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Hugh Hefner: Playboy of the western world

October 17th, 2017 · Astrology, celebrity, Instruction, Karma

Author’s note: I know at first glance this might seem inappropriate, posting an article on Hugh Hefner the week after the Harvey Weinstein  scandal, revealing the latter’s systemic sexual harassment and assault upon young women in the film industry. Bad timing for this article, perhaps, but good timing for Hefner to have died just three weeks ago, thus avoiding some of the inevitable comparisons. But readers should rest assured, my rationale for writing this article on Hefner had nothing to do with admiration or apology for him, rather it’s simply the astrological analysis of an iconic figure in American culture who had recently died. 

Forget for a moment your conception of Hugh Hefner as a dirty old man, naked under his smoking jacket, flanked by blonde twins with hourglass figures. Would you believe instead, a man with a genius-level IQ who was a lifelong supporter of civil rights and LGBT causes, who donated millions of dollars to ensure the protection of the First Amendment?

Hef, we hardly knew you…

Hugh Hefner was born to middle-class Nebraska farmers. Entering high school in Chicago with an IQ of 152, he was shy at first, but reinvented himself as class clown and cartoonist, founded the high school newspaper to promote student causes, and upon graduating was voted the most popular senior in his class.

He joined the US Army in 1944 and wrote for a military newspaper, receiving an honorable discharge in 1946. He went to the University of Illinois and graduated after only 2-1/2 years, with a major in psychology and a double minor in art and creative writing.

After a few years as a copywriter and promotions director for a publishing company, he discovered a demand for a gentleman’s magazine. With a stake of $8000, he assembled his first issue of Playboy on his kitchen table. Featuring a half-naked Marilyn Monroe, the first issue in December 1953 sold 54,000 copies. By 1956, it was selling 700,000 copies a month, and by 1971, seven million copies a month. Hefner was now a multi-millionaire.

Hefner has Virgo rising, with lagnesh Mercury in mixed condition in the 7th house, where it is both debilitated and retrograde, and yet with the Sun, since both aspect the lagna, they form Budhaditya yoga.

Although extremely wealthy, he had only a single Dhana yoga, that of 9th lord Venus joined with 11th lord Moon in the 6th house. Yet in the wealth amshas (not shown here) his financial security was further assured. In the D4, lagnesha Mercury is in its own sign Gemini; in the D10, Jupiter is in the lagna while Mercury occupies a positive house; in the D11, Mercury is in a positive house. Meanwhile, his 2nd lord Venus is swa in both D4 and D10, and with Mercury in the D11.

Exalted Mars in the 5th house of intellect indicates a quick study, someone who can digest ideas at a rapid clip. Mars forming Parivartana yoga with Saturn in the 3rd gives artistic skills, manual dexterity, literary arts and a talent for creative writing. Indeed, however much Playboy was criticized on moral grounds, it was much admired by the industry for its design, writing, and photography.

This same exchange of 3rd and 5th lords gives an amorous or romantic nature. The 3rd is a kama (pleasure) house, while the 5th is a barometer for what’s on a person’s mind. Since 7th lord Jupiter is debilitated in the 5th and under the double influence of malefics Mars and Saturn, we get the idea he had “sex on the brain.” But he also knew how to use that to captivate whole swaths of the American male population.

Over the years, Hef was married three times, and once admitted he’d made love to over a thousand women. Certainly, those with dual signs rising aren’t good prospects for fidelity, eg, Warren Beatty, Bill Clinton, David Duchovny, Jack Kennedy, and Tiger Woods. At the least, they are ambivalent about the marital regime.

For Virgo lagna, Pisces in the 7th house is ruled by Jupiter the lord of over-indulgence. Hefner’s Jupiter is debilitated in the 5th and afflicted by prime malefics Mars and Saturn, both provocateurs of the sexual act. Let the Saturnalia begin…

Although Hefner was castigated by Gloria Steinem and other feminists for his objectification of women, seemingly reducing them to sexual chattel, other observers saw him in more positive terms. Camille Paglia, academic and social critic of popular culture, insists in a recent article that Hefner played a seminal role in putting sexuality on the front burner of American culture, paving the way for the sexual revolution of the Sixties and the subsequent Women’s Liberation movement.

Despite the intellectual rationalizing, Hefner’s personal life did reveal a somewhat utilitarian view of women. His dark Moon, occupying a sign of Saturn, sits in the 6th house, the essential undoing of the marital contract. This implies his “love of women” was more functional (read sexual) than emotional. Venus, the karaka for relationships, is likewise in the 6th house.

Although the Moon/Venus pair in the 6th forms a Dhana yoga, we can still see this as a symbol of profiting through women as “employees” or even “pets”, eg, hostesses (bunnies) in his Playboy clubs, centerfolds-for-hire, and surrogate wives via a revolving door of companions over the span of six decades.

Hefner had a thing for twins, and appeared in many publicity photos flanked by notable pairs. Duality abounds in his chart. The angles occupy dual signs. Four out of nine planets are in dual signs. Mercury, the epitome of duality, occupies Pisces in the 7th house. And yet his love of twins only underscores the fact you can’t truly love two people equally at the same time, and their very identical-ness suggests that one is just a backup for the other, in the same utilitarian way that Wild West gunslingers always carried two guns, and the modern American man wants two vehicles. Because more is always better.

