Ninth House of Belief, Fate and Fortune

"What is the purpose of our existence?"  “How can we live a more purpose driven life”?

For these broader questions of life, we turn to the ninth house, Sagittarius (the natural ninth house in the zodiac) and Jupiter. These forces in the horoscope are primarily responsible for kindling our search for beliefs that give meaning and purpose to our life. When Dashas relating to these forces awaken in our horoscope we set sail in search for teachers and teachings that can expand our mind, broaden our knowledge and develop a belief system that will answer life’s bigger questions.

More than two decades ago, my Ninth house Jupiter journey began with a simple and short initiation ceremony to receive a mantra from, Amma. When it was my turn in the mantra line the attendant swami (monk) asked me to write down the form of the divine I believed in. Raised in a secular Indian family and very new to the “Guru scene”, I was already feeling nervous and out of place, so I looked incredulously at the swami and said. “I don’t know any form”, in my head I thought “God does not have a form, so I am not quite sure what they want me to say”.  I remember that most people around me were quite comfortable with choosing a name and form. Some chose Krishna, Shiva or Shakti. Some chose Jesus or Mother Mary. Others settled on more universal principles such as Peace, Music, Freedom and Love.

“Formless, formless”, the swami told Amma’s attendant, as I was asked to kneel and then gently shoved closer to Amma – Amma was multitasking, hugging and initiating at the same time, as she so often does. With a family of four already in her motherly arms receiving a hug, she pulled me closer to her with her other arm and showered some flower petals on my head and then her voice boomed in my ear as she spoke the “formless” mantra three times. I was moved out quickly as there were many hundreds waiting their turn.

330 Million Belief Systems

In Hinduism everything in the universe emanates from the ONE ultimate reality, which is the genderless, formless, unknowable and indescribable principle called Brahman. As such, Hinduism is pantheistic, where God and the Universe are the same. But Hinduisms is also polytheistic with thousands and thousands of gods, goddesses and deities.  Although no one has counted all of them, according to Wikipedia there may be as many as 330 million Gods and deities in Hinduism. All these have names and describable characteristics, many also have thousands of names within names re-counting each of their unique exalted traits.

Some deities represent forces of nature like mountains and rivers, others moral codes and some our impulses and desires. Some exalt courage others exalt compromise. Some symbolize an aspect of universal knowledge like music or mathematics. Some create the universe, others destroy, and some help sustain it. Sun, Moon, the planets, Rahu and Ketu and the Nakshatras are also represented by  deities – invoking these deities through myths, ritual and mantras are used as karmic remedies in Vedic Astrology.   

Although the polytheistic side of Hinduism is seen by many as primitive idol worship, this is the most profound and progressive expression of pluralism and tolerance in belief. The ability to choose to believe in the divine form that inspires you, is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and is referred to as your Ishta Devata or personal favorite deity. Traditionally, most practicing Hindu families also had their own family deity known as the Kula Devata, allowing people to worship their chosen form based on family tradition, community and regional practices. One of the reasons Hinduism is the only religion that does not have rituals or systems designed for conversion is because “Truth” or Brahman can be arrived at from millions of differently held beliefs. No religion, belief, philosophy, god or deity has the monopoly on the Truth.

More importantly,  it is not just what you believe but “how” you believe. 
To understand what and how we believe, we turn to the Vedic horoscope.

Ninth House – The house of our Beliefs, Fate and Fortune

The Dharma (belief) houses One, Five and Nine are considered the most auspicious in the horoscope because they are primarily responsible for producing our core beliefs and ultimately our destiny. The first house is our self-image, a well-disposed first house helps us believe in our self and our abilities. The fifth house shows our unique creative self-expression and inspirations – hence the Ishta Devata, or the form of the divine that inspires us can be seen here. The ninth house shows our self-hood in the greater social context. It shows our philosophies, principles, purpose and the spiritual and religious instincts we prescribe to. The Kula Devata, or the core beliefs of our family traditions can be seen here. 

