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Peter Keogh is the principal editor for all writing, teaching and research projects, including the books Love in the Palm of Your Hand, Destiny in the Palm of Your Hand and Introduction to Hast Jyotish. He has studied and worked with renowned palmist and international author, Ghanshyam Singh Birla, giving consultations, workshops and courses at the Birla Center in Vedic Palmistry and Astrology since 1982. An accomplished musician, Peter created the recordings of The Maha Mrityunjaya (Shiva) Mantra and The Gayatri Mantra in collaboration with Ghanshyam and singer songwriter Serge Fiori.
In Vedic astrology, the Sun plays an eminent role in that it represents our soul nature. Books on Vedic astrology, both traditional and contemporary, extol the virtues of the Sun. Personal magnetism, integrity, authenticity, compassion, brilliance, conscientiousness, and empathy are a few of the outstanding qualities that are attributed to it. To what extent we demonstrate these qualities, however, will be seen by the sign (Aries to Pisces) in which the Sun is placed, in what house (the 12 areas of human endeavor) it is placed in the natal chart, and of course, the potency of the Sun relative to the influence of the other planets in the chart. Doing the math, we can see that there are 144 combinations of Sun placement.
In regards to sign, the Sun is exalted in Aries, yet is debilitated in its polar, opposite sign of Libra. This is not to say that all people who have Sun in Aries exhibit all the above-mentioned qualities, whereas those with a Libran Sun, in contrast, are equally deficient. Rather, we need to define how the energy of the Sun will be filtered through the ruling planet of the sign in which the Sun is placed.
For example, the Sun is exalted in Aries, its best placement. Aries is ruled by Mars, a yang, energetic, and intense planet. As a result, Aries provides an ideal medium, one that synergistically works towards channeling the passionate, fiery energy of the Sun. This Sun placement, then, indicates an uninhibited, unbounded, and full throttle intensity and enthusiasm.
Moreover, Aries is a Cardinal Fire sign, (Cardinal being a mobilizing, initiating force), propelled by the element fire; we like to start things and get them moving, further confirmation of the positive blending of both Sun and Mars energies.
We need to keep in mind that the Sun in this Mars ruled sign generates plenty of heat, and that if its energy is not used wisely, one with this placement can be overly intense, perhaps even riding roughshod over others in their enthusiasm.
In contrast to Aries, Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, finding balance (related to Libra’s icon - the scales) and harmony. Venus is a caring, gentle, peace-loving planet allergic to conflict and confrontation. In one of its extreme manifestations, however, Venus can have a seducing influence - in Hindi it is referred to as an Asura, or a demon. One then might ask how Venus, the planet of love, can be seen in this light. As Venus also corresponds to the physical body incorporating the five senses, we need to watch that we are not tempted into expending an unreasonable amount of time, effort and energy working to satisfy them.
As such, inappropriately channeled Venus energy shows a predominant quest to satisfy the senses, the physical desires of comfort and pleasure; we want to be comfortable, to take it easy, and to enjoy the pleasures of a hedonistic lifestyle. In addition, as the Sun equates to soul qualities, whereas Venus corresponds to the physical body and its senses, we can see how there might be a conflict in interest regarding the ultimate quest of soul realization.
In contrast, however, the ideal manifestation of Venus – the planet of love – is devotional; we can display the qualities of compassion exhibited by Mother Teresa whose life work was to take care of the poor, especially those afflicted with leprosy. As Venus filters and redirects the Sun’s inherent fiery nature, it is essential that we learn to express this Venusian energy in ways that best support our spiritual evolution.
In addition, we may have an ideal vision of how life should be, yet we also need to strike a balance between the real and the ideal to manifest our utopian dreams as we may not always have the energy at our disposal to make this quest for harmony and beauty in life a reality. For example, those with the Sun in Libra may present a different demeanor depending on the situation and with whom they are dealing. In the desire to avoid conflict, you may back off when faced with opposition. In contrast, however, and perhaps as a result of lacking poise at times, you may unintentionally overreact, dealing more severely with those when you are feeling more in control.
Ultimately, you need to find your voice and conviction, and face with equanimity both those who can be intimidating as well as those who may feel intimidated by you. Attaining this neutral yet loving way of being, you achieve finally what you have been seeking for so long – the harmony and equilibrium associated with Venus, the trademarks of Libra. As a result, the noble and essential quest to create peace and equilibrium in your life simply needs to go hand in hand with a passion, intensity and perseverance to create it. As we gain strength, we are also able to maintain a neutral equanimity when dealing with others.
Although emphasis has been placed on the expression of the Sun in the natal chart, it is essential to view the chart as a whole for an accurate interpretation, as each planetary placement in the chart will have an influence as to how Sun energy will manifest through the individual.
If you feel that you are getting ahead in some areas of your life, yet somehow less successful in others, it is time to explore how you can find full personal expression, and greater satisfaction. You can change your circumstances, and with guidance your goals and ambitions can be realized. If you would like to investigate further, an interpretation of your handprints in combination with your natal (birth) chart will enable you to navigate through life even more successfully.
Remember, “He who hesitates is lost.” As you are the architect of your life, let us work together with your own personal and unique “blueprints”- your chart and hands - and build from there. To book an analysis, check our website at www.birlacenter.com or call us toll-free at 866.428.3799. You can also opt for our Remote Consultation Service.
Three Fundamental aspects of Astrology
Three basic features of Vedic astrology are planets, signs, and houses. Planets indicate a specific energy, for example communication is one of the attributes of Mercury. They are the “what” of the three.
Signs show “how” the energy of each planet will be expressed. For example the hot Sun finds its expression through Aries, a fire sign and excellent conduit to direct this brilliant, intense heat. With this placement in the chart, we channel effectively, the vibrant energy of this powerful force. All characteristics of the Sun: integrity, personal magnetism, and competence, to name a few, flow through us. Needless to say our intensity and focus can “make the impossible, possible.”
Houses indicate the 12 different departments of life and “where” the energy of each planet will channeled - keeping in mind to what extent the quality of that planet’s nature is being expressed. In our earlier example, the Sun in Aries, if in the first house, indicates a strong sense of self, and one who is openly expressive. In contrast, the same Aries Sun, yet in the 12th house, may indicate someone who uses their intensity in ways not obvious to others, for example, they may prefer to work more in the background, rather than being in the limelight.
Though these three factors are inherent to the study of astrology, they are mentioned here as introductory concepts to better understand the main thrust of this article, that is to explore what life issues we have been drawn to address in the present, and ones that can have a powerful influence, impacting our entire life perspective.Accordingly, the ascendant sign, the ruling planet of that sign, and the placement of that planet in one of the 12 houses, points to these areas of life that we are instinctively (karmically) drawn to and can feel compelled to experience.
The Ascendant and its ruling Planet
Lastly, a word regarding the ascendant and its ruling planet. Visualize the earth as a ball in the center of a much larger ring comprising the constellations, of which an integral part are the 12 signs of the zodiac. If we were to look beyond the eastern horizon and far out into space at the exact time of our birth, the zodiac sign “ascending” at that time would be assigned to the ascendant or first house of the chart.
Moreover, each of the 12 signs has a ruling planet that corresponds to the energy associated with it. Let’s take the example of a Leo ascendant. The Leo ascendant is ruled by the Sun. It is therefore important to see where the Sun is located in the chart. For instance, it could be in Virgo. Therefore, the lord of a Leo ascendant, the Sun, would be placed in the 2nd house as the sign Virgo follows Leo in the zodiac sequence.
The Lord of the Ascendant (1st house) in the 7th House
The lord of the ascendant placed in the 7th house indicates that partnerships can play a pivotal role in your life. In western astrology, a key phrase for the first house is “I am”, whereas in the 7th this phrase changes to “we are”. This is the house of marriage and joint business partnerships. Moreover, contracts are also seen from this house as they bind us to others indicating commitment and some form of mutual agreement. The 7th house is also strongly associated with our subconscious, the area of our mind of which we are not fully aware. To what extent we attract a positive, loving and helpful “better half” is seen from this house and also by seeing in which house the lord of the 7th is placed, as well as seeing if positive (benefic) or difficult (malefic) planets aspect this house. In one sense we attract our partners in life, both personal and impersonal, who are a reflection of our own subconscious. We have the opportunity to learn about deeper aspects of ourselves in these relationships.
