Retrogression

Let’s see now…

…what comes to mind with the term “retrogression”…?

First up, we’re not going to be afraid of retrogression.

How are we going to achieve that?

By knowing what we’re dealing with.

But, that’s exactly it.

A retrograde planet is unpredictable in nature.

Where does that leave us?

All we want is a rough framework. Apart from that we’ll deal with retrogression with real-time street knowledge, as it comes.

A retrograde planet is moving against the tide.

To swim against the tide, extra effort is involved.

Energies are stretched.

Native might be in pain, physically, mentally, or both.

Depending upon the level of retrogression, native might even be at full stretch.

When we’re stretched, we’re erratic.

We might burst out.

We flash at stuff in the way.

We’re probably pushing against a wall.

Why are we doing this?

There’s no other way forward for us.

We change direction, as denoted by the retrogression at hand.

Natural benefics are softer when they retrogress as compared to natural malefics.

Throw in the Houses here, and one can combine four ways, as in natural benefic + Lord of benefic houses, natural benefic + Lord of malefic Houses, natural malefic + Lord of benefic Houses and lastly, natural malefic + Lord of malefic Houses. Effects get more and more difficult along this progression, from left to right, and, one can apply this in Prashna.

A retrogressing planet in transit can change signs. Thus, upon entering the preceding sign, the retrogressing planet is said to have gone “heen”. A befitting translation that comes to my mind is “gone rogue”. In this condition, worst effects could emanate. Situation freezes upon stationary position, and starts to change upon direct movement. Till the preceding sign has not been fully traversed, solid betterment is probably not felt by the native. Upon reentry into original sign, situation betters tangibly. Native starts putting things behind him- or herself after first point of retrogression is transgressed, with the now direct planet busy in forward movement.

One more word about the stationary point. For a while, (slower moving) planets will show a speed of 0 minutes per day upon reversal of retrogression (or reversal of direct motion, for that matter). This “while” is significantly long in length for these slower moving planets, specifically for example for Saturn, with an intense energy exchange mould going into action between native and stationary planet. Native has been struggling during transitory retrogression. Now the planet reverses, and is first stationary. Static in the native shorts a fuse, and upon the native then the lesson dawns. There is learning. Learning. More Learning. Planet starts to pick up speed. Sticky situation shows it is going to improve.

Rahu and Ketu are almost always in retrograde motion. The Rahu-Ketu axis (RKA) is seen to identify an area where a native will break the line and behave differently to the norm, amongst other things.

Retrogression causes us…

…to come out,…

…to be bold,…

…outspoken,

…and to not be scared of behaving differently.

Its pushing against the wall makes us strong from inside, such that we then carry this additional strength with us for the rest of our lives.

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Lagna Lagna Rising Bright

How does the Lagna rise?

Head first? Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and Aquarius rise with head first, indicating a good and sincere query, and favouring fulfilment of query.

Feet first? Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Sagittarius and Capricorn rise with feet first, possibly indicating impure-hearted or insincere queries, and also possibly well leading to failure. 

Pisces rises with both head and feet, which is considered middling to not so bad, as in delay could then be followed by a positive outcome. 

Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are movable Lagnas, and they speak of change in the situation.

Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are fixed Lagnas, and they denote status quo. 

Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces are dual / mutable Lagnas, and here, one needs to see their degree. 0 to 15 degrees makes them closer to the preceding fixed signs, favouring status quo. 15 to 30 degrees makes them closer to the following movable signs, favouring change in situation.

Logic might tell us, that if a natural benefic is sitting in Lagna, this could be considered good for the outcome of the query.

Is this necessarily so?

Let’s observe the following case, illuminated upon by Mr. Deepak Kapoor in one of his Prashna lectures at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi, in 2002.

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 Well, Jupiter’s influence on Lagna is generally good for outcome, but above case represents an “exception”.

Jupiter in the Lagna speaks of the querist’s philanthropic approach.

Aspecting the 7th, a good outcome is promised for the opponent, here the brother.

Thus, it would not be unimaginable that querist contemplates donating disputed property to brother.

Hence, Jupiter’s presence in Lagna here is not “good” for querist’s side of things.

Try replacing this Jupiter with Saturn.

Now, the querist will fight long and steadfast, tooth and nail, towards retaining the property. 

Analysis of query will depend upon nature of query. 

Let’s say a fixed Lagna comes up, and you’re asking about your job. Fixed job is indicated with nil movement. 

If a movable Lagna came up, a traveling job would be more befitting. 

Someone is ill.

Will the patient recover?

