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God has sent us to this world with a purpose. Our job is to fulfill that purpose. Spiritual triangle is something which is actually the driving energy within us. As per Vedas Human Life is having four main purpose-Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. In Zodiac there are 12 house and all these houses are grouped into these. These are known as purusharthas. Every human being exists for these purusarthas. So we need to check them with reference to our existence i.e. Lagna

Read What is Lagna and its importance

Each group is having 3 houses and each house is 5 houses away from the next house. e.g. 5th house is 5 houses away from Lagna and 9th house is again 5 houses away from 5th. If we plot them over a natural zodiac we will get a triangle shape. So these are called spiritual triangle or trikona.

Different Spiritual triangle tells us different story.

Dharma Trikona: The 1st house i.e. the Lagna, 5th house and 9th house is known as dharma Trikona.

Artha Trikona: The 2nd house, 6th house and 10th house is called Artha Trikona

Kama Trikona: The 3rd, 7th and 12th house is called Kama trikona

Moksha Trikona: The 4th, 8th and 12th house is called Moksha Trikona.

I will try to give you all an idea about the functioning of Spiritual Triangle

Among the Spiritual Triangles, the first triangle is Dharma Trikona. Dharma does not mean Religion only. Dharma means Responsibility or duty which we should do. Like the dharma of a warier is to fight. How we execute a work or how we do our duty that is defined by this trikona.The rules or the principles we follow is governed by these house. The first house is the Lagna which is our entire existence, it says who we are. Depending upon who we are, our dharma will differ. For example, dharma of a king and dharma of a priest is not same. The 5th house is our ability. 9th house is the actual dharma or the principles that we need to follow. Based on our ability we will choose the principles or way of working.

Artha Trikona does not mean only that these house will give money. These house states that what we should do. The purpose of our duty is derived from these house. To execute any purpose we need resources which is governs by 2nd house. The obstacles or oppositions we need to overcome in this process are governed by the 6th house and 10th house is the work or action or what we finally achieve.

Kama trikona is the desire or the motivation of the work. The 3rd house is the initiative. For doing any work we must take the first step i.e. the initiative. It is the driving force behind us. 7th house the desire or what we want out of our work. Without expectation or desire we do not get the motivation to do something.11th house is the fulfillment of our desire. It is the house of gain.

Moksha trikona is most important for spiritual growth. Moksha means overcoming of gain or desire. In Moksha a soul becomes from the cycle of birth and rebirth. For attaining Moksha we need to do niskam karma or overcoming of desire. 8th house in this trikona is the house of occult knowledge or tapasya or sadhana Which is necessary to achieve moksha. It is the effort to achieve the Moksha. 12th house is giving away everything. It is the opposite of 11th house in nature.

So overall we can say that Dharma and Moksha trikona shows the spiritual growth of a person whereas the artha and kama trikona shows the materialistic growth and improvement. The no of planets in the spiritual triangles, will be the diciding factor. More no of planet means more energy in that particular house. One important thing to notice the two houses of Artha trikona (6th and 10th) and two houses of Kama Trikona (3rd and 11th) is upachaya house. That’s is why it is said that if the upachaya houses are strong, native can have good materialistic gain.

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Admin May 27 '16 · Rate: 5

Hi Friends,

In My last post we discussed about what is retrogression and retrograde planet.Now we are going to discuss the effects of vakri graha or retrograde planets in Horoscope which is some time called as Natal chart. If some one do not know what is a Retrograde planet, Please read my earlier post what is retrograde planet

Most of astrologers are of the opinion that a planet produces at least subtle different effect when it is in retrograde motion. Practically retrograde planets seems to affect more in mental plane than the physical or worldly affairs. During the Dasa of a retrograde planet it will be difficuilt to differentiate the results or events but the native who is under the Dasha of a retrograde planet will react to the events differently in comparison to the person who is having dasa of same planet but in direct motion. In my small experience i have seen that though the result of Dasa may not be of much difference but the karakatwa or significations of a retrograde planet suffers a lot. The energy of a planet is allowed to flow normally and the house occupied by the retrograde planet does not function at its best.

