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Meaning of the Sun, Moon and Ascendant Signs

Meaning of the Sun, Moon and Ascendant Signs

To understand ourselves and to make sense of the way our lives develop is the ultimate purpose of the study of astrology. In all cases, the whole person must be addressed, but the astrological keys symbolize different aspects of the entire person, depending on the side you are looking to analyze and understand. Each one of these symbols (Sun, Moon, Planets, Signs, Nodes, Houses, Aspects, etc.) stands for many things and it’s often hard to separate them, but the following are some basics:

The Sun Sign

Despite what you may have read, the Sun Sign is the mark of the innermost structure of our character. It stands for the primary karmic shaping that is to undergo in this lifetime. We respond at the deepest level through the filter of our Sun Sign, which is a mark of the soul’s developmental needs in this incarnation. Your Sun Sign is the Zodiac Sign that the Sun was in at the time and place that you were born. There are twelve Signs of the Zodiac and each Sign is made up of thirty degrees, making 360 degrees in the entire zodiac. The Sun travels about a degree a day and so gets right through the zodiac in a twelve month period.

The Moon Sign

The Moon Sign in terms of character stands for the outer, emotional personality (product of past karma) and in association with Mercury, the structure of the mental state. Naturally there are many other layers of symbolism attached to the Moon, but so far as our own personality is concerned, that’s it in a nutshell. The Moon travels far more quickly through the Zodiac, taking only about two and a half days to transit each Sign. The Moon therefore completes her transit of the entire zodiac in approximately one month.

The Rising Sign

The Rising Sign or Ascendant governs the appearance and the self-image, which in conjunction with the Moon and ruling planet expresses the way others see you, and indeed (especially the Moon) tends to be the way you see yourself. The Ascendant or Rising Sign is the sign rising over the Eastern¹ horizon at the moment of your birth. The Earth rotates once on her axis every twenty-four hours, so taking just one day to have all of the signs from Aries to Pisces rise over the horizon. Each sign takes about two hours to pass across the horizon, so the time of birth is quite critical in calculating² the Ascendant.

Predictions and assessment of an individual’s horoscope must be done from the Ascendant sign as this is the basis of individualization of a person seen at the exact time of birth, and further determined by the Nakshatra’s Pada, which are the 4 divisions in each of the 27 lunar constellations.

The Ruling Planet

The Ruling Planet is also significant and will often be more important than the others, in terms of the experiences that are undergone. The Ruling Planet is usually the designated planetary ruler of the Ascendant, but can be another strong planet (such as the Sun-ruler, Moon-ruler, most elevated, etc.) if the ascendant-ruler is weak by sign or aspect.

Planetary Aspects and Position make a huge difference too, as a debilitated planet will have a quite different effect from the same planet (Sun, Moon, etc.) when fortified. Each planet has a primary influence at different times in the individual life, but this is best established by a personalized astrological evaluation.


¹ The Ascendant is in essence the Sign of the Earth, the Terrestrial Sign, it is the sign that appears on the horizon rising East, which Jyotish describes as the side where the Creator (God) appears.

² Vedic astrology uses the sidereal zodiac based on the constellations. Western astrology uses the tropical zodiac based on the seasons.

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♐ Transit of Saturn in Sagittarius and Predictions for Each Sign

♐ Transit of Saturn in Sagittarius and Predictions for Each Sign

On January 26, 2017, Saturn leaves the sign of Scorpio and enters the sign of Sagittarius, where it will remain until January 23, 2020. This video provides the general predictions on what this transit represents for each sign. The benefits and malefic influences of this transit depend on the condition of Saturn and other details on your Natal Vedic Chart.

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Yogas for Foreign Travel

Destined To Go Abroad? ✈ The Yogas for Foreign Travel

In Vedic Astrology there are many yogas in a horoscope. Some are auspicious and some are inauspicious. There are certain yogas that indicate a native’s destiny to travel to foreign lands, either permanently or temporarily. When the dasha or antardasha of favorable planets begins, the native gets the opportunity for these yogas to manifest.

The yoga forms when …

  1. Sun is in the ascendant the native gets the opportunity to travel abroad.
  2. Lord of the ascendant is in the 12th house.
  3. Lord of the ascendant and the Moon are situated in a movable¹ sign.
  4. Lord of the ascendant is situated in the 7th house in a movable¹ sign.
  5. Lord of the ascendant and the 9th house and Lord of 9th in the ascendant (Yoga Parivartana).
  6. Lord of the 6th house is situated in the 12th house.
  7. Lord of the 7th house is situated in the 9th house.
  8. Lords of 9th and 12th houses interchange placements.
  9. Lords of the 10th and 12th houses, both are situated in a movable¹ sign.
  10. Lord of the 10th house is situated in the 9th house in a movable¹ sign.
  11. 10th house and the lord of the 10th house are situated with a movable¹ sign.
  12. 12th house or its lord is aspected by the lord of the 8th house.
  13. Lord of the 12th house is situated in the 9th house.
  14. Lord of the 12th house is situated in the 4th house.
  15. Moon is in the 11th or 12th house.
  16. Mercury is in the 8th house of the birth horoscope.
  17. Venus is in the 6th, 7th or 8th house in the horoscope.
  18. Jupiter is situated in the 4th, 6th, 8th or 12th house.
  19. Saturn is in the 12th house.
  20. Rahu is in the 1st, 7th or 8th house.

¹ Movable signs are: Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn

Rules for foreign travel with settlement abroad have some extra prerequisites as laid below. It’s important to note that there can be numerous yogas, and the yogas listed below have stood the test of time and have completely fulfilled their promised results .