The ninth house is often referred to as the house of long distance journeys, the impulse of this house can prompt us to set sail on voyages of discovery to explore foreign cultures, in search for broader meaning and purpose than that offered by our own social circumstances. Our karma around gurus, teachers and mentors are seen here. People with a strong ninth house also make good teachers and inspirational leaders and attract people seeking mentorship. In today’s world this can also be achieved without physical travel by attending universities, lectures, classes, books and motivational events. Indeed, Google and internet can now serve as a long-distance journey, much like this article in your Inbox.

You can always spot a strong Ninth House person, they will philosophize, proselytize and give meaning to even in the most mundane of situations.  One thing is for sure they will seek some cause, religion, or philosophy to belong to or stand for.

The Ninth House is not just the books we have read, the seminars we have attended or the knowledge we acquired in our head. Although these are part of the Ninth House journey, we have to be careful that our beliefs are integrated at the heart level and not just an intellectual exercise. Gathering information is the domain of the third house, which is opposite the Ninth. Too much third house knowledge and belief can obviate the search for deep and direct experiences, such as meditation or bringing our beliefs into real world experiences,  that the Ninth House requires.

The Ninth house is called both the dharma (belief) and also bhagya (fate and fortune) house because of its potential for self-growth. Combining a more expansive mind with the pursuit of a purpose driven life, it becomes the house of good fortune. As such, the ninth house determines our fate and fortune more than any other house because what ultimately manifest in our life is what we believe to be the Truth in our deepest core -  which is reflected in "how" we believe. 

How We Believe Matters

The ninth house shows how we decide what is true and what is false, what is right and what is wrong. Affliction to the Ninth house, Jupiter or Sagittarius can lead to beliefs that are harmful and counterproductive to our own as well as society’s well being.  Psychologist tell us that we learn to build beliefs faster from harmful experiences than positive ones. Getting caught in inaccurate perception and false beliefs is easy to do. These are not always the product of some external con man or cult leader. It is usually our own unconscious limiting belief patterns learnt in early childhood confirming themselves. Building on themselves harmful beliefs multiply to become misguided core beliefs. “This is how the world works", “this is the right and only way”, “they are either with us or against us”, "if I can just believe in this I will never get hurt again" are all examples of limiting beliefs that are fear driven. Securing these beliefs in place is not faith in our higher calling, but often fear that if we go against the belief, deep personal needs will be harmed.

Afflictions to the ninth house can also make our faith uncertain, impatient and extreme. When what we believe works only a little bit we are most at risk of fanaticism and imposing our beliefs on others. When we our solid and secure in our beliefs we have no need to convince others. Nor do we have the desire to convert or push our agenda on others. Too dominant a ninth house or Jupiter can also make us a slave to our beliefs. Here we run the risk of filling our mind with ideas and beliefs and confirmation bias that can make us closed minded even as we expand our mind. Many religious, political and spiritual groups exploit this human weakness to keep people enslaved to the group.

A well-disposed ninth house is one that is open minded, pluralistic and tolerant. It has faith and high ideals, but never gets boxed into just one way of thinking. It understands that there are countless paths to the divine Truth.

House of Father, Lineage and Hero Worship

The Ninth house is also considered the link between you and your paternal tribe and lineage. As the house of mentorship, it is often attributed to the father figure in your life, as well as the heroes we worship. It shows the type of ethical, spiritual, religious and philosophical mentorship we received from our elders.

My father is a Saturn man, self-made, pragmatic, ethical, hardworking and realistic. My ninth house follows in his footsteps by searching out teachings and traditions, which expose the pitfalls of unchallenged and unquestioned beliefs, even the most well-intentioned ones.  Vedic Astrology has taught me that each horoscope is unique and there are countless ways in which human consciousness expresses itself and takes form. Vedic Astrology as a spiritual path offers a 360 degree view of life, not just vision and transcendence, like many other spiritual practices.

