Use Of Different Ascendants

Vedic astrology can consider other houses as the Ascendant for different purposes. For example, in judging the affairs of the wife or partner, one can count the seventh house as the Ascendant (for the wife) and examine the other houses from that point ie. the eighth house from the seventh (the second house in the usual order), as representing her longevity. Similarly, the fourth house can be considered an Ascendant for the mother and the ninth house for the father. So too, planets in malefic...

House Systems Using The Midheaven

If we use the Midheaven, the most simple method is to divide up the difference between the Ascendant and Midheaven equally. If, for example, the Ascendant is 20 degrees Libra and the Midheaven 2 degrees Leo, a difference of 78 degrees, then we divide that by three. In that case, we get an extent of 26 degrees for each house. The cusp of the eleventh house then is 28 Leo and that of the twelfth is 24 Virgo. This is the method most often used in Vedic astrology. However, one may ask, if the...

Cancer

Cancer is the sign of the Moon (an even or negative sign), cardinal water, the chest of the Cosmic Man, a crab. As sign no. 4, it shows a need for mental and emotional stability and happiness. Cancer people are usually open, friendly, sympathetic, caring and nurturing, as they are under the sign of the mother. They value human relationship and the exchange of feelings, particularly on an intimate and personal level. They usually have many people in their homes or friends coming and going,...

Major Planets

THE SUN hot, radiant, light, dry, subtle, clear, sharp active, guiding, expanding, penetrating, isolating, insensitive, destructive THE MOON cold, wet, heavy, mobile, fast, cloudy, soft, smooth passive, responsive, creative, relating, sensitive, nurturing MARS hot, radiant, heavy, cloudy, sharp, coarse, mobile active, aggressive, penetrating, contracting, isolating, insensitive, destructive MERCURY neutral, light, subtle, mobile, fast, smooth, clear mutable, responsive, relating, sensitive,...

Planetary Relationships

The strength of planets in signs depends upon their relationship with the ruler of the sign in which they are located. Planets are strong in their exaltation, Mulatrikona or own signs. For other signs than these there is a system of planetary relationships for measuring the favorable or unfavorable connection between planets. Planets are strong in signs of their great friend or friend. Planets are neutral in strength in neutral signs. They are weak in the signs of their enemy or great enemy,...

Determination Of Favorable Times

Once we have come upon a time period when the Major, Minor, and Subminor are favorable, we should then look for a day when the Moon and the lord of the day are favorable. Finally, we should examine a time on that day when the Ascendant and Navamsha ascendant are favorable, then we will have a most excellent time for a particular venture. Lastly, we should pick a favorable hourly lord, if possible. The nature of this venture, starting a business, a marriage, spiritual initiation or whatever,...

How To Determine Favorable Periods

The general rule is that most favorable times are when there is a combination of different benefic lords that is, when all the Major, Minor and Subminor lords are benefic in nature and different planets. Next best is if all are benefic but one is repeated twice (so there are still no malefics in the sequence) among them. Of similar nature is a condition in which all period lords rule the same domain of life, as it is seldom that a group of planets is benefic for all domains of life. A time in...

Aspects For Uranus Neptune And Pluto

As Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are not part of the regular Vedic system, no judgement of aspects for them exists. We can ignore them altogether but it can be helpful to use them. To use them we must consider that they possess the same major aspects as all planets. This is the seventh aspect or opposition, to which the conjunction can be added as a full planetary interchange. However, we might want to count these by degrees, rather than signs, with an orb of 10 degrees or less, as their affect as...

The Sixth House

The sixth is the house of disease and enmity. It indicates opposition, difficulties and obstacles in life and can give many problems. As a house of disease, planets here tend to cause physical disorders according to their nature, particularly relative to the digestive system which the house rules. Hence influences here, like those to the Ascendant, are important for showing our physical constitution in life. It is a house of injury and shows wounds and accidents. It is a house of power and...

Gemini

Gemini is the positive sign of Mercury, mutable air, the lower neck and shoulders of the Cosmic Man, twins or a couple (a man and a woman). As sign no. 3, it gives an energetic nature with a seeking of change and interchange, motion and invention. Those in whom the influence of Gemini predominates are often nervous, restless and agitated. They possess quickness and adaptability of body and mind but can exhaust themselves through excessive activity. They have good intellects, along with...

