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The chart below is of Mary Shelley.  The box at top right in the diagram is Gemini, her ascendant, and the signs of the zodiac and 12 houses run clockwise from there.   In 1797 when Mary Shelley was born the difference in planetary positions between Western and Vedic Astrology was 21 degrees, so the usual 2 degree Cancer ascendant minus 21 degrees converts to 11 degrees Gemini.  This gives the visible astronomical positions for the ascendant and planets at the time of birth and allows many insights not available in Western Astrology.

May Shelley's Chart

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Birth with 8th lord Saturn in the ascendant aspecting the 2nd lord Moon in the 7th house shows both a difficult birth and possibility of the death of the mother. This is confirmed by the powerful Mercury in 4th. He is a benefic of course, but strong in the 4th house he is particularly dangerous. 4th house is the house of mother of course. Saturn is not all bad and birth with 9th lord Saturn in the ascendant emphasises the burden of fatherly responsibility. Sun representing father is also well placed in Leo, its own sign and aspects the 9th house. In Vedic Astrology 9th house represents father as parent and guardian. 10th house is only as husband of mother.

Her father described her at fifteen as "singularly bold, somewhat imperious, and active of mind. Her desire of knowledge is great, and her perseverance in everything she undertakes almost invincible”. This fits the chart perfectly and so would be one of the ways to confirm that the birth time is fairly accurate. It may seem that you can not get much bolder than to have Mars and Sun in Leo in the 3rd house of courage, and imperious as this is Leo, but in fact her Moon at 6 degrees 49 minutes of Sagittarius in the 7th house is also an example in Vedic Astrology of a precocious strong willed girl. Also Mercury and Venus in 4th house give a very strong, active mind. The Moon’s precise position in Sagittarius also gives a predisposition to writing and study, as that part of Sagittarius is related to Gemini. Mercury and Venus together in Virgo show the benefit of a very good education. She had a governess, a daily tutor, and read many of her father's children's books on Roman and Greek history in manuscript. She was also full of energy. Born on a Wednesday with exalted Mercury gives exceptional physical and mental energy.

The 9th house is related to travel and the 12th to foreign lands. Rahu is strong in Taurus and in Vedic Astrology he is considered as lord of 9th house Aquarius jointly with Saturn – just as Uranus would be in Western Astrology. This is a powerful incentive to go abroad and also to live there, which Mary Shelley did for some years, until the death of her husband. Venus, the ruler of Taurus, is debilitated in Virgo, but when it is with Mercury it recovers from this in some way. Leaving home – 4th house Virgo – to go abroad is shown in the chart, especially as Rahu aspects Virgo. Prominent 4th house matters happen very early in a person’s life.

Venus is called Kavi in Sanskrit, which means poet, but in Virgo Venus has to be more practical and so coupled with the brilliant Mercury this supports her gifted writing ability, shown by Mercury. She could write poetry, but would be inspired to express her thoughts in prose. The retrograde nature of Jupiter focuses it more on Virgo, which it aspects, and being 7th and 10th lord it determines her career.

She struggled financially for many years. Virgo is called her Arudha Lagna and if you have no planets in the 11th and 2 planets in the 12th from the Arudha Lagna your financial situation is precarious: expenses are high and income is patchy. Fortunately with 11th lord Mars and Sun in 3rd – both houses relating to friends - she had great faith in herself and her friends, so that carried her through many difficult times.

There are predictive time lines in Vedic Astrology called Dashas. The main system focuses on 120 years as the life period, as chapter 6 of the Book of Genesis in the Bible also states. Frankenstein was published in 1818. The concept for the novel is said to have come to Mary Shelley in a dream. Dreams are to do with 9th house and 12th house represents sleep. Rahu, also representing a monster, is 9th lord in 12th. The novel was written and published in Venus Mercury Dasha. Jupiter, the planet which governs dreams and sleep, aspects both Venus and Mercury, powerfully as it is retrograde.

