From Jyotish perspective, December 31st is an arbitrary date to end one phase and begin another. But then we are living in the Anthropocene age, disconnected and alienated from the great planetary energies that are coursing through us and all around us. We are lost in the ignorance of our disconnections.
So, we will pause for a bit on this January 4th 2021 and take a brief look at where we are. I am speaking of the USA here, which is where I am based.
First let’s look at what is happening with Covid-19 pandemic. It seems to be tracking pretty much along the lines of what I had predicted in my post of April 22nd 2020: second wave to begin mid October 2020, peak in December 2020 and recede beginning February 2021. It may be somewhat more impactful than the first wave of spring-summer 2020, it will be nowhere near the extreme death laden second wave of the Spanish flu of the Fall of 1918.
In that article I also predicted that there may likely be no third wave of Covid-19 in the spring-summer of 2021 (unlike the 3rd wave of the Spanish Flu in the spring-summer of 1919). With vaccines being administered, it would seem that the third leg of the pandemic may be subdued, if at all.
When you go back and read the article you will notice that I had put a caveat: “IF at all there is a second wave….”. The reason for such caveats is two fold:
– Personally I do not wish to predict potential for deeply negative futures using Jyotish modeling tools.
– When I do, I do so in context of what can be done to overcome or surmount such negative scenarios. This is possible with individuals who are open to counseling, not for large social groups.
The rationale for making the prediction of the pandemic waves was to document the power of Jyotish in making such predictions involving complex social processes. And in this case, I think it may be seen to be perhaps better than other prediction models that have been used to predict the breadth and depth of pandemic waves in 2020-2021.
So that was about Covid-19, the pandemic caused by the virus which is said to have originated from Wuhan, China.
The other aspect I will briefly touch on in this post is the political situation in the USA as I write and post this on January 4th 2021.
I had predicted that Trump may win on November 3rd 2020. I had based it on his birth chart (based on a birth certificate), when compared to Biden’s (tentative, his birth date / time are available only from memory of relatives, not on a birth certificate). That has not turned out to be a correct prediction. If December 14th was taken as the decisive election date (when electoral certifications were finalized), his chart predicts a most severe set-back. And that is indeed what happened.
Meanwhile, USA is going through a transformative Ketu sub-period spanning December 10th 2020 to about mid April 2021. The Ketu property of unexpected separativeness in current structures may likely to course through public institutions of the USA during this period. The mists will clear after April 15th 2021. I have begun writing drafts in more detail about modeling USA political history from a Jyotish perspective, but that will take time to think through and then present in ways that make sense for non-astrologers. So, I decided in the meanwhile I should post this short term view today to give some pointers for the next few months.
So, in summary, the pandemic situation in USA may seem to be pretty much in control after early February 2021. The political climate in USA may likely begin stabilizing after mid-April 2021.
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) 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.
It’s a late August morning in New Jersey, in 2020. It has started cooling already. Nights are touching 60 deg F and a bit of windchill is making its presence felt. I just finished listening to Vishnu Sahasranaam. I listen to Bharat Ratna MS Subbulakshmi. When it is not raining, a morning walk helps to energize oneself and let the Sahasranaam percolate through.
I often wonder whether this particular Sahasranaam was composed during the Mahabharata War and then refined and finalized. I imagine there were wise men and women who were aghast as the best of people of those times decided to go to war, with deathly destructive consequences all around.
But then we always seem to be living in the field of confusion and conflict at so many levels. As I write this the Republican National Convention is its 3rd day. The media is focusing on polarization. And the political leaders seem to be stoking the fires. Perhaps they gain warmth from those fires. On the ground, that can turn deadly. Not only in terms of the fires that have been rampaging in Northern California last week or the monster Hurricane Laura that just made landfall in Louisiana. But especially in terms of polarization of communities, with one more incident in Kenosha, Wisconsin, of police killing a Black man. The centuries of frustration of the Black community showing through reaction on the streets, as it sees no systemic way to ensure its protection, gain redress and have a path for flourishing and well-being.
I contemplate on the Sahasranaam to remind myself once again of how this state of being in continual confusion and conflict can begin to make sense. The cosmology that the Sahasranaam helps visualize is certainly uplifting and calming. It does help to begin focusing on how to best act in the material theater of the day that I find myself in.
And to help understand the configuration of my current kshetra, field of activity, I use Jyotisha (and specifically Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology ). The USA SAMVA chart reliably gives me a map of the astro weather that is unfolding in the USA: what pleasant sunny days and rough weather to expect. As you know, a map is not the territory. It is a guide to help us get through the day and make some sense of it, so to speak. Currently in the last week of August 2020, I see one of the peaks in the state of communal disharmony in the USA. I say one of the peaks, because communal disharmony is an inherent ongoing characteristic in the space-time map for USA that the USA SAMVA chart provides us. For the Cancer rising USA SAMVA chart, Venus rules the 4th house of domestic well-being. It is placed in the 6th house of conflicts, debt and disease (which for USA is ruled by the expansive Jupiter). The flip side of conflict is competition (a bedrock of how Americans go about through their life), flip side of debt is financial engineering systems (aka Wall Street) and of disease is large scale efforts to discover ways of managing it (giving rise the pharmaceutical research and manufacturing industry along with the ways of managing and delivering its products). As you will note, you start to see a wide swath of US social and economic domestic territory mapped here – and being ruled by expansive Jupiter, makes them assume large spectacular proportions, which seem to continually surprise the rest of the world. Predicting these peaks in communal disharmony in the USA becomes quite routine for someone practicing Systems Approach to Mundane Vedic Astrology consistently over time. As of August 2020, for example, tr Jupiter, ruling the 6th house is stationed at about 24 degrees in Sagittarius (you can confirm this if you have access to NASA ephemeris database, for example, and search for specific dates). In this position, Jupiter is giving its energy to natal Venus and generally pumping up all aspects of the domestic components that I described here: communal disharmony appears to be at one of its peaks, Wall Street is around its peak and the pharma industry is getting major funding and attention in its quest to manage Covid-19 (called the China Virus by quite a few in America).
What can one do to change these inherent characteristics on the US space-time map shown to us by Jyotish? That hopefully is something I can write about some time in the future. My sense now is that I have to contemplate and write about Jyotish as a way of helping us design our futures. Perhaps through that process I may get some insights. My first attempt at doing that has been by constructing a Covid 19 prediction model . The intention of such attempts is to find ways that make Jyotish an integral tool in the tool set of many Americans to navigate their life as they aspire for liberty and happiness. By doing so, they will begin to pay attention to astro weather, just as they do to meteorological weather. People then will be able to figure out strategies (just as they board up and evacuate in advance of a hurricane warning) on how to best manage oncoming astro weather peaks that may potentially impact their emotional and rational functioning. I hope to share these with you if, as and when, I get such insights.
Similar to the domestic social and economic characteristics that are baked into the USA Jyotish map represented by Venus, there are characteristics of playing politics in America that are also baked into its map. A combination of Rahu in the 10th house ruled by Mars, which is placed in the 5th house of creativity makes for US political scene to have a tendency for alternate narratives to be produced (Rahu), which are then expressed passionately and creatively (Mars). Rahu and Ketu point to the two interplanetary spaces where the flow of Sun’s energies to Earth are disturbed due to the orbiting Moon. The Rahu disturbance space appears to amplify and distort Sun’s energies (like when you see your face in a concave mirror) and the Ketu disturbance space appears to minimize the transmission of Sun’s energies. I hope to keep bringing up the roles of these different flag posts in the US Jyotish map – including those of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn in future blog posts.
But for now I want to focus on the role of Rahu and Mars in the context of how US politics is unfolding at the time of this writing in late August 2020 – as we head towards the November 2020 elections (I first predicted the following, in December 2019, about the November 2020 elections: So, my bet would be that if Senator Elizabeth Warren is the Democratic nominee (which seems most likely among the slate of Democratic candidates at the moment), then the chances are that President Trump is likely to be re-elected on November 3, 2020. On the other hand, perhaps the Democratic Party may come up with a nominee that is not one of the four I have discussed in some detail above, who may stand a better chance to win the November elections. I will re-visit the November 2020 election possibilities in June-July 2020, if that is the case.)
The USA Jyotish stage setting for the November 2020 Elections
In the next ten weeks (from late August) leading up to the November 2020 elections, the USA Jyotish stage is set in Sun major period with Mercury sub period. Which means two key actors in this upcoming drama are going to be Mercury mostly and then the Sun. Sun is shining bright in Leo right now and will continue to do so until mid-September, giving its positive energy towards stabilizing and trying to revive the US economy. From then on to mid-October, Sun will travel through Virgo. That is positive too. Mercury, meanwhile will be traveling through Leo until early September and then through September 22nd. Mercury then moves into Libra and until about October 3rd it may continue to be positive. So, about until October 3rd there may be a general sense of well-being and optimism (Sun) and the financial markets stable (Mercury). That is one part of the stage.
Then there is the dark part of the stage setting that is being played out at this time. Enter Jupiter as key stage background in the next few months. It is currently is stationed at about 24 deg in Sagittarius. On the US Jyotish map you will find that Venus is located at the same degree. Jupiter will begin moving, from that Venus degree, very slowly and take up to November 5th to reach about 27 deg (so a 3 deg movement). So, in the Fall of 2020 all the way to the November elections and beyond, Jupiter may likely keep triggering expansive communal disharmony (which we have already seen in action through the summer of 2020).
Another dark stage setting for the theater unfolding over the next 10 weeks is Mars being closely aspected by Ketu from mid-August, all the way to December 25th. This stage setting brings forth potential for engagement and losses for armed forces all over the world. This includes police forces domestically and whole range of armed forces internationally. This sets the stage for potential for armed tensions and skirmishes between USA, China, India and Iran, for example.
And then a key Astral stage component will slide into place on to the US Jyotish stage to play a major role. On September 20th the Rahu-Ketu axis will move from Gemini-Sagittarius to Taurus- Scorpio. Rahu will be exalted in Taurus. It will refract (some say distort) Sun’s energies, creating an amplified sense of alternative realities. On the US Jyotish Map Rahu will be in the 11th house of aspirations: calls to move voters to high aspirations may be heard after September 20th, even in the midst of the ongoing communal disharmony.
This stage setting works well until October 17th. Then there is a change in the lighting effect on the stage, so to speak. October 17th onwards Sun debilitated. October 23rd onwards Venus debilitated. Which means Mercury gets weak as well. So from October 17th and especially from October 23rd, the chances are that the signals from the economy and financial markets (which were stable to positive so far) may turn negative. That will add to the background noise of sound and light. At the same time, Jupiter will begin distancing itself from Venus starting mid-October, so there may be some relief in the manifestation of communal disharmony. By the time November 3rd arrives, the voters may have a challenging time to make out constructive signals from the confusing cross between communal and financial noise that may be reaching them.
So visualize this. When the curtain rises in the week of September 21st, there will be loud confusion and noise in the background as a full throated (and sometimes physical) arguments are going on. There may be news (and arguments) about confrontations with police domestically and between armed forces internationally (“are we now at war, or about to get into a war” arguments). And along the way, the stock market in particular, and the economy in general, may be posting stable to positive news up to about mid-October. Overall, as the curtain rises, it is a pretty raucous stage that you are looking at. And then past October 17th, there may be added noise and uncertainty from the economy and financial markets.
Ok, so that is the Jyotish stage setting we have. We are now ready to bring in the 4 main actors on to the stage: Donald Trump & Mike Spence and Joe Biden & Kamala Harris. Let’s see what personal Jyotish scripts they may perform on this USA Jyotish stage setting we are visualizing. And how this scene may end for each of them early November (we will come back with the sequel to this after the November elections).
On the USA Jyotish Stage: Election Season 2020
Donald Trump brings a strong set of cards on to the stage with his birth chart. He was born with strong Mercury and Jupiter, giving him analytical and communication ability with big picture capacity, as well as support from his children. He also brings along luck with his Mars. He also carries with him exalted Rahu and Ketu on 10th / 4th axis – gives him high ability to spin narratives and make great deals, that help him in his career and gain social status (Rahu in 10th). His Ketu in 4th allows him to give up his assets, especially real estate (Ketu in 4th) which he would have gained through his Rahu deal making. Those are all the positive cards that Trump brings with him on to the stage.
He also brings his share of weak cards, with their potential vulnerabilities. Trump’s weak cards include Sun, Saturn, Venus and Moon. The weak Sun, which rules his ascendant, gives him an overall weak moral in the eyes of those around him, which he balances by his Rahu strength of narratives spinning. Weak Saturn makes having loyal advisers a big challenge for Trump. Weak Venus translates into less ability to have a trusting long term relationship marriage and with women in general. His weak Moon shows up in losses in real estate, but also in another way: wanting to separate from current estate and establishment, even though he is from it. It is this characteristic of the Moon that drives him towards the narrative of “cleaning the swamp” in Washington DC, for example.
So the current scenario post September 20th, as Trump walks on to the stage, you will recognize and visualize, fits him quite well. While he may be bereft of loyal advisers around him, the strong Jupiter (which while being inimical on USA stage setting acts positively for him) and Mercury in the next 2 months gives him mental stamina of combining intuitive analysis with big picture views, to get through a tough campaign, supported by his children. And the Rahu-Ketu axis moving into exaltation and his 10th / 4th axis gives him much ability to spin positive aspirational narratives that the American voters may be looking for. This positive unfolding is the first part of the Election scene that is likely to unfold for Trump from September 20th to October 17th. O! So then what happens after October 17th to November 3rd?
Remember from October 17th onwards Sun is debilitated as it enters Libra. And after October 23rd Venus is debilitated, as it enters Virgo. Which means Mercury gets weak as well. May maintain ability to spin aspirational narratives and be anti-establishment – but may be increasingly seen as being less trustworthy (weak Sun) and not able to deliver his narrative in a coherent manner due to weak Mercury. Jupiter will go from being strong to moderately strong by late October , which means his grasp of big picture may be a little less firm and his children’s support, while still very much there, may be a little less valuable.
We will come back to what all this means to the possible outcomes of the November 3rd election. Lets go on to the next player we will bring on our Jyotish stage, Joe Biden.
Unlike Donald Trump, for whom we have a birth date and time from birth records, Joe Biden’s birth details are available from family memory. There are two versions of his birth chart available for the same date (November 11, 1942) but two different times. One makes his chart Scorpio rising and the other makes it Libra rising. Here I will use the 22 degree Libra rising chart. Biden does not have any strong cards to bring to the stage. His 10th L (of career and status) Moon in 7th directly afflicted by Rahu enables him to come across as a friendly empathetic person to the general public. It is this attribute that may be his main career driver. This chart does not show strengths in connecting to intuitive big picture or in communicating the big picture.
When Biden comes on stage, we will see him being perform better until September 20th, while Rahu is still in his 9th house, giving a sense of good fortune, which is really temporary. When Rahu moves into Taurus, which is 8th house for Biden’s Libra rising chart, on September 20th it may begin impacting his health. Ketu moving in tandem on September 20th to Scorpio, his second house, may impact his career possibilities. His health challenges may further come to the fore once ascendant ruler Venus moves into debilitation in Virgo after October 23rd.
Overall, this chart does not show the vitality that may be required to get the signal through high levels of noise that we will be observing on the USA Jyotish stage in the last two weeks to November 3rd.
We do not have a birth records based birth chart for Mike Pence. There are three alternate charts on offer for the birth date of June 7, 1959 in Columbus, Indiana. I am using one of them: a 4 deg Libra rising chart for Columbus, Indiana (suggested for exploration by Cosmologer). Pence comes on stage with a strong 10th L Moon in 9th and moderately strong 1st L Venus and 7th L Mars in 10th H of career and status. This has given Pence a rise in career, with support from his wife. 3rd L Jupiter in second house gives him an inclination to explore religion. 5th L Saturn in 3rd H positively aspected by 10th L Moon gives him ability to communicate as a way to support career.
Pence has been in his Mars major period and Rahu sub-period since late August 2019 and will be there up to March 2022. When he comes on stage after September 20th, he will have his sub-period lord Rahu moving into his 8th house. The indications are that he may potentially experience obstructions and health challenges. Ketu would have moved into his second may give difficulties in communicating Trump’s aspirational narratives in this key period. November 3rd sees his Ascendant Lord debilitated in 12th house of losses.
We bring in one more actor on to the stage before we sum it all together for November 3rd. So bear with me.
We have a birth record based chart for Kamala Harris. A Gemini rising with Rahu on her ascendant degree. That gives Harris capacity to position in different roles for different situations. Harris’s also has strong 9th L (of good fortune) Saturn aspecting strong 2nd L (of family well-being, career and communications) Moon in the 11th H. This indicates natural support and good fortune flowing to Harris from established older individuals. So Harris comes to the stage equipped well for the role of raising funds and developing and communicating aspirational narratives to different audiences.
However, the stage setting for Harris post September 20th does not bode well. Saturn is weak in 8th, so is unable to give the level of support it has in the past. Rahu will be in 12th and her aspirational articulations may become loss making. Ketu in her 6th may give her health issues and financial difficulties. The last two weeks to November 3rd sees her Asc L (Sun for Gemini) being debilitated in 5th H Libra, while 5th L Venus is debilitated in Virgo. Creativity and ability to project a positive image may not be easy for Harris in the last few weeks.
The Finale on November 3rd
On November 3rd we have all the four actors on the stage waiting to see how the audience will be voting for them. They would have given their best in propagating a range of aspirational narratives, amplified on the stage by an exalted Rahu post September 20th . It will be up to the voters to try and sift through a rising cacophony of noise caused by communal disharmony domestically (including attacks on police) and signals of potential armed conflict internationally. And the last few weeks may potentially see signals of rising uncertainty from the economy in general and the financial markets in particular.
Jyotish perspective tells me that the actor best positioned to provide the strongest aspirational signals, by far in this very noisy stage setting, is Trump – especially between September 20th and October 17th.
So, from a Jyotish perspective, my guess is that voters may likely respond to the signals from Trump and vote Trump back in.
It is possible that the noise levels are so high that the voters are unable to resonate with any aspirational signal coming out of this stage. In which case we may be left with an episode ending that is divisive and waiting for a sequel to bring to a resolution.
From Jyotish perspective, there are signs of a period of intensifying difficulties discord period from first week of November all the way through April 2021, with peak from mid-November 2020 to early February 2021. I hope to write a sequel to this post after November 3rd. In the meanwhile, you may can visit this post specifically raising the question of whether there will be a COVID-19 wave in the November 2020 to February 2021 time period.
Closing thoughts for this post
I started out with Vishnu Sahasranaam at the top of this post. That was almost a week ago. As I read through the post and cleaned it up a bit, I began to think about the kshetra, the field of action and conflict, that is described in the Mahabharata. Many questions come to mind about how best to act in this present field of conflict. And I begin to remind myself of the Bhagavad Gita, also emerging out of the Mahabharata, with many similar questions. I remind myself specifically of one guidance given in the Bhagavad Gita: that I have the capacity to act intentionally. But that the results of those actions are uncertain at best. So do not have expectations of what may come back of the seeds I sow through my actions.
In 21st century terms I interpret it as follows: I am in a highly complex environment. My well thought out intentional actions will enter that highly complex environment. How my action may change that environment and how it may impact me is something I cannot realistically assess. However, I can make use of some of the tools that my ancestors have used for millennia to begin to understand some contours of this highly complex environment that I find myself in. Jyotish is one such tool. And it is in that spirit on inquiry to begin to understand this complex environment that I offer this post. Hope you enjoy it.
Hot humid summer days open up opportunities for early morning walks. There are some days, though, when early morning hours are hot and humid and the body and the mind resist and find excuses to stay within air conditioned comfort. In 2020, there are added reasons with Covid-19 and social distancing. In New Jersey, at the time of this writing in mid-July, it is generally accepted to be prudent and wear a mask or face covering even while out on a solitary walk, with runners and joggers, many young of age with a sense of immortality, who may run past you breathing heavily.
On one such early hot and humid Thursday morning, instead of walking I found myself sitting in air-conditioned comfort in front of my laptop, logged into Zoom and waiting to be connected to an ongoing discourse on Suresvara Ācārya’s NaiṣkarmyaSiddhi by Swami Shantanandaji. Thursdays are Guruvāra, Guru’s day and a good day to listen and reflect on Vedanta teachings from Adi Shankaracharya. While waiting for Swamiji to connect, I wondered what light would be shown to us through the discourse this morning.
