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Thursday, 2 February 2017

A Thematic Budget 2017

He who sees inaction in action, and action in inaction,
Is wise among men

                                                     Bhagwad Gita, Chapter 4, Verse 18

Budget 2017 has evoked somewhat of a mixed response from the people I managed to interact with over the last 24 hours. While some complained about tax on individuals not being reduced, others were dissatisfied with corporate taxes not being changed. For myself, my first immediate response as a common Indian was that the budget appears ‘status quo-ist and incremental’, and in many ways, it is. But is that necessarily bad?

Instead of judging the budget as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ using the narrow prism of personal interest, I think a more intellectually rigorous study should be made. A budget can be broadly seen from four perspectives:

a) Maintenance or tweaking (usual allocations to defence, etc. are adjusted)
b) Problem fixing (sections addressing issues of the day, e.g. bad loans)
c) Large, tectonic changes (like the liberalization budget in 1991)
d) Thematic portions

Admittedly The Bookkeeper is not as interested in points a and b above as he is in points c and d. This is likely the case for most observers of the annual policy document. In fact, the quality of the budget is indeed judged on these two metrics only.

It is now clear that there are no tectonic changes in the current budget. A country the size and potential of India should not aim to shock (pleasantly or otherwise) in its budget every 3-4 years. It has to give a semblance of continuation to allow businessmen and other governments to take long term decisions. The heady days of massive liberalization, takeover of industries, are hopefully behind us and barring a few exceptions it would serve us well to adjust to the “new normal” for what a budget should be.

It is in the thematic portions that the budget has impressed The Bookeeper and gives us a glimpse of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s grand vision for India. Indeed instead of a dry rattling off, of numbers and allocations in the budget (which should be easy for anyone to get), The Bookkeeper believes that a look at the Budget in the context of the PM’s vision would prove truly enlightening.

It is my contention that a pithy summary of PM’s governance philosophy, which is well reflected in this budget, would read:  Integrate & enable


A disconnect exists at various levels in India, between regions, villages vs. cities, formal vs. informal, government vs. poor, etc.  The often discussed disconnect between ‘India’ and ‘Bharat’, in its various avatars, is responsible for significant leakages and inefficiencies in the system. Rajiv Gandhi had famously quipped about the system he presided over where for every Rupee sent, only 17 paise reached the beneficiary. Nearly 25 years after he made this statement, the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia had corrected the late Rajiv, saying that the beneficiaries gain was in fact 16 paise/ rupee and not 17.

It is for this reason that integration of the various parts into a functioning whole has been high on Prime Minister’s agenda since the day he took office. Linking the Aadhar card to bank accounts, using incentives of zero balance, free insurance, direct benefit transfer, etc. to get the poorest of the poor to open bank accounts, promotion of a digital economy, strides toward e-governance, are all steps towards integrating disparate portions of the economy on a common platform. The Bookkeeper would argue that the drastic step of demonetization was also a move towards Integration of the “Un-Inc.” economy with the mainstream.

Consider the budget proposal to computerize and integrate over 63,000 Primary Agricultural Credit Societies with their respective district central cooperative banks. This will enable the government to plug leakages and ensure that credit is flowing to the small/ marginal farmers instead of just the large stakeholders in each region. Integration will ensure that the record Rs10 lakh crore slated for agri-credit will be disbursed efficiently.

To allow farmers easier price discovery and standardize the quality of the produce, the National Agricultural Market (e-NAM) has been extended to 585 markets from 250 earlier. e-NAM is an electronic trading portal to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities. Further it is planned to integrate spot and derivative market for commodity trading using the e-NAM platform. Fruit and vegetable growers are to be linked with local agro-processing units to check post harvest losses.

Even a programme like MNREGA, which the PM once touted as a symbol of the Congress’ failure, has been realigned with the larger objective of doubling farmer’s income in five years. The government is now also using space technology to geo-tag assets created by MNREGA workers to ensure that a) Work is actually done and, b) Work does not happen in a silo but only where gaps exist. An integration of disparate work into a combined whole will ensure that the highest ever allocation to MNREGA (Rs48,000 crore) will be spent transparently (geo-tagged assets will be in the public domain), and intelligently.

