HOROSCOPE – Friday 18 October

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

Presently consulting in Gauteng and returning to Durban on 24, 25 and 26 October.

Gauteng Venue : 32 Guey Avenue, Highway Gardens, Edenvale

Durban Venue : 27 Protea Place, La Mercy

Call in now to confirm your appointment. Phone : 0716300834

Love light and blessings

Your ever Well wisher

Punditji

ARIES

Today’s energies are suitable for connecting with associates or people who can help you reach your more practical goals, dear Aries. Applying yourself to your work comes more naturally to you now, and your ideas find satisfying outlets. You can feel pleasantly busy, although it can be difficult to focus or concentrate at times. This is just fine if you’ve been working hard and now need to release tension. If not, be a little more vigilant than usual with details that you might easily overlook with the Moon’s opposition to Jupiter across the communication sectors in your solar chart. However, fantastic opportunities are presenting this week, and a supportive emotional environment boosts your mood. You’re finding ways to combine responsibility and independence creatively.

TAURUS

Today’s energies are good for slowing down and enjoying the moment, dear Taurus. Still, there can be some restlessness or indecision as the Moon opposes Jupiter now. Part of you could feel that you should be more involved than you are. Or, you may not be sure whether you want to go your own way or lean on others. Priorities may be hard to decide upon, or excess spending or borrowing can be an issue now. Take steps to wind down, which gets easier and, in fact, quite natural as the day advances. Strategizing about how to improve your moments of downtime can produce excellent results today. As well, this week brings reliable energy for finding ways to satisfy both your need for new experiences and your desire to lay low and regenerate. It might mean a restful journey or new activity that refreshes you.

GEMINI

There can be some restless moments today with the Moon in your sign opposite Jupiter, dear Gemini. Still, it’s a generally fine time for understanding your needs a little better. Watch for the temptation to overdo or overindulge. Others’ demands on you may feel a bit excessive. Or, you may be attempting to please someone and at the same time striving for independence. Whichever the case, it’s best to avoid excess. You’re better off keeping things even and smooth now so that you’re not at a disadvantage later. Still, you may have felt overcommitted in the past few days, and you require a change of emotional scenery. The day also holds lovely opportunities, and you might arrive at a comfortable place of intimacy with a friend, or you get the chance to see a relationship in a new light. Willingness to go deep and to be emotionally brave can improve a bond.

CANCER

The Moon continues to spend time in the sign just behind yours, dear Cancer, pointing to a need for reflection and a bit of anonymity. The Moon will move into your sign tomorrow, starting a new lunar cycle and introducing a fresh start. Today is better for attention to behind the scenes. Still, it can be hard committing to this fully today as the Moon opposes Jupiter, which is currently encouraging you to enjoy being busy. Something has to give to balance your life better, particularly when it comes to working and resting or attending to physical needs as well as emotional needs. Even so, you’re in a high position to understand complicated feelings or a complex situation much better. Despite your requirement for downtime, today is active for connecting with a special someone and getting things done. You might gain someone’s support or backing for a work or life-path goal, and this feels good. It’s nice when others understand your ambitions or work situation.

LEO

The Moon spends another day in your sector of dreams, hopes, happiness, and friendship, dear Leo, encouraging you to treat yourself to light activities. Relationships also deserve a light touch. It can be a time for catching your breath. Still, the Moon’s opposition to Jupiter can stir up some push-pull energy as you have much going on in your personal life and can find it hard balancing all of your interests. However, you’re in great shape for finding solutions. Try to tame the tendency to overdo so that you can enjoy the conversations or bright ideas of the day. Another influence in play today and this week can lead to the discovery of novel and intelligent ways of combining work and adventure, learning, or travel. Your openness to new ideas and concepts can positively impact your job and daily tasks.

VIRGO

The Moon spends another day at the top of your solar chart, dear Virgo, encouraging you to stay on your toes and pay attention to your priorities. Still, its opposition to Jupiter challenges you since much is going on inside or in your personal life, and it can be challenging to juggle all that you want to accomplish now. Your plate is full with all that’s happening both personally and professionally, and there is a temptation to pile more on, which of course, should be watched. Reminders of the rules and your responsibilities can serve as a useful checkpoint. Also today, a Pluto-Chiron influence that comes in and out of strong influence frequently this year suggests finding ways to combine fun and intimacy creatively. You seem to understand that it doesn’t have to be one or the other, and your relationships (and mood) benefit.

LIBRA

The Moon spends another day in your sector of spirit, dear Libra, and it harmonizes with the Sun in your sign. Still, the Moon opposes Jupiter, and for a couple of hours, you can feel a little tense or in a situation of “too much information.” Too many choices can be overwhelming! You have a bigger than usual appetite for taking on new interests or developing existing ones, and this is usually great. Still, the temptation may be to go overboard with this. Watch for taking on too much when releasing tension is better for you now. As well, try not to get lost in a sea of information with so many choices that you forget your priorities. However, it’s not a day for sticking to a script. Partnership and family matters may combine in pleasing, creative ways now and this week, which feels reinforcing. You’re also finding it easier to balance keeping your own counsel and allowing some feedback into your life.

SCORPIO

The Moon’s opposition to Jupiter today can point to a tendency to overindulge or overspend, dear Scorpio. However, kept in check or simply in moderation, you can enjoy yourself without guilt. The Moon spends another day in your solar eighth house, and you’d prefer to connect with your deeper feelings rather than push them to the side. Part of you may want to test your feelings or limits, and another part wants to simplify, and the sooner you find the middle ground, the better. Later today, you seem to settle in and get comfortable with yourself, feeling far less divided. Also today, your ruler, Pluto, connects creatively with Chiron, and while this influence is a long-term one, it’s especially strong now. You could discover the perfect project or pursuit, or a personal interest might transform into a vocation. Work and tasks can be more pleasurable, and this brings out your desire to do your best. Creative writing or expression can be healing and refreshing.

SAGITTARIUS

The Moon spends the day in your opposite sign again today, dear Sagittarius, and it’s best not to push things. There can be some tension between your desire for companionship and your urge for more freedom or independence. Consider that paying some extra attention to a significant someone’s plans or needs can be rewarding, allowing you to take a refreshing break. You don’t have to agree with them, but what others say may very well get you thinking in new ways, and this can give you greater insight into your next move. Today’s energies are also powerful for finding a creative way to satisfy your desire for comfort and familiarity as well as your need for some excitement. It’s a time to improve your emotional and mental outlook as you find new and powerful ways to resolve problems. Truly satisfying ways to enjoy yourself may be discovered now, and they give you a strong sense of meaning and self-control.

CAPRICORN

Part of you may only want to tuck yourself away today, dear Capricorn, but the other part of you wants to shine. The Moon in your work and health sector today can prompt you to spend more time handling your daily affairs, but its opposition to Jupiter can point to some inner resistance. You may question what it is you genuinely want–escape and peace of mind or the putting of problem areas behind you. Either side doesn’t seem wholly satisfying, but your best bet is reaching a middle ground. Getting organized is something that will benefit you at this point, so consider fending off rebellious urges so that you can stick to the task until completion. A refreshing break or detour may help. Also today, you may have the chance to seriously enhance a family relationship or home life and living conditions. You’re seeking a style of living that genuinely represents you.

AQUARIUS

The Moon and Sun harmonize today, dear Aquarius, and because they’re in complementary signs, this transit tends to make things easy for you. Even so, there is some restlessness to battle again today, but it’s probably best for you to allow yourself the luxury of some release from pressure or tension. Although you may want to give a personal project or endeavor your all, there can be a call to share or collaborate that can interrupt your efforts. Or, you could feel a bit torn between personal interests and a commitment to someone. You’ll attract the most luck if you tone down the tendency to overdo or overindulge. New ideas about how to deal with old problems can come to you, and they’re especially smart. Conversations can help you move past misgivings or regrets, and this gives you a strong sense of being emotionally in charge of your life. Guiding or helping someone can be part of this and quite personally rewarding.

PISCES

The Moon spends another day at the bottom of your solar chart today, dear Pisces, continuing to emphasize your need to pay more attention to your personal life. The Moon’s opposition to Jupiter can point to some struggle giving yourself to this idea, but it’s temporary. As well, the imbalance can lead to a good middle ground. Dialing things back a little can help you pull positive energy and healing through comforting, quiet activities. Still, there is terrific energy with you for rewarding contact with others. Connecting with someone through similar values can be satisfying and reinforcing. Thoughts about money or resources can be illuminating today, and helping out a friend can be a pleasant detour.