Swami Shantanandaji is no more than 2 miles from where I am sitting and, in these Covid 19 days, we connect only online for the early morning discourse. This Thursday, Swamiji expanded on two key terms: cidābhāṣa and vṛtti which while not new in my many decades of study of Vedanta, are quite elusive to grasp and immerse and revel in for their full import. In the process of writing this post I am hoping to root these subtle concepts a bit deeper in myself.
Cidābhāṣa points at once to the human capacity to be self-aware (cit) and to the ability to experience a limited structured world(bhāṣa). For instance, I have the capacity to say “I am” to myself and, going further, I can also sense my own presence without using any language. That is what happens in my meditation seat: as I focus inwards, languaging drops away and, with it, thoughts disappear. There are moments when I only have a sense of being present. This sense of being present, without any thoughts, is cit, the capacity to be self-aware, presenting itself.
Such a sense of presence is momentary, fleeting, for me. Because, in the very next moment, the body intrudes and signals that it is thirsty or hungry. And like a mother reaching out to a child, this capacity of cit, to be aware, flows out to be entangled between solving the problem of overcoming the thirst or hunger and negotiation of the urgency of these signals with reveling in and extending the moments of being self-aware in meditation. In this moment, Cit energy (Cit śakti) flows away into the body and only the body and its particular problems exist. There is a limited sense (bhāṣa) that arises for those moments, that the body is all that exists and this limitation is false. But in that flow of Cit to the body, in these moments, the capacity to even explore the possibility that I am not limited to the body is not available.
The possibility of limitlessness, that I am not limited to my body, is what I am not capable of fully immersing, like water to a fish. The fish does not have knowledge of the vastness of the waters it is in; it may not even be aware that it is in something like water. The fish is an extension, and integral part, of the water ecosystem (before I do the ‘so also’ let me say I am alert to the limitations of this ‘fish in the water’ metaphor and use it only to help visualize what I share next). Like the fish, the human lives in an ocean, one of cosmic vibration which manifests itself as Cit śakti in the human body. In the process of manifestation, the property of connection with the ocean appears to be lost. So, Cit śakti gives us the capacity to be self-aware and also be aware, in a limited way, of the human body in which it manifests. But this dynamic awareness enabling energy, Cit śakti, that manifests does not allow for an easy connection back to its source, the ocean of cosmic vibrations.
What is this ocean of cosmic vibrations? One way is to describe it in terms of its properties: Sat-Cit-Ānanda. Sat is the property of being always and everywhere. One of the properties of satcitānanda is manifestation outside of space and time; it is not bound by space and time. We can, however, begin to sense its presence through certain of its properties. Just as we can sense the presence of water in the ocean, through its properties of wetness and its liquid flow, so also, can we sense the presence of Satcitānanda through two of its properties: the property of self-awareness, which is Cit, and the property of contentment, which is Ānanda. Our awareness capacity, Cit, is limited. We experience sukha (happiness) and duḥkha (sorrow), but rarely contentment, Ānanda. And because we are bound by space and time – we are a-sat (not sat). Here, in my meditation seat, in my own little personal reservoir of awareness, cit, is fed by a trickle from satcitānanda, but I cannot sense that connection. How do I get to this place, where I can begin to sense a connection with satcitānanda and, then, actually connect? This is where mokṣaśāstra comes into play, and to have a Guru guide you through the systemized process (śāstra) to connect with and immerse (mokṣa) in satcitānanda.
This is a good place to ask: what keeps us from beginning to focus our energies to seek this connection to Satcitānanda? Because of Vṛtti.
Vṛtti, the other keyword Swami Shantanandaji raised in his discourse that summer Thursday morning, is disturbance; a disturbance that causes ripples or a storm in the tranquility of the reservoir of Cit śakti in us. Much of the time, most of us have a disturbed Cit śakti.
The key Vṛtti generating factors are our desires to play in this material world. And at this particular period on Earth, in 2020, we have a pandemic triggering particular desires: to survive now and to continue to do so in the longer run, while we consume an overload of information on how to survive. Much, if not all, of our Cit śakti is spent on this so we can take precautions to be safe and healthy while anxiously worrying about our financial future. The opportunity, even momentarily, to use some of our Cit śakti to recall and reconnect with the Satcitānanda, is near zero. Unless, and this is a Big Unless, we are blessed with the opportunity to be in satsang with ācāryas who tirelessly and with complete focus, because of their sustained focus on Satcitānanda, we are effortlessly guided to re-focus on our interior self. That is what happens every time I have the opportunity to attend Swami Shantanandaji’s discourse on these Thursday mornings.
I will hazard a guess that the pandemic has helped many of us focus on a few things. In fact, in pre-pandemic times, many who may have been continually distracted pursuing the narrative of materialist modernity which shaped almost every waking moment of our lives, and in our dream are beginning to avail of the opportunity to seek satsang and become aware of ourselves.
Ācāryas in the past have spoken of many veils that cloud our view of Satcitānanda. What materialist modernity has constructed over the past 400 years is not a veil but a reinforced fortress wall. Any attempt to scale this wall and turn inward is met with ignorance, since the language of modernity does not have embedded within guidance on Satcitānanda. Any sensibility that is not a part of the modern narrative is denigrated and without guidance to search inward, we are pulled relentlessly, by modern logic, narrative and theories, to find happiness by continually playing win-lose games in the material world of our senses and keep us engaged in this material endeavor.
In this context, I see Covid-19 as an opportunity to turn inward and find satsang, as these distractions have been temporarily brought to a standstill, to guide us to dismantle brick by brick, the wall that modernity has erected within us. That is what Advaita Vedānta can do: gently help deconstruct the modern logic and narrative that is holding us prisoner.
May many of us find our satsang soon. And at that satsang, may we find an Ācārya to begin guiding us to focus our Cit śakti, to begin connecting to Satcitānanda.
And just to close the loop, next time I go for a morning walk and a young person barrels down past me without a mask, I hope to be less fearful as I meditate on this connection, while taking precautions myself. I will think positive thoughts for the young runners and wish them well.
 Swami Shantanandaji is President of Chinmaya Mission West and resident Ācārya of Chinmaya Vrindavan, Cranbury, New Jersey.
WIth the Devi’s Blessings. Cover art by Jayant Kalawar 2018.
I posted a tentative Jyotish based model to predict and track the Covid-19 Pandemic in the USA on April 6th 2020. I titled it the memetic pandemic. I wanted to convey that the pandemic that we were experiencing was not only at the biological level of the virus. It was also at the mental level of language – in terms of incessant flow of torrents of information of the disease and its manifestation in deaths around the globe.
I ended that post with the following summary prediction:
So, what I would be looking for is whether the actuals begin to slope downwards as per prediction based on my Jyotish based model, between April 18th and April 25th and then slope downwards even further after between April 25th – May 2nd and accelerate downwards between May 2nd – May 9th. And whether total number of deaths stabilize around April 25th on wards. Let’s see.
Here is a representation of numbers of daily new deaths:
What I see, in the chart above, is that the number of new deaths (7 day moving average for the United States) did peak somewhere between April 15th and 20th and then began to decline around April 25th 2020. as predicted. And, again on track with the prediction, the numbers began to go down sharply in the week of May 2nd. My model predicted up to May 9th.The model did pretty good in terms of predicting the slopes back in the April – May 2020 time frame. Not too bad for a first time Jyotish based model for a complex phenomenon of Covid 19 pandemic.
For Jyotishis, here is a brief description of how I arrived at the slopes (i.e. change in level of new deaths). I used a combination of 8th Lord (both natal and transit) aspect and 8th House placement on both transit and natal planets. In the case of USA SAMVA chart, the 8th Lord is Saturn and the 8th House is Aquarius, along with natal and transit Rahu / Ketu aspect on natal and transit planets.
Symbolically the function may be represented as:
Change in Level of New Deaths = f(f(8th L (NandTr), X), f(8th H, X), f(Ra/Ke(NandTr), X))
The potential for change in level of new deaths is measured in degrees of separation of planet X from the 8th and / or Rahu / Ketu.
My sense is that I have been able to at least directionally predict a complex biological-social phenomenon in the USA, which epidemiologists and other experts have been trying to get their arms around. With such a directional prediction, I was able to say to myself and my family and friends that with proper safety precautions the pandemic is likely to decrease in its lethality by mid-May. This helped in managing down the level of anxiety and therefore have better sense of hope and well-being. I am also somewhat more encouraged now that there is potential to use Jyotish based models to predict large scale complex social phenomena. Of course, there will have to be many, many trial and error iterations before the Jyotish approach of large scale social phenomena begins to be helpful in designing prevention and mitigation strategies as appropriate.
But then what about predictions for after mid-May 2020? After all, the pandemic phenomena is still continuing as I write this on July 7th 2020.
There is a chance that there may be a mild second wave of Wuhan Virus in USA during this period of mid May 2020 to end July 2020, which may be seen as a continuance of the current wave. The indicators point to more of a chance of potential for civil and political disharmony and economic hardship in USA in May and June 2020, but that is from a different set of planetary drivers, which I may cover in a separate post (in this post I am focusing on the pandemic concerns).
As you would notice, the prediction of civil and political disharmony and economic hardship in USA in the May – June 2020 time frame was quite accurate (beginning with protests after the death in police custody of George Floyd on May 25th 2020 and peaking out in the second half of June).
Before I go on to give you my predictions for USA for rest of 2020, there is one key point I would like to make – why did I title my first post on this Covid 19 pandemic, as a memetic pandemic? : the above model representation focuses on predicting sickness (driven by 6th H and 6th L Jupiter) and death (driven by 8th H and 8th L Saturn). How the information about such sickness and death (and also communal disharmony – affliction of 4th H and 4th L Venus), I governed by strength of 3rd H and 3rd L Mercury.
So, I was pointing to how memetic pandemics overlay biological pandemics: when tr Mercury was transiting through 8th H from January 30th to April 7th (and then from April 7th to May 8th through its debilitation sign in Pisces followed by Aries afflicted by tr Ketu and natal Rahu), the media (both main stream and social) were continually channeling information about deaths from Covid-19. Then there was a very brief respite between May 8th and May 24th, when there was at least some neutral to positive news as Mercury transited through Taurus pretty strong and without affliction. Then on May 25th it transited into the 12th H of the USA SAMVA chart (Gemini) and its been there since, as of this writing in the first half of July. The media began reporting potential for losses, which is the hallmark of 12th H. It has kept stressing how new cases of Covid-19 are rising. But it did not convert to either hospitals being filled up, nor to sharp increases in deaths, which are to be expected as new cases rise (according to expert epidemiologists). I was able to confidently predict that this would not be so, that there may be a sense of a mild extension of the first wave up to the end of July. Hospitals did not fill up as tr Jupiter was no longer afflicted by Saturn since second week of May and moved back into its safe house Sagittarius in early July. Deaths did not rise because tr Saturn was no longer afflicted nor afflicting tr Jupiter or any other tr / natal planet or houses in the USA SAMVA chart. This has again helped me and my family and friends to manage anxieties down and have more of a sense of control. Learning and practicing the Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology (SATVA) over the last 14 years or so has really begun to pay off. I would encourage more and more folks to invest time and effort to learn and practice SATVA.
Well, if you have read through here and you reading this in July 2020, this may find this useful for you to navigate the next 6 to 8 months.
So here are my predictions for the rest of 2020:
US economy will see an upswing from July to early November (tr Jupiter in its own house Sagittarius).
The political and community scene in the US will be divisive (which may as may be expected in an election year 2020) between mid-July and early November (tr Jupiter aspects natal Venus).
From November 5th 2020 to early February 2021 there may be rise in sickness / deaths and intensity of civil and economic disharmony, as tr Jupiter and tr Saturn come into close conjunction, while the nodal axis stations at approximately 26 deg in exaltation in Taurus and Scorpio.
So, that’s it for now. Stay safe, enjoy and take care.
The Destroyer of Ignorance and Confusion – Aum Namo KAlarAtreya NamAhA (Source: Wikipedia, Devi Kalratri, Sanghasri, Kalighat, Kolkata, 2010)
Background to this post
As I was observing how actuals for the current (April 2020) Wuhan Virus pandemic in USA were tracking quite well to the slope (not the levels) in the graphics produced by my Jyotish based model (posted on April 6th), I received a suggestion[i] that it may be helpful to assess what Jyotish factors drove the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 – 1919 in USA.
So in this post I am looking at how the planetary patterns played out in the three waves of the 1918-1919 pandemic in USA. I then compare the 1918-1919 planetary patterns to the planetary patterns that will be in play between now and summer of 2021, using the Systems Approach to Mundane Vedic Astrology[ii]. The conclusion, which you can read in more detail towards the end, is that there appears to be a potential for two waves of the Wuhan Virus to arise in the USA:
Jyotish indicators show that there is some potential for what may be a mild second wave of Wuhan Virus in USA during mid May 2020 to end July 2020. This second wave may be seen as a continuance of the current wave (as I write this in mid-April 2020). There is more of a potential for civil and political disharmony and economic hardship in USA in May and June 2020, but that is from a different set of planetary drivers, which I may cover in a separate post (in this post I am focusing on the pandemic concerns).
There are indications of a third wave of Wuhan Virus arising between mid-October 2020 and February 2021, with a peak in December 2020 (which happens to coincide with the typical seasonal flu period in USA, beginning with spread of contagion from the Thanksgiving Holiday, through to Christmas Holidays and the New Year). My analysis based on Systems Approach Jyotish indicates that if at all such a third Wuhan Virus pandemic wave arises in the Fall of 2020, it will not be anywhere near the severity of the devastating wave of the Fall of 1918 pandemic.
Many of you may find it helpful to use these broad predictions (with probabilities) to develop scenarios for your business and your personal lives. Keep in mind that even these threatening scenarios can be made into opportunities if applied keeping individual business and personal specifics in context and with safety in mind.
You can read more about the Spanish Flu Pandemic in USA of 1918-1919 in this article by the Center for Disease Control (USA)[iii]. I will focus on the three waves of the deadly pandemic in Spring of 1918, Fall of 1918 and Spring of 1919.
So in order to develop a meaningful understanding of the planetary patterns for the 1918 – 1919 pandemic in USA, I begin with noticing the following in the USA SAMVA 20 degree Cancer rising chart[iv]:
For 1918-1919 the USA chart shows a Rahu major period with a Rahu sub-period covering all three waves. Rahu is the north node created by intersection of the Moon with the Sun. The disturbed energy pattern created by the Moon-Sun intersections become fertile space-time areas for disease and deception.
Now let’s look at the transit configurations of:
Where the nodal axis (Rahu / Ketu) was stationed during each of the three 19189-1919 pandemic waves.
Where Jupiter, the ruler of the 6th House in the USA chart and which has potential to trigger disease, was transiting during each of these three waves of 1918-1919.
Where Saturn, the rules of the 8th House in the USA chart and which has the potential to trigger death and death like experiences and raise obstructions to attempts towards resolution, was transitioning during each of these three pandemic waves.
First Pandemic Wave (Spring 1918) Transit Positions:
Rahu was stationed at 29 deg in Scorpio, weak and debilitated in the 5th House of the USA chart, while Ketu was stationed at 29 deg in Taurus, debilitated in in the 11th House of the USA chart.
Jupiter, the disease trigger for USA chart was transiting over tr Ketu at that time. It was not stationed over it. Nor was it impacting any of the critical points in the chart. It did trigger disease, but at a relatively low level in the first wave.
Saturn, the giver of death and death like experiences in the USA chart (Saturn can be a positive force in most charts for most of the time. In the USA chart it has this negative potential as well) was stationing at near the ascendant point of the chart, in Cancer, during this time and impacted 7th house of faraway lands as well. It gave death like experiences not only due to the disease at home (1st house), but also in far away lands (WW 1 had ended, but death like experiences were continuing among those who had not yet returned back to USA at this time).
Second Pandemic Wave (Fall 1918) Positions:
Rahu at 20 degrees Scorpio, debilitated and stationed on the most effective point and afflicting the Ascendant point with its 9th Ketu at 20 degrees Taurus, debilitated, stationed on the most effective point of 11th house.
Jupiter at 20 deg Gemini, stationed on the most effective point of 12th House and afflicting most effective points of 4th, 6th and 8th
Saturn at 5 degrees Leo, 2nd House, but not afflicting.
The combination of prolonged affliction of debilitated Rahu-Ketu to the ascendant and of Jupiter from 12th House of separation afflicting 6th House, may have triggered this deadliest of the three waves in the Spanish Flu pandemic.
Third Pandemic Wave (Summer 1919) Positions:
Rahu at 11 degrees Scorpio, debilitated and stationed but not afflicting. Ketu at 11 degrees Taurus, debilitated and stationed but not afflicting.
Jupiter was afflicted by 9th aspect of natal Ketu at 16 degrees in Gemini much of April and May.
Saturn was afflicted by 10th aspect of natal Saturn at 26 degrees in Leo in the April – May time frame.
All three afflictions during the summer of 1919 were relatively mild. The relatively lower number of cases and deaths in the third wave reflect that.
My main take away from review of the three 1918 – 1919 Spanish Flu pandemic waves, through a Systems Approach Jyotish lens, is that combinations of direct affliction of and by the nodes and 6th and 8th rulers (in the case of the USA chart, Jupiter and Saturn) during a Rahu major / Rahu sub-period (the amplification by Rahu of the negativity introduced by the influenza virus played a major role back in 1918-1919 pandemic) and stationing of debilitated Rahu-Ketu, led to the immense death laden 2nd wave in the Fall of 1918, which took about half a million human lives in the USA in a few months.
So what does that mean for the Wuhan Virus Pandemic USA in 2020 – 2021?
Will there be repeat waves of Wuhan virus pandemic? Yes, I do see (from a Jyotish lens perspective) the potential for this to happen.
Will such repeat waves be substantially deadlier than the pandemic wave we are experiencing right now in April 2020? No, I do not see that to be so.
Here is why.
First, we note the major and sub-period in the SAMVA USA chart in the 2020-2021 period:
January 26th 2020 to November 30th 2020: Sun major period with Mercury sub-period. Both Sun and Mercury ensure positive benefits to the USA. Mercury plays a role in bringing communities together in mitigating negativities, including viruses.
December 1st 2020 to April 6th 2021: Sun major period with Ketu sub-period. This Ketu sub-period, channeling the disturbed energy of the intersection of the Moon with the Sun, could potentially provide the space-time area for a second wave of Wuhan Virus infection in the USA.
April 7th 2021 to April 8th 2022: Sun major period with Venus sub-period. Venus, along with Sun, provides positive benefits for the USA. A post-pandemic coming together of America (signified by Venus as fourth House ruler and also generally as signifier of prosperity), may be expected in this period.
To assess what chances there are for future waves of Wuhan Virus pandemic in 2020 – 2021, we will examine the next three Rahu-Ketu stations between now (April 2020) and the summer of 2021.
First Rahu-Ketu stationing from mid May 2020 to July 31st 2020
Rahu stationing at 5 degrees in 12th House Gemini and Ketu at 5 degrees in 6th House Sagittarius. However they are not applying any prolonged affliction during this period. Saturn and Jupiter are in 7th House Capricorn mildly afflicting each other from a distance of over 3 degrees. There is a chance that there may be a mild second wave of Wuhan Virus in USA during this period of mid May 2020 to end July 2020, which may be seen as a continuance of the current wave. The indicators point to more of a chance of potential for civil and political disharmony and economic hardship in USA in May and June 2020, but that is from a different set of planetary drivers, which I may cover in a separate post (in this post I am focusing on the pandemic concerns).
Second, is the Rahu-Ketu Stationing mid October 2020 to January 31st 2021
Exalted Rahu will station at 25 degrees in 11th House Scorpio. Exalted Ketu will station at 25 degrees 5th House Taurus. They will be directly afflicting and be afflicted by natal Saturn (death like experiences) at 26 deg 11th House Scorpio.