Percy Shelley was lost at sea on or shortly after 8th July 1922. In this Dasha system his death took place in Sun Rahu Saturn Dasha of Mary Shelley’s chart. The more precise the time the more levels of Dasha can be used. The husband’s death is prefigured in the wife’s chart. Sun gives the possibility of the event, Rahu the experience of it and Saturn describes what happened. Sun in 3rd in Leo shows boldness, courage and absence of fear. Shelley and his companions went to sea despite foreknowledge of a storm and a likely difficult journey. Rahu is in the 10th house from the Sun, so Rahu is empowered – he is very strong in 10th house at any time. Rahu is also in the 12th house of the birth chart. 12th house represents loss and also 12th house, similarly to Pisces, represents the ocean. Both Rahu and Ketu can represent a storm in different ways. Saturn is in the second house from Rahu. Second house is called Maraka, which means indicating death. Saturn in the first house of the birth chart is also in a death like position for Saturn as a planet, as he hates being in the 1st house, and he is aspected by Jupiter, who is lord of Pisces, the ocean. Saturn also rules the 8th house and within the 8th, Capricorn is the principal indicator of marriage partner in this chart. Rahu involved as the nature of the experience shows shock. In addition to this you would also be able to see Ketu in Scorpio, the most dangerous sign for Capricorn, which relates to Mary Shelley’s husband, describing a boat on the water, aspected by Mars, showing physical danger. Mars does not protect from physical danger as he represents fire, which destroys everything. Ketu in Scorpio is in trine to Pisces and Pisces represents the ocean and in this chart is the precise sign describing the place of death of Mary Shelley’s husband. Trines show closely related matters. Moon, ruling Cancer, the other trine, is in Sagittarius and that would show that Percy Shelley fell from the boat into the sea.

This is how the whole life of a person can gradually be unfolded in Vedic Astrology.
All of the rules applied here are thousands of years old.

Gordon Brennan

May 2013

Gordon Brennan has studied Vedic Astrology for 20 years and is also qualified in Sanskrit, the language in which it was originally written down. He has a post graduate qualification in astrology from India called Jaimini Scholar and also is the committee member of the British Association for Vedic Astrology responsible for education. www.bava.org/education

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    Chart Interpretation Challenge - Mary Shelley Sat, 18 May 2013 15:43:35 +0000
    Prediction Techniques and the 2012 Election http://www.kepler.edu/home/index.php/news-mainmenu-139/articles-mainmenu-157/working-with-the-chart/item/429-prediction-techniques-and-the-2012-election http://www.kepler.edu/home/index.php/news-mainmenu-139/articles-mainmenu-157/working-with-the-chart/item/429-prediction-techniques-and-the-2012-election Prediction Techniques and the 2012 Election

    barack-obama smThe daily countdown to the Presidential election has started in earnest. It's the season of prediction, so of course astrologers are feeling right at home. Since the Presidential Panel in May at UAC 2012 to the latest commentary in blogs, newsletters and the Huffington post, astrologers have used a wide variety of indicators to determine how the candidates will fare. Below I have highlighted a few of the more interesting columns that present a variety of techniques, from modern to ancient, Western to Vedic. Although most predict President Obama will win, no one thinks it is going to be an easy path.

    1) Larry Schwimmer

    Businessman and astrologer, in the Huffington Post on 8/27/12 and 9/5/12

    Schwimmer's two-part series provided an modern astrological perspective. Part 1 covered the Romney-Ryan ticket and Part 2 Obama-Biden. Larry does a great job of presenting his findings without astrological jargon. Based on current transits, he boils down the indicators to "This election will get meaner, uglier and turn into a fierce 'dog-fight' that will be close, surprising and very upsetting." "This will be the 2012 version of 'Gunfight at the OK Corral.'" Giving a basic astrological profile, Schwimmer explored the personalities and leadership styles of both Romney and Obama, the pitfalls shown by their transits, and why each could win or lose.

    Schwimmer notes that Romney is ambitious, an optimist, spiritual and intelligent. He also notes that Romney often lacks common sense and projects insincerity. Schwimmer also notes that in mid-September through October, while he's climbing in popularity, "unexpected information comes out about him and some of his past associations that are not flattering." He also warns that from mid-October to election day, there will be "upsets, frustrations and challenges." Schwimmer does not seem hopeful of Romney's chances at winning.

    Schwimmer notes that Obama is a likeable and charismatic speaker, but projects "coolness" in his demeanor. He also can be too balanced and come out as "overly indecisive in his approach to problem-solving." His expectation for the debates is that "Obama will score points and induce Romney to make some major 'verbal gaffes' that get him into trouble." With more favorable astrological indicators, Schwimmer predicts Obama will win, but that the Mercury retrograde on election day "will likely result in a 'contested election.' with major upsets and surprises"

    2) Joseph Crane

    September 2012 article combines modern and traditional techniques to examine The Astrology of the 2012 Presidential Election.

    Crane uses synastry, the election chart, natal interpretation, transits, progressions and solar returns. His conclusion, "Obama and Romney do not like each other or even respect each other; in fact they drive each other a bit crazy.  There’s also sufficient Mars intruding on the first debate that it may be a rhetorical Armageddon.  Expect an October surprise of some kind, one that will make Obama look bad, although his campaign will probably survive intact.  Romney may wilt sometime before the end of the campaign, a victim of physical stress or exhaustion. Election Day may be filled with confusion and rancor, but Obama will likely carry the Electoral College (but possibly not the overall popular vote).  Both men will go through a period of depression after the election, not just the loser."

