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Indian Astrology

The chart is presented in a form that is typical of Indian Astrology (Jyotish) in northern India. The ascendant is at the top of the chart and is that constellation of stars (Rashi) coming over the horizon at your birth: 1. Aries 2.Taurus 3. Gemini 4. Cancer 5. Leo 6. Virgo 7. Libra 8. Scorpio 9. Sagittarius 10. Capricorn 11. Aquarius 12. Pisces.

The ascendant (Lagna) is the first of 12 houses in the chart and deals with your self - your basic character. Indian Astrology puts more emphasis on the Ascendant than on the Sun "sign" of Western Astrology (the constellation the Sun is passing in front of at your Birth).

Lagna (Ascendant)

While Western astrology assigns pre-eminence to the Sun sign, jyotish awards that position to the ascendant, which gives greater insight into a native's life particulars than does any other factor in the horoscope. Observations of the intrinsic attributes of the various lagnas have aggregated over the centuries into a form of analysis. ….

There follows a few salient, reliable principles regarding the ascendant:

bulletthe symbolism of the constellation of the ascendant and its ruler
bulletthe strength of the planets in the various houses
bulletthe relationship of the lagna lord with the owners of various houses
bulletthe house the Sun rules in the chart
bulletthe ownership of the other houses in the chart

Procession of the Equinox

There is a basic cumulative inaccuracy in Western Astrology such that western astrology now deals with generalities. Since Ptolomy, Western Astrology has not allowed for the Procession of the Equinox and as a result is 20 minutes more inaccurate each year: 20 minutes x 2000 years has resulted in an inaccuracy of nearly a whole Sign. Thus, if you think you are a "Leo " in Western Astrology you may well be a "Cancer". . The Sun stands for your soul and your father.

So important questions are:

What constellation is in the ascendant?

What planet rules what house and in what house is that ruler found?

How do the various planets aspect each other?

And in what Dasha will its effect be felt?

Thus for example we can say that 2. Taurus is in the ascendant ruled by Venus that is located in the 2nd house. Now, when the ascendant’s Lord (Venus in this case) is in the 2nd house the subject will be happy, scholarly, endowed with good qualities, religious, honorable and will have many wives/husbands.

.Houses (Bhavas)

The houses are arranged 1-12 to depict the 360-degree revolution of the whole heavens as below with the 1 as the Ascendant and each deals with an aspect of your life. Thus, the 2nd house deals with money, wealth and family. Once the ascendant constellation is fixed at your birth, the constellations of Aries through Pisces are superimposed on the houses along with the position of the planets. It is the placement of the constellations and planets in particular houses and the relationship of the planets that gives an insight to your probable and possible life experiences, determined by the strength and type of your Karma in this life time and your own efforts that improve or blight your life.


There are nine "planets" in Indian astrology:

Planetary Benefics and Malefics

Planets are classified as benefic and malefic in terms of what most people identify as desirable and undesirable qualities and influences.



11 Immigration Friends Hopes, Wishes
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1 Dhan   Ascendant   Self and Character   Constitution


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9. Father, Guru, Travel
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7. Marriage, Spouse, Relationships
Text Box: 7. Marriage, Spouse, Relationships
6. Sickness, Service, Work
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5. Children, Discernment, Intelligence, Past Deeds
Text Box: 5. Children, Discernment, Intelligence, Past Deeds
10 Profession, Name and Fame
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4 Mother, Property Vehicles


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3 Courage Brothers Sisters Short Journeys
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12 Moksha, end of things
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2 Money, Wealth  Family


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8. Loss, Inheritance, Unearned Money, Sex
Text Box: 8. Loss, Inheritance, Unearned Money, Sex



Jupiter and Venus are natural benefics

Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu are natural malefics, Sun is Cruel

Moon is a natural benefic when waxing (moving from new to full) otherwise when waning it is a natural malefic

Mercury is a natural benefic on its own or with a benefic (when it is not associated with a natural malefic), otherwise when associated with a malefic, it is a natural malefic.

In your chart

The Sun (actually a star)

The Moon (Earth’s satellite)

Mercury -.





Rahu is the northern intersection (northern node) of the plane of the Moon’s orbit around the earth with the plane of the Earth’s eliptic and

Ketu is the southern node. The two nodes are where the solar and lunar eclipses occur.

Planetary Strength

The capacity of a particular planet to strongly influence your life and choices depends upon its planetary strength. This strength is determined by such factors as:

bulletThe aspects between planets that are friends or enemies
bulletThe friendliness of the ruling planet of the house in which the planet is found
bulletDirectional strength.

A planet placed in its exalted constellation attains is greatest strength for good or evil.

A debilitated planet is in its weakest position, but may increase the malevolence of malefic planets.

A planet is strong and almost always favorable when in its own positive constellation and slightly less strong and favorable when in its own negative constellation.

A planet is very strong and always favorable in its mulatrikona position.