But however much his detractors criticized him, Hefner had balls. We can see this courage-under-fire aspect in his Mars/Saturn exchange. Despite furious resistance from a morally-outraged middle America, he faced an obscenity lawsuit and won his case under freedom-of-the-press principles. As a consequence, he became a lifetime supporter of the First Amendment to protect citizens’ rights of free speech and publication.

In the civil rights era, he boldly assigned writer Alex Haley to interview Norman Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party, who was shocked to discover Haley was Black, yet relieved he wasn’t Jewish. In the Sixties, Hefner introduced the “Playboy interview” as a permanent feature of the magazine, seeking to elevate the publication from being just another girlie magazine while simultaneously providing a legitimate outlet for voices he felt needed to be heard. Martin Luther King and Malcom X, luminaries of the civil rights movement, were thus given a platform via which their principles were made more widely known to the American public.

In his later years, while publicly pursuing a life of blatant hedonism surrounded by multiple Playmates, Hefner privately supported organizations in favor of civil rights, gay rights, rational drug policies, and First Amendment freedom from censorship in speech, publishing and the cinema. A lifelong Democrat, he donated heavily to charities supporting animal rescue, anti-vaccination policies, conservation of endangered habitats, and the plight of homeless children.

The Parivartana yoga of Mars/Saturn, 3rd and 5th lords respectively, occupy kama (pleasure) and dharma (moral) houses, but their interplay also suggests one’s right to enjoy life, liberty and happiness. Hefner was willing to go to bat, not only for First Amendment rights, but for other causes he felt were good for the public at large.

His Dhana yoga involving the Moon and Venus also suggests the principled (9th lord Venus) and practical use of his wealth (2nd lord Venus) in service (6th house association of Moon and Venus) of social aspirations (11th lord Moon).

Admittedly, none of this changes the fact that he was a serial womanizer. Yet a closer inspection of his life reveals he was a complex man endowed with intelligence and a social conscience. So it remains to be seen how history will judge him. Gloria Steinem has said, “I think Hefner wants to go down in history as a person of sophistication and glamour … but a woman reading Playboy will always feel a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual.”

In his defense, however, Camille Paglia has said, “Hugh Hefner absolutely revolutionized the persona of the American male, legitimizing seduction in the pursuit of pleasure.” When compared to today’s casual hook-up culture in which college-age kids are encouraged by their own peers to have sex, it makes the Playboy bunny seem both archaic and quaint in its innocence.

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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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Jim Carrey: Man on the Moon?

October 6th, 2017 · Astrology, celebrity, Instruction

Every now and again, Jim Carrey gives an interview which causes people to wonder out loud, Is this guy playing with a full deck?

Admittedly, Carrey has never been shy about voicing his opinion on matters he considered important. While still partners with Jenny McCarthy, he campaigned publicly against vaccinations, going so far as to call California Governor Jerry Brown a “corporate fascist” for signing legislation that required all school age children to be vaccinated against the typical diseases, allowing no exemption for religious or philosophical reasons. In turn, critics described Carrey’s anti-vaccination statements as “angry, dense and immune to reason.”

Although Carrey may be passionate, he’s not stupid. Rather, he just doesn’t care what people think of him, and isn’t shy about being transparent. Carrey has publicly admitted to having struggled for years with depression, a condition which to his credit ultimately forced him to wean himself from Prozac and confront his demons without prescription or recreational drugs, alcohol, or even coffee. Instead, he turned to Transcendental Meditation and sought refuge in wide-ranging spiritual studies.

Carrey’s chart has a number of remarkable features that single him out as a candidate for both depression and spiritual search. At a glance, the first thing that leaps out from his chart is the presence of six grahas in the Capricorn 4th house. Those familiar with yogas might immediately recognize Pravrajya Yoga, whose formation requires at least four real planets (not counting the nodes) in a single sign. In Carrey’s chart, he has five real planets in the 4th.

Pravrajya Yoga, among other things, inclines a person to embrace a spiritual search, which may include significant periods of withdrawal from the world, abstention from popular stimuli, and vows of silence, all in the name of sober contemplation and reflection upon the reality of existence.

Although Pravrajya Yoga already suggests some degree of solitary withdrawal, its occurrence in Capricorn, including Saturn in its own sign, gives it an even greater bias. Furthermore, the theme of surrender is also strongly encouraged by the fact that the moksha houses of his chart (4th, 8th, 12th) are very much activated.

A general technique to assess how strongly any of the purushartha themes (goals of a person) are activated in any chart is to examine the lords of dharma houses (1-5-9), artha houses (2-6-10), kama houses (3-7-11) and moksha houses (4-8-12). For example, when two or more dharma lords occupy dharma houses, the dharma theme is activated in the life, all the more so if one or more of those lords is strong. And so on with each of the other triads – artha, kama, and moksha.

In Carrey’s case, let’s examine the moksha triad. The 4th lord is Saturn, strong in its own sign. The 8th lord is Venus, also in the 4th, where it gains dig bala. The 12th lord is Mercury, also in the 4th, where it suffers injury via graha yuddha with Jupiter. The key observation here is that all three moksha lords (Saturn, Venus, Mercury) occupy a moksha house (the 4th) where two of them enjoy strength. This immediately highlights the moksha theme, all the more so since these three lords all occupy Capricorn, the sign of Saturn, the great renunciate.

