All posts by Mike Holliday (Santosh)

Mike Holliday has dedicated his life to higher knowledge, truth, authenticity and the quest of self realization. His unique vision of life and spirituality comes from years of following pilgrimage routes, living simple life in the villages and forests and studying with his teachers in Varanasi, India and around the world. His quest for self knowedge carried him thru the body with studies in hatha yoga, ayurveda, Thai massage & acupuncture. Studies of philosophy, astrology and psychology along with much time following long, arduous pilgrimage routes gave him time to contemplate life and offered much insight to the working of the mind. He first came face to face with his spiritual being by grace of god along the banks of the Narmada river in 2008. Mike is a sincere, humble and gifted Vedic consultant, teacher, counselor & mentor with broad and deep knowledge of the traditional sciences including Ayurveda, the science of life and good health; Jyotisha, the science of light; Tantra, the science of freedom & Yoga, the science of union & ascension. His life and studies have taken him far off the beaten path and into the villages, jungles, homes and temples along the pilgrimage routes and tribal lands of India and around the world in search of truly authentic teachers who share their knowledge out of love for humanity and love of God. Mike works to empower people on their spiritual quest and support them on their own path helping them to see the inherent spirituality in their lives. He a truley gifted vedic astrologer and philosopher working extensively with yoga teachers, holistic workers & spritual seekers to help them to remember what they already know.

Astrology of the Endocrine System

Painting by Tatiana Satori

The endocrine glands of the human body are extremely complex. Vedic Astrology is only recently beginning to tackle these questions. A cursory look at the available literature in published books and on-line leaves me dissatisfied. Some agreement exists for some glands, but others are still a mystery. The more one tries to match it up with myth, philosophy, ayurveda, the chakras, the elements, medical science, planetary rulerships and even western astrology, the more convoluted it seems to get.

There is agreement in some areas and experience and research shows that some theories are working in practice, but even then one has to ask why?

Take the thyroid gland for example. Everyone knows and agrees that the thyroid is ruled by Mercury and the third house. If these areas are too hot or too wet or too windy it can show a thyroid problem. Moon, Venus and 2nd house are also likely to be involved.

Diabetes is typically seen thru Jupiter and Venus. When we consider that the pancreas metabolizes sugars with insulin and fat with glucagon then is seem reasonable that these two sweet lovers would be involved with diabetes. I typically like to see the 2nd house to get a sense of their diet. Jupiter also rules over the liver which is also affected by poor diet: saturated fats and too much heat and toxin like alcohol, coffee, natural and pharmaceutical drugs and tobacco.

Venus rules over male fertility from the testes and Mars rules over female fertility, the ovaries and menstrual cycle. Venus’ popular name in Hindi is Shurkr, which literally means male sperm. It’s common to look to Venus for any erectile dysfunction, inopportune ejaculation, or sperm count issues. And for women it is common knowledge that blemishes to mars will give menstrual problems, red blood cells, bleeding. The angle between mars and moon can also be important for the female’s cycle.

All of the glands have their own effect on our mood, so the moon must always play a role in the endocrine system. We can certainly see how the sex organs give the skin luster as one at the peak of fertility when strong.

The adrenal glands seem to be a mars gland due to the adrenaline and it’s relation with our ‘fight or flight’ response. Mars certainly rules cortisol and relates with the stress hormones in general. But those natural opiods are motivation enhancers like dopamine that lead to and enforce addictive behavior are fully the domain of Venus. When we mix Mars with Venus we increase the risk of addiction but also typically get more active enjoyment in life. There is a strong tendency to engage with the opposite sex, and take other pleasure risks. We see more clearly the connection between the adrenal glands and the reproductive glands (ovaries & testes) and the workings of Venus and Mars. The adrenal glands also sit on top of the kidneys which also relate

The thymus, most notable for immunity must be ruled by the Sun. But once we begin to see things this way than the sun rules over the whole endocrine system along with the moon. We must also consider the strength of the moon and ascendant and well as Mars to know the strength of the immune system to correctly detects, avoid, defend against, or defeat disease and illness of the body. Sometimes I don’t know how many planets to stop at when

This leaves us with the glands in the head: the pineal, pituitary, hypothalamus. These three are a little more complex since they essentially control the entire endocrine system plus most of the major functions of the body. This is where the Sun and Moon certainly play a stronger role. But we must also look carefully at the fictions played by the individual hormones secretes by these glands.

