The three Vedic Lunar Signs that lie behind Scorpio: Swati, Vishakha and Anuradha

The three Vedic Lunar Signs that lie behind Scorpio: Swati, Vishakha and Anuradha

Bud MahakalaThe Real Truth about Scorpio: The three Vedic Lunar Signs that lie behind the western sign of Scorpio

There are 27 Lunar Signs in total (they relate to that portion of the heavens that the Moon traverses in one day) as the Moon orbits the heavens. The three Vedic Lunar Signs, called Nakshatras, that lie behind the western sign of Scorpio are as follows:

Swati (23 October -6 November)
Vishakha (6 November – 19) November)
Anuradha (19 November -2 December)

For analysis of the western sign of Scorpio which these three lunar signs relate to, please see: The Truth about Scorpios! – the November 2013 Starwheel Newsletter from Michael Conneely, due out any moment.

And – Did you know that there is a Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on Sunday November 3rd 2013 at 12.50 GMT? See my Blog posting on this.

The First of these three Vedic lunar Signs behind Scorpio is Sign No 15. Swati

6°40’ – 20° of the Vedic sign of Libra
Power animal: Male Buffalo – strength, patience, overrunning.
Ruled by Rahu, the North Node of the Moon
The Sun is debilitated in Swati: This is a weak Sun individual, like the preceding sign of Chitra.
Symbols: a young, fresh plant in the wind, or a sword
Deity: Vayu, god of the winds.
Keywords: eager to learn, restless, sensitive (fragile), doing business.
Translation: independence.
Swati is related to Sattva – motivated to do good things or seek truth, and they are mainly concerned with the pursuit of artha – wealth and worldly comfort.
The temperament of Svati is Deva, or angelic, loving and accommodating.

Each Nakshatra has a special power or Shakti, the power of Svati allows for scattering like the wind. Its heavenly basis emanantes for moving in various directions, which results in change of form, through which there is transformation. “When the mind is concentrated then it scatters righteousness in all directions.” When our mind is gathered around a strong intention and an uplifting intention, then it just permeates all of creation, the word spreads, the good word scatters. It is about initiating ideas, initiating powerful thoughts into the world.

Translation: The Good Goer (named after the lead goat in a herd)

Favorable: Gentle; thinks of the needs of others; thinks before act­ing; much more intelligent than they appear; accurate; reduces things to their simplest components; uncorrupted; friendly; positive expecta­tions; seeks harmony in all things; active in spiritual organizations or humanitarian causes; likes to be around holy or well-integrated people; interested in scientific and philosophical thought; modest; business skills

Unfavorable: Not alert about their debt level; lives with too many expenses; ponderous; doesn’t care that much about their family members; shy, monastic, or self-isolating; secretive; hides their passions and sexual urges; gives too much away; creative thinking becomes prepos­terous or too far ahead of their peers; people will take advantage of them

Swati is a very sensitive and fragile constellation.  It bends with the winds and adjusts itself easily to varying situati­ons.  Some people say that because of this willingness to adapt, Swati’s morals are not very high.  Above everything else he will choose the position that is most profitable for him (from a commercial point of view).  He is very eager to learn.

Swati wants to know everything about various philos­ophies and religious ideas, and it is a constellation of the mer­chant.  He can identify himself with the motives of the buyer and will strongly recommend his pro­duct.  He will run the risk of attaching too much value to mate­rial gain.  Anot­her risk might be that he loses sight of the long-term goals, be­cause he adapts him­self too easily (he sets his sail to every wind).  The studious Swati can find support in a philos­ophy that appeals to him.

Swati’s spiritual path is a path to a phi­los­op­hy that will give him enough security and that will offer him the possibi­lities to use his flexibly operating brain for spiritu­al goals.

The second Lunar Sign behind western Scorpio is No 16. Vishakha

Power Animal: Male Tiger – aggression, ruthlessness.
Ruled by Jupiter
In Vedic sign 20° Libra – 3°20′
Symbol: a triumphal arch.
Deities: Indra, king of the gods and Agni the god of fire.
Keywords: the conquest of enemies, goal-oriented, courage, ambi­tious.
Translation: the fork-shaped.