Other examples of virtual integration proposed in the budget include the linking of 150,000 village panchayats using broadband optical fibre by FY18. The Government will also launch ‘Aadhar pay’, the merchant version of the Aadhar enabled payment system which will allow those who do not have debit cards, mobile phones or eWallets to make/ accept digital payments. In fact the government has a target of 25 billion digital transactions for FY18.

The budget has also tackled one of the main sources for political corruption by integrating political party funding with the mainstream traceable economy. Cash donations have been effectively outlawed by restricting the per donor contribution to Rs2,000 only. Additionally a system of election bonds has been introduced to allow anonymous, but not illicit, donations. Under this system a donor would purchase bonds from a bank using a cheque or digital payment and hand the bond to the Party he/she wishes to donate to. The bonds will devolve into money, ONLY in the designated bank account of a registered political party. This will bring about greater transparency and accountability in political funding.

In addition to the virtual integration efforts described above, significant investments are planned for physical integration using roads, rails, waterways and airways.

Thus a broad spectrum approach to bring various interests and mechanisms on a tech supported common platform will go a long way in ensuring the crucial leakages, slippages and corruption conduits would be stymied.


Enabling and empowering the population is one of the main functions of a good government. An adequate enabling environment allows people to lift themselves up from poverty instead of depending on hand-outs from the government. Creating skill, infrastructure, health, risk mitigation and financial incentives are key cornerstones of an enabling mechanism, and these have been addressed in the budget.

For example, the Fasal Bima Yojana (failed crop insurance) has been extended to 40% of net cropped area in FY18. Its popularity can be gauged from the fact that the amount insured under this scheme has risen from Rs69,000 crore to Rs141,625 crore. Additional support to farmers has come in the form of a Long term irrigation fund with a Rs40,000 crore corpus. The system of soil health cards, to be supported by 1000 minilabs run by local entrepreneurs offers opportunities and mitigates risks for farmers at various levels.

Road construction under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana is at a rapid clip with 133 km of roads being added every day, vs. only 73 km during the period 2011-2014. Also, power infrastructure is being added to target 100% village electrification by May 2018.

The budget has committed to provide safe drinking water to 28,000 arsenic and fluoride affected habitations in the next 4 years. Additionally, the Budget plans to eliminate kala azar, filariasis by 2017, leprosy by 2018 and measles by 2020. Sanitation coverage in rural India has gone up from 42% to 60%. Villages that are free from open defecation will be given priority for piped water supply thus creating a reward system for rural India to join hands with the clean India mission. To augment the supply of doctors, 5,000 new post graduate seats are to be added in the coming year.

The government also proposes to construct 1 crore houses by 2019 to house the homeless and those living in 
kuccha houses. Affordable housing has been given infrastructure status and tax incentives have been announced for players in the affordable housing space to encourage supply.

The Bookkeeper is also pleased with the tax cut (30% -> 25%) for the MSME space for companies with a turnover less than Rs50 crore. There are 6.67 lakh such units (96% of Indian companies) and this cut is estimated to bring about Rs7,200 crore in benefits to them. MSMEs (corporate + non corporate) are an important constituent of the Indian economy providing employment to over a 100 million individuals and accounting for 37% of the GDP. This tax cut would allow MSMEs to be more competitive vs. the larger players and increase their innovation and employment potential.

Despite the “Mann ki baat” initiative by the PM and the odd surprise appearance on TV to address the nation, the Budget remains the primary policy document in India. Indeed, The Bookkeeper is not aware of any other large country where the budget is the cynosure of so many eyes. This year’s budget was even more so, given that the plan-non plan division was made irrelevant and that the Railway budget was subsumed within the general budget.

In conclusion, The Bookkeeper is impressed not just with the quality of the budget, but also the changed tenor of it. Conspicuous by its absence is the usual tweaking of indirect tax rates, which used to be followed by the customary news headlines of which consumer goods became dearer or cheaper. The third budget of the Modi government has built on the earlier two and as emerged as a policy direction platform for the economy.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Why are there only 12 houses in a chart? And who decides House matters?

Most astrological texts that I have come across start off with the 12 signs and 12 houses as a ‘given’ and students then learn how to construct these charts and give readings with them. I am not sure whether anyone has wondered why there are only 12 houses or 12 signs. Why is the cosmos not divided into 11 or 13 or even 24? Another question that I have hardly heard asked, is why does x House denote so-and-so matters?

