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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Venus and Modesty

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Dharma Sub-value: Modesty
Planet (graha) Venus (Shukra)

Planet Venus as Hindu God

Mrunala kundendu payoja suprabham,
Peethambaram, prasrutha maksha malinam,
Samastha sasthrartha vidhim mahantham,
Dhyayeth kavim vanchitha maartha sidhaye.

All desires would get fulfilled by meditating on that poet,
Who shines like the white lotus born out of the sea,
Who wears yellow silks, who is known to wear garland of beads,
And who is a very great individual knowing the meaning of all sasthras.

Om Siro may Bhargava pathu, Baalam pathu grahadhipa,
Nethre daithya guru pathu, srothre may chandana dyuthi.

Let the son of Brugu protect my head,
Let the lord of planets protect my hair,
Let the teacher of asuras protect my eyes,
And let my ears be protected by
He who is lustrous like sandal wood.

Pathu may nasikaam kavyo, vadanam daithya vanditha,
Vachanam chosna pathu , kandam sri kanda bhakthiman.

Let the writer of epics protect my nose,
Let my face be protected by he who is worshipped by asuras,
Let my words be protected by the hungry one,
And let my neck be protected by the great devotee of Vishnu.

Bhujou thejo nidhi pathu, kukshim pathu mano vraja,
Nabhim braghu sutha pathu, madhyam pathu mahee priya.

Let my hand be protected by the treasure of light,
Let my belly be protected by him who is the choice of my mind,
Let my stomach be protected by son of Brughu,
And let my middle be protected by the darling of earth.

Katim may pathu viswathma, ooru may sura poojitha,
Janum jadya hara pathu, jange jnana vatham vara.

Let my hip be protected by soul of the universe,
Let my thigh be protected by him who is worshipped by devas,
Let my knees be protected by enemy of sluggishness,
And let my calf be protected by he who is great among knowledgeable.

Gulphou guna nidhi pathu, pathu padhou varam bhara,
Sarvanyangani may pathu,swarna mala parishkrutha.

Let my ankle be protected by treasure of goodness,
Let my feet be protected by he who grants boons,
And let all my limbs be protected by he who wears golden garland.

Ya idham kavacham patathi sradhyanwitha,
Na thasya jayathe peeda, bhargavasya prasadatha.

He who reads this armour with devotion,
Will never get any problems by the grace of son of Brugu.

Idhi Brahmanda purane Shukra kavacham sampoornam.

(Thus ends the armour of Venus occurring in Brahmanda Purana)

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Jupiter and Resourcefulness

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Dharma Sub-value: Resourcefulness
Planet (graha) Jupiter (Brihaspati)

Jupiter, Brihaspati

Gurur brahaspathir jeeva suracharyo vidham vara,
Vageeso dhishino deerga samasru peethambaro yuva.

Teacher, Lord of prayer of beings, Teacher of demigods,
Greatest among the mighty, Lord of words, preceptor,
One having a long beard, he who is young and wears yellow silk.

Sudha drushtir, grahadheeso, graha peeda apaharaka,
Daya kara, soumya moorthi, surarchya, kudmala dhyuthi.

He whose sight is nectar-like, Lord of all planets,
He who steals away the bad effects of all planets,
He who is merciful, he who is soft looking,
He who is the teacher of devas, he who looks like a bud

Loka poojyo, loka guru, neethigno, neethi karaka,
Tharapathi schangeeraso veda vedya pithamaha

He who is respected by all, the teacher of all,
He who is just, he who implements justice,
Lord of all stars, He who is the son of Angiras,
He who is worshipped by Vedas, grandfather

Bhakthya brahaspathim smruthwa, namanyethani ya padeth,
Arogi, bhalavan sriman, puthravan sa bhaven nara.

He who remembers Brahaspathi with devotion and recites these names,
Would be free from disease, would be strong,
Would be wealthy, and would be blessed with several sons.

Jeevedvarsha satham marthya, papam nasyathi, nasyathi,
Ya poojayeth guru dhine peetha gandha akshathambarai.

He who worships him on Thursdays, with sandal, holy rice and silk,
Would live for one hundred years and all his sins would be destroyed.

Pushpa dheepo upa haraischa poojayithwa Brhaspathim,
Brahmanan bhojayithwa cha peeda shanthir bhaved guro.

Guru would remove all problems and bless with peace,
Those who worship with light, flower and presents,
And serve food to Brahmins.

(Thus ends Sri Brahaspathi Stotram, Prayer to Jupiter)

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Mercury and Responsibility

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Dharma Sub-value: Responsibility
Planet (graha) Mercury (Budha)

Asya Budha kavacha stotra maha manthrasya
For the chant called Armour for Budha (Mercury)
Budha Preethyarthe Jape Viniyoga
This chant is being done to please God Budha.

Budhasthu pusthakadhara kumkumasya samadhyuthi,
Peethambardhara pathu, peethamalyanu lepana.

Let us be protected by Budha,
Who holds a book in his hand,
Who shines with Kumkuma, (saffron)
Who wears yellow silk,
And who wears yellow garland.

Katim cha pathu may soumya, siro desam budhasthadha,
Nethra jnanamaya pathu, srothre pathu nisa priya.

Let him who is peaceful protect my hip,
Let my head and surroundings be protected by Budha,
Let my eyes be protected by the one who is engulfed in knowledge,
Let my ears be protected by him who loves night.

Granam gandha priya pathu, jihwam vidhyapriyo mama,
Kantam pathu vidho, puthro bhujow pusthaka bhooshana.

Let my sense of smell be protected he who likes scents,
Let my tongue be protected by he who likes knowledge,
Let my neck be protected by the knowledgable one,
Let my arms be protected by he who is decorated by books.

Vaksha pathu varangascha, hrudhayam rohini sutha,
Nabhim pathu suraradhyo, madhyam pathu khageswara.

Let my breast be protected by the blessed one,
Let my heart be protected by son of Rohini,
Let my belly be protected by first among devas,
Let my middle be protected by God of the birds.

Januni rohinoyascha pathu jange akhila pradha,
Pathou may bhodhana pathu, Pathu sowmyam akhilo vapu.

Let my knee be protected by he who belongs to Rohini,
Let my calf be protected by he who knows everything,
Let my feet be protected by he who is the expert teacher,
And let all the rest of me be protected by he who is peaceful.

Yethadwi kavacham divyam, sarva papa pranasanam,
Sarva roga prasamanam, sarva dukha nivaranam.

This Armour which is holy,
Destroys all sins committed,
Cures all types of diseases,
And is the panacea for all sorrow.

Ayur aroghya subhadham, puthra pouthra prabhardhanam,
Ya padeth srunuyath vapi sarvathra vijayee bhaveth.

It blesses one with long healthy life,
Increases sons and grandsons,
And those who read or hear it,
Would be victorious everywhere.

Ithi Sri Brahma Vaivartha Purane Budha Kavacham Sampoornam

Thus ends the armour of Mercury which occurs in Brahma Vaivartha Purana.

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A Season of Eclipses

July will see two eclipses: a partial solar eclipse on July 13 followed by an full lunar eclipse on July 28. The triad is completed with a partial solar eclipse on August 11 which is not seen in many parts of the world. However, the eclipses are an unfolding of energy on the Earth and it behoves all to pay attention to the voice of conscience in this time of disturbing energies accentuated by exalted furnace which goes by name of Mars.

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