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ACVA News May 2009 Letters

Letters and May / June Planting Tips

By Christina Collins

I live in Wisconsin, where we can have frost till after Memorial Day. I'd love to hear what you have to say about planting mid-May and after.

BTW, I am doing some experimenting this year with different planting times, comparing results of planting in what Western Astrology says are good times with that of planting in good times according to Vedic Astrology.

I have not found much info. so far, though, on planting according to Vedic astrology. Can you refer me to some sources?

For instance, I'd like to know about the influence of the Moon being in various Sun signs vs. various nakshatras, some of which overlap Sun signs.

Shivani Arjuna

May / June 2009 Planting Tips

May Planting TipsThere are many good books on muhurta (electional timing horoscopes,) and Parashara's Light and other software programs offer muhurta modules which are good tools for learning about electional charts.

Please do not rely entirely on these programs for your final choice, as a good ascendant must be chosen for each electional chart, dependant upon your location and weather.

Fixed (Dhurva) nakshatras are good for permanent acts such as planting trees and seeds. Keeping in mind, that a good day, and a good nakshatra contribute towards a successful and productive outcome, yet you increase your yield when you additionally elect a powerful muhurta or electional chart.

In other words, you need a good ascendant, and you want to put the moon in a good house for the moon. A trine, the fourth house and so forth. Do not put the moon in house 6, 8 or 12 (dustanas) enemies/misery or loss. In accordance with that, make sure that the Navamsha (9th harmonic) varga chart supports your timing.


Uttara Phalguni
Uttara Ashada
Uttara Bhadrapada




During the sidereal sun of Taurus in 2009 May13 /June 13
Rohini receives:
• the aspect of Saturn from Leo
Uttara Phalguni receives:
• the aspect of Saturn from Leo and Jupiter from Aquarius
Uttara Ashada receives:
• no dristi or planetary aspect
• however, falls 8th sign from the Taurus Sun (6/8 axis enemies and misery)

Uttara Bhadrapada receives:
• aspect from Mars (a friend) by conjunction
• aspect from Venus in exaltation (a neutral)
• experiences the condition of being 8th from Saturn’s transit in Leo in the Nakshatra of Purva Phalguni
  – Jupiter’s Dasa star.
• This Saturn receives the aspect of Jupiter as well.

For Taurus Sun, Uttara Bhadrapada is a good 3/11 axis in Upachayas from each other. Upachayas, houses 3, 6, 10 and 11 increase in positivity over time.

Dhanishta nakshatra is associated with the Vasus who rule over earthly abundance. On Sunday, May 17th the Moon will be in Aquarius in Dhanishta with Jupiter also in Dhanishta. A wonderful combination for planting seeds for good yield, especially when holding the inner intention to grow crops enough to share with others less fortunate. Also as Dhanishta is associated with the sacred inner fire, or shakti energy, planting crops or flowers that require a lot of sun are in harmony this combination.

Often, Krittika and Rohini are good for planting, but not for Sidereal Taurus sun in 2009. May 23rd and May 24th the moon moves to high exaltation at 3 degrees Taurus in Krittika, however Mercury will be in Taurus retrograde and sandi at 0’, Mars will be sandi in Aries at 0’, then as the moon moves into Rohini, Mercury retrogrades back to 29’ Aries (ruled by Mars and an enemy to Mercury). These kinds of combined transits should be observed, for just as every snowflake is unique onto itself, each Moon and its nakshatra vary in their condition and other planet dristi and influence from year to year. Some years we have abundant crops, other years drought.

Another thing you can do, in addition to learning how to elect muhurtas, is to study the annual horoscopes of years of great drought, famine, depression, abundance, plenty and high agricultural yield and begin to research which planets in what signs contributed to the annual agricultural condition and experience. Pay attention as well to the Saturn and Jupiter combined planetary focus.

Christina Collins Biography:

Christina CollinsChristina Collins, Jyotish Kovid, Jyotish Vachaspati is a 3rd generation astrologer specializing in the Vedic system. She received her honorary titles from the late Dr. B.V. Raman, former President of the ICAS (Indian Center for Astrological Sciences) in New Delhi and Bangalore, India. She is the first and sole American woman to be honored by this highly held title of Jyotish Vachaspati (Jyotish – the light bearer and Vachaspati – the one who speaks the truth and whose predictions come true. (Vac = speech and Brihaspati is a name of Jupiter the planet of wisdom and truth. She serves as faculty and on the Board of Directors of the American College for Vedic Astrology (ACVA), as Editor of the ACVA News and is President of Celestial Resources (The Timing Coach) where she serves corporate and private clients from celebrities to students. You can reach her in Boulder CO:

Christina Collins, J.K., J.V.
The Timing Coach
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