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Ratna


when the gem has no effect, Seva will help
Aum ang angarakaya namah

Mangala Ratna * munga

Jewel for Mars

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Coral (anthozoa)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coral

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Deep Sea Red Coral from http://oceanservice.noaa.gov

Regional names for Red Coral

English: red coral

Persian: Marjan


Uparatna

English: Carnelian

Persian: 'aqiq

AggarakamaNi (also a name for amber)

Ambhodhi * Abdhijantu

Bhaumaratna * Bhomira -

Hemakandala * LatamaNi ("creeper-jewel")

Maheya * Musaragalva

Parijata * prakrista * pravada * pravalaka (having long or beautiful shoots, or hair)

pravalamanizriga * pravalazmantaka

raktagga * raktakandala * raktakara * ramasetu * ratnadruma * ratnaraga * ratnakandala

vaidruma * vallikagra * vidruma

Red Coral is the gem of "instinctive animal movement". kuja_gem.JPG

Coral = an animal, in process of becoming a jewel.

munga_pendant1.jpgCoral set in Gold assists :

  • physical body life-force, muscular power,

  • successful live childbirth,

  • movement, blood vitality,

  • instinctive reactive behaviors of the animal chassis (hunting, mating, sense of scent, pursuit of food),

  • courage in battle, vigorous action,

  • innovation, initiative, start-up

  • competitive and athletic dominance, military conquest,

  • sexual prowess,

  • dance performance,

  • strength in pursuit of a goal.

  • surgical skills, for a trained surgeon ;

  • battlefield skills for a soldier;

  • successful handling of poisons, for one trained to manage hazardous materials

  • physical levels of disaster response, fire-fighting,

  • investigation, interrogation, discovery of secrets

  • weapons and lasers

  • cutting, digging,

  • mining, plowing, invasion, exploration

  • excavation, plunging, drilling.

  • Pushing in and Pushing out.

  • matters of Mangala's bhava in the Jyotisha nativity

Sanskrit Vocabulary for Red Coral Munga

pArijAta

  • the coral tree, Erythrina Indica (losing its leaves in June

    • and then covered with large crimson flowers); the wood of this tree

    name of one of the five trees of paradise

    • produced at the churning of the ocean

    • and taken possession of by Indra

    • from whom it was afterwards taken by Krishna

    fragrance

  • made of flowers of the celestial pari; possessing the celestial pari

  • name of Partic. magical formulas; "robbing the pari tree"

prakRSTa

  • drawn forth, protracted, long (in space and time)

  • superior, distinguished, eminent

  • violent, strong Ratna

  • distracted, harassed, disquieted

  • coral (lit. having the name "beautiful hair ")

  • transcendent excellence, pre-eminence, superiority.

pravAlamaNizRGga

  • having horns of coral or gems

raktAGga

  • red bodied

rAmasetu

"Rama's Bridge"

  • the ridge of coral rocks by which Rama crossed to Ceylon (now called Adam's Bridge).

rAmezvara

  • of an island which with its coral reef or bridge of rocks nearly connects the South of India with Ceylon and of the celebrated Saiva temple and town on it

  • this is the place where Rama is supposed to have crossed to Ceylon and one of the most sacred places of pilgrimage in India

vidruma * vaidruma

  • peculiar tree, affording no tree-shade

  • coral, coral-coloured, consisting or made of coral

  • a young sprout or shoot

  • having banks of coral

  • a branch of coral; the condition of a [fivefold] branch of coral [said of the hand]

  • a threshold of coral

  • a kind of fragrant substance"

Q: I'm ready to buy a red coral on your recommendation.

However, I'm wondering about correct shape (cabochon, triangular, oblong) and color.

There seem to be many choices in color ranging from deep red to pink, and some of the stones are "striated" showing stripes of red, pink, white and various layers of coral. I presume that the stripes comes from generations of skeleton bones compressed into a single stone?

I've read that "oxblood" which is a deep red color is the preferred hue for Moonga. But the vendors show a full range of redish-pinkish-whitish. Clearly people are buying other hues, not only the 'oxblood'.

Also I wonder about the size of the ratna. I want to wear mine as a pendant. (I work in a US corporate office and a flashy red-gold ring is not appropriate here.) If I wear it under my clothing, to touch the skin as you have recommended, then I could manage a fairly large stone . Although the gold setting will be pricey and a bit heavy too, I think I will go with a 2-inch diameter. However I've seen tiny little moonga stones for sale, and I wonder if these can be effective? (I'd guess that these little ones are for rings, maybe mixed with other ratna?)

