Jyotisha I Course Announcement

Greetings everyone. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and are staying warm and cozy as the winter approaches!

I am looking forward to offering another Vedic Astrology Beginners Course online in the New Year. Please feel free to share this information with anyone who you think may be interested.

Try the first class for free! Course limited to 7 participants.

(Suggested days/times are subject to change according to what will work best for the group. The details should be finalized by 12/31.)

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Rising from the Ashes

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As I was reflecting on the nature of the recent “astrological weather” this summer, I was reminded of the legend of the Phoenix – who must burn to a pile of ashes in order that she may be reborn anew.

For those who follow the movements of the planets through the zodiac, chances are you know what I’m referring to. However, lets paint the picture for the “rest of us” to have the benefit of a little piece of astrological awareness. It all started around April 25th of this year (2019). Saturn met up with Ketu, the South Node of the Moon in the later degrees of Sidereal Sagittarius.

This can be considered a notable event in the sense that Saturn and Ketu move slowly and therefor had not crossed paths in the same constellation since around October of 2007. So this is, in other words, about a once in every 12 years occurrence.

However, what was far more rare and unusual about their rendezvous this time is that Saturn just happened to begin his retrograde cycle on April 29th. The timing was such that these two malefic “partners in crime” began to journey together within a tight conjunction of one degree until October 1st! All made possible by virtue of the fact that Ketu’s ‘modus operandi’ is to move backwards slowly through the zodiac at about the same pace as Saturn’s average retrograde speed. Which for all of us down here on earth seemed to be a kind of omen for five months of relative uneasiness.

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Let us understand something about Saturn and Ketu, and what they have in common. Saturn, being the furthest away of all the visible planets, can represent separation or loss. Ketu signifies spirituality and liberation, the dissolution of the separate ego in order that the underlying unity of existence may be experienced. Saturn is also represented by the Air Element, while Ketu is of the Fire Element.

As these two journeyed so closely together for all these months, it seemed to evoke an intense Kālī type of energy – fiercely burning away or even destroying things of the past which may have no longer been useful. Depending on how this transit aligned with ones’ individual horoscope, this will have been experienced in a particular way – generally depending on which house corresponds to the constellation of Sagittarius.

So, the good news is that loss and destruction are absolutely necessary in order for new growth to occur. I have a fond memory of one teacher, Swami Satyadharma, once telling me “Don’t worry. Whenever you lose something, it means that something new is coming!” And this could not be more clear at present, with Jupiter getting ready to move into none other than Sagittarius November 5th.

Jupiter is the greatest benefic, the planet of growth, expansion and optimism. He is very strong in Sagittarius, as he is right at home in his own constellation. Therefor, though we are now in the wake of Saturn and Ketu’s intense and arduous demolition, Jupiter is about to arrive on the scene to put all the pieces back together in a fresh, new way.

Thus, I cannot think of a better analogy for this “cosmic unfoldment” than the Phoenix who has burnt into a pile of ashes, in order to make way for rebirth and renewal. And how fitting that all of this is happening in fiery Sagittarius!

Jupiter in Scorpio

Jupiter moved into sidereal Scorpio this morning. This is significant because Jupiter takes about a year to transit each constellation of the Zodiac.

So, along with slow-moving Saturn and the Lunar Nodes (referred to as Rahu and Ketu in Vedic Astrology), Jupiter’s transit is important. The reason for this is that these “long-term” transits correlate to more “long-term” trends and themes unfolding in our lives.

How this new transit of Jupiter may unfold in any individuals life over approximately the next year depends on how this transit fits into the bigger picture of ones’ overall horoscope. Since each birth-chart is unique, any general statements that could be made are inevitably limited!

But what I can say is… “Now, for something a little different!” : D

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Akshaya Tritiya: Wednesday, April 18th (2018)

Greetings everyone, and wishing you a lovely Spring season… (here in Ohio, we are still waiting for the Spring weather to arrive!).