Detriment

In Western astrology a planet is considered to be in detriment if located in a sign opposite the one it rules, as Mars in Libra. Vedic astrology, we should note, does not recognize this. Location in a sign opposite a sign ruled by a planet is considered positive as it allows a planet to aspect its own sign by its main or opposition (180 degree) aspect. The rule in Vedic astrology is that a planet is strong if it can aspect its own sign. This is particularly true of planets which possess no...

Planetary Relationships Composite

The factors of both natural and temporal friendship have to be combined to get an accurate measure of the relationships between planets in any specific chart. Permanent friend plus temporary friend Best Friend Permanent friend plus temporary enemy Neutral Permanent neutral plus temporary friend Friend Permanent neutral plus temporary enemy Enemy Permanent enemy plus temporary friend Neutral Permanent enemy plus temporary enemy Worst Enemy The correct ascertainment of planetary relationships is...

Shadbala Planetary Power Ratios

Shadbala is an elaborate system of computation to aid in determining planetary strengths and weaknesses. It is perhaps the most sophisticated and detailed of such astrological systems and probably the most reliable. While Shadbala is not necessary to give an accurate astrological reading it is helpful information to have. As the calculations are very complex and require much skill and time to do oneself, a computer program to do it is essential. For reason of its complexity we will only outline...

Sagittarius

Sagittarius is the positive sign of Jupiter, mutable fire, the hips of the cosmic man, a horse, centaur or archer. As sign no. 9, it shows grace, beneficence, completion and full harmony (3 x 3), the manifestation of the will in action. Sagittarius individuals project the positive side of Jupiter. They have a positive attitude in life, an expansive spirit, a moral, religious or philosophical disposition. They have a strong sense of principle, law and justice. They are usually warm and friendly,...

The Seventh House

The seventh is well known as the house of the partner the wife in a man's chart, the husband in that of the woman. It is the main house for judging marriage and male female relationships. As the house opposite the Ascendant representing the self, the seventh house or Descendant represents one's opposite or complement, the other. The seventh is thereby a house of love and passion and planets here give a strong sexual nature. Yet it represents more long term committed relationship rather than...

Houses From The Moon

Vedic astrology considers the Moon (and sometimes the Sun), as an Ascendant. As such it makes the location of the Moon at birth the first house. It uses the equal sign system again, with the Moon-sign as the first house, the next sign the second house and so on. If a certain house from both the Ascendant and the Moon is aspected, then the results will be more certain. If, for example, the fifth house from both the Ascendant and the Moon are both aspected by Saturn, inability to have children...

Mercury

Mercury has the best appearance, is witty, fond of jokes and laughter, and is learned. He takes upon himself the nature and constitution of the planets with which he is associated. Parashari 3.26. Mercury is the great messenger of the Gods. He is the planet which represents speech, communication and commerce on all levels. In his lower function he organizes and articulates material resources. On a higher level he connects us with our inner capacities, the powers of the mind. As Jupiter...

Equal House Systems

Owing to the variability which arises in house systems that use the Midheaven, simpler systems have arisen that do not consider it as the cusp of the tenth house. They regard the Ascendant as the cusp of the first house, and place all other house cusps an equal thirty degrees from it. In such systems, if 5 degrees Gemini is the Ascendant, the cusp of the second house will be 5 Cancer that of the third 5 Virgo and so on. These are called Equal House systems. The advantage of these systems is...

Raja Yoga

When a planet rules both a trine and a quadrant sign (apart from the ascendant), it gains a special power. It becomes a Raja Yoga Karaka or significator of great power. It can confer status, power and prestige. In the most literal sense, it has the power to make one a king or to put us in a position of political or social power. This idea includes any great position of fame and power, like a judge, mayor or administrator, not necessarily a high position. Nor does it not necessarily give wealth,...

Water Signs

Water signs bring our planetary energies into the realm of feelings and emotions and often give love, affection and attachment. They can be instinctual or intuitive, depending on how we use them, and usually cause us to seek emotional regard and recognition. They can show much work to do on the level of feeling, with our psychology and with human relationship. They can give strong vital natures and promote the interchange of emotional energy between people. They indicate that our main...

Planetary Lords

Malefic planetary lords are strong to cause disease. The lord of the sixth house causes injury, accidents, acute diseases, low vitality, poor digestion, poor resistance. The lord of the eighth causes poor vitality, chronic and wasting diseases, including premature death. The lord of the eleventh functions like that of the sixth, but with less power. The lord of the third functions like that of the eighth but with less power. The lord of the twelfth causes sorrow, grief, emotional disorders, and...

