What’s your take on Power? 

Yeah. 

Extremely valid question. 

Do you realize your power? 

Yes, you, Astrologer. 

I’m talking to you. 

What power do you have? 

When do people come to you? 

Mostly, when they are in trouble. 

Financial trouble. 

Love trouble. 

Judicial trouble. 

Any trouble. 

Very few actually wake up from their good-times-stupour and decide to suddenly lean on Astrology to enhance their situation further. 

However, when destiny cracks a whip, humans do lean on Astrology. 

One word from you can tilt someone over the edge. 

However, one word from you can bring someone back from the edge too. 

That is your power. 

It hasn’t come to you without a reason. 

Now you need to come good. 

Live up to the demands of your power.

What does that mean? 

Weigh your words. 

They have value. 

Breathe. 

As you study the chart, take conscious time to breathe in the vibration of the person leaning upon you. 

Let that vibration mingle with your biochemistry. 

A groove will be created within you. This groove is the net result of every process happening at this moment between you and the person leaning upon you. 

This very groove, within you, is your intrinsic Desh-Kaal-Paatra-Matrix for the reading. 

You are receiving input from within this matrix. 

Within the matrix there is reaction. 

Synopsis. 

Hit. 

Output. 

Words reach your tongue. 

They have come from within the matrix. 

Now they exit your system to enter someone’s ear. 

These words are pure. Where do you think the Desh-Kaal-Paatra-Matrix is connecting you to? Without wanting to classify this area, one can still intuitively feel that your Desh-Kaal-Paatra-Matrix is connecting you to a pure area. Words are coming from a pure area. 

Are these your words? 

Yes? 

No? 

Unsure? 

Whatever the correct answer is, the words are coming through you. 

You are the channel. 

Are you a clean channel? 

Or are you dirty? 

Do you make an effort to cleanse yourself? 

So that even purer words can come through? 

Do you enhance your power? 

Will you misuse it? 

Or do you promise to use it, always, for the highest good?

Your call. 

What’s are you in it for?

Behind everything, there’s a motive. 

Or so they say. 

Why did you get into Astrology?

What was your motive?

Fame?

Money?

Satisfaction?

Peace of Mind?

To see like God?

To understand the scheme of things?

Knowledge?

Power?

Greed?

Whoahhh!

You’ve got a plethora of motives to choose from.

Every motive has its side-effects. 

Money can take away focus. It can lead to greed. Greed is a deadly sin. It can finish you. 

On the other hand, money can put food on your table. It can make your life. 

Are you in it for money?

What’s the ideal answer here?

Depends upon you. 

Do you need the money?

Fine. 

You’ll be just fine as long as you keep your balance, and not let money take away your focus and lead you to greed.

Are you in it for fame?

Careful. 

Fame is a very lonely place. 

One can get so exposed, that there’s no privacy anymore. 

Fame can be a nag. 

Very few people are able to deal with fame and remain sane. 

Most famous people have serious health issues owing to their lifestyles. 

Yes, Astrology gives power. 

Can you deal with the power?

Are you able to digest it?

Do you misuse it?

This is where your calibre will show. 

Astrology shows the scheme of things. 

You start to understand what’s happening around you. 

It gives peace of mind…

… if you want peace of mind from it. 

You can use Astrology to spread Goodness. 

That’s huge.

Renumeration?

Don’t worry about renumeration. 

It comes, one way or another. 

World calls that Karma. 

Of Parashara, Ved Vyasa, Maitreya and the Birth of Ashtakavarga

(This article is based upon a classroom lecture by Dr. U.K. Mishra at the Institute of Astrology, Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi)

