Astrology and Enlightenment, Part 2

As discussed in part 1 of this post, one of Krishnamurti’s final requests was not to have any monuments or temples built for him after his death. So, following Krishnamurti’s death, Osho instructed his disciples to promptly get to work on a grandiose monument. Osho’s explanation was that the only sort of person who deserved such a tribute was one who insisted against it, but I wonder if he was partially just being mischievous.

Krishnamurti and Osho never actually met. They were geographically near each other (i.e. within a short drive) on multiple occasions and their disciples and enthusiasts tried to arrange meetings, but an impasse always resulted. Osho would say there was no point since they were both enlightened. Krishnamurti was interested to meet Osho, but as Osho’s elder he felt it appropriate for Osho to come to him. Osho, true to his nature, had no interest in following any sort of tradition or protocol… which, of course, annoyed Krishnamurti.

Throughout his life, Osho seemed to delight in baiting both Krishnamurti and their fellow sage, Nisargadatta Maharaj. While Krishnamurti and Nisargadatta were friendly with each other, they generally gave as good as they got when responding to Osho’s lack of decorum. When Osho’s disciples, who regularly wore maroon robes and necklaces with a photo of Osho on them (known as malas) would attend Krishnamurti or Nisargadatta’s satsangs, the two older more traditional men frequently singled them out for criticism and harsh questioning. Yet, Osho would encourage his disciples, clad in their maroon robes, to keep returning to the other gurus, joking that doing so was like waving a red flag at a bull and delighting in what he seemed to consider a sort of cosmic practical joke.

According to people close to both Krishnamurti and Nisargadatta, each of them acknowledged Osho as enlightened but were confused and annoyed by his techniques and attitude. I find this distinction hilarious, as it seems rather like saying, “Sure, that guy’s a direct window into the mind of God… but what an asshole!” I also think it’s a great reminder that people are and always will be people, with personality quirks, preferences, likes and dislikes, even if enlightenment happens.

Osho’s chart provides an abundance of clues as to why he was more eccentric and mischievous – and also far more community oriented – than Krishnamurti or Nisargadatta. While Krishnamurti and Nisargadatta lived humbly and focused on the individual, Osho formed a massive commune, initiated his disciples into “neo-sannyas” and reveled in life’s sensualist pleasures. Osho’s natal chart demonstrates that he was destined to be contrarian in nature, deeply interested in taboo topics such as sex and death and involved in occult groups.

Osho’s Natal Chart: Note the 8th-House “Planetary Commune”

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As you can see, most of Osho’s planets are in the 8th house, which represents sex, death and all things taboo, secretive, occult and esoteric. Among Osho’s other planets, Jupiter is in his third house of communication, exalted and serving as his atmakaraka (indicator of the soul’s highest purpose) while in parivartana (mutual reception) with his 8th house Moon. This exchange of signs between his 3rd-house Jupiter and 8th-house Moon expresses his gift for communicating (3rd house) higher spiritual knowledge (Jupiter) via occult and esoteric practices (8th house) in an emotionally resonant manner (Moon). Not only that, but Osho was especially interested in expanding the role of women in his commune, celebrating the divine (Jupiter) aspect of the feminine (Moon).

Since Jupiter connects to Osho’s 8th house in this manner, the only personal planet truly separate from Osho’s 8th-house stellium is his 7th-house Sun, located in the sign of its great friend Scorpio… but Scorpio is the natural 8th house, anyway. (Each sign, beginning with Aries, represents its own natural house in successive order, with Scorpio 8th.) This means every single planet traditionally used in Vedic Astrology (not counting the nodes) is either in Osho’s 8th house, in mutual reception with his 8th house or in his natural 8th house.

Not only is the massive emphasis on Osho’s 8th house a phenomenon I’ve yet to see to this extent in another chart, but Osho is also quite literally the only person I’ve come across who has three stationary (i.e. under 10% relative speed) planets in his natal chart. Mercury, Venus and Neptune are all nearly stationary at the time of Osho’s birth, giving them and, by association, his entire chart, an exceptional amount of power.

A single near-stationary planet is often so powerful that it suggests a great abundance of the qualities related to that planet and frequently determines one’s entire life direction. For example, Donald Trump has a near-stationary Jupiter in the second house, which indicates finances, and Amy Winehouse had a near-stationary Venus in the third house, which indicates music and performing arts (and she also died tragically young as a result of Venusian problems).

Those are examples of what one stationary planet can do, and with Osho we’re talking about a guy who has three of them… no wonder his time on Earth was so influential, controversial, volatile and impactful!

Turning our attention to Osho’s personality, the Sun’s placement in his chart is quite appropriate, as the 7th house normally signifies the marriage partner. Since Osho had no interest in marriage, which he considered part of a brainwashed, fundamentally unnatural society, his real marriage was to inner consciousness, which the Sun represents in its highest form.

Furthermore, the third pada of Jyestha nakshatra, where Osho’s Sun is placed, connects specifically to sincere and thoughtful interest in the occult. Early padas of Jyestha tend to be more mundane, while the fourth pada can become so consumed by the occult that it often represents “black magic,” “voodoo” or other similarly warped, power-motivated interests. The third pada, however, has especially enticing potential to combine the inherent power of Jyestha, which literally translates to “the eldest” and represents the traditional role of a tribal leader, with deep metaphysical insight.

You might be wondering if I’m a bit of a hypocrite at this point. After all, I started the first post in this series by suggesting that enlightenment, as an impersonal happening, cannot be astrologically observed or predicted. Yet, I’ve just written with considerable enthusiasm about how astonishingly unusual and striking I find Osho’s chart.

Here’s the distinction – Osho’s chart points to his exceptionally deep interest and involvement in 8th-house matters. So, if there were an “enlightenment stock exchange,” I suppose this would probably rate shares of his chart at a higher price than, for example, shares for a chart that seems hyper-focused on status or finances. It only stands to reason that if somebody is going to spend most of his or her life wandering through an area where treasure is hidden, he or she will have a better chance of happening upon that treasure than somebody who avoids the area.

Yet, most sages feel there are only a few enlightened people in the entire world at any given time and, as we all know, there are plenty of spiritual seekers and occultists and even, proportionately speaking, plenty of people with 8th or 12th house stelliums. However, I also feel that Osho’s specific personality and interests helped him tremendously when it came to connecting with seekers and spreading his message unusually far and wide, even – and perhaps more than ever – at this very moment, a quarter-century after he left the body.

I’ll post the third and final part in this series soon, focusing on Nisargadatta, whose mix of sublime understanding and fiery temper is a fascinating combination. Also of note is the sterling “record” of Nisargadatta’s lineage, as his enlightened successors continue to burn away ignorance on multiple continents and as far away from their guru’s (or guru’s guru’s) Bombay flat as Melbourne, Australia and Hermosa Beach, California.

 

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