Example 1: King Otto of Bavaria, born 27th April 1848, 10:30, Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
Otto’s Arudha Lagna placed in Aries with the Sun, a true servant of the people
is born! Unfortunately, with Mercury and Venus placed in the twelfth house
therefrom, the king would reject relationships and social obligations. With
Saturn further aspecting the Arudha
Lagna, a tendency towards bachelorhood is indicated. With Saturn in the 8th house as 9th
lord, this will arise due to illness.
Saturn is also placed in the 12th house from Venus showing a delay
in marrying because of the same disease. With Saturn in the 8th
house whilst Mars occupies the 12th house, bondage or incarceration
due to health problems is also indicated! Mars and Saturn specifically causes psychiatric problems according to Praśna
also the 7th lord in the Navāmśa and its placement in a Dusthāna
speaks ill of marriage. Venus is a dire Māraka to Mars, and its rāśi dṛṣṭi upon
Mars causes the denial of marriage.
The King never
married. He died in incarceration and spoke to his only love whilst under care.
Example 2: Jane Austen, born 16th December 1775, 23:45, Steventon, Hampshire, United Kingdom.
Akin to the
chart of Mary Cassatt, Saturn is placed in the Lagna, and this time conjoined
the Moon therein. This combination gives the power of the pen, and with the
Moon along the 1st or 7th axis, lasting fame beyond death
can arise. As the same Saturn lords over the Arudha Lagna, we again see a
tendency of seeking a solitude living.
also placed in the 12thhouse from Venus, thus acting to delay or deny marriage.
In Jupiter-Daśā, Saturn Antaradaśā she received a marriage proposal that she
rejected, and since then shunned any attempt to marry.
lord from the Navāmśa is the Sun, whose māraka are both Moon and Saturn. The
Sun is ill placed in the Rāśi (D-1) chart due to its weak digbala position in the 4th house.
Therein it joins the 8th lord Mars, thus delaying marriage, and
finally both Saturn and Moon aspect the Sun denying marriage all together. Notably, the same Saturn and Moon
gave her fame as an author!
Example 3: H.S. Green, born 16th September 1861, 3:00, 52n38, 5e0, LMT.
to sage Parāśara, Leo Lagna with Mars and Jupiter brings income and wealth from
fame! Mars and Jupiter are excellent and coaching and guiding, as the strong
Venus specifically shows one who guides by seeing, viz. reading the future.
Green was an excellent Astrologer.
joining the Lagna, as in previous cases, we need to examine the Arudha Lagna
and Upapada for potential bachelorhood. Herein,
Saturn aspects both with Rāśi Dṛṣṭi showing bachelorhood due to
Saturn’s aspect, Venus joined the Arudha Lagna will give intimate
relationships, and work within entertainment.
lord from the Navāmśa (D-9) is Mars, whose māraka is Venus. Mars is joined the fame-wealth combination in the
Lagna, but with the 6th and 8th lord Saturn and Jupiter,
this sets the stage for delay in
marriage. Venus’ Rāśi Dṛṣṭi from Libra, as the māraka denies marriage all together, and so also he never married.
Example 4: Maria Elisabeth, Archduchess of Austria, born 13th December 1680, 6:30 AM, Linz, Austria.
lording the Upapada in Aquarius, and
placed in the Arudha Lagna in Cancer, a political leader, who wishes to stay
single, is born. The position of Saturn in Cancer is a common trait among
politicians and rulers. The same Arudha Lagna houses Venus and Mercury in the 6th
house from it, showing one who renounces marriage and could live a reserved
Gemini is the seventh house in Navāmśa whose Māraka is the Moon. With Mercury joined the 6th from the Arudha Lagna, the prospect of marriage is rejected, and due to joining 12th lord Venus this is further delayed. Finally, the Māraka-Moon aspects Mercury by Rāśi Dṛṣṭi showing a complete denial of marriage. The Archduchess was known to be courted by potential spouses and could have married but rejected every opportunity.
Predict with transits is part 1. of a four-part audio lecture performed by Visti Larsen covering the topic of the most important planetary transits, and their significance as taught in the Vedic tradition.
