Spiritual Journey of the Soul

Journey of the Soul from the Divine to the Divine

A person’s body is like a cage.  The soul (Atma) lives in the body (cage).

The planet which is at the highest longitude within a zodiac sign in a birth chart is called Atmakaraka which indicates that the light of our soul (as moon) has overshadowed the light of Atman (pure soul).  This happens due to Ahamkara (Ego).  In such significations and positions, we cannot/refuse to accept the light of God, while at the same time perceive our own light.  It is similar to a night time, where we can observe the moon’s light only, not realizing or observing that such light is only the reflection of the true light of the Sun.

It is for that reason that the soul is to be cleansed from its sins and God (the only source and destination of all souls) teaches us to break the shell of bandana (bondage) so that the Atma can become the pure Atman.

Each planet (graha) and movable significator (chara-karaka) tends to merge into Ketu, the moksha karaka graha (the south node of moon, which is the significator of final liberation of soul).  As long as there is any type of bond (bandana) associated with Atmakaraka, a person cannot attain moksha (liberation of soul).  Thus, to attain moksha, Ketu has to turn atmakaraka graha into a smoke.

If Atmakaraka is weak or afflicted, then the Atma does not like to live in this cage for a long while.  A weak Atmakaraka (AK) implies a weak body constitution.  AK in Dusthana houses (6th, 8th, and 12th houses) in Navamsa (Divisional Chart D-9) too shows sickly body constitution and not selfish or cunning nature.

Given that the Navamsa chart (D-9) illustrates the dharmic and karmic landscape of the native spanning life times, the Atmakaraka’s house position therein is very important to study the spirituality of the native.  First take the house placement of the Atmakaraka in the Navamsa chart.  Then, count the number of signs from its position to the Navamsa Lagna. The house arrived at gives the results of the Atmakaraka’s house position.  Additionally, the strength of the natural karaka (natural significator) of that house should be noted in Navamsa chart as well as Rasi chart.


Artwork of My Two-Year-Old Boy

On the Mother’s day in 2012,

he was given a design and asked to do a drawing in an Artwork for Kids program.



Four years ago, he was an early pre-schooler attending classes at an age of two years (he hadn’t even started to speak…at that time), as a result of both the parents’ inevitable situation to pursue jobs to make both ends meet…

As we all tend to move towards development and advancement personally and socially; our home, dependents and kids lose their basic necessities, the love and care of their mother and father which is the most essential thing in every child’s life for him/her to develop as an individual…it’s a real serious thing to ponder over…isn’t it?

Let us love and take care of our children!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers!

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One of the Ancient Wonders of World

One of the Seven Wonders?…

Yes it’s the Mahabalipuram in Chennai, India


The Seven Pagodas (cars or rathas), curved out of a single rock each, is a wonder rooted on the beach sands of Mahabalipuram otherwise known as Mamallapuram.  Today, only a few of them exist as the other ones are submerged in the sea.  Also, the shore temple is one of the beauty sights to the eyes…

According to Wikipedia, it is an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during the time of Periplus (1st century CE) and Ptolemy (140 CE). Ancient Indian traders who went to countries of South East Asia sailed from the seaport of Mahabalipuram.

By the 7th century, it was a port city of South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas. It has a group of sanctuaries, which was carved out of single rock each along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries: rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air rock reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Nakshatras – Apparent Travelers of Milky Way

Constellation of Stars (Nakshatras) or the lunar mansions and their ruling planets (lords)

There are 27 nakshatras in total according to Indian/Vedic Astrology.

