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Names of the Moon (quoted from Graha Sutras by Ernst Wilhelm):

“NAMES OF THE MOON

The most common name of the Moon is Chandra, “shining.” Similar names such as Chandrama, Chandrika and Chandraka also refer to the Moon as the shiny orb in the sky. Indu, meaning “bright drop,” is also very commonly used for the Moon.

The Moon’s relationship to the stars is a very important feature in Vedic philosophy and thus the Moon is known as Udupati or Udunatha, “the lord of the stars,” as well as Nakshatranatha, “the lord of the Nakshatras,” which the Moon is husband to.

In contrast to the Sun, the Moon’s light is cool and thus the Moon is known as Shitagu, Shitamshu, Shitarashmi and Himanshu all meaning, “cool rayed,” and as Shitadyuti, “cool brightness.”

The Moon is the obvious sight at night and thus the Moon is known as Rajanipati and Ratrisha, “the lord of night” as well as Ratrimani, “jewel of the night,” and Nishakara, “night maker.”

The Moon is known as Vidhu, meaning “lonely” or “solitary” which is ironic in view of the fact that the Moon shares the heavens with his twenty-seven wives, the Nakshatras. Though having many wives the Moon still roams the skies looking to quench his love- sickness and though even having had an affair with Jupiter’s wife, his loneliness remains unquenched. It is because of this that an afflicted Moon leads to love affairs.

The Moon is known as Kumudinipati, “the lord of white lotuses,” whose flowers open only at night. This appellation indicates that the Moon holds sway over all those things active during the night.

The Moon makes more erratic changes in latitude than does any other Graha and is thus know as Shashi, “containing a hare,” and as Shashanka, “hare marked,” as a hare similarly bounces along. The Moon is also know as Mriganka, “deer marked,” due to its markings which are thought to resembling the spots on a deer and also due to its gentle nature, which is symbolized by a deer.

The Moon is Samudraka, “oceanic,” due to its influence on the tides. The Moon is also simply known as Glau, “the round lump,” and this may refer to the Moon being a lump that has separated from Earth.

One last very common and very important name of the Moon is Soma, “juice,” which refers particularly to the juice of the sap in the plants and thus makes the Moon the lord of plants and vegetation. The juice is also the blood in the animals, the nectar of immortality of which the Moon is the receptacle, and all life-giving and nourishing fluids.”

Permission to quote this passage generously granted by Ernst Wilhelm.

Moon ~ Chandra

Valli Wells is available for ½-hour and 1-hour Live Astrologer Consultations (LAC) at AstroVed (USD global version only). She encourages people to create a free account at AstroVed and run free reports about their own Birth Chart, Birth Star, Moon Sign, and Planetary Influences. This is a simple way to begin to make friends with astrology. She invites everyone interested to learn more about Vedic astrology to join a newly formed Facebook group for Astrology Club – AstroVed.

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The Moon reflects the light of the Sun.

The Moon’s energy is important for our own receptivity to light, including spiritual light.

The Moon rules our mind and emotions. A good connection to the Moon is important for balance, both mentally and emotionally.

The Moon has influence on our relationship with our mother as well as our home and domestic life.

The blessings of the Moon can include psychic gifts and excellent intuition.

The Moon can teach us flexibility as the Moon undergoes constant change. The Moon grows (waxes) from New Moon to Full Moon and shrinks (wanes) from Full Moon to New Moon.

Our ability to respond to change and the manner of our responding comes from the Moon.

The Moon’s placement reveals things about our minds and emotions. An astrologer will look at the sign and house where the Moon is placed as well as the star the Moon is in.

Characteristics: nocturnal, cold, changeable, moist, receptive, feminine, negative (opposed to positive polarity of Sun)

Behavior when strong or well placed:

  • ease in making connections with ideas and people
  • nurturing
  • good family life & private affairs
  • peace
  • open to change and adapts well
  • stable environment
  • long journey
  • fruitful
  • constructive dealings with masses of people
  • good relations with women

Behavior when weak or poorly placed:

  • neglectful
  • timid
  • vacillating
  • unsettled
  • insecurities
  • freaked out by change
  • digestive problems
  • “lunacy” (the Latin word “luna” refers to the Moon)
  • menstruation difficulties
  • negative outlook
  • challenges relating to women

The timing of the Moon is different from a 24 hour solar day. One or more Moon phases can start within a solar day. The Moon moves approximately 13 degrees each day; however this varies depending on proximity to Earth, etc.

