I asked a friend of mine who is a hobbyist vedic astrologer (not a professional) whether he could offer any clues to the mystery. By using the principles of vedic horary astrology (prasna marga), he made the following predictions yesterday night (2 February 2007, 16:30 GMT):
- He is alive.
- He is at a place where land and water meet (perhaps a shore or an island).
- He is at a place north of where he started from.
- He will return within 2 or 3 days, that is by February 4th or 5th.
- He is likely to be with a known lady friend or relative.
I hope Jim Gray is found soon alive. The search efforts must continue.
For the benefit of the students of horary astrology, I have given below the chart which was set for my question. The planetary longitudes are as per N. C. Lahiri's Indian Ephemeris for 2007. The ascendant (or lagna) was set based on an arbitrary number I said.
The predictions are based on the following observations:
The horary Lagna (Ascendant) Lord Jupiter is in the 12th or the house of loss. The person is alive because the planet concerned (Jupiter) is not afflicted. Further the Lagna Lord Jupiter occupies the 12th house whose Lord Mars occupies Lagna forming a parvartana yoga (exchange of houses). Chandra (Moon) Lagna Kataka (Cancer) is occupied by Chandra in own house with Saturn. These indicate safety and fixity.
Lagna Lord is in a female sign. Hence the missing person is likely to be with a lady friend or a relative.
He must have gone to a watery place or a place which is part land and part water because the Lagna lord is in a watery sign Scorpio (Vrischika).
The Lagna Lord occupies Scorpio which indicates northern direction.
The likely date for his return is based on the lunar transit into Simha (Leo) from Kataka (Cancer).