HOROSCOPE – Thursday 17 October

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

Presently consulting in Gauteng and returning to Durban on 24, 25 and 26 October.

Gauteng Venue : 32 Guey Avenue, Highway Gardens, Edenvale

Durban Venue : 27 Protea Place, La Mercy

Call in now to confirm your appointment. Phone : 0716300834

Love light and blessings

Your ever Well wisher

Punditji

ARIES

The day’s energies are quite useful for research, finances, and home matters, dear Aries. There is positive forward energy in these areas of life, and you can feel supported, or you could come across great ideas to make improvements with these matters. It’s also a supportive day for connecting, sharing, and communicating, and a one-on-one connection can be powerful. You may find yourself in motion, making connections, mingling, and perhaps a little scattered at times, but you’re also mentally stimulated. Someone in your life can be offering up some food for thought, and you may very well arrive at a fabulous idea when you pair up. It’s important to mix up the routine a little as you get your business done. You can be partnering in unique and creative ways now.

TAURUS

You’re especially drawn to the physical world and practical activities today, dear Taurus. You can be quite happy and content with a steady pace and light productivity. It’s a fabulous time for sticking to a particular diet, health pursuit, or job. You have a stronger understanding of your needs and desires, and this helps you make the right decisions for you. Activities that ground you fare the best at the moment. Finding happiness in what you already have is an important life strategy, and it’s something you do particularly well, especially today! You’re also in great shape for regrouping through special attention to your routines and chores. The social side of your life is just fine today, as well, and you’re likely to find people more willing to cooperate with you than usual.

GEMINI

This can be a good day for finding the right information or resources in your work, dear Gemini. As well, the Moon in your sign harmonizes with Mars in your creativity sector, and you’re expressing yourself with more imagination, warmth, and joy. This day strongly favors creative efforts and romantic advances, and people around you seem especially willing to appreciate your natural personal style. Emotions are immediate and at the surface, and you’re setting the pace. It can be quite intuitive to channel emotional energy in satisfying ways, particularly related to creative or recreational activities. You’re brave about expressing your affection or your more unique qualities. Light competition can be energizing, and you seem to come out on top whatever the outcome.

CANCER

Your mood is generally forward-looking and upbeat today, dear Cancer. If you can manage to focus your energies on something fun rather than routine, you’re likely to thrive. It’s a time for taking things easy with the Moon transiting the sign just behind yours, closing up a lunar cycle in your solar chart. Transits today seem to encourage you to allow your imagination to lead you. Your focus on memories and the past can be fertile, and daydreaming may very well be productive as long as you do so when safe and appropriate. Sticking with quiet activities, if possible, is most helpful emotionally. You’re digesting and processing recent experiences, and it can take a bit of time to get in touch with your innermost feelings. There can be good energy for family activities or work around the home, and others seem particularly obliging right now.

LEO

Your houses of relationship are harmonizing today, dear Leo, and your focus can be on creative sharing and interaction. Pleasant interactions improve your mood. It’s a potentially fantastic day for self-expression. There is a natural flow to networking, teamwork, sharing ideas, guiding, and learning. You seem to need just a little more space and room than usual, and if afforded it, you thrive best right now. With the Moon in your solar eleventh house, a sector of the chart that rules higher aspirations, the primary key to emotional satisfaction or fulfillment may be to focus on those wishes and dreams dearest to your heart. Helping someone out or taking the initiative to make a connection can also figure strongly.

VIRGO

Today’s energies are excellent for making connections and communicating, dear Virgo, but it also bodes well for practical pursuits. You quickly see what’s most valuable or worth your time, making decisions easier and smarter. You come across well on professional or public levels. Whether you’re inspired to make more money or by a new idea, you’re feeling quite motivated and willing to pursue a mission. Others seem to move out of the way and let you do your thing today! Keep the momentum going by applying yourself to the things you love to do. Today can also favor rearranging and redoing areas of your life that could use a bit of improvement. You’re motivated to make things right and set things straight. Do-it-yourself projects are highly favored.

LIBRA

There’s a pleasant emphasis on your houses of self-expression today, dear Libra, and making satisfying connections, learning, and guiding can be rewarding. Your enthusiasm may rest very much on an idea or feeling that inspires you. You’re also in good shape for connecting with people or information that help you see a new path on practical levels. Pouring energy into the world rather than keeping things to yourself seems to be most beneficial today. Your instincts to venture out and about or to explore new ideas are strong. With this natural enthusiasm, you may very well inspire others. You’re putting things into perspective and feeling positive about what’s yet to come. Your vitality runs high, and you can achieve your goals with much more ease than usual, or some gentle competition can move you now.

SCORPIO

You’re inclined to look at things from a faithful and positive perspective today, dear Scorpio. Meetings can occur with people with whom you share similar interests. You seem to gravitate toward situations or people that help you grow, and they may even fill you with a sense of purpose. Even so, you’re also inclined to look within, and you can learn a lot about yourself right now. You may be motivated to put a problem behind you. You’re in great shape for connecting with your deeper needs and desires, which have been a little more complicated and layered than usual. You’re brave on an emotional level, and good energy is with you for making peace with the past. It’s an outstanding day for getting your emotional bearing and connecting with your inner strength and resolve.

SAGITTARIUS

This is a strong day for tuning in to your intuition regarding money and business matters, dear Sagittarius. Look for ways to improve your relationships with people you work with or for! Also today, the Moon transits your opposite sign and harmonizes with Mars. There could be someone who gently challenges you or encourages you to take care of business. Pairing up seems to work best for you today. Whether you’re noticing differences or similarities, you’re challenged and ultimately strengthened by your interactions. There is a comfortable, pleasant feeling of being connected, and you’re ready to take the initiative. You may feel good about getting support or doing the supporting–either way, you crave the connection. Openness to new ways of interacting has its rewards now.

CAPRICORN

You’re encouraged to reach out and connect today, dear Capricorn. There are rewards in one-on-one conversations in particular. Even so, the Moon’s transit of your work and health sector all day keeps you quite focused on the practical or working world. Its harmony with Mars at the top of your solar chart gently encourages you to reach a little higher, and you instinctively do this through working a little harder. It’s a good time for feeling more purposeful through your tasks or projects. Your instincts for personal presentation are accurate now, supporting your efforts to reach your practical goals. You feel more fulfilled if you handle problem areas and produce, and you experience a feeling of being refreshed and revitalized through your work or service.

AQUARIUS

Today seems to support satisfying emotional and creative expression, dear Aquarius. The Moon harmonizes with your sign as well as Mars in your adventure sector, and asserting your needs and desires flows naturally. You’re not fighting the waves right now! It’s a good day for expressing your affections in simple, straightforward ways, and especially through what you do. It can be a wonderfully creative and expressive day, and you’re well-supported for sharing a bit of yourself with others. Playful energies are pronounced and may come as a gentle relief. You’re generous with your time and energy today, and you’re coming across as magnetic and expressive. You could be feeling quite a bit more sociable than usual and less focused on work and responsibilities. However, even if you’re not looking for it, there can be some good ideas that could improve your work or health circulating now.

PISCES

Helpful news or ideas can come in that lifts your spirits today, dear Pisces. It can be a rewarding day for connecting with family or your inner world, and you’re ready to pay special attention to your emotional needs and support systems. You are exceptionally aware of unfulfilled needs and desires right now, but it’s not a time for sitting on your feelings–you prefer to do something about them. Intimate and personal matters can improve. You’re in particularly good shape for building and strengthening your inner confidence. Today’s energies are generally suitable for feeling rooted and secure, but you won’t necessarily be content unless you accomplish something. You might choose to take the initiative or a big step towards creating more security or harmony in your personal life.

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KARMA AND ASTROLOGY



Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

Leading Jyotish Astrologer in South Africa.

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Karma explains cause and effect and nothing describes it better than the saying

As you sow so shall you reap.

On this note one should know that you do not go to an astrologer but will be taken to him by your karma. If it is meant for you to go there then your destiny will take you there. Compiling your reading again will not be out of your free will but will be determined by your Karma. If it is willed it will happen and if not you will continue to struggle and bear the consequences of your Karma.

Karma is “the force generated by a person’s actions”. Throughout the operations of the Law of Karma, the manifestation of perfect justice is apparent. We are not punished for our sins, as everyone believes incorrectly, but we are punished by our sins.

