Discover how your birth date can influence your life according to Tibetan Astrology
Tibetan astrology is a blend of both Chinese and Indian astrological traditions but is uniquely Buddhist as it is based on the Kalachakra Tantra. As such there are many methods that are taught to overcome any negative influences that we may go through in daily life. These methods allow us to purify any negative astrological influences and karma, leading to a happier, smoother life as well as creating the causes for a fortunate rebirth in the future.
According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.
Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.
Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!
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Advice from Tsem Rinpoche on Birth Buddhas
The energy and properties of Arya Avalokiteshvara, Lokeshwara, Padmapani, Chenrezig and Kuan Yin are just synonyms of a very powerful universal energy called compassion. Compassion in symbolic form is this Buddha Chenrezig and in definitive meaning, it is what we need as the main nourishment to survive on this planet. show more
For those who are born with Chenrezig as their Birth Buddha, it can be an indication that they may need to give more love to others. It may also be an indication that in their life, they might come across pockets of people and events that will create a lot of anger in themselves or in others that becomes an obstacle to their lives.
Thus being born with Chenrezig as one’s Birth Buddha indicates the person would benefit greatly if they engaged in practices related to forgiveness, kindness, generosity and especially activities that benefit others.
The snow mountain whiteness of this supreme Buddha represents the soothing qualities of patience, forbearance and tolerance. Chenrezig’s four arms represent compassion pervading all four cardinal directions of wherever sentient beings abide. One of Chenrezig’s four arms holds a rosary representing effort; another arm holds a lotus representing overcoming adversities and the remaining two centre hands gently clutch onto a wish-fulfilling jewel which is what we become when we embody compassion. We fulfil the wishes of others when we bring them happiness.
Meditating, doing yogas, and reciting the sacred texts, mantras and rites associated with this supreme emanation of compassion can only soothe our minds and clear obstacles created by negative human emotions. Hence connecting with Chenrezig will quell the angry energy around us, before us, and that which has been generated in the past because without angry energy, our lives instantly become at peace regardless of our station in life.
You do not need to be of a specific religion in order to invoke upon the energies of this much-needed Buddha especially in our troubled world of today, for his compassion comes in the form of many blessings as long as we trust in the power of compassion. Keeping images and statues or visiting sacred spaces associated with this deity will only serve to enhance our lives, remove obstacles from their roots, and propel us to higher spiritual realisations.
Fear, self-loathing, lack of confidence, insecurity, not loving oneself, hiding behind projections, and always feeling that one cannot achieve things is countered by the Birth Buddha Vajrapani.
When we associate ourselves with rites, rituals, prayers, mantras, yogas and practices that directly connect us with Vajrapani, fearful sights, dangerous or frequent travels, distant faraway places pregnant with life-threatening circumstances and supernatural disturbances can be overcome. show more
Last but not least, connecting with this powerful energy, like 10 million suns combined into one being, will also help us to overcome the biggest enemy and creator of fear, ignorance.
His right arm thrust fiercely into the air, holding the symbol of liberation and power over suffering, is highlighting what this Birth Buddha can grant us if we trust in his powers. His left hand, clawed, points with a threatening mudra at the enemies within. The mudra (hand gesture) forestalls sufferings, pain and more problems created by our inner enemies, which in turn creates the enemies on the outside.
Fangs bared, bloodshot eyes glaring, fiery moustache ablaze and violently gracing his blue-black face, even the most terrifying of inner demons and outer obstacles cannot withstand his wrath. For those born under this Birth Buddha, it is perhaps an indication that in our life, we will face many difficult or problematic situations, wrathful events and even the biggest enemy, the hating of oneself.
No matter what faith or lack of faith we project ourselves to have, or what religion or lack of denomination we are, it makes no difference to the volcano-like energy embodied within Vajrapani. Engaging in traditional and non-traditional propitiations of Vajrapani will only assist in removing and eradicating the causes of our suffering, obstacles and especially our deep inner issues which we have sometimes hidden from ourselves.