The Shad Bala graph (the bar graph in the pr represents the strength of the planets. Any planet with a bar in the graph that is below the line is of concern.

Planetary Relationships

For the purposes of interpreting a chart, certain planets are friendly, neutral or enemies

Sun                 Friends                                 Neutral                     Enemies

Sun             Moon, Mars, Jupiter                 Mercury                        Venus, Saturn

Moon          Sun, Mercury                 Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn             None

Mars             Sun, Moon, Jupiter         Venus, Saturn                                 Mercury

Mercury         Sun, Venus                     Mars, Jupiter, Saturn                     Moon

Jupiter         Sun, Moon, Mars                 Saturn                                 Mercury  Venus

Venus         Mercury, Saturn                 Mars, Jupiter                             Sun, Moon

Saturn         Mercury, Venus                     Jupiter                                 Sun, Moon, Mars

Rahu not specified by tradition though some Jyotishis use Saturn’s relationships

Ketu not specified by tradition though some Jyotishis use Mar’s relationships

It is to be noted that the Moon has no enemies and Jupiter, while it has enemies, is not the enemy of any planet.

Planetary Rulership

Planets are the rulers of various constellations

Constellation Planetary Rulership Constellation

5. Leo Sun Moon 4. Cancer

6. Virgo Mercury 3. Gemini

7. Libra Venus 2.Taurus

8. Scorpio Mars 1. Aries

9. Sagittarius Jupiter 12. Pisces

10. Capricorn Saturn 11. Aquarius

A planet is strong when it is its own sign. Thus, when Jupiter is in Sagittarius or Pisces it is very strong and is strong in a friendly constellation.

Planetary Aspects

All planets aspect the house they occupy and the seventh house. Some planets have special aspects:

Mars aspects the 1st, 4th, 7th and 8th

Jupiter aspects the 1st, 5th, 7th and 9th

Saturn aspects the 1st, 3rd , 7th and 10th.

Karakas and Bhava Karakas

The meaning of a house is principally influenced by two planets: its ruler and its karaka (significator) A karaka is the planet, which rules the matter under consideration. The bhava karaka is the planet that has great affinity for the primary matters ruled by the house under consideration. For instance because Jupiter and the 5th house rule children, Jupiter becomes the bhava karaka of the 5th house.

1st House Sun (Health and Vitality)

2nd House Jupiter Wealth and Family

3rd House Mars Younger Siblings, Courage and Enterprise

4th House Moon Mother and Emotions

Venus Vehicles

Mercury Education

Mars Property

5th House Jupiter Children, Speculation, Statecraft, Advise, Intuition,

Previous Karma, Discernment

6th House Mars Acute Disease, Litigation, Bodily Affliction

Saturn Debt and Chronic Disease

7th House Venus Marriage and Relationships, Passion

8th House Saturn Loss, Perversions, Death/Longevity, Wills and

Inheritance, Accidents, Bankruptcies,

Sudden Unexpected Torment, Chronic Disease

9th House Jupiter Teachers/Preceptors, Higher Education,

Spiritual Quests, Charity, Good or Bad Luck

Sun Father, the Soul

10th House Mercury Commerce

Sun Government and Authority, Fame

Saturn Tradition and Employment

Jupiter Professions

11th House Jupiter Elder Siblings, Friends and Gains

12th House Saturn Imprisonment, Solitude, Losses, Loneliness

Dashas and Bhuktis

Not all your life is the same throughout its duration. These developments, these ups and downs are accounted for by the Dashas – when you run a particular planet from between 7 and 20 years depending upon the planet and various sub-periods or Bhuktis where you run through the series of planets as sub periods. When you run the Jupiter Dasha your life will be illuminated by this benefic planet and the aspected planets and the houses it aspects or occupies. Knowing the Dash you are running will help you understand the forces acting upon you and help you plan and foresee the good or hard times.


The Pancha Mahapurusha Yogas

We will now consider a few of the more prominent of the many thousands of graha yogas, attempting to dissect their inherent operational tenets. The first of these yoga combinations are the Pancha Mahapurusha Yogas, the 'five combinations of a great being', which exist when Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus in a horoscope occupies its own or exaltation constellation an angular or trinal house. The yogas formed by each called Rucbaka ('luster, splendor, desire, taste'), Bhadra ('au Hamsa ('goose' or 'swan'), Malatya ('a resident of the India known as Malava') and Shasha ('hare') Yogas respectively. Here is a summary of the effects of the five Pancha Mahapurusha Yogas (extracted from Phaladipika 6:2-4):

The more auspicious yogas that are in a horoscope, the more likely it will be for the person to be someone of note who will rise through life to be powerful and prosperous. Sometimes, though, in spite of a multitude of promising yogas, the native never rises to the expected level of success. The most important reason for this failure is that the dashas (planetary periods; see Chapter Eleven) of the grahas involved do not occur at the appropriate periods of life. Another reason is that the grahas involved in the yogas may be weak (because of combustion, placement in unfriendly rashis or inauspicious avasthas, or weakness in subcharts). Yet another reason is that under certain circumstances, which are described at the end of this chapter, a horoscope's benevolent yogas can be canceled or broken (in Sanskrit bhanga).

The person born in Ruchaka Yoga will have a long face, will acquire wealth by doing many daring deeds, will be brave, will overcome enemies, and will be powerful and arrogant. He [sic] will become renowned for his merits, will be a leader of an army, and will emerge victorious in all his attempts.

The person born in Bhadra Yoga will be gifted with long life, intellect (buddbi), will be clean, will be praised by the learned, will be very rich, and will be clever in addressing an assembly.

The person born in Hamsa Yoga will be a king extolled by the people. He will possess a beautiful body, will eat sumptuous food, and be of righteous disposition.

The person born in Malavya Yoga will have strong limbs, will be resolute, wealthy and endowed with wife, children and good fortune, will be prosperous, will eat good food, enjoy pleasures and command good vehicles, and will become famous and learned. He will possess unperturbed senses.


The person born in Shasha Yoga will be extolled by all, will have good servants, will be strong, will be a king or the headman of a village, will be wicked in disposition, will have intrigues with women not his own, will usurp others' wealth, and will be happy.

These and other yogas occur fairly frequently, but every has them does not enjoy their effects in full, and some do not enjoy their effects at all, except perhaps in their dreams. It all depends on the strength and position of the yogas. The less such a yoga is interfered with by the impact of other grahas, particularly malefics, the more the native will experience its energies. A Ruchaka Yoga, for example, is one thing when Mars is aspected by its friend Jupiter alone, and quite another when it is aspected by its enemy Saturn, and is conjoined with Rahu.

In your astrology, there is a mixture of yogas signifying blessings and some suffering, such as:

Raja Yogas: Blessings that elevates the status of the person

Kemadrum Yogas that afflict the person and Kemadrum Bhang Yogas that cancel out the effect of the Kemadrum Yogas.

Dan Yoga: that signifies charity

Kamajiva Yogas: There are many in your astrology indicating a number of births and skill in many jobs.

The effect of the Yogas are seen in the Dashas and Bhukti periods when the particular planets involved are activated

Indian astrology can help you understand the forces shaping your life, initiate an important dialogue regarding the important aspects of life and ultimately help you appreciate the cosmic forces shaping what we laughingly call reality.

Aries Lagna

The ram, the symbol of Aries, is famous for eagerly running, headfirst, into obstacles. This may indicate a person who is prone to head injuries and who attempts to surmount his or her problems by excessive thinking. Aries being the first house in the natural zodiac compounds this emphasis on the head, and because Mars is known for its retrogression, which gives Arians a tendency for displaying idiosyncratic behavior. These behaviors may be extroverted, because Mars is extroverted. Mars, which indicates a general predisposition to violence, be it through an accident or an argument is a natural significator of accidents. This tendency for accidents is reinforced by Mars's simultaneous rulership of the eighth house that also rules accidents. This reinforcement is further enhance we take the violent, accident-prone Ketu to be the co-ruler of Aries.

Most of the characteristics of Mars also characterize Pitta, the impatient dosha which Mars rules and which is therefore predominant in Arians, particularly because the fiery Sun is exalted in the ascendant of an Aries lagna. This dedication to intensity is compounded by the fact that the Sun, a friend of the first-house lord, is exalted in the first house as lord of the fifth house. Rapid, powerful insight which the fiery Mars and Sun together create may fuel innate Aries impatience toward those who do share their rapidity. Unchecked, this impatience may develop frustration, and then into anger at being held back.

Mars, the ascendant lord, is exalted in Capricorn, which is the tenth house here. The Aries native therefore innately enjoys motivation and ambition, and tends to pioneer things well. Capricorn's ruler, Saturn, is debilitated in the first house and, since Mars represents bursts of energy and Saturn represents stamina, Arians often do not strategize well for the longer term. This is why natives often need to be reminded that they will enjoy maximum success in life when they slow down and consolidate their gains The fact that Mars, the lord of the lagna, is debilitated in Cancer which here is the fourth house of home, militates toward a life away from one's homeland, and a disinclination to settle. Another reason why Aries natives are said to roam around like rams is that Jupiter is a mutually good friend of Mars, which cause matters of the houses that Jupiter rules (houses nine and twelve) tend to come to the forefront of an Arian's life.

The inherent fourth-house weakness in an Aries lagna also promotes disagreements with the mother, particularly if the Moon, the fourth lord and significator of the mother, is afflicted. The potential for differences with and/or separations from siblings is enhanced because Mercury, the lord of the third and sixth houses, enemy of Mars, the significator of the third and sixth houses blends together in an unattractive way the sixth-house indicating suffering and the third-house indication of siblings. Since the Sun rules the fifth house of progeny, and is a mutual friend of Mars Aries natives may be very interested in offspring. They .do not however, usually produce a large brood because the Sun does not signify children. Also the natural fieriness of the Sun and Mars to reduce fertility because Pitta 'burns' the sperm or ovum.

