YesNo: Responses less defined, developing a state of mind.
25 March - 10 April 2015
Sayana (Tropical); Galaxy Center 0Sag0
AK Sun .....Soul, Self
AmK Rahu; Mars Intellect, Mind
BK Mars; Mercury R Brother (associate)
MK Mercury R; Moon Mother (nourisher)
PiK Moon; Rahu Father (authority)
PK Saturn Son (follower)
GK Venus Cousin (rival)
DK Jupiter Spouse (partner)
AK Mercury R
DK Mercury R
Traditional Lahiri; Krishnamoorthy; Fagan
AmK Mercury R
MK Saturn; Saturn; Rahu
PiK Venus; Venus; Saturn
PK Rahu; Rahu; Venus
|The hand with a wheel on the palm symbolizes the Jain Vow of Ahimsa. The word in the middle is "Ahimsa". The wheel represents the dharmacakra which stands for the resolve to halt the cycle of reincarnation through relentless pursuit of truth and non-violence.|
The atma karaka (planet in the highest degree in the chart) will fall in a certain sign in the Navamsa (harmonic ninth) chart. This sign in the Navamsa in which the Atma Karaka falls is extremely important. According to one school of thought, this sign assumes a special status called the Karakamsa. K. N. Rao has made a special study of this topic and feels that this sign should be moved to the natal chart, and there it becomes the Karakamsa. The Navamsa position of the atmakaraka then becomes an entity called a Swamsa chart. This is not so insignificant a matter as it seems at first. The BPHS and Jaimini Sutram indicate that certain planets in certain positions from the Karakamsa will produce specific spiritual effects and affiliations, and the placement of planets from the Swamsa and the Karakamsa will often differ dramatically, so certain spiritual combinations which show in the Navamsa chart will not appear in the natal chart, and vice versa. For the analysis of spiritual potential in the chart, a choice must be made. We do need to make a choice, if only to determine a starting place. [...] Remember in this system, to determine a pada, count from the house being evaluated to the house in which the ruler of that house sits, then count from that house the same number of houses as the ruler of the house. →So, for example, if we're working with the 4th ("of the heart") in Swamsa, we find Ketu in Scorpio, ruled by Mars, which is 9 from the 4th, so, in 12th house Cancer; then, counting 9 from the 12th, we arrive at Pisces, the 8th house: self-transformation. Pisces 8th is ruled by Jupiter, located in the 1stH, with Sun and Pluto, 6 from the 8th, so, self-transformation for cause, for healing; the 1st is ruled by Sun. A simple comparison of approaches is helpful, in this case, using the Sayana- and Lahiri-based Karakamsa and Swama charts, shown in the diagrams at above left. Let's consider the differences among four Chara Karakas and the respective planets in these two approaches. So, in Sayana (Tropical), for example, AK Sun is found with Jupiter and Pluto, 5thH Leo in Navamsa; 5th becomes Lagna for the Karakamsa chart, in which all planets are found exactly as in the Rasi. The Karakamsa chart is thought to have physical application and apply in more material terms, in outer world experience. Matters of soul and psychospiritual experience, on the other hand, are evaluated in terms of the Swamsa chart: AK Sun is found in the Navamsa chart, and that house becomes Lagna for the Swamsa, in which planets presents exactly as in Navamsa. SUN or MARS As 'soul (atma) significator' and king of the chart, the Atmakaraka (AK) is also indicator of the 1st house; in addition, 12th from AK identifies the ishta devata, the personal or tutelary deity. It seems fairly obvious that Sayana Swamsa shows the better fit, with Sun, Jupiter and Pluto in the 1st, ruled by Sun, and clear 12thH indications for ishta devata, probably Moon7 → Shiva/Parvati. Before we get too far ahead, however, let me note that my use of the Atmakaraka is highly nuanced, idiosyncratic, to the effect that I cannot separate the notion of 'soul' from the experience of immanent divinity. Perhaps that simply goes to the fact that Sun conjuncts Moon in a closely packed stellium including Mercury R in the middle; whatever the case may be, I experience the divinity as in and of me, not as egoic in quality, but as Self, guru and nurturer. Or I might say, more properly, that I am in and of the divinity; I have no separate existence. And there are others present too, in a collective or plutral identity in and for which I am attuned. So, to the extent any of these 'charakarakas' has application, it must fit the experiential frameset. Immanent divinity is a solar experience, thus defined. While it is said that everyone's natural AK is Sun an idea with which I agree to the extent it means divinity inheres in everyone and everything I read my purpose as focused on 'knowing' that reality, 'to know God'. So I apperceive AK as SUN. Mars has no direction for me in the absence of Sun. Before moving on to Amatyakaraka, it is useful to review the general significance of Sun and Moon. As David Frawley puts it in Astrology of the Seers (2000:61ff.),