At the same time debilitated transit Jupiter and transit Saturn will be conjunct in 7th House Capricorn for all of December 2020. This conjunction will play out when the Ketu sub-period is the driver in the SAMVA USA chart from December 1st 2020 to April 7th 2021. IF at all there is a second wave of the Wuhan Virus pandemic, it is likely to begin somewhere in USA in the second half of October, will peak in December 2020 and then recede at the beginning of February 2021. The impact of this second wave, while it has the potential of being somewhat more than the first wave in USA in the February to May 2020 time frame, is not likely to be anywhere near the second wave of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic.
This time the major period driver is the Sun, which protects and blesses the USA chart (the major period driver was the malefic Rahu a 102 years ago). Also, this Rahu-Ketu in transit in 2020-2021 are exalted and therefore give relatively fewer negative results, compared to the debilitated Rahu-Ketu stationing of 102 years ago. Both these factors (of Sun major period and the exalted Rahu-Ketu transit) will provide cover in the Mid October 2020- February 2021 period, even though the Ketu sub-period may play the negative catalyst role for spread of disease and of death during this period.
Perhaps one way of minimizing the impact, of even a relatively (compared to 102 years ago) weak second pandemic wave in USA in the Mid October 2020 – February 2021 period, is to practice social distance and wear masks and wash hands frequently, which many of us in the USA may have done effectively from March 2020 onwards.
The third transit Rahu-Ketu station to notice is the one occurring at 16 degrees of Taurus, between April 2021 and June 2022. This station is happening in the Sun / Venus positive period of the USA chart. During this period, the 6th house ruler Jupiter (of disease and debt) will be in the 8th house, Aquarius (between 2 deg and 8 deg), but not afflicting nor being afflicted. At the same time, 8th house ruler transit Saturn (of death like experiences and obstructions in this case) is stationing at 19 deg Capricorn (7th house). It will afflict 7th, 9th, 1st and 4th houses of the USA chart. My take away from these configuration is that while there is not a likelihood of the 3rd wave of Wuhan Virus pandemic, there may likely be some negative experiences, including violence leading to injury and deaths of Americans in distant lands (7th house), at Colleges (9th house) and domestically across communities (1st and 4th houses).
When looking through a Jyotish lens I see potential for a mild wave (which may be seen as a continuance of the current wave (as of April 2020)) of the Wuhan Virus pandemic in USA until the end of June 2020. There is somewhat higher potential for a second wave in the Fall of 2020, with peak in December 2020, which may extend into February 2021. These broad predictions may be useful for many of you as you do your scenario planning of your specifics in your business and individual lives. Such an exercise may uncover ways in which to minimize loss and find ways of continuing to do business in a different and safe way.
I may post separately on what the economic scenarios look like for USA from a Jyotish lens in 2020-2021.
[i] Suggestion was made by the master astrologer who goes by the name of Cosmologer, whose mastery of Systems Approach to Mundane Vedic Astrology, especially as it applies to nation-states, is legendary among practicing astrologers. You can access his writings at http://cosmologer.blogspot.com/
From April 8th to April 25th, Mercury transits Pisces, the 9th house of good fortune and openness to direction from advanced research. We may likely see a different set of memes arise in this period. They are, however, likely to be over all weakly positive (and especially so up to August 14th): the memes in this period will likely begin giving information about how the pandemic is being mitigated and calling to action and getting back to work.
Mercury enters Aries on April 26th 2020. It will be able to manifest positive memes especially up to May 6th. Memes calling for action to get the economy moving may get stronger in this period.
Here are two news items that surfaced in this context on April 16th, which are aligned with the above predictions:
The potential of Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology to play a role in planning our lives has not been tapped. There is quite a bit of research that needs to be done to make this happen, to make the heuristics developed by ancient Rishis adapt to the 21st century to make them relevant and practical. One way is to incorporate the Jyotish factor into modeling, which is what I have done here and therefore test whether and how it helps us all to navigate uncertainty in life a little bit better.
Of course, the main question on everyone’s mind right now, as I write this on April 17th, is what direction Covid-19 epidemic take, in terms of new cases and new deaths. You will see my prediction in the linked post (at the top of this post) which speaks of leveling of new cases after August 18th and leveling of new deaths somewhere between April 25th and May 6th. A new planetary configuration opens up from May 5th on wards, as Mars moves into Aquarius and Venus slows down and stations itself in late Taurus. I hope to contemplate and write about that soon in a separate post.
The memes in social media may begin to see some positive shoots after April 7th and a little more after April 14th, but we may have to wait until after April 25th for clarity on how and when people would be able to go back to work and school.
The active Wuhan Virus cases in USA may likely peak between April 18th and 25th. Sharp declines may follow between April 25th and May 9th.
Wuhan Virus related deaths in USA are likely to peak some time between April 25th and May 7th.
In this update I am posting graphics showing Jyotish Model projections for Active USA cases and total USA Deaths (first two graphics), followed by actuals up to April 13th (next two graphics). If you go back to my April 6th post and compare to what I have posted here, you will notice I have not tweaked my model projections at all. I am not looking to track levels / numbers of Active cases with my Jyotish model. What I am interested in tracking is how well this Jyotish based model is able to predict when the Active cases peak and when the declines start in Active Cases in USA. I notice a beginning of a slow down in the Active cases graph. Your constructive comments and suggestions are welcome on this post are welcome.
Jyotish Model Predicted Current Active Wuhan Virus Cases in USA March – May 2020
Jyotish Model Predicted Total Wuhan Virus Deaths in USA March – May 2020
Actual Active Wuhan Virus Cases USA to April 13th 2020
Actual Total Wuhan Virus Deaths in USA to April 13th 2020
WIth the Devi’s Blessings. Cover art by Jayant Kalawar 2018.
Most of us are already familiar with the genetic pandemic that is sweeping through USA, at the time of this writing, in 2020. It is known variously as the Wuhan Virus, Covid – 19 and Corona Virus pandemic. I call it the Wuhan Virus RNA genetic pandemic, since it is driven by RNA, a basic genetic component of living cells. That way I can more clearly articulate the proposition that in parallel a memetic pandemic took place in USA in the February to April 2020 time frame. This memetic pandemic worked its way through the Global Social Mind that I began referring to in my previous post. The impact of this memetic pandemic may have been to temporarily amplify fears and cause confusion, and therefore lower the ability to effectively to respond to the genetic pandemic. From Jyotish perspective, the memetic pandemic is set to begin abating from April 7th 2020 on wards. And with that the Global Social Mind is likely to begin coming together to positively resolve the genetic pandemic.
Living in New Jersey I am currently experiencing (again at the time of this writing) the isolation and fears that arises from this Wuhan Virus pandemic. I know of people in my friends and family network who have been impacted from mild to critical to the ultimate price that this virus extracts. I write this analytical essay keeping those in mind. I hope I have nuanced it, so that it does not come across as cold and calculating. Hopefully the short term nature and order of magnitude lower numbers that this Jyotish based model projects comes true.
Viewing the 2020 USA Memetic Pandemic from the Jyotish Lens
On January 31st 2020, President Trump placed severe restrictions on airplane flights from China to USA. That was the beginning of USA memetic pandemic around the Wuhan Virus. It was the day that transit Mercury, which especially for USA governs analysis, communication, initiatives and short-term travel (Mercury thus ends up being a key significator of memes generated in USA), entered Aquarius, which happens to be the 8th House of death like experiences for USA according to SAMVA chart. This particular transit of Mercury through 30 degrees of Aquarius was longer than usual. Mercury went from 0 degrees Aquarius to almost 30 degrees, slowed down and came back to about 4 deg Aquarius and then trudged back to 30 deg by April 7th. Mercury usually crosses a zodiac sign in 18 to 21 days. This time it stayed in Aquarius for 68 days[i]. Additionally, both natal Ketu and transit Ketu aspects were present in Aquarius at about 10 degrees and 16 degrees. Ketu gives isolation, distance and general material loss (and spiritual gain).
Thus, this transit of Mercury from January 31st to April 7th , manifested as memes of death like behavior, woven in with memes of isolation and distance. The Global Social Mind which has come into existence in the last 25 years, amplifies these memes and motivates individuals to according to the memes it propagates. We experienced the push towards social distancing and isolation after February 15th when Mercury began to slow down and retrace back from 20 deg Aquarius, in the shadow of natal Ketu. The Wuhan virus outbreak in Kirkland, Washington, had begun to unfold then and the first of the deaths in USA began to be counted.
From April 8th to April 25th, Mercury transits Pisces, the 9th house of good fortune and openness to direction from advanced research. We may likely see a different set of memes arise in this period. They are, however, likely to be over all weakly positive (and especially so up to August 14th): the memes in this period will likely begin giving information about how the pandemic is being mitigated and calling to action and getting back to work.
Mercury enters Aries on April 26th 2020. It will be able to manifest positive memes especially up to May 6th. Memes calling for action to get the economy moving may get stronger in this period. This may potentially effectively move the Global Social Mind out of the dark memetic pandemic, at least in the USA. May 8th on wards there are other Jyotish impacts seen from the political and economic frames that may not fully enable the positive memes trend to continue. We may talk about that in a later post.
Jyotish Perspective of Triggers for the RNA Pandemic in USA
In my continued attempts to make Jyotish a relevant tool in the modern world, I have used Jyotish based prediction as a driver of Covid-19 reproduction rate in US in the late March – early May time frame to forecast current cases, total deaths and total recoveries. I used actuals for March 21st as a starting point and then applied changing reproduction rates (using Excel spread sheet) as follows:
Jyotish Model Driving COVID 19 Reproduction Rate in USA March – May 2020 Using USA SAMVA CHART
Significant Astro Dates (Used as Drivers to change Reproduction Rate R in Table below)
USA SAMVA tr Mars afflicted by tr Saturn Peak March 31st Gives Peak R=4.5)
April 8th: tr Mars no longer afflicted. Tr 3rd L Mercury out of 8th H, but debilitated so only few openings for movement and communication opened up. Drives R down to 3.2 and then to 1.1)
April 14th: Tr 2nd L Sun exalted in Aries bringing leadership and sense of well being to country. Drives R to 0.7.
April 25th: Mercury moves into Aries. Movement, communication and innovation opens up. Drives R to 0.4 and lower in following weeks.
Following Charts present the Jyotish Model Forecasts and Actuals to Date (March 28th 2020)
Jyotish Model Predicted Current Wuhan Virus Cases
Jyotish Model Predicted Total Deaths
Actual Total Cases
Actual Total Deaths
I expect the numbers predicted will differ from actuals. My predictions are for total current cases net recoveries. Actuals are for total cases to date (not netted for recoveries). More important is when the actual cases and actual deaths peak and decelerate (and at what rate). So, what I would be looking for is whether the actuals begin to slope downwards as per prediction based on my Jyotish based model, between April 18th and April 25th and then slope downwards even further after between April 25th – May 2nd and accelerate downwards between May 2nd – May 9th. And whether total number of deaths stabilize around April 25th on wards. Lets see.
I use the Systems Approach To Vedic Astrology (SATVA) as propounded by Professor V. K. Chaudhry in the 1990s. Current SATVA practice is led by esteemed astrologer Mr. Rajesh K. Chaudhary. The USA chart that I refer to in this post was formulated after over a decade of detailed of historical research by Cosmologer.
[i] I hasten to add, that this description of Mercury’s travel through Aquarius is from a Earth positional astronomy perspective i.e. this is how we see Mercury’s motion in the sky from the Earth. Helio (Sun) centric astronomy teaches us that is not actually happens in space. Jyotish uses sidereal positional astronomy, with positions of planets and stars as they are seen from a point on Earth to cast sky maps (charts) and then interpret them using heuristics developed over millennia of observations.
What do I want to keep? What to let go? What do I want to build anew?
Well, actually if I could, I would like to keep just a few specific positive memories from 2019 and let go of the rest, both positive and negative.
I don’t think it is possible to let go of memories. But maybe be they can be moved to some faraway distant storage?! That way they are not lurking around to trigger us every day into doing or saying things that we then regret.
So I begin by thinking backwards from December to January of 2019. Month by month.
For each month I try to remember things that happened that gave me a feeling of well-being and of unease. I think of my health and in my late 60s I have some aches and pains that routinely spring to life. Remembering specific things helps to contemplate on what I should have done differently to manage these little friends that keep springing up. This way I begin to make a ‘lessons learned’ list! I have been able to add a new 3 minute daily exercise for my knees, for example. So I can move my memories of knee pain and weakness away into deep storage and instead add this new exercise segment into my daily activity.
I do the same, to remember the times I may have been upset with my dear and near ones, as I go back in the year, month by month. What could I have done differently so that I would not get so upset? And repeatedly so. The pattern becomes more obvious when I go through such a contemplative exercise for each of the 12 months. Beginning of a new year is a good time to do this, quietly by one self. I learn from it. It is one thing to say I should be more patient. Another to learn for one self how to say something differently, not jump to conclusions for example. Or come up with solutions. Asking more open ended questions in a way that would be less irritating, perhaps. So again, to let go of the memories of the pattern of upsets and hopefully to learn how not to repeat that pattern in 2020.
And then there is problem-solving we all do every day. Whether at home or at work or at play. This is something I particularly like to contemplate on. To see what problem solving was difficult for me. What caused anxiety and how was it resolved. How could I have done that problem solving differently. Much of the problem solving we do is collaborative. Going to buy or sell a car for example. To solve that problem requires many different players and many different factors coming into play. I have to come up to speed on who does what and so on in the car buying or selling process. Lots of prep work needs to be done before going in and engaging to solve the problem of buying or selling a car. Same thing with investing: buying or selling stocks or bonds for example. Or buying or selling a house. Same rules apply: contemplate on specific problem solving events backwards month by month in 2019. What could I have done differently to have better outcomes? What can I learn from that and how can I change how I solve problems in 2020? More research, patience, asking questions, being pro-active are some general things. All this take more time. So giving more time up front in how I plan the problem solving process is something that I hope to build in to the way I solve complex problems in 2020.
Hope you get some idea from these examples of my own step by step attempts to learn from 2019, so I can move most of the memories into far away distant storage while keeping most of the lessons learned. And so, hopefully, become a somewhat better person in 2020 (my new year’s resolution). Perhaps you may try some of this for yourself. Especially if you believe there is room for you to be a somewhat better person in 2020.
We are at the beginning of a new year and a new decade. In this post, I cover what 2020 may look like.
For those who may have missed it, I posted my 2019 retrospective a few weeks ago. So the context is set for jumping into forecasting for the decade of the 20s! In this Part 1 of a two part post, I will cover the year 2020 may bring for US politics, presidential election, economy, culture war, technology. In the next (Part 2) post, a few weeks from now in about mid-January 2020, I will (bravely) speculate on the decade.
For those who read my posts, you already know of this, so skip to the next paragraph, if you would like. I post on a range of topics, from strategy in the modern world using the lens of science and technology, to spiritual quest using the lens of India traditions. Jyotish is one technique from Indian traditions that is reviled by most educated modern people and, on the other hand, is used extensively by many people who include the ways of Indian traditions in their day to day life. In this and other posts I apply Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology to the dense information, analysis and forecasts that are already available to us through corporate, government and social media. I find Jyotish gives me a way of examining the world and making a somewhat better practical sense of it, than what the modern media pundits would have us believe. Over the years, I have found it is helpful in managing the ups and downs in life. Jyotish indeed shines a beam of light, which can be used to bridge between the material and the spiritual. Those of you who have made (or would like to make) the cognitive shift to experience the Devas as real and active in this world are best able to make use of the Jyotish lens. I think 2020 has the hallmark of being a positive year, compared to 2019, which may have been stressful in different ways for most of us. Let’s talk politics, economics and culture, to see whether we can get a sense of what to expect in 2020, so that we may have some sense of how to navigate it.
US Politics 2020
First, lets cover politics (as many of you may know already, I cover mostly US and sometimes India and then, once in a while, the ageing original colonizer country, the UK).
In the US, 2020 is an election year.
As I write this in mid to late December 2019, the US politicians in the capital are embroiled in the impeachment proceedings against President Trump. At the same time, the Democrats are playing out the 2020 primary drama. So, the three questions for US politics in 2020 are set: will President Trump be acquitted or removed by the US Senate in the early months of the year? Who is likely to be the Democratic candidate to win the primaries and contest the presidential elections? Who will be sworn in as president of the US in 2021?
US Politics up to June 2020
Let’s look at the first six months of 2020. With Republicans controlling the US Senate, will there be an acquittal or removal of the sitting president? In this post I assume President Trump will be acquitted of the impeachment charges. The rest of the post reflects that impeachment acquittal scenario. However, his birth chart indicates that he may be in conflict with quite a few close advisors soon after such an acquittal. The major indicator here is Saturn, which moves into Capricorn in the last week of January 2020 and remains in his 6th house of conflict, Capricorn, for the next 3 years. President Trump’s birth chart has a very weak natal 7th L Saturn placed in his 12th of losses in his natal chart, which implies he has not had much support from his advisors and partners in his life, in any case. That in turn implies that President Trump is used to working things through major crises in his life without much guidance or help from his advisors or partners. So the three year post January 2020 phase of his 7th L Saturn transiting in his 6th house of conflict, while it may give rise to conflicts, may not have much of a negative impact on his career track. But there is something else that might: transit Jupiter will be in his 6th house for 3 months from April to June of 2020. He is likely to have some losses potentially driven by actions by his close family involved in his career: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. At this time, they appear to be leading the trade talks with China. At the same time, the nodal (Rahu-Ketu) axis will be slowing and afflicting his 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th houses in June – and that may contribute to potential set-backs in the trade-talks area and also increase tensions with foreign powers. To sum an answer to the first question: yes, President Trump may likely be acquitted of the impeachment charges, but his ability to maneuver may be weakened in the first six months of 2020.
On to the second question: who will be the Democratic nominee? There are so many factors that are likely to play out in the crowded Democratic primaries, at the time of this writing in mid- December. So what I write here is speculative, more directional than a pinpoint prediction. Based on available birth charts and estimate of their accuracy, I am giving a low to high probability for who may be the democratic nominee as things stand in late 2019:
Mr. Michael Bloomberg (MB): high quality birth chart based on birth certificate (February 14, 1942, 3:40 pm, Brighton, MA). Cancer rising at 3 deg. Currently in Ketu/Sun from December 21st 2019 to April 27th 2020 and then followed by Ketu/Moon up to Nov 26th 2020, with natal Sun at 2 deg in 8thand natal Ketu at 20 deg also in 8th. MB may get a boost in the primary race between now and mid-April and then may not make much headway, as 1st L Moon (combust and slightly afflicted by 10th aspect of natal 8th L Saturn does not enable very positive projection of self-image required for a winning presidential candidate) bhukti sets in, while in Ketu mahadasha. I give MB a low probability of being nominee.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (EW): low quality birth chart (date, without time. June 22, 1949, Oklahoma City). Based on EW’s key life events as described in her Wikipedia bio, I have estimated a 2 deg Leo rising chart, with Ascendant lord Sun at 7 deg in the 11th. This chart shows Saturn / Venus period running up to November 25th 2021. Natal Saturn is at 8 deg in the 1st and Venus at 25 deg in the 11th. Both natal Saturn and Venus may be seen to be weak due to their mooltrikona houses being weakened by the natal Rahu-Ketu nodal axis. EW has a strong 2nd L Mercury, the prime determinant of her career, in the 10th house, alongside Mars the 9th L of good fortune (which is weak due to 9th H being afflicted by natal nodal axis). Her Jupiter, planet of creative intelligence, is badly placed in the 6th and its mooltrikona house is afflicted making it weak. Overall, the chart shows a strong career with keen analytical abilities, marred by not having good fortune. If I come across a better rectification of EW’s chart, I will revisit EW’s chances. With the estimated chart that I currently have, I give EW a moderate chance of being the nominee.
Mr. Andrew Yang (AY): We have a date and time from memory for AY’s birth chart (January 13, 1975, 6:20 am, Schenectady, NY). Rising at 11 deg in Sagittarius, it has natal Jupiter strong and un-afflicted at 22 deg in 3rd H, with dispositor Saturn at 25 deg in 1st H. The chart is currently running Jupiter / Venus until Feb 8th 2020 and thereafter Jupiter / Sun up to Nov 26th 2020. Natal Venus at 15 deg in 2nd H is directly afflicted by debilitated natal Ketu from the 6th, with its 9th aspect. Natal Sun is very weak in 1st H at 29 deg. Jupiter dasha gives AY push in his new endeavors (he is stepping into politics at a presidential level without any political experience is an entirely new endeavor). However, bhuktis of afflicted Venus and then weak Sun are likely not allow fruition of AY’s endeavors in 2020. I give AY a low probability of being a nominee.