When a Planet is retrograde it more close to the earth than usually it is. So its energies are more intense and because of that more effort is required to integrate the energies coming from the vakri planets. Some time it is reverse also. In-fact we use the shadbala technique to have an idea about the strength of a planet. Out of six sources of shadbala, one is chesta Bala. a retrograde planet gets maximum or full chesta Bala where as a direct planet do not get full chesta bala. So Vakri or retrograde status gives endurance, stamina and extra push of will power from the native which required for getting any work done. So if the planet is good by Lordship or Rajyoga or Neech bhanga etc it will give more beneficial result where as if it is fundamentally malefic it will tend to produce more bad result.

 Now Lets Discuss about the Result of each Planet when they are retrograde.

Mars: Mars is the planet of  Action, Fire. He is the warrior or commander. When Mars is retrograde the person will be reluctant to take action. He will wait for the last minute or wait for the situation to become more critical before he takes any action. He will not do it consciously always but he need fire under his belt for taking any action. A native with retrograde mars will move one step then he will stop and again he will gather courage. He restart and gives the final blow and win the conquest.

Mercury: When Mercury is retrograde thinking process is reverse. Direct Mercury likes sequential processing of information where as retrograde mercury will to process non-sequential intuitive processing. so it will affect the signification of Mercury like intelligence, communication skill etc. They will not seem to be very logical in their thinking. Their communication skill will not be very intellectual which direct mercury gives.

Jupiter: Jupiter is the significator of expansion. When Jupiter is retrograde, it is reverse. So it inspires a person to win back what is lost. So often person with a retrograde jupiter is useful to revive any failed project. But this can lead problem in relationship. Because these persons always looks for something better beyond what they are having in current partnership. A problem with jupiter retrograde people is that sometime they fail to respond to the new opportunities timely. Too much Lazyness or optimism may lead to miss obvious benefits.

Venus:When Venus is retrograde, it indicates unusual interest in Love or affairs. Often they are found to be either celibates or the reverse -sexual celebrants. They can swing between opposites. Socially they don't fit into the mainstream. Their expectation from Love is such a high that no body can meet it and so often they have the feeling of not being Loved. Venus retrograde people do not get a good married life often.

Saturn:Saturn is the planet of Limitation, discipline, stability etc. When saturn is retrograde it inspires a person to overcome the limitation or crossing the boundaries. Often people with saturn retrograde becomes more self isolating, monastic etc. They feel like they are alone, no one understand them. So some time they may feel inferiority complex also. Saturn forces repetition until karmic lessons are understood and vakri saturn enforces repetition.

Now Lets take few example. Amitabh Bachhan had retrograde saturn in 4th house. Saturn is the Lagna Lord. In the Dasa of saturn, he bace superstar. Indira Gandhi had Jupiter retrograde and in the Mahadasa of Jupiter her power increased immensely. 

Admin May 6 '16 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 6 · Tags: retrograde planet, vakri

Hi Friends, We often feel confused when we see a Retrograde planet in a chart. Very few texts have discussed about it in details. I am trying to give you all some amount of idea about it. In my earlier post i have discussed about What is retrogression and What is general effect of Retrograde Planet. Retrograde planet, which is often known as Vakri planet, generally bring some amount of unfulfilled desire from the past life. We need to learn the karmic Lessons attached with that planet in this life. If the Atmakarka Planet is retrograde then we have to understand that the unfulfilled desire is very intense and from several past life.

Retrogression or Vakri is most probably the most confusing aspect in astrology. In this part we will explore some concept about it and meanings with regards to our past lives. Retrograde Planet is very helpful in discovering our past life information.  We have some unfulfilled work related to the significations of the Retrograde planet of our chart which we need to fulfill in this birth and in course we need to learn some karmic lesson out of it.