[...] Sun represents the Self, which is our independent, directly perceiving consciousness. The Moon shows the mind, which is our dependent, reflective, usually conditioned consciousness. As the Sun represents who we are in ourselves, the Moon shows how we relate to others, our social consciousness. As the Sun represents character or individuality, the Moon indicates our personality. [...]In its higher nature as pure, receptive awareness the mind is one with the Self, the Moon and the Sun are one in function, and the consciousness of the human being is integrated. [...] While the Sun projects the seed, the Moon gives birth. While the Sun stands alone and overcomes any planet with which it is associated, the Moon brings together and accepts into herself any planetary energy with which she is conjoined. [...] The Moon governs water water as a psychological symbol, water in our own body, or water in the world. She sustains our fluidity of body and mind. She allows us to flow. [...] she is [the] creative flow of life [...]Takuan Sōhō speaks of 'Right Mind', the mind that abides nowhere, likening it to water. It does not remain in one place. When it congeals, remaining in one place, it becomes the 'Confused Mind'. Alas, so have I become in this transition. MARS or MERCURY Amatyakaraka (AmK) signifies the mind, the 'minister', 'advisor' or 'major domo' who guides the king, "who guides the destiny of the person towards attainment of the desires of the atma".8 We also find the palana devata, the deity and protector who sustains the soul in the outer world, in the 6th from AmK. In Sayana Swamsa we find MARS in the 12th, and 6th from the 12th brings us to 5thH Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter in the 1st; in Lahiri Swamsa we have MERCURY in the 1st, and 6th from is 6thH Taurus, ruled by Venus in the 1st. I read MARS as AmK, but I'm using alternate criteria to determine this. Bearing in mind that AmK is indicator of career, note the radical positions of Mars and Mercury R; the latter is embedded in, whilst the former trines the stellium; MARS is the creative drive. MERCURY or MOON Before my reservations get in the way, let's proceed to the Bhratrikaraka (BK), which signifies siblings, father, Guru, and indicates the 3rd house.9 This is MERCURY, to my read. Again, located in the 12thH Sayana Swamsa, but in the 1st Lahiri Swamsa. Same as Moon. Sarajit Poddar writes that BK is "also known as the Gurukaraka, as next to the Amatya it is [the only] Guru (preceptor) who can guide the atma towards its desired goal and God".
The guru and their influence on our life and its purpose can be seen from the Bhratrikarka in the Rasi and the Navamsa chart. In the Navamsa chart, they show the promise, how the guru would influence the life of the native, while in the rasi chart, it would show how the promise is fulfilled.But the nature of the influence in this case is Mercurial, of words and writing, and of the psychopompic. So, in Sayana Karakamsa, MERCURY tenants the 10th, and 9th from there is 6thH Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, having to do with organizing, structuring, framing. In Swamsa, we find MERCURY in the 12th, 9th from which is the 8thH Pisces, ruled by Jupiter, with Sun and Pluto in the Swamsa 1st, and our lead planet in the radix. MOON or SATURN Last, consider Matrikaraka (MK), indicator of the 4th house, significator of the mother, nurturance and, by extension, property, vehicles, education, land and agriculture, cultural roots, etc.10 MOON seems apposite here, rather than Saturn. I favor the Sayana over the Lahiri results. In Sayana Swamsa, Jupiter, Pluto and Sun (AK) tenant the 1st, and the significators we're considering here, AmK, BK and MK (as well as Venus, GK, 6thH indicator), are all found in the 12th. We even see a better fit in Karakamsa, where Sun, Moon and Mercury present in 10th from Pluto, with Rahu and Venus in the 12th from the 10th, in 9thH Aries, going to self-transformation in the effort to achieve harmony). But when trans-Saturnians are included in the mix, Lahiri gains ground because Pluto (higher octave of Mars) plays a major role in a transformational sequence: In Lahiri Swamsa, AK Mars presents with Moon, Mercury, Venus and Uranus in Sagittarius, and 12th-from is untenanted Scorpio, ruled by Mars/Pluto, with Pluto/Jupiter/Sun in the 2nd, etc. It's not difficult to read Mars as AK, in that case; the concept is reinforced. In the absence of an incontrovertible to end the debate, preponderance of resonance allows use but not adoption of the schema. Tentatively, then, we find AK SUN, AmK MARS, BK MERCURY, and MK MOON.