Sambandha

When planets are in mutual full aspect, they are said to be in Sambandha, which means complete connection. This complete connection or Sambandha exists by other factors. When planets exchange signs, ie. when Jupiter is in Aries, a sign ruled by Mars, while Mars is in Pisces, a sign ruled by Jupiter, this is considered a complete connection, like a mutual full aspect. It is called mutual reception in Western astrology, and is one of the most powerful connections possible between planets. By some...

The 27 Lunar Constellations Nakshatras

Ashwini 0--------------13 20 Aries Ketu 2. Bharani 13 20----------26 40 Aries Venus 3. Krittika 26 40 Aries----10 00 Tau. Sun 4. Rohini 10 00 ---------23 20 Tau. Moon 5. Mrigashira 23 20 Tau.-----06 40 Gem. Mars 6. Ardra 06 40 ---------20 00 Gem. Rahu 7. Punarvasu 20 00 Gem.-----03 20 Can. Jupiter 8. Pushya 03 20----------16 40 Can. Saturn 9. Ashlesha 16 40 Can.-----00 00 Leo Mercury 10. Magha 00 00----------13 20 Leo Ketu 11. Purva Phalguni 13 20----------26 40 Leo Venus 12. Uttara Phalguni 26...

Mutable Types

Mutable signs show the negative, transitional, unstable, undirected or malleable phase of their respective element. Mutable quality corresponds generally with Sattva it is the subtle, transformative or refined state of the element, which may, however, cause instability, hypersensitivity and disintegration. (It should be noted that some Vedic astrologers associated fixed quality with Sattva, as it is stable, and mutable quality with Tamas as it is disintegrating, but mutable signs are the best...

Planetary Aspects all aspects

All planets aspect the seventh sign with a full sight or influence. They aspect the fourth and eighth signs with a three-quarters sight or influence. They have one-half aspect on the fifth and ninth signs. They have one-quarter aspect on the third and tenth. For Mars, to repeat, its special aspects, which are generally given three-quarters influence, are regarded as full. For Jupiter, Rahu and Ketu, the usual one-half influence aspects, their special aspects, are regarded as full. For Saturn,...

Temporary Planetary Relationships

Planets in signs second, third and fourth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth, from the sign in which a planet is located (counting that sign as the first), are to be regarded as its temporary friends. Planets in the same sign as a particular planet, or in the signs fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth from it, are to regarded as its temporary enemies. By this we see that friendship occurs according location in the quarter of the zodiac preceding and the quarter succeeding the particular sign in...

Power Of Ascendants

According to this principle of house rulership, we can see that some Ascendants tend to be better than others, and for different things. Libra is sometimes regarded as the best Ascendant to have, because for it Saturn, ruling houses 4 and 5, becomes a Raja Yoga planet, a great benefic, and the main malefic becomes Jupiter (otherwise the most benefic of planets), who cannot therefore usually do much damage. Some even consider that Jupiter can give good results for the Libra ascendant. Moreover,...

Mahapurusha Yogas

Among the most common and most useful of the yogas are the Mahapurusha yogas, the planetary combinations that create great people. These occur when planets are located in their own sign or exalted and at the same time in an angle from the ascendant or the Moon. Only the five major planets are considered, not the Sun or the Moon, but these also benefit from such positions. Such positions serve to magnify the qualities of the planet involved and stamp the chart with its nature, character and...

Background Transits

We should consider current transits of planets relative to planetary periods. The transits of the strongest planet or lord of the ascendant in the birth chart are always important. We take special notice of the transits of the planet ruling the period, particularly the Major and Minor lords. We also note transits of planets to the period lords. These transits have about 1 3 value in judging the effects of the periods. The rest is determined by the positions and relations between these planets...

The Moon As The Feminine Side Of The

Vedic astrology sees the Sun and the Moon as in essence one planet. The Moon is the feminine side of the Sun that has been emanated to the proximity of the Earth to nourish and promote life on Earth. The Moon is the incarnation of the Divine Mother who dwells in the Sun. It is no mere astronomical coincidence that the Moon and Sun have the same relative size from the Earth. It is part of the working of cosmic law. Eclipses of the Sun and the Moon can only occur because of this. They are not...

How To Use Planetary Periods

The life cycle used in this main system of planetary periods (Vimshottari dasha) is 120 years. Naturally, most of us do not live that long and difficult periods limit our lifespan. Those periods coming after death, however, help us determine the nature of the after life state, the sojourn in the astral plane of the respective soul. Time is not the same on the astral as on the physical. It is more subtle. If, for example, one dies during the middle of a negative planetary period the remainder of...