The story of my mantra initiation does have a twist though. After I received the formless mantra, I practiced it sincerely for many months. Until one day I discovered I did have a personal deity (Ishta Devata) that inspired me. It was clear as day when I knew the form that I wanted to worship - the divine essence in the selflessness and sacrifice of Motherhood. One pointed focus on Motherhood is the theme of my maternal lineage. Two years later I was initiated into my new mantra “mother love”, or Amma, which I have used for more than two decades.

Trump's Gandanta Moon: the Karmic Knot is Unraveling

“I hate everyone in the White House”.
“The President seethes as advisers fear the president is unraveling. He seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods”. These were the headlines in a Vanity Fair article this week.

I don’t know if the sources in these articles are reliable and if this is fake news or not, but I can tell you astrologically speaking that the President IS not holding it together. As reported this week, “even by his standards Trump is losing it”.

The spiritual science of Vedic Astrology can best be assimilated through observing firsthand how the theory of astrological principles play out in real life. One of the reasons why, I have been writing so much about Trump the past few months is because while most people hide their planets behind carefully constructed social, ethnic and gender masks – you see his planets stripped and stark naked. Watching him on the world stage is a bonanza for astrologers to study our craft and for our own self-knowledge.

Gandanta – The Karmic Knot

Usually we talk about the houses, signs and planets and Nakshtras.  However, predictions are refined by studying the degree at which a planet or Ascendant is placed, differentiating the lives of people born just minutes or even seconds apart. Specifically, the early or late 2-3 degrees of any Zodiac sign are said to be on sandhi or junction points, where a planet or ascendant is caught between two conflicting energies. The planet is said to become too "old" or too "young" and as such give erratic or extreme results.

The most turbulent and unsettling of these crossover points are where fire and water signs collide – they are called Gandanta or a tightly wound knot ( Gan means knot, anta at the end). As such, Gandanta occurs at the edges of Cancer and Leo, Scorpio and Sagittarius, and Pisces and Aries – where not only the zodiac signs but the Nakshatra signs are also transitioning.

Like any long-held knot the more you tug at it the tighter and more stubborn it becomes.  However, Dashas of the planets placed at these degrees, or important transits of planets like Saturn and Sade Sati, over these points can forcefully release the knot opening the floodgates of our experiences,  traumas and memories, that were securely tied up and hidden in the sub-conscious of the planet. Unless there are other planets strongly anchoring the personality, more often than not this sends life unraveling and out of control as a result.

All of us have karmic knots, indeed the horoscope itself is a map of our childhood experiences and inherited genetic tendencies. However, those with an Ascendant or planets at these Gandanta degrees, usually experience them as much more dramatic collisions with destiny.

Saturn’s transit in Scorpio Nov 2014 - Oct 26 2017
The natal chart is static and remains the same throughout life. But the planets, nodes and the Sun and moon move around the zodiac; interacting with and influencing the natal chart. These interactions are called Gochara in Sanskrit (transits in western astrology).

In Sidereal Vedic Astrology, Saturn has been in Scorpio since Nov 2014 and will finally be changing signs on Oct 26. 2017.  Those of you who have your ascendant or planets in Scorpio, especially the moon, know what I am talking about when I say that Saturn has upended your life and created mayhem in the last two and a half years – thankfully he will not return for 30 years. Scorpio, the natural eighth house of the zodiac is where Saturn’s transits are most painful because during his stay in this sign we learn the lessons of the eighth house the hard way (Saturn’s way) that regardless of how much we try to control life, every life has forces beyond its control compelling us to surrender to “what is” – win or lose.

Trump’s Moon is Gandanta in Scorpio

I have written previous articles on the significance of Trump’s debilitated and moon (emotional filter/how life feels to us) in the fourth house (our roots, family and the collective consciousness of our family/ancestors).  