Thus, we might logically anticipate that moksha will arise as a major life-defining theme for Carrey. This becomes all the more likely when we observe that Saturn and Mercury, both moksha lords, run sequential dasha periods that between them cover a span of 36 years of his adult life. That’s a significant period of “traction” during which the moksha program will be strongly encouraged. During this same period, however, we might also anticipate a certain dysfunctionality in the form of depression, morbidity, anti-social behavior or outright withdrawal from “normal life.”

In the scheme of Vedic psychology, the concept of the manas is intended to cover the “emotional” mind, that instinctual part of our brain that manages the autonomic nervous system, registers likes and dislikes via the five senses, and thus forms part of our personality. When the manas is disturbed, the person may become prone to physical and/or emotional irregularities.

The manas is analyzed via the 4th lord, the 4th house, and the Moon, which is the karaka for the emotional mind. Disturbance arises when planets are weak, badly placed by house, or influenced by Saturn or the nodes. Allowance is made, however, for when Saturn is itself the lord of the 4th.

If we follow the pro forma for 4th house analysis, here’s what we observe in Carrey’s chart:

  • First, we examine the lord of the 4th house. Since Saturn is the 4th lord (as it will be for every Libra and Scorpio ascendant), there is no bias against it for that reason alone. However, it is in mixed condition – occupying its own sign but widely combust with the Sun.
  • Next, we examine the 4th house itself. As above, there’s no harm in having Saturn the 4th lord in the 4th house, but the fact that it is associated with Ketu does signal some disturbance of the manas.
  • Finally, we examine the Moon, which is the karaka for the manas. The Moon is badly placed in the 8th house, although it is exalted and aspected only by benefic Jupiter.

On the basis of this analysis, we can only say, this signifies mild disturbance at worst, but nothing seriously threatening. So he may suffer depression (Saturn brings him down) but it doesn’t make him crazy.

Closer examination of the 4th house reveals more stuff going on. Lagnesh Venus is also combust in the 4th. Jupiter is debilitated, and suffers graha yuddha with Mercury. Again, some disturbance, but not disastrous for the manas. So we could say, Carrey has a troubled psyche, but he’s able to summon enough coping mechanisms (diet, meditation) to stay on a more-or-less even keel.

Currently he’s running Saturn dasha. As noted earlier, Saturn is in mixed condition (own sign but combust), owns two positive houses and occupies one of them. But Saturn also generates results for its nakshatra lord Sun, which both owns and occupies a positive house under the influence of both benefics and malefics. All things considered, pretty positive.

Looking ahead to Mercury dasha, however, his circumstances are subject to change. Mercury is in graha yuddha with Jupiter and, because Jupiter is the brighter, Mercury will effectively be the “loser” who gets eclipsed. Mercury is the lord of the 9th (spirituality, guru) and 12th (loss, disappearance) although, because of Mercury’s 4th house position as noted earlier, the moksha theme will predominate.