Taurus Lagna

Taurus's symbol is the bull, an animal known for its strength. Like bulls, Taurus people often exhibit physical or mental strength and rise to anger slowly but, once irked, they become irresistible forces. Taurus may also give the native a bull neck, since it is lord of second house in natural zodiac.

When Taurus rises in a horoscope, Mercury (a planet of discernment and intellect who is a mutual friend of the lagna lord Venus) rules both the second house of money and the fifth house discernment. Mercury's double bearing on mental functions in this lagna often results in a sharp intellect, which tends to make Taureans good writers (since both Mercury and the fifth house indicate writing) and often makes them use their minds to acquire money (since both Mercury and the second house rule commerce), The tendency is reinforced by the fact that Taurus's ruler Venus is a materialistic, Rajasic graha, which is exalted in the eleventh house of gain as one of the significators for gains. Saturn's rulership of the ninth and tenth houses promotes the pursuits of knowledge and career, particularly since Saturn is friendly to Venus.

Taurus natives rarely have many children, since Virgo (the fifth house for a Taurus lagna) is a barren constellation. The fact that the lagna lord Venus is debilitated in the fifth house also indicates trouble with children, or perhaps with general artistic creativity. But discernment will not be affected, because fifth lord exalted in the fifth house. Since the luxury-loving Venus rules the sixth house (food, diet) as well as the lagna, Mercury's rulership of the second house tends to create a strong interest in, and a loving relationship with, food. Whether Taureans become good cooks or simply overeaters will depend on the strengths and positions of the grahas in the actual horoscope.

Mars is simultaneously the lord of the seventh and twelfth houses, and Venus the lord of the first and sixth houses. This situation tends to disturb relationships because the twelfth house is the negation house to the ascendant, and the sixth house is the negation house to the seventh (being twelve houses away from sixth). Our jyotish guru says, 'Venus, the lord of the first for a Taurus lagna, is a very passive graha, a conciliator, while Mars, the seventh lord, is very assertive and bossy. White is the color of Venus, and red the color of Mars. When you mix red together only red will remain, which means that Taureans submerge their own individuality in order to make their relationships work. Because this approach does not work in the long run, marriage for a Taurus native is often unsuccessful. That Jupiter simultaneously rules houses eight and eleven implies that the one affects the other and may indicate a general tendency to trouble through older siblings or friends, or trouble to them.



Gemini Lagna

Gemini's symbol, the twins, proclaims it to be the most dual of the four dual rashis. Since these twins are a male and a female, Gemini natives tend to blend both male and female energies within themselves. This blending does not promote happiness through progeny, though, because Venus is lord of both the fifth house of children and the twelfth house of loss, which implies expenditures through children. This conjoining of houses five and twelve does, however, encourage enjoyment, since the twelfth house rules enjoyment, the fifth rules play, and Venus is the significator for pleasure. This combination particularly suggests sexual enjoyment because maithuna, one of the Sanskrit words for sexual intercourse, is derived from mithuna, the word for 'couple', which happens to be the Sanskrit name for the constellation Gemini.

Because all the kendras in a Gemini lagna are controlled by dual rashis, Geminis tend to be dual-minded about relationships and residence. This is particularly true of career, since the lagna lord, the dual planet Mercury, is debilitated in the tenth house of profession. Geminis are frequently attracted to the arts as a profession because Venus, the lord of the creative fifth house and significator of the creative arts, is exalted in the tenth house. They may not succeed at this aim, though, because Venus is also lord of the twelfth house of loss. Gemini natives are credited with loquacity, presumably both because the Moon, who is renowned fluctuations, rules the second house of speech, and because who rules speech, also rules the lagna. Speech may not always serve Geminis well, however, for the Moon is Mercury's enemy.

Because Gemini is the third house of intellect in the zodiac, and because the Sun rules the third house of a Gemini lagna, Gemini natives tend to rely on their intellects, particularly Mercury is the planet of intellect. This reliance may however create difficulties for those Geminis who set out to pursue a spirit especially since Saturn, the lord of the ninth house of spirit is a materialist graha who also happens to be lord of the eight - the negation house to the ninth. This tendency is compounded by the fact that Mercury is the enemy of Jupiter, the natural significator of spirituality. Geminis usually prefer philosophy to devotional practices when they do go for spirituality.

Gemini people tend to have unstable health because Mecury is the enemy of Mars. Mars being the lord of the sixth eleventh (sixth from the sixth) houses and also the significator of the sixth house is for Gemini triply potentiated to cause disease. This situation may also indicate ill-health to friends or older siblings who are ruled by the eleventh house.

