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Saturn is a slow moving planet, it spends around two and half years in each zodiac sign. Saturn is going to shift into the sign of Capricorn on the 20th of December 2017 and will stay there until the 18th of December 2020.
Saturn is the planet of limitations, discipline and boundaries. it is the energy of decrease and contraction. Whatever house Saturn transits in your chart, this is the area of life that will ask for your attention, tests your patience and demand your responsibility, it is that area of life where you may expect slow, but steady growth, it is where you need to have realistic expectations, and sometimes can also be a source of frustration.
Since Saturn spends around two and a half years in each sign, its influence can be easily felt over a long period of time, it is important to understand this transit as it can show us where we can expect slow growth, limitation and the need for patience and structure.
Based on your rising sign, here is how Saturn is going to influence your life from the 20th of December 2017 and until the 18th of December 2020.
Aries
Saturn is moving in your 10th house of career all of this year. This is a time to focus on building a strong foundation for career success. You need to work hard to make career advancement and experience success. If you’ve been working hard, this transit can bring plenty of rewards for your work. If you haven’t been, you might have to deal with the consequences of your actions.
Taurus
Saturn is moving into your 9th house all of this year, you may expect positive changes regarding your work. This can be a challenging transit as you may question your faith, is there a solid foundation to things you believe in?  Avoid falling into pessimism and try to remain self inspired. If you are a student you need to put extra more attention and effort into your studies.
Gemini
Saturn is moving into your 8th house all of this year, this is a time to take care of your financial obligations, issues related to mutual resources or intimacy might require your attention, you need to stay focused, avoid laziness, and take responsibility. You will have the chance to let stressful and uncomfortable situations change your life for the better. Unforeseen journeys are indicated.
Cancer
Saturn will be moving in your 7th house all of this year, relationships will be challenging at this point, your level of maturity around handling relationships will be tested. Relationship problems can arise and they are meant to help you improve the relationship, strengthen it, and make it more lasting. Relationships that are not in harmony with you who you are at this point may come to an end. By the time Saturn leaves your 7th house will have become more responsible with your relationships and you will stick to quality relationships even if they are a few.
Leo
Saturn is moving into your 6th house all of this year, you will have the opportunity to become more productive, efficient, and bring more structure and order to your daily life. Try to be disciplined, patient, and focus on one goal at a time. You also need to watch your health at this point and guard against accidents. With this position of Saturn, this is not the best year to get married, unless your personal chart indicates otherwise.
Virgo
Saturn in moving in your 5th house all of this year, you don’t want to ignore your talents this year or deny what you are good at, even if you are feeling uninspired or that your creativity is blocked. Try to find inspiration within yourself; a regular mediation practice can be of great help in this regard. Take more care of your children and make sure your responsibilities don’t get in the way of having fun!
Libra
Saturn is moving into your 4th house all of this year, you may feel like your life is restricted at this point, home and family issues can demand a lot of your attention, try to focus on one goal at a time and be as responsible as you can with home and family, you also want to keep the health of the parents in check.
Scorpio
Saturn is moving in your 3rd house all of this year, this is a great year to pour your effort into studying a subject or developing a skill that requires a long process of learning.  Keep relationships with your siblings and peers smooth. Guard against depression and dark thoughts, a meditation practice should prove helpful.
Sagittarius
Saturn is moving in your 2nd house all of this year, this is a time of hard work and taking a practical approach to the way you earn your resources, you may feel worrisome and insecure regarding your financial situation, this is an excellent time to save, to start a business, and create a long term financial plan to stabilize your finances. Family life can be demanding at this point.
Capricorn
Saturn is moving in your 1st house all of this year, take care of your health during this year, eat well, drink plenty of water, and try to regulate your sleep as Saturn in this position can disturb your appetite and sleeping patterns. If you feel uncaused fear and anxiety, blame it on Saturn, keep yourself motivated and avoid dark spaces and pessimism, a meditation practice can be very helpful in this regard. You may feel burdened with added responsibility, embrace that responsibility, it is going to be rewarding in the big picture.
Aquarius
Saturn is moving in your 12th house all of this year, this year can mark endings of some of your life situations, you may experience delays and setbacks with some of the things you have been trying to accomplish. This may not be the easiest of years psychologically as you may have to let go of a lot of things that have been weighing your down. Fear may grow, your sleeping patterns may get disturbed, a meditation practice can be of great help at this point. Help this process by allowing things to happen as they may without resistance on your part, it is time to clean your closet.
Pisces
Saturn is moving in your 11th house all of this year, you may not be interested in superficial relationships and may see some friends leaving your life, this is a time to clear your social circle, you need to trust that whoever leaves your life at this point may not necessarily resonate with who you are today, be selective with your friends! This is a time to work hard and realistically towards achieving your dreams. Dedicating yourself to a cause is a good idea at this point. Financial gains are indicated.
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In this blog post i am going to talk about Jupiter's transit to Scorpio and how this transit is going to influence your life starting the 9th of October 2017 until the 8th of November 2018 based on your rising sign/ Ascendant sign.
Jupiter is known as the great benefic planet in Vedic Astrology, it is considered one of the main players in the zodiac. Jupiter represents the energy of expansion and increase; it is the planet of wisdom, religion, opportunities, optimism, grace and good fortune. Jupiter stays in each sign for almost one year; it is shifting into the sign of Scorpio on October the 9th 2017 and is going to stay there until November the 8th 2018. 
Since Jupiter spends almost one year in each sign, its influence becomes very important and help us see the areas of potential growth in our lives. Before I talk about the transit of Jupiter from your rising sign, it is important to mention that if the Moon in your chart falls in Taurus, Leo or Aquarius, this is going to be a year of drastic changes taking place in your life, so get ready for a time of big changes!
Here is how this transit is going to affect your personal life based on your ascendant sign.
