Category: Jyotiṣa

Karakamsa and Natural Zodiac

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Kārakāṁśa

Kārakāṁśa
One of the important principles of our tradition is to treat the Kārakāṁśa as Aries and examine the planets in the houses from it. Reason being that the ātmakāraka is akin to the jīvātmā (or jaḍātmā in the case of inanimate beings) which is similar to the Paramātma in its basic nature but lacks the purity and energy of the latter. In a sense, the creature is like the creator, in almost every respect. The ātmā is a spark of light symbolized by agni tattva and the Sun as the naisargika ātmakāraka.

Zola Budd

Aśleṣā 3rd Pada: Zola Budd

South African-British athlete called the world’s fastest woman. A wisp of a girl at 5’2″ and 83 pounds, she proved herself a distance runner of world-class when she broke Mary Decker’s record.

However, the Moon is in Aśleṣā nakṣatra at 23°21’ in the 3rd pada. This is not Abhukta portion (last 0°50’) of the nakṣatra and danger to life may not exist. However, for a female nativity, this shows “Danger to Father, Patri-lineage” besides danger to “female in-laws”. Zola Budd became long estranged with her father who was later murdered.

Bruce Hammerslough

Aśleṣā 4th Pada: Bruce Hammerslough

Bruce Hammerslough was a noted American astrologer who co-founded of Greenlake Metaphysical Center with Dennis Flaherty. Formerly, he served as the President of the Atlanta and Washington State Astrological Societies. Jupiter as the 8th lord is well placed in the 8th bhāva (even though in Mūla 1st Pada) and will not be the cause of death. Moon as the 3rd lord in 3rd bhāva takes this role due to Bhavat-bhāvaṁ (i.e. count eight houses from eighth bhāva).

Albert ‘Al’ Gore, Jr.

Mūla 4th Pada: Albert ‘Al’ Gore, Jr.

The fourth pada of Mūla is considered a very fortunate part for the Moon to occupy. All sages attribute rājayoga caused by the blessings of Śrī Vāyu, the wind god. The native is very successful and is like a faithful Hanuman who will realize his potential when blessed with a leader like Rama.

The blessing of the Moon forming a powerful Gajakesari yoga in Mūla nakṣatra (Sagittarius) with Jupiter showed in its daśā which started in Dec 1975.

Ingeborg Bachmann

Mūla 3rd Pada: Ingeborg Bachmann

Austrian poet, dramatist, and novelist, Ingeborg Bachmann was a leading voice in post-war German literature. The prestigious The Festival of German-Language Literature which awards the “Ingeborg Bachmann Prize” since 1977 is named after her. During her lifetime Bachmann, was known first and foremost as a poet, but she ceased to write poetry in the 1960s and focused on prose. In these later works feminist themes came to the fore.