OM PHAT SVAHA
Competence and professionalism are crucial, but not enough to make an excellent consultancy. The keys to helping the client to recognize his own needs through his horoscope are empathy and listening. This level is possible for the astrologer who is used to facing up to his shadows, by a spiritual training. Karmic Astro-Counselling, including meditation on Lunations and Sri Yantra, is a valuable awakening tool which makes use of Sacred Geometry to harmonize practicality and sacredness, ancient and modern paths.
The geometry of the Sri Yantra encloses the entire cosmos. I will briefly outline the forms which create it.
- Square. It symbolises the Earth, stability, knowledge of one’s strengths and limits, solidity, peripheral thresholds, continuity, the finite and the infinite. In the yantras, the triple square with the doors in the form of a T mark the boundaries between the earthly world and the cosmos, between the external and the internal, between the I and the you, the single and the collective, the human and the Divine. The doors are guarded by the guardians of the directions (Dikpãla) who obstruct and free the entrance, so that the practitioner can only reach where he is ready to arrive. A prolonged attachment to the square indicates manipulative tendencies, voracity in relationships, professional greed and a tendency to include only subordinates in one’s own spaces to prevail.
- Circle. It symbolizes cyclic nature, completeness, sky and planetary motion. The equidistant points from the center suggest the principle of equality in the protective area of the sacred space. Nevertheless, a protection which is too tight generates imprisonment, as happens with factors which restrict or amplify the boundaries of arbitrary free will.
- Lotus flower. It symbolizes integration and adjustment to an inappropriate territory. Its structure is impenetrable and so it is not damaged by the mud in which it sprouts and grows. In the yantras, the lotus flower shows the eco-friendly expression of the divine Essence. The changing number of petals is associated with the quality of the Divinity to which it is dedicated. The petals will open when the meanings of the other lines have been completed.
- Triangle. It shows Will, Knowledge and Action. With the point facing downwards, it is Energy (Shakti). Facing upwards, it is Knowledge (Shiva). The two triangles form a star symbolizing the union between opposites: Shakti and Shiva, Moon and Sun, feminine and masculine, etc. With the triangles united like an hourglass, time and space lose their boundaries. The triangle requires courage to overcome the problems which came to light in the square; the prejudices of the practitioner appear from its lines.
- Dot (Bindu). It is the cosmic dot, the conjunction, the zero of immensity and paucity, the dimension from which forms arise. We reach the dot, after having crossed through all the dimensions and after having started the transformation.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SRI YANTRA
The Sri Yantra can be constructed using many methods. Here is a summary of the procedure .
- Close your eyes and visualize the boundaries which separate terrestrial space from celestial space. Visualize the entrance to the cosmic dimension. Open your eyes and draw a circumference crossed by a vertical diameter.
- Divide the diameter into forty-eight equidistant units (12 Signs + 27 Lunar Mansions (Nakshatra) + 7 Planets + 2 Nodes), marking them with small dots.
- Highlight the following points on the diameter, starting from the bottom: sixth, twelfth, seventeenth, twentieth, twenty-third, twenty-seventh, thirtieth, thirty-sixth and forty-second. For each of these dots, sketch a string. Number the strings from 1 to 9, starting from the bottom.
- Keeping 48 as a reference number, mark the following spaces on the strings:
1/16 = 3 spaces from both ends of string 1.
1/12 = 5 spaces from both ends of string 2.
1/3 = 16 spaces from both ends of string 4.
3/8 = 18 spaces from both ends of string 5.
1/3 = 16 spaces from both ends of string 6.
5/48 = 5 spaces from both ends of string 8.
1/16 = 3 spaces from both ends of string 9.
- Delete the spaces marked with the dots on both sides of each string, and then sign the name of the corresponding planets according to the weekday sequence. The last two on the top are North Node (Rahu) and South Node (Ketu).
- Now the change begins. Breathe, be aware of your body, stand up and take nine steps forward, then sit down and prepare for your journey.
Now you can mark the Bindu (Fig. 4).
Perform nine breathing cycles; each one is dedicated to a planet, starting with the Sun. Mark the first outer circle with eight petals (Fig. 5)
Add the next crown with sixteen petals (Fig.6).
