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Astrology

Planets govern your nature and your life in all ways. In the same way that the Moon has an effect on the tides, so too do all the heavenly bodies have an effect on people.

About the Moon’s effect, for example, Dr Gordian Fulde, director of the emergency department at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital for 30 years, says that throughout his career he’s found that “people really do behave more strangely than they normally do” at the peak of the lunar cycle.

Research by Dr Christian Cajochen, of the University of Basel in Switzerland, showed the rate of deep sleep dropped by 30 per cent around the full Moon, people took five minutes longer than normal to fall asleep, and slept for 20 minutes less overall.

“The lunar cycle seems to influence human sleep, even when one does not see the Moon and is not aware of the actual Moon phase,” Dr Cajochen said.

Sydney psychologist Adam Fitzpatrick, of Essential Psych Solutions, said that, based on the size of the Moon, he could predict the clients he would see in any particular week. He said that, when there was a full Moon, some patients were less in control of their emotions, while others just felt “not on their game”.

“I know at my own practice I see a lot more emotional distress, relationship problems, communication problems around the time of the full Moon,” he added.

Astrology – thousands of years of discovery and insight

Astronomy is the study of the entire universe, from the sun, moon and planets to the most distant stars and galaxies. Astronomers examine the positions, motions and properties of celestial objects.

Astrology examines how the positions, movements and energy properties of celestial objects affect people and events on Earth.

One of the main reasons for astrological and astronomical studies for several millennia was the desire to accurately predict influences on the Earth and its inhabitants. For more than 2,000 years, astrology and astronomy were one and the same science, but they went their separate ways in the late 1600s.

Beginning with the Babylonians
Astrology dates back to at least the 2nd millennium BCE. As far as we know, astrology began with the Babylonians. They used astrological charts to predict the recurrence of seasons and various celestial events. The Chinese also developed astrology during the Zhou dynasty (1046–256 BCE).

The Greeks adopted Babylonian astrology early in the 4th century BCE. The Romans then took up astrology, which is why we still use the Roman names for the zodiacal signs.

]In Renaissance Europe, leading astronomers such as Tycho Brahe, Kepler and Galileo practised as court astrologers. We also find numerous references to astrology in the works of Dante, Chaucer and Shakespeare.

In the end, astrology spread throughout the world. It has a footprint in many religions and spiritual traditions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism.

It has been used for many purposes: to bring a sense of order to apparent chaos; to predict the weather (so important for agriculture); to predict natural disasters and war, and so on. Kings and queens sought guidance from astrologers.

After Rome conquered Alexandria in the 7th century, Islamic scholars took up astrology, and translated Hellenistic astrological texts into Arabic and Persian. In the 12th century, Arabic texts found their way into Europe and were translated into Latin, which helped to inspire the European Renaissance.

When the Pope called in his astrologers
When the Pope and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church started planning construction of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome in the 16th century, the first person they called on was not Michelangelo or an architect or designer. It was an astrologer. (spacing off in website, 16th written wrong)

Mary Quinlan-McGrath, a professor of art history at Northern Illinois University, has explained how the construction of the church began on a specific date and at a precise time “chosen for its astrological significance”. Before any work began, she noted, Pope Julius II’s astrologers established that the horoscope for the start-up of construction (18th April 1506 at 10 am) correlated with both the (spacing off in the website)horoscope for the presumed birth of the world and the birth horoscope of Christ.

Pope Julius II and his Renaissance architects, said Quinlan-McGrath, believed that “the concordance of the heavens and the radiation emanating from the cosmos provided protection for the building at the time of its founding and, in turn, [that] the building would continue to radiate these powers upon the people associated with it over the centuries.”

Making sense of our soul’s journey
Science understands the effects of the sun and moon on the Earth, in terms, for example, of the weather and the tides. But if they can have a physical effect on the Earth, can they not also have an energetic effect on us and our lives? It is generally accepted that there is a relationship between full moons and human behaviour. The science of astrology shows us how celestial objects affect us, ultimately helping us to make sense of our soul’s journey and guiding us as to how we can realize our potential at all levels. 

People have used astrology for thousands of years to guide them in their lives.

Astrology-a vast, rich science that offers extraordinary wisdom

Many systems of astrology have been developed over the past few thousand years in all quarters of the world – by the Babylonians, the Chinese, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Mayans and the Hindus.

The traditional Hindu system of astrology is called Jyotisha. It’s also known as Hindu astrology, Indian astrology and, more recently, Vedic astrology. It has its origins in the Rig Veda, the oldest of the four Vedas, which contain the spiritual teachings of Hinduism, and are thus the bible of ancient India. 

Vedic astrology is different from Western astrology in a number of ways; the main one is that Vedic astrologers use a different zodiac. 