We are not rewarded for our good acts but we receive our reward through our characteristics and qualities acquired by having performed these good deeds in previous lives.

In other words, we are our own judges and executioners

The Vedic horoscope of a person is like a business man’s balance sheet at the beginning of every year. It represents the debtors and creditors accumulated by the soul in its past lives.

Vedic Astrology believes in the transmigration of the soul in its quest for further spiritual growth in every “life-time”.

To achieve this, man has to keep on taking many births until he is freed of all his bad Karma. Knowing man’s materialistic urges, this task is not an easy one, hence man has to keep coming back to Earth to learn his lessons.

You are what you are because of these experiences that you have had in your past lives. Just as a pebble is moulded by the swirling waters over time, so is the soul’s consciousness moulded by our experiences in various life times.

There are four types of Karma that we have to contend with in our quest to achieve final liberation or enlightenment:

Sanchita Karma represents accumulated good and bad Karmas of past lives which have already matured and their influence in the circumstances in which one is born.

For example one can be born a pauper or a king. This Karma is mainly responsible for our time of birth and hence the circumstances that we have to face in this lifetime. Some people are born with mental or physical handicaps over which they have no control. Yet others are born with great talents which shine through at a very early age.

In the birth chart Sanchita Karma is represented by the 4th, 8th and the 12th houses (Water signs in the Zodiac) which are traditionally called “dark” houses because they represent deep and hidden meanings and influences which are related to life’s comforts, death and transformation in one’s chart. These are in fact houses of final liberation and enlightenment.

One does not have any control over this Karma because it has matured fully

On a physical level, this Karma materialises or manifests itself through the Artha houses which are the 2nd, 6th and 10th houses (Earth signs in the Zodiac) which represent wealth, daily work, health, creditors, career and personal status. Therefore when an Astrologer looks into this Karma, he has to view these houses to analyse the physical and earthly effects of this Karma on the native.

The reason for apparent inequalities of birth and circumstances become clear when it is accepted that our circumstances today are the result of decisions and actions taken previously.

Pralabda Karma represents unfinished transactions brought over from previous lives which need to be dealt with in this life time. This Karma is reflected in the chart through the 5th house (Purva Punya) and it manifests itself on a physical plane in the 1st, 5th and 9th houses (Dharma houses – life purpose or righteous action)

One has a certain amount of control over this Karma as it has not yet crystallised fully – Rahu and Ketu (The Moon’s nodes) are the two Karmic planets that trigger off this Karma. Ketu represents the Karmic debt brought forward and Rahu reflects how this is likely to be fulfilled. Rahu plays a major part in elevating certain people out of the blue and it is very conspicuous by its presence in their 10th house of career. One can be forewarned about the likely effect of this Karma and how best to cope with it.

For example, Margaret Thatcher the ex prime minister of the UK was totally unknown to the public and a back bencher for almost sixteen years before her Rahu period started in 1972. In 1975, Edward Heath resigned as the leader of the Tory party. From being a back bencher, she was propelled into the front rank of the party and proposed as a candidate for the leadership. Nobody believed that she could beat the other contenders but she did and she went on to win the next election in her own right in 1979. She remained the Prime minister of the UK right up to the end of 1990 when her Rahu period came to an end, almost to the day. Narendra Modi was in a similar phase in his life but became the Prime Minister of India when he came out of the karmic cycle of Rahu and Ketu. Jacob Zuma is in a karmic cycle of Rahu and Ketu and this will cause his destruction until and unless this is remedied astrologically.

Prarabda Karma usually has the effect of totally changing one’s direction in life – as if someone up there has a different agenda in mind for the native. Usually after this, the native pursues a higher path in life.

Kriyaman Karma represents new Karma or current Karma that we are now creating in this lifetime, the effects of which we will have to face at a later time or birth. On a physical plane, this Karma should manifest itself though the 3rd, 7th and 11th houses (Kama houses – desire, hopes and motivation).

One has total control over this Karma if we use our free will to make correct choices in life and accept that suffering has a purpose and effort is not wasted, life becomes full of hope and meaning. Man is then seen to be the controller of his own destiny, with the gift of free will to choose his way of life and to design his own future.

The way in which one uses their free will to make decisions, automatically shapes their future in full accordance with Karmic Law.

Aagmi Karma represents Karma of future birth if the present one is not the last.

You must realise that apart from Sanchita Karma, no other Karma is eternal, but can be changed. Therefore man must use his free will within the parameters of his birth chart to rule his destiny. Vedic Astrology takes the view that if a person leads his life morally and righteously and gains higher knowledge, the past Karmic debts will get paid off and new Karmic credits will be built up for this life as well as for a future birth.

Free will alone at times cannot shift one’s current path in life to what is required. One has to resort to the use of Muhurtha (auspicious timing), mantras, yantras, yagyas and gemmology.

You must appreciate that Astrology is based on the Laws of Karma and Nature. It teaches us to be at one with nature and to flow with it, otherwise we will waste our energies in undirected efforts. A birth chart should be used as guidance in life, so that one meets with as few obstacles as possible. A well known Astrologer once said:

“To refuse to hold a bright lamp in the darkness indicates ignorance, whilst to shed light on our future path at any cost, shows great wisdom. Choose your own path, and either control the planets and stand a victor in your struggle for self enlightenment, or yield to the Karmic influences without personal efforts on your part, and suffer the consequences”.

Your ever well wisher

Punditji



HOROSCOPE – Wednesday 16 October

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

Presently consulting in Gauteng and returning to Durban on 24, 25 and 26 October.

Gauteng Venue : 32 Guey Avenue, Highway Gardens, Edenvale

Durban Venue : 27 Protea Place, La Mercy

Call in now to confirm your appointment. Phone : 0716300834

Love light and blessings

Your ever Well wisher

Punditji

ARIES

Today’s energies are particularly favorable for taking part in comforting, earthy, and natural activities, dear Aries. These things can help you renew yourself, heal, and cleanse. You’re also in fine shape for building up projects or attending to business. Financial advice can be forthcoming and useful, and considering various strategies regarding your work or goals can be satisfying and valuable. Your emotional state is strengthened by feeling secure and independent so that efforts to get to these states will be powerful. Keep your mind peaceful now, and you can gain insights into recent events or problems. Still, take the time to reflect on your priorities today.

TAURUS

The day’s energies especially favor committing yourself to a personal project or goal, dear Taurus. You can’t seem to go unnoticed today even though you can be quite single-minded and independent. Emotions are strong and clear. Acknowledging your emotional needs is a necessary process at this time of the lunar month, and gaining clarity can help you make the right decisions in the weeks ahead. Towards the end of the day, the Moon’s move into your resources sector brings a more practical outlook to your life. You’re more inclined to slow down. However, you’re also ready to bring recent ideas to life.

GEMINI

For much of the day, dear Gemini, you’re in a better position for working behind the scenes or quite determinedly and happily on your own. You have a strong need to regroup and recoup your energy. While good energy is with you for unwinding and detaching yourself emotionally from demanding situations, you’re also in an excellent position to take substantial steps forward. You require some regeneration, privacy, rest, or some other form of a break until much later today when the Moon enters Gemini, and you seek more interaction. Focusing on forgiveness can do wonders for you emotionally today. Communicating your inner message, however, is not as easy as it could be just for now.

CANCER

You’re in fair shape for working with others towards a common goal today, dear Cancer, or for working towards a cherished dream independently. Focusing on long-term happiness goals can be felt as healing on some level today. You’re connecting with a need for undemanding situations and people who are like-minded or, more plainly, good company. Dreams and wishes are in stronger focus, and you feel ready and willing to work towards achieving them. Aim to avoid jumping into something new before you’ve given due consideration to what you already have going. Adding more now may only serve to stress you out. Today seems to favor taking a break from performing, and as it advances, you’re likely to feel a strong desire/need to retreat or renew your energy.

LEO

Your motivation levels for working toward a specific goal or ambition are strong today, dear Leo. You’re seeking satisfying work and goals right now, and you can be more goal-oriented than usual. Today may also require you to take the lead, and it comes naturally to you. Your reputation may get a boost, although communications can be on the touchy side today. It’s better to get the wording right. While you’re getting along with others for the most right now, you also have a strong urge to act independently. You have big matters on your mind, such as career, responsibilities, and long-term goals. You’re also motivated to do your best.

