An Astrological Autobiography
The Moon was near the star named Rohini, which means that the first phase of my life was controlled by the Moon. My Moon has excellent dignity (17 out of 20 by vimshopak calculation) and is the strongest planet in my chart (by shad-bala calculation) and is most strongly aspected by Jupiter. So by astrology you could pretty easily guess that the first phase of my life was a very happy one, and I was very close with my mother during my formative years.
Between 8 and 9 years old, my Mars phase began. In my horoscope Mars is in the 8th house of secrecy and occult. This phase in my life got me involved in underground ("hidden") sports like BMX Freestyle (for which I actually got some notoriety, being that Mars is in Leo with a very strong Sun), and started to take a serious interest in the occult and mysterious.
Rahu is really supercharged in my birth chart - especially because it is in its beloved nakshatra, Shatabhishak; and because it is the most heavily aspected planet in my chart. So I became a fairly well known guitarist and songwriter. I’ve toured the world as a musician 3 or 4 times, and written and recorded about a dozen studio records with artists from well known bands like Rage Against the Machine, Linkin Park, and Quicksand. My main band was the heavily spiritual and Krishna "108."
During the Jupiter portion of Rahu's phase from 1988 - 1991 I became radically and passionately interested in religion and spirituality. When Saturn's portion of the phase began in 1991 I renounced the "material world" for an ashram and took up monastic studentship ("brahmacarya") which would last for eight years. I met my guru, Sripad Dhanurdhara Swami, who initiated me into the maha-mantra in 1992 and later in 1994 (during Mercury's subphase, my 9th lord) initiated me into gayatri mantras and gave me the symbolic thread of the "twice-born," signifying aptitude in the "brahminical" role of a councilor, philosopher and guide. Through Dhanurdhara Swami I lived in, experienced and studied to the best of my ability all aspects of spiritual India, including jyotisha - the ancient Hindu system of astrology.
In 1996, Ketu's portion of Rahu's phase began. Ketu is a planet of abrupt and radical changes, and is in my 9th house. So without much warning or forethought I completely changed my monastic and celibate lifestyle and got married within a month or two to a woman who would become the love of my life and my truest friend. We were married on October 11th, 1997 during Venus' portion of Rahu's phase.
In 2001 the subphase of the Moon began (lord of the seventh house in the sixth). I went through fairly significant financial stress and made many, many enemies when I rashly insulted many of my former spiritual classmates and my teacher - something I really regret doing and will always try to make amends for.
In the subphase of Mars I continued to have problems with friendships. Perhaps this could be indicated by Mars being the 11th lord in the 8th house, since the 11th lord is often related to social ties and friends who are not entirely close. But I also purchased a house with the help of my father. Mars is my fourth lord, and in the 8th house with the Sun, the 8th lord.
This purchase ushered in the transition from Rahu's phase to Jupiter's. It began in 2003 with lots of prosperity coming from finally establishing a lucrative career (Jupiter is in my 10th house).
Mercury's part of Jupiter's cycle began in 2008. I liquidated all my debts (Mercury is the 6th lord in the 8th), established myself as an internationally acclaimed and recognized astrologer (Jupiter in the 10th and Mercury is the 9th lord), and moved to Japan (Mercury is the 9th lord - lord of travels, and Jupiter is the 12th lord - lord of foreign places, in the 10th house, the house of changing homes). I began writing and publishing profusely again during this period.
As the Venus portion of Jupiter's phase continues for me through the next few years I began teaching preschool English as a Second Language (Jupiter is the teacher, Venus is the lord of the 5th, the house of children). I am doing a lot of philosophical study and writing (Jupiter is the planet of learning and philosophy and Venus is similarly inclined towards arts, and occupies my 9th house, philosophy, as the owner of the 5th, education).