Friendship indications in Astrology

Friendship indications in Astrology

Budha Mercury

Budha Mercury

The Mercury-ruled Lunar Signs (Nakshatras) are always being called to ask the question: ‘who really are my friends?’

The Mercury-ruled Nakshatras or Vedic Lunar Signs are:
The 9th Nakshatra:  Ashlesha
The 18th Nakshatra: Jyestha
The 27th Nakshatra: Revati
and of course the principal indication for friendship issues in the Vedic Birth Chart is the 11th House.

This post arises from the work of Master Vedic Astrology member Louise Piggott on the meaning of my Moon in my Vedic and western astrology birth chart.

My Moon is in the 27th Lunar Sign (Nakshatra) called Revati, which is ruled by Mercury.
In western astrology my Moon is at 23 Aries.
In Vedic astrology my Moon is at 29 Pisces 58.

Basically western astrology depicts our egoic psychology (and does this very well). Vedic astrology on the other hand depicts our incarnational life purpose and its unfoldment through our life. In my worldwide astrology courses we go from planet to planet, studying each planet first in your chart and then in mine, and in between each planet study there are caring and supportive exercises to increase knowledge of Vedic interpretation techniques.

The Mercury-ruled Nakshatras are famous for regularly asking ‘who are my friends’ and they can be rather chameleon-like, so I often become a victim in groups and friends, and it’s taken me decades to fully see this and try to understand it and solve it.

I have just finished re-reading Iris Murdoch’s novel: ‘The Bell’, published in 1972. I knew her very well when I was at Oxford 1968 to 1972 (when I lived in vacation time in a spiritual community just outside Glastonbury), and I actually feature as one of the characters in The Bell, which is about how a lay community develops just outside an enclosed order of Anglican Benedictine nuns, where the Abbess is a spiritual power-house. But because the members of the lay community don’t understand the issues, they inflict upon the community their own dysfunctions. There is the usual bossy sergeant major type woman chief side-kick type, the teachings the Abbess herself should be radiating forth turn into intellectualising formula-repetition: regurgitated formula, and so on, and so that the community dramatically fails.

I am now re-reading Iris Murdoch’s novel ‘The Unicorn’, where I also figure as a character in her book. That novel is similar: about a very special though ‘imprisoned’ spiritual woman symbolised by The Unicorn, but because the members of the community around her have all given away their power, and not addressed their dysfunctions. Again there’s a sergeant-major bossy woman, again the community disastrously explodes.

The reason I am sharing this is to show how the Mercury-ruled Nakshatras can be totally disempowered in dysfunctional groups. This experience is there for their learning. And I would have to say that all spiritual groups seem to go dysfunctional.

In many shamanic/pagan groups, a process of ‘power stealing’ goes on. See: https://starwheel.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/the-need-to-have-and-hold-your-own-personal-power-on-the-spiritual-path/

Conversely, The guru phenomenon in India makes the followers in meditaiton groups more and more disempowered and cuts off from their truth and power. A descent into sycophancy and loss of independent evaluation and empowerment sets in.

One of the problems is that the assistant figures the Guru appoints and absorbs around them are usually dominating and out of touch with the truth of their selves and thus members suffer even more disempowerment. Also the guru phenomenon can hasten the descent of the guru into power-over, ego, formula, and a general lack of reality sets in, and some sort of disaster follows that. Iris Murdoch’s novels brilliantly depict this.

I hope this is of assistance, Michael

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Have a look also at my ‘Astrology of 2015’ Report and the detailed monthly pages of charts, western and Vedic ephemeris, lunar phases, eclipses and astrological discussion in: http://www.mastervedicastrology.com/astrology-2015.html
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What does it mean if you have Mercury conjunct the South Node of the Moon in your birth chart?

What does it mean if you have Mercury conjunct the South Node of the Moon in your birth chart?

Ketu, the South Node of the Moon

Ketu, the South Node of the Moon

I quote from an assignment on the Moon in my birth chart written by Master Vedic Astrology member, Louise Pigott.

You might like to note that in my western and Vedic astrology courses, the study goes in a very supported way from planet to planet, focusing first on the planet in the student’s birth chart, then that same planet in my birth chart as tutor, developing awareness of the many techniques of interpretation in Vedic Astrology inbetween each planet-focus as we walk the path. So this post arose from Louise writing about my Moon.