This lecture starts with the basics, what are the transits? Transits are the planetary movements and Visti compares them to world dashas (periods) and sub-dashas (sub-periods). Those planetary positions show the circumstance of the world that can affect individuals. In this, the slow-moving planets, namely Saturn, Jupiter and the nodes(Rahu and Ketu), can be seen as a maha dashas (main periods). Whilst the fast-moving planets can be seen as a antardasha (sub-periods) being that they should be judged under the scope of the maha dasha (main period).
How do the planetary transits influence us? The first part is understanding negation vs. reinforcement of the events. Negation being the effect of Saturn’s transit, and generally the transit of slow-moving malefics (Saturn and the nodes), whilst reinforcement being the effect of the Jupiter’s transit. For example, Saturn’s transit highlights our sins and weaknesses in those areas of life that he is transiting over or aspecting. This is the root cause of the two most well-known transits of Saturn, namely Sade Sati and Kantak Shani.
Sade Sati is a 7,5 year period in one’s life occurring at the time of Saturn’s transit over the natives Moon sign as well as 12th and 2nd from it. This transit is generally a feared period even thou it is not always negative nor is it of the same quality all throughout this given period. Saturn transiting over the 12th from the Moons sign can affect one’s relationships and family; over the Moons sign itself, ones health and in 2nd house ones carrier and finances. Notably, Visti points out that the negative connotations of this transit do not show themselves viz-a-viz the Moon’s position in the Rāśi (D-1) chart, but instead that of its Navāmśa (D-9) position.
Kantak Shani, popularly known as a thorn in the leg (kantaka means a thorn), is Saturns transit over 10th house or Saturns aspect on the 10th house (here we talk about the graha-dṛṣṭi or planetary aspects). This period can hamper one’s karma yoga. As there are different aspects to karma yoga so are the different focal points to judge this transit from. Therefore, Saturns aspect on the 10th from the Lagna can show ones mistakes or weaknesses in decision-making with regards to work/karma; 10th house from the Arudha Lagna can show a negative trend in the society that can influence your karma yoga, and 10th house from the Moon can indicate lack of motivation and drive when interacting with others for the purpose of karma yoga.
How do we judge these transits and their influcences on us? Well, a very good starting point is to see these main transits with regards to the self indicators, namely Lagna and the Moon. Of which, Moon and its extension – Arudha Lagna, are really our connection to the society and world. This is why Moon and the arudhas are very important in the transits.
Visti’s subsequent lectures will cover the effects of eclipses and other planetary transits. To stay updated, consider subscribing to Visti’s YouTube channel.
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.
Bhavas or houses are the seats of activity in Astrology. They divide life into various activities which the planets participate in. Houses are akin to the workshop for the planet to do its work in.
Instead of dealing with houses the usual way, wherein which we divide the houses into good and bad, we can take a slightly different approach to this topic. Let’s say, we divide all bhavas into (1) Sthana bhava, (2) Dhana bhava and (3) Dur bhava.
Sthana bhavas cover the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses, also known as Kendra houses. These four houses represent the four petal lotus of the Muladhara chakra that is the very root of one’s existence. There are better known as the four pillars of life. If these are stable, life is stable, and if one of them falls it causes a significant vacuum in life.
This can be visualized as a lotus in a pond. The four Kendra houses are the four lotus petals. Damage to one of the petals causes the lotus to tilt and drown. This is the very case with the Kendra houses. These houses and their lords should be strong!
Dhana bhavas cover the 2nd, 5th, 9th, and 11th houses. These houses are the food of the lotus and hence the food of life. They are the means through which we receive all types of wealth, both knowledge-wealth and different asset-wealth. Knowledge is represented in the 5th and 9th houses, whilst the other assets and food are seen from the 2nd and 11th houses. These houses and their respective strengths are indicators as to how well we are in receiving and holding on to these different aspects of wealth.