  1. The 4th house of a horoscope signifies home, any affliction to this house is generally seen in the charts of people who leave their country and settle abroad. Saturn, Mars, Rahu or Ketu in 4th house, either from the Ascendant or the Moon, generates this yoga, but it will need further support of various other combinations.
  2. The 4th lord in 12th/9th house, or 4th lord with the 12th or 9th lord, is a great combination for settlement abroad. Also 4th lord with Saturn, Mars, Rahu or Ketu generates another yoga.
  3. The 9th lord is of supreme importance. 9th lord in 4th/12th houses is very frequently seen in such cases.
  4. The 12th lord in the 7th or 4th house also signifies foreign settlement.
  5. Lagna lord (1st lord) with 12th lord/in 12th house or in 7th house also generates this yoga.
  6. Also a strong Moon, or Venus, in the 12th house, or Moon in 7th house, also promises tendencies to settle abroad if other supporting yogas are present.

Basically it’s the affliction of the 4th house, either from the Ascendant or the Moon and a strong relation between 1/4/7/9/12 houses, or their lords, which generates this yoga. Also another very important rule to remember is that these yogas should be present in divisional chart Chaturthamsa (D4).

The time of flying would be major/sub major period of 1/4/7/9/12 houses’ lords, especially the role of 9th lord is of paramount importance.

Period of Foreign Travel

  • The native gets to travel abroad during the dasha of exalted Sun, Moon, Mars or Jupiter.
  • When Mars is strong and situated in the ascendant or forms relation with the Sun.
  • During the dasha of debilitated Mercury.
  • During the dasha of Jupiter when it is situated in the 7th or 12th house of the horoscope.
  • During the dasha of Venus, situated in the 7th house with malefic planet.
  • During the dasha of Saturn, when it is situated in the 12th house or with exalted 12th Lord.
  • During the dasha of Rahu when it is placed in the 3rd, 7th, 9th or 10th house.
  • When the antardasha of Ketu begins during the mahadasha of Sun.
  • When the antardasha of Sun begins during the mahadasha of Ketu, where Sun is placed in the 6th, 8th or 12th house from Ketu.
  • When the antardasha of Moon begins during the mahadasha of Ketu, and Moon is placed in the center, trident or 11th house from Ketu.
  • When the antardasha of Jupiter begins during the mahadasha of Venus.
  • When the antardasha of Sun begins during the mahadasha of Rahu, and Sun is the lord of the center, trident or 11th house from Rahu.
  • When the antardasha of Jupiter begins during the mahadasha of Saturn, and Jupiter is the lord of the center, trident, 2nd or 11th house from Saturn.
  • When the antardasha of Saturn begins during the mahadasha of Mercury, and Saturn is placed in the 6th, 8th or 12th house from Mercury.
  • When the antardasha of Ketu begins during the mahadasha of Saturn, and Ketu conjucts the lord of the ascendant.
  • When the antardasha of Mercury begins during the mahadasha of Jupiter, and Jupiter is placed in the 6th, 8th or 12th house from Mercury.
  • When the antardasha of Mercury begins during the mahadasha of Mars, and Mercury conjucts Mars.
  • When the antardasha of Saturn begins during the mahadasha of Mars, and Saturn is situated in the center, trident or 11th house from Mars.

Case Study

CaseStudy: Foreign Settlement
CaseStudy: Foreign Settlement of Christina Breault
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Happy & Unhappy Positions of Grahas

Happy & Unhappy Positions of Grahas

Table 1A

1st Best / Worst Position

Planet

Exaltation Sign

Debilitation Sign

Rashi Up to ° Rashi Up to °
Surya Mesha 10° Tula 10°
Chandra Vrisha 03° Vrishchika 03°
Mangal Makara 28° Karka 28°
Budha Kanya 15° Meena 15°
Guru Karka 05° Makara 05°
Shukra Meena 27° Kanya 27°
Shani Tula 20° Mesha 20°

Table 1B

Planet

2nd Best Position

3rd Best Position

Moolatrikona Sign

Own Sign

Rashi Up to ° Rashi

Up to °

Surya Simba 20° Simba 20 to 30°
Chandra Vrisha 27° Karka 0 to 30°
Mangal Mesha 12° Mesha 12 to 30°
Budha Kanya 20° Kanya 20 to 30°
Guru Dhanu 10° Dhanu 10 to 30°
Shukra Tula 15° Tula 15 to 30°
Shani Kumbha 20° Kumbha 20 to 30°
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Planetary Aspects

Planetary Aspects

Planetary aspects in Jyotish

Planet

House Aspecting

Sun

1st, 7th

Moon

1st, 7th

Mercury

1st, 7th

Venus

1st, 7th

Mars

1st, 4th, 7th, 8th

Jupiter

1st, 5th, 7th, 9th

Saturn

1st, 3rd, 7th, 10th

Rahu/Ketu

None

7th House aspect of all Planets

Sign # Planet in Sign Aspecting Houses
1 Aries (7) Libra and vice versa
2 Taurus (8) Scorpio and vice versa
3 Gemini (9) Sagittarius and vice versa
4 Cancer (10) Capricorn and vice versa
5 Leo (11) Aquarius and vice versa
6 Virgo (12) Pisces and vice versa
7 Libra (1) Aries and vice versa
8 Scorpio (2) Taurus and vice versa
9 Sagittarius (3) Gemini and vice versa
10 Capricorn (4) Cancer and vice versa
11 Aquarius (5) Leo and vice versa
12 Pisces (6) Virgo and vice versa
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Planetary Relationships

Planetary Relationships

Relationship between the Planets

Planetary Relationship
Graha Friends Enemies Neutral
Sun Moon, Mars, Jupiter Venus, Saturn Mercury
Moon Sun, Mercury None Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn
Mars Sun, Moon, Jupiter Mercury Saturn, Venus
Mercury Sun, Venus Moon Saturn, Mars, Jupiter
Jupiter Sun, Moon, Mars Mercury, Venus Saturn
Venus Mercury, Saturn Sun, Moon, Mars Jupiter
Saturn Mercury, Venus Sun, Moon Mars, Jupiter