The Lord of the Ascendant (1st house) in the 8th House
The lord of the ascendant in the 8th house can indicate many learning experiences that can be either painful or satisfying as they can bring about much positive personal transformation. In both cases we have the choice as to which ones we will encounter. Traditionally, the 8th house is called the house of death. Death, however, is often a result of declining to face the transformative changes that are a part of being alive and human. Recognizing that our soul nature is at the root of our existence, and declining to make the necessary life changes, ones that ultimately promote our happiness and our staying on track regarding our personal evolutionary journey, we experience somewhat of a “soul death” as our journey has been temporarily put on hold. However, as one saint has said, “A soul can stay only so long in the dark”.The 8th house is also profoundly associated with metaphysics and the esoteric sciences – for example, palmistry and astrology. Those with a strong 8th house, in addition to having a spiritual inclination, may have a strong desire to explore what is beyond the dualistic world of illusion. For them, the greatest adventure begins; they no longer take everything so seriously or at face value recognizing that literally “there is more to our existence than meets the eye”. Transformational changes can then be seen as milestones on our spiritual journey, each leading to increasingly greater joy.
The Lord of the Ascendant (1st house) in the 9th House
This is the house of good fortune, the spirit, higher knowledge, spiritual teachers and gurus. Accordingly, the lord of the ascendant in the 9th house is especially auspicious as it indicates having done something special in the past to the extent that we come back into this life to benefit from the good karma done in previous lives. Of course depending on the quality of this house, we will attract good teachers and spiritual disciplines to hasten our personal growth and evolution or we may attract the aforementioned yet not be as receptive to the good advice and counsel that we receive. Still, the fact that we have the lord of the ascendant in this house does indicate that some form of benefit is sure to come into our lives; we just need to keep our eyes and our hearts open. Success can come to us on a material, worldly level equally as on a spiritual one depending on our conscious awareness. It is this that will determine how we judge a life lived successfully.
The Lord of the Ascendant (1st house) in the 10th House
As opposed to the interiorized feeling nature of the 4th house traditionally corresponding to the nurturing, yin nature of the moon, the 10th house is associated with an outgoing, and dynamic platform through which we can experience life as it relates to the heat and dynamism of the Sun. Suitably, the 10th house relates to the incessant heat of the midday Sun, whereas the fourth house relates to the cool of midnight. Once again, depending on the strength of this house, we can see to what extent and how easily our destiny unfolds. The lord of the ascendant in the 10th house, then, shows our desire to fulfill our destiny, our karma in the public through our vocation, dedication or simply our work. We play out our karma, perhaps more than others, prominently through our social interaction with others in the workplace. We look to the 10th to see our political, spiritual, and social interaction and what unique talents and gifts we bring to the collective “bank” of ideas, and perhaps even to social change. We can be leaders in our field or besieged by bosses with whom we don’t get along. The 10th house shows how prominently and successfully we play this public role and to what extent others see us as a force to be reckoned with.
The Lord of the Ascendant (1st house) in the 11th House
The 11th is the house of gains and can be seen as a *? lottery house in that any planet that is placed here can work for you. The lord of the ascendant placed here shows that our focus may be on what we can anticipate gaining in life, specifically according to the quality and strength of the ruling planet sitting here. There can be many opportunities made available, yet we need to be wise in what we wish for. As a great saint Paramahansa Yogananda has stated, “All desires have to be met”. Which of them, however, are appropriate for our personal growth and evolution, while others delay our happiness, and stunt our growth? Acknowledging that spiritual awareness is essential to our true joy in life, we must be careful that we do not become sidetracked in our desires for what Paramahansa called the “unnecessary necessities”. Keeping this in mind allow all the good that is promised from your 11th house but not at the cost of your spiritual development. In this way you can have your cake and eat it.
The Lord of the Ascendant (1st house) in the 12th House
The 12th house is traditionally associated with loss, confinement, and expense, yet is also equated with freedom and enlightenment. The lord of the ascendant placed in this house describes how we can feel at loss, living in the mundane material world, or equally in Nirvana on a spiritual level of awareness. The choice is ours in that freedom comes at an expense, usually at the cost of holding on to everything for dear life, whether money, a relationship or emotional memories of the past. Whatever, these are simply expressions of an ego at work and, which ultimately, and of necessity, must go.
Detachment, then, is another keyword for this house. In the play of life from one to the next, we are all in the process of breaking free of our ego’s stranglehold so as to enable spirit, our true nature, to take precedence. Having the ascendant lord in the 12th house shows either an awareness of this reality, and hence a letting go spirit of detachment that is recognized and welcomed or, in contrast, a worldly, material outlook whereby we may live a life perhaps feeling that we don’t have enough, one where there is fear and letting go is the last thing on our mind.The lord of the ascendant in the 12th house can indicate a glorious, unfettered… yes, even a saint-like existence. Give this some thought in regards to where you stand. Adopting the former attitude will have you quickly and merrily on your way to liberation and an unchained spirit of joy.
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Saturday, June 30, we introduced as part of our Meet & Greet Saturdays, a lecture on Vedic astrology with Peter Keogh.
If you were unable to attend or if you wish to review this workshop, it is now available on video on our site. Enjoy!
During this lecture, we will briefly examine the difference between Vedic and Western astrology, as well as the importance of the ascendant and its ruler to see your purpose in life and why you are born.
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Three Fundamental Aspects of Astrology
Three basic features of Vedic astrology are planets, signs, and houses. Planets indicate a specific energy, for example one attribute of Mercury, the little finger, represents communication. They are the “what” of the three. Signs show “how” the energy of each planet will be expressed. For example the hot Sun finds its expression through Aries, a fire sign, an excellent conduit to direct this brilliant, intense heat. With this placement in the chart, we channel effectively the vibrant energy of this powerful force. All characteristics of the Sun: integrity, personal magnetism, and competence, to name a few, flow through us. Needless to say our intensity and focus can “make the impossible possible.” Houses indicate the 12 different departments of life and “where” the energy of each planet will be channeled – keeping in mind to what extent the quality of that planet’s nature is being expressed. In our earlier example, the Sun in Aries, if on the ascendant, indicates a strong sense of self and one who is openly expressive. In contrast, the same Aries Sun, yet in the 12th house, may indicate someone who uses their intensity in ways not obvious to others; for example, they may prefer to work more in the background, rather than being in the limelight.
Though these three factors are inherent to the study of astrology, they are mentioned here as introductory concepts to better understand the main thrust of this article, that is to explore what life issues we have been drawn to address in the present, and ones that can have a powerful influence, impacting our entire life perspective. Accordingly, the ascendant sign, the ruling planet of that sign, and the placement of that planet in one of the 12 houses, points to these areas of life that we are instinctively (karmically) drawn to and can feel compelled to experience.
The Ascendant and its Ruling PlanetLastly, a word regarding the ascendant and its ruling planet. Visualize the Earth as a ball in the center of a much larger ring comprising the constellations, of which an integral part are the 12 signs of the zodiac. If we were to look beyond the eastern horizon and far out into space at the exact time of our birth, the zodiac sign “ascending” at that time would be assigned to the ascendant or first house of the chart. Moreover, each of the 12 signs has a ruling planet that corresponds to the energy associated with it – for example, the Sun in Leo in the description above. However, not all individuals with a Leo ascendant have their Sun in Leo. For instance, a Leo ascendant with the Sun in Virgo moves the Sun into the second house; therefore, the ruler of the 1st is in the 2nd house.
The Lord of the Ascendant (1st house) in the 1st HouseAries, the first sign of the zodiac, is associated with the first house, the ascendant, or rising sign. Aries is ruled by Mars, a dynamic, outgoing, and fiery planet. Consequently, one with this placement may exhibit these qualities, specifically expressed through the persona, as the first house is strongly identified with the self and the body; you may feel strongly motivated to project your personality, and self-image in ways that you can be known for who you are as a unique individual, as well as for your personal standpoint. The lord of the 1st house being in the 1st house – for example, a Leo ascendant with its ruling planet Sun sitting in its own home in the ascendant, rather than being placed in any other house, is powerful in itself. You are openly expressive, and have a magnanimous nature that can be charming, charismatic, yet can also be intimidating to others blinded by your brilliant light. This marriage of planet and sign, then, lends even greater force to one’s self-expression as well as to one’s front and center visibility as a result of this placement. It is necessary, however, to see what is the ascending sign and its ruling planet, as this will have a markedly different flavor towards influencing the manner of your self-expression.
