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Bharani Nakshatra

Bharani Nakshatra: (13° 20’ – 26° 40’ Aries)

Star of restraint. Power to clean and remove impurity. Ruled by the god of death, Yama & and his sister Yami, “goddess of life.  ( Hades and Persephone from the western perspective). It’s about the bondage of time and karma and has a lot to do with his we make choices.

The main symbols are a vagina (childbirth and female sexuality), a doorway (the gate keeper), a boat (that which carries you to the other side), a triangle (I believe this would be a downward pointing triangle symbolising the feminine aspect of creation), an elephant (Ganesha).

Kali, Saturn and sacrifice have a strong influence on this nakshatra and the triangle brings our awareness to the chaotic, downward moving, materialistic, time aware power of the divine feminine. Kali is the one who destroys our darkest demons. She is the divinity we find when we sink to our lowest point, and by her power we raise ourselves up again. The feminine aspect also connect this nakshatra to Radha – Krishna and the moon. 

Venus is the planetary ruler of this nakshatra opening us up to a world of competing values. 

Health

  • Top of the head (brain) and bottom of feet

The brain and the endocrine system. It may deal with the entire Pituitary – Hypothalamus – Adrenal axis. The pituitary as the seat of the soul is particularly related to Bharani. Serotonin and it’s relationship with delayed pleasure is highlighted with this nakshatra while  Endorphins bring to question the relationship between pleasure and pain and offering as a reward for bear some pain or sacrifice. Oxytocin relates a lot with the sense of trust, caring, comforting. (Dopamine and Cortisol may belong more to Ashwini who is seeking reward and achievement might be relate more with Ashwini, but in this regard Bharani and Ashwini also work together as twins: the execrator and the brake.

Most of the health problems with this nakshatra are hereditary and come down to making poor lifestyle choice: smoking, drinking, drugs,  poor diet, taboo sex. Stress can be.incredibly high for people just doing their duty and they are often found in positions of trust. Though of course heavy malefic with break the trust somehow and rather than hand out the consequences one will suffer them.

Saturn is debilitated in Bharani. He has a restrictive influence on the happy hormones in some way. Drug or alcohol abuse is common among them all at some point of their lives. They’ve all dealt with the devil inside of themselves and tend to meet with the worse side of human nature. Mental illness, depression, anxiety, poor diet affecting digestion, nutrition, blood, heart, lungs, body pain and stiffness. Both extremes of sexual perversity and frigidity (or impotency) can be experienced with this placement. As levels of oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins are diminished by Saturn then we are forced to suffer the consequences possibly thru several generations.

Serotonin is related with achievement and the satisfaction of delayed pleasure. Low serotonin, gives OCD effect: obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviours: anxiety, stress, agitation, depression, poor digestion or appetite, poor breathing, body pain, mental stagnation.

Oxytocin is the bonding hormone triggered by children, childbirth, human contact and bonding. Low Oxytocin makes a person feel disconnected, lonely, cut off from others, but anxious when they are with others.

Dopamine is the hit, the reward, yes! Low Dopamine is connected with high stress, drug use, and poor diet. They may show low levels of iron magnesium and zinc as well. Addiction, ADHD, Alziemers, Bi-polar disorder. Inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, epilepsy.  (Dopamine may relate to Ashwini more than Bharani.)

Deficiency in Serotonin, GABA, and endorphins is usually correlated and expressed thru addictive behaviour, stress, anxiety, depression, self destructive behaviour, pain in the body, Fibromyalgia, emotional sensitivity, pleasure seeking behaviour, taboo breaking behaviour. A well placed Mars is likely to be familiar with the endorphin rush of exercise and sudden bursts of activity.

Parkinson disease, brain tumours, aneurysms, epilepsy, memory problems can also be found in Bharani.

Reflexology gets some standing in Bharani by connecting the soles of the feet to the brain. It’s thru Bharani that we are able to experience the inactivity in activity & and the activity in inactivity.