A movable Lagna comes up. 

Situation will change.

Recovery is indicated. 

Someone is ill.

It’s bad.

Querist doesn’t know if patient will survive.

Querist is battling with question in the mind. 

Finally, the querist asks.

Will the patient die?

It will be great if now a movable Lagna doesn’t come up.

When Prashna Lagna coincides with Birth Lagna

Yup, this is a big one. 

For starters, the Prashna chart is then also the transit chart for the querist. 

Here, with Prashna Lagna coinciding with Birth Lagna, it’s an exact superimposition. 

So, everything you’re seeing in the Prashna chart is throwing at you another rope…

…to pull on, and see what the ramifications are when observed as a transit chart for the native, with added impetus both ways, because of same Lagnas.

Let’s observe this closely on the basis of a useable example. 

Assume that Jupiter is in the 4th House of the Prashna chart. 

This also means that current Jupiter is transiting the native’s 4th House in the birth-chart. 

In a theft-at-home-related query, where happiness-status of outcome is seen from the 4th house, well, you can pretty much look forward to a positive result…

…as in 4th House Jupiter for happy outcome after theft and 4th House transiting Jupiter for well-being at home. 

Sure, it’s a doctored example, and normally, things are not so straight-forward. However, it is just to illustrate the matter at hand. 

Jokes apart, what are the implications on a Karma level?

Coincidence of Prashna and Birth Lagnas means for me that the field has been cleared for a good (nay, a great) reading to come through.

It means synergy. 

Clarity.

Flow.

Lack of blockage.

Union.

Oneness.

Nature is towing the line. 

The Universe wants a meaningful outcome here, because…

…querist is sincere,…

…and Astrologer is sincere,..

…and both have already earned a meaningful outcome (owing to karmic surplus).

Astrologer has been endowed with extra opportunity by the Universe while doing the reading, with 2 lines to tug at for each angle. 

There is such intensity welling up inside the querist, that one could say that this has forced Lagna’s hand. 

The Astrologer’s ears are at stretch too, for he or she has just gotten a huge hint, that something deep has come for scrutiny. 

I like deep. 

It makes me learn. 

Deep learning is such that one gets goosebumps. 

One never forgets deep learning. 

Thus, the querist also teaches the Astrologer.

Readings work both ways. 

When a Prashna is Born

The question wells up inside you.

You ask the Astrologer.

A Prashna is born. 

You might be physically in Honolulu.

Astrologer might be in Hong Kong. 

Astrologer casts for Hong Kong.

You might have been born in Hanoi, but you’ve asked Astrologer who is physically in Hong Kong, and therefore…

…Astrologer casts Prashna chart for Hong Kong.

 The question flashed in your mind at a particular time, but you ask the Astrologer at a later time. 

Astrologer casts the Prashna chart for the time when the Prashna is asked, i.e. the later time. 

You call the Astrologer, asking for an appointment. You get the appointment. 

Astrologer casts Prashna chart for the time of call, not for the time of appointment. 

Let’s assume an Astrologer is taking a break. 

You call to ask.

Astrologer not home. 

However, he or she has trained his or her family members to receive queries. 

He or she comes back, and casts Prashna chart for time of query received, not for time of query related by family member to him or her. 

Let’s say that it is a known fact that an Astrologer practises Astrology during fixed hours.

You arrive, with your Prashna. 

Now, why should the Astrologer limit him or herself to those few Prashna Lagnas that are available during those fixed hours?

The Astrologer then devises a way to fix Prashna Lagna. 

For example, you can be asked to choose a blank square of a South Indian style chart. The square you choose serves then as Prashna Lagna.

A variation the Astrologer can use here is to pre-decide where Aries is on this blank South Indian style chart. 

There are various methods to fix the Prashna Lagna if the need arises. One can even devise one’s own method, using mathematics for example, as in “Think of a number…”.

When a Prashna is born, the Universe has been tapped for an answer. 

The Astrologer is the conduit for the answer to come though. 

The Astrologer’s means to connect to the Universe is the Prashna chart. 

 

So, Why Prashna Anyways?

I was taught Prashna by Mr. Deepak Kapoor at Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi, in 2001 and 2002.

Mr. Kapoor was an excellent teacher, with great depth, experience and dedication. One picked up fast from a teacher like him. 

So, why Prashna anyways?

Accuracy with regard to birth times is an issue. 

When we’re not sure about the time of birth, we try to extrapolate or superimpose, using different Lagnas. 

It’s hit and trial. 

Are we happy?

If not, we might use Chandra Lagna. 