There existed animosity between Devarishi Vashishtha and Rajarishi Vishwamitra. Vashishtha used to live happily in the forest with his wife and their hundred sons. Then there was this king who wanted to go to heaven in physical form (of all things), so he came to Vashishtha in the forest with this most mundane of requests. Vashishtha realized the zero-value of this request and said that he could not grant it. So this Mr. King went to Vishwamitra, who took it as a personal challenge to send the king up to heaven in physical form, just because Vashishtha had denied the request. Owing to the power of Vishwamitra’s Tapasya (penance), the king started rising. He rose and rose, only to be denied entry into heaven by Indra, who felt this wasn’t proper. Indra’s will caused the king to descend. Like this, the king kept going up and down between heaven and earth, till he became a star in the sky. Vishwamitra, feeling that his failure was Vashishtha’s doing, couldn’t control his anger. His henchmen and he raided Vashishtha’s premises and killed all of Vashishtha’s hundred sons. Vashishtha didn’t feel the desire for revenge, such was his stature. He felt like forsaking everything, including his wife, to go and do Tapasya in a remote corner, cut off from everything and everyone. His wife pleaded with him not to go. She said that she was carrying his child in her womb. She believed it was a male child. For the sake of the child, she begged him to stay. Vashishtha stayed on, so that the child would grow up under his father’s love and discipline. This child grew to be Parashara.

    Once Parashara, now fully grown and into Astrology, was crossing a stream in a boat. According to Parashara, this was the exact time for the divine conception of a soul who would go on to become a great scholar and would help mankind’s quest for knowledge bombastically. He confided in the boatman, who agreed to give his daughter Matsyagandha for this purpose (after obtaining her consent). Matsyagandha felt, though, that she couldn’t go through with proceedings, for they were being observed by the Sun. Upon this, Parashara created a fog, which blocked out the Sun. And so, Ved Vyasa was conceived, of Parashara and Matsyagandha. Ved Vyasa’s birth was divine, without pregnancy. He went on to expound and expand the Vedas. The same Matsyagandha became Satyavati, whose lineage gave birth to the Pandavas and the Kauravas.

    One morning, after Ved Vyasa had fully grown and mastered the scriptures, he observed an insect crossing the road. This insect was full of fear, for the insect could hear a chariot approaching and didn’t want to be crushed. This amused Ved Vyasa, and he asked the insect as to why it was afraid. The insect’s answer was a great lesson for me. It replied that upon dying, it was afraid of being born into the millions of Yonis below itself! Ved Vyasa promised the insect that he would guide its soul-evolution spanning many incarnations.

    Eventually, after many evolving incarnations, the same soul (of the insect) reincarnated as a Brahmin boy. When the boy was seven years old, a visiting merchant sprang a multitude of questions upon this scholar of a boy. One of the questions was about people performing cruel, sinful deeds. Why did such people still survive and flourish? To this the seven year old replied that there were three categories of people in the world. In the first category were those who had accumulated good Karma in the past and continued to go good deeds in the present. Such souls would continue evolving, till they would be freed from the need for rebirth. Then came the second category, in which came souls who had accumulated bad Karma in the past, but were presently atoning for the bad deeds and were busying themselves by doing good deeds. Although such people were possibly suffering currently owing to their past bad deeds, their future lives looked bright. Lastly came the category of those, who had done good in the past, enjoying equated power in the present, which they were misusing to commit cruel and sinful deeds. Such souls would sink to lower Yonis in future incarnations.

    In his next birth, this Brahmin boy incarnated as Maitreya. In the dialogue between Parashara and Maitreya, the latter shot pinpointed questions at the former, and Parashara’s answers became a guiding force for mankind. Remember, that Maitreya had evolved under the guidance of Ved Vyasa (from insect times) to shoot such pinpointed questions at Parashara. [Without the potency of such questions, Rishis do not feel stimulated enough to give discourses. It is necessary to get them to give discourses, because when they speak, out comes nectar in the form of knowledge.]

    During their dialogue, it became apparent to Parashara, that Maitreya had a problem. Maitreya felt that in Jyotish, there were so many interpretations to planetary, house and zodiac sign permutations and combinations, that for the Mandabuddhi (slow on the uptake) individuals of Kalyuga, Jyotish would be very difficult to decipher. Maitreya requested of Parashara a methodology of astrological analysis for people of lesser intellect and intuition. This request stimulated Parashara to such an extent, that he started of on a highly important discourse on Jyotish, during which he outlined the methodology of Ashtakavarga.