Aries: This transit can bring you financial benefits through other people; it could be the partner, an inheritance, or money from insurance. Your partner’s finances shall improve. Pay attention to your health and avoid lending money or risky transactions.  A change of work is possible during this year. This is a wonderful time to study occult and esoteric sciences. Long term friendship could turn into a relationship.
Taurus: If you are married, your relationship with your partner can improve during this year; if you are not married you could meet someone new! Your clientele should grow bigger. There can be new opportunities for travel. Your spiritual and religious inclination will increase, you may initiate job change. If you are in the business of import/export, jewelry, or the stock market you are likely to make good profits. Generally this is a great position for your finances. Pay attention to the health condition of the mother. Going abroad is possible. Buying a new vehicle is also possible during this transit. Drive carefully.
Gemini: This is a great time if you are looking for a job or seeking a promotion. This can also be a good time to take care of your health, pay back your debt and solve your problems. You may take a loan for business purpose. Financial situation is set to improve.
Cancer: This transit can signal a birth of a child, it can also bring new romantic encounters and opportunities to express yourself creatively. It is a great time to start your own business. Financial rewards through hard work, this position is particularly rewarding if you own a business or if involved in the stock market. Traveling for education is possible or getting a scholarship.
Leo: This transit can give you an overall sense of well being and fulfillment. The circumstances of the mother should improve, as well as your living situation. This can also indicate a change or residence, a new home or a car. If you have a property its value is going to increase. Those in business will experience great results, avoid being flashy with your spending.
Virgo: This transit can help you achieve success in whatever you initiate. Opportunities for travel abound, relocation is possible during this transit. This can be a time when you start learning a new skill, a good time to try new things and promote yourself in new ways. If you are a writer this can be a great time to start writing your book. You may develop an interest in psychology and occult subjects during this year. Friends will be supportive. Don’t make hasty financial decision or spend so much on luxurious items.
Libra: This is a favorable year for your career in general. Your finances are should increase and you will have new opportunities to generate more income through hard work. Avoid making hasty decisions as they can harm your finances. Unexpected gains and gifts flow easily to you. Your relationship with your family should improve. You need to avoid the temptation to eat fatty foods during this year. In spite of your busy time, you will be able to enjoy beautiful time with your partner. If you have a certain physical ailment you are likely to experience improvement, take frequent breaks to pamper yourself and release stress.
Scorpio: There is going to be a big dose of optimism during this year, let your intuition guide you and trust that it is taking you in the right direction. You are going to feel blessed, protected and will receive new opportunities across the board. Watch your diet during this year; people tend to gain more weight when Jupiter transits their first house. This year can bring you the opportunity to publish or release your creative project. There will be a slow expansion of business, opportunities for gain from foreign lands or while traveling. This is a favorable transit for those pursuing higher education.
Sagittarius: You will be more inclined towards spirituality and work on inner peace and self realization. You may get new opportunities in foreign lands, opportunities with foreign people and institutions. Watch out for unexpected expenses during this year. Pay special attention to your digestive system. Old family issues may get resolved. If you are a parent, your children may go abroad for education, take care of your father’s health.
Capricorn: This is a time of fulfillment of desires and a promising professional life. There is going to be an increase in your social circle, there can also be an opportunity to obtain a title or an award. Your finances are going to improve during this year as you have multiple sources of income. Your partner’s earning may increase. Children will be a source of happiness and more expenses.
Aquarius: This is going to be a wonderful year for you in terms of career! If you have been waiting for a promotion or a raise you are likely to have it. A sudden trip related to business can be fruitful. You professional and public activities can increase and your status shall improve as a result; this is a wonderful year to start your own business. Watch your expenses during this time as you may be tempted to spend lavishly! New connections with foreign people are indicated as well as foreign travel. Father’s health needs more attention.
Pisces: This is a very auspicious time in which you will experience success in all your undertakings. Those working in foreign lands will be fortunate, all effort to create more money will be rewarded. This transit can bring your new opportunities to travel or take pilgrimage, you may decide to go back to school or begin a course of study. Your relationship with your father can improve during this year. A conflict with siblings over financial transactions is likely.           
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The North Node of the Moon “Rahu” and the South Node of the Moon” Ketu” are shifting signs on the 8th of May, Rahu will be moving in Leo while Ketu will be moving in Aquarius. Rahu and Ketu travel in a retrograde movement and spend almost a year and a half in each sign, that makes Rahu and Ketu move in the Leo/ Aquarius axis from the 8th of May 2017 until the 5th of November 2018.
Rahu represents the energy of ambition, desire, obsession and invention. It carries the potential of material success, Ketu is the significator of past karmas, dissatisfaction, chaotic changes beyond our control, Ketu often works as a spiritualizing factor.
Below are the results you can expect during this transit, read your rising sign/ ascendant.
Aries: There will be an obsession of finding love and romance, you could meet a foreign partner, this is an excellent time to use innovative efforts in your business, unplanned pregnancy can be a possibility during this transit, therefore it is important to stay safe. There can be a change of goals and ambitions as a result of dissatisfaction with current goals. Investments may not bring expected returns on time, keep your expectations moderate. A relationship with a friend could be challenged. 
Taurus: During this time you may have the urge to buy a new house or a new car.  You may not feel content at home which may result in you taking a trip or planning for an immigration. A change of jobs or even career paths can be expected during this time. Developing inner contentment and emotional stability is necessary during this time.
Gemini: This is a good transit for using your skills and talents in an innovative way, a good time to start learning a new subject, instrument or skill. Success in writing, advertising, and sports if you are involved in these areas can be expected. On the other hand you may start to feel a sense of dissatisfaction with the religion or culture you belong to, you may also start doubting your life path and start to reconsider your agenda for the future.  An interest in other religions and schools of thoughts is possible. If you are a student, careful from the tendency to have breaks in your education.
