Planets and the Human Journey

The nine planets seem to depict the complete human journey, a chase after external happiness that at long last eventually returns inward to seek its own intrinsic joy. It all begins with the Sun, the soul itself, the light of consciousness. The soul projects itself into the dark, inert world by reflecting off the mind,…

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,…

Retrogression

Retrogression I’ll admit, for better or for worse, that I tend not to care very much about Retrogression of planets in the birth chart. Of course, it is a significant factor in my calculation of the planets ability to have impact (“It’s a part of ṣaḍ-bāla,” for those familiar with Indian calculations), but I don’t…

Introduction

Here is the completely unedited initial sketch of the Introduction to my next book on astrology, The Great Big Crystal Ball in the Sky Part II! Introduction Astrology — like math, like music — is a language. What are the “words” in the language called Astrology? There are nine nouns, twelve verbs and twelve adjectives….

Colors of the Planets – Not So Simple

What this survey of BPHS (Bṛhat Parāśara Hora Śāstra) will reveal clearly is that the popularly touted simple color-planet paradigm is not supported in this Sanskrit text. Rather what we see is that a few colors are associated with each planet. Complexion In the 16th and 17th ślokas of the BPHS chapter titled “Nature and Form of…

Avatāra and Planets

This is from BPHS (Bṛhat Parāśara Hora Śāstra)’s chapter, “Narration of Avataras,” ślokas 5-10 The basic idea is given at the end of śloka 8: सूर्यादिभ्यो ग्रहेभ्यश्च परमात्मांशनिः सृताः (sūryādibhyo grahebhyaś ca paramātmāṁśaniḥ sṛtāḥ). Incarnations appear in the world through the Paramātmā, which is also in the planets like the Sun and so on. That’s…

Astrology: How to Interpret Planets

There are three important fundamental factors to interpret a planet: It’s house It’s lordship It’s sign They are more or less equal in importance. Then there are four important secondary considerations immediately upon these three fundamental factos: It’s potency It’s dignity Influences to it (mostly through aspects, also through dispositors, etc.) It’s ability to exert…

Benefics Aspecting Malefics

Question   So now…when a planet is in aspect to a malefic planet, does that mean the aspect is always bad? ex mercury sag sextile mars libra. is that good or bad?  or merc conjunct uranus Answer “When a planet is in aspect to a malefic” – from your examples (mercury sextile mars) it seems…

God Created the World in 7 Days? Whats up with “7 Days”?

The Bible says, and I guess I might be paraphrasing, “God created the world in 7 days.” That is sort of interesting since we have a “week” which lasts 7 days. Why does the week last 7 days??? The answer is in heaven. No, not the “pearly gates” – in the actual sky, the “heavens.”…