Astrology Series number 2
After a brief (?) but great sojourn in Mumbai, I am back in Delhi, and to reality. With 3 senior citizens and two aspiring ones for company, there was hardly any scope for blogging especially, since the intended subject was second chapter of Bhagawad Geetha.
To be in a position to even start, I need a bit of loosening up with a lighter piece, where there is a comfort of assumed rudimentary knowledge, and an enthusiasm for sharing tid-bits of some of my own derived wisdom. This could only be astrology, and from my own observations of a variety of horoscopes. This needed taking you all thru some basics, which is pleasing enough, and which I hope will kindle some interest in looking up to this subject with a bit more than a casual attitude. Well, that’s a hope and here I go without further ado.
I take it that you are all familiar with a “rasi” chart prepared the south Indian way. It is basically a square – with 4 boxes (houses) on each side along the perimeter. The corner 4 are common to both horizontal, and the vertical.
The second box (horizontal) from the left on the top is Aries or Mesha. We go in clockwise direction and the second is Taurus (vrishaba) and the last box is Gemini(mithuna). Here you go down; the next box is Cancer(kataka) , the next Leo (Simha) and the bottom most right side is Virgo (kanni).
We now proceed left; the next is Libra ( tula) followed by Scorpio (vrischika) and finally the LHS last box Sagittarius( Dhanus). We now move up; the next box is Capricorn (makara) and the next Aquarius (Kumba) and finally the topmost box on LHS is Pisces (Meena).
Mesha, Simha, and Dhanus are termed Dharma houses, Vrishaba, Kanni and Makara are Artha houses, Mithuna Tula and Kumbha, Kama houses, Kataka Vrischika, and Meena are Moksha houses.
The term lagna denotes the star that rises at the time of one’s birth, in the east. Since every house has two and a quarter of 27 stars we know, this detail will determine the lagna house. Irrespective of which one of the houses is rising at the time of birth, this is taken as house number 1. Hope you are all not too tired already with the prelims, as the subject is yet to be placed on the table.
Now to the texts and my own stretching of those to innovative interpretations;, These have been tested, and to my pleasant surprise I have found them relate-able.
I wonder if any one of you has observed the idols in a navagraha temple: they are placed in such a manner that none of them faces any one of the other eight. In other words no one has any great love for the other, and as a corollary, and to be in sync with modern parlance, every one wants to have his space!!.
One of the texts says that, when planets occupy 7 boxes in a horoscope, the result is an excellent raja-yoga. (As per texts Rahu Ketu are not considered true planets, and if 7 planets occupy 7 houses you have what can be called the best one, but if these are included then the maximum is 8, as irrespective of where you put one, the other has to be within the occupied 7)
My take; the dharma, artha, Kama moksha, the 4 purushaatha houses run concurrently, and the cycle repeats itself, every 5th house. So if you have planets in 4 consecutive boxes or more, you get into this elite club of “good dispensation” award from providence is one of my theories. The top candidates for the award in my list are
1. Swati, the 7th to 12th, 6 houses are occupied, lagna is occupied by rahu, and you have moon in 2nd. All 8 a perfect 10.
2 Our Mami (from Chennai) has a sister nicknamed china baby. She has planets in every house from 2nd house to 7th , (6) plus one in 9th.
3 Geetha’s sis-in- law Latha has planets in first 5.
4 Murali has from 1st to 4, as also 7,8 10 &11. Four in a row, 4 spread out.
5 Neethi has planets in 4 houses in a row.
6 Kumar has planets in 5 houses in a row.
7 Umashankar has 4 in a row.
8 Annapoorni has 4 in a row and others spread in 2 houses
All these candidates, save Neethi Annaporni, and Umashankar, to a lesser extent, to my belief, fully exemplify the assumption, that they have that something extra; a kind of a benign providential dispensation, and the grit+stuff sort of combination in them, to face up to challenges. Perhaps you may find some other special feature to add here.
Since looking for these types is not all that difficult (one has to only see if boxes are filled in a row/sequence. As to the 4 purushaarthas I will reserve it for the next. This piece was meant to be a loosener, remember?
Hopefully the piece after a gap of over 5 weeks is good enough.