Astrology is a subject that predicts the probability of an event happening based on the ascendant and positions of planets at the time of birth.
It is the luck factor and possibly the ‘X’ factor some people possess that differentiates them from others. What one achieves in life depends basically on two factors, luck and efficient work (not working hard blindly). To be successful, one needs both.
One could use Astrology to guide him/her to rectify his/her deficiencies and also to work on his/her strengths. This is probably the main usefulness of Astrology rather than the luck factor as the ascendant and planetary positions at the time of birth indicate the characteristics (natural inclination, weaknesses, strengths etc) of a person better. It could be used to guide people to follow the choices suitable for them to achieve greater success and to avoid activities that they are less likely to succeed from. Astrology could guide people regarding suitable times to pursue particular activities in different spheres of life to increase the efficiency and achieve greater success. While several modalities are available to rectify the weaknesses in the natal chart, use of gems has been particularly popular as it is perceived to be highly effective.
In Indian Astrology, there are 12 rashis (signs) and 9 planets, and one’s rashi (sign) depends on which rashi the Moon was in at the time of birth (Moon sign). In Western Astrology, one’s rashi is determined by which rashi the Sun was in at the time of birth (Sun sign). As the Moon stays in one rashi for more than 2 days and the Sun about a month, predictions based on one’s rashi (as published in the newspapers and magazines) are highly non-specific and of negligible value. In addition, these predictions are not based on the positions of planets at the time of birth. The predictions made from the natal chart, however, are based on the positions of planets at the time of birth in relation to the Lagna (ascendant, changes almost every 2 hours) that are more specific and useful. A computerised horoscope is more accurate in its calculations and is better for interpretation.
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The proposed mechanism behind Astrology and Neutrinos
The Astrological principle suggests that we are influenced by the planets and stars.
Some have proposed conventional causal agents such as electromagnetism and gravity in relation to how the planets and starts might influence us.
The discovery of neutrinos that are emitted from the planets and stars, and can pass through any objects might provide a better explanation how the planets and stars might influence us. The neutrinos impart changes to our DNA.
The astrological principle of making predictions on the basis of the natal chart (based on the positions of planets at the time of birth in relation to the ascendant) is similar to the genetic code a person is born with. The genes influence the person’s characteristics. These could be modified or expressed differently under different environmental circumstances. Therefore, while the genetic code is absolute, its expression in the form of visible activities/events in life depends on the environmental influences. Even the best Formula 1 driver needs excellent car, track and team to perform well! The genetic code is like the Formula 1 driver whose performance would depend on the car, track and team (environment). Astrology is similar. What abilities/characteristics one is born with would be influenced by the environment. The natal chart, like the genetic code, indicates only the abilities/characteristics one is born with. It provides a framework of inclinations or tendencies. What actually happens in life would depend on environmental influences.
[expand title=”The 12 signs (Rashis) of the Zodiac“] 2013
1. Aries (Mesha) – The Ram
2. Taurus (Vrisha) – The Bull
3. Gemini (Mithun) – The Twins
4. Cancer (Karkat) – The Crab
5. Leo (Simha) – The Lion
6. Virgo (Kanya) – The Maiden
7. Libra (Tula) – The Scales
8. Scorpio (Vrischika) – The Scorpion
9. Sagittarius (Dhanu) – The Archer
10. Capricorn (Makar) – The Goat
11. Aquarius (Kumbha) – The Water bearer
12. Pisces (Meen) – The Fish
Each sign is described according to its general nature such as The Ram, The Bull etc.
A lot of people become confused by the difference in their signs according to the Indian and Western Astrology. In Indian Astrology, one’s sign (rashi) depends on which sign the Moon was in at the time of birth (Moon sign). In Western Astrology, one’s sign is determined by which sign the Sun was in at the time of birth (Sun sign). There is 1 in 12 chance that both could be same if the Moon was in the same sign as the Sun at the time of birth. But the chance of them being different, however, is 11 in 12. The ascendant (lagna) could be any one of these 12 signs. It is calculated from the time of birth. Each day, around the time of sunrise, the ascendant sign starts with the sign the Sun is in, and progresses to the next sign in the Zodiac approximately every 2 hours or so. Therefore, it moves through all the 12 signs till the sunrise next day. It is very rare to have the same ascendant, Moon and Sun signs.
