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.
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.


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.
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
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.



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
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)
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
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
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


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


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,


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


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


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


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


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.


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.

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