Here we are looking more specifically at the Gandanta degree of 28.5 of Scorpio in which his moon is placed. Scorpio moon is a very willful and intensely emotional placement in general, but at this degree the negative aspect of these qualities intensify greatly. The transit of Saturn over these degrees pushes the weakness of the planet to the surface.

Astrologer Barbara Pijan Lama describes this Gandanta point as:

"Often there is throughout the life a considerable masking of this hidden weakness via denial or skillful rational management -- until the gandanta planet's period pushes the weakness through the denial barrier and up to the surface consciousness".

Although here she is not talking specifically about Trump or anyone else, you can see how powerfully this applies to Trump. I imagine he and his handlers are trying to keep the knot in place but Saturn transiting his Gandanta moon wants to unravel the knot, fully exposing his dark moods and unstable temperament that has plagued him all his life. His powerful first house with the Yogakarka Mars giving him a Rajayoga ( a planet that confers fame, success, Kingship) will offer him a lot of protection – it is hard to predict how much that will serve to keep his breakdown from the public. The protection will come in the way of Mars - War? General Kelly?).

Mixing Fire with Water

These Gandanta degrees between fire and water signs are considered especially potent because they call for nothing less than the dissolution of the personality we have so carefully built up. Much like the interaction of the fire element with the water element - water begins to boil, fire begins to extinguish and finally both elements evaporate into steam – both completely transformed, leaving no trace of the original element behind. This transformation is akin to what many mystics have described as the ”dark night of the soul”. Be born anew or be destroyed.

Saturn's Gandanta transit over Scorpio and Sagittarius will be felt most acutely between late October and early January.

Do you have planets in the last three degrees of a water or fire signs, especially Scorpio and Sagittarius, where the knot is beginning to unravel?

Where are you mixing fire with water (example, emotions with anger)? Natural phenomena like hurricanes are also formed by mixing of hot and cold air.

Look to the meaning of the planet, the house and sign and you will see what Saturn wants you to entangle and release once and for all.

Remember the knot of our mental/ psychological imprints unravels in its search for healing unresolved karma from our past, as individuals, as nation states and as a world. 

Trump And The Great American Eclipse

“Nations, like stars are entitled to eclipse. All is well provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become an endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul”. Victor Hugo

The Sun, our heavenly father and guide who lights our way both in our natal horoscope and in the natural world, will experience a total eclipse on Monday, August 21. Only the heartland of the continental United States will be immersed in total darkness, partial eclipse will be visible in the rest of the United States, Canada, as well as in portions of South America, Europe and Africa, making its astrological influence much more pervasive for the US.

Vedic View of Eclipses

Most ancient cultures have seen solar eclipses as bad omens as they upset the natural order of the world. Ancient Vedic mathematicians were well versed in predicting solar eclipses, as well as other astronomical phenomena, to help us harmonize our personal actions with the events in the natural world . Thousands of years old Vedic literature contains many references to eclipses and their influences.  Both Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana that depict fierce battles of good and evil, also refer to a solar eclipse during the peak of battle.

Eclipses play a very important role in Vedic Astrology, both in your natal chart and world events. In Vedic astrology eclipses not only block out the light of the luminaries, Sun and Moon, but also bring the influence of the lunar nodes Rahu and Ketu who twist and obstruct the creative energies and clarity of the Sun (atman/soul/Higher Self) and Moon (mind/subjective experience/self). In your personal horoscope, an eclipsed Sun or Moon is better suited for introspection, letting go of old karmic baggage and spiritual pursuits than for worldly success.

As such, in the yogic tradition, no initiative of profound importance for worldly success, such as marriage, starting a new business or journey etc., is encouraged around the time of an eclipse. These require the fullness of the Sun and the Moon. Furthermore, the influence of Rahu and Ketu, represent a kind of “fake news” phenomena of the zodiac, as they distort reality and prevent us from seeing the Truth – Rahu throws up smoke and mirrors exaggerating, overstating and amplifying the situation and Ketu understating, downplaying, trivializing the situation. It should come as no surprise that this eclipse is occurring with the energy of Rahu (not Ketu) conjunct the Sun and the new Moon in Leo.

