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There are 12 houses in the 360° of the zodiac in Vedic astrology; they each represent different aspects of our life. Each house is 30° of the zodiac and contains certain stars known as Nakshatras. The first house is the most important house and should be carefully analyzed to determine the strength of the chart as a whole. The first house is on the eastern horizon at the time of one’s birth; the planets within it, and aspecting it have a profound influence on the course of our life.
The first house represents the body as a whole. Also, appearance, complexion, physical strength, happiness, and fame. This house represents our external behavior, general nature along with whether we will have courage, wealth, comfort, difficulty in life, and our overall health. If the first house is strong then the positive aspects of the first house like good health, attractive appearance, strong intellect, happiness, peace of mind, and fame will manifest. If the first house is weak then we may get the opposite results such as dishonor, humiliation, weakness, agitated mind, lack of courage, poverty, unattractive appearance, and ill-health. Health problems related to the first house include fatigue, epilepsy, headaches, brain disorders, decreased longevity, and fractures.
It is important to determine whether the first house is weak, strong, or average to understand its effects. For this, we have to look at the ascendant Lord. If the ascendant Lord is with a malefic or in one of the malefic houses (6, 8, and 12) then it’s effects will be weaker. If the ascendant lord is debilitated, combust, or in an enemy sign, it will be weaker. In general, you look at the planets in the first house, the ascendant lord, and aspects to the house and ascendant lord.
For example, if the ascendant lord is a benefic (Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, waxing Moon,) in an angle or trine this will be highly beneficial and can bring fame, wealth, health, strength, beauty, and happiness. If Mercury Jupiter or Venus is with the Moon or an angle from the first house this is highly regarded as a sign of great fortune and wealth. If the ascendant lord is a malefic (Saturn, Mars, Sun, waning Moon) it decreases the potency of the first house to bring good results. If this malefic is in a bad house or associated with other malefic planets, the potency of the first house is further diminished.
Pay close attention to the ascendant and its Lord for this is the foundation of the horoscope. The first house in Vedic Astrology is both a quadrant and a trine which makes it quite powerful in determining what will happen in the future. A strong first house is protective of many malefic influences in the chart. The opposite, however, is also true in that a weak first house can bring havoc to a person even if there are other good influences.
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Eclipses play an essential role in astrology. Both lunar and solar eclipses can have a significant and long-lasting effect on the houses, planets, and signs they influence. A good understanding of the astronomy of eclipses and the astrological effects on the chart can help in making accurate predictions.
The two types of eclipses influential in astrology are the solar and lunar eclipse. The word eclipse means the total or partial obscuring of one celestial body by another. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth blocks the Sun and the shadow of the Earth falls upon the Moon. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon blocks the Sun, and the shadow of the Moon falls upon the Earth. Lunar eclipses occur at night, during a full Moon, can last for 1-2 hours, and there are five per year on average. Solar eclipses occur during the daytime, during a new Moon, lasting for a few minutes, and there are 2 to 4 per year.
Some astronomical terms are important to understand the different types of eclipses. Umbra refers to the inner darkest part of a shadow when the light is completely blocked, this is associated with a total eclipse. Penumbra refers to the partial obscuring of the light source, this is associated with a partial eclipse. Antumbra refers to an annular eclipse when the occluding planet is within the light source.
There are three types of lunar eclipses:
The below images should clarify the different types of lunar eclipses. During a lunar eclipse, the Moon does not become fully dark but may turn a reddish color. This is because the Earth reflects the light of the Sun similar to sunrise and sunset.
Total Lunar Eclipse
Solar eclipses divided into three general types:
On the birth chart, we will see the full or new Moon associated with Rahu and Ketu within 18 degrees 31 minutes of the Sun and Moon. The eclipse’s effects may occur six months after the event. In movable signs, they occur within a month. In fixed signs, they occur within 1 to 3 months. In dual signs, they occur within 3 to 6 months. The eclipses generally occur in signs that are in opposition to each other for about two years then move onto the next signs in opposition. The cycle repeats every nine years or so. The chart below shows the recent and upcoming eclipses.
Eclipse Dates & Times (Eastern Time)
|Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse||2020 January 10||14:21:10||20° 00 min Cancer|
|Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse||2020 June 5||15:12:15||15° 34 min Sagittarius|
|Annular SOLAR Eclipse||2020 June 21||2:41:19||0° 21 min Cancer|
|Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse||2020 July 5||0:44:16||13° 38 min Capricorn|
|Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse||2020 November 30||4:29:32||8° 38 min Gemini|
|Total SOLAR Eclipse||2020 December 14||11:16:26||23° 08 min Sagittarius|
|Total LUNAR Eclipse||2021 May 26||7:13:43||5° 26 min Sagittarius|
|Annular SOLAR Eclipse||2021 June 10||6:52:29||19° 47 min Gemini|
|Partial LUNAR Eclipse||2021 November 19||3:57:17||27° 14 min Taurus|
|Total SOLAR Eclipse||2021 December 4||2:42:51||12° 22 min Sagittarius|
|Partial SOLAR Eclipse||2022 April 30||16:27:54||10° 28 min Taurus|
|Total LUNAR Eclipse||2022 May 16||00:13:58||25° 18 min Scorpio|
|Partial SOLAR Eclipse||2022 October 25||6:48:30||2° 00 min Scorpio|
|Total LUNAR Eclipse||2022 November 8||6:01:57||16° 01 min Taurus|
|Annular Total SOLAR Eclipse||2023 April 20||0:12:19||29° 50 min Aries|
|Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse||2023 May 5||13:33:50||14° 58 min Scorpio|
|Annular SOLAR Eclipse||2023 October 14||13:54:56||21° 08 min Libra|
|Partial LUNAR Eclipse||2023 October 28||16:23:49||5° 09 min Taurus|
|Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse||2024 March 25||3:00:05||5° 07 min Libra|
|Total SOLAR Eclipse||2024 April 8||14:20:37||19° 24 min Aries|
|Partial LUNAR Eclipse||2024 September 17||22:34:13||25° 41 min Pisces|
|Annular SOLAR Eclipse||2024 October 2||14:49:02||10° 04 min Libra|
Eclipses present drastic events that may lead to a new life path. These are usually obstacles and difficulties which allow us to grow internally and externally. Solar eclipses may bring about changes in our external position, fame, wealth, infamy, dishonor, health problems, and difficulties with the government. Lunar eclipses are associated with internal emotional changes, family issues, spiritual growth, and relationship issues. The importance of eclipses is that they allow us to grow through the obstacles we face. Astrology gives us a guide as to the difficulties we may face in life; we have the choice to turn those obstacles into opportunities for deeper spiritual growth and understanding of the nature of this material world. If, through our obstacles, we learn that this world is temporary, giving us the result of past karma, and a place where difficulties are common, we can grow through this understanding. If we understand that our true nature is spiritual, and we strive toward a spiritual path, all obstacles will lead to great success.
