Dhruva and the Polestar

Vraja Kishor:

Very very interesting lore about abhijit naksatra

Originally posted on The Enquirer:

Wonderfully praised by the brilliant and resolutely determined boy, the All-Attractive, who is the devotee of his devotees, reciprocated the child’s affections and spoke.

“Royal little boy,” he said, “I know what you are striving for with all your wonderful vows, and I will grant it to you with all my blessings, though it is very rare.

“You wanted to attain the most wondrous place in all the three worlds, beyond what even Brahmā possesses.” Pointing up into the night sky, Viṣṇu continued, “See that very bright star? It doesn’t move, so we call it Dhruva-kṣiti. It is like the hub around which the wheel of the brilliant constellations stars and planets revolve; it is like the central pillar around which bulls walk to turn the tills. No one has ever claimed that star but Dharma, Agni, Kaśyapa, Śukra, and the great forest dwelling sages worship that place by clockwise…

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Astrology of Wealth… Paul McCartney

I have one astrology student, currently, who is particularly gifted and shows great potential. Some of her assignments involve her in looking at charts like Paul McCartney’s. She asked some interesting questions about where the indications of great wealth would be found in his chart.

Comparing his chart with Bill Gates’, she said a very interesting thing: “I think it really comes down to the question, what is the person known for? With Bill Gates, there’s all this obvious financial wealth stuff that jumps out, and wealth is also pretty much the first thing I think of when I think of Bill Gates.” With Paul McCartney, on the other hand – he’s wealthy, yes, but that’s not the first thing that jumps out about him.

Now let’s get down to business of finding McCartney’s indicators of abundant and enduring wealth.

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First, lets look at our essential calculations, positivity and impact (although I am in the process of upgrading the impact calculations, these are still reliable to work with).

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All of his planets are very, very positive, except Saturn and the Sun. Saturn is close to normal (which means “negative” since Saturn is a malefic) and the Sun is very negative.

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 14.37.53Luckily the very negative sun has very, very little potency. The biggest problem in the chart, then, is Saturn, since it’s acting like its normal malefic self and has very significant potency.

The most obvious implication of this is the very painful loss of his first wife, and subsequently a very painful breakup with another wife. (I’m not too up on the celebrity details, someone can comment to correct the details if necessary). This is because both the Sun and Saturn surround the 7th lord (marriage). Besides the Sun and Saturn being naturally malefic, they have lousy positivity, Saturn is very strong in the chart, and they are the lords of the 6th and 12th houses.

Now let’s look at the places of wealth. We tend to start with the 2nd house for enduring wealth. His 2nd lord is in the 6th. Don’t misread this as negative. The baseline definition here is: “The lord of stability in the house of challenges: If the second lord is in positive circumstances, it increases our ability to profit from challenges, challengers, and difficulties. It improves our health. If under negative circumstances it does just the opposite.” His second lord is Mars, which is in phenomenally good positivity (89%!).

His mars is also quite influential in the chart, owing a lot to the fact that it exerts a significant aspect on Ketu, which is so near to the ascendant. So this interpretation of “overcoming challenges and challengers to profit” becomes a significant theme we should read from the chart.

Next we should look at the 11th house, the house of profits. His 11th lord is in the 4th, which is a solid, stable place. It is joined by the 4th lord, increasing stability. The lord is Saturn, who is not in positive dignity, but regardless of dignity a planet always cares for its house. It may be a very valid principle to consider that dignity does not affect the houses owned by the planet. Dignity affects the houses and planets the planet influences. This is a principle to observe carefully and to consider adopting.

The main thing about his 11th house is that its a focal point of amazing aspects. Look at this graph of the aspects to it:

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All the benefics aspect the 11th house, especially Jupiter (who is very positive in the chart and is the most powerful planet in the chart), and Mercury (also positive and fairly powerful). Saturn’s aspect is considered benefic because it is the lord of the house (Phaladīpika establishes this rule). The only doubt is the Sun’s influence, which is in awful negativity in this chart – but that sun is also very impotent in this chart, so does not have much sway over the rest of the benefic influence.

Also, please consider that Mercury and Jupiter own all the angles, and Jupiter, by owning the 1st also counts as a trine lord. Their combined aspect on the 11th therefore constitutes the combination of an angle and trine lord, which is always a very beneficial indicator.

