From boosting our hearts and minds to fighting addiction and stress, meditation can truly transform our lives. The late Swami Satchidananda, renowned for opening the Woodstock festival with his chanting, encouraged meditators to look within themselves.
When you can view those thoughts as separate from yourself (in your sitting meditation and, ultimately, throughout your day), you will inevitably be less storm-tossed by them.
Within the concrete walls of the Oregon State Correctional Institutions, prisoners who practice Transcendental Meditation are finding higher values and meaning in life, and are able to quiet their minds in order to reach within themselves to better understand their deep selves.
According to an article published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, a range of research has shown that the practice of Transcendental Meditation can actually help reduce prisoner recidivism while helping develop psychological functioning.
In addition to inmates learning the Transcendental Meditation technique, guards also follow suit to help them deal with the stress of spending hours in a prison and the interaction of many incarcerated prisoners.
In recent years, budget cuts, high crime rates and for many, a genuine interest in helping inmates behind bars with rehabilitation, has created an upsurge of interest in providing Transcendental Meditation in correctional facilities around the country. In fact, the comedian is dead serious when he claims that he couldn’t have survived without this daily practice of meditation. Jerry Seinfeld is supporting the David Lynch Foundation effort to bring TM to people suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Steven Forrest was among the very first brave souls who realized that we have a new Solar System and thus we definitely need a new astrological system as well. As a practicing karmic astrologer, I believe that the arrival of the new type of celestial bodies, the Centaurs, heralds the return of ancient esoteric doctrines. As the world ages came and went, certain shifts occurred in interpretation, but the basics remained the same. The first crack in this beautifully seamless and elegant system came with the invention of the telescope and the discovery of Uranus in 1781. It can be stated that the four major asteroids and the new outer planets changed the face of astrology forever, although traditional astrologers have not been too willing to give up their elegant system.
The discovery of the outer planets solved only three of the signs with double rulerships, and to this day Virgo has to share Mercury with Gemini, and Venus rules both Taurus and Libra in the eyes of most practicing astrologers. These questions cannot be shaken off lightly, and not one astrological school has been able to give plausible explanations.
We should realize that we are back to square one in trying to solve the discrepancy of twelve signs and - instead of seven, a zillion celestial bodies. The soul leaves the soul pool and incarnates into a third dimensional reality in fiery cardinal Aries, the divine spark of individual existence. The first five signs are ruled by the five personal planets, which represent the stages of individual ego development: Mars is responsible for will, Venus for sensory perceptions and material possessions (both Mars and Venus for sexual drive), Mercury for communication and learning skills, the Moon for emotional needs, and the Sun for creative individuality. After that we reach the next three signs on our symbolic journey, and a few curious things happen there. The feminine has been badly wounded and dissected in the past five thousand years, and the asteroids with the three astrological Liliths8 carry such karma.
After completing general development in the first five signs with the help of the personal planets, and meeting individual karmic issues in the next three represented by asteroids and Centaurs, the soul becomes strong enough to master this life through Sagittarius and Capricorn.
Transcendental astrology is based on philosophies which claim that the soul is a cosmic multi-dimensional entity, who incarnates in order to learn and evolve. The following table sums up the premises of transcendental astrology, which are juxtaposed with traditional ones. Below is a rulership mandala that describes how transcendental astrology views the relationships between celestial bodies and signs. Bode’s law is a hypothesis that the semi-major axes of planets in the Solar System follow a simple rule. There have been speculations that Uranus must have been visible by the naked eye in Babylonian times, and that Chaldean priests knew about the other outer planets as well (see Horowitz, W. I refer to the ridiculous new rules by which the International Astronomical Union defined the concept of planets during their meeting in Prague in the summer of 2006.
In karmic astrology, the Ascendant represents the point where the incarnating soul enters the physical body at birth. Magi astrology does speak about bi-directional quincunxes as having the same impact as trines. See the writings of Judy Hall, Melanie Reinhart, Barbara Hand Clow, Martha Lang-Westcott, Valerie Vaughan. The fragmented feminine and the three astrological Lilihts represent the most wounded feminine archetypes. If the above has wetted your appetite, watch out for the brand new book and accompanying DVD on Transcendental and Karmic Astrology, which will be published in the autumn of 2008 by Sophia Studio, Inc.
Transcendental Meditation, one of the more popular forms of meditation, has been praised in boardrooms and box offices as an effective method of cultivating some inner calm. Meditation is about observing your thoughts, not about making them stop (although it's possible to slow them).
