Planetary Magic / Sattva Vijaya Chikitsa

author: C.L. Severson

The key to unlocking the treasures of your birth chart requires a knowledge of planetary powers. We are not simply victims to the swirling asteroids, planets, moons, and everything else that happens in the theatre of our sky. With proper application, intent, and maturity we can strengthen weak planets in our birth chart (Janma Kundli) so that their lessons may reach us without strife. Similary, we can tonify and refine the energies of the planets that make up our more powerful qualities, attributes, or archetypal themes of our lives. This holds true cross-culturally where astrological applications were almost always originally used for ritual and agricultural purposes.

In the same way that people who deny the utility of astrology end up being the people most effected by planetary transits or events, people who know about the dance of the planets but make no preparations for protection or to receive their blessings also fall prey to avoidable suffering. If you wish to be clinical, Sattva Vijaya Chikitsa in Ayurveda is a form of Psychotherapy. The senses are stimulated in the right way, in the right amount in order to ease suffering, reverse a disease process, or unlock creative potential. Those beautiful flowers you put on your Venus altar will also have a profound effect on you as well as your Graha of adoration.

I have prepared a PDF introduction to qualities and attributes that might assist one in constructing an altar, making a petition or talisman, choosing a gemstone, or simply aligning one’s self to feel the core lessons of each planet. It is available here: navagraha.

Navagraha means “the 9 seizers/graspers” in sanskrit. They are the 9 traditional planets, excluding all planets invisible to the ancients: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Eris, etc… These 9 help bring the divine energy from the multiverse surrounding us down to our own planet so as to directly influence our physical body. They ‘seize’ our attention and won’t let go until we understand their very potent lessons.

©C.L. Severson, 2017

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photo courtesy of Rudraksha organization. A navagraha puja, here invoking Lord Kuja (Mars)

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RETROGRADE MOTION

Let’s crack this nut:

  1. RETROGRADE MOTION GIVES SHAKTA//POWER TO THE PLANET
  2. IT WILL ACT AS IF EXALTED (EVEN IN DEBILITATION)  The planet is brighter in the sky and closer to the earth. Thereby influencing us more.
  3. THIS SHOWS POWER NOT EFFECT: Retrograde gives more good than when direct or more bad depending on Gocara (transits) and yogas the planet is involved with.
  4. GOCARA IS KEY TO THE MIND: Planetary transits influence the moon directly and how we perceive what is going on.

graph : all ‘1’ marked Houses are favorable for each planet. Pull up your chart and look below for results of your planetary transits. -Graph by Ernst Wilhelm from astrology-videos.com

GOCHARA or transits from the natal moon is ESSENTIAL to understand how a retrograde planet will effect you immediately. The slower moving planets especially as they accent a sign and house longer.  You can bet your bum that if a retrograde planet is in an unfavorable house you can expect more fantastic difficulties, or rather the perception of difficulties. and in a good house lovely lovely bubbly bubbly times ahead! If a planet has to repeat a theme by going over it again its like a person who is dusting the house, this place is especially dusty and the planet has to put more elbow grease into it! make sense? get it? don’t let your Rasi get dusty.

please look with your eyes at the chart that spells out the transits so easily. Notice all planets do well in the 11th from the moon….i would love for someone to answer why that may be, you will get a gold star. Notice Mars and Saturn do well only in the UPACHAYA houses, don’t know what that is? look it up. anyway these houses are expanding houses that increase with age and mature in a sense…makes sense that maturity is needed to harness a cruel planet, no?

Caffeine-fueled observations to consider:

When things are hard its because the moon feels the planets movements around him and there is some friction of the planetary agendas. Lord Chandra Dev feels very deeply that is his beauty, so of course we consider the Graha representing the Mind and Perception of the Reflected Reality. FOR EXAMPLE!! if mars in in 10th in aries and is busting out some major work in your life awesome! but if it in a bad Gochara from the natal moon, the moon will perceive success as failure or no pleasure or contentment in completion of all this martial energy!

Saturn: GIVING WORK THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO DO BUT NEED TO IF YOUR SOUL HAS A CHANCE.

Mars: DIRECTING PASSION TOWARDS IMPRACTICAL IF NOT COMPLETELY INSANE AGENDAS / ENERGY OUTPUT ISSUE

Mercury: THROWING THINGS OUT OF ALIGNMENT / IMBALANCE / MISCOMMUNICATION

Venus: NOT BEING VALIDATED / VALUED / TALENTS NOT BEING APPRECIATED or ENCOURAGED / SCARCITY

Moon: DENIED COMFORT / TRYING TO INCREASE SOMETHING on WANING MOON and vice versa. (yes we consider Moon transits from himself)

Jupiter: TAKING YOU INTO MORE EXPANDED HAPPINESS OF SPIRITUAL AWAKENING BUT PAINFUL BECAUSE YOU FIRST MUST HAVE YOUR TOY, YOUR TINY HAPPINESS YOU ARE DISTRACTING YOURSELF WITH , TAKEN AWAY FOR THE MORE COSMIC UNDERSTANDING.

FAVORABLE & UNFAVORABLE POSITIONS FROM THE NATAL MOON (JANMA RASI)

CLASSICAL DELINEATIONS OF GOCARA POSITIONS

from the Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra

SUN

Sun in 1st from Moon

Causes fatigue, reduces wealth, brings about diseases of the bowels, loss of wealth and wearisome journeys. Loss of good name and position, and painful work.

Sun in 2nd from Moon

Loss of wealth, and happiness, eye-disease and deceit.

Sun in 3rd from Moon

Acquisition of a new position, advent of much wealth, happiness, sound health and destruction of enemies.

If there is a planet other than Saturn in the 9th from the Moon the good effects of the Sun in the 3rd from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 9th from the Moon.

Sun in 4th from Moon

Causes diseases, and constant impediments to the native in the enjoyment of conjugal happiness. Suffers from stomach diseases.

If there is a planet other than Saturn in the 10th from the Moon the ill effects of the Sun in the 4th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 10th from the Moon.

Sun in 5th from Moon

There will be innumerable troubles caused by illness and enemies.

If there is a planet other than Saturn in the 11th from the Moon the ill effects of the Sun in the 5th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 11th from the Moon.

Sun in 6th from Moon

Removes illness, enemies and grief. Pacification of all mental grief.

If there is a planet other than Saturn in the 12th from the Moon the good effects of the Sun in the 6th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 12th from the Moon.

Sun in 7th from Moon

Causes wearisome traveling, diseases of the stomach, and humiliation. Helplessness.

Sun in 8th from Moon

The native will suffer from illness and fright; and consequently their own spouse will speak harshly to them. Repulsion for and from women and fear from rulers.

Sun in 9th from Moon

Causes danger, poverty (or humiliation), disease and impediments to acquisition of wealth and undertakings. Calamities of all sorts, feelings of privation, severe diseases and break to one’s profession.
If there is a planet other than Saturn in the 3rd from the Moon the ill effects of the Sun in the 9th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 3rd from the Moon.

Sun in 10th from Moon

Causes a mighty task will be completed successfully, and all the projects will be carried to success.

If there is a planet other than Saturn in the 4th from the Moon the good effects of the Sun in the 10th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 4th from the Moon.

Sun in 11th from Moon

The native will attain an illustrious position, honor, wealth and freedom from disease. Tendency to do good actions.

If there is a planet other than Saturn in the 5th from the Moon the good effects of the Sun in the 11th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 5th from the Moon.

Sun in 12th from Moon

The activities of only those of an ideal character will be successful and not of others. Unable to reap the fruits of any good actions.

If there is a planet other than Saturn in the 6th from the Moon the ill effects of the Sun in the 12th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 6th from the Moon.

MOON

Moon in 1st from Moon

One gets excellent food couches and clothes. Increased bed comfort and gain of valuable things.

If there is a planet other than Mercury in the 5th from the Moon the good effects of the Moon in the first from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 5th from the Moon.

Moon in 2nd from Moon

One loses honor and wealth, and experiences obstacles.

If there is a planet other than Mercury in the 7th from the Moon the ill effects of the Moon in the 2nd from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 7th from the Moon.

Moon in 3rd from Moon

One gets garments, damsels, wealth, success and happiness.

If there is a planet other than Mercury in the 9th from the Moon the good effects of the Moon in the 3rd from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 9th from the Moon.

Moon in 4th from Moon

One loses trust in others, as in a mountain infested with snakes.

If there is a planet other than Mercury in the 10h from the Moon the ill effects of the Moon in the 4th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 10th from the Moon.

Moon in 5th from Moon

Brings about humiliation, illness, grief and obstruction to journey. Troubles of all sorts.

If there is a planet other than Mercury in the 1st from the Moon the ill effects of the Moon in the 5th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 1st from the Moon.

Moon in 6th from Moon

Confers wealth and happiness, and destroys enemies and diseases.

If there is a planet other than Mercury in the 12th from the Moon the good effects of the Moon in the 6th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 12th from the Moon.

Moon in 7th from Moon

Confers vehicles, honor, couches, food and money, presents from others, comfortable sleep, enjoyment from women.

If there is a planet other than Mercury in the 2nd from the Moon the good effects of the Moon in the 7th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 2nd from the Moon.

Moon in 8th from Moon

Whoever is not frightened when the Moon is in the 8th house, as when a snake is accidentally trodden upon? Trouble from fire.

If there is a planet other than Mercury in the 11th from the Moon the ill effects of the Moon in the 8th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 11th from the Moon.

Moon in 9th from Moon

Causes imprisonment, agony, weariness and stomach diseases.

If there is a planet other than Mercury in the 3rd from the Moon these ill effects are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 3rd from the Moon.

Moon in 10th from Moon

Confers a position of authority and accomplishment of one’s objects. Benefit from government.

If there is a planet other than Mercury in the 4th from the Moon the good effects of the Moon in the 10th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 4th from the Moon.

Moon in 11th from Moon

Brings prosperity, association with friends, riches and joy. Visits from relatives.