We've spoken about the importance of sign and house placements, and about their determinants, including zodiacal choice, ayanamsa, and different systems of house division. In working through specific issues in
various briefs and studies, we've adopted different combinations to delineate the astrological charts facilitating resolution of the problem in that instance, at that time. In the sense that we comfortably embrace the
viability of different chart constructions, notwithstanding the fact that they present different but nonetheless viable predicates from which to obtain and interpret results, we also appreciate and tolerate the
reality of different and contradictory 'truths'. But there are several apparently conflicting views which lead to repeated questions, themes that frequently present in these existential problems, and several of these
concern houses and signs.
- Stellium: Sun-Mercury R-Moon (11/10); Tau vs Tau/Ari The first two charts at right show the simple Sayana and Lahiri sidereal. In Sayana (A) we find the core stellium in the Saturn decan of Taurus. Applying the Nakshatras directly (a sidereal application instead would give us Krittika), we find Moon and Mercury R in Rohini Nakshatra, where ruling planet is Moon, deities are Brahma and Prajapati, and the primary motivation is moksha, spiritual liberation;11 Lilith and Hephaistos are also found here. Sun is in the Mrigashira Nakshatra, ruled by Mars, and the primary motivation is also moksha "an excellent asterism for research of religious or philosophical truths. The ruling planet, Mars, reflects the energy of the spiritual warrior. The primary deity is Soma, the Moon God, who imparts the divine nectar of ever-new bliss".12 Animal symbol of Rohini is a male snake, and of Mrigashira, a female snake.13 "You dance like two snakes..." In Lahiri sidereal (B) we find the core stellium in Krittika Nakshatra. Krittika is ruled by Sun, Moon is exalted here, and the primary motivation is Kama (desire). "The other symbol for this asterism is a razor, reflecting the cutting activity of this nakshatra, which can heal or destroy."14 This has application, certainly, as does the Sayana. Both approaches contribute to our working perspective, which isn't determined by either, but which is happily affirmed and afforded descriptors by both. The Sun|Mercury R|Moon conjunction is most telling, as a trinity, but it's the chart dynamics involving this trinity that are most important. We've already noted that Mars trines the stellium and accounts for the creative drive of the system, reinforced by Saturn and Juno, engaged in terms of the Ascendant and Part of Fortune. This full dynamic, including other variables by extension, serves as the engine of the Chart. Pluto squares to the stellium make the dynamic about self-transformation and renewal; many additional dynamics make use of this primary, including the core kite formation: Pluto - Venus - Chiron R - Neptune R. So, again, I can work with both of these zodiacs, at different times, to different purposes. Rulership varies, but doen't describe or limit Sun so much as frame the tone of chart interpretation: Mars, Venus.
- MC/Rahu/Venus (10/9) vs IC/Ketu/Neptune R (4/3); Ari/Pis vs Lib/Vir
In this case the conflicting perspective goes to house locus more than sign Rahu/Ketu in 9/3 or 10/4?
It seems to me that 9/3 is a better fit I have trouble even relating to 10/4, which we encounter in Sayana with most systems of house division except Equal House and Vehlow (which creates other problems).
The same applies with Lahiri sidereal, of course, but in this case we can also use Whole Signs to find 9/3 (and see Pushya-paksha, below). Given the preponderance of findings for 10/4, I must consider the possibility
I'm simply obtuse or stubbornly ignoring the 'truth'. But as will become evident in the items which follow, the preponderance of findings favoring a specific house placement frequently conflicts with what resonates,
and the test of resonance, as well as proof in practice, wins the day.