I’ve decided to repost this short article from last year, in light of the very special day called Akshaya Tritiya gracing us tomorrow~



According to Vedic tradition, there are certain special days of the year which can provide a sort of “wind behind the sails” for those who seek growth and upliftment. The basis for these auspicious occasions is a five-limbed calendrical system called the “Pañchāṅga” (in Sanskrit, pañcha means ‘five’ and aṅga means ‘limb’).

The Pañchāṅga is based solely on astrological considerations, and more specifically one can say it is based on the cosmic dance between the Earth, Sun, Moon and Stars. Its purpose is to help us understand a way in which we can align the microcosm of our lives with the greater macrocosmic whole.

One of the most important limbs of the Pañchāṅga is the Lunar Phase, or Tithi. Simply put, each Lunar month from New Moon to New Moon is divided into 30 parts – 15 tithis of the bright (waxing) fortnight, and 15 of the dark (waning) fortnight. Each Tithi has a name, and each can generally be considered favorable or unfavorable for various activities.

The third Tithi is called “Tṛtīyā” (the prefix “tri-“ in Sanskrit means the same as it does in English.) It just so happens that once every year around April or May, during the bright Lunar fortnight, Tritiya coincides with something very special: the Exaltation of both the Sun and the Moon.* This means that both of these luminaries become very powerful in terms of their ‘dignity’ or planetary strength.

The Sun lights up our day, and the Moon our night. Therefor they both represent light, luminosity and what we call Sattva in Sanskrit. They are the King and Queen of our ‘cosmic real estate’. The ancients understood the significance of both of the luminaries being in their exaltation on this special day each year, and bestowed upon this day the name “Akshaya Tritiya”, “Akshaya” meaning indestructible, undying or eternal.

So how to catch the “wind behind our sails” on this special day? Connect to the Divine in whatever way, shape or form is meaningful to you. This may include prayer, meditation, and/or yoga practice. On this day, it is auspicious to donate what you can to a worthy cause – be it your time or a monetary contribution. Help out where you can, and let the light of this day lift you up and propel you forward on this wondrous journey through Life.



*A planet becomes exalted when it is passing through its exaltation constellation. For the Sun this is Aries, while for the Moon it is Taurus. Note this is according to the Sidereal Zodiac (which is used for most purposes in Vedic Astrology) rather than the Tropical Zodiac.

As always, I am available for readings, workshops and/or tutoring in Jyotisha (Vedic Astrology). Feel free to contact me if I can be of some usefulness.

Best Wishes,

Greg

Jyotisha Level 1 Online Course Offering

 Dear Friends,

      I am pleased to be offering a Level 1, beginning course on Jyotisha – the traditional astrology of India. The course will go for 8 weeks and is scheduled to begin August 13th, 2017. Classes will be held on Sunday afternoons. Please click here to see the flyer for more details.

     Note that enrollment will be on a first come, first serve basis and I intend to keep the group size small so that there is plenty of opportunity for each class to be an interactive learning experience. However, if there is enough interest I will consider starting a 2nd group which would meet at a different time.

    For more information about Jyotisha, feel free to peruse the other sections of this website. I invite you to forward this information to anyone who you feel may be interested.

  Course enrollment can be via PayPal or check. If you would like to enroll, or have any questions about the course, you are welcome to contact me via email (Poornamurti108@gmail.com) or phone: (440)821-1560.

Very Best Wishes,
 Greg Stein

Akshaya Tritiya: Friday, April 28th 2017

According to Vedic tradition, there are certain special days of the year which can provide a sort of “wind behind the sails” for those who seek growth and upliftment. The basis for these auspicious occasions is a five-limbed calendrical system called the “Pañchāṅga” (in Sanskrit, pañcha means ‘five’ and aṅga means ‘limb’).

The Pañchāṅga is based solely on astrological considerations, and more specifically one can say it is based on the cosmic dance between the Sun and the Moon. Its purpose is to help us understand a way in which we can align the microcosm of our lives with the greater cosmic influences.

One of the most important limbs of the Pañchāṅga is the Lunar Phase, or Tithi. Simply put, each Lunar month from New Moon to New Moon is divided into 30 parts – 15 tithis of the bright (waxing) fortnight, and 15 of the dark (waning) fortnight. Each Tithi has a name, and each can generally be considered favorable or unfavorable for various activities.