Eclipses associated with Rahu, Ketu, Saturn, and Mars in the natal chart can be quite difficult. Eclipses associated with benefic planets are generally not as challenging. Of course, we have to look at the chart as a whole and all the different influences to see what effect the eclipse will have. Eclipses associated with malefic houses, malefic planets, and inimical signs cause more difficulties.
Effects of an Eclipse on the Houses
First house- Here we could expect the development of health problems, loss of money, loss of position, a lack of energy, subject to criticism or humiliation, and illness to the father.
Second house- Expect a poor diet, weakness to the body, a lack of willpower, laziness, and a loss of income.
Third house- Expect illness to the younger sibling or trouble in this relationship. We can also see a loss of skill, confidence, courage, and the ability to communicate effectively with others.
Fourth house- Here we can see the loss of home, difficulties in family life including arguments, separation, and discord. Significant mental disturbances including anxiety, depression, anger, and frustration can be seen.
Fifth house – Trouble related to school and education are likely. Difficulties with children, limited social relationships, loneliness, along with a weakening of spiritual life and faith are possible.
Sixth house- Legal issues, health problems, obstacles related to work, and difficulties in dealing with foreigners are possible.
Seventh house – Problems related to marriage, relationships, and business are likely.
Eighth house- Illness, death, humiliation, severe mental anxiety, depression, and separation from loved ones can be seen.
Ninth house – General misfortune, bad luck, illness to the father, problems related to the government, and a lack of spiritual enthusiasm or faith, are seen.
Tenth house- Difficulties related to the work, loss of income, conflict with seniors, and lack of success are seen.
11th house- A loss of influence, the frustration of ambition, monetary loss, and disturbance in family life.
12th house- Health problems, isolation, depression, monetary loss, imprisonment, and death.
Chart for November 30th, 2020
Here we see that the Sun and Moon are opposite of each other, hence a lunar eclipse. This involved the sign of Taurus and Scorpio. We can expect internal turmoil as a society which will lead to deep growth, courage, and strength in spite of fear. Trust between allies may be weakened but from this new stronger partnerships can develop.
Transits refer to the movement of the planets in the zodiac on a regular basis. These movements affect the life of the native. The effect is less than the major period and generally equivalent to the influence of the yearly chart. The major period influences approximately 60% of the chart, and the subperiod represents about 20%. The rest distributes between the transit, yearly chart, and the yoga. The ratio is about 8% to the transit, 8% to the yearly chart, and 4% to the yoga.
Transits of the Moon
The moon transits every 1-2 days and thus has a strong effect on daily actions, activities, and emotions.
Transits of the Sun.
Understanding the Sun transits necessitates a basic understanding of the Sun’s movements in the zodiac, which is discussed below.
Solstice is the time when the difference between day and night is the greatest. There are two solstices, Summer(around June 21) and winter (around December 22). At the time of the summer solstice, we have the longest day on the shortest night. At the time of the winter solstice, we have the shortest day and the longest night. There are four crucial astrological points concerning the transits of the Sun. The winter and summer solstice, as mentioned above, and then the Vernal and Autumnal equinoxes. The Vernal equinox occurs around March 22, and the Autumnal equinox occurs around September 23; at these times, the day and night are of equal length.
Picture Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University
Let’s begin a year-long transit of the Sun from the point of the vernal equinox March 22. At the vernal equinoctial point, The day and night are equal lengths. As the Sun moves from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice, the days gradually lengthen until June 21, when we had the longest day(Summer solstice). The day shortens from the summer solstice, and the night increases until you reach September 23-the autumnal equinox when the day and night are again equal. As the Sun continues to move from this point, the night lengthens and the days shorten until we reach the winter solstice – December 22-when we have the shortest day and the longest night. From here, the days begin to grow longer, and the Sun reaches the vernal equinoctial point again on March 22.
Astrologically the Vernal equinoctial point(march 22) is 0° Aries, the point at which the sun transit from Pisces(12) into Aries(1). His son continues to move from Aries two Taurus to Gemini, and we choose the summer solstice points at 0° cancer. At this point, the Sun is vertically about the Tropic of Cancer. At the summer solstice, the Sun begins Dakshinayana; it’s Southerly course through the galaxy. It transits Cancer, Leo, and Virgo and reaches the autumnal equinox at 0° Libra. It then continues it’s Southerly course through Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius until it comes to the winter solstice at 0° Capricorn. At this point, the Sun is vertically above the Tropic of Capricorn. Here it commences its Northern course through the universe, which is known as Uttarayana. The Sun reaches back to the vernal equinoctial point after it transit’s Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. The solstices are the times maximum northern and southern declination of the Sun at 23° 28 minutes. Maximal Northern declination is associated with the summer solstice. The maximal Southern declination is related to the winter solstice.
