A Boon called Astrology

What’s the biggest benefit of Astrology to you?

Let’s go through the benefits that Astrology provides.

Bread and butter.

Satisfaction.

Engrossment.

Growth.

Evolution.

Good karma.

Fill in the blanks.

See what fits you.

The thing about bread and butter is, that swim you will.

You will find a source of income. 

It doesn’t have to be from Astrology. It can be, but it doesn’t have to be.

There’s something bigger here.

Much bigger.

In the silence, after everybody has gone, what remains with you?

Your friend. 

Astrology.

By now, many charts swim in your mind. 

They have become entities. 

You delve into them at will.

You get a kick when a combination unfolds into a new meaning.

Something fresh keeps revealing itself in your charts, throughout your entire life, as in through and through.

Astrology is…

…for life.

It keeps you FRESH.

It is a philosophy you can lean on, forever.

It gives fulfillment.

After all the dust has settled, what do you want more?

More material sutff…

…or fulfillment?

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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. 

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!

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.

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. 

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.