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Effect of Ascendant I: General Principles & Aries Lagna

INTRODUCTION
The ascendant is the sign which rises in the eastern horizon at the time of birth of a person. This is one of the most influential houses in the horoscope along with the 10th house, the house of karma, which defines the purpose of our birth. While Lagna signify all the resources with which we are sent in this world, the 10th house signify the way we utilize them. Hence the ascendant or the Lagna Bhava defines our personality, may it be the physical feature, or the intelligence or our attitude.

However, while studying the influence on the Lagna, one needs to consider the influence on two more lagans, the Surya Lagna (the sun sign) and the Chandra Lagna (the Moon sign). This is because; Sun represents our soul, whereas Moon represents our Mind. Since we are the product of Soul, Mind and Intelligence, we need to consider all the three, while enumerating various influences on our personality. For this reason, these three form the tripod of our life. Adding to its importance, v…

Strength of Planets: The Shadbala - I

1. INTRODUCTION
As the name suggests Shadbala means six fold strength. Although these strengths are combinedly used for finding the effect of planets on the lives of the natives, there is more use of the strengths and we get the clue of those uses from their names. If they were to be used combinedly, then such specific names were unnecessary. Moreover, this is more logical to think that, a planet when strong, might not be so for influencing all affairs in our lives. A planet which might give good status might not be good to show the direction of your life. So we must construe, the special significance hidden in the names given to the six sources of strengths. These strengths need not be used only predicting the results of the dasa, however, can be used for normal horoscopic interpretation. For illustration, the kendradi bala is used in ayur calculation etc. One can understand their use more and more by understanding their name and their basis of calculation.

Shad Bal consists of the …

Nakshatras in Jyotish I

The nakshatras or asterisms are apparently the fixed bodies in the Zodiac, where the planetary system moves with them placed in the background. Among the Rasi (zodiac signs) and the nakshatras (asterisms), the former is overlorded by the Sun, whereas the latter is overlorded by Moon. This implies that the Rasi shows the environment we would be placed with at different times in our life and what we get out of it, on the other hand, the nakshatras govern the different state of mind we shall be having at various times. Even the actual events are important in our l ife, taking a person-centric view point, our reactions to them also matter equally. Hence the study of the nakshatras are well warranted.

There are two nakshatra schemes, one of which uses 27 Nakshatras and the other uses 28 nakshatras, which include the Abhijit Nakshatra, an intercalary nakshatra. Both the schemes are useful in their own right. While 27 nakshatra scheme is used for all day to analysis, such as analysis of bir…

Vedic Numerology IV: Application

There are numerous application of the discipline of Vedic Numerology. This is because numbers form the universal language. To understand the concept of Universal Language, one must understand what Language is! The basis of any language is symbols. These symbols carry a specific meaning, which help us communicating with each other. While we see how the language evolved; there was a time, when the things and events were shown using some or other symbols. They formed the evolution basis for the first languages of the world, which were symbol based, like that of Hieroglyphics.  From those earlier languages, many languages evolved through out the world, each having their own set of symbols and the characteristics associated with their own cultural evolution. However, what remained constant throughout is the language of numbers. This is borne out of the fact that irrespective of cultural and geographical boundaries, the numbers retained their characteristics. If number 1 mean something to u…

Decanate & Body Parts

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1. Introduction
This is a matter to wonder, why there are moles on certain parts and why certain parts of the body is more susceptible to cuts and bruises than other parts. However, this is not all, why should we know the influence of planets on different parts of the body. This is a invariable part in medical astrology and can be used to track which planet is influencing the body parts under trouble. Jyotish is a beautiful too to uncover, even those things which are covered in the eyes of a seasoned medical practitioner. This makes us appreciate the association of the cosmos with all of us in this world, whether perceptible or imperceptible to our senses. We are ad midst of the play of the cosmic drama and we are the player. The director is none other than the supreme consciousness, for whom the principle of operation of a universe and a cell inside human body are the same. Alas! We do not realize it with our limited senses. However, we can infer, from whatever we can sense, that ther…

Vipareeta Rajayoga I

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INTRODUCTION
Rajayoga means the combination promising powers and positions and comprised of Raja meaning, kingly and yoga meaning combination. The normal rajayogas are formed in a horoscope by the association (exchange, conjunction, mutual aspect) of the Kendra (quadrant) and Trikona (Trine) lords. The highest among them is the dharmakarmadhipati yoga, which is formed by the association of the 9th and the 10th lord.

However the vipareeta rajayogas are somewhat different from the normal rajayogas as mentioned above. The term vipareeta imply reversal of something. Hence, these rajayogas are formed due to downfall of someone, based on which the native's fortune is reversed. The downfall can be of an enemy or a someone near to the native, however the combinations are somewhat different for both circumstances. VRY from Dusthana Lords
1. Vipareeta Rajyoga (VRY) is caused by the conjunction of the lords of Dusthana (evil houses 3rd, 6th, 8th & 12th ). Since the lords of the evil house…

Kalachakra & Astadala Padma

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The Eight petalled lotus is the foundation of Hinduism. Here is what I made out of my understanding. An article on the same is forthcoming.

Figure I: Kalachakra 



The inner set of Petals govenrs the directions (dik/ ayana), while the outer petals govern the Kalas.

Creation (Pt. Sanjay Rath)

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INTRODUCTION
Creation of the Universe has been a popular theme with philosophies and so also with Vedic Astrology. Parasara[1] teaches that the entire manifested[2] Universe is but one-eighth portion of the body of Narayana[3]. The size of the unmanifested Narayana is infinite and just like dividing infinity by any number the quotient is still infinity, so also the size of the manifested potion of Narayana is infinite[4]. Essentially, the absolute Narayana is Nirguna[5] but as a part of His pleasure[6], does attain the three Guna[7] due to Yoga (union) with the three kinds of Shakti[8].

The whole body of Narayana is divided into four parts called (1) Param-Brahmä, (2) Maha-Vishnu, (3) Sada-Shiva and (4) Vasudeva. These parts cannot really be differentiated from the whole as the pure nectar pervades them and the names used here are merely to aid understanding. Thus, Narayana with Sri[9] Shakti is called Maha-Vishnu and is of pure[10] Satwa Guna; Narayana with Bhu[11] Shakti is Param-Br…

33 Devas (Pt. Sanjay Rath)

INTRODUCTION
Most scholars misinterpret the word ‘Deva’ as meaning ‘God’. In reality, there are 33 Deva’s with about 330 million forms. The word is derived from the root Divu that has ten meanings[1] (for a better understanding, refer to the glossary) –
1.      Krida - sporting
2.      Vijigisha - conquest
3.      Vyavahar - occupation/pursuit
4.      Dyuti - intellectual inspiration or brilliancy
5.      Stuti – praise
6.      Moda – pleasure
7.      Mada – exhilaration, intoxication
8.      Swapna – dream
9.      Kanti – splendor
10.  Gati – direction, movement

These words define the purpose of a Deva. Jaimini defines Deva or Devata as indicated by the Devata Karaka[2] planet. This is the third in the hierarchy (of spiritual needs) after the Atmakaraka (helps in the determination of the Ista/Isa directing emancipation from the cycle of rebirth) and Amatya Karaka (deity symbolizing sustenance in this world). Thus Deva or Devata is the Guru and guides or illuminates certain …