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Contents
Editorial .........................................................................................................................................................3

AIAC Scholarship Program .....................................................................................................................3

Eligibility criteria ..................................................................................................................................3


Selection criteria ...................................................................................................................................3
Jupiter’s column ........................................................................................................................................... 4

Graha Sambandha ................................................................................................................................... 4

Sun’s column ................................................................................................................................................ 8

Numbers and Grahas ............................................................................................................................... 8

Moon’s column ........................................................................................................................................... 10

Koorma Chakra and Kolkata Fire .......................................................................................................... 10

Venus’ column ............................................................................................................................................ 12

Abhishekha Nakshatra ........................................................................................................................... 12

Mercury’s column ....................................................................................................................................... 13

The New Year [2010-2011] ...................................................................................................................... 13

Mars’ column .............................................................................................................................................. 14

Dimbha Chakra (as in Garuda Purana) ................................................................................................ 14

Saturn’s column .......................................................................................................................................... 17

Rohini Sakata Vedha .............................................................................................................................. 17

Saturn .................................................................................................................................................. 18
Rahu’s column ............................................................................................................................................. 21

Retrogression........................................................................................................................................... 21

Ketu’s column ............................................................................................................................................. 25

Lokas ........................................................................................................................................................ 25

Something about us ................................................................................................................................... 26

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Editorial
AIAC Times Volume 3 was a paid volume. The volume was made paid on a purpose. It was a social
experiment the AIAC team wanted to conduct to see the genuine readership of AIAC Times. Neither
did we ever have any intention of keeping a price on this e-zine nor do we have any such plans in the
near future. Whenever someone contributes for some knowledge or information, Prithvi Tattwa
(Mercury) gets associated with Akash Tattwa (Jupiter) and the learning process reaches its final
conclusion. We at AIAC wanted to see this as a social experiment and this is why we had put a very
nominal price on the issue. We are extremely happy with the results of the experiment and our goal
of acquiring the statistics that we had initially planned to acquire has been achieved. In forth coming
issues of the AIAC Times, we will share our analysis on this in form of an article. However, for now
AIAC Times remains free of cost, aiming to quench your astrological knowledge thirst.

However, we have decided not to turn AIAC Times Volume 3 as free since it will not be fair for the
many individuals who have bought the issue. So, AIAC Times Volume 3 will continue to be at sale
but AIAC Times Volume 4 and onwards will be continue to be free of cost.

AIAC Scholarship Program


Students who are interested to learn Jyotish from AIAC but are unable to pay the fees have an option
to avail the AIAC Scholarship program. The eligibility criteria and selection criteria is mentioned
below. Please do read them carefully before applying. All applications with the required information
should be sent to aiaclasses@gmail.com

Eligibility criteria
• Students who are proficient in English
• Students who are proficient in any/all of the following Indian languages – Sanskrit, Tamil,
Telugu, Oriya, Marathi

[In the current context proficiency would mean written, spoken and verbal skills in the language]

All such applicants would have to sit for a skill set test and based on their grades, they will be selected
for the program. Such students would have to, in return of the scholarship, work with senior students
and other AIAC team members to transliterate and translate ancient classics of jyotish. Only on basis
of this agreement will the students be finally selected for the scholarship program.

Selection criteria
• Students will be selected on the basis of their grades in the entrance test.
• Students will be selected on the basis of their personal horoscopes.

At any point of time, such a scholarship can be terminated on the basis of lack of productivity by the
students.

Please apply for the scholarship only if jyotish is a passion in your life and you want to contribute in
turn to the jyotish community.

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Jupiter’s column

Graha Sambandha
Friendship among planets has been a very popular subject in astrology. What is exactly the basis
behind the relationship between planets and how do we derive it? Why certain planets are termed
friends and some termed enemies to a planet? The Sanskrit word for relationship is termed –
“Sambandha” and in this column we will look at the relationships between Grahas.

Graha Sambandha can be of two types –

1) Naisargik Sambandha [Permanent/Default Relationship]


This is the relationship between Grahas as Nature/God has destined it to be. There is a verse
in Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra which gives us a clue into this relationship.

trikonaT swaaT- sukha- swantyadhidharmayuH swatungapaH |

suhrudo ripavasrvanve samahachalakshanaH || 55

The below explanation is found in Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra’s Translation by GC Sharma, Vol 1

Based on the above mentioned rules we arrive at the below table of planetary relationship.

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This is what is accepted and all students of astrology accept this table as is. However, the motto of
AIAC Times has always been to delve into the root of every dictum and extract out the principle of a
dictum given by Parasara rishi.

Why did Parasara rishi select the Mooltrikona signs of the grahas to determine the relationships
between the grahas?