The pineal gland uses serotonin to make melatonin. only secretes a single hormone. The primary function is to control our circadian rhythms and sleep cycles. It connects us to the daily and seasonal rhythms of light and dark. This is the gland they also call the seat of the soul giving us much psychedelic experience by connecting us to our ancient reptilian ancestry. The functions of the pineal are perhaps the most mysterious of all the glands. Sun, Ketu and Mars along with 1st house and Aries must be checked

The pituitary does not get much easier to understand. It can quite logically be divided in between a masculine and feminine expression by the different functions of the anterior and posterior sides of this gland.

The posterior pituitary only stores hormones without producing any of its own. It does secrete anti-diuretic hormone controlling he water balance on the body, and oxytocin which influences uterine contraction and lactation. Moon is obviously influential here. Oxytocin is also the hormone of affection, love and belonging; it’s sometimes called the bonding hormone. It’s a natural inflammatory cooling the system, lowering blood pressure, decreasing blood pressure and cortisol levels in the body; all of which bring about a sense of security, and deep relaxation.

The anterior pituitary is the masculine, productive side of the pituitary. The anterior pituitary produces hormones that regulate the entire endocrine system. Human growth hormone is one of the main hormones coming from here to regulate all areas of growth in the body, including hair, skin, nails, muscles mass, and the size of our body as we grow from fetus to adult. The depletion of this hormone in old age tilts the balance in the opposite direction. Other hormones regulate the thyroid (TSH), growth and health of the hair on the body (FSH), stress (ACTH), fat reserves (lipotropin), hair/eyes/skin pigmentation (melanocyte), the reproductive organs and the libido (luteinzing regulates testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, ovulation) as well as bone density, memory, loco-motor activity and slow wave sleep (all of which are repartly regulated by osteocalcin and cortistatin)).

From this list we get a strong sense of Jupiter energy ruling growth, fat on the body, intelligence as well as contributing to reproduction. Mars certainly plays a role in libido, stress and motor activity. Sun and the moon seem to both be at work here; though many of these hormones must passes thru a kind of incubation period in the posterior pituitary before moving on to their destination gland.

This leaves on the hypothalamus, known as the adviser of the pituitary and these two glands rule over the entire endocrine system. They also call this gland “the seat of prana” as it controls the breathing and the bodily movements that affect breath. It is also considered the seat of emotions as it gives emotional response to sense stimulus (taste, smell, touch, laughter, smiling, frowning, thoughts). I once heard this gland described as a shiva lingam (Jupiter and Cancer). Jupiter is known as the lord of the vital airs; the five pranas, and moon and cancer relate with our emotions. This might also be why GajKeshari yoga (Jupiter in 4th, 7th or 10th from moon (some include Jupiter moon conjunction) might be considered to be so beneficial since it brings some emotional balance into ones life.

We must also take into account the location of the gland in our body. This suggests that the first eight houses (and signs) rule over all of our glands. It also highlights the importance of first house (and Aries) and those most influential glands that reside in the head (in the brain). The thyroid, located int eh throat at the level of the adams apple resides on the boundary of Taurus and Gemini. The thymus in the heart centre which open up the debate between 4th and 5th house for so many health conditions related to the chest and heart. The pancreas fits reasonably well with 6th house (Virgo) which is known to have a strong influence on the stomach and metabolism, but one is tempted to apply the 6th & 7th house to the pancreas and the adrenals. Which leaves the 7th & 8th houses (Libra and Scorpio) with control over the testes and ovaries.

The typical afflictions of the planets must also be applied: Mars’ heat, Saturn’s coldness and vata, Rahu and Ketu hyper and hypo activity which is said to mimic Mars and Saturn. Planetary debilitation, weakness, affliction by natural or functional malefic (owners of 6th, 8th or 12th houses) can all play a role in afflicting a house and planet associated with the glands. For deep seated glandular debility affecting all aspects of life, we must also confirm the debility by sign, house, and planetary karakas from the rising sign, the sun and the moon.

My study of this topic is continuing into the nakshartra. If anyone has any knowledge or ideas about nakshatas influence on the endocrine system I will be happy add that to my survey.

