Jiddu Krishnamurti left a lasting impression on the people who met him which was one of light, love, affection, purity and simplicity. He was first noticed on a beach by Charles Leadbeater of the Theosophical Society. It was his aura which inspired veneration. Upon encountering his teachings however people could be confused, because his way of talking was so radically and deceptively simple which left people feeling robbed of their usual structures of knowledge. Simplicity and peaceful contemplation are characteristic of the sign of Taurus and he was born on or around May 12th, 1895 and lived a full life of travel and being thrust reluctantly into the public eye by his legal guardian Annie Besant of the Theosophical Society.
When he walked in a room people felt his light, his care, his quality of complete attention of his being, and to what he was doing or saying. He said often that consciousness is one, and therefore to hold on to your nationality, creed, caste, rituals or religion would create divisions and attachments, even violence, and thus more suffering. He encouraged people to question all authority and he has a very probing Uranus in Scorpio. He said seek to become one’s own authority within oneself- Uranus is the ruler of his chart with Aquarius rising- but he also wanted others to experience this inner authority for themselves. To him “truth is a pathless land” which befuddles those seeking a path. People with vested interests in power like Annie Besant were challenged by this, but he had developed a strong bond with her and that continued.
Uranus is significantly placed in the ninth house of philosophy, religion and belief, so Krishnamurti brings a fresh, sharp eye to all the cant and dogma that had infected religious beliefs. Like Socrates, Kirshnamurti used a probing, dialectical style of enquiry into the truth, never offering easy answers, because it is more honest to acknowledge limits, and all that we do not yet know. The Sun opposing Uranus too would lend a strong edge, giving him a constantly challenging and original way of thinking.
He lived until he was 91 and longevity has been noted in Taureans- perhaps they do not like to leave behind life’s physical pleasures? One biographer said that Krishnamurti began where Buddha (another Taurus) left off, but he also went beyond. He did not use book knowledge to apprehend all that he knew. People thought he was empty headed and simple-minded as a child. Yet, in 1929 in Holland, positioned between his Sun/Descendant and Uranus Ascendant astro-cartography lines, he shocked everyone when all eyes were indeed on him. He calmly began his now famous ‘dissolution’ speech. He deconstructed the guru-worship system by declaring categorically that any organized religion is a set of chains that enslave a person’s inner freedom and inner authority. This dismantling of the ‘guru’ system of privilege was a direct rejection of the hierarchical attitude to life. This was striking for multiple reasons: he was appointed leader of Order of the Star of the East, a branch of The Theosophical Society, inheriting the mantle of Madame Blavatsky in whose tradition he had been cultivated into the longed-for leader. But he stood down and dissolved the order. He had finally decided not to be one of the ‘secondhand’ people he identified as not living authentically.
Uranus, the destroyer, is ruler of his chart, but even more striking is that Pluto is conjunct Neptune in the 4th House which underscores this powerful deconstruction and reexamination of the entire world of spirituality. He went as far as asking “Is belief actually necessary?” and dared to say things like “society is immoral,” and “Be your own teacher” and “Christianity is the result of 2,000 years of propaganda,” but did not spare other religions too. He also said “Questions about death and reincarnation are meaningless if you don’t know how to live.” And the quote that would bring everyone down to Taurus
Earth is ‘Supreme intelligence is to have no illusions.” His Saturn in the 9th is trine to Jupiter in the 5th , another house of teachers, and this might hint that a grandmaster had incarnated. But also a founder schools which focussed on a holistic type of schooling for children. Yet that same role of Maitreya, reluctant or not, was difficult to shrug off as his followers could not help but elevate him above the normal, even to the point of adulation. His attempts to prick the bubble of ‘great teacher’ may thus have failed.