While I am sure there are many explanations out there, I am going to give my understanding of why a chart would be divided into 12 parts and not 11 or 13. I will also attempt to demonstrate why certain houses are considered for certain aspects of human existence. I am not an astrophysicist or a rationalist, so I will be flexible in my views if I am wrong and encourage readers to write here or email me with their insights.

For understanding the 12 divisions of the chart it is necessary to take a quick look at the concept of platonic solids. A platonic solid is a three dimensional figure/ shape whose each side exactly resembles every other side. 

The name comes from Plato who is supposed to have believed that nature could be described in five shapes. The five shapes are believed to have been in existence long before but it was Plato (in recorded Western thought) that first tried to link the shapes to the material world. Only five platonic solids are mathematically possible, and perhaps this is the reason that Plato thought of linking it to the five building blocks of the material world.

Hindus reading this will be well versed with the five elements: Fire, Earth, Air, Water, Space. However, most of us seem to think Earth is the physical earth below them and air is the air that we breathe. This is not the correct understanding. By Earth, it was solids that were being referred to, by Water: liquids, by Air: gaseous and Fire is that energy that sits in and in between these elements acting as a conversion mechanism. And space? Well space is the vessel/ area in which these elements and their inter-conversion can occur.

Source: Frank Wilczek,

While why Plato decided upon a dodecahedral representation of the universe is a study for another time, it is interesting to note that scientists have indeed examined this issue. In fact, an award winning mathematician Jeffery Weeks collaborated with French cosmologists in studying cosmic background radiation observed by NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) and hinted at a possible answer:

“The universe is finite and bears a rough resemblance to a soccer ball or, more accurately, a dodecahedron, a 12-sided volume bounded by pentagons”

As such, this student surmises that it is using the dodecahedral representation of space that the chart is divided into 12 parts. It has nothing to do with the signs as visible in the sky, so the discovery of the 13th or 14th sign will not impact the manner in which a chart is divided. 

Now coming to the second question as to why a certain house is considered for a certain matter. For that I will have to postulate a theory and then see if it fits or not. The significance of 4 houses in a chart is symbolically very strong. These are the houses 1, 4, 7, and 10. It is no wonder then that these houses are known as kendras or cardinal houses. The meaning of the word cardinal is ‘fundamental’. As such, these four houses are the rock solid foundation on which the chart significations are built. 

Each of these cardinal houses impact one house ahead of them and one house behind them. So, the 1st house (Ascendant) will impact the 2nd house and the 12th house. The 4th house will impact the 3rd house and the 5th house. The 10th will impact the 9th and 11th and 7th will impact the 6th and 8th. The rules to interpreting these impacted houses remain similar, the house before is negative to the house and the one after is positive to the house. While this is similar to what some schools of astrology teach, it differs in that while 2nd house will add to Asc and 12th will deduct from Asc, 2nd will not deduct from the 3th and 12th will not add to the 11th (how does house of loss add to the house of gain anyway?!). In this, I differ with the adage that “EVERY house destroys the significance of the house ahead of it and adds to the house behind it”. 

 Lets take an example of 4th house. The 4th house is that house which physically exists on the other side of the planet earth from the place where the native is born. In other words, it is buried deep below. It is this attribute that gives the 4th house its controlled aspects in the life of the native. The native lies buried deep within his mother’s womb. As such the 4th house represents the mother. The ‘buried deep within’ also translates to secrets. Most people divulge secrets to their mother.  Mother also means mother land, i.e. the place which the native considers home. So it includes house property and things allied to it. The first lesson a child learns is from his mother, so it is also the house of education. 

Now how does the 4th house impact the 5th house? As discussed earlier, the 5th house adds to the 4th house. If 4th was the house of a parent (mother), the 5th is house of the child of a native. If 4th house was the house of receiving love (from mother), then 5th is the house of giving love (either to child or romantically to a partner). If 4th house gave education, 5th house is intelligence. If 4th represented motherland then 5th will give connections to foreign lands. If 4th is curricular, 5th adds extra-curricular (hence entertainment, sports, etc)

How does the 4th house impact the 3rd house? If 4th house signified home, mother, etc. the 3rd signifies staying away from home. To stay away from comfort requires courage. Thus the 3rd house is the house of courage. Since 4th house is the house of secrets, the 3rd house becomes the house of communication. 4th house represents mother, so 3rd house will represent things that take mother’s attention away from him…siblings. 