I think the above gives an astrologer sufficient hint to interpret significant and enduring wealth from this horoscope. But also consider the Candra-lagna (moon-chart – bottom left chart of the charts including at the beginning of this post). The 1st, 2nd, 11th and 6th lords combine in the 11th house of that chart. 2, 11, and 6 are financial lords. The 11th indicates profit, and the 1st indicates that the combination is important and potent.

The student I mentioned at the outset had some specific questions about the chart:

the lord of the 2nd house is in the 6th, which doesn’t look too strong, but at the same time, Mars is in that great raja yoga.
Actually, the lord of the 2nd in the 6th is tempting to interpret as negative, but the texts like Bṛhat Parāśara Hora steer us away from that and say that it all rides on the dignity/positivity of the 2nd lord.
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She has brought up a point, that besides being phenomenally positive, Mars is also in a very strong Raja Yoga. Mars’ aspect on Ketu in the 1st house, when Mars is a trine lord, constitutes rāja-yoga. 
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Could that reflect how he didn’t come from money, but when it came, it came in a really intense way?
Yes, 2nd lord in the 6th with great dignity indicates overcoming challenges and challengers to profit.
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If I didn’t know this was his chart, I might look at how Mars and Ketu are linked and think, well this person could have great things happening in their life, but with Ketu involved how long could it last, since Ketu is so unpredictable. I guess that’s how it happened – in a very wild way.
Ketu is an amplifier. Ketu is unstable in the sense of being revolutionary and causing change. Mars and Ketu is not a good combination, but in this case (a) Mars has phenomenal dignity, and (b) Mars and Ketu form rāja-yoga. There is also significant aspect from very positive and very, very potent Jupiter, influencing this Mars-Ketu alignment. That has to be kept in mind as well. In the end Ketu is revolutionary and McCartney was a member of the Beatles – a revolutionary band.
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The wealth mainly comes from the 2nd in the 6th with great positivity and, especially, the amazing aspects on the 11th house. Ketu is not directly involved in that. But when there is rāja-yoga… rāja means “king.” Kings have wealth. So Ketu will not be operating in a negative way due to having a double or tripple rāja-yoga (from the aspects of Jupiter, Mars, and Jupiter+Mars).
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As for the lord of the 8th (money through partnerships, which would have to be his case) is Venus and it is in its own sign, which is good but in the 3rd… – so I’m wondering, could you then look to the moon’s chart and see how Venus there has spotless, parvata and mahapurusa yogas and then say that the 8th house lord in the main chart is benefiting from its yogas that exist in the moon’s chart, even if those yogas don’t exist for Venus in the main chart?
He made money in partnerships, but not through marriage and not through inheritence. Therefore it’s not really 8th house wealth. He made money as an entertainer, both in the Beatles and later as a soloist.
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The observations about Venus are excellent. The answer to the question at the end is “yes.”
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Maybe it’s a combination of many beneficial things, like Jupiter’s raja yoga, and Mercury’s not incredible, but still pretty nice parvata yoga.
Combinations of many beneficial things are nice, but there also has to be at least a few strong indicators of a specific beneficial effect. In this chart there are significant indicators of stable and abundant wealth, so, yes, the abundance of beatitude in the rest of the chart is a very nice foundation for those indicators to be interpreted with liberal positivity.
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Parvata Yoga in the Horoscopes of Meryl Streep, Paul McCartney, and Bill Gates

Parvata literally means “mountainous.” The parvata yoga helps an interpretation that the native will “rise higher” than his or her peers and be notably distinguished.

Here’s how it’s formed:

1) A benefic must be in an angle.

[Benefics are Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus, in increasing order of magnitude. An angle is the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th house.]

2) Malefics must not be in the 7th or 8th houses.

As always, judge the impact of the yoga based on the impact of the planets forming it. If the yoga forms by a planet without much impact in the horoscope, don’t interpret it as having much importance.

Meryl Streep

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She’s got a benefic (Jupiter) in an angle (7th house), and she doesn’t have any malefics in the 7th or 8th houses. Her’s is a particularly clean and ideal form of the yoga. There are no other planets getting in the way. You could almost say that the only planet she has in an angle is a benefic. There is just the moon in house 10, exalted. Now look from the moon (chandra-lagna, lower left chart, above). Jupiter continues to form parvata yoga. It’s still in an angle (10th house) and there are still no malefics in the 7th or 8th (from the moon). This is a big sign that the yoga is strong. When a yoga exists both from the asc. and the moon, you can almost certainly interpret it as strong and important. Look at her navāṁśa (bottom right chart, above). Even there Jupiter remains in Parvata-yoga!

