Why Jupiter exalts in cancer and Venus in Pisces some astrological reasoning.

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Why Jupiter exalts in cancer and Venus in Pisces some astrological reasoning.

Astrological musings on Jupiter and Venus exaltation.

The planet Jupiter in Vedic astrology is known as GURU, BRIHASPATI, and DEVAGURA. In Sanskrit these names mean, “teacher, lord of light, and teacher to the gods.”

Jupiter is exalted in Cancer there are 3 different Nakshatras Jupiter could occupy within the 30° arc of Cancer, namely, Punarvasu (20°00′ Gemini to 3°20 Cancer), Pushya (3°20′ to 16°40′ Cancer), and Ashlesha (16°40′ to 29°59′ Cancer). Since Jupiter is exalted at 5° Cancer this placement signifies his true exaltation in Pushya Nakshatra. The Nakshatra Devata of Pushya is Bṛhaspati, the teacher of the Gods.Jupiter will not give his full exaltation effects when he is posited in a Nakshatra besides Pushya although he is still generally exalted in the sign of Cancer

Jupiter is a brahmin planet.
Jupiter exalts in sign- Cancer,the first sign of moksha trikona .
Why ?
Sign cancer–adaptable, changeable,always moving,appreciation,sympathetic decisive actions ,deepmeditation,sleep desires to be active, expanding,difficulty with inaction,elasticity,emotion,internally insecure
loves guidance & teachers loves ,protection movable,feminine, watery,picturesque localities,silently watches
strong grasp, hard to leave sustenance,sympathetic,appreciation uncertain of own potential ,very religious watery places,lakes, beaches.

Sign Cancer– Represents the opening ( dwar) to this world ,it represents mother and nourishment of moon.
Chasm with water Channel Watery – sign Pristodaya Movable Even Dwara – Rasi Mineral Soft Female
North Heart Night White Brahmin Jala – Tatwa -Watery Animals
Jupiter–protection, benevolence affluence, fame astrology, councilors,advisors ,religiousness, belief in god
priests, teachers, judges,children, guardianship’s,charity, generosity,contentment, laziness fat,expansion, largeness devotion, faith, hope higher aspect of intelligence fairness, justice, honesty financial dealings
foreign affairs god’s grace in this world honor, lawfulness master of knowledge & wisdom insurance, legal matters medicine, occult science, physicians liver (purification of blood) morality, conservative optimism, peace, opulence performance of sacrifices perpetuation of established codes philosophy, pilgrimage religious vocations reputation, trust scriptures, vedas.
Guru (Jupiter)
Issues absolute brahman-spiritual knowledge intuition and abstract thinking-yoga practice-concentration
and meditation-divine knowledge-spiritual leadership astamaha siddhi-preaching intellectual involution intelligence,inquiry and experiment -governing and ministerial management-royal patronage-titles and
paraphernalia and honours-shruti (veda)-smrithi (traditional law)-scripture -ethical and moral codes philosophical reseraches-patience- devas and brahmins-conquerring of the senses-(jithendriya)-unifying
process from diversity to unity-psychism-genius and mental-prodigy-Sanskrit eternal truth and justice-self
reliance-orginality-town lifenorth-east-roots and plantains-gold and sapphire-catseyes-sweet-bengal gram sacred rivers and places of worship-treasury-money lending and banking-yellow-fataswath tree (Pipal
Tree)-astrologer-preceptor-sanyasi chief-pigeon-horse-swan-one month-satva guna-akasha tatva-hemantha
ritu (margashira-pushya)-hearing (panchendria)-marks on shoulder-30 years-fruit bearingtrees-malerigveda-
medium cloth-circular-shape sindhu thrithiya and astami and thrayodashi-thavarga (Alphabets from
tha to na)-numeral-3; 81 miles-Sambashive (both Iswara and Parvathi)-cocoanut tree, Angirasa gotra-brainyouth-tall-cool drink and food-right ear (nava dwara)-day strong-stomach.Owns dhanus and meena-0 to 10 degrees of dhanus is moolatrikona. Exalted in Kataka (highest) point 5  degrees.

The planet Venus is known as SUKRA in Vedic astrology. Sukra means “white”, or “bright” in Sanskrit. Venus is a first rate benefic in Jyotish (predictions). Venus rules over the two sidereal signs of Taurus and Libra.

Venus is exalted in the mercurial constellation of Revati, in Pisces, the 12th sign showing Venus’s importance in final liberation or moksha.
(Pisces)
Watery place, sea; watery animals; Ubhayodaya; common; even; Garbha  soft; female; North; blue; feet; night; fish; Brahmin; Jala Tatwa; fishing and other low pursuits; watery diseases such as ascites (Jalodara)

Venus is the vibratory field of resonance between ego and soul, outer appearance and inner life, unit and universe  Wisdomis suggestive of the “exaltation” of Venus in the Piscean dimension of evolution Venus is the brightest planet in the night sky. It shines like a silvery star. Venus is a planet that inspires great hope, love and desire. It is the planet of beauty. It is the force of attraction in the universe thus bringing things together to form a perfect whole. This force is Love.

 

Venus rules the constellation of Bharani. In this constellation we see Venus’s power to grant life or death. Venus key like shape relates to its ability to unlock the gates of death, which is how Venus is viewed by the hermetic orders . Venus is associated with Bharani’s symbol the vulva representing birth, fertility , primal sexuality. Venus rules semen and sexuality and is directly related to conception and birth. Venus’ rulership of the constellation of Purvaphalguni, manifests in the delight for procreation and creativity. In Purva Ashadha, Venus is the high priestess, the bride of heaven, the immortal one, the sheer delight to be alive, to live forever, the healing powers of the waters of life,the spirit of rejuvenation. Venus thus rules the 2nd, 11th, and 20th constellation.

Venus is a brahmin planet and associated with Shukra Charya , the guru of the demons. Venus bestows profound knowledge, which cannot be accessed through the intellect alone. But When Venus and Mercury combine it is the alchemical marriage.

Venus is a great benefic, and the Aswini Kumaras could not have harnessed the power to raise the dead without receiving Venus’ great blessings, so it is understood that Venus, though unspokenly is closely related to the first constellation Ashwini, just as Venus is strongly related to the last constellation Revati. Venus is the first and the last, birth,death, and beyond…

Venus signifies water element. Venus is exalted in Pisces. The degree of exaltation is 27 degrees. Pisces is a dual sign with water element. Unlike, Moon in Scorpio when there is excess water which is stagnated in fixed sign, the excess water element with Venus in Pisces is free flowing in dual sign. Venus in Pisces signifies infinite love and our infinite appreciation of beauty and passion.

Although Jupiter rules sound and ears, it is Venus which is the living potency of sound, thus Venus is related to the saying of mantras.

Now lets answer the why of why jupiter exalts in cancer and venus in pisces.

Starting from caste of planets- Both are brahmins and gurus for devas( Gods) and asurs.( demons).

Powers- Jupiter has power to protect , Venus has power to resurrect ( to bring the dead back to life through mrit sanjeevani vidya)

Mantras and sound–Although Jupiter rules sound and ears, it is Venus which is the living potency of sound, thus Venus is related to the saying of mantras.

Cancer ,Scorpio and Pisces are the three signs belonging to moksha trikona.( Moksha is the ultimate goal of personal spiritual development it means freedom from birth cycle)

Now what would a learned brahmin want — The answer is enlightenment and spiritual completeness.

Caste of Moksha trikona signs– All the three signs are Brahmin signs.

Cancer represents – Dwara ( door) the door leading to this world, your mother.

Scorpio represents–Bhaya (Exit or outside)

Pisces represents — Garbha ( inside or in womb  )

Sex of Moksha trikona- All the three are female signs.

Element— The element is water for all three.

Cancer- Free flowing water( sacred rivers)

Scorpio- Fixed stagnant water .

Pisces- Large water bodies sea,lake etc.

Direction – all three represent north direction.

Qualities– Cancer- nourish and protect,Scorpio- Research and physical sufferings( death etc) , Pisces- Final resting place the end of cycle.
Sign cancer and Pisces both represent water beings ( Crab and fishes) while the sign scorpio represents keeta sign or insects.

Now Jupiter exalts in cancer constellation pushya the diety is brihaspati or jupiter himself, sitting here in north direction with free flowing sacred water jupiter is at ease as such it tries to ensure and impart the very first spiritual guidance through the mother .Jupiter protects and provides the conducive environment for development.Jupiter is sound and hearing .

Venus exalts in Pisces- While Jupiter protects Venus resurrects and cures ,venus exalts in revati nakshatra the diety is pushan the duty of pushan is to conduct souls to other world,it is also responsible for marriages meetings and journeys.Venus in the last sign of zodiac represents getting ready for last journey ,venus is living potency of sound and related to all mantras recitation,at one end its epitome of all comforts physical and carnal on the other it is also the last guide before the final journey.Pisces is a dual sign representing the dual nature of Venus.

The sign in between the cancer and Pisces is Scorpio the middle sign of moksha trikona.

Now why is this sign ignored by both Brahmans ?

This one rashi is of fixed modality would offer less freedom ,more so it represents stagnant water ,though the sign represents inquisitive and research aptitude this has been left for mortals to raise their understanding about the moksha  through occult medidation as raising the kundalini shakti from the root chakra to third eye. it also represents the outside or exit. This rashi as such represents the 8th house of natural zodiac representing both  longevity and death..Sign scorpio is owned by violent and fighting Mars the commander of  armies of devas. Brahmans shun voilence of any kind,they like freedom and peace to meditate and carry on their duties to protect and resurrect.Talking about the other signs cancer is owned by moon the nourisher,the mother representation, pisces is owned by jupiter so if venus goes to abode of another brahman he will find the place to his liking.

Some more about the 8th sign is as following.

Scorpio

Hole or cavity; reptile or centipede; Shirodaya; fixed; even; Bahya Rasi; vegetable; soft; female; North; brown; well; sex organs; day; scorpion; Brahmin; Jala Tatwa; hunters profession; diseases of spleen, jaundice and sprue

Sex workers and astrology.

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Sex industry professionals and astrological indicators.

Sex and astrology combinations
The Moon denotes antahkarana, Mercury stands for intelligence, Judgement, an open and amusing nature, the Sun denotes soul and character and Jupiter denotes Samyak Gyana. Under such an affliction the Moon may give a perverted outlook and evil habits. Mercury agonize under similar conditions indicate selfish and mean motive, a peevish nature. Similarly, Jupiter afflicted by Mars-Saturn-Rahu indicates shrewd intelligence, ignorance, overindulgence and complacence. Afflicted saturn denotes mean and leading character and inclination towards illegal acts in a personal secret way. Afflicted Mars is adamant, ill-tempered, murderous, furious and stubborn. Afflicted Rahu is vindictive, ferocious, violent, jealous, a smuggler, lustful and reckless in mood. The nature of afflicted Ketu is to causing harm without reason,find fault with others and always wanting to go ahead with secret plans of an obnoxious kind. When the first, the fourth, the fifth, the ninth and the tenth houses are involved under such malefic afflictions and the karaka planets are evilly disposed without any neutralizing effect, the person may turn into a liar, cheat, criminal, ill-tempered, sensual, a thief, hypocrite and an out and out imposter and murderer. Afflictions on the Seventh, the Eighth or the twelfth house may cause a corrupt sex life.
Sexual Immorality & Perversion
Sexual perversion is outcome of affliction on various planets governing various factors.   A person  (ascendant) will be perverted if his emotional aspect (Moon 5H/L) is under affliction to create excessive lust for lascivious pleasures (Venus, 7H/L, 8H/L, 12H/L) secretly (12 H/L). He / she will have extra courage (Mars, 3L, 3H) also to break the socially accepted norms (Rahu, affliction on 5H/L and involvement of 8H/L) for sexual act (7H/L) in multiplicity (11H/L).  Besides, there would be noticeable degradation in character of such person (affliction on Sun and influence on Saturn on above factors).  These factors form various combinations that may show sexual immorality of native.

Sex workers ( professionals/prostitutes and porn stars)
10th lord link to 8th house .
2nd 7th/11th lord connection
5th house lord  for artistic talent for porn stars ( but it has to badly afflicted)
Afflicted libra sign for porn stars.
6th house lord for ill fame.
12th house/ lord  under bad aspect 






Profession – Prostitute/madam brothel owner.
Exchange between lord of  5th/10 and lord of ascendant/2nd lord ,lord of ascendant is retrograde positioned in 10th house under aspect 11th/4th lord,in navamsa venus the lord of 10th is in mooltrikona rashi conjunct 12th and 3rd lord jupiter and mars lord of 4th and 11th. The native was a sex worker turned pimp madam .
Note lord of 5th ,6th and 8th in conjunction here lord of 8th associating with 5th and 10th lord hints at the profession being related to activity of 8th house.7th lord conjunct 4th lord and 11th lord aspected by 2nd lord again hints at sexual leaning of profession. As per nadi rule me+venus and opposite direction 3rd from mer/venus  points at lascivious and promiscuous behavior of the native with relation to sex.
5th lord  +8th lord connection along with 6th  made her victim pf brutal rape when 13.
Profession- Porn actress
10th lord in 8th house sign libra under aspect from retrograde lord of 11th and 12th ,rahu is dispositor of said lord,it also aspects 10 th and ascendant lord Jupiter ion 8th. retrograde saturn as atam karak in 6th house of navmsa in sign of 10th lord hints at ill fame related to career. Lord of  8th venus is in star of 10th lord . 5th lord moon related to artistic talent is hemmed in malefics ,while lord of 6th,7th,2nd and 9th are conjunct in 7th house.
Nadi rule of promiscuous sexual behavior applies here mer is connected to moon and venus by opposite aspects. ( 3rd and 7th from opposite direction).

