The following analysis of Paramahansa Yogananda combines Vedic astrology, Western astrology and numerology.
The nakshatra of Yogananda’s ascendant Magha means “the mighty one”. Autobiography of a Yogi is considered a spiritual classic worldwide. His books and audios teach people how to integrate spirituality in their daily lives in practical ways and advice is given to attain inner peace. People take the self- realization lessons and get initiated into Kriya yoga to accelerate their spiritual growth. The Shakti of this nakshatra is the power to leave the body and he described those experiences in Autobiography. His spiritual methods for success are designed to help others leave the physical body and more closely connect with God. Magha is the constellation of the ancestors and there is a respect for traditions, older people and those in the lineage. In Yogananda’s case, his guru Sri Yukteswar guided him on the path. He had great respect for his teachings and the teachings of those before him (Babaji, Lahiri Mahashaya).
Magha people are generous and warm hearted; they like to share their blessings. He would give people the benefit of the doubt and try to expect the best of them, which often inspired them to do their best. Magha people often are in authoritative positions and interact with influential people. Yogananda dealt with a wide variety of people and always treated everyone the same regardless of status and background.
Magha is said to produce a royal demeanor and Yogananda had a regal and dignified bearing. Even if other people would display negative emotions, he would not let that disturb his calm sense of inner peace. He remained cool and even tempered in the face of adversity.
Magha people are drawn to the practice of yoga so it is fitting that Yogananda was the first to bring yoga to the West! They often become aware of spiritual beings and subtle planes; Yogananda was able to connect with his spiritual lineage and he was able to have out of body experiences in communion with God.
In the Western chart, the ascendant is at 1 degree Virgo and the moon is at 25 degrees leo. In 1893 the fixed star Regulus was at 28 degrees Leo so it conjuncts both his ascendant and his moon. Regulus is called the "Royal star" which confers a royal bearing, idealism, nobility, leadership skill and generosity to those it influences. The influence is magnified because the ascendant and moon are two of the most personal points in the chart. Chiron which is associated with the power of healing, at 3 degrees virgo conjuncts the ascendant and Yogananda did heal many people through his presence and teachings. He taught people to heal themselves through powerful techniques such as kriya yoga and meditation that led to purifying the mind.
Yogananda has a number of raja yogas in his chart that serve to elevate his status. These include Jupiter as lord of the 5th conjunct Mars lord of the 4th and 9th; Saturn as lord of the 7th oppose Mars; and Jupiter oppose Saturn. Dhana yogas exist as the lagna lord Sun is conjunct 2nd and 11th lord Mercury. There are no planets in fall. Jupiter is strengthened as it is in its own sign Pisces in Revati. Revati is an auspicious nakshatra for spiritual growth. Jupiter is favourable for a number of other reasons: In the divisional charts, Jupiter appears in its own sign 3 times, enhancing its strength and favourability. Jupiter has an Ashtakavarga score of 5, this is the second strongest planet. Jupiter is the dispositor of sun, mercury and mars influencing all those planets as well. Budha -Aditya Yoga is particularly effective because it occurs in the 5th house of intelligence and the Sun is the ruler of the chart which personalizes it.
As Venus is Atmakaraka (significator of the soul), it takes on a special significance. Atmakaraka represents unfulfilled desires from past lives and can be said to be our soul’s true purpose now. Venus also gains prominence as the nakshatra ruler of the lagna ruler Sun in Purva Ashadha. Venus is the strongest planet in terms of its Ashtakavarga score at 7 points. It appears in its own sign twice in the divisional charts. It also has high dig bala being placed at the nadir of the chart so we can infer that Yogananda has a very important purpose to fulfill that will deeply impact many people. Jupiter influences that purpose as it throws a special 9th effect onto the 4th house from the 8th house. Similarly, Saturn in the 2nd house throws a special forward sextile aspect onto Venus. I think this manifests as the spiritual devotion, generosity and wisdom of Jupiter being complemented with the self-discipline, patience and work ethic of Saturn. This helped in fulfilling his purpose, which was to bring yoga to the West and communicate his self-realization teachings to people all over the world. In his case, Saturn did not cause too many problems because Yogananda found a way to view life from a perspective of equanimity.One of my favourite affirmations of his is “I relax and cast aside all mental burdens allowing God to express through me his perfect love, peace and wisdom.”
