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Saturday, November 9, 2019

The 2nd House in Astrology

Next in the series of Significance of Each House in Astrology, today we gonna talk about Second House in astrology.

This house primarily called as DHANA BHAVA i.e. House of Wealth. From this house, one can greatly judge about the possessions one is going to hold in his lifetime. 
Since this house is next to the 1st house, it denotes the people surrounding the self which particularly refer to the domestic life and immediate family members and the environment one is in during the growing years. For this very reason, it is also known as KUTUMB BHAVA i.e. House of Family and the surrounding environment. It also signifies how well your childhood has been spent and how smoothly your growing-up years went. Was it in just a hand to mouth condition, moderate or luxurious? This can also be seen by the condition of the 2nd house.
Since it shows our possessions, hence our family, wealth and virtues are nothing but the extension of our belongings, so these all come under the domain of the 2nd house. 

All the money matters, fortune, profits and gains, power and revenues, security, material achievements, jewellery, shares, stocks and bonds, ability to earn, work ethics, inheritance (cash), debts, savings and budgeting, etc. everything related to financial aspect is what 2nd house governs.

The second house also rules right eye, tongue i.e. speech, the lower part of the face, chin, neck, nose, throat and teeth.
A benefic planet in 2nd house gives fluency and great command over speech. Good orators and speakers who have the ability to charm people by their speech, do have good 2nd house generally.

And hence 2nd house is also referred to as House of Speech as well. A good 2nd house also renders great command over languages. Also, such a person is attracted to different kinds of cuisines and always willing to experiment with their food choices.

For example, Rahu placed in this house gives a strong affinity towards non-vegetarian food. However, it also signifies that a person is more prone to lying for petty issues.

Since it is the second house, it belongs to Taurus sign and its natural ruler is Venus. Along with Venus, Jupiter is also the natural significator of this house.

Many astrological texts, refer this house as the MARAKA STHANA i.e. DEATH-INFLICTING HOUSE (along with 7th house).  This is because the lords of 2nd and 7th houses and the planets occupying these houses or any relationship of these planets with the lords of the 2nd and 7th houses are considered as PRIMARY DETERMINANTS of one's death.

So, this is the general outlook of what 2nd house has in stores for you.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

The 1st House in Astrology

By now you guys know how to look out for the specific house in the given birth chart. With this post, there is the commencement of fresh series regarding the significance of different houses in the astrology.
To start with, let us talk about the 1st house today!

1st house, as I mentioned in my earlier posts is known as the Ascendant/Lagna/Rising Sign/Rising Star.
To be precise, it is the House of Self.
It is also known as Tanu Bhava in the Vedic astrology (Tanu-Body and Bhava-House).

Ascendant is the most important factor in the horoscope. It is the point in the Zodiac which rises in the eastern horizon on the latitude of the birth. It marks the beginning of life as this is the first house that commences as the sun rises. Since it is first in the series, the  First house naturally belongs to sign Aries which is ruled by the Sun.
The 12 solar months are named after the 12 signs of the Zodiac. 
On the first day of Aries, the first degree of that particular sign rises in the Eastern horizon at the sunrise. The remaining signs gradually ascend till the next day at the sunrise when sunrise takes place in the second degree of the Aries sign

Henceforth, the sunrise takes place at the last degree of Zodiac on the 30th day of the Pisces sign when technically solar year ends.
Thus the Lagna/Ascendant is that particular point of the ecliptic considered with reference to the particular horizon.

Therefore, certain periods of time are allotted to each of the Zodiacal signs to rise, the duration of such periods depending upon the latitude of the place.
This is why the place of birth holds so much importance along with time and date of birth in order to fetch an accurate birth chart.

1st House/Ascendant signifies who you are and what you portray yourself to the world. It shows your inner as well as outer self.
It represents your identity, personality, character, temperament, appearance, general body constitution, head region i.e. the upper part of the face, the way you think, brain, attitude towards others and basic approach towards life.

It also signifies overall health and longevity along with other houses. It shows how much zest you have for life in general. It deals with your natural disposition and vitality. Represents fame, vigour, virtues, age and the first impression you have on others. It shows how you want to shape your life as per your basic personality traits and your likes and dislikes. It is also the house representing your strengths and weaknesses as this is what you are made of or gradually acquire as you grow. It is thus one of the most important houses when it comes to making predictions for future events.

It also tells about struggles, success or failures, fortune or misfortune and misery or happiness along with other houses.

There is a lot more significance of the 1st house in Predictive astrology but as far as general features and importance of the house are concerned, this is all that 1st house has to offer us in terms of astrology.

Would love to hear from you guys if any suggestion or doubts are there, feel free to put these in the comment section below...