Effect of  Retrograde planet and Karmic Lessons

In our Birth chart Retrograde planet is marked as (R). So check your chart and which ever planet is having this symbol is vakri or in retrogression. Now Lets explain each planet.

Mars Retrograde: What is Mars ? Mars is the Planet of War. It signifies anger, courage, aggression etc.  So when it is Vakri or Retrograde, it denotes that perhaps in your last birth you were a soldier or military and you did something regretful under pressure of your superior. For that anguish and guilt feeling you were not being able to deal with your anger. Sometime you will not be able to understand from where this anger is coming but the outburst will be in an inappropriate way.

As you have misused the power or the energy in your past life, you need to learn to deal with it in this life. The energy of Mars is usually directed into either positive, direct, aggressive action in life, or into the areas of sexual gratification, temper, or violence. The location of the retrograde Mars, according to house position and sign, would differentiate what what qualities will be delivered. Often, house position and sign involvement tend to stress certain qualities of a planet more than others.Negative character traits of Mars could include an animalistic nature, an over-sensual character, a rash, impulsive, violent temper. Negative Mars, retrograde or direct, brings an offensive nature to the native of the chart, who would also be prone to accidents.

Mercury Retrograde: Mercury is the significator of Communication, Logic, grasping ability, intelligence etc. So when Mercury is retrograde in chart it shows that some sort of karmic lesson regarding communication needs to be understand in this life. It denotes that the persons thought, communication skill or thinking process was impractical and impulsive in past life. This created lots of confusion and chaotic situation.

The native will find that the manner in which he communicates to others is not proper and he has tendency taking impractical approach to life .This is actually being repeated from the past lifetime.So in this life, you need to learn communication skill and need to be logical in your thinking. With mercury retrograde person tries to become too perfect and hence may become frustrated.Very few can reach perfection. There can be also a tendency to judge others in comparison to himself which may bring disappointment also. They should believe in their intelligence and communication skill. They should try public speaking and group discussion as much as possible.

With retrograde mercury in chart it is also possible that, you were a writer in your past life. You may have some writing ability in this life also. It is very important for these persons to conduct himself for the right manner in the right direction.

Jupiter Retrograde:  Jupiter is the planet of wisdom, expansion, wealth etc. If the Jupiter is retrograde in chart. If the Jupiter is retrograde we can assume that in your past life you have not been able to achieve self development. You remained the same person throughout the entire life. So in this life you need to use your free will and need to be more active. for achieving success in life. You have to learn this lesson. You can not remain as a slave in the hand of fate anymore.

It is also possible that you might have been troubled for your religious or spiritual beliefs. So you are afraid of guiding some one in this life. You do not want to be blamed for any consequences. you have become skeptical. If Jupiter's retrograde is in your chart, you are likely to be the type of person who is always searching for ethics and values. You constantly seek truth and deeper meaning in life. Ritual becomes very important to you. You suffer from feeling the lack of spiritual fulfillment.You strive to find the right spiritual balance.

Retrograde Jupiter some time also mean that the native was probably a drunkard in his past life, a very biased and prejudiced person.This tendency come in this life too. This would be inner trait and the character which would drive the native.

Venus Retrograde: Venus is the planet of luxury, comfort, beauty, spirit of joy, romance etc. When Venus is retrograde in birth chart it denotes that in past life you may have misbehaved with your spouse. You were not loyal. You had not tried to understand the value of relationship. So in this life you have to focus in these areas. You are destined to learn lessons regarding Love and relationship. For this reason you may have to face some broken relation ship also. you should be very clear about what you want from your relationship and what you are giving back to your partner. you may choose unusual alliances. You will find it hard to express your love well.

 Saturn Retrograde:Retrograde Saturn in a chart represents the neglect of responsibilities in the past or previous life. The native comes into the current life, with a tendency to carry forward the same goals that he had left unfinished in the previous life. The responsibilities ignored or avoided in the past are the clear indicators with the quality of Sign in which the Saturn is posited in retrogression in the current life.Saturn in retrogression in the Sign Leo shows that the native avoided responsibility of leadership. Hi might have ignored duties towards some fatherly figure.Had it been Sign Cancer, the feeling and those related to mind would have been ignored by the native. It is also possible that he had ignored duties towards mother or motherly figure.

