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As a personal note, I have found that good malefics in upachaya houses can raise a person almost as effectively as a Yoga karaka planet, though more struggle and effort may be required for success. One must also look at the Yogas. When the ninth and tenth lords exchange for example the period of either one can give great advancement for the person, even if the planet involved is not entirely friendly to the Lagna lord (like an exchange of Mars in Libra and Venus in Scorpio) for Aquarius Ascendant. Mars in such a position will likely increase the Raja Yoga during its dashas, even though it is usually an inimical planet for the lagna. Q.4 Is there something called Tantric Astrology, if so can you recommend some books on it. If there are no books available now, can you pls demonstrate some basics of it and some other points as food for thought. - Query by Andy Lee, HongKong Shri Vamadeva Shastri: ---Most of the Upayas or remedial measures used in Vedic astrology in India today are Tantric. This includes the types of pujas and yajnas used at astrological temples to propitiate the planets. It includes the recommendations of mantras, yantras, herbs, and gems given to individuals for planetary afflictions. In addition, most of the temple worship in India, particularly in South India, East India and the Himalayas is largely Tantric, especially for deities like Shiva and Kali, and beings in Vedic astrology. Traditional Tantric texts often contain sections on worship of planetary deities, worship of deities with respect to astrological timing, astrological timing of prescription of mantras, and so on. Different forms of the Goddess may be related to different planets. Even Tantric philosophical and yogic texts, bring in astrology relative to the timing or subtle energies of various Yoga and Pranayama practices and through Svara Yoga or timing through reading the breath and which nostril it is flowing in. Astrological knowledge is there in Sri Vidya or Sri Chakra or esoteric Tantric practices, relating the chakras, Prana and the breath with the Sun, planets and Rashis. We have 21,600 breaths per day in yogic thought, about one breath every four seconds, which is equated with the movement of the Sun, 360 breaths every 24 minutes or 1/60 of a day. Each Rashi governs around two hours or five 24 minute sections, in which the breath relates to different aspects of the five elements. This internal zodiac is more commonly examined in yogic and Tantric texts. What one must remember is that the term Tantra in India mainly refers to the use of mantras, yantras, rituals etc. along with the propitiation of deities (mainly forms of Shiva and Devi) for either the ordinary goals of life or for Yogic practices. The term has another meaning in the West, mainly concerning sexual practices. Throughout India, but particularly in Bengal, people commonly resort to Tantra, mantra, yantra and deity worship for both personal and spiritual goals. There are many such Tantric gurus, many of which are astrologers as well, who offer these Tantric methods to help people make money, get a better job, have better progeny, defeat their enemies or control other people. There can be a fair amount of exploitation and even charlatans of this type, which 202


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