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Persona of Sonia Gandhi

Dr. Shanker Adawal (Jyotishaacharya, PHD, MBA)

Article published in Starteller, Feburary 2006

The three main factors, which govern the destiny of a person, are the ascendant, Sun and Moon. Ascendant depends upon the latitude and longitude of the place of birth, progression and their calculations. It describes the destiny, which is in store for a person in this birth and thus it is the DNA of the horoscope. The Sun and Moon are the two planets, which provide the energy in store. Their attributes govern one’s nature and thus the actions.

SONIA GANDHI was born on 09 December 1946 and she had just completed 60 years. Many have been analyzing her past, ups and downs in her life and rationalized the events that have happened.

The three main factors, which govern the destiny of a person are the ascendant (which appears in the horoscope depending on the latitude, longitude, progression and their calculations) Sun and Moon. Ascendant describes the destiny, which is in store for a person in this birth and thus it is the DNA of the horoscope. The Sun and Moon are the two planets, which provide the energy in store. Their attributes govern one’s nature and thus the actions. Based on the above, one’s intrinsic nature can be put forth.

Cancer Ascendant

The ascendant is Cancer, which broadly makes a person emotional, sensitive and immensely attached to the family; once they decide for a purpose in life, they do all they can to achieve it. Late Indira Gandhi was also born under the same ascendant.

Ascendant is placed in the constellation Aslesha, whose star lord is Mercury with sub-lord Rahu. Let us now analyze the basic energy accumulation, which prevails, in the native. This constellation heralds Mercurial energy, represented in the night–sky by a ring of stars in the constellation of Hydra, known in the modern astronomy as Epsilon-Hydrae, Delta-Hydrae, Mu-Hydrae, Rho-Hydrae, Sigma-Hydrae and Zeta-Hydrae. These stars are easily visible in a dark sky from pollution free vantage points, even though they are not bright stars. Moon and Mercury are the two planets connected with this nakshatra, Mercury being the main planetary ruler. Aslesha is considered to be an active nakshatra. It often appears to be a passive one, because all its activities are hidden. Even if an Aslesha native seems to be physically passive, one will find that they are weaving many webs on the mental plane. Aslesha’s activities are subterranean in all aspects of the world. In the present age, all the workings of the elite take place in secret, away from the eyes of the public and so one cannot help but see a dominant role of Aslesha in the arena of power. Aslesha is supposed to be the place, where the intellect develops itself to control and direct the vast subconscious and instinctive workings of the mind. In today’s world, Mercury’s ability to direct Moon is used for deceiving the masses (Moon) through the media (Mercury).

Sun: It is the second most important planet in her horoscope and it is in the 5th house with Mercury and Ketu, having the Jupiter-Venus conjunction on one side and Mars on the other side. The 5th house is the place of intuition and Sun combined with Mercury and Ketu gives the person a very high level of intuitive power, relating to the sub-conscious state. Sun is in the star of Jyeshta, whose lord is Mercury. “Jyeshta” means the “Eldest” or “Seniormost”. Jyeshtais a nakshatra, where keeping up an image is more important than anything else. Jyeshta natives usually do everything from a unique point of view, which cares a great deal about how others are perceiving them. They want to gain respect in society and do whatever is necessary to adhere to the prevailing standards. In ancient times, when real acts of charity, kindness and philanthropy were the stepping stones to a respectful position, Jyeshta functioned well. One peculiarity of Jyeshta is that it gives prosperity only through an accult, supernatural or extraordinary means.

Moon: The third important planet is Moon, which is the lord of the lagna occupying the 12th house. This shows that she will be prosperous in the country, which is not her birth place. Moon, in the house of Mercury, gives a sharp intellect capable of understanding the pros and cons of any situation. Moon has Saturn on one side and Rahu on the other side, which gives the capacity of unique planning and thinking big; but Saturn ensures that the plans are executed in a thoughtful and cohesive manner. Saturn being retrograde in the ascendant again re-affirms her intuitive power.

Moon governing the mind is in the nakshatra of Arudra, whose lord is Rahu. ‘Arudra’ means “green”, “fresh”, or “the moist one”. It is not hard to notice that all these refer to a feeling of renewal. For example, the word “moist” may refer to the moisture in the air, which forms the clouds, which in turn causes rain. The rain in turn brings life to the earthly vegetation and makes them “fresh” and “green”. Its main symbol is Diamond, even though many scholars opine a Teardrop as its primary symbol. The nature of Arudra is like that of child. Natives under its influence have an ability to flit past from intense joy to intense sorrow, within a matter of minutes. Arudra is always involved in a churning process making the natives undergo constant transformation. It is considered to be a balanced nakshatra and its balanced nature stems from its mental and intellectual acumen. Those who think, analyze and contemplate do not usually go to extremes. All of Arudra’s diffusion, chaos and turbulence is nothing but the nature’s way of restoring balance. If we are facing some tormenting situation in the present life, its only purpose is to dissolve and balance out our karmas from previous lives. The thunder-storm is also a typical manifestation of nature’s way of restoring balance. Thus, with the above, one can easily see the qualities, which are reflected through the Ascendant (Aslesha), Sun (Jyeshta) and Moon (Arudra).

Shanker Adawal


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