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Kathy Griffin: D-list casualty of war

June 7th, 2017 · Astrology, celebrity

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After last week’s gaffe, Kathy Griffin may have moved from being a D-list celebrity to a D-list train wreck, at least temporarily in terms of her career.

Griffin has always been outspoken, and her controversial statements have had her in and out of hot water more often than a lobster determined not to be someone’s dinner. She was banned from The View, then unbanned, then banned again. She’s been banned from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Hannah Montana show, the Apollo Theater, and E!’s red-carpet award show coverage, to name just a few.

On Tuesday, May 30th, Griffin posted to social media a picture showing her holding the severed head of a Donald-Trump-lookalike, with a caption that read “There was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his… wherever,” referencing a comment Trump himself had made about Megyn Kelly during the presidential race.

The reaction was fierce – liberals and conservatives alike, not to mention the Trump family – lambasted her for poor judgment, bad taste, even questioning her mental health. The next day, CNN announced they were firing her as co-host of the annual New Year’s Eve broadcast with Anderson Cooper, a spot she’d held for the past several years. Tour dates, endorsement deals and other scheduled media events collapsed like a house of cards.

griffin crying 2Painfully aware of the repercussions to her career, Griffin immediately apologized on social media, made a tearful public statement accompanied by her attorney, and told everyone how truly sorry she was. Although she insisted that she’d never intended to provoke violence against anyone, she said the Trump family was now intent on ruining her life forever.

Griffin had worked very hard to be in the spotlight, but now she was like a butterfly under a magnifying glass, her wings going up in smoke.

Kathy Griffin was born on the 4th of November 1960, reputedly at 06h00 (source: AstroTheme) in Oak Park, Illinois. She was the youngest of six kids, was schooled by Roman Catholic nuns, and consequently developed a dislike for organized religion and authority figures. She had a binge-eating disorder when she was young but also developed a motor-mouth persona via which she regaled family and friends with juicy gossip, jokes and trash talk. When she was 18 she talked her parents into moving to Los Angeles to help her become famous.

She joined an improv group, did stand-up comedy, got some bit parts in movies and eventually gained regular gigs on TV. Before long she was getting her own comedy specials on a regular basis, meanwhile putting out comedy albums and writing her own memoirs. Given her combination of celebrity-bashing, irreverent wit, and controversial statements about anything she deemed fair targets (eg, plastic surgery, Scientology, substance abuse, and eating disorders), she was pretty much a household word in the comedy world.

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Like most people, Griffin has a mix of strengths and weaknesses in her birth chart. Her Sun is debilitated in Libra in the 1st house, which speaks of an undisguised ego in all its raw glory. Since it’s the lord of the 11th, the Sun’s vulnerability may also play out in her social networks and income. She does count a lot of famous people among her genuine circle of friends, but it remains to be seen how many stand beside her. There’s no doubt, however, that her income stream will take a hit.

Her Moon is very bright, just a day after the full moon, and exalted in Taurus, but in the 8th house. As the 10th lord in a trikasthana, this is perfectly symptomatic of her career – two steps forward, one step back – banished beyond the pale today, creeping back into the spotlight tomorrow.

The Moon and Venus are in mutual aspect, forming a Dharma-Karma Adhipati yoga while, generically, they form the equivalent of an artistic “yoga.” Since Venus is lagnesh in the 2nd, this is fitting for someone who depends on verbal prowess to stake her claim in the public eye.

Griffin hornsJupiter is powerful in its own sign in the 3rd, and there’s no doubt she has courage to tackle taboo subjects or powerful people. Maybe too much. The joint influence of malefics Mars and Saturn on that Jupiter, which is both her 3rd lord (courage/talent) and 6th lord (competitive spirit) will mean there’s lots of push-back. Hopefully by now, she’s learned to accept it as a form of resistance training.

Where does she go from here? Maybe nowhere in a hurry. She’s in the very early stages of her Saturn dasha, which started February 2016, and the Saturn bhukti will last until February 2019. Let’s assume these next two years will not be easy for her. But Saturn is in a Venus nakshatra, so we must first look to that star-lord to anticipate the key themes of what will transpire.

Venus is lord of the 1st and 8th, whose combination typically means some sort of scandal, notoriety or fame-for-all-the-wrong-reasons. But Venus is in a positive house, and aspected by that powerful 10th lord Moon. So during this fallow Saturn-Saturn period, when lucrative corporate media contracts may dry up, it would be no surprise if she hunkered down a little and wrote another book. (Venus is in the 2nd, one of the houses for authorship.)

She might also become more active in support of underdogs, with whose plight she is somewhat familiar. She’s long been an activist for the LGBT community, and in the Trump era when that whole demographic is being trampled upon, she may find an appropriate cause célèbre to which she can devote at least some of her considerable passion.

The dasha/bhukti will also play out according to Saturn itself. Saturn is a positive house lord, of the 4th and 5th, and Saturn generally does okay in an upachaya house, where the standard line for the 3rd and 6th is, things start out badly but get better over time.

Griffin bookBut Saturn in the 3rd is 12 houses removed from the 4th which it rules, which is a poor prognosis for the mother. In reality, Griffin’s mom turns 97 on June 10th. These next two years, while Griffin is running Saturn-Saturn and transiting Saturn is back in her Sagittarian 3rd house to complete her Saturn return, delineate the likely period of her mother’s demise.

Meanwhile, however, Saturn in the 3rd is 11 houses removed from the 5th which it also owns. This is promising for creativity in general, and authorship in particular, since all three planets associated with writing – 2nd lord Mars, 3rd lord Jupiter and 5th lord Saturn – are all in sambandha via mutual association and aspect across the 3rd/9th axis.

So Griffin may hunker down for next two years, devote time to family and favorite causes, and write another book. But she’ll bounce back, her ego bruised and somewhat deflated, but not broken.