The vernal equinoctial point changes yearly by about one degree. If we use this as the basis of the zodiac, it requires some correction yearly in this regard, this is called a moveable zodiac. Vedic astrology avoids this issue by using a fixed point in Revati as the basis of the zodiac, and is thus said to be based on a fixed zodiac.
The above is the year of the sun transit of the zodiac. The Sun spends approximately one month in each sign, and his movements from one sign to another can have a significant impact on life. The Sun, like all planets, is one of the subtle energies that surround us and affect us profoundly. Let’s look at what happens when the sun transits to the various houses. The Sun represents our external appearance behavior, physical body, energy, home, head, father, power, influence, spiritual nature, inflammation, fevers, pregnancy, rewards, and recognition, among other things. Generally, the better Sun transits are the third, six, 10th, and 11th houses.
Transits of Jupiter
Unlike the Moon and the Sun that transit frequently, Jupiter transits signs once a year. Jupiters effects are going to be related to the factors that Jupiter controls. These factors include happiness, wealth, spirituality, children, kindness, education, house, and longevity. Like other planetary transits, Jupiter will give effects in the house it transits, in the houses it rules, and Jupiter’s location in the natal chart. The good Jupiter transits are generally related to the second, fifth, seventh, ninth, and eleventh houses.
Transits of Saturn
Saturn transits a sign very slowly. It is, in fact, the slowest moving planet in this regard. It will stay in a sign for about 2 1/2 years, which gives it about 30 years to make it around the zodiac. Saturn governs many things in life and is one of the most significant planets in the horoscope. Karma, suffering, difficulties, detachment, health, longevity, and happiness are among them. Since it stays so long in a particular sign, its effects will be felt for an extended period in each sign. As with other transits, it influences the house it is transiting, the planets it rules, and Saturn in the natal chart. Saturn is generally helpful as a transit in the third six and 11th houses and can cause difficulties in the other houses.
A unique quality related to Saturn transits is Sade Sati. This is when Saturn transits the twelfth, first and second house from the natal moon. This period Can bring unique difficulties. People generally undergo 2-3 Sade Sati periods in their life. Sade Sati gives results depending on the signs involved and any other influences that are present. Generally, it is worse for Cancer and Leo moon signs. If the moon is in the signs ruled by Venus and Saturn, it generally does well and can give positive results.
The first time one goes through this, there may be a crisis of identity, lack of purpose, and an attempt to find a path for your life. There is great confusion about your goals, and you begin to set a course that you may follow for the rest of your days.
The second time one begins to see the nature of the material world or becomes a little frustrated with life. The foundations of your life begin to falter – there may be health problems, divorce, the parents may die, or struggles related to money made manifest. You can feel lost, confused, unhappy, and dissatisfied despite externally appearing to have everything.
The third time, one has to deal with severe illnesses, death, legacy, regrets, loss of a spouse, and possibly children.
Though Saturn brings difficulties, it is essential to remember who Saturn is and why he’s acting. Saturn is an agent of our karma, and he is giving us the results of our previous wrong actions. Saturn is a devotee of Narasimha and is merely doing his duty. He’s allowing us, through our suffering, to see that this temporary material world is not our eternal home. We belong in the spiritual world with the divine Lord, where there is no pain and suffering. Saturn’s actions can allow people to access divine grace and attain sincere spiritual realization. Even though Saturn is a fearful planet for many people, if we truly see who he is, we realize he’s doing the most incredible service by bringing us closer to God. If we can see this world’s temporary and miserable nature, we could focus our eyes and heart on our journey home.
Vedic astrology and Western astrology represent two different systems of looking at the stars. It is important to understand the differences between the two systems and how they developed. Here we will include a general discussion of the difference between the systems along with the definition of some important terms relative to the subject. Vedic astrology uses fixed stars, based on an ancient system that finds its roots in the Vedic scriptures and the words of the sages. Western astrology uses a moveable zodiac and is not based on the Vedas.
Earth’s Measure is the Golden Key to Precession
By Iona Miller, 2009
The Vedic system does not require correction for the changing vernal equinoctial point as it uses a fixed star in Revati as its basis. This allows for calculations and predictions based on the ancient Vedic scriptures without adulteration.
Some important terms relative to the movements of the Sun and Earth are below.
A question that frequently arises when I do astrological readings is about free will and karma; is Astrology written in stone, or can it change according to my choices? This is a very intelligent and important question to ask about and concerns the fundamental topic of past life karma, destiny, and our choices.
We have karma, which refers to our action, and then we have the results of our karma, which refers to the reaction. We have a choice in every decision we make at every moment of our life. In other words, we are deciding our karma at every moment. We do not have a choice over the reaction that we receive once we execute our decision. If we engage in good activities, the effect will be good. If we engage in wrong actions, the consequences will be bad. The situation we are in at the moment, is due to the choices we have made in the past, this life or another. Our current choices will determine our future life.
