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.

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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. 

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!