This way we can see how the 4th house’s significations make symbolic sense and using these significations how one derived the significations of the 5th and 3rd.

We can take the example of the 10th house, another cardinal house. The 10th house is the topmost point in the sky above the native at the moment of his birth. Thus if 4th was the secret, then 10th will be how the native will behave in the world outside. It is the opposite of the 4th house. As such the 10th will govern the native’s professional achievements, the natives mark on the world, authority, fame, promotions. 

Now how does the 10th house impact the 11th house? If 10th showed the natives hard work, the 11th will show the gains, the results of the 10th house. 

Now how does the 10th house impact the 9th house? The 9th house shows higher education, like PhD etc. People leave work to pursue higher education like PhD or MBA. Even if they do a part time course, the studies encroach upon their work impacting the quantity or quality. If 10th shows work done for worldly achievement, 9th shows work done for spiritual achievement, like pilgrimages. 

Thus a student can use symbolical references to derive the meaning of the cardinal houses and then use the positive and negative impact of the cardinal houses to derive the significations of all the 12 houses in a chart.  Why a house impacts the next house positively and negatively impacts the house before it is something that I do not have an answer for, yet. I will be working on the question though. Readers do write to tell me of your discoveries. Learning is after all a collaborative process.  

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Medical Astrology - Gall bladder stones

Got a frantic call from a relative whose mother has been admitted to the hospital with severe diarrhea, blood sugar fluctuations, exhaustion and extreme stomach ache. The advanced age of the patient made the situation more worrisome. The diabeteologist who is the primary doctor for the old lady did a preliminary examination and conjectured that the lady might be having gall bladder stones. This is a condition that overweight people with diabetes can get.

So I got a call asking if the diagnosis is correct as the sonography doctor was not available for two days to confirm this diagnosis. Since the lady's daughter gave me a seed number I had to rotate the chart by 4th house. The chart and significators are as follows:

To check if a diagnosis is correct or not, we have to look at the 6th CSL and the star lord of the 6th CSL. Either one of these two has to be placed in a sthira rashi and the other one should NOT be placed in a dwiswabhava rashi (can be in Chara rashi, thats ok). Also, neither one of the two must be Mercury or be placed in a 4 degree orb conjunction with Mercury.

In this case the 6th CSL is Ketu posited in the star of Rahu. Ketu is posited in Kumbha Rashi and its star lord is in Simha Rashi. Both are fixed signs. Also neither RA/ KE are within a four degree orb of Mercury. As such the diagnosis is correct and the lady indeed is afflicted with Gall Bladder Stones. 

This diagnosis was confirmed just a couple of hours back by a sonography report.

Now see how beautifully the chart shows the affliction. The 6th CSL is Ketu. Ketu is posited in the 4th house. 4th house signifies the chest region. But see where it is posited. Its posited right at the end of the 4th house, just a degree or two before the 5th house (which signifies the stomach). Now see where the human gall bladder is located (I do not own this picture):

The gall bladder is located right under the ribcage, ie at the end of chest and beginning of what we may call the stomach region. 

Ketu and Rahu naturally cause diagnostic confusion. The lady was suffering for 2 days before the issue could be diagnoses (and it still was pending conclusion from the sonographist end till a couple hours back). In addition Ketu is in close conjunction with Neptune the planet of illusion further complicating the diagnosis.

Also, Ketu is posited in Kumbha which is a sign owned by Saturn. Saturn signifies  the gall bladder. Saturn due to its 'hard' nature is considered significator of bones. Using the same logic it can be considered to be the significator of stones. 

The houses signified by Ketu are as follows:

Posited in: 4
Aspected by none
Conjunct with none
Star lord Rahu: 10* (see below)
Sign lord Saturn: 1 4 5; Me: 1 9 12

Posited in 10
Asp by Mars: 3 7 2; Sun: 1 11
Asp by Saturn: 1 4 5; Me: 1 9 12
Star lord Ve: 2 8 1
Sign lord Sun: 1 11; Ju: 12 3 6

As can be seen the 6th CSL strongly signifies the houses 1 6 8 12, causing the illness (1 6), severe pain (8) and hospitalization (12). 

