Ketu is. the south node in Vedic astrology. The lunar nodes are the points where the orbits of the sun moon and earth lineup in three-dimensional space. The South lunar node is the trailing node, whereas the North node is the leading node.
Evaluating the South but astrologically is quite tricky. It has to do with things from the past – past lives, things we have forgotten from our childhood, things that are buried in hidden. As such, many times these show hidden skills and latent abilities that we didn’t know we had – until we are forced to use them.
We tend to avoid the qualities of the South node, because they often represent painful, and buried life events – as was mentioned. But when called upon and when necessary those skills emerge. However, there is often much confusion while we are using these latent skills. We are often thrust back into forgotten parts of our psyche and abandoned parts of our soul.
An important attribute of the South node is the fierce scrutiny upon which anything it touches will fall under. There is a sort of recoiling in disgust from anything the south node influences. We feel as if we are “used up” in that area of life. We feel as though we have already done enough. And it’s true, there is a lot of expertise in the area where the South node resides. But the karma is not yet complete. Much of our work with the South node is about being compassionate with those around us who are less skilled and precise as we are in that area.
Eclipses with the South node often show these hidden and buried skills coming to the surface again for all of us. The excavation of the skills often requires us to go to very uncomfortable parts of ourselves and untangle a lot of buried confusion.
But underneath it all, Ketu is one of the most spiritual influences in the astrology chart, And I mean purely spiritual. This astrological influence is really not of this world at all. In fact, that’s the most telling attribute of Ketu, is the party that doesn’t really want to be here. It is divine discontent personified.
Planetary War – Mars, Jupiter and Venus in Leo
This week (and at the end of last week) Mars, Venus and Jupiter in Leo are very close. When planets get this close to each other they are said to be at “war”, and in general it shows things that can get both confused AND strengthened at the same time. Planetary War – Mars, Jupiter, Venus in Leo – VIDEO
Planetary War is where planets get very close together – too close in fact.
When this happens their energies get mixed and confused, but also powerfully aligned for intense actions. Regardless of the rules for which planet is winning the war at any given time in the Graha Yuddha (Planetary War) the sign and planets involved will all be issues.
Now issues related to personal strength and video (Leo) and having the courage to go for it (Mars) as well as the principles and inspiration that fuels your fire (Jupiter) are all powerful aligned and should be until the end of the month.
Venus energy (our relationships / cooperating with others), is being sacrificed now a bit – unless those others are also aligned with a common vision and purpose.
Moon moving through the “Liberation” section of the Zodiac. The Sagittarius – Pisces section of the Zodiac is about the soul being liberated. We seek a meaningful answer in Sagittarius, then commit to that vision in Capricorn, then want to share that with humanity in Aquarius, then let go of it all in Pisces.
Exalted Mercury Moving fast
It is still a good time to organize your life and get things together, as Mercury is still in Virgo and exalted. Mercury is about to disappear behind the Sun, which will purify our communications. More about that later.
Hurricane / Explosive Potential – Ardra Nakshatra
I don’t know the timing of this hurricane yet, but October 3rd into the 4th could be intense .. as the Moon moves from Mrigashira to Ardra Nakshatra ..
This is the same Moon transit of Hurricane Katrina, 911, 2004 Tsunami and many other natural (and man made) disasters. Ardra Nakshatra is literally about flooding. So, whenever I see this transit approaching, and heavy weather, especially rain, I take notice.
There are a few other important similarities. In the Katrina chart, Mars was aspecting Saturn and Mercury (In Cancer – a water sign). Now, Saturn is aspecting Mars, Venus and Jupiter (in Leo – a fire sign).
The difference in the elements (Water and Fire) tells me that this will not be as catastrophic to water-type things – but it could show serious flooding.
Yet, the potential for explosions and bombs going off and governments fighting is really high in October, due to the same Saturn aspect on the planets in Leo. Over the weekend, then through next week as the moon goes through Leo and Virgo we could see some real conflict and loss of life.
October 2015 Vedic Astrology Forecast
There are many important configurations in October 2015 – with Mars, Venus and Jupiter in Leo. Also Mercury will turn direct after being retrograde for a few weeks. Add from Address Book October 2015 Vedic Astrology Forecast – VIDEO
October 1-2 – The Moon is exalted in Taurus, which brings more peace and calm into the heart, after the recent lunar eclipse of September 27, a few days earlier. Taurus is a sign of stability and peace. Now is the time for gratitude and spending time enjoying life, perhaps with friends and family.