Since Mercury dasha will also deliver results for its star-lord, we must therefore look to the Moon. Since the Moon is 10th lord in the 8th, we can anticipate career or social setbacks, perhaps nothing terribly serious since the Moon is strong and supported by at least that mixed-condition Jupiter. Thus our narrative might be that Carrey’s career moves to the back burner, in an on-again/off-again pattern within which he periodically withdraws from the material world and the actor surrenders to the role of a lifetime, the sadhu within.

~~~

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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Sam Shepard: exit, stage left

September 25th, 2017 · Astrology, celebrity

sam1Judged by many of his peers to be the greatest American playwright of his generation, Sam Shepard authored 44 plays, and won a Pulitzer for “Buried Child.” But he was also an actor in over 50 movies, receiving an Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in “The Right Stuff.” A multi-talented artist, during his early years in New York, he played drums for a psychedelic folk band, and later in life, directed his own plays, meanwhile collaborating on various projects with such luminaries as Bob Dylan and Patti Smith.

Although his professional reputation loomed large, his personal life was intensely private, obscuring extramarital affairs and, for a time, heroin addiction. And he was restless, prone to sudden disappearances, pulling up stakes and moving across the country, back and forth between New York, California, New Mexico and elsewhere, or leaving the country entirely.

Shepard was born 5 November 1943 at 15h45 CDST in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Note: all chart details are in the sidereal zodiac.

Shepard - vjAuthors and writers typically have a strong 2nd and/or 5th house in their charts. A robust 2nd reflects their vocabulary and command of language, as well as the capacity for “something to say” through their writing. The 5th house is of course the application of the critical mind, the domain of creativity and, most pertinently for a playwright, a sense of drama.

Shepard’s 2nd house enjoys no outstanding dignity, although the 2nd lord Mars is strong by virtue of being retrograde, occupies its own nakshatra and is in no way afflicted in the 3rd house, itself associated with the craft of writing, and the performance arts in general.

The 5th house is occupied by Rahu, while the 5th lord Moon is in the 11th, from where it aspects back into its own house. The influence of the Rahu/Ketu axis upon both the 5th house and its lord is noteworthy. Rahu and Ketu reflect the innovators, misfits and outcasts of society. Shepard’s plays are chiefly known for their bleak, poetic, often surrealist elements, black humor, and rootless characters living on the outskirts of American society. Shepard was a great admirer of Samuel Beckett, author of “Waiting for Godot,” whose theatre of the absurd expressed the existential anxiety of modern times.

Shepard was married for 15 years and had a son with his wife. For a couple of years during the early part of his marriage he had an extramarital affair with poet/musician Patti Smith, with whom he remained lifelong friends and occasional collaborators on various literary or musical projects. His marriage ended for good when he met Jessica Lange, with whom he lived for almost 30 years, fathering with her both a daughter and another son.

Shepard’s 7th house is not strong. It is occupied by Venus, a situation known as karako bhavo nashto, which implies that, if the karaka (Venus) of the very thing under analysis (7th house relationships) is jeopardized in any way, it destroys the very foundation of that which might have been hoped for. In this case, Venus is debilitated in Virgo. Compounding this weakness, Venus and Mercury are in Parivartana Yoga. With the 8th lord Venus in the 7th, and 7th lord Mercury in the 8th, this was a poor prognosis for marital stability.

In fact, stability could never be assumed in a chart like Shepard’s. With Pisces rising, dual signs occupy all of the kendras. From the outset, this created a bias for some degree of restlessness in all four cornerstones of a life – the Self, the home, relationships and career. In such a case, Jupiter and Mercury become the two planets that own all four kendras. Both occupy trikasthanas – Jupiter in the 6th, Mercury in the 8th – suggesting a certain irregularity in the life.

The major planetary periods outlined the broad trajectory of his life. He ran his Jupiter dasha from 1965 to 1981. Note that, a general principle in jyotish says that nothing of major consequence happens in a person’s life until they experience the dasha of their ascendant lord or 10th lord. In Shepard’s case, Jupiter is one and the same.

Furthermore, Jupiter acts primarily to deliver results on behalf of its nakshatra lord Ketu. And Ketu acts as a proxy for the 5th lord Moon, which rules both the act of creative writing and in particular, the field of drama. No surprise then, that in his Jupiter dasha, Shepard won 11 Obie awards for off-Broadway theatre, and a Pulitzer for his most acclaimed play, “Buried Child.”

He ran Saturn dasha 1981-2000. Although he continued to be active as a writer, this period also saw him move into acting, appearing in 20 movies. These included “The Right Stuff,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination for supporting actor, thus establishing him as a bankable talent. Since Saturn acts primarily on behalf of its nakshatra lord Mars, this highlights the 3rd house where Mars resides, and is indeed the house strongly associated with actors, musicians and other performance artists.

He ran Mercury dasha from year 2000 to his death in Mercury-Saturn. Since Mercury primarily serves its nakshatra lord Rahu, this brings us back to the Moon and its lordship of the 5th house as similarly discussed in the context of his Jupiter dasha. Writing and acting were by now inextricably intertwined in his professional life.

Shepard died 27 July 2017 of complications arising from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Health-wise, his chart betrayed weakness. His lagnesh Jupiter is in the 6th house, aspected by malefics Mars and Saturn, both retrograde and therefore strong. His ascendant is aspected by weak benefic Venus and strong malefic Saturn, both of which are trik lords. His 6th lord Sun was debilitated in the 8th.

In degenerative illnesses, there is often a deeper astrological root cause – an afflicted manas. This model of the mind encompasses the most primitive part of the brain – the limbic system – sometimes referred to as the paleomammalian cortex. It supports a variety of functions including emotion, behavior, motivation, long-term memory, and olfaction. It also governs the autonomic nervous system, responsible for controlling bodily functions not consciously directed, such as breathing, the heartbeat, and digestive processes.

An afflicted manas can disturb the regulatory functions of the body, but also the perceptions as experienced through the five senses, the experience of which subsequently colors our spectrum of likes and dislikes (I love that color, I hate that music, this tastes good, that smells funny, I can’t stand the touch of latex…)

The astrological evidence for a disturbed manas is assessed via three different “litmus tests” in the chart:

  • The 4th lord, primary significator of the manas, is weak, poorly placed, and/or destabilized by association, aspect or disposition of Saturn or Rahu, the two prime malefics. (By disposition, we mean the planet occupies either the sign or nakshatra of Saturn or Rahu.)
  • The 4th house, secondary significator of the manas, is destabilized by occupation or aspect from Saturn or Rahu.
  • The Moon, karaka and tertiary significator of the manas, is weak, poorly placed, and/or destabilized by association, aspect or disposition of Saturn or Rahu.

If we apply these three tests to Shepard’s chart, we discover:

  • The 4th lord Mercury is weak (serious combustion within a 3-degree orb), poorly placed in the 8th, and occupies a nakshatra of Rahu.
  • The 4th house is occupied by a strong retrograde Saturn.
  • The Moon lies on the Rahu/Ketu axis and occupies a sign of Saturn.

Note: Although Shepard’s chart is a good example, readers should not place undue emphasis on any analysis of the manas. Many of us have charts whose condition of the 4th lord, 4th house and Moon is not stellar. But weakness of these factors alone is insufficient to raise alarms. It is essential to keep in mind that this pro forma must be seen in the larger context of a health analysis. This includes, as discussed above, the strength of the ascendant and ascendant lord to promote and preserve health, and the 6th lord for its ability to fight illness.

Rather than obsess upon the underlying causes for his death, we should instead acknowledge the considerable legacy of Sam Shepard, a great creative talent who left his mark on the literary landscape of the America he loved.

“I hate endings. Beginnings are the most exciting, middles are perplexing, but endings are a disaster. The temptation towards resolution, wrapping up the package, seems to me a terrible trap.”

