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Ashwini Nakshatra

1. Ashwini Nakshatra: (0° 00’ – 13° 20’)

The star of transport. The power to initiate. The odd couple. Ruled by the Ashwini Kumar twins as an aspect of solar power. Ketu is the planetary deity. It’s represented by a horses head and can be translated as “born of a female horse” or “horse woman.”

Key Themes

Ashwini people  are innovative, impulsive individuals whose quick spontaneous activity inspires and gives energy to others. They do well in emergencies but they can also be the cause of emergencies as they often act without thinking. The energy of Ashwini can be very unstable. They are good to start things but rarely see things thru to completion.  

They do well in any field that takes a lot of initiative, they like adventure and often become leaders,  pioneers, or innovators in their field. They make good adventure guides, sales reps (especially travelling sales people), or  inventors. They love the feeling of being out on the open road and can work in any field related to transport.

They are usually nice looking and youthful even in their older years. As the  physicians of the gods they teach humans how to heal, regenerate, and maintain their youth. Strong placements here give healing powers, knowledge of the psycho-physical body and Ayurveda. Ketu’s rulership can bring healing with light or sound. Not just new age music therapies, but things like ultrasound or laser eye surgery; working with polarity, pulse and propulsion and the sciences related with these things. They are said to be sensitive to vibrational frequency and may be clairaudient. From the point of view of string theory the Ashwinis represent the wave and the particle, two completely different realities whose mutual existence is theoretically impossible.

Their helping nature can also lead them into emergency response work like police, fire department, ambulance, military. Jobs that involved a dispatcher or on call type jobs where they have to drop everything and go. Anything related to birth, rebirth, rebirthing, or being born again often relates with Ashwini. A cure initiated in Shatabisha bears fruit in Ashwini (both nakshatras relate with poisons, herbal medicines, pharmaceuticals, and drugs).

Their ability to revive and regenerate is not limited to healing or curing the psycho-physical body they are good at taking things apart and putting them back together: they like to tinker with all kinds things. This can give them a powerful technical skills making them good at mathematics, science, astrology, as well as through mechanics, repair or renovation; making the old new again.

Their impulsiveness can be disruptive to married life. They like to flirt and have fun but also have little discipline for drawing lines or respecting boundaries so they can easily get carried away. They are often sleek, sexy and powerful like a racehorse and common sayings like, “sowing your oats,” letting “wild horses run,” and “whoa there little filly” are clearly applicable. They don’t like to feel “tied down.” They often question their sense of belonging and may feel the need to prove themselves to the community, but even if they do this they still tend to feel disconnected. This can lead to a kind-of “Great Helper  Syndrome.” 

They like to work in pairs or with a partner who may be physically present, distant or even disembodied. There is often something unusual about the coupling. They need a lot of autonomy.

Ganesha can be worshiped as a remedial measure for this nakshatra. Ganesha is the first to be worshiped, representing the beginning of things. He is also the remover of obstacles, and he is the deity related to the planet Ketu, the ruler of Ashwini.

Moon in Ashwini:

  • Varahamihira: Moon here gives a fine appearance and good manners, fondness for ornaments, skilled in work and intelligence. 
  • Barbara Pijan: Comforted by observant innovation, soothed by detached observance, protectors of start up energy, comforted by initial movement, need pioneering invention.

Qualities of Ashwini: 

Vaishya, Dharma, Deva, Rajas – Rajas – Rajas, Light/swift, Vata, Level,  Passive, Male, Earth element, Creative energy, Sage Mirichi, Male Horse – Stallion – Stud

Vaishya: Sprang from Prajapati’s thigh as the colour yellow representing the southern direction. Sales, trade, merchandise, landlords, agriculturists, animal keepers, money lending, artisans. Life of study sacrifice and giving alms. An educated but practical people.  Planets placed here will support marketplace activity.

Dharma: Focused on following dharma; reaching for one’s own highest spiritual potential. Can bring dharma into the market place. A planet placed here will help you find your purpose in life. 

Deva: The planets relating with the Devas will promote more refined and righteous behaviour; but may struggle with pride and entitlement. They are more capable of understanding the subtitles of life. 

Swift / Light Nakshatra: Support any kind of quick, light activity, light fun, easy amusement, enjoyable ceremonies and inaugurations. Taking a moment to appreciate the simple things in life: dating, sports, games, crafts, decorating, art, fine arts. Supports light, easy travel, healing or medical treatments that take some of the weight away. Lending or borrowing or making payments can be good here too. Light quick planets support these kinds of activities when placed here. 

Vata (air + ether): Cold, dry, light, movable, subtle, clear, hard, pervasive, rough

Level: Good for levelling things and with people. Suggestive of a more balanced perspective. 

Passive: Planets here will be more passive about achieving their goals: allowing things to happen rather than “forcing” things. The moon is said to persuade thru temptation so she does well here. Venus draws us in by her promises of beauty so she also does well. Saturn is the master of patience so he also does well. The active planets can cause a bit of trouble in trying to force things that we should just allow to happen naturally. 

Male Nakshatra: Masculine planets exhibit masculine traits like strength, bravery, and protection in a balanced way; they tend to do well here, like getting a man to do a man’s job. Feminine planets here are like getting a woman to do a man’s job. More planets is masculine signs and nakshatras with give a more masculine disposition. 

Earth Element: Heavy, slow, cold, dense, stable, gross, grounded. 

Creative energy: There is a creative enthusiasm here, but the enthusiasm wanes with time and one seeks out a new project. 

Sage Mirichi: “Ray of Light” Instructs his students on dharma, especially the laws of the Brahmin caste: ceremony around food, cooking, eating, etiquette (bhojana vidhi), marriage ritual, offering of the the bride (kanyadana phalam), offering water to the ancestral lineage (tarpanam), rules of cleanliness and purity (shouchavidhi), casual acts of piety (naimittika sanani), pujas for the gods (devarchana), rules for homa, fire ritual (homa vidhi). Denounced renunciation in favour of completing worldly duties. Very harsh punishments for not following the proper rules of caste. 

South: planets here are likely to give their results in the southern direction. When this asterism is placed in the southern quadrant of the chart it gains extra strength to give results.

Ganda-Moola: A junction point in the Nakshatra that can be harmful to the mother or the child at birth. The first pada can be especially inauspicious for the live significations of planets here.

Auspicious Activities

When the moon passes thru ashwini it’s a good day to keep things moving and keep it light and easy going. A bit of travel or adventure, treasure hunts, dating, making love.Ashwini is not comfortable when things get too heavy or demanding of patience and commitment. Commerce can go well here as well and any of the arts and crafts. It’s a great day for medical treatment or just to help people out. Lending money is said to be favourable in quick nakshatras as it’s said that it will be quickly returned to you. Marriage is not said to be good during this transit.  

Health:

Knees, upper feet

  • Problems due to heat, inflammation, fever
  • Insect stings, malaria, smallpox
  • Head & brain injuries, fever, headaches, mental illness
  • Prosthetics, eye problems (glasses), hearing problems (hearing aids)

Gods & Symbols of Ashwini

Ashwini Kumars:

Handsome, youthful twins in golden armour riding on a golden chariot with 3 seats. They are the physicians of the gods with the power to quickly reach their destination or objective and provide healing service and help to others. Their names are Dashra (bringing help) & Nasatya (truthfulness). 

Sons of Lord Surya and Sangya (or Sandhya). They were conceived when their parents took the form of a Mare and Stallion. Saturn is their eldest brother (Step brother) who was born from Chaaya when Sandhya went to stay at her father’s to get out of the glare of Surya. When the two got back together she soon gave birth to Yama and Yamuni, but again ran away to the Himalayas to get out of the glare of her brightly shining husband. She disguised herself as a Mare and wandered the forests. Her father, Vishwakarma, took away some of the glare from Surya and then he went to find his wife. He took the form of a Stallion, his wife swooned and soon gave birth to the Ashwini Kumars.

