You seem to assume that my problems are all internal tendencies. If that's the case I'll have to disagree. In my own experience those influences aren't totally internal. They also manifest as physical illness, injuries and external circumstances. Yes, I've spend some years on meditation, psychotherapy and other self-improvement stuff before I get in touch with occultism, but none of them help when those negative influences hit me in my face. It's after all those shits happened and I opened an astrological books and was shocked to find everything is written in my natal chart, and what I saw isn't pretty because those shits may not be a one-time thing. I learned the hard way that there are forces larger than yourself that can and will influence your life whether you like it or not, and to put your focus totally inside yourself isn't very practical when your external circumstances sucks.
I went through a similar situation when I examined myself in light of Vedic Astrology. It was a strange feeling to see that some ancient Hindu who probably chewed sticks for dental hygine managed to predict my personality and life experiences accurately. You should keep in mind that no one has a perfect chart, and everyone has (in the Vedic reckoning) at least 6 areas that will be a consistent burden twisting external events into a position where they will kick you in the face.
The "burden" in Joytish Astrology is represented by Saturn, and he always affects at least 6 houses (2 by ownership, 3 by "rays" called drishti, and 1 by residence). The main idea is that he represents the obstructions and ignorance innate in the individual and their life experiences. The traditional view is that you, unless some special method is used, can only get around the effects by repeatedly
having to deal with them over and over again until you burn off the ignorance. Heard it likened to banging your head on a wall until it breaks. The good news is that the walls will collapse without you doing anything... the bad news is that this occurs without effort only if you manage to live to about 65.
For instance, in my chart, Aries is my 8th House and holds the Moon while being influenced by Saturn, Mars (who rules Aries) is magnified in Scorpio. I could take this to mean that my sense of self, and somewhat aggressive & egotistical mentality are unusually, and strongly rooted in disruptive transformations (i.e Death, Sex, Regeneration etc.) -- and that due to Saturn's influence these effects will happen repeatedly with only the effect of time to ameliorate their occurance. This is actually correct to a "tee", the experiences that proved the ancient Indian guy (who probably didn't even wear pants) right about me happened before
I'd even heard of this sort of Astrology. I don't doubt that your getting a face-full of boot, if only because everyone does -- whether you got pegged by some ancient who forgot to use his telescope for checking the local river for nudes or not.
The only real problem with the system is that it requires a precise time of birth, something not everyone has -- there are methods of determining it but that goes beyond my appreciation of the field. I can tell you that there a "remedies" claimed to reduce the ill effects -- though not in full. Aside from rituals to propitiate the planets, and the usage of stones (which I eschewed due to lack of interest) there is said to be one sure-fire way to help you by reducing the effects, at least slightly.
In two words, charitable deeds. This is why I didn't bother checking out the rituals and stones, my natural if whimsical sense of charity is an everyday part of living. According to the Joytisha, this is due to the Sun and Mercury in the 12th... whether or not that is true, I paid for the traits with time and energy -- that can't and shouldn't be denied. You buy it, you use it. If you predict that I'll buy the exact hat I buy ahead of time, its still mine, and it would be a wasteful use of a perfectly good hat to use it to wail on a long dead scholar -- or a planet for that matter.
Frankly it doesn't matter. Your chart, literally
cannot be all negative, and the negative aspects have their upsides. My spine was shattered in three places, three ribs were broken and a lung was pierced due to "negative" influences, the same "negative" influence showed me the Name of God vividly before me in such Glory that a piece of dog crap would've looked like a Rembrant at that moment. Neither experience required anything I would call effort, they seemed to "just fall" into place. For everything that comes easy to me, good or bad, someone is missing the boat, and the converse applies equally -- to everyone.
I've tried meditations and I'm still trying, but the physical illness and injuries make it very painful for me to sit or stand still for a long time so it's hard for me get into meditative state. This means it'll probably take much longer before I can use meditation to fix those internal tendencies. And for IIH...it looks interesting but seems to take a lot of time and takes years before it can be put into any practical use. When my circumstances improve I may embark on this or other similar developmental work, but I don't have the luxury to put all my effort in this now.
I can sympathize with illness and injuries that interfere with Spiritual Practice, but if I waited for a perfect asana then I'd never get one except by chance and happenstance. You have to start from where you are at.
The continual failures are practice
, a stripping away of the dross until the sharpened point you aimed for shines honed by tears, sweat, blood, and persistence
The Old Shaman were said to be able to hold the shaking, trembling, manic state of half-mad Ecstatic Possession for Days
of Shamanizing at a time. My own abilities are feeble in comparison, over the last three days I've only managed 129 minutes, total. Pathetic. Does it matter? Only if I quit trying.
Thats how you break free of negative planetary influences. I'm actually coming down from the above, and this might be the post of a selfish prick. The fact that I am a selfish prick can't detract from the points I made though.