Gland

Planet

House

Pineal

Sun, Ketu, Mars

1st house & Aries

Hypothalamus

Moon (Jupiter in Cancer)

(angle between Moon & Jupiter)

1st & 2nd house

Aries & Taurus

Anterior Pituitary

Jupiter, Mars, Sun & Moon

Posterior Pituitary

Moon

Thyroid

Mercury

2nd & 3rd house

Taurus & Gemini

Thymus

Sun (moon & mars)

(angle between Sun & Mars)

4th & 5th house

Cancer & Leo

Pancreas

Jupiter & Venus

6th house & Virgo

Adrenals

Mars & Venus

6th & 7th house

Virgo & Libra

Ovaries

Mars

(angle between Moon & Mars)

7th and 8th house

Libra and Scorpio

Testes

Venus

7th and 8th house

Libra and Scorpio

There are numerous ways to understand the endocrine glands: by function, location, chakra rulership. I will include these below but I don not believe these correlations are working as well as that expressed above. Some things seem to work, yet there are also deep flaws in some parts of the categorization and in many cases it is not working in practice. One will, however, get much benefit in considering each method, and it’s likey that western astrology has something to offer in this field thru the use of the more distant planets: Pluto, Uranus & Neptune.

Gland

Western Astrology

Dr SS Chatterji

Pineal

Neptune

Moon

Hypothalamus

Moon

Anterior Pituitary

Saturn

Sun

Posterior Pituitary

Jupiter

Moon & Mars

Thyroid

Mercury

Jupiter & Sun

Parathyroid

Venus

Saturn & Mercury

Thymus

Sun & Neptune

Moon

Pancreas

Moon & Venus

Mars

Adrenals

Mars

Mars, Jupiter & Venus

Gonads

Uranus

Venus & Moon

Ovaries

Mars

Testes

Pluto

Venus

And when we go to compare the chakras with the glands we are finding some agreement, but looking at the rules of the sex organs in this chart one must also protest since nobody will ever say that Muladhara rules over the sex organs, nor can one imagine that the sex organs are ruled by either Saturn or Mercury. Good luck in your studies.

Om namah shivay

Gland Chakra Bepin Behari & Frawley Sanjay Rath & T. Subba Rao
Pineal Sahashtra – Crown Sun Sun
Hypothalamus & Pituitary Ajna – Third Eye Moon Jupiter
Thyroid Visshidhi – Throat Mercury Saturn
Thymus Anahata – Heart Venus Moon
Pancreas Manipura – Navel Mars Mars
Adrenals Swatisthana – Sex Jupiter Venus
Sex/Reproductive Muladhara – Root Saturn Mercury

Out of Bounds

Boundary issues are everywhere. How we define our boundaries is one thing; how we defend them is quite another. In this modern age we are seeking to break the boundaries that keep us from living in space. In this world, we find all kind of political turmoil over national boundaries, border disputes, and of course Trump’s Wall. The movement of people displaced by violence has the whole world questioning their cultural boundaries.

Those of us on a spiritual path (a healing path) also have to face this question of boundaries as we work with our students and teachers; and most importantly, with ourselves. Every social interaction faces this question of boundaries.

We typically think of strong boundaries as way to keep people from getting in, but they keep us from getting out. The boundary we put up defines the relationship we have with the other.

As Yogis we are often coached to look in the space between two things. We often call this space “the relationship,” but we could just as easily call it the boundary. I have my boundaries and you have your boundaries; the type and quality of relationship we have depends on how open or closed our boundaries are, as well as on how we approach or cross each other boundaries and the behaviour we exhibit once someone lets us in.

When we speak of boundaries in the healing community we typically use words and phrases like “surrender,” “let go,” “let yourself be vulnerable,” “be open to what the universe has to give;” in other words: “drop all your boundaries!”

From the other side we are told that we are boundless, we should forget everything we think we know and just follow our heart. There is often the assumption that acting like an idiot is acceptable if we are following our hearts (or “living in the moment” as we say). Since it was the divine voice of God commanded, go forth and act like an idiot, we expect to be absolved of personal responsibility.

Modern Tantra is especially vocal about dropping boundaries and the beauty of living spontaneously. It’s also known to be very dangerous since the mix of openness and spontaneity on one persons part is an opportunity for the other to conquer new territory unimpeded and later say that is way given to me them.

This is how the CIA and George Soros “make democracy” and spheres of influence and ultimately destroy countries, cultures and peoples lives. Even when they are preaching peace, love and belonging they are really only looking out for themselves.

It’s not so different from the toxic addictions that seem to alleviate our suffering but really only cast us more deeply into it.

We hear similar stories of toxic healers, Yogis and others who use their position and their skill to drop peoples boundaries so that they can manipulate them for their own benefit.

Manipulation is an ugly word, but it’s not the problem. We stay alive thru this manipulation. Just think of the baby screaming to make momma change the diaper or give some food. That’s emotional manipulation at its finest. The problem is when one acts for their own benefit without consideration or concern for how it will truly affect the other.

