Pillars

Constructs are built on pillars. 

If the pillars are off, walls come tumbling down. 

Pillars need to be spot on. 

Today we’ll speak about three very basic and vital pillars. 

We look at these pillars after casting, to see if any manual mistake has been made while casting. 

I’m sure everyone does this already. 

However, checking up on whether the chart has been cast properly is such a basic and non-negotiable activity, that the pillars of casting deserve reiteration. 

Ok, so you’ve just cast a chart. Let’s say you’re doing a Prashna, and have just fed the details into your device, and your device spits out a chart. 

What’s the next step?

CHECK. 

See if the chart is proper.

Perhaps you’ve made a mistake. 

You can check your details, but that’s not a double-check. 

What you want here is a double-check. 

Something that tells you in a snapshot that yes, this is the correct chart, and I can go into interpretation without any tension. 

You look at the Sun.

In the chart, is the Sun where it should be, on, lets say the 4th of April?

Sun changes its sign between the 14th and the 17th of a month. Roughly, in your mind, you know, that around let’s say the 14th of April, the Sun enters Aries. We’re talking Vedic Astrology. 

So on the 4th of April, the Sun should be roughly 10 degrees or so short of Aries. In other words, it should be around the 20 degree mark in Pisces, give or take some minutes. Fine?

Proceed. 

Not fine?

You’ve fed in the wrong date. 

Correct it. 

Check again. 

Fine?

Proceed. 

Time. 7:12 pm. 

At sunrise, Sun was in the Lagna. 

Therefore, after sunset, the Lagna should be 7 houses or more away from the sunrise Lagna. Is it?

Fine. 

Not?

You’ve fed in the wrong time. Correct it. Check again. Fine?

Proceed. 

2017.

Is your chart reflecting 2017?

Are the slow-moving bodies where they should be?

Is Saturn in Sagittarius? Is Jupiter in Virgo. Are the nodes in Leo and Aquarius? Yes?

Good to go. 

No?

You’ve fed in the wrong year. 

Correct it. Check. Proper positions? Yes. 

Go ahead with interpretation without any tension. 

Seeing Karma

Chart.

It’s open.

You are immersed. 

What do you see?

Lagna?

LL?

Moon?

ML?

Sun?

Planets?

Nodes?

Aspects?

Dashas?

Exchanges?

Houses?

Nakshatras?

And so on …

… or …

… do you see Karma?

Strands of Karma …

… do you see them?

How strong are the strands?

Are they fickle?

Thin?

Breakable?

Or are they strong?

Unbreakable, like cables of copper or aluminium?

Or, are they maybe breakable, maybe not, like a jute strand?

Gauge.

Gauge the strength of Karma.

That’s not all. 

You’re gauging a few more things. 

You’re gauging the speed at which an arrow has been shot.

You’re extrapolating to it’s current speed.

Is the speed slow enough, such that the arrow can change course if a wind starts to blow?

Has the arrow been shot with such speed that it’s course will not change, no matter what?

That’s (drida) Prarabdha Karma.

Now gauge the target.

Is the target mobile and tensile enough to bend away from the arrow?

Is the target even aware of an arrow headed his or her way?

What leverage does the target enjoy?

Enough to get away with it?

Not?

You’re gauging whether Kriyamana Karma is strong enough to perhaps lessen impact of Prarabdha.

Next you’re looking at the entire bunch of arrows, including the dormant ones. 

Some are waiting to be shot. 

Some have been nullified before being shot. It’s almost like they won’t be shot. 

A couple are in the bow, which has been pulled. These are about to go off. 

What’s the bottom-line?

You’re talking more Karma and less Astrology. 

Is that a good thing?

Why not?

It all boils down to Karma in the end. 

We can start talking about Karma from the beginning.

More like a top-down approach as opposed to a bottom-up one. 

Metamorphosis

It is said that every 7 years, each cell in the human body is a new one. 

In other words, in seven years, the human body is completely overhauled. 