Donald Trump and the Eclipse

All eyes are on President Trump who is very heavily hit by this eclipse. Let us look at some simple astrological calculations as to why both western and Vedic Astrologers are seeing such a remarkable confluence between the eclipse and Donald Trump’s horoscope (Please note the calculations below are for Vedic/Sidereal Astrology which differs by about 24 degrees from Western/tropical astrology).

The solar eclipse is occurring in Leo, which is also Trump’s Ascendant. Ruled by the Sun, Leo symbolizes sovereignty, rulership, regality and celebrities.  The undesirable side of Leo is pride, stubbornness, self-aggrandizing and power grab. At the level of a nation, Leo symbolizes the government, leadership, dictatorship, political power and the regime.

Trump has a Leo Ascendant at around 6 degrees with Mars very close to the ascendant at roughly 3 degrees and the eclipse will occur around 4 degrees. This is extremely significant, as the closer to the degree astronomical events occur the deeper their impact both on Trump the United States and as a result the world.

The Sun changed signs from Cancer to Leo on August 17. Leo’s ruler is the Sun. Whenever a solar eclipse occurs in the sign that it rules, it increases the potential for political conflict, turmoil, threats and revolts against the government and its leaders.

Sun, Moon and Rahu are in the Nakshatra (star constellations used in Vedic Astrology) of Magha in Leo. The symbol for Magha is the royal throne. In other words, the eclipse will hit the rising sign of the person currently on the throne in the US. To make matters more ominous Trump also happens to be born during an eclipse and also has his ascendant in the Magha Nakshatra, which intensifies the influence.

There will be four planets that will be heavily influenced by Rahu during this eclipse - Sun, Moon, Mercury in the early part of Leo, plus Mars at 28 degrees of Cancer. The combination of so many planets under Rahu’s distortions makes for a very volatile mix of energies.

 Yet another intense astrological influence is that of Saturn. In August Saturn is retrograde (moving backwards/very strong) in Scorpio almost to the degree of Trump’s very afflicted Moon (mind/emotions/subjective experience) with Ketu (contracting, isolating) in Scorpio (Secrets/intrigues/scandals). With this once in 30 year transit of Saturn right over Trump’s natal Moon, this is the very peak stage of his seven and half year cycle called Sade Sati in Vedic Astrology. It is creating havoc in his family life (his moon is in fourth house), and with the masses (moon),  that he represents and his mental and physical health. The influence of "hidden enemies" is profound (Saturn in the twelfth house in Trump’s horoscope and Moon the twelfth lord) threatening the throne (Leo/Sun/Ascendant/self).

Mars is a very important planet in Donald Trump’s chart as it is right on his Ascendant, which makes him always “battle ready”. The warrior planet Mars is currently 28 degrees of Cancer smoldering and anxious to get out of this emotional water sign where he is considered debilitated. He is further frustrated due to his proximity to the Sun (called combustion), which is preventing him from lashing out. He will be ready for combat as soon as he moves into Leo on August 26.  With Trump’s natal Mars in Leo at the same degree as the eclipse much pent up rage could be unleashed both by the leadership and the collective masses following the eclipse.

Most importantly, the eclipse is taking place in the ninth house of the horoscope of the United states. Ninth house signifies our higher ideals, morality, beliefs and principles for which we stand. The events of Charlottesville last week have already begun to reflect the eclipses’ influence as these events have challenged the very fabric of our  nation and the principles on which it was founded.

What it means for you?

Don’t panic, the effects of the eclipse are not immediate as many people imagine
- they are felt over a period of time both before and after the eclipse at the global and personal level.

Globally we are all being swept up by this eclipse as the leader and leadership of the of the US comes under its heavy influence.