Cancer: Your desire for acquiring money and material objects will increase. You will be compelled to rely on yourself for your financial well being, this is a good time to create your own resources as the money that used to come to you through your partner or other people could become scarce. Accumulating money from foreign lands and foreign things is possible during this transit. Avoid indulgence in alcohol or drugs during this period. Take care of your teeth and eating habits. If you have an interest in esoteric and metaphysical studies this is going to be a great time to learn a big deal.
Leo: This transit brings of transformation as it brings more focus on yourself, on your ambitions, on being someone special. You could feel more socially isolated during this time, your relationships may not bring the satisfaction you expect, but that is a no problem as you will be more focused on developing yourself. You could meet new people with whom you form a sort of spiritual connection if you are inclination in that direction.
Virgo: You could go on a trip to a foreign land, you may be prompted to do more charitable deeds, you may spend a lot of time in meditation, contemplation and introspection. Working in foreign lands is possible. Unexpected changes could occur to your working life. If you have employees you could be dissatisfied with them. Take care of cleanliness and hygiene during this time as Ketu in the 6th house can create illness related to viruses or bacteria. Take care of your psyche as illnesses  that has psychic origin can develop if you are not careful.
Libra: This is a favorable transit, this can bring changes in your social circle, boost your ambitions to go after your goals and increase your financial gains. However you may experience a dissatisfaction with romance, you need to pay special attention to your children during this transit if you are a parent.
Scorpio: This is a favorable transit in terms of career and success, you will have the opportunity to shine and experience great success, however you may have the tendency to neglect your home life so you need to be careful not to sacrifice home for career. Pay attention to your relationship to the mother. Issues related to real estate should be handled with care. Be kind to your knees.
Sagittarius: You will have the desire to go on a journey abroad, you may also start questioning your moral codes and the philosophy by which you live your life, it is best to adapt to any changes that occur in the way you view the world, and to the way you live your daily life.
Capricorn: This transit will create more interest and fascination with occult subjects, however you don’t need to take it too far and keep your research within the health boundaries of the esoteric. Your financial situation could be somewhat challenged and may impel to rely on other people’s resources or take a loan. Family situation could feel burdensome.
Aquarius: This transit could bring the desire to find a partner or going for marriage if you have a relationship and your chart supports the occurrence of this event. Success may come through doing business with foreign countries. You may have to change yourself in some ways in order to keep your relationship going. Pay attention to your health. Inconsistent libido is possible and is temporal.
Pisces: This transit gives you courage to take risks and overcome difficulties, pay attention to your health as this transit can bring health issues that are difficult to diagnose. You may be inclined for humanitarian actions or simply helping somebody who is in need. You may have the desire to be secluded and meditate. Be careful with allergies and take care of your pets. 
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The 12 Houses of astrology are symbolic of the all the domains that make up our life. The planets and zodiac signs will manifest themselves most strongly in the areas of life represented by the house in which they fall in your chart.
The houses do not decide the the expression of energies like the zodiac signs do, they merely represent the domains these energies are most likely to manifest. The houses are the fields of experience, not the experience itself.
As the earth rotates during the course of the day, the zodiac gradually arises in the east and sets in the west. The sign that rises from the east at the time of birth becomes the first house, also know as the ascendant or the rising sign. The ascendant is the most important factor in the chart, two people born at the same day but at different times will have similar planetary positions in the signs, but they will fall in different houses, this makes a great difference in birth chart interpretations, because now the planets will manifest their energies in different areas of life.
The 1st house "Ascendant" is the sign that rises from the east at the time of birth, the sign next to becomes the second house, and the the sign next becomes the third house and so on. For example: if Cancer is the ascendant, the second house will fall in Leo, and the third in Virgo and so on.
Below is a short description of each of the houses and the areas of life they represent. If you are familiar with Western Astrology you may notice slight variations in the house meanings used in Vedic Astrology.
The 1st House
The 1st house relates to the self and shows our orientation in life as a whole. The first house indicates our basic character, our appearance and how we project the self to the world therefore it shows our personality, it also determines our physical constitution, afflictions to the first house shows psychological and physical difficulties.
Since it is the 1st house, it is related to birth, if it is strongly afflicted it can show a difficult birth. Planets placed in the first house can give indications into the person’s look; they also show what the person identifies themselves with strongly and the experiences they encounter.
The 1st house is the most important house for any great accomplishment in life; if it is strong it can override any potential difficulty found in the rest of the chart.
The 2nd House
The 2nd house relates to earning and our ability to take care of our responsibilities. It shows our financial potential and whatever we acquire through our own effort. If it is strong, it indicates strong earning capacity and prestige, if it is afflicted it shows expenses.
In the body, the 2nd house relates to the face in general, and the mouth in particular, it shows our tastes in food and our taste in general. It is the house of speech; planets in it can influence our speech, an afflicted second house can indicate a harsh speech.
The 2nd house deals with the family and early childhood experiences, afflictions to it show difficult early childhood and possible separation from the family.
The 3rd House
The 3rd house is the house of brothers, companions, neighbors and friends. It deals with how we act with peers, the people we like to do things with.
The 3rd house is the house of power, will, and drive. It reveals our passion and courage. It shows our interests and hobbies, whether physical or mental. It is related to sports, artistic talents and writing skills.
The 3rd house is related to short distance journeys and shows our experience of learning and communication.
The 4th House
The fourth house deals with the mother and her influence in one’s life. It shows our inner environment as well as outer environment. It relates to our emotional nature, our upbringing and education.
The fourth house is a very private and psychological house, it shows our capacity for happiness and psychological well being, it deals with rest and relaxation, benefic planets here can help with contemplation and meditation. If it is severely afflicted it can show mental and emotional disorders.
The fourth house shows lands and property and our ability to acquire them. It also deals with vehicles.