    2) The NeptuneCafe's overview

    Using modern Western astrology, particularly progressions and connections to the Inauguration chart.

    On June 4 and 11, 2012, the NeptuneCafe responded to the UAC 2012 predictions of an Obama win. The article entitled Election Day Uncertainty is interesting because it uses the January 20, 2013 inauguration chart instead of the November 6 election day chart (because of Mercury retrograde). Using progressions, the NeptuneCafe notes that on January 20, "the planetary flags are surprisingly few. "Note that transiting Mercury at 2 degrees Aquarius is exactly opposite his natal Mercury. This looks like a hand off to his successor." "In contrast, Romney's chart looks like gold." There is also a comparison between the candidates and the US chart (the Scorpio rising version).

    3) Chris Brennan and Hellenistic techniques

    With a particular focus on inception charts and electional astrology.

    On August 31, 2012, Chris Brennan commented on the The Astrology of the Republican National Convention at The Political Astrology Blog. Using Hellenistic techniques, Brennan examined the inception chart for the convention, the timing of the delegate vote and major speeches, as well as Romney's nomination and acceptance speech. He also makes an interesting observation for that speech  "Venus is applying to a square with Saturn, which is the malefic that is contrary to the sect in this night chart, which is a classical condition of affliction or maltreatment.  There is reception between the two, which lessens the severity of the affliction somewhat, but it is still a close applying square to the most difficult planet in the chart.  Although Saturn is the ruler of the 10th, which may be the office that Romney seeks, ultimately can such a difficult configuration between these two significators represent success in such an endeavor?"

    On September 11, 2012, Brennan followed-up his analyses with The 2012 Conventions: Horoscope Comparison. Conclusion? "Ultimately I have to give the award to the DNC here for the better inception chart for their convention.  Although the RNC chart has the virtue of not having the Moon closely applying to a hard aspect with a malefic, the DNC chart has a much stronger ruler of the ascendant." He is not overly enthusiastic about the timing of when the roll call showed each candidate had secured the nomination. "The shortcoming in both seems to be with the Moon placement.  Romney has the Moon applying to a square with a contrary to the sect Mars, and Obama has the Moon in the 12th, void, and applying to an out of sign sextile with Venus." In his opinion, he gives the edge to Obama "with Jupiter on the ascendant." He also gives Obama the edge for the timing of Obama's acceptance speech.

    4) Curtis Mawaring on Election 2012 - Obama vs Romney and Beyond

    Also using a Hellenistic techniques, including the place of acquisition.

    Curtis Manwaring begins his article by looking back to Presidents Clinton and Bush. His premise is that "that the place of acquisition in the presidents' charts show what can be said about the nation's economy during their reign in the broadest sense. It sums up the state of the nation's economic health." He uses this technique to examine both Clinton's and Bush's charts with the proviso, "I don't place much credit on Clinton for creating the prosperity of his era and I don't entirely blame Bush for the economic collapse of 2008. These are just two not very important people when contrasted with the whole world of people who have actually had greater impact on the economy such as those who were responsible for the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act. I am thinking of their charts as an "apotelesma" (outcome) of a long process that started with special interests and the motivations of many people."

    What is intriguing in this article is Manwaring's analysis of Valens and his comments on the part of fortune and part of spirit and how he applies this information to Obama's chart. He ties his conclusions to Obama's win in 2008. Next he looks to the 2012 election with an insightful comment, "Traditionally, astrologers find who has the most favorable transits, progressions, etc., and from the preponderance of the testimony declare the winner. This approach has a lot of problems. First and most obvious is that maybe being elected to office will be the worst thing that happens to the candidate." So once again, he works with the lots and to the method of profections. Interestingly, with this method "Obama will be in a 4th house profection year and according to Valens' method, the only active handing over is the Moon to Mars. This is not typically a good handing over as it is indicative of bloodshed and bodily weakness in a typical chart (eminent nativities are judged differently)." and "Romney is in a 6th house profection year which means that the Sun, Mercury and Mars all hand over to Saturn. Four years from now Romney not only reaches his 10th house profection year, but he will have reached his 10th from fortune in 2016."

