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Vedic Astrology: What is it? Who benefits? How to get a reading?

Who can benefit most from Vedic Astrology?

A wide variety of people us Vedic astrology for many reasons, but most of the people who come to me are looking to deepen their spiritual practice; or understand their place in society thru wealth, marriage, career; or perhaps they are concerned about their health, or their state of mind, or their family. 

Astrology shows how everything and everyone is connected so there are always things we can do to strengthen what is good in us and loosen our attachments what is dark and draining.

For remedial measures to work, we have to understand how and why they work, and they have to be something we are likely to follow. 

Like everything astrological, remedial measures have to be suited for this time and place.

What is Vedic Astrology?

Commonly known as Vedic Astrology because of it’s connection with Ayurveda, the science of life, Jyotish is the science of light. This science, as it’s practiced today, has it’s base in the Hora Shastra by Sage Parashara. The original book was written over one thousand years ago and my teacher still tells me to consult it before asking him questions.

Vedic astrology is unique from western astrology in several ways. The most obvious is that Parashara teaches us to use the sidereal chart which locates the true position of the planets in relation to the the time and place of ones birth. This means that compared to Topical chart used for western astrology, all of the planets will shift about 24 degrees (almost a whole 30 degree sign, x 12 gives us 360 degrees)). For example, in western astrology my Sun is in Sagittarius, but in the Vedic sidereal my Sun is in Scorpio. My Moon, however, is well advanced in Gemini in the western topical chart so it remains in Gemini in the sidereal chart, but at very low degrees. 

One of the other major differences is that the position of the sun is generally considered of lesser importance in Jyotisha than that of the Moon or the ascendant (rising sign). The ascendant changes sign every 2 hours, the moon every two days and the sun once per month, so it’s obvious where we will find the most individual and personalized reading. 

Jyotisha also has a system of planetary cycles called dashas that is missing from Western astrology which uses progression of planets to time predictions which is more cumbersome and does not offer the consistency of results offered by the dasha system.  The dashas allow for precise prediction and greater understanding of the cycles of this incarnation. We are connected to the planets as existing within ourselves and we are within them. All of the light which shines to illumine this world before us shines and is directed from within. We are that Shankara who is the source of the power of the wheel of energies. When we praise that Shankara, we praise the highest expression of our own selves by whose contraction and expansion this whole world comes into being and goes out again. 

The most important feature of Vedic astrology is how it works with Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra to offer numerous remedial measures that can be personally tailored for anyone depending on their own will to gain the Supreme knowledge that nourishes, heals all wounds, allows us to form a union with ourselves, freeing us of all limitation.

How does Vedic Astrology differ from Western Astrology?

Vedic Astrology, known as Jyotisha, is the science of light which has been followed since ancient times in and around India where astrologers are still considered teachers, guides and counselors. The Vedic system of Astrology differs from the western system of Astrology by using the sidereal chart that accurately charts the locations of the planets which means that the planets in your charts will be shifted by about 24 degree. Considering each sign takes up 30 degrees, this means that the western topical astrology charts are out by almost an entire sign. This why many people find that their moons, for example, are in different signs in the two systems.

Vedic Astrology uses the rising sign chart, the Moon chart, the Sun chart and the Navamsha chart to uncover the mysteries of an individuals universe. Western astrology uses only the sun chart. From the Vedic perspective the sun is the soul of man, this makes it more difficult for us to understand than our mind, represented by the moon, and our physical existence, represented by our rising sign chart. It’s only a few who are blessed to not only recognize their own, but to be able to articulate it as well. Our mind and our body we can generally have a coherent conversation about, this is why Vedic astrology generally discusses only these more manifest karmas.