Astrology of addictions.

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Addiction Astrology( Drugs,alcohol,gambling,speculation,social network etc. )

Astrology of addictions.

Addiction may be the state of being where ingesting a substance becomes a driving force in a person’s life, but we may have to broaden our definition of “ingesting a substance.” It’s easy enough to look at someone who smokes meth on a regular basis and see an addict. But what about someone who numbs themselves with their religion, philosophy, politics, or hobbies to the point where they’re able to ignore the parts of their life that are clearly (to an outside observer) going to hell in a hand basket?
Addiction is long, slow, insidious process that starts well before the addict’s life is disrupted by their illness. Winehouse’s history is detailed at length on Wikipedia, demonstrating a six year history of use that could not be hidden from the public.
As per vedic astrology readings, the planets Rahu, Mars and Saturn are the real culprits in regard to the problem of drug abuse. These planets also obstruct in drug addiction rehab and the native may not get proper help for drug addiction treatment. If any of these planets is having negative relationship with first, second or sixth house of the horoscope; and at the same time the second house is also troubled – the chances of the person being addicted to drugs are very strong.

Alcohol addiction and Astrology.

 
Alcohol intoxication (also known as drunkenness or inebriation) refers to the physiological state induced by the consumption of alcohol, when it builds up in the bloodstream faster than it can be metabolised by the liver. Some effects of alcohol intoxication are central to alcohol’s desirability as a beverage and its history as the world’s most widespread recreational drug. Common effects are euphoria and lowered social inhibitions. Other effects are unpleasant or dangerous because alcohol affects many different areas of the body at once and may cause progressive, long-term harm when consumed in excess.
Common symptoms of alcohol intoxication include slurred speech, euphoria, impaired balance, loss of muscle coordination (ataxia), flushed face, dehydration, vomiting, reddened eyes, reduced inhibitions, and erratic behaviour  Sufficiently high levels of blood-borne alcohol will cause coma and death from the depressive effects of alcohol upon the central nervous system. “Acute alcohol poisoning” is a related medical term used to indicate a dangerously high concentration of alcohol in the blood, high enough to induce coma or respiratory depression. It is considered a medical emergency. The term is mostly used by health care providers. Toxicologists use the term “alcohol intoxication” to discriminate between alcohol and other toxins.
There are other forms of intoxication.(     
with drinking alcohol, this intoxication is a matter of choice – lots of small choices.  We choose to let subjective thoughts turn into bitterness or jealousy.  Then, instead of abstaining, we swallow foul thought after foul thought, and in no time we are intoxicated with hatred, anger and revenge.  Similarly we become drunk with pride, lust, arrogance and power.  Then, as with all drunks, it will not be long before we are making fools of ourselves and hurting those we love.   
The truth is, from time to time, we all have these thoughts (the Bible says we are liars if we say we don’t).  So at the first sign of intoxication, the wise person abstains by admitting those thoughts to God (1 John 1:9.) and starts afresh with a sober mind.
As per vedic astrology readings, the planets Rahu, Mars and Saturn are the real culprits in regard to the problem of drug abuse. These planets also obstruct in drug addiction rehab and the native may not get proper help for drug addiction treatment. If any of these planets is having negative relationship with first, second or sixth house of the horoscope; and at the same time the second house is also troubled – the chances of the person being addicted to drugs are very strong.
Venus rules sex, drugs and alcohol. If Venus is disturbed, He can over-do the natural pleasures which can result in sex addictions, drug addictions, and alcoholism
Venus Conjunct Rahu or Ketu = addictive tendencies. Native has a powerful sense of entitlement to pleasure and a love of extremes. Addictive substances include beautiful women, precious wines, magnificent diamonds etc.
Role of Jupiter: As a planet of divine grace and morals, the strength and nature of Jupiter in a horoscope plays a very vital role in vedic astrology solutions for drug abuse. A strong and positively placed Jupiter can dilute the negative influences of malefic and cruel planets over first, second and sixth houses. And, the native may get reasonable and fruitful help for drug addiction treatment.
Afflicted or badly placed Mercury– Induces a thought process that often leads to a craving .
Houses- 1,2,5th and 6th,11th and their lords.
Dr BV raman—– “How to predict whether one will be addicted to drinking?
 


 

Scorpio Rashi governs intoxicants. Neechcha (debilitated) Venus or Saturn also govern same.
When Scorpio happens to be the 8th house or the 3rd house, and Venus or Saturn occupies an afflicted position, the native will be addicted to intoxicants.”
If you have strong Scorpio in your chart you will be driven to be obsessive and it is imperative you find a positive form to channel this obsessive energy. Scorpio is about control, and you can fool yourself that you have control over the alcohol or drug of choice. Yet it is your destiny to understand that you are not all controlling and that there are factors in your life you do not have control over; such as when you become the addict, the drug has more control over you than you over it.
 Alcholism
Drinking habit ( alchohol)——–Shanis Karakatwa

lAGNA——————————indicates ones Jeevana, way of life.

Chandra—————————Indicates the fluctuating mind , imbalance Karaka

Kuja——————————–Forces the native to act or go for it.
 
 
 

 

Therefore if Shani is in Lagna or
Shani is with Lagnadipathi or
Shani rasyadipathi in Lagna or
Shani aspects lagna
 

this type of habit can be seen in ones nature 

Here, one should note that if Shani is in Swakshetra or in his own nakshatra ( pushya, anuradha, uttarbhadra) the drinking habit may be less or limited

If Shani is in Shatru rashi, the habit of drinking alcohol may become too much and the native may spoil his whole life. 

If Shani is in Guru, Shukra nakshatra, the habit of drinking may not be there. But may drink occassionally 

If Shani is in Ravi, Chandra, Budha nakshatra the native may drink very often

If Shani is in Kuja s nakshatra, the habit may go LIMITLESS

if Shani is lagnadipathi:- 

In this case,Shani should not be either in Swa-kshetra or in his own nakshatra and he should not be efflicted by Papa grahas, only then he fails to limits himself for drinking . Otherwise not.That means , if Shani in his own nakshatra or swa -kshetra or not efflicted by papa grahas, Shani wont do any harm to the native


So we can safely conclude that Scorpio sign,Mars,Saturn ,moon and debilitated Venus and watery signs are the most evident factors contributing to alcohol addiction western astrology perspective see Neptune Uranus and sign Scorpio plus the 12th house which many western astrologers define as zodiacs dustbin for the signs and hints.

Western astrology prospective-

An Encyclopaedia of Astrology. Carter associated alcoholism and drug addiction with a number of different factors. In the birth chart of an alcoholic, according to Carter, the Sun and Moon are almost always weak by sign and house position, or else they are badly afflicted, especially in or from fire and water, or both. Additionally, the fifth house (pleasure and entertainment) is nearly always afflicted by Neptune or by planets in watery signs, and Mars is frequently afflicted by Neptune, in or from Pisces. Astrologer Liz Greene has also seen Mars-Neptune in the charts of those with serious drinking or drug problems.
Addiction falls under the rulership of Neptune and many of the behaviours associated with addictive behaviour echo this planet’s characteristics of escapism, deception, altered sense reality, and the ability to disappear into a different world altogether. Neptune is the planet that can slip into uncharted depths. It’s also the planet of disintegration, and the sad thing is that a lot of Neptune people are highly creative, but they dangerously slip down the drain chasing the next high and seeking oblivion through substances for the illusory sense of oneness. Ultimately this leads to a wasted life and close family and friends are left wondering what happened to them? Where did it all go wrong? How did they get so wasted? It brings up the sad reality that some astrologers refer to the 12th house (Neptune’s house) as the dustbin of the zodiac .
From an astrological view, there are three levels of inferiority, each level represented by one pair of signs. The Sun controls the hellish level, Mars powers the intermediate level, and Mercury maintains the last level.
1.    Sol – Hell (= Helios in Greek, the Sun in English)
2.    Mars – Conflicts and Wickedness
3.    Mercury – Crime and Evil.
Few charts—
 
Notice the sign Scorpio in 5th under aspect  from Saturn and rahu.
Jupiter badly placed.
Sun conjunct combust mercury  under aspect from Rahu.
Moon afflicted and debilitated
Venus in paap katari yoga.
Moon as lagna lord debilitated and afflicted.
Native has been drinking since 16 years- Dasha sequence– Venus-sun( 2nd Lord)
Incidentaly Venus is lord of 64th navamsa and 22nd drekana.
.Neptune is in same house as venus and in same nakshatra.( western prospective)
Gulika in first house makes for weak and deceptive personality.
Saturn in 8th house in nakshatra of rahu shows his propensity to visit brothels and even borrow money from prostitutes for his drinking.This saturn is also under aspect from mars and jupiter also in nakshatra of rahu from 12th house adding the angle of 12th house significations.

Kaal sarp dosh or kaal sarp yog.

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Kaal sarp dosha or kaal sarp yog . 

A simple and effective way to find out Kaal sarp yog in your chart.

  

Dear all

A simple analysis to identify the same.

Let me clarify.

First of all, check the following conditions.
1) All planets between Rahu and Ketu
2) No planet is with Rahu
3) No planet is with Ketu
4) No planet in the Lagna
5) No planet in the 7th house

If any of the conditions above are not met, the chart does not
have either KSY or KAY. (Kal sarp Yoga, Kal amrita yoga)

If ALL of these conditions are met, the next step is to see which
of the yogas it is, KSY or KAY. The process for that is, as I
mentioned before,
1) Start from Rahu
2) Traverse the chart in the zodiacal direction. This is the
normal direction that the planets move in, and goes from Aries to Taurus
to Gemini to Cancer etc.
3.a)If the next entity encountered is Ketu, this means
that all the planets are between Ketu and Rahu. This is Kala Sarpa Yoga.
3.b)If the next entity encountered is a planet other than
Ketu, this means that the planets are all between Rahu and Ketu.
this is kalamrita yoga.

My visual crutch for remembering this is to visualize planets
going towards either Rahu or Ketu. If there are all hurling towards
Rahu,the native is veering towards Rahu’s materialism, which makes it
Kala Sarpa yoga, since Rahu represents the Sarpa, or poison. On
the other hand, if the planets are all moving towards Ketu, it is Kala
Amrita yoga, since Ketu represents Moksha or Amrita.

My outline above is based on the progression of the planets, but
you get the same result if you consider the movement of Ra and Ke
instead.
1) Start from Rahu again
2) Traverse the direction that Rahu (and Ketu) move in, i.e. go in
the anti-zodiacal direction. This means if you start from Aries,
go to Pisces, Aquarius etc.
3.a) If you encounter a planet other than ketu, this means that
this planet is being “swallowed up” by Rahu in its progression – again
indicating Kala Sarpa yogam.
3.b) If the first planet you encounter is Ketu, and then you
encounter the other planets, this means that Ketu is “swallowing
up”the other planets in its movement, i.e. the desire for Moksha is
consuming the indications of all other planets, and the native
will eventually reach Moksha.

Regards

J.s.sandhu 

Astrological rule when there is no planet in the sign of a planet.

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Astrological rule when there is no planet in the sign of a planet.

 
Vacant houses in astrology.

A planet, in whose sign there is no planet, would give its own independent results, according to its own nature or relation with the Ascendant, but when any of the signs are occupied by a planet, particularly, by a natural malefic planet, then it would give the results of the planet occupying its sign. This is a most important rule which is of universal use.
For example, Mars in located in Sagittarius, then Jupiter,lord of Sagittarius, would give very little independent results, as a natural benefic planet. It would act as Mars and would, therefore, harm the life prospects of the house etc., it may aspect. For example, it may be aspecting the 8th house. In that event, as a single factor,Jupiter’s aspect on that house be considered as the Cruel aspect of Mars, denoting death by injury, violence,Fire etc., and not by ordinary circumstances as would Have been the case otherwise.Similarly, suppose in the case of an Aries nativity,Mars and Sun occupy the sign Pisces in the l2th house and Jupiter aspects the 8th house, then even though Jupiter is lord of a watery house ( 12th) and a watery sign (Pisces) contained therein, it will act as fire and cause death by fire. The reason is that Jupiter here acts as fire by virtue of its Lordship over a sign that contains fiery planets Mars and Sun.

