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Vedic Astrology Birth Chart
Vedic Astrology is a science which can help us to predict future events in our life by reading our birth chart or horoscope. If you don't know what a birth chart or horoscope is then instead of going into details of it simply generate your birth chart for free and then look at it. To generate your birth you need to have your accurate time of birth, place of birth, and date of birth.

There are two types of birth charts

1) North Indian birth chart
2) South Indian birth chart.

We will consider here only the North Indian birth chart as it is easy to read and interpret.

See the chart on the left in this article or click here if you are on mobile and it is a default birth chart. In order to understand and predict from your own birth chart (after generating it by making use of an app or software), it is important to understand the default birth chart. There are 12 divisions in the default birth chart and each division represents a house in Vedic Astrology. The division where it is written no.1 > it is the first house and as you move anti-clockwise you can see all other houses. Each house represents something in Vedic Astrology and by default (default zodiac) each house is ruled by a particular sign and a particular number as mentioned below and each sign is also ruled by a certain planet.

Plz note: Planets are ruling signs as below but they are not ruling houses. Just I made things in one line for convenience. However, each sign or Rashi is denoted by a number as below.

1st house > Aries (fire sign) > 1 > ruled by Mars

2nd house > Taurus (earth sign) > 2 > ruled by Venus

3rd house > Gemini (air sign) > 3 > ruled by Mercury

4th house > Cancer (water sign) > 4 > ruled by Moon

5th house > Leo (fire sign) > 5 > ruled by Sun

6th house > Virgo (earth sign) > 6 > ruled by Mercury

7th house > Libra (air sign) > 7 > ruled by Venus

8th house > Scorpio (water sign) > 8 > ruled by Mars

9th house > Sagittarius (fire sign) > 9 > ruled by Jupiter

10th house > Capricorn (earth sign) > 10 > ruled by Saturn

11th house > Aquarius (air sign) > 11 > ruled by Saturn

12th house > Pisces (water sign) > 12 > ruled by Jupiter.

A birth chart is nothing but the snapshot of the time when you were born and it tells about what planets were ruling your different houses in your birth chart at the time you were born and that also helps in predicting but you can also know your rising sign or ascendant from your birth chart. In Vedic Astrology, we consider only 7 planets and also consider > Rahu and Ketu > which are the north and south nodes of Moon. These 7 planets are > Sun (su), Moon (mo), Mars (ma), Saturn (sa), Jupiter (ju), Mercury (me), and Venus (ve) and each of these planets own 1 or 2 signs in Vedic Astrology as mentioned above.

Also, each house represents something as below. The sign or Rashi on the first house is called the ascendant or the rising sign or Lagna (in Sanskrit). For example, if in your generated birth chart (using your date and time of birth) if you see No.4 in the first house it means you are a Cancer Ascendant (or Cancer Rising) and if you see no.5 on the first house it means you are a Leo Ascendant or Leo Rising and so on....For an Aries Ascendant person, the sign placements on his generated birth chart and the default birth chart are just the same.

Also, just like the rising sign, there is also a moon sign which is also called the Rashi in which you were born (Janam Rashi). Just check in your generated birth chart which sign your Moon is placed and that will be your moon sign or Janam Rashi. For example, if your Moon is located in the house where it is written no.6 then you were born in Virgo Moon sign or Virgo Rashi as no.6 represents the sign of Virgo.

Rising sign or Ascendant tells the purpose of your life and it also tells what kind of physical body you will be having. For example, if your Ascendant or rising sign is > Leo > then you were born in a fire sign and people born in fire sign have a lot of fire quality in them and fire quality is known best as it helps in sports and giving enthusiasm as fire gives you a lot of energy and willpower. It shows your body is fiery and fiery body is good for willpower and sports and fun and entertainment. This also shows you may be good at entertaining others.

On the other hand, your moon sign tells about your nature or what kind of soul you are such as whether you are desireful, depressive, enthusiastic, collective, individualistic, communicative, workaholic, power-hungry, lustful, emotional, creative, liberal, secretive, religious, social, lover of isolation, cruel, full of envy, etc. You will understand this better once you learn about the characteristics of different signs or Rashis as below.

Signs or Rashis in Vedic Astrology

Aries > physically active, aggressive, willpower, sporty, enthusiastic, cooking, a new life born.

Taurus > lustful, sensual, creative, artistic, lover of food, sensual pleasures, sexual, lover of music, songs and dance, money, finance, currency, accounting.

Gemini > communicative, marketer, advertiser, good with skills of hands, youthfulness, shopper, chit-chat, media lover, journalistic mind, loves writing, internet, ideas, younger siblings.

Cancer > emotional, soft, love nurturing others with food, shelter, clothing, and other home conveniences, sensual, actor, singer, medicines, teaching, past, soul, mother, motherland.

Leo > authoritative, sporty, funny, need limelight, stage performer, creative, full of knowledge, wealthy, healthy, enthusiastic, education, government or higher authorities, future, creation, father.

Virgo > problems, difficulties, obstacles, diseases, competitions, intellect, hard work whether mental or physical, cleanliness, health, nutrition, argumentative, fighter, workaholic, social worker, poverty, slavery, restless, pets.