Relationship between the Planets and the Signs

Planetary Relationship Between the Signs

Planet

Exalted

Debilitated

Own Sign

Friend

Enemy

Sun Aries Libra Leo Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Pisces Taurus, Capricorn, Aquarius
Moon Taurus Scorpio Cancer [Moon is not enemy to any sign]
Mercury Virgo Pisces Virgo Taurus, Gemini¹, Leo, Libra, Capricorn, Aquarius Aries, Cancer, Scorpio, Sagittarius
Venus Pisces Virgo Libra Taurus¹, Gemini, Capricorn, Aquarius Aries, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius
Mars Capricorn Cancer Aries Leo, Scorpio¹, Sagittarius, Pisces Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Aquarius
Jupiter Cancer Capricorn Sagittarius Aries, Leo, Scorpio, Pisces¹ Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Aquarius
Saturn Libra Aries Aquarius Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Capricorn¹ Aries, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Pisces
Rahu Taurus Scorpio Gemini Virgo, Libra, Capricorn, Aquarius Aries, Cancer, Leo, Sagittarius, Pisces
Ketu Scorpio Taurus Sagittarius Aries, Pisces Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn, Aquarius

¹ 2nd own sign

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Meaning of The Navgrahas

Meaning of The Navgrahas

In Vedic Astrology, only seven planets are considered and the two nodes of Moon (North and South), therefore nine (Nav) planets (Grahas). Below is a summary of the meaning of each planet.

Hindu Name Planet Meaning
Surya, Bhanu Sun Atma-Self, masculine, future, soul, physical body and health, heart, life force, courage, ambitions, pride, dignity, ego, vitality, will power, stamina, sense of self, power, fame, life, health, sovereignty and clothes, glory, inspiration, creativity, leadership, Father, teachers, authority, bosses, political leader, Kings or Presidents. It has anger but momentary. Its element is gold. East is represented by sun.
Chandra Moon It is a cold, calm and quiet planet and represents mind, reflective, feminine, night, emotions, sensitivity, nurturing, security, past, past-lives, patterns of behavior, receptivity, caring for others, heredity, Mother, motherland, the public or masses, popularity, inner contentment, money, general well-being, home, water, habits, subconscious mind, growth in early childhood, fertility, breast, menstrual cycle, eyes, lungs, liquids and nurses. Direction north-east, element is silver.
Budha Mercury Mercury is talkative and tactful, but not harmful. It is a good trader, mathematician, editor and publisher. It has excellent argumentative and analytical power and mind. Intelligence, wisdom, speech, education, matters relating to communication such as speech and writing, humor, trade, commerce, sales, education, ideas, thoughts, school, analytical and rational mind, cognitive intelligence, sense of humor, youth, trickster, truth, telephones, television, computers, travel especially short distances, childhood, aunts and uncles, neighbors, adaptability, twins, astrology, nervous system. It represents memory, throat, arms, maternal uncles.
Shukra Venus The feminine spirit, beauty, grace, charm, refinement, luxuries, wealth, sensuality, vanity, charisma, glamour, good taste, sexual attraction, elegance, comforts, arts, music, theater, love, wife in a males chart, pleasure of the senses, sugar, affections, conveyances, flowers.
Mangal, Kuja Mars Energy, action, passions, male influence, courage, strength, motivations, anger, violence, determination, aggression, bluntness and boldness, injury, accidents, war, chemists, fire, anger, surgery, initiative, motivation, courage, technical or mechanical ability, sports – athletic, military figures, police, fires, physical strength, operations, muscles, blood, sexual vitality, weapons, machines, conflict, can inflict death, fire, selfish, criminal, goal oriented action, self-righteousness, land, property and real-estate, brothers, enemies, science, instruments, guns, knives. Its element is copper. Its color is red and direction is south.
Guru Jupiter Spiritual teacher, guide, truth, religion, philosophy, spirituality, grace, law, the great benefic, fortune, wealth, expansion, higher education like colleges, optimism, generous, joy, luck, self-indulgent, excessive, faith, children, money, husband in a females chart, long distance travel.
Shani Saturn Discipline, order, structure, dependability, stability, separation, solitude, limitation, obstruction, poverty, death, disease, oppression, pessimistic, worry, fear, bad luck, old age, delays, retards things, concentration, paralysis, depression, stunted, deprivation, bondage, fixed assets, land, property, endurance and lasting, doubt, phobias, darkness, sorrow, longevity, detachment, decay.
Rahu Rahu Fame, extremes, foreigners and foreign lands, fulfillment of worldly desires, status, prestige, power, worldly success, outer success with inner turmoil, obsessive, addictions, psychic, disturbances, collective trends, disturbances, poisons that destroy and heal, medicine, drugs and alcohol.
Ketu Ketu Loss, liberation, perception, wisdom, lack of confidence, negation, self doubt, fantasies, confusion, indecision, illusions, drug addiction and alcoholism, psychic influences, fire, injury, death, spiritual insight.
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Basic Data of The Planets in Jyotisha

Basic Data of The Planets in Jyotisha

Jyotish uses 9 Grahas (planets) in chart analysis:

Table 1

Sun Moon Mercury Venus Mars
Rules Le Ca Ge, Vi Tau, Lib Ar, Sc
Sign of Exaltation Ar Ta Vi Pi Cp
Sign of Debilitation Li Sc Pi Vi Ca
Moolatrikona Sign Le Ca Vi Li Ar
Nature Malefic Benefic Neutral Benefic Malefic
Gender Male Female Neutral Female Male
Karaka of Houses 1, 10 4 2, 10 4, 7 3, 6
Aspects Houses 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 4, 7, 8
Directional Strength (DigBala) 10th House 4th House 1st House 4th House 10th House
Directional Weakness (asleep) 4th House 10th House 7th House 10th House 4th House
Day Sun Mon Wed Fri Tue
Friends Mo, Ma, Ju Su, Me Su, Ve, Ra Me, Sa, Ke Su, Mo, Ju
Enemies Ve, Sa, Ra, Ke Ra, Ke Mo, Ke Su, Ma, Mo, Ra Me, Ra, Ke
Neutral Relationship Me Ma, Ve, Ju, Sa Sa, Ma, Ju Ju Ve, Sa
Period in a Sign 30 days 54-56 hours 20 days 25 days 45 days