Manipulation is just an ugly way of talking about the diplomacy and negotiation that is on going between people and our numerous light bodies; each with their own boundaries and border controls. These boundaries maybe undergoing subtle changes moment to moment; person to person. Mostly we don’t notice this going on, it all happens fairly naturally and most people respect each other’s boundaries. But of course it’s not a perfect world.

Most of us are still fighting battles with this world, blaming others, pointing always at the other as a source of our misery when it’s our personal patterns, habits, mental narratives, and expectations that are the root causes of our suffering. All of these little things build up and define our boundaries.

Boundaries in themselves are not bad. Healthy boundaries actually empower us; it’s the unhealthy, unconscious, unrealistic boundaries that cause problems in our lives that leads us to seek healing.

Almost every human what’s more from life somehow. We want to expand our boundaries to include more land (more material prosperity), as well as our emotional boundaries to feel more vividly this life, and spiritual boundaries to feel more connected to the universe.

The key to such expansion is awareness. First we have to be aware of who we are. This will take us towards our innermost core. It’s a journey that takes us thru the fields of numerous personal identities. As we stare out the train window we see so many selves passing by: I am this, I am that, this I am, I am until we get to that “I” without a second.

After we have merged with the ultimate (or gone as deep as we can) we come back to a personal identity which has been reborn from a spiritual seed. Every breath cycle is an opportunity to realize such merger with the absolute followed by the rebirth of the individual.

Both sides of this coin represent truth, beauty and an expression of the divine. This is why Tantra says that liberation (moksha) is not a separate matter from enjoyment. Our enjoyment should be liberating in itself and liberation itself should be enjoyable. This does not mean decadent. It means that we want all parts of our universal self to enjoy equally. It means that nothing is isolated.

This is where boundaries get tricky. If the truth is that I am one with the universe; completely unbound then any harm at all that I cause to any part of nature will cause direct harm to myself. This is a spiritual truth suggest a greater degree of personal responsibility rather than the sort of careless way we treat objects and that are easily replaceable.

Such a grand sense of spiritual wonder actually suggest that we respect the boundaries between ourselves and the other to an even greater degree, as a way of respecting ourselves.

When we objectify our external experience, we typically see ourselves in this same way. We typically find some version of the conflicted mental narrative that sets man against nature. This boundary is an illusion and sows the seeds of war, pollution and toxicity. This war has been unleashed against the women of society as much as against Mother Nature herself.

Part 2

Truth and reality represent a similar energy applies to different experiences. You could say that both are representative of the absolute. Truth is The expression of transcendental experience and reality is an expression of immanent experience.

To experience transcendence we must realize ourselves as without boundaries. To experience reality we must realize the individual experience that necessarily occurs within the boundaries of time and space; the individual soul, the human body and the body of nature.

We need to know ourselves both ways: we are timeless, but we have also chosen to experience time by thru various limitations.

Being aware of different ways that we perceive time will help us to understand our limitations and who we are in this life and what is our path.

The linear experience of time allows us to logically understand our life: where we came from and where we are going. This allows us to make sense of our experience, and set expectations. When our expectations are too high we find much disappointment; when they are too low, we sabotage our own growth. We should work hard to find the balance in this so that what happens in the future in pretty much what we expect. This sort of time we experience in short duration. Today I have one story about who I am and tomorrow that story has changed, even just a little bit. The experience of time on this level is not absolute truth, but it should be more or less in accord with reality. This works thru our short term. This is one way of knowing the self.

We also experience time thru timeless emotional impressions. This is just the opposite of the mundane stories we are constantly changing and revising and telling ourselves in order to understand reality. These emotional impression have a very strong influence on our linear understanding of ourselves but the impression is often from a different time, maybe a different life-time. Mostly we recognize this thru our subtle gestures we make with our body (the way we hold ourselves) as well as thru the emotional boundaries and defensive (or offensive) strategies that shapes the story of who we are (linear time).

This is where much most deep transformative healing arts work. We seek to tap into that timeless side of ourselves to find the impressions affecting our present life that are holding us back or are simply inappropriate in some way. Typically it’s merely an inappropriate response to some particular subject. Physically we feel it as allergy; emotionally we feel it as trauma. In either case, the reaction is disproportionate with action; the trigger.

This kind of healing is very delicate since to access this memory with awareness and direct intention we need to drop all our guards despite the feeling of impending threat. We need to do this in a safe environment where there is no actual threat. One needs to follow a deep sense of trust and have that trust reinforced.

