astrology: in conversation with my conscience

Me (M): Thank you very much Conscience for agreeing to this meeting despite your busy schedule!

Conscience (C):  I am only as busy as you are!

M: My questions, this time, are centred around astrology. I know you always give very honest answers. I’ll begin now!

C: Sure!

M: My first question is –  Does astrology work? Can you please share your experiences?

C: Astrology works! Period. I commenced learning astrology, over 15 years back. My first teacher was Dr A.P. Rao (adjunct faculty at the Hindu University of America). The initial classes were harrowing. I would it very difficult to understand what was being taught – though the teaching was lucid. But astrology gradually grew on me. I remember one of the first tests we were administered. We were given blind Birth Charts, charts with no details or background of the person (native). From the given charts, we were asked to decode the illness of the native. My analysis was that the person was suffering from a mental illness. My analysis took all of five minutes using only the D1, D9 and the D10 charts. I was taken aback with the accuracy of my diagnosis. So was my teacher!  Just this one successful analysis, very early in my long journey with astrology, successfully proved to me that a good diagnosis can be made with birth horoscopes. Subsequently, of course, I have made scores of very accurate astrological predictions. I have no doubt mind that astrology works.

M: Scores of accurate predictions are fine. How about your inaccurate predictions?

C: There have been many. However, very few of those can be termed as a complete washout. In many cases, the timelines did not match – the events took place earlier (up to 3-4 months earlier) or later (up to 9 months later). However, many have been accurate to the last 30 -40 days of the event – even when the prediction was made, say, 24 months earlier. The predicted events did take place. Of course, though astrology is perfect the astrologer is not. I am certainly not perfect. I have learnt a lot from my failed predictions. I have tried to find out why these predictions may have failed. This is not unlike the failed launch of a space rocket. The first SpaceX rocket failed. They dug into the cause of the failure and fixed it. Astrology is indeed rocket science!

M: If astrology cannot give guaranteed predictions, why should anyone consult an astrologer?

C: Good question! Can a medical science professional, say a doctor, guarantee your wellness? Can a doctor ensure that the very first prescription will lead to a guaranteed cure? Can a surgeon guarantee that every surgery performed will lead to the promised cure? Can an automobile technologist guarantee that there would be no failures in a car’s systems even within the first few days or a month of use? Can a rocket scientist guarantee the there would be no launch failures even when all launch parameters are met?  Can a Psephologist (one who predicts election results) assure that the predicted party will win? Can a Stock Broker, who uses advanced statistical methods, predict the trajectory of the price of scrips with absolute certainty? No science, medical or rocket can guarantee success. Similarly, no astrologer can guarantee perfect predictions. Like an engineer, doctor or a scientist, the astrologer uses all the skills at his/her disposal to give an accurate prediction. Guaranteeing success is beyond the capability of the astrologer.

M:  Many astrologers do not use Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Does this not affect the accuracy of their predictions?

C: No! The Rishis knew that there were forces beyond the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury Jupiter and Saturn which were influencing human life. They, therefore, created two mathematical points, Rahu and Ketu to perfectly explain events without the need to use Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.  Uranus is only a higher octave of Mercury, Neptune is similar to Venus and Pluto is a higher octave of Mars.

M: Did you say Earth? Does astrology take into consideration the Earth as a planet? I have not heard of astrologers using the reference of the Earth.

C: The Lagna or the Ascendant indirectly represents the position of the Earth on the Birth Chart. The Lagna changes as the Earth rotates around its axis. The sign rising on the eastern horizon is determined by the rotation of the Earth on its axis. Similarly, the position of the Sun in the Birth Chart also take into account the position of the Earth as the Earth revolves around the Sun. The influence of the Earth is certainly taken into account in every birth chart.

M: One more question. Does the discovery of Chiron not affect how predictions are made?