   

Planetary Friendships

Planet

Friends

Neutrals

Enemies

Sun

Moon, Mars, Jupiter

Mercury

Venus, Saturn

Moon

Sun, Mercury

Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn

Mars

Sun, Moon, Jupiter

Venus, Saturn

Mercury

Mercury

Sun, Venus

Mars, Jupiter, Saturn

Moon

Jupiter

Sun, Moon, Mars

Saturn

Mercury, Venus

Venus

Mercury, Saturn

Mars, Jupiter

Sun, Moon

Saturn

Mercury, Venus

Jupiter

Sun, Moon, Mars

 [Planets in the left-most column consider planets in the following three columns as their friends, neutrals or enemies.]

Prarabdha Karma

Prarabdha is that Karma which is alloted for the current incarnation of the soul. Prarabdha consists of arrows that have left the bow. In the soul’s current incarnation, these arrows will hit their mark.

In the Vedic Astrology horoscope, amongst many other indicators, Prarabdha is also indicated primarily by the Moon’s Nakshatra, the Lagna, degree of Lagna and the Atmakaraka. In a snapshot, it is indicated by the 9th House and 9th Lord of the birth chart. 

The Moon’s degree decides Vimshottari Dasha order, Dasha balance at birth and the Garbha Shishtha planets.

The Lagna’s degree, apart from determining the Lagna’s Nakshatra, also decides the Lagna in all divisional charts and the house placement of each planet in the divisional charts too.

Prarabdha is divided into three categories, Drida, Drida-Adrida (also called Deerdha-Drida), and Adrida.

Drida Prarabdha is absolutely staunch, and its arrow will most definitely hit its mark. Nothing is going to change Drida Prarabdha. It is the result of majorly intense deeds in the past, like severe austerities but even sins like murder and rape. In the Vedic Astrology horoscope, it is denoted by severe affliction or overwhelming beneficience for example. The effects of positive or negative Drida Prarabdha are long-lasting, and can even span the entire lifetime. This kind of Karma is denoted by crunch combinations in the Vedic horoscope, for example the Lagna Lord in a Mahapurusha Yoga, conjunct with the Atmakaraka, with both their Mahadashas coming neck to neck when the native is in his/her prime.

Drida-Adrida Prarabdha is of medium to high strength. Its arrow can be made to miss the target through middling to strong austerity, charity, good deeds, Mantras etc. In the horoscope, it is denoted by middling to strong affliction coupled with saving grace from Jupiter, the Atmakaraka,  a Yogakaraka, a Trikona Lord or from a strong benefic for example. Depending upon the situation, it brings about middling to strong suffering, because even if the arrow misses the middle of the target, it will still hit something. The austerities, charity etc. build up a shield which lessens our suffeing if the arrow manages to hit any vital area in our life-sphere. On the other hand, this kind of Prarabdha can be of a beneficial nature with lesser intensity and with lesser period of influence than Drida Prarabdha. In this case the Vedic Astrology horoscope would denote middling beneficience with the influencing Dasha period being relatively shorter. This kind of middling beneficience can then be stretched and enhanced by austerity, Mantras etc.

Adrida Prarabdha is of low strength. When it is negative, its arrow can be broken in flight through gem-stones, charms, prayer, the ability to listen to timely advice, humility, mild good deeds and the like. Such negative Adrida Prarabdha is denoted in the Vedic Astrology horoscope by mild malificience coupled with stronger beneficience. When Adrida Prarabdha is on the positive side, the Vedic Astrology can denote very mild beneficience with even shorter Dasha influence than for Drida-Adrida Prarabdha of a positive nature. An example of this could be a person of good habits who listens to and gives Satsanga coming into one’s life for a short span and then vanishing forever. Then one is just left with memories of the good company. To inculcate the good values taught by this person in his/her complete absence would take solid will power. Yes, that’s what it takes to build up on Adrida power of positive nature.

Upon accepting one’s Prarabdha, the Yogi proceeds to bear the fruits and do Akarma, so that no new Prarabdha is created while bearing the current Prarabdha.

By not accepting one’s Prarabdha and performing deeds against the flow of destiny, the Rogi peforms Vikarma, which leads to further muliplied bondage.