But for many inmates incarcerated in correctional facilities – from minimum to maximum security – learning Transcendental Meditation known as TM, can bring profound and lasting change. This technique will often allow prisoners to learn to forgive themselves and to move forward to becoming productive members of society. A point well made in the article states that research shows evidence that crime is linked to stress-induced malfunctioning of the nervous system in the body. He actually provides a solution in the August-September 2007 issue of The Mountain Astrologer. These doctrines claim that the human soul is a multidimensional entity confined in a three dimensional physical reality, which incarnates many times and wants to evolve. All of a sudden our Solar System expanded considerably; in fact, it became three times bigger overnight. He is great for earthy, steady, conscientious Capricorn, but was he really describing airy, rebellious, freedom-loving Aquarius in any way? Vague justifications like “day rulers” and “night rulers,” whatever those concepts mean, have been offered, but quite frankly they do not say much.
As a second choice, we could have assigned the seven visible planets to certain signs, and just wait for the potential of future discoveries.3 It would have meant to give up symmetry and the aura of omnipotence, which was out of the question. I do not wish to antagonize those who are still adamant and want to stick to the old system. Since I am a karmic astrologer, I look at things from the karmic cause and effect point of view: the soul, a multi-dimensional entity, wants to evolve, which can be best done in a bodily form in our three dimensional reality because it provides the necessary sensory perceptions and emotional lessons for growth. If we draw a Zodiac and place Aries on the Ascendant, we can see that the first five astrological houses describe the same development. Traditionally, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio all have planets which already rule a sign; but, as we have seen, these planets have not been able to fulfill the requirements of rulership too meaningfully in their second signs. The 6th denotes burdens and baggage, hard work and obligations, health issues and illnesses, and is traditionally the place where we build our karma in this life. I do accept them as main rulers but I am more inclined to look at the two Belts as manifestations of fragmented karmic potentials. The same method can be used with the Centaurs: look at the name and the accompanying myths for interpretation.
Those two signs with their rulers, Jupiter and Saturn, represent the stages of accepting the Earth plane as adult individuals.
Because what comes after that is optional; it is really the icing of the cake, and it is by no means for everyone.
The Sun’s path is opening up in the new millennium, and a 13th constellation, the Serpent Holder, is manifesting between Scorpio and Sagittarius as a Zodiacal sign.
I included only twelve signs for the time being since no official astrological authority has so far acknowledged the existence of the 13th.
As the Sun appears on the eastern horizon each morning and thus a new day is born, so the soul starts a new incarnation by joining the body at birth. Practicing meditation can help with stress reduction and ultimately help with prisoner rehabilitation.
He has won several awards for his performances, and was ranked the 12th greatest comedians of all time by Comedy Central. While he states quite a few relevant facts and does come up with a working hypothesis, he makes one crucial mistake in my opinion. Before color TV to entertain us and digital watches to measure time, all we had was the sky. Saturn delivered tasks and burdens, Jupiter provided gains and luck; Mars was responsible for war and violence, Venus for love and lust.
Some chose to ignore the new heavenly bodies completely, saying that the asteroids are too small, while the outer planets are too slow, thus they could not possibly count.
I know - I, too, was taught that he is supposed to refer to the fixed nature of the sign, but are we really to accept this explanation?
I can understand that before the discovery of the outer planets astrologers didn’t have any choice. Also, it would have created a rather lopsided system, in which some signs - those with rulers - would have been placed above the ones that did not.
The twelve astrological signs create the symbolic pathway we must tread on, and the celestial bodies represent the archetypes we must encounter in our development.

We set out in cardinal fire and reach what we need to become in fixed fire; in between we learn the functions of the other elements. At the same time, when we look at these three signs from Aries as the Ascendant, we cannot help noticing that they join it with two quincunxes (Virgo and Scorpio) and an opposition (Libra). The last two signs, Aquarius and Pisces, are ruled by the two gas giants invisible with the naked eye, Uranus and Neptune.
If we intend to stick to the origins of astrology, which allotted the astrological constellations according to the Sun’s path, sooner or later we have to acknowledge the task of taking this sign into consideration as well.
Entering the Earth plane, which is a three dimensional reality, the soul wants to gain experiences. This is a working hypothesis; with it, however, I have been doing karmic readings for ten years. TM has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure and even increase work efficiency. Prehistoric man learned early on to measure time and distance by watching the dance of the planets against the canopy of the fixed stars.
Astrology formed an elegant system with triplicities, quadruplicities, twelve signs, and seven planets, and man’s fate seemed to be locked into the planetary movements: as above so below. Its orbit represented the edge of our Solar System, a place of order and predictability, beyond which chaos and the unknown presided. Others admitted the outer planets into the profession, and put time and effort to delineate the newcomers. He is the god of mischief, the eternal child, the divine messenger; all these attributes make him the perfect ruler for airy, chatty, and fluffy Gemini.