Vice President Joseph Biden (JB): We have a date and time from memory of JB’s birth chart (November 20, 1942, 8:30 am, Scranton, PA). Rising at 10 deg in Scorpio, it has 10th L natal Sun in 1st and directly afflicted by natal 12th L Venus. Natal 9th L Moon is directly afflicted by 9th aspect of natal Rahu. Natal 2nd L Jupiter at 2 deg in 9th is rendered weak due to dispositor natal Moon being weak and afflicted. Natal 11th L Mercury is weak in the 12th at 28 deg. All these natal positions indicate that JB may have communication challenges especially in the context of Global Social Mind (which I have described in my 2019 retrospective post). JB is currently running Jupiter/Mars until April 30th and thereafter Jupiter / Rahu until September 30th 2023. This combination of dasha and bhuktis and an overall weak chart lead me to give JB a low probability of being a Democratic Party nominee for the November 2020 elections.
I do not have enough birth details and life events to construct rectified charts for Senator Bernie Sanders, Mayor Peter Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar.
Of the four candidates in the Democratic primaries I have analyzed above, only Senator Elizabeth Warren rises above low probability level in my view. Additionally let’s say Senator Bernie Sanders (I do not have enough information to have a view) may be her top competitor, based on current surveys. However, politics at the ground level may favor Senator Warren over Senator Sanders as a better bet as Democratic nominee to attract centrist independents and therefore to have a close contest with President Trump in November 2020. So overall, EW rises to the top as potential Democratic Party nominee.
US Politics in November 2020
So, let’s say President Trump gets past the impeachment trial in the US Senate with an acquittal. The first six to seven months of the year are not likely to be favorable for him, with his advisors distancing themselves for a range of reasons. However, there is a shift in September 2020. The nodal axis moves into Taurus-Scorpio where it is exalted. The transit nodal axis will now aspect President Trump’s natal Sun and natal nodal axis, especially in October-November at between 29 deg and 25 deg Taurus-Scorpio. This transit nodal axis configuration may further enable President Trump to be even more effective than usual in influencing the Global Social Mind and therefore the elections.
During the last two months leading to the elections on November 3rd 2020, President Trump appears to have the following pluses on his side:
Jupiter, his planet of creative intelligence will be strong in its own house especially from August through to mid-November,
Mercury will be in its own sign Virgo most of September giving him keen analytical ability post Labor day as the election campaign gathers momentum,
Mars, his planet of good fortune, will be in Aries from mid-August to beginning of October and
Exalted Rahu will be aspecting his natal Sun from September 20th through to December, enabling his ability to accomplish his goals in the material world.
At the same time for the USA SAMVA chart, transit 6th L Jupiter will be hovering around natal Venus in Sagittarius from August through to end of October 2020. This is likely to show in intense divisiveness of the US polity as it heads into the November 3rd presidential election.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (my assumed Democratic nominee) does have a strong 2nd L natal Mercury, which reflects in her strong communication and analytical ability. But a weak, debilitated 5th L Jupiter in 6th may not enable the strong influencer role that this age of the Global Social Mind seems to require as a key success factor for winning US presidential elections.
So, my bet would be that if Senator Elizabeth Warren is the Democratic nominee (which seems most likely among the slate of Democratic candidates at the moment), then the chances are that PresidentTrump is likely to be re-elected on November 3, 2020. On the other hand, perhaps the Democratic Party may come up with a nominee that is not one of the four I have discussed in some detail above, who may stand a better chance to win the November elections. I will re-visit the November 2020 election possibilities in June-July 2020, if that is the case.
US Culture and Society in 2020
I did not talk about the topic of US culture and society in my 2019 retrospective. It was a divisive year in the US, a culmination some may say of a divisive decade. There were divisions in politics for sure, with the House being controlled by Democrats after their win in November 2018 and Senate remaining in firm Republican control with an increased majority. The gender divisiveness seemed to widen with the #MeToo movement, bringing down multiple media and corporate personalities in its wake. The culture wars took to the streets, with Neo Nazis and Confederate supporters going head to head with Anti-Fa supporters. There were many reports of divide even within families driven by such culture war factors. All this divisiveness was in line with the SMAVA USA 4th Lord natal Venus in 6th, the planet signifying communal harmony for the US, being almost continually being afflicted from April onwards by the transit nodal axis and by the transit 8th L Saturn. While the nodal axis affliction abated after September, the 8th L Saturn transit affliction of natal Venus continues until January 14th 2020 (given that the 4th Lord Venus of communal harmony is in the 6th house of conflict in the USA chart indicates that there is always an underlying tension within and among US communities. It is a question of higher degree of such conflicts and their outcomes at times of malefic afflictions that become interesting to note from year to year).
In most of 2020, transit Venus will coast through without major afflictions, except for a brief time in August. Natal Venus will be afflicted by transit 6th L Jupiter in the August-October 2020 time frame, which we already noted above.
Compared to 2019, however, the divisiveness in the US may wind down when transit 8th L Saturn moves to 7th H in the last week of January, followed by US SAMVA chart running the Sun / Mercury period beginning first week of February 2020, which lasts all the way to December 10th 2020. There is a chance that this a period when communication and media interests (signified by Mercury) may be less provocative in their reporting, than in the recent past.
US Economy 2020
The US economy seems to have been well managed and stabilized by the US Federal Reserve, through a difficult period in 2019. Some say the Fed has achieved a soft landing and steered the US economy away from a recession. Potential for growth in 2020 appears to depend on how the trade war with China is resolved. There appears to be no clear map charted out at this stage (in late 2019) in the negotiations between US and China.
The SAMVA USA chart, however, provides clearer guidance for the US economy. Currently running the Sun dasha giving general economic well-being (from 2016), with the Mercury bhukti giving positive interactions with Canada and Mexico, from February to December 2020, the SAMVA USA chart is signaling a positive time for US economy. Foreign trade signified by its 10th H L Mars is also giving positive signals for 2020. Mars transits in Aries and Pisces (10th and 9 th houses) most of the second half of 2020. August through October may see positive movement in trade agreements.
US Tech 2020
Technology has been the great disruptive change agent in the US over the last 30 years. It has brought about rapid productivity gains and growth on one hand. At the same time digital technology has increased inequality both in terms of income and wealth distribution.
The current Sun dasha running in the USA SAMVA chart since 2016 has begun changing that direction, providing more attention to raising employment and income for the masses. That will continue in 2020. There may be more moves towards regulating the large tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple.
Mars plays a key role as the 10th L strongly placed in the creative 5th house in the USA SAMVA chart. This gives US the creative tech drive that ends up leading the world. In 2020 Mars will be in 9th house of academia and research from June 18th to August 15th and then again from October 4th to December 23rd. News of research breakthroughs from Universities and research labs may be expected during these periods. Mars will be in its own house Aries (and therefore stronger) from August 16th to October 3rd . News about new tech initiatives launched in commercial and defense arena may be likely during this time period. Second half of 2020 may see a few major new tech announcements in the US, after a 2019 that had raised doubts about whether tech world had reached a plateau with the big tech monopolies and non-transparency no longer enabling innovation.
The probability of Senator Elizabeth Warren being the Democratic Party nominee is high.
The probability of President Trump being re-elected, with Senator Elizabeth Warren as his competitor in November 2020, is high.
Social-cultural divisiveness / tensions in the US may tone down (relative to 2019) in 2020, except for the August-November time frame.
US economy is likely to do better in 2020 than in 2019, which is saying a lot.
US Tech is likely to make new breakthroughs in research as well as commercial and defense applications in the second half of 2020.
Have an enjoyable 2020 and may you achieve whatever you set out to achieve during the course of the year!!
That’s it for now. As you may have noted, in these posts I write about the general world we interact with. If you would like to have a personal reading for 2020, connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I also give one on one tutorials on set up and interpret your own birth chart, so that you may begin to use it as one more ongoing tool to help you navigate your life’s journey.
The Devi Waiting For Her Children (c) Jayant Kalawar 2019
by Jayant Kalawar
Most areas of the globe seem to have gone through the ups and downs of 2019 quite nicely. The planets in 2019 were aligned to provide a theater for quite some fire and light show this year, but collectively we were able to hold back from the brink. What changed the direction? I speculate on a new dynamic that has arisen that may be helping balance negative global patterns triggered by planetary forces.
In the USA, the year started with the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives. That laid the ground for a year-long theater of conflict between the President and the Speaker of the House. The Mueller report proved to be much milder than anticipated by the Democrats in implicating President Trump in any wrong doing. The report did point to key role of foreign powers, such as Russia, and of global digital platforms, such Facebook and Twitter, in the 2016 presidential election. This was seen by President Trump as an assault on the credibility of his victory in that election, adding fuel to the fire in the Trump-Pelosi script. The result is the impeachment process, which is continuing at the time of this writing, in early December 2019.
The trade war with China did not escalate to a physical war. And while negotiations with North Korea may be seen to have had a setback, they may have bought time in the potential escalation to war in the Korean peninsula. With Iran, the escalation of economic sanctions almost seemed to be on the brink of an all-out war mid-September 2019. But President Trump seems to have called it off at the last minute – and we may be all the better for it.
Venezuela went through some of the roughest times this year. Again the US held back from direct intervention and let Russia and China play into it as well.
I made two major macro level predictions in early 2019 based on a very rare long lasting conjunction of transit Saturn with transit Ketu in Sagittarius between April and October 2019.
One was that the US stock market may make a sharp downturn over 6 months between May and October 2019, before beginning to rise again. Well, it did not make a sharp down turn, instead it stagnated around DJI 26000. And then resumed its upward move in November 2019. The reason it held steady was intervention by the Fed, which began decreasing interest rates and increasing money supply beginning June, in anticipation of a downturn in the economy. The Fed had been increasing rates in the previous year and the expectation, based on past cycles, was that it would continue to do so in 2019 or at least hold it steady. It may have been due to President Trump’s direct and public call for the Fed to begin decreasing interest rates that the Fed responded.
The other major prediction was about general elections in India, earlier this year. The prediction was that the BJP government may lose their majority unless they moved rapidly to correct the negative impact of demonetization and GST implementations. BJP did move to overcome the impact of demonetization by providing welfare benefits directly to those who needed them, through electronic transfers. The GST implementation was also modified to decrease impact on small and medium sized businesses. The BJP returned to form a government with a bigger majority in the Lok Sabha, independent of any coalition partners.
What I notice, from the deviation of actual from the predicted, is that large public institutions in USA and India appear to be showing capacity to respond much faster to rapid feedback, when compared to the past. So what has changed? My guess is that it is the Internet: very deep and broad data with interactive capability of social media apps. With billions of people the world over interacting to continually refresh intelligence (=meaning making connected data), the Internet has become an active and very influential Global Social Mind (GSM). Each one of us who is active on the Internet influences the GSM in perhaps a very small way and is influenced by GSM greatly. The pulses, of tangled interweaving web of global connections between ever refreshing data, zaps us on the mental plane each time we interact on the Internet. World leaders, such as President Trump and PM Modi, are able to not only monitor these signals, but also respond to them and many times influence them. Some narratives and predictions made on the Internet gain traction. That gives an opportunity to these leaders to respond and try to influence the signals, coming out of GSM, to be in their favor.
So how do I see the impact of the GSM in terms of Jyotish framework of Karma and PurushArtha? Let me take up a standard example first, to set the context. A birth chart gives us insight into Karma from past lives that we are born with: it points to different sets of potential actions that are most likely to be triggered through us at different times in our life cycle. This is described by Dashas and Bhuktis and the prevailing astral energies, at any given time, due to planetary configurations (aka transits in technical Astrologese). For example, if the astrologer notices that for an individual the transit ascendant lord is going to be stationary in 8th house while conjunct with stationary transit Rahu-Ketu, she / he may point out that the chances of an accident may increase during that time (= actions triggered by Karma). If the individual is in a city such as New Delhi, the recommendation may be to minimize being on the road as much as possible (= PurushArtha, action based on awareness of self in the environment of action, Karma Bhumi) to reduce chances of an accident.
While a busy city with challenging traffic patterns may pose risk to humans on a physical plane, GSM is likely to impact humans on the mental plane. General significations of Mercury, as well as the lords of the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 11th houses would need to be considered, while assessing the impact of GSM. In President Trump’s chart for example, 2nd L Mercury is strong, as is his 5th house Lord Jupiter. His native Sun and Moon are strongly influenced by exalted Rahu and Ketu respectively (he was born during a Lunar eclipse). This gives him sharp mental capability and hence an ability to navigate GSM (as well on TV, with shows such as the Apprentice) to his advantage. I do not have PM Modi’s chart (it is not publicly known). However his ability to perform well both on social media and on radio (Man Ki Baat), makes me believe that his chart may have a strong Mercury (which is not a du-sthAnA lord) and have at least one of 3rd, 5th, 11th H Ls strong.
Learnings from 2019
Making predictions and then reviewing them enables a learning loop. Reviewing my 2019 predictions point me to some interesting learnings, which I will continue to test through future predictions.
Global Social Mind is real and an integral part of our lives now. We are greatly influenced by it each time we touch it and in return we influence it a just a very tiny little bit. So if a prediction of dire straits is channeled to you through the GSM, you begin positioning and taking actions to remedy that potential situation. The GSM accelerates and amplifies PurushArtha potential so as to minimize Karma impact. Such PurushArtha acceleration and amplification potential may be strongly positive during those times when transit Mercury is strong and un-afflicted. The GSM may trigger strongly negative results when transit Mercury is very weak and directly afflicted (for example the Christchurch mosque massacre took place in New Zealand, on March 15th 2019, when tr Mercury was very weak at 29 deg in Aquarius, while being combust by tr Sun at 1 deg Pisces and directly afflicted by 5th aspect of tr Rahu at 0:44 deg Cancer).
In general, individuals with strong un-afflicted Mercury as a benefic and at least one of the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 11th house lords as un-afflicted and strong, in their chart, may be best positioned to be influencers on GSM. Those with weak and afflicted Mercury in their chart, with weak and / or afflicted 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 11th Lords may be prone to be triggered to act negatively due to their interaction with GSM.
To sum up, the rise of the GSM in the last two decades now has a presence in our world in which it plays a significant role in all our lives. On the positive side, it may be helping us to stabilize global society on the physical plane through rapid feedback loops which enable better strategic positioning and thus curb the need for large scale, mass physical aggression. On the mental plane, some may say the ability of individual human mind to think and act autonomously may be more circumscribed as the presence of GSM keeps growing and we become very tiny players in that amorphous every refreshing, ever present, intelligence. Jyotish may be in the unique position to provide tools to be able to step back and become aware of the larger dynamics that are playing in our lives in the age of the Global Social Mind. Perhaps more individuals may wish to take advantage of this powerful traditional framework as one of the tools to view and chart out their course in the world in the 2020s. Especially when the practicing Jyotishis are aware of the powerful tangled intelligent web that now girds the globe and are at least attempt to contextualize their readings and guidance.
In my life coaching practice, I use Jyotish as only one of many modalities to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a client as they go about attempting to achieve life goals that they have set for themselves. Specifically, I follow Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology as propounded by Professor V.K. Choudhry.
At the MuldhArA: Lord Sastha with Purnakala and Pushkala, at Sori Muthaiyan Kovil (Image Courtesy: V. Aravind Subramanyam), Pp 56 of Digital Copy of the Book.
by Jayant Kalawar, November 21, 2019
Women and Sabarimala: The Science behind Restrictions. Sinu Joseph, Notion Press. First Published by Notion Press 2019, ISBN 978-1-64733-633-2 (The book is available directly from publisher at Notion Press and at Amazon India . It is also available on Kindle atAmazon.com. My review is based on a digital copy provided for review purposes).
The author, Sinu Joseph, opens up for us the amazingly beautiful complex weave of Sastha tradition (of which Sabarimala is an integral part) by taking us on a journey of six Sastha temples, across a geography of many hundreds of miles in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. When we go along with her on this pilgrimage, we get to sense of the process of subtle human connections with the Deities of each of the temples. Along the way, Sinu describes what that connection experience is like for those who identify themselves as female and how it is different from those who identify themselves as male.
Before embarking on the journey, the book gives us an orientation in the first two chapters. This may be especially helpful for those who, while born into Hindu families, may not have had the opportunity to understand the deeply thoughtful subtle framework of chakras, and their connections to the endocrinal system of the human body, that have been used to design this pilgrimage through these six temples, each with a uniquely powerful Deity residing in a specific temple architecture. The connection to the human endocrinal system lays open for us to see how the pilgrimage process generates different experiences in female and male bodies. Those who are already deep practitioners in the chakra based traditions may find the first chapter of the book to be a quick refresher (given there are multiple views of chakra framework within Hindu tradition, the one described in this book may be considered by some to be a beginners version). The second chapter (along with the preface) sets up the problem that arose when Sabarimala temple was viewed through the lens of modernity – the rest of the book being a response to the question: why are women between the ages of 10 and 50 not allowed to enter Sabarimala temple.
The pilgrimage of the six Sastha temples is described as journey from the muldhArA chakrA through swadisthAnA, maNipurA, anAhatA and vishuddhi chakrAs to the AjnA chakrA. Reading the first two chapters makes the descriptions of each of the temple Deities and the experiences easy to grasp. Each description is helpfully divided into sections describing the journey of the author’s travel party to the temple, their experiences in the temple, the Deity, the Chaitanyam, the ChakrA significance.
As the pilgrimage gains momentum, the descriptions of experiences build upon themselves and one becomes more and more curious about what comes next. That is a hallmark of an accomplished story teller. To show us this particular complex weave of Hindu tradition with such story telling prowess wants me to read more of Sinu Joseph’s writings in the future, as she deepens her insights by continuing her sAdhanA.
In the last but one chapter Sinu brings the mystery to a close by making a compelling case, which she has been building all along. We see how by the time we get to Sabarimala our endocrine systems may be activated through the pilgrimage and how this begins to impact male and female bodies differently. And especially how this may impact menstruating women differently.
The book ends with a conversation with women to begin exploring the answer to the question ‘but so, what should women who also want mukti do?”. I think such exploration is much needed to rejuvenate a knowledge base that would help us move towards a socially and culturally more balanced life.
The blessings of Lord Sastha flow into this book and upon its readers through the blessings of Shri V. Aravind Subramanyam, President, Shri Maha Sasthru Seva Sangam, Coimbatore, in his foreword to the book. I read it at the beginning and once again at the end of my reading. I highly recommend reading this book. May you be blessed by Lord Sastha.
WIth the Devi’s Blessings. Cover art by Jayant Kalawar 2018.
By Jayant Kalawar
When I wrote the essay Outsider Deconstructing European Enlightenment it was a way of describing what it means to be human, by telling a story of how some humans have done things with each other and with nature around them. Many of us call such descriptions history.
So these humans I describe have a quite a bit of potential to act in different ways. However, much of it has not been switched on (yet). Most of these humans seem to be very good at utilizing some of their potential, for example: to survive, reproduce, acquire material things and consume them.
That leaves out the potential for courage to be compassionate, to connect with all species on Earth and the Earth itself and to explore and connect with cosmic spiritual vibrations. Such potentials, in most humans, remain untapped. In my essay I talk about how each of these seven potentials (yes, if you go back and count you will see there are seven) are channeled through seven chakrAs. which I posit makes for being human, when you see humans through the Devi Lens (all that in the essay).
What switches on these potentials? The culture you live in and how you are nurtured plays a big role in throwing these switches on and off. It’s this cultural driver that I focus on in my Outsider essay, to show how it switches on some of our potentials and lets others remain dormant.
In current usage in our digital world, we all live in now, I think it is better to call this driver memetic complex, rather than culture. New memes are produced and old ones are morphed or die every day now in this relatively new digital age. So unlike the past, we have a real chance to develop many memetic complexes (is that the right plural? – but you get the point) that may switch on the entire range of potentials in humans.
I think there are two more drivers for switching on potentials in humans.
