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Jyotish News | What is New in Vedic Astrology

Jyotish News | What is New in Vedic Astrology

This weekly post is dedicated to the News where I hope to share and inform on the newest in the world of Jyotish. This time it is the very best of the news in the form of the new online lectures done by my Guruji, Pt. Sanjay Rath.

The topic is that of Pañcānga. Pañcānga is a Sanskrit word that means five parts or five limbs of time (pancha=five and anga=limbs or parts), those being Vara, Tithi, Karana, Nakshatra, and Yoga. As taught in the Tradition, examining Pañcānga is the very first step in ones approach to chart. In fact, we were taught that a student of Jyotisha is supposed to keep a diary of the Pañcānga for the day. With that in mind, I took some time to make a printable Pañcānga template for your own use, being chart analysis or a personal Jyotish diary.

Panchanga Template – Five limbs of Time

But, back to the lecture. In the first video, Guruji is speaking on the topic of the Vara or weekday, and the subjects of health, children and the basics of Panchanga are touched upon.

If you have missed it, you can find the lecture here: Video 1. Sanjay Rath: Magic of your Birth Day, with Kapiel Raj.

The second lecture covers the topic of Tithi or lunar day. Herein, the link to one’s relationships, the spouse and the quality of marriage is spoken upon.

Video 2. Pt. Sanjay Rath: My Spouse and Marriage Secrets

If you like the topic and want to learn more, you can listen to the Pañcānga series lecture delivered by Visti Larsen here.

And last but not the least, BAVA announced the 2019 20th International Conference held in London, 19-24 April 2019, with the topic Love, Marriage, and Relationships. You can find all the details here.

– om that sat –

The addictions of Aquarius

The addictions of Aquarius

My recent article was on the topic of Kumbha Sankranti as Sun was entering the sign Kumbha (or Aquarius) at the time. Today I am more than inspired to continue in those lines, hence the topic of addictions.

When we talk about addictions, or more specifically substance abuse, we talk about Saturn.

It’s all about Saturn

  1. The Sign (or a rashi) is Aquarius!
    In the Zodiac, the eleventh sign or the sign Aquarius covers alcohol and all other fermented liquids and poisons. You can read about its creation and other aspects of the same here.
  2. The Planet responsible for addictions, or substance abuse, is Saturn! All substances that are made to cure any type of pain (painrelief), those of body or those of a mind, are under the umbrella of Saturn.

  • Those who are trying to cure the body pains will have some afflictions to their Varesha or planet that lords the day that person was born on. This principle is a part of the knowledge of Panchanga where in which Vara becomes responsible for one’s body. Both creation or wellbeing of the body. Hence there is no sound prediction on the topic of health without the study of Varesha.
  • On the other hand, many sedatives are meant to sedate the mind. In case of an emotional pain Shubhapati is likely to be afflicted.

A person that has a natural tendency for the substance abuse is likely to have Saturn associated with their Lagna or Moon. This planetary combinations will cause a natural tendency towards the addictions.

  • If Saturn is associated with the Moon there is a natural affinity towards alcohol as Moon represents rai or food and water.
  • On the other hand, if Saturn associates more strongly to Lagna instead, then there is a natural tendency towards smoking or intake of any kind of substance through inhaling as Lagna shows prani or breathing.

When tendency becomes a problem

3. And whilst above listed shows persons tendency’s, to predict a serious or a long lasting addiction other factors need to align as well.

  • In case Saturn associates only with the Aruda Lagna person can take alcohol on the occasion, at the party, etc.
  • In case Saturn associates with the 6th house from Lagna, the person can have some elements of addiction.
  • In case Saturn associates with the 6th house from the Aruda Lagna the person can have an addiction, smoking or other.
  • In case Saturn associates with both, 6th from AL and AL itself then hard addictions can result.
  • In the case when other malefic planet joins in, then addiction goes out of limit and can lead to hardcore addictions. If two or more malefic planets joins Saturn in the 6th from the AL then such an addiction can negatively affect other people as well.

drowning his sorrows in alcohol is a well-known saying – words of Saturn


Saturn is the planet responsible for addictions. When Saturn associates with Lagna or the Moon it gives tendencies towards addictions. Those may or may not lead to serious or long lasting issues depending on the Arudha Lagna and the 6th house from the Aruda Lagna. And lastly, there are exceptions as well. Many of the above-mentioned combinations are linked to the Saturn and Moon that are responsible for the Pravrajya yoga or spiritual tendencies as well. For example, Saturn or Moon in the dual signs in Rashi or Navamsha can reject society in favor of spiritual path.

Kumbha Sankranti – Month of Aquarius

Kumbha Sankranti – Month of Aquarius

Kumbha Sankranti – Sun in the Aquarius

Kumbha Sankranti is the time of the year when the Sun enters Kumbha rashi, or the sign Aquarius. As per Jātaka pārijata – śloka 9, that deals with symbols ofdifferent signs, Kumbha is symbolically represented by a man with the pot.

Kumbha rashi – symbol

But how do we know that the kumbha, or the pot, is filled with water, poison or nectar for that matter?