Also, there is a nervous focal point in one’s palm that is directly connected to the breath. This focal point directly affects the lines of the palms. Thus, these lines are indirectly affected by how we breathe. Translation from breath to line takes 7 years. Thus, one’s palm lines show how one’s been breathing (living) over the last 7 years. 

Overhaul doesn’t cut it. 

Metamorphosis is a better word. 

We evolve. 

Devolution is never really far away. Just a D separates it from evolution. However, we are watchful. We evolve.

Most of the stuff written below in this space – well – was written way back in 2003. 

It was languishing. 

On a whim, I decided to upload it in 2014. 

I didn’t write on Astrology between 2003 and now. 

Yesterday, I started writing on Astrology again. 

You will, of course, see the difference in styles immediately. 

This is a prime example of metamorphosis.

I’ve struggled over the last 14 years. 

If you go by what above analogies are saying, I’ve overhauled twice in this time. 

Therefore, output today will definitely be different. 

These are not 2 different people physically, but mentally, yes, these are 2 different people writing. 

🙂

Evolution is one side-effect of struggle. 

Words flow. 

I don’t have to look for them. 

They just come. 

There’s a golden rule for words. 

When they come, let them flow. 

Don’t stop them, for heaven’s sake. 

Hence, here they are. 

Bear with me. 

🙂

Sheer Prashna – too lazy, too bold, too bare – what?

I do sheer Prashna. 

Is it laziness?

Laziness to open a birth chart?

Am I lazy?

Hmmmm. 

I’ve never been lazy before. 

Then why can’t I couple the birth chart with Prashna?

No, not lazy. Don’t like the word. 

No no. 

Is it too bold?

What is bold?

Why should it be too bold to do sheer Prashna?

As in, not reaching out for the solid info that the birth chart is capable of providing…

… is that too bold?

It’s not too bold if I have confidence in Prashna. 

And that I do have. 

Prashna doesn’t let me down. 

It gives me enough confidence to not reach out for the birth-chart. 

Having access to birth-chart info and not reaching out for the birth-chart – how does one define that?

Bareness. 

I like bareness. 

Minimal information. 

Don’t give me a backdrop. 

I don’t want a bias.

Clean slate. 

Blank mind. 

Let the enquiry come as a Prashna. 

Prashna is very powerful. 

It hits like a bullet. 

When it’s not hitting, it tells you that it’s not hitting. 

At those times, you own up to the fact that you are not able to read. 

Have that courage. 

Why?

Because when Prashna hits, you’re doing A++ readings. 

How often does it hit?

Depends upon you. 

Six times out of ten is good. 

Seven is great. 

Eight means you are in the zone!

Scriptures or no Scriptures?

It’s a personal choice. 

When were the scriptures conceived?

When good times ruled the planet. 

Do good times rule the planet currently?

No.

Sure, the conceivers extrapolated to level n to accommodate for the warpedness of future times to come.

However, did they accommodate enough?

Does one want to take that chance?

I don’t. 

That’s my choice. 

I’m happy with my choice. 

I get by. 

How?

Common-sense is a huge ally. 

Slowly, intuition has become a good friend too. 

What helps greatly is that when we were learning the abc, I paid attention. 

Basic community Jyotish rules from good lineages are there. 

What lies on top of these, however, is adaptation. 

Every situation makes one grow. 

Every reading has something to teach.

Ever so often, one discovers a new meaning related to Jyotish protagonists.

One builds one’s repertoire. 

When the next situation comes along, one is more prepared. 

Scriptures were written in the form of Sutras. 

Sutras are threads than can be stretched into infinity. 

The brain plays with these threads and stretches them. 

It’s intuition that stretches these threads. 

Where do these threads lead?

To the source of all knowledge.

They’ve come from that source. 

Once doesn’t necessarily need a thread to connect to the source of all knowledge.

A thread is merely a crutch. 

One can connect to the source of all knowledge by using the chart itself. 

One can delve into the chart mentally and teleport into infinity. For a flash of a second. When one comes back, it is perhaps with a huge insight. 

What is the mechanism?

Querist’s circumstance.

His or her distress. 

Situation potency.

Astrologer’s approach. 

Expericene.

Arsenal. 