~~~

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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Season of the Serpent

August 28th, 2017 · Astrology, Instruction, Science

Take cover. It’s Kala Sarpa season.

While everyone was focused on the solar eclipse of August 21st, another significant phenomenon was taking place on the same day. Ever since the Rahu/Ketu axis had shifted into Cancer/Capricorn on August 17th, only one other element remained to put things in play. So when, in the early hours of August 21st, Venus moved from Gemini to Cancer, the setup was complete. We are officially now in Kala Sarpa season.

The broadest definition of Kala Sarpa is when all planets occupy the span of seven signs from Rahu in Cancer to Ketu in Capricorn, even if one or more planets is earlier or later in the same sign as a lunar node. Stricter definitions do exist for three other categories of Kala Sarpa, which require all planets strictly on one side of that nodal axis. But broadly defined, we’ve been in Kala Sarpa mode since August 21st, as shown in the chart below.

How long will it last?

Two weeks at a time. That’s because in two weeks from August 21, the Moon will cross from Capricorn into Aquarius, thus putting it on the “other side” which effectively nullifies the Kala Sarpa pattern. But two weeks later, it’s back in Cancer again, and then we get another two weeks of Kala Sarpa.

But how long will that last?

Kala Sarpa will keep recurring in alternating two-week periods until some planet other than the Moon works its way through the signs from Cancer to Capricorn and comes out on the “other side” in Aquarius. But which planet has the best chance of doing that?

Although Saturn and Jupiter are closer to Aquarius, they’re way too slow.

But at a glance we can see the Sun has 26 more degrees to leave Leo, and then five full signs (5 x 30 =) 150 degrees to get into Aquarius, for a total of 176 degrees of solar motion. That will happen in a bit less than six months, say early February 2018.

Is there another horse in this field that can beat the Sun into Aquarius? Certainly not Mars in the backfield, but because the inferior planets are capable of getting ahead of the Sun by zodiacal position, we’d actually have to look at the situation in February 2018.

As it turns out, by 6th February 2018, Venus will have moved ahead of the Sun and crossed into Aquarius, and Kala Sarpa season will be over. By coincidence, Venus was the last one to leave Gemini in August 2017 and start the season. And Venus will be the first one to leave Capricorn in February 2018 and end the season.

What can we make of that?

Venus is karaka for the arts, fashion, vehicles, luxury goods, and relationships of every kind. Upon the onset of Kala Sarpa, Venus was with a dark Moon and a debilitated Mars in Cancer. And since the nature of Kala Sarpa is to take whatever is available and use it for its own purposes, we might consider this a sign of things to come in these next six months

So in the arts we could see some radical new development or innovation – in dance, fashion, film, music, photography, etc. There could also be major scandals involving artists – divorces and separations, substance abuse crises, if not outright tragedy in some form, eg, a terrorist attack at a concert.

Why so negative for Venusian people? Because Venus at the outset of Kala Sarpa season is afflicted by three malefics – a mixed condition Moon (in its own sign, but at the very end of its dark lunation cycle), a debilitated Mars, and the Rahu/Ketu axis itself.

For similar reasons, we might anticipate problems for vehicle (eg, car, train, ship, plane) manufacturers/operators of some sort – bankruptcy, major model/product recalls, transportation accidents or disasters of some significant magnitude.

In luxury goods, there could be a spate of counterfeits, a scandal in which some major retailer is revealed to be selling knockoffs, or there will be attempts at legislation to curtail the copyright theft and bootlegging of music, film, art work, fashion accessories, etc.

Last but not least, relationships themselves may come under fire. We are already seeing this in the USA, where women’s rights are being trampled upon, and where the LGBTQ community is being vilified by a Trump administration enabled by evangelical Christians. In light of rising activity among white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK, we could also anticipate physical attacks on people and institutions associated with same-sex relationships, or interracial marriage.

Equally unsettling, this period could erupt in scandals involving sex tourism, sex trafficking, and/or a surge of sexually-transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, hepatitis, syphilis, and HIV.

If it’s any comfort, the worst of this season may lie in the first two months, while Saturn remains in Scorpio. That’s because Saturn currently aspects Ketu, contributing its malefic influence to the potential virulence of the Kala Sarpa configuration. After October 27th, when Saturn leaves Scorpio and enters Sagittarius, some of that toxicity may dissipate.