Table 2

Jupiter Saturn Rahu Ketu
Rules Sg, Pi Cp, Aq N/A N/A
Sign of Exaltation Ca Li Ta & Ge Sc & Sg
Sign of Debilitation Cp Ar Sc Ta
Moolatrikona Sign Sg Aq Ca Sg
Nature Benefic Malefic Malefic Malefic
Gender Male Neutral N/A N/A
Karaka of Houses 2, 5, 9, 11 6, 8, 10, 12 N/A N/A
Aspects Houses 1, 5, 7, 9 1, 3, 7, 10 None None
Directional Strength (DigBala) 1st House 7th House 6th House 12th House
Directional Weakness (asleep) 7th House 1st House 12th House 6th House
Day Thu Sat N/A N/A
Friends Su, Mo, Ma Me, Ve, Ra Me, Ve, Sa Ma, Ve
Enemies Me, Ve Su, Mo, Ke Su, Mo Su, Mo, Sa, Ra
Neutral Relationship Sa Ju, Ma
Period in a Sign ~13 months 2.5 years 1.8 years 1.8 years

ILUMINA Quick Guide: NavGrahas General Data
ILUMINA Quick Guide: NavGrahas General Data

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The Houses of Jyotisha

The 12 Houses (Bhavas) and Their Meanings
The 12 Houses of Jyotisha (Table 1A)

Sanskrit

Meaning

Significator

Main Rulerships

1

Tanu Body Sun Body, Overall Results, Health, Childhood, Self, Head

2

Dhana Wealth Jupiter Family, Wealth, Speech, Food,

3

Sahaja Siblings Mars Courage, Discomforts, Loss of Property, Loss of Parents, Diplomas

4

Sukha Happiness Moon
Merc
Happiness, Home, Heart, Mother, Large Property Possessions, Heritage

5

Suta Children Jupiter Intelligence, Creativity, Children, Entertainment, Deity, Fortune

6

Ripu Enemy Saturn
Mars
Debts, Diseases, Enemies, Service, loss of relationships

7

Jaya Spouse Venus Spouse, Partners, Contracts, Significant others in all matters

8

Mrityu Death Saturn Death, Disasters, Sex, Loss of Fortunes, Myseteries, Mysticism

9

Dharma Religion Sun
Jupiter
Religion, God, Guru, Fortune, Father, Law, Faith, Protection, humility

10

Karma Work Jup/Sun
Merc/Sat
Career, Prestige, Rise, Success, Government, Material Success

11

Labha Gain Jupiter Gains, Desires, Friends, Older Siblings, Selfishness

12

Vyaya Loss Saturn Donations, Liberation, Losses, Old Age, Private Pleasures, Temples
The 12 Houses of Jyotisha (Table 1B)

Sanskrit

Meaning

Significator

Type

Body Part

1

Tanu Body Sun Trine or Trikona
Angle or Kendra
Head, body in general

2

Dhana Wealth Jupiter Maraka Face, mouth

3

Sahaja Siblings Mars Upachaya Breasts, ears, arms

4

Sukha Happiness Moon
Merc
Angle or Kendra Heart, chest

5

Suta Children Jupiter Trine
Trikona
Belly, womb

6

Ripu Enemy Saturn
Mars
Dushtana
(Difficult)
Lower abdomen

7

Jaya Spouse Venus Angle or Kendra
Maraka
Lap area

8

Mrityu Death Saturn Dushtana
(Difficult)
Genitals, anus

9

Dharma Religion Sun
Jupiter
Trine
Trikona
Thighs, hips

10

Karma Work Jup/Sun
Merc/Sat
Angle or Kendra Knees, back

11

Labha Gain Jupiter Upachaya Legs

12

Vyaya Loss Saturn Dushtana
(Difficult)
Feet

The 12 Houses (Bhavas) and Their Meanings

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Nature of the Houses

Nature of the Houses

In Vedic Astrology there are certain houses that hold more importance over others. You should look at these houses first, before looking at the others.

Kendra (Angle) is considered analogous to “beginning, central, and immediate.” Panaphara (Succedent) is equal to “accumulated or promised in future.” Apoklima (Cadent) is synonym of “declining, remote, and far away”.

Kendra Houses (1, 4, 7, 10)

The 4 inner houses outlined, that is, houses 1, 4, 7 and 10, are the Kendra Houses. Any planet in these houses becomes strong, and in good dignity. But what about the condition of, say, Saturn in house 1? He’s sad but he’s able to work through that condition.

Kendra Houses
Kendra Houses

Panapharas Houses (2, 5, 8, 11)

As the angular houses, the panapharas are the most powerful placements on the chart. They’re successive houses — which are less powerful than angular houses but more powerful than the cadent ones — also possessing quality belonging to the angular houses, either as a representative or subordinate of a powerful person.

Panapharas Houses
Panapharas Houses

Apoklimas Houses (3, 6, 9, 12)

The Greeks called the cadent houses apoklima, which literally means “fall” or “decline,” because the houses are seen as moving away from the strength of the angular houses, which are considered more influential because of their perpendicular and opposite relationships to the Ascendant.

In significance, these houses correspond to the dual signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). The 9th house is the best among them as it is also a dharma house, and planets positioned there are strong and tend to bring good results. The 12th house is considered the weakest among them and planets positioned there have difficulty to express their energy in the material level, but they can be good in the spiritual level.

Apoklima Houses
Apoklima Houses

Trikona Houses (1, 5, 9)

Trikona means “Triangle”. Houses 1, 5 and 9 make up a triangle and they are the second most important houses to look at in the well-being of a person. Certain planets in these houses will cause either wellness or harm, depending on the sign and degree that they occupy. Planets can be either sad, happy or neutral in houses.