Just talking or thinking about a traumatic memory will take us into the past, and despite being no actual stimulus being present the nervous system along with the endocrine system will react to trigger some kind of inappropriate stress response (which brings all of our resources to defend against an enemy from another time).

Talking about these traumas and sharing stories, understanding it all as a part of our story is necessary, but as things fade into the past, we also have to be open to changing the story of who we are. It’s not that we lie, but for simple understanding a single traumatic event is lumped into a broader time frame in life thru which we faced learned from the trauma.

When fire burns us it does no good to try to put our every fire. We learn to place certain boundaries between fire and ourselves so that we can still enjoy the warmth and light of fire without getting burnt.

Many people actually find their life paths thru their traumas by turning them into wisdom. This is transformation; turning poison into nectar.

We also experience time thru change. This is where we measure time and our boundaries are measured by resources: life force, energy levels, moods, physical form, the seasons and all these thing we can see changing from day to day; year to year. We might even measure this time by how for we’ve walked or how much we’ve completed. If we are following our life path, we are typically comfortable here as we focus and meditate thru our work. If we love what we won’t actually think of the time here; we will only see time when we look back at the change or are considering some future actions.

A very important concept of time actually combines our awareness of change with a kind of timelessness that we cannot imagine. When we recognize that we are connected to a whole lineage of universal archetypes going back to some unimaginable beginning of time and stretching into some unimaginable future. Here, we find ourselves repeating the the same archetypical patters expressing themselves in a new time and place. Though this sense of time is eternal here, we are capable of making a plan to change the future. This is where we understand ourselves in our connection with the whole. This is our dharma, our truth, our path in life; that path we have be on since the beginning of time; our universal purpose and how we employ that in society.

This is where we need meditation, silence, deep relaxation and contemplation because nobody can tell us who we are or what is our purpose; we can only feel it and know it for ourselves.

This bring me to the final concept it time. Present time; just being here and now. For this we have to be capable of dropping all other concepts of time. We have to have great trust in God in nature. No thought of the past or the future perfectly at peace until some spontaneous activity is provoked. To reach this state we have to know who we are, what our purpose is and have the necessary skills and health to complete our destiny.

We are beings bound by time. By understanding our place in time and how each concept of time binds is in a different way forming different relationships with each other we can then begin a focused course in self realization that will allow us to empower us with healthy boundaries rather than victimizing us they our subconscious patterns.

2019 horoscope: Jupiter in Scorpio; Saturn & Ketu in Sagittarius; Rahu in Gemini.

As we change the calendar Jupiter is midpoint of Scorpio and Saturn is midpoint of Sagittarius. Rahu and Ketu are preparing to change signs. Ketu will enter Sagittarius with Saturn, and Rahu will go into Gemini.

Jupiter is Scorpio will bring an increase of wealth from drilling and diving. There might be some new knowledge from the depths. This placement favours academic research. Astrological and occult knowledge is likely to be abundant, but it’s not a favourable place for religious dogma which may get revealed. And it favours such revelation and redemption of mankind.

Jupiter in scorpio favours the water element with abundance, though it may also set off emergency situations due to congestion caused by that abundance.

Saturn is in Sagittarius with Ketu and they will be conjunct around May 20. The last time this happened was about 150 years ago when Bismarck Marched on Paris and unified the German Empire. The British colonies (and ex-colonies) all put forward various versions of the Indian Act in order to legalize the theft of their land and make the people slaves of the state. This is what empires do. A massive uprising by muslims in China sent waves of refugees to Russia. Many Chinese were immigrating to North America in what was described as caravans. Racial violence was no less than today. Interestingly enough this was around the same time that American naval ships visited isolationist Korea (who were of course one in those days). Some significant earthquakes and volcanos also erupted around February 1871.

Saturn and Ketu in Sagittarius can give atheism or shamanism depending on who is stronger. Empires apply the cold hard law to ones belief. We are still suffering by Prussian education systems designed to give belief in cold hard reality rather than allowing our mind to truly expand in a humanistic way. Ketu scatters that belief so that one suffers not only from cold, hard and punitive dogma of the empire, but also by the indifference, scattered, incoherent ideology that get repeated.

1871 was a difficult year for priests and people of wisdom as they would have felt the fear of Saturn and complete instability of Ketu. With the institution of the church broken they would have been dispersed, their earning where severely restricted, and there would have been some isolation.