One of those drivers I think is the natural environment we interact with, including through breathing, consuming and generally our physical living conditions. I want to explore how this driver actually works within us at the cellular level, through gene expressions and protein pathways. I have barely begun learning about this. But at the moment, my sankalpA is to write my next essay on how natural environment and genetics drive the switching of human potentials on and off. It took me about 3 years to write and self-publish the Outsider essay, after almost 15 years of reading and research (not knowing where it would take me, if at all). So, I have no sense of what may emerge and when that may end up being an essay about this cellular / endocrine driver and how it is tied to the chakrAs. But the general broad intention is present.
The other driver is personal practices, sAdhanA leading to upAsanA. You will notice I am not translating when I drop Sanskrit words into what I write here. It is easy to find meanings with Google search these days. If you are really interested you will do so and in the process perhaps get more and more comfortable with living in a global memetic complex! That one is so personal that I am not sure it could even be an essay. Perhaps a short memoir, some distant time in the future, when some sense emerges that there is something worthwhile to share.
Notice the use of emerging. Rather than aspiring.
If you do download and read my Outsider essay on Kindle, I hope you write and post your comment here. Especially how it made you think differently about what it is to be human and how we go about doing things in this world.
WIth the Devi’s Blessings. Cover art by Jayant Kalawar 2018.
I recently published this essay on Amazon Kindle. Here is a brief summary:
From an outsider’s perspective, European Enlightenment was a brilliant social innovation, which emerged in the 17th century, as a response to the brutally destructive intra-religious wars in Europe. It led to the formation of national governments, financial markets and rapid growth of a certain kind of science and technology. However by the 21st century, that innovation, through its runaway success, has had unintended global consequences of ecocide, fratricide and suicide, particularly impacting those outside of the European sphere. This 60 page essay takes you briefly through the 3000 year history of monotheism in the West, before focusing on the 17th century and the path that has led to the current global systemic crises. The outsider, using the framework of his Devi traditions, offers a compass of hope, to navigate out of the global dystopian scenario charted by European Enlightenment, towards compassion, connection and immersion.
I am opening this page to comments and discussions. The comments posted on this page so far are quite insightful. You may want to browse through them as well. And please consider posting your comment here as well.
The Destroyer of Ignorance and Confusion – Aum Namo KAlarAtreya NamAhA (Source: Wikipedia, Devi Kalratri, Sanghasri, Kalighat, Kolkata, 2010)
By Jayant Kalawar March 23rd 2019
For those who have not followed my predictions for 2019, made back in September 2018, please consider going back and taking a look here and then the follow up post here . The rest of the post may make more sense with that background. Those who are not interested in the astrology analysis that I go through in this post, I have bolded out sections that may be more relevant.
As Ketu began afflicting Saturn transiting in Sagittarius at a little over 25 deg a few days ago (today at the time of this writing is March 23, 2019, Ketu transited into Sagittarius), warning signs of the economy suddenly began flashing in the USA and political turmoil was on the horizon with the submission of the Special Counsel report and President Trump verbally attacking the Late Senator John McCain. Before that the Dow Jones Index was merrily going along posting gains in early 2019. Many investors seemed to be like frogs in a slowly heating pot of water, unable to heed the signs of the approaching planetary storm. Now they ask, is 2019 going to be similar to the 1930s for the USA, when the Dow lost 90% of its value in a little over two and a half years (from October 1929 to June 1932)?
The short answer is no: the depression of the 1930s was a prolonged event, beginning with onset of Ketu Bhukti on October 16th 1929 during RAhu MAhAdashA in the USA SAMVA Chart. Dow Jones Index peaked at 343 in September 1929, was at 286 in March 1930, down to 183 in October 1930 and then bottomed out at 42 in June 1932. RAhu MAhAdashA was followed by the 6th L Jupiter MahAdashA from 1937 to 1953, during which the USA was in two major conflicts (6th L signification): WW II and the Korean War. It was only after 1953 that the Dow recovered back to its peak of 342 in September 1929. While the 8th L Saturn MAhAdashA gave death like experiences (Cuban missile crisis for example and continual threat of nuclear war with Americans preparing for nuclear threat) from 1953 to 1972, it also gave relatively easy gains (another signification of the 8th L) to the USA in economic terms with the Dow crossing the 1000 mark in November 1972
To sum up: In 1930, transit Saturn was in 6th H Sagittarius of the USA SAMVA chart. However, it was not afflicted by transit Ketu which was in Libra at that time. Ketu affliction of Saturn was not the driver of the 1930s economic turmoil.
In 2019, the USA is in Sun MAhAdashA and Saturn Bhukti. The protection of the Sun will be cushion for the effect of the prolonged 7 month (April to October) conjunction of transit Ketu with transit Saturn in Sagittarius, the 6th house of conflict in the USA SAMVA chart. The transits of 8th L turn and Ketu will be in turn giving long periods of affliction to natal Venus, the 4th L of domestic prosperity and communal harmony.
What USA may experience in this particular planetary storm from April to October 2019 is 7 months of sharp economic down turn, physical losses through disasters whether natural or manmade and also communal disharmony. A slow recovery may begin in February 2020 when 3rd L Mercury Bhukti comes into play. The pace of such a recovery is likely to be contingent upon the degree of physical losses to infrastructure and life experienced in 2019.
So how to position to get through this 7 month long planetary storm? Those invested in the financial markets may consider moving to as much cash position as one can. Do not start any new initiatives. Slow down as much as you can and be careful and watchful on a daily basis. And most importantly, if you are culturally blessed to have access to your IshTa DevatA and to Sri GaneshA, connect with them daily through your practices. They can and do provide protection and blessings. Many more individuals practicing such connections may likely result in lowering the level of losses that this planetary storm can leave behind.
Please note: I follow Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology propounded by the Late Professor V.K. Choudhry (www.yournetastrologer.com). In this article, I have used chart for USA developed using Systems Approach to Mundane Vedic Astrology (see http://yournetastrologer.com/mundane_astrology.htm ). I also follow the work done by Cosmologer, who discovered the SAMVA USA chart in 2006 with the help of J.T.W. Battalana. He developed the chart based on extensive historical research and predictions for over a decade based on the Systems’ Approach and with guidance from the late Professor Choudhry (see http://cosmologer.blogspot.com/2007/12/samva-usa-chart.html
ॐ श्री मात्रे नमः (Photo by Soumik Dey on Unsplash)
The terrorist attack in Kashmir on February 14th 2019 appears to have led to deep and widespread angst in India. One of the questions being asked is whether and when India may strike back with a military operation, as a response to the terror attack.
Here is my assessment in that context, based on Systems Approach to Mundane Vedic Astrology.
India Independence chart (August 15th 1947 12 am Delhi, India) is going through Jupiter (8th L) Bhukti currently. Transit Jupiter was at 25:59 on Jan 14th, afflicting within 2 deg with 9th aspect of natal Sun at 27:59 in Cancer, when the terror attack took place. Sun rules 4th house of domestic and communal harmony in the India Indep chart. natal Sun by the 8th L Jupiter gives death like experiences in domestic arena. This affliction will peak on Feb 27th, implying need for more caution for domestic events which may result in death like experiences, whether man made or natural, in the next 10 days. Let us hope no further violent loss of life is experienced.
Tr 6th L Venus transiting 8th H of obstructions and death will directly afflict Tr 10th L Saturn Feb 16th-18th, indicating potential for increased impact on emotional and physical well-being of the masses of people during those days.
Is there potential of a military response from India to the terrorist attack on February 14th? Tr 12th L in Mars is currently strong as it is transiting in its home base Aries and will be directly aspecting most effective points in 12th, 6th and 7th houses for the next 5 days. This indicates potential for military operations between now (Feb 15th) and Feb 20th. Operations launched within this date range from a distance from home base (12th H) e.g. air or sea borne may be carried out in a distant land (7th H) and have the potential for success in conflict situations (6th H).
NOT RECOMMENDED AT THIS TIME (Photo by Jeremy Dorrough on Unsplash)
January 14th 2019
By Jayant Kalawar
A few weeks ago I had pointed out in an article here that India could be headed for an anti-incumbency wave in a May 2019 election. There were two suggestions made at the end of that Vedic Astrology based analysis on how to manage such a potential wave: one was to ease the GST burden on small businesses and the other was to provide relief for all the micro businesses and individuals in the unorganized sector who got really badly hit by the demonetization.
The government of India moved last week to exempt many small businesses from GST. That would be a welcome step for many.
Now to wait and see whether the government will put on the Chaiwaalaa hat to understand how the micro unorganized sector was hurt by demonetization. They are the ones who will come out to vote in numbers and that may feel like a big wave indeed.
Meanwhile, Tr 8th L Jupiter is at 20 deg Scorpio now. It is afflicting natal 10th L Saturn and natal 6th L Venus. The next few weeks may be tough as Tr 6th L Venus conjuncts with Tr Jupiter in Scorpio and Tr Mars comes into the 5th aspect affliction of Tr Jupiter. There may be financial impact in general and especially on FX reserves position. FX reserves have stabilized in the $395 bill range after reaching a high of $425 bill in early 2018. This may see some downward pressure in the next few weeks. The USD INR rate had improved as Tr Ju was relatively out of affliction / afflicting zones in the last few weeks. It has now begun slipping back into the 70s range.
The Devi Waiting For Her Children To Come Back Home (c) Jayant Kalawar 2019
Aum Sri MAtre NamahA
By Jayant Kalawar
The planetary patterns for 2019 beginning March and especially in the May – October 2019 period are quite rough.
Many of us have encountered such rough terrains before in our lives. Those of us who connect with their IshTa DevatA on a daily basis know that this connection gives them more chances to flourish through these rough terrains.
In a September 2018 article on my website, Calm Before the Storm, I had made the specific prediction that the November 6th 2018 mid-term election in USA may likely weaken the ability of the current president of the USA to provide leadership and implement his agenda and that it may likely translate into a sense of political weakness in the USA:
All this points to chances that the November 6th mid-term elections in USA may end up giving a weak result for the current US president.
On January 10th 2019 when the newly elected US Congress convenes the Rahu-Ketu field will be at its peak intensity. The result of the mid-term elections will likely be amplified and may likely begin impacting the ability of the current US president to carry out strong positive leadership actions in 2019.
So by end of January 2019 we may have a sense of how 2019 may likely unfold. Any sense of political weakness in the USA may translate into financial and economic weakness not only in the USA but throughout the globe.
As I write in this on January 11th 2019, these predictions are being borne out. The Democrats have taken over the House of Representatives with Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. President Trump has shut down parts of the United States government, in response to the US Congress not funding his agenda. While still early in January, this situation already signals political weakness in the US. Planetary patterns are pointing to the period between January 11th and 23rd as likely to be most vulnerable to misunderstandings and disputes between and among political parties in the US. So by the last week of January we may be better able to assess how well positioned USA is to respond to the disturbances that emerging planetary patterns are signaling for later in 2019.
The first signs of potential for physical and economic distress are likely to emerge from March 22nd on wards and become somewhat intensive after April 8th. The most intense period distress is likely to be between mid-May and mid-October 2019, with peak in July 2019. The source of the disturbances may be a combination of natural and man made triggers and likely impact both economic and physical areas of life.
Each of us may experience disturbances in different areas of life
The planetary patterns also give us indications of how they may impact each of us differently, within a range of possibilities. Approximately 15% of people may directly experience such impacts. That is about 1 in 6 of us. The rest of us will likely have one or more people in our family and friends circle going through some direct experience of distress and many of us may choose to step in to help them through their situations.
Here are likely high stress area for each of the ascendant signs between about mid-May to mid-October 2019:
Aries: Income, especially investment or rental income, may be stressed, which may have secondary impact on father figures, advanced studies and ability to travel long distance for business purposes.
Taurus: Career and social status areas may be stressed and that may impact intimate relationships.
Gemini: Health of father, performance in graduate or specialized studies and long distance business travel may be stressed and that may impact personal and business partnerships.
Cancer: Conjugal relationship may be stressed and that may give rise to disputes and trigger emotional and physical health issues.
Leo: Emotional and physical health of personal and business partners may be stressed and that may in turn stress children and creative activities.
Virgo: Work place stress and stress on physical and emotional health may have secondary impact on home life and mother.
Libra: Children and creative activities may be stressed and show up as impact on your initiatives, ventures and in the way you communicate.
Scorpio: Home life and mother’s emotional and physical health may be stressed and this may impact overall family well-being.
Sagittarius: New initiatives, ventures, younger siblings / colleagues, ability to communicate may be impacted and in turn result in stress on personal emotional and physical health.
Capricorn: Over all family well-being may be stressed and result in losses and separations.
Aquarius: Emotional and physical health may be stressed, resulting in losses in income and relationship with mentors.
Pisces: There may be losses and separations, which may in turn impact career and social status.
How to manage this potentially rough terrain and flourish
If you have reached this part of this article, I am assuming you have experienced the power of observing patterns presented by planetary configurations using Vedic Astrology and also know about the power of connecting with your IshTa DevatA.
For those who connect with their Ishta Devata on a daily basis, there may be a unique date and time on January 20th – 21st to connect and meditate, to seek guidance on how to navigate through this rough terrain. There will be a relatively long lunar eclipse between 9:36 pm on Sunday January 20th to 2:48 am Monday January 21st (New York time zone). The total eclipse is from 11:41 pm to 12:43 am. Sitting in a meditative pose and silently chanting your IshtA DevatA mantra from about 10:30 pm to 1:45 am may give you a channel to strengthen your connection with the DevetA to ask for blessings for yourself and your family, friends and community to help go through the rough planetary terrain forming between late March and late October of 2019.
Aum Sri MAtre NamahA
Please note: I follow Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology propounded by the Late Professor V.K. Choudhry (www.yournetastrologer.com). In this article, I have used chart for USA developed using Systems Approach to Mundane Vedic Astrology (see http://yournetastrologer.com/mundane_astrology.htm ). I also follow the work done by Cosmologer, who discovered the SAMVA USA chart in 2006 with the help of J.T.W. Battalana. He developed the chart based on extensive historical research and predictions for over a decade based on the Systems’ Approach and with guidance from the late Professor Choudhry (see http://cosmologer.blogspot.com/2007/12/samva-usa-chart.html )
The Destroyer of Ignorance and Confusion – Aum Namo KAlarAtreya NamAhA (Source: Wikipedia, Devi Kalratri, Sanghasri, Kalighat, Kolkata, 2010)
By Jayant Kalawar
The state assembly elections in India in November – December 2018 returned an anti-incumbency verdict, with BJP losing in Rajashthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh. The question came up whether this anti-incumbency momentum would be repeated in the May 2019 General Election.
So I took up my lens from Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology (SAMVA)[i] and began investigating using India’s Independence Chart (using 7:43 deg Taurus rising chart for 12 am August 15th 1947, Delhi).
I noticed that the current cycle of elections were occurring in the Jupiter Bhukti period (August 15th 2018 – December 15th 2019), which was preceded by Rahu Bhukti period (Feb 13th 2017 – August 15th 2018). So I set out investigating whether during similar Rahu Bhukti – Jupiter Bhukti periods there were anti-incumbent waves. Here are my notes from my investigation of the political events in India corresponding to five data points of Rahu Bhukti – Jupiter Bhukti periods since 1960:
1960-1965: India-China Border dispute escalated after India gives Dalai Lama asylum and India began its forward policy of having army posts along the Chinese border. In 1963 the Congress lost popularity following the defeat in the Indo-Chinese war of 1962.To revitalize the party, Kamraj proposed the Kamaraj Plan to Nehru that encouraged six Congress chief ministers (including himself) and six senior cabinet ministers to resign to take up party work.
1975-1980: Emergency Rule by Indira Gandhi and a highly unpopular family planning initiative by Sanjay Gandhi from June 25th 1975 to March 21st 1977. In the General Elections that followed, Congress Party and Indira Gandhi defeated, including losing her own seat.
1985- 1987: Congress Party with Rajiv Gandhi had a super majority of 411 out of 542 seats in Lok Sabha from the 1984 December general election. He proceeded to dilute the Shah Bano verdict by the Supreme Court of India giving Muslim women rights in divorce proceedings. This led to accusation of minority appeasement. In July 1987 Rajiv Gandhi’s party lost in assembly elections in Haryana in a humiliating manner, which came as a shock.
1996-2002: This period saw BJP coming to power at the Center for the first time, with A.B. Vajpayee as Prime Minister, winning enough seats in the 1999 General Election to rule through coalitions, which were unstable and caused uncertainty. Subsequently in mid-May 2001 BJP lost in 5 key state elections.
2010-2012: 2G Spectrum scandal and many other scandals became a central issue against the UPA government. In the March 2012 state elections Congress lost in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Goa.
Pattern Observed with the 5 data points above: Actions by a ruling party in a Rahu Bhukti period leads to anti-incumbency wave in the immediately following Jupiter Bhukti period.
Prediction for May 2019 General Election based on Observed Pattern:
The current ruling party (BJP) implemented two programs during the Rahu Bhukti period of February 13th 2017 to August 15th 2018: Demonetisation and GST. These may have impacted the masses in a negative way, generating an anti-incumbency wave. The effect of this wave may be expected in the subsequent Jupiter Bhukti period of August 15th 2018 to December 15th 2019. The initial impact of the current anti-incumbency wave is already seen in the losses in the state elections in November-December 2018. It is likely that the anti-incumbency wave will continue resulting in BJP losing its majority position in the Lok Sabha elections in May 2019. There is likely to be instability at the Center up to December 2019, perhaps due to coalition politics.
For those more adept in Vedic Astrology and interested in Indian political history of the last 60 years, I provide details below of my findings and analysis of 60 years of Indian political history, focused on specific Rahu-Jupiter Bhukti periods.
I begin with the first Rahu+Jupiter Bhukti period in the India Independence Chart in April 1960.
10th L Saturn Major Period Establishing Foundations for the Masses Ends in Loss of Standing in conflict with Neighbors (natal Saturn in 3rd, directly afflicted by 6th L Venus)
Rahu Sub-period 4/26/1960 – 3/3/1963 India-China Border dispute begins to escalate after India gives Dalai Lama asylum and begins forward policy of having army posts along the Chinese border.
Unable to reach political accommodation on disputed territory along the 3,225-kilometre-long Himalayan border, the Chinese launched simultaneous offensives in Ladakh and across the McMahon Line on 20 October 1962, coinciding with the Cuban Missile Crisis. Chinese troops advanced over Indian forces in both theatres, capturing Rezang La in Chushul in the western theatre, as well as Tawang in the eastern theatre. The war ended when China declared a ceasefire on 20 November 1962, and simultaneously announced its withdrawal to its claimed ‘line of actual control’.
Jupiter Sub: 3.3.63 – 9/14/65: Nehru era of establishing Indian Constitution (1950) and Indian States (1956) ends with Nehru’s death May 20th 1964. Indian National Congress begins to split into factions.
Kamaraj became the president of the All India Congress Committee in 1963 during the last year of Nehru’s life. Prior to that, he had been the chief minister of Madras state for nine years. Kamraj had also been a member of “the syndicate”, a group of right wing leaders within Congress. In 1963 the Congress lost popularity following the defeat in the Indo-Chinese war of 1962.To revitalize the party, Kamraj proposed the Kamaraj Plan to Nehru that encouraged six Congress chief ministers (including himself) and six senior cabinet ministers to resign to take up party work. After Nehru’s death in May 1964, Kamaraj was widely credited as the “kingmaker” in Indian politics for ensuring the victory of Lal Bahadur Shastri over Morarji Desai as the successor of Nehru.
The split in Congress Party under Kamaraj Plan, in this Jupiter sub-period, began the move towards the ascendancy of Indira Gandhi in 1966. The incumbent Congress (Organization) led by Morarji Desai was effectively voted out.
1975-1980 Rahu+Jupiter Bhukti Period
This one occurred in 5th L Mercury Dasha Period Relating To Children Ends in Reaction to Anti-Children Actions (forced sterilizations as means to family planning, also general signification of Mercury, open communication )
Rahu Sub-period 3/13/75 – 9/29/77: Emergency Rule by Indira Gandhi and a highly unpopular family planning initiative by Sanjay Gandhi from June 25th 1975 to March 21st 1977.
How did the Emergency get mixed up with sterilization?
Indira Gandhi’s 20-Point Programme did not say a word about family planning. But Sanjay Gandhi’s Four-Point Programme not only had family planning as the first point but it became the only point which was ruthlessly implemented on a national scale. In Sanjay’s vocabulary, family planning meant only one method – sterilization.
