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KALACAKRA ASTROLOGY

                 The Kalacakra Astrology is an integral part of the Kalacakra Tantra, a Highest Yoga Tantra of Esoteric Buddhism.  Kalacakra, pronounced kala-chakra, literally means the Wheel of Time.  This type of Tibetan astrology can be identifed as possessing at least two distinct characterics of interest to astrologers.





The Wheel of Emmanation Chakra: distributing the energies of the Zodiac .
The DIAGRAMS
on this page are simplified versions of 'visual translations' of the six chakra system of the Kalacakra Tantra.  They are derived from Kim's study of the detailed textual descriptions of the chakras and channels by the great Nying-ma astrological scholar Ju Mipham in his profound work, The Kalacakra Commentaries, on the internal relations of the chakras to the astrological energies. 

The first has its foundation in the first chapter (actualy a complete volume) of the Sri Kalacakra and Vimalaprabha texts, where the calculation systems of the planetary motions against the backround of the Fixed Stars of Signs and Constellations were outlined some 1000 years ago.  This entered into Tibet in 1027 CE, and contains a complete and unique system of astrological calculation and interpretation.



The Forehead Chakra: the Soli-lunar Cycles of the Elements.
The Second Type of Kalacakra Astrology could be called an 'implicit' system and deals with the astrological relationships of the internal energies, chakras, channels and drops  to mental and emotional states, physical organs, and transformative processes.  It derives from another extensive section of these texts.  This is a deeply esoteric and advanced astrological subject, and is not taught by any Tibetan astrological college, but only by oral instruction under private tuition.  However, it is an extremely important aspect of study for those who seek any degree of deeper understanding of Kalacakra astrology.


The Wheel of Great Bliss: the Primordial Element of TIME.

 The Kalacakra Tantra, as a whole, covers many more topics than astrology and is considered one of the most profound and complete teachings of Esoteric Buddhism.  It treats many esoteric scientific subjects such as astrology, internal alchemy, the ten pranic and planetary energies, the special sixth element of TIME, and the structure and function of the subtle-body of chakras and channels, but uses these in a complete system of yoga practice.

ÎTIMEâ can be considered in three ways:-

a.  as the mechanism for calculating the motions  of the sun, moon and planets.
b.   as the sequential and continually cyclic arisal of mental and emotional states.
c.  as the primordial sixth element, TIME as BLISS, the innermost dimension of transpersonal awareness and 'internal awakeningâ.



The Wheel of Enjoyment Chakra- cycling the energies of the 28 Constellations

The final aim of this practice is to integrate mind and body into the Primordial consciousness of the Buddha-nature, another way of defining Enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism.  The nature of this consciousness as expressed in the Kalacakra texts is the freeing of the consciousness from the limitations of the cyclic nature of Time, through an transcendent type of Time termed Bliss.  It is a vast subject, but basically the practice employs a variety of Preparatory and Completion stage Yogas, which aim at the purification and alchemical transubstantiation of the body's subtle energies, which normally move in synchronicity with the cycles of the planets.  This movement of planetary energies within the body is the subject of the Astrology of the Internal Kalacakra.  Here is detailed the chakras and channels relationships with the stars, constellations and planets.  Through the higher yoga practices these cycles of circulating energy are brought under the control of yoga practitioner, who is motivated by the desire to free him/herself and develop the wisdom and compassionate powers to positively effect the world.  This subject has many implications that are valuable to anyone with a psychological or spiritual approach to astrology, and presents a theory of astrological interplay with the cyclic states of the everyday and supernormal levels of human consciousness.


The Wheel of Dharma Chakra- the Origin of the Planetary Winds

THE DIAGRAMS on this page are simplified versions of the 'visual translations' of the six chakra system of the Kalacakra Tantra.  They are derived from Kim's study of the detailed textual descriptions of the chakras and channels by the great Nying-ma astrological scholar Ju Mipham in his profound work, The Kalacakra Commentaries, on the internal relations of the chakras to the astrological energies. 

Secret chakra - integrating elements, energies, planets, etc with sounds, skandhas etc.





This printout also includes a print out of your personal 'Kalacakra Moments' - the dates when your chakras will naturally be in balance, and therefore most auspicious times for meditative practices.  Whilst the diagrams are reproduced in Tibetan script, an English translation is also provided, with an article explaining how the soli-lunar phases affect the balance and integration of your chakras.
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:The Kalacakra Mandala stages - pictures click here.

For in depth info on the Kalacakra Tantra visit The International Kalacakra Network from our Network.links page.