The Lord of the Ascendant (1st house) in the 2nd HouseThe 2nd house is associated with finance, assets, and as such the immediate family that we were born into, whether that was one of rags, riches, or somewhere in between. The ruler of the ascendant placed in the 2nd house shows that we can focus our attention towards attaining materialistic goals. In that we all need to take care of our needs, we must take care that we do not overemphasize the acquisition of “things” that, as a result of our consumer society, become more wants than needs. Traditionally this house is a “marak” house, which translates as killer. As our true nature is to attain a spiritual connection with our soul, focusing on more mundane worldly affairs can simply detour us away from this quest. In this respect, the 2nd house is deemed “marak”. How we use our assets and personal resources, whether for personal gain and security or to be used, recognizing that we have the free will, privilege and awareness to support others for some higher, nobler purpose will be seen in part through this house.As this is also the house of speech and communication, you may discover that you have a desire to write and/or teach. Be careful the power of words, making certain that what you relay to others is always said with humility and based on the truth.
The Lord of the Ascendant (1st house) in the 3rd HouseThe lord of the ascendant sitting in the 3rd house of courage, yet also of “putting the nose to the grindstone”, shows that we have come into life to face it head on. Perhaps in a previous life we did not put a 100% effort into accomplishing our goals, and so have come back into this one to persist and persevere with our present life goals. This house is also associated with the hands. Accordingly, artists, musicians and those who use their hands in various other creative ways often have a strong 3rd house. Regardless your profession, keep in mind that expectancy without expectation would be a good formula for living a happy, productive life. And as the 9th house of good fortune is directly opposite the 3rd, the labor that you put in with all your heart and good intentions will simply manifest as 9th house blessings and godsends that can come your way.
The Lord of the Ascendant (1st house) in the 4th HouseThe lord of the ascendant in the 4th house indicates issues around home, stability, roots and happiness. At all costs we seek to find the stability in life that perhaps we were not able to accomplish in the past. Your mom can be a great influence in your life, yet depending on the strength of this house – planet/s located here as well as planets aspecting this house from other areas of the chart will determine, for example, if this influence will be helpful or not; your mom may be your best friend, or maybe you left home very young as a result of maternal conflict. The Moon, which is the indicator of mom as well as our emotional stability, is traditionally well-placed in this house. How we interpret the enormous amounts of stimulus received daily through the senses is determined by the quality of our Moon by sign and house placement. We cannot underestimate the powerful influence that the Moon has on our thinking and our behavior. Consequently, whether your Moon is in the 4th house or not, it is important that you control your emotions by elevating them into devotion. In this way, regardless the circumstance you find yourself, objectivity, clarity, and love will be the guiding force behind your feelings, thoughts and actions.
The Lord of the Ascendant (1st house) in the 5th HouseThe lord of the ascendant in the 5th house shows that you are mentally active; your mind, intellect, and creativity are your main channels for self-expression. Education and academic studies may be a source of inspiration for you. Away from the classroom environment, you pursue your student identity; you can be a perpetual student in that every day is another opportunity to learn something new. Your mind is awakened to many ideas, concepts, and theories keeping you adaptable, open and “young in mind”. Whether a poem, a treatise, or a child (the 5th house is also the house of children) everything that issues from you is a creative expression of your soul. As such, the 5th house also relates to mantra, the vibration of higher consciousness. The planet/s in the 5th house and/or the ruler of this house will determine, then, to what extent we are functioning on a mundane worldly level or if we are resonating more on a higher level of awareness. As such, the 5th house will indicate if we are using our mind according to “buddhi”, discriminative intelligence, or “manas” translated as the mind, guided in limited fashion by the ego.
The Lord of the Ascendant (1st house) in the 6th HouseThe lord of the ascendant placed in the 6th house shows that you have come into this life to face its challenges, become powerful, and to resist any negativity that life throws at you. The 6th is traditionally called the house of health and resistance, yet it is also the house of strength. On a material worldly level, many athletes have a strong 6th house, as they have had to develop strength and persistence to challenge and win over their competitors. On a spiritual level, the strength gained in the 6th house enables you to conquer any opposition. Often, however, the opposition is the interior battle between ego and spirit. To win the battle of life, you need to resist what is bad and not to resist what is good. To paraphrase the words of a great saint, we need to “do the right thing at the right time for the right success”. In another quote, he has said “Truth always wins in the end”. With these phrases in mind and put into action, virtue rules and we become happier and closer to spirit, our true heritage.
Paramahansa Yogananda, an enlightened master who brought the powerful technique of Kriya to the west and the founder of Self-Realization Fellowship, states in his biography that: “A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma. His horoscope is a challenging portrait, revealing his unalterable past and its probable future results.”
Accordingly, who we are on all levels – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual – as well as the karmic trail that we have left behind and, which follows us into the present, is embedded in the blueprint of our birth chart. Born into this life, we assume our role, put on our costume – the physical body – and venture forth to experience life in all its diversity. It is here, though, that many astrologers, assuming that our future is unalterable, employ astrology as a predictive science. We can see how this might be true, as the natal chart is static and unchangeable. Moreover, a core feature of Vedic astrology called Vimshottari dasha further implies this notion. The dasha system indicates specific periods in our life ruled by each of the nine planets: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Rahu and Ketu. These periods range from 6 to 20 years in duration, milestones that indicate the beginning and duration of important chapters that we will experience in our lives. In total, this cycle of planets lasts for 120 years – a span of time that, according to Vedic lore we should all live to see. Astrologically speaking, then, it could appear that our lives are on an undeviating, fatalistic track.
Sanchit, Prarabdh, and Kriyaman - The 3 karmas
Imagine for a moment life is a conveyor belt taking us on the ride of our lifetime, passing daily through familiar territory that is pleasant and satisfying as well as unfamiliar terrain that is challenging and difficult to traverse. According to the Vedas, the events that we experience as we go through life, as well as our response to them and their likely outcome can be defined through 3 karmas: Sanchit, Prarabdh, and Kriyaman. The first karma, Sanchit, is defined as all the karma, both good and difficult, that we have created from all our past lives. The second, Prarabdh karma, is that portion - the “pizza slice” - of our total Sanchit karma that we will experience in this life. We are given only a fraction of our Sanchit to deal with in this life, otherwise we might find ourselves drowning helplessly in a sea of karma. Kriyaman, the third karma, is “real time” karma – our daily unceasing thoughts and actions – and how they influence, for better or worse, our success in managing the “slice” of this life’s Prarabdh.
This approach to life changes everything quite dramatically, in contrast to a philosophy based on fatalism. It demonstrates that we do have free will and determination to work out this life’s Prarabdh karma, the results of which are detailed in our Kriyaman “report card” – shown as either karma burned or new difficult karma accumulated. From one life to the next, we make a series of choices, the outcome of which determines the quality of our subsequent incarnation. Consequently, we either continue to reduce our Prarabdh “slice” of karma through conscious and positive choices, eventually eliminating once and for all our cache of lifetimes of accumulated Sanchit, or we simply continue to pile on more negative karma, only having to deal with it in a subsequent life.
Ideally, at one point we are left with only good karma having made consistently, wise spiritually evolved choices. Keep in mind, that those who seem to have it off better than others, ones who are happier, more content, and with peace of mind are not lucky; they have simply – often over lifetimes, as well as in the present – been consciously and positively managing their kriyaman. Next we take a look at an infallible way of becoming a Kriyaman master.
Buddhi and Manas
As to what we may experience in life, and as to how we react to circumstances, determines how well we are managing our Kriyaman karma in this life. There is, however, an effective conscious template of sorts that we can apply to just about anything we could possibly experience in life; one that will keep us on track, and our Kriyaman karma unblemished. You see, the mind does have its uses, especially when we use it as a tool to guide us towards spirit and the ultimate experience of bliss. What is this thought template that we can all apply to every life event and circumstance? Remember these two Sanskrit words, buddhi and manas. Buddhi stands for discriminative intelligence; we choose to eat a salad rather than fries and a coke. Manas, (we jokingly refer to as menace) translated as mind, is the ego at work – we may find ourselves instead at the hotdog stand, leaving the salad instead for our pet rabbit.