When is a planet called retrograde?

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Q.When is a planet called retrograde?
A. When a planet appears to be moving in the opposite direction as compared to its normal movement, it is
called a retrograde planet. To understand this better we should look into the movements of planets. In Vedic
Astrology all astronomical observations are done considering the earth to be the reference point. This
system of observation is called ‘geocentric’. In any system of measurements, the reference point is
considered stationary, though it may actually be moving. This may be likened to everyone’s common
experience while sitting in a moving train. If the train you are sitting in passes by another train which is
moving in the same direction, but slower than your train, this other train seems to be moving backwards
against the backdrop of distant trees. This is so because you consider yourself to be the reference point and
hence stationary. Largely, a similar phenomenon takes place with the planets also, when they appear to be
moving backwards. In our solar system, the planets are orbiting around the Sun with varying speeds. The
earth is also doing likewise. Inner and outer planets: The planets that lie between the Sun and the earth are
called inner or inferior planets. These are Mercury and Venus. They can never go too far away from the Sun.
Mercury can go a maximum of 27 degrees form the Sun and Venus cannot go beyond 47 degrees from the
Sun. These two planets retrograde when they are between the earth and the Sun. The planets whose orbits
lie outside the orbit of the earth are called outer or superior planets. These are Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
The extra-Saturnine planets, i.e., Herschel Neptune, and Pluto are also in this very category. Outer planets
retrograde when the earth is between the Sun and the planet.
Q. Ignorance about Mangala Dosha causes a lot of anxiety in many home. It is justified?
A. Ignoring Mangala Dosha is also not right. Matching of horoscopes by a competent astrologer can save
calamitous results in many cases. Mangala Dosha by itself is generally not so serious unless the 7th house,
its lord and karaka have other severe afflictions too. Therefore, the entire horoscope must be scruitinized as
a whole. After all, besides Mars, there are eight other planets in the horoscope which may also have some
bearing (benefic or adverse) on the houses related to marital harmony. An isolated Mangala Dosha should
not cause much concern. One is likely to find as many happy couples with Mangala Dosha as without it, in a
real world.
Q. Do all planets become retrograde?
A. Except for the Sun and the Moon, all planets become retrograde once in a while. Since the Moon is
essentially a satellite of the earth, its apparent and real movements are one and the same. Rahu and Ketu,
which are not physical planets are always in retrograde motion.
Q. Can one spot a retrograde planet in a horoscope without it being specifically mentioned?
A. Since Mercury and Venus are always quite close to the Sun (as viewed from the earth) it is difficult to
know from the chart alone when they are retrograde. But the outré planets are definitely retrograde when
they are in the 6th, 7th or 8th house from the Sun. Sometimes they are retrograde even when they are in the
5th or 9th house from the Sun, but not always.
Q. Does a retrograde planet behave differently in predictive astrology as compared to a direct one?
A. The classics have vexed eloquent about the position (longitude) of a planet in the zodiac as far as
predictive is concerned. That is the reason we have detailed descriptions of deepest points of exaltation,
debilitation, own rashi placements, and what not. But they are generally silent on the velocity of the planet.
Velocity has two components, one is speed and the other is direction. On speed there is silence again,
except when it becomes atichari; and on direction there is very little to go by. A planet is termed atichari
when it gains unusually fast motion immediately after it becomes direct.
Q. It does not seem possible that there is no reference to velocity of planets in predictive astrology.
Isn’t astrology supposed to be dependent on astronomy which is essentially a study of motion of
planets?
A. Cognisance of velocity of a planet has been taken only in Shadbala which is the actual strength of a
planet arising out of six difference sources. Out of these six sources, one is termed Cheshtabala. It can
loosely be translated as ‘attempt’ or ‘intent’ of a planet due to its motion. A retrograde planet gets full 60
shashtiamshas as its Cheshtabala. All other states of motion get 45 or less. This strength is added to the
strength of a planet derived through a host of other sources. Thus its relative importance is very low in
Shadbala. Nevertheless, Venkatesha in Sarvatha Chintamani gives the results of the dasha of retrograde
planets, as under: The Sun and the Moon are never retrograde.
Mars: During the dasha-antardasha of Mars in retrogression, the native will be full of fear and trouble from
thieves, fire and snakes. He ay fall from the position held and may go to the forest, to live in solitude.
Mercury: In the dasha of retrograde Mercury the native gets good luck, wife, son and wealth. He also gets
to hear the sacred texts from Puranas and engages in acts of charity and bathes in the sea.
Jupiter: The dasha of a retrograde Jupiter bestows on the native much wealth, wife, sons, victory in battles,
friendship with the ruling elite and perfumes. He indulges in luxuries of speech.
Venus: During the dasha of retrograde Venus the native gets much honour from the ruler. He gets vehicles
fitted with excellent music systems, fine clothes and ornaments and ruling powers.
Saturn: Retrograde Saturn in its dashas causes failures in actions, frustrations in undertakings, sorrows and
loss of brothers. These results should not be applied verbatim as they will be modified due to other factors
present in a chart. But one thing is clear from these results that the author of Sarvartha Chintamani has
made a sharp distinction between malefics and benefics, and they remain so even if they are retrograde in
the natal chart. The view given above is that of one author. Another author, equally acclaimed, if not more,
Shri Mantreshwara of Phaladeepika, offers a strikingly different opinion. According to him a retrograde planet
has the status of an exalted planet even if it is posited in an inimical sign – no distinction between malefic
and benefic. This view may have some astronomical justification. The planet that is on the verge of
becoming retrograde is almost stationary; and so is the case when it is about to become direct. To
understand this better, one may imagine a child on a swing. When the swing is at its highest point, it is
momentarily stationary, since it has to change the direction of its motion. Even in-between these extreme
points, the planet is rather slow in motion as compared to its average speed. Thus it is possible for it to send
its radiations more strongly to the earth. This view that a retrograde planet acquires an element of strength
and beneficence is supported by Amsayu method of calculation of longevity. In this method the age
contributed by a retrograde planet is to be trebled. Such additions, or bharanas as they are called, are to be
done only in the case of those planets which are either exalted or retrograde. Howeve, our experience points
out that the result of a retrograde planet are contrary to expectations, they are erratic, inconsistent and
unpredictable. It may be so due to it native velocity. Predictive astrology seemingly assumes direct motion of
planets and the results are based on this tacit assumption. But results become unexpected when this
assumption is not true.
Q. Does it matter which sign the planet is retrograde in?
A. Yes, it ought to. There is a principle that states: a planet that is moving towards its sign of exaltation,
(uchchabhilashi) acquires beneficence and the planet that has crossed its sign of exaltation and is now
moving towards its sign of debilitation (neechabhilashi) sheds some of its power to do good. With this
principle in mind, imagine a Jupiter retrograde in Leo and a Mars retrograde in Leo. As is obvious, though
both the planets are posited in the sign of a friend, but while Jupiter is moving towards its sign of exaltation,
Cancer, Mars is moving towards its sign of debilitation. Another principle that must be borne in mind is that
the retrograde planet is supposed to exert its influence from its preceding house also. Now take another
example, that of Mercury and Venus, both getting retrograde in Virgo. While the exalted Mercury would be
exerting its influence from Leo, a friendly rashi, Venus which was already debilitated, will now be deemed to
be in Leo, its inimical rashi. Therefore, which rashi the planet is retrograde in, is an important consideration.
Q. What happens if a planet becomes retrograde when it is exalted or debilitated?
A. There is an opinion held by some astrologers that a retrograde planet, if debilitated, acts like an exalted
planet; and an exalted planet getting retrograde behaves like a debilitated planet. The genesis of this opinion
probably lies in the fact that a retrograde planet does not behave as it is expected to. Therefore, results from
the other extreme are attributed to it. However, this opinion is not universally accepted.
Q. Does it matter which house the planet is retrograde in?
A. Yes. Imagine a planet in the 9th house. This is one of the best placement. Now, if it is retrograde, it would
be considered to be in the 8th house. This is one of the worst placements for a planet. Thus, a planet which
was the bhagya-vidhata, now becomes the mrityu-data; the planet that was to determine the ‘extent of luck’
now has to determine the ‘mode of death’ Take another example, that of a retrograde benefic in the 5th
house. It will exert influence from the 4th house also, thus covering a Kendra and a trikona both. It will also
influence the houses that this planet aspects from both these positions. Thus, the influence of such a planet,
particularly, if it si Jupiter, can change the total complexion of the chart. Yet another feature, this time of a
retrograde malefic, takes effect when it is involved in causing a Paap-kartari yoga. Suppose, there is a
malefic in the 12th house and a retrograde malefic in the 2nd house. Together they would breathe down the
neck of the 1st house and asphyxiate it!
Q. Does a retrograde planet have any influence on the health issues of the native?
A. The results of a retrograde planet are definitely felt on the health and generally these results are adverse.
One of Parashar’s dicta is that benefics in the kendras promote sound health. But experience suggests that
a retrograde benefic is not capable of doing so. In fact it would certainly cause some health problem
appropriate to its significations during its dasha. Our scrutiny of retrograde planet’s influence on the health of
the native clearly confirms that even if a benefic lagna lord is in the lagna and is retrograde, it cannot protect
the native from the disease peculiar to the planet. Malefic retrograde planets are, of course, worse.
Moreover, the retrograde planet passes on its adverse influence to other planets by association or aspect.
The reader is referred to Chapter III of Subtleties of Medical Astrology by Dr. K.S. Charak for a detailed
exposition of this very important issue, with many examples.
Q. Can the retrogression be extended to vargas (divisional charts) too?
A. Most of the rules of analyzing the varga chats are the same as the birth chart, be these aspects, transit or
dasha. Therefore, one would expect no harm done if retrogression is applied on varga charts too. An
additional feature of retrogression that may have some relevance to varga charts is that retrogression is free
from the controversy of ayanamsha. Retrogression and direct motion will take place at the same time
irrespective of the choice of the ayanamsha. It is not the same with vargas. With a different ayanamsha, the
varga position of a planet often changes. This means that predictive work done based on a retrograde planet
stands on surer footing as compared to other parameters.
Q. You have addressed yourself to the role of retrograde planets in a natal chart. How about their
behaviour when they are retrograde in transit?
A. The predictive astrology has two major limbs to stand on. One is ‘dasha’ and the other is the ‘transit’. A
retrograde planet in transit may have a different meaning, though there may be some resonance between
the natal retrograde planet and the same planet getting retrograde in transit. For example, a native who has
his 6th lord Saturn (R) posited in lagna has repeatedly suffered problems from one or the other employee
whenever Saturn is retrograde in transit. During the retrogression it has given him a lot of mental anxiety.
Once the planet assumes direct motion, the problem evaporates, as if by magic. Please note that Saturn
and 6th house both denote employees. Generally, retrograde planets cause a repeat activity or the decision
is revoked, for the time being. Often the promotions or transfers are stayed for some time. Once the
retrogression is over, the concerned event moves ahead to its logical conclusion.
Q. What is the role of a retrograde planet in Prashna (Horary) or Varshaphala (Annual Progression)
Charts?
A. Both the charts are essentially transit charts. The rules of their analysis resemble the Parashari system in
many ways. But there are significant differences too, i.e., in aspects, yogas and dashas, etc. Both these
charts in this respect are governed by Tajika Shastra. One of the most used yogas in Tajik is the Ithasala
yoga. If this yoga is present between the lagnesha and the karyesha (significator of the event in question), it
is a favourable situation for the event. To appreciate the role of a retrograde planet in these charts, let us
examine the Ithasala yoga. It literally means the yoga of ‘intermixing’. The yoga is said to occur when:
1. The lagnesha and the karyesh aare in mutual aspect. (Tajik aspects are different from Parashari
aspects: the 3, 5, 9, 11 positions from each other are friendly aspects; 1, 4, 7 and 10 positions are
inimical aspects; the remaining 2, 12, 6, 8 positions are neutral to each other and, therefore, do not
constitute an aspect).
2. These two planets are within the orb in influence from each other. (The orb is deterined by the
average of deeptamshs of the two planets. The deeptamshas are: Sun 15, Moon 12, Mars 8,
Mercury 7, Jupiter 9, Venus 7 and Saturn 9 degrees).
3. The faster moving planet is behind the slower moving planet. (Planets in order of decreasing
motions are: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn). Retrogression has some
bearing on this third and the most important condition of the Ithasala yoga:
1. retrograde fast moving planet at lesser longitude does not produce Ithasala yoga since its motion is
in the opposite direction to that of the more advanced slow moving planet. They are actually
moving away from each other, therefore, they are not likely to intermix.
2. The intensity of Ithasala is increased if the slow moving planet is retrograde and has higher
longitude.
3. When both the lagnesha and the karyesha (or even one of them) are retrograde, debilitated,
combust or otherwise weak, another yoga takes over this yoga. It literally means ‘cancellation’ of
the Ithasala yoga. It is an unfavourable yoga and does not allow the event to fructity favourably.
Q. What are the results of benefic or malefic retrograde planets?
A. If in a Prashna or Varshaphala chart:
1. a benefit retrograde planet is a lord of an auspicious house and has a relationships with lagnesha
or karyesha, some repeat action is likely, e.g., an interview or promotion exercise will be repeated
and the result will be favourable.
2. The result will remain favourable even if the planet involved in a malefic one, but besides the repeat
action there would be obstacles and tensions.
3. If the benefic retrograde planet is a Trik lord, the favourable result becomes doubtful due to
problems and obstacles.
4. If a malefic retrograde planet is a Trik lord, then cancellation of the event takes place due to various
impediments.
Thus we see that the retrograde condition of the planet, whether in natal chart or transit has specific and
strong repercussions on predictive astrology.

