In my previous reading of Tulsi Gabbard’s chart, I used a tropical zodiac, with the tropical;y placed Nakshatra for the Moon. I agreed with one of the followers of the blog that more could be done. I have therefore chosen to read the entire chart as sidereal. rather than simply read the relevant nakshatra in sidereal, You may find this confusing or even pointless. I only ask that you take the advice of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and exercise a “willing suspension of disbelief.”
The nakshatra I focused on in the previous chart was Magha. Here, I’m drawing and reading a chart for exactly the same place, date and time, This connects the Moon to the ninth Nakshatra or Lunar Mansion
The 9th Lunar Mansion comes in the Zodiac Sign of Cancer. The name of this nakshatra is Ashlesha, which means “the entwiner” It is also known as the “the Clinging star” like a desire to embrace. the thing with which it is linked to. deity is Naagraj Vasuki, the Naga or Serpent of Wisdom. The key symbol is readily recognized as the Caduceus, associated with Medicine and Mercury, the latter being the Lord of this Nakshatra.
Further, the image represents both poison and medicine in concert, There is more than one way of interpreting this but they are all related. Like arsenic, the difference between medicinal and poisonous is the dosage and also of intent. This can also be seen as offering to heal one who is poisoned. The nagas are shown as the celestial vehicle and protection of Vishnu, as he dreams Creation into being.
This is a very intense Nakshatra and how it plays out will be a result of how it is managed or channelled. The embraces [the Serpents) are approaching indirectly [abhyāgacchantaḥ] from above and indirectly dancing towards [abhyānṛtyantaḥ] from below. See the Taittiriya Brahmana which goes unto great depth.
Primary Motivation is dharma. Ashlesha represents the Kundalini or Serpent Fire that is located at the Muladhara or Root Chakra (at the base of the spine).it has mystical powers, electrifying, transformative power., and ultimately serves as a vessel to enlightenment. The Serpent Power is the name given to the Kundalini. Misuse of this can do a great deal of damage, yet skilful and conscious raising of the Kundalini. is something that can be accomplished to great advantage by a skilled yogi
Crucially. , the Moon in Gahhad’s chart is further emphasized by Rahu, also in the First House. The nature of the Moon (Chandra) in Indian astrology is “”Abounding in Vata and Kapha and filled with knowledge is the Moon is of round body, O’ Twice Born, auspiciously eyed, of sweet speech, fluctuating and lovesick.”Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra: Nature and Form of the Grahas, 24 The Avatar is Krishna Budha (Mercury)
We look also to the sign of the Moom -Cancer Karka” crab” Rasi “Pale red (pATala), moving in water, a Brahmin, vigorous at night, many moving legs, a stout body, endowed with Sattva, watery and Back Rising is thought the Crab Rasi ruled by the Moon.” Brihat Parashara Hora Sastra, 4 – Rasi Characteristics, 10-11
Let’s consider Rahu (North Node) in Gabbard’s first house, in relation to what we have seen in the Moon and Nakshatra. Rahu is the Pushya nakshatra. The auspiciousness [tishya] of bṛhaspati (The Lord of Devotion) is worshipping [juhvataḥ] from above and the worshippers [yajamin ānā] from below. Taittiriya Brahmana The Lord of the Nakshatra is Saturn.
Crucially. , the Moon in Gahhad’s chart is further emphasized by Rahu, also in the First House. The Moon is in her own Domicile in Cancer so in many respects this a better placement than Moon in Leo as we had in the tropical chart. The change from fire to water would mean less sunny charisma and more empathy and intuition. The Node in the same sign as the Moon and in the Ascending position is intense. Simply put, the 1/7 axis may cause a conflict between the needs of self and others. about which Komilla Sutton writes in her book The Lunar Nodes – Crisis & Redemption, In this case, the emphasis is on empathetic power, due to the sign and Moon’s influence.
My experience of using sidereal and tropical is that they tell the same or similar story but in different ways. It is common for people to find a resonance in their sidereal chart, even if they have known only their tropical chart for decades.
I rarely discuss the charts of living celebrities, politicians or anyone in the public eye. I’m with John Frawley in this respect. whom I applaud for making his case for decorum and common decency. I esteem it important to bring attention to an extraordinary woman running for the office of the President of the United States. This short article will be restricted to Ms Gabbard’s qualities as they relate to her unique abilities in the political sphere.
She has attacked some core elements of what America should mean in the world. By urging an end to regime changes around the world, a calling home of troops from Afghanistan and a massive re-allocation of military funding to be used for universal medicare, schools and infrastructure. She is bound to make enemies, but she has the chart of one of the greatest warriors I’ve ever seen.