Trikona Houses
Trikona Houses

Upachaya Houses (3, 6, 10, 11)

The outlined houses below — 3, 6, 10 and 11 — are the Upachaya Houses. Planets in these houses will grow better with time. Usually planets such as Saturn, Mars, Sun, Rahu and Ketu do very well in these houses as they give good results after midlife. These houses also indicate fame in a person’s life, or lack thereof.

Upachaya Houses
Upachaya Houses

Kaama Houses (3, 7, 11)

The outlined houses in Chart below are known as Kaama Houses and they are the houses of desires. Houses 3, 7 and 11 and things related to them are the things we desire in life, such as travel, fun, partnership, marriage, friends and money.

Kaama Houses
Kaama Houses

Wealth Giving Houses (2, 9, 11)

Houses 2, 9 and 11 are the houses that give most material wealth and money in our life. The 11th house gives the most amount of wealth depending on its condition and the condition of its lords.

Wealth Houses
Wealth Houses

Dusthana Houses (6, 8, 12)

Houses 6, 8 and 12, colorized in the chart below, are related to all suffering. But, these houses are usually related to health issues more than our mind or material issues. However, they do cause all sorts of issues in one’s life. None of the houses are as bad as we think. Having happy planets in the 8th house will give the native good results in terms of loans, life span, relations with in-laws and benefit from them, and will power to rise above any situation. When life turns into ashes and dust, the native will rise like a phoenix with the help of the 8th house. The 12th house is not necessarily bad. It’s the house of meditation, spirituality, gains from spirituality, gains from foregin lands and hidden talents. This is the house of rest to the soul. Although is the house of losses, it’s also the house of sudden gains because it holds one’s hidden talents and once they are tapped into, gains will follow.

Dusthana Houses
Dusthana Houses

Moksha Houses (4, 8, 12)

The Moksha Houses are the houses of final rest. There houses and the planets in them will tell you if this is your last incarnation or not.

Moksha Houses
Moksha Houses

Maraka Houses

Houses 2, 7 and 8, outlined below, are responsible for one’s death. The 2nd house signifies Family, 7th is Marriage and 8th is life after marriage. Look at the 8th house to see the life span of a person.

Maraka Houses
Maraka Houses

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Kaal Sarp Yoga

Kaal Sarp Yoga

Kaal Sarp Yoga is formed when in a horoscope all the seven planets come in between or are hemmed in Rahu and Ketu. Rahu is considered serpent’s head and Ketu is dragon’s tail. So the presence of Kaal Sarp Yoga in a horoscope is considered particularly harmful as all the planets are surrounded by the serpent and thus lose their good impacts to a great extent, which will make the native less lucky, create problems and delays in many important aspects of life.

When all the seven planets are on the same side of Rahu and Ketu axis and not a single planet is on the other side, the full Kaal Sarp Dosha is formed. If even a single planet is on the other side of this axis, then it is not a Kaal Sarp Yoga. In this case, a partial Kaal Sarp Yoga is formed which is a Kaal Sarp Yoga of less intensity.

Having Kaal Sarp Yoga in horoscope doesn’t mean that the person will be totally unlucky and devoid of all the good things of life. The overall results differ from person to person and it depends on other yogas in the particular horoscope. For example, if a person is having strong Raj Yogas present, or having four planets Dig-Bali, or having two to three escalated or swagrehi planets in horoscope along with Kaal Sarp Dosha, then the results of Kaal Sarp Yoga will be minimized in this case by the strong good planets or yoga and major ill impacts will only be applicable in the major/minor period of Rahu/Ketu.

General Impacts of Kaal Sarp Dosha

The general impacts of Kaal Sarp Dosha are following:

  1. Problems and breaks in important and auspicious work
  2. Low Mental peace
  3. Low self-confidence
  4. Deterioration of health and reduced longevity
  5. Poverty and destruction of wealth.
  6. Destruction of business and loss of job
  7. Anxiety and unnecessary tensions
  8. Bad relations with family members and friends
  9. Treachery from friends and colleagues
  10. Much less help from relatives and friends

Note: The effects of Kaal Sarp Yoga are not going to be felt the same way as described below. The effects change with Dashas order.

Types of Kaal Sarp Dosha:

1. Anant Kaalsarp Yoga:

This type of Kaal Sarp Dosha is formed when Rahu is in the Ascendant (Lagna), that is the first house, and Ketu is placed in the seventh house. This yoga has ill impacts on the personality of the person. It makes him a short-tempered and treacherous person. He will not have much inclination towards cleanliness and will have bad habits. He will be devoid of good health and respect in the society.

It will have adverse impacts on the marriage and the person will not have much satisfaction in marital relation. He will not have support from his partners in business and colleagues in profession.

2. Kulik Kaalsarp Dosha:

This type of Kaal Sarp Dosha is formed when Rahu is in the second house, that is house of money, or Dhan Bhava, and Ketu is placed in the eighth house. This yoga will give ill impacts in earning and saving of money. He will have bad communication skills and will have no control of his tongue and in the process will hurt many persons and make them his enemies.

He will be prone to accidents and surgery. He can have unnatural death from poison, accident, snake-bite or suicide.

3. Vasuki Kaalsarp Yoga:

This type of Kaal Sarp Dosha is formed when Rahu is in the third house, that is house of courage, younger siblings and effort, and Ketu is placed in the ninth house or house of luck and dharma. This yoga will make the person timid and the person will not have much courage and valor. He will have bad relations with younger siblings and they will not support him even in the hour of need. He will have lesser influential friends who will be cheats.

The person will have less support of luck. He will face hurdles and breaks in many important events of his life. He will be a follower of religion of foreigners and will leave or will have less interest in his own dharma.