It is really important that if we genuinely want to make spiritual headway in life – translated as happiness, contentment of heart, and peace of mind – we need to lock these two words in our memory bank. We need to keep them as a polestar, at the forefront of our thinking, so that all our thoughts and actions are guided, prompting us to attain this divine state of being. To paraphrase Swami Sri Yukteswar, an illumined rishi, “happiness and the elimination of pain is our heritage.” In contrast, we can surrender to our ego and regress, leading instead to pain and the elimination of joy. Of course all our thoughts and deeds, like x-rays, are cumulative. There is no one fatal bad decision that irrevocably sends us to the dark side for eternity. Yet if we keep adding extra toppings to perhaps our already overladen “Sanchit pizza”, now or at some time in the future we will be obliged to discharge this accumulated karma – giving new meaning to “paying for our sins.”
In the end, it all comes down to awareness, buddhi consciousness, whereby we know and choose to do that which is proper and virtuous as opposed to manas; we choose to please the ego’s needs and desires. And even though it has been said by various saints that all desires need to be met, hopefully we recognize which ones are valid and beneficial, and not simply worldly and fleeting – not to mention those that can actually harm us. Furthermore, we learn either through wisdom (buddhi) or from experience (manas) – for example the decision to pursue some object of our desire proves over time to have been unwise. Finally it’s simply a matter of time – now or later – to experience the happiness we are all searching for, which in fact is our heritage. So, how are we to know when we are using buddhi or manas, perceiving our reality from our own subjective point of view?
Astrology and palmistry, then, are tools that can help guide, and keep us on our spiritual path (remember happiness, contentment of heart, and peace of mind). Knowing our strengths and weaknesses we then have the choice to apply buddhi rather than manas to stay on track. Therefore, regardless that our natal chart is static, a fatalistic point of view is not acceptable. And again in the words of Swami Sri Yukteswar, an intuitive and master Vedic astrologer, “A wise man rules his stars!”
Jupiter is considered a benefic planet and for the most part - depending on sign and house placement - has a positive, uplifting influence. Qualities such as innovation, ambition, leadership, nobility, and a justice seeking temperament are a few attributes associated with this giant, expansive planet.
Jupiter takes approximately 12 years to cycle through the 12 signs – staying in each one for about a year. Jupiter, now in Taurus, is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, beauty, comfort and pleasure. Filtered through the fixed, earth element nature of Taurus, this Jupiter is also determined, practical and likes to get things accomplished. It can also relate, however, to an at times “do it my way” attitude. Jupiter will remain in this sign until May 24th, 2013.
Jupiter in Taurus, then, partakes of both the enthusiastic nature of Jupiter, empowered with the refinement of Venus to seek charm and beauty within and without. In this placement, Jupiter’s good-natured benevolent character is given the challenge to channel the powerful, yet pleasure-oriented aspect of Venus towards creating a dynamic and cooperative balance between thought and action – in this instance having virtuous ideals, and the ability to realize them.In the following article, we will explore how and to what extent the practical and purposeful nature of transiting Jupiter in Taurus can have a positive influence in your daily affairs – specifically in a particular area of your life. This month, we will examine the last six ascendants, from Scorpio to Aries.
Scorpio Ascendant – Jupiter in Taurus in the 7th House
Jupiter in Taurus is now transiting your 7th house. During this transit, the expansive nature of Jupiter will have an influence on, for example, your husband or wife, colleagues and business associates. As a prerequisite to making these relationships work smoothly, you need to watch how you relate to others, as Jupiter in Taurus can be a challenging placement for this planet. Keep in mind that every transit, regardless which planets are involved, provides an opportunity to grow in self-realization. Accordingly, you need to remain humble and loving, and ask others to give their opinion rather than assuming that things will be done your way. Besides, the effects of this benevolent planet will also be determined by the 2 signs and houses that it rules. Sagittarius in your 2nd house is associated with, among other facets, how we speak, and your 5th house, Pisces, is associated with the mind. At this time, then, your thinking is concise; you are plain spoken, fair and sincere. With these potential attributes at your disposal, and as words speak for themselves, maintaining a humble profile will simply speed things along. In contrast, letting pride get in the way will simply sabotage your efforts – a pretty dumb thing to do.That being said, it is possible to improve your existing relationships, and perhaps to solidify new ones - whether intimate or business. You may start a business; the caveat being to make it a success, you will have to work hard. Although this is obvious in starting up any enterprise, during this transit you may find that you will need to push yourself harder and to persist enabling you to succeed with all your efforts.
Sagittarius Ascendant – Jupiter in Taurus in the 6th House
Jupiter is now transiting your 6th house, traditionally considered malefic, yet one that has great potential, enabling us to override any challenges, opposition or resistance that may come our way. Accordingly, the strength we gain from dealing with issues associated with this house fortify us; we have the vigor to meet life head on. In your natal chart, there are two positive signs/houses that are ruled by Jupiter. Significantly, Sagittarius, your 1st house or ascendant – commonly referred to as the “king of the chart” – plays an important role in how you express yourself. You have a certain nobility and good intentions. You are inherently explorative, industrious, and pioneering by nature. Pisces in your 4th house indicates an emotional connection with home and mom; your roots are important and stability is a must. Of course, we need to see where your natal Jupiter is located to confirm these observations. In regards to the 6th house, you may meet up with some resistance or opposition to your plans. However, this should be temporary; you may even find that they may help you once they understand where you are coming from. Again, as with all of these Jupiter in Taurus transits, maintaining a deferential attitude, especially towards those who may oppose you, will go far in furthering your ambitions as well as in helping you realize your personal dreams. Interestingly enough, during this year, there may be a foreign influence in your life. Therefore, any job that comes from out of the country would be something to consider. This may take the form of some leadership or teaching position. As a caution, choose wisely how you budget your resources during this transit, as expenses can be a problem. You may have a tendency to spend a lot to satisfy personal desires. See what it is that you really need. Besides, as there can be some difficulty with your immediate family at this time – which will be overcome – you don’t want to aggravate any challenging situations by going into debt.
Capricorn Ascendant – Jupiter in Taurus in the 5th House
Those with a Capricorn ascendant are by their nature somewhat cautious. They are both emotional yet practical, making decisions only after much thought and research has gone into making sure that they have all the facts – a Saturn trait, the ruling planet of this sign. Jupiter is now transiting your 5th house of children, the mind, love relationships, and education, to name a few. During this transit, you may feel more determined and intent on achieving your goals; you may find it easier to maintain your priorities, as Taurus’s nature is fixed - your mind is set and not easily swayed once a decision has been made.Your Pisces 3rd house, indicating hard work, and your Sagittarius 12th house of loss and expense, yet also of freedom and liberation, are both ruled by Jupiter. Consequently, you may have to work hard, yet this is not a concern as Capricorn’s nature is to put the nose to the grindstone, or as I once heard a Capricorn ascendant say, “Rest is rust.” This pretty much defines their work ethic. Accordingly, the 3rd house of labor will simply encourage this notion further. Moreover, the 12th house influence can have you concerned over loss; perhaps you may feel that you are wasting time and resources. Accordingly, you can work hard to materialize your goals during this transit. The practical nature of Jupiter in Taurus will see that your labor will be constructive and rewarding.
