EYE ON ASTROLOGY: Why Some People Think Astrology Does Not Work?
SECRETS OF TIMING
I live in a community where people are involved in Vedic knowledge and most of the community has had one or more readings. Many of the people I have talked to have been jaded about their readings because they have not been accurate or there was a cultural difference between the person giving the reading and the client. The reading was “lost in translation.” Even the best astrologers in the world may only be 70% accurate because there is some level of free will and spiritual people are aware to make better choices.
It is possible to get very specific information out of a chart that is very precise. I often tell people that true Vedic astrology is like reading strands of DNA if you go deeply enough with it and I find that Western psychology and Western astrological approaches are very useful for helping people reveal their patterns.
My initial background in financial astrology and timing markets and mundane events has taught me a lot about timing and people. Very specifically, about how events manifest in life. Observing daily dashas for 25 years and transits has helped understand how karma manifests and some of the common mistakes that astrologers can make.
ALTERNATE UNIVERSES: Firstly, I do not think that everything in our life is written in stone and can be predicted with 100% accuracy. I often think there are alternative universes available that our free will and intention can shift karma. It’s a bit like that movie Sliding Doors with Gwyneth Paltrow. She meets one boyfriend when she catches the train and meets someone else when the doors close and she misses the train. Other science fiction writers have played with this theme of multiple possibilities. When we are aware of the problem and choose not to repeat the same mistake, we can create an alternative universe. I often see in charts that the dasha period will set up a school to bring up the issues but with meditation, service, awareness and poise, we can make new choices and create an alternative universe.
While some karma is very hard and does have to hit us, as we meditate and do good deeds and become more conscious and aware, I think karma comes back more softer and that we are given schools to karma to work out and choices to make. Often, I think the astrology sets up a situation and how we act up on it this time is dependent on our judgment and free will. Often clients want us to give a definitive yes or no that it will go this way and the best astrologers can be is 75%.
More often than not, we can see the karma coming up but how you deal with it is up to you. Even if there is a health condition coming up, if it is connected to the 6th house, through discipline and diet and awareness we can change the outcome. Eight house karmas can be more difficult and more acute but even 8th house issues are beckoning us to transform and transcend and if are on top of what we need to do for certain areas of our life, they do not have to hit us. I think there are early warning systems available but once in a while stuff hits us out of the blue. When we are aware of the problem and choose not to repeat the same mistake, we can create an alternative universe. I often see in charts that the dasha period will set up a school to bring up the issues but with meditation, service, awareness and poise, we can make new choices and create an alternative universe. Hence, awareness from a reading may allow us to see our blind spots.
TRANSITS ARE ONLY 20% OF TIMING: The Vedic Mahadasha system and dasha systems are based on signs (Rashi Dashas) and give us a contextual rotation of periods in our life for things to manifest and transits trigger those events within the context. Western astrologers are not aware of the larger cyclical context.
If you are running a very good Jupiter period and have a bad Saturn transit, it may be a minor bump in the road and it will not be devastating. If you are in a difficult Saturn period and have a difficult Saturn transit at the same time, it may throw you for a loop. Dashas and larger periods are 80% of timing and you need an accurate birth-time rectified to the minute to get a good prediction. Every minute off may impact timing by 3 – 4 days. Some studies reconciling birth certificate times with actual births show that hospitals can be 30 minutes off. Some countries, like India and Germany of course, are more accurate about getting the timing right.
Transits are key when a transit and dasha coincide. If you are running a Mars/Mercury period or a Mercury/Mars period and there is a Mars/Mercury planetary war, then there will be a huge impact to your chart but in another period and if Mars or Mercury does not rule you it may not mean much.
THE DIVISIONAL CHARTS: Too many people get caught up in the main chart (Rashi chart) but it is important to look for a manifestation in the divisional charts. If career is strong in the natal chart but is blocked in the D-10 or career chart, then it manifestation may not happen. (Vice-versa.) A strong divisional chart will not yield results if the natal chart is blocked. Some astrologers do not like to use divisional charts because of inaccurate birth times but there are simple techniques to rectify a chart quickly and be able to get the more microscopic information. They are vital information for uncovering the layers of karma or strands of DNA that will manifest.
ASTRO-LOCALITY: I recently wrote an article on how moving far away enough from where you are born can change your chart and create a new rising sign with some different problems. Many astrologers fail to take this into account but we are not the same person when born in India and the living in the US. We may have some of the same natal chart karmic patterns but material work manifestations may be very different. I moved 1800 miles from my birth city of Chicago, Illinois to Sedona, Arizona in 1997 and went from Scorpio 7 degrees to Libra 20 degrees with an exalted Saturn at Libra 27. My life changed dramatically and it was not just being in a new city that was the impact of being Libra verses Scorpio.
KARMA SHIFT: I do believe in karma shifts, which means if we were meant to get a bullet in the head, then with good deeds, charity work, service and meditation, maybe the bullet goes through our hat or grazes us. The more conscious we are, the more we can shift karma.
BLIND SPOTS: A good astrologer should throw light on our schools of karma and help us see unconscious patterns that we are blind toward. 12th house karma represents our blind spot because the 12th house is right before sunrise where we are blinded by glare of the rising sun and cannot see clearly.
So give astrology a chance from another perspective. It should do a lot more than predict the future and remember you do have free will so a reading may change your outcome!
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