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Lesson 3
How a horoscope is cast and the four types of chart styles
Before learning about the other aspects of astrology, you must now learn about how a horoscope
is cast and how to read it. We are not going into the teaching of the complicated mathematical
aspects of calculating the planetary positions, lagna etc. Now a days even the astrologers depend
on the computerised software. From the practical point of view of learning the basics, you only
need to know how the birth chart is cast and how to read and understand it.
The horoscope is the picture of the heavens at the time of ones birth. It shows in which rasis, or
signs, the 9 planets are positioned. It also shows another important aspect of astrology called the
Lagna or the Ascendant. It plays a major role in analyzing an individuals life. The ascendant is

Lesson 3How a horoscope is cast and the four types of chart stylesBefore learning about the other aspects of astrology, you must now learn about how a horoscopeis cast and how to read it. We are not going into the teaching of the complicated mathematicalaspects of calculating the planetary positions, lagna etc. Now a days even the astrologers dependon the computerised software. From the practical point of view of learning the basics, you onlyneed to know how the birth chart is cast and how to read and understand it.The horoscope is the picture of the heavens at the time of ones birth. It shows in which rasis, orsigns, the 9 planets are positioned. It also shows another important aspect of astrology called theLagna or the Ascendant. It plays a major role in analyzing an individuals life. The ascendant is  calculated based on your place and time of birth and varies from place to place. This is because

of the difference in latitude and longitude and the sun rise time. Lagna is called your individual 1st

house. It must be noted that the lagna may fall in any of the 12 rasis. The counting of your

individual houses is always done from the lagna. You will learn about the houses and their

importance in the next lesson.

The position of the planets on any given day and time is calculated from the ephemeris, called

Panchang, and the horoscopes are made accordingly. It is not some kind of a mystic charting of

planetary names in a chart.

Difference in measuring the planetary positions – Vedic vs. Western astrology

Vedic Astrology follows the Nirayana or the sidereal zodiac, where as the Western Astrology

follows the Sayana or the tropical zodiac. Its a highly complicated astronomical subject. Briefly

the fundamentals are as follows.

The placement and especially the degrees of the planets in the birth chart of a person made

according to western astrology differ considerably from the birth chart made according to Indian

astrology. According to the western sun signs Sun enters Aries on 21st of March but according to

our calculations it enters Aries on the 14th of April. So there is a 24 degrees difference. The

Western or “Sayana” zodiac system makes

calculations and predictions based on the present

position of the planets from a zodiacal point of view

or AS OBSERVED BY THE SATELLITES. Our

system is called “Nirayana” or Indian System. In the

Nirayana system, the planetary positions are AS

SEEN FROM EARTH TODAY by taking into account

the tilting of the North Pole by making corrections

accordingly.

If you take the standard globe available in the market

and keep it on the table, you will observe that the

North and the south poles are not exactly 90 degrees

vertically up but are tilting. This inclination is about

23+ degrees to the east and it greatly effects

astronomical calculations. See the picture.

This inclination is caused due to the shifting of the vernal equinox, which happens because of the

West to East spin of the earth around its axis. While playing tennis or table tennis, if you give a

sideways spin to the ball it not only spins in the direction of the spin but also swerves or swings in

the air. Similarly as the earth is spinning towards the east on its axis, the North Pole is slowly

tilting towards the east. This difference between the longitudes of the starting points of the sidereal and tropical zodiacs is called Ayanamsha. The starting points of the sidereal and tropical

zodiacs coincides once in every 25,800 years approximately. According to accurate scientific

calculations, the present shift started in the year 285 AD, i.e. 285 years ago the North Pole was

perfectly vertical at 90 degrees. The most accurate method of calculating this Ayanamsha is the

Chitrapaksha Ayanamsha, popularly called Lahiri Ayanamsha.

The Ayanamsha calculations of the Greeks like Hippocras and Ptolemy were wrong. The western

scientists are officially “credited” with the “discovery” of the accurate shifting of the earths equinox

towards the end of the 19th century. They found it to be 50″. It was actually known to the Hindu

astrologers long before that. Varahamihira, the famous astrologer in the court of Vikramaditya in

the year 57BC, clearly mentioned in his work Pancha Siddhantika, based on our ancient

Siddhantas, that the Ayanamsha is 50.32 seconds. This is the most accurate one.

The difference between the Sayana longitudes and the Nirayana longitudes of Planets is called

“Ayanamsha” or precision. This Ayanamsha difference is the exactly calculated shift or inclination

of the equinox. For example on this day on 23rd June 08, the exact Ayanamsha or the tilt is

23:58:43 degrees. From the longitude poison of the planets in the Zodiac at this

moment, when this Ayanamsha is deducted, we get the correct longitude of the

planets as applicable to our position on earth. In the western system as this shift of

the equinox is not taken into account, all the planets are about 24 degrees ahead.

The picture given bellow will give you an idea.

The position earth shown in the picture is with equinox tilted correctly i.e. corrected

Ayanamsha. If you are born on the dark spot see the position difference of Sun if

Ayanamsha is not corrected. We are more concerned as to where the planet is vis-à-vis our

position on earth and not as seen by a satellite! And we definitely don’t follow the equinox position of 285AD!!  

The four types of charting styles.

In India the astrologers follow different methods of casting a

chart. There are mainly four methods of casting the charts. They

are explained bellow.

South Indian method: In the south Indian style of casting a

chart, the position of the zodiacal signs, from Aries to Pisces

always remains fixed, as shown in the picture below left. The counting of the houses and the

positioning of the planets is done clockwise, as shown in the picture below right. This changes

from individual chart to chart. So it can be said that the south style chart follows the fixed sign

method. The sign which becomes the ascendant or lagna is marked with the words As or Asc or

Lagna. In some cases astrologers also draw two parallel lines at the top corner of the ascendant,

the way we cross a bank cheque, to mark the ascendant

The data given in the table to the right below shows the ascendant and the 9 planets in the 1st

column, their exact degrees in the 2nd column, the rasi in which they are placed in the third

column, the nakshatra in which they are placed in the 4th column and the nakshatra pada in the

last column. The birth chart is made placing the planets in those houses. The positioning of the

planets and the ascendant is as follows.

Ascendant or Lagna: In Vrischika or Scorpio

Sun : In Vrishabha or Taurus

Moon: In Kumbha or Aquarius

Mars: In Mithuna or Gemini

Mercury: In Mesha or Aries

Jupiter: In Tula or Libra

Venus: In Mithuna or Gemini

Saturn: In Mesha or Aries

Rahu: In Kumbha or Aquarius

Ketu: In Simha or Leo

Please note:

The sign in which the moon is placed is called

Janma Rasi or moon sign. In this case the Janma

rasi is Kumbha or Aquarius.

The nakshatra in which the moon is placed in the

birth chart in called Janma Nakshatra. In this case

the Janma nakshatra is Satabhistha 1st quarter.

As obvious in this chart the lagna is Vrischika, moon

and Rahu are in the 4th house counted from lagna,

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Mercury and Saturn are in the 6th house from lagna, Sun is in the 7th house, Mars and Venus are

in the 8th house, Ketu is in the 10th house and Jupiter is in the 12th house.

North Indian Style

North Indian method: In the north Indian method of casting the chart, as in the above example,

the ascendant or lagna is always kept at the top center and the signs are denoted by their

zodiacal sequence number, i.e., Aries is 1, Taurus

is 2, Gemini 3, Cancer 4, Leo 5, Virgo 6, Libra 7,

Scorpio 8, Sagittarius 9, Capricorn 10, Aquarius 11

and Pisces 12. Here the charting of the houses

and the planets is anti-clockwise. In the above

demonstration the same chart with the same

planetary positions is shown. The lagna is

Vrischika and denoted by the sign number 8 and placed at the top center. The planets are placed

in the same houses, but charted in the anti-clockwise fashion. For example sun is in Vrishabha or

Taurus which is the zodiac house number 2. So we can say that the northern chart follows the

fixed house method.

East Indian or Maithili method: This type of chart, which is popular in Andhra Pradesh and parts

of Orissa and Bengal, is drawn differently and follows the fixed sign method of the south style

chart, but the charting is done anti-clockwise as shown in the picture bellow.

The circular chart: It is the same as the northern chart in every respect but drawn in a circular

fashion as shown below.

Lesson 4

The twelve Bhavas or Houses

An individuals horoscope is divided into 12 Bhavas or houses, based on the position of ones

lagna in the chart. The nature and qualities of the rasis, planets and the nakshatras explained so

far are their basic inherent qualities. Once a persons chart is analyzed from the lagna point of

view, based on the way these planets and rasis are placed from lagna, gives them a personal

touch and helps us to understand the various aspects and events of ones life.

The sign in which your lagna or ascendant is placed becomes your 1st house. The sign next to

that (clockwise in the south chart and anticlockwise in a north chart), becomes your 2nd house.

The one next to that is your 3rd house and so on till the 12th house.

The 1st, 5th, and 9th houses are called Trikonas or trine houses. They are the most powerful and

auspicious houses. They are also called Lakshmi sthanas as the rule all kinds of prosperities.

The 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th houses are called Kendras or quadrants. They are also auspicious

and powerful houses next to the konas.

The 3rd and the 11th houses are called Upachayas or houses of growth.

The 6th, 8th, and 12 houses are called Dusthanas or bad houses.

1, 5, and 9 are Dharma houses.

2, 6, and 10 are Artha houses.

3, 7, and 11 are Kama houses.

4, 8, and 12 are Moksha houses.

The 12 houses and what they signify and represent in your life.

The First house or Lagna called Tanu sthana represents your birth, body looks and soul,

personality traits and inclinations, longevity, health, character and nature. It also rules your head

the head, longevity, health, character and nature of the native. It is a Kendra trikona and Dharma

bhava, and it is at the same time. It is one of the most important and auspicious house in the

horoscope.

The Second house called Dhana sthana, represents your wealth, speech, family, face, right eye,

mouth and the food you eat and charity and death.

The Third house called Bhatru sthana represents your younger brothers and sisters, courage,

servants and subordinates, communications, talents and skills, sports, business, short distance

travels.

The Fourth bhava called Matru sthana, represents mother, home, relatives, office or factory,

emotions, domestic and house related happiness, landed property and conveyances, education

mental peace and chest and lungs.

The Fifth house called Putra sthana, represents children, education and intellect, creativity,

mantra, tantra and pooja.

The Sixth house called Shatru sthana, represents health, illness, injuries, loans, sports, maternal

uncle, enemies and opposition.

The Seventh house called Kalatra sthana, represents spouse, sex life, reproduction and genital

organs, partners, enjoyments and Kundalini Shakti and death.

The Eight house called Ayu sthana, represents destruction, accidents, physical pains,

inheritance, legacies, death and insurance.

The Ninth house called bhagya sthana, represents luck, prosperity, guru, father, religious and

spiritual progress and knowledge of the scriptures, sadhana, pilgrimages, foreign travel and

foreign trade, grandchildren.

The Tenth house represents your profession, business, authority and power and honors and

achievements.

The Eleventh house represents gains and income, good news, money, elder brothers and

sisters, friends, long distance travels, air lines and entertainment.

The Twelfth house represents losses, waste, expenses, foreign countries, imprisonment, death,

sadhana and Moksha or final liberation.

Each of the 9 different planets, while placed in the 12 different houses, produce different, and at

times totally opposite results. Again each of them produces some good results and some bad

results. Remember this important fact.

As there are 12 houses and only 9 planets, there will always be some vacant houses. In most

horoscopes there are more than one planet in a house. The lords of the rasis as mentioned

earlier in lesson 1, i.e., Mars for Aries, Venus for Taurus etc., become the lords of your houses

falling in those rasis. Which house lord is placed in which house is a very important factor. Again

each house lord placed in the other houses has some good results and some bad. Again because

of the dual ownership rasis by planets, a planet placed in a particular house as lord of one house

may be good, but bad as lord of the other house.

This is the third important parameter to remember.

Let us see the example horoscope to make things clear.

Remember the house counting is done from the lagna, which is the 1st house.

