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Treatment methods in astrology. How to balance influences of the planets.

Besides theoretical knowledge vedic astrology has a practical application. Just as science uncovers new forms of energy in the outer world, like electric or nuclear forces, astrology and Yogic sciences can connect us with new forms of energy. The purpose of astrology is not just to give us a broader knowledge of ourselves but also to provide with tools and methods to access the deeper layers of our nature and to better deal with the forces of our subtle environment.

Western astrology is more concerned with theory than with practice. It lacks any consistently defined technique for balancing or adjusting planetary influences. Medieval western astrology had such methods, with the uses of gems, metals, herbs, and incantations to deal with astrological influences. These, along with the other occult and mystical sciences of medieval Europe, were dismissed and discarded as unscientific. Like medieval science all over the world, European astrology often degenerated into confusion, corruption and superstition, but it still had a core of truth to it which is still useful today.
Most western astrologers have few practical methods, though some of the older methods, like the use of gems and herbs to balance planetary influences, are being reintroduced. Even here, there is much variation on how these means are interpreted and applied. Most of the knowledge left over from the Middle Ages has been discarded. Often each astrologer develops his or her own system. Some use occult and spiritual methods, like attunement with various masters or with the seven rays, or opening up past life influences. These approaches derive mainly from Theosophy or from Alice Bailey, who in turn based their work on the teachings of the Hindu and Buddhist sages, modifying and modernizing them. Other try to apply modern nutrition, western herbology, or macrobiotics to the birth chart for medical treatment. While it is a highly creative field, many of these approaches may not stand the test of time, though they may work well for one practitioner or another. Some of these methods, however, will be found useful and much of Vedic astrology may be helpful in directing them in the right way. A typical modern astrological reading may not give the client anything to do about their planetary influences other than to be aware of them to try to understand them in their mind or in terms of their personal life. Hence, a client may leave feeling helpless before the forces of their life, warned as to a danger, but not given any practical means of averting it. Vedic astrology, on the other hand, is as much concerned with directing the client how to balance their planetary influences as it is with informing them as to what these influences may be. This sometimes takes the greater part of the reading. Like a good doctor, they may be more interested in telling their clients what they can do to improve their condition, rather than simply notifying them what it is. They provide a prescription of things to do, not just a diagnosis of the condition. In this regard, the true astrologer is like a doctor of the psyche. He should know how to deal with the subtle energies of life on various levels.

Remedial measures in astrology

There are complex ways of determining which planets are to be strengthened in a chart. However, the first basic principle is simple - a planet should generally be strengthened if it is weak. The caution is that we should be careful in strengthening natural malefic planets like Saturn, even when they are weak. It is benefics when weak that are safe to strengthen. We must gauge the power and effect of planets both naturally and temporally, as per house rulership. Natural benefics are Jupiter, Venus, the Moon when bright, and Mercury when not under malefic aspect. Temporally, they are the lords of benefic houses (1, 5, 9). Hence, we can strengthen natural malefics when weak, if they are temporal benefice, like Saturn for Libra ascendant, or Mars for Cancer and Leo ascendants. Besides strengthening weak planets, it is often helpful to strengthen those planets which rule the ascendant or the 9th house, even when not weak. They can help increase the positive energy in the chart, as they are usually the prime benefics within it. A planet that is well-placed and benefic can be strengthened, and it will not be harmful, but this may not be as helpful as to strengthen those benefics which are weak or ill-placed. Some astrologers strengthen both the weakest and the strongest planet in the chart, as long as neither one is malefic.

We should exercise some scrutiny in using these astrological treatment methods, however. For example, many of the indications of a weak Sun and a weak Mars are similar, as they both indicate low fire and a weak will. The difference is that a weak Sun usually gives a poor self-image, whereas a weak Mars creates lack of motivation and poor work ability. Hence, if we can get a Vedic astrological reading, or at least look at our Vedic chart, it can be very helpful for determining which of these measures are appropriate. In this regard, the use of substances like gems or herbs can be more dangerous than the use of mantra or meditation. In fact, we often use mantra and meditation to ward off the planetary influences which may be afflicting us, like a too strong Saturn, Rahu, or Mars. Yet we do not strengthen these planets with gems or herbs under such conditions. It is generally a good thing for all of us to acknowledge and propitiate the planets occasionally through mantra, meditation, or ritual, as we all have to work through their forces.
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How to balance influences of the planets

Do you know that inappropriate gemstone selection may aggravate a disease symptoms or create a life problems?
For example, if the Sun rules with 6th house of your horoscope, wearing a big natural ruby may cause the health problems. On other hand, if you have a weak Venus and the difficulties in your romantic life, a one karat diamond ring may improve the situation.

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