Vishakha is one of the most vehement constellations.  It is more or less the opposite of Swati, because Vishakha does have clearly defined goals and is prepared to fight for them.  Indra, one of its deities, is known for his heroic acts, especi­ally killing demons.  This constellation is eager to fight.  After the battle is won, there is the triumphal arch, the symbol of the constellation of Vishakha.

Favorable: Clever; has respect for intelligent and spiritual people; enterprising; self-satisfied; determined; gets things done; can appear soft but is very powerful underneath; sexually alluring; a good mate in marriage; benefits through marriage, traveling, and through change; mathematical talent.

Unfavorable: Overly talkative; nice until they get what they want; negative, speaks negatively about others, fault-finding; not open to advice; offensive and not easy to like; greedy, deceitful, aggressive, domineering, quick to take offense, militant, suspicious, possessive, envious; feels obstructed and taken advantage of by others

For some­one in whose horoscope Vis­hakha plays an impor­tant role, much depends on the goals he sets for him­self.  If these objec­ti­ves are self-centred, he may become unbeara­ble for other people and may head towards the wrong direction.  Vishaka is related to Rajas – motivated to fulfill desires or reach personal goals, but mainly concerned with the pursuit of dharma – right action and duty.

The temperament of Vishaka is Rakshasa – demon, eccentric and individualistic.

The path suitable to Vishakha is the way of the warrior, like that of Krittika.  The Vishakha has to find out for him­self whether his goals actually serve all of humanity or solely his own good.  The outcome of this will determine how this con­stellation will manifest itself: it will manifest as either a curse or as a bles­sing!

The thrid Vedic Lunar Sign behind western Scorpio is No 17. Anuradha

Power animal: The Female Deer
Orientation: Deva – to the Divine
In the Vedic sign 3°20′ – 16°40′ Scorpio
Symbol: a lotus flower
Deity: Mitra, god of friendship and daylight
Keywords: leadership, moving from one place to another, coura­ge, inspi­ring, amicable
Translation: disciple (anu) of the (divine) spark (radha)
Ruling Planet: Saturn

Favorable: Outwardly buoyant and fun-loving; attractive, hearty, popular; spiritual seeker, interested in ancient knowledge; capacity for astrology; devoted; enjoys social life and organizations; brave; benefits more if they live away from their place of birth.

Unfavorable: Tries too hard to get enlightened; grieves; secretive, isolated, ethical according to the circumstances, dishonest; obstructed by envious people; doesn’t understand their impact on others—espe­cially their marriage partners who may eventually ask for a divorce; needs constant nourishment—both in terms of food and drink and in terms of their emotions; defiant; progress is hurt by submitting to bad advice.

It is the task of Mitra, the god of daylight, to reveal eve­rything what has remained in the dark. During the night forms fade away, but the daylight makes everything visible again.  Mitra turns the unconscious into consciousness.  Our true origin can no longer be ignored.

Mitra reve­als to us that we all carry divine sparks within us which are mutual­ly con­nected and which form part of the entire cosmos.  This is why friends­hip can develop.  You and I form part of the same cosmos, so we can only feel friendship and love for each other – everything in the Universe is connected.  It is understood that this consci­ousness does not just originate by itself.  It takes lots of effort before one can actually feel this.  Unfortunately, life is not just about friend­ship and love.

The lotus, the symbol of the con­stella­tion of Anuradha, is a plant that grows in the swamp.  The seed of the lotus is rooted in the mud that forms the bottom of a small lake.  The mud represents the unconscious mind.  Subse­quently, the lotus finds its way through the water (water symbolises the emotional life and the feelings of a person) and finally reaches the surface.  Influenced by the sun’s rays, which represent the True Self, the lotus grows into a magni­ficent flower.  The flower greets the sun and thus the True Self.