They worship Brahma who gave them their good looks and knowledge of Ayurveda. They later convinced sage Dadhichi to teach them Sanjeevani to revive the dead. Knowing that lord Indra would chop off the Sage’s head for imparting the secret, they replaced it with a horse’s head so that when Lord Indra took it they could easily revive him with their new knowledge and replace his own head back on the body. 

They were at first outcast from the Gods. Indra did not at first invite them to the ceremony for drinking the Soma that came out of the great churning. He said they spent too much time with humans  and perhaps they had also broken the injunction of working with the human body and touching human flesh. Brahmins are not technically permitted to be doctors and these kinds of things. They become untouchable brahmins; still brahman, but the lowest kind of brahmin; the same as those who work the death ceremony. Indra also had the idea that as physicians of the gods they were more like servants to the gods than gods themselves.

Chyavana was the son of Lord Bhrigu. He spent most of his time in meditation and practicing austerities. He was an old and feeble invalid deep in meditation at his hermitage when the king showed up. Chyavana’s body had become covered in ants (some say it was cockroaches) with just his eyes sticking out. The king, baffled by this mound of insects, poked what he thought was a hole in the mound with an arrow and blinded the great sage. He was so horrified when he discovered what he had done that he offered his beautiful daughter, Sukanya, as a bride to take care of him. 

The Ashwins, seeing this beautiful young woman with an old decrepit husband, decided to try to seduce her. She refused their advances, but suggested that she could help them gain entrance to the Soma drinking ceremony if they helped rejuvenate her husband. They agreed and used a three-part method in treating Chyavana:soaking in a mineral water hot spring, massaging a herbal oils into the body (kayakalp), and having him ingest a rejuvenation paste called Chyawanprash, an ayurvedic dietary supplement that is still used today. Amla is the main ingredient. It’s said to be the best of all the general tonics for anti aging, sexual potency, improved respiration and digestion. 

Chyavana then went to speak to Indra about allowing the Ashwinis to partake in Soma, but Indra would not change his mind. So, Chyavana created a demon called Mada to change his mind (mada is a little like hard alcohol, or toxicity that occurs in Aries when Saturn is here). Mada proved to be more than he could handle so he decided in favour of the young Ashwini twins. This is how they became immortal. 

They replaced Vispala’s leg with an iron one (prosthetics). They restored sight and power to another man. 

Nakula and Sahadev (pandava brothers) are children of the Ashwini twins. One became a great doctor and healer while the other became a great mathematician and astrologer. 

Associate with the rising of dawn, the dispellers of darkness, the light bringers, Usha, 

They restored the eyesight of a man who had been blinded by his own father for slaughtering and feeding 101 sheep to a wolf. 

Curing impotence, helping overcome the obstacles and disharmony of married life, and helping in child birth. They help other animals as well as humans.   

The Stars of Ashwini: 

First three stars of Aries located on the Head of the Ram (or horse): Gamma-Arietis (Mesarthim) 3º 11′, Beta-Arietis (Sheratan) 3º 58′ & Alpha-Arietis (Hamal) 7º 40′,

This was the vernal equinox, the point where the sun crosses the celestial equator, in 68 BCE. The point of contact between the celestial equator and the celestial meridian. This point marks the split between “western astrology”, the Tropical chart and “Vedic astrology” and the sidereal chart. This equinox position changes by about 1º every 73 years so it’s currently at about 6º Pisces. By 2597 the vernal equinox will be enter the final degrees of Aquarius. After about 26 000 years the equinox will again return to the first degree of Aries. Known as “the indicator of the reborn sun.”

Binary stars beta & gamma rotate around each other completing a cycle once every 107 days. Beta (Sheraton), a fixed star, rotates on its axis at high speeds and while generating energy through thermonuclear fusion at its core. There appears to be a ring of dust around these two, but it’s not dust, it’s chemically peculiar. Gamma (Mesarthim) is said to have seeded the world with inventions which will carry us into the future. When the moon is here is said to be a good time to buy cattle, plant crops or travel.

Mesarthim and Sheraton are said to have the nature of Saturn & Mars: malicious, thieving, merciless, fiendish, repulsive and a liar. Accidents, violent death, bodily injuries, destruction war and earthquakes occur. There is a danger of acting foolish and  impulsive.  Mesarthim is more administrative and less impulsive. Said to rule the throat: Mars and Saturn are said to give throat problems when located here.

Alpha-Arietes (Hamal): the “death wound.” The brightest star of Aries, 48th brightest star in the sky. Located mid forehead of the ram. Often used for navigation. The greek built several temples that aligned with Hamal. According to Ptolemy this star is as malicious and thieving as Mesarthim & Sheraton. It causes violence, accidents, and premeditated crime. Mars of Venus here are said to give problems with romantic and/or sexual relationships. Rules over the parathyroid gland. 

Tree of Ashwini

Poison Nut Tree: Strychnos nux-vomica

A medium sized deciduous tree that grows in open habitat. Short, thick truck. Hard dense wood. Flowers are a small pale green colour with a foul odour and bloom in the cold season.

Strychnine: Tall green to orange fruit about the size of an apple contains seeds that are highly poisonous, intensely bitter source of strychnine (a poison commonly used in pesticide which causes muscular convulsions and death by asphyxia in less than 6 hours) & brucine, which is less poisonous than strychnine but still has toxic properties. Seeds are the shape of a flattened disk with hairs radiation out.

Chinese and Ayurvedic herbal concoctions for anti-inflammatory & analgesic agents. Added to alcohol (like rubbing alcohol) to make it unfit for human consumption. Herbal medicine claims strychnos to provide treatment for cancer and heart disease. 

Huda Ayurvedic concoction: seeds are soaked for 5 days in water followed by 2 days in milk and then boiled in milk with other ingredients, very minute doses are used as an antidote for alcohol and drug poisoning. Can also increase muscular activity. The wood burns nice and can be used for building.

Some say Ras Tree, Coconut, or Pomegranate also belong to this nakshatra. 

Sexual Animal (Animal Totem):

Male Horse / Stallion / Stud

Powerful & courageous with an eagerness to act and move swiftly. Their abundance of energy can sometimes make them nervous, fidgety and high strung. 

Males and females choose each other, mating is usually over in a few minutes (“arrives quickly to the destination”). Normal sexual behaviors include teasing, marking, flehmen response, erections, mounting. If the female approves she will eventually lift her tail, show off her vulva and urinate, Due to heart problems some males faint and fall over after mating.  

Pairs well with Satabisha which is ruled by the Female Horse or Mare.

Additional Points of Interest

  • Mars in 3rd house Ashwini gives the native a twin sibling. Natural karaka or functional karaka by house ownership in Ashwini can give a twin to the person signified. 9th lord Sun in 5th house ashwini can make the father or children twins (possibly both). 
  • Moon, or other signifiers of relationships in Ashwini are not conducive  to long term relationships as they typically like to remain free agents. Partners who can appreciate this, however, can have a lasting presence. 
  • Rahu will give a fascination for new things, the latest gadgets. unusual movements, or things that were “first of its kind.”
  • With skills training and discipline they can achieve a lot, without such boundaries they tend to run free, acting without concern for anyone but themselves (and sometimes not even for themselves). 
  • Worshiped on Dwitiya, the second day of the lunar fortnight
  • Remedy: Sandaya vandanam, looking at the sunrise thru water poured by ones own cupped hands. 

Planetary Rulers of Ashwini

Ketu: purity, innocence, headlessness, disembodies, moksha, pilgrimage, wandering, randomness, disconnection, surrender, letting go, ghosts, spiritual saints, numb, scattered, 

Aries + KetuInnovation gets expressed in a detached way. Energy is fresh, unbound, chaotic. They are quick to initiating things, but lack follow thru.  Can be oddly detached from their own activities. No boundaries to penetration, initiation, or direct action. 

Pada 1 (Aries + Ketu + Aries)

Vargottama. Most pioneering, innovative, fresh, and physically active part of Ashwini. Fiery side that wants to compete and win. Lots of forward momentum, fiery and perhaps unpredictable. Strong upward and forward moving force like fire. Lots of energy and enthusiasm is generated here but their headless activity can be aggressive leaving a trail of destruction. Warriors, police, military, martial artists, dancers, yogis. They typically maintain a lot of activity and may be known for breaking thru traditional boundaries (the glass ceiling). 

