What is Vedic Astrology and how it is useful? Basics of Vedic Astrology
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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 > power, impulsive, ignition, spark, quick, start, beginning, instant, physically active, aggressive, willpower, energy, sporty, enthusiastic, cooking, a new life born, individual, physical body, head, instant, spontaneous, fuel, motion. Read more about the > sign of Aries.
Taurus > financial assets, grains, luxury and fashion items, food, proud, lustful, sensual, creative, artistic, lover of food, sensual pleasures, sexual, lover of music, songs and dance, money, finance, currency, accounting, self-respect, pride. Read more about the > sign of Taurus.
Gemini > hands, shoulders, laugh, trade, negotiation, communicative, marketer, advertiser, good with skills of hands, youthfulness, stubborn, shopper, chit-chat, media, journalism, loves writing, internet, ideas, younger siblings, promotional items, paperwork, documents, masturbation, mating, kids, journalism, media, childhood, not listening to someone's advice, self-centered, humor, joker, justification, subconscious, hobby, improve things with time, languages, translation, dual, photocopy, acoustic. Read more about the > sign of Gemini.
Cancer > conveniences of life (sukh-suvidhaye), heart, emotional, soft, love, nurturing others with food, taking care (khayal karna), giving comfort to others by servicing them, well being, comfort, rest, shelters, containers, storage, clothing, and other home conveniences, cooling, sensual, actor, singer, medicines, teaching, past, soul, mother, motherland, person's psychology, emotions and feelings such as love, guilt, shame, embarrassment, pride, envy, jealousy, joy, distress, anger, fear, surprise, and disgust. These emotions are actually taken according to which sign Moon is placed.
Leo > worshipping, future (Cancer is past), creation, prosperity, playing, heat, light, hot, wealth, health, fitness, vitality, exercises, training, sports, investing, brand, popularity, management, top rank, valuation, profile, heat, light, rays like x-rays, father, hobbies, position in a job, name & fame (promotion), exhibitions, auctions, shows, fashion runway (ramp, catwalk), awareness (Gyan or Jaankari or knowledge), identity, authoritative, sporty, funny, limelight, stage performer, creative, full of knowledge, wealthy, healthy, enthusiastic, education, government or higher authorities.
Virgo > debate, arguments, debt, tax, enemies, competitors, problems, difficulties, obstacles, pain, complications, diseases, hygiene, competitions, repairing, breaking (tootana), intellect, hard work whether mental or physical, spoil, decay, deteriorate, cleanliness, health, nutrition, argumentative, fighter, workaholic, social worker, poverty, slavery, restless, pets, perfection, criticizing, discussion, fault finding, cheap, rotten, work under someone, garbage, dikat, pareshaniya, kharabi, servicing.
Libra > interaction (aadan pradan), interchange, fair (no discrimination), justice, liberal or liberalism, human rights, right to freedom, relationships, contracts, partnerships, one-to-one interaction, mediator, conflict resolution, helping each other, co-operation, without any discrimination, balancing, exchange, arts and crafts, resolving disputes, repairing, brotherhood, love, cooperative, compromise, adjust, new opportunity, choice, menu, preparation, option, confusion, customer care, clearing doubts of other people, replying to queries, public relations, repair, resolve, share, machine designing, Bhaichara Karwana, Sulah Karwana, co-operate, etc.
Scorpio > turbulence, disturbance, scary, dreadful, sink, sucking, extraction, agitation, squeeze, deep, chaos, boil, volatility, confusion, irregular, secretive, hidden, intense, fearful, seductive, sexy, erotic, fraud, investigation, research, risk, emergency, suddenly, transformation, transplant, war, gambling, dark secrets, underground, ghostly, paranormal, magic, not letting things go, revenge, illegal, jealous, panic, uncertainty, envy, hatred, change, break, scandals, controversies, fluctuations, melting, chemicals, committed, devotion, attachment, magnetic, translation, cremation.
Sagittarius > explore, law, rules and regulations, legal, Dharma, rituals, publishing, religious, guru, teacher, professor, advisor, philosopher, explorer, traveler, truth, exposing the falsehood, detective, investigative, pilgrimages, trust, faith, long term plans, logistics, courier, transportation, duties, plants, animals, nature, environment, exploring.
Capricorn > automation, digital, qualification, status, position, power, official, rank, darkness, strict, old, disciplined, heartless, stubborn, selfish, approval, certification, authorization, degree, manufacturing, construction, workaholic, hard, power-hungry, authority, throne, government, sacrifice, dominating, self-centered, boss, delay, restriction, manager, recruiter, iron, steel, coal, wood, petroleum, machines, barren. It is also a sign of proving something.
Aquarius > population, humanity, human resources (HR), human civilization, human rights, public administration, Archaeology, anthropology, genetics, social science, users, team, group, collective, collection, gathering, audience, social, social worker, networking, networker, distribution, social networks, internet, people, masses, public, customers, hopes, wishes, friends circle, network circle, elder siblings, rotation, spinning, eccentric, technology, research mind, oneness, scientific, taking rounds, assembling, integrating, roaming, weird (ajibo-gareeb).
