Success in the world can be had in many ways. Often withdraw, nicely and well, to endure others succeeding you.
Carl G. Jung says he always had cast a horoscope in difficult cases. In SRF, Self-Realization Fellowship, they believe in astrology too, on the authority of Yukteswar and Yogananda. In his autobiography Yogananda first says he does not believe in it, and then gets converted by his guru:
"I don't believe in astrology."
It stands out from the birth chart or birthday chart how life's main tasks are timed to the south node — north node axis - how interests and preoccupations glide along from the south node to the north node - for example a transition from a 6th house Virgo to a 11th house Pisces. The serving virgin to a nun with a friendly swing, yet a recluse. Does it fit or not? If it fits, is sums up a lot in a life, and its foremost direction somehow. That is the node-linked theory of life's meaning or purpose on the astrologically relevant level.
Someone born with her sun in Aquarius, her moon very likely in Aries, and her north node in Pisces, her rising First House (Ascendant) in Taurus (or Gemini), has a different make-up - astrologically speaking - than someone with other placements of nodes, sun, ascendant, moon and planets in constellations and signs and houses.
The horoscope interpreter then takes a look at remarkably harmoniously aspected planets and other markers (such as by the angles called "trines" and "sextiles"), and patterns are seen in some cases, but not all horoscopes have marked and clear-cut patterns either. The study demands a look at some main figures (and outlines) at least.
The difference between a birth chart and birthday chart is that the latter is used when we do not know the exact time of birth, only the date and place. In such a case we set that she was born at noon plus minus 12 hours. That is the foundation of the birthday chart. There are data that cannot be had from it, such as the exact placement of the Ascendant, the exact placement of the moon (allowing for deviation of up to about 14 degrees), and the placements of the houses. The nodes may be accurate, and the rest of the planets within a degree or half degree; the large ones much less so.
A reading from a birthday chart should not contain many guesses: "Restrict what you tell to what may be safe -" And what is largely safe? It may be to study the chart of someone who has lived most of his or her life, allowing for deep changes of heart and conduct also, and compare with the biography. To the degree dominant features are seen in the chart and they seem to match significant or even striking features or the life, or major life happenings, you may "milk" those comparisons for what they may be worth.
Now for an example.
Deliberations on top of Daya Mata's Birthday Chart
The guru disciple that was called Daya Mata passed away in 2010. She was born in or very near Salt Lake City on January 31, 1914, into a Mormon family, and part of her success in the world came as a result of "withdrawing from the world" - by entering a hybrid monastic order, and then, as its leader, withdrawing big time from the headquarters where nearly all other monastics thought she stayed - and she secluded herself in such a way for three decades, living in a villa without making a show of that, unknown to most others, and still as head of the order.
Her fellowship's officials used to provide little information about her, except saying
"that she was living as a monastic inside the Mount Washington compound and that she was too preoccupied with spiritual matters to be interviewed. However, as New Times reported, contrary to the acknowledged belief of even some monks living there - not to mention a wider body of church members - Daya Mata and her sister weren't living at the Mother Center at all. As Ananda Mata confirmed to a reporter who visited her, the sisters have shared an SRF-owned house in a neighborhood of million-dollar homes in the San Gabriel Valley foothill community of Sierra Madre since the late 1960s. For years, they've commuted to Mount Washington in a vintage pink Cadillac. [F1]
Way to go - To renounce renunciation etc. is good, tells the Avadhut Gita 4:21. May nice nuns make sense of this. In other words, to seclude oneself thoroughly, one withdraws from other secluding ones as well, and who can tell what the results might be?
If you should "seclude yourself from seclusion" and go on along that vein, can it be wisely done? In the case of Daya Mata, the the Los Angeles Times wrote about her reclusive style in june 2000 - a year or to onwards about one third of the monastics had left the SRF premises.
Her Saturn was in the first House, Gemini, and about 90 degrees off her life course (node axis). The news seem to have made her seclusion from most other secluding ones (monks and nuns in SRF), look less than the old lady deserved if she was a forerunner of seclusion in the steps of the Avadhut Gita, that is. One third of all the SRF monastics left one or two years after the article. Was the probabilistic fate-tuned events "written in the stars" at the time of her birth? Who can tell? Indian astrologers cast horoscopes and foretell things that might happen, but they also prescribe bulwarking measures.
Her mind grasp on things (Sun) was Aquarian - a New Age deal suits many Aquarian people. At seventeen she chose Yogananda and his deal, which was a novelty back then. Her feelings (Moon in Aries) might be sudden and passionate, but might be kept at bay, since she became a nun. She might function well with restrictions, even self-denials (Sun trine Saturn), for example those that a monastic setting brought. However, slavery is not much different. Wise ones can tell the difference.
She had a reasonably smooth Saturn, yet it was hardly "well oiled" for her anyway, no matter how it might seem in the open. And then, some thirty years ago (2015) she decided to leave the headquarters, unknown to almost all the monks and nuns under her, and settle in a villa, which provided more benefits. In the light of her Saturn, it could make a lot of sense.
She got a wealth of recordings of guru talks after she had stenographed his sermons and talks over many years.
Her birth chart (birth horoscope, radix) indicates that there was no obvious focus on family and group fellowship in her - the coming nun did not give birth to her own children: the so-called fourth, fifth and sixth houses are devoid of focusing agents (planets and the like).
Likewise, there was no pregnant focus in her seventh, eighth, and nineth houses either. This might suggest that the aging nun had little focus on standing up for herself. Other interpretations are possible too, but these match her biography in some ways: She was trained in submission by Yogananda, not self-assertiveness, and as a nun made quite a virtue out of that.
Her tenth house in Aquarius contains four planets, and the sun. Hence, there was much focus on a public career, and that she got as the appointed president of Self-Realization Fellowship in 1955, largely avoiding the secular press.
Success in the world might be had in many ways. Jupiter near her tenth house cusp indicates group expansion (of Aquarius), although it depends on how Jupiter was aspected. It was well aspected to Saturn, an indication of yogic concentration, among other things.
Well, the adamant may remain.
Luther and the Issue of Mother Worship
Au: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Autobiography of a Yogi. 13th ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), 1998.
Dp: Fergusson, Rosalind. The Penguin Dictionary of Proverbs. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1983.
Spa: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda. 4th ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1980.
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