C: No! Chiron takes about 50 years to cover all the twelve signs. In a birth chart, the Lagna/Ascendant is like the seconds hand of a clock. The Moon is like the minute hand of the clock. The Sun represents the hour hand of the clock. Venus, Mercury and Mars are like additional hour hands – helping locate the exact hour. Jupiter is like a half day hand of the clock (twelve-hour hand of the clock – showing when a half day is complete). Saturn is like a thirty-hour hand – showing changes every 30 hours.  These are very broad timings. Our ancients, in their considered judgement, decided that the hands of a clock which depicted time broader than the sweep of Saturn was not very useful. A clock which shows a broad time beyond Saturn is not very useful. Neither is Chiron which shows broad trends which could happen over many decades.

M: That was useful clarification. Could I ask more questions when I come across them?

C: I’ll be ready when you are!



moon sign predictions for july 2017

Vijayalakshmi is a little-known astrologer who has practised native Indian astrology for over 40 years. She is self-taught. While her predictions are derived from Birth Charts she always adds a dash of intuition to what she notices in the chart. This is then garnished with a remedy to make the prediction complete. She is is more often in temples in the vicinity of her home than at home. She may be contacted at :

The following general predictions for July 2017 is based on your Moon sign. If you do not know your Moon sign, check it here using this calculator from Moon Sign Calculator 

For all Moon Signs:  You may behave irrationally (on matters pertaining to the houses which are represented by Saturn from the Lagna/Ascendant)  on the 7th July 2017 – for some hours. Don’t make important decisions up to a day prior and till two days later – unless irrationality suits you!

Aries Moon Sign

The month begins with Saturn in Jyeshtha Nakshatra in your  8th house. The Lord of the 10th House and the 11th House in the 8th House. Be careful of dealings with the boss or any boss like authority. This is true of not just the workplace!   But if there is a Yin there is also Yang! The same Saturn may give you a windfall – if it is due. Money from insurance, legacy or even gambling or gaming is a possibility. Of course, I am neither recommending that you game or gamble.  Yudhishthira lost his kingdom. Though you may only lose your shirt – at worst.  This month may be very good at your workplace. Conversely, it may not be good for all overseas or spirituality related matter. You will have to work hard in these areas – if these areas are of importance to you.

Taurus Moon Sign

Children, speculation, new learning may all be important to you this month. You may make progress in these areas. However, your relationship with your older sibling/s may not be on an even keel. There may be some difficulties experienced by you in the area of earning or managing your income. If true, this is only a short-term issue. There may be gains in the spiritual or occult areas. You may study or learn Jyotish or similar subjects. You may also make money from these subjects.  The next 50 days will see you being very fastidious and finicky over many matters. You may pore over documents and examine every fine print it.

Gemini Moon Sign

The early part of the month may see gains emanating from a communication that you receive. An elevation in your professional status, gains from the sale of a property or even very good meetings are possible during the early part of the month.  You may spend a lot of time with professional commitments to the detriment of your domestic life. A member of the opposite sex may also play an important role in your professional life this month. Health precautions are a must this month. This, of course, depends on the nature of your health and is valid more for those who currently have some health issues. Though, this need not be anything serious.

Cancer Moon Sign

For the next many months the theme of hidden income may play an important role in your life. Your income may be hidden or from a secret source. If this is not true, you may speak in hidden or coded language or at the very least not communicate completely. If you have any throat ailment, take medical advice. Also, this period and beyond will draw your attention to wealth related matters from a source which was, perhaps, unknown to you so far. You may even receive an income from a distant or overseas location.  You may have a long distance travel which may be linked with your profession or may be connected with a with a learning or knowledge program or an academic course.

Leo Moon Sign

For the next several you may go into hiding – literally or figuratively. If you are spiritually oriented you may retreat into a cave to meditate – at the very least retreat into a mental cave. Your business and/or marriage or partnership has been flagged or highlighted by the planets. If you are attempting to learn something new, you will learn quickly or put in an effort to learn quickly.  This month is particularly good for those connected with Law, Defence and Military matters. Overseas matters are also highlighted this month. You may have an income linked to spirituality or astrology related matters.

Virgo Moon Sign

Career is highlighted in the early part of July. There could some stress on the work front which could be linked with communication at the workplace.  More specifically there could be stress from overseas communication-related matters. Along with workplace communication, there may be romance linked communication this month. You may wish to ensure that this romantic communication does not hinder your business or marriage. If so inclined, your will learn constantly and may focus on home (acquiring a home cannot be ruled out) and vehicles (which too you may acquire if it is on your bucket list). You may be nurturing and may want your family around. Loans, uncles, aunts and Pets also play an important role in the coming months.