Illegitimi non carborundum!

~~~

Alan Annand is a graduate of the American College of Vedic Astrology and a former tutor for the British Faculty of Astrological Studies. His New Age Noir crime novels (Scorpio Rising, Felonious Monk, Soma County) feature astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, whom one reviewer has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.”

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00006]He’s also the author of several non-fiction books. Stellar Astrology, Volumes 1 & 2, offer a wealth of time-tested techniques in the form of biographical profiles, analyses of world events, and technical essays. Parivartana Yoga is a reference text for one of the most common yet powerful planetary combinations in jyotish. Mutual Reception is an expanded companion volume for western practitioners, covering the same subject of planetary exchange through the lens of traditional astrology.

Websites: www.navamsa.com, www.sextile.com

You can find his books on Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.

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The Mathematics of Yogas, part 6: Viparita Raja Yoga

June 1st, 2017 · Astrology, Instruction, Karma

viparita-salabhasanaViparita Raja Yoga

Not every cloud has a silver lining, but when it does, it provides an example of how Viparita Raja Yoga works.

This yoga operates on the principle that, effectively, two wrongs make a right. For the mathematically-inclined, this is like multiplying two negative numbers and getting a positive, as in (-2) x (-5) = 10.

For those who prefer examples from the world of sociology, let’s assume most of society is good, and should be allowed to circulate freely, except for three types of individual:

  • The physically ill, infected with a dangerous and contagious disease,
  • Criminals, whose propensity for violence threatens law and order, and
  • The insane, whose uncontrolled behavior poses a threat to public safety.

When such negative elements are recognized and properly controlled, the sick are isolated in a hospital, the criminals are put in prison, and the insane are placed in a mental asylum. There’s a place for every “undesirable”, and every undesirable should be in his place.

In astrology, the trikasthanas represent the “bad neighborhoods” of the chart, and the trik lords represent, for example, the sick (6th), the criminal (8th), and the insane (12th).

Viparita Raja Yoga occurs when two or more trik lords move to other trikasthanas not owned by them. Like a bad guy obliged to leave his own bad neighborhood, to seek refuge in another equally bad ‘hood. For example, this requires the 6th lord moving to the 8th or 12th house, the 8th lord moving to the 6th or 12th house, and/or the 12th lord moving to the 6th or 8th house.

The odds of each trik lord finding itself in another trikasthana not its own are two out of 12, or one in six, ie, a 16.7% chance for a Viparita “Lite.” The odds of this happening simultaneously for two trik lords are 1/6 x 1/6 = 1/36, or a 2.8% chance for a “Medium” Viparita. The odds of all three trik lords achieving this at the same time are 1/6 x 1/6 x 1/6 = 1/216, or a mere 0.5% chance for a “Pure” Viparita.

No matter which planets end up becoming trik lords, all 12 ascendants can allow two of these trik lords to occupy other trikasthanas not their own. All of mankind has a 2.8% chance of forming this “Medium” Viparita Yoga.

But a “Pure” Viparita Yoga involves a full mala or garland of all three trik lords migrating to other trikasthanas not owned by them. What are the odds of this for the 12 ascendants?

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Four classes of ascendants are ranked here by chance of forming a pure Viparita Yoga:

  1. Tier 1 comprises the first six ascendants – Aries through Virgo, plus Sagittarius and Aquarius. If you examine the trik lords for these eight ascendants, you’ll find those three planets all enjoy freedom of movement with respect to their fellow trik lords. The chances for any of these eight ascendants to have a pure Viparita Yoga is 0.5%.
  2. Tier 2 involves only ascendants Libra and Scorpio. For example, with Scorpio rising, the 6th lord is Mars, 8th lord is Mercury, 12th lord Venus. Although Mars can range anywhere, Venus and Mercury are tied to each other. As “inferior” planets, they can never be more than 76 degrees apart. That’s no problem when 8th lord Mercury occupies the 6th, and 12th lord Venus takes the 8th. But if Mercury is in the 12th, Venus can’t possibly go to either the 6th or the 8th. This reduces the chance of forming a pure Viparita Yoga to 0.4%.
  3. Tier 3 involves Pisces ascendant whose trik lords are Sun, Venus and Saturn. Although Saturn could be anywhere, the Sun and Venus are tied to each other, never more than 48 degrees apart. For this ascendant, the Sun can go to the 8th while Venus goes to the 6th, because they remain within range. But if the Sun goes to the 12th, Venus can’t go to the 6th, because that would put them on opposite sides of the chart. So the chances for Pisces lagna to have a pure Viparita Yoga are only 0.3%.
  4. Tier 4 involves only Capricorn ascendant, whose trik lords are Mercury, Sun and Jupiter. Jupiter could be anywhere, but the Sun and Mercury are bound the closest of all planets. The nearest two houses are the 6th and 8th, but since the Sun and Mercury are on a 28-degree leash, they can’t even straddle those two houses. And forget about either of them moving to the 12th on the opposite side of the chart. Therefore, it’s actually impossible (0% chance) for Capricorn lagna to have a pure Viparita Yoga.
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When we review the gamut of Viparita Yogas, we see that it’s relatively common (16.7%) to find a single trik lord in another trikasthana, thus forming Viparita “Lite.” However, to have two trik lords migrate to other trikasthanas not owned by them, the odds quickly drop off to only a 2.8% chance. And yet all ascendants are equally capable of achieving this “Medium” Viparita.

However, raise the bar to a full mala – a “Pure” Viparita Raja Yoga in which all three trik lords move to other trikasthanas – and the odds become very long. For 11 ascendants, the chances of this happening are only 0.3-0.5%, and in the case of Capricorn rising, literally impossible.

Maybe these observations serve as a lesson. Karma must run its course, and for certain of us, there’s no getting off the hook. For Capricorn rising, a Saturn-ruled ascendant, there is no silver lining. Saturn is the slow-moving cloud. You can run but you can’t escape the storm. Some of us must resign ourselves to getting wet.

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Alan Annand is a graduate of the American College of Vedic Astrology and a former tutor for the British Faculty of Astrological Studies. 

His New Age Noir crime novels (Scorpio Rising, Felonious Monk, Soma County) feature astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, whom one reviewer has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.”

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00006]He’s also the author of several non-fiction books. Stellar Astrology, Volumes 1 & 2, offer a wealth of time-tested techniques in the form of biographical profiles, analyses of world events, and technical essays. Parivartana Yoga is a reference text for one of the most common yet powerful planetary combinations in jyotish. Mutual Reception is an expanded companion volume for western practitioners, covering the same subject of planetary exchange through the lens of traditional astrology.

Websites: www.navamsa.com, www.sextile.com

You can find his books on Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.

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Chuck Berry: Reelin’ and Rockin’

May 1st, 2017 · Astrology, celebrity, Instruction

berry_artLike Pablo Picasso, Stephen King and several others, Chuck Berry is proof positive that having three debilitated planets in your birth chart is no impediment to reaching the top of your game.

But America’s iconic rock ‘n’ roll pioneer was frequently in trouble, and we can only credit his chart – not his parents or his upbringing – for the cantankerous character he ultimately became. His father was deacon of a Baptist church, his mother a highschool principal. Chuck Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, at 06h59 on October 18, 1926. (Birth data courtesy of Astrodatabank.)

Note first that Berry had Ruchaka Yoga, courtesy of a double-strength (own sign and retrograde) Mars in his 7th house. This defining astrological characteristic fueled his persona both onstage and off, including his run-ins with the law, his aggressive guitar licks, the swaggering stage moves, and the modern lyrics that reflected the restless passion of teenage America embracing adventure and rebellion.

Berry-pChuck Berry had an ego that he wore on his sleeve. In the kendras are both kshatriya planets – the Sun and Mars – always ready for a rumble. But the Sun is debilitated in the ascendant, and aggravated by that powerful Mars. Chuck Berry was not a team player – he was the perpetual star of his own road show, and his whole life confirmed it.

While still in highshool, he robbed three cars at gunpoint and was sent to reform school to finish his education. Years later, he was arrested under the Mann Act, transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes, and went to prison for three years. Age didn’t mellow him. In his 50s he was charged with assault and battery against one of his own backup singers. Even Keith Richards got punched in the face one night when he tried to intercept Berry backstage as he was leaving a gig with a guitar case stuffed full of cash.

Berry married at age 22 and remarkably, despite multiple infidelities, stayed married to the same woman for 68 years until his death. In the early days, he worked in an automobile assembly plant, and later trained to be a beautician. But music was always his driving passion.

He formed a band while he was in reform school, and the warden even let them out to play some gigs. He took lessons to become a better guitar player, fused the blues with country western music, and became known in his area as a “black hillbilly” for his brand of music. Although Berry was a competent musician and a lively performer, it was his songwriting that ultimately earned him a place in America’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

With both Mercury and Jupiter in the kendras, and Budhaditya Yoga in the ascendant, he had a remarkable way with lyrics, and captured the spirit of a young America on the cusp of social and sexual revolution.

berry2_colorHe had one of those relatively rare yogas – Mahabhagya, found in only 3% of the population – that can be thought of as representing a male archetype. He was a man born during the day, with his ascendant, Sun and Moon all in positive signs. He had balls, and he wasn’t shy about flaunting them – in his numerous sexual affairs, his bellicose manner, and his swaggering stage presence.

Every one of his debilitated planets enjoyed some sort of relief. Before itemizing those details, let’s review the rules for Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga. A debilitated planet is relieved if:

  • it is aspected by its dispositor,
  • its dispositor is angular,
  • the lord of its exaltation sign is in a kendra, or
  • the planet that would be exalted in its debilitation sign is angular.

However, keep in mind that one or two of these conditions constitutes only a weak form of compensation, like a broken-legged man being given a crutch. True Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga status is typically reserved for situations where the debilitated planet enjoys three or four means of relief.

His debilitated Sun is rescued by that powerful Mars in the 7th, which qualifies because it’s the lord of the Sun’s exaltation sign. His debilitated Jupiter is relieved by the aspect of its dispositor Saturn, and by the angularity of Mars which would be exalted in Capricorn. And his debilitated Venus is relieved because its dispositor Mercury is in a kendra.

But of these three debilitated planets, the Sun and Venus are barely relieved, which was reflected in the fact that Berry had both an unchecked ego and a messy love life. His Jupiter, however, enjoys at least moderate relief, thanks mostly to the compensation from his powerful Mars. As lord of the 3rd and 6th houses, Jupiter delivers artistic prowess, showmanship and a competitive spirit. Its residency in the 4th seemed to have played out in a relatively happy and comfortable retirement.

The other significant and life-defining pattern in Chuck Berry’s chart is the Parivartana Yoga between lagnesh Venus in the 12th house, exchanging signs with 12th lord Mercury in the lagna. Primary among its meanings are pleasures of the bed, addictions, institutionalization, and loss of face or money.

berry&wifeAs mentioned earlier, he indulged in many sexual affairs, including one with a 14-year-old waitress, which landed him in prison. In his 50s, drug enforcement agents raided his house and found drugs and guns, but also videotapes from the women’s washroom of a restaurant he owned. The resulting class action lawsuit filed by 59 women cost him a settlement of $1.2 million plus legal fees.

With lagnesh Venus debilitated in the 12th house, its periods were almost universally problematic for him – either putting him behind bars or costing him a bundle. His brief string of armed car robberies sent him to reform school when he was running Saturn dasha, Venus bhukti. When his next Venus bhukti came around 18 years later during Mercury dasha, this activated his Dainya (unfortunate) Parivartana Yoga. Caught transporting a minor across state lines for sexual purposes, he went to prison for three years.

During Venus dasha, Rahu bhukti, he had a whole string of trouble – charged with assault and battery, arrested for drug possession, taken to court in a class action suit that cost him a fortune. In its bhukti, Rahu in the 9th spells some legal problems on its own, but its occupation of Gemini also invoked Mercury’s participation in his Parivartana Yoga, and the troubles piled on.

But Mercury also had its virtues. Aside from Budhaditya Yoga, Mercury also formed Raja Yoga with his powerful Mars, and Dhana Yogas with both his Sun and Mars. Although his initial success occurred in Saturn-Jupiter, it was his Mercury dasha in the late Fifties and early Sixties that cemented his place in American music. He had a whole string of hits in this period – Roll Over Beethoven, Rock and Roll Music, Sweet Little Sixteen, Johnny B. Goode, Back in the USA, Nadine – that sold millions of records and made Chuck Berry a rich man.

Although his Ruchaka Yoga was the powerhouse that drove his persona and career, so too was his Mars a malefic with greater-than-normal power to harm. As both lord of the 2nd house and occupant of the 7th, Mars is a full-fledged maraka. In esoteric terms, a maraka planet first spells death of the spiritual Self, through pursuit of money (the 2nd) and sex (the 7th). From there, its interpretation generalizes to suggest the death of all things, including the physical self.

Berry_seniorChuck Berry died in Mars dasha, Mars bhukti. Further note that Mars in its periods will also fulfill the mandate of its nakshatra lord Venus, debilitated lagnesh in the 12th, signifying losses and endings of every kind…

Berry contributed three things to rock music: an irresistible swagger, a focus on guitar riffs as primary melodic elements, and an emphasis on songwriting as storytelling. Less well known is the fact that his Johnny B. Goode was the only rock-and-roll song included in the Golden Record collection sent out on the Voyager space missions of 1977. Chosen as a form of cultural message-in-a-bottle, these were intended for any intelligent extra-terrestrial life that may discover them, centuries or millennia from now.

Someday in the distant future, aliens too may be singing, “Hail, hail, rock ‘n’ roll!”