Moon: Karla Homolka (A), Virginia Woolf, Ingrid Bergman

Sun: AOC

Ascendant Lord: Berni Sanders (Mars), Robert J. Parks (Venus)

Pada 2 (Aries + Ketu + Taurus)

Resource driven and practical, handsome, will maintain a youthful sporty-sexy style, materialistic. Image may be everything to these people since for Ashwini natives it doesn’t matter what they do as long as they do something. May have an interest super-foods, supplements, new age diets. They may have unusual or speech may be incendiary. 

Moon: Kamala Harris (1), Malcom X, Paul Bernardo (B), David Gilmore, Pamala Anderson, Chris Rock

Ascendant Lord: Vincent van Goth (Mercury),

Pada 3 (Aries + Ketu + Gemini)

Sun exalted at 8° 10’. Intelligent, good communication, neighbourly, may have deep scientific knowledge. Excellent for logistics, private practice, massage, hands on healing, group activities, night jobs, hospital work, foreign postings, travelling sales, drivers, car salesmen, trail guides. They like to “tinker” and sometimes new inventions are born. They may be absent minded in the way they fiddle with things in the hands. 

Moon: Joe Biden (2), Henry Ford, Roy Rogers, Natalie Wood, Bobby Fischer

Sun: Hitler, Jack Nicholson, Michael Moore, Timothy McVeigh

Ascendant: Salman Rushdie, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo da Vinci

Pada 4 (Aries + Ketu + Cancer)

They usually have very good knowledge of the body and make good doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, mid-wives, birthing experts with great knowledge on how to get started and they are not afraid to try something new. They make great helpers or side-kicks. Often involved in penetrating boundaries in some way: “Going where no man has gone before,” “Be here now,” and the “Power of Now.” are all popular slogans of this Ashwini group. 

Moon: Alfred Alder, Eckhart Tolle, Carl Jung, William Shatner

Sun: Al Pacino

Ascendant: Galileo Galilei,

Ascendant Lord: Ram Das (Mercury)

June 21 transits

June 21 Eclipse in Gemini will have significant effects on media and communication. It will be occurring in Mrigrashira nakshatra, but very quickly after crossing the Sun, the moon will go into Ardra nakshatra. Both of these nakshatra relate to research in slightly different ways. It’s the part of the story where the inebriating quest for satisfaction is sought in the material world where it meets with disappointment, frustration and sorrow.

Dark moon is always a time of diminished sensitivity, but with Rahu it can pervert the mind, heighten fears and phobias and mask the true intentions. With Sun in this house, truth can become skewed and people may feel a false sense of power. With Mercury, I expect the emotional rhetoric to increase dramatically for the few days around the eclipse. With the warrior Mars aspecting from Pisces the rhetoric will be especially aggressive and there is likely to be much talk of war.

The path of the eclipse is through Congo, Ethiopia, Yemen, Pakistan, North India and across a good partition of China and Taiwan. This could be especially deadly in North India where 20 Indian soldiers were recently killed in what can only be described as a brawl with their Chinese counterparts of the remote border region. And Yemen has been under siege for so long that anything could happen there. And China, including Taiwan, have their own problems which are not so different from what we see going on in Seattle these days with the autonomous zone.

Gemini rules over the arms: not just the arms of the body, but also the armaments of nations and the weapons we possess. This is an interesting point because it suggests how words are weapons, and how media rhetoric and information technology play into the struggles and obstacles we face. We have seen numerous unconventional weapons since Rahu came into Gemini; much of which would be in the form of propaganda, but we have also been hearing about lasers and “super duper” fast missiles. Sun and Mars will be affecting Rahu giving powerful effects to the force of unconventional arms.

Gemini is the sign of groups, teams, gangs, associates, and essentially tribalism. We have seen this great fascination with tribalism over the past couple of years as society drifts away from the notion of the sovereign individual. The current BLM movement has certainly exacerbated the divide between whites and blacks (while ignoring the reality that most of the world falls somewhere in between the two), the fascists and the anti-fascists (while ignoring the fanatical extremism on both sides). There is a tendency for the media to lump people into groups and judge people based on their group identity rather than their individual identity or actions. Again, the Mars aspect here can easily devolve into tribal warfare. (You’ll notice that I even just lumped the media together as a tribe before I made my allegations even though I am arguably taking part in the media myself by writing this.)

Gemini is also the 6th sign from Capricorn suggesting the obstacles we face as leaders as well as the obstacles faced by governments. This is why something as simple as free speech is so important and so contentious: it’s the enemy of the government. And as an interesting twist, Gemini is also the 10th sign from Virgo which suggests some connection with the leader of the enemy. So we end up with these masked rogue leaders in the USA and plenty to suggest that it’s not organic as it seems. I have been saying for months that nothing is as it seems. This is the Rahu effect in Gemini.

The loss of cultural grounding that we get in Cancer is lost in Gemini. Where Cancer brings people together out of a sense of shared values and national identity, Gemini (tribalism) works together with(7th from) Sagittarius (globalism) for the destruction of the natural rhythms, home comforts, culture, and boundaries. The more direct effects of the eclipse are usually only felt for a few days before and after so it’s possible we will get some growing expressions of nationalism by the 23rd or so.

If it was a human chart I was looking at with the Aries ascendant, I would likely diagnose them with hyperthyroidism in the eclipse chart.

Mars in Pisces brings with it a kind of repressed anger that comes out through as aggressive communication. It causes one’s enemies to also be more aggressive, and fights with partners and generally unruly negotiations. It brings a kind of passive aggressiveness that infuriates everyone around. It should be noted that Saturn is also aspecting Mars which will increase the inner sense of frustration. This can also bring some tension at sea that will last for the duration of this aspect.

This Mars Saturn tension is also affecting agreements and negotiations with their aspect on Libra along with Rahu. This Mars influence will likely be the final straw for many agreements and partnerships as each party begins to assert themselves. Rahu has been aspecting this sign for about a year now so many of these negotiations have not been in good faith anyways.

Mars in Pisces can also increase that activity at night, fighting going on behind the scenes and fighting in foreign lands due to a kind of subconscious aggression. Some might say that the ancestral spirits want to express themselves in an aggressive way.

The good news is that Jupiter also has an aspect on Virgo which should allow diplomacy to avert all out war, but the smaller tribal wars like we see in the USA right now are likely to experience heightened intensity for only a few days.

Jupiter and Venus are still giving effects in Taurus which will continue to be good for the bankers. Though inflation is also possible due to these two powerful benefics increasing the value of stored resources while mercury, who is the Money itself is corrupted by Rahu and burnt out by the two fiery planets.

Eclipses are a good time for Tantra and occult sadhana for those who are prepared to face their shadows with compassion. It’s a very good time to distinguish ourselves and others as individuals rather than as members of the group. It’s also a good time to take action to overcome our obstacles, illnesses and enemies. Mantra meditations can be especially potent with Leo’s ruler in Gemini. Gemini shows what we gain from Mantra. The value of fixed assets can grow in this time. Research, secret knowledge and revolution will all feel some appreciation from Venus aspect, but since Mars, the ruler of Scorpio, is in Pisces it might be difficult to actualize, though there can be unexpected gains none-the-less. Active meditation, commonly done through walking or yoga can have special benefits as well.

This eclipse seems to me to signal the end of six months of Kal Sharpa. The illuminator of truth is finally coming out of the grasp of the shadows. Much of the confusion of the first half of this year should begin to become more clear. But we also have to be open to the idea that we may have been wrong about some things over the first part of the year. This is crucial for personal growth. Allow reason to keep your intuition in check while simultaneously allowing your intuition to keep your reason in check. Allow them to meet in the middle without giving primacy to either. 

Good luck

Om namah shivaya      

Prana: The Most Essential Quality

 What is Prana Vayu?

hanuman, bhima, madhvaPrana is life force or vital essence. Vayu is air and movement. Pranavayu is the movement of vital energy. Western Yogis have been talking about prana for many years already and it’s a relatively common term now. Modern Sanskrit scholars now tell us that we may have misunderstood the meaning of this word (see Wallis or Dyczkowski for confirmation).