This exalted moon is aspected by Saturn, which leads to introspection and humility. But since the aspect comes from Scorpio, you may need to process your fears, vulnerabilities and insecurities first.
October 9-10 – The Moon is in Leo joined Mars, Venus and Jupiter, placing a lot of importance on your individuality and personal strength. This may bring you into conflict with partners, especially if you feel they have disappointed you or watered down your uniqueness. Compromise may be hard to come by now.
Also, Mercury has ceased his retrograde motion now, in Virgo. This gives the potential to purify your daily habits, diet and also make sensible adjustments to things that have confused you lately.
October 12 – The new Moon is in Virgo, with the moon also joined the sun, Mercury and the North node, Rahu. This sets off a new 30 day cycle of structure, organization and skillfully managing life’s details. You may make a lot of progress into these areas of life now as Mercury is there, the ruler of Virgo. The sign before Virgo is Leo, the power of our kingdom. Virgo is about organizing power intelligently. Whether the power is in our body, in our bank account, or fueling our spiritual progress, it must be harnessed correctly or all is lost. The North node is also joined the sun and Mercury, bringing confusion, which may lead to great breakthroughs.
This new Moon is in Chitra Nakshatra, ruled by the celestial architect. Making tangible progress in your worldly life is supported now. Build something meaningful and beautiful for the world to benefit from and enjoy.
October 16-17 – The Moon is in Scorpio, where it is debilitated and emotions are intense. Be careful not to be overwhelmed by your imagined fears and projections now. Instead, allow that intensity to be a great catalyst drawing you deeper into the truth of the heart and selfless love
This moon is also joined with Saturn, the planet of stress and worry. Take it easy on yourself and others now. You might be painfully aware of everyone’s mistakes, including your own. Resist the urge to punish yourself or others.
October 23-24 – The Moon is in Aquarius, aspected by Venus, Jupiter and Mars in Leo. This aspect is an opposition, where conflict can arise with others who oppose you. In this case, battles of will with others may be blocking your desire to contribute to higher social causes and themes you believe in. Turning opponents into allies will be very important now, and if you can manage this, those opponents could be your greatest allies in the fight. The stress of this opposition may also spillover into your romantic relationships.
October 27 – The full moon is in Aries today, and opposite the debilitated Sun in Libra, the sign of compromising with others. This weak sun and fiery moon may create an inner conflict. For example, your individuality is low because the sun is weak and given to compromise. Yet the heart/the moon is “full” in individualistic Aries. As it relates to others, “are you coming or going, and where”? In addition, Jupiter is aspecting from Leo, adding grace and inspiration to your restless heart.
This full Moon is in Ashwini Nakshatra, a place of enthusiasm and energy. Ashwini refers to two horses. The trick is to get these horses running in the same direction. Focus is the key now, but what are you focusing on?
October 29 –Mercury enters Libra, after being in Virgo since the end of August. The next few weeks will support flexibility and communication with others. This is a time of healing in your personal relationships, as Mercury facilitates greater understanding and humor, and Libra is the sign of honoring with others.
However, Mercury will also be hemmed between Saturn and Rahu, showing there could be confusion, stress and pressure challenging these interactions with others.
Sunday’s SuperMoon will technically be a perigee full moon, the closest full moon of the year, NASA says. It happens in Pisces, the sign of mutable water, where emotions are fluid.
Lunar Eclipse in Pisces – September 27, 2015 – VIDEO
Lunar Eclipse in Pisces by the South Node
The Moon is eclipse in Pisces by the South Node where our mental preconceptions and emotions are criticized and scrutinized heavily. This may lead us into escaping, for the discomfort, or if we are familiar wit this discomfort – we may escape into a deeper metaphysical truth.
Leo / Virgo Solar Eclipse Cycle
The Full Moon / Lunar eclipse is to harmonize the current Sun Cycle, which occurred 2 weeks ago when we had the Solar eclipse in Leo, with the North node in Virgo. As this astrology correspondent reported then, themes of power and how to organize that power is the central theme of this cycle. The Full moon / Lunar eclipse, as much as anything, is to tempt us to NOT just escape from the literal details and pressures of life.