  1. Aswini – Ketu (The South Node)

Symbol – Horse Head

  1. Bharani – Venus

Symbol – A Vulva

  1. Krittika – Sun

Symbol – A Sharp Instrument

  1. Rohini – Moon

Symbol – A Cart

  1. Mrigasirsha – Mars

Symbol – Deer

  1. Aridra – Rahu

Symbol – Teardrop

  1. Punarvasu – Jupiter

Symbol – A Quiver of Arrows

  1. Pushya – Saturn

Symbol – Udder

  1. Aslesha – Mercury

Symbol – Snake

  1. Magha – Ketu

Symbol – A Royal Throne Room

  1. Purvaphalguni – Venus

Symbol – Front part of a Hammock

  1. Uttaraphalguni – Sun

Symbol – Back part of a Hammock

  1. Hasta – Moon

Symbol – A Hand

  1. Chitra – Mars

Symbol – A Shining Jewel

  1. Swati – Rahu

Symbol – A Teardrop

  1. Visakha – Jupiter

Symbol – A Sword, Sapphire

  1. Anuradha – Saturn

Symbol – A Lotus

  1. Jyeshta – Mercury

Symbol – A Talisman

  1. Moola – Ketu

Symbol – A Bunch of Roots

  1. Purvashada – Venus

Symbol – A Winnowing Basket

  1. Uttarashada – Sun

Symbol – Elephant Tusk

  1. Sravana – Moon

Symbol – Three Footsteps

  1. Dhanishta – Mars

Symbol – A Musical Drum

  1. Satabisha – Rahu

Symbol – A Hollow Circle

  1. Purvabhadrapada – Jupiter

Symbol – Front Part of a Funeral Cot

  1. Uttarabhadrapada – Saturn

Symbol – Back Part of a Funeral Cot

  1. Revati – Mercury

Symbol – A Drum Used To Mark Time


Pleasant Moon

The Moon

The Sun governs the soul and the Moon rules emotions and feelings.  There would be no life on Earth without these two luminaries.  The Moon is the Queen of the Solar System.  The physical effects of her pull on earth in terms of gravity are seen through the tides of the ocean.  Most of the living things on Earth including our own bodies are composed of approximately eighty percent (80%) water.  Water is an element of this heavenly body.  Isn’t it reasonable to expect that its magnetic force would be felt by our physical body as well?

Despite being the smallest among planets, the Earth’s satellite has enormous effect on the human beings due to its closeness with the Earth.  She is tender by nature and represents love and beauty.  Besides being a favorable subject for poets, comparing her with the beauty of women, she has also been a goal for astronomical expeditions.  She plays a very important role in the life of human beings in maintaining stable relations with each other.  She represents motherly concept as she nourishes life on Earth just like a mother who nurtures her babies.

The Moon or Chandra is the basis of Vedic Astrology which is a very ancient system dating back to 5,000-10,000 years BC.  During that period and even today for rural people in some parts of the world, the moon, with its rhythms and cycles, is a reliable natural clock.  People, who live close to nature depending totally on the fertility of the soil, weather patterns and cosmic forces for survival, use the cycle of the moon in a very productive way. They are still aware of the miracle of nature and its ability to rejuvenate in terms of seasons, crops and the production of animal offspring, at regular intervals. She is a strong symbol of fertility as it represents the menstrual cycle in women and therefore is a significator for creativity.

Of course, the Sun is very important to us too as it’s our main source of light, but its light is reflected by the moon (as she has no light source of its own), and therefore, she is the bearer of the soul’s energy, which indicates our emotional and psychological patterns and tendencies.

Moon in Birth Chart

A strong Moon in a birth chart indicates joy, enthusiasm, and peace of mind in life whereas, when afflicted she causes tensions, depression, suicidal tendency and pessimistic attitude.  She is like the window through which we see things.  Whatever affects her, deeply affects our heart and emotions.  Her position and condition shows a lot about the character of the person and the tenor of their life.  It also indicates your passion and main areas of interest in life.  She is a natural benefic capable of giving great mental power and prosperity.  Prosperity in life is seen from the combined positions of either moon and Jupiter or moon and other benefic planets.  Jupiter signifies wealth.  The combination of Moon and Jupiter is very auspicious for wealth and prosperity.

The Waxing and Waning Moon

A waxing moon (on its way from no moon to full moon) is highly favorable as per Vedic astrology.  In fact, it could be so favorable that it could mitigate less favorable trends in a birth chart.  This condition gives popularity, extrovert and confident personality.  On the other hand, a waning moon (on its way from full to no moon) makes a person withdrawn and reflective, who generally does not seek the limelight.

Generally in the Vedic system of astrology, a waxing moon in the sky over head or in transit, is considered a good time for action, expansion and starting off new projects, whereas a waning moon is good for completing tasks and resting.

In Vedic astrology, the moon chart, which is derived using the moon sign as the rising sign, is an important chart used in conjunction with the main birth chart, for verification of factors seen in the main chart.

