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Astrology - Questions & Answers with Prash Trivedi by Prash Trivedi

  • QUESTION: Could you tell me how a retrograde exalted Saturn acts in a chart as compared to an exalted direct Saturn?


    ANSWER: If Saturn was just exalted, one would always take the easy way out and be more diplomatic in general. Retrograde Saturn is a little more skeptical and slow and gains more through obstacles/disruption rather than a building process. Retrograde exalted Saturn is a strong placement but it gives slow results over a longer period of time, in comparison to a direct exalted Saturn. Saturn will work more strongly in one's advanced years as opposed to the first half of life. The same would be the case during Saturn minor period. The results will be more apparent in the second half.


  • QUESTION:You mentioned that an exalted planet will either show refined or unrefined energies depending on the Navamsha, Nakshatramsha & Shashtiamsha chart. Could you tell me what the Nakshatramsha chart is?


    ANSWER:The Nakshatramsha is the 27th divisional chart and fine tunes the Navamsa placements. You can download Jagannath Hora Lite software (It has the Nakshatramsha). It's free on the net.


  • QUESTION: In the case of Saturn being exalted in my chart, could you walk me through how you would use these three charts to determine the type of energies, as an exalted planet, that Saturn will display.


    ANSWER: Saturn's Navamsa placement in Capricorn gives it a rigid spine and strong material inclinations. It makes it a worldly planet. In a way it can be seen as a corporate placement.
    Saturn is in Cancer with Ketu in the Nakshatramsha and gives it a soft under belly from a pastlife, dedicated to homely/maternal issues. It works by being receptive to other's needs.
    Saturn is in a Shashtiamsha called Lakshmisha meaning Lord of Laxmi (wealth). This makes it a good financial planet which promises financial gains in its periods.


  • QUESTION: Rahu in my chart is both debilitated and retrograde in my chart. Could you explain how it will act.


    ANSWER: If you read my book on the Lunar Nodes you will find that even though Rahu is debilitated in Saggitarius it has the capacity to give good results because Rahu never does too badly in Jupiter's sign. In your case it is even aspected by its own dispositor.


  • QUESTION: I am aware that each nakshatra is divided into four padas but am not certain as to how to use the pada for further refinement around the Nakshatra.


    ANSWER:Try to mix the pada lords with the Nakshatra lords like you would mix the energies of two planets in conjunction. For example if Venus is in fourth pada of Ardra, than Rahu-Jupiter (Pisces mode) conjunction sort of energy would be relayed by Venus.


  • QUESTION: So, does that mean that the pada will indicate which house affairs the Nakshatra's characteristics/attributes will relate to, in addition to the planet that occupies the Nakshatra?


    ANSWER:Yes,but you have to remember that this a weak effect in comparision to other effects. For example, the main planetary lord of a nakshatra will have more of a say in relation to house affairs than the pada lord.


  • QUESTION: Does the Lord of the Pada add any further refinement?


    ANSWER: It deals with underlying energies just as Navamsha governs the underlying energies of the Rasi.


  • QUESTION: Exalted Planets - when a planet is exalted your course material says that it becomes extremely strong. Is it "extremely strong" just as it relates to the house it is located in or does this carry over to the houses it rules and houses/planets it aspects?


    ANSWER: It carries over to the houses it rules. Aspects is a whole different thing altogether.


  • QUESTION: Does the "extremely strong" relate just to non-living affairs of the house or to both living and non-living?


    ANSWER: That depends upon the planets, natural & temporal nature. A natural malefic will always harm live things even if it is exalted.


  • QUESTION: If the exalted planet is a malefic will it tend to emphasize the higher energies and lessen the lower energies and if so, does this effect, again, just relate to the house the planet is in or to anything in a chart it influences.


    ANSWER: An exalted malefic can function both in a refined and unrefined manner depending upon the overall tone of the chart and its placements in Navamsha, Nakshatramsha & Shashtiamsha. The combined effect will be noticed in whatever comes under its influence.


  • QUESTION: What is the effect of an exalted planet that is also retrograde?


    ANSWER: The outer planets (Mars, Jupiter & Saturn) give strong results when retrograde. The inner planets also give strong results but may lack initiative. Overall they have a tendency to give good luck through some sort of reversed events (like making money during war).


  • QUESTION: If a planet is retrograde, does it internalize the energy of the planet as it relates to affairs of the house it is in, or does it internalize the planet's energy as it relates to everything influenced by the planet in the chart?


