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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.
Tier 3lg-12-pi Tier 4lg-10-cp

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.

~~~

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.]

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