Jupiter Sub-period 9/29/77 – 1/5/1980: Congress Party and Indira Gandhi defeated, including losing her own seat.
The structural factors allowed voters to express their grievances, notably their resentment of the emergency and its authoritarian and repressive policies. One grievance often mentioned was the ‘Nasbandi’ (vasectomy) campaign in rural areas. The middle class also emphasised on the curbing of freedom of speech throughout the country.
This occurred during Ketu Dasha Period of Loss and Transformation: Loss of Congress Party standing as the only National Party, Emergence of BJP claiming to represent traditional religious and spiritual interests
Rahu Sub-period 8/14/85 – 9/2/86: Rajiv Gandhi, with a super majority if 411 out of 542 seats in Lok Sabha from the 1984 December general election, proceeded to dilute the Shah Bano verdict by the Supreme Court of India giving Muslim women rights in divorce proceedings. This led to accusation of minority appeasement. Many say this was the turning point for beginning of rise of BJP as a National political party.
Jupiter Sub-period 9/2/86 – 8/9/87: In July 1987 Rajiv Gandhi’s party lost in assembly elections in Haryana in a humiliating manner, which came as a shock.
Haryana elections: Congress(I) humiliated, Devi Lal’s Lok Dal(B) wins
This simple act symbolised not only the ideological change that had swept Haryana, but also the dramatic reversal in the fortunes of the Congress(I) which, like its leaders’ photographs, had been dumped unceremoniously, by the voters of the northern state. It was the hardest knock yet for Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, weakened as he is by scandals of kickbacks from defence deals.
This occurred during 6th L Venus Dasha Period Time of Conflicts, Disputes and hence Instability with Multiple Coalition Governments
Rahu Sub-period 11/13/96 – 11/14/1999: Congress was in power through a coalition government. It attempted to control the government by withdrawing support for one Prime Minister (Deve Gowda) and having another (I.K. Gujral) in his place. Led to unstable governance and a mid-term general election was called in December 1997.
This is currently (at time of writing) occurring in the 3rd L Moon Dasha Period of New Reform Initiatives (natal Moon well placed, weak in infancy) Badly Implemented
Rahu Sub-period 2/13/2017-8/15/2018: Demonetisation, though it was introduced in November, prior to February 2017, may have played a role in people in the non-organized sectors (some say there are up to 80% of the population) who operate in a cash economy, both in rural and urban India, in disenchanting and distancing them from the incumbent Government. If this aspect of how people who live day to day operating in cash economy is true, then their reaction may be similar to the 1977 reaction of people to forced sterilization.
Jupiter Sub-period 8/15/2018 – 12/15/2019: Incumbent BJP lost in 3 major state elections (Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh) in November – December 2018. At the time of this writing, the trend appears to be that BJP may be in a weaker position coming out of the 2019 May General Elections.
Based on the analysis in this post, one may come up with an actionable finding for the ruling party, such as:
How to make up for the pain that voters may see as having come directly from the Government due to demonetization and GST implementation? That is question that may be keeping leaders and strategists for the incumbent government awake now (if not, perhaps that is what they may want to focus on and worry about?). If they can crack that question, the incumbents may still have a chance in the upcoming general election in May 2019?
Aum Sri Matre NamahA Thillai Nataraja temple, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu [photo by Santu Brahma] source: tweet by Keerthik Sasidharan @KS1729 on October 1st 2018.
by Jayant Kalawar
Aloneness happens when there is no dependence.
No dependence on possessing things.
No dependence on having any relationships.
No dependence on having any obligations to family, friends, community or society.
No dependence on any give and take transactions.
Loneliness happens when there is dependence on any of those things and one is deprived of them.
Dependence followed by deprivation causes loneliness.
Dependence on owning a car or home takes away from the capacity to be alone. One may own a car or home and yet not be dependent.
Dependence comes from an attachment to a particular object, whether the car or home.
Moving from owning a car today to not owning one tomorrow, in an equanimous way, requires considerable Aloneness capacity.
Aloneness can be cultivated to some extent.
But to have deep and stable Aloneness capacity requires a cognitive shift.
Cognitive shift of how you view yourself, how you view the space and time world around you.
Materialist view of yourself and the world leads to dependency. Dependency on the material.
Materialists cannot be alone.
Religious view of yourself and the world leads to dependency. Dependency on the material and God.
Religious people cannot be alone.
The languages that we use today have emerged from and constrained by materialist and religious views of the world.
The world of the Aloneness cannot be described in the languages we use today.
It can only be contemplated, along the way to disabling our dependencies.
It can only be contemplated as we are enabling the cognitive shift to Aloneness.
To sustain oneself on this path we need the blessings of the Devi. Aum Sri Matre NamahA.
This contemplative note is based on my interpretation of a discourse on certain verses of The Naishkarmya Siddhi of SureshvarA by Swami Shantananda of Chinmaya Vrindavan, Cranbury, NJ on October 25th 2018.
The Destroyer of Ignorance and Confusion – Aum Namo KAlarAtreya NamAhA (Source: Wikipedia, Devi Kalratri, Sanghasri, Kalighat, Kolkata, 2010)
Summary: the level of intensity of the putative physical and economic storms in 2019, with felt impacts into early 2020, is likely to be signaled in political events and directions in the USA in the first half of November 2018 and then in January 2019.
The storms of 2019 may impact up to 10 to 15% of people across the globe in some mix of physical and economic outcomes in a very low to high range. There are no cookie cutter solutions to identify who is more likely to be impacted and how much and what to do about it. Assessment of individual horoscopes can help in this regard. Those who do consistent sAdhanA and connect with the Devi are likely to have less impact.
The grahAs will be showering their blessings upon us this September.
Venus will be transiting into its home base Libra on September 2nd and staying there until end of the year. Venus will promote a sense of material well-being and harmony, after a month being farthest away from Earth, hence weak.
Mercury will end its long sojourn of the last few months in Cancer and transit into Leo on September 2nd and then into its home base of Virgo on September 19th. Mercury then joins Venus on October 6th and moves into Scorpio on October 27th. Mercury may not cause much volatility between now and October 27th (except a brief few days September 22nd to 25th, when it comes under passing influence of Rahu-Ketu field), and thus helping better communications and analysis, further adding to the harmony component of Venus.
Mars is strong and exalted in Capricorn between now and November 5th, providing a positive energy to those who are adept at channeling its energies constructively by connecting with Devi DurgA. There is an exception period when Mars energy may be quite disturbed (not as intense as the June-July / Early August time frame) as it once again crosses the much weakened Rahu-Ketu field, between September 19th and 30th. Disturbed Mars energy shows up as natural disasters on Earth, including wild fires and volcanic eruptions, military and police action and generally aggressive interactions and thoughts at personal level. But overall Mars will still provide positive energies especially to Devi sadhakAs.
Sun is in its home base of Leo until mid-September and then in Virgo until mid-October. Sun will bless those of us who seek to remember their IshTa DevatAs and chant the GAyatri mantrA.
Jupiter will be generally strong in Libra between now and October 11th. In turn it supports Saturn to be strong in Sagittarius during this time.
Rahu-Ketu axis is moving between now and December 5th. Its negative influence is weak at this time.
So you see the overall picture emerging: a mostly positive environment may be expected between now and October 11th.
So what made me headline this post Calm before the Storm?
Well, I see this to be most positive period before storm clouds begin to signal themselves, and the storm momentum builds up. Watch out for the signals during the following periods in the next year or so and make your own assessments (I may likely keep coming back to this in future posts opening up more details). The way to approach and develop a series of potential scenarios is to apply the intensity of the outcome from one event set as the starting point of amplification of the next time period. So here goes:
Jupiter will go through the influence of a weak Rahu-Ketu field from October 22nd to Nov 14th, with peak dissonance between November 1st and 14th. At the same time Mercury will go through the same field November 1st-2nd. And Mars will be weak as it ends its long transit in Capricorn on November 5th. This may likely cause volatility in political and financial arenas combined with unfocussed energy, especially in the USA. All this points to chances that the November 6th mid-term elections in USA may end up giving a weak result for the current US president.
The Rahu-Ketu field will be strong between December 5th 2018 and March 6th 2019. On January 10th 2019 when the newly elected US Congress convenes the Rahu-Ketu field will be at its peak intensity. The result of the mid-term elections will likely be amplified and may likely begin impacting the ability of the current US president to carry out strong positive leadership actions in 2019.
So by end of January 2019 we may have a sense of how 2019 may likely unfold. Any sense of political weakness in the USA may translate into financial and economic weakness not only in the USA but throughout the globe.
The Rahu-Ketu field will be positioned to have intense impact between May 20th 2019 and August 19th 2019 – this one has particular potential to trigger both natural disasters and war like situations between multiple nations around the globe. This in turn may have negative impact on health and economic situations of large populations.
Fall-out from the May-August 2019 events may likely be felt in physical and economic terms, almost like after-tremors across the world, from November 13th 2019 to February 2nd 2020.
To sum up: the level of intensity of the putative physical and economic storms in 2019, with felt impacts into early 2020, is likely to be signaled in political events and directions in the USA in the first half of November 2018 and then in January 2019.
I may cover topics of how to begin to prepare and position for 2019 in the next few months.
The storms of 2019 may impact up to 10 to 15% of people across the globe in some mix of physical and economic outcomes in a very low to high range. There are no cookie cutter solutions to identify who is more likely to be impacted and how much and what to do about it. Assessment of individual horoscopes can help in this regard. Those who do consistent sAdhanA and connect with the Devi are likely to have less impact.
II Aum MAtre NamAhA II
I practice Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology as propounded by the late Professor V.K. Choudhry and now being carried forward by his son Shri K. Rajesh Chowdhary.
This morning, August 17th, the Sun rose in Leo. Ever auspicious, the Deva Savitr in Leo is even more so. He transits Leo in the period between August 17th and September 16th in the 21st century. The Deva channels Sri Gayatri MAtA’s blessings to us.
This 30 day period in 2018 is likely to be more positive than the same time in the last two years, when the Rahu-Ketu axis was afflicting Leo (and we experienced eclipses September 1st and 16th 2016 and August 21st 2017). This year Leo is clear and the Sun can bless us unhindered. Late last year the Rahu-Ketu axis moved on to Cancer and we experienced eclipses in June-July 2018 – and many of us have just about begun working our way out of some rather stressful situations at personal and social levels.
However (and there is usually a ‘however’), Mercury and Venus may send some mixed signals to quite a few of us during the next two weeks to September 2nd 2018.
Summary: Auspicious Sun in Leo, Volatile Mercury in Cancer, Weak Venus in Virgo. Sun will transit into Leo August 17th 2018 and will be there until September 16th 2018. Sun in Leo is auspicious for all signs in different ways. For example, Leo may show leadership, while Virgo works on inner peace and Gemini starts new initiatives. Capricorn may benefit from partnerships and inheritance, while Pisces may find it easy to win in competitions and get financial benefits. And so on.
However, Mercury, may throw a spanner in the works until September 2nd as it moves slowly out of Cancer. It makes for volatility in communications and analysis, in turn impacting volatility in many areas in our lives, including financial markets. In this case, the volatility of Mercury is mostly related to Moon transiting from one house to another. Dates to watch for mixed and missed signals: August 17th-21st (Moon transiting from Libra through Scorpio and into Sagittarius), 23rd, 25th/26th, 28th, 30th and September 1st-2nd.
Meanwhile, Venus continues to be weak and distant in Virgo until September 2nd. Luxury items and sales targeted at women have less chance of success and this will be reflected in the financial markets as well.
So September 3rd to 16th may be less volatile, more enjoyable. More on that later.
The Destroyer of Ignorance and Confusion – Aum Namo KAlarAtreya NamAhA (Source: Wikipedia, Devi Kalratri, Sanghasri, Kalighat, Kolkata, 2010)
President Trump’s America First policies are being noticed in India. The first, most obvious, was the H1B related restrictions and consequent impact on export of high skilled services from India. Now the potential impact of Iran sanctions (full force targeted for November 6th 2018) is looming on the horizon.
The metric most accessible to notice how India is responding to these changes, in the rule of global economic game, is the USD to INR foreign exchange rate. From a low of 63.3 in January 2017 it went up to 68.9 in July 2018. RBI then intervened with an increase in repo rate and the FOREX rate appears to have stabilized at around 68.5.
The need to manage the forex rate arises from India’s dependency on oil imports (both for fuel as well as fertilizer). The downward pressure on export of skilled services adds to the anxiety of FOREX required to manage rise in oil prices, as dollar repatriation decrease (a fall out from a combination of America First policy shift as well as the shifts towards cloud, big data, AI/ML based systems and the rise of the gig economy which has made skilled services available at lower costs without IT Cos as intermediaries). Slowdown in Middle Eastern countries has also contributed to lower levels of skill based dollar repatriation that helped India’s balance of payments.
India also appears to be attempting to conserve FOREX by imposing import tariffs on a series of imports, which are likely to impact trade with China (and that is additionally rationalized under the Make in India / create local employment rubric – which falls in line with the America First doctrine as well).
Increased interest rates and import tariffs may likely help in stabilizing the FOREX reserves situation as oil prices rise. Whether such a strategy will be enough, especially if there is an economic shock of a US recession, remains to be seen. After all it’s been 10 years of slow but steady (and now a sharp spurt in 2017-2018) economic growth in the US that has powered most of the global growth.
So what does it mean for the India Investor in the next 18 months?
To answer that lets us turn to the subtle moves in the graha energies in the India Independence birth chart, which we may be able to use to assess, at a high level, what to expect in the next 18 months (from August 2018) in this context.
The India chart is currently showing Moon dasha and Rahu bhukti (which ends on August 15th 2018). The 13 months of Rahu bhukti (since July 2017) may have given confusing and deceiving signals about the underlying well-being of the Indian economy. As Jupiter bhukti begins after August 15th 2018, we may begin to see a different contour. And the resulting reality check may intensify when transit Jupiter moves from Libra into Scorpio in mid-October and is immediately afflicted by the 5th aspect of transit Rahu. The weeks between mid-October to mid-November 2018 may see some sharp changes in investor sentiment in India.
So to the question to pose may be as follows: when should India investors move more towards cash and cash like investments? Astro analysis indications are to do so between now and mid-October 2018.
Next questions: How much of your portfolio should you move towards cash? How long to hold in cash? And what to disinvest in, and what to remain invested in, are questions I may broadly cover in multiple future posts, as time permits.
Usual Caveats apply: All of the above is at a general level – very broad 100,000 ft indications. Action and experience takes place at the individual level, where things get much more complex. There can really be no cookie cutter problem identification or solutions.
I use Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology as propounded by Professor V.K. Chaudhary in developing my Astro Analysis posts.
ॐ श्री मात्रे नमः (Photo by Soumik Dey on Unsplash)
The heat waves and the wild fires that seem to have gripped many areas in the last few weeks may begin to recede, as Mars begins to move out of the Rahu-Ketu field August 7the. Time to step back and assess the impact of Mars transit through the Rahu-Ketu field, acting out in different areas of your lives in June and July. Take some time by yourself to scan your physical and emotional health and that of your loved ones. We have a breather here – to calm down and heal. Those of you who have continually been connected with MA DurgA would have sensed the protection and blessings and a sense of calm, even as the fires raged, emotional and physical, in various shapes and forms, all around us.
In August 2018, Venus will be most distant from Earth. It will be seen in the sky to be transiting the zodiac of Virgo. A milder form of confusion (unlike the raging storms of Mars) is likely between August 8th and 17th, with peaks around August 10th to 13th. We may see this manifested in the social and political arenas and in turn inducing volatility in financial markets. Fashion and luxury goods sectors may be particularly impacted. The inclination, for many of us, may be towards being more analytical and less emotional – and thus out of balance in situations which require emotions to play.
Usual caveat applies: the experience may be in different areas of life for each ascendant sign and intensity depends on particular ascendant degrees. Those who continually connect with the Devi are blessed with strength and calm to better navigate through the squalls and storms of life.
Venus in Leo in July Balances the Turbulence of Mars for some of us (Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash)
By Jayant Kalawar
Venus will be energized as it transits through the cluster of nakshatrAs (constellations) that make up SimhA lagnA (Leo ascendant) from the evening of July 4th to the early morning hours of August 1st. This will provide a welcome cushion for those with lagnA (ascendant) birth signs of Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Libra and Scorpio. The rest of us (those with Leo, Virgo, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces) may have to manage by keeping a low profile and very patient.
Mars, as of this writing on July 4th, is beginning to close in and will fully immerse into the turbulent field of Rahu-Ketu between July 12th and 29th. Expect more of the events such as freak storms, volcanic eruptions, as well as strong emotional expressions of frustration and anger, within us and amongst us, that we saw during the previous Mars immersion in the first two weeks of June. This transit of Mars will be experienced by most of us with varying degrees of intensity, depending on how much we practice focused awareness, enabling us to channel and sublimate out (not suppressing for future eruptions!) the turbulent energies, which trigger memories of past angers and frustrations, leading us to actions which we later regret.
Practicing focused awareness makes us observe the churn of emotional energies arising with the waxing and waning of planetary energies. When we are accomplished in this practice, we can watch them trigger our own particular memories, which become thoughts that we take to be all too real. We then act upon this reality of our mind. It takes a long time, many births perhaps, for this practice of focused awareness to be rooted, become one of our limbs in the subtle space. There are many techniques one can use, and many paths one can take, to climb this mountain. It helps to have a seasoned coach, at least to get ready and started on this climb, at the base camp of this mountain!
(c) Jayant Kalawar and 21BanyanTree.com
I use Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology as propounded by Professor V.K. Choudhry in my use of Jyotisha as one of the range of modalities in my coaching practice.
I often hear people talk about the stress of balancing work and life. So I decided to do some research on how that sense of separating work from rest of our life came about.
Work-life balance appears to have become a term mentioned with increasing frequency in popular media in the last quarter of the twentieth-century, according to a contested entry in the Wikipedia. This particular quote from a popular book captures the sentiment that appears to inform the work-life balance problem eloquently:
“There are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.”
Then there are solutions offered to balance work and life. Mayo Clinic tries to help in this regard by providing practical tips to a better work-life balance like time management, learning to say no and nurturing one’s self. What does “nurturing” yourself mean? According to one generally accepted definition it includes: “Eat a healthy diet, include physical activity in your daily routine and get enough sleep. Set aside time each day for an activity that you enjoy, such as practicing yoga or reading. Better yet, discover activities you can do with your partner, family or friends — such as hiking, dancing or taking cooking classes.”
If we are honest, all this only adds “more things to do” on the already overflowing plate of our lives, resulting in juggling more activities and stresses.
There is inherently something not quite right in the whole Work-Life balance movement: How can one see “Work” separate from “Life,” as is implied in this framework? Do we not spend more time and energy at work, in our whole life time, than in any other activity? Do we put “Life” on hold when we are in the “Work” mode? It just does not make sense, does it?
Let’s look at balancing our life from a different perspective by approaching our work, relationships and money as the three key theaters in our life and that we play different roles on each stage in each of these theaters. At work, we play roles as colleagues, subordinates or the boss. In relationships, we are spouses, siblings, partners, parents, children and friends. With money, we are earners, savers, creditors, debtors and investors. Much of the time, we play these roles without giving enough thought except, perhaps, at work where our performance is measured frequently and rewarded (or not) accordingly. Along the way, we inadvertently may play out parts of scripts of one role appropriate to one theater on to a different stage in another theater of our life. For instance, what we learn about our roles at work may help us function with excellence on that stage, but if we bring that role into our personal relationships, without being aware of what we are doing repeatedly over long periods, we risk becoming substandard role players on the stage of personal relationships. So being a great boss at work does not necessarily translate into being a great parent or spouse. When such slips happen they are mundane instances of actions without awareness.
Only when we start distancing ourselves from the roles we play without identifying with those roles will we begin to excel in playing them over a cycle of days, weeks, months, years. To excel in all our roles in all our theaters of life of work, relationships and money, we need to learn how to act in awareness.
Awareness is a subtle potential that we all have. We can strengthen and deepen our awareness potential through specific contemplative, breathing and meditative practices. With a deepened awareness potential we develop the ability to observe what we do and how we act out our roles , learn how to gracefully refine what makes sense and to let go of all that does not to achieve what we want for a balanced life.
