Here is a new article by astrological researcher Ram Ramakrishnan on the little known fact that there are different specialities in the broad field of Astrology, often using quite different techniques to achieve their ends. Ram puts the case that there is a need for more rigorous astrological research to determine which system is the best, or perhaps more appropriately, how one can determine which is the most suitable in terms of its outcomes.
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Application of this standard makes Saturn and Mars resident in the first house, Sun, Mercury and Venus in the twelfth house, Raahu and the Moon in the eleventh and Ketu in the fifth.
As we are dealing with a physical ailment and considering the scheme that equates each house in a chart to a portion of the human body, it is seen that Saturn is the lord of the tenth and eleventh houses (as shown in the house lordship chart below) that denote the area around the knees and the portion above the ankle. The cusps of the tenth and eleventh houses are posited in the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius whose dispositor is Saturn.
Considering the scheme of identification of planets with different parts of the body, Saturn denotes the legs.
Saturn resident in the first house would mean that it effects the body of the individual directly during its period of operation.
The twelfth house is the house of loss vis-à-vis the ascendant. Mars the twelfth lord is in the first house which denotes some form of loss to the individual's body. As Mars is conjunct Saturn, the prime area of affliction will be to that part of the body signified by Saturn. Mars also signifies weapons, so the affliction can be caused by a weapon. Weaving these observations together, the story that emerges is that during the period of Saturn, there would be an affliction to the body of the subject in the region around the knee and above the ankle caused by a weapon. It may be surmised that Mars being in its own sign and being the lord of an angular house (that makes it a benefic) will bring with it an element of benign-ness and hence the confirmation of the possibility of surgery to set right an ailment.
Ailments generally manifest themselves during the operating periods of planets that are weak in the chart and are associated with or placed in houses that denote specific parts of the anatomy and also have a relationship with the ascendant (that represents the body as a whole). Saturn in fall in the first house and also resident in a lunar mansion whose dispositor is Venus – the first house dispositor, should take the pride of place with regard to any ailment connected with the knee and legs. As the tenth and eleventh houses signify the region around the knee and above the ankle, we should consider planets placed in these house as well as the cuspal dispositors of these houses. Saturn is the dispositor while a weak Moon (weakened due to its proximity to the node and sustained by Saturn as its dispositor) is placed in the eleventh. Saturn finds a suitably placed and willing partner in the Moon to carry out its malefic designs. The Moon being the lunar mansion dispositor of the 10th house cusp, provides a ready conduit for channelizing this malevolent energy. Going by the argument above, the ailment should manifest itself during the combined operation of Saturn, the Moon and Mars – in that order.
Let us look at the dasa calendar and consider the operating planetary combination corresponding to the date (24 May 2003) when this episode happened./ operates between 5 Sep 2001 and 23 Aug 2004 while /// operates between 21 May 2003 and 28 May 2003. It can be further argued that at this juncture that played out its role of inflicting an injury through a weapon (a scalpel in this case) to begin the process of recovery. The date corresponding to the planetary combination //// is 22 May 2003.
The story doesn't end here. In fact it begins here, whatever that has been said before this merely being a prelude. Against each of the arguments advanced to arrive at the 'solution' above, there are any number of questions that spring up. Firstly, if I had been given this chart would I have ventured to do what I have done, an year ago ? Six months ago? Even a fortnight ago – when the lady had the uncomplaining service of her legs? Very unlikely !! One – because had it been a false prediction it would have been too risky for my standing (and for my physical being as well) to go about saying that the person will have her leg operated upon in a few days from now and I would have also been accused of sensationalism. Two – had it been a correct prediction then I would have had the additional burden of maintaining my new found 'reputation', the burden manifesting itself in many uncomfortable ways. I dread both scenarios !
At the technical level, there are a host of questions:
- Do the arguments advanced always hold without exceptions?
- What makes and repeat themselves in the planetary sequence? Obviously, it has to do with the degree of weakness of the planets. But how does one measure this degree of weakness and determine when a planet repeats itself and when it does not?
- What would happen during the period / that operates between 12 June 2012 and 3 January 2014? Will this phenomenon manifest again? From my work in Genealogy, I have noticed that once a planet has initiated or taken part in an event, its potential (to make similar results manifest) is reduced in definite measures. Will this canon be applicable here too?
- The residence of and in the lunar mansion whose dispositor is the first house dispositor also, certainly advances the role of these two entities in their detrimental work. But is this condition mandatory?
- To what extent is the fact that the 10th house cusp is resident in a lunar mansion whose dispositor is the , advance the incident being probed? Is it the clinching argument for the malady striking at the knee rather than the part of the leg below the knee?
- Is the position of to the right of the 10th cusp the reason for the effected part being the right leg? Had been on the other side of the cusp would it have been the left leg?
There certainly seems to be an imperative need to separate the 'Wheat from the Chaff' as that adage goes. But then which is the 'Wheat' and which the 'Chaff'? And who is to decide which is what? If none of the set of arguments that go with each norm or standard is consistent then astrology is indeed a lot of bunkum as many antagonists of the subject claim. On the other hand if all those set of arguments were to be consistent, then astrology will be a bewilderingly wonderful subject where anyone can invent a new standard and come up with correct predictions!
All such questions can be answered only by experimentation and research. I can quite cautiously (and with an element of reservation) say that the procedure and standards that I use at diagnosing a chart work fairly consistently (note the number of 'safety-valve' adjectives used! They are to prepare ground for a respectful retreat if I were to be proved wrong at a latter date!!). I can comment on the other standards used only after I have tried them across a few scores of charts. Perhaps they work too!
The peculiarity between a medical diagnosis and an astrological diagnosis is that while the former would recommend a line of corrective action after the onset of the ailment, an astrological diagnosis can (if done properly) indicate the time of onset of the ailment as well as the kind of corrective action that will (and not that should) be taken. This reasoning smacks of the idea of inexorableness of happenings, some kind of a doomsday syndrome. But the point is, that if it is in the chart it should happen and conversely, if it happens then it must be in the chart. If it is not so, then astrology should have no meaning.
However having said this, how many astrologers can hold their hands on their hearts and say that every one of their prediction has been correct? But astrology does seem to provide an answer to every happening when seen in retrospect. This is the reason for my assertion that astrology is indeed good, but astrologers will just not be so good. Never, perhaps ! Unless, we have a radioactive astro-bug stinging someone who then goes on to become the astro-man or astro-woman who pirouettes across the skylines of the world weaving predictive webs all over that can never be wrong. At least in comic books !!
Aries, the Ram
Taurus, the Bull
Gemini, the Twins
Cancer, the Crab
Leo, the Lion
Virgo, the Virgin
Libra, the Scales
Scorpio, the Scorpion
Sagittarius, the Archer
Capricorn, the Sea Goat
Aquarius, the Water Bearer
Pisces, the Fishes
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