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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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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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Ketu (Southern Lunar Node)

Ketu (Southern Lunar Node)

Ketu (Southern Lunar Node)
Ketu (Southern Lunar Node)

Ketu is not really a planet, but rather a mathematically calculated point in the heavens. Because of its lack of a “body” it represents uncertain, unexpected and unpredictable phenomena. It is intelligent and relates to mathematics and other abstract knowledge.

Wherever Ketu sits in a chart there we will find the sucking black hole effect. It feels forever like a hole into which we tend to want to put more and more of that thing to satisfy it. We cannot get enough where Ketu sits — we feel the lack of that house in our lives very much. Therefore many say that Ketu rules separations, cuts, loses and deprivations.

For the spiritually minded, Ketu is very good, and for the materialistic, very bad. It is good for the spiritually minded because it rules liberation from bondage. When Rahu‘s body was separated from his head, the body no longer was under the influence of Rahu‘s mind, and so was free. Ketu represents the ultimate freedom from ourselves, our spiritual liberation. Ketu is very final in this sense.

In Vedic thought, liberation, called “Mukti” or “Moksha” is considered the highest goal of life. After all our material role playing is through, we are to seek liberation from material bondage and misidentification, and seek out union with God (Yoga means union). So, liberation is the highest goal and Ketu is the “Moksha Karaka” or significator of Moksha in our charts.

When reading astrological books, one must remember that many of them were written, oddly enough, from the materialistic viewpoint. Indeed, today also, many people who are into astrology are into it for reasons of bettering their material positions, or finding out just how good their life (here on Earth) is going to be. Therefore, the books often say that Jupiter is the highest benefic. However, spiritually minded astrologers know that, in terms of real spiritual development, Saturn is above Jupiter and Ketu is above Saturn. Jupiter rules Wisdom, but Saturn rules Truth, yet Ketu rules Moksha, the highest achievement of all. So, Ketu is the most spiritual planet, with Saturn being next in line, and Jupiter takes third place.

Ketu signifies: 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.

Ketu (S. Node)
Ruling Sign N/A
Sign of Exaltation Scorpio
Sign of Debilitation Taurus
Moolatrikona Sign Sagittarius
Nature Malefic
Houses of Aspect 1 and arguably 5, 7, 9
Directional Strength (DigBala) 12th House
Directional Weakness (asleep) 6th House
Day N/A
Friends Mars, Venus
Enemies Sun, Moon, Saturn, Rahu
Period in a Sign 1.8 years
Medical Astrology Psychic disorders, radiation diseases, cancer, surgery and malpractice
Main Signification Death, spirituality, detachments, outcastes
Gemstone Cat’s Eye
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Rahu (Northern Lunar Node)

Rahu (Northern Lunar Node)

Rahu (Northern Lunar Node)
Rahu (Northern Lunar Node)

Rahu is the point in the zodiac where the paths of the Sun and the Moon cross. If the Sun and Moon in their movement meet in this point, then an eclipse takes place. Eclipses “seize” the light of the Sun or the Moon, and it is this seizing quality that is characteristic for Rahu. Rahu is not an actual planet-ball, as the other planets are, but a point in space that is of great influence. The nodes Rahu and Ketu are always opposite each other in the Zodiac. They are calculated from the orbits of the Sun and Moon in relation to the Earth. They are gravitational line up points. They cause the Moon to actually wobble in it’s orbit.

It is a scientific fact, that when the Moon gets close to the nodes in it’s real orbit, that it wobbles due to the gravitational pull of the point. So, when in a chart we see that the person was born at a time when the Moon was close to one of the nodes (Rahu or Ketu) that the mind is disturbed, since the Moon rules the mind. This is a fact which you will see played out in the lives of those who have this. Since the nodes occupy two signs, roughly one sixth of the population has this. However, it is strongest when the Moon is really close to the Node it conjoins — or in other words, when the two are close by degrees within the sign — say within 5 degrees of each other. Then the effects become pronounced.

