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« on: 10.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
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Paramahansa Yogananda, born 5 January 1893 at 8:38 PM in Gorakhpur
 
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  • What makes this the chart of a realized master and spiritual leader?
  • We have the exact time of one of his most profound spiritual experiences. After Yogananda's guru died, one week later, on June 19, 1936 at 3:00 PM in Bombay, India, his teacher came to him in a vision and gave him a tour of the astral and causal planes. What is the astrology of a profound mystical experience?  
  • There are many great spiritual leaders but only a handful that have the charisma and organizational skills to build a worldwide following that lasts more than one generation after they die. What makes Paramahansa Yogananda one of these select few who can both plumb the depth of spiritual understanding and spread his message broadly across time and space?  
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« Reply #1 - on: 11.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Liza Hall
 
1. What makes this the chart of a realized master and spiritual leader?  
In this case, the sheer number of smaller indicators of spiritual interests add up to indicate how basic this was to his life path. Here's a quick list: (1) North Node (purpose of this lifetime) in the 9th; (2) MC ruler/North Node ruler Venus in religious Sagittarius, angular, conjunct Mercury in Sag, and widely opposite Neptune and Pluto; (3) the fact that this generational Neptune-Pluto conjunction is angular in his chart and aspects personal planets (sextile Mars, opposite Venus); (4) 8th-house Jupiter square the Sun; (5) five planets in water houses and five, plus the ascendant, in fire signs; (5) Moon located in and ruling the 12th; and (6), the fact that the Neptune-Pluto conjunction is in his 10th suggests that communicating (Gemini) about spirituality (Neptune) and death (Pluto) will be a fundamental part of his role in the world.
3. His ability to bring his spirituality into the world and disseminate it relates to three strong signatures in his chart: (1) communication and public appeal (2 tenth-house planets in Gemini; MC ruler conjunct Mercury; Mercury trine Moon; Moon conjunct ascendant); (2) his ability to organize and manifest things in everyday reality (Capricorn Sun as the apex of a t-square involving Saturn in the sign of its exaltation and Mars in Mars' own sign); (3) his sheer ability to inspire people (Neptune in 10th, Mercury conjunct Venus in Sagittarius, Mars widely conjunct Jupiter, Moon/Ascendant conjunction in fire).
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« Reply #2 - on: 11.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Liza Hall
 
One more word on question #3, his ability to build a lasting following--his Part of Fortune, at 21 Capricorn, is conjunct his Sun in the 5th and its ruler, Saturn, is in the sign of its exaltation and squares the POF (the fact that the POF is aspected by its ruler is a good thing regardless of whether the aspect is considered "hard" or "soft").
As for question number 2: At that moment, an exact transiting Mars-Venus conjunction opposed his natal 4th-house Mercury in Sagittarius and exactly sextiled his natal Moon in Leo in the 12th; Mars is within one arc MINUTE of exact sextile to his Moon. While this might not trigger a spiritual experience in most people, Yogananda's Moon was ruler of and located in his 12th house. Also, this Venus-Mars conjunction was located in the 8th house of that moment's chart (3pm, Bombay), and it was accompanied by a massive stellium (Sun, Mercury, and Chiron). All that Gemini in the 8th suggests communication from the dead, and he was sensitive to it because it aspected not only personal planets of his, but the very planets that relate to listening and communicating--the Moon and Mercury. tSaturn at 22 Pisces also squares his nMercury.
One interesting thing I notice about this Bombay chart for his mystical experience is that the three most rapidly-changing things--Moon, ascendant and MC--are all located at the 0 degree of their signs (Moon Cancer, MC Leo, asc Scorpio). Also, the asc/desc axis falls close to his 5 Taurus/Scorpio nodal axis.
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« Reply #3 - on: 12.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Jan Carter
 
Just a quick comment. I am getting a 1 degree 37 minutes Virgo ascendant for Yogananda using Solar Fire. Can you check this out and let me know which is right. I'm giving a talk on Draconic Astrology and would like to include this chart for a case study. Thanks for your stellar website and newsletter.
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« Reply #4 - on: 12.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
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To obtain the correct Ascendant in Solar Fire, do this: type in "LMT" in the "Zone" slot when you are entering Yogananda as a new chart--this will give you the right Ascendant of 28 Leo 52. Lois Rodden documented the adjustment in her source notes. I did confirm with the Self Realization Fellowship that the time and Ascendant of 28 Leo 52is correct.
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« Reply #5 - on: 12.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Southern Cross
 