Mars

Mars is cruel, has blood red eyes, is ill mannered, yet generous, is bilious (pitta) in constitution, is prone to anger and possesses a thin waist and body. Parashari 3.25 Mars is the great planet of energy. As Venus governs our affections, our emotional and vital impressionability, Mars relates to our passions, our emotional and vital capacity for self-projection. We could say that Venus governs our incoming emotions, our capacity to receive emotion Mars rules our outgoing emotions, our...

Air Signs

Air signs show versatility of movement and change, generally more on a mental level. People with airy planets are often intellectual or at least mental types. They seek communication and realization of ideas and ideals their love is usually of knowledge. They are often speculative and not concerned with practical results. They may live in their ideas and calculations, plans and projections. They show much work to do in the realm of thought and communication. They seek to ascend but may not have...

Aspects Only Thrown Forward In The Zodiac

Vedic astrology regards the influence of planets in aspects as only thrown forwards in the zodiac, whereas Western astrology usually sees an aspect as coming from both planets. Whereas Western astrology considers a square to exist between one planet and another in an angle of 90 degrees, whether in front or behind it in the zodiac, the Vedic system would only, for example, consider the square of Mars to be thrown on planets 90 degrees in front of it in the zodiac, not to those planets a similar...

Examining The Elements In The Chart

For a complete understanding of the elements in the chart we must examine the elements represented by the planets themselves (see section), particularly that of the strongest planet. For example, one may have many planets in earth signs but if they are predominately fiery planets and strongly placed, especially, an exalted Mars in Capricorn, one will have much energy, enthusiasm and motivation (fire) to accomplish things in the material or practical realm (earth). Such a person we would say is...

How To Determine The Biological Humor Astrologically

The most important factor for determining individual constitution is the ascendant or first house, which governs the physical incarnation generally. Usually people follow the ascendant in their physical type. Yet this is a general rule and other factors have to be considered. Planets located in the first house are important. Mars on the ascendant, for example, often renders a person fiery, particularly if it also aspects the lord of the ascendant. Along with the ascendant has to be considered...

Key Indicators Of Planet

Each planet relates to various factors within ourselves and in our lives. It becomes an indicator or significator of certain things inwardly and outwardly. The judgement on them depends upon how that planet is oriented in the chart. For example, the Sun is the significator of the father. If strong the father will usually is strong, healthy and successful. Naturally, each planet indicates many things. To be more specific other factors, like various houses and their rulers, must be brought into...

Planetary Hours

Each planet governs certain hours of the day. They will give their main results at these times. Auspicious planets in the chart will give good results at their hours, inauspicious planets will cause difficulty, as per all the general rules. Influences will be compounded according to the favorable or unfavorable nature of the planet ruling the day (like the Sun for sunday) and its relationship with the planet ruling the hour. The disposition of the Moon at the time is also important, as is the...

The Eighth House

The eighth is the infamous house of death. It indicates destruction, dishonor and can show the negative, criminal or violent aspects of our mind. It can represent severe chronic diseases or injury leading to death. It can indicate those in life whom we are likely to lose to death. Planets here tend to cause us to suffer over the affairs they represent and give opposition and limitation. On a positive side, it can indicate wealth which can be gained through inheritance or legacy, as, for...

The Eleventh House

It shows income or what brings us increase. It indicates anything we may possess much of or find increase through. It relates to goals, aspirations, wishes, will and ambition and what results we are able to acquire through them. It measures our individualistic motivation that can lead to impulsiveness and egoism. On the other hand, it indicates the possible realisation of our ideals and desires. In terms of family relationships it represents the elder...

The Moon

The Moon is watery and airy (kapha and vata) in constitution, she is intuitive and has a round body she has a luminous countenance, sweet speech, is changeable and moody. Parashari 3.24. As the Sun represents the cosmic masculine force, the Moon indicates the cosmic feminine force. The Sun is the God and the Moon is the Goddess the Sun is the Deva and the Moon is the Devi. The Sun is the spirit and the Moon is its creative force, which becomes matter the Sun is Shiva and the Moon is Shakti....

The Houses And Their Analogy To The Signs

The houses in Vedic astrology have the same basic meanings as in the Western system, with a few important variations. Generally, the houses follow the analogy of the signs. The first house has a meaning like the first sign Aries, and shows the head, the ego and the self-sense in life. The second house corresponds to the second sign Taurus and relates to the gathering and holding of personal and material resources. The third house resembles the third sign Gemini and governs curiosity and...

