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Shadbala: The Six Distinct Strengths of Planets - Ayana Bala by Laura Barat Ratings: 0* Hover over the stars

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ala. The minimum requirements for each planet in Ayana Bala are as follows: Sun: 30 points Moon: 40 points Mars: 20 points Mercury: 30 points Jupiter: 30 points Venus: 40 points Saturn: 20 points The Sun is the king and has to do with our ability to lead and be steadfast and honorable. In conflict, the Sun does well when he acts honorably, just like when the king acts dishonorably he loses the esteem of the people. Being honorable m eans being steadfast and committed to something even though it does not give us what we want. The Sun has to be virtuous and noble all the time. If the Sun is i n the Southern hemisphere, in the realm of the Asuras or demons, it is easy in t imes of conflict and adversity for a person to act dishonorably. When difficult things come, it is easier for the person to follow the path of the Asuras. When the Sun is in the Northern hemisphere, in the realm of the devas, and faced with obstacles, the person can more easily be steadfast in their course of action an d stick to their guns. This is the reason why the Sun prefers to be Northern hem isphere in the realm of the devas. One would think that Mars would enjoy frolicking with the demons in the Southern Hemisphere. But no, he prefers to remain in the realm of the devas as well, so what gives? Mars rules logic and what is logical and the ultimate goal of logic is the search for truth. When Mars is too far South, he can get too wrapped up i n bloodlust and the thrill of the fight. We must not forget that only when Mars is afflicted does he rule rage. In his pure form, he is righteous anger. In the realm of the devas, he can use logic to see if a fight is necessary. In the real m of the Asuras, he can only see the fight and will fight for no other reason th an to destroy. If Mars is in the North in the land of the Devas, then his logica l approach can kick in and lead him to the truth. Mars can move South just a lit tle as long as he sees the noble goal. In effect, Mars can somewhat allow that t he end justifies the means. How does Jupiter deal with conflict? By turning towards the higher purpose. When Jupiter has enough ayana bala, the person is able to gain in understanding and see the higher purpose of the conflict. They can see the greater good. If Jupite r is in the Southern hemisphere, the person cannot see how and why they got into the conflict and very often the conflict can overcome them because they don t hav e the understanding to see the greater good. Jupiter is the planet of forgivenes s and acceptance, and in conflict, forgiveness is very important. Jupiter with l ow ayana bala will find it difficult to forgive. They won t be forgiving in times of conflict and will find it very difficult to wish a person well after the adve rsity has worked itself out. Venus needs to be in the North as well. This is odd because Venus is the guru of the Asuras. Venus goal is to teach us that every opportunity has a price and tha t price needs to be worth the opportunity. And only the good things in life are worth the price we have to pay. In the context of conflict, Venus in the North c an understand that the price that needs to be paid is way too high. When Venus i s in the Southern hemisphere, Venus cannot see that the price is too high and wi ll end up regretting the decision, whatever that may be. Venus job in conflict is too smooth conflict over, this being attributed to Venus role as the great diplo mat and comforter. His job is to negotiate a peace treaty. His job is to evaluat e what is worth fighting for and what can be let go. If the peace treaty is so b

ad, it may be worth it to continue fighting. When Venus is in the South, he cann ot see if it is worth fighting for or keeping peace. This is in the context of a ll conflictual things. Venus is always the 2nd most important planet in resolvin g conflict as Venus always works closely with Mars. It s important for Venus to ha ve enough Ayana Bala so that he knows when its more auspicious to fight and when its more auspicious to make peace. If he is stuck in the world of nastiness, th en he cannot properly evaluate the worth of a fight or making peace. Venus being desire is also our decisions that bring those desires closer. If we desire to s moke cigarettes because it feels good, then we cannot see that farther down the line we will end up paying a huge price for this action, a bigger price than the worth of the comforting feeling of smoking. This is just one example of how Ven us works. Saturn is a servant. Understandably, he feels comfortable in the realm of the De mons because Saturn is our ability to bear suffering. No one can win every confl ict, so throughout the course of life, we must periodically endure loss. If Satu rn has a strong ayana bala or the farther south he is, the more he is able to se e the concepts of I can handle losing and I can handle the harsh reality . If Saturn does not have sufficient ayana bala or is too far North, the person cannot handl e the harsh realities of life and will lament, It s just not fair that I m suffering . The person gets frustrated because they do not want to pay their dues. When we h ave to lose, when we have to pay our dues, then Saturn helps us realize that tha t is just a part of life. If Saturn has low ayana bala and is in the Northern He misphere with the devas, he is a slave that wants to be the king. Saturn with th e Devas gets very frustrated and impatient in getting to where he needs to go in life. Moon wants to be far South. Moon needs to be in the realm of the Demons to be ha ppy. One would not think that the Moon would want to associate with demons as th e Moon represents the Mind. But we must look at this in terms of how a person ha ndles conflict. The Moon is a receptive planet, it is not a doer, so when advers ity and conflict presents itself to the consciousness which is the Moon, the con sciousness must absorb the adversity because it cannot do anything to make it be tter. The consciousness is happier to become one with the conflict and then the conflict disappears. This concept of becoming one with something is talked about in the Tao Te Ching. When the Moon is in the North, then the Moon drowns in shou lds . Things should be this way and I must do something to change them. The Moon i s not a doing planet, it is receptive and is most effective at doing nothing. Pe ople with the moon in the South do much better with children. Raising children i s very conflictual and a Moon with high ayana bala is tolerant of the everyday c onflicts that arise with raising children. When the Moon is in the South, it doe s not have an agenda when dealing with conflict, the Moon adapts to its environm ent. The Moon in the South with the demons has empathy and tolerates the conflic t. The Moon in the North cannot tolerate any stupidity or irrationality. If the Moon is empathetic it can heal the conflict. No matter how painful it is, if we open ourselves up to it, then it naturally goes away, and can become a blissful experience. It Saturn or Mars are on the Moon in the natal chart, then the perso n will naturally have more conflict and suffering, but if the Moon has high ayan a bala, then the native can open themselves up to these things, and accept them, and even find bliss from them. Mercury always has 30 points of ayana bala so it is never lacking. The more nort h or south he is, the more points he gets. Mercury is happy in the North or Sout h, he wants to go to the extreme. Mercury is the manager, the guy who runs the c orporation, the president s chief of staff. To manage, he has to look at the stati stics and make things better. The further North Mercury is, the better he is abl e to see how to make something better. The other part of management is dealing w ith problems. The further South Mercury is, the more he is able to manage his wa y past the obstacles, the more he is able to solve problems. Mercury tries to ne gotiate himself out of the conflict. When in the North, he negotiates with the g

oal of making things better, when in the South, he negotiates with the goal of j ust getting through the problem. The planet with the lowest ayana bala score is the planet the person gets most c onflicted about. It is the planet that is very difficult to use when called upon to solve conflict. This is part 3 of my article on Shadbala: The Six Fold Strengths of Planets. Spe cifically Drig Bala is discussed. Looking at the strengths of planets as found i n the balas, one can read the character with precise insight. Calculations for a rriving at the mathematical value of Drig Bala are not given as most astrologica l softwares calculate the Drig Bala. Drig Bala specifically shows the obstacles and adversities a person will meet with when trying to use specific planetary en ergies. Author's Bio Laura Barat is a full-time, professional Vedic Astrologer in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She maintains a very busy practice with clients from every corner of the globe. Laura has been giving astrological consultations for 12 years and is an avid practioner of hatha and kundalini yoga. Her website is: