Beyond Death

October 15, 2014

4. Beyond the Body (aka Beyond Death)

Turkey I recall a time when someone told me “astrology can’t work for me because ‘I’ wasn’t born when my body was born.  I’m a ‘walk-in'”.
She was telling me that the soul that came with her body left, (in what appears to be a death) and her soul took over the body at that point, so she wasn’t “born” with the body.
I didn’t argue with her.  I could see she was invested in her viewpoint and I didn’t need to make a point.  But I can now.
Astrology speaks to the conditions of the physical world.  When a body is born, that BODY is part of the physical world and is affected by the physical world, including the astrology when the body was born.  A so-called  ‘walk-in’ must agree to step into the fate of the body they were about to inhabit. The soul must adjust to the conditions of the body.
Swami Rama, an Oxford educated spiritual master, talks about this in his book Living with the Himalayan Masters.  Swami Rama lived with cave-dwelling swamis from the age of six until college, honoring a promise made by his parents.  He recounts a visit with his teachers after graduating Oxford.  There had been a terrible flood, and dead animals and humans were seen in the raging river that they were about to cross.  One very elderly teacher said “Excuse me a minute” and jumped into the river.  A few minutes later, a young handsome man walked out of the river and picked up the conversation where they’d left off.  Swami Rama questioned him–was he still the revered teacher in a different body?  The answer was “my old body was pretty worn out and I’ve still got a lot to do.”  (Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama)
Ohm Seti also experienced this, as described in the book The Search for Ohm Seti. Born in England in the late 19th or early 20th century (my memory needs a refresh), she fell down some steep stairs and apparently died at age 4.  The family doctor pronounced her dead before she got up again and appeared to be fine.  But from that day on, she was obsessed by Egypt, demanding to spend days and days at the Egyptology museums in London and learning the language of heiroglyphs.  She was convinced she was the soul of a beloved mistress of Seti, an Egyptian pharoah.  Her “memories” of the land, buildings, geography, and customs have been invaluable to archeologists and historians in locating and interpreting excavation sites.
When the physical body of someone we loves dies, we suffer a physical loss.  Even while we know the spirit lives on, most of us are unable to communicate with that spirit and NONE of us are able to give and receive hugs and physical comfort with the spirit.  The physical loss is great, and always brings questions about what we might find beyond the threshold of death.
SO–I promised you a bibliography, and here it is:

Destiny of Souls by Michael Newton;    In this book, psychologist Michael Newton continues to map the picture of the “between lives” period that he began in Journey of Souls.  While the first book was more the geography and mapping feature, Destiny shows the decisions we make between lives that help us see the Meaning of our lives, and helps us understand the kinds of decisions we make before we even enter this life.  In a similar vein, you might want to read the works of Raymond Moody including his book with Elizabeth Kubler Ross:  Life after Life.

Proof of Heaven:  A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eban Alexander.   In this book Alexander not only recounts the details of his profound experiences during a period in which he was in a coma and virtually braindead from an overwhelming brain infection.  He also explores, with the help of other medical specialists, all the scientific and rational explanations that might say his experience was an artifact of his disease or medication.  This is a powerful testimony to the power of spirit, written by someone who still lives in the rational scientific world, and manages to explain his knowledge of both to his lucky readers.

The Map of Heaven (second book by Eban Alexander)  In some ways even better than the first.  He goes through many philosophical traditions and the collected reports of many others who have “been there” to make the case that we are part of a vastness of love that we can only barely begin to imagine.

The Search for Bridey Murphy by Morey Bernstein.   This un-put-downable book details the research into the roots of the tale of a young woman who remembers a life hundreds of years ago in Ireland more than she remembers her life today.  Originally written in 1956, it’s been reissued many times.  A fascinating tale.

The Search for Om Sety by Jonathan Cott and Hanny el Zeini.  This is a more recent book and one with more profound impact on the scientific world.  This book recounts the life experiences of an Englishwoman who believes herself to be the reincarnation of the true-love of a great Egyptian Pharoah.  It’s a paranormal story, a love story (he physically reappears to her frequently and they continue their deep love affair), and a story of archaeology.  Om Sety (as she called herself, following the tradition of naming oneself after one’s spouse) understands the physical layout and cultural meaning of many of Egypt’s ancient monuments, and made significant archeological contributions as she explained to archeologists where to find specific temples and the meanings of architectural symbols as they related to practices in the temples and other buildings.  Her contributions to Egyptian archeology are considered to be vital and fundamental.

There are many many other books on these topics, but if you’re just now turning in this direction I can’t recommend any more than these.


Prediction Techniques of Vedic Astrology, Part One

October 15, 2014 A few weeks ago, I got a phone call from a friend who is a longtime student of Vedic Astrology. He  made an interesting observation which basically outlines the basic practical difference between Vedic and Western astrology.  He said he’d been failing miserably during years of trying to predict events in his life, and guessed he was relying too much on the effects of transiting planets.  He was right.  Here’s my short lecture on the process of quick predicing with Vedic astrology, based on my understanding of the teachings of K.N. Rao. 
     We’ll do this in stages:
       1. Varga aspects repeated in Dasa sequence (today’s lesson). 
       2. Simultaneous aspects of transiting Rahu and Saturn on the house or house-ruler of the subject in question. 
       3. Transits of benefics or malefics on the dasa and sub-dasa planets or on the house ruling the subject of the question. 
Note that we aren’t even looking at transits in the way a western astrologer looks at transits.
Tip ONE.  Examine the dasa and sub-dasa rulers.
First, depend on the dasa system.  If you have an accurate birth time, the dasa system, which assigns each portion of your life to the guardianship of a particular planet in your chart, is the first place to go for long and short-term predictions.  These time periods are based on the specific position of your moon at birth, and each planet governs a period of time ranging from six to twenty years.  Each period is divided into subperiods, and each sub-period is divided into more subperiods. 
    The most straightforward way to start making a prediction is to look for planets that aspect each other, according to Parasara rules of aspects.  At the most simple level, you can look for planets in the same house or the opposite house.  Make note of what house those planets are in, and which houses they rule in the birth chart.  That will give you some hint of the type of event that will take place.  Then look in the lifetime dasa list and find periods that are ruled by the two planets.  For example, if you have Mars and Jupiter in the same house, look for a Dasa period of Mars/Jupiter, or Jupiter/Mars.  That’s when the event will take place. 
    Now, look in the Varga, or Divisional charts.  If you want to find a change in marital status, look in the Navamsa, or marriage varga/chart.  If you want a change in career status, look in the Dasamsa, or career varga/chart.  Change in the status of children (or having children, look in the Saptamsa varga.  If you have the planetary aspect repeated in the proper varga (divisional chart), that’s the subject area in which this event will take place in life.   You can even start your predictive process without finding the aspect in the Rasi/birth chart.  Finding the aspect between the Dasa period planets in a divisional chart is very significant. 
     More information about the nature of the event can be determined by looking at the planets involved, their house placement, their house rulership, any benefic or malefic aspects to those planets, and the nature of friendship/enemy between the planets.  Also check the temporal benefic/malefic nature of those planets in the specific birth chart.  This will help fine-tune the predition. I’ve conducted classes having students identify significant events in each others lives with this rule alone.  Try it out for yourself!
     In order to confirm the prediction and narrow down the timing, there are several other steps.  Watch my blogs for details for further tips.