Visesa Lagna 12 week course to begin in Jan. 2014

Viśeṣa means “special”.
Viśeṣa Lagnas are points other than Udaya Lagna (rising sign) that reveal additional useful information about us. In this course we will discuss Bhava Lagna, Hora Lagna, Arudha Lagna, Varnada Lagna, Ghatika Lagna and Pranapada Lagna.

This class will begin by exploring the astronomy of our solar system.  By understanding the movements of SUN, MOON and EARTH and how they relate to each other we will learn how they create different perceptual realities. The Viśeṣa Lagnas shed light on important aspects of human nature especially those that are typically hidden, even from ourselves. What are our hopes and dreams? What is my purpose and why is my purpose unclear to some and not to others?  Why do others perceive me differently than how I believe I am? What is the best occupation to pursue?

Parasara, the great sage and father of Vedic Astrology teaches in chapter 6 of the Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra how to calculate these special ascendants but tells us very little about how to use and interpret them. In addition to introducing the science and technology behind these various lagnas we will learn how to derive meaning and find answers to specific questions that concern most human beings.

For example, everyone has a lagna, the point rising when we were born that acts like our own personal Sun. But most people do not have the lagna in the middle of the house (at or near 15 degrees). If the lagna is closer to the end or beginning of the house, planets could be moving to the house before or after.  This gives the individual a different perceptual experience based on the significations of the planet that is shifting. Even learning about this can give a more accurate understanding of the chart you are reading.

A brief summary of the lagnas we will study:

  • Bhava Lagna

 Bhava comes from the Sanskrit word bhavana which means a state, state of mind, thought, mood.

Lagna is reality. It is our Dhi or intelligence. It is our perception of what is happening in the environment and what resources are available.  The Bhava Lagna, is derived from the lagna and shows how our intelligence is used to achieve our hopes and dreams. It is based on the spring equinox at the equator and is where one sees everything as being equal. From the Bhava Lagna we will be able to discern what we want in order to be comfortable, happy and fulfilled. It is the mental perception of what our ideal is.

The Bhava Lagna is that point which tells what our eternal spring is for us. The lagna is our reaction to reality and understanding the Bhava Lagna and it’s relation to our lagna, shows us whether we are disconnected from “the springtime of our life” and if so, then by how much and what to do about it. The more disconnected from the lagna, the more detached the person will be from certain aspects of his or her reality. Bhava Lagna is related to Vayu tattva.

  • Hora Lagna

 Hora Lagna shows our value system related to practical things like money and deals with resources and wealth. Through it we can learn about the nature of our purpose in life. It reveals what we want to achieve and why we want to achieve it. It answers the question – what am I living for?

The Hora Lagna is also directly connected to our longevity and how strong the survival instinct is. By learning about this lagna we can help our friends, family and clients get in touch with their purpose and help them see the obstacles.  It sheds light on ways to remove what is blocking the ability to perceive answers to the most important questions. What do I do with my life and what is my purpose?

Hora Lagna is related to Agni tattva because it is based on the uniform speed and movement of the Sun. The Sun and the other agni grahas, Mars and Ketu, are important in triunes to the Hora Lagna. They show a strong survival instinct. We will go more into detail about this and the function of the other grahas as well.

  • Ghatika Lagna

 Ghatika Lagna is related to Jala tattva. It is based on the rising time of the tides connected to the Moon, our emotions and the sustenance for life. It deals with the values related to matters of power and authority.

Ghatika Lagna reveals your connection to the world around you. It shows how you think you connect to the people and things in your life. Whereas the lagna is the objective perception of what is.

In the course we will study the relationship of Ghatika Lagna to our lagna in and how this distinction will deepen our understanding of how we relate to our environment and people.

  • Varnada Lagna

 The Sanskrit word varna means class(ification), color or caste. The concept of varna is created by Lord Kṛṣṇa when he teaches about the 4 varnas in the Bhagavad Gita.  Kṛṣṇa says that varnas are based on the gunas and karma (BG. Ch 8 v.41)

In the West and increasingly in other parts of the world, varna has come to mean what we are drawn to do (karma) naturally as a profession, occupation or job that defines us.

The Varnada Lagna will show the role we play in society and where we fit in best according to our skills, innate abilities, intellect and purpose.

  • Arudha Lagna

Parasara teaches that Arudha (skt: “mount”) Lagna is based on the principle of reflection and this is why Arudha Lagna is about image, illusion or maya; it is not who we are in reality but the reflected image as seen by others.

The Arudha Lagna is based on the Purusa and Prakriti principle; Static Sun vs. dynamic Moon and how the interplay creates the Arudha Lagna. It is an important indicator for gauging success, health and prosperity.

  • Pranapada Lagna

 The Pranapada Lagna holds the key to life.  It is where our pranas or life-force resides and what makes our “heart rise.”  The Pranapada Lagna shows us what our priorities are or should be.  Learning how to calculate the Pranapada Lagna helps us to find out the innate strength of our constitution and what is needed to take better care of our health, lessen the stress, and in other words facilitate the healthy flow of prana.

In this course you will learn how to understand, calculate and interpret these various lagnas.  Fear not, even if you think you are math challenged, we will teach you the simple formulas that with a little practice everyone can master.  There will be light homework assignments so you will have the opportunity to practice, get feedback and be confident to have thoroughly digested the Viśeṣa Lagna material.


About sueannmckean

My search for meaning in life turned serious in my late teens and included a sustained practice with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation in 1973 that I practice still today. In 1973 I also became a student of Aikido with Shihan Robert Nadeau Sensei in the Bay area of California, received a black belt (currently 6th dan) and have been teaching Aikido for the next 37 years, mostly at Bay Area dojos in Los Gatos, San Francisco, San Jose, Mountain View, Palo Alto and colleges : Hayward and San Jose State Universities, Sofia University, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) and De Anza College. I had a 6 year career as an international bodybuilder, was a finalist in the pro- world championships 3 times and in the IFBB Ms Olympia in 1986 & 87. I was introduced to the Enneagram in 1978 and became a certified teacher in the narrative tradition with Helen Palmer and David Daniels in 1993. I integrated the Enneagram with principles of Aikido in my teaching. In 1990 after a pilgrimage to India I reconnected to Vedic wisdom with a focus on Jyotish (Vedic Astrology), a study that really took off when I met my guru, Pundit Sanjay Rath in 2005. Since 2007 I went to the Himalayas yearly to study Jaimini Sutra Upadesa and Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra graduating in 2011 as a Jaimini Scholar from the 5 year Master's Course. For nearly 3 years, from Jan. 2010, I mentored in the Parasara Jyotish program created by Pundit Rath. I am a level 1 & 2 teacher in the AIAC (Ancient Indian Astrology Classes) founded by Chicago based Guru Souvik Dutta. (see the Ayurjyotish course in 2012, the Visesa Lagna course in Jan. 2014 and Panchanga course in Jan. 2015) Teaching what I am learning deepens understanding and joy. Currently I have a Level 1 foundation course going on skype (Sept. 2015 I live in the hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay with my husband Jack Labanauskas, publisher of the Enneagram Monthly, also a practitioner and student of Vedic wisdom.
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