    Manwaring's conclusion is that "If the standard rules that winning the seat of president indicate favorable astrological conditions, then I would have to say that Obama has the edge. If a connection to specific dates through the releasing is an indication, then Romney might pull off an upset. ... So I would suspect that in the month before the election, Romney feeling pretty good says some things carelessly that he will later regret due to his Mercury retrograde in fall. However, as incomprehensible as it seems currently, I do think that this election is going to be a close one and there could be a Truman/Dewey style upset announcement that later gets reversed due to Mercury retrograde or some similar dispute over election irregularities."

    Vedic astrology perspectives

    On September 15, 2012, Raj Shekhar Sharma, a Vedic astrologer from India, looked at the election through the lens of President Obama's dasha period (currently Jupiter/Rahu) and planetary transits. In his analysis, "Conclusively, the overall planetary strength (dasa and transit) may not be equally strong as it was during 2008, when Barack Obama was successfully registered his victory. The Antardasa lord Rahu is also not having any direct and strong relationship with the planets (viz. the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn), which are primarily responsible for professional success. Therefore, it may be a bit difficult for Barack Obama to get re-elected; and the chances are not looking in his favor."

    In June 2012, The Modern Vedic Astrology blog by Christopher Kevill, took a much more detailed look at both Obama's and Romney's chart. "As the late Richard Houck liked to remind me, transits are only one part of the overall puzzle and they are usually not the determining factor in elections. ... Following Houck's teachings, I have found that a judicious use of progressions, dashas and a few other techniques are probably more decisive in these matters." Kevill does use a combination of techniques, including dashas, planetary strength, transits and progressions in the analysis that follows. He too notes the possibility of a replay of the contested 2000 election.

    In conclusion, Kevill predicts that Obama will win, "Obama's tertiary progressed Sun achieves its point of maximum northern declination at 23N24 in November 2012.  This is another piece of evidence that makes me think that Obama will win.  As an added enhancement to Obama's chances, I should also note that VP Joe Biden has a direct station of tertiary progressed Neptune in the 11th house in October." But while Romney has a powerful chart in 2012, "One possible shortcoming in his chart is that Mercury is retrograde and conjunct 12th lord of losses, Mars.  The other potential problem is that neither dasha lord Sun or Mercury receives a helpful transiting aspect at the time of the election.  In fact, the Sun receives a difficult square aspect from 12th lord Mars on November 6.  The 12th lord is usually unhelpful in this regard and may be interpreted as a negative influence."


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      enewberg@kepler.edu (Enid Newberg) Working with the Chart Mon, 24 Sep 2012 02:18:00 +0000
      The Ancient History of Kerala http://www.kepler.edu/home/index.php/news-mainmenu-139/articles-mainmenu-157/vedic-jyotish-astrology/item/193-the-ancient-history-of-kerala http://www.kepler.edu/home/index.php/news-mainmenu-139/articles-mainmenu-157/vedic-jyotish-astrology/item/193-the-ancient-history-of-kerala Nangyar Koothu in play Swapnavasavadattam

      In IS-300B, students compared the Vedic and Western traditions for Horary and Electional astrology.

      Kerri Hartnett wrote the following in response to an assignment from faculty member Gary Gomes regarding the Vedic tradition.


      Many of Prasnas’s most revered texts originated from the Kerala region of India. This article explores the social, historical and mythological factors that encouraged the development of horary astrology in this part of India. 

      The ancient history of Kerala is a bit of a mystery. If we look to mythological evidence, there is legend in India that Parasuram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, created Kerala. Legend has it that Parasuram stood on top of a mountain and threw his battle-axe into the sea, commanding it to retreat. The land that emerged from the waters became Kerala.

      It is an interesting myth and while it is not conceivable in my mind, there is speculation that at one time, Kerala was covered by water. Archeologists believe that the Arabian Sea once extended to the foot of the Western Ghats, and that Kerala emerged out of the sea as a result of either sudden or gradual earthquake activity. [i] While the first actual record of Kerala appears in the inscriptions of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka (269-232 B.C.), archeologists have found evidence of an earlier civilization. They have unearthed small chambers that were cut into rocks, with covered capstone entrances and vaulted roofs, that are dated some time between 1000 and 300 B.C. [ii] This may have been the Dravidians, an ancient people from the Mediterranean that were one of the earlier inhabitants of Kerala.


      (Faculty note: This is a highly controversial assertion that is openly contested by many mainstream authorities. Some authorities hold that the Dravidians were the original natives of India; others that the Dravidians and Aryans were originally indistinct groups in India.)


      The Dravidians were a matriarchal society that believed in the “Mother Goddess” as their protector and bestower of wealth, wisdom, and the arts. It is interesting that one of the most popular temples in Kerala today, is the temple of the Hindu mother-goddess Bhagawati. [iii] The Dravidian culture and religion may have been one of the first to come to Kerala; Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism and the Islamic faith followed it. Both India and the Kerala region are a melting pot of varying cultures and religions.