If there is a planet other than Mercury in the 8th from the Moon the good effects of the Moon in the 11th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 8th from the Moon.

Moon in 12th from Moon

Causes expenses and blemishes caused by one’s own foolishness, as in the case of a bull (which spoils both its hoofs and horns by striking the earth etc.). Loss of money and obstacles to all work.
If there is a planet other than Mercury in the 6th from the Moon the ill effects of the Moon in the 12th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 6th from the Moon.

MARS

Mars in 1st from Moon

Causes bodily affliction. Obstacles to all undertakings.

Mars in 2nd from Moon

Causes trouble from the king and enemies, quarrels, excessive biliousness, fire accidents, robbery and disease, though the person may be like Upendra or the thunderbolt. Ailing in the body due to mental and physical grief.

Mars in 3rd from Moon

Confers benefits through thieves and urchins, energy, authority, wealth, woolen articles, mineral wealth and the like. Gain of valuable metals, favor of Subrahmanya and the easy destruction of enemies.
If there is a planet in the 12th from the Moon the good effects of Mars in the 3rd from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 12th from the Moon.

Mars in 4th from Moon

Causes fever, stomach ailments and bleeding as well as great harm through the association with the wicked. Unconscious flow of seminal fluid.

Mars in 5th from Moon

Causes enmity, anger, illness, fear, grief on account of children, and a quick loss of energy like the tossing of a jasmine wreath from the head of a monkey.
If there is a planet in the 11th from the Moon the ill effects of Mars in the 5th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 11th from the Moon.

Mars in 6th from Moon

One will be free from danger from enemies, (or from enemies and fear) as well as quarrels; one will also get gold, corals and copper, so that one may hold one’s head aloft.
If there is a planet in the 9th from the Moon the good effects of Mars in the 6th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 9th from the Moon.

Mars in 7th from Moon

Causes quarrels with one’s spouse, eye-disease and stomach-ailment.

Mars in 8th from Moon

Makes the native weak through bleeding, and lose wealth and honor. Mental depression, blood loss due to severe blows to the body or breaks of limbs.

Mars in 9th from Moon

Makes the native suffer insults, loss of wealth and impeded gait owing to the loss of bodily fluids and consequent weakness. Loss of money, defeat.
If there is a planet in the 6th from the Moon the ill effects of Mars in the 9th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 6th from the Moon.

Mars in 10th from Moon

Produces neutral effects. Profits in all ways.

Mars in 11th from Moon

Confers various types of riches as well as success, and enables one to exercise power and authority over the country, just as the bee has free movements and enjoyment in a forest of abundant flowers. Elevation to the leadership of a village, general happiness.
If there is a planet in the 5th from the Moon the good effects of Mars in the 11th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 5th from the Moon.

Mars in 12th from Moon

Tortures a person with expenditure on various counts, innumerable disasters, wrath of women, bilious affections and eye-trouble, though he may be proud of his being a scion of Indra.
If there is a planet in the 3rd from the Moon the ill effects of Mars in the 12th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 3rd from the Moon.

MERCURY

Mercury in 1st from Moon

Will be deprived of wealth by wicked persons (using foul language), tale-bearers, enemies, duplicity, Imprisonment and quarrels, and one will not hear even a kind word of welcome in their travels. Quarrels and misunderstanding with relations. Loss of money caused by unlawful words, writings and journeys to distant places.
If there is a planet other than the Moon in the 8th from the Moon the ill effects of Mercury in the 1st from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 8th from the Moon.

Mercury in 2nd from Moon

One will suffer humiliation, but acquires wealth. Fresh acquisition of wealth and influence, and general prosperity.

If there is a planet other than the Moon in the 5th from the Moon the good effects of Mercury in the 2nd from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 5th from the Moon.

Mercury in 3rd from Moon

One will have new friends, will be afraid of the king and enemies and will run away as a result of their own wicked deeds.

If there is a planet other than the Moon in the 4th from the Moon the ill effects of Mercury in the 3rd from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 4th from the Moon.

Mercury in 4th from Moon

The native’s kinsmen and family will prosper, and they will gain wealth. General progress in the family.

If there is a planet other than the Moon in the 3rd from the Moon the good effects of Mercury in the 4th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 3rd from the Moon.

Mercury in 5th from Moon

The native will have quarrels with their spouse and children and will not be able to enjoy their charming spouse.

If there is a planet other than the Moon in the 2nd from the Moon the ill effects of Mercury in the 5th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 2nd from the Moon.

Mercury in 6th from Moon

The native gets popularity, victory and rise. Success in all things, general luck and rapid promotion.

If there is a planet other than the Moon in the 9th from the Moon the good effects of Mercury in the 6th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 9th from the Moon.

Mercury in 7th from Moon

The native loses his luster and has frequent quarrels.

Mercury in 8th from Moon

The native will have gains, success, children, clothes, money and skill that bring joy to their heart. Victory, mental peace and increase of learning.
If there is a planet other than the Moon in the 1st from the Moon the good effects of Mercury in the 8th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 1st from the Moon.

Mercury in 9th from Moon

Obstacles to all undertakings. Disease of all kinds.

If there is a planet other than the Moon in the 6th from the Moon the ill effects of Mercury in the 9th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 6th from the Moon.

Mercury in 10th from Moon

Destroys the enemies and bestows wealth, a beautiful damsel on a couch, her house property, sweet words and sweets.

If there is a planet other than the Moon in the 8th from the Moon the good effects of Mercury in the 10th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 8th from the Moon.

Mercury in 11th from Moon

The native will be jubilant with the attainment of wealth, children, happiness, spouse, friends and vehicles. One will also speak sweetly and pleasantly. Fresh gains, happiness and success in everything.
If there is a planet other than the Moon in the 12th from the Moon the good effects of Mercury in the 11th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 12th from the Moon.

Mercury in 12th from Moon

The person will be troubled by enemies, insults and diseases, and consequently will not be able to enjoy the pleasure of union with their bedecked beloved.
If there is a planet other than the Moon in the 11th from the Moon the ill effects of Mercury in the 12th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 11th from the Moon.

JUPITER

Jupiter in 1st from Moon

The native will lose their wealth, intellectual clarity and position; and will also have quarrels frequently. Mental dejection.

Jupiter in 2nd from Moon

The native will obtain wealth and be free from enemies and will sport with the mouth of their beloved, as does a bee with the lotus.

If there is a planet in the 12th from the Moon the good effects of Jupiter in the 2nd from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 12th from the Moon.

Jupiter in 3rd from Moon

The native will be troubled by loss of position, and by the ruination of their undertakings. Some change in profession.

If there is a planet in the 7th from the Moon the ill effects of Jupiter in the 3rd from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 7th from the Moon.

Jupiter in 4th from Moon

The native will be afflicted by all kinds of worries caused by their kith and kin, and consequently will get peace of mind neither in the village, nor in the forest abounding in intoxicated peacocks.
If there is a planet in the 5th from the Moon the ill effects of Jupiter in the 4th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 5th from the Moon.

Jupiter in 5th from Moon

Bestows servants, meritorious acts (or auspicious rituals), children, elephants, horses, bulls, gold, houses in town, marriage with a young woman, garments, gems and a number of virtues such as learning and valor. Acquisition of vehicles.
If there is a planet in the 4th from the Moon the good effects of Jupiter in the 5th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 4th from the Moon.

Jupiter in 6th from Moon

Even the wife’s face bright with the Tilaka will not please the native’s heart; nor will the forest that resounds with the notes of peacocks and cuckoos and looks wonderful by the frisking of the fawns. Tendency to feel unhappy even though having everything to make one comfortable. Reduces the native to abject slavery or degradation.

Jupiter in 7th from Moon

Confers fine couches, erotic pleasures, wealth, tasty food, flowers, vehicles, elegant speech and intellectual eminence. Accomplishment in all actions.
If there is a planet in the 3rd from the Moon the good effects of Jupiter in the 7th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 3rd from the Moon.

Jupiter in 8th from Moon

Causes imprisonment, disease, intense grief, hardship on a journey, and ailments almost amounting to death. Loss of liberty, over-exertion and fatigue.
If there is a planet in the 11th from the Moon the ill effects of Jupiter in the 8th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 11th from the Moon.

Jupiter in 9th from Moon

Confers skill in work, authority, sons, success undertakings, wealth and fertile lands. Profits, happiness with spouse and children, and acquisition of authority.
If there is a planet in the 10th from the Moon the good effects of Jupiter in the 9th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 10th from the Moon.

Jupiter in 10th from Moon

Destroys one’s position, health and wealth. Fruitlessness in all actions.

If there is a planet in the 9th from the Moon the ill effects of Jupiter in the 10th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 9th from the Moon.

Jupiter in 11th from Moon

Bestows position, health and wealth. Favors, success in all actions, and elevation to a distinguished station in life.

If there is a planet in the 8th from the Moon the good effects of Jupiter in the 11th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 8th from the Moon.

Jupiter in 12th from Moon

Gives grief arising from the native swerving from the right path, though they may be rich enough to drive in a chariot. Fatigue caused by long walks, and severe miseries in life.
If there is a planet in the 2nd from the Moon the ill effects of Jupiter in the 12th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 2nd from the Moon.

VENUS

Venus in 1st from Moon

Confers on the native all kinds of erotic requisites, fragrant and attractive perfumes, flowers and garments, couches, houses, seats and tasty dishes. Consequently, the native will act the part of a bee on the lotus of the face of an intoxicated, or proud, young beloved.
If there is a planet in the 8th from the Moon the good effects of Venus in the 1st from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 8th from the Moon.

Venus in 2nd from Moon

Bestows children, wealth, corn, royal favor, family prosperity, flowers and gems for ornaments. Consequently, the native though grown old with gray hair enjoys sexual pleasures. Happiness for the family members.
If there is a planet in the 7th from the Moon the good effects of Venus in the 2nd from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 7th from the Moon.

Venus in 3rd from Moon

The native gets authority, wealth, honor, position, prosperity, clothes and destruction of enemies. Respect and regard for one’s opinions.