The 12 signs (Rashis) are divided according to the 4 elements
The signs are grouped into four according to the 4 elements Fire (Agni), Earth (Prithvi), Air (Bayyu) and Water (Jal) in that order. The Fire and Air signs are considered as positive, extrovert and masculine signs (self-expressive); while the Air and Water signs are considered as negative, introvert and feminine signs (self-containing).
The Fire (Agni) signs include Aries (Mesha), Leo (Simha) and Sagittarius (Dhanu) with the characteristics of enthusiasm, drive to express self, self-belief, self-respect, ideas, pioneering, faith etc. The “Leader” signs.
Earth (Prithvi) signs include Taurus (Vrisha), Virgo and Capricorn (Makar) with the characteristics of practicality, materialistic, self-upliftment, caution, scepticism etc. The “Materialist” signs.
The Air (Bayyu) signs include Gemini (Mithuna), Libra (Tula) and Aquarius (Kumbha) with the characteristics of communication, socialisation, abstract thinking, conceptualisation etc. The “Intelectual” signs.
The Water signs include Cancer (Karkata), Scorpio (Vrischika) and Pisces (Meen) with the characteristics of emotion, empathy, sensitivity etc. The “Humane” signs.
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Whenever a planet appears very near to the Sun, it is divested of its brightness (luster) and is called a combust planet. While in the state of combustion, the planets lack power to protect and promote the significations/houses ruled by them. The planets are considered combust when they have following longitudinal difference with the Sun on either side:
- Moon – 12 degrees
- Mars – 17 degrees
- Mercury – 14 degrees (12 degrees when retrograde)
- Venus – 10 degrees (8 degrees when retrograde)
- Jupiter – 11 degrees
- Saturn – 15 degrees
The effects of combustion are maximum when the planet is within 5 degrees on either side of the Sun.
A planet is combust when it is in conjunction with the Sun and therefore hidden from sight by the light of the Sun. Traditionally this is a serious debility and implies that the planet is weakened or restricted in power. However, if the planet is within 17 minutes of the Sun, it is termed Cazimi – in the heart of the Sun – and considered strengthened by the union.
In his Introduction, William Lilly stated that the combust planet should be in the same sign as the Sun and within 8° 30′ – beyond this distance, but within 17 ° of the Sun, the planet is said to be under the Sun’s beams. This condition is debilitating, but not as severe as combustion.
“Planets are combust when they move so close to the Sun, from our Earthly vantage point,
that their rays become consumed or burnt. Each planet has a specific orb of sensitivity to the Sun’s light, anytime it falls within that orb, its rays will be combust…
Combustion is from a group of “avasthas”, which measure a planet’s temperament. The
Sanskrit word for combustion is “kopa” which literally means “angry”, though I generally consider
“frustrated” to be more appropriate.
The effects of combustion can be illustrated by this example.
Imagine a 2-liter pot of water on the stove. If the pot of water is filled close to the top, it will take a
long time for the water to come to a steady boil. The less water in the pot the faster the water will
boil. A combust planet is like a planet with not a lot of water in the pot. The more severe the
combustion (the closer to the Sun it is) the closer it is to boiling, and the more sensitivity will be
surrounding the use of that planet and the easier it is for us to become angry and frustrated with its
The water element is related to stability, peace and contentment. This translates to the
capacity to receive something unpleasant with patience and love. The combust planet has difficulties
in this area, as it is prone to lash out in frustration in an attempt to protect the sensitivity.
Mercury and Venus especially are prone to combustion, as they never move more than
approximately 45 degrees from the Sun. The increased frequency of these “personal planets”
combustion also reveals the nature of combustion to primarily affect our personal relationships.
*NOTE: Mercury and Venus are not considered malefic when combust and retrograde as
they are closest to the Earth at that time and become very powerful.”
“If you are alone on stage you grab all the attention is it not? Just at that moment a world famous celebrity, a No.1 person comes and stands next to you. What happens to you? Suddenly you seem to be non-existing. This is the state of a planet that is close to the mighty Sun…
In most cases Mercury (Buddhi – intellect) the planet for logic and intellect is combust. The reason for this is that Sun and Mercury never get away more than 28 degrees from each other. So all the horoscopes you will see the Sun along with Mercury, or Mercury is at least in the next sign. So at least 25% of the people in the world will have a combust Mercury.