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Exaltation and Debilitation in the Astrology

Have you ever wondered why there are some places where you find yourself a little more comfortable, slightly more empowered and a few tonnes strong? Places which are within your comfort zones. Areas which come under the domain of your command and control.
It is not always necessary to have reasons for all these questions yet there are some undefined links attached which makes you feel that way.

Similarly in astrology also there are some definite placements of planets happening in certain degrees in particular respective signs that make a planet feel strong, empowered and comfortable. Such a position enables the planet to exhibit its results in full-fledged swings. Such placement makes the planet to even reduce or nullify the counteracting negative or mal-effects as well due to bad afflictions or aspects happening on it. This is a state of EXALTATION for the planet. An exalted planet has much higher strength and status. It is able to give expansion, growth, prosperity and happiness in relation to the house it sits in.

The exact opposite scenario happens when you feel tired, exhausted and drained out in places where there are people who have poles apart personality as of yours. Where you have to constantly put efforts to fit in the environment and gell with the surroundings. This place is nowhere near to your comfort zone. Despite your endless exertion, you don't tend to achieve the desired success. Consequently, you feel helpless, hopeless and weakest in this case. 

Likewise happens with the planets too. When planets come under the inimical sign where it feels at its lowest strength, it gets debilitated and such state is called DEBILITATION for that planet.
In such case, the planet feels drained and exhausted and thus, not able to exhibit its effects in toto. It becomes weak and hence gets unable to combat the mal effects that get imposed on it due to bad afflictions.

So let us see in which sign and within what degrees range the planets get EXALTED:

  • Sun: Aries- 10 degrees
  • Moon: Taurus- 3 degrees
  • Mars: Capricorn- 28 degrees
  • Mercury: Virgo- 15 degrees
  • Jupiter: Cancer- 5 degrees
  • Venus: Pisces- 27 degrees
  • Saturn: Libra- 20 degrees
  • Rahu: Taurus- 20 degrees
  • Ketu: Scorpio- 15 degrees

DEBILITATION signs of the planets and degrees range:

  • Sun: Libra- 10 degrees
  • Moon: Scorpio- 3 degrees
  • Mars: Cancer- 28 degrees
  • Mercury: Pisces- 15 degrees
  • Jupiter: Capricorn- 5 degrees
  • Venus: Virgo- 27 degrees
  • Saturn: Aries- 20 degrees
  • Rahu: Scorpio- 20 degrees
  • Ketu: Taurus- 15 degrees

So in the above figure, 

  • 1st House- In sign #4 i.e. Cancer, Jupiter is exalted.
  • 4th House- In sign #7 i.e. Libra, Saturn is exalted
  • 7th House- In sign #10 i.e. Capricorn, Mars is exalted
  • 9th House- In sign #12 i.e. Pisces, Venus is exalted

Disclaimer: This is the general information regarding EXALTATION and DEBILITATION of planets. There are other phenomena which occur in the astrology where there is a cancellation of these states. For the purpose of PREDICTIVE ASTROLOGY, one needs to be aware of other combinations and planetary placements also such as NEECHA-BHANGA RAJ YOGA and all, where even the DEBILITATED PLANETS become exceptionally strong to exhibit powerful wealthy yogas. Hence a proper analysis of a birth chart is essential so as to have precise and accurate predictions. 
So don't get frightened even if any of your planets are in its debilitation signs. There are lot many other things that are taken into consideration.


The Birth Chart Part -2 ---- Planets and Sign Relationships.

Hola guys!!

This post is in continuation to my previous post wherein we got to learn about the basics of the Birth chart along with the significance of the Signs. 

In this post, we will get to know about the Planets and their relationships with each sign. This is a part of Birth chart only but I preferred to make a separate post so that there should not occur any sort of confusion amongst you all.

So whenever you see any birth chart, you notice some alphabets along with signs such as:

Now, this is how any random birth chart looks like. You never see a birth chart only with signs. There is always the representation of planetary placements along with degrees and minutes each planet holds residing in any house under specific sign as shown above. 

Below are the abbreviations of planets, generally used in the Vedic astrology:
  • Asc: Ascendant
  • Su: Sun
  • Mo: Moon
  • Ma: Mars
  • Me: Mercury
  • Ju: Jupiter
  • Ve: Venus
  • Sa: Saturn
  • Ra: Rahu
  • Ke: Ketu

#Note: Hence, in the above figure, in the 1st house- Asc i.e. Ascendant is 2 degrees and 41 minutes in sign #11 i.e. AQUARIUS.

Likewise in the 2nd house - Ve i.e. Venus is 17 degrees and 54 minutes in sign #12 i.e. PISCES.
And this is how the chart interpretation goes......

Now let us talk about the lordship or rulership these planets have in relation to the Signs(Rashi).

