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ACVA News October 2009 Light Notes


By Christina Collins

In the Fall, in many countries, we dress up to lift up and laugh for Halloween! Well, this reminds me of a story - years ago (more than 20) I used to host "Planet Parties" for my students. We would choose a planet, have the party on that planet's day, dress in the color of the planet, and bring food that belonged to the taste ruled by a particular planet.

One Friday night, on Venus' day, I gave a party to teach my newest students the planets. Everyone was supposed to wear white or silver for Venus, to dress as beautifully as possible, and bring food with the sour taste, (Venus rules the sour taste.) We had lemon pie, Italian salad dressing, a lemon cake and a vegetarian sweet/sour vegetable dish.

One Friday night, on Venus' day, I gave a party to teach my newest students the planets. Everyone was supposed to wear white or silver for Venus, to dress as beautifully as possible, and bring food with the sour taste, (Venus rules the sour taste.) We had lemon pie, Italian salad dressing, a lemon cake and a vegetarian sweet/sour vegetable dish.

As people arrived, it was beginning to feel like a wedding with everyone arriving in white. (Venus rules love, wife, worldly possessions. Jupiter of course rules the marriage itself and is karaka (significator) for husband.) Then, my late dear friend Kayanne (a very picky Virgo rising who only wore black, with certain shades of green) arrives clothed head to toe in BLACK! I said, "Kayanne, this is a VENUS party! Where is your white?" She handed me a Kiwi and Strawberry Key Lime Tart, and said, "Saturn is a friend of Venus, so I am wearing Black, so that Venus does not have to have a party without friends!" Spoken like a true Venus in Libra person!
Planetary Friends

Needless to say, my students never, never forgot that Venus and Saturn are friends! Mercury is the other friend of Venus and Saturn.

Venus - LoveSo this year, if you are giving or going to a Halloween or Fancy Dress party (depending upon your country), you might want to dress for the planet, or the color of the Planet that rules your rising sign, your moon sign or your sun sign. (Lagna, Chandra, Surya.)
  • Sun - red, gold
  • Moon - white, silver
  • Mars - red / orange, copper
  • Jupiter - gold / yellow
  • Saturn - sapphire blue, purple, black
  • Mercury - green
  • Venus - white

Rahu and Ketu do not have rule over planets, the chart below gives their colors if you are connected to their Nakshatras, or if you are dressing for your Dasa or time period! Rahu is sort of a rust color – the Vedas describe it as “honey, blood, moonbeam,” or the color of gomed or hessonite garnet. Ketu’s color is Palasa Green
Rahu & Ketu

Some ideas for costume could be in tune with what each planet rules! Leo could be a King, Jupiter could be a wise person or a teacher, a Gemini (twins) could dress as their opposite sex, a guy as a girl, or a girl as a butterfly or something that flies.

You get the idea.

Now, some people like to hold a Holy or spiritual focus on days when people are dressed up like witches and goblins!

Those people might want to dress up or focus on the past people connected to their Nakshatra of their Moon or Rising sign. (Nakshatra, Lunar Mansion, Star Lord, Personal Star, Birth Star, Constellation are synonyms and mean the same thing.)

If you have questions or comments for Christina, you can email her at jyotish@indra.com.
King's Cabinet



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's consultation contact information:

Christina Collins, J.K., J.V.
Lafayette, (Boulder County) CO, USA
web site: http://www.vedicastrologer.cc
email: jyotish@indra.com
phone: 303-665-9996


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