Astrology is a vast and rich science and offers extraordinary wisdom. However, you don’t have to learn all about astrology in order to discover the essential things about it and its benefits. You could know the whole science of it inside out, but still not really understand its essence unless you’ve experienced a reading and the insights and guidance that it brings.

Vedic astrology has been practised for thousands of years. It is the oldest system of astrology still in use in the world today. The earliest records are found in the Vedas, the ancient Hindu spiritual texts and the oldest known books, written between 5,000 and 8,000 years ago.

The Indian name for Vedic astrology, Jyotisha, means ‘science of light’, referring to observation of the celestial bodies that reflect their light and energy on the 
Earth, thus influencing the course of human events.

The first evidence of Greek astrology entering India is the Yavanajātaka (Sayings of the Greeks), which dates to the early centuries CE. Translated from Greek to Sanskrit during the 2nd century CE, it’s considered the first Indian astrological treatise in Sanskrit.

Hellenistic astrology fused with Indian system
After the transmission of Hellenistic astrology to India, the order of planets in India was fixed in that of the seven-day week. Hellenistic astrology and astronomy also transmitted the 12 zodiacal signs, beginning with Aries, and the 12 astrological houses places beginning with the ascendant.

Vedic astrology, as practised today, is thus a fusion or marriage of the Indian and Greek systems, a kind of ‘East meets West’, that happened 2,000 years ago.

1.  Western astrology focuses more on the sun, as the centre of the solar system. First developed by the Greeks and the Babylonians around 2,000 to 3,000 years ago, it uses the Tropical Zodiac, which measures the sun’s relationship to the Earth’s tropics (Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn).

2. Vedic astrology, on the other hand, focuses on the stars. It uses the Sidereal or Stellar Zodiac, which is based on the fixed stars of the constellations. Because of the use of different zodiacs, there are 24 degrees of difference between Western and Vedic.

3. Vedic astrology includes several sub-systems of interpretation and prediction with elements that are not found in Hellenistic astrology, such as its system of constellations.

4.  In Vedic astrology, the ascendant or rising sign changes approximately every two hours. The ascendant is the sign facing the eastern horizon at the time of birth.

5. Also, the moon is significant, as it is the fastest-moving heavenly body (28 days to do a cycle of the zodiac), while in Western astrology the focus is more on the sun.

6. Vedic astrology uses a planetary period system or dasha, whereby a certain planet is dominant at a particular period of your life (like a chapter in a book). The Vimshottari dasha is the most popular dasha system.

Each planetary period has sub-chapters, as well as sub-sub and sub-sub-sub, etc chapters, which enable the timing of events in a person’s life to be precisely predicted, down to the day. The starting point of the first chapter is determined by the position of the Moon at the time of birth; e.g. if the Moon is in a constellation ruled by Venus, then Venus is the first chapter. In the Vimshottari dasha system, the full cycle of life is 120 years, which is divided across the nine planetary bodies in the following sequence: Ketu is 7 years,
Venus is 20, Sun is 6, Moon is 10, Mars is 7, Rahu is 18, Jupiter is 16, Saturn is 19, and Mercury is 17. 

Vedic astrology and Western astrology have different ways of identifying the zodiac. The two zodiacs coincided 2,000 years ago when Western astrology was emerging. Vedic astrology uses fixed constellations as a point of reference to determine the movements of planets in and out of zodiac signs. For example, the zodiac year begins when the sun enters 0 degrees Ashwini (the first of 27 constellations), which corresponds to 0 degrees Aries.

In Western astrology the zodiac is movable and its position is calculated on the basis of the Sun’s position in relation to the Earth. The zodiac begins when the Sun enters the sign of Aries (the first sign of the zodiac), which happens approximately on or about 22nd March every year.

According to Vedic astrology, it is inexact to focus on the relationship of the Earth to the Sun when measuring the signs. The Earth spins like a spinning top in one direction but wobbles in the other. Essentially, this means that we lose a whole day in our revolution every 72 years. Therefore, to remain astronomically exact, every 72 years the signs should shift backwards by a day.

Western astronomers question Western astrology because it does not adjust for the precession of the equinoxes. Vedic astrology does.

Remarkable ability to predict
Using the dasha system, a good astrologer can help you understand the deeper meaning and make sense of what is going on in your life at any stage at physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and financial levels. A consultation with Calodagh will empower you with all the tools to get the best out of what lies ahead. Astrology can accurately predict the timing of all major life events and turning points. It can help you to strategize and to realize the full potential of any time-frame. There are times for weeding, planting and harvesting in your life. Vedic astrology can help you make the best of any given situation and the opportunities that come your way.