Aquarius Ascendant – Jupiter in Taurus in the 4th House
Jupiter is transiting the 4th house of those with an Aquarius ascendant. Aquarius, an air sign, (though don’t get confused by its symbol depicting a Water Bearer) often expresses itself, similar to air, in an open, fresh, original, and innovative way; many Aquarians ideas are visionary and humanitarian. Jupiter’s effects on your 4th house of home and stability will be adjusted or modified by the influence of both Pisces in your 2nd house of assets and Sagittarius in your 11th house of gains – both signs ruled by Jupiter. For example, you may be interested in real estate, purchasing a home or renovating an existing residence. These are all potential areas of gain. However, as Jupiter is in Taurus – Taurus not being the best friend of Jupiter – there can be some attitude issues that need to be addressed so as to allow its placement in the 4th house to truly flourish. For example, the purchase of a house may imply that you will be living with someone else. This purchase, then, becomes more than simply an investment, as it suggests greater commitment in a relationship. Consequently, Jupiter in Taurus will test your aptitude to extend yourself in your relationships more openly and to remain loving, caring and understanding.As a bonus for this good behavior, your 10th house of work, career or vocation opposite your 4th house will also be enhanced during this transit. Be careful to watch your budget and not to overdo it with unnecessary expenses, as you may have to manage your financial liabilities and obligations, especially if you take on a major expense, as suggested above.
Pisces Ascendant – Jupiter in Taurus in the 3rd House
Those with a Pisces ascendant, Pisces being mutable, are flexible, adaptable, and open to others’ ideas. Jupiter in Taurus is now transiting the 3rd house of hard work. And though this is not the best placement for Jupiter, it rules two favorable houses, Pisces in the 1st, your personal self-expression and Sagittarius in the 10th house indicating your profession and how you will express this first house personality in your public life. Though you may have to work hard, you can achieve great success.This can also be a time to acquire higher knowledge with an aim towards self-realization. Maintain a humble attitude, as the greater your receptivity to listen and absorb, the closer you will get to attain this goal. Remember, however, to put this theory into practice and to meditate.
Aries Ascendant – Jupiter in Taurus in the 2nd House
Those with an Aries ascendant are prompt to act and, to some extent, they have a carefree manner of expressing themselves, perhaps due to their guileless nature. Jupiter in Taurus is now transiting your 2nd house of assets, yet also an indicator of your immediate family environment. Jupiter rules your Pisces 12th house of expense and loss, yet also of liberation and enlightenment, usually considered a difficult house, and your Sagittarius 9th house of higher knowledge and the potential for spiritual attunement. As it is, you have one good house and another challenging one. And as Jupiter is not in its best placement in Taurus, you need to make sure that you are maintaining harmony with family members, as you can be somewhat outspoken, wanting to do things in your own way. Don’t be impatient or too demanding. The second house focus can also be over money and we may want to benefit financially. And though this is a distinct possibility as Jupiter in your chart is strongly associated with the 9th house of good fortune, you may need to reconsider what is your real gain. The 2nd house is considered a marak, or killer house, as too much attention paid to what we have: our assets, resources and finances can trap our attention. Essentially, we are spirit, and to what extent we make the connection with this profound aspect of our being will be seen through our affiliation with the 9th house. Ultimately, then, we need to find the balance between our wants and our needs. To paraphrase Paramahansa Yogananda, a great spiritual master, all desires have to be met, and we often believe that we need to take care first of our “unnecessary necessities”. Keeping this in mind, take advantage of your 9th house, not simply as one that can provide “mundane good fortune”, but one that promises an eternity of spiritual good fortune. It is for this reason that yoga and meditation are associated with this house – the tools of the “spiritual” trade. Something to be considered as you go about acquiring 2nd house financial stability.
Greater insight at this time would be extremely helpful to put the odds in your favor. If you would like to discuss ways to take advantage of this expansive period in order to brighten your future according to your astrological chart, book an appointment today with me for a private consultation. Call toll-free at 866.428.3799 or book online at www.birlacenter.com.
Jupiter takes approximately 12 years to cycle through the 12 signs – staying in each one for about a year. As of May 11th, 2012 Jupiter will move to Taurus, the sign ruled by Venus, the planet of love, beauty, comfort and pleasure. Filtered through the fixed, earth element nature of Taurus, this Jupiter is also determined, practical and likes to get things accomplished. It can also relate, however, to an at times “do it my way” attitude. Jupiter will remain in this sign until May 24th, 2013.
Jupiter in Taurus, then, partakes of both the enthusiastic nature of Jupiter, empowered with the refinement of Venus to seek charm and beauty within and without. In this placement, Jupiter’s good-natured benevolent character is given the challenge to channel the powerful, yet pleasure-oriented aspect of Venus towards creating a dynamic and cooperative balance between thought and action – in this instance having virtuous ideals, and the ability to realize them.In the following article, we will explore how and to what extent the practical and purposeful nature of transiting Jupiter in Taurus can have a positive influence in your daily affairs – specifically in a particular area of your life. This month, we will examine the first six ascendants, from Taurus, the sign Jupiter is transiting, to Libra.
Taurus Ascendant – Jupiter in the 1st House
Those with a Taurus ascendant are practical and down to earth. They have a love of beauty and enjoy the finer things in life that are pleasing and comforting. Jupiter in Taurus is now sitting on your ascendant or first house of personal expression. How we will express ourselves during this transit, however, will be determined in part by this placement. Jupiter, being in the same sign as your ascendant, indicates one who is practical, ambitious, purposeful, and with a vision to succeed. We need to watch out, however, that we remain “humble”, as issues revolving around pride can be a problem. Keep in mind the expression, “Pride goes before a fall”. In addition, this Jupiter can be experienced through the houses associated with it. For example, Pisces in your 11th house of gains, and Sagittarius in the 8th house of transformation and debts, are ruled by Jupiter. At this time, then, you can be motivated to achieve your goals and ambitions, as you may have a strong intention to gain. Due to the dual rulership of Jupiter, you may also need to deal simultaneously with managing (as in paying off) your debts; or this may take the form of having to take care of some karmic obligation to someone else, an 8th house issue which, if not done enthusiastically, can at least be carried out with a positive attitude recognizing that our attitude is all important in making our dreams come true. You can see this as providing an opportunity to flex your spiritual muscles. Besides, taking care of 8th house affairs at this time can help lead to greater success in other areas of your life, such as the relationship you have with your children, perhaps the connection you have with your teachers, and within your loving relationships. Of course, it would be necessary to see your personalized natal chart as though this Jupiter transit plays a part in your evolution, it does not provide the entire picture.
Gemini Ascendant – Jupiter in the 12th House
Those with a Gemini ascendant, Gemini being a mutable sign, are flexible and adaptable. As an air sign, they are open to new ideas, many of which they are the first to introduce. Ruled by Mercury, they are intellectually inclined and have the gift of expression. Jupiter in Taurus is now transiting your 12th house, traditionally associated with loss and expenses, yet also with freedom and liberation. It seems then that there is a choice to be made as to how you will experience this transit. Sagittarius and Pisces, the 2 signs associated with Jupiter, are placed in your 7th and 10th houses respectively. These are two great houses that provide positive support regardless the direction you take with the above-mentioned attributes of the transiting 12th house Jupiter in Taurus. We have to keep in mind, however, that Jupiter in Taurus is not in its best placement, and though it indicates a realistic and sensible approach to life - we like to get things done - we may also project the challenging nature of this placement, whereby we can be doing things our own way. As pride is associated with ego, the antithesis to spirit, we need to watch that we do not let this challenging character trait override our better judgment and common sense. Accordingly, we have the great potential to experience the more liberating consciousness associated with the 12th house, rather than one of loss, as pride can take us far afield on a journey away from our true soul nature.
Cancer Ascendant – Jupiter in the 11th House
Having a Cancer ascendant, Jupiter in Taurus is transiting your 11th house of gains. Moon, the ruling sign of Cancer, and Jupiter are good friends (yes planets can be friends……and enemies) and so your potential to benefit is enhanced during this transit. Sagittarius and Pisces are placed in your 6th and 9th houses respectively. The 6th house can create some resistance in your movement towards accomplishing your goals, for example you may meet some opposition from someone or something that delays or obstructs your plans. Yet, your 9th house of good fortune has greater promise indicating success in your endeavors. This somewhat polarized situation demands that you see to it that your thoughts and behavior at this time bring about only the latter – success. The influence of Jupiter in Taurus, not being in its most favorable placement, may test your good intentions, and if you are not attentive, you may find yourself nudged onto the wrong side of the fence. Moreover, Jupiter sitting in the 11th house can be viewed as “malefic” in the sense that we can become engrossed in expectation and wanting, so much so that we forget our inner search for wisdom and our quest for spiritual evolution. And as Venus rules Taurus, our desire for comfort and the good things in life may simply take precedence. As a result of this potentially testing situation, you need to stick to your good intentions, keep up a sharing attitude, and do it with all humility and modesty – statistics show that these traits really improve the cooperation and trust of those around us – and be persistent, striking the iron “until it’s hot”, not “when it’s hot”. This transit may then prove to be a memorable chapter in your self-development and also one of contentment.