The Fourth House

The fourth is the house of home and happiness. It shows our house and environment both outwardly and inwardly (the mind). It relates to the mother and to the domestic situation. As such, it shows our basic emotional nature, our heart or feelings and is thereby important for determining our joy or aesthetic sense in life, our appreciation of love and beauty and our capacity for art. Upbringing, education and refinement in life are sometimes seen through it. The fourth house shows land and...

Pisces

Pisces is the negative sign of Jupiter, mutable water, the feet of the cosmic man, the fishes. As sign no. 12, it shows the complete display of all possibilities but not necessarily their proper integration. Pisces individuals are emotional, expansive, intuitive and imaginative. They are enthusiastic but not always wisely so. They like to influence others but are easily influenced themselves and may be vulnerable or impressionable. They are friendly and communicative and like people and can...

The Twelfth House

The twelfth is the house of loss, as the eleventh is that of gain. It is a house of expense, as the eleventh is that of income. It shows decrease, wastage and decay. We tend to lose or waste away the traits of the planets located in this house. The Sun here shows a loss of self-confidence or a poor reputation the Moon here shows emotional drain and moodiness Saturn here causes weakness of the nerves and worry and so on. It is the house of sorrow, disappointment and resignation. It indicates...

Aspects In Western Astrology

Western astrology carefully considers the exact degrees between planets in its calculation of aspects. It has major aspects like the square or trine, 90 or 120 degree aspects, and minor aspects, like the semi-sextile, 30 degrees. These aspects are counted as effective if the planets are within a certain number of degrees or orb of each aspect (for major aspects orbs are around 8 degrees, for minor aspects 1-- 3 degrees). Aspects are considered to exist equally whether a planet is before or...

Dual House Rulership

Planets rule two houses, except for the Sun and the Moon, which rule one house each (they are sometimes regarded as a single planet in terms of house rulership). For this reason the temporal status of planets has to be interpreted according to the meaning of both the houses the planet rules. Planets thereby often rule both a benefic and a malefic house. In this way their influence becomes mixed. It will be good for the effects of the positive house it rules, but bad for the effects of its...

Venus

Venus is joyful in spirit, possesses a beautiful body, is splendorous and has lovely eyes she is the inspirer of poets, is watery and airy in constitution (kapha and vata), and has curly hair. Venus manifests the feminine spirit she is well known as the Goddess of love and beauty. Our Venus shows our affection and sense of harmony in life. In the chart of the male, she represents the wife or lover. She is our appreciation of the beautiful and as such represents our aesthetic sense. Venus is the...

Mulatrikona

These are special areas where a planet functions very well, almost as well as exaltation. They usually consist of some portion of the positive sign ruled by the planet. However, with the Moon it is part of its exaltation sign, as the Moon does not have a positive or odd numbered sign. With Mercury it is part of its own and exaltation sign Virgo, as it has no special sign of exaltation. The Mulatrikona positions are--the Sun 4-20 degrees Leo, the Moon 4-20 Taurus,...

Uses Of Signs In Vedic Astrology

Western astrology tends to focus on the Sun sign. In Vedic astrology the Ascendant is the most important factor, then the Moon sign and third the Sun sign. This is logical because the Ascendant is the most quickly changing of all planetary factors. It changes signs in two hours, compared to two and a half days for the Moon and a month for the Sun. Hence it more directly reflects our individuality. As it is the point of orientation of the Earth to the heavens it also more directly reflects the...

Libra

Libra is the positive sign of Venus, cardinal air, the lower abdomen of the Cosmic Man, the scales or balance. As sign no. 7, it gives leadership, power and command of ideas. Libra has a somewhat different meaning in the Vedic than in the western system. In its stronger manifestation it is the sign of reformers, revolutionaries, prophets, idealists and fanatics. Libra individuals have a strong sense of harmony, justice and balance, particularly in the realm of ideas. They want to see heaven on...

Planetary Significators

There is yet another system, also unique to Vedic astrology, by which planets become significators of different aspects of our nature and different domains in life. This is determined by how many degrees they occupy by sign in the chart. To figure these out we should take the positions of the seven major planets in the chart and, not noting the signs, place them in order of their degrees and minutes. The planet with the highest number of degrees in any sign becomes the Atmakaraka, the...

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...