There are twelve signs and only seven visible planets, so the discrepancy had to be solved somehow in ancient times. Not too plausible, to say the least… A third choice was what actually happened: the creation of an elegant system which assigned one sign to each of the luminaries and gave the rest of the planets two signs each. The first five signs provide the introductory stages of human existence, and the rulers of the signs help to achieve the necessary experiences. Quincunxes are unnerving and quite hard to interpret because, as Liz Greene often states, they sometimes behave like trines and sometimes like oppositions. They represent higher dimensions, leaving the Earth plane, striving to go up high and reaching for the Cosmos. All the invisible celestial objects, be it asteroids, gas giants, or Centaurs, operate on higher dimensions. The process reminds me of an old tale, Sleeping Beauty, which describes the shift from lunar based calendars to solar based ones. The physical body, which is equipped with nerve endings, is the best tool for that because it is capable of transferring both pain and pleasure.
For more evidence of why you should pick up meditation, take a look at the infographic below. I believe that we cannot do that, not if we want astrology to be Earth centered, and natal charting has always been based on that premise.
The daily biological rhythm of life was governed by the cycles of the Moon, and agriculture by the yearly course of the Sun. Everything was pre-determined by the natal placements, and astrologers played the role of celestial judges who delivered verdicts rather than options regarding a person’s life path.
This unknown place opened up, and with the help of a brilliant invention, man was able to peek into the darkness. The planets that had ruled two signs so far had been exchanged for them as they were discovered: Saturn was replaced by Uranus in Aquarius, Jupiter by Neptune in Pisces, and Mars by Pluto in Scorpio. The fact that some of these rulerships required bending the original planetary archetypes almost to a breaking point did not count a bit since the resulting system has worked for centuries and fulfilled all the requirements of “Christian astrology.” Up till 1977, everything looked more or less fine, at least we had the illusion of that. To them I always reply that if we cling to the old structure we will be the only professionals who do that and reject progress, because everything else has changed in the 20th century. When the soul decides to leave oneness and become one instead, it embarks on the first step of separate human existence. They defy traditional categorization because we cannot apply the usual tricks, according to which soft aspects (trines and sextiles) link similar or harmonious elements while hard aspects (squares and oppositions) link the same modalities. All three houses represent spheres of life which bring up very deep karmic issues, against which we are usually quite helpless. Melanie Reinhart, who wrote quite a few articles and a book on the subject9, was among the very first astrologers to suggest that Pluto is not a planet, but rather the first Centaur.
Through the two planets of Fortuna Major and Misfortuna Major we master the ebb and flow of fortune, the cycles of time, and the ups and downs of human existence. The traditional interpretation of the 11th house is friends and associations, the 12th is the place of “self undoing” and hidden enemies. If we drag them down into the muddy, murky physical “reality” of the third dimension they start manifesting as chaos and anarchy (Uranus), alcoholism and drug abuse (Neptune), power struggles and perverse sexuality (Pluto), and painful wounding (Chiron).
The soul plans the details of the next incarnation in the in-between-life stage after evaluating the previous one. Looking inside as if standing on the edge makes it indeed obvious that the rocky little planets orbiting within the Asteroid Belt are very different from the four gas giants outside it.
All the minuscule details were set; it was the will of God, written in the big book of fate, the entries of which could not be altered. Don’t you agree that Uranus fulfills all the rulership requirements where Saturn falls short? But it never occurred to us, although there are some speculations that originally there were only eight or ten astrological signs.2 If we did so, however, we would have run into some serious problems with math. The discovery of Chiron forced many of us to re-think the whole structure of astrology because here we were with a totally strange celestial body that would not fit into any classification. Then we might as well go back to the old ways and travel on foot or on horseback, say, from Budapest to Vienna, covering the distance in days, instead of doing it by car within two hours on the motorway… Or we could use pigeons to send messages instead of mobile phones and e-mails. The only plausible interpretation is offered by karmic astrology6, which states that they indicate karmic themes. Those three houses, with their accompanying three signs, represent learning processes that are no longer linked to the general human existence. The 9th house is where we learn synthesis, go abroad, form ethical and religious views, where we broaden our horizon and plan our future. But we can try going up to them and experience their gifts as clairvoyance, unconditional love, deep transformative knowledge, and healing powers.
Unpleasant, difficult, even painful lessons become part of the human experience because they provide the necessary steps for evolution. For ages there were seven planets inhabiting the heavens, which acted out the myths of various peoples in pre-historic times.
