Vakra * Vakragati * Vakri
= Effort and Endurance
cf. English: gesture
(Crooked House) in Sopot, Poland
Sanskrit Vocabulary for Vakra:
- crooked, curved, bent, tortuous, twisted, wry, oblique
- curled, curly (as hair)
- having an apparently backward motion,
retrograde (said of planets)
- crooked in disposition, cunning, fraudulent, dishonest,
cruel, malignant, inauspicious
planet Mars; the planet Saturn
- Name of Rudra; of the Asura; of a Rakshasa
- A particular
variation in the course of Mercury
winding course of a river, the arm or bend of a stream
apparent retrograde motion of a
- A form of fracture (when a bone is bent or only partially broken)
- crooked or winding course
- Apparent retrograde motion or retrogression (said of the course of a planet)
- moving the limbs, gesture
- behaviour, manner of life
- Action, activity, effort, endeavour, exertion
- doing, performing
- behaving, manner of life
Astrologers opine variously on the matter of "
bent" course of the
planets. When a graha reverses its normal forward movement and goes
apparently backwards, it is called "
vakragati" or "
Some say that "vakri" subha-graha are improved; but papa-graha in
vakrigati are worsened. Some say that retrograde motion connotes strength
of effort, or the mandate to strengthen the effort: one must work even
harder than normal to achieve the realization of the graha.
said that to accomplish the portfolio of the vakri graha will not
be easy; but the fruits may be richer due to the long-term effort
required. Thus, periods of the retrograde planet will be exceptionally
difficult and exceptionally fruitful.
It is said that retrograde
graha possess chesta bala, the life-force-energy of vital
movement that is gained through exertion of effort.
|Vakri = Positive or Negative?
overall meanings of "vakra"
are neutral in terms of phenomena of nature -- e.g., the bend of a
river, curly hair, or a fractured arm -- but negative in terms of moral
crooked in disposition, cunning, fraudulent, dishonest, evasive, ambiguous
hostile, cruel, malignant, inauspicious
My own view is that the vakri status gives endurance, stamina,
and an extra push of willpower
from the native who knows that the job is going to require some
If the graha is "bent on" doing evil, then the extra effort
added to the evil-doing will simply increase the unhappiness.
But if the
graha is fundamentally good via some traits - via perhaps bhava-lordship,
or parivartamsha status, or nichha-bhanga, or otherwise well destined --
then "vakri" motion will contribute to a favorable outcome "over the long
Retrograde planets require the task to be done three times.
- There are three repetitions necessary with every vakri graha.
- However because "practice makes perfect"
the final result is good.
Retrograde graha (eventually) produce a stronger effect.
- One will be obliged to repeat the behaviors of
the planet several times in order to gain the predicted effect;
- yet when the effect does materialize the results are strong.
- a retrograde placement for Shani often involves accepting an
obligation or karmic duty; then rejecting that responsibility due to
its being too weighty; then coming to understand that one must accept
karmic obligations whether they are too weighty or not! Thus one's
experience of accepting the duty has been "practiced" three times and
one matures into a greater wisdom for having repeated the drill.
- a retrograde placement for Mangala may involve pursuing a quarry -
whether physical, mental, financial etc. At first the native moves with energy toward the conquest. Then one stops - it is too
daunting, the vitality seems gone. Then a re-start and second burst of
pursuit, which wins the competition.
|What about retrograde Shani
uttama in kalatrabhava?
retrograde Shani is extremely strengthening.
repetition until the karmic lesson is understood; and retrograde
graha also enforce repetition.
Kendra-7 is a splendid
placement for uttama-Shani suggesting loyalty to a contract and
long-term success in making deals and bargains albeit with slow and
steady behavior never a fast success.
Whatever lessons about
time, age, carefulness, neutrality, scientific method, government,
social institutions, public norms, structure of reality etc (Shani
things) that you have to learn (major karma is building trust in
relationships) you must learn it three
||It might be useful to look at some famous examples,
particularly from public figures who have lived a full life, to see what
if any results occurred during the period of their retrograde planets.
retrograde Guru + retrograde Shani.
Mahadasha started when he was 36 years old, and he was
elected to the USA presidency in Nov 2008 approximately mid-way
through his Guru/Chandra period.
L-3+L-12 from Makara lagna
and L-8+L-11 from Vrishabha Chandra,
Guru is not a good house
lord as measured from the lagnas of Brihaspati's non-friends, Shukra and Shani.
However, Guru receives
nichha-bhanga due to being in lagna with the swakshetra Shani,
By all accounts, Obama has enjoyed a fairly easy
road to national acclaim. He has received significant "
(from donors like George
Soros who fervently believe in Obama) and very few setbacks in
realizing his political objectives, from age 36 to 49 (as of 2010).
Obama seems to have successfully negotiated the normally
difficult 6/8 periods of Guru-Shukra and Guru-Mangala; as of this
writing he has entered the Guru/Rahu period with no unusual troubles
- Naturally, a job like president of USA = a 24/7 on-call stress
machine, and the native who lets the performance pressure build too high will
be driven into a forced seclusion for convalescence (12).
there is a team of specialists who are watching the president's
health, and if he is suffering undue stress this team is poised to
Does Guru's retrograde status confer a
of physical movement and psychological motivation)that is keeping Mr. Obama in a state of willing
readiness to put out the effort to
overcome the liabilities of L-3+ L-8, and L-12?
claim seems possible to support, since he seems to have accomplished a
great deal for a young man. It is not unreasonable to attribute his
endurance, if not the full scope of his success during the mahadasha,
to the chesta bala of Brihaspati "vakragati.
Yet it would not be sensible to claim that Obama's
accomplishments in politics, in particular his skillful
consensus-building during a time of internal bickering, was
accomplished by personal effort alone. Guru is extremely fortunate in
lagna with nichha-bhanga empowerment.
Guru = retrograde
Like Barack Obama, Mrs. Gandhi enjoyed a steady + capable Moon as
the result of intuitive, parental Chandra's parivartamsha
yoga with lawful-governance lord Shani.
Indira Gandhi was named Prime Minister during
Shani = not retrograde.
Due simply to the core nature of L-6+L-7 Shani the
years of her
Mahadasha were extremely demanding;
is only one super difficult angle from Shani and that is to
Rahu-Dhanusha in 6
(Shukra is corrected by parivartamsha). Thus
the Shani-Rahu period ended her life.
No doubt Mrs. Gandhi worked assiduously and
encountered an endless stream of enemies during the period of L-6+L-9
Guru in her early middle years, age 36-52.
Did the work require more effort due to Guru's
It would have been an exceptionally demanding time
in anyone's life, given the very challenging lordships of Guru and L-6
Guru's disagreeable, secrecy-loving, hostile angle to Rahu in 6.
But, it could be speculated that without the "chesta bala" = life-force effort
produced by the vakri graha,
the native might have abandoned public office, under the pressure of
animosity (6), jealousy (6), and threats to life (8).
Did Guru retrograde put Mrs. Gandhi into a state of
willing readiness to put out the effort to
Overcome the liabilities of L-3+ L-6, and L-12?
She did hold up remarkably well during Guru period all
It is not unreasonable to attribute her endurance,
if not the full scope of her success during the mahadasha, to the chesta bala
of Brihaspati "vakragati".
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