Uttara Bhadra Nakshatra
This Nakshatra is ruled by a Deity called “Ahibhudnya”, also known as the “Serpent of the deep”. It is this deity, one of the Rudras, who takes the lightning spark of inspiration shown in Purva Bhadra, and takes it deeper – to the Oceanic depths of the Soul.
Exalted Retrograde Mercury with Rahu and Sun in Virgo
There is enormous potential for deeper understanding and discrimination now. Not only is Mercury retrograde but it is also exalted. Both of these conditions are favorable, for different reasons. I discussed those things in this recent article. Now we are scrutinizing the important details that are supporting our life and vision – or NOT supporting it.
Mars / Jupiter in Leo
Both Mars and Jupiter are in Leo now, fueling a lot of high hopes and wishes, and also showing our willingness to fight for our principles, which shows the combative nature of recent weeks.
When Saturn joins the nodes, there is a pretty strong alignment of stressful energy.
Rahu/Saturn could be quite a difficult placement, sort of like when Mars joins the nodes. Rahu and Saturn are both planets of fear. Rahu is our imagined fears and the kind of stress in life and worry that we are wasting time.
Rahu / Ketu and Saturn
Saturn is actually the stress and worries of the tangible life — the things that pressure us. When we get Rahu/Saturn together, we often feel this pressure of time both in a tangible and intangible ways.
Saturn is where we need to learn to cultivate solitude and go into our true self beyond the world of time. This stress and pressure of external time is there to compel us to go deeper into that timeless or formless state. We stress out over the forms that will change but internally, the formless will never change.
As Saturn matures, that worrying about external structures becomes a great competency of committing to the internal structure. Rahu will eventually make us aware of all these but it can be very stressful because whatever Rahu joins, he excites. This will be a very accelerated, stressful placements at times.
Ketu/Saturn can also have the feeling of stress but there can be a lot more mastery of that area of life. Actually, wherever Ketu is, there is a certain amount of mastery already there because the soul has a lot of experience with that thing.
With Ketu/Saturn, we have experienced the pressure in life a lot. We realize that this is the quality of life that we need to really master and rather than obsessing over the outer form, we need to go inward and conquer that inner fear.
When the nodes join Venus, it is an interesting situation because Venus is said to be the teacher of the nodes.
Rahu / Ketu and Venus
Rahu / Venus
Venus/Rahu will actually excite our desires quite a lot. Venus is the planet of our conscious desires—meaning, the things that we actively express, what makes the senses feel good, what we are attracted to, what turns us on and things like that. Venus is the energy that makes the senses enjoyable, makes food taste good or sex feel good, all that fun stuff comes from Venus. But these are actual tangible things.
Rahu is the subconscious imagined things. It is kind of an insatiable desire that cannot be satisfied by something of this world.
Bringing together the subconscious and the conscious forces of desire is what Rahu/Venus is about. It creates a lot of desire but there is also a great lesson in that. If we do not express our desire nature with Rahu, there can be a lot of frustration and that can turn into a diabolical thing in our mind.
Ketu / Venus
Ketu is where we are not really rejecting desires but where we have a hard time experiencing pleasure and joy of the physical world without a little bit of guilt. It does not mean we do not enjoy desires, we will enjoy it but we will also realize the limitation of it and that it is not our highest nature. We can tend to have painful relationship with our desires when we have Ketu/Venus.
Rahu joined Jupiter is called Guru Chandala yoga. Rahu tends to interrupt Jupiter much in the way that Ketu tends to interrupt Mercury because Rahu is about variety, trying new things and taking experience through making mistakes. It is not about listening, following instructions or teachings and believing in things.
Rahu / Ketu and Jupiter
This is good with Mercury because Mercury is about the same thing. But Jupiter is about the power of our experience to be a great teacher and to believe and learn from life. Life is a great teacher and those things that we believe in—not necessarily religion—are great sources of strength to us.
Rahu is not about believing in things, it is about trying new things. So it is called Guru Chandala yoga because it interrupts that faith-inspired quality of Jupiter.
Ketu/Jupiter is actually quite conducive because Ketu is also about faith. It is about the belief in what we have experienced already. Ketu is about the past and this idea that we understand and know something already. That can be very disruptive to certain areas of life like for instance, the present moment where we need to be flexible, creative and open to new experience which is Mercury stuff. Ketu/Mercury is kind of interrupting.