~~~

Alan Annand is a graduate of the American College of Vedic Astrology and a former tutor for the British Faculty of Astrological Studies. 

His New Age Noir crime novels (Scorpio Rising, Felonious Monk, Soma County) feature astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, whom one reviewer has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.”

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00006]He’s also the author of several non-fiction books. Stellar Astrology, Volumes 1 & 2, offer a wealth of time-tested techniques in the form of biographical profiles, analyses of world events, and technical essays. Parivartana Yoga is a reference text for one of the most common yet powerful planetary combinations in jyotish. Mutual Reception is an expanded companion volume for western practitioners, covering the same subject of planetary exchange through the lens of traditional astrology.

Websites: www.navamsa.com, www.sextile.com

You can find his books on Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.

 

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Mutual Reception: Book review by Donna Van Toen, ISAR

April 10th, 2017 · Astrology, Book Review, Instruction, Publication

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Mutual Reception by Alan Annand, Sextile.com, 2016. Paper 339 pp. Price: $6.99 digital, $19.95 paper.

Mutual reception has been around for 2000 years or so, and yet very little has been written about it. Sure, you’ll see mention of the fact that two planets in mutual reception will “help one another out,” but that’s about the extent of what most books tell you. So this book is a welcome addition to our literature. However, before you dash out to buy it, you might want to know how Annand works with them. Specifically, you need to know that he does not include the outer planets. He also uses the sidereal zodiac and a whole sign house system. Aspects are not taken into account in mutual reception. All you need to see is what signs and houses the planets occupy.

Now, you can try this in the tropical zodiac, but Annand cautions you that his experience leads him to believe the information here works better when you’re using the sidereal zodiac. I tried the interpretations in both systems and also with traditional and modern rulers. I had hit-and-miss success with the modern rulers and with the tropical zodiac. I had good results using Annand’s system, though I have to say that in many respects I have trouble relating to my sidereal chart as a whole. Whether this is simply my conditioning (I am a tropical astrologer though I have studied sidereal) or because my tropical chart fits better is a moot point and not necessarily relevant to this review. Suffice to say, I got results in both systems, possibly a bit more with the sidereal, though. And I would note that you get different results – and different receptions – in both systems.

ISAR Journal 45-3And what is this information I was playing with? Pages and pages of interpretations for each mutual reception by house [66 in all], along with a case study for each position. Oh, and an opening interpretation from Parashara, just to put things in perspective (Annand is a Vedic astrologer.) And from what I can see, these are very good interpretations, no matter which way you use them.

There is also a glossary. Numerous useful tables are scattered throughout. I found these particularly helpful in regard to the jyotish material Annand includes at the end. This, by the way, lists some other types of receptions that are relevant in Vedic astrology.

Regardless of what flavor of astrology you practice, this book could be a very good addition to your library. And if, like me, you’re a Western, tropical astrologer, there’s a good chance you’ll pick up some new knowledge even if you aren’t ready to fully embrace sidereal or give up the outer planets as sign rulers just yet.

– Reviewed by Donna Van Toen, ISAR Journal, Volume 45, Issue #3.

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Alan Annand is a graduate of the American College of Vedic Astrology and a former tutor for the British Faculty of Astrological Studies. His New Age Noir crime novels (Scorpio Rising, Felonious Monk, Soma County) feature astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, whom one reviewer has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.”

He’s also the author of several non-fiction books. Stellar Astrology, Volumes 1 & 2, offer a wealth of time-tested techniques in the form of biographical profiles, analyses of world events, and technical essays. Parivartana Yoga is a reference text for one of the most common yet powerful planetary combinations in jyotish. Mutual Reception is an expanded companion volume for western practitioners, covering the same subject of planetary exchange through the lens of traditional astrology.

Websites: www.navamsa.com, www.sextile.com

You can find his books on Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.

 

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Kala Sarpa Yoga

April 2nd, 2017 · Astrology, Instruction

kalasarpa_yogaKala Sarpa Yoga is not discussed in classical shastra. Rather, it arises from an oral tradition, probably with roots in South India. Some say it’s Tantrik in origin and, perhaps because of that, is subject to significant differences in interpretation.

Some describe Kala Sarpa as a major flaw in a birth chart, a dosha which foretells loss of everything, while others say it functions as yoga to bestow the power of a king, assuming the child who possesses it survives. It reminds us of that old saying, Beware of fire and water and Tantriks, for all three have the power to take your life.

Classes of Kala Sarpa

Kala Sarpa exists in four different classes, based on configuration, that are presented here in descending degree of potency:

  1. A “perfect” yoga is when (a) Rahu and Ketu occupy their opposing signs and have no association with any other planet; (b) the sapta grahas, Sun to Saturn, lie exclusively within the Rahu/Ketu axis, and all seven occupy the 150-degree zone created by the five intervening signs between the lunar nodes; and (c) each of the signs holds at least one of the seven planets. This full-fledged yoga is rarely found.
  2. A “potent” yoga is very similar in that it requires both (a) and (b) above, but not (c), so that, among the intervening five signs between nodes, one or more of them may be vacant.
  3. A “partial” yoga is when the seven planets gather exclusively on one side or the other of the Rahu/Ketu axis but one (or more) of the planets is in one (or both) of the signs occupied by the nodes.
  4. A “potential” yoga is when the seven planets fail to gather exclusively within the axis, but all seven planets occupy the seven signs counted exclusively in clockwise or counter-clockwise direction from the Rahu/Ketu axis.