At times it seems that life is like a game of snakes and ladders. Life is going well, then suddenly we’re hit by an accident or ill health, legal problems, a death in the family … and destiny takes us in a different direction.

Astrology can help you in many ways – whatever age you are, and at all stages of your life.

All life events can be seen and understood with the help of the planets. Astrology can either help us to solve health, financial and relationship problems, or at the least it can direct us to the best way forward in any situation.

With details of your date of birth, birth time and birthplace, a good astrologer can obtain an overview of your life; can predict anything to come in your life, the good as well as the bad; can forewarn you of upcoming challenges, or predict the course of a disease such as cancer, whether it be cured or will return.

Astrology can also help you to understand the deeper meaning of all life events in the context of your soul’s journey. The chart is the ultimate map of your soul’s journey and it can help you reach the full potential of any period of your life.

Happy and fulfilled
Astrology can be used for choosing your life partner, ensuring the most compatible match for you, so you can both be happy and fulfilled, and realize your individual and collective potential. 

An astrologer can also help you determine the best timing for certain actions – for example, guide you as to the best time for travelling, buying a house or signing contracts in business.

Astrology can also reveal damaging behavioural patterns you may have, or identify latent talents you may have and suggest how best you can develop them.

  • Identifying your main gifts or talents
  • Choosing what to study
  • Which career to follow
  • Help with your love life, compatibility guidance
  • Difficulties with conception
  • Improving the layout in your home; Vaastu – harmonious design of homes, workplaces and buildings (similar to Feng shui)
  • Health issues
  • Remedies to protect against accidents
  • Discovering what system of healing can be most beneficial
  • Choosing the business that’s right for you
  • Developing your business

Looking into your future
If you get an astrology reading at a relatively young age, you can gain lots of insights into what’s ahead of you:

  • Where are you going to settle?
  • What kind of love life and emotional life are you going to lead? If it’s going to be rather turbulent, how can you make the best of this?
  • When are you going to get married? Early, at the average age for getting married, later on, or never?
  • If you’re going to get married, what kind of married life will you have? How can you make the best of it?
  • Are you going to get divorced?
  • What events can you expect in your life? Will you inherit property?
  • Do you face a dispute or litigation in your personal life or in business?

The best way to understand the science behind an astrological reading is to follow the rigorous process that an astrologer takes during a reading.

Vedic astrology focuses on the complex, ever-changing interactions between the houses, signs and planets.

You can see the 12 houses as the various rooms of a palace. Each room is used for a particular purpose. The zodiac sign (e.g. Sagittarius) in a room gives a sense of the décor and atmosphere of the room. The planets depict the people who inhabit the rooms. If a room has two or more planets, they will engage or interact with each other.

First, we look at the rising sign or ascendant. What sign is it? What is the element? Fire, earth, air or water. What is the quality of the sign: cardinal/moveable), fixed, or mutable/dual? Are the signs odd or even, male or female, active or inactive, yang/solar or ying/lunar in nature?

The signs and the planets
Each sign is owned by a planet and influences its nature:
Aries – Mars | Taurus – Venus | Gemini – Mercury | Cancer – Moon | Leo – Sun | Virgo – Mercury | Libra – Venus | Scorpio – Mars | Sagittarius – Jupiter | Capricorn – Saturn | Aquarius – Saturn | Pisces – Jupiter

The Sun and Moon own one sign each, while the planets have two: one odd or male sign and one even or female sign.

Then we look to see what sign is in the ascendant, or the rising sign of the person (the house facing the eastern horizon at time of birth). In Vedic astrology, the sign changes approximately every two hours, so we have 12 signs in each 24-hour period. Then we analyze the strength and influences on the owner or lord of the first house and in turn each house as we go around the chart. Is it strong, weak, happy or afflicted? Are any planets aspecting it or conjunct?

Aspect: The influence of a planet directed at another celestial body or part of the chart. Using our palace analogy (see above), if a person (planet) in one room is looking at a person in another room, then that look or ‘aspect’ will affect the other person.
Conjunction: The mingling of planetary energies when two or more planets occupy the same house (or the same room in the palace).

The above analysis gives insights into the basic nature of a person.

The 12 houses
Then we go around the 12 houses of the chart, and look at what is the sign and what planets are in or influencing each house. If many planets are in or aspecting the house, then it’s more complicated to assess the net result.

