Why Sheer Prashna?

Well, why not?

Firstly, what is sheer Prashna?

Prashna only. Unaccompanied by birth-chart.

Why?

It’s fun.

You fill in the blanks.

You read without bias.

You connect to universal forces seamlessly, ultimately. You have no choice but to, for the reading to carry weight.

Some might say the same for the birthchart. Sure. Whatever cooks your goose, or fries your bacon, or what have you, do that kind of Astrology.

Blanks can be big. Your imagination needs to be fantastic, to fill these. With a burgeoning imagination, you often fill the blanks with nonsense, and the reading goes way off its mark.

It’s ok.

Three times out of ten, and you shouldn’t worry. Recognize that the reading has gone off, admit it, apologise if you have to, try again, but if need be, have the strength and presence of mind to abort.

You’re not a bad Astrologer, it’s just that the reading has gone awry. Move on.

Two times out of ten comes. Improving majorly.

Ultimately, you start connecting at will. Sheer Prashna will do that fast for you. Reading failures lessen. You’re functioning at peak. Do what you’ve come to do. Use your Astrology for maximum good.

There’s a side-effect happening.

Your multiple connections have made you a recognizable conduit.

Who has recognized you?

Mankind?

Human recognition has limited value and lots of side-effects. Pay no attention to it. Be happy if it doesn’t even come, as long as your consulters are leaving your surroundings in a satisfied frame of mind.

So who has recognized you?

Universal force has, as a conduit through which it can flow. Now, it won’t leave you. Next connection will be easier. And so forth. Seamlessness will arrive. Ultimately, you will be connecting at will.

Connection will have effects on you. Through you, energy will overflow in the form of words. This energy will transform that which comes in contact with it. At times, you will wonder, is it even you speaking? How did you make that analogy with a particular combination? Normally, you would never have arrived at that particular conclusion upon seeing the combination at hand. Then you see the other person beaming, as what you’ve said has struck many chords. This is transformation in action. It has come through you. In the bargain, it has taught a new meaning to an Astrological combination. It’s a win-win. You don’t need the Classics, you’re learning from the Universal Force itself. The saints who wrote the Classics connected to the Universal Force to do so. You are connecting to this same source. Sheer Prashna will make all this happen very fast for you.

You’ll need to be a bit careful, though.

All this connection with extra-terrestrial energies will subtract from your worldiness, and will add to your other-worldliness.

To live in our mad world full of frenzy, one does need to be street-smart, and somewhat worldly. If you’re getting renumerated with money, that’ll help in staying worldly. If not, you’ve got a small issue. Especially if you’re a family man with worldly duties.

Hmmm, how do you wheedle your way out of this one?

Pick up a small vice, but keep it contained. Hahahahahahaha, just joking. 🙂

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Are We Better Off?

This question’s been with me for a long time.

In fact, it refuses to go.

Are we better off knowing our own horoscopes?

Does life lose its spontaneity?

Does dancing to the tune of a predictable pattern render life boring?

Ha, the basic question has an army of other questions backing it!

Well, being an Astrologer, I obviously know my own horoscope. That’s the first act performed while learning Astrology, isn’t it? After Lesson101, you kick open your own chart and try and figure out your own lot in life…ha ha ha, I remember the eagerness and the voracity while attacking my own chart…!

The question being asked here is, is that such a good thing?

Yes, yes, I know you can’t avoid it, and that now you’re stuck with it, but that’s not the point being discussed.

So, good for you, or bad for you?

I’m actually quite comfortable knowing my Mahadasha pattern. However, what I end up doing is that I say, this is for Saturn, and that we’ll defer for Mercury, and you know what, I’m not even attempting this other vigorously active looking opportunity because Mars Mahadasha is never going to come as long as I’m alive.

Hmmm, this smells of complaecency.

I attempt less. Stuff is judged and discarded as per its fit to the chart and to the Dasha pattern.

Whatever little spontaneity was present at birth is now grossly diluted.

The silver-lining is the recognition of above facts.

Once this recognition happened, I started to do my best to forget the Antaradasha pattern. Soon, I forgot the dates when any particular Antaradasha would start. In an emergency the urge would be there to look up the Antaradasha, and a couple of times I actually looked it up, but then I would do my best to forget the dates again. Life became a little more spontaneous, and yes, more enjoyable.

It is not as easy to forget chart specifics.

Nevertheless, one can try and use the information to one’s advantage,

For example, if you know that you’re Manglik, you can constantly remind yourself to tread softly in the environment of your marital partner. You have the natural propensity to not tread softly perhaps, but knowing the fact can be a deterrent. Constant reminder leads to memory translating into DNA.

Strong Jupiters seem to give water-retention and a tendency towards diabetes, if not full-blown diabetes. The sweet-tooth rendered by strong Jupiter is tough to control. Recognition of the tendency can lead to exercise of control. Or can it? Strong Jupiters also seem to be prone to go beyond boundaries and control in their benevolence.

Well, the jury’s still out there. I don’t know the correct answer here. I do know that I’m stuck with it, and I do know that I have to deal with it, so that I can use the knowledge to do maximum good, even to my own self.