Why are the 2, 4, 5, 9, 12 signs from the sign in question considered for friendship among their lord?

What is the underlying reason behind this dictum?

To understand this theory and go to its very root we have to understand the concept of “Upachaya”
houses.

The houses 3,6,10 and 11 are called Upachaya houses. These are the houses where one’s own desire and
will makes the maximum impact. Many astrologers call these houses the Houses of Free-will.
However, why are Upachaya houses considered houses of Free will? Let us see each house with
respect to the first house –

House Karaka Natural Rasi / Lord Gender


Gender of Meaning
Lord

2 Jupiter Taurus/Venus Female Family, wealth

3 Mars Gemini/Mercury Neutral Courage, Siblings

4 Moon Cancer/Moon Female Mother, assets

5 Jupiter Leo/Sun Male Children

6 Saturn/Mars Virgo/Mercury Neutral Service

7 Venus Libra/Venus Female Wife

8 Saturn Scorpio/Mars Male Longevity

9 Sun/Jupiter Sagittarius/Jupiter Male Religion

10 Saturn/Mercury/Sun/Jupiter Capricorn/Saturn Neutral Work

11 Jupiter Aquarius/Saturn Neutral Gain

12 Saturn Pisces/Jupiter Male Loss

We see that in the natural order of the zodiac sign, the houses indicated by the lord of the signs which
are Neutral in gender become Upachaya houses.

Mercury is too flexible to have a gender and Saturn is too old and rigid to have one. However, does
this have a deeper significance? Courage and labor can be shown in area of life. Similarly, profession
and gains are based on our decisions and require hard work and persistence.

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Neutral genders of planets indicate that God [or Nature] has given us the ability to modify those
areas of life based on our desire and will.

Thus, while determining “natural” friends, we should not look at the people who can be influenced.
We should look at those grahas which are destined to be a graha’s friend.

This is the reason why all sign Lords with the exception of the Upachaya lords are considered friends
while determining Naisargik Sambandha.

However, the question remains as to why one should select the Mooltrikona sign of the planet as the
reference point for this relationship calculation.

Mooltrikona sign is like the office of the grahas. Exaltation is like a function where the graha is the
chief guest. Own sign is like own house of the graha.

Now, someone is truly a friend who helps us when we need them. We need help most when we try to
achieve something, when there is a question of proving oneself. In workplace, in our own respective
karma we face real struggles of life and friends who stick with us then are truly our friends. This
fulfils the condition – “A Friend in need is a friend in deed”.

Astrologically, grahas except Sun and Moon and the nodes, all rule two signs each and thus taking
sign based on rulership only will lead to confusing results [as the sign which is left out may yield
contradictory result compared to the one taken into account]. If we consider exaltation, we become
biased towards the strength of the planet; in that case we should also consider the negation as
debilitated state. Thus a neutral zone of Mooltrikona is selected for this purpose.

Thus all rasi lords except the Upachaya lords and the Lord of the 7th rasi [Maraka] are considered
friends to the rasi lord [Mooltrikona sign]. This is the basis of the Naisargik Sambandha.

2) Tatkalin Sambandha [Temporary/Natal Relationship]. This kind of relationship is based on


a particular natal chart. Grahas placed in a chart become friends or enemies based on their
respective positions. There is a verse in Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra which gives us a clue
into this relationship.

dashavavandvaya sahaja swantayasthaste parasparaM |


tatkale mitratam yanti ripavoyanyatra sanstitahaH ||

The below explanation is found in Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra’s Translation by GC Sharma, Vol 1

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Why did Parasara rishi mention that the planet placed in the 1st house will be friends to the planets
placed in the houses 2, 3, 4 and 10, 11, 12?

What is the underlying reason behind this dictum?

To understand Parasara’s dictum we need to understand the revolution of the Earth around the Sun.
The day of the sidereal winter solstice is a very important date called “Uttarayan” in the Vedic times.
It denotes the “upward” movement of the Sun with reference to the Earth. Similarly the sidereal
summer solstice is called “Dakshinayan” or “downward” movement of the Sun with respect to the
Earth. It is believed that during Uttarayan i.e. between Uttarayan to Dakshinayan, the Gods are
awake and bestow their blessings on humanity. However during Dakshinayan i.e. between
Dakshinayan to Uttarayan, Gods sleep and thus are inactive.

Since Lagna is dependent on time of birth on a day, which in turn is dependent on Earth’s movement,
the arc between 10th house to the 4th house can be imagined as personal version of Uttarayan and
Dakshinayan. Here, the 10th house is equated to the position of winter solstice and 4th house to the
position of summer solstice.

