Which Zodiac should I use -Tropical or Sidereal? A very special study opportunity

Here’s a very special study opportunity. It’s an optional part of a very long-established and caring individually taught Vedic Astrology Course: http://www.mastervedicastrology.com/

This Blog Post arises because there has been open discussion recently on whether Vedic Astrology should use the traditional ‘sidereal zodiac‘, or whether it should use the newer ‘tropical zodiac’ of western astrology, in other words which zodiac should I use

I felt quite sickened recently to listen to a YouTube video on this subject, which was pretty ranting and which forgot and ignored that Vedic Astrology is the expression of a most ancient spiritual path.

Vedic Astrologers must not use their positions as Teachers of Vedic Astrology egoically. So I wanted to share with you my considered and caring very authentic Vedic Astrology Course, where you can if you wish, optionally look with whatever depth you like, into the question of what is described by each Zodiac.

One of my earliest Tutors in Vedic Astrology in the 1990s used to take the line ‘there is discussion’ about a method, when there were two different views as to methods or settings.

So I wondered what has happened when ranting pretty egoic confrontation is used – a state of consciousness and communication that quite forgets the spiritual standing of the Vedic pathway, and is far from what it is actually about.

Of course, this unfortunate ranting is an expression to the recent very difficult position of Mercury following the September 21st Eclipse of 2017.

Mercury is in association with Mars, it’s caught up in a most major eclipse, it’s caught up with Rahu, the Sun, AND it’s in the Gandanta zone, and opposition Neptune.

And this perception should of course have guided astrologers to avoid the conflict which must stem from such a configuration unless one can make spiritual and healing utilisation of what Vedic Astrology perceives with this Mercury configuration.

But at least it brings the matter of zodiac definition to a head, and so what I am proposing is the optional incorporation of respectful and considered study of the which zodiac question into my course for those who would want this, and who ask the very appropriate question of which Zodiac should I use.

So, what’s all the unfortunate and regrettable fighting about? It is about whether it is legitimate to use the Tropical Zodiac of Western Astrology to study Vedic Astrology.

It’s about what Ayanamsha to use (the difference between the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs).

And it has huge ramifications into House systems, Gandanta Zones, definition of the crucial Varga (Divisional) charts, definitions of start and end dates of Dasas (Predictive Periods), definitions of what role a planet plays in your life (moveable indicators or chara karakas).

To start off, I must make clear my own position based on 23 years of the study and teaching of Vedic Astrology, as an intelligent guy, well educated, who seeks to be caring and to find the keys to the understanding and healing of my life, and the lives of others for whom I offer readings and courses.

With my partner Maggie Pashley, I run a healing Centre on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, in the far West of Ireland, and of course, 90% of our Readings, Healings and Courses are offered worldwide through the internet.

In brief, I find my confirmed personal experience is that the use of the Sidereal zodiac with Lahiri Ayanamsha gives unbelievably accurate description of all the vastness that is measured by the framework of Vedic Astrology (essentially declaring all that stems from our incarnational life purpose and destiny). Whereas I find that the western tropical zodiac is supremely perfect for the crucial psychodynamic study of ‘egoic self’ dimension.

My personal experience and judgement is that I have to say that Vedic astrology’s use of tropical zodiac or Vedic Astrology’s use of other Ayanamshas, gives nonsense by contrast.

This is certainly true in terms of the birth chart it states, the derived charts and Predictive Astrology.

Sidereal zodaic plus Lahiri Ayanamsha gave an exactly accurate and life-changing description of my own very unusual birth circumstances, that was totally absent from western astrology. And it was this that first drew me to the use of Vedic Astrology, and my first teacher.

This is NOT to say of course that the methods and techniques used by Vedic Astrology Teachers employing the western tropical zodiac are invalid. They are caring and wonderful teachers.

Similarly, my personal judgement is that Vedic Predictive astrology requires sidereal zodiac and Lahiri Ayanamsha. If you use any other system, the start and end of your Vedic predictive periods (Dasas) will be declared with wrong dates.

Similarly, the Vedic astrology concept of Gandanta most certainly has vast validity: it has provided the meaning of my incarnation this time, and that concept of Gandanta is of course is lacking from western astrology and from the tropical zodiac.

However, it’s not so simple.

I feel we DO need to identify what dimension of consciousness and ‘slice’ of our existence the tropical zodiac does state when used with Vedic Astrology.

So, please note that I do work with students seeking to identify what exactly what dimension of self/consciousness/events Vedic use of tropical zodiac or other ayanmasha does give – if that is an optional dimension that they wish to incorporate into their course.

My heartfelt aim is that this study will give great insight to the world, once it has been given a few years to mature.


So this Blog Post an invitation to work with me, on my courses, in a way that offers you the opportunity, if you want it, to analyse study and compare the two zodiacs and what they tell you about and predict for your life.

My Vedic Astrology courses are based on sidereal zodiac, but you can feed in a shared study of charts also using tropical zodiac, and thus over time a considered assessment can be made if what it is that the two different zodiacs actually depict and predict.

We can study in caring depth and in a considered way: what different facets of human consciousness and life. I provide you with all the charts you use and all the needed background information manuals.

The approach of my courses has been for over twenty years, that we study each principle with reference to two charts: yours and mine, and his keeps the anlaysis grounded, authentic and testable. It makes it mutually caring.

And a principle of my courses is that the declaration of astrology is never formulaic or fated, but cruciall (and this is its strength) that astrological declaration is always treated as an opening to healing and empowerment techniques.

All my courses provide opportunity for Vedic-Western astrology crossover, if you wish for that (or vice versa).

My western astrology is rooted in Psychodynamic and Evolutionary Astrology, and is augmented in my case in that my university degrees include psychology and sociology.

A helpful vast resource for my sharing with you, is that I also completed a five year field study. This was an ethnographic field study of spiritual forms new to the modern West.

My study focus was the paths of individuals following Hinduism, Buddhism (Tibetan and western), paganism, shamanism and Utopian Community.

The main study area was Glastonbury, an ancient pilgrimage site in England, but there was a comparator study in Totnes, and study residence in a Hindu Ashram in Skanda Vale (the cult centre of the UK Sri Lankan community in exile).

From this background I endeavour to support you in caring and experienced awareness of spiritual pathways.


As I said, I have a postgraduate qualification in psychology, and I feel it has a rightful pace in Astrology: for example, psychology seeks to express and define our ‘egoic self’, our nature and what drives us includes our subconscious and unconscious material.

My psychology degree in the early 1970s was divided between Freudian psychology and Behaviourism! (The two professors never spoke to each other, and you had to be careful to always express things their way and never get mixed up which one you were writing for! One of my other degrees was in sociology, also in the early 70s, where a main focus was ‘Symbolic Interactionism’:  the production of a sense of self through individuals and society projecting roles on us and producing meaning that way.