The Leo-rising chart shown on AstroDatabank is correct, but the Kepler reports all use another time zone and incorrectly give Virgo-rising. Answering the questions in inverse order, Capricorn is the organizer and builder of the zodiac, and Yogananda´s Sun T-square with dispositor Saturn and Jupiter shows that he was a practical and well-organized swami.  
 As Liza Hall points out, Mars in partile sextile(0*00´ orb) to natal Moon is a big part of what happened on June 19, 1936, but let´s fill in some details. While skeptics may argue that Yogananda´s Bombay encounter with his deceased teacher Sri Yukteswar took place only in the mind or didn´t take place at all and was merely self-deception, we defend the view that such phenomena can be real(see our AstroDatabank comments on Padre Pio, Our Lady of Fatima, and Virginia Woolf). From this perspective, Pluto rules the dead, and the Mars-Pluto semi-sextile on 19Jun1936 activated such a contact. As in the case of Padre Pio´s Transverberation, synastries will also exist with the still-valid chart of the deceased. In other words, not all that is happening is restricted astrologically to Yogananda. On his chart, however, the Moon is transiting the eleventh house cusp(Koch), and forms a semi-sextile with the event chart MC. Like all 30* angles, semi-sextiles are major and not minor aspects.
 The natal Moon at 25*36´Leo is also important in understanding Yogananda´s role as the spiritual(twelfth-house) leader(Leo) who introduced Hindu tradition to the US, since the US IC falls at 25*37´Leo(see our USA chart comments). We know that some who are unable to find such "coincidences" may claim that this type of synastric analysis is inappropriate, but astrology research does not progress by excessively respecting the limitations of others.
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« Reply #6 - on: 12.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Jane Griscti
 
1. What makes this the chart of a realized master and spiritual leader?
Found it interesting that Bonatti says that if the Part of Faith (Asc + Moon - Mercury) falls in the 3rd or 9th House and the Lord of the house is strong and unafflicted "that the native will be religious and extremely profound in the science. S/he will be subtle and few will be found like unto him or her." (Zoller, Foundation Course).
Yogananda's P. of Faith falls at 1 Taurus 11 in the 9th with the NN (increase). Mars rules the 9th House (Alchabitius Houses) and is strong in his domicile. He is afflicted by an opposition to Saturn; however, this is conciliated by the trans personal planets Pluto and Neptune, partile conjunct in the 10th, trine Saturn and sextile Mars.
Mars is also with the P. of Spirit indicating he struggled to know his God. And, being in Aries, he was a pioneer in this area.  
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« Reply #7 - on: 12.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Liza Hall
 
I agree with Southern Cross that such encounters can be real. The chart for the moment of the encounter shows a big stellium in Gemini in the 8th--communication with the dead--and the Mars so favorably aspecting Yogananda's Moon is part of that stellium. The chart shows what really happened: an encounter with someone who had died.
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« Reply #8 - on: 16.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Geoffrey Hillend
 
1.and 3. He has a lot of fire in his chart. Neptune conjunct Pluto in Gemini both trining Saturn in Libra make him a communicator messenger of the spiritual conscious and unconscious zeitgeist
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« Reply #9 - on: 17.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Celeste
 
There is nothing in any chart that would make it a chart of a realized master/spiritual leader. Just as there is nothing to indicate whether the person is male or female. One has to observe and correlate their evolutionary state. Please see the work of Jeffrey Wolf Green on evolutionary states.
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« Reply #10 - on: 17.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Rob Gaydon
 
I have found Taurus and Virgo to come up for the dates of birth of many philosophers/religious reformers. Out of twenty modern(1450 - )philosophers I found 8 to have been sun-in-taurus. Aries/Taurus comes up.
Philosopers without the aries/taurus slant tend to be philosophers of the individual rather than of the social.
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« Reply #11 - on: 18.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
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'any' as in 'total'?  
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« Reply #12 - on: 19.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User ariel
 
RE: Evolutionary Astrology - In its simplest terms, and based on the tenets of reincarnation, it is a way of looking at a chart that shows where the soul has 'been' in its prior incarnations - what its motivations and intentions were; where it's deepest security patterns lie, etc. and the WHY behind all this, with the current chart also revealing the way to grow and evolve beyond where we began this life. It's much like reading a book: one can only understand chapter 10 if they've read chapters 1 through 9. It's a way of helping clients understand such questions as "Why am I here?" "What are my lessons?" Why do I keep repeating the same patterns/behaviors, etc?"
The evolutionary stages reflect the state of a person's consciousness, which like Celeste pointed out, can only be observed; it cannot be revealed simply through the symbols. But once the determination has been made as to the client's evolutionary stage/state of consciousness, THEN, and only then, the symbols have their meaning within that context. That is the bottom line of why this chart is the chart of a realized master and spiritual leader: in evolutionary terms, he was in the very last stage of the 3rd stage spiritual, i.e. an avatar. The symbols then correlate to how he carried out that 'mission.'
And last, evolutionary astrology is rooted in the principles of natural law rather than man-made beliefs; and if one studies it deeply, they will find that it is also firmly rooted in and reflective of the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda as revealed in his translation and interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita.
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« Reply #13 - on: 19.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
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Will someone please define for me(without psycho-babble)evolutional astrology?
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« Reply #14 - on: 19.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Michael Bradford
 
