems and its exaltation in Cancer leads to the greatest benefic giving results of its debilitation sign Capricorn. There may be a fall from stated position in religion, morality and law or a breach of a legal principle.

The transit chart illustrating this is given below-


Mercury denotes the express and particular promise and therefore the retrogression may lead to breach of promise or contract. This situation persists till February 11, 2015 when Budha turns direct. Ultimately, Budha/ Mercury will give the results of Cancer during its retrogression which will cure all evil and absorb all that is malefic.

It is retrograde and stationed in Capricorn though which is the 10th House of the natural zodiac and relates to work and organizations and offices and these are the locations where this will most transpire. Beware the slave-master as Capricorn is lorded by Śani/ Shani/ Saturn and compulsion may perversely substitute the contract or promise or understanding.

Makara is a malefic Rāśi and can be very exacting. Coupled with this fact, we ought to note the foundational characteristics of the phenomenon of retrogression which is associated with another, that of Ceṣṭā/ Cheshta Bala- the quality of strength insofar as it pertains to strenuous effort.

In other words, anything new started during this time which partakes of the aforementioned characteristics is liable to be about 11 times more labour and effort intensive than it might appear to be at the outset!

Continuing projects may require triple reviews before the appropriate levels of competence or excellence are attained.

Financial documents and instruments may suffer infirmity and delay owing to the significations being governed by Mercury. The station of Jupiter in exaltation illustrates that despite the fall the ideals or aspirations are the highest and while the manifestation happens in diametrically opposite settings, the financial accruals will be virtually identical.

Budha is under heavy affliction as well as it is aspected by a strong Rāhu/ Rahu from its Mūlatṛkoṇa Rāśi in Virgo/ Kanya and Mercury also then becomes the dispositor of Rāhu. Rāhu can both bring in the element of cheating at worst and ambiguity at best where shadows rule and depending on the Karmā windfalls or deprivation will be felt. In either event sophistication or sophistry will be evident or required to tide through this.

Saturn compels through its 3rd House aspect and might insist on some sort of unjustified strenuous effort from malefic Scorpio. This also leads to a curse of Mercury/ Śrāpa more about which may be read on this website elsewhere.

Equally the past interactions and projects and deals may resurface during this time for better or for worse and may be dealt with accordingly.

There is Nipuṇa/ Nipuna Yoga formed by the conjunction of Sun/ Sūrya and Budha/ Mercury and there are higher aspects to this transit. Despite the overbearing urgency of the malefics, the transit may precipitate an accurate appraisal of the dexterity and skill sets that have been cultivated by some in the past and therefore can be very valuable for one's own output and its appreciation now and hereafter.

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