We can expect similar results in 2019. Higher knowledge will be restricted, network connections will be limited, public assembly will be regulated. There may be a greater number of chronic complaint.

Rahu in Gemini brings an imposter into the messages and announcements. Gemini signifies arms and lungs. So there will be increased air pollution. And this position increases the likelihood that there will be use of unconventional arms or weapons.

This position of Rahu and Ketu go against dharma. It’s typically a material placement. Good for gain and getting. What you want, rahu’s mentality is essentially selfish, like a starving man who can not control himself. Typically a low caste or outcaste mentality. Greed, sexual desire, and unfair competition amongst brothers and teammates.

For a review of your personal horoscope for the upcoming year please contact.

Astrology Case Study: Self Portrait

Male

07 Dec 1976

09:10am

Calgary, AB, Canada

Moon is in Mrigrashira3 in the 8th house gives writing/research about astrology, occult, Tantra, secrets and the like.

Mars, Sun & Ascendant are all in Scorpio sign (Jyeshta Nakshatra) which highlights occultist leanings and, thru Indra’s rulership, gives a sense of divine right to go forth on ones mission; often a foolish and prideful mission. Jupiter is lending aspectual influence of 2nd and 5th to this ascendant placement.

Saturn in 9th is said to destroy what the Gita called the triple gates to hell. This Saturn in Cancer 9th also gives a very traditional belief relating with the rhythms of nature. Gives self sacrifice, faith thru experience; hard luck. Ketu in the 6th allows one to easily be of service to the disconnected people of this world who wish to move forward. Gives high tolerance for complaints and toxicity.

Scorpio ascendant with Aries in 6th are certainly going to suffer from heat and inflammation. A strong Mars even more so; and aspecting the Sun has no doubt influenced my broken bones, fevers, head-aches, exhaustion (or occasional burn out). Strong pitta constitution.

Ketu in 6th can causes one to disregard such “minor” complaints, inflammations, and accidents (“no big deal”). This Ketu has probably influenced a few Doctors to overlook things, and occasionally misdiagnose.

Venus, oh Venus, for Scorpio natives he gives an incredible imagination for relationship matters. A love for what is far away and loss of what is close at hand. In this chart Venus also gives a very pleasant brother/sisterly rapport with women from my 3rd house. This is what Shakti said to Vishnu: “you can be my brother,” and then she went off with Shiva.

I once asked my teacher: “Where is this traditional art and design that should be going on with this kind of Saturn/Venus 3rd house influence?” He flipped thru my note book full of charts drawn out surrounded by notes and other divisional charts. Very traditional repetitive design made the notebook look like art.

This Saturn/Venus also contributes to a love for the rules of communications and grammar, as well as influencing history, to say nothing of astrology, map and blue-print reading. And of course working with my hands with labour work is certainly influenced by this. I love this kind of work and have huge respect for the labouring classes. It could be noted with this Saturn that I’m also a strong follower of Shiva, Rudra, lord of beasts.

I mentioned communications and grammar which has more to do with Mercury who, from the 2nd house allows me to value communication. This Mercury in 7th from Moon highlights the sibling quality to many of my relationships; as well as my preference for “hand-shake” agreements.

Jupiter period brought studies in language (English grammar, French, Hindi, even touched on some Spanish and Urdu) history and philosophy (first western, some chinese, and great depth into Indian philosophy. I managed a restaurant, worked in a book store, and attained good pay and position as a project manager in civil construction thru the middle part of Jupiter period. Jupiter-Moon, Jupiter-Mars were golden years of making good money 6 months and traveling 6 months. When Rahu came, everything was lost: career was gone, relationships were finished, my past might as well have burnt to the ground. Foreign ambitions arose.

Throughout Jupiter period I had many love affairs, enjoyed life, squandered my money on the “finer thing in life”: books and education, good food and drink, comfortable travel. Always generous with money. Jupiter-Mercury: father was killed in a workplace fire. Jupiter-Moon: met my Guru. Jupiter -Mars: received first jolt of shakti that made me full devotee in a flash. Jupiter – Rahu I had an ill fated marriage.

About the time Saturn dasha started I received a second jolt of shakti and Vedic astrology became clear to me. My path as a yogi, a teacher, had become a samskara itself. I began to fully incorporate the sadhu path of India with my western background; following a belief in self-sacrifice for the greater good. Renunciation has been strong. Focus has become firm. Will, like iron. Luck making me harder and drier.

One would expect some stable prosperity from Mercury in the 2nd house. But there has been little in my life, even when I was making money I squandered it; much of it on travel adventure and education, which I have typically also left incomplete; without collecting the fruit. Money is typically just enough to keep me going.

