Planets that Break Your Face

Two days ago, at about 3:30 in the afternoon – I broke my face. Well, not really, but that’s a figure of speech I grew up using and which is quite appropriate to what actually happened. See, my 5th grade son wanted me to play this complex version of “tag” with him and about 20…

What does “Gaja Kesari” mean?

Gaja can mean the following: 1. Elephant (of which there are 8 types recognized in Sanskrit) 2. Hence, the number 8 3. A measure of length (a sum of 8 units) 4. A musical measurement 5. A foundation of earth upon which a house is built Essentially it means “elephant” the other meanings are derived…

Jupiter in Leo: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, “Srila Prabhupada,” was born September 1, 1896 at about 4pm, in Calcutta. Using my tropical/sidereal rashi/nakshatra system, this puts Jupiter in Leo. My textbook defines the baseline effect of Jupiter in Leo like this: Kingly: Jupiter in Leo enhances our kingly qualities: we become more commanding, powerful, strong and self-sustaining. Loyal: The…

What you can learn from just words

What do these words have in common? Soulful Lunatic Mercantile Venereal Martial Jovial Stern They are adjectives formed from the proper Latin-based names of the seven main astrological planets: Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn! The Sun’s proper name is Sol. It represents the Soul, the singular center of all things, the core…

9 Planets – 9 States of Personal Evolution

What are the Planets, and Why? Planets are the active principles of astrology. Knowledge of what the planets represent is fundamental clearly understanding every other component of astrology – so learn carefully and well! If you look up at the sky, it’s clear to see that the planets are “the active principles.” Go ahead and…

The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac

A sign is a place in the heavens which can be occupied by the planets. The planets are like people, who utilize the resources of a place to achieve whatever ends they desire. So the zodiac signs influence astrology not directly, but indirectly by providing specific resources which limit, facilitate and otherwise modify what the…

Jupiter in the 9th House, a Classical Vedic Perspective

This is an excerpt from one combination in my new reading, Vedic Wisdom on your Planets in the Houses, which you can order here. In Hora Sara, Prithuyasha says: Jupiter in the 9th will make one enjoy all kinds of happiness. The native will be learned, splendorous, virtuous, and wealthy. Varahamihira, the father of the…

Jupiter Enters Aries

Today Jupiter enters Aries (the constellation, not the monthly “sign”) – along with a bunch of other planets: Venus & Mercury, Mars, and for a few more days, the Sun. Let’s forget about all the others, because it’s just too complicated. Let’s think about Jupiter in Aries. The first question always is “What does it…

Perfectly Terrible Relationships, Tarot, Squares, & Conjunctions

Perfectly Terrible Relationships What two signs would always argue with eachother but never leave one another? To stretch, I could say OPPOSITE signs have this trait somewhat (for example Taurus/Scorpio) because this is the attraction of opposites, which is the most exciting and therefore least smooth. But, it’s not really about two signs. It could be…

Colors of the Zodiac and Planets

 Colors of the planets Sun is burnt orange Moon is snow white Mars is bright red Mercury is yellow-green Jupiter is saffron Venus is prismatic/crystalline Saturn is black/ dark blue/ purple Rahu and Ketu (the nodes) are smokey and hazy.  We have to acknowledge that it is not as simple as the above makes it seem….