Yoga teachers will commonly cue student to “inhale the prana” and “to visualize prana coming down into the body to give it energy. Ayurveda has followed with this classification of prana being a downward movement connected with the inhalation. Prana vayu is actually a bit of an awkward arrangement of terms since anything with prana moves and anything that moves has prana. This means we can refer to all five movements of the prana  vayus as movements of ‘prana;’ we can also drop the use of prana and just call these movements the vayus.

What modern scholars tell us is that the word ‘prana’ actually refers to the upward outward movement of our exhalation rather than the downward inward movement of our inhalations. The implications of this research is just starting get filtered down to us ordinary yogi and even very respected Ayurveda Institutes have still not taken the time to consider their own teachings and understanding of this topic.

I have written elsewhere about the ignorance of the colonial mindset so I won’t talk about it here. Most ordinary yogis in the west are so far removed from the yogic scriptures that such finely tuned understanding of the terms they use is of little importance. The larger institutes and colleges are typically more concerned with reputation and profits they have little incentive to seek after the truth. It almost seem to be a kind of “little mans syndrome” of academia. Only the the great scholars care about such things and nobody listens to them since we can find the (wrong) definition of of prana anywhere on google.

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So, getting back to exhalation which is connected with prana vayu. When we exhale, our vital force goes out thru our breath and the five senses to illuminate the world much like the Sun as it follows it’s daytime course thru the heavens. It’s rises with the beginning of our exhalation and moves thru the sky (of consciousness) until setting in the 12 finger space above the crown of the head to give way to the movement of the moon which rises full when the sun sets. This is where the exhalation has ended. As we inhale to passively and graciously receive the gift of life one nitya (goddess) leaves the Moon and enters into our bodies to nourish us and give life to the soul (the Sun) thru the body until she is herself drained of life, dark and dry as the Sun gains exaltation begins to penetrate the cold darkness of death with heat of life and the illumination of consciousness.

This is also the meaning of pranayama (prana + ayama): the life force which defeats death bringing life to the sense, allowing them to move. Prana brings movement and warmth to whatever is inert, cold and dead. (I have also seen the opposite interpretation (prana + yama) suggesting that we do the breathing practices in order to still the breath, slow all the vital functions, an ultimately ride the breath to the heavens leaving the duality of earthly existence behind. Of course we continue on with our life, but without attachment, free of the limitations of the three gunas and they individual vital breath. One moves instead in perfect harmony with the universal flow of consciousness.

Kal Bhairava takes over for Yama in Varanasi.

When we exhale prana, that life force which was given to us by god, reaches out to the world through our senses to colour and flavour the objects with whatever flavour we might crave; whatever we have inside of ourselves at the moment reaches out to the world to create a counterpart. When we inhale and bring back all of that sensory material we generally forget that we have just created it, so we react. We forget that we always get back whatever we give. As long as we have forgotten this fundamental rule we will suffer from our karma; once we learn it, life becomes a spontaneous play whatever might be your circumstances.

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“The vital breath is essentially a state of consciousness which manifests as the movement of two breaths; prana and apana (exhale and inhale).” This is a major theme of Tantra: that one thing  appears to be two separate things; or, as is the case in waking life, as a multiplicity of distinct objects. As we look at things more and more closely and understand them for their subtleties rather than accepting them at face value, they begin to merge together as though they were never separate. As it says in the Stanzas on Vibration:

“Whatever else may exist apart from you, if subjected to sound reflection, simply disappears like the fables palace of celestial musicians and you alone, changeless remain….” Stanza 10 goes on to say that , “then the soul realizes that his true nature (dharma) is universal agency and perceiving subjectivity, and so he knows and does whatever he desires.” ~Stanzas on Vibration~

In yoga we often talk about the body, mind and soul. We can think of this as three worlds or three layer of our being. The vayus live in the intermediate region of our highest intelligence but they move between the heaven and earth; the soul and the body; the subject and the object. Vayu is Air and Ether, which allows it pervade and move between all 36 tattva.

11TH_Rudra_Shiva_HanumanThe prana vayus are known as the vehicle of Rudra, an ancient name for lord Shiva that means “the Howler.” Rudra is known as the “Lord of Beasts.”  He is often associated with the 11 Mahurts which signifies his rulership of the mind and the 10 indriyas (5 sensory and 5 motor functions).

There are 5 Prana-vayu (movements of essential vital force), the sacred spaces associated with them. I have described them both in Tantric terms as well as in terms of Ayurveda

  1. Prana: Represented by the Sun. Prana is moving when we exhale; this is a movement upward & outward from the body, when the vital force of the senses reach out to their object. This is the expression of our life force to penetrate the world and forever leaving our mark up it (which will come back to us again thru the 5 fold cycle of the vayus). Prana also represent what we give to the world. Many people who belong to traditional cultures will begin a deep breath with an exhalation whereas modern people are much more likely to inhale straight away when told to take a deep breath. In the later Tantras, this movement became associated with the pingala channel of the nadi system.

  2. Apaana: Represented by the Moon.  Apana vayu is the inward & downward movement which first comes to us thru the crown of our head in the form of grace or shaktipat as we receive the gift of life. In Ayurveda it’s the downward movement that aids elimination.  and moved down the body Ayurveda they say move downward and outward. Like for the elimination of bodily waste. In later Tantras this became associated with the Ida channel of the nadis system.

  3. Samaana: According to Ayurveda, it moves inwards, spinning towards a centre point like meditation. In the waking and dream state, prana-apana is active, however in states of deep-sleep samaana (the Equalizing breath) balances the inhalation and exhalation. The call it the equinox

  4. Udaana: The Ascending breath. This is the central channel; the shushumna. This is the upwards rising force. According to Ayurveda, it also moves outwards like speech.

  5. Vyaana: expansion in all directions radiating from the navel outward in all directions. Often considered as the nadis energy system similar to the meridians of Chinese Medicine.

What is the most essential quality?

The first story

The Trio Brahma vishnu mahesh cute picturesOnce upon a time all of the organs and functions of the body got into a debate about who was most essential. Many were praising the the way the skeletal system gave shape and standing to the body, or how the blood carried nutrients to maintain the body, others marveled the how the heart pumped blood and how the lung found it’s own way to pump air, then pranavayu came along and everyone silent, for they knew that without the warmth of prana and the movement of the vayus that all life would stop. The hearth would not beat, the blood would pool and go stagnant, and the breath stops; the body becomes cold and inert.    

The second story

Once upon a time, the Gods entered into a timeless argument over who was most powerful and essential for the functioning of life and this universe. Shiva happened to be moving about rather than sitting peacefully upon the peak of Mount Kailash. Something always seemed to be happening whenever Shiva was moving about. When Shiva came across this childish argument he sought to quell it by simply pointing out that none were as powerful as him and they should all just go home and forget this pettiness. Of course some of the big gods who were standing around took offense to this; namely Brahma, the creator, and Vishnu, the preserver. To their protests, Shiva merely revealed his true form as a mystical shaft (lingam) of light and said, “see if you can find where I end.”

shiva1The two who remained standing there laughed at the challenge and quickly set off in opposite directions to find those loose ends, finish off the argument, and, for once, make Shiva look live the fool; because after all, everything has to come to an end. But after eons searching thru the vastness of Shiva’s light they finally decided to meet back in Kashi where it all began. When they got there, Vishnu immediately fell to his feet to offer his most respectful pranam to Shiva. But Brahma, who, despite his capacity for creation, has no eye for consequences, lied and said that he had found an end. It was just over the horizon not so far and it had only taken so long to return because he had decided to rest there for a while and fell asleep. 