Usually the remedy for gall stones is surgery. Now Mars being Antara lord and 6th CSL being Ketu suggested that surgery will be recommended.  

But for type of treatment it is the 5th CSL we need to look at. 5th CSL is Moon, in the star of Saturn. moon signifies the houses 5, 10; Sa 1 4 5, aspects 12. For surgery to happen the 8th house needs to be signified by the 5th CSL.  In this case, 8th house is not being signified and thus I do not think surgery will be required and it will probably come down to a very long period of medication (Moon is in the star of Saturn).

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Logic of the Seed

Those readers who may have consulted with me may have been intrigued by me asking for something like this:

"Focus on your specific question. AFTER your mind has become focused on that specific question, give me the first RANDOM number that comes to you, between 1 and 249. Remember, the number needs to be a RANDOM number and NOT your lucky or favorite number"

This number is the seed that I use to plant the prashna or horary chart.

Lots of those who have asked me a question have wondered why they need to give a seed and it seems non serious to them. Hence I am doing this post to give the basis of this seed.

To understand why a seed is needed lets take a hypothetical situation. Lets say Narendra Modi walked into a traditional astrologers office and asked "Will I become the PM of India in the next election?" 

The traditional astrologer will then proceed to cast the prashna kundali of the time Narendra Modi came into his office and will give him the answer based on the Muhurta chart. 

Now suppose, Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Nitish Kumar, Laloo Yadav, Arun Jaitley, car pooled to the jyotisha's office and entered together and each asked, "Will I become the PM of India in the next election?" Now the traditional jyotisha is in a fix. Because the same time chart (or even a slightly different time chart for each of them) will now give the same answer. Earlier the muhurta chart would suggest victory or loss, but now with multiple people asking the same question, to whom specifically does the Muhurta chart apply?!

Stellar astrology proceeds on the assumption that the person coming with the question already has the answer encoded in the planets with him. The jyotisha's dharma is only to interpret it for him. It is for this reason people who have consulted with me may have noticed me asking them to prioritize their questions, if they have multiple questions. 

So what does the Seed do. The Seed, FIXES the Ascendant of the chart, irrespective of the actual Ascendant of the time. For non regular readers, Ascendant is the first house of the 12 houses and is the one rising on the eastern horizon. So once the ascendant is thus 'artificially' fixed, all the other 11 houses will be fixed and the chart will become PERSONALIZED. 

Such a bespoke chart will give the specific answer to the question that is being asked. So people entering in together will still have different charts as we are no longer depending on the actual position of the houses or cusps, but an artificial one. The seed is nothing but a divine intervention into the querent's mind and hence it has to be a random number and not a favorite or lucky number. In fact those unfortunate enough to know me personally have to pick a number tag out of a bag or turn to a random page in a book I give them. It has to be THAT random. And only after their mind has focused on a specific question.

Now why 249? Some may ask. Well, there are 249 subs aren't there! How? We know there are 12 signs, divided into 27 constellations and each constellation broken into 9 unequal parts, each part being ruled by a planet (this is the sub). 

So, 27 * 9 = 243.

The balance six come from 6 different signs in the chart, where the star (constellation) and the sub remains the same, but the sign changes. This happens in Aries-Taurus, Gemini-Cancer, Leo-Virgo, Libra-Scorpio, Sagittarius-Capricorn and Aquarius-Pisces. 

So these 'broken' star-sub combines in 6 places give six additional sign-star-sub combinations which then give

27 * 9 = 243 + 6 (broken) = 249

So the entire 360 degrees of our cosmos are broken into 249 parts and when the querent chooses a random number he is basically saying, "for my question divinity wants the Ascendant to be fixed at the beginning of point so-and-so" 


I have generated a random chart with a random seed number of 100 to show this difference. actual sign ascending at this moment on the eastern horizon is Sagittarius. So the first house or cusp will in reality be there,,,represented by the TmAsc in the figure above. 

BUT, for my hypothetical question, the Ascendant has been artificially fixed in Leo which changes the house or cusp (cusp is just the starting point of a house, I use the terms interchangeably), placements. 

So if a child was born at 12:44PM in my location, his ascendant would have been in Sagittarius and his Moon would have been in the 5th or 6th house (same for other planets).  BUT, for the purposes of a question that is asked of me, I have personalized this chart by fixing the ascendant causing planets to change houses and thus change their significations.