VIRGO

You can find yourself especially drawn to people with similar ideals and outlook today, dear Virgo. Current relationships are a little spicier, or your feelings about a person ramp up today. Today’s energies are good for pursuing educational or cultural interests more heartily or with extra commitment. The Moon complements your sign most of today, and this points to an ability to manage emotions quite well. However, a Mercury-Chiron influence active today can lead to some tricky communications or disconnects. It may be that we are reading others’ words through an insecure filter. Fortunately, you’re quicker than usual to rise above a problem today–you’re looking out for what’s to come more than dwelling on the past.

LIBRA

Today’s energies seem quite suitable for work, research, and self-renewal today, dear Libra. You can be rather dedicated to a particular project or pursuit, and you can be so motivated and intrigued by what you’re doing that you end up accomplishing tremendous feats. Another way this energy can play out is that you find yourself pouring a lot of energy into understanding yourself and your inner motivations, which can be rewarding and healing. It’s a good time to reach a new level in an intimate relationship. Still, disconnects can happen if we focus too much on the words communicated and not enough on the intention behind them. Observing and learning rather than jumping into action seems the best approach today, but it is also a good time for taking action on private matters.

SCORPIO

Today’s energies are useful for taking special care of a relationship, dear Scorpio. There can be someone special who helps motivate you to set important endeavors into motion. A unique focus or shared purpose can help improve a bond now. For most of the day, the Moon transits your opposite sign, and this inclines you to seek out balance in your life. You see your life from a different perspective or through the eyes of another. You might also pay more attention to the needs or agendas of someone important in your life. People can be particularly sensitive to what’s communicated today, or words can be triggering. However, the day holds terrific potential for bringing a project to a new level or reaching a better understanding of a matter. You may be displaying or improving your expertise in a creative or academic endeavor.

SAGITTARIUS

Today’s energies especially support bringing more order and structure to your life, dear Sagittarius. There can be a focus on work or routines and chores. You seem ready to commit to a work project or a health and wellness program. You might also thoroughly enjoy the work you do. Do watch for over-work, which can be counterproductive. It can be a time for gluing the pieces together and feeling the satisfaction for having done so. You might also find yourself helping others or playing a supportive role. Attending to areas that you have neglected can give you a strong sense of accomplishment today, whether these are physical or psychological issues. You’re more inclined to analyze your feelings than just let go and feel them, and you might want to watch for some tendency to say things without thinking.

CAPRICORN

You can feel quite dedicated to a project or person today, dear Capricorn, or to whatever brings you joy. Deep satisfaction can come through your commitment. Creative pursuits and time alone spent on expressive or leisure activities can feel healing and uplifting. You’re in the mood for special attention. While there can be some disconnects or a tendency to read too much into a matter, you have all the power today to write your own terms. With the Moon in your sector of heartfelt pursuits for most of the day, you’re a little more invested in your projects and relationships than usual. You’re likely to tune into needs that you’ve pushed to the side. There can be some news or an idea that reinforces your ambitions today and tomorrow.

AQUARIUS

Today’s energies are strong for dedicating yourself to a home or family-related endeavor, dear Aquarius. It can even be healing, and at the very least, satisfying to engage in this way. You might be working from home, or working on the home, and this can be rewarding. As you build your connections, you’re also building your confidence, particularly with recent changing circumstances. You have an inherent need for some privacy and relaxation today with the Moon in your solar fourth house most of the day, and you crave a stronger connection to your roots and your heart. More adventurous days await, but some attention to your home base can be most helpful at this time. You continue to invest a lot of yourself in your projects and ideas, but require some emotional centering. It’s a time for hitting the reset button as you rebuild strength.

PISCES

Today’s energies particularly favor a dedicated or committed approach to your projects, learning, and communications, dear Pisces. Even so, you could find people are especially sensitive to what’s communicated. They can be drawn to your advice or viewpoint today more so than usual, so it may be best to take extra care with how you word things! While you may come alive with a busy feel much of the day, by day’s end, you have a stronger need to settle in. Until then, you can find much to keep you mentally busy, and you’re inclined to enjoy exploring your ideas. You might find it pleasant to talk something through or learn assorted facts.

Cloves and its benefits

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

Ayurvedic Health Care Practitioner

Though tiny, cloves offer a great deal with respect to nutrition and healing. Cloves are flower buds that come from the clove tree. They have a spicy and pungent taste and are known for their anti-inflammatory and anti diabetic properties. There’s more we have to tell you – keep reading.

How Are Cloves Good For You?

Just one teaspoon of cloves contains decent amounts of manganese, fiber, and vitamins C and K.  While manganese boosts brain function and helps build bones, vitamins C and K boost immunity and prevent blood clotting. Vitamin K is also important for bone health.

There are other ways cloves make your lives better. Let’s check them out.

What Are The Benefits Of Cloves?

1. Cloves Fight Inflammation

Studies have shown that the eugenol in clove works as a powerful anti-infammatory agent. This is also true with clove essential oil, one form of clove that is widely available. Clove also fights inflammation of the mouth and throat. In yet another study by the University of Florida, subjects who consumed cloves on a daily basis had reduced levels of a specific pro-inflammatory cytokine in just seven days. Lowering these cytokines can significantly reduce the likelihood of arthritis and joint pains. In fact, long-term inflammation can lead to arthritis – and taking clove regularly could be a good step in preventing that.

2. Help Fight Cancer

One study showed how clove extract could prevent tumor growth and induce cancer cell death. The anti-cancer properties of clove can be attributed to eugenol, which had even shown to benefit in the case of esophageal cancer.

Cloves are also good sources of antioxidants. In fact, half a teaspoon of ground clove contains more antioxidants than half a cup of blueberries. Antioxidants fight inflammation and protect us against cancer.

Clove extract was also found to be lethal to breast cancer cells in yet another study.

Cloves have excellent cytotoxicity towards MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Hence, they are a promising source for the development of anticancer agents.”

Did You Know?

Ancient Romans used cloves for culinary and medicinal purposes. In fact, they were one of the most expensive spices in Europe in the Middle Ages.

3. Aid Diabetes Treatment

Volunteers in a study reported lower glucose levels after regularly taking cloves. Another animal study showed how cloves could moderate blood sugar spikes in diabetic mice.

Cloves contain another compound called nigericin, which was found to improve insulin secretion and the health of cells that produce insulin (7). This means that cloves, when taken as a part of a balanced diet, can keep your blood sugar levels in check.

4. Promote Digestive Health

Certain compounds in cloves can reduce stomach ulcers, as per some research. The oil from cloves can increase the thickness of gastric mucus, and this protects the stomach lining and prevents peptic ulcers.

The fiber in cloves can also aid digestion and might prevent constipation.

5. Improve Respiratory Health

This is especially true with clove oil – it can be used for treating bronchitis, asthma, and other respiratory issues like cold and cough. The oil soothes the respiratory tract and also has an anti-inflammatory effect. You can simply massage the oil into your chest, sinuses, and even the bridge of the nose – doing this opens the breathing passages and gives you relief. You can also add the oil (or steep a few cloves) to a glass of warm water and take it as tea.

Chewing on a clove bud can ease a sore throat and even help treat cold and cough.

6. Stimulate Blood Circulation

As per some research, this is especially true with clove oil. The oil impacts the body’s metabolism and reduces body temperature, and this enhances circulation.

The antioxidant properties of cloves might also help purify the blood – though we need more research on this.

7. Relieve Stress

Anecdotal evidence suggests that massaging with clove oil might help relieve stress.

8. Improve Oral Health

The eugenol in clove is known to provide relief. The substance is an anesthetic and has antibacterial properties, and this helps you deal with the pain. One simple way to get rid of a toothache is to place a few whole cloves in your mouth and moisten them with your saliva – after which you can crush them with your teeth. The oil that is released fights the pain. You can use a whole clove for 30 minutes, before discarding it and repeating the process with a new one.

If you have a much severe toothache, such that grinding cloves with your teeth is not possible, you can use crushed cloves. Crush the whole cloves and place the powder on the affected tooth.

An Iranian study also speaks about the analgesic affects of clove, which can help relieve toothache. Cloves can also combat bad breath.

Did You Know?

About 42 million pounds of cloves are produced and consumed every year. And three-quarters of the cloves that are produced originate from Tanzania.

 9. Can Fight Headache

The cooling and pain-relieving properties of cloves can work wonders here. All you have to do is crush a few cloves and put them in a clean handkerchief. Inhale the smell whenever you have a headache. You should obtain some relief.