On a personal level, if you are a Leo Ascendant or have planets in the early degrees of Leo you will feel the effects of this eclipse to a much stronger degree based on their house, sign rulership and indication.

Regardless, we all have a Sun and the solar eclipse is an auspicious time to strengthen the internal powers of our Sun and our connection to the divine father and unity consciousness. Eclipses are seen as ominous in Astrology because they reveal our hidden darkness, anguish and fear, both personally and in  world affairs. Creating a sacred time and space during this period allows us to manifest our inner higher aspiration and uproot these deep seated issues.  

Eclipses can become a profoundly transforming experience once the light returns.

US Elections, Sun & Moon Gender Clash

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I have already commented on the elections in my last two articles, one on Trump and the other on the horoscope of the United States.  I  thought I would use this article as a teaching moment on the masculine and feminine energies of the Sun and Moon, the Yin and the Yang , and how they influence leadership and success.

First a Little Humor, We Need it

Obama, Hillary and Trump are standing at the entrance to heaven. God looks at them and says, "Before granting you a place at my side, I must ask you what you have learned, what you believe in."

God asks Obama first: “What do you believe?"
He thinks long and hard, looks God in the eye, and says, "I believe in hard work, and in staying true to family and friends. and doing right by my countrymen". God can’t help but see the essential goodness of Obama , and offers him a seat to his left.

Then God turns to Hillary and says, "What do you believe?" Hillary says, "I believe passion, discipline, courage and honor are the fundamentals of life". God is greatly moved by Hillary's eloquence, and he offers her a seat to his right.

Finally, God turns to Trump and says, "And you, Donald, what do you believe?"
Trump replies, "I believe you're in my seat".

God Complex

Truth is that there is some level of "God complex" in all of us. 

Just as the outer Sun is the lord of the Solar System, with all the planets revolving around his gravitational pull, reflecting his light and depending on his energy for survival, our inner Sun also craves respect and lordship. As such, a strong and prominent Sun in the horoscope is indispensable for attaining positions of power and leadership.

We all have a Sun, therefore this Father, King , Leader of the Pack,  Trailblazer, The Best, The Highest (and yes even most likes on Facebook) archetype and complex live in all of us.  Donald Trump is unique in that he wears his "Sun" on his sleeve unabashedly and seemingly without any awareness of the social ramifications of self aggrandizing.  

The personality's need for recognition and  respect is expressed in varying degrees and unique ways depending on the placement of the Sun and the current Dasha/bhukti. The inborn karma of a prominent Sun is something we are born with. Usually this leadership quality expresses itself pretty early in life, as even children tend to gravitate towards more Solar, self-confident individuals for new ideas and direction.

The Sun And Moon  - Is Yours Prominent or Evolved?

In Vedic Astrology, the Sun foretells much more than power and ego, on the deeper level, it is also our connection with the universal soul, Atma or Higher Self. As such, the more evolved the Sun, the more anchored we are to the One Universal Consciousness that in Vedic thought is believed to pervade all that exits in the Universe - the Paramatma or the Absolute. The negative traits we associate with the solar or masculine energy like ego, anger, domination, control, pride and power result from a prominent but immature Sun in the horoscope.

A prominent moon is also necessary for leadership. Both the Sun and Moon give different hues to the leadership style and path. The Moon is our individualized "I" consciousness and the soul's (Sun's) reflection on earth. How well placed the moon is shows how anchored we are in matter, reality or the physical world. A powerful moon in the horoscope, gives the ability to influence the masses, and make allies. An evolved moon on the other hand, will have these abilities but in addition, like the sun, it will have a deep understanding of the transient nature of the physical world. It will not get caught up in hyperbole, exaggerations and be over attached to feelings. The negative traits we associate with the feminine/lunar energy such as hyper emotions, hysteria and sentimentality result from an afflicted or immature Moon.