Cancer Lagna

Like its symbol, the crab, whose hard carapace covers a soft underbelly, a Cancerian's formidable intellect sits atop a pool of emotions. One reason why these emotions tend to emerge to cloud thought-processes in times of crisis is that Mercury, the planet of the mind and lord of the third house of intellect, is also the lord of the twelfth house of loss. Another reason is the profound influence of the emotional grahas on this lagna: the Moon rules the first house, Cancer is the fourth house of emotion in the natural zodiac, and Venus rules the fourth house. A third reason is that while the Moon, the significator of emotions, is debilitated in the fifth house of discernment, the fifth lord Mars, who signifies a piercing intellect, is debilitated in the first house.

The reciprocal debilitation of the first and fifth lords, which makes it doubly difficult for the discriminating intellect to prevail over the emotions, often also creates a lack of or disappointment with children, including even the loss of a child. The friendship of the Moon with Mars makes the Cancer native strongly attracted to the ideals of intellect and progeny, but the reciprocal debility tends to prevent them from readily developing and sustaining these two areas of life. The friendship of the Moon with the dynamic tenth lord Mars does, however, create a dynamic interest in career.

The Moon being exalted as lagna lord in the eleventh house makes friends and associates important to a Cancer native, though those friendships may be as varied and as fluctuating as the Moon. It also happens, though, that Cancer natives are attracted to, or tend to attract, opponents, since lagna lord Moon and sixth lord Jupiter are friendly to one another. There is usually a capacity both to benefit through enemies and to have one's luck obstructed by enemies, depending on how the meanings of the sixth house (enemies) and the ninth house (luck and gain) combine. In this lagna, benefits from opponents. often outweigh obstacles because Jupiter, the ruler of houses six and nine, is the Great Negotiator. Jupiter's dual rulership of a dussthana and a kona also causes Cancer natives both to be attracted to religion and frequently to find obstructions to their progress in that direction.

Cancer natives are strongly interested in home life because the Moon, Cancer's ruler, is a domestic graha who is the significator of the fourth house of home; because Venus, the planet of plea and enjoyment, rules the fourth house; and because the Sun the second house of family. Since Saturn, a secretive graha, both the seventh and eighth houses, and since the eighth house indicates secrets, Cancer natives often keep their partnerships and marriages private. The blending of houses seven and eight suggests obstacles or delays to marriage, or obstacles in married. There may be some tragedy associated with death, like chronic disease or an unnatural death, because both Saturn and the eighth house suggest tragedy, and because the seventh is a maraka that is ruled by Saturn.

Leo Lagna


Leo natives often possess a striking, singular appearance, a manner, and an inclination to be served, as a king is served court or a lion by his pride, because the lion, Leo's symbol, king of beasts, and because the Sun, the lord of Leo, is the planet, the center around which all the other planets revolve. An Indian proverb mandates 'One jungle, one lion', and indeed the fact that the Sun is debilitated in the their own jungles in which to roar. It also suggests that the average Leo often displays more bluster than courage.

As the Sun is both the lord of Leo lagna and the significator of first house creates a strong sense of self-interest for Leo natives, who may manifest as involvement in politics or government (since is the fifth house of ministry formation in the natural zodiac). Leos are often lucky with, or are attracted to investing in, property, because Mars, the Sun's friend, is simultaneously lord of the fourth house (property) and the ninth house (luck, gains).

The fact that the Sun, which represents the atma or soul, signifies both the father and spiritual life, is exalted in the ninth house of father and spiritual life may cause an interest in spirituality, and may indicate that the native's father is an important man. Jupiter, the significator for children, is for Leo lord of both the fifth house of offspring and the eighth house of death, which either limits the her of progeny or affects those children adversely. The eighth house influence is weaker here than it might be because fifth-house Sagittarius is Jupiter's mulatrikona and so is slightly stronger than eighth-house Pisces.

As the lagna lord, the Sun, is the brightest planet, and seventh lord is the dimmest one, Leos tend to rule, or want to rule, their marriages and partnerships. This situation may result in troubled relationships, because Saturn, an enemy of the Sun who is the furthest planet from the Sun, is lord of both the seventh house of relationships and the sixth house (which is twelfth from the seventh) enemies.