Praise the Lord and pass the soma.

~~~

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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Mathematical Frequency of Common Yogas

August 24th, 2017 · Astrology, Instruction, Science

As Vedic astrologers, we routinely scan a chart to note the presence of yogas, ie, the planetary combinations that portend one effect or another for the person under consideration. These anticipated results derive, typically, from the houses the participant planets own, the signs and houses they occupy and, sometimes, the basic nature of the planets themselves.

Even as we take note of those yogas present in a chart, and form an opinion regarding the qualitative outcomes for the owner, we typically don’t have a way to assess the overall strength of the chart, except to note that it has several or few yogas.

In other words, we’re unable to value the presence or absence of yogas in any quantitative way. Therefore, the average practitioner has few tools by which to make a distinction between Chart A with a multitude of common yogas, versus Chart B with a mere handful of rare yogas.

And at this point, most astrologers must pause and ask themselves, Do I know which yogas are relatively common, versus those which are relatively rare? If the answer is “no” then we must admit that we’re limited in our ability to make subtle distinctions between charts.

Happily, help is at hand. Over a series of six articles, I’ve analysed the definitions, or “rules of formation,” for over a dozen well-known astrological combinations, and calculated their chances of occurring in the average chart. With such information, any astrologer can now appreciate whether a chart is merely average in its roster of yogas, or truly extraordinary.

For the record, here are the six articles in question:

Although freely available via these links on my website, you can also find the same articles in my book, Stellar Astrology: Volume 2, which includes many other articles of interest and value to serious students and seasoned practitioners of jyotish.

Definitions for some of these yogas may vary somewhat depending on what books you’ve read, or how your teacher(s) have clarified the fine points. But I’ve discussed the rules of formation for each of these and, under defined conditions, calculated the likelihood of their appearing in the average chart.

For instance, Mahabhagya Yoga occurs in only one out of 36 charts, while most of the Pancha Maha Purusha Yogas occur roughly one in 12. At the other end of the probability spectrum, Budhaditya and Kesari Yogas are much more common, appearing in roughly one out of five charts.

Finally, it might come as a surprise for many readers to realize that Parivartana Yoga is one of the most common combinations, appearing in two out of every five charts. Despite its frequent appearance, however, the devil is in the details. Parivartana appears under 66 different combinations of house lord exchange, or mutual reception by sign as it is called in western astrology.

For this reason, readers would be well-advised to gain a better understanding of it, since it inevitably occurs so frequently in the charts of clients. Indeed, that was my rationale for writing one of my books, Parivartana Yoga, in order to provide detailed interpretations for each of the 66 combinations, along with sample chart delineations of well-known people.

So, regardless of whether you’ve just begun to study jyotish, or you’re already a seasoned practitioner, you’d do well to pore over the column chart shown above, and to read the articles via the links provided. The next time you examine an astrology chart, you’ll have a much greater appreciation for the yogas it has. Keep in mind, however, that quantity is one thing, quality quite another. The latter will be the subject of another article.

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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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John Wayne Gacy: no tears for the Killer Klown

August 7th, 2017 · Astrology, Crime

Biography

John Wayne Gacy (aka “The Killer Klown”) was a Chicago-area serial killer who sexually assaulted and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men during the 1970s. Most ended up buried under the crawl space beneath his suburban home.

Brutalized by his father throughout his youth, and sexually molested as a child by a family acquaintance, Gacy subsequently initiated homosexual contacts with several of his employees. He worked in a mortuary for a short period and at one time climbed naked into a coffin with a deceased young man.

While briefly serving time for sodomy, he was a model prisoner, and initiated a number of improvements in prison conditions. He was for a time the manager of three KFC stores and later a successful building contractor. A zealous social networker, he was an ardent Democrat and a president of the local Jaycees, whose dubious social activities at the time included prostitution and wife-swapping.

He was married twice, although his second wife divorced him for sexual impotency. He liked to entertain at children’s parties wearing a signature clown costume, for which reason he was later dubbed “The Killer Klown.” After being incarcerated, he began to paint, often featuring himself in costume. Some of his paintings sold for as much as $20,000, although many were later bought by victims’ families in order to be burned.

Chart analysis

John Wayne Gacy was born 17 March 1942, at 00h29 in Chicago, IL. His chart has Scorpio rising, with ascendant lord Mars in the 7th house conjoined prime malefic Saturn, a placement that indicates the strong potential for violence, since both aspect the ascendant. The nodes in the angles, aside from being themselves malefic, also take on the role of malefic proxies, since Rahu receives the special aspect of Mars, and Ketu that of Saturn.

NB: The charts below show the ascendant and all planets in the sidereal zodiac.

The angles are occupied by two negative house lords – 6th lord Mars and 8th lord Mercury. And since 12th lord Venus is in mutual reception with Saturn, post-exchange, it (virtually) transfers from 3rd house to 7th, thus putting all three trikasthana (houses 6-8-12) lords in the angles.

Other aspects of this mutual reception are noteworthy. Venus and Saturn exchange via kama (desire) houses. But a post-exchange Venus in the 7th creates a condition called karako bhavo nashto, which spoils relationships. And if Venus takes its own degree into the 7th, it joins planetary war with Jupiter, a struggle that afflicts both the object of affection (5th lord Jupiter) and the partner (7th lord Venus). While Venus is ordinary, Saturn has directional strength in the 7th house, giving it the power to function as control planet in this mutual reception. Its position in the 7th reflects the homicidal nature of his sexual obsessions.

The murders