Venus is placed in the 4th house of education and happiness. This house is a moksha house and is therefore reflective of spiritual proclivities, including capacity for inner peace, happiness, hope and faith. It represents how well we can nurture and support others. Venus being strong bodes well for these qualities. The fourth house reveals educational experiences, the ruler Mars is in the 9th, representing teaching and thus it makes sense that after having a very successful teacher-student relationship with Sri Yukteswar, Yogananda became a guru to millions, teaching them how to restore their lives to a state of inner peace and happiness.
His yoga preet (which is auspicious, not inauspicious as incorrectly noted on Parasahara Light’s software) gives rise to a talent for public speaking, eloquence and charisma. His karana bava makes him a good leader, who is able to motivate people to be their best, it also gives discipline and success. The yogi point (which is a point of good fortune and blessings) at 29 degrees cancer is located in the 12th house of foreign travel spiritual wisdom, enlightenment.
In the rasi, the ruler of the 1st house, Sun, is in the 5th house. The ruler of the 5th house and the 8th house, Jupiter, is in the 8th house. The ruler of the 12th house, Moon, is in the 1st house. The ruler of the 9th house, Mars is in the 9th house. In the navamsha, the ruler of the 5th and 12th houses Venus is in the 9th house. The ruler of the 10th house is in the 9th house.
Thus we can see that all of the spiritual houses are connected to a high degree which shows immense devotion to God.
In the rasi, the first house is Moon. In the 5th house is Sun and Mercury. In the 8th house is Jupiter and Mars. In the 9th house is Rahu. Thus, 2/3 of his planets are in the spiritual houses giving them a lot of energy.
In the navamsha, Ketu is in the 8th house, Venus and Jupiter are in the 9th house, Sun and Mars are in the 5th house and Moon is in the 12th house. Again 2/3 of his planets are in the spiritual houses giving them a lot of energy.
In the Navamsha, the Saturn ruled signs Capricorn and Aquarius are on the 8th and 9th houses increasing the need to be in solitude.
The nakshatra ruler for his rising sign and Moon sign Magha (in the rasi) is mystical Ketu placed in the 3rd house of communications which increases his desire to discuss mystical subjects. Ketu is also the ruler of navamsha lagna ruler Mercury in Ashwini. In the navamsha Ketu is placed in the 8th house emphasizing the interest in transcendental knowledge. The nakshatra ruler for his navamsha Purnavarsu lagna is Jupiter and Jupiter is placed in the 9th house which shows the destiny in a foreign land to spread spiritual teachings.
The 8th house is connected to the 1st house because lagna ruler Sun is in Sagittarius and its dispositor is Jupiter. Jupiter is the ruler of the 8th house and is placed in the 8th house.
The 8th house is connected to the 12th house because Jupiter as ruler of the 8th and placed in the 8th makes a special trinal aspect onto the 12th.
The 8th house is connected to the 10th house because 10th house ruler Venus is placed in the 4th house and receives a special trinal aspect from Jupiter as ruler of the 8th house placed in the 8th. Venus is in Scorpio and its dispositor Mars is in the 8th house conjunct the 8th house ruler Jupiter.
The 12th house is connected to the 1st house because 12th house ruler Moon is placed in the 1st house.
Jupiter is strong in the rasi in its own sign Pisces in service oriented and compassionate Revati. In the navamsha Jupiter is in its own 9th house conjunct benefic Venus where it can express itself fully.
The vimshamsha is the chart for spiritual progress and numerous connections are made between the spiritual houses showing the great accomplishments Yogananda made in his lifetime.
Yogananda was a spiritual teacher, this is seen through his life path number 9. Number 9 is the number of disseminating knowledge and wisdom, sharing it so that other people can benefit from it. Number 9 has a skill for presenting information so that it can be easily understood and implemented by people from all walks of life. His birthday and soul urge number of 5 lent great power to his ability to effectively communicate and get his ideas across to a wide range of people. He had a skill for choosing just the right words to get his message across in a powerful way.