It can also indicate that you were immensely impatient in your last birth. In this life you need to understand the value of patience, responsibility and hard work. Saturn retrograde can make them either workaholic or they will not work at all. They will try to cross the boundaries and limitations. Their hunger for desire, materialistic prosperity is very difficult to appease.

Now Lets Understand what happens when Retrograde planet occupy Upachaya houses

3rd, 6th 10th and 11th is called the Upachaya house. These houses are growth making house. They are very helpful for materilistic gain They are part of Artha trikona and Kama Trikona. Malefic planets like Mars saturn does very well in these houses. But what happens when retrograde planet occupy them ? It is better to have a malefic retrograde planet rather than forward moving malefic. we need to understand that a malefic planet wherever they sit, they will do some harm to the native regarding that house. If saturn is posited in 3rd house, it will do some harm related to the younger sibling. But if the saturn is vakri, it will do much less harm to the sibling. Saturn as a retrograde planet does very well because saturn energy is to create delay and frustration but when it is vakri it creates much less delay. Retrograde saturn in 10th house is a blessing.

Effect of Retrograde planet in transit

When Mercury becomes Vakri in transit, We must be very careful regarding all sort communication whether verbal or written, We should avoid arguments and debates. We should be careful about mobile, computer etc.

What happens during the transit of retrograde Mars ? During the transit, when Mars become Retrograde, the overall atmosphere changes, people have lower physical energy, they get tired and feel stressed more easily and they need more time to relax and recover.The mood, the desires, the initiative, the ambition, they all seem to function on a lower level.

Now Lets discuss the effect of retrograde Venus in transit. When it becomes Vakri we understand the real worth or value of people and things in our life. During this time, feelings are not easily expressed. May face some issue in relationship. The general advise is to focus on older relationships, to try to make them work.We may meet old friends or someone we loved or cared for a long time ago, which might reactivate old feelings, possibly forgotten.

Among all the Retrograde planet, Saturns transit is most important. When saturn becomes vakri one should not expansion of business or starting new venture. We should be careful in regards to signing of agreement. Some people find themselves releived when saturn become retrograde and starts new ventures with full zeal but it becomes wilder ed when Saturn becomes direct as their plan do not materializes. We should remember that

  • Natal Planet should also be checked with retrograde planet.

Lot More to Talk about Retrograde Planet

There are so many things more to discuss about retrograde planet. But all will not accommodate in this single post. So in the next post we will discuss about effect of retrograde planet according to house lordship. We need to discuss the effect of each and every retrograde planet when posited in different houses.

I hope i have been able to give you all some information about Retrograde planet.I welcome your feedback regarding the post.If you Like my Post please sign up to receive the weekly newsletter and interact with me. Please give a like to my FB page here.


Admin May 18 '16 · Rate: 4 · Tags: retrograde planet

The Story of Lord Shani

The planets control the entire universe but Lord Shani is the chief controller. He is the significator of our actions (the present and the past). He punishes or rewards us according to our good or misdeeds. He is neither partial nor delays in meting out the results. For us, he is sort of an enigma which a huge mysterious and fear-inspiring aura around him. Let us see if we can demystify him a bit.

The origin of Lord Shani has been discussed in many classical books but in Kashi section of the ‘Skand Puran’, the story of the origin of Lord Shani has been discussed in details.

Sanjana was the daughter of Vishwakarma (the celestial engineer and architect). Sanjana on reaching marriageable age, like all dutiful fathers, Vishwakarma started seeking out a suitable groom for her. In this respect he approached Surya, the Sun God, to accept his daughter’s hand in marriage. Surya accepted and the marriage was solemnized.