After years of engaging in forced homosexual rape, for which he served 18 months in prison, Gacy returned to “normal” life. He got married again, bought a house and started a home renovation and contracting business, in which he employed several young men. Several of these he invited home and “entertained” in his garage, plying them with liquor and playing games with handcuffs, which often left his victims helpless in the face of his homosexual advances.

Although married for a portion of this time, he also liked to pick up teenage boys and young men at bus terminals. Sometimes he would flash a gun and a fake sheriff’s badge to force them into his car. More typically, he would offer them marijuana to lure them to his house, where he overpowered them, held them captive to sexually abuse, then murdered and buried them.

Gacy’s crime chronology, from January 1972 to December 1978, spanned seven full years. The first two murders occurred during Mercury dasha (major planetary period), within the Jupiter and Saturn bhuktis (minor planetary periods). In hindsight, these may have been unplanned murders. But in his Ketu dasha, Gacy clearly embarked on a spree, sometimes killing two victims in the same week, and burying them in carefully-mapped trenches beneath the crawl space of his house.

KP activation via dasha and bhukti

Krishnamurti Paddhati (KP) is one of Vedic astrology’s famous predictive systems. One of its general rules is that dasha and bhukti periods will give results for their star lords (nakshatra dispositors) more readily than they will for themselves. [The zodiac comprises 27 nakshatras of 13deg20 span, three of each ruled by one of the visible planets and nodes.] And for the act of murder, we expect the trikasthanas – the 6th, 8th and 12th houses – to be involved, because they represent wrong actions.

  • The 7th represents others. Therefore the 6th involves harm, injury or death to another, since it is 12th (loss) from the 7th.
  • Since the 9th is the classic dharma house, the 8th is the classic anti-dharma house, being the violation of all that is good and proper. The 8th also reflects trauma, violence and death.
  • By a similar logic, the 12th represents the undoing of the Self, the end of things, the loss of the soul, whose integrity is irrevocably destroyed by such a heinous act as rape or murder.

Aside from invoking the 8th house which it owns, Mercury dasha worked first for its star lord Rahu, whose effects are described below. (The nodes act like proxies, on behalf of planets with which they are associated and aspected, as well as their sign and nakshatra dispositors.) In this chart, Rahu facilitates murder.

After Mercury, Ketu dasha was even more powerful to wreak violence. Ketu is associated with Mercury, the 8th lord as noted, but it is also aspected and disposited by Saturn. Although Saturn has no connection with either the 8th or 12th house, it is a maraka (death-enabling) planet, as well as the karaka (generic significator) for death. In Ketu dasha, Gacy committed 31 of his 33 murders.

As can be seen by the graph here, Gacy committed most of his murders in the bhuktis of the Sun, Moon and Rahu.

  • The Sun invokes its nakshatra lord Jupiter, a double maraka associated with Mars and Saturn in the 7th. The Sun, considered a cruel planet, rules the 10th of karma, the acts for which one becomes known.
  • The Moon serves its star lord Saturn, which has directional strength in the 7th. The Moon itself is very dark, thus one of the signatures for a disturbed mind. As 9th lord of dharma, it implies great moral weakness.
  • Rahu acts on behalf of 8th lord Mercury and 6th lord Mars, both of which aspect it. It also serves its sign dispositor, the cruel Sun, and its nakshatra dispositor, 12th lord Venus. Thus all three trikasthanas (6-8-12) are activated under Rahu’s period.

Transits leave a signature of the perpetrator

The Wikipedia entry [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wayne_Gacy] on John Wayne Gacy provides the dates of the disappearances of 26 of Gacy’s victims, all of whom ended up dead and buried beneath his suburban house. During Gacy’s confession, he said that almost two dozen of his victims had died between 3:00 and 6:00 AM.

Rather than speculate about where within that range of three hours the murders might have occurred, I chose to calculate the victim/event charts for midnight of the day the victims disappeared. We can assume that Gacy was out and about, or already had a victim in his car, by this time of night. His intention was formed. The fact that it is midnight – the hour of witches and demons – gives it a symbolic argument as well.

Gacy had something of a perpetrator’s profile, with the four most powerful malefics in the angles: Saturn, Mars and the nodes. On seeing this, I wondered whether the event charts might also correspond in some way with his chart.

First note that any given planet has four chances in 12 to be angular. So in 26 events, a given planet should be angular about 8.7 times. But in the case of the Gacy murders, the malefics were far more evident than expected:

  • Saturn was angular 16 times
  • Mars was angular 15 times
  • Rahu and Ketu were angular 13 times

It was as if Gacy had left his “astrological” fingerprints on most of the victims’ disappearances.

Although that notion wouldn’t sound far-fetched to any astrologer, even some open-minded criminologists might entertain the idea. Indeed, within the field of forensic science, Locard’s exchange principle holds that the perpetrator of a crime will inevitably bring something into the crime scene and probably leave with something from it, and that both can be used as forensic evidence.

Conclusion

As per KP analysis, we saw that the bulk of Gacy’s 33 murders occurred during the conjoined periods of a dasha and a few bhuktis that most effectively activated his trikasthanas (houses 6-8-12) wherein evil work is done.

Furthermore, we also saw that the victim/event charts themselves mirrored the birth chart of the perpetrator, leaving his astrological fingerprints at the time of the crime.

Although it would be impossible to search the general public, this method might well be used to review a list of suspects, eliminating some while targeting others as per the “fit” of their birth charts to the crime. In other words, one could use astrology to determine whether a crime scene profile fits the suspect.

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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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Audrey Hepburn: tiny waif with a big heart

August 5th, 2017 · Astrology, celebrity

Audrey Hepburn remains one of only a dozen people who’ve won all four of the entertainment industry’s most prestigious honors – the Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards. Yet for someone with such a successful career, she has a relatively unremarkable chart. Nonetheless, on closer inspection we realize it illustrates one of the key concepts of Vedic astrology – nothing truly momentous happens in a person’s life until they run the major planetary period of their first or tenth house lord.

