Demystifying Jyotish as we head into Fall of 2020

The Devi is Waiting for You (drawing by jayant kalawar 2018)

By Jayant Kalawar[1], October 20, 2020

Most of us may likely have a sense of something weird going on this second half of October 2020, as Sun beams begin reaching the Earth from the Libra zone between mid October and mid November every year. This is the time of the year when the Sun is the farthest away from the Earth (as it revolves on an elliptical path). And this year it is also simultaneously getting closer to a gravitational energy disturbance being formed in the Scorpio zone, which it will enter in mid-November, after it crosses Libra (all this is per sidereal Jyotish almanac, which matches with what NASA observes in the sky. The western almanac does not match with the sidereal almanac). Many of us have begun to feel the first winds from that storm and hence the sense of weirdness. Get in touch with this weirdness and breathe it out. The peak of this gravitational disturbance will be when Sun beams have to come thru the eye of this disturbance – which will be between December 3rd and 14th, 2020. That will be the peak of the storm. The gravitational disturbance starts abating and planetary skies clearing in early Feb 2021. Then we may be taking stock of all that happened during the planetary storm. Picking up the pieces may take us up to two months – to mid-April 2021.

This is my first (of what I hope will be many such) short post in the category of demystifying Jyotish. So you begin to get a sense that we are indeed the children of the Earth, Sun and Moon. The complexity of their interactions gives rise to waves in gravitational fields. We are always floating in those gravitational fields. We see the impact of the Moon in the tides, it moves the mighty ocean so!! Wow!! We see the impact of the Sun in the seasons!! And Earth gives us day and night as it circumambulates the Sun every day (remember how we mimic that at the end of the puja – the circumambulation is a reminder. Every step of the puja is a reminder of how integrated we are in cosmic cycles). For humans the Earth’s rotation in the presence of the mighty Sun gives us metabolic and circadian cycles. The Sun-Moon interactions gives us the hormonal cycles. Jyotish is the method of mapping of these mighty gravitational waves caused by planetary interactions (and I have not even brought in Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in this first post). Jyotish observes and is able to accurately predict timing of regular planetary storms arising in the gravitational fields and due to interactions between Earth, Sun and Moon  -and calls them Rahu and Ketu. It takes about 6 weeks for the disturbance to form and another 6 weeks for it to dissipate. Somewhere in between those 12 weeks we get to see physical sign of this disturbance in the form of solar and lunar eclipses. But physical eclipses are only one small signal that our sense organs can pick up. Just as we can only see the tides moving in and out. But we do not actually sense the tremendous energy of the gravitational waves that are making the mighty ocean dance to their tune.

This time the 12 week storm in the gravitational field (described as stationary phase of nodal axis of Rahu-Ketu per Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology[2]) begins in about the first week of November 2020 and goes on to about the first week of February 2021, with peak in the first two weeks of December 2020. This time the Rahu-Ketu planetary storm may likely be somewhat more impactful than the usual.

Take care and be well.

[1] Jayant Kalawar is Life Coach and author of An Outsider Deconstructing European Enlightenment

[2] Explore here if you would like to begin learning Jyotish –

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