Jupiter is actually the belief in the power of what we have learned and how that can prevent us from making the same mistakes over and over again. That is what wisdom is about, it is about belief. But it is always in what you have learned already and what you have experienced. That is Ketu stuff. Ketu is about the past and what we have been through and it can get sort of calcified around this certainty that is very rigid. With Ketu it is quite rigid, but with Jupiter it is not, it is quite expansive.
Ketu joined Jupiter is going to interrupt Jupiter to some extent but it is also going to really concentrate the energy of Jupiter. It can interrupt in the sense of making us maybe a little bit rigid, dogmatic, religious and even somewhat atheistic which sound like a contradiction but it is not because atheism is also a kind of a religion.
When the nodes, especially Rahu, join Mercury it is actually one of the better placements.
Rahu is said to be very strong in Gemini and Virgo. This is because Rahu is where we are trying to understand things intellectually, trying to be flexible and figure things out which are also Mercury qualities. When you get Rahu and Mercury, it can bring some intelligence to the random quality of the nodes.
Rahu / Ketu and Mercury
The nodes, especially Rahu, can be destructive when we take action and act based on immaturity. We are here to take action but the actions of Rahu can be very difficult. This is why, for instance, when you get Rahu /Mars it can be destructive because Mars takes impulsive actions.
Mercury is not really a planet of action, it is a planet of skill and intelligence. Often, with Rahu/Mercury, we try to figure things out before we actually do something about it. This is just the nature of Mercury but the problem is we do not take a lot of action. We just think about things and that is actually good with Rahu because Rahu is where we are trying to figure things out.
Rahu is very open, immature and trying to figure things out and understand how they work that is why we act with Rahu. We act with Rahu not because we are trying to do stupid things but because we are trying to understand what that thing is. And often, the consequences just happen to be the stupid things that we do. Rahu/Mercury can be quite uplifting in bringing about positive change for Rahu energy.
With Ketu, it is a little bit different. Ketu is where we are already kind of serving up something. That is not so good with Mercury because Mercury is where we are trying to figure it out while Ketu is where we think we got it all figured out.
When the nodes join Mars, we have a strong awareness of courage and personal strength being developed.
Rahu / Ketu and Mars
With Rahu/Mars, often the person will have a ‘win at all costs’ attitude where they want to take on challenges and challengers because Rahu is trying to accelerate the perceptions of Mars. Rahu/Mars will really develop the qualities of fighting, courage, and eventually, discipline in order to bring about greater intelligence with Mars energy.
Mars is where we have to choose our battles and draw a line in the sand based on how things should or should not be simplistic. Fight-or-flight response to life often is shown by Mars. We see this thing is right and we want to do more of it. We see this thing is wrong and we want to destroy it and take it on.
When Rahu joins Mars, the person might have a very quick temper and decision process. Ketu is really trying to develop this thing to perfection. So there has been a lot of experience often with fighting and understanding the need to purify the fight.
With Ketu/Mars, the person will often be less anxious to get involved with the fight, but they will be good at winning their battles. They will pick their battles carefully but they will often have a lot of issues arguing as well.
Whatever Mars rules, is affecting or aspecting, that is where the person will be fighting and arguing.
When the nodes join the Moon, we have an expression of feminine energy that is really powerful. Rahu and Ketu tend to accelerate the energies, either externally or internally, with the Moon because it is the indicator of internal life and the emotions themselves.
Rahu / Ketu and the Moon
When Rahu joins the Moon, it brings a certain amount of emotional transparency. It tends to accelerate the mind, heart and emotions beyond what feels grounded and tangible. And since the Moon itself is our connection to the senses, mind and consciousness, Rahu/Moon can really feel ungrounded. It is like our emotional perceptions are accelerated and they are outside of our field of existence. It is often said to bring psychic emotional phenomena but the nodes themselves has to do with psychic perceptions which is just perceptions beyond just the senses.
When Rahu or Ketu joins the Moon, there will be accelerated emotional intuition. It also tends to accelerate the feminine quality of life whether it is for a man or a woman. When it is a woman who has Rahu/Moon, she can become very attractive to the men because that emotional intuition and feeling is very extended.
When you have Ketu/Moon, it is more of an implosive force. The emotions are very deep and instead of being accelerated into the other person and exciting and expanding very emotional reality, it is actually very concentrated.
When the nodes join the Sun, it is an interesting situation because the Sun is a masculine planet and whenever the nodes join a planet, it really accentuates the gender of that planet.