4. Shankpal Kaalsarp Yoga:

This type of Kaal Sarp Dosha is formed when Rahu is in the fourth house or house of Sukh, that is happiness or Sukh Bhava, and Ketu is placed in the tenth house, that is Karm Bhava, or house of profession. This yoga will give ill impacts in the relation with mother and the person will be separated from his mother. He will have lesser mental peace and will be prone to anger. His driving skills will not be good. He will be having Vastu Dosha in his house and will be prone to diseases related to heart, chest and lungs.

He will be having problems with higher authorities in the workplace and will not be popular in his office or workplace. He will suffer many conspiracies from his colleagues and in spite of doing hard work, he’ll not be able to achieve higher position in his profession. He will be unpopular in the society.

5. Padam Kaalsarp Yoga:

This type of Kaal Sarp Dosha is formed when Rahu is in the fifth house, that is house of education and children, and Ketu is placed in the eleventh house, that is Aaya Bhava or house of income. This yoga will give breaks and hurdles in getting education. The person will be weak in studies and will have less intellectual power as well. He will not have much interest in arts. His analytical skills will be less and he’ll have no luck in the stock market, gambling or sudden gains of money through speculations or betting. He will have problems in love relations.

The person will have problems in child birth and if the person is female, she will have many problems in child birth. Child birth will happen after a long time after marriage. His children will not respect him and leave him.

6. MahaPadam Kaalsarp Yoga:

This type of Kaal Sarp Dosha is formed when Rahu is in the sixth house, that is house of enemies and diseases, and Ketu is placed in the twelfth house. This yoga will give problems from the side of enemies and the person will have many powerful enemies. The enemies of this person will not confront him openly and work against him secretly and will give him much damage. He will be prone to diseases and will not live a healthy life.

The person will have much expenditure in wasteful things and will have much less savings. He will be unpopular with his in-laws. In case of female, she will always get bad behavior from her in-laws. The person could be imprisoned also and will have punishment by the hand of government.

7. Takshak Kaalsarp Yoga:

This type of Kaal Sarp Dosha is formed when Rahu is in the seventh house, that is the house of marriage, and Ketu is placed in the first house, or lagna. This yoga will give problems from the spouse and person will not have support from the spouse. There will be excessive delay in marriage and the spouse of this person will be of bad nature, and there will be lesser harmony in the family.

If the lord of house of marriage is also in the fall, then marital life will not last long and the spouse will divorce the person. The person will suffer from headache and high blood pressure. He will be cruel and devoid of good qualities.

8. Karkotak Kaalsarp Yoga:

This type of Kaal Sarp Dosha is formed when Rahu is in the eighth house and Ketu is placed in the second house. This yoga will give severe problems in case of health. The person will be prone to accidents and surgery. The person will suffer from enemies and the enemies will try to damage him with the use of black magic.

The person will suffer in lack of savings and will have lesser savings in spite of his high end earnings. He will have defect in his eyes. He will not have much support from his relatives. He will have problems in getting gains through inheritance.

9. Shankchood Kaalsarp Yoga:

This type of Kaal Sarp Dosha is formed when Rahu is in the ninth house and Ketu is placed in the third house. The person suffering from this yoga will lose his money in gambling. He will be devoid of interest in ritual and good deeds. He will be a miser. He will not give any donations and he will be unlucky.

He will have bad family relations and will have lesser harmony in his home. The person will have many ups and downs in life and luck will be unfavorable.

10. Ghatak Kaalsarp Yoga:

This type of Kaal Sarp Dosha is formed when Rahu is in the tenth house and Ketu is placed in the fourth house. The person suffering from this yoga will have no permanent thoughts. He will be confused and will not be a good decision maker, will lack the decision making capability and good leadership skills.

He will have less mental peace and will not have pleasure of good vehicles. His servant will be thieves. He will be prone to depression. Punishment by law is also possible.

11. Vishdhar Kaalsarp Yoga:

This type of Kaal Sarp Dosha is formed when Rahu is in the eleventh house and Ketu is placed in the fifth house. The person travels frequently and is never fixed at a place. The person will have many problems in earning money and will have lesser power of brain.

His elder sibling will always treat him as enemy and will try to damage him. Problems also arise from children.

12. Shesnag Kaalsarp Yoga:

This  type of Kaal Sarp Dosha is formed when Rahu is in the twelfth house and Ketu in the sixth house. The person will have problems with co-workers and governmental officials, lots of litigations, defeat and misfortune with his health and might be confined in hospitals or even prison.

CREDIT: Astrologer Alex

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The 12 Houses (Bhavas) and Their Meanings

The 12 Houses (Bhavas) and Their Meanings

Different aspects of life signified by each of the 12 Houses in the Horoscope.