The 5th House
The 5th house is the house of children, it shows the capacity to have children, and how our relationship with them is like. Conception, pregnancy and child birth are associated with the 5th house. If the fifth house is strongly afflicted it can either deny children, or limits the happiness and fulfillment through them.
The 5th house is the house of creative self expression; it is related to cinematic art, music, painting and authoring.
The 5th house is the house of intelligence; it shows the capacity to give good counsel. If it is in a good shape it shows the capacity for sound judgment, if it is afflicted it shows wrong judgment and mental disturbance.
The 5th house is the house of love and romance; it represents the beloved “not necessarily the husband”. It is related to joy and the things we love doing.
The 5th house is also related to wealth, it shows the capacity to earn through the stock market and through our creations.
The 6th House
The 6th house is the house of disease, planets in this house can indicates physical disorders according to their nature. If the 6th house is afflicted in makes the person prone to illnesses, if it is supported it makes the immune system strong. The 6th house relates to injury and accidents.
The 6th house of enmity and indicates oppositions, difficulties and obstacles we face in life. It is also the house of litigation.
Malefic planets here like the Sun, Mars and Saturn show the capacity to win over enemies, yet they can cause health problems and some struggle in life if they are afflicted.
The 6th house is also the house of daily work routine, benefic planets here makes one service oriented. Nurses, physicians, healers, health practitioners often have benefic planets placed in the 6th house, often connected to the third house.
The 6th house is also connected to servants, employees and maternal uncles.
The 7th House
The 7th house is the house of partner; it shows the husband in a woman’s chart, and the wife in a man’s chart. It is the main house for judging the relationship between a man and a woman. As it it opposes the 1st house of “the self”, the 7th represents “the other”.
The 7th house is the house of passion and relationship, with an emphasis on long term committed relationship rather than romantic infatuations that are seen from the 5th house. The 7th house shows personal as well as business partnerships.
The 7th house is a social house and shows our ability to affect others, it is related to political power.
I am going to devote a special article to talk about various planets and how they express themselves in the 7th house.
The 8th House
The 8th house is the house of death, it relates to chronic illnesses or injuries that can lead to death. The 8th house is a hidden house; it can show negative, violent or criminal aspects of the character.
The 8th house is the house of trauma, crisis and transformation, planets in this house relate to sudden events that shake the core of the native and lead to their transformation depending on the indications of the planet involved.
The 8th house shows the money we gain through inheritance; it represents the money of the spouse.
The 8th house is one of the psychological and spiritual houses; it can give penetrating insight into the human psyche, into life and death. The 8th house is also the house of occult and mysteries;  it gives the capacity for research and shows proficiency in esoteric sciences like astrology, numerology, tantra and yoga.
The 8th house also relates to sexuality, it can give great sexual passion, and represents the transcendental/ spiritual aspect of the human relationship.
The 8th house is the essential house of longevity, several factors like the strength of the ascendant and Saturn have to be assessed, you don’t want to come to a quick conclusion about longevity based on the 8th house alone.
The 9th house
The 9th house is the house of dharma and shows our principles and values. It is the house of teachers and figures that guide and inspire us.
The 9th house is the house of law, philosophy and religion and shows our spiritual disposition. 
The 9th house relates to deeper and house of higher education, teachers, professors, religious figures are ruled by this house.
The 9th house is the house of foreign travel, foreign cultures and connections.
The 9th house is house of grace, luck, and good fortune. Well placed planets here can mitigate negative influences found in other areas of the chart. The 9th house gives honor, prestige, recognition and power.
The 10th house
The 10th house is the house of karma, it shows our actions and activities within the world, it is the main house for showing our effect on the world and relates to our career. The 10th house is not the only house to determine career, for that we need to examine the 1st, 2nd and 6th houses as well as other factors.
The tenth house is the success, fame and status we are able to achieve, it shows achievement, honor and prestige, it indicates our visibility and respectability.
The 10th house is the house of power and shows our worldly, social and political power.
The 10th house is the highest point in the chart; planets placed here are strong and have the capacity to let the individual rise and have a major influence on his life.
The 10th house represents the king, the government and the authorities. In western astrology it is related to the father, while in Vedic astrology the 9th is related to the father, I find the 10th to be more accurate in this day and age.
The 11th house
The 11th house is the house of gains; it relates to goals, aspirations and dreams and indicates the realization of our goals and desires.
The 11th house is the house of abundance and excess; all planets are strong and tend to give favorable results.
On a spiritual level, the 11th house shows spiritual gains and the development of intelligence, it shows our ability to project our intelligence into the world.
The 11th house is related to friend, older siblings and groups. As opposite to the 5th house of writing, it represents publishing.
The 12th house
The 12th house is the house of expenses, decrease and loss. Generally, planets placed in the 12th house tend to have their energies suppressed, we might lose or waste the traits of the planets placed in this house.
The 12th house is the house of isolation, imprisonment and confinement, it is a secretive house and can show working behind the scenes like hospitals, ashrams, warehouses. The 12th house also indicates secret pleasures.
The 12th house is the house of foreign countries, particularly distant lands. Foreign settlement or success in foreign lands is often seen from the 12th house.
The 12th house represents the past and shows karmic influences related to the past.
The 12th house is the house of the subconscious mind; it indicates fantasy, mental disorders and shows how we connect with subtle plans and after death states.
The 12th house is related to guilt, grief and sorrow, and endings. On a spiritual level it indicates transcendence, negation of the ego, and spiritual liberation, therefore it is the house of yoga and meditation.
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Meditation is a path that leads the individual to self knowledge, it is the alchemy that transforms the human consciousness and take it from darkness to light. 
There are hundreds of meditation techniques available, in this article i will be sharing two simple techniques that i have experimented with myself and experienced great results. I learned these techniques from Osho. Try one of these techniques for one week, if it appeals to you and experience results, continue for 3 months then try the other one.