Those born under this Birth Buddha Vajrapani should consider themselves most fortunate because in the face of his violent yet compassionate power, our non-existent ego will only disintegrate.
For those of us who have the supremely efficient Vajrasattva as our Birth Buddha, this might indicate that in our lives we change and shift things very often and easily. We may not go all the way with certain works and endeavours, which is an attitude that may bring us a lot of difficulties. show more
Why is this Buddha efficient? Because Vajrasattva is a specific emanation that when invoked upon, removes the root causes of our failures: impatience, projections and delusions. Our delusions, projections and impatience are constantly fuelled, without ever being exhausted, by the constant karma that we create. This is a larger source of energy and power than any fossil fuel remaining in the earth.
While fossil fuel will run out one day, the fuel we generate to ‘power’ these three negative qualities can be washed away by Vajrasattva’s practice. On the one hand, we knowingly and unknowingly create negative karma and circumstances for ourselves and the people around us. Simultaneously, we also reinforce this situation by rejoicing in our negative actions. This is the root fuel and source for the unhappiness in our lives.
Thus by invoking upon Vajrasattva’s energy, visiting sacred spaces associated with him, reciting mantras, or engaging in offerings, rites, rituals, practices, yogas, meditations or even having an image of him, it will help us to eradicate the root fuel that empowers the dissatisfaction we always experience and create for others through our delusions, lack of effort, giving up on things easily and our worst best friend, projections. Projections are things we believe, see or feel is so, but in actuality, what we see is actually deceptive and not real.
So those born under the blessings of this Birth Buddha are most fortunate if they invoke upon or associate with Buddha Vajrasattva because once they cut the fuel, the engine of suffering stops.
The moment Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later known as Buddha Shakyamuni, issued forth from his sacred mother, tremors heralding the birth of an extraordinary being were felt and heard throughout the earth.
For nine months, Queen Maya Devi dreamt of an elephant descending from the highest Tushita heavens and entering her womb, foretelling of a single mind that would manifest to change the destiny of all of samsara. show more
This being who is perfect, with the 60 qualities of speech and 112 immutable physical marks of a superhuman, appeared golden, bright and smiling. He was the answer to every single plague within our existence that has ever been created.
The moment Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later known as Buddha Shakyamuni, issued forth from his sacred mother, tremors heralding the birth of an extraordinary being were felt and heard throughout the earth. For nine months, Queen Maya Devi dreamt of an elephant descending from the highest Tushita heavens and entering her womb, foretelling of a single mind that would manifest to change the destiny of all of samsara. This being who is perfect, with the 60 qualities of speech and 112 immutable physical marks of a superhuman, appeared golden, bright and smiling. He was the answer to every single plague within our existence that has ever been created.
Homage to the King of Sages, the antidote to samsara and to the most benevolent and powerful Buddha Shakyamuni.
If Shakyamuni happens to be your Birth Buddha, you can consider yourself to be the most fortunate to be protected by the fourth universal monarch to appear in this fortunate aeon. All maladies, internal and external, and all sufferings and all manifestations of our inner turmoil can be quelled if we associate ourselves with, pray to, take refuge in and make offerings to this supreme being labelled Shakyamuni. By visiting the four holy places of his birth, his enlightenment, his turning of the Wheel of Dharma and his parinirvana, one will quicken one’s path to the state he has shown us, which is possible. By focusing our minds and physically visiting sacred spaces associated with this most supreme protector of all sentient beings, Shakyamuni Buddha, only good can arise.
Those of us who are born with Shakyamuni as our Birth Buddha should be inspired to realise he has shown us what we can achieve and we should never belittle ourselves to think it is not possible. Those born under the blessings of this Birth Buddha should never be discouraged and feel that they cannot achieve what they wish to achieve in their lives; they should feel empowered to go all the way.