Rahu’s nature is that of anger, upsetness, anxiety, suddenness and other things which we would feel if we got our heads cut off right when we were getting something we wanted. Think of it: Just when you are about to get what you always wanted, right then something comes to totally ruin your plans. But, the secret is this: Anyone who is killed by the weapon of Vishnu is also highly benefited spiritually, so this plays out in our lives as well. So, the effects of Rahu can be said like this: Painful and troublesome, but ultimately for a higher cause.

Rahu signifies: Fame, extremes, foreigners and foreign lands, fulfillment of worldly desires, status, prestige, power, worldly success, outer success with inner turmoil, obsession, addictions, psychic, disturbances, collective trends, disturbances, poisons that destroy and heal, medicine, drugs and alcohol.

Rahu (N. Node)
Ruling Sign N/A
Sign of Exaltation Taurus
Sign of Debilitation Scorpio
Moolatrikona Sign Cancer
Nature Malefic
Houses of Aspect 1 and arguably 5, 7, 9
Directional Strength (DigBala) 6th House
Directional Weakness (asleep) 12th House
Day N/A
Friends Mercury, Venus, Saturn
Enemies Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter
Period in a Sign 1.8 years
Medical Astrology Plagues, epidemics, possessions, manic depression, insanity, addictions,
hormonal imbalances, suicide, insomnia, hysteria, neurosis, nervous disorders, cancer
Main Signification Karma, eccentricities, disturbances, foreign things
Gemstone Hessonite Garnet (Gomehda)
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Saturn (Shani)

Saturn (Shani)

Saturn (Shani)
Saturn (Shani)

Saturn is known for his ring. Saturn rules restrictions — or things that surround us on all sides. All types of blocks, restrictions and obstacles are the ruling lot of Saturn. The wedding ring is related to Saturn, because it represents a restriction that prevents certain types of actions — namely, courting other spouses and therefore the ring is a symbol of a block or restriction.

Saturn is the outermost planet in the Vedic scheme of things, and so has “the last laugh”. Saturn is final, being the last one. Saturn rules all types of final things, or things which are insurmountable. Saturn is “the bottom line” in many ways. Therefore, Saturn rules Death as well as Unconquerable Time. All things decay in time, and Saturn rules this decay, or the effects of old age. Saturn is old, and low, the worker, the downtrodden, and the dirty.

Saturn rules the colors Navy blue and black, which are akin to seriousness, coldness, and finality. Things turn dark when they are dead, when the color of life has gone out. The sky is either blue or black because the distance we are looking at when we look at the sky is always insurmountable, being such a far distance. When we look across the land the trees in the distance are more “grayed out” than the closer trees, because that distance, being insurmountable, takes on the dulling effects of Saturn. If something is hazy or unclear, it is because it is “out of reach” and that is Saturn again. When Saturn affects a house or planet in a chart, then it “shuts it down” to some degree, by means of its strong oppressing power. Saturn has the ability to oppress anything. When it aspects the Moon, or Mind, then the person feels the effects of Saturn in their mind, which basically leads to depression.

Saturn is large and slow, and so it rules these things. Large slow things cause a lot of pressure, and so does Saturn. When Saturn affects something, it slows it down, puts it under pressure, and ultimately crushes it under its tremendous weight and restrictive power. On the good side, these things give it rule over focus. Focus is a funny thing — it means application of pressure for a certain goal. Saturn can make things it affects highly focused or controlled, which at times is a very good quality.

Because of all these things, Saturn is considered a “first class malefic”, or in other words, a planet capable of doing great harm. But that is spoken from the angle of vision of the materially oriented. Materially speaking, Saturn is usually malefic, except when his reduction and crushing capacity is used, in the chart, against the enemies of our material progress. For example, if Saturn is situated in such a way as to crush the twelfth house, or the house of losses, then our losses are crushed, which means we don’t lose as much.

But Saturn has another good side. Consider the diamond — it is created from black coal under great pressure for a long time. Saturn rules coal, pressure, and long periods of time. So, Saturn creates the diamond, which is very beautiful and extremely hard. When a person is under Saturn, they eventually become beautiful and hard, or shining and strong. The trials and struggles that Saturn puts us through teach us hard lessons.