Not surprisingly. she has been a soldier for 15years and served in Iraq, including in the medical corp where she saw the cost of war up close, She knows the cost of war and can speak with more authority on the subject than any of her fellow Democrats seeking the Presidency in 2020. Moreover, at the age of 27, she served in the Hawaiian House of Representatives from 2002 – 2004 politics since the age of twenty-one, Presently, she serves as the first Samoan American and the first Hindu member of the United States Congress. The list continues. She has an unusual grasp of Foreign Affairs. In brief, any opponent has to know what they are up against. She has a common touch and charisma, but it’s plain that her own Party is doing what it can to suppress her.
She was born a year after the Great Conjunction of 1981, which could make her the first post-GenX. President. The previous generation only produced one.
We don’t have time for the chart. Often, in a case like this, an astrologer might use a mid-day chart, but I have chosen instead what I believe is the most plausible. Quite simply, other times would render the house placements meaningless. However, I make no claims for the exact – to the minute – chart.
The first thing that anyone is likely to notice in this chart is the concentration in the Ninth House. This house is the place of spirituality, religion, higher mind. including justice and legal matters. Mars is in his domicile, the Sun in Haze, in his Exaltation and House of Joy Mercury is also in Hayz. This is also the house of the Part of Spirit, the SAN. Mercury and Venus. The Sun is the AlmutenMagha Nakshatra and Mars is the final dispositor.
In trine with these placements are the Ascendant and Moon in Leo, in the nakshatra Magha, associated with Regulus. ‘Magha’ means great, grand, benevolent and it imparts to its natives, high and respectable positions. It is understood as the symbol of authoritative status, and high social respect. It is well-suited to leadership positions
The Moon in Leo is not always a blessing at all. In fact, it is peregrine. But the sign is also Feral. The most usual critique of the Moon in this position is that the native has an emotional need to be recognized or praised. The situation here, with the powerful Rahu in Leo driving the first house, the leadership qualities are enhanced.
At this time, Gabbard is in her Lunar Firdaria. but will be transitioning to the Saturn Period on 29 December 2019. One looks to the planets and luminaries in the natal chart to determine how a planetary period is likely to unfold. Here, we see Saturn in his Exaltation, but Rx. Nevertheless, Saturn has the greatest overall dignity. Still, I think things will become more challenging in 2020. But I doubt that Ms Gabbard has ever seen a challenge she didn’t like. I wish her all the very best
Sumerian and Babylonian creation myths are a key element in decoding the origins of astrology. Here, the Enuma Elish are presented as they have recently been re-interpreted
The Summer Solstice is matched in importance only by the Winter Solstice and both Equinoxes. It is a time to celebrate the light force at it’s seasonal peak. Virtually all ancient societies put great emphasis on this moment and most still do to this day. For those who have followed my work for any amount of time, will know that the primary interest should be celebration and joy. However, I always provide a chart for the occasion and discuss the most salient elements, This chart is for GMT on 21 June 2019 @ 4:54:09 PM.
The Moon is void of course, the Ascendant in Via Combusta. In Classical astrology the Quincunx is referred to as an inconjunct or aversion. In this chart there is actually a Yod comprised of the Quincunx of Moon and Jupiter to North Node and the sextile between Jupiter and Moon. Saturn is also involved, providing the opposition. The Yod is considered to be a ‘fated’ aspect – the finger of God – something that cannot be governed with impunity.. This will have varying personal significance depending on where this actually falls in your own chart. However, Here we have a clear direction. The North Node or Rahu is the head of the Serpent who is never satiated because he cannot digest – he is only the head. He is also indicative of the soul’s journey in greater cycles of being.
The tight opposition of Saturn with the South Node to Mars with the North Node, although the latter is a looser connection, is still heady stuff. By means of Translation of Light, the Sun transfers the light of Mercury to both Mars and Saturn, The Almuten is Jupiter, the Day is Venus and the Hour is Mercury. The fact that Venus is in the Eighth House of Death and in a Mercurial Sign is troubling. However, I think the fact that both Saturn and Jupiter are Retrograde might actually offer some relief.
Having a good feel for the energies of any chart is helpful and the nakshatras provide another contextual dimension. Any planetary configurations can be worked with profitably, but denial is a useless proposition. It is highly likely that over the next six months, that the UK will face a calamity, perpetrated by foreign forces. Knowing that allows for preparation of all kinds.
This is a time of joy, celebration and of dancing in the Sun
Courtesy of Beyond Orion