Archive | November 2015

As the boss enters the room Sun conjuncts Saturn

Sun conjunct Saturn astrologyEvery year the Sun makes a pass over Saturn, as it will on 30 November this year, and whatever your nature or personality type, it will bring with it a momentary mood of caution and reserve. Self-control will be available for a time, even if you felt your life to be somewhat over the top until now. Of course this is a fleeting pause in the possibly extroverted or expressive month of Sagittarius, where things can get out of hand in the jovial mood of this Jupiter-ruled fire sign.

If you are already living a rather sombre or solitary lifestyle, you may find this influence just now to be increasingly heavy. However, even the most productive scholar or writer and researcher may enjoy the solitude of the study to harness the mental self-control and discipline now available to produce masterful results. So Saturn’s sober circumstances can well be favourable to those who are able to harness the mood of the day for what it’s worth. Others of a less studious bent may have to shake off the melancholy by seeking the association of other like-minded souls to lighten their mood. Basically the exuberance of the Sun is restrained, as Saturn – the very opposite in character to the Sun – aligns with it in the sky for a day or so.

During the festive season into which we are now moving, the tendency to go overboard, to indulge more than usual, may rear its head, especially if you are in the southern hemisphere, like me, and the longer sunnier days facilitate greater extroversion and festivities. Even in the north, the approaching chilly holiday season may incline one toward an expression of celebration to ward of the chill, leading to that extra indulgent treat. So when Saturn’s momentary influence enters the zeitgeist of the day, we can actually benefit from his ability to help us look at our circumstances more seriously, and curb our enthusiasm so that it considers the long term. Those pleasures that are sweet in the beginning usually turn out to be bitter in the end, and even those that are bitter in the beginning can have a sweeter conclusion, like the self-sacrifice or self-discipline of the one who wishes to improve themselves on whatever level, and therefore undergoes the austerity required to up their game to new and improved heights. Some may however simply see Saturn as the authority figure who comes to spoil the party now, and struggle to tap into the restrictive influence provided. This is especially likely of those who are young and still carefree about life.

But for those who take seriously their life’s mission, who mean business, the greater inner strength and persistence available even if just for the day, will allow them to work harder and with more discipline than usual, and the ability to be organised will result in the time management required to achieve so much more, despite Saturn being the planet of so much less when it comes to apparent freedom of expression, size of the portion or expansion of the waistline. Saturn is popularly associated with Old Father Time, so naturally harnessing the time available with the ability to fine tune a tight schedule, is the perfect outcome of those who can make do with less, who can even do more with less as less becomes more in the long run. So be willing to shoulder the responsibility, for it will show your strength of character. Even if you are young and feel a bit lonely, or are forced to act mature, use the passing moment in the calender this week to show your superiors your potential. And those older individuals who have already internalised the parent, authority figure or wise elder, allow that archetype to guide you onward in your mature expression so that you can be a role model of reserve and mature sobriety when it is required by those that follow in your footsteps.

The true astrologer’s insight

Vedic cultureIn the traditional Vedic culture of India going back thousands of years, astrology was well accepted, and in fact it was the brahmanas – the priests – who were also astrologers, doctors and teachers. They were referred to as “tri-kala-jna” aware of past, present and future, which is what an astrologer is technically, by dint of his or her ability to interpret the movements of the planets and their influence on us. Although these people were the most respected in society since they were dedicated to a life of scholarship, they would travel door to door like itinerant monks to distribute their knowledge, and may thus even have appeared like beggars, or rather humbly dressed due the fact that they did not charge a fee, but simply accepted donations for their services.

Swami Prabhupada mentions in his commentary to Volume 1, chapter 17, text 103 of the Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita, “This system was current even 100 years ago; even 50 or 60 years ago when we were children, such brahmanas would visit householders like humble beggars, and people would derive great benefit from the mercy of such brahmanas.” In other words the astrologer was never a businessman. Astrology was never meant to be practised as a business. Nor for that matter were any of the brahminical arts, like medicine, priestly services, counselling, or even teaching. All these services were offered up to society merely in return for the basic survival needs, like food, clothing and shelter, even if the brahmana himself was married with children of his own. The scholar was the most respected person of the society because he or she was understood to be the wisest, due to scholarship, and the symptoms of wisdom include the capacity to transcend lust, anger and greed. Realized wisdom empowers one to rise above the need for profit, adoration or distinction. Even the school teacher was wise enough to not even require a salary, but simply taught for the love of it, with the mature understanding that this was a worthy service, and that his survival needs would be met by the community in which he taught.