Choice has never been taken away from us; at every moment, we decide how we react to a particular situation. We may not be able to change the situation we are in now, but we can determine how we will respond to it. Suppose an astrological chart shows a problematic situation–accident, surgery, financial loss, slander, dishonor, illness, legal problem, etc. There are a countless number of difficulties that can come upon us. We may not be able to avoid past karmic results, but we can choose how we react to the situation now. If we respond to our difficulties with extremes of bitterness, anger, fear, worry, stress, depression, attacking others, engaging in activities that worsen the situation, blaming others, dishonestly manipulating the problem, etc; the cycle of bad karmic reaction continues. Some of these feelings can’t be avoided to some degree, but in the extreme, they cause difficulty to oneself and others. If we respond to our difficulties with wisdom, calmness, peace, acceptance, and gratitude, future results will be beneficial.
This does not mean that we do not fight for our rights or protect ourselves in difficulties. It does not mean we do not hire a lawyer when you have a legal problem or see a doctor when we are ill. We perform the practical activities required to resolve the situation. The difference is that we do it in a mood of acceptance, gratitude, detachment, tolerance, and mental stability. When we respond to difficulties in this way, we attain the grace of God and receive His love, kindness, strength, and realization in return.
Radhanath Swami gives the example of the ocean waves. The ocean waves are continuously hitting up against the rocks; this is like the difficulties in life, one after another. One wave represents a health problem, another a legal issue, another fighting with your spouse, another trouble from your children or friends, etc. etc. These waves are continuously coming and going in our life. At the surface we are getting slammed. If we go deep below into the ocean, what we see is calmness and a constant current. It doesn’t matter how turbulent it may be on the surface, but deep below we experience tranquility. This current is divine consciousness and it can flow through our life if we choose. We are unaware of it when we remain at the surface because we are merely dealing with problems. When we go deeper into our spiritual life, it is not that these problems don’t come, and it is not that we don’t have to deal with them, but we deal with them with a greater understanding. This allows us to deal with them in a much more peaceful, practical, and powerful way. With a greater understanding of who we really are, we receive the ability to understand at a deeper level. We deal with difficulties in a way that will enable us to succeed and turn these obstacles into opportunities which allows us to grow and learn. Our current situation is due to the choices we have made in the past and the future is determined by the choice we make now.
Many times astrology shows an impulse towards certain destructive behaviors. Abuse, addiction, adultery, criminal activity, or cheating. It can also reveal a tendency towards the right actions like obtaining an education, meditation, kindness, giving charity, and being courageous. Even though our chart shows these inclinations, the choice is ours, whether we act upon them. Radhanath Swami gives the example of someone who smokes cigarettes; they choose to pick up the first cigarette, then the second and the third and the fourth; eventually, they become addicted. Though these actions can tend them toward addictive behaviors in this life, it is still their choice to act upon them. It may be more challenging for them than some other people, but they always have a choice.
Another example is someone who has been an alcoholic in their life but gave up alcohol ten years ago. They are much more likely to be tempted when they walk past a bar than someone who has never taken liquor in their life, but they still have a choice. So even though astrologically, there are inclinations toward certain behaviors, we always can choose how we will act. Similarly, someone’s chart shows great intelligence, a predisposition towards charity, and caring for society. That person still has to choose to engage in those positive behaviors. They may be inclined toward engaging in right actions, but every moment they have to decide to help someone else, study, give their hard earned money to charity, etc. To the extent we engage in good, positive actions, we get good results for our future life, and to the degree that we perform wrong actions, we obtain bad results in the long term.
Therefore, astrology can show inclinations and predisposition for our future and the results of reactions from our previous karma. It is a roadmap of the things that may happen in this life. Using our free will, which we have every moment, we can maximize the good karma, minimize the bad karma in our lives, and live happily and peacefully.
Have you ever questioned the best time for the important events in your life?
We can give a muhurtha for any occasion. The most common are:
The subtle planetary energies affect all of us at every level – health, mood, energy, happiness, desires, etc. When these subtle energies are well aligned, good results can manifest, and we can have success. When the alignment is weak, our desires, goals, and ambitions can be frustrated. We can take the same action on two different days and get the diametric opposite results. One day we may find success and another day failure. Muhurtha can help give the best chance to fulfill desires and reach our goals as much as possible.
An Astrological Analysis
Do you have days when you are inspired to do things with enthusiasm and full of energy? And then there are days when nothing seems to work out! Bad luck surrounds us, and we just feel down. These types of days can be predicted by looking at the astrological transits of the Moon. The Sun (see my article on Sun Transits and the Solstice) also can play a role in this. There are good days depending on your astrological chart, when things will just go well. On those days you will have energy, and fortune will smile upon you. We sometimes call these days, lucky days, but in reality, it is not random, it can be predicted and followed.
The best moon transits for exercise, diet, relationships, and mental peace are as follows.
Exercise: 1, 3, 9, 10 and 11
Diet: 1, 3, 9, 10 and 11 (avoid 2nd moon transits for diet)
Relationships: 1, 3, 7, 9, 10 and 11
Mental peace: 1, 3, 7, 9, 10 and 11.
It is a general rule to avoid 6th, 8th, and 12th moon transits because these are days of negative mental energy.
If you have any questions about you moon transits, and how they are affecting your particular astrological chart, please contact me @ email@example.com Or visit my website radhikeshdas.com
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Elective surgery is a common question I get. To find the best astrological time which will ensure the best surgical skills, minimize complications, and give the best over all results. The planets have a subtle effect on all of us, at different times and different ways, various ethereal energies are influencing us all. When a major event such as an operation is considered, ensuring the best results is vital.