There are a number of Pravrajya or spiritual / renunciate yogas in Yogananda's Vedic / sidereal chart which clearly show why he took to the spiritual path and achieved such success. As outlined by Hart DeFouw and Robert Svoboda on pages 342-3 of their book "Light on Life - An Introduction to the Astrology of India", the primary renunciate yoga is called Srikantha and occurs when the 1st lord, Sun and Moon occupy angular or trinal houses in their own, exaltation or friendly rashis (signs). This yoga is fully potent because the Sun, Moon, 1st lord AND lagna (ascendant) are all totally unaffected by the influence of any malefic graha (planet). This combination is quite rare and gives great purity as the body (lagna), mind (Moon) and soul (Sun) are all free from malefic or negative influence.
Secondly, the 9th harmonic or navamsha chart contains another Pravrajya yoga which is formed when the Moon sits in a rashi of Mars and is aspected by Saturn. The main chart also contains a Musala yoga as the 12th lord sits in a positive bhava (house) and both house and lord receive only benefic aspects (Jupiter on the 12th bhava). This bhava rules spiritual transformation and this yoga gives excellent results in this area, along with much foreign travel.
His greatness is indicated in part by the conjunction within one degree of his lagna with the highly auspicious fixed star Regulus which sits in the nakshatra (lunar mansion) of Magha, whose symbol is a throne and whose primary meanings include fame, natural leadership ability and a great reverence for the ancestors, all of which were prominent features of his life.
His great intelligence, organizational ability and skill at oratory are all clearly indicated by the Budhaditya yoga formed by 1st lord Sun and Mercury in the 5th bhava. It is highly potent as both the 1st bhava (the native) and the 5th bhava (creative intelligence) are activated by ownership or occupation, and dispositor Jupiter, graha of oratory, is very strong in his own rashi.
His mystical experience of June, 1936 occurred in a Mars - Jupiter dasha or life cycle. Mars and Jupiter (lord of the 12th bhava of spiritual transformation) both tenant the psychic 8th bhava of deep or hidden things and Mars occupies the nakshatra of Uttara Bhadrapada, whose deity is Ahirbhudnya, the Serpent of the Celestial Deep, or Kundalini, which is the biological mechanism behind the mystical experience. The two grahas are friendly to each other and to 1st lord Sun and the Moon, and they forn a Dharma-Karma Adhipati yoga which recurs from both the Sun and Moon lagna, with Jupiter very strong in his own rashi, giving this yoga great power.
The 8th bhava also rules posthumous fame and longevity and the power of the Dharma-Karma Adhipati yogas formed by Mars and Jupiter, and by Mars and Saturn (from the 2nd bhava) reflects the great fame and amazing endurance of the spiritual message that he brought to the world.
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« Reply #15 - on: 18.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Sven Carlsson
 
