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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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!