Jonathan Crews is a gifted Vedic Astrologer in Santa Fe whose works supports personal and collective transformation.
Jonathan recently cast a chart for the Crystal Earth Project based on the First Crystal Installation in Santa Fe.
Jonathan shares his insights:
On this most auspicious day of Guru Pushyamrita, I thought I would take some time to comment on the Jyotish chart of the First Crystal Installation. Like casting a birth chart, I drew up a chart for the moment the Crystal was installed on the site.
As with any chart analysis, we begin with the first house or the ascendant. The ascendant in this chart is Cancer. Cancer is a water sign, and the water signs are associated with the spirituality of the Moksha or liberation houses. Cancer is the sign of the mother, nurturing, feeling, sensitivity and receptivity, and the sign of caring for family and community. The planet that “owns” the ascendant sign, Cancer, is the Moon, This makes it the Lord of the chart, and as chart lord, it has a unique status among the 9 planets. In its highest expression, the Moon is the Queen in the pantheon of planetary deities and the Goddess. I also think it’s fair to make associations with the Divine Mother and Mother Earth in regard to this project.
The Moon sits in the 10th house, the most prominent house in the chart. The 10th has to do with the world at large, with power and authority, the sky, great projects and achievements and with good deeds and activities, which benefit society. Moon in the 10th house tends to signify the ability to interact with the masses, and gives fame and popularity. The Moon also happens to be the chart’s Planet of Prosperity.
The Ascendant Point (the degree on the eastern horizon at the time of inception) is in the Vedic constellation, (called nakshatra) of Pushya, arguably the most auspicious nakshatra of the 27 lunar mansions. It means the “nourisher”, the “flower, and its symbol is the life giving cow’s udder. The shakti or energy of Pushya is ‘the power to create spiritual energy’. Pushya gives an innate desire to support, nourish and foster others and is associated with people or things who train others in or connect them to their divinity. I could go on but suffice it to say, it’s a highly auspicious nakshatra to have the lagna degree in. Brihaspati, the teacher of the Devas, is the ruler of this nakshatra.
The chart lord, Moon, sits in the constellation of Bharani, whose symbol is the womb. That in itself carries a huge amount of meaning in terms of incubating a project. It is associated with the ability to “carry” or develop a project or plan as it evolves, and eventually give birth to it, which is significant since this is the first Crystal that was installed in your world-wide project, and it took a long time to manifest its presence. Bharani also represents an unyielding nature and a tenacity to pursue a goal despite heavy odds, constructively resolute and determined to overcome obstacles and setbacks and will eventually triumph and become what it is destined to be due to strong will, self-control, self-sacrifice, self-purification and discipline. Yama, the deity of this nakshatra, is also called Dharma Raj, the Lord of Cosmic Order.
Because the Moon is both the ascendant lord and birth star, this nakshatra takes on a prominence that wouldn’t otherwise be there. It’s also significant that it has no affliction to it, signifying fewer obstacles to its ultimate success and unfoldment in the world.
Now we will look at Yogas. Yogas are ‘unions’ of planets that can take the chart way above the norm. The stronger the planets are that form these auspicious combinations, the stronger and more positive the outcome of the Yogas.
There are four very significant yogas formed in this chart called Raja and Maha Raja Yogas! In Sanskrit, Raja means King. But in Jyotish it is a euphemism for preeminence and success. They are formed by having one planet own a good fortune house and the other owning an action house. What is created is the phenomenon of Grace, Providence or Good Fortune — being in tune with Natural Law, rising up to support the actions that are undertaken.
The Maha Raha or ‘great king’ yoga is formed by Mars and exalted Venus sitting in the most auspicious house in the chart, the 9th house, or area of spirituality, dharma, wisdom and good fortune. Both these planets are stabilized by the great benefic, Jupiter and sit in Jupiter’s sign of Pisces. In this yoga, exalted Venus owns the 4th house of land and the earth and Mars owns the 5th house of creativity, intelligence and discernment. This is a Maha or great Raja Yoga because they both sit in the 9th house.