This actually means that the power of their intellect is overpowered by a false ego.
If Venus is combust then it means that a lot of time, money and resources are being wasted on sexual matters or matters pertaining to relationships, love and romance and entertainment like cinema an games, sports. The ego is working in this area. That is the meaning of Venus combust.
If Saturn is combust then it means that due to EGO, the person is not really working hard, takes a lot of rest and likes to procrastinate, thinking that they are capable of finishing off just in time even if they start late.
If Mars is combust super ego makes them more physical. They feel that they can beat anyone in this world either in a real duel or a war of words.
If Jupiter is combust then it means that EGO makes the person think that he/she knows everything and there is no need for a guide, Guru or teacher. Some people whose Jupiter is combust become an atheist.”
“Amongst the various sources of planetary weakness, the greatest is the state of combustion. The combust planets lack necessary power to protect and/or promote the significations and the houses ruled by them. Although there is very condensed mention of this subject in astrological texts and commentaries, the same carries a very deep meaning and has to be viewed in the form of a very useful hint.
Whenever in a nativity a planet is combust, the native suffers with regard to the general significations and the significations of the house ruled by such a combust planet in such a manner that the suffering becomes memorable. It is like a tragedy or a serious setback, during the operational sub-period of such a combust planet. In case the functional malefic planets are conjunct with or aspect the most effective point of the houses, whose lords are combust, the significations of the said house(s) are almost totally destroyed. In case the main period of such a planet does not operate then the results of the significations supposed to be provided by the combust planet are not enjoyed by the native. In case the main period operates and whenever the malefic planets transit the most effective point of the moolatrikona sign ruled by the combust planet, tragic happenings occur pertaining to the significations ruled by the planet. Sometimes the combust planets, when they are functional benefics, do bless temporarily the significations ruled by them to cause sufferings on a later date by snatching it away.
The only saving factor is the close aspect/conjunction of the strong functional benefic planet. When in addition to some other planets, Jupiter of the most benefic planet, being a functional benefic is also combust then there is very little saving grace.
If the dispositor of the combust planet is powerfully placed, beneficially aspected and is a functional benefic planet, the impact of weakness of the combust planet(s) may be a little less. If the dispositor of the combust planet is weak and badly placed and no strengthening measure has been used, the person suffers setbacks and serious problems. When the Sun causes combustion to a planet in its own mooltrikona sign, both the Sun and the combust planet become weak due to weakness of dispositor.
The results of the combust planet(s) are magnified due to the influence of the Sun but the combust planets are vulnerable to damages due to natal and transit afflictions both in the sub-periods of the combust planets and when the combust planets are transited by the functional malefic planets. To reduce this vulnerability it is imperative to strengthen these combust planets by wearing a special power Kavach and a gem stone for the concerned planet in an auspiciously elected time.
The Sun would carry additional malefic effects for his being lord of dusthana especially if the longitudinal difference between the Sun and the combust planet is less than five degrees.
The power of the combust planet is very weak when it is in complete conjunction with the Sun and it is under the transit affliction. However, a combust planet in its own/exaltation sign or a sign from which it aspects its own sign does retain some power to do good.
If a planet is combust and becomes lord of the ascendant of a divisional chart, whenever the functional malefic planets transit such planets in D-I the indications of the divisional chart either end or are badly damaged.
According to the experience of the author, whenever the prime significator(s) is (are) combust and the lord of the navamsa ascendant is also combust, the marriage of the native whether a boy or a girl, whether rich or poor, beautiful or otherwise, is invariably delayed. Thus, denying the marital bliss in the peak years of life, delaying the fruits of the marital life that is delayed progeny and in case the period of such a planet operates, it results in the marital discord.
Now the question is how we can minimize the effects of combust planets on the human lives. It has two main zones; (1) the physical ailments and (2) other significations of the planets. For significations we can take preventive measures. For example, for a person in whose natal chart Mercury is combust he can and should avoid speculation, gambling etc. The planets that are combust but not functional malefics can be made strong by use of a Kavach or a Special Power Kavach. The planets that are combust and at the same time are functional malefics also have to be propitiated by charities. The last of all is psychological understanding to cope with the weak areas instead of straining to remove the weakness and then suffer mental disturbance.
