Rahu and Initiative

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Dharma Sub-value: Initiative
Planet (graha) Rahu (Sani)

Rahur dhanavamanthri cha simhika chitha nandana,
Ardha kaya, sada krodhi, chandradhithya vimardhana.

Rahu, Minister of Rakshasa, one who makes Simhika happy,
Half bodied one, one who is always angry,
Tormentor who troubles Sun and Moon.

Roudhro rudhra priyo daithya swar bhanur, bhanur bheethidha,
Graha raja sudhapayee rakadhithyabhilashtaka.

Angry one, Devotee of Rudra, Ogre,
One who is near the Sun, one who terrifies the Sun,
King of planets, one who got nectar,
One who desires the Moon and the Sun

Kala drushti kala roopa, sri kanta hrudayashraya,
Vidhunthudha saimhikeya, ghora roopo, maha bala.

One who has death inflicting sight, one who likes death,
One who lives in the heart of Shiva, one who made Moon dim,
One who is the son of ogress Simhika,
One who has terrifying form, One who is very strong.

Graha peeda karo damshtri raktha nethro mahodhara,
Panchavimsathi namani sthuthwa rahum sada nara,
Ya paden mahathi peeda thasya nasyathi kevalam.

One who torments planets, one who has big teeth,
One who has red eyes and one who has a big paunch,
If a man recites these twenty five names and prays to Rahu,
And as soon as he reads big tormenting troubles vanish immediately.

Aarogyam putham athulam sriyam dhanyam pasum sthadha,
Dadhathi rahu sthasmai thu ya padeth sthothramuthamam.

Health, incomparable sons, wealth, cereals and animals
Would be given to him by Rahu, to the one who reads this great prayer.

Sathatham padathe yasthu jeeveth, varsha satham nara.

The man who reads this regularly would live for one hundred years.

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Full Moon, August 2018

A full moon occurs late evening on 26 August 2018, on what is called Shravana Purnima. This full moon occurs in Shatabhisha nakshatra, the asterism of the ruler of the oceans, Varuna. This occasion also has a number of festivals: Rakhi, Raksha Bandhan, and Gayatri Jayanti (birthday of Gayatri Maa).
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Hayagreeva Jayanti 2018

Hayagreeva Jayanti occurs on Shravana Purnima. During year 2018 this event will occur on August 26th. Hayagreeva is one of the minor incarnations of Lord Vishnu. There is much deeper meaning and purpose to Hayagreeva: for this Kali Yuga, let it be known that Hayagreeva, when propitiated, gives very pure knowledge. He is karaka of the intellect, which resides nearest the soul (atma).

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Saturn and Duty

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Dharma Sub-value: Duty
Planet (graha) Saturn (Sani)

Shani - Planetary Deity for Saturn

Oh Lord Saturn! The mysterious one,

Thy mother is the shadow and thy father is the Sun,
You are considered, only maelific, by some,
Others know you as the benevolent one.

God gave you the task to purify each one
Through all types of experiences under the Sun.
Bless us and remove our shackles, one by one.


The Planet Saturn is dispositor of limits, control (and when we try to push past that control, frustration); and completion. We should never be trying to push back the barriers that limit us without using our discrimination.

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Eclipses and Retrogrades


’tis a season of eclipse and retrograde planets (three inner and three outer planets all retrograde) with an eclipse on August 11 in the Northern Hemisphere and first planet out of retrograde on August 18th is Mercury going direct on that day. There is much to consider about Ascension in this season of eclipses and retrograde planets.

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