Jyotishi 1912-1998 B. V. Raman (1992.) A Catechism of Astrology , 4th ed., p. 26
"How to predict whether one will be addicted to drinking?
Scorpio Rashi governs intoxicants. Nichha (debilitated) Venus or Saturn also govern same.
When Scorpio happens to be the 8th house or the 3rd house , and Venus or Saturn occupies an afflicted position, the native will be addicted to intoxicants."
Steppenwolf 1877-1962 anti-Nazi Hermann Hesse
"I found some consolation or narcotic. Sometimes it was a woman, sometimes a good friend - yes, you too once helped me that way - at other times it was music or applause in the theater.
But now these things no longer give me pleasure and that is why I drink.
I could never sing without first having a couple of drinks, but now I can also not think, talk, live and feel tolerably well without first having a couple of drinks."
Das Lied des Trinkers
* The Song of the Drinkers ** by Duino Elegies 1875-1926 poet novelist Rainer Maria Rilke
Es war nicht in mir. Es ging aus und ein.
Ich wollte es halten. Da hielt es der Wein.
(Ich weiss nicht mehr, was es war.)
Dann hielt er mir jenes und hielt mir dies
bis ich mich ganz auf ihn verliess.
Jetzt bin ich in seinem Spiel und er streut
mich veraectlich und verliert mich noch heut
an dieses Vieh, an den Tod.
Wenn der mich, schmutzige Karte, gewinnt,
so kratzt er mit seinem grauen Grind
und wirft mich fort in den Kot.
EXAMPLE * Public Figure
Comedian W. C. Fields = famous early 20th-century vaudeville and film performer.
In addition to practicing lifetime alcoholism, Fields made a career out of joking about his addiction.
A prominent"gin blossom" nose was vivid proof of his genuine alcohol abuse.
Nevertheless Fields enjoyed a long life and national recognition as a comic theatrical performer.
His wit and grace under pressure were legendary. (Helped no doubt by an always-full flask of"pineapple juice"...) .
100 years after their creation, the films of W. C. Fields can still make people laugh.
EXAMPLE-3 = multi-generational alcoholic (parents and grandparents also alcoholics). Began drinking alcohol in his twelfth year of life and progressed to highly addictive street drugs when employed in military service. During his first Shani return at age 30, the consequences of his drug-alcohol abuse reached crisis levels (destruction of family, hospitalization, job loss) and he joined a 12-step recovery program. He claims that threat of descent into alcoholism permanently lurks under the surface of his personality; yet his holy vow of abstinence (Shukra = Dharmesha-9 ) has oppressed the condition for more than twenty years of complete sobriety. He is a counselor and guide to many who struggle with addictions. (yuvatipathi-7 Guru counseling + rogesha-6 Shani addictions.) During Rahu-Shani bhukti he did receive a 25-year prison sentence for a behavioral crime, but even in prison he leads the 12-step recovery group.
EXAMPLE-4 was a multi-generational alcoholic; parents and grandparents also alcoholics. Mother very religious "enabler" (Chandra-9). The addiction began during his military service in the 1950's. At that time, the US Army provided alcohol to the young troops as a means of assuaging their homesickness and frustration. The native drank heavily through all of life's milestones: marriage to an educated, fertile but distant woman [yuvatipathi-7 Guru in 12], the birth of numerous children, and several promotions in career. However, the amount of poison he was ingesting on a daily basis was quite substantial (amplification of Rahu + Guru + the afflicted Shukra/6).
In Guru-Rahu-Rahu bhutki, he died from cancer of the liver at age 35 .
EXAMPLE-5 = POTUS-43 Decision Points 1946- George W. Bush. Stopped alcohol at age 40. Bush was a notorious alcohol drinker during his college years and he continued a pattern of substance abuse throughout his early career in business. His school grades were very poor and his social life showed vulgar tendencies when he was drunk. At age 43, under significant family pressure to accept a career in national politics, he agreed to stop drinking alcohol.
In Guru-Rahu bhukti 1986, at the age of 40, G. W. Bush self-declared a religious conversion. He spoke a vow of abstinence from alcohol , which he has apparently maintained throughout his life.
Rahu in 11 amplifies the native 's empowerment to set goals and earn achievements. Rahu is also a karaka for new behaviors.
Rahu can give the native the energy and motive to break through restrictive, outdated, dysfunctional old patterns. In this case it was a restrictive and outdated pattern in his social life, the habit of using excessive alcohol as a socializing tool, which Bush consciously decided to leave behind in his past while he matured into a new level of power and self-control.
Mr. Bush's exceptionally powerful Shani Mahadasha was scheduled to start immediately after"closure" of the final-bhukti Guru-Rahu bhukti . He may well have perceived that he needed to break out of his old circle of small-town friends (11), his old socializing behaviors (11) and his old love of sugars especially alcohol (lord of Rahu = Shukra) in order to be properly positioned to develop the overt (yuvatipathi-7 ) and covert (randhresha-8 ) relationships that Shani would demand.
See the Washington Post article, Bush's Life-Changing Year
Chandra-Kanya * comforted by rituals of remedial service, with Ketu-Vrizchika 3rd-from-Soma, meet's B.V. Raman's rules for alcoholic personality. However, Shukra and Shani are exceptionally strong in lagna; and Shani does very well in Pushya Nakshatra especially in a kendra.