A little while into the marriage and Sanjana is troubled by the Surya’s radiation. To shield her eyes from the heat she used to close her eyes as soon as the latter looked at her. This did not go well with the mighty Surya and he cursed her with a son who will be the destroyer of creatures (Ref: Markandeya Purana). Even after this, when Sanjana still kept trembling in his presence, he further cursed her with a daughter who will be fickle and trembling in her course. Thus, Yama and Yami (Yamuna) were born.

 Sanjana eventually decides to leave for her father’s house. She creates a clone (perhaps one of the first documented instances of cloning). She calls her clone “Chhaya” (shadow). She installs Chhaya in her place and instructs her not to leave Surya’s presence under any circumstances, and to dutifully remain there till her return. She also cautions her from telling the truth to Surya The latter does not notice the difference. He takes Chhaya to be his wife and initiates marital relations; Chhaya conceives and delivers a son – Shani (Saturn). Shani is born of dark complexion like his mother, and also inherits Chhaya’s serious and somber countenance. The power of Shani was felt as early as when he opened his eyes for the first time and Surya went into an eclipse.

On the other hand Vishwakarma is not happy with Sanjana’s decision to leave Surya’s house and advises her to return. She then flees to the continent, Uttarakuru, in the guise of a mare to keep her identity safe from her father and husband. She engages herself in ascetic observances.

Yama, Yami and Shani grow up together. Chhaya behaves partially with Yama and Yami, taking more care of Shani. Yama notices the difference. One day, in anger he lifts his leg to strike Chhaya who in retaliation instantly curses him that his uplifted leg will fall immediately. The scared Yama goes to Surya and narrates the entire incident. It is now that Surya suspects something wrong since an unruly son can consider hitting his mother but no mother can ever think of cursing her child. He confronts Chhaya and even threatens her with curse. She does not have any option but to tell the truth.

Surya goes to Vishwakarma in search of his beloved wife who tells him that Sanjana in not with him. He also requests Sun to decrease his effulgence, even if a bit. Surya relents and since then he bears only the sixteenth portion of his radiation. Surya eventually finds Sanjana grazing grass in the form of a mare. He, too, takes the disguise of a stallion and is able to woo her back. The couple returns home happy.

Shani was infuriated with Surya for he was almost about to curse her. He could not tolerate this attitude of his father towards his mother and decided to achieve power more than that of his father. Advised by Surya himself, Shani goes to Kashi to perform the ‘abhisheka’ and worship Lord Shiva by making a ‘parthivalinga’. The unlimited tolerance and great determination of Shani was seen during his ‘tapa’ to please Lord Shiva. He started by giving up on food and took only air as his food. Eventually he left breathing also. He simply kept praying to Lord Shiva who did get pleased by his great penance. As a blessing he made Shani the chief justice amongst all the planets. He entrusted him with the responsibility of meting out appropriate results for all the deeds of all human beings during their lifetime. Lord Shiva also mentioned that this rule will apply to everyone: the lesser gods, sages, demigods, gods, trinities, the humans and every other living beings in all the 7 worlds. Even Sarveshwara (Lord Shiva himself) should not be exempted. Shani agreed and began his duties sincerely and has been continuing ever since.

An example of his sincerity is seen when he actually went to Lord Shiva to afflict him. The latter challenged him that if Shani could find him then he was free to afflict Lord Shiva. Saying this, he immediately vanished while Shani waited patiently. After seven and a half minutes when Lord Shiva returned he said that he was hiding inside a donkey since he was one of the trinities it is not possible to afflict him. To this Shani, with all due respect, said that it was only because of Shani’s gaze that even Lord Shiva had to hide inside a donkey. Lord Shiva was immensely pleased with Shani and gave him the designation of an ‘eeshwar’.

Friends, this is the version I am familiar with which may be lacking in details or may even be a little deviating from original story, since I have not read the original text, and have just a working knowledge of the same. Please feel free to point out the problem areas, if any.  

Ria Apr 28 '16 · Rate: 4 · Comments: 3 · Tags: surya, shani, yama, yamuna, saturn

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