North Indian Anti-Clockwise South Indian – Count clockwise

In this horoscope:

The lagna or the 1st house falls in Vrischika rasi or Scorpio. Scorpio is owned by Mars. So the

lagna lord is mars. He is placed in Gemini, the 8th house counted from lagna.( the counting starts

from lagna)

The 2nd house is Dhanu or Sagittarius, its owner is Jupiter. So the 2nd lord is placed in Libra,

the 12th house from lagna.

The 3rd house is Makara or Capricorn, owned by Saturn, who is placed in Aries, the sixth house.

The 4th house is Kumbha or Aquarius, owned by Saturn, who is placed in Aries, the sixth house.

The 5th house is Meena or Pisces, owned by Jupiter, who is placed in the 12th house.

The 6th house is Mesha or Aries, whose lord Mars is in the 8th house. You may interested to

note that mars as the important lagna lord placed in the 8th house is bad and inauspicious, but in

the 2nd case as the owner of a bad 6th house placed in another bad 8th house, he very good and

auspicious.

The 7th house is Vrishabha or Taurus, whose lord Venus is placed in the 8th house.

The 8th house is Mithuna or Gemini, whose lord is placed in the 6th house. (This is good)

The 9th house is Karka or Cancer, whose lord moon is in the 4th house.

The 10th house is Simha or Leo and the lord sun is in the 7th house.

The 11th house is Kanya or Virgo and the lord is in the 6th house. (This is bad)

The 12th house lord Venus placed in the 8th house. (Again note Venus as the bad 12th lord in

the bad 8th house is good, but as the important 7th lord in the bad 8th he is bad)

For every lagna some planets are benefic, some are malefic and some are neutral. Again how

they are placed in the chart is a very important point to be considered. However the following

are the basic thumb rules:

Lords of 1, 5, 9 houses are always benefics.

Lords of 4, 7, 10 houses if placed in auspicious houses produce good results.

Lords of 6, 8, 12 house if placed in 6, 8, or 12 houses produce good results but are bad if placed

in the good houses.

2nd and 11th lords are better placed in the auspicious houses.

When two or more planets are placed in a house, it is called the conjunction of planets. The

results of these conjunctions of planets will depend on whether they are benefics or malefics from

the lagna point of view. The conjunction of the Kendra lords or the Kona lords or the Kendra or

Kona lords is highly auspicious. These are called Raja yoga combinations. The Raja yoga

combinations give rise to authority, power, position and wealth. However, if a dusthana lord. i.e.,

6th, 8th or 12th lord joins them it spoils the rajayogas.

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When two planets exchange houses, i.e., let us say Mars is in Venus house and Venus in Mars

house, it is called Parivartana Yoga or Exchange Yoga. The Parivartana Yoga is a very powerful

one. The Parivartana Yoga becomes auspicious if the exchange is between two auspicious

houses, i.e., between the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th and 11th houses. Similarly if two

dusthana lords, i.e., 6th, 8th and 12th, exchange houses then also it is auspicious. However, if a

benefic house lord exchanges houses with a malefic house lord, like 9th lord with the 12th lord,

then the exchange is inauspicious.

Similarly if exalted planets are placed in Kendras etc. it again causes Rajayogas. There are

several hundred raja yoga combinations mentioned in the Shastras.

Further analysis and the Varga charts

There are several other points which are of importance while analyzing a chart. According to the

Rishi Parashara, analyzing the horoscope from Lagna, Chandra Lagna and Surya Lagna is

important to arrive at the correct conclusions.

Chandra Lagna

The sign in which the Moon is placed in the birth chart, called Janma Rasi, is a very important

parameter while judging a horoscope. It is used as another lagna. Just as you study the

placement of planets from the lagna, the way the planets are placed from the moon is also

studied to give an additional view.

Surya Lagna

The house in which your Sun is placed is called the Surya Lagna and this is studied the way

lagna and Chandra lagna are studied.

Churning from houses

Churning the houses is a unique way of analyzing several aspects of life. For example your wife

wants to know about her younger sister but hasn’t got the horoscope details. This can be seen

from your horoscope. In your chart the 7th is your wife’s house. From there the 3rd is the house of

her younger sister, i.e., the 9th house in your chart, is your wife’s younger sister’s house. By

studying your chart by taking your 9th house as lagna, you can infer about your wife’s younger

sister. Alternately, this can be studied from your wife’s chart also by taking 3rd house as lagna.

Similarly from your chart your child’s wife can be seen – your 5th is your child’s house and from

there the 7th indicates his wife.

Learn vedic astrology.

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Lesson 1: The purpose & the division of the Zodiac
The ancient Hindu way of life, based on the Karma theory, looked at the progress of the human
soul based on three essential macroscopic parameters. They are: The Karma acquired from your
past life, the karma you acquire by virtue of your actions in your present life and based on these
your future life. They classified our present life into four broad aspects. Dharma or right living,
Artha or the monetary aspect, Kama or the desires and finally Moksha or spiritual progress and
liberation. They recognized the importance of balancing these four aspects of life for the proper
progress. To understand and improve all these four aspects they gave us various Shastras. The
Veda shastras for spiritual progress, the Dharma and Nyaya shastras for the legal and social
conduct, the Artha ( finance), Ganita (mathematics), Vanijya (trade) shastras for earning money,
Sangeeta (music) Nritya (dance) Shilpa (art) Kama (sex) Paka (cooking) shastras for pleasure.
Finally the Jyotishya ( Jyoti=light+ Isha=God meaning the light of God to remove ignorance) was
given to us as a guide, to get the best results during the most suitable times, in each of the above
four areas of life. The entire basis and theology of our astrology is based on these principles.
The Division of the Zodiac:
From the astrological point of view, for the purpose of charting the planetary positions and
calculations etc, the 360 degrees of the zodiac was divided into 12 equal parts, called Rasi or
sign, of 30 degrees each. This is the 1st basic division. In the Vedic astrology there are 9 Grahas
or planets which influence our lives. Out of these seven – the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury,
Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn – are actual heavenly bodies. The other two – Rahu and Ketu – are
shadowy planets whose positions are calculated mathematically. Vedic astrology ignores
Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto.
These 9 planets own certain rasis, represent several things in our life, have several inherent
qualities and influence certain facets of our life. It all depends on how these planets are placed
and in which rasis they are placed. Let us understand these basics first.
The names of the 12 Rasis (Zodiac signs) in their natural order and their rulers:
1. Aries or Mesha is ruled by Mars. It extends from 00:00 degrees to 30:00′ in the zodiac.
2. Taurus or Vrishabha is ruled by Venus. It extends from 30:00 degrees to 60:00′
3. Gemini or Mithuna is ruled by Mercury. It extends from 60:00 degrees to 90:00′
4. Cancer or Karka is ruled by the Moon. It extends from 90:00 degrees to 120:00′
5. Leo or Simha is ruled by the Sun. It extends from 120:00 degrees to 150:00′
6. Virgo or Kanya is ruled by Mercury. It extends from 150:00 degrees to 180:00′
7. Libra or Tula is ruled by Venus. It extends from 180:00 degrees to 210:00′
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8. Scorpio or Vrischika is ruled by Mars. It extends from 210:00 degrees to 240:00′
9. Sagittarius or Dhanu is ruled by Jupiter. It extends from 240:00 degrees to 270:00′
10. Capricorn or Makara is ruled by Saturn. It extends from 270:00 degrees to 300:00′
11. Aquarius or Kumbha is ruled by Saturn. It extends from 300:00 degrees to 330:00′
12. Pisces or Meena is ruled by Jupiter. It extends from 330:00 degrees to 360:00′
So it is clear that the sun and the moon own one house each and all the other 5 planets own 2
houses each. Rahu and Ketu do not own any houses.
The rasis are further divided into several categories. The categories are:
The Trikona or Triangular groups.
The 1st triangle formed by Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are Agni-Tatwa or Fire signs. They are
active, aggressive, adventurous and dominating by nature and are good leaders and
administrators. These signs, and people with these signs strong, have the Dharma aspect
predominant.
The 2nd triangle formed by Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are Bhu-Tatwa or Earth signs. They are
down to earth, practical and careful by nature and have a good sense of money. These signs, and
people with these signs strong, have the Artha aspect predominant.
The 3rd triangle formed by Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are Vayu-Tatwa or Air signs. They are
intelligent, carefree, jovial and social by nature and enjoy life more than the other signs. These
signs, and people with these signs strong, have the Kama aspect predominant.
The 4th triangle formed by Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are Jala-Tatwa or Water signs. They are
emotional, sensitive, romantic, artistic, nature loving and spiritual by nature. These signs, and
people with these signs strong, have the Moksha aspect predominant.
2. The Kendra or Quadrangular groups
Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn forming the 1st quadrangle are Chara or Movable rasis. They
are active by nature, like change and direct in their approach. Normally people with Chara rasis
dominating in the birth chart travel a lot.
Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius forming the 2nd quadrangle are Sthira or Fixed rasis. They
take their time to act, do not like change, and have a fixed views and ways of doing things.
Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces forming the 3rd quadrangle are Dwichara or Dual rasis.
They are very intelligent and like exploring new ways and theories.
The Grahas or Planets and what they signify
Sun or Surya is a royal planet and the king in astrology. He represents the soul, will power,
father, paternal relations, the king or the high officials. Its hot and angry, colour is red, metal is
gold and gem is ruby. Sun represents the eastern direction.
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The sun stays in each rasi for one month and takes one year to complete the round of the zodiac.
Its motion is quite fixed and a lot of Indian festivals are as per the suns entry into the various
signs. For example on January 14 it enters Makara and this day is celebrated as Makara
Sankranti, On April 13th/14th it enters Mesha and this day is celebrated as Baisakhi. The change
in seasons is also linked to the suns entry into various signs and nakshatras. He is the
Pitrukaraka or planet connected with father.
Moon or Chandra is also a royal planet and is the queen in astrology. He represents the mind,
emotions, sensitivity, the mother, house and domestic comforts, milk, sea and all things
connected with the sea, hotel and food industry, textiles and apparels. Its cold and calm, Its color
is white, direction north-east, metal is silver and gem is pearl. The moon is the fastest moving of
the 9 planets and takes approximately 2-1/2 days to travel a sign. When the sun and moon are in
the same rasi it is called Amavasya or new moon day or the 1st day of the dark fortnight. The
lunar days or Tithi changes with every 12 degree difference between the sun and the moon.
When the sun and the moon are in the exact opposite signs or 180 degrees apart, it is called
Poornima or the full moon day or the 1st day of the bright fortnight. He is the Matrukaraka or
planet connected with mother. The sign in which your Moon is placed in the birth chart is called
your Janma Rasi. The star constellation in which your Moon is placed is called your Janma
Nakshatra.
Mars or Mangala is the commander in astrology. He represents, energy, courage, younger
brothers & sisters, armed forces, the police forces, commanders, administrators, men in high
position, land, engineering, metals, real estate agents and surgery. Its metal is copper and gem is
coral, color is red and direction south. Mars takes about 45 days to travel one sign. He is the
Bhratrukaraka or planet connected with brother.
Mercury or Budha is the prince in astrology. He represents speech, intelligence, maternal
uncles, short journeys, medical profession, trade, computers and the web, astrology and
knowledge of the shastras, accounts, mathematics, journalism, printing and publishing. Its metal
is bronze, gem is emerald, color is green and direction north. Mercury takes about a month to
travel a rasi. It is always within 27 degree distance from the sun from astrological point of view.
Jupiter or Guru is known as the “Devaguru” or the guru of the Gods. He represents higher
knowledge, spirituality, priests, temples, teachers, research & scientists, layers & judges, children
and knowledge of the shastras and astrology. Its color is yellow, metal gold, gem yellow sapphire
and direction north – east. Jupiter takes about one year to travel a sign. He is the Putrakaraka or
planet connected with children.
Venus or Shukra is the “Daityaguru” or the guru of the demons. He represents spouse, sex life,
kidneys and sex organ, dance, music, arts, gems and jewelers, wines, bars, gambling places,
acting, fashion, cosmetics and beauty products. Its metal is silver, gem is diamond, direction is
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south-east and colour is white. Venus takes about a month to travel a sign and completes the
round of the zodiac in 12 months. From astrological point of view it is always within 48 degrees of
the sun. He is the Kalatrakaraka or planet connected with spouse.
Saturn or Shani is the servant in astrology. He represents hard work, sorrow, old men, servants
and the lower level workers, people in the iron and steel industry, municipality and drainage
works. A well placed Saturn can bestow excellent power, prestige, name and fame and a badly
placed Saturn can devastate you. Its metal is iron, color is blue, gem is blue sapphire and
direction is west. Saturn is the slowest moving of the 9 planets and takes approximately 2-1/2
years to transit a sign and completes the round of the zodiac in 30 years. He is the Udyogakaraka
or planet connected with profession.
Rahu or Dragons Head or North Node represents foreigners, foreign countries, foreign travel,
engineering and the technical trades, smoke, old men, grand parents, theft, gambling, drinking,
nonconformists, the underworld and the bad elements in the society. Its color is black, metal
mixed-metal and gem is Gomedh. Rahu takes approximately 1-1/2 years to travel a sign and
hence completes the round of the zodiac in 18 years.
Ketu or Dragons Tail or South Node represents grand parents, technical trades, spiritual
inclinations, superstitions and electronics. Its colour is brown and gem is cat’s eye. Ketu is always
in the opposite sign to Rahu, i.e., exactly 180 degrees away. Ketu also takes approximately 1-1/2
years to travel a sign and hence completes the round of the zodiac in 18 years.
Each of these 9 planets produce different results, and at times totally opposite results, while
placed in the 12 different rasis. Again each has some good results and some bad results in each
sign. This is an important aspect of astrology which must be remembered. You will learn about
these results later.
While placed at various specific distances from the sun, the planets Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus
and Saturn become retrograde or appear to move in the backward direction. Sun and moon do
not have any retrograde motion. The motion of Rahu and Ketu is always opposite to that of the
other planets.
The seven main planets rule the seven days of the week.
Sun rules Sunday.
Moon rules Monday.
Mars rules Tuesday.
Mercury rules Wednesday.
Jupiter rules Thursday.
Venus rules Friday.
Saturn rules Saturday.
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Rahu and Ketu do not rule any day
Normally while referring to the qualities etc of the planets, they are referred to in this sequence,
i.e., sun to Saturn in the week day sequence. Remember this important fact.
The Nakshatras or Star constellations
First the zodiac was divided into 12 main rasis, to study the effects of the planets placed there.
Then the ancient seers added another sub divisional system of breaking down the zodiac into 27
Nakshatras or star constellations. Each nakshatra has a span of 13 degrees and 20 minutes.
After that each nakshatra was further subdivided into 4 Padas, or quarters, of 3 degrees and 20
minutes. Hence the first zodiac sign Aries, which has 30 degrees, contains the entire 4 padas
(13:20′) of the 1st star constellation Ashwini, the entire 4 padas (13:20′) of the 2nd star
constellation Bharani and the 1st pada (3:20′) of the third star constellation Krittika. So each rasi
contains total 9 padas. These nakshatras belong to three main groups: Deva or divine, Manusha
or human and Rakshasa or Demonic. They have different ruling deities, owned by different
planets and have divergent qualities. Hence while studying the effects of a planet placed in Aries,
it is also studied in which nakshatra it is placed and in which pada of that nakshatra it is placed.
This system of analysis exists only in Indian astrology.
The nakshatra in which your moon is placed at the time of your birth is called your Janma
Nakshatra. This Janma nakshatra has also got its influence on you.
The following table shows the names of the 27 nakshatras in their zodiacal order..
1
Ashwini
2
Bharani
3
Krittika
4
Rohini
5
Mrigasira
6
Arudra
7
Punarvasu
8
Pushyami
9
Aslesha
10
Magha
11
P.Phalguni
12
U.Phalguni
13
Hasta
14
Chitra
15
Swati
16
Visakha
17
Anuradha
18
Jyestha
19
Moola
20
P.Ashadha
21
U.Ashadha
22
Shravana
23
Dhanishta
24
Satabhisha
25
P.Bhadra
26
U.Bhadra
27
Revati