If there is a planet in the 1st from the Moon the good effects of Venus in the 3rd from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 1st from the Moon.

Venus in 4th from Moon

The native associates with friends, and gets power and strength similar to that of Rudra, Indra and the thunderbolt. Happy reconciliation with relatives and great prosperity.

If there is a planet in the 10th from the Moon the good effects of Venus in the 4th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 10th from the Moon.

Venus in 5th from Moon

Leads to the favors of elders and teachers, meeting with one’s relations, or getting new ones, attainment of wealth, friends and companions, birth of children and demoralization in the army of the enemy.
If there is a planet in the 9th from the Moon the good effects of Venus in the 5th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 9th from the Moon.

Venus in 6th from Moon

The native will suffer humiliation, disease, and mental torment. Trouble from enemies. Reduces the native to abject slavery or degradation.

If there is a planet in the 12th from the Moon the ill effects of Venus in the 6th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 12th from the Moon.

Venus in 7th from Moon

Some disaster pertaining to or caused by women (the opposite sex).

If there is a planet in the 2nd from the Moon the ill effects of Venus in the 7th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 2nd from the Moon.

Venus in 8th from Moon

The native gets houses, attendants and a rich spouse for their partner. Happiness resulting from members of the opposite sex, acquisition of household utensils and ornaments in the family.
If there is a planet in the 5th from the Moon the good effects of Venus in the 8th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 5th from the Moon.

Venus in 9th from Moon

The subject performs religious acts, gets members of the opposite sex or marries, happiness, wealth and clothes. Fruition of liberal and charitable actions.
If there is a planet in the 11th from the Moon the good effects of Venus in the 9th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 11th from the Moon.

Venus in 10th from Moon

The native suffers insults and quarrels invariably, although speaking very few words. Rivalry, quarrels and dishonor.

If there is a planet in the 4th from the Moon the ill effects of Venus in the 10th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 4th from the Moon.

Venus in 11th from Moon

The native gets friends, wealth, food and perfumes. Favor from relatives.

If there is a planet in the 3rd from the Moon the good effects of Venus in the 11th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 3rd from the Moon.

Venus in 12th from Moon

The native gets wealth and garments, but loses some of the latter. Gains wealth in many means, acquisition of clothes.

If there is a planet in the 6th from the Moon the good effects of Venus in the 12th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 6th from the Moon.

SATURN

Saturn in 1st from Moon

The native will be troubled by poison and fire, separated from their kith and kin, will kill one of their relatives, wander in foreign countries, will have neither friends, nor a house to live in, will be hateful in appearance, poor, without children, pale in the face and a wanderer.

Saturn in 2nd from Moon

The native will be bereft of good appearance, happiness, pride and vitality, and even if one should earn much wealth through other channels, it would not be sufficient nor stable like the water that has fallen on a bamboo leaf. Loss of health, decrease of desires.

Saturn in 3rd from Moon

One will get money, slaves, attendants, camels, buffaloes, horses, elephants, donkeys, houses, wealth, sound health and freedom from ailments; and even if one is a coward, one will curb their mighty enemies through heroic efforts. Successful conclusion in all actions.

If there is a planet other than the Sun in the 12th from the Moon the good effects of Saturn in the 3rd from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 12th from the Moon.

Saturn in 4th from Moon

The native will be separated from his friends, wealth, spouse and others, and everywhere their mind will be wicked, sinful and crooked like the serpent’s crawling. Brings a cloud to the mind and quarrels with all.

Saturn in 5th from Moon

The native will be without wealth and children, and be involved in serious quarrels.

If there is a planet other than the Sun in the 11th from the Moon the ill effects of Saturn in the 5th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 11th from the Moon.

Saturn in 6th from Moon

The native will overcome both their enemies and diseases, and will kiss the mouth of their beloved having charming close lips.

If there is a planet other than the Sun in the 9th from the Moon the good effects of Saturn in the 6th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 9th from the Moon.

Saturn in 7th from Moon

The native will wander away from home. Intimacy with female servants and distant journeys.

Saturn in 8th from Moon

The native will be without spouse and children, and will engage in mean activities. Misunderstandings with one’s own people and extreme helplessness.

Saturn in 9th from Moon

The native will suffer similar troubles (will be without spouse and children, and will engage in mean activities. Misunderstandings with one’s own people and extreme helplessness), and his religious duties, such as worshipping the sacred fire, will have a break through hatred, heart-disease and imprisonment. Enmity with all and obstruction to one’s charitable actions.
If there is a planet other than the Sun in the 6th from the Moon the ill effects of Saturn in the 9th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 6th from the Moon.

Saturn in 10th from Moon

The native will get some work, but will suffer loss of wealth, learning and fame.

Saturn in 11th from Moon

The native will become aggressive, and attached to others’ wives and get others’ wealth. Intimacy with other women, huge profits, increase in honor and authority.
If there is a planet other than the Sun in the 5th from the Moon the good effects of Saturn in the 11th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 5th from the Moon.

Saturn in 12th from Moon

The native will be plunged into a series of waves of miseries.

If there is a planet other than the Sun in the 3rd from the Moon the ill effects of Saturn in the 12th from the Moon are obstructed by the influence of the planet in the 3rd from the Moon.

 

Onmyōdō: Another Portal to Astrology

Shinto and Onmyōdō

As we learn more and more systems of astrology and divination, we deepen the concepts we consider as a foundation for our readings. It seems as if there are more similarities than differences. Onmyōdō is one I’m particularly interested in researching, i want to compare their astrological concepts with the Indians and Egyptians. Very fascinating indeed….-C.L.

/ From: the Encyclopedia of Shinto
While being based on the Chinese theory of yinyang-wuxing (Yin-Yang and the “five phases of matter”), Onmyōdō was a unique Japanese adaptation that established itself around the tenth century. Under the earlier system of state civil and penal codes known as the ritsuryō system, duties of the officials of the Onmyōryō (Bureau of Divination) included onmyō (Yin-Yang divination), tenmon (astrology), koyomi (calendrical studies), and rōkoku (time keeping), but the term Onmyōdō was not used then as an overall referent for these areas of study. If forced to use specific terms in description, one might say that while there existed onmyō theories (onmyō shisō) or the “study of onmyō” (onmyōgaku), the actual “Way of onmyō” (Onmyōdō) was only founded and spread by the Kamo and Abe families as a religion of magic from around the tenth century. Based on this context, Onmyōdō should be considered as referring to the group of adherents and the activities of officials originating in the Onmyōryō, who were in charge of conducting rituals and magic.
As for the social factors behind Onmyōdō’s establishment, first is the fact that the the Kamo and Abe families had come to hold hereditary claim to the leading positions of Onmyō no kami, Suke, and Hakase of the Bureau of Onmyōryō. Second is the growth of individual reliance on magical invocations (kitō) and personal religious faith among the nobility. It is likewise possible to see Shrine Shinto as gradually taking shape out of the transformations that took place within the kami cults (jingi saishi) of the ancient ritsuryō system. It was not until the tenth century that shrines had permanent priests (shinshoku) who acted as the main ritualists in ceremonial worship. We should probably consider that the foundations of Shrine Shinto as it continues to exist today were laid during that period. It should not be thought, however, that no relationship existed between Yin-Yang thought and kami cults before the tenth century, since it has been pointed out that Daoist thought may have influenced the Japanese view of the emperor, and that the “three seasonal festivals” (sansetsusai) observed at the Grand Shrines of Ise (Ise Jingū), namely the Kannamesai together with the semiannual “month festivals” of Tsukinamisai (held in the sixth and twelfth months) were performed in accordance with principles of Yin-Yang and gogyō throught. Considerable room for further study, however, remains

—The Development of Onmyōdō Rites—
The Bureau of Onmyō (Onmyōryō) was responsible for studying and reporting matters of divination, dates and time, and directional interdictions (hōki or kataimi), but beginning in the Heian period, it was also made responsible for performing spirit pacification and thanksgiving rites at imperial mausolea, together with land purification rites. Furthermore, with the rising reliance of noble society upon techniques and rituals based on Yin-Yang thought from the latter half of the ninth into the early tenth centuries, Onmyōryō officials were placed in charge of performing the state rituals of Takayamasai, Goryūsai, and Raikōsai, which were meant as invocations of plentiful harvests of the five grains (gokoku kigan).
From the tenth century, Onmyōdō ceremonies were introduced as rites of personal protection for the emperor, thus leading to the deep penetration of Onmyōdō rituals into noble society. For example, records make frequent mention of such a diversity of rites as Shokujōsai, Kikisai, Takuchinsai, Raikōsai, Honmyōsai, Rōjinshōsai, Taizanfukunsai, Niwabi narabi Hirano kamado no kami sai, Sangensai, Ta-ichishikisai, Zansōsai, Sanhō goteisai, Kasasai, Taisaisai, Kaijakusai, Daiyakusai, Keikokushōsai, Shōkonsai, and Dokūsai. These were all either rites directed toward celestial bodies as invocations of happiness and longevity, or rituals meant to ward off calamity and disease. Within the Ritsuryō system, rites containing elements of Chinese Yin-Yang thought already existed among the rituals to kami performed by Jingikan officials. The Engishiki lists regular seasonal rites such as Chinkasai, Fūjinsai, Ōharae and Michiaesai, as well as extraordinary rites such as Kantoki no kamisai, Chinjingūjisai, Rajō no miagamono, Kyūjō shigu ekijinsai, Kinai no sakai no jusho ekijinsai, Bankaku wo sakai ni okurukamisai, and Shōjinsai. These rites of Chinese origin made use of animal skins and shared characteristics in common with Onmyōdō rites. As Onmyōdō rituals penetrated noble society, in some cases rites originally observed as part of the kami cult were replaced by Onmyōdō rituals. An example is the ritual of Shikaku shikyōsai (a rite performed by officials of the Onmyōdō on Kyoto’s four bordering roads to exorcize epidemic kami and evil spirits), which in the tenth century came to be given importance as a state rite in replacement of the earlier Ekijinsai (festival to exorcize epidemic kami), which was part of the kami cult.
The growth of Onmyōdō rites, however, did not occur due to state sponsorship, but rather was the result of growing popularity among the nobility and people, who used Onmyōdō as privately sponsored rites and personal magic to invite blessings and avoid misfortune. Even the Nakatomi no harae, compiled by the head of the Jingikan in the mid-ninth century, was borrowed by Onmyō practitioners from the eleventh century and adapted for use in rites of purification (harae) with Onmyōdō flavor, such as the Nanase no harae, and the Rokujikarinhō. It is said that private rituals spells (kitō) performed by Onmyō practitioners were adopted in the late eleventh century by the rapidly expanding class of gon-negi (Provisional Suppliant) priests at the Grand Shrines of Ise, thus leading to the birth of the unique style of purification rites found there.