Planets placed in the houses 10th to the 4th would thus act as temporary friends to planets in Lagna.
Extending the same logic, this can be applied to all the houses.

The below figure shows the Tatkalin Sambandha between planet placed in the Lagna and the planets
placed in the other houses.

Arc of Tatkalin friends to planet(s) in Lagna

Arc of Tatkalin enemies to planet(s) in Lagna

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Sun’s column

Numbers and Grahas


Numbers surround us. From our home
address to our office cube number as well as
our wedding date, we cannot live without
numbers. However, many believe that these
numbers have something to tell us, and are
thus often related to one of the 9 Grahas
[planets] used in Astrology. Today we will
try to see what the exact reasoning behind
this assignment is. This article is influenced
by Sanjay Rath’s book “A Course on Jamini
Maharshi’s Upadesha Sutra”

Number Guna Planet Notes

0 All Ascendant Ascendant or Lagna is all about one self. Any number
when multiplied by o yields o. However, on a positive
note, since it is without any particular guna, any
number when added zero yields the number itself or in
other words the influence of any planet on Lagna
renders that guna to the Lagna. Multiplication is the
result of the work done and thus relates to Kama.
Addition is gradual progression and thus relates to
Artha. Subtraction is deduction and thus relates to
Moksha. The number itself with no operation is its
dharma and thus denotes Dharma.

1 Satwa Sun Sun is selfless and thus works with hope of no return.
Its Kama (X) yields the same result. Any number
multiplied by 1 yields the number itself.

2 Satwa Moon The mind is a very mysterious thing; it jumps after


Kama and thereby delves into the life of want. 2X2
yields 4 which is Rahu’s number. Even Artha yields the
same result and when added 3 times, it yields sorrow [8
for Saturn and thus sorrow]. It is only Moksha that can
yield it clean and open its path to reflection of other
gunas.

3 Satwa Jupiter It is very easy to find out if a number is divisible by 3 or


not. A number is divisible by 3 if the sum of its digit is

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divisible by 3. This meaning is very deep. This links the
Kama and the Artha for Jupiter. Jupiter is the karaka for
both the 10th and 11th house of the horoscope. The sum of
the digits of number represents the means of work or
Artha and divisibility is a factor of Kama. Purity comes
from Work and Means of Income. This is the message
from Jupiter

4 Raja Rahu The first number which bridges the gap between Satwa
and Rajas is this number. It shows desire to achieve all
the four corners of life and thus the geometric shape it
forms is a square where the mind keeps revolving
between the four sides of life. Mind’s deepest desire
yields this number [2X2, 2+2].

5 Raja Mercury We know that the birth of Mercury is the story between
Moon and Jupiter and thus when we add 2 to 3; we get 5,
the number for Mercury. When the mind [2] wishes to
gain [X] wealth [5] and works towards it, the result is
10 [1+0=Sun + Lagna] power or position.

6 Raja Venus Moon abducted Jupiter’s wife. We can see this clearly
by the desire or kama of Moon [2] with respect to
Jupiter [3] yields Tara [Venus, wife of Jupiter],
indicated by the number 6. 2*3=6

7 Tama Ketu Ketu bridges the gap between Rajas and Tamas guna.
When we want to move forward [+] beyond Venus
[which is symbolized by enjoyment], the threshold is
reached and man moves to a headless state [Ketu] and
starts making mistakes and the realization of this turns
man to spirituality. [6+1=7] 7 is a divine number and
indicate the number of stars in the Saptarishis.

8 Tama Saturn Mistakes committed results in sorrow and gives man an


opportunity to correct the action or become closed and
cold. Saturn is the result of all karma. [7+1=8]

9 Tama Mars Any number added to 9 yields the number itself [sum of
its digit]. Any number when multiplied by 9 yields the
number 9 [sum of its digits]. This has a very deep
meaning. The results [X] of aggression will only result
in aggression. However, gradual flow [+] of energy
achieves the goal for which the work was intended.

I will surely write ore on this in subsequent issues of AIAC Times.

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Moon’s column

Koorma Chakra and Kolkata Fire


To determine which part of a country will suffer, we use a chakra given to us by our ancient seers
called Koorma Chakra.

Koorma or Tortoise avatar of Vishnu helped the churning of the ocean to extract the nectar of
immortality. Koorma chakra is a chakra or diagram in the form of a Tortoise, resembling that of the
avatar of Vishnu. Koorma chakra is mentioned in a number of classics like
Narapatijayacryasvarodayah. Under KN Rao’s guidance a recent book called “Time Tested
Techniques of Mundane Astrology -M.S.Mehta & A. Radhika” also covers Koorma chakra.