Leo ascendant – Jupiter in the 10th House
The Sun rules Leo. Therefore those with this ascendant are determined, dynamic, and magnanimous. The Sun also is friendly to Jupiter, adding to the potential for this planet to work well for you. Jupiter in Taurus is now transiting your 10th house of the public, karma, and your vocation. Jupiter here, then, indicates that you can express your creativity by putting your mind ambitiously to the task of doing something practical. In the extreme, and depending on other features in the natal chart, this placement can indicate doing something special to support mankind. Be careful, however, that you listen to what others have to offer, as you may, at times, have a somewhat undemocratic vision of how you want to do things. Try to recognize the value of others opinions, and humbly accept them, as this will enhance whatever you are doing at this time. Sagittarius and Pisces, both ruled by Jupiter, are in your 5th and 8th houses – one positive and the other potentially challenging. The 5th house indicates that during this transit further study, education and creativity can all be areas of focus; specifically, the knowledge gained, increasing your skillset, can be applied effectively in your work place. The 8th house, however, challenges you to remain peaceful and calm while pursuing your goals in the workplace, as you may experience shifts happening around you that, though necessary, can be emotionally taxing. Whatever transformation you experience at this time is for the good; so surrender to the higher forces at work as this will be to your advantage.
Virgo ascendant – Jupiter in the 9th House
Having a Virgo ascendant, ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication and personal expression, you have an organized mind that is detail-oriented and analytical. This ascendant alone is an indicator of success, as you are exacting, yet optimistic and sensitive. Moreover, as Virgo is an earth sign, your ideas and plans are grounded in practical reality. Jupiter is now transiting your 9th house of good fortune, Sagittarius, in your 4th house indicating stability and the desire to create strong roots in life, and your 7th house, in part discovering who you are on a deeper subconscious level. These are positive influences supporting you in your endeavors. This transit augurs well for attracting success, regardless how you define it. However, to facilitate the good that wants to come your way, you need to stay humble, and to help, support, and care for others. Maintaining this attitude, the doors of your success will open wider and faster. Be careful not to be too critical or demanding, as this can work against you at this time. Finally, make sure you use the right means to achieve your goals. With all these caveats in mind, go ahead and enjoy your success during this transit.
Libra ascendant – Jupiter in the 8th House
Those with a Libra ascendant want to see harmony and balance in the world – sentiments truly noble and worthy of Venus, the ruling planet of this sign. Venus, however longing for equilibrium, needs to persist steadily towards making this a reality, starting first with your own life. The downside of Venus is that we can change our mind quickly, sometimes turning on a dime if it suits our immediate purpose or needs. We would do well to keep this in mind, as Jupiter is now transiting your 8th house of personal transformation and change. Moreover, Jupiter is associated with Sagittarius in your 3rd house, where we need to work hard to materialize our plans and dreams, and your 6th house where the universe throws speed bumps on our path to strengthen our resolve and convictions. All this being said, keep your focus, work hard, stay open-minded and loving and… have fun with what you are doing.
Jupiter is considered a benefic planet and for the most part - depending on sign and house placement - has a positive, uplifting influence. Qualities such as innovation, ambition, leadership, nobility, and a justice seeking temperament are a few attributes associated with this giant, expansive planet. Jupiter takes approximately 12 years to cycle through the 12 signs – staying in each one for about a year. Jupiter now in Aries, a favorable placement, will remain in this sign until May 11th of this year. Its sign placement, Aries, is associated with a fiery disposition, promptness of action, and a dynamic and spontaneous nature. It can also relate to an independent, freedom-loving, and impatient disposition. Jupiter in Aries, then, partakes of both the enthusiastic nature of Jupiter, fueled with the dynamism of Mars. In this placement, Jupiter’s good-natured benevolent character tempers the somewhat impetuous and impulsive one of Mars, creating a dynamic and cooperative balance between thought and action – in this instance having virtuous ideals, and the ability to realize them.In the following article, we will explore how the expansive and enthusiastic nature of transiting Jupiter in Aries can have a positive influence in your daily affairs – specifically in a particular area of your life. This month, we will examine the last six ascendants, from Libra to Pisces.
Libra ascendant - Jupiter in Aries in the 7th house
Those with a Libra ascendant have many concepts that they would like to realize, Libra being an air sign associated with ideas. This is great, as long as we stick with one thing at a time. As a result, we can more easily fulfill our dreams while helping others, as we have an inherent inclination to inspire. Accordingly, in the course of your helping others – done in single-minded fashion – keep also in mind that the help you offer others can be more effectual if tempered with even greater courtesy, humility, and modesty. In this way, you can make a real difference in the lives of others as well as your own.During this transit of Jupiter, now in your 7th house, you will have the opportunity to put these positive attributes to work in your inner circle – with your spouse and your close colleagues – as you can be a great support at this time. And although there can be some upsets with those close to you, it won’t be difficult to patch things up, as there will always be the good intention to maintain harmony. Keep in mind that Jupiter is a benefic, basically adding decency and virtue wherever it is placed.In regards to your work, Jupiter’s influence here is to add a somewhat assertive nature (Aries), yet one that is virtuous. With whatever you are doing presently, you are likely to succeed with your endeavors, even to the extent that those who would consider opposing you would be ineffectual.
Scorpio ascendant - Jupiter in Aries in the 6th house
Those with a Scorpio ascendant are intense and passionate. This ardent, emotional nature, though wary at times, is a powerful force motivating you to accomplish whatever you set your mind to do. For example you could be the defender of a good cause. During this transit, as Jupiter is in your 6th house – traditionally associated with opposition and resistance – you will have the opportunity to defend, or rather safeguard, work that you may have started so as to bring it to fruition. Jupiter in the 6th house can give you the strength to materialize your dreams; you will go about achieving them with an ethical, high-minded spirit. In addition, Jupiter also encourages a diplomatic approach that fosters the cooperation of those around you, rather than their disapproval. A word of caution, however, is that you should try to keep your expenses under control, as there can be a tendency during this transit to satisfy some extravagant indulgences. Keep to a budget as you may end up spending more than what you are bringing in.
Sagittarius ascendant - Jupiter in Aries in the 5th house
This is a great placement of Jupiter as it transits your Aries 5th house. At this time, you could feel that you have a definite mission and purpose. Moreover, it is likely that you will attract the resources you need to accomplish whatever you are working on at this time. For example, if you need to acquire further education or skills to help you achieve your goals, they should be available. This placement indicates that you can approach others with graciousness of mind and tenderness of heart. In addition, your enthusiasm and assertiveness to get things moving is founded on an ethical code of behavior and conduct. As such, you generate a sense of trust whereby others feel inspired to collaborate with you. If you have been functioning silently in the background, you may find yourself more in the “limelight” - the focus of public attention.On the home front, you may feel the need to create deeper roots. Ideally, our home provides a place of solace. Here, we recharge ourselves, removed from the hectic nature of modern life. If this is not the case, for example, we work and live at home or the peace we seek in our “fortress of solitude” is missing, than now is the time to restructure this aspect of your life. It is essential to create a harmonious home environment that provides structure and stability, as this is the foundation upon which you layer other important levels of activity and consciousness. Knowing that this detail of our life is stable, we can then focus on other important issues with clarity; our focus is not disturbed by peripheral worries about necessary, yet more mundane concerns. Renovation of a residence, the purchase of land or a home, or simply putting the home front affairs in order can be successfully accomplished during this transit. Besides, in your shopping, you may find good deals, ones that at other times may have escaped your attention.