Almost nothing enrages Shiva like arrogance and upon this insult all of his his most fearsome aspects rose to the surface and with an upsurge of impulse he chopped of one of Brahma’s five heads. The greatest crimes in India are those that go against pure knowledge and wisdom; they call this killing a Brahmin. Even the Gods are subject to karma so this fierce form of Shiva, whom they call Bhairava, took up the skull and walked the four corners of India for the next 12 years. This is the version of Shiva most emulated by modern Naga babas and Aghore: naked, fearsome to behold, covered in the ashes of the funeral pyre where he makes his bed. Every part of his external image brings fear and revulsion. But if we take the time to get to know a true aghore we will get to know and over come our own fears. For that’s the social role of the Aghore, to show us that this is the worst it can get; this is our greatest fear; but actually, it’s not so bad. 

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Aghore

After 12 years of wandering like this, Bharava returned to Kashi, and not far from the train station washed himself in a small pond. All of his impurities (malas) dropped away along with the skull which had been his companion for 12 years. He once again brought balance to the three gunas within himself, overcoming their excess and deficiencies freeing himself from the wheel of time and the cycle of cause and effect. In short, even the most fearsome evil was able to overcome the inner turmoil of self and social recrimination and realize himself as that same light of the universe that is in all things without distinction of good or bad or any of the other opposites.

Head Chopping in Hinduism

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Ravana offering his own head to Shiva.

In Kashi, whenever Shiva takes this fierce form and starts chopping off heads they call him Bhairava and have given him a rather bureaucratic job of welcoming and signing in all the pilgrims to give them access to the spiritual vision necessary “to cross the river that is so hard to cross.” You could say that he does this by metaphorically chopping off their heads. This head chopping metaphor is a relatively common one in Hinduism. Shiva chopped Ganesh’s head in Ujjain. They have built their own Bhairava temple there to commemorate the great event. Of course it was a little bloody and gruesome, but due to that Ganesha received blessings from all of the gods and was given guardianship over the directions. Kali is also famous for her necklace (mala) of heads. Ravana, the main antagonist of the Ramayana was given his great powers by Shiva when he cut off his own head in offering to Shiva. My teacher once told me that “only Ravana can cut off his own head and get away with it.” Due to his great power of penance his head grew back every time. Ravana was actually said to have ten heads due to the vastness of his knowledge and wisdom. All of this suggests that a jnana yogi needs to acquire, by penance and blessing, knowledge which faces in all ten directions.

kali maIn Jyotish we also have the story of Rahu and Ketu, the north and south nodes. This all happened in the very beginning when the gods and demons (the bureaucrats and bohemians) figured out that they had to work together to retrieve the elixir of immortality by churning the ocean of milk; pretty much all the divine being had to help in some way. In their greed to get the amrit, they didn’t think much about the side effects which was the creation of the physical universe and it’s cycles. Laxmi and Kamadenu came from this churning as did some great toxins that Shiva was able to swallow to save everyone. When the amrit arose and they were getting ready to pass it around a beautiful dancing girl appeared, seductive and scantily dressed. This was a ploy by the gods who knew the demons could be easily distracted by their senses. From the start, they never intended to share the amrit with the demons from. Swarbhanu was watching and saw all of this happening so he disguised himself as one of the gods and lined up with them for the amrit while the rest of the demons were being pushed to the back of the line. But just as Swarbhanu was taking a drink Sun and the Moon alerted Vishnu who swiftly cut off his head, but it was too late, the amrit had made it down his throat and both halves of him were immortal. The called the head Rahu and the body Ketu and gave them an abode in the starry heavens with the planets. The continue their vendetta against Sun and Moon whom they’ve never forgiven. At the time of the eclipse they get their chance to exact revenge thru various methods of disruption. Rahu brings intense desire while Ketu brings an almost equal intensity to his ambivalence. While Rahu brings our focus to the material world an ensures that the wheel of karma keeps turning; Ketu cuts us from our material ambitions allowing us to surrender to what is. 

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A Hard Traveling: A Path of Worship

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Sometimes I can’t tell if I’m walking thru some known past or walking into some unknown future. The people I meet along the way all appear to me as dear old friends rather than people I’m meeting for the first time. I become familiar fast, I tell people what I want and expect it with the same ease with which I give what is asked of me. The demands are not unreasonable or unexpected, just what the situation demands. We’re all just fulfilling our duties to the other; to humanity; to ourselves; or, if you like, to God.

I’ve faced some hard traveling in the past as I faced off against the scorching hot winds of the Indian plains, or the cold isolation of the Himalayan mountains, or perhaps even when I walked in my vain attempt at hitchhiking thru the nomadic lands and salt flats of western India. The Narmada valley kicked my ass and so did the Naga hills, but none of it so hard as Canada’s west coast.

Over the past few months, I’ve been from Edmonton to 180 miles out on the North Pacific, I’ve walked, trekked, hitch-hiked, bused, flew and boated uncountable miles; moving far too frequently, ready to give up time and time again but unable to stop due to some invisible hand of fate. The isolation, the untamed nature, and the magnitude of accidents and incidents has challenged me on every level stretching my emotions thin (sensitive as a champagne glass), sharpening my instincts so that they cut like a razor without hesitation, and, of course, breaking my body with frost bite on my fingers, cartilage torn in my ribcage, and infection setting into even the most insignificant cut. (I found out after writing this that I also crushed three vertebrae in a ladder fall a couple of days after I tore the cartilage in my ribs.)

The bear that was foraging on the beach where I camped in Winter Harbour came to give me a sniff at night. I know how these weak dogs feel when they decide to crossing thru another packs territory. At least I didn’t piss myself. I was camping/hitch-hiking on the edge of town for three days before someone came along who was heading back towards civilization (if you can call Port Hardy civilization, and it seems you can only call it that if you’re coming from Winter harbour, otherwise you still have a long way to go before you can make such a statement). It’s not a matter of cars driving past you and not stopping, everyone stops, but they’re all locals, nobody is going back to civilization. And when someone did finally come along they had to honk and call me up from the beach because the last thing I expected was a ride. Speaking with the locals I was expecting to be there for another three days.

I remember when I was going up to Nepal to trek the Langtang valley in January so many years ago. A Brazilian girl was in the jeep with me and she spoke of her fathers belief that Nepal was like going to the end old the world. The cold, she said, exacerbated this feeling for her. Dante, after all, portrayed the lowest levels of hell as a most frozen wasteland of demons. I’ve been out past Winter Harbour and I can say that it really is the end of the world. There is nothing beyond except wind, water and waves. The people of the town frozen in some time long in the past making it feel less like I’m traveling thru space and more like I’m traveling thru time. But perhaps this is the effect of a Ketu pratyardasha during a Mercury retrograde.

Ketu, the dragons tail or south node, is known as one of the shadow planets. He’s a mysterious mystical planet that brings our past life karmas to the fore. He is one of the great balancers of our karmic debts. He works in the most mysterious and unpredictable ways. In a flash he can raise one to the highest status or bring them crashing down to the lowest. Ketu usually shows us our most natural talents that we’ve brought with us from previous lives. These being areas of our lives that we’re already comfortable with, we rarely have have the sense of challenge it takes to stick with something until we master it. With Ketu, we’ll pick something up because it’s there and drop it completely when we’re finished with it. Mercury in retrograde also bring us back to our past, so that we find ourselves thinking about past lovers, past mistakes, or any other unfinished business. During the last Mercury retrograde in the early summer of 2016 I edited over 70 pages of past writing and wrote two unsent letters to girlfriends from far in my past. During the retrograde that occurred last fall I was saved by an ex-girlfriend who suddenly thought to repay a debt that I’d long since put behind me. I was hoping this current Mercury retrograde would allow me the time to finish my editing task. Unfortunately Ketu’s strength had me out on the seas pulling in tuna on hand lines and slicing their throats: brutal, blood soaked work. Ketu has long since suggested to me that my past life followed such a brutal blood soaked path. This is perhaps why I feel so blessed regardless of the Saturneous difficulties of my current life: no matter how hard things may seem, they could be a lot worse.

I started moving back in May when the heat of Varanasi started to rise well above 40 degrees. I headed north to the Himalayan Mountains, wandering villages for a couple of months until I found some nice place to rest. By then it was time to leave India and come back to Canada where I’ve been wandering for about 10 weeks.

