Karma, means “action” (including reaction or effect) and it can also be understood as “debt” or rena. All of creation including sentient life born on planet earth is constantly in a process of responding to external influences and in it’s turn affecting everything in the environment. Another way to look at the meaning of karma in our lives is that sometimes we have to pay a debt, and sometimes we get to collect a payment for a merit.
It is not that “the planets made us as we are” but it’s more accurate to say: “I am who I have become by the merit or detriment of countless choices – to be here, in this place at this time. And where is this here, why am I here and besides, who am I and in what condition and where do I want or need to go? These are questions where Jyotish can provide us with a map, a light to see by and a clock to keep track of the times of our seasons.
The 12 Zodiac signs and the 9 grahas residing in these celestial spaces are the coordinates within the map of our karmic condition and show the lay of the land. They also give us an inventory of our assets and flaws we have to work with. As individuals are responsible to use our “Will” wisely in the pursuit and choice of our goals, rather than praising or blaming the grahas or our fate of finding ourselves in this or that condition. It would be foolish for a traveler to blame the map for having strayed off course, when it was our own legs that got us here and learning how to use the map merely informed us where we’re at.
My purpose in this article is to explore the position of grahas in our rasi chart and see how their placement in particular zodiacal signs contributes to innate afflictions which constitute our karmic debt. Equal attention should also be given to our strengths and assets that can point us in the direction of how best to pay back our old karmic debts and avoid making new ones. Like a farmer mindful of the seasons and aware of the nature of the earth, we can learn where and when to plant our seeds. In this article, I will stay on the general and not delve into vargas or divisional charts which are essential for making predictions.
The rasis are the karmic patterns; rasi in Sanskrit means “a heap” of karma. One symbol that is used to characterize the 12 rasis is the Kalapurusa or “Cosmic Person.” This is the pattern of the human body. All human beings are restricted to the form of the Kalapurusa; 2 arms, one head, a stomach etc. and unless severely deformed, which is rare, we are born according to this pattern.
The grahas are the carriers of the elemental energies of the 5 Mahaabhuutas; called the panchatattvas or 5 elements – earth, water, fire, air, ether which enhance or afflict the innate function of the rasis that also have a tattva. The grahas are the active agents operating within the rasis and influencing them; enhancing, blocking, limiting, controlling, expanding, burning, drying or moisturizing depending on the nature of the graha. If the rasi is the karmic pattern then it is the grahas interacting with the rasi and with other grahas that indicate what punishment or reward based on our karmic debt we will experience.
The imbalances we are born with are carried over from past lives due to our karmas. One way we can understand and therefore remedy them is by correct and early diagnosis before a full blow disease erupts.
The most fundamental imbalance is on the level of the tattvas. In Ayurveda there are 3 basic imbalances called dosa. They are created by the tattvas when there is too much of some element(s) or a lack of another.
To understand this and be able to apply this principle to our Jyotish chart we need to know the tattvas of the rasis and the grahas and how the tattvas interact with each other.
The Rasi Tattvas:
|TAURUS||PRITHVI-earth||KAPHA- water & earth|
|GEMINI||VAYU-air||VATA – air|
|LIBRA||VAYU-air||VATA & KAPHA- air and water|
|SCORPIO||JALA-water||PITTA & KAPHA- fire and water|
|CAPRICORN||PRITHVI-earth||VATA & PITTA- air and fire|
The Graha Tattvas:
Elemental Comparability table:
FRIENDLY & COMPATABLE
INIMICAL TO EACH OTHER
AGNI & VAYU
AGNI & PRITHVI
AGNI & JALA
PRITHVI & JALA
VAYU & JALA
PRITHVI & VAYU
AKASH goes with everything
Now that we see the basic relationships we can see how this works in a chart.
Let’s say that you have Moon in Aries. The moon is the mind, is a jala-kapha graha. Jala-kapha tends to be heavy and put on weight but Aries is pitta – hot and energetic, so it will burn off the excess weight. The agni will also influence the mind to be active and possibly want to exercise.
Also, the mind thrives on peace and comfort. So when Moon or mind is in Aries it will cause the mind to be fiery creating activity and high energy. The Aries Moon person can feel some disturbance to the mind like over excitement or be prone to losing their temper since water and fire are not compatible.
If grahas join the Moon it will cause an increase or decrease of the fire energy. For instance, if the Moon in Aries is joined by another agni graha like Sun or Mars then this will add confirmation and enhance the fire energy. If the Moon in Aries is joined by a Jala graha, Venus for example, then the gentle Moon has an ally to support it’s watery nature and Aries will not be as strong a factor on heating and drying out the Moon as it was when Sun or Mars were conjoined. If the rasi is the karmic pattern then it is the grahas interacting with the rasi and with other grahas that indicate what punishment reward based on our karmic debt we will experience.
I will add some case studies so stay tuned………