The central message of his work was the journey towards cultivating equanimity under all circumstances. He taught that both sorrows and joys are necessary to gain mastery over circumstances and emotions. The past is nothing more than what was and the present is what we focus on to improve our character and lifestyle. People born on January 5th are resilient, regardless of personal difficulties, unlucky events or people who try to do them harm, they bounce back stronger than ever. They understand that life is constantly changing, nothing ever stays the same and thus are flexible to new circumstances and adapt well to them. Nothing keeps them down for very long; they always are trying to find the hidden blessings in the situation and turn things around. People admire their tenacity and look to them for guidance when facing adversity.
In the Western chart, 0 degrees gemini is on the MC. It is said that having an angle or planet at 0 degrees of a sign gives the purest energy of the sign and that there is a fresh, innovative energy to it. It is similar to the enthusiasm of youth. Gemini symbolises communication, being eloquent and articulate, witty, bright and an eternal student. Bernadette Brady states that fixed star alcyone (0 degrees gemini) on any angle denotes “A strong sense of knowing, a strong vision of destiny, a desire to walk the correct, if not the popular pathway”.
There is Pluto conjunct Neptune in Gemini in the 10th house. Mercury is the ruler of the 10th house. This is a clear indication that his communication (Gemini, Mercury as ruler of 10th) on mystical subjects/ spirituality, meditation (Neptune) would have a transformational impact (Pluto) on the world. Mercury is in Sagittarius, which is the sign of the philosopher, teacher and/or guru which describes his role to his millions of students globally and it is conjunct the vertex which is a special point of destiny. Jupiter in Aries is the dispositor of Mercury and is placed in the 8th house of healing and transformation. He also has Mars in Aries in the 8th house showing his ambition and drive was channeled through 8th house areas of interest. The Aries influence made him pioneering in his field, he was brave in getting his message across regardless of any non-believers or skeptics. In numerology, his expression number was 22 which is the master builder. He left a long lasting legacy based on his spiritual teachings which were the first of its kind. The originality, vision and genius is clearly seen in the way he views life and teaches others to view life. Mercury is conjunct Venus ruler of the third house and since Taurus is intercepted in the 9th, in a sense Venus is co-ruling the 9th. The 3rd-9th house axis is one of communications/ publishing /education /teaching /travelling, all of which he did. This axis is also strengthened by Venus being at critical degree 17 degrees Sagittarius. Saturn representing work ethic, determination, self- control and discipline is exalted in Libra in the 2nd house. He had amazing strength of will and achieved whatever he set out to do. The second house is connected with self- worth, creature comforts and the senses. He had high self -worth as one of his goals was to supersede desires and he succeeded, he did not give into cravings. As they came up, he had methods for conquering them. Even though the purpose of his work was not to earn money but to educate, he nevertheless attracted wealth through his teaching and inspired wealthy people to donate to his work.
In the Vedic Chart, the 10th house ruler Venus is in Jyestha in the 4th house. The Jyestha influence makes him an elder and powerful authority figure. His personality number 8 also lent an aura of authority and powerful influence. He had enthusiasm in teaching which led to fame. It seemed he had a natural protection from God such that no one could really harm him. The 4th house is related to a classroom and education, his career was fundamentally as a teacher of self realization techniques. The 10th house ruler in the 4th house shows that the person could live where they work, in other words their home space is their office space. Yogananda both lived and worked at the Mother Center International Headquarters in California for 20 years. At the present time, there are multiple temples and centers devoted to sharing Yogananda’s teachings around the world. The dispositor of Venus in Scorpio is Mars in Pisces in the 8th house. Mars is in Uttara Bhadrapada giving him the ability to awaken the kundalini energy through meditation. This nakshatra also tends to be very generous and desires to go deep within any subject that captures their interest. It is conjunct Jupiter the ruler of the 8th house. This shows that his career involved uncovering the mysteries in life and transcending consciousness. The Jupiterian influence made him a guru and well able to communicate his teachings to students worldwide. It bestowed a lot of fortune on his career. In the Navamsha, Venus is conjunct Jupiter (Jupiter rules the 10th house of career) accentuating this influence. Venus is in the 9th house showing that his career involved teaching and travelling.