—Medieval Shinto Theories and Onmyōdō—
The Nakatomi no harae kunge of Ryōbu Shintō, which came into being in the Kamakura period, describes the practice of “taking refuge in” (kie) and performing the gesture of gasshō to the sun and moon, the five planets, the twelve divine generals, and twenty-eight celestial houses, and suggests that the ancient kami Ibukidonushi (see Harae-do no kami) was an acolyte of the Chinese deity Taizan Fukun (see Sekizan Myōjin). In Ruiju jingi hongen, a representative work of Ise Shintō, the author Watarai Ieyuki’s reproduces Zhou Dunyi’s taijitu (Jp. taikyokuzu) and hetu (Jp. kato) (the original form of the geomantic bagua [Jp. hake] diagram), and guayinfengjixiangpei, using these to expound the theory of Yin-Yang and Five Phases of Matter (in’yō gogyō) in the context of a description of the creation of heaven and earth. While criticizing Ryōbu Shintō and the Buddhistic theory of honji suijaku, Yoshida Kanetomo, founder of Yoshida Shintō, utilizes a knowledge of Onmyōdō to proclaim his vision of Yuiitsu Shintō (“Singular Shintō” or “Only-One Shintō”). In his Yuiitsu Shintō myōbō yōshū, Yoshida claims that the three kami sūtras Tengen jinpen shinmyōkyō, Chigen jintsū shinmyōkyō and Jingen jinryoku shinmyōkyō were pronouncements by the kami Amenokoyane, and that they were transmitted to earth by Hokutoshichigenseishukushinkun, the apotheosis of the divine constellation Hokuto Shichisei (the seven stars of the Big Dipper), who descended from heaven.
In Shintō taii, Yoshida Kanetomo associated the seven openings of the head with the “seven stars” of heaven, and the five internal organs with the five phases of matter on earth (gogyō), frequently adopting Onmyōdō theory as he explicated the cosmology of Yoshida Shinto. From the Sengoku Period (1477-1568), the Yoshida family underwent a remarkable rise within the Shinto world, while within Onmyōdō, the Kamo family went extinct while the Tsuchimikado, who carried on the lineage of the Abe family, bore concurrent responsibility for calendrical studies (rekidō) and astronomy/astrology (tenmondō). In the Edo Period, after the Yoshida family gained Bakufu recognition of its control over the appointment of the Shinto priestly offices of negi and kannushi, the Tsuchimikado family was granted Bakufu recognition of their authority over Onmyōdo practitioners, in this way leading to a clear separation in the statuses of Shinto priests (shinshoku) and Onmyōdō practitioners (Onmyōji). On the other hand, both continued to undertake the same practices of bokusen (plastromancy; tortoise-shell divination), kitō (thaumaturgic spells and incantations), and harae (rites of purification), with the result that disputes now occurred on occasion between the two. After Tsuchimikado Yasutomi adopted Yamazaki Ansai’s theory of “Confucian Shinto” (Juka Shinto) and founded his own school of Tensha Shinto (see Tsuchimikado Shintō), the range of activities that Shinto priests and Onmyōji practiced in common only increased. As a result of the ordinance implanting the separation of Shinto and Buddhism (Shinbutsu Bunri) in 1868 and the Daijōkan declaration of 1870 that prohibited the Tsuchimikado family’s Tensha Shinto, for all practical purposes the Tsuchimikado family’s control over Onmyōdō practitioners collapsed, and some switched their allegiance to sectarian Shinto groups (see kyōha Shintō ). Elements of Onmyōdō can continued to be found mixed in modern Shrine Shinto, and Onmyōdō elements current within folk religious practice were also absorbed by Shinto-derived religious groups. In sum, Onmyōdō elements have been diffused within Shintō in the modern period.

—Hayashi Makoto

Ether Element: Akasha

Early in my studies of Ayurveda, i became obsessed with Agni Mahabhuta(Fire element) and its mysteries and presence in the digestive tract of the body. Now, moving deeper into my practice, i am shifting my attention to Akasha Mahabhuta  (Ether element) and realizing how integral the role of space / ether actually can be. Especially, with these dreaded Khavaigunya: either congenital, traumatic, or psychoemotional vulnerabilities in the physical tissues. Khavaigunya is a disposition towards a particular pathological process. It now seems imperative to study Akasha/Ether and how it may ultimately be the key to understanding plasma and blood (Rasa Dhatu) and certainly tissue formation in general.

तस्य आकाशात्मकं शब्दः श्रोत्रं लाघवं सौक्ष्म्यं विवेकश्च।(च.शा.४/१२)
Tasya aakaashaatmakam shabdaha shrotram laaghavam soukshmyam vivekaha cha (Ref – Charaka Shaareera 4/12)

Here what i find interesting is -Vivekaha- or the quality of Akasha that delineates boundaries between organs and vessels/sira. Here, we could argue that Akasha’s qualities directly impact the Srotamsi. or simply stated: Akasha = Srotamsi. Not to mention all hollow organs, those things that have an entry and exit have attributes of Akasha. This is the key element during unfolding a successful pregnancy during the symphonic formation of Deha, the gift of the body which is mostly empty space.

also-shabdaha-sound…the special quality of Akasha that allows us to ‘hear’ space but not perceive it directly. Ergo the utility of Auscultation in clinical examination for the ‘megolies’ or enlargement or hardening/constricture of organs. Similarly we can notice the increase/decrease of Rasa in said organs through listening to breathing patterns and heart rythms (ie, pleural effusion and avoid subsequent pneumothorax). Blood pressure can be a good indication of obstruction and qualities of space, too

कुपितानां हि दोषाणां शरीरे परिधावनम्।

यत्र सङ्गः ख वैगुण्यात् व्याधिः तत्र उपजायते॥ (सु.सू.२४/१०)
Kupitaanaam hi doshaanaam shareere paridhaavanam
Yatra sangaha kha vaigunyaat vyaadhihi tatra upajaayate (Ref – Sushruta Sutra 24/10)

Here kha is space and vaigunya is deformity of that space. That is where the circulating doshas will come to hide/rest/cause havoc.  I also notice how Panchakarma therapies are but restoring emptiness to the body and thereby tonifying the Vata-stricken channels. Vata= Akasha + Vayu. Either some channels are constricted or some are enlarged/engorged. This is how obstructions form and Sroto Dushti occurs, by the qualities of space.

How would Akasha’s qualities affect Rasa Dhatu? Well, i think Rasa is very Kapha in nature so If there is excessive accumulation of phlegm/lymph/edema/mucous/and other exudates (morbid Kapha), it will be considered Prithiv/Jala imbalance with secondary Akasha imbalance as the channels become blocked causing further or tridoshic vitiation. Example: Sinus cavity filling with mucous/kapha causing pressure, pain, swelling. The space necessary and fundamental for the functioning of Pranavaha srotas is compromised allowing the arena for Rasa Dushti and beyond.

-C.L. Severson, 2017

Hebbar, JV and Raghuram, Y.S. “Living Easy with Ayurveda”

3 Great Qualities: Maha Gunas

My grandmother used to say: “God, grant me:

  1. the serenity (Tamas) to accept the things I cannot change
  2. Courage (Rajas) to change the things I can
  3. And wisdom (Sattva) to know the difference.”

According to Sankyha philosophy, the foundation of Ayurveda: These are the 3 primordial qualities (Gunas) that define the subtle nature of all matter on earth as well as the state of all the Pancha Kostha, or 5 sheaths/bodies. Most importantly, these Gunas effect our mental health and our outward personalities. These are great to know if doing psychology or psychological astrology.
My grandmother’s quote is refreshing because in the past, i’ve been defining the Gunas as a sort of heirarchy….that sattva is perfection, rajas is angry, hateful at times, but passionate, searching, and selfish,  and Tamas is something to avoid at all costs because it is darkness, ignorance, destruction, chaos, the horrific aspects of the Yin.
As i get older I can see the usefulness and higher vibrations of the Gunas and that Tamas does have a very important function in bringing us serenity. Certainly, in its extreme it causes the person to have no interest in knowledge or growth but transmuted into the yogic consciousness it is essential at balancing the firey eruptions of things hidden in Tarpaka kapha (unconscious/subconscious mind). For those of us with Trauma of any category, it can give us the endurance we need to see life through all its ups and downs. Rajas, is not only passion, rage, and mania. Rajas gives us the momentum to change, to break free from oppression both self-imposed and external. It gives us a taste for adventure and the strength to love and protect the people we care about. It gives the surgeon the confidence to save a life, a child to face his bully, or the beaten person the power to leave his/her abuser and start a new life. Sattva then retains its ‘jewel’ like status in that it embodies the wisdom to harmonize the other two gunas. With Sattva overly predominant, the ego dwindles and you may begin to neglect the body. Maybe you just live in a tree with no food until the vultures come for you. Although a state of attainment, this is physically unhealthy.