(Note: the reader is advised to use “mean node” settings on astrological programs, because “true node” will sometimes differ by as much as 1.5 degrees or more, and thus move “the line of demarcation” in one direction or another, potentially transferring an adjacent planet in or out of the zones described in #3 and #4 above.)

kalasarpa_doshaQualitative criteria

From the above list of classes we realize that not all Kala Sarpa yogas are the same. Further, there are qualitative differences even among the same class. To assess these variations, for each class of yoga, we must ask seven questions:

  1. Does it occur under an eclipse? Since the nodes are considered enemies of the Sun and Moon, eclipses are damaging for both, since they occur during new moon (conjunction) or full moon (opposition). Therefore, consider a Kala Sarpa yoga during an eclipse as a double negative.
  2. Are the Sun or Moon associated with the nodes? Even in the absence of an eclipse, the alignment of the nodes on either luminary is negative.
  3. Does Jupiter aspect either of the nodes? The positive influence of the prime benefic can soften the effects of the nodes. This can be singular, eg, when Jupiter is five signs away from (aspecting) one node and three signs away (not aspecting) the other. The influence is dual when Jupiter lies on the nodal axis itself, thus affecting both nodes at the same time.
  4. Do Mars or Saturn aspect the nodes? The influence of malefics has a negative effect, further aggravating the nature of the nodes. As with Jupiter, the malefics Mars or Saturn can exert a singular or dual influence. Eg, when either is four or ten signs away from the nodal axis, they influence one node or the other. Or they can influence a node from other signs via their special aspects. But if either lies on the nodal axis itself, the influence on the nodes is doubly negative.
  5. Is there a stellium through which a transiting node might stir up trouble? Every 18 years, the node in whose direction the planets are moving will transit every planet on one side of the nodal axis. Since the transiting nodes agitate house occupants, most of us would prefer to have misery doled out in small portions, rather than served all at once. For this reason, a stellium with a critical mass of four or more planets in one sign/house is seen as negative, a hidden bomb waiting to be detonated.
  6. Are there any exaggerated grahas in the chart? The presence of Kala Sarpa can empower any exaggerated planet, for good or ill. Exaggerated planets are: exalted, debilitated, retrograde, combust, in planetary war, or new/full moon. Although both good and bad can occur, a majority of strong planets will give more yoga-like effects, while a preponderance of weak planets will make it seem like a dosha.
  7. What directional type of Kala Sarpa is it? When the planets move toward Rahu, it is called anuloma; when toward Ketu, it is viloma. Based on the premise that the serpent is a cobra whose fangs are located in its head, the anuloma type is deemed to be somewhat more problematic.

To get a feel for evaluating the different types of Kala Sarpa Yoga, we’ll look at the charts of four different politicians. Not that all politicians are snakes, but sometimes what looks like a rope later turns out to be a serpent…

Margaret Thatcher. “The Iron Lady” held three consecutive terms as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1979-90), was great buddies with Ronald Reagan, and triumphed over Argentina in the Falklands War.

JPEG Margaret Thatcher 2xThatcher has a “perfect” Kala Sarpa. There are no planets in the same signs as the nodes. All of the intervening houses are occupied by one or more planets. This is a relatively rare occurrence. Now let’s assess its condition:

  1. Eclipse? No. That’s good. Give one point: +1
  2. Sun and Moon associated with nodes? No. Good. Add another point: +1
  3. Jupiter aspects either/both nodes? No. Too bad. Take away one point: -1
  4. Mars or Saturn aspect either/both nodes? Yes, Saturn aspects Rahu. Too bad. Take one point: -1
  5. Stellium stirred by transiting node? No. That’s good. Give one point: +1
  6. Exaggerated grahas? Yes. Saturn is exalted. Give one point: +1
  7. Direction of Kala Sarpa? Viloma, planets moving toward Ketu. Good. Give one point: +1
  8. Net overall: 5-2 = 3 points, so this is Kala Sarpa Yoga.

Benito Mussolini. The youngest Prime Minister in Italian history, Mussolini ran the country like a dictatorship from 1922-45. Like fellow fascist Adolf Hitler, his control unraveled in WW2, and he was deposed and executed.

JPEG Benito Mussolini 2xMussolini has a “potent” Kala Sarpa. There are no planets in the same signs as the nodes. Some of the intervening houses are not occupied. This is less desirable than the “perfect” type where planets are spread out more evenly.

Now let’s assess its condition:

  1. Eclipse? No. That’s good. Give one point: +1
  2. Sun and Moon associated with nodes? No. Good. Add a point: +1
  3. Jupiter aspects either/both nodes? Yes. Jupiter aspects Rahu. Give another point: +1
  4. Mars or Saturn aspect either/both nodes? No. That’s good. Give another point: +1
  5. Stellium stirred by transiting node? No. That’s good. Another point: +1
  6. Exaggerated grahas? Yes. Moon is exalted. Give another point: +1
  7. Direction of Kala Sarpa? Anuloma, planets moving toward Rahu. Poor. Take away one point: -1
  8. Net overall: 6-1= 5 points, so this is Kala Sarpa Yoga.

Robert Kennedy. Attorney General USA (1961-64), Kennedy was a Democratic presidential candidate until assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan. One of Marilyn Monroe’s lovers, he left behind a wife, 11 children and a traumatized America.

JPEG Robert Kennedy 2xKennedy has a “partial” Kala Sarpa. There is one planet, the Moon, in the same sign as Ketu. But even though the Moon is very close to crossing that line of demarcation, all planets remain on one side of the nodal axis.

Now let’s assess its condition:

  1. Eclipse? No. That’s good. Give one point: +1
  2. Sun and Moon associated with nodes? Yes. Moon is with Ketu. Bad. Take away a point: -1
  3. Jupiter aspects either/both nodes? No. Too bad. Take one point: -1
  4. Mars or Saturn aspect either/both nodes? Yes. Mars aspects Ketu, and Saturn aspects Rahu. That’s doubly bad. Take away points: -2
  5. Stellium stirred by transiting node? No. That’s good. Add a point: +1
  6. Exaggerated grahas? Yes. Saturn is exalted. Give a point: +1
  7. Direction of Kala Sarpa? Viloma, planets moving toward Ketu. Good. Give another point: +1
  8. Net overall: 4-4= 0 points, so this is Kala Sarpa that is both yoga and dosha.

Donald Trump. Real estate mogul and reality show celebrity, Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the USA. A pathological liar, he’s also a misogynist, racist bigot who may have slept with the enemy to gain the White House.

JPEG Donald Trump 2xTrump has a “potential” Kala Sarpa. Similar to Kennedy, his Moon is in the same sign as Ketu, but in Trump’s case the Moon has narrowly crossed the line of demarcation, and now lies on the other side of the nodal axis.

Now let’s assess its condition:

  1. Eclipse? Yes. That’s bad. Take away two points: -2
  2. Sun and Moon associated with nodes? Yes. Sun is with Rahu, Moon is with Ketu. Bad. Take another two points: -2
  3. Jupiter aspects either/both nodes? Yes. Jupiter aspects Rahu. Good. Give one point: +1
  4. Mars or Saturn aspect either/both nodes? Yes. Mars aspects Ketu. Bad. Take away another point: -1
  5. Stellium stirred by transiting node? No. That’s good. Add a point: +1
  6. Exaggerated grahas? Yes. Jupiter is retrograde, and the Moon is mixed, both debilitated and full. Give two points, take away one for net: +1
  7. Direction of Kala Sarpa? Viloma, planets moving toward Ketu. Good. Give another point: +1
  8. Net overall: 4-5= (-1) points, so this Kala Sarpa is more dosha than yoga.