    ANSWER: Only the natural nature of the planet gets internalized. For example, Mercury retrograde will lose its outer quick chatty communicability but the internal dialogue within the person would be profuse.


  • QUESTION: If Mars is retrograde then that might mean that a person would be hesitant to act in an ambitious or courageous manner (is this right?).


    ANSWER: Yes that is right.


  • QUESTION: What happens if a retrograde planet is also debilitated? I understand from your course work that if the planet is debiliated it will emphasize the negative results of the planet, but if retrograde also, does this lessen the negative impact?


    ANSWER: Retrograde debilitated planets are stronger than just forward moving debilitated planets. Overall this means that sometimes their negative results are even more pronounced. But their strength does help people get on with life despite not living up to their full potential.


  • QUESTION: You are about to publish a book on Nakshatras. I have read that little in the way of Vedic knowledge/information on the nakshatras is available. If this is true, how/where did you obtain the knowledge you are providing in your book? Also, will the information/knowledge in your book be much different than that in Dennis Harness's book - other than the illustrations?


    ANSWER: I have gotten the information from my own experience in Astrology. We (Veno & I) pay constant attention to nakshatras on a daily basis as well as in the charts of clients. The more one pays attention to them the more one learns about them. Our book has a totally different structure to Dennis Harness's book and is likely to contradict alot of what he has written.


  • QUESTION: I understand that some people (mainly Western astrologers who later learned Vedic astrology) use both methods. The Western system will be used more for personality traits and the Vedic for predictive matters. What are your thoughts on this?


    ANSWER: There's nothing about personal psychology which cannot be gauged from Jyotish. Western Astrology, is, as you know, flawed from the initial process of chart casting. It's more about playing with people's minds and fantasies, rather than giving them a piece of reality. It's very easy to make Jyotish more psychologically oriented. It all depends on the practitioner. It's just that superficial psychological issues weren't given much importance in the Vedic scheme of things, like they are in the west. The ancient sages have gone into the psychological aspects of human nature in depth for thousands of years, while in the west psychology has only just begun (At least Jung was humble enough to admit this).


  • QUESTION: I have read that Jyotish astrology isn't true Vedic astrology - that it represents a blend of Greek and Vedic methods. What are your thoughts on this?


    ANSWER: Jyotish was transmitted from India onto the middle eastern civilizations like Babylonian, Assyrian and Chaldean. From there it reached the Egyptians. Greeks in turn took all their knowledge from the Egyptians. What happened after that is that these civilizations added some new things to this science through their own experience (like casting the solar return charts). These additions were relayed back to India and incorporated into Jyotish. In our view though, most of these are not required and in most cases, just complicate matters instead of simplifying them.


  • QUESTION: In regards to your book on Lunar Nodes, what are the Hindu authoritative works that act as the basis for interpreting the nodes as a karmic axis?


    ANSWER: I did it based on my personal experience using my Vedic genepool. A lot of ancient Vedic texts (especially astrological) are not available today. Even the ones that are available now (like Parashara Hora Shastra) are not present in their entirety. One has to rely on one's ancient genetic memory to recover the knowledge.


  • QUESTION: If there is in fact no Vedic basis, then how did the medieval western astrologers possibly come up with such a concept on their own? Who did they take it from?


    ANSWER:The so called medieval western astrologers used a sidereal zodiac. They had all the vedic knowledge transmitted through the following route Vedic - Babylonian - Egyptian - Greek - Roman In fact lot of the knowledge which was known in middle ages is secret now.


  • QUESTION: Does the basis for interpreting the nodes as a karmic axis come instead from an oral tantric tradition from india?


    ANSWER: All the puranic stories point towards it in a pretty straightforward manner. Everyone confronts their Rahu-Ketu axis. Even Vishnu got his head severed off once for paying off for the initial cutting of the Swarbhanu's head. There is a lot more to it on a galactic level relating to separation of Gemini (antigalactic center) - Sagittarius ( galactic center) as signs but that would take a whole book in itself to explain.


  • QUESTION: What Hindu authority did you rely on for your book "The Rahu/Ketu Experience"?


    ANSWER: I relied on Puranas and my experience and intuition. My brahminic genepool ( from Sage Bharadwaja's gotra) has all the knowledge memory of the original astrological knowledge. That's the only book one can rely on.


  • QUESTION: Since the Western astrologers use the karmic axis too, do both zodiacs show one's past/future growth/direction, just differently?


    ANSWER: Western system has a wrong zodiac. It is a trick played on them by their founders ( who knew better) so that they grope in the dark.


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