Rahu / Ketu and (the Sun)
When either node joins the Sun, you will see a lot of masculine energy (whether it is for a man or a woman). For a man, it will tend to concentrate that masculine energy. It can even make him quite attractive to women. It is going to do it in different ways and that is not the only thing that you will see.
Because the nodes tend to magnify whatever they join, Rahu/Sun will tend to amplify that quality of the Sun which is about, for instance, confidence. The person will seem to have a lot of confidence. You will see wild expression of confidence, sometimes they are overconfident and other times they are insecure. This issue of confidence becomes a big theme in the person’s life when we have Rahu joined the Sun.
The same thing happens with Ketu but Ketu is more of an internal implosive force. Ketu/Sun will also bring a lot of masculine power but it is often like a strong, silent type where the person is stoic. That internal nature of the Sun is very concentrated.
When you have Rahu joined something, it expresses itself a lot because there is a certain amount of immaturity associated with it. So in Rahu/Sun, there is an immature expression of the Sun where they over-express or under-express confidence. These wild swings between over-confidence and under-confidence will be seen with Rahu/Sun.
In Ketu/Sun, there is a lot of perfectionism, intelligence and wisdom around the Sun because this is what Ketu is about. It is about completing the Karma and concentrating that energy. Instead of these erratic displays of confidence, in Ketu/Sun there will be a sort of concentrated power internal but there is still a lack of consistency because the person is trying to really purify the nature of the Sun.
Let’s discuss retrograde planets — what they do, why they do it and what you can know specifically about them. Learn why the retrograde planet acts the way it acts and how can we benefit from it.
Retrograde Planets in Vedic Astrology
First thing that is important is, there is this stereotype in Western Astrology that retrograde planets are considered “bad” and in Vedic Astrology, they are considered “good”. The truth of matter is, they both really are functioning under the same idea but it is really a difference between Eastern and Western culture and how we are interpreting the same energy.
The fact is, retrograde planets do tend to interrupt things. They tend to make things slow down and back up in our consciousness. What happens with the retrograde planet is, it appears to be moving backward relative to the Earth’s movement. This is the same phenomena that you’ll experience when you are in the car that is travelling 60 miles an hour and you pass a car that is travelling 45 miles an hour. That 45-mile an hour car appears to move backwards as you pass it. It is actually not moving backward, it is just moving 45 miles an hour but you are moving 60 miles an hour so you are moving past it.
Some people say retrograde planet is just an optical illusion because it is not moving backwards. That is true. It is not actually moving backwards, but relative how fast you are moving, it does appear to move backwards, and that is the important thing. It is not really an optical illusion any more than anything else is based on life on Earth.
We see sunrise everyday and the Sun has never risen, the Earth is turning. Thus “retrograde” is no less real than any other optical illusion we are looking at astronomically and astrologically.
It is a real phenomena and basically, the retrograde planet is not keeping up to the speed of your life at that moment, just like that car that is traveling 45 miles an hour.
Tithis and Why They Are Essential for Your Happiness
By Lalitha Devi
Have you ever wondered why for some people prayers and actions immediately lead to good fortune and success, while for others positive results are slow to come?
According to Vedic astrology there are two main answers:
The first reason is the timing of the action. According to the ancient intuitive seers of India – the Rishis – time is everything. An action initiated during an auspicious time-window will bring positive results. Conversely, the exact same action started during difficult astrological conditions will most likely fail. Hence the immense practicality of using Vedic astrology before starting any projects and endeavors.
The second reason is our karmic heritage in the form of our particular mindset that creates our life events. Our reactions to situations are also due to our karmic impressions.
For example — some people whose karma is meant to bring them an enjoyable experience will intuitively take action at the right time. So karma and time are interrelated.
Another basic principle at work in Vedic astrology — and which constitutes the very fabric of this “science of light” — is the connection between the microcosm and the macrocosm – or as it was explained in ancient Hellenic times, “as above, so below.”
Among the hundreds of tools and techniques for studying and understanding time, Vedic astrology employs with great accuracy the study of the Tithis – or Moon days — and their influence on human consciousness.
All lunar phases are divided according to the actual Moon’s position in relation to the Sun and the Earth.
So the Tithis are divided as such: 15 for the waxing phases (or Shukla Paksha) and 15 for the waning phases (or Krishna Paksha).