And regarding the ethnography I did: This was a five-year university-based social anthropological field study commenced in the late nineties. It was located in a Geography department. It’s focus was the production of self through landscape, including landscapes such as sacred place and landscapes of consumption patterns/meanings, and I especially studied the production of self through use of visionary/imaginal landscapes (e.g. Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, paganism and shamanism).

The nature of self has been a big theme in my life (my Sun is most deeply fallen at 1 Vedic Libra and it’s conjunct Ketu, what else would you expect?)

Indeed, my first postgraduate degree at Oxford University, where as a poor grammar school boy I won a prestigious scholarship in the late 60s to be sneered at there as a ‘scribbler’ by the rest of the students from the elite English Public Schools. My MA there was focused on W B Yeats and T S Eliot as ‘prophets of a new age’ and I studied how W B Yeats worked with Lady Gregory at the Celtic Revival, thus opening to the God Realm for sense for self, similarly to ancient Greece, Babylon and the Vedic culture, for examples. I studied Jessie Weston’s From Ritual to Romance and the Omega Point of Teilhard de Chardin. And now I live close to W B Yeats’ grave in the west of Ireland. My birth family on my mother’s side comes from near here. My birth father’s heredity is from the Yakut: a shamanic people living on the shores of the north polar sea – hence all the shamanic healing I teach!

A major feeling I now get, is how our sense of self is produced from our family and society, but how very powerful currents most certainly also run in the form of destinies.

These destinies are indeed very often astrologically predictable. Though they should not be treated as fated and incapable of being healed. And Vedic Astrology can state them supremely well.

Though, crucially, I also do feel that a new consciousness is arising in the world, and Vedic Astrology has to leave behind formulaic ranting and fatedness and ineffectual ‘Remedies’, and add to its supreme and sure vastness, the new consciousness that is arising: the new consciousness of Healing and Empowerment.


To illustrate the issues raised by the ‘Which Zodiac?’ Question, I now show extracts with a discussion I held with ‘J’ and I hope these extracts illustrate the way I seek to have a caring, individualised approach with my students over the last 23 years, as well as providing ‘windows’ on the ‘Which Zodiac?’ Question:

Here are some of the Questions ‘J’ raised with me (shown with kind permission – J’s questions are in bold):

Q. A.“What meaning do the solar signs have other than a shortcut to referencing a ‘composite energy’ of the lunar signs?”

The Nakshatras, the Vedic lunar signs, depict our emotional nature, motivations and scripts (sublime, warts and all) and also the sort of growth we can hopefully make in this life.
Q. B.E.g., am I a Libra ascendant with ruler Venus, or am *really* a Swati Nakshatra ascendant with lord Rahu?
Overall, you will project into the world like a Libran, indeed ruled by Lagnesha Venus, and so we need to assess the standing of Venus in your chart in terms of dignity and the various Avasthas: Avasthas wonderfully state Venus’ standing and how the other planets treat your Venus and vice versa. They are a crucial key as to the qualities and strength with which you assert in the world. However, the emotional play around which your assertion into the world will by typically Rahu within the Libran framework, with all the over-running and nervy scatter of Swati, etc.
Q. C. Does “Scorpio” really exist without its Nakshatras?   It’s measured in space as being 6º, and yet we treat it as 30º, which has always puzzled me.
It is important to note that the sidereal signs are one twelfth of the zodiac, and thus take their energy and name from the constellation that falls within their space on the ecliptic. It is not relevant that the stars of the constellation do not exactlty fit the sign. The sign system works nevertheless. And of course, as you know, the sign energy is modified by Nakshatras and padas falling within the sign.
D. At one point it was “just the Nakshatras.”  Then the signs followed as a sort of superimposition of these solar sector divisions(?)
I think the signs are to be seen as not a superimposition onto the Nakshatras, but in fact a different measurement of the ecliptic, actually measuring a different dimension of self than the nakshatras, and coming later in time than the nakshatras, and reflecting later changes in consciousness.
Q. D.My Saturn is now transiting from “Scorpio” to “Sagittarius (20th Septemebr 2017}.” From my “2nd house” to my “3rd house.”   This might cause someone to be “optimistic.”  Saturn mahadasha has been an abject hell for me since May of last year.  A new “sign transit from Scorpio to Sagittarius” I’m told from an Indian Vedic astrologer is very good.
Interpretation of the mahadasha manifestation of Saturn needs to be based on the standing of Saturn in your Rashi chart and Varga (divisional) charts. And in fact the timing of Saturn Dasa will activate the energy of Saturn in the various different areas of life that each Varga chart represents. You’d need to individually evaluate your 2nd and 3rd House to say whether each transit would be ‘very good’ or otherwise. We’d be looking at Saturn Avasthas and Saturn’s standing in the Divisional charts, and what House Cusps fall where in your Divisional Charts.

Q. E.But in reality, isn’t Saturn just transiting from Jyestha to Mula. And Mula is a horror flick?  So what kind of hope is there in saying “Sagittarius” if it’s really just a “placeholder for the ~3 nakshatras that carry the weight (of its definition)?”

Mula is not a ‘horror flick’. For a bit about Mula, see:

Sagittarius is not a placeholder for the three Nakshatras that also occupy its space. Signs and Nakshatras measure different dimensions or slices of our nature, of our ‘self’ of our destiny this time. The Houses each declare a different area of our life. So Saturn in Sagittarius measures a different dimension of you that does Saturn in 3rd House, as does Saturn in Mula. For Saturn in Mula you’d need to look at the role of Ketu (Mula’s ruler) in your birth chart.

Q. F. I have much difficulty utilizing blank space as a starting point for scientific definitions.  Is this a science, albeit hidden, or is it fantasy? Saturn transiting the star Spica” for example, works for me 100% .  Spica exists.  Saturn exists.  One moves in front of the other.  They’ve observed over millennia it means something when this happens.  We’re talking about real things in space and time.
“Saturn transiting the Nakshatra Mula.”  That kind of works for me, like 90%.  Mula is the name of a group of stars.  There is a zone of energy “bracketing” those stars.  The “amalgamated energy means something.”
“Saturn transiting Sagittarius.”  This works for me like 40%.  “Sagittarius” came “way later.”  Is it the amalgamation of the energies of 3 nakshatras?  Oh my.
/12 of the zodiac is 1/12 of the ecliptic = why is it special and what intellectual authority is there to bracket this space, call it something, assign a “ruler?”

As Jupiter transits my Sun and then yours, we meet beyond formula and astrological rant to share wisdom and its enlargement.

I feel cautious of the term ‘intellectual authority’; it’s more like: ‘intellectual justification’.

We know nothing of the zodiacal division of ancient peoples used, who were very much in tune with the energies emanating from planets, stars, constellations and even individual degrees.

But yes, we are aware that the sky was early-on divided into 27 for the Nakshatras (obviously based on sensed Lunar energies in combination with constellations the Moon transited across).