TECHNIQUE NUMBER ONE
Watching the Breath
Breath-watching is a method that can be done anywhere, at any time, even if you have only a few minutes available. You can simply watch the rise and fall of your chest or belly as the breath comes in and goes out, or try this version….Step 1: Watch the In Breath
Close your eyes and start watching your breath. First, the inhalation, from where it enters your nostrils, right down into your lungs.Step 2: Watch the Gap That Follows
At the end of the inhalation there is gap, before the exhalation starts. It is of immense value. Watch that gap.Step 3: Watch the Out Breath
Now watch the exhalation.Step 4: Watch the Gap That Follows
At the end of the exhalation there is a second gap: watch that gap. Do these four steps for two to three times – just watching the breathing cycle, not changing it in anyway, just watching the natural rhythm.Step 5: Counting In Breaths
Now start counting: Inhalation – count 1 (don’t count the exhalation), inhalation – 2, and so on, up to 10. Then count from 10 back to 1. Sometimes you may forget to watch the breath or you may count beyond 10. Then start again, at 1. “These two things have to be remembered: watching, and particularly the gaps at the top and the bottom. The experience of that gap is you, your innermost core, your being. And second: go on counting, but not more than up to 10; and come back again to 1; and only count the inhalation. These things help awareness. You have to be aware, otherwise you will start counting the exhalation, or you will go over 10. If you enjoy this meditation, continue it. It is of immense value.” Osho
TECHNIQUE NUMBER TWO
Four Levels of Relaxing
This particular method is useful for those time when you are sick because it helps build a loving connection, to create a rapport between yourself and your bodymind. Then you can take an active part in your own healing process.Step 1: The Body
“Remember as many times as possible to look into the body and see whether you are carrying some tension in the body somewhere – the neck, the head or the legs…. Relax it consciously. Just go to that part of the body, and persuade that part, say to it lovingly ‘Relax!’ You will be surprised that if you approach any part of your body, it listens, it follows you – it is your body! With closed eyes, go inside the body from the toe to the head, searching for any place where there is a tension. And then talk to that part as you talk to a friend; let there be a dialogue between you and your body. Tell it to relax, and tell it, ‘There is nothing to fear. Don´t be afraid. I am here to take care; you can relax.’ Slowly slowly, you will learn the knack of it. Then the body becomes relaxed.”Step 2: The Mind
“Then take another step, a little deeper; tell the mind to relax. And if the body listens, the mind also listens. But you cannot start with the mind, you have to start from the beginning. You cannot start from the middle. Many people start with the mind and they fail; they fail because they start from a wrong place. Everything should be done in the right order. If you become capable of relaxing the body voluntarily, then you will be able to help your mind relax voluntarily. The mind is a more complex phenomenon. Once you have become confident that the body listens to you, you will have a new trust in yourself. Now even the mind can listen to you. It will take a little longer with the mind, but it happens.”Step 3: The Heart
“When the mind is relaxed, then start relaxing your heart, the world of your feelings, emotions, which is even more complex, more subtle. But now you will be moving with trust, with great trust in yourself. Now you will know it is possible. If it is possible with the body and possible with the mind, it is possible with the heart too.”Step 4: Being
“Then only, when you have gone through these three steps, can you take the fourth. Now you can go to the innermost core of your being, which is beyond body, mind and heart: the very center of your existence. You will be able to relax it, too, and that relaxation certainly brings the greatest joy possible, the ultimate in ecstasy and acceptance. You will be full of bliss and rejoicing. Your life will have the quality of dance to it.”Osho: The Dhammapada: the Way of the Buddha Vol. 1
For more Osho meditations and books visitwww.oshoworld.com
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Venus is the planet of love, beauty and enjoyment, it is the planet that helps us make worldly decisions, and indicates our ability to love and be loved.
Venus is going retrograde starting the 4th of March and until April the 15th 2017, when a planet is moving retrograde it is closer to the earth, so its energies are felt more strongly. This particular Venus retrograde is interesting because Venus will be retrograding close to its exaltation sign of Pisces, which suggests that our ability to harness the qualities of Venus is going to be remarkable.
The way Venus is going to impact our lives is going to vary for each ascendant, depending on the houses Venus rules for a particular ascendant.
Below is how the Venus Retrograde will impact your life based on your rising sign/ Ascendant.
Aries: This transit is very supportive in terms of finances, yet you will be required to manage your resources properly. Family may require your attention and you will be able to attend to your responsibilities with ease. Guard against sweet manipulation.
Taurus: It is a good time for rest, relaxation and going on retreats. It is a good time to attend to health issues if you have any. Serving a humanitarian cause can prove beneficial spiritually. Sudden gains are indicated.
Gemini: This is a good time to achieve gains through investments, woman related articles, online business or international trade. This can also indicate social recognition and success in networking.
Cancer: Activities related to property and vehicles are supported during this time. Educational pursuit goes well. You will be able to make the impact in your career. This is a good time to ask for a raise, a promotion. Influential people can prove helpful.
Leo: This is a good time to engage in publishing if you are a writer. Education goes well. Skills and hobbies can pull you away from what matters.
Virgo: A sudden urge to travel is indicated. Financial gains through wills, legacies or the practice of occult methods. You will have an opportunity to experience deeper state of intimacy. You can be prone to manipulation and flattery.
Libra: This is a good time to socialize and be in public. You will be more charming and will attract more opportunities for romantic, intimate encounters. The financial situation of the partner is set to improve, and you could gain through them as well.
Scorpio: This is a good time to volunteer to serve those who are less fortunate. Legal issues can be solved through diplomacy and tact. If the partner is in debt this is a good time to pay it back.