Bharani – Ashwini Comparison

AshwiniBharani
Headless, random activityHierarchy of value to our activity
Aware of nowAware of past and future
DopamineSerotonin
Always looking for a fixSacrifice
Particulars in between. Universal polar opposites.
The accelerator (freedom)The brake (consequences)
Moves thru spaceMoves thru time
Looks like a ponyLooks like death

Key Themes / Careers

Bharani is the door way that we cross at the moments of birth and death. The metaphysical birth of the subject and the object and the merging of the two. This can be a powerful nakshatra for yogis practicing the restraints, binds, locks; those concerned with severing the knots that keep us bound to this limited reality. Karmic bonds are paramount to karma yogis; they know only too well that we cannot escape our karma. They can be very duty bound people no matter how distasteful the job. They know that the path of life is but the road to death.

Sex and death connects Bharani to the mystery school, esoteric, occult and tantric perspectives of the world. Bharani makes us grapple with  time, mortality and the ticking ticking clock. Since there is limited time, it matters what we do. Bharani helps give deeper meaning to our actions. Yama gathers up all our actions, thoughts, words, sense impressions and doles out our karma accordingly.

Bharani has a lot to do with regulating the headless energy of Ashwini, Yama is the one who holds the reins and teaches us to sacrifice our present for the future, and to sacrifice our innocence to a higher purpose. Yama also teaches the consequences. This leads to all kinds of jobs as police, lawyers, judges as well as all related fields. But also to fields related to disciplining children or breaking horses.

Childbirth, babies and children can all be strong themes in Bharani.  Midwives, fertility experts, early education or childhood development, They might also work at the doorway are the end of the road as well, working as hospice workers, hospitals, other positions of trust or expectation that they will do their duty.

Anything related to female sexuality can be prevalent in this makshatra making them well suited for modern hospitality and entertainment industries: yoga teachers, dances, influencers, or musicians might . They may often have a look like death; or as if something has died inside of them. 

Any careers related to genetics, heredity, agriculture, animal husbandry, fertiliser, seed germination; anyone working under the awareness of generational wealth.

They can be very good at business: gatekeepers for the transfer of value, payments, shipping, receiving, taxes, banking, trusts, loans, debts. They have a keen understanding of value

On the dark side they can be involved directly in the business of death. They may be butchers or killers, cooks or hunters, crematory or cemetery workers, soldiers or mercenaries. All of the dirtiest jobs relate with Bharani. “It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it.” It’s usually a Bharani doing it.

Underworld mafia and dark, shady underground places are represented here. Sexual exploitation, drugs, crime, addiction, terrorists, and those involved with making the tools (like guns, S & M toys, caskets, bong shops) of these dark trades. If you want to know about the consequences of bad decisions, just talk to a Bharani person.

Bharani is also involved with all kinds of literal under ground resources: oil, mining and minerals, public utilities, buried treasure. The  earthquakes, volcanoes and geology and any studies and understanding of the wealth which is buried underground.

Qualities of Bharani

Mleccha (outcaste), Artha, Human, Rajas – Rajas – Tamas, Fierce/Severe, Pitta, Balanced, Downward looking, Female, Earth element, Sustaining/Organising principle, Sage Vashishta

Outcaste: Living on the fringes of society, capable of mixing with all classes, connected with the underground communities. Dark cruel plants here will bring a person to dark cruel place. 

Artha: Bhairani is motivated to make money and provide safety & security thru material abundance while building things that will last, grow and gain in value. Bharani has much to do with natural resources and stored wealth. Planets that support wealth acquisition will do well here.

Human: Humans are the balance between the gods and the demons. While we may be blessed with compassion and higher virtues, humans are not afraid  to “dance with the devil.” Although we wish to make healthier, more meaningful choices, Bharani deals with the temptation of natural human desires.

Fierce / Severe: A provocative placement for starting fights, arguments, quitting your job, bringing and end to things or taking care of things once and for all. Serving justice, or carrying out a crime. Harvest, clearing land for development, activities that once done cannot be undone. 

Pitta: Hot, oily, light, sharp, rough. Will influence a pitta constitution to the Karaka features of the planet. Lagna here could influence pitta physical constitution. If the moon is here it will be their mind, if Mars is here the brothers and competitors and activities might have qualities of pitta. 