Because the Moon exerts a strong influence on our moods, emotions and perceptions, our minds will be more upbeat and energetic during the brighter, waxing cycle. Starting new projects is recommended at this time.
But when the light gradually diminishes during the waning cycle, our minds will be more introverted and prone to self-analysis, meditation and contemplation. At this time, reevaluating our actions and decisions is more favored. And eliminating what is not working any longer in our lives is most supported.
Usually the 10th and the 11th Moon phases are highly auspicious for both worldly and spiritual practices. But the 8th and the 9th Moon will engender obstacles and sometimes failure.
Tithis and Their Deities
To help with the selection of a positive “time Shakti” (or window) for your activities, I have listed the meaning of each Tithi and its respective ruling deity (or deities). Happy creations!
Shukla Paksha – Waxing Cycle
1st Waxing ( Shukla Pratipada) ruled by Kubera, God of wealth and Brhma, the Creator God. Good for Planning and Developing Strategies for Projects. It’s not good for Any Auspicious Ceremonies or Journeys.
2nd Waxing (Shukla Dwitiya) ruled by Lord Vivadeva. Auspicious for Marriage, Viewing Moon, Buying Wedding Ring, Installation of Deities. Inauspicious for harsh activities such as disputes or conflicts.
3rd Waxing (Shukla Trititya) ruled by Shiva and his consort Gowri. Auspicious tithi for house warming, building a house, artistic endeavors. Inauspicious for conflicts and litigations.
4th Waxing (Shukla Chaturthi) ruled by Ganesha. Good for strategic planning against competitors and not good for any auspicious ceremonies.
5th Waxing (Shukla Panchami) ruled by Lalitha Tripura Sundari. Auspicious for all ceremonies.
6th Waxing (Shukla Shasti) ruled by Muruga. Good for buying real estate and jewelry.
7th Waxing (Shukla Saptami) ruled by Surya, the Sun God. Auspicious for ceremonies such weddings.
8th Waxing (Shukla Ashtami) ruled by Durga. Inauspicious for most activities, except for ancestor worship.
9th Waxing (Shukla Navami) ruled by Goddess Saraswati. Goodfor activities against enemies and rivals. Inauspicious for ceremonies and journeys.
10th Waxing (Shukla Dashami) ruled by Veerabhadra, the general of Shiva’s army, and the God of Dharma. It’s auspicious for all events, including ceremonies and inaugurations of buildings.
11th Waxing (Shukla Ekadashi) ruled by Vishnu and auspicious for wedding ceremonies and for fasting. This time-window allows us to tune into the energy the wealth-giving archetypes, Vishnu.
12th Waxing (Shukla Dwadashi) ruled by Vishnu. Good for planning and developing strategies, donating money and fasting.
13th Waxing (Shukla Tryadashi) ruled by Shiva and Kamadeva. Good for writing new books, for karma removal rituals and dancing.
14th Waxing (Shukla Chaturdashi) ruled by Rudra, an ancient and fierce form of Shiva. This aggressive energy is best used for worship to this God.
15th Waxing (Poornima, or Full Moon) auspicious for worshipping Lakshmi, Saraswati and Parvati asking for manifestation of wishes. It’s an auspicious day for ceremonies and spiritual practices.
Krishna Paksha – Waning Cycle
1st Waning (Krishna Pratipada) ruled by Durga and favors planning for projects and medical procedures. Not good for any auspicious events.
2nd Waning (Krishna Dwatiya) ruled by Vayu, God of the wind. God for construction of buildings and pilgrimage.
3rd Waning (Krishna Tritiya) ruled by Agni, God of fire. Good for construction and artistic activities.
4th Waning (Krishna Chaturthi) ruled by Ganesha. Good for removing obstacles. Not auspicious for sacred ceremonies.
5th Waning (Krishna Panchami) ruled by the Serpent deities, Nagas. It’s good for spiritual practices and pilgrimage.
6th Waning (Krishna Shasti) ruled by Mars. Good for taking medication and real estate transactions.
7th Waning (Krishna Saptami) ruled by the sages and Indra. Not auspicious for ceremonies. It’s good for planning for overcoming obstacles.
8th Waning (Krisha Ashtami) ruled by a form of Shiva, Kala Bhairava, the God of time. It’s not good for any auspicious ceremonies and activities, negotiations or medical treatments.