In addition look at the impact graph for her planets:

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Jupiter is immensely important.

Paul McCartney

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McCartney also has Parvata yoga. Mercury is in an angle (4th house), and no malefics in the 7th or 8th houses. It’s not a picturesque version of parvata, though, because Saturn and the Sun are with Mercury. In the moon’s chart (bottom left) Mercury does not continue to show parvata yoga, but Venus does – and its alone in its house. (Rahu and Ketu are not natural malefics or benefics, they are not to be counted in the scheme here).

So you might want to go out of your way to show that somehow these Parvata Yogas for McCartny must be important, since he is a super star, but actually his parvata yogas aren’t terribly important, they are average. It’s other yogas that make him a superstar. First of all, note that Mercury is not just in parvata yoga from the ascendant, its also in Mahāpuruṣa Yoga (“Outstanding person” – because it is in its own sign in an angle). And the same is true for Venus in the chandra lagna. Its not just in parvata yoga, its also in mahāpuruṣa yoga (its in Taurus in the 10th from the moon).

And most of all, on the Parāśarī rule that when Rahu or Ketu is an angle strongly aspected by a trine lord, or in a trine strongly aspected by an angle lord, there is rāja-yoga (“kingship”). McCartney has Ketu extremely influential in the first house very close to the ascendent (birth time is not exact, it could likely be even closer to the ascendant than shown here). The first house is both an angle and trine. Ketu in the first as an angle is very strongly aspected by Mars, the lord of the trine 9th house. And Ketu in the first as a trine is very strongly aspected by Jupiter, the lord of the angles 1 and 10. And what this amounts two is that he has both the 9th and 10th lord aspecting the ascendant, another cause for delcaring rāja-yoga. So he has a super-mega-hyper rāja-yoga in the first house on the ascendant, and that’s really the defining feature of this chart, far outclassing the parvata or mahapuruṣa yogas in importance (though they certainly also contribute to the interpretation).

Bill Gates

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Here is another example of parvata yoga. A benefic (Mercury) is in an angle, and there are no malefics in the 7th or 8th houses. There is no such parvata yoga in the chandra lagna. In the navāṁśa Jupiter has parvata-yoga.

Like McCartney, this is a case where we shouldn’t stretch the importance of parvata yoga just because it happens to be the yoga we’re studying right now. I believe the raja-yogas formed in the 4th and 5th house and 4th and 10th houses are much more impactful, as well as the kalpadruma-yoga (wish-fulfillment). The raja and kalpadruma yogas are particularly important because they involve the 1st lord in the 10th house, as the most impactful planet in the horoscope.

– Vic DiCara

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Knowing if Planets are Friends or Enemies

The Parāśarī system of “Vedic Astrology” has really useful rules for determining how a planet’s sign affects its dignity. The idea is that the host (owner of the sign) and the guest (occupant of the sign) have certain type of relationship, and that determines the dignity (Unless the planet is in its own sign, or, many say, in exaltation or debilitation).

The system defines all the relationships, which are easy to remember if you are learned in Vedic lore, and aren’t that hard to remember even if you don’t know anything about all that. I wrote a detailed post on this, called Determining Planetary Friendship and Enmity.

Now, the basic rules for friendship and enmity get modified based on the individual chart. Here is a pretty detailed description of how to do that: How to Read an Astrology Chart. The idea is that if the host is too far away from the guest (or too close, in the same sign), the relationship between the planets suffers; and if the host is a healthy distance, not too close and not too far, the relationship between the planets prospers.

Because this is a calculation of distance it is based on real space, not aṁśas (fragments, “harmonics,” “subcharts”) of space. If you’re not sure of the difference between the two: the “birth chart” is a map of the real spatial positions of the planets towards one another. The aṁśa charts are maps of aspectual relationships between them, they don’t indicate real spatial positions, but reveal subtleties of how those spatial positions relate to one another. Since the modification of friendship is a spatial consideration, calculate it from the birth chart, not from all the aṁśas.