Finally, the three outer circles and the doors (Fig 7).
The nine larger triangles, by crisscrossing, give rise to the forty-three peripheral triangles (14+10+10+8+1) which clearly can be seen in Figure 8. The first forty-two triangles stand for the abodes of the Guardian Divinities and lead to the forty-third small triangle of the Lunations Goddesses (Nityā). At the center there is the dot (Bindu) with Mahā Tripurā Sundari.
After having drawn it, guard it with joy, while you are waiting to meditate and explore the island of the jewels!
MEDITATION ON THE SRI YANTRA
The Sri Yantra is in a phase of growth. The astrologer who crosses every Āvaraṇa (circuit) and reaches the triangle of the Lunations will get to know secret parts of himself and then will know how to interpret the horoscope in a way which matches the nature of the client. Above all, the rite of passage must be carried out by carrying out a symbolic or real circumambulation around the diagram. After this, the door to entry3 is chosen and the Āvaraṇa (circuits) are crossed. In modern language, we could say that each Āvaraṇa displays a selfie reflecting the qualities and faults of the practitioner. To begin, it is advisable to do the procedure in nine consecutive days, as follows. This meditation cycle does respect the planetary Dasha structure.
Let the notebook rest for eight days. On the ninth, read what you have written again. You will find the keys. Whoever meditates on the Sri Yantra feels intense pleasure and gets to know secret parts of himself, he evolves and learns how to help the client, immersing himself in the Karmic Triad.
KARMIC TRIAD AND COUNSELLING
The knowledge of the Nityās helps to interpret the Karmic Triad: the Nityā of the astrologer, of the native and of counselling.
- Nityā of the native: it reveals the kind of nourishment and care which he feels he has received or not from his mother. The lunar whole magnifies the karmic meanings.
- Nityā of the astrologer: it shows the type of emotional nourishment and care that he can offer the client.
- Nityā of counselling: it characterizes the interaction between consultant and the person being counselled; it clarifies the forecasts which appear during the consultancy.
NAME OF THE NITYĀS
The 16 Tithis are under the rule of 16 Nitya Devis or Sodasa Nityas (So + dasa = 6 plus 10):
1. Maha Tripura Sundari,
7. Maha Vajresvari,
An example with valuable information follows. I am not interpreting the full Natal Chart. I am only focusing on the Triad to choose the type of counselling suitable for the karmic needs (conscious or unconscious) of the consultant. The Zodiac is circular-sidereal with Whole Signs Houses.
The patterns are marked by the Moon and by Saturn: karmic needs connected to the dynamics of Sade Sati. Shivaduti animates the chart of both the client and the astrologer: both have experienced the influence of the Sade Sati, through a probable lack of communication from the mother. What to communicate and how to communicate are the problems to take care of during the consultancy. The Dyad with Shivaduti (light and dark) indicates contrasts, mutual forecasts and communication difficulties, mirroring situations which are familiar to both: power conflicts about what the Astrologer believes that the client can obtain and what the latter claims to deserve. To avoid frustrations, the astrologer must be very empathetic in communicating the information.
Kulāsundari, the Nityā of collectivity which unites the client and the astrologer, can add empathy to the sense of familiarity to overcome the communication conflict. Shivaduti, acting on the reality of the birth Lunation of the two, helps to find the tools of the path towards well-being. The mutual lunar totality will offer more detailed information.
Is its worthwhile embarking on the long path of the Sri Yantra to obtain scant news about the management of the consultancy? Well yes, it is. The methods and the rules are not enough to help a person: it is necessary to pinpoint the emerging strengths and difficulties during the consultancy to reach his soul more easily. Meditating on the Sri is like hugging the cosmos. Integrating the micro-realities with the macro-structures adds a unique and unforgettable touch to the consultancy. I have been asked if atheists can practice this approach. The reply is simple: the archetypical root exists in all human beings; everyone feels it according to his own nature.
I like to conclude by invoking upon us the Energy of today’s Nityā.
28th MARCH 2016 – PANCHAMI-VAHNIVASINI
A WISH FOR EVERYONE
Light, joy and well-being!
May the knowledge of the lunations indicate the best for you in your many possible futures!