Vedic Astrology has a dasha system that allows for accurate prediction of events on a time line. The dashas are the periods of our life that are ruled by the different planets. The Vedic system uses 9 planets: the seven main ones (Sun , Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn), and Rahu and Ketu (the north and south nodes), dark spots in the sky that cause eclipses whenever they come over the sun or moon. These nine plants each rule over a span of years which combines to 120 years. Saturn, for example, rules over 19 years. Within Saturn’s 19 years, each planet again rules a period of time so that the time periods of all nine planets equals 19. So the 19 year dasha period of Saturn has nine sub-periods, each sub-period again has nine sub-periods. The dasha‘s are used to understand more specifically what karmas are arising at different periods of your life.

The predictive capability allowed by the dasha system is how Vedic astrology proves itself. When the dasha periods are combined with the transiting planets, astrological prediction can be amazingly accurate. But making such predictions does not necessarily serve the client or the astrologer. The more specific an astrologer tries to be in their prediction, the more likelihood there is of making an error and leading a client down a wrong path. Also, in most cases, one cannot be sure of an exact birth time or location coordinates which will always have a subtle effect on a chart and a life. But more importantly, not all karmas are so fixed as to be certainties.

Free will plays a huge role in how we are affected by karma. One of the main jobs of an astrologer is to help people use their free will most effectively by pointing out the benefics and malefics in their life and suggesting subtle remedies based on the desires and abilities of the client. The predictive capabilities of Vedic astrology should not be taken to suggest that we are completely ruled over by fate, but rather we could be if we don’t maintain some kind of vigilant awareness of our mind, body and spirit.

Vedic astrology can be an excellent tool for such personal awareness, especially when combined with the complimentary tools such as yoga, Ayurveda, and other spiritual practices.

If you have any questions about Vedic astrology please contact me at holliday.michael@gmail.com

Om Namah Shivaya

How does a reading work? 

There are generally five parts to a reading. First, I take the birth data you give me and caste the chart. Next, I look into your past to find details about your life and family so that we might gain confidence in the data, and the client can be assured that astrology is a working science. The third step goes thru a broad array of past and future and personal characteristics. Vedic astrology loves specific questions that it can answer clearly and directly so we address these in the fourth part of the reading, as well as philosophical questions that this science often provokes from people. The last part is the most important part where we discuss remedial measures. 

What kinds of remedies are available?

The astrology chart is like a doctors pathology report. For the client, much of the karmic script is just meaningless data; what’s important is the medicine. “What can I do?” This is what is most important: what can we do to help ourselves, to help others, and to help this world. Thru the remedies, astrology shows us the ways we can connect to that universal energy in order be more effective in the three worlds.

Vedic astrology is supported by all of the remedial measures of yoga, tantra & ayurveda. Classical remedies include gem stones, metals, colours, weekdays, mantras, offering service, charity or donation, or actively harmonizing with some part of nature, giving worship to specific deities. I can also offer individual advice for meditation and asana practice. Some generalized health, diet and lifestyle advise is also possible.

Reading
Mike Holliday at his desk in Varanasi, India.

Astrological Services

Initial Consultation: 1.5 – 2 hours ($50 – $300) 

  • Full chart assessment of the past, present and future karma

  • Evolution of consciousness

  • Major life themes

  • Remedial measures suited individuals in the modern world

  • Includes one Skype call (or detailed e-mail), one e-mail with basic information before the call and another follow up e-mail to address question afterwards.    

Follow-Up Consultations: 1 hour ($50 – $200) 

  • To answer specific questions 

  • To give an annual report

  • These can be completed by call or e-mail.

Chart Matching to assess suitability for marriage and advise on relationship challenges that the individuals are likely to face, both as individuals and as a couple. Traditionally this is used for partner selection, but it can also be a great relationship tool for couples to understand what brings then together and the lessons they are here to learn thru their relationships. I also give advice on marriage gem stone selection since diamond is not always the most supportive gem stone for marriage. (Average donation $250 for both charts.)

Payments can be made by e-mail interact transfers or PayPal.

