Meaning And Usage Of Harmonic Charts

Harmonic charts are commonly used for determining planetary strengths. Planets gain strength as they are located in the signs of their exaltation, own signs, or signs of friends, and lose strength in the signs of their enemies, or fall. We can examine the signs in which each planet is located in each of the harmonic charts. We judge these by the same rules of planetary friendship and enmity as used in the basic birth chart. Harmonic charts have additional specific usages and focus on particular...

Secondary Usage Of The House Bhava Chart

As Vedic astrology considers the houses in the Rashi or sign chart from the Ascendant and the Moon and harmonic charts, often the more specific Bhava or House chart is not used. Some practitioners use only the Rashi and Navamsha charts and do not do the Bhava at all. Most books seldom list the Bhava chart. Very accurate readings can nevertheless still be given. It is my view that the Midheaven should at least be considered as a point of power, even in the Rashi Chart, and that the Bhava Chart,...

Planets As Benefic Or Malefic

Planets have long been classified as to whether their influence is benefic or malefic. This has often been simplistically rendered as good and bad, according to a moralistic concept of good and evil (often depending upon what religion one follows). Thereby it has given rise to a stereotyped, judgmental or moralistic thinking, as if life were nothing but a school of reward and punishment and that the stars had no higher purpose then to administer justice to deviant mortals. Still there is a...

Exaltation And Debility

There is one sign in which a planet functions at its optimum, called its exaltation. Except for Mercury, which both rules and is exalted in Virgo, this sign is different than the signs ruled by the planet. In Vedic astrology, there is a specific degree of exaltation, a point in the exaltation sign where the exaltation is highest. These points of exaltation are different for every planet. Planets occupying their degree of exaltation are preeminently strong. These positions are--the Sun 10 00...

The Lunar Nodes In Vedic Astrology

The lunar nodes in Vedic astrology are a much more complex and studied phenomenon than in Western astrology. Their meaning is usually quite different, though under certain conditions it can be similar to that in the western system. The lunar nodes, by themselves, are regarded as generally the most malefic forces in the chart. The north node, Rahu, is said to be like Saturn, the greater malefic the south node, Ketu, like Mars, the lesser malefic. Yet the nodes have a subtler, more psychic and...