People whose horoscope is dominated by this con­stel­lation are courageous people who dare to face things that once were unconscious and bring them into the light of aware­ness.  They live intensively and they often make spiritual and phy­sical travels in order to discover themsel­ves.

The spiritual path of Anuradha is practising dynamic medita­tions.  In the first stage of these meditations, everything that is uncon­sci­ous is brought to the surface and expressed.  The subsequent stages are serene stages in which the uncon­scious can cherish itself in the light of silen­ce.  When the mud has been left behind and the emotions have calmed down, it is possible to reach the True Self.  In addition to dyna­mic medi­tati­ons, psycho­therapy goes well with this constella­tion.  Psycho­therapy brings the unconscious to the sur­face, so it can melt away, cherished by the sun (consciousness).

My astrology website is, where you will see that unusually I combine both western and Vedic Astrology. I have completed an advanced psychotherapeutic course in western astrology plus a course, and advanced course and a further advanced course in Vedic Astrology, as well as degrees and counselling qualifications. I am pleased to offer birth chart readings, Predictions, Relationship readings and ‘Understand Your Child’ astrology. I teach basic and advanced courses in western and Vedic Astrology and have 19 years’ experience working as an Astrologer. Email: Tel: 07799296821.

Eclipse of the Sun on Sunday 3rd November

Eclipse of the Sun on Sunday 3rd November

shiva nataraja 3There is an Eclipse of the Sun on Sunday 3rd November at 12.50 UK time.
There is a truly, truly, truly exceptional pile-up of energy in western Scorpio (Vedic Libra) at the time of this eclipse.
This eclipse, and the last eclipse that took place on October 18th, will have a most enormous effect on individuals/couples who have planets in the zone of the heavens occupied by the eclipse planets, especially if their Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in that zone, namely end Libra and first two-thirds of Scorpio.
But see the Divine Message of this Eclipse at the end of this Blog.
A similarly-located enormous pile up of energies was at the time of the last eclipse, which was an Eclipse of the Moon on pretty well the same axis, which took place on Friday October 18th at 23.37 hrs UK time, and in western astrology terms, this lunar eclipse of October 18th had eclipse Sun at 25 Libra and eclipse Moon at 25 Aries.

Now, here are the details of the upcoming solar eclipse on this Sunday 3rd November expressed in western (and then Vedic) astrology:
Sun 11 Scorpio             (17 Vedic Libra)
Moon 11 Scorpio          (17 Vedic Libra)
Saturn 13 Scorpio        (19 Vedic Libra)
Mercury 7 Scorpio       (13 Vedic Libra)
Rahu 7 Scorpio             (13 Vedic Libra) (Rahu is the North node of the Moon)
Ketu 7 Taurus              (13 Vedic Aries) (Ketu s the South node of the Moon)

These two eclipses will have an enormous effect for all individuals who were born between October 17th and 16th November, who are in a brief, but exceptionally favourable period.
In other words if you have your Sun in Vedic Libra or, in western astrology terms, in the last six degrees of western Libra and the first 24 degrees of western Scorpio, you have potential for great good fortune in this brief time.
(And of course if you have a key planet in your birth chart that is caught up in the South Node of this Eclipse this eclipse will have vast impact on you too.)
I am writing this posting on 30th October, which is five days before the Sunday 3rd November eclipse. All people will sense it. People with key planets in the eclipse zone may well be feeling edgy.
The divine purpose of an eclipse is to release improperly dammed up energies. That’s why eclipses are associated with earthquakes and tsunamis on the earth plane. The call now is for our stuck patterns to crack and for us to be liberated. The call now is for wrong patterns to be blown apart.
How you will experience this depends on where you are in terms of your awareness and your attachments to blocks and barriers to Source. This eclipse can mean untold blessings and wealth for those with key planets in the eclipse zone, or it can mean downfall.
You see, Saturn is there too right in the middle of the Eclipse on Sunday 3rd November: Saturn, the Lord of Karma. If you have been diligent and ethical Saturn, Lord Shani will reward you now.
As I said in my recent blog, anyone born in the date range October 17th to November 16th, in other words anyone with Sun, and of course also ascendant and key planets in the eclipse zone will reap great rewards if they are open to the shift. How good it will be will depend on the standing of Libra’s Ruler, Venus, Lord Sukra, in their Vedic birth chart.
Adding vastly to this great potential, in Vedic Astrology Jupiter is in the Vedic sign of Gemini, thus casting a blessing on this sign of Vedic Libra all year adding blessing, discrimination and ethical enlargement for these people all year, if you avoid scatter and live in a way that does not deflect or block the blessing now.  (Jupiter is shortly to retrograde, by the way).
For those individuals closely and beneficially affected by the luminaries or Lunar Nodes (Rahu and Ketu) of these two eclipses, they should note that they will be spiritually protected and defended. You will be separated from people and places who are no good for you. You will be victorious.
I have chosen for the image for this Blog, a picture of Lord Shiva. Divine Shiva dances the universe into destruction as he dances new things into being. He is a whirl of energy, but his face remains serenely impassive in the centre of all the corybantic movement: this is the state of consciousness he asks us to emulate if we are to achieve our potential now. Note that Lord Shiva dances on the prone figure of the Demon of Ignorance: Apasmara. We too need to do this!