©C.L. Severson, 2017

Schizophrenia: Ayurvedic Perspective

author: C.L.Severson, LMT, AP

Schizophrenia // Unmada Well this is a big topic. Nobody in the west understands schizophrenia and their treatments do not cure the issue but allow the person to live out a heavily pharmaceutically altered life, constantly threatening the person that if they go off the meds they will relapse back into the following conditions that characterize this very serious and often life threatening illness ( 1 out of 10 patients commit suicide) :

Positive symptoms are disturbances that are “added” to the person’s personality.

  • Delusions –false ideas–individuals may believe that someone is spying on him or her, or that they are someone famous (or a religious figure).
  • Hallucinations –seeing, feeling, tasting, hearing or smelling something that doesn’t really exist. The most common experience is hearing imaginary voices that give commands or comments to the individual.
  • Disordered thinking and speech –moving from one topic to another, in a nonsensical fashion. Individuals may also make up their own words or sounds, rhyme in a way that doesn’t make sense, or repeat words and ideas.
  • Disorganized behavior –this can range from having problems with routine behaviors like hygiene or chosing appropriate clothing for the weather, to unprovoked outbursts, to impulsive and uninhibited actions. A person may also have movements that seem anxious, agitated, tense or constant without any apparent reason.
  • Negative symptoms are capabilities that are “lost” from the person’s personality.
    • Social withdrawal
    • Extreme apathy (lack of interest or enthusiasm)
    • Lack of drive or initiative
    • Emotional flatness

As usual, those who understand even an inkling of Ayurvedic theory/philosophy can see that Schizophrenia is not a simple mental illness, but an elemental (akasha) imbalance: a Vataja condition affecting Majja Dhatu and that Vata has also entered most if not all other Dhatus as well. In my opinion Hallucinations could be categorized at Vata pushing Pitta into Alochaka/Ocular tissue and creating perhaps a very detailed and not seldom terrifying experience for the patient. Vata is obviously affecting Asthi and Mamsa Dhatu when the person begins twitching, walking differently, and using strange jumpy gestures.

Please note the person does not shift personality, but rather becomes HYPER stressed at trying to live in multiple dimensions at once and trying to make sense of the world in which everyone is telling them they are insane or that what they are seeing isn’t real and that they are ‘wrong’ to be experiencing what they in fact perceive as being VERY real. Imagine: eating breakfast at a cafe, but there are bees and spiders jumping and flying everywhere that make it difficult to appear ‘normal’. OF COURSE you are going to seek loneliness and isolation so you don’t have to deal with explaining what exactly you are experiencing to less-than-sympathetic commoners with little experience or respect for those going through states of neurodivergence. The worst thing you can do to do someone experiencing paranoid hallucinations is to say ” those things aren’t real, this isn’t really happening” this creates MAJOR stress. we must work with Tarpaka Kapha and the past experiences Vata is pushing out of the subconscious and blending into present physical reality to understand the underlying mechanisms of trauma this person has endured. PAST LIFE issues are a huge part of Schizophrenia as well as spiritual possession, but to mention that to a western doctor and they will think YOU are also schizophrenic and put you on a very heavy duty zombie drug protocol including;

Aripiprazole (Abilify, Aristada)Asenapine (Saphris) Brexpiprazole (Rexulti) Cariprazine (Vraylar) Clozapine (Clozaril, FazaClo, Versacloz) Iloperidone (Fanapt) Lurasidone (Latuda) Olanzapine (Zyprexa)Paliperidone (Invega)Quetiapine (Seroquel)Risperidone (Risperdal)Ziprasidone (Geodon)

i have experience with 3 of these drugs, non schizophrenia-related, mind you,  and i am knocked out for 12 hours after only 30 mins from administration. How can you have a life with such tamasic influence. Yes this heavy, mode of darkness can counteract the Rajasic manovaha Srotas but A quick fix is not a cure. Not to mention if the person can’t take the drugs anymore because i don’t know, THEY CANT AFFORD THEM AS A RESULT OF CHRONIC POVERTY. which MiIllions of americans experience, because lets say they want to feed their children instead of filling their prescription, THE SCHIZOPHRENIC EPISODES GET WORSE!!! . the american mental health protocol is the definition of insanity. if you disagree, call me on the phone, and i will convince you.

Schizophrenia has early warning signs of increased nervousness, paranoia, skeletal posture changes, etc that if addressed can be reversed early, but often there is little intervention done in a timely manner and the person starts exhibiting more severe symptoms before assistance is sought or ‘forced’ onto the patient, but only after their relationships, income, housing, and heatlh have been negatively impacted if not destroyed.

Well unmada has flavors i suppose according to Dr. Frawley:

Wind-flavored insanity: (vayu)
“Wind gives rise to the following: an emaciated body; inappropriate lamenting,
shouting, laughing, and smiling, as well as dancing, singing, playing music, talking,
posturing, bursting out; repeatedly and tunelessly imitating the sound of a flute, veena, or other instrument; frothing at the mouth; constantly wandering about; ceaseless talking; using things which are not ornaments as decoration; trying to travel on things which are not vehicles; being greedy for food, but spurning it once it has been obtained; bulging, Bloodshot eyes, and illness after foods had been digested.” Wajastic, (1998). Swami Sada Shiv Tirtha notes, “Vayu insanity is also caused by fasting or an excessive intake of dry or cold foods. This affects the heart and mind with worry, passion, and anger which results in distortion of memory and perceptions.” Swami Sada Shiv Tirtha, (1998).

Frawley states that when high vata, as excess ether, makes us ungrounded, spaced-out and unrealistic. We may have various wrong imaginations, hallucinations or delusions, like hearing voices. High vata in the mind manifests as fear, alienation, anxiety and possible nervous breakdown. There is insomnia, tremors, palpitations, unrest and rapid shifts of mood. Insanity of the manic depressive type or schizophrenia is an extreme vata imbalance”. Frawley, (1996).

pitta flavor insanity: Choler gives rise to threatening behavior, fury, and charging at people with fists stones,
and the like. The patient craves coolness shade, and water. He goes naked, and has a
yellow color. He sees thing which are not there, such as ire, flames, stars, and lamps.
Pitta insanity results from indigestion, excess of hot, pungent, sour, or burning foods and
liquids, excesses pitta afflict the heart of the person lacking self-control. Wajastic (1988).
Frawley notes that the “fire and heat of pitta cause the mind to be narrowed and contentious, fighting either with others or with themselves. High pitta in the mind causes agitation, irritation, anger, and possible violence. The overheated body and mind seek release in venting the build-up tension. Pitta types can become domineering, authoritarian or fanatic. When disturbed they many have paranoid delusions, delusion of grandeur or can become psychotic.” Frawley, (1996).

kapha flavor insanity: Phlegm causes the patient to lose any desire for food. It causes vomiting, and a reduction in motivation, appetite, and conversation. It causes a lust for women. It causes the patient to enjoy solitude. He dribbles mucus and snot, and is very frightening. He hates being clean. He sleeps, and has puffy face. This insanity is stronger at night, and just after eating. This is caused by the overeating and excessive use of oily foods. This is aggravated kapha afflicts the heart, troubling the mind and memory.  Wajastic, (1988) Frawley stated that kapha type evolves attachment and lack of motivation lading to depression, sorrow, and clinging. The mind may be incapable of abstract, objective or impersonal thinking. There is lack of drive and motivation along with passivity and dependency”. Frawley (1996).

Tridoshic flavored (all 3, VPK): is considered unsafe to treat as any attempt will worsen the condition and the physician should not take the case. This person needs to be cared for in a compassionate and safe environment with nurses who have specialized training in self-harm reduction, not common thugs with little or no training parading as nurses as i often see in mental institutions who in fact do more abuse than harm. Just because someone is incurable does not mean they have lost their humanness.  have compassion. stop demonizing the schizophrenic patient as a mass-murdering lunatic as our media is always pushing on the sheep-minded fools who consume television. who knows, one day you will hear voices too…is this not a spiritual crisis? Would not the schizophrenic be an AMAZING yogi with proper training  if their condition is treated in early stages? If they tune their inner ‘radio’ to Sri Bhagavan would they not become enlightened faster than any of us ‘normal’ ‘healthy’ individuals? Think on this.

ultimately panchakarma is the cure if possible, to expel the rampant vata dosha that has moved into the nervous system. If you can stabilize patient enough for this healing knowledge to work:

Dr. Frawley has more to add for manasya Chikitsa/psychotherapy:

Vata type insanity: Dr. Frawley states that nourishing and sedating herbs are required, especially ashwagandha and its various preparations. Sarpagandha, rauwolfia serpentine, is an important ayurvedic herb for mental disorders. Other good herbs include valerian, guggul, jatamansi and calamus. Other therapies recommended are oil and ghee therapies, including oil enemas. Oil and ghee if the air passages are not blocked and laxatives which are given with the oils and ghee to remove the blocks.

Pitta type Insanity:  purgation is recommended, even with strong purgatives, is often helpful. The more violent type, the more purgation is required. Good herbs for this include rhubarb root, senna and aloe. Gotu kola is generally the best herb others are bhringaraj, sandalwood and passion flower. Shatavari is good for promoting a sense of love and compassion and is better for weaker pitta types. Also, oleation and fomentation therapies are recommended, then purgatives, followed by emetics. Also, medicated enemas evacuation from the head with jatamashi and gotu kola.

Kaph type insanity:  is recommended spicy brain-stimulating herbs. The treatment is mainly expectorant, to clear phlegm from blocking the channels and obstructing mental functioning. Important herbs are calamus, basil, bayberry, sage, myrrh, and guggul, which have good expectorant action. Other formulas include trikatu with ghee or calams ghee.to me ( Conner, here) this seems like the easiest to treat.

Thank you for reading this very long post.