Balanced: Bharani people are always seeking some kind of balance. Balance between right and wrong, life and death, past and future, fate and free will. Justice, human rights, business all seek to find some balance between competing interests. 

Downward looking: Good for research, underground activity, digging wells or laying a foundation, gambling, pessimism. Planets placed here are likely to keep their karaoke signification underground. Both malice and charity might be keep underground. 

Female: This nakshatra lends feminine traits to the significations of the planets involved. 5th lord here may give a daughter, 10th lord can give a female boss, Sun may give female authority figures. Masculine plants can disturb the polarity. 

Earth element: A solid, dense, stable, grounded nakshatra dealing with the material world. Planets here show less subtlety in their results. 

Sustaining / Organising principle: Focused is to maintain order in the universe. Its fierce properties like death and destruction are usually carried out for preservation. Like trimming an apple tree to give it a longer life and increase production.

Sage Vashishta: Symbol of the closeness that marriage brings to a couple. He taught electional astrology, vedanta, and yoga philosophy to the world. All of his seven sons went on to become great sages themselves and he was dedicated to the goodness and welfare of the world. He was the owner of the wish fulfilling cow, Kamadhenu and her child Nandini. The star Mizar is known as Vashistha and the nearby Alcor star is known as Arundhati, the name of Vashishta’s virtuous wife. Alcor is sometimes worshipped by married women to remind them of the virtues of being married.

West: Planets here are likely to give their full results in the West. When this asterism in placed in the western quadrant of the chart it gains extra strength to give results

Gods & Symbols of Bharani

Yama & Yami 

Yama is the god of death, Dharmaraj, lord of the underworld, lord of the pitris (ancestors). Second child of Surya, he is the younger step brother of Saturn and the elder brother of the Ashwini Kumars. He is also known as Manu the first mortal; the person to die. Yamuna (or Yami) is his twin sister. He is considered on the of the great Agnis (fires). His relation to time connects him with Kali, Saturn and the crow. He lives in the underworld surrounded by various kinds of hell to punish the sins of man. 

He has four arms, protruding fangs, complexion of storm clouds with a wrathful expression surrounded by a garland of flames, dressed in red, yellow and blue; holding a noose, a mace, and a sword. He rides a buffalo. He’s known to inflict torture and he fills men’s hearts with great fear. He gives individuals the power to bear any path in life.

Yama means: twin, moral rule or duty, self control, forbearance, cessation, retribution, to rein in. He dispenses law and punishment to sinners, and makes them repent. He rules the southern direction, likes the Sandal tree and knows the arts of poetry and the sacred hymns.

His when his sister Yami reached puberty she famously tried to persuade him to have sex with her.  She offered many arguments why it would not be breaking dharma, but he knew that sexual intercourse with his own sister would go against dharma in the mortal world where every action provokes a reaction seen of unseen. His reward for such self control was to become the chief justice of the universe. 

Yama was the father of Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandavas, who was famous for always speaking the truth. Yama once took the form of a Yaksha (a nature spirit) to test Yudhishthira’s righteousness with a series of riddles. Pleased with his answers he brought two of the Pandava brothers back to life after they drank for the forbidden waters. This is a very famous passage of the Mahabharata called the “Yaksha Prashna.”

Yudhishthira once asked sage Markandeya if there has ever been a woman whose devotion matched Drupadi’s. Markandeya told him of a time when Yama went to take the soul of Satyavan after he died. Yama was so impressed with the dedication to dharma of Satyavan’s wife, Savitri, that he brought Satyavan back to life. 

Yama once incarnated as a shudra named Vidura after being cursed by sage Mandavya for being too harsh in his punishments. While he played this role, Krishna was forced to take Yama’s seat in dispensing justice. But Krishna didn’t take anyone. Births continued, but nobody died. After some time the extra weight caused the earth to sink into the great ocean. Varaha had to dive down and rescue earth; raising it up with his tusk.

Meanwhile, Yama personified as Vidura got kicked out of the family home by his elder brother for speaking in defence of the Pandavas. To pass the time he went on pilgrimage meeting other devotees of Krishna. Sage Maitreya told him the truth of his divine birth. Bharani natives are capable of realising deep truths about themselves while on pilgrimage. Namely that we all have a divine immortal core within us. 