Sacred Sweat Lodge program

Sacred Sweat Lodge program

Helen sweat lodge 17There will be regular Sacred Sweat Lodge Ceremony at Boston Spa in Yorkshire (between Harrogate, Leeds-Bradford Airport and York). There is a caring family atmosphere and commitment to a genuine spiritual path of power, beauty and transformaiton. Here is a testimonial:

‘I joined a sweat lodge in Yorkshire, a first for me and a new step on my path to change.  It was a lovely experience, an adventure too as I did not know what to expect. I was among friends.  It was a moment of tranquillity for me, away from the hustle and bustle of this world and where four of us offered prayers up, openly and for everybody to hear.  A moment of real sharing, with the smells from the earth, the steam from the stones splashed with water, the heat from the fire, the birds singing outside on an unusually mild day for the time of the year.  And then just to remind us to live in the moment, a lovely ash tree hanging just over the lodge, silent but strong.’
Lucy, Paris

You can attend either as a participant, or through following the on-line Sacred Sweat Lodge Apprenticeship support course leading to becoming a Lodge Keeper. Details of the course will be published shortly on our website: and in the book The Backpacker’s Guide to the New Spirituality which is out any moment.
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The Need to Have and Hold your own personal Power on the Spiritual Path

The Need to Have and Hold your own personal Power on the Spiritual Path

love reaching outYou need to have and hold your own personal Power on the Spiritual Path, and this Blog explores some of the issues.
When the sort of individual who is called, in the language of shamanism, a ‘Power Stealer’ leads a group or a centre or a spiritual Order, you need to leave! There are various control dramas to notice and be aware of. And you need to be aware of these in yourself, too, of course. Indeed, this is the gift of the ‘Seer Rite’ in the wonderful Nine Rites of Munay Ki shamanism gifted to the West by Alberto Villoldo. The Rites need, of course, to be germinated and fully developed, or otherwise there could be failure to observe one of the central ethics to treat others kindly.
Spiritual knowledge and practice is nowadays often transmitted through groups or Orders in the West, so when the sort of individual who is called, in the language of shamanism, a ‘Power Stealer’ leads a group or a centre or an order, they will gang with aggressive peers and at the same time feed off weaker people, even people who are not very well, and this is so dangerous.  Power Stealers are a huge danger in the new spiritual development of our times in the West, where so often spirituality is shared through groups, centres and orders. Power Stealers do this because of lack of connection to their own personal power. Usually they don’t have the needed connection to their own power because of dysfunctional parenting. So, Power Stealers purposely steal others’ energy and use other people for energy. It is dangerous to even be in their company or be mentally connected to them. The whole point is that in healing work, the spiritual teacher, the healer, etcetera is not the one that is doing the healing: that comes from connection to the infinite. What the spiritual teacher/healer has to do, is to create a safe and sacred space: a conduit where the infinite can be channelled to do its work.
So, on the spiritual path, you need to develop your own true power, and contact your own true power, and work spiritually within your own true power. This is crucial.
In his book The Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield describes some of the control dramas we may be subjected to – and it’s very important to recognise our own, too.
I’ve mentioned Power Stealers, but spiritual groups can also fall foul of other control dramas.
There’s the person who flips between ‘Poor Me’ and ‘The Intimidator’. Poor Me gets sympathy and drains power from her listeners. The Intimidator crushes the other person psychically, verbally or physically. And the person who feeds on others for power can flip between the two.