So now I can hand my random number bag to Narendra Modi, Nitish Kumar, Rahul Gandhi, Laloo Yadav and Arun Jaitley and ask them to give me a random number each. And in a span of 15 minutes have bespoke answers for all of them!

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Anatomy of evil

Here are the Nadi significators of someone this jyotisha has the opportunity of knowing well. The person is undoubtedly the most cruel that I have encountered in my life. While 'evil' is a strong term, what exactly is 'evil'. Lack of sensitivity? Tremendous ego? Aggression? Selfishness? Need for self importance to the point where the person does not care what they have to do to others to get it?

Lets look at the significators, and readers can do a similar study for people they know. Feel free to write in to with your notes and experiences.

The significators are:

Aggressiveness, need for self impotance, limitless ego:

The combination of 7 8 12 gives the person these traits. Ketu, Venus, Sun, Mars (broken), Rahu, Jupiter have the full combination of 7 8 12. Even the balance planets have a 7 8/ 8 12 in them. This person is extremely aggressive and has a tremendous ego. Another pointer to the ego is the number of 1s present in the significators. 1 means self, so this person cannot see the point of a world where this person does not exist. Six out of nine planets here signify the 1st cusp for this this native,


7 8 12 also shows the 'dhongi-ness' of the individual. For non Indian readers, 'Dhongi' means someone who projects something they aren't. A lot of the 'vedic' jyotishas for example, who wear long gowns, big marks on their forehead, and generally act holy, must have some form of this combination in their charts. All this feeds into their need to look holier-than-thou or different from the natual population.

Complete disregard for others feelings:

We know that 2 5 11 is the combination for child bearing. What does child bearing mean, it means love and caring. Similarly the combination of 2 5 9 11 also denotes a loving and caring individual. 1 4 10, which are maraka sthans for 2 5 11 are considered as marks of a cold, calculating person, with absolutely no empathy in them. 1 4 6 10 is also the combination for cold behaviour. Ketu, Venus, Sun, Rahu, Jupiter have the full combination of this attitude. Saturn and Moon have part of the combination.

Interestingly the native's Ascendant sign lord is Jupiter. Asc will determine the basic nature of the person and as one can see from the significators above, the combinations 1 4 10 and 7 8 12 are part of the basic make-up of this person. So I doubt the person feels that they do anything wrong at all.

Continuous state of strife:

Some people thrive in a vitiated environment, and thus always want to keep some strife going. Since the 6th house represents enemies and 7 8 or 7 8 12 represents strife, the combination 6 7 8 or 6 7 8 12 will represent such people. Look at the number of these combinations from the Nadi significators above, four planets out of nine. So this person spends half the time in creating strife, as that feels the most natural and comfortable for the native.


6 8 12 combination without the 10 11 make a person face continuous failures and generally unfortunate. This is the classic sign that that a horoscope is a representation of our past lives karma. The negative traits this person has brought forward makes life hell for people unlucky to be around (thankfully this jyotisha is not one of them). But this person will not get success or lasting happiness from this behaviour, due to 6 8 12s. God and Karma cannot be bribed. The odd part is that such people use misfortunes befalling them as a justification for their behaviour! Afterall, with so many 1 4 10s, they are only concerned with damage to self and not to anyone else.

Dabbles in occult?

The '?' is because this is not something that I know for a fact. But look at the prevalence of the '8 12' houses in the significators. The 8th and the 12th houses have a lot of esoteric significance. The 8th house represents going into the depth of something and the 12th house is that of something that is very removed from the ordinary. Thus these houses are receptacles of that which is beyond ordinary human intelligence, beyond logic. 

Interestingly, Asc lord Jupiter for this person is sitting in the 12th house of the occult, further increasing my suspicions. The lord of the 10th house (of worldly achievements) is also sitting in the 8th house. The 10th CSL is sitting in the 12th house.

Also, look at the number of 4s that arise in the chart. 4th house is the house of secrets buried deep within. This person is secretive and people around such a person will not have any clue of what is happening in their mind or their activities. Another necessity for the negative manipulators of energy.

