"Life is full of good and bad events."
Of course this is no news to you and you have probably heard this statement a billion times. isn't it? We all deal with good and bad events in our lives. Sometimes the bad times are so overpowering that all of us think for a moment that "I wish if someone could show me the correct way to deal with this situation." We all felt this at a certain point in our lives. During such times out of faith and sometimes out of desperation we all go to a astrologer seeking help and guidance for our problems in life. This is actually not a bad idea, but then we do not have enough faith in the remedies that the astrologer provides us and thus continue to be in a vicious circle of our karma.
What do a good astrologer do to help you?
A good astrologer will study your birth chart and then he would study the required divisional chart that relates to your problem and will analyze the placement of the planets and come up with some astrological remedy that can reduce your problems. These remedies can be in form of mantras, stone therapy, small lifestyle changes, some ancient practices, fasting, or charity. Astrologers can serve you a complete list of items. But you need to have faith in the astrologer that he knows his business and this remedy will help you.
Why do we need remedies?
We suffer in this life to balance out the bad karma of our previous life. Astrological remedies help us to compensate for our bad karma and start a fresh life without any past life burden or influences. Human beings in their life face a lot of pain, misery and troubles, which affect them both emotionally as well as physically. To avoid pain and to seek pleasure has been one of the major objectives of our lives. The other major objective for a select few of us is to know our true self and to know the ultimate reality and be one with it. Whether the objective is material or spiritual, as per one's destiny there could be a lot of hurdles. Vedic (Indian) astrology has not only given us tools to determine what's destiny has in store for us but also ways to avoid the hurdles in achieving our material or spiritual goals. These ways as suggested by the astrological principles are called remedies. All these remedies attempt to correct one of the two situations as depicted in your chart. They are making good planets stronger or making effect of bad planets weaker.
Why Remedies Do Not Work?
This is an excellent question, but there is valid theory behind the concept of remedies. Just like when a drug company introduces a new drug, it goes through clinical trials for several years before it is released for the consumption of common public, similarly these remedies are tried and tested by years of practice of our ancient seers. However just as a drug is not suitable for everyone and only a very experienced doctor can tell if a drug is right under certain conditions, similarly only a very experienced astrologer can tell the right remedy for the right person valid under certain conditions. Also we need to have enough faith in ourselves and the astrologer that following the remedies can help us. You need to understand that astrologer knows his business. He cannot afford to give a wrong remedy and create a bad karma for himself and invite troubles for himself.
Example of a Remedy
Suppose you have Venus in bad dignity in your chart, for example, Venus in Cancer which is a great enemy sign. In this case following a direct remedy Venus may not help you much if Moon is in opposition. In such a case remedy for Venus is not helpful because how much you do remedy for Venus; Moon is still going to starve Venus. In such cases other friend planets of Venus (Saturn and Mercury) are more helpful. Check how the friends are placed in the chart? How much do they aspect Venus? Are friends in good dignity? If one of the friends is happy in good dignity then he is more willing and capable to provide help to Venus. Suppose Venus in Cancer is in 10th house and Saturn in Libra in 1st house. This person may not be happy with his career but he can still manage to gain a good position in a company because of Saturn. In such a case making Saturn more strong will help Venus to prosper. Saturn is exalted in Libra and has the strength to support Venus through its 10th aspect. Saturn is a planet of perseverance and faith , Saturn is also a planet who can give long lasting success in one's life.
So what would you recommend this client to strengthen his Venus in Cancer? I will give him remedies of Saturn, I will ask him to fast on Friday because we are dealing with Venus and I will also ask him to visit a Devi Temple on every Friday morning and offer flowers to Devi. Also if possible feed poor children with kheer, (rice pudding). Saturn gets happy if one do service to others. Saturn also gets happy if one observe fasting regularly. If a client do not have time for these simple remedies and if he can afford a diamond ring (a simple cut glass diamond ring in worse case) made in sliver can be worn on the Saturn finger (middle finger) by the client.
Similarly in a clients chart, if I see a see a strong Jupiter. I immediately refer clients to chant mantras for specific planet which is causing harm. Jupiter represents sounds in the mantras. A strong Jupiter will help the client to chant a certain mantra to balance his Karmic imbalance in life. If Jupiter is strong then in the above case the client can chant Venus mantras to improve his position.
So the remedies change according to the placement of the planets. You cannot use the same remedy for every Venus problem.