Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ancient Indian astrology Jyotish shows my birth place, my birth family

These pictures show the Vedic Jyotish astrology and the house chart, which is different from that of Western astrology. And the other picture symbolizes the Jyotish teacher, as I understood.

I have always considered the connection between planets and stars and individuals to be a natural phenomena - just consider the Moon's effect on tide and low and the amount of water in our bodies, which is said to be 70-85 %.

Also, with one of my primary school class mate's mother being a renowed astrologer, my knowledge about and interest in astrology was nurished from childhood. Being adopted, having the dates and the year of birth, but not the time of birth - as well as not being certain if the dates and the year of birth are necessarily true - what to do then..? Trust the science of astrology and indeed the experience of the astrologer.

When I was in high school, the mother of my class mate, Birthe Kirk estimated the time of my birth as well as gave me my astrologic chart - Western style. That was nice - nice to get a "picture" a chart of possibilities in my life and it gave me peace to see that the time from my birth to childhood was somehow 'recorded' (with the planets showing a strong focus of going abroad and other aspects).

On and off, astrology has been part of my life to navigate major periods, e.g. Mercury retrograde periods etc. And during visits to India over the past 10 years, it's been inevitable to see how planets and their influence on life on this planet is part of everyday life with gems and other methods of balancing effects.

And - then time came for a Jyotish consultation.

In a few hours, I received more information on circumstances around my birth, my birth parents, my birth grand parents and more...

I already knew from books on astrology that the mother and father is present in one's birth chart and that it is possible to see, who and how many people were present during one's birth.. but to actually hear about my own birth was - as you may imagine - very special to me. Perhaps interesting to note is that I hadn't told the astrologer anything about myself - only the time of birth as retraced by the Western astrologer and date and year.

So, what now? Actually, not much :) it's not like this information is "written in stone" now and I don't have anything particular to use this information for - it could be my true story and it could be that it is someone's story.

Still, for those few moments when I heard the astrologer speak out all this information about my birth, my family in Korea and all.. something was soothed inside, which goes to show the strong universal need and comfort in receiving stories about one's origin. (The astrologers - Western or Vedic etc. - always correct the time of birth and the exact birth chart, using major events in life and other informations to make sure that the time is exact.).

So, even though adoptive parents and adoptive families may not be able to pass on these facts from birth and until they receive their new family member, then I recommend a record on all the facts from adoption approval processes and arrival to the family and all sorts of stories from childhood.

Needless to say, but just a short reminder ;)

P.S. Comment me, if you'd like the contact info for the Vedic astrologer

Saturday, January 24, 2009

"N.Y. Children" - photo project uniting people

Photo: copyright, Danny Goldfield, NYChildren

Since 2003, photographer, Danny Goldfield, has been photographing children from all nations, who live in N.Y. City.

The project started in 2003, when Danny stopped to tank gas in Arizona and met the sikh Rana, who has lost 2 brothers due to so-called "hate crimes" after 9-11. Rana however refused to give in to fear and started to be even more open towards others and took initiative to contact neighbours to show that they had no need to fear him or his family.

Danny Goldfield was inspired and begun his project, photographing one child from each country from all over the world, only criteria being that the children should be under 12 years of age and be living in N.Y. City.

160 nationalities have been photographed by now, and today, the exhibition reached Copenhagen, Denmark where it runs until 13th of February at the gallery, "Fedt" in Nansensgade 66, Copenhagen City.

Source: N.Y. Children

Saturday, January 10, 2009

2009 year of the ox

Picture source: look here
Text source:

Once upon a time in Korea, a young nobleman was traveling through the countryside. He saw an old man plowing the land with two oxen – one yellowish brown and the other black. After watching for some time, the noble finally asked, “Old man, which ox is a better worker, the brown one or the black one?”

The old man stopped his work. He walked right into the tree shade where the nobleman was resting and whispered into his ears. “The brown one is better.”

The noble was dumbfounded by this attitude. “You didn't need to come all the way here to tell me that. And why the whispering?” he asked.

The old man got upset. “Both my oxen are hard-working. If I reveal my favorite, it will hurt the feelings of the other one. You shouldn't say such a thing out loud, even to an animal.”

The young noble returned to the court and for the rest of his life, never spoke an ill word against others for the rest of his life. Such is an anecdote concerning Hwang Hui (1363 – 1452), prime minister during the Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1910) and right-hand man of the scholar-king Sejong the Great (1397 – 1450).