House

Name

Ruling Planet

Meaning

1st Lagna Bhava Sun 1st house or so called Lagna is the most important of all the houses and determines the longevity, overall well-being, general tendencies, physical appearance, body, limbs, health, character and nature of the native. It specifically signifies the face and the head.
2nd Dhana Bhava Jupiter This house is also called ‘Dhana stana’ (wealth) house (stana means position) and deals with money matters, one’s deposits, income tax, customs, computers. It represents one’s family, early life, wealth, items relating to mouth and face, speech, food habits, vision in general and right eye in particular.
3rd Bratru Bhava Mars Called ‘Bratru’ (brother) house, this is the house of brothers and sisters (siblings), signifies success through own efforts, courage, bravery, adventures, initiative, motivation, fine arts (singing, dancing, directors), voice, matters relating to communication such as writing, shoulders, arms, neck, throat, right ear, hands, boldness and short journeys. One is made singer by this house only.
4th Shukha Bhava Moon, Venus It is also called ‘Matru’ (mother) Bhava. Shukha means comforts. 4th house represents mother, motherland, home life, fixed assets (such as land and property), conveyances (such as cars), general happiness, comforts, primary education, endings, passions, emotions, matters of the heart, mental peace, house and real estate. It represents chest, particularly lungs.
5th Putra Bhava Jupiter This house is called as ‘Putra’ (children) Bhava’ and represents children, intelligence, higher knowledge, sense of destiny (poorvapunya), morals, pleasure, generosity, love affairs, investments and speculations. It indicates stomach and gives professions of teacher, principal and gynaecologist, right knee or leg.
6th Satru Bhava Mars, Saturn This house is called ‘Satru’ (enemies) Bhava, that is house of enemies. It denotes challenges from competitors or enemies, disease, medical or healing profession, debts, subordinates such as workers, service oriented jobs, food, restaurants, police, military. It governs digestive system, quarrels court and jobs done by hand, like typing.
7th Kalatra Bhava Jupiter (Women),
Venus (Men)
Also called ‘Kalatra Bhava’, it represents spouse, business partner, marriage, partners, sexual passions, courts, residence in foreign lands, desire, business or employment in a private firm. It governs sexual organs and diseases thereof.
8th Ayur Bhava Saturn Ayur means lifespan. Also known as ‘Ayu sthana’ it represents life force, longevity, spiritual practices, intuition, psychic abilities, gains from wills, legacies, deeds, court cases and insurance policies, chronic and long-term sickness, monetary gains from partner, secrets, diseases related to reproductive system, anus, misfortunes, accidents, injuries, death, underground wealth, historical things and monuments, parental property and mining.
9th Bhagya Bhava Jupiter Called house of luck (fortune) and religion, it represents father or preceptor, virtuous nature, faith, morals, law, long journeys, higher knowledge, medicine, pilgrimage, higher studies like doctorate, long journeys, languages like Sanskrit, Roman and Hebrew. It also indicates grandparents, grandchildren and mental aptitude towards Yoga and sadhana. It represents hips.
10th Karma Bhava Sun, Mercury, Saturn This house is called ‘Karma sthana’ and represents the acts one does. It signifies profession, or whatever we do or career, respectability, fame, honors, activities that benefit society, authority, government work, father, politics, leadership and management. It governs knees and Back.
11th Laba Bhava Jupiter 11th house is house of gains/profits or ‘Labha’ and represents sources of income, elder brothers and sisters, friend’s circle and legs. Gains through profession, ambitions, desires, support from friends, eldest brother, paternal uncle.
12th Vyaya Bhava Saturn The house of loss and expenses is called ‘Vyaya sthana’ and covers bad habits, confinement (such as prison), hospital, monastic life, misfortunes, long journeys, secret enemies, connections with foreign countries, quests, and bed pleasure — comforts of the bed. It also indicates export and import, also feet. Keeping away from home base or travel. Self-realization and spiritual liberation.

The 12 Houses (Bhavas) and Their Meanings

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12. PISCES (Meena)

12. PISCES (Meena)

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

They are friendly and communicative, they like people and can relate to a variety of them. They can easily become dependent or make others dependent upon them. They are often sentimental and easily moved by feelings, including those that are not genuine.

They are compassionate and can be moved by sympathy and pity. When frustrated in life, they often develop self-pity. They are usually attached to the past for good or ill and may accept the values of the culture and religion they are born into. They are susceptible to missionary type influences and like demonstrations of faith. They like ceremony and ritual, enjoy music and can be good musicians.

Pisceans often lack in boundaries and may not have enough clarity and practicality. They can be amorphous, hard to pin down and will appear so as to please others or reflect the influence of the moment.

As a mutable and emotional sign, they tend towards emotional disorders and may have sensitive digestive and nervous systems. They are not often good leaders but make good followers or promoters.

They can lack in self-confidence or they can have too many impractical ideas about themselves but wish to achieve a lot in life. They can become dependent on or addicted to sugar or alcohol and often need special acknowledgement or approval. They need to control their imaginations and develop more discrimination. Once they do this, they can reflect the creative joy of the soul.

Period † Mar 14 — Apr 12
Symbol Fishes
Element Water
Nature Dual
Gender Female
Ruler Jupiter
Exalts Venus (at 27°)
Debilitates Mercury (at 15°)

† Per Vedic Astrogy. Read more about the Zodiac Signs here.

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11. AQUARIUS (Kumbha)

11. AQUARIUS (Kumbha)

11. AQUARIUS (Kumbha)Aquarius is the positive sign of Saturn, fixed air, the lower legs of the Cosmic Man, the pot or the Water Bearer. As sign no. 11, it indicates the group and the need to understand what individuality really is. Aquarius individuals are the most self-negating of all types. On a higher level, they have more faith and the capacity to surrender the ego to the Divine. On a lower level, they have more belief in others and tend to denigrate themselves towards the ego demands of others or peer group influences. For this reason, they tend more towards sexual deviations than the other signs.

They are prone to do what they are told not to do and to befriend those they are told to avoid. In this way their energy can be blocked, dissipated, confused or darkened. On a higher level, they are willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of all and may be strongly humanitarian.

On a lower level, they may accept a subservient, servile or even degrading role in life, and not protest against the injustice inflicted upon them. They like to take the side of the oppressed, rejected, the outcasted or disapproved elements of society. They often feel much guilt and like to blame themselves.

They act selflessly relative to what they repose their faith in. If that is the Divine they may become saintly. If it is some criminal group, they can even become underworld leaders. Aquarians may be eccentric, scattered in what they do and unclear as to who they are. They lack charisma and often fail as political leaders to attract the masses. Yet by their faith and devotion, they are often successful as religious leaders and teachers. The water they bring is that of truth from their intuitive perception.

Period † Feb 12 — Mar 13
Symbol Water-Carrier
Element Air
Nature Fixed
Gender Male
Ruler Saturn
Exalts None
Debilitates None

† Per Vedic Astrogy. Read more about the Zodiac Signs here.

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10. CAPRICORN (Makara)

10. CAPRICORN (Makara)

10. CAPRICORN (Makara)Capricorn is the negative sign of Saturn, cardinal earth, the knees of the Cosmic Man, a crocodile. As sign no. 10, it shows the state of power, order and complete organization. Capricorn is often the lowest and the highest of the signs in terms of achievement in life. It is the sign of practical realization. On the material level, this can create much worldliness and obstinacy and make people selfish.

