The 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.
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, 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!
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:
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:
Ketu, 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.
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.
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/
Please have a look at this brief video which we shot at a Crannog Lake Village near our Healing Centre in the West of Ireland.
It’s about 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, as a refraction of the divine.
Then we can so usefully 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 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.
It can be so useful to see each of these, and thus use the vision work to perfect our experience of a planet.
I learned this approach of developing ‘clear appearance’ of a god, or in the case of astrology work: of building up clear appearance of a planet, when I worked as an Ethnographer, as a university-based field Study of spiritual forms new to the modern west, studying the lives of individuals treading the spiritual pathways of Hinduism, Buddhism, paganism, shamanism and utopian community. The study was based mainly around Glastonbury in UK.
So, when we develop the clear appearance of the planet, not in his perfect and divine energy-state, but as he actually manifests in our life this time, in our life and destiny, we thus build up a very useful picture of how we will experience that planet due to our karmas and soul choices: experienced through the filters of sign, house and aspect to other planet in our particular birth chart which is the map of our destiny this time, studied of course in Evolutionary Astrology.
In my worldwide astrology course, I teach very sophisticated methods of understanding the planets, of vision work with them if you wish for this, and also of establishing how a planet is treated by the other planets in your chart. Indeed, one can successfully use methods akin to psychosynthesis work which I studied in psychodynamic western astrology and methods similar to family constellation work. It can so help to gain clear appearance of each planet and then each planet as he manifests in your birth chart or predictive astrology. Course members have gained vastly from journeying to meet their Jupiter or their sun etc.
The answer is that for the deepest and most expert astrological perception we need to use both Western and Vedic zodiacs.
The Western and Vedic zodiacs actually measure very different facets of our self and our life and our destiny. And more than that, we actually in fact need to use three zodiacs. In addition to the Western Tropical and the Vedic Sidereal Zodiacs I just mentioned, we also need to use Vedic Astrology’s beautiful and wonderful 27-sign lunar Zodiac as well: The Nakshatras.
Here’s the easy-to-understand detail:
You need both Western and vedic Astrology:
In my astrology readings, I draw on both western psychodynamic and evolutionary astrology using the western Tropical Zodiac, and I also draw on Vedic astrology for its sure and vast declaration of our destiny.
Because the Western Tropical Zodiac is solar-based, or Sun-sign-based, it is ‘ego astrology’ and psychological.
Because the Vedic Sidereal Zodiac is anchored to a ‘fixed’ star, it is more a ‘statement of the eternal’, a statement of our destiny.
Western Astrology: Modern western psychodynamic astrology, when expertly interpreted, accurately depicts our psychological make-up, the sub-personalities within us and issues of individuation and wholeness.
Western Evolutionary Astrology: Modern Western Astrology also includes an invaluable and wonderful dimension of Evolutionary Astrology: a statement of how past life scripts influence this life, but note that this is evaluated in terms of the psychological results of past live scripts.
And absolutely crucially, any astrology interpretation needs to include Western Astrology’s Chiron the Wounded healer, and the outer Planets, the Gods of Change: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto: energies that entered the human consciousness at the dates these planets were discovered.
Vedic astrology, on the other hand, is far more ancient and powerful, and accurately identifies the journey of the soul. It identifies the journey we were born to undertake. It describes the physical and psycho-mental circumstances we will attract into our lives as fates for us to work with. Vedic astrology asserts that these fates are chosen regarding past karmas that have accrued in previous lives. Some of these karmas are fixed (drida): there is little we can do about them: we need to experience them =for a life-time to make the growth we need to undertake; other of our karmas are not fixed (adrida) – these we can learn to modify or eliminate or ‘burn’. And my belief is that we incarnate to face certain challenges and past karmas, but also to manifest certain achievements: the pearl that will be revealed within the plain sea-shell!
Zodiacs: So, Western Astrology uses the tropical zodiac. Its start point is 0 deg tropical Aries: where the Sun is on the first day of Spring. Vedic Astrology, on the other hand, uses the sidereal zodiac (start point 0 deg sidereal Aries which is anchored to Spica, a fixed star). Ayanamsha: I personally recommend that the difference between the two zodiacs that should be used is the Lahiri Ayanamsha. See Footnote 4, below.
Precession of the Equinoxes: As I mentioned above, the start of the Western Astrology Tropical Zodiac is based on the position of the Sun at the moment of the Spring Equinox, otherwise called the Vernal equinox, whereas the start of the Vedic Astrology Sidereal Zodiac is anchored to a Fixed Star.
Now, the important thing to realise is that the position of the Sun on the day of the spring Equinox moves against the background of the ‘Fixed Stars’. This is because of the wobble of the earth’s axis of rotation on its orbit.