Audrey Hepburn was born the daughter of an English-Irish banker father and a Dutch baroness mother, whose parents divorced when she was nine. She had an idyllic early childhood in Brussels prior to Nazi occupation, but during WW2 she had her share of harrowing experiences, which included carrying messages for the Resistance hidden in her ballet shoes.

After the war, she and her mother moved to London, where she landed a part as a chorus girl in a stage production. Three years later, playing a movie bit, she was spotted by the novelist Colette who instantly realized she’d found the girl to play “Gigi” on Broadway. The role won her a Theatre World Award in 1952. The following year she played a princess in “Roman Holiday,” and captured the world’s affection.

Her career went on from success to success, including such famous movies as “Sabrina” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Thanks to her friendship with Givenchy, who designed all of the outfits for her entire movie career, she became a fashion icon whose signature style was copied world-wide.

Hepburn has three strong planets in her chart. [Note: all positions are in the sidereal zodiac.] The Sun is exalted in Aries in the 3rd, a house associated with the performing arts. Venus is exalted in the 2nd, indicative of a well-to-do family, the world of fashion, and her own subsequent financial success. Her ascendant lord Saturn, the only visible planet above the horizon, is retrograde and therefore brighter than normal.

Meanwhile, two planets are weak. The Moon in her 1st house is dark and waning, just five days prior to the new moon. Mars is debilitated in Cancer in the 6th house. These two, one the lord of the 6th and the other its occupant, reflected her rail-thin physique and, ultimately, her death from cancer of the appendix.

She was married three times. Her 7th lord Sun, although exalted, was associated with the malefic Rahu, which also acts as a proxy for its dispositor Mars. Since Mars is debilitated in the 6th house, it plays the role of undoing marriage, since it is 12th from the 7th. She had two children but suffered multiple miscarriages. Her 5th lord Mercury was in the 4th and, thus being 12 houses removed from its own house, reflected the loss of children. Jupiter, the karaka or generic significator of children, is associated with two malefics, the Sun and Rahu.

In the dasha scheme of major planetary periods, Hepburn ran her Saturn dasha from the last days of 1953 to the end of 1972, a 19-year period that saw her catapult to world-wide fame through her many movies. Note that Saturn is her ascendant lord, and thus activates the principle stated in the opening paragraph above. During this planetary period, her performances garnered both popular and critical acclaim, and she won every major industry award.

When her Saturn dasha was over, she quietly withdrew from show business for eight years, returning only intermittently for a few movies. Her Mercury dasha was notable mostly for her absence from the world stage. In 1988, she became a special Ambassador to UNICEF, working actively in Ethiopia to combat world hunger. She made grueling trips to the Sudan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bangladesh and Vietnam. “I do my best,” she said simply,” I wish I could do more.”

Note that her ascendant lord Saturn, aside from ruling the 1st house of name and fame, also ruled her 12th house, which is associated with charity and foreign travel. And in the latter part of her life, it was her work with UNICEF that transformed her reputation in life, from that of a renowned actress to a tireless advocate in the selfless cause to end world hunger.

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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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Mutual Reception: Book review by Mary Plumb, The Mountain Astrologer

July 4th, 2017 · Astrology, Book Review, Instruction, Publication

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Mutual Reception by Alan Annand, Sextile.com, 2016. Softcover 340 pp. $19.95 (ISBN 978-1-927799-24-6). Available from Amazon.

Alan Annand is an experienced Vedic astrologer who has written two previous books from that tradition. His new book, Mutual Reception, takes a different approach; he begins with a survey of theories of mutual reception from the Western tradition – Greek, Latin, Arabic sources, and the work of William Lilly. This is a thorough accounting of various applications and their distinctions in practice; for instance, he explores the question: Is an aspect necessary for mutual reception to be effective?

The author refers to well-known contemporary astrologers who work with the historical traditions (Deborah Houlding, Benjamin Dykes, John Frawley, etc), which makes the book quite current. Annand has some interesting speculations about mutual reception as well, including a subtle view, reminiscent of quantum theory, which suggests new layers of how planets “exchange signs.” He discusses such topics as mutual reception’s psychological effect, the control planet, the gestalt of mutual reception, and dignities specific to both Western and Vedic astrology.

TMA Apr-May 2017The main part of the book (about 250 pages) goes in a different direction. Here, Annand gives delineations of 66 combinations of exchanges of house lords, eg, exchange of 1st and 2nd lords. For each combination, he provides two short quotes from a classic Jyotish text, Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, and adds interpretations; lists of famous people who share that mutual reception (by house lord); and a biography, natal chart, and analysis of that person’s mutual reception. The charts use the sidereal zodiac and whole sign houses.

Annand’s biographical snapshots are compelling, and his interpretations offer both technical sophistication and a nuanced yet vivid view. Although the book has primarily a Vedic emphasis (he says, for instance, that the interpretations do not translate [perfectly] into the tropical zodiac), his astrological acumen makes this a very worthwhile book for Western astrologers as well. The author feels that mutual reception is one of the “core elements of astrological technique,” and his purpose herein “is to make clear what mutual reception is, and provide techniques for its interpretation when found in the natal chart.” He completes the book with “Summary observations,” “Cautions and strictures,” Appendices, a Glossary, an Index, and a Bibliography.

~ reviewed by Mary Plumb, for The Mountain Astrologer

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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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Kathy Griffin: D-list casualty of war

June 7th, 2017 · Astrology, celebrity

griffin trump cartoon

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!

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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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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.

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