Gangaji’s experiences, especially those while in India with her teacher Papaji, differ significantly from some of those we have previously examined. With the exception of Goethe and Shirley MacLaine, we were dealing with those who had a physical challenge which led to a contact experience with something greater and outside of themselves. Goethe had a culmination of portions of an evolving philosophical discovery that brought him a sudden clarity. MacLaine had an out-of-body experience that both opened a door to continuing discoveries and proved to her that her prior conclusions were real and concrete.
Gangaji was much like Goethe and MacLaine in that she both had a prior personal crises that sensitized her to a greater self-awareness and a continuing life path of discoveries that brought a ‘culmination’ experience of recognizing a point of significant ‘conscious awareness.’ This came in the period of May 28th to May 31st, 1990. Papaji was told that she loved him and wanted to thank him in some way for helping her. In response, he surprised her by asking her to give him her life, to go and teach and share with others what she, herself, now knew to be true. She was shocked, but she answered with a quiet ‘Yes.”
Be told that she was to be the teacher of others initially shocked her. Her husband was the ‘teacher’ in her mind. Yet, she had been charged with the task of leading others towards their point of self-awareness. She wanted to rebel against this but she was molded in her mind to act purely on her thoughts, not on her desires. How could she be true to herself and say ‘No.’ Yet, she tried to forestall this acceptance of Papaji’s directive by wanting to stay with him. He was quite firm. He demonstrated this by immediately taking out a train schedule for the first step on returning home, and sent her on her way. He also acted on his thoughts. Gangaji was ready.
Looking at her charts for this period, as was done in the previous posts, and at the Goethe Profile for Gangaji’s t/Moon-n/Sun Return for May 25th, 1990, we find that she did not fit the set of conditions that we had come to expect! The form is shown below.
What stands out, from the ‘to-be-expected’ patterns, is transiting and natal Venus both being in the angular 4th house of endings and beginnings. In my suggested ‘list of spritual attributes for planets’ I note that Venus represents the faculty of ‘connectedness and harmony, of balance, and of love.’ What Ganagaji had previously felt to be her Venus-qualities had ended and been replaced by a deeper, more profound set of Venus-qualities. We see this in her comments about following Papaji on a tour through the dirty, squalid market place of Hardwar, India. Her first thoughts were about how this scene contrasted so drastically with quiet peacefulness of Papaji’s home and presence. She then came to realize that this same acceptance and peacefulness could still be seen and felt just below the surface of the noise, dirt and chaos of the marketplace. What she saw could be replaced by what she felt and saw through her inner spirit. Suddenly, all became beautiful and understandable.
She also came to realize acceptance and peacefulness after she returned home and got over the shock of not being in Papaji’s direct presence. He was still with her in so many ways, she was able to transition to the teacher that she had become and to start to find her voice and audience. Some of this ‘directive’ can be seen with t/Chiron-t/Jupiter in the 7th house of her chart. Jupiter is associated with socialness and expanded opportunities that can be had. Many say that Jupiter brings this ‘luck’ to one. In this case, at least, Jupiter provides the opportunity but one must choose to take it for their own. t/Chiron might represent the ‘hurt’ of leaving Papaji, it might also represent the life time of hurts and disappointments that she had carried to India, and had now left there.
So, back to the Goethe Profile and Gangaji. If it doesn’t fit our expectations, what do we do? Can we ‘weasle word’ the profile to make it fit. That doesn’t seem appropriate. We can go back to a technique that I advanced in my book, Personal Moon-to-Sun Returns 2, in which we view the houses of the chart in their most basic form.
- Angular houses, 1, 4, 7, 10 are ‘action houses. Planets there indicate how we take action to serve our needs in our daily life.
- Succeedant houses, 2, 5, 8, 11 are feeling houses. Planets in these chart areas seek to enjoy and maintain comfort and stability in the face of life’s many challenges.
- Cadent houses, 3, 6, 9 and 12 are thinking houses. Planets in these locations lead us to first conceive of, dwell upon, and formulate ideas and needs that we might choose to bring into physical fruition.
Gangaji had completed a process of learning, of becoming sensitive and aware of the world, her world, in a very new and exciting way. Life had become clearer, simpler, more rewarding because her mind and heart had melded into one intellectual force. She had become very much ‘cadent’ house oriented. So, in that light, let us change our view of her chart just as she had changed her view of her life.
We will shift the MC back to the cusp of the Ninth House, the Asc. back to the cusp of the 12th house using the faculty of my software program to do this. This chart is shown below.
In doing this ‘spiritual-intellectualized’ chart, we find the natal-relocated angles are located now in the chart’s natural angles — in other words we have a realignment of the cycle with the natal chart. Gangaji has been reborn! t/Sun is at the Descendant angle, her orientation is directed outward to others. Her t/Moon is in the 7th, she empathizes with others. The fact that t/Moon-conjoins-n/Sun is a factor of this being a Return chart. All of the other planet patterns remain the same, only our viewing orientation has changed. t/Venus-n/Venus is in the 5th house of love and speculation and resk-taking. t/PoF is in the middle of the cluster of t/Uranus-t/Neptune-t/Saturn in the 2nd house of self-esteem. This is an important outer-planet pattern:
Feeling separated from society and experiencing a sense of alimentation from others. Difficulties in empathizing with others at first. One must learn to honor their own uniqueness and define the practical role they can play for others. One can be strongly independent and creative in helping others.
These three planets defined, for some people at that point in time, a special role that they could take upon themselves within the world. Gangaji’s t/PoF along with the opposition to t/Chiron and t/Jupiter, activated this pattern within her. She rose to the opportunity and the challenge.
Since this is an unconventional approach for most astrologers, I leave to you to consider these thoughts. If you accept them, then Gangaji’s graduation to self-realization is very understandable. If not, then perhaps you can suggest alternatives or decide that this charting method is not quite right for understanding this woman, this situation.
In any case, it is interesting from an astrological point of view.