9th Waning (Krishna Navami) ruled by Yama and Durga. This is possibly the least auspicious of all phases. Best activities are strategic planning for future projects and overcoming obstacles from enemies and competitors.
10th Waning (Krishna Dashami) ruled by Jupiter and the God of Dharma. Auspicious for all ceremonies and events and meeting with dignitaries.
11th Waning (Krishna Ekadashi). Buying gold and jewelry and fasting to lord Vishnu.
12th Waning (Krishna Dwadashi) ruled by Venus. Good for planning donations of food and money.
13th Waning (Krishna Triodashi) ruled by Nandi, Shiva’s bull. Good for karma removal rituals, yoga and meditation.
14th Waning (Krisha Chaturdashi) ruled by Rudra. Good for spiritual practice, Shiva worship and planning for overcoming problems. Not good for marriage or auspicious ceremonies.
15th Waning (Amavasya or New Moon) also called the “no Moon day” as it’s the darkest phase. This day is ruled by Kali. Good for meditation, feeding people and animals, and ancestral rituals. Not good for marriage ceremonies or starting a new activity — but rather wait until the first waxing Moon for launching your new projects.
BIO: Italian born Lalitha Devi (Donatella Riback) is a yogini and writer. Since 1993, she has been studying Vedic Sciences, furthering her studies while living in India for five years. She is a certified yoga teacher and Reiki master and has studied Ayurveda with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon and Dr. Vasant Lad.
Lalitha is a certified Vedic astrologer by the American Academy of Vedic Arts and Sciences (AAVAS) and her Jyotish gurus include: Sam Sadasiva Geppi, founder of AAVAS, Dr. Pillai, founder of AstroVed, Dr. K S Charak, and some AstroVed astrologers. She is currently completing the astrology advanced certification program at the AAVAS led by Sam Sadasiva Geppi.
I have heard over and over again, the idea of “synthesizing” astrology placements. So many times I am asked questions where two or three astrological indicators are spoken of, and then I am asked “what does this mean?… Is it good or bad?”. For example.
The Illusion of Synthesis in Vedic Astrology
I want to offer a different way of approaching things. And in fact, what I have noticed, is good astrology explanations are not a “synthesis”, they are in unraveling or in unpacking of many details. Comparison and contrast, confluence of similarities, prioritized and sequenced properly, these are what astrologers say when bringing the chart to life.
In fact, I think something that keeps students from stuck is this concept of trying to “synthesize” everything. I invite you to give up the idea that you are supposed to take a complicated astrological placement and reduce it to one or two sentences, synthesizing all of the attributes into a couple salient thoughts.
In fact, when you do this, you’re very likely polarizing and running roughshod over the subtleties. The subtleties and nuances are what need to be spoken and communicated. Astrology shows life, in all its subtle, fragile, ironic beauty. No matter how great something is, it is always mixed with pain and some kind of distortion. Similarly, no matter how difficult something is there’s always beauty and growth in the process.
It is not important that you judge something or call it a name. What is important is that you simply expose what it is within the range of likelihoods and possibilities. When someone hears this type of exposition of their astrological placements, it is a great gift to them. Too often astrologers place too much importance on being afraid to get a prediction wrong, or something like that. People care a lot less about whether or not you predict when the boyfriend will leave, for example. They care a lot more about increasing their understanding of the process they are going through and the attachments they are grappling with along the way.
Bringing objectivity, nuance and honor to all astrological placements require that you understand the larger universal frameworks at play, and then save them to the person. The more you try to “synthesize” complex astrological placements, the more you run the risk of oversimplifying things, turning them into polarized judgments, and thereby making them dead energies that the person cannot really relate to. Stop synthesizing stop synthesizing
Many times, without intending to do so, we get into situations that seem judgmental to the person. In fact, they are judgmental. Even though we may not be aware of it, we are being judgmental.
Often, out of a desire to help people, we unknowingly judge what they’re doing. For instance, when someone is in a difficult relationship, it’s easy to make it seem like the person is “making a mistake”.
Once we understand astrology correctly, we know that people never make mistakes. Every person is doing exactly what they should be doing at every moment. If astrology does not reaffirm this to you, as an astrologer or student, then you need to get clear about how astrology works and what astrology actually is.
The biggest mistakes occur the higher up we go on the ladder of principles. Meaning, the clearer we are in our larger principles and concepts, the clearer we will be on these basic truths or frameworks.