Therefore Saturn rules the side of the religious peoples which is strong in principle, unbending, renounced from material motivations, and so forth. Saturn has a lot to do with the dark blue color worn by most Police officers, and the black worn by many Priests. Men often wear dark suits to do business, because it promotes a no-nonsense, dead-serious demeanor in their business dealings.

Saturn rules the low workers or Shoodras, as we say in Sanskrit. This is because he rules all things low and difficult. Things which are cold, dark, hard and created under pressure are ruled by Saturn, so he rules many types of metal like iron and steel, as well as the tools of hard work. Because he is an old man, he rules old things.

Saturn is the slowest moving graha, and represents the more time related aspects in life: endurance, sense of responsibility, hard work, longevity and reclusion. It is typically described as the bringer of grief and misery in life, but if it is auspiciously placed in a chart it will be one’s best insurance against poverty. Saturn is best placed in Tula (Libra) where is called exalted. Opposite from there, in Mesha (Aries) it is least auspicious and called debilitated. Saturn is lord of the signs Makara (Capricorn) and Kumbha (Aquarius) and also of the houses where these signs are located.

Saturn signifies: Discipline, order, structure, dependability, stability, separation, solitude, limitation, obstruction, poverty, death, disease, oppression, pessimism, worry, fear, bad luck, old age, delays, retarded things, concentration, paralysis, depression, stunted, deprivation, bondage, fixed assets, land, property, endurance and long-lasting, doubt, phobias, darkness, sorrow, longevity, detachment, decay.

Saturn (Shani)
Ruling Sign Capricorn, Aquarius
Sign of Exaltation Libra
Sign of Debilitation Aries
Moolatrikona Sign Aquarius
Nature Malefic
Houses of Aspect 1, 3, 7 and 10
Directional Strength (DigBala) 7th House
Directional Weakness (asleep) 1st House
Day Saturday
Friends Mercury, Venus
Enemies Sun, Moon
Period in a Sign 2.5 years
Medical Astrology Geriatrics, death, bones and teeth, osteoporosis, arthritis, degenerative diseases, dehydration, premature aging, cancer
Main Significations Obstacles, seriousness, truthfulness, sorrows
Gemstone Blue Sapphire, Amethyst
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Venus (Shukra)

Venus (Shukra)

Venus (Shukra)
Venus (Shukra)

Venus is called Shukra in Sanskrit. Shukra literally means “semen”, but more generally means “refined things”. Venus rules over all types of refined things that are desirable such as art, music, flowers, love, beauty, etc. A well placed Venus in a chart that is well disposed towards Venus will grant to the person a life full of “the good things” such as those things mentioned above.

The Vedic way of understanding of life, and the process of elevation, is such that addiction to material gratifications are known to be often “an-arthas” or “unnecessary”. Too much stress is laid upon material gratifications in ungodly societies. So, Venus is loved and followed when the person or society is of the materialistic type. For Westerners, a good Venus is considered a good thing, because it helps in bringing in material wealth, sense gratifications, and all types of material fortunes. Famous, rich and beautiful people often have strong Venus, as these blessings are highly desirable to the materialistic masses, who love to worship such “achievements” in life. People in general are much more interested in the “Lives of the Rich and Famous” than they are in the “Lives of the Intelligent and Devoted”.

While Jupiter tends to give advice leading to surrender to higher principles, Venus gives advice which works for us in the here and now. Jupiter is more about dharma, or religion for higher principles, whereas Venus is more about a-dharma, or self serving ways. The entire Vedic principle is to surrender to the greater laws of God, whereas Venus teaches us to maximize things as they are now, for ourselves. But it is not that one is bad and one is good— it’s that priority has been established correctly. It is not wrong to have material quality in our lives, or pleasures and enjoyments, but they should not direct us and dictate our actions when higher principles of goodness are at stake.

Venus represents the enjoyment, taste, sexuality and relationships of the individual. It can give a person a great sense of aesthetics and very pleasant personality, or sensual and tasteless, depending on how well it is placed in the chart. Venus is best placed in Meena (Pisces) where is called exalted. Opposite from there, in Kanya (Virgo) it is least auspicious and called debilitated. Venus is lord of the sign Vrisha (Taurus) and also of Tula (Libra) and of the houses where these signs are located.

