Pillars

Constructs are built on pillars. 

If the pillars are off, walls come tumbling down. 

Pillars need to be spot on. 

Today we’ll speak about three very basic and vital pillars. 

We look at these pillars after casting, to see if any manual mistake has been made while casting. 

I’m sure everyone does this already. 

However, checking up on whether the chart has been cast properly is such a basic and non-negotiable activity, that the pillars of casting deserve reiteration. 

Ok, so you’ve just cast a chart. Let’s say you’re doing a Prashna, and have just fed the details into your device, and your device spits out a chart. 

What’s the next step?

CHECK. 

See if the chart is proper.

Perhaps you’ve made a mistake. 

You can check your details, but that’s not a double-check. 

What you want here is a double-check. 

Something that tells you in a snapshot that yes, this is the correct chart, and I can go into interpretation without any tension. 

You look at the Sun.

In the chart, is the Sun where it should be, on, lets say the 4th of April?

Sun changes its sign between the 14th and the 17th of a month. Roughly, in your mind, you know, that around let’s say the 14th of April, the Sun enters Aries. We’re talking Vedic Astrology. 

So on the 4th of April, the Sun should be roughly 10 degrees or so short of Aries. In other words, it should be around the 20 degree mark in Pisces, give or take some minutes. Fine?

Proceed. 

Not fine?

You’ve fed in the wrong date. 

Correct it. 

Check again. 

Fine?

Proceed. 

Time. 7:12 pm. 

At sunrise, Sun was in the Lagna. 

Therefore, after sunset, the Lagna should be 7 houses or more away from the sunrise Lagna. Is it?

Fine. 

Not?

You’ve fed in the wrong time. Correct it. Check again. Fine?

Proceed. 

2017.

Is your chart reflecting 2017?

Are the slow-moving bodies where they should be?

Is Saturn in Sagittarius? Is Jupiter in Virgo. Are the nodes in Leo and Aquarius? Yes?

Good to go. 

No?

You’ve fed in the wrong year. 

Correct it. Check. Proper positions? Yes. 

Go ahead with interpretation without any tension. 

Scriptures or no Scriptures?

It’s a personal choice. 

When were the scriptures conceived?

When good times ruled the planet. 

Do good times rule the planet currently?

No.

Sure, the conceivers extrapolated to level n to accommodate for the warpedness of future times to come.

However, did they accommodate enough?

Does one want to take that chance?

I don’t. 

That’s my choice. 

I’m happy with my choice. 

I get by. 

How?

Common-sense is a huge ally. 

Slowly, intuition has become a good friend too. 

What helps greatly is that when we were learning the abc, I paid attention. 

Basic community Jyotish rules from good lineages are there. 

What lies on top of these, however, is adaptation. 

Every situation makes one grow. 

Every reading has something to teach.

Ever so often, one discovers a new meaning related to Jyotish protagonists.

One builds one’s repertoire. 

When the next situation comes along, one is more prepared. 

Scriptures were written in the form of Sutras. 

Sutras are threads than can be stretched into infinity. 

The brain plays with these threads and stretches them. 

It’s intuition that stretches these threads. 

Where do these threads lead?

To the source of all knowledge.

They’ve come from that source. 

Once doesn’t necessarily need a thread to connect to the source of all knowledge.

A thread is merely a crutch. 

One can connect to the source of all knowledge by using the chart itself. 

One can delve into the chart mentally and teleport into infinity. For a flash of a second. When one comes back, it is perhaps with a huge insight. 

What is the mechanism?

Querist’s circumstance.

His or her distress. 

Situation potency.

Astrologer’s approach. 

Expericene.

Arsenal. 

Equally potent rebuttal based on all of the above factors and…

… the chart.

One plunges into chart with everything one’s got. 

Loss of sense of place and time for a miniscule portion of time.

Mind has gone to the place of all knowledge, catalysed by circumstance, distress, approach, experience, arsenal, potency and chart.

Mind comes back within milliseconds.

It doesn’t come back empty-handed. 

This works. 

Warped times demand radical approaches. 

One makes one’s own rules.

Rules that are befitting. 

Rules that can beat the warp.