My natal Mercury is conjunct Ketu (the South Node of the Moon) in my birth chart. Although this is the ‘jnana karaka’ (the enlightenment indicator) this conjunction further twists Mercury and makes you likely to express it badly, until one reaches a more enlightened consciousness.

Mercury is retoprgrade in my birth chart, too. Retrograde planets are Vakri or twisted in the way they manifest in one’s life: this being so for the purposes of divine learning.

Furthermore, Mercury is very coloured by the company he keeps in a chart, and in my case this is difficult: namely: conjunct Ketu, conjunct a very deeply fallen Sun who will not be strong enough to correct Mercury weaknesses in manifestation, and also receiving an aspect from Saturn. And Mercury is also Lord of the 12th House of Loss.

One implication of this is that it will indeed, initially, as Louise says, lead to problems of utterance in the earlier stages of one’s life (if not all of it). As you so rightly say: head versus heart in expression.

On the issue of sharp speech, well note that I have Mercury semi-sextile Mars in my western astrology, where the semi-sextile energy is a constant nagging abrasive union of the two planets.

But in Vedic astrology, note that my Mercury is conjunct Ketu. And one of the implications of this can be sharp utterance. It can even sound like cursing!

 

But its highest manifestation is the Jnana Karaka (The Enlightenment Indicator): deep and penetrating spiritual utterance, forged from the process typical to ‘Mercury – Ketu’ individuals of going from one spiritual form to another until the individual learns to transcend the limitations of mundane spiritual paths and groups.

To close, here are some buzz-words of meaning for Mercury conjunct the South node of the Moon:

Conjunction of MERCURY and KETU

Keywords: Mercury = Thinking; Ketu = Sublime or Erratic Favorable: Subtle thinking; highly intuitive analysis; psychic; spiritual thinker; quick shifts in thinking.

Unfavorable: Chaotic, frenzied and turbulent, confused, bewil­dered and angry; finds it difficult to process things clearly, concisely, and rationally; psychological skills are not sharp; at times can easily get disturbed or mentally off balance; mind is full of surprises and changes.

See my new local astrology readings website: www.starwheelastrology.co.uk for local readings in the Leeds, Bradford, Hebden Bridge area.

Have a look at my worldwide astrology offering: My worldwide astrology readings website is: www.starwheelastrology.com . My worldwide Astrology Courses websites in both Vedic and Western Astrology are: www.mastervedicastrology.com  and www.enlightenedastrologycourse.com .
Have a look also at my ‘Astrology of 2015’ Report and the detailed monthly pages of charts, western and Vedic ephemeris, lunar phases, eclipses and astrological discussion in: http://www.mastervedicastrology.com/astrology-2015.html
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How does lack of nurture and mothering show up in the astrology birth chart?

How does lack of nurture and mothering show up in the astrology birth chart?

aquarius 3Here are some comments made by Master Vedic Astrology trail-blazer, Louise Pigott writing about my Moon in my birth chart, which is at 23 Aries in western astrology, but 29 Pisces in Vedic Astrology, which as Louise correctly points out is in one of the three ‘Gandanta Zones’ in Vedic Astrology.

My Moon is very clearly at the edge of its sign in Vedic Astrology. Planets at the edge of sign are called Rashi Sandhi. they feel unnoticed and have problems expressing themselves, not least because they are not sure which House to express themselves through.

It is important to say that one of the levels of meaning of a ‘Rashi Sandhi Moon’ 12 23 western Aries means that ‘Mother will not be there for you’, and of course this has the most immense implications in a baby’s life and all his life. I believe the western Aries martialness is the unenlightened egoic reaction to the karmic script that my Vedic Moon so surely declares.

But as I said, my Moon is not only Rashi Sandhi, edge of sign, it is also in the Gandanta zone: the zone where a water sign gives way to a fire sign. So, in Vedic Astrology, thsi is as follows:
Aries in Vedic Astrology: Vedic Pisces to Vedic Aries
Vedic Cancer to Vedic Leo
Vedic Scorpio to Vedic Sagittarius.
These are all in the degrees around western 24 Aries, western 24 Leo and western 24 Sagittarius respectively.
To have Moon in these degrees definitely means that mother will not be there for you, and indeed that you perceive in infancy that the physical and psycho-mental world is not there to support you.

