“A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial
rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma.” In
the inspiring book, Autobiography of a Yogi, Sri Yukteswar
speaks these enigmatic words on astrology to his unbelieving
disciple, Paramahansa Yogananda.
After reading this passage in 1975, I became determined to
understand the true depth of its meaning. At that time my
interest and curiosity in astrology extended to reading my
horoscope in the daily newspaper or on occasion getting lost for
hours in the astrology section of the local bookstore, deeply
absorbed in what the “celestial rays” had in store for me.
Then in 1989 my perception of astrology suddenly changed. I had
received a Vedic Astrological reading from an Indian astrologer
or jyotishi, as they are known in India. Though the many
Sanskrit terms he used were new and unfamiliar to me, one
feature of this ancient system left me absolutely speechless.
What amazed me about this 5,000-year-old system of Vedic
Astrology was its unique feature of planetary cycles that occur
in our lives. In my previous knowledge of astrology, I had never
heard of any such cycles. According to the natural laws that
govern Vedic Astrology, these planetary cycles last from six to
twenty years each, depending upon the particular planet
involved. Not only that, they can and often do indicate a
certain degree of change in our lives when one cycle ends and
This may not sound very amazing to you, but the following little
story continues to amaze me even to this day.
The date of September 15, 1978 I will always remember. That
evening, after having just gotten off the phone with my father,
I intuitively knew that my life was about to undergo a huge
change. I remember staring blankly into space, my mind wrestling
with the idea of changing careers and life style. He told me
that he had just spoken with his brother about teaching me the
jewelry business. “Go and see your Uncle Bill tomorrow! He’s
expecting you.” Dad had said.
At that time I was a research analytical chemist, testing
chewing gum of all things. The pay was lousy and I was bored
nearly out of my mind. I jumped at the opportunity to have a
different career. Who wouldn’t?
Hello jewelry, good-bye chewing gum. In three months to the day,
after a lot of sweat, guts and resourcefulness I opened my own
jewelry store. So began my new career that successfully lasted
for the next twenty-one years.
Now forward to 1989. In the Vedic Astrology session I previously
mentioned, I learned that on September 15, 1978 I had just begun
an eighteen-year planetary cycle, called Rahu, that indicated
career change and material expansion, i.e. $$$, family, home,
cars, etc. I then instantly knew the reason I always remembered
that day my father called because of the inner realization I had
of beginning a new career and lifestyle. Coincidence or karma?
Need another example of what planetary cycles can bring? This
next story is even better than the last one.
November 25, 1965 was another one of those dates in my life that
I will never forget because it changed my life and that of my
parents’ and sisters’ lives forever. It was Thanksgiving morning
about 3:00am, four days before my thirteenth birthday and
sixteen days before my Bar Mitzvah. Within the next two hours
the apartment building we were living in would be completely
engulfed and destroyed by fire and three non-family members
would perish in the flames. My family survived, but we lost all
of our material possessions and would not see an insurance
settlement check for many years. We were homeless, but had good,
caring friends that helped us get through the next few months.
Unfortunately, my family life was never the same after the fire.
Once I began to delve deeper into understanding Vedic Astrology,
I needed to know why this tragedy happened and in the middle of
such a good, ten-year Moon planetary cycle. The answer I
discovered was simple: The Moon planetary cycle was severely
impacted by the Saturn sub cycle that began on, you guessed it,
November 25, 1965.
In simplest terms, Moon and Saturn are like oil and water. They
do not mix well. When they combine in an astrological chart look
to be humbled the hard way. Moon can represent home, family, the
mind, happiness, friends, community and other nurturing
qualities. Saturn can represent loss, struggle, death, hardships
and responsibility. Not only are these planets extremely
powerful in my birth chart, but they also look right at each
other making for an even stronger antagonistic and inauspicious
My family had moved into that apartment building right at the
very beginning of my Moon planetary cycle in August 1961. Four
years later Saturn took it all away. Coincidence or karma?
Just so you don’t think that all planetary cycles are as
devastating as this one was, let me describe the seventeen-month
cycle of Moon/Mercury that immediately followed this intense
Within a week of beginning my Moon/Mercury planetary cycle on
June 27, 1967 our family moved into a nice old house, half a
block from a beautiful lake. For the next year and a half I
enjoyed some of the best times of my life. Good friends, school,
work and especially sports defined this planetary cycle for me.
I was the star of my freshman baseball team and could do no
wrong. At the age of 15 I was routinely mowing down opponents
with an 85mph fastball and a curveball that would scare their
pants off. Not only that, I played the whole season with torn
cartilage in my knee and could run only as fast as most people
walk. Still, I managed to achieve an astounding .553 batting
average! I felt like my baseball idol, Babe Ruth.
So why and how did I go from an unhappy, displaced family period
to a rip roaring personal success and happiness period in such a
short time? Was I simply “going with the flow”? Vedic Astrology
gave me the answers my curiosity was looking for.
Mercury is a great, great friend of the Moon. They combine like
milk and chocolate syrup for a very sweet cycle. Mercury can
represent communication, business, intellect, hand-arm-eye
coordination and fun. Both planets are placed in important
personal, physical and mental positions in my birth chart.
Accordingly, this planetary cycle brought much fulfillment of
self on many levels. Coincidence or karma?
Now you’re probably one step ahead of me thinking, “This is all
fine for past experiences. Hindsight is always 20/20. What about future experiences? Can these planetary cycles predict the
future?” You bet they can, but that is a topic for best saved
for my personal consultation with you.
This unique system planetary cycles is but one of many
techniques contained in Vedic Astrology that enable a qualified
Vedic Astrologer to offer predictions with a high degree of
accuracy. There are also techniques that allow the Vedic
Astrologer to help heal, uplift and lighten life’s burden for
each client. After all, in India, Vedic Astrology or Jyotish
literally translates as the “Science of Light”.