Mythology: In Vedic tradition, the Moon’s favorite wife among the 27 stars is Rohini. In one story, he spent too much time with her, and the other 26 wives complained. The Moon was reprimanded with the condition of shrinking (waning), and then he was given a remedy that he would regain his luminosity after bathing at Prabhasa and promising to visit all 27 wives (stars) on regular basis. To remind him of his promise, he now waxes and wanes on a regular basis.

Science: the Moon influences water and fluids/liquids. The ocean tides respond to the Moon as do the liquids in our own bodies.

The timing of the Moon is different from a 24 hour solar day. One or more Moon phases (called tithis in Sanskrit) can start within a solar day. The Moon moves approximately 13 degrees each day; however this varies depending on proximity to Earth, etc.

Dr Pillai encourages everyone to pay attention to the phases of the Moon which we will discuss in a later thread.

Moon ~ Chandra

Written by Valli Wells

Valli is available for ½-hour and 1-hour Live Astrologer Consultations (LAC) at AstroVed (USD global version only). She encourages people to create a free account at AstroVed and run free reports about their own Birth Chart, Birth Star, Moon Sign, and Planetary Influences. This is a simple way to begin to make friends with astrology. She invites everyone interested to learn more about Vedic astrology to join a newly formed Facebook group for Astrology Club – AstroVed.

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Sun rules the powerful Zodiac sign of Leo, the lion.

Sun is exalted (most strong) in Aries. Aries is represented by a ram, an animal that can climb into places other animals cannot get into. Tamil New Year is celebrated in April when the Sun enters Aries.

Sun is debilitated (least comfortable) in Libra. Libra is represented by balance scales. The Sun gives away freely and feels constrained by the energy of “measuring out”.

The Sun changes Zodiac signs each month in the middle of the month. Each sign is 30 degrees, and he moves about 1 degree each day.

The Sun rules 3 stars:
  • Krittika
  • Uttara Phalguni
  • Uttara Ashada
The Sun rules Sunday. 

Simple mantra for the Sun: Om Suryaya Namaha

Lord Surya (Sun) Giving Blessing ~ Artist Credit: S. Rajam

Valli Wells is available for ½-hour and 1-hour Live Astrologer Consultations (LAC) at AstroVed (USD global version only). She encourages people to create a free account at AstroVed and run free reports about their own Birth Chart, Birth Star, Moon Sign, and Planetary Influences. This is a simple way to begin to make friends with astrology. She invites everyone interested to learn more about Vedic astrology to join a newly formed Facebook group for Astrology Club – AstroVed.

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As a Westerner, when I first was exposed to Vedic astrology and was told there were “9 planets”, I felt confused as the Sun is a star, the Moon is a satellite of the Earth, and Rahu and Ketu do not have physical form. How can someone say 9 planets, when clearly 4 of them are not true planets?

 

However, when I understood the word used in Sanskrit to describe this collection of energies is “grahas”, I had more appreciation.

 

In Sanskrit the planetary archetypes are called “grahas” which conveys the idea “to seize.” They can seize hold of our consciousness and affect us inwardly and outwardly. The light being of each graha has a job to do to assist in evolution of our consciousness. We can develop personal relationships with all of them and make friends with them.

 

In my lifetime, some Sanskrit words have become used more commonly in the West, such as yoga, karma and dharma.

 

Hopefully some of the Sanskrit terms from Vedic astrology will begin to find acceptance as well, such as graha, rasi and bhava.