It is very detailed topic and requires a book to be written on it instead of just an article so I will just
stick to the very basics of the chakra for this article and its usage to predict the very recent Kolkata,
India.

On March 23, 2010 fire burnt one of the most important heritage buildings of Kolkata. Till now 24
people have died and few are still missing. The damage to property both residential and commercial is
beyond imagination. I personally have very fond memories of this place and this article is a tribute to
all souls lost.

All astrologers should work out the Koorma chakra in their region and try to predict and prevent as
much loss as possible. This will be the greatest gift that astrologers can give humanity and their city,
state and country.

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Kurma (tortoise) Chakra is used to find the
places and directions of malefic or benefic
events with in a country.

Central: Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh,


Rajasthan, Haryana.

E: Bihar, Orissa, Bengal, Assam.

S-E: Tripura, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Andhra


Pradesh.

S: Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra


Pradesh.

S-W: Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat

W: Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab,


Rajasthan.

N-W: Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh,


Uttaranchal Pradesh

N: Kashmir, (Nepal), Uttaranchal Pradesh.

N-E: Sikkim, (Bhutan), Assam, Arunachal.

The places and the nakshatra correspondence are given in the classics based on their ancient names in
India and this classification is also not arbitrary but based on an order which I will write about in
some other issue. Modern astrologers have tried their best to correlate the ancient names of the
geographic locations to the modern states and union territories of India.

However, one should note that the Koorma chakra is generic in nature and can be used in any
country. However, for that country a mapping of the nakshatra and the geographic locations has to be
done for which the fundamental reason behind this mapping has to be known. Perhaps this research
can be taken up by the generation next of astrologers.

In Koorma chakra, the vedha of Saturn is the most important factor to be considered. Malefic [Mars,
Rahu, Ketu] vedhas on the regions indicate problem in that geographic region.

We know that the Eastern Indian nakshtras are Ardra, Punarvasu and Pushya. Ketu was in Pushya
from January, 2009. It entered Punarvasu on October 2009 and has been in Punarvasu ever since. In
end January, Mars (retro) entered Pushya and on March 11, 2010 it turned direct in Pushya. On
February 12th 2010 Saturn (retro) entered UPhalguni nakshatra causing vedha to Punarvasu. For a
mishap of this scale to happen, Moon has to be involved. Moon entered Ardra on March 23, 2010 @
12:47 hrs. This is exactly around when the mishap began. Please note all the three Eastern nakshtras
are involved in this mishap.

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Venus’ column

Abhishekha Nakshatra
Nakshatra
The 27th /28th nakshatra from the janma nakshatra [or birth star] is called Abhishekha nakshatra. It is
a very crucial and important nakshatra. It denotes freedom, fame and happiness. The word
“Abhisheka” itself has the meaning of this nakshatra hidden in it. Abhisheka means coronation to the
power or rise to the throne. Some even claim that a benefic planet present in the Abhisheka nakshatra
can rule out the ill-effects of called malefic planets present in any other place in the chart. Similarly,
if at birth or during transits, a malefic planet causes Vedha or is in the Abhisheka nakshatra, it can
cause major restriction to the native and in some dire cases death can also occur.

Why is the last nakshatra before Janma nakshatra so important? To find the answer to the question
“Why” has always been the motto of AIAC Times and even in this case we delve a little deeper than
the apparently available literature on Abhisheka nakshtra.

As per the Nakshtra Purusha, the Abhishekha nakshatra would fall in the feet of the Purusha. So, is
there any connection between the human feet and the control of all other body parts?

Below is the famous depiction of Vishnu pada or the Feet of Vishnu who is imagined as the ultimate
Purusha. Alongside is the diagram of the human feet from the Modern Institute of Reflexology.

It is customary Hindu practice to touch the feet of the elders as mark of respect. What is generally
touched is the area of the feet that controls the brain and an impulse in the brain is triggered in the
elder and in turn blesses the younger. A spiritual initiation not complete until the Guru places his
right foot on the top of the disciple’s head thereby mimicking the episode of Vamana avataara of
Vishnu. The human feet has links all body parts and takes the role of the controller. Due to lack of
time and space, we will continue this series in the next issue of AIAC Times.

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Mercury’s column

The New Year [2010-


2010-2011]
On March 16, 2010 2:32:00 hrs IST New Delhi, India, the world entered into the new era for this year.
This same time can be converted for different geographic locations around the world taking into
consideration their time difference with respect to the Indian Standard Time. For example, On
March 15, 2010 16:02:00 hrs CST Chicago, USA, the new year began.

In this article, I will attempt to answer the question – “Why Chaitra Shukla Pratipad is considered to
the start of the New Year”?

