Astro Q&A #3! Guitars, Mars, Playas, Reincarnation, Sideropicals, and Dasha

Question: [Ryan Kurczak] I’m a Virgo ascendant. Am I more inclined to play a Les Paul or a Strat? or a Danelectro DC?

Since the outstanding traits of Virgo are practical organization and prudent commerce, I would say first that you would pick the more articulate, symmetrical, and lightly balanced of the guitars. So I would say Danelectro DC might take first place, followed closely by the Fender Stratocaster, with the Gibson Les Paul as third choice since it feels relatively imprecise and muddled compared to the other two.

The trade value of the financial transaction would also influence your decision.

Question:  [Ryan Kurczak] I’ve always heard Mars ruled or influenced people were happier, because they usually just take what they want. Is that true?

But will they succeed in taking what they want? Hitler has a very martial chart, for example. He tried to take what he wanted, but failed, and wasn’t a particularly “happy” person.

We need more than just a dominant Mars, we need that dominant Mars to be positive – then we can successfully take what we want. That positivity can come from the overall dignity of Mars, and from the influence of benefic and dignified planets.

Even a positive Mars doesn’t really give a picture I’d describe foremost as “happiness.” Mars is not a “happy” planet – it is an adventurous, self-determining, strong planet. A dominant, positive Mars would make that sort of person.

Question [Sheghy]:What astrological stuff symbolizes a ‘player’?

There’s more than one way to bake a cookie, but here are some ingredients for one of my recipes. The more ingredients you find in the chart, and the more exact each one is – the more strongly the cookie will taste like a classical Don Juan, Woman-eating, Player.

  1. Get Mars to have more strength than Venus, and to strongly aspect or conjoin Venus
  2. Have that happen to Venus while she is in an Air sign, and/or a Dual sign
  3. And while that sign is in either a prominent house (an angle, esp. 10 or 1) or a house with direct sexual relevance (8 & 5 mainly, to lesser extent 12 and 3) or make this Venus a very important planet in the horoscope in some other way (ruling the 1st house or the moon’s house, for example, or having powerful influence on the asc or the moon)

Question [TinaLilith]: Can the natal chart indicate our next reincarnation?

It’s very hard to say, because its very hard to test any theories to this effect. If I predict you’ll become a mushroom in your next life – maybe that sounds like a mystical prediction – but how would you or I or anyone else ever know if my prediction was accurate? Since we can’t directly measure the accuracy of any theory about how to predict the next life, its very doubtful that any theories about it are very accurate, because when you cant test theories you can’t sort out the junk ideas from the good ideas.

And, what determines the next life, anyway? Your decisions determine your future. The decisions you’ve already made in your past shape your present – and those that have not yet borne their fruit will shape your future, but the new decisions you make – the way you choose to react to the fruits of your past decisions – will also shape the future. How can that be known from a chart that only shows your birth-karma?

Astrology is ideal for some questions and not ideal for others. It’s not ideal for this question. You’d do better to look in the Vedas, Upaniṣads, and Purāṇas for the answer. In Gītā Krishna explains

yam yam vāpi smaran bhāvan
tyajaty ante kalevaram
taṁ tam evaiti kaunteya
sadā tad-bhāva-bhāvitaḥ

He’s saying that you’re next life will take the shape your thoughts have cultivated in this life. Your physical reality in the next life will conform to the mental reality you cultivate in this life.

This is a much better answer than anything any astrologer could tell you from interpreting your horoscope.

Question [Helena]: Why does Vedic astrology tell me the planets are in a different position that what Western astrology tells me?

Because the vast majority of today’s Vedic astrologers anchor the zodiac to a certain star, while the vast majority of todays’s Western astrologers anchor the zodiac to the Sun’s rising onto the Earth’s equator – which takes place on the Equinox of March. In other words, most Vedic astrologers use a sidereal zodiac, and most Western astrologers use a tropical zodiac.

In my opinion both branches of astrology should use both sidereal and tropical measurements, but for different things. The tropical measurements are meant for Sun-oriented things like the 12 divisions of the zodiac, and the sidereal measurements are meant for the stars themselves, which Westerners refer to as “Fixed Stars” and Vedics refer to as the Nakṣatras. In my opinion this is the real, original Vedic system. Its the way I personally do my astrology.

If you want more information, here is a link.

Question [Ajeya]: How do Daśās Work?

Daśā means “period” / “phase” / “era.” Everyone’s life goes through different eras, and Daśā’s are an attempt to predict those eras. In classical times it was a technique common to both Vedic and Persian branches of astrology – but today its mainly only the Vedics who still use it.

Even in Vedic astrology there are dozens of different theories about how daśās should be used, and how to calculate them. The most popular is based on a 120 year cycle, viṁśottarī daśā. Each planet has a turn influencing an era of your life, in a certain order. The starting point of the cycle depends on the star/nakṣatra of the moon when you were born. In each daśā there are sub-daśā, and sub-subdaśā, etc.

The most popular theory for interpreting the daśā is that whatever the planet represents in the birth chart will come through when it has it’s daśā or sub-daśā – and when the other planets having their daśā or sub-daśā at the same time represent similar things.

It’s a useful system.

Several years ago I did a video series about daśā and used Krishna’s traditional birth chart to illustrate how they could be interpreted. Here is a link.

Vic DiCara