The Evolved Sun is The Hero

The ancient scriptures of Vedic Astrology,  Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, describe a fully evolved Sun in the horoscope as:

“Honey-yellow eyed is the Sun, square and radiantly pure, of Pitta nature, intelligent, masculine, with but of little hair"

The golden hue of the Sun’s eyes signifies a spiritual nature, and sweetness of honey symbolizes that evolved masculine energy is gentle and sees those whom he is charged with guarding and leading with compassion and caring.

The Sun has a square body, signifies steadfastness, consistency, reliability and also the "stay put" stubbornness of the masculine/yang energy. Physiologically, both male and females with a strong Sun in the chart will tend towards a more square built and wide shoulders (less curves like the moon). Exercise which raises our masculine or Pitta hormones, like testosterone, will also create a more square built.

The Sun, has a Pitta nature of the Fire Element. This give courage, valor, commanding presence and boldness. A strong Pitta constitution is usually required to take the "heat" needed to seek positions of power. The Sun is radiant or luminous because healthy pitta enlightens the personality to take principled action.  It should come as no surprise that another word for the Sun in Sanskrit is Shura, which means a Hero! The Hero Sun can sacrifice his personal desires (Sva Dharma) for the greater good (Societal Dharma).

Oh, I guess I should say something about the hair mentioned in the Sutra above.. in Ayurveda high Pitta is believed to thin out the hair on the head in both male and female, though men tend more towards baldness. So yes, in case you were wondering that is not Trumps natural hair.

Narcissist Dream Or A Hero's Burden

In Western Astrology, the Sun is generally seen as a benefic planet but Vedic Astrology the Sun is a malefic or hardship giving planet - leadership is not narcissist dream but a hero's burden. Sun's dasha/bhukti periods are challenging and require great sacrifice, as they give heavy responsibility with many people depending and counting on us. If the Sun is prominent but not yet fully evolved his periods can bring a crises of self-confidence, as part of the evolution of the Soul to let go the ego's false sense of pride and attachment to power and prestige.

Unfortunately, a corrupted but prominent Sun can catapult an individual to name and fame. False charisma and pride can be very alluring to the followers own desire for super stardom or special status through the leader. This is especially true when the Sun is in close conjunction with Rahu, who will eclipse out the Sun's purity and utilize the Sun's leadership quality to push forward his own agenda through radical and unacceptable behavior. If the Moon is also afflicted both emotionally driven action and pride will drive the leader. 

For a democratic society to survive it is important that the electorate dismantle the loud, forceful, archetype of the Sun and adapt the healthy qualities of a true Sun/Hero.

An All Knowing Evolved Moon

Furthermore, soft power or lunar power must also have an equal place for balanced leadership.
The ancient scriptures of Vedic Astrology describe a fully evolved Moon as:

"Abounding in Vata and Kapha and filled with knowing (intuition) is the Moon of round body, auspiciously eyed, of sweet speech and fluctuating.”

In contrast to the square Sun the  “round bodied” moon describes the feminine nature of our psyche, which is more flexible and movable. While, the Sun responds to permanence and by sticking to things, the moon responds to nuance, shades and hues, remaining open and receptive to change. Healthy feminine energy is depicted as having “sweet speech” because it brings solace and comfort through sensitive speech and understanding the other person's point of view. The Moon's eyes are auspicious, as it sees the good in all things. It is all knowing because it responds from instinct and intuition rather than the masculine preference for logic and action.


Clash of Genders - I don't think so

While it is true that Hilary Clinton's campaign seemed to emphasize lunar energies like "stronger together", personal relationships, collaboration and "sweet speech". It would be an over simplification to see Trump's forceful, divisive and in your face rhetoric as the age old clash of genders issue. There is an intriguing twist of complexity to the gender-based story of this election cycle. I tend to agree with many who have noted that the  candidate who wanted to project hyper masculinity (Sun/Rahu)  might really have been showing traits of hyper femininity.  Many who have studied Trump's speech say that his talking style in hyperbole, exaggerations and repetitions with its emotional rather than factual appeal is more feminine than masculine. I think that this combination of uncompromising boldness (Sun) coupled with saying what his supporters wanted to hear ("sweet speech" of the Moon), allowed him to be exempted for his mean spirited offensive remarks. 