In the Dashamsha, the 10th house contains Rahu in Leo and its dispositor is Sun in Cancer in the 9th house, this reflects his career as a spiritual guru in a foreign land. There are many connections between the spiritual houses showing its prominence in his career: The 1st house ruler Mars is in the 5th house conjunct Venus ruler of the 12th house. Mars makes a special forward square aspect onto Jupiter. The 5th house ruler is Jupiter which is placed in the 8th house. Mars-Venus also makes an opposition aspect to Moon, ruler of the 9th house. The Sun as ruler of the 10th house is placed in the 9th house. Thus all the spiritual houses 5, 8, 9 and 12 are connected and they connect to the 1st and 10th houses which is important for linking with career and self. The 5th house ruler Jupiter is in Gemini in the 8th house. Jupiter in Gemini is in Parivartana yoga with Mercury in Sagittarius, they now have the ability to function as if they were each in their own sign. Mars-Venus is placed in the 5th house and Venus is exalted in Pisces. In fact Venus in Pisces opposite the Moon gives Malavya yoga giving great success to Venus ruled domains and houses. It gives a lot of power to Venus in the Rasi as it was the 10th house ruler there and brings prosperity in the career. Publishing
In the Western chart, the 9th house is strong as 9th house ruler Mars is placed in Aries and it is in the 8th house. In the Vedic Chart, the 9th house ruler Mars is placed in Pisces in the 8th house conjunct Jupiter. The Mars-Jupiter conjunction is called Mangal-Guru yoga and gives intelligence, lecturing skill and leadership. North Node in the Western and Rahu in the Vedic are both in the 9th house. These configurations are auspicious for success in publishing. Yogananda is a very talented writer and he would publish communications about esoteric subjects, spirituality, transcendental techniques, enlightenment, wisdom, meditation and methods of communicating with God. In fact the Self- Realization Fellowship has several chapters worldwide which continue the service of disseminating his work to the public. Uranus in scorpio conjunct the nodal axis (nodes are a point of destiny) indicates the originality of his work and that his destiny was to be a trailblazer. In numerology, his birthday and soul urge numbers are 5, the number 5 vibrates to Mercury and is a skilled communicator. Number 5 people love to talk about their adventures and stories. Travelling
In the Vedic Chart, there are several indications of foreign travel/settlement:
Rahu is placed in the 9th and it is said with Rahu in the 9th, one meets their destiny in a foreign land.
The 12th house ruler is in the 1st house meaning that foreign travel or moving to a different country than of one’s birth is likely.
There are 5 planets in dual signs (Sun, Mercury in Sagittarius; Jupiter, Mars in Pisces; Saturn in Virgo), constantly on the move
In the navamsha, the 12th lord Venus is in the 9th, and 7th lord Jupiter is in the 9th indicating a move to a foreign land.
In the Western chart, the 9th and 12th houses are connected with foreign travel:
The 9th house ruler Mars is placed in its own sign in Aries which indicates good fortune when in foreign travel. Mars is in the 8th house suggesting his move his connected with teaching esoteric subjects, meditation and healing.
The North Node in Taurus is in the ninth house indicating that it is part of his life purpose to travel and teach spiritual methods for Self-Realization.
The Moon is in the 12th house showing he has an emotional need for foreign travel, in this case he was teaching meditation and enlightenment which are also 12th house domains. The Moon is in Leo meaning that he can easily deal with the spotlight and would become an authority figure.
The 12th house ruler Sun is accidentally dignified in the 5th house contributing to positive experiences in foreign lands.
Taurus is intercepted in the 9th house, Venus is its ruler and is placed in the 4th house, a common combination in those who settle for part of their life in a country foreign from their birth country.
The vertex at 28 degrees Sagittarius in the 4th house is exactly trine the 9th house cusp, enhancing the tendency to feel compelled to travel to and live in a foreign country.