Krishna and Balarama were known to have traveled to the underworld home of Yama to retrieve the son of their guru Sandipani Muni. Recognising Krishna’s true nature as Vishnu, Yama offered obeisance to the two visitors and returned the boy without hesitation. The Maha mantra “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” relates to the sun and moon, day and night aspects of Bharani.  

His mother cursed him to his father which caused his grandson, Vena, to turn his back on dharma. We are taught that sins in this life will be paid for in future generations. 

Yama was destroyed by Shiva when he came to claim the soul of Sage Markandeya, who passed the auspicious trayambakam mantra don to us. Shiva was eventually convinced by the other gods to revive him.  Kartikeya, the ruler of the next nakshatra, may have carried out the killing for Shiva.

Yama was the teacher of the Brahmin boy Nachiketa to whom he gave three boons: The first was the restoration of family bonds and values. The next was for the knowledge of fire sacrifice to attain heaven.  And the third boon was to know the mysteries of what is beyond the world of life and death and the cycles of karma. Yama tries to avoid this final boon offering wealth, pleasures, and sensual delights but Nachiketa refuses all of these showing that he had self control. 

Yama once fought with Janamejeya in hell. He lost and offered him  knowledge of emancipation. 

Yama Gayatri Mantra

“Om surya puthraya vidhmahe maha kalaya

Dheemahi thanno yamaha prachodayath”

“Om, let me meditate on the son or the Sun god

Oh great Lord of time, give me higher intellect, 

And let the God of death illuminate my mind”

The five Yamas:  the five restraints of Patanjali yoga

      1. Ahimsa: Non-violence
      2. Satya: Truthfulness
      3. Asteya: Non-covetous
      4. Brahmacharya: Self restraint
      5. Aparigraha: Non-possessiveness

Hades – Pluto

Lord of the underworld and everything under the earth. The unseen one, the one who distributes riches from below. Master of the three-headed guard dog Cerberus who protected the gates of the underworld. He is known to be cold, stern and duty driven; holding everyone equally accountable to his laws. He was intent on keeping the souls he had and keeping the schedule for departure of the earthly world. Only a handful of heroes ever dared make the journey to the underworld and survived.

When the man Asclepius became such a great physician that he was capable of bringing the dead back to life Hades had Zeus kill him with a thunderbolt. Hades is known to have left his underworld home only twice: Once to bring Persephone down to the underworld for their marriage, and another time he went to Mount Olympus to heal after Hercules shot him with an arrow. 

His underworld was a miserable place, but there were three roads: one to the Island of Blessed for the Heroes (a kind of heaven), a kind of middling (purgatory) world for those who were neither good or evil, and a kind of hell for the wicked ones. There were pools where memory could be erased and other pools for the mystery seekers where memories could be revived. The five rivers of Hades are: Acheron (the river of sorrow), Cocytus (lamentation), Phlegethon (fire), Lethe (oblivion), Styx (hate), which forms the boundary between upper and under worlds. Narcissus and cypress plants are special to Hades. Some suggest that Hades was a cover name for Dionysus to hide the mysteries of the cult; and there are certainly many mysteries related to Hades and his underworld. 

Hades & Persephone (Goddess of Nature)

When Hades fell in love with Persephone he made a plan with Zeus to kidnap her. While she was playing with her freshwater nymph friends, Zeus and Hades caused the earth beneath her feet to open up and when she fell into the underworld. Hades married her. She may also have been led away by her fascination with a yellow flower (a narcissus/by her own narcissus). Nymph Cyane tries to help her but was no match for Hades; she melted into a pool of tears to form the river of her name. 

Persephone’s mother, Demeter, went mad looking for her daughter. She cursed the nymphs to become old and fat with scaly bodies known as Sirens. She even disguised herself as an old lady with a lighted torch and roamed the earth for nine days and nights. When she found her daughter in the underworld she pleaded with them to allow her to live on the surface. She was then allowed up for 6 months and had to remain with her husband in Hades for the other six months; marking spring and winter respectively. She was not happy at first but grew to love her husband. 