The directional arrangement of planets that I discussed in the past post, indicate that Saturn (work) is conjunct with Ketu (spiritual) and is aspected by Rahu (karaka for black magic or deeds associated with the dark). The reason this jyotisha feels that the native is not dabbling in tantra for the purposes of liberation is due to the lack of the 5th cusp and the 9th cusp in the chart. 5th is the house of Dharma and Love, 9th is the house of religion and pilgrimages.  In fact, in this chart the 5th house appears only twice and in both cases is afflicted ( 5 7 12 combination in Mars and 5 8 12 in Moon).

This is not an individual who is in quest for a higher goal in life and this the 8 12 if used for occult is finding representation through the basest of means. Revenge, jealousy, anger and ego.

Cruel profession:

Another interesting thing that regular readers may have noticed is the profession. With so many 1 6 8 12s, the native had no choice but to be a doctor. Even in directional association of planets Saturn + Ketu suggests a medical related field (like I said in the last post, this directional business is good for confirmation, not so much for prediction). Now readers will wonder what is such a person doing in the noble profession of medicine. Abortions!

While this jyotisha is all for women's rights and planned parenting, it is one thing to support something conceptually and quite another to remove a fetus from a womb, thus 'killing' it. In the same way that people who eat non-veg food on a daily basis would be hard pressed to wring a chicken's neck or tear a cow apart while its alive. For that you need a butcher only.

So, what is the solution for such people. Can they be changed? No. Primarily because they themselves believe they are perfect. People around them can at best avoid engaging with these natives. Some problems have no solutions and are best avoided.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Problem on relying on Graha karakatwa based analysis

I came across a couple of books on Meena Nadi Jyotisha by R Gopalkrishna Rao. Flipping through them it became clear why relying on Graha based analysis versus Cusp based analysis is so fraught with mistakes. To clarify, my analysis makes use of cusp significations as a primary predictive force and graha karakatwa as a secondary one. So for career I will look for DBA of planets that signify 2 6 10 11. I worry about the actual planets which constitute the DBA only later. So If Jupiter or Saturn are coming in the DBA than I might say that the person will work with large organisations. If Rahu or Ketu or Saturn are part of an overseas chart then I say say that the job will be in less developed countries. Something like that. 

In graha karakatva, Saturn is always considered the planet for service, So planets associated with Saturn will suggest the type of job. The problem with relying on this is that it is so open to interpretation. Let me demonstrate.

The books I read, classify signs as per direction. So planets lying in a sign that belong to the same direction will be considered as conjunct. Those conjunct with and aspecting Saturn will determine the career part of the native.

So all the planets that fall in the EAST direction will be clubbed together and they will be aspected by all the planets that fall in the WEST direction.

Now numerous people have consulted with me over the months. I  got together a list of Chartered Accountants and compiled their charts in the above format and the results were as follows:

Now readers can assess for themselves. Is there a pattern to planets that are conjunct with or aspecting Saturn? Yes! Mercury or Moon are either aspecting or conjunct with Saturn the karyaka for service. Mercury is the karyaka for business and accounting and also education while Moon is one of the royal couple (since Chartered Accountants are State-certified under an Act of the Parliament). One also sees Mars or Jupiter involved. That can be interpreted as the 'guard dog' role or the advisory role of Chartered Accountants. 

But each of these planets can also be interpreted quite differently. Mars can mean armed forces or land related, Mercury can mean communication, Jupiter can mean judiciary or educational institutions and Moon can mean something as removed as a 'dairy' or travel related. 

So if I know this person is a C.A., I can link all these planets and explain why he is a C.A., but given the chart it is near impossible to have any predictive ability of the chart. 

It is this reason why people who rely on sign and planet karyakatwa are forced to rely so much on flowery language and mythology and frankly stories, because they need to fill their consultation time (usually it is 30 minutes) with this jargon as they are unable to predict at all.

Just yesterday someone who consulted with me the first time said that a famous astrologer charged him US$40 over and above his fee for just taking 10 minutes extra time. 

This graha and sign karakatva business was okay 5000 years back when there were handful of professions; farmer, army, ruler, priest, doctor. These things can only spin stories now, not give answers.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

I rest my case...

This is in continuation of my earlier post. My prediction has again come correct. Now anyone can say that they know more than one of the most honest Defence Minister of India, but that will only show their own intelligence and not of anyone else: