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April 27, 2017

Darakaraka - Indicator of Your Spouse

Darakaraka - Indicator of Your Spouse

There would be only less people, who don't like to have a spouse. Not all people in this universe are destined for a marriage too. At the same time, almost all people in the universe are destined to be attracted towards someone. Now a days, same-sex marriages is widely discussed and in certain countries they are legal too. So, this makes the concept of love and marriage very complex.

As an astrologer, when someone asks about their status of love and marriage, I will always notice, whether this person is destined to have a successful love life. There are charts where the segment of love is in complicate planetary alignment, which shows, the person is not destined to have satisfaction from his love or marital life.

I remember a 55-year-old man coming to me, who is very much interested in a marriage, asking when he will get his soulmate. He was actually fed up with his marital life, and from his chart what showed is his excessive desire for females. It will be difficult for him to be happy with one female. As a Theologian, I have noticed that the concept of ”soulmate” is very difficult to explain and very difficult to attain. According to astrology, we are destined to meet with people with whom we have Karmic debts.  Each person comes in our life to teach us various lessons. We get experiences according to past life debts. According to that nature of debts, they will bring happiness or bitterness in our life. The moment they finish their Karma, they will leave us, or stay with us forever. This is the tale of astrology.

In astrology, there are so many techniques to study about spouse and love affairs. Venus is the main planet to know how your love life would be. There are other techniques like Darakaraka and Upapada Lagna too.

Today I am going to say about DaraKaraka which is a concept in Jaimini astrology.  At the time of our birth, the planets are in various Rashis, at various degrees. The degrees of these planets are highly important. These degrees will show what the real strength of the planet is. The planet with less degree, that is of very minute fractions of a degree within rasi  is called DaraKaraka. It may not be the Rahu or Ketu.

Whichever planet with least degrees will show you the who and what your spouse is.  In astrology, every planet should be studied through a concept called PAC. It is the abbreviation named Placement, Aspect and Conjunction. If your Darakaraka is under the influence of good PAC, then obviously you will have a good and happy love life. This should not only be studied through birth charts, but you should study the PAC of Darakaraka in D9 and D7 also. Yes, birth chart holds the main keys, but the divisional chart also has a say in it.

All these should not be studied in a generic way, each chart should be studied in a specific way. If your Darakaraka planet is in a stress aspect in D1 chart, then it can be well placed in divisional charts as well. So, you may read a lot of stuff online about the stability of marriage. It’s always good if you have any doubts regarding your love life, you better go to a righteous astrologer.  

April 23, 2017

Know your Spouse through Birth Chart

Know your Spouse through Birth Chart

Every birth chart consists of 12 houses. Each house deals with different matters starting from birth to death. Let's check the matters associated with each house.

1st House: Identity, appearance, health, the physical body, vitality, temperament and perspective.

2nd House: Money, material possessions, material assets, self-worth, finance, speech, personal   principles and emotional security.

3rd House: Communications, neighbors, siblings, relatives, letters, communication, papers, books, writing utensils, short travels and short courses.

4th House: Home, family and property. Your roots, family background, childhood, inner emotions, immovable possessions, domestic life, the end of life and endings.

5th House: Romance, love affairs, enjoyment, sports, arts, creativity, entertainment, games of chance speculation, stocks and investments.

6th House: Hygiene, work service, employees, pets and your daily routine.

7th House: Spouse, contracts, business partnerships, rivals, opponents (adversaries).

8th House: Birth, death surgery, healing, wills, transformations, credit, legacies, other people's money, taxes, investments and sex.

9th House: Long distance travels, foreign countries, church, religion, theology, philosophy, beliefs, divination, languages, higher learning, and publishing.

10th House: Ambitions, success, occupation, recognition, prestige, public image, duty, responsibility, superiors, authority and the father.

11th House: Friends, group activities, social life, leagues, clubs, and charity.

12th House: Seclusion, secrets, occult, psychic matters, escapism, dreams, the subconscious mind, spirituality, faith and meditation.

North Indian Astrology Chart

The 7th house of astrology chart deals with your spouse. It will be ruled by a sign. Every sign is ruled by each planet. The planets ruled by each signs are given below:
Aries          : Mars
Taurus        : Venus
Gemini       : Mercury
Cancer        : Moon
Leo             : Sun
Virgo          : Mercury
Libra          : Venus
Scorpio      : Mars
Sagittarius : Jupiter
Capricorn  : Saturn
Aquarius   : Saturn
Pisces       : Jupiter

Find which sign is occupying in your 7th house. If it is occupied by Aries then the ruling planet will Mars. If it is Taurus, then 7th house will be ruled by Venus. Find where the ruler of the 7th house sits.

These are the results for the 7th lord in various houses.
1st House: Your spouse may be a known person to you. He/she may be from your same community. They could be your distant relative as well.

2nd House:  If your 7th lord is in 2nd house, then your spouse may be known to some of your family members. They can be somehow related to your finance, banking or your friends.

3rd House: The 7th lord in 3rd house, then your spouse can come through your siblings, relatives or neighbors. You may meet them through media, or you may meet them during some short course, or short journeys.

4th House: When your 7th lord is in this house, you may meet them in your student life, they may be someone related to your mother or maternal relatives. They may meet you even through your job.

5th House: In ancient texts it says when your 7th lord is in the 5th house, then it is a clear indication of love marriage. You may meet them from a public space like entertainment programs, networking or when you do your self-promotion activities.

6th House: The 7th lord in 6th house, they may be your colleagues, maternal relatives, they can be your enemies eventually, or some acquaintance of your enemies.

7th House: When 7th lord in 7th house, your spouse can come from business partnerships, this can be or cannot be a love marriage. Your parents can bring this relationship as well.

8th House: When 7th lord in 8th house, your spouse can be interested in research, they may like occult, they can be working people. You may even marry a person known to you.

9th House: You may marry a person from a different community, they can be interested in religion and philosophy, they like literature or higher studies. They can be even foreigners.

10th House: Your spouse can be your classmate, colleague, or from fields related to your job.

11th House: If your 7th lord is in the 11th, you may meet your spouse through your elder siblings, friends or team projects.

12th House: If  the 7th lord is in the 12th, your spouse can be from a different religion or foreign place. They can even be maternal relatives. 

April 18, 2017

Ayanamsa And the Sidereal Zodiac

Ayanamsa And The Sidereal Zodiac

Identifying First Point of Aries
There is a wide spread speculation in identifying the correct date of the Ayanamsa or when it was at exactly 0° of the Zodiac or of the first point of Aries. Many hypotheses have been put forward each greatly differing from the other. The following questions need to he addressed in this context before going forward with the vexed question of Ayanamsa.
1.How and when was the Precession of the Equinoxes first detected?
2.How has the problem of the Precession of the Equinoxes teen solved?
3.What has been the method to work out the exact rate as well as time of the Precession of the Equinoxes? 

In the Vedic period, the problem of the Precession of the Equinoxes was not immediately detected; therefore the calendar of those times (observable calendar through the naked eye) did not show any remarkable change in performance of sacrifices. However after a long lapse of 2000 years or more, a seasonal shift was detected by the then priests and especially their predictions regarding arrival of the rains in a particular month failing. The apparent reason of the failure of rainfall predictions was the shifting of seasons due to the Precession of the Equinoxes. It also altered the days and months of sacrifices being performed then. In ancient Vedic times, the Precession of the Equinoxes was also termed as shifting of seasons. The Ayanamsa of today as expressly stated by the Calendar Reform Committee as constituted by Government of India too has been more concerned in bringing about an uniform pattern for Indian festivals and other social ceremonies more than its importance in predictive angle. There were many method devised to resolve this problem. Notably among them was the introduction of intercalary months, introducing the luni-solar calendar and even the Zodiac being divided into 12 equal parts so that the passage of the Sun through these parts could correspond with particular seasons. It is clearly mentioned in Vedanga Jyotisha, a small treatise on the history of astronomy of India covering the Vedic period, a particular point in the sky known as Varuna was taken into consideration for the measurement of the phases of the Moon. On the basis of the appearance of the Moon, even thirteen months were observed in a year.

Vernal Equinox Date
In the absence of any direct evidence to fix the date of the commencement of the Precession of the Equinoxes, it was quite impossible, to work out the exact date of the beginning of the Precession. However on the basis of indirect references contained in Rigveda, Taittariya Samhita etc. many hypotheses were put forward to work out a particular value of the Ayanamsa and many new phrases in the light of advanced knowledge of astronomy have been introduced such as refractive index, gravitational force, difference in observable phase, actual phase etc. But in spite of having such moderns tools of astronomy, no satisfactory answer has been found so far regarding the true value of Precession. Many new concepts were introduced which only made the issue more complex. The date 499 A.D as the date of the Vernal Equinox or the point of 0° of Aries sign was worked out by Sri Yukteshwar.

Both Surya Siddhanta and Aryabhatiya proposed 4,32,0000 years as the total period of a Maha Yuga. This period was further divided into four segments or Yugas and Kali Yuga was assigned a total period of 4,32,000 years. However Sage Lagadha divided the period into five Yugas, the foremost one being Deva Yuga followed by Krita Yuga and so on. The supporters of Surya Siddhanta say that 12000 divine years or the years of the gods have been converted into human years by multiplying 12000 x 360 = 432000 years. It was an intended error to divide the time unit between God's day and human days so that Kali era would continue indefinitely; otherwise the Kali era had ended many times. The actual Yuga in fact consists of 12000 years. However due to ascending and descending motion of time, the total time period assigned to a Yuga was 24000 years. Sri Yukteshwar's work was based on this figure. It is also pertinent to note here that in olden times the Precession of the Equinoxes was observed on the basis of Nakshatra to Nakshatra. It is also important to note that the series of Nakshatras in olden times began with Krittika, not with Aswini. However with the arrival of Greeks in India the Nakshatras series was reconstituted and it started with Aswini Nakshatra. However up to the period of the Greeks in India, no one used the Rasis or signs as a method to calculate the Ayanamsa. Therefore it was the era of Sri Yukteshwar in which the transition from Nakshtra-based calculation to Rasi-based calculation took place.

Sri Yukteshwar identifies the date of 0" Ayanamsa i.e. the coincidence of the Niryana and Sayana Zodiacs based on two assumptions.

Yukteshwar's Asumptions
First Assumption
The fixing of coincidence of both the Zodiacs was based on the statement of Aryabhata in Aryabhatiya (Kalakriya Section Verse 10)
षट्यब्दानां षश्टिर्यदा 
       व्यतीतास्त्रयष्च  युगपादा ㅣ
त्र्यधिका  विशतिरब्दास्तदेह 
        यम जन्मनोतीताः ∥
When sixty times sixty years and three
quarter Yugas had elapsed, twenty three years
had then passed since may birth.

Here, three quarters of Yugas means Krita, Treta and Dwapara had elapsed and it was then Kali Yuga. It means 3600 years had elapsed since the beginning of Kali Yuga. Many scholars have taken 3101 B.C. as the beginning of Kali Yuga.
So 3102 - 3600 = 499 A.D.
499 A.D. was taken as the year in which the compilation of Aryabhatiya was done and die birth year of Aryabhata is taken to be 499-23 = 476 A.D.
It is stated by the commentator of Aryabhatiya that the Precession of the Equinoxes was Zero in 499 A.D. Therefore the 499 A.D. was taken as Zero year by Sri Yukteshwar.

Second Assumption
The second assumption of Sri Yukteshwar is from his book Holy Science where he mentions in the introductory chapter that in the year 11501 B.C. the Vernal Equinox was in Libra sign and the Autumnal Equinox was in Aries. Here Sri Yukteshwar differs from other astronomers who have placed the Vernal Equinox in Aries sign.

As the revolution of the of earth against the background of the stars has been taken to be 24000 years, Sri Yukteshwar divided this period into two halves each one of 12000 years. It simply means Taurus to Libra signs are covered in 12000 years and from Virgo to Aries again takes 12000 years. Thus the complete Zodiac is covered in 24000 years.

According to Sri Yukteshwar, the Vernal Equinox was in Libra sign in the year 11501 B.C.; therefore, to reach 0° of Aries, the V.E. would take 12000 years. Therefore the meeting of V.E. with the first point of Aries took place in 499 A.D. (12000-11501= 499 A.D.) It is to be noted that in the scheme of Yukteshwar, the following calculations were considered.

(i)Yuga or the ecliptic rotation around a star takes 24000 years.
(ii)24000 years were divided by 12, or 24000 / 12 = 2000 years for each sign of the Zodiac
(iii) The rate of Precession was worked out as:-
360 / 24000 = 360 x 60 x 60 / 24000 = 54"
(iv) 24000 / 360 = 66-66 years or 1° Precession takes place in 66-66 years.
The rate of Precession of the Equinoxes as 1° of precession in 66.664 years is close to the figure mentioned in Surya Siddhanta.

Let us see how the rate of Precession apart from the above calculations has been computed and derived.
Rate of Precession = (i) 360 / 24000 = 54" (ii) 360/25920 = 50"

As per Surya Siddhanta, the Precession of the Equinoxes is an oscillating one. It moves 27° to the West, retreats again to the zero point, again moves 27° to the East and retreats again thus making an angle of 108°. The to and fro movement of the Equinox is taken as one revolution. Therefore the above cited four revolutions of to and fro movements have been taken as 2 revolutions. In this way when 108° is divided by 2, the figure obtained is 54". Another inference which is drawn from this kind of oscillating movement of the Equinoxes is that the maximum value of the Precession of the Equinox cannot exceed the limit of 27°. After reaching the maximum limit, the Aynamsa would automatically become zero. Yet another reference which can be drawn from this oscillating hypothesis is that time also retreats. It means time is not an uniform one-direction phenomenon. It can also revert back. (Bhartiya Jyothish Sastra Vol.2)

The variation in the rate of Precession of the Equinoxes invariably depends upon the revolution of the ecliptic. If the period of revolution of ecliptic is taken to be 24000 years, the rate is 54" per year and, 50" if the period is taken to be 25920 years.

Different Ayanamsas
Munjala adopted 6°50' as the Ayanamsa in Saka 854 and declared Saka 444 as Zero Precession year and adopted 1° as annual rate of Precession of the Equinoxes.
24600 /60 = 410 years
854-410 = 444 or 522 A.D.
Keshava, the author of Vivaha Vrandavana compiled this work,  when the Ayanamsa was 12° in Saka 1165 or 1243 A.D.
12 x 60 x 60 = 43200
= 43200/50.290966 
= 859 years 
1243 - 869 = 374 A.D.
43200/ 54 = 800 years
1243 - 800 = 443 AD.

Aryabhata II took the number of revolutions of the Ayana as 581709 in a Kalpa. According to his hypothesis, Saka 532 or 610 A.D. is the Zero Precession years.
Arva Siddhanta took the number of revolutions of the Ayana during a Kalpa as 578159. Taking one revolution as equal to 96°,the annual rate of precession would come to 2' 52".

1 Kalpa = 4354560000 years / 578159 = 7532 years.
i.e. one revolution takes 7532 years. = 360 x 60 x 60 / 7532 = 172 seconds.
The rate of precession would be 2 minutes 52 seconds per year.
Note: The figures for the Kalpa vary from Siddhantic text to text.
Venkatesh Bapuji Ketkar assumed Zeta Piscium to be the Junction star of Revati. He gave the Ayanamsa as 18° 10'25" for Saka 1800 or 1878 A.D.

Let us see what his figure says.
18°10'25" = 64800+ 625 = 65400
65400 / 50.290966 = 1300 years
1878 - 1300 = 578 A.D. = 50
65400 / 54 = 1211 years.
1878 - 1211 =667 A./D. = 54"
Table I
 Table I

From Table I it is clear that the Zero Ayanamsa year ranges from 490 A.D. to 667 A.D. with the rate of Precession annually ranging between 54" to 60". And it is quite evident from the above fact that the date of coincidence changes with change in rate of Precession. Thus the year of coincidence itself becomes an arbitrary factor. However, the modern value as seen from Table I gives 50.290966 seconds per year and the coincidence of Zodiacs from 285 A.D. to 490 A.D.

Some Pertinent Questions
A few questions arise in this context.
(i) All Siddhantic works more or less are similar in determining the time of the coincidence of Zodiacs as well as the rate of Precession. Did they all make false assumptions?
(ii) What is the basis of the modern astrologer to determine the particular year of coincidence of the Zodiac and the rate of Precession per year?

It is also clear from the foregoing discussion that the time of coincidence of both the Zodiacs as well as the annual rate of precession depends upon the value taken. If the period of the revolution of ecliptic against the background of tie stars be 24000 years or 25920 years, the date of coincidence would differ by many hundred years. Similarity the rate of Precession per year too changes with the application of different periods of revolution. If the number of revolutions is taken for 24000 years the rate of precession comes out to be 54 seconds and 11 of Recession of the Equinox takes place in 66.66years. On the other hand if the number of revolutions are taken for 25920 years, then the rate of recession of the Equinox becomes 1° in 72 years. In this way the annual rate of Precession of the Equinox and date of coincidence become the factors dependent upon the arbitrary choice of the model preferred by the astronomer or astrologer.

Motion of Sun Important
However modern astrologers who take 50.2 seconds as the standard rate of annual Precession of the Equinoxes are not aware of the fact that this rate does not match with the motion of the Sun or the distance traveled by the Sun. In other words they have not considered the motion of the Sun in Tropical years and in Sidereal years. Let us see how the length of the year in respect of Tropical years and Sidereal years affects the rate of Precession. And this is the reason which explains why Siddhantic works had taken higher value of Precession.

Another very important point which is worth considering is fixing a particular Nakshatra for the measurement of the Equinoxes. In Surya Siddhanta, Zeta Piscium has been considered to be the star group of Revati Nakshatra and identified as Yogatara. For considering Zeta Piscium as the star group of Revati constellation, two conditions were considered :-
(it The star's proximity to the ecliptic
(ii) Its brightness so that it can easily be identified.

These two conditions were also applied in the case of Chitta Nakshatra which forms the basis of Lahiri Ayanamsa.

In fact, Revati or Zeta Piscium was not near the ecliptic at the time of its adoption. It was really 30° North of the ecliptic which cannot be said to be near. Secondly, the existence of Zeta Piscium is a matter of controversy. In the case of Chitta or Spica Nakshatra, it was said to be exactly at 180° in Libra in 285 A.D. In fact the value was  less than 180°. It means that it was in Virgo sign than in Libra. But this fact was ignored by Lahiri. In fact the selection of any particular star is also the choice of the astronomer. You can take any  point as a fixed one provided it should be recognized  easily and it should be near the ecliptic.

Courtesy : Modern Astrology (Dr. Arastu Prabhakar, MSc., MBA, Ph.D)
                                                                                                                                      To be continued...

April 11, 2017

Notes on Dustanas

Notes on Dustanas

Results of Dustanas
The Dustanas are the 6th, 8th and the 12th houses. They are also known as Trika houses
 Kalidasa in Uttarakalamrita says :-
i) When the lord of house in any of the Dustanas be in his fall or inimical house or be eclipsed, not conjoined or aspected by benefics, be in association with or aspected by his enemies in his inimical or debilitation Navamsa, be vanquished in planetary war with malefics and as a result has lost the brilliance of his rays, such a Bhava should be declared as totally lost or fruitless. This should be examined for all the Bhavas from the Ascendant onwards.

ii) When a Planet occupies the 12th, the 8th or the 6th Bhava, his Rasi becomes inauspicious; Similarly, when the lord of any one of these three Bhavas occupies or aspects a house, its effects are totally lost, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter in these three houses bring happiness. Planets in the 6th, 12th and the 8th when in their friends house, own or exalted signs, or aspected by auspicious planets prove beneficial. When the planets owning the said houses by inimical, be in their fall, eclipsed or defeated in war, then the planets occupying them will prove beneficial. 
iii) The presence of Ketu in the Karaka Bhava leaves a scar on the 6th, 8th and the 12th lords making them cast dark shadows on the life of native also. It also causes early demise of the wife and as a result a very disturbed domestic life.

iv) When Venus and Saturn are  in the 12th, 8th and 6th from each other and with lords of these houses, they tend to be auspicious and grant wealth and happiness. Should they both be malefics, they will prove extremely favourable to the native according to Uttarakalamrita(slokas 29 and 30).

v) If Rahu and Ketu be associated with or aspected by the lord of the 6th, 8th or 12th, there will not be much gain to the native; besides this Dasa will become instrumental for the demise of the mother of the native or any other near and dear maternal relative.

Dustana significations
The Karakattwas or the natural significations of the 6th, 8th and the 12th houses are as follows:-
i)Sixth house - Disease, obstacles, maternal uncle , insanity, venereal wounds, debts, mental worry, gain, poison, theft and calamity.
ii)Eighth house - Longevity,happiness, defeat, witchcraft, urinary disease,wife's sickness,misery, loss of limb, misfortune, battle and punishment from ruler.
iii)Twelfth house - Mental agony, imprisonment, horses, elephants, entry into heaven, left eye, loss through marriage, wretchedness, anger, death,and loss of wife.

Yogas involving Dustanas
Here are some Parasari Yogas described in Uttarakalamirta and Bhavarta Ratnakara.
i) DarunKarma yoga - Any relationship between the 6th and 5th lord.
ii) Bhagyavyaya yoga - Any relationship between the 8th and 9th lords
iii) Runavyaya Yoga - Any relationship between 11th and 12th lords
iv) Vittahani yoga - Connection between the 12th and Ascendant lords
v) The 12th house is the worst Dustana and hence the 12th lord causes maximum evil. But it indicates discharge of debts also.
vi) The 5th lord in the 6th may cause childlessness.
vii) The 7th lord in the 6th makes one sick, angry, lovelorn and spend money on courtesans.
viii) The 9th lord in the 8th shows an unlucky life.
ix) The 11th lord in the 12th brings out a man passionate in the extreme for the company of young foreign girls.
x) The Ascendant lord in the 12th indicates a gambler and thief.
xi) The 7th lord in the 6th, the native will have more then one wife

Planets in Dustanas
 According to Phaladeepika, 

i) Sun in the 6th : The native born will become a famous King, be of good qualities, wealthy and victorious.
Sun in the 8th: Will suffer loss of wealth, friends and be short-lived. His eye sight will be defective or be lost.
Sun in the 12th : Will cause discord between the native and father, defective vision and without wealth or children.

ii) Moon in the 6th: Cuts short life, makes one ignorant and suffer from stomach ailments and face humiliation.
Moon in the 8th: One suffers from disease and is short-lived . 
Moon in the 12th: One is miserable, gets humiliated and is most indolent.

iii) Mars in the 6th: Exceedingly smitten with love, wealthy and famous, becomes a king and victorious over enemies. 
Mars in the 8th: Brings physical deformities, suffers on account of poverty, is short-lived and condemned by people.
Mars in the 12th: Suffers from defect in eyes. Is cruel and without a wife, a slanderer and mean -natured.

iv) Mercury in the 6th: Is short tempered in his dealings in disputes, impolite and idle and destroys the strengths of his enemies.
Mercury in the 8th: Is renowned, long lived, great supporter of family and a lord and leader of an army.
Mercury in the 12th: Makes life miserable, becomes devoid of learning, suffers humiliation, is cruel and indolent by temperament.

v) Jupiter in the 6th: Is indolent, not respected but destroys his enemies and is clever in earning, spells and mantras.
Jupiter in the 8th: Is poor and earns his livelihood as a low servant. Is sinful but enjoys longevity.
Jupiter in the 12th: Is condemned by others, uses abusive language, is issue less, sinful, idle and a menial.

vi) Venus in the 6th: Has no enemies, no wealth, is spoiled by young damsels and is much aggrieved.
Venus in 8th: Enjoys longevity, wealth and is a ruler of the earth when Venus is in the 8th house.
Venus in 12th: Sexual pleasures in abundance, wealth and splendor.

vii) Saturn in the 6th: Is a glutto, wealthy and vanquished by the enemy, stubborn but with a strong sense of self-respect.
Saturn in the 8th: Is untidy and poverty striken, suffers from piles and starvation, is cruel-minded and condemned by his own friends.
Saturn in the 12th:makes one impudent, indigent, childless, disabled, stupid and defeated by his enemies. 

viii) Rahu in the 6th: Is troubled by enemies, has ulcers in his rectum is wealthy and enjoys longevity.
Rahu in the 8th: Is short-lived, does impure acts, is disabled, develops gout and rheumatism and is blessed with few children.
Rahu in the 12th: Is always intent upon committing sinful deeds secretly, spend a lot and suffers from ailments like dropy etc.

ix) Ketu in the 6th: Will be magnanimous and the embodiment of the best human qualities, firm and famous, possesses high authority, destroys enemies and achieves his ambition.
Ketu in the 8th: Is short-lived, remains separated from his dear friends and engages himself in feuds, is injured by weapons and meets with disappointment in one's efforts.
Ketu in the 12th: Commits sinful deeds secretly and squanders away wealth on vile things. Destroys one's own wealth, is of questionable conduct and suffers from ailments of the eyes.

x) Gulika in the 6th: Can destroy hosts of enemies, will take pleasure in demonology, have a noble son and be brave.
Gulika in the 8th: Has a deformed face, weak, and impaired eyes and is of short stature.
Gulika in the 12th: Will make the native insensitive to sexual pleasures, is poverty stricken and incurs heavy expenditure.

Courtesy: Modern Astrology (S.S Kulkarni)

April 07, 2017

Assessment of Yogas

Assessment of Yogas

Yoga, in astrological parlance, is a specified permutation or combination of planets in the different houses of a horoscope. This generic term applies to either one of good angury or of bad. In popular language, the one of good angury is called Yoga and the bad, Arishta.

Largely they constitute a ready reckoner, in the broad spectrum of applied astrological principles. For instance, there is a general principle that fortification of the relationship between lords of quadrants and trines adds to the strength of a horoscope. This could be either through permutator or through combination of the two. To highlight this feature they are brought under Raja Yogas. Similarly, harmonious placement of planets who are natural friends is felicitous. When Jupiter and the Moon are in quadrants it is known as forming Gajakesari Yoga. Again, the general principle Grahanam Amsakam Balaam - meaning, the integral strength of planets in the Navamsa is highlighted in Neechabhanga Raja Yoga where a planet in debility in Rasi chart shall have gained the status of exaltation in Navamsa.

That is the general lay of Yoga delineation. But, there are other Yogas which do not stem from such general principles. For instance, Ravi Yoga which is formed when the Sun is placed in the 10th and the 10th lord is placed in association with Saturn in the 3rd. Here, a relationship between the two enemies and the 10th and the 3rd houses gets the status of a Yoga.

Rahu and Ketu do not normally figure among benefic combinations and permutations. Nevertheless an Ashtalakshmi Yoga is caused when Rahu is in the 6th and Jupiter in a quadrant which endows the native with a many-splendoured life. Budha Yoga is said to be formed when Jupiter is in the Ascendant (with directional strength), the Moon is in a quadrant(forming Gajakesari Yoga), and additionally, Rahu is in the 2nd and the Sun and Mars in the 3rd from Rahu. While the beneficial effects of the first two delineations are rationally explicable, the further stipulations are puzzling,
to say the least.

Dr. R V Raman has rendered a great service to students of astrology by collecting and collating three hundred such Yogas (including Arishtas) with his own commentary and guidance for proper assessment of their strength or weakness in the title Three Hundred Important Combinations.

Dr. Raman gives simple guidelines for the assessment of the strength or weakness of Yogas and also for their facile interpretation. Following these guidelines will enable a prognosticator to be scientific. But there is more to astrology than its scientific aspect. Astrology is a harmonious blend of science and art. In its artistic aspect the astrologer applies a great deal of his common-sense; he rises above the evidence of his limited senses.

Let us consider the group of Yogas called Sunapha, Anapha, Durdhura and Kemadruma. When a planet other than the Sun and the Nodes is present in the 2nd house from the natal Moon, Sunapha Yoga is formed and the results given are: Self-earned property, king, ! ruler or his equal, intelligent, wealth and (of) good reputation. When a similar planet is in the 12th from the natal Moon, Anapha Yoga arises and this gives rise to: Well-formed organs, majestic appearance, good reputation, polite, generous, self-respect(ing), fond of dress and sense pleasures. In later life, renunciation and austerity. When there are such planets on both flanks of the Moon, Durdhura Yoga is given rise to resulting in the native being bountiful, blessed with great wealth and conveyances. When both houses are untenanted by such planets the native is subject to Kemadruma Yoga which render him dirty, sorrowful, doing unrighteous deeds, poor, dependent, a rogue and a swindler. For the last mentioned Arishta there are mitigating or nullifying factors.

One of these Yogas is necessarily present in every nativity. You may then divide humanity into these four categories. One can then see the futility of taking the results for literal application to nativities. The principle evidently is that every house and planet gets fortified when there are planets in flanking houses with which planets the planet so flanked establishes temporary friendship as well. This is particularly needed in the case of the luminaries, the Moon and the Sun, i representing the mind and the soul respectively. Mind causes pain and pleasure, hell and heaven. Its Karaka is the Moon and he is the fastest moving, quickest changing planet for the earth. Mind undergoes incredibly fleeting changes. It is most important then that the Moon should be endowed with a measure of stability and this comes through the balancing influences of planets on either side. When the mind is thus | fortified, the thinking power of the native has I the potentiality, if other factors so favour, to give unto oneself one or more of the indicated benefits

It is the extension of the same principle to the 7th house which is very important for material happiness and prosperity that forms the Chandra Adhi Yoga and the Lagna Adhi Yoga. The 7th represents the spouse, marital felicity, trade and speculation, partners, foreign travel, latent energy and such important ingredients that go to make life or mar it. When benefics are present in the 6th, the 7th and the 8th, not only is the 7th blessed with a benefic; it is subjected to Subhakartari Yoga.

If the Moon has malefics on its two flanks, Durdhura Yoga is nevertheless present. But, the Moon is also subject to Papakartari Yoga. The results of Durdhura Yoga formed with benefics in flanks cannot be the same as when it is formed with malefics. Papakartari Yoga, despite the mental stability which goes with the presence of planets on flanks, introduces a predisposition to quick anger and sometimes to s streak of cruelty. Again, should Jupiter be posited in the 2nd from the Moon, this forms Sunapha Yoga with Jupiter becoming Atimitra of the Moon. By reason of the Moon being in the 12th from Jupiter, however, Sakata Yoga also arises, Both Yogas are effective.

An astrologer must take these things into consideration in one sweep. Piecemeal consideration will lead to certain untenable and incompatible conclusions. Moreover, the results of each Yoga are varied. It is not however necessary that all these results should manifest wherever such Yogas are found. The nature of the house, the position and strength of the lord, the nature of the flanking planets, their relation to the house in which they are posited must all be considered before concluding what form and shape the result or results will be found to assume.

Next to the Moon, representing the mind, the most important is the Sun, representing the vital body and soul, for the fortification through the presence of planets in flanking houses. The 2nd house fortification of the Sun is Vesi Yoga, the 12th house is Vasi Yoga and both houses, Obhayachari Yoga. Here too in making final judgmental Ac factors mentioned in respect of the Moon's Yogas must be taken into consideration whether Papakartari or Subhakartari yoga is present.

In Gajakesari Yoga, what is sought is a felicitous relationship between Jupiter, the greatest benefic representing wisdom and higher knowledge, and the moon, ruling over the mind by the two being in mutual quadrants. It stands to reason that the Yoga must be considered most powerful when they are in mutual aspect also. The next most powerful positions will be when Jupiter is in the Ascendant and the Moon in the 4th where both planets have directional strength also. Sacchidananda Maharishi's Yogamrutham mentions Gajakesari Yoga as the position of Jupiter and the Moon in the 7th from each other . According to another authority, however, unless such Moon is subjected to Subhakartari Yoga this mutual aspect is to be classified as Ishtarishta yoga, which produces the achievement of all the desires of the native but subotages the fullest enjoyment of them. He will be a very inadequate astrologer who will spot the presence of Jupiter in Quadrant from the Moon and read off all the results as per text-books. Such a relationship is undoubtedly beneficial but not invariably an unmixed blessings. In a case of Gajakesari Yoga that was brought to this writer's attention, concurrently with the commencement of Saturn Bhukti in Jupiter Dasa at the age of 31, the native when he came into a substantial inheritance was also pronounced a diabetic and prescribed a severe regimen of diet. By a close scrutiny of the position of the house involved and the lords and such other relevant factors, the effect could well be read into the chart. It is clear case of Ishtarishta Yoga.

Articles of this nature have their limitations. An exhaustive discussion on the assessment of even the important Yogas is very obviously not possible. All that could be and is attempted is pointing out some of the guide-lines that must be followed when Yogas are assessed.

Courtesy: Modern Astrology (Y. Keshava Menon)

April 03, 2017

Pairing of Opposite Houses - Part VII B

Pairing of Opposite Houses - Part VII B

Saturnine Connection
In this connection, it is pertinent to point out that the 3rd house signifying one's efforts also indicates the Karmic effects of the pending Runas (being 10th from 6th). As such, if the 3rd house is directly influenced by the Karmakaraka Saturn either by aspect or occupancy, the native would be a hard working person trying sincerely to get rid of all his Runas and hence, he would be a Karma Yogi in this birth. Therefore, the afflictions to the 6th house, if any, will be rectified by such a Saturn in the 3rd house. But, if the 3rd house is also simultaneously afflicted by malefic planets, the native will be helplessly enduring the pain and suffering unable to do anything to counteract them or may add to his problems by committing unwanted mistakes in the name of self-effort.