Alternately, you can also add two drops of clove oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil and gently massage over your forehead and temples.

10. Boost Testosterone Levels

Studies have shown how oral ingestion of cloves can enhance testicular function and ultimately boost testosterone levels. Though the study has been carried on mice, the potential for humans is encouraging.

Some sources say that cloves can also enhance fertility.

11. Cloves Treat Acne

The antibacterial and antifungal properties of cloves play a role here. Clove oil works well in treating acne and improving skin health.

The eugenol in the oil has antibacterial properties. The oil can kill infection and fight inflammation, thereby effectively treating acne.

These are the benefits of cloves. But that’s not all. There are a couple of other ways you can use cloves.

What Are The Other Uses Of Cloves?

For Cooking

  • You can add cloves to cakes by grounding them. This gives your baked goods an extra kick. They combine well with nutmeg and cinnamon.
  • You can also add a couple of cloves to your morning tea.
  • You can also add them to your rice preparations. Or even use them for garnish.

For Killing Fleas

As clove oil is an aromatic essential oil, it can work as an excellent insecticide. After bathing your pet in warm water, rinse it off in water containing a couple of drops of clove oil. You can also add a drop of the oil to its collar – this will keep the fleas away.

All of this good stuff about cloves can be attributes to their nutrients, right? Well, here you go.

Conclusion

Being important spices, cloves are often used in dishes. But this doesn’t mean you can’t deliberately add them to your routine. You saw their benefits – so, why not try ’em once and see how mother nature can heal you.

Ayurveda – Herbs – treating the cause – cost effective and genuine

Modern Medicine – Drugs – trying to treat the symptoms – expensive

HOROSCOPE – Tuesday 15 October

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

Presently consulting in Gauteng and returning to Durban on 24, 25 and 26 October.

Gauteng Venue : 32 Guey Avenue, Highway Gardens, Edenvale

Durban Venue : 27 Protea Place, La Mercy

Call in now to confirm your appointment. Phone : 0716300834

Love light and blessings

Your ever Well wisher

Punditji

ARIES

With Mercury and Venus in your solar eighth house these days, dear Aries, you are picking up more information than usual through observation. You might wait before you speak a little more often, and you look for layers and levels to a problem or situation. Today’s Mercury-Neptune trine encourages you to see things differently, perhaps with a little more compassion or imagination. Your thinking is creative, particularly when it comes to matters of the past, intimate relationships, and your inner workings. You may be able to see a different level of someone you care about or gain a better understanding of your motivations. You can be fascinated with a mystery, and latent psychic powers or powerful intuition are in force. It can be a time of forgiving others for slights, and this helps boost your mood and your relationships. Connections feel magical at times today.

TAURUS

A new agreement or understanding today can be explicit or unspoken, dear Taurus, but can boost you up. You can feel that things are falling into place quite magically and that you’re in the right place for making, renewing, or improving relationships. It’s a time for new ideas and visions, particularly related to partnerships, friends, and future happiness goals. You can experience a nice boost of compassion, intuition, and imagination for your thoughts, perceptions, and conversations. Be accepting and tolerant now to let all of the good things in! Make a point of seeking out activities that refresh your spirit and connections that delight you. Your imagination is flying high now. The Moon spends the day in your sign, and you’re shining. Solving problems or finding a new way to view a matter can figure strongly.

GEMINI

You’re often in the position to examine the details of matters these days, dear Gemini, and this is helpful for tasks that involve sorting, organizing, and editing. Today, Mercury harmonizes with Neptune, adding imagination and compassion to the mix. If you face perplexing problems, be sure to take a step back from them, as intuition is more likely to kick in if you do so. Creative and even inspired ideas are possible, particularly related to work or health, but they’re also practical enough to hold weight. You seem to navigate to the information or solution you need, almost magically. People may not fully get you, but they are flowing with you and attracted to you today! An imaginative, compassionate, and gentle approach to the world seems to win the most points. In business, it’s called “soft sell, ” but it can be the most rewarding method all around today. For best results, let conversations flow and listen generously.

CANCER

There is a gentle, respectful, and imaginative vibe with us today, dear Cancer, and you vibe with it well. You may enjoy a nice mental interlude of sorts, and allowing yourself some freedom to dream, imagine, and create can be especially worthwhile and rewarding. Several aspects in play today boost your creativity and mood. It can be an inspired time for reaching out to others or expressing your ideas, beliefs, and dreams. Romantic sensibilities are strong, and you can enjoy interesting conversations or musings now. It’s a promising day for communications, and you may gain a new perspective as you see the other side of a situation. You might encourage someone to open up about a matter, or you could choose to express an issue that’s been a load on your mind with someone you trust, serving as a satisfying release.

LEO

You can be quite content with letting things flow along today, dear Leo, and you can benefit from this interlude. Mercury and Neptune are harmonizing, and it’s a time for appealing to your sense of wonder and feelings of compassion. You might especially enjoy entertainment that engages your emotions and imagination. It’s a good time for stepping back from the routine and letting your imagination go. Your ability to listen and make anyone feel interesting is even stronger than usual today. You might bond with someone through a supportive discussion or come across especially beneficial information. Your intuition is serving you well. Solutions might come about unconventionally. You may be working on releasing negative feelings about a relationship or a past hurt, and conversations tend to be sympathetic.

VIRGO

You can find much value in different tastes and styles today, dear Virgo. Acceptance is strong, and it feels good to relax your standards on some level, letting more in. You may very well benefit from different viewpoints and perspectives today, as well as inspire others with yours. Imaginative activities and thinking figure strongly now, and connecting with others on whole new levels can help you part with negative stress. You’re also expressing yourself more imaginatively and charmingly. Agreements and negotiations are favorable, and you might enjoy guiding, teaching, or soothing people with your words and possible solutions to problems. The Moon spends the day in your sector of spirit, encouraging you to focus on mind expansion and emotional renewal.

LIBRA

Today is powerful for resolving problems and getting to the right places through conversations and musings, dear Libra. If you need to release stress or let go of possessive feelings, you’ll find the day most excellent for this kind of acceptance. You might also gain knowledge that helps your financial picture today. You can be particularly motivated to bring more beauty and harmony to your home environment. If it’s possible, pass on intensive work and focus instead on creative or overview thinking. It can be an excellent idea day, and conversations with others can be enlightening. There is a sense that flowing along with the natural rhythms of your life will get you where you want to go in a happier, more peaceful way than if you were to try to push things along.

SCORPIO

Creative expression and imaginatively connecting with others are favored today, dear Scorpio. Conversations can be uplifting, and fantasies or musings are positive, lighting up your higher mind and opening up new possibilities. Someone may appreciate your unique viewpoint, or you may be attracting someone with your perceptive and understanding personality. Something happens that helps you soften your rougher edges, and you can find it empowering to let go of frustrations and instead focus on those things, situations, and people that inspire you. You might come across information that benefits you greatly. It’s also a fabulous time for self-discovery as well as an examination of your dreams, desires, and plans. Writing and communications are particularly imaginative today.

SAGITTARIUS

The day may not have a clear mission, dear Sagittarius, but it may do best without one! You are seeking out-of-the-ordinary or colorful connections, ideas, and experiences. Some of you might reminisce about the past and thoroughly savor your memories. It’s a good time for letting bygones be bygones, especially with family. You might see others in a more positive light–or a more human light–seeing the beauty in weakness or imperfections. You might help someone out with your advice or through listening, reinforcing, and acknowledging. Incoming information now can put you ahead on business or economic lines. Your instincts with money and value are excellent. You might recognize new levels or dimensions of your needs now, which benefits decision-making.

CAPRICORN

You’re in particularly good shape for cooperative efforts, especially where it concerns communications, dear Capricorn. Interactions are peaceful and warm, and you’re looking at relationships, ideas, and problems from a more accepting standpoint. There is some tendency to avoid unpleasant work or tasks, but it’s a beautiful time for entertaining new ideas, dreams, and possibilities. Expanding your reach and connections can be rewarding. You find it easier than usual to go with the flow, and it’s useful for you to do now and again! Current transits tend to lighten your mental load and soften your disposition. The Moon spends the day in your sector of joy, self-expression, play, and recreation, encouraging you even further to release stress and connect with your inner child.