Rahu in 12th likes to liberate me from everything. He wants to make backroom deals and gain recognition for foreign travel. Rahu period in my adolescence was intense. His ambition can be overwhelming. He has taught me to disattach from the result of my activity. By continually bringing me face to face with that which I cannot control, I have learned to let go. This is why Rahu in 12 can be considered good for those in a spiritual path. His ambition goes to meditation, understanding the subconscious, going into isolation.

Saturn period everything changed: divorce became final, bankruptcy became final, other relationship came to an end, astrology came together like it was always there, the sense of responsibility towards higher knowledge I had been gifted. Austerity and self sacrifice; a sense of service and duty towards the masses. My reaction to objects of the senses dried up. Teaching yoga and astrology have become my main drive and occupation.

Saturn-Mercury I went back to Canada, fractured three vertebrae, broke five ribs and then my ankle. Lived as and unknown in the forest for Canadian winter. Maintained a sound mind and the good luck to find a beautiful home at an infamous eco-village.

As Saturn Ketu begins I am in Goa, India. A rather unusual place for me.

Some general considerations from my chart:

Health: Good health, lots of accidents and injuries; broken bones and blood. Head-aches, fevers, grouchiness, (tantrums when I was very young). Kidney stones, smoker, drank until end of Jupiter period.

Parents: some distance from both at different periods of life. Also close to both in different ways. Father killed in fiery work accident 2003. Mother worked government job as Forensic Psych. nurse. Moved around a lot as a child. At 70 she is still traveling and moving home consistently.

Home life: Constantly moving since birth. Little sense of home and no answer to the question of where I’m from (mostly the middle part of Canada). Moved to Edmonton, Ab late Rahu period and that remained a “home base” of sorts until end of Jupiter period. Recently lived two years on the West Coast if Vancouver Island; which is the most settled I’ve been in over 15 years. Have been most contentedly returning to and staying in Varanasi, India since 2008.

Travel: I travelled extensively all around Canada and some USA for all of my life until 2007; then I went to India and spent at least six months per year outside of Canada. Made a homey-feel in Varanasi, fell in love with the Narmada River valley. Also travelled Central America, Thailand, Turkey, Egypt, Ireland and quickly visited another half dozen places around the world.

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I’m writing this both for myself and for students of astrology to help the learning process. I hope to continue to add to this. I’m happy to answer any questions.

I am Shiva this world is Shakti

When we say that our true self is Shiva, we are not talking about this self that is body, mind; limiter and ceaselessly changing. This I who is Shiva is the unchanging universal soul which is being expressed not just in this body, but in all bodies as an individual soul. This “I” is the eternal subject. We cannot change what is not subject to change; we cannot purify that which is already pure. There is light, we can see, we are and we exist; this is only subject to acceptance, not change. This topic is hardly even amenable to contemplation. If we can’t even imagine it, it’s best we don’t even consider changing it.

Everything outside of the scope of the Shiva soul is Shakti: our mind and body and all that can be perceived by the senses at any moment. This is the eternal other. Many of us would like to change this. We think we are the body and have control over our body and mind and seek to make changes here, but the truth is that we are all fools. This coming together of soul (Shiva), body and mind (Shakti) is the divine play that we are advised to approach as a witness. This is the field of karma; the interplay between subject and object. We have no freedom here.

But where are we free? Where can we affect change?

In our relationship between the subject and object; in the way we relate not only to the world, but to our own bodies. How do we use what we have to reach out to the world?! This starts with how we relate without own body, our own mind.

We are born from a mother and a father. We had and have no control over this time and place we find ourselves. Even our will is the will of god. If I trace back the origin of this yoga or astrology I practice, or even this writing I am doing now, it all comes back to a will, an innate propensity towards these things. In other words, I didn’t do anything to have any of this; it was freely given to me at birth (all the benefits and all the defects).

This is one of the primary mistakes that most western yogis are making. They think they are the yogi and they pat themselves on the back for the good job they are doing. They do not accept the gift of their body and physical conditioning; they think they are the architect. Small “i” with small minds; they have not even begun to imagine what truth might be. They go around saying how blessed they are without recognizing that every sentient being is equally blessed. They base their blessing on the ever changing material reality; their blessing is not likely to get them thru bad weather as they begin to ask why such a curse. ‘To be’ is to be blessed; to not recognize this is the curse.