Summary

As we saw at the outset, there are four different classes of Kala Sarpa dependent on configuration, ie, how closely they match the ideal of planets all on one side of the nodal axis, and evenly distributed in signs other than those occupied by the nodes.

thuvitha - CROPWe also saw how each Kala Sarpa must be qualitatively assessed, via the consideration of several mitigating factors. Benefic and malefic influences help determine its bias – to act as a yoga bestowing positive results, or as a dosha delivering negative outcomes.

Like all forms of yoga vichara, this exercise demands the weighting of criteria and an overall judgement that may be subjective. The charts provided here serve only as examples in a pro forma of analysis, and do not attempt to delve deeper into the nature or timing of results, whether good or bad. That is the subject of a future work.

~~~

Alan Annand is a graduate of the American College of Vedic Astrology and a former tutor for the British Faculty of Astrological Studies. 

His New Age Noir crime novels (Scorpio Rising, Felonious Monk, Soma County) feature astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, whom one reviewer has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.”

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00006]He’s also the author of several non-fiction books. Stellar Astrology, Volumes 1 & 2, offer a wealth of time-tested techniques in the form of biographical profiles, analyses of world events, and technical essays. Parivartana Yoga is a reference text for one of the most common yet powerful planetary combinations in jyotish. Mutual Reception is an expanded companion volume for western practitioners, covering the same subject of planetary exchange through the lens of traditional astrology.

Websites: www.navamsa.com, www.sextile.com

You can find his books on Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.

 

 

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Mathematics of Yogas, part 5: Dhana Yoga

March 1st, 2017 · Astrology, Instruction, Science

rasi chakra DHANAIt’s a truism in the medical world that the best guarantee of longevity is to be born to healthy parents. For those who take their health for granted, the next-most-desired aspect of a perfect life is to be born rich or, if that’s not possible, with a birth chart containing multiple wealth yogas.

Although there are variations on the theme, a typical Dhana Yoga demands a combination of two planets involving (1) lord of a dharma house and (2) lord of a dhana house. The dharma houses, associated with luck and good fortune, are the first, the fifth and the ninth. The dhana houses, associated with money, are the second and the eleventh.

Combinations can be formed by either an association of the two requisite planets, or a mutual aspect. In the latter case, that’s usually from opposite signs; for Mars and Saturn, also when Saturn is four signs following Mars.

Given the simplicity of Dhana Yoga, one might assume all ascendants have an equal opportunity to form yogas among their dharma and dhana lords. But in reality, this isn’t so. Depending on the ascendant, it might be easier, more difficult, or downright impossible, for certain combinations to form.

The simple reason is, not all planets enjoy unlimited freedom with respect to each other. Although all planets can associate with each other, not all planets are capable of mutually aspecting each other from opposite signs.

Inferior planets are the proverbial flies in the ointment. Mercury can’t be more than 28 degrees from the Sun, Venus no more than 48 degrees. By extension of the same logic, Mercury and Venus can’t be more than (28+48=) 76 degrees apart. Therefore, if Dhana Yoga demands combined participation among the Sun, Mercury or Venus, Table6_Dhana-pthey’re only capable of association, never of opposition. This changes the odds of forming Dhana Yoga for those ascendants where the Sun, Mercury and/or Venus are dharma or dhana lords.

Here is a rank-ordered list of all ascendants, from those with the greatest odds of forming Dhana Yoga, to those with the least chance:

To illustrate this, let’s consider a Libra lagna chart, which has the greatest potential to form Dhana Yoga. The dharma lords of the 1st, 5th and 9th, respectively, are Venus, Saturn and Mercury. The dhana lords of the 2nd and 11th are Mars and the Sun.  To form Dhana Yoga, Venus must combine with Mars or the Sun. Or Saturn must do so with Mars or the Sun. Or Mercury with Mars or the Sun.

In the case of Venus, it enjoys unlimited freedom with respect to Mars, combining by association or opposing aspect from any two signs out of 12. But regarding the Sun, Venus can never be more than 48 degrees away. Therefore, it’s always found in the same sign, or in one of two signs on either side of the Sun, therefore, one chance in five of forming yoga.

LG 07 LI - dhanaFor Saturn, it’s completely free with respect to either Mars or the Sun. It forms associations or opposing aspects with both and, in the case of Mars, enjoys an additional opportunity for sambandha when Saturn is in the 4th sign from Mars, from which position they mutually aspect each other.

Finally, regarding Mercury, it’s completely free with respect to Mars, forming associations or opposing aspects. But as an inferior planet, Mercury can never be more than 28 degrees from the Sun. It’s either in the same sign or in one of the signs adjacent, therefore one chance in three of forming yoga.

For five ascendants – all of the earth signs and two of the water signs – one planet or another is both dharma lord and dhana lord. Since by definition of the term, yoga can’t be formed by a planet combining with itself, this diminishes for those ascendants the chances to form Dhana Yoga with the available planets.

For Leo and Aquarius ascendants, Mercury or Jupiter, respectively, is the only dhana lord for that ascendant, ruling both the 2nd and 11th houses. This actually diminishes the odds for that ascendant to form Dhana Yoga. In the average chart, each of three dharma lords has the possibility of forming sambandha with one or the other of the two dhana lords. But in the case of these latter two ascendants, there is effectively only one dhana lord. If a dharma lord connects with that planet, it will thus form two Dhana Yogas, one with the 2nd lord, and one with the 11th lord. But that’s putting all one’s eggs in one basket. By having only one planet instead of two as dhana lord, that reduces the odds of the dharma lords making the requisite connection.

LG 11 AQ - dhanaLet’s illustrate this with Aquarius lagna, which has the worst chances of all ascendants to form Dhana Yoga. Here the dharma lords are Saturn, Mercury and Venus, while Jupiter is the sole dhana lord, representing both the 2nd and 11th houses. Since Saturn, Mercury and Venus enjoy unlimited freedom of movement with respect to Jupiter, each has two signs out of 12 wherein sambandha via association or mutual aspect is possible.

For every such valid contact, two Dhana Yogas are formed – one with Jupiter as 2nd lord, the other with Jupiter acting as 11th lord. But there it ends. The fact remains that the dharma lords have only one dhana lord with which yoga can be formed. For an analogy, consider the popular Vegas card game of blackjack, wherein the initial two-card deal of an ace along with a ten or any face card could deliver the perfect hand. But remove just one ace from the deck, and the odds of being dealt that winning hand drop immediately.

Admittedly, life is not a game of cards but, in the realm of astrological yogas, chance still plays a remarkable role. Unless, of course, it’s just your good karma.

~~~

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00006]Alan Annand is a graduate of the American College of Vedic Astrology and a former tutor for the British Faculty of Astrological Studies. 

His New Age Noir crime novels (Scorpio Rising, Felonious Monk, Soma County) feature astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, whom one reviewer has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.”

He’s also the author of several non-fiction books. Stellar Astrology, Volumes 1 & 2, offer a wealth of time-tested techniques in the form of biographical profiles, analyses of world events, and technical essays. Parivartana Yoga is a reference text for one of the most common yet powerful planetary combinations in jyotish. Mutual Reception is an expanded companion volume for western practitioners, covering the same subject of planetary exchange through the lens of traditional astrology.

Websites: www.navamsa.com, www.sextile.com

You can find his books on Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.

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Length of ring finger predicts physical aggression in men

February 23rd, 2017 · Palmistry, Science

Without pointing any fingers, a new study suggests a way to take the measure of tough characters. The research, done at the University of Alberta and announced Wednesday, found a connection between the length of the male index finger relative to the ring finger and the tendency to be aggressive. No such connection was found in women.

Scientists have known for more than a century that the finger-length ratio differs between men and women. Recently, scientists found a connection between finger lengths and the amount of testosterone that a fetus was exposed to in the womb: the shorter the index finger relative to the ring finger, the higher the amount of prenatal testosterone.

The new study found such a fetus is more likely to be a physically aggressive adult, according to Peter Hurd and his graduate student Allison Bailey.

Hurd says he first thought the idea was “a pile of hooey,” but he changed his mind when he saw the data, which is published in the March issue of the journal Biological Psychology.

finger-aggression-pWhile the study finds a connection, finger ratios only predict behavior a small percentage of the time, the researchers caution. The research was based on surveys and hand measurements of 300 undergrads at the university.