The determining factor in G. W. Bush's successful liberation from alcohol abuse is reputed to be his steady and sober wife Laura Bush. yuvatipathi-7 Shani + yuvatipathi-7 -navamsha in lagna, the native is deeply personality-identified with married status and with the views of the spouse.
Addictions should be confirmed from Chandra
Addictions including alcoholism are the result of one's desire to feel stability, satisfaction and contentment.
Typically in the addictive nativity: bhava-6+ rogesha-6 and 6/8-from-Chandra are afflicted.
As a self-medicating response to internal disagreement, frustration, and conflict, the native engages in compulsive, repeating patterns of mind-numbing activity.
The numbing activities may include substance ingestion, as well as behaviors like compulsive sex, gambling, skin-cutting or impulse buying.
Because the motive is an emotional need for comfort , it is essential to confirm a Jyotisha prediction for any substance addiction (substance or behavioral addiction) from Chandra .
Chandra-yuti-Zukra can be a signal of sweet-numbing self-medicating tendency
According to Shri Raman (above), Mesha lagna nativities which include a troubled position of Shani, or Kanya lagna nativities which feature a polarizing catalytic position of Shukra, are especially at risk.
It is doubly true that if Shani holds a less benevolent angle from Mesha Chandra , or Shukra is badly placed vis-à-vis Kanya Chandra , that the Jyotishi should be on the lookout for evidence of substance/behavior addictions in the native 's life.
In my own experience, Shani rarely signifies an alcoholic or drug addict. Shani does signify vulgarity when ill-disposed; but, as a rule, Shani people don't have time to drink to excess. They are too busy doing service.
Alcohol = sugar = Shukra
The most common alcoholic profile = nichha-Shukra producing polarizing catalysis related to sweets, numbing drugs, or other unbalanced behaviors. Zukra-6 indicates conflicted environments that are seeking a remedy Zukra-yuti-Rahu, Zukra-yuti-Ketu, or Shukra-12 "hiding out" in the imaginative, private, "denial" land of Vyaya bhava.
Zukra in bhava-3 or Zukra in bhava-8 are not normally excessive drinkers. Rather, these folk tend to be pleasant socializers who may indulge excessively at small-group parties (3) or confidential occasions (8).
Governing poisons, intoxicants, and penetration of taboo boundaries, Vrizchika can be a great healer or a great wounder.
In medium-to-high consciousness incarnations, Vrizchika lagna or Chandra = the very picture of the"wounded healer"archetype. Often suffers addiction to poisons in the first part of life, followed by healing guidance to others trying to conquer addictions, in the second part of life.
Beware Shani-yuti-Rahu or Zukra-yuti-Rahu in intensely controlling Vrischika. This native will never give up one's "entitlement" to self-poisoning, unless a splendidly good Guru might intervene.
About medicine, poison, addictive substances, brain chemistry, and neutrality
Most medicines are indeed poisons. Poisons can be curative when used in skillful application .
Commonplace and widely appreciated poisons (drugs, alcohol, addictive foods such as refined sugars, addictive combinations of foods such as sugar-with-oils, etc.) can provide the brain with surface impressions of deep well-being.
The brain chemistry of addictions is unfortunately very simple. The"high" doesn't last long and the brain requires larger and larger doses of the drug to maintain the impression of satisfaction and inner accord.
The self-medicating alcoholic/addictis often desperate to escape the cycle and feels enslaved.
The"body" is always the last to know!
The physical body is not the cause of illness. Rather, the physical body is a *result* of conditions in place in the more subtle astral patterns which permeate and interpenetrate the interstitial spaces in the"atoms " which compose the physical body.
Physical medicine is great when it works. If physical medicine doesn't seem to be working, consider the route of emotional healing.
The best reference index matching negative emotional feelings to physical expressions of pain and distress is in the book You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay (orig. 1984).
An Irish Lenten Tale...
An Irishman moves into a tiny hamlet in County Kerry, walks into the pub and promptly orders three beers.
The bartender raises his eyebrows, but serves the man three beers, which he drinks quietly at a table, alone. An hour later, the man has finished the three beers and orders three more. This happens yet again. The next evening the man again orders and drinks three beers at a time, several times.
Soon the entire town is whispering about the Man Who Orders Three Beers. Finally, a week later, the bartender broaches the subject on behalf of the town.
"I don't mean to pry, but folks around here are wondering why you always order three beers?""Tis odd, isn't it?" the man replies."You see, I have two brothers, and one went to America, and the other to Australia.
We promised each other that we would always order an extra two beers whenever we drank as a way of keeping up the family bond." The bartender and the whole town were pleased with this answer, and soon the Man Who Orders Three Beers became a local celebrity and source of pride to the hamlet, even to the extent that out-of-towners would come to watch him drink.
Then, one day, the man comes in and orders only two beers. The bartender pours them with a heavy heart.
This continues for the rest of the evening. He orders only two beers. The word flies around town. Prayers are offered for the soul of one of the brothers. The next day, the bartender says to the man, "Folks around here, me first of all, want to offer condolences to you for the death of your brother. You know-the two beers and all." The man ponders this for a moment, then replies, "You'll be happy to hear that my two brothers are alive and well.
It's just that I, meself, have decided to give up drinking for Lent."
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