For each one of us this set of roles, and the deft balancing acts that are required, is different at different times in our life.
Bring the fragrance of jasmine to your social group! (Photo by Socialpictures CH on Unsplash)
You may have noticed that when there are times we want to be alone and we give it a positive value. At other times, we may feel lonely even when we are amongst family, friends, colleagues and so on. The physical situation may be the same, but the time and place that the situation of being lonely is happening is something we do not want. Then we give it a negative value. What makes for being alone and what makes for being lonely? I hope to write about this in a series of posts in a contemplative exploration of what being alone means, in the context of socializing, intimacy and privacy that each of us may relate to and practice in different ways.
Many people inhabiting the 21st century digital world feel that being alone provides the opportunity for rejuvenation within the boundaries of privacy. They want only a certain amount of socializing. And with certain individuals of their choice, they would like the intimacy. There is a balance between intimacy and socializing, which seems to be managed by signaling privacy boundaries. When that balance is right, we may get to the alone time we value. When that balance is skewed, we may either end up with too little of the alone time or too much of the alone time, which at some point becomes lonely time.
This may happen both over time in different phases of our life cycle, and across the spaces we inhabit. When young, we may sense the need for more socializing and less alone time. When older we may feel the need for more alone time. It may also differ from person to person the same age group, due to a myriad of reasons. Join me in this contemplative, intuitive exploration.
In this Part I post I will explore socializing and what it means in the digital age. Future posts will cover socializing in the context of different degrees of intimacy and privacy factors, how we create boundaries and manage them and how it comes together in giving us positive alone time sometimes, and leaves us feeling lonely and hungry for company at other times.
The framework I use for this contemplative exploration is from the Advaita Vedanta perspective (and this is just touching one point of the shore of the surface of the breadth and depth of the Vedanta framework on being human): the human is considered to have 4 capabilities – physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. In these contemplations I articulate that perspective using 21st century memes.
We socialize physically, by being present in a team meeting or on the playing field or at the coffee shop. We cannot have the physical presence in our digital social interactions (yet – sometime in the future that may change given augmented reality and holograms and so on, they may be able to produce the sense of smell and touch, which is part of the core of our physical socializing).
During these social physical together times we interact emotionally, often times with the full range of emotions: from affectionately positively friendly to angrily upsettingly negative. Being in the same physical space and in a group, makes for moderating influence. We are more circumspect on both sides. On the other hand, when we have emotional social interactions digitally, we may end up not being so circumspect. Losing some of our composure and expending physical energy in the process.
We socialize intellectually too: we have conversations about politics, education, health care, welfare. We have opinions based on our observations, we propose them using models we have in our minds. We defend and argue about our models. And learn and sometimes change our models (often surreptitiously, without admitting it) in the process, so we can argue better next time. Those are the steps of an intellectual process. Scientists and academics do that more formally. This type of intellectual socialization may work in a digital space, especially if we leave our emotional interactions at the door. That happens more in a physical setting, and not as much in digital settings, as we notice in the flame wars on social media sites.
As I have grown older, I find I value socializing less and intimacy (which I expect to explore in a future post) and alone time more. I manage it through setting privacy boundaries (which also I will explore in a future post in this series). I see a similar pattern both in those close to my age around me, as well as my children, as they get closer to 30. My work based socialization has become very focused individual or group based problem solving interactions, strategic and wide ranging as they may be. My socialization outside of work projects, coaching and satsanghs is down to a few select friends. My alone time is filled with long walks, meditation, chanting, reading, writing, doodling, sketching (and lately sporadically knitting a scarf).
I have reached over the 800 word limit already on this post, which apparently is the expected attention span of a digital interaction. I will continue in my next post.
Meanwhile, on a scale to 100, I would say I value socializing at 30, intimacy at 30 and alone time at 40 at this stage of my life. How about you?
The Pyramid Game: Very Few Winners (Photo by Meriç Dağlı on Unsplash)
By Jayant Kalawar
Most of us are driven to act by desires much of the time. And by fears some of the time. Some mix of the two most of the time. Sometimes we act out of habit. We have an inertia about changing how we act. Even when the driving desires and fears are no longer in us. Today I am going to talk about some consequences of acting in situations when desires do not give expected results.
Many of us have the desire to acquire and maintain a certain social status. That social status requires income, assets, acquiring of objects such as houses and cars and jewelry and clothes and college degrees. Many ands can be added. Career is one way of getting social status in the corporate (and remembers it’s only a little over a hundred years old!). The career structure is a pyramid. So people compete fiercely to get to the next level on the pyramid. It’s like playing musical chairs.
When someone else gets ahead in the pyramid, some of us feel that it was unfair. They did not get a fair shake. Those who got ahead were from the ‘in-group’. The others were favored. And so on. Factually it is likely that all that is true. When the desire to get ahead in the pyramid gets doused, many of us feel frustrated. Most of us reach this stage somewhere in their 40s and 50s. After all it is a pyramid. Only a few people can get to the top. We begin to see a few of our class mates and colleagues soar. And you know from way back that you are better than them. The frustration sometimes begins to boil over to resentment.
Getting resentful about not being able to get ahead on the career and social status pyramid sets the stage for some not very sensible actions. Such actions, born out of frustration, have consequences.
These not very sensible actions may show up as objections and snide remarks at meetings. Negative water-cooler talk is another vent. It may show up in a more passive aggressive way – in the form of internal corporate survey responses for example. We may assume those survey responses are indeed confidential and not shared. Most internal corporate surveys may be assumed to be used as barometers of where an individual is in terms of being a team player. So survey responses used for venting may have negative consequences. Perceptions in HR and senior management may turn negative. A venting team member cannot be relied upon as much.
So what can we do? Life is not fair. We learned that in kindergarten. We keep forgetting it. The odds are stacked against us, all of us, as we go up each rung in the pyramid. Those of us who are lucky, and much of it may be just luck, to get to the next rung, begin to think we are really good and better than those who did not make it there. We begin to think life is fair, so we made it there! Then when we cannot make it to the next higher rung, we are suddenly shocked that life is not fair.
So what can we do? The pyramid game is a finite game. There are many many more losers and very few winners in that game. Switch to playing the infinite game. The cosmos is infinite. We live and act in a microcosm of that cosmos. The microcosm has everything that the cosmos has. Remember the first verse of the Isha Upanishad:
Purnam-adah Purnam-idam, PurnAt Purna-mudachyate,
Purnasya Purnam-Adaya, PurnamevA Vashishyate
The switch from playing the finite pyramid game to the infinite game takes a cognitive shift within ourselves. Deconstruction out of the pyramid game to resonating with the cosmos.
So that we may begin hear the birds sing and flowers bloom, and notice the waxing and waning of the Moon.
Live to the rhythms of the universal clock within us, to sync with the cosmic cycles all around us.
And yes, it is very hard work to get there. But some of us may feel it will indeed work to get us there.
Mars in Turbulent Fields (Photo by Derek Thomson on Unsplash)
Many of you have already noticed natural events, whether freaky storms, earth tremors or volcanic activity, since May 2nd. There is more to come, as Mars moves through turbulent fields between now and early November 2018, both in natural and human generated events with potentially negative impacts.
Here are the date ranges to watch out for such occurrences and within that some potential peak dates, when you may experience unexpected / sudden events.
Date ranges to be cautious and observe:
May 31st to June 15th (with May 31st to June 8th being peak dates for potential sudden / unexpected events to commence).
July 10th to July 28th (chances of sudden / unexpected events: July 10th to July 19th)
September 21st to September 30th (peak dates: September 21st to September 26th).
Besides the natural and mass human generated events, which we will all observe, each of us may experience events in specific areas of our personal and family lives depending on ascendant birth sign (using sidereal zodiac). Here are some pointers (if you want empower yourself to surf these waves, there are ways of doing it):
Aries: There may be some events relating to career and social status that impact your health, physically and emotionally.
Taurus: There is potential for some sudden events for your parents, advanced studies and good fortune in general.
Gemini: Some potential for loss of income and connections with elder siblings and mentors is seen.
Cancer: Potential for loss in career and social status may impact your spouse / partner.
Leo: You may find yourself in debt or disputes with your parents (or those in authority), obstacles in advanced studies and during some long distance travels.
Virgo: Expect some obstacles and endings in your emotional relationships and creative pursuits.
Libra: There may be some endings in personal and business partnerships.
Scorpio: Some disputes and debt situations may be seen with younger siblings, colleagues and any small business interests you may have.
Sagittarius: Some losses in your emotional relationships and creative pursuits may impact general sense of well-being for yourself and your family.
Capricorn: You may experience some personal impact due to sudden change in your financial asset, home or mother related situations.
Aquarius: You may experience some setbacks relating to small business situations, younger siblings and communication clarity.
Pisces: There may be changes in family situation that impact income and relationship with elder siblings and mentors.
Two Birds on the Tree of Life (Photo by Alan Godfrey on Unsplash)
By Jayant Kalawar
Many of you may know about the metaphor used in the Upanishads. Of the two birds on the tree of life.
It is a way of deconstructing ourselves, to become aware of how we function in this world.
We are the two birds. The tree of life is the cosmos we perch on.
One of the birds is the eater bird. The other is the observer bird.
The eater bird has desires and it has fears to match its desires. It desires to eat the fruits it sees on the cosmic tree. It starts by eating what is nearest to it. Then its appetite increases and it hops to other branches. Higher branches, with apparently big juicy fruit. We start by only wanting to eat, be just about warm and to sleep. Then we want to have fun. Then we want to have social status: more food, more house, more car, more degrees, more fashion statements, more show-off. Many of us want to have children. We want them to maintain and increase our social status. We do this every day and night. We are either nibbling or grasping off the cosmic tree or we are plotting and planning how to eat more and more.
The eater bird starts triggering its fears as soon as it starts desiring. What if I do not get to the fruit. What if some other eater bird grabs the fruit before I can eat it all. What if there is no more fruit on the branch I am on. What if I cannot jump to the higher branches. What if other eater birds knock me off this branch. What if they do not let me get on to another branch. What if. What if.
Those are the fears we carry with us all the time. Free floating anxieties. Many times those fears come true. It is an uncertain world out there. We, as eater birds, have very little control. We may deceive ourselves to believe that we are in control of some part of some fruit. We know we are not in control. And it reinforces our anxieties.
Many of us hear inner voices sagely telling us to stick to what we know. In our comfort zones. Those voices are our fears talking to us. They are telling us how to manage our fears down and make the most of the fruits in hand. We give it fancy names. Managing risks down. Maximizing returns. We feel good that we are sophisticated and modern. We are eater birds on the cosmic tree. Eating fruit we do not own. On which we have very little control on.
And then hopping along with the eater bird part is the observer bird. Always there, besides us. If only we were to look. It is that part of us which has an understanding of the nature of the cosmos and our part in it. When we connect and immerse ourselves in the observer bird part of us, we may be able to calm down our desires. As our desires become minimal, so do our fears. When our fears become minimal, we can sleep better. We are more energized with less.
There are primal desires that never go away. We manifest in this physical body. It comes with the desire to survive. And the other desire most of us come with is the one to procreate. So while we may be able to minimize material and social desires at a personal level, these primal desires of the eater bird need a culture that helps manage these primal desires to a minimal level, without being violent with each other. That is where the personal become social.
The cultural fabric seems to be collapsing in slow motion around us, as science and technology of the material becomes our master, ruling how we live and connect with each other under the guise of Reason. We seem to be slowly but surely becoming even more disconnected from the observer bird part of us.
The challenge is not just at a personal level. It is even more so at a social level. And it is global. Start with a contemplation: what will the world be like to really act out that we desire minimally and flourish as observers of the cosmos. Step back, from time to time, from being an eater bird, and be the part that is naturally you: the quiet observer.
Glow in the High Energy of Sun in Aries (Photo by Tanishq Tiwari on Unsplash)
By Jayant Kalawar
When the Sun transits through Aries between mid-April and mid-May, most of us sense a boost of energy in different areas of life, depending on your ascendant birth sign (using sidereal, not tropical zodiac). If you are in touch with your energy flows through your inner work, this is something you will sense. You will be able to channel this burst of energy appropriately to heal yourself and others around you.
This year though, Mercury is still hanging around in Pisces (where it has been going back and forth since early March) and will be there until May 9th. Mercury in Pisces makes for generally less than effective communications for most of us. This is exacerbated for Aries (may cause some losses, increased expenses), Libra (mis-communications may lead to disputes) and Leo (may cause challenges in career and social status). Those situations may likely be resolved after May 9th.
Also, there will be one other major movement in the next few weeks. Mars will be moving into Capricorn on May 3rd and will be hanging its hat there until November 6th. In Capricorn Mars is energized and is generally positive for most signs, provided we channel its energies appropriately (so Leo ascendants may sense great energy flows which make them competitive at work and help win in disputes. Make sure to manage it with the long run in mind, not just the short run wins i.e. do not burn bridges for immediate applause, bring people along with you). This year Mars will be heading into rather rough astro weather in the June-July time frame, with the Moon’s orbit disturbing the Sun-Earth gravitational field (yes the July solar and lunar eclipses are just one measure of this disturbance). Mars energies will be weakened considerably. Many of us are likely to feel the stress of this sudden drop in energy levels in different ways. Those with Gemini, Leo and Aquarius ascendants need to be especially aware: prioritize and focus to conserve energies, to get through positively in the June-July period. I may write more about this next month.
To end on a positive note, currently, between April 13th to 20th, there is a Venus-Jupiter alignment going on, which is giving positive energies to many of us. May be a nice time to enjoy art and culture (Venus) and a general sense of well-being, blessed by expansive energies of Jupiter.
Do you see Pisces in the sky? (Photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash)
I am late posting my ruminations for the Piscean month of March 14th to April 13th when the Sun is seen to transit in zodiac of Pisces on the sky map. I was busy with coaching and writing. Also, this is mixed bag of planetary transits, so I cannot take short cuts, have to speak to each sign and talk to the positives and challenges. So that took some time.
Before I dive in, did you read about the solar magnetic storm that was to pass by Earth from September 14th to 18th? Most of you know that there are regular space weather bulletins issued by the US National Weather Service.
Overall, in the Piscean month this year, Gemini, Cancer, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius are relatively more positive. Aries, Taurus, Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces may have somewhat more challenges, in varying degrees.
The mixed bag comes from three events we notice in the sky:
First is Mercury’s transit in Pisces through this month, giving us more emotional and less analytical / logical vibrations. At the same time Venus is transiting Pisces until March 25th. Venus adds positively to the emotional energies. So the next week or so is great time to bond with your mother, for example. And, only coincidentally, many of us are celebrating Chaitra Navratri during this time, connecting with the Mother, LalitAmbA, through puja, chanting and meditation. It is a meditative time (see my meditative-contemplative suggestion at the end of the post).
Second is that Mercury, Venus and Sun energies reach us through the disturbed nodal axis zone created by the last solar and lunar eclipses in February 2018. That disturbed zone is still quite potent and will dissipate only after the first week of April. This causes confusions, which add to the already emotionally charged month. This will be experienced more by some signs than others and I point that out below.
Third, is the transit of Mars close to Saturn, reaching the same exact longitude on April 2nd-3rd 2018. The effect of this Mars-Saturn conjunction will begin experienced from March 23rd to April 10th, with peak on April 2nd-3rd. This is a complex experience, and each of us will observe it from different angles in our lives. I give broad directional flavor below by signs, but that is really hand waving – it requires you to get a sense of your birth chart and the role that Saturn and Mars play there, to better appreciate this conjunction.
Ok, here we go.
Aries: You may experience some temporary losses and separations in different areas of your life. On the positive side, you may get some gains in your passive income e.g. investment income, pensions, rents.
Taurus: This may turn out to be stressful month on the professional front, as well as health, work and home areas. Step back, conserve energy, focus on what is required and do it well. Sometimes stress makes you come out a champion, when managed well.
Gemini: Overall a positive month, when fortune shines and blessings flow. Some temporary stress is seen in home, children and creative areas. Be careful with your communication and how you present yourself.
Cancer: A very mixed month. Many positive uplifting things happening in home, creativity and general sense of well-being, punctuated by some passing sudden confusions. Between March 23rd and April 9th, you may see some obstructions to your career goals. Slow down, step back and then actively work towards overcoming the obstacles by collaborating with your partner(s) and seeking help from people you trust.
Leo: Fortune is likely to shine on work you do this month with your personal and business partners. On the other hand, expect and manage obstructions in career matters, communication issues and health.
Virgo: On the positive side, a general sense of well-being is pervasive. You may get to be quite emotional in your communication – slow-down in your speech and writing and try to veer to being thoughtful and silent. Hard work and showing the excellence of your work will be more beneficial than talking about it. Your physical and emotional health may be under stress especially between March 23rd and April 9th. Be careful about operating mechanical machinery, including cars, as you may be prone to injury during this time.
Libra: On the positive side, you may work closely with your partner(s) in the areas of creative projects, romance and children. Health and work place matters are likely to be stressed. The usual slow down rule applies.
Scorpio: There is potential for positive results this month, when you connect creativity, children and romance in your career area, with thoughtful communication. There may be some sudden confusions which you may have to be on the watch for. There may be some passing disputes and disturbances in home matters.
Sagittarius: A generally positive month, with some passing disturbances in passive income, career matters and luck. Connecting creativity, children and romance to new initiatives may lead to success in this period.
Capricorn: Career matters likely to move in a positive direction, with some hiccups since fortune may not favor at this time. You may experience some passing obstructions in your communications and in interactions with younger siblings, friends and colleagues. You may continue to experience a sense of loss this month (this feeling may pervade until early 2020), exacerbated due to loss in home related matters.
Aquarius: An otherwise positive month may be marred by some recurring confusions arising out of communications and also your interactions with personal and business partners. Be thoughtful. Taking a leadership position with younger friends and colleagues to drive entrepreneurial initiatives likely to lead to success now.
Pisces: The continuing challenges in the career area are likely to show up as a general free floating sense of malaise this month. This is an emotionally challenging month, which may be reflected in physical health too. Communications and overall relationship with partner(s) are likely to be under strain.
Let’s turn this month of mixed possibilities into one of abundance of the Devi’s blessings this Chaitra Navratri through meditative-dance!
Venus and Mercury In Cosmic Musical Symphony (Photo by Jonatan Pie on Unsplash)
Venus and Mercury will move to Pisces on March 2nd. Venus will be seen in Pisces until March 25th. Mercury will be seen in Pisces for much longer: until May 8th.
The effect of this movement is likely to be relatively positive in March for Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Sagittarius and Capricorn.
Those with the following ascendants may wish to be a little more attentive in certain areas in March:
Aries: Some potential for disputes and / or health issue with your personal and business partners.
Taurus: Some impact may be seen on your creativity, children and romantic endeavors.
Leo: Potential impact on career, interactions with younger colleagues, siblings, new initiatives and personal partners.
Libra: Potential for stress and health issues. May be appropriate time for quiet long meditative retreat.
Scorpio: Some impact on interactions with mentors and elder siblings and some losses on investment income.
Aquarius: There is some potential for changes / endings if you have plans for long distance travel or advanced studies, or attending spiritual programs – new options will open up. Be attentive to possibility of impact on relationships with personal partners.
Pisces: Potential for some endings with some personal and business partners. Open new ways of doing things.
Waxing crescent Moon rising at Dawn signals end of Maha Shiva Ratri. In 2018 it was on February 14th (Photo by Sadman Sakib on Unsplash).
At the current point in the Earth’s precession (which is approximately a 26,000 year cycle), the Aquarian month occurs between February 13th to March 14th : the Sun appears to be in the Aquarian zodiac during this time. The Indian Almanac adjusts to account for this slow but steady precession, and accordingly adjusts the sky maps. These coincide with the sky maps drawn by NASA. Vedic Astrology uses these sky maps to assess impact of the configuration of gravitational fields implied in such maps, at any particular time, on individuals.
The Sun appears to transit from one zodiac sign to another as the Earth rotates around the Sun (every 12 months), in the Sun’s gravitational field. The Sun also appears to pull planets which are close to it: Mercury (revolves around the Sun in 88 Earth days), Venus (224 Earth days) into the zodiac zone it is transiting in. So, for example, Mercury will be seen in Aquarius between February 15th and March 2nd, while Venus will be seen in Aquarius between February 6th and March 1st in 2018.