Hemming In Of Planets

If the Moon is in Libra, with Saturn in Scorpio and Mars in Virgo, then it has malefic planets around it in both adjacent sides. In this instance it is said to be hemmed in by malefics. While this is not technically an aspect, it does have a strong affect like a major aspect. The Moon will be strongly under the influence of these two planets and weakened by their malefic nature. If the planets involved are Jupiter and Venus, then the Moon would be hemmed in between benefics, which would thereby...

How To Calculate The Vedic Chart

The calculation of the Vedic chart can be done according to the same method as the calculation of the Western Tropical chart, only the Ayanamsha is subtracted from all planetary and sign positions. Thus any typical Western chart can be turned into a Vedic chart through subtracting the Ayanamsha. For this reason, we will not go into how to calculate charts. This can be found in many common Western astrology books, which can be examined for reference. There is a special Indian way of calculating...

Benefic And Malefic In Western Astrology

These natural dispositions of planets as benefic or malefic generally agree with that of traditional Western astrology. The most notable difference is that of the Sun, which Western astrology usually views as a benefic. Sometimes in Vedic astrology it can be the most malefic of the planets. The Sun as a very powerful and hot planet does have a destructive effect, as its desiccating effect in nature. It tends to limit or destroy the affairs of the house wherein it is located or which it aspects....

The Two Zodiacs

Most of us are under the impression that there is only one zodiac, that of the fixed stars or the constellations. We think that when an ephemeris, an astrological table of planetary positions, mentions that a planet as located in particular sign, for example Jupiter in Sagittarius, that if we were to look up into the sky to the stars of the constellation Sagittarius, we would see the planet located there. This, however, is usually not the case. The zodiac used by most Western astrologers today,...

Aspects By Sign

While Vedic astrology uses aspects it is in a different way, which may at first be difficult to comprehend for those familiar with western astrology. First of all, it judges aspects not according to the exact degree of angle between the planets involved but relative to sign. In the opposition or 180 degree aspect, the main one used in Vedic astrology, a planet aspects the sign opposite it (not just the degree). The aspects are not between planets but from planets via the signs they are in to...

Medical Astrology

Ayurveda is the classical medical tradition of India, its natural healing system. It also goes back to the original ancient Vedic culture and science and has a close relationship with Vedic astrology. It contains within its vast scope all forms of healing from herbs to surgery to yoga and psychology. It provides an integral and holistic system of diagnosis and treatment, aiming not only at the cure and prevention of disease but also at rejuvenation and the mutation of the mind. Its basis is a...

Harmonic Charts Patterns Of Astrological Intricasy

In Vedic astrology a minimum of two charts are done, the basic birth chart (Rashi Chakra) and the harmonic ninth (Navamsha). Frequently six and often as many as sixteen such charts may be considered. These harmonic charts provide more detail and specificity in the delineation of planetary influences. Some Western astrologers have begun to use harmonic charts, based upon the Hindu model. Yet they calculate these harmonic charts in what is sometimes a different manner than the Vedic one. They...

Aspects East And West A Comparative View

From the standpoint of Western astrology, the aspects of Vedic astrology appear general and non-specific. A few major aspects by sign appears as very limited compared to a diversity of aspect by degree and with different qualities. Such a Western astrologer may wonder how Vedic astrology can be accurate with such limited use of aspects. It must be recognized that the Vedic system does not use aspects in the birth chart in such a primary way as Western astrology. In this regard Western astrology...

Elements Of The Planets

From the three gunas in the sequence of cosmic evolution arise the five elements. From Sattva comes ether. From Rajas comes air and fire. From Tamas comes water and earth. However, elements in harmony, balance or in their right place tend towards Sattva. Those in conflict move towards Rajas and those disconnected fall towards Tamas. In this regard a chart with a lot of earth may not be Tamasic. It may manifest the harmonious use of the earth element or Sattvic earth qualities like devotion,...

The Biological Humors Of The Signs By Element

The twelve signs are classified according to the three humors. Air, fire and water signs generally represent the air, fire and water humors. AIR SIGNS are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. FIRE SIGNS are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. WATER SIGNS are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. EARTH SIGNS are divided up among the three humors, though generally they are thought to possess all three. Fixed earth, Taurus, is more commonly water, as water is fixed in quality (the Moon, a watery planet, is exalted in this...

Odd And Even Numbered Signs

The odd numbered of the constellations are the positive, masculine or active signs, the even numbered are negative, feminine, passive. For example, Aries, sign 1, is the positive or masculine sign of Mars, wherein its energy is outgoing, expressive, manifest. Scorpio, sign 8, is the negative or feminine sign, wherein its energy is internalized, hidden, acting behind the scenes. Generally planets are stronger in positive signs that is, they can accomplish more. Odd signs have a more yang or...