Rahu.

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Appearance
Rahu’s appearance is being discussed because it is seen to affect a persons appearance when it is
in a position to do so in a nativity.
Rahu has a body of a serpent connected to a human head, and thus is fearful to behold.
The various names assigned to Rahu in Vedic texts – the fierce, the terrible, the appalling, the
serpent, the head, the blue, the black, the fanged, half-bodied, the smoky headed, having blood
and red eyes, having death like looks, having big whiskers – give a clue to its appearance.
Rahu is supposed to be the second eldest among the planets but the face shows no such elderly
characteristics. In fact it has a strange, hypnotic touch to its face, which it imparts to the natives
when placed close to the cuspal degrees of the first or the second house of a chart. Its face is said
to be black with a smokish tinge. There is no equal of Rahu in imparting out of the ordinary faces
and appearances.
In my view the face of Jazz legend Miles Davis is a good example of what Rahu can do to one’s
appearance. It is experienced that a lot of the present day beauty queens who get sudden fame
through winning international beauty pageants have either Rahu in the second house or
connected in some way to the Ascendant or second house.
Rahu is seen to represent tall persons. Any connection of Rahu with the Ascendant in a chart
adds to the height of the native. Rahu also has a predominantly airy constitution, which is usually
associated with a wiry or lean physique.
Among the five senses Rahu is especially connected with the sense of hearing. A highly
developed sense of hearing or complete deafness helps identify a Rahu personality.
According to one view it is supposed to be uncouth in appearance and shabbily dressed in black
pauper’s clothing, but there are other views that show Rahu to be having the appearance of a
fierce warrior dressed immaculately in bright-multicoloured clothing.
In a way these two types of appearances represent the dual nature of Rahu – one that can give
material prosperity and the other which gives material adversity. Usually the material adversity
side has more spiritual benefits attached to it, which is not to say that there is no spiritual growth
when Rahu gives material prosperity.
The colours associated with Rahu are – flame red and bright yellow, all shades and variations of
blue like sky blue; purple and violet; all shades of brown; all the pastel shades and sunset
colours. Electric blue is a colour which is strongly connected with Rahu. In the spectrum of
electromagnetic waves or different types of light, Rahu represents ultraviolet light, which as we
know is invisible to the human eye as it falls out of the visible spectrum of light represented by
VIBGYOR.
There is also a certain sort of lordliness attached to its appearance and manners in much the same
way as Sun. However there is a subtle difference as the lordliness that Sun displays has a certain
benevolence attached to it. The charisma and magnetism attached with Rahu is also quite
different from the Sun in much the same way a light emitted by an electric bulb is different from
the sunlight.
Despite its lordliness its glance it downwards. This can be used to trace the people with strong
influence of Rahu on the Ascendant. It can also be used to judge the state of mind of a person at
any given point in time. A downward glance relates to a predominantly Rahu or Saturn state of
mind. It must be remembered that Saturn also has a downward glance.
In Vedic traditions its image is made in a variety of ways. One image has four arms holding a
trident, a sword and a discus. The remaining hand is making a gesture, which grants boons. Its
head is facing south and is decorated with a hessonite crest jewel. It is shown riding a lion.
Another image has it with only two hands, one holding a blanket and the other a palm leaf. It is
seen as riding on a chariot driven by eight horses. Another image has Rahu holding a spear and
scimitar. As we will discover in the next few sections, all these images reveal Rahu’s
functionings and attributes.
Attributes
Rahu is supposed to be a mighty and naughty child of Maya (illusory power of nature), and thus
has a lot of dualities attached to its Mayavi (illusory) nature. It relates more to the Seventh Ray
energy of esoteric astrology as it represents a force displaying all the possibilities within the
realm of existence.
‘Rahu’ translates into ‘the seizer’ [ergreifen, fassen, packen]. It is interesting to note that the
Sanskrit term for a planet, ‘graha’ also translates into ‘seizer’. The planets definitely are seizers in
the sense that they seize human beings and make them act and behave in a certain way.
The various names assigned to Rahu in Vedic texts – the chief; the advisor of the demons; the
minister of the demons; ever-angry; the tormentor; bitter enemy of the luminaries; lord of
illusions; one who frightens the Sun; the one who makes the Moon lustreless; the peacemaker;
the immortal (having drunk the divine nectar); bestower of prosperity, wealth and ultimate
knowledge – give a clue to its basic energy and attributes.
Rahu can thus be said to be associated with the dualities of nature and their subsequent fusion. It
can be the deceitful, shady, untrustworthy sort of character when working through its lower
aspect. Its energy is supposed to be behind all sorts of criminal tendencies, unlawful activities,
and perversions.
It is discontent incarnate and is never satisfied in much the same vein as the famous ‘rolling
stone’ lines – ” I can’t get no satisfaction…”. It can lie, cheat, betray trust or go to any extreme to
achieve its ends. Its nature in these lower aspects covers all the bad points of the dark side of the
human psyche. Thus it comes as no surprise that is the originator of many types of morbid fears,
suspicious, sadistic, and self-destructive tendencies.
All this negativity of Rahu can be equated with a sort of negative Saturn, Mercury and Venus
combined. The point to note out here is that the greater degree of intensity that Rahu possesses
makes the situation more dangerous that is the case with other planets. The saving grace is that it
only occasionally manifests the extremes of these negative qualities.
However all these negative tendencies have a positive side to them. For example the
revolutionary nature of Rahu stems from its innate dislike for authority (Sun). When the
authority is corrupt and mindless, as is generally the case in present times, this revolutionary
spirit becomes very important. Without a revolt both on an internal and external level no
meaningful change can take place.
Rahu is the force that creates a Robin Hood. Despite being an outlaw he utilized his tendencies
for the greater good. This is usually the case when Rahu functions through its higher principle. It
retains some of its dual nature even when it is functioning through its highest aspect. The main
difference when it works though this principle is that it aims become much more unselfish and
humanitarian. It will still lie or cheat to archieve its ends but the goal would usually be in
harmony with the cosmic plan.
It is seen that it retains a quarter of its illusory nature even then functioning in its most spiritual
mode. A very good example of this can be seen in the life of Krishna, the eighth incarnation of
Vishnu in the present round of Ages. He is supposed to have taken birth in the ending phase of
the Dwapara Yuga (Silver Age) around 5000 years ago.
He was a revolutionary for his times in every sense of the word as he broke all the existing social
and religious taboos, and was the main architect of MahaBharata, a highly destructive World
War. His chart is discussed in a later chapter that deals with the nodal axis influence in various
houses. He did not mind using any method whatsoever including lying to fulfil his work on
Earth, but everything he did was to manifest the cosmic plan, which is exactly how Rahu
functions when working through its higher principle.
[Mercury]
Since Vishnu is the deity governing the planet Mercury and has a definite connection with the
serpent power as discussed earlier, it is inferred that Rahu is closely related to Mercury. It shares
qualities like wit, quickness of thought, and communication ability with Mercury.
Rahu being an illusory planet, possesses a basic Mercurial nature with some spice added to it.
Some wise men postulate that Mercury has a quarter influence of the nodes attached to it even
when it has no relation with them in a chart. This can be seen from its rulership of Gemini and
Virgo, the signs that Rahu is most comfortable in. This topic is dealt in further detail when
Rahu’s sign rulership, exaltation and debilitation are discussed.
It has been experienced that in a nativity, only Mercury and Jupiter can control Rahu’s energy.
Rahu is also a significator of intellect in much the same way Mercury is, but the difference is that
Rahu has to do more with the intuitive part of the intellect instead of the calculative,
informational, discriminating part. This is why Rahu when working through its higher principle
can be seen as the higher aspect of Mercury, which related to real knowledge and the ability to
look through illusions.
Rahu also gets influenced in a chart to a large extent by the planets it is associated with in a
chart. Like Mercury it relays their energies without losing its inherent nature in the process. This
mutable quality of Rahu is what makes it behave sometimes like Mars, Jupiter or even the Sun
and the Moon.
[Mars]
Rahu, when relaying the energy of Mars, appears more aggressive even though a certain degree
of aggression is inherent in its nature. It can boost the Martian energy in a chart but can also
cause its perversion in many a case. Most of the unnecessary violence perpetuated on this planet
has its roots in this perversion.
It has been notices in observations that most of the charts of criminals of all types have Rahu
influencing the energy of Mars in some way or the other. The famous criminal John Dillinger has
Mars-Rahu conjunction in eighth house. Even Saddam Hussein has Mars-Rahu conjunction in
his fifth house!
However this combination is also found in the charts of revolutionaries, who are fighting for a
just cause, as it provides the vitality to go ahead with one’s thinking. The celebrated Indian
revolutionary warrior, Shivaji, who fought against the Moghul rule in India, has a Mars-Rahu
conjunction in his chart.
[Jupiter]
Rahu also functions in a Jupiterian manner as advocated by Western astrology, only when when
it is associated with Jupiter in some way. Rahu has an airy disposition and thus possesses an
inherently expansive nature, but there are a lot of differences, as Jupiter is the planet of law while
