For a long time people kept asking me for the meaning of Gajakesari yoga. Many of them wrote to me looking for a confirmation of this yoga in their charts.
In the Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra Maharishi Parashara gives the following definition (BPHS 36:3-4):
“Gajakesari Yoga. Should Guru (Jupiter) be in a Kendra from Lagna, or from Chandra (Moon) and be yuti (conjunct) with, or receiving a Drishti (aspect) from benefic, avoiding at the same time debilitation, combustion and inimical Rasi, Gajakesari Yoga is formed. One born in Gajakesari Yoga will be splendorous, wealthy, and intelligent, endowed with many laudable virtues and will please the king.”
One such request was from Mr. R., born near Patancheru – Hyderabad. This was my reply to him:
“Dear Mr. R. In your chart Jupiter and Moon are in mutual Kendras, so yes, you have Gajakesari yoga. Although it is in the 12th house, retro Jupiter is exalted and Moon is in own sign, therefore it is not spoiled. You also asked my opinion in regards to marriage time frame; the aspect from retro Saturn (in MKS) is very strong plus vargottama, but thanks to exalted Jupiter’s aspect you may have a chance at 34 years of age, but it is most likely to happen at 37 years of age. Please do Rudrabhishekam.”
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Lost Horoscopy presents great challenges to the unprepared astrologer. Thanks to classics like Brihat Jataka (Varahamihira) and Saravali (Kalyanavarma) we are able to work on Lost Horoscopy cases. Without going into precise mathematical details, remember that the zodiac is divided into 12 signs, 30º each. The tithis are based on the movement of the Sun and Moon and the time between two full Moons, roughly 30 days or 360 degrees span (12 signs/monts x 30).
The tithi at birth is to be taken from the Sun’s degree in the Prashna chart. For example: If Sun is at 27 degrees in the Prashna chart, then the tithi at birth is Krishna Dwadasi (12th tithi of the dark fortnight – Krishna Paksha). 30 degrees, 30 days, 30 tithis.
Each 15 degrees of a sign is half a sign or hora. The rulership of each half (hora) varies for odd and even signs. The first half (hora) of an odd sign is ruled by Sun and the second half (hora) is ruled by Moon. The reverse is considered for even signs. Please do not mistake this with hora rulers in Panchanga.
Our calendar has 12 months (signs) and each month is divided into two parts. First half (hora) Shukla Paksa and Second half (hora) Krishna Paksha. Each planetary position is analyzed for auspiciousness depending on the Paksha occupied.
I hope these tips are enough to help you find lost horoscopy.
Our capacity to deal with natural daily life and health issues is much less than previous generations and will continue to decrease as we advance. The comforts and distractions brought upon us by the unavoidable onslaught of technology makes us lazy and unaware of the reality that is all around us.
The ethical implications to be considered in the practice of Medical Astrology are many, particularly in our society, full of insecurities and confusion. You can get a lawsuit for blinking an eye these days, or loose your reputation because your ‘Astrological Prediction’ was off by a few weeks and because of this you created unnecessary psychological stress to someone. So, why did we get on this path to begin with? Wasn’t it to illuminate the various trends in life so we can know what to expect? We must realize that this process is not easy at all, particularly for beginning astrologers. The lack of experience can lead to erroneous and/or unnecessary negative conclusions, but even the most advanced Ayurvedic Astrologer has no choice but to be aware of the ethical implications of his findings.
Do your mantras before starting to analyze a chart and keep in mind that in Ayurvedic Astrology the dasas and transits are a great influence to the person’s current state of being. Find the general trends and be gentle with your advice.