For the western readers who are not familiar with the Hindu time-keeping system, Chaitra Shukla
Pratipad is the first day after the new moon in Sidereal Pisces sign.

The oldest reference of start of the New Year is found in Yajur Veda. Yajur Veda states that New
Year begins with the “Vasanta Ritu”. “Vasanta Ritu” is the spring season. Spring begins when Sun
and Moon enters Pisces. The day after the New Moon clearly indicates the start of the Spring Season.

However, why the season spring was selected for this should be interesting to note. More often than
not, during the new moon in Pisces, Venus would be exalted in Pisces and Mercury would be
debilitated in Pisces. However, it is in this month in which we see the activity in human beings
increasing after the cold winter is over. Leaves sprouting on trees and green starting to show up
around brings in the message of a new beginning in our lives.

Let us now see how to predict the major world events this year. Considering Pisces to be the first
house, we should judge the world events by a progression scheme of a month a sign.

Month House Events


span
(approx.)

March 15 – 1 (aspect of Although aspects of Rahu and


April 15 Rah/Ketu Ketu would indicate the
and retro continuation of earthquake like
Saturn) events, the aspect of retro
Saturn is excellent and
indicates improvement of
economy and hope for people.

In this way, one can predict the events for a year in general for the world. I had mentioned in AIAC
Times Volume III that I will write on how to predict on events from the Shukla Chaitra Pratipad
chart. The above method can used to predict on global events. I will discuss finer methods on this in
subsequent issues of AIAC Times.

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Mars’ column

Dimbha Chakra (as


(as in Garuda Purana)
In AIAC Times Volume 1, I introduced Graha Chakra. In this Volume, I will go into the details of
the chakra with references from astrological classics.

The above verses are from Garuda Purana, Chapter 60, verses 18-23

References of this Chakra are found in Jatakabharanam, Hota Ratnam. Taking the reference point of
the nakshatra of Sun, the nakshatra of the Moon would fall in a body part of the Nara (human)
image.

The best way to understand this concept and its application is to tabulate the results of this chakra.

Let us take an example to see this work. Let us assume that in someone’s chart Sun is in Ashwini
nakshatra and Moon is in Purva Phalguni nakshatra. In the person’s chart Moon is in the 12th.
Nakshatra from the Sun and based on the chart in the next page would fall in the Lower Arms region
of the human figure [Nara chitra]. Based on this region, the results would be predicted for the person.

Please do refer to the table in the next page of the results of the Dimbha Chakra.

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Body part Nakshatra Garuda Purana Hora Ratna

Head 3 (3) Will wear silk clothes Will be endowed with wealth
(diamonds, good clothes etc.)

Face 3 (6) Will have sweet food Will have sweet food and furniture

Shoulders 2 (8) Will be valorous Will be valorous and act as a protector


of family

Upper Arms 2 (10) Will lose his position Will be in foreign lands

Lower Arms 2 (12) Will be a thief Will be examiner of commodities and


untruthful

Chest 5 (17) Will be virtuous Will be equal to a ruler and famous

Navel 1 (18) Will be satisfied by little Will be timid and patient

Privities 1 (19) Will be an adulterer Will be extremely sexual and interested


in fine arts

Knees 6 (25) Will travel far and wide Will be a wanderer

Feet 2 (27) Will not live long Will be short-lived and live in
servitude

Now, let us see some case studies –

Name Sun Moon # (Body


(Body part)
part) Meaning

Obama Ashlesha Rohini 23 (Knees) Travel

Gandhi Hasta Ashlesha 24 (Knees) Travel

Hitler Ashwini P-Ashad 20 (Knees) Travel

Lincoln Dhanishta U-Ashad 26 (Feet) Short-life

Gates Swati U-Bhadra 12 (Lower Arms) Deals with


commodities

Vivekananda U-Shad Hasta 20 (Knees) Travel

Einstein P-Bhadr Jyestha 21 (Knees) Travel

Mother Teresa Magha Bharani 20 (Knees) Travel

Clint Eastwood Rohini Pushya 4 (Face) Good looks

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Till now whatever I have written is the derivation from the classics (rather blindly) without
understanding the whole purpose of this Chakra.

Some questions that I would ask if I was a student learning this, would be –

1) This classification is too generic. How can we use this Chakra if this is so generic?
2) Jatakabharanam translated by GC Sharma doesn’t mention Dimbha Chakra, rather it gives
Shanishchara [Saturn] Chakra. How can we account for that?
3) The examples are not sufficient and neither conclusive so what is the whole purpose of this
chakra?

Well, such questions would arise if we don’t go deeper into the meanings of these verses given by the
sages. As I have kept saying from AIAC Times Volume 1, ancient sages only wrote the rules but
explained the reasoning to only a few fortunate ones.

