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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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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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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.

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5. LEO (Simha)

5. LEO (Simha)

5. LEO (Simha)Leo is the sign of the Sun (positive), fixed fire, the solar plexus of the Cosmic Man, a lion. As sign no. 5, it shows a need for order and harmony around a central will and character influence. Leo individuals possess a strong sense of self, character and will in life. They know who they are and want others to recognize it.

They can be refined in their manners or philosophical in their outlook on life. Leos have strong and noble hearts but can suffer from too powerful emotions or too much need for attention. They do not always do well in partnership and tend to form alliances with inferiors or to subordinate their partners to them. They may suffer from their children, as they do not always give them enough independence.

They like to turn others into satellites, which may in turn rebel against them. If they can control their pride they can develop much power of character that can take them through all the highs and lows of life and grant them a spiritual perception. Inwardly they can develop the greatness of soul and character. As they have a high standard for themselves they can become very dejected if they fail or do not succeed as much as they wish. Fallen Leo types can be among the most miserable of people.

Period † Aug 16 — Sep 15
Symbol Lion
Element Fire
Nature Fixed
Gender Male
Ruler Sun
Exalts None
Debilitates None

† 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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1. ARIES (Mesha)

1. ARIES (Mesha)

1. ARIES (Mesha)Aries is the positive sign of Mars, cardinal fire, the beginning of the zodiac and the head of the Cosmic Man (time personified), and a ram. As sign no. 1, Aries gives independence, force, self-expression and a strong personal orientation in life. Aries types are dynamic, aggressive, competitive and possess much initiative. They often live in their heads and can have a penetrating power of perception.

They have scientific and logical abilities and may be good at research and invention, the development of new ideas. They are independent, adventurous and skillful in what they do. They possess strong emotions and passions but usually remain in control of them. They are often willful, impulsive or headstrong and can be critical or opinionated. Yet they can make good psychologists once they learn to examine themselves.

Less evolved Aries types may be angry, impulsive and manipulative, pushing their way in life and imposing their ideas and energies on others. Their impulses and instincts may drive them. Though martial, their martial energy is expressed more through the mind than the body. They are prone to argument but do not often resort to violence.

They may be vain, self-indulgent or just overly preoccupied with themselves. While very good at developing strategies, they may become victims of their own cunning.

They can think about things too much and can give themselves ulcers. Aries types can be self-centered and are not always sensitive to others. They benefit from relationship to balance them out. They are usually initiating a new phase of manifestation. Their key to spiritual growth is to use their sharp minds to discover truth, not to promote themselves.

Period † Apr 13 — May 13
Symbol Ram
Element Fire
Nature Movable
Gender Male
Ruler Mars
Exalts Sun (at 10°)
Debilitates Saturn (at 20°)

† 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)