  • Sun-  Leo 
  • Moon- Cancer
  • Mars- Aries and Scorpio
  • Mercury- Gemini and Virgo
  • Jupiter- Sagittarius and Pisces
  • Venus- Taurus and Libra
  • Saturn- Capricorn and Aquarius 
  • Rahu- Aquarius (along with Saturn)
  • Ketu- Scorpio (along with Mars)

So in the above-mentioned chart, the only planet which is in its own sign is Mo i.e. the Moon which is under sign #4 i.e. Cancer sign, in the 6th house along with Sa i.e. Saturn.

Hope you guys can now judge by looking at any chart that which planet is SWAGRIHI i.e. in its own sign.



Monday, November 4, 2019

The Birth(Natal) Chart in the Vedic Astrology- Houses and Signs

 Hello Everyone!!

Today we gonna know about the Birth or Natal chart in the Vedic astrology. Also, refer to as Kundli or Janampartrika in Hindi.
A Vedic birth chart is the astrological representation of the planetary placements and combinations at the time one takes birth.

It can be in North-Indian style, South-Indian style, so on and so forth. But the one I am gonna refer to in my this and subsequent posts would be of former kind i.e. the North-Indian style of the Birth chart as the latter is a tad complex due to the Ascendant that keeps on changing(it is constant in North-Indian style of birth chart) and also there are many other factors.

One needs to know his/her exact date, time and place of birth to have an accurate generation of the birth chart be it from any software.

To start with, let me show you how a default birth chart looks like:


As you guys can appreciate in the picture above, there are 12 boxes which are called the 12 Houses of the birth chart.


                      TRIKONE/TRINE HOUSES

The square boxes are called Kendra/Angular Houses while the triangular boxes are called Trikone/Trine Houses (there are many categories of houses which we will be dealing in subsequent posts).


Starting from the centre-top box mentioned in the above picture, called the 1st House or Ascendant or Rising Star/Sign or Lagna(it never gets changed in any birth chart, it remains constant i.e. you cannot consider this house and 2nd house, 3rd house etc. etc in other charts. 1st house is always the 1st house). From here, we count the subsequent houses in the anti-clockwise direction till the 12th House(immediate right to the 1st House).

All these houses signify different aspects of one's life such as personality, wealth, siblings, marriage, career, etc, etc. We will be dealing with it in details in future posts. 

Now let us take an example of any random birth chart:


Here, you would observe that some numbers or digits are being mentioned in each house. Don't get confused with this as the sequence of houses. Let me tell you what these digits in each house signify.
These numbers are nothing but the Signs(Rashi). These are 12 in number signifying the 12 signs of the Zodiacal Belt. 

For the purpose of Predictive Astrology, 27 asterisms(Nakshatras) and 9 planets have been taken into consideration. The Earth and the other planets revolve around the Sun through a certain path in the heavens. This path is referred to as Ecliptic. On both sides of the Ecliptic, there is an imaginary belt of 9-9 degrees each inside which all these planets revolve. This broad belt, a total of 18 degrees, is called Zodiac.

To facilitate the study of astronomy, Zodiac has been divided into 12 equal parts. Each part is called a Sign or Rashi. These are:

  1. Aries (Mesha)

  2. Taurus (Vrishabha)

  3. Gemini (Mithuna)

  4. Cancer (Karka)

  5. Leo (Simha)

  6. Virgo (Kanya)

  7. Libra (Tula)

  8. Scorpio (Vrishchika)

  9. Sagittarius (Dhanu)

10. Capricorn (Makara)

11. Aquarius (Kumbha)

12. Pisces (Meena)

#Note: This sequence of signs never changes, it is constant i.e you can't put Gemini in 6th position or Cancer in 7th position. Gemini and Cancer always hold 3rd and 4th position in the sequence respectively.

So, for the above fig.5, the 1st house has sign #10.
Hence, the Ascendant for this chart is CAPRICORN. 

Now you know that there are 12 Houses and 12 Signs/Rashis.
Houses' number is constant and it never changes while each sign in a definite sequence, as mentioned above, keeps on changing its house every 2 hours (as there are 24 hours in each day and 12 signs in total).

For example (random): If Aries i.e. sign #1 sits in the house no. 1 at 6:00 am then it will move to house no. 12 around 8:00 am (the exact time is counted from the exact time of sunrise). Therefore, in a similar sequence Taurus i.e. sign #2 will occupy the house no. 1 around 8:00 am as Aries has moved to house no. 12. Similarly, around 10:00 am Gemini ie. sign #3 will move to and occupy the house no. 1 as Taurus now moved to and Aries moved to house no 11. and this is how houses remain constant and the signs keep on changing the houses every 2 hours sequentially.

I hope guys, you are now clear as to how the birth chart per se looks like for there is no use of discussing the planets and signs and all without the basics i.e. the natal/birth chart.

For any further questions or if you have any doubts, you may ask in the comment section below.

Stay blessed and happy.