Capricorn ascendant - Jupiter in Aries in the 4th house
Having a Capricorn ascendant, you are practical and not easily fooled. Saturn, the ruling planet of Capricorn, indicates that you like to double-check everything, and can be extremely deliberate when it comes time to making decisions; you like to minimize any chance for error. Jupiter in Aries is now transiting your 4th house. As with all transits, however, it is necessary to verify your birth chart to see if planets in the natal chart support or hinder the affairs suggested by the ones that are transiting. Moreover, Jupiter, regardless of house position, casts influences on different areas of the chart. As such, there can be some challenges as to what extent Jupiter can favorably influence the 4th house it is presently transiting. Consequently, you may find that you are ambitiously working hard, yet the results you have been achieving may not totally be meeting your expectations. During this time, then, it is necessary that you remain consistent and persistent in all that you do. Moreover, you cannot dilute your efforts with any negative thoughts that you may lose, as this kind of thinking only detracts from your endeavors to be successful. Regardless that this may not be the time to win the jackpot, you are still sitting in a winner’s favorable position. For example, you will be able to pay your bills and to take care of your liabilities. It’s a matter, then, of seeing the glass as half full rather than half empty. What great opportunities to embrace this philosophy, one that can be applied when faced with life’s difficulties, enabling us to more easily ride out life’s challenging storms.
Aquarius ascendant - Jupiter in Aries in the 3rd house
Those with an Aquarius ascendant now have Jupiter transiting their 3rd house. This placement indicates that you may have to work hard to materialize your goals. And although success may be delayed – as you may have to “slug it out” – ultimately all will be in your favor. Jupiter in your Aries 3rd house casts a glance on the opposite side of the chart, 7 houses away – that being Libra in the 9th house of gains, yet that of spiritual insight. As Libra is associated with Venus, the planet of love – and also comfort, pleasure, luxury, and sensuality – we must be careful that we don’t overindulge in these aspects of life that can lead us down the garden path, away from our spiritual nature.Ideally, and in contrast to more material concerns, the 9th house prompts us to search deeper in a quest to discover our soul nature. However, during this transit, we may choose to satisfy instead our creature comforts as a result of our desires. Consequently, as there can be some delays in achieving our objectives, we may feel deprived and frustrated seeing that, perhaps, the objects of our desires are just out of reach. The tests that come into our lives are simply there to help us evolve and to mature our consciousness. Seen from this point of view, delays do not restrict our life, but give us the opportunity to grow our spiritual muscles. We need to recognize what are the important things in life and what we value – specifically in terms of temporary worldly pleasures in contrast to permanent spiritual ones. Keep in mind, then, that whatever spiritual concept you learn to embrace during this transit will hold you in good stead for all future successes.
Pisces ascendant - Jupiter in Aries in the 2nd house
A Pisces ascendant, ruled by Jupiter, the most benevolent planet, is positive and virtuous. Wherever Jupiter is placed in the chart, that house will be endowed with goodness, graciousness, and generosity. At this time, Jupiter in Aries is transiting your 2nd house of the immediate environment, financial assets, and speech to name a few. As Jupiter also indicates our ambition and sense of purpose in life, this time can be one of moving forward with your dreams and ideals. A word of caution, however, is that Pisces, being a mutable sign, suggests that you need to maintain your focus, tenacity, and consistency; you need to stay on track and not deviate from your goals. That being said, Jupiter in Aries is a fighter – which is especially helpful if you are inclined to fight for a cause. In addition, any opposition that you may encounter will be defeated. Moreover, you are liked and respected both by those with whom you collaborate, as well as those in opposition. Consequently, as a peacemaker, those on both sides of an issue will listen to you.During this transit, then, you may be in the position to teach, guide, and inspire others. In addition, you may find that you have a strong inclination to demystify the unseen, unknown mysteries of life as a result of your inquisitive and adventurous Jupiter in Aries nature. So take the plunge… and stay focused.
In summary, Jupiter in Aries provides an excellent time to gain a new perspective of life due to the benevolent and expansive nature of the sign. It is an excellent time to work towards greater professional success and contentment in your personal life. In fact, all actions taken during this transit can have a considerable impact on your future. Therefore, insight at this time would be extremely helpful to put the odds in your favor.
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Jupiter in Aries through the Twelve Ascendants – Part I
Jupiter is considered a benefic planet and for the most part - depending on sign and house placement - has a positive, uplifting influence. Qualities such as innovation, ambition, leadership, nobility, and a justice seeking temperament are a few attributes associated with this giant, expansive planet. Jupiter takes approximately 12 years to cycle through the 12 signs – staying in each one for about a year. Jupiter now in Aries, a favorable placement, will remain in this sign until May 11th of this year. Its sign placement, Aries, is associated with a fiery disposition, promptness of action, and a dynamic and spontaneous nature. It can also relate to an independent, freedom-loving, and impatient disposition. Jupiter in Aries, then, partakes of both the enthusiastic nature of Jupiter, fueled with the dynamism of Mars. In this placement, Jupiter’s good-natured benevolent character tempers the somewhat impetuous and impulsive one of Mars, creating a dynamic and cooperative balance between thought and action – in this instance having virtuous ideals, and the ability to realize them.
In the following article, we will explore how the expansive and enthusiastic nature of transiting Jupiter in Aries can have a positive influence in your daily affairs – specifically in a particular area of your life.
Aries ascendant - Jupiter in Aries in the 1st house
Those of you with an Aries ascendant are dynamic, spontaneous, and prompt to make decisions. Of course, you can also be impatient at times. And in your enthusiasm to move ahead with your plans and ideas you may have difficulty putting up with any resistance from others. Now Jupiter, the planet associated with purpose, ambition, and determination is in Aries, a friendly position, in your first house – highlighting your personal self-expression. This placement can inspire you to be more adventurous, assertive, and to do things perhaps that, in the past, you may not have felt confident enough to strive for. As Jupiter highlights and influences (aspects) different parts of the chart, seen as the various “departments” of life, during this transit, you may feel the desire, for example, if you are a student, to dive deeper into your studies. If you are in the work force, you may decide to take up some study to further your skill set. Regardless your situation, it is a good time to stimulate the mind and to expand your consciousness. As opposed to the nature of the Sun in astrology, that groups all humanity as a collective spirit – unmindful of sexual differences - Jupiter, in contrast is associated with the ego and the mind; we perceive ourselves as individual and, therefore, separate. Accordingly, as biological beings, we are hard wired into identifying with our male/female sexuality, rather than with the spiritual commonality of our underlying soul. All of this to say, that as the 5th house of love can be highlighted at this time, our love nature, that is our desire to connect with a partner can be a point of focus at this time. However, as the 7th house of marriage is not as well aspected, we should try to develop a relationship based on friendship first, and let our love grow before “signing on the dotted line”. The word platonic comes to mind – at least for the time being.On a more strictly, spiritual level, you can take great strides towards your soul evolution during this transit. This is a time to initiate or dive deeper into some form of spiritual discipline such as meditation, mantra recitation, and/or yoga. A great book on meditation, to get you on your way, is the “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda.
Taurus ascendant - Jupiter in Aries in the 12th house
Those with a Taurus ascendant have a love of life – one that is replete with all the comforts, pleasures, and beauty that it affords. Jupiter is now transiting your 12th house, traditionally associated with - among other things - expenses. As Jupiter is also strongly connected with the 8th house of personal transformation, both these house - the 8th and the 12th - have a strong influence during this transit. Consequently, we may have a somewhat “expensive” temperament, with the desire for luxurious items. Just the idea of spending on some indulgence gives us a rush of pleasure. We need to be careful, however, that we put a ceiling on our expenses, as we may discover to our dismay, that our Ferrari owns us; so as hard as it may be, try and be a bit more realistic with your budget. Fortunately, Jupiter’s connection with your 4th house of home, land, and conveyances is highlighted during this transit. The purchase of a car then - while on the subject - can work out for you, just remember that you don’t want the same four wheels you purchased yesterday to be the ones driving you tomorrow to the poor house. That being said, common sense purchases, for example investing in land, or buying or renovating a home may be something to be considered at this time. A word of caution, however, is that in whatever you do, remain loving and caring. Anything done now at the cost of someone else - besides making negative karma - can really backfire, so be straightforward in all your dealings with others.