Moon in Transit

Nakshatras – Lunar Mansions

The Moon moves at the fastest pace of all planets.  In Indian mythology, she spends one day in each Nakshatra (consisting of four padas) or Lunar Mansion, in the course of completing its monthly cycle.  She completes a cycle in 28 days (Lunar Month – from no to full moon and back to no moon).  Therefore, the moon transits just over a day in each of 27 Nakshatras for 28 days of a Lunar Month during each monthly cycle.  Just as each zodiac sign is ruled by a particular planet, each Nakshatra is also ruled by a particular planet.

This implies that each planet in the birth chart is influenced by the sign it is sitting in and its ruler and the Nakshatra it is sitting on and its ruler.  Therefore, the Moon, the Sun and the rising sign in a chart are also influenced in a similar way.

Moon is the lord of the Zodiac Sign, Cancer.  She is a friend of the Sun and the Mercury and not an enemy to any planet.  She is neutral towards Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn.  All liquids come under the influence of moon.  She is also associated with gardens, salt, medicines, change, travel abroad, milk, pride, etc.


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Almighty Sun

The Sun

As we all know, the Sun is a star in our solar system which provides us heat, light and life itself.  There would be no life on earth without him.  He is the center of extreme power.  All the planets revolve around the Sun due to his huge gravitational force and receive their light from him.  He is the ruler of all planets and is the only source of energy.  Other planets reflect only his light.


The luminary’s rays are connected with the inner most spirit of human beings, making him the “Soul of the Universe” representing the life-force on Earth.  In Vedic Astrology, he has been described as the Soul (Atma) of all beings, who is the ‘self’ of a person.

According to Vedic astrology, the Sun is not only the significator or karaka planet for one’s soul, father, authority, name and fame, but also of the first and the ninth house in a birth chart.  Being the king of all planets, he is found to be the significator of bravery, courage and dominance.

The Sun is the ruler (lord) of the zodiac sign, Leo.  He gives us vitality, power of resistance and immunity.  He is also responsible for our physical constitution, will power, intellect, brilliance, prosperity, success in worldly affairs, personal conduct, activity, cheerfulness, good fortune, ambition, fame, the understanding of the phenomenal world, and the knowledge of medicine.

The Royal Fire Ball is worshiped as the God Himself in many cultures all over the world.  So, let us conserve, make use of the solar power and energy in a wise manner and make way for a better Earth going forward!

 Also, inspired by Daily Post Photo Challenge Rise/Set

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Vedic Astrology or Indian Astrology?

Significators or Karakas for Houses in a Birth Chart

  1. First House – Karaka – Sun:  The first house represents the native’s own self, body, mind and physique.
  2. Second House – Karaka – Jupiter:  The second house represents the native’s resources, family, family values/assets, speech, mouth, et al.

  3. Third House – Karaka – Mars:  The third house signifies the younger siblings, courage, efforts, performance, performing arts, short-distance travel, traveling abroad, journalism, TV media, communication, social media/Internet, et al.

  4. Fourth House – Karaka – Moon, Mercury:  The fourth house stands for mother, mother’s nurturing, nourishment, healing, home, homeland, land, immovable properties, vehicles, properties, comforts, happiness, et al.

  5. Fifth House – Karaka – Jupiter:  The fifth house shows the native’s children, progeny, procreation, creativity, knowledge, intelligence, fine arts, sports, expression of thoughts, recognition, gambling/stock trading/market, politics, et al.

  6. Sixth House – Karaka – Mars, Saturn:  The sixth house brings obstacles, competition, litigation, debts, health issues, hardships, maternal uncles, et al.

  7. Seventh House – Karaka – Venus:  The seventh house deals with spouse, partner, business partnerships, other people, market place, et al.

  8. Eighth House – Karaka – Saturn:  The eighth house brings about sudden ups and downs in life, inheritance, insurance, longevity of life, surgeries, transformation of the soul, diseases, death-like situations, occult, mysticism, in-laws, et al

  9. Ninth House – Karaka – Sun, Jupiter:  The ninth house is that of the father, gurus, teacher, higher knowledge, dharma, religion, spiritual knowledge, luck, blessings of God, et al.

  10. Tenth House – Karaka – Sun, Saturn, Mercury, Jupiter:  The tenth house is of karma, profession, career, job, social status, colleagues, father, authority, government, et al.

  11. Eleventh House – Karaka – Jupiter:  The eleventh is that of gains, earnings, income, large organizations, large network of friends, elder siblings, et al.

  12. Twelfth House – Karaka – Saturn:  The twelfth house signifies far-off foreign lands, loss, charity, isolation, spirituality, bed comforts, hospitalizations, et al.

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