And we are aware of the division of the sky into 12 signs: you ask why 12? The answer can only be speculated about and is lost in time, but the ‘dozen’ is an ancient concept, and doubtless appealed as being numerologically harmonious and inclusive, as it’s a multiple of 2, 3, 4, 6; and because itself it feeds into 144 etc.

A Sign is a useful concept. It’s not as precisely useful as the smaller divisions. And its energy/consciousness divisions are more overlapping with other signs.

But it is valid: and one proof of the sidereal zodiac’s total validity is its statement of the Gandanta Zones, which are immensely valuable and one can’t do good astrology without them.
Interestingly, I say this as I have Gandanta Moon, and the meaning of that was the fulcrum of my life AND Saturn is transiting the Abhukta Mula Jyestha to Mula 9Scorpio to Sagittarius) Gandanta as I write to you.

But of course, a sign also has crucial validity in that it is divided into such ultimately valuable heuristic divisions as the Padas and the Vargas or divisional charts. This is not weird, it’s mathematically factual.

And furthermore! The sign divisions in the heavens are crucial to note in that we know that the Jaimini moveable indicators (Chara Karakas) see see your Shri Jyoti Star chart below).
A planet’s chara karaka or moveable indicator status in our chart is defined by the position of a planet in the sidereal zodiac.
For example, there’s the all-crucial Atmakaraka or soul indicator (mine is Moon, as my planet of highest longitude in a sign), and these sidereal based charakarakas are the crucial definition (whatever other scheme of charakaraka is stated for you by other zodiacs, and whatever validity or relevance to other dimensions or facets of your consciousness or life these are found to have – and that would be after deep study and consideration).

Your Vedic Rashi/Birth Chart by Sri Jyoti Star (sidereal zodiac, Lahiri Ayanamsha):









And furthermore (could there be more?) your Avasthas, the standing of your planets and how they treat each other, are accurately stated by the Sidereal chart, and again we would need a careful, considered study project to determine what your Avasthas state, what validity or relevance or other dimensions or facets of your consciousness or life these are found to have, and this should only be done after deep study and consideration). See your Kala Avasthas charts below.

Your Avasthas charts by Kala (sidereal zodiac, Lahiri Ayanamsha):


And furthermore (!) I have found that my Dasa (Vedic Predictive period) start and end date ARE valid when sidereal zodiac is used.

And of course, drawing on western psychodynamic astrology, the position of our natal planets in the much wider areas of the hemispheres and quadrants of our western chart also are most important to know, because this guides us as to what areas of consciousness our planet will manifest its energies in psychologically, archetypally and in terms of direction of consciousness, and the way we will relate overall.

BUT I would say that UTILITY is a big criterion to apply at this stage. We need to make authentic realisation of what a system offers to our helaing path in this life. We need to make authentic decision as to what a system offers in our path to expressing the special spark of being and attainment we incaranted to become this time. Utility and authentic realisation and authentic perception is KEY.

If utilisation of a degree, or a nakshatra, or a pada, or a Varga – if utilisation of any of these gives you invaluable understanding of your nature, then it is to be embraced!

It is so valuable and indeed valid to note that Sun in Libra is debilitated. Debilitation can wreck one’s life. But experience of that destiny, then encountering Vedic Astrology’s perception of the wrecking concept of ‘debilitation’ – these are what give us the option of moving: moving into needed healing and empowerment!

Q. G. Why are there 12 Signs? A prominent astrologer told me “They divided the ecliptic into 12 because it is a multiple of 3 and 3 is a very important number in the occult. There was no other reason he can give. Is it possible there is “information encoded in there?  I guess so.  But splitting the sign into 9 portions is getting even weirder, unless those 9 portions reflect something in space.  Science is about hard, empirical definitions.  Why was Venus not the “ruler” of that space thousands of years ago, but at some point “became the ruler?”  And people with extreme intellect would say I’m a Scorpio because of tropical definitions?  Huh?? 
You are moving now in our conversation from ‘intellectual authority’ to ‘Science’. From my abandonment and orphanage upbringing (I have Moon Gandanta at 29 Pisces 56 and Sun at 1 Libra sidereal) I moved on to take five university degrees, and indeed to work in a five-year social anthropological field study: an ethnography. I believed the concepts of psychology and sociology in which I have postgraduate degrees.
But the gift of my Gandanta, a terrible gift, moved me beyond the limitations (and gifts) of the ‘scientific paradigm’ to ‘ancient spiritual/astrological frameworks’, and also the study of ancient deities and earth spirituality, and from these I have found what I needed, not from science.
How I despised the ‘current academic discourses’ that I had to fit the findings of my field study into: It was an ethnography of spiritual forms new to the modern west: place-making, how our sense of self depends on place and vice-versa. The study areas were Hinduism, Buddhism (Tibetan and western), paganism, shamanism and Utopian Community. The ethnographic method invented by Bronislaw Malinowski during the First World War is ˜participant observation’ – living in the communities and instructions under study: giving the individuals in them their own voice (not being the ˜top down’ ‘scientific expert’).
In Swiss Huber School psychodynamic western astrology (in which I trained in the nineties, and which I utilize for my teaching), you have a ‘psychic eye’ chart aspect shape: Pluto-Rahu trine Neptune, apex your Sun-Uranus conjunction:
Your Swiss Huber School Psychodynamic Astrology Chart by Megastar (Tropical Zodiac):








Psychic Eye Chart Aspect Shape:

This figure consists of two green semi-sextile aspects (30 deg) and one blue sextile  aspect (60 deg), thus  forming the small blue and green triangle called the Eye. This chart aspect shapes gives a wonderful and useful inquisitive, receptive and questing presence within you that is intuitive and observant or eagle-eyed.

In Swiss Huber School psychodynamic astrology (in which I trained in the nineties, and which I utilize for my teaching), you have this psychic eye chart aspect shape: Pluto-Rahu trine Neptune, apex your Sun-Uranus conjunction. This is one representation of why the study of the ‘which zodiacs?’ question will be so valuable for you.

My courses are always based on the study of two charts in relation to each and every concept. That way the discussion is kept authentic and grounded, empirical as well as with reference to the analytic and the theoretical. I value our communication. I’d love to now embark on the vastness of taking it into the dimensions of a course with you. See: http://www.mastervedicastrology.com/ what do you think?

My Vedic Astrology foundation course has a presentation and also a journey to meet each planet, and includes a considerable repertoire of techniques, and can cross-refer into western astrology if the student wishes, and it can also encompass Avasthas analysis system if the student wishes, and insights of great value can come from Avasthas.

I go on to teach many advanced courses, as well as having a wonderful on-line Tarot course which is of great value for your intuitive development.

All charts you could need are provided. There’s vast information provision/manuals. There’s caring totally individual tuition. If you optionally wanted to include into your studies the ‘Which Zodiac?’ course, that would be grand (as they say here in Ireland)!