 

In the picture below, the grahas are from viewer’s left to right:
  • top row: Mercury, Venus, Moon
  • middle row: Jupiter, Sun, Mars
  • bottom row: Ketu, Saturn, Rahu

9 Vedic Planets ~ 9 Grahas

 

Written by Valli Wells

Valli is available for ½-hour and 1-hour Live Astrologer Consultations (LAC) at AstroVed (USD global version only). She encourages people to create a free account at AstroVed and run free reports about their own Birth Chart, Birth Star, Moon Sign, and Planetary Influences. This is a simple way to begin to make friends with astrology. She invites everyone interested to learn more about Vedic astrology to join a newly formed Facebook group for Astrology Club – AstroVed.

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Names of the Sun (quoted from Graha Sutras by Ernst Wilhelm):

NAMES OF THE SUN

The Sun has more names than any other of the Grahas, which is no surprise since the Sun is the most obvious object in the sky and a daily object of worship of the ancient Vedic culture. The most common name of the Sun is Surya “the Supreme Light,” though the Sun is also commonly referred to as Ravi “the Fire Bird,” as the hot object soaring through the sky. Another very commonly used name of the Sun is Arka, “the ray,” as the prime illuminating ray of light and heat.

The Sun is also known as Aditya “the Son of Aditi,” Aditi being the mother of the gods whose name refers to the ideals of freedom, boundlessness, perfection and infinity. Thus the Sun represents these qualities to the greatest capacity that they can be achieved.

The role of the Sun as the cause of the day is emphasized by his names Dinakrit, Dinakarta and Divakara, all which mean “the maker of the day.” As the producer of day, the Sun banishes the darkness of night as well as the darkness of the ignorance of the self. The Sun as Dinesha “the lord of the day,” repeats this idea and as Tamohanta, “darkness killing,” confirms the idea.

Sunlight is known to purify and thus the Sun is known as Pusha and Pushan, both of which mean “the best purifier.” The Sun does this in the horoscope by representing the purifying fire of the body as well as representing the inexorable self that brings about the eventual purification of all our actions and desires.

The Sun is Savita, “the vivifier,” as that which energizes and propels everything; as Ina, “the powerful,” as that which holds the greatest power over the Earth as the cause of the seasons, weather and even the course of the Earth, and as that which holds the greatest power in the horoscope.

The Sun, being the soul, is also Hamsa, “swan.” Swans are a symbol for the soul. The whiteness of the swan represents the purity of the soul, while the migratory nature of the swan represents the soul’s migration.

The Sun is Mitra, a child of Aditi and the ruler of the Saura (solar) month of Sagittarius. Mitra means friend, and this name of the Sun symbolizes that the only true friend is the soul. As one discoverers their soul nature, they thus become a friend to all – those who have reached the goal of self-discovery are the true friends of mankind. The Sun is also Shura, “hero,” giving the capacity to rise above oneself in order to fulfill great deeds.

Obvious names of the Sun are Tikshnamsha, “hot rayed,” Tapana, “the burning,” Prabhakara, “radiance maker,” Bhanu, “light” and Bhaskara, “the light maker.” A more colorful name of the Sun is Aruna, which is the reddish color in the sky at dawn that the Sun is responsible for. Divamani, “the day jewel,” and Dyumani, “the sky jewel,” reveal the esteem value of the Sun and all that it represents. Finally, of especial interest to astrologers, the Sun is known as Graharajna and Grahapati, the king and lord of the Grahas, which, of course, all circle the Sun.

A surprising name of the Sun mentioned in the medieval Vedic Astrological texts is Heli, a Greek name for the Sun. Though the Sun is not referred to this name in the Sutras giving astrological techniques and Yogas, it is often mentioned by this name, along with other names, in the lists of planetary names given in several  texts, most notably Brihat Jataka. The fact that this name of the Sun is found in the Indian astrological texts gives a hint of the interchange that took place between the learned men of the Greeks and the learned men living on the Indian subcontinent during the centuries following Alexander the Great.”

Permission to quote this passage generously granted by Ernst Wilhelm.