Yes, it is true that the Chakra is too generic and it is also true that Shani Chakra can be used in a
similar fashion. However, there would be separate rules for Shani Chakra. In the same way we could
use and devise chakras of other planets as well. However, even if we do that and find some ancient
literature in which the meanings of these chakras are given, we would still not understand the
purpose of this chakra. This lack of understanding was what caused David Pingree to ridicule this
chakra when we read it in Narapati’s works.

We have to remember that the fundamentals of jyotish don’t change even when we are studying any
special rules.

When the Dimbha chakra is used with Sun as the reference point and the janma nakshatra is counted
from the Sun’s nakshatra position, what exactly are we doing?

We are finding the Parts of Fortune [please refer to AIAC Times Volume 1, Rahu’s column] in terms
of Nakshtra. When we find Parts of Fortune in terms of 12 degree difference we call it Tihi.

Advancement of Moon from Sun = Longitude of Moon – Longitude of Sun = Part of Fortune

Advancement of Moon from Sun in terms of Nakshatra = (Longitude of Moon – Longitude of


Sun)/13degree 20 minutes to the next whole number. In other words, a particular body part of the
Dimbha Chakra.

Now, Sun is the soul, its purpose being fixed. Moon is the mind; it is controller of all activities.
When we see how much the mind has progressed from the Sun, we see the synchronization of the
mind and the soul or in other words get an approximate idea of the karma in this life. What Dimbha
Chakra is trying to portray is the same difference of lunar and solar longitude in terms of nakshatra
on a nara [human] image to better understand and interpret the purpose of the human life.

The same chakra can be used for other planets e.g. the progression of Saturn from natal Moon will
show the body part of the Dimbha chakra and indicate the quality of karma [and sorrow, Saturn] one
would do in this life driven by his/her mind [Moon]. This is the way to interpret Dimbha Chakra.

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Saturn’s column

Rohini Sakata Vedha


In AIAC Times Volume 2, Saturn’s column, I had mentioned one of the points raised by the
scientific community against astrologers and astrology. The point mentioned was lack of Statistical
Astrological results and proper analysis and tabulation of these results.

In the present generation, the school that has done maximum work in this area in jyotish is Bharatiya
Vidya Bhavan. KN Rao and his students have published quality books with numerous case studies
and results of statistical analysis on varied sections of jyotish.

In his online interview with Vaughn Paul Manley, KN Rao has stressed on the statistical analysis
and modern approach to jyotish.

In this volume of AIAC Times, I would like to do such a cold detached Saturian analysis of a dictum
of the great Varahamihira in his classic Brihat Samhita called Rohini Sakata Vedha.

When Saturn, Mars or the lunar nodes cuts the Wain of Rohini, what shall I say, alas, for the whole world will
perish being plunged in the ocean of misery?

In other words, Rohini-Sakata-Vheda (RSV) is referred to in the most ancient of Indian astrological
literature as an event of great significance. RSV is said to occur when Saturn, Mars or Lunar Nodes
pass through the triangle formed by α, ε and γ stars of the Taurus Constellation.

Shown alongside is the nakshatra


Rohini. The wain of Rohini is
formed by Aldebaran and its
adjoining stars.

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RSV as a dictum finds mention in the following jyotish texts.

Saturn
Saturn transits a sign almost every 30 years [approx]. So, we will do a statistical study of Saturn
position in Rohini for the period of time starting 1900 CE. Saturn’s position at 17 degrees Taurus is
taken in considered in the first column.

June 13, 1913 # June 13 – A International Railway (New York – Ontario)


trolley and passengers are buried under the contents of an
overhead garbage chute, that breaks in Niagara Falls, New York.

# June 15 – Bud Bagsak Massacre: U.S. troops under General John


'Black Jack' Pershing kill at least 2,000 civilians in Bud Bagsak,
the Philippines.

August 1, 1942 # August 7 – WWII: Battle of Guadalcanal begins – The U.S.


Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps begin the first American
offensive of the war with an amphibious landing on the island of
Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

# August 8

* WWII: In Washington, DC, six Germans would-be


saboteurs are executed (Two others were cooperative and
received sentences of life imprisonment instead. One was spared
because of his quite young age: execution was considered to be
too harsh for such a young man. The imprisoned ones were freed
a few years after the end of the war.)

* Quit India resolution is passed by the Bombay session of the


All India Congress Committee (AICC), which led to the start of

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a historical civil disobedience movement across India.

April 19, 1943 # April 21 – Worst Bombing of Aberdeen in WW2.

June 3, 1972 # June 8 – Seven men and 3 women hijack a plane from West
Germany to Czechoslovakia.