Also, according to basic principles of prediction, if malefic planets occupy any house, they affect the significations of that house. But, the occupancy of 6th house by malefic planets causes good results to the native because they tend to negate the basically adverse significations of the house such as disease, debts, enemies etc., which in turn is good for the native. Conversely, the position of benefic planets in the 6th house does not augur well for the native as they tend to increase the adverse signfications of the house. As such, if benefics are posited in the 6th house it is an indication that the native has some unfinished Runas(debts) to be dispensed with in this present life while the presence of malefic planets reduces the adversities in life. It is important to note that a combination of both benefics and malefics in the 6th house would be a source of other types of trouble (like diseases, enemies, servants, etc) stemming from the lordship and natural significations of the associated planets.

The 6th house is an Upachayastana in the sense that the overall growth of a person is directly dependent on the nature of influences from it. Obviously, the growth of an individual will be definitely affected either by a sickly constitution of the body or by the obstructive or destructive intervention of his adversaries as a result of which he would land in financial difficulties like loans while the absence of such inauspicious results would surely support growth. Virgo, the 6th house of the Zodiac, is ruled by Mercury signifying worldly knowledge that is essential for achieving material success. The symbol of the sign - a virgin standing in a boat holding a sickle in one hand and corn in another — signifies the process of harvesting the fruits of the seeds sown in the past. Materially, it signifies the craftsmanship of business and the ability to separate the husk from the grain and to use the grain for improving one's life. Spiritually, it symbolizes the harvest of experiences in the physical plane of manifestation resulting out of past Karma and the preliminary evolutionary stage of differentiating and understanding the good from the bad. Virgo also symbolizes the temptations of life stemming from the love of the fruit of harvesting. The 6th house of a horoscope also has the imprints of these impulses in the effective end results.

Release from Karmic Debts
The significations of the 12th house include Vyaya (loss or expenditure), Papa (sin/evil), Patana (fall), Moksha (emancipation), Vama- ambakam (left eye), Sthanabhramsa (loss or dis- appearence of position), Vikala (loss of limbs or physical injuries, depression or sorrow), Viraya (wasteful expenditure), Ayana sayana stana (bed comforts comforts in last part of life), Pitru vyasanam(anxiety due to father). Bandhanam ( captivity), Karagruham (prison). Paradesha vasa (foreign residence) etc. The 12th house also rules the end of life, new environment, hospitalization and confinement extra-marital relationships etc.

A critical examination of the significations of the 12th house reveals that it facilitates the (re)payment of all types of pending debts and dues in this life to whom the native owes as a result of his past life Karmic relationships. It is generally said: Runaanubandha roopena Pasu Patni Suta Alaya, meaning that the intimate family relationships such as children and spouse, the wealth of cattle one gets (which was the primary means of assessing one's wealth in olden days) and the very event of taking  birth in a particular family lineage are all due to ones past Karmic debts only. Not only that. It is a common belief among those who subscribe to the Karma theory that almost all our relatives and acquaintances who come in contact with us in this present life do so because of their past life links with us and that they get connected to us in one way or the other depending on the nature of the Karmic Runas. As such, a native is destined to get rid of the Runas either by way of undergoing losses on account of them or by incurring expenditures to support or foster such relationships or otherwise. That is the reason why, the actual results of the 12th house are dependent on its relationship with other houses in the chart and it does not act independently or in isolation. For example, if the 9th lord gets posited in 12th, the loss or expenditure would be due to one's father or for observing religious ceremonies and if the 5th lord goes to the 12th, the expenditure could be due to children born out of one's poorva puny a. If the 8th lord goes to the 12th and gets afflicted there, it could lead to losses due to gambling, speculation, mutual fund investments etc. The 10th lord in the 12th with affliction causes loss of job, loss of position due to departmental proceedings, punishment if a government employee, wasteful expenditure related to job etc.

Dustana cum Mokshastana
The 12th house is grouped under many heads because of its multifarious impacts in the life of a native. It is a Dustana (inauspicious house) in the sense that it signifies the negative results such as loss and expenditures, loss of position, loss of limbs or physical injuries or ! moving to a new environment etc,. But, being a Mokshastana (house of attaining self- | realization), the 12th house leads a native to the most wanted relief from the pangs of not only rebirth but also freedom from the present birth by exhausting the Runas. It is also considered to be a Leenastana (hidden house) as it governs many hidden aspects of the life of a native like sex habits, secret or anti-social activities like looting, arson, rape, kidnapping, smuggling, blackmailing, imprisonment etc., especially if afflicted very strongly by many malefic planets

Pisces, the 12th sign of the natural Zodiac, is symbolized by a pair of fish with the tail of one ending at the head of another. The fish being a cleanser of the sea, this symbol for the last sign connotes cleansing the soul in the sea of life through the cycle of births and deaths. It also indicates the end of the cycle of experience or the end of the pilgrimage of the soul for its evolution in the present incarnation as well as the desire to leave the physical world entirely and slipping out of the physical body or going back to Mother Earth from which the body was created for the material journey. The 12th house also carries these imprints of the end of life and Moksha.

Karmic Balance Sheet
The inter-link between the 6th and 12th houses in a horoscope indicates 'all that is received and or returned in this life by an individual along with what is pending for his future at the end of the present birth in all three planes of existence viz., material, psychic and spiritual. That is, these two houses together provide what may be called as the Trial Balance or Balance Sheet of the Karmic experiences a native undergoes in a particular birth. While the 6ih house reveals the details of Karmic dues or debts, diseases or enemies, servitude or success in competitions etc., the 12th indicates the clearance of such Karmic debts either by undergoing losses or expenditure caused by them or by enduring pain or punishment, pleasure or sorrow etc., due to them. Besides, the marital bed-comfort or discomfort, extra-marital relationships etc., occurring on account of pending past Karmic influences would also be revealed by these houses. A careful examination of the combinations related to these two houses and their inter-links with other houses in the chart provide vital clues to the residual effects of this birth if only the synthesis is proper. Although the details of the actual experiences in the different areas of life are to be read from all the 12 houses in a horoscope, their gross summary or the resultant effect can be assessed by examining the 6th and 12th houses together.

Twelfth Lordship
In the case of planets having dual lordship, the actual nature of the 12th lordship is decided based on its other lordship as the 12th house is considered to be a neutral one. That is. if a benefic planet owns a good house also along with the 12th lordship, it is generally considered to be a benefic and vice versa This neutrality of 12th lordship also explain its subtle link with other houses in a chart. But if the 12th lord is in the 12th itself, some special results such

  • 12th house being the 10th from the 3rd, it is good for the younger co-borns of the native.
  • 12th house being the 9th from 4th and the 4th from the 9th, it is favorable for both the mother and father of the native respectively.
  • If the 12th lord  is with benefic planets in the 12th, it gives a religious bent of mind and makes the native spent liberally on religious pursuits besides making him virtuous and interested in spirituality.
  • If the 12th lord is afflicted by malefics planets in the 12th , one will become restless and would always be roaming about unnecessarily. If the 12th lord is weak also, the native will be mentally disturbed and destined to be unfortunate in life.

Ketu in the 12th house is said to give Moksha. According to Brihat Parasa Hora(Chap:25, sloka 10), a native will attain final emancipation if there is a benefic in the 12th house with 12th lord exalted and conjoined with or aspected by a benefic.

Courtesy: Modern Astrology(Dr. Revathi Vee Kumar)
Continued from: Paring of Opposite Houses - Part VII A                                   To be continued...

March 31, 2017

Pairing of Opposite Houses - Part VII A

Pairing of Opposite Houses - Part VII A

Three Categories
There are three main categories of horoscopes. These with more number of benefic Yogas than malefic ones which make the concerned natives very lucky are Yoga Jatakas. If the planetary combinations clearly indicate that the natives are born to either experience more pain and punishment than pleasure or to repay their past Karmic debts in the present life, they are Runa Jatakas. The horoscopes with a mixture of mediocre Yogas and Avayogas alternating frequently causing both good and bad results and conferring the native with generally average results in almost all spheres of life are Mishra Jatakas.

Sixth and Twelfth Houses
The last pair of opposite houses (6th and 12 th) has a primary relationship to the Rina Jatakas as the 6th bouse rales Runas (Karmic debts) and 12th house governs Runamochana (freedom from debts). Examining these two houses together gives clear ernes the pending Runas from past lives and their clearance or otherwise in this life. This paper explores this relationship in detail beginning with an understanding of the pending Runas from the 6th house.

Pending Dues
The important significations of 6th house include Roga (diseases). Rue.2 debt). Shatru (enemy), Mathula (maternal uncle), Antaka (killer), Shanka (doubts or mistrust), Vrana (injuries, ulcer, tumor, etc), Sapathni maatharam (step-mother). Vigna (impediment, obstacle), etc., The 6th house also signifies service or servants i.e., it indicates whether the native himself will work as a servant or will do all his work himself or will get it done by his servants. Even the faithfulness or morality of the servants can be determined from the 6th house. Apart from these, one's success in competitive examinations, the punishments awarded to a native depending on whether the deeds performed by him are good or bad etc., can be judged from this house.

The 6th house being the 2nd from the 5th indicates the wealth from the past. It is a staunch belief based on Karma Theory that the sins committed by us in our past lives only return to us in the form of Badhas (afflictions) such as disease, etc in the present life (Poorva janma kritham paapam vyaadhi roopena badhyathe). As such, the main significations of the 6th house like diseases, debts and enemies are the wealth acquired by us from our past lives. In other words, 6th house indicates all that we owe to others or all that we have to get back from others in this life. As a corollary, the 6th house would also indicate all types of sufferings to be undergone by us in the form of diseases and other types of Badhas (troubles) for the acts of sin and various kinds of retribution we have to suffer from our enemies due to the seed of enmity sown by us in past lives.

Actually, the nature of effects  either benefic or malefic would indicate the nature of pending Runas which get activated by the influence of various planets on 6th house or the influence of 6th lord on other houses or both. The source of problems and the nature of impact created by adversaries, who happen to be past Karmic links to such troubles in this life, can be known by assessing the inter-link of the 6th house and the 6th lord with other houses in the chart. For example, if the 5th lord is in the 6th house, one's own children would be behaving like enemies. Similarly, the 4th or 9th lord in the 6th house would make the mother or the father respectively of the native behave like an enemy. If these planets are afflicted, the relationship gets strained more. On the same lines, if the 7th lord is in the 6th, it would affect the relationship with the spouse severely and if the 7th house is also afflicted, it could lead to separation itself. If the 6th lord gets into a benefic house like the 4th, it would make the native get entangled in loans for enjoying the comfort of owning a vehicle or house depending on the other associated houses and planets.

Courtesy: Modern Astrology(Dr.Revathi Vee Kumar)
Continued from: Pairing of Opposite Houses - Part VI                                           To be continued.....

March 28, 2017

Pairing of Opposite Houses - VI

Pairing of Opposite Houses - VI

Origin of  Present Birth
The 5th house in a chart is the central fulcrum among the trines which exerts its direct influence on the Ascendant (birth of the self) on one side and the 9th house (signifying his luck and Prarabdha) on the other. In other words, the 5th house indicates the source from which the present birth emanates while the 9th house governs the resources which a native has brought forward with him in the form of luck (Prarabdha) in this life. Also the 5th house (being the 12th from 6th) signifies the loss of runas or expending of the debts of past lives. As such, the planets influencing the 5th house create the necessary ground for achieving the Prarabdha (luck) indicated by the 9th house, the realization of which would be one of the main purposes of birth.

Jupiter who is the embodiment Divine Grace is the significator for both the 5th and 9th houses. His benefic influence on both these houses simultaneously either by aspect or position would enable the native to achieve fulfillment in this life to a great extent. Here, it needs to be pointed out that although Jupiter as Putrakaraka being in the 5th creates some anxiety in that area for some time, the problem will not persist for long and he surely grants at least one Karma putra to the native who will be available for releasing him from the links of this present birth by performing his antyeshti(last rites) which is one of the primary purposes of begetting a child. As  such, this does not hinder the native from achieving his goals in other areas in any way. Jupiter influencing the 5th house favourably bestows Mantrasiddhi, a natural inclination to worship God and observe religious practices etc., which facilitate not only the furtherance of the progress of the Soul but also in deriving peace and happiness in this life.

The 5th house of the natural Zodiac is Leo. Its symbol (lion) stands for the fully developed and dominant male principle. The lion, with its primary role as the seed for procreation, is analogous to the Sun, the ruler of Leo, who is the centre of vital energy which feeds the soul (Atma). Thus, metaphysically, the sign Leo connotes the power of the Karmic actions (poorvapunya) impinging on the Atma working as the seed for one's future lives. The fiery nature of the sign indicates the ability for transformation of the soul based on the Karmic imprints while the fixity of the sign alludes to the firmness of Karmic fruits which cannot be avoided. All these characteristics of the sign are also inherent in the 5th house of any chart. 

Eleventh House for Achievements
The 11th house signifies fulfillment of all desires (Ishta Siddhi), success in all undertakings (Sarvabhista agama/karyasiddhi), gains/profits(labha), income or all kinds of receipts (aya), elder co-borns (Jyestha bhrata), left ear (vama karna), daughter-in-law/son-in- law (7th from the 5th) etc.

In general, any planet owning the 11th house or occupying it is good (except Ketu). The association of the lord of any house with the 11th house and or its lord (without any afflictions) indicates the fulfillment of the objectives and desires of the native in the respective area of life through the relationship concerned. Primarily, the planets in the 11th house indicate the manner in which gains and fulfillment are possible and also the relationships facilitating such gains in life. But, if there is a malefic combination (Ava Yoga) in the house due to planets which are badly placed (debilitated, in inimical sign, combust, retrograde in own house, etc..) or afflicted (placed with/ aspected by malefics), good results cannot be pronounced without a proper examination of the attendant conditions. For example, if Mars is in the 11th house for a Cancer Ascendant, it implies that the native would seek to fulfill his dreams through his children with the support of his profession. If such Mars is afflicted by Rahu or Ketu or other inimical planets like Saturn, then it indicates suffering through children and profession.

The 11th being the highest Upachaya house, any planet in it supports the growth of the native. As such, almost all planets give auspicious results when in this house and help attain desired objectives in life. But, for this, it is very necessary that there should not be any mutual afflictions among the planets involved. Also, the nature of the planet posited in the house (benefic or malefic both by its basic nature and functionality in the chart), which helps in achieving the objectives, affects the way in which the fulfillment is actually achieved. Malefics would contribute to an element of adversity while benefics would the pave way for smooth success.

Also, it is pertinent to note that 11th house is the Badhaka house for movable Ascendants. Hence, the 11th lord along with the planets in the 11th house are capable of creating problems to the natives born in movable signs as Ascendants. Such a condition implies that the native is destined to face problems in achieving his goals and that he must be ready to struggle and put in extra effort without which it may not be possible to achieve them. But according to Pulippani Jothidam (SI. 52 and 53), if Badhaka is in trines for movable and fixed Ascendants the Badha gets cancelled and the native would only experience benefic results. In my opinion, this can happen only if 11th lord is in 5th or 9th house (5th from the 5th) because the 11th happens to be 6th from the 6th and the 5th house (as 12th to 6th) facilitates dispensing with the run as signified by 6th house (6th from the 6th house).

For example, if the Ascendant is Cancer and Venus in Scorpio or Pisces it would give good results. Similar is the case, if the Ascendant is Libra and the Sun is in Aquarius or Gemini. Even Saturn in Leo or Sagittarius will do good to a native of Aries Ascendant, although only in the latter part of his life.

The 11th house of the Zodiac is Aquarius symbolized by a pot, a pot of luck. What it contains can only be known when its lid is opened and not before that because it might be filled with hidden wealth (nidhi) or partly filled or empty also. As such, Aquarius introduces an element of secrecy in the realization of one's goals. The fixity of Aquarius alludes to the fixed quantity of the providential reserve in the pot while its airy nature connotes the necessity for a serious research to unveil the reserve. These characteristics are inherently seen in the 11th house of any chart. Also, the key to open the lid of Aquarius is primarily vested with its opposite sign i.e., Leo which carries the Karmic seed as Poorvapunya. If Leo and Aquarius (5th and 11th) are mutually inter-linked in a native's horoscope by way of planetary associations, the lid opens easily and confers results during the Dasa periods of the concerned planets, with the nature of interlink and that of the involved planets characterizing the nature of results.

Chart1: Swami Chinmayananda: Born May 8, 1916 at 7h . 10m. at 9 N 59, 70 E 18
Chart 1
Chart 1 is of Swami Chinmayananda. The following features may be noted.
i) The occupation of Mars (Ascendant and 6th lord) in the house of luck (9th) along with 9th lord (Moon) activates the Prarabdha of the native to his advantage, being a friendly conjunction in a trine with cancellation of debilitation for Mars. The mystic planet Ketu conjoining them ensures that the native's luck is through Moksha Gnana.
(ii) The 10th lord Sun getting exalted in the 6th house goads the native to adopt service (6th) through Atma Vidya (Sun) as his profession.
(iii) The crowning impact is the occupation of the 5th house by the most benefic planet Jupiter (ruling spirituality) in his own house which confirms that his Poorva punya is excellent. Jupiter's aspect on a vacant 11th house transfers the positive effect to that house to grant Ishta Siddhi and fulfillment.
(iv)The position of Mercury, the 8th and 11th lord in the 7th (Kendra), in Parivartana with the 7th lord Venus (a friend) ably supports fulfillment (11th) through the acquisition of secret knowledge (8th).
(v)The simultaneous aspect of Mercury and Jupiter on the Ascendant has greatly helped the native in acquiring both worldly knowledge and spiritual wisdom. As a result, although he started his career as a journalist (Mercury), Providence pushed him into the mystic science and enabled him to achieve excellence in spirituality (Jupiter).

Chart2: V. P. Singh: Born June 25, 1931 at 7h .04 m.25 N 28, 89 E 32
Chart 2

Chart 2 is of V.P.Singh, a former Prime Minister of India. The 5th house is aspected by 5th lord Mars (who is also Yogakaraka for the Ascendant) and Jupiter (9th and 6th lord) who is occupying his exaltation sign in Ascendant with Digbala. 
These twin friendly aspects, indicate that his Poorva Punya was excellent due to which he was born in a royal family.

The 11th house is occupied by Venus (4th and 11th lord) in own house, aspecting the 5th house which activated the Providential reserve of the 5th house and paved the way for achieving Ishta Siddhi. But Venus, being the Badhaka for Cancer Ascendant, has not granted him full satisfaction which is evident from the fact that although he had held key posts such as Member of Parliament. CM of UP, Union Minister for Defence and Finance, etc., he had also resigned from these posts on many occasions due to various reasons. Even as the Prime Minister of India, his Ministry had to resign after about 15 months in office and he could not complete even one full term as prime minister This is because of the one way link from the 11th to the 5th house without any direct reciprocation from the 5 th to the 11th house.

Thus it could be seen that analyzing the 5th and 11th houses together provides deeper insight into the native's past life reserves and their role in achieving luck and success in this life. 

Courtesy:Modern Astrology (Dr. Revathi Vee Kumar)
Continued from: Pairing of Opposite Houses - Part V                                      to be continued....

March 21, 2017

Abhijit Muhurta

Abhijit Muhurta

The essence of Muhurta is the time which expands to 2 Ghatis. It is actually 48 minutes. You want to perform a specific activity and you are looking for a perfect time so that you can get the desired results. The placement of the Sun and Moon are very important in fixing a Muhurta. A Muhurta is fixed on the basis of a lot of parameters like Ayana, Month, Nakshatra, Tithi, Vaar, Nakshatra, Yoga, and Karana.

‘Muhu’ means ‘moment’ and ‘rta’ means ‘order’. This concept is created based on the ideas given in RigVeda about the Speed of Light. There are 30 muhurtas in a Nakshatra Ahoratra (sidereal day and night reckoned from one sunrise to the next sunrise). The time from Sun rise to local noon time is divided into 7½ Muhurta. Likewise, local noon to Sun set, Sun set time to Midnight, midnight time to sun rise time is also divided by 7½. This time will come into 30 when 7½ x 4= 30. 

The 4 conjunct points sunrise, local noon, sunset and midnight are called Gayatri Padha.  The time span between the 4points are 7½ wide, so these 4 points make a day. And it is called Prahara.  The last ½ muhurta in the morning and the first ½ muhurta in the after noon is called as Abhijit Muhurta. This muhurta is known to be very auspicious and it can be used only in an urgency. 

The exact time of Abhijit Muhurta depends upon the length of the day and the time of Sunrise. Both varies every day.

March 15, 2017

Importance of Saturn in Astrology

Importance of Saturn in Astrology

Saturn can be the most misunderstood planet in astrology. People take its name with fear and hatred when natural benefics in astrology can be harmful than Saturn in specific conditions. Saturn rules the 10th and 11th houses in the natural zodiac wheel. These houses deal with your status in the society. 

In Vedic texts, Saturn is described as the Son of Sun. The Sun’s wife Sanjana left his due to his ego. Before leaving him Sanjana created a shadow of herself named Chaaya. Chaya gave birth to the Sun. Due to the blue color of Saturn, Sun hated Saturn. This story proves why Saturn and Sun are enemies in astrology. 

Saturn is exalted in the sign of Libra and debilitated in Aries. Saturn generally means delays, obstacles and struggles. At the same time, the positive indication is that, when you overcome the struggles and obstacles, then you will get such victory and that will never leave your life. So, whichever house Saturn is present, there can be a general delay or struggle for prosperity. 

Saturn rules Capricorn and Aquarius in the chart, but its amazing how Saturn can give the most profit giving houses in the zodiac wheel. Saturn is known as the planet of Karma and it takes 28 years to complete one trip through all the signs and reach back to the sign where it is placed in the birth chart. Every 2 ½ years it changes the sign. 

Saturn is not considered  as an auspicious planet, but it rules auspicious houses. Generally, Saturn represents old people and servants. Mercury and Venus are friendly towards Saturn., with Jupiter-Saturn shares a neutral relation. Saturn sees Sun, Moon, and Mars as its enemies. 

In Vedic astrology, when Saturn comes to the Kendra houses, 1,4,7, and 10, then it is called 2 ½ year Saturn transit period. Sade Sati or 7 ½ Saturn occurs when Saturn transits the 12th, 1st, and 2nd house from the natal moon. These are also an important time in any one's life. He is destined to move slow but steady.

Saturn Mahadasa is for 19 years, It also gives delays and obstacles, but it generally seen after this 19 years, the person started prospering. Saturn has 3 aspects. It aspects the 3rd, 7th and 10th houses from where it is placed. So, this delays and obstacles can be seen in these houses as well.

Yes, it indicates struggles, but we should understand that we are destined to work hard to make a living in this world. The struggles may not be always physical, financial or spiritual or emotional. Saturn never ruins a life completely. It shows the strategies you apply can go wrong if you are not careful. In different houses, Saturn of course  acts in the same way, but if in Upachaya houses 3,6,10 and 11, Saturn assures victory in the 2nd part of life. Upachaya houses deals with those matters which requires time to grow. Saturn has a limiting nature in any house which it sits, but if you are willing to work hard in a righteous way, Saturn will give you back in a great way. 

March 10, 2017

Pairing of Opposite Houses - Part V

Pairing of Opposite Houses - Part V

The next pair of opposite houses to be discussed in this series is of two of the four pivotal Kendras(quadrants) viz., the 4th (Sukastana) and the 10th houses (Karmastana). The Kendras (1, 4, 7,10) are called so because they work as the main pillars of a horoscope providing the much needed support for stability and growth in the life of a  person.They are described as 'Vishnustanas', meaning that they are the houses responsible for the sustenance of a native under all odds. Of these, the 4th is more powerful than the Ascendant while the 7th is stronger than the 4th and the 10th is the strongest of all. The 4th and 10th houses are the principal contributors towards the improvement of the basic quality of life and they constitute the most powerful opposite pair of houses in a chart.

Fourth House
The 4th house primarily signifies Matru (mother), motherland, Sukha (general happiness of life), Bandu(relatives), Griham(house), Go(cattle), Nidhi(wealth and other possessions), Kshetram (landed property), Vahana (vehicles) and anything that is acquired from the mother like one's mother tongue, motherland, the heart, formal education that one would get in life, peace of mind, nadir(patala) etc. In female charts, the 4th signifies the chastity of the woman.

It is needless to emphasize that these significations are the key factors for anyone. The role of the mother in shaping the life of a person is a sacrificial one and has been held in the highest esteem since time immemorial, for which she has been equated with the first glimpse of God one sees on the earth (Maatru Devo Bhava). The whole future life of a person rests on the upbringing by the parents, more so by the mother. Also, a life without wealth and happiness would be a punishment for any normal human being unless one is basically an ascetic by nature. In present day living conditions, possessions like landed property, vehicles etc., are the basic needs of all. Lack of proper education and knowledge incapacitates a person. That is why the Gurukula system was in vogue in the past and thousands of educational institutions offering a wide variety of courses are flourishing even today. As such, it is an indisputable fact that the 4th house is one of the main pillars of destiny in any chart.

