An Astrological Verse from Śrīmad Bhāgavatam

An Astrological Verse from Śrīmad Bhāgavatam

In Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.21.18, Prajāpati Kardama says to Hari:

The wheel of time spins on an eternal axle. Three meta-seasons form its hub. Thirteen months form its spokes. Three hundred and sixty days form the joints that support its circumference. Six seasons form its rim. Infinite moments form the outer edge. This wheel spins with terrible speed chasing everything in the universe with destruction. But it cannot chase those who are intoxicated by hearing about you.

Time is represented as spinning in terms of years. Each “meta-month” is a set of fire, earth, air, and water months/zodiac divisions. There are three repetitions of such in a year. The 13th spoke is the leap-month. A lunar-centric calendar counts 360 days in a year, which is why a full leap-month is required periodically. Every two months form a discrete season, winter is expanded into “chilly” and “frozen” seasons, and summer into “hot” and “wet” seasons.

These divisions of time spin with unstoppable force, and chase everything in the universe, destroying everything. But it cannot chase those who are intoxicated by hearing about Hari.

Hardcore and Casual Followers of Astrology

Hardcore and Casual Followers of Astrology

I think there are two broad groups of people into astrology. Maybe we can call them “hardcore” and “casual” but those terms are admittedly a little misleading because the “casual” follower of astrology could be just as intensely devoted to the subject as the “hardcore” follower. The distinction is simply that “hardcore” followers get into detail well beyond Sun, Moon and Rising signs – and often tend to want a methodical and scientific approach to the art; whereas “casual” followers are satisfied with what inspiration and guidance they derive from interpretations of their Sun, Moon and Rising signs.

Please correct me if I am wrong, but it seems that the content of your site ( currently caters to the “casual” group? People who work with me or tend to visit my site are very predominantly of the “hardcore” group. So I think a link from my site to yours won’t pan out much for you, but at least I can mention your appealing site here in this blog! =)

Thank you,
Vic DiCara

A Really Good Book on Jaimini Sūtra

A Really Good Book on Jaimini Sūtra

Ernst Wilhelm has to be congratulated and thanked for doing the astrological community a very great service by meticulously translating and unraveling the Jaimini’s Sūtras. I recommend that serious students of astrology study this book, as I will surely be doing. Here is a link to more information about it:

Second Marriage for Mangal-dosha

Second Marriage for Mangal-dosha


I’ve heard that the second marriage of a person with Mangal dosha will be much smoother. Is that so?

My Answer:

People say so many things about Mangal dosha (The effect of Mars on relationships), but most of them have no idea what they are talking about, they are just talking. Sorry to say that. I find that people have a hard time keeping things simple and clear. The effect of Mangala dosha is that the person with it is overly independent and feels constrained in relationships, especially monogamy and that sort of culture. If they marry someone similar, the effect is less noticeable because the two partners understand one another instinctively and give enough space. Potentially it could be true that the mangal-influenced person would learn enough from the first failure that they would improve on the next marriage, but I think that is up for grabs and depends on the individual. It don’t think its reliable to say that the second marriage of a mangleek person to a non-mangaleek person will be smooth. Rather, a mangal-dosh person should marry another mangal-dosh person, or, if that is impossible, the partner who is not under the influence of mangal so strongly will need to do some personal evolution to learn how to empathize with the mangal/mars energy and its need for space, freedom, independence even within the context of long-term monogamy.

Horrible Omens

Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.17.2:

Saintly Diti was worried about what her husband had revealed about her children, so she prolonged the pregnancy for a full one hundred years before giving birth to the twins.

When they were born, many upheavals in earth, sky, and hearts of the people made everyone very afraid.

Now, 4-14 will describe many of these upheavals.

The immovable ground shook. Blazing meteors and comets fell like missiles from all directions of the sky, foretelling suffering.

Terrible winds howled again and again. Armies of tornados uprooted strong trees, with clouds of dust blowing like their flags.

Masses of clouds roared hysterically with lightning, blocking the light from the luminaries in the sky, so thoroughly enveloping the world in darkness that no one could even see their own feet.

The ocean cried out miserably with her wave arms raised high, disturbing all the creatures within her. The wells and rivers became so polluted that their lotus flowers withered.

The Sun and Moon were eclipsed repeatedly. Claps of thunder tore open the sky and rumbled like broken chariots.

Fearsome wild animals came right into the middle of towns and vomited their guts out. Jackals and owls howled and moaned horribly.

The dogs who guarded the towns joined them, raising their snouts to the skies and howling — sometimes as if singing, and sometimes as lamenting.