It was no use fighting against it or trying to cheat fate because ordinary man had no power against his destiny. At the beginning of the 19th century astronomers discovered a whole bunch of tiny objects, which were orbiting where a planet should have been according to Bode’s Law1. If we are willing to look into the matter with a brave heart and an open mind, we should be able to admit at the dawning of the new millennia that the old rulers were quite forced, if not truly awkward, in those signs. However, compared to the versatility and superficiality of Gemini, the compartmentalizing endeavors of Virgo definitely need a deeper, more thorough ruler. For ages, the number of degrees in a circle had been linked to the number of days it took the Sun to complete a full circle on the Zodiac. Perhaps the only happy people then were karmic astrologers because we finally had a ruler for karmic wounds. There are millions of inventions and practices making our lives both easier and more complicated, in the true sense of Aquarius, so do we honestly hope that astrology can remain the same as it used to be in the old days?
Quincunxes act like karmic triggers because the issues they bring up are so familiar but yet unsolved. Instead, they are very individual and special because they depend on experiences brought over from previous incarnations. Kuiper Belt objects don’t occupy a single orbiting space like planets, they cross over and link with other orbits. The 10th is where we meet the world at large, make achievements, and actually create our future. The 11th is what I call “the galactic house” where we can leave the Solar System and go out into the Universe for non-corporeal experiences. He decides to throw a party and wants to invite all the wise old women in the kingdom; the trouble is, he has only 12 golden plates (referring to the Sun disk, which changes twelve times according to solar months).
Transcendental astrology can show the cosmic blueprint of the incarnating soul: its chosen life task, its brought-in skills, and its options unfolding in time. We need to look up from where we stand, and we need to take in what we see, so that we can come up with a hypothesis that works on the ancient hermetic wisdom of as above so below. People watched them come and go and learned to decipher their meanings, which have not changed too much during the millennia. Born under lucky constellations meant fame and fortune whilst stressful placements could usually not be beaten.
They named them “asteroids,” and their discovery has been an ongoing process, which is by no means over.

This may sound harsh to many astrologers, nevertheless the question of rulership takes us to shaky ground, so let us see the argument. Chiron, the first Centaur, wounded healer and ruler of karmic wounds, fulfills these requirements much better than Mercury.
Because one-seventh of 360° is 51° and change (exactly 51°26’), the seven signs would have provided us with a rather awkward system, not to speak of logistics. But even we were in for a big shock when all hell broke loose in the nineties with the discovery of the Kuiper Belt and the flock of Centaurs that followed. They should be tackled in this incarnation, and if we neglect them they may cause illnesses. Looking at the houses, we have covered the distance from the Ascendant, the point of individual incarnation, to the MC, the point of career and fame. But there are 13 wise old women (who represent the ancient lunar months), so he leaves out the 13th and invites only 12 of them. The natal chart is the reflection of the incarnating soul, and represents both what was learned in past lives and what has been planned in the in-between life stage. Since the picture we are getting is different from what traditional astrology has been based on, it is quite obvious that we need to change the very system in a way that it would suit the new structure. In those times the visible planets provided the astrological practitioner with suitable understanding of human affairs. The arrival of the asteroids opened up interpretation potentials for those very few who were willing to work with them, but the rest of the astrologers simply stood by and did nothing.
I looked at the Zodiacal constellations in detail and tried my best to come up with a sevenfold division, but the groups of fixed stars just wouldn’t comply. Separateness is ensured by fighting and striving, for which Mars provides the necessary will and energy. Oppositions are also quite tricky because the only way to deal with them would be to stand in the middle, look at both ends at the same time, and integrate them. Pluto comes from the same region of the sky and enters the orbit of Neptune, while Chiron acts like a bridge between the visible and the invisible planets as it travels inside both Saturn’s and Uranus’ orbits.
It contains traits, talents, and knowledge that we have misused or abused in past incarnations, and now we have hidden them from ourselves because we want to be able to use them in the right way. It contains relevant information on previous incarnations, personal traits and capabilities, fears and phobias, and future potentials. Compared to nowadays’ complexity, the human psyche itself was a lot less complicated than it is today. In fact, the religion of the Age of Pisces took away something very important from mankind: the intrinsic belief that death is just an illusion, and that we come not just once, we spend many lifetimes on Earth.
Does he sound like reticent, dreamy Pisces, who is like a psychic sponge and wants to stay in the background? A curious phenomenon, which proves that the constellations had not been formed arbitrarily and that it was a very natural process, is the fact that when we look up at the sky from a place without air or light pollution, we are able to see clear lines running from one star to the other, locking them into celestial patterns.