Jupiter

Jupiter has large limbs, is heavy, has yellow hair and eyes his constitution is phlegmatic (kapha), he is intelligent and endowed with all the branches of learning. Parashari 3.27. Jupiter is well known as the most helpful, generous and benefic of the planets. His grace has always been sought by the votaries of astrology. In Sanskrit, he is called Guru, the spiritual teacher or the guide. He signifies dharma, the law of our inner nature, which is the law of creative evolution and...

The Tenth House

The tenth is the house of karma, which means action. It is the main house for showing our effect upon the world generally. As such, it is often related to career or vocation. The tenth house does not in itself determine the career for this the first house and other factors are very important. What it does show is the success in career and the affect of our actions upon the world, the status we are able to achieve in life. In this manner, the tenth house is a house of skill, achievement, honor,...

Horary Astrology

Astrological charts can be done for any important moment, event or decision in life, not just the moment of birth. They can be done for marriages or for the moment of death. They can be done for the initiation of businesses, for moves, for charting the course of anything. The branch of astrology that deals with such things is called Horary Astrology and the chart so done is called a Horary Chart. Astrologers may do a chart for a client based upon the moment they see them. This is helpful for...

The Planets The Great Cosmic Significators

According to Vedic astrology, the planets are relay stations for the reception and transmission of stellar energies. We should not just view them in a local light for what they may be doing within our solar system, they are bringing to us the forces of the galaxy, of the universe itself. Hence we like to emphasize the following point --The essence of astrology is in understanding the meaning of the planets. The meaning of the signs, houses, aspects and other astrological factors is determined...

The Three Humors And The Four Elements

Ayurveda employs three humors, which are essentially the same as the three elements of air, fire and water. Astrology uses the four elements, including the earth. Ayurveda tends to include the earth under the water-humor. Vedic astrology also contains a classification of planets by the three humors VATA AIR SATURN, RAHU, MERCURY PITTA FIRE SUN, MARS, KETU KAPHA WATER--MOON, VENUS, JUPITER We can classify the distant planets similarly URANUS VATA AIR (a higher octave of Mercury) PLUTO---PITTA...

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...

House And Sign Charts In Vedic Astrology

Vedic astrology usually employs two different systems of house determination. First, it has a special chart, called the Bhava Chakra or House chart, which specifically measures the houses. It can be done in two ways. It can consider the houses according to the Midheaven. Or it can just consider them from the Ascendant as an equal house system. It most resembles the house systems commonly used in Western astrology and has the same general variations. Second, it considers the houses in the Rashi...

Lords Of Houses

Planets possess certain qualities relative to the houses they rule. The lord of the fifth rules over children. When Saturn, a sterile planet, rules the fifth, it becomes a creative force and loses much of his natural sterility. When Mars, an unspiritual planet becomes ruler of the ninth house of spirituality, he gains in spiritual force. The disposition of planets as house lords is as important as their natural disposition. For the prediction of events, in planetary periods, it can be more...

House Significators

Both Vedic and Western astrology judge the affairs of a house by noting the influences on the house and its ruler (the planet that rules the sign occupying the house cusp). To this the Vedic system adds another planet as the general house significator. These planets are the same for all charts. Their position in the chart should be considered in regard to the affairs of the particular house. Some houses have more than one planetary significator, relative to different affairs under the sphere of...

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...

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...

Houses By Quality And Element

Just as the signs are related by quality and element, so are the houses. These qualities, to a lesser degree, can be applied to the houses as counted from the Moon. Angular (Kendra in Sanskrit) houses are houses 1, 4, 7 and 10. These mark the angles or quadrants from the Ascendant. Planets situated in angles tend to be strong and active. Angular houses are similar in character to cardinal signs. They are sharp, energetic, decisive and penetrating. They give power for accomplishment and...

Planets By Ascendant

The laws of house rulership allow us to differentiate Ascendants and adjust the meaning of planets relative to each. Each house represents a particular field of activity, the ruler of a particular house represents the lord of that field. Below is a list of the prime house significations 1 self, body, general prosperity and well-being. 2 livelihood, speech, youth. 3 power, brothers, friends, motivation, interest. 4 happiness, home, property, mother. 5 creativity, intelligence, romance, children....