      (Faculty note: The origins and development of religious system are a point of controversy as well. Hinduism and Jainism can make equal claims for antiquity; although Jainism dates from Mahavira, there were the tradition numbers many similar prophets before him. Hinduism claims to be the oldest religion, encompassing everything, including the pre-historic Goddess traditions, which are still in some degree of dispute as to their antiquity. However, Kerala was, and still remains, a one of the centers of goddess worship in India and the female form of divinity is honored there.)


      During my research on this subject, I came across an article by a Vedic astrologer named Shyamasundara Dasa. In it, he discusses the difficulty in finding a teacher of Prasna. After a long search, he found a family of Jain astrologers in Bangalore, headed by the late B.G. Sasikantha Jain, who practiced Bhrgu Prasna and the late Krishnan Potti, the scholar of Prasna Marga. [iv] It is interesting that one of the only two astrologers that he found to teach him, was a devotee of Jainism.

      Jainism is one of the oldest religions in India. The devotees have a strong belief in Karma and their purpose in life is the removal of karma and an extinguishing of the self. Jainism as a religion is highly ritualistic, involving daily rituals, which may include meditation, bathing, offering food, flowers and lighting lamps for their shrines, as well as reciting mantras. They constitute a small section of the Kerala demographic, but they are highly educated, wealthy and politically powerful.


      Map of KeralaGeographically, Kerala lies between the Arabian Peninsula and the Western Ghats. These geographic barriers served to insulate Kerala from invading forces in Northern India and may have enabled Kerala to keep much of its own way of life and social institutions in place for centuries. While at the same time, Kerala was able to exchange ideas and philosophy with other countries, such as Egypt, Arabia and China, because of its location along the Malabar Coast.[v] In fact, archeologists have unearthed evidence of an ancient port city in Pattanam, dating back to around the 1st or 2nd century B.C., which may be the lost city of Muziris.[vi]


      There is also indication of trading between ancient Kerala and the Egyptians, Romans, Phoenicians, as well as ancient China. Teak from Malabar has been found in the ruins of Ur. It is believed that Indian cotton was traded to Egypt, while ivory, sandalwood and spices were traded to the Phoenicians. It has also been speculated that King Solomon sent his commercial fleet to Ephir, which is said to be somewhere in Southern Kerala.[vii]


      In my opinion there are several factors that contributed to the development and continuation of Prasna in Kerala today. First, considering the attention given to the Moon, its house placement and aspects, as well as the dominance of omens and rituals involved in Prasna Shastra, indicates a Dravidian influence. This original belief may have continued to evolve as the early Keralites came into contact with other religions and cultures. Second, Prasna is a highly ritualistic and complicated technique and although the Jains are a minority in Kerala, they make up a highly educated, wealthy and politically dominate group. The ritualistic nature of their faith, in combination with their education and influence may have been a contributing factor in the techniques used in Prasna, as well as the fact that it is still practiced today.[viii] Third, Kerala represents a melting pot of cultures and possibly, the techniques used in Prasna actually developed over time through the influence of many cultures and religions. Finally, the geographic terrain served to isolate and protect the people of Kerala and allowed the culture to continue to develop through the centuries.


      Works Cited


      [i] Gopal, K.R., “Ancient History of Calicut and Kerala” Nov. 2007, http://www.calicutnet.com/mycalicut/prehistory.htm

      [ii]French Institute of Pondicherry, “Historical Atlas of South India Timeline“, Nov. 2005, Nov. 2007, http://www.ifpindia.org/Historical-Atlas-of-South-India-Timeline.html

      [iii]Wikipedia, “Chottanikkara Temple”, Sep. 2007, Nov. 2007, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chottanikkara_Temple

      [iv]Shyamasundara Deva, “Ashtamangala Deva Prasna“, 1996, Nov. 2007 http://shyamasundaradasa.com/jyotish/resources/articles/adp/ashtamangala_deva_prasna_1.html

      [v]“Kerala History and Culture” 1998, Nov. 2007, http://www.kerala.cc/keralahistory/

      [vi] Mahadevan G., “Tracing an Ancient Trading Route”, Tomber, Roberta, 2006, Nov. 2007, http://www.hindu.com/2006/03/01/stories/2006030102540200.htm

      [vii] “Ancient Kerala History“, 2005, Nov. 2007, http://www.kerala.com/ke_historyancient.htm

      [viii] Wikipedia, “Jainism”, Nov. 2007, Nov 2007, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jainism


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