About a month ago, I thought I was done and finished. I thought the highways and forests of the interior had finished my off. I though that I couldn’t possibly go on. And then I got the call to go Tuna fishing. It’s often like that, just when you think you can’t go on, just when you think that your heart and soul has given all that it has, just when you think you’ve lost everything, there comes some fresh spark from god only knows where. I’m amazed time and again how much spark, how much illumination is within me even when I think I’ve spent it all. Such will to live. Now, once again, I honestly don’t feel like I can continue any farther.

A few nights ago I was sleeping in my tent when the breath of a bear woke me up. I could smell him and hear him as he sniffed at the tent. I dreamt about him the night before and thru my dream I knew somehow that I was welcome to pass thru the territory. He left when I spoke to him. I’d seen him on the beach, I knew he was in the neighborhood.

“Life,” a wise man once said, “is mostly about wastin’ time, and I waste my share of mine.” Sometimes this seems like all I’m ever doing is wastin’ time. I’ve gathered up all kinds of knowledge that I could not have imagined, I’ve had experiences that are quickly fading from this planet, and I’ve loved and lost so many times that I don’t know the difference any more. But all of this I keep within me. When I start to put my experience and knowledge to paper and print it sounds like some stereotype that cannot possibly be real. How can one man do all of that? Perhaps I’ve taken my memory from books and movies or merely dreamt it.

On the other hand, few of my stories have the sparkle and shine or the outlandishness that people seem to associate with my kind of travel. This search for freedom has not been an exploration of the drug culture: I’ve managed to avoid the coke in Central America, the Ayuasca of the southern shamans, the ‘shrooms of the west coast, the acid of the cities and all the rest of that mind altering experimentation. I’ve done my best to maintain what I consider a certain level of legitimacy in my quest. Many people seem somewhat disappointed that I haven’t explored this drug fueled consciousness. It’s like my legitimacy is lost by not having gone thru this drug fueled route to higher consciousness.

I cannot say that good old fashioned meditation has brought me here alone, just like I cannot deny living in a world of altered consciousness. Experience has been just as important as meditation and fate has done most of the work for me. This path is written in the stars, this consciousness has been a gift of God. If any one little thing was changed then it would all be changed to such an extent that I would no longer be me, but someone else with a whole different set of knowledge, skill and experience.

Sometimes I wish I could view my life from the perspective of my friends and family who see me as a great adventurer, mystic and yogi. Of course my pride has elevated me to Baba with so many clients calling me doctor and guruji, but this very pride keeps me quite about my travels and these people who come across my path.

A wise man said that there’s no use trying to figure it all out, it takes the time that’s needed for talkin’ about the places you’ve been and the faces you’ve seen. Perhaps I waste too much time trying to figure it all out; trying to see how one piece fits onto the other and what piece will come next. So, perhaps it’s time I speak, or write a little more about the places I’ve been and the faces I’ve seen.

A truck driver picked me up somewhere around Mount Robson. He told me that he stopped because I was wearing a cowboy hat rather than a rag on my head. I felt lucky for a moment that I happened to be wearing that hat that was plunked on my head by a friend as he left me to seek my fortune on the side of the highway; it’s more common for me to have a rag on my head. By the time I shared this news with the trucker we had already established a friendship and he was no longer in the mood for insults.

I sometimes come across these big burly manly men who wrestle bears. Of course they don’t really wrestle bears so this little adventure that is my life seems to threaten them as though my meager existence somehow knocks them out of the alpha-male seat they are so accustomed to. Perhaps they could handle it if I was competitive and boastful about my adventures, but the truth is that I never seek out adventure, adventure just seems to grab a hold of me and drags me thru the mud or the sea and then spits me out in some strange place like Winter Harbour or Port Hardy. All I can do when I come out the other side is marvel at my surroundings and wonder just what it is I’m doing here. I ask this of the wind quite a lot: What am I doing here?

As a philosopher I’m used to asking questions of myself. I used to always ask and wonder, “who am I?’ but now that I seem to have that figured out to some degree, my question is more often: “what am I doing here?” It’s a fair question. I have no reason for being here, I’ve never even looked at this part of the world on the map, but yet here I am in Port Hardy putting off my bus ticket one more day over and over. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll go somewhere. I’m too far away from everything to get anywhere in a day.

I was in this situation a few months ago in India. There I was in the village Tatapani which had been mostly flooded out by a dam a few years earlier wondering to myself what I was doing there. As is often the case, I was just wastin’ time. There was nothing there to see or to do, and as usual it was the people who touched me in a way that the land out here touches me. Sometimes these touches burn a hole so deep that the mark will never go away. Sometimes it’s just a gesture; a sentiment.

How often have I made it thru someplace that I’m sure has changed me forever only to run into some old friend who reminds me that I haven’t changed one bit. All the scars are internal. All the perception arises from within. We cannot even imagine what it must be like to see thru another’s eyes. How often the vision changes; that inner vibration seeking it’s harmonious match. Every note is beautiful on it’s own, but it takes a certain degree of magic for harmony to arise from a whole cluster of notes. We often forget this when we’re in conflict with others. We point our finger at the other person throwing blame upon them and challenging them to change their inner music to match our own.

But even in conflict there is some match between people. I’ve seen this in astrology charts when people clearly do not match with each other. Although their personalities may not match, their karma matches; their miserable time together matches. I’ve seen horrible relationships come in front of me and I’ve had to say that yes, there is an astrological match in the charts. Soul mates do not only come into being between butterflies and rainbows; everyone we encounter is a kind of soul mate fulfilling some need in our lives; fulfilling some vision we have of life. Sometimes we need the conflict to feel fulfilled; that duality of righteousness that bring some tension to life.

Some people say this about astrology: “I don’t want to know, I’d rather it comes as a surprise.” But even knowing what I know, life always comes as a surprise. Reading a future in a chart and experiencing that future are two very different things; two very different ways of knowing. When I see an accident coming in my chart it never occurs to me to try to avoid it. One always tries to be careful, but such is the nature of an accident that we never see it coming until it’s already upon us.

A wise man once said that: “We all got holes to fill, them holes are all that’s real. Some fall on you like a storm, sometimes you dig your own.” To this I could add that we usually know when we’re digging a hole for ourselves even without predictive astrology, but this does not keep us from digging the hole. Actually, I’ve written before that most people know their future without seeking out astrological advice. Just as something deep inside myself knew that I was facing the Saturn effect on my luck long before it became as apparent as it is today. People mostly know if they are going to be successful or miserable, rich or poor. Of course crazy things happen some people worry about everything while others worry about nothing and who can say what will come of them. Strange luck strikes from anywhere when the time comes.

I’ve always had high hopes for myself. I certainly never expected to be living on such an edge of existence; clinging to the edge of world wondering where my path will take me next. Venus will soon be giving influence where Ketu has been for the past month. I pray that she will be kind to me, and embrace me with the kind of love and luxury and creativity that she’s famous for. I’ve noticed in the past that her location in my third house with Saturn and Jupiter looking at her often influences this very traditional art of astrology that I’ve been practicing. I remember years ago asking my teacher about this combination as I wondered why I was not using my hands for art and design as I expected from Venus. One look at the charts covering almost every page of my notebook laid my questions to rest.

The difficulties of these past months has left me wondering if things can get any worse, though of course I know that they can. I have a not on my own astrology chart that Venus should bring both a relationship and some writing which sound quite pleasant, but of course I cannot ignore Venus’ rulership of my 12th house of loss and the 7th house of the loss of longevity; both of which are obviously quite ominous. Since she’s living in my third house of effort it makes perfect sense since I don’t feel like I have any effort left in me and if this continues it’s sure to be the death of me. But I don’t suppose death in in my cards just yet either as my previous figuring should give my at least another 15 years in union with this body. My teacher assures me that I have even longer than that.

