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Jyotish and Gaṇeśa

by Freedom Cole October, 2015


September marks the time of Gaṇeśa Chaturthi, a day associated with the worship of Gaṇeśa. The elephant-headed deity has become loved by many all over the world. He’s big, friendly, sometimes clumsy and he helps us when we are stuck- who wouldn’t love him. Gaṇeśa is also associated with technology, which includes our computers. These beneficial devices can cause us great headaches when they get bugs, viruses or just plain don’t do what they are supposed to be doing. In the ancient days, Gaṇeśa was associated with small machines, and as we see with the Antikythera mechanism, small machines have been around for a long time. Today, Gaṇeśa is the god of the computer, and just as every image of Gaṇeśa is not complete without a mouse sitting next to him, so our computers are not complete without a mouse.

Gaṇeśa is one of the best deities to have an image of in the office. I even keep a small sticker on my computer. Gaṇeśa is also a very important energy for learning, and anyone in school will benefit from his presence. By nature, Gaṇeśa is a mathematical genius, and thinks like a quantum physicist. He particularly looks over those in the realm of technology, and the technical sciences.

Gaṇeśa also represents the doorway, the beginning, or the access to something new. He can be symbolized by a key, as he is the key that opens the lock that gets us through.

As the Gaṇeśa has become famous enough to have his image in homes and store fronts around the world, what form is best? There are so many different types of Gaṇeśa. Here, I want to share an astrological technique to look at which position of Gaṇeśa is the most appropriate for an individual to approach him.

The twelve houses in astrology are divided into the four aims of life. The dharma houses (fire) indicate a standing form, the artha houses (earth) indicate a sitting/riding form, the kama houses (air) indicate an active form (walking or dancing) and the mokṣa houses (water) indicate a resting form. From this we understand that a standing form helps us realize purpose and therefore removes the blocks to achieving our goals. A sitting or riding form is beneficial for wealth and prosperity. A dancing form is good for all levels of relationship (friendships, family and love). And the form of the resting Gaṇeśa is calling us to reside within our true nature, thereby removing spiritual blocks.

In the Utkal tradition, we take the house location of Ketu (the south node) and utilize this disposition to understand Gaṇeśa. The house and sign position indicates one’s root form of Gaṇeśa. Utilizing the house, if an individual has Ketu in the first, fifth, or ninth house, then a standing form is best. If Ketu is in the second, sixth, or tenth house then a form of him sitting or riding is the best. If Ketu is placed in the third, seventh or eleventh house then a dancing Gaṇeśa is best. If Ketu is in the fourth, eighth or twelfth house then a reclining Gaṇeśa is best. In general, a sitting (artha) form of Gaṇeśa is best for the office, and a standing form (dharma) will be best for a yoga studio or school.

Auṁ hrīṁ jyotir-gaṇeṣāya namaḥ

Freedom Cole

by Freedom Cole

October, 2015

About Freedom Cole

Freedom Cole is a teacher of Vedic Astrology, Yoga and the Vedic Sciences. He teaches traditional Vedic Astrology in a practical way which is useful in the modern world. He teaches with the traditional usage of Sanskrit, meditation, chanting/mantra through modern technology. Freedom’s teachings are filled with the deep understanding of the unity of all things.

Freedom was born into a family that practices yoga and has been teaching yoga and meditation since he was a teenager. He has studied with various teachers and is initiated by Paramahamsa Hariharananda Giri of Puri in the tradition of Kriya yoga. Freedom has a BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts. He has studied Ayurveda with the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine, the International Academy of Ayurveda, the California College of Ayurveda, and mentored with various doctors in India.

Freedom studied with various astrology teachers in the US and India until meeting Paramguru Pandit Sanjay Rath in 2001. He has lived for extended periods in India studying with his Jyotish Guru in in Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Puri and the Kamoan Himalayas. He was given the dīkṣā of the sacred thread by his Sanskrit Guru Vāgīśa Śāstri of Varanasi and was given his Vaiṣṇava dīkṣā by Baba Balia of Orissa.

Freedom is dedicated that people have access to true Vedic knowledge within a modern context. He focuses on using this knowledge to free the mind and give a universal perspective. Freedom shares the gross, subtle and transcendental level teachings in all topics of discussion.

Freedom’s personal website is and his Vedic Astrology wesbite is

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