Cancer, the 4th sign of the Zodiac, is a movable watery sign ruled by the Moon who signifies the mother and the mind. Both these are more prone to emotions. The element of water also stands for desires and emotions. In the world of physical manifestation, individual perceptions coloured by one's emotions play a very significant role in all spheres of life. One's sensitivity is triggered by emotions causing quick changes in moods and the mental make-up which would ultimately either support or affect one's Suka, the feeling of happiness signified by the 4th house. These moods and emotions directly influence not only the deeds and actions of an individual but also the quality of the final results as well. This aspect of the 4th house also works at a subtler level.

Tenth House
The primary significations of the 10th house include Karma(profession or means of livelihood, one's actions), Rajya (royalty, kingship, authority), Manam (name, fame, reputation, status, honour, etc), Rina (debts), Pravasa (living in foreign land, immigration etc.,), Vyomastana (zenith, Akasha, sky) and gains from father (2nd from the 9th) etc.

There is a saying Udyogam Purusha Lakshanam, meaning that the very identity of a man is his profession. Thus, in a male nativity, the 10th house is the most important quadrant. Also, the 10th being the house depicting Karma (action) of the individual, it indicates the path by following which a native is expected to reap the fruits of his Karmic destiny in his present birth. As such, any planet occupying 10th house without afflictions facilitates the fruition of one's Karma by performing the activity related to that planet. But, if there is affliction to a planet in the 10th house it means that either the native is being obstructed or prevented from working towards his Providential goal or his destiny itself is to suffer without proper recognition and stability in life.

The 6th house indicates one's Rina, both Karmic and material. The 11th house (being 6th from the 6th) also indicates everything that is obtained in this life out of this Rina including diseases, loans, enmity etc., if the 1st, 6th and 11th houses are inter-connected. The 10th house (being the 12th from 11th) indicates the loss of such Rina or expending such Rina by the Karma (actions) performed in this birth if there is a simultaneous link to either the 5th or the 9th house. Alternatively, if no such link exists between the 10th house and Poorvapunyastana or Bhagyastana (5th or 9th house) one's actions could be sowing the seed for future experiences in which case it becomes Agami Karma and creates fresh Rina. This is also the reason why a favourable link between the 6th, 10th and 11th houses along with Raja Yogas involving Trikonas is desirable for conferring a high level in one's profession.

The 10th house of the Zodiac is Capricorn owned by Saturn who is also the Karma Karaka. Saturn as a Karmic planet is believed to be a pay-master who keeps an account of the past debts (Rina), sins and other deeds of both the native as well as that of his forefathers. Depending on his role in a particular chart, Saturn either provides or deprives the native of the energy that is needed to wipe out all the accumulated debts (Rina) or makes the native endure his sufferings born out of past Karma. As an earthy movable sign, Capricorn connotes the practical implications of Karmic actions and their impact in making the native restless and instigating him to seek success in many ways which results in lack of fixity of purpose in everything he does. These significations are also reflected in the 10th house.

Thus, the 10th house is of prime importance and is considered to be the strongest pillar of life being not only the focal point of all actions and the consequential quality of a person's present life but also because it deals with their Karmic implication and paves way for further evolution of the soul of the individual.

Subtle Interlink
The inter-link between the 4th and 10th houses is so subtle that their roles are almost fused together. Generally, wealth and other comforts like acquiring one's own vehicle, house etc., (4th) flourish very well by the background support of one's professional position, power, authority and status (10th). The Suka (comfort level) of a person also depends directly on the Rajya (royalty or authority) possessed by him. Thus, the 4th house generally receives the effects generated by the 10th house.

But, in some areas, the significations of the the 4th house work as the basic source for generating the results of the 10th house. For example, consider the profession and education of a person. Generally, one wishes to adopt a profession which has a direct dependency on the type of academic education acquired by him mainly because he is equipped with the requisite knowledge for the purpose through such education. But, often we find that the jobs being performed by a vast majority of people are not related to their academic education at all. The reason is, unless the 4th house or the 4th lord establishes a connection with the 10th house or the 10th lord or vice versa, one would not be able to use his academic education directly in his profession. Similarly, unless a person has peace of mind in the house fostered by motherly care he cannot perform his work properly.

In many areas, both these houses work complementary to each other. For example, once one gets a good job, one's focus shifts to acquiring material comforts using one's position, power and authority. Only when material comforts are achieved he feels happy and satisfied. Most of the successful people claim that 'sky is the limit' for human achievements implying that there is no barrier practically. Even astrologically. the 10th house signifies the sky (zenith) up to which one can rise if well supported by one's Karma (both past and present) while the 4th house is the abyss (nadir) to which one falls from the sky if severely affected by one's Karma. Also, when a person falls from the heights of glory (10th), it is the mother who first feels more for the fall and wishes the very best for one besides providing all help possible, even if one is an unruly and sinful child (4th).

Not only that. Usually, many have some dissatisfaction or the other in life. Although the actual reason for it can be traced only by examining the afflictions to various houses in a chart, the adverse influences on either the 4th or the 10th house will provide a clue as to whether a person is basically happy or not when both these houses are studied together.

If the 4th and the 10th houses are analysed together as a pair, special insights can be obtained which otherwise are not possible.

Chart 1: Aishwarya Rai: Born November 1, 1973 at 4h.05m. at 12 N 52, 74 E 50.
Chart 1

Chart 1 is of a famous actress. The 4th house is occupied by Venus (2nd and 9th lord), the Moon (11th lord) and Rahu. The 4th lord (also the 7th lord) Jupiter is in the 5th house in debilitation. Retrograde Saturn (5th and 6th lord) and Ketu are in the 10th house. The 10th lord (also Ascendant lord) is in the 3rd house and is retrograde. The 8th and 3rd lord Mars who is also retrograde is in the 8th aspecting Mercury.

The occupation of the 10th house by two retrograde malefics afflicts the 10th house severely. The 10th lord is in a Dustana indicating loss of Sukha (12th from 4th) and is aspected by a retrograde malefic Mars who is also the 8th lord. All these adverse influences on the 10th house and its lord are not at all favourable and should have resulted in a totally unhappy professional career. But the conjunction of Venus and Moon in the 4th house creates a benefic interlink between the 2nd, 9th and 11th houses and the combined aspect of these planets on the 10th produces a Yoga in profession. Rahu in Sagittarius is said to give generally good results which helps in mitigating the adverse influences.

Also, Jupiter (4th cum 7th lord) is in the 5th house in debilitation and aspects the 9th and 11th houses creating a link between two Kendras and two Trikonas. Despite being both Badhaka and Maraka with strong Kendradhipati Dosha, Jupiter's occupation of Neecha Rasi, in a Trikona and in ascending state (Aroha) reduces the adverse effects considerably and supports the 11th house to some extent for fulfillment of her desires, but not fully.

As the planetary influences in the 10th house are not wholly supportive, having chosen a career in films being a celebrity as Miss World 1994, Aishwarya has only a few good films to her credit. Her acting career is not  distinguished and the level of professional success is relatively less when compared with many other actresses
in Indian cinema. The influences from 4th house on the 10th house are more responsible for whatever success she has been able to get.

Chart 2: Ram Jethmalani: Born September 14, 1923 at 16h. 12m. at 25 N 23, 68 E 21.
Chart 2

Chart 2 is of Ram Jethmalani, the famous lawyer and politician. The Ascendant lord Saturn (also the 2nd lord) is with the 9th lord Mercury (also the 6th lord) in the highest Trikona (9th). This conjunction is a very benefic one because Mercury is in his exaltation sign and his friend Saturn joins him in Bhagyastana making the native generally very lucky.

The 4th house is vacant. Jupiter (3rd cum 12th lord) and the Moon (7th lord) are in the 10th house producing a strong Gajakesari Yoga while they aspect the 4th house jointly. There are no other aspects on the 4th house. The 4th cum 11th lord Mars aspects the 11th house and helps in fulfillment of desires with Badha (problems).

The benefic influences of Jupiter and the Moon on the 4th house from the 10th house has conferred the native a good education in law and ensured that be uses his education in his profession. The Yoga involving Jupiter has given him a very good reputation as a successful lawyer besides supporting him in getting elected as an MP in the Rajya Sabha.

Courtesy: Modern Astrology (Dr. Revathi Vee Kumar)

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