Contrast this to today’s capitalist world where nothing is done without the maximum profit squeezed out of the deal. Even the university chancellor or dean receives a salary on par with the country’s president. Still worse, some so-called pastors refuse to even bury their congregation until all tithes are paid up. Charlatan evangelists dupe their congregation into parting with their earnings and then end up living the most lavish lifestyles, even owning their own private jet. And people fall for this firstly because we have been indoctrinated into the capitalist mentality, and secondly because people are fearful for their spiritual lives, and take shelter of what should be a source of salvation, yet due to gullibility, naivety and blatant criminality of modern day priests, are being robbed blind. So as an astrologer, or scholar, counsellor or priest, the symptoms of wisdom should be self-evident in one’s character. And the enquiring citizen should judge the validity of the astrologer by their behaviour. The veil of illusion is so thick over us all in this modern capitalist age, that we are no longer able to discern what true wisdom is, because we have been taught to see everything as a commodity, we have been taught to only value something if the maximum personal profit can be squeezed from it. And if someone has to suffer because we refuse to offer our services for less, then let them suffer. In fact medical staff regularly go on strike in my country, regardless of the fact that patients are going to die, just so that they can get their pound of flesh. This kind of gross exploitation, greed and abuse of the system, and our fellow humanity, has been brainwashed into us in the modern age, where the Hippocratic oath is as outdated as Latin, what to speak of Sanskrit.

Therefore it is the duty of every intellectual or educated scholar of the healing and educating arts to live up to their position as a person of wisdom, by setting the example, cultivating an attitude of service, and thus reversing the trend of glorified greed and abuse by showing what it means to have risen above the allures of gold and soft pillows. For if society is left to trundle down this road of selfish capitalist greed above service, we will soon all find ourselves in a treacherous ditch without the saving grace of a good Samaritan anywhere for a thousand miles, simply because we ourselves have not bothered to train our children to be normal charitable conscious human beings. Swami Prabhupada goes on to say “If they are actually trained as perfect brahmanas, they can save society from rogues and ruffians; indeed people can live happily under the protection of qualified brahmanas… Unfortunately some people are now claiming to be brahmanas simply by birthright, with no qualifications. Therefore the entire society is in chaos.” The system may be rotten, but by purifying ourselves in consciousness by using the sword of knowledge to cleave away the unsavoury attitudes instilled in us, we become a beacon of light for the rest of humanity. And where there is light, there can be no darkness; where the torchlight of wisdom shines, the illusion of the dollar before duty will fade away into history.

The Seventh Chakra – Crown Chakra

The Crown chakra is situated on the top of the crown or head area. This chakra is represented by the colours white or violet Sahasara mandala and is symbolised by sacred spirits.

Chakra SystemThe Crown chakra links us to our highest guidance, creation and is the foundation of our spiritual body. Spiritual will, idealism, inspiration and celestial knowledge are influenced by this chakra, as it is our connection to the universe.

The Crown chakra physically influences the cerebrum, cerebral cortex, central nervous system, the pituitary gland, pineal gland and all the hormones related to them.

A balanced Crown chakra releases us from ego driven desires, we know that we are guided and we trust in our highest guidance. Once the crown chakra is open you’ll feel a small amount of pressure, tugging or at the crown of your head. This chakra’s balance is affected by the balance of the previous six Chakras.

When a Crown chakra is blocked we are still guided but this is more ego driven guidance. One will feel uncertainty, have little self-confidence and will experience anxiety and fear. This will in turn create negative influences in the physical in the form of misunderstandings, forgetfulness, apathy, immune disorders, and headaches, cognitive and mental problems.

Balancing and unblocking the chakras helps to realign the Crown chakra – meditation on a continual basis is a great way to balance this chakra. Spend plenty of time connecting with your higher self, inner self, spirit guides and the source. Ask for guidance with regards to your needs and concerns and when you least expect, the answers will come to you. 

A healing exercise to assist the crown chakra’s balance:

A daily meditation – remaining connected to your higher self or source.

Breathing exercises

Cardiovascular exercise, such as aerobics or running

Food that is great for aligning the third eye chakra:

The crown chakra is not affected by healing foods. Instead get plenty of fresh air and sunshine.

Herbs related to the third eye chakra:

Nutmeg (Myristica Fragrans), Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica).

Glands related to the third eye chakra:

Pineal

Vowel Sound related to the third eye chakra:

Ohm

Musical note related to the third eye chakra:

B

Element related to the third eye chakra:

Fire and Thought

Crystals related to the third eye chakra:

Alexandrite, amethyst, sugilite, purple fluorite, diamonds, quartz crystal and selenite.

Sense related to the third eye chakra:

Will

Incense related to the third eye chakra:

Gotu Kola and Lotus

Astrological Signs related to the third eye chakra:

Leo, Sagittarius, Aries

Sun in Sagittarius and the philosopher’s stone

Sun in SagittariusAstrology amazingly enough is still using references to information used over two thousand years ago. Despite all the progress humankind has made since then, the foundational or structural points of astrology remain unchanged to this day. Of course when dealing with the immutable structure of the cosmos, which has been a permanent fixture as backdrop to our place in the universe for millions of years, it doesn’t seem too unusual. Some things never change, like the planets revolving around our sun in our solar system. So it makes sense that our reference points in astrology are the same ancient ones used in Babylonian, Egyptian, Arabic, Greek, Roman or Vedic times.