Venus signifies: The feminine spirit, beauty, grace, charm, refinement, luxuries, wealth, sensuality, vanity, charisma, glamour, good taste, sexual attraction, elegance, comforts, arts, music, theatre, love, wife in a male’s chart (female friend in a female’s chart), pleasure of the senses, sugar, affections, conveyances, flowers.

Venus (Shukra)
Ruling Sign Taurus, Libra
Sign of Exaltation Pisces
Sign of Debilitation Virgo
Moolatrikona Sign Libra
Nature Benefic
Houses of Aspect 1 and 7
Directional Strength (DigBala) 4th House
Directional Weakness (asleep) 10th House
Day Friday
Friends Mercury, Saturn, Ketu
Enemies Sun, Mars, Moon, Rahu
Period in a Sign 25 days
Medical Astrology Reproductive system, bladder, kidneys, and pancreas-diabetes
Main Significations Desires, pleasures, artistry, beauty, additions, sex
Gemstone Diamond, White Sapphire, Clear quartz crystal
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Jupiter (Guru)

Jupiter (Guru)

Jupiter (Guru)
Jupiter (Guru)

Jupiter is the “Guru of the Gods”. Jupiter is called “Guru” in Sanskrit. Guru means “teacher” because he is “heavy with knowledge”. Jupiter is also called Brihaspati (bree-haws-putt-tee). Brihaspati is the name of the Guru of all the demigods in the higher planets. He is the advisor, or teacher, of the demigods.

A good Jupiter in a chart which leans towards Jupiter in a positive way will grant good relations with Priests, Law, Higher Education, the Legal system, the Financiers of the world, and so on. Jupiter encourages righteousness when he is strong.

Jupiter is a large planet, and so rules largeness in things. Jupiter tends to expand things. Wherever he sits and wherever he aspects in a chart will tend to grow based on Jupiter’s influence. For example, if Jupiter affects the Lagna, which rules the body, then the body will tend to be large, or fatty. When a good Jupiter affects house ruling money, then the money will tend to grow. Jupiter in the second house or third, which rules speaking, will tend to make the person speak often, and with a tone of divine advice, one of Jupiter’s other natural tendencies.

Gurus and advisers are always well wishers, so Jupiter is very giving or kind, and is known as a great giver or granter of fortune. Jupiter is considered the most benefic planet, because of his nature of always wanting to give and grant benedictions. Because children are an expansion of life in many ways, as well as a gift from God, Jupiter rules children. Because Jupiter represents God through his many advices he has a tendency to be related to the ninth house, which represents God in our lives.

Jupiter represents knowledge, wisdom and the offspring of the individual. It is a planet of expansion, growth and good fortune. Jupiter is best placed in Karka (Cancer) where is called exalted. Opposite from there, in Makara (Capricorn) it is least auspicious and called debilitated. Jupiter is lord of the signs Dhanus (Sagittarius) and Meena (Pisces) and also of the house where these sign are located. Jupiter aspects 3 houses, the 5th, 7th and 9th houses from its own position.

Jupiter signifies: Spiritual teacher, guide, truth, religion, philosophy, spirituality, grace, law, the great benefic, fortune, wealth, expansion, higher education like colleges, optimism, generosity, joy, luck, self-indulgence, excessiveness, faith, children, money, husband in a female’s chart, long distance travel.