Pirithous tries to kidnap Persephone

Pirithous & Theseus decided they wanted to marry the wives of the gods. They first kidnapped Helen for Theseus to marry and then they went into Hades underworld to kidnap Persephone for Pirithous to marry. Hades, knowing their intention lured them to dinner and then had them sized by snakes as they ate. Hercules saved Theseus but Pirithous has never left. Hades put him in the chair of forgetfulness.

Hercules’ final labour to steal Hades’ dog

He first had to get initiated into the Eleusinian mysteries in order to absolve his guilt for killing the centaurs. He also had to learn how to get in and out of the underworld alive. He had much help from the gods by this time and Hades agreed to let him take the dog as long as he promised to take good care of him and do him no harm. 



Stars of Bharani

Musca Borealis: Apis; the Bee, the Fly, Vespa. 

Most of this constellation remains below the northern horizon. The bee is said to provide nourishment for the next constellation, the “Chameleon” (with its tongue out to catch the bee or fly). Radiation which is emitted into space is produced through a process of positron annihilation. Stars #39 & 41 are parts of the constellation Lilii Borea (Lilium – the Lily – Fleur de Lille) of antiquity. This relates Bharani to bee’s, honey, and flying insects generally.

Star #41 Arietis: The star called Bharani.  A triple star system, shining a blue-white hue. This is the main and brightest star of Musca Borealis. There are ‘nebulous’ absorption lines in the star’s spectrum caused by the Doppler effect of rapid rotation. 

Star #39 Arietis: A giant star. It’s at the evolutionary stage known as the “red clump,” indicating that it generates energy at its core through the fusion of helium. 1.6 times the mass of the sun, 11 times the radius and shines 56 times brighter. Energy is radiated into space. Cool orange hue of a K-type star.  

Star #35 Arietis: binary star with 490 day orbit. Shines with a blue-white hue of a B-type star

Tree of Bharani

Amla: Indian Gooseberry, Amalaki, Phyllanthus Emblica:

Small to medium size tree (1 – 8 m). Flowers are greenish yellowish, Fruit is nearly perfectly round and smooth with 6 vertical stripes and is hand picked in the autumn. It’s commonly pickled with salt, oil and spices but can also be eaten raw or cooked into the food like dal or sweets. The bark is also used to impart a bitter-astringent taste to traditional fish soup called Holat in Indonesia.

All parts of the tree are used in Ayurvedic medicine. It’s classified as having sour & astringent as primary flavours, with sweet, bitter & pungent as secondary flavours. Qualities are light and dry. Post Digestive effect is sweet and cooling. A fibrous fruit that is high in vitamin C & antioxidants. Main ingredient in the rejuvenating tonic called Chyawanprash.

It’s also used in inks and textiles for colour fixing.

Sexual – Creative Animal

Male Elephant 

Males and females usually live separately, with the females forming matriarchal groups with the leader directing the route to all the others. Males usually leave the group when they are around 12 or 15 years old. They will roam alone or spend time with other males. They will often have a close friendship with an older male who they seem to learn from. Although sexually mature around 15 years old, they do not usually become sexually active until 30 years old when they become capable of asserting their dominance which is necessary in order to find a mate.  

Musth: Means ‘intoxicated’ in Hindi. This happens when the bull elephants’ testosterone spikes making them hyper-aggressive and increasing their power so that even smaller bulls can occasionally defeat larger, older males in the fight for dominance that allows them to mate with females who are in estrus. It only lasts for a few days. A gland between their eye and their ear swells and releases a sticky dark liquid with a strong smell. Their urine which dribbles from them also releases a foul hormonal fragrance. 

The male elephant penis can be up to four feet long while the female reproductive canal can be up to 8 feet long. Females are usually only fertile for a few days of their four month estrus cycle.  These are usually the later days in order to increase the chances of reproducing with the strangest and most dominant male capable of defeating all the rest. Males only mate when they are musthing which leave very small windows for natural selection to work and maintain diversity of the herds.

