Our resident astrology expert, Calodagh McCumiskey, has some fascinating information to share about the influence of the five elements (Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth) in Vedic astrology. Read on to learn all about it!
This article is an extract from our Autumn 2018 issue.
The Five Elements and Vedic Astrology
The building blocks of being
by Calodagh McCumiskey
When we look at the beauty of nature, the five elements provide the foundation for the physical world. Ayurveda, the Indian traditional system of medicine or ‘“living in tune with nature” recognises these elements, Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth, as the building blocks of all matter.
An understanding of the elements gives us deep insights in to our own and other’s natures, as well as of the world around us. Just as all the elements are in the world, they are also in us. As Rumi says: We are a drop in the ocean and the ocean in a drop.
Fire is the element of the signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, and the Sun and the South Node of the moon, Ketu. Earth is the element of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Air is the element of Gemini, Libra, Aquarius and Rahu, the north node of the moon. Water is the element of Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces and the Moon.
In Vedanta, each of the five planets are linked to an element (with ether as the fifth). The Vedas say that everything emanated from the one basic vibration of ‘Om’ with – Jupiter for Ether, Saturn for Air, Mars for Fire, Mercury for Earth and Venus for Water.
The elements have their own qualities. Earth grounds us helping us to be present in our lives but too much earth makes us stuck. Air brings tremendous ability to connect seemingly unrelated things with powerful results. Too much air makes us ‘airy-fairy’. The water element helps us to connect with others and go with the flow of life. Too much water makes us wishy washy. Fire gives us passion and drive to do things, too much or undirected fire gives us anger and frustration and can even lead to destruction.
We need space for each of the elements to flow and function properly. The elemental strengths and tendencies we have depends on the signs and houses our planets are placed in and our rising sign.
From a compatibility view point, Aries go best with other fire signs. Similarly earth, water and air signs are all mutually compatible. There are also natural love connections between the harmonious sun signs of fire-air and earth-water. Opposites also attract so it’s also useful to do a full compatibility analysis.
On a personal level, it is also interesting to reflect on what elements are lacking or over-used in your life. For a happy and balanced life, all elements need to be in use on a daily basis and in balance. Fire gives us excitement and energy for life. Earth gives us acceptance and the ability to be present. Air gives us wonderful creativity, ideas and new ways of thinking and doing. Water gives us an ability to flow with what is happening in life and connect with others, while maintaining healthy boundaries.
If are feeling out of balance, reflecting on the elements will help you achieve a more harmonious balance. You will be amazed at what you discover about yourself in the process.
Calodagh McCumiskey is the director of Spiritual Earth in Rocklands, Co. Wexford.
By Calodagh McCumiskey
The Happy Pear’s Dave and Steve Flynn are two amazing people to spend time with. Astrologically, they are particularly interesting because they are twins. Only fifteen minutes separate their births. In their Vedic birth chart, they are Libra Ascendants and Venus, the owner of their first house is in their 3rd house, the house of doing. Naturally, they just love doing and are always into something, active and on the move. Venus is the planet of enjoyment and the symbol of Libra is the scales of justice so they are highly ethical, always seeking balance and they love doing fun things that bring joy and balance physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. What’s more, they inspire others to do the same.
Mercury and Sun are in their second house – the house of speech, wealth and eating which makes them excellent communicators and business people, with a focus on food and in particular hot food. Sun is the most important heavenly body as the Sun gives life to all planets and to us. When they speak, they have a powerful ability to connect with whom they are talking and the Sun-Mercury combination enables them to inspire others to act towards balance, health and wellbeing. Sun representing the soul, means they can connect with people at a deep and fundamental level. It is Venus, in the house of writing, which gives them the powerful ability to write beautiful books.
Jupiter, Mars and Rahu in their 11th house, means they know a lot of people and a lot of people know them. This is also their house of income. This is the best position for Rahu (known as the Dragon’s head), particularly for wealth. Jupiter, a planet of communications and expansion, helps them connect with their customers and followers in a powerful way. Mars helps them inspire many dynamic people to change their lives positively. Moon and Saturn in the 12th house, the house of overseas, means they will not live where they were born for long (they were born in Canada) and it also gives them the possibility to be famous around the world as Saturn represents the masses. Stress by definition is an upset in our physical or mental balance. Stress is a major epidemic in modern life.
This happy pair have the ability to help and inspire people to find balance in a fun, healthy and enjoyable way which is so essential in today’s world. They are now going through the major period of Jupiter. It started for Dave on October 8 and for Steve on October 29. This is a very powerful period for them professionally. Jupiter, the planet of expansion, owns their 3rd and 6th houses which gives them strong focus and ability to succeed and expand greatly in all areas. They will inspire many more people towards a healthier and happier lifestyle. While they are very similar, they have a different rising sign in their Navamsh divisional charts, which gives insights into their personal differences. But that is a story for another day! We can expect to hear a lot more from them in Ireland and all around the world. I look forward to more shops, products, books, media, innovative strategies and significantly more influence on the younger generations. They are great role models, charismatic, fun, successful and full of heart and soul. The world is at their feet.
Calodagh mcCumiskey is a Vedic Astrologer. find out what the stars have in store for you. hellenisticvedicastrology.com
The Sun & Astrology
By Calodagh McCumiskey
The sun is the most important celestial body in our lives. Without the sun there would be no light, food or oxygen. In the same way that it has so much importance at a planetary level, it has a corresponding vitality at a personal level in our charts and lives. It brings the spotlight, illumination and energy. It points to our soul’s journey – the journey from ego to enlightenment.
Understanding the sun in our charts will give insights into our light, our shadows and point to our soul’s potential showing us how to shine most brightly and ignite our soul’s fire. If the sun is placed close to the moon, the person will be prone to depression and more easily disheartened. People born on a full moon, when the sun and the moon are 180 degrees apart, tend to be more sensitive to what’s going on around them and in the world, even more so at the time of a full moon. They can often have stronger intuition, psychic abilities and experiences.
People with the sun in the 7th or 10th houses, associated with daily working life and profession, tend to be leaders in their field. They have vision, charisma and the capacity to
deliver the vision. Astrology can help you to understand yourself, set goals and realise your potential.
As Ferdinand Foch proclaimed, “The most powerful weapon on Earth is the human soul on fire.” Set your world alight.
By Calodagh McCumiskey
From a young age, I loved looking at the moon and stars. But astrology? Nah! I was never one to read the sun-sign horoscopes in newspapers and magazines. Not even for amusement. I’m a natural sceptic. I want the evidence. In 2004 I was working in emergency response and international development and was posted to India. There, I had a consultation with a Vedic astrologer and was blown away, not just by what he could tell me, but how, and I began studying with him. For nearly four years, I spent most of my free time learning astrology. I’ve met many great astrologers who, by reading my birth chart, could tell me many things about my past, present and future. They also explained the science behind their amazing insights. Astrology shaped the second part of my career. Several times a year, I travel to India to deepen my learning, and I’m now a senior research scholar with the Astrologers Trust of India. My first career focused on helping people to find the external resources they needed. Now I focus on giving people the inner resources they need to live happy fulfilled lives. Astrology is the tool I use to help people do this. I work with clients from all walks of life, in many countries. Astrology transformed my life for the better, and now, by means of astrology, I seek to help other people do the same for themselves.
Calodagh McCumiskey teaches Japa Meditation, is a qualified Yoga teacher, offers Vedic Astrology consultations, and is co-founder of Spiritual Earth.