It was becoming so complicated that many astrologers just went back to the old system and tried their best clinging to it. As soon as we have started our journey we are thrown into the thickest, densest material - otherwise the soul would immediately leave the earth plane and go back to the common soul pool, I believe.
But who likes to be torn apart by opposites… Instead, we usually end up living out one end and projecting the other to the world. If you look around you will notice that everyone is struggling with something quite unique.
Centaurs, celestial bodies of the New Age, cross over and create links, which are karmic pathways that span over incarnations and dimensions.
Pre-menstrual syndrome, stress related disorders, borderline disease or autistic behavior were unheard of. As a result, astrology has lost its powers to work as a tool to decipher the soul’s journey through incarnation cycles. It was another gas giant, which would have been quite hard to ignore, so almost everybody was eager to add to its potential interpretation.
The goddess of love is beautiful, she has great taste, and she definitely cannot live alone, so at a first glance she is by all means the archetypal Libran. I cannot answer the question what is linking those stars, whether they are some sort of energy lines, or just the illusion created by light, but they are clearly there. This stage is represented by Taurus, whose task is to create the necessary possessions for human existence. We do have a few potential territories in life where we need to learn to balance oppositions, and one is relationships. Typically, we think we could solve their problem easily while we are stuck in ours for a lifetime… As a practicing karmic astrologer I have come to the conclusion that Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio - and the astrological houses derived from them - define specific individual lessons, thus all the asteroids of the Asteroid Belt and all the Centaurs of the Kuiper Belt are linked to them. This process can be helped if we are willing to leave the Earth plane and encounter altered states of consciousness. Will we be presented with a fourth sign denoting personal karmic issues (the Serpent Holder falls between Scorpio and Sagittarius)?
The lives of archaic and medieval people closely followed predictable paths, which were determined by birthright as well as economic and social circumstances.
For the last 1700 years, reincarnation has successfully been cast out of mainstream religion and thought. The long awaited spotting of Pluto in 1930, however, was quite a disappointment since it was a lot smaller than expected. Neptune, on the other hand, acts exactly like the archetype of the Piscean mystic, preacher, artist, or psychic. The Aries-Libra axis on the Zodiac represents the Ascendant-Descendant axis, where the nature of oppositions can be best understood. They represent those bits and pieces of unique karmic issues that are characteristic only of the individual. The rulers of the last two signs deliver experiences that are above the ordinary human level: Uranus creates enlightenment and euphoria, and Neptune mystical visions and ecstasy. Actual events could be calculated and potential outcomes predicted because the movement of the planets reflected the earthly processes. In Europe, no occult tradition could survive unless it accepted the basic premises of the Christian doctrines. The discrepancy is perhaps the most prominent in the case of Mars, god of war and calamities.
Sensory perceptions provide the drive to achieve more, enjoyment of the senses and material possessions are the reward for hard work. We all long for them but most of us can only reach those heightened states of consciousness for mere seconds.
Man had one life, with hell or heaven as his reward, and one natal chart to reflect his fate, which was completely predetermined. She is the divine Barbie doll; all men fall in love with her whenever she wears her magic girdle. He fits fiery and cardinal Aries perfectly, but what did he do in secretive, watery Scorpio? True, Libras are beautiful and artful - but is Venus the only beautiful goddess in Greek and Roman pantheon? The images will light up and burn onto our retina like lighting flashes on a dark night (Uranus), when all of a sudden everything becomes crystal clear; or in a vivid dream when we are delivered prophetic visions (Neptune), which will change the course of our lives forever.
Mars is cruel, quick and straightforward, how do we expect him to operate behind the scenes and wait a decade until he can take revenge for a real or imagined offence?
Her sensuous nature and love of wealth makes her perfect for earthy Taurus, but isn’t she a bit too self centered and lustful for airy Libra?
Air takes its lightest manifestation in mutable Gemini, which helps the incarnating soul understand the world around it. We cannot drag them down to our reality because then they will manifest all the negative traits that traditional astrologers have labeled them with; we should strive to go “up there” to meet them instead.
OK, but so is Taurus… Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, is perfect for Scorpio and fulfills all the necessary requirements for rulership of the sign. Only then can the soul try and develop emotional ties with others in the cardinal water sign, Cancer. Human emotions present the hardest lessons and the greatest challenges, especially when the soul decides to have offspring. We need to learn to provide and nurture, and develop our spiritual essence with the help of the Moon.
When all these stages are mastered, the soul embarks on true ego development and individuality, the creative existence represented by the Sun and Leo. The Sun is the center of our Solar System, and in karmic astrology the Sun in the natal chart represents what the incarnating soul wants to grow into in this lifetime. This is why we come, first and foremost, and the energy pattern described by it is what we will be building with our last breath.

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