Sun ~ Surya

 

Valli Wells is available for ½-hour and 1-hour Live Astrologer Consultations (LAC) at AstroVed (USD global version only). She encourages people to create a free account at AstroVed and run free reports about their own Birth Chart, Birth Star, Moon Sign, and Planetary Influences. This is a simple way to begin to make friends with astrology. She invites everyone interested to learn more about Vedic astrology to join a newly formed Facebook group for Astrology Club – AstroVed.

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The Sun’s energy is important for creativity.

The Sun is more than the fire of a star. The Sun is also the light of consciousness.

The Sun can give gifts of universal tolerance as the Sun shines on all: king and beggar alike.

Sun can help with consistency and reliability. The Sun comes up silently each day and simply does his job.

Sun is essential for life energy. It is an important planet for health.

Sun energy is necessary for leadership, healthy self-esteem and good government.

Sun’s placement reveals things about us on a soul level. An astrologer will look at the sign and house where the Sun is placed.

Characteristics: dry, masculine, positive, hot. This is a fiery planet and rules the East.

Behavior when strong or well placed:

  • brilliance
  • power
  • magnetic quality
  • ambition
  • tireless worker
  • real love toward everyone and everything
  • authority
  • activity
  • cheerful
  • sterling qualities
  • inspiration
  • regality

Behavior when weak or poorly placed:

  • arrogance
  • domineering
  • angry
  • irritable
  • insulting
  • jealous
  • can bring low self-esteem
  • low energy

Mythology: Sun is moving in a chariot drawn by 7 horses (science: 7 colors of solar spectrum: VIBGYOR (violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red)

Sun with 7 Horses

A simple home remedy ritual for the Sun taught by Dr. Pillai is a Sun Water ritual.

Written by Valli Wells

Valli is available for ½-hour and 1-hour Live Astrologer Consultations (LAC) at AstroVed (USD global version only). She encourages people to create a free account at AstroVed and run free reports about their own Birth Chart, Birth Star, Moon Sign, and Planetary Influences. This is a simple way to begin to make friends with astrology. She invites everyone interested to learn more about Vedic astrology to join a newly formed Facebook group for Astrology Club – AstroVed.

Reminder: All the planets like it when we help others in need. Please consider making a donation to Dr. Pillai’s non-profit charity Tripura Foundation.

 

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Welcome:

This is the recording of our Vedic Astrology Club call which occurred on Saturday July 26, 2014. Thank you to all the participants and to Rani and Bhairavi, our guest speakers.

 

Vishnu as Matsya Avatar (Form of Fish)

Mytho-therapy:

In the early Vedic accounts of the great Deluge, the principle characters are Matsya, a fish, and Vaivasvata Manu (Satyavrata). One day Vaivasvata Manu was bathing and caught a small fish in his hands. The fish asks Manu for life and protection, and in return he will save him from the great impending flood. Vaivasvata Manu agrees and Matsya tells him to keep him in an earthenware jar of water and keep him safe. When Matsya outgrew the jar, he asked Vaivasvata Manu to dig a pit and fill it with water and to place him in it. When Matsya out grew the pit filled with water, he told Vaivasvata to release him in the ocean, as he is now big enough to survive, he will be indestructible, and will help Vaivasvata Manu survive the impending flood. Meanwhile he instructs Vaivasvata Manu to build a boat.

The deluge arrives on time as predicted. Vaivasvata boards the boat and the waters rise to cover the earth. Vaivasvata called to Matsya for help. Matsya swims to the boat and Vaivasvata Manu ties a rope to the large horn that has grown from the top of Matsya’s head and with great force Matsya then tows the boat to the highest dry ground in the north, interpreted as the Himalayas. Vaivasvata Manu ties the boat to a tree and gradually descends the mountain as the flood waters recede. He finds himself the sole survivor, as all others have been washed away by the floods.

Vaivasvata then takes on the task of creating the new human race. Seeking procreativity he begins austerities and worshipping the Gods via Homas. Within a year his prayers were answered, and a beautiful woman named Shraddha appeared. He married her and they started the race of Manu, the Aryans.

Meanwhile he instructs Vaivasvata Manu to build a boat.

