Category: Graha

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February 2017 Lunar Eclipse in Āśleṣā

Our first lunar eclipse of 2017 occurs on the evening of Friday, February 10 for most of us in the western hemisphere and on February 11 for many in the eastern hemisphere. The eclipse,...

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Śani and Self-Compassion

Perhaps many of Śani’s “ailments” are a result of compassion of others over compassion of self. The strong desire for justice with a heavy tendency for judgment and fairness often outweighs the fairness of...

Budha (Mercury) & the Tattvas of Mental Operation 0

Budha (Mercury) & the Tattvas of Mental Operation

Prakrti (manifested matter/objective energy) differentiates into antahkarana (the psychic apparatus), indriyas (the senses), and bhutas (matter). Antahkarana as the “psychic,” or information processing mechanism of an individual, consists of three sattvas: the buddhi, ahamkara,...

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Budha Vakri (Mercury Retrograde) September 2016

Pre-Shadow (29 August) As tomorrow begins the first day of Mercury’s apparent retrograde motion, and today I have absolutely nothing to amuse my interest, it’s really a perfect time to do something that I should...

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The Resonance of Bija Mantras

The frequency of Om is 7.83 Hz. The frequency of Om itself is inaudible to humans, as most people can’t consciously pick out frequencies less than 20 Hz. We can, however, hear the harmonics of low-frequency emissions, which...

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Rasas & the Navagraha

Every trait, characteristic, behavior, and effect of everything we know of the past, present, and future can be described in terms of the Navagraha (nine planets). This includes emotion, energy in motion, which are...

Śani Fast 0

Śani Fast

Today I’m starting my first Saturn (Śani) fast. I’ve done many different fasts in the past, so this shouldn’t be so difficult (especially as it’s only a day-long fast), even though it will be...

Hanuman & Sūrya-Ketu Yuti 0

Hanuman & Sūrya-Ketu Yuti

In the Ramayana, after being introduced to Hanuman of Kishkindha and helping Rama and Lakshman search India for kidnapped Sita, we learn that Hanuman was cursed as a child. We normally think of a...