Significant Events In 1910, he met his guru, Sri Yukteswar Giri. In Autobiography of a Yogi, he describes his experience:
“We entered a oneness of silence; words seemed the rankest superfluities. Eloquence flowed in soundless chant from heart of master to disciple. With an antenna of irrefragable insight I sensed that my guru knew God, and would lead me to Him. The obscuration of this life disappeared in a fragile dawn of prenatal memories. Dramatic time! Past, present, and future are its cycling scenes. This was not the first sun to find me at these holy feet!”
At this time, he was running a Venus-Jupiter dasha in the Vimshottari system. In the rasi, Jupiter in the 8th house in Pisces (its own sign) trinally aspects Venus in Scorpio in the 4th house. Jupiter is also conjunct Mars, the dispositor of Venus in Scorpio. In the Navamsha, Venus and Jupiter are conjunct in the 9th house, the natural house of Jupiter and a spiritual house. In the dashamsha, Venus is exalted in Pisces, its dispositor is Jupiter. In the Vimshamsha (chart of spiritual progress), Jupiter is in Scorpio, its dispositor Mars is conjunct Venus.
On December 12th 1946, Autobiography of a Yogi was first published by the Philosophical Library. In the Vedic rasi chart, Rahu in Aries is in the 9th house of publishing, its dispositor Mars opposes Saturn along the 2nd-8th axis. Additionally, Saturn’s dispositor Mercury is trinally aspected by Rahu. In the Navamsha, Rahu is conjunct Saturn in the 2nd house of voice- he is publishing his story to the world. In the Dashamsha, Rahu is in the 10th house of career, Saturn makes a special backward square aspect onto Rahu from the 1st house. In 1920, he founded the Self- Realization Fellowship, whose aims and ideals are the following:
To disseminate among the nations a knowledge of definite scientific techniques for attaining direct personal experience of God.
To teach that the purpose of life is the evolution, through self-effort, of man’s limited mortal consciousness into God Consciousness; and to this end to establish Self-Realization Fellowship temples for God-communion throughout the world, and to encourage the establishment of individual temples of God in the homes and in the hearts of men.
To reveal the complete harmony and basic oneness of original Christianity as taught by Jesus Christ and original Yoga as taught by Bhagavan Krishna; and to show that these principles of truth are the common scientific foundation of all true religions.
To point out the one divine highway to which all paths of true religious beliefs eventually lead: the highway of daily, scientific, devotional meditation on God.
To liberate man from his threefold suffering: physical disease, mental inharmonies, and spiritual ignorance.
To encourage “plain living and high thinking”; and to spread a spirit of brotherhood among all peoples by teaching the eternal basis of their unity: kinship with God.
To demonstrate the superiority of mind over body, of soul over mind.
To overcome evil by good, sorrow by joy, cruelty by kindness, ignorance by wisdom.
To unite science and religion through realization of the unity of their underlying principles.
To advocate cultural and spiritual understanding between East and West, and the exchange of their finest distinctive features.
To serve mankind as one’s larger Self.
At this time, he was in Sun-Jupiter dasha. The Sun is in the 5th house and Jupiter is in the 8th house, both houses connected with spirituality. In the rasi chart, the Sun is in Sagittarius, its dispositor is Jupiter. In the Navamsha chart, Jupiter in the 9th house (its own house and also a spiritual house) trinally aspects Sun in the 5th house. In the dashamsha, Sun is the ruler of the 10th house of career and Jupiter is in the 9th house of spirituality. In the Vimshamsha, chart of spiritual progress, Sun and Jupiter are conjunct in Scorpio.
From 1924-1935 when he was in his Moon Mahadasha, he was on a cross continental speaking tour. The Moon represents the mind, emotions, learning and peace of mind. Its ruled sign cancer is associated with teaching. He was teaching people of all walks of life to train their mind and emotions to gain inner peace. In the rasi, the Moon is in the 1st house in Leo, its dispositor Sun is in the 5th house. The 1st house is himself and the 5th the mind and teaching, and past life credit, his purpose was to share the spiritual wisdom he gained in past lives with the public. In the Navamsha, the Moon is exalted in Taurus, its dispositor Venus is conjunct Jupiter in the 9th house of spiritual teaching and gurus, this is a placement indicating he achieves great results as a guru in the West. His teachings are having a meaningful, lasting impact on inner state of serenity. In the dashamsha, the Moon is in Virgo, a sign ruled by Mercury representing communication. Moreover, Mercury is placed in the 2nd house of speech/ lectures indicating a lot of oral and written communication to the public at this time. Mercury is in Sagittarius showing the spiritual focus of the lectures. In the Vimshamsha, Moon is the ruler of the 2nd house and it is placed in the 9th house of gurus in Aquarius. Its dispositor Saturn is in Virgo, a similar pattern to the dashamsha indicating focus on lectures and communication.