Equally potent rebuttal based on all of the above factors and…

… the chart.

One plunges into chart with everything one’s got. 

Loss of sense of place and time for a miniscule portion of time.

Mind has gone to the place of all knowledge, catalysed by circumstance, distress, approach, experience, arsenal, potency and chart.

Mind comes back within milliseconds.

It doesn’t come back empty-handed. 

This works. 

Warped times demand radical approaches. 

One makes one’s own rules.

Rules that are befitting. 

Rules that can beat the warp.

What’s the deal with Qualification? 

There’s degrees. 

Fair enough. 

That’s how the world knows you’re qualified. 

How do you know you’re qualified? 

Meaning, you might have a degree, but you might be rusting. 

What keeps you on your toes? 

What tells you whether you are up to delivering quality readings, again and again and again? 

Nature. 

Nature keeps throwing tests at you. 

A tricky case. 

A tricky time. 

You’re fighting your own demons. 

The person in need is still expecting you to deliver. 

He or she is hanging on your words. 

You know when you’ve delivered. 

You also know when you’ve not. 

When a high-quality reading emanates from you, your confidence-level soars. You carry this confidence-level into your next reading. So on and so forth. You’re on a high. 

Then, a big one comes along. 

It can be a life and death scenario. 

Life-changing situation.

Something major. 

Can you read the situation properly? 

Are you able to control distress-levels? The one in need will be distressed. 

Solution? 

Nailed? 

Do your words hit home? 

Can you pull him or her out? 

Do you pass your test? 

You can even pass without finding a solution where there’s no solution. 

Then you try and find a course. 

Also, you try and find the right words. 

The bottom-line is pass or fail – for you. 

You will know your result. 

It will dawn upon you. 

What was the level of the examination? 

Was it a Bachelor’s? 

Master’s? 

PhD? 

Post-doc? 

Professorship? 

There are as many levels as there are universes. 

Yeah, Nature makes the Astrologer give many exams. 

Over the years, you know your level. 

Low? 

High? 

Whatever. 

You know it. 

The person receiving your reading will also feel it. 

Wonderful. 

If your qualification is very high, there’s no need to advertise it. Hubris is your nemesis. 

If you’re not moving up as you’d like to, keep trying. This is your journey. Go for it. It can be a highly fulfilling journey. 

What matters in the end? 

Qualification? 

In my opinion… 

… no. 

Then why this whole discussion? 

It’s better to address the topic. The issue of qualification and its value does come up during the Astrologer’s tenure. 

So, what really matters then. 

Again, in my opinion,… 

… it’s how many lives you’ve changed and how many people you’ve moved. 

That’s what matters in the end. 

Is it a Competition?

You tell me.

Is Astrology a competition for you?

Who are you competing against?

Are you happy competing?

Or does it not make you happy?

Funny.

Instinctively, Astrology should make the Astrologer happy.

I’ll try and answer this question from my end.

Is Astrology a competition for me?

No.

Is Astrology giving me happiness?

Yes.

Was Astrology a competition for me?

In the earlier stages, yes.

Who was I competing against?

Fellow Astrologers.

Was I happy?

Meaning, was I deriving happiness from Astrology?

No.

What turned it?

Realization.

Realized, that there was no competition on at all.

My experience and evolution with Astrology was my own.

I could take it to any level I wished.

Nobody else was in the picture.

Just me, and the people who asked for help.

That’s it.

There was no other Astrologer in the picture.

I didn’t need to consult.

Answers came from within.

So – there was no competition that was on.

My journey was unique, as was every other Astrologer’s.

The race-element now being over, the happiness-element kicked in.

Think about it.

During a reading, you evolve.

That’s your evolution.

And then comes the next reading, and the next, and so on and so forth.

After twenty odd years, you have travelled.

Your journey is your journey.

Others have travelled other journeys – their own journeys.

You emit your vibration.

Others emit their own vibration.

We attract seekers as per our vibration.

It’s uncanny how people come along needing exactly that interpretation which you then hit upon while doing their reading.

This happens because of their unique requirement resonating with your unique journey.

That’s how they get attracted to you.