Rahu is lawlessness incarnate. The merging of these two energies can sometimes create a good
balance and at other times cause disaster through over-expansion especially on the material
plane.
This over expansive nature of Rahu causes unnecessary scattering or wasting away of energies in
a lot of cases, but there is a lesson to be learnt in the events that follow as a result. The
disintegrating influence of Rahu through ungrounded optimism and expansion is in fact one of its
most dangerous traits.
Although Rahu is an airy planet it is quite fixed in its approach. The perfect example of how the
airy element can be unrelenting and powerful as a tornado, which blows everything that comes in
its way.
[Sun]
There is a creative side of Rahu’s nature and disposition, which resembles that of Sun. Rahu is a
force which can either nourish a personality like Sun nourishes all life on earth, or just consume
it like the harsh desert which is not conducive to life. Rahu is also related to the egoic selfconsciousness
in much the same way as Sun, the only difference being the fact that Rahu is not
the real thing but only a mirage.
It can be said that while Sun represents our true personality, and related directly with the spark of
the Godhead within us, Rahu represents the outer personality we have formed through our
experiences in our numerous lives. This is why Rahu is sometimes known as the ‘Artificial Sun’.
Rahu’s presence in the sign Leo or the Ascendant or any association with Sun assists in easy
expression of the soul personality. This expression manifests in the outer world as selfconfidence,
self-assurance and creativity. In a negative sense it can manifest as selfishness, pride,
self-aggrandizement and megalomania.
[Moon]
Rahu has an innate reverence for the Universal Mother principle, which in our solar system
manifests through Moon. Even though Rahu is said to have enmity with Moon, the major scope
ot its activity is lunar in a lot of ways. This is because Rahu is born out of the causative force
sustaining this Universe, which is supposed to be feminine in its attributes.
It is termed as the ‘Negative Moon’ by some astrologers as it seems to represent the dark side of
the lunare nature. Though true to an extent, as Rahu does further hallucination, illusion, paranoia
and other such mental states, this is still a lopsided view, because certain very spiritual yogas
(combinations) involving the Rahu-Moon combination find mention in the works of ancient
Vedic seers.
Another reason for this identification is that is has the power to strengthen, weaken or completely
neutralize the lunar forces. The presence of Rahu in the sign Cancer or fourth house or its
association with Moon in a chart is a sure indicator of importance of a mother figure in the life of
a native in some form or the other.
Again a lot depends upon the aspect, lower or higher, through which Rahu is functioning in a
chart. For example, there is a difference between a negative trance induced by use of drugs or
other negative methods, and a spiritual trance induced by dissolving the mind and the ego in the
divine consciousness. In both cases Rahu has a significant part to play, and the catch lies in the
difference in degree of evolution. Since in the present day and age Rahu functions through its
higher principle in relatively few individuals, the ‘Negative Moon’ theory holds true for the
majority.
[Saturn]
The planet, which Rahu most closely resembles, is Saturn, and as we will discover later it even
shares a rulership of a sign with Saturn. Besides sharing an airy temperament, another thing they
have in common are the colours black and white.
Rahu’s close relationship with Saturn can be seen from the fact that it represents Ultra Violet
light, which falls just before the Violet light of the visible spectrum, represented by Saturn. In
this way Rahu can be seen as a higher octave of Saturn. The fact that Ultra Violet light is not
visible to human eyes highlights the more mysterious functionings of Rahu as compared to
Saturn.
Just like Saturn, Rahu is supposed to have a lazy disposition and is a long-term planner. In can
thus give a constantly worrying nature. The human follies like greed, avarice and selfishness
resulting from an excess of Saturnine energy are also attributed to the lower aspects of Rahu.
Most of the devilish (to use a Christian term) aspects of human nature attributed by astrologers to
Saturn are in fact related to Rahu. Rahu and not Saturn is the Devil (or Satan), which all the
puritans and pseudo-religionists fear, but they don’t realize that in their own extreme way they
are falling prey to the same force that they term as devilish. As the wise know, there is no such
thing as evil or pure in nature – everything that exists is sacred!
Rahu can be considered to be the expert among the planets when it comes to scheming and
plotting. It is the master of manipulation.This is why it can be said to be a better politician than
Saturn. It comes as no surprise that the polity of Rahu is not always orthodox or bound by
prevailing social standards. Insensitivity is a term that can be ascribed to Rahu in much the same
way as Saturn.
The adversities that both these planets seem to inflict are just lessons that always turn out to be
rewarding in the long run. Success when it comes through Rahu or Saturn arrives only after some
sort of a struggle. The only difference is that Rahu gives it with a certain degree of suddenness
while Saturn grinds slowly. Rahu like Saturn is quite an expert at raising people up and then
bringing them down, but gives lasting success as well, if one does not completely lose one’s
heads.
Rahu however acts in a predominantly Saturnine fashion only when it is associated with Saturn
in a nativity, or is placed in the tenth/eleventh house, or is placed in the signs
Capricorn/Aquarius.
[Venus]
There is a strong Venusian tinge to Rahu’s nature, which usually shows itself in a love of show
and pomp when Rahu is functioning through its lower aspect. Rahu is capable of manifesting
highest Venusian energies like universal love, compassion and harmony as well then working
through its higher principle.
The Venusian tendencies of Rahu are highlighted when it is placed in the sign Taurus or the
second house, or is in association with Venus. There is a strong urge for comfort and luxury
when Rahu is manifesting these energies on an earthy plane. In my view earth is the secondary
element of Rahu.
This is where the materialistic side of Rahu comes out, and probably this is the reason why it is
seen as a planet giving great material prosperity in the Western system. The problem is that this
materialistic side of Rahu usually knows no boundaries and can be said to be responsible for the
terrible phenomenon known as greed, which is the core reason behind all the present day mess in
which humanity finds itself.
Rahu also has a diplomatic nature, which is very similar to that of Venus. Rahu like Venus is by
nature a social planet and enjoys company. Rahu is supposed to give an artistic temperament in
much the same way as Venus, but as always there is a touch of unorthodoxy involved. Rahu’s
Venusian side is highlighted when it is either associated with Venus in a nativity, or is placed in
the second/seventh houses, or is posited in the signs Taurus/Libra.
Rahu has a peculiar heavy, hypnotic and sarcastic tone to its voice, which it usually imparts to a
native when it is related in some way with the second or third house. The voice of the famous
songwriter/singer Bob Dylan who has Rahu placed in his second in his chart is a very good
example of a ‘Rahu-voice’.
Sarcasm is one of the main aspects of the nature and disposition of Rahu and it is second only to
Ketu when it comes to giving a sarcasting and hurting tongue. There is often a wonderful sense
of humour attached to Rahu’s sarcastic nature. This is why Rahu along with Mercury can be
regarded as the king of satire among planets.
Rahu shares some of its nature with two of the outer planets as well. Rahu is a revolutionary,
creative, shocking, individualistic force in much the same vein as Uranus. As we would discover
later, it is assigned co-rulership of a sign in the Vedic system that has Uranus as its co-ruler in the
Western system.
Rahu knows no national boundaries and thus has a very international and all-inclusive
perspective on things, a quality very similar to that of Uranus. The international perspective of
Rahu also causes major problems when it is working through a lower principle, im much the
same way the negative use of Uranian energies can be quite destructive.
There is a special relationship between Rahu and Neptune as both are the planets representing
the ocean of illusion, which forms a backdrop for the play of existence. Rahu when working
through its higher principle displays positive Neptunian qualities like heightened awareness of
higher realms, true compassion for all existence and a need for rising above the illusion of the
material realm.
When working through its lower principle it drowns one in illusions and fantasies usually
relating to the lower dark sides of existence. Rahu is the planet of intuition, extra sensory
perception and other such phenomenon related with the astral body. Rahu, like a negative
Neptune, can makeone lose one’s self in chasing after mirages or hallucinations, which can either
be induced by drugs or other techniques.
Cloudiness is a term common to both these planets when functioning through their lower aspect.
Rahu is the force or emotion behind such things as suicide and homicide, where it totally clouds
the capacity of clear thinking. This vagueness, cloudiness and confusion, usually related with
Neptune, is attributed to Rahu in the Vedic system. Rahu is the planet of delusions and psychosis.
If Rahu is working through its higher aspect, then this confusion usually leads to wisdom and
enlightenment. Rahu has a Dionysian way of thinking very similar to that exemplified by Aldous
Huxley – “road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom”.
In Vedic astrology Rahu is supposed to maintain friendly relations with Mercury, Venus and
Saturn. It is neutral towards Jupiter and Mars and maintains enmity with Sun and Moon. Rahu is
also said to have a predominantly tamasic disposition.
According to the ancient Vedic wisdom, nature has three major gunas (attributes) – rajasic
(active), sattwic (balanced) and tamasic (passive) – the interplay which creates, sustains and
finally ends the Universe. One must remember that Rahu can function in all the above mentioned
modes – Rahu functions in a Rajasic mode when giving prosperity, in a Sattvic mode when
giving knowledge and wisdom. It can also function in a state beyond the three attributes – the
eternal state beyond time, space where the source of everything manifest and unmanifest lies.