Gemini ascendant - Jupiter in Aries in the 11th house
Having a Gemini ascendant, you are multidimensional and have many ideas. This can be a blessing as you rarely run out of concepts, although you need to focus and prioritize with so much going on in your mind. Jupiter is now in your 11th house, the house of gains. As it is also related to two other good houses, those being the 7th and 10th, you can have opportunities to gain from your colleagues, your spouse or any business contracts signed during this transit. Employment issues, such as looking for a job or climbing the corporate ladder can also work out well for you. You may discover that you are feeling more confident, courageous, and that you have greater initiative; you can work hard to achieve success. During your free time, consider doing something creative with your hands; learn to write, cook, garden, or play an instrument as this transit favors these kinds of activity.If you are in a relationship, especially a new one, try not to get too attached too fast. Both of you need your space and if you try pushing too hard you may interfere with the delicate process of getting to know each other, so go at it slowly, one day at a time. If you are beginning a new study or contemplating taking some course, persevere, as there can be some delays in getting started.
Cancer ascendant - Jupiter in Aries in the 10th house
Those with a Cancer ascendant are sensitive, nurturing and gentle. Although they may not appear outwardly ambitious, they work silently and unobtrusively towards fulfilling their goals. Jupiter, the planet of purpose and ambition – among other characteristics – is now in Aries in your 10th house of career. Jupiter in Aries, in itself, is a placement indicating the motivation to succeed, and now in the 10th house, your potential for greater prestige, dignity, and success in your work is enhanced. It is necessary, however, that in the process of getting ahead, you stay tolerant and patient, as this combination can also push you to be somewhat power-oriented. Keep in mind that a good leader is also a good listener. The 10th house also shows that you can be in a more favorable position with your boss, for example, if you want to suggest a new or different way of doing things, this may be the time to share your ideas, and to see what happens. It may even be the time for a promotion or raise. And even if there are others who may not see eye to eye with you, persevere, as you are likely to overcome any opposition that could potentially stand in your way. As you may find that your attention and focus is in your work, don’t neglect your other equally important affairs such as maintaining your home, or remembering to give your mom a call if you haven’t spoken to her in a while – so take care of her.
Leo ascendant - Jupiter in Aries in the 9th house (41:05)
Those with a Leo ascendant are resolute, and self-motivated; they give a certain impression of authority rounded out by their charm and good looks. Jupiter in Aries, now in your 9th house of good fortune is an auspicious placement bestowing respect, prestige, and confidence. As this is also the house of higher knowledge, you may find - if you have a spiritual inclination - that your focus may turn less to worldly concerns, and more towards getting acquainted with your soul nature. As such, you may be drawn to practice a technique of meditation or yoga. Any study taken up at this time can also be to your benefit; it should be easy to attract good teachers who can help you develop your talents. It is a time for learning, however, be careful in business as you can attract others who may challenge you on a certain level. It is simply a matter of staying level headed, and not letting pride get in the way. You can express your opinions, but remember, “Wise people discuss, fools argue”.
Virgo ascendant - Jupiter in Aries in the 8th house (55:47)
Having a Virgo ascendant, you are sensitive and idealistic, and seek perfection in whatever you do. You are a critical thinker, and are motivated to make long term plans. You have a tendency to be somewhat overly analytical, and may have difficulty easily accepting what others have to offer, until you have first looked over every possible detail. Jupiter is now transiting your 8th house, a house traditionally associated with transformation, death, and change. It is when we decline to accept life’s “opportunities” to evolve, many of which can be difficult emotionally, psychologically, and physically, that we can experience a kind of death, as we cease to grow. During this transit, then, you do have the potential to make huge strides in your personal evolution. In the end, the 8th house is not so bad after all, as it urges us to investigate the ultimate realities of life and death; ones that we all must face during our stay on this planet. So what better time than now to get acquainted with the deeper known and unknown mysteries of life? Astrology, and palmistry, to name two, are ideal resources that you can take advantage of to provide profound insights into where you stand in the present and how you can realize your potential for personal growth and transformation.
Keep in mind, that this is not the time to think how difficult it is to achieve, but to be optimistic, knowing that this transit can provide an opportunity to expand your consciousness, and perhaps a few glimpses of enlightenment. Besides, it’s never a bad idea to take a step back and take stock of who we are, where we stand in life, and what we can do to improve.
Greater insight at this time would be extremely helpful to put the odds in your favor. If you would like to discuss ways to take advantage of this expansive period in order to brighten your future according to your astrological chart, book an appointment today with me for a private consultation.
For this article, a New Year’s chart was drawn up for midnight January 1st, 2012. Herein, we can take a peek at how the upcoming year may shape up or, equally important, what needs to be brought more consciously in our awareness so that we, as individuals, can help shape the future of this upcoming year as participants, co-creators of ours and the planet’s destiny.
It is not our intention to dwell on the astrological details of this New Year’s chart; rather, a holistic view of its influence is being presented. That being said, the ascendant, or rising sign, for this chart is Virgo. Mercury, the ruling planet of this sign, is located in the third house. As this is the main thrust of the chart, it indicates that we all may have to work somewhat harder - like the ant in Aesop’s fable of the “Ant and the Grasshopper”.
If you recall, the grasshopper was mostly lazy throughout the hot summer months, whereas the ant was busy stockpiling food for the upcoming cold winter ones.
This is not to suggest that we should become extremists - survivalists hoarding supplies anticipating the end. It simply suggests that whatever challenges come our way, we should anticipate having the necessary resources to see us through whatever difficulties present themselves. Therefore, this is not the year to squander our time, energy, money and spirit in more material and worldly pursuits.
One way or another, this year will be eventful, if not an exciting one. However, how we experience it depends a great deal on our inherent attitude. The more positive our outlook on life, the greater the chances for experiencing tremendous upliftment. In contrast, continuing with negative thinking, selfish behavior and a careless attitude towards others will simply make our lives more difficult.
This, then, is a year of awakening, of increasing group consciousness and a surge in active social engagement. For example, the “technological telepathy” created as a result of the Internet is increasingly enabling individuals to both unite with others in common causes and to bring about necessary and significant change. This is already happening through social networking, “flash mobs”, and international petition sites such as Avaaz and Care2. You may discover that visiting sites such as these will let you see for yourself how strength in numbers does make a difference. More of this collective participation and activity will be seen making a difference in the New Year.
In addition, feminine, yin energy is on the rise this year, bringing with it a sense of humanity, care, and sensitivity. Specifically, women in positions of power and who are in the public eye, for example: celebrities, CEOs and government officials may have greater influence to promote better governmental policies, social reform, and plans for the future success of the next generation of children. In 2012 we need to become more generous, kind, and as giving as possible.
This year, our planet will also continue to go through a transformational process, the effects caused in part as a result of human interference, for instance wars, global warming, and rising coastal waters that may necessitate home and business relocation. Deforestation is another serious concern, especially if we look at the destruction of the Amazonian rain forest. It is essential that this vast storehouse of diverse healing plants be kept intact, as it provides the botanical ingredients necessary to formulate present and potential, not as yet discovered healing remedies; ingredients that are nowhere else to be found on this planet. This year, however, there will be other medical discoveries resulting from the application of these same plant-based resources. In addition to man-made disasters, other more “natural” cataclysms are likely to occur, for example earthquakes, as well as an increase in unusual and severe weather conditions.
To put this year into perspective, however, it can be seen as a rung in the ladder of time in our evolution. According to the Vedas, we are presently in a progressive, uplifting, ascending Yuga - Yugas being incredibly long periods lasting thousands of years, each one like a chapter in the book of time defining the evolution of humanity. It is no accident then, as we move forward into this new, positive transcending era, that inspirational events, inventions for the good of mankind, and authentic spiritual ideals will continue to take place. Our polarized universe, however, will continue to test our convictions to stay positive, as negativity, its polar opposite, is never that far behind.
And though speculation regarding 2012 rages on, as we are hearing everything from the reversal of the earth’s poles to its being devastated by stray asteroids, from unimaginable cosmic influences arising from our alignment with the Galactic center to solar storms, and so on, it is unlikely that the Earth is about to be demolished.
Differing from these beliefs, the Earth will be with us for a long, long time. What we do this year while on it, however, is up to us. Therefore, perhaps the biggest challenge we will face as the year comes to a close will be an internal one - raising our personal and collective consciousness. Keeping this in mind and spirit, treat yourself and everyone around you to a Happy New Year!
If you would like to know more about the New Year’s chart or your own chart in relation to it, book an appointment today with me for a private consultation.