The friendships between the planets is established by their spatial relationship (which the main chart reveals). Whatever relationships they have, they carry those into the subdivisions. For example if the Sun and Mars are a healthy distance, their relationship is improved, and this affects all the amśas. It doesn’t matter if, for example, in the navāṁśa they are too far apart.

— Vic DiCara

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PS – I wrote this because a longtime blog-reader asked me to clarify a point I made in a previous post: “temporary planetary friendships are a spatial affair and therefore should be deduced only from the actual zodiac positions, not recalculated per each aṁśa”

Astrological Calculations, Version 3.0!

For my first year or two as a practicing astrologer, every time I looked at a new astrological chart I had to overcome a really significant amount of intimidation. So I searched for a reliable system to organize all the zillions of possible interpretations and point me in the direction of the most important, fundamental interpretations on a chart by chart basis (and guide me on whether I should favor the positive or negative possible permutations of those interpretations).

For “Version 1.0” of that, I took the varga-viṁśopaka and ṣaḍ-bāla techniques verbatim from Bṛhat Parāśara Hora. The planets with the highest ṣaḍ-bāla, I figured, were the most important, fundamental planets in the chart; the ones I should focus on. The planets with high vimśopaka were the ones that should get positive interpretations, and those with negative viṁśopaka should get negative interpretations.

I worked with this fine system for about two years before deciding to upgrade it to “Version 2.0.” For this, I had to write my own software, because it elaborated on the traditional systems and so wasn’t a part of any pre-existing software. Since I had a background in web development, I wrote everything in PHP and ran it off the apache server on my laptop.

Positivity and Negativity via vimśopaka had worked quite well for me during Version 1, so I kept it the same. The only difference was that I settled on a particular varga set and was completely confident that temporary planetary friendships are a spatial affair and therefore should be deduced only from the actual zodiac positions, not recalculated per each aṁśa. 

Impact calculations, however, asked for a much more significant upgrade. I had discovered was that ṣaḍ-bāla might satisfactorily tell me the strength of a planet, but it doesn’t say anything about how much opportunity the planet will have to use it’s strength. For example, a planet with low ṣaḍ-bāla but in exact conjunction with the ascendant or Moon will definitely prove to be more fundamental, essential and important to interpreting the chart than a planet with high ṣaḍ-bāla but tucked away in some remote degree where it can’t influence the ascendant, moon, sun or many other planets. So I developed a whole set of calculations to modify ṣaḍ-bāla – based on planetary phases and aspectual and absolute alignments with the three key points (asc, Moon and Sun). Thus I got a very useful  readout of how much a planet’s ṣaḍ-bāla can actually influence the horoscope.

I’ve used Version 2 for more than three years now, gradually coming across charts that revealed places where the V2 Calculations could be improved. Now I’m going to upgrade to “Versions 3.0” – and once I have the maths all worked out, I’m going to work with my father to get it into a software format that stands alone like Solar Fire, Kāla, Parashara’s Light, etc. – so that other astrologers can utilize the techniques I’ve developed without having to work their fingers to the bone doing an hour or more of calculation for every chart they want to look at.

Important Changes in Version 3.0.

Non-Linear Ratios

First of all, I realized that the ratios for aspects and conjunctions need to be non-linear, they need to have curvature. In other words the difference in impact between a planet being between 0 and 1 degree out of alignment is a hell of a lot more dramatic than the difference in being between 29 and 30 degrees out of alignment. I’ve got to research and apply exactly the right math to use for the curvature, and ideally I should make it customizable for further research.

Improvements to Positivity Calculations

I’ve got three major improvements to make for calculating dignity/positivity via viṁśopaka. The first is that each planet should have an inherent dignity determined by its degree of natural benevolence or malevolence. The second is that aspects and conjunctions also affect a planet’s positivity – a very strong aspect, for example, from a very positive planet, dramatically improves positivity. The third is that the lordship of the planet affects the positivity (as described by all the talk about “temporal malefics” and so on).

Improvements to Potency Calculations

I have two major improvents for calculating the potency via ṣaḍ-bāla. First, I’ll be taking dignity out of the equation and increase the role of “distance to exaltation” to compensate. The point in this is that when dignity affects potency it becomes too difficult for undignified planets to have high impact. This is fine in a traditional Vedic interpretation environment where the baseline interpretations for malefics are already so godawful dreadful, but in the modern astrological environment, and my system in particular it doesn’t work so well, because I use baseline interpretations that are as neutral as possible for all the planets.

