Why are you still looking here and there?

Yes.

You.

Why?

Do your work.

Is there a need to see what the other fellow is doing?

Frankly, no.

However, we are inquisitive.

We might want to see how the craft is evolving.

Fine and fair enough.

Can we keep it at that?

That’s the tough part.

Instead of looking here and there to evolve, we look here and there to see how the other fellow is doing.

As in, how successful is the other fellow?

Somehow, this is one question that intrigues us.

Can we get over this hurdle?

It is stopping us from evolution.

It is distracting our energies.

It is lowering the quality of our readings.

One way is to not do Astrology for money.

Not everyone enjoys that luxury.

Let’s say you are in a situation where the craft is your bread-winner.

Fine.

So be it.

How can you still get over the hurdle?

Everyone likes recognition.

However, since you are already stuck with the money angle, you can try and keep the craving-for-recognition angle out.

Do your craft. Win your bread. Advertize. Fine. Try and starve the craving for recognition, though. Why?

This craving will make you lose important energy. Save this energy for your craft.

Once you are doing quality readings, recognition will follow automatically.

There might then come a time when you are happy seeing the other fellow succeed.

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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.

Sheer Prashna – too lazy, too bold, too bare – what?

I do sheer Prashna. 

Is it laziness?

Laziness to open a birth chart?

Am I lazy?

Hmmmm. 

I’ve never been lazy before. 

Then why can’t I couple the birth chart with Prashna?

No, not lazy. Don’t like the word. 

No no. 

Is it too bold?

What is bold?

Why should it be too bold to do sheer Prashna?

As in, not reaching out for the solid info that the birth chart is capable of providing…

… is that too bold?

It’s not too bold if I have confidence in Prashna. 

And that I do have. 

Prashna doesn’t let me down. 

It gives me enough confidence to not reach out for the birth-chart. 

Having access to birth-chart info and not reaching out for the birth-chart – how does one define that?

Bareness. 

I like bareness. 

Minimal information. 

Don’t give me a backdrop. 

I don’t want a bias.

Clean slate. 

Blank mind. 

Let the enquiry come as a Prashna. 

Prashna is very powerful. 

It hits like a bullet. 

When it’s not hitting, it tells you that it’s not hitting. 

At those times, you own up to the fact that you are not able to read. 

Have that courage. 

Why?

Because when Prashna hits, you’re doing A++ readings. 

How often does it hit?

Depends upon you. 

Six times out of ten is good. 

Seven is great. 

Eight means you are in the zone!

What’s the deal with Qualification? 

There’s degrees. 

Fair enough. 

That’s how the world knows you’re qualified. 

How do you know you’re qualified? 

Meaning, you might have a degree, but you might be rusting. 

What keeps you on your toes? 

What tells you whether you are up to delivering quality readings, again and again and again? 

Nature. 

Nature keeps throwing tests at you. 

A tricky case. 

A tricky time. 

You’re fighting your own demons. 

The person in need is still expecting you to deliver. 

He or she is hanging on your words. 

You know when you’ve delivered. 

You also know when you’ve not. 

When a high-quality reading emanates from you, your confidence-level soars. You carry this confidence-level into your next reading. So on and so forth. You’re on a high. 

Then, a big one comes along. 

It can be a life and death scenario. 

Life-changing situation.

Something major. 

Can you read the situation properly? 

Are you able to control distress-levels? The one in need will be distressed. 

Solution? 

Nailed? 

Do your words hit home? 

Can you pull him or her out? 

Do you pass your test? 

You can even pass without finding a solution where there’s no solution. 

Then you try and find a course. 

Also, you try and find the right words. 

The bottom-line is pass or fail – for you. 

You will know your result. 

It will dawn upon you. 

What was the level of the examination? 

Was it a Bachelor’s? 

Master’s? 

PhD? 

Post-doc? 

Professorship? 

There are as many levels as there are universes. 

Yeah, Nature makes the Astrologer give many exams. 

Over the years, you know your level. 

Low? 

High? 

Whatever. 

You know it. 

The person receiving your reading will also feel it. 

Wonderful. 

If your qualification is very high, there’s no need to advertise it. Hubris is your nemesis. 

If you’re not moving up as you’d like to, keep trying. This is your journey. Go for it. It can be a highly fulfilling journey. 

What matters in the end? 

Qualification? 

In my opinion… 

… no. 

Then why this whole discussion? 

It’s better to address the topic. The issue of qualification and its value does come up during the Astrologer’s tenure. 

So, what really matters then. 

Again, in my opinion,… 

… it’s how many lives you’ve changed and how many people you’ve moved. 

That’s what matters in the end. 

Is it a Competition?

You tell me.

Is Astrology a competition for you?

Who are you competing against?

Are you happy competing?

Or does it not make you happy?

Funny.

Instinctively, Astrology should make the Astrologer happy.

I’ll try and answer this question from my end.

Is Astrology a competition for me?

No.

Is Astrology giving me happiness?

Yes.

Was Astrology a competition for me?

In the earlier stages, yes.

Who was I competing against?

Fellow Astrologers.

Was I happy?

Meaning, was I deriving happiness from Astrology?

No.

What turned it?

Realization.

Realized, that there was no competition on at all.

My experience and evolution with Astrology was my own.

I could take it to any level I wished.

Nobody else was in the picture.

Just me, and the people who asked for help.

That’s it.

There was no other Astrologer in the picture.

I didn’t need to consult.

Answers came from within.

So – there was no competition that was on.

My journey was unique, as was every other Astrologer’s.

The race-element now being over, the happiness-element kicked in.

Think about it.

During a reading, you evolve.

That’s your evolution.

And then comes the next reading, and the next, and so on and so forth.

After twenty odd years, you have travelled.

Your journey is your journey.

Others have travelled other journeys – their own journeys.

You emit your vibration.

Others emit their own vibration.

We attract seekers as per our vibration.

It’s uncanny how people come along needing exactly that interpretation which you then hit upon while doing their reading.

This happens because of their unique requirement resonating with your unique journey.

That’s how they get attracted to you.