Other studies have shown that culture and upbringing affect tendencies toward violence. Exposure to violent television has also been linked to violent behavior later in life. Hurd says the new study supports other research that suggests biology plays a role.

“More than anything, I think the findings reinforce and underline that a large part of our personalities and our traits are determined while we’re still in the womb,” Hurd said. The connection was found only with physically aggressive behavior, not with verbal aggression or other forms of hostility.

A 2003 report in Chemical & Engineering News, a weekly newsmagazine published by the American Chemical Society, said “flawed brain chemistry, brain damage, genetic defects, an unhealthy psychological environment” all contribute to violent behavior.

Another study by Hurd, to be published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, find that men with more feminine finger ratios are more prone to depression.

“Finger lengths explain about 5 percent of the variation in these personality measures, so research like this won’t allow you to draw conclusions about specific people. For example, you wouldn’t want to screen people for certain jobs based on their finger lengths,” Hurd said. “But finger length can you tell you a little bit about where personality comes from, and that’s what we are continuing to explore.”

Hurd plans to measure the digits of hockey players next.

[Article courtesy of LiveScience.]

~~~

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00006]Alan Annand is a palmist and astrologer – a graduate of the American College of Vedic Astrology and a former tutor for the British Faculty of Astrological Studies. 

His New Age Noir crime novels (Scorpio RisingFelonious MonkSoma County) feature astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, whom one reviewer has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.”

He’s also the author of several non-fiction books. Stellar Astrology offers a compilation of time-tested techniques, in-depth celebrity profiles, and analyses of world events. Parivartana Yoga is a reference text for one of the most common yet powerful planetary combinations in jyotish. Mutual Reception is an expanded companion volume for western practitioners, covering the same subject of planetary exchange through the lens of traditional astrology.

Websites: www.navamsa.com, www.sextile.com

You can find his books on Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.

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Carrie Fisher: Postcards from the edge of the galaxy

February 1st, 2017 · Astrology, celebrity

carrie_Leia with gun 2When Carrie Fisher entered the public consciousness like a shooting star, playing Princess Leia in the first Star Wars movie, she was already a showbiz veteran. At age 13, she’d shared a nightclub act with her mother Debbie Reynolds, was in the chorus of a musical when she was 15, and by age 19 had made her movie debut as a nymphet in Shampoo.

Although she went on to reprise her Princess Leia role in several more movies in the Star Wars series, Fisher also appeared in another 40 films. And yet she is perhaps more highly regarded as a writer – publicly, for her autobiographical novels, eg, Postcards from the Edge, and within the Hollywood film industry as a “script doctor.”

Fisher and her brother Todd were born to famous parents – actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. But her parents divorced when she was two years old, Eddie Fisher leaving Debbie Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor. Carrie retreated into a world of literature and became known within her family as “the bookworm.”

By her 20s, because/despite of her Star Wars fame, her life was in perpetual crisis. She had a serious drug problem from age 22 to 28, and ended up in rehab after an overdose. Following her recovery, she plunged into writing, and for relaxation indulged compulsively in shopping and traveling.

To her great credit, she publicly acknowledged her addictions, her battle with bipolar disorder, and her obsessive-compulsive behaviors. She became a poster child of transparency, whether through her writing or public appearances, meanwhile being a devoted single mother until her death by cardiac arrest at age 60.

Carrie Fisher was born on October 21, 1956, at 12:49 pm in Burbank, California. Source: Astrodatabank, Rodden rating AA.

Fisher chart West-North 2xUpon inspection, one of the most notable features of Fisher’s chart is that it contains two Parivartana Yogas, something found in only 3% of all charts.

The first occurs between Mars in Aquarius in the 2nd house, and Saturn in Scorpio in the 11th house. This is a category called Maha Parivartana Yoga, involving the sign exchange, or mutual reception, of two positive house lords. (The positive houses: 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th.) This particular combination of house lords – 2nd and 11th – typically bequeaths positive outcomes re family status, nurture, education, wealth and powers of speech.

However, since the 2nd lord Saturn falls exactly (40’ partile) on the nodal axis, some of these very themes are derailed by the disruptive nature of Rahu and Ketu. Thus we see seeds of misfortune within the family, as played out in parental divorce, and the ever-after financial problems for her mother. Here too we see the potential for the substance abuse that dogged Fisher’s life.

carrie b&wFor any two planets in exchange, we can try to identify a control planet, the one most empowered to swing outcomes in its favor. While Mars is ordinary and aspected by two benefics (Jupiter and Venus), Saturn is ordinary and influenced by benefic Moon and the malefic nodes. Therefore, Mars is better placed, and will thus bend life in favor of its occupancy and rulerships, ie, through powers of expression, accomplished mother, property, and income.

The second of these exchange patterns occurs between Venus in Leo in the 8th house, and the Sun in Libra in the 10th house. This is a category called Dainya Parivartana Yoga, involving mutual reception between a trikasthana lord (6th, 8th, or 12th) with any other house lord. Typically, this particular exchange of house lords – 8th and 10th – creates irregularities in one’s social status or career, but also public crises, traumas and transformations.

In this case, the control planet is not readily obvious. Venus is ordinary, associated with benefic Jupiter but aspected by malefics Mars and Saturn. The Sun is in mixed condition, debilitated but with dig bala, and under no influence from any other planet. Because the Sun enjoys no other yogas, while Venus participates in a Dharma-Karma Adhipati Yoga with Mars (5th and 4th lords, respectively), we might grant marginal control to Venus. Therefore, it skews life in favor of its occupancy and rulerships, ie, through crises and traumas, but fulfilled through creative work and social activism.

Other yogas reinforce some of these themes. The DKA Yoga of lagnesh Saturn and exalted kendra lord Moon in mutual opposition across the 5/11 axis supports creative work and financial reward. The Raja Yoga formed by 7th lord Moon joined with Ketu in a trikona is suggestive of creative consulting.

Fisher was involved in several high-profile romances during her life: Harrison Ford during the filming of the first Star Wars movie; Dan Akroyd of Saturday Night Live, whom she almost married; singer & carrie & paulsongwriter Paul Simon to whom she was married only a year but remained friends thereafter; and the father of her only daughter, who left her for another man.

Passion combinations are pronounced in her chart. Carnal Mars aspects both the Moon and Venus. Lustful Saturn aspects both the Moon and Venus. The 7th lord Moon on the nodal axis invites unusual partnerships. The relationship karaka Venus in the 8th house challenges conventional expectations.

Substance abuse is usually seen through the 2nd house. It is occupied by malefic Mars, in Parivartana with 2nd lord Saturn, which is exactly conjunct Rahu associated with drugs and poisons. Although the 2nd house is aspected by Jupiter and Venus, Jupiter itself is an indication of excess, while its lordship of the 12th is a significator of self-undoing.

Fisher’s drug problems began shortly after the onset of her Rahu dasha in 1977. The nodes are powerful proxies for planets with whom they associate, or by whom they are aspected or disposited. In Fisher’s case, Rahu is associated with Saturn, aspected by the Moon and disposited by Mars. If we look for common ground among those three, we’re back to the Parivartana Yoga discussed above, with all the attendant ramifications.

It’s public knowledge that Fisher suffered mental illness. In 1997, she had a psychotic break, tied to her long battle with bi-polar disorder and a change of meds that threw her into an allergic reaction. After ranting and hallucinating for a week, she spent half a year in outpatient recovery.

Her mental state deteriorated following the onset of her Jupiter dasha. In its periods, Jupiter gives results for its star-lord the Sun, debilitated in Parivartana with Venus as mentioned earlier. With the Sun weak and both primary benefics in the 8th house, reversals and traumas unfolded, with one step back for every two steps forward. In the D-6 Shashtamsha (reflecting health), Jupiter is ordinary in the 12th house, a dusthana. In the D-8 Ashtamsha (reflecting trauma), Jupiter is exalted but in the dusthana 3rd, aspected by the nodes.

carrie matureMental illness of one kind or another is often attributed to a disturbance of the manas, that part of our “primitive” mind responsible for sense perception, glandular function, moods and sensitivities. The manas is in turn linked astrologically to the 4th house, its lord, and the Moon. The influences upon them from Saturn, with its anxiety, depression and isolation, and/or Rahu, with its disruption and crazy-making quality, are the two key variables.

Fisher’s 4th house is unoccupied, but the 4th lord Mars is in Aquarius ruled by Saturn. In addition, peculiar to this chart, Mars is in Parivartana with Saturn, which accentuates their linkage. Furthermore, once we allow Mars to exchange signs in our mind’s eye, it now occupies the same sign as Rahu, which has a destabilizing effect. The Moon, although both exalted and full, is aspected by Saturn and lies on the nodal axis where it is further destabilized by Rahu.

Despite these issues, Fisher was a consummate writer. The 2nd house of “voice” (something to say) is highly energized by its Parivartana Yoga and benefic aspects. The 5th house of creativity is occupied by a full exalted Moon, its power magnified by the nodal axis. And Mercury is exalted in the 9th house of publishing and media work.

As per KP theory, dasha and bhukti lords primarily deliver results for their nakshatra lords. It’s worth noting that a third of Fisher’s planets occupy a Sun nakshatra. Therefore, within the cycle of bhuktis, this star-lord influence of a debilitated Sun puts the ego under stress roughly a third of the time. Since the Sun is also involved in a second Parivartana with Venus, this provokes an oscillation between professional success and self-doubt, resulting in crises, mental trauma and repeated breakdowns.

Fisher also suffered obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). At the heart of OCD is some sort of fixation. Fisher’s chart contains seven planets in fixed signs.

From the Chandralagna point of view, we can analyse the manas again. The 4th house (from the Moon) is occupied by Jupiter and Venus, but aspected by fearful Saturn. The 4th lord Sun is debilitated in the dusthana 6th (from the Moon). And the Moon, as we saw earlier, is under attack from both Saturn and Rahu, the two major contributors to mental malaise.

Fisher died on December 27, 2016, while she was running Saturn-Mercury-Saturn. As owner of the 2nd house, dasha lord Saturn is a full maraka. As the occupant (or owner) of the 11th house from a carrie 1956-2016moveable ascendant, it is also a badhaka – a tormentor, or source of obstacles and distress. And since Saturn is swa nakshatra, it works only to manifest its own significations and results.

Bhukti lord Mercury acts primarily on behalf of its star-lord the Moon, which as lord of the 7th is also a maraka for this chart. Thus both dasha and bhukti serve to activate the marakas for this chart, which are in mutual aspect on the nodal axis, reflecting the possibility of abrupt reversals for which the nodes are notorious.

A remarkable instance of synchronicity by transit was also evident at the time of Fisher’s death. Saturn had completed its second return, while Mars was on the verge of completing its 32nd. Both planets were back in Scorpio and Aquarius, respectively, and therefore both were in Parivartana again. And since both Mars and Saturn are marakas for this chart, their recurring mutual reception was an echo of their natal configuration.

Whereas natal Saturn had been conjunct Rahu within less than a degree, transiting Mars and Ketu were conjunct within a quarter of a degree. It was as if the two marakas had dived into a death star and come out the other side.

But as Yoda said in one of the Star Wars movies, “Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force.”

