Saturn in Taurus | Womanizing Saturn

Placement from the Mulatrikona: 4H (heart)State: Mutual friends
Mood: Womanizing SaturnTaurus is the 2H of the natural zodiac ruling face, speech, family, wealth among many other things.It is fixed, earthy and an even sign.The sign is ruled by Venus the karaka for relationship, sex, semen etc. as well as comforts and luxuries.We will see hereon that, Saturn being the karaka of vices, uncleanliness, misery, diseases and losses, it influences the sign and its through one or more of these significations.Saturn placed in Taurus corrupts Venus and the sign. Venus is the karaka for relationship and influence of Pure Graha such as Jupiter indicate purity in relationship. Saturn, on the other hand indicate uncleanliness and impurity  in relationship matters. Hence such natives are prone to be non-committal in the matters of relationships. Either they have multiple relationships, wives, or they go after many women or women of questionable characters. This however can’t be said if Venus and 7L a…

Saturn in Aries | Vicious Saturn

Placement from the Mulatrikona: 3HState: Debility/ Inimical sign
Mood: Vicious Saturn

A Graha is highly inimical to the sign located in Upachaya and 7H from its MulatrikonaAries represent the head of the Kalapurusha where the naisargika 5L Sun gets exalted, indicating that this is the seat of intellect.Jupiter is the karaka for intellect, Sun is for knowledge, Moon is for state of mind and Mars is for rationality. Saturn being inimical to these Grahas rule ignorance, darkness and Tamas (dark energies) Debility of Saturn indicate even more dark energy (debility = darkness, devoid of rays. Exaltation = brightness, full of bright rays vide BPHS, Saravali chapter on planetary rays).Weak Saturn indicate dirt while strong Saturn indicate high philosophy especially when under influence of Jupiter.The influence of debilitating Saturn make the native Idiotic and Insincere. Saturn gives sincerity, hard work and discipline when well placed. Else, it can gives the reverse results making the nativ…

Predestination vs. Free-will | A Jyotish Perspective

The question on the predestination and free will is vexed and it is hard to find a satisfactory answer to this question. From time immemorial, the learned have debated over this but the question still stands as valid as it was before. One who is progressing in path of spirituality is bound to ask this question at some part in this life. I have asked this to myself time and again not only because I am an astrologer, but also because I am a spiritual aspirant and see the hand of god in the entire creation. As I matured over the years, my understanding transformed. 
I think this is one question, for which it is difficult to define a right answer. There will always be two sides who can argue either way! Perhaps this depends on the viewpoint of the seeker! It always makes me thing about the wave and particulate nature of sub-atomic particles such as Photons. You always see what you want to see but you can't see both the properties simultaneously.
What I am going write below is my own ref…

Pushkara Nakshtra

When the nakshatra mandala (nakshatra zodiac) is mapped to the rasi mandala (rasi zodiac), while certain nakshtras are fully mapped within the boundaries of a rasi sign, there are some which crosses over to different rasi signs. For instance nakshatras such as Ashwini and Bharani are contained within the boundaries of Aries while Krittika's one pada (quarter) in Aries and another 3 padas are in Taurus.
Such nakshatras, part of which falls in two signs behaves like bridging nakshatras between the signs. Considering the 4 padas of the nakshatra are 4 petals (of lotus), for such nakshatras one or two padas fall in one sign and the remaining fall in the another sign. They are called the pushkara nakshatras as the fall the bridge between two signs for movement of energies.
For the nakshatras of Sun viz., Krittika, U.Phalguni and U.Ashadha, one petals fall in the preceding sign and 3 petals fall in the succeeding sign. Similaly for Jupiter's nakshatras viz., Punarvasu, Vishakha and P.…

Graha Avastha & Behaviour

Understanding the placement of Grahas in a Jataka Chakra is an extremely difficult aspect and it needs years of practice to understand this. There is no short cut to this and those who look for the short cuts will be certainly disappointed. This is the reason why it takes years of practice to understanding the working of various planets in a horoscope. Hence, many said that Jyotish is like a Ocean and it takes many life times to understand this let alone few years! All the successful astrologers were successful because of their connection to the divine consciousness which provided them the intuition to see the things in certain way.

To understand the working of Grahas, one should have a good working knowledge of psychology and human evolution. One should reflect upon the root impulses which prod one to think and act in certain manner. It is said the Grahas are equivalent to People while the signs are equivalent to places. That's why Understanding Grahas is equivalent to understandi…

Bhava Lord Sambandha

We often need to identify the relationship between two lords to determine whether or not the people ruled by those Bhavas will have an inimical or amicable relationships
See the following dictum from the classics-
Jataka Tattva 3.H.6: When there is enmity between the lords of the 1st and 10th house or when the 10th lord is placed in the 6th house either from the lagna or the lagna lord, the father will prove as enemy to the native.
Jataka Tattva 3.H.9: If the lords of the 5th and the 1st are mutually inimical, of if the lord of the 5th occupies the 6th house and be aspected by the lagna lord, the native’s son will be inimical towards him.
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One needs to reflect over these statements and determine whether or not some of the conditions are possible? For instance can the lagna lord and the 5th lord ever be inimical towards each other? Similarly can the lord and the 7th lord ever be friendly? When we start questioning the obvious, the knowledge will dawn on us. We will start …

Illustration of “Hostile Saturn”

A Graha interacts with the lord of the sign due to its placement. Understanding the interaction is extremely important for deriving the results of placement of the Graha in a Rasi.

Depending on the relationship of the Graha and Rasi-adhipati, there could be four different variations. The Graha can support or defeat the Rasi-adhipati and also get supported or defeated. When a Graha is placed in Upachaya or 7H from its Mulatrikona, it defeats the lord of those Rasis. Whether or not the Graha gets supported or defeated depends on the disposition of the Rasi-adhipati towards the Graha.

For instance Saturn in Aries or Scorpio is both defeating and defeated. Hence it is a lose-lose situation for both Graha Saturn and Rasyadhipati Mars.

The four variations in the relationship are:
Defeating-defeated (Lose-Lose)Defeating-supported (Win-lose)Supporting-supported (Win-win)Supporting-defeated (Lose-win) For instance Saturn in Cancer is defeating-supported i.e., Saturn defeats the significations of…