Moon and Your
writing about my first visit to USA in November 1993, Dr.
Frawley wrote, "Important Western astrologers came to
visit Mr. Rao. Ingrid Naiman, one of the most prominent
Western astrologers particularly in the field of medical
astrology received a reading from Mr. Rao and said that
the predictive accuracy of Hindu system as related by Rao
had no real counterpart in Western tropical astrology.
Reading her chart he was able to tell amazing details of
her life, including the characters and features of her
In the same
report Dr. Frawely aslo said, "Yet Rao’s readings were not mere
feasts of prediction, he turned out in details the
psychological sophistication of Hindu Astrology which Western
astrologers and their psychology based interpretation tend to
ignore saying the Hindu astrology is of predictive value only.
Rao showed how his prediction of events in a person’s life is
third stage astrology, as the action is the outcome of an
intention and a particular mentality derived through time the
circumstances of a person’s life, which a good astrologer
should be able to read in the chart before making conclusions
about a person’s psychology. In his day long class he showed in
detail the psychology operating in the charts of the Nehru
family, as he has written in his book on the Nehru
What amazed me in
USA and in my other contacts with foreigners who have come to
me for consultations is that they insist on being given a
psychological reading without first wanting to know about some
events of their lives, stage by stage, to help an astrologer
see how a person’s life has been shaped from early childhood.
Then to see what impact some events in their lives have had on
their psyche. More than my reading of the horoscope of Ingrid
Naiman it was her fine conversational ability which pleased me
so much. In reading her horoscope I started with her childhood
and told her that I saw a very well-placed father with
technical background and a mother with proficiency and
distinction in fine arts. Totally surprised, she told me that
her father was a scientist and her mother an opera singer.
Since she did not want me to discuss her horoscope in any
article or book, I will only mention some other readings of
mine which she liked. One was that she had a spell of a job in
a foreign country. It was India she said. And during that
period she had an extraordinary motor car which must have been
the envy of many. It stunned her completely.
When I met Ingrid
again in July 1994 she spent two evenings discussing many
things, good and bad about the American life, which was
sensational in many ways. If she ever wrote about it, she told
me, she would be "bumped off".
If Ingrid is such
a fine intellectual it is because of her early unbringing under
a scientist father and artist mother which, she told me, could
never be seen through Western astrology.
influences cannot be seen by an astrologer how could he ever
claim that he could do psychological reading and then, to cap
it, counselling? No American could give me till this day any
satisfactory answer. I had another interesting experience when
I did on phone the reading of a well-established psychiatrist
that he had second wife who was beautiful and perhaps an
actress. He was surprised. Finally when I told him that he
could run into serious difficulties because of some unethical
practice, he was shocked. It was precisely a difficult eighteen
month period. That was counselling and given to a
well-established and successful psychiatrist, who could not
have known what was awaiting him in future.
A question to
which I would need a very clear and specific answer from my
American friends. is what do they mean by counselling? My own
ideas are based on my seeing Indians trained in UK or USA and
their techniques are very well known to me. I had the rare
advantage of working in my undergraduate days with a woman
psychiatrist from Germany when a professor of mine asked me to
help her. I rarely felt satisfied with her results. In
retrospect I can say that, because at home I saw my own mother
do very good counselling after reading the charts of the
persons who came to her, and dividing the remedial measures
into very clear categories, as given here.
1. Cases where
the fears had no foundation because the horoscope revealed no
need for any worry.
2. Cases where
the fears could be overcome by using common sense and by taking
precautions in time.
3. Cases where a
little patient waiting would help.
4. Cases where
confrontation had better be avoided.
5. Cases where
the inevitable should be accepted.
cases where the inevitability appeared to be imminent or even
fatal, she advised remedial spiritual remedies and even
used some yantras which she had learnt from classical
Brahmins of Andhra Pradesh in her childhood. She never
taught them to me because she was instructed by her
Brahmin guru not to teach them to anyone. But I saw those
very simple measures work very
6. Cases where
nothing would work at all.
I have not met any astrologer who made
so wide a use of the Moon in a horoscope and the
Janma-nakshatra or the birth star.
I have had to learn many dashas other
than Vimshottari based on the Janma-nakshatra and experiment
with divisional horoscopes (harmonic charts) and Jaimini’s
sixteen dashas to search light amidst gloom.
To do it, it takes me many hours of
work and not the one hour's guillitone, which people in USA
give to their clients. An experienced Hindu astrologer should
know that in some cases five minutes will do for counselling
and very specific guidance while in other cases it may take
The starting point of this is the examination of the
Moon, but that is the starting point only. The
psycho-analytical frame in Hindu astrology is very elaborate
and exceedingly well defined. It will take a very large book to
explain it. But one must understand why the Moon is the pivotal
point in the psychology of a man.
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