I hope to hear from you, Michael


Learn Vedic Astrology : Enroll on my wonderful worldwide Master Vedic Astrology Course

I invite you to enroll on my wonderful worldwide Vedic Astrology Course.

When I first learned Vedic Astrology I was amazed that it so accurately predicted the unusual circumstances of my birth and the consequences of that in my life. It did this in a way that Western astrology didn’t and couldn’t. It did it in a way that Western astrology could not even touch! And this has led me on to years of study and teaching, many students and thousands of readings, the fruits of which I now share with you.

This does not mean that I think Western astrology does not have vast and numerous irreplaceably valuable powers and features: it does: Chiron and the outer planets, just to name two examples; its psychodynamic dimensions, its Evolutionary Astrology.

But it true to say that Vedic Astrology accurately and surely presents our incarnational life purpose, the circumstances we will experience at birth, and the unfoldment of our life – all with an accuracy and vastness that western astrology can not touch. Its capabilities for the astrology of health, the astrology of relationships and family generational astrology are immense, as is its sense of the huge cycles of unfoldment in which our lives are caught.

So, the techniques and capabilities of Vedic Astrology are quite literally awesome. And I would love to teach my Vedic Astrology Course to you. The course is carefully supported to take you from beginner to Master’s level.

And a special feature of my course is that there is a very clear backbone and direction to the path of study, and to Learn Vedic Astrology

1. The Planets: The first strand of the Master Vedic Astrology course approach is that we study Vedic Astrology planet by planet. We do this study with reference to focus on two charts: yours and mine. The nine planets of Vedic Astrology are:
Rahu (North Node of the Moon)
Ketu (South Node of the Moon)
But, in addition to these nine Vedic Planet modules, I also recommend that you additionally do modules on the four Western Astrology Outer Planets in our two charts:
Chiron, the Wounded Healer

I give you links to my videos about each planet: A Presentation and then a Meditation Journey. So what you do is this: referring to your course guide material, to my YouTube Videos, and also very importantly also referring to your favourite Vedic Astrology books, you quite simply write about each of these thirteen planets, one after the other: first in relation to your chart, then to mine. This process keeps the interpretation grounded, caring and authentic because it is rooted in the lives of two flesh and blood real people.

2. Techniques of Analysis: The second strand of the Master Vedic Astrology Level 1 approach is that In-between your study of the thirteen planets one after the other, you cross over into working on my modules about Vedic Astrology Techniques. These teach you the vast provision of tools, techniques and meanings which Vedic Astrology provides. You work on the rule consolidation documents a section at a time, in between your planet studies. The course structure is as simple and effective as that.

My approach as your Course Tutor is based on the Oxford University Tutorial system that I myself benefited from in the 1960s. This is a system of skilled individual teaching that is designed to bring out the special spark and excellence of each student to the extent that they are prepared to do and sustain their work of study. My personal wish is to be as caring as possible as your Tutor.

3. HEALING and EMPOWERMENT TECHNIQUES: This is key. I do know from extended and deep personal experience and vast study that Vedic Astrology does not assist you in your life if it is taught at a level that is formulaic or fated or legalistic. I say it must generate perception that can be transformative. I say that it must be geared to healing and empowerment, and so our study is assisted by awareness of the many healing modalities used by my partner Maggie Pashley. See her website: www.maggiepashley.com.
See also:  www.bodycodehealing.co.uk , www.changeforlife.co.uk  and www.metamorphicwings.com

4. Visionary Techniques:
I do recommend the value of doing vision journeys to enhance your understanding of the nature of each planet. We can first journey to gain clear appearance of the pure or divine nature of each planet. We can then do vision journey so as to perceive how the planet manifest in our chart and therefore in our life, through the filters of sign, house and aspect – usually a very different entity from the divine nature of the planet. See: blog.starwheelastrology.com/visionary-astrology/  and blog.starwheelastrology.com/visionary-astrology-east-meets-west/

4. Avasthas: There is an optional third strand of study I do recommend you build in to this course at whatever stage feels appropriate, but after you have completed study of the sun in our two charts. This optional third strand is offered at no extra charge and is my Avasthas course, which is complete with Videos and full supporting collection of techniques Appendices. Avasthas are the most wonderful statement of the standing of each planet in your chart (and therefore in your life) and also how the planets in your chart treat each other.

Extra Study: Please note that you are also able to pursue and develop your own particular interests as you go along, if you wish. I am glad to support you in investigating topics that catch your mind into greater depth, all with my support. And you are supported and advised by me in a thorough, learned, wise, informed and helpful way that is genuinely quite different from any other Vedic Astrology course.

5. Videos and Blogs: I have prepared for your reference a Blog on each Planet and also a Video to present that planet plus a video Journey to meet each planet. There’s also a Blog on each Nakshatra.
please see:
Blog: blog.starwheelastrology.com/
YouTube: www.youtube.com/michaelconneely

Further Study: My Master Vedic Astrology Course comes in three Levels:
Level 1: The first level (this Level) is introductory, and this in itself can be vast depending on how much depth you choose to go into the study. In some areas, this course actually goes as far as some Level 3 courses I know. See: www.mastervedicastrology.com
Level 2: is dedicated to expert focus on the Nakshatras, the 27-sign Lunar Zodiac of Vedic Astrology. You learn the nature of each Nakshatra both from the sort of ‘novelistic’ perspective of meaning that so accurately depicts the personality characteristics of each person. And you also learn the meaning of each Nakshatra in terms of the depth spiritual unfoldment characteristic each Lunar Sign uniquely possesses. Moreover, you study the many key techniques of Nakshatra Analysis of the Vedic Birth and predictive charts that are quite unique to Indian or Vedic Astrology and are of genuine and unique utter power of declaration, analysis and spiritual understanding. These techniques include for example the use of Nadi Nakshatras and Special Nakshatras. See: www.nakshatrasadvancedcourse.com
Level 3: is the Advanced Vedic Astrology Course. Here we learn a vast range of higher analysis techniques like application of the Navamsha chart and mapping it into the Rashi (birth) Chart to assess soul-gifts/messages (Rashi Tulya) or expert analysis of the strengths of your planets (Bala) just to name two out of literally dozens. There are five Level 3 Course Options. See: www.advancedvedicastrologycourse.com

For my Western Astrology Course, see: www.enlightenedastrologycourse.com

I would say that unfortunately much Vedic astrology can be a matter of expert ranting through rules of interpretation that although they are complex, sure and valid, will do little or do nothing to generate your powerful, individual and true perception or assist in your personal healing and empowerment. They can lead to mentalism. Intellectual and formulaic consolidation of the rules of Vedic Astrology will not get you very far on your life-time work for this incarnation. Mantra can have a strong validity, but my experience is that they can only take you so far along the path you need and ought to travel. Remedies are fraught with problems and a new consciousness need to be brought to this area. For these reasons, I take my Vedic Astrology Teaching and Readings into areas of Healing, Empowerment and Transformation. The principle underlying my courses is ‘Applied Astrology’: the course involves using the perceptions of Vedic Astrology as a gateway to liberation and expression of your incarnational essence through use of linked healing modalities and empowerment techniques and other approaches such as art therapy and embodiment, as well as means of managing and stabilizing the Mind such as Mantra.

And a further principle of my Astrology Courses is that the true pinnacle perception, empowerment and healing of astrology actually comes from a combination of both Western and Vedic Astrology, where the branches of Western astrology that I especially teach are psychodynamic astrology and evolutionary astrology. For this reason, you are welcome to pursue crossover into the other astrology discipline as much as you wish as you work your way through the study of our astrology charts.

PERSONAL STATEMENT: I have studied advanced courses in both Vedic and Western Astrology for many years. I have an MA from the University of Oxford and a total of five degrees including psychology, sociology, counselling and teaching. I have completed an invaluable five-year university-based social anthropological ethnographic field study of spiritual forms new to the modern West, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Utopian Community. And I have also resided for long periods in a Hindu Ashram.

All these skills and qualities I now place at your service, as your Vedic astrology Tutor. I do this to further your own perception, to vastly expand your understanding, to promote your awareness and self-development, and to assist you to your enlightenment. I will enable you to draw on that immense ancient ocean of sublime understanding that is Vedic Astrology.

The Certificate Awarded on successful completion of the Course is The Master Vedic Astrology Level 1 Course.

At the foot of this Blog Post I set out the

So, I hope you will enroll on my worldwide course, and I look forward to working with you. All Blessings to us on this Journey.


As a footnote, here is a list of the documents you receive on enrollment:

My Charts in Vedic and Western Astrology
Your Charts in Vedic and Western Astrology
The Main Course Document
(see contents below)
Appendices – 12 Separate Documents:
1.  Nakshatras
 2. Aspects
 3. Planets
 4. Signs
 5. Houses
 6. Planets in Houses
 7. Planets in Signs
 8. Tithi: Moon Phase
 9.  Planets in Houses, Rulers in Houses
10. Vedic Grahas Perception – Vedic perception of planets
11. Starwheel Nakshatras Quick Guide
12. Useful Guide to Basic Chart Reading

1. The Organisation of the Course
Vedic Astrology Introduction (32 Pages)
3. Reading List
4. Approaching Module 1: Sun
5. Background info on Vedic Astrology
6. Module 1: How to
7. List of Supporting Videos and Blogs
8. Advice to Students


Visionary Astrology

Michael ConneelyThe development of visionary keys to perceive the meaning of the planets is one profoundly good way to develop your astrological awareness. This is also known as Visionary Astrology.

In this way you can better increase your perception about your birth chart or your transits or predictive periods, and therefore of your life.

And you can go on from that to do the healing and empowerment work that we all need to do in this life.

What I often do with my astrology students on my western and Vedic Astrology Courses is send them analysis techniques and presentation detail to use, to work with the nature of a planet or conjunction etc, and this includes a video presentation of that planet and also a journey to meet the planet.

So with this method, we work with the sense first of all, that a planet is a refraction of the divine and has a pure nature.

However, it is so useful to also recognise that we in fact actually experience that planet through ‘filters’. We expereince each planet through ‘filters’ in our life. These filters are the sign, house and aspect applying to that planet in our chart and therefore in our life. See below about ‘filters’.

For this reason, our personal and individual experience of that planet can be so very different from its divine pure refraction.

Vedic Astrology

I do find that Vedic Astrology (which uses the Sidereal Zodiac) does have an immense framework to declare our incarnational life purpose and its unfoldment.

But I would say that Vedic Astrology needs to be taught and used non-formulaically, non-passively (Vedic astrology gurus can tend culturally to lay a power trip) and also non-fatedly.

Vedic Astrology needs to be allied to our developing our healing and empowerment. In fact, that is the highest value of the perception Vedic astrology offers.

So, visionary astrology and healing astrology can be used – and needs to be used with vedic astrology.

Western Astrology

Western astrology, on the other hand (which uses the Tropical Zodiac), is a psychological depiction.

Western astrology depicts our ‘psychological self’: our ‘egoic psychology’, and this is so valuable to perceive.

Psychodynamic western astrology, which I teach and use in my Astrology readings, includes ‘psychosynthesis role play’, and is orientated to the process of ‘individuation’, which is getting the full picture of our ‘psychological self’, and learning to recognise the fullness of that self (including unconscious, ‘split off’ and shadow material). The aim of psyschosynthesis is to deeply develop awareness of that self, heal that self, and empower that self. Understanding what is the effect of Nature and what is the effect of Nurture is also important.

I actually first encountered the ‘filters’ model when I trained with the Swiss Huber school over twenty years ago.

And of course, it was with them that I encountered the ‘psychosynthesis role-play’ of Asaglione who they trained with. And of course, he trained with Carl Gustav Jung, whose work I read so avidly when I was fourteen, with his concepts of the individual unconscious (from Freud) and the ‘collective unconscious’ and so wonderfully also Jung’s: Archetypes. I studied a post graduate psychology degree after my MA at Oxford university.

And I also learned the ‘Evolutionary Astrology’ founded by Martin Schulman, particularly his statement of how past life manifest in this life as ‘incarnational life purpose’.

Western and Vedic Astrology working together:

I loved Martin Schulman’s writing on the Nodes of the Moon, but it is crucial to recognise that Evolutionary Astrology provides a statement of the ‘psychological self’ that will arise from past life inputs: arise to be worked with and healed

And, crucially, western astrology also includes the outer planets: The Gods of Change: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – plus so importantly: Chiron the Wounded Healer. Chiron depicts our existential wound in the healing of which we can become the healer of others.

Vedic Astrology, on the other hand, does not depict the ‘psychological self’. Vedic Astrology depicts the karmically-created and chosen ‘incarnational life purpose’.

And it was the accuracy with which Vedic Astrology depicted my in some ways very unusual incarnational destiny that impelled me to learn it.

The first Vedic Astrology key concept that ‘wowed’ me was the vedic astrology concept of ‘Gandanta’ which so fits my unusual start in life.

Gandanta Moon = Mother will not be there for you.

And hard on the heels of that was the second key concept that ‘wowed’ me: that studying the position of the Nodes of the moon in one’s Vedic birth chart is a supreme key to your incarnational destiny (mine: Ketu in the 4th House of Mother and all that entails.

And then there’s the Vedic method of analysing the standing of a planet in a chart. Mine: Sun most deeply fallen, and so the list gods on – endlessly.

And so, my first Vedic Astrology training was with the late Richard Houck who fascinatingly and accurately developed a combined Vedic Astrology/Western Astrology of ‘The Astrology of Death’
(I was in Sade Sate at the time – the seven and a half year period when Saturn transits the Moon in our birth chart!)