Sagittarius: This is a good time to support your health and rejuvenate your body. If you are an artist, this is a good time to develop your artistic skills, gains through artistic expressions is indicated. If you have a business your clients will be pleased with you and the way you work.
Capricorn: This is a good time to enjoy sometime in the comfort of your home, this is also a good time to take steps to beautify or redecorate your home. This is also a good time to bring more harmony into the relationship with your mother. This is also a good time to start learning how to play an instrument .
Aquarius: You will receive the support you need from siblings or peers. This is a good time to start learning something new, a good time to conduct seminars and workshops. An advertising campaign during this time can prove helpful.
Pisces: Make sure you attend to your career and responsibilities during this time as you have the tendency to waste time on hobbies and socializing. Financial gains are indicated especially if you are an artist, they may come out of the blue or in the form of gifts.
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Astrology is simply the study of the planets, as they are the cosmic significators that bring to us the forces of the universe. Everything under the sun is represented by one of the planets, once we have a firm understanding of the planets and their energies, we begin to comprehend the possibilities of the human life. Below are descriptions of each planet, its energies and what it represents in an astrological chart.
Sun
 The Sun represents the actual core of a person, the inner self. It also shows us the general vitality and the ability to assert oneself, the confidence and strength of character. The Sun also represents life force, the government, the father and authority figures. If the Sun is well placed it indicates self reliance, confidence and the ability to inspire others. If it is weak the person lacks inspiration and the energy level is weak. The Sun is also the indicator of career. In medical astrology the Sun represents the heart. The Sun rules over Leo, it is exalted in Aries, and it debilitated in Libra and its element is fire.
Moon
As the Sun represents the cosmic masculine energy, the moon represents the cosmic feminine energy. The Moon represents our minds and emotions, our imagination and the capacity to be receptive; it represents our capacity to adapt. It shows how we related to other people, our social consciousness. The moon also represents our emotional nature, our needs and insecurities, the mother, music and popularity. In medical astrology the Moon represents the stomach and body liquids. It also represents the menstruation cycle, the ovaries and the uterus. The Moon rules over Cancer, its element is water, it is exalted in Taurus, and it is debilitated in Scorpio.
Mars
Mars is the planet of energy, drive and power; it rules courage, determination and aggression. Mars represents our capacity to project our emotions, on an emotional level it relates to anger. As Venus represents the female energy, Mars represents the male energy; the relationship between the sexes can be read through them. A strong Mars provides independence, courage and self confidence, a weak Mars indicates lack of energy, the inability to work consistently and to defend oneself. Mars represents technical and mechanical abilities, it is often prominent in the chart of engineers, it is associated with surgery and dentistry as it rules over sharp objects. Mars also represents libido, enemies, weapons and army. In medical astrology Mars represents the blood, the gallbladder, the left ear and the male sexual organ. Mars rules over Aries and Scorpio, it is exalted in Capricorn and falls in cancer.
Mercury
Mercury is the planet of communication, hence it rules over thought, reason and rationality. It represents the spoken and written word, the ability for cognition, weighing and evaluating, the process of learning and skills. Mercury represents siblings, neighbors and the way we think, talk or express ourselves intellectually. Mercury also represents commerce and business, and it is an important factor for determining our vocation. Mercury is generally strong in the charts of writers and artists, speakers and people who use their hands skillfully. If Mercury is weak in a person’s chart it can make him rationalize things for his favor, it can also create a problem with defined boundaries, hence thieves always have difficult Mercury in their charts. In medical astrology Mercury rules over the brain and the nervous system. Mercury rules over Gemini and Virgo, it is exalted in Virgo, it is debilitated in Pisces.
Jupiter
Jupiter is known the great benefic and generous planet in astrology. Jupiter rules over the laws of the inner nature, it represents the search for individual meaning and purpose, it is the planet of optimism and seeing the bigger picture, it rules over hope, faith, growth, expansion and good fortune. Jupiter is the indicator of the domains of law, religion, philosophy and morality. Jupiter rules over banks, temples and schools. Jupiter is a creative planet; hence it is the main indicator for children, from the state of Jupiter we can come to know about children, their number, sex, health etc. Jupiter is the husband in a female's chart, if Jupiter is good, her husband will be supportive of her own path, if Jupiter is challenged, otherwise. In medical astrology Jupiter rules the liver, blood circulation and fat. Jupiter rules over Sagittarius and Pisces, it is exalted in cancer and it is debilitated in Capricorn.
Venus
Venus is a feminine planet; it is the planet of love and beauty. Venus is also the planet of comfort, harmony, diplomacy and the enjoyment of pleasures. Venus also represents vehicles and luxuries. Venus is also the significator of art, poetry, painting, music and dance. She indicates our sensitivity, refinement and gentleness. A weak Venus in a person’s chart shows unrefined and vulgar character. Venus is the indicator for love and marriage; she is the wife in a man’s chart. A weak Venus in a woman’s chart shows that her femininity will be low or her relationship challenged. For a man it shows that his wife will be challenged. In medical astrology Venus represents the DNA, female reproductive organs, kidneys and the throat because of its association with Taurus. Venus rules over Taurus and Libra, it is exalted in Pisces and it is debilitated in Virgo.
Saturn
Saturn is the most difficult of the major planets; he has been feared throughout the centuries as he represents disease, pessimism, poverty, separation and death. Saturn is the planet of restriction, limitations and reality, wherever it is placed in the chart, this is the area of life that is most challenging and often brings frustrations and delays, it is the area of life where we need to have realistic expectations. As Jupiter represents joy, creation and expansion, Saturn represents sorrow, destruction and contraction. Saturn rules over prisons, old age, and weaknesses. Saturn is a hard task master, it is the planet that helps us mature through experiencing difficulties, if a person cooperates with Saturn and fulfills the responsibilities indicated by Saturn is their birth chart, they mature and experience great results. Positively Saturn is the planet of patience, ambition and determination; it represents the powers of endurance and the ability to concentrate. In medical astrology Saturn rules over the immune system, the bones, teeth and the right ear. Saturn rules over Capricorn and Aquarius, it is exalted in Libra and it falls in Aries.