# June 9 – The Black Hills flood kills 238 in South Dakota.

# June 14–23 – Hurricane Agnes kills 117 on the U.S. East Coast.

# June 15 - Ulrike Meinhof and Gerhard Müller of the Red Army


Faction are arrested in a teacher's apartment in Langenhagen,
West Germany.

# June 16 – 108 die as two passenger trains hit the debris of a


collapsed railway tunnel near Soissons, France.

# June 18 - Staines air disaster: 118 die when a Trident 1 jet airliner
crashes 2 minutes after takeoff from London Heathrow Airport.

July 17, 2001 # July 3 – A Vladivostokavia Tupolev Tu-154 jetliner crashes on


approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia, killing 145.

# July 18 – In Baltimore, Maryland, a 60-car train derailment


occurs in a tunnel, sparking a fire that lasts days and virtually
shuts down downtown Baltimore.

# July 20–22 – The 27th G8 summit takes place in Genoa, Italy.


Massive demonstrations are held against the meeting by anti-
globalisation groups. One demonstrator, Carlo Giuliani, is shot
dead by a carabiniere. Several others are badly injured during a
police attack on a school used by the protesters as their
headquarters.

# July 24 – Tamil Tigers attack Bandaranaika International


Airport in Sri Lanka, causing an estimated $500 million of
damages.

April 4, 2002 # March 27 – A suicide bomber kills 28 in Netanya, Israel.

# April 2 – Israeli forces besiege the Church of the Nativity in


Bethlehem, when militants take shelter there.

# April 11 – April 14 – A military coup d'état against the leftist


Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez fails.

# April 15 – An Air China Boeing 767-200 crashes into a hillside

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during heavy rain and fog near Pusan, South Korea, killing 128.

# April 17 – Four Canadian infantrymen are killed in


Afghanistan by friendly fire from 2 US F-16s.

# April 27 – The Laughlin, Nevada River Run Riot kills 3.

On 9/11, we had the below celestial configuration –

In the future issues of AIAC Times, we will introduce many such case studies.

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Rahu’s column

Retrogression

Retrogression is a concept that often confuses the most seasoned astrologers while predicting events
in a chart. However, to understand retrogression we must refer to an ancient Hindu mythological
tale. The story is about the churning of the ocean that finally leads to the generation of the Amrita
[the nectar of immortality]. Rahu dressed up as a Deva [God] sits with the Gods to consume the
Amrita distributed by Mohini as he suspected foul play. When Rahu was about to drink the nectar,
the Sun god [Surya] and Moon god [Chandra] reported this to Mohini, who was none other than the
form of Vishnu and Sri Vishnu used Sudarshan chakra to cut off Rahu’s head. From that day Rahu
vouched to take revenge on Surya and Chandra and caused solar and lunar eclipse.

This is an extremely short commentary on this whole episode but my intention is to dig deeper into
the symbolism of this tale. In AIAC Times Volume 2, I discussed the social caste system [society
ruled by Moon] and have showed that Rahu and Ketu operate beyond the norms of society.

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Sun is the ruler of the solar system and every planet follows the rules set by the Sun. However, Rahu
opposes the Sun every time. He is the revolt, the force of opposition.

Now, let us see what exactly happens in retrogression. During retrogression, it appears as if that
certain planets move in the opposite direction to their normal course of movement. This actually
happens due to the apparent movement of the planet with respect to the Earth. However, there are
four exceptions to this.

The Sun is never retrograde.

The Moon is never retrograde.

Rahu is always retrograde.

Ketu is always retrograde.

Thus the planets which are “direct” [non-retrograde] always follow the luminaries [sources of light].

The planets which are retrograde follow the nodes [eclipse causing].

There are certain phrases we see astrologers using very often –

1) Retrograde planets cause delays


2) Retrograde planets show karmic debts
3) Exalted retrograde planets is as good as debilitated planets
4) Debilitated retrograde planets is as good as exalted planets
5) Retrograde planets show strong “unfulfilled” desires

In this article, we will study retrograde planets with examples and case studies along with logical
reasoning behind the “Why”s of each of the above mentioned five statements and then we will
finally disapprove or approve of the above statements.

Among the Grahas, only five grahas can be retrograde. What does it tell us? It tells us that
retrogression is a state of human beings since we are composed of the 5 elements signified by the five
planets. The social & normal path in which we are born into is shown by the Moon and the Sun and
the path which opposes this is shown by the nodes. When a planet turns retrograde, it follows Rahu,
the revolt and challenges the norms of the society and tries to bring revolution in that aspect of life as
is signified by the planet which is retrograde. Examples will help and in this case we will typically
look at the first house which will indicate the way the intelligence of the native will work.

