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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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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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6. VIRGO (Kanya)

6. VIRGO (Kanya)

6. VIRGO (Kanya)Virgo is the negative sign of Mercury, mutable earth, the intestines of the Cosmic Man, a virgin.

Like their Gemini counterparts, under the influence of Mercury, Virgo types possess good intellects, command of the language and nervous sensitivity. They make good teachers and have a strong sense of the facts. They also can project the healing ray of Mercury and make good doctors healers and can be good at yoga (particularly Hatha yoga).

They are more physical than Gemini’s, like physical exercise and may excel as athletes. Their knowledge has a more practical or informational side to it and they are often good at trivia. Their knowledge is seldom theoretical. It is usually tied to some form or practical manifestation. They make for good craftsmen, draftsmen or artists, as they have a strong sense of form, line and detail. They may become actors, as they can easily learn how to discipline their expression and project their emotions. Virgos are more method actors than charismatic types, however.

Owing to their sensitive and changeable minds and nervous systems, they may become neurotic. They often suffer from a nervous or variable digestion and elimination. They are usually the weakest physically of the signs and can more likely come down with difficult to treat disorders or chronic diseases, particularly problems involving the nervous system.

Their body-mind coordination may fail them. Sexually they tend to be shy when young but are prone to excessive sexual activity when older, though it is seldom open or freely expressed. Virgos are often fussy, discriminating and exacting about details and like cleanliness and order.

Their discrimination sometimes has a spiritual orientation and they can be good at philosophies like Vedanta that are built on purity and discrimination. They are possessed of good and factual memories, they are helpful and service oriented. They are good workers but can suffer from overwork or lack of recognition in what they do.

Period † Sep 16 — Oct 15
Symbol Virgin
Element Earth
Nature Dual
Gender Neutral
Ruler Mercury
Exalts Mercury (at 15°)
Debilitates Venus (at 27°)

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

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3. GEMINI (Mithuna)

3. GEMINI (Mithuna)

3. GEMINI (Mithuna)Gemini is the positive sign of Mercury, mutable air, the lower neck and shoulders of the Cosmic Man, twins or a couple (a man and a woman). As sign no. 3, it gives an energetic nature with a seeking of change and interchange, motion and invention.

Those in whom the influence of Gemini predominates are often nervous, restless and agitated. They possess quickness and adaptability of body and mind but can exhaust themselves through excessive activity. They have good intellects, along with excellent powers of speech and communication and a good command of language.

They may be writers, journalists or poets, secretaries or computer programmers. They are good with information and statistics and may be scientists. There is a speculative side of their minds, however, and they can pursue ideas for their own sake or get caught up in their own unrealistic fantasies or worries. They usually love knowledge.

Geminis are as mobile in human relationships as they are in mind and tend to marry more than once or have several partners. They may be strongly sexually oriented but must be careful, as their vital energy is not always as high as their imaginations.

They love stimulation and novelty and can get easily addicted to media or computer influences. They like anything that excites their nervous system or increases their velocity in life but thereby they can become hypersensitive or become neurotic.

Their agility of mind may cause them to become deceptive or unreliable and they can be tricky and hard to pin down. They may be indecisive and never bring anything to fruition. They are the most changeable of all types and always on the go, until their energy fails them. Once they come to seek inner knowledge rather than outer knowledge and sensation, they can become quite spiritual, as their energy is the most subtle and volatile of all the signs.

Period † Jun 14 — Jul 15
Symbol Twins
Element Air
Nature Dual
Gender Neutral
Ruler Mercury
Exalts None
Debilitates None

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

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The 12 Zodiac Signs (Rashis)

The 12 Zodiac Signs (Rashis)

The physical zodiac is comprised of 12 main constellations also known as signs or rashis ( Aries – Taurus – Gemini – Cancer – Leo – Virgo – Libra – Scorpio – Sagittarius – Capricorn – Aquarius – Pisces). The zodiac is a band of stars surrounding the earth like a ring. There are 12 main constellations that form this ring around us. The stars that we see in the night sky are mostly very far away. Among the millions of stars in the night sky, the 7 planets and 2 invisible planets in Vedic Astrology also exist, although they are much closer and they move. Besides these few, very few moving planets, all the other stars are fixed out in space.