AQUARIUS

Today’s energies favor imagination, hunches, and inspiration, dear Aquarius. You’re accessing your intuition in delightful ways, and business can improve as a result. New ideas can begin to come together, or you see the missing links now. Interactions tend to be kinder and gentler, and perhaps quite inspiring. Your insight can add another dimension to a connection. Going with the flow just for a while can be refreshing and even therapeutic. Even so, you might arrive at a better understanding of your ambitions and goals. Your reputation or professional status might improve with your generosity and kindness. The Moon spends the day in your family and home sector, however, and you’re quite happy with taking a break.

PISCES

You’re in a good position for conversations and inspiration today, dear Pisces, with Mercury in harmony with your sign and Neptune. This transit tends to create a pleasant atmosphere for accessing your intuition and communicating with others on all sorts of levels or dimensions. It puts you in great shape for reaching out and sharing your ideas or a unique perspective, as well as for learning something entirely new and hopeful. You might connect intuitively with a special person in your life since Mercury rules your partnership sector. You may want to give voice to topics that are close to your heart. This energy is very much up your alley, and you can discover that you vibe well with today’s atmosphere.

HOROSCOPE – Monday 14 October

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

Presently consulting in Gauteng and returning to Durban on 24, 25 and 26 October.

Gauteng Venue : 32 Guey Avenue, Highway Gardens, Edenvale

Durban Venue : 27 Protea Place, La Mercy

Call in now to confirm your appointment. Phone : 0716300834

Love light and blessings

Your ever Well wisher

Punditji

ARIES

The Moon’s move into your solar second house today can put you in a practical frame of mind, dear Aries. Still, you are quite innovative now, able to bring new energy to the material world. You indeed need some predictability and comfort with this transit, but your idea of what’s comfortable is changing these days. If you have trouble relaxing or unwinding, you might consider adding very simple, grounding, and earthy activities to your day. Offer freedom to those around you for best results today, but also take time for yourself. Watch for too-quick decisions related to money or belongings. Aim to feel and enjoy your accomplishments before considering whether you should shoot for more just yet! Pursuits that are a bit too routine or confining can frustrate now, and it’s a good idea to find constructive ways to freshen things up.

TAURUS

You can be a bit more energetic and spontaneous than usual with the Moon’s move into your sign, dear Taurus. Emotions are immediate and at the surface, but you seem to be setting the pace for the most part now, and it can feel good to be in control and on top of things. Ideally, you can set the pace, because you’re not in the mood for submitting to others’ rules and direction right now! It may be best to put effort into personal plans or projects that require robust or bold but not necessarily long-term effort. If you’re allowed some space, the day can play very much in your favor. While you’re seeking a little more intimacy or depth in your relationships and projects these days, you’re sensitive to any of these things that seem to be infringing upon your independence right now. It can be a time for breaking out of a rut or pattern in a relationship or a specific routine that’s not getting you the results you crave.

GEMINI

You’re in fine shape for activities that serve to renew or refresh yourself today, dear Gemini. A surprising feeling can emerge, or your instincts for managing problems may be on the radical side. Don’t waste time pretending to yourself that you’re over something. Instead, aim to work on letting go of the things you no longer need. Take your time processing recent experiences as the Moon moves into your soul sector today. Jupiter’s tense relationship with Uranus today may stir up some discontent. You’re inclined to find much to love about someone in your life these days, but today, you may feel a little rebellious. Aim to recognize this need for space, both for yourself and someone important to you, since feelings of being confined or hemmed in can lead to unnecessary conflicts if left unattended. Your need for some “alone time” is real, and the trick now is to find the right balance.

CANCER

Energies today stir up a stronger desire to be around people, dear Cancer, but you still need a bit of space. You’re seeing philosophies, beliefs, or goals that you have in common with someone. You may want to push the usual boundaries and seek out different experiences. Watch for the temptation to prove your independence, which can lead to poor decisions since it can mean reacting to others rather than acting from your heart. Keeping an open mind and your options open can invite positive, interesting experiences. It can be challenging to concentrate on your duties with distractions in your social life, but it’s best not to throw something out too quickly now. If you have too much on your plate, even if it’s fun stuff, you may end up feeling quite hemmed in or restless.

LEO

You are seeking some inspiration today, dear Leo, but don’t let impatience spoil a good thing. Changing attitudes towards others’ opinions of you these days can lead you to want to do something out of the ordinary if only to drive home the point that you answer only to yourself. However, you have some more work to do on this front before you can truly be as free-spirited as all that. This is a time in your life for trying on new ways of presenting yourself, pursuing your goals, and handling your work and responsibilities. Seek out ways to make changes that suit your evolving self or that feel more authentic, but do so in steps. The people you meet while pursuing your goals can be inspiring and original now. It’s a time when you can be craving novelty, independence, and creative room, making it necessary not to weigh yourself down with too many demanding pursuits. At the same time, overdoing the leisure side of your life can complicate the pursuit of your larger goals and ambitions.

VIRGO

You can be feeling a bit impulsive today, dear Virgo, and while you should enjoy this energy boost, avoid overshooting or adding more to your plate simply because you feel you can handle it now. Consider that you may not feel the same way later when not quite as inspired. You can be restless to learn something new or to do something different. It’s a good day for identifying problems in your life and visualizing life as it would be after putting these things behind you. In this way, you can get closer to solutions and resolutions. Even so, you may feel pulled in different directions, and the frustration of indecision could lead you to jump into something impulsively. Look for ways to improve your living conditions or to renew a project related to family or home life, but do keep your need for new or mind-expanding experiences in mind. Dare to do things just a little differently, and avoid taking on so much that you leave little room for other pursuits.

LIBRA

You’re inclined to go inward today, dear Libra, and you can make it an illuminating, positive experience. Consider that you may be spending too much time reacting to your feelings instead of simply connecting with them. Anger tends to dissipate when you allow yourself the time to feel the emotions of hurt, and this may be a goal today. Watch for rushing a financial or intimate matter. Impatience can get the best of you, and you may want to push something forward too quickly when it needs more time to develop. Try not to give in to this pressure, and avoid adding too much to your plate now, or you may feel a bit trapped. Be flexible if there are small changes in your schedule or disruptions in your routine since they may very well lead to fun and informative detours. Look for ways to do things just a little differently so that thinking and connecting stays fresh.

SCORPIO

Today’s energies can be favorable for enjoying others’ company and connecting, dear Scorpio, as long as you aim to live in the moment without rigid expectations. You tend to be more emotionally invested in your relationships today with the Moon’s move into your partnership zone. If an important player in your life is unreliable or unpredictable, giving everyone space makes sense, but don’t lose sight of your needs. You’re emotionally sensitive to others today, more so than usual. Using this sensitivity in positive ways can be rewarding. Watch for pressure to make a quick decision. The desire for something different can take hold, but you may not know precisely why you’re feeling restless. The best way to handle this is to recognize a need for change rather than pushing it to the side and allowing arbitrary restlessness power your decisions. Aim to make changes rather than react to things happening to you.

SAGITTARIUS

While you’re not thrilled about the monotony of the routine today, dear Sagittarius, you are more inclined to pay attention to your chores. The Moon moves into your sector of work and health for a couple of days. Your energy levels can be variable and very much dependent on your level of inspiration! Avoid pushing yourself too hard, but do enjoy the extra boost of motivation to get your life organized. Surprises are likely today related to work, health, and daily affairs, and this can throw you a little off-center. However, they can also lead to new and exciting methods. Aim to seek out ways to refresh and enliven your life in areas that have become a little too dull, but pay special attention so that you don’t overcommit. You may want to change plans due to rather sudden revelations.

CAPRICORN

Today’s energies are favorable for creative expression, dear Capricorn, although there can be some wild cards, and it’s best to stay flexible. If others are unreliable or inconsistent, aim to write your own terms, even while giving them some space. Jupiter’s tense aspect with Uranus can point to disruptions or the need for some freedoms. Surprises can temporarily throw you off-center, but they may very well lead to exciting detours, bringing on just the right kind of refreshment you need. Small changes can lead to significant improvements, particularly related to your creative world and romantic life, but this can also be about the adjustments you make to your thinking and attitude that have a positive impact on your life. Learning new things about your emotional needs can lead to exciting new beginnings.