The author has closely observed natal charts with combust planets and has found that in case the period of such a combust planet operates, it gives unfavorable results through inordinate delays, denials and sufferings caused by the transit planetary influences. In case the main period of such a combust planet does not operate, its sub-period in the main periods of the functional malefic planets results in delay in the general growth of the individual and serious health problems. Of course, it goes without saying that whenever the sub-period of combust planets is clubbed by unfavorable transits or in the main periods of functional malefic planets, the combust planets really gives very bad results. It does not promote or protect its own general and particular significations. On the other hand, it causes strenuous sufferings to the native. The learned readers would find the efficacy of this point of view in the analysis of horoscopes. It acts as a very powerful predictive tool because one finds horoscopes with combust planet(s) in majority of cases.
In the sub-periods of functional benefic planets, which are in the state of combustion, the significations ruled not only lack protection but the same are also inordinately delayed, denied or damaged. To augment the strength of the combust planets the natives are recommended to wear planetary Kavach in auspiciously elected times to (i) protect the significations ruled by these planets during transit afflictions; and (ii) to promote the significations of these planets.”
“…when the planets come close to Moon, it is called Samagama. In Prashna chart, association of Moon with the significator implies quick and pleasing results. Nodes do not have combustion as they are not radiating planets but merely mathematical points. Generally speaking, combustion is a phenomena most talked about in muhurtas (election astrology) than natal horoscopy – as if the combust planets hit at the person for selecting a combust muhurta and spare the man born in combust circumstances! Uttara Kalamrita says, ” (Natural) Benefic planets if combust, lose their potency, while (natural) malefics become more mischievous”.”
Why do the planets become combust?
“Each of these nakshatras contains a cosmic energy that is transmitted through it’s light rays. The interrelation of each and the stacking of various patterns of light is what it takes to arrive at a pin pointed section of earth where you were born. Vectoring in they are the ingredients that come together to form your chart; your karmic code.”
Some have proposed conventional causal agents such as electromagnetism and gravity in relation to how the planets and starts might influence us.
Now, with sensitive instruments and rockets that can travel high above the Earth, as well as orbiting satellites than can make nearly continuous observations, it has been discovered that Earth has a highly variable magnetic field and is radiated continuously and variably by the Sun with streams of electrons and protons and other particles, called ‘the solar wind’.
Observations have shown that both the Sun’s activity and the variations in Earth’s magnetic field are altered by the positions of the planets. This provides a physical mechanism which links the planets to events on Earth.
The most interesting mechanism is as follows:
The Science Behind Astrology
And Human Design
Sub-atomic physics provides the science that explains how Human Design and astrology work. The mechanism that underlies both astrology and Human Design explains how the sun, moon and planets influence our lives. If you have ever asked, “How does astrology work?” Human Design can explain it.
Neutrinos and Superstrings
The physical agent that implements the characteristics described by the Human Design System is a sub-atomic particle called the neutrino. The neutrino was predicted in 1930 on purely theoretical grounds. Although its existence was proven in 1953, scientists thought that it had no mass. In 1987, when the Human Design System came into being, it stated that neutrinos imparted changes to our DNA, but it wasn’t until ten years later that scientists confirmed that the neutrino does actually have a very small mass. The discovery that the neutrino has mass is important, because it lends credence to Human Design’s assertion that neutrinos interact with our DNA.
According to superstring theory, neutrinos (and all other sub-atomic particles) are themselves composed of vibrating strings. These strings are unimaginably small, and their differing vibrations create all of the particles and energy that make up the universe. Needless to say, sub-atomic physics is a very difficult subject, but all we need to understand for this discussion is that neutrinos have a small mass. In other words, even though they are incredibly small, they aren’t weightless and they do interact with other objects in our three-dimensional world.
The universe is filled with billions and billions of neutrinos traveling through space at nearly the speed of light. They are so small that they pass through planets and people with ease. There is no “neutrino shield.” They pass through everything. One source of neutrinos is stars. The intense nuclear fusion reactions that power the stars create all kinds of sub-atomic particles, including neutrinos. These neutrinos race out in all directions bound for the edge of the universe.