The third Tithi is called “Tritiya” (the prefix “tri-“ is Sanskrit means the same as it does in English.) It just so happens that once every year around April or May, during the bright Lunar fortnight, Tritiya coincides with something very special: the Exaltation of both the Sun and the Moon.* This means that both of these planets become very powerful in how they exert their influence upon our world.

The Sun lights up our day, and the Moon our night. Therefor they both represent light, luminosity and what we call Sattva in Sanskrit. They are the King and Queen of our ‘cosmic real estate’. The ancients understood the significance of both of the luminaries being in their exaltation on this one day each year, and bestowed upon this day the name “Akshaya Tritiya”, “Akshaya” meaning indestructible, undying or eternal.

So how to catch the “wind behind our sails” on this special day? Connect to the Divine in whatever way, shape or form is meaningful to you. This may include prayer, meditation, and/or yoga practice. On this day, it is auspicious to donate what you can to a worthy cause – be it your time or a monetary contribution. Help out where you can, and let the light of this day lift you up and propel you forward on this wondrous journey through Life.



*A planet becomes exalted when it is passing through its exaltation constellation. For the Sun, this is Aries, while for the Moon it is Taurus. Note this is according to the Sidereal Zodiac used in Vedic Astrology, rather than the Tropical Zodiac commonly used in Western Astrology.

As always, I am available for readings, workshops and/or tutoring in Jyotisha (Vedic Astrology). Feel free to contact me if I can be of some usefulness.

Best Wishes,

Greg

Saturns’ Transit Through Sagittarius

On January 26th (2017), Saturn left the constellation of Scorpio and moved into Sagittarius. This is according to the Sidereal Zodiac used in Vedic astrology. Saturn will go retrograde during the first week of April, which will take him back into Scorpio on June 20th. Then October 26th, after having gone direct once again, Saturn will move back into Sagittarius and will remain there until January 23rd, 2020.

What does this mean for all of us? Well, to put it most simply – a shift or change in terms of individual as well as collective themes unfolding. Saturn moves into a new sign approximately every two-and-a-half years, teaching us his valuable lessons every step of the way.

One of the reasons why Saturns transit is regarded as so important in Vedic Astrology is because Saturn is the slowest moving of all of the “Nine Grahas” (or planets) we use in this system. So his transit indicates relatively long-term effects. In whatever house he is transiting relative to our natal chart, his influence will be felt for about 2.5 years. In contrast, the Sun, Venus and Mercury stay in a constellation for about an month or so, the Moon for about 2.5 days, and Mars for about 1.5 months.

Joining Saturn in the category of “slower-moving grahas”, thereby giving longer-term results in transit, are Jupiter and the Lunar Nodes, Rahu and Ketu. Jupiter graces whatever constellation he is in for about a year, while the nodes take about 1.5 years to transit the same amount of “cosmic real-estate”.

So what does this transit of Saturn mean specifically for you? Well, this depends on the over-all “lay of the land” in your natal chart. Thus, it is a good time to receive an astrological “update” from your Vedic Astrologer of choice.

One interesting consideration to note about this transit is that Saturn is now beginning its journey of transiting over the ascendant of the “birth chart” of the United States. Saturn will pass right over the ascendant point of this chart (9:45 Saggitatius) January 22nd, 2018. Then Saturn will retrograde back over this point July 26th 2018, again crossing this point going direct October 16th.

So over the next few years, we may see a kind of “reality check” happening collectively for our country with a lot of re-evaluating in terms of who we are and where we are going as a country. There may be some tensions peaking around the times that Saturn is especially close to the ascendant point with things hopefully smoothing out as Saturn moves further away. These happenings can ultimately result in a change in the way the country is viewed by the rest of the world. 

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Above: the “Birth Chart” of the USA – the moment the Declaration of Independence was signed. The outer layer shows the current transits as of 4/2/17 (note Saturn is transiting over the Ascendant in the ninth sign of Sagittarius).