Pisces > independence, freedom, salvation (mukti), holidays, healing, throne, hide, peace, virtual (not real), unknown, fiction, speculate, dreams, playback, trust (bina soche samjhe- viswas pe), a leap of faith, emptiness (Khalipan), end (khatm ho jana, Khatam kar dena), idleness (bekari, berojgari, unemployment), surrender, unrealistic, careless, endless, space, no boundaries, no limit, expansion, imagination, blindly, walking, running, moving, air and space travel, feet, comfort zone, isolation, spiritual, meditation, ayurveda, natural, 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, bedroom life, bed pleasures, distant places, independent decision making, shoe, feet, flying, murder, sell, give-up, strength, fresh, donations, herbal, natural healing, spa, massage, cotton, footwear.
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 > efforts, the interest of a person (skills and hobbies), younger siblings, communication, skills of hands, courage, hands and arms, media, internet, throat, short distance travel, kids.
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, talent, creation or creativity, fun and entertainment, leisure activities or recreational activities (list of 50 recreational activities), hobbies, DIY (Do-it-yourself), stage, devotion, mantras, stomach, speculation, future, intelligence, God, prayer, sports, good deeds of past life, position in a job.
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, past life pending karma.
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, translation, change, cremation, etc.
9th house > law, rules, and regulations, dharma, religion, culture, long-distance journey, pilgrimages, publishing, journalism, gurus, teachers, professors, coaching, higher education, foreign education, foreign trips, guru mantra, thighs, charity, father, etc.
10th house > workplace, work environment, manufacturing, construction, working with machines, higher authorities, government, profession, career, recruiting, employee management, action or karma, name, fame, honors, awards, promotion, status.
11th house > social welfare, dealing with the public, 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 > throne, distant locations, 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, distant locations, unknown, donations, etc
Planets in Vedic Astrology
Sun > awareness, lights and lighting, name and fame, 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 > stubborn, pain, sorrow, misery, darkness, 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, feeding, etc.
Jupiter > our strength, Guru, teacher, professor, advisor, manager, wisdom, knowledge, discretion, explorer, traveler, religious leader, law, entertainer, publisher, dharma, luck, wealth, fund manager, strength, etc.
Mercury > mathematics, calculations, 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.
Ketu > negligence, death, religious and spiritual practices, change, replacement, transformation, transplant, reducing, etc.
Body parts represented by different houses in Vedic Astrology
1) 1st house > our head is seen from 1st house
2) 2nd house > our face and all things on face are represented by the 2nd house
3) 3rd house > our chest (hands and shoulders) is seen from the 3rd house
4) 4th house > our heart (dil) is seen from 4th house
5) 5th house > our stomach is seen from 5th house
6) 6th house > our waist (kamar) is seen from 6th house
7) 7th house > our lower abdomen, belly, pelvis and bladder are seen from the 7th house
8) 8th house > our private parts are seen from the 8th house
9) 9th house > our thighs are seen from the 9th house
10) 10th house > our knees are seen from the 10th house
11) 11th house > our ankles are seen from the 11th house
12) 12th house > our feet are seen from the 12th house
Sun > represents bones in our body.
Moon > represents blood in our body.
Mars > represents marrow in our body.
Mercury > represents skin in our body.
Jupiter > represents fat in our body.
Venus > represents semen in our body.
Saturn > represents muscles in our body.
When any of the above planets are afflicted or placed in enemy sign then problems related to the respective body part occur.
Places represented by planets
Sun > represents temples.
Moon > represents watery places.
Mars > represents place of fire.
Mercury > represents playgrounds.
Jupiter > represents treasure house.
Venus > represents bedroom.
Saturn > represents filthy places.
1) Sun Always normal speed. Never retrograde or high speed.
2) Moon As above.
3) Ra Always retrograde in motion.
4) Ke Always retrograde in motion.
5) Ma May be direct (normal or high speed) or retrograde.
6) Gu May be direct (normal or high speed) or retrograde.
7) Sa May be direct (normal or high speed) or retrograde.
8) Sk May be direct (normal or high speed) or retrograde.
9) Bu May be direct (normal or high speed) or retrograde.
speed of planets at certain degree
Planet Normal Fast Very fast
Jupiter 5' 0" 12' 22" 14' 4"
Venus 59' 8" 73' 43" 75' 42"
Saturn 2' 0" 5' 27" 7' 45"
Mars 31' 26" 39' 1" 46' 11"
Mercury 59' 8" 104' 46" 113' 32"
Vedha power of a Graha
1) Direct motion - normal speed Front Vedha.
2) Direct motion - high speed Left Vedha.
3) Retrograde motion - Right Vedha.
All Grahas are transiting in Zodiac circle of 360°. Grahas are moving from first Pada, Nakshatra and Rasi to next Pada etc.
Rasi = 30° 0' / Nakshatra = 13° 20' / Pada = 3° 20'
When a Graha moves direct without stopping, in anti-clockwise direction, it is known as direct motion, i.e. Graha moving from Mesha to Vrisabha. Its Vedha is always front Vedha.
Ma, Bu, Gu, Sk, Sa have Vedha in one direction only depending on their speed.
Sy:It has uniform speed. So it has Vedha power of aspecting all the directions – right, left & front.
Ra & Ke
These two Grahas have uniform speed and being retrograde throughout the year. Hence these two Grahas alsohave Vedha power of aspecting all three directions - right, left & front.
Ma, Bu, Gu, Sk, Sa
All these Grahas have no uniform speed. So they will have the Vedha power as under: When retrograde in transit Right direction.
When in high speed in transit Left direction.
When in normal speed in transit Front direction.
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