Males may “flirt” by offering food to the female and by probing their vulva and inspect their urine. He might even chase her around for a short time, but there is relatively little foreplay and the mounting only lasts a couple of minutes. They will hang out together afterwards swishing their tails and wrap their trunks around each other. The female will have many partners during the time she is in estrus. Estrus cycle only happen every 4-6 years. Male too have their musth periods governed by nature so that only a few have it at any given time. 

Both genders emit a variety of vocalisations throughout the mating period: predominantly described as a low growl or a rumble.

Ganesha was an elephant, and Indra, Balarama, Skanda, Aiyanar all rode elephants. 

Elephants guard and support the world in the four cardinal directions. As many as sixteen elephants. They are said to cause earthquakes when they move. They support the milky way disk which bulges in the middle from the tortoiseshell and the milky way itself swirling like snakes would around it. We find these three (elephant, tortoise, snakes) supporting the world in multiple myths. They are all in place just below the surface in the myth of the churning of the ocean. Gaja, the traditional word for Elephant relates to Gaia and the milky way. Elephants personify a number of positive attributes including  fertility and richness; boldness and strength; and wisdom and royalty.

Airavata, who emerged from the churning of the ocean of milk was the first elephant. He became the mount of Indra and had the same name as Drona’s son, which gave Yudhisthira just enough of a loophole to say that Airavata was dead. Drona assumed it was his own son who had died and this broke his moral and he soon stopped fighting. 

Additional Points of Interest

  • Rahu in Bharani often breaks taboos related to sex and death. Smoky connection with stored values, underground organisations, and unusual people. Genetic disorders are possible. 
  • Saturn in Bharani can lead to confinement. One may be confined by an illness or handicap, depression, drug addiction, malnutrition. There may be heavy feelings of guilt possibly felt by the people signified by the houses involved. 
  • Venus, Moon or Jupiter here can be good for wealth and collections, but can weigh us down thru attachment.

Planetary Rulers of Ashwini

Venus: 

Music, enjoyment, sensual pleasures, value, women, balance, yoga, arrangements, agreements, contracts, deals, bargains, treasury from partnerships, mutual interests, equity, alliance, promises, trusts, advocacy. All Venus nakshatra may like drugs, alcohol or other pleasure stimulants. 

Aries + Venus

Innovative harmony, balanced beginnings, new balance, deathly sweet pleasures, active pursuit of trust, competitive bargaining, competitive value, beauty competition, active pleasures. Vigorously seek acquisition of valuable objects. 

Pada 1 (Aries + Venus + Leo): 

They value creativity and originality. They may work with children, development of creativity, and intelligence. They make natural leaders and may be an authority of what is right and wrong. They are good leaders and choreographers and do well in the physical arts of dance, yoga, sports. Too much ego and confidence can make them selfish to the point of narcissism. 

Ascendant: Mr Fred Rogers, Heidi Loeppky (Neo-Tantra), Richard Wagner (Supreme Court Judge Canada)

Sun: Candace Owens, Ulysses S Grant, Uma Thurman

Jupiter: Dick Cheney

Saturn: Dick Cheney, Mel Gibson

Pada 2 (Aries + Venus + Virgo): 

Excellent for lawyers and the art of argumentations or warriors and the art of strategy. They can be very critical about the value of one thing over another. Can be very good warriors or killers. They might carry out financial crime or petty crime and the story of lost innocence becomes especially potent in this pada. They might face a lot of criticism in life. They may have loose morals of someone whose been to hell and back. They may be oriented towards public or financial services. A sense of duty can be pronounced here and there may be exploitation present one their lives. They may be involved with war, crime, clinical medicine, poverty, drugs and other imbalanced aggressive situations,

Moon: Carlos Castaneda, Baruch Spinoza, Descartes

Ascendant: Dick Cheney, Robert Yeats (Geologist),

Sun: Willie Nelson, The Rock

Mercury: Sid Vicious

Venus: Descartes, Willie Nelson

Jupiter: Edmond James Rothchild

Saturn:Uma Thurman

Rahu: Karl Marx

Pada 3 (Aries + Venus + Libra): 

Pushkara Navamsha. Harmoniser of opposites. Highlights the side of Venus that actively pursues balance, harmony, trust and union agreement. They can be quite wealthy and many of the business and deal making abilities get highlighted here. They are good yogis, dancers, musicians, Radha – Krishna types, entertainers, influencers. They can be very caring and trust is important to them. They might have a trust fund.. They might work with relationship, sex industry, hospitality, entertainment, dance teachers, they may  have to balance two lives distinctly different lives somehow.  