Virgo Lagna

Virgo's symbol is a maiden, indicating shyness, and an interest in purity and a certain lack of skill in worldly matters, even if worldly-wise. The maiden holds a sheaf of grain in one hand and fire in the other which may imply food (e.g. the service and hospitality industries) but does not suggest progeny, for she is a maiden. Since Virgo is the sixth house of the natural zodiac and so indicates disease, and since the Sun rules the twelfth house of hospitals, Virgos tend to be very interested in public health and health care, which is one sort of service industry. Venus, a mutual friend of lagna lord Mercury, rules both the ninth house of higher learning and the second house of classical learning. Virgo natives tend therefore to love classical culture and education, particularly since Jupiter, who signifies education, rule the fourth house of education. Virgos are often interested in developing a skill or trade, especially one centered around detail (Mercury being the lagna lord, the lord of detail, and the lord of the tent house of profession) because Virgo as the sixth house in the natural zodiac also represents the trades. Mercury, an analytical and calculating planet, is exalted in the ascendant, which when (coupled with the fact that the incisive Mar is lord of the third house of intelligence) gives Virgo natives a propensity for analysis and calculation. Aries, which represents the head, is a Virgo ascendant's eighth house, and Mars, the ruler of Aries, owns for a Virgo lagna both the eighth and the third house. This connection of the head with the eighth house causes a Virgo native always to think unusual thoughts. Virgos will also resist following normal procedures, particularly because Mars ('the Crooked') has a contrary nature. These factors, combined with Mercury's debilitation in the seventh house, promote marital difficulties for Virgos. Also, since the fifth house and sixth house are both ruled by Saturn, a graha who does not indicate children and, being old himself, is against children, Virgos may experience difficulties with their children. Venus, the lord of the second and ninth houses, is debilitated in the first house, which makes Virgos fastidious about food (second house). Like natives of Gemini, Mercury's other rashi, Virgos are also inclined in religious matters (ninth house) to be ruled more by their heads than by their hearts, particularly because Venus, who is debilitated in the lagna, signifies emotions. Mars, who is the enemy of the lagna lord Mercury, is the worst graha for a Virgo ascendant because it rules both the third and eighth houses, houses of longevity and death that are both dussthanas. The eighth house rules both accidents and surgery, and Mars is the significator of violence (both by accident and by cutting); since both these houses are tinged by the influence of Mars, Virgo natives have a distinct propensity for mishaps and surgery.

Libra Lagna

Libra's symbol, the scales (a shopkeeper's weighing scales, no scales of justice), makes natives of this mercantile rashi less likely to be lawyers than retailers or merchants. This predilection is forced by Libra's position as the natural zodiac's seventh house. Librans do, however, particularly like public professions because the Moon, a public planet, is the lord of the tenth house, which indicates both the public and one's profession. Since Venus is debilitated in the twelfth house of a Libra lagna, Librans often have difficulty controlling expenditures and tend to waste their resources both physical and financial. This debility may lead them into sexual escapades that they may live to regret.

Because Venus is Jupiter's enemy, Venus is disinclined to accept any well-intended advice from Jupiter, the lord of wisdom and intuition, and Librans have difficulty accepting wise counsel. When coupled with Jupiter's ownership of two dussthanas in this lagna, this tendency causes a Libran's wisdom to become somewhat clouded. This is partially true for Taurus natives too, who are stubborn bulls, but is less pronounced for them because in a Taurus lagna Jupiter owns the eleventh house of friends. Also Libra is a fierce, active rashi which ignores advice actively, while Taureans are merely passive ignorers of good counsel.

The Sun rules the eleventh house for this lagna and, because lagna lord Venus is a social planet, friends, clubs and societies important to Librans. But they are often led astray by bad comp since the Sun is debilitated in the first house, and over concern their social lives may cause them to permit their friends to waste their time. They also tend to be fashion conscious, because Venus is a 'flashy' planet.

Saturn, a mutual friend of lagna lord Venus, gives Libra pronounced interest in politics because he rules both the forth house (the masses) and the fifth house (the formation of government bodies); because he indicates government; and because he is exalted in the ascendant. That Saturn as fifth lord is exalted in the first house might also indicate children, but does not do so here to great degree because Saturn does not indicate children. As for Aries ascendant, in a Libra lagna the lord of the seventh house relationship is identical with the lord of the second house of family. This situation makes marriage more likely to endure for Arians and Librans than for natives of Taurus or Scorpio lagnas. As Libra is the seventh house of the natural zodiac it reinforces this likelihood.

Scorpio Lagna

Scorpios, who prefer to avoid following normal procedures, are natural troublemakers who are as rigid as the scorpion's shiny, solid exoskeleton. Sage advice from our jyotish guru to a Scorpio student: 'Compromise with yourself or you'll be digging your own grave.' One reason for the peculiarities of the Scorpion personality is that Aries, which rules the head, occupies the sixth disease of disease. The scorpion's tail, which is filled with poison, symbolizes an interest in chemistry, drugs, pharmacology which are sixth-house indications. Natives of Scorpio are usually interested in medicine, with a particular penchant for surgery, because lagna lord Mars ('the Cutter') represents the scalpel. Mars is also lord and significator of the sixth house of illnesses, those that may need emergency surgery. Being the eighth house in the natural zodiac, Scorpio also suggests such eighth-house medical indications as poison, surgery, chronic illness and death. Scorpios are renowned for their interest in death (which the scorpion also symbolizes), and in the occult (another eighth-house matter). Scorpios like to penetrate secrets (since lagna lord Mars likes to penetrate, and since the eighth house rules secrets) and like to get the goods on other people.