Those associated with this supreme Buddha Shakyamuni should offer things pleasing to the five senses such as flowers, incense and water, and especially their efforts and cultivation of themselves as the best person that they can be. Any mantras, rites and rituals done according to tradition or created from one’s personal inspiration, will be more than enough to invoke the blessings of this supreme being.
Since Shakyamuni has shown all beings within existence the possibility of freedom, when we are associated with him as our Birth Buddha, we should realise we can achieve anything and everything. Always invoke upon the energies of your special Birth Buddha, the Great Sage and universal monarch Shakyamuni Buddha.
Those born with this incredible, forceful female energy as their Birth Buddha are blessed to be protected from the six realms of samsara and the three dimensional existences which are represented by her nine eyes.
Her eight arms hold symbols of the complete end of suffering, removal of obstacles, swiftness in achievements, prolonging of life, achievement of the highest qualities and at the same time, improvement and assistance in our spiritual meditative paths. The practitioner will receive the benefits of what she manifests and what she represents. show more
Being born under this Birth Buddha may, for some people, represent that at times they may have a very tumultuous life. The incredible energy of this supreme lady Namgyalma can quell such adversities if we place our trust in her.
To invoke upon her energies by either traditional or non-traditional methods, you do not need to be Buddhist or even anything remotely related. Reciting her sacred words of power (mantra) or relying on one’s personal meditation methods according to one’s own knowledge to propitiate the Buddha Namgyalma will definitely invoke the energy of your Birth Buddha.
If you are lucky enough to have Namgyalma as your Birth Buddha, keep an image or sacred statue of this effulgent deity and make an effort to be closer to her.
The person born under the timing ‘ruled’ by the energy of Tara will experience improvements in their endeavours if they form a stronger affinity with Tara. This connection with Tara will help them achieve their goals, lessen obstructions and lead to the overall improvement of their path in life. show more
It would be especially beneficial for this person to visit temples and places that honour Tara, or are associated with her. Keeping a painting, print or statue of Tara in the place they inhabit the most will constantly energise the environment with her blessings. Any pujas, rituals, meditations, yogas and propitiations to Tara will be especially powerful towards achieving our positive wishes.
Tara can be relied upon as our main practice or as a subsidiary practice, if combined with other practices. We can invoke upon Tara regardless of whatever spiritual path we are on now. We do not need to be Buddhist to tap into Tara’s blessings, as her blessings override any human projections.
Tara is associated with the removal of obstacles, 21 potent methods for improving our lives, as well as mental prowess and extraordinary abilities such as clairvoyance, foretelling of the future and safety in travel. She is also swift in the removal of obstacles for business, and excellent for women’s issues and family disharmony. Overall, when we connect with Tara as our Birth Buddha, we are making connections with a powerful ally who will stay close to us until our own Enlightenment.
Those born under the Birth Buddha of Tara may engage in traditional Tibetan methods, or their own spiritual methods, to invoke upon her multi-faceted blessings daily.
The person born under the timing ‘ruled’ by the energy of Manjushri will do especially well to make a stronger connection to Manjushri to fulfil life goals, remove obstacles and generally improve one’s well-being.
It is good for this person to visit chapels or holy sites associated with Manjushri, or to keep an image or statue of Manjushri in the environment they inhabit the most. show more
Any rites, mantras, yogas and meditations associated with Manjushri will be especially effective for them. Manjushri can be our main practice, or an additional practice if we have a separate, pre-existing main practice already. Our religious orientation, even if we are not Buddhist, will not interfere with Manjushri’s bountiful blessings when we invoke him.
Manjushri is associated with learning, self-improvement, logic, wisdom, the arts, science, music, contemplation, realisation and penetrative insight. He is thus associated with improving all facets of intelligence, learning and inner growth.
People associated with this Birth Buddha generally enjoy learning while those who face difficulties in learning, whether academically or life lessons, are encouraged to invoke upon Manjushri’s energies to see things improve for themselves.
Be with your Birth Buddha always! You can do this by wearing a pendant of your Birth Buddha or click here to download a free, high resolution of your Birth Buddha.
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