Moon: Swami Sivananda, Karl Marx, Bugsy Siegel, Teresa de Avila, Chamunda Devi (foreign aghore baba living in Varanasi. died Aug 2020)

Ascendant: Joseph Campbell, Edmond James Rothchild

Jupiter: Ulysses S Grant

Venus: Candace Owens

Pada 4 (Aries + Venus + Scorpio): 

Sex, death and the dark side of the human psyche get highlighted here. I would think underground resources, mining and oil would get favour here. War,  emergency response, dealing with catastrophe. It can be a very high energy, productive, investigative, discovery, research orientated. Call girls, influencers using sex or deception to sell, performers; they often have loose morals and may be hypocrites. They may have hidden empowerments, mysterious and confidential drive to control, manipulate, intrude, penetrate, implode or explode secrets.

Moon: Bob Dylan, Mother Teresa

Sun: Sigmund Freud, Sid Vicious

Saturn: Roy Rogers

Ketu: Sid Vicious


Descartes:

Rulers of 4, 5, 9, 6 & 8 Venus, Mercury, Moon conjunction in 3rd house attesting to the powerful influence his writing has had on the world. Much of his writing explored the mysteries of Yama – Hades as he sought to locate the soul in the pineal gland.

He is the father of cartesian dualism and the mind-body problem and is thought to have belonged to an occult brotherhood. He kept a secret notebook written in code.

His is 5th lord Mercury in 3rd house declared, “I think, therefore I am.” A position that undoubtedly influenced a quickness with mathematics, and general speed at dealing with small detail and facts, information. Bharani is also known for doubt and spiralling into darkness. Much of his writing was also forced to go underground to avoid the inquisition. But even when he joined the army in his youth he joined with a mercenary army in Moon-Mercury period.

He died under mysterious circumstances and his remains have been scattered. His skull, is on display in one place, his body was buried in another and one finger is missing. Ketu in 8th certainly has some influence on this.


Karl Marx

Rulers of the 6th & 7th house (and part owner of the 1st house) Sun, Moon, Rahu conjunct in third house Bharani.

Father of the communist underground revolutionary movement.

It’s not hard to see Bharani in the three laws of Dialectical materialism: 1. The law of the unity and conflict of opposites. 2. The law of the passage of quantitative changes into qualitative changes. 3. The law of the negation of the negation

He wrote extensively in defence of the impoverished and exploited classes. 6th lord and 7th lord combined to create the “class struggle,” which really becomes a struggle in how to classify things in the 3rd house. Rahu has a way of clouding it all so that we can’t quite see what he’s saying. The message is inconsistent and the philosophy doesn’t stick together.  These two lords (6th & 7th) bring a lot of struggle into the 3rd house of brotherhood, teammates, group members, as well as to meetings, communications.

He joined a controversial group of provocateurs in his Moon-Rahu period around the age of eighteen called the Young Hegelians, and his insolvent with underground revolutionaries continued for the rest of his life. He championed anyone who wanted to tear down the capitalist system.

His Moon Sun period, brought fight with group members, heavy pressure from government forced him to resign from a publication he was editing. He even got married and impregnated his wife in this time. She was his childhood sweet heart, the most beautiful girl in town. She was completely devoted to him and they remained married despite his harsh criticism of the institution of marriage. There was clearly something which bound them together. The ideas of Marx and Engels have also become inseparable. And to understand Marx, one also need to understand his Guru’s version of the dialect (the way we categorise things) as applied to the mind.

Mars is not in Bharani, but he does rule the sign it’s in. This means he will show result for the three planets that are in Aries as well. He published the Communist manifesto in Moon Mercury period which was widely disseminated with some help of Ketu 9th scattering his ideas around the globe.

 

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      

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