What exactly does ‘Gandanta’ represent?

Gandanta represents a knot within ourselves, a deep issue, which we are forced to confront if we are to survive and if we are to succeed in the scripts we came to work with this time.

We approach these issues with ignorance and uncertainty and pain, and with bad guidance from our background.

They are bundled up in what is called a ‘spiritual knot’, and it starts off in our life as a secret, a hidden encoded fate.

And what we have to do is trying to reconcile with this knot of often terrible problems?  We have to forgive ourselves for errors we made earlier, because these errors even can indeed act as a signpost pointing us to where we will win healing and strength.

It is said to be characteristic of a soul that is at the end of a stage in its incarnations, and the challenges are there for him to do the work so he is ready to move on.

You quite simply must face the problems encoded in the knot; otherwise you lose your life. Having your planets in the Gandanta is very powerful. It indicates a very special purpose for this birth.

If we can unravel the knot, the result is enlightened consciousness, and often, indeed, the method of doing the unravelling is to undertake enlightenment meditation.

I think the Gandanta knot for me personally to unravel in this life time is about the issue of ‘nurture’ and related to that of being valued: in my case starting from being completely de-valued and under-nurtured by my birth mother (who soon put me in a Convent Orphanage) and subsequent related difficulties.

And I have to recognise the deep stain this ‘lack of valuing’ casts through my life and all the illusory or counter-productive reactions to try to deal with the lack of value, including so often relating to people on a false basis to gain acceptance, anger and rootlessness; impelled to academically shine, so easily hurt, attracting enemies and power stealers. The list could go on.

As Louise wrote about Revati Moons, you have to try not overdo nurture of others as it further devalues your self. And then this further causes anger and impatience which is the characteristic of Moon in Western Aries. Sharp speech and anger stems from this, too.

The organisation of my courses is that the student is caringly taken through a journey which studies the planets first in his/her birth chart, and then in my birth chart, with lots of technique consolidation sessions in-between the planet focus assignments.

See my new local astrology readings website: www.starwheelastrology.co.uk for local readings in the Leeds, Bradford, Hebden Bridge area.

And have a look at my worldwide astrology offering:

My worldwide astrology readings website is: www.starwheelastrology.com .

My worldwide Astrology Courses websites in both Vedic and Western Astrology are: www.mastervedicastrology.com  and www.enlightenedastrologycourse.com .

Have a look also at my ‘Astrology of 2015’ Report and the detailed monthly pages of charts, western and Vedic ephemeris, lunar phases, eclipses and astrological discussion: http://www.mastervedicastrology.com/astrology-2015.html

Email: michaelconneely@gmail.com 
Phone: 07799296821
+447799296821 (from outside UK)

Are you an Aries Moon in western astrology?

Are you an Aries Moon in western astrology?

ARIES

ARIES

In this post, Master Vedic Astrology trail-blazer member Louise Pigott asks ‘what does it mean to have Moon in Aries in your Western Astrology but Moon in Pisces in your Vedic Astrology?’

In the Western chart, a person born under an Aries Moon is said to be impulsive and enthusiastic. The Moon rules the emotional self, so with the Moon here one would expect a certain amount of spontaneity and determination.

Independence is another key theme, with Aries being a Fire sign, ruling impulses, initiative and action. As such, characters with an Aries Moon hate being told what to do, dislike authority other than their own and do not go in for social niceties that sugar-coat the truth of a situation.

You are a pioneer, and like to do your own thing, and revel in starting something new. You hate to be bored and thrive on hard work and perseverance. You do not shy away from saying how you feel, but can often lack subtly. Conversely, although you can speak what you think, you are also sensitive enough to be hurt easily should others do the same.

With Mars being the astrological ruler of Aries, you often have a quick temper and sometimes little patience when it comes to getting what you want. You can tend to speak before you think, acting on hunches or flashes of inspiration that later may get you into hot water. You must learn to couple your intuition with a little patience; often taking the time to see the whole picture will let you read and evaluate a situation a little more clearly, arming you with vital evidence before you take your head-butting action!

However in the sure declaration of Vedic Astrology you have Moon in Pisces.