Of the may ways we might gain perspective on apposite house in this case, it's useful to consider the Nakshatras, by direct application to the tropical, and by sidereal correlation.
So then, my focus tends to be quite fixed in pursuit of my goal. Which is
what? and better described by which Nakshatra correlations?
Ashwini/Chitra (Ari/Lib) or Uttara Bhadrapada/Hasta (Pis/Vir)? By direct application to the tropical,
both Ashwini and Chitra are sensible,
certainly, but the sideral application
works for both the tropical and sidereal charts, so it seems Uttara Bhadrapada and Hasta are the better fit. At this writing, as PMoon approaches conjunction with Ketum and IC in the 3rd, a Libra locus (Sayana) might make sense, given my more frequent social exposure these days, but Virgo (Hasta) is the better descriptor:
The deity of this asterism is Savitar, the Sun God who imparts creative and transforming energy. Its power is the ability to manifest what we are seeking [...] promotes the practice of meditation [...] primary motivation is moksha and [...] temperament is Deva-like. A flexible, chameleon-like quality to change and take on new shapes [...] (Harness D. 1999:51)Uttara Bhadrapada deity is Ahirbudhnya, the serpent symbolizing fertility, kundalini energy, and need for seclusion... (Harness D. 1999:104)
- Jupiter (9/8) vs Saturn (3/2); Pis|Vir vs Aqu/Leo
While I've described the Mars-stellium-AC/PoF dynamic as the 'engine' of the chart, it must be noted that the Jupiter-Saturn opposition is an equally important transformational axis best assessed as EH 8/2, worked out through
10 and 12:
- Jupiter (8) is binovile and Saturn (2) is tridecile Sun (10), and
- Jupiter (8) is trine and Saturn (2) is quintile Uranus (12).
- Venus, Hephaistos, Osiris, Mars; and
- Vesta, Uranus, Juno
- Ura (12/1); Gem/Can. Pars Fortuna (12/1); Gem/Can We've observed that Uranus is one of the work-throughs for the Jupiter-Saturn opposition, and that it resides in the 12th (although we've recently reconsidered the option of Uranus in the 1st). At issue here is the matter of Sign, Cancer or Gemini. Helio Trop shows Cancer, and Sayana shows Cancer as well, but ruled by Mercury, Lord of the 12th EH. Given the Jupiter and Saturn connections with Mercury and Uranus, across these systems, I think we can go with Cancer. The Part of Fortune is 4º25'28 from the AC, so we certainly might read that as a 1stH influence, but its locus remains 12th the focus is on bringing hidden material to the surface...
- Complement 5/6; Sco/Sag or Sag/Cap
Antares, Vertex, Great Attractor, Chariklo R, Ras Algethi, Ceres R, Chiron R, Hygiea R, Siwa R, Aditi R, Galactic Center I think we need to read both 5th and 6th here, and Sco/Sag. Refer again to the Helio Trop.
- Chiron R (5 or 6); Sco vs Sag
Depending on the system of house division and placement of the Ascendant, the Sidereal chart may locate Chiron R in the 5th or 6th, in Scorpio or Sagittarius. Tropical geocentric delivers similar results (eg, with Campanus, Vehlow, and Porphyry, vs EH, Placidus, and Alcabitius, etc.). Whether 5th or 6th, Sco or Sag, one can make sense of the result; the better fit is 5th Sag, but I can work with 6th Sag too, regarding needful transformation and healing. I appreciate the description provided by Ma Gyan regarding Chiron in Sagittarius, however, with respect to "integrating the Higher Self, or soul essence, into your consciousness", though I would phrase it rather as "to know God" or as "the experience of immanent divinity"; the more Scorpionic "owning of power" seems rather off the mark, in this sense.
- Pluto binary (1/2); Can vs Leo EH. Pluto tenants Leo, the 1stH, ruled by Moon, which Pluto squares in Taurus, the 10thH, ruled by Mars, which tenants Virgo, the 2ndH, ruled by Sun. There is no final dispositor here, but the Almuten Figuris is Venus, same as in Helio Trop and Sid Geo. Pluto is trine Venus.