If we can satisfy many of these criteria for surgery, we can ensure the best possible results. If you have any questions about a surgical procedure timing please contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit my website radhikeshdas.com
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Mercury is a very important planet in astrology as it is strongly associated with the mind, intelligence, and emotions. The Mercury dasha (time) in a chart lasts for 17 years. Mercury is friends with the Sun and Venus, it is enemies with the Moon, and neutral with Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars. Mercury is exalted in the sign of Virgo, maximal at 15 degrees. It is debilitated in Pisces, also maximal at 15 degrees. It is very powerful in its own sign of Virgo, especially between 16-20 degrees. In general, Mercury is a benefic planet but it is strongly influenced by the planets around it, which means it takes on the characteristics of its associated planets. This can cause it to behave like a malefic planet at times.
You can see from the story of Mercury’s birth his relationship with other planets. The Sun and Venus are his friends. The Moon (his birth father) is his enemy. He is neutral with Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. So in a birth chart, when a person has Moon associated with Mercury, it may cause some mental difficulties, nervousness, and an uncontrolled mind.
Mercury represents the mind, intelligence, speech, energy, variety, or change, mathematics, and astrology. He represents the northern direction, Wednesday, businessman, and has the strength towards the east. Birds, horses, the color green, and emeralds are manifested by Mercury. Medically speaking Mercury represents the skin, lungs, nose, throat, vertigo, and nervous breakdown.
How Mercury affects one in the different houses and signs depends on what it is associated with. The planets, signs, aspects, and transits have a powerful influence. Mercury is very susceptible to the influence of the other planets and signs. If it is associated with malefics like Rahu it can cause great mental distress and marital problems. Mercury with the Moon causes affliction to the mind; I have seen this commonly in people who have bipolar disorder or ADHD. In the first house, it brings great intelligence, money, an outgoing nature, property, cars, and talent in writing. In the second house, Mercury gives ability in lecturing, publishing, a large family, and the ability to speak well. In the third house, Mercury brings skill with the hands, especially on detailed work, like writing, painting, and sculpting. People with fourth house Mercury are very attached to family and friends, have an empathic and emotional nature and often quite wealthy. In the fifth house, Mercury gives a spiritual nature, abilities as a counselor, and realization through meditation. In the sixth house, Mercury gives limited education, a competitive nature, and a lack of close friends. In the seventh house, you can have multiple marriages, an early marriage, travel, and great business skill. In the eighth house, Mercury gives the inheritance of cars, property, money, and longevity. In the ninth house you can see someone who makes good money, goes on pilgrimage, who is a Vaishnava-devotee of Krishna, and very creative. In the tenth house it gives skill in work, the knowledge you wish to share with the world, and a storyteller. In the eleventh house, you can become friends with important people and can have an influence over others. In the twelfth house, you can see poor education, mental distress, few friends, and religious nature.
As I have mentioned, Mercury is greatly influenced by the planets it is associated with and can have a strong effect on the chart. It should be carefully analyzed to give a complete understanding of the birth chart.
The Founder Acharya of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
His Divine Grace Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, founder acharya of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), was born on September 1, 1896, in Calcutta, India. His father, Gour Mohan De and mother Rajani De, named him Abhay Charan (one who is fearless having taken shelter at the lotus feet of Krishna.) Growing up as a Vaishnava, he performed rathyatra along with his sister and began serving his own set of Radha-Krishna deities at a very young age. Receiving his European education from Scottish Churches College, he rejected his diploma in response to Gandhi’s Independence Movement.
Recognizing Srila Prabhupada’s philosophical learning and devotion, the Gaudiya Vaisnava Society honored him in 1947 with the title Bhaktivedanta.In 1950, he retired from family life, took vanaprastha, and settled into very humble quarters of the medieval Radha-Damodara temple in Vrindavan, India. The next years were spent in intense study and in 1959, Srila Prabhupada accepted the renounced order of life, Sannyasa. It was there that Srila Prabhupada began his life’s masterpiece, the commentary and translation of the multivolume book, Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana) and wrote his first book Easy Journey to Other Planets.
In 1965, after completing three volumes of the Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada came to the United States to fulfill the order of his spiritual master, to spread the glories of Krishna to the western world. At the ripe age of 70, he completed this arduous 3 week journey upon a cargo ship, Jaladuta, suffering two heart attacks along the way, and arrived to New York City with merely the equivalent of $7 on hands and not knowing a single person.
With great difficulty, Srila Prabhupada established the International Society of Krishna Consciousness in 1966. In the next 10 years of his life, Srila Prabhupada established over 108 temples (now over 500 centers throughout the world) and travelled around the globe 14 times to 6 continents on lecture tours, all the while publishing over 80 volumes of spiritual literature, now translated into over 60 languages. Srila Prabhupada established big festivals in all major cities throughout the world such as Jagannatha Ratha Yatra. He initiated over 10,000 disciples and introduced gurukula education in the west. Prabhupada wanted no person to go hungry within a 10 mile radius of each of his temples. Today, over 2 million meals are distributed throughout the world to the poor for free through the Food For Life Program. Over 1 million children in the slums get a pure healthy meal each day in Mumbai. Bhaktivedanta Hospital with 150 beds serves thousands of people each day with holistic health care for body, mind, and soul featuring world class standards for a reasonable price, and for the deserving, completely free.
Srila Prabhupada’s greatest contribution to this world are his books. They are well renowned in the world of academia for their credibility, depth, and clarity and are used as standard textbooks in many colleges. The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) was established in 1972 to exclusively publish Srila Prabhupada’s books. It is now the largest publishing house for Indian religion and philosophy. On November 14, 1977, Srila Prabhupada left his body in Vrindavan, India.