Sun Moon Leaders

Interestingly, research shows that the electorate looks for bold leaders who also speak "sweetly". In other words a combination of Sun and Moon. Apparently, feminine style of speaking is more easy to feel safe with and masculine boldness easier to follow. One interesting study pointed out that emotional language is more effective in a political landscape where the public is lacking hope and need of healing and reassurance (moon) and the more measured masculine expression of a leader prevails in times of stability and prosperity (Sun). Even in our day to day relationships we use these same cues in our dealings with other people.
Remember we all have the Sun and Moon in our horoscope. Sun lights the day moon lights the night, one cools the other heats, one is active the other passive. No one is exempt from the need to be respected (sun) and nurtured (moon).

This yin yang dance of the universe and its perfect equilibrium is shattered by Rahu and Ketu, the eclipsers of the Sun and Moon - their disturbing energy especially conjunct the sun and moon create "shake ups" , dramatic change and entropy, which is also built into life on earth, as part of nature's evolutionary process.  

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Yogic healing sciences are not just the esoteric spiritual practices of asana, mantra and meditation popular in the west. They span every aspect of life, from the day to day management of our body through practical living guidance, food and natural cures of Ayurveda to the metaphysical mathematical algorithms of Vedic Astrology that reveal our destiny. There are yogic healing prescriptions for every aspect of life including relationships, governance, parenting, business, architecture, temple building, and even warfare.


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The Fire that Cooks Emotions

The Fire that Cooks Emotions

In the 1990's two psychologist coined the term emotional intelligence or EQ. They defined it as the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Their groundbreaking work showed that EQ was a better indicator of long term success than IQ. 

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Planets, Destiny and Health

Planets, Destiny and Health

We live in a universe that functions by laws that are predictable, repeatable and understandable. Contrary to what it may feel like planets also follow these laws and they  are not in the business of handing out rewards and reprisals. They simply implement natural laws or karmas that uphold the  structure, equilibrium and existence of the universe.

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Losing to Win: How Mars gets in the way of Relationships

Losing to Win: How Mars gets in the way of Relationships

In a rapidly modernizing and changing India traditional values of arranged marriage are being discarded for more western style marriages. It came as no surprise when I found Indian social media sites littered with distressed young people caught between "falling in love" and the old traditions of their parents who require that horoscopes be matched, especially for the detrimental placement of Mars called Manglik.

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New Years Resolution and Rahu

New Years Resolution and Rahu

Depending of the condition of Rahu in the horoscope, his urgings can range from material to spiritual, self obsessed to altruistic. His intensity will keep us from caring for our health, eating too much, drinking too much and exerting beyond our capacity. He may also care too much, compel us into overblown focus on a goal or belief, magnify our creative abilities, or interpret infatuation for enduring love.

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Yoga is One Thing The Whole World Can Agree On

Yoga is One Thing The Whole World Can Agree On

Escalation of war and sectarian violence, religious strife, race riots, climate change, Ebola -  
in 2014, humanity seemed to be coming apart at the seams and it was easy to lose sight of all the divine elements in the world as we were fed cable news hysteria of one crisis after another .

As the year comes to a close, I wanted to share some very good news that you may have missed.

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Do We Have to Choose a Life of Happiness or a Life of Meaning?

Do We Have to Choose a Life of Happiness or a Life of Meaning?

An article in Scientific American, A Happy Life May not Be a Meaningful life, cited a study in which happiness was strongly associated with seeing life as easy, pleasant, and free from difficult or troubling events, good health, plenty of money and feeling well most of the time.  However, what the researchers found was that none of these things correlated with a greater sense of meaning and purpose.

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