Sanskrit word kumbha means a jar, a pitcher or a pot. Hence Kumbha rashi, as the eleventh astrological sign in the Zodiac, is often interpreted or represented as a water carrier.

Aquarius is one of the Sthira rashis (fixed signs) where stagnation and rigidity occurs. Aquarius draws its water through his abhimukadrishti, on the flowing river of Cancer, and stores this water in a pot for processing. At the very beginning of this process, Aquarius distributes this fresh water in towns (ref. Tvasta Aditya) through pipes. This is the reason why Aquarius represents the infrastructure and growth of cities. To avoid shortages some of this water is stored. However, this process of storing risks fermentation causing poisonous substances to be distributed through the water. That is why the sign Aquarius is the creator of alcohol and all other fermented products. Some of these products are poisonous, and some of these poisons are used for medicinal purposes (if you want to learn about each of the twelve sun signs consider visiting rama-edu.com).

Aquarius as such has two planets as its lord. Rahu as the lord of Aquarius is the one that brings the poison out. This process of retrieving the poison is recorded in the Puranic story of Samudra Manthan (the story itself will be covered separately) during the churning of the ocean. Saturn on the other hand, as the lord of Aquarius, is responsible for holding the poison. This is the reason why in Vedic astrology we often find reference to Saturn as one who holds the bag of sins. These sins are a direct reference to the pot of poison of Kumbha rashi.

Poison of Kumbha and remedies

This poisonous aspect of Aquarius is what we are trying to reduce. To clear these toxins from the body astrologers will fast from salt, during the month of Aquarius, to enable the unclean waters (toxins) to leave the body. We practice this from the advent of Sun entering the Aquarius until the 14th day of the dark Moon, also known as the night of Maha Shivaratri, when Shiva puja is to be performed.

On the day of Maha Shivaratri (this year Maha Shivaratri is on the 3rd/4th of March) Shiva drinks the poison for us, and in this form, he is called Neelkanth (neela = blue, kantha = throat). By performing the fast on the Maha Shivaratri we ensure that Shiva drinks the poison for us and our body is rejuvenated for the year ahead.

Jātaka pārijata – śloka 9

Jātaka pārijata – śloka 9

अथ मीनादीनां स्वरूपवर्णनम्।
atha mīnādīnāṁ svarūpavarṇanam |

व्यत्यस्तोभयपुच्चमस्तकयुतौ मीनौ सकुंभो नर –
स्तौली चापधरस्तुरंगजघनो नक्रो मृगास्यो भवेत्।
वीणाढ्यं सगदं नृयुग्ममबला नौस्था ससस्यानला
शेषाः स्वस्व गुणाभिधानसद्दशाः सर्वे स्वदेशास्चयाः॥ ९॥vyatyastobhayapuccamastakayutau mīnau sakuṁbho nara –
staulī cāpadharasturaṁgajaghano nakro mṛgāsyo bhavet |
vīṇāḍhyaṁ sagadaṁ nṛyugmamabalā nausthā sasasyānalā
śeṣāḥ svasvaguṇābhidhānasaddaśāḥ sarve svadeśāscayāḥ || 9 ||

Translation: Sign Pisces is depicted as two fishes, moving in the opposite direction, with joined heads and tails. Aquarius is a man with the pot. Libra is a man with the balance. Sagittarius is a half armed man, and the other half is of the horse. Capricorn is a crocodile with the face of a deer. Gemini is described as a couple, where female is caring a vīṇā, and a male is caring mace. Virgo is a lady standing in the boat, having corn in one hand and the fire in the other. Remaining signs are described by their names. All of them are inhabits the regions appropriate to them.

Commentary: Symbols are not the creations of the mind, but rather are distinct capacities within the mind to hold a distinct piece of information. Thousands of yogas, as well as multiple informations about the world and time, can be stored in the human mind provided we master this language of symbols used by ṛṣi (Rath, Kāraka Review, 2007). Pandit Sanjay Rath said that word symbol we can use as Karaka, a doer. So, symbol of the sign will show us the traits of the sign. For example, Aries is symbolised by Ram, which will show the ability to push thing ahead, to go forward; on the other side, it can show very stubborn person, the one who don’t give up easily. 

Symbol of the rāśi is important for the study of Astrology because they are not picked randomly. For example, sign Pisces is described as two fishes eating each other’s tails. So, they are going in cycles, and they will show natural twelve house, which is house of emancipation, liberty from one side (so, going above the circles of saṁsāra) and from the other side it will represent the bondage, imprisonment and closed institution. Also, same sign can tell us a lot of information related to flows that every sign has. Fish can not stay alive on the direct Sun, so there is a problem with Agni (fire) tattva. Like this each sign and its symbol holds a wealth of information about that sign.

If you want to learn about the signs, the meaning of each symbol and more, consider rama-edu.com lectures done by Visti Larsen. He has dedicated 12 lectures teaching 12 sun signs covering different aspect of each sign.

If you have missed the previous śloka, śloka 8, you can read it here.