The Vedic Signs
Shrouded in mystery and chaos, the study of astrology has thus far only hinted at its true gift to humanity. Ophiuchus represents the natural law and its changes; she appears out of the ether, a substance of ineffable transformation and marvel. Astrology tells us that ether is the "element" of Ophiuchus. Ether has a spiritual and material meaning in astrology, since in early times it was the only known catalyst for chemical reactions and detonation.
Ether also had the amazing power to take away pain, but behind its mundane uses, ether also represented polarity, as two extremes working in tandem. Over 3, years ago, the Chinese designated ether as the centerpiece for a universal law of the unity of opposites , as expressed with Yin and Yang symbols. This set ether apart from other substances, since, for then-unknown reasons, ether was unpredictable and volatile, just as likely to blow up in our faces as to provide us with blessings.
Ether was anointed with miraculous powers of transformation, even the mistaken idea it had the power to change lead to gold. Ether facilitated a sudden move from yin to yang, and back, effortlessly and if by magic.
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Thousands of years ago women dominated human society. They were the clan leaders, hunters, astrologers, warriors and healers. We can only speculate about such antiquity because much of it lies beyond what is actually known or academically supported. However, astrology gives us a clue, since many original Zodiacal archetypes are female and were changed to men or animals by the Greeks and Romans. Ophiuchus, Aries, Leo and Taurus were all originally imagined as female symbols, only to be transmogrified much later into male stereotypes by male astrologers.
Our sign astrology group is extremely honored and proud to present Walter Berg to our readers. Walter single-handedly created modern 13 sign astrology from years of dogged observation and hand-calculation in the early s. Using astronomical data, he corrected and redefined the over-simplified astrological wheel used by sign astrologers to a 13 sign and 13 house horoscope that updates astrology into the space age. His tenacity and devotion to the true Zodiac, which resurrected Ophiuchus from a 2, year banishment, was a supreme and solitary sacrifice, which put at risk his career in astronomy, and was ignored for decades by astrologers.
Thanks to his efforts for over 20 years, 13 astrology is available for everyone. Walter also wrote extensively about the effects and meanings of the planets and the signs, not only beautifully expressed, but also creating the most accurate descriptions of the archetypes that we all use in our astrological methodology. MORE about Walter, plus an exclusive interview. Women pushed past their limits. The confidant, boastful world of men is spinning out of control, and women are fomenting a not-so-silent revolution.
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The yielding, supportive and suffering female is disappearing, and being replaced by a much more militant version of herself. Their pliant codependency with men has not served them well enough to let it continue, and women have had enough. Women are sifting through the rubble of their hopes and dreams and demanding more of themselves, and more from the men who have sabotaged them for centuries.
They won't be willing victims of the system any longer. Yogas are discussed at greater length in the next section of this article. Another way that signs are used by Vedic astrologers is to assess the stability of planets. Other causes of instability are planetary wars — where planets are within a degree of each other, retrogradation, combustion, and the New and Full Moon. When a planet is in its sign of exaltation or debilitation, that planet becomes unstable, exaggerated in influence, and therefore the themes of the houses it occupies, rules, and aspects as well as those of the planets it aspects become destabilized.
A good example is the chart of Adolph Hitler. In his seventh house, he had the exalted Sun in Aries — as well as a planetary war between Venus and Mars — and his primary relationships, the people he was closest to, and he himself, were very unstable, and he and his generals were exaggerated in self-importance.
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Perhaps the most important use of the signs in Jyotish is their role in house rulership. As aforementioned, the rulership systems in both ancient Western and in Vedic astrology are identical. The employment of house rulers in delineation, however, is more developed in Vedic astrology than anywhere else. In Jyotish, combinations of two or more astrological factors called yogas create conditions that either raise or lower a person's life beyond the ordinary. A yoga can be as simple as a planet strong by its sign placement in one or more specific houses. Or it can be as complex as a series of several different criteria that must all be met.
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Thousands upon thousands of yogas are defined in classical Vedic texts, and the majority of these yogas use sign rulerships in their specifications. Please remember that in Vedic astrology, as in ancient Western astrology, each house was equivalent to one sign, so the terms sign and house became quite interchangeable. For example, if the Ascendant occupies any degree of Taurus, the entire First House becomes the sign of Taurus.
The intricacy and importance of the network of house rulerships in Jyotish cannot be underestimated. To have the ruler of a supportive house all houses except 3, 6, 8, and 12 in a challenging house especially 6, 8, or 12 , indicates challenges for the themes of the positive house.
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For example, Marilyn Monroe had her Fifth Lord in the Eighth House, and she had many pregnancies, all of which were terminated by abortion. Similarly, to have two supportive house rulers together in the same house portends particularly well for not only the themes of both houses ruled, but also even more so for the house occupied.
In other words, the ruler of a house carries its themes into the house it occupies and aspects. In Harrison Ford's chart, his 1 St , 4 th , 7 th , 10 th , and 11 th lords are all in the 10 th , as indicators of great 10 th house success, but because the 12 th lord is also there, he had many obstacles on the road to fame and fortune.
Fortunately for him, the strongest planet was the 1 st and 10 th lord, the aforementioned Mercury. While this discussion of house rulerships may seem daunting, it actually becomes quite easy to apply. If the ruler of a challenging house is strong and in a house other than one it owns then the themes of house occupied by it become significantly obstructed. For example, if the 6 th house lord indicating adversaries and illness is strong, then one's opponents or illnesses are likely to be significant. One can even compare the strength of two house lords.
If the 7 th house lord is stronger than the 1 st house lord, the person is likely to marry "above themselves". In Princess Diana's chart, her 7 th house lord Venus in Taurus was significantly stronger than her 1 st house lord Mars in Leo. Exploring the chart of a famous person may further clarify the Vedic way of using the signs in a chart. The chart of Marilyn Monroe, previously mentioned, illustrates several principles. Let's start with Saturn in Libra, because it is the strongest planet in her chart.
It is the lord of houses 7 and 8, and it is located in the 4 th house. As Lord of the 7 th , we see that it represents her partners, who indeed were exalted in the eyes of the World including Joe DiMaggio, Arthur Miller, J. K, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and many others. That same strong planet, Saturn, in the house of home and mother the 4 th house expressed itself as the 8 th lord when her mentally ill mother tried to smother her, and her mother was later taken away to a mental institution.
It is not generally desirable to have a strong 8 th lord, as its strength magnifies 8 th house themes, which can include incest, rape, sexual scandals, emotional challenges, and addictions — all of which played a major part in her life. This powerful Saturn also aspects the First House Vedic astrology emphasizes the backwards square or 10 th aspect of Saturn , and Marilyn experienced a profound sense of isolation wherever she went. Her Sun, on the other hand, is in a weakened position, in the sign of its enemy Venus, and as the 2 nd lord, Marilyn lived in rinky dink apartments, had a "party line" shared telephone, and had huge money battles with the studios, even though she was famous and a great money-maker for them.
Marilyn Monroe has a powerful "passion combination" in her chart. Venus as lord of the 4 th is opposite Saturn as lord of the 7 th , and Saturn is both very strong exalted and retrograde and both sources of its strength also indicate instability. This combination explains both her widespread sexual activities and the impermanence of her primary relationships.