Thanks Barbara for all that you offer to the Jyotish learning community. As a fellow educator (I'm a corporate trainer) I salute you!

Namaste:

The shape of the moonga-ratna is usually chosen by the jewel-cutter. The jeweler will see the structure of the stone and decide the how to best develop its integrity (will not break) and beauty (will radiate best color and brightness).

More important than shape or color is your feeling of attunement with the ratna. How does the ratna feel when you hold it in the palm of your hand?

If the ratna is active and attuned to you, the feeling should be slightly positive physically: warm, perhaps a bit of tingling, and emotionally the feeling is positive emotionally: yes, this stone is attuned to me, it is a good companion for me, I like it.

Stones are actually not inert; they have a crystalline structure which conducts energy, and the most energetic of the Jyotisha traditional ratna is Moonga * red coral – because the coral was historically a living animal (animal = spirit).

A quality-cut, natural (no resin, no plastic) attuned-to-you Moonga can assist in confirming your decisions when you are moving quickly through life.

Moonga people are usually quite active people and they recognize the support from this ratna as confirming their intuitions. Ratna do not provide “luck” in the superstitious sense.

Actually “luck” is a form of intelligence that is essentially “attunement” harmony between intuition and outer action.

A good Moonga should feel good in your hand. It should feel as if it has a slightly warm, compatible vibration. If you listen deep within yourself, you also can hear a quiet clear matching ‘tone’ emanating from the ratna that sounds pleasant and harmonious in your inner world.

Interestingly, a sensitive person can use and appreciate even quite small ratna gemstones. A very small ratna must be individually skillfully cut and not just a 'chip' from another larger cut. But if done well and if the person is a careful interior listener, even a little ratna in a pure gold setting can be a working repeater of the intuitive signals.

We are receiving signals constantly from a host of guides who silently and persistently direct and support us.

Tibetan Tradition

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Uparatna Secondary Gemstone

  • More Affordable but weaker

red carnelian * also called "sard"

all-red bloodstone * heliotrope

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two pebbles of Mangala-uparatna = polished carnelian = cornelian = sard

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Purchase NOTE: While less expensive than many of the harder crystalline gems, Pure Coral is especially tricky to purchase, because the stone is frequently dyed or filled with resin.

Be sure to purchase only an authenticated coral provided by a certified gemologist, who can affirm that any cracks in the Coral have not been filled with resin.

  • My own preference for munga finger is the "index" or "first" finger due to Mangala's love of Arriving First.

  • Dr. Kapoor opines the ring finger and in doing so he is following a certain tradition, but IMO the vitality of Kuja is strongest in the life-defining Index finger.

FROM

Dr. G.S. Kapoor. (1994). Gems and Astrology .

Ranjan Publications, New Delhi. p. 95-99:

"Red Coral is the gem stone of Mars.

Coral should be worn by a person in whose birth chart Mars rules an auspicious house.

If Mars rules the inauspicious house in a birth chart, it will be harmful for the native to wear Red Coral.

Rituals:

  • Red Coral should be set in ring of Gold mixed with copper.

  • The weight of the stone should not be less than 6 carats.

  • The stone should be purchased and got set in the ring on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.

  • The ring, after observing the usual rituals, should be worn one hour after Sunrise on a Tuesday of the bright half of the lunar month in the ring finger of the right hand.

  • The following mantra should also be recited 108 times before wearing the ring;

  • Om angarakaya namah

Red Coral is not a very costly stone and we should recommend that for remedial purposes only the Red Coral should be used.

Its substitutes, however, are Sang Moongi, Carnelian and Red Jasper. Carnelian is the best substitute. It is cheap and easily available.

Important:

  • Emerald, Diamond. Blue Sapphire, Gomedha and Cat's Eye and their substitutes should never be worn with Red Coral and its substitutes."

For all remedial gemstones, be sure to cleanse the stone energetically with extreme attention to proper mantra.

Flawless gems are expensive and hard to find. Use only a trusted Vedic-trained gemologist. It might be easiest to start with single gem and combine them as your finances allow.