AQUARIUS

With the Moon’s move into your solar fourth house today, dear Aquarius, it’s a time when you may stick with the familiar, and the tried and true benefits you. More adventurous days do await, but for now, some self-pampering and nest building can be refreshing. There can be some unreliable energy with you today, and you can’t and shouldn’t control everything, but you may decide to let it play out on its own, allowing you to catch a breather. A Jupiter-Uranus aspect points to surprise events or feelings related to friends, home, and family, that can throw you off-center or skew your thinking temporarily. Try not to make overly quick decisions just now. There can also be a strong desire to do a makeover of some regions of your life. Listen to your discontent, but avoid pushing yourself to take on too much at once. Too much even of a good thing can start to infringe upon your sense of freedom. Recognizing your need for refreshment is vital since it allows you the opportunity to take charge and make the changes you want.

PISCES

The Moon heads into your communications sector today, dear Pisces, and you’re looking to feed your curiosity. You can be somewhat stubborn about an idea or learning project right now, and there can be some frustration today if you feel restricted or forced to stick within rigid rules. It’s a day for honoring your need for more variety and stimulation, but it’s best not to go too far with it. If you have the chance to color outside of the lines or to set your own pace, then take it. While it may not be the best day for concentration, you can be productive if you put your mind to it, and if you vary up your routine. Sometimes we need a rush of frustration to motivate us to make a change, and one may come today. Keep your plans flexible and to leave some options open. You need the room to explore, discover, create, and come to your own conclusions or else you’ll feel confined. It’s an important time for giving your mind something new and refreshing on which to focus.

Kartik and Dipavali

14 October to 12 November

Kartik & Dipavali

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

Click on the following link to listen and download the Damodhar Astakam which is sung daily during the month of Kartik

The lighting of lamps and offering aarti to the Lord commences on Monday 14 October and end on Tuesday 12 November being in mind that Dipavali will be celebrated on 27 October.

Blessed indeed is that fortunate soul, who, due to some past pious activities, can observe the month of Kartik in the most exalted of all holy places, Shri Vrindavan dham. This month, know as the month of Damodar, is most auspicious and truly benevolent, for the sukriti obtained by performing devotional activities for the pleasure of the Lords in this month is 1000 times more, than in any other time of the year. This month commemorates how mother Yashoda was able to bind the Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Krishna with the ropes of her love and affection.

The same Supreme Lord, whom neither Lord Brahma, nor Lord Shiva, and not even the Goddess of Fortune, Laxmi devi, can ever bind, was bound by the selfless pristine parental love of Mother Yashoda. It is in this very month, that Vrajendranandan displayed transcendental fear from his mother and was running from her trying to escape her punishment. After putting her own endeavor and receiving the mercy of the Lord, the two ingredients that a devotee needs in order to bind Shyamsundar, she tied Him up to a grinding mortar, taking which Shri Krishna later crawled to the Yamalarjun trees growing in the courtyard of Nanda Maharaj and delivered the two sons of Kuber, namely Nalakubera and Manigriva.

Remembering this beautiful pastime, and hoping to one day be able to tie Damodar with their ropes of love, all the devotees offer ghee lamps in the evening and sing the beautiful Damodarashtakam, creating a very transcendentally surcharged atmosphere in the temple room of Krishna Balaram mandir, in the land of Vraja, the very place where these pastimes were manifested by Yashodanandan, five thousand years ago, to attract the minds of the conditioned souls of this material world and make them realize their eternal identity as the servants of Shri Krishna (Jivera svarupa haya Krishnera nitya-dasa).

This month is also known as Urja vrata. Urja means shakti and refers to Shri Krishna’s internal potency which is none other than Vrindavaneshwari Shri Radha, and thus she is the predominating deity of this month of Kartik, and the glorification of her transcendental name, fame, forms and qualities, is the main vrata to be performed in this month. This is the month when Shri Radha and the other sakhis sang the Gopi geet, which is truly relished by the elevated vaishnavas following the moods of the young damsels of Vraja, whose love for Krishna is unsurpassed, and the foremost of whom is Shrimati Radhika. Aspiring to be the humble recipients of a single drop of the moods of separation of the Gopis and pleading to receive the dust of their lotus feet, the devotees all chant the Gopi geet in the Krishna hall after Damodarashtakam.

This month is truly glorious not only due to the aforementioned reasons, but also because many prominent pleasing pastimes of the Lord were performed in this month of Kartik. The first day of the month, Sharad Purnima, is when the Sharad raas was performed and the desires of all the Gopis of Shri Krishna were fulfilled. In this month, the Gopis who had never before attained the direct audience of their worshipable Lord, their very life and soul Shri Krishna, were purified of all the traces of anarthas left in them by the intense heat of separation and were able to fulfill their long cherished heart’s desire to attain their one and only goal, the lotus feet of Shri Krishna.

It was in this month that the demon Arishtasura was killed, which led to the appearance of Radha kund and Shyam kund, two beautiful kunds at the foot of the great Govardhan hill, having jeweled steps, blooming lotus flowers and surrounded by the kunjas of the eigth prominent Sakhis, and in the center Svanada sukhad kunja of ananga manjari where the divine couple perform many enchanting pastimes.

DIPAVALI – 27 October

The Amavasya of this auspicious month is celebrated as Dipavali, the festival of lights, celebrating the long awaited return of Lord Ram to his kingdom Ayodhya after the 14 years banishment and the war that waged between Ram and Ravan. All the devotees celebrate this beautiful festival by lighting lamps in all the corners of their houses and discussing the pleasing transcendental pastimes of Lord Ram. The next day of Amavasya is celebrated as Govardhan puja, when all the brijvasis, after stopping the worship of Lord Indra in accordance to the instructions of Shyamsundar, worshiped Giri govardhan, who is celebrated as Haridasya varya, the best of the Vaishnavas, who serves the divine couple with its many gushing streams, beautiful waterfalls, fragrant forests full of fruits and flowers and caves suitable for various pastimes. Mother cow is also worshiped on this day, and all the Brijvasis performed the parikrama of the glorious blessed mountain Govardhan. Following in their footsteps the devotees perform parikrama of Giriraj maharaj and offer anakut to the deities.

Other auspicious days celebrated in this month are the Disappearance day of Srila Prabhupad, the founder acharya of ISKCON, without whose mercy we would know nothing about this supremely purifying month. A few days after that, comes gopashtami, when Shri Krishna goes for cow herding for the very first time time. And many other festivals are celebrated in this month enhancing the spiritual mood of this already transcendental realm of Vrindavan.

Devotees from all over the world come to Vrindavan during this month to spiritually surcharge themselves so they may continue to preach Krishna Consciousness all over the world. They participate in Vraj mandal parikrama, Krishna katha, Deep daan, Singing of various Vaishnava bhajans, Kirtan and many other devotional activities for the satisfaction of Guru Gauranga and Krishna.

Everybody should follow following practices in Kartik (Damodar) month:

1. Daily offer a ghee lamp to Krishna and sing the Damodarastakam, meditating on meaning.

2. One should always remember Supreme Lord Hari. Devotees should try to do more Harinam Chanting. Do extra rounds and more kirtana.

3. Hear Srimad Bhagavatam, daily in association of exalted Vaisnavas, if possible. All other duties should be given up in favor of hearing the scriptures from sadhus during this month. It is most beneficial to recite and read Gajendra Moksha Lila-stava from 8th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, which teaches complete surrender/dependence of Supreme Lord.

4. Eat only prasadam.

5. Daily recite Siksastaka of Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and meditate on its meaning. Read the commentary on Sikastaka by Bhaktivinod Thakur.

6. Daily Read the the Updeshamrata of Srila Rupa Goswami .

7. Daily offer lamp to Tulsi devi and pray for eternal residence in Vrndavana and eternal service of the lotus feet of Radha and Krishna. Do 4 parikrama (circumbulation) of Tulasi.

8. Make nice offerings for Krishna. Devotees should observe the festival of Annakuta, Giriraj Govardhan Puja.

9. Associate more with devotees.

10. Practice brahmacharya – celibacy.

11. Perform austerities.

Following are excerpts from some scriptures (Puranas) describing the glory of the pious Kartik month:

“If somebody performs even a little worship of Lord Shri Hari in this month, He offers that devotee His own abode.”

“If somebody burns a lamp in the temple of Lord Shri Hari even for a short time (in the month of Kartik), then whatever sins, he has acquired for millions of kalpas (one kalpa equals 1000 yugas) are all destroyed.”

“A person, who for the entire month of Kartik eats only once a day, becomes very famous, powerful and heroic.”

“A person who happily reads the Bhagavad Gita in the month of Kartik does not return to the world of birth and death.”