The World of Harry Potter depicts four different houses in Hogwarts namely Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. We discovered that these houses can be described astrologically. This interestingly came about on our evening family walk while I was trying to teach my daughters about astrology. As I described a certain personality and how it would appear on a birth chart, my daughter Divya, a huge Harry Potter fan, said “That sounds like a Slytherin!” So, below is my analyzation of your Hogwarts house and astrology! There are multiple and multilevel influences on who you are as a person and your Hogwarts house. This can be ascertained in more detail by looking at the birthchart. This is just a brief introduction to your Hogwarts House.
Gryffindors are brave, courageous, adventurous, bold, loyal, and athletic.
If you are a Gryffindor, you might see a very prominent Mars in the first or tenth house. Mars is the general, the leader of the army. He is strong and ready to fight. The first house represents you as an individual and the 10th house is your work. So Mars, well placed in either of these houses, would give you these characteristics. A strong Sun, especially in the first house, indicates a strong physical body and good health. A strong Jupiter in the ninth house would give you courage, loyalty, and the ability to fight righteously. The third house, represents courage and determination. Gryffindors, this house will be powerful in your chart . The signs of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, which represent Mars, Sun, and Jupiter respectively. These signs may be on the ascendant, Sun, or the Moon of your chart. The ascendant represents your overall personality. The Sun represents your external body and behavior. The moon represents your internal mood. When any of these signs are placed with the Sun, Moon, or ascendant, loyalty, strength, justice, and bravery will manifest.
Hufflepuffs are hardworking, loyal, fair, kind, welcoming, and dedicated. Hufflepuffs, you will have a strong Saturn in the first, ninth, or tenth house. Saturn represents hard work. The tenth house is the planet of work. Therefore this combination in particular indicates someone who has the ability to work hard. The fourth house represents emotion as do the planets Moon and Mercury. As a Hufflepuff you may have a strong Moon or Mercury associated with your fourth house. The sixth house of service may be prominent in your chart. Especially Jupiter in the sixth house is something you may expect to see because you do noble service assisting others. The signs of Cancer, Virgo, Aquarius, and Pisces are strongly associated with emotion, compassion, and caring about humanity. You may see these signs prominently placed in your chart.
Ravenclaws are intelligent, curious, creative, and wise.
The planet Mercury represents intelligence and creativity. You may have an exalted Mercury in the first house or the fourth house. The first house is you as an individual and the fourth house represents intelligence, mind, and emotion. Expect to see a prominent Jupiter and Venus in the chart. These are the Guru planets, the teachers of higher values. Intelligence, wisdom, righteousness, and peace are associated with Jupiter and Venus. The sign of Gemini represents someone who is a thinker, researcher, lover of learning, and very bright. As a Ravenclaw, You may have Gemini in your first house. Sagittarius, the sign associated with Jupiter represents pure motives, strength, honor, and ambition. It will be well placed in you chart. The sign of Libra, which is ruled by Venus and represents justice will also be strong.
Slytherins are clever, sly, cunning, ambitious, goal oriented, and strong leaders.
As a Slytherin you may have a strong Mercury which can represent cleverness. Expect to see a strong Mars which give the energy to achieve your goals and a strong Saturn which can give determination and tolerance. The fourth house for understanding other people’s ideas and mind will be strong. Saturn and Rahu which allow you to focus on yourself and your goals may stand strongly in your chart. Scorpio which represents an internal secretive nature may be in the first house. Leo and Aries, which represent leadership will likely be prominent.
What is a house? When you look up into the sky at the universe from the exact time and point at which you are standing, a chart is composed from that point dividing the 360 degrees of the sky into twelve equal size regions beginning from the eastern horizon. Those twelve equal areas are called houses. Through this ancient study we learn that the place in which the planets and stars are situated within these twelve houses, can be analyzed to determine what effect they will have on an individual’s life.
The following are a few examples of what a house represent as far as the body. Houses one through seven refer to the right side of the body and houses eight through twelve refer to the left side of the body. Each house is 30 degrees and affects differents parts of the body. The first house represents you as an individual. This house is very important in your overall health, longevity, and skin. The second house is important for the face, the right eye, and the speech. The third house, represents the right ear and shoulders. The fourth House represents the lungs, breasts, and chest area. The fifth house represents the heart, upper abdomen, liver and gallbladder. Another important aspect of the fifth house is problems in pregnancy. For example, someone with a weak fifth house, will likely have few children, difficulty in becoming pregnant, and recurrent miscarriages. If we are able to see this problem when someone is younger, it can be addressed before they become too old to have children. The sixth, eighth, and twelfth houses are strongly indicative of diseases and considered unfortunate.
By knowing this in advance, the possible health risk present can be minimized and addressed according to diet, meditation, and other health enhancing practices. If a disease is already present, medical astrology can help determine if the current treatment will be successful, if other options are better, or determine the risk of side effects, and many other things.
The placement of planets within a birth chart also impacts the evaluation of the astrological reading significantly. Different planets and their position in the sky at the time and location of birth determine different aspects of our health. Astrologically, everything is looked at from a geocentric point of view, that is, the earth being the center. All these planets have an effect on disease processes within the body, influencing when and what type of disease an individual may develop.
There are benefic (beneficial) planet and malefic (detrimental) planets. Benefic planets may protect you from disease, minimize its effects, or minimize side effects of medications. For example, some people tolerate chemotherapy very well, while it may be fatal for others. Astrologically, we can see which category someone falls into before the treatment. A strong Jupiter and Venus, which are benefic planets, situated in the 4th House, which represents potent medications, can protect that individual against side effects. Whereas, a strong Saturn or Rahu, which are malefic planets, situated in the 6th House, which represents poison, would indicate someone who may not tolerate the treatment so well and even perhaps be fatal for that individual.
