by Robert Wilkinson
A fan of the site in India recently wrote me about their situation, which they felt was hopeless. No money, difficulty in getting and keeping a job, and other symptoms of hitting bottom. They had obviously consulted a Vedic Astrologer, since they were asking me if they should choose one of two colors of sapphire to end their distress. It is common in Vedic astrology to wear a "prescribed" gem during certain periods and sub-periods of difficulty, in the belief that certain stones have the ability to counter negative conditions. What follows today is my answer, as a Spiritual Astrologer.
I've made a few edits for comprehension. I will only note that they have a substantial number of planets in the middle decan of Earth or Water signs, which can serve to explain my answer. If you also have planets in the middle third of Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, or Pisces, then much that I've noted here can apply to you as well, especially if you also have something in early Cancer, early or late Scorpio or late Pisces due to powerful aspects occurring over the next few weeks. I wrote:
Though I am not a Vedic Astrologer, I do know something about it. I am a Spiritual Astrologer of the Western tradition. First, regardless of whichever bangle you choose, your life will shift for the good in just a few weeks anyway if you mobilize your intensity and focus on beginning the favorable "journey" about to come to you.
Overlook nothing because it seems too small, since it is in the details that you will begin to remake your life forever in just a few weeks. Your chart clearly indicates a favorable time approaching, whether you wear a blue or yellow sapphire or not.
I do not accept the power of bangles as something greater than the indwelling Atman (Spirit) which is supreme over all material things. You have the supreme power within you, much more than any thing or stone on Earth. While sapphires do have a unique and special energy, they are nothing compared to the Divine Power within YOU that you can summon at any time and change your life forever in that moment.
This is well established by many respectable Gurus, Saddhus, and other wise beings. Though a bangle can have an effect, there is no power greater than your own Spirit to change unfortunate karmas to good effects almost immediately. I have seen this countless times over many decades of counseling people in urgent need. A being only needs bangles if they give the power to external material things. As soon as you surrender to the Universal power within you, your karmas will change forever. Atman is forever greater than any forms or material tendencies.
To paraphrase the great Jivanmukti Sri Yukteswar, Paramanhansa Yogananda's guru, the deeper the Self-realization of a man (or woman) the more s/he experiences the whole Universe by his/her subtle Spiritual vibrations, and the less they themselves are affected by the phenomenal flux.
At this point, I suggested some personal antidotes to their specific planetary configurations. So I will take some key points that may be useful for all of us to remember as we slog through this impermanent world of the 5 senses and the mind.
We are all born with a special spiritual karma to fulfill. But given we are human beings we often confuse needs and wants, and often have not learned how to use the right means to get to our ends. We can achieve great good when we stop blunting our power and learn to focus on what is the greatest good for the greatest number, since when everyone is benefited then we will be as well.
We all have the capacity to cultivate compassion, and this affords us a certain protection as we move through life's storms. We are altruistic and idealistic beings, but often learn unfortunate habits that divert our Higher energies to lesser behaviors. This is why it's good to cultivate deep meditations, since that allows us to attract what is true, good, and beautiful with specificity.
We all need to stop setting our sights so low! We all have excellent talents, but suffer from a lack of largeness of vision. If we could live in the Eternal Now witnessing our Divine estate, we would not fall into traps of feeling inadequate arising from ego limitations. We tend to place many internal rules and limitations in the way of our progress, and due to human experiences often expect the negative instead of the positive. Obviously this magnetism creates effects.
If we can learn to expect positive results even in the midst of difficulty, we can change the magnetics, and thus the effects. Since our own apprehensions often magnetize negative expectations into manifestation, if we change our magnetism we change the effects. We have far more power to bring forth positive manifestations than we believe. We only need to shift our point of view and do what it takes to identify consciously with our Divine Essence, and be patient as the magic of Spirit works unerringly to bring forth what is in our Divine plan, which is always the greater Good.
As we embrace our Divine Protection and welcome EVERY opportunity to grow into worldly effectiveness everything will change forever. Many times we need a good creative challenge more than a sapphire or any other external thing. Even when we go through losses, we need to stop viewing them as defeats. It is better to see these 8th house matters as protections taking us away from those who could harm us or create negative future karmas. Eliminating a negative tendency in the present is a good inoculation against them happening in the future.
Often our successes come as we cultivate more self-confidence without antagonisms and get a much broader point of view as to our higher possibilities. Each of us has a Dharma, or "true" Higher function. Once we get beyond misinterpretations based in limited views, then we can antidote negative personality magnetisms. Many things in our lives turn for the better when we focus and stop looking to externals as having power to hinder us. Discontent is unhelpful if we are looking to better our career. If we would prosper, we must magnetize positive future expectations.
We can assist the process by being willing to cooperate in our own growth. The heart is a muscle that becomes stronger with exercise, and very little that is lasting is created in comfort or without some form of challenge. We need fewer rules or fears that hinder our embrace of the Dance with the Eternal, and cultivating imagination with faith can remind us that just as all creatures are taken care of in their daily affairs to the extent they are true to their function, so it is with us when we align with Dharma and stop focusing on how hard it has been in the past.
Many times we feel sad because of something. Sadness is a part of the human condition. Since we all have Pisces in our chart somewhere, at one point or another if we choose to feel we will pick up on the global suffering more than any particular personal condition. The antidote to the mind suffering over its own suffering is the generation of Bodhichitta, or good will to self and all creation. Generate an intense positivity and suffering has no grip on the mind. This is also the antidote to any antisocial tendencies. Welcome all that comes as opportunity to grow into your Divine Self.
We all strive to get what we want, be independent, and the other very human aspirations. These are not problems, but human conditions. Rebelling and pushing against circumstances only happens when we are reacting rather than acting with intention unless we are called by our higher duty to be the counterweight to whatever seems to be happening. When we are uncertain about a path or are non-committal about things, then we need to contemplate how it fits into our greater path to Self-realization and understand how it aligns with Dharma or doesn't.
If we can suspend negative judgments and expectations, then we can learn that even unknown or unfamiliar steps can still lead us to health, wealth, love, and perfect self expression. To quote a great Western Master of the Wisdom, it all depends on our point of view.
To learn more about countering negative karmas, "bad luck," "bad yoga," and other difficulties, please go to Overcoming Bad Luck, Bad Karma, and Bad Life Circumstances
© Copyright 2008 Robert Wilkinson