~~~

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00006]Alan Annand is a graduate of the American College of Vedic Astrology and a former tutor for the British Faculty of Astrological Studies. 

His New Age Noir crime novels (Scorpio RisingFelonious MonkSoma County) feature astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, whom one reviewer has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.”

He’s also the author of several non-fiction books. Stellar Astrology offers a compilation of time-tested techniques, in-depth celebrity profiles, and analyses of world events. Parivartana Yoga is a reference text for one of the most common yet powerful planetary combinations in jyotish. Mutual Reception is an expanded companion volume for western practitioners, covering the same subject of planetary exchange through the lens of traditional astrology.

Websites: www.navamsa.com, www.sextile.com

You can find his books on Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.

 

 

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The Beltway Sniper: malefics in the crosshairs

January 10th, 2017 · Astrology, Crime

For 23 days in October 2002, the Beltway Sniper held the citizens of the Washington, DC, area terrorized in his sights. Ten people were shot and killed over the space of three weeks, another three people critically wounded. The shootings had no obvious motive, the victims seemingly targeted at random as they went about their daily business. The identity of the shooter, firing unseen from a distance with a high-powered rifle and telescope, remained a mystery to frustrated authorities.

jam-malvo-gunIn the end, diligent police work tracked him down. Fingerprints from a robbery scene identified a recent immigrant, Lee Boyd Malvo, who was a known associate of John Allen Muhammad. That latter name in turn led to a vehicle registration, and the police broadcast a lookout for the car in question. It was soon after spotted at a highway rest stop and the two men arrested.

The triggerman’s plan

The mastermind and triggerman of the shooting spree was John Allen Muhammad, a 41-year-old former Army Sergeant who had earned an Expert Rifleman’s Badge during his 17 years of military service. Twice-divorced with four children, he had led a restless life ever since the Gulf War and his honorable discharge from the Army.

His 17-year-old accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, who’d at first claimed he’d done most of the shooting, later recanted and admitted Muhammad had been the marksman. Their relationship was that of surrogate father and son. Malvo’s testimony eventually revealed that Muhammad’s escapade of terror had been meticulously planned to unfold in three phases:

  1. target-mapPhase One consisted of planning, mapping and practicing multiple shootings throughout the Washington and Baltimore area. The goal: kill six white people a day for 30 days (180 planned victims).
  2. Phase Two would involve killing a pregnant woman with a shot to the abdomen. Then to kill a Baltimore City policeman and, at the officer’s subsequent funeral, detonate several improvised explosive devices to kill as many attending officers as possible.
  3. Phase Three would extort millions of dollars from the government as a price to end the terror campaign. Muhammad would move to Canada, recruit homeless boys from orphanages and set up a training camp. There he would instruct the boys in the use of weapons, later turning them loose to carry out mass shootings in cities throughout the USA.

However crazy he might have been, Muhammad thought big. His birth chart offers an intriguing combination of ambition, intelligence and violence. According to Astrodatabank, he was born December 31, 1960, at 6:12 am (Rodden rating AA) in New Orleans.

ja-muhammad-2x-ved

Chart analysis

His chart is brimming with yogas. Jupiter in the ascendant in its own sign gives Hamsa Yoga. Between kendra lords Jupiter and Mercury, and trikona lords Sun and Mars, these four planets form ten Raja Yogas. The Moon and Mars form Chandramangala Yoga, Moon and Jupiter form Kesari Yoga.

Intelligence abounds. Jupiter is swarashi, while both Jupiter and Mercury enjoy dig bala, thus giving them enough collective strength to call this Saraswati Yoga. The Sun and Mercury form Budhaditya Yoga.

Despite the intelligence, the dark side is evident. Mars influences all three ascendants – udayalagna, suryalagna and chandralagna. So too does Saturn. And both malefics likewise influence lagnesh Jupiter.

The lord of the rising nakshatra is Ketu, a Mars-like malefic in the sign of Saturn. The sub-lord of the lagna is Mars itself. The Moon is in a Mars nakshatra. Mars is retrograde and strong. Mars’s recurring influence is the mark of a fighter, a killer, a warrior.

The Beltway Sniper’s killing spree ran from October 2nd to 22nd, 2002. For those interested in such details, the times, dates and locations for each shooting, fatal and otherwise, are given on Muhammad’s Astrodatabank page.

expert-rifleman-badgeMuhammad’s entire killing spree occurred during his Saturn dasha, Mercury bhukti, Rahu sub-period. As we’ll see, all three of these period lords invoked violence through the agency of the trikasthanas in Muhammad’s chart.

The trikasthanas are always involved in violence against another, whether via theft or rape or the ultimate crime, murder.

  • Murder takes the life of another person. Since “the other” is seen through the 7th house, that person’s death is seen in the 6th, because the demise of anything is 12 houses away from the subject at hand. Thus, murder of another is reflected in 6th-house activity of the perpetrator.
  • Murder is a crime against dharma. The chief dharma house is the 9th. The 8th, because it is 12 houses away, is anti-dharma. So during crimes of any kind where dharma or right action is violated, there’ll usually be evidence from the planets that the perpetrator’s 8th house is active.
  • Murder is the end of things – not only another’s life, but also a kind of self-inflicted suicide of the soul, because once one starts down that path, the trail grows ever darker. Again, where one’s own actions result in a death, there’s often evidence the perpetrator’s 12th house is active.