©C.L. Severson, 2017

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/schizophrenia

http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/articles/%E1%B9%A3tudents/schizophrenia

Herbs Have Super Powers: Prabhava

Author: C.L.Severson, LMT, AP

When you begin studying Ayurveda, you will learn that herbs will effect you based on 4 very specific criteria. These all add up to a drug’s physiological action. Based on this we classify drugs into groups. (antivirals, carminatives, expectorants,etc). These are:

  1. Rasa (taste)
  2. Virya (potency : Hot or Cold)
  3. Vipaka (post digestive effect)
  4. Prabhava (SUPER POWER)

      Superiority of Prabhava: 
The drug action is ultimately controlled by prabhava because that is the special or specific power of drug and it is superior among the drug constituents. Prabha means light shining (from moon) and Prabhava is like the plants inner message coming through as medicine despite its taste, potency, and post-digestive effect.  Synonyms: Shakthi/Vichitra pratyarabdhatwa /Vikriti Vishama samaveta/ Achinthya veerya / Achinthya Anavadharaniya / Swabhava”

In herbalism, I aim to move away from the diagnostic mind, that prescribes and treats and says: ‘you are unwell.’ the mind that pounds and grinds and applies the herb without knowing how the plants come from prithivi/earth. How can we understand Prabhava, or special hidden powers of a plant, without an intimate and contemplative relationship with herbalism? Starting your herbs from seed and nurturing it like a mother might care for her child will reveal how to harness the magic of the plant.  Meditating and communing with the psychic life force of ‘the growings ones’, this is crucial. It is said in Vodou that Papa Loko, the Loa of initiatory priesthood and master herbalist/alchemist learned herbalism from the leaves, roots, and bark themselves. He needs no book, for his heart is open to the possibilities of Prabhava. The plants are all speaking, it is up to us to listen. Perhaps this is not unlike the intuitive powers of the Rishi, high on Shakti’s supply.

In chemistry, we cannot assume that just because 2 dravya are alike chemically, that they will produce similar effects because of the possibility of ‘non-specific action’ or Prabhava:

” Morphine and papavarine are structurally similar but their pharmacological action is different, the former is narcotic and CNS depressant while the latter is non-norcotic and muscle relaxant.”

Another example, honey should be cooling because of it’s sweet flavor, but its taste conversion to Ushna virya or ‘Achintya Virya’, is the prabhava itself! But there are other prabhava, like Wood Betony which has been used ritually for spiritual possesssion for hundreds of years. Why is this plant associated with the more subtle of the Pancha Kostha? It’s Prabhava, of course! The qualities that cannot be conveyed or explained through Rasa, Virya, Vipaka, or Karma.

©C.L. Severson, 2017

Source:

Krishnamurthy, MS. “Prabhava: Special Effect of Herbs” http://easyayurveda.com/2016/04/20/prabhava-special-effect-of-herb/

Tips for Gastritis (Amla Pitta)

Author: C.L.Severson : Astrovedicus.wordpress.com

AMLA PITTA // GASTRITIS : Literally “Sour-Blood” indicating that there is an increase in fire element and therefore stomach-acid secretions that are moving up the stomach and often into the esophagus. Chronically, ulceration of the stomach lining can occur. The western diet favors all things hot and spicy, but at the cost of disrupting the entire digestive and therefore circulatory system.

Before we begin the clinical perspective of Gastritis, let’s look at some mythology! There is wisdom in how the Indians consider the god of fire: Lord Agni, who is said to reside in the stomach and control the metabolic process:

In cases of pitta (fire-element) dysfunction it becomes essential to realize the importance of Agni in all functions of life. In ayurveda, it is Agni that bestows luster, digests nutrients, gives blood a sense of vitality, and interprets the information provided by the sensory organs. As a deity, however, Agni has benefic and sinister implications. When understanding the evolution of indian theogony, we cannot settle for Vedic summaries. We must look to pre-vedic sources of the peaceful pastoral tribes/aryans who had no Puja/Yajna for their deities. They had no visual associations save for the raw elements like Agni Dev or Varuna (who was not originally associated with water. Overtime Agni loses power in the pantheon but only in that Agni belongs to the gods of the Shiva Group, long associated with South, Varuna, Kuvera, Ganapati, Soma, Yama, and the underworld, or land of the god-like ancestors. In countless cultures, from Egypt, Africa, Tibet, Europe, to China, the flames of Hell are Agni’s furnace. In many instances he is an enemy of mankind and is an entity to be respected more than any other because of his deathly implications. In the Taittirya Samhita it is said ” Agni is Yama.” ( III: 3: 8) Together, they rule the framework for spiritual, cultural, and genetic ancestry (Pirrti/patriarchal lineage) In every Kosha, Agni rules your experience.

Yama, speaking of the power of fire, says that Agni exists in the waters and herbs (RV X:51:3) So he is also the portal to healing and no element exists without him, for even in water he thrives. When we give obeisances to him, he ensures health and disease resistance, as in Agnistoma, where we gain the deathless Kingdom of Yama( Maitryani Samhita 1: 8: 6). Indeed, for our Homa, puja, or sacrifices to reach god Agni is the only vehicle. Hence, the yogic importance of maintaining sacred fires. In an AV hymn, One of his names: Papamocara ( the remitter of sins) is the deity who unbinds the Brahmcarin from the chords of death. Similarly, he is associated with strength, vitality, and purification. in the Mahabarata, Rudra’s warrior seed fell into Agni who purified the semen but was ultimately overwhelmed, and spewed it into a river thus giving birth to Skanda/Kartitikeya . There are other stories of the birth of the 6headed Karttikeya in order to defeat the dreaded Asura, Taraka, but here we see the connection between Fire and Life force. Certainly the passions needed for procreation, the impulsions of desire are his domain and as a result Kama, lord of desire, is an incarnation of Agni.

When we provoke him, death will surely follow. One of Agni’s names is Kravyad Agni, the corpse-devouring Fire. The Aghori Sadhus use this fire to relate with Kala, Kali, Mrtyu, Nirrti, Yami and the other variations of deathly demise. We can see that agni is neither for us or against us, how we relate to the Sacred Fire is how he will work in our lives. So having a condition like Gastritis/Amlapitta is more than just ‘drinking too much on the weekends’ it is a direct offense to the lord of destruction ( a title later stolen by Siva for convenience). The very fire in our bellies that determines our appetite sustains the body, but is simultaneously the very proof of our mortality. “Death is Hunger.” (SB x: 6: 5: I)

That being said let’s look at AMLA PITTA

RUPA/ SYMPTOMS:

  • Nausea (Vomiting sensation)
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating, fullness of abdomen
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling as if stomach is full with a very little amount of food.
  • Belching, sour belching, hiccups
  • Feeling of burning in stomach
  • DIARRHEA is not a symptom of gastritis but rather GastroEnteritis, which includes large intestine. For our purposes we focus on Amashaya as Pitta dominating Kaphasthanam.

* basically everything that pepto bismol wants to try to cure with their Agni-destroying Pink formula from Hell.

Hetus/Causative Factors: can we all just take a moment and mentally thank Dr. M.S. Krishnamurthy for compiling the information on easyayurveda.com who makes difficult concepts a simple thing to understand. His interpretations of the CS and SS are insightful to say the least. Nevertheless, i hope my original voice isn’t lost:

  1. Incompatible food (viruddhaara)- There has already been much discussion about this topic and the potential long-term hazards of ignorant food combinations. The major ones seem to involve dairy in some respect or nutrient dense melons. Others include combining raw+cooked or cold+hot ahara. In cases of Gastritis the client may not associate these combos with their intestinal pain, because the gastritis may not have been immediate, but rather a slow progression of Sama Dushti. “I’ve always eaten like this. Why would that be the cause?” Explaining to people how they are destroying their bodies is always one that requires great patience.
  2. Polluted food (dushta ahara)- This one is simple. Krimi/ worms/bacteria. Travelers can get Amla Pitta quite easily and in that sense the food isn’t necessarily polluted, as the local population may be comparatively immune, but still ‘polluted’ in the sense of the travelers’ intestinal flora. Demonizing microbes is convenient if you aren’t ready to accept that your digestion just sucks in the first place.  Eating food cooked by people who you have strong negative emotions towards, or food prepared for you by people who have malicious intentions can be provoking enough. Beware! That fancy 3-star michelin rated restaurant could be the worst source of your Gastritis you’ve ever encountered. Don’t assume it will be in the Amazon Jungle… there is much more to fear in modern western kitchens than cultures in harmony with nature. Most restaurants, especially in the putrid culinary scene of New orleans, reuse oil millions of times before they throw it out and this is definitely a cause of gastritis. Oils typically increase Pitta in the first place, especially ancient carcinogenic fryer oil.. Not to mention water,since we may as well all be drinking petroleum soon anyway. These chefs cooking your food are mostly ALL ON DRUGS (legal and illegal) because they work on their feet 12-14 hours/day to make food for a dull and unappreciative public. There is no Love in the food, no meditation, no care. Recently, i’ve been asking to see the kitchens where i eat, just to look. An honest kitchen, during slow hours, will usually be thrilled to show you that the food wasn’t cooked by the cockroaches and Rats themselves. I try to see how many health code violations i can spot in 15 seconds.
  3. Sour substances (atyamla ahara)- This one should be straightforward, keep in mind not all Sour substances will have a heating virya or a pungent Vipaka. Or the prabhava of the amla dravya will somehow support the gastric lining/flora rather than cause flare-ups. I have tasted powdered food preservatives/flavor enhancers and they are definitely sour, because sour flavor creates a ’roundness’ of flavor or makes the mouth salivate which allows rasa information to translate to the tongue/ tongue wetness that makes the fat element in the food stay on the tongue longer. The after taste of these colorants, and diseccants are horrible and The post-digestive effects of these substances are irritating and pitta increasing. I know when i eat MSG I get hives, swollen tongue, diarrhea. A very Pitta response wouldn’t you say?
  4. Spicy food (vidahi ahara)- Beware the PItta Prakrti client eating jalapenos, garlic and onions and not putting 2 and 2 together. “I only use a little bit of hot sauce now and then.” Living in Texas, i demand that person take off their cowboy boots. Sure enough a bottle of hotsauce rolls onto the floor… not to mention that their skin is hyperemic, pulsating arteries, restless hands, sweaty, red eyes, yellow teeth, and they will interrupt you during the entire intake appointment to tell you that they know what you are going to say before you say it. Honestly i would just stop the session and make this person CCF tea and send them home. Since they won’t listen to you anyway better not waste your breath. 
  5. Pitta provoking food, beverages and habits(pittala ahara)- I have had the misfortune of living with many many many alcoholics during my life. Alcoholic-Gastritis is very common among them. They will even forget that waking up during Kapha Time of Night to vomit is unusual. I had one case who has been AM vomiting for 15 years. Im sure you can imagine the teeth on this person who very astutely said ” when i quit drinking i quit puking.” Congratulations! this person doesn’t need you, they need a substance abuse rehabilitation center because gastritis is the least of their worries. IF you predict they are lying about alcohol intake, ask to palpate the liver and the liver doesn’t lie. Similarly, “Hurry, Worry, and Curry” are all Hetus. Fasting too long, Bulimia, Food additives,, drugs, NSAID’s, dehydration, eating in the sun, eating food that is Piping Hot, sleep deprivation, night snacking.

paschat rupa/complications: gastric ulcer, duodenitis, mal-absorption, perforation, esophageal regurgitation, headache, diverticulitis, backache can all have AMLA PITTA as Purva-Rupa or prodromal symptoms. These things are all incredibly detrimental to quality of life. However, Ayurvedic remedies are miraculous in reversing these diseases.