The Nodes of the Moon
In addition to the seven planets, the nodes of the Moon are considered very important in Vedic astrology. The North Node of the Moon is called Rahu, and the South Node of the Moon is called Ketu, these two are not embodied planets, they are merely regarded as shadow planets. Astronomically, they represent the intersection point of the orbit of the Moon and the ecliptic. 
The North Node of the Moon "Rahu"
Rahu represents the worldly desires, wherever it is placed in the birth chart shows where our desires are naturally expressed into actions. If Rahu is well placed it can lead to worldly accomplishments, prestige, fame and power.  If it is afflicted it can create insatiable desires.
Rahu represents cheating, pleasure seeking and immoral acts. Rahu represents poison, drugs and can lead to worldly illusion.
Rahu is related to insanity, neurological disorders and abnormal sensitivities of the mind, especially when it is related to planets like Moon and Mercury. It deals with hallucination, trance, psychosis and paranoia.
The South Node of the Moon "Ketu"
Ketu represents the psychic forces in the subconscious that can cause compulsive behaviors. It is associated with invisible forces, viruses and epidemic diseases.
Positively, Ketu can give a good power of concentration and psychic, spiritual powers. Negatively, it can give doubts, and a critical vision of life that leads to arguments.
On a spiritual level, Ketu can give the capacity for discrimination and detachment from worldly desires. It is associated with spiritual enlightenment and the evolution of consciousness.
The Outer Planets
Uranus
Uranus represents rebellion and openness for all that is new, unknown and unusual. Uranus represents individuality and unique expression of the self; it is associated with technology, innovation, discovery, and all that is progressive. Wherever Uranus is placed in the chart is where you will experience unexpected developments, sudden changes and some erratic life patterns. For example, Uranus in the 4rth house can indicate frequent changes of residence; in the second house it can indicate a sudden change of finances for the good or bad. The house where Uranus falls in is the area of life that we approach with a sense of individuality and freedom, if it is placed in the 1st house the person may be eccentric, freedom loving, and it is hard to expect their next step. Uranus has an affinity with Aquarius and the 11th house, some astrologers consider it the ruler of Aquarius, however I use the traditional rulerships and thus use Saturn as the ruler of Aquarius. Uranus is related to intuition; it transmits sudden inspiration and lightning insights especially when it is connected to the Moon.
Neptune
Neptune is considered to be a planet of inspiration, dreams, illusion and confusion. Neptune is associated with spirituality; it opens the doors to spiritual and transcendental experiences. On the positive side, Neptune is the planet of mercy and compassion; it allows the person to give them self to something greater. Neptune is often found in prominent positions in the charts of Psychics, nurses and doctors, it connection to Mercury and Venus can indicate artistic talents. On the negative side Neptune can indicate deception; it is associated with drugs and all kinds of pseudo-realities. Some astrologers consider it the ruler of Pisces; however I stick to the traditional rulerships and use Jupiter as the ruler of Pisces. The house where Neptune sits in the chart shows the area of life in which you may experience disappointment and confusion. The affairs of this particular house may be the door to experience mystical and spiritual insights.
Pluto
Pluto is the planet of transformation and renewal; it is related to death and rebirth, both physically and metaphorically. Pluto is associated with subconscious forces and all that is below the surface. Pluto is associated with the obsessive desire for power, control and general destructiveness. It can deal with power struggles, jealousy, sexuality, and abuse. Atomic power and nuclear research are strongly related to Pluto. Some modern astrologers consider Pluto the ruler of Scorpio; I stick to traditional rulership and use Mars as the ruler of Scorpio. The house that Pluto occupies in your birth chart is likely to be a source of difficulty, there is the possibility of obsessing about the affairs of this house. The areas of life represented by this house can lead us to experience profound change, spiritual transformation and healing. In short, the house Pluto occupies is shows us where our spiritual and Karmic journey is centered.
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During the 8th century the scientific developments increased in Baghdad and later infiltrated Islamic Andalusia. The stars were used by the Arabs to navigate the desert, they utilized astronomy to decide the direction of Qibla “where Muslim turn in prayer”,  and the Moon still regulates their calendar until today, Muslim scientists developed and multiplied the uses of the astrolabe, they introduced it to Europe from Islamic Spain in the early 12th century, it has been one of the major astronomical instruments until the modern times.
Since the Arabs were receptive to symbolism and allegorical thought, they could easily extend the use of the stars to guiding one’s life.
During this time the Arabs adopted astrology as it entered the Islamic tradition from Persia, Greece and India. The first astrological text to be translated into Arabic in Baghdad came from India. This was the Siddhanta, known to the Arabians as the Sindhind.
In the early ninth century, Al-Ma'mun, the Caliph of Baghdad, founded an academy called “ The House of Wisdom” which translated all the surviving texts of antiquity into Arabic. Aristotle's physics, the astronomy of Hipparchus and Ptolemy's astrology revolutionized Islamic science.
The philosophical foundation to Arabic astrology was laid down by Abu Yusuf Bin Ishaq al-Kindi  (801 – 873 AD), the tutor and physician of al-Ma'mun and regarded as one of the most learned men of his time.  Much of the philosophical basis for astrology as well as other occult science were developed by al-Kindi. He wrote many texts including The Judgement of the Stars and Stellar Rays.
Besides the contribution of Alkindi, his student, Jaafar Bin Mohammad Albalkhi, also know as Abu Ma’ashar  AlBalkhi or AlFalaki, was another icon in Arabic astrology who lived between 787 – 886. Abu Ma’shar was born in the town of Balkh,  He was drawn to The House of Wisdom in Baghdad where he met Al-Kindi and embraced the Platonic philosophy, making astronomy and astrology central to human destiny.  