But to get back to the subject of my vision work in astrology, I am so glad that many people are now finding this graphically helpful to understand the planet and how it manifests in their chart and in their life, finding this method liberating and intuitively inspiring.

And I use the same visionary method in my Tarot Course, where i offer presentations and the accompanying Journeys for each tarot card. I do too. I love doing it!

And so a foundation of my readings and teaching is to offer both western astrology and vedic astrology.

I offer pointers to combine the two if that is what the student wants.

And to this, I have added two key additional approaches to astrology that are also on offer if felt to be what the student wants:

Visionary Astrology

and also

Healing Astrology

And so, for example, when a student has made the first study of a planet, or for example, a conjunction in their chart (or whatever other astrological feature they are studying), I can then record for them a ‘visionary journey’ where I simultaneously use my shamanic drum as I speak, so as to heighten our vision and intuitive connection.

And the purpose of this recorded journey is to seek to support the development of their awareness of how that planet actually manifests in their chart and in their life, through developing clear visionary appearance of the planet.

Students themselves send in to me lovely reports of the wonderful vision journeys they do to gain visionary clear appearance of Mars or Jupiter. For example, first: Mars or Jupiter in their essence. Then of Mars or Jupiter in their chart

And then we use very accurate methods (for example avasthas) to state how those two planets treat each other and work together in their chart – and therefore in their life!

Such vibrant satisfying visionary journeying work is so fulfilling to do. Such a happy experience! Such a powerful experience!
Such valuable perception to arrive at.

Such a useful basis to bring in needed healing and empowerment work.

Have a look at this video which mentions my Visionary Astrology approach. It is recorded near our Healing Centre in the West of Ireland:

And have a look too at this video about The Sun in your Astrology Visionary Journey:

And here’s a journey to meet Rahu the North Node of the Moon:

If you would like a reading for yourself or family members covering your birth chart and this period ahead, please contact me on: http://www.starwheelastrology.com/buyanastrologyreading.html
Or if you would like to enrol on one of my wonderful astrology courses, with their dedicated individual attention, please contact me on:
And see details of my earthspirituality courses and novels on:
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For Maggie’s healings see:   www.maggiepashley.com

And for our Healing Centre in the West of Ireland with its linked airbnb, see:  www.foxfordairbnb.com
Blog: blog.starwheelastrology.com/
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I look forward to hearing from you

The Power of the Nodes of the Moon to create a tyrant

Michael ConneelyDonald Trump Astrology Birth Chart The Power of the Nodes of the Moon to create a tyrant

This Blog Post examines the power of the Nodes of the Moon in creating the special destiny of Donald Trump, with which the destiny of so many millions of humans are now entwined.

I have written posts on Donald Trump’s astrology before and charted his rise to power, shown the clear astrological parallel with the rise of Adolph Hitler, and asked the question of what will the eclipse of 21st August 2017 mean for him and for the USA and for the world.

This Blog post focuses on the position of the Nodes of the Moon in his birth chart: The Nodes are Rahu the North Node, Ketu the South Node.

Donald Trump’s  birth chart and derived charts are set out at the foot of this blog post for you to see what I am talking about.

And also please see the associated Video about the Birth Chart of Donald Trump:

This is the chart of one born under an eclipse – darkness upon the native’s life. This means there is some disconnection with the personal identity on earth and the person’s soul or higher self.

Whereas Ketu conjunct the Sun will diminish the Sun and render it insubstantial, Rahu conjunct the Sun, at a worst-case scenario, as here in Donald trump’s chart, will create a hugely over expansive reaction to a crisis in personal identity, making the person go big time for worldly success, and driven to make a huge mark on the world.

Rahu here gives the person clear direction. Success is likely with high social status and fame and achievement. But the impurity of Rahu imbues the Sun with driven over-ambition, selfishness, rigid dogmatic ideas and dark psychological tendencies of scapegoating.

Rahu has an adventurous nature and loves surprises and sudden events, that are not actually real, but an illusion that is magically forced to become chameleon reality in peoples’ minds. The energy breaks taboos and loves to breach boundaries. It wants to be unique and noticed and break tradition all so as to repair the original wound of not having loving notice from mother.

Sun is the King. Rahu is the thief. They are inimical. The genius with double standards loves to think outside the box and sneak its way to power by cheating and hiding the real truth, while looking honest and convincing in his deception.

N.B. AND ALSO NOTE THAT HE HAS Chiron conjunct Jupiter which makes it worse: an existential wound to Jupiter, producing glitzy ungrounded over-expansionary slogansing and rant.

Ketu conjunct Moon:

The Moon represents the Mother, Mind and consciousness arising therefrom. Ketu conjunct the Moon can gives intuition and even psychic powers, but this can become florid and even insane in the worst cases.

Issues from mothering in this and past lives, and also psychic material from past lives can overwhelm and confuse the mind, leading to outburst and irrationality, fear and turbulence, and so spiritual management of consciousness is essential for the stability, continuity and protection both of the person concerned and also those in their lives: whether family members, or the public at large if their job takes them in that direction.

Ketu conjunct Moon creates confusion, scatter, over-analysis and turmoil in the mind and emotions, with great potential for becoming critical of self or others and attacking others.

And you can also see the associated videos and blog posts on Ketu the South node of the Moon:Rahu Conjunct Sun:

If you would like a reading for yourself or family members covering your birth chart and this period ahead, please contact me on: http://www.starwheelastrology.com/buyanastrologyreading.html
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For Maggie’s healings see:   www.maggiepashley.com

And for our Healing Centre in the West of Ireland with its linked airbnb, see:  www.foxfordairbnb.com
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I look forward to hearing from you

Here are Donald Trump’s Astrology Charts:

Donald Trump Western Astrology Birth Chart:











Donald Trump Planet Positions Western Astrology:







Donald Trump Transits Western Astrology:








Note importantly that Saturn is transiting conjunct his natal Moon this year and so also transiting opposition his natal Sun. Sun.
And note importantly from the Vedic astrology table below that Sun is ‘AK’. Sun is his Atmakaraka. He was born to get Sun issues right this life time, because of what happened in his previous life! And with Rahu conjucnt Sun what a set-up for great power he has!
And note importantly that Saturn is also transiting conjunct Ketu, and so Saturn is transiting opposition Rahu: And note from the Vedic Dignities Table below, what great Dignity his Rahu and his Ketu have: what a powerful and fated life!

Donald Trump Vedic Birth Chart: 




Donald Trump Vedic Planet Positions:




Donald Trump Vedic Planets in Nakshatras (Vedic Lunar Signs):




Donald Trump Planet Dignities:




Note that Sun is Atmakaraka (AK) in his Vedic Birth Chart and in his life (see above):


Ketu in your Astrology Birth Chart Pt 2

Michael ConneelyKetu, South Node of the Moon in your Astrology Birth Chart Pt 2 Visionary Astrology, Mythic Keys and Astronomy of Ketu

Ketu Visionary Astrology:

So, what is the Nature of Ketu. What does he look like? Do you have ‘clear appearance’ of him?