The second improvement is related to aspects/conjunctions. The more aspects a planet gets, the more potency it gets (this is actually a part of traditional ṣaḍ-bāla but I dropped it for simplicity in Version 2.0). I’ve got to research the best numbers and maths to represent it in the context of all the other calculations.

Improvements to Impact Calculations

First change here is that all aspects given by the planet increase its impact in the horoscope (Version 2.0 only considers aspects to the Ascendant, Moon and Sun). The next change will be to work out reliable and accurate math for the increase on impact by dispositorship. A third change here will be to thoroughly research and work out accurate numbers for inherent impact values for the planets (based both on the planet itself and the effect of lordship).

Rahu & Ketu Calculations

Finally, Version 3.0 has to include Rahu and Ketu in the impact calculations. Alignment with the nodes (by conjunction as well as impact) is certainly a key factor affecting the impact of a planet, and we also want values for how influential Rahu and Ketu themselves are (by conjunction to Ascendant, etc. as well as by the volume of aspects/conjunction they recieve).

End Result

When Version 3.0 is done, it will definitely be the easiest, most scientific and reliable way to make fundamentally accurate interpretations of astrological charts – building on the ancient techniques of Bṛhat Paraśara Hora with modern technology, research capacity, and mathematics.

– Vic DiCara

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Northern & Southern Hemispheres

Most of the human population exists in the northern hemisphere, and the major contributors to our current astrological systems (Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Indians, etc.) all hail from the north. So there may be a few adjustments for folks living down there in the netherworlds “below” the equator.

Whenever there is a calculation that explicitly has to do with seasons, this will have to be adjusted. For example, in calculating the potency of the planets, one factor is how well the planet fares in the current season. The Moon and Saturn, for example, fare well in the winter. Mercury fares well in spring and fall. And the rest fare best during the Summer. We calculate the season by the Sun’s proximity to the solstices and equinoxes. The solstice at the beginning of Capricorn marks winter, we are told, and the one at the beginning of Cancer marks Summer. But if you are in the southern hemisphere its just the opposite. So, if you life south of the equator, maybe you should take this into account?

Honestly I’m not sure. I would have to test it out on a few dozen cases before I could hope to get more sure. The uncertainty is because the theory is a little vague. I mean, maybe it has to do with the seasons on earth (which are affected by your lattitude), or maybe it has to do with the sun’s proximity to solstices and equinoxes (which we happen to ascribe to seasons since we live on Earth). After all, the planets are out there in space, not on earth.

And if it does have to do with the seasons on earth… it opens a can of worms. It’s not just a question of north and south, it becomes a question of lattitude. If you live in sibera, your experience of the seasons is a hell of a lot different than if you live in Egypt, even though both places are in the northern hemisphere. And if it’s about earthly seasons, why should it be calculated with reference to the solstices and equinoxes. These only mark the beginning of the respective seasons, not the deep heart of them. If Saturn actually literally likes the cold, then February in Sibera or August in Antartica should make Saturn incredibly strong.

So, my stance on the matter is this:

  • No, don’t adjust things for your hemisphere. We are talking about celestial phenomenon.
  • Maybe I’m wrong, I’m open to that possibility, but it would take systematic research to convince me that we should adjust calculations per hemisphere (and then probably per latitude and lots of other factors)

Four Elements, Four Goals, and the 12 Houses and Signs

The Vedas define four goals of life: pleasure (kāma), stability (artha), morality (dharma) and freedom (mokṣa). Each one of these goals corresponds to a cardinal direction (W, S, E, N), to an elemental principle (Air, Earth, Fire, Water), and thereby to an astrological house and corresponding sign.

First let’s get more clarity about the four goals themselves.