Donkeys went mad and ran wildly in herds, slamming their hard hooves into the earth and braying insanely.

Hearing them shrieking, birds abandoned their nests and fearfully fled into the skies, while cows in the fields suddenly passed stool and urine.

Blood stained the milk of those terrified cows. Pus rained down from the clouds. Temple deities cried. Trees fell without any wind.

Inauspicious planets moved retrograde into inauspicious constellations, to overlap and conquer the light of the auspicious planets.

Note for astrologers: Mars and Saturn moved retrograde into destructive nakshatra, and came thus into the same degree and declination of the auspicious planets, such that their light outshone the auspicious light and thus all the auspicious planets were defeated in “graha-yudha” by the inauspicious planets (thus, Mercury and Venus were probably conjunct).

Seeing these terrible upheavals, everyone except the four sons of Brahmā became confused. Unable to decipher the meaning of these signs, they thought the whole world was about to be destroyed.

A Birthday Speech (I Haven’t Given)

Originally posted on The Enquirer:

A Birthday Speech (I Haven’t Given)

When I was 19, I sat up in my bed one night and tangibly experienced reality — the impossibly infinite magnificence of existence itself. I could literally see and feel divinity saturating, permeating, being everything — even the most hum-drum of all stuff — like the walls I sat up to stare at.[0]

Since then I haven’t been normal.

Of course, I was never “normal,” but this amazing experience made my abnormalities escalate radically. There is such a deep feeling of happiness in truly experiencing reality — it is euphoric like a sustained, breathtaking, almost “orgasmic” wholeness. Suddenly my normal experience of life felt like a small box with very little inside. I lost interest in everything else and pretty recklessly threw my life on whatever tracks seem to lead towards this divine experience. [1]

The good news is that I have gotten…

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The Root Meanings of the Nine Planets

The Root Meanings of the Nine Planets

Unedited first draft of a very early chapter in my next book…

As I briefly mentioned in the Introduction, planets are the few unusual celestial lights that move around while all others stay in their respective places. We can immediately see seven of them: The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

Another thing we see in the sky, sometimes, are eclipses. Eclipses are caused by two shadows: that of the Earth that of that of the Moon. These shadows move, relative to the movement of the Sun and Moon, so astrology treats them practically as if they were two more planets. Indian Astrology names them Rahu and Ketu, bringing the count of astrological planets to nine.[0]

[extraPlanets]: There may be more or less than nine planets out there in the void of space, but astrology is not really about the void of space. It is about life on Earth. It is a way for the universe to communicate with human beings, and the messages it sends are intended to be understandable using the tools naturally available to every human being: a brain and eyes. So I strongly believe that astrology should concern itself only with those nine planets we can naturally see with our naked eyes.

The nine planets represent the nine key components of human life.

  1. Sun = Soul
  2. Moon = Mind
  3. Mercury = Brain
  4. Venus = Senses
  5. Mars = Strength
  6. Jupiter = Positive experience
  7. Saturn = Negative experience
  8. Rahu = Extroversion
  9. Ketu = Introversion

It might be helpful to note that the visible appearance of each planet is the cause of it’s symbolism.

  1. The Sun radiates light and warmth, granting sight and fostering life. So it represents the source of sentience (“sight”) and vitality (“life”): the soul.
  2. The Moon reflects light and constantly changes. It represents the part of us that reflects upon the world, and experience ever-changing emotions as a result: the mind.
  3. Mercury is so close to the Sun that it is barely visible. It represents the brain’s intelligence because intelligence is the closest companion to the sentient soul, barely distinguishable from it.
  4. Venus is so bright, it is practically the most beautiful light in the sky. So it represents the senses, which always seek the pleasure of experiencing beauty.
  5. Mars is red and wanders from its orbit more erratically than any other planet. So it represents strength and what strength grants: power and independence.
  6. Jupiter, like Venus, is outstandingly bright and beautiful. While Venus represents beauty that we can perceive with our senses, Jupiter represents beauty that we conceive: wisdom, particularly wisdom gained by positive experiences.
  7. Saturn is very slow and very dim. Thus it represents negative, difficult experiences imposed by being held back and limited.

Rahu and Ketu cause eclipses so they symbolize changes to how the inner self shines and reflects upon the ourself. They exist 180º opposite from one another, so they symbolize polar opposites. Essentially, Rahu represents the extroverted way of interacting with the world, and Ketu the introverted way.

Now I’ll devotee a chapter to explaining each meaning and the most important implied meanings that branch out from it.

Vic DiCara

Authentic Modern Astrology from the Ancient and Classical World


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