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.

🙂

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.

The Burning Prashna

Something interesting has happened over the years.

Only burning Prashnas are getting through to me.

If the query is not burning enough, it is not reaching me.

Mostly.

I was getting a few trivial queries till some time back, but that has now stopped.

What is it about the burning Prashna?

What does it do to its querist?

As the title says, it burns the querist up from inside.

It is all-consuming.

The person is in a precarious state of mind, and is just about dying to have his over her query answered.

Such a query has huge penetrative power.

Riding on the back of connecting Karma, such a query penetrates through to the astrologer.

Not wanting trivial queries like “when will I be rich?”, or “will I be famous?”, there has developed a shield around me. This shield does not let trivial queries enter. The shield is a result of my direct wishes and will-power. However, the burning Prashna is able to penetrate this field.

Riding on the back of connecting Karma, that is…

…hmmm, you must be thinking “What does that mean?”

Let me try to explain.

Since Astrology is not my bread-winning profession, I don’t expect any renumeration from it.

However, if you help someone through an issue, Karma results.

Money nullifies the Karma with regard to an Astrologer who practises Astrology as a bread-winning profession.

However, in the case of one who doesn’t accept money, Karma remains outstanding.

Outstanding Karma will pull one back to the same battlefield.

If other battlefields are outlined for a soul, then the soul starts diminishing outstanding Karma on the current battlefield.

It’s automatic. Comes from within. Shield develops. One doesn’t have to do anything overtly extra for this to occur. It just happens.

However, the burning enough Prashna, riding on the back of connecting Karma, has the power to penetrate this shield.

Query gets resolves. Connecting Karma gets nullified.

Both souls move on, stronger.

The querist is stronger because of the boost from the Universal force, to which the astrologer has connected, and whose power and knowledge the astrologer has channelled to the querist.

The astrologer is stronger because of evolution that has resulted in resolving the query, and because of solid connectivity to the Universal force, which, even though channelled to a third party, will leave ample remnant positive effects in the astrologer’s mind-body continuum.

Now that’s a long sentence!

Pinpointing Role-Play in the Prashna Chart

While doing Prashna, the concept of role-play proves very helpful.

What is this concept?

There is a story around the Prashna.

You are trying to construct this story. 

It’s ok to ask questions that help you to construct the storyline.

No, you don’t look stupid. Even if you do, does it matter?

Slowly, you build the infrastructure around the Prashna. You have had to quiz the querist a lot for this. He or she probably feels odd. Wasn’t he or she supposed to be the one asking questions?

Never mind. Get on with it. 

Now that you have the story in place, picture the chief protagonists. 

Can you see these in the chart?

They’ll be obvious… …or they won’t. 

See what is applying. 

If you see a planet obviously corresponding to a protagonist, use that planet for that protagonist, and see what kind of results you are getting. If you start hitting the nail on the head, you are on the right track. 

Keep going. Try and assign as many protagonists as possible to various planets. 

With 2-3 protagonists in place, you have huge chances of solving the Prashna. 

Mostly, it works. Getting 2-3 protagonists assigned to planets is not that difficult. Try it out. 

After this, apply all your relevant rules for Prashna. 

You’ll solve your Prashna in a jiffy!

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. 🙂

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.