According to Dr. G.S. Kapoor (1994, p 91)

  • " It is very important for all gem stones that before wearing them they should be kept immersed for sometime in unboiled milk or Ganges water.

  • Afterwards the stones should be worshipped with flowers and incense, and the Mantras of the planets should be recited 108 times."

Q: OK, I'm in the Mangala Mahadasha and I just bought a beautiful red coral set in copper + gold. When should I put it on? A : Any Tuesday during the waxing moon. Time = 1 hour after sunrise. At the time of application, chant the Mangala mantra "Om Ang Angarakaya Namah" 108 repetitions and then apply the ring or pendant .

In my opinion, a Mangala-related act of compassionate service is also an excellent way to initiate the Jyotisha remedial Munga.

for example, to get your Munga started at a high vibration:

  • donate blood for Red Cross/Red Crescent emergency blood banks
  • make a charitable donation to save endangered wild animals
  • donate to a youth sports charity (includes dance)
  • offer school tutoring or hands-on internship experience to young males
  • help provide mobility devices to the physically handicapped
Q: Question from Simha-lagna native with Makara-Chandra in bhava-6. Mangala = Mithuna-11.

First priority at the time of the question was to improve his job situation, in particular his earnings, in order to achieve greater material security for his family.

The "fire trine" lagnas * Mesha-Simha-Dhanusha * nearly always benefit from wearing one or more of the gems for the fire trine: flawless red coral + ruby + yellow sapphire .

  • Although the typical starting point for a fire-lagna prescription = the munga- Manika * Pukha-raja group, Chandra lagna can alter this prescription.

  • Should Mangala, Surya, or Guru becomes lord of inauspicious houses from the Moon, one or more of the Fiery gems may become unsuitable.

In the present nativity, Mangala = YogakarakaL-4+L-9 from the Simha lagna * and * L-4+L-11 from Chandra.

Furthermore, Mangala occupies Mithuna in the 11th = a good position for Kuja, who expresses Active, competitive, dynamic energy in the marketplace of goods and ideas. Mangala's hot, pursuing nature, channeled through conversational Mithuna, will energize gainful activities.

the native should take care with the potentially aggressive Mangala-ratna. Watch, under the auspice of a gem-empowered Kuja, that one does not overshoot the desired target of energized marketplace interactions, to become overly chatty, mentally driven, or impatient.

In lieu of munga, SEVA will also give identical - often superior - results.

A : Namaste,

Delighted to know that you are enjoying the Gem Recommendation.

The best choice for a single gem would be Mangala-ratna = munga= flawless red coral. As your financial situation improves, the munga can later be joined to a flawless Manika (Ruby) set in gold.

  • Mangala = quite a good graha for you. Kuja =lord of 4th-from-Chandra and 4th-from-radix-lagna; both = indicators of social stability, home, property, and a solid education. Also, Kuja= lord of 9th-from-lagna and 11th-from-Chandra; both are money houses. In particular, Mangala's location in labha bhava is auspicious for setting goals and earning achievements, especially financial achievements e.g. salary. In addition to energizing your short-term goals of getting a better job with a higher salary, Kuja in 11 also supports the more important long-term earning skills of social networking And continually learning about resources that you can use to reach your goals.

  • Mangala + Mithuna + 11 = Mentoring If buying a red coral is not possible, either because a good-quality specimen is not available or the good ones available are simply too expensive, keep in mind that identical results of mungacan be achieved by offering selfless service to community organizations, such as sports clubs or media-production training centers for teenagers, especially boys (e.g., making videos, creating websites, radio programming).

To maximize the positive effect of the munga, even if you are able to obtain and wear a quality specimen, I would recommend doing a small amount of charity work serving very young men or older boys in high school or university. You can earn a good deal of positive merit but helping young male trainees to learn marketplace communication skills such as sales, advertising, marketing, public relations, and other types of commercial administration.

Mithuna = commerce; Mangala = competitive young men; bhava-11 (labha) = mentoring, the elder brother.

One possible way to energize the munga effects = through tutoring or mentoring adolescent students in business subjects. You can certainly be paid for the work, it does not have to be free volunteering.

But even if you are paid, it is the spiritual commitment to serve those younger people via a mentor role that brings the merit .

Seva helps the munga to improve its performance as a signal-repeater, by reinforcing your subconscious attunement to the theme of "advancing goals" .

Sincerely,

Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha

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