The zodiac is comprised of a band of these fixed stars, very far beyond the planets that form our immediate solar system. So you could say that the fixed stars of the night sky, which includes the band called the zodiac, altogether form the “back drop” of the sky or the back drop against which our solar system is moving. For example, in astrology, we always speak of which sign a planet is in. The planets are not actually mixing in the stars at the sign, it is just that because the planet is circling with us around the sun, looking from earth towards the planet in question, we always see some sign of the zodiac as the back drop of that planet.

In this way, the various heavenly bodies known as Grahas, or Planets, are always, in relation to our vision, situated in front of one of the signs of the zodiac which is behind them. Thus we say that the planet is in a certain sign. It does not mean that the planet is actually in those stars at this time, but simply that the constellation (sign) is the back drop far away behind the planet as we gaze upon it.

Vedic Astrology regards the planets as living entities, understood as demigods, whose energies influence our planet Earth, the 12 divisions of space surrounding it (the houses) and the other floating planets in our solar system, which are all actually a reflection of the dance of various demigods during the minute fraction of their day that passes while we have an entire lifetime. Their thoughts (energies) at a moment reflected in the planets, influence our lives.

A real astrologer looks at the planets in a chart and having already become familiar with the nature of them and what each represents, can immediately tell the effect upon the person whose chart it is. Vedic Astrology is actually a system of reading the effects of the planets (also known as demigods) based on their positioning within a chart.

These three elements — the planets, signs and houses — are the most important fundamental building blocks of Jyotish. An astrologer must become intimately familiar with the nature of these 33 items. Namely, 9 planets, 12 signs and 12 houses. Then there are 27 special stars, or Nakshatras. The 27 Nakshatras are the most important stars in the zodiac. They are spaced roughly evenly around the zodiac and they control 13 degrees and 20 minutes of the zodiac each.

Period * Element Quality Gender ** Ruler
Aries (Mesha) Apr 15 — May 14 Fire Movable Male Mars
Taurus (Vrisha) May 15 — Jun 14 Earth Fixed Fe  male Venus
Gemini (Mithuna) Jun 15 — Jul 14 Air Dual Male Mercury
Cancer (Karka) Jul 15 — Aug 14 Water Movable Female Moon
Leo (Simha) Aug 15 — Sep 14 Fire Fixed Male Sun
Virgo (Kanya) Sep 15 — Oct 14 Earth Dual Female Mercury
Libra (Tula) Oct 15 — Nov 14 Air Movable Male Venus
Scorpio (Vrishchika) Nov 15 — Dec 14 Water Fixed Female Mars
Sagittarius (Dhanu) Dec 15 — Jan 14 Fire Dual Male Jupiter
Capricorn (Makara) Jan 15 — Feb 14 Earth Movable Female Saturn
Aquarius (Kumbha) Feb 15 — Mar 14 Air Fixed Male Saturn
Pisces (Meena) Mar 15 — Apr 14 Water Dual Female Jupiter
  • Per Vedic Astrogy. Read more about the Zodiac Signs here.

** The signs of elements Fire and Air are males and the signs of elements Earth and Water are females.

Aspects of the Signs in Jamini Astrology

MOVABLE SIGNS:
Aspect Fixed Signs
(except the one next to it)

FIXED SIGNS:
Aspect Movable Signs
(except the one next to it)

DUAL SIGNS:
Aspect Each Other

Aries (Ma) Taurus (Ve) Gemini (Me)
Cancer (Mo) Leo (Su) Virgo (Me)
Libra (Ve) Scorpio (Ma) Sagittarius (Ju)
Capricorn (Sa) Aquarius (Sa) Pisces (Ju)