Speaking of astrology, I’ve had some wonderful clients lately as well as some disastrous feedback. This great intimacy I feel with my clients, although wonderfully touching in a familiar way, occasionally gives me a kick in the ass since I share their pain as readily as I share their joy. And of course regardless of what I do, I cannot change anything for them (and lucky nobody expects me to do this), and still there exists suffering and confusion in this world. Patience and awareness seems to be the only remedy; but such remedies are only bestowed on those of us who are fated for such patience and awareness.

In any case, I’m merely writing for the sake of writing; singing for the sake of the song. I’ll continue to walk in this world between the past and the future, between heaven and hell and all the rest. Non-duality and non-difference between the poles. This fleeting stillness being the only real reality. It’s been said that when truth descends upon us, the only response in worship. So please accept this writing in the spirit of worship, just as I pray each step I take in this life continues to be taken in worship.

2015 Vedic Astrology Transit Horoscopes for all 12 signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio

Vedic Astrology transit horoscopes 2015 for the 12 signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

Yearly horoscope based on Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. On July 14, 2015 Jupiter will move into Leo. The other three planets will remain in the same sign for the duration of the year. (Monthly horoscopes using the faster moving planets will be coming soon.)

Horoscopes are based on the rising signs, but similar results can be predicted using Moon sign as well. Transit timings and locations are based on Vedic sidereal calculations. If you don’t know your rising sign according to Vedic Astrology you can get find it in various locations on line or you can contact me directly for a more complete chart reading.

For a sneak peak of 2016 spring horoscope, click this link.

Note: After ever sentence below I could write: “depending on the condition of the planets in your chart, and the current dashas (periods) working in your life.” Many things can change and influence the transit indications I write about. Every horoscope I offer is also subject to arbitrary limits. In my yearly horoscope I completely ignore the movement of the faster moving planets as well as their nakshartra position, retrograde and other important factors. The amount of information that can be gathered through astrology is potentially limitless. Faced with human limitations of time and knowledge, I cannot discover every potential. Also, on account of these all too human limitations, I am prone to error on occasion, so I apologize in advance for any mistakes that are my own. I welcome correction and astrological insight as well as general feedback. You may also contact me if you would like to work with astrology on a deeper level to support your goals. Vedic astrology can offer some unique guidance on your path through both subtle and active means in you are willing to do the work.

Aries

Jupiter’s exaltation in your 4th house of home is creating some expansion of your home environment. This could be anything from home renovation to bringing a child into the home, or perhaps even a new roommate. Ketu’s look at the 4th house could support some uncommon occurrences in the home; some of which could keep the home expansion in check and restrict your expenditures. Jupiter will also be adding certain kind of respectability to your expenses; but your ego could also be heavily influencing where you are putting your time, money and energy.

It could be a difficult year for health with Saturn in your 8th house and Rahu in the 6th. Rahu could bring some acute illnesses, but he could also drive you to learn about and improve your health. Saturn may provide some incentive by giving you some fear that the relatively minor illnesses of gifted by Rahu cold turn into something more chronic. And we’re human, so this is always a possibility. Take care of your health, especially after Jupiter takes his benevolent look away from Saturn and your 8th and 12th houses in July.

2015 Transit indications for finance are not great for Aries and you could be facing some unexpected tasks at work that could mean working longer hours. Although these extra hours might not translate into extra pay, you might enjoy the work and receive some other kind of recognition. After Jupiter moves to Leo in July, you could experience some gain in wealth and/or knowledge.

Emotionally, the first half of 2015 should be accompanied by a happy feeling of contentment and satisfaction. You might even get on peoples nerves with your emotional self-satisfaction, especially since this feeling will be accompanied by some mental tension concerning your health and long-term security. After July it’s likely you’ll see yourself come back down to earth emotionally from some kind of learning or knowledge you will collect.

Despite the difficulties and tensions you will be facing, all of 2015 should be a lucky year for you. Your luck will be served by your emotions in the first half of the year while your mind will be lucky for you in the second half.

Taurus

Your efforts will bear uncommon fruit. Look for some kind of spiritual metaphysical gain rather than hard currency, though with exalted Jupiter looking at his own 11th house it’s a good time for wealth too; especially the period before Jupiter makes his move in July. In the first half of the year, Jupiter will be expanding your efforts in unique and noble areas, but excessive pride from these efforts is also likely.

Saturn in your 7th house could be centering your fears around your relationships these days. This could cause you to question your path and yourself. Some friction in the home is also possibility. When Jupiter moves to Leo in July, some illness to your partner is a possibility. However with Jupiter moving into your 4th house, your home could be seeing some expansion, which could indicate children, but it could just as easily indicate some new ritual that is brought into the home.

Rahu will influence indulgent risk taking (gambling and love affairs and such), but it’s not a good time for gain from such things. Your mind will be feeling sharp and you’ll grasp things quickly and move on to the next. It’s up to you where you direct your mind. This could function as mental acumen or stress which cold have either positive or negative effect on your luck and personality.

Rahu and Saturn combined aspect on your ascendant in 2015 could cause some ailments which will arise with the movement of Venus as she makes her way to Scorpio by year’s end. If you have children, they could also be causing you some grief by their efforts.

Gemini

Jupiter is in an excellent position for long term prosperity, saving, land investment and such. Ketu is giving his unusual touch to this and his influence could mean you pick some new routine that ensures long health of body and mind. But some kind of long-term financial prosperity is likely until Jupiter moves to Leo in July; at which point you may begin to use this new prosperity to fun your efforts for even greater gain.

You might feel like you’re wasting your money on your home right now. Perhaps rent is too high or tedious repairs are adding up. It’s likely everyone in the home is busy these days returning only for pragmatic purposes. On the other hand, Rahu’s look at 8th and 12th house opens the possibility for foreign travel.

Saturn in your 6th house means you have to watch out for small illnesses, which could hamper your health, especially after July when Jupiter takes his look away from Saturn. Some wasteful spending is also indicated this year by Saturn’s look at your 12th house.

Jupiter’s exaltation might cause you to idealize your partner and all of 2015 should be a good year for love and business partnerships if they can measure up to your ideal.

Cancer

With Jupiter exalted in your sign the only thing you have to watch out for is your own inflated ego. Jupiter is an excellent position to show off your personality. Ketu’s look at your first house could add a touch of uniqueness to your personality, or he could restrict the natural expression of your personality. Your luck and your mind will also be experiencing the benefits of Jupiter’s location in your chart for the first half of the year.

After Jupiter moves into Leo, he’ll begin to give some positive influence to your savings and long-term investments. Your career should also see a boost, along with your health. All of 2015 is a good period to focus on eating healthier.

Ketu in your 9th house with Jupiter’s look in the first half of the year could set you on an uncommon path in life. Some unusual spirituality could also come up in this period.

Saturn could be interfering with your long term prosperity for now, but when Jupiter moves into your 2nd house these issues will mostly fade away in the broader perspective, though Saturn will continue to disturb your gains. Rahu could act as a counter balance in this regard, but gains and acquaintances will likely come from the wrong side of the tracks. It could be a difficult period for your mother, your children, and your younger brother.

Rahu will be making it hard to focus your efforts this month. You could be starting things without finishing them, or merely spreading your effort so thin that nothing gets accomplished. If Rahu is positive for your chart or you’re in a positive dasha period Rahu could help you complete the multitude of effort and bring very nice gain.

Leo

With Jupiter exalted in your 12th house until July, you may be feeling rather generous in gifting your time and/or money to charities or some cause you believe in. Ketu’s look on Jupiter is likely to add a touch of the unusual to whichever cause you choose to support. This same unusual effect of Ketu will be affecting your secret hobbies; your guilty pleasure will likely turn a little strange this year, but I wont tell anyone if you don’t. By Jupiter it’s likely that you will become involved with what is foreign to you (this could happen in your own country, or you could go somewhere for the experience) The second half of the year indicates some kind of pilgrimage travel.

Saturn will be having a negative effect on your home and home-happiness, which will be noticeable in your personality to those who know you. Jupiter will hold things together with his watchful eye until he moves in July, but be prepared for a bit of a bumpy ride in your home life for the second half of the year. If Saturn, Mars or the moon is negatively affected but strong in your chart this year, you could experience some fear and sadness.