AppearanceRahu’s appearance is being discussed because it is seen to affect a persons appearance when it isin a position to do so in a nativity.Rahu has a body of a serpent connected to a human head, and thus is fearful to behold.The various names assigned to Rahu in Vedic texts – the fierce, the terrible, the appalling, theserpent, the head, the blue, the black, the fanged, half-bodied, the smoky headed, having bloodand red eyes, having death like looks, having big whiskers – give a clue to its appearance.Rahu is supposed to be the second eldest among the planets but the face shows no such elderlycharacteristics. In fact it has a strange, hypnotic touch to its face, which it imparts to the nativeswhen placed close to the cuspal degrees of the first or the second house of a chart. Its face is saidto be black with a smokish tinge. There is no equal of Rahu in imparting out of the ordinary facesand appearances.In my view the face of Jazz legend Miles Davis is a good example of what Rahu can do to one’sappearance. It is experienced that a lot of the present day beauty queens who get sudden famethrough winning international beauty pageants have either Rahu in the second house orconnected in some way to the Ascendant or second house.Rahu is seen to represent tall persons. Any connection of Rahu with the Ascendant in a chartadds to the height of the native. Rahu also has a predominantly airy constitution, which is usuallyassociated with a wiry or lean physique.Among the five senses Rahu is especially connected with the sense of hearing. A highlydeveloped sense of hearing or complete deafness helps identify a Rahu personality.According to one view it is supposed to be uncouth in appearance and shabbily dressed in blackpauper’s clothing, but there are other views that show Rahu to be having the appearance of afierce warrior dressed immaculately in bright-multicoloured clothing.In a way these two types of appearances represent the dual nature of Rahu – one that can givematerial prosperity and the other which gives material adversity. Usually the material adversityside has more spiritual benefits attached to it, which is not to say that there is no spiritual growthwhen Rahu gives material prosperity.The colours associated with Rahu are – flame red and bright yellow, all shades and variations ofblue like sky blue; purple and violet; all shades of brown; all the pastel shades and sunsetcolours. Electric blue is a colour which is strongly connected with Rahu. In the spectrum ofelectromagnetic waves or different types of light, Rahu represents ultraviolet light, which as weknow is invisible to the human eye as it falls out of the visible spectrum of light represented byVIBGYOR.There is also a certain sort of lordliness attached to its appearance and manners in much the sameway as Sun. However there is a subtle difference as the lordliness that Sun displays has a certainbenevolence attached to it. The charisma and magnetism attached with Rahu is also quitedifferent from the Sun in much the same way a light emitted by an electric bulb is different fromthe sunlight.Despite its lordliness its glance it downwards. This can be used to trace the people with stronginfluence of Rahu on the Ascendant. It can also be used to judge the state of mind of a person atany given point in time. A downward glance relates to a predominantly Rahu or Saturn state ofmind. It must be remembered that Saturn also has a downward glance.In Vedic traditions its image is made in a variety of ways. One image has four arms holding atrident, a sword and a discus. The remaining hand is making a gesture, which grants boons. Itshead is facing south and is decorated with a hessonite crest jewel. It is shown riding a lion.Another image has it with only two hands, one holding a blanket and the other a palm leaf. It isseen as riding on a chariot driven by eight horses. Another image has Rahu holding a spear andscimitar. As we will discover in the next few sections, all these images reveal Rahu’sfunctionings and attributes.AttributesRahu is supposed to be a mighty and naughty child of Maya (illusory power of nature), and thushas a lot of dualities attached to its Mayavi (illusory) nature. It relates more to the Seventh Rayenergy of esoteric astrology as it represents a force displaying all the possibilities within therealm of existence.’Rahu’ translates into ‘the seizer’ [ergreifen, fassen, packen]. It is interesting to note that theSanskrit term for a planet, ‘graha’ also translates into ‘seizer’. The planets definitely are seizers inthe sense that they seize human beings and make them act and behave in a certain way.The various names assigned to Rahu in Vedic texts – the chief; the advisor of the demons; theminister of the demons; ever-angry; the tormentor; bitter enemy of the luminaries; lord ofillusions; one who frightens the Sun; the one who makes the Moon lustreless; the peacemaker;the immortal (having drunk the divine nectar); bestower of prosperity, wealth and ultimateknowledge – give a clue to its basic energy and attributes.Rahu can thus be said to be associated with the dualities of nature and their subsequent fusion. Itcan be the deceitful, shady, untrustworthy sort of character when working through its loweraspect. Its energy is supposed to be behind all sorts of criminal tendencies, unlawful activities,and perversions.It is discontent incarnate and is never satisfied in much the same vein as the famous ‘rollingstone’ lines – ” I can’t get no satisfaction…”. It can lie, cheat, betray trust or go to any extreme toachieve its ends. Its nature in these lower aspects covers all the bad points of the dark side of thehuman psyche. Thus it comes as no surprise that is the originator of many types of morbid fears,suspicious, sadistic, and self-destructive tendencies.All this negativity of Rahu can be equated with a sort of negative Saturn, Mercury and Venuscombined. The point to note out here is that the greater degree of intensity that Rahu possessesmakes the situation more dangerous that is the case with other planets. The saving grace is that itonly occasionally manifests the extremes of these negative qualities.However all these negative tendencies have a positive side to them. For example therevolutionary nature of Rahu stems from its innate dislike for authority (Sun). When theauthority is corrupt and mindless, as is generally the case in present times, this revolutionaryspirit becomes very important. Without a revolt both on an internal and external level nomeaningful change can take place.Rahu is the force that creates a Robin Hood. Despite being an outlaw he utilized his tendenciesfor the greater good. This is usually the case when Rahu functions through its higher principle. Itretains some of its dual nature even when it is functioning through its highest aspect. The maindifference when it works though this principle is that it aims become much more unselfish andhumanitarian. It will still lie or cheat to archieve its ends but the goal would usually be inharmony with the cosmic plan.It is seen that it retains a quarter of its illusory nature even then functioning in its most spiritualmode. A very good example of this can be seen in the life of Krishna, the eighth incarnation ofVishnu in the present round of Ages. He is supposed to have taken birth in the ending phase ofthe Dwapara Yuga (Silver Age) around 5000 years ago.He was a revolutionary for his times in every sense of the word as he broke all the existing socialand religious taboos, and was the main architect of MahaBharata, a highly destructive WorldWar. His chart is discussed in a later chapter that deals with the nodal axis influence in varioushouses. He did not mind using any method whatsoever including lying to fulfil his work onEarth, but everything he did was to manifest the cosmic plan, which is exactly how Rahufunctions when working through its higher principle.[Mercury]Since Vishnu is the deity governing the planet Mercury and has a definite connection with theserpent power as discussed earlier, it is inferred that Rahu is closely related to Mercury. It sharesqualities like wit, quickness of thought, and communication ability with Mercury.Rahu being an illusory planet, possesses a basic Mercurial nature with some spice added to it.Some wise men postulate that Mercury has a quarter influence of the nodes attached to it evenwhen it has no relation with them in a chart. This can be seen from its rulership of Gemini andVirgo, the signs that Rahu is most comfortable in. This topic is dealt in further detail whenRahu’s sign rulership, exaltation and debilitation are discussed.It has been experienced that in a nativity, only Mercury and Jupiter can control Rahu’s energy.Rahu is also a significator of intellect in much the same way Mercury is, but the difference is thatRahu has to do more with the intuitive part of the intellect instead of the calculative,informational, discriminating part. This is why Rahu when working through its higher principlecan be seen as the higher aspect of Mercury, which related to real knowledge and the ability tolook through illusions.Rahu also gets influenced in a chart to a large extent by the planets it is associated with in achart. Like Mercury it relays their energies without losing its inherent nature in the process. Thismutable quality of Rahu is what makes it behave sometimes like Mars, Jupiter or even the Sunand the Moon.[Mars]Rahu, when relaying the energy of Mars, appears more aggressive even though a certain degreeof aggression is inherent in its nature. It can boost the Martian energy in a chart but can alsocause its perversion in many a case. Most of the unnecessary violence perpetuated on this planethas its roots in this perversion.It has been notices in observations that most of the charts of criminals of all types have Rahuinfluencing the energy of Mars in some way or the other. The famous criminal John Dillinger hasMars-Rahu conjunction in eighth house. Even Saddam Hussein has Mars-Rahu conjunction inhis fifth house!However this combination is also found in the charts of revolutionaries, who are fighting for ajust cause, as it provides the vitality to go ahead with one’s thinking. The celebrated Indianrevolutionary warrior, Shivaji, who fought against the Moghul rule in India, has a Mars-Rahuconjunction in his chart.[Jupiter]Rahu also functions in a Jupiterian manner as advocated by Western astrology, only when whenit is associated with Jupiter in some way. Rahu has an airy disposition and thus possesses aninherently expansive nature, but there are a lot of differences, as Jupiter is the planet of law whileRahu is lawlessness incarnate. The merging of these two energies can sometimes create a goodbalance and at other times cause disaster through over-expansion especially on the materialplane.This over expansive nature of Rahu causes unnecessary scattering or wasting away of energies ina lot of cases, but there is a lesson to be learnt in the events that follow as a result. Thedisintegrating influence of Rahu through ungrounded optimism and expansion is in fact one of itsmost dangerous traits.Although Rahu is an airy planet it is quite fixed in its approach. The perfect example of how theairy element can be unrelenting and powerful as a tornado, which blows everything that comes inits way.[Sun]There is a creative side of Rahu’s nature and disposition, which resembles that of Sun. Rahu is aforce which can either nourish a personality like Sun nourishes all life on earth, or just consumeit like the harsh desert which is not conducive to life. Rahu is also related to the egoic selfconsciousnessin much the same way as Sun, the only difference being the fact that Rahu is notthe real thing but only a mirage.It can be said that while Sun represents our true personality, and related directly with the spark ofthe Godhead within us, Rahu represents the outer personality we have formed through ourexperiences in our numerous lives. This is why Rahu is sometimes known as the ‘Artificial Sun’.Rahu’s presence in the sign Leo or the Ascendant or any association with Sun assists in easyexpression of the soul personality. This expression manifests in the outer world as selfconfidence,self-assurance and creativity. In a negative sense it can manifest as selfishness, pride,self-aggrandizement and megalomania.[Moon]Rahu has an innate reverence for the Universal Mother principle, which in our solar systemmanifests through Moon. Even though Rahu is said to have enmity with Moon, the major scopeot its activity is lunar in a lot of ways. This is because Rahu is born out of the causative forcesustaining this Universe, which is supposed to be feminine in its attributes.It is termed as the ‘Negative Moon’ by some astrologers as it seems to represent the dark side ofthe lunare nature. Though true to an extent, as Rahu does further hallucination, illusion, paranoiaand other such mental states, this is still a lopsided view, because certain very spiritual yogas(combinations) involving the Rahu-Moon combination find mention in the works of ancientVedic seers.Another reason for this identification is that is has the power to strengthen, weaken or completelyneutralize the lunar forces. The presence of Rahu in the sign Cancer or fourth house or itsassociation with Moon in a chart is a sure indicator of importance of a mother figure in the life ofa native in some form or the other.Again a lot depends upon the aspect, lower or higher, through which Rahu is functioning in achart. For example, there is a difference between a negative trance induced by use of drugs orother negative methods, and a spiritual trance induced by dissolving the mind and the ego in thedivine consciousness. In both cases Rahu has a significant part to play, and the catch lies in thedifference in degree of evolution. Since in the present day and age Rahu functions through itshigher principle in relatively few individuals, the ‘Negative Moon’ theory holds true for themajority.[Saturn]The planet, which Rahu most closely resembles, is Saturn, and as we will discover later it evenshares a rulership of a sign with Saturn. Besides sharing an airy temperament, another thing theyhave in common are the colours black and white.Rahu’s close relationship with Saturn can be seen from the fact that it represents Ultra Violetlight, which falls just before the Violet light of the visible spectrum, represented by Saturn. Inthis way Rahu can be seen as a higher octave of Saturn. The fact that Ultra Violet light is notvisible to human eyes highlights the more mysterious functionings of Rahu as compared toSaturn.Just like Saturn, Rahu is supposed to have a lazy disposition and is a long-term planner. In canthus give a constantly worrying nature. The human follies like greed, avarice and selfishnessresulting from an excess of Saturnine energy are also attributed to the lower aspects of Rahu.Most of the devilish (to use a Christian term) aspects of human nature attributed by astrologers toSaturn are in fact related to Rahu. Rahu and not Saturn is the Devil (or Satan), which all thepuritans and pseudo-religionists fear, but they don’t realize that in their own extreme way theyare falling prey to the same force that they term as devilish. As the wise know, there is no suchthing as evil or pure in nature – everything that exists is sacred!Rahu can be considered to be the expert among the planets when it comes to scheming andplotting. It is the master of manipulation.This is why it can be said to be a better politician thanSaturn. It comes as no surprise that the polity of Rahu is not always orthodox or bound byprevailing social standards. Insensitivity is a term that can be ascribed to Rahu in much the sameway as Saturn.The adversities that both these planets seem to inflict are just lessons that always turn out to berewarding in the long run. Success when it comes through Rahu or Saturn arrives only after somesort of a struggle. The only difference is that Rahu gives it with a certain degree of suddennesswhile Saturn grinds slowly. Rahu like Saturn is quite an expert at raising people up and thenbringing them down, but gives lasting success as well, if one does not completely lose one’sheads.Rahu however acts in a predominantly Saturnine fashion only when it is associated with Saturnin a nativity, or is placed in the tenth/eleventh house, or is placed in the signsCapricorn/Aquarius.[Venus]There is a strong Venusian tinge to Rahu’s nature, which usually shows itself in a love of showand pomp when Rahu is functioning through its lower aspect. Rahu is capable of manifestinghighest Venusian energies like universal love, compassion and harmony as well then workingthrough its higher principle.The Venusian tendencies of Rahu are highlighted when it is placed in the sign Taurus or thesecond house, or is in association with Venus. There is a strong urge for comfort and luxurywhen Rahu is manifesting these energies on an earthy plane. In my view earth is the secondaryelement of Rahu.This is where the materialistic side of Rahu comes out, and probably this is the reason why it isseen as a planet giving great material prosperity in the Western system. The problem is that thismaterialistic side of Rahu usually knows no boundaries and can be said to be responsible for theterrible phenomenon known as greed, which is the core reason behind all the present day mess inwhich humanity finds itself.Rahu also has a diplomatic nature, which is very similar to that of Venus. Rahu like Venus is bynature a social planet and enjoys company. Rahu is supposed to give an artistic temperament inmuch the same way as Venus, but as always there is a touch of unorthodoxy involved. Rahu’sVenusian side is highlighted when it is either associated with Venus in a nativity, or is placed inthe second/seventh houses, or is posited in the signs Taurus/Libra.Rahu has a peculiar heavy, hypnotic and sarcastic tone to its voice, which it usually imparts to anative when it is related in some way with the second or third house. The voice of the famoussongwriter/singer Bob Dylan who has Rahu placed in his second in his chart is a very goodexample of a ‘Rahu-voice’.Sarcasm is one of the main aspects of the nature and disposition of Rahu and it is second only toKetu when it comes to giving a sarcasting and hurting tongue. There is often a wonderful senseof humour attached to Rahu’s sarcastic nature. This is why Rahu along with Mercury can beregarded as the king of satire among planets.Rahu shares some of its nature with two of the outer planets as well. Rahu is a revolutionary,creative, shocking, individualistic force in much the same vein as Uranus. As we would discoverlater, it is assigned co-rulership of a sign in the Vedic system that has Uranus as its co-ruler in theWestern system.Rahu knows no national boundaries and thus has a very international and all-inclusiveperspective on things, a quality very similar to that of Uranus. The international perspective ofRahu also causes major problems when it is working through a lower principle, im much thesame way the negative use of Uranian energies can be quite destructive.There is a special relationship between Rahu and Neptune as both are the planets representingthe ocean of illusion, which forms a backdrop for the play of existence. Rahu when workingthrough its higher principle displays positive Neptunian qualities like heightened awareness ofhigher realms, true compassion for all existence and a need for rising above the illusion of thematerial realm.When working through its lower principle it drowns one in illusions and fantasies usuallyrelating to the lower dark sides of existence. Rahu is the planet of intuition, extra sensoryperception and other such phenomenon related with the astral body. Rahu, like a negativeNeptune, can makeone lose one’s self in chasing after mirages or hallucinations, which can eitherbe induced by drugs or other techniques.Cloudiness is a term common to both these planets when functioning through their lower aspect.Rahu is the force or emotion behind such things as suicide and homicide, where it totally cloudsthe capacity of clear thinking. This vagueness, cloudiness and confusion, usually related withNeptune, is attributed to Rahu in the Vedic system. Rahu is the planet of delusions and psychosis.If Rahu is working through its higher aspect, then this confusion usually leads to wisdom andenlightenment. Rahu has a Dionysian way of thinking very similar to that exemplified by AldousHuxley – “road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom”.In Vedic astrology Rahu is supposed to maintain friendly relations with Mercury, Venus andSaturn. It is neutral towards Jupiter and Mars and maintains enmity with Sun and Moon. Rahu isalso said to have a predominantly tamasic disposition.According to the ancient Vedic wisdom, nature has three major gunas (attributes) – rajasic(active), sattwic (balanced) and tamasic (passive) – the interplay which creates, sustains andfinally ends the Universe. One must remember that Rahu can function in all the above mentionedmodes – Rahu functions in a Rajasic mode when giving prosperity, in a Sattvic mode whengiving knowledge and wisdom. It can also function in a state beyond the three attributes – theeternal state beyond time, space where the source of everything manifest and unmanifest lies.

Graphical representation of Chart.

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