On December 12th 1946, Yogananda published Autobiography of a Yogi:
Natal 10th house indicators MC 0d Gem (d= degrees) 10th house ruler Mercury at 23d Sag 10th house dispositor Jupiter at 16d Aries Pluto and Neptune at 8d Gem Transits (using 12:00pm in Escondido, California, home of the Philosophical Library) Tr Pluto at 13d Leo quintile MC 1d Tr Pluto trine Jupiter 3d Tr Neptune at 10d Libra quintile Mercury 1d Tr Neptune sextile Neptune 2d Tr Neptune sextile Pluto 2d Tr Uranus at 19d Gem oppose Mercury 4d Tr Uranus sextile Jupiter 3d Tr Saturn at 8d Leo sesquiquadrate Mercury exact Tr Saturn sextile Neptune exact Tr Saturn sextile Pluto exact Tr Jupiter at 16d Scorpio quincunx Jupiter exact Tr Mars at 26d Aries trine Mercury 3d Tr Mars semisquare Neptune 3d Tr Mars semisquare Pluto 3d Tr Venus at 17d Scorpio quincunx Jupiter 1d Tr Mercury at 29d Scorpio oppose MC 1d (out of sign) Tr Mercury sesquiquadrate Jupiter 2d Tr Sun at 20d Sag conj Mercury 3d Tr North Node at 11d Gem conj Pluto 3d Tr North Node conj Neptune 3d In total, there are 20 tight transits, including four exact aspects to Yogananda’s career indicators which means that he receives a huge surge in his public standing. We would also need to examine 9th house indicators as this is the house of publishing: Natal 9th house indicators 9th house cusp 28d Aries Mars at 5d Aries North Node at 4d Taurus Venus at 17d Sagittarius (Taurus is intercepted in the 9th house) Jupiter at 16d Aries (Jupiter is the dispositor of Venus) Transits (using 12:00pm in Escondido, California, home of the Philosophical Library) Tr Pluto at 13d Leo trine Jupiter 3d Tr Uranus at 19d Gem quintile Mars 2d Tr Uranus semisquare North Node exact Tr Uranus oppose Venus 2d Tr Uranus sextile Jupiter 3d Tr Saturn at 8d Leo trine Mars 3d Tr Saturn square North Node 4d Tr Jupiter at 16d Scorpio semisextile Venus 1d Tr Jupiter quincunx Jupiter exact Tr Mars at 26d Aries conjunct 9th house cusp 2d Tr Venus at 17d Scorpio sesquiquadrate Mars 3d Tr Venus semisextile Venus exact Tr Venus quincunx Jupiter 1d Tr Mercury quincunx 9th house cusp 1d Tr Mercury sesquiquadrate Jupiter 2d Tr Sun at 20d Sag sesquiquadrate North Node 1d Tr Sun conj Venus 3d Tr North Node at 11d Gem semisquare 9th house cusp 2d In total there are 18 tight transits, including 2 that are exact In numerology, the life path of Dec 12th 1946 is 8. Yogananda was in personal year 8 for 1946, and his personality number is 8. This influence allows him to convey to the world a better understanding of how his experiences shaped his personality and interests. Five is the number of communication and publishing. On Dec 12th 1946 he had a personal day number of 5. Five is his soul urge and birthday numbers and his second cycle was 5 (cycle where creative talents come out) indicating that on this day he experienced wish fulfillment and his desire to publish his story to the world came to fruition. The essence at the age of 53 was 7, indicating a time for reading, writing and meditating, even though those activities comprised a large part of his life, it would have increased in intensity at that time and the writing was more personal in nature.