Enneagram & Jyotish

Space and Time Part 2: Lunar Mansions”  is an article by Jack Labanauskas the publisher and editor of the Enneagram Monthly an eclectic journal with readers in many countries that he started 22 years ago.  It is largely about the Enneagram, a typology system that categorizes people in 9 principal groups each responsive to one of the 9 passions i.e. Perfectionism, Pride, Deceit, Envy, Avarice, Fear, Gluttony, Lust/Excess or Sloth.

We are each affected or in the “grip,” similar to the effect of grahas or nakshatras by a dominant passion at the center of our personality.  This predilection to favor one passion over others, rather than caused by the entry point (birth) into life or the planetary influences as they move forming particular mixtures of influences,  is more the result of accumulation of our internal processes like confirmation bias, defense system etc. Over time we “solidify” in what we perceive as “working for us” and then maintain such patterns even when situations change. While jyotish describes the cosmic influences at work behind our destiny, the enneagram exels at assessments of our passions and motivations and how we respond to others under the sway of a different passion. together the enneagram and jyotish can enhance our understanding how best to live or quoting Jack says:
“We’re at a world class buffet that contains all we need to thrive, but also what can cause terrible indigestion.” And all our studies are of course aimed at improving understanding of life so we can make better choices.

click here to read part 2 …


Part 1 in pdf form issue # 227 …email sueann@guna.us to request a copy.




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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