Cikitsa:

  • correction of gastric enzymes
  • healing of inflamed stomach inner lining (gastric mucosa)
  • Correction of secretion of gastric juices and acid.
  • Achieving overall balanced function of stomach.

OBVIOUSLY reduce pitta, I don’t care how you have to do it, JUST DO IT. This person should hopefully be in enough pain that they will listen to you.  Get a puke bucket and make this person vomit following proper emetic protocol, if they are in a horrific acute stage of their Amlapitta. Get all that acid out and then start over. They will need rasayanas after this procedure and you can bet Amalaki is a ‘go-to’ for these conditions. For Pathya we still need pungent herbs but taken in wise preparations/churna that support digestion without creating an inferno of pain. Inferno meaning that pungent Rasa can and will aggravate Vata just as much as Pitt Dosh. So dont get over obsessed with Pitta and forget that Vata is the supreme Lord of all Shula/Pain.

DravyaSINGLE HERBS: (my favorites: pippali and honey, lemon juice, cardamom anything, Takra with cumin, fennel, and ginger,bhang, marijuana cigarette mixed with Ajwain (instant pain relief) ) At first i would avoid Asavam/Arishtam unless you are doing a diluted dose or small dose. See how client reacts.

Patola (pointed gourd) – Trichosanthes dioica Roxb.
Nimba – Neem – Azadirachta indica A. Juss.
Amalaki – Emblica officinalis Gaertn.
Parpataka – Fumaria vaillantii Loise.
Guduchi (Giloy)- Tinospora cordifolia (Willd.) Miers.
Bhoonimba – Juncia kurroa Linn
Haritaki – Terminalia chebula Retz.
Bhringaraja –  Eclipta alba (Linn) Hassk.
Ela –  Cardamom – Eletharia cardamomum Matom.
Chandana – Sandalwood Santalum alba Linn.
Usheera – Vetiveria zizanioides (Linn.) Nash.
Draksha –  Raisins – Vitis vinifera Linn.
Jiraka – Cumin seeds – Cuminum cyminum Linn.
Musta  – Cyperus rotundus Linn.

COMPOUNDS: 

Bhoonimbadi khada
Patoladi kwatha
Avipattikara churna
Maha Dhanvantara vati
Hingvashtaka churna
Eladi vati

APATHYA/AVOID THESE: 

Spicy food stuff, chilly, sesame seeds, black gram, horse gram, mustard oil, goat milk, curds, and food stuffs that are heavy to digest are to be avoided for gastritis relief. strong tea and coffee.

©C.L. Severson, 2017 :: Astrovedicus.wordpress.com

Sources:

Bhattacharji, Sukumari. ” A Comparative Study of Indian Mythology From the Vedas to the Puranas.” pages 3, 13, 166, 211, 224, 305, 334, 337, 352.  Firma KLM Private Ltd, 1970.

Krishnamurthy, MS. “Fruitful Ayurvedic Remedies for Gastritis.” http://easyayurveda.com/2013/09/26/fruitful-ayurvedic-remedies-for-gastritis/

3 Flowers to Cool the Mind

Summer is hot as hell! My nerves feel agitated and short-tempered so I made a cooling floral syrup that i’ve been adding to oatmeal , water, and Kheer/puddings. Refreshing is an understatement! All of these flowers i harvested from gardens around my neighborhood and dried, difficult to do in humid weather. However that same humid air will disperse and impart their divine aroma all over the city. Its great when a warm wind will unexpectedly give you an intoxicating feeling. So how to make this a culinary experience?

It includes:  2 part hibiscus // 3 parts honeysuckle // 1 part Jasmine. ( sugar +cardamom + vanilla bean to taste.)  This was my preferred ratio to get the flowers to work together. My first experiment was a jasmine bomb and inedibly bitter,  it would knock you out like a sedative, the mind getting foggy and loopy.

1) make a Kashaya/low flame boil down the hibiscus, wait 10 mins.

2)add jasmine and honeysuckle and 1 part sugar. I tried it with Jaggery and the jaggery was not subtle enough so i used a turbinado which doesnt have that buttery brown sugar flavor which i despise in warm weather.

3)continue to Reduce this down to a simple syrup and add a splash of rice wine vinegar, the Queen of all Vinegar!. let cool slightly and add cardamom and the inner paste of a 1/8 of a vanilla bean. allow to infuse for as long as you want and strain.

I offered this syrup on Friday to Lord Shukra and Ganapathi (Vighneshvara) while facing east. Venus is in Pisces, the house of its Joy/Exaltation. Meaning Venus is very powerful and in kendra with Saturn and Jupiter.  Did you know Ganesha was first the lord of providing you with obstacles before he was associated with removing them? If you are having obstacles…elephants love hibiscus flowers. So do turtles.

HIBISCUS: COOLING : ASTRINGENT: supposedly tridoshic from some sources but i believe this can increase Vata. However i will say in small doses its great for encouraging Apana Vayu to stop destroying the entire digestive system. Its a refrigerant, High in Vit C, great for Pitta in summer both internally and externally because of its slight SPF qualities. Its a blood thinner/anti-inflammatory and is great for bizarre skin rashes or dandruff when mixed with coconut and fine oatmeal powder. Plus i love the bright red color of the powder and syrups it makes. I would say its great for Amlapitta, Chardi, and AtiSara as Hibiscus’s Kshaye rasa is stambhana/constipative.

HONEYSUCKLE: COOLING : BITTER/SWEET:  Tridoshic.my flowers have a slight bitter after taste and therefore Vipaka while being predominantly sweet. Another great Pitta reducer. a surprising Powerhouse remedy for enteritis and respiratory inflammation/febrile stage of cold/flu. Has a well-known purifying quality especially when combined with mint family. It requires many flowers to make medicines as the stems are small and the nectar is fragile.

JATI/JASMINE/CHAMELI: WARMING : Katu Vipaka: : Bitter/Astringent Rasa : Tridoshara. Basically, the anti-bacterial/viral and uplifting aroma are great for eyes, mouth, ears,  inflammation or fatigue. This one is also great for Vishada and Chardi as the smell is reassuring. Mostly, however, the roots and leaves are used. While warming, this is a soothing flower for the mind. These flowers can be used together for:

Shiroroga – diseases of head, headache
Akshiroga – eye disorders
Mukharoga – oral disorders
Dantaroga – teeth disorders
Visha – Toxic conditions, poisoning
Kushta – skin diseases
Vrana – Ulcers, wounds (PARTICULARLY MOUTH)
Asra – blood disorders such as abscess, skin disorders, bleeding disorders such as menorrhagia, nasal bleeding etc.
Visphota – boils, blisters
Asyapaka – mouth ulcers
Putikarna – pus discharge in ears

3 Herbs for Cooling the Mind

author: C.L.Severson, 2017  /// astrovedicus.wordpress.com

Stress leads to poor functioning of the mind due to bad digestive function. The organs are hard-wired to our emotional body, remember that! Both the Chinese and the Indians agree on this. If your feeling all kinds of turbulence, anxiety, anger, and mania in your mind just imagine how your organs in your guts feel… probably inflamed, bloated, twisted, knotted, aching, constipated, etc.

We need to cool the upper channels to balance the mind and relieve the emotions.  Reducing heat in the upper channels ( Pranavaha Srotas) is very important when Fire element is out of control in the person’s environment or diet. It can also result from trauma, stress, or injury. Sleeplessness in summer with a mild or severe aching head, for example, is a good indicator the blood may be hot arising from excess heat in the small intestine//liver//stomach channels.