The deluge arrives on time as predicted. Vaivasvata boards the boat and the waters rise to cover the earth. Vaivasvata called to Matsya for help. Matsya swims to the boat and Vaivasvata Manu ties a rope to the large horn that has grown from the top of Matsya’s head and with great force Matsya then tows the boat to the highest dry ground in the north, interpreted as the Himalayas. Vaivasvata Manu ties the boat to a tree and gradually descends the mountain as the flood waters recede. He finds himself the sole survivor, as all others have been washed away by the floods.

Vaivasvata then takes on the task of creating the new human race. Seeking procreativity he begins austerities and worshipping the Gods via Homas. Within a year his prayers were answered, and a beautiful woman named Shraddha appeared. He married her and they started the race of Manu, the Aryans.

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Vaivasvata Manu was the son of the Sun God Vivasvan (Surya), and a powerful Rishi, and through the power of his austerities, he began creating the new human race.

So Vishnu, as the Matsya Avatar, took incarnation as a fish and saved the seeds of all life and Manu at the time of the Mahapralaya, or Great Deluge.

Dr. Pillai has said that the seeds of all life were contained in a Golden Vessel floating on the water and when the time was right, Siva shot the pot with an arrow releasing the seeds and life on earth began again at Kumbakonam and that is why he feels so at home and happy when he is there.

Chant: ‘Om Namo Narayanaya’

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Welcome: This is the recording of our Vedic Astrology Club call which occurred on Saturday July 5, 2014. Thank you to all the participants and to Rani and Bhairavi, our guest speakers.

Various Avatars of Vishnu

Call Recording: Avatars of Vishnu and Other Discussion

Mytho-therapy:

The 1st 4 Avatars of Vishnu appeared in the Satya Yuga (or prior Golden Age), the next 3 appeared in the Treta Yuga, the 8th the Dwapara Yuga, and the 10th to defeat the wicked, liberate the virtuous, and initiate a new Satya, or Kalki Yuga. At that time the Supreme Godhead will appear on the earth acting with pure spiritual goodness. He will rescue eternal religion, restoring Dharma. The Supreme Soul of all will take a birth to protect the principles of dharma and to relieve His saintly devotees from the reactions of material work.

1) Matsya, the Fish – Vishnu take the form of a fish to save Manu from the apocalypse, He takes His boat to the new world long with one of every plant and animal gathered in a great cyclone.

2) Kurma, the Tortoise. — When the Devas and Asuras were churning the Ocean of Milk in order to get the Amrita, the nectar of Immortality, the Mt Mandara that they were using as a churning staff, began to sink. Lord Vishnu took the form of a tortoise to support its weight.

3) Varaha, the Boar. – Lord Vishnu appeared to defeat Demon Hiranyaksha who had taken control of earth and carried it to the bottom of the Cosmic Ocean. The battle waged on for a thousand years. Varaha, the victor, then carried earth upwards on his tusks and restored it to its place in the Universe.

4) Narasimha, the Lion-man. – The rakshasa (an evil person), Demon King Hiranyakashippu, (the elder brother of Hiranyaksha who was killed by Varaha), acquired a boon from Brahma that he could not be killed by man or animal, inside or out, neither day nor night, on earth or the stars, nor by a weapon that was either living or inanimate. So Vishnu descended in an anthropomorphic form, with the body of a man and head and claws of a lion. He kills King Hiranyakashippu with his lion’s claws, at the courtyard threshold of his house while lying across his thighs.

5) Vamana, the Dwarf. – Bali, the 4th Hiranyaksha, was able to defeat Indra with devotion and penance. He then extended his authority over the 3 Worlds, and the Deities appealed to Vishnu for help. Vishnu descended as the dwarf, Vamana. During a yagna of King Bali. Bali was pleased to see the diminutive holy man and promised him whatever he wanted. Vamana asked for 3 paces of land. Bali agreed and the dwarf expanded his size to that of a giant. He stepped over Heaven in his first stride, and the Netherworld with the second stride. Bali then realized that Vamana was Vishnu incarnate. In deference, the King offered his head as the third place for Vamana to place his foot. The Avatar did so and granted Bali immortality. Then in appreciation to Bali, and Bali’s grandfather Prahalada, Vamana made Bali the ruler of the Netherworld. Bali is believed to have ruled Kerala and Tulunadu. He is still worshipped there as the King of Prosperity, and honored before the harvest.