There are some important planetary indicators in disease. For example, Saturn, which represents incurable, or chronic diseases, is a very important factor. Rahu, which represents cancer, multiplies the effect of Saturn or which ever planet it is with. The combination of Rahu and Saturn is highly indicative of incurable cancer. When I see this in a chart, I recommend the patient get screened for cancer at the time indicated by the birth chart. Astrology can help predict and protect from disease.
Mars is another malefic planet, which is very important in disease. It represents surgery, muscles, and accidents, among many other things. An example is that when Mars is present in the 12th House, which represents hospitals, that could indicate a need for surgery.
It is very important to look at the planetary influences and combinations to predict any disease that may be forthcoming, to prevent disease, and to help determine the best treatment of a future or existing disease.
There are twelve signs in a horoscope. These twelve signs influence the houses and the planets, sometimes making them stronger, sometimes making them weaker. They also play an important part in determining health. For example, we have discussed the planet Saturn, which indicates incurable diseases. When Saturn is combined with Aries, the first sign, it becomes much more deadly. However, if Saturn is influenced by Libra, the seventh sign, its effects are minimized. There are very stringent laws as to which signs influence which planets. This concept is very important in understanding the complex nature of how planets, houses, and signs influence health.
Jupiter, an important planet of health, is at maximum strength in Cancer, the fourth sign. It is weakest in Capricorn, the tenth sign. Very often, I see people with Jupiter in the first house, which should be a powerful combination for good health, become very sick. The reason behind this is that usually Jupiter becomes weakened by being in the sign of Capricorn. Jupiter represents liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and spleen. When Jupiter is weak, these organs are typically affected. Through Medical Astrology, we can determine the exact time these disorders may occur and develop a preventative plan to support the health
Another example is the planet Virgo, which is sign number 6, weakens the planet Venus. Venus represents diabetes, appendix, and eye diseases. People with this combination will likely develop appendicitis and/or diabetes. We can clearly see the indicated timing of these events and look at preventive measures before they become an issue through examining the planetary influences in the astrological chart.
Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada Chapter 10
maharsinam bhrgur aham
giram asmy ekam aksaram
yajnanam japa-yajno ‘smi
maharsinam—among the great sages; bhrguh—Bhrgu; aham—I am; giram—of vibrations; asmi—I am; ekam aksaram-pranava; yajnanam—of sacrifices; japa-yajnah—chanting; asmi—I am; sthavaranam—of immovable things; himalayah—the Himalayan mountains
Of the great sages I am Bhrgu; of vibrations I am the transcendental om. Of sacrifices I am the chanting of the holy names [japa], and of immovable things I am the Himalayas.
Brahma, the first living creature within the universe, created several sons for the propagation of various kinds of species. The most powerful of his sons is Bhrgu, who is also the greatest sage. Of all the transcendental vibrations, the “om”(omkara) represents the Supreme. Of all the sacrifices, the chanting of Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare is the purest representation of Krsna. Sometimes animal sacrifices are recommended, but in the sacrifice of Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, there is no question of violence. It is the simplest and the purest. Whatever is sublime in the worlds is a representation of Krsna. Therefore the Himalayas, the greatest mountains in the world, also represent Him. The mountain named Meru was mentioned in a previous verse, but Meru is sometimes movable, whereas the Himalayas are never movable. Thus the Himalayas are greater than Meru.
Here, Krishna is saying that of the great sages, He is Bhrgu. Bhrgu Muni was one of the seven great sages, the Saptarishis. When Lord Brahma was performing a sacrifice on behalf of Varuna, Bhrgu was born from the sacrificial fire. He became one of many Prajapatis or progenitors of creation. Bhrgu Muni is the father of astrology. He authored the Bhrgu Samhita, the first book of astrological calculations. It is from Bhrgu Muni that this divine science began. Astrologers pray to him for guidance in their readings.
Rahu is a shadow planet and is associated with the moon. It is known as the north node of the moon. Rahu is naturally a malefic planet which is not the lord of any house. Rahu is exalted in Taurus and debilitated in Scorpio. It is strong in its own sign of Aquarius. Rahu will act like Saturn, and also like the planets and houses it is associated with. Rahu represents past life karma such as the frustrations, fights, and fear we may have in this life. Rahu multiplies the effects of whatever it is associated with by giving the situation more strength or weakness. For example, Mars represents warriors or generals. When Rahu is well placed with Mars, it can make the general or warrior very powerful. When it is badly placed with Mars, that powerful soldier may become a brutal warlord. Rahu associated with Venus can bring great wealth but can also bring failed multiple marriages. Rahu in the second house can bring great financial loss when debilitated but great wealth when it occupies other positions.
How Rahu influences a chart depends on multiple factors. These factors include the planets, houses, transits, and running dashas. In general Rahu in the first house represents a spiritual nature, multiple marriages, limited education, poor investments or frustration with children. In the second house Rahu brings a poor diet, harsh speech, deformity of the face, limited education, or intoxication. In the third house Rahu can bring great strength, valor, and courage, a poor relationship with younger siblings, criticism by others, or marital problems. Rahu in the fourth house brings ownership of property and vehicles, influence over others, association with materialistic people, health problems to the mother, or lung cancer. Firth house Rahu can manifest as poor education, no spiritual inclination, multiple miscarriages, or limited children. In the sixth house Rahu brings struggle to succeed, association with foreign people or places, legal problems, scandals, or health issues related to the intestines. Seventh house Rahu can create multiple marriages, conflict with business partners, adultery, or mental imbalance. In the eighth house Rahu brings illegal activity, intoxication, drugs, gambling, cheating or a violent death. In the ninth house Rahu may cause fights with authority, a deep religious nature, illness to the father, or it is associated with criminals. In the tenth house we can see great success at work, a high social status, or wealth. The eleventh house is a strong placement for rahu which brings fulfillment of desires, easy acquisition of wealth, courage, influence over others, or higher social circle. In the twelfth house Rahu brings material loss, death, deep religious nature, or illness requiring hospitalization.
