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15-Apr-2010

Make the Planets Your Own

Astrology for Yogis 2

“Then, as before, did the One fashion the Sun and the Moon, the Heaven and the Earth, the atmosphere and the domain of Light.” – Rig Veda

For thousands of years the three sister sciences of Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotish were taught and practiced together. Each has a gift to offer. Here is an example: a woman came to me who was experiencing chronic depression. An examination of her birth chart revealed a Moon challenged by Saturn – a classic recipe for her ailment since, in astrology, the Moon corresponds to what the yogis call “Manas” or the sensory and emotional nature of the mind.

Saturn, on the other hand, exerts a contracting influence that can be experienced as “weighty” or limiting. But Saturn also provides discipline and stability, which is very useful in meditation. In other words, the conjunction of Saturn with the Moon can be ideal for developing a meditative mind. I suggested a mantra to strengthen her Moon energy, a pranayama (breath exercise) to activate the flow of Lunar prana, and a meditation suitable for her constitution.

Like Yoga and Ayurveda, Jyotish (or Vedic Astrology) is a rich field for lifelong study and application. There are many ways to begin a study in this area, from starting with a good book on the subject to taking workshops. Go at it at the pace that seems right for you, but keep an open mind. You’ll be amazed at the healing capabilities of the planets!

Mehtab
Certified Vedic Astrologer and Founder, YOGA YOGA
Available for individual appointments and astrological readings
As an introduction, I recommend Light on Life by Robert Svoboda

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