6) Parasurama, Warrior with an Axe which he received from Siva. Brahmin-Kshatriya in Hinduism, or warrior-saint. He is the son of Jamadagni (Brahmin) and Renuka (Renuka – Parasurama is the 1st of the Kshatriya clan that ruled Ayodhya and was in the ancestral lineage of Rama). King Kartavirya Suryavenshi visited Jamadagni at his Ashram and the Saint was able to feed them through the Blessings of Kamadehnu, the celestial, wish-fulfilling cow. The King demanded Kamadehnu for himself, and when Jamadagni refused, the King took the celestial cow by force and destroyed the ashram. Parasurama then killed the King at his palace and destroyed the army. The sons of the king then killed Jamadagni. Parasurama vowed to kill the Kshatriyas 21 x’s over, and filled 3 lakes with their blood. Ultimately his grandfather, the great Rucheeka, appeared and made him halt. He is still alive today as a Chiranjivi (meaning no samadhi) at Mahendragiri.

7) Rama, or Ramachandra, the Prince, and King of Ayodhya, is thought of as the ideal heroic man and his story is recounted in the Ramayana. While in exile from his kingdom with his brother Lakshman, the Monkey God hanuman, and his wife Sita. Sita was abducted by the Demon Ravana and taken to Sri Lanka. Rama with the help of Hanuman, and Lakshman, set off to Lanka, killed the Demon King Ravana, and rescued Sita.

8 Krishna was the 8th commonly worshipped Deity in Hinduism. He appeared with his elder brother Balarama (an avatar incarnation of Shesha Naga).

9) Gautama Buddha. The Founder of Buddhism, teacher of ahimsa (non-violence), and The 8 Fold Path to attain Nirvana.

10) Kalki Avatar (meaning Eternity, White horse, and destroyer of evil) is the final incarnation of Vishnu and foretold to appear at the end of the Kali Yuga. He will be atop a white horse with his sword drawn, blazing like a comet. He will destroy all of the unrighteous and evil and usher in the Satya Yuga, the Golden Age of Truth. son of Devaki and Vasudeva and is the most

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Special Announcement: Have you ever wanted to go on a guided trip to experience first hand the incredible spiritual vortexes of the Navagraha (9 planet) temples in southern India?

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Suggestion: create a free account at AstroVed and run your own Vedic Birth Chart via the Reports Section and follow along with suggestions in the club session. See previous Vedic Astrology Club recordings for how to run this Report. Please email questions to Valli at valli@pillaicenter.com See information for our call next Saturday on the Events page.

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Welcome:

This is the recording of our Vedic Astrology Club call which occurred on Saturday June 28, 2014. Thank you to all the participants and to Rani and Bhairavi, our guest speakers.

 

Vishnu

Call Recording: Vishnu and Other Discussion

Mytho-therapy:

Vishnu’s Symbolism (Vishnu is the ruler of Mercury)

The 4 hands of Vishnu express dominion over the 4 directions of space.

They also symbolize the 4 stages of human life referred to as the 4 ashrams.

1) The quest for knowledge –Brahmacharaya.

2) Family Life –Grihasta

3) Retreat into the Forest- Vana-Prastha

4) Renunciation – Sannyasa

They also represent the 4 aims of life, the Purushartha:

1) Duty and Virtue – Dharma

2) Material goods, Wealth, Success – Artha

3) Pleasure, Sexuality, Enjoyment – Kama

4) Liberation – Moksha Likewise the 4 arms represent the 4 castes and the 4 Vedas.