Rahu is a very powerful planet on the birth chart and can magnify the influence of other planets or houses, good or bad, significantly. This malefic planet does bring frustration into life but can also help in achieving great things such as spiritual prosperity. It should be carefully evaluated before any judgements of the birth chart is made.
Have YOU ever heard of stress!? This fast paced society has lead our way of life to a life full of stress and anxiety which ultimately can lead to depression. The Brahma Samhita says, we are eternal beings, full of knowledge, and bliss, “sac-cid-ananda.” Isn’t this what we all strive for? Life in this material world being completely the opposite, short lived, ignorant, and unhappy, causes us all to suffer from one degree or another. Through astrology I can help unlock some of the underlying problems in your life that may be causing you stress.
In the Bhagavat Gita 2.14, Krishna says, “O son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.”
This is exactly correct; life in the material world comes with its cycles of happiness and distress, just as the seasons of summer and winter. As we progress through spiritual life we learn to tolerate these difficulties as they come our way. Until we get to that place in our life in which we can transcend the modes of material nature, we can try to understand our particular path of life through an astrological reading. Srila Prabhupada, describes life as “danger at every step.” It is no surprise that we are full of great anxiety and fear in this world. Astrology can help unlock a clearer view of your future and allow you to see how your karma is manifesting in your life. Your chart can show that life is not as unpredictable as we may believe. Our previous karma has determined who we are today and what our future beholds. Your astrological chart can unfold this destiny you have created. Of course, this does not account for the fact that we have minute free will to be able to change destiny even within this lifetime. When we approach life from the perspective of the vedas and the light of astrology, we obtain a great calmness by having a sense of knowing the unknown. We begin to understand that in each of our lives a plan is unfolding that we may not clearly understand. A plan that requires patience and tolerance; a plan that will open up the beautiful potential in each of our lives.
If you have problems with anxiety, depression, stress, fear, and/or uncertainty, please contact me to discuss these issues. I pray I can help guide you in dealing with these issues with clarity and depth.
Legal predicaments in our life are a manifestation of past or even sometimes present karma. These can come out of nowhere leading us to anxiety as to what the results might be. Many times legal situations lead to other difficulties such as financial crisis and/or friction within the family. As an astrologer I can help guide you through questions such as, is this a significant issue? Will the results be favorable for me? When will this end? Allow me to help guide you through these legal issues with any questions you might have.
Legal predicaments in our life are a manifestation of past or even sometimes present karma. These can come out of nowhere leading us to anxiety as to what the results might be. Many times legal situations lead to other difficulties such as financial crisis and/or friction within the family. As an astrologer I can help guide you through questions such as, is this a significant issue? Will the results be favorable for me? When will this end? Allow me to help guide you through these legal issues with any questions you might have.
Legal issues can be determined by an astrological chart and analyzed to see the impact it may have in our life. The birth chart, yearly chart, planetary periods, and transits can give great view into the future of these issues. If you would like, I can also prescribe some spiritual measures to minimize the effects of legal problems. I have found this remedy to be extremely effective. Please let me know how I can serve you in this regard.
One of the most difficult sufferings that come upon us is our health. When we get diagnosed with life threatening health issues, questions may arise as to why me? Is this temporary? Will I be cured? That’s when you might consider health from an astrological point of view. I am happy to look at your or your loved ones chart to determine these answers and many more.
Being a Physician myself I knew this disease was incurable and I was to live with taking high doses of steroids for the rest of my life which ultimately would lead to a difficult life style. As I consulted my astrologer about my issue and he read into my chart, he said, no, this just isn’t a big issue in your life. As a matter of fact, you will be completely cured from this within 5 years. Now as a physician, I knew this was nearly impossible or at least extremely rare. This time I was sure astrology would fail. Now, as I look back, within a few years my disease retracted to completely null. My faith in astrology grew new bounds! I became more convinced that I wanted to learn this science, so that I too can help others alleviate suffering that may come upon them, by seeing the issue from a new direction. Many times these problems can be foretold by astrology and you may just get a different perspective as to what your karma brings with it. This reading may bring peace of mind during a stressful and anxious time. Please note, some diseases do lead to difficult situation or even perhaps fatality. I am here to help you get a better understanding of your situation and hopefully bring good news that this incident may be short lived. I certainly cannot give any medical advice during these sessions as per regulations, unless you are my medical patient. Allow me to help you determine answers to many questions that may arise through difficult times by your medical diagnosis.
Are you thinking of opening a new business or expanding your current one? Maybe you are planning a big investment and just aren’t sure? Are you sure this is the best location? Corporate astrology can help guide your decision by considering the best time and location for a new or current venture. We can partner together to make the best possible decision for your future gains.
Have you ever wondered how astrology can enhance your decisions about your personal finances, business, or investments. A wrong financial decision can have enduring consequences that can take years to revive. Time is one relevant factor that can contribute to your success in business. Astrology can give great insight as to when that time is just right. How is this? You have certain karma for wealth or business success based on your birth chart, yearly chart, current planetary periods and planetary transits. By understanding your personal timeline, we can determine whether your plan can be successful. Examples can include best location and time to open your business. Whether or not it’s a good time to invest in the stock market for you. Will your investments be successful. Can you trust your partner? Let me know how we can partner together to make a better choice for your future.