For information about astrology readings, courses and information sessions please contact me at holliday.michael@gmail.com 

 

 

 

 

2017 Transits for Pisces

 

Home comforts and general contentment could be difficult for Pisces natives in this period. Fourth owner is in the 12th house from the 4th and Mars, Ketu and Saturn are all giving some influence to the 4th house. There may also be some opportunity to purchase a home in this period due to Mars making a connection between the 2nd house and the 4th house, though the process in likely to be disagreeable due to the other influences: delays and other such dispersals of your comfortable energy.

Rahu in the 6th house can signify debt while Ketu in the 12th can cut expenditures due to market forces or other reasons not necessarily of your own influence. Saturn in the 12th house from his own 11th house also signifies some loss of gain. In some cases this loss could be due to career (10th house) related expenses. However Saturn is also looking at the 8th house of the unexpected to say nothing of several other factors that could eat up the profits of Pisces natives. With all of this said, Mars has some power to bring some kind of satisfaction despite the tension that will also be there in the 4th house due to his 2nd and 9th house ownership. The changes in this regard, though perhaps forced (Mars) and sudden (Ketu)

Rahu is in the 6th house and Saturn is in the 10th house which suggests that you cold be working a lot. Rahu in the 6th can create many obstacles for us to overcome, but he can also give us the energy to overcome. Saturn in the 10th can give us a strong sense of social responsibility. Both planets highlight service and a loss of vitality to 6th and 10th house activities. It should be mentioned, however, that such loss of vitality could raise Pisces natives to a high level of responsibility; particularly if they are beyond the age of Saturn’s maturity that occurs in our late 30’s.

Jupiter’s transit thru the 7th house can also be a good position for business, meeting people, making fruitful and fair negotiations, and all sorts of social affairs. This position of Jupiter favours expansion and multiplicity in these areas of socialization rather than focus on a single person. The Moon, 5th house owner will be in debilitation at the date for which this is forecast so despite being in the 9th house this will not be a good time for satisfaction thru risk or teachers or parents for that matter. There could be health concerns for both mother and father at this time due to various factors of the Sun and Moon and 4th and 9th houses.

Saturn transit in Sagittarius 2017-18: Gemini rising or moon in gemini

IMG_2490For Gemini ascendant, Saturn will be in the the 7th house bringing our sense of responsibility into partnerships. For Saturn’s influence in the 9th sign, Sagittarius, please see my article regarding Aries ascendant (the first sign of the natural horoscope).

In any case, 7th house Saturn will bring his influence to 7th, 9th, 1st and 4th houses. As ruler of 8th and 9th houses he will bring these significations to the 7th house as well as those from whatever house he is in in your natal chart.

As 9th house owner, Saturn is a positive planet for most Geminis, and will his look on his own 9th house this could be a a period of luck and faith and some kind of higher knowledge regarding agreements and partnerships. We might make a partnership with our guru, our father, or some father like figure in our lives. We will in any case feel some responsibility for our agreements or contracts.

Considering the 8th lord in going into the 7th house, it could also be a time when secrets are revealed or perhaps secret relationships get their start. As the planet of responsibility, 7th house Saturn could signify marriage. It could also signify a partnership with someone older.

There are always subtle differences between the moon chart and the ascendant chart and this Saturn allows me to highlight this difference. Saturn’s aspect on ones natal moon can bring feelings of responsibility, patience, sadness or the feeling of being older; while Saturn’s aspect on one’s ascendant is more likely to bring some physical suffering, labourous responsibility, and a physical appearance of being older.

Saturn’s aspect on the 4th house will bring structure into the home, rules and perhaps some breakage due to age and wear and tear.

In regards to those near and dear ones, 7th house Saturn can bring problems to parents (mother or father), spouse, mother’s mother or ones self. Sun and or Moon charts would shed more light on the condition of your father and mother respectively.

In regards to your own physical health, Saturn can effect you health in general by his look on 1st house. Saturn is vata and vata is most prone to illness. He can also affect your chest and heart (4th house), groin (7th house), or thighs (tight hamstrings; 9th house). Dekkana; ascendant degree also has some say in this matter.