Or, we resort to sheer Prashna. 

Yeah, now we’re happy.

At other times, queries crop up which cannot be answered by a birth horoscope. 

Theft.

War.

Property.

Appearance of thief – what does he or she look like?

Is a missing person dead or alive?

If alive, what is the current status of his or her well-being?

Captivity?

Release?

Pregnant?

One might be surprised at the accuracy of the Prashna chart pertaining to above and related issues. 

So much so, that sometimes, an available birth-chart might even be relegated to supplementary use. 

For example, you might want to reconfirm something you’re seeing in the Prashna chart by then pulling out the available birth-chart. 

Fine. To a level. You do get an idea, after reading the above-mentioned matters, that in some cases, only the Prashna chart is able to give reliable results.

It would be the done thing to acknowledge here that the Prashan chart has its usage and versatility in areas that the birth-chart has limitations in. 

Done. 

What time-frame are we looking at in Prashna?

Near past. 

Near future.

Maximum usable time-frame would be the ball-park figure of one year. 

The Life-Prashna

Let’s just stay with the muddled querist for a bit. 

Sympathy is something that is emerging from within us. 

We are practicing Astrology for many reasons. 

One of them is love. 

We love it, and we love to help. 

Therefore, we are trying to make something of this syndrome that the querist faces.

The question or questions are not emerging clearly. 

In fact, the querist, in his or her “stupor” (if I may use this word, you’re getting what I’m saying) has lost track of what exactly the query is. 

There are many hap-hazard questions being asked. Confusion rules. 

You’re not confused, though. 

You know what this is. 

This is a “life-Prashna” emerging. 

It’s a vital moment, laden with possibilities for many queries, revolving around a few core issues. All are contained in the life-Prashna.

Even though I have coined this phrase in this space, I’m sure you are confronted with similar situations all the time, and have coined a similar befitting phrase, or perhaps the same one. 

Who coined what doesn’t matter. 

We are here to do maximum good. That’s what matters. 

You ask the querist to rest for a moment, and to stop speaking. 

You draw up the life-Prashna. 

You check the basics. Sun (tallies the date), Lagna (tallies the time), slow-moving planets (tally the year), all tally. You are doing this to make sure you’ve not made any mistake while feeding in the details. This is a sort of a double check on the basis of the chart that has been calculated. You are going to do this every time, every time, every time that you cast a chart. Period.

Then, you start to speak.

You start to clear the querist’s confusion.

The not-so-important questions fall into the background. 

The core ones come into the front. 

Tackle the core ones. 

Others will all into line automatically. 

Let the quest’s body-language guide you. 

Clearance of confusion is your gauge. 

If you’re successfully progressing with this, you’ll keep seeing its reflection in the quest’s demeanor. 

Keep going. 

There will come a stage during the reading, where you are getting exhausted. 

Your connection to Universal energy through the Prashna chart has been vital for the querist, who has been able to tap into this energy through you as a medium. 

The conduit normally feels tiredness after such a process. It’s understandable that you are tired. 

Try and wind up. 

Well done, keep going, you’ll face many life-Prashna situations, and believe me, each one will consume you, presenting you simultaneously with immense opportunities to do maximum good.

All the best.

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Knowing When a Prashna has been Asked

We live in a confusing world.

Imagine the plight of the querist.

With the mind engaged in burning questions, our confusing world makes the querist even more muddled up.

The querist is dying to ask a burning Prashna. He or she is, after all… …the querist.

Perhaps, he or she has even asked it.

The Astrologer needs to know if and when this has happened.

Simple, you’ll say.

A querist goes to an Astrologer, and pops the question, right?

Or just calls the Astrologer…., huh?

Well, yes, that’s the straightforward way.

Sometimes people don’t know that you are an Astrologer.

However, they are drawn to you.

You might hold the key to solving their issues, or at least helping them out.

The Universe has recognised this, and has guided these souls to you.

This is when you need to know when a Prashna has been asked.

You need to stay alert for this.

Alternately, you might be in a random conversation with a friend.

Now, your friend knows that you are an Astrologer.

However, your friend also knows that you are his or her friend.

He or she is talking to you as a friend.

He or she has probably even forgotten that you are an Astrologer.

Your friend might be troubled.

These troubles are probably being discussed with you.

Sometimes, people might be asking without spelling it out, or, sometimes, they might be asking without even asking.

Again, you need to know when a Prashna has been asked.

What is the moment of the Prashna?

Did you switch on to when the Prashna was being asked?

Times are tough, and times are demanding.

The Astrologer needs to keep adapting.