Further, Lord Vishnu holds the following implements in his hands:

1) Conch – blowing the conch symbolizes the primordial creative voice and Indian Mysticism relates it to the sacred sound ‘OM’, which is said to be the breath of Vishnu, pervading all space. Its various convolutions are said to represent the rising and setting sun, thus further cementing Vishnu’s solar associations. The conch has the form of a multiple spiral evolving from one point into ever increasing spheres, denoting eternity since it can go on forever.

2) Discus or Chakra – The ancient texts, the Vishnu Purana, ‘identifies the chakra with the human mind, whose thoughts, like the chakra, flow faster than even the mightiest wind.’ When used as a weapon, the distinguishing feature of the chakra is  its ability to  return to the hand that throws it. The only other weapon known to have this ability is the boomerang. Perhaps this is a pointer to the cyclic nature of existence. A parallel with the water wheel, representing the constant and cyclic interplay of irreconcilable activities (duality). The water wheel both empties and fills its vessels, turning without end to bring up water and disgorge it onto the forever parched fields. As life fills and empties due to forces innate in nature. This is the constant and rhythmic turning of the Wheel of Life.

3) The Lotus – When Vishnu contemplated the creation of mankind, a lotus sprang up out of his navel. Seated on this lotus was the four- headed Brahma illuminating all of the directions with his brightness. Vishnu is therefore also known as Padmanabha, or the one with the lotus navel. This lotus lit up the sky with its effulgence and was identified with the sun. As it was the creative matrix from which all of the world eventually evolved. The lotus therefore became a symbol of creation and fertility. By rising from the depths of the ocean, where there are said to dwell impure creatures like demons and serpents, the lotus expresses purity. Likewise does the individual soul, while rooted in an imperfect world, it searches for perfection. The lotus held in his hand, denotes the Goddess Lakshmi, from whom he derives his powers. Lakshmi the Goddess of Prosperity, sits on a lotus and holds lotuses in her hands. Thus the lotus represents the feminine force that activates the creative power of Lord Vishnu.

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The lotus further signifies the yogic ideal of detachment. This is because even though this beautiful flower grows in muddy waters, no water or dirt or are seen sticking to its petals. It portrays Vishnu’s  message of partaking of the pleasures of this world without  becoming ensnared by them.

4) The Mace – There once lived a mighty demon who was intoxicated with his prowess on the battlefield, who wreaked havoc on mankind. Finally Vishnu decided to provide humanity some relief from this demons’ activities. Gada was known for his valor, as well as for his charitable inclination. It was said he would not refuse a a boon to any individual no matter how unreasonable the request might be. Vishnu approached Gada as a Brahmin and asked: ‘If you are so generous as you claim to be can you give me your bones?’ Gada immediately tore open his body and gave him his bones from which the celestial artist, Ribhus, fashioned a mace for Vishnu. Vishnu thus acquired an invincible weapon for himself and relief for humanity. The mace is called ‘Gada’ in honor of this demon.

The mace represents the Power of Time at the metaphysical level. Just as nothing can conquer Time, the Mace too is unconquerable and destroys those who oppose it. As such, the mace is identified with the Goddess Kali, who is the Power of Time. The Krishna Upanishad says: ’The Mace is Kali, the Power of Time, and it destroys all that oppose it.

Vishnu describes himself: ‘The world rests like the lotus in the palm of my hand, the cosmos revolves around my little finger like a discus. I blow the music of life through my conch, and wield my mace to protect all creatures.’

Jupiter Moved into Cancer in June ~ Watch replay of Google Hangout with Dr. Pillai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r53MmM7iU3o&list=UULzw8opUlMnSA2TQfj34K9w

Rahu and Ketu Transit July 13th: Rahu moves into Virgo and Ketu moves into Pisces: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxspdVUrI6o

Special Announcement:

Have you ever wanted to go on a guided trip to experience first hand the incredible spiritual vortexes of the Navagraha (9 planet) temples in southern India? One of our sister sites, Brindavan Mystic, is launching an incredible trip in Tamil Nadu which will include all 9 planet temples and SO much more!