It might be helpful to some readers/clients to explain the different orientation of the two astrologies:
Western Astrology uses the Sun-sign based tropical zodiac and thus tends to depict our egoic self, our egoic reaction to our karmic destiny, and has been very much used by western astrologers to link it to the modern western project of Self (pamper yourself, cherish yourself, etc.
Vedic Astrology on the other hand, is anchored to the fixed stars (Spica at 0 Libra) and is thus a statement of the eternal and includes and encompasses handling of our egoic self. The two zodiacs are 24 degrees apart, because the Vedic zodiac is fixed, but the western zodiac moves by a degree every 72 years.

So, in the case of someone with planets in western Aries, these are usually at the end of the Vedic sign Pisces, in the Vedic Lunar Constellation or Nakshatra called Revati, where the theme is ‘nurture’, but so often the case, what the individual is reactively acting out is a reaction to lack of nurture!

In other words lack of nurture in childhood produces all the violent characteristics and ‘The Madness of King George’ as depicted by the western sign Aries.

You can ask me for one of my worldwide Astrology Reading combining your western astrology with your Vedic Astrology, see: www.starwheelastrology.com.
Or: remember – It is such a worthwhile project studying Vedic Astrology, and you can enrol at any point on my worldwide Vedic course. See: www.mastervedicastrology.com.
Or my worldwide Western Astrology Course, See: www.enlightenedastrologycourse.com

Or see my local astrology readings site for the UK: www.starwheelastrology.co.uk.

When planets are close to each other in your birth chart (or in the Heavens) what does this mean?

When planets are close to each other in your birth chart (or in the Heavens) what does this mean?

Michael Conneely

Michael Conneely

PLANETS IN CONJUNCTION, COMBUSTION AND PLANETARY WAR

When planets are close to each other in your birth chart (or in the Heavens) what does this mean? Vedic astrology has a very sure and detailed declaration on this point, and so it is Vedic Astrology techniques that I draw on here.

You can ask me for one of my worldwide Astrology Reading combining your western astrology with your Vedic Astrology, see: www.starwheelastrology.com.
Or: remember – It is such a worthwhile project studying Vedic Astrology, and you can enrol at any point on my worldwide Vedic Astrology course. See: www.mastervedicastrology.com.
Or my worldwide Western Astrology Course, See: www.enlightenedastrologycourse.com

When planets are close to each other in your Vedic birth chart, you need to analyse whether they are in conjunction, combustion or planetary war.

  1. Conjunction

Any planet in the same sign/House as another planet must be treated as ‘conjunct’ that planet. Though obviously the wider the orb the less power that conjunction has.

N.B.1:  Nodal axis: If the Moon is eclipsed around the time of birth, the conjunction of the Moon to Rahu (North Node) and Ketu (South Node) will be treated as a conjunction even if the Moon and the Node are actually in different signs (and this will be a case of close to the edge in each sign), because of the Eclipse nature and the Eclipse’ impact on the life.

N.B.2:  Mercury is very coloured by the company he keeps in a chart.

N.B.3:  Retrograde Planets:  if one or more of the planets are Retrograde (i.e. having apparent backwards motion in the Heavens,  they are interpreted as ‘strong’, and their normal exaltations and debilitations are reversed so that a planet in its sign of debilitation is exalted if retrograde and one in its sign of exaltation is debilitated if retrograde. However, one of the fundamental principles of Vedic Astrology is that ‘strong’ does not necessarily mean ‘good’. It is very definitely the case that a strong planet can be strong for ill, and pose a great challenge in our life. I have seen strong Mercury manifest as dyslexia.

Let’s look at these three possibilities in more detail: 

  1. Combustion

There are special rules for close conjunctions of a planet with the Sun. Planets which are very close to the Sun are generally in combustion. This means that they cannot function properly being so close to the Sun. We can say that they have been burned by the sunrays, burned up by the power of the person’s ego!

Combustion occurs when the Moon is less than 15° from the Sun.

Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are in combustion with the Sun when they are closer than 8°30′, for Venus the distance is 4° and for Mercury 2°.

It is usually the external functions of a planet that are disturbed.

The confrontation with the planet representing the soul (the Sun) can however, results in a planet functioning very well internally.

For example: Let us assume that Venus is in combustion, this can have negative consequences for relationships (an external manifestation of Venus), but the person involved will have a strong conception of justice and beauty (internal manifestations of Venus).

HOWEVER, please do note that Vedic Astrology is utterly vast, and it is coloured by the many regions in India where it evolved.