One of my favourite approaches to astrology that I offer in my worldwide astrology courses: Visionary Astrology – East meets West.

It’s about the union of western astrology and vedic astrology, plus the option of using the ancient Tibetan Buddhist and tantric Hindu approach of developing ‘clear appearance’ first of a planet in our birth chart as a God, in his pure state, his innate state, as a refraction of the divine.

Then we can so usefully also go on to getting a graphic picture of that planet and his divine energy as he actually appears in our particular individual birth chart when experienced as our soul chose for us to do through the three filters of the sign the planet occupies, the House the planet occupies and the effects of aspects made to that planet by other planets in our chart.

Thus, we can build up the clear appearance of each planet not only in his pure state as a refraction of the divine, but also, secondly, in his filtered sate as to how he will actually manifest in our life – which can even amount to quite a torsion of the pure and perfect divine planet.

See my Blog on Visionary Astrology:  blog.starwheelastrology.com/visionary-astrology-east-meets-west/

So, in the case of the innate nature of Ketu, well let’s call an image of Ketu to our mind’s eye and then name some of the energies associated with his manifestation:

Imagine a hissing writhing deadly venom-serpent with its tail, and the body of a headless, trancing man whose form weaves and writhes and swirls and grows from small to immense and flickers in and out of sight. There’s mala beads around his neck, bangles on his ankles, the spiral tattoos on his hands and body. And then you see with terrible shock that in his hands are a sword, a discus and a mace: vicious sharp weapons quite unlike the swirling miasmic first appearance, and he is heading for you. And then you call in association with this image:

Ketu – South Node of the Moon: Past Life, meltdown and suddenness, spiritual light-bringer, dissatisfaction, detachment, solitude, scrutinizing, anonymity.

Ketu – Injury, disturbance, knowledge, liberation, spiritual insight.
South Node of the Moon: Past Life, meltdown and suddenness, spiritual light-bringer, dissatisfaction, detachment, solitude, scrutinizing, anonymity.

Ketu connects to computers (especially the internet), moksha and liberation, as well as unique or unusual modalities.

Mythic Keys to Rahu and Ketu:

The churning of the milk ocean happened at the beginning of time, both the Gods and demons sought to extract the needed Amrita: the nectar of immortality from the immense milk ocean at the center of the universe. (The Milk Ocean is a symbol of the Milky Way galaxy, Mula Lunar Sign).

But neither the Gods nor the Demons (the forces of ‘good’ and ‘evil’, our light and shadow sides) were strong enough to do it on their own, so they joined forces. The Gods realized that they had to employ the support of the demons (asuras) to create the momentum needed.
Both our light side and our shadow side must be involved fully if we are to have the nectar!

The churning of the Milk Ocean was a cosmic event. Mount Mandara was used as the churning rod. Vasuki, the king of the serpents, who abides on Lord Shiva’s neck, became the churning rope. The demons demanded to hold the head of the snake, while the gods, taking advice from Vishnu, agreed to hold its tail. As a result, the demons were poisoned by fumes emitted by Vasuki. Despite this, the gods and demons pulled back and forth on the snake’s body alternately, causing the mountain to rotate, which in turn churned the ocean. When the mountain was placed on the ocean, it began to sink. Lord Vishnu, in the form of a turtle Kurma, came to their rescue and supported the mountain on his back.

But once they started churning the ocean, an enormous amount of poison emerged. They stirred it up from the bottom. It was so horrific it threatened to destroy all of creation. So, to avert catastrophe, they called on Lord Shiva. They asked Him to drink all the poison.

This Lord Shiva managed to do. He drank all the evil, then transmuted it within himself, and thus he saved creation, because this allowed for the immortal nectar to be extracted.

Shiva and the poison: However, the poison might have destroyed Lord Shiva as well, had he actually swallowed it. Maybe even he could be overwhelmed by our Shadow? So, instead, he held it in his throat, and transmuted it. That is why he is sometimes portrayed blue. One of his forms is called “the blue throated one” (Neelakanthaya). He holds the poison of our darkness in his throat and transmutes it – so that we can live.

In the Vedic literature, one story says that the asuras ended up stealing it for themselves. The gods fought back and with the support of Vishnu (the sustaining force of dharma) they were able to regain the Amrita. Vishnu gave each one of the gods a drop of the immortal nectar, but Rahu (Svarbhanu) received a drop accidentally. Rahu was positioned in between the Sun and the Moon as he received the nectar, and they recognized him at once. The demons had consumed nectar. They had become immortal!

Accordingly, Vishnu chopped Rahu in half with his Sudarshana Chakra discus, and thus Rahu (head of the serpent) and Ketu (tail of the serpent) were born: two parts of a demon: chthonic dark and invisible forces, Ketu without a head so no logic; Rahu without a heart so no feeling. Rahu continues to chase the Sun and Moon out of disdain.

The formless entities Rahu and Ketu are representative of the unseen forces at play within all humans.

Rahu drives the cravings and the appetite for this material and psychic world.

Ketu dissolves. He forces the inevitable release process, severing us from worldly attachments.

Right now, this epic “churning” is taking place very acutely- inside of you and on the world stage. The aggression being stirred in the environment is activating individuals very acutely, and individuals are intensifying the collective energy as well. The churning is extreme right now.

The moral of this story is: It is no good ungroundedly imagining images of light and ascension, and gushing awesome etc, if we ignore our very own huge shadow demon creeping up behind us!

This is a story about the need to tread a tantric road to salvation: one which involves both our light and our shadow.

It contains seeds of wisdom about serpent power that was demonised in the story of Adam and Eve, is found in the story of Hercules slaying the Hydra. For the ancient Egyptians, snakes were the symbol of royalty: the pharaoh wore a uraeus, Cleopatra chose to die by cobra bite. The Egyptian serpent Apep embodied all wisdom and all darkness and evil: out of darkness light; death and rebirth. The world serpent features in many myths for example the ancient Norse Jormungand.

Ketu Astronomy:

The Nodes of the Moon are the intersection points in space of the apparent orbits of the sun and the Moon around the Earth, and as such are the eclipse Points. They are points in space of special sensitivity. They lie on the ecliptic which is a great circle on the celestial sphere representing the Sun’s apparent path during the year against the backdrop of the stars, so called because lunar and solar eclipses can only occur when the Moon crosses it

The difference between the Vedic and Western astrology birth charts:

The Vedic Birth Chart, using the sidereal zodiac shows our incarnational destiny: what fates constellate at the time of our birth for us to work with to experience, to heal. Its predictive unfoldment shows the nature and timing of the challenges and supporting energies you will have to work with at predictable dates, again: for you to heal and grow.