So, this precession, or wobble, means that the western tropical zodiac actually moves a degree every 72 years against the backdrop of the stars.
This means that, the two zodiacs are currently 24 degrees apart.
In fact, for the wobble to work through fully and for the Spring Equinox to make a full cycle, it takes 25,920 years:
So, here’s the practical implication of this detail:
The Tropical Zodiac of Western Astrology is a 12-sign Zodiac (Aries to Pisces) which starts at the Sun’s position on the first day of Spring, and should be used for expert deep declaration of pour psychological self, including the psychological expression of our past life issues. Note that because of precession: the wobble in the Earth’s axis of rotation, the Western Tropical Zodiac moves a degree every 72 years relative to the Vedic Sidereal Zodiac, and that the two Zodiacs are currently 24 degrees apart. The important thing to note is that because the Western Tropical Zodiac is based on the position of the Sun, it is Solar, and the Sun is all about our egoic self: our psychology.
You can learn about Wesetrn astrology in my Western Astrology Course: www.enlightenedastrologycourse.com
The Sidereal Zodiac of Vedic Astrology is also a 12-sign Zodiac (Aries to Pisces) which is anchored to a fixed star. As I said above the two zodiacs have now reached 24 degrees apart.
Because the Vedic Sidereal Zodiac is anchored to a fixed star it operates not psychologically like the Western Tropical Zodiac, but it operates more to give a statement of the Eternal.
Compare this to the tropical zodiac of western astrology which is moving against the background of the stars: it moves a degree every 72 years, and its start point is that moving point in the heavens that the Sun occupies on the first day of Spring each year, and because of that western astrology is solar, it is ‘ego astrology’
The scope of Vedic Astrology, on the other hand, is immensely vaster than egoic, psychological western astrology.
BUT YOU DO NEED BOTH
And, at the present the two zodiacs are 24 degrees apart.
You can learn about Vedic Astrology in my Foundation Vedic Astrology Course: www.mastervedicastrology.com (and the further more advanced levels).
And then there’s a third zodiac as well, that is absolutely invaluable to use as well:
The Lunar Zodiac: Additionally please do note that Vedic astrology also employs an even more ancient zodiac: the immeasurably powerful lunar zodiac of 27 signs, that depicts our emotional realities in a magical and dream time way that is pre-solar, pre-logical and pre-linear, and is hugely accurate, powerful and meaningful. The Vedic Nakshatras Lunar Zodiac is based on the position of the moon against the background of the Fixed Stars and thus depicts our emotions and our consciousness arising therefore. These lunar signs are called ‘Nakshatras’.
The positions of the lunar signs were more easily visible to ancient astrologers because they are quite simply the position of the Moon in the heavens on each of the 27 days the Moon takes to orbit the Earth.
Because the lunar signs are so ancient, they are powerful and magical and pre-rational, and each of them has a power animal that can be used for many purposes of understanding, including the identification of the best marriage partner for you.
This system is immensely sophisticated in the techniques it uses such as Navatara, Nara chakra (health statement) and Nadi Nakshatras. Its vast and sure systems of sign rulerships and qualities throw immense meaning onto our lives. Note that the Nakshatras are very novelistic in the state of consciousness and behaviour stemming from that that they depict for us. Indeed, it is essential to note that in this lifetime we often have to go through the negative facets of our Nakshatra’s state of consciousness, in order to grow spiritually, just as a lotus grows to bloom on the surface of the water in the light of the sun but its roots are fixed in the mud below! Out of darkness, light! You can learn all about the Nakshatras in my Nakshatars Advanced Course, for which you do need to know a little Vedic Astrology in order to enroll: www.nakshatrasadvancedcourse.com.
AND HERE ARE FOUR FOOTNOTES:
The Sidereal Symbols: As first footnote, please do note that I also use the Sidereal Symbols of Vedic astrology, which stare the star-energy in each of the 360 degrees of the Sidereal Vedic Zodiac. The ancient Vedic Sages were so acute in their awareness, that they could even detect the energetic difference in each of the 360 degrees of the Zodiac due to the different energies radiated by the stars within each degree. The Vedic Sages channelled the meaning of each of the 360 degrees of the Sidereal Zodiac. The roots of this system lie in ancient Babylonian Star Lore. Using the symbol for each zodiacal degree, these sidereal symbols can throw vast illumination onto the nature of any of your planets by using the symbol for the degree the planet falls in. On occasion, the illumination thrown onto the nature of the planet is of vast value and can be found from no other source.
How to understand apparent contradictions: and as a second footnote, please note that whereas Western Astrology can tend to understand very contradictory energies within our chart rather like the framing of a committee minute which seeks to find the compromise middle agenda, in Vedic Astrology, when there are contradictory statements, it is not the case that this is dismissed as a contradiction, but that both ends of the pole will be experienced. And this is because Vedic Astrology is geared to tantric awareness, where the experience of apparent opposites directs us to the greater meaning that lies beyond the apparent opposites.