The Four Goals

The first goal, kāma, is not just “pleasure,” but it is happiness itself. It is  the underlying motivation for everything we do, and the ultimate objective of all the other goals. Consciousness itself has direct access to such kāma pleasure, described as ānanda, but since we are enamored with external existence we neglect to seek this kāma within our natural being, and make efforts to discover it outside ourselves. This necessitates the three other goals…
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The second goal, artha, is not just stability but wealth, abundance, and prosperity. We resort to Artha when we need some way of bolstering and fortifying our external concept of pleasure. For example, everyone likes to play on the playground, but after a while we get hungry and need to eat. Having a supply of food, or some way to get food, is a primary example of artha. 
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The third goal, dharma, is morality in the sense of accepting a certain role in society and not violating the limits of that role. The need for this dharma only arises when our concept of kāma is directed to the resources of the external world. To illustrate… we like to play on the swing, and we have enough food and drink in our lunchboxes so we can play for a long time, but there are other people who also want to play and eat, so now we need some sort of morality concerning how to take turns on the swings and not steal each others lunchboxes.
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The fourth goal, mokṣa, is freedom – the ability to rest, give up activities, and be liberated from  responsibilities. This one is required because the quest for external kāma is exhausting and we need to rest. After playing on the playground for a long time, even with sufficient food and drink, and good manners and morals, eventually we get tired of it and need mokṣa – a break. A chance to just go in a corner somewhere by ourselves and stop everything, fall asleep, and recoup.
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The most ambitious form of mokṣa is to entirely cease external existence altogether.

The Four Directions

The west is the home of kāma (pleasure), because that’s where the Sun sets, work is over, and we can relax and enjoy.

The south is the home of artha (abundance/stability), because if you look towards celestial south, you look down at the ground. The ground is the source of all wealth and stability. [If you’re in the southern hemisphere you have to research if perhaps the north needs to represent artha for you. I haven’t done this research yet].

The east is the home of dharma (morality, responsibility), because it’s where the Sun rises, the day starts and we get to work doing what we are supposed to do. The sun lights up things and defines the paths clearly, which is what morality does – defines everyone’s role.

The north [maybe south in the southern hemisphere] is the home of mokṣa because its the open sky, with just about nothing in it. It’s empty, free, boundless.

The Four Elements

Air is the home of kāma (pleasure) because air stimulates the sense of touch, which is the most pleasurable sense, and air is light and carefree. The mutual relationship with kāma causes air and the west to develop affinity.

Earth is the home of artha (stability/abundance) because earth is stable and produces food and wealth. Thus it develops affinity with the south.

Fire is the home of dharma (morality) because it is bright (illuminating the path we are supposed to adhere to) and also because it can be punishing. So fire and the east develop affinity.

Water is the home of mokṣa (freedom) because it is calm. Also because it is silent. Also water is reflective and can be deep, therefore it relates to the ultimate freedom: realizing one’s internal self and connecting to the kāma – ānanda that is effortlessly inherent within. Water and the north thus have affinity.

The Twelve Houses

The twelve houses represent the four goals because the houses are representations of the four directions. The first house is due east, the 10th due south, the 7th due west, and the 4th due north [again, hemisphere specific, maybe]. So the 1st represents fire/dharma, the 10th represents earth / artha, the 7th represents air / kāma and the 4th represents water / mokṣa. The rest of the houses follow this same pattern, sequentially.

1: Dharma

2: Artha

3: Kāma

4: Mokṣa

5: Dharma

6: Artha

7: Kāma

8: Mokṣa

9: Dharma

10: Artha

11: Kāma

12: Mokṣa

You’ll notice that there are three houses for each goal, and that these houses are always trine with one another. 1, 5, 9 are dharma houses. 2, 6, 10 are artha. 3, 7, 11 are kama. 4, 8, 12 are mokṣa. 

The first of the triads above is the root of the goal. The second exerts the effort towards the goal, its the way of working towards the goal. And the third is the result or fruit of the goal.

The 3rd (house of ambition) is the beginning of the desire for pleasure, the 7th (house of relationships) is where we work on realizing those desires and the 11th (house of enjoyment) is where they are realized and enjoyed.

The 2nd house (stability) is the root of the goal of stability, the 6th (house of work) is where we work hard to overcome obstacles to our stability, and the 10th (house of status) is where we reap the results of stability.

The 1st house (self) is the root of morality, the 5th (intelligence & education) is where we work to figure out how morality should work, the 9th (morality) is the fruition of morality – good fortune and ethics.

The 4th house (inner self) is the root of enlightenment, the 8th (mysticism) is where we work to attain it, the 12th (completion of circuits and dissolution of the tangible, ego‐centered self) is where we fully realize enlightenment.

The Twelve Signs

The twelve signs have the same pattern, because they are associated directly with the elements.

– Vic DiCara

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