We are constantly bombarded by these neutrinos. To get an idea of how many neutrinos pass through us each second, imagine that a neutrino is a molecule of water. Now imagine that you are standing at the bottom of Niagara Falls. The shower of neutrinos is immense. Unlike standing under a waterfall, the shower of neutrinos comes from all directions so that we are soaked in their flow.
According to Human Design, these neutrinos have properties or characteristics. These properties may be caused by the vibrating superstrings that compose neutrinos, and the properties may be shaped by the stars that create them. When neutrinos pass through an object, their properties are modified, and the objects through which they pass are also changed. Large objects, like planets, have a significant effect on the properties of the neutrinos that pass through them.
Planetary Influence on Neutrinos
Some of the neutrinos that reach the earth have passed through the moon or one of the planets taking on characteristics unique to these heavenly bodies. As these neutrinos pass through our bodies, they impart characteristics to us. Some stages in our development, such as birth, are extra sensitive to the influence of neutrinos. That is why the positions of the sun, moon and planets are important at the time of our birth.
This explanation of the mechanism that underlies the Human Design System, also explains astrology. The sun and moon are very important in astrology. The sun is very large and is a source of neutrinos. The moon is very close to the earth and a significant percentage of the neutrinos that hit the earth have passed through the moon. The more distant and smaller planets will have a smaller number of neutrinos passing through them to the earth.
The sun, moon and planets influence us through the stream of neutrinos that pass through them and into our bodies. In Human Design, the earth is also very important, because a large percentage of the neutrinos that pass through us have passed through the earth. Neutrinos come from all directions, not just the sky.
Throughout history, things that were once considered to be magic have become science after discovering the mechanism underlying the phenomenon. Things that were once thought to be superstition have become science as human knowledge expands. In the past, metaphysical concepts were required to explain things that seemed beyond the range of human understanding, but as human understanding grows, metaphysics becomes physics.
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Although combustion of planets have been mentioned in Astrology no explanation has been provided regarding its possible mechanism. When a planet is combust it appears very close to the Sun in the Zodiac. The outer planets e.g. the Mars, Jupiter, Saturn etc would be at a longer distance from the Earth compared to the Sun’s distance from the Earth. Therefore, electromagnetic wave, gravity or neutrinos from these planets, would be interfered with by those from the Sun reaching the Earth (released in a gigantic proportion compared to the planets). During combustion of the inner planets e.g. Mercury and Venus, they could be either at a longer distance from the Earth compared to the Sun’s distance from the Earth or at a shorter distance from the Earth compared to the Sun’s distance from the Earth. In both circumstances, electromagnetic wave, gravity or neutrinos from these planets, would be interfered with by those from the Sun reaching the Earth (released in a gigantic proportion compared to the planets). Whether there would be any difference in their effects when they are closer to the Earth than the Sun is needs to be checked.
Astrology MCQs (27.07.2015.)
Select the correct answer
AstroQs 1. Which of the following cannot occur during full Moon (poornima)? (27.07.2015.)
a) Sun-Saturn opposition
b) Moon-Saturn conjunction
c) Moon-Mercury opposition
d) Moon-Saturn opposition
e) Moon-Mercury conjunction
e) Moon-Mercury conjunction
AstroQs 2. What is the significance of the Fate line, Sun line, Mercury line or any line ascending/going towards the mount of Jupiter or Venus extending beyond the palm in to the respective fingers for various lengths such as the middle finger, ring finger, little finger, index finger or thumb respectively? (02/11/2015)
Conventionally, lines ascending/going towards the mounts at the bases of the fingers are considered to represent new activities/achievements in relation to the nature of the mounts these go to. The timing of or age of the person when these new activities/achievements happen are indicated by the location of the lines in relation to the palm, and the age advances as the lines advance towards the base of the fingers from below upwards. For example, the area below the head line generally represents below 35 years, the area between the head line and heart line represents between 35-45 years, and the area between the heart line and base of the fingers represents above 45 years till death. Then logically, lines extending beyond the palm in to the fingers for various lengths might represent the impact of the activities/achievements lasting after the demise of the person for various duration depending on the lengths of the line extended in to the finger(s). The nature would depend on the nature of the line e.g. Sun line, Fate line etc. Research in to this area would be useful to improve the understanding and knowledge of palmistry further.
© Dr Sudipta Paul, themedideas.com, 2012