.Scorpio natives usually have a strong interest in sex, since is ruled by the virile Mars, the sexy Venus rules Scorpio’s twelfth house of bed pleasures, and sex is yet another indication of the eighth house. Unfortunately, as for Taurus lagna, in a Scorpio ascendant, the lord of the seventh house (Venus here) is also the twelfth lord, and the ascendant lord (Mars here) is also the sixth lord. Since the twelfth house is sixth from the seventh house and is twelfth from the seventh (and so the negation of the twelfth house), relationships tend to be lost, particularly since Venus is also the significator for marriage. Also, as for Taurus, the passive conciliator, Venus must marry the assertive, bossy Mars, and the admixture of the white of Venus with the red of Mar will yield only red. Scorpios thus tend to try to submerge their individuality, which is a poor prescription for a healthy relationship. Scorpios often dispute with their parents, since Saturn is Mars mutual enemy, and rules the fourth house of parents (the mother in particular), and because Mars is debilitated in the ninth house of father. Saturn represents dearth, is old (not young), and is the mutual enemy of lagna lord Mars; these factors may cause Saturn, the third lord, to limit the number of younger siblings, or to promote disagreements with them due to the wide divergence of the native's opinions from those of his juniors.

Being a lagna of Mars, the individualist planet, Scorpios may have exceedingly heterodox views on religion and philosophy, an may have difficult relationships with their mentors, because the lagna lord is debilitated in the ninth house of spirituality. This situation is compounded because the Moon, lord of the ninth house, is debilitated in the first house of personality. Scorpios often follow teachings without deeply personalizing them and may, particularly if one or both of those grahas is afflicted, speak out again gurus, vidyas or religion.

Scorpio natives usually have strong ambitions, since the Sun rules and is the significator for the tenth house of fame, and are often brave, for Mars is exalted in the third house of courage. Scorpios are hardly ever satisfied in their own birthplace or dwelling place because Saturn as lord of the fourth house is inimical to Mars the lord of the lagna, and because the changeable Moon is lord of the ninth house of travel. Scorpios frequently run into difficulties while on the road, though, because of Mars's debility in the ninth house.

Sagittarius Lagna

Sagittarius appears in jyotish as a bow, an image that suggests an ability to prevail over enemies, for Sagittarians aim high. This competitiveness is often displayed in the sports arena. Since the lord Jupiter is the enemy of no graha (though it does have enemies, natives of Sagittarius tend to be able to prevail over their enemies by winning them over, in an active way (since it is a fierce, action oriented, masculine sign). This tendency is reinforced because Venus is simultaneously lord of the sixth house of enemies and eleventh house of friends. Because Venus is Jupiter's enemy, friends may become enemies and enemies friends in a Sagittarian's life. Sagittarians are often blunt speakers because Capricorn (which is ruled by the blunt Saturn) occupies the second house of speech where Jupiter is debilitated. The second house also rules finance, which may indicate problems controlling money because of being inappropriately generous (Jupiter represents money and, as ruler of the lagna, makes the native charitable). Mercury, as the lord of the seventh and tenth houses, often makes for an intellectual or mental career and suggests the possibility of dual careers, since intellectual, dual Mercury is (like Jupiter) a tenth-house significator. Mars here is lord of both Aries, the fifth house of children, Scorpio, the twelfth house of loss, but this situation does necessarily prevent progeny because Aries is Mars's mulatrikona. Since the mulatrikona is stronger than the other constellation that a planet rules, fifth-house indications supersede those of the twelfth house here. Many factors give Sagittarians a strong interest in spiritual matters: Sagittarius is the ninth house of the natural zodiac; the Sun (which represents the soul) is both lord and significator of the house in a Sagittarius ascendant; Jupiter, a significator for spirituality, is lagna lord; and the Sun and Jupiter are mutual friends. Jupiter is lord of the fourth house of happiness, which implies Sagittarians can derive happiness from spiritual pursuits. Sagittarius is a lucky lagna, because the Sun rules the ninth house of fortune and lagna lord Jupiter is exalted in the eighth house (which protects against the loss of that good luck).




Capricorn Lagna

Capricorn's symbol in jyotish is the makara, a word which is usually translated 'crocodile' but also indicates a sort of generic sea monster. The makara symbolizes ambition, both by its ferocity after its prey (its goal) and by its amphibious nature, which betokens its aspiration to master two elements (Earth and Water). This ambition is particularly strong because Capricorn is the tenth house of the natural zodiac, because Venus is the lord of the fifth house of speculation and the tenth house of career, and because Saturn is exalted in the tenth house of a Capricorn ascendant. Mars for Aries lagna is also exalted in the tenth house, but Mars frenetically pursues fast progress, while Saturn stands for the slow, steady, behind-the-scenes, gradual sort of progress that often comes later in life. Slow progress in career becomes particularly pronounced for Capricorn because Saturn is the slowest of the planets, and because Capricorn is both a passive rashi and an Earth rashi.