And yet some things do change, albeit incredibly slowly, like the precession of the equinoxes, which is a 26000 year cycle more or less. Still, the constellations of the zodiac, based on the positions of the fixed stars in the heavens, are thousands of years old and are still the fundamental reference points in our astrological system, whether tropical or siderial. And that system is used for two primary functions, namely prediction and personality. “It is written in the stars” is just as good as saying it is written in stone, when referring to something irrefutable, immovable or incontestable. So it seems that human nature, with all its complexities and nuances, is the same as it ever was, the same basic and predictable system of consciousness, expressing itself via the same body and mind that existed thousands of years ago, if not millions. Human beings still have the same body/mind organism through which to perceive their realities, as well as to perceive themselves, to whatever degree of self-awareness their existence allows them. And thus astrology, as a system of analysing or interpreting that awareness, remains as valid as ever. The human who engaged in eating, sleeping, mating and defending millennia ago is the same as the one today. And the person engaging in self-reflection back in the mists of time is the same too, despite the external sophistication that may have been added layer by layer since then. At the core of it, certain eternal irrefutable truths have remained and always will.

And it is precisely that which enables us to cut through the external, superficial so-called sophisticated trendy, fashionable yet fleeting aspects of existence and self-awareness, to find the unchanging core of our natures and address those core needs or questions. Who am I, why am I alive, what happens when I die? These are actually the real core existential questions that have been asked by humans whether Babylonian, Arab, Greek, Roman or Vedic, throughout the millennia, and whose answers remain exactly the same now as then. And it is these questions to which we should be focusing our consciousness as human beings in this rare and valuable human form of life, where we have the ability to be self-reflective, more self-aware, compared to the rest of life on earth. Eating, sleeping, mating and defending may well be necessary for survival, but unless we raise the level of our endevours beyond that basic level of existence, we are in fact no better than polished animals, pigs in silk, appearing to have attained so much more sophistication that our predecessors in history, with apparently greater levels of sense gratification based on ever newer technology. Yet still we have not leaned to conquer death and disease, we have not learned to pacify the addiction to mating and eating, nor do we know who we are and what to do at the time of death in order to gain the perfection of this human form of life in securing permanent transcendence from its temporary shackles. This is the meditation of the true philosopher now during this month of the Sun’s transit through Sagittarius.

The Sixth Chakra – Brow or Third Eye Chakra

The sixth chakra is situated on the forehead, just between the eyebrows. This chakra is represented by the indigo Ajna mandala (command centre), the element of the light, electricity and mind and is symbolised by spirit.

Chakra systemThe third eye chakra influences ones capacity to see things that have not yet taken place or clairvoyance as this is the foundation of our psychic powers.

The chakra physically influences vision, the eyes, nose, brain, central nervous system and pituitary gland.

A balanced third eye chakra enables one to be able to read auras and to see their spirit guides, who assist with healing the past and the ability to see into the future. It enables us to use our imagination, intuition, visualisation, insight, concentration, awareness and enlightenment – at the same time defining fantasy from reality.

  • When in balance one will feel more in control of their lives and will courageously pursue their goals. They will have confidence in their own abilities and will have no need for others to make them feel whole.

An imbalanced chakra will create negative influences on the physical level, which manifest in the form of sinus and visual problems, nightmares and headaches. This in turn may lead to over analysing situations and a lack of clarity.

Too much energy flow can cause headaches, a lack of concentration, confusion, spiritual fatigue, panic attacks, psychological problems and depression.

Too little energy flow can cause one to be unassertive, disorderly, frightened of achieving, far too empathetic and unaware of what comes from ones highest guidance.

Balancing and unblocking the third eye chakra can be achieved by lying flat on your back and placing a crystal (lapis lazuli, which is my favourite) above the third eye, then visualise a flame or indigo light whilst meditating.

A healing exercise to assist the third eye chakra’s balance:

The Child’s pose and other poses with forward bends are good for healing this area.

Do daily eye exercises.

Try out some herbal oil treatments

Food that is great for aligning the third eye chakra:

echinacea, eggplant, ginseng

Any purple foods like blueberries, grapes and eggplant

This is when you tug into chocolate, reminding yourself how good it is for you.

Drink yummy tea like Lavender flavoured spiced tea.

Herbs related to the third eye chakra:

Elecampane (Inula Helenium)and Sandalwood (Santalum Album)

Glands related to the third eye chakra:

Pituitary

Vowel Sound related to the third eye chakra:

e (me)

Musical note related to the third eye chakra:

A

Element related to the third eye chakra:

Water and Light

Crystals related to the third eye chakra:

– indicolite tourmaline, Lapis lazuli, azurite, sodalite, fluorite, quartz crystal and sapphire.

Sense related to the third eye chakra:

ESP and intuition

Incense related to the third eye chakra:

Star Anise, Mugwort, Acacia and Saffron

Astrological Signs related to the third eye chakra:

Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio