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ABSTRACTION CARDS

VEDIC ASTROLOGY
The nakshatras are a small part of the vast study of Vedic Astrology. They come from the Indian philosophy of Jyotish. "Jyoti" translates as candle flame or the divine principal of light; "sh" refers to the best or wisest. Therefore, Jyotish is seen as the wisdom of the stars. Jyotish is explored in the Vedas as stories of the gods that apply to everyday life. They were written in Sanskrit approximately 5,000 years ago. The Upanishad, documented from an oral tradition, spread these parables to support the notion that life is merely one stage of existence.

EASTERN VERSUS WESTERN ASTROLOGY

The tropical system of western astrology is rooted in time and focuses on cycles, starting with 1° Aries and allotting 30° to each zodiacal sign to complete a circle around the earth.

The sidereal of Vedic astrology is rooted in space and focuses on the direct observation of fixed constellations, taking into consideration the tilt of the earth on its axis. The starting point of 1° Aries alters 1° every 72 years from the tropical system.

The tropical system is seen as more earthly because of its focus on cycles and the seasons.

The sidereal system as more heavenly, because of its focus on the stars.

The last time both systems were in complete alignment was 285 AD.

Vedic Astrology first appeared in the Rig Veda, the oldest of the Hindu Vedas (3000 BCE) and largely focuses on the influences of the moon, using the stars as symbols for understanding divine grace and cosmic law.

NAKSHATRAS
The word "nakshatra" breaks down into "naksh", which means approach or worship, and "tra", which is a way of connecting to the cosmic. A later observation added to this translation by breaking the word down as: "na", not and "kshatra", destructible.

The ancient Vedic astrologers used the nakshatras to denote stationary stars through which the moon moves during its monthly cycle of 27 days and 7 hours. Modern Vedic astrology redistributes the extra seven hours into 28 nakshatras.

LOGISTICAL CHART OF THE NAKSHATRAS
The Logistical Chart associates each card with a nakshatra, the translation of the nakshatra's name, the location of the fixed stars of the nakshatra and the nature of that constellation.

ABSTRACTION CARD

NAKSHATRA

TRANSLATION

GLYPH

FIXED STAR

STAR OF

1.

The Soldier

Uttara Bhadrapada

Lucky feet

Twin stars in Pegasus and Andromeda

Warrior

2.

The Jester

Revati

Wealthy; to transcend

Faint stars of Pisces at the tail of the fish in shape of a drum

Compassion

3.

The Leader of the Pack

Ashwini

Born of female horse

Two bright stars in Aries

Transport

4.

The Mudpuppy

Bharani

Bearing

Three fait stars forming a triangle in Aries

Restraint

5.

The Chef

Krittika

Cutters

Seven stars in the cluster of the Pleiades

Fire

6.

The Hamstergirl

Rohini

Growing one

The pale rose star that is also the eye of Taurus

Ascent

7.

The Mountaingirl

Mrigshira

Deer's head

Three faint stars near head of Orion

Searching

8.

The Thinker

Ardra

The fresh one

Bright star of Orion, Betelgeuse

Reconstruction

9.

The Rabbi

Punarvasu

Visible infinity

Two bright stars in Gemini

Renewal

10.

The Rat King

Pushya

Nourisher

Not the brightest stars in Cancer

Nourishment

11.

The Pirate

Ashlesha

Embracing

Ring of stars in Hydra

Danger

12.

The CEO

Magha

Bountiful

Bright sickle in front of Leo

Leadership

13.

The Knight

Purva Phalguni

Little fig tree

Two bright stars at the rear of Leo

Marriage

14.

The Princess

Uttara Phalguni

Latter fig tree

Two contrasting stars on the tail of Leo

Patronage

15.

The Champ

Hasta

Hand

Five stars below Virgo that make up the top of a hand

Honor

16.

The Model

Chitra

Beauty

One star in lower part of Virgo

Opportunity

17.

The Painter

Swati

Independent

Single yellow star at the heart of Libra

Art

18.

The Obsessive

Vishakha

Forked

Four stars left of the scales of Libra

Purpose

19.

The Crone

Anuradha

Subsequent success

Formation of a staff within Scorpio

Balance

20.

The Dominatrix

Jeyshta

Eldest

Three stars in a row at the heart of Scorpio

Openness

21.

The Unbreakable

Mula

The root

Nine stars at the tail of Scorpio and into Sagittarius

Roots

22.

The Aquatic

Purva Ashadha

Formerly unconquered

Three bright stars in a line in the middle of Sagittarius

Invincibility

23.

The Teacher

Uttara Ashadha

Latter unconquered

Four bright stars at the end of Sagittarius and beginning of Capricorn

Universality

24.

The Stud

Abhijit

Undefeatable

Three stars in Lyra including the star Vega, third brightest star, that "fell" to the horizon in 12000 bce

Survival

25.

The Sheriff

Shravana

Hearing

Three stars atop Capricorn and in the head of Aquilla, the eagle

Listening

26.

The Vocalist

Dhanishta

Most beneficent

Four stars in Delphinus in the shape of a drum above Capricorn and Aquarius

Symphony

27.

The Nurse

Shatabhista

1,000 healers

Faint group of stars at the heart of Aquarius

Veiling

28.

The Enigmatic

Purva Bhadrapada

Former with lucky feet

Two bright stars in Pegasus atop Aquarius and Pisces

Transformation

METAPHYSICAL CHART OF THE NAKSHATRAS
The Metaphysical Chart associates each card with a nakshatra, the shakti (described by David Frawley), a translation of the shakti, the symbol for that nakshatra and a Dognosticliché, which perverts clichés to amuse and/or confuse.

 

ABSTRACTION CARD

NAKSHATRA

SHAKTI

TRANSLATION OF SHAKTI

SYMBOL

DOGNOSTICLICHE

1.

The Soldier

Uttara Bhadrapada

varshodyamana

The power to bring rain and to grow plants

Twins

There may be two sides to every story, but you are the narrator of your life.

2.

The Jester

Revati

kshiradyapani

The power to nourish

Fish

Whether a big fish in a little pond or vice versa, stay in school.

3.

The Leader of the Pack

Ashwini

shidravyapani

The power to quickly attain one's objective

Horse's head

Attain your objective before getting on your high horse .

4.

The Mudpuppy

Bharani

apabharani

The power to take things away

Yoni

It's a matter of life and birth.

5.

The Chef

Krittika

dahana

The power to burn and purify

Knives

You are what you eat, so make every cut count.

6.

The Hamstergirl

Rohini

rohana

The power to make things grow

Chariot

When life is like being bowled over by chariots, avoid hanging out in the pits.

7.

The Mountaingirl

Mrigshira

prinana

The power to give fulfillment

Deer's head

Like a deer with headlights, look and learn.

8.

The Thinker

Ardra

yatna

The power to make an effort

Jewel

A jewel in the rough is like data waiting to become knowledge.

9.

The Rabbi

Punarvasu

vastura prapana

The power to gain or receive objectives

Bow

The slings and arrows of defeat can move the spirit.

10.

The Rat King

Pushya

brahmavarchava

The power to harness creative spiritual energy

Wheel

Don't reinvent the wheel, build a better mousetrap.

11.

The Pirate

Ashlesha

visasleshana

The power to inflict poison

Serpent

Morals of an alley cat, scruples of a snake.

12.

The CEO

Magha

tyaga shepani

The power to leave the body

Palanquin

Carry on, love and money are coming, love and money are coming to us all.

13.

The Knight

Purva Phalguni

prajanana

The power to procreate (union of polar opposites)

Couch

'Tis better to have loved on a couch than to have never loved at all.

14.

The Princess

Uttara Phalguni

chayani

The power of prosperity

Legs of a cot

You may not have a leg to stand on, but you do walk the walk.

15.

The Champ

Hasta

hasta sthapaniyaagama

The power to put one's objects of desire into one's hand

Palm of the hand

Don't bite the hand that fits like a glove.

16.

The Model

Chitra

punyachayani

The power to accumulate merit

Pearls

Cast pearls before kisses sweeter than swine.

17.

The Painter

Swati

pradhvamsa

The power to disburse like the wind

Coral

Resting on your corals is pain without gain.

18.

The Obsessive

Vishakha

vyapana

The power to achieve and make manifest

Arch

For all intents and purposes, beware the ides of the arch.

19.

The Crone

Anuradha

radhana

The power of worship

Lotus

The flower of youth is not strained.

20.

The Dominatrix

Jeyshta

arohana

The power to rise above perils and to conquer the subconscious

Earring

Can I bend your earring a moment.

21.

The Unbreakable

Mula

barhana

The power to ruin and destroy

Lion's tail

If I'm lyin', I'm dyin'.

22.

The Aquatic

Purva Ashadha

varchagrahan

The power to invigorate

Fan

It's easy to fan the flames when you're underwater.

23.

The Teacher

Uttara Ashadha

apradhrishya

The power to give permanent victory

Elephant tusks

An elephant never forgets his tusks.

24.

The Stud

Abhijit

---

---

Swans

I got it for a swan's song, warts and all.

25.

The Sheriff

Shravana

samhanana

The power to connect

Three footprints

The game's a footprint.

26.

The Vocalist

Dhanishta

khyapayitri

The power to give fame and abundance

Drum

She moves to the beat of different tables.

27.

The Nurse

Shatabhista

bheshaja

The power of healing

Empty circle

You know you've gone full circle when you return from whence you came.

28.

The Enigmatic

Purva Bhadrapada

yajamana udyamana

The power to evolve

Sword

He who lives by the sword might get shot.

LUNAR MANAZILS
While the nakshatras were understood to be the abodes where karma is stored, the lunar manazils were seen as the mansions of the gods. "Manazil" translates as "mansion" or "resting spot", and each lunar manazil corresponds to one of 28 sounds in Arabic. The lunar manazils depict favorable times for sacred acts and can determine personality traits.

The picatrix, an Arabic magical text, written around 1,000 AD, has become the encyclopedia of the lunar manazils. Those who integrated the astronomical manazils into an esoteric tradition include: Dorotheus Sidonius in the first century, H.C. Agrippa in 1533 and George Yeats in 1918.

The chart below associates each Abstraction Card with a lunar manazil, translates the name of the lunar manazil and includes descriptions of the images according to H.C. Agrippa.
 

ABSTRACTION CARD

LUNAR MANAZIL

TRANSLATION

IMAGE

1.

The Soldier

Al Fargh Al Thani

the lower spout of the bucket

A black man in a garment made of hair, and girdled round, casting a small lance with his right hand

2.

The Jester

Al Batn Al Hut

the belly of the fish

A king crowned

3.

The Leader of the Pack

Al Sharatain

the two signs

A woman well clothed, sitting in a chair, her right hand being lifted up on her head

4.

The Mudpuppy

Al Butain

the belly

A soldier on a horse, holding a serpent in his right hand

5.

The Chef

Al Thurayya

the many little ones

The head of a man

6.

The Hamstergirl

Al Dabaran

the follower

Two images embracing one another

7.

The Mountaingirl

Al Hak'ah

a white spot

A man well clothed, holding his hands up to heaven as it were praying and supplicating

8.

The Thinker

Al Han'ah

the brand

An eagle having the face of a man

9.

The Rabbi

Ah Dhira

the forearm

A black man in a garment made of hair, and girdled round, casting a small lance with his right hand

10.

The Rat King

Al Nathrah

the crib

A king crowned

11.

The Pirate

Al Tarf

the gaze of the lion's eye

A woman well clothed, sitting in a chair, her right hand being lifted up on her head

12.

The CEO

Al Jabhah

the forehead

A soldier on a horse, holding a serpent in his right hand

13.

The Knight

Al Zubrah

mane of the lion

The head of a man

14.

The Princess

Al Sarfah

change of weather

Two images embracing one another

15.

The Champ

Al Awwa

the barker

A man well clothed, holding his hands up to heaven as it were praying and supplicating

16.

The Model

Al Simak

the unarmed

An eagle having the face of a man

17.

The Painter

Al Gafr

the covering

A black man in a garment made of hair, and girdled round, casting a small lance with his right hand

18.

The Obsessive

Al Jubana

the claws

A king crowned

19.

The Crone

Al Jabhah

crown of the forehead

A woman well clothed, sitting in a chair, her right hand being lifted up on her head

20.

The Dominatrix

Al Kalb

the heart

A soldier on a horse, holding a serpent in his right hand

21.

The Unbreakable

Al Shaula

the sting

The head of a man

22.

The Aquatic

Al Na'am

the ostriches

Two images embracing one another

23.

The Teacher

Al Baldah

the city

A man well clothed, holding his hands up to heaven as it were praying and supplicating

24.

The Stud

Al Sad Al Dibih

the survivor of the slaughterers

An eagle having the face of a man

25.

The Sheriff

Al Sad Al Bulah

the good fortune of the swallower

A black man in a garment made of hair, and girdled round, casting a small lance with his right hand

26.

The Vocalist

Al Sad Al Su'ud

the luckiest of the lucky

A king crowned

27.

The Nurse

Al Sad Al Ahbiya

lucky star of that which is hidden

A woman well clothed, sitting in a chair, her right hand being lifted up on her head

28.

The Enigmatic

Al Fargh Al Mukdim

the forespot of the bucket

A soldier on a horse, holding a serpent in his right hand

DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES 
This chart demonstrates how each pair of Abstraction Cards is relegated to one of the developmental stages, the needs of that stage and the ramifications of those needs not being met. 

 

ABSTRACTION CARD

DEVELOPMENTAL STAGE

AGE RANGE

BRIEF OVERVIEW

1.

2.

The Soldier

The Jester

Prenatal

<5 mos- birth>*

During this stage, you experience being in a physical body - sensation, motion and growth - in a safe and protected location. If your experience is positive and your needs are met, you grow up as a separate being, comfortable in your environment and connected to that which is greater than you. If your mother polluted her body during pregnancy or experienced other complications, you may experience the world as unsafe and disorientating.

3.

 
4.

The Leader of the Pack

The Mudpuppy

Perinatal

Birth

During this stage, you experience your individual self for the first time by taking your first breath. Your first task is to disconnect physically while connecting emotionally. If your birth goes relatively smoothly, you will recognize you are now in a new world that is safe and loving. If your birth is difficult, you may develop distrust for that which is greater than you, and who imposed discomfort and fear upon you entrance into an unfamiliar world.

5.

6.

The Chef

The Hamstergirl

Being

0-6 mos

In this stage, you explore the worlds of sensation, nourishment and nurturing. You begin to experience yourself as being important to specific people. This stage is key to your feelings of satisfaction and sense of belonging. If your needs were met at this age, you have a secure sense of belonging and can experience satisfaction at a job well done. If your needs were not met at this stage, you may find yourself vacillating through states of flight, fight or freeze. You may feel dissatisfaction that you don't have enough - whether it be love, income, material assets or whatever else.

7.

8.

The Mountaingirl

The Thinker

Doing

6-18 mos

During this stage, you use your senses to explore the world and find balance on your own two feet. You begin separating from your parents and learn to make your own decisions and choices. You also learn that those with whom you are bonded will return once they go away. If your needs were met, you will be spontaneous, curious and willing to explore your creative urges. If your needs were not met during this stage, you may grow up conflicted about taking action or afflicted with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD). You may experience self-doubt and carry a burden of shame.

9.

10.

The Rabbi

The Rat King

Thinking

18 mos -3 yrs

During the Thinking Stage, you discover some of reasons why things are the way they are and try to make sense of the world. Thinking promotes your feelings of personal power and the desire to build upon that personal power. This is an age when you push limits and learn how to use the word "no." If your needs were met at this volatile stage, you grow up feeling comfortable with differences and conflicts. If your needs were not met, you may continue testing boundaries and the consequences of usurping those boundaries. Ultimately you may end up being rebellious and defiant.

11.

12.

The Pirate

The CEO

Identity

3-6 yrs

One of the wonders of this stage is your discovery of gender and all of the complications and challenges that come with the differences, whether they be physical, mental or emotional. Your peer groups reinforce the power of having close personal relationships. You experienced the separation, organization and conflicts within your internal reality as opposed to your external reality. If your needs were met during this stage, you better accept your sexual identity and the consequences of your behavior, taking a more realistic and pragmatic approach to life. If your needs were not met during this stage, you may experience nightmares, develop a superstitious nature and the desire to live in a fantasy world.

13.

14.

The Knight

The Princess

Skills

7-12 yrs

This stage is about finding how you can be useful to your family and community. Your parents, school and your experimentation with other people, shape your values and morals. Sometimes you learn through imitation, trying on a way of behaving or acting. If your needs were met during this stage, you develop an ability to organize, a willingness to explore new communities and the ability to debate the big questions and think in the abstract. If your needs were not met, your priorities could be ill conceived as you obsess over authorities and display behavior that is competitive and unnecessarily argumentative.

15.

16.

The Champ

The Model

Recycling

12-18 yrs

This stage is about re-experiencing the previous stages and picking up the lost threads. In some ways, it was a very fragile time because you had a lot going on physically, mentally and emotionally. However this was also a stage for discovering what you do best. If your needs were met during this stage, you more successfully integrate sexuality into the needs of younger stages and determinate the people with whom you wish to nurture ongoing relationships. If your needs were not met, sex can become a weapon and your needs not met in earlier stages manifest negatively, sometimes in the forms of one-upsmanship, alienation or egocentricity.

17.

18.

The Painter

The Obsessive

Individuation

18-22 yrs

In this stage you separate from parents and decide upon your personal moral values. You may experience more sexualized relationships that makes them more complex, paving the way for future experiences in intimacy. This is a time when the role you take in groups becomes more defined as you are asked by society to become a responsible adult. If your needs of this stage are met, you have a much better chance of establishing healthy relationships with people who share your values. If you needs of this stage are not met, you may experience immature symbiotic relationships or become promiscuous because you are guided by the unfulfilled needs of childhood rather than your adult needs.

19.

20.

The Crone

The Dominatrix

Intimacy

23-30 yrs

You've explored your sexuality and now you may be contemplating starting a family. Whether nor not you have found a partner, you seek a community to whom you can commit yourself and with whom you identify. You establish a lifestyle, structure your time and you may start focusing on you career. If your needs of this stage are met, you establish your own lifestyle, build a career foundation and perhaps marry. If your needs are not met, you may turn into a know-it-all and live on the edge with no focus or commitments, dictated by short-term plans and needs.

21.

22.

The Unbreakable

The Aquatic

Generativity

31-40 yrs

During this stage, you establish clear boundaries and learn to balance family, work and community. You learn that you can't do it all by yourself and may have to ask for help. You discover how personal values affect the lives of you and others. If your needs are met during this stage, you'll be productive, advance in your career or in having a family and feel personally empowered by the choices you make. If your needs are not met during this stage, you may become self-absorbed, scattered and find you lack a foundation from which you see the world.

23.

24.

The Teacher

The Stud

Transformative

41-50 yrs

This stage can cause you psychological reorientation or upheaval, especially when it comes to your life purpose. You may have to deal with challenges demanding both personal control and acceptance where there is no control. In this way, you become even more of who you are. If your needs of this stage are met and you allow transformation, you may find yourself re-evaluating your life and taking more responsibility. If your needs are not met, you may feel victimized by present circumstances or past events, display risky behavior as a way of reverting to a younger age or madness may shape your reality.

25.

26.

The Sheriff

The Vocalist

Wisdom

51-65 yrs

During this stage you synthesize all of your experiences and knowledge into wisdom. Therefore, you are often seen as an authority or mentor. You may find you seek fulfillment rather than success. And of course, there are all those body changes. If your needs are met during this stage, you will be more accepting, find more meaning and enjoy your new role as a wise person. If your needs are not met, you may have bitter regrets, a spiritual hunger or your body may break down completely.

27.

28.

The Nurse

The Enigmatic

Integrity

66+ yrs

During this stage, you reflect of the meaning of your life and contemplate the nature of your death - not that there's any hurry. With retirement or even semi-retirement comes a major life change, often leading to a new way of living. If your needs are met during this stage, you maintain your ego strength through new projects or volunteering in your community. If your needs are not met, you may feel uncomfortable with your leisure time, bemoan your life, fear anything new and feel nothing but grief.

ACTION CARDS

CHAKRAS
Chakra translates as "wheel" or "vortex." The seven chakras describe metaphysical and biophysical energy centers in the body. The chakra model was developed at least as early as the second century BC, and was embraced by the early Hindu Vedas. Controversy surrounds the history prior to the Vedas. Some say the chakras were part of Norse traditions, carried east during the Aryan invasion of India in the second century BC.

The meaning of the chakras evolved separately according to differing religious, yogic and occult traditions throughout India, China and the west. Therefore, the basic orientation of each chakra is similar in most traditions, but details may vary.

A lotus, each with a varying number of petals, symbolizes each chakra. The action for each Action Cards is designed to help balance a particular chakra.

Consider attaching your own actions to the Action Cards based on the chakras.

Each pair of Action Cards shares a chakra and the chart shows the associated chakra, the location in the body where it resides, issues that surround each chakra and the primary sense each evokes:

 

ACTION CARD

CHAKRA (Sanskrit)

TRANSLATION

LOCATION

CENTRAL ISSUES

SENSE

29.

30.

Sniffing and Scenting

Digging and Burying

Muladhara

Root

Base of spine, legs, feet, large intestine

Survival

Smell

31.

32.

Herding and Hunting

Begging and Whining

Svadhisthana

Sweetness

Abdomen, genitals

Sexuality, emotions

Taste

33.

34.

Submitting and Surrendering

Attacking and Biting

Manipura

Lustrous gem

Solar plexus

Power, energy

Eyesight

35.

36.

Rocking and Rolling

Scratching and Grooming

Anahata

Unstruck

Heart

Compassion, acceptance

Touch

37.

38.

Listening and Paying Attention

Barking and Howling

Vissudha

Purification

Throat

Perception, intuition, imagination

Hearing

39.

40.

Catching and Fetching

Playing and Challenging

Ajna

To perceive

Third eye

Wisdom, knowledge, spirituality

ESP

41.

42.

Running and Chasing

Sleeping and Dreaming

Sahesrara

Thousand-fold

Top of head

 

Empathy

REACTION CARDS

The symbol for each Reaction Card were taken from a mandala first published in Azoth of the Philosophers ,1659, by alchemist Basil Valentine. "Azoth" translates from the Greek by alchemists referred to the One Thing. The One Thing is the spiritually charged presence that manifests what we know as matter. In other religions, the One Thing is known as God.

The history of the Emerald Tablet is unknown. The content remains, although largely in symbols rather than text. The goal of alchemical practices is transmutation through chemical change. Alchemy is one of many complex Hermetic traditions.

This chart shows each Reaction card with its associated chemical and alchemical processes and the animal associated with each step:

 

REACTION CARD

CHEMICAL PROCESS

ALCHEMICAL PROCESS

ANIMAL

43.

Fireworks

Calcination

Blackening

Raven

44.

Water Dish

Dissolution

Whitening

Swan

45.

Kitty

Separation

Greening

Lion

46.

Treats

Conjunction

Iridescence

Peacock

47.

Squirrel

Fermentation

White Stone

Unicorn

48.

Raccoon

Distillation

Reddening

Pelican

49.

Dog House

Coagulation

Transmutation

Phoenix

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