For information on this Inaugural Trip and Best Price Details see www.brindavanmystic.com/vortex_tour Space will be limited to 14 people so please let them know now if you are interested: support@brindavanmystic.com   Website mentioned on call:

Suggestion: create a free account at AstroVed and run your own Vedic Birth Chart via the Reports Section and follow along with suggestions in the club session. See previous Vedic Astrology Club recordings for how to run this Report. Please email questions to Valli at valli@pillaicenter.com See information for our call next Saturday on the Events page.

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Welcome: This is the recording of our Vedic Astrology Club call which occurred on Saturday June 21, 2014. Thank you to all the participants and to Rani and Bhairavi, our guest speakers.

Vishnu

Call Recording: Vishnu, Parrot-Headed Siddha and Sri Chakra & Discussion

Mytho-therapy:

Vishnu

Vishnu is the all-pervading essence of all beings and master of-and beyond- the past, present, and future, the creator and destroyer of all existences, the one who supports, preserves, sustains and governs the universe, originates and develops all elements therein.

Vishnu’s eternal supreme abode beyond the material universe is called Vaikuntha. It is the realm of eternal bliss and happiness and the final or highest place for liberated souls who have attained Moksha. Vishnu’s other abode within the material universe is called Ksheera Saagara, the ocean of milk, where he reclines on Ananta Shesha, the King of serpents with 1000 heads, along with his consort, Goddess Lakshmi.

Mythology: Lord Shiva who represents Supreme Power, Supreme God Energy, produced Vishnu from his internal energy, who then produced Brahma. For the creation of humankind, Shiva asked Vishnu to produce the most important element to make this possible. Vishnu produced water from his body and is seen resting in water on Sheshnag. Through his navel a lotus grew up and a seed inside gave birth to Brahma who traveled and traveled for years in the stem to find the truth and his originator, but could not find one. Finally Lord Vishnu appeared before him and asked him to make life possible in the form of different Lokas, or Planets. That’s why Brahma is always pictured seating on a lotus.

Brahma founded Brahmand and different Lokas inside it, one of which is Mrityu Loka better known as earth. He then produced Prajapatis from his body for them to begin life on earth. The Prajapatis had a major role in originating various other planets and satellites indispensable for mankind.

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Brahma became the Creator; Lord Vishnu, the Preserver;

and Lord Shiva , the Destroyer.

Vishnu Rules the Planet Mercury

Mercury Rules Astrological Signs: Gemini and Virgo

Mercury Rules This Day: Wednesday

Vishnu Is Associated with Moon Phases/Tithis: 11th and 12th Waxing – Pray for Material success and money

Horas: Buddha/Mercury

Nakshatras Ruled by Mercury: Ashlesha, Jyestha, Revati

Vishnu’s Consort: Lakshmi

Mercury’s Color: Green

Vishnu’s Vehicle: Garuda – an eagle like bird who serves as Vishnu’s vehicle or mount

Incense: Astroved’s Wednesday/Mercury Incense

Mantras: ‘Om Namo Narayanaya’

Gayathri: Om Narayanaya Vidhmahe

Vasudevaya Dimahi

Tanno Vishnu Prachodayat’


Jupiter Has  Moved into Cancer Earlier This Month ~ Watch replay of Google Hangout with Dr. Pillai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r53MmM7iU3o&list=UULzw8opUlMnSA2TQfj34K9w

Special Announcement:

Have you ever wanted to go on a guided trip to experience first hand the incredible spiritual vortexes of the Navagraha (9 planet) temples in southern India?

One of our sister sites, Brindavan Mystic, is launching an incredible trip in Tamil Nadu which will include all 9 planet temples and SO much more! For information on this Inaugural Trip and Best Price Details see www.brindavanmystic.com/vortex_tour

Space will be limited to 14 people so please let them know now if you are interested: support@brindavanmystic.com

 

Website mentioned on call:

Suggestion: create a free account at AstroVed and run your own Vedic Birth Chart via the Reports Section and follow along with suggestions in the club session. See previous Vedic Astrology Club recordings for how to run this Report. Please email questions to Valli at valli@pillaicenter.com See information for our call next Saturday on the Events page.

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