Our family Panditji and I hit it off since the beginning, especially once he found out that I was interested in Astrology. On his home-visits, he used to carry our horoscopes, scrolled up, and my mother used to sit with him, engrossed in deep discussion about our lives. Of course I used to eavesdrop. Panditji understood. He spoke to me sternly, and said, “Once you learn Astrology, keep your own horoscope in a place where it’s out of reach for you.” I didn’t understand his words then.

I do now.

Why are you still looking here and there?

Yes.

You.

Why?

Do your work.

Is there a need to see what the other fellow is doing?

Frankly, no.

However, we are inquisitive.

We might want to see how the craft is evolving.

Fine and fair enough.

Can we keep it at that?

That’s the tough part.

Instead of looking here and there to evolve, we look here and there to see how the other fellow is doing.

As in, how successful is the other fellow?

Somehow, this is one question that intrigues us.

Can we get over this hurdle?

It is stopping us from evolution.

It is distracting our energies.

It is lowering the quality of our readings.

One way is to not do Astrology for money.

Not everyone enjoys that luxury.

Let’s say you are in a situation where the craft is your bread-winner.

Fine.

So be it.

How can you still get over the hurdle?

Everyone likes recognition.

However, since you are already stuck with the money angle, you can try and keep the craving-for-recognition angle out.

Do your craft. Win your bread. Advertize. Fine. Try and starve the craving for recognition, though. Why?

This craving will make you lose important energy. Save this energy for your craft.

Once you are doing quality readings, recognition will follow automatically.

There might then come a time when you are happy seeing the other fellow succeed.

Pivotal Nature of the Prashna Lagna

Prashna gets activated when the seed of the query is sown in the Astrologer’s mind.

The Lagna is the starting point of a chart.

The seed is the starting point of a new beginning.

First, an Astrologer will always look at the Lagna.

With the seed of the Prashna sown and growing in the mind, the Astologer approaches the Prashna chart, and first looks at the Lagna.

Why is this a defining moment?

The condition of the Lagna will deflect the Astrologer’s mind one way or the other.

He or she will then follow upon that lead to find a suitable answer.

That’s why, the condition of the Lagna is pivotal for the way a query is answered.

What is the Lagna?

What is its degree?

Is it on an edge?

Is it troubled?

Who occupies it?

Is it empty?

Is it aspected?

Fixed?

Movable (Chara)?

Mutable?

Who is its Lord?

Is it’s Lord looking at it?

How is its Lord faring overall?

What is its Nakshatra?

How is its Nakshatra Lord faring overall?

These and such questions gauge the condition of the Lagna.

A groove gets set. A platform is built, upon which one can build further.

Let us say that above questions are not able to set a defining groove.

Meaning, that gauging the condition of the Lagna and following upon the lead to its logical conclusion is not helping one arrive at something.

Then one looks at other factors with more focus.

Moon.

Moon Lord.

Sun.

Occupancy of fixed, movable and mutable signs.

Anything else that is conspicuous.

Is an answer emerging? If not, one has the option of continuing to delve into the chart with self-defined or classic-defined tools. Fair enough.

However, if nothing concrete is emerging, even after such delving, one can also say that one isn’t able to gauge the answer.

That’s totally acceptable. Not every reading goes smoothly. Sometimes one is not able to read.

At other times the chart is inconclusive.

Readings also have to do with how much the querist is being allowed to know by Nature, karmically. Yeah, sometimes the answer stares you in the face, and you are just not able to see it. You realize later, but by that time the querist has already endured. Karma.

5 to 6 times out of 10 though, by the time one has gotten through above check-list till the word conspicuous, one does seem to have some kind of a satisfactory answer to the Prashna.

Good for What?

Yeah, what is it good for?

Is that even a serious question?

Can one even ask such a question wrt Astrology?

Ok, I’m asking it.

Do I feel silly?

No.

Why am I asking it?

I want to know.

Why do I want to know?

I want to know, because I’m not using Astrology for money and I’m not using it for fame – so what is it doing in my life?

I can say that it found me. Yeah, I wasn’t even looking for it. It found me, grabbed me, and didn’t let go.

So, that’s where we stand.

I do teach it, subconsciously.

I mean, every Astrology interaction I have with someone who needs help has some kind of a teaching effect.

Oh, forgot, I help people with it.

Not everyone. Sometimes, one just doesn’t have the energy. Sometimes, one does. Then, one helps.

What is all this getting me?

Recognition?

No.

Kalyuga doesn’t care much for a background Astrologer who doesn’t blare his or her own trumpet. Didn’t want that kind of recognition anyways.

Satisfaction?

Yes.

Astrology adds more satisfaction to my life.

Eventually, one starts to see strands of Karma in the chart. One sees why, and why not. Karma dynamics gives one direction. It tells one where one stands in the scheme of things. All this is meaningful and satisfying.

Is that enough for me?

Yes, hmmm, no perhaps. In Germany, they’d say “jein“, as in ja + nein, as in a combination of yes and no. Yeah, my answer is jein.

What’s missing?

Oh, totally forgot, the writing part. I like writing, and I like Astrology, so I write about Astrology.

Writing about Astrology is a creation of goodness.

Writing helps.

Writing teaches. It teaches me too, because my thoughts get evened out, and understanding gets deeper. Writing is also a dialogue with oneself.

Anything else, Mr. Nath?

Well, I do fancy lecturing when I retire, but that’s some time away.

Nothing else.

Astrology is a great friend to have.

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.