 

Sanchita Karma

 

The entire gamut of Karmas the soul carries on its shoulders is called the Sanchita Karma of the soul. Sanchita is the arrow which has not left the bow. It is the sum of all Karmas of all past lives, the fruits of which the soul will suffer or enjoy in this life or in future lives. Sanchita is free will exercised in the past. It is divided into Agami Karma and Prarabdha. Agami is that Karma which is not allotted for the present birth, but for a future birth instead. 

In the Vedic Astrology Horoscope, Sanchita Karma is indicated by the entirety of the whole horoscope. In a snapshot, Sanchita is indicated by the 5th House of the birthchart.

Western Astrology Sun Sign Characteristics

 

Aries (March 21 – April 20): headstrong, dynamic, outspoken, hyperactive, self-centred, naively innocent, extroverted, intuitive, scientific, spendthrift.

Taurus (April 21 – May 21) : stubborn, practical, patient, robust, loyal, dislikes change, very rare but formidable outbursts, position and society conscious, likes to eat well, whacky sense of humour.

Gemini (May 22 – June 21): fast talker, short attention span, multi-tasking capability, logical brain, split personality, witty, sharp, often doesn’t keep promises, greenish/light eyes, pure/fair complexion, good looking, extroverted.

Cancer (June 22 – July 23): home-loving, loves good food and cooking, emotional, moody, lets go only after great difficulty if once into something, good sense of humour, subtle leader, mildly manipulative, likes the sea and swimming, approaches any problem from a sideways angle, never head-on.

Leo (July 24 to August 23) : magnanimous, regal, passionate, proud, domineering, obstinate, likes giving advice, likes hearing self talk, falls/succumbs to praise, extroverted, hot temper, protective of and loyal towards friends.

Virgo (August 24 to September 23): sharp-witted, interested in electronics and current affairs, practical, good with accounts, possible problems with digestive tract, otherwise weak constitution, a mild to strong hypochondriac, critical, selfish, detached, a little too logical/rational, problems acknowledging emotions.

Libra (September 24 to October 23): pretty, diplomatic, manipulative, socially oriented, well-mannered, refined, charming, harmonious, periods of hectic activity followed by lazy spells, indecisive but when decision comes it is firm, art and theatre loving, soft-spoken, female Libran personalities have masculine brains while male Libran personalities have feminine features.

Scorpio (October 24 to November 22): intensely deep, unforgettably piercing and wholesomely round eyes, cunning, jealous, sees through you, stings sharply at occasions, sexy, enchanting, emotional, transformationalist, reserves one space on a mental level for him/herself to which no other has access, higher Scorpios (Eagles) are a credit to society and hold important positions from where they do good to humanity.

Sagittarius (November 23 to December 21): constant foot in the mouth dropping bricks, clumsy, independence loving, likes traveling, likes the stage, exhibitionist, extremely honest and naive, religious, extroverted, educated, has a good idea about the needs of others and of the society, but neglects one’s own needs thereby, broad horsy frame, tends towards plumpness, habit of picking problem spots of others at will but unintentionally.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20): saturnine, shy, outwardly hates but inwardly loves praise, strict, has the knack of always having the goal before the eyes, no matter what, tremendous stamina, strong knees, class and money conscious, falls onto relationship with the idea of marriage in mind, initially unlucky in love, conservative, man of the house, leads dynamically from the back, slow but very steady.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 19): oriented toward new age, avant-garde, loves electronics and new gadgets, social, rebellious, knack of seeing 20 years ahead of time, doesn’t know how to deal with own emotions, thus cold and insensitive, gets bored fast, high on life with diversely changing interests, refined, good looking, unorthodox, intellectual, philanthropic.

Pisces (February 20 – March 20) : can really rise high but can also sink really low (one fish looking up and the other fish looking down), dreamy, over-emotional, kind, old old soul, spiritual, clear+refined+illunimed eyes, psychic, Pisces has a bit of each sign in itself, warped vision of the world “from behind pink sunglasses”, lacks focus and will power, easily prone to intoxication, dislikes leading from the front but merges well with others.