It’s important to treat the functioning of the liver which oversees the destructive furnace of the body along with the spleen. Together, the liver and spleen use the energy of destroyed blood cells to create a new horde of oxygen-carrying platelets. We can ease this infernal process in the hellish gut by introducing herbs that are primarily cooling with effective nervine action. I’ve listed 3 powerhouse herbs below, that go above and beyond at rejuvenating the mind. I’ve included lengthy indications in both Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese approaches.

bhringaraj-leaf-500x500.jpg1.     Bhringaraj:

“Kesharaja” / Ruler of the Hair  Chinese: Ha Lian Cao.  stem/leavs are used.  Bitter, pungent // Heating // Vipak: Pungent. VK- P+(in excess)  Tissues: Plasma, blood, bone, marrow, reproductive Systems: circulatory, nervous, digestive Actions: tonice, rejuvenative, alterative, hemostatic, antipyretic, nervine, laxative, vulnerary. INDICATIONS: premature greying of hair, balding, alopecia, falling teeth, enlargement of liver and spleen, cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, bleeding, dysentery, anemia, skin diseases, insomnia, mental disorders. PRECAUTIONS: severe chills PREPARE: infusion, decoction, churnam (250mg-1g), medicated ghee. KEYPOINTS: reverses aging of bones, teeth, hair, sight, hearing and of course, memory. It is rejuvenative for liver when combined with: BHUMYAMALAKI AND GUDUCHI! SERIOUSLY FOLKS THESE HERBS TOGETHER ARE MIRACULOUS FOR HEP. C. great for insomnia and puts even children to sleep (when mixed with lavender and blue chamomile), It’s a combo of bitter tonic and rejuvenative, similar to Brahmi. It is a drawing agent (especially for some snake bites, but cobra bites may be too intense and require hospitalization) Great for reducing swollen glands especially In HIV/AIDS/ EPSTEIN-BAR / HERPETIC LESIONS/ SYPHILIS. This herb grows wild in the SW United States. I would say Calendula and Arnica used with Horsetail are effective western equivalents for head/hair/scalp/calming. ·

CHINESE THOUGHT:

 

Tonifies Kidneys and Nourishes Liver and Kidney Yin
Treats Dizziness, blurred vision, vertigo, prematurely grey hair, along with sore and weak low back and knees

·       Cools Blood and Stops Bleeding
For any bleeding due to Heat in the Vessels including hemoptysis, epistaxis, uterine bleeding, hematuria, hematochezia, sub

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2.     Manjistha:

Chinese: Qian Cao. ROOT. Bitter, sweet///cooling//vipake: pungent PK-V+. Systems: Circulatory, female reproductive. Tissues: rasa, rakta, mamsa. Actions: alterative, hemostatic, emmenagogue, astringent, diuretic, lithotriptic, antitumor. INDICATIONS: amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia, menopause, (GREAT WITH ASHOKA) bleeding disorders, kidney or bladder stones, gall stones,jaundice, Hepatitis, diarrhea, dystentery, broken bones, traumatic injuries, cancer, heart disease, skin problems, dropsy, rickets, paralysis, herpes. PRECAUTION: severe chills, high VATA. PREP: decoction, powder (250 mg-1g) kalka, ghrita KEYPOINTS: considered the most potent blood purifier in Ayurveda by some, it cools and detoxes blood, stops internal and external hemorrhage, dissolves obstructions in blood flow, removes stagnation in extremities (rakta), good for all female reproductive issues, and in my understanding, great for complications associated with abortions. It breaks up hardened hepatic and nephritic tissues. STONE DISSOLVER! Helps to repair fractures in asthi dhatu, and chronic hepetic lesions (WHICH CAN AND WILL DISAPPEAR FOREVER IF DIET IS CHANGED, seriously herpes, though hideous, is a very polite virus that will go hide in the nerve cells its just trying to survive like every other organism in this screwed up planet), also I think it helps with deep seated depression that is involved with ‘watery spleen’ in macrobiotic medicine. Can be used with honey externally for skin imperfections or with licorice powder for sunburn/fire burn or damaged tissue. A GO TO PITTA HERB! FOR GODS SAKE BUY THIS AND EXPERIMENT WITH IT. European madder (RUBIA TINCTORUM) is a good substitute, no a great substitute.

CHINESE THOUGHT:

Taste

Temperature

Entering Meridians

Dosage

Bitter
(Sour)
(Salty)

Cold
(Warm)

Heart
Liver
(Lung)

6-16g
Fresh: 5-30g
Tincture: 2-3ml

Invigorates the Blood and dispels Blood Stasis

Pain due to Blood Stasis, especia

lly chest and flank pain

Retained lochia // Pain from traumatic injury and joint pain

Early-stage carbuncles

Disperses Wind-Dampness

Bi pain

Unblocks the channels and vessels

Wind pain in the bones and joints

Cools the Liver and transforms Phlegm

Chronic, stubborn cough with pain in the chest due to Liver Fire Attacking the Lungs

3. Guduchi: tinospora cordifolia (heartshaped leaf)
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guduchi

“ Amrita/ Ambrosia” i call it HOGWEED! (C): Kuan Jin Teng STEM AND ROOT. Bitter, astringent, sweet//hot////vipaka: sweet. VPK= anything that is bitter AND sweet will be an amazing herb from the get-go. Tissues: Rakta, Meda, Shukra. Systems: circulatory, digestive, reproductive Actions: bitter tonic, febrifuge, alterative, diuretic, aphrodisiac, rejuvenative, anitrheumatic. INDICATIONS: fever, febrile diseases, malaria, amlapitta, hepatitis, jaundice, prameha/diabates, heart disease, TB, arthritis, gout, skin diseases, arsha/hemorrhoids. PRECAUTIONS: care during pregnancy. PREP: churnam250-500mg, tincture. KEYPOINTS: RASAYANA. ( in my opinion for Pitta) a powerful nutritive herb to take during recovery periods from fevers or infectious diseases. Its hot nature destroys ama but its sweet vipaka gives strength to tissues so as to be anabolic. Great for Ojas with ASHWAGANDHA and SHATAVARI. I give this to everyone I know with AIDS. With ghee: V-  ////with sugar: P-  /////  with honey: K-.

CHINESE THOUGHT: indicated in arthritis and traumatic injury, cramping, swelling, redness and heals externally by relaxing tightened sinews. ABSOLUTELY CONTRAINDICATED BY THE CHINESE IN PREGNANCY!!!!!! This herb is a powerful vermifuge. (not sure which worms)

Taste

Temperature

Entering Meridians

Dosage

Bitter
(Sweet)

Slightly Cold
(Neutral)

Liver

9-30g

Lazy citation, i took to much Brahmi/Shankapushpi : YOGA OF HERBS BY V. LAD. and AMERICAN DRAGON.COM

The Achievements of Indian Math

Vedic Maths

Jya (Sine), Kotijya (cosine) and Utkram Jya (versine) are the three trigonometric functions Introduced by the Indian Astronomers and Mathematicians. In order to compute the celestial longitudes of planets, these functions were used by the trinity of Indian Astronomy, namely BHASKARA, BRAHNMAGUPTA and ARYABHATTA

Thrijya, the Radius or R

If 360 = 2PIr then r = 360/2PI in degrees

One degree is 60 minutes and one minute is 60 seconds and hence one degree is 3600 seconds.

R in seconds will be (360/2PI) x 3600) Vikalas or 206265 seconds. This is the MAGIC figure of Astronomy

Bhujajya = RSin
Kotijya = R Cos
The Arc Sine of the angle is Bhujachapa
The Arc Cosine of the angle is Kotichapa
The Arc tangent of the angle is Sparsachapa

BY JYA, Brahnmagupta meant 5 degrees of a sign of 30 degrees. Hence a zodiacal sign consists of sign of 30 degrees. Hence a zodiacal sign consists of 6JYA’s (30 degrees). The zodiac of 360* is divided into 4 quarters of 90* each. Three JYA’s of 30 degrees each becomes a quadrant of the Zodiac and was called Thrijya. The Radius is called Vyasardha.

Brahnmagupta’s magnum opus, BRAHNMAGUPTA SIDDHANTA was translatedby the Arabs as “ASSIND HIND”. JYA became JIBA, KOTIJYA Became KojiBA in Arabic.

It was translated into Latin as SINUS (meaning “Bosom”) Hence sinus and cosinus were translated into English and become SINE and COSINE (as we know them today)

Major Methods of Calculations
There are four major methods calculation in Vedic Maths ASTRONOMY
They are:
1. Longitudes calculated along the Zodiac or Ecliptic – The Egyptic System
2. Logitudes calculated along the Celestial Equator – The Equatorial system
3. Longitudes calculated along the celestial Horizon – The Horizontal System
4. Longitude calculated along the celestial meridian – The Meridian system

Longitude measured along the kranti vritta, the ECLIPTIC or BHA chakra.

The zodic is known as the kranti vritteeya sphuta the true longitude of the planet.

Longitude measured along the visuvat vritteeya sphuta or right ascension.

Vdaya lagna, the ascendant and astha lagna the descendent are measured along the celestial horizon.

THE KSHITIJA
The MADHYA lagna and the PATALA LAGNA are measured along the celestial longitudes of planets first the Graha Madhyam, the mean longitude of the planet is corrupted.

Since the planets travel in a ELIPTICAL OrbitJYA Samaskaras (trigonometric corrections) are required. If their Orbit were circular (which they are not), the JYA Samskaras would not be required.

Once the mean longitudes of the planets are ascertained then we start with the first JYA Samaskara, the first trigonometric correction = MANDA JYA means Sin M in western Astrology.

The Kepler equation M+E-e SinE, where e is eccentricity and E is the Eccertric anomaly, an auxiliary angle in keplers equation. Indian astromony used Vikshepa Vritta.

The mean Longitude of the planet reduced by Manda Kriya Vikshepa Vritleya Sphuta the correct (corrected) Longitude of the planet.
While western astronomers compute the celestial longitudes using the formula.

Theta = V+W (celestial longitude = True Anamoly + The Argument Perihelion (the closest point in the Arc), Indian Astronomers Triune Trignometric Method.

Longitudes are corrected thrice using Mandakriya, Parinathi Kriya and sheegra Kriya.

Similarly Pertubations of Planets Require Jya Samadkaras to be done to get the Corrected (reduced) Longitudes or the Samskotha Madhyamam.

All planets have perturbations, the moon has 300 of which 14 are major. Hence for the major perturbations JYA Samaskaras have to be
done (chalur Dasa Jya Samaskara’s) the main being the Erection.

There are other Samaskaras for the moon like variation, the Annual Equation and the parallactic Equation. When all 14 Trignometric corrections are done we get the reduced Longitude for the Moon, The Samskritha Chandra Madhyamam.

Similarly planets have perturbations Requiring JYA Samaskaras eg. The Jupiter has 5 major perturbations while Saturn has 6. Hence 5 JYA Samaskaras have to be done for Jupiter while 6 for Saturn to reduce their Longitudes before commencing the Triune Trignometric Method.

by C. Sadhake on astromagazine: www.starspeak.co.nz