Jupiter(Guru)
Ruling Sign Sagittarius, Pisces
Sign of Exaltation Cancer
Sign of Debilitation Capricorn
Moolatrikona Sign Sagittarius
Nature Benefic
Houses of Aspect 1, 5, 7 and 9
Directional Strength (DigBala) 1st House
Directional Weakness (asleep) 7th House
Day Thursday
Friends Sun, Moon, Mars, Ketu
Enemies Mercury, Venus, Rahu
Period in a Sign ~13 months
Medical Astrology Liver, hips, overweight, edema, high cholesterol, growths such as tumors
Main Significations Fortune, Law, God, Wealth, Status, Expansiveness
Gemstone Yellow Sapphire, Yellow Topaz, Citrine
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Mercury (Budha)

Mercury (Budha)

Mercury (Budha)
Mercury (Budha)

Mercury is youthful and causes youthfulness or immaturity in the house of the chart it resides. Mercury is the negotiator, so it rules in us the ability to be diplomats, negotiators, deal-makers, or good liars. Mercury rules all types of communications, spoken and written. A good Mercury in a chart makes for careers where speaking, studying, thinking, writing and other scholarly thinking related matters are necessary. A bad Mercury can work towards making a person dumb or odd in mental workings.

Mercury, being youthful, is neither mature nor convinced about anything for certain. He is truly a gullible boy, so, he is easily influenced by other planets. Any planet with Mercury will influence him. So Mercury is called “mutable” or “changeable”. This reflects in the chart very much. Mercury always stands for the thinking capacity in a person, which in Sanskrit would be called your “Buddhi” or “intelligence”. Mercury’s Sanskrit name is therefore “Budha”, which also means “the intelligence”.

Mercury represents the speech, intellect and friends of the individual. It is a very, adaptable and curious planet. If afflicted, it gives speech problems and a poor discriminative ability. If well placed it makes a person witty, easy going and skillful. Mercury is best placed in Kanya (Virgo) where it is called exalted. Opposite from there, in Meena (Pisces) it is least auspicious and called debilitated. Mercury is lord of the sign Kanya (Virgo) and Mithuna (Gemini) and also of the houses where these signs are placed. Its element is bronze, the color is green and direction north.

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. Mercury signifies: 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.

Mercury (Budha)
Ruling Sign Gemini, Virgo
Sign of Exaltation Virgo
Sign of Debilitation Pisces
Moolatrikona Sign Virgo
Nature Benefic
Houses of Aspect 1 and 7
Directional Strength (DigBala) 1st House
Directional Weakness (asleep) 7th House
Day Wednesday
Friends Sun, Venus, Rahu
Enemies Moon, Ketu
Period in a Sign 20 days
Medical Astrology Lungs, hands, arms, nervous system
Main Signification Intellect, Speech, Relating, Communications, Diplomacy
Gemstone Emerald, Green Tourmaline
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Mars (Mangal)

Mars (Mangal)

Mars (Mangal)
Mars (Mangal)

Mars is the Ksatriya of the Gods, meaning the warrior. Mars rules aggression, weapons, enforcement of law, emergencies, urgencies, weapons, energy, suddenness, rashness, anger, the color Red, and related items and matters.

There are points in all of us when we apply our energy and quickness, usually to prevent a disaster, or to save a situation. For example, we move quickly to catch a falling glass object. Mars likes to protect — we race to save a child from running into the street. If somebody is hurt, we hurry to the scene. Mars people are often involved in causing bleeding with their weapons or stopping bleeding with their medical equipment. The gun of the soldier kills some and saves others. It’s good to be on the right side of a person under the influence of Mars. A weak Mars makes one easily tired, jittery, easily angered, and reactive. Mars aspects 3 houses, the 4th, 7th and 8th houses from its own position.

Mars represents the energy, stamina and brothers of the individual. If well placed, it brings strength and focused energy, if poorly placed accidents and injuries. Mars is best placed in Makara (Capricorn) where it is called exalted. Opposite from there, in Karka (Cancer) it is least auspicious and called debilitated. Mars is lord of the sign Mesha (Aries) and Vrischika (Scorpio) and also of the houses where these signs are located.

Mars signifies: Energy, action, passions, male influence, courage, strength, motivations, anger, violence, determination, aggression, bluntness and boldness, injury, accidents, war, chemists, fire, surgery, initiative, motivation, courage, technical or mechanical ability, athletic sports, 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 south.

Mars (Mangal)
Ruling Sign Aries, Scorpio
Sign of Exaltation Capricorn
Sign of Debilitation Cancer
Moolatrikona Sign Aries
Nature Malefic
Houses of Aspect 1, 4, 7 and 8
Directional Strength (DigBala) 10th House
Directional Weakness (asleep) 4th House
Day Tuesday
Friends Sun, Moon, Jupiter
Enemies Mercury, Rahu, Ketu
Period in a Sign 45 days
Medical Astrology Blood, head, injuries, accidents, bleeding, headaches, high fevers, inflammation, surgery, burns
Main Significations Energy, Drive, Agility, Aggression, Accidents
Gemstone Red Coral
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Moon (Chandra)

Moon (Chandra)

Moon (Chandra)
Moon (Chandra)

The Moon is close to us, and reflects the light of the Sun. The Moon is the most visible planet of all, to us here on Earth, because we can look at it so easily. It neither burns our eyes, nor hides in the deep darkness of space, like the others. Rather, the Moon is up close and personal, showing herself fully to us. The Moon is indeed very dear, close, and friendly. It’s light is very nice and pleasing. Her full bodily lustre each month is a rising sight to see. Unlike Western Astrology where the Sun is most important, in Jyotish the Moon is the first “Graha” to look at and plays a central role in many calculations and predictive techniques.

The Moon rules the mind, the emotions, feelings, nursing, nurturing, mothering and the overall life of the person. An afflicted Moon greatly shapes the personality in the direction of the affliction, whether it is harshness of character, sadness of mind, or an angry and aggressive nature. Similarly, benefic influences upon the Moon in a chart, or a well placed Moon we could also say, bestows the reflections of helpfulness, peace of mind, cleanliness all around, and so forth.

The Moon is best placed in the first few degrees of Vrisha (Taurus) where it is called exalted. Opposite from there, in Vrishchika (Scorpio) it is least auspicious and called debilitated. The Moon is lord of the sign Karka (Cancer) and also of the house where Cancer is located.

Moon signifies: 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.

Moon (Chandra)
Ruling Sign Cancer
Sign of Exaltation Taurus
Sign of Debilitation Scorpio
Moolatrikona Sign Cancer
Nature Benefic
Houses of Aspect 1 and 7
Directional Strength (DigBala) 4th House
Directional Weakness (asleep) 10th House
Day Monday
Friends Sun, Mercury
Enemies Rahu, Ketu
Period in a Sign 54-56 hours
Medical Astrology Breast, stomach, watery disturbances, edema, phlegm, left eye
Main Significations Emotions, Mind, Health, Purity, Mental Balance, Mother
Gemstone Pearls, Moonstone
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Sun (Surya)

Sun (Surya)

Sun (Surya)
Sun (Surya)

The Sun is the center of the Solar System of planets used in Vedic Astrology. Therefore the Sun rules all types of central things such as the central government, the centrally powerful person in an organization, and so forth. In ourselves, the Sun rules our center, which is our soul. The Sun is the source of light for all other planets and beings, so the Sun rules in astrology our center of energy. As the source of energy in the Universe, so from the Sun’s placement in our charts we judge our level of energy.

The Sun represents the soul, the ego and the body of the individual, and therefore its placement is of great importance. The Sun is best placed in Mesha (Aries) where it is called exalted. Opposite from there, in Tula (Libra) it is least auspicious and called debilitated. The sun is Lord of the sign Simha (Leo) and also of the house where Simha is located.

Sun signifies: (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, self-expression, career, confidence, leadership, Father, teachers, authority, law and order, bosses, political leader, Kings or Presidents. It has anger but momentary. It’s element is gold. East is represented by sun.

SUN (Surya)
Ruling Sign Leo
Sign of Exaltation Aries
Sign of Debilitation Libra
Moolatrikona Sign Leo
Nature Malefic
Houses of Aspect 1 and 7
Directional Strength (DigBala) 10th House
Directional Weakness (asleep) 4th House
Day Sunday
Friends Moon, Mars, Jupiter
Enemies Venus, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu
Period in a Sign 30 days
Medical Astrology Heart, blindness, baldness, right eye, headaches
Main Significations Soul, Self, Power, Esteem, Ambition
Gemstone Ruby, Red Garnet