The Western Birth Chart, using the tropical zodiac shows your psychological or egoic self, and details its psychological unfoldment, with the call to develop individuation: the call to develop clear perception of all our subpersonalities, and the ability to manage them and to strategize our life. The western birth chart depicts our egoic self. Even Western Evolutionary Astrology which deals with the description and management of our past life scripts expresses these psychologically using the western tropical zodiac. Vedic Astrology on the other hand acknowledges our psychological egoic self but states that it is not fully real: just a boat to get us to the other side, but not the other side!
For more on the topic of: ‘Which Zodiac?’ see:  blog.starwheelastrology.com/which-zodiac-should-i-use-in-astrology/

If you would like a reading for yourself or family members covering your birth chart and this period ahead, please contact me on: www.starwheelastrology.com/buyanastrologyreading.html
Or if you would like to enrol on one of my wonderful astrology courses, with their dedicated individual attention, please contact me on:
And see details of my earthspirituality courses and novels on:
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For Maggie’s healings see:   www.maggiepashley.com

And for our Healing Centre in the West of Ireland with its linked airbnb, see:  www.foxfordairbnb.com
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I look forward to hearing from you

Ketu in your Astrology Birth Chart Pt 1 Nature of Ketu

Michael ConneelyKetu is the Vedic Astrology name for the South Node of the Moon.

I want to start with a key factor in understanding Rahu the North Node and Ketu the South Node, which is what the Nodes show in terms of our ‘karmic unfoldment’.

Ketu in your astrology birth chart is the South Node of the Moon, and shows what past life scripts you come in with in this life. It is described as the camp of the occupying army.

Rahu in your astrology birth chart is the North Node of the Moon, and shows your incarnational destiny: what karmas your soul chose for you to work at to burn in this life, what special talents you chose to work with to seek to manifest and shine with. Rahu is always opposite Ketu, so in fact we are thrown toward our incarnational destiny.

But note at this stage that they are both very difficult energies, and indeed that we will have to purify our reception of Rahu if we are ever to have any hope of getting to where he points to, far across the chart in the opposite sign and house from Ketu.

In fact, until we learn to purify them, the two Nodes are the two parts of a demon: they are chthonic dark and invisible forces, Ketu without a head and so no logic; Rahu without a heart and so no feeling.

This presentation comes in three parts:
This part, part 1, is about the nature of Ketu.
In part 2, we will also be looking at relevant matters such as the Mythic Keys to understanding Ketu, the astronomical nature of the Nodes of the Moon, the difference between the western astrology birth chart using the tropical Zodiac and the Vedic astrology Birth Chart using the Sidereal Zodiac and the method of Visioanry Astrology to get a ‘clear appearance’ of the planet, first as a pure entity, as a refraction of the divine; and socondly as he manifests in our astrology chart and therefore in our life (as we experiecne him through filters of sign, house and aspects to other planets – and this can be a very different matter to his pure nature!).
And in part 3, we look at the birth chart of Donald Trump to show how the force of Ketu manifests in a terrible chart.

But first of all, let’s focus on the nature of Ketu, the South node of the Moon.

Ketu dissolves. So, to have a planet conjunct Ketu in general means that that planet will be ruined. But in fact, Ketu is a divine instrument. Ketu brings a fierce energy of concentration, powerful even terrible perception, intuitive or psychic awareness and openings. So, if we can learn Ketu’s lessons, we may ultimately do well with that planet. Ketu can liberate us. Ketu can on occasion boost the manifestation of a strong planet, but that planet has to be strong in your birth chart.

Ketu is headless and instinctual. He is very hard to understand and get to know. He is elusive. He creates a pervasive atmosphere of disconnection from material solidity.

So, for example, Ketu conjunct Sun might be to have no father. Ketu has the power to overcome the Sun.

Ketu in the 4th House might be to have no mother.

He calls us into the spiritual realm but he does this through odd and weird events and sudden disasters or openings. He creates doubt and disturbance.

Unless we develop maturity and spiritual perception, he can leave us devastated and bereft. Like Rahu, Ketu has a psychic effect on us, and it can be very hard to understand. Our mind can be really puzzled or devastated. His energy is very sharp and critical and martial, so to have Ketu conjunct a planet can make us very wilful, argumentative or critical around the manifestation of the conjunct planet.

To have Ketu conjunct Mercury plays weird games with the normal Mercury qualities of communication and conceptualisation and organisation, so we can be maddened with the Mercury problems, which include siblings, but the divine call is to apply ourselves better. And there is a much bigger meaning to Mercury conjunct Ketu than that. Mercury conjunct Ketu is the ‘jnana karaka’, or the ‘enlightenment indicator’. It manifests this way: we may study spiritual paradigm after spiritual paradigm, only to realise that any paradigm is but a finger pointing to the Moon. No paradigm is actually the Moon itself. Wisdom and psychic sensitively are included in Ketu’s ultimate gifts: spiritual rebirth. Ketu can free us from our illusions and delusions, but to the more materialistic person he manifests as dark destruction and disruptive events and delusion. But that is the higher consciousness person.

Ketu is all associated with mass catastrophe and war.
Ketu represents the forces in our subconscious which can and will erupt, even with devastation as well as release. Ketu is invisible forces and can manifest as virus attacks and epidemics.

Here are a few pointers to understaning Ketu in yoru birth chart: Generally speaking, the Nodes do best in the Vedic signs owned by Mercury (Gemini and Virgo). Rahu does well also in Saturn’s Vedic signs (Capricorn and Aquarius). Ketu does well in Mars’ Vedic signs (Aries and Scorpio).
Note that Rahu is the co-ruler of Vedic Aquarius, and Ketu is the co-ruler of Vedic Scorpio.
Jupiter’s Vedic signs (Sagittarius and Pisces) inspire and uplift Ketu.
Venus’ Vedic signs give a more worldly sensual energy to the Nodes, more so to Rahu rather than Ketu.

To find out more have a reading or enroll on one of my astrology courses>

So, now please go to the other two parts of this Blog Post:
Pt 2 Ketu Mythic Keys and Astronomy
Pt 3 Case Study: The frightening Birth Chart of Donald Trump.

If you would like a reading for yourself or family members covering your birth chart and this period ahead, please contact me on: http://www.starwheelastrology.com/buyanastrologyreading.html
Or if you would like to enrol on one of my wonderful astrology courses, with their dedicated individual attention, please contact me on:
And see details of my earthspirituality courses and novels on:
www.earthstarweb.com    www.inspirationalnovels.org     www.druidforestschool.com     www.rune-path.com
For Maggie’s healings see:   www.maggiepashley.com

And for our Healing Centre in the West of Ireland with its linked airbnb, see:  www.foxfordairbnb.com
Blog: blog.starwheelastrology.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/michaelconneely
I look forward to hearing from you


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