The good news is that Jupiter’s entrance into Leo in July will open the doors for better luck, broader thinking, and a more congenial personality. Life will certainly feel better. As karaka for wealth he will be causing some disturbance to your own bottom-line during his stay in your 12th house. After July, expenditure should go down allowing you to better accumulate wealth. Saturn and Rahu will both be influencing long hours and hard work. Some chance of a career change is also possible this year.

Virgo

Jupiter in your 11th house for the first part of the year should bring in some nice gain in fame, or knowledge, or even money depending on your own ideals. This gain is likely to come by way of your home and from pursuing your own deeper happiness. Some unusual relationship will also be influencing this gain. After Jupiter moves to your 12th house on July 22, you will experience an increase in your expenditure. It could be just the tax-man knocking for his share or you could be feeling charitable. In any case, your spending could be increasing your ego. Saturn could be providing the discipline to reign in your expenditures, but try to save something for a rainy day.

You could be a little lazy and contrary in your physical efforts while perhaps finding the dedication to continue with your longer term creative efforts in a stoic sort of way. It could a good year for meditation, but depending on your chart (on your own personality) you could feel some mental stagnancy.

You could face some problems with your father in 2015 and with your younger brother in the second half of the year. Your partner could be picking up some strange habits, and if you’re just starting out in a new relationship people could be laughing a little at your choice; by the end of July you may start understanding why.

You could find yourself becoming quite indulgent in the second half of the year; some criminal tendencies could arise. You need to be careful as your luck is also not so good. It should generally be a good year for your mother and older brother.

Libra

The first half of the year will be difficult financially gains will be less and even saving could go down while expenses are high. The good news is that it’s unlikely you will go into debt and some and your biggest expense could be the paying off of your debt. When Jupiter moves to Leo in the second half of the year, your gains are likely to improve, but you have to be careful that you are not increasing your income by increasing you debt again. Jupiter’s position in your 10th house in the first part of the year could get you a promotion or some other agreeable position of influence. The expanded duties could come with some benefits for long term security but it’s unlikely to be accompanied by a raise.

Be careful of colds and flus that are going around as you may be susceptible this year; especially for illnesses affecting the nasal and the stomach. In the second half of the year, there’s also some chance of an accident to your foot depending on the situation of Ketu and Jupiter in your chart; it might also be a good time to visit the dentist as Saturn could affect your teeth.

It could be a good year to make contact with older people of influence. And amongst your peers, you may take some classes for to improve your health (Ketu’s influence in your 6th house will attract you to holistic and alternative methods) or to rise in your occupation. And if you already have high position in your occupation, it’s a good year for teaching what you know.

Scorpio

Saturn could be afflicting your health, especially your knees, but you should take care of all the joints of your body these days. Some stomach problems are also likely to come up. Saturn’s influence in your first house could cause you to restrict your personality somehow. Perhaps you’ll go out a little less, or merely keep silent if you are out. Scorpios need to be aware of their partners (romantic liaisons, marriage and business partners) as all the houses in this regard are afflicted. The 7th house has Rahu and Saturn looking at it which could cause some illness to your partners. These same two planets have your 12th house hemmed in giving a negative effect to your night-time pleasures which includes everything from sex to sleep and other secrets of the night. Jupiter could however be giving you an indulgent sense of romance which could either be offset by Ketu’s constrictive nature or heightened by his strangeness.

Jupiter is in a very good place for pilgrimage travel until July. He will also be adding a bit of a golden touch to your effort which is being sustained by Jupiter. The whole year will be a good for making effort to do the things you want to do, and until July you can expect a bit of mind-expanding influence as well. After July Jupiter will move into Scorpio’s 10th house creating a big expansion of your occupation. Perhaps some training duties or some other noble task will come your way. In any case, you should see a rise in your ling term wealth and prosperity in 2015.

Ketu could be giving your some strange ideas this year; others will find it especially strange that you don’t even recognize the strangeness. This will reflect on your personality. Rahu should be happy in the 11th house of gains since he’s happy with almost everything.

Sagittarius

Jupiter is in an excellent position for overseas travel, but it could relate poorly to your personality. Some unexpected money could also come your way in the first part of the year. Jupiter will still be in a very good position when he moves to Leo in July. Travel is still highlighted by this Jupiter, and though you could remain far from home, you may not be going overseas.

Saturn in your 12th house could be a wasteful time. Your actions (and even purchases) will likely cost much more than you expect. Although you can enjoy your time and travels by Jupiter, Saturn is warning against travelling to anywhere too foreign.

You may find your time well occupied with several different jobs going on at the same time. It could be a good time to take a service job to provide a little extra security. Ketu on the other hand could be restricting your enjoyment of all this activity. In any case, it will leave you question the result.

Capricorn

Jupiter is in an excellent position for you partner, wife/husband, business partner and other such people; but since Jupiter is looking at your 11th house, he could provide some gain for you as well. After Jupiter moves to Leo in July, it could become more the case that these people fund your expenditures than directly afford you gain. Jupiter will also be expanding your desires while Ketu adds his unusual touch to your efforts. Since Jupiter in also looking at your 1st house, he could also cause some friction between you and your partner since Jupiter and Saturn are not friends. On the other hand, this look could help you see a general rise in status.

Saturn in your 11th house cold have you trying to achieve wickedly materialistic hopes this year, and though you could make some progress in the first half of the year, once Jupiter takes his eye off this house you could find yourself facing disappointment. With Rahu and Saturn both looking at your 5th house you could find your creative productivity in a slump. Lack of inspiration could result.

Rahu will be adding some mystery to your personality as well as your mind. Even friends may question if they have you figured out as they thought. Some bad luck could come about in a way that forces you to believe in the occult and perhaps even seek remedies from this field.

Aquarius

Rahu will be influencing a strong interest in astrology and the occult, overseas travel and pretty much anything foreign. With Saturn in your 10th house disturbing your occupation as well as your reputation, and the two of them (Rahu and Saturn) looking at your 4th house, it’s a very good time to travel. Changing jobs is also a possibility; especially in the second half of the year. The good news is that there is a very good chance of gain as well as long-term prosperity from a partnership of group activities in the second part of the year.

Saturn’s disruption of your public profile could reflect in your home and partnership as well as your expenditure. Saturn often forces us to consider the strength of our commitments. Often times it’s a question of following our duty or following our heart, and although the virtues of the heart path are widely extoled, neither path is really any better than the other.

Jupiter in your sixth house could be giving you an interest in learning about your health or otherwise using knowledge to defeat your enemies. Long term gain from this action is to be expected. You could be following unusual eating habits this year as well; perhaps trying out different diets as you seek better health.

Pisces

Jupiter is in an excellent position for student of anyone trying to expand his or her mind. Ketu look on Jupiter in the 5th house could stimulate some very unique thinking, but there’s some chance in this new way of thinking becoming a little too unique in the second half of the year. Some health problems in the first part of the year could cause you to seek a solution in the second half of the year. You could also start feeling forced to do service which is below you after July.

And don’t be surprised if people find your personality a little strange after July, chance could bing some strange circumstances for you to deal with, and along with the broad mind you will be sporting the first half of the year, the second half of the year could prove interesting for Pisces. Ketu could bring in some new age touch to your personality, but you have to be careful of the excesses desire being provided by Rahu.

Saturn can bring you some expenditure by bad luck, but also provide some gain through hard luck. You have to watch out for making some dirty effort for material gain; you could find yourself tempted (perhaps by a co-conspirator). You could face issues with your father of coworkers.

End note: Once again I would like to highlight the inaccuracies of these general horoscopes. I have not taken retrograde motion, degree, nakshatra or many other things that affect the transits into account in these horoscopes. Even in regards to sign placement, conjunction, and aspect, which I have begun accounting for in these horoscopes, my descriptions are far from exhaustive in regards to the possibilities. When we further consider that I have not taken your personal chart into consideration at all, we can consider these horoscopes to be little more than good fun; perhaps just an introduction. In any case, if you’re interested in getting more serious about astrology, please let me know. And of course if you have any questions or comments feel free to post them or address me thru e-mail.