For example the Vedic astrology program Shri Jyoti Star takes a much wider definition of Combust than did the course I referred to above, and Shri Jyoti Star does list my Mercury as ‘combust’, though the orb between my Sun and Mercury is five degrees.

  1. Planetary War/Yuddha

Planetary War occurs when two planets (not the luminaries or the nodes) are within one degree of each other. But assessment for Planetary War does not only take account the close longitudes of the planets involved, you also have to take into account the relative brightness and position.

The planet to the North (above) is considered the winner unless it was competing with Venus that is so bright it generally overshadows the opposition.

It is worth checking the declinations and brightness before declaring your verdict.

Even if the planet to the North is competing with the bright planet Venus, it still gets some extra power.

As I said, Planetary War only occurs when two planets are within one degree of each other, either in the same sign or in adjacent signs. Only five planets can participate: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Depending on various factors, the vanquished planet (especially as Ascendant lord) can bring drastic results, losing its power as house lord and as karaka (significator) over matters it rules.

This condition can also be observed with transiting planets (i.e. don’t just look for Planetary War in birth charts. Especially take this into account if they mirror a Graha Yuddha in your birth chart, or especially if the Ascendant lord is involved.

So when you see a very close conjunction always look for Planetary War occurring. Mars as loser brings exceptional results. The most pivotal is the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.

So, when two planets are within the orb of mutual influence, see if planetary war applies.

If the faster planet is behind, it will overtake the slower planet this is ‘ullekha’ and it will create conjunction so analyse whether Planetary War will be created.

If the conjunction is separating, however, this is called ‘Bheda’ meaning breaking, splitting, tearing or, piercing.

Bheda leads to Yuddha (war) where the rays of the defeated (vijita) are obliterated while those of the victor (jayin) are enhanced.

But sometimes both planets will be strong. If both planets have sufficient strength (Bala) and are brilliant, then it is a strong situation like a brilliant debate.

But if both are struck down, very small (perigee) then they are ‘kūṭa’ (technically victorious) and ‘vigraha’ (technically defeated) look for spiritual victory leading to freedom from Rāhu.

‘Kūṭa’ means false, untrue, and deceitful and shows how victory can be won however in addition to freedom and independence.
‘Vigraha’ connotes discord, quarrel, contest, strife, war, and in these cases some would say that renunciation is best option.

North latitude and declination adds to strength. Symbolically, North brings health (Vāyu), wealth (Kubera) and wisdom (Iśāna)

South latitude and declination brings defeat. South brings vices (Agni), punishment (Nirṛti) and death (Yama)

However note that Venus is generally victorious in view of his brightness.

Helpfully, Shri Jyoti Star does include a Planetary War statement in one of its tables, but to work it out by hand (which I would never seek to do), first we check if the two planets are within one degree of each other. Thenwe have to calculate the total Sthana Bala value + Dig Bala + Kala Bala till Hora Bala of the two fighting planets.  Then we must calculate the difference between these two values.  This difference must be divided by the difference between the apparent diameters of the two planets as seen in the sky.  The result of this calculation is the Yuddha Bala.  This must be added to the Kala Bala total of the winning planet and subtracted from the Kala Bala of the losing planet.  Maybe you experience this to be a difficult concept.  However, you can also look at it simply from the point of view that a planet which wins a war gets some bonus Shashtiamsas (strength points), while the planet which loses the war loses some Shashtiamsas.  Or if you don’t fancy doing this, use Shri Jyoti Star.

A classic ‘Planetary War case’ is Adolph Hitler. You can see from his chart that Mars and Venus are at war in his Aries 7th House. Indeed where Vensu is his Ascnedant (Lagna) ruler.

Adolph Hitler's Birth Chart

Adolph Hitler’s Birth Chart

In his youth Hitler  wanted to be an artist, mirroring the fact that he was in Venus Dasa (predictive period) from birth until he was eighteen and a half.  but he chose war, instead.

Yet nevertheless, his buildings and uniforms ware of striking design with their emblematic Swastika and jackboots and this was the Martial expression of this Venus (artistic) nature.

But, of course,  his Sun is Exalted in Aries- and so: Venus lost Yuddha (Planetary War) to Mars.

I do also have a local astrology readings website for those living in West yorkshire, see: www.starwheelastrology.co.uk

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