“Of all gifts, the gift of a lamp during the month of Kartik is the best. No gift is its equal.”

“The pious result obtained by bathing in all holy places and giving all charities is not equal to one ten-millionth part of the result obtained by following the vow of Kartik.”

Damodarastakam : Must sing during Kartik month

(1) namāmīśvaraḿ sac-cid-ānanda-rūpaḿ , lasat-kuṇḍalaḿ gokule bhrājamanam
yaśodā-bhiyolūkhalād dhāvamānaḿ, parāmṛṣṭam atyantato drutya gopyā

(2) rudantaḿ muhur netra-yugmaḿ mṛjantam, karāmbhoja-yugmena sātańka-netram
muhuḥ śvāsa-kampa-trirekhāńka-kaṇṭha-, sthita-graivaḿ dāmodaraḿ bhakti-baddham

(3) itīdṛk sva-līlābhir ānanda-kuṇḍe, sva-ghoṣaḿ nimajjantam ākhyāpayantam
tadīyeṣita-jñeṣu bhaktair jitatvaḿ , punaḥ prematas taḿ śatāvṛtti vande

(4) varaḿ deva mokṣaḿ na mokṣāvadhiḿ vā , na canyaḿ vṛṇe ‘haḿ vareṣād apīha
idaḿ te vapur nātha gopāla-bālaḿ , sadā me manasy āvirāstāḿ kim anyaiḥ

(5) idaḿ te mukhāmbhojam atyanta-nīlair , vṛtaḿ kuntalaiḥ snigdha-raktaiś ca gopyā
muhuś cumbitaḿ bimba-raktādharaḿ me , manasy āvirāstām alaḿ lakṣa-lābhaiḥ

(6) namo deva dāmodarānanta viṣṇo , prasīda prabho duḥkha-jālābdhi-magnam
kṛpā-dṛṣṭi-vṛṣṭyāti-dīnaḿ batānu , gṛhāṇeṣa mām ajñam edhy akṣi-dṛśyaḥ

(7) kuverātmajau baddha-mūrtyaiva yadvat , tvayā mocitau bhakti-bhājau kṛtau ca
tathā prema-bhaktiḿ svakāḿ me prayaccha , na mokṣe graho me ‘sti dāmodareha

(8) namas te ‘stu dāmne sphurad-dīpti-dhāmne, tvadīyodarāyātha viśvasya dhāmne
namo rādhikāyai tvadīya-priyāyai , namo ‘nanta-līlāya devāya tubhyam

TRANSLATION

1) To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokula, who I (due to the offense of breaking the pot of yogurt that His mother was churning into butter and then stealing the butter that was kept hanging from a swing) is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of mother Yasoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed–to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.

2) (Seeing the whipping stick in His mother’s hand) He is crying and rubbing His eyes again and again with His two lotus hands. His eyes are filled with fear, and the necklace of pearls around His neck, which is marked with three lines like a conch shell, is shaking because of His quick breathing due to crying. To this Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, whose belly is bound not with ropes but with His mother’s pure love, I offer my humble obeisances.

3) By such childhood pastimes as this He is drowning the inhabitants of Gokula in pools of ecstasy, and is revealing to those devotees who are absorbed in knowledge of His supreme majesty and opulence that He is only conquered by devotees whose pure love is imbues with intimacy and is free from all conceptions of awe and reverence. With great love I again offer my obeisances to Lord Damodara hundreds and hundreds of times.

4) O Lord, although You are able to give all kinds of benedictions, I do not pray to You for the boon of impersonal liberation, nor the highest liberation of eternal life in Vaikuntha, nor any other boon (which may be obtained by executing the nine processes of bhakti). O Lord, I simply wish that this form of Yours as Bala Gopala in Vrndavana may ever be manifest in my heart, for what is the use to me of any other boon besides this?

5) O Lord, Your lotus face, which is encircled by locks of soft black hair tinged with red, is kissed again and again by mother Yasoda, and Your lips are reddish like the bimba fruit. May this beautiful vision of Your lotus face be ever manifest in my heart. Thousands and thousands of other benedictions are of no use to me.

6) O Supreme Godhead, I offer my obeisances unto You. O Damodara! O Ananta! O Vishnu! O master! O my Lord, be pleased upon me. By showering Your glance of mercy upon me, deliver this poor ignorant fool who is immersed in an ocean of worldly sorrows, and become visible to my eyes.

7) O Lord Damodara, just as the two sons of Kuvera–Manigriva and Nalakuvara–were delivered from the curse of Narada and made into great devotees by You in Your form as a baby tied with rope to a wooden grinding mortar, in the same way, please give to me Your own prema-bhakti. I only long for this and have no desire for any kind of liberation.

8) O Lord Damodara, I first of all offer my obeisances to the brilliantly effulgent rope which binds Your belly. I then offer my obeisances to Your belly, which is the abode of the entire universe. I humbly bow down to Your most beloved Srimati Radharani, and I offer all obeisances to You, the Supreme Lord, who displays unlimited pastimes

FULL MOON 13 October – Opportunity from Crisis

Jyotishacharya Shastri Pundit Roshan Singh

Full Moon Sunday 13 October 2019

Offer sweet rice and milk to the moon in the evening and be surprised of how beneficial it will be to you and your family. Cook the sweet rice and offer it to Krsna and then offer it to the Moon. Thereafter partake of this maha prashad and be shocked how this will bring positivity and calm to your life. Share this post with everyone.

The full moon on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 20° Aries brings intense and challenging emotions from a testing square aspect to Pluto. But a beneficial trine aspect to lucky Jupiter makes the full moon October 2019 astrology more positive, overall.

The October 2019 full moon may trigger a personal or relationship crisis but also opportunities to transform, grow and find happiness. There are especially good signs for lovers who are going through rough times. The full moon in Constellation Andromeda promotes love and reconciliation, while the previous new moon continues to bring love and good fortune.

Full Moon Meaning

Sun opposite Moon brings your home, family and intimate relationships into sharper focus for the following two weeks of this moon phase. Opposing forces such as work versus home, or what you need versus what you want, create inner tension and external pressures. This can lead to conflict and crises that drain your energy.

The lunar qualities of emotions and instincts reach their peak at a full moon. So use your increased emotional strength and intuition to overcome any relationship challenges. Subconscious awareness allows for an impartial and balanced look at your personal relationships. You will clearly see any relationship dynamics or negative feelings causing disharmony.

Full Moon October 2019 Astrology

The October 13 full moon at 20°13′ Aries makes two planetary aspects that are very strong, both under half a degree orb. Moon square Pluto which creates challenges, while the trine to Jupiter creates opportunity.

This full moon does not align with any major fixed stars but does gain some helpful astrological influence form minor stars in Constellation Andromeda.

Full Moon Crisis Full Moon square Pluto (0°25′) can lead to compulsive and destructive behavior as deeply buried feeling are exposed. These may include bigotry, racism, fears and phobias, addiction and sexual problems. Such intense emotions and reactions may become difficult to control and lead to a personal crisis.

Emotional power struggles may become quite ruthless and cause a relationship crisis. Jealousy, manipulation, guilt-tripping, bullying, sexual abuse or domestic violence may be involved. Family secrets may be revealed which may be confronting, or your own secrets or embarrassing habits may be exposed in public.

Full Moon Opportunity

Full Moon trine Jupiter (0°06′) optimism and open-mindedness makes it easier to gain conscious awareness of your intense emotions and share them with loved ones. Any relationship crisis caused by the full moon square Pluto can be turned into an opportunity to transform and evolve. Bad habits or behaviors can also be eliminated from your subconscious through the positive transformation of your emotions.

Intimate relationships will benefit from your openness and honesty. Mutual respect and understanding can lead to very successful personal and business partnerships. New and influential friendships are possible and lucky breaks can lead to opportunities to increase your material wealth and level of happiness.

Jupiter semisextile Pluto (0°32′) gives and urge to make positive changes, reform and transform. Increased power and influence facilitate spiritual and personal growth, wealth creation and professional advancement.

Subtle but powerful forces are working behind the scenes to promote you to a higher level. Success is made possible by taking full advantage of the opportunities that open up in front of you. A person of power and influence could have a profound influence on your direction in life.

Although a semisextile is classed as a minor aspect, this is an important influence on full moon October 2019 because it links the two directly aspected planets. It is also applying (getting closer to exactness on October 17) which gives it extra strength.

Your ever well wisher

Punditji