Venus in association with Mars is also a configuration for Primal Charisma. Looking at the photo of that crystal, l find myself impacted by its radiant and appealing nature. Occurring in the 9th, chief dharma house, aspected by the planet of dharma, Jupiter, it’s easy to see how it could stand as a beacon or a force that helps reset the course of the planet onto what is righteous and progressive.
The next Raja Yoga is formed by the mutual aspect of a strong, benefic Jupiter and the exalted Venus. Venus owns the 4th (land and the earth and another important action house ) and Jupiter owns the 9th house (house of dharma and good fortune). This 4/9 Raja Yoga indicates success as well. Because Jupiter is aspecting into its own sign of Pisces in the 9th, this intensifies the (bond) between it and Venus, making this Raja Yogas more powerful. I also like that Jupiter sits in Chitra nakshatra, which is called the “bright shining jewel”, a favored nakshatra. There are strong elements of design, architecture, forms, shapes and spaces with this constellation, which is evident in the design of the crystal seeds and pavilions.
A very powerful Raja/Maha Raja Yoga comes from Jupiter and Mars being in mutual aspect (union). Jupiter owns the 9th, which is the chief house of dharma and good fortune, and Mars owns the 10th, the chief action or power house. Again, because Mars sits in Jupiter’s sign and is in union with Jupiter, and Jupiter has strength from its vargottama position in the Navamsha chart, this yoga is even more powerful.
Jupiter and Mars form another Raha Yoga called a Trikona Raja Yoga. Trikona mean the trinal houses, which are the luck and grace houses, so this yoga greatly enhances the good fortune and dharma surrounding the projects inception.
There are a few less significant yogas forming in this chart. Sun and Mercury sitting together in the 7th house of ‘others’ and foreign affairs aspecting the 1st house form a Budhaaditya Yoga, a combination that signifies an “illuminating intelligence”—the atman (Sun) rising up to enlighten the intellect (Mercury). Mercury’s strength from being vargottama enhances the potency of this yoga. This combination could imply great intelligence applied to replicating these Crystal Pavilions in other countries around the world.
The waxing Moon in the 10th unafflicted, forms an Amala Yoga, which signifies inherent purity and virtue.
It is nice to see that the unions of Jupiter, Venus and Mars also form Dhana Yogas. These are important indicators for Wealth.
We can’t do any analysis of a chart without looking at Saturn. Aside from forming a minor Raja Yoga with Jupiter, from its position in the 6th house, Saturn aspects into its own sign in the 8th house. I’ll save you the technical jargon but this will contain many of the more difficult manifestations of the 8th house, which is consider to be the most challenging house in the chart.
It is also auspicious that the installation occurred in the major planetary period of an extremely strong and well-placed, totally benefic, Venus, who is also the chart’s secondary Planet of Prosperity.
Rahu, the north node of the Moon, was the minor planetary period ruler at the time of inception. Though often challenging in its influence, Rahu is an innovative, unconventional and cutting edge planet often associated with technology. In the second house of speech, it could indicate that things surrounding this crystal are seeking to express a voice of something new, a technology that has its roots in something ancient. This is because it sits in the nakshatra of Magha, the “great one”, which has to do with spiritual legacies, traditions and the ancestors. This constellation also signifies nobility, and justice, and imparts a royal demeanor and an internal sense of its own power.
The Venus major period and Rahu sub-period tends to be a time of fulfilling desires because both Venus and Rahu are desire planets. Luckily, Venus’s desires are elevated by its exaltation in Pisces in the 9th house and by getting an aspect from expansive, benevolent, high-minded Jupiter. Perhaps, the best way to spin this period of desires is that the project was born of the desire of Mother Earth for more crystalline clarity and more enlightenment to occur at this time in its evolution as a planetary being.
Of course there is much more that can be said about this chart of this first Crystal Installation, and the promise it holds for the success of this world-wide project of light. But let’s just leave it at, “Well begun is half done”.