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A few early posts that cover fundamentals and important topics.

The Planets As People

Sometimes it can be tricky for astrology students to get a feel for how different planetary energies express themselves and interact with each other. Viewing the planets as people has been a significant help to me in this regard. Some astrologers suggest viewing the planets as gods, which I think works out about the same. Without getting sidetracked in a theological discussion, I’ll just say that for the purpose of astrology, capturing the planets’ archetypal nature by picturing them “come to life” is key. Of course, they are “come to life”… but sometimes that can be easy to forget when the process of study tends to make almost anything feel academic. This is one reason I like doing celebrity horoscopes – they’re a way to discuss astrology literally happening, as opposed to hypotheticals.

I’ll use this as a jumping off point for further discussion about planets in signs and houses, aspects, dashas, varga charts and pretty much everything else. For that reason, I want to keep it pretty simple and just focus on who the planets are and what they’re all about. There are multiple indications for some planets, and I’m not addressing every last thing here; this is just meant to be an introduction and reference sheet.

The Sun (ruler of Leo) is the father, king and general. The Sun is in charge and likes it that way; the Sun’s individualistic nature and ambition make the Sun want to shine, but sometimes the Sun can forget about fair play, equality and humility.

The Moon (ruler of Cancer) is the mother and a representation of the mind and emotions. The mind and emotions are what make us human and the archetypal mother cares for us and nurtures us. The Moon is loving, kind and thoughtful, but can become clannish and overly attached to routine. Continue reading

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How I Got Interested In Vedic Astrology

I remember asking my dad about astrology when I was probably 13 or 14. Spirituality was a big part of our family life and both my parents practiced Transcendental Meditation, so astrology didn’t seem particularly far out. However, astrology as I knew it – which was basically western sun signs – also didn’t seem to have much in common with TM or the books my dad owned by J. Krishnamurti or Osho (who was still mostly referred to as Rajneesh back then). My dad’s response was that he imagined there was something to it, but it also seemed like nobody he’d come across really had a handle on it. He figured that maybe people would narrow it down more precisely in the future… or maybe somebody already had somewhere, but, if so, damned if he knew who or where. I think he also simply had far more interest in meditation and what he thought of as other more “direct” methods of self-realization.

Later on, my spiritual interests deepened and I began to read books by Osho, Krishnamurti, and also more deterministic teachers such as Nisargadatta Maharaj and his direct lineage of Ramesh Balsekar and Wayne Liquorman. I noticed that both Osho and Balsekar mentioned, essentially in passing, something about astrology as an accurate predictive method. Balsekar was referring to nadi leaves, which is a bit different, but Osho was talking about Vedic astrology in a more general sense. Later, I would learn that Osho had actually visited famous Vedic astrologer Chakrapani Ullal. Continue reading

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