As with Aries, the lord of a Capricorn lagna is debilitated in the fourth house, which often presages a dissatisfaction with family life, ancestors, roots and property. Because Venus is the lord of the fifth house of offspring, however, Capricorns are famous for doting on their children. Mars, the significator for property, is exalted in the first house of this ascendant as lord of the fourth house of property and the eleventh house of gain; this betokens gain through property.

The native may be concurrently dissatisfied with any gained, since Saturn, another of the property significators, is debilitated in the fourth house. Capricornians tend to be money minded because people, who have been seized by Saturn, the lord of and second houses here, tend to become miserly and stingy. Saturn, who (being dry) is the Vata significator, may promote a Vata constitution for Capricornians, inclining them to long bodies, sometimes to the point of gauntness. Arthritis may also be indicated, because Capricorn is an Earth sign, and Earth is to movement. The remedy is a copper ring or bracelet and exercise. Some texts state that Capricornians are hypocrites because Jupiter, the significator of spirituality, rules two dussthanas (the third and twelfth houses) and is debilitate in the first house of a Capricorn ascendant. We have also observed people who have an interest in India often have major placements in Capricorn, particularly because its lord Saturn represents conservative, old things like tradition, and because Saturn enables people to plod toward their goals patiently.

Aquarius Lagna

The Jyotish symbol for Aquarius is a pot that contains things (like water) that have been gathered together and stored. Aquarians enjoy gathering knowledge, because Venus is lord of two houses (four - happiness and nine – dharma, knowledge) and Saturn is exalted in the ninth house. However, Aquarians are more often interested in material and scientific expertise than in spiritual wisdom, because both Venus and Saturn are materialists. Gains alternate with losses in the lives of Aquarians, for Saturn, the significator of the twelfth house of loss, rules both the first and twelfth houses of this lagna. As with Capricorn, progress in career is slow (Saturn being the slowest planet). This tendency is less pronounced for Aquarius than for Capricorn because Aquarius is a masculine (and hence archetypally active) rashi.

Aquarius being the eleventh house of the natural zodiac, and Jupiter being the lord of the eleventh house for an Aquarius lagna, Aquarians show interest in friends and in clubs and societies. They are, however, usually not overly excited by money (another eleventh-house matter) because Jupiter, the lord and significator of two materialistic houses, does not feel at home in either and because Saturn does not indicate money. Saturn does not indicate friends either, but for Aquarius the eleventh house is Sagittarius which, though it has little affinity for money (see above), is ruled by Jupiter, who has great affinity for social obligations and for friends. Saturn's debilitation occurs in the third house of an Aquarius lagna, which promotes timidity and detracts from siblings, particularly since Mars, the third lord and significator, is Saturn's enemy.

Rahu as Aquarius's co-ruler creates (as for Aries because of Ketu) a certain idiosyncratic tinge to the native's behavior, since Rahu and Ketu move in a direction opposite to that of the other planets. The Saturnian influence tends to make Aquarians more, introverted than the Martian Aries natives. Natives of Aquarius usually try to hide their idiosyncrasies and keep their activities secret.

Pisces Lagna

The symbol for Pisces, two fish swimming in opposite directions reflects the native's contradictory ambitions and ideals. It may also indicate two marriages, because Mercury, the lord of the second house, is a dual planet that is debilitated in Pisces, a mutable that is second only to Gemini in its dual nature. Mercury also the fourth lord may create instability in education (Mercury = intellect) or at home. As Jupiter is exalted in the fifth house of advice, though, it makes Pisceans love to teach, because Jupiter simultaneously is the lagna lord, the significator for the fifth and lord of the tenth house of public activities.

Venus is the worst graha for a Pisces ascendant, just as Mars is for a Virgo lagna, because Venus, who is an enemy of lagna lord Jupiter, rules both the third and eighth houses. Venus is exalted the first house of a Pisces ascendant, which multiplies its menace, particularly for marriage, since it is the marriage significator. The Pisces lagna is however good for children, for lagna Jupiter is exalted in the fifth house of children, and fifth lord is Jupiter's friend. Jupiter's exaltation in the fifth may give exalted children, or exalted relationships with children.

Because lagna lord Jupiter has no enemies, Pisces wins over enemies passively (being a gentle, archetypally feminine rash. As Pisceans tend to be benignly inclined toward others, people take advantage of them. The native may feel or may actually be let down by friends, older siblings, clubs or societies, since Jupiter is debilitated in the eleventh house. Jupiter's fifth-house exaltation as the significator of wisdom creates an interest in the development of wisdom, and also a fascination for poetry (a fifth house matter), particularly since Cancer, the fifth house, is ruled by the Moon, the significator of poetry, which represents the emotional mind. The Sun as sixth lord effects an interest in medicine, especially if there is hospital involvement, because Pisces is the twelfth house (segregation, hospitals) of the natural zodiac, and because the isolated Saturn, the significator of the twelfth house, is lord of the twelfth house of a Pisces ascendant.


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