He encouraged people to wipe away the accumulated layers of thought that obscure a more pristine awareness of the world. This perception is like ‘beginner’s mind’ non-judgmental; it is sensory without entanglement with so called ‘rational’ processes;it is not polluted by language and is quite fearless. He said we are the enemy to ourselves unless we enter willingly on the process of ceaseless inquiry. He also said that if your mind is not calm, organized, discerning and strong then no amount of action would ever bring about any change in the outside world. The world will not change until people became free inside, but few people wish to do that tough inner work. The reason we are still talking about him now is that his legacy is profound, as what he triggered was not based on any set of beliefs but on offering a DIY key to open the long process of enquiry into the nature of your own mind. Even physicist David Bohm found parallels in Krishnamurti’s approach to his deep knowledge of the patterning of the universe, and they became friends. Krishnamurti also met and had talks with Aldous Huxley, Indira Ghandi, Fritjof Capra and Rupert Sheldrake.
I hesitate to use the usual methods of matching up telling biographical facts to the placements and aspects his chart in the case of Krishnamurti because he is not the typical sun sign Taurus. From one perspective he could even be the antitheses of the materialist, sensation-addict type of Taurus. However, we could point to the fact that he had a Venusian look – Venus rules Taurus – with lustrous white hair brushed upwards across his domed forehead, and he wore simple, but high-quality shirts and tailored suits, he travelled and lived in luxury, and knew all the British and European aristocracy and lunched at Fortnum and Mason’s when in London. There is a bovine feel to him, and he was at his best in bucolic scenes, under the Pepper tree in Ojai, California where he had his out-of-body kundalini awakening experience or walking in lush green grass enjoying the smell of the flowers. He was clearly placid, calm, soft and gentle, contemplative, yet also resolute, powerful, consistent in his friendships which had longevity. He was even stubborn, with that palpable presence of his. All of these qualities align with those of the sign of Taurus. In his chart however the cardinal energy is surprisingly low, and water high, and he was notoriously vague operating at a purely intuitive level – and a vague Taurean can mislead their friends and partners most about money. Bitter legal disputes over possessions surrounded Krishnamurti towards the end of his life from the involvement of Rosalind Rajagopal and the Happy Valley school. Rosalind had been appointed as a nurse and carer for him and his brother Nitya as early as 1922, and had a romantic involvement with Krishnamurti, all of which came out in a tell-all memoir (1991) by her daughter Rahda Rajagopal Schloss.
To go along with Krishnamurti’s mode of questioning for the sake of argument, I would have to start by asking “but why use astrology to understand the world?”… “Is it not another chain to hold back your inner freedom?” This may be true, as to look through an astrological lens could be tainting him with astrological jargon, which is just a means to an end. But since this happens to be the topic here, I can’t help noticing that on the day of this ‘enlightenment’ said to be 17th August, 1922, there is a ‘mystic rectangle’ present in the chart. This shape is formed by two sets of planets in opposition, cross-linked by two sextiles and two trines. This is if Chiron is included, but it also creates a neatly enfolded kind of geometry, sometimes called an ‘envelope,’ that contains a symbolic message. Perhaps it is a coincidence? Or, more of a ‘divine symmetry’ as Blake might say? A holistic and internally integrated kind of energy comes into being here with a mystic rectangle as all the energies work together in a harmonious way. The mystic rectangle might be enough to suggest a transformative experience was imminent that day, but just to add that Pluto was conjunct his Mars/Jupiter in Cancer, and the North Node/Saturn/Venus conjuncted his natal Chiron. The exact time may be disputed but it looks like the astrology offers a tantalising ‘objective correlative’ suggesting a major download occurred for him around that period -August and September.
It is good to remember that language whether astrological or not can not ever capture the whole of a person- and Krishnamurti argued that once you label something it becomes a ‘dead’ thing. Consciousness is beyond a person’s chart, and the quality of that individual consciousness can bring a different expression to the way that astrological aspects symbolically parallel events in a person’s life. What manifests may be enhanced or only develops into psychological change, depending on the level of consciousness that individual uses to perceive what is happening. Krishnamurti was definitely transformed by this experience, and claimed he was never the same. In fact he could not remember his former self.
When actor Terrence Stamp (Cancer) who has been strongly influenced by Krishnamurti finally had the opportunity to ask directly what exactly happened that day in 1922 under the Pepper Tree, Krishnagi considered the question a long time. Then he stared into Terrence’s eyes and said “The ocean fell into the drop.”
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