Dur houses are 3rd, 6th, 8th, and 12th house, and they are the cause of different types of losses and misfortunes. They are the unstable waters around the lotus which one needs to be guarded against. As the lotus inhales prana through the Kendra and Dhana houses, providing prana to the native, the exhale of prana happens to be in the Dur houses. Hence the Dur houses represent that what is leaving your body and ultimately does not benefit you, but may benefit someone else.
Do you want to know how different planets behave in these houses? Consider reading my article on How to judge planets in houses here.
Stay tuned for the next installment on the planets.
कालात्मकस्य च शिरोमुखदेशवक्षोहृत्कृक्षिभागकटिबस्तिरहस्यदेशाः। उरू च जानुयुगलं परतस्तु जङ्गे पादद्वयं क्रियमुखावयवाः क्रमेण॥ ८॥
kālātmakasya ca śiromukhadeśavakṣohṛtkṛkṣibhāgakaṭibastirahasyadeśāḥ |urū ca jānuyugalaṁ paratastu jaṅge pādadvayaṁ kriyamukhāvayavāḥ krameṇa || 8||
Translation: The parts of the body of
the person Kala (kāla) beginning with
Aries, are respectively the head, the mouth, the breast, the heart, the belly,
the hip, the groins, the private part, the two thighs, the two knees, the two
calves and the two feet.
Commentary: The term Kalapuruṣa here
stands for Time-personified or Time itself presented as a human being; Kala
indicating time and Puruṣa indicating the concept of the male energy. This
concept is coming from the unity of creation wherein Puruṣa and Prakṛti are the
two main forces, male and female energy of the nature, which are cause of the
all creation just like mother and father are needed together to create a new
life. This male energy is thereafter assigned to Sun (being a father, giver of
the life, providing Agni or fire for ignition) who is also governing signs in
horoscope and the Moon (being the mother, sustainers, providing necessary
nurturing and feeding for sustenance) who is governing over nakṣatras. All
created world is product of these yoga’s of the Sun and Moon on the sky which
are formed at certain point in time decided by the movement of these
luminaries. This yoga’s are being studied in Vedic astrology as Pañcāñga or the five limbs of time i.e. Vara,
Tithi, Nakṣatra, Karana and Yoga.
In the śloka number 7, the author is mapping Signs and the nakṣatras in the Kalapuruṣa chart. Kalapuruṣa chart is a special chart in which all twelve signs are indicating different parts of the body of Lord Viṣṇu, Janardana, starting with Aries as a first sign, representing the head, whilst other signs are following in regular order indicating the other body parts assigned to other signs. This is therefore also a generic chart for all human beings wherein in any chart despite person’slagna, Aries is still indicating head, Taurus mouth, etc.
Herein are described the limbs and
their allotment to the twelve signs. This is also applicable to the twelve
houses from the ascendant. It may be pertinent to ask why the author has not
mentioned the arms anywhere, and therefore hereunder is given an image for easy
memorization of the signs and limbs.
Gemini has been attributed to the
chest and upper torso. This also includes the arms as can be seen in the
illustration. Notably the sign Scorpio indicates the genitals, but specifically
covers the entire hidden portion from the pelvis to the anus. Therefore the
image is slightly misleading as Sagittarius covers the entire thigh portion
until the knees begin.
Libra covers the visible portion from
the lower abdomen to the pelvis. Due to this some allot the visible genital
area to the sign Libra.
The distribution of body parts is
different when dealing with Praśna or horary charts, thus further confirming
the focus on natal horoscopy.
This knowledge is further essential in studying medical Jyotiṣa wherein disease related planets and planetary yoga’s afflicting certain sign and/or house are likely to impose their effects on that part of the body. For example, afflictions on sign Capricorn are likely to give health problems with knees, Aquarius ankles, Leo stomach, etc. On the other side, we can go a step ahead and note that these signs also have very specific indications when it comes to health, for example, Aquarius is known to be hridayaroga or the one which indicates heart diseases, being the 8th sign from the Cancer (8th placement indicates the disease) or the sign which represents heart. In the same way, all the other signs/houses are carrying potentiality to afflict or improve certain parts of the human body. Whilst in case of houses it is important to take into account the Drekkana of the house to define the affected body part (Parashara, 1999).