For those of you who are reading this along side your own vedic chart, you might also want to consider the ashtakvarga chart to see which value Saturn has in the 9th sign. This will give you some indication of Saturn’s ability to give results while transiting Sagittarius. The higher the number of ashtakvarga points Saturn has in the 9th sign will suggest more power to give results from Sagittarius. Also, Saturn will give stronger results in his transit when you are going thru some major or minor Saturn dasha. In any case,  I’ll get into this another time. I just wanted to put it on the table for now.

What else can I say about this Saturn? Being 6th from 2nd, you could be held responsible for ancestral (or family) debts, or it could spell the end of a longstanding agreement that your family has been responsible for. You might not like to spend you savings at this time and it could be favourable for gain since Saturn is in the 9th from the 11th; this situation could also lead an older sibling to seek out higher knowledge. Though there may be impediments to their spiritual progress, Saturn is just the planet to give them the patience to succeed.

If you have any questions of comments regarding this Saturn transit or anything else in your chart, please contact me at holliday.michael@gmail.com. You can find more information about my astrology reading here:  https://sleepingdogblog.wordpress.com/astrology-home/

Your support is always appreciated. Thank you for reading!

Saturn in Sagittarius

Saturn brings a return to orthodox and traditional values and well as penance and austerities in Sagittarius. Not exactly bad luck, but hard luck, nothing will move quickly and you might even find yourself quite patient.

For Aries ascendants this could bring some travel for your career or it could be a time of retirement (12th from  10th). Saturn’s third look at his own house (Aquarius/11th) could bring your the discipline your need to achieve your hopes; gain; profit, connections with older people, mentors, even Guru’s as Saturn in the 9th can have you feel inadequate in dharma; such feelings can be a strong motivating force. Saturn’s 7th look at 3rd house Gemini will reinforce the discipline. The quality of the effort will largely be determined by the 3rd house in the natal chart.

Saturn is also the cause of our suffering and sorrow so from the 9th house he can afflict our father or grandchildren (9th), our siblings (3rd & 11th), our friends (3rd & 11th), and thankfully, our enemies (6th); as well as our thighs (9th), our legs (11th), or our arms or lungs (3rd). Especially 9th from natal moon, this Saturn can make one feel the responsibility of fatherhood, public service (11th), of being a big brother (11th), or merely for your network (3rd).

This Saturn can bring discipline and responsibility to you child’s creative mind. There could be disputes in the home and house-hold duties could feel like a responsibility. Enemies of the home may be held responsible at this time.

In regards to love, this Saturn is likely to have some delaying, restrictive effects from 9th as he will be having a similar influence on the efforts and luck of our partners while also making them responsible for their expenditure, loss and bed pleasures. Feeling responsible about something does not necessarily limit a thing but of course it can. This sort of thing depends on the individual chart. Perhaps it’s not a feeling of responsibility towards these things but a fear, a duty, patience, delay or a worry that could bring any number of responses.

In any case, I don’t expect Saturn in the 9th to be particularly good for new love as he’s in a difficult placement from 5th (risk and romance), 7th (partnership, agreements, marriage) , and 12th (bed pleasures) houses. On the other hand, if you are already in a relationship, it could be a good time for sharing responsibilities.

As Saturn transits Sagittarius he will pass through Mula (ruled by Ketu) and Purvashada (ruled by Venus) and into Uttarashada (ruled by Sun). The condition of each of these rulers in the natal chart will have a strong influence on Saturn’s disposition as he makes this transit. Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius will also have some influence. Generally Saturn is an enemy of the Sun so the last part of his transit could be most difficult as he has decent relations with Venus and Ketu (Mula has an earth flavour that Saturn can appreciate).

In any case, that’s a topic for another day. If you have questions about your personal chart, or would like a consultation regarding career, health, relationship or personal topic please contact me at holliday.michael@gmail.com