Re: question 2. While I partly agree with Celeste in her notions about looking at this "equation" one way, the other way will always yield a result: we know we are looking at an exceptional person; we know he had an exceptional experience at a set date. If astrology does not confirm this, we would have to say that astrology fails. But it doesn't. On the 25th of January, 1935 Yogananda had a new moon by progression. Mercury was conjunct this in 28 degrees Aquarius - thereby opposing his Asc. This is a powerful statement that the next 29 years of his life will be about "communication," don't you think? The progressed moon also widely opposes his natal moon (in 25 degrees.) At the time of the vision, transiting Sun (in Gemini) trined the progressed full moon and Mercury (of the 25 Jan chart), and, of course, sextiling natal Asc. In the natal chart the Uranus, Neptune and Pluto synchronization is a remarkable feature, even if generational. The new moon chart emphasises this since Venus and Athene has moved into 9 degrees also, Venus from Aquarius. Athene also carries a communications flavour for me. So, at the day of the vision what do we find tap into this synch if not Mercury, supported by Uranus? Extraordinarily enough, this means transiting Pluto quincunxes both Mercury of the Natal chart and Mercury of the progressed full moon chart, while at the same time transiting Mercury is, of course, conjunct Pluto of both charts; a highly reciprocal Mercury/Pluto transit thus. We have already tapped into the "love aspect" of this event by Venus position in the progressed chart, but wait - there's more. Transiting Jupiter activates the natal Venus/Jupiter trine in fire - love of the teacher? The zero degree factor at the time of the vision was mentioned by Liza Hall; in the new moon progressed chart, Chiron is at 00:59 Virgo. This gives me a feel of "drama" - my teacher is just about to move into his next degree, in his service mode; better get hold of him before it's too late? Sabian Symbol of Virgo 1 is interesting. Looking deeper into this there are many more indicators, such as Pluto/Chiron midpoint being conjunct the progressed Midheaven and the declinational positions of the planets on the day of the vision - they are exceptional. Finally, the powerful conjunction of Sun, Mars, Venus in Gemini is conjunct MC of the new moon chart and Pluto is in similar degree; all of this "in tune" with Yogananda's natal horizon - the delimiter of visible and invisible.
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« Reply #16 - on: 29.07.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
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A view with my understanding of Edgar Cayce evolutionary astrology (assuming the soul birth is close to the physical birth, and that he has chosen to be influenced by Jupiter and Saturn in the state between death and birth):
Mercury (modern Venus) the asc ruler in Sagittarius trine Jupiter and sextile exalted Saturn. Is under influence of Jupiter by trine and sign, but can understand the other side of the coin and through Saturn's opposition to Jupiter has a perspective on spirituality. Merucry gives mental orientation. Spiritual experiences came when Jupiter was retrograding over Mercury. Jupiter was closest to Earth then, and therefore at its peak influence.
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« Reply #17 - on: 07.08.2003 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Christian Paaske
 
1) There are several factors in this charts which points to a spiritual master and spiritual leader, or what astrological qualifications Yogananda had for his mission and life project. - The Neptune Pluto conjunction does he have in common with a many of other powerful figures, several famous spiritual masters came in with this aspect; Meher Baba (1894) , Swami Sivananda (1887) , Ramana Maharshi (1879). But also other figures like Stalin (1879) and Hitler (1889) , who expressed this power in other ways. (Marjorie Orr in her book; The Astrological History of the World, gives effect to this conjunction in Taurus for a period of 20-25 years, from 1876 - 1902), but with Yogananda it is a partile conjunction. (Within less than a minute orb.) - This conjunction is in the 10 th house trine exalted Saturn, with MC in Taurus and himself being a Capricorn, should give a indication of establishing a career that left a strong impression for a long time. - Mars in Aries is final dispositor and rules the whole chart. The gives a drive and a power to make a difference. It is in the 8 th house together with Jupiter, being the house of esoteric wisdom, can give access to mystical experiences as well as contact with spiritual masters. - Jupiter in opposition to Saturn is like a historical "full moon", indicating a person who is able to make a change in the culture and on mankind on large. Moon in Leo and Leo Ascendant gives an ability to project himself towards the public in a big way, being liked, loved, charismatic and centre of attention. But for those who met Yogananda the strongest impression was his love. Venus in Saggitarius and in the 4 th house, shows expression of spiritual love, but in a close an intimate way, like his own family and to large groups of people.
2) In June 19,1936 Jupiter which can represent his master, transited his Venus. And Pluto transited his moon. Jupiter also progressed the cusp of the 10 th house, close to his MC. All three factors can indicate something far out.
3) His organisation, the value he created through his career is the 11 th house. This is ruled by Mercury in Saggitarius in the 4 th house. This is related to time, family and traditions, and added with the spiritual influence of Jupiter, and Mars ruling the house cusp through Scorpio, there is potential for this to last for a while. Venus being in this house as well, highlights what Yogananda always will be remembered for, - his love. As he has said himself, - some reach enlightenment through will, I got there by joy.
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« Reply #18 - on: 16.02.2005 at 12:30 [UT] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Kiran
 
My experience in astrology makes me to comment that saturn in pisces in lagna chart and also in navamasa and if happen to be planet with maximum degrees (Atamkarak)and placed in 9th 0r 8th house and having some association with jupiter will surely than makes one spritiual and lead to individual to moksha.
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« Reply #19 - on: 16.04.2005 at 13:30 [UT+1] »
 
reply by Astrodatabank Web User Sunder Kaur Khalsa
 
I recall having read in Yogananda's book, "Autobiography of a Yogi," that he was told he was going to transcend his chart and therefore it would be moot, and that he did, and that it was. My interest is piqued to know which aspects show us that he would surpass his astrological karma.  
Thanks, Sunder Kaur Khalsa
PS: As much as I love the study of astrology (and I do), Yogananda scolded us: "Why listen to the mute planets when you can go to God Himself?"
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