When we focus on our relationships with things there is little outward change to be recognized, but inside we will feel it just like we feel anger or sadness or frustration; we will feel peace; we will feel the blessing of existence in every moment thru good times and bad. And this is the sort of change people are really looking for; this is the sort of change that changes everything.

 

 

Tribal Tour and Trekking in North East India

Autumn 2019 there will be two similar trips to this region. Contact me for details.

March 26 – April 20, 2019

This is a backpackers dream as we go far from the well worn tourist paths of India and immerse ourselves in some of the most ancient untouched civilizations on earth. The amazing bio and cultural diversity of North East India awaits. This could very well be the life changing trip that many people are looking for; it will certainly change the way you view the world.

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The itinerary will be subject to some slight fluctuation as we travel and things come up.

This trip will start in Guwahati but we would quickly go to Shillong and spend a few days in the area trekking and getting used to the area before taking the train to Tinsukia to visit Dbru Saikowa Nation Park by boat. We will then go by bus to Roing in Arunachel Pradesh and spend a few days on various day hikes. We’ll then hire a jeep and head up into the remote town of Anini and perhaps a little further into the Himalayas to the end of the road before making our way south again.

Manjuli Island is a must see since they figure it may be gone due to erosion within the next 20 years. However, depending on time, we might skip this one in order to spend more time in Nagaland: Mon to Longwa. We will take the treacherous mountain road down thru the middle of Nagaland to the capital Kohima, taking our time to visit several spots along the way. Just a bit south of Kohima is another short trek and then another short trip to Imphal. We will return to Gawahati and have a feast before parting ways.

Some of the things which sway us from this itinerary include: Kaziranja National park, opportunities to get more involved with the local tribes, and local infrastructure. This is not a resort holiday and all participants are expected to be in good physical and mental health. Nights in Arunachel may be as low as -5C, while the days down in the Bramaputra valley may be over +35C. We will take at least one train and perhaps a few local state buses where we will literally rub shoulders with the locals. Tourist infrastructure in some places will be non-existent and sleeping conditions will often be less than ideal. Hopefully we can make up for this with some more comfortable home-stays or eco-tourist lodges occasionally. It will also be possible to skip some day activities in order to take time along or just rest. I do not expect much wifi connectivity, though phones (including data) should find a connection for most of this trip.

Explore India, Arunachal Pradesh Tourism, Along, Anini, Anjaw, Bomdila

Iincludes transportation within India, lodging, all group meals, permits, guides, and pretty much everything we will need on the trip. Maximum of 5 people for this trip. Currently accepting minimum deposit of $600 to hold your seat for this trip. I expect it to go fast.

The following are not included: Spending money, baksheesh/tips, flights, Visa for India, inoculations and other personal extras.

Highlights: There will be many, however, the root bridges around Cherrapunji and the sacred forest by Mawphalang will be among the first sights to open our eyes. This will also be our first contact with local tribals. The Bramaputra River surrounded by tea plantations as we make our way north. Majuli Island is the largest river island in the world. The ferry to get there will take about an hour. The biodiversity of Arunachel Pradesh and the opportunity to see several species of wild cat as well as a large array of birds, river dolphins, and other kinds of big game animals. We will be on the edge of snow leopard territory in Anini. The incredible cultural diversity including Khasi healers, Naga warriors, Ao merchants, Anini herdsmen and many others. The treks; unbelievable treks and the beauty of nature. Expect stunning picks from every angle.

Ideology

4a1f5-dsc_1055-version2-2009-12-20at09-55-19The main project of yoga is to ground us in reality so that we might be aware of the experience of truth. The truth is now; in the present moment. There is not other reality. The past and the future are merely mirages in the distance. We cannot be sure of either, though on some level, everything that takes form in nature or in our minds has some level of truth to it. As yogis our task is to recognize the truth and keep our awareness fixed there.

This is one of the primary differences between what I would call authentic yoga and and inauthentic yoga; between modern branded yoga and traditional lineage yoga. This is the difference between idealism and reality. You cannot get to reality thru idealism; that’s the first thing that needs to be dropped. Ideology is the mask we hide behind; a popular belief we profess in order to avoid the real work of unmasking ourselves so that we might recognize reality. We cannot even begin to see ourselves thru ideology for it only reflects our fears.

Reality is here and now, naked and vulnerable; a lamb before god. Once one understands that we are always and everywhere at the mercy of time and space, then we can rise above the fear and trembling that keeps so many cowering and gasping to their ideals like a tattered security blanket unable to face the natural rhythms of life and death.