Libra > liberal or liberalism, relationships, contracts, partnerships, one-to-one interaction, mediator, conflict resolution, balancing, arts and crafts, resolving disputes, brotherhood, love, cooperative.

Scorpio > secretive, hidden, intense, fearful, seductive, sexy, erotic, fraud, investigation, research, risk, emergency, transformation, war, gambling, dark secrets, underground, ghostly, paranormal, magic.

Sagittarius > law, rules and regulations, legal, Dharma, rituals, publishing, religious, guru, teacher, professor, advisor, philosopher, explorer, traveler, truth, exposing the falsehood, detective, investigative, pilgrimages.

Capricorn > strict, disciplined, workaholic, hard, power-hungry, authority, sacrifice, dominating, self-centered, boss, delay, restriction, manager, recruiter, iron, steel, coal, wood, petroleum, machines.

Aquarius > collective, social, social worker, networking, networker, distribution, social networks, internet, people, masses, public, customers, audience, hopes, wishes, friends circle, network circle, elder siblings.

Pisces > isolation, spiritual, meditation, behind the scenes, losses, expenses, fish, far off and isolated places, sea, ice, mountains, deep, sky, space, tantra, occult, foreign places, loss of physical self, esoteric world, social cut-off, ashrams, spiritual places.

Houses in Vedic Astrology

1st house > physical self, appearance, look, health, physical body, head, energy, fame.

2nd house > family, family assets, food, wealth, money, finances, sensual pleasures, speech, voice, all body parts on the face such as nose, ears, mouth, teeth, etc.

3rd house > younger siblings, communication, skills of hands, courage, hands and arms, media, internet, throat, short distance travel.

4th house > home, mother, motherland, conveniences of life, comforts, shelter, all things and products related to home such as home appliances, bed, furniture, etc, nurturing, real estate, property, vehicles, happiness, relatives, heart, peace of mind.

5th house > children, basic education, creation or creativity, fun and entertainment, leisure activities, stage, devotion, mantras, stomach, speculation, future, intelligence, God, prayer, sports, good deeds of past life.

6th house > obstacles, difficulties, problems, diseases, fitness, pets, daily routine work, health, nutrition, disputes, arguments, fights, injuries, hard work whether physical or mental, competitions and competitors or enemies, debt, slavery, servants, job, service, internship, hips, mother's younger brothers.

7th house > resolving disputes and conflicts, balancing, judge, meditator, relationships, spouse, marriage, boyfriend, girlfriend, partnerships, contracts, broker, business and trade, love and relationships, creativity, swadisthana chakra (ruled by Brahma and Saraswati), portion of the body below navel.

8th house > sudden ups and downs, risks, emergency, transformation, gambling, fraud, war, insurance, death, sudden gains or losses, government taxes, inheritance, occult science, paranormal, unearned wealth, going to the roots of everything, etc.

9th house > law, rules, and regulations, dharma, religion, culture, long-distance journey, pilgrimages, publishing, gurus, teachers, professors, coaching, higher education, foreign education, foreign trips, guru mantra, thighs, charity, father, etc.

10th house > workplace, work environment, manufacturing, working with machines, higher authorities, government, profession, career, recruiting, employee management, action or karma, name, fame, honors, awards, promotion, status.

11th house > customers, professional network circle, friends circle, masses or the public, network circles, internet, social networking sites, gains and regular income, hopes and wishes, desires, roaming, moving to distant places, travel, networking, collectivity, large organizations, institutions, investments, marketplaces, etc

12th house > isolation, foreign and isolated places such as asylums, hospitals, jails, ashrams, country borders, sea, mountains, ocean, sky, outer space, etc, spirituality, occult, mysticism, esoteric world, imagination, bed pleasures, liberation, losses, expenses, sleep, subconscious mind, dreams, healing and healing powers, etc

Planets in Vedic Astrology

Sun > government, father, higher authorities and higher posts, king, ego, self, personality, identity, forehead, limelight, self-esteem, ancient knowledge, divine knowledge, fun, creation or creativity, innocence, discretion.

Moon > mind, mother, nurturing, caretaking, mother earth, comforts, conveniences of life, emotions, feelings, heart, healing, food serving, hotels, restaurants, home appliances, beds, furniture, physical home, guest houses, comforts, vehicles, clothing, shelter, etc.

Saturn > action, work, power, restriction, delay, managing, authority, iron, steel, coal, oil, sand, machines, all things made of iron and steel, mining, construction, laborers, employees, recruiting, distributor, public or masses, etc.

Venus > sensual pleasures, arts and crafts, drawing and painting, luxury items and luxury food such as ice cream and condoms, fashion accessories, modeling, designing, fashion, hairdressing, beauty and beauty products, clothing, music, dance, singing, drinks, wine, beer, currency, finances, accounting, etc.

Jupiter > Guru, teacher, professor, advisor, manager, wisdom, knowledge, discretion, explorer, traveler, religious leader, law, entertainer, publisher, dharma, luck, wealth, fund manager, etc.

Mercury > intellect, skills of hands, communication, speech, talks, media, internet, ideas, printing, advertising, marketing, programming languages, email, fax, chatting, writing, etc.

Mars > soldier, policemen, fighter, energy, willpower, courage, sportsmen, engineer, real estate, land, properties, cook, copper, etc.

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