Abu Ma’shar wrote extensively on planetary conjunctions and their mundane influences. He also wrote on Electional Astrology and added number of the Lots, what is know today as the Arabic Parts.  He also credited the lunar nodes with influences equal to the planets, including possessing exaltation and debilitation, which is somewhat contradictory to the principles developed by Al-Kindi, since the nodes are points where the lunar orbit crosses the ecliptic and not actual embodied planets. He also originated the concept of progressing a chart, specifically the influence of transiting planets on the degrees occupied by natal planets.
The astrological historian Peter Whitfield states that Arabic astrologers did indeed contribute to astrology, both as an art and science.  While they may not have invented some of the techniques, they nonetheless advanced and perfected them substantially , which deserves credit.
The fact that the works of Abu Maashar such as “Abbreviation of the Introduction to Astrology” and his “Great Introduction” are still in use and studied today and are still utilized by modern astrologers shows the immense importance of his work.
Another contribution of Muslim astrologers was the introduction of the Tajika system into Indian astrology, the word Tajika it self means “an Arab”, this system is known for its accuracy in predicting events, one major use of this system is in the transit chart, the Tajika aspects are used today by most astrologers to predict events.
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One of the great uses of Astrology is that it allows to have an insight into a person's path, what would be the nature of their path? their mission and career? These are areas are revealed by the Birth Chart.
Below is a brief analysis of Martin Luther King’s birth chart in relation to his mission and role in life.
First, let us look at his ascendant ruler, Venus the planet of love, harmony and fairness; it is with the Moon, the indicator of the public, both in the 11th house of hopes, dreams and humanitarian causes. They are in the sing of Pisces, the sign of sacrificing oneself for something greater. Venus is exalted here in Pisces, being the 11th house of awards, he received the Nobel Prize for his work to end radical discrimination and racism through non-violent means.
Martin Luther king was one the greatest orators in history, in his chart we see Mars, the planet of energy and force is placed in his second house of speech, which indicates the great oratorical power, we also see Mercury, the second house ruler of speech in the 10th house of worldly activities and career, which reinforces the use of his speech in his life mission.
The 10th house is ruled by Saturn, it is placed in the Sagittarius, the sign of politics, in the 8th house of reformation and transformation, this shows that his life karma was to bring a transformation to the established political structure.
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In this blog post i am going to discuss Jupiter's transit to Libra and how this transit is going to influence your life starting the 9th of September until the 10th of October based on your rising sign/ Ascendant sign.
Jupiter is known as the great benefic planet in Vedic Astrology, it is considered one of the main players in the zodiac. Jupiter represents the energy of expansion and increase; it is the planet of wisdom, religion, opportunities, optimism, grace and good fortune. Jupiter stays in each sign for almost one year; it is shifting into the sign of Libra on September the 9th and is going to stay there until October the 10th 2017. Libra is the sign of love, harmony, balance, beauty, and the arts, these areas can be more in focus during Jupiter’s transit into Libra.
Since Jupiter spend almost one year in each sign, its influence becomes very important and help us see the areas of potential growth in our lives. Here is how this transit is going to affect your personal life based on your ascendant sign, I repeat, your ascendant sign, not your Sun sign, your ascendant sign, otherwise known as the rising sign. If you do not know what is your ascendant or rising sign you may calculate it using this link.
Aries: If you are married, your relationship with your partner can improve during this year; if you are not married you could meet someone new! Your clientele should grow bigger. There can be new opportunities for travel.
Taurus: This is a great time if you are looking for a job or seeking a promotion. This can also be a good time to take care of your health, pay back your debt and solve your problems.
Gemini: This transit can signal a birth of a child, it can also bring new romantic encounters and opportunities to express yourself creatively. It is a great time to start your own business.
Cancer: This transit can give you an overall sense of well being and fulfillment. The circumstances of the mother should improve, as well as your living situation. This can also indicate a new home or a car. If you have a property its value is going to increase.
Leo: This can be a time when you start learning a new skill, a good time to try new things and promote yourself in new ways. If you are a writer this can be a great time to start writing your book. You may develop an interest in psychology and occult subjects during this year.
Virgo: This is a favorable year for your career in general. Your finances are should increase and you will have new opportunities to generate more income. Your relationship with your family should improve. You need to avoid the temptation to eat fatty foods during this year.
Libra: There is going to be a big dose of optimism during this year, let your intuition guide you and trust that it is taking you in the right direction. You are going to feel blessed, protected and will receive new opportunities across the board. Watch your diet during this year; people tend to gain more weight when Jupiter transits their first house. This year can bring you the opportunity to publish or release your creative project.
Scorpio: You may get new opportunities in foreign lands, opportunities with foreign people and institutions. Watch out for unexpected expenses during this year. This transit can also indicate an increase of intuition and spiritual development. Pay special attention to your digestive system during this year. A romantic encounter is possible while in a foreign land.
Sagittarius: There is going to be an increase in your social circle, there can also be an opportunity to obtain a title or an award. Your finances are going to improve during this year; profits may come from real estate and vehicles. This is a year in which you can achieve some of your wishes!
Capricorn: This is going to be a wonderful year for you in terms of career! You professional and public activities can increase and your status shall improve as a result; this is a wonderful year to start your own business. New connections with foreign people are indicated as well as foreign travel.
Aquarius: This transit can bring your new opportunities to travel, you may decide to go back to school or begin a course of study. Your relationship with your father can improve during this year. Career should go well. Finances are set to improve.
Pisces: This transit can bring you financial benefits through other people; it could be the partner, an inheritance, or money from insurance. Your partner’s finances shall improve. Pay attention to your health. A change of work is possible during this year.
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