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Astrology for 8/28/2014

8/28/2014 Thursday by Norma

Indecision, today is your day to rule! If you absolutely cannot make a decision, do nothing. A confusing situation prevails where it’s impossible to see your way clearly. Diplomacy is ineffective with authority figures: they either ignore you or else deny your request. Dolly Parton said, “The way I see it, [...]

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Do We Know How to Be Happy?

Do We Know How to Be Happy?

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Faults of Cyclic Existence”

When we broaden our view and look out, we see that this is happening to a greater or lesser degree to all sentient beings. All sentient beings are striving to be happy. They wish to be happy, [...]

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Astrology for 8/27/2014

8/27/2014 Wednesday by Norma

Be aware that all your wonderfulness won’t get you what you want today, but your actual contribution will! Correct yourself or accept other people’s opinions and corrections and you will come out in a better place. Matthieu Ricard said, “Simplifying our lives does not mean sinking into idleness, but getting rid [...]

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Looking for Happiness

Looking for Happiness

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Faults of Cyclic Existence”

If we broaden our perspective, we look out from our own self-absorption into our immediate environment which is generally pretty easy for most of us. We have friends and relatives that we don’t mind increasing our space [...]

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The Celestial Sphere and Time-Conjunctions

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The following is respectfully quoted from “Treasury of Knowledge” by Jamgön Kongtrul:

The celestial sphere pervades space between Mount Meru and the mountain of fire.
It is a belt of wind, within which the twelve houses
And the twenty-eight constellations formed first.

The celestial sphere pervades the space between the outer circumference at which the [outermost impenetrable] enclosure of Mount Meru meets Cool Mountain Range and the inner circumference of the mountains [ring] of fire [i.e., Horse-faced Fire]. The celestial sphere is a circular belt possessing the nature of wind that supports [all] the celestial palaces of the gods. Since it is slightly higher near Mount Meru, it has the bent shape of a bow. Near the mountainous [ring] of fire, it is slightly lower, resembling a lotus petal. It forms a complete circle [around Mount Meru].

Concerning the meaning of the word,

The [Sanskrit] term gola (celestial sphere) may be translated
As hollow, concave and convex, circular, heavy and light, and so forth.
Translated precisely, it denotes “that which holds up the heavens.”

The form [of the celestial sphere] is described differently by different scholars–as resembling the spokes of a wheel; rising up or spreading out; as resembling a stack of helmets, a chain or shield. [These descriptions] are based on reason and scriptural reference. The view that the celestial sphere is shaped like a cluster of boats eventually became the most prevalent. The eight lord [Karmapa] Mikyö Dorjé, with some amusement, provided a clear description of this in the Ocean of Mind.

The term “house,” from the [Sanskrit} raśi, denotes a gathering or cluster. The Fundamental Tantra of Manjuśri states that there are thirty-six houses; other sources present different enumerations. Regardless of how many houses have formed on the celestial sphere, twelve houses exert the most pronounced influence--both positive and negative--on [the affairs of] this world. They are:

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.

Infinite numbers of stars are contained within the houses, which are the area of their rotation. The sage Delight in Stars (Jyotiráma) has stated:

Know that the number of stars
Is two hundered and eighty-five million.

Further,

In some discussions related to phenomenology, it is said
That in the sky of six empty spheres,
Ngāga eyes see the number of stars.

Thus, there are [many viewpoints] such as [this one that asserts] there are 28,000,000 [stars]. In the center of all stars is the pole-star and Canopus, which are shaped like a top ornament and its surrounding canopy. In addition, twenty-seven constellations are considered in astrological calculations to predict the outcomes of specific actions:

  1. Beta Arietis
  2. Thirty-five Arietis
  3. Eta Tauri
  4. Aldebaran
  5. Lambda Orionis
  6. Alpha Orionis
  7. Beta Geminorum
  8. Delta Cancri
  9. Alpha Hydroe
  10. Regulus
  11. Delta Leonis
  12. Beta Leonis
  13. Delta Corvi
  14. Spica Virgis
  15. Arcturus
  16. Alpha Libroe
  17. Delta Scorpio
  18. Antares
  19. Lambda Scorpi
  20. Delta Sagittari
  21. Sigma Sagittari
  22. Alpha Aquiloe
  23. Beta Delphinum
  24. Lambda Aquarius
  25. Alpha Pegasi
  26. Gama Pegasi
  27. Zeta Piscum

The constellations called Lyra and Alpha Aquiloe are both situated in one star cluster; however, they may be counted separately to make twenty-eight. Concisely expressed, the houses, the twenty-eight constellations, and so on formed [before the planets].

[The houses] are situated in a clockwise arrangement.
Planets such as the sun and moon rise above them.
[Eight] move counter-clockwise; Eclipser [moves] clockwise.

Each constellation is divided into four quarters nine such quarters situated in each house. Thus, Beta Arietis, Thirty-five Arietis, and one quarter of Eta Tauri are situated in Aries House and so on. [The houses and constellations] are situated in a clockwise arrangement. The first of these houses is Aries, and the first constellation is Beta Aries, since this is where the movement of the sun begins [at the beginning of the year].

The planets rise above the stars that are positioned within their respective houses. These include the Sun in the last quarter of Beta Geminorum and the moon in the first [quarter] of Beta Arietis, and so forth. These planets govern the houses and constellations like lords.

The ten planets are Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Long Tail of [Smoke], Eclipser, and Fire of Time.

The eight from the Sun to Long Tail begin their natural movement counterclockwise around Mount Meru, and Eclipser and Fire of Time clockwise. Four of these–Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn–are called malelfic planets because they are right branches; and the four–Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Long Tail–are called benefic planets because they are left branches.

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1 comment to The Celestial Sphere and Time-Conjunctions

  • Leslie M.

    I do believe that someday modern science will “prove” this, i.e., what the enlightened ones already know. It is far beyond the understanding of my limited mind, yet still I strive (and choose) to have faith. Thank you, Jetsunma.

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