Houses In Harmonic Charts

This house by sign system most commonly used in Vedic astrology may appear rather simplistic to practitioners of Western astrology and their sometimes detailed approach to calculating the houses. In this regard, it resembles the issue of planetary aspects. Again, the additional use of harmonic charts gives greater specificity to the house meanings in the Vedic system and can take the place of more specific house delineation. We note the orientation of the houses, particularly the Ascendant, in...

Planetary Aspects And Combinations

All systems of astrology, east and west, base their predictions according to the aspects which exist between the planets in the chart. By the theory of aspects, planets project their influence to certain points from their given position in the zodiac. These are determined by the angle of arc of the zodiacal circle relative to the planet's position. Imagine the zodiac as a circle and the locations of the planets as points along that circle. Draw a line from the points of the planets to the...

The Negative Sun And Negative Moon

As the factors which determine eclipses, the nodes are the shadows of the Sun and Moon speaking here symbolically, not astronomically . The north node, Rahu, is the shadow of the Moon, or the negative Moon. It has the power to obstruct, negate, cover or darken the Moon the mind . The south node, Ketu, is the shadow of the Sun or the negative Sun. It has the power to obstruct, negate, cover or darken the Sun the self . As the negative Moon or the negative side of the Moon, the mind, Rahu...

The Controversy Between The Two Zodiacs

As two different zodiacal systems are used, a controversy naturally arises between them. Some astrologers may consider one to be the true zodiac, the other to be in error. Some may consider both to be valid but to different degrees. Some may try to use both together. If we are unbiased, I believe that we can find examples of accurate astrological readings using either system, and examples of bad readings as well. This may depend more upon practitioner than system. Some say that the Tropical...

Ayanamsha

The difference between the Tropical and Sidereal zodiacs is called the Ayanamsha. It is a term now used by Western astrologers as well. In Sanskrit ayana means solstice and amsha means portion. It refers to the difference between the point of the vernal equinox in the fixed stars from that of the first point of the constellation Aries. The main controversy among sidereal astrologers is as to the exact degrees and minutes of the location of the Ayanamsha. Some western astrologers consider that...

Positive Sides Of Rahu And Ketu

On the positive side, the influence of Rahu can put us in harmony with collective trends and give popularity, prestige, fame and power. It imparts an almost psychic sensitivity to mass trends and a capacity to use them. Ketu, in the positive sense, can create great powers of concentration, powerful perception, independence, the capacity to transcend external influences, psychic and spiritual insight. In terms of yoga and the spiritual life it ultimately becomes the significator of liberation...

The Planets And The Qualities Of Nature

From great Nature, called Prakriti in Sanskrit, comes the three primal qualities or gunas of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Sattva is the higher quality and is of the nature of light, lightness, clarity, harmony, balance and intelligence. It is the divine quality and brings about the upward movement of the soul. It creates peace, love and faith and brings the human being into the spiritual life. Rajas is the intermediate quality and is of the nature of energy, action, turbulence, distraction,...

Dispositorship

Planets project the influence of the planets located in the signs they rule. When, for example, Saturn and Mars are located in Cancer, the sign of the Moon, the Moon may take upon their negative natures. A planet is said to be the dispositor of the planets located in the signs that it rules. Generally it will rule over them and make them function according to its nature. If Saturn is in Sagittarius, for example, Jupiter will gain power over it and it will be less malefic than usual. However, if...

The Sequence Of The Planets

In Vedic astrology the seven major or visible planets are normally listed in order of the days they rule Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn for sunday, monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday. This shows an interweaving of two sequences, which is the way the planets normally distribute their energies. The inner planets those between the orbit of the Earth and the Sun occur between the outer planets.

Solar And Cosmic Astrology

In summary, we could say that Tropical astrology may best be called Solar astrology. Its signs may be more accurately called solar houses, or equinoctial signs. Its zodiac measures the Earth-Sun relationship but has no direct correlation with the other fixed stars. As such, its concern is with psychology, the personality and character-types, the solar side of our life and character. Its signs show how the planets distribute the solar force, but not how they distribute the energies of the stars...

The Orientation Of The Sidereal Zodiac

Western astrology orients the zodiac to the point of the vernal equinox. This it marks as the beginning of the sign Aries, as we have indicated. Vedic astrology, on the other hand, according to my interpretation, orients the zodiac to the galactic center, to the central galactic Sun, whose influence comes to us through the fixed stars of the constellation Sagittarius. The galactic center is called Brahma, the creative force, or Vishnunabhi, the navel of Vishnu. From the galactic Sun emanates...