Libra Moon Sign

Good investments from a speculative viewpoint, investment or expenses pertaining to a home may be important over the next few months. A monetary transaction with your mother or a mother like person is also highlighted. This may pertain to banking and investment.  This theme may play out for two or three months. Your spouse’s income or wealth may also be linked to this. An income source which is generally not known or an income from hidden matters or occult subjects is also a distinct possibility (remember this is only a Moon sign reading and not a reading from a birth chart  – I cannot be any more accurate with a general reading).  Some of you may gain from long distance travel which may be along with your family.As mentioned in the June reading, the good thing for those born under the Libra Moon sign is that Saade Saati ( the 7.5 years of Saturn’s transit from the 12th house to the natal Moon to getting out of the 2nd house from the natal Moon) will end in October 2017. An overall generally stressful period will come to an end by October as soon as Saturn enters Sagittarius.

Scorpio Moon Sign

You may have short travels this month and for the next few months. You may feel energetic, courageous and may be successful on account of your own efforts. You may be happy with your income and may have a good time with friends. I do not rule out a windfall for you this month or during the next few weeks beyond the end of this month. For some, you may focus on your relationship with your children – which may be under stress. In order to improve your relationship with your children rope in your spouse or take his or help – or so say the planets. If your spouse is busy, rope in your spouse’s subordinate colleague from her/his workplace. Stress at workplace and gains from provident fund/gratuity etc are all possible this month.

Sagittarius Moon Sign

Your third house has been flagged. Your siblings, artistic talent, neighbours or even your writings may be important this month. This may be a theme continuing for the last some months. You may undertake a secret or take up an education course which is not known to even those who you may know well. You may get a higher remuneration from your workplace. Those in the Real Estate, education, vehicles or hotel business may do better than others. If you have heart or knee problems you may need to seek medical attention. You could do even better if you hire competent people or augment your working capital by taking on debt (this is not business advice but is rooted in planetary placements for the next few months).  During the month, if in business, you may take on a business partner – who may also be your spouse. Those employed may get recognition at the workplace.  There may also be a somewhat serious difference of opinion with your business partner or spouse.

Capricorn Moon Sign

Good times ahead. Education and learning for some and long distance travel for some others. You may put in a lot of hard work into whatever be your work. Yantra, Tantra and Mantra will also play an important role in your life for the next four weeks or longer – perhaps until early September. This is a theme which may be a continuation of the theme from the last twelve months or so. Money and family related matter are flagged or highlighted – in most case positively. The Sun in Gemini till about the 17th July will help you overcome impediments along your way. Beyond this date, for about the next 30 days the placement of the Sun may be a challenge for all partnership related matter. Disagreement with partners is not unlikely. You will deploy your skill at the workplace, profitably.

Aquarius Moon Sign

Power, pelf and prestige are all possible in the coming days and for the next three months. Manage it well. This could be a result of your dealings with a distant place. On the flip side, you may not be at your physical best – some medical attention may be necessary but nothing of any serious concern. Home, vehicles, the government, education and your mother will all be important – of course not all these will play out – some of these will certainly. Be careful with verbal communication. This could be a challenging area. So could be the neck in a physical sense. In a figurative sense, your neck could also be on the chopping block – in a manner of speaking. A partner could bail you out if any of this does come to pass. If you are in the business of sports, entertainment or speculation you may do well during the early month. Later, there may be difficulty in partnerships.  The month could very very good in some ways and not so great in other ways.

Pisces Moon Sign

All partnership matters may flourish or may have been flourishing for the last few months. This trend could continue for the next few months. You may be physically stressed this month. The planets suggest that talking it out, singing (if you can) and meditation as good remedies for this stress. If you are a military or marketing strategist, your tactics and plans may work well. You may get assistance from uncles and aunts – if you need it. You may write or speak on mysterious or mystical matters – if you are that type. Art, music and acting may be important this month if you are connected to these fields. You may borrow without anyone’s knowledge or could keep your minor illness a secret.

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