So rape and murder should occur during the periods (dasha, bhukti, pratyantara) of planets that signify the 6th, 8th and 12th, ie, their occupants and lords, and planets occupying the nakshatras of those occupants and lords.

KP Theory

Krishnamurti Paddhati says that events are driven by the period lords of planets which signify key houses. Those significations arise via occupancy and rulership of key houses, and even more importantly, by a planet’s placement in the nakshatras of planets which occupy and own those key houses.

For example, the trikasthanas are activated during periods of (a) planets that occupy and own them, and (b) planets that occupy the nakshatras of those occupants and owners. In Muhammad’s chart, the key significators for the trik houses can be teased out as follows:

  • 6th house has no occupant. Lord of the 6th is Venus. Her agents are the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and Rahu, because they occupy Venus nakshatras. Since the nodes represent any planet with whom they have a relationship, Rahu and Ketu act as Venus’s proxies. Including Venus, six planets can deliver 6th-house results.
  • 8th house has no occupant. Lord of the 8th is the Moon. She has no occupants in her nakshatras, so she alone can deliver 8th-house results.
  • 12th house has no occupant. Lord of the 12th is Mars. His agents are the Moon and Venus because they occupy Mars nakshatras. Because the nodes represent any planet with whom they have a relationship, both Rahu and Ketu act as Venus’s proxy. Including Mars, five planets can deliver 12th-house results.

In summary, the significators for trik activity are:

  • 6th house: VE, SU, JU, SA, RA, KE
  • 8th house: MO
  • 12th house: MA, MO, VE, RA, KE

capriceAnalysis of events

Now let’s examine the astrological circumstances in October 2002 when John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo went on their shooting spree. From the perspective of planetary periods, this occurred during Muhammad’s SA-ME-RA period.

  • Saturn is a significator of the 6th. It is also a maraka for this chart. Finally, it is the karaka for death.
  • Mercury is not a significator for any trikasthana. But it is both maraka and badhaka for this ascendant, and thus represents misfortunes.
  • Rahu is a significator for both the 6th and 12th houses, and is therefore one of the most powerful planets to have a hand in crimes committed.

The transits at the time of the Beltway Sniper’s shooting spree can also be viewed through the lens of KP theory. The first shooting occurred with both lagnesh Jupiter and the Moon transiting the 8th house. Both were in a Mercury nakshatra, which invoked the maraka and badhaka for this ascendant.

Saturn was at 05GE08, exactly on the descendant, within five degrees of the Moon, and opposing the Sun, thereby influencing all three lagnas. Saturn in the nakshatra of Mars invoked the 12th house ruled by Mars.

Mars itself was in the midheaven at 27LE56, which is both Sun sign and Sun nakshatra. The Sun is a significator for the 6th.

This is a well-documented case, insofar as most of the shootings are timed to the minute. Therefore we can and should examine the transiting Moon. KP theory says these transits should trigger, via nakshatra– or sub-lord, the significators of the trikasthanas.

Out of 13 events (10 fatalities, 3 injuries) the Moon was in Ketu nakshatra six times, ie, almost half the time. This is about four times more frequent than would be expected. Note that Ketu is a significator for both the 6th and 12th houses.

In these same 13 events, the transiting Moon was in the Moon’s sub of a nakshatra, also six times, and likewise far more frequent than expected. Note that the Moon (as a planet being triggered) is the sole significator for the 8th house, and therefore a necessary ingredient in crimes of this magnitude.

jamExecution

John Allen Muhammad was executed by lethal injection at 9:06 pm EST on November 10, 2009, in Jarratt, Virginia. At the time of his death, he was running the conjoined periods of Saturn-Moon-Saturn. As we saw earlier, Saturn is a maraka for his chart, as well as the karaka of death. The Moon is a maraka as well, but also a significator for two trikasathanas – the 8th and the 12th.

Eventually, even our own worst planets show up to settle their scores.

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00006]Alan Annand is a graduate of the American College of Vedic Astrology and a former tutor for the British Faculty of Astrological Studies. 

His New Age Noir crime novels (Scorpio RisingFelonious MonkSoma County) feature astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, whom one reviewer has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.”

He’s also the author of several non-fiction books. Stellar Astrology offers a compilation of time-tested techniques, in-depth celebrity profiles, and analysis of world events. Parivartana Yoga is a reference text for one of the most common yet powerful planetary combinations in jyotish. Mutual Reception is an expanded companion volume for western practitioners, covering the same subject of planetary exchange through the lens of traditional astrology.

Websites: www.navamsa.com, www.sextile.com

You can find his books on Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.

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NCGR book reviews: Parivartana Yoga & Mutual Reception

December 21st, 2016 · Astrology, Book Review

This book review of two books by Alan Annand — Parivartana Yoga and Mutual Reception — appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of the memberletter for the National Council of Geocosmic Researchers (NCGR):

Parivartana Yoga, by Alan Annand, Sextile.com, 2015, paper (252 pp) $14.95, digital $6.99. 

I was very excited when astrologer Alan Annand (who also writes a series of astrological mysteries) sent me a copy of Parivartana Yoga, since in my own Indian astrology practice, I have lectured often on the significance of this planetary combination known to Western astrologers as mutual reception. I was not disappointed since this topic, which is very easy to understand, has often been glossed over as insignificant, and as Annand shows us, that is far from the truth.

In Indian astrology a yoga (“union”) occurs “when two or more planets are joined in a specific configuration” (p. 3) and Parivartana (“exchange”) Yoga occurs “when one planet occupies a sign whose lord is in the sign ruled by the other planet.” Therefore, if Venus is in Aries (ruled by Mars) and Mars is in Taurus (ruled by Venus), you have Parivartana Yoga.

Annand proceeds to list and interpret the 66 planetary combinations by house, so that the chapters are in sequential order: “Exchange of 1st and 2nd lords,” Exchange of 1st and 3rd lords,” etc. Each one provides a general description of how each house exchanges or identifies with the other, a list of famous people with this yoga, and a case study of one person. The research is impeccable and methodical, and shows the author’s ability to be as thorough as possible and to communicate his ideas in a concise, clear, and user-friendly style. I commend all the work that went into it.

I also applaud Annand’s usage of the three categories of Parivartana Yogas: Maha Yoga, which involves an exchange between two of the following houses— 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th; Khala Yoga, involving the 3rd, and Dainya Yoga involving the 6th, 8th and/or 12th. Many astrologers do not use these three distinctions, since they are not found in every classical text, but they undoubtedly illuminate which houses are positive and which are problematic.

This book is written for students and practitioners of Indian astrology, but even a Western astrologer can benefit from this book, since it is very easy to convert the Western chart into the Indian one.

mr-cover-v11-web-15The good news, however, is that the author has also written the western counterpart of this book: Mutual Reception, by Alan Annand, Sextile.com, 2016, paper (339 pp) $19.95, digital $6.99.

The format of this book is basically the same as Parivartana Yoga in that it includes the 66 planetary combinations and uses most of the same examples. The difference is that the interpretations include Western aspects and circular charts, though still using the Indian method of sidereal astrology and whole sign houses. Annand has also utilized the five classical receptions, which, in addition to reception by sign, include reception by exaltation, triplicity, term, and face.

If you use both Indian and Western astrology in your practice, then purchase both these books. Otherwise choose the one that best suits your interests. Either way, you will be in a win-win situation with these informative, well-researched, and well-written books.

~ reviewed by Ronnie Gale Dreyer

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Alan Annand is a Canadian astrologer and palmist accredited by the American College of Vedic Astrology and the British Faculty of Astrological Studies. For a compilation of his writings (astrological essays on time-tested techniques, in-depth celebrity profiles, and analysis of mundane events) see his book Stellar Astrology.

He is also a writer of crime fiction, including his NEW AGE NOIR series (Scorpio RisingFelonious MonkSoma County) featuring astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, whom one reviewer has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.”

Websites: www.navamsa.com, www.sextile.com

You can find his books on Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.

 

 

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