About Prabhupada's Sagittarius Rising Sign
BY: DHARMAPAD DAS (DEAN DOMINIC DE LUCIA)
Apr 29, 2012 BRAZIL (SUN) Well, I guess I'll jump into the current Sagittarius fray.
Amar Puri, would you please inform the assembled readers what system of astrology you practice? I'm under the impression that you practice a current modification, the Krishna Paddhati System; I don't believe that you practice the standard Vedic astrology as it is found in Brihat Jataka and that has been practiced in India over the last few thousand years. Please clarify this issue for my understanding and the understanding of the readers.
About the planet Jupiter in the horoscope of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, you said ... "However, the Lagna Lord Jupiter remains in infancy and afflicted very exactly by the malefic Rahu, rendering the Lord WEAK."
Well, Jupiter is at two degrees (just over 120 celestial minutes of arc) at the beginning of the sign that he occupies, i.e., Leo; this much is true. And it is also true that he is not as influential as he could be were he positioned more towards the middle of the sign. But at two degrees, a planet is well-enough accommodated in any sign to give strong results. There are various sources of strength, and position in the mid portion sign is only one of them. By the way, this particular source of strength has not been given a tremendous amount of attention in the classic literature.
I have a Mars which is at nine minutes according to the Lahiri ayanamsha, not even at one degree, and far from the two degrees that Srila Prabhupada's Jupiter enjoyed. But I have always noticed that the sub periods of Mars have been very positive for me, giving results far and above my expectations, temporarily carrying me above the norm of my chart.
Another issue is that Ketu is not just a malefic, but a chaya graha, a shadowy planet, one that only exists on the astral plane. It has no physical existence. And although defined as a malefic, there is an esoteric side to Ketu's maleficence, a method to its madness, such that Ketu's title is Moksha Karaka, the indicator of liberation. Even though Ketu always maintains its flavor, the greater tendency, though, is for Ketu to be the volatile and impressionable one, and become overwhelmed and act according to the dictates of sign occupation, house occupation and planetary association/conjunction.
And overwhelmed Ketu is in the chart of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Ketu sits in the house of dharma, next to the natural planet of dharma, Jupiter; Ketu sits next to the satvic lord of the house of dharma, the Sun; and Ketu receives the drishti-influence of Mars, who is lord of the house of the pious fifth house. Thus, Ketu's quality will manifest as piety, albeit piety flavored by fanaticism, because fanaticism is a prominent quality of the Rahu-Ketu axis. (Ketu is still Ketu). All of these planets combined to impress upon Ketu a great and pious raj yoga, the likes of which have not been seen since perhaps the times of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. And the raj yoga effects manifested later on in his life, during the major planetary period of Ketu, during the heyday of the Hare Krishna movement.
I don't see any type of influence upon Ketu in the Capricorn chart which would see Srila Prabhupada sell more books, during the Ketu period, than even the extremely talented J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter author. Jupiter wasn't weak, but rather, Ketu was so empowered by Jupiter, the Sun and Mars that Srila Prabhupada jumped to world prominence during the Ketu period.
Amar Puri Prabhu, this is a more standard way to interpret the position of Jupiter and Ketu in Prabhupada's chart, and how to interpret the chart.
See Dharmapad's Stellar Astrology