The 12 houses represent all the various aspects, functions and events in a person’s life. Each house represents certain aspects of life, which can be summarised as follows:

  • The 1st house is a snapshot of the person.
  • TThe 2nd house relates to the face, early life, wealth, speech, oral expression and other aspects related to the face.
  • T3rd house: brothers, support in life, writing skills, discipline.
  • T4th house: mother, assets, car, etc, and inner peace.
  • T5th house: mind, stomach, creativity, children.
  • T6th house: health and illness, competitiveness, legal disputes.
  • T7th house: all forms of partnership, day-to-day life, marriage.
  • 8th house: chronic illness, obstacles, spiritual transformation.
  • 9th: the house of Dharma – spiritual path, guru, luck.
  • 10th house: career, name and fame, profession.
  • 11th house: gains from profession, acquaintance network, income.
  • 12th house: enlightenment, living overseas.

The nine celestial bodies
In Vedic astrology, we mainly use nine heavenly bodies: the two luminaries, the Sun and the Moon; the five planets, and also the nodes of the Moon – Rahu (or dragon’s head) and Ketu (dragon’s tail), which represent the north and south node of the moon respectively.

The essence and nature of these celestial bodies are:

Sun – the King, the Father, the soul, the life force and vitality, authority and political power, charisma
Moon – the Queen, the Mother, the mind, receptivity, intuition
Mars – the Commander in Chief, strength, power, stamina, courage, determination
Mercury – the Prince, youthfulness, intelligence and intellect, speech and communication, wit, networking
Jupiter – Minister/Chief Justice, wisdom, law and ethics, solution, generosity, wealth, growth, gurus and teachers, tradition, diplomacy, long-distance travel
Venus – Minister/Advisor, senses and sensual desires, sexuality, prosperity, vehicles, pleasures, romance
Saturn – Servant, lord of karma, discipline, focus, sorrow and grief, old age, sickness and death (delivers the most difficult yet rewarding life lessons)
Rahu – Dragon’s head, army personnel, courage, pioneering, inventive; diplomacy,
Ketu – Dragon’s tail, mystical knowledge, meditation, discrimination and non-attachment

If the above planets are afflicted, corresponding negative traits will prevail.

Planets are like people; some get along naturally while others compete. The degrees (young, middle-aged, old) of the ascendant and of each planet in each house are also important factors.

The consultation consists of working out the net result or promise of each house, based on the quality of the sign, the planets influencing the space, and how they are affected by one another.

Using planetary periods, we can explore the promise of any period of your life, in particular the next six months or year, etc, and the timing of what is coming up.

If this is all new to you, you will probably find it hard to make sense of it. But you can gain rich understanding of how astrology works by going through the process of a reading of your personal chart.

Bookings

All you need is your date, time and a place of birth. If you do not know one or more of these details, it can be worked out based on the timing of key life events.

You can, of course, do a one-off, but most clients find it so beneficial that they keep coming back on a regular basis.

An astrological consultation can help you at any age and any stage of life.

Any time a problem arises, you can consult in order to find the best solution.

Some clients like to book a consultation each year around their birthday or at the start of the year. 

Others like to have a mid-year consultation to help them catch up on targets not met, reorient themselves depending on how things are going, or set new targets, etc. 

We also offer sustained consultation, typically for a period of a year.

Business people may get regular consultations for many reasons: to work out what to focus on, to identify the best strategy, and to find the best timing for an action or event, such as a product launch.

Yes, you can. We can choose exactly what to focus on – from your life in general to a very specific matter that concerns you at a particular time.

No, clients give excellent feedback about both types of consultations. Calodagh has had many consultations and follow-up consultations by phone and Skype with people she has never met in person.

One person said: “I found the Skype reading made our consultation no less effective than if I had been face to face with her.”

He also pointed out another advantage of using Skype: “It’s good to know that if I need it I can contact Calodagh at short notice.”

No, you do not. People from all belief systems, of any age, profession or nationality, and at all life stages can and do benefit from astrological consultations with Calodagh.

Planets govern your nature and your life in all ways. In the same way that the Moon has an effect on the tides, so too do all the heavenly bodies have an effect on people.

About the Moon’s effect, for example, Dr Gordian Fulde, director of the emergency department at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital for 30 years, says that throughout his career he’s found that “people really do behave more strangely than they normally do” at the peak of the lunar cycle.

Research by Dr Christian Cajochen, of the University of Basel in Switzerland, showed the rate of deep sleep dropped by 30 per cent around the full Moon, people took five minutes longer than normal to fall asleep, and slept for 20 minutes less overall.

“The lunar cycle seems to influence human sleep, even when one does not see the Moon and is not aware of the actual Moon phase,” Dr Cajochen said.

Sydney psychologist Adam Fitzpatrick, of Essential Psych Solutions, said that, based on the size of the Moon, he could predict the clients he would see in any particular week. He said that, when there was a full Moon, some patients were less in control of their emotions, while others just felt “not on their game”.

“I know at my own practice I see a lot more emotional distress, relationship problems, communication problems around the time of the full Moon,” he added.