There’s also ‘Aloof’. Aloof is the person who creates an area of mystique around them, then draws on other’ energy by drawing them into the sort of ‘energy vortex’ that Aloof creates, so that other people give their energy to that person and try to find out more and become paralysed and severed from their own true power within the vortex.
Then there’s ‘The Interrogator’. The Interrogator diverts attention to themselves by asking questions: questions that are asked for the sake of the energy they will suck from others, not because they want to know the answer. Or they create diversionary tactics to deliberately high-jack others’ energy.
It is so important in the spiritual path to get nourishment and power from your own connection to Source, from your own connection to the Divine, from your own connection to the Web of Life. Those connections make you feel adequately empowered to choose and walk your own spiritual path and feel uplifted; this is because, in this scenario, no one is coming from a place of incompleteness or need.
It is so important to notice in the spiritual path what the Control Dramas are in the groups from which you are trying to draw spiritual knowledge and nourishment. The more that you notice that an interchange is depleting you, the more you will come into your own true power.
Power Stealers so often have similar associates, but then surround themselves often with people who have little power and who will even give that little power away, who even may have draining chronic fatigue states etcetera.
But the more you notice the control dramas and come into your own true power, the more you are nourished and feel good.

This Blog is an excerpt from my book ‘The Backpackers Guide to the New Spirituality 2014’, which is due out imminently.
There are wonderfully supportive and empowering Certificated Distance Learning Courses linked to the book that are featured on the website
For example, Shamanic healing methods that deal with entities such as Power Stealers are covered in the linked Distance Learning Course on Shamanism.
Maggie Pashley and Michael Conneely are exceptionally widely qualified initiators into the nine rites of Munay Ki Shamanism, see:
Tel: 07799296821

Watch out for my forthcoming novel: Druid

I just got this email from a friend of mine, Hilary Griffin:

Dear Michael,
You might be interested in a film that’s entitled ‘ Philomena ‘ – released today, I think. It’s about an Irish woman who was disowned by her family for conceiving a baby out of wedlock. I think she was forced into an Irish mother & baby home where she kept her beautiful little boy for 31/2 years. Then without warning this toddler was snatched from her. It’s a poignant & tragic story. Film stars Judy Dench & is based on a book by Martin Sixsmith. Both mother & son tirelessly tried to trace one another but the nuns obdurately refused to release their contact details. Eventually, Martin Sixsmith, the journalist, traced him to the US. He had died of AIDs but requested that his ashes be sent to Ireland, obviously still yearning to be reunited with her mum.

We do intend to go an watch it. In fact Maggie and I visited the farm where my own mother now lives in Conemara at the age of 83yrs, but did not of course contact her as I am a secret from the family.
I did climb Croagh Patrick while we were there, passing penitents climbing the high, rugged and inhospitable mountain barefoot so as to gain absolution for sin, and indeed, my own mother had the penance to do just that for giving birth to me.

It was on the summit of Croagh Patrick that St Patrick vanquished the ‘she-demon’ Corra (= spirit of place’), consigning her to the lough at the foot of the mountain, and proceeding to convert Ireland to the Roman Catholic Church. The mountain was actually also sacred to Llugh, the Sun God, as well as having Corra as its ‘goddess’, but after St. Patrick, a Christian Church still tops the mountain.
Look out for my dramatic forthcoming novel, Druid, which portrays the visions and insights I had about Corra and St Patrick, and the need and the call to restore the Mountain to the spirit of the land.
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