For instance, once we remember that everything and everyone is on an evolutionary path, then we will automatically remember that every situation is for the greater good. In that case, we need only truly understand the highest good of every astrological situation, and then explain that to the person.
Also, it’s really important that an astrologer understands the role of astrology in a person’s life, and understand the limits of their influence as an astrologer.
Seriously consider studying astrology so you can first get clear about the universal good in all situations, and know that for yourself. Then later you can share that wisdom with others.
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We all encounter this problem in our everyday life.
In this video I describe how you can approach explaining astrology to others, especially “non-believers”.
I also describe “Why” you may be able to explain it to others.
I also describe the difference between belief and knowledge and why you may actually be contributing to the problem of keeping astrology as some weird belief system, in people’s minds.
How Do You Explain Astrology to Non-Believers – Video
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1. There is a lot of illusion where the Mercury / Jupiter principles overlap – the juncture between information / experience (Mercury), and belief and long-term hope and vision (Jupiter).
2. The reason you get tongue tied about explaining what astrology is or being able to explain even simple astrological factors to others (like a simple “Planets in Signs” descriptions) is because you do not actually understand it. You believe in the information and what you have heard, but there is no experiential connection to it directly.
3. Once you go deeper into the process of organizing the data you have gathered (Mercury) and connecting it to actual wisdom, with a Guru to teach you (Jupiter), you will also be able to explain it.
4. Once you are able to explain it, then of course, that means you understand and you will also be able to benefit from it, tangibly – rather than just in the abstract.
5. Once that happens you can also help others with the knowledge of astrology.
It is for this reason that I make available all of the free classes and courses and more formal certifications. You may be saying to yourself that you do not want to be an astrologer, but that is not the reason to study. Everyone is not interested in being an astrologer, but everyone is interested in their place in the Cosmos, including you. Everyone is also supremely interested in helping others. When you study astrology, and learn it well enough to understand your place in the Universe, it is not long before you are helping others do the same, and teaching them as well. I will tell you from experience, there is nothing more rewarding that I know of than to help a person understand their place in the Universe.
Seriously consider studying astrology.
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We must walk many fine lines between cultures and epochs of human history if we are to learn and apply the teaching of Vedic astrology. It is hard to know which parts to honor, which parts to let go and when.
Modern and Traditional Vedic Astrology – Video – forgive the Typo
A few things to know:
1. The astrologers of ancient India were part of the Brahmin Caste, the “advanced education” Class. Others were educated in trades and certain skill like business or warfare, but relative to the standard of education we receive in this modern world, were are what would be considered the Brahmin class in ancient India. These were the advisors and doctors and priests, etc.
2. At this advanced stage intellectual stage, our worldly, detailed mind is meant to connect with the cosmic mind.
3. You are meant to know your place in the Cosmos. The need to have the Priest class be an intermediary between you and you karma is an outdated notion of the Dark Ages. Every spiritual tradition has at one time or another had revolutions against the Priest Class. Lord Buddha appeared to restore Sanatana Dharma to the people.
* Read this great article by Swami Sivananda about Lord Buddha
You must understand the the ancient culture of India was much different, where the people relied on the Brahmins to help them understand their karma. These people did not have access to great mahatmas (Saints) and great wisdom teachings like Yoga and Ayurveda – like we do today.
When looking into remedies, for example, you need to understand that and know that in this era we have the necessary methods and disciplines to awaken to the truth directly through our own experience – without the need for astrologers even. Astrology became more of a fortune-telling system in order to help these ancient people and villagers. But the real power in astrology is not in these predictions, etc. It is understanding the very nature of creation itself – and our place in it.
It is for this reason that I make available all of the free classes and courses and more formal certifications. You may be saying to yourself that you do not want to be an astrologer, but that is not the reason to study. Everyone is not interestedi n being an astrologer, but everyone is interested in their place in the Cosmos, including you. Everyone is also supremely interested in helping others. When you study astrology, and learn it well enough to understand your place in the Universe, it is not long before you are helping others do the same, and teaching them as well. I will tell you from experience, there is nothing more rewarding that I know of than to help a person understand their place in the Universe.
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4. be on time for the reading .. it is the allotted time, not 10 minutes later because you were late or because you got to talking and we did not get to cover something.
My purpose with this video is to help make the reading as beneficial to you as possible.