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ACVA News November 2009 Light Notes

By Vachaspati Christina Collins

Medical Jyotish, Ayurveda, Yoga and Vastu

Christina Collins In The FallOctober through February we experience “Vata,” season.

We devote this issue to that season, beginning with the most recent cover story article, for November, by Vamadeva (Dr. David Frawley).

Also, as a result of the wonderful feedback from the
recent Yoga articles contributed by Ruth Hartung (Sraddhasagar), the Director of the 7 Centers Yoga Arts of Sedona, AZ, we add Ayurveda and Vastu categories to our ACVA News. In addition, you will enjoy her Vata Season article and Yoga postures. I think you will be delighted with the articles and recipes by author, Ayurvedic consultant and Chef Avani Sukhadia also of Sedona. Our Vastu contributor for November is internationally known Vastu expert and author -- Dr. Sherri Silverman from Transcendence Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Medical Astrology - In Jyotish each planet and sign in a chart carries a status of Dosha; Vata, Pitta, Kapha, just as the human (or animal/pet) carries the Doshas in their physical and metaphysical makeup. For example, Mars is Pitta, Jupiter is Kapha. Jyotish is useful for averting the danger that has not yet come. It can get you to the Doctor or healer when a particular transit or Dasa time period, might trigger your chart for illness. Even when a transit makes you accident prone you can lesson suffering by taking “precautionary measures, “ if you have the information in a timely manner.

Precautionary measures can mean a wide range of realities. It can mean improving your health by working on your own individual and hereditary risk factors. It might mean expanding the amount of time you spend in prayer and meditation. It might mean taking time off to smell the roses. Maybe you should train for that 5K race you always meant to run. At the very least it could be some stretching exercises at home, or a yoga class. For some, it is wearing gemstones for a particular planet that needs support.

This is where a Medical Jyotish consultation gets added to your annual physical with your health care provider. With Saturn going into Virgo on September 9th, and how that placement could possibly affect the health of the colon, and taking age, chart and dasa into consideration, I knew someone who would benfit from a surgical diagnostic test on their colon. The results were they did have polyps which can be pre cancerous. They were surgically removed. Treatment and cure in one step. About a year ago I recommended the same test in a natal consultation to a new client. She assured me that she had a perfect health reality, living on raw food and juice for twenty some odd years. A few months later she called me with the devastating news that she was having a colon resection, and total hysterectomy for ovarian and colon cancer. I am hopeful that she was led to medical testing as a result of the earlier consult, but wish she had gone sooner. I have her permission to teach her chart – without her name – and I will be presenting it in the November 14th (Saturday Noon EST) webinar on Medical Jyotish.

Ayurveda is the Vedic Limb of Medical Sciences, or the Science of Life. Ayur means life, Veda means knowledge – or Life Knowledge – the knowledge of living – or in my book, to keep living! And, living at the highest quality we can, for as long as possible. Ayurveda is the union of body and mind and links us with the elements and seasons promoting remedies for the highest, most refined qualities of life. In Ayurvedic medicine we find three distinct types of energy called doshas. Ayurveda intends to balance the three doshas.
  • Vata – Air and Nerves

  • Pitta – Bile and Heat

  • Kapha – Phlegm and Wet
Gunas, Guna literally means stitch and the Guna’s represent the fields of life experience. Satwa is Creation, Rajas is preservation and Tamas is destruction. If you think of the Seasons – in Spring there is creation, in Summer there is preservation in preparation for Fall and Winter when growth retards or slows or dies off, as in the current Vata season (October through February.)

Just as in our individual life tendencies, the Gunas (Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas), manifest in nature in all things, and where we find everything is made up of a form of each energy.
  • Sattva -- Life supporting,

  • Rajas -- Life balancing and

  • Tamas - Life destructive or dissolving.
For example, an apple or fruit that just falls to your hand from a tree is Satvic, a carrot or vegetable that is sweet, yet you must dig from the ground is Rajasic and an onion (something to take in small doses, that resides underground would be Tamasic.)

Each Guna has value within a balanced arena. All manifest life is a combination of the Gunas, with usually one value dominating.

Individually we will find a specific dosha or energy dominating. In some, we find Tri Dosha – but from season to season (or dasa to dasa/transit to transit) either Vata, Pitta or Kapha will dominate.

Vata Season -- People with Vata as their energy or body type will generally find that they need to pay particular attention to their skin and nervous system health beginning in the Fall and throughout Vata season. Just as fiery, hot Pitta people are more sensitive to summer heat and must balance their pitta in Summer, and wet, phlegmatic Kapha types must not neglect to balance Kapha in the winter.

Intensity of your experience in this season depends upon where you reside and the weather conditions of your environment. As November and December find us travelling more – be sure to tuck some Vata Tea in your pocket before you leave – as travelling tends to aggravate Vata in everyone.

Yoga, Physical yoga exercises are the balancing of body and mind. Yoga means “union,” and when we speak of physical union, or Hatha Yoga we refer to physical postures, where in Jyotish or Vedic Astrology a “yoga,” refers to a union of planets, and how they specifically combine with each other, and as rulers of various houses in specific positions where they manifest as unique life experiences.

Vastu, also know as Vastu Shastra or Vastu Veda is the Vedic limb applying to the science of spiritual architecture and construction. Vastu balances the energy in your home and work environments by utilizing directional alignments. spiritual geometry, if you like. Just as Jyotish involves remedial measures for correcting the strength and influence of planets, and combinations in your chart, Vastu gives advice on how to structure your space to enhance and uplift your consciousness.

If you have questions or comments for Christina, you can email her at

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
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phone: 303-665-9996

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