Following just the introductory teachings, there was but one thing that didn’t immediately rest with me structurally: the notion of changing by moment the lagna (ascendent), to adjust for various omens, so that for example, if the native is touching his feet, we would use Pisces as the new lagna.
Intuitively this feels absolutely fine and certainly has amazing results, but I just wondered, in the gola and ganita (structure of the universe) view of things, how did it all fit in?
Well. Here’s my theory, just a theory, but it’s something to think about:
Do any of you know the “My mother told me…” fortune-telling paper game played by girls in elementary school?
Make the game! It’s tricky at first, but a lot of fun, and any American 11 year old girl will be glad to help!
Well, moving this cubic chrysanthemum (this leaping lotus? ) about, we would, with delight, tell fortunes: what’s your favorite flower, what boy will you marry, that sort of thing.
Nicely enough, unfolding the paper game gives you a familiar image of lines and crossings. It’s not only a straightforward kundali but also a set of 4 smaller onesthat would overlap if tiled together on a larger sheet.
The cool thing, geek-wise, is that this same representation is a hypercube, physicists’ standard four-dimensional representation of space-time, but that has been projected, or squashed down, to fit on a 2-D sheet of paper.
I propose that of course the rishis knew all about this.
[Editor’s note: Hey, if Chutes and Ladders can actually be a game on the leela by seers from millenia ago, why not this one?]
Moreover, take this paper and roll it into a tube. The tube will connects two of the four smaller charts contained within the larger chart. Now connect the ends of the tube to form a donut. This allows for the 4 “sub” kundalis to finally all mesh together. What you have just done is form a torus.
Here is good further simple background on our donutty universe.
This torus shape is thought to be the shape of the real universe. If true, the rishis would of course know of this too.
Also, please keep in mind that this torus, which is just a physical rotation of our same astrology sheet of paper (the hypercube of space-time, remember) allows for many additional known physical properties:
· black holes and space travel
· our akashic experience
· a structural explanation for the amshas (via fractalling)?
and possibly other things too??????…
The first two ideas above are by now pretty mainstream and accepted as legit at all social levels. The third is my just guessing around, but really, I wonder if maybe some more of the properties of jyotishical interpretation can be represented here.
For example, the one I couldn’t digest immediately: of changing the lagna to fit the moment.
Let’s go back to the folded up gamesheet.
When you move your fingers about to offer your playmate a choice, the still-point (i.e.the topological Brouwer fixed-point for those still following the math) for the choices offered remains the earth, the center of the kundali, and the 1/4/7/10 bhavas remain truly cornerstones.
Maybe your moving of the fingers is equivalent to a flexing of the facets of an individual, giving a type of choice.
Jai Shri Ram
So maybe that’s why, during a reading, we can look at the same individual equally validly while changing the lagna to fit the moment: because the game set stays the same, the facets of the crystal are just flexing, breathing,
Finally, considering that a chart maps the above universe onto our psyches, our motivations, our past lives, our physical illnesses, and more, there is certainly a complementary universe within (string theory allows for these hidden dimensions, ok?)
Hence our jyotishical diamonds truly contain the modeling of this whole universe.
Just like we always knew, by trusting our beloved teachers.
Renay Oshop - teacher, searcher, researcher, immerser, rejoicer, enjoying the interstices between Twitter, Facebook, and journals.