Less evolved Capricorn types may be sons of the earth, farmers who know little beyond their farm. Somewhat more evolved is the hardheaded Capricorn businessman who saves everything for some eventual great gain. On the spiritual level, Capricorn can give the capacity to manifest spiritual principles in daily life and practical work. Capricorn types are hardworking, persevering, tenacious and have the power for eventual great accomplishments.

They usually have to work for themselves and learn to value everything that comes through their own effort. They start slowly in life and often encounter many obstacles along the way, but thereby create the energy for long term success. They are ambitious but often narrow in their goals and rigid or cutting in their opinions. They can be shrewd at business and are often good in science and technology, with a strong mathematical sense.

They tend to be traditional and may have much past life karma in traditional and oriental cultures. They often need to learn more self-surrender; to take themselves less seriously and to be less concerned about the outer form of things. They are often detached from their emotions, either by lower senses or higher intellectual or spiritual values, conventionality or just being caught in the senses.

Period † Jan 13 — Feb 11
Symbol Goat
Element Earth
Nature Movable
Gender Female
Ruler Saturn
Exalts Mars (at 28°)
Debilitates Jupiter (at 5°)

† Per Vedic Astrogy. Read more about the Zodiac Signs here.

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9. SAGITTARIUS (Dhanu)

9. SAGITTARIUS (Dhanu)

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

They make themselves noticed and can easily become active or involved with the expansion of the social forces they open up to. On the other hand, they can be too conventional, too law-abiding and overly moralistic, caught in some dogmatic idea. They may become lawyers, religious leaders or successful businessmen. They like to be generous but like to stay within the convention of the society, or the group or organization with which they are involved.

They possess critical minds and strong opinions and are prone to become self-righteous. Their mind may be too discriminating and fault finding and they may be unable to see their own limitations. Sagittarius are often athletic, though not always competitive, like the outdoors, enjoy the wilderness, and become lovers of nature.

They have a sense of play or even partying, which may become self-indulgence or group indulgence. They find it hard to settle down. They are lucky in life and things often come easy for them.

The world often responds quickly and favorably to them. They can inherit much from father or family. They are a helpful presence in any enterprise, as they bring much enthusiasm and make good and devoted friends. Yet, however, as successful they may be in the material world, they usually retain some sense of higher aspiration and are attracted to religion or the spiritual life.

Period † Dec 15 — Jan 12
Symbol The Archer
Element Fire
Nature Dual
Gender Male
Ruler Jupiter
Exalts None
Debilitates None

† Per Vedic Astrogy. Read more about the Zodiac Signs here.

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8. SCORPIO (Vrishchika)

8. SCORPIO (Vrishchika)

8. SCORPIO (Vrishchika)Scorpio is the negative sign of Mars, fixed water, the sexual organs of the Cosmic Man, a scorpion. As sign no. 8 (2 x 4), it shows a need for balance and stability on a deeper or psychic level.

Scorpio is a very profound and mysterious sign. As the negative or physical side of Mars, Scorpio people are often soldiers, policemen or athletes. They like to use their martial force on a physical level and can be prone to the use of force. They usually have good muscles and like to exercise.

When mentally developed they have a good capacity for research and inquiry and may become chemists or surgeons. More evolved Scorpio types like to explore the depths of the mind and may have an interest in the occult and yoga (tantra). Their kundalini can often be easily aroused for good or ill.

They may like trying to work with or overcome negative forces and see life as a battle between light and darkness, with which they may become obsessed. They are often fascinated with techniques or technologies for directing energy, either outwardly or inwardly.

Scorpions can be very intelligent and perceptive but prefer to remain behind the scenes or do not express themselves quickly (not because they are slow but because they are cautious).

Scorpio types are intense, secretive, introverted and sometimes troubled. They have an active subconscious and must keep their emotions clear and pure, free of envy and attachment, or they can get stuck on an emotional level.

Yet by this sensitivity they may develop a philosophical disposition and profound insight that the other types attain to rarely. They can be caught in their solar plexus and the accumulation of personal power. They need to surrender to the heart. The eagle, the profundity of vision and transcendence needed to subdue the serpent, symbolizes the higher side of Scorpio.

Period † Nov 15 — Dec 14
Symbol Scorpion
Element Water
Nature Fixed
Gender Female
Ruler Mars
Exalts None
Debilitates Moon (at 3°)

† Per Vedic Astrogy. Read more about the Zodiac Signs here.

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7. LIBRA (Tula)

7. LIBRA (Tula)

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

They want to see heaven on earth. They are sensitive, humanitarian, excitable and have the power to arouse and influence the masses. Their orientation is often political; in which sphere they often become leaders, even great generals.

They love the truth and are devoted to their ideals but may go too far in their zeal and become propagandists. They have a strong sense of the world or history as a whole as moving towards some ideal.

Their idealism may also express itself through art and drama, which for them becomes a vehicle of social change. They like fame and recognition and like to have an audience for their ideas and have a strong social sense. Librans are usually attractive and have a charisma that may become sexual.

They are not much concerned with home and family. But under the rule of Venus do like beauty around them, sometimes much like Taurus types. They like to have circles of beautiful or famous friends. They often like to live in the clouds and have strong connections with the higher astral plane.

They can attune themselves to the loving truth and thereby quickly learn to transcend the world. By their sociable nature they are often successful and want to make a mark upon the world. They like business situations that give them administrative power or ability to influence others. Yet they can lose themselves in their goals and projects.

Period † Oct 16 — Nov 14
Symbol Scale
Element Air
Nature Movable
Gender Male
Ruler Venus
Exalts Saturn (at 20°)
Debilitates Sun (at 10°)

† Per Vedic Astrogy. Read more about the Zodiac Signs here.