Person Planet Retrograde Explanation


in the 1H

Barack Jup, Sat retro in Jupiter represents economy, Saturn the masses. He used the
Obama Capricorn very concept of “Change” in every aspect of policies prevalent
in the US politics and brought the idea of a revolution against
typical politics which worked wonders.

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Sri Mercury retro in Aquarius is a philosophical sign. Mercury gets influenced by
Ramakrishna Aquarius [with Sun the planet it is with. It is closer to the Moon. His views of
Paramhamsa and Moon] social system, worship, rituals etc. were revolutionary. He
didn’t believe in ritualistic worship. His ideals were extremely
broad and he saw oneness in every religion.

Jean-
Jean-Charles Saturn retro in Famous for his outspoken political views, he believed in the
Houzea Pisces with Rahu abolition of slavery and so aided the escape of some notable
unionists from San Antonio.

Thus we see that in the Lagna a retrograde planet would drive the person’s intelligence against the
normal norms of order. Similarly, based on the position of the retrograde planet in the chart, the
aspects signified by that house of the native would act reverse of its natural order.

Retrograde planets follow Rahu and like Rahu they don’t interpret time very well. Time follows the
Sun and direct motion and as a result retrograde planets tend to cause delay in giving results to
natives. However, once in transit a retrograde planet transits a natal retrograde planet, results
promised by the planet is said to fructify.

Retrograde planets show karmic debt in the area as signified by the planet turned retrograde since it
follows the planet which causes rebirth – Rahu. Retrograde Saturn can show unfulfilled work,
retrograde Venus can show unfulfilled desires, retrograde Jupiter can show unfulfilled knowledge,
retrograde Mercury can show tremendous desire for wealth, retrograde Mars can show desire for
power and strength.

Exalted planets are like chief guests at a function. Retrograde exalted planets are like chief guests of
the function driven out of the function. Such planets are very unhappy because they are being moved
from their power position. This indicates tremendous desire to achieve or fight back for its state of
exaltation. This is sometimes equated to the state of debilitation.

Debilitated planets when retrograde reflect a state which can be equated to someone escaping from an
enemy camp. Such planets are extremely strong and indicate the spirit of joy of freedom from its
state of debility.

Let us see a few case studies

Person Planet Result

Mother Teresa Saturn (R ) in Aries in 5H with The retrograde Saturn made her
Moon determined on helping the have
nots (debilitated).

Eva Brown (Hitler’s niece and Saturn in Aries in 5H with Her love was a hated man
bride for one day) Rahu (Saturn debilitated) and the
relationship was a perverse
(Rahu) one (incest).

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Lucille Ball Saturn in Aries in 5H with She had several miscarriages
Rahu and Mars and then had two children who
were not in good terms with
her.

Bruce Lee Saturn (R ) in Aries in 6H with A retro planet behaves like


Jupiter (R ) Rahu and thus aspects the 12th
house from itself. Jupiter and
Saturn aspects the 5H and thus
his strive to bring the
knowledge (Jupiter) of Kung Fu
to the masses (Saturn)

Even in advanced concepts of jyotish, retrograde planets have a completely different meaning.

Kota Chakra of the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, ex-Prime Minister of India on May 21, 1991.

On May 17, 1991 Saturn turned retrograde and Saturn which was on its exit path turned retrograde
showing reverse influence on the native.

Thus even the normal norms of prediction changes when planets turn retrograde.

More on this will be discussed on subsequent issues of AIAC Times.

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Ketu’s column

Lokas
Bhu, Bhuva and Swarga are the three observable lokas. Bhu loka is the plane of the Earth, Bhuva is
the plane of the Sun [Solar system], Swarga is the plane of the Stars [Galaxy].

However, what needs to be understood is that which Grahas operate in which loka.

Loka Signifying Planet Loka Lord Explanation

Bhu Lagna Mars The point that is on the rise on


Earth’s Eastern horizon is completely
dependent on Earth.

Bhu to Bhuva Rahu - Rahu is the point of eclipse [lunar]


and thus dependent on Earth and the
Moon.

Bhuva Sun to Saturn Sun The ruler of this plane is the Sun. All
[including the Moon] physical planets fall in this plane.

Bhuva to Swarga Ketu - Ketu is the point of eclipse [solar]


and thus eclipses the king of the
Bhuva loka, the Sun. This is the
reason why Ketu is associated to
upwards direction.

Swarga Nakshatras Venus The realm of the fixed stars is our


link to other solar systems and stars.

If we understand the grahas with respect to the


lokas, we can very easily interpret chakras like the
Dik Chakra and understand the directions of the
Ashtadala Padma.

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