Visionary Astrology: And as a third footnote, please do note that my approach to astrology basically is, I feel, enhanced, by use of vision work. So, I recommend you include visionary astrology – East meets West. It is so visual and graphic and memorable if as a first stage, you develop ‘clear appearance’ first of a planet as a God, in other words as a refraction of the divine. Then as a second stage, go on to get a graphic picture of the planet as he appears in your birth chart in your life, you’re your destiny, as you experience him due to your karmas and your soul choices. So, in this second stage you experience the planet, not as a pure refraction of the divine, but you experience him through the three filters of sign, house and aspect, as he is positioned in your particular birth chart which is the map of your destiny this time. This visualizing approach is actually drawn from the union of western and vedic astrology plus using Tibetan Buddhist and tantric Hindu approach of ‘clear appearance’. From 1998, based mainly in Glastonbury in England, I did a five year, university based, social anthropological field study (an Ethnography) of Spiritual Forms new to the modern west. And one of the countless things that I found was that both Tibetan Buddhism and tantric Hinduism teach that in order to fully experience a god, you need to develop clear appearance of that god first. And if you do this you can ‘call him/her in’ to your mind and consciousness any time if you need to. So, in the same way I find it really enhances your feel for the nature of a planet, and for the different way that a planet will actually manifest in your chart and in your life, if you develop ‘clear appearance’ of the pure energy of that planet as a refraction of the divine, and of the filtered often very skewed or modified way that planet appears in your birth chart/in your life.
Ayanamsha: As a fourth Footnote, I tell you about the really important issue of which Ayanamsha to use, i.e what number of degrees’ difference to assign to the difference between the two zodiacs: vedic Sidereal and Western Tropical. I personally recommend that the difference between the two zodiacs that should be used is the Lahiri Ayanamsha. There are different Ayanamshas giving different overlaps between the two zodiacs. But I personally find Lahiri best. This is because my Moon is at 29 degrees 56 minutes in the Vedic Astrology Zodiac, which makes me a Pisces moon, my Moon is in the Nakshatras or lunar Sign at the end of Pisces which is Revati, the 27th and final Nakshatra. I have found that other Ayanamshas, other than Lahiri, can put my Moon into Vedic Aries, into Ashwini which is the first of the 27 Nakshatras. But I feel most deeply in my heart that I am a Pisces/Revati Moon, and so my knowing tells me that the Lahiri Ayanamsha is correct. I am of course a very marginal test case which proves the point, with my Moon being at 29 Pieces 56. There’s real trouble if you select the wrong Ayanamsha. This is because marginal planets at the very beginning or end of a sign can actually end up being stated to be in the wrong sign. Vedic astrology has a system of wonderful predictive periods called Dashas, and these are based on the position of the Moon at birth, so if you use the wrong Ayanamsha and put the Moon in the wrong position in your birth chart, the stare and end dates of your predictive periods or dashas will all be given wrongly. Also, vedic Astrology uses a wonderful system of Indicators or Charakarakas to say what role each planet occupies in your life and destiny. This is based on the longitude of each planet in its sign, so if you use the wrong Ayanamsha and end up putting a planet in the wrong sign, then you will assign a wrong Charakaraka indication to your planets, with really problematic consequences.
Charts showing the different Zodiacs:
Here is a useful zodiac chart will which enable you to see the way the Constellations and the Sidereal and the Tropical zodiacs relate to each other:
The outer wheel shows the constellations that fall on the ecliptic.
The middle wheel shows the Vedic sidereal zodiac, which is aligned with the constellations.
The inner wheel shows the Western Tropical zodiac, which is aligned with the equinoxes and the solstices, being about 24 degrees off the Vedic Sidereal zodiac at present:
And here is a useful zodiac chart will which enable you to see the way the twelve signs of the Vedic Sidereal Zodiac and the Nakshatras relate to each other.
The great power of this ancient Irish Druid (and much older) ceremony is how we can each of us choose to grow: how we can each of us choose to grow with the Sun. The Sun gets bigger and bigger from now one, and more and more powerful, every day from now, to reach his height at Mid-Summer.
The Spring Equinox is the day when the nights grow shorter and shorter than the days. It is the moment when the Sun get bigger! And remember, in our astrology birth chart, the Sun is our Self. The Sun is our sense of self (whether weak or strong). The Sun in our birth chart is our personal Divine Charioteer who holds in his hands the reins that guide the horses that pull the chariot of your Self. The Sun drives and directs the horses that are the other planets and your Sun charts the forward direction for our Self. This is your task now as the Sun grows daily in his glory.
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