Meanwhile during the 2018 Aquarian month, Jupiter (16 years to orbit the Sun) continues to appear in Libra (until mid-October 2018), Saturn (29 year orbit) in Sagittarius (until late January 2020) and the eclipse generating nodal axis (19 year orbit) in Cancer-Capricorn (until late March 2019). Mars (22.5 month orbit) will be seen in Scorpio until March 7th, when it moves to Sagittarius.
Some Predictions for the Aquarian Month
The period between February 13th and March 14th will be generally positive for most ascendants. The ones who would need to be on the alert and take the opportunity to grow:
Cancer: There may be a combination of obstructions and chances for endings in this short period. Be patient and persistent to get over the obstructions. It is like being on an obstacle course, use it as practice for the longer term. You may also get a sense of some things that you may want to end, and that generally means time to explore opening new doors.
Virgo: A mix of conflicts, disturbances and health issues may arise. It may present an opportunity to learn how to respond best to the conflicting situations you find yourself in, even as you are feeling low energy or a bit unwell. Slowing down and yet being agile helps at these times to focus on what is happening.
Pisces: There is a potential for losses, if you find yourself in conflicting situations. This month is an opportunity to be low profile and inward facing. Spend more time on chanting, meditation and solitary walks, contemplative diary writing.
Astro Weather Watch
There is a small Astro squall likely from February 16th to 23rd, as Mars goes through a disturbed force field still present, and created around the nodal axis (I had indicated earlier here that this disturbance would be in place from mid-January to mid-March 2018, along the Cancer-Capricorn axis). Gemini, Libra and Aries may wish to keep a watch during the short period from Feb 16th to 23rd:
Aries: There may be a sense of mental tension and confusion during this short period, potentially giving rise to impulsive harmful actions. Exercise, meditate, sleep and try not to act in a way that you may regret in the longer run.
Gemini: Mentors may not be available when you feel you need support. Also, there may be some investment related losses. Slow down, be patient.
Sagittarius: Expect distance from children, creative pursuits and romance. Be patient, be available, especially to help children.
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 Venus is the odd planet in the Solar system: the only one that rotates clockwise, around its own axis (all other planets, including Earth rotate anti-clockwise). Venus rotates very slowly – its takes 243 days to rotate around its own axis, which is greater than the 224 days it takes to revolve around the Sun.
The first part of the weather happened between January 27th and 31st 2018: when Venus’s connection to Earth went through the nodal agitation zone, which I explained in the linked article.
Many of you may have experienced this disturbance in your personal lives during the last week of January 2018. Spouses and partners getting very upset. Not being able to enjoy aesthetics or luxuries. Generally a time when expression of romance seems to be behind the clouds.
In the news in late January 2018, FLOTUS was shown to be unhappy with POTUS. Did not show up in Davos. Travelled to SOTU address separately and apparently did not applaud as heartily as others. That may be a more public indication of Venus being disturbed. Privately, many of us, especially the sensitive among us, would have likely experienced some sort of Venus related disturbance in that week.
Today (February 6th), Venus moved into Aquarius, far away from the disturbed zone. Most of us may expect relatively better vibes in your spousal / partner interactions (except for Cancer, Virgo and Pisces ascendants, for whom Venus energy may give some low level stress over next 3 weeks, but easily manageable).
Between February 1st and February 5th, Earth’s connection with the Sun went through the nodal agitation zone. Leadership / authority roles may likely be challenged more than usual. Many of us play leadership / authority roles in some areas of life. Parents, for example, have this role when it comes to children. Many of us find ourselves being supervisors of a team, if not big bosses, at work. Expect to get surprising push backs in those authoritative / leadership roles that you take on in your lives, however limited the roles may be.
Mecury-Earth connection will go through the nodal agitation zone between February 7th and 10th. In general, expect misunderstandings due to miscommunications and re-check your spreadsheet work during these four days. Those of you blessed with having Gemini, Leo and Aquarius ascendants may see passing but sudden disturbance in home / house matters (Gemini), career /professional matters (Leo) and general obstructions in whatever they are attempting to achieve (Aquarius).
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Delicious Desire (Source: Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash)
On the morning of January 26th 2018, BBC News reported rioting after a chain of supermarkets in France announced a deep discount on Nutella:
A discount on Nutella has led to violent scenes in a chain of French supermarkets, as shoppers jostled to grab a bargain on the sweet spread.Intermarché supermarkets offered a 70% discount on Nutella, bringing the price down from €4.50 (£3.90) to €1.40.But police were called when people began fighting and pushing one another.”They are like animals. A woman had her hair pulled, an elderly lady took a box on her head, another had a bloody hand,” one customer told French media.
It was surprising to read of this behavior in a country that is extolled worldwide for its superior cuisine, wines and desserts, not to mention a culture that is based on acting out the principles of civilized, secular science. The video, embedded in the news, shows healthy, well dressed and not starving individuals of Northern European extraction, (not newly arrived unwashed immigrants), who came to blows over the price of a processed food like Nutella.
In this instance, we can rule out desire arising out of biological hunger as a driver. Also, an attachment to tradition and heritage as a dynamic, was not in play here. Addiction to sugar and chocolate? Perhaps, especially when it is deeply discounted by 70%. This may well be the trope for the 21st century consumer, programmed as we are by advertising and marketing memes to look for discounts and consume brand name processed foods, that make us acquire desires in the current socio-cultural milieu.
Desires and Fears
At any moment, our actions are driven by a combination of our personal desires and fears that are constantly interacting with the fears and desires of others around us. In the microcosm, as we saw in the Nutella ‘riots’, desires play out as acquiring a commercially processed food at a low cost, on one hand, with the fear of losing out on the deep discount, on the other,
Then, there is the ladder of fall, when apparently civilized adult humans lose their capacity for judgement. Modern biology tells us that humans use their forebrain to make judgements, and the capacity to make sound judgements kicks in fully by the age of 26. If this is true and the Nutella ‘rioters’ were, from the video, apparently much older, what went askew with their judgement capacity?
The Downward Spiral
My ancient tradition tells me that when desires are not met, we lose the capacity of judgement. The ladder of fall is described in these following steps:
When our energies attach themselves to an object that identifies our well-being, the desire arises to acquire, control and consume that object [Nutella].
When these desires are not met as expected (more on expectations in a later blog post), it leads to frustration [not getting our hands on the deeply discounted Nutella].
Frustration [of desire being unfulfilled] leads to anger.
Anger leads to loss of judgement [apparent loss of access to forebrain capability].
Loss of judgement leads to violence. This was in ample evidence in the video in the linked article.
What we see, in the relatively less hurtful and harmful microcosm of the ‘Nutella riots’, can happen to any of us individually, and amplified into group dynamics: desires not met to our expectations, rising frustration not resolved, mounting anger looking for action, culminating in indiscriminate violence and hurt.
Does this feel familiar to you, in your immediate surroundings and in the country you are living in, as well?
(Some of you may have recognized that I am referencing the Bhagavad Gita, chapter 2, verses 62-63, when I reference the downward spiral from my ancient traditions above).
In the 22 mantras, spanning the 90th through 111, the LalitA SahasranAmA (those unfamiliar, please read this overview link) describes how LalitAmbA, Mother LalitA plays within us, as She rises from the MooldhArA to the SahasrArA.
The 90th mantra describes her at the top in the Sahasrara:
This mantra occurs in the 36th verse of the LalitA SahasranAmA, which is:
The vibration of the mantra connect us to LalitAmbA, LalitA-Mother (AmbA). Listen to the link above and chant the mantra. You are calling out to the Devi LalitA, the Mother (Devi pronounced it as They-vi, for those unfamiliar with SamskrutA). And the Mother responds to your call.
Many of us though would like to know the ‘meaning’ of the mantra. That helps too, as it helps to create a visualization. How to chant a particular mantra with what focus and visualization is best as a one-on-one conversation. The vibration of the mantra along with the visualization can and does begin to change the vibrational structure of the individual. It is something to be learned when one is ready to begin connecting with the more subtle aspects of oneself, after gradually stepping away from the attachments of sense based objects.
Just to give a high level sense of the verse:
Rasika is the enjoyer. LalitAmbA is playing and enjoying. What is She enjoying?
Amrut: that which is opposite of Mrut, death. Non-Death. LalitAmba enjoys the state of Non-Death when She reaches the SahasrArA, where she meets and dances with ShivA.
Shiva is always sitting in meditation bathing in peaceful moonlight at the Sahasrara. Awaiting his beloved LalitAmbA to join Him.
LalitAmbA works through a series of obstacles to rise from the MooldhArA to meet her beloved ShivA in SahasrArA.
She awakens Him out of his meditative state in the Sahasrara. They begin their celestial dance.
And the Amrut, Non-Death, flows in the subtle plane.
In the physical plane it flows out of Kula: the body.
Hence, the practitioner tastes the sweetness when the Devi Shakti reaches the SahasrArA. It flows as KulAmrut.
For LalitAmbA is indeed the RasikA, the enjoyer, of KulAmrut. Hence KulAmrutaikarasikA.
The reader may have noticed, in the description above, how gender apparently seems to play a role. The feminine principle, LalitA rises to meet the male principle, Shiva.
Where does this take place? In each of our individual subtle bodies. So in that sense, each one of us has something that we may categorize as feminine and also masculine.
It is the meeting of these two principles within each of us culminates in the subtle celestial dance, which produces the A-Mruta, the Non-Death state.
It is also interesting to note that the 1000 mantras of LalitA are roughly divided, in terms of gender ascription, into one third feminine gender nouns, one third masculine gender nouns and the rest as neuter gender nouns.
Many of you may be interested to know more about how both the feminine and masculine principles play a role in each of us. I have written more about that here.
This verse is repeated in Isha Upanishad (part of Shukla Yajur Veda) as the first verse.
There are various interpretations of this verse. I leave it to the reader to do a web search to get these range of interpretations.
This is my interpretation: what is in the entire cosmos is fully embedded in each micro element, and any composite set of micro elements that we perceive and interact with. I take this as an axiom. I call it the Fullness axiom. Rest is my proposition, arising from this axiom, as applied to specific word descriptions in the Lalita SahasranAmA. The proposition suggests actionable knowledge for you. To help you understand your own nature and have better sense of how to navigate through your world of experiences. Hence what follows may be of interest to you.
Our human body is just such a composite of micro elements. Applying the Fullness axiom, in principle the human body contains all that is in the entire cosmos. Let us view the human body as being made of multiple layers of chemical components moving about in space over time. These layers of chemical components interact with each other through neural vibrations.
The systematic descriptions of the world based on the Veda (known as ShastrAs) speak about three passages which connect the perineum area of the body to the top of the skull. Neural vibrations travel on these major highways. There are six interchanges on these highways, from which local networks lead to different parts of the human body. These six interchanges are called ChakrAs. The Lalita SahasranAmA (LS) specifically speaks of two speed bumps which slow down and serve as check points at each of the interchanges. Some of the interchanges have three check points. Getting past these check points requires the vibrations to have certain energy levels. Proper functioning of these check points and having the required vibrational energy levels are required to ensure smooth flow of neural vibrations throughout the human body. Blockages at these check points can lead to a dysfunctional human body.
In each of the articles linked below (I will add sporadically as I write and post on a mantra, as and when inspired by LalitAmbA), I take up one of 22 mantras, from the 1,000 mantras, in the LS. The 22 mantras span the 90th to the 111th mantra in the LS and describe how LalitAmbA manifests (and what results from such manifestation) as her energy travels the path from the MooldhArA to the SahasrArA.
The 90th MantrA: Kulamrutaikarasika is described at this link:
If you are reading this post, I will assume you have read my post on how Jyotisha can assess your karmic strengths and weaknesses, obtained a 21B report detailing your karmic strengths and weaknesses, and had your first interactive 21B coaching session on Skype. Now, you are on your way to becoming stronger and more independent, using the 21B Jyotisha tool kit.
Today, I share how Jyotisha can draw a life map for you, over a potential 120-year life span, with a time-line of the broad combination of karmic tendencies you were born with that will be in the driver’s seat during different times of your life. The karmic map is based on your birth chart but this is not set in stone; your efforts, including connecting with the Divya Shaktis in this life, have the potential to change the birth-based karmic map.
An overview of how this can be accomplished is shared here too. For on-going 21B coaching sessions, we use your 21B 120-Year Karmic Map that is plotted into manageable 5 year intervals. We can then use it to drill deeper to discover what to expect in the next one year, how to prepare yourself to make the most of it and move closer to what you are striving for, in an ethical and balanced manner.
21B 120-Year Life Map
21B Coaching Services creates your personal 120-Year Life Karmic Map based on your birth chart as the basis for our interactive services. Your potential 120 year life span is partitioned into 9 different energy areas. In each of these areas specific karmic tendencies have the opportunity to work themselves out. These 9 areas represent:
a) energies from each of the 7 celestial bodies that channel through you (which is described in your 21B Strengths and Weaknesses Report, if you have obtained it), and
b) energies of Rahu (the deceiving energy) and Ketu (destroyer of material attachments).
The energy patterns with correspondent strengths and weaknesses of the celestial bodies are mapped in your birth chart and show the areas of your life you will gain rewards [and be enjoyable for you], and where you will face challenges. The karmic map shows specific calendar time intervals, with the longest act of 20 years and the shortest of 6 years.
The 120-year life span is a 9 Act play. The stage for each Act follows a different pattern for different individuals. A stage can be your home, neighborhood, your place of work, a distant university, and so on. The theme that will be played out in each Act is also outlined. In this way, the Karmic map shows what you could anticipate and prepare for major changes that occur, as you transition from one Act to another, from one stage setting to another. For example, a scene of 3-year duration may be about career. The script, during this phase could be about home-based (stage) career (theme). If the Karmic Map indicates this change, you can plan ahead of this anticipated transition to make it work for you – as in planning to raise a family and while having a career during this period.
An example of a Karmic Map, based on a well-known figure, is provided here for reference.[Karmic map and Karmic Strength Scale is copyrighted to 21B Coaching Services.]
Illustrative Example: Summary of 21B 120 Year Life Map
The 21B 120-Year Life Map starts with your birth. It winds its way through various stages for each of the 9 Acts over a maximum of 120 year life span. It tells a story of what to expect and when, including the year and month. It also reveals how strongly you are equipped to successfully play in a particular Act in your life. This assessment is provided in your 21B Karmic Strengths and Weaknesses report.This helps you become aware of the strengths you will need or have to succeed: whether it is: analytical or creative intelligence,, courage, patience, passion or perseverance, or your ability to save or negotiate,, nurture and nourish. In this way, you can begin to strengthen the skills, attitudes, depth of assets you will need to succeed well ahead of the start of the Act.
In the illustrative example above, Act 2 is played out between 1971 and 1978. This individual experienced a very rough period between the ages of 11 and 17 years. His parents, if they had his 21B Life Map, could potentially have managed these years differently. They could have given him a more consistent nourishing and nurturing stage to live out his teen years. . Instead, the map shows it was left to him to figure things out for himself, in an unstable home environment. Until his 36th year, the Karmic Map shows that this individual would have had lots of ups and downs with some lucky breaks. 21B mapping and coaching could have helped him navigate these years, to become even more productive and happier long before his 36th year.
The 21B 120-Year Life Map outlines the set of karmic tendencies you are born with, some strong and some not as strong. When you become aware of your karmic tendencies, you can work on changing them and bring them into balance with each other. You can also become aware of what situations you will likely face year by year. And you can play like a champion in each of those situations. Champions usually work with a coach, at whatever game they are playing. This is what the 21B life-coaching aims to do: to make our clients become champions of their life, for both material and spiritual goals they may be striving for.
Five Year Detailed Karmic Map
Like most of us, I am practical and down to earth. Sure, it’s great to have the 9 Acts of a potential 120-year life span laid out, but wouldn’t it be better to know how the next 5 years will play out for us so that we have more control over changes we’d need to make – for both material and spiritual quest? Moreover, can we make changes to an Act or even the stages and scripts?
Let me explain how I use Jyotisha in my coaching services After I create your personal 21B Karmic Life Map, it is further broken down into Five Year Maps which detail sub-periods within one Act. The longest sub-period within an Act is about 3 years, and the shortest is about 6 months. During this time, you could experience a transition from one Act to another. Think of the sub-periods as multiple scenes within one act of the play. Each scene brings out its own sub-theme, within the over-arching theme of a particular Act. There are 9 scenes which make up each Act and each is played out for a specific sub-period.
With Jyotisha, you can have your life map set up in acts, scenes, even down to a script outline, year by year (I will write about the 21B Twelve Month Script Report in my next post). How you traverse the map, what you strive for and what directions you take, and how you act on the stage is all up to you. The more you become aware of these the better you are as a master of improv in your own life’s play! And your 21B coach can help make become a champion on your life’s stage, in your material and spiritual quest.
 21B 120-Year Karmic Life Map is a copyright of First Windsor Group LLC dba 21BanyanTree.com.
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A few of you may be entirely new to Indian Astrology. The following may help:
Indian Astrology is known as Jyotisha (Joh-thish-uh): that which shows us Light. It is a tradition rooted in the 10,000 year old living tradition based on the Vedas. This living tradition of Jyotisha continues to develop and deepen with new heuristics continually added through rigorous trial and testing among expert practitioners. Jyotisha divides an individual’s life into specific segments over a 120-year lifetime (our life-span has actually decreased since ancient times!). Many of you may already know that Jyotisha has many powerful features, which require detailed computations of planetary positions, aspects, conjunctions and eclipse nodes and so on. It divides an individual’s life into 9 specific segments of different period lengths over a potential 120 year life span. It then predicts what karmic experiences will be acted out during each of those 9 life segments (called major periods) and 9 sub-periods within each of the longer 9 main periods.
The Jyotisha birth chart represents the karmic tendencies each of us are born with, based on past lifetimes of experiences.
We anticipate and predict what karmic experiences will occur during these major life periods, as well as the sub-periods within those periods.
Each major life period detailed in our horoscope shines light on different parts of our true nature that we are born with.
So the major periods and sub-periods are presented to us in the detailed readings, that follow the initial reading. But our daily mental, physical, and spiritual actions within those periods is what we have the capacity not only to manage—but expand–for our own personal freedom.
The Jyotisha tradition does not stop at a reading. It is a practice that helps you acquire tools for empowerment.
This is where our individual agency, creative potential, and empowerment comes into play. I’m passionate about helping you energize and re-discover creative potential and empowerment despite any obstacles in lived experiences – or even what a birth chart may indicate.
Our agency is deepened through concentration and meditative work. The stronger the sense of agency, the better the chances of easily expiating past karmas and not picking up new ones.
Cleansing our karmas is manifested through embodied connection with the Light Energies, called Divya Shaktis (Div-yuh Shuk-thees).
Indian traditions have devised, through extensive testing, specific combinations of breath work, mantra chanting, setting up altars and meditative visualizations to evoke these Divya Shaktis within us (and that is where Chakra work comes becomes relevant). These methods are prescribed based on your chart and experience.
I can give pointers to which specific Divya Shaktis can be called in a specific phase of your life, to fortify your journey, if you are interested.
Since you have read up to this point, I have a few questions for you:
What interests you in having an jyotisha reading?
Do you have any specific questions? I encourage you to ask 3-5 questions to keep in your heart and mind. This will also help me in your reading and our conversation.
One of the challenges in completing a birth chart is that it speaks to what karmic tendencies you were born with. It does not speak to what has already happened in our life, since your birth, which would have changed your karmic energy configuration.
It would be a pleasure to do an initial reading, which can assess your strengths and weaknesses, based on your birth chart. Please let me know what specific questions you have in mind, which you want to get a peek into through this birth chart reading using Jyotisha, the Indian approach to Astrology (write to me at 21Banyantree@gmail.com ).
 I follow the Systems Approach To Vedic Astrology, as propounded by Professor V.K. Choudhry (www.yournetastrologer.com). Continual testing of hypothesis and developing heuristics takes place in forums such as SATVA and SAMVA yahoo groups, under the guidance of Professor Choudhry. He is the founder and chairman of both the Systems Institute of Hindu Astrology (SIHA) and International Institute of Predictive Astrology (IIPA).
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