A Question of Life and Death

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I’m asleep. Phone rings. It’s a question of life and death.

7 month baby in womb. Heart has stopped beating. Mother’s blood pressure too high. She’s not able to get the baby out. C-section can’t be performed, because mother is allergic to many anaesthetic drugs. Waiting for uterus to open naturally. High BP is causing critical condition.

Prashna : Will she die?

Am I even qualified to do this (I remember asking myself at the time)? Nevertheless, here goes (I remember telling myself).

Lagna, Lagna Lord, Moon and Sun in fixed signs indicate life for such a Prashna.

The condition of the foetus is indicated by retrograde Jupiter and Rahu in the 5th, with Jupiter being Karaka for children, retrograde, and Rahu in the 5th signifying abortion. The 5th Lord is in the 12th, forming an Ishrafa with Saturn, 12th Lord. The foetus has died.

With Yogakaraka Venus being in the Lagna, and Lagna Lord Saturn aspecting Lagna, the doctor is competent.

This Venus is crucial here. It conjuncts the Sun (Lord 7th) in the Lagna, and is in Purna Ithasala with the Moon in the 7th. Yogakaraka Venus is exercising vital benefic influence on the givers of life, i.e. the Sun and the Moon, who by the way also signify disease here, because of their connection to the 7th, with all this happening in the 1/7 axis.

The Lagna Lord Saturn is in Kendra, and will be overall considered very mildly benefic, since it is Lagna Lord after all, in Kendra, aspecting Lagna. The Kendras are devoid of any retrogression. 8th Lord is not in any Kendra. Kendras look strong.

Lord 4th and Lord 7th are conjunct in the Lagna, signifying that doctor is able to treat the condition.

Mars, Lord 10th, is in its Mulatrikona House in the 3rd, and aspects the 10th from here. Ketu, a malefic, is in the 11th. Overall, the patient has tremendous constitutional strength to resist the condition. The 3rd House is one of extraordinary efforts. Mars will bash against the wall and break it, being in a position of strength. 10th stands for patient. Malefic in Trishadhaya give tremendous ability to push hard.

Lagna Lord Saturn in the 4th forms an Ishrafa with 7th Lord Sun in the Lagna. The doctor has intensified treatment because condition seems to be getting out of doctor’s hand. Lagna Lord is in Paap Kartari Yoga. It forms a weak Ishrafa with 5th and 8th Lord Mercury in the 12th. The doctor has not been able to save the baby. Was it due to some mistake of the doctor initially, regarding dosage of treatment or something? Nevertheless, I still feel that the doctor is competent enough to save her. Lagna Lord aspects the 10th, and is in exchange with Yogakaraka in Lagna. A destined doctor is at the spot, who will save her.

At around 7:45 am, Moon (6th Lord) in 7th will enter Purna Ithasala with Yogakaraka Venus in Lagna, and this will remain the case till about 11:30 am. During this time, doctor and condition will be battling face to face, no holds barred, with both pushing maximum. Bottomline to be noted is that the Moon will only leave Purna Ithasala with Venus after or around the time one event occurs.

At around 11:30 am, the foetus might abort, being shown by Rahu entering Taurus, the 4th House, which is 12th from the 5th.

Thus, before the Moon enters the 8th House, the Yogakaraka (synonymous with the doctor here) will have done his or her work, i.e. saved the patient.

So much for analysis. Now to gather the strength to say it.

I gather the strength. It is 8:32 am.

I say it. Don’t change the doctor. Foetus is likely to abort around 11:30 am. She will be ok after foetus aborts. Do anything to make her hang on till 11:30 am.
News comes in at 1:30 pm. Foetus has aborted at 11:30 am. Mother is out of danger.

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Addressing Disease in Prashna

See occupancy of the Lagna.

If there is a benefic here, doctor is up to speed. 

Malefic here shows doctor’s lack of effectiveness. 

Retrograde planet here means doctor will be changed. 

Weak Lagna Lord with 2nd House / Lord connection speaks of doctor’s eye being on the money with treatment being secondary for the doctor. 

Is the patient getting the correct treatment? Is there a benefic in the 4th?

Malefic in the 4th? Treatment lacks. 

Retrograde planet in the 4th? Approach will be changed.

Is the disease treatable? Is there a benefic in the 7th?

Malefic in the 7th? Disease is probably not responding to treatment.

Retrograde planet in the 7th? This speaks of a relapse.

Though Prashna uses the 7th House for disease, what with its favouritism towards Kendras and all, please also freely use the 6th House and its Lord to also get an idea about implications of disease. 

A benefic in the 10th makes the patient willing to follow rules and guidelines. 

Malefic here results in the opposite. 

Retrograde planet here speaks of a patient not inclined towards treatment in the first place. 

Apart from gauging the patient from the 10th, one can also intuitively use the Lagna and see what fits for the patient. 

Ketu in the Lagna could indicate a hidden condition. Rahu here making healing tough. 

If the Moon is strong, connected to benefics, or in a Shubh Kartari Yoga, recovery will be fast. Moon in Paap Kartari indicates the opposite, with disease worsening. Moon in 6/8/12 is no help either.

Seat of the disease can be intuitively arrived upon, by seeing what hits the eye, and using correspondence between body parts and zodiac signs.

With Lagna Lord and 10th Lord connecting well, doctor takes to the patient. Good. 

With 4th Lord and 7th Lord connecting well, treatment addresses disease. Great.

With Lagna Lord and 4th Lord connecting well, doctor’s eyes are more on treatment and earning therefrom. 

With 7th Lord connecting well to 10th Lord, disease takes to the patient. Not so good. 

Strong Lagna Lord or Moon in Kendra leads to cure. 

Lagna Lord should outdo the 8th Lord in strength. That’s good for recovery. 

Connection of Lagna Lord with 6th House / Lord is not so good for recovery. 

Venus in the Lagna is difficult for cure. Though there is a scientific explanation for this going into House Lordships and Nakshatras, let’s just say that Venus does like luxuries, and the patient might find it difficult to stop indulging. 

Lagna Lord, Moon, or 8th Lord in Kendra, connected to retrogression – this makes things tough. How tough? You decide. Quite tough, though. 

However, look for a string to pull on. Look for hope. Any bit of help you can give the querist is a bonus. Be positive and optimistic. Don’t spell doom – this might worsen the condition.

You’ll see some unique combinations, because Prashnas coming to you are yours alone.

When you see something for the first time, and understand the combination intuitively, don’t be afraid to use what you’re seeing as per your understanding. That’s fine.

Ultimately, you’ll get a full idea of the combination’s working and application, subject to fine-tuning now and then. 

See what works, and go with it. 

See the totality. Speak in summation. Say less. Each word you say will have a large effect. The person coming to you has come at a vulnerable time. Each word from your mouth will have immense power. 

Make sure that maximum goodness comes out of your mouth, to cause maximum benefit. 

There will be times that you are seeing something difficult. 

Your job is to say it in a manner that clutches onto any string of hope and comes forth in a way that is minimally aggravating and maximally beneficial. 

No one said this was an easy job. Now that you are in this line, might as well do it par excellence.

🙂

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.

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.

🙂