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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Planetary Lords

Astrology presents us with the play of the archetypal forces at work in life, the great powers of the cosmic mind. On one hand, these extend down into the cosmic unconscious, the teeming inconscient ocean of the ignorance wherein great elemental forces struggle. It is here, in the dark sea at the beginning of the world, that the inertia of the lower forms of life persist tenaciously with their primeval fears, desires, aggression and attachment. On the other hand, these same forces extend...

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...

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 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...

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...

House Correlation

A unique principle of Vedic astrology is the correlation of houses what is called Sanskrit bhavat bhavam, meaning literally from house to house . By this principle, houses the same number of houses away from a particular house as that house is from the Ascendant, will possess similar effects. For example, the tenth house is a house of power, prestige, social and political influence. The tenth house from the tenth house counting the tenth itself as the first house is the seventh house. So 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...

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...